Monday, April 27, 2009

Two of a kind, working on a full house: Creative Vado Pocket Video Camera GIVEAWAY

Two of a Kind is having a Mother's Day Giveaway Extravaganza! Over 20 giveaways over the next 2 weeks!

Today's giveaway is for a pocket video camera! How cool is that!?!?

It's from Creative.

Two of a kind, working on a full house: Creative Vado Pocket Video Camera GIVEAWAY

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Two Wheels!

Melodie can ride a bike! She falls more often than she goes, but she can pedal a 2-wheeler by herself! (Of course, just now, I realize, gee, I should have taken a picture! doh! I will get one this afternoon. We will be practicing some more.)

She got a new 2-wheeler for X-mas. She hadn't tried it AT ALL. Yesterday, I finally casually suggested it, and she ran with the idea! I still won't let her ride on the sidewalk by herself, but hopefully soon she'll be able to zip up and down at least part of the block on the sidewalk and have some fun with it. Could she finally be starting to get a teensy bit more "normal" and less gifted-flighty?

Atley was very jealous of her riding her bike. He was jealous of Charlie's gifts. We skipped the terrible 2's with him. Are we instead getting the ferocious 4's? Mr. Evel Kneivel seemed hell bent on flying down the driveway. (Our driveway is very steep, and obviously as it's a driveway, goes right into the street.)

Ari went to a little friend from school's birthday party yesterday. It was the first time she went alone to a party. She had a blast! And, it turns out her friend lives just a couple blocks down the street! (none of their school friends live near us since we're supposed to go to the other school.) So, her mom and I talked, and we'll hopefully be getting the girls together over the summer. Yay! That is the only thing I really don't like about this neighborhood. It's mostly elderly people. It's nice and peaceful and safe, but a complete lack of neighborhood friends.

The people across the street from us have kids, little boys even, that are Atley's age and probably about 1 1/2, but they are never outside. We are outside alot, and I know they've seen us. I figure if they would want to be friends, they would have said something. I guess not. :0( Maybe they are just unbearably shy like me and I should go knock on their door sometime. I don't know if I can get up the nerve! Honestly though, I didn't even know they had a kid until I saw the older boy outside once when he was about 2. I've seen them outside less than a dozen times, I'm sure. Just last week was the second time I'd seen the little one outside.

Oh, and wouldn't you know it, Fasty Bocco is doing well. He is swimming around, eating, and checking out the pirate ship wreck. Hermione(Ari's fish), on the other hand, has taken a turn for the worse. I think she has ick. I just changed their water last week, and it said a temperature change or stress can cause it. Maybe from the water change and the 40 degree weather one day to 80 the next could have done it? I put an ick tablet in the water today. We'll see how she does. Thankfully, Ari didn't care. She said that's okay, I'll just get another one. My mom said they're just immune to fish-death now, after the Bocco saga.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The cake!

I got it done! I think Charlie's cake turned out great. I was so proud. I kinda wish I hadn't put the nose on it, but all in all, I was very pleased. It tasted extra yummy, too!

Charlie had fun. He didn't really get into the opening the presents part, but we got him a wooden shape/color train and a wooden shape sorter thing with other little activities, and he LOVED them! He wouldn't stop playing with them after his uncle opened them for him.

He wasn't very thrilled with the cake! He didn't like the frosting on his hands. He kept trying to scrape it off and throw it on the floor. I fed him off a fork, and he gobbled it up, though. Silly Monkey. He played so good and had so much fun. It was a nice day. Before the party, daddy was hanging out with the boys (before the girls even got home from school) and they were playing cars together. Charlie would even mimic the sounds Atley was making. It was too cute! My baby is certainly growing up.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Swanki Hats GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Another superb giveaway from Grosgrain!! These look like some pretty cool, stylin' hats!! I currently only have baseball caps, so this would be a fun addition to my wardrobe!!

Swanki Hats GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Happy 1st Birthday to my Chunky Monkey

Today is Charlie's first birthday. It has been one heck of a year! All of the drama with work, these nagging colds that won't go away (hopefully's 80 right now!! w00h00!!)

