(Shirt in white for, hopefully, a family picture of us all in white shirts and khaki shorts/pants/capris)

Thanks Nana, that was so nice of you!

The same

No big updates. TJ is the same. Blowing a steady number in peak flow. About 75-85 below personal best for you other asthma moms out there... but better than 50% so we're in yellow, thank you! ;-)

Tim took down Christmas all by himself why I either played shopping with Tori or worked. What a great man!

And those are the updates.


TJ update

Thanks everyone for checking in on TJ monkey. He's doing fine for the most part. Slept pretty good last night. Still hacking and coughing like crazy.

Doc called today a few times. The xray did show... well, gunk in his lungs. Radiologist said pneumonia, but our Pulminologist said a really really bad asthma episode and/or pneumonia and/or/on-top-of whooping cough. Fine, whatever. Doc called the health department but hadn't heard back STILL. Turns out the blood test we ran at the lab was not what doc wanted. Shhhh, don't tell TJ!

Whatever he has he's fine to be home. His O2 sats were 92 so that's good enough for now.

So he's totally hyped up and emotional on steroids at the moment. And I'm trying to work AND deal with three cranky kids. Trust me, you don't want to be at our house right now!!!

(But dinner does smell good!) :D


* 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
* 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Swiss cheese, divided
* 1 cup finely chopped, cooked ham
* 2 green onions, sliced
* 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
* 3 large eggs
* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

SPRINKLE 1/2 cup cheese, ham and green onions into pie shell. Whisk together evaporated milk, eggs, flour, salt and black pepper in large bowl. Pour mixture into pie shell; sprinkle with remaining cheese.

BAKE for 45 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.

VARIATION: For a lattice-top quiche, use ready-made pie pastry for single crust pie. Cut pastry into 1/2-inch-wide strips. Lay pastry strips over filling in lattice-fashion, turning pastry over outside edge of dish. Bake as directed above.

FOR MINI-QUICHE APPETIZERS, use 1 1/2 packages (3 crusts) refrigerated pie crusts. Grease miniature muffin pans. Unfold crust on lightly floured surface. Cut fourteen 2 1/2-inch circles from each crust. Press 1 circle of dough into bottom and up sides of each cup. Repeat with remaining crusts. Combine cheese, ham, green onions, 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk, 2 eggs (lightly beaten), 2 tablespoons flour, salt and black pepper in large bowl; mix well. Spoon mixture into crusts, filling 3/4 full. Bake in preheated 350° F. oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until crusts are golden brown. Cool slightly; lift quiche from cup with tip of knife. Serve warm or cool and freeze for later entertaining. Makes 3 1/2 dozen.


I called his pulmonologist today for advice and was told to come in... NOW. Ok, get my act together (along with the form for the cruise) and get out the door. We spent a little over an hour at his office. Doc feels he has an atypical pneumonia (AKA 'walking pneumonia') or perhaps whooping cough even.

We did testing and we'll get a call in the morning to see just what the heck it might be. The one whooping cough test takes over a week to get back. Grrrr. TJ was NOT pleased to have to have a blood draw at all. (Oy that child can scream loudly!)

Anyways, he's on more steroids. And doc wants us to keep an epipen around for him at all times too. Says he'd rather we keep it nearby just in case. When he was three he did need epinephrine in the ER for a bad asthma attack. So it should not be such a big shock to me...

But somehow it bums me out. Does that makes sense? I used to joke that I had some on hand just in case anyways for Tommy. Now we can keep even MORE stashed around. Oh well, it's good stuff and works like magic. ;-)


I'm off to work. Night!

I woke up about 7:30 a.m. ... and the everyone was still sleeping. I was STUNNED. About 10 minutes later I heard a little Tommy chattering and then "Look! Santa DID come! I KNEW it!!!!!!!" Too cute.

We had a nice laid back morning with lot's of excited squealing "THANK YOU!!!!"s and even, GASP, siblings hugging. :-O

Wanna see some pics? Sadly, you'll have to wait. I borrowed my Dad's camera and forgot to get them off before he left. :-( Sorry!

Anyways, we had a nice morning. My parents and Dan came over for an early afternoon Christmas dinner. Uncle Dan surprised Tim with a super cool gift: a Wii! They had a fun time trying out the different games.

