June 8 09

for the past few months, missabella has been treated every two weeks for a mild case of molluscum. and by treated I mean that we schlep her to the dermatologist so Dr. Dots can burn them off, which, you know, is always fun. especially when Isabella screams the entire house down because it hurts. and especially when one in her armpit leads to a high fever and staph infection. oh yes, fun. (say it collectively now…only you, Ali)

couple this with the fact that on Sunday morning, both girls had their Vibe end-of-year finales


and on Sunday night, Emily had her first performance of The Sound of Music.

(Emily is the one in the middle, in the habit) (which, double points for me for making her look exactly like a nun)

(and, of course, there are tons more pics and video on flickr)

and couple this with the fact that my mother was in town. Now, lest you think I am a horrible and ungrateful child, I was thrilled that my mother and my brother flew in for the weekend to see the girls perform. and I was thrilled that my mother and I got to spend some time together (which means there was shopping, of course) but my mother is the world’s biggest hypochondriac. I swear. at exactly 47 times over the weekend, she gasped, “ARE YOU OKAY?” which, you know, when you are doing nothing but coming down a flight of steps, can get, well, grating.

she asked when I dropped a spoon. she asked when I had to pee during the Vibe recital. she asked when I was doing the dishes. she asked when I was doing nothing but sitting.ร‚ย  ARE YOU OKAY?!??

so, it didn’t help when Isabella’s crying and fever led my mother, the hypochondriac, to say “she’s obviously got impetigo. and she’s obviously got staph infection. you need to take her to the ER”


we did call our best friend dr. jack and we took our screaming child over there. and, as it turns out. my mother was right. staph infection. so, while YES, I had to hang my head and say “yes mom, you are right” I am holding my ground that she was wrong about her assessment that there are more children with nut allergies in Canada than the US because of all the inbreeding in Canada. I swear, she said this. and you know, once she decides that something is fact, she is not going to back down on it, even if proven wrong (the stubborn is strong with us)

and you can probably guess how tired I am this morning. You can probably also guess how much weight I have gained this weekend (hint: 5 pounds) because, alas, I don’t need Oprah to tell me that I am an emotional eater. I mean, hell, I ate ice cream on sunday afternoon. and I don’t even like ice cream. but he does…


my next performance…another showing of the Sound of Music tonight!

  1. Bravo, bravo, & bravo for that little girl of yours ~ she is so awesome!

    Now,your mom has gotten me laughing histerically! … nut allergies & inbreeding hmmmm … hee hee hee …

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    Comment by carla on June 8, 2009
  2. Congrats on surviving the weekend! Sorry about the infection and the weight gain…but the pics of the dancing and the plays are great.

    Comment by mapsgirl on June 8, 2009
  3. Just the thought of an entire weekend with my mom makes me break out in a rash, and she only lives 2 minutes from my front door! You are made of strong stuff!

    Hope Isabella is feeling better (soon), and you’re all recovering. Looks like the stars in your house really shined this weekend!

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    Comment by fadkog on June 8, 2009

    Comment by mamatulip on June 8, 2009
  5. Aww HUGS! That all just sucks. I really hope Bella’s feeling better! And I’m sure you’ll lose the 5 pounds as soon as your mother goes home!!!

    Comment by Haley-O on June 8, 2009
  6. Your kids are Talented with a capital T! Em’s voice is amazing!
    Sorry to hear about the staph – must be all that inbreeding. Hahaha…your’ mother is hilarious.
    p.s. You don’t like ice cream? Really?

    Comment by Karen Sugarpants on June 8, 2009
  7. I LOVE the Sound of Music video clip. They did a great job, you should be very proud! Just adorable! My mom and grandma have the worry-wart syndrome, which is similar to hypochondria, they’re just paranoid about EVERYTHING. So I can really relate.

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    Comment by Mollie Hubenak on June 8, 2009
  8. omg! your mum is hilarious even if i’m insulted that she thinks us canuck-a-luks are inbred!you have some seriously talented children !

    Comment by LAVENDULA on June 8, 2009
  9. But are you okay?

    Comment by Avitable on June 8, 2009
  10. OMG, I’m a stress eater too, and I recently realized that I actually do like ice cream. That’s knowledge I really didn’t need to have. Oh, and I’ve gained weight too. Ugh.

    I wonder if my husband has some filipino blood in him… that should explain my daughter’s peanut allergy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Brava to Emily! Thanks for sharing the pics and vids. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Nenette on June 8, 2009
  11. I just sighed on your behalf.

