Friday, December 31, 2010

Good sleeps all around.

I had a really good sleep last night. I really thought we were going to have trouble with Micah or Jamie or both, but Jamie snuck into his bed at 5 p.m. and went to sleep without telling us. We did not hear from him until 7 a.m.  I had a two hour nap in the afternoon and then I also had a really good sleep last night, so hopefully that helped me. My head doesn't seem to hurt today so far, so that's a good sign. I'm going to have to eat today because I'm too hungry not to. My stomach is a bit out of whack, but I think it's just from not eating all day yesterday. Either way, I feel like vegging out with a good book or playing my new Donkey Kong Country Returns game on the Wii. There are no further updates at this point.

Jamie turned three today. He does not want cake because he still feels a bit icky. Cody doesn't want cake either due to continuing stomach pain. I hope it will end right away. I still want to make a special cake for Mike's birthday tomorrow, but we'll see how that goes. I'm too tired to get any more detailed with this post. Mike is now downstairs with Cody & Jamie. He is going to do some drywalling. I'm quite happy about that. Bad timing though, as far as when he is starting, as it is nearly lunch time. Oh well. None of us are on normal eating patterns, so I guess it doesn't really matter at this point. I'm still praying fervently that Micah will not be touched by this yucky bug, and that there will be no further incidents at all in our little family. We still have five days before Mike returns to work. I am hoping they will be good days.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bad Night.

I was up half the night with Jamie, who was barfing and had the runs. It was a difficult night. Changes of clothes, changes of bedding, laundry...etc. My stomach was not well by about 2 a.m. or so, and I was pretty sure I was next. Nothing much came of it though, but today I am not eating. This morning, Cody threw up again. Seems like this cycle is never ending. Mike felt pretty gross this morning too, but he is doing much better now. I went to bed at about 2 p.m. and slept til 4:30, so that was nice. My head is not as sore now. I feel paranoid to feed my kids. I'm scared Micah will get it. He's only 17 months old. I really don't want him getting sick. He's doing well so far. I find myself wishing we could have just skipped Christmas. If it's going to be this way every year, I'd like to pass, thank you. I don't have much else to say for the moment. I hope I will have a more positive post tomorrow. It will be Jamie's third birthday tomorrow, and at this point, I highly doubt we will make cake for him. The next day is Mike's birthday. I had planned to make him a yummy Skor cake. That has yet to be determined now. Will we have to postpone birthday celebrations again this year? Kind of looks that way. Still begging God for a miracle, praying He will spare the rest of us and that Cody and Jamie will be completely fine by tomorrow. I guess that's all for now.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

An update about Christmas holidays.

I guess it's time to do a post in here. Christmas was a bit of a downer for me, which is why I was not in a hurry to write anything about it. Not surprisingly, Jamie barfed twice on Christmas morning, and by morning I mean 4 a.m. and then some time again before 7 a.m.  I was very discouraged, as it seemed we were doomed for a repeat of last Christmas, which was spent throwing up, among other things. Thankfully, this year it didn't get that bad, and since Jamie's two incidents Christmas morning, there have been no others. Cody has a cold and cough, and Jamie does too now. Mike is quite sick with some kind of cold or flu, so he is in bed. It's actually fairly quiet in here for the moment. How long that will last is anybody's guess.

I did have a new nephew born yesterday in the wee hours of the morning. His name is Alex, and I went to see him in the hospital yesterday. He is my little sister's first baby. I'm so proud of her for making it through what was something of a traumatic birth experience. I'll put a couple of pictures of him in here. Here he is:

I had to add that third one because it shows his hair and also how tiny his head is! He was only 7 pounds, 5 ounces. More than two whole pounds lighter than Jamie was, at 9 pounds 9.6 ounces, and almost a full two pounds lighter than Cody, who was 9 pounds, 2 ounces. Even Micah was more than a pound bigger than little Alex, at 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Haha. So, that's the little guy. He is 17 months younger than Micah, almost to the day. 

Alex's birth was the most exciting part of Christmas around here, and certainly the happiest, once we knew he was okay. That's a bit of a story there, but I'm not sure my sister would want me sharing it all in here. Let's just say we were extremely worried about him and even about her because of the way things happened, but they are both healthy. 

