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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

5 lb. Hershey Bar


  • Mood:  Restless
There is this GIANT chocolate bar sitting on the desk in front of my face....  I hate it. It smells so good but I'm not eating it. Talk about death by chocolate. We got it as a gift at my Aunt's Christmas party, and we just finally ripped it open this past weekend. Yeah, that's right -- this past weekend. It's SO huge it's taking this long to eat it - lol. It's something like 5 lbs., it's a genuine Hershey's chocolate bar. I just took some awesome pictures of Jeff gnawing on it... he's gonna post them on MySpace soon I believe.
I miss my Sammi! I'm such a dork!! She is sleeping across the street at Kristen's tonight. Kristen called around 3 to ask if Sammi could sleepover and even though I wanted to say no, my poor little girl's been craving a sleepover all week long so I had to let her. She was so excited. She went over around 4:30. She called here around 8:30 to say goodnight and out of nowhere she started sobbing about how much she misses me and Jeff!!! So Jeff got on the phone too and we tried to calm her down but she just kept crying. So I asked if she wanted me to come and give her a hug, and she said yes so I did. I was going to either way - she was breaking my heart!!! So I ran over and gave her a hug & she was looking at me with those big blue puppy dog eyes and making me wanna cry. But she wanted to stay there, so she did. They were about to have a snack and watch a movie. And now it's really late so she's probably staying. She slept there once before and we had no problems that time.
The week at home with the kids has been great so far. I can tell they are so bored though... I think by the time Monday gets here, Sammi is going to be thrilled  to go to school! I  on the other hand, will miss her so bad it will hurt. I'm way too attached to my kids, lol!! The only reason I don't say the same about missing David is because we are in the same building together all day, since I work at the daycare center. So I'm lucky there, I can run in and give him a hug & kiss whenever I want really. I used to have that with Samantha at the old center I worked at downtown when she was 2. God I miss that place. I miss all my friends there...
So I love American Idol.

There's one girl in the top 24 who looks like JoNana...
Here she is:
 
Katharine McPhee       and              JoNana
Yeah?? Yeah, you think so too, huh? Cool. Jeff thinks so too. So anyway, I want Katharine McPhee to win. Not just because of the JoNana... (alright, sorry I'll call her by the right name JOANNA) resemblance, but also because she's got a great voice......... like Joanna! hahaha
 
So I guess that's all for now... I can always tell it's time for me to shut up when I start talking about meaningless stuff 

Saturday, February 18, 2006

A Whole Week Off....aaaahhhhhhh :)



