Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Oh--and just found this--that might be easier then tie-dye!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
From the looks of things, not the laundry.
Last week Jackson was assaulted by a bug of unknown origin, probably a mosquito, but who knows. The bites got huge and red, one cheek swelled up, got all hard and was hot to the touch--long story short, they were infected and he had to go on antibiotics.
Emmett has the stinkiest shoes in the world. (and feet to match . . .) ;o)
Upon seeing some kids selling lemonade on the corner Marissa asked in all seriousness, "Are they orphans?"
A lemonade stand is going on the list of things to do.
In a moment of pure bravery (or sheer insanity, you decide) I took all five kiddos BY MYSELF to the cheap movie they were showing yesterday morning--HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (or something like that). We all got in for $13.75. That's a deal, and it's the first time my boys have been to a theater. It went pretty well. And I enjoyed being a "fun mom" for a morning. Usually, I'm the "no, you can't mom" or "no, that's just not gonna work mom." Sometimes it's good to step outside your comfort zone. ;o)
Yesterday, Jackson approached me and said, "Look, I've got a banana in my pocket!" And yes, there literally was a banana in his pocket.
I found a dresser last week and I've pulled out the black paint again . . . can't wait to get my new storage system up and going.
Bedtimes have been later . . . usually swimming, ice cream, or both are at fault. I think Jackson slept until 6:45 this morning. I could get used to that!
It's been a pretty good summer thus far~hope yours is as well!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I truly can't believe my baby (who was supposed to remain a newborn forever!) has reached his half year already. Have I mentioned before that I love him? ;o) He is SO sweet, a joy of a little boy. (I'm still holding out hope that I'll have one little boy that doesn't contribute to my premature aging). ;o)
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Quoting her, "On a human level, children are meant to learn how to comfort others with the same kind of comfort they have received in their own pain, sicknesses, and deep troubles. Children are meant to understand compassion and comfort because they have received compassion and comfort--and this should be in the family setting. A family should be a place where comfort is experienced and understood, so that the people are prepared to give comfort to others. Comfort should be related to the word family."
In light of that, I've been making some plans on how to make this time of recovery special for Isabella--she's supposed to be a "couch potato" for a week, doctor's orders. Here are a few ideas should you ever find yourself in a similar situation--
1. Tasty stuff--obviously her throat will be sore, but I'm stocking up on juices, popsicles, etc. I also bought "Ensure" it's a nutritional supplement, each bottle has 350 liquid calories. I figured her barely 40 lb frame doesn't have a whole lot to spare! ;o)
2. Presentation--a special floral cup to drink out of, small blue snack plates with matching striped napkins . . . just some sweet and simple ideas to convey "You are special!" and hopefully make whatever I'm serving up a bit more tempting.
3. A t.v. tray ready and waiting by her bed
4. Hanging up a wire/ribbon to clothespin "get well" cards to so they are there for her to look at
5. Getting the other kids in on the action, making get well cards and posters, getting her some balloons
6. A few special things just for her . . . vivid turquoise nail polish for an at-home mani/pedi, a new book filled with craft ideas, some refreshing coconut/lime lotion for foot rubs, beads and stretchy cord for a quiet activity of making necklaces/bracelets . . .
7. And maybe most importantly--availability, for holding and loving, reading to, watching a movie with . . .
I hope in the end she'll come away with fond memories of being cared for. It's not just caring for physical needs but caring for little souls (and big souls too!). It's a wonderful opportunity for each of us to practice having a servant's heart and develop empathy for the plight of another. We all like to be loved and feel special--and I hope we can successfully convey that to her while she recovers.
If you have anymore ideas to add to my list do share! We'll be reporting to the hospital at 7 a.m., surgery begins at 9 a.m. and hopefully we'll be home mid-afternoon.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
That SOME things . . . they DO improve with age.
(Toasters, blenders, towels . . . not so much).
But a marriage--it can only get better.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
And a little update on the summer reading--I found Josh pondering the girls' reading records--Marissa around 700 pages so far Isabella around 300--and he looked at me with fear in his eyes and asked "What is the plan here?" I told him how Marissa gets $1 for every 100 pages, Isabella $1 for every 50. And suddenly we each were hit with the revelation they just might make us go broke. I should have made it lower, like $0.25 or something. We may have to set a lid . . . Maybe once they hit $20 there will be different awards like read 1000 more pages and go to Sta.r Ci.ty Sh.ores or something like that. But I had myself a good giggle as Josh muttered something under his breath about "weirdos." ;o) I guess having an incentive is good motivation!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I'm finally getting around to getting a few pictures up, trying to pick and choose what best represents everything we saw. I can't recommend the Museum of Science and Industry enough if you ever happen to find yourself in Chicago . . . there was a whole area devoted to farming with a real combine and tractor available for exploration, an awesome weather area with a live "tornado," tons of other real stuff like airplanes and trains that you could go inside. One of the most fascinating (but also sad) exhibits for me was a collection of actual unborn babies that have been preserved. (to their best knowledge all the pregnancies ended naturally/because of problems). It was amazing to see a baby just past 9 weeks in development with everything there. The tiny little fingers were astounding.
Our last day spent on Michigan Ave. was great. (I could have spent A LOT more time there . . . ahem). ;o) We had to navigate ourselves down there because Garmin refused to speak to us. We happened to walk past a Garmin store and took him inside only to find out they needed to send it off because of a bad file. Bad Garmin. We had whole bunches of fun getting ourselves out of downtown Chicago using our 'L train map. (If you remember how well that map helped us on the first day). ;o) The American Girl store was amazing. And we ended up eating at a different restaurant due to a looooong wait, which was fine. (Plus the other restaurant validated parking, woohoo!)
We got in shortly after midnight Monday morning. The kids traveled well--going back is always more wearisome than heading out. I had wanted to switch Jackson to his own seat instead of his usual seat between the girls. That would have been a smart decision. ;o) Let's just say when he gets bored he finds ways to amuse himself that others don't find amusing. Overall, we've basically recovered. I do need to get some groceries, but the laundry is all caught up. (Well, by "caught up" I mean washed/dried, not exactly all folded . . .) ;o) We had a great time, and now I have a daughter to prepare for her first heading to camp experience and another one to get ready for surgery (tonsils/adenoids). A busy June!