Charlie started us off into uncharted territories. I hadn't nursed the other 3 kids. That was an interesting adjustment. Now, I can't imagine not doing it and feel even worse I didn't do it before. Oh well, the girls are thriving, and we carb load Atley as much as we can!

Charlie is just learning things by leaps and bounds. We finally have what I could officially call a crawl!! Just this morning, he kinda started pulling himself with his arms and scooting his legs forward, though not a normal crawl. It's still mobility, and he's getting fast with it! My grandpa said just while he sat there watching him, he could see him get better each time he tried. I will be getting the gate out of the shed tomorrow to get cleaned up. We will be needing it! Charlie's new game is pulling up in his playpen, plopping down, and repeating. This keeps him occupied for quite awhile. He likes playing with books, and he loves watching the dog. He's trying to talk. He can say dada and mama. He has attempted to say "girls" and "brother" (bubba). He LOVES splashing in the tub! He is still signing for milk and diaper change! He randomly will wave hello and goodbye. I'm HOPING he will blow out his own candle tonight! We've been practicing, but it's still pretty sporadic. (He saw me blowing on his dinner one night and tried it. He's done it a few more times since. We'll see!)

It's been an exciting, and although stressful, very fullfilling year.

Momma loves her sweet little chunky monkey. Happy Birthday Charlie Cash!

Kids Lunch Kit Giveaway

Not only for kids, this would be great for grown-ups, too! It's reusable, BPA free, and helps cut down on trash! Very cool.

Two of a kind, working on a full house: The Soft Landing Kids Konserve Lunch Kit Giveaway

Here is a link to the store actually selling it: The Soft Landing

Thursday, April 23, 2009

ANOTHER giveaway!!

Another giveaway I found today! This one is for an aluminum water bottle from SIGG and a reusable shopping bag! One can never have to many of either of those! Click the title of the post for the link to check it out!

Sunny Day!

Yay! It's FINALLY going to be nice out! Today, tomorrow and Saturday especially are supposed to be awesomely beautiful!

I can't believe I forgot to blog about it yesterday....we got Bocco Fasty II on Tuesday. This time, we went for a Danio, promised by Auntie to be a hearty fish. So far, so good. On the bright side, Pet Smart has a 14 day return policy, as opposed to Walmart's 3 day. Hopefully, we will have better luck, or at least be able to replace said fish more easily.

I'm baking Charlie's cake tonight! I know, the build up is horrible. I can't wait, myself. I promise, I will add pictures of everything after "the big day." :0)

The VW toy is turning out okay. I'm not as happy with it as I could be, but it's not done yet, so I'm hoping the shaping will get a bit better when I put everything together. We shall see!

I sold my first pattern! Someone bought "Bite Me" yesterday! I was so excited!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Another Earth Day Giveaway!

Here is a great one! You can win a reusable market tote! This looks awesome. I would love to use this at the Farmer's Market this summer or to gather my own veggies from the garden. Very, very cool! Just click on the title of this post to get to the link!

Happy Earth Day!

Of course here in Ohio, it's yicky, crappy, cold, rainy, nasty out. Good thing we go to be outside yesterday! (In between the cold, yicky, crappy, rainy, sleety, hail.) We planted our strawberries in a planter. We trimmed down some bushes that didn't get it in the fall. (My mums are starting to come up, and their old stalks were there. I also trimmed down the butterfly bush so we can hopefully open and shut the window this summer. NOTE: To anyone growing butterfly bushes with crank out windows...plant a good 3 feet or more from the house or you will get butterfly bush stuck in your window when you try to reel it in!)

Atley rode his tricycle for quite awhile, while I hung out laundry and read a book Melodie's teacher loaned me. It's a very good read about sorting through verbal exchanges with your daughters. Very insightful.

Charlie is pulling up on othings like crazy! Still no walking or actual crawling yet, though. Last night, he and Atley played with Hot Wheels together. It was TOO cute!

Organic Popcorn Giveaway!!!

Who can resist organic, gourmet popcorn!?!? I ♥ popcorn. All of us do. Dan got me an air popper 2 Christmases ago, and I love it! Check it out for your chance to win479's organic popcorn! Just click on the title of this post to take you to the site!

