Monday, February 28, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Mom, can I have more pretzels?
Mom, can you sew me a robber costume?
Mom, can we go to the store?
Mom, can you log onto Disney.com?
Mom, can you cut up some apple?
Mom, can I have a present on Colin's birthday?
Mom, can you build me a fort?
Mom, can I use the glitter?
Mom, can I have a gumball?
Mom, can we go outside?
Mom, can I watch a show?
Mom, can you read this to me?
Mom, can I play wii?
Mom, can you play this game with me?
Mom, can I have a milkshake?
Mom, can you write this card for me?
Mom, can you go upstairs, sit in a nice warm bath, read a book in peace and quite and take a nap? (Oh wait, that was just in MY head, not Cam's.)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
9:00am - 12:00pm - WOW Museum with kids
12:15-12:45pm - Go home and throw lunch at the kids
1:15-2:00pm - Speech appointment for Camden
2:15-3:00pm - Dr. office for Cam's blood work
3:05-3:25pm - Wal-mart to let Cam (and Colin by default) pick out new toy for torture of blood draw
3:30pm-4:45pm - Eye appointment for Colin
5:00pm - Collapse from mental and physical exhaustion of the day but still have to keep going because my kid need to eat dinner.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Here is what his room looked like last week. Gasp!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
2. Today was a gorgeous Colorado day. It was sunny and 65 degrees. I know we'll probably get another snow before spring gets here but we sure enjoyed today.
3. We found Cam a bed and dresser at American Furniture. He was pretty adamant about not wanting a day bed until he realized that this one comes with its own secret hide out underneath. We don't have the furniture yet as they were out of stock and should get more in on Saturday. That will (maybe) give us time to paint Cam's room before we move the new bed and dresser into place.
4. Colin seems to be doing better with school. He has made a really good friend that he talks about constantly. I think that has made all the difference.
5. On Valentine's Day I delivered flowers to a resident at The Balfour in the Hospice Unit. I have never met Delinda before in my life but I wanted to put a smile on someone's face on Valentine's Day. The idea was to extend love to a stranger. I was so taken back with her gratitude and attitude. She was just the sweetest lady.
6. I have successfully cut $500 from our monthly budget. I have basically scaled back our groceries. I don't buy things that are not on the list and use coupons and plan meals according to the sale ads. I thought I was doing a good job of this before, but I guess not. Now that I am really paying attention and trying to save, it's working. I wonder what I should do with my extra $500 a month?
7. Camden complained through the entire meal tonight that he did not like steak. I served him turkey. I wonder if that is a good or a bad thing?
8. I have started exercising again after a good two month hiatus. I can't exercise if I can't breath. I have been surprised that over the last week I have made it back to a 4 mile run pretty easily.
9. For Valentine's Day Steve gave me a gift card for a massage. To top it off, he wrote me a note that stated he would take a day off of work so that I could have a "work week" day to myself. That makes me a very happy girl.
10. I have been reading a book, One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp. It has inspired me to start keeping a list of all of the little things that I have to be thankful for. Here is a small start....snow dripping off of the roof, bubbles crackling in the bathtub, the smell of citronella candles in the seasonal isle at Target, the rustling sound of legos, soft hugs from my boys.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Valentine's Day has certainly changed over the years for me. It's not about stuff and expense. It's no longer about being a couple and holding secrets. It's about family. It's about being sweet to someone. It's about the little things. It's about putting a smile on someones face on a special day. It's not all about "me". It's not about what am I going to get?
Yes, I know I have a husband that loves me. Yes, I know my kids love me. I'm reassured everyday that the hugs and kisses will never run dry in this house. I am kissed a bazillion times a day by my kids and I wouldn't change it for anything. Colin was so sweet last night. He made all of us a homemade card. No prompting, just thoughtfulness. Cam made each of us an individual card last week. He couldn't wait for Valentine's day. He had to give them to us right that minute. Steve's gift this year was thoughtful and sweet. He really knocked it out of the ballpark.
