Sunday Funnies: Man on the Moon

Yesterday, as the kiddies and I watched Saturday morning cartoons, one of the cartoons paraphrased the "One small step for man" quote. 

Knowing that this was the perfect moment to teach them a little American history,  I waited until the commercial break to ask...

Me:  What were the first words spoken when the Gringos landed on the moon?
Nick:  "One small step for man.  One giant step for mankind."

Me:  Very good.   Do you know who said it?

Nick:  Mom, that's so easy.  It was Lance Armstrong! 

 Close enough.  

My worst nightmare coming true

Remember that recurring dream I told you about in Toothless in Mexico?  The one where my teeth fall out?'s coming true.

This morning, as I was enjoying my breakfast, I broke another tooth.  Yes, you read correctly.  I BROKE ANOTHER TOOTH! 

What is happening to me?  I'm falling apart. 

I'm too young to be toothless.  

It's not like I have horrible teeth.  I have a really nice smile.  (Don't believe me? Just look at the photograph at the top of this post.) 

Scared to death thinking that I'd need dentures, I ran to my dentist's office to tell him of my recent dental mishap.  He scheduled an appointment for later in the day, where he told me that I'm going to need another crown.  But no root canal.  Thank heavens!   

And even if I did need one, I'm at a point right now where I'll endure just about anything to save the few teeth I have left.


Leslie vs. The Dentist (Round 2)

This is what happens when you complain about your dentist on your blog.

Just kidding!

All of my teeth are just where they should be.

I went back to the dentist today to finish my root canal.

I was not looking forward to it.  I didn't think I could tolerate any more pain.

But to my surprise, things went much better this time.

I didn't feel a thing!  I felt a slight pinch when Dr. Manny administered the anesthesia, but that was it.  No pain whatsoever.

We laughed.  We joked.  And at one point, I was the one reassuring my dentist that all was going smoothly and that he wasn't inflicting any pain at all.

For the first time in my life, going to the dentist turned out to be an enjoyable experience.  I could really get used to that.

Thank you all for your prayers and kind wishes! 

Previously on Motherhood in Mexico...

A recap of what's been going on in our lives this past week.

*Hubby came down with the same throat and ear infection that I had, fever and all!  Aside from his run-ins with Birria, I can't remember the last time Hubby got sick.  The doctor ordered bed rest, antibiotics, plenty of liquids and no work.  That was probably the hardest part for Hubby...not working.  Not because we're hard pressed for money, but because he isn't used to not doing anything at all for days.  I told him to just rest and enjoy the extra TLC that he's getting from his mom, the kiddies and me.

*I went in for my much needed root canal on Thursday.  Dr. Manny did an excellent job of cleaning and drilling my tooth.  I didn't feel any pain at all.  But when it came time to work on the actual root canals and pulp, I couldn't take it.  The pain was too much.   Honestly, I have never felt anything so painful.  Not even when I labored through my four induced labors.   

Endodoncia is the Spanish word for "root canal", but I think it's really just another word for "torture".  And since I couldn't go through with it, I get to back later this week for another torture session.  I'd rather have my wisdom teeth pulled!

But not all was horrible.  After the anesthesia wore off and I recovered from the slightly traumatic experience, I realized I was pain free!  For the first time in weeks, nothing hurt.  Not my ear.  Not my teeth.  Nothing!  I can sleep now AND I don't need any pain medication! 

I'm still not looking forward to going back, but I know Dr. Manny's has to finish the job, or else the pain might come back.   And anything, even a root canal, would be better than that.   

*As the days passed, Hubby's earache grew worse.  It got to the point where even his teeth were starting to hurt.   After a visit with Dr. Manny, Hubby learned that he too is in need of a root canal.  I know that Hubby more than likely contracted the ear and throat infection from me, but I didn't know toothaches were contagious too!  Dr. Manny changed Hubby's meds and now Hubby is feeling much better. 

*I really hope this is the end of all of the illnesses, toothaches and sleepless nights.  I miss blogging, cooking, baking...I miss my "normal" life!  And I miss all of you! 

*And one more thing...Today is my 2nd Blogiversary!  Can you believe that I've been blogging for two years?   Who knew that after writing my very first blog post, I'd still be at it two years later?  The best thing to come from this blog is the wonderful friendships I've made.  I love you all and thank you so much for being a part of our lives.


