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One of my favorite things

A letter in the mailbox from my Popa. I used to love to get them as a kid and my heart still skips a beat when I open my mailbox and see one in it today. He still uses the same letterhead he did 15 years ago.

A letter in the mailbox from my Popa. I used to love to get them as a kid and my heart still skips a beat when I open my...

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You have fever

I think God has a pamplet on parenting. In particular one He chose not to print up for parents or even share with us. In that pamplet contains such things as – when your child gets sick it’s bound to happen on a weekend because that’s when your doctor is closed. Or if you child has a stomach bug you will find out in the middle of the the grocery store while browsing the cereal isle, then have to flee before everyone sees it was your child who yaked on the floor. Or the day before you leave on a pre-planned, non-cancelable vacation both of your children will get really ill. Along with all the other things you don’t hear about in parentening classes because if they told you this folks may actually reconsider having offspring.

Kids get fevers, it actually shows their fighting some infection. I understand all that. Except when CaseyJ gets a fever, particularly one above 100 degrees I worry. I want to know why he has that fever or what’s causing it. Main reason I become more concerned when he spikes a fever waiting_for_isotopesover his brother is because we went through the whole “my legs hurts so much I scream and can’t walk” thing bouncing from doctor to hospital to x-rays to bone scan to MRI.  The little tough guy also is slow to say he doesn’t feel good. It took him complaining of being cold and just laying around (not being himself) for us to find out he had a fever and a sore throat. All I could think was I remembered the sign on the school board saying two cases of strep throat were reported last week. Yipee. With all our options for seeing a doctor closed on a weekend I decided to make the 15 mile drive to the ER in Luling. Yes, the same one he was in a year ago for a bad case of strep (high fever and all over body rash) a day before we left for New Mexico and the same one we waited in four years ago for more x-rays of his hips. So these memories always seem to be fresh in my mind anytime he becomes ill. Although we got in and out fairly quickly I still have issues with hospitals.

I’ll tell you this though, the little dude is one tough hombre. The did the strep test (stick the q-tip like thingy so far in your throat you gag) and he made a face then announced “that didn’t hurt at all” and went back to reading his book. Note this is the same thing that sets his big brother Z off into a seriously dramatic crying fit. Then the flu test (a skinny q-tip like thingy shoved up his nose into his brain) he did not like that and pulled it out. This upset him and he cried a little but as I hugged him he wiped his tears from his eyes and in a half-tough half-wounded voice said “i didn’t like that but it didn’t hurt either”. Both tests were negative but with a really red throat and a fever he got the pink antibiotics anyway. A few doses of Tylenol later he was full of energy, until about 4:30pm or so. I noticed the other room was awfully quiet and when I walked in he was half asleep with the Wii remote in his hand, covered up on the couch just about passed out.  He took about a two hour nap and then spent some time watching a little tv before their bedtime.

I was able to prop my camera up onto the tripod to take a few pictures of him resting. He’s always in motion so these pictures are rare. Plus he’s so darn sweet looking when he’s asleep…. He’ll be fine in a day or so I’m sure, they have Monday off so he’ll have extra time to rest up. Let’s hope no one else gets the “germ”.

Couch Sleep

Taking a Nap

I think God has a pamplet on parenting. In particular one He chose not to print up for parents or even share with us. In...

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MEdia Room (Actually it’s a WEdia Room)

The weekend before Thanksgiving we decided it was a great time to tear out the flooring in what was the boys old bedroom. It had a hole in the floor (more like a gapping spot from the Grand Canyon) that needed to be repaired, before the end of the weekend we had the floor repaird and the wall ready to be painted. The Friday after Thanksgiving I managed to finish painting all the walls and then on Saturday we were able to lay down the new flooring within about five hours and then finish the trim work. Sunday we decided that even though we originally planned to purchase new furniture to put into the media room that it may be a few months before we had time to go look so we took the love seat from the front room and a recliner from the bedroom to furnish our new room. One trip to target later we had a nice little TV stand and an ottoman that held video games and video game controllers on the inside. For Christmas we treated each other to a nice DVD player with surround sound and a nice, large LCD TV. It’s awesome for movie watching. I put together a quick time lapse of the constuction because I can and I like Vimeo.


From Bedroom to Media Room from Kim Moreland on Vimeo.

Here are some finished photos (you can click on them to see larger versions). We certainly enjoy it and it’s a “No Toys Allowed” room which is super sweet. It’s nice to have a room for us to enjoy in the house. It was about a two week project in all and well worth it. Next project – storage barn.
Media Room - TV

Media Room - Furniture

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Home, Please Mom

Never have my two boys wanted to go home so badly from Grandma’s, not because of anything Grandma did but because they got so miserably sick there. I can only assume they just really wanted to be sick on their own couches, in their own house. They both slept the entire 1.5 hour trip home, with the Z Man using the seat belt to help hold up his head. It was supposed to be a weekend of fun and fishing but we never made it past the Friday night trick-or-treating fun.

Casey J figured it all out quite early – very sweetly say “trick-or-treat” and then hold up your baggy to have it filled with lots of yummy candy. The Z Man had fun until the house where the woman built a mini haunted house in her garage with a life sized robotic freaky dude scared him. He could care less what kind of candy she was handing out, he wanted out of there and was clinging to me like static electricity. Which also led to him begging to sleep with me (which I suppose was good since he got sick and I was able to get a towel to him in time to spare the sheets in the bed). That was their first real trick-or-treating (since we live out in the country without neighbors) and Z Man said he’s done with it until he’s 16 and Casey J has sworn off candy because they got sick.

Ha.

Into November and the flooding of Christmas into the local stores. I am so not ready for it…

Blue Eyes
Aidan in his adorable puppy costume! What beautiful blue eyes!

Never have my two boys wanted to go home so badly from Grandma's, not because of anything Grandma did but because they g...

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