The Mercado Family

Thursday, January 19, 2017

That Time of Year

It's that sick time of year again. Erik caught something and had a high fever on Saturday. A couple of days later, his ears bothered him, but mostly he had a high fever and slept all the time. He lay in his bed for hours resting or actually sleeping. Sometimes he would come downstairs and fall asleep on the couch, but mostly he lay in his bed. He didn't watch any TV, which is way different from my other kids when they're sick. By Tuesday evening, Erik's fever was gone.

Karissa got a fever Monday morning and Austin and I did Monday night, so the four of us stayed home on Tuesday. Again, other than a fever and a little coughing from some, or a sore throat, no other symptoms. Jason got a fever Tuesday night with lots of coughing. Wednesday evening, Erik slept for 3 hours on the couch, which I thought was odd. We woke him up at 7:30 so he could eat something, but he said he wanted to go back to bed so I took his temperature and it turned out it was 103- weird! I called my sister who is going to nursing school. Between that and her 7 kids, she has seen it all! She gave me good advice which proved to be right. I took him to the doctor this morning. His infection turned out to be bacterial and he has a double ear infection. We got him some antibiotics and it turns out this is the first time he's ever had to take them! I knew he was a healthy boy, but I thought he had taken them at least one time. Now that he's on them, though, I'm worried about his eating habits in helping his good bacteria to grow back. Luckily he does like yogurt drinks, so hopefully we can keep him healthy!

Karissa went to school today, Austin will go tomorrow and I think I will be able to take Erik back to Red Bell. Through all of this, I've been fighting keep Victoria healthy with OnGuard and lots of disinfectant right before she returns home from school. She had a busy week and I didn't want her to  miss it.

Sunday night she was Dorothy in a little skit put on by the Stake for New Beginnings, New Beginnings is a grand welcome to the Young Women program at church for young women who recently entered the program, like Victoria, or will soon. It also is to get all of the girls excited for the beginning of a new year in accomplishing their goals. The theme was to follow the "yellow brick road" (values, good habits, goals, friends, leaders, and parents) to make it to our own personal "Oz" of what it is we want to accomplish, whether it is a mission, temple marriage, or something more immediate in the future like the school year, etc. It was a great evening and she did fabulous! We videotaped it, but didn't take any still shots.  (The following clip is just the end of it)

On Tuesday she had her second choir concert, which I attended instead of Jason, since he came home coughing like crazy.
Winter choir concert! It's kind of a skinny picture, but I had to cut off this guy in the background that I didn't pay attention to. I was still recovering and was a little out of it!

She got glasses on Saturday. They're just for seeing the board in class.

I wanted her to not be sick for dance and Young Women on Wednesday because she had missed the week before with a little sickness of her own, but not what we all got. Just a 24 hour stomach bug. Hopefully, she stays healthy so all my disinfectant work I will be performing momentarily will not be infected again!

Here's to good health!

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Basement, Again

After a long break from the basement project, Jason got to work putting up the shelves. When Grandpa Jim came, the job went a little faster. We still need to build the cupboard doors over the shelves, but we wanted Jim to help Jason get the future guest room ready so we can change around some furniture.

Victoria really wanted a bedroom makeover for Christmas, so that was her main gift, but of course it didn't happen before Christmas. We finally got to work on it the last week of the break. It also helped having the shelves up so we could put a bunch of stuff on them and get them out of the way. She wanted to downsize her bed, so Karissa will get her old bunk bed and we will put the queen size guest bed in our new basement guest room, when it's ready.
Hard at work!

My long awaited shelves! 

Jason and Jim stripped the floor in the guest room and built up the cement around the drain so it wouldn't be too lopsided for the furniture. We plan to put new carpeting there.

The walls are just about done!

We painted Victoria's room and she got this new bed. She has been collecting new decorations for a while. 

