Monday, March 3, 2008

Sickness, BE GONE WITH YOU!!!

What's up everyone?!? No, I didn't fall off the face of the earth, and yes, I did survive the 80+ hours I volunteered at the Kidsignments sale! I know some of you who went and experienced the chaos first hand probably wondered...

1) Is Caron completely crazy for voluntarily subjecting herself to this?
2) What time will these people get to go home tonight?
3) Will the line ever make it to under4 hours long?


1) I don't think so... but I'll let you judge for yourself
2) 3:12 a.m. was the latest we got out
3) Yes! it took some doing, but we didn't stop 'till the last tag was cut!

So was it worth it? Heck yeah, baby!! I got tons of great deals and lots of adorable things for the kids. Plus, it's always awesome to get to hang out with all my friends I work with twice a year. It was also great to see Andrea and Lara, and finally meet Chris and Tara in person!! I wish I could have seen y'all more... we'll just have to plan it better next sale!!

Unfortunately, working the sale has been the about the most exciting thing that's happened around here lately. It seems that 2008 is turning out to be 'the year of the antibiotic' for us. This is way out of character because generally speaking, we rarely get sick! I don't know... it's like there's some kind of beacon light flashing above our house, just begging the viruses and crap to 'STOP HERE!' Or maybe 2008 just happens to be the year the stars and the planets align just right creating some kind of weird gravitational pull that automatically sucks germs and funky illness towards the kids. I mean really... we have never had as many issues around here as we have had lately.

The year started off with your classic 'mini-flu', which is every bit as bad as the regular flu, but just doesn't last as long. Then came Mr. Cold, which naturally brought his good friends Cough and Wheeze. Ear Infection stopped by for awhile. Even Fever who we rarely see has made a few appearances here lately. Needless to say Sleep took off as soon as he saw those guys coming. Finally Penicillin and Albuterol laid down the law and things quited down. Peace was in sight. That is, until the One Year Molar Twins showed up and interjected their own bit of chaos in to the mix.

So, is it over??? Are we finally getting a break form prescriptions, and Kleenex, and nebulizers? Ummmmm, that would be a big, fat NEGATORY. (sorry, I just had to reference that... the definition #3 was just hilarious!) So where was I?? Ah, yes... so today ole' Stomach Virus found out that he'd been missing out heck of a party at 'Casa De Rich' and was slightly peeved that he hadn't been a part the preceding festivities. So he decided to drop by today and went straight for first victim... Wyatt. Of course Michael was at work, so I had the joy of cleaning up the aftermath all by my lonesome. His crib resembled a scene from the Exorcist. I had no idea one kid could possibly puke that much. And to top it off, Wyatt has recently invented a new game called 'Lets pull the crib sheet off the mattress so mommy has to put it back on'. This great game is played daily now, not just at night, but at naps as well. Well, needless to say the game was over and the sheet had been successfully removed leaving the bare mattress to catch the brunt of it. All in all, I had to wash the mattress, the sheets, the bumper pads, the crib skirt, and scrub the carpet. All of this, of course after I bathed Wyatt. I had to put him in the tub fully clothed and still holding his blanket. After I got him cleaned and dressed, I had to clean the tub, start the nasty load of laundry, and scrub the affected pacifier. I finished all this... washed my hands, and turned around just in time to see round two hit. This time... kitchen floor. At least this was easier to clean.

Fortunately it was gorgeous today so we played on the porch a lot. The warm weather couldn't have come at a better time because Allie got to run around while Wyatt took it easy and enjoyed the fresh air. It took his mind off of how bad he felt. And don't think that I hadn't thought about the fact that you can simply hose off a deck when something nasty happens. Carpet... not so much!! Anyway, after four or five more episodes and a few changes of clothes... I think we are past the worst of it. I am sooooo praying that Allie dodges the barf bullet. (But seeing as how we just aren't that lucky... I must confess that I completely lined the carpet in her bedroom with towels in case we get any action tonight. 'Cuz hey, if there's one thing I hate more than scrubbing barf off a carpet, it's scrubbing barf off a carpet at 3:00 in the morning... ya feel me?!?!

Anyway... sorry to gripe so much! A lot of this 'blog update' (O.K., 'vent'...whatever...) stems off my sheer frustration towards parents who insist on sending their kids to school or church or any place when they know they're sick. I mean, I know we're all bound to get sick sometimes... but if Little Sally has a fever and strep throat, PLEASE... for the love of God, don't take her to the McDonald's playground to 'cheer her up' until she is totally well. (Yes, I actually encountered this last week. And yes, I did refrain from informing that mother that she in fact, was a 'effing idiot who showed blatant disregarded for the health and well being of other people's offspring. Yep, I kept my mouth shut alright. Oh ALRIGHT!! Who am I kidding... y'all know me too well. The fact of the matter is I'm a total wimp who avoids confrontation like the plague. If I had any kahunas at all that day, I would have explained to that dumb woman that she was now responsible for the four insurance co-pays we'd have to fork out at $40 a pop, plus another $20 each for medicine. I would have then handed her a calculator, seeing as how as she probably would have needed one to do the simple addition necessary to calculate how much she owed me for her stupidity. I would have then quickly yanked the calculator back, telling her to allow me being that she was probably not intelligent enough to figure the math out on her own. Because after all... if she had any speck of intelligence or common sense about her she would have NEVER MADE THE DUMB ASS DECISION TO BRING A SICK AND CONTAGIOUS CHILD TO PLAY WITH OTHER KIDS!! Sheesh... I told you I had some frustration. Anyway... it's the same kind of thing at school and church... kids barely get over a virus and boom... parent's bring 'em anyway. I hate to be so grumpy, but sickness has already taken a huge chunk out of our year and I am ready to move on with it!

