Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I need to shorten that zipper, and I'm still going with the black, white, and fuschia color scheme for all of the girls. I still have no idea what Gabe's wearing for Easter. I'll have to put that together quickly on Saturday! Well, I've got to get back to work.
See more fun crafts over at Amy's!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
That was until last night. Nick had very labored breathing after I fed him at 10:30PM. He was literally struggling to get a breath after bouts of coughing loaded with congestion that he just couldn't cough up on his own. After calling the nurseline at Fairview and talking to the peds doctor on call, Paul & I decided to run Nick over to the ER at Fairview. We spent the next few hours giving Nick a neb treatment, getting an ivy ready to go in the case he'd need fluids, getting his blood drawn to check for a bacterial infection, getting a couple of swabs for Flu and RSV, and getting a chest X-ray to check for fluid in his lungs (pneumonia).
Thankfully, everything came back negative. However, my heart sank when the attending physician said that he wanted Nick admitted to Fairview Children's for overnight observation. Of course, I wanted Nick to be well, but I also wanted my normal routine to stay that way....a routine. You know: go to bed, wake up, breakfast, feed & take care of baby, attend to the other children, join them for a Lenten Tea at a friend's house today. All those plans went quickly out the window, and we had to change course. I ended up sleeping for an hour in a chair with my head rested on pillows at Nick's bedside in the ER until the EMT's showed up to transport Nick to Children's via Life Link. Although, he wasn't critical, they still had to "do their jobs." Thankfully, Paul was by my side the whole time sleeping on a very uncomfortable, two-seater quasi-sofa...what a trooper! He stayed with us until Nick was transported. That was at 3AM.
At Children's, we then began the retelling of our sad tale and how we ended up bringing Nick in. There were more checks, his admission, and then trying to get us both situated for the remainder of the night. We both slept about 2 1/2 hours until the morning shift of nurses came in for vitals and more checks. So now here I am getting comfortable using all the family facilities for those families with children who are much sicker than Nick. He's actually doing wonderfully and is due to be discharged any moment. His breathing is better, he has good color, is nursing well, and is currently napping.
All is good...I just really miss the kids and Paul. Actually, Paul came to the hospital to drop off some much needed food supplies for me. Here I am working my program under all circumstances! Thank God for the sanity! In keeping with our love of goofing off together, we stole away to the Village Wok only walking distance from the hospital for a nice lunch date! Now that's what I call making the best of a bad situation...Cheers.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
We also had a plate full of pig cookies.
A disgruntled boy who didn't want any olive oil on his olives!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Ever since Gabe was born I've called him, "My sweet, pink pig." Crazy...I know! But he's so cute, so fair-skinned, and I guess I like pigs. Anyway, we missed National Pig Day because it was so close after Nick's birth. But we have to celebrate! We are planning to celebrate this Saturday with pig cookies...I can't wait to make those..., wearing pink, piggy back races, and a viewing of Charlotte's Web. I don't know who's more excited...me or the kids! Anyway, we'll see what else the kids come up with.
Friday, March 19, 2010
This is Gabe!
He loves to play with Marko. As a matter of fact, Marko usually pops up in the oddest places with Gabe alongside. It's kinda freaky sometimes! Today I made macaroni & cheese for lunch. Gabe loves macaroni. He came into the kitchen & asked:
"Are you making macaroni?" I said, "Yes," to which he replied, "No, your making 'Markoroni!" He's my 3 year old genius & joker extraordinaire!
See what other darn things kids are saying over at Mystical Rose Design.
Next, I went over to Evann's site to check out how to make a 3D mini altar. The kids did the coloring, and I cut & glued the symbols onto three boxes that I wrapped in gold foil wrapping paper. I can't believe I had these things in the house! It just took a bit of looking! What a fun morning of crafting & education for the kids. We all learned a lot and had fun in the process!
See more St. Joseph altars here!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Happy St. Patrick's Day and 100,000 Welcomes to all who visit here! I'm totally not Irish, BUT my favorite color is green, I have a sister named, Nora, my husband is 1/4 Irish, English, and Scotch, and I love U2! I also had fun making these shamrock cookies and icing them with green icing. The piping practice is always good for me! Sadly, my corned beef burger recipe from the Costco connections magazine will have to wait until next year. We have way too many leftovers from baby meals so I couldn't justify making yet another special meal for tonight. BTW...before I forget, you can go here to check out how to say, "100000 Welcomes!" Cool, huh?
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
For our Rose Sunday we had a wonderful privilege...a baptism! Daddy & I are the proud godparents of a beautiful new child of God. Is there a better way to celebrate Laetare Sunday than to welcome in a new member of the Church? We are so honored to share in the spiritual life of David Augustine. He is a cutie pie, about twice as big as our Nick, and the spitting image of one of his older brothers. More pics to come. Meanwhile, here is a cute pic Daddy snapped of the girls' feet as they waited for the baptism to begin. Note the hot pink ribbons! That's Molly's dress on the left...I finished it pretty late last night, but I'm glad I was able to "git'er done." I'll have to take a better pic of the dress to post later.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
- Slept in
- Made pancakes for the fam. & ate my breakfast (waffles w/blueberries!)
- showered & got dressed!
- nursed Nick 5 times
- cleaned a bathroom
- mopped 2 bathrooms and the kids rooms (they have wood floors, but I still wet mop them so they have a clean smell to them;)
- wrapped baby gift for baptism tomorrow
- ate lunch with fam. (I put a frozen pork roast with fresh carrots in the crockpot last night & it worked! Lunch today was a snap!)
Thursday, March 11, 2010
See more Saturday Successes at Faith & Family Live.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Grease the bowl. You should also grease the tabletop where you will be working on kneading the fondant dough.
Knead the marshmallows & sugar to make a dough.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Yes, that's baby Nick giving us his first act of defiance! Anyway, this is how I feel when the business of Saturday rolls around. With that, here is a list of my "Saturday Successes." And, go check out Michelle's at the link above...Go, Michelle, Go!! She's doing a birthday party today...kudos!
- Nursed the baby
- Ate my breakfast
- dusted my bedroom
- cleaned 2 bathrooms
- ate a snack
- chatted with my sister
- supervised & ate my lunch
- nursed the baby...I lose track of how many times I nurse him!!
- washed 3 loads of laundry...with my sister's help
- dressed the baby
- drove to the airport with the crew to drop off my sister...we'll miss you, Auntie Nora!!
- dropped oldest girls off at birthday party
- stopped at Williams Sonoma for an apple corer & a larger batter bowl...unsuccessful
- supervised little kids' snack & ate mine
- did my journaling
- nursed the baby
- made dinner while dealing with a plugged up kitchen sink!
- nursed baby again
- ate my dinner
- helped Paul unplug kitchen sink
- nursed baby
- rocked Jane to sleep
- folded two baskets of laundry with older girls and Paul
- washed a few kitchen dishes that were left in sink....girls unloaded & loaded the dishwasher!!
- eating my snack now & off to bed in a bit:)