Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dear Husband

Haven't been to blog much because we've been rather busy the last few weeks here.
I share with you our week in review, via an email I sent to dear Matt while he was away for a week of work in Armenia. You read that right, Armenia. May have to look that one up on the map eh? (No worries, he had to look it up too when he found out he was heading there for work. Me? No, I knew exactly where it was located. Far, far away from our own humble home. When he has to go somewhere for work, it never matters where it is. He's not home, and that's all that matters.)

On the first night he was gone, we enjoyed pancakes "the way our English friends eat them". If you've never had pancakes 'English style', you're missing out. They squeeze lemon across the pancake and then sprinkle sugar on top, roll the pancake up and eat away. It's truly delicious.
Though not long after this tasty experience with the kids, did I find myself at the computer, pounding out a note of frustration. I've spent my fair share of flying solo and single parenting, to say the least. He was away last week, and one more week shouldn't have been such a big deal, or so I thought....
In a slight moment of weakness, however, I sent off this email:

Dear Matt, I hope you like your job, cause I'm becoming fed up with it. Thanks for the out of office reply on the first trial for this email. I wasn't sure where you went. Glad to know you plan to be back however.
You ask how things are here? Let me try to break it down for you.

Day 1- Barbie lost her hair because Emory decided to play barbershop. This incident led to a potential WWIII, eventually diffused when Stella gave up in truce and decided to use her 'short hair' Barbie for the bathtub, "even though her hair won't swirl in the water anymore". (Tears, Tears, Tears)
Day 2- Long long night. Children were awake because we had monsters running amuck through the house. I had to preform a full evacuation of all closets and complete inspection beneath beds. In the end, a 2:30am pull for the monster spray was what did the trick. Thank goodness for the monster spray (aka Febreeze to those of us not concerned about a monster under the bed).

The kids are all sick. Nasty noses. We're a regular snot factory here.
I had to clean jelly out of Emory's nose tonight, not once, but twice. I have no idea how he managed to load his nostrils up with jelly, but I recommend you steer clear of the blackberry jam upon your return home.

Are you eating well? Sleeping well? Are there monsters in your hotel too?
Day 3- Each child was given a chore to vac one rug. Emory chose the entrance way, Addie the playroom, (and it appeared as if she hadn't done a thing when she announced "I'm all done!"). Stella picked the dining room. So in that order, the rugs were swept. But sometime during Stella's turn, the vac began to sound rather funny. I asked Stella if she might have swept up anything that could be causing that odd sound. She explained in her tiny voice "Well, I just swept up a peanut butter and jelly from Emory."

Honey, as the rest of us, the vac will be waiting on you :)

Day 4- Several Belgian schools have closed to disinfect the school due to a large outbreak of virus, with many children out of school due to vomiting. I'm sure this will head our way sooner than later. So far the virus is going around school, but the school remains open.

Oh I love you so! Be safe and can't wait to have you home again!

So, I should have known better on day 4. Normal day otherwise. Took the kids to their swimming lesson, but it was sometime around the end of Emory's lesson that I began to feel dinner swirl in my stomach and a slight ping of pain coming on as a headache. By 7:30pm I was begging the kids to put themselves to bed in between hugging the toilet and rinsing my mouth out. Constantly vomiting, I managed to get school lunches made and flop into bed myself. Most of the night was spent in the bathroom, holding the toilet. By 3am I called Matt and encouraged him to consider coming home, as there was no one to care for the kids.
To make a long week sound shorter, he managed to make arrangements to fly home a day early. I am happy to announce, that though the virus has spread to Stella, I am recovering, the vac is working again, the monsters have all been scared away, and it is Arleigh who is most fascianted with Barbie's new harcut. Who knew a week ago how much fun we'd have! :)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sompin's Grownin in Der

Santa delivered a "root view farm" down the chimney this year.
The kids set right to work planting and were hopeful to get the full experience-
to actually be able to see the plants grow, even beneath the soil.
Thrilled to no end, they each have "somepin' grownin in der"
but we aren't able to see the roots.
Perhaps in time?

They look closer and closer each day, until their noses touch the plastic edge,
but the googly stares don't seem to make those roots appear.
It looks like despite the view, they'll have something to toss on the salad soon.

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Prep for a Party

Daddy will be 38 this there's a lot of prep going on this weekend.
Stella made a cherry pie, all the kids made home made birthday cards,

and what would a party be without balloons?

