Saturday, January 27, 2007

A Gift For Sure

Tonight we were sitting down for a great dinner. Alexandra said she had to go to the bathroom. We told her to go. After a while I called for her because she had been in the bathroom for long enough to do whatever she had to do. Whenever she's in there longer, there's always trouble. She cannot resist getting into something messy. Whether it's toothpaste, lotion, makeup, it's always a mess.

When we called out to her she came bounding out of the bathroom in her birthday suit. She had stickers from head to toe. Upon closer examination I realized the stickers were christmas present tags. Yes, it's true. We still do not have all of our Christmas stuff upstairs. There are a few items straggling about and the sticky tags were among them.

As Alex ran out with Christmas present tag stickers all over her naked body, she's yelling, "I'm a present! I'm a present!" Needless to say, we had a great laugh. A gift she is.

Friday, January 26, 2007

The Great Doctor Search Will Begin!

It's cold and the two youngest are sick again. This time it's a snotty nose and a cough that obviously hurts. We'll see how the weekend goes, but this time I might have to find a doctor. I say find a doctor because since we moved in October, no one has had the need for a regular family doctor. Since no one had the need, I didn't look for one. Not very smart on my part. I hate looking for a new family doctor. There are so many rules.

1. Insurance company says we must go to their network.

2. Monica says the doctor must be a female.

3. I require a Doctor who has urgent care appointments. It's likely the only time she'll ever see us. My kids aren't sick very often (Monica has never missed a day of school due to sickness) but when they do get sick, it comes on fast and furious.

There are more rules too. I will immediately drop a doctor that makes me wait more than an hour in a 6 x 6 foot exam room with three children. This has happened before and I was none too happy about it. Talk about claustrophobic!

I don't mind waiting but I hate doctors who make you wait for over an hour (be it in the waiting room or exam room) because they overbook but on the one occasion that I was 16 minutes late to my appointment for my 4 day old infant who was premature they were totally rude and told me not to do it again. So sorry. I just had a baby and am toting a rambunctious two year old to boot!

Wow! I didn't mean for this to be a doctor bashing post, but I guess that's what happened. Just a little frustration coming out as I deal with the fact that I'm going to have to do this all over again.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

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A Great Laugh for SAHM's

This story was forwarded to me via email. I got a chuckle out of it. Thought you might too:

A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk 's office was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation. She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself. "What I mean is," explained the recorder, "do you have a job or are you just a......?" "Of course I have a job," snapped the woman. "I'm a Mom." "We don't list 'Mom' as an occupation, 'housewife' covers it," said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall. The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient and possessed of a high sounding title like, "Official Interrogator" or "Town Registrar." "What is your occupation?" she probed. What made me say it? I do not know. The words simply popped out. "I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations."

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and looked up as though she had not heard right. I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words. Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written, in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire."Might I ask," said the clerk with new interest, "just what you do in your field?" Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, "I have a continuing program of research, [what mother doesn't) in the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out). I'm working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family) and already have four credits (all daughters). Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities, (any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the reward is satisfaction rather than just money."

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up and personally ushered me to the door. As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model, (a 6 month old baby) in the child development program, testing out a new vocal pattern. I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy! I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than "just another Mom."

Motherhood! What a glorious career! Especially when there's a title on the door.

Does this make grandmothers "Senior Research associates in the field of Child Development and Human Relations" and great grandmothers "Executive Senior Research Associates"? I think so!!! I also think it makes Aunts "Associate Research Assistants".

Monday, January 22, 2007

Crazy Days

No, I have not blogged in a week. Yes, I am still alive. I'm trying to do so many things right now that one thing always suffers. I don't know why I cannot just focus on one thing and get it done. I guess that's just not how I work.

Some things that I'm working on:

1. Knitting a scarf that I promised my aunt.
2. Planning stages of a home business.
3. Taking care of my children.
4. Weaning my 10 1/2 month old baby, Lucianna, so I can take medication that I need to clear up an annoying and repulsive winter skin condition on my face.
5. Blogging.
6. Planning meals for a low carb diet each day (eleven pounds gone and still working). My husband usually does most of the meal planning but he is gone for the next seven days.

These are the things I want to get done but everything is moving at a snails slimy crawl. It's very frustrating.

Knitting has helped relax me lately. I've found that I really enjoy it. I also crochet. So far I've knitted three scarves. I have one more smaller scarf for my three year old to do, then I will move on to something harder. I haven't decided just what to move on to though. I have found time to watch my new favorite TV show, "Knitty Gritty" and have gotten some great ideas. Their camera angle helps me to correct mistakes in my technique as well.

