Monday, February 16, 2009

There were some bright spots...

Vacation from HELL

The rundown on the vacation we tried to take: ETD Friday 4pm

Thursday morning - Finley wakes screaming with ear pain. She has had a cold for a week and had been to the Doc the day before. Diagnosis - ear infection. given antibiotic.

Thursday night 4 am (technically Friday morning) - Jonas pukes and has a not so pleasant diaper requiring a bath, clothing, and sheets changes.

Friday morning - send Piper to school. Finley, Jonas, and I stay home to pack and get ready to leave and recover.

Friday 2pm - Jonas puking puking puking...consider staying home. Talk with my dad (the kids doc) and decide that we can go. We leave 2 hours behind schedule.

Friday evening - Piper feels hot but acting ok. No puking from the backseat.

Friday 11pm - arrive in the keys. No puke. Piper at 102.7, excellent.

No sleep

Saturday am - Piper at 101, give her some motrin, send her to the pool with Finley and Bekah (Jason's sister we brought to help us out). Still not puking from Jonas but eruptions from the other end.

Saturday late morning - Jason and I make it to the pool with Jonas to meet Piper, Finley, and Bekah. Piper is fading fast and only wants to lay on a lounge chair covered with a towel crying and saying she's freezing.

I stay at the pool with Finley who wanted to get her hair braided and Piper, Jonas, Jason, and Bekah head back to the room.

Saturday afternoon - hang out in the room. Piper peaks at 103.7. Commence freaking out.

Saturday night - order room service for dinner (Happy Valentine's Day!) and they mistakenly bring fish instead of chicken fro Jason and the smell sends me in the other room.

I begin to projectile vomit. at least 2 times an hour. from 9pm to 5am.

kids in bed, continue puking.

3am - Jason beings to puke.

Piper can't sleep because her fever is spiking.

Wondering what hell this is and how do I get out.

PERK - Jonas sleeps 12 hours straight.

Sunday morning - Jason still puking, Jonas seems totally out of it, Piper still with the fever - we decide to leave a day early. But, who will drive?

Sunday 1pm - packed and rolling out, I'm driving because I stopped puking earlier.

Sunday 1:30pm - Jonas pukes ALL OVER himself, the carseat, etc. Start freaking out again.

Sunday 6pm - make it home, but to my parents house first to see if Jonas needs to be admitted to the hospital for dehydration. Thankfully, he says no but that he's is starting to get dehydrated and need fluids so for the first time I might have to give him formula due to the fact that I am dehydrated from puking. SUCKAGE.

Sunday 7pm - Jonas downs a bottle of watered down apple juice, feeling a little better and not as worried about him.

Sunday night - up all night because Jonas can't get comfortable and PIper keeps having nightmares thanks to her fever. Jason took something that has made him dead to the world so it's all on me.

Monday - Jason still out of comission. (although why is it that when the guys are sick it's like the world is ending, but when the mom is sick we still have to do everything we normally do?) (seriously, he's practically been in bed all day...I m starting to feel a little resentment and a lot pissed off.)

Piper seems better. Finley still has a nasty cough and runny nose. Jonas is drinking. I still cannot eat or think about eating without feeling nauseous.

Most of all, I am just disappointed.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

the playlist for the valentine cd I make every year for lab school.

from piper

from finn - if you know her you know that she loves cheetahs, like more than anything else.

Hmmmm... #11?

Look at me! I'm a photoshop SUPASTAR!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Sunday, February 08, 2009


Happy Birthday Aunt Martha! 102 never looked so good!


A day late, what of it? I have started a new project...I am taking at least one picture of Jonas every day for the next 365 days. Nothing fancy, just a snapshot.My friend Ashley found this project that is similar but I am starting about 9.5 months late. Oh well, he's the third, you know? Today we drive 2.5 hours for my Great (she really is great) Aunt Martha's 102nd birthday!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Thursday, February 05, 2009


so Jason and I were bored tonight and I wanted to try that thing where you write with a light and use a reeeaalllyy sslllooowww shutter speed ( I set mine at 10 sec) to take the picture...anyway, here's what we made:

Wednesday, February 04, 2009


He's 9 months old already. I find myself pleading with time to slow down. This is what my mom meant when she told me not to "wish my life away."

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Happy Birthday Rhythm Dancer #3

Artist Trading Cards for Kids!

We are participating in this ATC swap for kids and we thought you might like to as well. Hurry, the sign up ends this week!

Monday, February 02, 2009


It is true that I regret not taking full advantage of the time I spent in college. I am correcting that now and I have decided to take classes that interest me in one way or another whether it be photography or anthropology. Printmaking and graphic design. I am really excited about the possibilities and the exercise I am getting for my brain.

This semester I am taking Photography with a Digital Camera. So, I have created a set on my flickr stream where I am uploading all of my pictures fro my different assignments. It has already been challenging for me because I usually take pictures of my children and now I am looking at things from different angles. Also, I am learning that I am a perfectionist and this class is totally stressing me out!

Sunday, February 01, 2009


Piper Jolie. That girl, she's amazing and I am so proud of her. 

I regret the time I wasted in college, not using that time in a wise way, taking for granted all the opportunity that I was too afraid to realize. That is something that I hope for my children, that they will seek the uncomfortable. That they will tuck their fear in their back pocket so that they will have the knowledge to realize when they need to play it safe or to take a risk. 

Piper has become a leader. She is even a great leader. She is strong but compassionate. She is tough but fair. She is assertive but kind. She is smart but creativity oozes out of her. I would want to be her friend and she would be a friend to me because she is just that kind of girl. She is the kind of girl that every boy will like, but she will be too busy to notice. She is so funny. She is going to do great things.

From the book "Your Six Year Old":
"Creativity is an attitude. It springs from the impulse of every human to communicate in some appropriate form his absolutely unique experience - unique because there has never been, since the beginning of time, anybody just like him. Every child longs, in effect, to put his thumbprint on the page, to scrawl his message on the world's surface: I WAS HERE."

There has never been anybody quite like Piper and I am excited to be a part of her life and I anticipate that her thumbprint will be seen by many. It is a privilege to be loved by her and to love her.