March 5, 2015

Ear Trouble (Again)

Posted in Health/Doctor at 9:32 pm by Mel

On Sunday morning Ajax woke up at 5 am complaining that his ear hurt. I was able to get him into the ENT on Monday where the PA stated both tubes had detached and were non-functioning. He actually removed the tiny blue tube from his right ear right there in the office. And he also pointed out that Ajax had a pretty bad ear infection and prescribed him augmentin for 10 days. We have a follow up appointment in 2 months. This, however, does not look good. While we don’t know when exactly the tubes stopped working it was sometime between June and February, and in that short time-frame Ajax got an ear infection. That doesn’t look good and I think there’s a good chance he’ll need a second round of tubes (though the PA said only about 20%of kids need a second round).

As Ajax wasn’t well my sister was able to come up and stay home with him on Tuesday. She reported they sat on the couch watching cartoons most of the day, with breaks to play with Legos. Ajax is now well enough to go back to school and hasn’t complained about his ear once since being on his medicine (though he’s quite the pain about taking the meds).

Noomi is doing well. She recently discovered that we can play the Frozen catch song from my phone and has been demanding it more and more. When I was cleaning the kitchen the other night I put on the Frozen song and then Noomi insisted on wearing her Frozen dress (PJs) and dancing around the house singing along. It was the cutest thing ever. Noomi kept saying – I’m a Princess! Mom where’s your princess dress? I took a video of her singing, but it’s on Dave’s phone.

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February 16, 2015

Doctor appointment 2 and 1/2

Posted in Developments, Health/Doctor at 8:18 pm by Mel

I don’t remember taking Ajax to a doctor’s appointment at age 2.5, but when I called the ped’s office the other day to ask about Noomi’s shots, the nurse said she was all set but that she was due for her 2.5 year well baby check up.  I think this is a ploy to get more money out of the insurance company, but made the appointment none the less.  I mean I don’t want a little check next to my kids name in their computer system (uncooperative parent, probably doesn’t even believe in vaccinations and is a measles risk).

Noomi weighed in at 32 lbs (putting her near the 80-90%) and was 38.9 inches tall (putting her in the 95%). I actually believe she’s taller as she refused to stand up straight for the nurse (she was being shy).  When the doctor showed me the growth chart, for height, she was above the plotted chart.  The doctor said she looked great and was quite healthy.  He said he wasn’t concerned about the thumb sucking, or the lack of potty training, or her apparent inability at this time to distinguish color.  She’s two and a half ma’am.  Ajax was quite the helpful big brother throughout the appointment.

After the appointment I took the kids to the mall and let them play on the playscape.  As it’s -30 with the windchill it just ain’t so safe outside.  The kids had a great time playing but were less than cooperative when it was time to leave.  I had to wrap Noomi in a big bear hug to wrestle her boots on and Ajax pushed back with some attitude till I threatened a ridiculously long timeout.  Another parent across the playland gave me a very sympathetic nod and another parent with only one well behaved daughter looked at me like I was crazy.  Whatever stay-at-home mom, get a job.

The rest of our day was uneventful.  We watched Frozen and sang along to the songs and Ajax picked out the cartoon Dragons, which scared Noomi.  All in a Monday I suppose.

OH, Noomi is also into playing salon and doing hair.  She is constantly ordering me to sit down on the ground and not to move so that she can “do my hair.”  It’s pretty darn cute.  She’s been carrying around her doctor’s bag and using her medical equipment to style hair. lol.

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February 5, 2015

Homemade Bagels

Posted in Family news/Updates tagged at 10:00 am by Mel

For the month of February I’m trying something a bit different.  I planned out our entire month of meals.  Yep I did a month long meal plan and even wrote out 4 weeks of grocery lists.  But that actually has nothing to do with this post.  On Super Bowl Sunday I decided to make homemade bagels.  They were incredible and I ate way to many.   Dave agreed that they were wonderful, but Ajax wasn’t a fan.   I recommend that you try these out!  I don’t recall where I got the original recipe, however, below is a combination of three recipes actually, my own hybrid.


  • 1 1/2 C warm water
  • 2 TBL dry yeast
  • 3 TBL sugar
  • 1 TBL salt
  • 4 1/4 C flour
  • 8 C water, for boiling
  • 1 TBL baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 TBL water


  • In a small bowl, mix yeast, sugar and warm water together and let stand 3 minutes.
  • Mix 2 C of flour with the salt in a large bowl (you can use your stand mixer with the dough hook); then add the yeast mixture.  Stir until combined and slowly mix in the rest of the flour.
  • Knead dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes (or in the mixer, on high for 5 minutes), adding additional flour if necessary.  Dough should be fairly smooth and somewhat firm. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until double (about 1 hour).  Preheat over to 500.
  • Punch dough down and divide and shape into 12 balls.  Allow to rest about 5 minutes.
  • Bring about 2 quarts of water to boil,in water add baking soda and salt.  Make a hole in each ball of dough and pull open about 2 inches, making a bagel shape. Place shaped dough onto a cookie sheet and cover for 10 minutes.  Drop oven temperature down to 450.
  • Drop 2 or 3 bagels into the water at a time.  Boil for 60 seconds on one side, then flip for an additional 45 seconds, then remove from the water and place onto a greased cookie sheet (you could also line the cookie sheet with parchment paper, greased).
  • Bake at 450 for 10 minutes, then rotate pan and bake for about 10-12 minutes more.  If bottom of the bagels are getting too dark, place another cookie sheet beneath the first.

