Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Update on Temone, Tuesday March 27th

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 10:47 pm

Update on Temone, Tuesday March 27th

Pete, the vet who done his first surgery, has been out of town since the infection got bad. We postponed the biopsy from yesterday until today, since today was his first day back from vacation. We thought they were going to cut the infection out, but after Pete saw Temone today ... he said in his 17 years of practicing veteranarian medicine, he has NEVER seen an infection like this.

The tiny knot that was on his neck before the first surgery (lymph node, swelling from infection) is now the size of a walnut, it has not only spread to his sinuses but it's in his nasal passages as well. This explains the very loud breathing. It sounds like he's snoring, but he's awake, just breathing.

So he did not deal with the infection but did go in for a biopsy to make sure there is no cancer. He does not think, in his opinion that it IS cancer, but he does not want to say it's not without being 100%. The symptoms are not 100% lineing up as cancer, which makes him think it's a chronic, severe infection that needs to be treated with a round of steroids. That's best case scenario.

Worst case, it is cancer ... and if it is cancer, the type he is thinking it could, if it was, is not operable OR successful with chemo. Our only option if it is indeed cancer is to put him down.

So there you have it. My heart is laying out on my sleeve right now. Since I know a lot of my 'newer' friends will be reading this, I'll share something they likely do not know about me here, I have panic / anxiety disorder, along with clinical depression. The depression is managed by medication, as is most of the panic / anxiety issues, until something extremely stressful comes about... Like this.

Temone will be 13 years old May 8th. He was the first real sign of committment in my husband and my relationship. I could not sleep the night before my wedding, and it was only until 2am I realized I did not have Temone with me, he was at our apartment and I slept at my parent's house that night. This dog taught me to be a mother. The day we brought Jackson home from the hospital, my mom asked what I thought about having a baby to care for. I said "It's not much different than taking care of Temone". Jackson pee'd on Temone that same day ;o) Since then they've had a special relationship. lol To tell you the truth I have not had this kind of anxiety since my grandmother died five years ago.

I guess I write all of this to say, PLEASE, PLEASE pray for me (and him) during this time. Wisdom for Pete (who gave us a Rx for morphine for FREE because he said no doubt Temone was in pain now..) in how to treat him, that the biopsy results come back FAST (he said it could be 7-10 days!), Jay to keep his wits about him (he's as worried as I am ... he's taking him to work with him the rest of the week because of T being on the morphine...). :::deep sigh:::: Guys I can feel it- this is going to shake me down and rock my world. I just know it.

Monday, March 26, 2007

I tried to make it quick!

Monday, March 26th, 2007, 10:10 pm

Today was okay. Work was well. I was in the 4/5 yos today, and they were wild. I wonder what they do on the weekends sometimes, do they run wild all weekend too or what? kwim? (maybe not?) hehe The asst teacher in that class left, and the new one was to start today (part timer from another class going full time), but she was sick today. I love the lead teacher in that class, she's a joy to work with.

The kids and I had dinner after I picked them up and it seemed like no time and it was bedtime for them. poor Jackson was in meltdown mode. Hannah was obviously tired cause she took her bath cheerfully, and gave me minimal whining when I was combing her hair. (Does anyone else have drama central combing little girls' hair?) I showed her the pink gown that's been missing for forever, and she quickly put it on and went to bed no problem!

Jackson on the other hand ... I had to tell him three times to get started on his homework, but when I went to check on him after about 20-30 minutes later, he hands me five sheets! He confessed to not doing his homework this weekend (2 sheets) and not doing a sheet in class today, leaving his regular two sheets for tonight. I'm proud though, he could have skipped it all but he owned up to his responsibility and done all of it without my following up on him. I say that's pretty good for an 8 yo 2nd grader! But after he finished his homework he melted ... he had been watching a hunting show while doing his work, and missed the shot when he was bringing me his papers. Poor guy.

He has also agreed to a "reading challenge". Since we're working with Jon's AR list, I asked Jackson what he thought about reading the books off Jon's list for Jackson's grade level, and writing little book reviews on it. (I told him I would even put them on "my website". ;o) I told him he could see how many books he read in the spring, and try to beat that number in the summer. Competition. That's all that was needed. he was hooked. So now instead of one list I'm now working on TWO lists, LOL!! What have I done!!??

Temone is going back to the vet tomorrow (Tuesday) and he is having surgery. What they're doing, we do not know but he called Jay today and said to be sure Temone didn't eat or drink after midnight. (Yeh, we feed our dog after midnight alllll the time, lol). It's the regular vet that is doing the surgery, which is why he did not go back today as planned on Saturday. That vet had been out last week on vacation, but he's back now. PTL~ my baby is feeling rough! But his spirits are well, I called him from the kitchen when we got home tonight and he bee-bopped in the kitchen right to me.

