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Monday, April 16, 2012

Easter Weekend

Everyone has off Good Friday.....that is except, me.  My husband asks me every year and every year I have the same answer.  I was at this job 8 years before I met him 10 years ago and we get the same six holidays every year.  Nothing more, nothing less.  So based on our plans, I either work it or take a vacation day.  This year I took a vacation day so we could all three have a 3 day weekend.  We had no major plans and even if we had they would have most likely been adjusted since the boy broke his arm.  It limits A LOT.
Friday was gorgeous weather so we headed out to eat lunch somewhere outside.  We settled on Mexican food.  After lunch K suggested we visit Best Buy.  I wasn't really sure why or where this was headed but we were just going with no plans for once so why not!

Turns out he wanted to get me an ipad......3rd generation!  I had not done any research or anything, it was really just a surprise.  Of course it is amazing what it can do.  I had just finished the Steve Jobs book so talking with the geek squad and tech-e people who adore anything Apple was surreal to say the least.  We paid a little more for the 4G wi-fi so we can sign up with one of two carriers and be
wi-fi anywhere at any time!
The first app downloaded was.......

and this little boy knew his way around all the finger sliding on the screen.  That rough cast has been a thorn in my side.  I am afraid he will accidentally scratch the ipad screen but we are trying to be super careful.
For Saturday night dinner Dominic requested we do fondue!  That was the first time he requested it so of course we had to honor his request!  Several months ago K and I had date night at The Melting Pot fondue restaurant in the city.  We have done it at home several times but always used corn oil for cooking the meats.  At the restaurant they had a few other options and the one we chose was
Coq Au Vin which is red wine and broth based with scallions and thinly sliced mushrooms.  This is a much healthier way to cook your food and delicious!
The sauce started to heat up and Dominic's fav, the meatballs.
Of course it was not relaxing for us, more so Kevin, especially since Dominic is one armed right now. Daddy and I ate slower to get the little guy squared away after he finished.  He just gets so excited about things that it turns into hyper ville USA.  It was nice though and great just being with my boys.
The next morning Dominic woke up and was searching to see what EB left him (Easter Bunny).  He found his basket on the first landing of the stairs.  It is really hard to understand the expections of EB these days and there might have been some disappointment.  Not sure why but such is life.  He got a Lightning McQueen art set...
A Dr Seuss, Cat in the Hat movie and some other misc candy items.  I think EB knows the struggles for parents of kids this age with CANDY so there was not a ton. Perfect.
Kevin and I have always hid eggs for Dominic to do a little hunt.  I wasn't sure if he would be up for it this year or if that would be "boring" but turns out, he was eager.  That being said, don't judge with the plastic bag as his basket!

This face is the cutest.look.ever.  This is the "i can't believe you tricked me and put one IN the tree" ha!
And the gutter......

And this face is because Daddy stuck one in the trailer hitch on the back of the SUV.
And for memory sake, his broken little arm on Easter Sunday 2012.
Happy Easter to all and God Bless everyone.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Broken Arm

"Well my friends, the time has come".....name that song. Lionel Richie maybe?
Well the time has come and having a busy little 6 yr old boy at the park for a nice fun family Sunday Funday turned into a broken arm.  Dang, it was inevitable it seemed.  All we ever say is "watch out", "be careful" and "STOP climbing on that!" 
We had just orderded the bike rack for the Tahoe, Daddy got it all mounted and figured out and I packed a picnic.  The day before the above mentioned 6 yr old got a new bike.  For those keeping track that is 4 bikes in 5 years.  He started with training wheels before his 2nd bday and learned how to ride without training wheels when he was 3. He keeps growing like a weed and his daddy said it was time for another b/c the chain on the last one kept falling off.  I was hesitant but the little guy had gift cards from his bday for Target so we pushed forward to the store.  Long story short, new bike last Saturday, one good ride on the trails that day, then off to the E.R.  All our bikes AND the new bike rack shall sit idle for the entire Spring which in Houston is one of only two seasons (Fall time being the other) that you can ride a bike and picnic in tolerable weather.  Six weeks for the cast, fyi....

This is the story:  At the park, just finishing a picnic lunch, 20 feet from the playground.  Kids and families here and there and us telling Dominic NOT to climb on the monkey bars but to wait for Daddy to help him.  We were still eating lunch and of course he was done. Together Daddy and I said this about ONE HUNDRED TIMES or more.  Next thing we know, he was up on the monkey bars and fell straight down on his left arm. Boom. Just like that. Daddy almost there. Surreal.
We head to the emergency room and yes he was borderline screaming all the way from the park. I am no doctor but this is what the x-ray showed:

Yes, that would be broken in half and next to that is a hair line fracture to the other bone (Ulna).
It did not take long for the boredom to set in.  Here he is pouting at home sitting outside about 2 hrs after we got home.  The ER put on a hard splint that allows for about 3 days of swelling before an actual cast is put on.
Trying to find things to do so here he is on the computer.
By Wednesday we had to see an Orthopedic Surgeon.  He was restless in that waiting room.
The doc would determine if he was ready for a hard cast or if any "setting of the bones" had to be done.  Thank goodness he did not have to be sedated for them to move the bones around.  His brake was okay the way it ended up for healing purposes.
Taking his splint off, he was a bit nervous and did say "Ouch" one time.  I felt bad for him.
Time for the cast.  It was an interesting process.  First this soft, sock like thinga majigey to keep him shielded from the hard plaster cast.
He picked the color orange.  She takes the roll of orange cast stuff and runs it under the faucet to wet it real good then she begins wrapping it all around his arm.  Two rolls were used during the making of this cast!
All done and he was so excited for us to sign it!

By the time he got home from school that day it was a cast of pure graffiti!  He had everyone sign and is still soliciting signers.  It has been a busy week and he is starting to get sick of it.  Wish us luck for the next 5!