Monday, January 31, 2011

Interviewing Timothy

I asked Timothy these questions today, and here is his 3 year old response:

1. What is something mom always says to you?
when it's bed time.

2. What makes mom happy?
when I'm happy too.

3. What makes mom sad?
Um cry.

4. How does your mom make you laugh?

5. What was your mom like as a child?
Like me.

6. How old is your mom?
I don't know.

7. How tall is your mom?
your 7 tall.

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Play with cars, and games, and everything.

9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
Make your go to sleep.

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
I don't know.

11. What is your mom really good at?
your good at toys.

12. What is your mom not very good at?

13. What does your mom do for her job?
Playing on my computer

14. What is your mom's favorite food?

15. What makes you proud of your mom?
I don't know.

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?

17. What do you and your mom do together?
Play and fun characters

18. How are you and your mom the same?
We have bellies

19. How are you and your mom different?
because I am going to be Goku.

20. How do you know your mom loves you?

21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
His real hair.

22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?

This was a lot of fun. I could tell some of the questions he didn't understand so he would say I don't know.

Try it with your children, and see what they have to say! If you happen to do this and post it on your blog, leave me a comment with a link I would love to see what your kids come up with!

#30 of 365- January 31, 2011

We made a fort today! What did you do?

Ice Ice Baby!

Well the freezing rain has started here, and we are now prepared to stay inside for the next few days. Last night when I seen everyone facebooking about the store shelves being bare, and that all the milk, bread, and eggs were gone....I panicked. We never made it to the grocery store yesterday and we were out of milk and bread.

So I ran up to the gas station last night and bought milk and bread. I feel better now about being stuck for a few days. But apparently people were not kidding, the stores are bare. No milk, bread, eggs, or meat!

I can handle snow, it's the ice that scares me. And the possibility of down power lines and no heat. With three little ones that would not be an ideal situation. So I pray that this whole "historic" storm is not as bad as they are making it out to be!

Either way we have a lazy day planned for today. Lots of book reading, playing trains and cars, coloring, napping, and movie watching. Tim and the boys plan to watch a Batman & Superman movie, and that will give me time to do some cleaning.

Here is hoping you all have better weather where your at!

Taylor and I wish you all a great Monday friends!

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

#29 of 365- January 30, 2011

I think this is the earliest the boy's have ever went to bed. Any guesses on how early they wake up?!

Winter Mix

I guess the past few day's of 40 degrees was just a tease before another winter storm hits. Tomorrow we are suppose to have an ice/snow storm, and that is what if forecasted for the next few days. I guess I am glad we got out of the house yesterday!

It looks like we will be stuck in the house for the next few days. I can do a little bit of snow, but ice scares me and I would rather just stay in. Which totally sucks though because today, Monday, and Tuesday are Tim's day's off and I usually try and do family things. I know someone who is happy about all this winter junk, Tim! He prefers to stay in playing computer games. UGH I am NOT looking forward to this!

Back to yesterday, I have a funny story. We went to the mall because I had to go to the store to get diapers and stuff, so I figured while we were out we would go play at the mall.

While walking back to the play area from eating lunch Timothy out of nowhere just falls over onto Taylor's stroller. Her stroller has this little piece on the side of it that I am not even sure what it is for, but anyway it was sticking up and cut him. It's a pretty long cut and he cried. But once back at the play are I kept finding him with crowds of kids around him, shirt up, showing off his battle wound! The kids were ohh and ahh, asking him if it hurts, touching it. Kids, HILARIOUS!

Taylor was all over the place crawling, pulling herself up. I am sure it won't be long before she is running around with the boys. Not sure how I am going to keep up with all three of them, but I am sure I will somehow.

So with the possibility of being stuck in the house for the next few day, I need help with activities to do. What kinds of things do you do with your kids in the winter, when it storms and you are stuck inside, on rainy days? We do the usual like play-doh, coloring, movies....but I need more ideas! Specifically more geared towards a 4 and 2 year old. HELP a mama out!

off to get ready for the day, I have some lady coming by to take my maternity clothes. I am a little sad to see them go, but really I have no need for them and could use the space they are taking up for other things. Plus if I can help someone else who needs them than I will.