Monday, April 20, 2009

I'm a Reporter!!

I got picked to be a reporter for the House Cup for spring term! I'm so excited! (and yes, I know I'm a dork!) The Headmistress herself even sent me a PM!

Well, it sure has been quiet today with the girls in school! I wish it hadn't rained all day. Atley wanted to go outside and play so bad. (Plus, I have some laundry that needs hung up!) Which, BTW, we saved $10 on our electric bill this month! Yay for energy saving clotheslines!

I finished Charlie's dino last night. I'll post some pictures of all the birthday stuff after Friday. (hey, I have to keep you guys reading somehow, right?! lol) ;0) I also started the VW toy I had been planning on last night. I'm still not sure how it's going to turn out. It's working up pretty quick. We'll see. More on that later, too. I might frog and rework some things, but I really want to get it done, so I might just do it and then rework the pattern later. decisions, decisions

Simple Skirts GIVEAWAY!!!!

How cute! What a great chance for this giveaway! I bet both the girls could wear these!

Simple Skirts GIVEAWAY!!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Good Day

Well, I've had a pretty good last couple days! Yesterday, I went to my BFF's baby shower. It was fun. I got to give her my yarned goodies. I still owe her a dalmatian hat, but I figure I can give that to her in the hospital when baby is finally here! Oh, and it was so funny, my other BFF (the 3 of us are pretty much 3 peas in a pod) was babysitting her little niece who is 1 month older than Charlie. We sat them at the head of the table in their highchairs next to each other so they could play. It was too cute! They held hands. They shared pancakes, eggs, and Cheerios. She kept putting her finger in his mouth, and he'd suck on it. Then, he'd check out her buttons. They even shared toys! No fighting or biting at all. Very impressive for one year olds! We've decided they make a cute couple and are destined to be together. (We had decided that when Charlie was born, though!)

The girls got to help with the presents. They took turns holding the trash bag for the wrapping paper and were so excited. Ari won a door prize! She got a movie night gift basket, which is her favorite thing in the world.

My mom took the kids for an overnighter afterwards. I must say, I did enjoy it, although strangely, spring break went much happier and smoother than I thought it would, crappy weather and all! It was a pleasant surprise. Maybe summer won't be so dreadful this year...we'll see!

Dan's friend came over last night to celebrate his birthday. I made his good cake, and they both loved it! His friend kept saying how he hates chocolate cake and icing, but that was the best he ever ate, and he just loved it! Yay for me and my cake!

My mom still has the kids. I got the lawn mowed this morning. I'm doing good on getting work done. Charlie just laid down for a nap. It's been a good day!

I'm almost done with Charlie's dino. I hope to have it done tonight. I just need to do the feet and embroider the eyes. I finished the head last night. I can't wait for his birthday! I can't believe my sweet baby is going to be 1 already. He is still SO close to crawling. He gets on all fours, and then sits back down. He's doing good pulling himself up now. Hopefully in the next month or so, we'll finally get him walking, or at least scooting/crawling in the right direction! (He can scoot himself backwards on his belly with his arms. He can scoot on his butt wherever he wants to go, though.) Charlie will be getting a sock monkey cake for his birthday. I'm going to do a banana pudding filling in it! I can't wait. I'm so excited to get started on it!

I've also been inspired by Inspired Mama Musings (her button is on my blog! Check her out, she does some AWESOME work!) to break out the good ole' sewing machine again. I've been wanting to, but I just haven't had the drive to sew. I admit it, I'm lazy. I like to sit on the couch and knit. I have to sit in an uncomfortable wood chair to sew. But, I think I'm finally going to make the girls' dresses I got the fabric for last year. I really want to take the kids to get their pictures taken at the park. I'm hoping my mom's boyfriend will take some so Dan and I can get in them, too. We haven't done a family picture since Melodie was a baby, so we're long overdue! I was going to make the boys matching overall outfits, too, but my mom picked up a little short outfit for Atley on her last vacation, and it happens to match almost exactly a little outfit that used to be his that Charlie can wear now, so I think I'll leave them at that. I do need to make him his Spiderman jammies I've had the fabric for for over a year though. He doesn't really have any summer jammies for this year that will fit!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Blessings Abound Giveaway