    Your girls, however, never cease to make me smile ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Angella on June 8, 2009
  12. Wow,that Emily has real star quality! What a talent and stage presence!
    My son is also has a major case of Molluscum- thanks for the heads up about staph infections oy! Poor baby. Oh, and poor Bella too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Comment by Brie on June 8, 2009
  13. I’m a total stress eater, hence the milkshake for dinner last week after a bad day at work.

    Also, why are you making Isabella sniff your armpit in that first photo?

    My niece has her ballet recital on Saturday and I can’t wait to watch it!

    Comment by Kristabella on June 8, 2009
  14. I LOVE little kid plays. So adorable and they are trying so hard!:) FUN!

    Comment by Kaleigha on June 8, 2009
  15. I just love when you put videos up of your girls’ performances. I even got a little chocked up listening to Emily sing!
    Emily has real talent! Not sure which one of those adorable ballerinas was Isabella though.

    Just looked through some of the other photos. Your son, Josh reminds me of Jack from the movie Hook.

    Comment by Joanie M on June 8, 2009
  16. hi! i wanted to mention that the mario badescu drying lotion seems to have worked for my daughter’s molluscum – without pain!!

    Comment by emily on June 8, 2009
  17. Bwahahahahaha! First of all, the inbreeding – omfg, laughing my head off. Good theory.

    Second of all, my mother blurts ‘Be careful!’ as often as yours says ‘Are you ok?’

    And my mother lives in Toronto. Pray for me.

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    Comment by kgirl on June 8, 2009
  18. Jesus H! Are you Superwoman? Because I totally would have gone postal and slit some throats by the end of such a weekend.

    Comment by MonsteRawr on June 8, 2009
  19. Inbreeding? LOL.

    Emily is a star, Bella is a beauty, Josh is a-ok in my books with the ice cream love.

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    Comment by Julienne on June 8, 2009
  20. Love the dancing and singing! All the inbreeding? Sheesh! I think that between my boyfriend and I, we have like 12 countries of origin.

    Comment by Heather on June 8, 2009
  21. That Emily never stops being awesome I tell you.

    Comment by slynnro on June 8, 2009
  22. Ali, my daughter and son had the same thing. I took my son to the pediatrician who prescribed a 6 week course of Zantac. Sounds weird but they heard at a pediatric dermatological conference that it trigures the immune system for some unknown reason and kills the moluscum virus. Took my daughter to the dermatologist, went throught the burning off nightmare to no avail. Back to the pediatrician to try the Zantac and they disappeared after about 2-3 weeks. Not sure why it works and the dermatologist did NOT buy into it but it was better than the pain we were putting her through. Maybe this will help Bella?

    Comment by Ruth on June 8, 2009
  23. That sucks. my kids got moluscum too. our dermatologist put this japanese beetle juice stuff on each one ( he calls it magic water) it makes them blister and then pop and then go away. and then it makes more come out and then they all pop themselves and go away till they are gone for good. it worked on emily’s last year. jessica got a few this year and its doing the same. will has a bunch on the back of his knee and it desnt seem to be working for him. not sure why. but we definitely did not do any burning off anything… ouch! I might try zantac for him like the person above did. poor little girl ๐Ÿ™

    Comment by rayli on June 9, 2009
  24. OK. I flaked–it wasn’t Zantac they put them on it was Tagamet. Sorry! We did the blistering stuff, too. It was tough on my daugher as she had it mostly on her face and neck area.

    Comment by Ruth on June 9, 2009
  25. Wowee you have had to deal with a lot lately, which begs me to ask…are you okay?

    Comment by Sensibly Sassy on June 9, 2009
  26. Those videos are way too adorable and great.

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    Comment by Zandor on June 10, 2009
  27. omg! thank god i looked back at this blog! I called my dad for a prescription for zantac but he didnt answer…. are we sure that its Tagamet???

    Comment by rayli on June 10, 2009
  28. Thanks for making me spew water all over my screen… hehehhe… nut allergies and inbreeding? AHAHA. Awesome. We live right by a little Dutch community that is seriously inbred, and my husband has nut allergies… but he’s not Dutch! I promise.

    Also… you… don’t like icecream? What’s not to like??

    On second thought, you just go ahead and not like icecream – more for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Comment by Katie on June 17, 2009

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