Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Haven't shared any shots of my neice Madeline in awhile so I must share this one. How cute is SHE? Such a doll, and she's 9 months already!

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Swearing Post

This WEEK has been a blur, henceforth the purposefully blurry photo that Julia snapped in the middle of my trip to Lice HELL.

My face says it all, really captures what I've been up to this week....

Of course Julia got it too, Julia who had been cavorting about exposing friends at birthday parties, etc. So we had to spread the word. Most people were very understanding and sweet about it, and nobody found anything.

THANKFULLY we had conferences last week so while they were off Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we had time to deal with it. But, after putting NIX on my darling girls' heads on Tuesday, Friday I was still finding live lice.


Enter plan B: Super Cetaphil, which I wish my Peds office would have recommended in the first place. I wish I'd never put NIX on their fragile scalps becayse 1)NIX is toxic as SHIT and 2)it didn't do A GOD DAMNED THING (*if dealing with lice doesn't give me reason to cuss it up big time what does?)

Anyway, I marched down to Costco and bought two two-packs of Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and treated each girl Friday, then again on Saturday, and then Avery AGAIN on Sunday, you know, just to make sure.....

Did I mention how good the girls have been through this whole ordeal?

I knew head lice would SUCK and despite my determined beginning, there was a bit of unravelling after three days until I implemented the cure that worked. But the soreness that came from the ergonomics of bending over heads and searching them for an hour? Surprise! They should invent a chair for this. Also, they should invent a way to seal off your own hair and treat it for imaginary itching.

Just writing this is making me itch.

Today, six days after our initial discovery, both girlies went back to school and got checked and (cue medieval trumpet-fare) THEY WERE CLEARED! Hello white flag of victory! The secretary even said, and I quote, "Wow, your mom must have worked really hard, I can't find anything!" (She did find an egg on Avery's head but said we were fine). She also said they would be checking them again in ten days so though the battle is won, it ain't over yet.

Sigh.....(sound of collapsing)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Keepin it Real Tuesday

I knew this day would come. This, my 600th post, and I'm going to write about head lice.

Avery has been itching her head for the past three or so days, and each day I've checked her head but found nothing. Today when I checked her scalp, I found it: the thing I didn't want to find, the thing that when I was teaching took kids home and returned them again with shaved heads. In my my fingers I held a live louse, which I captured under scotch tape, like evidence.

I called her teacher, she was awesome. She wanted me to tell Avery that she had it when she was a kid, that she probably had it now, since it jumps.

The advice nurse gave me the scoop and I've spent the morning in combat mode. After finding about ten this morning, we washed her hair, applied NIX, waited, rinsed the NIX, then I went through each section of her hair methodically and removed nit after nit after nit, maybe 30 were on her head in all, which is WAAAAY better than the pictures I just googled (to find the above image)where one little section of hair has 30+.

I was so afraid of this happening one day, and I didn't think I could handle it, but I have. We both have. Even though she cried at first when she found out, she got hugs, she's been deloused. It's a strangely satisfying task to really take care of when you have no other option but to deal. All in all, it's not as big of a deal as I thought it would be. Let's hope we can just keep it at bay.....keep her sister from getting it......

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Year We Got Pumpkins in Shorts

Patched it up today out in North Plains at Lakeview Farms. They have a lake, a train, a huge pumpkin patch with pumpkins STILL attached to the vines (I hate it when they set them in the fields) and some serious carmel corn.
Our pumpkins are HUGE this year-each one will be challenging our knuckles as we scrape the wetness. Julia wanted to carve them today. She also saw her friend Jake at the pumpkin patch and both of them were excited but wore these nervous smiles, especially Jake. You forget sometimes as an adult, that feeling of seeing a friend somewhere and how it feels and how nervous it can make you, but especially if it's that girl that you often chase or that chases you at recess.....
Look at these nasturtiums! The girls and I had a great trip to the Library and to the Blue Heron Park today, where we have spent many moments cavorting in the day. I especially love to visit it when fall hits.
These birches just begged to be photographed but we made a concerted effort to go close to them without making the HUGE crowd of Canadian Geese in the pond take flight.
I have taken a picture of Julia by this tree before, and I told her this as I took it, commenting on how tall she looks to me and how it won't be long before she's touching that branch with her head.
The girls have this routine where they run down a certain slope and when they reach the bottom their dad puts his arms out and catches them and spins them in the air. Today I did the catching and the spinning, and since I was also trying to photograph them, I quickly had to switch gears to do the catch. When I did Avery I wrenched my wrist and she was so sweet about it, giving me a big old kiss on the wrist and holding it gently for me.
To end our afternoon, we stopped by Sesame Donuts in the library's lobby. I made the girls order their treats and then we sat outside as Avery enjoyed six chocolate and six pumpkin donut holes and Julia enjoyed a glazed donut.
The whole time Avery ate, she would report how many were left. "Mom, I have six chocolate and three pumpkin ones left...."
I was buying the girls gloves the other day and the lady at Marshalls was telling me how her outside dog has already beefed up his thick coat of hair, indicating the winter to come. I have heard our winter just may be a serious one this year, who knows. The geese are definitely heading out.....
.....for now, we will definitely take an October afternoon getting pumpkins and dinking around outdoors in shorts.

Friday, October 14, 2011

We've Been Busy Painting!

Ever since we've been home from sabbatical, we've been in house mode. There is a small mountain of paint testers out in our garage, mostly greens and greys that went south as soon as the brush swept them across the wall.

For some reason as much as I really wanted to do green in the main part of the house, it hasn't worked out. Instead there seem to be an awful lot of blues and browns and we're loving them. The greens? Two we put up with gusto and then covered right back up again....

The first green, "Killala Green" (appropriately named because looking at it killed your love of green) went up in Julia's bedroom and looked like this. It was like being choked and slapped with green. Not good.
Then we did a second green in her room, Lucerne by Miller, similar to this which we've kept up. In the daylight it's really right, but at night, the green can be a little much. She loves it, we're keeping it. We may tone it down with a white wall somewhere.

We did another green in the kitchen, Behr's Geranium Leaf, and I really loved the small section of it that I put up initially (see top pic). Unfortunately once we painted the whole kitchen, it looked so bad, I rushed out and quickly picked a darker blue color (Martha Stewart's Kerry Blue Terrier) and slapped it on the walls, loving it.
The first room we ever painted was done in a Martha color in our guest room/office, Molassas. We loved it.
Benjamin Moore's Berkshire Beige dons the walls of our living and dining room, which look into our hallways and bannister, done in Labrador Blue.
Avery's room is Behr's First Waltz. It is the loveliest softest pink and I just love it. I don't think I could have found it on a paint chip because on the paint chip it looks very mauve and I never would have been drawn to mauve. We saw it in a house we looked at and I went back and asked the lady about the color because I thought it was so right for a pink.
The playroom is another Behr shade: Garden Spot, my favorite of the greens. I like it but again we have found that a little green goes a long way and may have to tone it down with some white walls.

Our plan is to do Berkshire Beige again in the family room on the mantle wall, some grey in the downstairs bathroom, and hopefully agean blue for our bedroom, eventually.

Oh the adventure that is painting!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011


In this moment in October, thanks to an old picture, I find myself harkening back to the days of yore when my little witch and little puppy were by my side a bit more...