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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Tummy Bug

Disclaimer *not for the faint of heart or those who dislike bodily fluid discussions.

We have had a touch of the tummy bug going around our house. It started with Elizabeth and passed to Mat & Andrew. For the most part, it's been so mild that we've continued with life at a regular pace. I just thought maybe we ate a little too much spice or foods that were disagreeable to tummies. I'm made of steel with a decent immune system so I typically don't share bugs with my family. I honestly thought nothing of this tummy bug until Andrew made a few pleas for me to take him to the doctor - something I NEVER hear from Andrew. It accumulated to the point where Andrew would sit on the potty with a trash can in front of him, but he never used the trash can. Until last night when he yelled, "Mom, get the trash can." I said, "You won't need it, baby." And then he sat back really far on the potty and proceeded to throw up on the same potty with which he sat with nary a drop on him or outside of the potty. Then he hollered, "TOLD YA!" at me like with as much attitude as if he were 100% healthy and the before mentioned incident had never even happened.

It send me over the edge...with giggles. I couldn't even stand upright b/c I was beside myself with laughter. I had to get Mat, the much more sympathetic of the two (and praise Jesus I have him to temper me), to take care of Andrew who after he lost his supper seemed 100% rearing and ready to go. I did make him shower quickly and go to bed a bit early, but he's been up and totally fine all day today.

I find the tummy bug to be an interesting little booger. It rears it's ugly head at the most peculiar of times and vanishes just as quickly. My children seem to suffer with it quite a bit especially poor Andrew. I wish it would go away and never return.

We're laying low today to give our tummies a little extra rest, and we hope to be back to our regular routine again tomorrow. In the meantime, Lizzy is doing her best to make our lives difficult with her "spunky-tude." She brings us a lot of laughter and a lot of grief all in that one little bundle of 3 year old that she totes around with her. She's currently sleeping, but she has been taking all her clothes off and putting them on her baby doll starting with her shoes. Then she proceeded to wash her hands, clothes and everything else in the bathroom with half a bottle of soap - the kind that's hard to come off (Thanks Bath and Body Works), but you can't say that the bathroom isn't spotless now!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Monday - sing it like the song

Mondays are likely my busiest day of the week. We rush around from one activity to another fitting school in somewhere along the way. I've often felt like I'm going crazy on these hectic days. I call Monday our "extracurricular day." Here's how our Mondays look:

Physical Therapy - Mat and I have back to back PT so we can trade off the kids. We get up extra early to rush out the door prepared for the day. Mat and I both love going to PT, and the kids don't mind it either. We are both healing up nicely as a result of our hard work!

Piano - Andrew has piano lessons right after lunch. He has been taking lessons from a dear friend of mine (who has also taught piano for over 30 years and is a fellow homeschooling Christian lady - love her!!) since June of 2010. He's doing will, and I'm constantly amazed by his passion for it and his talent. One of my favorite times of day is listening to him practice.

Art - Andrew is taking a class from a mom. He sketches and paints and learns all about art from an expert who teaches classes in our area. She also homeschools her children, has an art degree, and she is a sweet Christian lady who is a part of one of our homeschool groups.

Soccer - As if we didn't have enough on Mondays, we have a late soccer practice from 6:30 to 7:30. I honestly LOVE this time of day b/c it's a little cooler. I put Elizabeth in childcare at the YMCA while I sit watching Andrew practice with a book in my hand. It's one of the few times I get to read, and I thoroughly enjoy sitting in the sunshine reading while my boy gets his exercise. He has quite a competitive streak, and he scored his first goal on Saturday. His coach even admired his competitive aggressive nature on the field and his sweet encouragement on the sidelines.

We were all prepared to enjoy show and tell time with a homeschool co-op every 3rd Monday, but for now, that's a little much. We do still fit in quite a bit of school between all our Monday activities, and Andrew just loves his fun filled days. Makes Mondays something to look forward to instead of something to anguish over. And after all our learning today, I still had time to do some laundry, play some games with the kids, pack up some dinner, and sit down to write this blog post!

I love Mondays!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

September Update

Several people have lovingly asked how we are doing, and I realized that it's been a while since my last update. I'm never really sure how to answer the question either b/c so much is going on. I struggle between being completely overwhelmed to being at peace. I know that in spite of our challenges right now, I have complete JOY! So as bad as circumstances may seem or as overwhelmed as I may be, I have a peace that passes understand and full joy.

