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Showing posts from March, 2015

Happy yesterday, weepy and emotional today

Today was a little less awesome than the last few days that I wrote about yesterday. I knew it wasn't going to be the same when she slept until 7:30 this morning. That doesn't happen often. She's usually up at the crack of dawn with the rest of them.

When she woke up, I heard her dramatic yawning from down the hall but then she didn't get out of bed until I went in her room and helped her up. She was moving really slowly this morning and kept telling me how tired she was. Today was picture day so she wore her current favorite shirt and the leggings that came with it. Note that I did not say favorite outfit. She would prefer to wear the shirt with a fluffy skirt that does not match it except for the fact that they both have Hello Kitty on them. I tried to convince her to wear her very long hair down but she is fixated on ponytails now. Sadly, her kitty ear headband broke last week or she undoubtedly would have been wearing it. I never got the full story but there was so…

Turning a corner

Sometimes when things start to go really well, I'm afraid to write about it because I don't want to jinx things. I know it's silly but it's true. At risk of jinxing things, I'm writing about it anyway. We've had such a great few days that I can't go without documenting it.

Raya went to school on Friday and then after school, she came along while I took pictures of my niece in her baptism dress. She came along as my "helper" so she could earn a little bit of money. The back story here is that Piper has 2 very soft blankets that she is very attached to. Raya happens to also really, really like Piper's blankets and steals them any chance she gets. Piper was patient with it for a while but she has gotten quite possessive lately and it has resulted in a lot of screaming. I decided to have Raya do jobs to earn money so she could buy her own blanket just like Piper's. I got an envelope and wrote "Raya's Blanket Money" on it, and num…

Just when I think I've seen it all.

I am no stranger to gross things. I grew up on a dairy farm where I waded through cow excrement in my rubber boots on a daily basis on my quest to deliver hay and grain to hungry cattle and round up cows for milking. I got peed on, pooped on, chewed on, and helped pull stubborn calves that were less than anxious to be born. We used to play baseball with chunks of dry cow poop and sticks, and I distinctly remember being knocked off of my bicycle when my brother threw what he thought was dry cow poop that turned out to only be partially dry, as I found out when the wet part made contact with the side of my face. (in retrospect, that was an impressive shot from about 30 yards away)

My farming days came to an end when I moved away to college, and then got married and became a mother. I've been a mother for 12 years and 9 days now, and I thought I had pretty much seen all of the grossness that motherhood x5 has to offer. I've dealt with every kind of vomit, poop, and stomach spill…

The rest of our Spring Break

Today is the first day of having everybody back to school and I can't put into words how much good it did me to have a couple hours of peace and quiet this morning. The weather is beautiful today with overcast skies and a cool breeze, so after I took Raya to school, I put Piper to bed for her nap, opened the doors & windows, and just soaked in the silence. It was fabulous. I did start off my day by listening to this talk:

It was exactly what I needed to hear today. I have felt swallowed up by all of the things I need to do and want to do, and have allowed myself to start feeling guilty and putting too much of my self-worth on the quantity of my to-do list that I don't check off often enough, and this helped bring me back to a better place. I'm glad I decided to push the play button.

Spring break was wonderful. We really did have a nice break. It was busy and exhausting, but it was really nice. Our neighborhood had a spring festival last Saturday so after Donny & th…

Spring Breakin' It

We are on spring break and have had company in town (a rare occurrence!) so I've been MIA. We have had a very busy but good week so far. I'll share more later but for now, here's Raya's latest self-portrait from OT:
It is an absolute gem and probably my favorite one she's done so far. She started with the head, then drew the body, eyes, arms, and legs. Then she added the feet, toes, hands, and fingers. She also added her heart, ears (first time she's ever put ears on!), hair, nose, mouth, the 3 tiny scratches she currently has on her forehead, and the little black mark in the middle of the heart is her G tube. I love this picture!

Thoughts on food allergies...

This post may spark criticism on all fronts but I've had some thoughts stewing for the past couple of weeks and, for better or worse, I'm ready to share them. These are my opinions on what is always a heated topic, so if you don't agree, that's your prerogative but be respectful about it.

I got a phone call the week before Valentine's Day from the health aide at my kids' school. My son's teacher had asked her to call me because a parent of one of his classmates wanted to bring in a prepackaged treat for Valentine's Day that contained nuts, and the teacher wanted to know if that would be okay with me or if it would pose a danger to my son. She said the treats would be passed out in class but that the kids would not be allowed to eat them in the classroom.

I was without words. Honestly, I just didn't know how to react at all. Would it be dangerous for him to have prepackaged, nut-containing treats passed out in his classroom? No. His allergy is not so …