Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wicked Fun

Another profitable trip up North. My Mom took me to see Wicked. It was awesome! I'm so glad I was able to go. I've heard that the tickets were hard to come by, so we were lucky to have tickets and good seats. She has a neighbor with season tickets, which means they have first pick on tickets. So, she spent $12,000 on tickets! I guess they're under some kind of contract not to sell them for profit, so she just sells them to friends. Until I did the math, I just figured she had a ton of friends (which she probably does anyway), but $12,000 would only buy about 80 tickets, which I'm sure wouldn't be too hard to get rid of. Anyway, it was great acting, great costumes, great singing and I loved it. Thanks Mom, it was totally wicked!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Every trip to the ER deserves a post. Friday, I was getting laundry out of the dryer when I heard Weston screaming. I ran upstairs and found him sitting in the hall. I couldn't immediately see anything wrong, but as I got closer I could see him trying to pull something away from his ear. I finally saw the problem. He had a fish hook stuck in the back of his ear! I guess he had gotten a hold of Jason's fishing pole on the side of our dresser, and had somehow hooked himself. He had managed to break the line, but there was about 6 inches of line still on the hook, which he was yanking on with all his might. I grabbed him and held down his arm while trying to decide what to do next. He of course is still screaming. I started pacing the floor. Okay, stay calm. Think. What should I do? It was so far in there I could tell I couldn't get it out without taking a chunk of ear with it. I cut off the extra line and then had an idea. I had some numbing liquid for canker sores, I figured that it should help the pain. A few minutes after pouring it on his ear, he was doing much better. After taking a closer look, I knew there was no way I was going to try and cut it out by myself. I decided to take him to the ER. After calling around a bit, I found a friend who could come get us. I held his arm down all the way there to keep him from pulling at it anymore. She dropped us off and took Ben back to her house.
For an ER trip, I'd have to say this was a pretty good one. We were in and out of there in about 30 minutes. I couldn't believe how happy he was, just grinning at everyone. Different staff kept coming in our room to see him because the nurse was telling everyone how cute he was.
He cried for just a moment when we had to hold him down. The Doctor cut it out in just a few minutes, and he was happy again. Much better than trying to do it myself. He had a purple and swollen ear for the rest of the day, but it didn't seem to bother him.
So, now you know. It's really not a good idea to leave fishing poles with hooks on them anywhere in the reach of a child.

He Likes to Move It

Friday, April 17, 2009

Easter Eggs

I had a very hard time deciding whether or not to let Ben join us while coloring eggs this Easter. I had almost decided to do it after he was in bed. He never would have known. But, I gave in, knowing how much fun he would have. I think it was the best day of his life. He got to play with eggs and food coloring all he wanted and no one tried to stop him. Granted, all his eggs were broken by the time he finished, but that worked out well, he had something to snack on while coloring. I'm glad I let him participate. Seeing how much he enjoyed himself was well worth the mess.

Friday, April 3, 2009

April Fools

On April Fools day I made meatloaf cake with mashed potato frosting, colored with brown food coloring. I think the kids really were fooled this time, or at least until they took their first bite. It's kind of weird eating brown mashed potatoes, but the kids thought it was fun.

Ben was a little confused after the first bite, but quickly got over it and devoured it all anyway.

Weston thoroughly enjoyed his "cake".