Before the 'Rents and Dan left we got our family Christmas picture. Using a remote. Oh dear...

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Much love to all.

Christmas Eve

Children are all tucked in their bed... not sure they are dreaming of sugar plums, but whatever. ;-)

Christmas Pageant went off without a hitch. Everyone looked great and played their parts well. Well, I think. I was 'backstage' sending out children as they needed to appear. But Tim snapped some pictures for us all! (Thanks, Dear!)

Fresh greenery and incense did a number on poor TJ's allergies. Poor guy! Once we got home though it was MUCH better. TONS better.

We had dinner (nothing says Merry Christmas like a big pot of red beans and rice, right?) Then we decorated cookies for Santa, sprinkled magic reindeer food...

...set out carrots and water for said reindeer, had hot chocolate... and tucked the exhausted kids in bed.

And for the first time EVER. Mom does NOT have packages to wrap tonight. Hooooooooray! So, that's it for tonight. I'm going to go hang out with Tim and have a nice quiet night.

Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! I'm sure I'll post some tomorrow night.


TJ cracked me up today.

"Mom, it's 'm-a-r-y' Christmas, right?"

Uh, no, buddy, 'm-e-r-r-y'.

"But mom, Mary had baby Jesus."


Ok... there is some kid logic for you! :-)

TJ is sick and on lots of meds right now. He has a sinus infection and bronchitis. Luckily our pediatric group has weekend hours. So I managed to get him in Saturday. For the first time in FOREVER he did NOT need a chest xray when he got the ick. Hooray! He was stunned he didn't need a picture. :-) I am giving Advair props for this one. Unluckily, Sunday night he developed croup... again. And yes, I STILL remember that he's 'too old' to get that. But I promise you... it's croup.

As luck would have it I had a stash of Orapred on hand. Hmmm, wonder why we keep that on hand? I'll call the doc for more in the morning. But it's helping.

But doing his meds tonight meant two puffers, nose spray and three 'nasty worse than garbage' liquid meds. Poor kid!

We have Christmas Pageant rehearsal in the morning. Wait until you see Tori costume and learn how slacking I was on it! And Tim is dropping of my van for it's huge milestone of a service. We're over 100k on my minivan now. Woo hoo!

Oh, and aquarium update of the day: we have two confirmed tiny feather dusters, as well as two bristle worms. I had to send a hermit crab to time out for trying to out a snail from it's shell.

And that is... in a nutshell... life at this moment.


We now have a Skunk Shrimp, hermit crabs, and various snails in the tank. Tori also discovered a Feather Duster attached to our live rock. And I think there may be a few more on the back side. We'll see...

The Feather Duster. Isn't it cool? It goes in and out of it's tube.

G'ama named the shrimp 'Rudy' the Christmas Shrimp. :-D

The red stuff. I'm not sure if it's good or bad. I'll be researching and let you know!

And momma is tired. We picked up costumes at the Church. Went shopping at Page and Palette. Grabbed plastic cups from Pop Pop. Had lunch. Went to Move theater. Exchanged Webkinz with friends. Went shopping for fabric for Tori's costume. Went BACK to Page and Palette.... came home and started working finally.

And now... I'm done and going to bed. Night!

But I'm about all over class parties. Thank goodness it's Christmas break now!!!

It's been a rough few days with food allergies. Turns out just the other day Tommy was given a cookie by Mrs. Claus and assured it was a 'magic cookie' that had 'no nuts'.

I told Tommy next time he saw Mrs. Claus he needed to let the big fatty know I was taking her DOWN! Tommy giggled. (But I was PO'ed that they gave him a freaking cookie!) Grrrrrrrrr.

Anyways, by the end of today I was jumping every time my cell phone rang, positive it would be the call that Tommy was in the ambulance. :-(

Come January we are going to have get this back under control. This is CRAZY how bad it's been.

Enough of that...

Enjoy the pictures.

And can you say CAKE BALLS?

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I made Tim a double batch for his work Christmas party at his building. They are well loved. And this batch set very nicely too! :-)

Tori IS in the picture above. She was an angel. Unluckily the child did a bad job of relaying the truth to us as to what she should wear. She told us they were providing costumes, and well, something was lost in the translation. So, she has on a BLACK shirt and brown pants and angels wings. Ah, well, what can you do?!

