Friday, February 24, 2006

Want a little whine with your dinner?

I'm sick again... really sick - have not felt this sick in nearly 2 years. Came on slowly yesterday afternoon, full blown sore throat last night, couldnt sleep, couldnt swallow, fever, aches, body feeling like lead... I hate being sick. I feel like i have not been healthy since way before Thanksgiving.

And to think - folks used to come here to get healthy.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

With age comes...

Biceps?? No - not mine. Matthew!!

I was watching him the other day. He'd borrowed a shirt from his brother that is one of those basketball ones with no sleeves, so his arms are exposed. I was more than a little shocked to see muscle definition in his arms! Delts and biceps!! THE KID'S JUST THIS SIDE OF FIVE YEARS OLD!! Where's the baby fat? What happened to those mushey cheeks that I would love to just kiss and kiss and kiss until he got rather disgusted and pulled away from me, laughing?? I'm not ready for him to look so BOY-ish! Soon, he, too will be loosing teeth just like his older brother and those precious, tiny pearls he has in his mouth will be replaced by big, awkward choppers, and he will look very big, and very old, just like Parker.

Its a good thing we have Christopher in our lives (for a multitude of reasons) because he can help me continue the delusion that I'm not really a grown up after all, I'm just a young mother, with years to go before I, myself, am "old". Yeah, the other two - they've blown that "young mother" image right out the window for me!

Thanks guys... :-)

Oh, and as an update on that littlest of Jensens... My little tank had his 6-month visit to the doc on Monday. He weighed 23.4 lbs (both his brothers were 20lbs and change at 6 mo) and 29" long (Matt was taller by 3/4", P was shorter by nearly 1 3/4") and is wearing 12 - 18 month clothing right now. His nickname has been "Little Bear", but I think I might start calling him Shaq!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Teeth!! We have teeth!

As soon as he sits still long enough for me to grab my camera, I will post pics, but on Christopher's 6-mo birthday (yes - he's 6 months already and no - I have no idea how that happened) he popped his first tooth. Parker's, by comparison, arrived with its neighbor when he was 9 months. Matthew, well, we are still investigating that matter (second child, you know)

And, for those of you for whom this kept you up nights, he is now "legal", as we had his Baptism this past Sunday. His godparents and grandparents were in attendance and he was not only extremely well behaved, he even flirted with the crowd!!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Crisis Averted

My computer is coming to the end of his life, I just know it. I've had this feeling for a while now. It began with the strange clicking noise that sounded like something caught in the spokes of a bicycle tire. Then the computer began acting up.

Today - it died. But, like Farm Boy in The Princess Bride, it was not ALL dead, just mostly-dead. I am very proud of my powers of ressurection! I got the air-mattress blower, and blew the heck out of the inside of my CPU. It was gross. More than gross - downright disgusting! I cannot believe the ick that accumulated inside my poor computer. No wonder it went into mostly-dead mode.. I would too if I had that much crap inside me (no comment from the peanut gallery regarding food intake!)

Warren & Greta have flown the coop. They found an apartment not too, too far away, and moved out Friday. The Steiners arrived on Saturday and the boys have not stopped yet, except to fall dead-fast asleep in bed. Chris is on the verge of cutting two teeth (very exciting, though he is the most adorable toothless wonder!!!)

That's it... life continues in its frenetic pace moving forward...

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

They do grow like weeds


A few years ago, when we had first moved here, I took a picture of Parker near our neighbor's plastic yard decoration and called the shot "Arizona Snowman" and it received rave reviews from the photography site to which I had posted it. That got me thinking about what a great marker this snowman would be, and I've tried to get shots of Parker by this snowman each year. I lost the ones from 2003, but here are years 2002, 2004 and 2005. Its a case of the ever-shrinking snowman! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Sam on Steriods

One of the "miracle" cures now for Bronchitis, is, evidently, to pump the victim so full of steriods that they don't realize they can't breathe. I came back from the doc Friday afternoon with the instruction to take all 6 tabs the first day, 5 the next, 4 the next, and so on. The label said "Even if you get your pack late in the day, take all 6 unless directed otherwise by your doctor" so I obliged.

I wanted to do laundry and vacuum the house at 12:30 in the morning, was up reading until about 2 and felt like I'd had 19 cups of fully-loaded French Roast. So- upside - energy is back. I'm still hacking myself silly and am convinced that I will see my shoe or parts of a lung. Supposedly I am on the road to recovery. We shall see...

My weigh-in this week will be oh so much fun... AF was here, and now I'm all 'Roided out, so I can imagine what numbers await.... Folks actually do this to themselves voluntarily??? You've got to be joking!

Friday, February 03, 2006

Acute Bronchitis

Yep.. still not healthy around here. Been hacking my head off for the last two weeks and finally decided that it was time to see the doc! Isn't it strange - for my kids, I will take them at the drop of a hat, but for me, I wait two weeks!! Anyway, the diagnosis is Acute Bronchitis. Brought on by, most likely, a viral upper respiratory infection. Exaserbated by our 4th day in a row of high pollution advisory, and the 12th one we've had so far in 2006. Yes, that's right - I live in the place that folks used to come to get healthy... and I've never been (constantly) sicker in my whole life.

Greta and Warren arrived safe and sound on the 20th of January. We are expecting the Steiners to arrive this coming Saturday, the 11th. Christopher is being baptised on the 12th, so things here are busy and hectic... now if only I could be healthy and not need to nap through it all!!