Sunday, January 26, 2014

Falling apart at six years old!

Oh, little man has had a time of it lately! Just after Christmas, he was sounding kinda croupy. Hubs took a day off work and got him to the doctor. The pediatrician said he sounded like he had a lot of congestion in his lungs, so he put him on an antibiotic and prescribed the use of a nebulizer three times a day.

Now, we'd never used a nebulizer before. It's basically a steam machine that attaches to a mask worn over the nose and mouth. The machine converts a liquid medicine into vapor, which can then be inhaled to better treat sinus infections. Clay didn't love it, and he hated the steam that rose from the mask, complaining that it got into his eyes. Sooooo, we put his swim goggles on him. He looked a little bit like a junior Darth Vader in training.

Around that same time, he lost a filling in one of his back teeth. I took a half day off to take him to the dentist, but between his coughing and his refusal to let her treat him, we didn't get the filling replaced. So that was a wash. We've rescheduled for early February. 

Then, a couple of weeks ago, the child woke up with pink eye. I heaved a sigh, canceled my 11 a.m.-1 p.m. meeting, and drove him back to the doctor's office. A quick check revealed that it was, indeed, pink eye, and Dr. Joe prescribed two drops of medicine in each eye, three times a day. When we got back home, we had perhaps the biggest throw down we've ever had to get the drops in his eyes. It was much like wrestling a cat in a lake. 

Once we got the pink eye under control, he came home from school with red, chapped hands. (Someone wasn't wearing his gloves on the playground, choosing instead to plunge his hands into the ice-cold rock and fine dirt mixture that covers the ground there. Lovely.) So, we started lubing his hands up in the morning and at night, sending a plea to his teacher via text to keep his gloves on him when we has out on the playground. 

A couple of nights ago, as I finished putting lotion on his hands, he said, "Mom, my butt hole hurts." 

I took a long look at him and told him he was going to have to heal himself. I just cannot deal with another disease-ridden part of him right now. It's been one thing after another for weeks now, and dad is just going to have to take this one. I am officially tapping out. 

Lawd, have mercy! 

Monday, January 06, 2014

Goings on

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
During Christmas break, little man and I had the chance to visit some of our favorite local attractions!

First up: Nature-Made Christmas at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Clay LOVES this place, and I've been taking him there since he was an infant. (When I just HAD to get out of the house, we'd make a trip there. I'd park him in front of the big aquariums, and he'd be completely mesmerized for an hour or so. When he got a little older, he played in the toddler playroom. Since then, we love all the exhibits, and the kid runs wild on the trails out back!)

Santacizing at the Mississippi Children's Museum!
During Nature-Made Christmas, he made ornaments out of pine cones, leaves, recycled paper, and more. We hung all the ornaments on our tree when we got home. He was so proud!

We also got to enjoy the reptiles exhibit, which we hadn't seen since the preview party several months ago. And, because we have *special* friends at the museum, we got a behind-the-scenes experience - a chance to feed some persimmon to a BIG tortoise named Pete! (Clay is still talking about it!)

We also visited the Mississippi Children's Museum for their annual Santa Institute. Several scientists gathered and took questions from the kids about how Santa gets around the whole world in one night, how he knows if you're bad or good, and how he stays in shape for his demanding work. It was fun and sweet to watch their little minds come up with stumpers! To get their little bodies up and moving around, we Santacized at the end. Adorable!

Lego Jackson is sooooo detailed!
Lego Jackson was once again on view in the Mississippi Arts Center, and it was even bigger than last year! Little man thought this was awesome and thanked me several times for taking him. (Plus, it's FREE! What's not to love?!) A local man puts together THOUSANDS of Lego bricks to create this exhibit. You can see the Standard Life Building, Bailey Magnet School, City Hall, and other recognizable Jackson landmarks, as well as some fun additions! They provide a "hunt list" for guests, and we enjoyed peering extra-close to try and find the characters listed on it.

The Bethlehem Tree at the Mississippi Museum of Art
And on the same day we visited Lego Jackson, we couldn't resist stopping by the Mississippi Museum of Art to take in the Bethlehem Tree. I love this display, and it has become part of my holiday tradition. At least once during the Christmas season, either on my lunch break, on a weekend, or in the evening, I HAVE to go by and see it. While we were there, we also took a quick trip through the current exhibit - A Trip to Italy with Wyatt Waters and Robert St. John. This is a sienna, sun-soaked collection of water colors that will have you booking your plane tickets across the pond in no time. It made me miss, miss, MISS Rome! (Oddly enough, no paintings of the cases in pastry shops, filled with goodies. I WILL have to send Wyatt an email . . . )


Beautiful light patterns . . . 
Once Thanksgiving is over, it's officially Christmas season at the Bradshaw house. Hubs, Clay and I decorated our little nest with all kinds of garland, lights and ornaments.

I finally caved and bought two items from Gardener's Supply that I pinned last year: an adorable felted wool mistletoe (I loved catching my boys underneath it during the holiday season!) and a gorgeous clear star prism, which we placed in a sunny kitchen window for maximum rainbow cast. These were both great, inexpensive purchases, and I got a lot out of both of them. (We'd spin the prism around in front of the window, and little man would play at catching rainbows! So fun!)

As has become my custom, I made a glorious 9-pound rib roast for our holiday feast, which we enjoyed in my sister's newly decorated den and dining room. (She's re-done the space in cool aqua. Gorgeous!) We also brought a rosemary wreath studded with fresh mozzarella, grape tomatoes, and a variety of olives as an appetizer. So easy, festive and healthy!

For the first time this year, we got Christmas crackers, and they were like their own little party game! I had tons of them, and we loved opening them all, sporting our paper crowns, and checking out the favors (and
Feeling the Christmas!!
cheesy jokes) inside. Ryan also got Grace a couple of boxes of Bertie Bott's Every-Flavour Beans as part of a Harry Potter gift set. We tried all the flavors - dirt, earwax (actually not that bad), vomit. I think both of these activities should become Christmas traditions, because they were a HOOT!

Our Christmas goings-on also included a trip out to Winners' Circle Park to admire their always-gorgeous holiday light display and a few turns around the rink (and a few adrenaline-soaked trips down the slide) at Christmas on Ice in Madison! Woo hoo!

During Christmas break, we also threw a reveal shower for my sweet little sister, Grace, at the Mississippi Children's Museum. We chose this venue because most of the shower attendees have older children, who
A night on the ice
ran wild in the play areas (with hubbies) while we enjoyed a quick little party.

And I'm thrilled to announce that my sister will welcome (drum roll, please) a BABY BOY in the spring! I am completely stoked and can't wait!!

Last weekend, we finished up with a Christmas celebration at my sweet in-laws' house! It was extra special, with the whole family there. We met for brunch in the morning (homemade biscuits!), lazed around all day, playing games and watching movies, and then finished up with a big, gorgeous dinner.

My in-laws also took this opportunity to make an announcement. They are planning a move to Vancouver, Canada! They will be planting a new church there. I am sick to see them go, but I am excited about this adventure for them. I admire their courage, and I told them I couldn't wait to VISIT! I've never been to Vancouver, and I know nothing about it, but I'm POSITIVE I will LOVE it!