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February 4, 2015

First report card!

Posted in Family news/Updates at 10:19 pm by Mel

Guess who came home today with their first report card!  Yep, Mr. Ajax did!  I guess this kindergarten business is pretty serious.  He received almost all 3’s (which means meeting grade level expectations).  His teacher stated: making great progress in resolving conflicts appropriately with his peers… Communicates effectively… Shares with confidence and with little prompting… Listens and responds appropriately to group discussions.   Understands and comprehends text at current level… Assumes responsibility for own behavior… Shows commitment to learning.

The only area where he received a 2 (developing grade level expectations) from Mrs. Lewis was – negotiates and compromises with peers.  He also received a 2 in music, his least favorite subject, lol, where the teacher noted he participates with enthusiasm, but needs redirection often.  By the way Ajax describes his music teacher, Dave and I agree that she sounds like quite the old grey hair.

We are quite proud of Ajax and the strides he’s taken this past year in school.   He’s reading and so into math.  The other day he asked me what 10 + 21 was?  I counted out the answer with him.  He then thought a moment and said, mom 10 +10 = 20.  It was a proud moment indeed.  His writing gets better everyday, though he still doesn’t like coloring or drawing.  We are still working on his temper and how he handles frustration, and I’d like to think he’s learning tools to help deal with it, getting better each day.

Animal parade in the living room!

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February 2, 2015

Noomi’s Interview

Posted in Family news/Updates at 1:48 pm by Mel

Today the whole family was stuck at home due to the snow storm that hit yesterday and continued into this morning.  Dave was out at 6:30 am to snow blow the driveway and due to the wind, one side of our drive way has over a foot of snow and in some places it’s over three feet with the drifts.

As I did Ajax’s interview last night, here is Noomi’s interview.  Her’s was a bit more difficult as Ajax kept interjecting and then she’d just repeat what he said or what I asked her.

Noomi Elizabeth’s two year interview:

Q: What if your favorite color? Umm blue.

Q. What is your favorite song? ABCD.

Q. What is your favorite game? Wheels on the bus (Ajax – that’s not a game!).

Q. What do you like to do at school? Play with my friends.

Q. Do you like doing crafts? Yes mom.  I like to use my scissors.

Q. What is your favorite food? Eat all my food! Pizza!

Q. What is your favorite book? Yes. I like to read the book.

Q. What is your favorite TV show? Elmo on the TV? I like to watch Garfield.

Today Noomi has continued building cities with her Legos.  She has also been carrying around her Cabbage Patch doll and every now and then will say – Oh my gosh baby!  You pooped again!  She will then march into her room, take down the changing mat and baby wipes and “change” her baby.  I finally had to put the wipes out of reach and gave her one tissue to use for the baby wipes.   Sometimes she decided that her baby needs to sit on the potty, so she’ll drag out her little potty and sit in the bathroom with the doll and ask the doll if it wants a magazine to read.  All in a days work.

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Ajax’s Interview

Posted in Family news/Updates at 1:37 pm by Mel

I saw the cutest thing on Pinterest about interviewing kids at the beginning and end of each year.  I then promptly forgot about said cuteness until tonight.   I interviewed Ajax who thought the whole thing was kind of interesting.

Ajax Gabriel – age five interview:

Q. What is your favorite color? Light pink.  Really bud? Light pink, no it isn’t.   Yes, mom it is.  My favorite color is light pink. Fine.

Q. What is your favorite song? The mama loves you song (it’s a nursery rhyme that my dad made it for my sister and I when we were little and I now sing it to my kids).

Q. What is your favorite food? Waffles.

Q. What is your favorite game? Minecraft.

Q. Which do you like better summer or winter?  I like spring the best because that’s when all the flowers come bloom.  You can’t sled in the summer. No bud, you can’t sled in the summer.

Q.  What grade are you in?  Fifth grade (I think he was thinking that he was five years old)… no kindergarten.

Q.  What’s your favorite thing about going to school?  Riding the bus.

Q.  What’s your least favorite thing about school?  Sitting at the carpet and waiting on other kids.  And fixes on my math it takes up all my center time.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about your family?  That I love them and they’re nice.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about your sister?  That she plays with me.

Q. What’s your favorite thing to do on the farm?  Play with the horses.. Frannie.

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February 1, 2015

Weekend roundup

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:12 pm by Mel

Hello weekend.

On Saturday my mom was nice enough to drive up and visit, as my sister and dad were catching a Red Wings game in Detroit.  She babysit the kids so that Dave and I could do some running.  We specifically went to the eye doc for Dave and he picked out some new glasses.  He broke his glasses last September or so and has been wearing his old frames, circa 1997.  When we got back home, my mom’s good friend Mary Wolf was over and was wonderful enough to bring us Thai food.  Ajax laid on the couch watching some ridiculous cartoon he’d found and Noomi was obsessed with building a Lego city.  This gave the adult plenty of time to eat all the Thai food.

