Blogger and I have had a love/hate relationship for over two years now.

Today I took the first step and set up a new blog.

It's true. Never fear, my three faithful readers, all past content can still be found on the new and improved blog.

So click the link already... leave me a comment and tell me what you think.

Check out this great product I ran into today:



These flashcards are available at Beyond a Peanut and I think they are just brilliant. I want to order a set for us ASAP. And I think I'm going to request that the school buy a set as well.

And she's off!













Can you tell how SAD she is to leave us for camp?

*edited to add: I did get a phone call eventually that they arrived safe and sound. She couldn't be bothered to tell me anything other than 'I have to wear my flip flops everywhere in here!' and 'K is my room mate.'

I'm betting she is going to have a blast!

Just some pics

Just some pictures I took after Mass today.








Well, crud, I had some pics of all three kids together... but they flopped. So instead you get Tommy and some birds.

:-)

Weekend fun

Well, after dropping K and Tori off for the Summer Bash party at K's house, I ran to get the van estimate done among other errands. Guy thought right around $2k and they'd have to have it for a week. Did warn it could go double that if there was some more damage to the frame. Hard to tell. Ugh. Luckily, the guy's insurance did cover a rental for me as well. Phew! I am SO grateful he came in to tell me. Many people would have just driven off.

Our dream car, since Kate asked, for late 2009 is the Acadia
or the Saturn version of the same thing: The Outlook. The van has been really good to us, I do sometimes think maybe we should get another Honda van. Guess we'll see in a little over a year or so!

Okay, off to do some work. Tim is doing the lawn and I have a big pot of red beans going for tonight. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Yep. TJ gets braces next Thursday.

Oy.

Our middle school aged youth group went to Sam's Surf City in Pensacola yesterday. That means... bus ride! I thought this was a kinda cool pic I took along the way.



Kids had a great time. I missed Father Williams going down the big slide. Darn! ;-)







Had a guy back into me at the grocery store the other day. At least he was decent enough to come inside and let us know.



Waiting for the call from his insurance today. Hoping it's not a HUGE pain in the rear to get fixed. I do worry that it'll total the car. I hear of that happening so often on damage that doesn't seem that bad. We weren't planning on getting our new family car until Fall of 2009. So, fingers crossed the estimate goes okay.

Today is a laid back day. Kids are hanging out. I'm working. Tori has skating with K's church tonight.


It's all good. :-)

Later.

Yeh, two weeks ago, TJ shows me his teeth. Both adult teeth on each side of his top front teeth are trying to come in. Problem is the baby teeth are barely loose. Eh, I figure, no biggie, give it a week or two the baby teeth will get loose, and the adult teeth will drop in.

Sigh.

Last week TJ shows me that both adult teeth have come in... totally come in. High above the baby teeth. Hmmmm, a tad weird. So today I take him to the dentist assuming he'll say 'yep, we'll pull out these baby teeth and the adult ones will drop down.'

He peers into TJ's mouth and says, in an obviously very surprised tone, 'These aren't eye teeth!' Uh, yeh, I knew that, so? Apparently it is not uncommon for this to happen with eye teeth. But for these two teeth to break through symmetrically so high, well, in our dentist's words, 'That's just weird. Plain weird.' Great, I have weird kids. (Like THAT is a news flash.)

Great.

He spent a good five minutes having TJ bite down, he wiggled some teeth. Then declared that I'd have to see the orthodontist first.

Oh, for goodness sake!

Bear in mind Tori goes into phase two of her braces in September. I think, I think I need a drink. And a winning lottery ticket if you please.

That's all.

Tim was reading about a food allergy family that carries business cards for eating out to pass along to the Chef. What a great idea, I thought. So I surfed around, found some styles I liked and made one up in Photoshop.

Woo hoo!

Last kid up on two wheels!!

Yep, today Tim took off Tommy's training wheels. Tommy had decreed he didn't want anyone to see him riding a 'baby bike.' He got on and was riding within a few minutes.





Go Tommy!

Hope everyone has a great day. When Tim left for work this morning I got up with him and we set up the smoker with a big ole' hunk of pork. Mmmmmm pig. It turned out super tasty if I do say so myself.



Can you smell it through the screen? ;-)

Tori helped make some festive cupcakes.



And we had a tasty dinner.

I'm feeling pretty wary of fireworks and TJ's asthma. Last time we sat on the bluff and watched fireworks his asthma flared up REALLY bad. So, I think (to the children's horror) we'll just stay home tonight.

They'll live.



Happy Fourth everyone.

PS And Happy Birthday to Glory Girl. She is eight years old today. We do love our girl.

I know so many people that roll their eyes when I say, yet again, 'No, he cannot have that cookie, I can't read the label.'

This is why.

Man's death a stark reminder of food allergy risks

By Sharon Salyer, Herald Writer
SEATTLE -- Daniel Sargent was at Magnuson Park on Sunday, celebrating a friend's 30th birthday.

About 90 seconds after taking a bite out of a chocolate chip cookie, he collapsed.

By chance, an Everett pulmonologist, a nurse and a medic were attending the party. They administered CPR until aid crews arrived.

