Hives, Coughs and Pneumonia…

The Milk Monkey has had a cold for the past 3 months.  He coughs all night and his nose is constantly running, he wakes up crying in the mornings and after every nap.  He had his 15 month wellness visit the other week and the doctor listened to his lungs – they were clear.  We were told to bring our little monkey back if it didn’t clear up in a couple weeks.

Last night we listened as our precious sweetheart coughed and whimpered throughout the night.  We knew something wasn’t right…it had gone on long enough, so today an appointment was made and we went to the doctors.  Our little guy has been having bouts of hives and lots of rashes for months now also.  When he cries his little face gets blotchy red and puffy and we’ve been fighting a persistent diaper rash for over a year.  I kept thinking it had something to do with allergies even though we’ve been told by the doctors before that hives aren’t necessarily an allergic reaction.  Sometimes hives are a result of a virus too.

The doctor who saw the Milk Monkey today thought that maybe it could be that his little body is producing too much histamine.  She noticed that when the Monkey laid his head on Daddy’s shirt his face became all red and irritated from the small amount of contact.  She decided he should see an Allergist to get to the bottom of all of this.  Meanwhile, she also wanted us to take the Milk Monkey to have his chest x-rayed just to rule out anything else.  It wasn’t an emergency or anything, but it had to be done before we see the Allergist.

I decided we should do it right away, just to get it done.  The hospital was on our way home and we only had two of the three kids with us so I figured it would be prudent to do it today rather than leave it to last minute.  Thank goodness Daddy agreed and we went today.  It turns out our Monkey has pneumonia starting in his left lung.  We were expecting the results of the x-ray within a day or two but instead we got a call on our way home and the nurse told us they’ve already sent a prescription for antibiotics to our pharmacy.

Tomorrow we will call the doctor to find out if the pneumonia is a result of untreated allergies or if it was unrelated.  I still want to see the Allergist to see if we can get some of the other issues cleared up too.

Tonight our little guy is in bed after his first dose of medicine and hopefully soon he’ll be feeling better.

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Daddy Says… In a Pickle

The morning after the wedding, Mummy & I got up and decided to get ourselves a nice breakfast with some good coffee.  We tried the coffee provided in the hotel room, but that was terrible, so we headed downstairs to see what the hotel had for breakfast.  They had a buffet going, but it just didn’t seem like what we wanted.  Neither of us were really too hungry, and we were kind of hoping for something we could bring back up to the room.  Besides the thought of a big bin full of scrambled eggs, warmed up frozen potatoes & some limp bacon just didn’t seem too appealing.

My brother and his lovely bride had put together a little welcome basket with a few of their favorite things, as well as a list of local recommendations for those out of town guests who were going to be attending the wedding. On the list was a little Breakfast/Lunch place just down the street in Waltham called “In a Pickle“. I had heard someone mention it the night before at the reception, and they seemed to like it as well, so we decided to give it a shot.  At the very least the coffee had to be better than what was brewed upstairs!

We took the drive, found a spot to park and walked over to the place.  We could tell right away it must be good, because there were a few small groups of people outside waiting for a table! It’s just a small little place with about 8 tables and a short lunch counter.  We decided to see if we could just grab a couple of breakfast sandwiches and coffees to go.  We made our way inside, and had a look over the menu – it was pretty impressive!  There were some really good sounding meals, like the Coconut Banana French Toast, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes, Loaded Belgian Waffles & all sorts of Omelets.

Since we were looking to just get a quick breakfast and head back to the hotel, we just ordered a couple of Bacon, Egg & Cheese sandwiches with a side of Homefries & a couple of Coffees.  While we waited out front for our order, my brother and his wife came walking along for breakfast as well!  We talked for a few minutes, thanked them for the recommendation, picked up our order and headed back to eat.

The breakfast was great!  The sandwiches were perfect – fresh eggs, cheese & thick crispy bacon on whole wheat bread with homefries made from real chunks of potatoes, seared on the grill with some nice seasoning. And the coffee was excellent – fresh, hot and delicious. It was exactly what we wanted. The perfect way to wrap up our overnight stay.

