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Thursday, August 27, 2009

August 27, 2009 I even had to call John's teacher last night because he went berserk

Chris and Rob are gone and school has started. It is quiet when I am at home, but I have been busy running here and there. Mostly, I’m wiped out because John has gone off the deep end. He has discovered that you can invite friends over and he wants them here NOW!!!! Problem is, I don’t know these people or their parents and have no way of contacting them. He also can’t decide which friend he wants to come over on Saturday. Blockbuster is another big fight. I wish I had never told him about that. He has been screaming for 5 day the whole time he is at home and at school he has had to go back to YCAP because he is acting up in class. I even had to call his teacher last night because he went berserk. She talked to him on the phone and he calmed down. I asked her afterward how she could get him to talk to her; all he does with me is scream at me more. She said, “Your Mom.”

Daniel is disconnected at school but doing fine. He saw how to make rainbows on PBS and has been trying ever since. We can’t seem to get it to work. Mark said he knew how to do it, but so far, no good, but Daniel is happy to have a flashlight and keep trying. He is still freezing tons of water in plastic containers in the fridge. I caught him filling up 5 bowls yesterday. (Smile, silly kid)

Mark doesn’t much like getting up and really doesn’t like the homework that has already begun, but he has started to go to bed earlier. Unfortunately, there is a new channel called qubo or something like that. It has vegietale’s penguins on at 9 pm and then anther show Daniel loves at 9:30. I can’t get anyone to go to bed and everyone is mad at Daniel for confiscating the TV at that time. Mark got him watching it over the summer and now I wonder how I will ever get Daniel to bed at a decent time.

Eric is busy with band. He is upset because they are doing tennis at scouts but he has to do band on Wednesdays. He is hoping to be able to attend next week though. He has a list of stuff for me to buy, but I am so unused to this schedule I can’t seem to wake up enough to buy it. I have to take him to seminary. Since you Paul started driving, I actually have finally begun to get good sleep about the time Rob leaves for work. Now what do I do? I have to get up to. (I am actually laughing at myself) I’ll figure it out, I am sure.

I’ve been walking Daniel to school because, once again, I didn’t sign the bus papers. He should be on a bus either tomorrow or Monday. It has gotten me started exercising again. I am glad. It won’t last long, because someone (probably me) will get sick soon, but in the mean time…I walk.

John is dieing to talk to Chris on aim, but apparently, Chris didn’t have the right equipment to get on line at school, so Rob ran out and got the wireless whatever he needed. Hopefully, Chris will be on tonight. I think Chris leaving is why John is having so much trouble. He says, “I really want to talk to Chris!”
Chris was his roomy after all.. I am glad Chris chose to spend some time at college before going on a mission to wean John. I would hate to think what John would be like if he couldn’t talk to Chris.
I have a lot of work to do for the next book club meeting as it will have to be at my house because no one else volunteered and I have got Cub Scout pack meeting coming up with all the awards from day camp. I am going to be very busy over the next couple of weeks. Scratch that, I am ALWAYS busy. I just KNOW ahead of time this next couple of weeks.

August 20, 2009 Daniel’s MRI went fine

Daniel’s MRI went fine. The neurosurgeon said that it really looks like a cyst (think blister, fluid filled, as opposed to wart, tissue). The cyst is definitely growing, but he said cysts have been known to fluctuate in size, so we wait another 3 months for another MRI. Your dad is not as upset about one in 3 months this time. He didn’t want to spend the money (about $400) on this one, but it sure has relieved my stress. How? You ask. I knew from Daniel’s pediatrician’s report that the cyst was growing, so I could as the questions that were driving me crazy. Even thought the cyst is bigger, it is not growing across the drainage from the ventricle, but growing up into the ventricle giving it a lot more space and far less chance of causing problems for (according to the doctor) about another year assuming it continues to grow. If in November, the cyst is bigger, we will do a biopsy which will (I don’t know the correct verb) pop the cyst and let it drain out. It will probably continue to drain the same way regular brain fluid does. The neurosurgeon says it is a common operation for him. Fact is, he did an emergency one right before our appointment. He also answered my burning question; it will take about a week for Daniel to recover enough to go to school. Daniel needs to be where he can get a lot more language, so, phew!

