Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Kind of gross...

but you know you want to look.
We had to bribe him with 5 hershey kisses to let us change the bandage(Sarah sent me some macadamia nut kisses from Hawaii and I bought a bag of kisses for the boys so I didn't have to share). He's still not using the finger and worried that its going to hurt, but otherwise he's fine!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

ER Visit

I knew I'd have to take someone to the ER eventually, but I never thought it would have been Paxton to make the first trip.

Yesterday had been trying for me...yes, they all are, but this one was particularly bad. And when I decided to get into the shower and leave Finn in charge, it got worse. Actually, I disrobed and stepped onto the bath mat, only to discover that it was sopping wet. A glance to my right and I saw the toilet had overflowed. (Anyone else think my boys need to go work at Kohler and teach them what a toilet really needs to flush?) Quincy had put a BIG wad of TP in it earlier and our crappy plunger wasn't working. Alvin had to go to work, so he said he would deal with it later. Of course, someone flushed a few times and I got to deal with it. With out sharing all the details, I was able to clear the clog. I left the water on the floor and hit the shower, practically in tears. A few second in and the door slamming and screaming starts. I got the shampoo and distractedly started rubbing it into my dry hair. I add water and Finn bursts through the door; "Paxton's slammed his finger in the door and he's bleeding really bad all over the floor."

I jumped out of the shower, dripping all over the already wet floor, thinking I'd give a kiss and hop back in. I have no contacts or glasses on, but I can see the blood and it's bad. With shampoo dripping in my eyes, I send Finn for the phone and the downstairs neighbors (finally have some). I call my parents and of course they aren't there. I call Alvin and he begins the drive home. Finn comes back and neighbors are gone. I called Brad and while he was coming over from the farm, I call Jen and quick explaination, she calls the urgent care place and finds out that we should take him to the ER. Brad arrives, I finish my shower, get dressed and gather stuff for an afternoon in the ER. Alvin gets home, Brad takes the other boys and we head off.

I'm always afraid that when I go to the Doctor or ER that they will tell me, it's fine, so I was a little afraid we'd get there and they would look at the cut and say it's fine. I was a little relieved that they wanted to do an x ray amd said he'd need stitches.
Little trooper waiting...
Getting the news that he'll need stitches
With the duck and bear they gave him in the ER

Paxton did great and only cried when expected, when they washed it and when they numbed him and when they stitched it. He practically smiled for the xrays (nothing broken), but he didn't want to look at the wound. I admit, I was almost in tears every time he cried.
All bandaged up and ready to go home.

Paxton woke up in the middle of the night when his bandage came off...Alvin thinks he was afraid he'd have to go back to the doctor. We rebandaged and he slept until 10am.

Since it was his right index finger, he's going to have a hard time doing some things. Fortunately, he's got a big brother who feels bad for him.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

We love visitors!

Last weekend, our friends, Shannon, Taylor and Tanner came for a visit. It wasn't really to see us, rather Taylor is looking at schools and Seattle U is very very very interested in her.
I'm rather ignorant about school sports, but she is a Junior and has already been offered a partial scholarship to play soccer for them in 18 months. I take it this means she is an incredible athlete.
While Shannon and Taylor did university stuff, I took Tanner and am ready to adopt her. She is old enough to be helpful and young enough to have fun with the kids. We went to the local beach, played at the park, then took a family bike ride up in Seqium (12 miles) and hit our favorite glass beach on the way home.

It was great to see Shannon and Taylor too, and we hope that Taylor will go to school here, so we can see a lot more of them.

Our Pumpkins

A few weeks ago, we took our pumpkins in to be weighed. Paxtons weighed 40 pounds, Finn's was 45 pounds and Quincy's was 22 pounds. They aren't record breaking, really, but we are certainly proud of them...and will be carving them right before Halloween.Here's a few other pictures I found on the camera:

We got a new couch and I have yet to take pictures of it, because the ottoman needs to be recovered. I might move it out of the way and take pictures later. We are loving it because there is enough space for all of us to watch tv, and we can even all lay down on it.
Last Sunday, we tried a recipe in the crockpot that Kim recommended. I used it as an opportunity for Finn to make dinner. He loved being allowed to use the sharp knives and taking credit for making dinner.

