Archive for March, 2012

But, Mom!

Saturday, March 31st, 2012 by by


“Bob, you need to include Liam when you guys are playing.”

“But he was mean to Clementine.”

“You need to be patient with him, Babe. He’s just a little guy.”

“But, Mom!”

“You have a choice. You can either include him, or we can leave the park and go home.”

“Mom, I really don’t like your options.”


Ava was discharged

Saturday, March 31st, 2012 by by

Ava finally got discharged yesterday. We learned what Red Man Syndrome is and that was interesting. It took a few tries to wean dextrose while on feeds, but she finally managed to maintain blood sugar levels. Got her GJ tube switched out. She’s lost about 4 pounds so her tube size is now 1.5 instead of 2. Ten days of Vanco and Zosyn. Her hemoglobin dropped and her CRP was elevated. She leaves us all confused. Her labs were off.

Her Genetics doctor asked for permission to present her case at the American Acadamy of Genetics meeting. Ava has more going on than just ETC – complex 1 (Mito). She has something else too. Endo is calling NIH and Mayo clinic for some ideas. Ava is a puzzle.

Fun in the Sun

Saturday, March 31st, 2012 by by

Dear Mother Nature,

You are killing it with this weather!  85 degrees!!  In March?  What’s the catch?
On second hand, don’t tell me.  I’m enjoying this heat wave way too much.


Believe it or not, my kids are not as impressed by this ridiculously awesome weather as I am.  Who cares about an actual, real-live sunny day when you can see one on high-def television any time you want?


Despite the stiff competition that I face from the cavalcade of electronics that my kids cling to like security blankets, I still make the effort to “wow” them with plain, old-fashioned, home-made fun.  It’s good for them to have a history lesson every now and again.   And it’s always good for my ego to enjoy the stinging response that the suggestion of a game of tag or the building of an outdoor fort elicits.  “Poor mom and her sad, paleolithic ideas,” their eye-rolls seem to suggest.

This super-easy sidewalk paint still somehow manages to be a hit, so today, after much negotiation, I managed to reach an amicable settlement with Kellan and Riss.  They would go outside if I made paint.  Deal.

The recipe for this stuff is available on a billion other websites, but basically it’s this:


Recipe: 3 Minute Single Brownie

Friday, March 30th, 2012 by by

If you love chocolate and you want to make a quick treat then this is the perfect recipe for you.

When I was a low carb dieter I loved to make warm brownies that contained cocoa powder, splenda, powdered milk, and water.  And I would top them with cool whip because they were kind of dry.

Now that I’m aware of the dangers of artifical sweeteners and am not drinking cow’s milk I had to come up with an alternative recipe.

This is so simple, flavorful, and moist.

I am happy to admit that it is much better than the original recipe and doesn’t need anything on top.

It’s the perfect single serving desert. (more…)


Food Fun Friday – Marshmallow Sugar Pops

Friday, March 30th, 2012 by by

My mom got me a subscription to Food Network Magazine which is really funny if you know me. While I like cooking and food, I have little time to do anything elaborate and even less time to watch the Food Network. But I have gotten some nifty inspiration from Food Network Magazine. You may remember the Cookie Tray we made from an ad in a previous issue.

As I was flipping through the April 2012 issue, I came across this photo for marshmallow pops. They sounded pretty easy for kids to make, and I had sticks leftover from the last time I made cake pops.

Supplies you will need:

  • Large marshmallows
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Colored sugar, sanding sugar or sprinkles
  • Water


Friday Five: The Changes of Springtime

Friday, March 30th, 2012 by by


Our awesomely sunny week of 80+ degree temperatures has come to a dreary end.  It is gray and rainy and cooler…but still humid??  Basically it’s all of my least favorite weather combined into one icky day!

1) This Wednesday we drove out to visit my mom again.  My dad was substitute teaching so we missed seeing him.  I really wish I could convince my parents to move closer to us.  With no close friends around during the day, it was kind of nice to have my mom to pal around with instead.  So much in my old neighborhood has changed, but at the same time, so much has remained the same.

This is my old high school:

And this is the house where I grew up: (more…)

The other Cora

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 by by

There’s another angel Cora that is special to me. Her name is Cora McCormick.

Cora died at 5 days old due to an undetected congenital heart defect.  Sadly, a very simple test could have detected it and saved Cora’s life.  It’s called a pulse oximetry test (the little white plastic thing put on the tip of the finger…SO simple).  Cora’s amazing mother has been campaigning trying to get bills in several states to make pulse ox tests for newborns standard and mandatory.  And she’s doing an amazing job.

Go read Cora’s story.  Then contact your representatives and tell them you support a pulse ox bill to be written or passed in your state.


Dirt is Good for Kids

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 by by

I have to admit, I still cringe a little when I let the kids into the dirt. Our society is obsessed with cleanliness; and, like most of us, I have been shaped (at least to some degree) by the paranoia surrounding the issue of germs.

When I started running a home daycare a few years ago, I was committed to keeping the children relatively neat and clean. Sure, they acquired some food stains on their clothes or got a little dusty in the sandbox; but they were, for the most part, unsullied. As they grew and began to explore more of the outside world, trying to maintain this level of cleanliness was close to impossible. I began to realize that to attempt to limit their exploration of nature in all its dirtiness (I say attempt because I was largely unsuccessful anyway) was to deprive them (more…)

Homemade granola bars

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 by by

I’ve been on a bit of a rampage lately trying to straighten out our eating habits. It seems like I can’t get away from the horror stories online about preservatives, processed foods, the dangers of soy, and genetically modified grains. I’ve always been great about making desserts from scratch (my waistline bears testament to that) but I would buy whatever was on sale for the kids to snack on. Then I started reading ingredient lists and it all sounded kind of gross! I’m taking baby steps to healthier snacks, and granola bars were one of the easiest things I found to make; they are delicious. Like I have to restrain myself and remember that these are for the kids. And then I eat them anyway.

I found the basic recipe here for chewy granola bars and then read through (more…)

The Man In the Moon

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 by by


Bob had a sleep over last night with Grandma Jan and Pops. At 3:08am our phone rang.

“Daddy? Hi.”

“What’s up, Buddy?”

“I just wanted to talk to you.”

“Are you okay?” (more…)