Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - A Doe... A Deer... err Fawn


This wee fawn played peek-a-boo with me for a few moments in the backyard... Decided I was harmless and went about her business...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Winner of the Rolled Poster Giveaway

Congratulations to Kerrie !!!!

The LUCKY winner of a Rolled Poster from Uprinting

Take a look at my current giveaway for a vinyl banner. There are so many different thing you can do that the possibilities are endless... Someone even though about making it into a playmat for their kids... Love it...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Someone Thinks I Rock.... and to prove it I have AWARDS

This weekend I was checking my email (between wiping noses) and discovered that I had received another wonderful blog award... Then as I was checking my comments I found another blog award!  I must say that both of them made me feel so special....

Kati of Ladybug Mama of 2 gave me the One Lovely Blog Award....

Thank you so much Kati...

I have actually received this award a few times so I'm going to break the rules and not give it away to 15 other bloggers.... However, I will pass it along to Noelle at Lil Bits and Pieces of Me since she doesn't seem to have this one yet...

The rules of the "One Lovely Blog Award" are:
Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.


I also received the Your Blog is Over the Top award from Alesha of The Jacobsen Family... I was thrilled to get this award since I haven't gotten it yet... Plus, Alesha is simply a wonderful woman and how could I not be happy she thinks my blog is Over The Top...

Since I haven't done this one before I am actually going to follow the rules as hard as they are...

Here are the rules for the Over the Top Award: USE ONLY ONE WORD! It’s not as easy as you might think. Copy and change the answers to suit you and pass it on. It’s really hard to use only one-word answers.

1. Where is your cell phone? Charger
2.Your hair? Wet
3. Your mother? Wonderful
4. Your father? Surprising
5. Your favorite food? Sushi
6. Your dream last night? Zip
7. Your favorite drink? Dr Pepper
8. Your dream/goal? Happiness
9. What room are you in? Computer
10. Your hobby? Kids
11. Your fear? ROACHES
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Islands
13. Where were you last night? Shopping
14. Something that you aren't? Bored
15. Muffins? English
16. Wish list item? Answers
17. Where did you grow up? Texas
18. Last thing you did? Shower
19. What are you wearing? Robe
20. Your TV? Off
21. Your pets? Rescues
22. Friends? Wonderful
23. Your life? Adventurous
24. Your mood? Sleeeepy
25. Missing someone? Family
26. Vehicle? Rocking
27. Something you're not wearing? Clothes
28. Your favorite store? Target
29. Your favorite color? Green
30. When was the last time you laughed? 1800
31. Last time you cried? Yesterday
32. Your best friend? Somewhere
33. One place that I go to over and over? Outside
34. One person who emails me regularly? Spammers
35. Favorite place to eat? Home

Now to pass it on to a handful of great women (with great blogs, of course!)...

Mrs. Marine and the tiny troops

The Renaissance Woman

The Road goes ever ever on

Monsters in my House

Mamasmiles (formally known as Thrifty Craft Mama)

Ordinary and Awesome

Mostly Bassackwards

Lil Bits and Pieces of Me

While I don't always comment (I'm trying to get better) I do visit often and really do think that all of you are great women....

Custom Vinyl Banner Giveaway - Uprinting

It's time for another wonderful giveaway from Uprinting... This time they are offering my readers a 24 x 36" Vinyl Banner w\ grommets ($62 value)... If you are like me you already have several ideas dancing through your head.... I do believe that I will be making a vinyl banner for my son's kindergarten class... Throughout the year they do class events, field trips, and show & tell... Having a personal class vinyl banner would not only be fun for the kids but also help identify them to those parents watching...
"Our 15 mil vinyl banners are top-notch quality and don't look cheap like low-end banners. UPrinting clients have used our vinyl banners (with photo quality printing) for weddings, parties, graduations, advertisements, rallies, political campaigns and backdrops. The banners come with heavy metal grommets that make them easy to hang for any event. The durable material and archival ink will ensure that these banners will last for years to come!"

