Thursday, 31 December 2009

2009 - A Year in Review

January : Boy Oneder won his first game!

February : I got adjusted

March : Boy Oneder freaked us out

April : Threepeat turned two

May : Rashes and gardens and neighbours OH MY!

June : I became the mother of a teenager and Middleman joined the double digit club

July : I got re-inked

August : I turned 40, Mom threw me a great party and she sent Hubster and I to Vegas!

September : We went to Maryland for Madi's Bat Mitzvah

October : Pig Flu attacked

November : We had a neighbours' night out...LONG overdue

December : Boy Oneder's hockey team STILL had not won a game

Happy New Year everyone. I pray that your best day of 2009 be the worst day of your 2010! Pin It

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

In other news....

I am getting my hair did today...

Mary, hair dresser extraordinaire, will attempt to make me look like Mary Jane Watson from spiderman...



Not the style...just the colour.

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Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Living with anxiety...

It was pretty much inevitable...

My Mum's Dad suffered from it, my Mum suffered from it and therefore, I suffer from it.

Anxiety. Panic. It's awful.

Stress affects people in different ways...for me, it manifests itself in health anxiety. The Christmas season always carries with it a large amount of stress...buying and wrapping gifts, preparation for visitors and decorating all on top of a very busy time at work makes it a very, very difficult time. Add to the mix that it seems to be the worst time of year for missing relatives who have passed away and you have a HUGE breeding ground for anxiety.

I have joked before about having survived every cancer known to man, as well as several brain aneurisms and numerous heart attacks...but it's really not funny.

Living this way sucks. Every time I get some kind of ailment, I convince myself that it will kill me. I focus on every little symptom, just KNOWING I am going to die. I lose sleep, I can't eat, I can't concentrate...it's horrendous. And don't even get me started on the kids. If they get sick, even a little cold, I am a complete wreck.

I have been to group therapy, individual therapy, I've tried medication...it all works just fine...for a while. But, the fear always comes back. Right now, it's consuming me.

I have had chest pains for two weeks. It started with a sore throat and what seemed to be a cold coming on. The cold never materialized, but the slight cough and chest pains didn't subside. I was convinced it was lung cancer (again...wink wink). I finally went to the doctor yesterday, shaking all the way, expecting to have a chest x-ray that would confirm my "diagnosis". Instead, Dr. G simply listened to symptoms, checked my chest, looked in my throat and ears and declared, "It's nothing serious. Probably a bit of bronchitis. Antibiotics won't help you at all. Take any cough medicine with 'DM' in the name and expect it to last up to a month...I have had many patients with the same thing."

Wow. I would live to see another day!

But seriously, living with anxiety is a struggle. Every.single.day. Oh how I would love to be one of those carefree, happy, confident people who dance through life without a care in the world. Nevermind...I'd love to just have a carefree week, let alone a carefree life.

If you live with anxiety, you are SO feeling my pain right now. You know exactly what I am talking about. On the other hand, if you've never had a panic attack or convinced yourself that you are dying, you are probably laughing at me and telling me to get a grip.

I wish I could...believe me.

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Sunday, 27 December 2009

For Kate...

Here she is:

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Saturday, 26 December 2009

Anticipation, Excitement, Jubilation...

And so, Christmas is over for another year. Well, kinda. We are still eating, drinking and visiting, but the gift part is over.

The anticipation was fantastic. I was thrilled about the cell phone that we bought Boy Oneder, the Maple Leaf tickets that I searched the world over for for Middleman and all the Spidey gear we got for Threepeat. The kids were uber excited on Christmas Eve...I think they were thrilled with their gifts.

Hubster was very happy with his Dexter DVDs...Seasons 1, 2 and 3 and his Sopranos Season 6 Part 2 DVDs. My Mom was thrilled with the Nintendo DS Lite and Brain Academy game we gave her and MIL was very excited with her new flat screen TV.

*I* was very lucky too! Hubster got me a new digital photo frame (MIL accidentally broke the one that my Mom got me for Christmas last year, although she still will not admit it ;o) )

The boys got me a beautiful, pretty new digital camera...it's gold and very pretty. Rosie got me a pink case to keep it in. It takes such nice quality photos and videos too! I actually have video footage of Hubster singing "Rio" on karaoke at BIL's house last night, but he has made me swear not to post it anywhere. Sigh...it is priceless.

Anyway, all in all, a great Christmas. How was yours? Pin It

Thursday, 24 December 2009

It's the MOST wonderful time of the yearrrrrr.......

Gosh I love Christmas. Have I mentioned that before? ;o)

Today is Christmas Eve...when you are a child, it is the LONGEST day and night of every year. The anticipation of what will be waiting for you on Christmas morning is almost unbearable. Will Santa bring me all I asked for??? For adults, it is a day of preparation, cooking and more preparation. Most exciting indeed!

As Catholics, today, we do not eat meat. Tonight will be a feast of fish, fish and more fish. We will eat till we nearly pop and then snack all evening while we watch Christmas specials and play board games. Tonight, we will each take turns with Grace before meals, thanking God for all of the wonderful blessings in our lives, especially, for the gift of His only Son, Jesus Christ...the real reason behind all of our celebratory gorging. In our society, it's easy to forget that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

Tomorrow morning, we, along with millions of others, will gather in our family room, still in our pajamas, opening our gifts that we have so tediously thought about, purchased and wrapped. Within mere moments, all of the preparation will be out the window and the gifts will be done for another year. The kids will play with their new toys, I will trek out to the local gas station to pick up my Timmy's (my regular Tim Horton's is closed on Christmas Day) and we will spend quality time together, eating and drinking excessively...oh it is INDEED the most wonderful time of year.

May your Christmas Eve and Christmas morning be as wonderful as I expect mine to be. Pin It

Monday, 21 December 2009

Jesus is the reason for the season...

I got this email today and had to share...

Kate...this one's especially for you, because of all my friends, YOU will appreciate it most.


Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.

See the NonReligious Police had taken away,
The reason for Christmas - no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.

It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a ' Holiday '.
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.

As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.

Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace

The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.

Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS ,
not Happy Holiday !

Please, all Christians join together and wish everyone you meet during the
holidays a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Christ is The Reason for the Christ-mas Season! Pin It

Working from Mississauga...

The boys are home from school for two weeks (lucky ducks) for Christmas, and therefore, I have lost my home office peace. In anticpation of two weeks' of fighting, arguing, yelling and just plain driving me nuts, I decided to step away and work from Mississauga today and probably tomorrow. I love getting out once in a while anyway, and considering that the weather is OK, I will get alot more done here than there.

I have a couple of last minute gifts that have popped up thanks to last minute requests for a big man in a red suit, so I will have to pop up to the North Pole to pick those up at some point, but otherwise, I am ready for the big day!

FOUR MORE SLEEPS!!! Pin It

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Busy times ahead

and I can't wait!

Christmas is coming!!! Christmas is coming!!!

Our basement is well on the way to being finished. Studs are all up, electrician is done, plumbers are here now and then after Christmas, the drywalling begins!! I'm really hoping that it's done for March.

I have a very busy week at work, but the light at the end of the tunnel is creeping ever closer. Most of my clients will be live in the first week in January, so there is a little reprieve coming my way.

We leave for our cruise on January 10th...Joanne's birthday funnily enough. BIL and the girls, Future SIL and her kids, Hubster, myself, the boys and my Mom...14 of us in total, will enjoy a week on the Carnival Victory, sailing from San Juan to St. Kitts, Mt Maarten, Barbados, St. Thomas and Domenica (not necessarily in that order). When we return, we will spend some time with my cousin, Mike, who is currently backpacking around the world! You can read all about his travels here. What an experience for him!!! We are pumped about him spending a few days with us!

Christmas festivities will be fun...they always are. I just LOVE to see the boys' faces on Christmas morning...this year, I'm sure Santa will bring them everything they wanted! YIPPEE!!!

What are your next few weeks looking like? Pin It

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

The struggle

Although it's years since you've been gone,
The hole you left is gaping.
The emptiness, the lonliness,
For me, there's no escaping.

At Christmas time, the pain renews,
I miss you oh so much.
Your pretty smile and funny laugh,
Your warm and gentle touch.

My heart is aching through my chest,
My eyes are wet with tears.
My friends say I should pray to God,
But I wonder if He hears.

Why would a loving God so great
Take my only sister away?
It's just not fair, you were so young.
Why couldn't He let you stay?

I'll dry my tears and pretend I'm strong
I'll do what I must do.
But nothing in this lonely world
Can take the place of you.
I love you Joanne with all my heart
And wish you were still here.
Merry Christmas in Heaven babe,
Please let me know you're near.

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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

blah.

blah, blah, blah.

I hate winter.

blah, blah, blah.

I miss my Daddy.

blah, blah, blah.

I'm blue.

blah, blah, blah.

I miss my sister.

blah, blah, blah.

