I am feeling really burnt out. It has been a very busy few weeks….appointments, school with two kids each day, trying to keep up with the house (luckily I don’t need carpet cleaning chapel hill nc because we don’t have any carpet), keeping up with Carter, trying to make time for extra projects. None of this sounds out of the ordinary. So why am I so tired and burnt out? We have a day trip tomorrow that will prove to be exhausting, but hopefully I can recover a little this weekend.
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Disclosure: I was provided coupons for free Comforts for Baby products to review. All opinions are my own.
We had such a good run! I honestly don’t remember the last time the kids were sick. I’m guessing the beginning of the summer, maybe?
But I’ve been feeling under the weather all week. Not really sick….in fact, during the day I was fine, but I would start getting a scratchy throat and slight cough at night. I’m feeling yucky today, though. And Ava has just started running a fever, so she’s coming down with something too. Hopefully it will be a quick-passing thing and we won’t need to visit the doctor, but it’s a good thing we have health insurance just in case (if you need insurance, you can find a a health insurance agent in north carolina ).
Unfortunately, we have plans this weekend, so I really hope this doesn’t disrupt them! I will have some disappointed kids if they don’t heal quickly!
Oh, this little man is sure keeping life interesting lately! He is always full of new tricks and things that keep us laughing. He has started making hilarious faces just to see our reactions and when we laugh, he keeps making them over and over. He’s hilarious and he knows it!
One of his latest tricks is that he has started dancing. It is about the cutest thing ever. He only moves his arms in front of him…kind of as if he’s running, but he moves both arms at the same time. So flipping cute!
He is at such a fun, adorable age and I can’t wait to see the next hilarious thing he’ll do!
Recently Kelvin was studying the sun in school, so I made him and Ava a sun-themed snack to go along with it. This is about the only time we’ve seen the sun in the last few days, so it was a welcome sight for everyone! LOL We didn’t even have to travel and print postcards in nyc to see a glimpse of sunshine.
All I did for each snack was lay a peach half upside down on a plate, cut carrot sticks into thin strips, and arrange them around the peach in a sunshine-pattern. The kids thought it was super-cool….unfortunately, not cool enough to eat, though. Oh well. You win some, you lose some!
I used to do a LOT of running and have always had issues with joint pain, shin splints, and high painful arches. I can’t even do the 30-Day Shred without excruciating pain in my feet and knees. I had pretty much accepted that I was just going to have to deal with it…until I received Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles for free from Influenster.
I was skeptical. Did I mention my crazy-high arches? Seriously. Crazy-high. I didn’t even the think the insoles would be able to reach them to make much of a difference. But these insoles are a game changer! They make even just being on my feet in general so much more comfortable. I love the support they offer my high arches and the extra padding to cushion the impact on my joints.
Disclosure: Received the Dr. Scholl’s Active Series insoles for free in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
We use My Father’s World curriculum for both of the big kids right now. And that curriculum relies heavily on exposure to good children’s books. They sell literature packages to go with each grade level, but all those books cost more than Reeds Pandora jewelry ! And why do that when we have an amazing library near us?
We can request books for free online and they set them aside for us, making it easy to collect our books quickly every few weeks and then let the kids play in the children’s area.
Here is what our haul looked like this week:
And that’s just enough books for two weeks! We are so lucky to have such an amazing library!
Last week was an exciting week for Miss Ava. Not only did she get a new dentist she loves, she also lost her first baby tooth! I’m going to say that, even though technically it isn’t true. She had an abscessed molar pulled over the summer (one of the reasons we needed a new dentist), so I guess that was her first lost baby tooth. But this is the first one that got loose, wiggled, and eventually fell out. Very exciting!
Of course, being the drama queen she is, she couldn’t just be excited over discovering she had a loose tooth. Oh no. There were many meltdowns. Some involved channeling her inner Gollum and bawling, “My precious! My precious tooth! It’s my special-eeeeeeest!” And some involved singing, “Teeth, oh teeth, I’ll keep you forever.”
And when it finally fell out? Screaming. Flat-out screaming. And more bawling. I have a video. I don’t want to share because you can see me in the bathroom mirror struggling to keep from turning into a giggling heap on the floor.
Now that the drama is over, she’s very excited to show off her gap to everyone.
Nothing screams “FALL” like a trip to the pumpkin patch!
This year, we decided to visit a different pumpkin patch that was closer to home, rather than driving 30 minutes to our normal one. I kind of wish we hadn’t. This one was not nearly as nice, we didn’t get to go out in the field and pick our own pumpkins, and they nickle and dimed us for EVERYTHING. The kids still had fun, though!
Eeeks! I am in love with this picture!
The big kids loved this spider web thing. Carter wasn’t so sure.
I’m only slightly bitter that we paid $6 to ride on this “train” THING. I think this thing needed to be melted down and turned into an aluminum bench a long time ago!
You can’t tell, but this is the big kids going down the slide.
Carter spent most of the time playing in the sand pit with the giant tires.
The kids had a lot of fun, but we will definitely be going back to our normal pumpkin patch next year!
Last week, Ava went to meet her new dentist and it went surprisingly well! After the traumatic experience with her last dentist, I was prepared for the worst but her new pediatric dentist and his staff is awesome! They made her feel comfortable and completely put her mind at ease.
The appointment was supposed to be only for a consultation, but the patient who had the appointment after her didn’t show up so the dentist offered to fill her cavity right away. I’m so thankful that happened because it eliminated the nervous anticipation leading up to her filling appointment. Plus, we didn’t know that they wouldn’t need to do a numbing shot until they started the procedure. Even without the shot she had no pain and handled it great!