The vinyl banners come in a variety of sizes and can even be custom sized to your preference... Premium 15 mil Vinyl is used in the making of the banners... They are also UV protected, fade resistant and for indoor/outdoor use; thus ensuring the banners to be useable for many years...

Prize: One of my readers will win a 24 x 36" Vinyl Banner w\ grommets ($62 value). Only open to US Residents and FREE UPS Ground Shipping for US residents.

To Enter: Mandatory Entry (one time only): Leave a comment telling me how you would or plan on using the Vinyl Banner... If this rule is not followed your entry will be deleted or removed from consideration.

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This giveaway will end on Wednesday October 28 at midnight EST...
The Winner will be emailed on Thursday October 29... So, please make sure your blogger profile has your current email address OR leave a valid email in your posted comment. (ie. weeshenanigans (at) gmail (dot) com) The winner will have 24 hours to reply or new winner will be drawn.

Please note that Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Good Luck to everyone...

Friday, September 25, 2009

No weight gain but some weight loss

I apologize for not posting about Lil Kiwi's appointment yesterday, however it has been a crazy week here at the Shenanigans' household... Lil Kiwi besides not sleeping has a horrid stuffy nose... Only it's not so much stuffy as it is a flowing mucus river... My days were pretty much wipe nose...throw tissue away... turn around and wipe nose again... repeat... It now seems to be okay during the day but bad at night...

As for her appointment... They asked questions and looked at her... Ordered some tests to be done that they believe will show nothing but want to rule out everything... Otherwise, besides wanting to see a MRI of her spine, they think the problem is not genetic... So, I'm happy that there was no bad news... No good news either really since we still don't know what is wrong but that's okay right now... Monday we go to John Hopkins to see the 2nd Orthopedic Surgeon and maybe get more answers about Lil Kiwi...

Then there is the whole Wee Man issue... I do not even know where to begin with this old problem that has new issues... See I understand that kids do not always want to eat what they are given... I know that getting kids to eat what we (as parents) want them to eat is sometimes tough... Really I know this is a problem for probably 99.99% of parents... My problem is Wee Man has been like this since he was a baby... He was born at 8 lbs. 4 oz. so he was a little heavier than average...

We saw the Nutritionist (who weighed 250+ lbs herself) and got the answer of just slather butter on EVERYTHING and he will gain weight... Brilliant! Why didn't I think of that... Oh wait.. I tried but he still won't eat.... This is when he was about a year old...

Then we moved here and had a new doctor... Told doctor about concern over weight issue and his refusal to eat... Told not to worry all kids go through this... Plus I should be happy that he is underweight and not obese like most of the kids now adays... hmmm yes I guess minus he is a tad more underweight than I would like... So, at 2 1/2 years old Wee Man weighted in at a whopping 32 lbs...

Research.. I'm good at it... So I research if I don't know something or want to know more... I read all the articles about kids and eating... Tips.... Plans... Rules... Then I put them to use... Only one problem... Not a single one has worked.... Back to the doctor for another yearly physical and once again express concerns over Wee Man not gaining weight... Given paperwork about getting PICKY eaters to eat... Hmmm okay...

See the problem is that it really doesn't matter what I do he refuses to eat... examples...
  • offer only food you are having (he will just not eat)
  • set time limit (he will sit until time is over and not eat)
  • offer food choices of A or B (he will want C and then pick either A or B and refuse to eat)
  • offer same food over and over until eaten (he will just not eat for hours/days)
  • give them whatever they want (he will ask for something and then as soon as he has it refuse to eat)
  • etc...
I have tried it all... These past two weeks it has gotten to be more than refusing to eat... Now out of no where he has started to throw up... If he is given something he does not want or if he is told to do something he does not want... Suddenly you hear "OoooOooo I think I'm going to throw up...." then he does a fake cough "oooo see I'm going to throw up" then more fake throw up noises "oooo" then he will eventually throw up...