My stress level has gone down so fast that I am and emotional mess. It won’t stay down for long, school is starting. Daniel has John’s first grade teacherr. John didn’t remember her until I showed a picture on the computer. Then he said, “From 2006 and 2007.” I was astounded. He knew exactly what years he had her for a teacher. I have to work hard to figure that out. At Daniel's school he saw his Kindergarten teacher and went right up to her and hugged her and talked to her. He did the same with the 1st grad teache and the nurse. They were really happy that he was talking to them. Then we headed over to John's school and he met his second grade teacher. He met a friend named Michael and has been bugging me all morning to have him come over to visit. I keep telling him I am too busy today. It is go to the Jr. High and get Mark’s stuff day, so I can’t, not to mention I don’t have a way of contacting Michael. John has learned to invite people over. I was floored on Sunday when he went up to a friend from pre-school and got in his face (because Noah was talking too much and wouldn’t pay attention to John) and said, “I want you to come to my house tomorrow!” He has never invited someone to our house. To bad he didn’t think to ask me first, I had a doctor’s appointment on Monday that got in the way, but I had Noah come over on Tuesday. Since Noah has PDD-NOS they did a lot of playing next to each other and taking turns. Noah enjoyed that John was speaking to him (he remembered when John wouldn’t talk to him at all) and playing and so did John. It was pretty fun.

I’m looking forward Rob getting Chris off to college. His stress level will drop after that and things will be a lot nicer here assuming John can handle loosing his roomy and Daniel can deal with his brother leaving. He was too young when Paul left to really understand what was happening.

Speaking of Daniel, he freaked out at Fielder yesterday. His friend, Haley, came running at him full force and gave him a huge hug and scared the heebie-jeebies out of him. He cried and hung on to me for about ten minutes. I have never seen him act like that. We had to walk around the school with our arms around each other. It was very bizarre. John was fine and Daniel was freaking out. It is usually the opposite. We visited Daniel's kindergarten teacher so he would feel more comfortable and he did better after that. He is in the same room as he was last year, just with a different teacher.

I have been a laughing at the fact that I have 4 kids in 4 different schools, when I realized that BYU is considered a school and I have 5 kids in 5 different schools. But now I just realized that you could consider a mission a type of school, (I am sure there is a lot of learning) and I have 6 kids in 6 different schools. The really funny part, the 4 kids here at home all have new principles this year. How strange is that? Life can sure throw some strange things at you. It keeps it interesting. I have to say I haven’t been bored in a really long time.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

August 13, 2009

This week has been much, much better. John’s psychiatrist added some meds, one for constipation, one for behavior. John has been so much more able to take disappointment!!! He desperately wants me to go to blockbuster today, but I told him no. He wasn’t happy, but he didn’t yell and scream. I am thrilled.

My calendar is getting filled up as the beginning of school approaches. I’m having trouble with more then one thing a night as all the meet the teachers and school open houses and grade level orientations are starting. They overlap with speech and scouts.

Eric is busy with marching band every night. Chris is gearing up for school and packing things to be shipped. Mark is…not doing much although he had a couple of days of band this week, but that is it.

John is enjoying his three weeks without school and discovering that you can rent games from blockbuster.

Daniel is happy go lucky. A funny Daniel story... A couple of days ago I opened the fridge to find on the bottom shelf a bowl of water with a single grape in it. Puzzled, I called out to the house, “Why is there a bowl of water with a grape in it in the fridge?” At first no response. When I asked again, I hear a couple of “Huhs?” and Chris said, “I think you need to ask Daniel.” I called Daniel and asked him what this (pointing to the bowl) was. He said, after a few uninteligable words, “Put it in a ice!!!” and he danced around and smiled and was all excited. I said, “What?” mumble mumble, “Put it in a ice!!!” Big smile and dancing.

I said, “You want to freeze the grape in ice?” He said, “Yeah, Yeah!!!” all happy. I said, “O-o-o-h” Then we had a short lesson on, Fridge (lay hand on door) Freezer (lay hand on other door) Repeat 3 or 4 times. The water won’t freeze in the fridge (unless of course you put it on the top shelf in the back for several days, but that is too complicated for Daniel.) I dumped out a little water (the bowl was really full) put a lid on it and showed him how to put it in the freezer. He was a happy, happy camper. That evening I found the bowl on the table full of water but the grape was missing. I asked him about the grape, (point and say where is it? The grape?) he said, “Fridge”. I don’t really know what happened to it. The next day he did it again, only no grape, just a bowl of water. When it was frozen that afternoon he danced around with the ice and showed everybody how he froze water and made us all touch it. Then he let it melt again. That seems to be the end of it. I don’t know if writing is as cute as seeing, but it was a fun story. I asked him at speech about the grape in the water, he said, “Put it in a ice!!!” to his speech teacher. I wanted her to know the answer we got from him. She was puzzled but, I explained it to her. You would think she could understand him by now, but with Daniel, context is everything.

