Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone had a great holiday! We had a pretty laid back day here. I worked on a layout while the kids watched TV and played. Mark slept in, then read the paper and watched football.

Being it was just the four of us, it wasn't too bad to get the meal ready other than that the 3 lb. turkey breast took more like an hour and half to cook, instead of the hour it was supposed to. But we did all quick, easy sides, so it was no big deal. Besides the turkey, we had mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, crescent rolls, broccoli in cheese sauce, and pumpkin pie with Cool Whip. Oh, and chocolate pudding - very important, since about four bowls of it is the only thing Kaylee ate. LOL

(Wow, I just discovered that Ctrl+S publishes the post instead of saving a draft of it. Have to be careful of that! LOL)

What else is going on? I'm running another challenge at RAKScraps for Thanksgiving. I got hit by adware yet again this week, so I bought Spy Sweeper (got a deal - free after rebate). I'm having other computer problems though - Windows Explorer is taking forever whenever it has to access the drive list. Very frustrating.

Kaylee didn't go to school this week. She just has a cold, but doc said to keep her home. At least it was only two days. Matthew did great at school last week, had one good day and one not-so-good day this week (talking too much). Mark and I got flu shots last weekend. Most painful shot I've ever had (at least that I remember), and I was quite sore the next day or two.

I'm sure there must have been other minorly noteworthy events over the last ten days, but I can't think of any, so I guess I might as well shut up now. :-)

Monday, November 14, 2005

Week of the million little things, Fifth Disease

I don't know where the week went. Seems like I was constantly busy with a lot of little things, but I don't feel like I accomplished a whole lot.

I did get Mark's new web design done, which took quite a bit of time. Now he "just" has to go plug the content in for all the pages. Piece of cake, right? ;-)

Last week was the RAKScraps RAK-a-bration 1st anniversary celebration, so I ran a challenge for that. I also created a new kit that will be a participation prize for another challenge I'm running at the end of the month. It's one of my favorite kits that I've created so far, not that I've done a ton of them. One of these days I'm going to set up a little gallery for them on my site.

We also worked last week on helping Matthew understand how his behaviors at school (talking, not paying attention, not getting his work done, bothering others) were causing problems. Between notes from his teacher and us discussing it with him, I think we got through to him, and he showed a lot of improvement. We also did a dollar a day reward for good reports, which was a good motivator for him to try harder. We're going to keep that up for a bit then phase it out once it's (hopefully) become more of a habit for him to behave appropriately.

What other little things were there? Let's see - a last minute gift for a fellow TOPS member who has reached her goal (although I had weeks to get it), the usual grocery shopping, a bit of laundry, figuring out our health care spending account contribution for next year so we could do the benefit enrollment (which we almost forgot to do), worked some on Christmas presents, the usual running the kids to the bus stop/school, helping Matthew with his homework ... it's all a blur.

Then Saturday night Kaylee started running a fever, not real high, but definitely a fever. She'd had the sniffles before that. She was tired and moody yesterday and still running the fever, so we knew she wasn't going to school today. Then this morning she woke up with no fever, but has a red rash on her cheeks and chin. I called our pediatrician's office. They said it's probably Fifth Disease. Sounds pretty ominous, and it is highly contagious, but it's basically just the fever and rash and is only dangerous to pregnant women because of a risk of birth defects. Once the rash appears, you're no longer contagious, so, basically, if Kaylee's fever stays down and she's feeling better, she can go back to school tomorrow.

Matthew was really tired last night, and was coughing a lot and complaining that his throat hurt and he didn't feel well this morning, so we kept him home today too. He's perked up enough though, that I think he's probably fine. Either that or it's just too soon to tell.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Halloween, flu shots

Gosh, I've been slacking about writing here again. Hard habit to get into.

Halloween was fun. The weather warmed back up a bit, but a storm came through that day. Fortunately, it was gone by around 5 pm, so it didn't interfere with trick-or-treating, although the kids had to wear coats over their costumes, since there was still a cold wind. That was a first - normally we're sweating on Halloween night. Anyway, Matthew was a ninja and Kaylee was a bride. Kaylee was tired and was walking slow when we left and got slower and slower as the night went on. It took us an hour and a half to go around our block! The kids had a great time though and, of course, got tons of candy.

We took the kids today to get their flu shots. Matthew has a major fear of shots. He gets so worked up worrying about them, that he upsets himself before we even get there - the anticipation is much worse than the shot itself. Mark managed to get it through to him that last time the shot was over before Matthew even realized what was happening, and although he was still nervous, Matthew (loudly) repeated that several times to the other kids in the waiting room. Both kids did great with the shot itself, and when they got to pick out prizes afterward, Matthew was actually proclaiming that he thought he liked shots. :-p