Blessings Abound is offering a GREAT giveaway! It's for a UV Skinz shirt! They are UV protective swim clothing for kids (and adults!) I'm hoping to win a shirt for Charlie, though he and Ari seem to be a bit more darker complected than the other 2. Especially my poor, pasty pale little Atley. He doesn't burn quite as easily as I do, but easier than the other kids. I'm hoping to spend alot of time at the wading pool this summer because Charlie loves to splash! Click on the title for the link to the site!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Maggie Collection from Kandy Kisses

Kandy Kisses has just launched the Maggie collection! They are boutique little girl pieces, only available at her site! Just click on the title of this post to go right there. Here is the release picture, too.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Pinch Me

We don't owe taxes this year! We won't see our refund because it will go to back taxes, but it will take us down to just about 1 year of back taxes! and NO NEW TAXES! I'm still in shock. I cried when I saw the number stay in the black after I entered my 1099. I just can't believe it.

On top of that, my mom bought me new clothes yesterday. I'm the smallest size I've been since I got pregnant with Ari! I picked up my yarn to get started on some bibs for my booth, too. I told my mom, either our crappy luck is finally changing, or the bottom is just going to fall out because too much good has happened for too long! (yes, 2 weeks is a long time for good luck for us!)

Ari's appointment went okay yesterday. The perforation is healed, but she still has some bulging pressure. The doctor wants an audiology check in about a month. He said to check to see if school will do it for free, or to call him back if we get on Healthy Start, and he'll schedule it then. He said if the pressure doesn't release, she may need tubes so it doesn't affect her hearing. Hearing problems run in my family anyway, so we want to stay on top of it.

On the other hand, of course since Atley's swelling was going down, I didn't end up having them check him out....and when we got home last night after the doctor, dinner, and shopping, his temp was 102.1. It's 101.0 this morning. My mom said if it doesn't go down, to get him back in there.

I got Charlie's pics yesterday! OMG! He's adorable. Even Dan liked them, and he usually grumbles about the kids' pics.

I got Charlie's vest done last night! I'm going to start on Bronty tonight. 1 week, 2 dinos and a puzzle...can I knit that fast???

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Doctors Appt

Well, Ari is getting her check up today for her ear. Hopefully, she will get a clean bill of health. I'm hoping they can squeeze Atley in, too.

My mom is taking me shopping to pick up at least a new top for my friend's baby shower Saturday. It's at the restaurant I used to work at. Then, we're going out to eat at Red Lobster. Ari wanted to go Saturday, but it took too much time getting their Easter Bunny pictures. My mom promised her we'd go if she behaved at her doctor's appointment. (She hates going to the doctor and is usually rather rude to them. She was really good at stat care, though. Maybe she finally grew out of it. She has gotten so much more mature this past year!)

I pick up Charlie's birthday pictures today! I can't wait.

Monday, April 13, 2009

The big 3-0

Well, yesterday went pretty good. The kids ate WAY too much chocolate. I am pleasantly surprised and shocked. The in-laws only gave the kids handmade candy!! No heards of bunnies or chickies this year. No hot wheels. Dear lord, poverty has it bonuses!

No, really we had a pretty nice day. Of course, MIL did NOT make Dan a cake this year, only because I didn't either. Good thing I had the poke cake ready!

Today is Dan's actual birthday. He's 30 and uber-depressed about it. I don't know why. It'll be my turn next year. I don't care. Heck, it's not like he's going to be 80. I told him he needs to hook up with my cousin. She refuses to even talk about being 30, and she's even got a year after me to wait. Am I weird because I think 30 is no big deal? Heck, I'll just be glad to finally not get carded to buy alcohol. I should not have to be surrounded by 4 kids to not get carded dammit! I also told him it's not so bad, that my friend's BIL is going to be 40 today. That made him feel a little better, but still bummed. Oh well, I think I'm going to surprise him with his cake tonight. We've still got poke cake left. I guess I just like having 2 cakes to choose from! ;0) I was going to make it Saturday because we're ditching the big kids and were going to have some of his friends over, but he never called anyone. I don't know if I'm going to be able to pull it off by Saturday.

