Monday, October 13, 2014

Phoebe's Birthday

Phoebe turned 14 last Monday.  Wow has time flown by!  Next year she will be in high school.  Please excuse what she's wearing.  All the kids got comfy at this point, as it was a Monday night and we took the kids out for sushi and Chinese (Phoebe's request and the boys didn't complain).  We went to Whole Foods afterward and Phoebe picked out a pear tart for her birthday cake.  Phoebe does not like cake.  We're not big fans either, so we all love a pear tart standing in for cake!!!!  For her birthday we got her a movie "The Fault in Our Stars".  She's read the book and saw the movie at the theater this summer.  She absolutely loves it.  We also let her get the upgrade for her phone to get her the new iPhone 6 (not the 6 Plus).  This may seem extravagant, but she is on her phone all the time, so it makes the most sense for a gift. She listens to music on it, texts her friends (sometimes about homework, LOL), watches movies, surfs the Internet.  She uses it for everything!!!  We also did not pay full price, just the upgrade price.

Why do I have a new iPhone 6 case in my favorite color for my present?

My new iPhone 6 should arrive in 2 days!  Really!!!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

10 Books That Had an Impact on my Life

I have so much to write about.  Phoebe turned 14 years old yesterday!  I haven't downloaded the pictures yet, so that post is yet to come.  However, I was tagged today on Facebook to list the 10 books that had the most impact on my life.  I've been wanting to do this for awhile, so I'm going to post it here too with some additions.  I've been wondering if I should do the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.  I've read quite a few of these already.  However, right now I'm trying to finish reading "Getting Things Done" by David Allen.  Good book so far.
  • Dune - Frank Herbert
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • Emma - Jane Austen
  • Scarlett - Alexandra Ripley
  • The Godfather - Mario Puzo
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
  • Bridget Jones Diary - Helen Fielding (I've loved her other two following Bridget Jones books too!)
  • The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
  • Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Bonus additions:
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig
  • The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  • The Once and Future King - T.H. White

Friday, October 03, 2014

Post Op Update

Just dropping a quick line out there to let everyone know I'm feeling great.  A little sore in the belly, but I've had worse post-laproscopic pain in the shoulder due to air still in my belly.  This one is not bad at all.  Thanks!!!  Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The End of an Era - But Not This Blog

Tomorrow morning will be a very pivotal point in my life... I'm having my tubes tied.  I am 43 years old and will have my 20th wedding anniversary on October 22nd.  I am ready to officially say I'm done trying to have babies!  Not that I've been taking the pill for the past 5 years doesn't say that already, LOL.  The truth is that the likelihood of me getting pregnant is slim to none due to my endometriosis issues; however, if I ever did get pregnant on my own, the doctor's say it would most likely be ectopic and that could be dangerous.  I'm also having a LEEP done at the same time.  I've had abnormal pap smears the past several years and this is something they would recommend doing to treat that, but only if there is no plans to have more children.  I'm nervous as always before being put under anesthesia.  I've never liked that concept.  I just need to get through now until the moment when they give me the relaxing meds and I won't care anymore.

Things are going great with the family.  The kids are really starting to settle into a routine.  It would have been nicer if it was earlier in the school year that this occurred, but the boys got strep throat the first week after school started and we had been battling it since.  We seem to have now officially gotten rid of that bug (I'm knocking vigorously on wood!).  The boys will still be taking their current antibiotic until the weekend is over, but I think we should be good then.  Whew!  We're getting into a routine with homework and dinner, but I wish bedtime was easier.  I usually have to sit outside their room to keep them from playing in bed and rough housing with each other.  Of course the morning comes and most of the time they don't want to wake up.  I'm going to try to get them down earlier tonight, so we'll see how that goes.

I was really tired last night and I'm sure I'll be just as tired tonight.  I'm doing a detox.  I'm still eating, but no coffee (I can have a cup of green tea if desperate), alcohol, I already don't drink soda, no nightshades (potatoes, peppers, eggplant), no pork or beef and no wheat products.  Today is my second day.  I've done this before and it's always interesting how much better I feel after a few days.  I figured with the surgery going on Thursday, this week was a good time to do this.  Yesterday I had a caffeine withdrawal headache by 1PM, and we'll see how it goes today.  I think I'll be fine.  By the end of the day yesterday, I was so sleepy.  It was awesome to jump into bed and get cozy.  I'd like to be there now and just sleep until my surgery is over.  Is that possible?  I know when Phoebe gets home from school tomorrow, we're going to have a Gilmore Girls on Netflix marathon while I'm recovering.  So I'm really looking forward to that!

