Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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Saturday, October 3, 2015
The number 1 song that is ever requested in our house, and begged to be played on repeat if we are in the car is.....The Final Countdown by Europe.
The Big D once asked me to sing it for him while we were working on our preschool lesson at the kitchen table, then held up his hand and said "stop mom, the car sings it better". 4 is the age children begin to appreciate and decipher talent from tone deaf.
All three children love it. Bear, who I was concerned about not talking yet, will say Ninal Dowdown (final countdown) by hearing reference too or the opening. Toes of the song. She dances and sings while we watch football....and randomly in the kitchen when the need is felt. She points a lot, grunts, says Mom, Daddy, shoes and Final Countdown.
I will admit, no matter what errand we are running seems infinitely more important. Supper to the field? Getting the mail, garbage to the dump....really anything. We are on a mission, don't mess with us.
The boys sing and argue over who will be in charge of making what instrumental sounds. The Big D likes the tongue out wiggling minion like lalalallala for the electric guitars, while Jbug prefers a high nasal method. There can only be one drummer and much discussion over why the planet Venus is in the lyrics.
Mostly, the Final Countdown is deemed a superhero song. Along with Metallica's Ecstasy of Gold and Tessie by the Dropkick Murphys.
So now you know the top 4 hits of our little household.
#1 Final Countdown
#2 Ecstasy of Gold
#4 The Farmer in the Dell
Friday, October 2, 2015
The Big D gets his mords wixed up sometimes.
Currently a favorite song in the house is The Farmer in the Dell
So all day long I hear:
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Some pretty big news today. I received a text message this morning from my sister. Baby #4 was in such a hurry to meet all the people who love her that she said - "Yeah, I'm not going to wait until October 13th, I want to hug my Mommy today"
Oh little Leah, you are soooo beautiful and I can't wait to hug you and love on you and tell you how special you are and make your Uncle remind me to let you get settled and take care of my own children.
You are a blessing to your Mom, Dad, 2 big sisters and your big brother. It looks like one of your big sisters is also adjusting well to not being the baby anymore.
Friday my Kindergartner came home with head lice. I have never had lice, my Hubby has never had lice. We have only heard about them and knew next to nothing about them. Earlier his summer I knew they were going around and at Fair time. So when school started I took away my kiddos ball cap and added a drop of tea tree oil in his shampoo. Then I hadn't heard anything more and assumed the outbreak was over. I wasn't even checking. He has reached that age were he wants more privacy and doesn't want Mom to help with bathing. So I set water temps, quiz him down through the door to make sure he scrubbed everywhere and that's about it. If I feel I need to I occasionally make him let me shampoo his hair because its super thick and I don't think he always actually washes it.
Anyway, Friday I noticed him scratching his head and he said it was itchy. I put him through the shower and did a good scrub on his hair, thinking that was the issue. Then I remembered I overheard other moms on the playground saying they couldn't wait for winter because it means no more lice. So I checked my kiddos hair, asked my Hubby to and he said I was paranoid.
Saturday, kiddo still says his head is itchy. I check again and thought maybe I saw a bug. Not what I thought lice looked like,,,but I didn't really know what lice look like. Called in the Hubby - he told me I was paranoid again and there was nothing there.
Sunday morning, my head is itchy and kiddo is still complaining about itchy head. I don't see anything in his hair...but caught site of a bug on his PJ shirt...and it was an adult louse. Yuck. So I march kiddo to bathroom tub and shave all his hair off...and then I start seeing lots more evidence that he was indeed infested. I check kid number two and decided, I couldn't see anything with kid number 1 and he definitely had them. So I shaved his head too. Then I demanded the Hubby check me. He called the principal at home and left a message to let the school know and requested them to bring in the County Health Nurse for head checks.
Hubby reported again I was paranoid and there was nothing in my hair. So I called my sister and message an Aunt that I know had gone through this. Then I made my Hubby talk to my sister to tell him what to look for and where to look. I had nits in my hair. She recommended because my long, super curly, super thick hair would be near impossible to comb through to have him cut it off at least shoulder length. Then in a couple weeks if we are all clear I can go to a stylist. I love my Hubby and am sure glad he is a better farmer than beautician.
