Health updates

Yesterday I said I’d get some chronic-girl health updates done, but got bogged down in running kids here, there, and everywhere.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: I’ve had a few little flare-ups here and there, one bad enough to go on prednisone again for a taper. That seemed to do it for me, though, and although I’ve had ongoing knee pain, most everything else has been fairly okay.

Fibromyalgia: Stressed Lisa = tense muscles = twitching. It’s been bad, y’all. My left eye is the worst, then my upper right arm, then my left thigh. I have a sample of Lyrica that the doctor gave me, a month’s supply, but I’m just worried about the side-effects, so I haven’t taken it.

Migraines: Just one in the last couple months, which is quite lovely. I killed it with sleep.

Anxiety/Depression: Yesterday was an up and down kind of day. Sometimes I felt manic and anxiety-free and then I’d just spiral back down into sadness at the drop of a hat.

Day Four of Effexor/Trinellix transitioning: Today the vertigo and tummy troubles hit. Not so pleasant.

 

 

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End of School Fun!

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It is the last day of the hardest school year we’ve ever gone through. Harder than when I had a newborn and a toddler and a kindergartner, and yes, harder even than that year the tree fell on the house and we had to move out for four months. You have no idea. I am so relieved and happy that this school year is over!! To celebrate, we let all the kids duck out of school early. Ben and Greg got to go to a book signing by  a guy that Ben had seen a movie about at his GT program and David got to go to a movie with his friend Ben. Afterwards we all met at home for a Cream Soda Tasting party. 🙂

Almost done with PTA!

My End-of-Year Summary letter for PTA is coming off the printer now and we only have individual class parties and the Fifth Grade Graduation left of the school year.

For that matter, the class parties are mostly being planned by the teachers, so I only have to show up and help out at my two kids parties (plus the school was super nice this year and assigned the class parties separate times from each other so parents don’t have to run back and forth and back and forth across one little half hour for all their kids). The only thing PTA needs to do for Fifth Grade Graduation is to bake some cookies and deliver them to the school.

I’m looking around the house and realizing that, wow, I have a lot of PTA stuff to take back up to the school or pass off to next years board. You don’t realize how much of it comes home with you and lingers in corners and closets until you start gathering it up to give back.

 

In case anyone’s interested, here’s a copy of the letter I sent out for our end-of-the-year summary:End of the year letter.

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I walked in and…

I walked in and Mom said ” Rose is ignoring me.” And I was like “Since when does Rose have horns?” Mom was like “WHAT DO YOU MEAN?!?!” 

This is a story from Ben. He’s been begging me to post it because he finds it super funny. 🙂

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The Muffins of Substitution!

So it’s four days until payday, I promised the kids muffins, and I’m out of everything I need. Items subbed: brown rice flour for regular white wheat (made them crumblier), yogurt for milk (made them tangier), baking soda+cream of tartar+corn starch for baking powder (I didn’t notice any difference), butter for oil (yum), and mini loaf pan for muffin pan (fun!). They practically aren’t muffins at all! But they’re yummy anyways. 🙂 BTW, I went here for help with the substitutions. Love that site!

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Spring Break

When we were planning Spring Break originally, Nick wasn’t taking time off. I’d thought about going to see my parents or staying here…and then at the weekend we had a Teen Regional Weekend for church.  Plans changed.

 

Nick looked at the schedule and realized this was a great time to a) do our family vacation (a mini one this year due to other travel going on later in the year) and b) to go see the Magna Carta (on display in Houston). So we added that to the schedule.

 

Meanwhile I realized that my much postponed visit to see my bff needed to happen during that week, too.

 

So our break became one long car ride with interruptions here and there.

We started off our break with a Holcomb Family Dinner at Nick’s parents house.

Cousins all watching a movie

Cousins all watching a movie

Adults all talking about "boring stuff" (according to the kids)

Adults all talking about “boring stuff” (according to the kids)

Saturday, this happened:

There's free time! We should Bedazzle something! What do we Bedazzle? Our Phineas & Ferb shirt!

There’s free time! We should Bedazzle something! What do we Bedazzle? Our Phineas & Ferb shirt!

Saturday morning Pokemon obsessing

Saturday morning Pokemon obsessing

Floppy David is floppy

Floppy David is floppy

Then on Sunday we started the first leg of our journey… to College Station, where I spent a lot of time sitting around while the kids went exciting places, like the ice skating rink.

Ben & Greg start off pretty close to the wall.

Ben & Greg start off pretty close to the wall.

David is a speeding blur!

David is a speeding blur!

Now Ben's got it going on.

Now Ben’s got it going on.

I did break free and run off with Steph for a while to do some catching up and shopping. My favorite thing we saw:

I am absolutely certain that we do.

I am absolutely certain that we do.

While I was gone:

Time for Poker!

Time for Poker!

Then on Tuesday we drove down to Houston to tour the Houston Museum of Natural Science and to see the 1217 copy of the Magna Carta.

At the Magna Carta exhibit, there were many good things for the kids to do hands on.

At the Magna Carta exhibit, there were many good things for the kids to do hands on.

The chained books made the kids excited: "It's just like your Library screensaver!"

The chained books made the kids excited: “It’s just like your Library screensaver!”

The Writ of the Magna Carta (the instructions that travel with it)

The Writ of the Magna Carta (the instructions that travel with it)

The 1217 Magna Carta

The 1217 Magna Carta

The parts of this chair that look like wood are actually carved and polished stone.

The parts of this chair that look like wood are actually carved and polished stone.

TRILOBYTES are EVERYWHERE!!

