5 Dollars

My life as an at-home momma of 3 amazing kids...it's kind of like shoveling snow in a blizzard.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The big day

Keithen took his test this morning for placement in the EXCEL program for gifted students. I can't wait until he gets home to hear how he thinks it went. We won't know if he is accepted until sometime in April, but I don't see any reason why he wouldn't be in the top 5% of the students tested.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Toothless Grins!

I haven't seen a toothless grin like this one since Ruby got all her baby teeth. Yep...Keithen lost ANOTHER tooth! The Tooth Fairy will be visiting us again tonight! He lost this one at school and came home with it in a little envelope to show me. It's a good thing it's not summertime because I don't think he could handle corn on the cob with no top teeth left in front!

What toys are OK in your house?

Check out this post over on The Blogfathers about Bratz dolls.

And this one on Blogging Baby about toy weapons.

Are there any specific toys that you won't allow in your house?

We don't allow Bratz Dolls in our house. (NO offense...I know some of my friends out there in the Blogosphere do.) My nieces had some and I just hate them. I never bought any for the nieces when they were into them. I think they look totally slutty and it's just not the kind of thing I want my girls playing with. They are very obviously marketed to much older girls. If you check out the wording from the packaging on Bratz Blind Date Yasmin then you'll get an idea what I mean.

It's a night you're sure to never forget as you share a first date with the Bratz and Bratz Boyz as they laugh over a midnight smoothie, slow dance under a full moon, and find themselves getting closer than ever...as they walk the fine line between friendship and love. In addition to tons of stylin' accessories, this collectivle Bratz and Bratz Boyz two-pack highlights the real anticipation of a real blind date by offering a unique packaging design that hides your Bratz Boyz blind date from view, to ensure he remains a mystery until you've taken him home and opened the box. Bonus rare Collector's Edition includes a completely new Bratz Boyz character!

My hubby got a good laugh out of the line "until you've taken him home and opened the box." Most kids wouldn't get the double meaning there, but he thought it was hilarious.

Indy man helps rescue own sons from carjacking

It was every parent's worst nightmare. Tom Ardizone risked his own life Sunday to chase thieves who took his family's car from the driveway with his sons, 4-year-old Luke and 7-year-old Andrew, in the back seat.

Ardizone and his wife left their car idling in the driveway Sunday afternoon while they went back inside the house for something. When he came back outside, Ardizone saw a stranger pulling out the the driveway and his two boys screaming for help in the backseat.

Ardizone called 911 and jumped into the family SUV, racing after the suspects. Three neighbors who saw the commotion chased after the suspects in their vehicles.

Ardizone said the wireless communication technology in his wife's car helped end the chase. "Basically, when I called 911, the man in the Acura could hear the (police) dispatch come on and say 'What's your emergency?' " Ardizone said. Andrew then began screaming for help. The brave 7 year old told the driver if he didn't stop the car he would hit him in the head with his Star Wars Lightsaber. The suspect then threaten to shoot the boy.

The car thieves pulled off the road and got out, leaving the children inside. When Ardizone pulled up alongside his wife's car, the suspect pointed a gun at him and fired three shots. One hit a tire, another went through the vehicle and the third hit Ardizone, causing a superficial wound. Thankfully, the children were unharmed.

The two teenage suspects fled in a silver Ford Escape that was reported stolen on Friday, police said. Marion County Sheriff's deputies later apprehended them.

I can't imagine living through this. What if they had only the one car at home and the father couldn't have chased after them? Would the police have found the boys unharmed? I can't even begin to imagine the fear of the poor mother, standing in the driveway watching her husband race off after the boys. Tears well up in my eyes as I try to imagine the fear that those two poor boys felt as the strangers drove away with them. But how brave that 7 year old must have been to scream to the dispatcher for help and to try to get the criminals to stop the car.

My thoughts are with these two poor little boys in hopes that the fear they must have felt will fade away. I wish them happy dreams and warm cuddles in the safety of their parent's arms. Thank goodness it turned out as it did.

Our stuggle with enuresis

I've been asked to share this story several times on different bulletin boards that I visit. I've decided that it would be a good idea to go ahead and post it on my blog so that maybe others in a similar situation can find it. Maybe it will help some other families who are struggling with enuresis with their children.

