Monday, December 31, 2007

Refried beans on your jacket


When my sister Lindsey got married in the summer of 2006, I went out to Blythe for two weeks with the kids. Chad had to stay behind and work because we had just gone to see his parents in Spokane a - a trip we had our tickets for before Lindsey got engaged (it was one of those quick-as-you-can-say-hello BYU Idaho engagments ;o) Just kidding Lindsey! - and he really couldn't take more time off just then. So, Chad was at home without us, which meant for once he got to work all the long hours he wanted without getting nagged at. He still needed ways to occupy his time, so he ended up going to the gym more than he has in his life. With still too much time on his hands (Chad always has to be doing something, which is one of the huge differences between us), he decided to go watch a movie by himself. Now for the creepy part. He went to the dollar theater to watch Ice Age 2. As a 26 year old. During the summer. Surrounded by kids.


He called me up and told me about it, and I started laughing, but that wasn't even the beginning of it. Chad likes to sneak food into the movie theater. We have never ever purchased food from the theater. Yes, I know we are horrible human beings. I can only blame it on my parents for teaching me at a young age. I distinctly remember eating pixie sticks out of Christie's purse while watching Ernest Goes to Camp in the movie theater. If you have never snuck food in, I will tell you a secret - it is really really easy. So easy that I can barely call it sneaking. If your husband wears cargo pants, you can easily fit a soda in each side pocket. If you have a big purse that doubles as a diaper bag, whaalah! all the food you could ever need during a two hour period (more on that later.) Back to the story- without me there to reign in Cheapo Chad, he went a little overboard. He decided to sneak his lunch in. And what was his lunch? Taco Bell, of course. He wore a jacket, in late June, to the movie, and snuck a bean burrito in his pocket. Can you imagine the gooey beans mixed with hot sauce and onions leaking out of his pockets? Yeah, that is pretty much the way it went down. What a complete dork!


As far as my bag goes, last summer went to see Spiderman 3 at the I-Max in Spokane (which is where the picture was taken) with Chad's dad, uncle, cousin, and his cousin's wife. They all live across the country and knew Chad quite well as a child, but do not know grown-up, cheapo Chad, so imagine their surprise when we pull up to watch the movie and Chad gets my bag out of the trunk, and it is leaking. He wanted cold soda this time, so he had the brilliant idea of sticking ice and sodas in a vinyl lunch bag, which his mom assured him was waterproof. I can assure you that is was not. I made him carry my wet, khaki-with-embroidered-flowers bag in. Yes, he still took it in.


It's not the dishonest part I disagree with. It's the making a mess, indiscreet, not knowing your limits part.


We went to watch I Am Legend last week, and we were at Target right beforehand looking at Christmas clearence, so we decided to pick up some snacks for the movie. We got a bag of Reese's peanut butter cups that was 50% off and two sodas. I really needed something salty, so we bought a bag of popcorn from the food court, and divided that up into two bags so that we could roll the tops over, and had no problem fitting our haul into my bag. So during the movie when I wasn't gripping Chad's out of pure terror, I was shoving popcorn in my mouth.


Don't judge us. We all have our dirty little secrets.

Friday, December 28, 2007

See ya, Sucka'!

After reading some of the comments on my previous post about real vs. fake Christmas trees, I felt my resolve about this being our last real tree wavering a little. I was reminded of the many many things I love about real trees, and especially how much I loved them when I was a child. I started to wonder if maybe we should continue with real trees for the sake of our children and the memories we are creating for them.

But this was the year of the World's Worst Christmas Tree, and it sealed the fate of all future Coleman Family Christmas Trees. The verdict is in and, they will be fake. In fact, we already bought a Christmas tree for next year off of Amazon (if you do follow the link, we actually got the 7 1/2 ft version of the one shown, and for a much better price) and the UPS guy dropped it off on my doorstep about ten minutes ago ( our UPS guy always come after 6:30 pm, which seems strange to me).

