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February, 2005
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February 1, 2005

Poor Mark got hit with the bug today and had to cancel his business trip.  So much for trying to be upbeat - this just plain sucks.  :-(

The boys had a wish bone after dinner.
Making a wish and Patrick wins!

February 2, 2005

Patrick has had two teeth dangling in his mouth for days now.  Mark finally convinced him to do the thread trick again and pulled one out!  (Warning - these pictures aren't for weak stomachs!)

on the count of three . . . . . . awwww - gimme a kiss!  (ewwwwwwwwww)

February 4, 2005

I chaperoned Alex's second grade to Sea World today.  He has such a small class, with wonderful parents, so we had enough chaperones that we only had two children each.  I hooked up with a few other moms and we had a fabulous day!  It was chilly, which for me beats the heat any day.  The children have been studying about all of the animals they would see.  It was something to go through the penguin exhibit and watch the children discuss the different types of penguins they saw.

Alex on top of the crowd Hangin' out in the arctic exhibit

WOW! Petting stingrays

February 5, 2005

You will NOT believe it.  Alex came down with a fever today.  Will this cold season ever end?    Mark is still pretty sick, so the two of them vegged the day away.  Patch has been begging to go to the driving range, so he and I had some one-on-one while he hit some balls.  Well, actually, he spent most of his time trying to get the ball to stay on the tee!


February 7, 2005

With all of the sickies coming and going from our house, it's been three weeks since I've volunteered in Alex's class.  Fortunately, I made it this morning.  Unfortunately, I brought Alex home with me before lunch.  Although his fever's gone and he doesn't have any obvious symptoms, he's wiped out and can't cope.  So again, he and Mark spent the day on the couch.

The best medicine anyone could ask for

February 9, 2005

Well, everybody is back in school - finally.  I actually was able to cover all of my volunteer responsibilities this week, for the first time since winter break.  Mark is still sick as a dog, and broke down and saw the doctor today.  He's taking cortisone because his sinus membranes are so swollen.  That's a new one on me!  Hopefully, he'll perk up soon, and then maybe we'll be back to normal.  {crossing my fingers!}

February 10, 2005

The boys gave Mark tickets to a Magic game for Christmas, and the game was tonight.  Fortunately, Mark responded well to the medicine he got yesterday and woke up this morning saying he actually felt slightly human, so we had a great time at the game.  The seats were awesome - four rows up from the court.  As we were leaving, somehow the boys ended up at the wrong doors to the van, and Patch put on an announcers voice and said, "Off sides - - on the offense!"  It was too funny!

Patch using his binoculars Striking a pose

It was a little late for Patch Daddy and his mini-me

Grant Hill making a free throw - yes, our seats were THAT good!

February 11, 2005

We're starting to feel a small sense of normalcy.  Three significant things happened today:  Mark went out and saw clients for the first time in over a week (can you hear me smiling?), I felt compelled to clean (and not a moment too soon, I might add!), and I put away the nebulizer and vaporizer (and am crossing my fingers I haven't jinxed anything).  Maybe, just maybe, we'll actually survive this cold season!

February 12, 2005

Justin was over this afternoon, and the three of them played on their Game Boys together.  Justin's battery was low, but that didn't stop them.  They just moved the game over to the outlet!

Larry, Curly and Mo

February 13, 2005

The boys made origami hearts to give to their classmates for Valentines Day.

LOTS of paper folding! And decorating!

February 14, 2005

A few weeks ago Boudreaux started limping - favoring his good back leg.  (A few years ago he had surgery on his left back knee when he tore the ligament, and it's been a little off ever since.)  Mark and I were panicked that he'd torn the ligament in the other knee.  With the first knee not all that great, and him being as big as he is, we feared the worst, thinking his left knee wouldn't support him during the recovery from surgery on the other knee.  I took him to the vet back then, and we were quite relieved when it looked like just a sore foot.  Well, instead of getting better, it's gotten worse, so I took him back today.  We decided to sedate him and get a good x-ray of his legs and hips.  The bad news is it's his hip.  He has hip dysplasia (which we've known about for years), and now he's developed so much arthritis in his hip it won't move.  Even under anesthesia, they couldn't straighten out his leg.  The hip joint simply doesn't work anymore.  :-(  The good news is, the vet convinced me that his repaired knee is fine to support him during surgery recovery, and even though he's 10 years old and a big boy, he's in perfect health otherwise, and it would definitely be worthwhile to operate.  Ever since Bandi and Trouble died, Mark and I have always felt like Boo could go any minute, too, so that was the best news we could have gotten.  We've scheduled the surgery for next week, and the vet gave us some "doggie morphine" to give him in the meantime.