Keithen just turned 7 yeas old and still wets the bed at night and sometimes has accidents during the day. Here is a little about our journey with enuresis.

When my son turned 5 he was bedwetting every night and having at least one, usually more, accidents each day. Our family doctor did a urinalysis to make sure he didn't have any infections or anything and that came back normal. He referred us to a urologist. The urologist put him on Ditropan. He also ordered an u/s. I filled the perscription and waited a bit, unsure if I wanted to give it to him. We decided to wait on the u/s, feeling pretty sure that this was not physical but instead a discipline one. (Didn't care if he was wet...wouldn't stop what he was doing to go...engrossed in play...we saw a pattern to when accidents happened...etc.)

That wasn't working so we tried the meds - I think we did a total of 3 doses of Ditropan. He HATED it. There was no pretty color or flavoring to it to make it palatable to kids. It smelled very strong and tasted nasty. The side effects were horrible. He would get dizzy and he fell asleep in the middle of the day. With the start of Kindergarten coming up soon, I felt the side effects were unacceptable. I didn't want him getting sleepy like that when he was in school and he was simply not himself on the medication. We stopped them - like I said I think we tried 3 doses. We struggled through the rest of the year on our own.

Around his 6th birthday, someone on the Mothering boards suggested chiropractic to me as a treatment for enuresis. We were open to the idea and decided it was worth a try. Through a network of local mothers, we found a chiropractor with special training in treating kids.

We started treatments 3 times per week. This did seem to help. The first time that he woke up dry, I honestly cried. I was so happy for him to see that he was making progress. And I was so relieved that maybe we had found an answer. At our next appointment I had to choke back tears of joy and relief as I told our chiropractor our good news. I even asked to give him a hug because I was so deeply grateful for the help he had given my son.

Shortly after staring treatment, he was waking up dry about once every two weeks - a huge accomplishment compared to how things had been! And his number of daytime accidents decreased. Around this same time we had a checkup with our family doc and with his urologist. We refused to try the meds again because of the side effects. We reported that the chiropractic treatment was helping and agreed to do an ultrasound. The ultrasound came back normal.

As his chiropractic scans got better and his accidents decreased, his visit frequency decreased. After a couple of months of chiropractic treatment, our chiropractor suggested that we try DHA supplements. These made a HUGE difference for us. This was probably the point that nighttime accidents went down to once a week or so. Daytime accidents at this point were reduced to ones that seemed undeniably behavioral (only wetting while playing on the computer). We were doing so much better!

You may wonder why the DHA supplements were recommended and how they help. Children with enuresis have increased levels of prostaglandin E2 and nitric oxide. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandin E2 and renal nitric oxide. Bed-wetting children have an underdeveloped region of the brain that controles nighttime micturition (as noted by their inappropriate startle response). Omega-3 fatty acids play a critical role in the development of and function of the CNS including micturition control and startle response. Nations with the lowest prevalence of bed-wetting children consume more than double the fish/seafood as compared to the nations with the highest prevalence of bedwetting children.

A week before his 7th birthday, I was frustrated once again. He had backslid. He was no longer cooperating with taking his DHA and he was wetting the bed almost every night. (He still wears pullups to bed.) He had been having a daytime accident several days per week again. I still think those are mostly behavoral - tied in to computer/gameboy/etc. - activities where he is super focused. Chiropractic visits are now only once every 2 weeks as his body looks good, so I don't think the increase in accidents was due to a physical problem.

We've decided to take away his Gameboy privledges until he can go a week completely dry during the day. He's had it on a limited basis for a couple of special occasions, but mostly it's been in parental possession lately waiting for him to take some responsibility for his toileting habits.

Now, a month after he turned 7, things seem to be looking up again. He is having occasional dry nights and is having more dry days than wet ones. He will probably be getting his Gameboy back sometime this week if his current streak continues.

I think I do need to get him back on the DHA on a regular basis as the drop in the DHA levels in his body may be creating some of our problems (at least the night-time part). I may have to find ways to sneak it into his food if he continues to avoid taking the pills.

Last year in Kindergarten he only had 2 or 3 accidents at school all year long. This year, in first grade, he has had two accidents at school which were both "giggle pees" when he was laughing too hard with a friend in gym class and at a class party. I'm relieved that it hasn't been a big problem for him at school. I remember that my cousin was "that kid" in grade school who was always being sent to the class for clean clothes. I remember the stigma that it can carry to be the "stinky kid" who wets his pants. I am thankful that he doesn't seem to be dealing with that at school.