TRILOBYTES are EVERYWHERE!!

Alligator?

Alligator?

Mineral that formed in the shape of a dragon

Mineral that formed in the shape of a dragon

We had lunch nearby at a place that only did sliders and sides.

We had lunch nearby at a place that only did sliders and sides.

Our skyline view

Our skyline view

These chili fries taste weird. Yeah, that's cause they taste like curry!

These chili fries taste weird. Yeah, that’s cause they taste like curry!

Sliders, sliders, and more sliders

Sliders, sliders, and more sliders

On Wednesday, we drove back to Tyler, dropped Nick off, then the kids and I drove to Quitman to visit the cousins at the park near their new house.

Teeter-tottering with the cousins

Teeter-tottering with the cousins

Wandering down the nature trail

Wandering down the nature trail

Sitting on the cute front porch of the historical building.

Sitting on the cute front porch of the historical building.

That's a really tall slide!

That’s a really tall slide!

On Thursday, we did a bunch of laundry, repacked, and headed up to Colleyville to see Kay. Unfortunately, she was unexpectedly still in Houston.  We spent several hours trying to amuse ourselves on our own before she made it back.

On Kay's trampoline

On Kay’s trampoline

In Kay's backyard

In Kay’s backyard

Then the girls had to go to gymnastics class (and yes, at this point we were wondering why we were even invited up, and by the end of the visit there was unpleasantness), so we took the kids to the park.

Climbing at the park

Climbing at the park

My spider boy

My spider boy

David in a teacup?

David in a teacup?

 

 

The sleeping arrangements were weird because the bed was broken.

The sleeping arrangements were weird because the bed we were supposed to sleep in was broken.

The next morning we had a muffin cook-off.

Iron Chef: Muffin Battle

Iron Chef: Muffin Battle

Our plan for the rest of the day involved the ginormous amount of books to go through and then take to sell at Half Price Books.

These are the books I'm taking home. There were about 20 other bags & boxes that I didn't take home, but did dig through.

These are the books I took home. There were about 20 other bags & boxes that I didn’t take home, but did dig through.

After Half Price, we went to Cost-co to celebrate Pi day the cheap way.

Happy Pi day!

Happy Pi day!

Then we went back to the house for movies and a frantic search for my debit card.

Sometimes it's easier to take photos of kids when they are facing the other way.

Sometimes it’s easier to take photos of kids when they are facing the other way.

In the evening before bed we had one final bit of happy Pi-ness:

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day!

 

Saturday we got up and drove over to McKinney for the Dallas UCG Regional Teen Weekend.

Church a la research center

Church a la research center

We had church and a Bible study earlier in the day, then in the evening there were separate dinners for the pre-teens/families and for the teens. After dinner, the teens had a dance and the pre-teens/families were left on their own for entertainment.

This is so obviously my kid. We sat across from each other and read. People thought it was weird. ;)

This is so obviously my kid. We sat across from each other and read. People thought it was weird. 😉

Savage Raccoon Greg

Savage Raccoon Greg

Sweet Owl Greg

Sweet Owl Greg

Rainbow Loom bracelet making station.

Rainbow Loom bracelet making station.

Our dinner companions

Our dinner companions

Touring the Heard Museum in McKinney

Touring the Heard Museum – they were sweet and let us tour as long as we had enough adults to take all the kids through. Nick and I took some extra kids whose parents were chaperoning the dance.

Our hotel for the night. Ben thought it was beautiful

Our hotel for the night. The younger kids and I went back early for sleep while Nick stayed behind and waited for David’s dance to be done.  Ben thought our hotel room was beautiful.

The next morning we got up and had breakfast back at the Heard Museum before going for a little hike on the nature trails.

The Heard Museum's Research Center

The Heard Museum’s Research Center

Part of the Bluestem Walking Trail

Part of the Bluestem Walking Trail

Part of the Bluestem Walking Trail

Part of the Bluestem Walking Trail

After the trail (which the kids didn’t go on because it was FREEZING!), we headed out to Garland to the Skatium.

Roller skating in Garland

Roller skating fun

David is a blur on roller skates, too

David is a blur on roller skates, too

After the skating, we had one last meal together before we left for home.

Lunch with friends at the roller rink

Lunch with friends at the roller rink

Greg and Theron

Greg and Theron

And that was the end of our Spring Break. 🙂

Stuff and Nonsense

I never feel like posting anymore.  I’ve been cleaning house and going to church and cleaning house and doing PTA stuff and more of the cleaning house.  I haven’t been subbing, because there is apparently a three-strike’s-you’re-out policy behind the scenes at the elementary school and I said no three times last month (one doctor appointment for me, two days of sick kids).  My friend M has a brain aneurysm and had to have surgery, one of our parents (I can’t say who; I’m not allowed) turned up positive for a kind of cancer.  All three of my kids have had Fifth Disease this month at various times.   I saw my doctor for my annual physical and the answer to most of my questions was “weight loss would help with that.”

 

So… yeah.  I’ve started several little projects: I’m uploading all my CD’s to iTunes.  I’m taking advantage of Library Things free month thingie and uploading my library again and trying to update that.  I’m letting Picasa identify all the people in all the photos left on my hard drive and tag them.  I’m back to some scrapbooking again, trying to use up all of the already pre-printed photos before I start just putting together photo books online in the future.  I’m selling stuff on local sales sites on facebook and using the money to spruce up the house, since I’m not getting substituting jobs.

 

Sorry I’m full of sadness today.  I think this year is getting to me.  Or maybe it’s all the beginning trumpet music from the next room.  Who knows.  I am just so tired.