Junior on the other hand ... poor guy. He was in Hannah's room today when Jay left. We close their bedroom doors when we leave to avoid "accidents" by the pets. As I was getting Hannah out of the bath I heard his bell jingling from Hannah's room. He had apparently been in there since Jay left at 11am! It wouldn't be so bad but it was 72o today, and Jay ALSO left the HEAT on, so it was 80o in the house when we got home, and he was in a room with a closed door! he's outside enjoying fresh air now.

I'm slowly working on a fly-larvae journal. I found the supplies for it when I was unpacking. I want to find some daily routine's somewhere, and somehow include juicing in it, lol I should probably be juicing now, but this is my cheap therapy (blogging). I'm so glad iVillage come up with iConnect, I had a post going on for months about what to name my blog at blogspot. I was going to change the link and everything, and on blogspot the title is rather important, here it isn't as much (I don't think at least!!). Now maybe if iVillage does RSS feeds on the blogs like www.praize.com does, hey that would be cool! oh back to juicing, I am so convicnced of the benefits of it, it's just incorporating it into our daily lives. It's a big change, doing that. Have any of you tried making your own juice?

Well I guess that's enough for tonight. Any more and I will ramble. Have a great Tuesday everyone!!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Update- Temone

Sunday, March 25th, 2007, 12:32 am

I noticed drops of salivated blood on his blanket yesterday (Friday), and looked at his mouth. The upper left gum where his teeth were cut out was protruding from his mouth and just red and raw almost. I felt so bad for him. I mean, other than the obvious breathing issues from his sinus infection (I'm assuming), he's generally in good spirits. He's always been a sweet hearted dog. I noticed where he's been drooling in parts his beard was getting matted so I trimmed his beard down. Jay called MIL and she contacted the vet's office (we use their vet and they, having six animals between them ...) and arranged for Temone to be seen today and offered to take him.

Their actual vet was out of town but the other one in the office met her to see him. He gave Temone a shot of antibiotic supposidly different / stronger from the "stout" one he was given last week. He said for us to bring him back on Monday and they would do a biopsy to make sure there's nothing else there .... cancer. You know I am so not going to freak out until I need to. I said that with my mother and I'll say it now. While my flesh wants to FREAK out cause they said the C word, I know at this time it's precautionary. He had major surgery, he will be thirteen years old this May, this is just hitting him hard (the surgery / abcess). Cause you know they took twelve teeth, but the problem area is where the abcessed tooth was.

So MIL gets home and L, her friend, is not happy with what was done. He was concerned about Temone being dehydrated and his breathing .. so they pack up the car and head to the clinic that treated MIL's dog (Tiffany) with her chemo treatments, and is currently treating her other dog (Tribble, Tiffany and Temone's son). They done all sorts of tests and X rays etc and determine that there's nothing blocking his airways aside from the sinus infection, so that is good, kwim? They also gave some suggestions for helping him be more comfortable until Monday like Little Noses saline drops for his nose, and Maalox for his belly since it's likely he's swallowing blood because TODAY, the abcessed area was literally bleeding.

So L was happy. I'm happy with that treatment.

Thankful Challenge (TC): Saturday

Sunday, March 25th, 2007, 12:13 am

Today I am thankful for:

The many prayers that were offered on my behalf here today.That she was not at the party (seriously!)The lessons the Lord brought to my mind today.

That I have a daughter who cares so much for her brother's friends that she wanted to be sure SHE gave her a gift, and not a gift from them both. She was excited to GIVE, that blessed me.To see my son put so much thought into what to get his friend. and for it to be a girl, he really showed today just how much he pays attention ("Hannah, she doesn't like regular girl stuff like you. She doesn't like princesses, she doesn't like Barbie ..." lol)

The fellowship we had at the party.
The good pictures I was able to get.Jackson agreeing to let our pet store friend keep the frog he found at Kristi's apartment last night (like I needed another animal).
Getting to know our pet store friend better.
MIL contacting her vet office and getting Temone an appointment for today- his mouth is WORSE than it was last week :o(
MIL's 'friend', for insisting that they go to the Clinic in the next city that MIL's dog for her chemo treatments from ... because what their vet's partner that saw Temone today, said, was not sufficient enough for L.That Temone does not have anything blocking his airways.
That L is covering our vet bills up front and is not expecting us to pay him back (although we're going to budget payments to give him at least some back, the vet bills are already up to $700!).

