Three things…

today I went to the dentist and while he is a good man I’m just never going to love it there.

So I need to focus on some positive!

My Melaleuca beach bag so I am ready for the season

Last snack of the year and we made butterflies 

and this really should get a solo post but zoe niamh and I all went out in the dark for a light up wheel adventure 


Follow up

So yesterday did not get too much better with the Fiona.  3 is VERY 3 and when she is solo she wants 100% of my time and when her sisters are home she wants 100% of everyone’s time and if not she tries to destroy things!  It is the start of a phase but I also know it is a lack of nap.

Zoe and she ran around the yard like crazy and poor thing came in wheezing.  I’m starting to suspect something a bit more than allergies, need to mine the internet on what exactly is asthma because when I said it to the breathing therapist at the hospital she said “Nonononono!” like it is a cursed word and she said it does really bad things for insurance?  I don’t know, she is acting like the boy in elementary school that always had a rescue inhaler in a bag (made from a sock, I’ll never forget) around his neck at all times.

Anyway – swim lessons did not happen so I left them all eating dinner with Dad and I went for a little run.  About 10 min into my run I get this picture;


She does seem much more in line with normal today.

Speaking of follow-ups and hospital – I wrote a 4-page letter to them detailing how the hospital was not, in any way, set up for a child.  There is still a very very large part of me glad that we 1. weren’t there long 2. weren’t sent to the special Childrens Hospital downtown – meaning – 3. it was not serious enough for Childrens.  BUT there really is a certain level you expect from a hospital in the US.  When I recall passages from books written about healthcare in the 1800’s, or, in India to make me feel like this hospital is “ok”  it really is not ok.  Yesterday they called and said they are following up on my concerns, who knows where this might lead, but I am glad I said something.

Today I attempt to catch up on all the things on the never-ending list.  Hope you all have a fine Wednesday :)

not much

No nap.  Nap is being ignored.

I’m getting tons of stair climbs in returning her to her bed.  She really needs a nap…. She will now fall asleep somewhere inconvenient, probably on the way to swim lessons.

Oh well, can’t fight it, might as well go play mom.

Cee’s fun foto – trash can/rule of third

It is a picture post type of day.  Outside is gloomy, the house is messy and it is way more fun to waste use my nap time on picture projects :)

Cee gave a list of options this week and I’m choosing the unsung hero – the trash can.  We have the big cool trucks with forks on the side that tip the trash into the truck and roll on by.  It is the highlight of our Monday to go see the big truck.

Finding a picture with a trash can in it is easy!  They sneak into all my pictures in the side yard.  I give them credit, they have held up for 10+ years and we almost never fill-um up.  Lars feels like it is a bit of magic in our lives – we put our problems into a can and Monday rolls around and someone takes them away.  Personally I feel a bit of guilt on the waste but we do our part  being careful.

In this picture series of the trash can he is willingly playing along with the easter egg hunt, hiding that egg in plain sight – thanks trash can!


egg up?


One Four Challenge – week 3

I love getting a chance to play with all the features.  I even had a weird dream that a friend sent me a facebook message telling me to use a certain feature in Picasa and where to find it.  It was so vivid I even looked (not there).  Is it sad that I dream about finding new edit tools?

To review, the challenge is to take one picture and edit it 4 ways over the month.

Week 1

Week 2

This week I went wild.

I kept the crop from last week and then I went black and white and messed with the highlights and shadows to more or less make it like a line drawing.  The plan was to leave it like that, coloring book style, but it was pretty dull and there are so many fun buttons to push…

So I used the feature “Heat Map” and played a bit with the sliders and finally rotated it and ta-da! Totally not a picture of a sweet potato (or a yam) ((or is it?))

fixit may3

Here is the hostess of this challenge and there are a ton of other awesome fun people participating too.