Work is really tough right now.

blah, blah, blah.

blah, blah, blah.

blah, blah, blah. Pin It

PTPA Media




A while back (must be about two years or so now), I happened upon a company called "PTPA Media" - Parent Tested, Parent Approved. I wish I remembered how I found them, but it escapes me. Anyway, the idea behind this company is to have real parents try out products with their real children and then give real feedback on the products. What a concept! Actually getting human beings to test and evaluate the products! I was lucky enough to try out a few things when I found them...a wonderful sling, some fantastic juice, a couple of really cool toys...A couple of months ago, I was chosen to test a few more products...a Wii game for little ones, a really cool hover craft toy...fun stuff...and we got to keep all the stuff after we evaluated them! Sweet!
I wanted to share this great company with you because there is something for everyone...pregnant moms, infants, toddlers, school-aged, teens, even for Moms! Head over to PTPA Media and get yourself set up as an evaluator! BUT....before you do that, check out these press releases, that will give you some fantastic last minute gift ideas...
and
Hurry....Christmas is almost here!!
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Saturday, 12 December 2009

So sad....

Boy Oneder's team *STILL* awaits their first win of the season. They were eliminated from the Nottawasaga tourney today after their third and heartbreaking loss. :o(


Last night's game was a deserved win. The boys just didn't try. They were floating around the ice like ballerinas and had no drive or desire. They lost 6-0 and deserved it.

After the game, we all headed back to the hotel...we gathered the lobby/cafe area and ate like pigs. The kids bonded and had a blast while the parents got acquainted. At 9:30, Middleman, Threepeat and I headed home. Middleman had a practice and his Christmas party with the team this morning and he REALLY wanted to be there...at 6:30 am...so he came home. Hubster tells me that the party last night went on until well after midnight, and that the adults had just as much fun as the kids. Sigh....

After Middleman's party this morning, Threepeat, Middleman, MIL and I headed back up to Alliston to see Boy Oneder's second game at 12:30. They played very well, but lost again. Boy Oneder scored their only goal and the final score was 4-1. The difference between last night and tonight was unbelievable. Clearly, the night at the hotel was a great bonding session and worked wonders. Well, either the bonding or the porchetta....but who is really counting. HA!

We went to Wendy's for lunch and then headed back to the hotel so the boys could have a swim...Threepeat and Middleman included. They had a blast.

Boy Oneder's last game was at 5:30 and they played UNBELIEVABLY!!! We were actually in the lead for about 2 minutes! LOL! With about 5 minutes left in the third period, we were down 4-2. We scored 2 goals in less than 2 minutes and it was tied up at 4-4. With 17 seconds left in the game, the other team scored and ended up winning 5-4. A devastating loss for a team of boys who truly, 100% deserved that game. Bad officiating aside, the other team was much bigger and much better than we were, but those kids put their heart and soul into that game, even knowing that the win would mean nothing in the tournament...they were out regardless.

I amSO proud of those kids tonight. They are hopefully enjoying every moment of the Barrie Colts game and I hope they have a blast back at the hotel afterwards!

They will be home bright and early tomorrow morning for Middleman's game at 11:00...then off to Grandma's for a movie tomorrow afternoon.

Way to go Devils! We are inching closer and closer to a win! HUGS!

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Thursday, 10 December 2009

Christmas is coming!!

And for the first time in MANY years, I am *almost* ready!

  • All of my shopping is done;
  • Half of my wrapping is done;
  • Christmas cards are all written and half of them have been mailed (I ran out of stamps);
  • Plans for the Christmas week are confirmed (our house with MIL and Mum on Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass and then Mum will sleep over and then lunch here with Franca, Mike and the boys, snacking at Mark's house in the evening, Boxing Day at Mum's, Scott and Mich coming on the 27th, Kath and Bru's house for dinner on the 28th) New Year's Eve is still up in the air, New Year's Day, we are at Mum's for turkey lunch with Mark and the girlies and Patricia and her kids.

I am very pleased with my purchases this year and I am sure that the boys will be thrilled with my choices. I can't WAIT to see their faces on Christmas morning!!!!

It feels good to know that everything is nearly done and I won't have that last minute panic to get something finished in time.

I would, however, be remiss if I didn't mention that this is the hardest time of the year for me. I miss my Dad and my sister very, very much. This was their favourite time too and they are in my thoughts almost all the time. I also miss my Nanny and Pampy...I miss knowing that we will all talk to them on Christmas morning...I miss their Christmas card sitting on my mantle. My heart aches knowing I can't talk to them anymore. I miss my Grampy, my father in law and my Nanna-in-law as well. They are so top of mind at Christmas time. Sigh...

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Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Adventures in groceries...

I am blessed enough to live in a subdivision with large grocery store in the actual subdivision...or so I thought. We were even lucky enough to have a 24 hour/7 day a week grocery store...until about a year ago.

See, about a year ago....give or take...Metro took over all Dominion and A & P grocery stores. I don't know if any other stores were involved in the takeover, because frankly, it's all about me, and MY grocery store was a24/7 Dominion. Now it's an "open when we feel like it" Metro.

I started to notice a difference in the quality of the produce at Dominion about 6 months before the takeover. The lettuce was wilted, the bananas were green and the grapes looked more like raisins than fresh grapes. I thought that perhaps Dominion had changed suppliers and after a few weeks of really bad produce from my "Fresh Obsessed" grocer, mentioned my concern to the manager. She advised that they had, in fact, changed suppliers and that they were "working on it." Pfffft! Ev.

Suddenly, my world was turned upside down. The 24/7 sign had been removed from the wall...Lord knows that tbe best grocery shopping is done at 2:35 am! I began to suspect something sinister was going on. Imagine my surprise when I went to my Dominion one normal Saturday afternoon and noticed that the sign had changed to "Metro". "Qui est cette 'Metro'???!!!" Certainly, no friend of mine!!!

Here we are a year or so later and the produce gets worse by the week. They have completely rearranged the whole store, so I have no idea where ANYTHING is anymore. The only thing that keeps me shopping there are my BFF cashiers, Josie, Christine. Maria and Ramjeet. They love me...but I digress...

Metro sucks. It really and truly sucks. Notonly does it suck, but they have the BALLS to charge five cents for a bag. Fortino's doesn't charge; Longo's doesn't charge. Metro is almost ALWAYS empty, and when they are not empty, there are two cashiers open and the line ups are enormous...and they charge for their bags!!!! Longo's produce is as fresh as if I just picked it off the tree, or out of the ground...and with my Farmville/Farm Town experience, let me tell you, I KNOW PRODUCE. And guess what?! Longo's gives you FREE bags! HA!

Guess where I do my grocery shopping these days...

Oh yes friends...I take the LONGO way home! Pin It

Monday, 7 December 2009

Online safety...Parenting 101?

Boy Oneder and Middleman both have Facebook accounts. Yeah, I know that anyone under 13 is not supposed to have an account, but I have their passwords (shhh...don't tell them) and I monitor their every move. In fact, I monitor ALL of their online moves. I have their passwords for their email accounts, I have a "Net Nanny" type program on their laptops and know what they are doing all the time. So far, knock on wood, there's been no wrongdoing. They love Farmville and Farmtown and Fishville on Facebook almost as much as I do. I know it's only a matter of time before Boy Oneder figures out that he is, in fact, a boy, and finds inappropriate websites, but we have discussed his online privileges and he knows that one wrong move will take him offline so fast his head would spin.

But clearly, not all parents monitor their children as closely as I do...or not at all. Boy Oneder has over 100 friends on Facebook...most of the non-family or mutual friends, I know from spending alot of time at his school. Most of the kids are really, really good kids. There are a few that I have asked him to not "unfriend" on Facebook, but to "unfriend" in real life too. They are bad news, showing signs of heading down the wrong path, and we all know that hanging with the wrong peeps can, and usually will, get you into trouble as well. He knows what's expected of him and he, so far, has made good decisions (with a little nudging from Hubster and I).

The thing that makes me so sad (and what prompted me to write this post) is that there is a specific girl on his friends list that I have known since she was in grade one that is really heading down the wrong path. She has always been very polite and respectful and I've really enjoyed her company when she has come to Boy Oneder's birthday parties or at school events. She is absolutely STUNNING. I mean BEAUTIFUL. She is developing, physically, and looks alot older than her 13 years. The fact that she wears makeup makes her look even older. She is on my friends list and so is her mother. She has taken to posting extremely revealing and, in my opinion, inappropriate photos of herself on Facebook. These photos show her in very provocative poses, wearing string bikinis and t-shirts and underwear. Almost every photo is bordering on kiddy-p*rn (not typing the full word so as to keep the sickos away from my blog, but you know what I am saying). The comments from the other kids on her friends list are sickening. Boys saying that they'd like to "f*ck her (that's a quote), boys fighting over her in their comments about who would do a better job of it, etc. It is absolutely disgusting.

