Saturday, February 21, 2015

Books, Tortillas and Girls on the Mend

We were all feeling more normal today, I'm happy to report! I was glad we had the weekend to recoup some more and maybe begin venturing out some after a rough week stuck inside.

The kids and I made our own paper books after breakfast. Rosie wrote a cute one about our family and what we all do. My page was my favorite.

"Mommy does dinner." Yes. Yes, I do.

I was tickled at the fun things they came up with and wrote about. It felt good to get creative with them.

After we got dressed and ready, we decided to go visit our new city's library and get our library cards.

The children's section is on the first floor with the community rooms and check-outs, so it's not a super-quiet floor. The adult floors are upstairs. That's great library planning! The kids loved this painted bathtub to lay in and read. 

Everyone there was so friendly, and it was full of people. There are tons of programs each week for children, and it seems like a really vibrant, active place in the city. We were pleased!

The gentleman who helped us get our cards was a Hispanic man in a fedora who reminded us of our Papaw. That made me miss our families. He was so kind and helpful.

We got loaded up with books, videos and music, and we headed for a couple more errands. At home, we tried our hand at homemade tortillas.

They were OK, but not the greatest. Next time, I'm going to have to get some lard. There's just no other way, I think. I'll likely never make them as well as our aunt Betsy! J helped me cook them, and he toasted them on the iron skillet in some bacon grease. That helped a lot. We had bean and cheese burritos for dinner with them. Not bad!

The girls had a great day and seem to be on the mend. It was so good to get out and have fun together as a family.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Race to Wellness

Another day home for my girlies. No more puking after yesterday around lunch time, though, and fevers have been low, so we are thankful.

We got M in to see the doctor this morning, and things seem to be OK other than needing a sample like Rosie. So I'm back in that business today.

M's been pretty perky and normal all day today, and she's been wanting to go back to school, Things definitely seem to be looking up!

I got to introduce the girls to my favorite Disney movie today, "Mulan". So our day looked a lot like this:

Gatorade and television. I'm going to have a hard time detoxing these girls from TV once they get feeling better. We've watched way more than the recommended daily allowance this week!

The saddest part of the day was the girls missing out on their school's annual fun run. They were both begging to go, but there was no way that was happening. So daddy and Stu went without them.

J texted me when it was over that Stu was amazing. He said that in the first run, he finished in probably the top 10. Then the kids decided to run the course one more time, and he said Stu finished second out of everyone. He has definitely always liked to run, and he's so tiny that he can get places very fast for sure! Looks like J passed on the running gene.

The boys brought home goody bags from the race for the girls, too, and they all got their race shirts. I was glad that those two got some good guy time together.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Another One Bites the Dust

This morning, M joined the tummy bug ranks. So J was able to take Stu to school. (One more reason to be so grateful for this new a principal, he never had this kind of schedule flexibility!)

Stu was over-the-moon excited.

My day consisted of taking care of my girlies and spending lots of down time with them.

Oh! And trying to get poop samples.

The instructions are kind of hilarious. You need something to laugh at at times like these.

They say you should try something new every day. I've never dealt with stool samples before, and this isn't what I was thinking for today in the "try something new" vein, but I'm sure I'll be a stronger woman for it.

I also learned that stool sample kits come with sporks. Who knew?!

M began puking today and running a fever, so let's all pray that it doesn't spread to the rest of us.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Lenten Tummy Bug

Today is the first day of the Lenten season, and while I don't really subscribe to the whole "giving up" something tradition, I do like to use the weeks leading up to Easter to think a little more on Christ's sacrifice for me and be more grateful for it. The concept of giving up things just seems legalistic and trite to me. If I gave up something, knowing me I'd just find another vice to fill up that space. And frankly, I want my faith to be evident 365 days a year, not just the 40 days between Fat Tuesday and Easter.

(I'm not saying it's wrong to give up something. That's between you and your Lord. It's just never been something I've been called to do.)

The verse that usually comes to mind this season is "It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery." Galations 5:1

I'd decided I wanted to use this season to get back into the discipline of rising early for Bible study. I've felt as though the verse the Lord keeps bringing to mind for me personally is "Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit." Psalm 51:12 I don't want to just be complacent and go through the motions of my faith. I want to live it out to the fullest!

As things go for sinful humans, I fell flat on my face in failure on the first day. I woke up late and missed my chance. Then Rosie ended up with a tummy bug, so she stayed home with me and we went to the doctor.

She'd been complaining of a hurting tummy since Saturday night. The hilarious part was in the morning after I dropped the other two off at school, she began to talk to me from the back seat and I jumped because I'd forgotten I wasn't alone like I usually am! It was so funny. The doctor put her on a starchy diet and gave me instructions to collect samples to make sure she didn't have salmonella from eating out over the weekend. The good part? We scored a pediatrician here in town on our first try! The office was wonderful.

We ventured out to the store to stock up on the snacks and drinks we needed. She felt well, so we did some browsing, too. Found these big pearl hoop earrings for a steal! They made me laugh. I'd never think to pair giant 4" hoops with pearls! I had a great time window shopping with my baby girl. It reminded me that we need to get our kids out individually more often.

