Liv at the pizza place

M-i-c-k-e-y by T-o-r

I'm ready for my close up

Liv pulling herself up

Jack taping Tor

Jack using the Mino

Liv is just too cute for words

Liv's baby blues

Brian came home from CES with a Mino Flip

OMG, I love this thing. It takes great video and then you just flip out its usb adapter (the flip part), plug it into your computer and you are set. The software even uploads it to YouTube for you. Wild. The kids even like it.

Tweets of the Week: 01/04/2009

Sunday

  • Thought I hated on hold music. Called place with no on hold music & was on hold for 5 min. Kept wondering if I was disconnected. annoying. 12:16am
  • Just got a pic with Sir Top N Hat (sp) now waiting for Thomas. 2:39pm
  • In line at train show at Botanical Gardens. Kids excited. 5:30pm
  • Woman behind us is reading every sign super loud. Liv is sleeping. Ugh. 6:34pm

Monday

  • Found a good use for that MGD Lite Brian bought the other day (since it is nasty) Used it to boil shrimp with Old Bay, garlic & lemon. Yum. 5:52pm
  • Now making main course -- scallops over ww linguine. Also on my second & unfortunately last, Red Stripe. Still gotta take care of the kids. 6:10pm
  • @Dorie93950 yes, jack went back to school but no pe or recess. he sat out & drew pics instead. doc appt tomorrow pm to recheck spleen size. 7:18pm
  • @Dorie93950 re doubting thomas...hahaha 7:20pm

Tuesday

  • Tor has climbed in the pack n play with Liv. Both are peering at me through the mesh. Too cute. 9:54am
  • Sorted laundry & left on floor overnight. Dogs have new red Xmas bones. Dogs like to lie on laundry. Dogs ate red bone on my new white shirt 10:02am
  • my new white shirt has splotches of red all over it. now soaking in shout but looks hopeless. live and learn. 10:04am
  • @veroniquec thanks. i think i may even have oxiclean in the laundry room. 12:36am
  • Liv just got two shots. No earrings today. Just couldn't do it even though Brian finally said ok. Maybe next time. 4:38pm
  • made dinner one-handed tonight. Liv has fever, refuses to be put down. Baked salmon, cut and steamed zucchini, made pasta. cutting was hard 7:08pm
  • @sarahgilbert if i lived there i would come! 7:09pm
  • @mattraub thanks for reminding me scrubs starts tonight. 7:15pm
  • @mheerema Ours is more 80/20 the 80 being the whiney way. 10:41pm
  • Well I got too busy with the kids to remember to TiVo Scrubs. Luckily for me (and Brian) it is playing again tomorrow night at 8pm. Cool. 10:49pm

Wednesday

  • It is super icy outside. Brian said it took him 15 minutes just to back down the driveway. His flt is boarding now. Hope deicer works. Scary 5:45am
  • Brian's flt took off an hour and a half late. He only had an hour between connections. Hope Chicago flt delayed too. 9:00am
  • @frankensite yup being a travel agent for years still has its perks. Glad I could help you. Love ya. 1:44pm

Thursday

  • Putting 3 kids to bed last night without Daddy was no fun. They were much better after we called him. Not looking forward to bedtime tonight 12:28am
  • @twitter, this is annoying http://tinyurl.com/555pbo 9:31pm
  • anyone who frequents any blog with a twitter badge is being prompted for a password. annoying. 9:36pm
  • Tor was asleep a few minutes after 8. Jack still awake. 9:42pm

Friday

  • @veroniquec I would like a tree like that too :). 9:17pm
  • Picked up all the boys toys off the floor & put baby toys on floor. Put baby on floor. She played w/ her toys, I sat down on couch w/laptop 9:24pm
  • Looked up, she had somehow found hot wheels car (under couch??) and was happily chewing on it. Too funny. 9:25pm
  • @frankensite I know you are just thinking about their awesome wings, right? hehehehe. 10:14pm