BTW, menu plan I wasn't planning on posting this week.  It's not that exciting, but we are eating our home cooked dinner staples.  We'll be having pasta with beans, sausage, pine nuts and mint tonight.  I have to decide if I'm going to have curried pumpkin soup instead so I can stay on my detox or if I'll break the fast of pasta.  The sausage is made from chicken, so that's not a cheat.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Strep Madness Continues....

I'm so glad I posted yesterday's post.  I'm also really glad the doctor and I decided to do a throat culture on both boys when we saw her yesterday.  That face the boys were making in the last post, it's still exactly how I feel!

Tommy's fast strep test came back positive.  He also has an ear infection.  The doctor ordered him to be put on Omnicef and we were crossing our fingers for no allergic reaction to it.  He's had yesterday's dose and today's and still no issues.  Whew!  Hopefully this latest antibiotic which he'll take for 10 days will do the trick.

Liam's fast strep test was negative; however, I called the doctor back to check today, as she ran an overnight culture and it's positive today.  We still don't understand if the allergic reaction he had was really the Clindamycin or the Omnicef, but we do know he had a definite allergic reaction to the Rocephin he had at the urgent care, so we're going to try Biaxin tonight and see if his body can tolerate that.  I'm also going to follow up with an allergist on Monday to see if I can get Liam an appointment and get to the bottom of what antibiotics or something else is he really allergic to.

Talking to the doctor about how this does not seem to be going away, when they are finished their antibiotics, we are probably going to re-culture their throats to make sure it is all gone.  In the meantime, I'm going to Google what to do about brushing their teeth.  When to swap out their toothbrush, or if there is a way to clean it while they are on antibiotics.  Any personal advice on that front is appreciated.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Still More Pediatrician Time and Tommy Eye Check

Above is how I feel about the way the boys still haven't quite seemed to be able to shake feeling under the weather.  Both boys still have swollen tonsils and Tommy has a huge lymph node in his neck that he says hurts when I touch it.  Neither boy has had a fever, they both have gotten back on a regular sleeping schedule for school days (8PM to 6:15AM) and they've been eating just fine.  However, because this doesn't seem to be getting much better this week, I'm taking them to the doctor's this afternoon for a checkup.  Hopefully, we can get over the hump of this bug and I can stop spraying everything down with antibacterial Windex or Lysol wipes obsessively.  I'd also like to stop walking around the house with a thermometer and flashlight to check out throats!

The one nice doctor's appointment we had was Tommy's eye checkup with the pediatric ophthalmologist.  He sees her every six months these days.  We all agreed his eyes are looking straight on, the prescription to his glasses seems to be still good, and there's no need to change anything.  His fine motor skills are getting better, so I don't think his wonky letters are from eyesight, just from immaturity in that skill.

I'm seeing a lot of improvement from both of them in their writing, which has been a concern for me.  If they keep progressing like they are right now, they will be right on track with their peers by the end of the year.

Right now, I just know we're all a bit weary.  We're making great things happen, but I honestly think this rainy, dreary day we are having today is just what the doctor ordered.  May our daughter's field hockey game and our boys' soccer practice be canceled this afternoon.  I think we would all use the quiet recoup time after the doctor tells me if there is any more antibiotics needed for these boys.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Menu Plan - Week of 9/21/2014

Another week, another menu plan - Go Me!!!  This is really helping us keep on track from wanting to just get take out during the week.

Curried pumpkin soup (made by Tom, it was amazing!!! and no cream, dairy or coconut milk in it at all!), salad, crusty bread

Ramen noodle soup, steamed Chinese greens

Angel hair (leftover), pesto, diced tomatoes; roasted chicken sausage and crusty bread

Wednesday - Tom and I are going to a comedy concert 
Frozen pizza or mac n cheese (will ask Phoebe which she feels like having with the boys)

Thursday - soccer practice night
Leftover pumpkin soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, salad

Chicken wings (barbecue and hot), french fries (made from potatoes we have), steamed green beans

I'm leaving Saturday and Sunday open as to what we want for dinner.  We'll probably being running errands on Saturday before Tom and I go out for our official date night.  This week will be kind of decadent, as we'll have time out on Wednesday night.  That never happens!  I also want to talk to Tom if we want to have a Sunday Funday this weekend, as our neighbor's daughter should be home from California!!!  I have to find out if she'll be across the street on Sunday, or if she'll be off at Penn State main campus, which is also where she's visiting some friends.