Tuesday, September 25, 2012

kitchen chair adventures

 
yesterday i was doing my normal stuff
i was in the middle of scrubbing the bathtub when i suddenly just HAD to load the kids into the van and go to walmart
...
to buy paint
it was an emergency
i have hated my kitchen chairs for quite a while
not because they are ugly
but because they were just gross
peeling paint
 
sunbutter rubbed into the cracks by small hands
 
stains
 
eww
 
these were left here by the previous owners and we were soooo happy they were because otherwise the 5 of us would be sharing 2 hobbit sized chairs.
 
i had planned on just finding "new" ones at goodwill one day but that hasn't happened in the almost 3 years we've been here
 
so anyways. sandpaper. paint. some nasty old jeans. and i was ready
 
i tried to remember all the things painterhusband had taught me the last time we painted together.
i sanded. i cut in. i even cleaned my brush the right way as soon as i was done with each coat
 
go me
 
i've learned something since being married to painterhusband. paint is more than cosmetic. much more. it protects and helps preserve the surface you are painting. things need paint to last.
 
now my chairs will make it a little longer AND i wont be embarassed when friends want to sit on them
 
sorry friends
 
i realized something. i would be the worst artist. or rather, the most dead artist. i didn't eat, drink, or even sit down all day yesterday,. i just kept working. and today was almost the same if it hadn't been for hank and his super-hungry self wanting to nurse all the time. i actually ate an apple on the run.
 
again...go me
 
now if i can just stop being OCD about touching up we will be able to sit on them sometime...this year. seriously, someone come take the brush away from me because i keep looking for missed spots and i can't stop.
 
but aren't they pretty?
 
and look what a little baking soda and vinegar did!
eventually i'll find some funky fabric i love to re-cover them but these cleaned up pretty well considering the disasters they've been through
 
tune in later for "sunflower seed butter adventures"
its going to be epic
 
 
 
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

herbs, TV, and not so many toys

Herbs
 
we recently went through our first sickness since we started using herbs. we got the lung funk. cough, congestion, runny nose, sore throat...and wheezing for half of us. this is the 2nd cold reed has ever had that hasn't sent him to the ER. and this was a respiratory infection. he should have been in the ER. i'm not saying my herbs cured him. but they helped. alot. they helped all of us alot. chris came home one night and asked for my "magic tea". we used alot of olive leaf and the immune booster tincture. i also made a tea from several different herbs that help with wheezing, coughing, and killing off germs. then i added a little cayenne. i feel like our recovery time was faster. izzy and reed got over it the fastest.
they still have coughs but the fever/lying around and not moving part ended in less than a day. they also got the largest amounts of tincture
chris got the least since he only took it in the morning before he left and at night when he got home. he spent one night borrowing reed's nebulizer he got so bad.
i avoided the sickness the entire time the kids and chris were sick. thought i was home free. stopped taking my herbs. and got sick 2 days later with major sinus crap and coughing.
hank has held out but finally got a fever a few days after i did.
so. the 3 that took the most herbs got the least sick.
next time i wont quit taking them just because everyone seemed better.
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TV and Not So Many Toys
 
i'm not saying i'm against TV and toys. this is just what we've done and its helped us alot
 
recently we took all the kids movies out to the guest house
we also took out most of their toys and books
we are getting down to the bare minimum
terrible parents you say?
here's what would happen
kids would go play in their room
they would dump out ALL the toy containers in a pile
then throw stuff
then walk away 5 minutes later
they were too overwhelmed about the mess to figure out how to clean it up
i got mad because i had a giant pile of crap to clean up
finally i decided it was time to go montessouri on their butts
so i left a few books and a tiny basket of cars and animals
don't worry. i didn't throw it away. we're rotating things after a few weeks....maybe longer.
 
the movies...well...i don't know when we'll let them come back.
the kids have been behaving so much better than they were a few weeks ago
i'm not saying its because of this and this only
but i believe it has helped
its not like they were even watching movies that much. once in a while i'd attempt to use it as a babysitter so i could try to put away some laundry or wash some dishes. not cool.
 
they've started being more creative with their playing
which i absolutely love
i've started to be more creative in my ninja moves to get stuff done
they actually PLAY with their toys. instead of just piling them up and leaving a mess
we have been able to avoid all the clean-up-fights: kids crying, me upset, wooden spoons coming out, kids crying some more. it just wasn't cool.
 
 
i wish we had done this years ago
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

the hall patient

 
my family seems to really like spending time at vandy. this time it was my turn. i mean, if i'm not going to have a baby this year i might as well make an appearance at the hospital right?
 
highlights:
7 hours in a hospital bed
1 CT scan
6 blood draws
1 lady-problem doctor
1st experience with morphine
 
zofran. ahhhh
1 puddle of blood on the floor when my vein decided to squirt during the blood draw
1 puke bag
3 tattoo compliments
1 IV
1 time getting walked in on by a teenage boy while i was peeing
lots of people watching since i was "the hall patient"...which i decided is more fun than being in a real room. lots more action
1 prescription for more zofran. ahhhh
1 pregnancy test (negative. sorry folks)
2 minutes of walking down the hall holding a pee cup...with pee in it
orders to follow up with 2 different doctors
 
chris wondered why i chose to wear my largest baggiest pants and one of his hoodies.seriously, the pants were held up with a safety pin which got a good laugh out of the radiologist guy. but i mean, c'mon, when you're puking and having some awesome pain the last thing you are thinking about is dressing up for a E.R. visit. sorry chris.
 