That my baby (Temone, lol) is home tonight with us.
My house.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Thankful Challenge (TC): Friday

Saturday, March 24th, 2007, 11:58 pm

Yesterday I was thankful for:

An employer that is empathetic to family things that pop up that can cause you to be late. (I was late again) A workplace that treats their employees as well as mine does- they brought biscuits (and fruit, coffee, juice) for breakfast, and had lunch catered by this Mexican Restaurant that is just awesome. We had a staff development day yesterday so no kids were there and it was all day training.) The day of on the clock, regular schedule training we had yesterday. I learned a lot.

Getting out of work an hour early yesterday, it was such a beautiful day it was nice to get up to the kid's school early so they could play on the playground for a little bit. I got to visit with a friend while they kids played on the playground with her girls ;o) She's so sweet, I am glad we've been getting to know each other.

We went out to this Japanese Steakhouse last night with Kristi, her dd, and Jay's best friend Jon. It was awesome, much better than past experiences that I remember. It was a first for Jay and I, we have never went to one together! YES! 13 years and this was a first. Hannah didn't care for the fire and I dare say if we asked her next time if she wants to go, she just might say no. Although she ate very well and even used the chopsticks. My MIL. She's always there when we need something .. well, within reason ;o) The beautiful day we had, it got up to 81o!! Falling asleep at 10pm, I needed the rest! The kids going to sleep right when I put them to bed.

"The" birthday party

Saturday, March 24th, 2007, 11:41 pm

First let me explain the dynamic in Jackson's class. Let me back up. Hannah and Jackson both go to private christian school- she's in k4 and he's in 2nd grade. Our school is k4-12th grade, one building, this year we had 172 students total. Small school, so naturally, each grade consists of one class. So Jackson has been with the same kids in school since he was four (four years), with the exception of one girl and she started this year, having been homeschooled up until this year.

Jackson's best friend is Jacob. They've been 'together' since they were two. Yes, they chose to play with each other at two years old. They're soulmates in the friend sense. Like David and Jonathan (in the bible). They are both of the same high spirited temperament, and it was such a blessing to realize that when they were three, for his mom and myself, just to know someone knows what it was like to have a child like that.

So they're four and start school. And they meet Jordan ;o) Jacob falls in love, lol .... and it begins. From day one, Jordan is the most popular in the class. Adorable little girl with strawberry blonde hair and glasses (when she was four she had LONG hair and wore it in pigtails, loved, loved, loved it!). The summer before first grade, Jackson confides in me that he has a crush on someone. She was really cute, and never got any D marks at school. Then there were two in his class that would fit that description, and my first guess was wrong. Guess who the other one was. That was when I got to have the "talk" with him about the commandment "thou shalt not crush on best friends girlfriend" LOL!

So after much counseling, not really a lot, but after some talking he understood what I was saying, and agreed. It was not as much as he had a 'real' crush on her, as much as ... his missed his friends. and she was one of his best friends. he really didn't understand (then) the whole crush thing. There has not been a day that he comes home and mentions playing with one, that he doesn't mention the other.

What was funny was one day I was talking to Jay when he was at work, and I don't even remember what we were talking about ... but Jay said "Oh but lets not forget Jacob S." and the admin asst he works with said "Excuse me, did you just say Jacob S.?" ... Jay said "Yes, that's Jackson's best friend ... we were talking about [whatever]" and she said "wait a minute, does he go to school in ____", and he said "yeeeeessss"; she said, "Our neice Jordan goes to that school and she talks about Jacob S and Jackson ALLLLL the time" ROFL Jay says "Well that's my boy!!". The irony? They work almost an hour away from the school!

Then the plot got thicker. As they started talking more about family, etc ... they realized, Jay's ex wife is married into their family :-O YES!~ Jay's ex wife was related to Jackson's best friend. Oy! There is MUCH history there. MUCH. We're talking, I was there the night she told him she was leaving. Tense stuff. So of course there has been a lot of emotions in the past, but then I got saved in May '97 and the Lord started changing everything then.

So fast forward to last night. We're getting the kids ready for bed and Jackson mentions Jordan's birthday party and yay we're all excited. Then Jay says "Ummm ... you realize ... somebody might be there, right?" and I'm like "huh?" and he said "somebody ... that's related to her ..." OY! and then I was like "well you know what? It's just going to have to be okay, because that's Jackson's best friend." But man, a thousand different scenarios went through my head between then and this morning. My flesh was getting the better of me so I posted a prayer request on Christian Family Life and of course my girls backed me up ;O) Then when we got there, she wasn't. Which was okay, too, ya know?

