Wednesday, December 29, 2010

the rest of November, in a nutshell

So, it seems it's almost the end of the year, yet I have not updated my blog since early November. I blame my crappy computer, and life in general. So in interest of time, I'll be summing up the rest of November in this post. In general, we've been busy, as usual. Speech therapy, occupational therapy, library trips, church, boy scouts, play dates, karate, after school building club, school, the gym, lots of illnesses, holidays, puppy training classes, birthdays, homework, Christmas shopping, etc. Here are some highlights (based simply on my spotty memory and what I have photos of):

November 9: My brother Chris came to visit for his birthday and the family came over to celebrate as well.

November 12: Medford Lakes received a piece of steel from the World Trade Center from the 9/11 attacks. The boy scouts were asked to go to the ceremony, in uniform, to be part of the arrival of the steel.

Tyler's picture (along with his friend Connor) was on the front of The Central Record that next week.

You can read the article here:

There is also a short video, in which you can see Tyler, here:

The dog continued to make a little progress, but is still very much a puppy. Biting and jumping are her biggest problem. And some accidents here and there. She's a love though, but time consuming as well.

Some playground time when we got a brief break from illnesses.

And outdoor time as well at the house.

November 14: Went to church for the first time in a long time, with Al's mom and step dad, as well as his sister. Actually enjoyed it. Later the boy scouts helped deliver bags to the community for a food drive.

A little more exciting playtime (yea for trains)

Jason starts getting a little more opinionated about what he wears.

November 16: Jason decides he wants to be like his brother and use the potty. No success, but still cute. Since afraid of the potty, so i think it'll be a while yet before he's potty trained. LOL.

I got out of the house during the day ALONE, which is a rare treat for me (unless you count the 1 minute ride home from school drop-off when Jason stays at home with my mom). Well my mom watched a napping Jason while Ty was at school so I could go get my hair done. As luck would have it, they lost power during my hair cut. It was mostly done, but never got my hair blown out (which is the best part) and they weren't able to do the final tweaking. Kinda stinky. Oh well.

November 20: The cubscouts and boyscouts collected the food that had been donated out front of people's homes.

Right from there we went to Smithville to have our pictures taken. Tanya did a great job with the boys, and got some impressive shots, despite how uncooperative I thought they were being. I highly recommend her. Her website is the following:

Here are some preview shots.

November 21: Tyler had a pack meeting. Got some sort of award that I should be able to remember the name to, but I can't. He also got the honor of throwing a pie of his den leaders face, as he was one of the kids who sold a decent amount of popcorn (can't remember how it was decided).

My lawyer finally filed the divorce papers with the state/county or whatever that is. I had to deliver the news to Al (long story) and it wasn't taken well. Not going to go into details at all, but I can sum it up by saying I don't think I slept more than 15 hours in that entire week.

November 24: Our family did an early thanksgiving dinner that night at Jim & Cara's but at that point I was so run down and sick (with a cold) that I didn't make it. Instead my parents brought the boys for me, but he to deliver Jason back home after about an hour because he freaked out about something.

November 25: Al's birthday as well at Thanksgiving day. We had snow flurries that morning while we were watching the Thanksigivng day parade.

That night I was feeling a little better so we went to Atlantic City for a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Better than sitting home.

November 28: As if Thanksgiving break hadn't seemed long enough, I ended up at the ER with Tyler that sunday night. He had been complaining of a sore throat and had a fever that wasn't coming down with Tylenol. Tons of kids in his class had been out sick with strep throat the last couple weeks, including many of the kids who sit at his table, so it seemed a likely possibility that it was strep. After listening to Ty wimper and cry on the couch, I decided to bring him to Virtua Voorhees. They were great there and got him in quickly. Turns out it wasn't strep, but his throat was very red and swollen. They started him on antibiotics however for an ear infection, so it turned out to be a useful trip.

The next day I had to keep Tyler home (who miraculously seemed 95% better anyway...grrr). However Jason was so miserable that nothing made him happy, until I broke out the Vsmile Baby Aunt Dottie had given him last Christmas. Worked for 20 minutes. Totally worth it.

November 30: I finally got a chance to attend the music class at the library with Jason. The one that fills up within 10 minutes of the time where you can register. I was very excited. Unfortunately Jason was very overwhelmed. He couldn't really appreciate it, although I know he would like it under different circumstances. Poor guy is having a rough time.

On the last day of November I met Jen at the chick-fil-a near her. She provided me with a DVD of numerous episodes of Wonder Pets, which would later prove to be invaluable. And of course we got to meet the Santa Cow and do the first Christmas craft of the season.