What made it the World's Worst Christmas Tree? Besides the crooked trunk, it had mysteriously pokey and painful pine needles. When I first tried to scoop together the needles into a pile underneath to clean up after we put the tree up , I found that I just couldn't do it. Way too painful for my fingers. I actually had to get my gardening gloves out before I could finish the job.

Despite watering the tree almost daily, the needles on the tree got sharper and sharper. It got to the point where I refused to rehang any ornaments that fell off. They stayed huddled in a pitiful heap under the tree because my hands said it just wasn't worth it, and there were only about twenty left on the tree by Christmas. My kids also knew to steer clear of the very unfriendly tree, and they wouldn't go anywhere near it (unless on a bike). When Audra was here on Sunday, she went to touch it without being properly warned and pulled her hand back with a little yelp. It was seriously that bad. Also, by this point we were using an old computer moniter to hold the tree stand down, since I had to use my sewing machine for the nativity costumes.
We started to take the mean little tree down the day after Christmas, and Colin came up with a great idea. He immediately rushed into the kitchen and grabbed some oven mitts to protect hands while he took ornaments off. Smart boy!
So long, farewell real Christmas trees. May you go to a home where you will be loved unconditionally. Try giving my cousin Olivia or brother-in-law Seth a call if you are looking for a good family.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Audra the wonderful


My lovely sister-in-law Audra posted a million great pictures of our nativity on her blog. My camera batteries ran out as I was trying to take pictures, plus her camera seems to take much better pictures in low light. Please visit the pictures and thank her on my behalf for being the event photographer.

Our Christmas Eve part 2

I wanted to add more pictures to the previous post, but they added them out of order, so here is part 2.

After dinner, the boys got to open up their new pajamas, plus one more gift. Gabe opened up some new buses and a train for the Thomas set. He was so thrilled, his hands were shaking.
Colin chose to open up a V-tech from Grandma and Grandpa Coleman. He loved it, and of course insisted on opening it up and playing with it for awhile.
Chad unwrapped a present from me to find a new sweater (surprise!) and three edited movies - Shawshank Redemption, Amelie (which was actually for me, so it was kind of a joke), and Schindler's List.
After that, we did bathtime and into the new pjs. Then we drove around the neighborhood and looked at the lights.
When we got home, we set out cookies and egg nog for Santa, and some carrots for his reindeer. Colin wrote him a note.
Then we read a book about the Christmas Story, sang some Christmas songs, and then off to bed! It was only 7 by then, but Colin had a really hard time falling asleep! He didn't fall asleep until 8.

Our Christmas Eve


We ordered our traditional Christmas Eve pizza, and while we waited we made cookies for Santa. This is Gabe sulking because I told him not to eat any more cookie dough.

The pizza came. They were out of larges (we had ordered two of them) so they gave us four mediums instead! Plus we had two orders of wings. A ridiculous amount of food for two adults and two kids.

Colin declared that wings were "like ribs, only better!" Wow! Ribs used to be his favorite food. One time they did a spotlight on him in Primary, and when they said they part about him, it got a lot of chuckles (all the other kids had things like mac and cheese or chicken nuggets). He's awesome.

Time for a Coleman Family Picture. Merry Christmas Eve.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Mine, all mine!








Okay, I do have to share him with the boys, but Chad is officially off for the holidays!!! He doesn't go back until January 2nd! I am so excited. Our home is so much brighter when he is around.

When he came home today, I started thinking about one thing to be thankful for in our lives - paid time off! In the old, college days, when Chad took time off of work, it meant he wasn't being paid. Since Chad is very pratical, that meant he had a really hard time taking any work off, and if he could get extra hours, he would. After Chad got his job at the MTC, we couldn't afford to leave for Christmas because they paid employees time and a half during the break, and we just couldn't pass money like that up.

