Thursday, October 31, 2013

1,000+ Thankful List–Health

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121. I am so thankful that Sammy is healthy and the doctors were able to find out what was wrong! (I promise to finish writing the Sammy’s Saga series)

122. Health insurance

123. A wonderful husband that took off work while Sammy was sick so I didn’t have to handle it myself!

124. The quick recovery of children.. even if Tim and I are still trying to recoup!

125. Friends and family that were praying for us!!!

126. My brother-in-law that brought us so many things we needed

127. My sister that packed snacks for us and raided my nephews closet for Sammy

128. My mom who came and spent a lot of time with us, brought clothes, food and activities!!

129. My dad who brought all sorts of activities for Sammy to play with!  Including glow sticks!!

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130. God and his healing!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sammy’s Saga–Part 2–Trip to the Doctor

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Sorry to leave you guys hanging yesterday, but this story is a long one, and its emotionally exhausting to write!  You can read part 1 here.

I left you yesterday with Sammy laying in his bed, screaming hysterically.  He said his left foot hurt and his right arm.  I thought maybe they fell asleep and he didn’t know what that felt like.  I asked him to walk down the hall to the sofa. Sammy didn’t even make it out of his room before I knew that there was something seriously wrong.  I picked him up and carried him down the hallway with him SCREAMING that I was hurting him. 

I set him down on the sofa and called Tim to get his opinion.  We both said to give it 10 minutes or so to see if I could get him settled down.  If not, I would call into the pediatrician's office and find out if they could see him.  Sammy seemed to be getting more and more hysterical as the minutes went by.  In less than 10 minutes I called the pediatrician's office and they said that they could see him in 40 minutes (3:50pm).  I gathered up our things and tried to load him as carefully as possible into the car.

I called Tim and told him I needed him to meet me there.  After the morning at the dentist and how abnormal he was acting, I just knew something was seriously wrong!

When we got there, Sammy was in super rare form and I was trying to keep it together.  Thankfully, Tim got there in time to help me out.  They had to weigh him, and that was the last time I saw him put any weight on his left foot for a long time! Hearing him suffering so much, and having never seen him act like this in his entire life undid me.  I started crying and had to fight to keep myself together!

After lots of yelling that we were hurting him and how he wanted to go home we got Sammy down to his underwear for the doctor to check him over.  We answered the nurses questions and found out his fever was 103.  It all happened so fast at home that I didn’t take his temperature.  He did, however, have Tylenol and ibuprofen at 2pm because of his tooth extraction.

She looked him over as best she could.  He was anything but helpful, and if you even got close to his foot or his arm he started yelling.  Sammy had a rash all over his chest.  I had noticed a slight one that (Tuesday) morning just before leaving for the dentist.  But since his skin is so fair he often gets red spots on his chest from even a minor virus.  I mentioned it to the dentist and he didn’t seem bothered by it and so I hadn’t given it much thought since then.  But, at the doctor’s office, it was much worse. 

The doctor swabbed for strep throat, and said that she would be back in the room as soon as the results were back from the test.  Sammy had such a high fever it was causing him to get the chills.  He, however, seemed slightly better when he was sitting still and no one was touching him. 

The doctor came back in and said the test was positive for strep throat.  He also had scarlet fever and impetigo (a small skin infection around his mouth). She gave us a prescription for the strep throat.  The doctor, however, didn’t like the way Sammy was acting, especially since we told her that it was out of character for him. 

She wanted us to go to the local hospital and get blood work done. She felt like something else was going on with Sammy and she didn’t want to miss anything.  She said she would call us with the results as soon as she got them.  We would either be heading an hour away to a better hospital with a bigger pediatric department or we would be coming back in in the morning to see how he was doing.  She also said that if he got any worse, to head straight to the local hospital. 

I helped Tim get Sammy loaded up in his car and I completely lost it in mine as we drove over to the hospital for the blood work.  I called my sister to let her know what was going on.  She talked me off the edge and said to use my mommy gut instinct to do what was best for Sammy. 