We’ve decided we’ll head back there another time with the kids and wait for a table.  They have all sorts of cool stuff we’d like to try, as well as things we know the kids will love. All in all “In a Pickle” is one of those hidden gems that only locals really ever seem to know about, where the people obviously enjoy making great food in a fun environment.

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The Wedding…

This weekend we had the honour of attending my brother-in-law’s wedding.

It was beautiful!  I cried.

The bride was absolutely gorgeous and elegant.

The wedding had a strong Scottish theme to it, all the men in the wedding party wore kilts.


The wedding took place outside and the weather was perfect.  As the couple were saying their vows, sunbeams were bursting through the brightly coloured New England foliage shining down on them.  It couldn’t have been more perfect for two of the nicest people!

One of the very unique ceremonial things they did was presenting the Bride with a Sash of the Family Tartan.

The groom draped and pinned it on her.  It represents the bride being accepted and becoming part of the grooms family.

I really thought that was a nice touch!

Of course, like at every wedding there was a little complication before the ceremony started.  In this case it was a matter of an inappropriate statue right in the center of where the ceremony was to take place.  No one wanted the statue’s naughty bits hanging over the couple’s shoulders in all the pictures.


Thankfully, there were some very creative, kilted groomsmen to save the day and I have to say they did a marvelous job of covering things up.

The reception was also very beautiful and a lot of fun.  The food was great (I especially enjoyed the Mudslide cupcakes!), the location had character and company was awesome!  We had a wonderful time meeting people from the bride’s life.


We even sat with a couple who live in the little town where we stopped to have lunch on our way home from Disney!  That was really a coincidence.

There’s just something about weddings that creates an atmosphere of romance and the effect was not lost on Daddy and I.  It was a wonderful and much needed evening out together.  To top it all off, we were able to spend the night at the hotel while Nana J watched our little clan for us.  We were able to sleep a whole night without any nighttime or morning interruptions!  Anyone with kids understands the value of that!  It was a real treat, one that we realize is so necessary to do every once in a while.  We love our children and we love spending as much time as we possibly can with them but every once in a while we need a weekend just to ourselves.  It’s too easy to get caught up in our own daily lives and sometimes we need that little break to focus on us as a couple and not just us as parents.


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Daddy Says… Sleepover

Once a year Nana J takes the kids for a sleepover at her place.  They always really look forward to it, and this week was their time.  Mummy and I dropped them off in the morning with a small suitcase, a couple of stuffed animals and a lot of smiles.

They spent the day going to playgrounds and having fun, then after soccer practice they apparently stayed up late watching movies!

Today they went to Imagination Island, and spent the day playing on indoor climbers and Jumpy houses.  Lastly, they went to Friendly’s restaurant and had dinner, complete with make your own sundaes and face painting!

Nana J knows how to show those kids a good time!  But I know they were happy to be home too.  The professor rushed in to give the Milk Monkey a big hug, and the Princess just wanted to spend some time with Mummy.  As much fun as they have when they are away, it’s good to know that they really love being home too.

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We have a wedding coming up in the family!  My brother in law is getting married to a beautiful, wonderful woman this Saturday.  I’m very fond of my new sister-in-law-to-be…she’s very witty and fun.

The thing about weddings is that they bring family together… literally.  So tonight my husband’s Aunt and Uncle, who are visiting from the west coast, took it upon themselves to throw together a spaghetti dinner for everyone.  That’s quite a feat because there are a lot of people in my husband’s family.  He has four brothers, one of those brothers has 3 children like us, the other one has 7.   All together there were 25 mouths to feed and  quite of few of them belonged to teenagers.

One of the things I enjoyed the most about the evening was talking to some of my nephews and my beautiful niece.

Let me introduce you to a few of them:


I seriously almost didn’t recognize him when I saw him -it’s like he grew up over night.  He’s in high school now playing hockey…he’s trying out for the Varsity team.  He’s a hockey star!  He’s a good kid, with a good heart.  Every once in a while during the evening I’d look over to see him scooping up the Milk Monkey to keep him entertained.

