At Least It’s Not Hoof and Mouth Disease

19 Sep
[A Post From Mommy]

Well, The Kid had her first “sick day” today…

We had a really lovely notice sent home with O last week telling us that there had been at least one case of the Coxsackie Virus, aka. Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease at her school.

Awesome. O had this when she was a baby. And though I find the name of it hilarious (it makes me think of Hoof and Mouth Disease– which is a separate disease spread among cattle and sheep), it was not a particularly hilarious experience when she had it. There was never-ending fever, sore throat, and the entire inside of her mouth was covered in sores. It’s possible to get sores on the hands and feet, too (hence the really creative name), but luckily she didn’t get those.  Trust me though, the mouth sores were torture enough.

So, when O started complaining about her throat last night– and then turned out to have a fever– I felt like an old nemesis had returned. If I were Jerry Seinfeld, Coxsackie would be my Newman.  I think I even shook my fist and heard the words, “Hoof and Mouth!” escape through my clenched teeth.

O went to bed fairly early without any problems, and all was well until around midnight. I was getting ready to go to bed myself when I heard some rustling sounds coming from her room– and a little voice muttering, “Oh No… No, no, NO.  I do not like this at all.” This was followed by the sound of her little feet hitting the floor, thumping down the hall, and then down the stairs. And then she peeked her head around the corner and said, “Oh Mommy, my throat is soooo spicy… and my head… it’s been shocked!”

I have to say, I’ve always admired her creative use of words when trying to describe physical sensations.  She definitely manages to convey what she’s feeling in a way you can understand.”Spicy” has always been one of my favorites. A “Shocked” head was new though, and at the time, I could only assume it was not a very pleasant type of head to have. I now know that was an extremely accurate description because I woke up this morning feeling like I was getting sick myself– and the particularly awful headache I currently have, does actually feel as though my head has been “shocked.”

Anyhow, to make a long story short– sarcastically speaking, last night was great fun and involved lots of pathetic-ness and even a little puking to keep things interesting. So far, I haven’t found any sores, so maybe we’ll get lucky, and this won’t turn out to be Coxsackie after all.  O woke up doing better. The fever is still going strong, but that hasn’t seemed to cramp her style very much. She’s been playing and drawing,  and– in general– having a pretty grand time of things on her very first “sick day.”

Os sick day

Although, a few minutes ago I was able to convince her to lay down and rest for a little bit, and now she’s completely passed out. I have to say, with this “shocked” head I have right now, I’m very tempted to join her.  I’m really hoping that tomorrow we’ll be able to report a full recovery by all parties, as well as Olive’s return to school– and that we have managed to escape the dreaded Coxsackie / Hand, Foot and Mouth outbreak. As of right now, all I can say is that, since we are not cows, we  at least know that it’s not Hoof and Mouth Disease.


Collaborating with a 4-year Old

18 Sep

Me and Mommy have to try this!!! We have done some drawings and paintings together before, but nothing as cool as these. I think we should get our own sketchbook and fill it up together.

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One day, while my daughter was happily distracted in her own marker drawings, I decided to risk pulling out a new sketchbook I had special ordered.  It had dark paper, and was perfect for adding highlights to.  I had only drawn a little in it, and was anxious to try it again, but knowing our daughter’s love of art supplies, it meant that if I wasn’t sly enough, I might have to share.  (Note:  I’m all about kid’s crafts, but when it comes to my own art projects, I don’t like to share.)  Since she was engrossed in her own project, I thought I might be able to pull it off.

Ahhh, I should’ve known better.  No longer had I drawn my first face (I love drawing from old black & white movie stills) had she swooped over to me with an intense look.  “OOOH!  Is that a NEW…

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O’s Jokes

17 Sep

I love jokes. What four-year-old doesn’t? But Jokes are very tricky. Lately, I’ve been working on trying to figure out exactly how to make up good jokes.  I used to think you could say almost anything as long as you mentioned a couple of animals, started it with “What do you get when…” or “How did the…”–  and then got really loud and excited when you said the punchline. But it turns out that there’s a lot more to it than that. I’m still not sure exactly what else there is to it, but I’m determined to figure it out.