We also need to get our taxes done today, my mom does them. We are suppose to go by there this afternoon, so hopefully we can get that done. And then I really have to convince Tim to go to the grocery store. This weekend is our normal one to grocery shop, because of pay day. But I am sure today we will be fighting the crowds because of the snow storm. Tim doesn't want to go and would rather go tomorrow. I know that won't happen.

Do you freak out about winter storms and run out to the store?

Have a great Sunday!

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

#28 of 365- January 29, 2011

Title: My future.
Alternate title: The boys cruising around town in about, oh 15 years.
Alternate alternate title: I am starting to get gray hair!

Friday, January 28, 2011

#27 of 365- January 28, 2011

Taylor "holding on for dear life"! She is pulling herself up, and standing all the time now. Cruising the furniture. Ah she is growing so fast!

Have A Fabulous Friday!

It's Friday woohoo!

Today I would like to share with you some fabulous blogs, so you have some fabulous reading.

1. A Sorta Fairytale
I recently stumbled upon this blog and LOVE it! Mandy's son is just adorable and just turned 1! All week she had been having guest posts by her son, Bennett's, relatives. This one she wrote to him, melted my heart. It makes me think about Taylor and how in a little over a month she will be 1. *tear*

2. Dirt and Lace
Another blog that I recently found. Stephanie has such a beautiful family, and takes awesome pictures of her pretty girls!

3. Kelly's Korner
Kelly has such a cute little blog. She currently has 1 little girl and is expecting another one if a few weeks. Check out her fun blog!

4. Me? A mom?
Cara is such a wonderful mother to her 3 beautiful daughters. She is also a very talented quilter, and her work is amazing. She blogs about everything from parenting to crafting.
One of her recent posts made me giggle, oh how I can relate. It you have multiple children, or heck even just one you may be able to relate too!
Cara is also getting ready to enter the work force again, after being a stay at home mom, so head over and show her some love.

5. Trains, Tutus, and Tea Time
Corrine, is an amazing writer. Her posts are inspirational and heart warming. Not to mention she has adorable children. She writes from the heart, and with honesty. She just hit 1 year of sobriety, and THIS post says it all so beautifully.

Head on over to For The Love Of Blogs and link up for Fab Friends Friday! You may just find some more fabulous blogs!

Have a great weekend!

#26 of 365- January 27, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A New Look

Well I decided the blog needed a new look! I would really love to hire someone to do a custom blog design, but money is tight so I had to revamp my blog on my own for now.

Thanks to For The Love Of Blogs on the lovely tutorial on how to make your own header. I am particularly fond of my new one!

What do you think?

On another note, I haven't really watched American Idol for a couple years now, but just happened to catch the last 1/2 hour of it last night. And wow, I was in tears, I even think it got to Tim.

Did you watch last night?

Chris Medina's story and audition was moving and inspirational.

My heart and prayers are with their whole family.

I will be back tomorrow with a more normal post. Hope everyone is have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

#25 of 365- January 26, 2011

How do you make 2 boys happy? Have a "picnic" lunch on a blanket in the living room!
We are so ready for summer and park picnics!

#24 of 365- January 25, 2011

Cleaning Out My Closet

Friends, today I am linking up with For The Love Of Blogs for their new hop called Cleaning Out The Closet.
Today I plan to share things with you all, without fear. No fear of judgement, rude hurtful comments, negativity, but hopefully thoughtful comments of support.

So without further delay here is my dirty laundry:

1. I let the boy watch more TV(cartoons) than I would really like to admit to. Sometimes I just don't have the energy to turn it off and actually come up with activities to do with them. This is something I hope to work on.

2. Sometimes I say that I am doing things, when I really am not. For example, like when I say I am cleaning, more than likely I am not. It's not that I intentionally lie, I mean to do it, I just don't.