It's so amazing how quickly you can start taking some things for granted - like being able to chill at home for a week and a half and get paid for it! Hooray for salaried positions!
Sorry about the writing at the beginning, but I could not get it to work out right and I got tired of trying. Sometimes I get really sick of dealing with the formatting on blogger.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Why do I do this to myself? I know why.


I didn't really enjoy Christmas last year. I was stressed out already when Christmas Eve came, and after we put the toys out for the kids, I still had to finish sewing costumes for the nativity we were having on Christmas Day with all the cousins. When I finished, I went to get the camcorder out so it would be ready in the morning and found that I had no idea where it was. I am notorious for losing things, and I honestly try so hard to not to, so when I do, I get really obsessed and crazy. Which is what I did. Late at night on Christmas Eve, I became obsessed and crazy about finding the video camera, and got into a huge fight with Chad because he wasn't as nutso and stressed out as me, and that made me furious. We never did find it, and I went to bed still upset about it (as a side note, we still have no idea what happened to it - I think it might have been stolen out of our van at one point with the video of Gabe on the day he was born inside of it). Christmas morning was pleasant, but right after that I began getting the house ready for the big family dinner. I was still preparing 10 cornish game hens and a ham, plus fully decorating the tables, when everyone started to show up. The food was taking forever to cook, and I opened the oven and realized it was no longer hot inside! Some of the apricot glaze for the hens had spilled directly onto the heating coil and burned it out. My oven was broken, with food for 12 people inside. We had to pack up everything and take it over to Levi and Audra's. Everyone was, of course, incredibly helpful and patient, but by this point I was just so plum tired and frustrated. The next day, I got on an airplane with Gabe and flew to Phoenix, arriving at 12:30 am (when Chad's Aunt and Uncle graciously picked me up), to go to Aaron's wedding that day at 2 pm. Okay, so really, is it any wonder that I didn't enjoy Christmas last year? Sure, there were certain moments I enjoyed, and my trip to Phoenix was actually pretty stress-free and relaxing (compared to the days that proceeded it), but overall, I do not have fond memories of the season.

Realizing that it was my own fault that I was miserable last year, I decided that this year was going to be different. First, I did all my Christmas shopping before the month of December. I have not had to worry about gifts for weeks. Second, I am still hosting the family Christmas dinner, but we are doing it on Sunday, so that Christmas Day can be as stress-free as possible. I have been trying not to put off doing anything that can be done ahead of time.

However, I added some things to my t0-do list that didn't need to be added. I volunteered to decorate a table for the ward party, and I am making a new cheesecake recipe for the party from scratch. I also realized that I wanted to do something special for my Sunbeams, so I have spent way too much time with that. I also babysat A LOT (which is great for the pocketbook, but sure makes it harder to get out and do things) over the past week, and forgot that we volunteered forever ago to take Evan and Santi overnight for Bobby and Sabina's anniversary, which is tomorrow night. I also just finished making some more nativity costumes for this year's family dinner.

Last year, a couple of weeks before Christmas, when I was spending a lot of time working on a tap dance that someone had asked me to do in a skit for the ward party, Chad said, "Why do you do this to yourself? You don't have to do all these extra things!" and for those of you who have known me for a long time, you know that that was a big problem for me in high school and college. I did way too many things and ended up procrastinating or doing a bad job on most of them. Honestly though, I have gotten way better. I usually keep my life very simple and I rarely feel that I don't have enough hours in the day to finish what I committed to doing.

My answer to Chad at the time was, "But this is the stuff that I like doing." I spend a huge amount of my time doing nice, responsible things like washing dishes or picking up after the kids - things that are required of me that I know I will never ever enjoy. When I get to chance to actually be creative, and be "me" for awhile, it is hard to pass it up. My problem is that Christmastime brings too many of those creative opportunities. I like to make cards and write newsletters. I like to pretend like I am on Project Runway and create nativity costumes without using patterns. I like to make up silly tap dances and shock everyone in my ward, because they had no idea that I was once-upon-a-time, a total performer. I like to cook and decorate. Can't I just drop everything else instead of the fun stuff?