The worst part of it all? Her Mom is her friend, her Mom must see these comments and her Mom hasn't, at the very least, removed her child's photos from Facebook, and even better, completely deleted her entire FB account. In fact, one of her mother's comments on one of these photos is, "Oh...look at my sexy girl!" What the HECK????? Now, considering that the Mom's profile pic is one of herself and her two daughters (her older daughter is about 16) in string bikinis may speak for itself, but I must admit that I thought she was a better parent than this.

Far be it for me to judge others' parenting skills (or lack thereof) but my GOODNESS, what are you teaching your daughter in allowing this stuff to be all over the internet for the world to see? Privacy settings mean NOTHING on Facebook. Whatever you post on your page is fair game for anyone who has access to your page to save to their computer and use wherever the heck they want to. In today's messed up society, the last thing I would want would be to have my 13 year old daughter's photo in the hands of some freak in a basement doing who knows what while he oggles at her photo!

Please people...PLEASE monitor your children's behaviour online. PLEASE guide them. PLEASE teach them self-respect and dignity. Teach them to be proud of themselves and to present themselves in an appropriate manner. Teach them safety. Teach them so that they will be oustanding adults. Pin It

Friday, 4 December 2009

Big Sigh....AAAAAAHHHHHHH!

I just finished my most excellent lunch from Druxi's...roast beef on an onion bun, small Greek salad and a bag of Miss Vicki's Sea Salt and Vinegar Chips. Ah yes...that hit the spot.

But that is not the best part of this post! You see my dear readers, I am coming at you from my company's Mississauga office today. I have gotten SO much accomplished this morning that I think I need to take next week off! (I'm kidding Shelley!) (She's my boss). Being able to work in silence, uninterrupted is BLISS. Bliss I tell you!

Today is a PA Day, aka teachers' slackorama day...yeah yeah...you had to write report cards...I feel your excruitating pain and TOTALLY understand your need for a full day off. 'Ev.

So since all of the boys are at home, I can only imagine the yelling, fighting and interruptions that would be my day today, so I started work at 5:54 am...yep, 5:54 AM. I got some stuff done and then at about 7:15, I decided to have a shower and head over here. What a great decision!!!

I love having a productive day!!! Pin It

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Strike three.

Back to the doctor today with Boy Oneder...he has had a cold for three days and last night, took a bit of a turn for the worse. His cough sounded AWFUL and he was complaining that it was hardto catch his breath. He took his puffer and almost made it through the night, but woke me at 4:30 to say he couldn't stop coughing. I re-applied Vick's Vaporub, gave him some more cough medicine and turned his cold mist humidifer from low to high...then while he rested peacefully, I lay awake listening. I think I fell back to sleep at about 6:20, but had to be up at 7:00 because today was a "Jordanna day". Jordie is our neighbour and she comes over on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays before and after school.

Anyhooooo....

Today, he started running a fever...lowgrade, but there. His cough is still really crackly and awful, so I called the doctor's office at about 4:30 and got him in for 5:50 with the on-call doctor. Dr. B checked his throat and listened to his back. She told me he was "quite wheezy" and checked his temperature. At that moment, he had no fever, but because he is borderline asthmatic and because Swine Flu has been in the house, she didn't like that he had a fever this afternoon and that he has started to have aches and pains. She wrote us a prescription for Tamiflu and told us to keep using his puffers. She looked me in the eye and said, "Watch him. Keep a very close eye on him. I have seen some very, VERY sick children." Great. Just effing great. Sigh. Clearly Dr. B doesn't know me like most of YOU know me. Madam Hypochondriac, Mrs. Panic, Ms. OMGHe'sgoingtodie. Yeah...she clearly doesn't know me.

So, I filled his prescription and he's had his first dose. He just had Advil too for the aches and headache...poor dude.

Problem here is that Boy Oneder is my Drama Queen...hmmm....wonder where he gets THAT from...a common cold is a HUGE deal. A headache is a brain tumor and a leg cramp means certain amputation. Again, I say, I have NO idea where he gets this from....snicker.

Please, if you are a prayer, please say a prayer for my Drama Queen. He is the one I worry most about when it comes to H1N1 because of his lungs.

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Sunday, 29 November 2009

New Moon ROCKS!

Middleman and I went on a date this afternoon...we went to see New Moon. We LOVED it! Although the movie was 2 hours long, the time FLEW by! Dakota Fanning was PERFECT as Jane...the werewolves were SUPER hot, Alice was gorgeous and Bella (Kristin Stewart) still can't act, but whatev...who was watching HER anyway? ;o)

Edward was dreamy and Jacob was hotter than I imagined a 17 year old to be...whatev. I'm an old bag and I know it, but this is FANTASY peeps...I can fantasize allI want...Bite Me. 'scuse the pun. ;o)

LOVED it. Cannot WAIT for Eclipse...gonna read Twilight and New Moon again in anticipation.

Go watch New Moon...you will SO not be disappointed! Pin It

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Missing you...

As I sit here at Middleman's hockey practice this morning, my mind is on my Dad. I haven't talked about him much here on my blog lately, but needless to say, he and my sister are always in my thoughts. I am thinking of him now because I know how much he would love to be watching my boys play hockey...in fact, I am almost certin that he would be on the ice, coaching the team. He loved coaching me in ringette and loved watching Boy Oneder play baseball...hockey would have made his dream of having a boy real.

Sigh..

I loved my Dad so much...moments like these make my heart hurt. Pin It

Friday, 27 November 2009

Back on track

Hubster and I went back to Jenny Craig on Tuesday.

I am proud to say that after a two month hiatus, I have LOST 0.7 lbs! Hubster, on the other hand, has GAINED 4 whole lbs! HA! Sucker! He always lost weight so quickly even though he cheated, so it's nice to have a head start this time! ;o)

My goal is to get to a total loss of 11 lbs this week...TOTALLY doable. Then, it is a real possibility that I will lose another 10 lbs by January 10th...the day we leave for our cruise! Christmas will be a challenge, but I will be careful not to overdo it too much!

I have put my weightloss ticker back up on the blog as incentive...GO DAWN! Pin It

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Awards!

I got two new awards!

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So what if I just simply took them from Kate. She broke the rules, so I can too. Na ner na ner na ner!

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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Us 2 - Pig Flu 0

Dear Pig Flu:

You snuck up on us and hit WAAAAY below the belt. You hit us from behind, knowing we had no idea you were there. We had no equipment and you sent your strongest goon in to the corner. First, you took down our strongest player, Middleman. You beat him, you roughed him up, you were VERY unsportsmanlike. And then, when Middleman was at his weakest from your beating, you sent in your friend, pneumonia. Low blow man, low blow. There was more beating, more hitting him when he was down and more sneaky, low blows. We had nothing to defend us but the power of prayer. And you know what? My boy prevailed. He is still weakened by your blows and will be for some time. He coughs like an old smoker and he gets winded very quickly. BUT...we have Biaxin and Ventolin on our side. He WILL be strong again.

Then, just as we were celebrating Middleman's triumph, you snuck up on us again...this time, taking our weakest player, our youngest and most inexperienced...you took Threepeat, you coward. Again, you snuck up from behind when we least expected you. You let us have a couple of days to think we were in the clear, but you struck again. But, THIS time, we were prepared. We rushed Threepeat to the sidelines and the team doctor armed us with Tamiflu...your worst enemy. Tylenol, Abenol, Motrin, Advil and the power of prayer were put on the field for our team. You fought, causing high fevers and a horrible cough. You took his appetite and made him weak, you caused him to vomit until there was nothing left in his little tummy, but this time, you had some competition. This time, we fought back. I am proud to say that today is only day 3 and Threepeat is fever free and the team doctor has declared that his lungs are "clear as a bell". He is no longer vomitting and his appetite is slowly returning. His energy level is near normal (God help me) and he is getting stronger by the hour.

Tamiflu is our hero. It has cut you back down to the level where you belong. It has stopped you in your tracks you evil, nasty virus. We despise you. We will fight you again if necessary. We WILL prevail.

Good riddance.

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Monday, 23 November 2009

Pig Flu...Part Two.

Threepeat is oinking.

OK, he's not oinking, but he has the swine flu. Sigh.

He woke up this morning at about 7:30 with a low grade fever (99.8) and a nasty cough. Imade a mental note to recheck his temperature a bit later and we went about our morning routine. I checked his temp again at 8:30 and it was 101.8. Time to treat it. Now normally, with Boy Oneder and Middleman, my treatable fever mark is 102.5, but because Threepeat had a febrile seizure last year, I treat him at 101'ish. I also called the doctor, knowing we needed Tamiflu. He seemed ok, playing all morning and he ate a nice big lunch, maintaining a low grade fever (100'ish).

He went down a little early for his nap, which was good, because our appointment with Dr.L was at 3:00. He woke up at 2:00 and was BURNING...103.7. He vomitted and at 2:30, we gave him a dose of Motrin. Off to the doctor, towel and bag in the car.

Dr. L checked him out and said that although his lungs were "a bit raspy", he was not concerned enough to prescribe antiobitics...but he DID prescribe Tamiflu. We headed home and after a call with my manager, I went off to fill the prescription.