3. On the same note, I also sometimes ask for advice or suggestions and then don't use them. I am not sure why though, because I really do appreciate the advice and do use it, just not all the time.

4. I have called the police on Tim for domestic violence and he did spend 12 hours in jail. Some days I regret it, and some days I think it was one of the best things I did, I think it helped our relationship.

5. I don't like to leave the kids with Tim alone because I have a fear that they won't be taken care of. Like fed, changed, played with. Even though I know for the most part they would be taken care of.

6. I forget to change the laundry all the time, which results in my having to rewash it. I do this all. the. time.

7. I really hate cleaning the house, until I just get started, and usually once I start it's hard to stop.

8. On that note, last year in October, the time I refer to as the worst few days of my life. It was the time the kids were taken from us, and spent 4 days with my mom. (I do plan to talk about this more soon)

9. Sometimes when my phone rings I ignore it. It's either because I don't want to talk to the person who is calling, or it's that I am too busy to talk. More times though I ignore it on purpose.

10. I still have trouble living with the fact that I do EVERYTHING for my kids, to keep them safe and well taken care of. They are my whole world, and I feel that it was because of me that they were taken away for a few days. That I was told I put them in harms way. That is something no mother ever wants to hear, and I will do everything to prevent in the future.

Do you need to clean out your closet? Come join us!

Monday, January 24, 2011

#23 of 365- January 24, 2011

Taylor holding her own bottle, which sadly she does more than nursing now.

Stream of Consciousness

Well it looks like everyone is finally healthy in the house again! WOOHOO! The only issue we are having now is Taylor's bottom is raw. Poor girl has the worst of the worst diaper rash. It will just. not. go. away. I have been using Desitin and A&D, and now from talking to other moms it sounds like maybe a yeast infection since it's not responding to normal diaper rash creams! So today I think we will get some OTC anti fungal creams and see if it helps. It is just heartbreaking to see her in pain.

Timothy is "reading" now! He did it for the first time a couple weeks ago, and it was the cutest thing ever. I know it is basically him just memorizing what I read to him, but there are some times that he starts to make up his own version. Either way it's a start and it's just so darn cute. Gosh, how did he get so big!

On the same note as getting so big, we finally decided on what we will do for the party. We are going to have 1 big party for both Timothy's 4th birthday and Taylor's 1st birthday. It's not my ideal way to do it, but we can't afford to have two parties within 3 weeks of each other, mainly because we don't have a house to have the party in. Which means we have to pay to have a party somewhere, and to do that twice will just not work.

So we decided to do the parties at The Little Gym! We went to our friend Ella's 5th birthday party there and the boys LOVED it. Actually even Taylor LOVED rolling around there, and now she crawls and pulls up so I know she will have fun. It was reasonably priced. They do all the setting up, clean up, and supply everything. We just have to bring the cake. Which they will have 2 separate cakes!

I am sad that Taylor will be the only one who didn't get her own 1st birthday, but this was the best situation for out family. We have to do what we can I guess.
We are expecting to get a good amount back from taxes, and plan to pay off some bills. Then we would like to get a new TV we have an old one, that is not working right. A new couch, ours is destroyed from animals and kids. AND hopefully a new camera for momma. I will be looking into DSLR's any suggestion or recommendations?!
Taylor watching Ellen with mommy!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Blog Button

Thanks to For The Love Of Blogs for the easy tutorial on how to make a blog button!

Frogs, Snails, and Fairytales now has a button! If you would like to grab it and share it on your site, I would really appreciate it!

Frogs, Snails, and Fairytales

Hope you all have a great weekend!

#20 of 365- January 21, 2011

I think he is feeling better, what do you think?!

Friday Friday!

Mason Update:
Thanks to everyone who sent well wishes and prayers for Mason. I believe we are on the mend! He has not had a fever since yesterday morning and has not needed any medicine since than either. He also slept through the night! Now all I need is to make sure everyone else stays healthy. Lots of Lysol and cleaning today!

