Friday, December 9, 2016

Birthday Dinner

Logan turns 9 tomorrow!! 😱

He opened family gifts tonight and then we headed out to his birthday dinner. He wanted a burger and shake so we stuffed ourselves silly at the Palo Alto Creamery. 😋

The second pic was after Callum climbed under the table to join Jon and Logan, since he wanted to be a part of the picture taking event. But then, wouldn't stay still (frankly, none of them would), so this was the best capture I could get!

Yo Ho Ho!

Busy prepping for tomorrow's birthday bash.... Blimey! our Mate Logan is turnin' 9!

A family tree?

Logan and I were up until 10pm last night, finishing up his "All about me" project. And really, it still wasn't complete. But I couldn't allow him to stay up any later (not that he wanted to anyway!).....thus begins the late long nights of homework I guess?

His assignment (which was given to him last week) was to write a report about himself. In addition, he could bring a couple of things that were "special" to him from home, to share, as well as his favorite book, and a poster of himself (decorated by his choosing, with pictures or drawings or whatever he wanted to do).

In his report, there's a section where the teacher asks him to share a funny story about, or that has happened to, himself. We sat for a couple of nights scratching our heads tying to figure out what would be funny to share, because while his younger brother happens to be a real character and class clown, Mr. Logan is the shy, sensitive, brooding kid with just a few friends who pretty much keeps to himself about everything. And anything Jon or I would remember was deemed *not* funny or shareable (usually because it was too embarrassing) to his class.

As a sort of last ditch effort, I sat him down in front of my laptop the other night and did a quick query on my blog for all "Loganisms" I ever posted. And then we sat and read them all. Some were sappy but most were hilarious - particularly to a 3rd grader when reading something he said as a 3 year old. :) He decided to share a few of those and picked out his most favorite.

Then he got stuck again when it was time to make the poster. His teacher had told me on the side not to stress about it because it was totally optional but I didn't let my kid know that. I told her he needed to learn how to manage his time and get this shit done, because it isn't like this is going to get any easier as he gets older! So, given the holidays, and the fact that he likes to draw but wanted to share some pictures, I suggested he draw a Christmas tree with his pictures glued to it. After a lot of whining and a few scraped drafts that he scribbled together, he finally drew a decent tree, ready for some ornaments.

Then the daunting task of sitting in front of my computer, yet again, going through 9 years of pictures I had taken of him. :) Interestingly, he loved most of his baby pictures, so he picked out several of those to share and then threw in a few of his family, when he found one he liked and/or it printed well (he chose several family members but a lot of my photos printed too dark for us to see!). He also wanted to highlight a lot of the animals which I thought was cute, whereas Callum, Jon and I were a little bit of an afterthought! LOL

So, as the clock struck 10pm, I finally said we needed to call it quits. But, he was so thrilled to have finished in time and, I'm sure, will do great during his presentation today. :)

No more cast!

What a goofball.

So, Callum had another set of xrays yesterday. They liked how much new bone growth is already showing, so they decided to put him in a removable splint (vs another cast).

At first, when they took his cast off, Callum was pretty guarded about letting anyone touch his arm or move it. The dr's explained to me that it's a very normal reaction, since his wrist and elbow are likely stiff and will be sore if he tries moving it too much.

Then the itching started. His poor skin was finally breathing air again and that just enacted something in Callum which made him begun itching his skin furiously. Before we could stop him, in about 15 seconds, he had itched his arm so much that he was starting to create a decent abrasion on his skin. :( Then the cast tech guy said oh, here you just need to clean it and the itching will go away - so he grabbed a handful of hand sanitizer and started rubbing it all over Callum's arm. Except I guess he didn't realize Callum skin was already pretty raw? So then the poor kid was screaming because HELLO abrasions and hand sanitizers do NOT mix. :(

So the whole "yay! No more cast!" celebration really turned into a very overwhelming and upsetting appointment for poor Callum and he started crying that he just wanted to go home.

Now, the Dr needed to fit him for the removable splint but he was NOT wanting any part of that, so I finally said ok kiddo - we either need to go home with this splint, or they're going to put another cast on you, because we still need to protect your wrist for a few weeks.

However, instead of relaxing and caving into the idea of the splint he looked up at me and said ok! Let's get another cast then.

Meanwhile the Dr is shaking her head no at me and saying I really don't want him in another cast. *sigh*

I had her leave the room for a bit, washed his arm with soap and water to try and calm the itching and stinging, and just get him to relax. He cried for some time and was still pretty upset when she came back in, but was settled down enough that we fit him into a splint quickly and then I laid him down to rest. Phew!!

After the appointment, we headed over to Trader Joe's where I told him he could pick out any treats he wanted, which perked up his mood. And then after some shopping, we walked over to Starbucks to get a hot chocolate and some scones. As you can see, all memory of an itchy painful arm had finally passed, and he was back to his regular ol' goofy self. :)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Friendsgiving #2

Saturday night I was even less prepared to take pics - whoops!! We had 3 other families over, so it was a larger gathering (and a little more hectic, given there were 10 kids, outnumbering the adults!) :)

However, the cookies were a bigger hit this round, so I *did* manage a couple snapshots of the kids chatting and painting and eating away. :)

As for the menu for the second night, I made:

Smoked turkey (Jon's job)
Honey Roasted Butternut Squash, Cranberries and Feta
Roasted Lemon Asparagus
Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese
Mashed potatoes
Cranberry Pomegranate sauce
Bread rolls
And of course, pumpkin pie (and blackberry lime pie), for dessert!

Phew! Both nights were a big success but I was pretty pooped after. I spent Sunday cleaning up a little bit mostly being a lazy bum as much of the day as I possibly could! :)

Friendsgiving #1

We hosted two (2!) "Friendsgiving" dinners last weekend. I've finally recovered enough to post about it ;-)

Since I was so busy cooking, I totally forgot about taking any pictures! Luckily, Jenn captured a few for me!

On Friday night we had the Jodoins and Mulkerins over. The Mulkerins are moving to SLO, and had bumped up their move date at the last minute, which meant only Bill (the husband/dad) was able to join us. Still, I think everyone had a blast!

I had these cool "paint your own" cookies made for the kids (hoping they'd provide a few minutes of distraction and extra quiet time for us adults!). Callum was the only one who sat down to paint his, and really enjoyed it! :)

As for the menu, I made:

Smoked turkey (Jon's job)
Whiskey Glazed Carrots (which I made with rum!) :)
Dijon Maple Green Beans with pecans, bacon and feta
Butternut Squash Risotto
Mashed potatoes
Cranberry Pomegranate sauce
Bread rolls
And of course, pumpkin pie, for dessert!



Forgot to post this - my parents signed Callum's cast after Thanksgiving dinner last week. He later procured several other signatures from friends who visited for dinners at our house last weekend. :)