Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Excitement?

I really don't like Halloween very much.  There, I said it.  I guess I'm just paranoid, but I don't like the idea of weirdos dressing up in something very scary and trying to "scare" you.  Call me paranoid.  I think its a holiday that belongs to little kids, and should stay that way.  Maybe I'm afraid of the "dark" side of things. 

However, I really do love seeing little kids dressed up in costume, pretending to be something else for a day.  So adorable!  It doesn't seem like its been an entire year since my little one was a tiger:

What's even more unbelievable is that its been 2 years since my nephew wore the same costume!!  (I love his expression in this photo!  It screams "Mom, why do you make me look so silly?!?!")

This year, my guy will be a pirate (another hand me down from cuz).  I wish I would have tried the costume on him this weekend so that I would have had a cute photo to enter into the I Heart Faces photo challenge, but I suppose I'll have to save it for next year!

We'll be attending the party at his daycare tonight, and it will be interesting to see if he likes wearing his costume or if he tries to rip it off!  Either way, I'm sure it will be fun.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I've been sick for over a month.  This is ridiculous.  I haven't been incapacited (no fever, no real aches)....more of a "walking" sickness, but really...I'm ready to be germ-free!  I had a cough for 3.5 weeks (that is finally gone), and have had a sinus infection for about a week now.  What a mess.

Before I had a child, I usually got a "cold" once per year.  That's it.  Seems like my little germ-fest of a kid carries alot of things home to share with us.  Isn't that nice of him?  Hmmm....I'm not amused!

I'm so reluctant to start a strain of antibiotics, because I'm convinced that my immune system is really close to beating this latest germ.  I really can't even remember the last time that I actually had an antibiotic.  I felt quite antiquated when the doctor subscribed a "ZPAC", and I thought, what's wrong with good old penicillin?  I haven't filled the prescription yet.....there seem to be alot of adverse reactions to this ZPAC.   Why would I want to feel sicker from something that is supposed to make me better?

So, I'm going to try the saline flush tonight.  The idea kind of grosses me out, but there are tons of people out there that swear by it.  At this point, I just want the sinus congestion gone.  Hopefully it will be the quick fix that I'm looking for!  (Although, I've had to gear myself up for this all day I a wuss, or what!?)

Along these lines, I've been thinking alot about the H1N1 vaccine, and whether the bennies are going to outweigh the cons.  I was really at the point last night where I thought that I was not going to get my son the vaccine (he did get a seasonal flu shot), and then my husband said, what would you do if that flu killed out son.  Ouch.  Why is there so much guilt and drama involved with being a parent.  These decisions really drive me crazy!!!  From what I hear, it only gets more difficult...these are the easy problems to deal with.  Yikes.

Here's to good health!


Monday, October 19, 2009


This week's photo challenge at I Faces is "Pink" in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

I'm entering this photo of my sister-in-law and niece.  Nothing is more "pink" to me than a baby at play.  Watching babies play reminds me how precious life is.  Now, it would be a leap to say that this reminds me to check my breasts, but I do check regularly, as I hope that every woman does.  If you have a woman in your life that you love, please remind them to check, its not embarrassing, its life saving!

My mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor, and she is a wonderful woman who has a lot of people very grateful that she is with us today.

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The entries this week are spectacular!!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Happy and Sad?

Being a wife and a parent has taught me that the family that I have brings me an immense amount of joy.   That same joy can turn into the deepest sorrow I could ever know.  This isn't something that I think about alot, but there have been  a few examples of this lately, and they have literally brought me to tears.  This whole parenthood thing is making me weepy.....with joy and sadness! 

A few weeks ago, I watched the movie Seven Pounds, and it made me cry.  I cried because it poignantly shows that everything you love in life can be taken away from you in a very quick moment.  I wept myself to sleep that night after watching it thinking about what my llife would be like without my husband or son (or both!?!?!).
(This is by no means a plug for the movie.  Overall, it was "okay", and I would have really liked it if they would have explained what the actual Seven Pounds were...but that's another blog) .

A few days later, I was driving in the car and heard a man talking about marriage and relationships.  He explained that he and his wife were having a difficult time because they lost a son 9 years ago to a genetic disease and now their youngest son was now dying of that same disease.  How does a parent continue to go on once they lose a child?  I don't know that I could bear this kind of pain, but to lose two has got to be devastating.  How do you maintain your relationship with your spouse, or even just decide to get up in the morning?  The man was so sweet and continued to try to make his wife happy during this horrible time in their lives.  He was so committed to their relationship that he wasn't going to let the tragedy tear them apart.  It was so touching, and added another moment of tears for me.

Now, for the record, I'm not much of a crier.  Hard to believe, right?  Its true.  I'm usually pretty good about dealing with emotions as they come along....but when thoughts of losing these two people who make up my whole life get into my head, its not hard to start crying.  Yikes.  The thing that scares me the most about having these feelings is that I don't want to live my life in fear.  I have to  be mindful to concentrate on the positive and to savor every moment in life and enjoy the experiences that come my way.  Easier said than done...but this is what I'm trying to learn from these feelings.

Until next time....those are my Arinomics for the day. 

"Excited" Photo Challenge

This week's Photo Challenge at I Heart Faces is "Excited".  It makes me think back to when my son started eating and how exciting it was for him.  I caught this photo while he was eating a Biter Biscuit.  Doesn't sound too appealing to me, but he loved them.

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