Monday, April 28, 2008

HOW WE GOT FROM OMELET TO FISH STICKS!!

When I mentioned making dinner last night, William immediately said" I wanna make eggs!"
I knew what that meant... William wants not only to eat eggs, but make eggs!!! He wants to get them out of the fridge (-1 egg) , he wants to carry them to the table (-2 eggs) , he wants to crack them himself oh ,and Alex wants to join in ...














So they take turn breaking the eggs ( -4 egg) ...


Alex telling Will to do like him...(-5eggs) Of course we pick up a few pieces of shell out of the eggs, someone told me one day if i swallowed egg shell, i would have to have an appendectomy..


Anyways, so i get the milk , cheese and stuff out...


They are doing very well... still stirring... and getting ready for the next step...

(I think the omelette could have been named" the deadly tornado" !!!<-----Ok , I typed this in last night , and I have NO flippin clue where that came from or why I even thought I should name an omelet....I promise I didnt drink, i was just exhausted falling asleep...)


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We are ready to add stuff in , when out of the blue ,William ,possessed by some kind of demoniac forces, decided to spit in the eggs!!!(-10 eggs)There went dinner...


That is how we went from delicious cheese omelet to nasty fish stick for our meal...


SOOOOOOOOOO, What i was wondering is how many of you would have kept on going and served a wonderfully , made with spit love omelet and not said anything ???


Thursday, April 24, 2008

WHO NEEDS KIDS ....WHEN YOU HAVE HUBBIES???


I am sitting here in my office at work still laughing , thinking of what transpired in our kitchen , upstairs , a couple of days ago ...
1 pm rolls around and by then Ken is starving , he gets a lot little impatient ,when it is time to eat... See I would rather sit at my desk, munch and use my lunchtime to keep up with blogs!! Anyways, he reminds me that he is going to warm up lunch (nothing more yummi than a warmed up Arby sandwich ) and that I have to should show up a few minutes later...
Well , I am gabbin' on IM with Michelle and Haley ( http://www.carepages.com/ HaleyWorld ) and i dont see the time going by...Finally , after being reminded kindly that i needed to go upstairs, I got off my derriere and was making my way up the stairs when I got slowed down by this smell... I thought for a second and ran up the rest of the stairs thinking I had missed something cool dangerous!!!

I could tell by Ken's look that indeed i had missed something...He and his mom were standing there waiting for me to ask the very FAMILIAR question in our building " WHAT'S BURNINGCOOKING ??? "
So I did!!! They kind of sat there for a second because they knew once they broke the news ,there would be no stopping me!!! Finally ,Judy explained to me how Ken (who does know that you cant put metal in the microwave) proceeded to warm up all the sandwiches(about 6 ) at once and still wrapped in the foil . Then walked away... He and his mom were talking ,looking out the window .When he turned around , he saw sparks . So he made his way back to the microwave slowly at first ...until flames started shooting out of the top of the microwave door ... Then he ran!! Open the microwave, tried to blow the flames out , made them higher , threw all the stuff in the sink still on fire , they sprayed water all over our lunch , put the fire out , took the sandwiches out of the foiled and VOILA ...Lunch was ready!!!
We actually ate the sandwiches ... THEY TASTED MUCH BETTER !!!
































I LOVE YOU KEN !!!!
Have a yellow day !!!
Mimi

Thursday, April 17, 2008

CANCER KIDS ...MYLIFE...

