Friday, February 29, 2008

Maybe I Should Have Left Her There...

As if I weren't already having second thoughts about bailing the dog out of the pound, now I definitely am. Tonight Zeke opened the front door and out Lady ran. Again. I was livid. At least Mitch was outside this time and tried to catch her (it's the effort that counts, right?). We hopped in the truck and drove around for a little while looking for her. As we pulled in the driveway Mitch's cell phone rang. Our neighbors two doors down had her. He walked up to the house and the wife let him in the front door. Simultaneously her husband was going out the garage door. Lady saw Mitch and bolted out the garage door and once again into freedom. I couldn't believe it. I was ready to throw a fit. Mitch asked them to bring their puppy outside in hopes of luring Lady. It worked! She came running up to play with her new "friend" and their owner snagged her by the collar (which is on a whole lot tighter now). Just to be sure she was safe, Mitch carried her home in his arms.

Arrrrrggggghhhhhh that dog!!


That's what it cost to bail Lady out of doggie jail. :( I'm so bummed. Anyway...that's about all I can say about that. Suffice it to say that money is not a good topic around here lately. When are we ever going to dig out of this mess (of debt)??? Thankfully I had the cash to pony up. On the other hand I'm not so sure where the cash to pay my normal first-of-the-month bills is going to come from. Sigh. I'm praying and trying so hard to trust God.

Zeke hasn't been doing so great staying dry. It has been 4 full weeks now since the surgery. I may need to think about using the Detrol the doctor recommended. Josh has been doing fantastic! I don't think he has had an accident all week since Sunday's incident. Malachi is going for some kind of teething record (among my kids that is). He has cut 3 new teeth this week. NOT fun. I remember hearing other mothers testifying of such an ordeal, but now I *really* understand. We had a great week of homeschooling. We only schooled for 4 days, but the kids did a good job getting done at a reasonable time each day. Yay! It sounds like the older 3 are going to Papa's house overnight...I'm not sure if that's good or not. I'll have less kids, but I'll also have less helpers.

Mitch is going to Horol, Ukraine this summer for two weeks with a team of leaders from our church. Our church sends a team every year. This year Mitch is going to be the team leader. I'm excited for him. And a little jealous too. Tomorrow he will be in the cities all day training. I know that these trainings are usually packed full of fun, so I'm even more jealous.

Oh yeah, but I'll be that can't be *so* bad! :)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Global Cooling

Ok, now I am doing the happy dance. After freezing my butt off all winter up here in MN, this was a worth-while reward. I told you that Global Warming was a myth. :)

In this article from Fox News, it is relayed that data released shows a significant temperature drop over the past year--from 65 to 75 hundredths of a degree Centigrade. The article says, "That is said to be a value large enough to erase nearly all the global warming recorded over the past 100 years. It is reportedly the single fastest temperature change ever recorded — up or down."

And the article contains some other interesting, off topic, news: Ethanol is bad. Good. I could have told them that. Quit buying up all the corn and subsequently raising the price of milk, eggs, beef, etc. Put it back into the cows' (and chickens') mouths! :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Whew Doggies...

I am really busy now! How many fitted diapers do you think I can sew in 2 weeks? I don't know either, but let's hope I can do a little over 30! Check back in 2 weeks and I'll let ya know. ;-)

I had a great weekend. I made some really super duper cute training pants. Let's see, maybe I'll put in a picture. I also got to go to the fabric store. Without the kids. (Crucial point there!)

