Sunday, December 30, 2007
We did go look at lights in our jammies (except for killjoy Tom this year) before Christmas with thermoses of hot chocolate. We won a coupon to see lights in the parkway free from Leanna's school craft night so that's where we went. We looked through the Christmas barn afterwards. I wouldn't go every year, but every few or so.........maybe. We have to find a good route to look at lights every year.
We never found the time to decorate the cut out cookies this year. And that's the best part! Il love decorating them, being creative about it.. The night we made the cookies was the Saturday before Christmas and I also still had to decorate the tree and look at lights with the kids(which we did that night) and finish a few homemade presents and finish wrapping presents. I just didn't have enough time to do everything this year.
Christmas morning I accidentally unplugged the computer (not realizing he had the tree lights pluged into the same outlet as the computer) and when the computer restarted, well it wouldn't restart. Tom was able to restart it in safe mode only, and we managed to save all our pictures and documents on dvd disks, thank God!! Then he had to reformat the computer when he had a chance. So we didn't have a computer and I couldn't unload the pictures from our camera. So that's where I've been. I'll post more when I get a chance. Plus I've been just trying to find a way out from under the Christmas mess. So, you know, happy holidays to anyone who reads this blog!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
This article has a breif quote from one of my former professors, but the man it's written about sounds very intersting. He left the English Dept. before I got there, but he sounds like his class would have been fascinating. "Raconteur, renaissance man, the working man's intellectual. He is a storyteller void of pretense, gleefully following his synapses wherever they take him. Keeping up is half the fun."
I love the recipie book extras, and the brief info on the tomato. (I think I have a few cat-lover readers-can any of you explain the Pizza Pieno recipie quote to me?)
Ok, the baby's sleeping now, so my blog posting ends. Too much to do!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Christmas scrapbook stuff: http://www.scrapbookscrapbook.com/christmas.html
Free printables: http://alenkasprintables.com/free_printables.shtml
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
We didn't have time to do even half of the crafts they had there-waiting for everyone to finish took long and we had to go to tables where there was enough room for all of us. Plus we made photo frames for the Santa pictures with popsicle sticks and we had to wait for them to dry before they could be picked up.
So we made candy cane reindeer, Christmas stockings, the photo frames, and Leanna colored an Elf. I grabbed some paper to make gingerbread men strings and a wreath and took those home.
At the end they asked all students left there to come on stage for a picture. Here is ours. Leanna is the electric one in the front, we were about to leave when they announced this.
said he would take Timothy over to see Santa (he wouldn't go at first, too scary) Timothy ran away-who has time to wait!- and up onto the stage as another family was getting their picture taken with Santa! Tom had to run up and get him, while apologizing to the photographer and family! We'll pick up the pictures the school took with Santa after school today. Justin was too afraid to sit with Santa, but he wanted to go over and tell Santa that he wants a bulldozer for Christmas. Leanna said she was going to tell Santa she wanted a Dream Catcher, but apparently when she got up there she asked for a Hannah Montanna guitar.
Leanna asked me if that was the real Santa. She sounded a bit skeptical so I told her that I thought it might have been one of Santa's brothers, but I wasn't sure because I didn't get a good look at him.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Justin was completely uncooperative this time. He cried and clung to me. He did not want to be touched at all! By the time they were ready for shots (near the end) he was finally starting to get used to the situation and actually got very silly.
Justin: 39 inches tall, 31.5 pounds
Jacob: 26.5 inches tall, 18.3 pounds
(for comparison, that's about Timothy's weight at a year old!)
MomSpit is a line of no-rinse cleansers for those times when brushing hands on the seat of your pants won't do. The cleanser contains no actual spit (because that would be gross) but users are assured that there's love in every drop.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Web md is linked in the subject line. That's a pretty generic source. This link wont let me copy/paste, so I'm including it separately. It specifically mentions the bag thing. (They die after 24-48 hours off a human head, so it's just ridiculous). FICTION: Nits in the hair mean a person has lice. FACT: Fewer than one in five children with nits go on to get lice infestations. Because of this myth, half of children sent home for head lice don't really have them. "Many health experts believe that 'no-nits' policies should be abandoned," the BMJ notes.
FICTION: Treat children if they have nits. FACT: Treatment should begin only when adult lice are found.
FICTION: If your kid gets head lice, you have to clean all sheets, clothing, earphones, and furniture with insecticide. FACT: There's no evidence this helps. Head lice soon die after leaving a person's head.