But today, I will celebrate Valentine's Day in a different way. Today I will go out of my way to put a smile on someones face that I don't even know. Here's the plan. I will pick up some flowers and take them to a local nursing home. I know of a few in the area. At the front desk, I will ask that those flowers be given to a resident that does not have family close by. I will say a prayer for that person and keep them close to my heart by just knowing their name. Today I want to put a smile on a strangers face. I want someone that might not otherwise experience love, to get a chance at a minute of happiness.
I am so thankful that my sis lives close to my elderly grandmother. I know grandma is well taken care of and that she gets frequent visits from someone that loves her. But not everyone has family close. Today I will honor my sis and my grandma by reaching out to another that might just need a little pick me up.
Happy Valentine's Day. How will you make someone smile today? I'm off to the flower shop!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Right now he's on the floor playing Legos with Colin. I suspect that this will be the activity of the day. It's supposed to be really nice outside but Cam can't really get out there since he can't walk in shoes.
Last night I made the mistake of searching the net about other possible diagnosis for Cam. That was a mistake. I couldn't sleep after reading, "May cause death." at the end of one of the possibilities. I'll stay off the search engines and take him to the Dr. on Monday. It's probably not going to be an easy visit for him. It sounds like they'll take blood and xrays at the very least. I don't really want to think about the other possible tests right now. It's not something I would want to go through and it's not something I want to put my child through. I have just been praying that this will just go away. I will double my prayer efforts this weekend because as a "worrying mom", my mind goes to the worst place and gets stuck there.
Hopefully with rest and Motrin, this will be a thing of the past on Monday. Wouldn't that be a great Valentine's present?
Thursday, February 10, 2011
2. We have yet to touch the layer of snow out in the backyard. It looks so pretty out there. I know the kids will make their foot prints in it this weekend when we have more hours of daylight. It's just too cold/dark when Colin gets home after school. I'm excited for them get a chance to play in the snow this weekend.
3. It seems that Colin has made a good friend at school (finally). I went in to volunteer today and saw him playing and joking with his newest buddy. I don't know, do boys call them "Besties" or "BFF"? Somehow I don't think so.
4. On the way home from school today Colin asked me if it was legal for a person to play a guitar on the side of the road and ask for money. I am not sure where this came from but I had to explain to him that it was not actually legal to panhandle or beg for money. That led to a whole different conversation about helping others, the government, taxes, homelessness, helplessness.... That kid is a deep thinker.
5. Colin is making his Valentine's box for school. This might be the first Valentine's box in history that has nothing to do with Valentine's Day and everything to do with Legos. Very interesting.
6. I have plowed through a lot of books already this year. I know there is no way I can year 100 books in a year (a goal many set for themselves as a Resolution) but I can count 12 books that I have already read. It's nice to have a little extra time to read but I will admit, the housework is suffering.
7. I don't really like cold weather. I get so cold during the day that I can not do anything to get warm. It's kind of ridiculous that I am inside a 73 degree house with my coat on and I am still cold.
8. Brothers wrestling until someone pees their pants is just beyond me.
9. Are there any brand of socks out there that don't have the seam at the toes? Every morning we have issues with socks, seams, tears and frustration. I have tried every sock sold at target, Kohl's and Wal-mart.
10. I think I am addicted to diet coke. I have worked my way up to three a day. That's not a good thing in my book. When I was pregnant/nursing, I gave up all soda. That means I went almost four years without soda. Why oh why did I ever start drinking it again?
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
He literally can't walk. That means I have to carry him (or maybe drag out the stroller) if we go anywhere. We have to carry him up and down the stairs. He won't be going to school the rest of the week unless his symptoms get better. If he gets up and forgets to stand on his tiptoes, he falls down and crawls on the floor dragging his feet behind him. It's the saddest sight I have ever seen.
The good news is that his fever is gone. More good news is that Colin is recovered. The other good news is that it's too cold for Cam to go outside and do any sort of activity anyway. I see more movies, play doh, crafts and legos in our future.
Monday, February 7, 2011
In a different conversation with Cam, I could not understand what he was talking about. This was his reply. "Let me rephrase that. This is what I meant."
