Monday, February 23, 2009


So. Our family has been sick for a long, long time.
I believe that the throwing up started Christmas Eve and we haven't had a fully healthy family since then. It is almost comical. Everyone will seem on the upswing and three seconds later someone has a river of green coming out their nose. We actually all made it to church one week and it was announced as the "happy minute moment". I am not embellishing at all when I say that about 20 minutes after I got home from church I had a sore throat and was so sick I couldn't get out of bed for several days. Who ever gets that sick anymore? We even got Maria sick. I think it might have been strep, but I didn't get myself to the doctor to see. In about 10 days I could swallow again and found myself 10 pounds lighter for my troubles. We just finished a round of coughs and colds and the little girls have not been in therapy for two weeks (we went back today, but big sister has a 104 fever and is bed bound with the flu. I sure hope she shares it with ALL the kids..).

The point of all this is not to whine about how we have been so sick. It has actually provided a refreshing change of pace for us. It has been like a vacation-with snot. I was laughing with a friend about how the kids must be spreading each others germs. We wondered if they were licking each others noses in the middle of the night or spitting in the bottles. Then today I randomly walked into the bathroom today and found Jacob. With his head in the toilet. With his head in the toilet as if he was bobbing for apples. Luckily it wasn't apples he had in there, just the hair brushes, the lotion bottle and everything else you put your hands on in the bathroom.
So, while I joked about the funny ways my kids could be infecting each other, never in my wildest dreams did I think that my germophobe son (heaven forbid there be a hair in the bathtub or that he get his hands STICKY) was marinating the downstairs bathroom in bog water. I can't even think about it. I am trying to find the humor in this, but right now I am too busy cloroxing every hard surface in the house.
I am beyond asking the question "why" (and just in case you are curious, the answer I got was "I don't know") I just want to know what kind of thoughts lead up to the point where the end result is to dunk your head in the toilet. We may never know.

I can't decide to call this a good day or a bad day. Good days generally aren't applicable if anything unusual with a toilet has been involved.

I think I will sleep on it.
*Update. After a reasonable night's rest and an episode of "The Bachelor--The Women Tell All". I have concluded that it was a GOOD day. If you are familiar with my wild man Cubby, you know that this is nothing. It didn't involve poison, sharpies, stitches or police..... What a GOOD day!!!
** Update/Update. I just remembered that a few days ago while we were visiting my in-laws for dinner, Cubby bounded into the dining room with a bunch of rat traps in his arms. The old fashioned kind that spring shut (like in the cartoons). I have no idea how he didn't hurt himself (and also, ewwww). That would have involved poison, stitches, broken bones AND the police (after we go three or four times in a year we have to meet with the hospital social worker--because, honestly, who has to go the ER as much as we do?).
**Update/Update/Update. I have had a few query's about the silhouettes. I did them in about 4 seconds in Photoshop. It is super easy. Want one? Check back in a few days. I'll post a tutorial for those who have Photoshop and how to get one from me for those that don't. It will involve a small charitable contribution of your choosing.

23 comments:

CKW said...

Wasn't it in the Great Brain books that the mom would put all the kids into bed together when one got sick, so that they would all get through it at the same time? I think she was onto something there.

I hope that someday Cubby uses his powers for good...

compulsive writer said...

Suddenly I feel less worse about our neighbor's cat that sneaks in and drinks from our toilet. I guess it's true what they say--things could always be worse.

Hope you got a good night's sleep!

Michelle said...

Hope you guys are finally coming out of the worst of it! Tis the season, eh! We've been in 'that place' to for quite some time now! But everyone looks good on your end, healthy and cute! Can't believe that first birthday is coming already! Anyway, hope you are all well!

Kalli Ko said...

mostly i'm just glad you're back

and doesn't every little boy bob for treasures in the toilet every now and then?

Mak said...

LOVE the silouette at the top- how/where'd you get it done?

La Yen said...

Um, I am terrified that I didn't even flinch at Cubby's escapades. I just saw it happening in my home.

wendysue said...

Hey, don't feel so bad, I remember seeing on some news show that toilet water is actually pretty clean. . . .why NOT bob for stuff in there?

I was on the Strep Throat diet myself, but then I certainly made up for it once I was feeling better again.

p.s. love your silouette! Did Nie do them?

Queen Scarlett said...

Whenever my kids do something I don't understand... I just have Bill Cosby in my head saying "Brain Damage". It makes so much sense after that.

oodlesofoversons said...

Thanks for the laugh, even though constantly sick kids is SO not fun.

dandelionmama said...

YAY! YAYAYAYAYAAAAAY!!!! I'm so happy you're back! I've missed you so much!

**doing a happy dance around my computer at 2 in the morning!**

Yay! I'm so glad you're back. Did I mention that?

...yay...

Anonymous said...

stuff floating in the toilet...OK!
Head bobbing in the toilet...OK..maybe!

Rejoice that he usually doesn't flush the said things!

jmk

acte gratuit said...

Suddenly I feel better about the call I got from the School Principle. I think I'd rather have my son throwing punches than giving himself a swirly. But that's just my germ-phobia coming out!
:)
Thanks for the giggle!
Emily

Lisa Loo said...

It IS good to see you back--and you are already handing out the smiles. You children are so cute--thanx for sharing. That sillouette thing is cool---I will check back!

Julie P said...

So I'm not the only one hopelessly hooked on The Bachelor this year? I always start watching halfway through the season, when things get good. :) Did you see the spoilers about next weeks "behind the rose part TWO"? Juicy.

Bek said...

No, we are obsessed with the Bachelor. Our case worker for the girls is Tess (the winner of the season with Andy). We have to restrain ourselves not to spend the entire IEP meetings asking her if she got a clothing budget and if the other girls were nice, etc, etc...

angie said...

I'm so glad you're back!!

ShelliRae said...

Love the silhouette!! I am looking forward to your tutorial!

Tennille said...

Where is the link to Melissa's blog?

Leisha said...

Welcome back lady. Missed you! The kids are looking wonderful!

oodlesofoversons said...

Guess what? you can see Sydney's hearing aids in a recent post I did of the spring festival. Click on the picture to see them close up. hang in there! Syd still doesn't have GREAT hearing, probably never will, but at least these help!
xoxo
A

Brit said...

Hope your family is well! I do miss your posts around here!

Anonymous said...

I SOOOOO wish you would update! I love your writing style and the stories of your beautiful family...private jets and all! Missing you here in Dallas.

Adventures of Matt and Rae said...

Yes I know who you are! You and your sisters are talked about frequently by Matt. And yes you DO need to update, maybe just a LITTLE more often. I understand how life can get a little crazy with little ones runnin around though!