On Sunday we woke up to snow.  The weather wasn’t too cold so the kids and I went out to play a bit and hauled the sleds out for the little hill in our backyard.  Till now, there just hasn’t been any snow this winter.  We shoveled the driveway and then headed in for lunch and naps.  The kids loved getting outside and making snow angels and getting pulled around in the sled.  We did some work around the house.  I went through some boxes in the basement and started a garage sale pile.  Dave brought in Noomi’s tricycle so the kids rode bikes around the basement and then “helped” Dave with his Lego comic.  I made bagels which were incredible.  Dave and I each ate 3 with a big bowl of homemade chili.  We definitely should have stopped at 1 but they were just too awesome.  Ajax didn’t get what the big deal was, but Noomi liked it.  We also made crock pot hot chocolate with marshmallows which Ajax loved.  And we all agreed today was a junky day since it was the super bowl… though it’s now 8 pm and we haven’t bothered turning on the game.

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January 27, 2015


Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:38 pm by Mel

Noomi is the cutest little girl ever.  She’s happy and chatty and assertive and tough.  She’s so darn cute that she gets away with quite a bit.  We acknowledge that she gets away with more than Ajax ever did.  I guess that’s what happens with the second kid. Our little girl, however, is clumsy.  She’s coordinated and therefore confident, but unfortunately, she’s a bit clumsy.   She’ll run full speed around the house and then trip over the rug and narrowly miss the table or wall.  You just have to cringe, new bruises show up all the time.   At dinner she is constantly dropping things.  I mean constantly.  She’ll set her cup down, reach over for her napkin, knock her cup off the table with her elbow and then drop the fork our of her hand as she tries to get a bite into her mouth. It’s a running joke for whoever sits next to her because you spend half your meal picking things up for her.  She always seems so surprised, where’s my napkin, or my cup!?

Another family game night – Twister!  We kept going over left and right with Ajax and Noomi kept leaping onto the game map, trying to mimic us.

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January 26, 2015


Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:34 pm by Mel

The other day Ajax and I were at Meijer picking up a few things when I happened to glance down at his shoes.  Both his shoes (which I bought on Black Friday) had holes in the toes and I could see his socks!  I was horrified and embarrassed all at once and asked Ajax what happened to his shoes.  Ajax shrugged and said I dunno.   These are also the shoes that he’s been wearing to school and I have no idea how long they’ve had holes as he usually leaves the house in boots and puts his shoes on at school.  The mom in line behind me looked sympathetic.

As Dave also needed new shoes the guys headed to Howell for some shopping.  Noomi stated that she needed to go because she needed new shoes as well.  She was quite insistent, but honestly that girl has more shoes the me, so the two of us stayed home.   Both guys came home with new shoes in what I think was the fastest shopping trip ever and Dave claimed they were quicker than a team of navy seals.

Its kind of interesting but Ajax’s hair is starting to turn brown.    I hadn’t really noticed as the color seems to have snuck up on us.  When I pointed out to Ajax that his hair will soon be brown, like Dave and I, he was not pleased.  Then I pointed out that Noomi’s hair was getting darker as well and he seemed to be happy with that.

Noomi is talking more and more and goodness is she a little parrot.  When I was growing up I had a younger cousin who would repeat everything so he developed the nickname Re-Pete.   She’ll repeat you in the same tone and even wag her finger if she’s scolding.  I find that she has taken to repeating me often, so that means she’s often “scolding” Ajax and at times, lecturing Dave, lol.

Today I also helped Ajax put together a homework assignment.  It was a timeline of his life, one event for each year.   He picked out some photographs and drew pictures for other events.   He also wrote out a sentence for each event.  Adorable.

Below is also a picture of Dave, Ajax and Noomi playing Zelda.  The guys gave Noomia remote control that wasn’t hooked up and she kept yelling at me in the kitchen – mom, he’s running mom!  Look!  It was pretty cute.

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January 25, 2015

Potty training

Posted in Developments at 1:21 pm by Mel

At school the teachers have diligently been placing Noomi on the potty. We too would have worked on potty training sooner, since they were trying at school, however, we have been so busy lately that we just haven’t been home. This weekend though we thought – we’ll be home, we have nothing going on, let’s give it a try, Noomi seems ready.  That mindset was Saturday morning.  Today, Sunday afternoon, as I write this post Noomi is back in a diaper.  She simply isn’t ready and you’re certainly not going to force the issue.  She has stubbornly refused to sit on the potty and when she did sit on it, would happily sit there doing nothing, lol.  While she loves her princess underwear and prefers them over diapers, she has no other interest in actually using the toilet  We even let her pick out her favorite candy (sour patch things) from the store and she gets one when she successfully uses the toilet.  She’s gotten about 3 thus far, lol.  I remember we went through the same thing with Ajax.  We’ll try again in about 2 months and maybe she’ll be ready at that time.  There’s no point in wrestling your kid onto the potty, it’s just not gonna happen.

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