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My Life In A Petri Dish

Well, my cold that began when the kiddos got sick at the end of September seems to be hanging on and continually morphing into fun, new little strains of whatever the hell it started as.  This has been a huge pain especially in terms of my singing, as “solo season” has started, and I don’t sound the greatest when snorting and hacking up nastiness on a regular basis.  I know, that’s pretty disgusting, but try living it.  ;)
On top of me being sick and the kiddos swapping colds on and off, it looks like Lindsay has somehow contracted Pinkeye.
Yes, highly contagious, annoying Pinkeye.  I’ve tried to stress to her not to rub her eyes because she could end up getting it in both eyes, but I fear that may already be happening.  She woke up this morning with the tell tale “eye glued shut” with gunk, and the other eye is looking a little red in the past hour.   I’m doing everything I can to avoid Emery and I getting it as well, and once again, Lindsay will be missing a week of school so she doesn’t pass on the fun to any of her classmates.  Grrrrrr.  I see why people home-school.  We could save a fortune on classes she never attends!  ;)
So, we’re being shut-ins once again.  I’d advise not visiting, although anyone who wants to write is welcome to!  Cross your fingers we don’t all turn into red-eyed-monsters and go stir crazy!

Dinner Plans

Heather (to Emery): “What should we have for dinner tonight?”

Emery: “A hot dog.”

Heather: “Silly, we had a hot dog for lunch.” [at Costco]

Emery: “How about … a …”

Emery & Lindsay Together: “… corn dog.”

Fall Is Upon Us

Have you taken a look at the trees lately? They seem to get more spectacular every year. We have some of the most amazingly red leaves around here. When the sun shines through them, from afar, you might imagine they’re on fire….if only it weren’t pouring with rain two seconds later. ;) Yes, the rainy season has arrived here in Oregon, making me wonder if we’re going to make it out to go trick or treating after all. Along with the rain, the illnesses have arrived in full force. The kids (and I, of and on) have been sick since the last weekend in September. Talk about housebound and miserable. Lindsay holds onto colds longer than anyone I’ve ever met, and with us usually having a nice full schedule of preschool and gymnastics and playgroups, let’s just say we’re all getting on each others’ nerves a bit. And of course, being sequestered in a house together, we’re all bound to get sick! Fun fun. The miser in me is also irritated to no end now that we’re paying for all of these various classes and preschool and all that, for them to be missing so many. That’s a lot of wasted money, not to mention the holes in their “education”. Lindsay will forever have a handicap when it comes to the letters “O” and “H” (which she should have been learning about these past couple of weeks). ;)

Now it hasn’t been all misery around here, don’t worry. We have managed to get out a bit to places where they aren’t in such close quarters with people and can’t spread their germs so easily. We went to the Pumpkin Patch with Lindsay’s preschool class, we met Uncle Stuart’s new puppy, Dinsdale, and we participated for a few minutes in the MOMS Club Halloween Party, while I constantly followed the kiddos around with hand sanitizer! :) Go check out the pics! And please, please, do us a favor. Once we’re all better, nobody come visit us if you’re sick, or have been sick the week before! I really don’t want to be stuck in the house all winter, Lindsay would love to get back to preschool on a regular basis, and Emery would like to continue to develop his gymnastics prowess. Hope everyone else is doing better than we are!

Summer’s End

I just uploaded a new gallery, mostly of a recent trip to the zoo with Auntie Chloe and Grandma Gail (who had to buy the kiddos new Oregon Zoo sweatshirts.  Thanks Grandma!), and a few of the kids playing at the park. We’re trying to squeeze as much out of these last few weeks of summer as we possibly can!


I can’t believe how quickly this summer has passed. Lindsay had her first day of preschool on Tuesday and loved it. Her teacher said she must be used to being the star pupil, and that she’s VERY ready to learn. Woman, you have NO idea. ;) Emery and I spent our first hours of “just us” time reading books at the library, strolling through old town Sherwood, and painting and hand-stamping a tile at a paint your own pottery place, which he thoroughly enjoyed. I think he likes the one on one, undivided attention just a little bit… I’ll try to remember to post a pic of his masterpiece when we pick it up on Friday.

Missing Gallery

Whoops!  I just realized I forgot to upload one of my galleries from an outing to the beach last week.  On this trip the insane children decided to strip down in the fog and frolic in the waves!  That being said, if you have an issue with baby bums, first, go get your head checked, and then, with all due respect, don’t look at the gallery.  :)  Oh, and have a nice day.

Catching Up…A Bit…

Wow, I haven’t posted any of the pics from Easter, and here we are, already heading into May!  Time certainly flies…

In the Easter Weekend Gallery you’ll find pics of some time spent with Uncle Stuart, Cousin Spencer while he was here visiting, a trip to OMSI, general goofing around, and Easter at Memere and Pepere’s.  Whew.

