Where are all the lows?

Our life is usually a little, gently sloping rollercoaster, some highs, some lows. Apparently we are heading for one doozy of a hill because we have been on nothing but a high, all week long.

To start the week off the girls and I were on a “Daddy high” when he safely arrived back home from his week + of travels. It was a serious love-fest around here Monday night and has been the rest of the week, when Daddy is not passed out from sheer exhaustion. It is so nice to have him home and I have returned Emma to her own bed and J’s cricket bat back to his closet. (A few crazy noises one of the nights while he was gone, had given it a premier spot within arms reach of my side of the bed.)

The middle of the week sent the girls into a serious “sugar high” with all of the Halloween festivities and candy. Candy. Oh my word – do we have candy. We got all dressed up. Mommy and Daddy, too. Emma was insistent on me having a costume, so while we were in Target the other day (and their costumes were all on sale!) I told her she could pick one out for me. Her first attempt was a bar wench costume, with the shirt cut down to here, and the skirt cut up to here. She said, “it is like a girl pirate, Mama!”

I told her they didn’t have my size (thankfully they didn’t) and she tried again. The second time around she picked out a queen costume. Nice long skirt, super cheap. Ding, ding, ding. We had a winner.

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It was fun to get dressed up with them and yes, that is glitter that you see on every inch of each of us. Apparently queens, princesses and fairies all are very glittery. I was not aware, as I’m sure you were not. But now we all know. And we also know to put the glitter up, far, far out of the reach of little 2-year olds. Yeah. She still has glitter in her ears, and I still have about an inch of glitter covering my house. At any rate, we had a good time and Em and Ad got a little prize at one of our neighbors’ for being the “best dressed.” Very cute.

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And Daddy was a pirate, of course. We trick-o-treated around the block and the girls came away with quite a load of candy. They have each had maybe 2 pieces of it. I just threw our Easter basket candy away, so I’m guessing that this batch will last us til next Easter, at least.

Addie totally caught on to the whole routine and even had her “Trick Or Treats” “Thank Yous” and “Happy Halloweens” at all the appropriate moments. It was so sweet. But their favorite part of the whole night was when we got back to the house and they got to hand out candy. They loved that part and both wanted to give away handfuls to all the kids. I had to keep telling them “only 2 pieces for each kid.” And then Emma would say, “or three, right Mama?” It is hard to say no to them being so happy to give to others.

So no naps, and a late night led to a little bit of an off-kilter morning yesterday and then the chin-splitting incident. Which all just pushed everyone into a little bit of an “adrenaline high.” We went to the gym, lunch and were on our way to Trader Joe’s for some groceries and Addie had those “sparkly” shoes on from Halloween. She had already tripped two or three times before we even got to the store, I am not sure what the problem with them is. She was sitting on the bottom shelf of the basket while I was picking out some groceries and she tried to get up, tripped over her shoe and face-planted right on her chin.

At first it didn’t even bleed. She cried for a few minutes and then I realized it was bleeding, and then gushing. So I got it to let up, put a band-aid on it (first-aid kit in the car, so handy yet again!), and we finished shopping. She was smiling, all seemed ok. When we got back to the car with the groceries, I peeled the band-aid off just to see how it was doing and it started bleeding again and I realized, it was a bit of a gaping hole. So I decided to take her in just to make sure she didn’t need stitches, or get them if she did.

Luckily Michelle was with us and took our groceries and Em back to the house to stay with Denise, and Ad and I trekked to the ER. Like I said, 3 hours later, they basically super-glued her chin together and she was/is as good as new. She was fantastic at the ER, though. I really can’t believe that kid sometimes. She hung out, got stickers from all the nurses and was completely cooperative. One male nurse came in and was checking her chin (and her puppy’s chin, he got a band-aid and boo-boo, too!) and she just looked at me and said, “I’m gonna be ok, right Mama?” I don’t know if she was trying to convince herself of it or trying to tell the nurse she didn’t really need to be looked at. She was not as fond of the doctor since he was a formidable fellow and a little gruff. But she still did great. I’ll have to try to take a pic of our first trip to the ER for Addie. I had forgotten that it isn’t our first ER trip, Kim reminded me of Emma’s first flesh wound incident when was attacked by a bird at the Playboy Mansion. (Yes, it truly is as bizarre a story as it sounds!) She was only 18 months old and that was our first official trip. Ha!

You know when it seems like the week is going by in slow motion, but then you look back on it and it seems to have gone so fast and you did so much? That is kind of what this week has been like. So I’m really hoping for a low-key weekend. We really need it. A little recuperation, rest and hopefully a good showing from our football team tomorrow. That would be the perfect ending to our week of highs.

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11 Responses to “Where are all the lows?”


  1. 1 amadisonmom November 2, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    Great photos. It sounds like you guys had a really great Halloween. (Well, except for the ER).

  2. 2 Maya November 2, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    I’m glad Addie’s okay! You guys all looked fabulous in your Halloween gear!

  3. 3 Christina November 2, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    what a week! Wow! Glad J made it back safe and sound. You ALL look great in your costumes. but Addie’s Cinderella dress looks quite familair. :o) I’m impressed you ration the candy out so well…Nadia’s Daddy seems to think we should let her eat it all in 2 days! I’m glad Addie’s okay after her little chin-splitting incident. Ugh.

  4. 4 sukesgirl November 2, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    You have two very adorable girls! I know there is some skill to taking great pictures, but I was wondering why type of camera you use, your pictures are always great.

  5. 5 Rosey November 2, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    Wait, was that your first official trip to the Playboy Mansion? Or your first official trip to the ER? LOL And the Playboy Mansion??

    Seriously, I think you handled the blood/gash thing much better then I would. Kudos to you, I’m not looking forward to the first official trip to the ER, I panic at other people blood. (when it’s in excess.) I’m glad that Addie is fine – “super glue” and all!

    Thanks for reminding me to update my emergency kit on my car, too!

  6. 6 Elisa November 3, 2007 at 7:14 am

    Life is good!!!

  7. 7 Maggie November 3, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Yay! Halloween pictures! You guys looked GREAT!

  8. 8 Stacy November 4, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    My daughter loved giving the candy away too! Every time the doorbell rang she would go running towards the door with the bowl of candy in her hand. At one point, we left the door open and she was yelling through the scream, “hey all you trick or treaters, come over here!”

  9. 9 arizaphale November 7, 2007 at 3:15 am

    Great photos. Always lovely to see the Mums and Dads as well. Sounds like everyone had a great Halloween. Shame about the ER but I guess these things happen with glitter shoes 🙂 It’s the risk you take for glamour!!! Hope she’s healing really well.


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