Thus, I kept him home from school Monday on the off chance that I was wrong and he really was sick... Nothing wrong Tuesday minus him refusing to eat... Same this on Wednesday... Thursday same thing refusing and complaining about what is offered... In fact, I made him eggs for breakfast and gave him the drink he always asks for... know what happened?  He whined that he wanted milk and anything but eggs... I can't win.. Anyways I digress... So, the day is normal until it was bedtime... I inform him it is time to get ready for bed and suddenly....

"OOOOooo my tummy.... I think I might throw up...." Wee Man weakly states..
"Don't you even start this... You didn't say a word until just now..." Momma strongly states..
"ooo it's because Lil Kiwi touched me just now and now I'm sick.. (gag...gag...) see I'm going to throw up" Wee Man overly dramatic...

Once I explained that getting sick doesn't happen THAT fast he was suddenly fine... That is until DH got home... Then it started again and yes he did throw up in the bathroom sink....

First thing this morning I called for a doctor appointment... Another missed day of school.... Bloodwork to rule out things (although the Dr. is sure there will be nothing there) .... Her (and my) theory... Wee Man is fighting for Power and might have a under lying food aversion.... Two weeks and some changes at home to see if things are different and if not off to a *gasp* Head Doctor!!! As of today, my 5 year old son weighs in at 34 lbs... Yep... in three years he has only gained TWO pounds... I believe my concern has merit... In fact, he lost a pound since his appointment in August..

I totally see the Power plays Wee Man does... The problem (and I will be in trouble for saying this) is DH... It doesn't matter what rules I put into play IF everyone doesn't follow them... DH will give Wee Man a small bite of something here and there... Or a sip of something.... All when he isn't suppose to be.... As soon as Wee Man gets that bite or sip the first thing he does is....

*huge poo eating grin* "DH gave me a bite/sip of this... HA HA (think the laugh Nelson does on the Simpsons) "

When I made a comment to DH about him being part of the problem well that got me a big head shake and uh-huh.... He doesn't see it like that... ARGGGGG

I do see where DH is coming from... I really really realllllly do... If Wee Man isn't eating then he loses weight... However, giving in to him isn't helping...

It looks like it is going to be a long two weeks...

Anyone have ideas I haven't tried yet? I'm at my wits end here...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Lil' Miss Attitude

Will post more tomorrow about Lil Kiwi's Dr. appointment... It was a long day so I didn't have time to write about it.... However, there is no bad news to report... *dancing a jig*

Look at the attitude in this little one and she is only just over a year old... lol so cute now but ohhhh I fear the terrible twos and teenage years....

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sickness... Lil Kiwi...Monday

You know it's going to be a tough week when the weekend was wickedly evil...

Wee Man is either sick or a really good actor... I say he is a really good actor that just so happens to feign being sick... No fever.. no pains... not a single thing... Until it is time to eat something he doesn't want... Then the drama starts... So much more to this but it's late so perhaps later this week we will delve into the mind of Wee Man...

I also somehow injured my finger... Yep, not a clue how.... Was getting Lil Kiwi ready for a diaper change and OOOO horrid pain... burning... stinging.... pain so bad I was seeing stars.... Still no clue what I did... This picture was taken about maybe one hour after it happened... The really strange thing is it's already almost normal again... A little bruising color left but otherwise looks fine.. Almost like a smudge mark from reading the newspaper...

Lil Kiwi is refusing to sleep from out of no where... No clue why... Plus she has a case of diaper rash and all the old tricks are not working... The two are not related...

Today, Wee Man stayed home from school for being sick.... It was a long day... still long since I am trying to make sure I have all the paperwork, films, etc for Lil Kiwi's appointment tomorrow...

Tomorrow is the meeting with the Genetics doctor... They already did a 30 minute plus fact gathering phone call a few weeks ago; so I'm hoping the actual appointment isn't really long.... I mean I hope it's long enough to get an idea of what is going on but not so long that we are there all day... BAH great just reminded myself that I need to pack a Dr. appointment bag for the kids... Will this day ever end?