We came home and ate some lunch, then she fell asleep while watching the Disney Jr. shows she misses during the day at school.

I completely missed the mark on my Lent goal, but God still used the day to speak to me as is His custom. It was a lovely day spent with just my girl, but it also reminded me to be careful how I spend my time. It would be easy to do nothing all day and be lazy since I'm alone with no accountability, but with Rosie home with me it reminded me to press in to my days at home without children around and to be faithful in the work God has called me to do. It was a renewed call to use my time wisely and to not waste a moment.

"Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise." Ephesians 5:15

It's been a good while since one of us was sick. I was just bragging to J the other day about our family's good health. God always has the better plan for our days, so we shall simply adjust and be grateful!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snooze-day Tuesday

In homemaker world, this Tuesday was more like my Monday since the kids were out of school. Back to our regular routines today.

Here in our new house, "Monday" is becoming laundry day. While I typically do two loads of laundry every day during the week to keep caught up, for some reason the volume is heavier on Mondays since weekends get a bit busy. And with five of us home for two entire days, the volume of dirty clothes grows, too.

I tend to save most of my weekly ironing for Mondays as well, between loads. Most of my friends think I'm a nutjob, ironing in the 21st century, but I really do enjoy it. I used to iron most all of my clothes before we had kids, but now I only iron J's work clothes. He never expected me to do it when we got married, but my mother taught me well. My husband looks great every single day as he walks out the door in his dress clothes. I love that I'm the responsible for that! (Well, maybe it's half his good looks and half my ironing skills.  Haha!)

I took this picture after I finished one of his white suit shirts.

After school, I took the kids to the grocery store to pick up a few staples. Our store's bulk doughnuts are .50 each, so I've started letting them each pick one on those rare occasions when they're with me.

Today we saw a lot of leftover valentine stuff. We love to look at the big floral department, and my favorite thing was this huge bucket of red carnations. My all-time favorite!

I was sad that the merchandise hadn't been marked down very much, so I didn't buy myself any carnations. I'd really rather grow them anyway, but I've yet to be successful with my seeds. Maybe I'll try again now that we might live in a different growing zone.

Kind of a snooze-day Tuesday around here!

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Capital Presidents' Day

The kids were out of school today for a teacher workday, which meant J had to go in to the office. He's the best husband on those days when we get to sleep in while he has to still get up early to go to work. He makes sure I'm all tucked in tight and warm (since I get cold so easily when I sleep) when he gets out of bed. When I got up. I discovered that he'd left out the products that we share in the morning so I wouldn't have to dig them out.

That, to me, is real love. And why I don't need a big production on Valentine's Day when he shows me so much love in the everyday.

(And yes, I do use man deodorant. Don't judge...I just love the way it smells!)

The kids and I finally got up and around, then we went to the grocery store to make some lunch to take to J's office.

We made our first trip into the big city since we've moved here!

I was so proud of myself that I was able to get there and back ok in the dreary weather. It's been a long time since I've driven in big downtown areas!

We had a great time visiting J's office and meeting most of his co-workers. The kids were their usual charming selves.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine Sunday

Last night after we got three exhausted kids bathed and tucked in, we settled in to watch Saturday Night Live. That's nothing out of the ordinary for us; we watch it almost every Saturday night even if we're out of town. What was special was that, in preparation for the 40th anniversary program next week, they showed the very first episode that aired in 1975 that George Carlin hosted!

I can't remember how old I was when I started watching it. I remember Victoria Jackson, Dana Carvey, and Mike Myers, so it had to have been the mid- to late-80s. Daddy and I would watch it together most every Saturday night if we were home. It was always a special tradition to me. Hearing my daddy crack up laughing is one of the best sounds in the world to me!

I think SNL is probably where my original love of comedy came from. Or maybe it was being an only child and vying for attention in a room of adults...making people laugh was one of the ways I could ensure I'd be heard.

It's not always funny, and some casts have definitely been better than others, but every Saturday night you'll likely find us watching it as long as it's on.

So Sunday we got the rare treat of having Landa and Popes in church with us! I was so thrilled that they were able to join us! There's something so special about having our family with us in worship. There's no other feeling like it. It was an extra special blessing to have them stay later to be with us when I know it would have been beneficial for them to head home, too. We ate an awesome hole-in-the-wall Mexican breakfast afterward. We ate more Tex-mex this weekend than we have since we've moved here! It was awesome!

We spent the afternoon hanging around at home. Since Uncle E was here Saturday playing his banjo and guitar for us. the kids got the idea to play their guitar that he bought them. So we worked on guitar skills a little bit, and I got my cello out so we could work on that, too.

I've been trying to re-learn guitar, myself. I've always wanted to play, but it's a much different animal for me than the cello that I'm trained on. I used to play guitar a bit in college, and I really hope I can pick it back up! I'm having a blast getting re-acquainted with my cello, too. I love music deeply to my core.

The kids treated us to some concerts all afternoon and into the evening.

Restful Sundays rock!