  • Mood:
      Relaxed
  • Weather:  Sunny & Freezing 
I'm soooooo excited, I am off of work for the whole next week, and Samantha's off of school for the whole next week! So David, Sammi & I will be home spending time together  HOORAY!! I wish Jeff could stay home too. At least we still have tomorrow home with him. We've been having a nice, relaxing weekend at home... Samantha's school was closed yesterday because of the high winds, so she even got an extra day tacked on to her early spring vacation. That was nice. She was so excited, it was adorable! We woke up to howling winds and I checked the news -- 5 schools were listed as closed and I really never even thought for a second that they'd close her school b/c this school district has ALWAYS been the last to close for anything weather-related. I can only remember 3 times that they closed in the 9 years I went to school in this school district. Anywho, my Mom was sitting here with us after I got back from dropping Jeff off to work, and she said she bet they'd close Sammi's school and I just looked at her like she was nuts. The weather report said we were going to have very high winds, 30-40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph. Plus, around bus-stop time, it was going to snow so that would be really bad. Between 5:30 and 6:20 am, I watched EVERY school district come up as closed EXCEPT Sammi's. They were very last, finally announcing it at around 6:30. I really was surprised. Sammi was sooooo happy, she just lit up and said "I have 10 days off of school!" I think she was half hoping to go to work with me but then Jane called me at 6:35 to tell me not to come in because she wasn't expecting there to be many kids coming in. So that made my day, and Sammi, David & I had a very relaxing day at home together. 
The kids are both doing great. But actually, David's still not quite himself I think because of his ear(s). I think I might take him back to the doctor this week. I don't think the amoxicillin's helping much. And something wierd happened on wednesday at daycare. He was eating lunch and suddenly developed a hive on his right cheek. He wasn't eating anything unusual, just a hot dog and some fruit & veggies he's had a zillion times before. But this hive was UGLY. It was very big like a mosquito bite and then it had a red halo all around it. It didn't seem to bother him though. So he laid on his cot and took his nap and after nap it had gone down a lot but wasn't gone. And it's still not gone. Now it's been there for 3 1/2 days and every now and then it flares up to the way it looked when it first came out. It never bothers him at all. So if it's still there Monday I'm taking him to the doctors. I don't get it. Miss Adria thinks maybe he got ahold of a honey nut cheerio Wednesday at lunch, and that's what brought it on. But that was 3 1/2 days ago now, so that can't be what caused it. And I don't think it's the amoxicillin because he's had amoxicillin countless times for his ear infections, the last time before this being only a few weeks ago -- why would he have a reaction now?? And only one hive?? I'm going to talk to the nurse at his pediatrician's and I'll take him for his allergy blood test this week too.
The kids had a great Valentine's Day! Samantha had a pizza party at school and David's class had a little party too with all their little treats. OH and Mrs. K had her baby! She had him last Saturday, the 11th at 5 something in the afternoon. She named him Evan, and he was over 8 lbs. I guess. Mirabel's mom (Mirabel's one of the little babies I take care of at work) is friends with Mrs. K, and she said they are both doing great! YAY!!! Sammi & I have said a prayer for them every night that they'd both be healthy. I'm really happy for her. Having a baby is so amazing. Sammi's just happy because she knows now that the baby's out, it means she's that much closer to having Mrs. K back at school. lol She told me today that Mrs. K said she was doing a froggie theme in the baby's room "because she thinks the baby's gonna like froggies". lol she's too cute.
Well I'm not sure if all of what I wrote makes sense to you, I was doing what Megan does and just typing things as they come into my head without really checking my grammar, etc. Megan's awesome, isn't she?! Yeah.... OK, that's all for now 
~Tara~

Sunday, February 12, 2006

That went too fast


I can't believe it's already almost Monday.
 I HATE MONDAYS! We had a great weekend at home, though. We all played outside together Saturday morning and Jeff made a sled ramp (I think he calls it a toboggan ramp) for the kids, which they LOVED. They also loved being pulled around the yard in the sled -- we had SO much fun! David accidentally got dumped in the snow face first while being pulled on the sled at one point, but he was fine, he was having a blast. Sammi was laughing hysterically the whole time she was being pulled around. I just love them so much. I had a lot of fun with them yesterday. It's awesome to watch Jeff play out there with them too, he really loves to just let go and act like a kid with them sometimes. I love that. I want Saturday back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Then last night we all went to eat at Friendly's and have ice cream with Jeff's entire family to remember his grandmother on her birthday. That was fun, even though David was in a pretty bad mood part of the time. His ear is bugging him again, and to make a long story short, he's on an antibiotic again now. Megan came over to play today too. She's awesome and we all love her 
YEAH, BABY! Sopranos is on!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tony is the man.
Well I should get to bed. Oh yeah, we got our kitchen table tonight! Well, it's my Dad's table that he's giving to us because he's moving and doesn't have room for it. It used to be in my old house when I was growing up. It's still in pretty good shape -- the table itself especially. The upholstery on the chairs is worn out, but overall it's still a MILLION times better than the set we replaced. OK, so enough boring stuff about the table. Gotta get sleep so I am not miserable on Monday 

Thursday, February 9, 2006

Germs, Germs Everywhere...