The pharmacist advised me that Tamiflu tastes AWFUL. It comes in capsule form and we have to put the powder into something very sweet, like chocolate syrup or honey. Yeah right. I ran into Metro to pick up a few things while I waited for the prescription and picked up some ice cream, pudding and a Nesquik chocolate milkshake. I chose the milkshake on a spoon. He took the first teaspoon, with no Tamiflu, quite well and then was excited about teaspoon number two...little did he know, it had that awful powder mixed in...he knew just looking at it that it was different, but being the champ that he is, he opened wide. LOL. His face looked like he was about to hurl, but he didn't...thank God.

He then ate a big dinner of penne and drank some more chocolate milkshake. He played ministicks with Boy Oneder for a bit and then out of nowhere, puked. It was about half an hour after his Tamiflu dose. Crap. I called the pharmacist and she said not to re-dose him. I checked his temp...102. Crap. I gave him an acetaminaphin suppository...man I hate violating him that way...but his temp is now about 100. He's due for another dose at 10:45...poor dude. He has thrown up about three times and now, there is nothing but green bile. He has eaten 4 freezies and a very small bowl of fishies and seems ok right now. I just have to keep him hydrated and medicated for fever.

It's going to be a LOOOOONG night.

Please say a prayer for my baby bear tonight? Pin It

And we partied like ROCKSTARS baby!

Saturday night was the best time I have had in years....I mean YEARS.

All 6 neighbour couples went to Canyon Creek for dinner and Berlin's for dancing later on.

I must say I was disappointed in Canyon Creek...I hve now learned that you can't truly enjoy a restaurant on a Saturday night...lesson learned. We had reservations (there were 12 of us afterall) for 8:00, but we weren't seated until 8:30. The place was JAM-PACKED. The food, which is normally REALLY good, was cold and really not that good. My prime rib was like rubber and the baked potato was lukewarm at best. The rest of the girls had chipotle steaks and some were much too spicy and some were too bland.

Anywhoooo...

We had great conversations...girls at one end of the table and guys at the other end. No clue what the guys talked about but the girls chatted about our weddings for a long time and that was fun.

At 10:30, we headed off to Berlin. What a place people. The music is both old school and today's hits. The crowd is older...some way older than us, some a bit younger, but no teeny boppers. I'd say the average age is about 35.

We started off with a couple of shots to get the muscles going...Banana Jacks to be exact. They are yummo!! Then, the girls headed to the dance floor while the guys chilled at the bar, watching the cougars go by! Every once in a while, one of the guys woulf bring the girls some shots to keep us going LOL. We went out onto the terrace a few times to cool down, but danced even out there.

I think all of the girls got hit on at least once and it was nice to have our hubbies there to see it for themselves!! Only one guy got hit on...he shall remain nameless...but the kicker is that he was hit on by a GUY! Yes my friends, a gay dude hit on my heterosexual, married neighbour! HAHAAHA! He will NEVER live that one down!

Too-many-to-count shots and hours of dancing later, we were feeling no pain...well except in our feet. Franca and Eddie started the party-poopage at 1:00. Although, she had had ALOT to drink and I think she made the right decision. Phil and Grace went home at about 1:00....wah...he had a sore throat. Wimp. Marylinda and Jack, Maria and Anthony, Tina and Lino and Hubster and I stayed until about 2:15 and then we all figured it was time to head out. I swear I could have stayed for another couple of hours!! It was truly that much fun. I've never seen a club so packed with people...it was crazy.

We have all agreed that we will DEFINITELY be doing that again...what a BLAST! We also agreed that this time, ALL of us will ship off the kids overnight so that we can sleep in the next day. I got to bed at 3:00 and was up at 7:30...thanks Threepeat. All of the girls suffered large yesterday with headaches, but we all agreed it was SO worth it.

Good times....good, good times. Pin It

Friday, 20 November 2009

All better....almost

Middleman and I ventured out to see Dr. L for our follow-up appointment this morning...checking his chest to ensure the Biaxin and Ventolin are doing their jobs. I knew from the fact that he hadn't had a fever since Wednesday and that his eyes are sparkly and he no longer looks as white as Edward Cullen, that he was on the mend, but the doctor said a follow up appointment was a good idea.

Dr. L took a good, long listen to Middleman's chest and declared that he is "Much, much better than Tuesday" and that we seem to be over the hump. Praise the Lord. This has been a nightmare of worry for me. Unforch for Middleman, he can't play soccer or hockey until next weekend, but he has the green light to go back to school on Monday. We are to continue the Biaxin for the full 10 days and to slowly taper down the Ventolin from his current dose of 2 puffs 4 times a day.

YIPPEE! I can't tell you how relieved I am! I'm also cautiously thrilled that Threepeat and Boy Oneder were spared...this time.

In other news, I think I am the only person on the planet who was not at a movie theatre at 12:01 this morning, watching "New Moon". Well, except for Trent, bless his heart. He made a mistake and bought the wrong tickets...poor dude. Ah well, you're not the ONLY person who didn't see it hun!

This weekend is sure to be a good one...the neighbs are all getting together tomorrow night for dinner and dancing. We are starting off at The Keg at 8:00 and then we are heading to Berlin's at about 10:30 to work off all the food we will eat! There are 6 couples all together and it looks like Kathy and Bruno, our besties, may be joining us for the dancing part too. I'm REALLY looking forward to it...hoping everyone stays healthy so we can go!!

We don't have any select hockey this weekend, so it's just houseleague practice for Boy Oneder tonight at 9:00 and then a game on Sunday at 8:40 am...early, but that's OK...gives us a whole day of family time afterwards.

So, that's my life in a post...how are things in your neck of the woods? Pin It

Thursday, 19 November 2009

The day is NEARLY here!!!!



FINALLY, at LONG LAST, tomorrow, my boyfriend will be back on the big screen. Edward, Bella and Jacob are sure to wow us this time, unlike Twilight, which I thought was pretty crappy. The New Moon trailer is very exciting and it looks like they actually spent some money this time to make it what Twilight should have been.

Anyway, the point is, I am SO excited about this movie. Chances are, I won't get to see it until next week (I'd rather not be in a theatre that is JAM-PACKED with teeny-boppers screaming over MY man) but the hype is very exciting!!

Are you a Twilight Mom? Come on...out with it...you KNOW you are! Pin It

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Isn't this the sweetest thing???

Each day, for the past week and a half, Boy Oneder has been going to Middleman's classroom to check for homework. So far, his teacher has been really good and has sent limited amounts home, knowing how sick he has been.

This is what Boy Oneder brought home from school today:





We promptly sat down and Middleman made this, to send back tomorrow:





Middleman is feeling MUCH better today...and has been fever free all day. His eyes are sparkling again and his skin is now turning pink from the chaulky white that has plagued him for almost two weeks. Thank God. The Biaxin and Ventolin are doing their job!!! Thank you for the phone calls, Facebook messages, comments, emails and especially, your prayers...you guys are so awesome!! Pin It

Monday, 16 November 2009

Pneumonia.

Tonight, Tina, my neighbour, called me to say that she had heard that Middleman's fever was back. She begged me to take him to the walk-in. I am 100% ANTI-walk-in. But, she begged. So I went.

The doctor, who it turns out is the CHIEF of Pediatrics at one of the local hospitals, suspects pneumonia. He ordered a chest x-ray, which he recommended we put off until tomorrow to avoid the ER; Biaxin, an antibiotic; Tamiflu; and Ventolin, a puffer.

THANK. YOU. TINA.

I gave him his Biaxin and his Ventolin, but I am holding off on the Tamiflu becauseof my extensive Research (aka googling) of how Tamiflu works. I can`t find any evidence that it works after the 48 hour mark. I think we are on hour 12,337, but who's counting. Anyway, we have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow, so I will get his opinion before drugging my boy up even further. Bless his heart.

He is SO, SO, SOOOOO sick. In fact, I have never seen ANY of my boys this sick before. Tired doesn't even TOUCH what he is suffering. He sleeps like 20 of every 24 hours. H1N1 clearly sucks.

Please, if you are the praying type, pray for my boy tonight? He could use all the help he can get.

Thanks. Pin It

Sunday, 15 November 2009

It's just not fair.

Heaven has a new angel tonight. This afternoon, 13 year young Amanda Driscoll succumbed to the evil that is cancer.

I have so much more to say, but I am so very sad right now, so I will type my feelings out later.

RIP Sweet Amanda. My prayers are with you Heather, Leroy and Julia.

:o( Pin It

Friday, 13 November 2009

Update on Sicholas...

Well, I am pleased to say that Sickleman can now be called "Not-so-Sickleman". Praise the Lord, he has been fever-free for almost 48 hours and has been eating a little bit and...get this...SMILING!!!

His cough is still here and his nose is alternately runny and stuffy, but he is definitely on the mend. It's ABOUT time!!! Today is day seven of this sickness...he deserves a break for goodness' sake!

