Saturday, February 24, 2007

My Exhausted Family

Last night, Pumpkin's very bestest friend had her birthday sleep over. 

Pumpkin had come home from school showing signs of relapsing with her cold.  She looked pale and was a teensy bit warm. 

However, I let her go to the sleepover with Motrin and Dayquil on board and just prayed she wouldn't get worse today.

Ha ha.  Pumpkin got home at 10 am and at first, seemed okay.  Looked pale and tired and was congested, but not feverish, but after two hours of tv, she was burning up and her throat was very sore.  I peeked in with the flashlight to find two enormously swollen and red tonsils. 

Wonderful.  Thank goodness our regular pediatrician was on call, and knew immediately to call me in the antibiotic.  Hopefully, the fever will be gone tomorrow by afternoon. 

I'll keep you all posted on Round 2 - Typhoid Pumpkin and the Plague.

The boys and Hubby left the house at 6am this morning.

They had a Boy Scout competition called the Klondike Derby.

For those of you unfamiliar with it, the boys have a sled of supplies that they have to pull from station to station all day as they perform tasks and earn points.

Hubby said it was 17 degrees and windy as heck when the competition started at 7:30am.  Yikes!  Thankfully, the sun was out and the day warmed up to a balmy 40 degrees by noon!

The boys threw tomahawks at targets for points, did firestarting, knot tying, an obstacle course, first aid, rescued someone on a stretcher made of a blanket and sticks, compass reading and orienteering, and baked cookies in an oven made from a cardboard box and aluminum foil.  Our troop ran the firestarting station, and Hubby worked there with our Scoutmaster and two other assistant scoutmasters.

The boys team was called the Weasels, and they even had a flag that their Scoutmaster had made for them.  At the end, they didn't come in the top 3, but they had a great day.  Good team building, as well as learning their outdoor skills.

There were many towns and troops competing, and they all sang a rally song at the end.  The boys' song was 'We are roadkill, we are roadkill, yes we are, we are the animal found dead, under your car.'

I have been treated to many rousing renditions of said song since they came home. 

Everyone was in bed and asleep by 9:15pm, which is early for them on a Saturday night!  Hubby followed by 10pm on the couch!  Poor Daddy is pooped, too! 

Time for me to join them all soon!

be well,



coelha said...

My daughter has a floor set to do at work tomorrow.  She gets out at 2am, and I have to pick her up...  Just thinking about it makes me exhausted.  I hope you and the family get some extra sleep tonight!  Julie :)

toonguykc said...

Pray they don't come up with a rap version of the "We Are Roadkill" song. (shudder)


thebaabee said...

Dear Dawn,
Poor Pumpkin Muffin.  She reminds me of my daughter when she was that age.  Always getting strep.  She would get over one bout and get another.  It was never fun.  I hope she is better when she wakes up today.

What was fun when they were younger is the Klondike Derby (actually all Scouting related activities.)  It's very unusual these days for boys to join Scouting.  Like your Hubby, mine was always there with my son.  I think it is one of the best things a boy and his father can do.  My son made it all the way to Eagle Scout.  After that he joined the Venture Scouts.  Doing the requirements to advance through the ranks has taught him so much.  Especially those that required service projects.  For his Eagle Project he coordinated with a local Food Pantry here and collected non perishable food.  Our garage was filled with all the food he colllected.  On two consecutive weekends, (one during a blizzard) He, Hubby and a group of his fellow Scouts stood outside of our local supermarkets and collected food.  Not only was food asked for but the nutritional needs of the homeless were discussed.  It was quite a learning experience.  Especially when we brought the food over to the pantry.  It was a very emotional experience for all of us watching people line up for food.  It made him realize how lucky he was.  I believe that Scouting was partially responsible for making him the young man he is now.  I am proud of him as I was of my Hubby for putting in the time with the Scouts.  Especially during those weekends after he had worked 70 hours at work.  Those are memories my son will never forget.

Sorry this was so long.  I hope you are feeling well.  Hugs, Lu

sunnyside46 said...

I love hearing about the Scouting affair. That is so good for kids.
I have been a Girl Scout leader for 10 years, but just havent been very active this year...the girls are sophmores and so busy...your entry has given me inspiration to try calling them.
Hope Pumpkin is better soon.

tenyearnap said...

Sounds like Daddy became the biggest roadkill. I hope Typhoid Pumpkin can keep this plague to herself for all your sake.

randlprysock said...

I can just hear the renditions of that song in my head now.  LOL.  So glad the doctor called that antibiotic in for your Pumpkin.  Hugs,

klconard1 said...

ROTFLMHO!  what an exhausting fun time!  Except for Round #2, I mean.
loving you

cacklinrosie101 said...

Hope your Pumpkin feels better soon.  I can't believe all the crud going around.  The antibiotic should give it a kick.  That Klondike Derby sounds really cool.  Their troop does such neat things.  Have yourself a good Sunday.  HUGS  Chris

dcmeyer420 said...

Hope Pumpkin is feeling better. The boys' scouting song is so funny. I would love to hear them sing it. Hug to you and your family.  

helmswondermom said...

Poor Pumpkin!  I hope she is feeling much better soon, and that no one else in the house gets sick!

lurkynat said...

dear Dawn
what a charming entry!
oh yes children and theri parties!
I hope it all comes off well!

ksgal3133 said...

I hope that your household gets better soon!
That klondike derby sounds like fun....cold but fun :)

Hope you got some much needed rest!


eml625 said...

My alerts are all messed up still.
I sure hope your daughter is feeling better by now.