Zeke and Josh both did fantastic staying dry overnight this weekend. Josh did NOT do fantastic at church, however. See, my first problem is I didn't put him in his cute new training pants (um, his are BLUE, not the pink ones in the picture). That would have helped. The real issue was when he had a very loose stool in his pants, IN the church 2-yo room. I happened to have the perfect timing of walking down the hall at the very moment a worried worker peeked her head out the door hoping to find someone to help. =S Josh was soooo messy. Have you ever tried to give a kid a bath in a tiny preschool-sized sink? I did. Oye. Just let me tell you--I was not liking potty training so much at that moment. But I got over it. I do really like potty training. There's so much about it to analyze. My brain eats that stuff up. :)

On a really bad note...our dog ran away on Saturday. This time she did not come back. We knew she could slip out under the fence. She's done it a couple other times. We hadn't fixed it yet. I am a little annoyed about that detail, but whatever. When it was really super cold she didn't bother to try. But Saturday was not super cold. It was really nice and warm (relatively speaking here). She slipped out and I got mad and said "good bye and good riddance." Besides, she had her collar on. A couple hours later our doorbell rang--ha, I thought, see there she is caught. But it was our neighbor handing us the empty collar. And the dog was running away happily, her ears flapping in the wind. Grrrr. She said she had *almost* made it up to the house and the dog slipped out. I ran after her for a little ways, then gave up and came back inside. A little bit later she came within close proximity of the house again, so I went out to try once more. She was heading towards the old farm (now a greenhouse) in our backyard, where she likes to chase the cats and rabbits. I was hoping she'd corner something and I could grab her. Nope, instead she let me get close, then she darted off through one of the empty greenhouses and out the back door. I didn't try to climb over the palates to get to her, and once she was out she took off running and never looked back. I turned in disgust and walked back home. My lungs were burning and my arms and legs shaking from the forced workout. My anger was also burning. I think I said something along the lines of "I hate that dog," and "We're never going to have another dog ever ever again." Yeah. I'm pretty much not feeling the love. My poor kids...out of sympathy for them I called the pound this morning to see if she had been turned in, but they weren't open yet. I guess I'll try again tomorrow. Man, this is frustrating. I don't want to keep a dog that doesn't want to stay! But part of my problem is that it's not so much that she doesn't want to stay as it is that she's doing what she's bred to do--she's a coonhound and she wants to hunt/run/chase/smell/etc.


Friday, February 22, 2008

It's the weekend already!

Yay...I love the weekend. I still look forward to my Saturday sewing days! This week has been a real thinking/growing week for me at Pampered Cheeks. I worked hard all week on a training pants pattern, and nailed one of the two I hope to offer. I also designed new inserts for pocket diapers. Yesterday I took out all my sized pocket diapers and redrew the patterns to come up with a more trim fit. They are looking really good and almost ready for a photo shoot. I'm excited because a good friend of mine is going to have a baby any day now, and she is going to use cloth diapers. MY cloth diapers. :) It just dawned on me today that she would be willing to test anything newborn I need tested, so now I am going to put on my thinking cap and get some stuff ready for this ellusive period that passes soooo quickly.

The kids were done with school today fairly early again. We all did a little happy dance. Micah was even a little encouraging to me. He said, "Mom, I wish YOU would make my worksheets for me." I'm not sure why he thinks I'm qualified...or maybe he thinks they would be easier...but it made me feel good. I mean, he knows full well if he were back at SCCS this is exactly the same work he would be doing there. For once he actually CHOSE me over school. Interesting...

Since the kids were done with school early, I allowed them to watch a movie this afternoon. They chose Star Wars VI, which they borrowed from a friend. It has been years since I have seen the movies, and I really want to take time to watch them but haven't. I had to put MJ down for a nap and passed by the t.v. I got sucked in when I knew I didn't want to (I had time to sew, after all!). Let me tell you, if you ever want to know how a movie, or even just a certain scene, ends without watching it all or enduring the suspense, then watch it with my kids (provided they have seen it already). They'll tell you anything you want to know BEFORE it happens. Oh, and on the flip side of that, if you don't like to have the movie spoiled for't watch it with my kids. :) I used this to my advantage to get "unstuck" from the t.v. and get on to bigger and better things.