But ya know, good still come out of this because it seems like the Lord sends situations my way that brings me back to that time in our lives, and I have to examine my current feelings towards her. It's almost like a litmus test to see how much of my 'old' self still exists in my 'new' life ... does that make sense? Self examination never hurt anyone, right? So that was really my head spinner for the week.

As for the party~

They had a GREAT turnout, ten out of the fourteen in class come today. It's neat, the longer they're together as a class the better our gatherings are. This class has been together since they were four (this was an "8th" bday, 2nd grade). I got some GREAT pictures, especially with the three of them together ;o) It's also such a good time for us moms, too. It's neat to see how our own friendships have grown over these short years, and to think we have ten more to go ;o) It made me think perhaps we'll have an end of school year party here at the house and have a pot luck dinner or something. That would be a lot of fun and ya know? Praise God we DO have the room to do it *g*

Jacob come home with us (Jackson's best friend). They've been ripping and roaring all evening. My head is busting- although I think it would have even if they weren't ;)

Friday, March 23, 2007

Thankful Challenge (TC): Wednesday & Thursday

Friday, March 23rd, 2007, 12:24 am

Yesterday I was thankful for ... Hannah's good spirit while she was sick. That Jon got to come over and play with Jackson, they both needed that. That I learned quickly I could find books on Jon's reading list online and reserve them for us ... saves some legwork, I tell ya! The good game of checkers Hannah and I played, she's getting good, it's so funny to play with her! She'll scoot all her pieces over as far as she can, until you just cannot go anywhere else! she'll start to move one and go "no, if I move there you will jump me ... mom I'll pass this time, you can go" ROFL!! I was able to help my good friend get her nursing license verified. Her computer is messed up and I have not been able to go fix it for her yet. So we done it over the phone together, with my using our internet. Today I am thankful for ....

Getting to spend another day at home with Hannah, just vegging out. She ran a fever last night, ad our school's rule is 24 hours no fever with no meds before returning. Come to find out Jackson had it first, then their friend Joel, and then Hannah. But Joel went home today with tummy troubles, poor guy! As gross a sounds as he is making, I believe the new antibiotics are working for Temone. He's supposed to go for a checkup tomorrow to verify if the infection is indeed going down. I wonder ... Jay's had work issues pop up this week, does he remember? Grey's Anatomy is not a repeat tonight and I am about to go watch it on DVR ;o)

I got all of our laundry done tonight at the laundromat. two week's worth! I got 99% of the trash in the kitchen picked up. No we're not yucky, we just eat take-out a lot. LOL!! My ratties, they're so sweet. I took some pictures of them today but it was through the cage so I'm afraid they won't turn out that good. Maybe this weekend we'll get them out and get some good pics of them. I'll have to show them off on the Small Animals board when I get them, too.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Home today, Hannah's sick

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 8:35 am

Hannah woke up between 3 and 3:30 this morning ... well, she started coughing rough, I should say. I woke her up to check on her and she was burning up- 102.3. and she was nauseous. So I kept her home today and called into work. I'm so thankful to have a family friendly work environment. They're very sympathetic about the not sending your kid to school sick thing ;o) Maybe I'll get some things done today? Ahhh, how about I go back to bed for a little bit. Yeh, that sounds good ;o) and I'll take Temone with me so we can cuddle...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Dog, The Boy, & Overachieving

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 10:59 pm

Temone had surgery a couple of weeks ago. This past week he developed a severe infection and we had to take him to the vet Sunday. His sinuses are infected along with his mouth, and he's had trouble breathing for all of the congestion. He is literally snorting for air at ties. He feels so bad, I can just see it. poor baby is having to sleep with his mouth open to breathe, but he only has seven teeth so he's drooling on his blankets. I remember when he was a puppy he had the flu once, and that was NOTHING compared to this. I mean it could have something to do with the fact he's pushing 13 years old now, but still. I feel so bad for my baby. I want to call in tomorrow so I can cuddle him all day. Maybe I'll take him to mom's before work so SHE can cuddle with him?

I'm so frustrated with Jon (my nephew)'s school situation. He has a teacher that is pushing for him to go on medication / get an official ADD diagnosis. I know I'm not a doctor, but, the boy does NOT have ADD. The boy has a major lack of structure in his life, that's what he has. The boy does not go to sleep before midnight each night, and is on the school bus at 6am every morning. His dad just died a month ago. His mom works two jobs. His CAT died today. He has a LOT of things going on but ADD is NOT one of them. When he has structure in his life, he does well. THAT, has been proven before. I just hope we can make enough progress with his reading that Sis will consider what I tell her instead of pushing for a diagnosis from his doctor. IMO his teacher needs to be looking for ways to help him succeed in the now instead of hoping for meds so he might be able to succeed later, kwim?

