Look what we found at the thrift store today...only $19.99
You might notice that all of Alex's photo's are blurry and out of focus...yes I am horrible at taking pictures. He also didn't stand still for a second...even when I asked him too...silly boy. He was so busy bouncing that he couldn't take even a second to stop and take a picture. This is AWESOME! We have been looking for a way for take some of the steam out of this little boy...he's been all outta sorts since school got out. He has had not much outlet for all this energy. He is wearing himself out as I type this..and I am loving it!!! One of my very wise mom friends had one of these on her back porch and she uses it to give her kids a time out...they have to jump though a time out...of course they love to jump, and it also getting out some much need energy. Catie spent some time on it and yes she enjoyed it...but her time was up and she hasn't asked her brother to get back on it. Now he's starving....this is awesome!
We might just have a mandatory period of jumping everyday...just to wear him out a little. Oh wise friend...what other tricks do you have...
bottom line...best 20 buck we spent today!
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Since Catie had that first reaction I have been very hesitant to give Alex shellfish and have only on rare occasions. He will have Crab Rangoon here or Calamari there...but has never to date had shrimp that I am aware of...until last night. I finally relented and said what the heck. He's seven. We have to know at some point if he has that food allergy...it's possible...but pretty unlikely. So he gets the two appetizer shrimp on his plate...and looks at me quizzically. "Can I eat those mom" he as asked me before he devours them. I nod and watch in horror as I believe he is going to break out into hives and gasp for breath instantly, even though it takes Catie several minutes to feel any kind of reaction from shrimp. I almost want to check him over a few minutes later for signs of a rash...nope I'm going to be easy and relax. My husband even has a picture of me trying to relax...I am doing a pretty good job of faking it, but the whole time I am searching his little neck and face for a rash.
Then the fun begins. The grill cook begins to flip shrimp into the dinner's mouths. Alex is up first...the cook over shoots and the shrimp hits Alex in the eye. He wipes his eye and says he's ok. I think nothing of it and the cook moves on the someone else. This goes on till all the shrimp are gone...oh thank God! We finish dinner and we head home. A great dinner and we had a great time...Alex learned to eat with Chopsticks and he ate shrimp and survived. All and all a great night.
Until we get back to mom and dad's house and Alex comes running up to me.
"Mom, Grandma thinks I have pinkeye?!?!"
"what, let me see your eyes baby...they were fine at the restaurant and you didn't have any signs of pink eye earlier!"
"but my eye is all pink and swollen and drippy"
"OMGOSH!!! Mom he's having an allergic reaction to the damn shrimp!!!"
Marsha and Dad ask if I am sure and how I can tell....
He had a hive right on his eye lid...
So he got a does of Benadryl...the clear kind because we don't want to mess with his ADHD. I asked if his belly hurt or if he was having any breathing issues...nope he felt fine...just tired. So off to bed he went.
I explained to Marsha the progression of a allergic reaction and what might happen and what might necessitate a trip to the ER. I left it at if he throws up and I can't get it to stop we are heading into the ER for an EPI shot. So sometime over night I heard a bunch of things being moved around and shuffling. I figured dad was getting up to move to his chair in the living room because his hip was hurting. Then a little while later Marsha woke me up.
"What was it that you said about throwing up?"
So at 1 I went up and checked his eye and made sure he was doing ok...I was really worried at this point but the throwing up had stopped and I gave him another Benadryl. The next morning the swelling was mostly gone and the pink was almost all gone too. I gave him one more Benadryl and hoped for the best.
By lunch the swelling was down and he was fine. He mentioned at breakfast that the eye he was smacked in was the one that swelled way up...I'm guessing the proteins in the shrimp reacted with the membranes in his eye and it swelled right up.
All better now...but now I have two kids with food allergies and forevermore I will have an epi-pen with me always.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
|The very last day of Elementary School|
|The ClapOut ...a fifth grade tradition!|
|wait let me take a selfie #Ilovethesekids!|
last day of first grade and last day of fifth grade...tears
oh wait I better pull myself together I have a long way to go.
|WooHoo! Go Catie!|
|Last play day! Enjoy it girlie~|
|Go Mustangs...trying so hard to be all|
grown up...this is the high school and
middle school sweat shirt.
|Catie and Alex near his first birthday.|
Catie's Second visit with Santa was with Aunt Beth at Bass Pro Shop...Catie didn't like that Santa. She loved Aunt Beth though. This was in 2004.
This was Christmas that same year 04 Ryan is pictured here...lol...he just graduated from high school.
Catie's first Best Friend Cadence sitting on Sesame St on the stoop.
This is Catie with her Great Great Grandma Ruth.
And great grandpa Larry
Grandpa Tim and Uncle Adam
My girl scout is highly awarded...she spent a lot of time working on her badges this year and short of saving a life can't has received the highest honorer for being a Junior scout. She earned her Bronze Award this year and I could be prouder...she almost right away started talking about how she was going to earn her Silver and Gold Awards.
|She loves basketball and has played for 4 years!|
|We started learning to cook this year and have been very successful!|
|She loves her Red Roo...and he loves her too!|
|They almost never play together.|
|First American Girl Doll at age 10.|
I hope it's the last...damn those things are
|Catie and Dad go and sleep under the stars|
at the Kansas Cosmosphere
|I <3 this girl!|
|and her art! someday it's going to be|
sold for lots of money!
Every Princess needs a Knight!
|She also learned to play bells this year...|
not a huge stretch since she played chimes for 4 years in Illinois.
|She also went bald to raise money for cancer research...I freaking love this kid!|
|She sure does love art like I do..This is the centipede at Wichita|
|And she loves her Kansas Jayhawks...that's almost a crime in Salina...but she does it anyway!|
|Oh and she's a dare devil...she will ride any ride...nothing is too high...nothing is too fast.|
|Happy `0th Birthday Catie!|
|Catie's birthday at home!|
First Day of School 2013/2014
Catie fifth grade Alex first grade...the last time they will ever
be in the same school.
|Rusty needs a selfie...wait no he doesn't|
want one...wait not Alex doesn't want one.
|Me and my girlie!|
|Summer fun at the pool 2013|