Speaking of...right now my bed seems bigger and better. more thing...Zeke stayed dry all night last night, even slept in regular underwear (on accident). Josh stayed dry too, but peed in the floor of the bathroom upon waking. Zeke had two wet-underwear incidences today. :( Josh did good mostly all day. We went to the pool at the Y tonight, so they both probably drank way more water than normal, and will probably flood the beds overnight.

Ok, that's all. Goodnight!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sleep, Glorious Sleep!

My head hit the pillow last night around 11:30 and I was out almost instantly. Imagine my surprise when I next looked at the clock and saw it was 5:30 a.m.! I slept for 6 whole hours straight! Ouch! My chest hurt!! ;o) Not Zeke, not Josh, not even Malachi woke me up! I jumped out of bed (amazing how you're so full of energy at a time like that, isn't it?), checked the baby monitor (yes it was on but turned down), then checked the baby who was sleeping soundly in his crib. So I crawled back into bed and the next time I opened my eyes it was 7 a.m. Amazing!! I can't express how good it felt. :) Well, it wasn't all that point I decided I would have to either get out my pump or go wake the baby to nurse...oye. So I woke up the baby, who was quite happy to see "me". I feel a tinge guilty--what if he woke up in the middle of the night and cried himself back to sleep (probably a good thing)? What if he was hysterical for hours and I just didn't hear him (not likely)? Sigh. It was wonderful anyway.

Zeke wet his bed yesterday with a full-bladder release soaking through even the waterproof matress pad. Sometime in the early morning today he got up and went to the potty and changed his nighttime undies, but they weren't a lot wet--just a little. Josh had plenty of accidents yesterday, driving me insane. Come on buddy!

School was simply wonderful yesterday--Caleb was done around 10:30, Micah was done by 11:30, and Eden was done in the early afternoon. Today we have a WIC appointment, and the toys are threatening to take over every square inch of the house, so I think I will cancel school and do some much needed errands and cleaning (and maybe even sewing before the sun goes down--imagine that!). :) I reworked my school calendar--we only have about 60 lessons left to go in the school year--and we could take off one day a week from here on out and still be all done the first week of June. That is pretty great, don't you think? By the way, when I said in a previous post that we are 3 or 4 lessons "behind", that is from our original calendar that has us finishing the second week of May. Kristin asked me what I am going to do with the kids this summer when they are bored. Good question. She is planning on schooling straight through the summer. I'm planning on sewing every day. But the kids ARE still going to get bored. I had planned on letting them explore their passions (Eden's is history, for example) and possibly pick a subject from the next grade to work ahead on. That's what hs'ing is really about, and we haven't been able to grasp that yet this year since there has been so many other things going on.

Speaking of Kristin...what did I tell you I was going to blog about? I can't remember!! LOL =D

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Ohhhhh mannnnnnn. Isn't that the call of many moms of young ones? I'm definitely feeling it in my bones.

Yay...Zeke stayed dry last night and the night before! He only had wet underwear once yesterday, and I took that on his word--he was being "naughty"--it was during nap time and I think he was looking for an excuse to get out of bed. I am thrilled. Now it's Josh's turn to be "naughty". He's still playing this "poor me" role all too well. If you look at him, he's this pitiful-looking scrawny thing anyways as it is. He has a good hold on my heart, that's for sure. I guess I'm going to have to send my heart in for surgery. ;) I'm creating a monster who whines any time of day (and night!) just to get my attention. Yeah, I'm *this* close to being "over it." No...wait...I'm already there. =P His favorite is to come running to me yelling (in a strained, whining, urgent voice), "Mom, I need go potty!" As soon as I jump up and run after him, he yells, "No, I dry, I dry!" Grrrrr. Herein is the problem: if I don't react, then he has an "accident" in his pants. Totally a control issue. I'm going to have to use "natural" consequences.

