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    Good Morning!
    Anyone have some espresso they can send me... 5 hour shots? Something. I SO need it.

    LONG weekend of chaos.

    Only 2 kiddos today for daycare. Thank goodness. Because found out yesterday afternoon that one of my littles was diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth yesterday. He was here W/Th. SO, had to let other parents know. Ban that kid this week, just in case. And douse all the toys with Lysol as I was headed out the door. Today, will wipe everything down with cleaner. Glad I am neurotic about that anyways. Also have to wash napmats and bedding. As if I wasn't exhausted enough.

    Friday we had a business meeting that turned out to be a joke BUT we stressed over it all day, so by the time we had the meeting late afternoon..... DH and I were a wreck.

    Get up Sat. morning to SIL calling me to tell me my brother was unresponsive when she got there late Fri. night, they took him in for CT scan to find he had a brain bleed that was blocking all his spinal fluid from exiting skull. So drilled hole and put in catheter to drain pressure. He was sedated. DH and I decided to go over, just in case. 3 hr drive one way. Almost got hit TWICE. Like insane stuff. Wrong-way driver and then a semi cut us off. Like car brakes and car slid sideways. NUTS Parents came up, older brother came.
    He is not out of woods, not by a long shot. He has many surgeries ahead, will be in hospital until all are done. That is IF he starts responding to meds to kill the MRSA. If he is home by Valentine's Day, he will be lucky.

    I tried to make a simple Thanksgiving. I would go this coming weekend down and Winterize my Grandma's house. Then Thanksgiving, we would go over to SIL, parents would come up. We would bring all food, cook at her house, clean, leave her leftovers so she had food in freezer. We could all go see my brother on Thanksgiving, take him food if he could eat by then, etc. and then we would come home, parents would stay overnight. Easier, etc. My Mom had already thought of that OR cancelling Thanksgiving.
    Talk to her yesterday afternoon... she and SIL changed it all up. It is back at my Mom's. SIL will stay home. I get to drive an 8 hour day, leave here with my boys, drive over, see brother, get niece, go to my Mom's, do Grandmas, do Thanksgiving, put up my Grandma's tree, and then Sat. get up, pack up and drive another 8 hours to bring niece home. AND hope that the weather holds because if it snows at all.... I have to chain up and will be adding hours to my driving time.
    Normally our drive is 6 hours tops, with a couple bathroom breaks, gas break, etc.

    And add to all the above chaos this weekend. Last week, plug in kitchen died. Tried to fix Friday. Nope. I finally got DH to listen to me and he got it fixed yesterday. It was the stupid USB/power plug combo. Apparently in a house from 1951... it doesn't work. We had issues when we installed it about 9 months ago, maybe even a year now. But, if my idea of that being the issue didn't work.... we were going to have to call electrician. WHEW

    Today, catching up on all the laundry, etc I missed out on. Oldest DS, good kid that he is. Did do a load of dishes and did 2 loads of laundry while we were gone Sat. But the load he moved from washer to dryer was washed Friday and sat there. He didn't know that. So, I rewashed it. And he washed washclothes but didn't add the extra disinfectant, so I rewashed those too. Just didn't let him know. I was proud of him for stepping up without being told.
    Plus cleaning the daycare area, putting the living room back together because of course those plugs were behind the main table with the most stuff.

    Actually, I want a do-over weekend with NONE of the chaos.
    Going with my Dory motto today: Just keep swimming.....

    Have a MARVELOUS Monday everyone!
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    I'm sorry about your brother and the near miss on a simpler Thanksgiving.