Sargent, 30, of Everett, was rushed to Harborview Medical Center. Medical staff battled for two days to help him overcome the complications of anaphylactic shock, an extreme allergic reaction that blocked his breathing and deprived his brain of oxygen.

Doctors tried cooling his body for 24 hours and heavily sedating him, in the hope that his body could rest and recover.

Monday afternoon, his blood pressure skyrocketed and his heart rate dropped. Tuesday evening, two neurologists pronounced Sargent brain dead.

All this, his family said, from taking one bite out of a homemade chocolate chip cookie, one that had just enough peanut butter to trigger his extreme allergic reaction.

Sargent, a Herald employee, was one of about 5,000 people who die each year nationally from anaphylactic shock, which can be triggered by common foods such as peanuts, shellfish and eggs, said Angel Waldron, a spokeswoman for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Peanuts are the most common source of fatal allergic reactions, said Dr. Paul McBride, an allergist at The Everett Clinic.

"Your blood pressure can go to zero while your airways swell closed," he said. "And you have literally less than a minute to deal with it before people pass out. That's why immediate treatment is so crucial."

Otherwise, he said, death can occur within seconds.

Because peanuts are both inexpensive and good sources of protein, they're used as ingredients in many different products, including cookies, candies and pastries.

"It's a lot of products that people just put them in," McBride said.

"The people that are allergic are the ones that have to be vigilant. No one else will pay attention for them."

Sargent's family said they hope their loss is a reminder of how important it is to label food containing common allergens, even at picnics and other community events.

"I don't want another parent to have to go through this," said David Sargent, Daniel's father. "It's been proven that peanuts can drop you quick.

"You may be the world's greatest cook, but if it has peanuts in it, please label it. It can kill somebody."

Daniel Sargent, who graduated from Snohomish High School in 1996, worked at The Herald as a sports writer, covering soccer and high school sports. He also worked as a medical assistant for Skagit Valley Medical Center in Mount Vernon.

A memorial service is planned for later this month, his sister, Penny Sargent said.

His life-long interest in soccer began at age 5 when he first began playing the sport.

He began coaching for the Snohomish County Youth Soccer Club when he was 18 and continued his volunteer work for more than a decade.

He also participated with an indoor soccer organization in Snohomish as a coach, player and referee, his sister said.

The family first learned of his severe peanut allergy when he was three months old. A little peanut oil on his skin caused a rash and blisters, his father said.

And when he was a little older, a small piece of chocolate candy containing peanut butter caused blistering in his month.

"We worked to keep peanut butter and peanut oils away from him," his dad said.

The family always kept an EpiPen at the house, an emergency shot of adrenaline that can be injected in an instant to counteract severe allergic reactions.

As an adult, his son decided not to carry one with him, he said, instead trying to be vigilant about what he was eating and having an over-the-counter allergy medicine close at hand.

"This time, it just came too fast, too quick, and too deadly," his dad said.

Daniel Sargent had listed his desire to be an organ donor on his driver's license. On Friday, his heart was used in transplant surgery at the University of Washington, his sister said. His liver, kidneys and corneas also will be donated.

"Daniel was a very caring person," she said. "Giving the gift of life to other people is what he wanted to do."

Food dangers

Foods that commonly cause anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction in children, include: eggs, peanuts, wheat and milk. In adults, it's shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts and other legumes.

Stings from bees, wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets also can cause anaphylaxis.

Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

For more information, check the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's Web site at www.aafa.org and click on the food allergies link.


Yeh, it's a pain in the ass when I constantly have to ask about labels. Yeh, I hear the jokes being made around me. And yeh, I hope when you read that article above you realize why I do it.

It's not for fun, I promise you that!

And that, dear readers, is my allergy post for the day.

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REALLY simple Blueberry Cobbler

1 cup fresh blueberries
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup bisquick

Spray a pie pan or small baking pan with cooking spray. Arrange blueberries in a single layer on bottom. In a small bowl, mix the sugar, milk, and bisquick together. Pour over blueberries, pop in oven, and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Mmmm.

You have to understand... I have NEVER had an appointment at the allergist take less than 2.5 hours. EVER. It just never happens.


Doc spent about 20 minutes talking to us. Even though we had talked about doing a blood draw and trying to figuring out the blasted mystery hives, Doc changed his mind. He had been thinking about it (and had called another doc about it as well) and had decided it was waste of money and time to do the testing.

By the way, remember the hives the other day? Yeh, they were not hives. Yesterday the 'hives' were back in the same spot. I was pretty sure they were not hives at that point. Kids fessed up to 'stirring' a fire ant pile. Yeh, they were fire ant bites. Sigh. Doc thought one on his ankle might be getting infected as it was pretty warm and redder than the other. Wanted me to call if we saw the lovely red streak or anything. Fun. I found it terribly amusing that I was assuming hives would show up, so Tommy said 'hives' and I said 'hives' as well. Sigh... anyways, back to the appointment


He double checked for pressure hives, cold hives, warms hives, hives that show up when you 'write' in the skin, and even asked about emotions when they show up.

Concluded he was a kid that was going to hive and that he could grow out of it. Zyrtec works so we'll stick with that.

End of story. We were out the door right at an hour.

Hooray.

Fingers crossed we won't need to take Tommy back until next Summer. :)

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