We drove over to the local hospital for the blood work.  Each time we had to do something with Sammy, we had to carry him.  While we were carrying him (gently I might add) he was screaming loudly that we were hurting him!  Into the hospital we walk with Sammy screaming the whole way.  He also knew that the visit involved a needle and he was even less thrilled about that!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sammy’s Saga– Part 1–Tooth Extraction–D is for Dentist

So the blog has been quiet this last week.  This was not because of our being happy busy but, rather, super scary, super sick, busy!!
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On Monday, Sammy started to complain that his chin hurt and that he had a wiggly tooth.  I took a look in his mouth and saw this:
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The adult tooth was pushing the baby tooth next to it away from the gums.  The gums were all swollen, and so was his chin.  I tried to get the tooth out without any luck.  It was causing him a lot of discomfort, and he had a low grade fever (100.7).  I tried to get into the dentist to get that tooth pulled but they couldn’t see him until Tuesday morning.  Sammy was so miserable Monday night that we took him to Target to distract him while we waited to go over to his aunt’s house to have popsicles.  As we strolled the toy isle I asked Sammy if he wanted this cool Lego advent calendar for December.  He said, “No I don’t want any toys I just want to look at them.”  Poor boy was in a lot of pain (not all tooth related we would come to find out later).
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Tuesday morning arrived and Sammy was certainly not himself.  I found him laying on the sofa (he wasn’t even watching TV just laying there).  At 8 we were off to the dentist’s office.  They looked at the tooth said ouch and that that usually doesn’t happen.  So first up was the Novocain shot.  Sammy FREAKED OUT when he started the shot and jerked all over the place.  The needle cut him and there were many tears and the area was still not numb.  Attempt two he held real still and deafened everyone in the office.  The tooth was yanked out! “Hallelujah, this whole ordeal is over!” is what I was saying in my head.  He picked out a toy and asked to go home (not a typical thing for Sammy to request). 
Since the adult tooth hadn’t grown up underneath this tooth to make it loose, the root structure hadn’t been crushed like a normal tooth.  So I had to get a picture of it (its just under an inch long):
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Sammy settled in and ate a popsicle and said that he didn’t want anything else to eat.  We did school work, and Sammy was off to his room for quiet time.  He came out to go to the bathroom and said his foot hurt.  He was playing with Legos in his room, so I figured he had stepped on one and I let it go.  Until a little while later, when I heard hysterical screaming and crying from his room!  I ran down the hallway to see what could have happened!  I found him lying on his bed! 
As to not to leave you completely hanging, he is perfectly ok at this point and in bed asleep as I write this. You can read part 2 here.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Fall Fun List–Update 2

Fall Fun List

We have been making a ton of progress each week!  At this rate we will actually finish our list!! I highlighted the ones we completed this week and added a picture when applicable! We had hoped to go apple picking last weekend but the rain kept us inside.  Hopefully we can go this weekend!

Fall Fun List:

1. Apple Picking

2. Visit our local pumpkin patch and take pictures (I will post the good ones soon, this is the only one I got with my phone)

3. Smores over the fire pit

4. Leaf Rubbing

5. Make Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

6. Decorate a pumpkin – minion pumpkin (We finished the yellow one!  The puppies ate the purple one.. yes you read that right!!!)

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7. Decorate the house for fall

8. Fill our bird feeder

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9. Candy corn fraction art

10. Make a few spider pops for friends

11. Take pictures in a pile of leaves

12. Read our apple books

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13. Read our pumpkin books

14. Read our thanksgiving books

15. Make this thanksgiving craft

16. Make this cute Jack-o-lantern quesadilla

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17. Make Frozen boo-nana pops

18. Make this cute Indian corn craft

19. Make marshmallow pops

20. Make Pumpkin spice playdough(I ran out of red food coloring so it was yellow pumpkin spice playdough)

21. Candy corn footprint craft

22. Make a leaf turkey for Thanksgiving 

23. Make Dutch Apple Cake

24. Watch the That’s How a Pumpkin Grows video

25.Make pumpkin bread

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26. Make handprint turkey craft

27. Make pumpkin moon sand

28. Make pumpkin gak

29. Make apple scented cloud dough

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30. Complete a corn maze

Monday, October 14, 2013

B is for Books!!

I love a cool fall day, a cup of hot something (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cider, you get the picture), a throw blanket and a good book!  I could read all day if I didn’t have other responsibilities to attend to.