Saturday

  • Roasting a leg of lamb at 9am. Feel like my mom. Brian hates lamb so haven't done this in 10+ yrs. Got bday party later & not sure how long 9:34am
  • want lamb to be done before we have to leave. unless we get snowed in then it doesn't matter. 9:35am
  • Lunch is ready. Sampled lamb, it is soooooooo good. Time to eat and get ready for Mitch's party in Norwalk. Seems snow will be bad later. 11:13am
  • Heading home from Connecticut. 3:28pm
  • Kids liked my meals today. Had 3rd helpings of lamb & 3rd helpings of spinach ravioli. Kitchen is a disaster but kids happy. So I am ok w/it 7:35pm
  • @Dorie93950 we have lamb every time he goes away. I have tried cooking that for us & steak for him but he can't even stand the cooking smell 7:38pm
  • Looking out 2nd floor window. Fresh shoeprints up driveway. No one rang bell. Not very comforting. May be why dogs just went nuts outside. 8:40pm
  • Dogs inside and fine. Alarm is on. It is just weird is all. 8:44pm

Tweets of the Week: 12/28/2008

Sunday

  • Got Liv some teething rings you can freeze. Just washed them & put 'em in the freezer. Gave her Tylenol b4 we left & she slept the whole way 9:34pm
  • @Dorie93950 I remember that! 9:36pm

Monday

  • Waited an hour at barber shop to get jack's hair cut. Kids did great. Would not have waited if knew was so long but turned out well. 6:10pm
  • tor ate entire blow pop from barber by the time we got home -- even the gum. Oh well. 6:56pm
  • jack says he is the daddy of the house tonight. he just helped me fix garage door that would not close. tor and liv supervised :). 6:58pm
  • Having air popped popcorn for dessert. Kids so happy. Don't know why I don't do this more often. Soon teeth brushing, books & bed! 8:20pm
  • Kids bedtime has been 9pm over break. An hour later than usual. 8:21pm

Tuesday

  • At bedtime Tor crying cause Jack hit him. Ask why, jack says Tor told him to hit him. Tor says yes he did tell him to. Alrighty then. 12:45am
  • Then Jack asks "are you trying to get me in trouble Tor?" Tor says no between sobs. Explain to J not to hit his bro even if he asks him to. 12:49am
  • Explain to T that if he tells J to hit him he will so he shouldn't ask him to hit him. V amusing conversation. Tried to keep a straight face 12:52am
  • At Starbucks with Jack and Liv waiting for Tor's class to finish. It's a tumbles class and Jack can't go because of his enlarged spleen. 2:49pm
  • Just realized I never read grown up books anymore. Instead of picking up a book while I wait for something I play on my iphone now. Sad. 3:03pm
  • @pat212414 it is just temporary. Like till kids are ALL in school. 3:34pm
  • @zeldman, I bet @CarrieBicknerZ will be happy to hear that :). 4:55pm
  • The first person I followed on Twitter was @sarahgilbert. http://tinyurl.com/9cflat #firstfollow 5:02pm

Wednesday

  • We needed groceries so @Frankensite went to get them like 2 hours ago. What a good guy. He txted me that he is in the checkout line now. 12:19am
  • I was getting a little worried, but he is a very thorough shopper :). Plus my list probably had him going back & forth through the aisles. 12:20am
  • It was a bit disorganized. Typed it into my iPhone while nursing the baby. Just wrote what came into my head, no particular order. hehehe. 12:21am
  • Actually he txted me questions while he was shopping and emailed me his status. What did we do before cell phones? Seriously. 12:24am
  • About to make Vasilopita. It is Greek New Year's Bread http://tinyurl.com/vasilopita 1:59pm
  • @Dorie93950 "hope the blog doesn't suck" re: Brian's vampire blog. hahahahahahahahaha 2:02pm
  • Brian's going to pick up Tor from his tumbles class later because roads are a mess. Contemplating celebrating New Years earlier, like now. 2:04pm
  • @researching thankgoodness we have DirectTV. Nick Jr. is not going anywhere. 3:10pm
  • Yuck. @Frankensite is drinking piss water. MGD Lite. LITE!!! Sad. I am starting on the champagne :). Thx Vanessa & Dan! 7:22pm
  • @vagredajr you AND Brian never get tired of that one :). Geeks Rule! 7:23pm