We still have two birthdays to make it through this week. Jamie's is on New Year's Eve, and he's turning three. We are not planning a party for him. He is not really a party guy at this point in time. He is happier in a non-crowded situation, so that's what we'll give him. Then the next day is Mike's birthday. Sounds like we may have some company that day, so we will probably not do a party for him either. I hope he is feeling better by then. Mike doesn't normally get sick, and when he does it lasts a day or less. This is the second day of him feeling pretty bad, so I'm not sure how this will go. I have him taking every medicine I can get my hands on, so hopefully it will help clear him up. 

I have to go check on Micah. I am sure he is into trouble. Yep. Here he is with a yogurt container and a straw. I must say, he is at a very cute stage right now, but he also drives me nuts. He is into everything, every moment of every day except when he is sleeping. It is exhausting. Jamie has improved in that department, so at least I don't have two at once who are this bad, but wow. 

Anyway, that's about all I have to say for now. I look forward to getting the Christmas tree down, but Cody wants it up til summer. Ha. I might do it later today, we'll see. I'm off for now.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Up with the birds.

It is only 6:44 a.m. as I begin typing this post...probably my earliest one yet. I am up only because Mike needs muffins for his final day of school today and I forgot last night that it was for today. I had it in my brain that it was for a Friday. Duh. So, after a very late night (after 1 a.m.) due to continual sewer problems, here I am. Up at shortly after 6 a.m. and muffins in the oven. Of course the boys were up when I got up and I had to shush them, hence the reason I woke up in the first place. Micah is also fussing. I think he is teething. If not, he is sick. He had a bad night last night too.

Even still, so far I feel a bit better than I did yesterday morning. I did not feel well at all yesterday, so I napped all afternoon while Micah did and I let the boys watch TV. Of course it made them grumpy, but I really had no choice. I was feeling gross, plus I fell down the stairs on the ice outside when I went out to feed the horses first thing in the morning. I have a big bruise on my very lower back, really my butt, I guess, and one higher on my back too. I felt weird for a while after that. So the nap was needed.

In the evening, while Mike messed with the sewer stuff, I baked some of my sugar cookies. Several. Probably close to eighty. The rest I will do this afternoon with Cody after he is done at preschool. Sheesh. I also made my prune filling for my venetarta. I know it's dumb, but I was a bit stressed out making the filling. I've never done it without my mom's supervision before. I hope it turned out okay. I probably won't make the layers and the rest of it until tomorrow. I'll be busy today with cookies, icing and sprinkles. Some time I will be wrapping too.

I am really hoping we are all feeling better. Cody has a bit of a cold and I do too, but that's no big deal.

Anyway, I am really dopey here, and I think the muffins will be beeping soon, so I'm going to sign out. The boys are now in the living room with me, in the dark, with only the Christmas tree lights on. It's nice. Except for all the vocal engine sounds. But they are making a marginal effort to do it quietly. I'm off for now.

Monday, December 20, 2010

More snow, more yucky highways.

I don't know what to report as far as a health update. Jamie was definitely sick yesterday, though he only threw up the one time. He was fine today, but I am a tad bit paranoid. Micah has shown no symptoms and Mike also seems fine. I seem to be past whatever I had. My sister's kids are very sick, and others that I know have been sick as well. The countdown to Christmas is drawing to a close. If people aren't healthy soon, we may not have a Christmas all together for the third year in a row. (My side of the family, that is.) So I guess we'll see what happens.

Our sewer backed up this afternoon. Mike came home in the afternoon and fixed it, but he had to leave again at suppertime for his school's Christmas concert. It is now 10:11 p.m. and he is not home yet. It is about 40 minutes from here and the roads are really bad. It's snowing a ton and there is a snowfall warning out. I hope he gets here soon. I am listening to Boney M's Christmas album and it is somewhat comforting, but I wish Mike would just get here already. I talked to him over an hour ago and the concert was over but him and the staff were meeting at some hotel to have a staff meeting. Sheesh. I was mad. Why would they do that when the highways are bad and he needs to get home? He said it would only take 15-20 minutes. If that had been the case, he should have been here by now. Yeah. He should be here by now. Oh, and the sewer pump stopped working this evening, so I can't flush the toilet or let any water go down any drain because I had to unplug the pump. So I hope everyone stays healthy tonight.

I did manage to make my cookie dough this evening, and I am soaking my prunes for venetarta, but I probably won't make that tomorrow. Truthfully, I'm so tired I don't know how I'll make it at all. I may have mentioned this already, but I finished my Christmas shopping on Sunday afternoon, so I am relieved to be all done.