We ar enot out of the woods yet as far as contagiousness...that is ANOTHER week, but today, I used Mr. Clean disinfectant wipes all over Sicholas' room and ensuite. I washed his sheets and comforter and left his window WIDE open all day. I bought some Lysol spray and sprayed all over the house. Hopefully, I am keeping the rest of us safe.

I must say that Sicholas is truly the best patient. He rarely complains and is very good at wallowing in his own self-pity. He remembers to wash or Purell his hands and cough into a towel. He is SUCH a good boy. Sadly, he won't play hockey or soccer this weekend, but if all goes well, he will be back at school on Monday. He has lost a full week and, according to his teacher, has missed "several important tests". Ev. My boy was sick...he's a smart cookie and I have no concerns...I know he will catch up quickly and easily...he has MY brains afterall.

So, Sicholas, thank goodness is now not-so-sicholas. Back to Middleman it is. :o) Pin It

Thursday, 12 November 2009

GWA cancelled

Well, POSTPONED.

This weekend was supposed to be a girls' weekend away (GWA) for my dear friends, Karen, Wendy and I at Deerhurst Resort, but alas, we have postponed.

Karen, being the caring soul that she is, called me to let me know that she had called Deerhurst and that they were fine with crediting us and letting us rebook at any time over the next year. Karen said that she knew I wouldn't really enjoy myself, knowing that I had one boy potentially still sick and two boys who could potentially GET sick. As disappointed as I am sure she was, because I know how excited she was about this weekend, she put me and my feelings first...that's why I love her so much.

I just got off the phone with Deerhurst and they did in fact put a credit on my account for up to one year. After my conversation with Karen this evening, I think we may head up there in the dead of winter for a ski and spa weekend.

Karen, you are truly a gem. You have been nothing but wonderful to me since I met you and I just don't know what I would do without you. Thank you my friend for knowing what is best. Thank you for postponing our weekend. Thank you for being you.

Wendy, sorry babycakes. Just like Karen, I know you understand. We'll book a winter getaway and maybe you will be able to spend both nights with us! Thanks for being such a great friend...I can't wait to get together for a great weekend with you both!!

So, as much as I am sad that we won't get the whole GWA package that Deerhurst is offering this weekend, I know that this is for the best. My kids and my husband need me...

Thank you friends! :o) Pin It

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Whine, bitch, moan....

Yeah, yeah, I know...I sound like a broken record, but it's my blog and I'll cry if I want to...and believe me, I have.

I am physically sick from worry. Middleman is still pretty sick. Although he is eating a little here and there, he still has a fever on and off and this afternoon, it hit 102.7 again after a couple of days of staying lower than 102. His cough sounds awful and he is SO SO SOOOOO lethargic. He sleeps most of the day away and a full twelve hours at night. He says his chest hurts. We have been using a number scale so that I can understand how he is feeling. 1 is normal...perfectly healthy and 10 is take me to the hospital. He hasn't said less than 4 in almost 5 days. (Telehealth advised that we should have him rechecked for pneumonia because he shouldn't have a fever after five days, so we are seeing Dr. Little again tomorrow morning at 8:10)...Sigh. He has been quarantined to his room since Saturday, emerging only to use his ensuite to pee or to come downstairs and sit alone in the kitchen to eat a few mouthfuls of food he really doesn't want. It breaks my heart.

All the while, I am waiting for the bomb to drop. Waiting for Boy Oneder, who is borderline asthmatic and already uses a puffer or Threepeat, who is Mr. Febrile Seizure last year, to start presenting symptoms. Checking foreheads with faked kisses so as not to worry them, watching for ANY sign of crankiness in Threepeat or a change in his diaper contents, constantly reminding Boy Oneder to use Purell. Sigh.

I haven't slept more than an hour or two each night since Saturday and even those few hours are fitful.

Some would say that I should get them vaccinated, and it has crossed my mind again that perhaps I should...but, now that the swine flu is in the house, I fear that vaccinating them would put them in MORE danger should they actually get the virus as well. The vaccine takes 10-14 days to take effect anyway, so I guess vaccination is a mute point now.

It's just this damned worry. I can't turn off the overdrive. I pray about it and try to trust that God will take care of us all, but the worry prevails. I haven't been like this since Middleman was a baby. Honestly, I have been so calm with illnesses, even with Threepeat's febrile seizure and dehydration last year...sure, I worried, but not to this extent. This is ridiculous.

I can't function like this for much longer...I really can't.

How do you other mothers deal with this? What are your tricks for staying sane during times that are really, REALLY scary for you? Pin It

Lest We Forget



Wear your poppy today. Observe a moment of silence. Be grateful for your freedom. Remember. Pin It

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Feeling a bit better, but not much...

I took Middleman to the doctor tonight. My doctor, as well as the other 20 or so doctors at our clinic were completely booked today. I had to make an "emergency" appointment with the on-call doctor, Dr. Little. She is lovely. She looks EXACTLY like Jamie Lee Curtis and if I had her body, I would be in Playboy...anyhoo, I digress...

So at 6:40, Middleman joined a waiting room full of other coughing, mask-wearing sickos. Sigh.

Dr. Little was wearing her mask as she asked us why we were there. I told her that Middleman had been suffering with the flu since Saturday and ran down his symptoms:

High fever...104.7 at its highest;
Very painful muscle aches;
Sore throat;
Extreme fatigue;
Loss of appetite;
Headache; and
The main reason for our visit, a dry cough that was now worse than a lifetime smoker's cough.

Her reply?

"That's the one!" She meant THE one. Swine flu. Pig flu. H1N1.

I told her that I hoped we were over the worst of it and that his fever was lower and sporadic and that he seemed to be on the upswing.

She listened to his back and declared his lungs to be perfectly clear (Praise the Lord) and advised that the worst was not necessarily over. She said that this flu was a NASTY one and lasted 10-14 days. She told Middleman that he was home for the rest of the week. Funnily enough, his glazed, bloodshot eyes suddenly lit up...lol.

I then asked her about Tamiflu as a preventative for the rest of us and advised her of Threepeat's febrile seizure and dehydration issues from last year. She said that Tamiflu was not meant as a preventative. She said that if anyone has symptoms, to call the office and get them in quick for a prescription at the doctor's discretion. She alo advised that the office had H1N1 vaccine available and that I could bring Threepeat in tomorrow for a shot. I told her that his febrile seizure was right after last year's seasonal flu shot and that it was about this time last year. She laughed and said she didn't blame me for not wanting to vaccinate him this week (I guess she is superstitious too LOL!) She did agree that the shot can give him a fever which can lead to a seizure, but, then again, so can H1N1. Sigh.

She did say that she has had lots of families where the H1N1 was limited to one person...with good hand washing and quarantining, which we have really been trying to be careful with.

So...we are going day by day, hour by hour, praying all the way.

Stay Healthy my friends. Pin It

Monday, 9 November 2009

Mother worry

I swear to you....there is NO worse worry in the world than Mother Worry.

The problem is, my mother worry goes into overdrive. With H1N1, that overdrive becomes TURBO. The last 48 hours has been a constant battle in my brain between what is reason to worry and what is overdrive panic. Worrying about Middleman being sick and worrying about Boy Oneder, and especially Threepeat, getting sick. The "what if's" have kicked in and they are horrible.

Sleep has eluded me because I am constantly checking on Middleman. Every half an hour, I am non-chalantly checking Threepeat's forehead. I have googled every keyword you can think of in relation to fever, H1N1 and flu. I have asked everyone I have come into contact with about the vaccine, Tamiflu and whether they know anyone who has had pig flu.

It is ridiculous.

But I can't help it.

I hear about babies like Stellan and wonder how his mother handles it. I know she prays, but I pray too. How on earth does she watch her child flatline and then be brought back to life, only to undergo a seriously dangerous operation??? And she is at the hospital ALONE!!!! I just cannot comprehend how she is not in a mental institution. Today is just the icing on her cake of stress too...Stellan has had heart issues since he was in the womb...this is not new, but definitely scarier than it has been...I just don't get it.

I think of parents whose children have cancer or some other serious illness. My goodness I just don't know how they do it. I can't handle H1N1...God forbid I ever have to deal with something worse. I don't even want to think about it.

My prayers go out to anyone who is dealing with a sick child...especially serious illnesses...God be with you. Pin It

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Pig Flu...sigh

Middleman has the flu. From all accounts, it is H1N1 because apparently, November is too early for the seasonal flu. The only way to tell for sure is a blood test, but my gut says if it looks like a pig, it's a pig. BIG sigh.

His symptoms started yesterday morning. It was 6:45 and he was getting dressed for hockey in front of the fire. He said his throat was hurting, but he wanted to go to practice. I don't know what possessed me, but for whatever reason, I checked his temperature with our ear thermometer...99.5. Considering he was in front of the fire, I figured he had no fever and we left.

While we were in the Tim Hortons drive thru, Middleman said he was starting to feel a bit worse. I told him that I thought we should go home...it was just a practice. He, surprisingly, agreed and we headed back home. He went back to bed.