Thursday

  • Kids tried to stay up for ball. They lasted until almost 10. We put them to bed and fell asleep ourselves. Good thing we TiVoed ball drop. 8:52am
  • This may be the first time I wasn't up for the new year since I was a kid. 8:54am
  • Santa got kids Sony cameras. Santa sent them Scan Disc cards from amazon. Arrived yesterday. They need Sony memory sticks. Argh. Santa angry 11:35am
  • This must have been why those Sony cameras were cheaper than kids toy cameras! hehehe. Oh well. Now I have lots of xtra storage for my cam 11:38am
  • Just talked to my new cousin RJ for the first time. He's 10 and he is sooooo cute! 12:51am
  • Happy New Year everyone! 12:52am
  • @sarahgilbert aw, poor baby. hope he feels better soon. 12:52am
  • @Dorie93950 no, my cousin Eleni recently adopted him. He is a sweet kid. Everyone is lucky! 1:16pm
  • @Dorie93950 but good guess, I would have thought that too 1:17pm
  • Just made mushroom soup. Usually have it Christmas Eve. May move it to New Years permanently. Brian taking out recycling so perfect warm up. 10:45pm

Friday

  • Tried new recipe for mushroom soup tonight. Called for Thyme, didn't have it but did have Herbs de Provence http://tinyurl.com/438c2k odd. 1:33am
  • My herbs de provence did not have lavender. that would have been funky. Seriously who has that and not Thyme. (thanks Carol). 1:34am
  • At the mall so Jack can walk and get some energy out since he can't play. Having mono is no fun for 5yo boy. 2:09pm
  • Wow, John Travolta's 16yo son died. So very sad. 5:53pm

Saturday

  • Poor Brian has the bug Liv & I had yesterday. He was in bed now he is on couch. 1:53pm
  • Spent a long time cleaning kitchen this am, don't feel like cooking. Ordered pizza, salad and chicken soup. should be here soon. yum 1:57pm

I miss my mom/made Vasilopita today

Today we made Vasalopita, Greek New Year's Bread. Jack and Tor helped this year just like they did last year. I used my mom's recipe and I thought of her the whole time. I used to make it with my Yiayia and my mom when I was growing up and then just with my mom.

New Years is a pretty big deal in the Greek culture and Vasilopita plays a really big part in it. At one point today something went amiss and I wanted to call my mom to ask her how to fix it. I told Brian who was watching us and holding Liv and Jack answered, "But you can't call her because your fingers are covered in dough, right?" Funny. I fixed it myself though. She did teach me how to cook well :). She was an excellent cook, so was my Yiayia.

Christmas was hard this year too without my Mom. It was Liv's first Christmas so that made it really nice though. Everything this year was bittersweet -- like dark chocolate, which my mom loved and I don't like at all :). Thank God I had Liv. She made this year so much better. The boys and Brian did too of course but Liv being born shortly after my mom died really shifted my focus in a good way.

Tweets of the Week: 12/21/2008

Sunday

  • @Dorie93950 yeah I got it my freshman year of college, right before Christmas too. He is missing his holiday play & he had speaking part. 4:38am
  • @Dorie93950 he is so bummed. He had rx to duracef which is not a cillen but close. Check out my Flickr. In person looks way worse :(. 4:41am
  • On way back to jack's doc. Snowing again. 8:39am
  • Only slid twice getting here, both in my neighborhood. Nothing plowed but snowflakes beautiful. Prettiest I have ever seen. 9:39am
  • Jack's rash is still really bad but not angry red like yesterday. Steroids helped a lot. So final dx: strep throat, mono, med induced rash. 9:42am
  • Snow now basically thick heavy raindrops. Not pretty anymore. Leaving doc now. 9:53am
  • up in middle of night actually crying d/t ear pain. jack's doc take a look cause it has been a week & seems worse. pediatricians are experts 12:19am
  • they see tons of ear infections. she said just bad infection needs to run its course and to keep taking antibiotics & ear drops. comforted. 12:21am
  • take, took close enough :) cutting myself some slack. 12:22am
  • We got chocolate covered oreo cookies as a Christmas gift from http://www.ladyfortunes.com O-M-G. 5:38pm
  • @frankensite "i know" 5:46pm
  • Brian wants me to make "mexican food" now. Homemade guac & salsa, grilled chicken w/ mexican cheese blend, sour cream, canned refried beans 6:28pm
  • kitchen finally clean though :). this makes a mess. Oh well, that is what kitchens are for right? kids will love it too. they love guac. 6:28pm
  • maybe i will mush some avocado up for liv too. 6:29pm
  • Canned refried beans looks like cat food to me. But whatever. 7:32pm
  • One of my family's top 5 meals http://tinyurl.com/8357ho 8:32pm