  • Mood:  Frustrated
OK, so Sammi just got over being sick yet again... for a change. I guess I'm just going to have to burn my house down in order to get rid of all the lovely germs. (j/k -- if we should have a fire, I didn't do it. lol) I'm just so tired of it - as I'm sure she is too. So........ she stayed home from school again yesterday, and went back today. She first felt sick Sunday night... then she was just fine Monday morning so I sent her to school. But as soon as I picked her up from school Monday, all hell broke loose (literally. lol) and then she fell asleep on the couch for 3 hours. Then she had a 102.4 fever before she went to bed. But she's good now... and I'm hoping to make that last forever. UGH, lol enough is enough. David is somehow not getting any of these things Sammi is getting, thankfully. There's a ton of stuff going around daycare right now too -- David's room (toddlers) had 7 kids out sick today. And all the babies in my room are or have been sick in the past week or so. Monday only 3 babies came in, out of 8. Today we were back up to 6 babies, but Nicholas went to the doctor for the 2nd time  this week because he was wheezing and now he has Bronchiolitis. The doctors are saying this is the height of flu season... which leaves me wondering....... WHY do we bother with flu shots?! So many of the kids with the flu right now had a flu shot. What a waste. I'm so glad we decided not to let the kids get them this year. I just don't trust it, especially now that I am seeing so many little ones who have had it get the flu anyway. I was supposed to get one this year too because I work in child care, but no way! So anyway I just wanted to vent about Samantha's latest illness... 
So far so good with the new teacher. Samantha doesn't seem to be too affected by it... She's excited because tomorrow is the 100th day of the school year, and they are having a little celebration (according to Sammi) She's also excited because she gets to see Mr. B, her silly music teacher. He really is soooo funny, I got to see him in action at the Christmas concert, and he had me almost crying because I was laughing so hard. OK so I should go to bed. I always do this -- I have to get up in 4 and a half hours and I'm still here... typing away....

Before I go, I'd just like to comment on what a dumbass Britney Spears is...
That poor baby is in for a rough life....

Here's the story if you don't already know about it...

SPEARS BABY CAR PHOTO IS REVEALED

Saturday, February 4, 2006

My Little Monster


  • Mood:  Bored
  • Weather: there's a winter storm warning tonight...
So this morning, I was sound asleep when suddenly David came running into my room yelling "HI MOMMY!! HI MOMMY!" and started jumping up onto me on the bed. And the first thing to come to mind was "HOW THE HELL DID YOU GET OUT OF YOUR ROOM??" Damn it!! We always put a gate in his doorway when we put him to bed, and until this morning he has not climbed it. He will just stand at his door and cry until someone comes to get him out. But I guess this morning he decided to just climb over it. The bad thing was God knows how long he was up before he came to get me, because... 1) He is ALWAYS awake by 6:30ish, every day, without fail and it was 7:38 when he woke me up. I was still sound asleep and didn't hear a thing until he started jumping on me.  2) He had gotten Samantha's markers and decided to get out her easel and color all over it. Somehow though, his hands were clean and he didn't color on the walls, thank God.  3) He got ahold of one of Samantha's cassette tapes and pulled all of the tape out of it and it was strewn all over the living room! Plus, the TV was on, blasting, with Spongebob playing. I was so mad. I was going all around the house, checking out what else he might have done. But surprisingly, that was the extent of the damage. I'm just so thankful that he didn't eat something or hurt himself. Thank God we lock the cupboards with the cleaning fluids in them. So from now on, we're going to have to pull his door shut all the way so that he cannot open it on his own. We must protect him from himself. LOL
So....... Jeff's going insane watching the hockey game. Holy crap, he's loud. wooooooooooooo
Samantha's having a sleepover at Nana's tonight. She loves sleeping up there, I think mostly because she loves to sleep all cuddled up with Tiffany, Daisy & Emmy (my Mom's cats). She hasn't played with Kristen in days. Kristen called the other day to see if Samantha could play, but Samantha said no - she wanted to spend with me instead.  That was awesome. lol I bet Kristen will be in the picture tomorrow though. I can't believe Saturday's already over. Weekends go by wayyyy too fast...

More Updates

  • Mood:  Exhausted as always
K, I got 2 more pages done tonight while Jeff & Sammi were busy playing at Grandma's house 
Here they are -- Joanna's Surprise Party and January '06 (which I'll be adding to with Feb & March pictures too). Unfortunately I didn't take a whole lot of pictures at Joanna's party because our camera batteries were low. Oh well, she knows we love her anyway!! Thanks for the comment, JoNana!
Gotta get my butt to bed. My kids don't sleep in on weekends, so neither do I...

Friday, February 3, 2006

More Updates!