I'm too tense to blog right now. I have to sign off and wait for Mike. Maybe I'll play some Wii or something to occupy my brain. Bye for now.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sickness in the Twilight Zone

I think we all have the stomach flu. Sort of. Truly, it's the most bizarre thing. Cody had his one small barfing incident. My stomach was weird all day yesterday, but certainly not unbearable. Then, Jamie came in our room at 3 a.m. and I launched myself out of bed, preparing for major puking. I took him to the bathroom and he said he had a tummy ache, but nothing happened, and he wanted to go back to bed. So, I tucked him in but left a pail there for him and went back to bed. Of course, I couldn't sleep because I was so stressed out, but oh well. Then he came in our room this morning at about 7:30 and said, "My puke is better." I guess he did barf this morning in his pail, but like Cody, only a tiny bit. Now he is acting completely normal. Hyper, climbing on things...etc, and says he feels fine. It is the weirdest thing. Micah has exhibited no symptoms, and Mike sort of has but sort of hasn't. I truly hope this is/was the stomach flu because if we made it through and it was this mild, it was not at all traumatic like our summer with Jamie, or last Christmas. Plus, then we can go to Christmas gatherings without feeling like we might expose people to the bug. I guess we'll see how Micah does now. I'm happy to be able to give such a positive update. We especially worry about Jamie when he is sick because of what happened in the summer.

I'm a little scared to eat still, but I will try it this morning. If I feel good, I might go shopping today. (Blech.) I have to finish up Mike's gift and Micah's too. Everyone else is all set, I think. I can't wait to have that all finished and wrap everything. Then I will really feel like we are on holidays here. Hm. Not sure whether I'll eat after all. Wish I was not such a chicken about this stuff.

Anyway, just wanted to update our status on all this stuff. I'm off for now.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sickness is creeping in.

Friday has arrived, and my kitchen is officially clean. So, it only took me a week to clean it. Yikes. In a fit of inspiration, I decided to make french bread. I have never done it before, and I confess, my hopes are high that I will do a spectacular job. Usually that means it will be a flop. Haha. I guess we'll see.

Today I don't have a headache, but I have a sore throat. Feels like the beginning of a mild cold. The bad news is, Cody threw up this afternoon. It was weird, and he says he does not feel sick, so I'm not sure what to think. Is he sick, or not? Well, how could he barf if he was not sick? Unless it was just a weird moment. Either way, my paranoia has skyrocketed, and in the last few minutes, my own stomach feels a little off. I am afraid to eat, but because of my sore throat I just made a mug of hot chocolate, and now I am not sure whether to finish it or not. I guess it's just liquid, so it won't make anything much worse than it is. Also, I am not sure whether my stomach is just reacting to being so hungry. Again, I am too scared to eat. I can't believe this is happening. I am feeling very inclined to boycott all solid foods until I know this has passed. Yuck. I guess I will keep this blog posted on our status. Honestly, I just find this completely depressing. Can't we have a nice Christmas? It has been too long.

I gotta go. Micah is crying and my bread is going to need some attention in the very near future. I'm off for now.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Update on my week.

It has been an interesting week around here. I guess I posted on Monday and not after that. I am happy to report that on Tuesday I officially completed my course and sent in my final assignment. Phew. I can hardly believe after just over two years I have finally finished. That has taken a load off me, and yet I was a bit teary when I sent my email. I won't get the assignment back until sometime between Sunday and Tuesday next week, and after that I will really be done.

My plan was to go hard on my baking and cleaning once my course was done, but I am struggling with weird headaches this week, so I have been taking it easy, a bit. I woke up feeling better this morning, but the headache is now back so I am taking a break. I have been trying to clean my kitchen very thoroughly so I can make my sugar cookies, or sprinkle cookies, as my boys call them. However, it looks like today will not be the day either. I am very paranoid because it seems the stomach flu is running rampant in all the nearby schools and we have had direct contact with one family in particular that now has it, so I am just waiting, kind of holding my breath. Last year was so awful, and I just want this year to be nice. But I find myself discouraged, and tired. If I have a headache every day from now until New Year's, I would take that gladly over a stomach bug. I hope I won't have to experience either scenario.

Cody's preschool Christmas concert was yesterday morning. It was cute. I didn't take my camera along because I knew my hands would be full with Micah and Jamie the whole time. It turns out I needn't have worried about Jamie, but Micah certainly lived up to my expectations. Anyway, it went fine and it was fun to see Cody up there. He looked so serious. Barely a smile, and his lips barely moved as he sang. It's funny because he is so incredibly loud at home. Haha. Funny to see him so quiet and subdued. Jamie was silent the entire time and refused to take even a cookie from the teacher. He is very shy.