I asked Jeremiah if there was something he wanted to say for this post…like maybe some wise words or a quote and this is what he gave me:

“It’s not about style; It’s about the results” – Bobby Orr

I should probably take this moment to tell you that my husband’s family is all about the hockey.

It was great to get caught up with Jeremiah and I was surprised to hear he’s been reading the blog!  He might just be my favourite nephew now!

Just kidding…kind of! lol


Our only niece on my husbands side!  She’s smart, beautiful, fun and one of the sweetest girls I know.  She’s always helping one child or another. She just started college this year and she’s doing amazing.

She’s going to be a teacher and I can’t think of a better person for such a challenging  and important job.

Unfortunately, I don’t get to spend as much time with her these days…she actually has a life!

I’m so proud of her!


Another hockey star!  In fact that’s how his arm ended up in a sling.  He separated his shoulder right before an important try out.  At the moment his hockey is on hold while his arm heals, but that hasn’t stopped him.  He has some impressive business idea’s.  He’s smart and I know he’s going to make something of himself.  I don’t doubt it for a second!  He’s the kind of guy who can take life’s lemons and turn them into lemonade and then sell it for some good cash if he wanted to!

Those are just three out of a lot of amazing nephews and nieces we have.

We’re so blessed to have them in our lives!

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Lawn Mowers and Flat Tires…

My husband is brilliant!

He actually fixed the lawn mower!  I’m just so thrilled and impressed with his ability to research something and fix just about anything he wants!  I’ve yet to see him go up against something he couldn’t do!  It’s one of the qualities I adore about him!

I’m his cheerleader and he is my hero!

Now we just have to wait until a decent hour to get the lawn mowed!

Earlier this evening Daddy didn’t arrive home when he was expected…in fact he was really late.  He doesn’t have a cell phone so we didn’t have any way to contact him and find out if everything was ok.

At some point the Little Professor started to get concerned and he climbed into my lap with tears in his eyes.

He said “I think Daddy’s been in an accident.”

I was shocked that my little guy had such serious concerns about his father’s well being.  I held him tight and reassured him that everything was fine and thankfully Daddy pulled up a few minutes later.  He had a flat tire on his way home and no way to let us know, but he was alright!

I’ve hugged him a lot more tonight.

The Little Professor made me a bit emotional.

I love my wonderful husband so much and never want to live life without him!

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This Weekend…

This past weekend started off pretty bad.

 I didn’t feel very well Saturday and spent most of the day in bed sleeping.

I ended up having to miss my Little Professors soccer game…not something I like to do.

Thankfully Daddy kept the kids occupied, in between taking apart the lawn mower, so that I could rest – he’s so good like that!

Yes, the lawn still hasn’t been cut…I’m pretty sure the neighbours will be showing up at our door with torches and pitch forks!

Maybe they can just torch the lawn and be done with it! 

Today I woke up feeling just as yucky as I had the day before but I had to tackle my weekend project.

Since getting back from Canada the laundry had piled up and was out of control, so between that and switching out the summer clothes with the winter ones, I spent another day in the house.

The closest I got to fresh air was having the windows open.

The breeze was beautiful and refreshing and I think it actually helped me feel better but not nearly as much as the mother-daughter mud masks courtesy of the Princess.

We sat together on my bed and smeared Chocolate Mud Masks on each other’s face.  She was actually quite good at it and only got it in my eyes once!

Even though the smell made me want to throw up and the mask made my already flushed face an irritated, bright red, it was wonderful spending time with my little girl.  She thought the idea of putting mud on our face to make it look good was just too funny and I could see a light bulb go off in her head…”If mud makes our skin better there should be mud BATHS!”

I told her there were…and that was the most delightful news she’d heard in a long time.  I promised my sweet girl that one day I will take her to a spa so she can have a mud bath and she giggled with excitement.

I love her so much!

