Liam’s feeling much better. I figured on Wednesday that he was feeling more his old self, when he decided to start fighting with me about everything! Up til then he hadn’t had the energy to argue. Poor little guy.

Speaking of behavior, we’re working on that. Liam now has a “good behavior jar” that he’s working to fill with cubes. If he does what I ask the first time I ask, and with a good attitude, he gets a cube. If he whines, hits, gives ugly looks, etc., he loses cubes. Now watching a movie in the evening is no longer a fait accompli. It’s a privilege to be earned in exchange for 5 cubes. Leftover cubes get saved for big things, like a trip to Imagipark or Parc Paradisio (10 cubes). Right now he’s saving for his dream trip to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower — 50 cubes. It’s amazing the change that’s taken place in just a little less than a week. Part of me dreads sending him back to school in a week — a lot of what we’re working to correct, most if not all of it, are things he’s picked up from other kids at school.

Speaking of which, although we will be sending him back to school for now, his year will end in April at the spring vacation mark. When we come back from visiting family in the states, Liam will stay home and we will commence schooling ourselves. There are a plethora of reasons behind this decision, but rather than go into all that here, I’ll just say we’ve put a lot of thought into it and are certain this is the best thing for our children.

Some photos to entertain you. Normally you’d never see a picture of me in here — especially one without makeup therefore highlighting my perpetual dark circles. But Liam took the photo, and he’s ever-so-proud to have his work published.

Harry’s room is slowly becoming the school room. Our plan is to move him into Liam’s room and they will share. He seems to have another idea. Every day he empties that cupboard and climbs in. This morning everything was out, lying on the floor, and he was lying inside!

Not sure if you can make it out, but Harry is sitting on Liam’s feet in the last picture. They both enjoyed it quite a bit.

One last quote to leave you with. Liam, who his microscope-obsessed at the moment, after his morning errrrr….. ritual: Next time I poo I want to poo on a plate, so I can look at it under the microscope!

The Blog is Dead… Long Live the Blog

Just when we thought all was well with the blog, we encountered another problem that left us paralyzed for a couple days. But after Jesse spent two days straight sitting at the computer working on it, we’re back up and running. Warning: next weekend he has to do some more work on it, so don’t be surprised if we’re MIA again soon.

OK, the new version of WordPress we’re using has a few differences from the old. Some good, and some I’m still trying to figure out. For example, uploading pictures is WAY easier now, providing I want to show them to you in a gallery, like, say, this:

Handy, but I can’t necessarily explain what the pictures are in more than a few words. Still, it saved me about fifteen minutes of picture uploading and code writing, so I’ll learn to love it!

OK, Darwin Day. Liam loves all things science, as we all know, so this was a wonderful holiday for him. Harry was rather disinterested — he opened one package and spent the rest of the “party” filing his teeth! We got him a dozen or so insects and arachnids encased in resin, and he was more excited than you can possibly imagine. He also got a couple books with which he was less impressed. But the icing on the cake was the microscope! He spends HOURS sitting there examining spiders and ants, salt and cheerios, seeds and leaves….

Late Saturday, Liam suddenly became unconsolable. Weepy, holding his head and complaining of feeling sick. He had a low-grade fever and a sore throat so we gave him some Tylenol and half an hour later he was feeling more himself. Repeat every four to six hours all weekend long. This morning I noticed he was looking more than a little flushed, but his temp wasn’t abnormally high (100.7). Then I noticed his whole neck was red, and his collarbone. A quick lift of his shirt found a child that looked like he’d spent the day at the beach with no sunscreen. Trusty Dr. Sears led me to scarlet fever, so we decided to take him into the clinic and get him checked out.

Positive strep, doctor concurs on scarlet fever, although apparently they can’t officially give a diagnosis of that until the second culture comes back in a couple days. So the lad’s on amoxicillin for ten days, and out of school for the near future. Luckily, he should be well recovered before his birthday late next week.

it's alive!

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Yes, I am actually updating the blog. I am as surprised as you. I have taken pitifully few photos in the last month, so I’ll post the “best” of the bunch.

Once again, Liam is NOT tired enough to go up to bed.

Liam seconds after his part in the December school play finished. Out loud he called out to us across the room, “Am I done now?” He was an alien from a far off galaxy.

Harry practicing for both a life of crime (the hat) AND life after crime (prison garb).

Here’s Harry about two minutes after he tripped and cracked his head on the radiator. Luckily, that’s a couple weeks ago now, and the mark is all but gone.

All is well with the family. Liam is determined to be a scientist, and he’s always setting up “experiments” or “electronics” all over the kitchen table. Just recently we’ve started collecting K’NEX kits for him. When we initially opened the box we thought the parts were far too small and finicky for a kid his age. Instead it’s one of his favorite past times, and he’s always amazing us with something he’s built.

Harry’s walking and talking up a storm. Let’s see, he says Mama, Dada, Ni-nam (Liam), cat, dog, garden, tree, moon, car, tahtootah (computer!), book, ch ch (cottage cheese), coffee cup… Probably a few others too, but I can’t think of them off the top of my head. Could you tell he was saying all these things? Probably not, but I can and it just thrills me to have him carrying on a conversation with me and telling me what he wants.

We’ve been having lots of problems lately with the blog — or, rather, with the DNS. Long story short — it’s not anything we can fix. Jesse continues to hassle the DNS people, and they continue to “fix” it, and it continues to stop working. In fact, I can’t even publish this yet, because the blog is down now. I’m typing it in TextEdit and will post when I can!