Saturday, January 31, 2009

Middle of the night laundry....

Things have been a little crazy since we got back home from Cancun. The fire was a good kick start to our arrival, and next it was the flu bug.

Jenna had her one year appointment on Tuesday. (stats: 19lbs (30%), 55% for height, and 75% for head cir) She was crabby going in so I knew something was not quite right with her. Doc discovered her upper two molars breaking though. Three shots and one blood draw later we were off to home -- with a now very, very sad baby. In the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, I woke up the sound no parent wants to hear -- that of "tossing cookies." Jenna continued that well into Thursday night. Then I thought she was better yesterday (Friday) but nope. The flu was gone but the teething remained. She cried and cried last night. And this morning, more tears. THREE straight hours of tears. Tylenol, Motrin, Oragel, teething toys, cold wash stopping the tears. Oh, did I mention one more molar is coming in on the bottom and the other lower front tooth? I sent Stuart off to the herbal heath store for teething tablets. She took three and viola - Happy Baby! Just like that. Really, that fast. So lesson learned this week:

Make all Doc appointments first thing in the morning. This way the doc office is not yet infected with the germs of the sick kids who call in for same day appointments -- assuming it was cleaned well by the night crew! And your appointment has a better chance of being on time. And Teething Tablets are the best thing is the whole wide world!

As for the rest of the family. Jackson was bitten by the flu bug as well, but was better in a matter of 12 hours. The rest of us are just fine, tired, but fine.

This blog is kiddos and crafts for a reason, but the craft end has been really lacking! I have the sewing bug again....maybe soon.....maybe.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Holy Smokes!

So last week before we left for Mexico, Jackson was having a blast playing with cardboard boxes. He built a TV and Hot Dog Stand.

We were picking up the house before we left, and Stuart put the cardboard toys into the garage cause they were starting to stink a little.

When we returned home, we could smell this smoked hickory smell. I looked around, cleaned out the entry way, cleaned my diaper bag. It smelled like smoked fish or rotten food. I took out the garbage that night, but left Jackson's TV and Hot Dog stand, knowing he would be angry with me if the garbage man took it away.

Stay with me here.....

Tuesday I went out to lunch with my Aunt. During this time Stuart took Jenna to pick up Hailey from preschool and grab lunch for them. Upon his arrival back home, he opened the garage door to find black smoke pouring out. Took the kiddos to the neighbors, and the fire department came out to put out the fire. We are very lucky to have caught it time. We will have a nice bill to repair the situation, but the inside house walls are fine.

So what really caused the fire? We don't actually know. The only thing sitting by the wall was the two cardboard boxes. The trim that was totally charred is not in the photo, but you can tell it is where the fire started -- down on the ground. So that would eliminate the electrical outlet that is higher up, maybe. The fire dept cut away the wall and removed instulation to make sure the fire was out. That question of how the fire started may never be answered, I just have to be very grateful that I am standing in my kitchen typing this post.

Monday, January 12, 2009


On our second day here in Cancun we celebrated some Birthdays. One girl in our group, Paige, celebrated her 10th birthday, while I was celebrating a birthday of a little higher number. We had dinner at The Chocolate Factory. Pretty fitting uh? That slice of chocolate cake was fantastic. And the chocolate fountain was a delicious kid friendly mess of goodness.

(Thank you for the necklace Irene! I love it! And Happy Early Birthday to you!)
Today my baby turned 1!!!! Our little peanut is 1! It is hard for me to believe a year has gone by since she became a member of our family. Later she will get to eat a yummy cupcake, so I will post those photos later.

Off for a good ole' Mexican nap......

Sunday, January 11, 2009


We have arrived and are all settled in!

The kids fell right into routine here......not that it is hard to do! It took Jenna a few moments to get used to the pool, but soon was a splish-splashin' babe. And of course she learned quickly to sit back and enjoy the relaxtion of the pool....

As for today, I am not sure what the plan it. But then again, we are on vacation!
Enjoy the northern weather everyone!