Now there’s a crazy title, huh?
This week has been kind of a down week for us. I developed a bad UTI Sunday evening, which left me unable to sleep for most of the night (equals tired and cranky mom.) The last thing I wanted was to take antibiotics (they really mess up my system) but my wonderful doctor came to the rescue again when I called in. She suggested I try taking 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract 3x a day for a week instead. If I didn’t feel better soon, I was to call back and she would get me antibiotics, but this was a good alternative to try. The stuff is nasty (I’ve never been a fan of grapefruit anyways) but it works. I was feeling a lot better by Monday evening and while I’m still not 100% today, I am doing pretty good. And – because I know I’ll get suggestions for it – of course I’ve taken/am taking cranberry supplements. (But thank you!) I rarely get UTI’s, which I’m very grateful for because they are not fun. But then if you’ve ever had one, you already knew that.
Monday & Tuesday were cold, dreary days – it snowed quite a bit on Monday (which subsequently melted) and rained that cold bone-chilling kind of rain (about 38 degrees) yesterday. Today is a little nicer – about 50 degrees and partly sunny. I can’t wait for that gorgeous 65 degree weather that’s coming soon!
I’ve been busy doing deep-cleaning projects around the house. The kind of projects that feel immensely satisfying to accomplish, but that leave the rest of your house looking like you’ve been sitting around doing nothing. And yet you’re pretty tired from all the hard work you’ve done. Which is why I’m blogging right now (of course I am holding Luke at the same time, so it’s not like I’m only sitting at the computer.)
Nate & I worked really hard over the weekend and made great progress on our spring cleaning the barn/attic project. I am still working on some smaller projects – sorting out clothes, toys, etc. but the biggest parts have been done. It was a ton of work but it was so awesome to get it done. We have big piles of things to donate. If I had the time and energy I would have a yard sale, but I don’t. I love getting rid of things. I’m so weird.
I’ve spent the last two days trying to get the rest of the house caught up on again: sweep & vacuum the mounds of dirt that somehow manage to get in the house despite the fact that no one (is supposed to) wears shoes/boots in the house. Clean up the birdseed that Nathan spilled all over and that Emily flung even further around. Put away the laundry. Clean the fish tanks and bird cage. And on and on it goes.
Yesterday, I took on the project of cleaning out the fish tanks – and not just the usual water change/light cleaning, but really cleaning them out – changing out the filters, cleaning the plastic accessories, scrubbing off the algae from the lighting fixture etc. I also moved the fish from our 30 gallon tank in one room to the main 29 gallon tank in the living room. I decided recently that we don’t have room in the dining room for the 2nd tank and as both tanks only had a few fish, it would be the perfect time to combine them.
I guess cleaning out aquariums and moving fish from one tank to another doesn’t sound like a lot of work, but when you’ve got a steady stream of interruptions constantly aiming for you (there’s never a good time when I’m not interrupted), it can take a lot longer than you’d think. Plus I had to move some live aquatic plants and catch the fish to move them. Those 6 Bleeding Heart Tetras are fast and very hard to catch! I did eventually get everything finished and the 29 gallon aquarium is now nicely stocked (there were just 4 other fish before so with 10 now, it looks much more alive.) I can’t quite check that little project off my to-do list yet as I need Nate to help me finish taking down the 30 gallon tank, but I’m mostly there!
Now for little updates on the kiddos:
Nathan has been saving his money to buy a ladybug pillow pet, but he decided to put that money toward karate sparring gear instead. He came home from karate practice last week and announced that he needed sparring gear. Nate & I told Nathan we would pay for half of it if he came up with the other half. It turns out he had exactly half of it already saved up. When we asked him about the pillow pet, he told me “Mom, I am really serious about this sparring gear. A pillow pet is fun, but karate is much more important and fun too!” So sparring gear it is!
*sniff* My little boy is growing up!
Emily is quite the character lately. One minute, she is my best little helper and the next, she is pouring sand on Nathan’s head and then screaming that he pushed her. When she is having a ‘challenging’ day like yesterday, I am reminded that God knows what I can handle when it comes to my 1 girl and 3 boys! But all kids go through challenging phases and I know Emily is no different. I am so thankful for my sweet girly girl. She is very good pals with all her brothers in different ways and it’s really neat to see. Yet she’s not the least bit tom-boyish despite having 3 brothers and no sisters. She’s my great little helper too. When I need someone to hold Luke, I ask her, not Nathan. Nathan means well and loves his little brother, but he is not careful with Luke like Emily is. He will sit on the couch and read his book and not even realize that Luke is sliding sideways on his lap and becoming grumpy. Emily, on the other hand is very attentive and so sweet with Luke.
I’ve been meaning to post about how she says things for awhile so while I’m thinking about it, I’ll write it down now. Emily has a few that always crack me up – she calls Lucky Charms “Yucky Charms” and as you can see in the video I put up today, she used to call hotdog buns “hotdog buttons.” The day I pulled out the camera to take that video, she had been talking all about “hotdog buttons.” Then as soon as I started filming, she starts saying “hotdog buns” – I had to stop and ask her to say “hotdog buttons” again because I just had to have that on video. Of course, right? She also says “girl” like “gail” – with a definite New England accent, which is so funny because I (originally being from Ohio) do not and neither does Nate. You would think Nate would because he was born, raised, and lived in New Hampshire pretty much his whole life, but he doesn’t. But Emily does. I wonder if she’ll grow out of it? It’s awfully cute though.
Do your little ones pronounce certain words in a funny manner?
Joshua’s my happy, busy little guy as usual. His latest favorite thing is Thomas the Tank Engine. He will ask for “Choo Choo” on tv and sit down for 2 minutes to watch Thomas before running off to play again. The day he realized that Thomas was on tv and also the train he was holding in his hand was so funny. The look on his face as he looked from one to the other was priceless. He was thrilled when I found a Thomas the Tank Engine outfit for him at Walmart. He actually asked to wear it the other day – I pulled his clothes out of the drawer and he said “no. Choo choo!” What could I say to that?! It was clean, so I put it on him.
(No, the above picture doesn’t have Thomas on it, it’s just a picture I have of him, lol)
Joshua is Daddy’s good little helper too:
Luke is doing very well. He’s been on the reflux meds (Zantac) for a week now and I’ve definitely noticed a difference. Even Nate has. He’s much happier and has become very smiley all the time. I am so glad I spoke up when I did. Even after 4 children, I still need to be reminded to trust my mommy-instincts sometimes!
And to all you moms reading this, consider this your reminder that yes, you know best!
I finally got a picture of Luke smiling a few days ago – when Nathan was talking to him. Luke loves all his siblings but he smiles extra big for Nathan.
(Luke has a slightly blocked tear duct in his left eye so that’s why his eye looks a little red -that and bad lighting, lol!)
He loves his playmat – he is laying on it next to me while I type now and is “talking” up a storm to the toys:
And finally – a smile for the camera!
He has pretty good head control now too:
A couple Daddy & Luke pictures that I love:
In case you’re wondering what Luke is staring at, it’s the tv. Of course I didn’t put up the picture I took just before this of Nate staring at the tv with the exact same expression…
One final picture to close with – when I checked on the boys last night, I found Joshua sleeping like this:
Thanks all for checking in! Come back soon – I’ll be posting some giveaways soon that I know you’ll want to check out! 🙂