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I am, however, very different from most other book lovers.  I didn’t grow up loving to read (or liking it for that matter)! My parents bribed me to read as a child.  With sufficient motivation, I would read and read and read.  I, however, still didn’t like to read.  I didn’t find an author or a style that made me want to keep reading.  I never experienced getting lost in a book. 

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(yes, that’s me! I recently saw this at my sister’s house! Isn’t she sweet!)

I think that this probably due to my being a slow reader and finding reading to be really hard work.  I needed to find just the right book to reel me in.  I never learned how to select a book that I would enjoy.  That was until I was attending college, and was working at the IT help desk.  It was the Christmas season, so there were no students, very few professors and only a limited number of faculty on campus.  I pretty much sat in the office for 8 hours and maybe answered the phone once a day.  I needed something to do and I needed for it to take a long time!  Enter Harry Potter and The Sorcerer Stone!

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I read that whole book in one day and was turned on to reading from that point on!  I read all of the rest of the books in the series that had been published at that point during that Christmas break.  Since then, I have found that I enjoy reading books of different genres, by many different authors, and written for many different age groups.  All that it took for me was to discover the right book to get me hooked on reading for me to realize that there was a whole new, different, and exciting world inside those pages just waiting to be discovered.

Now, I often have multiple books going at one time.  Usually at least one fiction and one non-fiction book, but sometimes even more than that! 

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Do you like to read?  Have you read anything good lately?  I am always looking for suggestions!! I am currently reading Unbroken (affiliate link) and really enjoying it.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Exploring The World of Astronomy [A Review]

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Exploring The World of Astronomy is yet another wonderful book published by Master Books.  I enjoyed reading about Telescopes, Mars and Saturn. I can’t wait to read the rest of this book and use it for science when Sammy is a little older.  I would suggest this book for upper elementary aged kids through high school.  You could certainly adapt this book to younger children as well. 

This book is beyond Sammy’s comprehension at this point.  He has, however, has been obsessed with Mars the last few months.  So I read through the chapter on Mars and found some details to share with Sammy that were on his level.  He enjoyed flipping through the pages of this book and looking at the pictures.

After reading more about Mars, Sammy was fascinated about the first landmark, Syrtis Major, spotted on Mars and we looked at images of it online! 

This brings me to the one thing I dislike about this book.  The pictures in this book are all black and white.  They are very detailed and you can learn a lot from them but they are black and white.  This makes the book less appealing to my wiggly 6 year old. 

I do know that in the future we will be able to use this book more.  I would still recommend this book, but for older children.

Do you have a budding astronomer? Check out the Book and a Treat Facebook Party on Tuesday, October 22nd at 9pm EST.  

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Book Facts:

  • 176 pages filled with lots of details
  • quizzes for end of chapters as well as the end of the book as well as Explore More topic ideas
  • paperback
  • Lots of detailed pictures and diagrams to explain various concepts
  • You can purchase it for $14.99

 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fall Fun List–Update 1

Fall Fun List

Well we are one week into our Fall Fun List and we got a few things crossed off this past week!  Sammy is having a blast picking things to mark off!!  Hopefully we can keep this up this week and cross more things off of our list!

Fall Fun List:

1. Apple Picking

2. Visit our local pumpkin patch and take pictures (I will post the good ones soon, this is the only one I got with my phone)

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3. Smores over the fire pit

4. Leaf Rubbing

5. Make Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

6. Decorate a pumpkin – I am leaning towards this minion pumpkin (we started this but haven’t finished it)

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7. Decorate the house for fall

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8. Fill our bird feeder

9. Candy corn fraction art

10. Make a few spider pops for friends

11. Take pictures in a pile of leaves

12. Read our apple books

13. Read our pumpkin books

14. Read our thanksgiving books

15. Make this thanksgiving craft

16. Make this cute Jack-o-lantern quesadilla

17. Make Frozen boo-nana pops

18. Make this cute Indian corn craft

19. Make marshmallow pops

20. Make Pumpkin spice playdough(I ran out of red food coloring so it was yellow pumpkin spice playdough)

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21. Candy corn footprint craft

