Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Snowflake season has started! I officially made my first snowflake yesterday. Since I made over 80 last year, and ran out, I will need more this year - or cut someone out of my list. If I start now, and make a few at a time, I should be fine! This one is about 6 inches across - larger than most that I make. I only ironed it, not stiffened, so I could take a picture of it. It is easier to store without being stiffened. (I found that out last year!)
Friday, April 27, 2007
AJ is in 7th heaven right now. We got a Wii this week (new gaming system). He has been beating my socks off in tennis and baseball, but I held my own in bowling - I still lost, but not by much! The Wii uses the controller as a "wand" and you move the controller to make your character move. In tennis, you swing your hand like you have a racket in it, and for bowling, you pretend the wand is the ball - just don't turn it loose! There are all sorts of "reminders" built into the game to make sure you have the safety strap fastened, and I can see how it could slip right out of your hand and into the TV screen! For video systems, this one is pretty fun and interactive. I have to stand up to play even - you can't be a couch potato. It isn't "real" exercise, but it is better than sitting on the couch working your thumbs.
AJ is off tonight for a camping trip with the scouts. I probably won't see him after I drop him off at school today until Sunday. Ralph is taking him in to town to meet up with the scouts at 5:00, and they will go camping from there. Alli has a baseball game this weekend too - only two more left after this. Her season goes really fast! We took pictures at last week's game and they turned out very cute. The photographer managed to catch a smile on her! I love the digital cameras - we can see if we have a good picture of her right away, so we don't have to take 47 to make sure we have one good one.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
AJ was great! When we got there, there was no one on the field we were supposed to be on (or the one I thought we were supposed to be on) so he took Alli to the play area and let her climb around while I went back to the car to get my phone and call Ralph and check the schedule to see what I forgot. We got there at 8:20, and the coach wants us there at 8:15, so I thought I just forgot where or when we were playing! (Typical for me!) He kept her happy and occupied, and before I made it back to the car, everyone else started coming in (I was right - they were just all late too!)
Once the kids starting getting there, the coach had them start playing catch. Rather than agitate Alli by "making" her play catch, I let her just wander around. AJ played catch with one of the older boys, and he did very well with him. He was pretty accurate with hitting Isiah's mitt, so Isiah could catch most of the balls. He also managed to catch most of the balls Isiah threw to him, too, which delighted Isiah. We usually play outfield close to Isiah, so we help watch him during the game too. Luckily, the opposing team did not have any "power hitters". Some teams have some boys that can really hit, and the adults and "helpers" have to make sure none of the kids get hit with a line drive. Talk about "taking one for the team"! Unfortunately, the other team did have about 15 players, so it took quite a while to go through the line up for batting. Ours went a lot faster, as we only had about 9 kids there. We also only had one wheelchair and Alli that don't "run" the bases (though she did once!). The other team had several that had limited physical abilities. One boy (I think he was the coach's son) got out of his wheelchair to bat (coach supporting him from behind) and used his crutches to run the bases. Usually, the coach pitches to the kids, so they had a substitute pitcher while he was helping, and the substitute tended to hit the coach with the ball. He got quite a few laughs from the kids clowning around.
I did order pictures for Alli. The photographer managed to get one of her with an actual smile, not her snarl that looks like a smile. To get it, I ended up kneeling beside Alli, holding the bottom of a bat, trying to keep Alli's hand on the bat, and the bat close to her face, trying to stay out of the picture, and AJ was trying to keep her attention on the camera and keep her smiling (he had candy!). We did it! It took a few pictures, and thank goodness for digital cameras. The photographer was able to tell when she had a good picture. We were all amazed! I had planned on ordering just one picture as a memento, but since the digital looked so good, I ended up ordering a package of pictures. I guess that is how you sell photos!
Saturday, April 21, 2007
It's the weekend! Alli has a baseball game today, and pictures after. It hasn't decided if it wants to rain today or not. I kind of hope it is raining, so I don't have to go to the game, but...I signed Alli up because it is good for her, and so I will take her! (I just hope it is raining in Shasta Lake City!) I just checked weather.com, and they are forecasting rain from 7:00 to 9:00, so I may luck out!
I have a kitten in my lap as I type too! Lucy has decided that my lap is the place to be. It makes hard to type, as she drapes herself across my wrist. Today is her first day to go outside. We have had her three weeks, and I planned on letting her out after two weeks, but we had company that weekend, and I didn't want her any more stressed than she was! I posted a couple of pictures AJ took of her. She looks pretty settled in to me! She is getting along with the other animals fine too. Jasper doesn't even phase her anymore, and and she and Henry share the bed pretty well. (They haven't figured out how to share my lap yet, so one waits for the other to leave and then hops up!) I've been doing quite a bit of crocheting lately (while watching the Giants), so there seems to be a lap available fairly often. Now if I could just figure out how to keep the cat hair out of my thread!
This has been a stressful week - I've been fighting headaches all week, and I am shorthanded at work. We have finally started getting busy, but not too bad, but yesterday was the monthly staff meeting, and my department was in charge of providing refreshments. "My Department" ends up being me! It isn't a big deal - just go to Costo and pick up goodies and then Friday morning, set up for the meeting, and then, after the meeting clean everything up. It isn't a big deal - unless you have to do it alone! On Friday, I had one other person working in my department, and she helped set up, but did only exactly what I told her to do - nothing more, and then after the meeting, she "had to get to work!" That left me to clean up. Bummer.
Monday, I am scheduled to only have one person in the department with me as well, and I have a 10:30 meeting and I have to leave work around 2:00 to go to Pleasanton for training. (Add to this, AJ has an orthodontist appointment at 2:45, I have to pick up a rental car, and I am driving car-pool next week. Stressed!) I have delegated - Ralph will take me to work (leaving my car at home) and take AJ to his appointment, if he can find Dr. Shoff's office, the rental place will come pick me up, and I will call the other carpool Mom and see if she can drive for me Monday and Tuesday. Destressed! (Not really, but not as stressed?) I still have to get everything set up for Ralph to handle the one day I am gone (pre-fix meals, make lists, draw up a timetable for Alli, etc.). Sometimes it isn't worth the hassle to be gone, even just overnight!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
We finished up the EEG around 10:00, and then had to wait until 11:00 for Alli's appointment with Dr. Asaikar. We went back to the car, had some juice and a snack, and then drove across the street to Dr. A's. We got there a little before 11:00, and by 11:05, Alli was acting out. She went into screaming mode by 11:10. One of the other families in the waiting room asked if we had any windows left in our house. Luckily, they too were understanding. Around 11:20, the office staff put us into one of the little rooms. Alli was still acting out and screaming. By the time the doctor came - she was on overload (and so was I!). Poor Dr. A - he had never seen her like this. He tried cajoling her - which usually works for him - but not today. He tried taking her for a walk to calm her down, and she wouldn't go with him. he finally gave up and went to read the EEG (quickly!) He came back, said the EEG was clear - go home! He chased us down the hall to get us out so Alli would calm down, offering her snacks, water, anything! Poor man! He may never recover! She passed the EEG with flying colors - no evidence of any recent seizures! (Mom may not recover though!)