Wednesday, February 26, 2014

An exhausting day

I haven't taken Macheus to the doctor since his two week check-up.  Our insurance changed and we no longer have to pay for well check-ups.  (It's when you get sick that they get you!)  I decided about a month ago to schedule appointments for Myles and Macheus to have check-ups at the same time.  I thought it was a pretty smart, time saving move.  Bad idea.

We have had warm, beautiful weather for days now.  Today I got up and it was cold and rainy.  I packed the two of them up and we headed to the big town where their doctor is located.  It is about a thirty minute drive. I thought about taking one of the girls with me, but I knew they had things they wanted to do today.  How hard could it be anyway, right?

We got to the office and I walked in to realize that the whole place and been renovated and I wasn't sure where to go.  I had Macheus in my arms (all 27 lbs of him!), the diaper bag, my purse, coats and a blanket.  Macheus wanted to nurse and was eating my shoulder.  Myles was wanting to touch everything and I am a HUGE germaphobe at the doctors' office!  I fumbled with my stuff trying to get my insurance card out.  The lady handed me a clip board with a stack of papers to fill out for each child and told me where the "well" room was.  I trudged to the waiting area and attempted to nurse Macheus, fill out forms and keep Myles from putting his hands on anything.  While I was filling out forms I realized that I had given them our old insurance card.  I had to stop nursing Macheus and drag everything back up to the desk to give them the current cards.  While the lady was trying to update the information in the computer I heard them call our name.  I wasn't about to miss our turn so I told the lady I would pick the cards up on my way out.  I grabbed our stuff and ran to catch her before the door shut. (Our pediatrician is part of a huge practice!)  We got back to the exam room and the nurse told me to undress the baby down to a dry diaper.  Both of my kids were scared.  (They don't get out much! :o)  They took us to do the measuring and weighing and then they told me to get a urine sample from Myles.  I didn't know how he was going to react to the whole tee teeing in a cup thing.  I have a naked baby on my hip, Myles is in the bathroom in his sock feet and I am trying to get him to tee tee in the cup.  I didn't realize he had to potty really bad and he started filling the cup up FAST!  I kept saying,  "Stop now",  "Ok, that's enough, stop now!"  We ended up getting tee tee on the floor and he walked through it with his sock feet.  I am trying to juggle the baby while I screw the lid on the cup and write his name on the lid.  Macheus kept grabbing at it.  As I tried to stand up from the squatting position I lost my balance and had to catch myself with my hand.  (Public bathrooms are GROSS!)  I finally got it done, stood up and went to put the sample in the little door and dropped it in the toilet!  I scooped it up really quick, washed it off, tried to wash my hands and get out of the bathroom.  We went back to our exam room to wait for the doctor and Myles went to pick up a wooden toy to play with.  I reacted a little loud and scared him to death.  I wanted to spray it down before he touched it.  I sprayed the toy, his hands, my hands, Macheus' hands, the exam table and our chairs and finally sat down to try to finish feeding Macheus.  Right as he latched on the door opened and it was the doctor.  I stopped feeding him again and that went over like a ton of bricks!

Thankfully, the boys are both healthy but I had a couple of things that I wanted to talk to the doctor about.  During the course of our conversation I was told to stop feeding Macheus when he wakes up at night (at 27 lbs he obviously doesn't need the calories!) and to stop putting diapers on Myles at night even though he wets them most of the time.  So, he expects me to listen to a baby scream all night and to bathe a four year old and change sheets in the middle of the night!?! 

I survived the appointment,  I used half a bottle of Burt's Bee's antibacterial spray, and I appreciated our doctor's advice.  I came home this evening, got them both bathed, put a diaper on Myles before he went to bed, and I am heading to bed.  If Macheus wakes up (which I feel sure he will), I will be tucking him into the bed with me and nursing him.  The great thing about being an older mom............  I have done this before and I know.... ."This too shall pass"! 

Good night!

Sunday, February 23, 2014


The kids always love when the big rodeo comes to town!  I could go the rest of my life and never go to another rodeo, but it is a family thing that we always do together. :o)
                                                             Macheus' first rodeo!

Myles is all about his cowboy stuff right now.  He loved seeing all of the cowboys and kept saying, "I need my rope."  (He uses any rope he can find at the house as his lasso.)  They had lassos for sale at the rodeo, so of course, we had to buy two of them. :o)

                                                       It was serious business!