    My grandfather was supposed to be moved to a nursing home today for rehab and recovery. But he's going to be the hospital for at least a few more days at least, he's bleeding internally they just don't know where. I'm still so angry knowing this all started with a sore on his leg his doctor just about ignored. Because just put a bandage on it, it will be fine was not the way to go obviously. Once again they are saying "it doesn't look good" but it feels like they keep saying that at least once a week now. Then he's better. Of course half these doctors don't seem to talk to one another. One doctor says, he'll never come home and they are done surgeries and trying. Then the other doctor comes in and is angry about what that one said because the plan is more surgery and eventually he'll get to come home. Then a doctor will cancel the surgery and then someone will come in with paperwork to be signed for surgery. With all the records in a computer system you'd think they'd be on the same page. You'd also think just by the name of the hospital that you could expect a better quality of care, from that doctor that ignored the sore to these doctors that keep upsetting my grandmother with misinformation. My current doctor is associated with the same hospital and I was already thinking about switching doctors because I didn't feel like she listened but now it's probably worth switching to not have to deal with anyone associated with that hospital.

    We're going to mail letters to Santa today. I wrote one too, after last week I just wanted to write out a request for peace and hope. It felt good to get it out. We'll use the special Santa mailbox in the mall too that donates money to Make-a-Wish. They keep moving that mail box further back into the store I'm worried next year it will be gone, or maybe putting it deeper in the store is a ploy to get you in so you have a better chance of buying something, since by now a lot of people know it's there.

    I'm thinking about starting to blog again. I'm really happy with the art spray/charcoal drawing I'm working on and I'm curious if I can make my own art spray or spray ink. I have a lot of ideas written down and it might be interesting to blog my way through the experiments. I tested some swatches with different paints, on paper. I'm going to do some drawings over it. I like the coverage I get with ink the best so far. But I really like the spray effect of the art spray. If I could spray ink or if Liquitex's spray paint looks the same I might have something interesting to play with.

    Target messed up latest order. I'm not sure if I mentioned that on here or not already. They sent me the $120 yard inflatable instead of the $40 (on sale for $32) one. In order to send me the one I originally wanted I'd have to ship back the one I have, and then once they got it they'd send it the one I wanted back to me. So who knows how long that would take. I didn't want an 8' inflatable, and Teemie doesn't like this version either. So I reordered the one I wanted, still on sale so hopefully I'll get the one I wanted to begin with and I'll sell the big one to my grandmother. If my grandfather gets to come home to see it he'll be super happy if not I'm sure we can show him some photos. I'm also having second thoughts about our new tree topper it's huge compared to our old one. Teemie is still bothered by it she likes the old one and doesn't want to change. If it was smaller I'd save it for when I finally get a tree for my office. It really is huge though. I want a small tree for my office but I don't want a metallic one. I want a regular faux real tree, which is super hard to find for some reason.
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    Ya, they keep changing it for my brother.
    Yesterday, they decided the brain bleed was an aneurysm. And were going in to put a coil in. But MRSA loved metal. Hence the reason it went to his spine last week, with all his hardware holding him together. And if they add a coil to his brain to stop brain bleed/aneurysm.... it could attract the MRSA there since meds are not touching it.
    I don't know what they ended up doing but he had a group of Doctors chatting about solutions.

    He does better and then not. Same thing. Started with his butt wounds/pressure sores. He was going to wound Dr. but they didn't test for MRSA until August..... he had already had them 6 months by then. And then it went downhill from there.

    No kids yet. Fine with me. And I would have closed today if it wasn' t that I would lose pay for the day..... and right now, I do not need that. Laundry going, back to cleaning. Need to clean out the sewing cabinet as I am giving it to my Mom and somehow hauling it down in the van, with 3 teens and luggage plus Xmas gifts, and ??? Or I attempt to haul trailer which would make it easier in car but rain, have to really tarp it plus on poss. icy roads and only time I have driven it is with DH in van too..... I do not feel comfy doing it alone. So, we will cram all this in to van. Use trailer hitch carrier, roof rack and inside.
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    A&W and RBM I hope both your guys have good progress this week with their hospitalizations. Just that alone is so stressful!

    My thanksgiving is looking better - I talked with Grandma today and she was graciously happy to let me bring some sides, possibly dessert if I felt up to it.

    We visited her today though because on the way to picking DS10 up from his morning at the charter, DS4 upchucked his breakfast of brownies and milk. Lovely. We may be moving on to the booster seat a little early, because it doesnt seem to have come clean with our scrubbing efforts so far.