Next week we are going to see the new (2nd) Orthopedic Surgeon about Lil Kiwi... He is suppose to be one of the best in the field and sub-fields... Dr. V actually recommended him so I'm looking forward to that appointment.. Perhaps then we can find out more about what Dr. V thought he saw on the x-rays and more about that mystery bone... click HERE to see the x-rays...

Is it really only Monday?!?!!

Depending on when we get home tomorrow I will post about Lil Kiwi's appointment with the Genetics Dr...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Rolled Poster Print Giveaway

Are you ready for this? has generously offered to sponsor another Giveaway at WeeShenanigans. This time they are offering one of my readers a free 18x24” Rolled Poster Print. Now unlike all the other giveaways I have held this one is completely FREE... They listened and want to make you happy...
You know what makes me happy? Thinking about what photograph I am going to make into a poster. What I do know is that no matter which one I pick, it will be stunning. With 25 years experience at online printing their products are of the highest quality. You can create your own photo enlargement or custom photo-quality poster print in a few simple steps. Just look at how wonderful my rolled canvas print came out. (please note prize is for a poster print not canvas)

Uprinting offers poster printing ranging from 8.5x11” up to 27x39” in either high gloss or matte. They will even do custom sizing if you need something a tad bigger or smaller.
The photograph that I think will make a great poster is actually from our recent trip to Edgar Allan Poe's grave. Sounds odd I know but I posted all about it a few weeks ago. While we do plan on going back sometime soon there was one photograph that stood out.

Prize: One of my readers will win a 18x24” rolled poster print. Only open to US Residents and FREE UPS Ground Shipping for US residents.

To Enter: Mandatory Entry (one time only): Leave a comment telling me how you would or plan on using the Poster Print... If this rule is not followed your entry will be deleted or removed from consideration.

Extra Entries (leave a separate comment for each one) :

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This giveaway will end on Sunday September 27 at midnight EST...

The Winner will be emailed on Monday September 28... So, please make sure your blogger profile has your current email address OR leave a valid email in your posted comment. (ie. weeshenanigans (at) gmail (dot) com) The winner will have 24 hours to reply or new winner will be drawn.

Please note that Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Good Luck to everyone...

Friday, September 18, 2009 Review

A few weeks ago I told you that I was going to be doing a review of a kids dinnerware set. Without further ado...

Introducing the largest online retailer of home furniture, CSN Stores. One of their largest branches of products is their "Home Accessories," which includes their grand supply of dining room furniture. They sell formal and casual dining sets, as well as bistro & pub sets and breakfast nooks. also offers a nice selection of dining accessories, dinnerware, flatware, and linens. With so many different items to choose from everyone is bound to find something they want.

I love being in my kitchen and when we stop moving every few years I have plans...big plans... Normally, I am all about matching and color; however, in the kitchen I like the food to be my color. For that reason the  notNeutral collection caught my eye. The collection has modern fun funky designs and some that are classic and simple.

They even have placemats, napkin holders (wee little ants too cute), piggy banks, and wooden blocks. The wooden blocks were even featured in Pregnancy & Newborn magazine in September 2008. I'm telling you adorable.

As much as I like the patterns of the notneutral collection, I picked an item from Now Designs. Why you ask. Well, because Lil Kiwi is the only member of the family that didn't have a dinnerware set and it was about time she did. The set we picked is so much better than the cheap sets that can be found at other stores. It comes with a bowl, soup plate, drinking cup, fork and spoon. (fork and spoon not in picture)

They are lightweight, durable, heat resistant up to 120 degrees and dishwasher safe. Lil Kiwi helped unpack them and sat on the floor looking them over for several minutes. (which means she dropped them a few times and rolled them around) Not a single chip or mark was on them. The soup plate is fantastic! Pasta that use to spill right over the edge of the plate now stays put. The edge of the soup plate helps get the food on the spoon and into Lil Kiwi's mouth.

The only thing I don't like about this set is the fork. However, that is only because Lil Kiwi is still learning how to feed herself. In my opinon the fork is a tad too sharp for wee ones that are still learning, otherwise it would be fine for older kids.