Now it is afternoon and I am hiding away, trying to organize my Christmas finances and see what is left to buy. Would be kind of fun if my stupid Microsoft program didn't keep shutting down literally every few seconds. That doesn't usually happen on my computer, so it's time to restart. I'm signing off now.

Monday, December 13, 2010

If I were a...

I wondered this morning how I would feel if I were a housekeeper. Then I realized, I am a housekeeper. So I changed my ponderings to how I would feel if I were a paid housekeeper and this were not my house. I walked in the door to all of this, and had one day to whip it all into shape. I think I would quit on the spot. It is not yet 10 a.m. and I have got a full load in the dishwasher, which is now running. I have also fed the horses and the boys, and baked muffins. If you walked in here right now, you would assume I had done nothing at all. But that's okay. I'm going to see just how much I can accomplish today. This afternoon when Micah naps I will have a few choices. I can shower and make myself presentable, as we are planning to go to a concert tonight with the whole family. I can keep cleaning, and prepare something for supper while I'm at it. Or, I can work on my final homework assignment, due on Wednesday. It really is a toss-up. The only thing I can do to make the choice easier when the time comes is to get it clean in here before then, so I can hopefully eliminate one of the three choices. Oh. Right. I also have to go outside and give the horses their oats, a task that is becoming increasingly unappealing as our temperatures drop further and further below zero. Yesterday was our coldest day yet.

Anyway, I could say more today, but I really don't have time. I must continue in my quest to clean up my messy house. Sigh. I hope I'll have a good report to give tomorrow! I'm off for now.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Jitters...

You know that feeling when you're home alone, in the dark, and suddenly you hear a noise? That's me, tonight, right now. Okay, I am not alone. I have three small boys sleeping in their rooms. But I am the only adult present. For those who do not know, I live in what we like to call "the Boonies". That means in the middle of the bush, completely surrounded by trees with the nearest neighbor at least half a mile away. I'm okay with that. Usually. But tonight I heard something on the back deck by the kitchen door. Something was knocked over out there. There is not a huge wind here tonight, so I know the wind is not the culprit. I also know it was not in my head, as my dog, Radar, reacted too. I was spooked, but thought perhaps Mike had returned home from his staff Christmas party. I called him to find out. He is still at the party. I went to the back door, with Radar, of course. Radar is a shepherd, by the way, so he is big and looks intimidating. He is also harmless to people. I opened the door, my heart pounding a little harder than normal. Radar went out and stood on the deck looking around. The motion detector light did not come on. I saw nothing. I heard nothing. Radar moved a little more and the light came on. The hair on the back of his neck was spiked straight up. I shut the door and left him to find out what was going on. A few minutes later he was barking and growling. The good news is, that means it was an animal, not a person. I brought him back inside, and he seems to be fine now. But I still feel a little jittery. Dumb, I know, but it is eerie here, surrounded by trees and completely isolated. Like I said, normally I like it that way, but once in a while I get scared in these unexplained moments. I am glad it was not a skunk on the deck though. I was worried I'd open the door and Radar would rush out and either get sprayed by a skunk or get in some terrible fight with a wild animal. Looks like we are safe for tonight. He will stay in the house the rest of the night now. Phew. I just had to write that. I am on edge, but okay. Drama queen. Right. Goodnight.

P.S. Here is a picture of my big, brave doggie, taken through the window a couple of days ago. Isn't he gorgeous?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

More literary nightmares??

Okay, please excuse this minor vent. Just over a month ago I posted about Hilary Duff and how she now has a best-selling novel. You may remember this disturbed me greatly, but I also found out she used a ghost writer. So essentially, she did not even write her book, though I understand the idea was hers. All right. I don't think about this every day anymore, and had kind of forgotten about it when I found out last night that Nicole Richie just put out a novel too. In her case, it's her second novel. Her third is in process and is scheduled for release next year. Oh my goodness. I don't think I am going to say any more about this at the moment. The reviews are mixed. I shouldn't think this way, but I can't help but wonder whether she had to labour over her work like a non-famous writer would. Was she published more easily because the publisher knew people would read the book if her name was on it? Sigh. At least she wrote it herself. That's an improvement over some. I must be jealous. That must be why it bothers me so much. I wonder whether I'll ever be the one whose novel is published? If I am, it certainly won't be famous because of the name on the cover.