My Kind of Valentine

I can think of a million reasons why I love my Hubby.

He's kind.

He's smart.

He makes me laugh.

He still opens the door for me even after 16 years of marriage.

He's easy on the eyes.

He's not only a wonderful husband, he's also an amazing father, son and brother.

He can fix things.  (Very sexy!)

He sings to me.

And he never forgets a holiday or special occasion. 

But what I love most about Hubby is that he knows me so well.

While he knows that I will always love chocolates and beautiful lily bouquets, like this one that he gave me for Valentine's Day.  Muy romantico!

He also knows it's the little things in life that truly make me happy.  Like this very thoughtful gift he saved for the day after Valentine's Day...

Forks and spoons!

Sigh.  Be still my heart.

To fully understand why this gift melted my heart, go read Motherhood in Bermuda.

Sick of being sick

There!  I've said it, "I'm sick and tired of feeling sick and tired all the time!"

Three weeks may not seem like much, but in Leslie years, it feels like an eternity.

Two weeks ago, it was my asthma and allergies.  (I'm happy to report that they're still under control.  Most of the time.) 

Last week, it was an ear and throat infection, along with horrible earaches that I wouldn't wish on anyone.  (Not to mention fevers, chills and feeling just plain yucky!) 

After finishing my meds, resting and letting Hubby, the kiddies and my suegra take care of me, I was hoping that would be the end of it all.   

But it wasn't. 

My ear still hurts.  Only now, it hurts so much, that even my teeth were hurting.   And the pain gets worse at night.  Excruciating pain.  I can't even lay down to sleep.  Heck, I can't sleep at all!  For someone who usually goes to sleep around midnight, being wide awake at 3 or 4 in the morning, is not my idea of fun, even if I do spend most of that time playing Farmville on Facebook.  

Ear drops.  Warm compresses.  Over the counter pain medication.  Nothing helped to ease the pain. 

I started to think that maybe my Grandmother had been right all those years ago, when she said I would go deaf from listening to my 80's hair metal so loud.  Or maybe...those urban legends are true, and I now have a bug living in my ear. 

Sleep deprivation will do that to a person.  That's one of the reasons I haven't blogged lately.

Talking to our dear friend Dr. Manny yesterday, I mentioned that my teeth and gums were starting to hurt too.  Dr. Manny kindly offered to take an x-ray to see if wasn't my wisdom teeth that were bothering me.  Sometimes, earaches are actually a result of another problem, such as a toothache.

After a quick check-up and x-ray, it was revealed that I have a cracked molar that's infected AND I'm going to need a root canal. 

I couldn't be happier.  Really!  It's such a relief to know that my pain will be ending soon.  Which means that I'll be getting some much needed sleep and rest soon.  And I can get back to being the awesome wife, mom and blogger that we all know and love. 


Sick Day

I'm calling in sick to the blog today.  My asthma and allergies are under control.  Gracias a Dios.  But now, I'm battling a throat and ear infection.  Not fun at all. 

I hope I feel better tomorrow. :P


Important Information for Moms & Dads in Mexico

It's February.  One thing every parent in Mexico should know is that February is the month to pre-enroll our children in school.  This applies to children starting Kindergarten, Elementary school or Junior High.  

If your child is currently in his 3rd year of Kindergarten or in 6th grade of Elementary school, you should have already received the form needed to pre-enroll your child for the next phase of his education.  If you've just moved to Mexico, you can ask for a solicitud (application) at the school your child will be attending.

The application is very easy to fill out and asks for the following information:
  • The child's name, CURP, Date of Birth, Sex, Blood Type, Weight/Height 
  • Whether your child is left-handed or right-handed
  • Your name, address and proof of address (a utility bill with your name and address)
Along with the application you will need to include copies of:
  • Proof of address (mentioned above)
  • I.D. (your passport, IFE card or driver's license)
  • The child's birth certificate and/or CURP
  • Vaccination record (It's not on the list of requirements, but they almost always ask for it.)
The pre-enrollment period for 2011 is from February 1st through the 15th.

Suerte!  (Good luck!)