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Thursdays Things I Like: #3

Crest Pro-Health CPC Antigingivitis/Antiplaque Oral Rinse. I like this mouthwash so much. It's not only recommended by my dentist but it's also a requirement for my dental care. I like it when things multi-task and boy does this do just that. It Kills Germs, helps prevent plaque, helps prevent gingivitis, keeps teeth cleaner longer, freshens breath, and there is no alcohol so there is no burn.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Aunt Linda!

One of my favorite memories is being told stories about me and my Aunt Linda. Whether it was her painting my toes at sleep-overs when I was just a wee thing or discovering prematurely the smurf sleeping bag she had purchased for my second birthday. Then there was the fact that I always said I was hungry when I was around my Aunt so she would feed me. My Mom finally told me to stop saying I was hungry. (She had just fed me.) So when I walked in and glanced around the room and spotted a bag of pretzels I quickly announced "I like salty things...." (keep in mind I was only 2 or 3...)

Now I am thankful for the adult friendship I share with my Aunt. She is a godly woman who is a wonderful mother and has a very dear, sensitive heart.

Thank you Aunt Linda for being my Aunt & for listening to me. I know I can always be honest with you even if if I'm ugly, real, and raw. I love you!

My sweet Petunia.

Let me state this. I had made a vow to never love people who look like they never had a baby... after they just had a baby. I had to break that with Kristin... I love her and she looks fantastic! I am proud of her! She's a wonderful Mama and a precious friend and sister. And by the way... I love many people who look like they never had a baby after having babies.. I like to be dramatic at times..

Kristin and Madison
Did you see the printed Pamper Diapers... aren't they cute?!

A new Headband for Madison from her Aunt GiGi (AKA: ME!!!)

A very "Christopher expression"

Mondays Memories: Siblings

Siblings... you have them or you don't, either way it shapes your life. Having many or few or none at all. It helps define you... you realize that you're "other". What do I mean by that? I find that kids in the same family are rarely alike. I have four boys. I find that their personalities, likes, dislikes, and character is unique.

I know that Libby having four younger brothers is going to shape the young woman she's going to become. I know the boys will be affected by each other and having an older sister.

I've met people who grew up without sister or brother.

I used to think if you're an only child that would be pretty awesome. I thought it meant you get all the attention. All that you want. You get to pick where you go. Blah, blah, blah. Now I feel for only children. How horrible to find out the world doesn't center around you. What a wake-up call. I'm not judging people who only have one child. Some people can only have one. Some people chose …

Just Do It.

I'm having one of those moments... I'm sure you've had them too. The kind where you're supposed to be doing a particular something. It could be schoolwork, a house project, something work related or simply cleaning your room... but when that is what you're supposed to be doing, you want to do anything else. You find yourself checking your e-mail, or looking at facebook or doing laundry... pretty much anything instead of what you're supposed to be doing. I have cleaned my house before instead of dealing with a dreaded task. The funny thing is once you start that dreaded task you're almost always halfway there.

"Well begun is half done." Aristotle

The guy has a great point. So it's just that. Beginning. Starting.

Project Considerations:

Motivation. Whether it's lack of goal, lack of energy or just plain lack... you need motivation. Put on some fun music. Visualize finishing your accomplishment... or even visualize beginning the project. Set up…

"Things I like" Thursdays

#2 Clorox Wipes.

Sanitizing your home is important when you have small children, especially a child with cancer that is more susceptible to infection. I enjoy these for my kitchen and bathrooms and they're wonderful for wiping down plastic toys or plastic books, door knobs and many other items that are nice and germ infested. Yay for disinfecting wipes.
Listening to JJ Heller and enjoying the sound of her voice and the beauty of her lyrics. I wish I could shake this sense of depression that has been hovering. It's weird... we've had all these sunny days but there are clouds hanging over my head. I'm trying to peer past this crazy fog. Maybe I was just going too hard, too strong and not pausing (resting) enough. I get all jazzed up about getting things in order and accomplishing things and I push myself again and again... like a runner training for a marathon... but I don't rest. I go until I get injured, falling on the ground groaning. I'm trying to sprint and I need to train for endurance not short bursts of speed.

That being said, my clothes are all folded and put away. The dishes are all done. The counters are clear. The bed is made. The bathrooms are clean.

Today was the kid's last day of school. I am so excited that they will be home all the time... and I'm nervous too. I had quite the routine going wh…

Things I like Thursday.