22. Make a leaf turkey for Thanksgiving 

23. Make Dutch Apple Cake

24. Watch the That’s How a Pumpkin Grows video

25.Make pumpkin bread

26. Make handprint turkey craft

27. Make pumpkin moon sand

28. Make pumpkin gak

29. Make apple scented cloud dough

30. Complete a corn maze

Monday, October 7, 2013

A is for AWANA

Sammy is participating in AWANA this year and is just loving it!!  I am so pleased with how much he is enjoying memorizing the verses and is so proud of himself! 
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(Sammy the night he earned his vest)
Sammy has always had a tough time memorizing things.  So to be memorizing a verse (or more) in a week is mind blowing compared to last year.  I realized that it finally clicked when he could read the verse (or most of it) and then he could memorize it!
I have been learning that Sammy is more of a visual learner than a kinesthetic learner like I had guessed previously!  This will definitely change how I plan on homeschooling him in the future!

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(Crazy hat night)

I have loved seeing Sammy come out of his shell more and more as he gets older.  He stood up on the stage (in the fellowship hall) and sang and danced to his song last week.  In years past Sammy would have been too shy to get up on the stage in front of people and preform. He is in the striped shirt on the right side of the stage.
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Here is a little video I took of the performance (the password is: sammy):


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I am so thankful for this wonderful program and all that Sammy is learning each week!  I am blogging through the Alphabet with Marcy.  You can check out the other A posts here:
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Friday, October 4, 2013

1,000+ Thankful List–Grace, Money, and Weather

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111. Free wifi at a local coffee shop

112. Down time while Sammy is at co-op

113. Craft projects that bring on bonding time with Sammy (sorry blurry picture of our pumpkins)

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114. Discounted sewage portion of our crazy water bill from when the waterline broke

115. Sweet Tea

116. Grace and forgiveness in parenting

117. Being able to extend Grace and forgiveness to Sammy (parenting is a tough job!)

118. Fundraisers that make my life easier (lunch after co-op)

119. Beautiful weather (currently 70)

120. A cost of living raise for Tim!  It wasn’t a lot but it was something and something is better than nothing!!

 

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall Fun List

 

Fall Fun List

I love making these fun lists for each season.  I don’t feel like I have to get everything marked off the list but I love having some ideas picked out and ready to start crossing off! Since I haven’t done a very good job with my massive lists I thought I would make a smaller list for this fall!  So with out further ado our Fall fun list!

Fall Fun List:

1. Apple Picking

2. Visit our local pumpkin patch and take pictures

3. Smores over the fire pit

4. Leaf Rubbing

5. Make Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

6. Decorate a pumpkin – I am leaning towards this minion pumpkin

7. Decorate the house for fall

8. Fill our bird feeder

9. Candy corn fraction art

10. Make a few spider pops for friends

11. Take pictures in a pile of leaves

12. Read our apple books

13. Read our pumpkin books

14. Read our thanksgiving books

15. Make this thanksgiving craft

16. Make this cute Jack-o-lantern quesadilla

17. Make Frozen boo-nana pops

18. Make this cute Indian corn craft

19. Make marshmallow pops

20. Make Pumpkin spice playdough

21. Candy corn footprint craft

22. Make a leaf turkey for Thanksgiving 

23. Make Dutch Apple Cake

24. Watch the That’s How a Pumpkin Grows video

25.Make pumpkin bread

26. Make handprint turkey craft

27. Make pumpkin moon sand

28. Make pumpkin gak 

29. Make apple scented cloud dough

30. Complete a corn maze

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Summer Fun List–Final Update

I did a terrible job of updating this list this summer.  We marked off a fair number of things but not as many as I would have thought!  We completed 58 out of 111.  Now that fall is in full swing here I need to make a new list! 

