Friday, January 23, 2015

Overheard From The Kitchen

Hubby: Oops. I made a mistake.

Medium: I'll eat it.

*****

Large: Are you going to make what I'm talking about?

Hubby: No, because I have no idea what you're talking about.

Large: Why not?

Hubby: Because I don't understand your mind. It's scary in there.

*****

Small: You have weird children!

Hubby: Uh-huh. Yes. I do.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Late Breaking News: A Short Photo Essay

Kimo does not like snow.
"What fresh hell is THIS?"

Nope, do not like the way this wet white stuff feels on my toes.

For the love of Pete, let me back in!

Conversations

I have a borderline migraine, so I've been laying low all day.

This was complicated by the fact that we got four inches of snow today, and so the kids were sent home early when only half that amount had fallen.

Large came home saying that she had felt carsick on the bus. No surprise there. The bus was probably warm, the skies were gray, it was snowing, and she doesn't sit in the very first row of the bus. I told her to go rest for awhile before starting on her homework.

Hubby came home and promptly went out to snowblow the driveway and sidewalks.

I dragged myself out of the nice, dark den and into the kitchen to hunt down ideas for dinner so Hubby wouldn't have to when he came in. I found a couple boxes of Hamburger Helper-type stuff and started that.

Medium came into the kitchen to see what I was doing.

And then the inquisition began.

Medium: Mommy, is there such a person as Mother Nature?

I thought for a moment.

Me: Well, yes and no.

Medium: What does that mean?

Me: No, Mother Nature isn't a person. But that's how a lot of people talk about the changing seasons and weather and stuff like that.

Medium [boisterously]: It should be Father Nature, since God is our father! He made everything, so that's why it should be Father Nature!

Me [groaning inwardly]: Actually, people talk about Mother Nature and Father Time.

Medium [apparently sensing that further inquisition will not go over well]: Oh. Well, I'm not going to ask about that because it would be annoying.

Me: Not annoying, honey. But my head hurts a lot, and it would be too hard for me to explain it right now.

Medium: You know what I like best about us?

Me: What?

Medium: We're annoying!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Well. My Day is Complete. I Have Incited Tears.

We had a snow day today.

Actually, that's a misnomer. We had an ice day today.

Given all the sleet and freezing rain, I was relieved when the two-hour delay turned into no school. I loathe two-hour delays, because they always end with everybody being cranky.

The kids have been remarkably well-behaved today, and I haven't needed to play referee too much.

The biggest spat occurred right after 7p.

I heard shouting, followed by, "I'm telling!"

Scene: Den

Small Fry: Mommy, I was watching Sofia the First and then Medium changed it, and then she didn't change it back!

Medium Fry: Nuh-uh! I just wanted to see if 7Ds was on, and it wasn't, so I went back to 49! And I wanted to watch Liv and Maddie, not Sofia the First!

Me: But was the TV on channel 49 to begin with?

Small: No!

Medium: Yes!

Me: What show was on before Medium changed it to check if 7Ds was on, Small?

Small: Sofia the First!

Me: Medium, is that right?

Medium: I was just wanting to check—

Me: What show was on?

Medium: Mickey Mouse?

Me: Large, come down here please!

She bounded down the stairs and into the den.

Me: Large, what show was on the TV before Medium changed it to see if 7Ds was on?

Large Fry: 49.

Me [migraine salute]: Not what channel. What show was on the TV?

Large: I think Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

Well. Fabulous. I have been given three different shows.

I called up the onscreen guide on the den TV. Sure enough, Liv and Maddie was on the Disney Channel, and Sofia was on Disney Junior, which was pretty much exactly what I expected. However, since the onscreen guide won't tell me what was airing during the 6:30 timeslot, hello, tvguide.com.

And we have an answer. The upstairs TV was definitely on Disney Junior.

With that, I rendered judgment.

Me: Okay. The TV was on Disney Junior, so that's where it stays. You two may go.

Small and Large left the room.

I eyeballed Medium, whose glare was not quite defiant but definitely irked.

Me: If you would like to watch TV, you may go upstairs and watch nicely with your sisters. You'll have to watch what they're watching. If you don't want to do that, then you can find something else to do.

Medium: But I want to watch TV!

Me: You can. You just have to watch what your sisters are watching.

Medium: I don't like that! It's booooring!

Me: Then find something else to do. There's lots to do. You could read a book, you could draw...

Medium: I don't think that drawing is for me!

Me [surprised]: What about sketching? You like sketching.

Medium: I've run out of things to sketch.

Me: There's lots of things you could sketch. You could sketch Kimo.

