Thursday, May 21, 2015

Just for Fun

One more post before I go...Remember how we used to run from the camera when we were kids? Now, it is the age of  "Selfies." I am getting used to it...I've tried it...can't get the hang of it...or my arms are just too short. H is the Master of Selfies. And then there are the pictures I shot here and there...




Pretty Girls after Church




The Pool Opened and We had it all to Ourselves!





Rite of Passage

Last entry for today, I have accomplished nothing and I have a ton to do. H is having 4 girls over tonight for a sleepover, M has a friend coming at 2, and I have some groceries to stockpile before the eating frenzy begins. Summer begins.

So here is what the post is really about, M has been waiting forever to be old enough to mow the lawn. He finally accomplished this long awaited day (see video) and now G has sold the lawn mower. He wanted to free up room in the garage and felt a riding lawn mower is overkill. We shall see how he feels in July when he is pushing the lawn mower when M is at Camp. Anyway, here is Matthew's maiden voyage...and final voyage.

And then there is Hannah's Rite of Passage...She likes a boy, the boy likes her, they text like fiends, both sets of parents have had to limit the electronic device use...I even had to take some skating video for instagram so he could see her skate. Sadly, and to my astonishment, (okay, not really sad but to my astonishment, H asked the Boy to be her boyfriend...and he said "Yes.") AGGGGGGHHHH, I am not ready for this!!!!!!!!!!


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Chattanooga Field Trip.

Yesterday, I played chaperon to M's Class. We hopped on the bus at 6:30 am (I woke up at 3 instead of 5 so I was a wee bit tired before ever getting started). I had the loveliest group of boys, I called them my herd of Bice-on. I earned the name "Mama Bice." We had an absolutely gorgeous day for a boat ride and perusing the aquariums. I have to tell you field trips these days are soooo much nicer than when I was growing up...no yellow school bus for us, just a nice air conditioned coach bus...it even has a DVD player with screens throughout the bus. I put my nose in my Edith Wharton and enjoyed the ride.

The first 10 minutes after we arrived, I felt like I was herding cats...putting kids in a gift shop after getting off a bus is not a good idea...especially when they have money and the gift shop carries pocket knives. I was able to get them away from the knives and off the boat without losing my chaperon privileges and the rest of the day was smooth sailing.














As you can see, M had fun using my phone for some selfies.

Last Day of School



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Yep, last day of school today. I found some dancing to the the tune of "Happy" when I went to wave goodbye to the school bus. I posted this on Facebook and received the comment "Whatever happened to School's out for Summer?" I will have to play that today as they get off the bus...

It will be a busy Summer for the kids. Matthew is going to Scout Camp, Police Camp, and Hockey Camp. Hannah is attending Aviation Challenge with her friend, Amy. (thank you, Roo, for letting us use your Camp Discount) H will also go some figure skating cycles to get ready for her Competition at the end of the Summer. The rest of the time will be spent at the pool. I am hiding their electronics, M is just a wee bit too addicted. I will be handing him a pencil and paper to practice cursive writing. I am a cruel cruel mother. In the meantime, School is out for Summer!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Yes...and No.

Finally, the allergy testing was done...and...Roo is very allergic to dust mites, positive for cats (we knew that and she continues to choose to ignore that since it would mess up her plans for being a Crazy Cat Lady watching Mad Men reruns in her pajamas). However, since these things cause contact reactions and not angioedema (spelling?) we still don't have an answer for the swelling up. Roo gave the vampires 9 vials of blood and not all the tests are back yet...those that are...negative for a cause...so we wait...and pray for no swelling and for the epipens to stay in their pretty little cases.

In the meantime, I guess it is time for her to get a new mattress, pillows, covers, etc. since her body does not like sleeping with the enemy.

Friday, May 15, 2015

#Hot Mess

#HotMess is my new name for Roo. I had been counting down the days for May 14 since this was the day for Roo's allergy testing. I had big hopes of finding out the source of her allergic reaction that landed her in the hospital last month. I had testing last Fall so I knew you have to be off antihistamines 72 hours prior to testing. So we prayed Roo wouldn't have any reactions, would get the testing, the source of all this chaos would be found and life would be good. Thursday morning, I high tailed it across town with my wet hair and lack of makeup for the early am testing to find Roo erupted in hives. Yes! Let's get the testing done and fill her up with some antihistamines...Yeah, that didn't happen. As we sat in the exam room waiting on the Doctor, the poor girl's lip started swelling...I did another high tail and fetched a doctor. We had nurses flying all over the place. I did a lot of praying for the insertion of the IV...and I opened my eyes just as blood came flying out all over the place...good news, it went in. More good news, I was sitting down. The IV was hung on a dry cleaning hanger and attached to a picture, the plastic tool box (literally, a tool box) with emergency supplies was fetched and set up in the room, epi pen, steroids, and something else were injected...proper epi pen use was given...questions regarding what was eaten and what drugs had recently been ingested, a quick test for peanuts and ibuprofen administered...neither one of those was the culprit. Although, it is believed the Motrin Roo took may have exacerbated the problem. I did not know NSAIDs can make an allergy trigger kick into a life threatening attack. (Lesson number one for the day) I, of course, was busy texting the husband to see if we could get Roo a new mattress, in case something nasty from the old apartment hitched a ride to the new apartment....

Lunch time rolled around and her doctor brought us some Steak Out that a drug rep had brought by to the Office. We were very grateful for the grilled chicken, baked potato, salad and iced tea. This leads me to lesson number two for the day...the Doctor was going to give us steak tips since that is her favorite but then thought better of it since red meat can cause anaphylactic reactions in some people. A recent discovery has connected tics that latch onto cattle can make the meat consumed to cause anaphylactic reactions during the night...so she gave us chicken. Who knew?

I asked if all this was caused by her keeping the cat for us, nope, lesson 3, these hives were caused by an internal source not external. Good, so there are still hopes for Roo to become a Crazy Cat Lady.

A second shot of epinephrine, some other drug, led us into spending most of the day in the Allergy Clinic. The good news is that we avoided another hospitalization but the bad news is, the source is still unknown.

Stay tuned for Monday when they are going to try to complete her testing while she is still on steroids.  I read her Tweet this morning and she wrote the steroids had her buzzing and lots of unpacking was done...a sort of good news/bad news thing.  Pray for Roo aka #HotMess,

Monday, May 4, 2015

Where We are Now

We are still getting settled in and I fear I will still be unpacking boxes when I am 85. I have run out of places to put things...which is weird since I thought I was going to have so much more storage and I gave soooo much away when we sold our house. I need to get rid of books...but it is liking ending a relationship....even though I know I won't have time to read it again, I feel like I might...plus, they have memories for me like this belonged to Dad or I read this in Albuquerque or Dave Deary's dad recommended this...but where to put them??? The biggest use of space is my photo albums. I have been taking photos out and putting them in photo safe boxes. I found a few of some friends to email to them and I put them in the box with the intention of scanning  later but now the box is so full, I have no idea where to look for them. I should find them by my 80th birthday. My goal is to be organized and live simply and if you saw the office right now, you would see I am nowhere close to achieving this triumph. 

Busy weekend for the kids, Roo packed boxes for moving to her new apartment this weekend, M went off to the Lake with his friends, and G and H had a father/daughter experience and went to Talledega yesterday. H was convinced it was going to be a terrible waste of time and ended up enjoying it. The worst thing she could say is the guy next to her was chewing tobacco and spitting it in his Dasani bottle and let's face it, that is GROSS but...it was a NASCAR race...in the South...enough said. 

I have tons to write  but lots to do so Au Revoir for now...

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