Monday, March 30, 2015


Don't come near us!
 We're basically a big germ fest over here. :-S

Since Shiloh was the first to come down the plague here, she is the most recovered.
But of course she does sickness...with an extra flair.

Last night, right before bed, she suddenly breaks out in hives all over her face...near her eyes, all up her ear.
Crazy puffy pink hives!
So I quickly gave her Benadryl, then brushed her teeth and got her all ready for bed but kept her down on the couch with me.
They came on so suddenly that I wanted to keep an eye on her until I knew the Benadryl worked.

Thankfully today she only had a spot appear here and there and then fade.

Vivian has a slightly worse cough.
Unfortunately the girls were well enough to play together, but still too sick to really get along well.
Made for a long day for Mama...who also needs the tissues now.

We had a light schoolwork day, including a little whiteboard quiz.

What makes Shiloh feel better? She wrote "Mama".
Makes the sleepless nights worth it. :)

Vivian's list...long list of what makes her feel better.
It's basically a menu! Blueberries, shrimp with butter, raspberries, peaches, mixed fruit...
She also drew a picture of sitting on the couch watching "Wild Kratts". :)

Friday, March 27, 2015

The sickness continues...

I called the Pediatrician this morning but after the nurse spoke to the Doctor, he decided that Shiloh has a virus and that I should keep doing what I am doing (alternating Motrin/Tylenol and giving her lots of fluids) and call them after the weekend if she's not improved. 

She had such a frequent cough Wednesday night that no one was getting any sleep. 
So last night we set up a little bed for Vivian in our room.
Vivi still has just the sore throat, but she needs her rest to keep it from turning into anything else.
She's actually quite in love with the whole arrangement.

We've been waking up early most mornings this week with Shi's coughing, so we often end up on the couch watching PBS.
We were watching one cartoon where they mentioned  making"smoked barracuda"
Vivian made a face and said "Ew, he smoked a barracuda?"
Me: "Not like that. He smoked it as a way of cooking it."
Vivi: "You mean, he burnt it until smoke came out!"

Um, well that is the way that *I* smoke things...
 I was having trouble with a bear-shaped pancake pan last week and Shiloh came into the kitchen and said "Mmm, are you making barbecue!"
That is a definite sign that your pancakes are in trouble.
Well, there ARE black bears after all.
Not barbecue...authentic! ;-)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fever, fever, go away...

Day one of having sick children, the Mom-jump into Caregiver mode.
Fetching drinks and apply cool cloths to foreheads.
Tucking in blankets, dosing out medication, taking temperatures, hauling out vaporizers.

Sleepless night of spending part of the night in your own bed, part of the night taking care of sick children, and part of the night of the night curled up on the foot of the children's bed holding the fevered hand of a child who can't sleep without your presence.

Day two, Caregiver mode is now fueled by coffee and chocolate.
Television is on constantly. Mom drifts off during an episode of Curious George...wakes up 15 minutes later to find George has (once again) gotten himself into another mischievous mess.
Thankful my children are not curious monkeys.

Sleepless night #2, basically a repeat of above.

Day three, Why won't the toaster make coffee? Why do we even have a toaster if it won't make coffee?
Want to cry because toaster won't make coffee.

Basically, I've realized day three is my breaking point.
Vivian woke up with a sore throat but it has only been bothering her off and on today so I'm hoping it's nothing.
She is not a good patient at all. She gets man-colds.

Shiloh's fever is finally gone tonight! I'm waiting for her Motrin dose to wear off completely but so far the Motrin has never brought her temperature down this far.
I'm hopeful!
I was planning to call the Dr. in the morning if she still had this fever.
Hopefully I won't have to make that call!

She also lost a tooth tonight!
It actually was good timing as it kept her focus on wiggling her tooth and less on her sickness.

Now hopefully the Tooth Fairy is not too tired to remember to make an appearance tonight!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

One down One up

Shi has come down with the Flu. :(
I'm not sure where she got it since we haven't gone out a lot but somehow...
I wasn't sure if she had a cold or flu, so I looked up a list of Flu symptoms and she had every single one.
She was pretty down today with fever (30hrs and counting),and never really left the couch.