When everyone got home last night, (after Eric got a ride home from band without telling anyone and we sent Chris to go get him and of course Chris doesn’t have a phone) Your Dad said, Finally, Everyone is home. John piped up, except Paul! I tried to explain that he will probably never be in the “everyone is home” category in our home and that Chris will soon be in that category as well, but he still hung onto except Paul. He was asking how long before Paul comes home. I told him another year, but I don’t think he understands that kind of time yet. He sort of does, because of birthdays, but I don’t think it goes very deep. He keeps asking me to get a video game for my birthday. I keep telling him I don’t play video games. He keeps trying to show me the games he is playing (the ones from blockbuster). I keep telling him, I don’t play video games. They make my head hurt. He sort of understands, but not really once again. He wants Daniel to get the video games for his birthday. He does understand his birthday is a long way away.

Daniel’s third MRI is tomarrow. It is about all I can think about, even though I have to pull book club movie night together for tomarrow night, and Pack Meeting is coming up a week from Saturday so I will be busy next week with all the awards, and Book club is coming up again, so I need to go get the book for September so I can read it while I am at Texas Children’s tomarrow. Yeah, I will be extremely busy over the next couple of months.

Daniel’s tumor/cyst is growing. I took him to the pediatrician a couple of weeks ago for the ear infections he got. I asked if he had gotten a report. The doctor said the report said it was growing. Last MRI the neurosurgeon couldn’t tell for sure, but I guess the radiologist report said it was growing. We will need to do something about it if we don’t want him to get hydrocephalus. (that means some kind of brain surgery) I will find out more tomarrow. Once again, we will be seing the neurosurgeon before the radiologist reads the report, but we will be able to see the pictures on the computer screen, and I am hoping to be told more about what is next. Anyway, pray for Daniel as just about everyone is. He is not having any symptoms so that is good and the tumor/cyst is benign, not invading the brain tissue so that is all good. I don’t know whether the next step is a biopsy or if they will go ahead and try to remove it so they only have one operation or if we will still wait and see. Right now…wait and see. The funniest thing about this tumor/cyst thing is the way everyone else gasps when I mention it. I once told a person I was working with in band, “If my sons head explodes, I won’t want to do this,” (I volunteered to head up a marching contest parking lot thing which I did last year). She gasped and her eyes got real big. Good grief! I’m joking! It is my way of dealing with this. How else do you deal with stuff that is serious, but taking a really long time. You make jokes, you cry sometimes, you talk about it (driving everyone else crazy) and you keep on living. Whatever happens, happens and you may as well take it as it comes and trust God that you can deal with it.

August 6, 2009 It has been a rough week

It has been a rough week. John went off the deep end. He was screaming and yelling about everything. He also got diarrhea which caused him to get sore, which made cleaning him up and absolute nightmare. It was only because Eric helped me hold his legs that I didn’t end up with a black eye or broken nose. He is much better now. We haven’t had a screaming fit for 2 days. That was after 7 of a fit at least 3 times a day, (not including diaper changing times). Whew! I am glad I got through that. I even barked at your dad. I was completely depleted, but I am bouncing back fairly quickly.

As for everyone else, Eric started marching band last night. His trombone should have been in the shop this summer, but we forgot, so I am wondering how I am going to take care of it. It will take about 5 days to get it working properly again. His slide is sticky.

Mark is going on a “be a whimp” campout on Friday. They will be camping out in the a leader's back yard, playing video games and swimming. They’ve done this a couple of times. The scoutmaster has cancer so campouts keep getting downgraded to something less strenuous. He is still a great scoutmaster though.

Daniel is his happy go lucky self. He still can’t hold a conversation, (which is upsetting Rob) but he IS starting to talk in 3 or 4 word sentences and he almost always remembers to add Paul in his list of brothers. I think he has a hard time with Paul because he didn’t actually learn our names until after he left for college. It makes it harder for him.

John seems to understand that Chris will be leaving soon for college like Paul did. What I am really surprised about is that he seems okay with it. He will be loosing his roomy. I told him I would have Eric move into the room in Chris’ place so that he wouldn’t have to sleep alone. He didn’t respond, but since at the time he was trying to sleep in my bed with me because Chris wasn’t home yet, I think it was a bit of a relief. He went to his own bed then and went to sleep.

I am just trying to survive the last 3 weeks till school starts. I can’t wait to have the house to myself again. It does get lonesome at times, but at least my nerves aren’t shot. I need quiet time, when none of the computers, TVs or video games are on. The constant blaring and clashing of different games and music has me on edge. Right now, Daniel is watching a PBS show called Word World, and playing Kirby. John is playing what looks like megaman on the other computer and Mark is playing something upstairs. Your dad is in the den working and Eric and Chris just got home from playing tennis. They will add to the racket soon.

