Thursday, September 20, 2012

Colds Colds Go Away

I always find it interesting that our "wellness" visit is followed by illness. For example, last week we took both boys to the doctor for checkups. We are always careful not to allow Benjamin to play with the "sick" toys at the doctor's office. Unfortunately, there are no toys on the "well" side,  so we have to settle for parenting magazines. Once we get in the examination room, we have to read the children's books because there are only a few pictures in the parenting magazine that interest two year old boys. I know, I know, I should be proactive and bring my own books, but I didn't. In fact, I really don't want to take my books there because we don't need anymore germs on them.

Anyway, we went to the doctor Wednesday and Benjamin got the Flumist which may have played a part in all this sickness. Benjamin started with a runny nose that turned into a cold which he is still fighting. David came home Thursday night with the cold and after several nights of Nyquil began to feel better, until yesterday when everything got worse. He visited his doctor today and found out that he is suffering from bronchitis and a sinus infection.

 Fortunately Jeremiah and I have been spared so far. I have had mild headaches and a sore throat off and on that could probably be attributed to seasonal allergies. Jeremiah has been a little stopped up, but it has not seemed to bother him.

Benjamin has no appetite so meal time is a struggle. David has an increased appetite and could eat a whole loaf of bread if I made it into grilled cheese sandwiches. I am trying to keep David from touching anything to stop the spread of this thing, but I really miss having one person in this house that could fix their own plate and pour their own drink.

Last night was the first night that Benjamin slept through the night without waking up for medicine. David was prescribed hydrocodone, so he could probably sleep until Monday. Hopefully with a few more nights of rest, everyone will feel better.

I have already gone over the house with Lysol earlier in the week. I think the next step would be to clear the house of all people and set off a bomb. Do they sell Lysol bombs? I should make one. I am going stir crazy waiting for everyone to get well so we can get out of the house!
In fact, we will probably break out tomorrow and head to the park. We need fresh air to maintain sanity! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Meal Plan 09/16 -09/22

Sunday - Divine Divan and salad
Monday -Chicken soup and cheese toast
Tuesday - Date night
Wednesday- Homemade Sloppy Joe's and corn
Thursday - Meatloaf, green beans, potatoes
Friday - leftovers
Saturday - Sour cream beef casserole and salad

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dream House or Nightmare

One day a dear friend recommended that I read a book called the Total Money Makeover. I was engaged to my husband at the time and we had just made a really stupid purchase. I won't go into details, because it is really just too embarrassing to remember.
After we read that book, we had some serious talks about how we wanted to manage our money. We worked really hard and paid off all of our debt before our one year anniversary.
Since then we have been stuck on baby step three. The 3-6 month emergency fund.
Here's the short story.
We had it. We got an expensive apartment. We lost it. We moved to a cheaper place. We got it!

We thank the Lord for his provision and trust that He will take care of us. Lately, we have been praying for a house and that God will lead us to the house he wants us to have. Sometimes our wants get in the way of that. Like this past weekend.

We found this house. We loved it. The neighborhood was nice. It was a good distance from work and church. There was a big deck and a nice back yard that was flat. Benjamin loved running through the house. I could really picture our family there, until we went back for a second look.

We took a friend who was more knowledgeable about houses and structural aspects so he could give us a good idea of what would need to be repaired. We also took David's parents to give us their advice as well. It was a foreclosure, so we knew that there would be work involved. After walking through the house with them, we had a good idea of the repairs necessary to get the house in good condition.

I knew when we left that night that this was not a good idea for us, but I really wanted it so in my brain I was trying to make it work. We prayed about it and talked about making an offer and then David said, "I feel like Dave Ramsey is screaming at me." We want to be wise stewards of our finances and this would not have been a wise decision. Although the realtor was disappointed in our decision, we walked away.

I am thankful for my friend who told me to read the book. I am thankful for Dave Ramsey for yelling about managing money the right way. I am thankful for a husband who is willing to put his wants aside and make the right decision. I am thankful for the promise that God will provide.

Growing Boys

These are exciting times at our house! We are so thankful for the blessings in our life named Benjamin and Jeremiah. Although the responsibilities of caring for the boys can seem overwhelming at times, their laughs, hugs and kisses make it all worthwhile.
On the first of the month, Jeremiah turned 4 months old.

                                                               He was so excited!

 At four months old, Jeremiah is eating cereal twice a day with his bottles.
He loves to swing, laugh and suck his thumb.
He loves to watch brother play.
He takes three naps a day and sleeps 11 hours at night.
He weighs 18 pounds. 

On the fourth of the month, Benjamin turned two!

At two years old,
Benjamin can drink from a cup (with supervision) and tries to eat with utensils .
He is starting to say two word sentences.
He is picking up new words everyday.
He can usually put on one shoe by himself.

He loves trains, animals, books and fans!
His favorite animal is the zebra. 
He painstakingly lines his toys up in a particular way. (David thinks we have another perfectionist on our hands.)
He wants to have socks or shoes on most of the time.
He likes to push brother in the swing or stroller.
He naps in the afternoon for 2-3 hours and sleeps 10-11 hours at night.
He weighs 30 pounds.
He will typically eat everything except vegetable soup :)

 We are so thankful for our growing boys!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

What's for Dinner 09/02-09/08

This week is exciting because Benjamin is turning 2! We will celebrate his actual birthday by eating his favorite foods and then have a family cookout on Thursday.
For my new recipe this week I am trying a Pinterest experiment. The picture looked so good that I was ready to get a fork and dig in! You can find the link to the picture and the recipe on my Pinterest board.
I love easy meal planning weeks!

Sunday- leftovers
Monday- Date Night
Tuesday- BIRTHDAY MEAL- Pizza, Salad 
Wednesday- Barbecue Chicken, Green Beans, Macaroni and Cheese
Thursday- Birthday Party Family Cookout
Friday- Pinterest Experiment "Better-than-takeout Chicken Fried Rice" with salad
Saturday- Sunday School Picnic

Breakfast Cake
Cookies for the Birthday Boy