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With 6 happy kids, life can be really fun around here! This blog is dedicated to the joys and sometimes chaos of having a large family. Okay, so it's always chaos around here, but fortunately, it's almost always fun, too!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Sticks and stones...

Oh, Yikes!

We had an "incident" yesterday. Boys playing in the backyard, one of them backed up - into a big stick that had come off a tree in the recent thunderstorm. Stick got lodged inside his leg. He just thought he got jabbed, ignored it. I see it later, red and swollen. We go to the doctor. They have to perform minor surgery. There was a "splinter" larger than a toothpick stuck in his leg.

No WONDER it hurt!

I would like to meet the guy who invented lidocaine and thank him personally. Because that kid was NOT going to let the doctor cut open his leg any other way. (It took some cutting to get the thing out.)

He asked the nurse to wrap up the splinter so he could show it off to his brothers and sisters. Uugghh... I never want to see another stick again!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The cute catfish appears to be surviving. My son used drops to clean the water and he prepared the tank 2 days before the fish's arrival. So, I think the little guy is in good hands.

Now that we have an algae-eater, we really ought to consider getting some goldfish or something else.

Monday, July 10, 2006


My son is setting up his fish tank again (after the goldfish died last year, he put it away for a while.) We have attention on ethical fish collection, however, and so are researching what sources and which fish are the best to get, environmentally speaking.

Here are some interesting resources I found in our quest for knowledge:

fresh fish

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Understanding Mortgage

I just read this interesting article about understanding the mortgage industry.

I found it really helpful, particularly in understanding about credit scores and how one's mortgage payment history affects it.