Monday, December 15, 2014

5 on Friday. Except it's Monday. Because I forgot to press Publish.

Taking the easy way out with a little Five on Friday...

1. Our little Brady Back Ribs was quite the sad little hot potato this past weekend {make that 2 weekends ago, given my lapse in scheduling} and into the beginning of the week.  We were in Waco for the Baylor / KState game, and the poor meatloaf woke up early, early Saturday morning burning up.  He had multiple all-star nurse-maids but was still a pretty pathetic wee fellow. 

He maintained an impressively high fever for the next 48 hours... This is not our first rodeo with high fevers; our kids love high fevers. 102? 103? 103.8? 104.2?  Meh, no biggie so long as Motrin takes it down a notch or so.  But B's got up to 104.8 on Sunday evenings, and I freaked the fuck rightly out on the after-hours PA who gave me the same "meh, no biggie."  Sunday and Monday nights were spent holding him in my beat-up leather chair where I read thousands of pages of opinions and treatises {what seems like} a lifetime ago.  Even after the fever broke, it was pretty clear he was in pain as soon as his last dosage of meds wore off, and laying flat definitely exacerbated his discomfort.  Neither kidlet has ever had an ear infection, but that was my best guess, and the pediatrician confirmed a double-ear-whammy first thing Tuesday morning.  Thus ends my ability to humble-brag about our nearly 3 year stretch sans antibiotics.  Oh well.  It was a good run while it lasted!  Besides, who doesn't love all that paste-like bubble-gum-pink amoxicillin?!  Tastes like childhood! 

Thankfully, the big guy started feeling much better after hitting the sauce for 24 hours and is pretty much back to his generally delightful self!  

2.  While her little brother convalesced, LBug attended College Gameday with E.

She wasn't as impressed with the signs as she was with the sail-gaters.  Well, the sail-gaters and the free bear claws the Student Union was handing out.  I'll take a hot glazed donut over ESPN chatter, too, girlfriend. 

3. In what was probably not our finest parenting decision-making, we figured fresh air would be good for everyone and took a stroll around the Arboretum on Sunday afternoon {it's literally across the street so it wasn't a big ordeal, and it wasn't like germy B was rolling around licking people, but still}.  The Twelve Days of Christmas Victorian gazebos are very pretty and festive -- L's clear favorite was the Five Golden Rings with the polar bear and the seals that plays Jingle Bell Rock, but the Eleven Pipers Piping and the Four Calling Birds also warranted multiple visits.  I definitely recommend catching the exhibit if you're local -- especially right before closing as it's about to get dark or after-hours with the special nighttime ticket.  So sparkly! 

B slept through both Santa and reindeer sightings... L loves talking and reading about Santa but remains extremely skeptical of physical manifestations.  We have plans to visit the man in red on Wednesday, and I doubt we'll convince her a lap photo is a fun idea.  Candy cane bribery is in our future. 

4.  Our rebuild / renovations were completed a week ago, and it is so exceptionally nice to have our living room back after a year of exposed slab and visible insulation.  Especially nice now that the Oh Tannenbaum Vantage Points have been restored to their full glory.  This house may be cursed {our furnace broke 96 hours after the last reno contractor left the premises WTF WE SURRENDER}, but damn if it doesn't boast the best Christmas Tree real estate I ever did see. 

5. Speaking of Christmas, we have a new friend.  

Her name is Flossie, and she is the product of my wobbly principles.  She doesn't cater fancy themed breakfasts or toss TP all over the house or appear in elaborate tableaus each morning... she just moves.  Usually from shelf to shelf, as her moniker suggests.  L thinks she is magical and the absolute tops, which pretty much eradicates any lingering self-judgment I have for giving into mass marketing.  I do really like the concept of having a "Kindness Elf" rather than a creepy little in-house stalker, and we've been trying to use the Floss-ster in conjunction with our Advent calendar... but I'm not too proud to admit I sometimes resort to shrieking OMG STOP HITTING YOUR BROTHER FLOSSIE IS GOING TATTLE SO HARD TO SANTA TONIGHT.  Discipline crutches, FTW! 

Bonus: A few of my favorite photos from the past week or so... The blurry one above is an accurate representation of probably 85% of weekday suppers.  Somehow everyone ends up piled around / on the countertop, sharing the same fork.  B eats anything and L will eat anything I tell her B is eating.  Bad habits be-damned -- the witching hour deserves an Easy Button, and, besides, we usually have a pretty grand time! 

Stay tuned tomorrow for another fun giveaway... and thanks as always for all the 5oF link-up gals! 


  1. I'm glad he is starting to feel better. I love all the pictures but for some reason especially the last one where she is giving her brother such an intense hug (almost like she is clawing him - ha)!

  2. Your living room looks fantastic - and I can't wait to hear How L does with Santa this week! Maybe bring Flossie??! Good luck mama!

  3. Our lives are so similar sometimes. Deeds has his first illness this weekend as well. Boo!

  4. So sorry sweet B was sick last week :( The sickies are definitely the worst. We have not had an ear infection in our home, but when M had her sinus infection last month it was flat out terrible until her drugs kicked in. Thank God for bubble gum medicine! Hope you're all healthy and happy this week!


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