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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Bye Messalina

My whole family is upset.  The events of this past week does not add up to a good week.  But in all honesty, I didn't have a bad week.  Just dealing with some issues that are difficult I guess.  
Monday was Kyle's birthday and that seem so long ago.  Kyle had a good birthday.  We took him to the park and Pam and Emy came with us.  Then Pam took us all out for Chinese for his birthday.  Kyle loves Chinese food!  
The day after was Kyle's nutrition test with the chiropractor.  The results of the nutrition test came back with the results that he has a prostate infection.  Nothing came up with dairy or allergies.  But he said the infection could be covering it.  So he put Kyle on some supplements and a strict diet.  He is not allowed dairy or sugars.  Even good sugars right now because of this supplement.  One of the supplements will eat the enamel off of his teeth and since Kyle's teeth are so bad, this is what he said.  "No sugar!"
We've done ok on the diet.  He has had some sugars because it's impossible not to get any.  He is supposed to be drinking water but he can't swallow it.  It makes him gag.  So we found these carbonated waters that are flavored with fruit and no sugar.  But I look  further and see it has aspartame.  My chiropractor and friend told me that aspartame is dangerous.  I decided to do a little research this morning on it and I see both sides argued with research and I really don't know!  
I had to try to teach Kyle to swallow a pill to take these supplements.  He prefers to chew them.  And the one capsule I have to open up and only give him half of the inside he just wants me to pour it into his mouth and he swallows it with his toxic-aspartame water.  

IDEA!! **Maybe I can make my own carbonated flavored water without aspartame!  I will have to research that.**

Wednesday only brought an uneventful and boring day.  But marked a week that I have fought a migraine.  It is a small migraine, but what migraine is good?  I still have the pressure and nausea from one.  This one has pain from my neck up, even though it is not very painful, it is still painful.

Thursday.  I hate Thursday of this week.  After I let the dog out to be with us, it just crumbled from there.  Messalina was sitting by me while I was on the computer.  Amanda walked up to Messy and said "Hi Messy, the best puppy in the whole world." and went to pet her.  Now Messalina ALWAYS drops at our feet when we go to pet her or lays down wherever she can.  She started to lay down.  Amanda kept reaching to pet her.  She kept going down.  I saw Messalinas eyes widen and started to tell Amanda to get back from her.  But before I could, she bit Amanda.  I screamed.  I ran over to Amanda and scooped her up.  She was still standing there with her hand out.  I yelled to Greg that the dog had bit Amanda.  But he had heard her.  

Needless to say, we immediately took care of Amanda and also decided the dog could not live here any longer.  Period.  We would not wait for this to be something worse.  Amanda's hand was not hurt badly enough to take her to the dr.  Thank goodness!  I was scared and nervous all day long.  Anxieties ran high for me.  I spent the whole day nursing Amanda with her injured hand and Kyle with his stomach ache from a prostate infection.  While I have a migraine.

Yesterday, being Friday, was not much better of a day.  We spent the day trying to find a home for Messalina and worrying about the whole situation.  I know I shouldn't worry about it.  And what I really need to do is stop playing it over and over in my head.  It makes my stomach sick.  I have gotten nothing done in my house or for school for 2 weeks now.  Actually, no, I need to correct that.  Nothing done in the house for 1 week, and nothing done for school for 2 weeks.  

Today is Saturday and Amanda has ballet.  She is embarrassed by the bandages on her hand and asked if she could stay home from ballet.  With the week that I have had it sounds like a good plan for me.  I also feel like I can actually get something done today, so I think I will!

As for Messalina, I am sorry to see her go.  We all love her.  Even Greg loves her and is sad to see her go.  But now that I know she needs to go and she can't be trusted with my children, I want her gone.  Like yesterday.  I hate the drawn out good-bye.  I won't let her out of the laundry room during the day besides her potty trips outside because I'm afraid she'll bite again.  I am even leery that she will bite me and I am the closest one to her.  The kids are scared of her now though.  After they were put into their beds last night to watch tv before bed, we let Messy out in the house.  The kids got up to get a drink and they were afraid to come out with her out.  I asked Greg to keep her with him.  The next time they came for a drink, Greg was standing by their drinks with Messy.  He told Kyle that he could pet Messy and he slowly did, but I felt the blood drain out of my body as he did it.  I am just too scared now.  I still love her, but I hate her.  I can't even pet her.  I bought her to protect us.  

Anyways, I can just keep on about this.  But my fingers are getting a little tired and I do have to get up and get that stuff done that I think I can do today!  I wanted to put a couple of my favorite pictures of Messalina up before I log off.

You will be missed Messalina!

Monday, February 8, 2010

It's Monday already?