Oh, I think I finally recruited my SIL to the dark side. I was showing her my pretty, soft, pettable sock yarn last night and my fun DPN's and she was talking about learning how to knit and crochet.

Oh, and last night, Dan's friend called him. He's a local EMT / firefighter. Apparently, he had gone to Canada with some buddies for a little trip. The department called him 6 times, begging him to come home (he was on his way.) There was a HUGE fire downtown last night! An 100-year-old building was completely destroyed, and one built in 1885 was heavily damaged right next to it. That main strip of road through town is still blocked off this morning. It's a shame. Those were some beautiful old buildings. Luckily, the others on that block were saved. They just have smoke and water damage. No one was hurt. The people that owned the shop were having Easter dinner in the apartment above it, and they got out with everyone but 1 cat. :0( One firefighter got some 1st degree burns from a flare up, and some were treated for smoke inhalation, but at least no one got seriously hurt.

Mama's Money Savers

A great chance for a giveaway of some natural cleaning products!

Mama's Money Savers

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Well, we got eggs dyed, and bunny nests and speckled eggs made. I didn't get the poke cake made. I'm waiting for the dishwasher to be done (any minute now) so I can use my pan, and then I'll get it in!

Ah, another hectic day. I've got work, today is my grandpa's birthday (who thankfully lives about 2 blocks down the road), and the in-laws are coming over at 4. Oh, and I still have to make a cake and my Easter bread. Dan's making the pasta sauce. (We're having pasta. We had our ham on Ostara.)

I'm beat. I stayed up too late watching Moses last night. I set my alarm for 6:10 to hide eggs. The kids were up by 6:45...close call! They had all of their eggs found before they even came in to wake us up!

Atley freaked me out yesterday. The whole side of his neck was swollen! Today, it's gone down a little and I can feel it's a lymph node, but if we would have had insurance, I would have had him in the ER last night I was so freaked out. I'm going to try to get them to fit him in with Ari on Tuesday, just to make sure that's all it is. I already know they're going to say his tonsils need to come out. They've been huge for at least a year now.

Oh, and if you can believe this, Fasty Bocco died yesterday! I swear, why him? Is it just because Atley cares the most? For crying out loud. I think this time, one of the big goldfish tried to eat him, though. So, we'll try again. I haven't had the heart to tell him yet. "Hey Atley, Happy Easter, and, oh yeah, your fish died again!"

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Hippity, Hoppity Easter's on it's Way....

The kids got letters from the Easter Bunny yesterday! My mom had signed them up for it at work. They were SO excited. They got right to work painting him pictures to leave.

Today, we're dying eggs. They've been begging all week. We're also making bunny nests and some krispy speckled eggs.

I've got to get my cake baked for tomorrow. I'm going to do a poke cake. That way, we can still celebrate Dan's birthday with his parents tomorrow. Dan loves poke cakes. And, if I don't make it, I know we won't have one because just my luck it would be the year his mom decides to not make him one. How pissed off do I get when I invite them down for cake and ice cream, and she brings a cake too!?!!? And of course, it's always a stupid Volkswagen cake. grrrr Then, not only do we have 2 cakes to eat, but all the effort I put into baking him a really nice cake that he asks for is put to waste. So, I'm going to make a poke cake just in case. If we don't eat it tomorrow, we can have it Monday on his actual birthday. Then, I can make him his special cake for his party next Saturday!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Born 2 Impress GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Another great giveaway!! These are darling little ribbon covered barrettes in fun butterfly and lady bug shapes!

Born 2 Impress GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

I won!!

I won! Charlie's Hat won in the House Cup!! Yay! I won some roving. I'm so excited!!!

Speaking of roving, here is the ebay store that has the .99 cent roving! It's called My Special Tea. They have really good shipping time, and .99 cents, can't beat that! Some of it is more, but she has sales and stuff. I've bought at least 4 ounces or so from her. Now, to find the time to spin the rest of it!