Wanna laugh? The church asked Tori to be Mary for the Children's Christmas Evening Mass. I love my child, but THAT is funny.


Yesterday a little voice was telling me to go on Tommy's field trip. Then my friend called and told me there was a sub and we needed to go, just in case. Principal ended up going along with us as well, she carried the emergency kits for Tommy and M.

So, finished up work and ran up to meet them. During story time at the bookstore I noted Tommy was itching his upper leg some. When they finished up I found he had hives starting to move down his leg. I gave him some Benadryl and all continues on fine. No further reaction like before. I assumed it was a contact reaction of some kind at the store.

But when we were in the van leaving school he told me that the substitute served gingerbread cookies another mom had brought in to school. They were in a 'big white box'. Thus I assume, a bakery.


I'm so sad that this fell through the cracks. That they sub told him 'gingerbread doesn't have nuts' , that he accepted it.

The truth is he can't have anything from a commercial bakery as the risk of cross contamination is too high.

I am happy it was a very mild reaction. I'm betting it was traces of peanuts not tree nuts as he seems to have milder reactions to peanuts at this point. Cashews, pistachios and walnuts are his big ones we think.

Anyways: later that night I was very proud of Tommy (and the other moms truth be told) at a huge birthday party. When offered cake Tommy said "No ,I can't have that, thank you." (I was standing right just in case!) And the others moms, instead of fussing and making a big deal about it simply said "Oh, we are so sorry, is there something else you'd like?" And that was that. No theatrics and "Oh! Could that KILL you?" So, food allergies ended on a positive note.

But I'm still miffed at the school. Grrrrr.

You see this year Tori discovered the truth about Santa at Church. Long story. I'll spare you. I cried, she cried. It was awful. Almost, almost... made me regret doing Santa. But the truth is she has been wonderful about carrying on about Santa with the younger kids. Even convinced M to visit Santa this weekend at the Yacht Club and explained how she KNEW he was the real Santa.

So, Tori asked for a twin sized bed this year... and I wanted to make this year special for her. And, hey, I got a pretty good deal on the bedding. Now to just get the mattress. :-D

This is what you get with a timer and a late start to our dinner. Please excuse the clothes on the end table (they are clean, thank you very much, just not put away). Note Tim's Birthday/Anniversary/Christmas/Happy New Year/Valentines present on the left side. Yeh, it was a bargain.

We went out Outback for a deliciously yummy 13th anniversary dinner... with the kids. We had farmed the boys out to my parents and Tori over to J this past weekend for the Christmas party. So we thought it would be fun to celebrate as a family. I told the kids it was a special dinner to celebrate the start of our family. It was a nice meal. And thanks to Tim's co-workers it was nicely paid for.

But TJ and I ate a bit too much. UGH.

Now, Carrie, Tim and I discussed this in the car, make sure you are sitting down while reading this... as I type this it is 8:19... and the kids aren't in bed yet.


What is the world coming to!!!!!!!???????? Hee hee. Yeh, we rocked their world by going out to dinner AND being out past bedtime on a school night.

By the way, Tim and I had wonderful time out at Champion's annual Christmas party up in Birmingham. Less booze this year, DJ instead of band, and lots less talking by the powers that be. It was fun. Tim asked for a margarita machine next year. Oh yeh...

And that is our update for the day.


This was our first year to have kids in the parade. Tori's Red Shoe Club had a float, and TJ rode with his Wolf Pack. Tommy hung out with us and watched the fun.

To me, watching the parade brings back memories of marching in different parades my junior and senior years. We had hot stinky wool uniforms. And I remember I had walk backwards and hold the damn cymbals for Chris Hughes. :P Ah, fun times.

At any rate, the kids all had a blast. We met up with Mark and his family (their daughter H was in the parade too)and enjoyed catching beads and candy and even a couple of stuffed animals. D and Tommy had fun playing around.

I'm convinced that the Christmas Parade has become a poor man's attempt at being in a Mardi Gras Society. Hey, at least we're warmed up now for MG, right?! ;-)

And momma is TIRED.

I shopped...

for me.

It's true. You HAVE to love the outlet at Coldwater Creek. Come on!

We have live rock.

I know no one else is impressed. But it's a big step in the aquarium world. (And a wee bit hard on the wallet too, ouch!)

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