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Tuesday November 6, 2001

Wagon Full of BeautiesHi Everyone,

Well Alex decided to play a trick on us for Halloween. She has had a nagging cold for the last couple of weeks and woke up on Halloween morning with a nasty cough, sore throat and looking pale. Any other child you would just go to the pediatrician and get some cough medicine. With Alex we had to take her to the hospital for a chest x-ray (to rule out pneumonia) and a blood test. Thankfully everything came back normal. The chest x-ray was clear and her blood counts were normal.

We debated over whether to allow her to go trick or treating, but it wasn't much of a debate. This is only the second Halloween she's been able to trick or treat and the first that she knew she was going out with her friends. If we didn't let her go I think we would have scarred her for life! <grin> So we bundled her up in the Winter Fairy costume and headed out with her friends Samantha, Sophie & Gabe and their parents. The temperature was in the 50's when we left, which is as close to a heat wave as we get in the Fall.

She Likes Younger Guys!Alex was pretty wiped out from her cold so I ended up carrying her in between houses for the first mile or two. This used to be pretty easy for me, but she's getting bigger (33 pounds) and I'm getting older! Thankfully Samantha's parents had a big red wagon which was put to good use. I had to pull 4 kids, but at least I had wheels! We ended up hitting around 20 houses or so and Alex had a great time. She still has this bad habit of walking right into people's houses when they open the door. She just can't imagine that she's not welcome everywhere she goes. By the time we were ready to go home Alex had just about fallen asleep on top of poor Gabe. I think she has a thing for younger guys - just like her Mommy (I'm going to pay big time for that one!).

Alex's cold is still lingering, but we requested a prescription of tyco (Tylenol w/ codeine) to stop her cough and enable her to get some sleep. It's really fun when she's on tyco as she gets totally loopy. After taking the tyco the first night she wouldn't go to sleep unless she was allowed to wear her Dutch wooden shoes (from Andrea's Mom) to bed. Click Here to see the effect Tyco had on her way back in November 1998. Yes it will be three whole years this Saturday, November 10th. I can't believe how fast the time has gone by and how many gray hairs have sprouted up on my head. Time to get out the Grecian Formula!

Well I've finally finished creating the Childhood Cancer site that I've been talking about for the past year. The site is Alex's Coupons and it is now live. I still need some people to test it out and give me their feedback. is graciously donating 50,000 banner impressions and I want to make sure the site is ready to go. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I also wanted to thank the following people who made this site possible:

Caroline Chen: For her incredible graphics. 
Scott Hammond: For the Hyperseek database installation 
iWeb: For their donation of the Hyperseek database software

Lastly if anyone sent email to Andrea or myself on November 5th, go ahead and resend it. My email server was down for most of the day and I lost most of my incoming mail. Thanks again to all of you for three years of love, support and prayers.


Todd, Andrea and Alex

P.S. A special thank you to Pauline & Terry Ryan for sending us even more apple cider donuts. To top it off the first Krispy Kreme in Washington opened this week. I am in donut heaven and will be looking like Marlon Brando soon! <grin>


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