Monday, April 28, 2008

~I'm Not Leaving, on a Jet Plane....~

Right this very minute, I am supposed to be on an airplane. With my hubby. On the way to Las Vegas. This trip has been planned for weeks and weeks. I've shopped and planned; bought new clothes and shoes and jewelry and makeup. This was a big deal for me, traveling is not something we do a lot of. Hubby is on a firefighter softball team at work, and every spring, they go to Las Vegas for a big softball tournament. I've not been able to go in the past, but, this year, we finally worked it out that I could. The team plays softball in the mornings, then, the rest of the day is free to do whatever. But, instead I am at home taking care of a sick kiddo. My poor boy, Connor (9), spent the night in the emergency room last night. He has been having a lot of allergy problems the past few weeks (itchy eyes, stuffy nose...). Saturday, he had a ballgame and then played outside the entire day. When he came in that night, he just looked whooped. He was tired, coughing, and said he felt like he couldn't breathe very well. He wasn't in any distress, so we just watched him. By Sunday morning he was feeling worse. We tried sitting him in a hot steamy bathroom, gave him some cough medicine with an expectorant, and lots of fluids, but, still he continued to feel bad. To make matters worse, Sunday afternoon I had a houseful of guests. My friend and I were having a Lia Sophia jewelry party (why I planned a big event like that the day before our big trip is beyond me). I was so stressed out. My son felt awful. I still had to pack and get ready for the trip. By Sunday night, he was wheezing and looking quite uncomfortable. We knew he needed to make a trip to the E.R. He ended up having to get several breathing treatments and they started him on a round of oral steroids. They sent us home (finally, at 3:00 a.m.) with a diagnosis of 'allergy-induced asthma' and with a nebulizer and orders to continue the breathing treatments at home every 4 hours! I knew I wouldn't be getting on that airplane and heading west. Hubby and I were so disappointed, we really needed this time away together. But, of course, we both knew I could never leave Connor when he was going through all of that. So, right this very minute, hubby is on an airplane. Heading to Las Vegas. He will be fine. Many of the guys on the team aren't taking wives/girlfriends, so he will have plenty of company. My sweet, but ever-practical daughter, came home from school today. She hugged me and said "Mom, sorry you didn't get to go on your trip with Dad". AWWWW, isn't that sweet and considerate. Then, she added, "At least you got to buy lots of new clothes!" Way to see the bright side of things!

P.S. Connor is feeling fine. He's just taking it easy, getting lots of rest and continuing the breathing treatments until we see his pediatrician tomorrow. By the way, he has NEVER had any type of asthma or breathing problems before. That is some scary stuff. The E.R. doctor said that the pollen is so high right now, that they have been seeing lots of first time asthma sufferers lately.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Consumer Protection

Thank goodness Revlon included this warning with the new curling iron I just bought. Otherwise, I may not have known that it could burn my eyes.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Great Give-Away

Attn. Moms! Head over here to enter a fun Mother's Day Give-away. You could win a Barnes and Noble gift card. I'm always on the lookout for a good book, so this is a fantastic prize. Check it out.

Also, be sure and check out the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival going on here. You won't believe how many awesome prizes are up for grabs. Have fun and good luck!


Monday, April 21, 2008

Nervous Mama - Part 2

Well, I am happy to report that I survived my son's first official night working as an umpire. I dropped him off at the field (he had to be there early to pick up his uniform). He told me that he was fine and didn't need for me to stay (i.e. he didn't want me to stay). I sat in my car, watching him until he reached the office area. He turned around and saw that I was still sitting there, got out his cell phone, called me and said "Mom will you please go, I'm fine". So, I left. He ended up working two games and making a little over $30 (not bad), plus he got all the free concession stand food he wanted (really not bad). When he came home, he said everything went pretty smoothly. There was one questionable call that he made, which one team was not happy about. But, no one got after him too bad, LOL. I'm sure he was a little nervous and glad to get his first games behind him.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Nervous Mama

Today, I am a nervous mama. You see, tonight, my oldest child (he is almost 15) is going to umpire his first baseball game. He's played baseball from the time he was five years old. Last year, at the beginning of baseball season, he fractured his wrist (skateboarding) and was unable to play. Once the boys get to be 14 or 15, they usually start playing for the high schools instead of the youth league, and/or they umpire games for the youth league. He will be working two games tonight - both for the 7/8 year old machine pitch league. It's not that I don't have faith in him; he knows baseball. But, these kids who are umpiring this season, only received about a 30 minute training session. Two nights ago, he finally received the official rule books for the league. That didn't leave much time for studying. It all just seems very unorganized. If you've ever been involved with baseball, or any little league sports, you know that there can occasionally be parents, or even coaches, that are really hard on the umpires. I'm just scared that somebody is going to yell at him or be mean to him (and yes, that embarrasses him to hear me say that, but, I can't help it). He's a level-headed kid, usually pretty calm and mature. Seriously, I am so nervous I feel like I could throw up. I think this is worse than when I sent my kids off to kindergarten for the first time. On one hand, I want to go to the games tonight and sit there to watch out for him and support him. But, on the other hand, I think he would prefer to do this on his own. His dad is working tonight, so, he can't go to the games. I'm sure I will drop him off at the field, hang out for a few minutes, then come back home. Fortunately, there is usually an older/experienced umpire that the kids are paired up with for games. Keep your fingers crossed that things go smoothly. I'll be on pins and needles waiting to hear from him....