July 30, 2009

I had bad bout with depression a couple of weeks ago that I am still struggling to recover from. My migraine medicine reacted with my anti-depressant and caused me to get even more depressed then I usually do. It was kind of weird, but thanks to some inspiration from My Father in Heaven, instead of renewing the migraine prescription when I went to the pharmacy I asked if there could be a drug interaction. Sure enough there was. Once the headache medicine wore off in about 2 hours I started getting better except for the 5 day headache I had after that. Excedrin (and any other ibuprofen containing meds) cause my blood pressure to go up so I can’t take it any more. I waited a week to go see the doctor (because I already had an appointment). I now have a different migraine medicine to try. The depression and recovery is why I have been struggling with writing lately.

Chris has added baseball to tennis and Frisbee for exercise. He finds some reason to get out twice a day, which is fine. It helps me not rely on him as much.

Eric has a new tic. He keeps trying to spit things out of his mouth. It is really annoying. The gnashing of teeth was irritating, but only if you were sitting nearby. The headshaking was irritating only if he was on the same furniture. The spitting thing is irritating from across the room! I am a little (very little) worried about when he starts school. I don’t think the noise is going to go over very well with his teachers, not to mention the other people in the class. He will probably suppress during school though and drive us crazy at night. Oh, well…Life.

Nothing much is up with Mark. Just constantly telling him to take a shower (which he has yet to take).

I always have stories about John. We went over to the some friends for dinner a week ago. They are a young family. There are just the three of them. Mom, Dad and baby. They had one of those huge lasagnas from Costco which the mom didn’t know how they were going to eat, so they invited us over for dinner. John now knows what and apartment is and has visited one. Anyway, they had Mario Kart Wii. John and Daniel got to play it and of course John was obsessed. On the way home, John was asking if he could call the dad. After two days of being constantly asked if he could call the dad, I rented the game from blockbuster. He loved it and I had a hard time getting him to go to school, but things are calming down now. His obsession is now on super sluggers. ARGH!!! It hasn’t helped that he got sick over the weekend. In fact, several people have been ill around here. Your Dad blamed it on some treats I brought home from church. He thinks it was food poisoning. I think it was yet another virus. It has been a rough year for viruses.

Daniel was one of the people to get sick this last weekend. He has swimmer’s ear (which is an infection in the ear canal) and a regular ear infection (which is behind the eardrum). His ear had a bunch of white ear gunk instead of yellow and then it started draining a bunch of water. I figured I better take him to the doctor. He is a lot happier now, but he doesn’t much like the medicine he has to take, but he does take it so I am proud of him.

July 9, 2009 A silly story

Eric is off scuba diving for high adventure. Chris is playing tennis and Frisbee every day. Mark is watching videos on the computer. Daniel is into Chip and Dale and the Justice League videos. John is doing what John always does…Playing some video game on something. Rob is in California this week, so things are kind of quiet and calm (as much as it can be with John around.) Chris is loving that we get to have spicy food for dinner. Surprisingly, even John and Daniel have eaten some of the food.

A silly story…We went to the Fourth of July pancake breakfast that the activities committee had at the church. The Hatfield’s were there so-o-o John invited Oliver over to play on Monday at “1 o’clock sharp”. I find it funny that John thinks Oliver is cool. He and Chris have done the video thing on the computer (it doesn’t work all that well) so John thinks Oliver is really cool because he has been on the computer screen. Oliver was 4 minutes late, but John, though uptight, remained in control until Oliver got here. Then he and Oliver played Kingdome Hearts for a few minutes until Oliver turned his DS over to Daniel. (Oliver says that every time John talks to him he asks about Kingdom Hearts.) Oliver spent the day here and everyone had a good time…but and 8 year old inviting an 18 year old over is…I don’t know…Odd.

Chris was ordained an Elder last Sunday. Chris is planning on going on his mission after the first semester at college, so it may be quite a while before you see him again. We’ll see how all the paperwork stuff goes first though; it may not work out the way he would like.

June 25, 2009 Mark had the idea that he would just wear the same clothes all week long

It has been a little dull this week. Chris has been gone, learning lifeguarding so he will have a great summer job now and in the future. Mark is off to Camp. Eric is busy reading a book. John is at summer school, and Daniel is well Daniel. He is just busy running around.

