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Zoë is really good about her nap time. 95% of the time she sleeps, the other 5% she plays with her toys, but regardless she knows that she needs to stay in her room until 3pm. I was a bit surprised when at 2pm Becky brought Miss Zoë downstairs to visit me in the office. Why? Apparently Zoë had a bloody nose during nap time (so she says) and decided that she should stick a wad of toilet paper up her nose. It was pretty far up but I could still see it when I looked with a flashlight. Becky tried to get Zoë to blow it out of her nose and also tried to remove it with tweezers but Zoë would have none of that. I tried to give it a go and calmly explained to Zoë that the tweezers wouldn't hurt her and that it was very important that we get the toilet paper out of her nose. I even demonstrated on myself. She would have none of it. More specifically, she completely freaked out sucked the toilet paper into her sinuses. She spent the rest of her nap time hiding under the covers in her room after she informed me that, "I don't like your idea!" Lovely.
I called the doctor's office while Zoë finished up her nap and the nurse told me to use a bulb syringe to blow air up into the non-clogged nostril in the hopes that it would shoot the wad out the other side. We triend that. It was a no-go. Next up, a few drops of warm water in the nostril to soften the toilet paper then repeat the bulb syringe. Again, nothing. The nurse said that worse case, the toilet paper would dissolve slowly and come out on it's own. It looked like that was what was going to happen because Zoë was completely uncooperative. She kept running around the house with her hands over her nose saying, "I don't like your idea!"
Then Kelly came home.
I explained to him what his daughter had done. He sat her on his lap and explained the fine art of snot rocketing. He had her plug the un-clogged nostril, shut her mouth and blow really hard. Out shot the toilet paper like, well, a rocket. She immediately got a huge smile on her face and said, "That is so much better! Are you so proud of me? See Mommy, I like Daddy's idea better. Not your idea."
I never thought I would be so happy about Kelly's gross boy skills. I would like to say that Kelly doesn't actually shoot snot rockets out his nose. It's just a gross boy skill like making farting noises with your arm pits… Zoë has since been told that she is not to stick anything up her nose. You would think that would go without saying, right?
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. Ours was really a mixed bag. Christmas is always an exciting day especially with little ones. Some of my favorite quotes for the day…
"Mommy, Santa is awesome." -Zoë
"I can't remember the last time I opened a gift and actually giggled." -Kelly
(After he opened his new Cutco knives. I did good.)
"Squeal!" -Eden (While playing in her new activity center)
"Thank you! It's just what I wanted!" -Zoë (After opening every gift)
Now the mixed part. Zoë is really sick. We thought she had croup yesterday but the cough has moved down to her chest. Add to that a 100.9 fever after Tylenol and Motrin and you have yourself a good time. Add to that a baby who is teething and catching her sister's cold and you have a really good time. Hopefully Zoë's fever will break tomorrow and Eden's tooth will break through. Fingers crossed!
Oh hey, before I forget. We never lost power during the storm. Not even for five minutes. And I was so prepared. Of course that is why the power never went out. Two years ago when we were completely unprepared it was out for almost three days. Now that I have an emergency bin and everything we could possibly need, zip! We've got lots of snow though. Lots and lots of snow. So much snow that Kelly decided to buy a flame thrower to melt it. Oh yeah, I said flame thrower. Only my husband…
We are preparing for the latest winter storm to blow through Seattle tonight. They are predicting 50-70 mile and hour winds with up to 90 mile an hour gusts. Then more snow. Then ice. Sweet. When this happened two years ago (almost to the day) we were out of power in Bellevue for two days. In Redmond (where we are now) they were out for a week. We are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.
Kelly bought a generator in Ellensburg on his way back from Spokane the other day, and our neighbors lent us their spare gas can (so now we have two filled and ready for the generator.) I've got to say, I am pretty impressed with us at the moment. We most definitely learned our lesson after last time. So far we have:
- Stocked up on groceries
- Filled the gas tanks in both cars and two spare cans (the gas stations are already out in most places around Redmond)
- Charged our extra battery back-ups to plug assorted electronics into
- Replaced the batteries in all our flashlights
- Cranked up the heat in the house so that when the power does go out it will be warm for a bit longer
- Loaded Wall-E and games onto the iPod Touch for Zoë
- Charged our laptops
- Found our emergency bin and verified contents
Now we wait. The wind is starting to pick up a bit and all the snow that fell a few days ago is starting to blow around. This should be fun. Last time we lost power our cell phones didn't get any reception b/c the towers were down. If you need to get a hold of us please send an email. We of course have our wireless cards. (It is us after all, come on.) We also have a gas range this time (awesome) so we can actually cook and make hot water for coffee. Whoo!
I will make sure and post updates on the blog. Stay safe everyone!
Zoë's Christmas vacation started early this year, on Wednesday specifically. The weather men had been predicting snow since last Friday and it finally hit yesterday, but that didn't stop 99% of the school districts to cancel school on Wednesday. We got the call at 6:15am on Wednesday morning. I peeked out the window and saw nothing. Zip. Not even a trace of snow. Odd. I assumed that it must be coming any moment, but no. We waited all day and didn't get a single flake. Zoë had a snow day with no snow. How lame is that? Meanwhile, Kelly was in Spokane at the time where they were being hammered on. They got TWO FEET of snow while he was there. (I knew there was a reason we moved away…)
So yesterday the storm hit. It was complete chaos in the Seattle area. Freeways at a stand still, or closed. Accidents everywhere. Cities telling people not to leave their homes. Chaos. We actully got SEVEN inches at our house which is almost unheard of. And guess who was driving home from Spokane during all of this? Kelly. Of course. He said, "I am getting the hell out of here before more snow comes." As much as I didn't like him driving in that, he had a point. Thankfully he made it home safely last night around 9:30pm. And do you know what my sweet husband said to me when he got home? "I hate my truck. At even the slightest hint of slipping it starts beeping and automatically corrects so that you can stop immediately. I can't fish tail at all. Stupid truck." Nice.
Now we are bracing ourselves for 60+ mile an hour winds and freezing rain. Whooo! Good times, I tell ya. On the plus side, we are pretty much guaranteed a white Christmas this year. You can't say that most of the time in Seattle. Kelly bought a generator for us yesterday when he stopped to buy shovels before heading into the mountain pass, so at least we will be able to stay warm if the power goes out. (And power the laptops, who am I kidding.)
I did get one layout finished up the other day. It has been sitting on my laptop 98% done for weeks. Does that happen to anyone else? You will recognize the template, I just can't seem to stop using it. As far as I am concerned it is the perfect design. Love it. Look how little Zoë is! Awwww.
Click HERE for credits.
Today was my turn to post on Heather Ann's Holiday Inspiration site. If you haven't been checking the site regularly, make sure you do. The design team has come up with some gorgeous holiday projects.
My inspiration of choice today? Decorating my iPhone. I've decorated everything else for the holidays, why not my phone, right? I look at it about 100x a day, it might was well be festive. So what do you think? Every time I look at it I feel all Christmas-y and happy (and I get to see my girls.) Stop on by the inspiration site to download your free wallpapers. There are three to choose from, and don't worry, I posted instructions as well.
Have a good weekend!