Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Allergic to Soccer

My poor kid. How unfair is that? She was rockin' and rollin' in the goalie box, stopping everything that dared enter her domain, when grass was kicked up into her face during a spectacular save.


Not anything special.

Just grass.

When her face started to swell, we wasted no time injecting her with Epinephrine. This picture was taken about 10 mins after medication on our way to the ER:

And here she is about two hours later, just waiting to be discharged:

Sunscreen, chlorine, grass, weeds, pollens, citric acid, latex, wheat, dairy, and the list goes on. Our allergist suggests a bubble. I wonder if he may just be on to something!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Toast to St. Patrick

Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
Who through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
Here’s a toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see all those snakes again.

Good ole' St. Patrick has been credited with the banishment of all the snakes from Ireland with only the aide of a wooden stick. Pretty powerful lad, huh? Neat story, but it's fiction. Ireland was never home to any snakes. This tale is mostly symbolic of the banishment of pagan ideology from Ireland by the conversion to Christianity. Ireland became an entirely Christan nation within two hundred years of St. Patrick's arrival. Now that's a truly powerful lad and something worth celebrating.
In our family, we celebrate our strong Irish heritage every single day. The plaque on our front door reads: "C'ead Mile Failte" meaning "A hundred thousand welcomes." Above the door to our bedroom hangs the Crosóg Bríde (Brigid's cross). At Christmas, our tree is adorned with traditional Irish ornaments and our table light up with a Celtic advent wreath. Our wedding ceremony filled with traditions and customs. Our wedding rings made in Ireland. Our children named in honor of Irish heroes and virtues.
This is a day when EVERYONE is Irish, regardless of heritage. Today, we will celebrate with fun crafts, stories, and cooking as a family. On tonight's menu: Irish Stew and soda bread.

Irish Stew:
2 lbs of stew meat
6 potatoes, sliced
2 onions, sliced
4 large carrots, quartered
1 minced clove of garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp thyme
1 14oz can of beef broth
Layer meat and potatoes in the crockpot and add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours. How easy is that?

Irish Soda Bread:
4 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 pint sour cream
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease two 8x4 inch loaf pans. Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs and sour cream and mix until combined. Distribute evenly into pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Yummy!

A bit of Irish wisdom to brighten your day:

No son is as good as his father in his sister's eyes. No father is as good as his son in his mother's eyes.

May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.

May you be in heaven 1/2 hour before the devil knows you're dead.

In Heaven there is no beer, that is why we drink it here.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

May you live a hundred years, with one extra to repent!

As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong direction.

A trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea.

May the love and protection St. Patrick can give - Be yours in abundance as long as you live.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Soccer Rock Stars

We are off to a great start this season. Avalanche rocked the field with a final score of 4 to 2. Ashlyn had an awesome game. She squared up with larger and older boys, and ran them off to the side lines. What a force to be reckoned with! She was on fire today.
Kaelyn played both goalie and forward during the game. She is a terrific forward, but allergies and asthma get the best of her after a while. Goalie allows her to rest her lungs a bit. She is stellar at both positions. She made several awesome saves today and is credited with two assists. She was rockin' and rollin'! Ravens took the game 5 to 4. Go Ravens!
The Sea Monsters are incredible. Last year, we were the Bad News Bears. This season, all the same kids (with one fabulous addition), yet they are phenomenal! We took this game for sure (not that we are keeping score, mind you). Abbi was a terrific defender. She had numerous spectacular saves today.
Abbi's kick off:
Avalanche sported their new uniforms today. Same colors, but different jersey. Ravens will be retiring their jerseys next week and Kaelyn will have an all new look. Sea Monsters are no longer purple (*snif*). Instead, they are a drab green, ugh. Next week, they will be sporting a whole new look as well.
Great players, supportive parents, and new uniforms...it's a gonna be a fabulous season!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Who Needs a Rembrandt?

Who needs a Rembrandt when I have a house full of Picassos?
I can't think of a better way to adorn the walls of my home.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Sleepy Sillies

Ashlyn and I were up late last night working on her computer, when we found a welcome distraction in her camera! Who needs school work when you can take stupid pictures of yourselves instead? LOL!See, there you have it! Photographic evidence of two overly tired people who need their heads to meet their pillows. LOL! Goodnight!