Yesterday, the florist put up a big sign about opening their craft store! I need to get moving on getting some stuff made up!

Last night, I would have had the back of Charlie's vest done, but the kids did something with my pattern! I couldn't find it anywhere, and of course I had already shut down the computer for the night, and it wasn't worth the hassel of waiting for it to boot back up. So, hopefully tonight I'll get the back done and a good start on the front. It's working up superfast, but a babyvest in worsted weight isn't all that complicated of a project!! lol

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Picture Day

Again....yes, again. I swear, they have WAY too many picture days at school! Don't get me wrong, I love pictures of my kids, but school pictures are always crap. Plus $40 x 2 kids is really expensive! I don't know what I'll do next year. Of course, I don't have to buy them, but then the kids are so disappointed. I'm not getting the whole package though. I'll just probably get a sheet of each. I am very happy to say that Melodie washed her hair....with shampoo....this morning!

Well, we're back to being sick again! Atley had a very slight fever last night and is coughing again. Poor little Charlie has the runniest nose and also had a fever again yesterday. I'm watching ears VERY carefully.

Here is the link for the clothespin bag I was talking about! I haven't gotten mine done yet. It probably won't be until after Charlie's b-day. I am going to get to hang out some more laundry today though! I'm so excited. It's supposed to be almost 60 and sunny today. Of course, it's supposed to drop 10 degrees and rain tomorrow. Oh well, I'll take what I can get!

I started on Charlie's vest for his birthday last night! So far, so good. I'm lovin' the yarn I picked. It's Knit Picks Comfy worsted. It is VERY soft. I was a little worried because of the stiffness of other WW cottons I've used. This just feels so good in my hands. I think the colors go together pretty good, too. I'm hoping to have the back done tonight!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dare I Say It??

Good things might finally start happening to me!?!?

Yesterday after our weekly grocery trip, I decided to finally stop at the florist's on the way home and talk to them about their "Crafters Wanted." I think I'm gonna do it! I need to get some inventory made up. My mom said she would spot me at least the first few months of space rent to get me started and see how it worked out. I'm so excited! Dan's kinda wishy-washy about it. The way I look at it, is this could be my only chance, and it's been practically thrown in my lap. I've really got nothing to lose, because if the shop space doesn't do good (they're a small florist, but they're hoping to expand in a couple months and be more flowers and a craft boutique kind of thing) I can always do craft shows or put more effort into my Etsy shop or on ebay.

Thanks for all the kinds words about my car! I'm still in mourning. It took every ounce of self restraint I had yesterday when I told my SIL they were invited down for Easter/Dan's birthday Sunday, and she asked if she should call their other brother, and I said yes not "No, car-killers aren't allowed!" One of Dan's friends came over last night. He and his fiancee restored her 65 Mustang last year. He was horrified to hear about my poor car.

Oh, we finally have 4 fish! *knock on wood* Atley picked out a new fish yesterday. This time, it is just a run of the mill goldfish. He named it Fasty Bocco. He's whitish with an orange dot on his head. He's so happy. He watched it for a couple hours last night.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

One more step to greener living!

I'm so excited! A couple weeks ago, I bought some clothesline. We had a clothesline when we moved in, but it was old and icky, and when we redid the shingles on the garage we took it down because we had to replace some facing it was attached to. I don't think I had ever really used it all that much, if at all. Maybe just to hang swimming towels on to dry out. Well, I decided with the crap-shoot that is our life, we need to save as much $$ as we can. During the winter, I just pulled the dryer vent off the wall and used it to help heat the house...electricity is cheaper than gas, and if I'm using electricity to dry the clothes, I might as well get some benefit, plus it added humidity to our dry, scaly, itchy skin. (our house is 1-story, no basement, and the laundry is in the corner of the kitchen, so it worked well.)

So, now it's FINALLY getting warmer (well, until now when it's supposed to freakin' snow again) and I've had the itch to get outside. I've been pestering Dan to put up my clothesline, and he did!! Sunday, he finally put it up. I ran out and put a load up right away. I'm still going to dry "underthings" and socks in the dryer, but do you know how much that will cut down on my dryer time!?! I need to get another line today because we didn't have enough to run 3 rows, and with 6 people, I could use 3 rows. Now, I have to get that pattern for the clothespin bag out of my queue!! yay!! I'm so excited!!