FICTION: Lice spread easily by sharing hats, pillows, or chairs. FACT: Lice on hats and furniture are sick, dead, elderly, or are just cast-off lice skins. They can't cause an infection. Lice are spread from person to person only by relatively prolonged head-to-head contact. But it's still a good idea for children to avoid sharing combs, brushes, and hats.
FICTION: Lice like long hair. FACT: Short hair makes it easier for lice to move off and on the scalp. Don't cut a lice-infested kids hair or tie it back. Girls are more likely than boys to get head lice. But it's because they have more close contact during play, not because their hair is longer.
Head Lice Facts:
Head lice are parasites. They lay five or six eggs every day at the base of scalp hair shafts.
Head lice are most often found behind the ears and at the back of the neck.
Head lice never leave the head unless forced to do so. Head lice detached from the scalp soon die.
Head lice feed on blood every three to six hours. This feeding can cause itching, but most of the time there are no symptoms.
A person has an infestation of head lice only if adult lice are present.
Nits are head lice eggs. Most of the nits you see aren't living things. The eggshells left over from hatched head lice can be easily seen as white casings and can be confused with dandruff. Unhatched viable nits are "glued" to the hair by the adult louse and are camouflaged to match a person's hair color. Having nits in the hair does not necessarily mean a person has head lice. Only live lice cause infestations.
The problem may not be head lice at all. Often we think there are lice when there aren’t really any there. We all start to itch as soon as head lice are mentioned.
There are other causes for itching of the scalp. Using head louse lotion can make these worse.
Using lotion over and over again can cause dermatitis, which itself makes the head itch.
When living, moving lice are found, they can almost always be cleared by using the right lotion. This will only work if enough of it is used, if it is put on in the right way, and if any other family members who have lice are treated properly at the same time.
A day or two after using the lotion, you sometimes find little lice still there. These have hatched out of the eggs since you put the lotion on, and will be killed if you put the lotion on again after seven days.
When you have got rid of the lice, you might still itch for two or three weeks. This doesn’t mean you still have lice. Check the head carefully. Remember, you don’t have head lice if you can’t find a moving living louse.
When you have got rid of all the lice, the nits (empty egg cases stuck on the hairs) will still be there. This doesn’t mean you still have lice, and you shouldn’t treat again no matter how many nits there are if you can’t find a living louse.
People who think their children keep on getting head lice may have made the mistakes listed above, and may keep on "treating" lice which have long since been cleared, or were never even there in the first place.
If children do really keep on having living lice, this is most likely to be due to not doing the treatment properly and not treating all those close contacts who have also been found to have lice. Remember, if infection really does keep on happening, it is almost always from a member of the family, or a close friend. It is rarely from other children in the classroom except from a "best friend".
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Harvard anthropology researcher Katherine Whitcome found two physical differences in male and female backs that until had gone unnoticed until now: One lower lumbar vertebra is wedged-shaped in women and more square in men; and a key hip joint is 14 percent larger in women than men when body size is taken into account. This engineering is seen only in female humans and our immediate ancestors who walked on two feet, but not in chimps and apes.
The researchers did engineering tests that show how those slight changes allow women to carry the additional and growing load without toppling over -- and typically without disabling back pain.
"When you think about it, women make it look so very damn easy," Whitcome said. "They are experiencing a pretty impressive challenge. Evolution has tinkered ... to the point where they can deal with the challenge. A little bit of tinkering can have a profound effect."
Of course, this does not mean that pregnancy is not hard on a woman's back and gestating females should still be granted full back and foot rub privileges.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
"There is something about a shared bond of growing up in the same house with the same parents that can take 3 people who are so very different and make them so similar. Good friends. The best of friends. I remember my Mom once telling me that the day would come that not only would I have fun and enjoy the company of my brother and sister, but I would seek it out and crave it. I was pretty sure she had lost her mind. No way would the 3 of us ever have anything in common enough to enjoy time spent together. Chalk another one up to Mom being right. Again. As usual.................
I drove home in a funk. Thinking about how life can throw things at you and knock you so far off course you cannot remember which way you were going let alone your destination. You can have friends help you. Have a spouse to lend a hand. Even kids to remind you why you need to get up in the morning. But the people who have known you all of your life, those who share your history that bonds you from cradle to grave, they can help you find your way back on course. They can be your true north to lead you back home."
Monday, December 10, 2007
The Perils of Early Childhood Exposure to Super Mario Bros.