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A fun swap

Are you a fan of the show Desperate Housewives? Or, are you a 'desperate housewife' yourself sometimes? I say yes to both! And, here's a fun swap to go along with that theme. It's being hosted by Kimberly at Starpansie. Go check it out, it sounds like a lot of fun!

Monday, April 14, 2008

I've Been Tagged...

My friend, Pina, tagged me to post 7 random things about myself. So, here goes...

  1. I'm a homebody. Most of the time, I would prefer to stay at home with my family, rather than going out to socialize.

  2. I love coffee, black coffee -- absolutely no cream or sugar for me. At home, we drink 'Folgers 1/2 Caff'. We usually have a pot every morning and another every evening after dinner.

  3. I watch way too much t.v. My current favorite is 'Friday Night Lights'. I have season one on DVD, and I'm now watching season two online at I LOVE this show!

  4. Throughout my life, I've had recurring dreams about lions (the male lions, with the big furry manes). The dreams are always in a different setting, but, there's always a lion right around the corner from me. I'm trying to quietly get away before he discovers me and comes after me. And, I'm very scared! Wonder what that's all about?

  5. I love to go barefoot. Even in the winter, I'm always going barefoot in my house. I just do not like to wear socks unless I have to. On the same subject, I can't stand it when my toenails aren't painted.

  6. As a family of six, we have a lot of laundry. I usually do laundry every day. And, on average, I do at least 12-14 loads per week.

  7. When I worked as an R.N., I worked night shift. I have always loved staying up late and sleeping in. I'm not a morning person.

    Tuesday, April 8, 2008


    Ever wonder about those people who spend $2 a piece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards: NAIVE *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

    If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea...does that mean that one enjoys it? *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

    There are three religious truths: a. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. b. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith. c. Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store or Hooters. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

    If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled? *~*~*~*~*~*~*~ *~*~*~*

    If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP? *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

    Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks? *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

    Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office?What are we supposed to do, write to them?Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the mail? *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

    If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for? *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

    If a cow laughed, would she spew milk out of her nose? *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

    -These were from an email that I received-

    Sunday, April 6, 2008

    Random Humor

    Wednesday, April 2, 2008

    ~*~My 100th Post GIVEAWAY -- Finally!~*~

    *Announcing the winning name for my "100 Posts Giveaway".....YAH! The randomly drawn name was -------Daniela-------Congrats! I will email you with prize info. Thanks again to everyone for visiting my blog.*

    I recently posted entry #100 on my blog! In honor of that occastion, I wanted to do a giveaway. It has taken me awhile to get around to it, but, finally, here it is...

    When I started blogging, I thought it would just be a simple little thing for me to do, kind of like keeping a journal. A place to record my thoughts, remember events that were happening in my life, and even vent and complain. It has been that, but, also so much more. I have found an amazing community of fellow bloggers who have shared their stories, humor, sadness, parenting tales, decorating ideas, book recommendations, recipes, movie reviews, crafting ideas, travel tips, and the list could go on and on. I have "met" people from all over the country, as well as other parts of the world. Blogging has been such a good experience and I thank each and everyone of you who has taken time to read and/or comment on my posts.

    Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (sorry). To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. I will draw a winning name at random on Saturday, April 5. If you would like to mention my giveaway on your blog, I will give you an extra entry into the drawing. One winner will choose one of the following prizes:

    • $20 Gift Card from Target

    • $20 Gift Card from Starbucks

    • $20 Gift Card from Sephora

    Thanks and good luck!


    Who Would You Like To Meet...

    My blogging friend, Pina, recently posted an interesting question on her blog. I thought I would ask the same question here. She asked 'who would you like to meet, if you could meet anyone in the world?' It could be a celebrity, famous person, a politician, historical figure, or maybe one of your ancestors. That's a tough one, since there are so many wonderful people who come to mind. I was unable to pick just one person. Here are my choices:

    1. Princess Diana - I always felt that she was so kind, giving, and beautiful and truly devoted to being a mother.

    2. President and Laura Bush - I have great admiration for them both, because of their faith and courage. I also love the fact that Pres. Bush is such a "tell-it-like-it is" kind of guy.

    3. Jane Austen - I would like to meet the lady behind the wonderful books.

    So, who would you like to meet?...