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I made a few updates to the site - mostly to Samantha's page.
David's Page has a couple new things and will be getting more updates soon...
I also just posted the pictures from Christmas!!! There are a TON of them, so to make them fit, I made them small thumbnails that you can click on to enlarge. * Just a note: once the picture pops up, you might wanna click the box to enlarge the window all the way so you can see the pictures more clearly -- (that's the box in the upper right corner next to the red x).
Anywho........ so today was Mrs. K's last day until May - she's now on Maternity leave. She's due February 10th... which I believe was Laci Peterson's due date too. Samantha seems to be ok with knowing Mrs. K is gone for a while now - but we'll see what happens come Monday morning. She doesn't have school tomorrow due to staff development day, so she will be with me at the daycare center all day. Then she's going home with Grandma at naptime so she doesn't have to take a nap while I stay through and help with the babies. She's really excited that she is going to get to play with Maddie tomorrow! That's her best little daycare friend that she always played with. Maddie's about a year younger than Sammi and won't be in kindergarten til the fall. Sammi said "I don't know if Maddie will remember me -- she might see my red hair and then she'll know I'm Sammi!" lol. She's so darn cute.
Today for Mrs. K's last day, they made pizza together and watched Toy Story. My kind of school day! lol It sounds like Samantha had a blast! She said they also took a class picture with Mrs. K and that she's going to bring the baby in to see them once he's a few weeks old (she's having a boy). Tonight when I was putting her to bed, Sammi said "I wonder what Mrs. K is doing right now".  She just loves her! I hope she likes whoever she gets for 1st grade this much!
David's still doing great. Except yesterday he was put in time out at daycare for "jumping on his friends' heads"   I walked in to the toddler room to get something and he was sitting at the table looking very guilty... so I asked what he did and Miss Bridget (who is a new teacher, and is great with the kids) said "Yeah, he's in a time out because he was jumping on his friends heads". I didn't even know what to say. Not hitting or pushing or fighting over a toy.... jumping on heads...
After she told me that, David looked at me like he totally knew he was in big trouble, lol! I yelled at him for it too -- I don't want him turning out to be a bully. No way. We're nipping that in the bud.
...What does that expression even mean??
I'm soooooooooooo glad tomorrow's friday. Well, technically I guess I'm glad that today... is friday. It's 12:17. I can't even believe my eyes are still open... I had more to say here, but now that I realized how late it is and I have to get up in less than 5 hours... I can't think about anything else... gtg

Monday, January 30, 2006

My Baby Girl

  • Mood:  Sleeeeeeeeeepy
  • Weather: Today it was  & kinda warm...

She's growing up too fast 
She is always playing at Kristen's or with Kristen here now. And yes I know as her parent I have the power to say no she can't play -- but she's so happy when she's with her little friend, I don't want to take that away from her. She has a lot more fun with her than she'd have with me. But, Sammi does say to me on a day to day basis that she wants  to spend time with me, so that's good at least But then Kristen calls. LOL Oh I'll shut up now - she's only 5 and it will only get worse so I'll count my blessings now.
Samantha said today that she's sad and she's going to miss Mrs. K when she leaves to have her baby. I knew I was going to hear that sooner or later.... uh oh. It seems like Mrs. K is really preparing the kids for the fact that she's leaving in a few days because all I hear from Samantha now is that Thursday is her last day... They're having a little party for her that day, which Samantha is very excited about. I would like to send a baby gift to her that day..... maybe..... Samantha got picked as a helper at snacktime today too. She was really proud of herself! I'm proud of her too - I guess she's a pretty good girl at school too, not just at home
 
David had a great day today. He does this thing now where if he's talking to you and you're not looking at him, he will come up to you, grab your head and make you look at him, and he says "NO, yook at me! Yook at Dadid!" (I'm spelling it the way he pronounces it) and he gets right in your face, with his beautiful eyes right in line with your own with the most serious look on his little face. OH I JUST LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!!! He's talking so well now too. He's just completely changed since he moved to the toddler room at daycare. He's so strong now too - today Sammi & I were sitting on the floor & she hugged me and David came up to us and plowed into us & pushed us both over with almost no effort. Didn't know I was that wimpy, lol.
Speaking of wimpy, I better get to bed. I have my early day at work tomorrow... yay. Alright, nighty night...

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Stephen Colbert ROCKS!!

