Loopie-pa- WHAT, you ask? Loopiepalooza. 2009, to be exact. Or 2nd annual.

Let me explain. Back in 2006, after I had Nicholas I joined some internet forums and 'loops' that were dedicated to boys clothing...specifically Gymboree and Janie and Jack brands. These loops were used to buy and sell our used clothing and talk about our kids. Soon some of us decided to just start a little group where we could discuss our lives outside of our kids. I mean, we were all people with lives BEFORE we became mommies! So, that started sometime in 2007. Anyway, last spring (March 2008, to be specific) a group of 10 of us got together and met up in Houston, Texas for a long weekend. We ate, shopped, ate, talked, and in case I didn't mention it- we ate some more! That was the first Loopiepalooza.

Well, this year, we did it again. However, we had 18 ladies this time. Again, we met in Houston from a Thursday until Sunday. Ladies drove and flew in from all corners of the country! Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Washington, California, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Georgia, and of course, Pennsylvania. A great time was had by all. Again...we spent our time eating, shopping, eating, talking, and eating some more! This group of ladies are AMAZING. We have a wide age group, come from various backgrounds, but our bond of friendship is one I am blessed to have.

Who sent the germs to my house?!?! Well, please take them back- we've had enough!!!

Last Monday night I arrived home from my vacation to Texas. (I promise to post about that next week!) Tuesday was Erik's birthday, Wednesday was a day to just kinda catch up on everything, Thursday I had to take Nicholas to preschool and run Erik to the doctor for his 12 month WBV, and then Friday was Nicholas' Halloween party at school. Then since Halloween was on Saturday I took the boys to Sesame Place for some trick-or-treating and some special quality time with mommy. On the ride home both boys fell asleep, which wasn't too odd, but then Nicholas continued to lay on the couch once we were home. He said he was tired and didn't feel well. After a trip to get more Motrin and a new thermometer I come home and discover he's got a fever close to 103. After a nap he felt better and his temperature went back to normal, so he did get dressed for trick-or-treating. He only hit half the block before he was ready to come home. UH KNOW if a three year old tells you he doesn't want to ToT that something is up. Fast forward to Monday morning...a trip to the doctor revealed strep throat. After about 48 hours on the antibiotics he was feeling much better.

And then comes hit number two. Today right before lunch I was changing Erik's diaper and he felt warm. Slight fever and a rash all over his abdomen, chest, and back. He's had some loose stools for a few days, which didn't bother me, but now the fever and rash had be calling the doctor. No strep for him, just a virus. However tonight he woke up after about 2 hours sleep and was just crying. He layed down with Ken and then he vomited. I felt bad for Ken, but in a way I was glad it wasn't me...I don't deal well with puke!

So, in the past week I've been to the pediatrician three times. I think I've met my quota for the season. Tomorrow I will be investing in some more Lysol and disinfecting this house!!!