Friday, March 31, 2006

Blown Pupil or Fun Time in the ER

I raked a bunch of leaves in the yard today. We were supposed to get some really strong storms, and well, lots of wind. So I figured I would rake the leaves to the middle of the yard and let the wind take them! LOL

Well, my allergies started acting up. I took a claritin and put some eye drops in my itchy eye. Only one was bugging me.

After I did that, I came inside and made dinner. The kids and I ate and I went to take a shower. Matthew is starting PeeWee Basketball, and tonight was the first night. Well, when i went into my bathroom my eye felt strange. So, I looked in the mirror and the pupil in the eye that I put the drops in was fully dilated. Strange. I went ahead and took my shower and the kids ready to go. Lauren was headed to a friends house because she didn't want to sit through basketball again (Jacob has his night Tuesday). Well, her friend's Dad is a dr, so I had him look at my eye... He said that I should go to the ER to get it checked. I said that after Matthew's practice I would go in.

We get to basketball and one of Matthew's friends Dad is a PA, so I asked him what he thought. He said it was likely a reaction to the drops, but that I should get checked anyway. So, I got another Mom to drop Matthew off at Lauren's friends house (they offered to keep the kids for me). I dropped Jacob off there as well and headed to the ER. After sitting there for 3 hours, my eye wasn't as dilated. The dr finally came in to talk to me. He said he had been doing some research to see what may have caused it. Basically, we believe it was from the eye drops (which is strange because I have used these drops many times and never had an issue with them).

Since the kids were asleep, I left them at my friend's house. I will go get them before school in the morning. It feels soooo strange to be alone in my house!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The Tooth is Gone!!

And I am LOVING his grin!!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Word of the Day...

As of our convesation this morning, which is subject to change at any moment, he *may* be going to Iraq en route to Hawaii...
And it is still being said that the tour is 24 months unaccompanied. I wonder if the en route part counts toward the 24 month part.. hmmmmm..

In other news, Jacob's other top tooth came out, sometime after midnight last night, but before 8 am this morning. We have no idea where the tooth is, but given a guess, I'd say watch his digestive tract.
Speaking of digestive tracts, I woke to the most nauseating smell this morning. I should have let the dog out at 4:30 when I got up to pee.. yuck. Steam cleaning the carpets at 6:30 am is not my idea of a pleasant morning.

Tomorrow is dentist appointments. Should be interesting.
Wednesday involves an ultrasound of Lauren's kidneys. We are looking for any damage caused by her kidney reflux. Have I mentioned that here?! If not, there we go, now I have. I'm sure I'll write more about it one day.

Oh,and I am contemplating whether or not I want to drive home for Easter. The kids only get a 4 day weekend. I am looking at the dates and seeing if I can make this thing work. I have a term paper and two midterms due that weekend, so we shall see.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Front Teeth

I pulled one of Jacob's front teeth this weekend! The other is not far behind!!

Monday, March 20, 2006


Thinking about actually moving to Hawaii..... hmmmmmm

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Adult Decision Making SUCKS

Mike called.. we needed to make a decision ASAP:

Option 1:
Stay in Korea until next Feb. Come home (probably). He would work a desk job.

Option 2:
Go to Hawaii. It is now a 3 year tour. Most likely do at least a year of those 3 in Iraq. We would stay here. Keep our home and stability for the children.

Option 3:
Go to Hawaii. 3 year tour. One year of that in Iraq. The kids and I relocate to Hawaii. We sell house and most of our posessions.

WTF do you choose?! What is the lesser of the 3 evils.

In option 1, Mike is miserable with his job. He isn't furthering his career and losing valuable training time. We are still apart. BUT, he comes home (hopefully to Missouri) in a year.

In option 2, we are apart. BUT the kids are stable. They are doing really well in school and do NOT want to move. I have a huge support system here. I am comfortable being here while Mike is deployed/away. Three years is a long time.

