Friday, October 31, 2008

Our Very Haunted House

We are getting ready for tonight's festivities. The house is decorated in ghoulish decor. From quirky "square crows"...
To creepy cemeteries...
To unearthed skeletons (named Fred)...
To giant arachnids climbing the walls...
Wha..ha..ha...ha...ha!!! We are a scary bunch of ghouls and goblins at the McCarthy house.
Beware!!!!

Trick or Treat? You Decide.

Happy Halloween morning to everyone! I woke up on this day of tricks and treats to find this in the triplets room:
And on the walls, I found this:
Now I ask you, was this an intentional "trick" or intended "treat"? Either way, I would like to express my lack of appreciation.

Happy Halloween people.

Flautist, Improved

Ashlyn has been attending band five days a week for the past two months. She has been touted as the best flute player in our middle school's 6th grade band!

In this clip, Ashlyn shows off her flautista abilities as Aoife conducts.

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In this clip, Ashlyn is playing the theme song to "Jaws" the movie. Ignore the screaming in the background. That's just my overly dramatic Aoife running away from the imaginary shark.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Twas The Night Before Elections


'Twas the night before elections
And all through the town
Tempers were flaring
Emotions all up and down!

I, in my bathrobe
With a dog in my lap
Had cut off the TV
Tired of political crap.

When all of a sudden
There arose such a noise
I peered out of my window
And saw Obama and his boys.

They had come for my wallet
They wanted my pay
To give it to the others
Who had not worked a day!

He snatched up my money
And quick as a flash
Jumped back on his bandwagon
With all of my stash.

He then rallied his henchmen
Who were pulling his cart
I could tell they were out
To tear my country apart!

'On Fannie, on Freddie,
On Biden and Ayers!
On Acorn, On Pelosi'
He screamed at the pairs!

They took off for his cause
And as he flew out of sight
I heard him laugh at the nation
That wouldn't stand up and fight!

So I leave you to think
On this one final note
IF YOU DON'T WANT SOCIALISM
GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Storybook Princess

Abigeal's preschool class is exploring storybook characters. Although they have introduce various stories, Abbi is enthralled with princesses. Today, she made a beautiful princess crown and wand. At pick up, she danced her way to the car and announced that we are to address her as "Princess Abigeal." LOL! Sure looks like a pretty, pretty princess to me!

Wild Adventures

On Sunday night, we decided to pack up the troops and head to Wild Adventures. The big kids ran from ride to ride, while the monkeys hung in the Choo-choo.
Most of the good rides were closed for the Halloween theme night, "Phobia", so everyone rode the kiddie rides.
Ashlyn's age is starting to show. She can hardly fit her practically teen self into that kiddie car!

The whole park was decked out in spooky decor and scary creatures.
As big as she is, Ashlyn refused to enter the haunted houses. She opted instead to hang with the little folks in Kiddie Town. (Not that I blame her! LOL!)

We didn't get back to the car until after 10 pm. Before we hit the freeway, all of my monkeys were alseep!
Even Ashlyn.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hypochondroplasia

During our developmental pediatric and neurologists appointment today, the doctor informed me that Kaedence has Hypochondroplasia.

To which I replied, "Hypochondriac? What?"

Hypochondroplasia is a skeletal dysplasia characterized by short stature; stocky build; disproportionately short arms and legs; broad, short hands and feet; mild joint laxity; and macrocephaly. It's a congenital form of short-limed dwarfism which is similar to, but milder than, achondroplasia. All people with hypochondroplasia have short stature. The adult height for men with this condition ranges from 4 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 5 inches. The height range for adult women is 4 feet, 2 inches to 4 feet, 11 inches.

So, I came home and snapped a quick picture of the naked behinds of my two girls. Sure enough, there is a difference! But why can't she just be short?
Then I whipped out the measuring tape:
Kaeleb's Torso: 36.5 in
Kaeleb's Leg (hip to ankle): 19 in
Kaeleb's Arm (shoulder to wrist): 11.5 in

Aoife's Torso: 37 in
Aoife's Leg: 18.5 in
Aoife's Arm: 11 in

Kaedence's Torso: 37 in
Kaedence's Leg: 15 in
Kaedence's Arm: 9 in

We already knew that her legs and arms where shorter than the other triplets. But when did being short become a medical diagnosis?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"I'm Allergic to Everything!"