Vivian was in rare form, having the house and most of my attention for herself!
Oh, she is such a character.
We were teasing each other and I said "Vivi, what is going on over here?"
Vivian: "Sorry! It was an accident!"
Me: "They say "there are no accidents", Viv."
Vivian frowns: "Then why is there a word "accident", Mom?

She helped me make brownies this afternoon.
She stirred the brownies, showed me her muscles, and said if I bought her the 2lb weights at Walmart, she could get bigger muscles and stir better. ;-)
She ended her argument with "C'mon Mom, I have to lift something!"
We had a hard time deciding what add-ins to use but we finally settled on Oreos.
(With the stipulation that Vivian would get to eat an Oreo when she was done stirring...of course)
I chopped them up, but that didn't work out very well and you can't really taste the Oreos at all. :(
I guess next time I'd have to try adding whole Oreos.

She served me "stew" from the play kitchen. She included a huge pitcher of "spring water" and even remembered a napkin.
The stew included everything from a brownie, to pineapples.
Actually it included a "pea apple" too.
One of their plastic pineapples has a weird bumpy texture and Vivi said it looks like peas.
So it's a pea apple.
Then she brought out little picnic baskets so I could take my leftovers with me. lol
It's so funny the little things that they notice and include in their play.

Then Vivian wanted to make her own PB&J sandwich for dinner.
She had a hard time getting the grape jelly to spread though.
She handed the knife to me and said "Can you do it? I think it's Mom work. I can't do it." :)

Gotta get Shiloh settled for bedtime now.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Our neighbor tends to be a bit paranoid. *ahem*
....or is he? (cue eerie music)

The other day he dragged my husband over to his house to look at his front door, which he insisted had been tampered with.
Apparently he stuck a clothespin in the door as an assurance against someone opening the door and when he returned...lo and behold, the clothespin was across the floor.
Now the calm mind might think the clothespin sprung clothespins are known to do.
So boring. *tisk*tisk*

The colorful mind apparently can come up with a whole conspiracy theory of people who like to mess with old men by springing their door clothespins in broad daylight.
What is this world coming to?

I have my own theory...

This also goes along with my neighbors next complaint.
He found a couple of dead squirrels in his yard.
He has huge pines on his property which are always full of squirrels.
Dogs, Cats, Hawks, Owls. Foxes...all plausible explanations for the bodies, yes. no?

Not according to our neighbor who believes it is another attack by his pranksters.

My theory...

...bunnies with lightsabers.
Squirrels with lightsabers!
Squirrels lose.

The force was not with them. :(

You have to laugh...right?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Ready for Spring!

It's been way too long since I posted here.
I know because I totally forgot my password to log in and had a mini panic attack.
After typing in a dozen or so (yes, seriously)... I finally found the magic one and then thought "Why in the world is that my password?!?!" 

Lately I've been busy planning out my curriculum for next year.
I'm so thankful that my laptop can handle having multiple windows open as I compare prices and reviews on at least three different sites at a time.
I have a few books ordered already and I'm anxious for them to arrive so I can see how they'll work out and continue my planning.

I also love when a site has sample pages for review.
When I'm considering a book it's nice to be able to show Shiloh the pages and get her opinion.
Vivian is still more interested in what the cover looks like or any pictures, compared to actually looking at the work. :)

We've had a few nice days this past week and it has been AWESOME!
It has been such a long and bitter cold winter.
I don't think I've ever heard of a winter with so many water main breaks before. Our city was getting impossible to navigate with so many roads closed due to crews tearing up the roads to repair the pipes.

But finally some warmer weather which softened up the snow enough to make it perfect for making snowmen and building forts.
The snow was very unstable though. One second you'd be standing on a huge mountain of snow and the next one of your legs was sunk up to your hips.
Then the girls would come to investigate the big hole I'd left in the snow...and fall in.

Shiloh lost her mitten sometime while playing, we searched all over but we couldn't find it.
She was wearing two pairs so she didn't notice right away.
Thankfully each day was warm and two days later the snow had melted enough for her mitten to reappear. :)
I just bought some red yarn so I think her next pair will be made with that bright color and hopefully much easier to find.

It's rainy today so I've sent the girls on an Easter egg hunt through the house.
Lol, whatever keeps away the cabin fever! :)