Last week was beautiful here, this week's been rainy. Here's Paxton sitting in the sun, reading aloud one of his favorite books...the Big Red Strawberry. The other boys were off playing, and he looked so cute amusing himself.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Here's the "recipe"

I would love to share my lasagne recipe with you, except there is no recipe...I throw stuff in the pot. But, for you, I will tell you what I threw in the pot and kind of how I did it.

Brown a pound of ground beef (italian sausage too if you have it) with a chopped onion. When it's done, add about 8 cloves crushed garlic, 2-3 stalks chopped celery, a green pepper, a red pepper, a package of sliced mushrooms, a zucchini (grated if you don't want the kids to pick it out) and maybe some grated carrots. I do this in my dutch oven and if you don't have one, ask for one for christmas...and you can bake bread in it too. Then you stir it, (theres some techinical term for it, I am sure) until the vegetables are sufficiently wilted, add a generous splash of balsamic vinegar . Then add 2 large cans of tomato sauce (I used frozen sauce made from the tomatoes in our garden) and at least one can, but maybe 2 of tomatoes (I have been using the crushed ones lately, because Finn complains about the chunks of tomato). You bring this up to a boil, toss in some italian seasonings...basil, oregano, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper. Turn the heat to low, put the lid on it and stir every couple minutes for about 4 hours. If I would have had time, I might have cooked this in the crockpot, on low over night. Taste it, and if it needs it, season more.

Then take 2 pints of ricotta cheese and mix with 2 eggs and a big handful of parsley.

Then put a cup of sauce on the bottom of your pan, a layer of noodles (no boil are okay, but I prefer the way the boiled ones turn out), a big helping of sauce, a portion of the ricotta cheese, a handful of grated mozzerella, and repeat until your pan is almost full...then top with tons of cheese, parmesan cheese, and some more flaked parsley. Cover with foil and Bake at about 375 for an hour or more. Uncover and cook until cheese browns. Oh, I sprayed my foil with pam and it didn't take all the cheese off with it.

So how much does this make...I would guess about 2 9x13 pans, but I wanted it thick, so I used a smaller, deeper casserole and it made 2 of those. You make less, or make one pan of lasagne and save the rest of the sauce for spaghetti, or spaghetti pie (now you want to know how to do that...mix the same ricotta mix with about a pound of cooked spaghetti , put at the bottom of the pan, layer the sauce on top, sprinkle generously with cheese and bake until bubbly...tastes just like lasagne, only so much easier). Sauce freezes great.


Happy Birthday Alvin!

I was too busy making a feast for Alvin's birthday to post. I made home made lasagne with meat and tons of fresh veggies and even used tomatos sauce made from tomatoes grown here. It was delish: good thing because we will have it for lunch and dinner tonight. Ironically, I served store bought bread, because I didn't have time to make bread and then make it garlic toast. Alvin did say that it was the best garlic bread he'd ever had.

For his birthday, he likes ice cream cake, but it can't be from baskin robbins, because that has cake in it. Lucky for me, we have a dairy queen closer than Baskin Robbins. I buy him the biggest cake they have, and we eat it for days. Alvin got a new coat, the Wii fit plus game, a receipt scanner and the game boggle. He's addicted to this game online called scramble and boggle is just like it, except you don't have to sit in front of the screen (one drawback, boggle can't tell you if it isn't a real word). He opened the game and played immediately while the kids watched.
The coat is orange...and it's kind of bright, but I've decided we need some brightness as winter approaches.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Kate, this ones for you!


A family friend of ours was at the farm yesterday with his parents and son...and this is the footage he shot. I'm not much of a horse lover (Kate should be picturing me gallopping right now...thinking about it makes he laugh to the point of tears), but the horses look pretty good in this.

Finn makes a brief appearance too, mostly just his body, no head. But did Kate recognize the shirt he was wearing? For the rest of you, it was my soccer shirt from 30+ years ago.