...says my child to the triage nurse at the ER this evening. Ya know, she wasn't kidding!

This is my beautiful child:

This is my child, 15 minutes after exposure to an allergen.

This is my child, as she struggles to move air through her swollen throat, 20 minutes after exposure to an allergen.

This is my child, resting comfortably in the hospital, several hours after exposure to an allergen.

This is my child, after steroids, rest, and IV meds, for the exposure to allergens.

This is my child, finally back home again, enjoying a giant pickle and key lime pie, after her ridiculous evening at the ER.
Now the challenge is to identify that allergen at the soccer field that caused this whole mess!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Hair Dye

Last night, I got the crazy idea that my sun bleached hair needed to be warmed up for the fall. I naturally have a red undertones in my hair, and boy does that soak up dye like nobody's business! I was attempting a soft brunette color.
Attempt failed.
Unfortunately, the top of my hair and the ends of my hair turned DARK reddish brown, while the middle of my hair remained reddish blonde.

Fabulous. Now, I look like a punk rockin' skunk. Ugh.

So, today, after much consideration and consultation, I conceded to a deep Auburn color. So not what I was going for. I was thinking "Jennifer Aniston" color. Instead, I got "Sandra Bernhard." Really? Thanks L'Oreal. Next time, I will leave the "warming up" to the professionals. Lesson learned.

Head Bangers Ball

The combination of steroids, inhaled meds, and a natural inability to manage aggression is proving to be alot for my little monkey to endure. Tomorrow, we have an appointment with our beloved pediatrician to see if we can't start removing some of these stimulants from his medication regime. Even with the anti-psych meds and sedatives, he is still struggling to maintain control.
See my poor monkey's head?

That's from repeatedly banging against the baby gate, the hard wood floors, and the walls. Ugh.

Night Soccer on the Front Lawn

A reasonable parent would ensure that their children were tucked into bed by 9:30 pm on a Sunday night. Right?
Instead, the entire family became enthralled with an impromptu soccer game on the front lawn. So much for reasonably parenting! LOL! It was such a beautiful night. We just couldn't resist.
Kaedence doesn't quite get the whole "No hands in soccer" policy.
Ashlyn is playing goalie and Abbi is screaming "I'm open!!!"Aoife pauses the game for a moment to engage in a victory dance.
I think this was Aoife's defense tactic. Kaelyn does appear confused... Kaedence decided that we needed more balls. (As if it wasn't hectic enough!)Aoife and Kaelyn are working as a team. Big sister Ashlyn is getting a run for her money!
YEAH!!! This sister duo scored a goal! Victory hugs and kisses!
Aoife's gonna be the next McCarthy soccer star, for sure! Check out that kick!Alright, mommy instinct is kicking in. Time to gather the masses back inside the house.
After showers and lovies, all fabulous soccer stars are now happily tucked in bed for the night.

Deckin' out the House

This evening, we finally made it outside to put up the Halloween decorations. About time, huh? It's already the 19th of October! Where has this year gone?
Kaeleb is helping to sort out the items for Daddy.

Kaedence is undoing what Daddy just did!
Ashlyn is putting up the black light strings around the house.
Abigeal would like to get in on the act, too!
Kaeleb and Daddy change out the traditional light bulbs with black lights.
Again, Kaedence is undoing what Daddy just did! How very helpful!
Okay, now they're just showin' off!

Abbi takes a moment to snap a shot with her pumpkin.
Kaelyn and Aoife admire the glowing dead lawn guy, Fred.
Did I mention I love this season???

Dippin' Dots at the Park

After a morning of chores, homework, and very stormy weather, we decided to head out to the local park and let the kids run wild.
Fortunately for my kiddos, there is a Dippin' Dots cart in the park. Yippee!!
Ice Cream for dinner? That's the stuff kids dream of!