Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My Lil' Punkins

Seriously, have you ever seen a cuter picture in your life? I love the color, love that Drew is holding a baby pumpkin by the stem, and, above all, love that they are sweetly holding hands. Sigh...

We had a fun visit to the pumpkin patch this year. Matt had the kids all revved up to pick out the perfect pumpkin and make a jack-o-lantern!! Really, a jack-o-lantern - be still their tiny hearts!! So, we made it to the pumpkin patch looking for one big pumpkin and two baby pumpkins.

The obligatory "scenic pictures."

They are finally old enough to stick their little heads through all by themselves!

Abby hugged so many pumpkins that day - she would have brought them all home with us, if only to see all of their "ooey gooey" insides!

Time for the big carving! They were so flippin' excited. I left all the details up to Matt - this seemed like a perfect "father/kids activity" to me. He did not disappoint...

Happy (almost) Halloween!

Y'all, It Was Bad Enough to Take Some Nyquil

And, that's pretty bad because me and Nyquil - we do NOT get along. Not since the hallucination incident of 1993. But, I'm getting ahead of myself.

It all started Wednesday afternoon - a headache, sore throat, sore/achy muscles - the "oh no, I can tell I'm starting to get sick" thing. Thursday morning - same thing but each symptom a lot worse. By Thursday afternoon my mom was at my house, I was on the floor shaking with the chills and a 101 degree fever. Called the in-laws for reinforcements for Friday because I already knew there was no way I would be able to take care of my children. Straight to bed when Matt got home (with a Percocet courtesy of an unnamed source).

I stayed in bed all day Friday - hurting too much to even watch TV. Just laying in the darkened room and hoping the kids were behaving. The percocet was helping a little but not enough, and the headache had turned into a migraine and the fever was now 102 degrees. My mom and sister convinced me I needed to head to the ER for some serious meds and my mom got me there at 11:30pm. Thankfully, we were called back quickly and I was hooked up to some morphine which did nothing for the migraine. Strep test - negative, mono test - negative, ear infection - negative, urinary tract infection - negative, CT scan - negative. Next step was Delaudin for the pain and that finally put me to sleep so at least I wasn't aware of the constantpaininmyhead. The doctor came in to inform me that he had to do a spinal tap since I was exhibiting 4 of the 5 symptoms for meningitis.


That too, was negative. They gave me another dose of Delaudin and then my little brother picked me up at 5:30am in the pouring rain. I was more than a little drugged. He said it was kind of like I had Tourette's.


He took me back to my mom's house for a day of recovery (with more prescribed medication). My mom had to work that day, but this is what happens when I'm at home and I lay down on the floor for a bit of rest from the PAIN THAT IS IN MY HEAD!!!

Doesn't exactly have the same effect that the Delaudin did.
Anyway, fast forward to tonight. All is better except for a pesky cold that I have generously shared with my poor, poor son. We cannot stop coughing.
Seriously. Cannot. Stop. Coughing.
So desperate am I for sleep that I turn to my old enemy - NyQuil. This stuff makes me hallucinate and it tastes downright awful (Matt insists the liquid works better than the pills). I took it and slept for about five hours. It has since worn off and now the coughing prevents sleep. So, it's 4am and Drew and I have been up for hours now. The only sounds in our house are coughing, typing, and Curious George as the rest of the world sleeps because the annoying, constant, painful, constant, head-hurting, constant coughing is not keeping them awake.
Sweet Dreams...

Saturday, October 13, 2007

There's Been Some Confusion Over the Subject

Lately, Drew has been really into knowing the days, the month, and the seasons - among a trillion other things...

Drew: Today is Tuesday.
Me: Yes, it's Tuesday, Drew.
Drew: But, what comes after Tuesday....and when is Saturday...daddy stays home Saturday.
Me: Wednesday is next - then Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Drew: And, it's October!
Me: It sure is Drew. What holiday is in October?
Drew: Halloween!
Me: That's right!
Drew: Is it fall?
Me: Yes, it's fall.
Drew: Fall, Spring, Summer and Winter. What is your favorite season Mama? And, why is it hot in Fall? Is it really still summer? It's so hot!
Me: It is fall and it is hot. Sometimes in Florida it stays hot for a long time, but it will get cooler soon.
Drew: Yes, I live in Florida. On Earth. Not in California. Daddy went to California on a plane far away. But, I'm on Earth. I hope I don't fall into outer space. Will you keep me safe so I stay on Earth? I don't think I like outer space.
Me: I'll always keep you safe, baby.
Drew: But, it's hot so it's not fall!
Me: Well, it really is fall but it just stays hot here for a long time.
Drew: Ok, so it's fallsummer.
Me: Fallsummer?
Drew: Yes. It's fall but hot so it's fallsummer. I hope it's not hot for halloween. I go at night and say trick or treat. I like to go outside at night. But is has to be fall to be halloween. Why is it so hot? Is it really summer, Mama? Tell me.
Me: Well, like I said, it stays hot here in Florida longer. But, I promise - it's fall.
Drew: Like summer? Oh, I know mama, just fallsummer.

Sure, ok. Whatever will end this cycle of conversation.

And, your welcome for that mind-numbing trip into the world of talking to a preschooler all day long. It's surreal.

But, he's right about one thing. It's mid-October and the weather is still hitting the mid to upper 90's with a humidity of 749%. I'm sooooo ready for a break from this oppressive heat - it makes me even crankier than usual.

Yesterday, however, we were getting in the car to take Drew to school. He walked around the back of the car, stopped mid-step, and exclaimed "Mama, IT'S FALL!!!!" I went out to the driveway to stand next to him, and sure enough, it was actually cool and crisp outside. Gorgeous. I anxiously awaited for the temperature to adjust on my car thermometer to see if we had made it into the 60's. Disappointingly, it stopped on 70. Maybe next week....

Abby and I came home and played outside - sidewalk chalk, catch, bubbles, big wheel, scooter, took a walk, etc. and we were loving every minute of actually being able to play outside without needing medical treatment for heat exhaustion.

I do take full credit for this recent turn of weather. This week I was fed up with Florida's refusal to accept that it is truly fall, so we decided to take matters into our own hands and do a "fall - type" craft to inspire the change of seasons. I took the kids for a walk to collect leaves that we later took home and painted. They had fun and I felt super-crafty and super-satisfied with myself for the rest of the day for being such a creative mom. Except I got the idea from one of Drew's teachers.

Details, details...

Here are some pictures from the day -

Too much fun!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

How Many Days in a Week?

The beauty of two different schools = two different "days of the week" songs!

I guess they haven't covered this one yet with the 2 year olds! Gotta admire the effort though!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

I Did My Part...

We are still mourning the loss of our beloved Gators this weekend. I had the kids all gussied up in their gator best - you know, doing my part to inspire the Gators to overcome all odds and beat the #1 team in the country. We fell slightly short of that goal, but my kids looked so darn cute that it eased the pain...just a bit.

And, my internets, I finally learned how to upload video. Just you wait - a whole new world of blogging has presented itself to me.
Just you wait...