Jackson is so excited about achievement tests this week. he is feeling pretty confident in how he is doing. We've been praying every morning, I believe the Lord's answering prayer. I'm trying to help Jackson understand that it's not as important in how high he scores, but that it's more important that we know he done his very best, regardless of the score. I never thought I would ever say this but I have a high achieving child. He's very brainy, and it's SUCH a blessing for me in so many ways. BUT, with that comes the curse of perfectionism. So my parenting challenge of late has been spinning the usual "Woo-Hoo! You got an A!" to "I'm glad you tried your best sweetie" "It's okay if you ONLY made a 94, you done your best!" "You don't have to win every time, you know...". I love it that he's successful, but at the same time I don't want to overlook an opportunity to build up his character, too. Does that make sense?

Uhg, I just talked to dad and they're working late tomorrow. I'm going to have to see if I can cut out a few minutes early so I can pick up Jon at Sis's work on my way to go get the kids. Oy! I wanted mom and dad to pick the kids up (save me 30 miles), and Sis drop Jon off at their house and me pick all of them up there on my way home (which is literally on the way, kwim?) ... that blows taking Temone over there before work ... they won't be home anyways!

I bought a phonics book I want to work with Jon in ... it will help me pinpoint where he has trouble with certain words. I'm starting to wonder if I'm supposed to be a teacher when I grow up?

Thankful Challenge (TC): Tuesday

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 10:14 pm

I'm thankful my boss took me seriously when I said "I wanna gooooooo!" when I found out the 4/5 yo class was going to the children's museum this week- I got to go today (for free!) They have this new special effect / virtual game thing Jackson is going to LOVE. We WILL be taking the kids soon! I'm thankful my imitrex worked this morning or I would have been HURTING after the field trip! I'm thankful Jay cleaned the house while he was home today. I'm thankful Sis seems to be appreciating my involvement in dn's reading challenge. I'm thankful Jackson is so excited about their achievement testing this week, he's totally stoked!!

How I found iVillage (Tag!)

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 2:21 am

Misty tagged me with this question so here's my answer :)

Back in the winter of 1999, iVillage done a series of TV commcerials with the theme "real solutions, real women". I mean they RAN with it too, We didn't even have a computer back then. I said "If we ever get a computer and on the internet, I am going to see what the big deal is about that website". In March of 2000, we got a computer. The second day we were on the net, I visited iVillage. and I have never left ;o) I remember the first board I ever posted on was the Dogs board on the then Pets Channel. Everyone was so nice. I was far away from the Lord at that time in my life. It was late in November of '00 I started drawing closer to the Lord, finding my way back, and I found Christian Family Life, back then, ParentSoup's Christian Parenting board. I became a regular member, and subsequently the CL the following May. It was August of '03 when I became CL for then then THML Help board, now Creating Websites and Graphics :o)

I'm tagging PJ, Kerri, Corrine, Jenny, and Zanna

How about you? How did YOU find iVillage?

Monday, March 19, 2007

Thankful Challenge (TC): Monday

Monday, March 19th, 2007, 10:03 pm

Courtosy of the TC Challenge on Christian Family Life~

I'm thankful that I only got to work 10 minutes late this morning. It's been worse the past few days!!I'm thankful that the 3 yo's I subbed for today had a good day compared to other days I've been with them. Both teachers were out, and I was the main teacher for them today ... all day!!But thankfully, they ALL went to sleep at naptime (rare), within 30 minutes of going down, and had a GREAT nap!!I'm thankful we did not have recess AM or PM with the older classes today.I'm thankful for the new recess schedule that was implemented this week that will limit the time this class has with the older classes, because one of the boys in there ..... I believe will be more successful in class away from some of the older boys.

I'm thankful the weather has turned warmer, because the gas company apparently did not receive our payment last week. The gas was cut off today!I'm thankful for the couple at the restraurant we ate at tonight asking if they could pay our bill, what a blessing! It was just the kids and myself. The kids were being great, we were having a good time being together after our long days. The man turned around and asked "Would you object if we paid for your bill m'am?" my mouth dropped to the floor!I'm thankful Temine's dog food was 50% off at Petsmart tonight, woo-hoo!!I'm thankful our vet's co worker did not mind meeting Jay at the office yesterday, Temone's mouth has gotten a severe infection on the left side and it had spread to his sinuses (poor baby!!)I'm thankful it's going to be 70o here tomorrow, that means Jay can pick the kids up early and spend some outdoor time with them before I get home :o)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

My accomplishments tonight ....