My husband and I have been low carbing since Jan. 3rd. Late start on our yearly same old, same old, resolution. That's okay. This year I'm feeling much better about it and doing well. I haven't exercised as much as I'd like, but I'll get there.

I'm trying to wean my little Lucianna but she is so stubborn. She's just not ready. She will not drink out of a bottle or a sippy cup. I think I have bought every kind of each one on the market. She's doing well eating table food even though she doesn't have any teeth yet. We have found that anything with any kind of milk product in it gives her hives. Out of all three children, she's the only one that has any kind of food allergy.

Chris is gone on business for a week so just the daily tasks of child care wear me out. He helps with straightening up and dishes. When he's gone for so long, I'm lucky to get a shower. It doesn't seem like my children can all sleep at the same time for any length of time.

I'm working on a home business. It's in the planning and set up stages so I won't go into detail. I'm just going to say that I've fallen in love with the idea of this business and I cannot wait to get started.

Hopefully I get back here to blog more this week, but only time (which I never seem to have enough of) will tell!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

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Thirteen Things I Must Complete Before the Weekend!

1. Knitting my grandmother's scarf. It's cold and she needs it now!

2. Putting the fringe on my daughter's newly knitted scarf. Again, it's cold and she needs it!

3. Dragging the Christmas decorations upstairs to be put in the attic. They are packed and just sitting in the foyer. Urgh!

4. Clean the house. It's really bad since I was so sick over the holidays. I lost complete control.

5. Buy Monica's best friend a birthday present. She was up over the Christmas vacation and loved the Speed Stacks Monica got. I will get her a set too.

6. Get Monica packed and ready to go to her best friends house for a long birthday weekend.

7. Start preparing for my first meeting as a Girl Scout Troop Leader.

8. Start preparing and organizing the spare room so that I can working on my home business idea.

9. Start knitting the scarf that I promised my aunt.

10. Put up the Disney Princess beads for Alexandra's doorway. She has been begging since last night and has already started in on it today.

11. Find a place for, and put away, the rest of the Christmas gifts.

12. Get the rest of the laundry upstairs.

13. Stop thinking of more things to do before the weekend!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

It Is Winter! Finally!

Okay, so now the luxury of running around without our coats is over. It's just plain cold out. It's supposed to snow here any minute.

I'm not complaining. I'm actually happy about it. The cold temperatures stop the germs and bugs both. When it gets cold, really cold, there is less sickness. The cold temperatures just wipe out the unnecessary germs. In the spring when the bugs come out, there are less of them. I hate summers with oodles of bugs. I could never live where there are a lot of bugs.

So I will gladly get out all the winter coats and snowsuits again. We will put plastic on the rest of the windows. (We've been procrastinating since it has been so warm). The heat is turned up.

Life is back to normal in Upstate New York!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

It Looks Like Winter?

It looks like winter. Why is it so warm? Where I live, it's supposed to snow from November to April. I'm not complaining now. Just a little confused is all. A lot of people are saying that Global Warming is the cause. Some are saying it's just one of those warm winters. Regardless, it's warm. I went out without a coat yesterday. That's unheard of in an Upstate NY January. It's been raining a lot. Could have been snow I guess.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

We had the flu during the holiday. Yippee! There are no Christmas morning pics of the baby or Alexandra because they were so sick (unless of course, you like green snot). Monica was able to enjoy more because she is the child who never gets sick. She is the carrier of the family. She will (as she did this time)come home from school with a stuffy nose. It will last for two or three days. The rest of us get dog sick for two weeks. Thank you very much.

I did try to get the girls together for a Christmas morning picture. It went something like this. All the girls were sitting together. Lucianna sneezed a big snotty sneeze. This grossed out Alexandra, whose stomach was already queasy. She started gagging. Monica was so sure that Alex would throw up that she ran away gagging. I knew at this delightful holiday moment that there would be no pictures for this Christmas morning but many great memories.

Just about every piece of clothing we own has snot, puke, pee or poop on it. My washer and dryer won't be installed for at least another week or so as the plumbing still has to be run. Looks like it's at least one more gigantic trip to the laundromat. I finally got caught up on dishes today. As soon as I get the housework under control than I can take down the Christmas decorations.

We are all on the road to recovery. The baby and Alexandra are still a little sick but definitely better. One thing I can say. Even through all the sickness, pretending to be well for our Christmas Eve gathering at the house (which I really wanted to cancel but people were traveling for) and endless baking, cooking and cleaning it was a wonderful Christmas. We were blessed enough to provide a great Christmas for our children. We saw many smiles through all the sickness.

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