Monday, December 25, 2006

Do I Know You?

I'm starting to wonder if I'm related to the boys. When I was growing up, my brother & I would wake our parents up early to get Christmas started. It's 8:45 and J, M, & N are still sleeping and L & Z have been up for less than an hour. Z asked when we'd be opening presents, but he's not bouncing off the walls (as I remember doing as a kid). L & Z are content to watch VeggieTales Star of Christmas on PBS. This, coupled with the fact they have all turned down chocolate, fudge, and cookies over the past week really makes me wonder if they all weren't switched at birth.

I, on the other hand, have been up since 4:30. Not by choice, though. M has a horrible cough and woke up trying to rid himself of a lung, so I carried him downstairs, gave him medicine, and once he fell back to sleep on the couch I carried him back to his bed. That was around 5:15, and I couldn't fall back to sleep. So I've exercised, showered, baked sausage pinwheels, baked cheese dollars, and set out all the cookies and treats. The homemade cinnamon rolls are ready to go in the oven as soon as Cr. wants them.

I think I'm going to be ready for a nap right about the time every one else is ready to start Christmas.

Friday, December 22, 2006

The Boys Think I'm Wonderful

A conversation from this morning:

Mommy: L & Z, finish up your school work and you are done with school until AFTER Christmas!

L & Z: Really?!?! Until after Christmas? We'll be on vacation? Alright!!!

I've not mentioned to them that other kids get 2+ weeks off of school. They don't need to know and you better not tell them.

We'll probably take most/all of next week off so I can plan and evaluate our progress, but I don't want to tell them lest they need some school-schedule structure to keep them out of trouble.

They're outside right now building a snowman with the snow left from "The Holiday Blizzard of '06".

Life is good. Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

I Think We're in the Clear

Nobody has been sick since Friday. As a matter of fact, we went to our Small Group Christmas party on Sunday night. The hosts? Our guests from Tuesday. They wanted to assign us seats and place a large bucket behind them. Also, during a brief recounting of events to the group the husband of the couple mentioned that he actually wasn't done eating when the vomiting began. And that he tried to figure out proper etiquette..."Do I keep eating? The food is great. I can't smell, it's not bothering me...would it be rude to finish?". I'm so glad they have a sense of humor.

In Judo News:

L tested and received his first stripe on his yellow belt last night. After three stripes you move up to your next belt color.

My shoulder is better and I'm back in class. Sensei says he'll test me for my yellow when classes resume after Christmas.

L & Z participated in a mock-tournament for white and yellow belts two weeks ago at the Olympic Training Center. L won his division and Z took third in his. Z won 1 match, and was 1 throw away from winning his other 2 matches. L also received a trophy from Sensei for "Most Improved Club Member". At the next class he pulled Z aside and told him he wished he had two trophies because he deserved it as much as L. J tried to participate, but started crying halfway into his first match (right after he was thrown). He did finish his match, though...tears and all. I'm proud of the fact he walked out onto the mat, alone, and tried in front of 200+ people. L received a gold medal and Z & J received bronze.

And finally:

We still haven't replaced Lucky III.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Hour #67

We're now 67 hours into what I thought was a 24 hour stomach bug. They're still vomiting (although not as rapidly) and visiting the bathroom often.

Please send reinforcements.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Wanna Come for Dinner?

We had friends over for dinner last night. Before they got here, L was complaining of a stomach ache, which doesn't happen everyday, but isn't out of the blue, either. I gave him a Tums and sent him on his way.

Our friends arrived, and we ate dinner (except for L, who said his stomach was still hurting). We were wrapping dinner up, involved in conversation, and I felt a light tapping on my shoulder. As a mom of 5 boys, I'm able to tune these types of distractions out, and was finishing up the conversation when L puked all over the floor behind me. Not just a little bit, either. This was a serious emptying of the stomach. I apologized to our guests and told them that he'd been fine all day, just a little stomach ache. We got L's clothes changed (and my shirt since he hit me in the back) and the mess cleaned up.

We were moving to the living room when L came up and tugged on my shirt with tears in his eyes and informed me that he was pretty sure Lucky III (his hamster) had died. I sent Cr downstairs, and sure enough Lucky III was dead.

As if these 2 things weren't enough entertainment for our guests, M was crying off and on (as he's prone to do). Then I realized he was saying that his mouth hurt. Luckily I recognized this as his cue that he's gonna barf. Cr ran him upstairs to our bathroom where at the last minute M turned his head and threw up all over Cr and the bathroom carpet. Got M and Cr cleaned up, Cr did a preliminary cleaning of the carpet, and we rejoined our guests.

L threw up a few more times before they left, as did M. J has had a barky-sounding cough for 2 years now, and by this time our guests were a bit jumpy and would flinch every time J coughed.

Toward the end of the evening, Z started complaining about a stomach ache. As our guests were getting up to leave, Z barfed on the living room carpet so that our guests had to step around the stain as they headed for the front door.

Thankfully our guests have a sense of humor, and will hopefully forgive us when they wake up with a stomach bug in a few days. After they left Cr and I told each other that we weren't feeling that great, and sure enough we both woke up in the middle of the night to throw up and with body aches. J woke up this morning with it. So far N is the only one who has escaped it. Each boy has kept count of how many trips they've made to the bathroom, but I'll spare you the information. L seems to be doing better, so hopefully it's just a 24 hour bug.

Oh, did I mention the boys had all been drinking red punch?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Literal Thinking

J: Mommy, do you want to cough?

Mommy: No, why?

J: Then why do you have cough medicine?

Monday, December 04, 2006


Z has developed a new superhero persona. He's now known as Atom-Man. His superpower is that when he touches anyone while he's wearing his Atom-Man suit they turn back into their original atoms. But beware...he sometimes looks like a cute penguin to fool the bad guys.

L: (mumbles something to Z)
Z: Would you like to borrow my atom-man suit?
L: (more mumbling)
Z: Really, you can. I have an extra.