Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful for having a great husband, healthy and beautiful kids, my parents' good health, wonderful in-laws, awesome family and amazing friends. I hope you all have a fun-filled Thanksgiving with your family and friends. :o)

Shoud She Stay or Should She Go?

Here's what transpired yesterday morning amid the chaos of getting the kids ready for school.

Dh: Honey, A will not go to school today. She has a fever.
Me: What? Why?
Dh: She is warm and coughing.
Me: How do you know she has a fever?
Dh: I felt her forehead and face. She is warm to the touch.
Me: Did you use the thermometer?
Dh: No, but I know she has a fever.

So what did I do? I went upstairs and felt her forehead, she was a little warm. But I didn't stop there, I went to the medicine cabinet and got the thermometer. I checked my daughter's temp and it read 97.7 degF. She doesn't have a fever. Of course, my daughter now was expecting to stay home and miss school but she's not getting off that easily. I told dh that she does not have a fever so she is going to school. My daughter of course was disappointed and she started whining. (I don't like it when she does that.) I told her that she does not have a fever thus she IS going to school. So yesterday after school, we went to have her checked and her pediatrician told us that her lungs sounded fine and the cough she has is nothing to worry about.

I don't want my kids to miss school unless they are sick. If they have a fever or aren't feeling well, they stay home. Last school year, she only missed two days. I'm glad my kids are pretty healthy and they don't get sick often. How about you? How do you decide if your child should stay home and miss school?

Feeling Under the Weather

It is very rare that someone in my family gets sick. It is even a rarer occurence for everyone to get sick one after another. Well, it is one of those rare times. It started with my four-year old. This is his first year in school and he's been getting all sorts of germs and whatnot. He had a cold and then a cough later on from the post nasal drips. Then dh started with a cough and lost his voice but he's okay now. After him came my daughter, she started coughing then it was my turn. I lost my voice Friday night. I'm sure mom's out there know how important our voices are, right? LOL That was the hardest part. Having a cough and sniffles didn't bother me much but not having my normal voice was tough! Anyway, I brought my son to his pediatrician and they gave him an anti-biotic for his sinus infection. It's not even winter yet! A lot of people are getting sick early this year. My BFF Mira and her family all came down with something. Good news is that they are all feeling much better. I think my kumare Lanie and family also got sick before that. Oh my, there must be some bug going on.

An Award

One thing I enjoy about blogging is meeting fellow bloggers around the world. One blogger half-way around the world that I came to know and like is Joy. I admire her for being able to maintain her blogs real well. She gave me this award and I am grateful. :o) This is my favorite award of all because I am a mom first and a blogger uhmm last. LOL

I am giving this award to the following who I know are the BEST MOMs around. :o) You can get the animated banner HERE.

Mira, Lanie, Amy, Carlotz, Amor, Lou, Liza, Twinks and Twerlyn

The Pink Sisterhood

Thanks to Niko for this tag. :o)

* One in eight women or 12.6% of all women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.
* Breast cancer risk increases with age and every woman is at risk.
* Every 13 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer.
* Seventy-seven percent of women with breast cancer are over 50.
* Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 15 and 54, and the second cause of cancer death in women 55 to 74.
* Risks for breast cancer include a family history, atypical hyperplasia, early menstruation (before age 12), late menopause (after age 55), current use or use in the last ten years of oral contraceptives, and daily consumption of alcohol.
* Early detection of breast cancer, through monthly breast self-exam and particularly yearly mammography after age 40, offers the best chance for survival.
Facts taken from Women’s Health

And now here is the tag and the rules:

1. Put the logo in your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who shared it with you.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4. Add your link to the list of participants below
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.

PINK Sisterhood
1- Fara 2- Massy 3- N.O.Y 4- Mariuca 5- A Great Pleasure 6- LadyJava 7- Kim 8- Pink Thoughts 9- Turn-u-Off 10- Roxiticus Desperate Housewives 11- STAY AT HOME MOM 12- Fida Abbott 13- Also Mommy 14- Janice Ng 15- Juliana’s Site 16- The Painted Veil 17- Heart of Rachel 18- Mga Muni-muni 19- littlemsfirefly 20. Niko's Blog 21. Lifetime Mom
I'm passing this tag to: Mira, Dhoy, Lanie, Ady, Selina, Amor, and Chelle. :o)

Wordless Wednesday #2 - My Cute Dutch Boy

My son wearing an authentic Dutch boy costume (in Volengang)
and in a giant wooden clog (in Madurodam)
during our vacation in the Netherlands.

Kit by © Suzanne C. Walker, 2006

Seven Random Facts About Me

I've been tagged by Bryan of Bryan's Mind and Bless of Blessie's Sanctuary. Thanks. :o)

1. I never smoked. I don't like the smell plus obviously, it is bad for your health.

2. I like cheesy snacks (cheez balls, Cheetos, Cheese Puffs, etc.)

3. I've driven straight from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back by myself. It took me about 6 hours each way. Thank goodness I didn't get a speeding ticket. LOL
4. I've watched the 'Young and the Restless' since high school.
5. I like wearing perfume. I love perfume that is fruity or flowery.
6. I love John Cusack.
7. I play computer games and Wii with my kids.

Election Day

Dh and I voted this morning after we dropped the kids off to school. I was glad that there were no long lines and everything went smoothly. My daughter will also cast her vote in school. They have a mock election and will vote for the President of the United States. I'm glad that they are doing this. It is imperative for children to know how our democracy works and for them to realize how important each vote is.

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