I covered the chair in  the corner to match the closet curtains.She's just waiting for a dresser to be next to where I stood for the first picture.
We still have a ways to go, but our home is finally getting back to normal after about a year of stuff being shoved in weird places. Hooray!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Big 10

I'm not talking big 10 football, I'm talking Karissa's 10th birthday. If you can believe it, she is 10. That means we have lived in Canton, MI. over 10 years! Crazy, huh?  Karissa is the lucky one to be able to celebrate her birthday with family members randomly on her birthday. This year, it was Grandpa Jim and Grandma Pat again. They came out the day after Christmas and helped us work on the basement project, that we started last year and took about a 8 month break from for other seasonal projects outside. We also finished up our Christmas celebrations by making our gingerbread houses. 

Getting really involved in that candy.

Who says they have to be done before Christmas?
Karissa's birthday is the day before New Year's Eve, so it fell on a Friday this year. For a change I decided to have her party on her actual birthday. Of course it turned out it was the day our Stake celebrated New Year's at Zap Zone, so it was a day full of fun. We went to Zap Zone that morning and had a Panera Bread/ Burger King take home lunch for Karissa's special family meal. Yes, odd mix. I had some gift cards from my students for Panera and of course Karissa wanted a hamburger, so we did it all! She opened her presents from the family after lunch, then we got ready for the party. She wanted to go to the local radio station that is at our highschool for a tour. We borrowed our friend's 15 seat van so we could all ride together. We got an excellent tour of the station and learned a lot from it. My mom recorded Karissa talking on the station and posted it on facebook. We had a hard time getting it to my computer, so if you haven't seen it, look for on FB, it's pretty cute. 

Zap Zone Glo Golf

Present time!

Austin and Grandpa had some quiet time to rock out on their harmonicas.

Erik even gave him some piano tips, though he isn't taking lessons yet.

Making Karissa's Beanie Baby cake

She created it on her own.

Party van! Sarah, Victoria, Ella, Edlewiess, Kasrisa, Olivia

88.1 The Park

Talking on the radio!!
 When we returned, we ate pizza and other party food, played the Beanie Baby based games Karissa planned on her own, ate cake, opened presents, and then watched The Princess Bride. Her friends left later then they normally do, as she wanted, and then I convinced my kids, minus Erik, to stay up for New Year's on Friday rather than Saturday so we could wake up for church on time. They didn't make it to midnight, thank goodness! I'm sure part of it was the fact that all the adults had gone to bed, they didn't know what to do!

Beanie Baby bowling

Pin the eyes on the Beanie Baby

Her besties :)

Karissa still loves to read. She reads about 5 different books at a time, sometimes more. I don't know how she keeps track of it all! She's still doing really well in TAG, even though she says she hates math and that she's not good at it. She's really improving in her piano skills and is preparing for Federation in February. She loves to play Animal Jam on the computer and "meet" her friend Ella there. She will text Ella on Ella's mom's phone from my phone and they will figure out how to meet in the cyber world on Animal Jam. She still loves crafts and loves to watch Studio C and sing. She keeps practicing her cheers and cartwheels for next August when cheer starts up again. She really enjoyed being a cheerleader. In the meantime, she just got a part in the community play Fairy Tale Courtroom  as a flying monkey. Tryouts were the other day, so we'll see how that goes these next two months. 

She is still super small and loves to cuddle. It's hard to think that she might actually be close to my height one day (all 5'3"of me).

She let Grandma and Grandpa have her room and we all had a great time with them.  Happy Birthday Karissa!

Next blog: update on the basement!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas 2016

The holiday has only really just begun for us. We went to school on Friday to the last moment possible. On Christmas Eve we did our usual tradition of caroling at a nursing home with other families from our ward. Some friends of ours came over to play in the afternoon because they were going out of town Christmas morning. Their family is becoming like one of our family members, so it was like playing with cousins. We had a nice dinner, Mexican style, for Christmas Eve. All of our kids, minus Erik of course, like tacos and tamales, which Jason bought from Mexican Town.

Eating the cookies while trying to decide which to put out for Santa.