I tried to get him to watch some of the Superbowl with me last night. His response, "Mom, football is a ridiculous sport for little boys. It's boring." Well said Cam. Well said.
And last but not least, "My brother knows how to spell superfradcalyloolisticly." Ok Cam.
I think we are on the other side of these illnesses. Colin is much better and went to school today. Cam went to school today but was not too happy about it. His fever is gone but his legs are really hurting him. He still has a cough and just looks down and out after 2 1/2 hours at school. He's going to get to spend the rest of the day on the couch watching cartoons. I'm a sucker for sick kids.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Cam is not much better. His fever is up, his throat is still hurting. His eyes are also watery and hurting but not swollen or gooey. He's in a feisty mood and fighting with Colin but he still does not feel well. I gave him Motrin so he's feeling good enough to play wii and argue. Maybe I should reconsider drugs that make him feel better.
I feel worse than yesterday. My main issue is a headache from a stuffy head. My cough is not bad but my head hurts. I took a 2+ hour nap a little while ago and am looking forward to bedtime tonight.
I think we are all on the mend but we're not completely well yet.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Here's what we currently look like:
Cam now has a 102 fever that had been nonexistent since he was diagnosed with strep last Thursday. Cam's strep is better but now he has a horrible cough and headache. He's complaining every once in awhile about his ears hurting and he's barely moved all day. The Dr. won't prescribe a different antibiotic without us coming in for an appointment.
Colin's fever is holding steady at 100. He's had a 102+ since Sunday. Colin's strep is also better but he's on a different antibiotic now for a sinus infection. He was also diagnosed with influenza yesterday. His latest symptom is that his legs hurt. I can't decide if his legs hurt from the flu, from not using his legs the last 5 days or if it could be something else.
Thanks to all of the friends that have brought over food, books, dvd's and have listened to me bang my head against the wall.
Just to give you an idea of how much fun we've had, here's a list of the movies we have watched.
Toy Story 1, 2, 3
Tom and Jerry
Cats and Dogs
Scooby Doo - several variations
The Tale of Desperaux
Monster's vs Aliens
This is over a 5 day period. We've built a lot of Legos while watching movies too. But the fact that my kids have sat through all of these movies means that they are down and out for sure.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
2. Speaking of cold. It really is cold outside. I am surprised that school was cancelled, but I'm really not complaining.
3. Colin's strep throat/cold is really giving me a run for my money. He keeps coming up with new symptoms unrelated to his strep. I have his fever under control now. He is still taking round the clock Tylenol/Motrin. Between Colin and Cam, this is a photo of what we have used in the last 24 hours. Ridiculous.
4. I am about half way through one book that I got from the library on anxiety. It really describes Colin perfectly. The only problem with the book is that it gives strategies that are very time consuming and maybe a little too involved for a 6 year old. I have three other books to wade through so I will see if I can come up with some strategies that will help.
5. I am convinced that Legos are like crack to kids. You know how there is a mystery ingredient in McDonald's french fries that make them addictive? Or the special thing in Diet Coke that makes you want ONLY diet coke and no other type? How about cigarettes, alcohol, chocolate, video games, facebook, blogging...these are all addictions. You can add Legos to the list. Over the last week, my kids have been willing to do just about anything to earn marbles. One marble equals 10 cents. It takes a lot of marbles to earn enough money to buy a Lego. They are constantly begging for more chores. The neat thing is, they have both said that they will share their money with each other if one does not have enough to buy a Lego. But seriously. Did you see the photo above? When is enough, enough? Addictive.
7. Is it bad that it's only 9:45am and I am already looking forward to putting the kids to bed tonight? I'm happy to spend the day with them but I know we can't go anywhere (both because of Colin's fever and the cold outside). I'm a little restless. I don't want to get out any big craft projects because there are already so many Legos out all over the place that there is no room for anything else. (Do you see a pattern here?) That means another day of watching movies. That's fine with me but I don't think the kids are on board.
8. I just looked over at Camden and he is licking his arm. I guess that it my sign that he is bored and needs some entertainment.
Not gona' make it to 10 right now. Maybe I'll post more later.