Um, so I thought I might grow a few tomatoes this summer...
They are literally taking over my backyard. I have 6 tomato plants - 2 cherry, 2 grape and 2 beefsteak - and they are, ahem, a little bigger than anticipated.
There are also some peppers in there, but as you can tell, you can't see them - you have to live by faith that they are there and they are growing and that we will get some peppers this fall. I will officially be made entirely of salsa by the time school starts after I eat all of my crops.
*BTW, the title is a reference to an 80's movie. Can you guess which one? Winner gets... yes, thats right - a tomato.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Um, so I thought I might grow a few tomatoes this summer...
Friday, July 20, 2007
As soon as Nora gets this cast off of her arm, I am going to break my arm. Seriously - I am.
This child has cashed in so much from the sympathy (and generosity) of others... money, movies, toys, a cookie bouquet (my personal favorite), numerous cards and phone calls to see how the girl is doing.
It is all greatly appreciated, but really, if it doesn't stop she's going to break a bone every 6 months or so - or Ryann will want to get in on the goods and she'll break one.
Honestly, though, I think it was the surgery. Only one thing came before the surgery and after the surgery the motherload began...
My herniated disks are really bothering me, I think I need surgery.
Friday, July 13, 2007
So the doctor came in to say hi and give us an idea of the timing and so on - oh and to mark which arm he would be cutting open. At this point I asked if she could have a waterproof cast and the answer was an emphatic NO. In fact, there will be no water touching this arm for 3 weeks. No showers. No baths. No pool. And no trying to compromise with the doctor. Period. No. I was very excited about that news.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
WHY CAN'T I PUT A TITLE IN MY POSTS ANYMORE????? Am I the only one having this problem? I have three blogs and I cannot post titles in any of them... I guess its not so bad - I hate coming up with titles anyway:)
So here I am to update the world on Nora and whatever else hits me as I'm typing.
First - Nora.
We brought her back to the Pediatric Orthopedist on Friday to get more xrays and to find out if she needed surgery. They took her splint off, which apparently hurt a great deal and took the xrays. She needs surgery. I'm bummed - I was really hoping that this was not going to be the case, but alas I will now go forward into my first surgery adventure.
She continues to amaze me with how well she is doing with the struggle of "losing" her right arm/hand. I was in complete awe the other day when she showed me a drawing she made of a castle with a moat and a princess with a tiara - all done with her left hand. I never would have guessed. I really, truly sat there with my mouth wide open about that.
She does not complain during the day. At night (in bed) we have bouts of her being very sad and frustrated. One night I overheard her crying to Ryann that she was never going to feel better and she would have to wear this thing forEVER. Broke my heart - I'm a tough mom and very little is done or said to evoke much sympathy from me, but this did. She's been so good, and I'm so proud of her:)
On the plus side, we came home on Friday with a new cast. This one is hard so she can't feel if she gets bumped. AND it is glow in the dark and pink striped. What 5 year old would not be excited about that?
She is having surgery on Thursday morning. It is an outpatient surgery and the doctor said it should last about 20 minutes. Yesterday I told her about it and when she asked if it was going to hurt, I said, "Yes, it is going to hurt and probably a lot." Oops:)
Here is our girl with her new cast: Christine/Doug - is this something that I should let our pediatrician know about? I haven't informed them of any of this.
Our other very exciting news is that we found a baby fish in our aquarium!
Its kind of hard to tell from the photo, but it is TINY - probably about 1cm in length. I rescued him from the big bad shark and put him in his own bowl. Seriously - we have a shark that hangs out in our rock and chases fish away when they approach (its very humorous to watch). This little guy (Nemo) swam right into the entrance of the rock - all the while I was yelling "Don't go in there!!!!" I was very scared for Nemo because Bruce is NOT friendly and does not take kindly to visitors. He has begrudgingly allowed the placostomous to take residence in the rock, but I'm not sure he had a choice - that thing is about 3 times the size of Bruce and is hard like a rock. So Nemo backed out and I got him the heck out of there and found him his own little sanctuary.
So we're going to monitor his progress and reintroduce him to the big guys when he's old enough to play real games:)
Other than all of that, we have managed to pass the flu around the family over the weekend and now I am catching up on all of the laundry. I have leftover laundry that I hadn't gotten to, we have sheets from over night guests, and flu laundry - plus whatever piled up in the meantime. My room looks like the clothing fairy had the flu.
Onward I march - I am a machine today.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Remember when I used to blog every day?
Yeah, I should get back to that.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
On Friday evening, Nora fell off of the swingset. She falls off of things everyday and I hardly pay much attention. You know - as a mom, you become adept at distinguishing between real cries and not so real cries. I had never heard this cry before.
I ran over there to help her up and did one of those huge, loud gasps that tells everyone in the vicinity that something horrible just happened - it also sends all little children into a big panic... Wait, my mom is actually shocked and upset about something - that must mean that its REALLY bad!
So off to the ER we went. Cornbread driving, me holding Nora's hand during the longest 15 minute car ride of my life. Luckily we were with our next door neighbors and they just kept the other two girls.
It was ugly and we weren't sure if it was broken, dislocated or both. We were triaged immediately and brought to the fast track area of the ER (didn't even know they had one of those). Tylenol with codeine, iv fluids, xrays, anesthesia, more (better) xrays, and admittance to the peds floor all consumed our night. She was tired and slept a lot, but she was a trooper. You may recall that I've mentioned that she is a little oversensitive and dramatic, however, in this case she was very brave and really did well - she cried when it hurt, but she didn't panic, she didn't scream - she just hurt. I was proud of her.
So it turns out that she dislocated her elbow. And my best guess is that her initial xrays looked like this (based on what the outside looked like - this is what I imagine the bones looked like):
She also broke one of the knobby things off of her bone and it is kind of floating around in there. We have to go for a follow up appointment this week to find out if the pediatric orthopedic doctor thinks she needs surgery (lets hope not) or if it will heal on its own. The orthopedic doctor we were dealing with seemed to think it would heal okay on its own. So she has a splint and a sling and is still in quite a bit of pain. She's also getting just about anything and everything she's asking for, so that may be contributing to the "pain" she is feeling:)
We haven't told her that her tball season is over. I'm pretty certain she'll be reacting worse than this when we do:
She is right handed and this is presenting many difficulties for her daily life. She has to learn how to color with her left hand ("if I do I will SCRIbble and I don't like scribbles!"), how to do most things with just one hand, and how to sleep comfortably without moving very much. These are hard lessons for a 5 year old, but she will get it and will be better off for it.
I'm thankful that it wasn't worse than it is and we're praying that she heals well, heals quickly and won't have to have surgery.
And just so you know - she's our cautious child. We never expected this to happen to HER. Its going to be an interesting several years with the other two:)