Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) – Rare Disease Day 2012

Since today is Rare Disease Day, I decided to recap our experience with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). Langerhans cells are immune cells that are normally present in the skin and mucosa. LCH happens when immature Langerhans cells behave like cancer cells – proliferating, and sometimes travelling through the blood stream to end up in other…

Project Shrinkydink

I am Captain Willpower this week. I’m so crazy-eyed and Americanized that I decided to go see a nutritionist for guidance. It was a good meeting and I came away with some helpful guidance. The hard part is matching the formula: 50% carbs, 30% fat, 20% protein. The nutritionist suggested I document my eating for a…

35 Candles, 1 Fantastic Guy

Today is the 35th birthday of the man of my dreams, who fortunately happens to be the guy I’m married to. We got to go on a once-in-a-lifetime date last night, while he was still a youngster (only teasing, my young buck). It wasn’t like we cruised on a billion dollar yacht and ate off…

Since the Cavalry Arrived

Yes, I’m alive. I haven’t posted since Aunt Ashley (my sister) moved in! And can I just say, I LOVE having another wife around (ha ha). She is extraordinarily popular with the boys, too. She’s popular to the point that I had to put stickers on our hall clock and tell Ian not to go…

If Kids Ruled the World…

Based on this small sample of recent memorable quotes/moments, the world would be pretty interesting, and probably a lot more fun if we did it their way: Ian, fiddling with one of my bras: Mom! I just unhooked your backpack nipple thing! Ian: Mommmmm! I’m ready for a wiiiiiiipe! Brian: Ian, mom is busy cooking,…

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Since I forgot to write down all the cute things the boys did and said, I’ll write a lame list of what I DO remember from the weekend. THE GOOD: I actually made it to the gym again! It was lonely, but I managed to find an elliptical with a TV and a good Kevin…

At the Door, In a Jam

We just bought a really cool new educational book set for the kids. It’s actually 26 books, interactive computer programs, “cling” stickers and laminated posters. And it was really stinkin’ expensive. But…we have our hearts set on homeschooling, and these books contain most of the subjects I’ve really wanted to start covering. Many of them…

Mr. Big Stuff

Elijah is getting maddeningly and exponentially more specific in his “needs.” We’ve provided him a substantial vocabulary of signs and words, but just how is he supposed to relay, “I want a drink. Please open the sippy cup cabinet. No I do not want ANY of those sippy cups – I just want the lid…

Trading Money for Toys

I got some cool stuff from Oriental Trading Company. The picture isn’t great but one item is a really cool pipe game for the boys. It helps fine motor skills, planning, cooperation, etc. Ian started building and then decided he was going to create a water slide, so we took the pipes outside and he…

Olive You

Knock knock. Who’s there? Boo hoo hoo. That was Ian’s recent attempt at a knock knock joke, followed by: Knock knock. Who’s there? Nick Knock. I’ve been waiting for the moment the word play light bulb switches on. I tried the other day, when the boys were munching “salty garlic olives.” I said, “Hey, Ian….