Anyway, I promise to be back in a better mood and with any luck, some better things to blog about. Until then, here are some of the shots from Wyatt's one year pictures. Naturally, Allie wanted to be in on it too, so I took a few with her.

I hope you all are doing well! I'm off to check in on every one's blog!


Tara said...

I love those pants on Wyatt! The pics of Allie and Wyatt together are great, heck, all of your pictures are great.

I hate confrontation too. It is just nice to avoid other angry people, besides myself, sometimes.

It was nice to meet you too at the sale. I guess I'll do it again. Thanks for the info you gave me ahead of time.

Tara said...

oh, and I hope you all feel better soon!

Chris said...

Oh GiRL I FEEL your pain...I hope Wyatt is feeling better and on the upside. I also hope Allie doesn't get it. You saw my blog a few minutes ago so you know I'm OVER being sick too! I had it at Christmas with an added dose of Morning sickness and then whamo again the day after the sale I got sick and I'm still abusing the kleenex! I also agree 100% with you about that stupid woman and her sick kid! Some people! I tell you if I had been there with THESE pregnancy hormones I would have said something. I had an old lady cuss me out at Publix yesterday because she thought I cut in front of her in line at the pharmacy...I lost it on her. When the cashier tried to tell her that no I was there first she said "I don't give a damn" I lost it. I practically screamed..."I'm SICK and pregnant and I don't have to deal with YOU! You're just being a nasty, hateful woman for no reason. You can wait your turn like everyone else" I thought my husband was going to FREAK...he was one aisle over getting some benedryl with Lindsay. The pharmacist came over and apologized and said that same woman comes in EVERY DAY and yells at them for something. It was ridiculous. Any other day I would have clammed up and just let her go in front of me but I had HAD IT! Am I going to HeXX for screaming at a little old lady??? Based on what the Publix employees told me I don't feel so bad for losing it on her. LOL! Anyway, good to see you back. LOVED the new pics too. I probably should have just emailed you this comment is ridiculously long. HA!
Talk to you soon!

Anonymous said...

How cute are those dadgum pictures, girl!? Great shots,Caron! I have missed your blog! you were away far too long, my dear.

Your drunk story on my blog about cracked me up! too darn funny.

Chris said...

roflmao at your drunk story on Katie's blog too! Holding your own hair back....that CRACKED ME UP! You do have MAD SKILLS girl!!

Andrea said...

YOU'RE BACK! I have to admit I quit checking on you, so thanks for the comment on my blog.

I absolutely cannot believe that woman. The sad thing is there are people like that everywhere! Recently while at Publix I overheard someone telling this woman her kid's pj's were cute. She replied "Oh, I didn't even bother to dress him today. He's sick." Really. And you put him in a grocery cart to leave his germs all over the darn thing not just for another kid to catch but any unsuspecting person who comes after you and pushes the cart by the handle bar? Are these people cruel or just stupid????

Hope y'all feel better soon...spring is just around the corner!

Heather said...

Cute pictures! I am glad to see you back. So sorry your family has been so sick. I hope it's all over very soon!

Melanie said...

I hope that everyone is feeling better really soon. We have had some sickness but mostly drama of other kinds. I have to admit that my computer is messed up at home and I haven't been able to post in quit a while, but I have been checking on everyones blogs at work....I for some reason just haven't been in the mood to leave many comments. I will hopefully get back into the blogging freenzy shortly.

Your pics are FABulous, Caron! I love all of them. Wyatt looks like such a big boy with his spikey hair!!! LOVE IT!

The Partins said...

1) I LOVE the pictures!
2) I'm SOOO not looking forward the vomit carpet cleaning experience.

3) Next time you encounter a mom aiding her child spreading germs... ask her, "Wow, aren't you worried about your child getting another cold by going in there? I mean, I'm sure you aren't the first mom to let their sick kid go in there...and with them being so sick, they could easily catch something else so you might want to consider getting them out of there!"

Chris said...

LOL...great comment from Lori.

Yes, I remember that blog post with the kids dancing to their JBJ music. I'm not sure how to reference other than copy and pasting the blog title in the comment section..for example:

Glad you got to see it though...I was thinking you'd love Lindsay's dance!

Angela said...

Those photos are great!!! I hope that everyone else had dodged the "bullet".

I know what you mean about sick kids. We got a letter from Luke's preschool saying that they had an outbreak of the "real flu" and to please remember the sick guidelines. Luke did not go to school for 2 weeks because we left for Disney last week and I did not want to get the flu.

Bethany said...

Oh my goodness. I'm lovin the new pics of the kids!!! Girl, I could just eat them up! Hope everyone had a blessed Easter!!!