I hope our experience helps some other families out there who are struggling with this problem. I know I am eternally grateful that we found chiropractic and the DHA supplements to help our son instead of going the traditional medical route with the prescription drugs.

For some further resources, parents may want to check out -

Bedwetting & Elimination Problems message board - http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-pselimprobs

These are the DHA supplements we use - http://www.crohns.net/page/C/PROD/PROD/NNL3180

Here is an article on enuresis and chiropractic - http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/ch...bedwetting.htm

Also - I just found this recently and may give it a try - http://www.soundtells.com/Acupressure/Online/iBedWet.htm

Weekend visit

We made it down to Salem for a bit this weekend to visit family. Here are some pictures of the kids with Great Grandma Betty and with Pappy Raymond. Getting to see Pappy twice in one week was a huge treat for Kaylee, our little "Pappy's Girl!"

Friday, February 24, 2006

High School MeMe

I've been tagged by Anne!

High School MeMe

Your senior year in high school is supposed to be the best year of your life. Let's see how much you remember:

Senior Year: 1989

1. Who was your best friend? Vicki and Carol

2. What sports did you play? You're kidding, right? LOL! NONE!

3. What kind of car did you drive? Maroon Camero - I think it was a 1977

4. It's Friday night, where were you at? Either at a ball game/dance or cruising the strip

5. Were you a party animal? Not really

6. Were you in the "In Crowd"? No

7. Ever skip school? Yes. My friend Tony and I rented all the Freddy Kruger movies and skipped school to watch them at his house once. We got caught for that one. During Freshman year Carol and I skipped out of gym to go to lunch once.

8. Ever smoke a cigarette? Not in high school.

9. Were you a nerd? No

10. Did you get suspened/expelled? No

11. Can you sing the Alma Mater? Maybe a few words of it.

12. Who was your favorite teacher? Mrs. Arnold (English/speech/journalism)

13. Favorite class? Journalism and speech

14. What was your school's full name? Salem High School

15. School mascot? Lion

16. Did you go to Prom? Yes - all four years.

17. If you could go back and do it over, would you? Probably not.

18. What do you remember most about graduation? Wondering where we would all end up afterwards and being sad that I had to move away right after graduation.

19. Favorite memory of your senior year? Our newspaper winning lots of awards. Getting a good role in the fall drama club production. Going to journalism camp. Hanging out on our two days off from Bridge to College classes.

20. Were you ever posted up on the senior wall? Didn't have one

21. Did you have a job your senior year? No

22. Who did you date? I dated Tony's older brother, Chris, for a short time. I dated Brian Purlee for quite a while. Went to the prom with Greg, who had graduated a couple years ahead of us.

23. Where did you go most often for lunch? Caffeteria or the journalism room. If we didn't have Bridge to College (2 days off per week) then sometimes we snuck out to go to lunch at Hardees or Tumbleweed or we ordered a pizza.

24. Have you gained weight since then? Not much really.

25. What did you do after graduation? Spent the summer in Fort Wayne and then went to college at Ball State.

I tag the following to do the HS MeMe - Anyone else who wants to!

I hear the secrets that you keep...when you're talking in your sleep!

Keithen is evidently a sleep-talker, just like his mom and dad. Last night I heard him muttering in his sleep. Evidently he was talking to his teacher, Mrs. Hall, and he was trying to convince her that he was 3 years old. Wonder what that dream was all about?

Thursday, February 23, 2006

U.S. panel urges universal rotavirus vaccination

The news story linked here reports that a federal advisory panel has recommended that every U.S. infant be vaccinated against rotavirus, a common and potentially fatal cause of childhood diarrhea and vomiting. (Rotavirus is typically less severe in the United States, where children have better access to healthcare.)

The FDA licensed an oral rotavirus vaccine for infants earlier this month. The new vaccine is named RotaTeq and is manufactured by Merck & Co. This vaccine replaces RotaShield, which was pulled off the market by Wyeth Laboratories late in 1999 after it made several children ill.