When he woke up at about 9:30, his temperature was 101. Gave him Tylenol. He was now complaining of a sore throat, sore chest, cough, sore shoulders and he said, "Mom, I have NO energy." I gave him some orange juice and he stayed in bed...all day.

By the end of the day, his temperature was 103.5. Kept giving him Motrin/Tylenol,which lowered his fever a degree or two. Had a banana at some point and no other food. Gave him more orange juice and water thoughout the day.

Had a rough night...coughing and aches were pretty bad. Continued Tylenol and Motrin and water, along with a cold washcloth for his head.

He spent the whole day in bed today with nothing but a banana to eat and water to drink...oh and two freezies.

He's very very tired and achy...and, thanks to the media hype, terrified that he is going to die from H1N1.

Tonight, at 5:35, I went upstairs to deliver his dinner order of white rice and soya sauce. He eas sound asleep...and VERY hot. A check of his temperature showed 104.7. HOLY CRAP! Dosed him with Tylenol and smoothed his face and head with cool washcloth, gave him fresh iced water to drink and took his blanket off. An hour later, he was still above 102. I left a message with Telehealth Ontario, the taxpayers biggest waste of money ever. I left the message at 6:00...they called back at 8:45. Gee thanks. What's the point of having a medical advice line if there are not enough people to deal with the calls? COMPLETE JOKE.

The reason I called Telehealth was not really because of the fever, but because I wanted to know more about Tamiflu...an anti-viral drug that reduces the length and severity of flu symptoms. The window of opportunity is small for Tamiflu as it has to be adminstered within a maximum of 48 hours of the first symptoms. Tomorrow morning will be too late...so we decided, at 6:30, to leave for Georgetown Hospital...a 40 minute drive, but almost guaranteed to be less busy than our local hospital that is overcrowded on the best of days.

Georgetown was PACKED. At LEAST 30 people, all wearing masks, some of which looked to be on death's door, sitting in a 20x20 room. YUCK. I turned around and walked out.

We decided to drive to Orangeville...40 minutes from Georgetown and about the same distance from home. It was *almost* as bad. Hubster stayed in the car (wimp) while Middleman and I donned masks and entered the germ-infested hospital. We met the girl who was Joanne's dearest friend, Michele...she is an ER nurse there. The wait was about 2-3 hours...crap.

We waited for 10 minutes, but being around all these horribly sick looking people freaked me out, even with my mask on. So I asked the other nurse (Michele had gone on break) what her thoughts were...she basically agreed with me that since I was there for Tamiflu and not because Middleman was having difficulties that required ER attention (please God it stays that way) that sitting in the waiting room for 2-3 hours was not the right choice.

We headed home. We arrived at 9:30. I gave him Motrin and checked his temp...101.8...better than 104.7, but still not great. He ate a banana and is in bed up there now.

SIgh.

My poor little man.

My biggest fear now is that Boiy Oneder and Threepeat will get it, but ESPECIALLY Threepeat. I can't imagine how terrified I will be if he gets it with his febrile seizure and dehydration history.

Please say a little prayer for all of us? I'm really scared. Pin It

Saturday, 7 November 2009

University visit

Threepeat and I had another visit to York University today for his "infant study". He has been going since he was 2 months old. The study was set up to research how he interacts with me, with toys, with other adults and with other children. The study included two other boys, Nathan and Marcus, but we didn't see them this time...it was just Threepeat and I today. Pin It

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Keyword Analysis

So, I thought it would be fun to go through my keyword analysis again, however, this time, I took out all the phrases that I found disturbing. It occurred to me that by typing those words out here, it would draw more sickos to the blog when they did a keyword search, so here's the funny, but clean list:

7 4.29% boy-oh-boy
4 2.45% boy oh boy oh boy
4 2.45% middle child syndrome
4 2.45% boy oh boy
3 1.84% boy oh boi
3 1.84% threepeat boy-oh-boy
3 1.84% kayleigh anne freeman
1.23% Kayleigh Ann Freeman
2 1.23% boy oh boi blog
2 1.23% make boyfriend blow nose - LMAO!!!
2 1.23% boy blog
2 1.23% boyohboy blog
1 0.61% boy oh boi net
1 0.61% declutter
1 0.61% oh boy take me out - to the ballgame?
1 0.61% boy oh boys
1 0.61% www.boy-blog.com
1 0.61% www.boy-oh-boy.com
1 0.61% http://boyohboy.com/
1 0.61% boyohboy.com
1 0.61% www.ohboys.com
1 0.61% how to stop middle child syndrom - if you figure it out, let me know!!
1 0.61% blogspot boy oh boy
1 0.61% got over cold and no runny nose has returned - oh dear - get well soon!
1 0.61% boys blogs
1 0.61% boyoh boi
1 0.61% poses of Bichon Frise for +computer wallpaper - My Rosie should be a model!
1 0.61% boys oh boys
1 0.61% can i still my girl back even no she kiss me and a other boy.com - oh boy - love triangle? 1 0.61% boyohboyohboy
1 0.61% www.boyohboy.com
1 0.61% www.menvs boys.com - men vs boys...boys would win ;o)
1 0.61% h1n1 flu francesco boy hockey player
1 0.61% evan frustaglio's birthday - Hugs Evan...RIP :o(
1 0.61% my son has runny nose should he get vaccinated - Dr. Dawn says NO!
1 0.61% boy oh boy blogspot
1 0.61% teenaged boy blowing his nose - eww. Who would want to see THAT?
1 0.61% how middle child syndrome affects adulthood
1 0.61% 12 year old with Baby Huey Syndrome - LOL! I googled this, but found nothing. What the HECK is baby Huey syndrome???
1 0.61% boys blogs
1 0.61% boyohboy
1 0.61% how did Kayleigh Anne Freeman die? - She was a micro-preemie baby who fought, but eventually lost. She was just too little to survive
1 0.61% does my boyfriend have h1n1? - I sure hope not! Pin It

Monday, 2 November 2009

SO much to post, SO little time...

Friday night, Hubster, MIL, the boys and I attended a benefit concert at my Mom's church for a little girl with cancer. She is 12 and the cancer is a rare form...the doctors are having a hard time treating her. My Mom organized this concert all by herself, and so far, has raised over $3,000.00 for the little girl's trust fund.

The concert was amazing. The church choir sang a couple of songs and then a group called, "General Store" sang a 20minute set. They were REALLY good. We were toe tapping and knee slapping for the whole set. Threepeat was dancing and loved to clap at the end of each song! My favourite song was "Kneel Down and Pray Up" It was VERY uplifting!!

Next, my brother-in-law and his brother, Gord and cousin Darren ("Digger"), who form a band called "Narrow Road" played a 20 minute set. They brought a phenomenal fiddle player, bass guitar player and pianist. They truly shook the church with their amazing songs. Narrow Road is truly awesome. They are like a male version of the Dixie Chicks and are really THAT good. I wish they would go mainstream because they would really kick butt...honestly. Listen to some of their songs on their website, and you will see for yourself.

After Narrow Road's set, General Store played another 20 minutes and then Narrow Road closed off the concert with another 20 minute set. Although I loved EVERY song, if I had to choose my top three for Narrow Road, they would be "Point of Light", "Victory in Jesus" and "More Like You". Fantastic gospel band that is SO not appreciated by enough people.

After the concert, Mom and her friends from church prepared refreshments in the Great Hall. Wes, the minister was there the whole time (I watched him toe tapping and knee slapping like the rest of us! LOL) and it wasa pleasure to speak with him again. My Mom is truly blessed with her church community...they are amazing people.

Saturday, being Halloween, was a busy one. It started with hockey practice for Boy Oneder and Hubster at 8:30 and soccer practice for Middleman at 10:00. MIL stayed home with Threepeat while hubster and I did the sports thing. After Middleman's practice, I told him to get ready for his 1:00 birthday party and was advised that, "Oh...I forgot to tell you...it's cancelled. Sierra's Mom is in the hospital with Swine Flu." For the love of Pete...it's rampant in our subdivision right now and I am on my knees in prayer that it skips over our house.

After a fantabulous supper (penna alla vodka) that I cooked, because I rock in the kitchen, we got ready for trick or treating. Boy Oneder decided to go out with his friends...he's old enough that trick or treating with his little brothers and his mom are uncool...I get that...so he headed out with his friends, cell phone in pocket. He had some hideous mask and that was the extent of his costume. Middleman was a green skeleton and chose to come with Threepeat, Grandma and I and all the neighbs. Threepeat dressed as a chicken, but his spiderman costume was underneath and NO ONE could tell him he was a chicken. He was SPIDERMAN and he made it abdundantly clear when someone commented on his chicken suit. "I AM SPIDERMAN...NO CHICKEN!!!"

I will post photos once I have the time and the energy to upload them.

Boy Oneder made me extremely proud when he headed back home a little early with three of his friends. Apparently, several other friends were setting off cherry bombs and vandalizing the park, so the four of them came home. I told them all that they madea very smart decision and made them a cup of hot chocolate. They stayed long enough to watch the end of the second period of the Maple Leafs game and then headed out again, warm and fuzzy...yep...Mother of the Year lives right here.

