Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
This year, I found no such deals that tickled my fancy enough to leave my warm bed at 3:30 in the morning. In fact, I woke up after my turkey induced coma at 5:55 A.M. I looked at my clock, while stumbling to my bathroom and thought to myself, "Hey, I would have been done shopping if I had gone out at 5!" The odd thoughts that come to me in my stupor!
Anyway, being cooped up here has been pretty good for me! I've been cleaning and re-arranging my closets and home. It's nice to have an organized home!
Our family Thanksgiving tradition is to put up our Christmas decorations on Thanksgiving night. We do it ALL! The tree, lights, window clings, little knick-knacks...THE WHOLE SHE-BANG! Last night as we were shivering out front, trying to figure out our net lights on our bush, a neighbor man came home. I don't know the man, but all I wanted to say to him was, "BAH-HUMBUG!" The guy was commenting to us that Thanksgiving isn't even done yet, and we're putting up our Christmas stuff? Some people just don't understand that it's RESTRAINT that keeps me from putting up my decor the day after Halloween! We have a radio station around here that starts playing Christmas music ALL day long until Christmas day beginning the day after Halloween. I sneak in my holiday listening when I can. Steve loves Christmas, and all that goes with it, but he only loves it between Thanksgiving dinner and shortly after Christmas. Now I'm allowed to listen to my music, and decorate my house with the things of the season! And some random stranger comments to me about being too early!? WHATEVER!
There's one more thing I've discovered I have a love for. I've actually known that I've had a love for this particular kind of thing, but I didn't know it could be useful until now. I've always loved organizing things on paper. I love filing things (when I was a secretary, it was a good thing!) and making sure things are in order! Now I've started doing some good things for my Church called Family Search Indexing. It's SO fun! It's a volunteer program where you try to decipher handwriting from over a hundred years ago. It's hard, but so much fun. Since I got started on Tuesday I've completed 3 projects and started on my fourth! Steve now fears that he'll NEVER get his computer time, and I'm afraid he's probably right! It's just a blast to try to figure these things out for a good cause! If anyone wants to sign up (you don't have to be a member of my Church to do this) you will NOT be disappointed!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
On top of the program stress, I've been making little gold medals for the kids all week. At first I was going to use the metal lids off of frozen concentrated juice, but I didn't get enough lids...so I figured I'd just glue ribbon to chocolate gold coins. Then I didn't want to wait for the glue to dry, so I bought tape. I've been cutting, taping, and putting those things together forever! I hope it goes over well!
Friday, November 17, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I'll try to summarize my day, again, it was LONG!
Sunday night we informed Cameron that he couldn't eat ANYTHING when he woke up the next morning, so we spent the entire evening feeding the boy anything his heart desired. Then we put him to bed...hoping for the best.
Early the Monday morning I woke up...feeling like I should get up, even though the alarm wasn't set to go off for another 10 minutes. As soon as I stepped off of my bed, I heard Cam running, full speed, up the stairs. I saw his face was covered with chocolate. NO! HE DIDN'T! But he had! He'd eaten some of his left-over Halloween chocolate, and after some coaxing, he admitted to eating some. I was so furious with the child! I put him in the tub for his bath and went into my room to cool off.
I was SO mad! Every once in a while I'd hear him call out for me. Then after about 10 minutes he called out, "Mama? Am I having time-out in the tub?"
I had to admit, that broke me down...I couldn't stop laughing! So I allowed him to get out!
We left town about 8:00, and drove and drove and drove. We arrived at the hospital with 20 minutes to spare. We checked in with the medical imaging place, and watched as Cam bounced from toy to toy in the waiting room. (Have I mentioned my LOVE of this hospital?)
We were finally called back, did all of the usual mumbo-jumbo, and told the nurses that if they wanted a semi-happy patient, they should do the IV at the last possible moment. (And they listened! I SOOOOO love this hospital!) They had him restrained while they attempted to put the IV into his hand. The first attempt wasn't working, so they had to do it a second time! The second time was successful! And they instantly administered the sleeping medicine to him. It didn't even take a full minute for him to fall asleep. As they took him away I commented to my mom that I wouldn't mind giving him that stuff EVERY night when it was bedtime. (OF COURSE, I was joking...really...I mean it!)
Then the nurse told us that we'd have to wait in the waiting room. We told her that we wanted to eat lunch, and she said that was fine. The procedure was going to take 30 minutes, and they'd let him sleep an additional 2 hours after that, so we had plenty of time.
We ate in Primary's cafeteria (the better of the two hospital cafeterias that we'd eaten in!) and went into the waiting room for the next 3 hours! After a while I worried about what was taking them so long to call us back, so I asked the receptionist. She called back to the recovery room and apparently they had called us back over the loud speaker...but we hadn't heard ANYTHING! So we gathered our stuff (I had been reading a book, and my mom was crocheting a baby dress, plus we had Cam's shoes, glasses, and stuff...) and hurried to see how he was doing.
The nurses told us that he didn't have anything wrong happen with regards to the anesthesia, but now that we were there, we could wake him up.
We took blankets off of him, shook him, called his name and after nothing happened we then looked to the nurses. They had gotten a hold of Dr. S in the meantime, and he wanted to talk with me on the phone. He told me that he hadn't gotten a tech to look at the results, but he'd get right on it. As I was walking back to his bed my mom and the nurse were pressing a cool, wet washcloth to his face. It made him SO mad it finally woke him up.
The medicine they gave him was so strong that the poor kid couldn't control his body at all! They told us it could stay in his system for 24 hours! He was just like a rag doll! I asked him if he needed to go to the bathroom and he did, but I had to carry him there. I sat him down on the toilet, and he was so out of it with the drugs he was laughing at ODD things! When we came out, the doctor was on the phone for me AGAIN. I was still holding Cam, so the nurses pushed out a chair for me to sit on and I tried to hold Cam and talk at the same time.