Speaking of wee kids and learning to eat. I think this Eric Carle set would encourage any wee one to eat their food.... Say it with me awwwww....

I browsed the dining room furniture and found so much that I would love to buy. If you know just what you like there is also a search categories on the left side on DiningRoomDirect's site. Finding the next piece of dining room furniture you need or other dining room accessories is as simple as a click.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Winners of Wall Sticker Giveaway

The winners of the Wall Sticker Giveaway are..... drum roll......

random number generator picked Lucky numbers 6 & 17.....

Janice Golden said... I would use photos of my kids at the waterfall


Susan of My2boyz said... Tweet Tweet....

Congratulations to both of them....

Both winners have been confirmed... Thanks to everyone that entered....

Friday, September 11, 2009

Never Forgotten

To all those that left this world and to those that are still here....
“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children. “

- President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001

Adding this after being asked...

Where were you when the events of September 11, 2001 happened?
I was actually in Hawaii... I woke up and took my wee pup outside came back in and turned the TV on... Watched as a plane hit one of the Towers and thought to myself "Hmmm that's a crazy movie".... Then as I realized what was really happening I rushed to the bedroom and told my (ex) boyfriend what was happening... He then ran to the TV... phone in hand.... eyes fixed on the tube.... Calling to find out when he flew out (he was a pilot)...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Winners of the DigitalRoom Business Card Giveaway

The winners of the Business Card Giveaway are.....

Kati of LadybugMamaof2  and Candice of Candi-Corner

Not only did they win but both are very talented women....
Check out Kati's work at  KatiBug Jewelry
Check out Candice's work at iCandi

They have 24 hours to reply or new winners will be drawn...

Congratulations to both of them!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Ball Pit

I was going to post the pictures of the kids at Edgar Allan Poe's grave but already posted that. So, here they are loading up the ball pit for some fun...

Ends tonight 500 Business cards from

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Quoth the Raven

So, a little known fact about Momma Shenanigans is......

I adore Edgar Allan Poe...

While he did live a rather odd life and his death was surrounded in mystery; he was a fantastic writer. He contributed greatly to the genres of horror and science fiction, in fact, Poe is now considered the father of the modern detective story and highly lauded as a poet. Ahhh yes, dark macabre works call to me.

Two months ago, I walked into the local Ollies (a super awesome discount store) and almost drooled when I found a book filled with Poe's works. After thumbing through the pages I start plotting my plan to buy the book. Yet, how can I get DH to agree to getting a book that isn't for the children. BAH! Realizing I don't even know how much it costs I flip it over..... $49.99 marked down to $12.99..... My heart flutters... My fingers run over the smooth fake gold covered page edges...
I start to hatch my plan... First, place highly wanted treasure down on the table where I found it. Which is the worst idea because in this store that might be the only one. Second, make eye contact with DH. Third, act surprised and pick up said highly wanted treasure and try not to drool all over it. Fourth, make a comment about how great Poe was and what a nice book this would be for the kids (many many many years down the road). This is where DH surprised me with agreeing but also suggesting we visit Poe's grave and take pictures of the kids to put in the book (my plan all along) ..... Then watch as the book is placed into the cart and then make sure nothing else in the cart touches it.

Well, today we drove down and took some pictures of Edgar Allan Poe's grave, memorial, and house. Not too many pictures because in the rush to get there someone (raises hand) forgot to grab a new SD card so the one we had was full. Ballox!!!! What was I thinking or rather not thinking... Anyway... Below are a few of the photos from today... Enjoy...

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Did you know that a mysterious Poe Toaster visits Poe’s grave on his birthdays and leaves a partially filled bottle of cognac and three roses. On the site where he was first buried (seen in picture 2) now stands a stone with a carving of a raven and the inscription;

Quoth the Raven, Nevermore Original Burial Place of Edgar Allan Poe From October 9, 1849 Until November 17, 1875.......