Medium: I already did him.

Me: You could sketch him again.

Medium: I already know how he looks in sketching.

Me: Then find something else to do.

Medium: I wanted to play my Leapster, but I can't find it.

Me: The last place I saw it was the Put Away Box. If you didn't put it in the drawer downstairs where it belongs, that's too bad.

Medium: I had it up in my room before, but now it's not there.

Me: It doesn't belong in your room.

Medium: But I don't know where it is.

Me: That's because you didn't put it back where it belongs.

And that's when she slunk off downstairs and I heard muffled tears.

Well, hooray. Score one for Mom tonight.

It didn't take more than 15 minutes, though, before she had found a way to play with her sisters again.

That doesn't mean I'm not relieved that it's now bedtime, though.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Whoops.

I forgot to mention.

Our GoFundMe page is still active.

We are currently facing about $400 in legal fees for our lawyer and the girls' guardian ad litem (their court-appointed attorney), and we have no idea how much more this is going to cost.

The link in my sidebar will take you to our page.

Thanks.

A Quick Recap

I have decided that December of 2014 stunk, and I have never been so glad to see a new month (and year) turn the corner.

December was rough:

  • We learned on December 2 that my brother, in his inestimable "wisdom," was planning to appeal to the state Supreme Court regarding the termination of his parental rights. His lawyer had indicated to ours that she wouldn't pursue it further, but since she was appointed by the court to represent my brother, who claimed in forma pauperis status, she learned she was obligated to continue to represent him to the Supreme Court level. The county does not obligate her beyond that, so this should be it, but still. We're in the waiting game again, as the Supreme Court has a 45-day window to act before inaction is assumed to be a denial of the appeal.
  • The afternoon of December 4, our ten-year-old cat Pa'ani fractured his left rear leg without traumatic incident. Twenty-four hours later, we were putting him to sleep and devastated by the loss. The vet sent us a lovely sympathy card and confirmed we made the right decision, but the right choice doesn't always mean it's the choice without tremendous pain.
  • Large Fry has been having nightmares about Daddy Bro coming to the courthouse on the day of the adoption hearing and stopping it. Her worries have so consumed her that she is literally making herself sick. It's heart-wrenching.
  • We got the flu. Every single one of us, including my parents. In the ten days before Christmas. It was horrible. Even if we'd all gotten the flu shot, we would have gotten it anyway. This strain wasn't in this year's vaccine. Small Fry got hit first, along with an initial event for Large Fry (although she didn't get fully sick for a few more days). She laid on the couch with a high fever for two days, unable to even muster up enthusiasm for Kimo's arrival. No church for either Small or Large that Sunday. The following Monday, Large got sent home from school with a triple-digit fever, and Hubby got told by his boss to "Go home and take your germs with you" at about the same time. He worked from home all week, as I got progressively worse. Large stayed home from school Tuesday and Wednesday. I managed the last of the Christmas shopping and some errands on Tuesday afternoon, and felt nearly half-dead by the time I was done, and scheduled a doctor's appointment for the next morning. I spent Wednesday in bed after my appointment, and Hubby helped take care of Large Fry (who probably could have gone back to school, but better safe than sorry). Medium came down with the flu on Friday evening, and dozed on church pews Saturday morning during rehearsal for Sunday's cantata at church...which Hubby and I barely managed to functionally sing for (he did better than I did). Meanwhile, my parents were so sick that they couldn't come for the cantata, and were barely able to come for Christmas Eve and Christmas. As it was, they headed home early, and we all were happy to have them, and happy that they went home, so we could all rest. I'm still not fully over it, since it triggered a sinus infection and horrible inflammation for me. Hooray!
  • We got more legal bills. Ms. Sciuto's answer to the Allowance of Appeal petition was excellent, but it came with a price tag. We have no idea how much more this will cost, and we're ready to be done.
While Christmas was good, it was heavily overshadowed by how awful we all still felt. Kimo's arrival in our family was probably our one shining moment of the month. I still miss Pa'ani terribly, but having Kimo's bouncy presence has been a blessing. It's been fun having a kitten around again, even if he's driving me crazy by teething on anything he can get his mouth around (like my ankles).

I did have a moment of pure panic one afternoon, about three days after Kimo came home. I couldn't find him. I spent five minutes searching. We've tried to keep closed off certain parts of the house (like my home office) that could easily lose a small kitten, but there's still places like under couches and stuff where he could easily hide. I was panicking, and felt awful because I was getting sicker, and he wasn't used to his name enough to respond to it being called.

I did find him, though.

Yes. Really.

Eventually.