Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Scott's sister Krissy flew out to Utah for a wedding and stayed with us for a night. She brought each of the kids gifts from her recent trip to Hawaii which was a big hit! We had a nice visit.
And some random pictures: Jane loves to help out around the house. Vacuuming is high up on her list of chores she enjoys.
Monday, November 26, 2012
The children spent as much time as they could playing out in the snow. I got to do some extra baking while they played. We also had a lot of wet clothes and the dryer was constantly running.
Charles made a few snowmen.
And he and I had a snowball fight. The older he gets the more of a challenge it becomes for me! He's fast, good at taking cover, and has a pretty good arm!
Now the snow has melted and it's in the high 50's once again. Snow, we hope you come again soon.
*as a side note, we hadn't used our fireplace the past 2 years because it started smoking when we turned it on so we needed to get it maintenanced. But we finally had someone come in and we got it up and running again just in time for the cold. I found a nice screen cover at Savers for $12 which I was really excited about because we needed one since the glass gets so hot and they're normally a lot more than that! It was a blessing from the Lord because that was my first trip to Savers and we went in search of carry-on luggage (which we found) and on my way from the luggage section to the register(I don't like to shop around when my kids are present, which they were) this screen caught my eye; the only one and it goes perfectly with our living room!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Last week I made an army tank birthday cake. Most of it was done in butter cream with a few fondant details. I made a half batch of marshmallow fondant which made the army guy on the top of the cake, stars, covered the preztel rod gun, and made the tread which went under and over the golden oreo cookie tires. I made the army guy cake topper and the pretzel gun a couple of days before I made and frosted the cakes so as to spread out the work.
I used three cake box mixes; they made a sheet cake and half of a ball cake.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Nora had her 6 month wellness check up this past week; she's closer to 7 months now but I didn't want to schedule her appointment until Elisabeth and Charles were back in school; I didn't want to bring the whole gang.
I was surprised when the pediatrician informed me that the peanut and egg allergy restrictions have been removed(formerly you weren't allowed to give either of the two until one year of age)! The doctor said they've been doing studies for quite some time in different parts of the world and that they think that restricting it has caused more allergies. So now you can start feeding your baby those things whenever they start solids. Of course you'd still want to be careful because peanuts could be a choking hazard for a child that young whether it's in it's whole form or in the form of peanut butter since peanut butter is thick and sticky; but small amounts should be okay.
Nora received 4 immunizations in one oral liquid form and two shots(which she hated). She checked out great, small of course, just like our other four children, but healthy. Here are her stats:
Weight: 15 lb 7 oz - 27 %
Height: 26 1/2 inches - 63%
Head Circumference: 16.5 in- 27%
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
We didn't do anything grand or really spectacular while they were off track this past time, mostly we just hung around here. It was busier for me having them here all day, but busy in a good way. We always began our days doing chores, practicing piano, etc, and then later in the day we'd play: sometimes it was board games, sometimes crafting, we went to the dollar movie theater one day, they played outside with neighbors sometimes, we had a snowball fight when it snowed last week, and one day the kids colored a bunch of Thanksgiving pictures, the older ones wrote notes on the back, and we brought them to a local nursing home where we gave them to some elderly folks.
|The kids with Don, our new friend and a WW2 veteran|
Monday, November 12, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
But we're not done. After clothing shopping, I still needed to stop at Costco. I shouldn't have, I knew my kids were hungry and tired, but Costco was so close and I really needed some things because I'd been avoiding this all week, and so we went. My arm was killing me from holding Nora for so long so I brought in her car seat and put it in the shopping cart, which was not okay with her. She screamed while I quickly ran around the store, three of my other children either in the cart or hanging on the sides, Elisabeth walking beside us, and I'm trying to grab everything off of my list while not running into anyone, and because it's Friday, that's not an easy task. About halfway through our list, I took Nora out and held her while we finished shopping so she wouldn't scream, and Elisabeth helped me push the cart around(she's a gem!). I got more, "your hands are full, aren't they?" comments, than usual. Probably 5 during that one trip to Costco. But that really doesn't matter. Anyway, we made it and got screaming Nora back in the van and we took off for home.
When we got home I asked all the kids to help bring groceries in while I changed Nora's diaper and nursed her to sleep because she desperately needed it. We had bought a couple of the large containers of Adams peanut butter and I asked Elisabeth and Charles to each take one downstairs to the storage room. While I was nursing Nora in her room, I heard what sounded like someone crashing into the storage room door and then Elisabeth yelled, "Charles! I'm telling Mom!" A moment later, Elisabeth quietly opens the door and whispers, "Mom, Charles was running around with the peanut butter and purposely crashed into the door and it fell out of his hands and dropped on the floor and it opened and there's a lot of peanut butter on the floor." I quietly thanked her for the information and asked her to wait downstairs and that I'd be down in a minute. When she shut the door and I was alone with my thoughts, initially I was mad and tired. Mad that Charles wasn't being careful and probably did that to make the girls laugh. But then another feeling washed over me. Peace. Almost instantly I felt the stress that was building inside begin to melt away. I let that peace come over my body and I saw, in my mind, me, walking down the stairs calmly, cleaning up the mess with Charles while talking to him about it, kindly and in a loving way. I felt comforted and warm inside and I knew that if I followed that prompting all would be well. So I said a quick prayer of thanks, laid down baby Nora to sleep and walked downstairs to assess the damage. There was about three cups of peanut butter and oil on the carpet near the door to the storage room; at least someone had thought to pick up the container and set it upright on a higher surface. I went back upstairs and grabbed a wide spatula, a cookie sheet with no rim, carpet cleaner and a rag. I went back downstairs to where the kids eyes were fixed on the puddle of peanut butter, and I scooped what I could up onto the cookie sheet, sprayed the carpet and asked Charlie to help me scrub. As we scrubbed together we talked. We talked about why this happened and how something like this could be avoided in the future. I then told him that the amount of peanut butter on the floor was probably worth about $2-3, and that in order to make up for that loss, I'd like him to earn that money by doing some extra chores for me later that day, which he agreed to. Whew! Thank goodness the rest of our day was fairly uneventful, besides the pictures of course :). Lindsay, our photographer, did a great job! It's hard doing pictures with young children, trying to get them to look at the camera and if possible, smile, but she did it!
I love this one: