Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Snow and Elsa

The girls have been sick with bad colds.
My counter looks like a pharmacy of cold and cough syrups, tissues, Vicks, and vaporizers. :-P
I had to run to the store for more tissues and Starlight mints for their sore throats, and minty ice cream for the same reason.
We had to get some cookies too, of course! After all I'm sure double fudge is a known immunity booster!

I got on my laptop before I left to check the weather, look for coupons, check my email etc.
And what did I see in my mailbox but a notice that Robo hamsters were on sale.

Le sigh.

I'll just look, see what they have.

And I'll just bring my little pet travel carrier...just in case.

We get to Petsmart and we do our usual circuit.
Visit the rescue cats, then watch the dog grooming...if we're lucky enough to see any.
Then on to reptiles, birds, fish and finally the pocket pets.

I look in the Robo case, they only carry males, and I can see one brown one running around and one more in the little plastic igloo they have in there for them to sleep in.
Two is all I need, so I call the assistant over and she takes the case down, lifts the igloo and little baby hamsters go scurrying everywhere. Lots of them!

Right away we notice this little guy. A white hamster!
Too cute! And I've never seen a white Robo in the stores before.
Shiloh claims him and promptly names him "Snow" short for "Snow White".
I call him "Snowball" or when he's being feisty "President Snow". Yes, I'm in the midst of reading the Hunger Games books...just a few years behind the trend.
Shi keeps correcting me though, it's Snow White.

Then from out from the pile of slowly-waking brown hamsters, another little white face pops up!
A totally white Robo. Vivian wants that one!
He likes his sleep, a little fatter  fluffier than Snow. A bit slower and calmer, and terrible at running on the Silent Saucer. He can barely stay on there for 15 seconds without losing his footing and flying around it for several rotations or being flung out most-unceremoniously on his back.
After much thought, Vivian finally named him "Elsa" from the movie "Frozen".
She didn't like any of my suggestions of "boy" names, but actually "Elsa" fits. :)

I need to buy more bedding materials now (I didn't realize that I didn't have much left from Rory) and maybe another Silent Spinner...they both keeping crowding into this one and it's already beat-up, a larger size one will fit both of them better.
Since they are from the same litter they are supposed to get along, if they are never separated.
I also read-up on a few other tricks to help them cohabitate peacefully such as having double of most things (this helps with kids too) and no food dish. 
Apparently they might fight over food at the dish so it's preferrable to scatter the food around for them to find like a scavenger hunt.
Ah, makes it easier for me. No dish to clean. :)
So far having two in the same bin is not really any harder than having one in the bin. They don't seem to make any more mess or smell.

They make me miss Rory though, which I didn't expect.
Little things like the way she always woke up and came out when I opened her bin (probably just looking to see what treat I put in her dish) while these babies just snuggle back down to sleep.

But they are much less jumpy than she was at being touched and petted, which is really nice as they are so extremely soft. They feel like tiny, tiny, rabbits. :)

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The Dressing Room

I took the girls shopping to get them some new clothes for Spring.
Now since it took Vivian nearly an hour just to choose a pair of slippers this winter, I knew it might take awhile. I was right.

First they chose some skirts, Vivian had just two pairs that she couldn't decide between.
Shiloh had a bunch more because I wasn't sure if 6X or 7's would fit her better so I grabbed both sizes of a several types for her to try on.
Then on to shirts...this took forever. Maybe we were there overnight, I'm not sure.
We ended up with quite a cart full, because even if Vivian had rejected a shirt she would change her mind if Shiloh decided that *she* wanted to try on the same style shirt.

So we finally headed to the dressing room and passed by the pajamas.
Pajamas with little matching pajamas for their dolls, and not just pajamas but much-adored nightgowns....and they were marked 50% off!
We can't pass by that so I tell the girls that they can each choose one.
The agony of decisions.
I finally removed all of the options that included pants, (because the girls will be too hot in those) and all of the ones that were sleeveless (for the opposite reason).
That left them with about six choices.
Still a hard decision, but they finally made their choices and we hurried past any more distractions to the dressing room.

All three of us crowd into the tiny room with our pile of clothes.
The girls were quite excited for their first dressing room experience, usually they've just come in with me while I'm trying on clothes, I've never had them try on clothes before.
Quite excited equals quite loud and giggly. :)
I rather hope those dressing rooms are more sound-proof than they seem!
If not, then the other patrons heard a lot of this...
Vivian: "Ooh, I never tried clothes on before! I am SO excited! Are you excited, Shiloh?

Shiloh: "YES! yes!" (probably accompanied by bouncing)

Me: "C'mon girls, take off your clothes so you can try on these skirts. Boots come off first!"

Vivian: "Oh, I like this skirt! Do you like this skirt, Shiloh? I like this skirt"

Me: "Okay, lets try on the next one, Viv."

Shiloh: "MMmm! My armpit smells nice!"

Vivian: "Let me smell! Let me smell! Mmm, Mama smell Shiloh's armpit!"

Me: "Uh, no thank you."

Shiloh: "This skirt is too scratchy and when I move like this, I think it's going to fall off."

Me: "Yeah, we might have to stick with the 6's instead of size 7."

Vivian: "Can I have a cookie?"

Me: "Not in the dressing room, Dear. Is that skirt going to fall off?"

Shiloh: "This skirt has shorts underneath so when I ride my bike, no one can see my panties! Can you see your panties, Vivi?"

Vivian: "I am trying my pajamas on now, Shiloh. This one is not long enough, Mom. I want it to be longer."

Me: (looking at the tag) "Well, we can get it in size 7. It will be a bit big but it will be longer and I think it will fit okay."
"Shiloh, do you like that shirt?"

Shiloh: "I don't like that you can see my shoulders, I want a shirt like Vivian has on with the puffy sleeves."

Me: (digging through the cart) "I have that same shirt that Vivi has on, in a size 7. Try it on."

Vivian: "Ooh, Shiloh! We look like sisters!"

We finally make our way out of the dressing room and put back the clothes that we decided against.
I exchange Vivian's nightgown for a larger size, and now thinking about it I think I was going to go down a size on her shirt but I forgot.
I guess we'll see how it fits in the Summer!
She chose a sleeveless top so I might need to put a stitch in the straps to keep them on her shoulders.
Ah, that's why I keep my sewing box handy anyways. :)

I was telling DH about our shopping experience, and he was pretty glad he missed the hours of decisions and waiting while they tried on everything.
I guess it truly is a girl thing. :)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Vaccines and Cellulitis and Silverado

I took the girls in for their well-child checks this week.
They both checked out well, but then Vivian needed her 5 yr. old vaccines.
She's been nervous about the shots, which is the main reason I've put them off this long...I mean, she'll be six in a few months.

She did good with getting her shots, but then as soon as the nurse left, Vivian turned white and said her stomach hurt.
I brought her to the sink and wiped her face and neck down with a damp paper towel and she perked up a little bit.
Then they came back and said they needed to draw some blood!

But she made it through that okay.
We decided to go right home instead of shopping and soon she was sobbing over Shiloh "looking" at her.
I took her temp and she was running a low-grade fever, but some Motrin perked her right up.

Then she was fine until late Thursday when her one injection site started swelling and itching.
I gave her Benadry but this morning the area was swollen to the diameter of an orange, hot, sore, and itchy...so I called the Doctor's and they wanted to see her.

Diagnosis: Infection/Cellulitis. :(
She's now on antibiotics but her leg is driving her nuts!
Poor kiddo!
She's calling it her fat leg and the itching and soreness are really bothering her.
Which is why it is now more than three hours past her bedtime and she's still awake. :(
(Which guarantees that tomorrow will be fun.)

I was watching the old western movie "Silverado" when she came to sit next to me.
I pointed out that we were watching "Tyree" the bad guy.
"No, Tyree."
"Diarrhea of the Wimpy kid?"
"No, his name is Ty-ree."
"Yeah, cause Diarrhea of a Wimpy kid is Shiloh's book and not this movie.
Why are you talking about Diarrhea of the wimpy kid anyways?"

"Well, see this guy here? That is Jake. That was Uncle Jon's favorite guy.
"Jake and the Neverland Pirates?"
"No, this Jake."
"Oh the guy in this movie?"
"His name is Jake and the Neverland Pirates?"
"Well, you said his name was Jake and the Neverland Pirates..."
"Okay, let's find something else to watch now."

Friday, February 28, 2014


Sunshine is a precious commodity in the winter and is pounced upon in our household.
Katie the turtle is a total sunbather...stretching her toes to soak in the rays.

The girls love to get some Vitamin D too. :)

Our robo, Rory, passed away on Sunday.
She was three so she had a good long life for a hamster.
I took this picture just a week or two ago.
The girls took it well though Vivian has a hard time understanding the whole concept of death.
We're jumping at sounds now because they sound like noises that she would make and of course, it's not her.
Vivian has yelled at me twice for flattening boxes to put into the recycling.
"Wait Mom! Rory would love that box!"
I have her bin in the same spot because it's just easier and I think we'll be filling it again soon.
After all what a waste to just throw away all these toilet paper tubes and tissues boxes...especially when you know what an amusement park they become for a little hamster. :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How many more weeks of winter?

This winter has certainly been snow-filled!
DH made a big pile from the snow off the driveway and we've had a great sledding hill.

We busted through two sleds so I think that's evidence enough that we thoroughly enjoyed our winter.
But we're a bit ready for Spring now. :)
DH bought us flowers for Valentine's Day.
I took a few of the daisies out and we finally got a chance to do our food coloring in the flower water experiment! :)
The color started coming through so quickly too.

Last week I took the girls to see the Lego Movie...in 3D.

The girls love their 3D glasses. ;-)
I would say it's definitely a kids movie, and I'm sure the dude who sat behind me and snored through the entire movie agrees. lol
But it really was good. :)

Afterwards I took the girls shopping because Vivian needed new slippers.
It took her forever to decide!
And then after she had chosen a pair and we were walking around the store, she asked me to take her back so she could look at the other selections again.
Then she had to poll me and Shiloh to see which pair we liked.
Wow, if she's like this at age five. I'm in trouble...
She's just like...just like..Me!

It was nice to have a couple of warm days but it really was too sudden for the area after all the snow and ice.
I was driving around and there were so many flooded areas and the Super Walmart was a wreck!
They have skylights in their grocery department and nearly every one was leaking and so they had to cover some of the food with tarps and even had one aisle blocked off and they were working on relocating the food.
Definitely did not make you feel very safe walking through there...or really buying much food from there. :-P

But it was really nice being able to open up our front porch again. 
The girls love to play out there or even bring their books out and do their schoolwork in there.
Soon enough we'll be able to open it up more often. :)
Counting down to Spring!

Friday, February 07, 2014


Yesterday was a long day.
It started when we woke up and it was still dark outside.
This is nature's way of telling you to go back to sleep. 

But we had an early dentist appointment for Shiloh that was an hour away, and a driveway filled with mounds of snow from previous day's snowstorm.
DH turned on the coffeepot and went out to run the snowblower.
I got the girls up and dressed and ready.
DH comes in. Snowblower won't work. 

He goes back out to shovel the driveway and at least clear away the worst of snow...like where the plows piled it up at the end of the driveway.
I fed the girls, but it was so early no one was really hungry.
Shi ate a muffin and Vivi had some toast.
It was a lot of snow!

DH came back in and quickly grabbed some breakfast and a cup of coffee before we ran out the door.
We're driving along and right away Vivi says that her belly hurts, this a common complaint, so I turn the heat down and DH gives her a sip of water and we have her take her hat off.
Usually that's enough but she mentioned it a couple more times, so I turned on the cold air for her and gave her a little piece of gum.
I was just about to ask DH to give her a plastic bag just in case, when she throws up all over herself.