  • Mood:  Relaxed
  • Weather:  Freezing
My favorite guy is on Whose Line right now :)
(Steven Colbert from the Daily Show)
Oh, how awesome. So anyway...... nothing much is new today. I am very happy that my sister-in-law, Megan is staying in town instead of moving back to NYC right now. She's so fun to have around!!!!!!! And Sammi & David just LOVE her and would miss her soooooo much. Samantha was thrilled when she heard she is staying. I do feel bad for Megan because I know how important singing and performing are to her. But she's so talented, I know without a doubt that she will do great things. Things will work out, and I hope she doesn't get discouraged. I know she won't though. She's awesome, and I know she will overcome anything that gets in the way of what she wants to do. But in the meantime, we love her and are just glad we get to keep her a little longer!!!!
The kids had a great day. Samantha got to go play at Kristen's house after school with Kristen and one of the other little girls from their class -- Julie. Samantha seems to have lots of little friends at school - I see it as I drop her off in the mornings. They light up when they see her coming! I just LOVE that! Who wouldn't love her though?! J/K. I'm excited for her birthday party this year -- we're going to let her invite friends from school. She will have girls and boys here. She gets along great with both, which is good. In daycare, she always seemed to play better with the boys. She is kind of a tomboy I guess. I was too when I was little. She's a lot like me when I was little, actually. I got along better with boys, and I liked playing in the dirt and picking up bugs (anyone who knows me now knows I hate bugs and would probably be shocked)......... Anyway..... David had a great day. He is a little bossy with his little friends though. Today in gym, he was roaring like a lion and kinda acting bossy with everyone - then when Miss Leigh playfully roared back at him, he pointed at her with this serious look on his face and said "STOP IT". It was hard not to laugh, but I made him apologize. Well -- I tried to make him apologize, but he wouldn't do it. He just kept staring at me. So I took him off the bike he was riding, which he really didn't like. Sometimes he just gets into those moods where he won't listen to anything I say. Thank God it's not that often. WOW I'm writing a book considering how I said nothing was new today. I know I'm wimpy but I better get to bed. Have to get up at 5........ 
I lost 1 pound! 7 more pounds to go!
P.S. Meg got me addicted to MySpace

Monday, January 23, 2006

Nothing tastes as good as being slim feels........

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Yep, that's my motto. And it's totally true. Need to lose a little pudge I gained over the holidays. It sucks......... I hate it.......... But it's gotta be done. And now that I know that other people know, I will be more likely to stick to my plan  I did it before. It was exactly 3 years ago that I successfully lost 20 lbs. (and then got pregnant with David and gained it all back, plus 30 extra)... I'm not trying to lose 20 lbs. this time - only 7-10. I have been having a little trouble getting into the same mindset I was in back then. And there's been a LOT more junk food around now than there was then. But now we have lots of healthy food, so no more delaying it.... Woooohoooo gotta be thin enough to take the kids in the pond this summer! ........... Yeah, right.
Anywho... David is pretty much back to normal after being a monster all weekend. He was testing his limits and saying no to everything alllllllllll weekend. And you know, I hate it when everyone says "oh, yeah that's two year olds for you"... when my point is that he suddenly gets into those moods out of nowhere. Usually he's a VERY good boy. I just don't know why he suddenly starts acting that way every now and then and the rest of the time he's fine. Multiple personalities????
Samantha said her tummy hurt this morning again right before school. As we were walking into school in fact. So I told her to go to class and if she still felt that way after lunch, she should ask to go to the nurse. (Lunch is only 2 hours into the school day) So I thought that was fair. I was a little suspicious of her especially since she was fine all morning until it was time for school. I didn't want to pull her out of school yet again - I wanted to try and see if she was really ok. I called and left the teacher a message about the situation and asked for her to call me and let me know how Samantha was doing. She finally called me around 1:30 and said Samantha had been having a great day, no sign of feeling sick. She said she'd keep an eye on her, but assured me that she was just fine. She's such a nice teacher, I'm sad that she's leaving even if it is for the happiest reason imaginable... lol
Alright, well David's hanging on me so I better go for now...........
~Tara~ 

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

It's baaaaaaaaaack...