My Love Returns

After a little over a weeks time, my husband returns home this evening. I just can't wait. This has been a very long and exhausting week alone. Between working several nights, waking up very early to get the younger four monkeys to school, cleaning the house daily so that it is in good shape for the sitter, and managing everyday life, I am so freakin' tired I could cry.

To make things worse, tomorrow we are having a garage sale. Finances are so tight that we are having to dance to make ends meet, so it's not something I can cancel just because I am feeling run down. We need to declutter the house and we need to pay the water bill before it gets shut off on Wednesday. Yikes! The signs have been made, the items are all tagged, and the ad was placed in the paper last week. We are set. However, the idea of moving all of this crap to the garage tonight and waking up at the crack of dawn to drag it all out front makes me want to throw my hands in the air and give up! I am just so tired.

In his absence, we have endured so much:
*Aoife had a ear infection.
*Kaeleb had strep throat.
*Ashlyn and Kaelyn's hamster died.
*Ashlyn and I embarked on a turtle rescue.
*I had three sitters for three very long nights of work.
*I cleaned out all of the closets of my house AND THE ATTIC!
*Kaeleb found his way to his diaper today and drew all over the walls (something he hasn't done in MONTHS!).
*Mozart peed on the bean bag chair.
*Ashlyn and I battled an ungodly aggressive monster-sized spider and won.
*I discovered a gopher in our front yard.
*Kaedence had a tick in her hair!!!!
*The toilet clogged up FOUR times. (Really? YUK!)
*The home phone was disconnected for lack of payment.
*I was informed of a water leak in my house, which I am unable to find.
The week has been a rough on, but tonight my husband returns to share some of the burden. This weekend will be a rough as well. Not only do we have the garage sale on Saturday morning, but Ashlyn has a ton of Algebra to finish and Kaelyn has to build an electric circuit that turns on a light bulb. On Sunday, we have church, another babysitter, and three back to back soccer games. On Monday, I work, Kevin works, the kids have school, and the older monkeys have gymnastics. When do we get to breathe?

OH DEAR GOD, and I still have to do my taxes!!!

Alright, enough complaining. This is what makes this all worth while:

Soccer Begins Again

Last Saturday marked the start of yet another soccer season. It marks the beginning of busy weekends, hectic mid-week practice schedule, and fancy foot work fun.

The Sea Monsters have found their soccer feet! The first games of the season was better than any game we played last year. The players that hardly engaged before, were lighting the field on fire. What a fantastic turn around! Abbi is certainly a defender. She saved many goals and even ran off a few attackers. She played with tremendous heart.

Avalanche did great. We played the same team that we narrowly beat out for first in the division last season. We have evenly matched team, which sure made for an exciting game!
Kaelyn's team, the Ravens, also did very well. The first game is always a little rusty. Unfortunately, Avalanche's game ran over and the Sea Monsters were at the same time, so a few scores were stolen from us before the team even had a coach present! How unfair is that? They did a great job pulling up from the deficit, but we did end up losing this one. With Kevin and I coaching three teams, scheduling conflicts happen. Hopefully, this is the last overlapping game we have. Whew!
Just a few clips:

Friday, March 6, 2009

Shhhh....It's a Library!

I did it. I think some people wish I hadn't. But I did.

I braved the library with all six of my monkeys.

They did all of the usual library things. They got brand new library cards.
They poured over aisles of books and new titles.
They quietly colored pictures at the table.
They logged on to the computers to play educational games.
And do you know how I knew when it was time to leave?
Right about the time when the comfy reading spot became a wrestling ring and the quiet patrons from other parts of the building began gather in the children area to see what all the noise was about! LOL!
I did it. Many people are glad we left. But, I did it.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Ray of Sunshine

After a very cold couple of weeks, we finally has a day of sunshine! Granted, there was only a high of 65, but the sun was warm and very appreciated by my outdoor monkeys. We took advantage of the break in the freezing weather and ventured to the local park to burn off some of that stored up winter energy.

All of the kids really enjoyed the fresh air and freedom.

Look at this happy monkey. Yeah for sunshine!

Unfortunately, the warmth was short lived. Today in Georgia, it's currently 47 degrees with an expected high of 57. Brrrr.....