Good morning ladies(hmmm, don't think i have any man reading on here, if so please let me know!!)...
Some of you have been waiting to hear my side of THE trip...But , it wont be for today...I will make my own illustrated version , with lots of "interesting" pictures (wonder how long it will take Michelle , Dawn and Manic to email me wanting to proof read before posting my new post???)
We blog a lot about funny things our kids do, they just ARE funny, and if we didnt see the humor in it then we would be locked up in a padded room somewhere.(And Dawn wouldn't have a blog!) ...But today , I will be down to earth and maybe some of you will see this as depressing, but it is someone's reality... Sooooooooo , this is a fair warning, if you are already depressed, if you take drugs for depression and you are doing ok , or if you plain don't care about someone else's cruel reality , then move on to the next blog, this post is NOT for you...
That being say, if you keep on reading I need you to sign a disclamer: I will NOT sue Mimi as I chose to read this post without being forced to do so. All negative implications to my life , whatsoever, are my and only my responsabilities... Oh and Kendra, i believe you are strong enough to read this , but it is up to you...

As most of you know , I lost my 4 year old to brain cancer in january. 4 years old. Does that even sound real to you ? Julian didnt even pass the one year mark from diagnosis. Julian spent his last Christmas paralysed from the neck down ,laying in my bed(but with a smile on his face!) , Julian only wanted to grow up to be 5 and go to kindergarden , Julian did NOT want to die because he wouldnt be able to see or hear me in Heaven, Julian wanted to just "stay down here and ride his bike" , Julian , within a couple of weeks went from being totally mobile to losing the use of his left eye, then his legs, then his arms, Julian couldn't even give me a"real hug", Julian couldn't be held for comfort because cancer had taken his spine over and it hurt too much, but Julian also always smiled about something... My little sunshine. He was brave, and even though i didnt explain to him what exactly was happening, he had to have known... How scary for a 4 year old... When he slipped into a coma (tumors had taken over all of his brain) his only reactions were to say no and shake his head, he looked scared. It broke my heart every single time. All I could do was lie to him " It will be ok ,Pun'kin!" How could it be ok, when he was going to be taken away from his Mama? ( and hearing comments that he IS in a better place just dont cut it for me...) . Anyways, it has been three months minus 2 days...The pain will never ease, i just will learn to live with and around it... I still smile and laugh out loud everyday, I just owe it to him...
Now tomorrow is our Relay for Life. I am excited and scared, we had Julian with us last year , he stayed up almost all night!! I carried him around for the survivors lap, what now? my arms will be empty...


But this year , I will walk not just in Ju's Memory, but for all my "other" cancer kids...Praying for them , praying for everyone working together for a cure , praying for the moms ( and dads) who like me ache for their child to hold, praying for all of the cancer moms and dads out there,spending each day wondering if cancer is being defeated in their child's body as they see the poison (chemo) flowing into their babie just as I had to see and do only a few months ago...




I will walk for our friend Kendra and pray for more strength and healing .
I will walk for all these kiddos and more:
Bailey,Coleman, Alex, John Eric, Mikayla, Cody,Cameron, CJ,Cole, Derek,Haley Hart,Isaac, Jacob K.,My man Quinn,JP,Kennedy G ,Kennedy (PW),Lucas, Luke,Maddy,Madi,MT,Nicholas, Noah,Peyton O., Payton C. ,Sadie, Zak, Zeb, Jaxon, And so many more, TOO MUCH!!!

Bay

Coleman

JohnEric

Kennedy
Then my heart will be with my beautiful Haley . My heart is ALWAYS with you baby...
Haley is 18 , battling neuroblastoma. Diagnosed at 5 ,went thru treatment, NED (no evidence of disease) at 8 , relapsed at 17. Haley goes to college to be a pediatric oncologist .She has chemo every monday.


Chemo days
Haley shares her birthday with Julian and so much more. I believe God sent her to me after I lost Julian to help me thru the hard times . But it seems we both need this. Haley is beautiful , inside and out. She has been robbed of a lot of friends by this horror. She knows way too much about cancer and meds and prognosis and terrible endings... But she has a strength that amazes me , she is the goofiest ever, always making faces to make me laugh(it works) , talking to the little ones on the webcam and make them crack their heads off . Haley never feels sorry for herself and does not like when people look at her with pity...Keep your chin up Kiddo... When we have a down moment and I ask her what she is thinking, she looks at me straight into my heart and just tells me she wishes she could make it better for me...