FOR TODAY Febraury 8, 2010...
Outside my window...The sun is starting to peek out of the clouds this morning.  That is a good thing because Kyle wanted to go to the park for his birthday today.  My cat Hemi is meowing at me to let him in.
I am thinking...how busy today is going to be with Kyle's birthday.  My MIL and SIL are coming over around 11am this morning.  We are taking Kyle out to Chinese food for lunch, that is his favorite.  I am taking them to the park today.  And I'm sure FIL and Uncle will be over tonight, as they are almost every night.
I am thankful for...being a mother.  I thank Jesus for giving me my babies.  I love them so much and they make my world.
From the learning rooms...We will do a little bit of school today, but I don't know if I will make Kyle do any.  He will do the Bible study.  Amanda won't get all of her work done today.
From the kitchen...I will be making Kyle's birthday cake today.  Also in the kitchen is reorganizing and cleaning.  Actually, the reorganizing is done.  The cleaning starts now.
I am wearing...grey workout pants with pink stripes down the side, blue fuzzy socks, and a Hubba Bubba t-shirt with a black sweatshirt.
I am creating...new soaps.  I made laundry detergent, dish detergent, deoderant and anti-wrinkle spray.  Next I am making toothpaste and some household cleaners.
I am going...out for lunch at the Chinese restaurant, which we haven't had for a long time and that will be good!  I am taking the kids to the park today.  We are going to a park that is about 20-25 minutes away from us because it is really neat.  It has a little creek that runs through the playground and the kids love that.
I am reading...I want to try to finish Green Housekeeping by Ellen Sandbeck.  It's helping me to reorganize and clean my house.
I am hoping...that Greg will go to lunch with us today.
I am hearing...the wonderful sounds of just me up in the house. 
Around the house...I want to finish cleaning my kitchen.  Then this week I can start on my bedroom and get my clothes out of the living room.
One of my favorite things...hot coffee in the morning.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Tuesday I am taking Kyle into the chiropractor to get a nutrition test done.  I am hoping to find some of the causes of his stomach aches.  Wednesday is AWANA.  Thursday and Friday will be schooling days.  Saturday is ballet.  Sunday is Sunday school, church, and hand bell practice.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...My husband and kids playing in the snow at Mt. Rainier.  Aren't they all so cute!?!  I love my family!
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Sunday, February 7, 2010

My Organized Kitchen

In my quest for healthier living I have been busy cleaning and organizing the last few days.  I started with my pantry and cleaned it out and rearranged everything.  I got rid of anything that had been in there for over a year and we never used and I know we won't.  I also kept a list of what I had in the pantry to make looking for recipe ingredients or shopping list needs easier.
I then moved into the kitchen and I went through all of the cupboards and drawers and rearranged and cleaned them.  I threw away a lot of stuff that I don't need and found a blender that I do need!  That was lucky!  I also made a list of what was in each drawer and cupboards.  I am going to label each according to the notes that I made.  All of the cupboards I am going to label C1, C2, etc.  And the drawers are D1, etc.  If we get the chance to go camping this summer, this list will make finding things easier for whomever I find to house sit for me.  Or, if Greg can't find something and I am not available, he can check the list!  lol
I made my own laundry detergent the other day also.  I am loving that!  I made my own deoderant, and it's the same spray that I use for anti-wrinkle spray for clothes.  It worked wonderfully well for me today!  

I have also been putting together a new household notebook.  It is really coming together and will hopefully help me to stay organized.  Wouldn't that be nice?!  Oh I would so like that.
I am going to type up my weekly cleaning list and type some homemade recipes that I am using.  I don't know if I will get to posting that tonight or not.  I have had a migraine today and I want to get my weekly menu made up also.  It's 7:45 now.  We'll see....
Anyways, right now I am going to go and check out some of my cookbooks and see what we are going to eat this week. 

Thursday, February 4, 2010

More Goals

I have made a decision that I am going to be healthier, more organized and my house cleaner this year.  I need to make these decisions.  My family needs to be healthier and I need to teach my children to be neater and more organized.  In light of my decision I checked some books out at the library for soapmaking, greener and organized housekeeping, no-dairy cookbook and I have also asked for information on different things.  There are a few blogs that I read and have given me a lot of inspiration.  Another area that I am organizing besides just my house is my household notebook.  I can't wait until I get this under control!

I am going to start making my own laundry detergent, dish detergent, soap, shampoo, deoderant and toothpaste.  Oh and household cleaners.  

I am also going to slowly change out eating habits.  A lot more home made foods and less pre-packaged foods.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Life Through Lenses

Tomorrow will start a new fun photo adventure!  Grab your cameras and get ready!

Join Life Through Lenses blog hop and show us a little about yourself in a different way than usual',' through photos . Grab your camera and check out the latest theme that we are taking pictures of . To start us off we are going to take a picture of something that represents us as a person . The one rule is that there can be no people in the photo . The hop will open February 3 and continue until February 10, 2010 .

To add your blog onto this, create your post for your photo.  No words please except for the title.  After you have published your blog, copy the URL just for that post, not your whole blog page.  Then come here and add your URL to the McLinky box.

The title for our first entry should be "Meeting Me".

MckLinky Blog Hop


Monday, February 1, 2010

Parents and Drugs

The following letter appeared on the internet, evidently submitted by a concerned citizen.  

"The other day, someone at a store in town read that a methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in an adjoining county and he asked the rhetorical question, 'Why didn't we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?'

I replied, 'I was drug to church on Sunday morning.  I was drug to church for weddings and funerals.  I was drug to family reunions and community socials.  I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.  I was drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of a teacher or preacher, or if I did not put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.  I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors to help out by mowing the lawn, repair a faucet or chop wood.  Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say or think.  They are stronger than cocaine, crack or heroin: and if today's children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.  God bless the parents who drugged us.'"


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