Monday, April 30, 2012

X is for x-ray

...the one that determined our almost 5 mo old Abigail needs the pavlok harness hip brace after all.  But, still improving and mild...improvements slowed and Doc doesn't want to miss the window of minor intervention.  Thankfully only needs it during night and building up to adding naps.  Pray this mamma figures out a way to continue nursing her to sleep in bed.  More importantly....that it works without further interventions.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

W is for WHAT was in our yard

A little hard to see but it was nice enough yesterday for our chicks to get outside for awhile.  Our rabbit (Sir Kate) is on Terese's lap watching.   This "cage" is very temporary, as in only while someone is outside with them temporary.
A little blury but these are most of the chicks just a couple weeks ago (we have 7 now).  Isla died early on.  The rest are Nugget (as in Gold Nugget - not Chicken Nugget), Virginia, Spangled, Angela, Artemis, Astrid, and Athena.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V is for Vision

Elizabeth and I picked up our glasses last night (first pair for both of us).  Hers are waaaaaaaaayyyyyy cooler than mine - don't you think?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

U is for unusual

The cashier at Cub asked how we're doing.  I answered great and asked him how he was doing.  "Any day that you don't spontaneously combust is a good day!".  Then he told me another quote I don't recall...wasn't as memorable to me.  Then we had a conversational about this site.  Weird, but we enjoy it.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

T is for Turkeys

...'cause C was for chickens!  Actually, we are enjoying the turkeys we have strutting through our yard.  Even better is when the male follows the female into our yard and displays!  They come and eat the bird food that had fallen to the ground and (I was surprised at this one) they even go for the salt lick we put our for the deer.

Monday, April 16, 2012

S is for sorrow

One of our baby chicks died. We could tell early on that this one didn't seem as healthy as the rest.  Now we have 7.  Our goal was 6 - but we bought 8 knowing that we could have some losses.  But, extra sad because each of the kids named one.  Would have been easier if it was the one that was named for Abigail.  At 4 months, she delights in watching them, but I don't think she can count to 8 yet :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

R is for recommendation (book)

I checked this book out from the libary a year ago.  Some day I will buy it (Christmas gift anyone?) but as long as I'm making a link to remember it myself I thought I'd pass it on. 

The title is quite self explanatory.  It's an easy read.  Most important, I think, for kids/parents that feel the need to busy themselves with loads of extracurriculars to stand out on college apps.  The students featured in this book didn't do that, nor did they sit around.  They were focused!  They spent their time on something they enjoyed and excelled in that area.

Q is for quitting the onsies

because right now my little girl spends a lot of time leaking (trying different brand diapers to see what will fit her best right now) and pulling a one piece outfit up over head is not fun.

Just moved up to the bigger size but now it's leaking out gaps.  Baby powder may be the answer on certain days....gave up on Pampers, Luvs, and Target brands for now.  For the first time in 17 years (1st 2 wore cloth) I am actually preferring Huggies....this week anyway.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

P is for Perseverance

...and for knowing when to temporarily take a break from persevering.

As I was waiting for my turn at confession last evening (I took a few breaks from the change diapers twice...and let my little one play on the floor on her blanket in the church office).  I was watching baby Abigail roll over from her back to her tummy.  She'd play a few minutes and get frustrated until I put her back.  Then she did it again.  And again.  And again.  You know how the story seems she would try to flip immediately and get frustrated.  She was tired, she needed a break.  Aha!

I've been running ragged lately between trying to homeschool, keep up on my managerial duties here (aka be the boss to my kids), pay bills, reconcile accounts, find all the important papers in the piles, etc.  Basically nothing I can really ask anyone else to do for me. I normally do all this and life is busy but just fine.  What is the difference this spring?  Aha! (again)...we've been leaving the house every week for 5-20 hours every single week for doctor appointments, college campus visits, etc.  No wonder I can't get everything done!

I decided to take a hint from my littlest.  She doesn't know when to take a break.  She needs me to step in and pick her up and move on to something else.  I realized I am expecting more of myself than I can humanly deliver.  This is temporary.  The doctors appointments should stop about the end of the school year (timely - eh?)  But, I needed a break.  We are taking a little spring break from school (other than the outside classes my kids take).  I am paying bills, etc.   Trying to get that back on track.  I also need to reassess our school situation.  I intend to keep homeschooling...into the summer.  Enough pushing to get things done.  I need to make a new plan.  We have 2 months left!  That's a lot of time!  We also have 4 doctors appointments scheduled with specialists alone! (pretty impossible to schedule those at a convenient time for our school - we take what we get!)  Hey, let's throw a few other things in too...A First Communion along with 2 classes, homework, and a practice, another doc appt, dryer repair technician returning next week, a high school graduation meeting, etc.  You get it - life! goal is no longer to finish school by the end of May.  The kids each know what they can plow through on their own and they are welcome to get those things done.  As for classes I am more involved in, as well as reading and math for my youngest.  Let's slow down and enjoy the journey together :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

O is for Oxymoron

Why?  Because I just love that word.

An instant classic

Wish I could think of more off the top of my head.  Feel free to leave some!

N is for a nothing haiku

Nothing on my list
Will it never be empty
That is in heaven