Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The other two kids are in the beginning stages of it now. Alli, 16, always gets an ear infection when she gets sick. We will be looking for that to set in during the next few days. Adam is nursing a bloody nose (due to his illness) as I type this.
So far, Hubby has escaped with only a minor sore throat. We pray that he won't get any worse as he is the one who must go to work! He has been sleeping on the couch and avoiding the "sickroom" in hopes that he will be able to escape this.
Yesterday I sent him to the grocery store for a few things when he got home from work, and he was quite lost. He hasn't been to a grocery store in years! If I didn't feel so bad I would have laughed at him when he kept calling me to ask questions.
I did take Adam to the pediatrician yesterday. The doctor said it was viral and antibiotics won't help. I knew they were trying hard not to prescribe antibiotics anymore, but I found some of his other recommendations interesting. The doctor said they were no longer recommending cough syrups of any kind, including Dimatapp, Robitussin and Mucinex, because they have discovered that they rarely work.
I told him I had been drinking hot echinacea tea (echinacea boosts the immune system), and he asked if I put honey in my tea. I said yes, and he said that explains why my cough isn't nearly as bad as Adam's. Apparently, they are now recommending honey instead of cough syrups as a natural cough suppressant. Who knew?
It is also interesting to note that an internal medicine practice (I have to pass through their office to get to the pediatrician) was making anyone in the waiting room who had certain symptoms wear masks. Apparently, they are expecting a bumper crop of sick people this season.
Anyway, the only thing the doc would recommend to me for Adam was honey and Tylenol. I guess I found this interesting because he is not a homeopathic doctor, he is a regular pediatrician.
No, we are not dying or in the hospital or anything, but for our family that rarely gets sick, this is a big deal and hard to handle when everyone gets it at once.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Adam, 5, came down sick Friday and by Sunday afternoon I was sick, too. With symptoms that include fever, headaches, sore throats, runny noses, cough, etc., the two of us are spending a lot of time curled up in my bed together. Poor baby! He sounds so pitiful!
Please pray that the rest of the family escapes this and that Adam and I will be feeling better soon. I know I have read many accounts of other bloggers being sick, too, so maybe we should remember all our friends and family in our prayers!
I have something very big coming up on Thursday (I'll tell you about it when I am feeling better), and I pray that now that God has humbled me He will see fit to heal me by then.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Because some big manufacturers were irresponsible and imported Chinese-made toys filled with lead and other poisons, the government has mandated that anyone selling items (toys, clothing, etc.) geared toward children must pay for product testing (at a cost of roughly $4,000 per toy). All items must also be permanently marked with a batch number and date.
Sounds good, right? Wrong. How many small family businesses, indie artists, stay-at-home mom and others who supplement their income by selling handcrafted items do you know that will be able to afford to pay for the mandatory testing?
The new law will go into effect on Feb. 9, 2009.
Please read this post at the Baby Gardener to see how you can help.
Other good links on the subject:
Business is Personal
Thursday, December 25, 2008
It actually started Christmas Eve night, when we always go to my mother-in-law's for dinner and the exchange of gifts for my husband's side of the family.
Hubby's stepfather cuts the turkey up before everyone sits down to eat.
I am very blessed to have a very sweet mother-in-law (and I'm not just saying that - she doesn't own a computer and so will never see this blog!).
Hubby's sister and her son.
His sister's cute daughter.
This morning the kids got started right away by tearing into their stockings.
Then it was time for the Christmas gifts!
This is Adam, 5, serenading one of the dogs with his new guitar.
Both of the boys got Air Hog radio controlled helicopters, but I think Hubby and the cats played with them more than the boys did. Jack, the orange cat, had a personal vendetta against the helicopter. He would be in a sound sleep, but he would hear the buzzing of the helicopter and come running. The chopper is about the size of a hummingbird - maybe Jack thought it was a bird? He wore himself out running and jumping on the couch, Hubby, or anywhere else he felt would get him closer to the helicopter. And he got really proficient at jumping up, hooking a claw in it and bringing the whirlybird down - despite all the wrapping paper and boxes lying around.
Surprisingly, the cats also enjoyed Justin's new skateboard. They both got on it (at different times) by themselves, and I was able to snap pictures.
