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It’s Getting Crowded Up In Here and I Love It!

The den has welcomed yet another new face! Say welcome to Bumblebee, our newest granddaughter. Born to MacDougal and Funsize on Aug 31st, the chunkster weighed in at 9 lbs. 8 ozs.! Her big brother RolyPoly weighed 9 lbs. 5 ozs., so she has moved into second place as biggest baby in the family, directly behind her father (MacD was 9 lbs. 11 ozs).

Stunning beauty though she is, apparently my grandchildren have some unspoken agreement in which they torture their parents and I by never making things easy. Within moments of her birth, before we could see her or hold her, Bumblebee tested with a very low blood sugar, rapid breathing and a very rapid heart rate. While the blood sugar came up with an IV, the heart rate continued to be very high. She added an abnormal EKG to the mix and she was off…transported from the local NICU to Children’s Hospital.

She has atrial tachycardia, but after testing, observation and medications the specialist believes the cause to be “one of those things” and she will be on medication for approximately 4 months with testing and monitoring along the way. If all goes well, she may never have another issue. But let me tell you, she scared the CRAP out of us. They were talking about external conversion (the paddles, people!) and possible congenital abnormalities and other scary as hell crap.

However, she spontaneously converted to a normal rate on her own and only had three very short events the first night she was in the NICU. Today she was released and we brought her home. We thank God and all the people who prayed and wished us well. As I have said a million times before (see Ladybug), miracles to happen.

And my miracles are pretty damned cute too. (also if she looks familiar, she looks exactly – like identical twin exactly – like RolyPoly.

I Think I’ll Be A Clown When I Get Growd Up

RBBB141_logoComp_rd8_colorStackwebTonight is opening night of Fully Charged presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in San Diego. Excitement is high here at The Den, as Mr. Vixen and I are taking three of the grandkids tonight for their first BIG CIRCUS ADVENTURE.

For me there is nothing better than a really, really amped up and excited grandkid (because I get to send them home later, tee hee), so we started the day early this morning with a special behind the scenes visit to the circus grounds. We were able to see all the horses, tigers, and the elephants; up close and personal. We even saw an elephant get its bath! Did you know they have special wash made just for elephants? They do and its called Safari Shampoo!

If you are in the San Diego area, run out and get some tickets to the circus! I learned this morning that the animal area is open to all ticket holders 90 minutes before each show! You can see all the animals up close before the show and meet their trainers.

Here are some pics of our visit this morning. I hope I see you tonight at the circus. If you don’t have tickets yet, the circus is here all the way through Sunday, the 17th with two shows a day on Friday and Sunday, and three shows on Saturday! Click here for schedule and ticket information.





They was a-splishin’ and a-splashin’

Guess where I was yesterday? On a Friday? In May?

Splash Zoo

That doesn’t look anything like my work, does it? You caught me. I wasn’t at work, I was at the LEGOLAND waterpark  for the new opening of their toddler SplashZoo area! Not by myself either. I thought it only fitting I bring the cutest kids I know: RolyPoly, Ladybug and WhatAboutMe!

All three of those kids adore being in the water. Our previous trips with the older two to a waterpark has been difficult because they believe A) they can swim alone in deep water B) they can do anything an adult can do. It was overwhelming to keep them happy and safe.

I adore, adore, adore the New Duplo Splash Safari with every bit of my grandmotherly being. Shallow, warm pools, kid-sized water slides, soft squishy pool bottom and a great big sprinkler area of giant zoo animals: everything in the place is made for kids to love and enjoy. And our three were no exception!

(see below for scientific/photographic proof of their enjoyment).

If you live in the area, are visiting Southern California or are planning a trip here this summer (any of you BlogHer 2011 attendees bringing your families?!?!) I suggest you take a day (or two) to visit the LEGOLAND Water Park (and of course LEGOLAND too!). The cabanas are terrific and give the family a central place to meet while your bigger kids head over to the regular sized slides and your toddlers and younger kids enjoy the fun (and easier for them to navigate) Splash Zoo!




Thanks to LEGOLAND CA for the opportunity to attend the grand opening and to the SDMomfia for helping to arrange the day for us bloggers. I was given four admission tickers to LEGOLAND, but all opinions, sunburns and fun are mine.

Better than Mother’s Day? Grandchildren on Mother’s Day.

And a new snuggie. Which draws in the youngens like moths to a flame…

So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness

As I keep saying, I have a bunch of stuff to post about. But then I never get to it. So I have decided to just throw a bunch of it into one post with bullets. So be it.

  • I am going to be a Grandma again. Nannygoat is pregnant with her third. Due in September. A bit of a scare at the beginning, which I may or may not ever get around to posting about. In the meanwhile, it looks good now and we shall continue to perform the Snoopy Happy Dance.
  • I am getting a horse. I wasn’t going to write about it until he got here, but then it kept getting delayed and people took my money to transport him and then didn’t do it. Bottom line, an extremely wonderful and giving woman whom I met online (!go figure!) gave me a horse. Like as in gifted to me. A new transporter (who has more of my money, lol) is picking him up this Monday. He should be here by Saturday (the 26th) and there is all kinds of THRILLING EXCITEMENT in my heart.
  • I have health insurance. And tomorrow I am going to start using it to it’s fullest extent. There is some weird, not-normal stuff going on in my gut that is driving me insane and I can’t seem to function much after 2-3 in the afternoon. I mean serious exhaustion. Commence medical mystery solving at 9am tomorrow.
  • RolyPoly is starting to walk. I am still stymied as to how how he grew this fast.
  • It is almost March and I still want to post about Christmas and our post-Christmas trip to a cabin with snow. Maybe this year.
  • I am dog-sitting Ladybug’s dog again while they make their annual trek to visit Utah. So far I have managed not to paralyze him this time; however, he randomly started pooping while he walks. He doesn’t seem to know he is doing it. Sigh.
  • I am was learning to quilt. I want to finish it. And post about it. And share photos. I was going great and then…well see the medical mystery bullet above.
  • Oh and there is the awesome post about our Valentine’s Day cruise to share. If only it would write itself.
  • The more I bullets I create, the more I realize how much is missing from this journal of mine and I get really depressed that I didn’t share it immediately so as not to lose some of the thoughts and memories that I want to have memorialized here for myself.
  • I better quit with the bullets now. Happy Friday.


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Weekly Winners November 21-27

Click the button to see more weekly winners.First taste of whipped cream.Shared by loving familyMy new favorite recipe adapted by me!Still with the homemade whipped cream. Obviously very popular with the younger crowd.I foresee issues, what do you think?Unadorned

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