My almost-3-year-old nephew was recently hospitalized with Rotavirus because he was dehydrated. I'm sure that was far from a pleasant experience for such an active little boy. Evidently, the doctors in their area have seen a lot of cases of Rotavirus lately.

I don't know if they will develop a protocol for vaccinating older children for Rotavirus or not. The recommendations I have seem for this new shot have all been for infants. If I still had an infant, I doubt I would be running out to get her vaccinated for it. Since my children are at home with me instead of in a daycare and they have all been extended nursers, I've never felt it was necessary. (Keithen was offered RotaShield as a baby and we turned it down.)

I am, however, curious to find out if they will recommend it for school age children. Something has been going around Keithen's school this past week, with an average of 5 kids out of each class daily. Now Keithen and Kaylee are both sick today. Since we have access to good health care and we aren't around people who have compromised immune systems, I'm not sure how I'd feel about being asked to pump another vaccine into my school aged kids. I'd be tempted to say, "No thank you" but my step sister's experience with my nephew does weigh heavily on my mind.

Rhyme and Reason

The fork and the spoon had a fight.
The fork left because the spoon said she was right.

My kids have known this rhyme for quite a while now. All of them (even Ruby!) know how to set the silverware on the table for dinner.

Amazingly, this little rhyme can be used for more than teaching a child how to set the dinner table! I use this little gem on a regular basis when I am out in public with the kids. If Keithen and Kaylee aren't getting along well, I'll announce, "Fork and spoon please!" and they go to opposite sides of the shopping cart or stroller, just like a fork and spoon go on opposite sides of the dinner plate.

Another favorite rhyme here is one that Keithen learned from one of his classmates last year in Kindergarten.

You get what you get and you don't throw a fit.

None of them particuarly like to be reminded of that one, but they all know it and will remind each other of it if someone is unhappy about what they have.

The one I've found myself using a lot lately with Keithen is pretty simple.

Four on the floor!

It seems like every time he sits in his desk chair lately, he's tipping it up on two legs. I remember my middle school science teacher harping on this with kids in our class every day. He used to talk about how much PSI was being exerted when we sat like that.

Are there any other clever little rhymes that your family uses?

House full of sickies

Kaylee complained of not getting enough sleep yesterday morning and actually went back to bed for a bit until Pappy arrived to visit. She lit up when he got here and seemed to feel better for a while. She wanted to go to ballet and since she only seemed tired, that was what we did.

She wasn't feeling well yesterday after ballet class though. We went out to lunch and she didn't even order anything. She threw up once in the car on the way home and was running a fever. She was also complaining about her "mouth hurting" which we think meant she had a sore throat. She slept a lot yesterday afternoon and only ate red popsicles all day. (Thank goodness those didn't come back up!)

Keithen came home from school complaining of a sore throat. He hadn't eaten his lunch at school, just drank his juice. He did have a bit of cottage cheese when he got home but didn't eat much dinner. He went back to his room after dinner and after a bit Matt went back to check on him because it was quiet. He evidently crawled up in his bed and fell asleep sometime before 7:30 last night. He woke up in the middle of the night complaining of bad dreams and felt really hot. Matt gave him some medicine and got him back to sleep.

Ruby seems fine (knock on wood!) so hopefully I will only have the two sickies to take care of today. We've got to get Keithen healthy as his EXCEL testing will be at the beginning of next week.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ballet final

The girls did wonderfully today at their ballet final. They were very excited to have Grandma and Grandpa Dollar, Pappy and of course Mommy and Daddy there to watch them.

In two weeks they will start their next class. Kaylee will move up to the Intermediate class and Ruby will stay in the Introduction class. Ms. Johanna agreed that separating them will be good. Kaylee is ready to move up with the older girls and Ruby will do just fine without Kaylee with her. She commented on how far Ruby has come in such a short class. I am anxious to see how the two of them do split into different classes. I think it will be very good for them and it's not a problem for me at all as they are back to back on the same day.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Local "Ragtime" controversy

People have been up in arms around here because of changes made to a local high school production of the musical "Ragtime." References to masturbation and swearing in God's name were removed from the script by the school. Local black leaders have been beside themselves because "the N-word" is used several times in the script and it was not removed. They have been calling the editing of the script a double standard and insisting that the offending word be removed from the production as well.

