Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Hoppity hoppity hop

That's the sound of me jumping through hoops. It's almost showtime, ladies & gents! Immigration finally sent me "the packet" and I have a list of stuff to photocopy, track down, pay for, etc. The big one on my list is the physicals. We have to go to Vancouver for them - the oldest two need them as well as me. Well, hopefully. We're counting on getting Becca & Christa their US citizenship, just not sure if we can hold off on that until we are settled in Reno which would save us a bit of money in travel for Matt. Anyway, back to the physicals. As James is 16 and considered an "adult", he and I each have to pay $275 for our exams, xrays & blood tests. Maya gets off with just an exam at a paltry $125. The silver lining is that it's Canadian funds. Haha. The trip to Van will cost us in travel and hotel and such, oh about another $300. And we haven't even paid the processing fee to the consulate yet, that's $100 x 3 (and that one is US). Oh, and did I mention that the doctor wants cash or a money order? As if I would carry that kind of cash around the downtown area of Vancouver. I'm not that naive. So big adventure next week when I leave the youngest two with the grandparents and take off to the big city! After all the months and months of waiting, it's all happening way fast now.

Monday, April 23, 2007

I was so traumatized

Obviously that party took a lot out of me, I haven't been back since. Seriously, it was intense. Never again, remind me next year, never again. My gosh, can teenage girls eat! And scream! And they are sooooo messy! Maya didn't have as much fun as she hoped to either, it was pretty difficult to have 9 girls want to do the same thing at the same time so they kept splitting up into two happy groups with a bewildered Maya not sure which group she should be with at any one time. Poor thing spent some time hiding under the covers in her bed. We lived through it though and I officially have two teens now. Oh! Almost forgot that I wanted to share this - Maya is already liable to kill me for saying what I already have so I'm going to jump right in and tell you about what a couple of the other girls did. Maya didn't, and I'm not just saying that because she's my sweet daughter and might read this, she really didn't take part, she just stood and watched them in amazement. Ready? Two of the girls weighed their boobs. Yep, they did. Laid down on the floor, propping said parts on the scale and yelling, how much do they weigh? It was so hilariously dumb, I just had to tell you ;)

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Happy Birthday Maya!

My oldest daughter is now officially a teenager. She's certainly acted like one for quite some time ;) I'd like to take this opportunity to get all mushy and reminisce about her birth and all that but I won't, that would just bore everyone. I'd rather just say that Maya is a happy, healthy, beautiful young lady and I hope that she has the best birthday ever :)

8 additional 12/13 year old girls are descending on our home in less than four hours. I need to brace myself!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Nuts :P

James reacted to his breakfast cereal yesterday. He was down to the last couple bites when I glanced at him and something about his face made me ask if he was having a reaction - yep. Grabbed his ventolin, gave him an antihistamine and waited. Whew, the swelling in his throat went down, his breathing stabilized and he was okay the rest of the day. Man, that's scary. Not quite as scary at 16 as it was in past years but that's because he can tell me how he's feeling now, unlike when he was a baby struggling to breathe. Btw, I'm not a terrible mom, he insisted that he has had Honey Nut Cheerios before at his dad's and that almonds are not one of the nuts he is allergic to. Wrong.

The "big eight" are:
Milk allergy, Egg allergy, Peanut allergy, Tree nut allergy, Seafood allergy, Shellfish allergy, Soy allergy, and Wheat allergy. Of those, James is allergic to peanuts (all legumes actually), tree nuts (confirmed even in his mind now), seafood, shellfish & soy. He had a reaction to eggs as a toddler, almost all of the boys in my family do when they're younger but they grow out of it. So, he's got five out of the eight. Lucky guy, huh? Ugh.

Friday, April 06, 2007

This was love

There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Life lesson # 784

That'll teach me. I was cheating. I admit it.

Mr. Big is one of my favourites, I couldn't help it. I even shared with Christa, she had almost half.

Last bite, it happened. A "musty" peanut. Yuck!! I had to go brush my teeth. Now hopefully I won't have to burp *blush*

I will never cheat again.

With a Mr. Big anyway...next time I'll go for
Mars or Twix or Bounty or...

Just curious - what's your favourite chocolate bar?