Now, back to the business of being a mother. That's my reality now. This morning I have fed the kids, fed the horses, cleaned up a whole lot of poop, done some dishes and played vet to the boys' stuffed animals. Just now, Micah purposely head-butted my knee and my laptop because he is mad at me. Time for bed. I was hoping to keep him up a bit longer, but he is not happy to play right now. He needs to go to bed. Poor little guy. Hehe. I have to say though, his temper is actually quite funny. He's still young enough that we find it kind of cute when he has his dramatic meltdowns. He even has a hint of a smile on his face so it is obviously put on, even though he truly is frustrated. I must go before it gets even worse!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Letting loose.

I did something out of character today and had a bit of a dance-fest with my kids. To say that I'm not a dancer is a gross understatement. I have never been good at it, and it does not feel natural to me. I always feel stupid when I dance, so I simply don't. But the boys were all eating lunch and I put on some music on my laptop and started dancing a bit. I commented to myself that I don't know how to dance, and Cody heard me. He told me he knows how to dance, so I asked him to show me some of his moves. Haha. He got up from the table and started doing this crazy dance, arms flailing, eyes wide open, and a huge grin on his face. It just hit me. I started doing silly moves too and he started laughing, all the while dancing too. Jamie joined in. I heard Cody say, "Nice moves, Jame!" Then Micah started bopping really good in his high chair. I complimented his style too. I picked up Jamie and we danced all over the kitchen, twirling, bouncing, dipping and laughing. Honestly, my arms were aching from holding him for so long, but I don't remember the last time I had that much fun with the boys. After that song, I put Jamie down and we all danced. I let go of my inhibitions seeing my boys looked just as ridiculous as I did, but they didn't care. I decided not to care either, and I kept dancing in the kitchen, even after I released Micah from his high chair. Cody and Jamie made it into a game where they would run into the kitchen and if I danced toward them they would run away screaming and laughing. We must have done it for about twenty minutes. It really felt good. I am considering doing it every day. What a fun way to get some exercise and spend some fun time with the boys. They all loved it. Radar stared at me like I had completely lost it, but the rest of us had fun. Of course, I could never do that in public, but how nice to live with such non-judgmental least in terms of one's dancing abilities.

Now, the house is silent. Micah is asleep and I just booted the other two out for some outdoor time. It is pretty nice out and I had just come in from feeding the horses their oats. I was out there for a while and the cold didn't get to me, so I figured there was no excuse for the boys to miss out on some fresh air. I think they're trying to toboggan on our big hill. I can hear a shout now and again. It's time for me to begin a little work on my final homework assignment. It's due in just over a week. Phew. Almost done! I better sign off for now. The silence will only last so long!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

An aimless day.

Today marks the first day of Christmas music in our house this season. I have been aloof with the boys for the last week or more, always shooing them away from me and desperately needing space. I intend to try not to do that today. For some reason, I am utterly exhausted this morning, so I plan to take it easy today. I've had headaches for several days in a row...again, probably due to fatigue. If my kitchen was clean, I'd probably attempt a little baking with the boys this afternoon, but alas, it is not. Hm. Well, that's okay. I'm not too stressed about Christmas baking. I'm more concerned with shopping. Of course I did not finish my shopping in November. Not even close. But I did at least start, so that helps a bit.

This morning, Jamie's pyjama bottoms and top did not match. I wondered whether he had wet his pants in the night. I asked Cody whether Jamie had had an accident, and he said yes. So I just assumed Mike had changed Jamie's pants in the morning. But Cody went on to tell me that it happened in the middle of the night and he helped Jamie change into different pants without anyone else's help. I have to ask Mike about that later, but Cody never lies about stuff like that, so it is probably true. I thought that was fairly impressive. I mean, it's a bummer about the accident, but for Cody to take responsibility for Jamie without even calling Nice, actually, though I do wonder at what time that actually happened. Seems weird that Jamie wouldn't have come to us for help.

I'm too blah to be doing this right now, I suppose. I better go have some breakfast, seeing it is nearly 10 a.m. and I have not bothered to eat yet. Lately I don't really want anything. We don't seem to have any food that appeals to me in any way. And no, I'm not pregnant. It's nothing like that. I really should get some house work done, seeing that's my job. Sorry for the boring post.