The amount I am doing is actually scaling back. If I thought I could handle it, I would also be making gifts for my friends, baking goodie plates for the neighbors, doing the 12 days of Christmas, making gingerbread houses (oh, I love making gingerbread houses) and decorating my house like a picture out of Martha Stewart Living.

I think I have done well. I have a lot to do over the next few days but not so much that I won't be able to just relax every once in awhile. Plus I have everything done that can possibly be done ahead of time. My Sunbeam presents are even wrapped and put in my Sunday bag. Phooey. I just remembered I needed to pick up some pictures are Walmart - the one store I am avoiding right now (what a zoo!) Maybe I will have to go there instead of Target afterall. Yuck.

I am not stressed out yet. I am enjoying the holiday season. Get back to me in a few days and I will let you know if I still feel that way.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

O Christmas Tree




At the botanical garden was the coolest tree I have ever seen. As soon as you walked into the room, you wondered "What is that lovely scent?"and then when you looked closely, you could see that the 20 ft. tree was completely decorated with live orchids!




Christmas at the Garden.


As I mentioned in an earlier post, we have a membership to the Daniel Stowe Botantical Garden. We went to see the Christmas lights there tonight and it was magical for the kids (and a little too cold for Chad and I - I dressed the kids much more warmly than myself, and Chad didn't listen to me when I tried to boss him into wearing a jacket over his hoodie:0) . Colin was just running with excitement, and Gabe's eyes were as wide as could be.



One of the coolest things there was a giant tent made of red lights, that you could walk into. There were also a lot of cute flower lights, like the tulips above. Look closely and you can see Gabe's eyes glowing.

Those boys!

On Sunday we took Colin's shirt off while he ate dinner. After dinner, Gabe told Colin he wanted his off too, so Colin put his unbuttoning skills to good work....

And then helped him finished the job.

Colin hopped on his bike and had Gabe push him all around the house. They thought it was hilarious to run into Mom. Notice my foot stopping them. They got a little worked up, and next thing we know.....

We hear a crash, as Gabe drives into the Christmas tree and knocks it down!

We got it back up later, but it leans even more now and looks pretty beat up!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Weird work stories


Okay, none of these top the work story that my brother Aaron told last week, but they are still very interesting. It is funny that five of the stories have to do with fast food - that stuff makes people just plum crazy!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Mistletoe


Looking for another excuse to kiss your loved ones? I have looked for mistletoe in vain for years, and finally found this adorable mistletoe/kissing ball at Target for only $5! I have been cornering Chad under it all week.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Happy Birthday to Ashley!


I wish I had a picture where you weren't way in the background! Sorry! I hope you had a good day, and I wish we were there to help you celebrate. Did you get to sleep in or anything awesome like that?

Gotta see it!


Well, you will have to excuse me for putting two media-related posts in a row, but we watced The Bourne Ultimatum on Thursday,and it was really good. If you liked the other two movies at all (which Chad and I both did), you will like this one. I am not an action fan at all - I get really bored and start to zone out during action scenes - but these movies rock my world. They are also, by the way, Matt Damon's only movies where I find him attractive.

If you click on the link above, you are led to its page on rottentomatoes.com, which is one of my favorite websites. It shows you the reviews of a ton of critics for each movie. I know movie critics can be idiots sometimes, but it is still interesting to see what they think, and sometimes when they bomb on a movie, I check out why, and then decide if I want to watch it anyway. For instance, I saw that Catch and Release had a 22% rating (which made it stinking rotten), but I like Jennifer Garner, and it looked cute, so I watched it anyway. In this case, the critics were right, and it was total crap (sorry for the language mom, but you saw it with me and you know it was crap :o)

As I was thinking about the Bourne movies tonight, it made me remember a movie that we liked that didn't get a lot of attention. The critics liked it, but I don't know anyone else who has seen it. It is called Breach, and it came out this year with Ryan Phillipe and Chris Cooper. Very instense. Good stuff.