The one glitch was that Mark forgot to take his medication with him. His scout leader called because Mark had the idea that he would just wear the same clothes all week long. We made him bring other clothes, but his leader was afraid the jeans were going to be to hot this week. He wanted Mark to have some shorts. But, Mark won’t wear shorts. After seeing the forecast for this week, I bought him some of those pants with zippers and cooler material. I had to hem them. Mark said they wouldn’t fit, but I hope they do because I worked hard on them. (I bought a large men’s size so they would fit around him.) Eric and I spent Monday evening driving to the BSA camp to drop off the clothes and medicine. No one else was going up until Wednesday which meant that Mark wouldn’t have got his medicine for a really long time. I am glad I sent the clothes. At least I know he has the option since it has been over 100 the last couple of days and forecast to stay that way. Our thermometer said 108.9 yesterday. That is of course next to brick on concrete. We are living in a sauna right now and we aren’t even getting the afternoon “popcorn” thunder showers we usually do.

Daniel has learned a lot of little phrases that he is using like “how about that” or “but Mom”. It is kind of cute listening to him. John is in a social skills class at school and learning about expected and unexpected behaviors as well as the 5 point scale (for how loud your voice is…1 being no sound and 5 being yelling) Eric and I are listening to one of your Rob's books on tape. We needed something to do for the 4 hour drive on Monday, but the book is 10 hours of listening. It is pretty good.

June 18, 2009 It is really hot here

It is really hot here. We actually haven’t had rain for a couple of weeks. I know there that isn’t much, but we usually have “popcorn” showers every afternoon around here. That hasn’t been happening. I guess we actually get to use the pools a little this year.

A friend of mine said that she would help me teach John and Daniel how to swim, and it won’t cost anything. I told here we would pay her. We are going this afternoon for our first lesson. That should be interesting since I can’t get John to go to a pool.

Eric and Chris leave every day to go play tennis at the school. It is Chris’ way of getting exercise even though a lot of his friends aren’t around. He tried playing Frisbee last night, but only 7 people showed up so they played for a really short time.

Mark is complaining how boring it is around here. Hopefully, he will figure out something to do soon. He goes to scout camp next week anyway.

Rob is busy with some deadline at work. He is usually a lot more irritated when he is under pressure, then he has been lately. I’m not complaining though.

As for me, nothing much going on. I’m just busy with the day to day. I am struggling with getting done what I need too plus what I want.

June 4, 2009 Today is the last day of school

Things were a lot easier this week. Letting John play on the computer and the Nintendo makes all the difference in the world. He is not constantly asking about getting to play and me having to say no. I just have to say, after you____(get dressed, go potty, etc.) He can handle that a lot better, and so can I.

Today is the last day of school, so of course it is a half day. I loose track of timeduring the summer in the little things like arbitrating disputes, cooking, teaching, keeping track of where everyone is or has gone, changing diapers, or begging someone to actually use the toilet (think John). Time goes by quickly when you are busy and it goes even quicker each year older you get. (Either things are getting closer together, or I am slowing down. Maybe both.)

I am trying to talk Eric and Chris into becoming lifeguards. It will get them out of the house and making money and it is a summer job they can go back to over and over. Eric said he doesn’t swim well enough right now to be able to do the prerequisites, so I guess it is time to spend a lot of time at the pool. (I say that every year, and never do it.) He could of course walk himself down and build up his endurance and speed, but for some reason Eric doesn’t do stuff like that. Chris is just slow at filling out applications. He is considering it. Problem is, it costs $275 to get the training. I have already spent $400 on little gym for John and Daniel and then another $200 on medicine for me. My doctor has me on all kind of stuff and apparently they cost a lot! I don’t know if Rob will be willing to spend more money on training to be a lifeguard. I suppose if they get a job first and then train (which is one way of doing it, and it brings the cost down) it might be more palatable.

Daniel is back to his normal happy self and I am wondering what to do with him all summer. He gets into so much stuff when he is bored, and he will be bored. He will miss school terribly.

John was telling me he didn’t want to go to school today and he was sick. I told him he didn’t want to miss the last fun day of school. He said yes he did. He got on the bus anyway, so I guess I won. I am glad he will once again be going to summer school. He hates it of course, but it sure makes the next year easier for me. He doesn’t totally get out of the habit of getting on the bus and going to school. I do feel sad that he doesn’t get the break everyone else does, but I believe it is for the best.

Mark and Eric are busy re-reading the Harry Potter series getting ready for the next installment in the movie series. It comes out sometime in July. You will have to wait a year to see it, but I think you can handle that as your focus is elsewhere.

