Monday, February 14, 2011
Finn turned 8 on Saturday and I am as shocked as everyone else. We had rain on Saturday, so it was a pretty low key birthday. We did have some visitors at the farm and my dad saddled up the horses, so Finn demonstrated his backwards horse riding skills (see below). He says, he only got clothes! But I know for a fact that there was a soccer ball, a back back and a huge lego set. We asked Finn before Christmas if he would consider $100 instead of having a birthday party and he JUMPED at the money. I just know what a pain winter parties are too plan and our house is just too small to have a crowd of 8 year olds bouncing off the walls. There is always the option of a pool or soccer party, but those would cost more than $100 and require planning.
Then I made a comment that I wish we could afford to go do something fun for his birthday, like go to Great Wolf Lodge (after I knew they had their rates on sale) and he offered me the $100 back to put towards a family getaway, in celebration of his birthday of course. Because I am not a crowd person, and the lodge is an indoor water park, involving bathing suits and his birthday fall right near Presidents day, we scheduled it for a weekday get away. All the boys are excited as it's rapidly approaching.
Quincy is recovering...It's been a week and every day he has said at least once, that he wants his tonsils back. His pain is intense and the liquid tylenol with codeine is disgusting. He missed school today and had probably the worst day so far. He got out and rode his bike, just for a short time the day after surgery, and has ridden every day since, except today. Here he is napping, looking so innocent a few days ago. The doctor talked to us after his surgery and said both the tonsils and adenoids were huge and really needed to be removed. I'm glad we made the decision to do it now, not later.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Think of us as we will be eating lots of ice cream and popsicles next week!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Last week, we had a short visit with Sol and Sabine. It was very last minute, but my parents arranged for some family photos...that's my parents in costume. Pictures had to be Tuesday afternoon, and afternoons aren't good for my kids, but we pressed on. Pictures didn't turn out very well, but we had a good time with lots of laughs.The twins went to their 4 year old check ups, Finally! I got it right this year and took them on seperate days. 2 screaming kids in one exam room just doesn't work for me, especially when one needs to be held down for shots and the other needs to be cuddled after getting his. Paxton went first and had a little accident, and had to remove his underwear...and I couldn't resist.
He did great, even talked to the Dr a little, whereas Quincy wouldn't cooperate at all and made me carry him to the car because his legs hurt so bad!Alvin picked out our tree this year, because it was easier than all of us trekking out to argue which tree to get. He and the kids did the decorating! I'm a fan of white lights and the boys ALL like colored, so we compromised with colored twinkling lights at the trunk and white all around. This arrangement won't work next year because Finn thinks it's boring...along with all my non kid friendly ornaments. Good thing Dad bought "fun" ornaments because more ornaments were broken in decorating this year than all other years combined.And today, our little friend Waldorf found his seat in the tree. It's a good place to see the entire family area and take all the things he learns back to Santa!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Okay, where we live, we expect the power to go out! This year, the power company trimmed a ton of tree branches back, but that doesn't do much good when a tree takes down the power lines! We were with out power 41 hours total, from Monday night until Wednesday morning. Normally, that isn't a long time, but along with the 4 inches of snow, we had hard winds and very cold temperatures.
And no power, when you live out from a city, means no water (we are on a well) no heat (we have radiant heat which needs power to circulate the water) as well as no electronics, no lights, etc.
So how'd we do it? Well, I write this in case you are like us and need a few new ideas, or just to have it written down! But, I would also love your ideas that would help us during the next outage.
- If you have warning, finish your laundry and don't start a new load.
- Fill up a basin of water (I use a pitcher with a pour spout) and put it by the kitchen sink.
- Unload the dishwasher and make sure your sink is empty. Rinse dirty dishes in basin and put directly into the dishwasher.
- Put a pitcher of water in the bathroom (we only have one, but if you have many bathrooms, water goes in each one) use this for washing or toothbrushing.
- I have a dish soap bottle that I fill with water and add a few drops of soap for washing hands. Just squirt a little water on them!
- Fill the bathtub! (I'm always amazed when people don't know you can flush a toilet by adding water into the bowl, the faster you pour, the less water it takes to send solids away) We use the water in the tub for hand washing and flushing.
- Close off unnecessary rooms. Smaller spaces heat faster and since we only have a fireplace, not a wood stove, we can't heat much! We planned for the boys to sleep in the living room and closed off their room.
- Put towels at base of all doors, to keep drafts out and heat in.
- When it starts to get dusky, give each child a glow stick (must get more) or bracelet. They can hang them off their bodies with out loosing them and they have a little night light!
- Down comforters for everyone. Down alternative isn't the same...we all sleep warmly with just a down comforter. (for small children, get an oversized down throw from overstock, and sew it in half)
- The less you open your refrigerator, the better, so put milk and other foods you get out a lot, outside (if it's cold).
- Tin Foil dinners! If you rub a cookie sheet with dish soap (helps wash the soot away when finished), you can cook a tin foil dinner on top of the coals for easy removal. Although you won't want to use the cookie sheet for cookies again!
- Barbeques work for cooking food too, but not so great for casseroles, if you can stand outside to cook it.
- Wear a hat inside if you start to get cold. My kids always tell me how stupid I look in my down vest and bad hat, but at least I am warm.
- The minute the power comes on, turn on the dishwasher, wash down the counters and head for the shower (water stays hot for a few days in the water heater), because you never know if it's going to go out again!
We have downstairs neighbors that have a wood stove and that really helped to keep us warmer! And they could take water downstairs in a pan and warm it up for us. We didn't have warm coffee, but since we cold brew coffee, we did have iced lattes!
What tricks do you use for survival? We also spent time with my mom and dad, who have a wood stove big enough to cook on, but that isn't an option for all!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
And it was only after we got the kids in bed, that I realized I had 3 kids coming over in the morning for the twins "birthday party"/ normal tuesday playdate with balloons. Fortunately, today was much better and I haven't had to take anyone to the doctor...YET! Although Finn suggested that I take him in because he had a stuffed up nose and he really wanted a pirate balloon.