Yesterday I laid my comforter on the living room floor and we spent all morning there. Cuddling, playing games, reading books, watching movies, doing puzzles. Recuperating. The boys LOVE these puzzles they got for Christmas. They are the Melissa & Doug sound puzzles! A huge hit around here.

Do you have snow where you are at? We woke up yesterday with maybe an inch of snow. It snowed all morning, but we only accumulated around 3 or so inches.

I know it's not as much as a lot of people have. Before we moved here we lived in Florrisant, Mo. which is only about 45 minutes from here and they have about 10+ inches! Crazy! Although still not as much as everyone in like Minnesota is used to.

It was super cold yesterday and with Mason being sick, we didn't get to go out and play in the snow. Thankfully the boys are still young, they didn't even ask to go out. I am hoping that maybe next time it snows, or even next year we can take the sledding, we haven't done that yet. Actually I haven't been sledding since I was a kid! What is your favorite activity to do in the snow?

Last night I was watching Jersey Shore, classy TV right?! I know, but damn I am addicted to that show! Anyway Snooki was talking to her dad about being arrested and he was telling her how disappointed he was in her, and she said that is one of the worst things a parent can tell their child.

And it hit home.

I couldn't agree more. Sometimes your parents are going to be upset with you, angry, sad. But disappointed, that hits you right in the heart.

Having my first child at the age of 19. I was in my second year of college, Tim and I were of course not married. That was the first time I had ever heard my mom say she was disappointed in me. And while I don't remember my dad saying it to me I am sure it disappointed him too.

They were disappointed that I wasn't more responsible and safe. They were disappointed that I didn't finish college. They were disappointed that now I had a child to raise and would lose out on so much.

And it hurt. It was not a good feeling to know you disappointed your parents, but I understand why. And I am sure that when I found out I was pregnant with my second, and then third. That the hope for me to return to college, disappeared a little and they were disappointed again. Even though they love their grandchildren with all their heart, I know they wanted more for me, they wanted me to do and be better.

Lets be honest, I am a little disappointed with myself. I may never be able to finish college, which I was so excited about doing. Tim and I will never have that important couple time to really build a relationship before you have children. I don't even know when we will get married. But there is one thing I can tell you and that is I love my kids with all my heart, and I do NOT regret having them. I would not trade them for the world.

Just like my parents, I have hopes and dreams for them. I am sure that at times they will make me angry, sad, upset, happy, overjoyed, and even disappointed. But I hope like me, they know that being disappointed with a decision they have made in life does not mean I love them any less or support them any less. I will always be behind them 100% no matter what.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

#19 of 365- January 20, 2011

Woke up to snow this morning! Although it's not as much as some of our neighboring counties who are seeing 9+ inches. We have maybe 3-6 inches.

The 2nd Scariest Day

Would have to be when Mason had his seizure.

I never would have thought I would have one child have a seizure much less both of my children.

Mason was 10 months old when he had his seizure, I believe?

I remember that I knew he was sick that day, and he had been running a fever all morning that I was controlling with medicine.

I put him down for a nap in his room in his crib.

After a few hours I was making Timothy's lunch, and he said "Mason is awake, he is crying", I told him that no Mason is sleeping. I never heard him make any noises.

I went down the hall and opened his door slowly so as to not wake him if he was still asleep. And then I seen him in the bed shaking and I knew he was having a seizure because unfortunately I had seen it before.

I ran to his bed and his eyes were rolled back, he was shaking and crying, and then he began to spit up. I ran to get the phone and called 911. They stayed on the phone with me until the paramedics arrived, all the while I just kept talking to him like I did with Timothy. I told him I was there and that he was going to be OK.

I was afraid to take him out of the crib so I just kept rubbing his back. When the paramedics arrived I took them into the room, he was not having a seizure anymore, but his body was doing the same rhythmic shake that Timothy's did and he was still not responsive. He fought the paramedics, but finally they got his temperature and he was still running a fever.