Chris graduated from seminary last Sunday. He gave a pretty good talk as well, but I think all the people who gave talks need to work on adding the spirit. The school is pretty good at teaching them to be funny in their speeches, but there was something missing. Maybe my back was hurting too much for me to notice the spirit. I know I need to bring something to the meeting as well.

Oh, one last Johnny story, he surprised me. I’ve been reading the Book of Mormon stories book (the one with the cartoon like pictures) to John and Daniel while they eat breakfast. Well one day this last week, my timer didn’t wake me up to send them off to school, so I drove them. After I dropped Daniel off at Fielder and was driving John Exley, I decided to ask a few questions about the story. I didn’t think John or Daniel was listening. I asked, “What happened in the story we read this morning.” John answered, “Lehi died.” (He had. It was the one about arriving in the promised land and the skin turning brown.) I asked, “What else happened?” Response, “I don’t know.” I asked, “What happened to Nephi?” Response, “He died.” (He had.) Then I asked what happened to Laman and Lemuel. He didn’t know. So I told him a little bit. I was surprised he knew as much as he did. Every now and then I look ahead at the chapters coming up. John was excited to see a story about King Benjamin coming up. We read it today. He seemed a little disappointed. I am hoping that the stories about King Noah and Ammon will be more interesting to him.

May 28, 2009 John Pokes a kid in the eye

This week has been stressful. John has been difficult. Last Thursday, I got an e-mail from the school that John had gotten mad and poked another kid in the eye with his pencil. I was not pleased (understatement) and your dad was irate. John got sent back to YCAP for in school suspension after spending some time in the office. After much talking to John and some e-mails from his teacher, we have figured out that John was angry at his aide because he couldn’t keep up with a reading assignment the class was doing together. He has a hard time staying on task. Anyway, instead of striking the teacher, he turned to his neighbor and stabbed him. The child has a scratch on his eye, but is okay and won’t loose the eye or his sight. (PHEW!) We made John make an apology note to his friend and grounded him from video games and the computer through Tuesday. They were out of school on Monday and Tuesday for the Memorial Day holidays. John has had a rough time of it. He has begged and pleaded, and cheated. He also got mad on Sunday and was throwing his jacket around (he covers his head with it during church so we bring it even though it is hot) and hit your dad in the glasses with the zipper so Rob added a day to his grounding. Because he cheated several times on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we took the power chords away and he is grounded again today, but we will let him have full access tomorrow. I can hardly wait! He is driving me crazy! The good news is he has started going outside to play games he learned with wii sports. I got him a t-ball set and he hits balls off the tee. Yesterday he grabbed a tennis racket and ball and has been practicing serving. He was trying to hit the ball with the racket sideways, but Rob showed him what he was doing wrong and John fixed his swing and has been doing well.

This morning John woke me up to go outside. He nearly set off the alarm when Mark was watching him, but Mark was able to turn it off in time. Anyway, I was watching him through the window and he was talking to someone, but I couldn’t figure out whom, so I asked him. He said, “The birds, but they don’t understand. Are they chirping?” lol. We had a short discussion about how birds have their own language and how babies and birds don’t understand us. He may drive me crazy asking for Nintendo every 10 minutes (at least it isn’t 10 seconds) and getting angry every time I say no, but he sure cracks me up at the same time.

Daniel got strep over the weekend and freaked me out. He was so-o-o sick. I ended up taking him to the urgent care center on Sunday. He fell asleep on the doctor bed. As we were leaving and he was weaving down the hall the doctor was like, “get that medicine right away and start him on it!!!” He was that sick. The doctor prescribed Tylenol with codeine for the pain. (Daniel was crying a lot because of it.) But when I gave it to him he broke out in hives and got real flushed. He threw up all night long. I will never give him codeine again. I wasn’t sure if it was the antibiotics or the codeine, but I tried the antibiotics again, and he is doing a hundred percent better. I got real close to taking him to the emergency room that night. He still isn’t totally himself. I haven’t had to change him in 3 days. He was starting to dehydrate because he wouldn’t eat or drink. He was able to go back to school on Wednesday though and is doing well. Antibiotics are a miracle.

Eric went canoeing over the weekend. He had a great time. He is also doing the driving part of drivers ed. He had to drive in the dark last night.

Mark is busy practicing for the end of the year band test. He has had to have spacers in his back teeth (12 year old molars) because they are coming in under his 6 year molars. He is definitely going to need his wisdom teeth pulled.

Chris is totally excited about getting out of school a week before everyone else. He has to speak at seminary graduation next Sunday though. He is getting teased about that.