Saturday, March 17th, 2007, 11:44 pm

I played and played with this blog code, and am not getting anywhere. We're talking like, over an hour messing with code. It'll come to me ... one day. So I made my new Easter siggie and am so loving it! I got the porcupine a week or so ago and just fell in love with it. He's so cool. I come up with two Easter sig offers, I plan on doing a more spiritual themed one in the next week as well. If you want one just request in the linked thread! After I done those I went back to Connect and come up with a new siggie idea for there, and voila, here it is (below). Lets go try to make another sig now *G*

Need ... to ... blog ...

Saturday, March 17th, 2007, 7:58 pm

This has been a busy, week. Hectic, not a frazzling hectic, though. I work from 8:30-5:30. I get to the kid's school to pick them up at 6. Between the time we get home around 6:20-6:30, we have until 8:30 to get homework, baths, and "talk" in. I have not cooked in forever! It's takeout, every night. (No wonder I'm getting fatter ;o) The kids go to bed around 8:30, out of neccessity. Three nights this week I fell asleep around 10pm. Oy! That makes me behind on everything else, including blogging, boards, graphics, allllll that. Not to mention Jackson started a fever Thursday night, and was out of school Friday. He's still not feeling 100%, I think he has an ear infection poor baby.

So this morning I got caught up on posting. I'm going to play a little bit with the blog here, then I am going to make my Easter sig, and an Easter sig for offer to put up on Creating Websites and Graphics. I will work on a sig that someone requested from me last week. I will also finish the blinkie tutorial I started working on last week. After all of that, I am going to go terrorize Mia at TV Lovers in the Grey's Anatomy folder (uh-huh, y'all thought I forgot!!). When I get that far I will c/p & link you here. Before bed, I will gather all of the trash in my kitchen, lol

My sister called me last weekend, said that her ds's ('Jon', 10 yo 4th grade) school called and said that he was behind on reading level, and with the current issues with ADD popping up (undiagnosed, but his teacher believes he is, PLEASE do not get me started!), they're considering putting him in a special ed / learning disability class if his reading level does not come up. Currently the average is 4.7, he's at a 3.5. They do that accelerated reading program.

This is all new to me because our kids are in private school and do not do such things. They do phonics based reading and their reading level, the best to my knowledge, is only looked at when the Stanford Battery Achievement Test results come back in. That's the only time I hear about it anyways.

So, last weekend we went to the library and got Jon set up with a book to read and take the test on. He took the test Monday and made an 80%. I went and got him Wednesday and we went back to the library. The librarian there that night printed me out 17 pages of books that were in the 3.5-3.8 level. While Jon and my kids played on the computer, I worked with the librarian in picking out "boy" books for him. Did we know that Corduroy is a 3.5 grade level? (alrighty then!) We read Corduroy while we were there .. well he read it to me, and I sent him home with a chapter book and another book. The chapter book he was supposed to read one chapter per night, the other he was supposed to read Thursday night. I called Thursday to find out he read the other book when he got home the night before, and took BOTH tests that monring. He got 100% on BOTH tests!! Yay!!

So this will be a regular thing until his grades come up. I don't know what they are now, but I'm guessing not good if they're talking about special ed? This is a boy who just watched his father die in the hospital not a month ago and they NOW decide to throw all this up in the air. I'm rather irked with the situation myself. But sis cannot quit her night job right now, and the last option is for him to hang out with his older sister on those evenings ... not a very good idea. Not that she's a bad influence perse, but she has enough going on in her own life right now. This boy needs parental figures in his life, kwim? So that's my latest "project".

Enough for now, I'm gonna run ;o) TTFN!!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Feeling discouraged ....

Sunday, March 11th, 2007, 11:16 pm

Just in general. It seems like every time I turn around, something's not right. and I have a bad feeling. Kind of like on Grey's Anatomy when Meredith woke up and felt like she was going to die? and if it wasn't for Dylan she would have? I feel like something bad is going to happen. Not physically ... just ... something. Uhg

Friday, March 9, 2007

I should be getting ready .. (updates)

Friday, March 9th, 2007, 6:45 am

This is going to be as quick as I can write ....


The admin asst already sent out my paperwork for the insurance, so I am filling out addt'l paperwork with the correct info (just for me, not for family), and they're going to fax that in. I went online and got a quote for private insurance for Jay and the Kids and found a reasonable one for $302 a month! That's a far cry from $700.


She is feeling better now. Two other kids in her class has had that bug this week, it's going around the school. I'll believe it, my stomach isn't quite right this morning.


I just went to wake him up (again) and found what works ... "Do you want to go sit in the LR in with the fireplace on for a few minutes?" BOING!! There he lies, right in front of it, LOL!!