It was one of the hardest things...trying to carry on a civilized conversation and holding a floppy 50-pound baby! The jist of the conversation was that there are a FEW things that they want to take a closer look at: fatty area around the tip of his spine, and a few lymph nodes of interest...but the GOOD thing was NO BAD TUMORS!! *doing a dance of joy!* They weren't "official" results, but they're fairly certain that he's fine! They recommended another scan, either MRI or CT, within the next 3 to 6 months. The thing about what they saw was that there really isn't anyway to know whether the things of interest are causing problems, growing, or just fine...because this was the FIRST MRI he's had. But Dr. S told me that there really isn't anything to worry about. I was SO relieved!
Then after we FINALLY got Cam more awake we were able to check-out and leave for home. By this time it was after 5:00, and Cam hadn't eaten much all day! So we caught a "McGonalds" on the way out of town, and a Wendy's for me and my mom, and drove home.
I was so exhausted and ready to be home! My mom carried Cam inside my house for me, and he tried to get up to get something, and he fell over backwards...he was STILL dizzy and walking like a drunk. I decided that I would keep him home today, just to make sure he didn't have any problems and I knew all was well.
He probably SHOULD have gone to school today, but he stayed home and pushed his mama's buttons ALL day long!
The other nice news is that I'll most likely be DONE babysitting those kids that drive me crazy by Thursday! I'm so excited! But now, all I want to do is SLEEP! So forgive me for not visiting you lately, but I WILL catch up soon! (I hope!)
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Things are going better. I'm a bit worried that my friend L is STILL mad at me, but I can't stew over it too long! (Although I do anyway...)
Today was my husband's mostly day-off. (He doesn't work until 10:00 tonight...) so we slept in and then did some of his "musical" stuff. This year's musical is "Oliver!"
I normally don't say too much about my husband's musical, but I'm SO frustrated with it! It seems like whenever he does one of these plays I never see the man, and I really miss him! If I DO see him, all he talks about is the play, practice, or what he's doing in it. I really don't care! Does this make me a bad wife? I only ask that he do one play a year, because it's so hard on me, and he, for the most part, sticks with that agreement. But when I'm in the midst of the practices I get frustrated!
Today the kids from the play were singing in the mall. Now here's where TWO things I dislike clashed in a bad way! I don't like the mall...avoid it if I can...but I especially hate going there on a Saturday! UGH! I can't think of anything I hate more than that! But add the fact that the whole reason for going to the mall in the first place is to hear more of the musical....Don't even get me started! I went with Steve...humoring him...planning to watch just the FIRST performance (they had 2 planned) and then leave and do our other things. What really happened was we stood around while they were organizing everything...and just looking really dumb. So I figured that while they were doing that I'd go to the jewelry store and get our rings inspected, so I didn't just stand there doing nothing. Once Cam and I got back to where they were, the singing had started. Steve wasn't really doing ANY of the performing...mainly because they wanted the kids from the play to do most of the singing. They went through almost ALL of the songs that the kids sing in the play! It was cute, but it got boring really fast! But my husband was in the back of the crowd snapping pictures all over the place.
Once it was all over I looked at Steve and said, "Okay, we can go now, right?" Then he said that he was going to Barnes and Noble where the second performance was. I was NOT a happy person after that!
See, here's where I draw the line! I dislike the mall, on a Saturday, and with singing kids, but I refuse to go into Barnes and Noble...I DON'T like that store...at ALL! I told Steve that I thought we had just planned to watch the first performance...NOT the second. Then he looked at me with those big eyes of his and nearly begged to do this one thing. I sighed, and said, "Fine, but Cam and I are waiting in the van." Then I grabbed Cam's hand and left Steve to do whatever he wanted.
Now I don't want to sound like I'm a party pooper, but I can't handle Cam running all over the place in the mall. It's too crowded for my tastes anyway, and to be in Barnes and Noble? I hate the prices of books there...and I hate, hate, HATE the smell! They have a Starbucks in there, so the whole store smells like coffee. And that is one smell that just turns my stomach! ICK! So I didn't want to be the mom who chases her kid around the expensive store the whole while trying not to puke.
Cam and I entertained ourselves in the van doing magic tricks, and singing Primary songs at the top of our lungs. It was a fun time. Then Steve came out, and we left.
I'm just excited that the last week of Oliver! is this week. The performances are next weekend, and I can't wait until they're ALL over and I get my husband back! I know he'll be bummed, but he'll be ALL mine again...and for that reason, I can't wait!
Friday, November 03, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Here's the straw that broke the camel's back:
My son has many, many health problems, and we're on Medicaid. (Yes, we're mooching off of the government...but we accept it!) Anyway, with my new babysitting responsibilities we will just miss complete comprehensive coverage on the boy by $60 a month! SIXTY DOLLARS! I thought about maybe just taking a few weeks off and not counting that income...just allowing us to qualify when we reapply, but then I feel like I'd be messing with the whole system, and I don't like that! So I was discussing the options with my husband, mom, and brother and ALL three said I should stop babysitting the kids that drive me crazy. The more I think about it, the better I feel about the situation. It would mean a drop in the amount of money we're currently making, but I think we'll be okay! My only worry now is how to tell my friend that I need to stop.
I think the other thing that has gotten me in the mood to quit was a dream I had the other night. I don't remember all of the details, but I do remember that I was talking with my friend and her husband, and he was BEGGING me to watch their kids while they did something stoopid, and I had enough of his whiny attitude. I lashed into the man and started strangling him! (I was so mean, but WHO can control their dreams??) Anyway, I think that's a good enough sign to me that I need to stop. When you dream about killing someone else's husband it CAN'T be a good thing!