February 16, 2005

Patch made a special Valentine in his class for Alex.  The teacher had given them the prompt "I will show my love for you by:"  Patch wrote "letting you pick the game on XBox."  Of course, we oohed and aahed about how nice that was.  I play Bunko with his teacher, and at Bunko tonight she told me how funny he was.  He brought his paper up to her and she said how nice it was.  As he was walking away, he turned back to her, pointed his finger at her and said, "But only on Valentines Day!"

February 18, 2005

Next month is music month in school.  The music teacher invited students who take private music lessons to come in before school and play and be recorded.  She will play one of the recordings on the school news each morning next month.  Alex and Patrick went in this morning and played beautifully, despite having a video camera staring at them!

Getting set up for Alex Patch's turn

The national pool association has its big annual convention in town this weekend.  Mark's company does nothing but pool stuff, and they have a HUGE presence at the convention each year.  They had a big party tonight for clients and potential clients (and employees and their families, of course).  There are so many people that they rented  the entire Hard Rock Cafe.    I didn't know you could even do that!  Mark had a room for the night since he had to be at the convention early tomorrow morning.  His coworkers and their wives are awesome, and we had a blast into the wee morning hours.

Mom stayed at our house with the boys for the night.  According to her, all went well, although I'm having a hard time actually believing it!

An enthralling Game Boy game

February 19, 2005

We met up with Mark and his coworkers after the convention tonight for dinner at Race Rock.  The Big Foot monster truck they have in the parking lot makes a pretty good growth chart!

OMG - they're so grown-up! Just hangin' around
February 19, 2005

This is our neighbor's neice and nephew from Germany when they visited way back when Little monkeys
May 24, 2002

My adorable little, itty bitty boys!
September 30, 2001

February 20, 2005

Just a nice quiet day at home.  Ahhhhhhh.


February 21, 2005

I had jury duty today.  Oh - my - goodness.  I'd rather suffer Chinese water torture.  From 8:00 a.m. (which if any of you know me at all, is torture enough) until 4:15 p.m., I sat in a room with several other people with nothing but a paperback novel.  I was never called to a panel.  I never left the friggin room.  The only good thing about it is that I'm guaranteed not to be called for another year.   Aaaarrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhh!

February 22, 2005

Alex came off the bus today with some rather disturbing news.  He had been sent to the principal's office.  Turns out it was fantastic news.  One of his writing projects for class was so good his teacher sent him to read it to the principal!  This is the second time this year, as a matter of fact.  I'm so proud of him!

February 23, 2005

The boys were playing with magnet toys, and Mark showed them how to wear them like earrings.

An image every mother dreams for her son! Looking properly embarrassed

Demonstrating how it works

February 24, 2005

Boudreaux came home from the vet today.  Considering he had half his thigh bone cut off yesterday, he's doing remarkably well.  The biggest shock was seeing half of his back end completely bald!  After letting us fuss over him (the neighbors even came over to welcome him home), he settled down in his favorite spot in front of the playroom window.  Oh, by the way, the surgery didn't affect his tail one bit - it still wags!

Back on guard duty "OK, maybe I'll take just a tiny rest"

February 26, 2005

Since Becca was in the hospital for the month before Emily was born, we finally got to throw her a baby shower today.  We met at Olive Garden and had a terrific girls-only lunch, with baby Emily presiding.  It was definitely much more fun having the guest of honor actually present for the shower!

Waking up to a group of admirers TOO CUTE!

Flower Power - GIRLS RULE!

February 27, 2005

I've been running around so much lately that I feel like I've hardly seen my boys, so we made a point of spending the day together as a family.  We started out rolling pennies, but that got boring fast.  (And I think I'm going to have do a recount of each roll!)  It was a miserable rainy day, so cabin fever quickly set in.  We went out for lunch at the mall, and then went to the indoor putt putt.  It was so nice to have nothing to do but just enjoy the day.

one thousand and one, one thousand and two, one thousand and . . . . . . . .

Patch getting pointers from Daddy The center of my world!

Eek!  A preview of the teenage slouch! Lining up his putt