Like that! I just melt!


I can't even begin to explain the connection because i dont think anyone would understand , or rather would think i am nuts...I guess I dont have to explain. Haley, I love you...
This is me last night at the computer while talking to Haley...




Haley will be having routine scans tomorrow.PWEEEESE PWAY HARD !!!

Hope you guys have a good day ...
And our new moto is "HIGH FIVE...YOU'RE ALIVE" (by Haley) ...Right along with " CANCER SUCKS!!!"
Peace out!!!
Mimi
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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A HELL OF A GOOD DAY!!!!

Well since heather someone put it so nicely , i thought I would update!!!

Monday, do we like mondays? Why dont we like mondays? BECAUSE THEY SUCK!!! Has anyone heard of a chain called TGIM ??? NO!!! It would be more like OSIM !!!

Anyways , my monday started at midnight as everyone elses, BUT, most sane people are asleep by then! I ,on the other hand was driving home, still had at least an hour to go. I had a co-pilot who hmmm, was snoring!!! So forget that option! I stopped at a gas station and bought, some chips, some sour gummy something, thought munching on those fat free, carbohydrate free snacks would keep me awake the rest of the way ... Until, I dozed off , my head jerked back and I sobbered up very quickly . WOW !!! That's scary... Finally got home, got to bed and thank God for still being alive!! Monday ,2am...

6.35am ALAAAAAAAAAAAAARM !!!! Those are not my friends...Dang that was a short night!!

My ear hurts, I got bit/stung by some crazy, mean , Texas BUG!!!! Bad reaction, they dont like french ladies... So I call my doc , and get an appointment for 3.pm . I then call my boys pediatrician to check on the time for their check up , that i thought was the next day. Well, just happened to be that afternoon at 3pm , so forget MY appointment.Got it rescheduled for the next morning at 8.30 am. ( Dont know what I was thinking...Doc is 45 minutes away ) .

So we go to the pediatrician , (after finally making my boys understand how important it is to wash up BEFORE going to have your nuts checked!!) . We get out and I had planned on to Target's afterwards . Even thought the boys gave me a dozen reasons why it was a bad idea...

I am finally in the ladies clothes depatment, of course Alex needs to pee, Alex ALWAYS needs to pee RIGHT NOW! So he goes , we wait for him , i see him coming back he is crying and holding his forehead in his hands, something red dripping thru his fingers... We all know it couldn't have been strawberry juice!!! I look close and realize he has a 1 to 1 &1/2 cm gash by the hairline followed by a scratch all the way to his eyebrow.So what are my options? 1: take him to the ER , nah...not that bad!!! 2: stick a bandaid and call it good, nah...needs to be cleaned up first and we are still 45 minutes from home. 3:turn around and go back to the doc...YEP ,best idea!







So here we go ... Dr Guthrie is sweet enough to work us in on a monday afternoon and not charge us!!! Here it is :






We go home...forget Target and my hopes of shopping a little for my trip (you know OPRAH!!!)...


We eat dinner, get everyone settled for bed, my ear and neck hurting constantly...I am in my PJ's , chatting on my laptop with a couple of different people...When at about 9.10 pm , my sons ,who are supposed to be asleep by then, show up in my room with this look of terror on their sweet little faces... SAM SWALLOWED A BATTERY !!!! Sam did WHAT??? Sam is my 10 year old... HE SWALLOWED A BATTERY.... ok , they really dont look like they are joking... Allright then , looking at options again... 1st i need to know what kind of battery...


ok ,it is a button battery , lithium(doesnt sound like it would be good for you...does it?) It looks like this:



So i look up online , just in case... here is what it said :


