Posts made in July, 2011

No worries. It’s just highly contagious.

Posted by on Jul 26, 2011 in Mothering | 1 comment

Piper’s been feverish.  And happy. Spiking to 103 but claiming that she is ‘feeling much better, mom.’  Crazy sad and waking up in the middle of the night.  Then smiling and prancing in the morning like a tiny little ray of sunshine.

Her mother’s lack of sleep has proven less sunshiny.  Let’s not dwell on that part.

Off we went to the doctor today after she told me her ear hurts and she needed to see a doctor. And he checked her ears.  They looked lovely. But she was hot and so he kept looking.  In her tiny little mouth, he found some molars popping through.  Two year molars making their way into her mouth to help her through all those steaks in years to come. But then he looked a little further and found those little blisters in her throat.  He checked her hands and her feet.  They are clear.  So it’s not that strain, the one that reminds me of cattle.  It’s some other one, but still crazy contagious and the sheet says ‘don’t bother isolating from other children. It’s so contagious that her friends already have it.’  So now I’m waiting for Gideon to start with some fevers and waking up at all hours and general malaise that somehow only shows up when rest is required.

Thanks for visiting, coxsackie virus. Now please, fly far far away.

Too close to not catch it

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Look What We Made Today

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Food, Mothering | 0 comments

Butter Cookies with Maple Frosting

2 sticks of butter

3/4 cups of sugar

1 egg

2 Tblsps milk

1 1/2 tsps vanilla

3 cups of flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

Cream together wet ingredients. Mix in dry ingredients. Chill. Roll out (or, if little hands are involved, just have them roll into balls). Bake at 400 for 5 minutes.

So happy to bake! OVERSMILE!

Concentrating on his one armed stir technique




Vanilla and Maple Flavoring

Powdered sugar

Do we still need to measure these?  Eyeball it.  Get it to the right consistency and taste.  Grab the Betty Crocker cookbook if you’re proportions seem really off. Keep taste testing.  Frost yo’ cookies. Enjoy!

He seemed so much happier before I pulled out this camera.

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Posted by on Jul 21, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is rainy today.  I am so incredibly thankful.

But here’s a peak at what the heat and humidity have been driving us to do every afternoon.

Oh what? You think that's some kind of fog because the lense was too cold? Maybe. But I'd like to think that the camera just captured the weight of the muggy humid air.

Chocolate ice cream cones. Her favorite dessert right now. See how she's eyeing you suspiciously? You might want to step away slowly.

Grass from the Slip N Slide. Chocolate ice cream from the freezer. Perfection.

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Disappearances and Such

Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

So, I left again for a while, mostly  because I got all busy trying to get some other obligations taken care of.  It seems that I only have space for one extra thing at a time in my mind and schedule on top of all the mothering and wifery and home mechanics of the day. I would apologize to you, but I wouldn’t do it any other way either, so I suppose it’s just something we will all put up with until the day I have a maid or a personal chef or I’ve harnessed child labor more efficiently.

In the meantime, we’ve been up to lots of fun.  We got that slip and slide.  We took some videos and pictures of it.  I’ll put them up for you soon.

We’ve had lots of friends over for meals and to hang out and enjoy sharing our Legos and pink things. Gideon in particular has mastered the art of being an excellent host, giving tours of the house (And this is the garage….) and allowing other kids to build with his most prized possessions.

Currently we are hibernating against all of the ridiculous heat and pretty much not leaving the house unless it is super important (like having supper at a restaurant or buying paper products). The levels of energy are disturbingly high since we can’t really go run in the yard for hours because Mama will die. I let them play soccer in the house yesterday and it kind of helped but it was nothing like a park visit.  We’ll be trying to come up with exciting indoor activities for about another week or so until all this crazy heat passes. Any ideas of what we should add to our list?

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There Will Be Blood (And Screaming)

Posted by on Jul 7, 2011 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

I was in the living room this morning while the kids pretended to eat plastic fruit at the table.  They were playing Market and had purchased the fruit just moments before. I doubt they washed it though.  Those little people aren’t all that down with proper food preparation ever since someone taught them to try a grape in the grocery store before they select a bag to take home.

Anyway, they were in the dining room.  I was on the love seat. That’s when she fell off the dining room chair and her chin was covered in blood.

She fell in her room yesterday and bloodied her mouth then. At first I thought she’d just aggravated that mouth injury, but then as I wiped some blood off of her face I saw the puncture wound.  That sharp little snaggle tooth had pierced her skin.  I couldn’t see how badly. She didn’t want to hold still for me. She wanted me to call Poppy.  So I did.

I held her on the sofa with an ice star in one hand and her blanket in the other, her thumb unable to soothe. Poppy arrived and she laid completely still while he wiped off the blood and determined that she hadn’t bitten all the way through it. A top lip laceration and one just below it too.  No stitches necessary. Ice chips seem to be the very best medicine.

Cage Fighting isn't for Wimps


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