Monday, April 6, 2009


Charlie's viking hat is up for the March prize for Herbology in the House Cup!! I'm so excited. I showed him his picture today, and he was too. He's getting so big. He can sit up by himself now! Like, from laying on the floor to pulling himself up to sit. This morning, he even finally scooted forward in his walker! (Food is a driving force for that child.) He rammed into my work chair because he was hungry! lol

Oh, I can't believe I forgot to blog about this yesterday. So, while I was at the carnival with my mom and the kids, Dan stopped by to wish his sister a happy b-day. While he was there, his dad says, oh yeah, by the way, about a week and a half ago, your brother was burning a stump out of his yard, and it caught Michelle's Mustang on fire. WTF!!?!?! They BURNED my CAR and NOONE COULD TELL US!!?!??! Ok, so it wasn't the nicest car in the world. In fact, it was a pretty crappy $300 special, but it was mine, and Dan's VW is finally painfully close to being done, and there was an actual snowball's chance in hell that my car might get started on before I die. We got it almost 5 years ago and have made about twice our money back from it selling parts we weren't going to use off it. And now, it's burned. Apparently the tarp caught on fire and the roof is toast. We had initially planned on putting a different roof on it anyway because I like fastbacks and it's a coupe, but we have since changed our minds because I'd just like to have it. Well, so much for that plan! Dan did just find a picture of a Mustang wagon a month or so ago, and we were talking about that so I could have my car to drive everyday and still be able to tote all the children. My poor car.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Moby Wrap Giveaway

I just entered a giveaway for a Moby Wrap! Very Cool! Either click on the title of this post or go to More Than Cents to check it out!!
Well, we had a fun time at the carnival Friday night. Of course, I just now thought, gee, I should have taken my camera! Oh well, there's always next year. We are +1 fish, but no new Bocco. Melodie won it for Charlie. Poor Atley is just crushed. He tried so hard. I bet he played the fish bowl game 5 times. Ari played it 4 times for him, too.

Ari is feeling better. Yesterday, she still had some drainage, and she still can't hear. Anyone out there in cyberland know how long it takes the drainage to stop and hearing come back after being on antibiotics? I'm just worried they're not working, and I don't want her to lose her hearing. (Hearing problems run in our family anyway, so I don't want to take any chances!) Of course, being an MT, I always think worst case scenario when it comes to the kids.

I don't even know what I did yesterday. I know I did some knitting for my friend's baby shower. I hope she has a 10 pound baby, or this outfit is going to be HUGE! I'm debating frogging and trying to adjust the pattern or just frogging and finding something else. I'm torn. I have to have it done by the 18th. I've still got Easter basket knitting to do, too. And Charlie's b-day knitting.

Friday, April 3, 2009


So, tonight is the school carnival! We're hoping to bring home Bocco #675 tonight....and hopefully this one will live longer than a week! They are having a mouse game. The mice were in the office. Atley is in love. They are pretty freakin' cute. I always wanted a pet mouse. Apparently, I saw the description of the game, and you pick a color, and if the mouse lands on it, you win. I don't know how they are going to propel live mice onto colors...we'll see!

I was in school twice by 9:30 this morning. I got a call about 11:00 yesterday morning from school. Ari had green drainage coming from her ear! I picked her up, knowing full and well what it was. I called the doctor, and the stupid nurse said I had to take her to the ER. I said really? We don't have insurance, you guys can't see her? She said I could try stat care. Nice way to treat a patient you've had for over 15 years, huh? So, off we went to stat care, where the doc barely looked in her ears and could see a bilateral ear infection with perforated right ear drum. He took a culture. NOTHING they could not have done easily (and less expensively) in the office. Maybe I will find a new one since my old doc left, anyway. The new one wouldn't even give me an Epi pen for Ari and her dye allergy, even though she had a really nasty reaction, and from what the pharmacist said yesterday, was borderline anaphylactic!! Dr's reasoning: With all the kids around, I wouldn't feel safe so no one gets hurt. Yeah, like I let my kids play with sharp objects and medication. grrr

