Archive for April, 2010

EEG Results

I just got off the phone with the nurse and she said Gideon’s EEG was all normal. She did not tell me that Gideon was an above average bear but I do not need a test to tell me that.

This morning I told him he needed to go find something to do. He told me, “I want to keg beer with Daddy.” I informed him that we did not have any beer to keg but that Daddy would be happy to know that he wanted to help.

Gideon has almost fully recovered from his bout with bronchitis. He is eating his normal amount of food and then some. It is beautiful, blue, and sunny outside. Today is blessed indeed.


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On Friday, I learned something important about boys that I did not know. I thought that other women might benefit from the insight I have gained.

We were outside by the pond and Gideon picked up a big stick, which he promptly put in the water and said, “Mommy, I’m doing something. I am doing something with the fish.” Then he moved on to the grass and said, “Mommy, I’m hitting the grass. I’m hitting the grass. Gideon then went on to hitting trees, logs, and anything else within the reach of his stick.

I thought this was very funny. When I asked Ries why boys always need to hit something with a stick he informed me that ALL boys want to hit things with sticks. Always. Anytime there is a stick around with which to do the hitting. He said he still feels like hitting things with sticks, but as an adult, he has self control and does not.

Hitting things with sticks must be some crazy ingrained behavior. Perhaps it has to do with our hunter/gatherer roots. Perhaps the cave men whacked each other on the head when they had altercations over the most available lass in the cave.

I suppose we will never know.

So moms of boys and wives of men, do not be concerned if your man suddenly grabs a stick and starts hitting the nearest tree or fence. They can not help it. They are made that way.

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This is easy, delicious, and will make you pass up the store bought kind.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

    2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
    1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
    3 tbl. Dijon mustard
    3 tbl. honey
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    2 tbl. onion, minced
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    1 c. olive oil

Whisk the first 8 ingredients until well blended. Emulsify the olive oil into the vinegar mixture. If you do not have the arm strength to emulsify by hand (it can get tiring), you can always use an electric mixer.

Refrigerate any dressing that you do not eat right away.

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Happy Birthday

Today is not only Shakespeare’s birthday (who was born this day and died on his own birthday), but it is also Ries’ birthday.

It is the first time in his long life that it has rained on his birthday. Rain has frequently been predicted, but then it never has. Today, the streak was broken.

I hope it is still filled with blessings.

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Twenty Questions

Over breakfast:

Gideon: (pointing to my Bible Study book) What is that?
Me: (ignoring him since he had just asked me what “that” was 2-3 times already and I had already answered)
Gideon: (leaning closer to me) What is that, Mommy?
Me: (I continue to eat my cereal.)
Gideon: I have a question for you.

Gideon is always changing tactics. He likes to ask what something is, not to hear us tell him, but just to hear us talk to him. I have started asking him back, “I don’t know Gideon, what is it?”

I thought this barrage of questions was not supposed to happen for another year. Gideon spends all day asking “What is that?” or “What is that man doing?” or “Where is that truck going?” and on and on. It does not bother me really, just amuses me. I know he is just curious and I know for certain I did the same thing to my mother.

His other new favorite thing is “Sending Daddy the text.” If I get the screen set up, Gideon can type in letters and then press send to text his Daddy at work. A couple days ago he asked to send Ries a picture, so we did that too. He is too smart for his own good and for my sanity.

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Aggie Muster

Today is the most sacred of all Aggie Traditions, Aggie Muster, a time of remembrance for those that have left us.

Roll Call for the Absent

In many lands and climes this April day
Proud sons of Texas A&M unite.
Our loyalty to country, school, we pray,
and seal our pact with bond of common might.

We live again those happy days of yore
on campus, field, in classroom, dorm, at drill
Fond memory brings a sigh — but nothing more;
Now we are men and life’s a greater thrill,

On Corregidor 88 years ago today
A band of gallant Aggies, led by Moore,
Held simple rites which led to us doth all to say:
The spirit shall prevail through cannon roar.

Before we part and go upon our way,
We pause to honor those we knew so well;
The old familiar faces we miss so much today
Left cherished recollections that time cannot dispel.

Softly call the Muster,
Let comrade answer, “Here!”
Their spirits hover ‘round us
As if to bring us cheer!

Mark them ‘present’ in our hearts.
We’ll meet some other day
There is no death, but life etern
For our old friends such as they!

by Dr. John Ashton 1906

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Because of his two febrile seizures, Gideon pediatrician wanted him to go in for an EEG. Though it is uncommon that febrile seizures cause or indicate something more serious, she wanted to be sure.

You have to be restful, i.e. still, for the procedure so they asked they we only let Gideon sleep about 6 hours last night. We were actually going to a neurologist who specializes in pediatrics so they have experience with kids. Still, my child is not a great sleeper and only letting him get 6 hours is no guarantee of a sleepy child.

As I predicted, 6 hours made him a bit delicate, but not sleepy.

Gideon was hooked up to a bunch of electrodes and then asked to lay still for 25 minutes. Amazingly, he did. We read a book about leprechauns that his Oma brought him from Ireland. They flashed a bright strobe light in his face a few times and they declared him done. The doctor came in and said Gideon was exceptionally behaved.


We will get the results back on Friday from our regular pediatrician. Thanks for everyone that has been concerned for him. We do appreciate all the prayers.

Gideon is still getting over bronchitis. He feels better, but you can still hear the mucus rumbling around. Ries said he sounds like a purring kitty. With the lack of sleep, even after a nap, Gideon is grumpy. He is still mad that sick time rules and behaviors do not fly anymore as well.

Mean, mean parents.

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