Daniel and John both went to the dentist recently. They decided not to x-ray Daniel’s teeth unless it is really necessary because of all the MRIs. They don’t want to irradiate his head too much. It took me a while to understand, but in the end I stated it that way and they said, Yeah! John has a cavity. I took him the other day to get it filled, but he wouldn’t take the sleepy medicine. Last time he needed to take it Daniel took it first, so John did all right, but this time he just would not. He even spit it out at me, so I had to make another appointment. If he would have taken it, he probably would have slept all day Tuesday and not have cheated so much on his punishment. John often shoots himself in the foot. Crazy kid.

As for me, I am running around to doctor’s and dentist appointments. I am working on quilts and planning for the summer. Stuff like that. Today I have to spend a bunch of time finishing up a few missing things on day camp forms. Other then that I just have speech, quilt group (the have been doing another friendship quilt, and I want to see everyone’s even though I didn’t participate) physical therapy (for my back) and turning in forms. I promised John I would take him to a tennis court on Saturday, so I am going to be busy. I think next week is some end of year parties. Oh no!! Daniel’s has a lunch thing at 10:30 today!! So much for quilt group. I better get something together. Oh, wait, I made a sandwich yesterday for lunch which I didn’t eat. I put it in the fridge. I’ll be okay. I have something ready.

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May 21, 2009 Life has been pretty good

This week has been calmer. Even with babysitting Rory. She was so funny. Derrick and Lindsey dropped her off at about 2:30. She was happy and enjoying the new things to explore. I basically tried to trap her inside the couches and that was enough. When Mark and Eric showed up after school, she freaked out. So I held her for a couple of minutes and then Chris came home and she freaked out again, but it only took her another couple of minutes and she decided they were all okay. Then she fell madly in love with Chris. She couldn’t take her eyes off of him when he was in the room. Every time he sat down, she would crawl over to him and stand up at his knee. John tried to talk to her. He said, “When I was a baby I baby talked too.” Daniel thought she was wonderful, but he got a little frustrated when she was belly laughing at Eric acting silly, but wouldn’t laugh at him. He took it pretty well though, the way he takes most things. In the end he just lay down beside her and touched her gently. He also kept trying to crawl into the pack and play (playpen/crib). It took a lot of telling him no and he was too big and he would break it to convince him not to get in. She kept us all busy Monday night with FHE and everything.


On Tuesday, I had a doctor’s appointment and so I took her with me. I discovered that I couldn’t carry her and the car seat. The car seat was heavier then she was. She couldn’t weight more the 15 lbs. She didn’t hurt my back at all. I made her stand up, when she wanted picked up so I didn’t have to bend over so far. The doctor gave me some pain medication also which…well…I LOVE not being in pain!!! I can actually stand up, sit down, and bend over again. My hip doesn’t even hurt. Wahoo! Sometimes, although I complain, I don’t realize just how much pain I am in until it is gone. I knew I was struggling, but …It is just so nice, even if my head is a little foggy.

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon sewing on Merit Badges and rank badges. DH got a new shirt, so I had to do all the arm stuff for him. The new shirts have a pocket on the sleeve where the den leader patch goes. He insisted on being able to use the pocket so I couldn’t just sew it closed. Xb (Is that how you do the emoticon? It doesn’t look right.) Why didn’t they just put the pocket on the other sleeve? Do they not realize what a pain it is to hand sew badges? Actually, because I ripped it off his other shirt, it had holes for the needle which made it a little easier. Mark earned his star rank about 3 months ago and once enough time has gone by, he is ready for life. Eric finally finished up those citizenship merit badges that he only needed to call a councilor and make an appointment. His leader and I finally nagged him into it. I think maybe Mark being ready for life also helped. Eric got his Life rank last Sunday.

Life has been pretty good this last week.

May 14, 2009 Busy, Busy, Busy

I had a little miracle yesterday. This week has been beyond busy. It is pack meeting week, which means it takes 3 days to put all the awards together, but I was too busy with Daniel’s sleep study and dentist appointments. The bed at Texas Children’s was horrible on my back. When I got home on Tuesday I could hardly walk, so I rested, (not to mention I didn’t sleep well at all.) I finally put together the list for the awards late Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning I was wondering how I was going to make it through the day and get the awards done. I had been wondering about it all week, because my back was giving me so many problems. But then, I turned over and my back popped and it quit hurting. I took John and Daniel to the dentist picked up the awards, ran home, picked up Eric, took him to the dentist, dropped off John and Daniel at their respective schools, got some labels (for the awards), picked up Eric and then started working on the awards at home. It wasn’t until your dad got home from work that I realized I had completely missed Katy 3rds WEBELOS awards. They had 3 more boys getting arrow of lights. It was too late to do anything. It was the worst I have ever done on awards, but the miracle was I got through the day without a whole lot of pain. Today, however, the pain is back. I need to ask my home teacher’s for a blessing. As people keep telling me, this too shall pass. I will survive. I would just survive better if boys would help by cleaning things up off the floor. I can’t bend over! Oh, well, this is life.