A little later as Daddy and I were getting the Milk Monkey ready for bed, the three of us had a really good game of Pee-Ka-Boo.


It’s a game he’s really good at…he gets right into it with the expected hiding of the eyes and then the big “Boo”.

He’s just so stink’n cute I could eat him!

As for the Professor, he’s spent Saturday checking on me…buying me flowers and doing a lot of reading.

He’s been into a new book series called Andrew Lost.  He’s really enjoying them, so much so, he sat in the basket part of the buggy at the store the other day so he could continue to read while we shopped.  He even stays up late at night with a flashlight!

He totally takes after his Mummy!!

And now, while I write this, Daddy is doing the thing he’s been looking forward to most this weekend…

watching the season premier of the Walking Dead!

  I can hear the zombies all the way from downstairs!!

Yikes…too scary for me!!!

So that’s our weekend…

What did you do?

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Brain Quest…

When we left for Canada the other week we didn’t bring the kids school work.  We weren’t expecting to be gone so long.  When we realized we were going to be there for another full week I ran out to find something to temporarily replace our curriculum.

After looking through many different work books I came across the Brain Quest one and instantly knew it was what I was looking for.  It touched on so many subjects like Spelling and Vocabulary, Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Math Skills, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions and Decimals, Social Studies, Science and more – all in the one book.  The pages are colourful and bright.  The lessons are fun and filled with games and puzzles.


What I really liked about it was that it touches on the basics while keeping things entertaining.  It makes for a good supplemental curriculum for kids whether they are home schooled or attend a conventional school.  The lessons vary from fairly easy, which helps build confidence, to more challenging, which really gets the kids thinking.  The pages tear out easily which is good because the answers are in the back of the book.  Every activity has a little Brain Box at the bottom of the page which is more of a review than a lesson.  If your child has not learned that particular lesson in school, be prepared to do some teaching.

Overall, I’m really impressed with the Brain Quest workbooks and just thought I’d pass on my thoughts to you!

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The Neighbors…

Every once in a while one of the fat television networks come out with something deliciously original.  Something refreshing that doesn’t fit the typical formats of the routine shows of today.  You know, there’s the typical medical shows where the doctors treat patients with shocking or overly emotional issues all the while carrying on inappropriate relationships with each other and dealing with their own outrageous situations.  Or the detective shows, where the main characters are so exceptionally intelligent that they manage to solve every single crime within the hour.  Not to be outdone by the train wreck trash that we politely label “reality tv” though I’m pretty sure it’s not a reality that is shared with 98% of the human race.  Dare I even mention Honey Boo Boo!  Then there’s the edgy comedies that are based loosely on typical american lives and mask political agendas with humor.  Not that I’m complaining about any of them, I have many favorites in each one of those categories.

Out of all the new shows this season, the funniest one goes to The Neighbors on ABC.  At first even I, a lover of corny syfy shows, found the concept to be a little over the top.  Everybody knows aliens are scary and threatening, not funny!

For those of you who are not familiar with the show, it’s about a group of aliens who buy up a gated community and settle there after naming themselves after profession atheletes like Larry Bird and Dick Butkus.  After living on earth for ten years, one of the alien couples decide to move away from the group selling their home to the Weavers, a human family from New Jersey.  From there the families try to relate to each other as their relationships grow.  They begin to bond while dealing with the unknown and misunderstood behaviors of neighbors from a different race.

The pilot was a little shaky as most are, but it was still funny.  It was entertaining enough to make me watch it again the following week.  The second episode was out right funny…at times I actually laughed out loud.  Tonight’s show was even more hilarious.  Daddy and I laughed through the whole show.  I have to attribute a lot of those laughs to Jackie Joyner-Kersee played by Toks Olagundoye, the main female alien and Debbie Weaver, played by Jami Gertz, the female human.  Both women are great comedic actors.  If you can over look the awkward alien concept, the simple plots and just enjoy the plain, silly humor, then you might want to check this show out.  Maybe you already have.

The only bad thing about the show is my total enjoyment of it because that’s pretty much a death wish for any show!

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