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December 31, 2003

Make it Stop!

Enough already! This is Vancouver...people here can't handle this much snow!


We've received about 6 inches in the past 24 hours and we've watched many cars spin their wheels, even on roads without an incline. Stay home if you and your car don't handle the snow! Go outside and play in the snow with your children...even better be one yourself and make snow angels!

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December 30, 2003

Little Voice

Actually, I sound more like a trucker than anything. Imagine me saying "Hey baby" in a deep, throaty bass tone, and then Ella bursting into tears. "What have you done with my mom?!"

On Christmas Eve I had a piercing headache, which progressed into body aches and then a fever. Then the other day I woke up hoarse. It didn't help that I hosted a potluck dinner tonight, which meant that I was trying to shout over the hum of the crowd (and the twang of the banjo) asking if anyone wanted a drink.

Hopefully, some red wine, a throat lozenge, and a little Vicks Vaporub will do the trick, and I will get my "big" voice back soon. Sweet dreams!

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December 29, 2003


From time to time, we have been told that our cat, Buttons, is not very nice. You be the judge...


How could something this cute be called mean?! Ok, she may have attacked a handyman (or two) and she may have a bit of a social disorder but give the chick a break...she's come a long way to now be perfectly content with being mauled and jumped on by our 9 month old son (now, before you go calling Family Services, he is always closely supervised!).

I just didn't realize how stupid she could be...this morning it sounded like there was a cat fight in our livingroom but no, it was just Buttons. Have you ever heard of a cat getting her claw stuck in her tail (not just the fur) while chasing it?! She did so this morning and it took the two of us to get her undone.

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December 28, 2003

Pregnant Midge Pulled from Shelves

This Christmas, Ella received two "girly" toys from relatives: a Minnie Mouse (who is wearing a polka dot dress, lacy knickers, and high heel shoes), and a soft baby doll (dressed in pink) who squeaks when you press her stomach. I imagine that one of these days, she'll get a Groovy Girl or some kind of Barbie doll. However, I'm guessing that by then, her dolls will be doing much more than squeaking...unless Walmart decides to step in:

The pregnant version of Midge, which pops out a curled-up baby when her belly is opened — has been pulled from Wal-Mart shelves across the country following complaints from customers, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.

"It was just that customers had a concern about having a pregnant doll," Wal-Mart spokeswoman Cynthia Illick said.

She said the entire "Happy Family" set, which includes pregnant Midge, husband Alan and 3-year-old son Ryan, had been pulled from shelves of the world's largest retailer, which has about 2,800 stores and 500 warehouse club stores.

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December 27, 2003

Winter Wonderland

Imagine my surprise when I peered out the window at 2 o'clock this morning! This time of year always makes me long for knee-high, fluffy, white snow...that is, until I have to get into my car!

Sure it looks pretty, especially when it falls in big chunks and sticks to the tree branches (more common on the Eastside) and it's so fun to watch the children playing and building snowmen. But what a mess out there today! Not to mention that bad drivers become worse drivers.

Oliver was quite mesmerized by falling white stuff that felt wet and cold on his face as we took him in and out of the car today. Maybe next year he'll actually get to build his own snowman.

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December 26, 2003

the Loot

How Santa managed to find the only 4-string tenor banjo between here and Saskatoon, I'll never know.

Next year, I'm hoping that he'll use his magical powers to grant me a huge stockingful of musical talent. In the meantime, I'm relying on the patience and expertise of my guitar teacher/virtuoso, p.d. wohl, to walk me through a duelling banjo tune or two.


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December 25, 2003

the Aftermath

Sluggish in the aftermath.

A riot of wrapping paper, ribbons, and rum. Turkey. Noodles. Wonton. Chicken wings. Shortbread, chocolate-covered ju jubes, and homemade Irish cream.

Family and visits to friends.

Exhausted. Happy. Merry, in fact. A wonderful first Christmas for Ella.

Happy Holidays!

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Baby's First Christmas

I'm thinking that, for the first few years, Christmas gifts for children should be empty boxes, wrapping paper and colorful ribbon. Oliver must have played with the same 2 inch piece of paper for 15 minutes before we could get him to take a look at the gift it was wrapping. But once he realized that his new truck had buttons that made noises and flashed lights, those little fingers stuck to the buttons like crazy glue!

We spent a very mellow day with some of Ken's family. It was really nice to have the whole day together as a family, just hanging out and playing with whatever Ollie wanted to play with...paper, bubble-wrap, ribbon, O's...

Ho! Ho! Ho!

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December 24, 2003

Santa is in Flight

The Milk Factory workers wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

If you are having trouble getting your kids (or yourself) to sleep tonight, just remember that he sees you when you're sleeping and he knows when you're awake........and according to the live Santa Radar, he is in flight already and on his way to your house.

So put out the milk and cookies, play some Nat King Cole, and think about all the wonderful people you love in this world.

Stay warm. Be happy. And here's hoping for visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads!!

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December 23, 2003

A Shot to the Leg

Coincidentally, today was Prevnar vaccination day for both Oliver and Ella. I haven't heard how Ella faired but I expect she was a trooper just like her buddy. I had to laugh as Oliver glared at the nurse, not blinking once or taking his little eyes off her. Then, a very delayed and short outburst (not really a cry - not even a tear) - and all was well again in Oliver's world. He even got a real sucker...okay, Daddy got a sucker.

Since Oliver is 9 months and this is his first dose, he still requires another at 11 months then a booster between 12 and 15 months. Ella started at 6 months so she ends up with a couple more doses. It is recommended that the final dose be administered before the child starts daycare.

Prevnar™ (Pneumococcal 7-Valent Conjugate Vaccine) is the first vaccine to effectively prevent pneumococcal disease in infants and young children (under the age of 5). Pneumococcal disease results from the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae. This bacterium is the number one killer amongst all vaccine preventable diseases. It is the cause of serious childhood infections including meningitis, bacteremia (bloodstream infections), sinusitis, pneumonia and otitis media (ear infection).

It is a costly vaccination for those children born prior to Summer 2003 ($95 per dose if you go through the Vancouver Travel Clinic). After Summer 2003 it is covered by MSP. It may be a bit less expensive if you have your doctor write a prescription. But then you have to go buy it and make another appointment for the doctor to administer it. It also costs MSP that much more for the doctor's time (two visits). The bonus of the Travel Clinic is that there really isn't much of a wait like there often can be at a doctor's office!

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