Last night Zeke (4 yo) was crying over a toy or something that had gotten broken. He was talking to Mitch about it. Suddenly he comes out with this line, "That's ok. I still love all you people." Really? Thanks. Later he came to me whining that he didn't like the candy (which he had already eaten fully) he picked out for dessert. Naturally I just don't want to listen to him...yet he continues to whine and cry louder and louder. I was in the middle of working, and I couldn't figure out if he had gotten some candy or not gotten some--the way he was going on you would think he didn't have any at all. I really didn't want to deal with figuring it out. I finally say, "Go tell your dad." (How thoughtful of me!). He immediately stops, and says, "He doesn't want to talk to me when I'm crying and whining." I'm like, what?!? I said, "Well, I don't want to talk to you either!" I mean, come on!

Well, now I'm just making up excuses to not go do my work. I need to get stuff ready for the kids' day at school. Everyone finally seems to be getting better from the colds--with the exception of a lingering runny nose and cough, they are pretty much back to normal attitudes. ;)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Hubby Brag

I don't brag on him often enough, and this weekend he definitely deserves it! My hubby knew I was sick, and offered to "take over" for me on Saturday. I got up early with the kids Saturday morning and figured I could get a head start on my sewing before they got too "out of control." Mitch got up later and he really did take over. He did a great job taking care of everyone--even cleaned up while I ran out to the fabric store and then went for my groceries (a dreaded chore these days). He played games with the kids and worked with Micah on homework that I had decided I could do no more of ("My State Notebook" by A Beka). Later when Josh had an accident in his pants (diarrhea) and it got all over the bathroom, Mitch walked in and said "I'll clean it up." I'm like, "What? Seriously?" Then I bolted! He cleaned it up, gave Josh and Zeke a bath, ate supper, and read the Bible with the kids all at the same time. Best yet, he did it all with a smile. =) This morning he took Eden and Caleb (the only two who have not been sick) to church with him as we were signed up to do Children's Church. Now he is home again and taking care of me once again.

I am not doing so hot. I don't have a fever, but I do have full-blown conjestion. Josh doesn't look well at all either. His fever is back, and I tried to get him in to express care but they are booked out. So we will try to get him seen tomorrow (hopefully avoiding an ER trip). I'm pushing fluids, but that is hard to do. I got him to eat some yogurt, thankfully, as he has had the unpleasant side effect of diarrhea. I shouldn't have sent Eden and Caleb to church. Eden came home and went right to bed (a kid who willingly takes a nap is a sick kid), and sure enough now she has a low grade fever. I hope Mitch doesn't get sick. NOW he is acting all funny like "don't touch that--it's mine" and trying to avoid our germs. He should have been doing that from the beginning.

Micah overheard me say there is no mail tomorrow. He brightened and said, "Is it a holiday?" Ha--I quickly informed him that we WILL be doing school. (Me and my anal self--we are a whole 3 or 4 lessons behind). I don't want him to get his hopes up, but we just might not be able to do school.

Zeke did not stay dry overnight, but he was *almost* dry, which is a very good sign. He has been staying dry throughout the day--hurray!! Josh had his first nighttime accident last night, which meant he got ANOTHER bath this morning.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Yay--Dry again!

Hurray! Zeke stayed dry overnight again! I'm going to watch him throughout today to see if he keeps his underwear dry. The sticker chart is still working well for him too. He's working towards getting a new little car. Josh is just working for stickers. :)

Everyone except Josh seems to be doing really well this morning. I went to bed early and was surprised to wake up feeling fairly normal. Josh is still conjested and winces when he coughs. He plays this role well--he's so pitiful! Thankfully it all sounds like it's in his throat/upper respiratory.

Friday, February 15, 2008

School is canceled...

...the teacher is sick.

Ha! They wish!! We did do school today, though I am catching this awful virus. Micah had a hard time today as the second day seems to be the worst. Josh and Malachi are both quite crabby. They were both up numerous times during the night, so I'm not operating on the best amount of sleep either. Josh slept with us in our bed for most of the night, all the time sounding like he could hardly I slept quite lightly. Mitch is having a tough day too--it's almost 6:30 and he's still out delivering packages in the freezing cold (4 degrees Farenheit here). I'm sure he's glad the temp is going to warm up this weekend. I'm hoping he doesn't get sick too, but realize that he most likely will.