Later in the afternoon two of my brothers (the only ones who still live in the same state as myself) came over with their families. This is my younger brother with his youngest child.
And that is my older brother on the far right. Notice Hubby in his recliner with his "Godfather" pose. He couldn't remember what he was doing but later joked that he was looking over his "subjects" in his domain.
Tomorrow my friend Nancy and her family will be coming down for a day or two. Who knows? We might hit some stores up for some after Christmas sales!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Close View of Tree Branches After Ice Storm
Thursday, December 18, 2008
If you still need some Christmas decorting ideas, head over to BooMama's Tour of Homes. I'm late (these were supposed to go up on Dec. 15), but I figured I would add mine on anyway. There are more than 800 links to people's homes!
Here is what's going on around my place:
Above the kitchen sink.
On top of the television.
My 5-year-old's bedroom door (with his artwork he taped there).
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Christmas Holly, Faith Family Friends
Well, it's here. The week before Christmas, when everything is hectic and our lives are go, go, go. Every year I say that things are going to be different - simpler. But every year I can't say no to the people who want to fellowship or do service projects during the holiday season.
Despite the busy season, I have to say that I enjoy every minute of the places to go and people to see. It's the things to do that get me. Keeping up with everything at home, so that we can enjoy the fellowships, is the hard part.
One thing I did do right this year- I insisted that I was not cooking a big dinner on Christmas day. I will make a big breakfast for my family. In the early afternoon, we have extended family coming over, so I will have to make finger foods and desserts -but not an entire dinner.
I do hope that each holiday activitiy falls under at least one of the three categories above: Faith, family and friends.
Here's the rest of my holiday schedule:
Today - Do all the laundry, make the kitchen spotless, figure out what to put in gift baskets. Go to a speciality store to find a particular gift. Meet friend at church who is going to help switch out computers (hopefully the new one will work better). This evening we have the church-wide Christmas party.
Thursday - Volunteer all day in the church office. Go to store for milk and produce.
Friday - Bake homemade items to go in gift baskets. Put at least together to go to in-laws tomorrow night. Go to homeschool store (30 minutes away) with friend who is just starting to homeschool and needs to see some different curriculum, etc. See what they have in the used section while I am there.
Saturday - C.A.R.E. (Christians Actively Reaching Everyone) Ministry at church (3 hours), Cantata dress rehearsal, dinner at father-in-laws in evening.
Sunday - Christmas Cantata at church. After church, go with 5-year-old to Christmas party for his Bible Skills, Drills & Thrills class.
Monday - Find Christmas present (the last one I have to get) for that hard-to-buy person who has everything and doesn't appreciate homemade items.
Tuesday - Volunteer in church office all day. Clean house!
Wednesday - Bake, bake, bake. Go to other in-laws house for dinner.
Thursday - Enjoy Christmas morning with Hubby and kids. In the afternoon, both of my brothers and their families will be coming over for finger foods and gift exchanges.
Friday - Travel down to S.C. to spend the weekend with friends (if Hubby's day off is approved).
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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Monday, December 15, 2008
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
And he believes that it's not really a good interpretation of God's sacrifice. He makes a good point in that Jesus knew exactly what He was doing on earth. He knew the sacrifice He would have to make, and He was willing. The boy in the film didn't know what was going to happen to him, and the father had only a split second to make his decision.
Also, God's son rose on the third day and his loved ones were able to see him again. The son in the film, though he may go to heaven, will not rise again on earth.
So I apologize if the film was too depressing or unrealistic. It did make God's sacrifice seem more real to me, but it guess it wasn't exactly the same.
(Yes, I know. That was cheesey... I couldn't resist. Guess I'll never be able to fill the shoes of Mother Goose!)
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
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Dump chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl.
Monday, December 8, 2008
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Friday, December 5, 2008
We covered our raised beds with plastic, which allowed them to last longer than they would otherwise have been able. But eventually, a few nights of below 20 degree weather took its toll. The carrots have been stunted, and I don't think they will survive. The cabbage has completely died off. The bib lettuce is now a total loss. And even the hardy green and red leaf lettuces look like they're telling us we've had our last salad.