    And in homeschooling news, DS is enjoying mean, median, and mode. Even seems to understand when to use each.
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    We on Tuesday here in NZ. My plans for the day include getting two editing jobs finished in the next 1.5 hours, then taking the kids to a stage show of The Gruffalo. After that we need to tackle the grocery store as we are running low on a number things. Not looking forward to that as it will probably be packed with people worrying about food stocks running low with the main transport route from the North of NZ to the South being cut off with slips from the earthquake yesterday near Kaikoura (far away from us, we did not feel it because we were fast asleep, but had to cancel our morning beach walk with warnings to stay off beaches). Its raining (grey and drizzle), yet again, we have had such a wet spring, and it looks like we have at least another 10 days of it coming up. So an all around average day. Looking forward to Friday when I, as of today, don't have any work due!

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    And having to put a possible new business venture on the back burner. I can't concentrate. Too much on my mind, not to mention I will be traveling back and forth for the next few months to help out at least once a month, maybe more.

    I think the new business venture would stretch me thin and/or I wouldn't be able to do it justice.
    Under 6 weeks until Xmas, under 7 weeks until new year...... too much to do in the next few weeks. Plus I have a daycare spot opening up in Dec. to fill, etc. etc.

    UGH. I hate being tired and an overachiever and not doing it all.....
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    Hello all,

    Haven't checked in in a while, but I'm still here! Got to see my wife last weekend. She's doing some military training in Texas for a few months. I hadn't seen her for about 3 months (1 more to go). We got an envelope from her doc with the gender of the baby, and we opened it when she got home, aannnndddd it's a BOY!

    We were pretty certain it was going to be a girl, so we had the pink nursery planned out, and girl names picked out. So now we have to start over, but there's still plenty of time

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    Wow, Jesse, congratulations! I was absolutely convinced that both of my sons were going to be daughters right up until the bitter end, so I can definitely relate to what a game changer that little bombshell must have been.

    Boys are fantastic. I'm in full blown boy-mom mode right now and wouldn't want it any other way. The energy level is intense and yes, there is a lot of truth in that "noise with dirt on it" definition but they are so much fun, so loyal, so sweet, so amazing, so strong.

    My oldest boy was "Louisa" until a few weeks before he was born and my youngest was "Persephone" until the day he was born and then it was almost a week before he actually had a name.

    I got a call from older this week, who is deployed, and it reminded me how great military families are and how surprised I was to be accepted so fully when he was in Basic and having a Soldier for a son felt like the worst thing that could ever happen to me.

    You are strong. I hope you've found some support from other military families and other expectant and involved dads by now, but I'm so glad that you dropped by to share your exciting news and I hope you're able to keep in touch.

    We're "ramping down" for a long, extended winter break I think. ds is reading real books (not just comics and graphic novels) for pleasure and wanting more time for building things and make giftmas presents. The academic subjects that are going well and that we want to continue are nontraditional.

    He's in the process of turning into a 9 year old boy, I'm afraid; I'm getting the eye rolling and the bored monotone when he reads aloud to me. It just feels like a waste of time to spend hours of lesson prep and my share of the grocery money on things he's going to hate and resist and fight. So the pendulum swings, once again, in the direction of unschooling....

    I'm sure it will swing back again. It always does because it always will.

    We're trying to cut back on media a bit, so if worst comes to worst I can always toss Khan Academy math videos on the shared PC and he'll go nuts just because it's VIDEOS!!!!!!!

    I'm not sure I can stand being told that the theme song from Tux Racer is so much better than Beethoven or that Rudoloph the Red Nose Reindeer isn't a good movie because the animation sucks or that the model on the advertisement in my AARP magazine doesn't look like she's in her early 20s because of photoshop, she looks that way because of BIOLIFE VITAMIN PILLS!!!!!!

    Adolescence, here we come again....

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    Good morning parents! Winter has official arrived for us. Public school took the week off. The home front school is fully function with attendance of 1. Told kids to get their Christmas List made out, and you think they were writing an essay. They wait to long and Amazon Santa will be sending IOU notes in the stockings. Hope everyone had a great day!
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