Monday, January 26, 2009

It's Not Fair!

Life just isn't fair, is it?
But how do you explain that to a child who has to go to school when his brothers get to stay home sick?
My kids don't get sick very often, but when they do, it's usually just a fever and a headache. It only happens about once a year, in the winter.
Andre & Ivan have been asking me when they were going to get their "yearly fever"? They'd gotten back into the school routine after the Christmas break and were already getting tired of it. They were ready for a sick day.
Well, sometimes you get what you want, but not when you want it.
Ivan woke up last week with a fever. He was so happy! Until he remembered that there was a birthday party after school that day. They'd been looking forward to it all week.
It looked like Andre was going to get to go without him.....No Fair!
Well, that had a happy ending. I kept giving him Advil, and his fever was down when it was time for the party. He got to go. Crisis averted.
The next day, Andre got a fever of his own. Then, of course, Ivan had to check his temperature because he wasn't ready to go back to school.
Well, Hallelujah! He still had a fever, although a low one. They were both happy that they could stay home together, since I had to work that day.
Well, of course, the weekend came and went without any thought of a fever.
Now, today, Monday...
Max woke up with a sore throat. Could be strep (he gets it about once a year). Better keep him home and have the doctor look at it.
Ivan and Andre get up. Ivan has a sore throat, and it is very red. Better take him in with Max.
But...Andre, the poor thing, is fine.
No fever, no sore throat, nothing!
He'll have to go to school all by himself.
It's not FAIR!
I had to practically drag him out the door this morning.
Now Max...
He found out that Andre & Ivan got McDonalds for lunch when they were home on Friday.
"What's for lunch? Where are you taking us to?"
I told him that was only because there was nothing at home for lunch since I hadn't gone to the store yet, I'd gotten a $20 tip, and it was on the way home.
"That's not FAIR!"
Yeah, I know. That's life.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Favorite Things

I totally perjured this from Lynette's blog, but it is so true!
(You'll have to pause my playlist down below before playing the video.)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Drink Lots of Water!

Yesterday's post was inspired by some pretty annoying lower back pain that had been bothering me for the past few days.

Well, it turned out not to be my back at all. These little things are causing all my discomfort:

Kidney stones!
And so now I have a new best friend:

I hope it does it's job quickly. Jim and I have both had kidney stones before and ended up in the ER.
Wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Super Hero Cocoa

Nothing beats a delicious mug of hot cocoa on a cold, snowy day.
But having your favorite superheros make it for you makes it even more special.

Scarlet Witch and Vision make Ivan's cocoa.
Wasp, Wolverine and Thor help out Andre.
Wonder Woman and Spiral are in charge of the milk.
Vision is great at stirring.

For Ivan & Andre, everything, even the mundane, becomes an adventure.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Zion Canyon

Even though it seems that very few people read my blog anymore, (that's a hint to please leave a comment if you've been here) I think I'll keep posting anyway.
Over New Year's Weekend, the kids and I took a trip to visit friends in Hurricane, UT, and we visited Zion Canyon National Park while we were there.
Did you know that there's a tiny town on the way called Holden? We have a picture that my mom took probably 30 years ago of my Granddad Holden at the town sign. I wanted to get a picture of Max Holden on that very same spot. So I did:

Zion Canyon is such a beautiful place. The red rock is amazing, especially against the white snow and the brilliant blue sky. These pictures don't do it justice.

Even though we couldn't hike any of the trails to see all that we wanted because of the snow and ice, we had a really nice time.