Sunday, November 18, 2012


I took these pictures of Chairman Meow a while ago.  He sits on top of his food box all the time.  Sometimes you can even catch him sleeping there.  I don`t know if he is trying to protect his food or get the box open, but he sure is persistent at whatever it is he is doing there.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Entire Army

Yesterday there was a program at school to honor veterans with music and a speaker.  Lauren brought home the flyer from that event.  In it was a page listing 24 individuals from the community who have served in the military past and present.  She was looking for Rene` and Jared`s names on the list.  They were not there.  I have no idea how they determine who is on this list, but it does not matter, anyway Lauren could not find them and she was wondering why they were not on there. Hanna comes along to look at the list, too.  She tells Lauren that they are not in the Army cuz they have to be on the list to be in the Army.  I explained that Jared was in the Army and Rene` was in the Navy and that the list of 24 people is not the entire Army.  We could not get it to sink in with Hanna that the Army is a lot bigger then what can be listed on a piece of paper. We gave up trying before Hanna decided to blow up.

Anyway thank you to everyone who has served our country in all branches of the military and to those who are there now God be with you.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Every Day Stuff

After spending three long days in a row at appointments I finally got to spend all of yesterday at home. Just being able to stay home to do laundry, clean, and catch up on paperwork is exactly what I needed.

Monday Hanna went to the orthodontist, which means she had to have the brackets that she had torn off put back on for the millionth time.  They are now doing some work in moving her upper teeth from side to side and still moving the lower ones forward.  The teeth are getting straighter, but the process crawls along at a snails pace both because she had a really messed up mouth to begin with and she keeps messing with things to slow it down. We also got lab work done on her for an appointment she has later this month.  Lets just say that lab work with her is one of those things that you do only because it needs to be done and while getting it done you call in LOTS of reinforcements, turn your ears off because it is going to get LOUD, and hope that they can get it all done on the first try because repeats are even worse.

The next 2 days were Lauren appointments.  She is much easier to deal with, however she occasionally has tears and does not cooperate.  (I can`t blame her after all she goes through). 
We spent some time going over the EEG that she had done the week before and in general things are looking better, but not quite good enough to try and take her off her seizure meds so we will leave things as they are for now.  There was a rather lengthy conversation about adjusting her shunt which will likely happen next month. She also had some work done to address the tightness in her hamstrings.  things are going pretty well with Lauren right now.  It has been a long process and many procedures to get to this point and there will be much more coming up.

Since it looks like it is going to be raining and cool this weekend I am going to go get lots of groceries so I can make meals to restock the freezer.  Being gone so much lately has taken a toll on our supply of ready to warm up meals.

I told Lauren that next week she needs to go to school every day and when she asked what I was gong to do, I told her I am going to stay home and do nothing.  I don`t think she believed me though because she was doing her shake her finger at me thing and she told me to make cookies then. 

Monday, November 5, 2012


I sent the non-norwegian and 2 of his sons to one of the local Scandinavian Lutheran churches for some lutefisk. Coming from a family full of Norwegians I had smelled the stuff and even tasted it, but no matter how much butter or cream sauce you put on it lutefisk is totally gross, awful, and certainly not something humans should consume.

My husband likes fish, all kinds of it and Trevor will be adventurous and try just about anything so they figured it can`t be that bad. they both came home and said that I would never have to make lutefisk for them.  That is a really good thing because the process of preparing that stuff is not something I want to learn.  I will stick to making meatballs, lefse, kringla, and yule bread.  Paul told me they had good pumpkum (pumpkin) stuff and he would like more of that.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Taco Treats

Karre invited us over to her place for pizza last night.  That was an okay deal for me, I bought the treats for the taco treaters (trick-or-treaters) as Paul says it and she got the pizza. After we ate Karre took Paul in his Buzz Light Year costume, out to hunt for some candy in her neighborhood, Lauren took care of handing out candy, and the rest of us were going to play games.  Hanna decided that she did not want to play so she went and hid out in the laundry room and folded clothes.  Both Karre and Trevor tried to explain that you do not go to someone else s house and fold their laundry, that is just a little creepy.  After she got everything folded she finally came out and watched part of a movie with Allen.

We finished October with a sleepless night for Lauren (mom and dad took turns keeping her awake) as she had a sleep deprived EEG this morning.  Looking at the schedule of appointments this month I am thinking that it would be nice to just go back to October for a while longer.

Paul is a pretty slow walker so he got just enough candy for us to share.  It will be gone before the weekend is over.