Christmas morning everyone woke up bright and early. Santa brought Victoria markers at her request, a Fur Real Friends Pony for Karissa, a mini tablet for Austin, and some Star Wars cars for Erik. Other than a remote control car for Austin, most of the other gifts were useful and or needed. I liked it this way because the kids seemed not as overwhelmed with a bigger selection of toys. They all had fun with Karissa's pony and with Austin's car. Victoria drew on everyone with her markers, which we still see the results of this morning...
Erik had candy in his mouth here. He didn't get many presents and was happy as could be with his candy and cars.

Got what he wanted!

Washable markers, of course
This pony talks and responds to you. It's cute...

Erik also wanted circle chips for Christmas.

She got Red Wings tickets at a very good price for her good GPA.
He's wanted one of these for a while.

I made the best gingerbread waffled for breakfast! The best part? All of the kids ate at least most of theirs!!
Luke liked the pony too.

And his other toys.
 I loved having Christmas on Sunday! It gave us an excuse to get out and really enjoyed Christmas day worshipping our Savior. The music and the words spoken were so beautiful. The rest of the day was spent relaxing, talking with family, and playing with the games we received. We had a simple dinner of ham, green beans, rolls, and my homemade french fries. We had planned to decorate our gingerbread houses that we started putting together on Friday, but everybody too tired so we decided to wait until Grandma Pat and Grandpa Jim arrive, which is today! I hope your day was as relaxing as ours. Merry Christmas to all!

Ready for church!

This one turned out better the girls', I should have closed the window for theirs. This was taken a few weeks ago because they were excited to take the picture. I knew I may not have the chance for Erik to get in the picture again , and I was right! He took off his sweater at church and didn't want any part in a group picture. 

So we got to take our own! 17 Christmases spent together!

Thursday, December 22, 2016


We like to go to cold places when chances are high that it's going to be cold and snowy while we are there. We went to Chicago last weekend and it snowed on the way there and on the way back with temperatures in the teens and wind chills in the single digits. However, the weather did not discourage us and we had a great time!

Jason found out BYU would be playing Illinois there at the basketball stadium. Even though we knew the game would be late, we thought it would be a fun adventure. We drove Friday after school and arrived at our downtown hotel later than expected, due to the weather, but it was good practice for staying up the next night.

After a fabulous breakfast the next morning, we took the L and a couple of buses to the Museum of Science and Industry. It was one of the best museums ever! We got a pass so we can use the reciprocity around here and we might even go back to Chicago over the next year and use it again. A lot of our time was spent doing the holiday special exhibit and we still want to see some of the other regular exhibits we didn't get to see.
Tree coming into the museum.

Awesome, huge, model train display.

I loved this model waterfall part of it.

The holiday exhibit was Christmas trees around the world. We also enjoyed a Scottish dance show and as we walked back to the main museum from the auditorium, we saw Santa. And guess who wanted to stand in line to see him? Victoria and Austin. Karissa and Erik went to see some other things with Jason since they felt like they had enough time with him at the Detroit parade. They didn't allow outside pictures, so no pics of them with him.

Norwegian Christmas tree.

Puerto Rican Christmas tree.

Swedish Christmas tree.

Waiting for the L.

On the bus.
We saw a few other quick exhibits and got a bite to eat at the museum's food court, which was very impressive and reasonable for a food court at a museum.

After traveling back to the hotel, we took a very cold dip in the pool, hoping it was going to be heated, or at least a more comfortable temperature for wintertime in Chicago. We saw the Cloud Gate (aka Bean), ate the best thin crusted pizza in Chicago, according to Oprah, and froze our buns off outside between being in buses or buildings. Jason treated the kids to Dr. Pepper so they could make it through the game, which started after 8:30. It didn't matter that Erik had Dr. Pepper and some candy during the first part of the game, he still was super tired at halftime and fell asleep shortly thereafter. We lost the game, but still scored a lot and could have won if we had made that last 3 pointer.

The Cloud Gate

The big moment!

Super fans!
The hotel always had Granny Smith apples in the lobby which, to my surprise and delight, everyone but Victoria (mostly because she has braces) enjoyed snacking on every time we went past. When we left to go to a sacrament meeting on the way home on Sunday, we grabbed a few more apples. they were delicious!