Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sorting Through a Century

Finally, everyone is back to school! Yesterday was awful. Kyler and Alex were both home and Evan knew something wasn't right and was just a whiney brat!!! I spent the afternoon with Gram and Martin. I go every week now to fill Gram's insulin syringes, she can't see enough anymore to do them herself and they are taking her home nurse away because "she isn't needy enough". Martin isn't very good either with his sight and fell again last week. He has another sore on his leg and of course they expect Gram to take care of it. She can't see well enough to do it, but luckily, they have a home aid that cleans for them and she said she will help Gram. Evan has been enjoying our visits very much and he and Martin play while I do the syringes and Gram and I go through literally 100-year-old papers and photos. It is amazing the things that she has given to me. General Store account books from 1887...post cards from 1910...photographs done on tin...In the stuff that she sent today there was a letter from my Great-Grandfather in 1918 on the day that the war ended and also one from when he was wounded 3 times in one day. It blows me away the things that she has kept over the years. We have gotten close again, almost where we were before she married Martin. We talk ALOT while Martin and Evan play...or should I say Evan plays wrestlers with Martin...Last week I was talking to Gram and heard snoring and when I looked up Martin was still holding the wrestler, but he was sleeping. The funny part is that Evan didn't know the difference...he was still playing away, fighting the wrestler Martin was holding. We laughed and laughed, ended up waking him up and he started to play again. I have been begging them to move to Williamsburg so that we can take care of them better and see them more, but Martin refuses. He keeps saying that after he is gone we can move Gram. He has no clue! Well, I am falling asleep as I type, so I better close for now. It is mentally exhausing trying to figure out what Gram means sometimes, but I love her anyway...lol

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Tournament FLU

Today was the Altoona Academy Classics Spring Karate Tournament. Both of the boys were supposed to compete, but at 4:30 this morning Alex got up with a VERY high fever. His belly was hurting and he was dry heaving. Daniel took him to the ER and they tested him and he has the flu...luckily it was in time to get the Tamaflu, so hopefully that will help him. But he couldn't go to the tournament...He cried when we left and it broke my heart!

Kyler did compete, however, and did very well. He placed 2nd in forms and 2nd in sparring. I was sooooo proud of him. He did great. I had never seen him do his form that way before. We had a good time. Alex was pretty happy for him even though he didn't get to go.

There is a tournament in two weeks in Bellfonte so I think that I will take Alex there. That seemed to satisfy him and he cheered up a little.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Germ Central

I haven't updated my blog for awhile now, this house has been full of germs. Someone has been sick at one time or another in the past two weeks or so. Evan had the flu and took every chance he had to deny that he was going to throw up only to puke all over something or someone! Daniel didn't feel well either so the first day Evan was sick, he stayed home from work. I love him...he knows I can't handle throw up!!! I ended up with a pretty bad sore throat that lasted for a few days, but eventually went away, now I feel like I have a cold coming on. Kyler has been complaining about a sore throat for the past few days, but he has managed to go to school, I think only because he wanted to do after school activities. Alex ended up with a pretty good cough, but seems to be recovering from it pretty well.

I just got done ironing karate uniforms....I could have strangled Kyler today, I called him about 6:30 and asked him to put them in the dryer and about 8:30 I asked if he had switched the clothes and he got up to do it...I had to wait for them to dry and then iron and starch all three of them, plus the uniform he had to borrow when he went to Johnstown on Saturday to train and forgot his!!! I don't know what his problem is lately, but he is doing NOTHING that I ask him to do. He is acting like such a teenager!

I had lunch with Alex today at school. It was pretty quick...the child would not sit down. I know I told him 3 times to sit his butt on the chair! I don't think he would be able to sit still to save his life. He kept saying, "I'm going to go back to my class now, I am going to miss handwriting class." He didn't realize that most of his class was still in the cafeteria eating and they give them longer when they have parents there. Finally I just quit eating and told him that Pappy and I were going to leave. He stood up, took his tray over and didn't even say goodbye...when I turned around from clearing my tray, he was gone. Wow...wish I had his energy.

All Evan wanted to do today was argue with me. Nothing I said was agreeable. We were on our way home from town and he asked if we could stop at Aunt Rebel's and I told him that she was working. He said then we can see Uncle Chris, I told him his was working too and we proceeded to identify everyone else's whereabouts...He argued that Uncle Chris' truck was there and when I told him that Uncle Chris had the car and Aunt Rebel had the Jeep, he matter-of-factly told me, "You are just jealous!" I have no idea what he thinks that means, but obviously that is the only thing he could think to say and would not believe me that no one was home. So, when we got home I called Reb at work and told her she could stop and pick him up on her way home and keep him!!

Well, that is the short version of what happened the past couple of days. I need to get to sleep, Kyler has an appointment with the allergist in the morning and we have test tomorrow at 5, so I better try to sleep.