I am busy as always. Tomorrow things are a little calmer. Today I have my dietician’s appointment, a physical therapy appointment, and Daniel’s speech, and if I want, roundtable. (I don’t want.) I also need to squeeze in shopping at some point in time, probably after quilt group. I need to just vent at quilt group. Come to think of it, tomorrow might not be better. I need to go get the awards I messed up and go to the temple. (It is “fill the temple” week for our stake. Our ward’s day was Tuesday, but that wasn’t going to work for me. Friday night is ward temple night.) The good news is there is a scout shop near the temple.

Next week I get to baby-sit, Derrick’s baby girl for Monday and Tuesday while they celebrate their anniversary. That will be interesting. After that, I think things slow down a little. I could be wrong though. Things always pop up. I was looking at my calendar last night. It thought the summer would slow down, but I don’t think it does slow down much. Oh, well…Life is not dull at the moment. It was when you were a baby. I got pretty bored sometimes, but it definitely isn’t anymore.

May 7, 2009 John's Having trouble with school-again

Chris is AP-ing, but done for this week. He is taking 5 tests overall, so life is a little stressful for him. He is also busy making money to take Kelly to the Prom. Kelly is going to MSU so she and he will be breaking up (sort of ) soon. He seems ready for it. Not that he doesn’t like Kelly and everything, but…whatever.

Eric is busy procrastinating homework. He had to write a poem about an abstract noun with imagery. He did a great job, but he waited to the last minute (as always.) It wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be though.

Mark is getting frustrated by John and Daniel. He loves watching TV, especially Hogan’s Heroes. I’m okay with that. I get my computer back.

John is having a little more trouble with school. I don’t know why. He is claiming to be sick every day again. I check his temperature every morning before I send him off. He is regressing in his potty training. ARGH! But he is starting to overcome it again. (up and down, up and down with him) We went to Texas Children’s for a re-eval on Monday. They got the full range with him. He worked hard on some stuff and refused other stuff. He threw a fit and ran out of the room and he sat and worked hard. He worked with the tester alone for a while and then I had to go in. I was busy with another person asking a bunch of questions so we weren’t quite done. He interrupted a lot while we were trying to finish up, but we got it done. Then I took him to the lab to get some blood tests. That didn’t go well. My back has been giving me trouble ever since. We did manage to get the draw though.

Daniel’s MRI was interesting. Daniel did great. He complained when they put in the straw (IV), but then he went out like a light. We saw the neurosurgeon later that day. He said that he wasn’t sure, but it looked like it may have grown a millimeter or two, but it was too early to tell. The changed his next MRI from 6 months to 3 months. He really couldn’t tell because the pictures they take aren’t at exactly the same spot as they were in the first place. The brain tissue around it is all normal, so it really is the “plumbing” that is the worry. There is about a centimeter (from what I can tell by looking at the pictures, and I am not trained) left before it blocks off, so if it is only growing a mm or two it will be a little while yet before he gets sick. It is a good idea to keep a close eye on it. The problem I have is that the symptoms of hydrocephalus and the flu are pretty much the same (except maybe the fever), so I asked how I was suppose to tell the difference. Basically, I got a shrug back (if you can see a shrug through the phone as I was calling.) I just am suppose to tell someone it could be hydrocephalus instead of the flu if I need to take him to the hospital or doctor.

I have been a little under the weather. I am not sure if I was sick or if the change in medications I am taking didn’t sit well. It doesn’t much matter now. I feel better. I suppose if I have to do stuff, spending hours on end sitting at Texas Children’s was the way to go.

The guy who does the mulch and stuff in the front yard came by yesterday. I had him pull out the 3 mostly dead loquat trees and bought an apple tree and an orange tree to replace them. The third tree doesn’t need replacing because of the little sago palm that was planted a few years ago has gotten big enough that it nothing needs to go there. Our lemon tree has another batch of little green fruit on it. What am I suppose to do with all these lemons? The orange tree has a bunch of little oranges on it as well. It is only about 2 feet tall so I am really surprised it is ready to produce, but It looks like we will have some oranges soon. At least oranges are edible.

I gotta go now. I have a physical therapy appointment for my back.