Sunday, October 28, 2012

It’s not If, it’s When…

That’s what our pediatrician always said about a broken bone with kids.  We thought her premonition came true on Friday night. 

The kids were all playing and horsing around and then Rob caught a glimpse of what happened right before Riley came running screaming.  Austin was pulling on her arm to get her out from behind our big blue chair (a common play place).  She would not stop screaming and wouldn’t let anyone touch her arm.  Yet, at the same time, she’sd calm down completely until someone tried to touch her arm again.  We figured instead of rushing to Urgent Care we’d give her some time and observe her to see if she was truly hurt or just exaggerating. 

Rob set her up in our bed with a movie and some fake medicine and she contentedly watched “Pound Puppies” for about 30 minutes when I went to check on her.  She was in good spirits and said “Okay Mom! I’m ready to go to the doctor” but she said it with the enthusiasm of a kid about to go to Disney World so I figured she was semi-faking the pain.  So, I asked her if I could see her arm.  I barely touched it and she exploded into another round of blood curdling screams so we decided I should take her to the Urgent Care

The triage nurse said it looked like it had a tiny bit of deformity so we’d have to be admitted into the ER (vs. Urgent Care).  The ER doctor told me it was probably Nurse Maid’s Elbow and attempted to pop it back into joint (during which Riley screamed and vomited in her mouth!) before he examined it closely and decided maybe she did break it.  Then an X-ray tech came with her machine.  Riley was positive no one else should touch her so I was suited up with a vest, plus another X-ray tech was called in.  We eventually got the pictures they needed and the x-ray techs said they’d bet money it was broken.  Thirty minutes later the doctor came back and said the x-rays were clean and there was no visible break.  Then we waited almost 2 hours for Ibuprofren.  Finally a splint was put on her.  Then right before she left, they got us some Ibuprofren.  Gee, thanks.

So, Riley has spent the last 2 days not moving her arm at all.  I asked her if I could take a picture of it and she gave me this:


Then I thought there was a glare from the window so I switched spots and asked again if I could take a picture of her splint and I got this:


Clearly she’s conflicted on how she should be feeling. 

We have taken the splint off now.  She still will not use her arm, but there are glimmers of hope that she will soon forget and get on with her rough housing.

In the meantime, we’ll still wait for the “when” and hope it remains an “if”.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


And I mean that quite literally.  Yesterday my dad came over to watch the kids so that Rob and I could attend school conferences without bringing them along.  It’s a lot easier to pay attention to the teacher when you don’t have to worry about what your children might be doing in the hallway!

When I came back home I walked in to an oddly quiet house.  I could hear the kids…sort of.  It was a muffled noise I heard and I finally found the crew outside.  But, not just outside, outside in their Halloween costumes.  One pink unicorn, one brown horse, and one Snake Eyes (GI Joe).  And they were attacking one grandpa.


Actually, taking flying leaps onto his back.  In the above picture there is a pink unicorn tangled around Grandpa’s neck and a Snake Eyes flying through the air onto his back.  And a Horse waiting to do the same.


I snapped a few pictures then went outside and observed for another 10 minutes or more before anyone realized I was even home.

To say the kids were having a blast is an understatement.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Hopefully Grandpa was enjoying himself as well.  I don’t know who wouldn’t want to be kicked in the head by a unicorn while a horse attempts to stand on your back.  All the while stopping an attack from Snake Eyes.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

My First 10K!

It’s been a very “athletic” season for me!  I trained most of the summer for my first triathlon in August, ran a fun 5K with a friend a couple weeks later, and today I completed my first 10K!

Kerry, Mike, and I all ran it together.  Kerry and I agreed to sign up for it at the end of August and decided to drag the guys along with us.  But, Rob signed up for a Saturday class for his MBA and also had some traveling to do so he ditched us. 

It was nice to have a training partner for this.  Kerry and I would talk on Sundays after our “long” runs about how happy we were to have completed longer and longer distances since neither one of us has ever been much of a runner.  Mike never seemed quite as excited…but he had probably run a lot more than this in his Army days.

Today was our race!  We ran in the Twin Cities 10K in St. Paul and it started at 7:30 so they picked me up at 6am.  It was 34 degrees.  Despite the chill, the run felt really good.  It was an “out and back” run and, if possible, felt completely uphill both ways.  But, we all did great!  I ran at my fastest pace yet (8:37 min/mile) and finished in 53:33.


After a celebratory trip to Caribou we headed back to my parents house to get all the kids (Thanks Mom and Dad!).  I’ve spent the rest of the day groaning every time I had to stand up.  Unfortunately the kids weren’t sympathetic to my exertions this morning and have kept me on my toes all day.

This wraps up my race plans until March.  I’m hoping to celebrate by the kids sleeping in and then a trip to Donut Connection.  Cross your fingers my kids are on the same page!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Nailed it!

Yesterday afternoon I was cleaning up markers left on the counter when I decided to just sit down and doodle for a bit.  I ended up doing a line type drawing technique I learned back in the day (and recently saw again on Pinterest).  When I was done I went about my business and forgot about it.

After dinner we decided to make some cookies for dessert.  Somehow this resulted in everyone sitting on the counter drawing. 


That’s normal, right?

After I finished cleaning up I came over to see what they were all so intently drawing.  Turns out they had all seen my line drawing and were trying to copy it.


I think they nailed it!