I'm on a four-lane, traffic-filled, slushy soupy road...and it's still not very bright out.
There's no pulling over.
So DH climbs into the back and uses most of my baggie of wipes to clean her off.
We have to turn off the air completely because it's blowing the smell around...which then makes my windshield fog over.
Fun times!

We make a plan for me to drop DH and Vivian off at a nearby Target so they can clean up and shop a little while I take Shi on to her Dentist appointment.
I pull into the Target and they are still closed. (THAT's how early it was!)
They won't open for another 15 minutes, which would leave me with 10 minutes to get Shi to her appointment....which is approximately 20 minutes away with the heavy traffic.

So onward to the appointment we all go.
I get Shi all signed in, rush Vivi to the bathroom to clean her up the best I can, and they call us right back for Shi's appointment.

Shiloh is there to have her adult molars sealed which protects them against getting cavities, apparently for the rest of her life which is pretty awesome. I think DH might want to ask his Dentist to do it for him!
Shi was fidgety and I know she's nervous so I opted for the laughing gas.
The Dentist (who was new but very nice) says it won't hurt and it will also help with her gag reflex.
Yeah, I had enough of gag reflexes for this day...bring on the gas!
I'm glad I did too because they had this flexible plastic piece that they had to put into her mouth and it was huge!
Poor kid!
She's tapping her legs and in a soft voice keeps going "Help Meeee!"
I'm not sure that laughing gas and Shiloh are a good mix though.
She was jittery and hyper but with even less coordination than usual, at least it wore off quickly.

Vivian was feeling better though still pretty pale, but her coat was still a little smelly and damp from being washed up in the sink so DH gave her his coat, while he walked around in his shirt sleeves in -8 degree windchills!
Thankfully he's hot blooded...and a good Daddy. :)

She looked too cute. 

Her carseat was a mess though. The straps, the buckle, and later I found that it even went through the slots in the carseat to puddle on the seat of the truck.
So thankful that I always keep a blanket under their carseats so it didn't actually get on the truck at all.
The fact that you can't wash carseat straps and can only wipe them clean is just ridiculous.
If the straps have to be like that, then they need to supply an extra set!
She was going to be reaching the weight limit on her car seat soon anyways so we decided to just buy her a new one while we were at Target instead of messing around struggling to clean her seat up.
We were able to find her a really nice seat that wasn't too expensive. It's really comfortable too, once we got it assembled she wanted to sit in it to watch TV. :)

Assembling it was a pain though. I'm glad I waited until we got home to put it together.
You had to jam the headrest into the back "firmly and quickly".
It was made to be permanently in...once you got it in.
I tried and tried and I could not slam that headrest in. I even sat on it and it wouldn't slide in!
After accidentally smashing it down on my foot, I decided to call DH for help and in a couple tries he had it in and soon the whole thing was together and it didn't take long to set up in the car either.

I had to give the girls a bath right away, but we still ended up with time to play outside for a bit before dinner.
There is a lot of snow so they were quite happy and excited and DH and I were happy that the snowblower turned out to be a fairly simple fix.
Definitely all slept well and early last night!

Vivi feels fine today and Shi has no discomfort from her dental work so today is looking up! :)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rainbow kayaks

Vivian was doing a craft project yesterday.
She's been working on her scissor skills.

Then she asked me "Mom, what color are kayaks?"

"Oh, they can be any color, Dear.
Whatever color people want, really."

"Like blue or pink?"

"Are there Rainbow Kayaks?"
"I'm sure somewhere there are Rainbow Kayaks"

She showed me her finished project.
Her Rainbow "Kayak"

Then I had to explain the difference between "kayaks" and a "yak".

My Princess, dressed as "Belle", studying through the microscope. :)

I love her microscope face! lol
As for their cold, Vivi is doing much better.
I bought them some Vitamin C to hopefully boost their immunity.
Shi still has her same-old cough. The month long cough. :(
She's on day 7 of her antibiotics and I was really hopeful the cough would be gone or lessening.
I'm running the vaporizer each night and trying to have her drink a lot of fluids, and also keeping her out of this awful cold weather.
At least she is in good spirits and finally they are both sleeping well.