Jay is due home tonight so I'm not sure if I'll be on or not.

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

HUGE shocker today!!

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007, 10:42 pm

I wa sso happy to be filling out the paperwork for my employers group health insurance this morning. Jay's insurance changed and we dropped it two weeks ago because it was useless. Then my boss comes in asking me if I was SURE I wanted to cover my family, it would be $700 a month!!! OMIGoodness!! So we're in a health insurance crisis now for the kids and Jay :::uhg::: My insurance is free, praise the Lord.

Jay is leaving tomorrow on business. That should be interesting with the kids. He's been so moody lately but he doesn;t see it. I see it. I'm feeling it, but he needs to be able to recognize it, kwim? His voice is way too high, it;s unlike him. Or maybe I'm yelling LESS now because of working in childcare? kwim?

Off to bed, have a good night :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Good Tuesday Morning ...?

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, 7:49 am

Hannah is still running a small fever, but Jay is home from work today so he will be staying with her. Howevr we've had a tense morning cause I dared to ask if he was taking Jackson. "I never take them on Tuesdays" ... "Because you take them on Mondays, you didn't yesterday so I thought we were flip flopping" ... "but ..." rah rah rah. I told him to go back to bed and I wold take him but noooooo, he wouldn't have that!! Uhg, what a way to start the day! I hope he gets me coffee on the way back ;O)

Work said they were already short handed when I called in yesterday. I wonder how rough it will be today? Childcare is different than other jobs I've had. Other jobs you had to work twice, three times as hard to make up the slack, childcare you do the same regardless. The only difference with me, is my position is "floater", so I may bounce around some rooms while they try to get the staff issues straightened. I feel horrible not being there yesterday (especially since I got to make sigs, catch up on laundry, etc, .. lol)- but no one wants to keep a sick child for risk of getting it them selves!

I'm already paranoid at the myriad of things going around work, but to find out at church that a whole new set of things are going around at the kid's school and church, Oy Vey!!

:::deep breath:::

So y'all have a great day today. Hope to see you more tonight ;o) Leave me bunches of comments and be sure to check out the video I uploaded last night!!

Monday, March 5, 2007

Oh no they ain't!

Monday, March 5th, 2007, 7:48 pm

I just read this article I found on Susannah's blog that My Space is removing breastfeeding photos, claiming they are offensive!! To go further, they're deleting any photos that portray breastfeeding, and there are freaks out there actually reporting the photos!!

Unbelievable. What is this world coming to when you can post "SAC" photos of adult nature but you can't post a picture of a mother feeding her child? Get your minds out of the gutter people!!!

Any thoughts? I'm going to head over to the lactivist and see if there's anything over there. While I'm at it I'll have to find an update on the City Kids daycare ;o)

Not much better

Monday, March 5th, 2007, 5:01 pm

Hannah has layed around the house all day, being as sweet as she can be ... but she's still running a low grade temp, and complaining about her tummy hurting. I haven't let her eat much today so she hasn;t vomited again, BUT, we're about to go get Jackson from school. She gets car sick easily, wish me luck!! When I get back and finish our the current sig I'm .....

{15 minutes later}

Holy moly Jay walked through the door two hours early!! He come by to use the facilities before going to get the kids ... I never called him to let him know Hannah and I were home today ::blush::: So he's on his way to go get Jackson and I'm about to order dinner ;o)

As I was saying, when I finish this next sig I'll post them and show ya what I've been up to today ... besides finishing washing and drying what laundry needed to be done *g*

Home from work today

Monday, March 5th, 2007, 10:51 am

Hannah has contracted the stomach bug that has been going around. I'm been vegging out here at the computer for over an hour, I should clean the house some while I have the opportunity, but I don't want to! ;o)

What are y'all up to today?

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Our weekend (3/3-4/07)

Sunday, March 4th, 2007, 9:41 pm


Jackson had his last basketball game for the season. He plays for Upward. This was THE best game they've played the whole season! We won 26-22, with Jackson scoring 12 of those 26 points! He also assisted twice. This was a GREAT game for him. It makes me excited to see what he will do next year, he has been working very hard this go round. I took pictures and I want to scrap them to frame it for him.

After his game we went to see Abby (my best friend's youngest dd) play her game. She plays for Upward too but in an older group set, at a different church. Jay was off and was with us. Maddie (her middle dd) had the flu and was wanting mashed potatoes, so afterwards we decided to go to K&W to eat. Jay and the kids weren't hungry so I went with Kristi and they went home. After we ate we went to a shoe store then to Sams Club for a little bit. Got home, took a nap, and when I got up Jay expressed interest in going out (wow!). So I called my sister to see if she'd come sit with the kids, and she said yes.