So, anyway, we get done at stat care and go to Giant Eagle, because they have $4 prescriptions! So, we get there. Now, the stat care doc gave her Zithromax because Dan and Melodie are allergic to Penicillin, and with her other allergies and skin conditions, it makes her more prone, especially with the family history, and he didn't feel the risk was worth it. So, of course, the Zithromax isn't under their $4 program. It's $30. Ok, fine, get the kid the meds so she can get better. I get called back like 5 minutes, that was quick. Nope, turns out Zithromax has RED DYE IN IT!! So, they had to call stat care and get a different Rx. This time, we get Omnicef, which does not have red dye, but can cause a reaction in 1 out of 5 people who are allergic to Penicillin. We decide to risk it. Of course, this isn't covered either, and we're up to $60 now!! The pharmacy tech asked if I was sure. No, what am I going to do, let my baby drain pus out of her ear??

So, we finally seem to be on the road to recovery, though. Ari's ear has stopped draining, though she can't submerge her head. She was so upset by that because today was swim class at school, and she has to sit out. AND I now have to help her wash her hair. (She's very independent, and I know won't be happy about this for long) The stat care doc said to follow up in 10 days or so with the family doctor and they might want me to see an ENT. (This is her first ear infection, but because of the perf.) So, I'm just going to call the doc and see if they want her referred, because I'm not going to take her there, just to have them tell me to go to an ENT. Luckily, I have a hook up with a good ENT.

Dan feels horrible. I wanted to take her in Tuesday, because she developed a rash Monday from the viral infection she's had for 2 weeks now. He said no, don't take her, she's fine. If she would have had antibiotics Tuesday, she probably wouldn't have perforated. So, now he feels super bad because Ari is his little princess, and because of him she is worse of than she would have been. Of course he tried to blame it on swim class, because he hates them having swim class. I told him, her last swim class was like 2 months ago. She does NOT have an ear infection from swimming!

Ugh. Anyway, I wanted to talk to the teacher this morning because Ari can't ear well, and I wanted her to know she had to speak up for her and to watch her going to the pool so she didn't get run over in the parking lot or anything because she can't hear. I had written a note, too. Well, we get home, and I see the note on the couch. For some reason, Ari took it out of her folder! So, I go back down so she doesn't get a bad mark for gym that swim class counts for. AND, we're going back tonight for the carnival, not to mention I have to pick the girls up this afternoon. I swear, my car could auto pilot to school!

Thursday, April 2, 2009


It's going to be 69 today....69!!!! I can't wait! Heat! Warmth! Sun! I love spring.

Well, I think (hope, hope, hope) I might finally get my crafting dream started! The other day, the florist at the end of my block put up a sign "Crafters Wanted, Inquire Within." I'm thinking about stopping down and seeing if they'd want to sell my bibs and toys!! I figure, most people buy flowers for new moms. What better thing to sell there than some sweet baby gifts, so they have one stop shopping!! I'm hoping to get some things together and go talk to them in the next couple days. I'm very hopeful!

Charlie has 7 teeth now! He will be 1 in 3 weeks. I can't believe it. He is definitely mobile, though still not really crawling. He can scoot on his butt faster than I can blink, though! Oh, I got my sample diapers I blogged about a month or so ago yesterday. Very nice. If anyone has little ones, definitely give that number a call! So far, so good. They are very absorbent. I like them much better than my normals.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup

I know, I know. I've talked about it....alot. The wonderful House Cup! I just wanted to let everyone know that we've just finished winter term 2009, and we are currently on break (for April.) Anyone who hasn't joined already should! It's great fun. You don't have to make Harry Potter related projects. We sure could use some good new Gryffindor blood, too! We've sadly come in 4th place both terms. :0( So, if you want some good motivation to finish projects, fun times, and the chance to win some pretty cool prizes, sign up for the House Cup and tell Headmistress Onica that stitchywitchy sent ya! (yup, we get referral points, and yup us Gryffs can use whatever points we can get for next term!)