Are you Lost?


Chad I were huge "Lost" fans from the very first episode and even got some of our family members hooked on the show, but when we got rid of DVR in March, we stopped watching it. We missed the whole second half of the season. Chad was still working nights then, and I didn't want to watch it without him, but kept forgetting to use the ol' VCR to tape it, and if you miss a couple of episodes of Lost, you can get pretty lost (hehe). It's no good to try and just jump back in. So we decided we would wait until Season 3 came out on DVD and catch up then. Unfortunately, I read a couple of articles that I shouldn't have, so I know about a few things that happened while I was away, but I am still looking forward to catching up. I am sure I still have a few surprises in store. It was released on DVD on Dec.11, so I think we will probably spend some quality time with Kate and Jack during Chad's Christmas vacation. It will be a nice break from cleaning out the garage and painting the boys' bedroom.




I think that even after the show finally wraps up and answers some questions, I am still going to need a book written to really explain everything to me.

Friday, December 14, 2007

CSI or Poison Control?



Gabe woke up coughing in the middle of the night on Tuesday. Chad pulled out the Tussin and slipped him some real quickly, and I think he forgot to put the cap back on tightly. The next day Gabe came toddling downstairs, upset about something, and I picked him up. His pants were wet and he was trying to tell me something. He guided me upstairs and led me to this mess. Oh my!!!! It was so, so bad. Our mattress is permenantly pink now, but luckily it did come out of the sheets. I had to laugh because I went to go put the sheets in the washer and by the time I got back upstairs, Colin had already gotten the carpet spotter and cleaned up the little bit that had spilled on the floor. Why do little boys have to be such rascals?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Happy Birthday Audra!


You rock!

Does Santa Claus wrap your gifts?


When I was growing up, Santa did not wrap our gifts. Santa did wrap Chad's when he was a boy, so we had to decide which tradition would carry on in our own family. I won out, probably mainly because I am the one who does most of the Santa stuff, and Chad doesn't really care about stuff like that as much as I do. Here are my reasons for not having Santa wrap my kids' gifts:


1. I think it is fun for the kids to walk into the room and immediately see what Santa brought them. It has the big WOW factor.

2. Although I do love wrapping gifts, I try to keep down the mom and dad workload around Christmas. We have plenty of other things to occupy our time without attempting to wrap a bike.

3. After the Santa gifts and stockings are done, it is nice to sit down and unwrap gifts from each other. It makes the two things more separate, and I think it lets us focus on saying thanks to each other more.


So what does Santa do at your house?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A swingin' neighborhood


What does the Christmas Season bring to mind? Trees, lights, pies, cookies, ham? How about gambling? What, isn't that what the holidays are all about?

Our neighborhood has fun activities on a daily basis for all ages, and even though they had the kids painting turkey t-shirts with washable paints (?), most of the activities are pretty cool. It does stink that most of the family activities are scheduled for Sundays, but I understand that, for most families, that is the most convenient day of the week. Well, now it is time for the adult holiday party, which would be a nice, free date for Chad and I to go to, if there was actually anything there that appealed to us. But nope, it is all about gambling and drinking. I am sure they were trying to think of something different to do instead of the typical holiday party, but it is pretty disappointing to me. Can't there be just one aspect of the party that can enjoyed by cold fish such as ourselves? We pay just as much in home owners association dues as the rest of 'em. Maybe they are trying to keep our kind out :o)




Monday, December 10, 2007

Another Update!


Add an ear infection to the Coleman family list of maladies. We noticed that Colin hasn't been hearing us well (as opposed to the usual not listening well :o) and he complained once or twice that his ear hurt over the last few days (and then promptly forgot about it), so Chad took him off to them Dr. tonight and he has a ton of fluid in one ear and a raging infection in the other! Woohoo! More antibiotics!!!!