Monday

  • @cksthree yes it is weird when we don't have our 3 dogs around. Quiet, no walks & we actually have to pick up the food the kids drop. 8:51am
  • @Dorie93950 Millennium Falcon hybrid! LOL. Your replies to Brian always make me giggle. 8:56am
  • Weird not getting jack ready for school. He feels fine other than rash. Rash got worse again last night. Poor guy. 8:59am
  • @veroniquec I hate that too! 9:22am
  • Kitchen is not as messy as I thought it would be. Lots of stuff already washed. Thanked Brian & asked when he did them. He said I did them. 9:42am
  • I must be sicker than I thought. 9:43am
  • Baby sat in high chair eating cheerios by herself for 1st time. Kitchen clean & sparkling. Coincidence? I think not. 10:13am
  • She has eaten cheerios before but I have sat right next to her making sure she didn't choke. Could see her this time though. 10:16am
  • I haven't met a staircase that I haven't fallen down eventually. Ouch! 11:42am
  • @pat212414 we could ask for higher temps. 11:52am
  • @Dorie93950 ooohhh good luck Dorie. Love ya. 11:54am
  • Wet stairs, my natural clumsiness & ear infection do not a good combination make. All is well though. Body used to it :). 12:00am
  • Barkley thinks she is a parrot, not a dog. She likes to sit on the back cushion of my sofa & put her paws & head on my shoulder. 2:27pm
  • Heading to school to pick up Tor a little early because he just bit another kid. Joy. 3:19pm
  • @sarahgilbert yeah, I set Jack up on gmail about two weeks ago :). 5:13pm
  • @doctorparadox obsessively or obsessably :) 5:59pm
  • @Dorie93950 good news. was thinking about you! 6:01pm
  • @pat212414 i think it is just me and walking, slipped on black ice picking Tor up. Maybe I should not go to Target tonight :). 9:46pm
  • Brian getting kids to bed for past hour and a half. Not going well cause both had naps. Rt now Jack is crying & Tor is making monkey noises 9:54pm
  • poor Brian. On the plus side I got Liv to sleep. go me! (I nursed her to sleep though, so kinda cheated) 9:56pm
  • ugh, forgot to get Jack's new antibiotic today & now cvs closed. called it in for me yesterday, said not to start till today. oh well 10:15pm
  • There is not another new Chuck until 2/2/09. ugh. 10:57pm

Tuesday

  • Favorite part of Tor's holiday show: when he blew a kiss during "Holly Jolly Christmas" 10:30am
  • His favorite part was spinning his arms for spinning the driedal. 10:31am
  • Writing out Jack's birthday invitations. Figured it might be a good idea since his party is in about 3.5 weeks :). 2:15pm
  • @frankensite Appropriate that you are folding origami Millennium Falcons since you are Han Solo :). 2:16pm
  • Then have to deliver some Christmas cheer to my Ob/Gyn & his staff. Without them we wouldn't have these three awesome kids :). Very thankful 2:20pm
  • Gave my doc a nice bottle of scotch. He said we made his day. I told him he made our lives. :). 5:55pm
  • Trying unsuccessfully to get kids to bed by myself. I want water, I want to go to the bathroom (again), waaa --- and that's just me! 8:29pm