In the End Of April Gallery you’ll find sidewalk chalk pics, cousins playing pics, and, drumroll please…… Lindsay’s first haircut pics!

Go check it all out.  There’s plenty to see.

Tiny Dancer

Miss Lindsay had her ballet recital this evening.  Barney, Emery, Auntie Chloe, Uncle Patrick, and Ayden all attended, and thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment.  Lindsay soaked up the spotlight and was definitely the center of attention.  As soon as she came out on stage, he tried scanning the darkened audience for me, yelling “Mommy?  Mommy!  Miss Aubrey, where’s my mommy sitting?” in a not-so-quiet voice.  But as soon as that music started, she snapped right into her routine, executed it wonderfully, and then proceeded to bounce off the walls until they ushered the girls off stage.  Too funny.  She’s such a ham.  I’m going to try and figure out how to get the video I took off of my camera and onto here for your viewing pleasure.  After all, what’s cuter than a bunch of little girls in tutus with ribbons in their hair, flinging scarves around a stage?  ;)  Until I manage to figure that out, enjoy the pics Barney tried to snap over the heads of the people in front of him!

The Third Year

Well I can hardly believe it myself, but Lindsay is 3 YEARS OLD! And as so many people had warned me, three is a LOT harder than the “terrible twos”. Wow. Everything is a drama, reprimands are horrible injustices, and the days are filled with crying, whining, and taking away privileges.

No, it’s not all that bad. There’s a ton of that, but it’s also so fun to see her making her own opinions of things regardless of what I tell her, and coming up with such grown up observations on such a constant basis now. She had three days of parties here, so I definitely got my money’s worth out of the princess decorations and table wear I bought. ;)

On Sunday we had a family party for her, and then on Tuesday and Wednesday, we had her playgroups over for some little celebrations and dress up fun. The kids all had a blast, so it was worth cleaning up all of the cupcake crumbs two days in a row! You can see some of the pics I snapped here, and hopefully I can get Chloe, Carrie, and Peggy to post the pics they took as well in the near future. Stay tuned…

Second Star To The Right

Lindsay has spent this entire week telling me all about how she can fly. She insists that she is magical, and that, by thinking good thoughts, she can soar to the stars. Any guesses on what movie she is fascinated with at the moment? Yes, good ol’ Peter Pan. Ever the impressionable child she is, and more dangerously, with the same semiphotgraphic memory her mother has, she can recite the lines and songs of a movie after seeing it only once. She now sings, “Following the leader” every time she’s behind me, and walks around with her arms outstretched beside her as if she’s flying when we go for walks. These are the ok things. But then there are the less desirable immitations. I never noticed how much name calling there is in Disney movies, and I’m beginning to wonder whether or not they’re a good influence on young minds. Especially the older ones! (Not that it’ll stop me from sharing all of my childhood favorites with them) She has now picked up such wonderful phrases as “blundering blockhead”, “poppycock”, and “blithering idiot”, to add to her already colorful insult library from Cinderella. ;) Ah well, I suppose it’s all just part of growing up and learning what’s appropriate to say and what’s not, right? Leave it to me to justify it by declaring it a life lesson. ;)

Just A Little Enlightnement…..

Thought I’d share a few of Miss Lindsay’s newest sayings.  Let’s see….

When she says something we can’t quite understand, or she just makes up a completely random word, and we ask her what it means, she explains in a very matter-of-fact tone, "A _________ is a different kind of bird.  Also, it doesn’t know how to fly."
Don’t even ask me to begin to figure out where she pulled that out of!  ;)

She now demands, on a very regular basis, to be addresssed as Sleeping Beauty.  And she’ll politely remind you any time you slip up and call her Lindsay, "PLEASE don’t call me Lindsay.  I’m Sleeping Beauty.  Thank you."

Her new excuse for not wanting to do anything, is that she’s too tired, and needs a nap. 
"Lindsay, please finish your lunch."
"But I need a nap"
"Lindsay, don’t push Emery."
But I’m so TIRED!"
We walk into new poeples’ houses, or to the dentist office for instance…"But Mommy!  I’m too tired!  I NEED A NAP!" And she buries her head in my leg.

When she gets repremanded for anything now, or we won’t let her do something she wants to do, she gets stiff and red and pouts, "You’ve made me SO UPSET.  I’m getting SO ANGRY."

If Emery bothers her in any way, she loudly proclames, "I’m having such a ROUGH MORNING!  It’s so tough to have a little brother!" Yes, even if it’s not the morning.

There are many more…if I think of them, I’ll let you know.  :)