So the crew has been busy prepping for a big birthday!
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Time to Celebrate

A little party at home for daddy.
(~Cause we come ready equipped with party animals)

He had lots of helpers to blow out the candles,
and even a little helper who decided to eat the candles.

A few gifts that the party animals picked out on their own,
Stella picked out a pen for Matt that said "Pilot" (the Pilot brand of pen)
because, after all, he is a pilot right?
Emory selected shaving gel, as he's proud that
"daddy likes to shave with me".
And of course the hand made cards to
wish daddy a fabulous birthday and
many, many more.

Happy Birthday Matt!
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

He's Baaaaaack!

It took awhile, but the chicken pox are finally fading.
We're seeing more of his big dimpled smile and less tears.
He's eating more, and scratching less.
He's playing more and sleeping less.
Welcome back little guy!
Great to see you again!
Thanks for all the well wishes.
We couldn't be happier, that Arleigh is happier!
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Wanna Ride?

We have a new computer and uploading videos has become a little bit easier, so perhaps we'll post more now. Here's the first of  hopefully many more fun videos.
Stella and I on our sled this weekend....

Just Visiting

Meet our new friend.
He's just visiting and said he can't stay too long.
He seems to prefer the cold and would rather sleep outside.
He doesn't intrude at all. This friend has been a rather pleasant guest.
The kids love to be around him, sing and dance with him.
Though he's very quiet, he always has a smile for us.
He doesn't eat much either.
We know he'll have to leave soon.
In the meantime, we're glad he dropped by.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

On the Slopes

They had only 'box sledded' in Guam and were quite hopeful to sled ride in the snow.
Wishes were granted today as the sky uleashed a wonderful snowfall to provide lots of fluffy stuff to sled ride.
So equipped with only inflatable rafts from Guam, we set out for the 'slopes', or a local park rather.
All the same to this crew, they had a ton of fun.

I didn't take too many photos while we were out there.
Riding was a priority for me too!

There was a lot of snow flying around under the sleds!
A few wipe outs here and there. Stella even (accidentally) took out a little Japanese girl.
The little thing was knocked right out of her boots and fell flat into the snow, creating a slight international incident.
A few kind words, bowing and handshakes, seemed to repair the damage done.

Later we asked Stella, "Was the snow and sled riding everything you dreamed it would be Stella?"

"yes" was her simple reply.
There really could be no finer gift this year for us than to catch up from winters lost and enjoy the snowfall.
So, maybe we'll see you out there on the slopes tomorrow eh?
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Misery Loves Company

They say Misery Loves Company, "Company"

Mr. Miserable has shown a lot of affection for Company lately.
Company is carted all over the house.
She sleeps in the crib with Misery. Eats with him. Takes oatmeal bathes with him.
As you may notice, even endures Calamine treatments with him.

Despite the siblings best efforts to spend their free time making Arleigh smile again,
he's still feeling just like, you guessed it,

Hang in there tough guy.
At least you have Company :)
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

We Wish You Good Health

I hate for this to be the first post in the New Year. I really hate it.
Poor Kid. Arleigh was diagnosed yesterday with the chicken pox.
6 days ago he had a vaccination for chicken pox, but was unfortunately, theoretically, exposed 3 weeks ago.
Europeans don't vaccinate for chicken pox. Apparently we were a couple weeks too late on this one.
He'd been running a low temp and broke out in the rashy, bumpy, red spots this weekend.
As his cranky behavior ramped up and his appetite came to almost a complete halt,
we figured we better let the doc take a look.

His lymph nodes are the size of grapes (no kidding). He's a tiny 18 pounds,
so his loss of appetite is something for us to keep an eye on,
and his normally easy going personality has vanished right before our eyes.
Poor kid. He's miserable.

The itching seems to finally be getting to him as well.
He's scratching his head, his diaper, his legs, his ears, and just about
anything else he can reach.

Said to show up about 2 weeks between siblings, we're keeping our fingers crossed that the others don't follow the same fate.
Emory has had one vaccination, but had an appointment for his second vaccination in January.
Time will tell.
Meanwhile, oatmeal baths, Tylenol and Benedryl are the top three favorite items in this house.
~Happy New Year~
We wish you all GOOD HEALTH and HAPPINESS in 2010!

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