Thursday, June 30, 2011

Everyday Family Traditions

Today on Social Mom's site there was this writing prompt and it goes something like this:

 What are your everyday family traditions? -    What everyday 'traditions' do you have to make your family life special - do you eat dinner together? Go out to breakfast on weekends? Have a goodbye ritual every morning?

In our house we don't have "traditions" per say, we have things we do on an everyday basis but I wouldn't call them "traditions".  For instance,

My youngest child like to be woken up by me and only me, so having his older brother wake him up..not a good idea.  He (youngest child) likes the gentle hug I give him to wake him and remind him that it's time to wake up for the day.  The other kids, well...they are older and really don't want me waking them up so I invested in alarm clocks for them.

Another thing that I do with my youngest child is a nose kiss.  He doesn't like the traditional kiss on the cheek goodnight, but he will give me a nose-kiss and a hug.  And we do that when he leaves for school, and at night when he goes to sleep.

I guess the only thing that is a common thing (and it's slowly leaving because youngest child is getting older) is the watching of Invader Zim at night together.  He will watch Lord of the Rings with his dad, but he leaves Invader Zim for me.  Sweet huh?

What are YOUR traditions?

What would you do...

Ok, Here's the backstory:

I "used" to have a childhood "friend" who I thought I could trust though out my life.  We both graduated from high school (although a year apart when we are the same age...she failed a grade in middle school) and went on with our lives.

I got married, had my kids, moved an absurd amount of times. While she got married, went through a divorce, and decided that I wasn't "worthy" of being her friend any longer. Why? Who the hell knows. This person "claims" it was because I wasn't there for her while she was going through her divorce...ummm yeah, reason: bedrest with 3rd child!!!! Any whoo....I now have these nagging questions that I would love to be answered. Like, were you ever my friend or were you my friend because you felt sorry for me and so on.  

What would you do....would you email said person or just drop it?  I'm inclined to just drop it and be left wondering.



Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What to do...

What do you do when your children DEMAND that you stop posting pictures of them on your blog?

Correct answer is:

You stop!!! My children are at the ages where they don't want their pictures taken much (much to my dismay) and they certainly don't want them on MOM'S blog!  I totally understand their need for privacy and will respect their requests.  Sam has told me that I can put 1 picture of him up and that is on his birthday.  Nichole and Nathan both have asked not to be put on the blog any longer as far as pictures go. Got it!!

So with that being said, you will probably get more pictures of my cats, maybe my parents when they were younger, certainly pictures of the beautiful roses that are growing in my front yard (I'll spare you the pictures of the absurd amount of weeds..)

The reason for this blog post is because I've run into a few mommy-blogs that really don't respect their child's wishes about being on a blog.  I, personally, think there is a age limit where the pictures go from "aww..what a cute baby" to "Mom, please don't put my face on your blog any more." and in this house, we have reached that age.

Hopefully I will still be able to put interesting information/stories about my family/life/whatever on the blog and hopefully you will still come back and read. hint hint :)

Have a GREAT summer day!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Please send good thoughts.....

As you all know, my son, Sam, has been battling headaches, nausea and back and leg pain for over 18 months now.  We went back to the doctor yesterday because something in my "mommy gut" told me that there is something VERY wrong with my child.  The doctor looked him over, decided that some blood work is in order.  He is checking Sam's Vitamin D level, Sed Rate and Red Blood Cell Count. I also need to get some decent food into him as he is starting to lose weight and he should be gaining weight at this point.

I'm scared, worried, overly-concerned about him obviously.  If you can, please pray/send good thoughts/ whatever you choose to him. We both could use them.  Once I find out the results, I'll post something about it.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Things I love about Summer.

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I do complain a lot about the summer's here in Wisconsin.  Sometimes they are incredibly hot and humid and others are fairly cool.  As of today, it's really cool temps for June. So much so that my daughter, Nichole is complaining and thinking it's almost time to get ready to go back to school. 

These are the things I love about Summer Break:

- sleeping in
- no bag lunches to make
- open windows to let the warm air in
- cats in the windows sleeping
- freshly cut lawn
- grilling
- my roses that are starting to bloom :)
- NO snow to shovel
- taking a walk outside
- listening to kids play

There are more but I cannot remember them for the life of me.  

I hope you all have a great summer day!!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Things that I'm grateful for..

Sunday (June 12, 2011) was an interesting day.  It started out like any other Sunday, for instance:
 I wake up before everyone else.
 Have a cup of coffee
 The boys roll out of bed, looking for food/drink
 The daughter finally rolls out of bed around 10 a.m.(texting her friends until god knows when)
 Finally the hubs gets out of bed and gets ready to go to work.  He had to "catch up"  on work.
 Hubs reminds me that the front yard needs mowing and to remind middle kid to mow it.

Seems simple enough, right??

Well......Nathan (said middle kid) mows the front yard and puts the lawn mower away. No biggie.
Comes in the house and he looks pale, breathing incredibly hard and almost passes out. He also asked me to take him to Urgent Care.  Well, I thought differently. There was NO way I was going to get him to Urgent Care before he passes out, SO I call 911 (have you ever done that?? I never did.  It's scary to say the least.) and tell them that Nathan is in the middle of an asthma attack. Then, off in the distance, I hear sirens.  

The fire truck, police car and an ambulance came to the house.  Neighbors I haven't seen ALL winter long come out of the woodwork.  They start to treat Nathan, give him a breathing treatment, load him on the ambulance and off he went to the hospital.  I had Nichole call the hubs at work to get him home, get dressed in record time and zoom to the hospital.  

I check in with the Emergency Room receptionist and get Nathan all set up in their computers (because you know this isn't going to be cheap by any means) and FINALLY go back and see my kid.  He looked much better, he was breathing better but he had the jitters from the medication given during the breathing treatment in the ambulance. After about 4 hours in the ER, we were finally given the OK to go home.  He's doing fine now, he needs to been by our family doctor this week and we realize how grateful we are for the help of the North Shore EMT's, St. Mary's Hospital in Mequon. This whole experience could have been SO much worse and I'm grateful it's not.