Archive for May, 2013

We had a bit of a scare this morning!

I always weigh myself when I wake up in the morning, but this morning I noticed that the batteries were not in the scale anymore.  I found one battery right next to the scale, but the other one was nowhere to be found.  I looked all over the bathroom, even going through the garbage, but couldn’t find it anywhere.

I started wondering if maybe Carter had gotten hold of it.  He had been hanging out in the bathroom with me while I took a shower the night before.  He had been really fussy, but it was normal fussing, not like he was in pain.  My gut told me he had not swallowed it.  He has swallowing issues even with food…he’ll often chew food and then spit it out instead of swallowing it.  So him swallowing a nickel-size battery did not seem likely at all.

I called the pediatrician’s office and they told me to get him to the ER immediately, even though we didn’t know for sure.  So I got him dressed and told Chad we HAD to find that battery right away.  I did not want to subject him to x-rays and whatever else for no reason.  Chad decided to ask Kelvin if he had seen it and surprise, surprise….he had!  He had found it and stashed it in Ava’s room for some odd reason.

I was relieved that we had found it somewhere other than Carter’s stomach and that we were able to continue with our planned trip to the library instead of heading to the hospital!

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With three small children, our house can go to from clean-ish to pigsty pretty quickly.  The culprit?  Clutter!  Get rid of the clutter, and a “dirty” house looks a lot better immediately.  Not only that, it makes it much easier to do actual cleaning like dusting and scrubbing when you don’t have to move piles of stuff that are out of place.

For us, most of our clutter comes from the kids bringing down stuff from their rooms upstairs.  Also, our school stuff that we don’t use everyday is stored upstairs, so there are always a few things that need to be brought back up to the storage room after we’re done using them.  I’ll often make piles of stuff in each room that needs to be brought back upstairs next time I go, but I’m almost always carrying a 23-pound baby up the stairs with me, which makes it a bit difficult.

But I’ve come up with a solution.  I take a laundry basket through the downstairs and throw in everything that needs to be taken upstairs.  Then I can take it upstairs all at once.  Once it’s all rounded up, I can sort everything into piles according to which room it goes in, and put it all away at once.

Incidentally, this technique also comes in handy when you’re about to have unexpected company!  Don’t ask me how I know.


We are finally home from Wisconsin!  It was such a fun, chaotic, crazy few weeks, but it is definitely good to be home.  Well, except for the part about how I’m so behind on everything.  That part is not so much fun.  I’m desperately hoping to be mostly caught up by the weekend, though.  At least on all the time-sensitive stuff.

The older kids had a little trouble adjusting to getting back in their routines, but I think they’re back in their grooves now.  We got back into our school routine today.

Carter was happy to be home from the start, though….he went crazy exploring all the stuff he’d missed while we were gone.  He is so into EVERYTHING now!!!  I just don’t know what to do with him.  LOL

I have some plans up my sleeve for this here blog in the next few weeks (if I ever get caught up on stuff), so stay tuned!

We are finally having spring weather!  The kids and I are still in WI and our temps up here have actually been warmer than the ones back home!  Before we know it, it will be time to buy juicy swimwear and spend long afternoons at the pool!  At this point, I don’t even care if we skip most of the spring weather and skip straight to summer…..I am just so tired of cold temperatures!

…Not really, but I couldn’t come up with a better title to communicate that we are OUT.

We have been spending the last week with family and it has been so much fun!  Last week, we came up and spent the weekend with Chad’s family.  Then Chad had a brief visit with my family and left for home, and the kids and I have been staying up here ever since.  It’s been crazy, since ALL of us kids are staying here, along with our kids.  It’s like 18 people or something.  Chaotic, but awesome!  This is the last time this will happen for awhile, since David leaves for SOI next week and from there, he’ll be going straight to the base he’s stationed at.

Today is trying everyone’s patience, though, because it’s raining.  Send reinforcements…or coffee!  Or both!

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