Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Gettin' my groove back

I have decided that I just need to get myself in gear. I am being stupid and lazy - enough already! I am tidying the house today - did a good cleaning on Saturday already. I have been to the dentist this morning and now I am going to get to work on shortening Grandma's pants so that I can bring her new clothes to the lodge - 3 weeks late! I couldn't go over there because we have all been so sick. I told Arden that a cough to us can be deadly for the seniors at the lodge.
I heard from an insurance agent in Vernon today about a policy that Dad had. I didn't know he had life insurance. The irony is that when I was growing up I distinctly remember him telling me about selling life insurance and that it was a waste of money? I'm not sure what is going on with the rest of his estate and I have no idea how much money is involved. It is weird to think about the money but the way I look at it is that this is what my mom is leaving me too. When Dad died when I was 13 everything went to mom to care for us and for our lives. Then when mom died everything went to Dad (Chuck). If we didn't get anything after he died it wouldn't seem fair because both my first Dad and my mom worked so hard all their lives. They would want us to benefit from that. We will see what happens.

Friday, March 27, 2009


Still sick.
Still raining.
Still coughing.
Still a lazy bum!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Livin' in the sick house

Well, another Spring Break has come and gone but his one left us down for the count. I got sick on Sunday and spent 2 days in bed. Lily was sniffly the whole time and then Arden started to feel sick on Friday. Poor Aaron had to play nurse and super parent all week. I had no energy when Fab and Jacquie were here - I honestly just wanted them to leave so I could go back to bed. I hope Aaron doesn't come down with this next because I still feel like crap and if he gets it as bad as I had it he will be a super baby. My throat is still sore and the coughing makes me sound like I am going to cough up a lung. I might need to go to the doctor this week to make sure I don't have strep or something. I'm not sure if Arden will go to school tomorrow or not. Whenever I'm sick I always forget what it feels like to feel well - I hate that.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Being a teacher is hard

I don't think many non-teachers really understand this. Right now I am dealing with a bunch of well meaning volunteers for an organized children's program and they are oblivious to the problems with the organization of the group. I have other parents complaining to me and the leaders don't think there is a problem. I am very frustrated and mad. I know I have higher expectations because I am a teacher but these leaders don't have a clue. It is tough to lead a group of kids in meaningful activities. Part of the problem as I see it, is that these people are "free-er" with their own children so may be more used to the chaos, I however, need more structure, listening, and respect.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Up to my neck in "neckers"

I've been making neckers for Arden's Cub pack all day today. I got this great green flame fabric. I have over half of them done. If I don't get them done tonight I will finish them tomorrow. The hard part was doing it with Lily deciding it was a non-nap day.

Monday, March 09, 2009

At home retreat

Our "At home scrapbooking retreat" went really well on Saturday. We scrapbooked from 9am till 10:30pm. I only got 8 two page layouts done but it was fun. I actually just worked on family photos - from 2004! I still really want to get my Disney album done! I think I will ask Aaron to let me have a day during Spring Break where he just brings me Lily when she needs to be fed and then I can close the door on my scrap room and have some "me" time.

Friday, March 06, 2009

I'm not an overly religious person but...

I read this on 2Peas and really liked it...

A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side."

Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know."

"You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?"

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing... I know my Master is there and that is enough."

May today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Doing better

Lily is doing much better today. I took her to see Dr. Nyirenda and she prescribed a puffer. She was a bit concerned because Lily was breathing loudly both when she inhales and exhales. It really seems to have calmed down this evening. Hopefully by tomorrow she won't sound like a seal.

Sunday, March 01, 2009


Lily has croup. I took her to the Emergency this morning at 6am and we spent 3 hours there. They gave her 4 doses of epinephren (sp?) through an oxygen mask but there was minimal improvement. The doctor then prescribed a steroid in liquid form. Her breathing did get progressively better during the day. The good thing is that she is in good spirits. She still wanted to play and ate a really good dinner and nursed well all day. She is sleeping now. I had to put her on the spare bed downstairs as she couldn't seem to settle in her crib. I am going to sleep on the couch down stairs in case she has another attack during the night. Hopefully she will continue to improve. I am still going to take her to see Dr. Nyrienda tomorrow. Hopefully this doesn't lead to chronic breathing/chest problems. It was definitely scary.