Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Such pain, such grossness

We took a whirlwind trip to California the first weekend in February for Collin's friend Matt's wedding.  We stayed with the Van Dykes for the two nights we were in town and stopped at my family's Chinese New Year party on the way out.  Amazing how much we packed into three days and two nights!

That's the end of the good news.  As soon as we got home Sunday night I started making dinner and in the process dropped a dinner plate square on my big toe.  It was painful, to say the least, and I was out of commission for a while.  It looked like this right after the incident:
That night I couldn't sleep for the pain of it, which only seemed to get worse.  It hurt worse than labor and childbirth.  The toenail had swelled up considerably with blood, such that the nail was completely separated from the bed.  It hurt so badly that out of sheer desperation and sleep deprivation (I literally did not sleep a wink that night), at 5:00am I took a small sterilized drill bit and manually drilled a hole in my toenail.  It helped, a little.  As soon as Urgent Care was open a few hours later Collin took me there to have it properly drilled and drained (and locally numbed!).  Blissful relief!

Unfortunately, by that same evening the blood had refilled and it hurt worse than ever. 

Thankfully, my friend in the neighborhood is a nurse and came to my aid at 10:00pm.  She helped me drained it with some sterile needles in her handy little nurse kit.  It took the better part of an hour to get it mostly back down.  SUCH a relief!  Thank goodness for friends willing to help me out at such an unfortunate hour!

The swelling stayed down for the most part after that until it finally healed enough for the nail to fall off and for me to walk around without a surgical boot (because shoes hurt too much to wear and flip flops were too cold to wear).  Things started looking funny, so I went to a podiatrist to have it looked at, and he ended up scraping off some of the tissue that was growing back funny so it would heal better. 

And that's the end of the most disgusting and painful thing that's ever happened to me.  :)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Resolutions, 2015 edition

1. Gain (then lose) about 30 lbs.
2. Get a new wardrobe.
3. Participate in a miracle.
4. Take more pictures of my kids. Let's start with this one, arriving mid-July:

Monday, December 8, 2014

A picture says a thousand words

Unless of course that picture is accompanied by these choice words:
"there use to be an alligator under my bed until I put sam [some] Bat [bait] and cicd [kicked] him in the wenr [wiener]."

Then again, that picture is pretty descriptive too...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Elinor's Guide to Being a Lady

A modern young lady knows how to present herself in public.

She always dresses in proper attire, which includes choosing the right shoes:


And sunglasses:
She is the picture of grace and elegance:

She wears just the right amount of make-up:

A young lady exercises moderation in all things.  She chooses delicate portions of healthy, organic whole foods:
When asked to model in pictures, she chooses unique and exciting poses and locations for her backdrops.

Above all, a young lady is always on the go...
...with style!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Out of the mouth of babes

Recent Sammy-isms:
"Please?  Pretty please?  So many pleases?"
"Wanna hear my new word? It's this: 'Silly monkey went to town, got a package and then went back into the town.'"
"Are you Dabe?"
"Raci (ray-sigh)"
"Inda-inda-boom" (All the gibberish words are his "new words")
"That be's like..."
* Super into Legos.  Builds his own cars and such.
* Recently got into coloring and can color fairly well within the lines.  He prolific, too.  He goes through several coloring pages in one sitting.
*Recently started drawing his own pictures.  Mostly trucks and cars, but sometimes there's a helicopter or tank involved.

Recent Ellie-isms:

Picking up something heavy: "Tough..."
When we offer help: "SELF!"  A moment later: "help?"
"Boo!  Dat... 'care you?"
"Gimme dat!" or "Gimme [item] pease!"  We're working on her manners.
In bed late one night, pronounced so clearly after a series of unsuccessful attempts (some in gibberish) to get us to come upstairs: "Daddy, I miss you!"  Collin was up there in two seconds flat.
Dump truck
* Wants to do whatever the boys are doing.  Cars, coloring, chasing ("shasing"), legos - she just wants to be one of the gang.
* Loves the first half of the movie "Frozen", randomly sings songs from it and other things (ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle, Baa Baa Black Sheep, etc.).
* Loves watching Curious George with her brothers.  It's the only show they all can agree on.
* Is really into dancing like a maniac right now. 

Recent Isaac-isms:
"And guess what?" (inserted multiple times throughout each sentence)
"I don't want dinner, I want dinner" (applies to just about anything)
* So into reading right now.  Last night he read 7 chapters straight out of his Ricky Ricotta book just for fun!!
* Loves coloring, drawing, making paper airplanees, legos, and Hot Wheels.  Made all the Halloween decorations for our house this year.

What's cuter than a Sammy in the morning?

A Sammy in the morning wearing a robe!  Gaaaah!!

 Too bad I couldn't get him to be sweet for the full body shots. 

Cool moon

"Cool moooon, I saw you standing alooooone, without a dream in your heeeaaaart, without a love of my oooooowwwn."

The moon was super big the other night.  So big that I was able to capture details with my dinky zoom lens and shaky hands.  Groovy.

 Look how big it was looking over the valley.  So cool!