Our List:

  1. Make 10 new Popsicles
  2. Sidewalk chalk paint
  3. Camping
  4. Make dinner over the fire pit in the backyard
  5. Squirt gun target practice
  6. Water balloon fight – We will have to recruit some friends or Daddy for this since I’m allergic to latex
  7. Ice excavating
  8. Water balloon piƱatas
  9. Big Bubbles
  10. Fly a kite
  11. Make fruit kebabs
  12. Make moon sand
  13. Watch fireworks
  14. 5 trips to the lake
  15. Backyard swim party with friends (little pool)
  16. Swim the full length of the pool (Sammy)
  17. Float on back for 1 minute (Sammy)
  18. Jump off of the diving board (Sammy)  (He went down the water slide but hasn’t gone off the diving board yet)
  19. Picnic at 3 different parks
  20. Pick strawberries
  21. Make sun tea
  22. Library reading program
  23. Barnes and Noble reading program
  24. Vacation Bible School
  25. Go see Monsters University
  26. Go see Planes
  27. Go see $1 movie
  28. Ride on the tube at the lake
  29. Go to a lawn party
  30. Ride a train
  31. Go get ice cream cones
  32. Picnic in the backyard and read books under the tree
  33. Feed the ducks
  34. Learn to ride bike without training wheels
  35. Eat each meal outside in one day
  36. Do 10 new art projects (color on hot rocks with crayons, paint rocks, Craft stick bracelets, marble paint, Crayola color fillz project, friendship bracelets, and more to come)  (We completed 2 of 10.  When we have completed them all we will move it to the completed section)
  37. Read 5 chapter books aloud
  38. Raise ladybugs
  39. Take Yoshi and Peach to the lake to swim
  40. Read all of picture books (put them into a digital library and purge the ones we don’t love)  -
  41. Try 5 new smoothie recipes
  42. Learn to swing by yourself
  43. Do 10 science experiments
  44. Make an emergency preparedness kit
  45. Grow vegetables in our root viewer
  46. Memorize our address (Sammy)
  47. Make friendship bracelets to give to our friends before they leave for 10 months
  48. Find and paint walking sticks
  49. Go to the library story time 5 times
  50. Go fishing
  51. Go to the safari park
  52. Make Root Beer Floats
  53. Catch fireflies
  54. Build an outside fort
  55. Go geocaching (at least once)
  56. Have a fun “You finished Kindergarten Date”
  57. Go to a concert
  58. A screen-free week
  59. Plant a small herb garden
  60. Make a scavenger hunt for friends
  61. Complete some Lego challenges
  62. Go to a splash pad with cousins (which ones want to join us)
  63. Build a new sandbox
  64. Build a sandcastle in the new sandbox
  65. Go on a road trip (Chicago and the beach)
  66. Play Putt Putt
  67. Go Kayaking
  68. Watch a sunrise
  69. Watch a sunset
  70. Go to a Zoo
  71. Popcorn movie marathon on a rainy day
  72. Make a boat and sail it
  73. Play every board game we own at least once (get rid of any we don’t like or Sammy has out grown – still working on this)
  74. Go to a baseball game
  75. Make a bleach t-shirt
  76. Paint with water on the sidewalk
  77. Make sock puppets
  78. Make a treasure map of buried treasure in the sandbox
  79. Make bathtub paint
  80. Make homemade watercolors
  81. Make different paper airplanes and see which one is the best
  82. Borrow a Grandma’s food dehydrator and make fruit leather
  83. Make an underground fire pit
  84. Make homemade pool toys
  85. Make homemade puffy paint art
  86. Read 200 books from the library
  87. Make a stop animation film (very short)
  88. Create bookmarks
  89. Surprise Tim with a date night
  90. Play in the sprinkler
  91. Go to the beach
  92. Watch a parade
  93. Have a sleepover
  94. Read library books on a blanket in the backyard
  95. Build 5 things out of the Lego Ideas book
  96. Make a Flat Sammy for our friends to take on their trip
  97. Play with our Mentos powered car
  98. Drive Pop Pop’s boat
  99. Go to homeschool park days
  100. Have a water game day
  101. Have a PJ day!
  102. Make a new type of play dough
  103. Go for a hike
  104. Organize the garage
  105. Clean up the backyard and finish landscaping
  106. Make lint fire starters for the fire pit
  107. Make a toy zip line
  108. Make a hand painted pottery gift (at you made it)
  109. Go on a field trip to hear from a bee keeper
  110. Try out for the swim team (you have to be able to swim 1 lap unassisted to make the team)
  111. Plan out our first grade homeschool year