In a dedication ceremony in 1875, Poe’s remains were reinterred with his aunt Maria Clemm’s in the Poe Memorial Grave (seen in picture 1) which stands in the cemetery’s corner at Fayette and Greene Streets. Letters from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Lord Alfred Tennyson were read, and Walt Whitman (another of my favorites) attended.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Wall Stickers Giveaway from

It's great when a company you love adds a new product to their store. Well, just added a new item called Wall Stickers. They are basically peel and stick posters of your own photos. These stickers use the same high quality printing used for the poster prints so you can print photos, artwork, or patterns in great detail.

Their wall stickers are:

  • Available in any Size up from 8" x 8" to 58" x 100"
  • Water Resistant
  • Fade-resistant Inks
  • Multi-surface, Peel and Stick, Repositionable
  • Next-Day Turnaround

I can think of many uses and photos to become wall stickers. Wee Man loves the zoo and you know I have several photos from all those visits. It would be nice for him to have a poster of an animal he actually saw. The best part about the wall stickers is there are no tacks, nails, staples, or tape for Wee Man to get his hands on. I think this would make a wonderful wall sticker to put on his wall. Of course, I think it would be a wonderful idea to put some photos of family down at Lil Kiwi's eye level. That way she gets to see them and hopefully will remember them the next time we visit.

Prize: has offered 2 of my readers a chance to win a 24" x 24" Wall Sticker. Only open to US Residents and winner pays for shipping fees.

To Enter: Mandatory Entry (one time only) : Leave a comment telling me how you would or plan on using the Wall Stickers... If this rule is not followed your entry will be deleted or removed from consideration.

Extra Entries (leave a separate comment for each one) :

This giveaway will end on Saturday September 12 at midnight...

The Winners will be emailed on Sunday September 13... So, please make sure your blogger profile has your current email address OR leave a valid email in your posted comment. (ie. weeshenanigans (at) gmail (dot) com) The winners will have 24 hours to reply or new winners will be drawn.

Please note that Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Good Luck to everyone...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Custom Postcard Winners

The Winners of the Custom Postcard Giveaway from

Congratulations ....

Kati with comment #1
GirlyRemix with comment #12

Be on the lookout for more giveaways from and myself....

Wordless Wednesday - Irish Pub

Trip to Peru.... surprisingly cheap
Finding good beer that isn't local spit (Chicha).... a tad harder to do
Finding an IRISH PUB.... not so PRICELESS but "I'll have what the man on the floor's having!"

Needless to say DH was THRILLED to find Paddy Flaherty's on the walk to the hotel...

For those following Lil Kiwi's journey click here for the latest news...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lil Kiwi Recheck and More

Several things happened today.. Some GREAT and some well not so good but I'm too happy to let the other stuff get me down today... I was able to get Lil Kiwi's PCM to agree to give us a referral for a second opinion... So, tomorrow I get to call and see how long before we can get an appointment.. SWEET....

I have even more good news..

Today, we officially got the word that Lil Kiwi's surgery back in June was a success. *doing the happy dance* Which also means NO MORE DAILY MEDICINE!!!! Since 6 weeks old everyday Lil Kiwi had to have her medicine but no more... *happy dance*
Words can not describe how elated I am.... In fact, the other possible problem isn't even an issue really... Dr. V said that now she will always be at risk for infections and that we have to be extra watchful.... No biggie... I am already a watchful hawk when it comes to Lil Kiwi... *pausing to do another happy dance*

Can you tell how excited I am!!!

However, there was also some not so good news... BAH Dang it... I took the
x-rays of the mystery bone in for Dr. V to see... He asked what Dr. D had said about Lil Kiwi's spine... Huh? Well, she was more focused on her hips and that bone... Well, it turns out he thinks he sees some serious issues with it and told me he was glad we were getting a second opinion... Then he proceeded to say he was going to write a letter to Lil Kiwi's PCM telling her that she needs to get more imagining done on Lil Kiwi.... He also told me which Dr. would have the best chance of knowing what to do with Lil Kiwi's extra bone and spine... Have I mentioned before how much I really like Dr. V...