Monday, March 23, 2009

Prayer request

This is a blog that I follow regularly. Please click over and pray for their sweet baby.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Proof that Trey's the neat freak!

As if you needed proof!!

I overheard this mini-conversation while Trey was dust-busting the edges of floor:
Layton: Can it be my turn next Daddy?
Trey: No way; this is all me!

And today while Ainslee was playing with her play cleaning things, I heard her say, "I'm cleaning...I'm cleaning just like Daddy."

I know that doesn't look good on me. I promise I do some cleaning, and I makes LOTS of lists of things that need to be cleaned, but by far Trey is the one that stresses about everything being clean!

Disclaimer: This post makes it sound like our house is immaculately kept, and it is NOT. If you come over unannounced, you will definitely find a cluttered counter, dishes in the sink, and beds unmade, but you will not find one crumb!

Ava has beautiful skin except....

Ava has the most beautiful skin of all my children except for one problem area...her upper lip.

For the past few MONTHS it has been broken out all but maybe a day or two here and there. We'll get it cleared up, and then her nose runs (as always!) and it breaks right back out.

This morning when she woke up it was really bad. I guess it had been itching her during the night because it's pretty much raw and her sheets had blood on them.

I don't know what to do, and I am definitely open to suggestions! In fact, if you think someone you know might know something we can do, please forward this post on!

Here are the things that we already use because of Layton's and Ainslee's excema-prone skin:

*Tide or All Free & Clearn laundry detergent
*Bounce Free fabric softener
*Suave Free & Clear Children's shampoo
*Dove for Sensitive Skin soap
*Cetaphil cream
*Neither Trey nor I wear cologne or perfume
*We also have a variety of different Rx excema creams of different steroid strengths on hand(which are not approved for her from the Dr.) as well as Elidel (which hasn't been approved for her either); we are wiling to use them on her if we are told that they're safe for her skin. She wasn't old enough when they were prescribed.
I should also mention that she's seen her pediatrician twice already for this spot. He gave her an ointment (not for excema) and an anti-viral. I do have an appt scheduled with a dermatologist for April 2, but I don't know what to do until then with it being so bad right now!
Oh yeah and click on the pictures to see them closer up!

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Where are my skinny pills????

OK Y'all...I ordered these skinny pills like over a week ago, and last Thursday they said they'd be shipped in 24 hours! Well guess what! The status still says that they'll be shipped in less than 24 hours!

I know, I know...some of you skinny people out there may judge me, but my friend lost 27 pounds on these things, and she didn't even need to lose weight! Plus I saw my class picture today, and let's just say that it got neatly tucked away in a filing cabinet, and it will stay there until I've lost so much weight that I can look back and laugh at that sucker! Anyway just wondering where they are! I ordered them from Anybody else have any experience with them??? No? Well they're on my bad list until I get my order!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

What's for dinner?

Here's a new take on pizza that I found on
2 cans crecent rolls
8 sticks string cheese
16 link sausage, cooked
pizza sauce

Preheat oven to 350. Unroll the crescent rolls and spread about 1 tbsp pizza sauce. On long end, place cooked link sausage and 1/2 string cheese stick. Roll back up and place on ungreased cookie sheet. I would advise against using the beloved baking stone for this particular recipe. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crescents are brown. Cheese will not be completely melted but will be heated through.

My kids are skiddish when it comes to meat, so for theirs I left the sausage off. Also Layton wasn't feeling the pizza sauce so his consisted of just the crescent roll and cheese. They really turned out pretty good and were SO simple! A good Saturday night meal and kids could easily help!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Did you know Layton's 4???

That's right! My oldest baby is not a baby anymore! It seems like over night he went from being a tantrum-throwing toddler to a more reasonable little boy. He even looks older! He is so much into pirates these days, and every TV show that he watches has a pirate episode so he's in hog heaven when they run those episodes. Have you ever noticed that? There's a Pirate Dora, Pirate Wonder Pets, and a Pirate Backyardigans! There's even a Pirate Mr. Potato Head! We, of course, had a pirate birthday party, complete with a treasure hunt! I felt very Martha Stewart-ish when planning his birthday party! I made the invitations on the print shop that I got for Christmas, and I made the cake! (with the help from a how-to video
We let him wear his pirate costume from Halloween, and several of the guests wore their own pirate gear too! Here's a picture of him and his cousin, Tyler. They are such cute little pirates together!

It just seems so hard to believe that it's been four years since we were so scared to bring this little (8 pound 14 ounce) baby home. Here are some things that we actually did (such rookies!):
1. I actually held him, while crying, and said, "I'm sorry that we're so poor, and I'm sorry that your Mama's fat!" Like he cares!
2. I actually put him in his swing, unbuckled, turned it on high to rock him asleep, fell asleep from pure exhaustion on the couch, and woke up to him on the floor. Then I went hysterical, crying again, and called Trey to come home because I just knew I had horribly injured our son!
3. I acutally boiled his bottles to the point of melting them so then I had to go buy completely new bottles!
4. I was actually afraid that my big huge mammoth b-words were so big that they would literally suffocate him so I quit nursing after 3 days and cried again when he took to the bottle so easily!

And some things that we still do, even though we're now more seasoned parents:
1. We still use All Free & Clear in the laundry, Dove soap for sensitive skin, and scent-free shampoo to keep their delicate skin soft as silk.
2. We still keep sanitizer on hand at home and have some stashed in my purse and the diaper bag. Although that may come from the teacher side of me, not just the neurotic parent.
3. I still have the nurse's line on speed dial, and they still know us by name, and I don't have to remind them of my children's dates of birth.
4. I still google every weird symptom or weird stage that they go through just to make sure that they're normal.

Monday, March 2, 2009

I read this on McMama's blog and thought it was worth sharing. She says it was written in 1958 and first published in Ladies' Home Journal. I love it!

Song for a Fifth Child

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo

The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren't his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.