1)
Call the 24-hour National Button Battery Ingestion Hotline at 202-625-3333 IMMEDIATELY. Feel free to call collect. Your physician or emergency room may also call. We are on duty 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
2)
If available, provide the battery identification number (from the package or from a matching battery).
3)
An x-ray must be obtained immediately to be sure that the battery has gone through the esophagus into the stomach. Do not wait for symptoms to develop before getting an x-ray. If the battery remains in the esophagus, it must be removed IMMEDIATELY. CAUTION: Batteries lodged in the esophagus can cause severe burns in JUST 2 HOURS!! Battery removal is done with an endoscope; surgery is rarely, if ever, indicated. Do NOT give ipecac.
4)
If a battery has moved beyond the esophagus, it can be expected to pass by itself. Passage may take many days, or even months. Removal is NOT indicated if the battery has passed beyond the esophagus and the patient is asymptomatic. Once you are sure the battery is not in the esophagus, the patient can be sent home to wait for the battery to pass. Watch for fever, abdominal pain, vomiting or blood in the stools. Report these symptoms immediately to your physician and to the Battery Hotline (202-625-3333).
5)
Watch the stools until the battery has passed. Clean the battery, tape it to a card or wrap it carefully, and mail it to: National Capital Poison Center 3201 New Mexico Ave, Suite 310 Washington, DC 20016Be sure to include your name, address and telephone number. To learn more about battery ingestions, a toxicologist analyzes each battery and correlates the severity of the patient’s clinical effects with the degree of corrosion noted on the battery.


Needless to say , i got a little worried, soooooooo I called the doc's night line. Answer:

TAKE HIM TO THE ER IMMEDIATELY... DO WHAT???

It is 10 pm, Alex is now asleep , and no hubbi at home!!! Hmmm, Teill (20 year old living with us) got home right on time from work!

Off we went to the ER, Samuel extremely worried as I told him a little bit of what you read above!! Hahaha, I take pleasure in telling him that he might have to have the battery removed , I am not a mean ,heartless mother, I was in my PJs ready for bed for pete's sake!!!! (remember, i didnt hit the pillow until 2am the night before!! )

There we go again , but no worries, the van knows the way too well...

We get there , I get in a panic mode! The ER is PACKED!!! kids coughing, barfing, sneezing, bleeding... GERMS !!!! I have a germophobia...Once a cancer mom, always a cancer mom...Soooo, I go sign us in and ask for a couple of face masks... The lady looked at me funny... I repeated myself ,MASKS so we dont catch every single disease represented in the ER tonight because I am in contact with cancer kids quite a bit... I put it on and people look at me like I am the sick one...OK whatever! Made me feel better!!

Anyways, after waiting a while, getting X-rays, finding out that the battery was already well on its way to the exit , we were sent home and yet again, hit the pillow at 2am!!!


Now remember , silly me got an early appointment to my doc!!! Grrrrrrrrrr!!!


On my way home , Ken texted me and said "Well I guess you had a bad day!"

I laughed and replied, "No , dear, I had a wonderful day , Coleman had a bad day!!!"

My little buddy Coleman from Iowa city is battling the same brain tumor as Julian's , and on monday had a NG tube installed ...




I LOVE YOU COLEMAN...YOU ARE MY HERO !!!
It is all about perspective....

Saturday, April 5, 2008

OH POOP !!!

HELP!!!
Does everyone know William ? He is almost three, he is our #4 out of 4 son and has an attitude that never ends!
Anyways, I need some help (or reassurance ) from you other moms out there...
William has poop issues.Not the kind that Karo syru2p can fix either... To explain this further , I need to tell you about three different poop episodes that happened in less than a week . I was suspecting something but now I KNOW...

