Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Things We Put Up With

Here is a conversation that just transpired:

As Ella is switching Hattie's outfit and redoing her hair for her pretend photo shoot...

Me: "Hattie, you sure do put up with a lot from your big sister."

Ella: "MOM, she likes it. Don't you Hattie!!"

Hattie: "Not really...

Then after a long pause...

But I love you, Ella."

I couldn't help but laugh.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Such a Pretty Shade of Purple...

Did I ever tell you about the time I was carrying Hattie up the concrete stairs to our hotel room while in FL? I tripped, and as any good mother would do, sacrificed my own body so I could minimize Hattie's potential injury as much as possible. She came out without a scratch while I got a bruise the size of a baseball.

I routinely trip going up stairs. I have no idea what is wrong with my depth perception or why I am so dog-gone clumsy...but this happens to me all the time. I should not be allowed to carry children. :)

This pic doesn't do the purple color justice.

Just know it hurt. ;)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Three Muskateers

These three...

Most of the time they are inseparable. Where one goes, there are two following.

Giggles abound, squeals are intense, and the love is evident.

Except when they are scrapping...and they can do that to.

Seriously though, they have become the three muskateers and it is so cute.

Hattie used to be the little sister who would tag along and dream of being included with the "big girls", but now that she is growing up, they have all become best friends.

Yes, friends can argue from time-to-time and get a little grouchy, but they also have each other's backs, exhibit a fierce love for one another, and are creating life-long bonds between them. As a mother, it's a beautiful picture of family.

*dresses are from Cocoa Beach Surf Co. when we were there for our family vacation. I had bought them each similar dresses when I was in San Diego last year and they wore them until they were so crunchy they could practically stand up on their own. To say the dresses were loved is an understatement. I had to throw all three away due to holes or broken straps...luckily we found these cute ones to replace their beloved sundresses. I'm guessing these will get a lot of mileage this summer.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cora's Artwork

Cora wanted to do some sketching and she needed to find some willing she gathered up a couple of baby dolls we had around the sat, propped them up just so, and got to work.

I'm pretty impressed with them...the hand on the baby doll sketch 1 on the left side seriously looks like it is bent just as it would be if you were leaning on it. And I love the hair on the second one. The noses are quite good too. I love that she loves to draw and I can't wait to see the artist she will be.

How I Roll

I'm going to preface this with "I know this isn't normal." I get that.

But it's my reality.

I am cold all. the. time. Sometimes even in the middle of the summer I'll sit wrapped up in a blanket. If the temp is accidentally put below 78, I am chilly (my husband things he's sneaky). People always wonder why I complain about living in MN and I'm always raving about the warm weather states. Here's why:

I'm standing here in jeans with a pair of leggings underneath, a pair of fuzzy socks, a tank top, a long sleeve shirt, a zip-up hoodie, a coat, and a hat. Inside. Because I was cold. Did I mention that my house was set to 74?

My Hashimoto's/hypothyroid really plays with my body temperature and makes it difficult to stay warm. In fact, one of the symptoms of this disease is an "intolerability to cold." Not that I don't like cold...but an intolerability to it.

Intolerable: Adjective
unable to be endured: unbearable,
insufferable, too much to bear, unacceptable, too much

There have been times where I have felt so cold, where it's deep in my bones, and I just can't manage to warm up that I have taken my temperature to see if I am completely nuts. The number on the screen has read 96.9F. Totally. Not. Normal.

Yes, I've seen a dr....this is just the nature of the beast. It's just fair warning that I may move down south at some point in my life. :) Who's coming with me?!?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sick Kiddies

Life just never really calms down around here. Jason and I spent the weekend and early part of this week caring for sick kiddos.

Lily and Cora started throwing up on Saturday night. Lily started the whole party off before we went to bed, and Cora decided to join in around 4am. Jason pulled their mattresses into our room and it was then dubbed "the infirmary" and off limits to others in the house. There wasn't a lick of sleep that night as he was holding a bowl for one or the other all throughout the night. I was informed that there was even a time when he was holding the bowl for Cora who was actively using it when he heard Lily call from the bathroom in a rather emergent tone "Dad...Dad, I need you!" which was followed by what he described as a "splash" sound. Eeeeewwww gross. Apparently she was literally standing right by the toilet with the lid *closed*. To say this man is a good dad and has an abundance of patience is an understatement. He did such a good job of taking care of the girls when they really needed someone to comfort them.

Where was I you ask? I was taking care of Hattie who seemed to have her own unrelated bug. She also came down with something on Saturday night. She was put to sleep and within an hour, she was awake and crying. I spent the night nursing a 101.6 fever for this poor girlie. We spent the next day camped out on the couch blowing her nose every .8 seconds. Her fever broke overnight and you would have no idea that the girl had ever been sick.

You can see the sick in her eyes.
Three sick kids...two different bugs. At the same time. So weird.

Cora and Lily are still upstairs feeling under the weather. They haven't thrown up since Sunday morning, but it is taking them some time to get back on their feet and have any sort of appetite. I've given them more bone broth and applesauce over the past two days!

To top things off, Jason left for TX today for work and will be gone until Friday. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that no one else comes down with this...especially me since I've got no back-up!

Remember to thank God for your health, we take it for granted!!