So they went ahead and gave him some medicine, and I was then able to pick him up. Once again I was told that they are common, harmless, nothing I can do to prevent it or stop it from happening.

I spent the day giving medicine and keeping an eye on him. watching every breath, every twitch.

With Mason having his first seizure before the age of 1 he has an even greater risk of another one occurring. Thus why I am a nervous wreck right now.

I cannot explain how scary it is to watch your child going through this. Even though they are harmless there is just something about watching this happen to your child, unable to help them in anyway, unable to stop it from happening. It's scary.
Mason the day he had his seizure.

Anyone else have a child that has been through this?

To read about Timothy's seizure clike HERE.

One Of The Scariest Nights

Mason is still sick, it seems to be worse at night. Go figure. Yesterday he had a pretty go day, he was fine until the medicine would start to ware off and the fever would come back. But last night was rough. I put him to bed at 8pm with no fever, he was up at 9:30 with a fever. I gave him some medicine, and then we sat in the living room until midnight. He cried, moaned, and was very lethargic. He did drink some juice, but was uncomfortable. He kept saying "ow ow ow", we can't figure out what hurts though. Finally around midnight the fever broke and he fell asleep and slept all night. This morning he woke, I gave him some more medicine and he has been playing ever since. Today is day 3 with a fever so I am hoping this is all gone soon. Please keep praying that this passes quickly, and that the worst is behind us.
As I mentioned before when the kids get sick I panic, especially fevers. Both Timothy and Mason have had a febrile seizure, and while they are said to be harmless they are incredibly scary to watch. This is even more sore if it is your child.

Timothy was 22 months old when he had his. It was a few weeks before Christmas. That morning we had plans to meet a playgroup, he woke up a little crabby but I didn't think he was sick. So we went to our play date, and when we left I could tell he was not feeling well. Once we got home I took his temp and he was running a fever, so I gave him some Tylenol.

The day was like any other day with a sick child. Rest, medicine, cuddles. By the evening I had run out of Tylenol. I was not going to leave to go out and get any, and Tim said that Timothy was fine and wasn't running a fever and so he didn't go out and give him any.

I remember that Tim was sitting on the floor playing a computer game, I was sitting on the couch, and Timothy was sitting next to me. We gave him a Popsicle, and some water. Then he fell asleep. A short while later he woke up crying, he was bright red and felt warm. I gave him his water, and then I remember Tim saying look at his hand, it doing something weird.

I looked over and realized he was having a seizure. His eyes rolled back in his head, he stiffened out and began to shake violently. Without thinking I instantly laid him down on the couch and I was holding him. He was shaking so bad in my arms. I was talking to him, "Mommy and daddy are here" "It's going to be OK" "Timothy can you hear me". He was not responding. Tim was already calling 911. They said to just keep talking to him, and that the paramedics were on the way.

He began to turn blue, and started to spit up. And then he stopped an his body kind of just had a rhythmic shake to it. He was moaning and crying, but still not responding. While the actual seizure only lasted minutes, it felt like an hour. I thought it was never going to stop. I thought my son was going to die. I kept thinking, my son is going to die because of a fever that I could have prevented had I went to the store and got some more medicine.

Once the paramedics arrived, he had "woken up". He was still crying but he was responding. They took his temperature and he did not have one. Once they checked up over they concluded he suffered a febrile seizure. They explained that they are fairly common, and that normal ones are harmless. They explained that it is caused when there is a rapid change in body temperature, rising or failing. That it has nothing to do with how high the temperature gets because it can happen with a temp of 100. It has to do with the rapid rise or decrease in temp. They concluded that his temperature probably rose in minutes, and the body's way to deal with it was to have a seizure which caused his temperature to drop and stabilize.

We were told to put him in a cool bath, and go get some medicine. They also said to avoid doing anything that will cause him to shiver because that will cause his body temp to rise.
This was an hour or two before the seizure.

