Saturday, December 27, 2008

First ER Trip



Can you believe just a couple hours after these picture were taken, we ended up taking a trip to the ER?  Two words~nursemaid's elbow.  Garrett was seen for this as well.  Pretty common.   I was picking him up and had him by the wrist and he started to cry so I immediately knew what happened.  He laid on me for about 10 minutes cradling his left arm and whimpering so off we went.  We sat in the waiting room for an hour and he just laid on me which we all know rarely happens.  We got called back to triage and he needed to be weighed and have his temperature and pulse taken and I guess with that little bit of jostling and fighting the nurse, it popped back in.  We were taken back to the room and it was like a miraculous recovery, you'd never know anything was wrong.  The doctor said about half the time they pop back in themselves and he showed me how to do it should it occur again.  I think we'll try to avoid that.

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Crib

A few days ago I found a large screw in the middle of Jack's room and couldn't quite figure out where it had come from. Well you see that metal pole that is attached? Not any longer. That little booger has been using his crib as a trampoline and it made the screw fall out. We screwed it back in, but turned the crib around to give the opposite corner a chance to get such a great workout. Three kids in this crib...I guess it's met its match.

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 22, 2008

Three Men and a Baby


Just in case you thought I may have been exaggerating.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Festivus...for the rest of us

festivus Pictures, Images and PhotosHappy Festivus! Pictures, Images and Photos





I know many of you have been eagerly awaiting the details of our Festivus with the "other" side of the family. In case you're wondering what the heck Festivus is, you must not be a Seinfeld fan. Festivus is a holiday made up by Frank Costanza, George's dad, in exhange for Christmas. When this was proposed to us, we immediately began referring to it as Festivus.

I'll just give you the highlights and let some pictures tell the story.

First, it was raining today, not heavy rains, but a light steady rain. So as we got ready, it never occured to me that "they" would proceed with their plans for a group hike. Silly me. So we drove to Almaden Park. Just so you are fully getting this picture, this is not a park with slides and swings, it's a county park with a sign that greets you warning you of mountain lions. Nice. So we pile out of the car, load Jack in his stroller (which was meant to stroll through malls, not forests) and head up the path. Not so bad until about a 1/4 mile in the paved path turns into a dirt path. Wait, I think I mentioned it was raining...so I guess the better word would be "muddy" path. Make that a very muddy path. It was steep and slippery and I nearly fell several times. We had to stop three times when the wheels on the stroller collected so much mud that it couldn't be pushed.

But we did get to enjoy some great conversations:


  • Angela told me as I was sloshing around in the mud that it's a no wonder that 20 and 30 years olds were better off being parents.

  • Mike doling out compliments like telling 14 year old Brendan (step-nephew) that he's not as introverted as he used to be.

  • 1/2 mile listening to Mike give details about his visit with a "roid" doctor.
I guess it was about a 2 mile hike and I chose not to bring my camera, but here are a few shots at the end. Keep in mind, we "cleaned" off walking in the grass and the sidewalk near the car. Like my choice of hiking shoes?



































We developed quite an appetite after that hike and with it being around 1:30 when we arrived back at that house (oh and we drove by a street called Bose Lane, do ya think it was the street we used to live on?). And we had a tray of fruit waiting for us. Yummy! Can't tell you how that hit the spot! 1 1/2 hours later and trying to hide my grumbling tummy, we did have a nice lunch . As the fire warmed up the room and we began to dry off, we did have a nice time and played some games. The girls really enjoyed playing with Jack and he was really good. We left around 6:30. Angela did leave me with one parting shot as I was putting on my wet shoes. Jack saw the plate of cookies and since he already had 3 I told him, "no cookies" to which Angela told Jack, "your mommy is stingy and won't let you have another cookie". Stingy...yep, that's me!






Friday, December 19, 2008

A Card for Hannah


I verified this on Snopes.com. We'll add a picture later of the card we created for her.
ETA: Here's the card. I'm not much of a card maker, but I tried to put some extra effort into it. I hand stiched around the pocket and inside Morgan added a picture that she drew and a couple pictures.

This is a very special Christmas wish for a young child who is not expected to live beyond the next few months. I know you may see many of these requests but this really is a local child with a very simple Christmas wish. I just visited a friend who had cancer treatments with this childs mother and she gave me the following request from her cousin.

Hannah’s Christmas Wish

This is the true story of my 5-yr old 2nd cousin, Hannah Garman, who was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a rare and incurable brain tumor. She was going to be the flower girl in our wedding in May, but was diagnosed a week after we asked her to be the flower girl. This is especially sad because her mother died 2 yrs ago from breast cancer. Right now she has lost most of her motor skills. She is confined to bed and cannot really do anything or play with the gifts she is getting from people, but she LOVES getting cards - she has gotten so many from people she does not know and just loves to have grandma read about the people who send them and see their pictures and is so proud of all her cards. Her room is just filled with cards. When asked what she wants for Christmas she said she wants to see how many Christmas cards she can get. Many people have passed this wish along to their churches, prayer groups, friends and family. There are school groups where children are making her cards. People are including pictures so she can see who it is that is sending her the card. If you would like to help with her wish, you can send a card to her at:

Hannah Garman
704 Orchard Rd
Lititz, PA 17543

THANKS! Let’s see if we can have the cards coming in big postal bags
for her this Christmas.

Somebody Get This Kid Some Blocks

Guess we can cross this off the milestone list. He actually does have blocks, but has discovered that cans make good towers. Can you tell how proud he is? He's stacked 4 high and we've only had one can burst open.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Last Weekend



































Soccer tournament last weekend. Don't let the sunny skies fool you, it was so cold, the parents were bundled up on the sidelines. Garrett played all four games and was out a total of about 5 minutes and spent the rest of the weekend on the couch exhausted.



Saturday was our town's Christmas parade. This parade is infamous. Infamously boring, that is. Seriously the parade consists of the two high school bands and no less than 50 brownie/Girl Scout troops, Boy Scouts, and oh, Indian Princesses. So that's why we go. Morgan loves being in this parade. Garrett enjoyed being with his friends and the occasional candy that was thrown his way. And Jack loved looking at all the lights. But after an hour of Brownies, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, we headed out to dinner with friends and missed Santa on the fire truck. We did get to see the crowd favorite, the Tube Platoon. All the boys in the one picture were in first grade together and six years later, they are still hanging out together.





















The Jig is Up

Among the many hats I wear as a mom, playing role of tooth fairy has been a pretty regular job for the last seven years. Morgan is on a roll, she's losing teeth faster than Jack is getting them in. The one downside to the job is waiting until the kids are sound asleep before making my entrance. Lately this has not always been easy, not just the staying up, but the remembering and we've had a few slip ups around here. Well the other night around 11:00 I entered Morgan's room and while searching for her tooth under her pillow, I was caught red handed. There was a blanket nearby and I quickly grabbed it and claimed that I was just covering her up. I shoved the money under her pillow and left. The next morning, thinking Morgan might just think it was a dream, she approached me and let me know that she knew that I was the tooth fairy and Santa Claus. I just played dumb, told her I had no idea what she was talking about and left. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, just surprised it took her this long to confront me!Tooth Fairy Pictures, Images and Photos

Sunday, December 7, 2008

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Wish I could go :-(

Monday, December 1, 2008

Walgreens

Monday and Tuesday only, Walgreens is offering $5.00 off coupon on a purchase of $25.00. There are lots of coupons in the circular as well. www.walgreens.com to print it out.
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