I have a couple diaper orders to take care of, then I'm all caught up...hint, hint... I'm curious to see what happens next!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Poor Baby...

3 more sick...

Wow, this is a tough one. Yesterday (Wednesday am) Zeke awoke and his fever was gone. Josh was feeling pretty crummy and coughing. His fever gradually rose as the day went on. He's got that look about him--when he coughs he winces and cries, and you just know it hurts. :( That continued through the night and is still going this morning. He is not as happy to sleep away his illness as Zeke had been. The baby took an extra-long nap yesterday afternoon, so I slightly suspected something was up. By evening his axillary temp had climbed above 99 and he was drowsy. He seems to be spared (for now) the cutting cough though. His temp this morning with tylenol was 99.8, so a slight fever still there. Micah woke up complaining, which is not totally unusual for him, and his temp was slowly climbing above 99. He thought for sure that meant a day off of school. I told him it's either school or bed. After whining about me not making him breakfast (he was downstairs in my room), he curled up in my bed and went back to sleep. For the record, there's an egg omlet waiting on him up here if he ever manages to wander back up. Eden came home from Holly's house yesterday sporting a big ol' fever blister, so that was my warning sign that I could expect one. Sure enough I had one this am. Eden hasn't made it out of bed yet this morning, but that's typical for Sleeping Beauty. :) Caleb is bouncing off the walls, and quite irritated that he has to do school. He even said to me, "Why does Micah get to play all day?" I'm like, um, what do you think Micah is doing? Good grief kid. Zeke is pretty happy too.

On a different note, I made a yummy snack for the kids yesterday that was somewhat healthy. I spread some graham crackers on the bottom of a 9x13 pan, covered them with peanut butter, and then layered more graham crackers on top. I then melted some milk chocolate chips and spread in a thin layer on top. It was super yummy and only a little messy. It was especially easy, I set it on the deck to cool and it was ready in about 15 min start to finish. The only bad part was *after* I had consumed a good 2 squares of this treat Mitch called to let me know he was taking me out for dinner. Even though it was over an hour later my tummy was still pretty full. Grrr...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Down and Out

Zeke has been down and out since yesterday morning with a "good" fever. It's been around 103 today when I allow the tylenol to wear off. We saw the doctor and he tested negative for strep and influenza (that's a relief). The doc wants us to put him on an antibiotic anyway because he feels that Zeke will still show up positive for strep in a couple days. I decided to hold out at least until tomorrow to see if his fever improves on its own. It seemed like a "grey area" to me.

So Zeke's fluid intake has been low and thus he hasn't had much for wet underwear (although he did pee in his nighttime undies last night). Josh didn't have any accidents yesterday or today (even after carting him around to the doctor's office and other errands all day).

On a positive note, Micah and Eden got to stay at home alone twice today for about an hour each time. Amazingly, they managed to get their schoolwork done. I'm proud of them. I was also calling them about every 15 min if they didn't call me, to tell them what to do next and check to see if they had done it. I guess it's a "different" approach to homeschool...maybe not an accredited one, huh?

Conspiracy of the US Seal

Oh my goodness. Let's not mention God's name in any new government documents now. We have to be "careful"...of what?

Here is an email I just sent to my friend Kristin: I'm reading this interesting article on Fox News. They are describing the "real" meaning behind the US seal (the one with the pyramid on the back of the $1 bill). Listen to how they describe our Founding Father's faith in God:

"That the words "Annuit Coeptis" ("Providence favors") and the eye of providence that hovers over the pyramid refer to unexpected interventions of fate that assisted the colonists in creating a new country." [emphasis mine]

Idiots. If "fate" or "providence" are so "powerful" as to "intervene" and "assist", then couldn't some conclusions be made about "it"? OBVIOUSLY it was something real to our Founding Fathers, but eludes today's people!