I could not get that night out of my head for day's. It was one of the scariest things I had been through. Thankfully he has never had another one. But unfortunately Mason has. They said that if one sibling had one then the other siblings are more likely to have one. Which is why I get so paranoid.

Today he is perfectly fine, I see no effects from the seizure. He is smart, happy, and pretty healthy. I pray that he NEVER has another one.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mason is sick, can you pray for him.

Well it looks like Mason is officially sick. He was acting fine all morning, and this afternoon we went to the grocery store and he was a tad crabby. When we got home I tried to put him down for a nap, and he was screaming. When I went to check on him, he was on fire. I took his temp and it was 102.6, great! So I gave him some medicine and got him to fall asleep on the couch. That was at 5:30pm, an hour later and he is still asleep. Hoping the medicine kicks in soon.

If you don't mind could you please keep us in your thoughts and prayers tonight that no one else in the house catches this. And that we are able to control his fever, to where he does not have a seizure. Both of our boys have had a febrile seizure, and while any doctor will tell you they are pretty harmless it is not something you want to watch your child go through.

At the first sign of illness, especially fevers I panic. I am quickly transported back to those 2 days when I watched my boys have a seizure. I never want to see that again. Actually I don't think I have ever talked about those days before. Maybe I will tomorrow. But for now I am off to take care of my sick boy.

Have a great night!

#17 of 365- January 18, 2011

Well Mason is officially sick. With a temp of 102.6, the flu may have hit our house. Please pray that we all don't get sick, and that we can control Mason's fever without any seizures.

Monday, January 17, 2011

#16 of 365- January 17, 2011

Taylor and her daddy!


Some kind of germ is lurking around this house, and while we are not full fledged sick, we are just kind of off a little

It started yesterday, I was woken up by the boys before the sun came up. I stumbled into the living room and flipped on cartoons. I laid down on the couch and the room started spinning. I tried closing my eyes and I still had the sensation that everything was spinning, so I sat up. It didn't help, I started to panic because this has happened to me before.

A few years ago, one night I became really dizzy and everything started to spin. Tim had to practically carry me to the bathroom where I sat hugging the toilet for about an hour, room spinning and throwing up. Then it was gone. When we called the doctor they said it sounded like Vertigo....something to do with fluid and your inner ear.

Well yesterday morning I did everything not to puke. I tried to stand up and quickly learned that I wasn't going to be able to walk anywhere without falling over. I felt drunk, excepts I have never been fully drunk so I don't really know if that's what it was like. All I know is I had to do something because I was getting nauseous quickly, and I had kids who were awake that I had to tend to.

So I laid back down, and stared at the TV until the spinning stopped. It lasted about 5-7 minutes and then all I was left with was a headache.

I felt "off" all day, dull headache,lightheaded. Just not all the way right. We went to my dad's though because I wanted to get out of the house. Once there I was actually feeling pretty good. But by the end of the night I could feel the dizziness coming again. Luckily my dad had some Dramamine that I took, and some alieve for the headache.

My dad also had an episode with the dizziness, he was at work and passed out. He was told it was vertigo and to take Dramamine at the start of any symptoms.

Once we got home, put all the kids to bed, I was out within 10 minutes. I woke up this morning feeling a lot better. I am just really tired. I can't seem to stay awake, I took a 2 hour nap earlier and I woke up still tired.

I am not sure exactly what is going on or what triggers or causes these episodes. I would go to the doctor except I have no insurance. Anyone else experience this?

Then today Timothy woke up with diarrhea. I am pretty sure it's because of all the juice they had over at my dad's house, but he is potty trained and so it's been kind of difficult making it to the potty in time. He had 2 accidents this morning, and he hasn't had any accidents since he was potty trained almost a year ago. No accidents since this morning though, so hopefully it's not an illness creeping it's way in.

Did I mention that I am so ready for spring and summer?! One of the many reasons I dislike winter, all the sickness.

Oh well here is to a better Tuesday! Happy Monday friends! Hope you all are well.

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