Chad and I came down with these incredible head colds on Saturday that completely knocked us flat. I got about three hours of sleep that night. We took turns getting out of bed to do just the essentials yesterday (and showering wasn't even considered an essential) , and Gabe was a snotty, pink-eyed, croupy mess, so we were laughing about how Colin was the only healthy one among us. Guess not! Poor little deaf boy. Maybe our family should take up that new fangled "handwashing" thing I have heard so much about ;o)

BTW, if you ever want a challenge, try finding a substitute teacher for Sunbeams. I left messages with about 11 people on Saturday and only had one answer me back (with a no.) Wow.

Another benefit of fasting?

Interesting article.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Imagine checking this out


One thing I really dislike about reading Orson Scott Card is that the covers of his book are often utterly ridiculous. Seriously, look at this one! It looks like a sleezy romance novel. In reality, the guy and gal featured on the front are hundreds of miles away from each other for 99.9% of the book, and the story revolves around a witch hunt and the heartfires of slaves. Every time I look at it I just have to laugh. Who exactly were they trying to appeal to? Uncle Orson, I know you read my blog, so I have to ask - do you have any say in your covers?


Btw, in case of of you are extremely gullible.....no he doesn't really read my blog. But wouldn't that be cool if he did?

Gabe's favorite activity


Gabe really loves to draw. Not color, draw. He doesn't try to fill in any pictures or cover the paper with color. He meticulously draws circles (or "O's," as he calls them), lines and "stars." I have never seen a toddler who is so precise with a pen or crayon. Gabe knows where we keep the construction paper and crayons, so he helps himself to them throughout the day, or to whatever paper we shouldn't have left lying around. I found a paper Chad wrote in the last week of his mission about his long term goals, and Gabe had drawn tiny circles all over the letters. If I want to keep him happy in the grocery store, I just hand him my planner and a pen and let him go nuts. Sometimes he will come up to me during the day and ask me to write his name on his creation and then after I finish he does the sign for butterfly, which is the one thing he knows I can doodle. Such a unique and neat little boy already. He is getting a MagnaDoodle for Christmas.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Ten things you might not know about Chad










1. His sports injuries included three concussions, a broken arm, a broken nose (from playing baseball with his brothers with a croquet ball!) and a severly sprained ankle.

2. He graduated cum laude from BYU.

3. He might make fun of people a lot, but there are actually very few people that he dislikes. He is really a lot nicer than me than me in this respect. He really really likes people and very trusting, loyal, and forgiving.

4. When I was just getting to know him in high school, one time I asked him what the holes around the neck of his t-shirt were about, and he told me if was from his puppy. He would lay on the ground and giggle as the puppy nibbled at him. This was when he was sixteen! He is still such a softie when it comes to puppies and kitties (and nieces!). He always jokes about how much he would love to wrestle with a baby white tiger.
5. He has been a huge help decorating our house. He will come home and surprise me with pieces of decor he knows I will like and he is always the driving force in getting things painted and decorated around here.
6. He is never afraid of asking questions. I really admire this about him because for some reason I feel like you should always try and figure things out for yourself and I think it stunts my growth. Chad really succeeds because he learns so much this way.

7. Chad is an Excel genuis, and most of it is self taught (while he was a customer service manager, no less). At work, where people know how to do this stuff, he is still the go-to guy when it comes to Excel. He knows how to pull data and build all these incredibly intricate reports with about a million different hidden formulas, and the reports self generate graphs showing how the company is doing and all kinds of stuff that I can barely begin to understand. It is so weird to look at the hidden stuff in one of the reports that he built, and be so confused by it, and know that he made and understands every line of it.

8. He is much better at cleaning than I am.

9. He thinks the movie "What Women Want" is hilarious.

10. I think he has secret ambitions to be a sniper (even though he doesn't know how to shoot a gun).

Friday, December 7, 2007

Update and an awesome tip!