I'm ready to give a huge round of applause to Perry Township School Superintendent H. Douglas Williams who has taken a stand to put ALL the potentially offensive language back into the script and let the students perform it as written!

"No one complained about the words," said Williams adding that the script was tweaked after a producer pointed out that the religious reference could be removed without altering its integrity. He said the racial slur was kept because removing it would diminish one of the main anti-racist messages of the play.

"It's a real part of our history. Do you avoid it? Do you bleep it out? We have to learn to address it," Williams said. "I think almost anybody criticizing it has not seen it."

My question for the black leaders who objected to the "N-word" being left in the script:

How are we supposed to teach our children about the ugliness of the past if we pretend it didn't happen? How do we open dialogues about racism if we censor the speech we use to talk about what happened in history? If we continue on this path of censorship, will the next school play be a production of "The Diary of Anne Franke" or Joshua Sobol's "Ghetto" where the costumers are instructed to NOT sew yellow stars on the costumes?

To the cast and crew of "Ragtime" - Do not let the uproar over your work and the inevitable protesters outside the theatre shake your convicition or break your concentration. Controversy brings about dialogue and learning. Break a leg Thursday night!

Monday, February 20, 2006


The dinosaur nest is always a huge hit. Ruby certainly seems right at home there protecting her eggs.

More Magic School Bus

The portion of the exhibit where you use hot air to make a balloon float seemed very popular!

All aboard the Magic School Bus!

D is for DINOSAUR and Draco Rex!

The Children's Museum has acquired a skull and cervical bones of a new, still officially unnamed, dinosaur that was found in South Dakota! They will be able to name the species and are considering the name "Draco Rex" (a.k.a. "Dragon King") since it resembles a dragon. This specimen should be ready and the papers written by the end of this year and then it will be on display in Dinosphere. We got a sneak peek today at the The Paleo Prep Lab from one of the scientists working there. COOL!

Fireworks of Glass - under a month to go!

We went to the Children's Museum today and were able to catch a few glimpses of the sculpture that is currently being assembled behind a huge curtain. I can't wait to see the whole thing put together and properly lit. The exhibit opens on March 18th. There will be a half-hour special on WISH channel 8 on March 15th that gives a sneak peek into the exhibit as well.

No one gets in his house!

Keithen was goalie on Saturday for a while. No one scored on him. His team still hasn't won any games though. They played his friend Josh's team and Josh was goalie during the same period that Keithen was goalie so that was kind of neat.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Getting ink off a doll's face

Kaylee and Ruby are responsible for "decorating" several of their dolls with ink pens. (Including my beloved...and now antique...Mrs. Beasley...sob!) I found a website that suggests using Clearasil with 10% Benzoyl Peroxide and then putting the doll under a warm lamp. I'm going to give it a try later. Hopefully it will work!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Lazy Muncie

You've probably seen Lazy Sunday otherwise known as the SNL Chronic of Narnia Rap.

You may have even seen the West Coast response Lazy Monday.

But have you seen the Midwest response Lazy Muncie yet?

Ruby's favorite song

Where Is Thumbkin?

Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am.
Here I am.
How are you today, Sir?
Very well, I thank you
Run away, run away.

Where is Pointer?
Where is Pointer?
Here I am.
Here I am.
How are you today, Sir?
Very well, I thank you
Run away, run away.

Where is Tall Man?
Where is Tall Man?
Here I am.
Here I am.
How are you today, Sir?
Very well, I thank you
Run away, run away.

Where is Ring Man?
Where is Ring Man?
Here I am.
Here I am.
How are you today, Sir?
Very well, I thank you
Run away, run away.

Where is Pinky?
Where is Pinky?
Here I am.
Here I am.
How are you today, Sir?
Very well, I thank you
Run away, run away.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Classic Sesame Street

If you grew up in the early days of Sesame Street, you'll love this link. Go check out all the old classic scenes from our childhood! I even found Sammy the Snake, who was an old favorite of mine. (My mom even made me a stuffed Sammy that I had to have with me when I watched the show every day!)

End of season clearances!

I got Kaylee a brand new $50 pink Dora coat for $12.50 at Meijer this week! She is over the moon and it should fit her for the next year (or two) so it was a great buy!

Cheney's Got a Gun

I started to rewrite this song myself, but a quick Google search proved that someone else beat me to it. Posted with full credit to Famous James.