In option 3, we are together. Mostly. Sometimes. We really don't know how much of that time will be spent deployed. We would have to sell the house and most of our possesions or put it all in storage. The kids don't want to move. From what I hear, Hawaii is an expensive place to live, there is a lot of prejudice against white people, and the schools aren't good. In 3 years, who knows what we will have to show for our *adventure*.

So, Mike calls, and needs a decision in 20 minutes. WTF do you do?! How do you choose?! I'm following my heart. And it hurts to make ANY of these decisions. But we did make a choice. And I think we are both content with it. God, let it be the right choice.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

She is too smart for her own good...

Lauren and I were headed somewhere in the truck the other day. She was buckled into her car seat. On the seat next to her was a doll carrier with her bear strapped in. She wanted to take the bear out and I told her that it wasn't safe. Her reply?! "Mom, it's ok. She is replaceable."

Strep, Finals and a Birthday Party...

Our week in review...

Tuesday was another busy day. I accomplished the following:
- Made dental appts for the kids and myself.
- Made an appt to get fingerprinted so that I can sub at the school.
- Walked two and a half miles.
- Found the bills for the atv. They are from Retail Services. The same company as the laptops. I never opened them because I thought they were the HP bills, and we didn't owe on them yet. OOOOPPPS.
- Took the tire off Jacob's four wheeler. I submerged it in water to see if I could find a hole. No luck. Not sure if it's just a slow leak or what?! I put the tire back on, reinflated it and I'll check tomorrow to see if the air is still leaking.
- Found a replacement cap for Matthew's four wheeler since I cracked the original last week trying to loosen it to put gas. It just so happened to be sitting on the 5 gallon gas can. It fit, so I drilled a couple of vent holes.
- Worked on a quilt for Jennifer.

On Wednesday I finished the quilt. I was short on the batting I had so I had to go to the fabic store for more. Wanna see the quilt?!

Amy and I had lunch with a friend too. I also did some schoolwork and just hung out with my babies.

On Thursday Matthew wasn't feeling well so he stayed home. I did walk him into the clinic for a throat culture because I thought he had strep. The doctor didn't think he did, but swabbed his throat for me anyway. I then dropped Matthew at a friends so I could go with another friend to pick up the van. The van is back, but not before the dealership put 128 miles on and a bag of trash inside my van. Nice. Nancy was a blessing and drove the girls to dance. I walked 4.2 miles with Amy, Kirsten and Jen. It felt great! Both the walking and chatting with adults!!

Lauren was diagnosed with a UTI last week. We had her follow up appt on Friday. Everything looks good, but they want to do a couple of test to see if she has kidney reflux. My sister, her daughter and my other neice have all had issues, as well as my mother in law, so hopefully this will just rule out any issues for Lauren. We have one test on Thursday and the other on the 29th. I picked up the antibiotics the dr prescribed for Matthew even though his culture results weren't in. He stayed home Friday too because he was worst. I started the meds that morning. The nurse called me around 2 to let me know that he did in fact have strep. He is doing much better now. Back to school for him tomorrow. Friday night Heather and Lillian arrived to spend the weekend with us!

Saturday was Lauren's party. Jacob and I went to the commisary for last minute stuff then to Wal-Mart to pick up the cake. We came home and got everything set up. The party went well. Everyone had a good time. I spent the better part of last night completing my finals for my classes.

Got up this morning and just couldn't believe that my BABY is five today! WOW. I showered and we dropped the boys off for the day. Heather, Lillian, Lauren and I went to Springfield to the mall. We hit Build a Bear first. The girls had fun, as did we. We then walked around the mall a little and got cookies for the girls. Then it was on the road for Heather and Lillian, long drive home. Lauren and I went to Target first then headed home as well. We picked up the boys and came home. After dinner we all played Clue and now they are all in bed. I really should be heading there myself. My day starts at 6 and who knows what this week will hold!