                                  Aren't these things amazing!?

                                            This is the "one arm bandit".

We made memories with our children, so it was worth it!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Loving this warm weather!

Nothing gives me energy faster than a warm, sunny day!  We have had beautiful weather lately.  I know we will probably have another cold snap before spring is here to stay, but for now I am soaking it up!
Myles has enjoyed playing baseball in the yard with Matthew.  It is so cute watching Matthew teach him how to pitch.
                                  Matthew and Myles are both lefties.

 The confederate hat, "Fearless" shirt, baseball glove and bright blue mud boots.  This sums up Myles' personality! :o)

 Marc has been hit one too many times catching Matt's pitches.  He decided it was time for some catcher's gear!

Malachi getting in on the action.

                              Madeline just enjoying the pretty day.

Matthew loving that his little brothers love baseball!

Mariah and her buddy.  He absolutely loves her.  She is big enough to do things with him but little enough that she is still fun. :o)

                                                      Sweet fellow.

Hope some of you are having a break in the cold winter that most of us have had this year!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Love is in the air

We are winding down from a very busy Valentine's weekend!  Here are a few pictures. I will share more later!
"Sweets for my sweets!"
Cute little Valentine.

                                         Her very first Valentine from a fellow. :o)

Baking with little boys is quite different than baking with girls! :o)  They had fun though.

                                 He was VERY into the flour part of it!

The icing was Malachi's favorite part.

  Mariah trying to make the cookie decorating more orderly. :o)

"We love him, because he first loved us." 1 John 4:19

Monday, February 10, 2014

Playin' Baseball and other ramblings...

  I can't believe it is almost the middle of February.  Usually it seems like January and February are slow months but it has been really busy this year!  Tuesday is one of our busiest days.  The girls take piano lessons in the morning and we have home school co-op classes in the afternoon.  I always try to make use of the trip to town and get other things done too.  This past week was the debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye.  I really wanted to get home in time to settle in and watch it.  We rushed to the grocery store and then had to meet Marc at Lowes to pick out a new freezer.  We recently were blessed with a very economical way to get a whole, grass fed cow.  The only problem was, even with two refrigerators and one upright freezer, we didn't have enough space!  We managed to get the freezer home, unload, get the little guys bathed all in time to watch the debate!  I thought Ken Ham did an excellent job too!  He has so many other things he could have said to "hammer" at his opponent, but his focus was on sharing the gospel because he knew there would be many atheists watching it.  His closing statement made me cry!  He is such a neat man!
 We have had a colder than usual winter this year but yesterday and today have been like spring!  I hated to call Myles in for a nap, but I knew come supper time I would regret it if I didn't!  I hollered out the back door to him that it was almost nap time.  He said,  "Give me five minute, mama.  I playin' baseball!" 

 Speaking of Myles..... One day last week,  I was at the store  trying to get my shopping done when McKenzie called me.  She asked me if there was anything that could be done about Clorox on carpet.  At that moment I just couldn't deal with it and I told her there was nothing I could do about it from the store.  I had just hung up with her when my phone rang again and it was Marc saying,  "Guess what your son just did?"  I told him that I had already heard and would they please wait until I got home next time to share such great news!?  When I got home his bedroom windows were open with a fan in the window.  Our house smelled like an indoor pool!  He had gotten out of bed and sprayed Clorox cleaning spray all over his room!  He ruined several shirts, a sheet set and there are now a few bleached out spots on the carpet.  It definitely could have been worse.  I know one thing, I will not be replacing their carpet until all of our boys are much bigger!  In that same week he flushed some objects down the toilet and had it completely stopped up. That was a late night mess cleaning up that disaster! 

I started this post hours ago.  It is now evening and I am sitting here waiting on Mariah to finish correcting her math lesson.  It's only 8:30 and I would love to go crawl in the bed!  We have a Valentine's party to go to tomorrow and co-op classes.  Rumor has it that we are getting some more bad weather.  We seldom get pretty snow here.  It is usually lots of ice and a little snow.  We have had one really pretty "big" snow since we have lived in this area.  We got probably four inches on Valentine's day several years ago.  Having warmer weather lately has me spoiled.  I am ready for spring!
Well, I am off to get some more grading done so I can call it a night!

Friday, February 7, 2014