Sunday was once again started with hockey. Boy Oneder and I headed out to his 9:20 houseleague hockey game, whilst Hubster, MIL, Middleman and Threepeat prepared for Middleman's 11:00 hockey game at a different arena. Boy Oneder lost 3-0 and then we headed over to Middleman's game. He won 5-0, Middleman scoring 2 goals and getting 2 assists!! WOOT! WOOT! After the game, we headed back home to grab a few things and then we were off to Costco for some badly needed supplies and then to Grandma's for a family lunch/dinner ("linner" - LOL) The linner was in honour of Hubster's 43rd birthday.

Mark and the girlies came and I was THRILLED that Mark's girlfriend, Patricia and her lovely children, Alex, Ashley and Ben came too!! Patricia is SUCH a lovely person, both inside and out and I am so glad that she is in Mark's (and my) life. Her children are truly wonderful, so respectful and SO cute. We had such a good time...so comfortable and easy...considering that Mark is my late sister's husband, many people would find it tense and difficult. I found it natural and perfect. I can't wait to spend more time with them (and go shopping with Patricia!! HEHEHE!)

PHEW. If you got this far, God bless you! I think this is one of my longest posts EVER!

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Friday, 30 October 2009

Busy!!!

Look at our calendar for November:



To say that we are busy is the understatement of the century. It is ridiculous.

I actually just got permission to withdraw from the course I am taking for work because I am so far behind. I was supposed to take my mid-term exam next week for the topics covered in chapters 1-5 and I have only read chapter 1. Work is ridiclously busy, so studying during work hours is impossible and as you can see from our home calendar, unless I study at hockey games or school meetings, it just ain't gonna happen. Thank goodness, I got permission to withdraw and take the course later, when we are hopefully less busy. What a load off!!

Calgon...take me AWAY!!!! Pin It

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Craziness....

Do you know what I did tonight dear friends?

Well, I sat with my firstborn and chose highschool courses. Yes, you read that right, Boy Oneder is going to high school next year.

Holy.Canoli.

High School.

We all know what high school means:

Girlfriends
Peer Pressure
Parties
Sex (shudder) Come on...I can preach abstinence untill marriage until I am blue in the face, but it's a totally different world these days...kids.have.sex. M'kay...ewww...my kid WON'T have sex yet, but all the other kids do, OK? Ugh.
Independence

Yuck.

I don't want my sweet, innocent, naieve, wholesome, GOOD boy to turn bad. I don't want him to feel pressured to do stuff he knows he shouldn't. I don't want some little skank...err...a young girl to break his heart.

Sigh.

Why can't life slow down a little bit? I am just getting used to being a Mom to a teenager...I need time to get used to the idea of being a Mom to a High Schooler.

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

H1N1

Yep...I'm hopping on the "H1N1 blog post" bandwagon.

The whole H1N1 thing has eaten me up for about a week. I have researched, read, talked, thought, researched, read, talked and thought some more about whether I want to have the boys immunized.

Finally, this afternoon, Hubster and I came to our decision together. We will not have them vaccinated.

The vaccine is just too young for me to feel comfortable about it. All this talk about mercury and side effects, etc. scares me. So does the thought of one of the kids getting this stupid flu, especially since Evan Frustaglio's death. This, God forbid, could have been Boy Oneder...13 years old, hockey player, no underlying health issues...dead in less than three days. It just breaks my heart. But...we also don't know what adverse effects the vaccine will have in years to come. That scares me too. I also remember Threepeat's febrile seizure just after his seasonal flu shot last year...coincidence? maybe, but it scared us to death.

I am a pro-vaccinations Mom. My kids have had all of their shots, on time...well except for Threepeat...he did not have the chicken pox vaccine because I would prefer that he get them naturally like his brothers did. But, I will vaccinate him for chicken pox if he has not contracted them on his own by about grade 3. My doctor, like all other doctors, is recommending the shot.

I pray that we have made the right decision. I pray that H1N1 does not touch my family. I pray that if it does, we will fight it and come out stronger.

If not, I am comfortable that we are making the right decision, based on alot of research.

Stay healthy everyone. RIP Evan and all other H1N1 victims. :o( Pin It

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Whoever made this....



I love you.

That is all. Pin It

Monday, 26 October 2009

My boy is all growed up...

Boy Oneder, playing hockey last weekend...

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Sunday, 25 October 2009

Bloggy Award



My friend, Kate, gave me an award today...well everyone on her Blogroll got the award too, but who cares...I'll take an award any way I can get it! HA!

So, she broke the rules that were given to her by her nominator, in typical Kate style...she's a bit of a rebel...but I, being the upstanding citizen that I am, will follow the orignal rules...yeah...I DO rock.

Here are the rules:

To accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his/her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you have recently discovered and think are great! Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.


So, in no particular order, here are the peeps that I feel are worthy:

Mindy
Pineapple Princess
Jen
Deanna
Brent
Naomi
Carisa
Amber
Heather
Louise

Not so recently discovered, but OH so worthy of the award:

Karen
Kristin
Wendy
Wendy
Bethany

Congrats everyone and THANKS KATE!!!!! Pin It

Simmering Sunday...

Pineapple Princess, over at The Love Shack shared a fantastic recipe today (along with a really cute play-by-play) and she asked for some recipes, so here is one of mine:

Dawn's Chili:

2 lbs extra lean ground beef, cooked and drained of any fat
1 large can of whole tomatoes
1 large can of diced tomatoes
1 medium onion
1 clove of fresh garlic,diced
2 cans of sliced mushrooms
2 large cans of red kidney beans
1 large can of white kidney beans
1 green pepper, chopped into small squares
1/4 cup of red wine
5 - 10 tbsp chili powder
dash salt and pepper

Throw all ingredients into a large crockpot and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Add extra chili powder through the cooking process if desired. Serve with shredded lettuce and grated cheddar cheese and sour cream. And don't forget the yummy crusty bread to dip!! Mmmm! DEEEEELISH!

Although I am not making chili tonight (I bought a beautiful prime rib for dinner tonight), this chili ROCKS on a cold winter day and it's nice to be able to throw it all into the crockpot in the morning and have it ready to serve when you get home from work!! Pin It

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Mary's Masterpiece...



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Friday, 23 October 2009

Time for a change

I have a hair appointment today with Mary, the most excellent hairdresser in the world.

Mary is the only human being who is capable of straightening my hair to my specifications and standards. When she is done with me, there not one single frizzy strand of hair. I have the world's thickest hair and LOTS of it. My curls are unruly and disobedient. She is a Saint for taking the hour to hour and a half that it takes to straighten my hair...without one complaint!

Over the more than ten years since I have known her, Mary has cut, straightened, curled, chemically straightened, styled and coloured my hair UMPTEEN times. I have been blond, highlighted, brunette, strawberry blond, lowlighted, almost black...you name it.

Today, however, I am going to try something a little different...



I am going to have her straighten it as well, just for the effect! HA!

Hot, sexy redhead...that's me! Pin It

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Italians...

OMG I laughed at this today. I received it in an email and just HAD to share it here...The true Italians will love this; those of you who are married to Italians will understand this; and those of you who are friends with Italians will share it with them.

Italians have a $40,000 kitchen, but use the $259 stove that's 20 years old.

There is some sort of religious statue in the bedroom, hallway, living room, front porch or backyard.

A portrait of the Pope, La Madonna or Padre Pio in the dining room.

Complaints our parents had about takeout Foods:

Mikkadonalds - too mucha grease "Porcheria",
Chinese Food - they eata the snakes and cats - Schifo",
Pizza Pizza - I can make da same pizza for $2.00 - you pay $20.00!

The following are Italian Holidays: (food food and more food)

February or October weekends are for sausage making;
1st weekend in October - Grapes for the Wine;
July and August - Freeza i fagiolini and piselli
In August/September – Tomatoe making for the sauce.
"EH...no maka no plans we worka in da garage

Meatballs are made with Pork, Veal and Beef. Italians don't care about cholesterol.
Turkey is served on Thanksgiving, AFTER the antipasto, pasta, gnocchi and lasagna . Later on we have da Barbaque with da Spiducci and Bistecca.

Sunday dinner was at 1:00 - After da Church (and you better go...God watch you!)The meal went like this..

Table is set with everyday dishes (UNLESS, Zio Luigi is visiting from Italy ... then we take out the dishes in the velvet suitcase).
All the utensils go on the right side of the plate and the napkin goes on the left.(Nonno's Fork has been widened to spear more pasta).
Home-made wine in recycled wine bottles with a twist top (Unless Zio Luigi is visiting from Italy ....then we use the crystal Caraf
First course, Antipasto...change plates.
Next, Maccheroni (Nonna called all pasta Maccheroni)...change plates.
After that, roasted Meats, Roasted Potatoes, vegetables....change plates.
THEN and only then (NEVER AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEAL), would you eat the salad (HOMEMADE OIL & VINEGAR (Last years wine DRESSING ONLY)...change plates.
Next, Fruit, Nuts & LUPINI (on paper napkins because you ran out of dishes by now).
Coffee (Espresso for Nonno, "Canadese"(Canadian) coffee for the rest)
Hard Cookies with the almonds to dip in the coffee.