  • Mood:  So tired...
  • Weather:  
Well, Samantha has Scarlet Fever again She just had it right around the beginning of December!! Enough already! It's basically a strain of strep throat that produces a rash too... (more is explained in the link)
I was really kinda surprised. She's been complaining about a sore throat, but for the most part she's been acting OK and I was hoping it was just a sore throat. But she does have it. I didn't even see a rash on her until we got to the doctor's. We were sitting there waiting for the doctor, and she started scratching a small red patch on her cheek. Then it clicked in my head to check her for the Scarlet Fever rash that she had last time. There it was, all over her chest and back. It wasn't there when she got dressed this morning, because if it had been I would've kept her home for sure. Even the doctor was a little surprised that her throat culture was positive because she was in such a great mood!
So now every time either of them gets a sore throat, I'm having it checked out by the doctor. I know that sounds nuts, but after learning about the strep bacteria and the damage it can do if it's left untreated... and that they won't necessarily seem to be very sick... I'm going to take them in every time. The doctors and my boss & co-workers are going to hate me, lol. But I learned my lesson today. I'm not letting anything go anymore... It's funny, I went from being an ultra-paranoid mom when Samantha was born... to relaxing and not freaking out over every little thing as she got older and I had David.... but now, I've been wrong twice in the past week about both of my kids' health. I really thought David's ear wasn't infected last week, when it was, and I didn't think Sammi's sore throat was strep. So........ I guess back to ultra-paranoid mom it is! lol.
According to Kristen & Taylor's mom, they are very prone to strep. So I have a bad feeling we'll be dealing with this a lot if Sammi's going to be hanging around with them. The doctor said some kids are very prone to it, and strep does have a high re-infection rate.
I'm watching American Idol right now. I love this show, and I'm so excited it's back on!! 
Wooohoooo!!! 
I have to go wake Samantha up in a few minutes for her 2nd dose of her antibiotic so she can go to school tomorrow. The doctor told me she had to have 2 doses today and one in the morning so she would be ok for school. I'm proud of her too -- she really likes school now. She didn't want to miss it today and she's happy she can go tomorrow  What an awesome kid!
I'm glad she likes her school, because I sure don't. Like today - I told the front office that I'd be there to pick her up at 10:15 for her appointment which was at 10:45. They said they'd have her in the office waiting for me, and to just come in and sign her out. So I actually got there on time - right at 10:15. But she wasn't in there yet. The secretary said she called down to Samantha's teacher and they'd send her right down. So I signed the book and waited.... and waited.......... and waited. I kept looking down the hall at her classroom door to see any sign of movement. Nothing. After 5 minutes, I almost asked if I could just go get her, but I decided to have some patience. But after 10 minutes of them watching me waiting and waiting... I said "Would it be ok for me to just go and get her?" and the secretary said "Well, the teacher said to ring her once when you got here and they'd bring her down, and I did that." Then she went back to her typing. Knowing how difficult and ridiculous this school has been about letting me walk Samantha to class -- I knew that was the secretary's way of letting me know that I was not allowed to go and get her from class either. Fine. I didn't feel like arguing, but now I was getting really aggravated because this was going to make it hard for me to get her to the appointment on time. But I kept my mouth shut. After all, these people probably all know know about the bitch-out session Jeff and I had with the principal about walking Samantha to class... and for Samantha's sake, I don't want the school staff to have a problem with me. Finally, 5 minutes later - now it was 10:30 and I had 15 minutes to get to an appointment that was at least 20 minutes away with the traffic... the secretary got up and saw Samantha's teacher's aide in the hallway and reminded her that Samantha needed to be sent down to the office because I was there to get her. The aide said "Oh my gosh, that's right!" and ran into the room to FINALLY get my daughter! I was steaming mad by then - at the secretary mainly. I can't believe they are so insanely ridiculous about parents being in the building. I don't know, maybe it's just me that has a problem with this specific situation -- but AAAAAAGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!! I can't wait til she's on summer vacation!
Alright, I'm done venting 
Tomorrow will be the 12 year anniversary of my Uncle Tommy dying of cancer. I just finished a webpage for him on our site: http://www.memorysandbox.com/uncletom.html
I have been thinking about him like crazy lately. Today was the first time in a long time that I actually let myself really sit and think about everything that happened to him, and everything we used to do together. And today it just got to me. I haven't cried about him in a long time, but today I just needed to. I just miss him so much.
OK, time for Samantha's medicine... I hope she goes back to sleep afterwards
~Tara~