We went to Applebees for dinner then to see The Ghost Rider. Let me tell you, I am not impressed. Nicholas Cage is SO much better than that movie!


Jay had to work so the kids and I got up and went to church. Gracious, the kiddos in my class were WILD today!! They never act like this! I had three different people remind me it was a full moon. Guess there just may be something to that. What was funny is the one that would most likely get in trouble, was GOOD- LOL!! After church we went by KFC, picked up a lunch meal, and drove to my cousin's house. She was having "Sunday lunch" at her house this week. So we got to visit with that side of the family today, it was very nice. She ha stwin dd's, and Hannah calls them her "little sisters", lol They had a ball today, all the kids. There was my nephew (10 yo), Jackson (8), Hannah (5), another boy cousin (4), and the girls (2.5).

The kids and I got home around 7:30, and pretty much vegged out the rest of the evening. It's been a busy weekend- again. Still looking for that routine. Sis asked on her blog what everyone's Saturday rituals were. Perhaps I need to start thinking more about the way we spend our Saturdays, kwim?

Happy Sunday

Sunday, March 4th, 2007, 9:19 am

We're getting ready for church, then afterwards will be going to have lunch at my cousin's house. Hannah is excited because she'll be seeing her little twin cousins in which she calls "her little sisters", lol

Have a blessed day in the Lord my friends!!

Saturday, March 3, 2007

They call her Nubby

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007, 12:47 am

I posted on the Small Animals board about my dear sweet Puffy dieing last week. So Jay comes home tonight right after we had walked in the door. I hear Jackson saying something to him and as I look over my shoulder I see him carrying a cat ... a solid black cat. Mickey, our 15 yo cat, is solid black. My instant thought is "Why is he holding Mickey, did he get out in the garage when we got home? How weird. Maybe Mickey was sick today nd he had to take him to the vet, oh no ..." you know how a few thoughts run through your head at the same time?

But then I notice, uummm, Mickey's whiskers are WHITE. Mickey's whiskers are BLACK. Jay was holding a different cat! It looked to be Mickey's TWIN except for the white whiskers and obvious size difference! Mickey, being so old, is now frail and petite. This cat was very healthy and bigger boned, but the markings shape of the head, eye color, all the same.

So who IS this cat?

Jay introduces "Nubby". Nubby showed up at his work (in a warehouse) as a stray and everyone befriended her. (Yes, her, the best he can tell...). About a week ago she started allowing everyone to pet her. Apparently the office beside them called animal control on Nubby, and my dear husband just would not have that. He put Nubby in an extra office today and brought her home. It's not 100% decided that we will keep her, but he said that he couldn't have her going to the pound. If memory serves me right, this is how we ended up keeping Junior, too :p

So within the first minute Nubby's in the house she notices the other animals, and is not very happy. She started that kitty squawling and hisses when any of them got near her. Our poor babies, they just wanted to say hi! Mickey's so funny, he will walk up slowly, she's squawl, he'll squawl in a lower tone, she won't back down and it's like he says "Fine, be that way, I'll try again later.." LOL!!

She's a potentially sweet kitty. Oh, did I mention she's bobtail? That would explain "Nubby", huh? ;o)

Circus fun for everyone is coming ...

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007, 12:22 am

to our city.
Animals and lions and ladies oh so pretty.
The silly clowns will make you laugh,
the animals so clever ...
the tightrope walker never falls,
it's the best show ever!!

Okay, so that's the best I could make from Hannah singing their little circus theme song. Her class had their annual k4 circus, showing off all of their gross motor skills they've accquired this school year among other things. All of the kids were to dress up like a circus character, and my little girl was the ballerina / tightrope walker. We curled her hair in soft curlers last night, swooped it up this morning along with her crown ... had the tights, the too-too (sp?).

The kids done wonderfully, although I'll admit my disappointment of when they first marched out, to find they had put a DRESS underneath her one piece leotard / too too, and it looked quite homely! There was concern over the modesty issue (they go to private Christian school) ... which, I can respect the modesty issue, that was why I had her in tights. If the tights were not good enough, I wish they would have told me when I walked her into her classroom this morning and I would have brought back something more appropriate that would not take away from her outfit.

What Im suprised with is just how disappointed I was. SHE was fine and didn't think twice about it. I guess we've been talking about this day SOOO much for weeks I got a bit overexcited ;) I have pics and videos, but I don't know where the cord is t transfer everything to the computer. I'll have to do that later. I downloaded a circus theme digiscrap kit I plan on putting the pictures together with, I found it this morning. Very cute!! So be on the lookout!