To the tune of Aerosmith' Janie's Got a Gun.....

Cheney's Got A Gun
Cheney's Got A Gun
Whole world's come undone
Iraqis have ink on their thumbs
Elections in Baghdad were free
But now we're wiretapped regularly

Cheney won't ever be arrested
Even though the man's clearly deranged
But man, he's got it comin'
Because Cheney's Got A Gun
The world ain't never gonna be the same

Cheney's Got A Gun
Cheney's Got A Gun
The story was suppressed for a day
While Cheney thought of what the press would say
He'll tell us now it's untrue
What did Dick Cheney do?

He shot an elderly attorney
The man has got to be insane
He said that his friend stepped in front
Of all the quail that he was hunting
And that someone else must be to blame

Run away, run away from the blame
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Run away, run away from the blame
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Run away, run away, run, run away

Cheney's Got A Gun
Cheney's Got A Gun
The world's dark day's just begun
Even though Osama's on the run
Afghans and Iraqis fell like trees
But it's Iran that has WMD's

He shot an elderly attorney
And put a bullet in his brain
He thought that "everyone believes me,
I won't look like such a sleeze"
He ain't never gonna take the blame

Run away, run away from the blame
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Run away, run away from the blame
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Run away, run away, run, run away

Cheney's Got A Gun
Cheney's Got A Gun
Cheney's Got A Gun
Everybody is on the run

Cheney's Got A Gun
World's dark day's just begun
Now everybody's on the run (Cheney, Cheney what's your problem)
'Cause Cheney's Got A Gun (Tell me it ain't right)
Cheney's Got A Gun (Was it Halliburton's pension robbin')
Her dog day's just begun (That made you scream at night)
Cheney's Got A Gun
World's dark day's just begun
Now everybody's on the run
Cheney's Got A Gun

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Hey there, Daddy-o!

Thanks to Leap Frog videos, I'm apparently raising a little beatnik now. Ruby's current favorite word is "Daddy-o" and she uses it several times a day. It's the funniest thing to hear coming out of that little pink 3-year-old mouth in a high-pitched, excited child's voice. "I'm ready for dessert, Daddy-o!" or "Right back, Daddy-o, gotta pee!" I feel like I should buy her a set of bongo drums or something.

Mary Poppins? Yep...that's me!

Melissa over at Blogging Baby has dubbed me "Mary Poppins" after my recent comments on how to make shopping with young children easier. So come on in, grab a spoon full of sugar, and visit for a while! (Thanks for the hat tip Melissa!)

C is for.....chocolate, candy, cookies and crystal!

Chocolate, candy, cookies and crystal seem like the perfect way to represent "C" in the ABC-a-long on Valentine's Day!


From "How the West Was Spun" -

The rules, such as they are, are simple: Photo posted to your blog in 2-week increments that matches that week's letter of the alphabet: 26 letters, 52 weeks of the year divided by 2 = 26 opportunities to post a photo and tell us a little bit more about yourself. For example, week one - "A" is for..........Abercrombie and Fitch, Appalachia, artichokes, abstract paintings, Asia (either the band or the continent - your choice)... or anything else that has some meaning for you. Should be fun - I'm looking forward to all the cool and interesting tidbits that are bound to come out of this one.

Some great pictures on another blog -


So...I'm a little behind here, but I think I'll be starting this. Anyone else?

Monday, February 13, 2006

My Word Cloud

Keithen's party

We had 6 kids here for Keithen's birthday party on Saturday. So add the three kids who live here, and we had quite a crowd! He had a great party (with a soccer theme) and got some nice gifts from his friends. I'm so glad they had a great time. They colored, did a scavenger hunt, played "pin the soccer ball in the goal" and did a prize pull (like a pinata without all the violence!). Kaylee was shocked to be the one who got the right string and caused all the goodies to fall (on her head)! I kind of thought she'd get it since the string was pink! LOL!

I have to say that when I looked at the mess when everyone left, I wondered if we had a heard of elephants here instead of 6 kids. I couldn't believe the amount of stuff they drug out to play with and didn't bother to put back. I think next year we may have the party somewhere else! They're getting too big to bring that many of them to our house!

(Ruby and I made the cake. It was baked in a Pyrex bowl.)