Lately, I like to spend the last hour before I go to bed trying out my latest jokes on Mommy. She says it’s like torture, but I say that’s baloney. How could listening to my funny jokes be torture? That’s just silly.

I am especially proud of my latest jokes from last night. I wanted to put all of them up for you to read, but Mommy says there were too many and  I should just stick with one.  I told her that sounded like more of her baloney because there is no such thing as too many jokes. Then she said there was definitely such thing as too many jokes,  and since she was the one typing, there was only going to be one.

Sigh. Fine… Here is just one out of the tons of  great jokes I made up  last night:

How did the baby duck get out of his egg?

… He QUACKED it!

Today is Random Video Day

16 Sep
{A post from Mommy…}

Olive reviewed her new Rainbow Dash Pony over the weekend, but it’s going to be another day or two before I get it posted (She did it in several separate clips and I’m having to do more editing than normal). So, in the meantime I thought I’d entertain you all with a few random videos that I found when doing a little file cleaning / maintenance on my mac this morning.

I will do my best to get the latest OLUVS TOYS review up very soon. ‘Til then, please enjoy yourself on Random Video Day!



VIDEO 1     One of the many “practice” toy review videos Olive made this summer (on toys she already owned). Features excellent, melodramatic use of the thick-framed, black glasses O inexplicably decided to sport while making this video.*

VIDEO 2    A little blast from the past–  Young Baby O, singing her short-cut version of The ABC’s (in between laughing fits and cracking up at herself). Includes a bonus version of  The  ABC’s with some sweet drums added.

VIDEO 3     Another oldie but goodie– Olive is singing the Baby O Classic, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  The last two videos were both taken around the same time– which was in the summer of 2010, a few months before O turned two.

*A quick note on O’s toy reviews:  We’ve had a couple of people who have asked how much of the videos are scripted– or if Olive is being fed lines.  To answer those questions– none, and nope.  In fact, most of the time, she makes us go into another room. If we ever talk to her while she’s recording, it’s usually just to tell her to wrap it up because she’s gotta go to bed. So it’s just her, and she’s pretty much winging it as she goes –  it helps that she’s picked up a lot of toy industry lingo and youtube-lingo from the gazillion toy reviews she’s watched. 

Oluvs Toys: My Very First Toy Review

13 Sep

I have been wanting to make my own toy reviewing “company” for a long long long time. Since I was three, probably.  Well now I finally am doing it! I am naming my company  Oluvs Toys… get it?! o-LUVS Toys?! It’s like you mix up saying Olive’s toys and  O love’s toys and I love toys. I made it up myself! What do you think?

Well, I don’t want to keep you waiting. Here it is, my very first toy review posted to The Internets. I hope you enjoy it. I will be making lots and lots more. Hopefully about a hundred more. Because if I made a hundred more toy reviews that means I might have a hundred new toys!

My Little Pony, Masquerade Ball “Rarity”

Where to find My Little Pony Toys

You can see all the cool My Little Pony toys (and accessories!) made  by Hasbro here.  This is the Masquerade Ball Rarity figure I reviewed in my video. The Hasbro MLP toys are available all over the place pretty much– stores like Target, Walmart, Toys-R-Us, a lot of grocery stores (mine came from our local Wegman’s grocery store).

Of course, you can always use the magic of The Internets to find what you’re looking for.  Amazon and ebay are good places to go for Ponies.  Amazon is nice because you can find almost anything you’re looking for on there.  Then again, eBay is pretty sweet, because not only can you find the most recent (G4) My Little Ponies– you can also find all the older My Little Ponies… like even the super duper old ones that my mommy used to play with (G1). Holy cow those things are old– they were made in the 1980’s!

There are also some collector’s edition ponies and other merchandise made by Funko, which is all really awesome. Their regular vinyl figures look just like the ponies that are on the show, My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic (one of my favorite shows of all times!). Funko also makes bobble heads, “TinTastic Activity Sets” and all sorts of other stuff. I don’t have any of the Funko pony toys yet, but a kid can dream can’t she?

…What?! You say you want to know even more about My Little Pony toys?! 

Ok.  This link will take you to the My Little Pony wiki at, where  you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about My Little Pony Toys.



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