Isn't this picture pathetic? After my last post, Gabe's eye quickly turned gunky, so I took him to the doctor. He confirmed that it was pink eye and wrote a prescription for antibiotic drops. The Dr. also said Gabe has croup, which, as we have all learned now, no medicine can cure. As soon as he said that, I thought, "Wow. Colin's croup must have been really bad, because it was much worse than this." So now I can just be thankful that Gabe's croup is very mild. He didn't even wake up once after I got home last night.

I really love the doctor that treated him. He told me that if one of the boys ever gets pink eye when we can't get to the doctor, to wash it out with Johnson's Baby Shampo. It is antibacterial and won't sting their eyes, so it works wonderfully, but you do need to do it 5 or 6 times a day. He even said that you could probably just do this continuosly to get rid of pink if you wanted to. What a great tip!!!!! Kids get pink eye so often.

We are all messes

Well, it is that special time of the year again - the sick season. It started early this year with Colin's croup in October, and since then one of us has always been sick. I currently have three disgusting cold sores, updated from when I took this picture yesterday with only two cold sores.
The cold sores just popped up a few days ago, but the cold has been here for five weeks now. No fever, nothing to indicate anything more serious, just a yucky cough for over a month. Colin has been coughing for that long as well. Chad and I went on a date last night after the boys went down, with Bobby babysitting, and when we came home, Gabe was calmly sitting on the couch with him. As he let out his "Mommy, where were you?" cry, out came a raspy, seal bark of a cough . Sometime between 6:30, when I put him to sleep, and 8:00, when Bobby heard him crying, he developed a cough. Don't you love that?
When Gabe woke up this morning, one eye was slightly crusty and runny. Are we going to add pink eye to the mix? If it is viral, there is no treatment. If it is bacterial, it needs antibiotics. Here is the difference between the two, courtesy of Dr. Sears :
1. Bacteria – when the eyes are red with yellow or green drainage oozing or crusting in the eye throughout the day and night, then bacteria are usually the culprit. The eyelids may also be swollen. Affects one or both eyes.
2. Virus – when the eyes are very red, but there is no drainage, or only a small amount of drainage or crusting upon waking up, then it is probably viral conjunctivitis. Usually affects both eyes.
I am leaning towards viral, because it was only crusty when he woke up, but I might be taking him to the Dr. before the day is over. Luckily we have an nice, clean, express place nearby that never has a wait.
I think something is wrong with me, but I feel really really guilty whenever my kids get sick. Maybe it is because of the commercials for antibacterial wipes and tissues that try to convince us that we can prevent all childhood illness (or even that we should). Maybe it is because I still remember how horrible and inept I felt when Gabe got RSV when he was five weeks old and was hospitalized. Maybe it is because I like to leave doctors and prescription drugs out of the picture whenever I can, and sometimes when I compare myself to the moms that stick their kids on antibiotics whenever they can, I seem like I am not doing enough. Whatever it is, each time I hear Gabe let out that bark, I feel like a failure.
Sorry for the negative post - I promise I am pretty darn happy right now, but the sick season always gets to me.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

A visit with Santa

Santa came to the clubhouse at our subdivision on Saturday. Colin was brave but subdued as he requested his bike. This picture was the one moment when Colin was actually allowed to look at Santa instead of the photographer taking his picture. When did visiting Santa turn into purely a photo op?

Gabe walked in, saw Santa, and started trembling and bawling. The cookies and donuts soon calmed him, but he refused to go anywhere near the jolly old soul. The photographer on hand was more than a little annoyed by this, and tried to talk Chad and I into getting into the picture Colin, while holding Gabe. Uh, no thanks. We aren't cheesy enough yet to buy expensive picture packages featuring our whole family with Mr. Claus. Um, I hope I didn't offend any you with that remark, but I think I know my audience.