If you want to read the entire article:,2933,330388,00.html

Monday, February 11, 2008

1 Day

Yay! Zeke stayed dry all night!! Do I dare to hope??

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Mitch brought home roses on Friday. They are a beautiful, sweet smelling surprise. Normally I love taking photos of the flowers he brings, but I am having a hard time getting a "feel" for good composure and lighting this time. The photos I've taken so far haven't turned out the greatest yet. At any rate, they're still beautiful in "real life" and I'm enjoying them. =) Here are a couple of my favorite photos.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Things are still going well here. I made 8 more fitted diapers this weekend and 6 one-size pocket diapers. I have a few other orders promised by next week. Oye! The kids have had a busy week at school. I feel so bad because we passed a landmark for them--their 100th day--which was always celebrated with a party and many fun games at the Christian school. I feel kinda like I've let them down. They knew it was coming, and I heard them talking about it and looking forward to it. I don't know why I am so terrible at planning out these things. I stink at it (birthdays too)! =P Everyone keeps encouraging me that it will get better. I hope they're right, because I want to quit as it is right now!

Malachi seems to be getting a *tad* thinner. He's probably just getting taller. He is eating applesauce, pears, sweet potatoes, and squash. I frequently mix in rice or oatmeal infant cereal. He gags on just about everything else (peas, carrots), but we did get him to eat some vegetable beef soup the other day after I put it through the baby food mill. I cringed as I did cause I knew if he had an allergic reaction we'd never figure out what it was to. But in the end I was glad he was eating *something* different. He's sitting here clicking his tongue at me right now and thinks he's so cute. He laughs every time I look at him (see picture above). He loves to pull up just to his knees. I put him on the scale at the Y the other day and he was 21 lbs.

Josh is doing really well with potty training. It is so hard to believe that he's there already. I would have to say he is completely trained at night as he hasn't wet the bed at night since we began training. Yesterday he was dry all day, even while we were out, but had like 3 accidents in the span of 2 hours right around supper time. I'm not sure what was up with that. He had an accident today at lunch too. But he's definitely getting there--at lightening fast pace!

Zeke hasn't had much of a change in accidents now that his surgery is healing up good. I'm kinda bummed about that too. Today I made a potty chart for him. I told him that every time I check his underwear and they are dry I will give him a sticker. He has gotten 4 stickers today and only missed the opportunity one time. I try to check him about every hour, and I have him sit on the potty when I do. The time that he was wet was when it had been almost 2 hours (not an unreasonable amount of time to expect a 4 year old to stay dry). My goal is to see if this is behavioral, habitual, or uncontrollable. If he can learn to control it by staying dry with motivation over longer and longer periods of time, then good. Otherwise, we will figure out by stretching out the times if he is not able to hold it for longer than a certain period of time. I think anyways.

We have a busy weekend ahead. I think I am starting to count down the days until spring break. I tried to convince the kids to do a 4-day week by doing a little extra work each day, and only Eden wants to try it. Oh well.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Update on Zeke

Zeke's surgery went well!

I think it went a little too well in fact. He came in the door yelling as happily as if he'd been off on some "fun" trip with Dad, calling all his brothers and sister to come see his new shirt. I thought for sure the medicine (tylenol with codeine) would have him napping throughout the day, but there was no such "luck". He was his happy, energetic self ALL day and didn't crash until bedtime. This morning he woke up puking, but we think it's just a virus (I wasn't feeling very well myself yesterday afternoon, and Josh had diarrhea earlier this week). The doctor said that they normally like to see the opening at a "12" and Zeke was only at a "4" when they started.

So that's the update. Time will tell if the procedure worked or not. He does not seem sore or anything like that. We are praying it heals well without scarring (which would cause the same problem all over again).

I'm going back to the sewing room...