The kids go play...the men go to talk soccer. ...The women clean the kitchen and gossip about "il figlio di Maria" or someone that's dying.

Getting screamed at by Mom or Nonna - Half the sentence in English, the other half in Italian. Italian mothers never threw a baseball in their life, but can nail you in the head with a shoe thrown from the kitchen while you're in the livingroom.

Wedding Day - the more, the merrier and there better be lots of food or Giovanni will complain and then I'ma gonna you kill boat.

Baptism - Who's going to be the compari? Not those sciangati gente, they're not going to be able to afford the necklace.

LOL!!! Pin It

I got nothin'

I got nothing peeps. I am completely blog-idea-less today. So, here are a few photos from my folder that I forgot I even had.

Boy Oneder and Middleman when they were wee ones, 2002ish:



My littlest niece, Danielle and I...7 years ago:



Middleman when he had the chicken pox in 2000. He had them BAD:



My wedding day, April 9th, 1994:



Threepeat Le-Pew, last year:

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Monday, 19 October 2009

I don't get it.

And I need you, my trusty readers, to help me here.

I was at Walmart the other day and saw the cutest little girl. She had the most beautiful, piercing blue eyes and the red jacket she wore seemed to bring them out even more. She had a beautiful head of curly ringlets halfway down her back. She was having a tantrum and her Dad looked a bit flustered, so I broke the tension with, "She has the most beautiful eyes!"

"He's a boy" was Dad's response.

"Oh...I'm sorry...HE has beautiful eyes!" (I slunk away like a bumbling idiot)

Why, for the love of everything holy, do parents of little boys let their hair grow out like girls?

Is it because they wanted a girl so badly, but got a boy instead? Cuz let me tell ya folks....been there done that...THREE TIMES. But NOT ONE of my BOYS has long hair.

It's ridiculous. Even the celebs think it looks good:

This is what Celine Dion thinks is attractive for her son?:



Kate Hudson not only grows Ryder's hair like a girl, she has him carry a manpurse too!:



I guess we will give Blanket a pass considering who his father was, but come on:



And so, I ask you again dear readers...WHY? Is it me? Am I so out of the "What's Fashionable" loop that I am offbase here? I look out my bedroom window when the kids are in the schoolyard for recess and have trouble figuring out which are boys and which are girls for goodness' sake!!

Please explain? SOMEONE? Pin It

Friday, 16 October 2009

Very proud of myself...

I have come a long way baby.

Three weeks ago today, I said good-bye to someone/thing that I thought would never leave. They are now gone for good and my lungs are very grateful. I feel better, I breathe deeper, and I am spending more time with my kids because of that good-bye.

Two days ago, I decided to say good-bye to another old "friend". Well, this one's not really a "good-bye", but a "let's slow the relationship down a bit". Anyone who knows me know I LOVE my wine. I am not an alcoholic by any stretch of the imagination, but I think that I have been drinking more than I should be. So, I have decided that my 1-2 glass a night routine will stop. From now on, I will have 1-2 glasses on the weekend...not per night, per weekend. This way, I have something to look forward to after a hard week's work. Not this weekend though...I'm on a bit of a break this weekend. So, no wine for me until next weekend. Obviously, this slow down won't be as difficult as my previous "good-bye" to cigarettes, but I am changing a habit...it will take some work.

Next stop? Back to Jenny Craig on November 2nd. Hubster and I took a bit of a break, after finding it hard not to cheat. Our hearts weren't in it, so we took a break and I think it's done us good. I am looking forward to going back to Jenny.

Next will be a committment to exercise. We are in the process of finishing the basement, and once it's done, we will have an excercise room, where our eliptical and treadmill and weight machine that have been collecting dust will finally be put to use. We will have a TV in there and I think I'll be able to commit to some time on the machines a few times a week. The basement should be done by January, so it will be just in time for a New year's Resolution!

After that, well, the world is my oyster!!! Hopefully, I will be healthier, happier, sexier and ready to face anything the world throws my way. HA! A girl can dream, can't she? Pin It

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Declutter 2009

Well my friends, the time has come...to raise the roof and have some fun...errr....no that's a Lionel Ritchie song...what I MEAN is,

THE TIME HAS COME FOR DECLUTTER 2009!!!

Yes folks, my home is at a point where I can no longer stand it. It's time to purge, purge and then purge some more and I have taken the next two days as vacation days to get it done.

I'll be on and off of Facebook all day of course, lol, please, let's not get stupid shall we? But, my goal is my room, my ensuite and Middleman's room today and then Boy Oneder's room and the kitchen tomorrow.

All the while, the laundry will be flying along.

Wish me luck!! Pin It

Monday, 12 October 2009

I just HAVE to.

A few members of my family and I have had an ongoing debate lately. I will leave out the names because it really doesn't matter WHO I am debating with...just WHAT I am debating.

I don't think we will ever see eye to eye on this issue. The issue? Homosexuality.

GASP...ARGH...UGH...SIGH...GASP...OUCH...THE HORROR!

Yep...I can only IMAGINE what my keyword analysis is going to look like this week, but heeeere we go...

This may come as a shock to some of you, and some of you may already know this, but, I have NO problem WHATSOEVER with homosexuality. None. Zero. Zip. I am not gay...kinda obvious me thinks, considering that I have been married for 15.5 years, but, just in case there was any question...I am straighter than a board.

But...

I have absolutely NO issues with people being gay, gay people getting married, gay people adopting children, gay people living just as straight people.

This has sparked quite a debate in my small but vocal family. Some people feel that being gay is a lifestyle choice...a whim, a sexual deviance. I, on the other hand, feel that being gay is something that is in you from birth. It is no more a choice than having blue eyes. Sure, you can be born with brown eyes and wear coloured contacts, PRETENDING to have blue eyes, but when push comes to shove, you have brown eyes. Homosexuals are sometimes forced to pretend they are straight, but deep down, they never really were. They are living the life that society says they should live.

It really and truly makes me sick to think that someone would have to be SO oppressed that they needed to pretend to love someone because they are the right sex.

I have several gay friends, both men and women. They are NO different than any of my straight friends...except maybe that they are more compassionate, more accepting and, to be honest, HAPPIER! They are at a point where they have "come out" and are living their lives as they want to...happy and in love. Who CARES if the person they love is the wrong sex? Who CARES what happens in their bedrooms? I think it's safe to say that per capita, there are probably MANY more deviant heterosxuals in the bedroom than there are homosexuals. I shudder to think about some of the things that go on in "Christian" or "wholesome" bedrooms!

I can honestly say that one of the gay couples that I know would make FAR better parents than many of the straight couples I know. Sadly, this couple will probably never be parents. They will never pass on all of the wonderful qualities that each of them possess. It really is a shame...they are wonderful human beings.

I wish that so-called "God fearing and righteous people" both in AND outside of my family would just live and let live. What difference does it make to YOU what someone's sexual orientation is? Leave others alone. LIVE AND LET LIVE!!! Trust me when I say that NONE of us is perfect. Focus on your own shortcomings...leave other people alone.

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Sunday, 11 October 2009

Hockey and Soccer and Turkey OH MY!

Hubster took the early shift yesterday and had Middleman at his hockey practice by 7:15 am. Those practices really, REALLY hurt.

He came back at 8:30 to pick up Boy Oneder, change and get his stuff together...did I mention he is now an assistant coach on Boy Oneder's select team? Ugh. They went off at 9:15 for a 10:00 to 11:30 practice, while Middleman, Threepeat and I headed out to Middleman's soccer tryouts. Threepeat was, as per usual, a bundleof energy, running around the track like a complete loon. He met a "friend" named Diego...Diego is a bundle of energy too...but he's a pug. LOL. They were very cute together.

At 12:00, we headed home to meet up with Hubster and Boy Oneder. After a bite to eat and Threepeat's 45 minute nap, we cleaned out my Santa Fe, inside and out, in preparation for the leasing company's inspector on Thursday. The lease isn't up until December, but they are getting everything ready I guess.

I got all my laundry done and changed the sheets on all the beds. Then I made penne al forno for dinner and we just chilled at home. The kids went in the hot tub with Hubster and it was nice to just relax.

This morning, Middleman had a hockey game at 10:00 this morning, which he lost, but played really well. Then, Middleman and I stayed home while Hubster, MIL, Boy Oneder and Threepeat went to my nephew, Matthew's triple A hockey game. I am keeping an eye on the turkey and while they are out, Middleman and I have cleaned up the backyard, gotten rid of all the old plants, etc. and played a game of "Sorry!" He won.

Turkey here tonight and at Mum's tomorrow. Does life get ANY better? Pin It
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