So why I am sharing this cringe worthy story? Because I believe we shouldn't be so ashamed we keep quiet. Lice can spread, if we don't say anything how does anyone know to check? If they don't check they keep spreading. I honestly can't tell you how long we have had lice in the house. My younger son did not have them, my Toddler did not have them. We never found live bugs in my hair...but there are nits (eggs) so they had to have been there. All full of admissions - I am a 31 year old woman who still fights cradle cap and dandruff. The top of my head tends to get a little itchy. My neck became incredibly itchy on Saturday. My son started itching and complaining about itching on Friday. How long before you are itchy after getting lice? No idea.
What I do know is that the itchy is an allergic reaction to the bites. It is common but not everyone gets itchy. We have thick thick dark hair in this house and the nits can be the size of a grain of sand, the lice are brown. I couldn't see them in our hair not knowing what to look for. I would love to wrap up with "in short" but this post is anything but. I wrote this because our school does NOT notify parents if there is a case of head lice. If you request a head check they will check ONLY the one class. How are we supposed to stop an outbreak if you don't know about it, or what to look for?
So I'm sharing our story. Sunday I called all of our neighbors and parents of kids my children play with. Then I messaged every parents of kids that school with my son that I know and asked them to pass on the word to the parents I don't know. I shared a post on Facebook. And I am going to the Community Health Nurse daily to be nit checked, along with my Toddler and Bald Son #2 who isn't in school.
Spread awareness people. Share what to look for and where to go if you are unsure. The sooner it is treated and resolved the faster the outbreak can be over. As for me...I can't wait to get the all clear to go to the beauty shop and see what we can salvage of my hair.
PS - Please share hairstyles ideas for Short Curly Hair and wish me luck. The Hubby won't let me shave my head. I even promised I could buy a wig for his brothers wedding next month and could wear a hat in public.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
Thursday, April 2, 2015
I am fortunate. My children aren't nearly as picky eaters as I was. (Though the Big D is going through a not eating the color green unless its a salad stage.) I would have ate cheerios 3 meals a day. I hated pancakes and french toast...and also tacos.
My kids like pancakes. I wouldn't say they are my favorite, but I dont hate them. I actually like them with blueberries or chocolate chips. The kids love them plain or with any combination of things I have thrown in. Made from scratch or a mix, with whole wheat flour and honey or white flour and sugar. To them it's all good.
My kids also like french toast. Again plain or with toppings and additions. For the record I also like french toast these days.. .though probably everyday.
This morning was rough. I stayed up too late reading a book. Then I was up too early with the baby. So I layed like a lump on a log curled up on the couch while my children swore to be dying of starvation and thirst. Finally I stirred and I heard "couldnt we at least have toast? ANYTHING we are soooooo hungry". I looked at the time and was embarrassed at how late it was. So I made french toast.
So quick and easy, yet still has the look of a thoughtful meal. And it struck me. I was such a pain as a child because I didn't like any breakfast meal that was quick and easy. (Aside from cold cereal). I'm sure Mom had the same kind of days I do. Same list of chores and varying amounts of sleep...and she DIDN'T drink coffee! Seriously Mom, how did you childrear without caffeine?
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
No Bud...I don't think you look seven.
Big D: If you like my body and you think I'm seven, come on baby let me know! If you think I'm seven, if you think I'm seven let me knooooow.
Big D: I love you too much. With Snails are my witness without you loving me back.If you have watched the movie The Book of Life lately you might recognize the jingles he has stuck in his head. If not...well I'm guessing you have at least heard the first one at some point.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
How many substitutes can you make before it's not the same recipe anymore?
Bonus Question: How many can you plan on making before drawing the line and saying "New Plan"?
Last night we had "inspired by Chicken Cordon Blue casserole" with no ham.