So I had been thinking recently about posting some of my favorite things (enter Maria from the Sound of Music) just for kicks. I was thinking about calling it Things I Love Thursdays but I felt like "love" can get so overused and I am trying to apply the word love more to people than just things. I often catch myself saying, "Oh I just love ________" (fill in whatever: coffee, chocolate, Weight Watchers, Zumba, writing) and then turning around and telling my kids or husband that I love them. I don't want to cheapen the word...Don't know if that makes sense or not. Hence, things i like...

I remember being teased that I was a walking commercial. When I really like something I tend to get behind it. I tell other people... including strangers. I am not shy about saying things that I like, that work well, are useful, genius, pretty, etc.

So, let's get started. BTW- this isn't being done in order of importance... a greater to lesser or lesser to greater for…

Benefits of being a "cow"

If ever a day goes by where I feel unproductive I should stop & think.... Hey, I made milk today.

I write this because I was feeling lazy & then realized hey, I'm nursing a baby and doing this other thing. I need to give myself a break and not always need to be so dang efficient.

One of my first realizations that I was a Mom was when I went to Barnes and Noble with a friend. We both had recently had our first children. We were walking by a section of books labeled "Nursing" and my first reaction was, "Wow! I can't believe they have that many books on breast feeding!" It took me about ten minutes to realize that it was on medical nursing... but the funny thing was my friend had the same conclusion too. Yeah, we were definitely new Moms...

Embracing Now.

I really should be falling asleep. I have to get up early tomorrow. Samuel is going to clinic and I'm taking Ian and Peter to see Libby receive her award and sing songs.. and I have yet to find the video camera that I just had a few days ago but have managed to misplace between then and now.

I broke some dishes today. No, not on purpose. On accident. And of the dishes I was really excited about because it was a saucer and it matched my tea cup and I couldn't find it and then I found it... yesterday.... and then I broke it today. I was kind of sad and frustrated. It came at a bad time. I was trying to finish feeding the kids lunch and was undoing the dishwasher and when the dishes broke i had to get the kids out of the kitchen because the glass went everywhere and the twins were upset because they were helping me unload the silverware (their favorite "job") and I was making them leave because their feet were bare and they didn't understand and got all whiney and cr…


Peter is a chubby little butterball that is full of delight and smiles. He is the most placid child we have had by far. He loves to chill by playing with his feet and loves making raspberries and stuffing his toes in his mouth. He is sweet and brings great amusement to his four siblings. He is loved by all that seem to encounter him. I am so thankful that God has given us a child that is a little lower maintenance.

I finally feel like I've recovered from strep. Boy did that wipe me out. I had spots and stripes and all sorts of nastiness going on in the back of my throat. The antibiotics have helped clear things up and besides my throat being a little sore and being tired in general I feel I am definitely on the upswing.

Libby has an upcoming awards ceremony at school. In lieu of a kindergarten graduation they are having this ceremony and will sing a few songs. She's been practicing a lot at home, in particular this one song which is a re-make of "new york, new york" b…

Samuel in the news.

Local Hyundai dealers stroked a $40,000.00 check to CHKD for cancer research. They had oncology patients put their hand prints all over a car. You can see Samuel doing that here... He made the news :) He was more excited about painting on a car and the backpack, shirt, hat, and water bottle he received.


I'm lying in bed.. I have strep throat and a fever and I ache everywhere. I had to go to "quick care" at the hospital. The P.A. I had was very nice and had a great bedside manner. He was good at listening and really took in consideration the fact that I'm breast feeding Peter as well as Samuel having cancer and being neutrapenic (low ANC count-susceptible to infection). So I'm home and in bed. Mike was going to take me on an overnight but that has been canceled. I'm disappointed and sad but doing okay. Mike is being very kind and attentive and is taking care of the kids. Not quite what we had in mind for the day.

Life doesn't go as i planned.

I had a great birthday yesterday and was thankful to spend time with my children and my husband, my Grandma and my Mom 2 (mother-in-law) as well as get to see some dear friends. It was a wonderful day. I felt very loved. Thank you for your well-wishes and messages. They meant a lot.

I have to mention of the highlights.…


BTW- an article I wrote for Ungrind was published a back in April. You can read it here.

Peter & Madison

This was from Peter and Madison's first pictures together... over a month ago. Aren't they precious?
So yesterday I took Ian & Peter to the doctors... It turns out Ian has an Infection behind both ears... and his belly button... as well as a separate case of impytigo. Great. Peter is on antibiotics for his cough but also now on a nebulizer because of his wheezing :(

We took the kids to the VA Aquarium today. They added some new exhibits and it was really cool to watch the sea turtles, sharks, and all sorts of various fish. I cracked up at the Lump Fish. The kids loved feeling the rays and were fascinated by the harbor seals. Thank you Miss Baker for the tickets!!!

I better go to sleep... pancakes await me in the morning :)