Drunk NYU girl: So, what I'd really like to do is help the innocent... [Drunk friend laughs.] With, like, fireballs!--Bowery & 4thOverheard by: davis
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From a comment on the lactivist:
If you like wooden toys and dolls, walk, don't run to etsy.com which is a marketplace for independent craftspeople. The cutest dolls in the world are made by Fourpeasinapod and Stumppondtoys makes great old fashioned wooden toys with no toxic finishes. I have already bought from both sellers for Christmas. Reasonable prices too.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I'll be making Christmas cookies with the kids and my sister/s? this weekend so that might help with the holiday feeling. It does help when I see the kids getting excited about something Christmas related. And hopefully Tom will have a weekend day off soon so we can go look at Christmas lights in our jammies with thermoses of hot chocolate! I was really disapointed that we didn't get to do that last year. Ahhh, maybe the mood will come as the holiday draws nearer.
He's fine today, I'm happy to report, but that was a little wierd.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
It's Seasons Greetings here at the North Pole. Everyone is very busy getting ready for the big day. All the elves are working especially hard making toys and getting the Sleigh ready for the flight. Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer have been exercising and testing their skills in the reindeer games. Mrs. Claus is mending my big red suit after I lost a button climbing down a chimney last year. And I've been busy making my list, and of course... checking it twice. I see you've been very good this year Leanna and want Big big big pack of Barbies, racecar with remote control, Big big big pack of toy ducks, along with a surprise or two I'm sure. Be sure to get to bed early Christmas Eve... the sooner you do, the sooner I can drop by! Don't forget to check The North Pole Times to see how things are going up here at the North Pole as we get ready for Christmas! We'll have an update EVERYDAY!
Merry Christmas Leanna,
PS: If you plan to leave a snack, I really love leftovers and of course cookies and milk. And be sure to set aside something for the reindeer. They get pretty hungry doing all that flying!
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
The kids seem to be bug-free. They may still have some eggs left in their hair yet, I'm still checking them just not as often. Tom didn't catch them. I think I still have a couple bugs left, and probably eggs too. I don't have anyone to check my hair and I can't see to check. So I just comb through with the fine-tooth comb. But I'm not itching all that much. I'm sure it'll be completely over with soon. And I'm happy to report we did it without putting any pesticide shampoo in our hair! Just regular washing and thorough checking! (Probably luck too)
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I was trying to catch a video of Justin singing while he was playing but I only caught a second or two. It was VERY cute, so of course he refused to do it after he noticed me.
(NOTE: you might want to turn the volume down, Timothy yells in the middle of it). It also shows the big thing for baths right now-putting your head in the water. Leanna started this craze, it's a big deal for her to do this. She's still afraid and doesn't like the sound the water makes in her ears. Justin had no problem whatsoever doing it from the first time on and now Timothy has to immitate his big brother. They still get a big kick out of hearing me say how brave they are. I like how you also see how quickly Justin puts his head in the water after hearing me praise Timothy-a little competitiveness there!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
As I was going through Justin's hair at night he said, "Bugs, it's MY body and you can't break it!" He was completely serious and oh-so cute.
Even though I've been through this stuff before with Leanna, it still amazes me how kids just get blown away by the simplest things. The look on Justin's face and the sound in his voice-stuff like that is why you have kids.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
The other week that commercial was on and Justin walked by me, sadly shaking his head, "Yeah, kids always take too much jewelery."
Not the point but I have to mention it: I found this story on the parentdish website and some people blame Elmo for the shift(Or his introduction would be the jump-the-shark moment). But I love Elmo!! He is so cute and furry and red! He is Grover, little and dipped in Kool-aid!! I don't know any kid that doesn't like Elmo. In fact, when Tickle me Elmo first came out I really wanted one. One day while working at McDonalds word was out that the local toys R us just got a shipment in and one manager left work to try to get one. She came back empty handed but said if she had been able to she would have bought one for her neice or nephew(I don't remember which-that was a while ago) and she said she would gave got me one also! I had to wait a couple years to finally get mine. Timothy plays with him now. Poor Elmo has a bad rep now!
The internet can be a good source of info as well. I've been fighting off what I'm pretty sure was tonsillitis and it seems to finally be going away. (They no longer take tonsils out just because they get infected. If it becomes a repeated thing or it's cancerous, then they remove them) (Also there are two ways to become infected-if its bacterial, then antibiotics will help. But if it's viral then antibiotics can actually make it worse.) I can't afford to go to a doctor, so in this case it was nice to be able to look up symptoms and get an idea of what I'm dealing with. I know it's easy to misdiagnose, and in my case, made me feel better to know that even if I went to the doctor they wouldn't necessarily be able to make it better anyway.