With that being said (and hopefully you understand that we are really OK), I can give a truthful update without sounding complain-y or depressed.

Here goes starting with Elizabeth. She is a mess. She's been transferred into a big girl bed complete with brand new Hello Kitty bedding (it looks like Pepto threw up in her room and it's just adorably pink). However, our little struggling sleeper who hates to sleep at night and has struggled with waking up multiple times is now waking up anywhere between 4am and 6am daily without going back to sleep. She's waking up her brother too so we are all a little sleepy 'round here. She is currently struggling with a tummy bug which I'm sure that the mothers of the children she exposed in preschool today will not enjoy hearing - I swear I didn't know until we got home from school when Mat randomly took her temp and found her to have a low grade temp. Sharing germs is a real friend winner too I tell ya :( She's got a very moody personality. Her highs are fantastic, but her lows are difficult to manage. There is never a dull moment with that little princess. Last night she got bit by a little boy at church. When the teacher told me, I honestly laughed. I said I didn't believe in Carma, but it serves her right after she bit all those kids a little over a year ago when I worked at Golds nursery. The teacher was shocked that I laughed, but she told me Carma is a bit Biblical - what you reap you will sow.

Andrew - the boy is brilliant beyond my understanding. He certainly gets his smarts from his Daddy. He has mellowed out quite a bit (from the parental standpoint). He's still his strong willed, passionate, intense & hard core self, and while we struggle with his mouth getting him in trouble ( b/c he doesn't understand when it's appropriate to quit talking at the point of disrespect), he is a fantastic, self-starting, fiercely independent learner and avid reader that brings joy to those he comes in contact with. I couldn't be more proud of my son. Yes, we have our minor challenges with his strong will and mouth, but he has such a big heart that I think he honestly does learn from his mistakes and does what he can to be the best boy.

Mat - He is currently in his 2nd month of physical therapy at a great rehab facility not too far from our house. He is a tough cookie, and he's intense about his exercises. He often runs 4 miles before PT, and the trainers think he's a little over the top exercise wise. Intensity kinda runs in the fam - kinda a theme around here! He's working hard to overcome the pain, and they are helping him recuperate. He likely won't have feeling back in his knee so some of his injuries are lifelong. At least its numbness and not painful! He's been super busy with continuing to get things fixed and settled. It's been a huge job, and he's been working full time, taking care of repairs, and being a fantastic dad at home. In my book, he's a superstar. He stays so positive no matter what hits us.

Me - I have been struggling in many different areas. I still don't feel well from the wreck, and I'm in my 3rd month of PT. I have lots of headaches and setbacks related to whiplash, and it isn't helping that I have an auto-immune disease. I have lots of inflammation and issues that cause me not to sleep well. I think most of my struggles recently have been a result of sleepy-ness. Between the Sjogrens and headaches and Lizzy waking me up super early in the morning, I've gotten so little sleep that sometimes I don't know how I can stay awake during the day. I'm also struggling quite a bit with relationships. I think that of everything going on I can normally cope well with the business involved, but when you toss in some hurtful friendships/relationships, I'm done. The stress gets to me and causes further pain.

Our highlander (and only car right now) broke down while Mat and I were in physical therapy last night. Fortunately, we drove separately and all piled in the car Mat has been allowed to borrow from his Mother's husband's mom (we call Aunt Sis) who lives in Orlando. We even made it on time to Awana after making the decision to just leave the highlander in the parking lot until this morning. On our way to church, Mat and I were discussing how God has provided for our ever need and most of our wants too. Still, I have such little faith that I continuously get anxious about something like our car breaking. It gave me great comfort this morning when a sweet lady (who had no idea of my situation or struggles) reminded me that nothing we are dealing with comes at a surprise to God. He knows our challenges and struggles - not only that, he has a plan and a purpose for our life. I can have joy knowing that even when I forget about God's provision, he hasn't forgotten about me! How can you not have JOY knowing Christ loves us!

And then I just praise Jesus knowing that his strength is made perfect in my weakness. If God is for us, who can be against us?

So that's how we are doing in a nutshell. Life has been tough, but we have each other and a wonderful support system of loved ones who continually encourage me with their kind words and care for our family. Thank you for loving on my family! You guys are the best!