my mother, who is amazing, stayed with my kids at home. all of them. yikes! God bless the woman. somehow she got my house super clean by the time we got home. she must have some magical mom powers to be able to do that. i have no yet reached that level of motherhood. i hope to one day. maybe i have to wait till i'm a grandma.
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

girls have to sit

today was the day izzy realized that some things in life are....just the way they are.
the hard truth is, girls have to sit
there's no standing
so when i heard her say "mom watch me pee pee like a boy"
i just had to investigate
she stood there
thinking
pants around the ankles
"watch! like this!"
 
then a moment of despair
"mom...i can't make my girl parts point that way"
 
well sorry dear it will never work
not unless you purchase one of those funnel things from campmor
or this Whiz Freedom Portable Reusable Urine Funnel
but never fear, i will teach you the fine art of "out door peeing for girls" this week
you will feel less sad
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

a normal sick day

 
chris and i watching psych while the kids are in bed last night
we hear a tiny crinkly noise
maybe its a mouse
10 minutes later
what?
reed is not infact, in bed. he's sitting on the counter eating crackers
 
i am attempting to type a sentence in my previous post
i see a hairy childs head under the kitchen table
i hear a noise
oh, thats just the sound of sharpie on the wood floor
no big deal
p.s. where did they even find a sharpie? i can't even find a freaking pencil in this house
 
 
reed: i has itties in my buns!! i has itties!
i check.
oh. of course, a spider crawling on your butt cheek. totally normal.
 
i leave the kitchen to get hank out of the bathroom
when i come back, this is what i find
thanks for the cream in my coffee izz
 
later, we colored. izzy made me.
 
then the request for the mattress so i yanked it off the top bunk and threw it in the back room
i can't tell if hank is scared or having fun
 
i guess it was time to jump off the kitchen chairs
which gave me an idea....
why did this picture turn out half dark and half light?
 
obstacle course! duh!
 
 
 
hank made his own
 
 
also...he has a cute face
 
 
later, while i was attempting to pour myself a new cup of coffee (the one that got a used q-tip ten thrown in ten minutes later), they decided it was time to knit
 
 
now that the disaster cleanup has mostly ended, it is time for a peppermint bath and a dose of garlic oil on their feet.
and a prayer that i will make it till nap time without pulling out all my hair
 
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something about herbs

here's the thing with herbs
they don't cure or prevent everything.
technically i'm supposed to say they don't cure or prevent anything
there ya go
lobelia
just because you are drinking echinacea tea every day doesn't mean you'll never get sick
just because you're dropping olive leaf drops under your tongue doesn't mean you'll never get the stomach virus
in my experience, herbs have lessened the symptoms in a huge way or helped us get over things much more quickly than normal
basil
here's another thing
tylenol. sudafed. antibiotics. cough syrup. benedryl. codeine. claritin. etc. etc. etc. cover up the symptoms. sure the antibiotics kill some germs but they also make your immune system weaker. herbs don't cover symptoms but they also don't fix everything in life
valerian
life is sometimes painful and sometimes you will get sick
get over it
its the curse
there's just no way around that
 (p.s. i wish i had this much lavender!)
do you think God just randomly created all these awesome plants just so we could look at them?
no
they have so many healing properties and very few, if any, side effects
use them
catnip
 
 
 
 
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Monday, September 10, 2012

question of the...year?

when is baby keldie #4 coming?
well...not yet. that i know of anyways.
trust me, you will know about 5 seconds after we do.
we suck at secrets
we can't handle the usual 12 week baby secret
so just be patient friends
i know, hank is almost 1 so we are slacking
it is quite possible that chris has baby fever worse than i do
i never thought it possible
 
i appoligize for the lack of new recipes lately
i seriously have no imagination when it comes to food the past couple months
as a result we have eaten lots and lots of cabbage spaghetti and salad with grilled chicken
which is what we're having tonight. the salad part anyways
 
 
recently we have gotten a little sad that reed has allergies
this time, not so much because we feel bad for him but because we can't do much with friends
that sounds really selfish
but you know what i mean
we still feel bad for him and his life threatening allergic reactions
this week we got invited to do a few different things and couldn't because of food/cats/food that was at these places
and really, who wants to come over and eat cabbage spaghetti? probably no one...although we LOVE it
 


side note, does anybody have a donkey i could milk?
 
 
or a camel...or a water buffalo?
i think my plan to combat this sadness about not being about to do things with our friends most of the time, is to plan hiking trips for us. yes. that will cure it! good thing i have a book about the hiking trails in tennessee. after i study up on some orthomolecular nutrition, i will study up on hiking trails and plan our weekends this fall
 
 
 
 
 
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