Last saturday, when William got up , we took his diaper off , I know he is almost three and should be potty trained , BUT , I am not a stay at home mom, I take the child to work with me, which means, when he screams at me to tell me his diaper is dirty and I am busy , I just change him and off he goes .I dont put him on the toilet and make him sit there as punishment for pooping in his diaper!!!
Anyways , last saturday as i was saying, we took his diaper off and let him run around like that hoping he would go to the toilet if he needed it(we heard that it is a very efficient potty training method ! HA ! thanks Super nanny!! Talking about Super Nanny, have you ever noticed how much patience the woman has ...Does she have kids?) . Everything was going great until , Alex comes down the stairs and yells in a very flabbergasted voice " Mama, William pooped in the stairs!!!"
Now remember , I said "We took his diaper off!" ... Well I didn't quite remember that at that very minute... So I tell Alex my usual line " Why don't you change him then?" Then he said " Mama he pooped ON the steps..." Light bulb moment !!HE DOESN'T HAVE A DIAPER!!!
So I make my way towards the stairs wondering what to expect... On the 3/4 of the way landing , there was standing Alex and William both staring at this perfectly shaped TURD!!!
Well at least it took his pants off!!! First episode!!
Only a couple of hours later, he went to play in the backyard , not a big deal. My friend Annette, came for breakfast and was about to take him home with her, so I called him in. Looked like he had been playing in the mud...Great ! I was going to have to clean him again before sending him off... Well that was the least of my worries as it turns out the mud smelled a little like DOG POOP !!!! My innocent little William (HA!) had been stumping and playing in dog poop... Second episode...
Yesterday , at work, he comes up to me with this huge angelic smile nad says " Mama, I poop " ,ok, no big deal he has a diaper on, "Just wait a second , i need to finish this order"... Ok , one second turned into 10 minutes(I know, I can hear you ...what you left him with crappy pants for 10 minutes?? Well , isn't that nice, leaving your child's soft bottom in poop for 10 minutes!! Wonder if I should call CPS yet??) Anyways, so William comes back 10 minutes later , tells me again that he pooped and as though I hadnt quite understood what he meant by that , he stuck his hand in his diaper and proceeded to give me visual ( and more... ) proof!!! 3rd episode...

Now , tell me that there is nothing wrong with my child and that it is a normal process in the life of a 3 year old boy...Because I've had 3 before him and I can't recall any of them having such a obsession with CRAP !!! ( by the way , is crap a bad word in your world??Just wondering...)

Michelle, I wasnt not trying to be GROSSER than you , otherwise i would have added pictures!!!!


Have a good week end ladies!!!

Mimi

Thursday, April 3, 2008

ONLY IN TEXAS...

After a long and emotional day , both good and not so good , I grabbed William and took off for church. Where else to go when you need comfort ? ( no not Sonic ! or Jack in the box! or the liquor store!)
I hadn't had a nice and warm (and fat free !Not really) Starbucks macchiato. White chocolate or caramel ,depending on the mood...



So I am sitting in my car , waiting for a well deserved treat , when one these , show up next to my van :


Although , somewhat sleep deprived , I wasn't just hallucinating.
I told the young man(What was he ?12?) serving me at the window , there was a Longhorn running around his parking lot . Of course he assumed I had lost my mind (just knew by the look of pity in his eyes as I was telling him) and stuck his head out of the drive thru window ( I was so (hoping ) scared the little automatic window was about to close !) and without looking one bit sorry for thinking I was stupid he handed me my drink and turned around to tell his buddies about the cow!

Our Starbucks is situated at the corner of 2 main streets .Please pray for the lost Longhorn ...

Little video for Dawn...
Taste the Rainbow!!!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS!!!

Most of you ,I know, read Dawn's blog .(WOOHOO, I did it...you know the link thingie, Thanks Dawn!) Anyways, we all remember that she loves, I mean loved feeding her children Cheez-its for breakfast...
This am ,William (3 in 2 months ) picked out what he wanted ...Cheetos and blue Gatorade...


But ,unlike Dawn's crew... That was a one time deal , by his own choice !!! (making Mama proud!!) .He pushed that stuff away and begged for CEREAL AND APPLE JUICE...




HA!


That is all for today , BECAUSE my laptop is being gay ,i mean slow...


oh one more picture... JUST FOR YOU DAWN !!! (Guess it is pick on Dawn day!!!)


SONIC , YUMMI!!!!