Saturday, October 18, 2008

Random Updates

1. Kids all got their flu shots yesterday. I got mine this morning. Bring it on BABY!

2. Anyone care to place wagers on when the next round of colds start....I should probably warn you that Smurfette had a head cold last week and now my sinuses feel funky today. I REALLY wish someone would come up with a cure or vaccine for the common cold.

3. Every year before winter hits I take all five of our comforters to the Laundromat to have them washed. And every year (for the last 4 years) shortly after I get them all washed one or all of my kids end up with the stomach flu and a comforter soaked in vomit. I'm thinking I'll wait to wash all the comforters this year. It only took me 4 years to learn this lesson....cuz I'm so quick.

4. Speaking of dog has puked 4 times since early this morning. (edited to add: Make that 8 times...I forsee a trip to the vet in our near future)

5. Speaking of my dog...she shit in my boys' bedroom yesterday....AGAIN....and my son stepped in it and then proceeded to track said shit across his bedroom carpet all the while yelling "MOOOMMMM, ROSIE POOPED IN MY BEDROOM AGAIN!" I'm seriously considering patenting a doggie ass cork.

6. Speaking of asses...week one of Team Fitness is over. I missed day one due to
marathon soreness. Day two was spent doing fitness testing. Day three was yesterday and was our first day of actually working out. And now I can't sit on the toilet without letting out a little yelp. My. ass. hurts.

7. Dreamy update: I've been attempting since the beginning of the school year to use positive reinforcement to help Dreamy with his
"issues". He has always responded well with this in the past. But this year it just hasn't been working. I really haven't been able to reinforce any positive behavior because every single day something was forgotten, or homework was lost, or a note came home from school about his inability to focus in class. So, on a whim, I changed my tactic to see how he responded. I told him since this wasn't working I was going to start taking privileges away. I took his Wii, PS2, and TV privileges away indefinitely until I see an improvement. I told him not to view this as a punishment but rather a period of time for refocusing. He actually took it rather well. That was 2 weeks ago. Do you know that he has received a "thumbs up" from his teacher (we communicate daily) EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. since then. He was suppose to have an appointment this morning with a clinical psychologist. I cancelled the appointment. I'd like to give it another couple weeks to see how he does before I go that route. His teacher sent me an email last week:

"Hi, When Mr. H (the principle) was in our class today to talk to the kids about the MEAP test, he asked the kids some ways to do their best. (Dreamy) raised his hand and said to "FOCUS on it." Mr. H made a really big deal out of it and (Dreamy) looked over at me and had a smile from ear to ear!!! Thought I would share that with you!!!!! Good luck with the marathon."

Wasn't that sweet of her to share that with me??

And then a couple days later Hefty received a post card in the mail from that same principle. It said: "Mrs. M told me that you are a mature and talented writer. That's great. Would you like to be the December C.C. (newsletter) student author? Keep up the good work."

I'm really feeling grateful that my kids go to a school with such an involved principle. I've been really lucky so far. My kids have always had great teachers. Reason #591 why we shouldn't move.

8. The boys had a sleep over at their friend's house last night. They were up until 3:30 am. And now they are having their friend spend the night tonight. And my niece and nephew are also spending the night. I hate sleep overs. Seriously. So, now, tomorrow I'm going to have a house full of cranky sleep deprived children. Oh boy! (edited to add: we have now picked up aNOTHER stray child at the gym. We now have 7 children sleeping in this house tonight. I ALMOST know how Jon and Kate feel)

9. Family movie night...we're watching Iron Man as I type this... I love Robert Downey Jr. I think if I had to choose my favorite actor I'd choose him. Iron man rocks my world. I'm a sucker for a man in a suit.

10. And because I need an even left upper lip has been twitching all damn night.


Kristin H. said...

I would give anything to meet Robert Downey Jr. Seriously. Maybe when I go visit family, I'll hang out at Hollywood AA meetings.

Kate @ Life As I Live It said...

I'm still waiting for the hospital to roll out it's employee flu shots.

Sounds like Dreamy is doing better. Who knows. Maybe all that "stuff" was too much of a distraction for him. Glad to hear he's doing better.

I'm not looking forward to the sleepover phase. Maybe we can just skip it and say we have some weird nighttime thing or something. Or that we're nudists at home.

Leslie said...

Why??? That's just wayyyy too many kids. I don't think I could cope. Hang in there!

Marni's Organized Mess said...

Too much to respond too! We just watched that movie too and I was actually really impressed, I didn't think I'd like it.

Midwest Mommy said...

A dog ass cork! I love it. Ship me one once they are in production :-)

Brooke said...

Ohh I hate sleepovers too! I try to avoid them at all costs! And of course my little one was up with a nasty cough all night! Bring on the cold season!

Tara R. said...

We started talking privileges away too to help our son 'focus' more at school. This year it seems to be working better, he turned 15yo and his dad got a project car for them to work on. If he doesn't get his school work done, he can't work on the car.

Good luck with the sleepover. I remember those days too.

Dana said...

getting a flu shot is sooo on my list of things to do!! does it hurt??

LittlePaintedPolkaDots said...

In reply to your comment: LOL! If I looked like you in a bathing suit, I may feel differently about my heat hating attitude, but for now, I'll take my chilly weather and cute sweaters over the too hot, sweaty days of summer!

Kelly said...

OMG a dog ass cork.....sign me up! I LOOVVEE RDJ...always have!!!! I'm so glad he made a huge comeback with Iron man. Dreamy is so like a gazillion other kids out there!!!!! He'll be fine.

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Hey Mama!
Hope the sleepovers went well this weekend ~ I'm in the RD-Jr camp with ya. ♥ Iron Man!

jodieboedie said...

You don't like sleepovers? I LOVE sleepovers! At my house or if the kids go somewhere else . . . it's like a free night for me :-)

Good news on Dreamy! It's gotta be tough - for both of you. Looks like he's got a little less going on so he can focus more . . . and he's getting it. Hope it continues to go well!

And I could use one of those dog ass corks . . . Duma crapped all over the floor in my hobby room on Saturday night (at least she chose the room with shit brown nasty carpet already) and then I was up every 2 hours with her last night to let her out - at least she made it outside . . . but seriously, enough if enough!

Domestic Accident said...

Seriously, you are crazy. I don't know what makes you more crazy- that you joined some fitness thing immediately after running a freakin' marathon or having so many kids over for a sleep over. CRAZY.

Kori said...

Glad to hear the good news re: dreamy, and I am also glad to hear the dog shit and vomit stories; makes me feel so much less of a freak!

Mama Zen said...

Just the other day, my dog puked in my husband's leather chair. Sadly, I wasn't home at the time, so I didn't discover it until hours later. I'm STILL trying to get the smell out of that chair!

Suzie said...

I got my flu shot too. I wanna see Iron man . I never get to watch anything fun ;(

Breanne said...

Fu shots make me nervous for some reason... I have never had one.

Gad Dreamy is doing so well!!!

Christy said...

What is up with these damn dogs? One of my dogs shit on my carpet Sunday night. Yuck!