Wednesday

  • In line to see Santa. Good thing I brought their leapsters. Jack's rash almost gone from his face. Kids excited. 10:14am
  • Mall not very busy (except Santa's line) for Christmas eve. Maybe later it will get busy. 10:19am
  • Brian abandoned us to go to Apple store. 10:21am
  • Wondering how close to Santa we should be before we wake up Liv. Too close she'll be fussy from waking up. Too far she will be fussy in line 10:29am
  • We got the pic. Jack looks shocked, Tor looks angry and Liv is giggling. One out of three ain't bad. 12:21am
  • At doc's office with jack. Used to work here, still hear things. Loudly congratulated one doc on his upcoming retirement. Looked ashen. 2:17pm
  • He had not told most of the staff yet or any patients. Whoops, had no idea was a secret. He semi-saved situation but not really. Oh well. 2:19pm
  • @frankensite I don't think I have ever heard the Cheap Trick Christmas song. Although I did hear Jimmy Buffet's the other day! 6:22pm
  • santa needs more caffeine. brian likes weak tea, gotta brew more. santa has lots of assembling to do. 9:26pm
  • santa does not like weak tea! 9:29pm
  • santa was counting on Starbucks black tea on the way home but it was closed. Luckily Santa has the same tea bags as Starbucks at home! 9:31pm
  • @Dorie93950 sounds really nice. Merry Christmas! 10:00pm
  • I am blogging, facebooking, twittering because baby will not let me put her down -- teething. Amazing hoe much can be done one handed. 10:44pm
  • toy assembly is not one of those things. fortunately boys finally fell asleep so Brian is downstairs now. time to begin! 10:46pm

Thursday

  • Just let dogs out in yard. Surprisingly warm. Dogs were barking at what I am assuming are Santa's reindeer. He's almost here! 12:13am
  • @mikepropst congrats! Merry Christmas to you and @Paprika :). 12:15am
  • i just put a dowel in a screw hole. i was helping. i am no longer allowed to help. yay mr. claus popped it out! 12:58am
  • this thing said two people required for safe assembly. apparently they did not mean i should be one of the people. 1:00am
  • i have been promoted to supervisor. 1:01am
  • well that took over an hour to build. now onto last assembly required toy. yay 2:02am
  • Kids so excited and dogs too. Having a merry Christmas. Hope you are too! 9:07am
  • Mema, Brian's Grandmother got the kids Toys R Us gift cards. Liv's has a giraffe!! 11:03am
  • We were eco friendly this year (lazy) and did not wrap ANY presents. We have lots of packaging to pick-up though. 11:10am

Friday

  • At breakfast/lunch with family. Nice 2nd day of Christmas. 11:35am
  • Liv is dreaming. She is smiling in her sleep. So adorable. She is such a sweet baby. Boys are playing xbox, Daddy's working, I'm so happy 3:00pm
  • Liv crawls like she is a commando & I don't mean diaperless. 3:29pm

Saturday

  • @paprika happy birthday! 9:03am
  • jack plays trism and rolando way better than I do. he gets frustrated watching me play and takes the phone right out of my hands. 9:20am
  • Brian is sleeping in today. Yay for him :). He never sleeps in. funny how once you r a parent, time definition of sleeping in changes a lot 9:25am

Jack's strep/mono story

He started with fevers a week ago Thursday night and Friday. So he missed school on Friday. Then it went away over the weekend. On Monday he complained of a sore throat, so I took him to the doctor and they did a strep test and it was positive. He has been on antibiotics since. So he missed Monday and Tuesday.

Sometimes with strep you can get mono and the meds that you take for strep can give a horrible rash because of the mono. I saw a little rash on his back last Thursday night. I didn't think much of it because you can get a rash with strep. It got worse on Friday and he had fevers so I talked to the doctor twice. it got really really bad overnight so I took him first thing Saturday.

She examined him and could feel his spleen. That is one of the signs of mono. Also all his lymph nodes were swollen, in fact the ones on the back of his neck you could see sticking out. So she drew blood (you can imagine how well that went) and she sent them to the lab stat. The results came back positive.

By the time you realize you have mono you aren't contagious anymore but he had the horrible rash from the antibiotics. I couldn't send him to school looking like that. Everyone there would have freaked out.

The rash is starting to go away because of the steroids they put him on. I took him to the doc for a recheck today and his spleen is doing better, it shrunk a little. He won't be able to play in recess for about 2 months though because there is a chance it could rupture with rough play.

Check out his rash here and here.

The rash looked better when I took those pics. Imagine them angry and red. It was so scary. He has another spleen recheck on the 6th. The rash on his face is pretty much gone now. You can't see them at all in the Santa photos unless you are looking for them.

Some of my baby pics

Tonight I found some of my baby pics Brian scanned awhile ago. Photo #15 reminds me a lot of Liv.