February Pics in Review

These are most of the pics off of our devices that don't usually make the blog or Instagram.

I love this pic of my littles
Rigley likes to hang out on my lap while I mess on the computer
Someone little person stole my drink
That is ketchup, not blood
JJ got put in this hole by her big brothers
Little dude was stuck in/under the chair (yes, I took a picture before I helped)

A slight wardrobe malfunction
My helpers with the Valentine's Day crafts
Sleeping on the couch
This is his singing face
Tuck likes to get in the bath with the littles

Eating a peppermint patty
Pais and I
Breakfast on the couch while enjoying a 2 hr delay
Fight night
Little dude in his beater
Do I have toothpaste on me?

My (little) dude of many hats (and maybe headbands)


Still Germy

Our day started very early.  Or maybe it should be more accurate to say that Tuesday night never really ended.  Tucker coughed all night....ALL NIGHT!  We could not find a cough medicine to keep him from coughing.  So basically he kept himself up all night.  Chaney fell asleep and slept well, finally.  Her cough was minimal.  I heard Rigley tossing and turning and talking to himself some.  At 3 I finally went and got him and he had fever.  His fever was about 101, not too high but enough to knock him down a few notches.  He got some Tylenol then ate some Cheerios and drank some water.  By this time it was about 4 am and we were having a mini party.  Chaney was still asleep on the couch and Pais was up in her bed asleep.

He finally went to bed for a little bit but was up early.  He loves to read.  He has three books that he loves.  He is constantly getting them off the shelf to read.

Several times today I caught him doing this.  Dozing off for a little bit at a time.

He loves to take his own temperature.  Chaney was finally fever free all day so she will probably go back to school tomorrow.  By the end of the day Tucker's cough subsided just a bit, enough he could actually get good rest.

By the end of the night this little boy was feeling pretty crumby.  He did a lot of cuddling but could still manage to laugh at Paislee.

And this little girl is still unscathed by this illness.  She currently has more energy then everybody else in the house and maybe driving us bonkers.  BONKERS!  Her energy level spikes about 8 pm when everyone else is drained.  She does make us laugh like crazy though.


Kindergarten Meeting

The day has finally arrived for Tuck's kindergarten meeting.  He is so excited to go to kindergarten.  Guess who woke up with a fever this morning?  Yep, Tucker.  He was pretty bummed about it.   I found him cuddled up under a blanket watching a movie.  This boy doesn't sit still much.  He is always moving around or picking on someone.

One fun thing about being sick and running a fever, mom lets us have pop cycles.  When my kids are sick (like most kids) they don't want to eat or drink, I have found this is a good way to get them to get some kind of fluid in.

 After lunch we found him like this in the chair....

About 4 we gave him some Tylenol so he would perk up just a bit.  After the medicine was in his system for about 45 minutes his fever went down and he finally moved from the chair.  He got a bath and finally ate some real food  and was back again picking on his sisters.  Josh took him over to the school for the meeting but Tucker was coughing SO much.  Josh called and we went to pick him up and Josh stayed for the meeting.  Tuck was kind of bummed but we went and rented "Hotel Trannsylvania" and he was ok.  He loves that movie.  By about 7:30 you could tell his medicine was wearing off.  He was back in his chair and this is what we found...

Chaney's temperature was closer to being normal today but she was coughing like a crazy lady.  She likes to take her temperature so she was doing it about every hour.  She is so bored being at home.  While she has been home sick we have been reading her Little Readers book, reviewing her sight words, reviewing four different verses for Awanas and reviewing the books of the New Testament.  She has now mastered all of these so now she has been playing school with the littles.  Oh, and she decided to do this...

Yes, we pull out teeth here, not hair.  She now has lost 8 teeth.

By the end of the evening her temp was back up to 101 which meant no school again for her.  This is how we found her...

I hate it when my babies are sick.  On a side note, since Tuck was on the couch most of the day it was probably one of our quietest days in a while.


Still Sick...

Chaney is still running fever so no school for her.  She is pretty bummed about that.  Her temperature is not enough to keep her down.  It has been running between 100-101.  We have not been giving her any meds and just letting her body fight it off.  She has developed quite a cough and is sneezing like crazy.  I'm guessing if I were to take them to the doctor she would probably say its one of the flu viruses going around and that they need to fight it off.

We are ALL getting tired of being in the house so we packed up the van and went to run a few errands.  Any by errands I mean, stops where I can do everything from the car...bank, drop off items, those kinds of things.  I think only two of the kids were out of their jammies.

Chaney felt good enough to photo bomb her sister.

Tuck in his "Justin Beiber" hat...


Ice Day

 Last night, or should I say early this morning we had some ice come through.  We got a call and email last night from the automated school system alerting us to a two hour delay.  It's so nice to sleep in for just a little bit.  After we were up we got another alert saying school was cancelled.  We enjoyed a day at home taking it easy.

Since the ice was coming in we traded car positions in the garage.  Josh moved his car in so it would not get iced on.  After I cleaned the van off we went to the RedBox and got some videos to watch.

After we returned home we ate some lunch then I found this little girl doing this...

she ate one piece then came over and fell asleep on the floor.  I knew something was up when she did this.  She started running a fever.  Good thing she didn't have school.  If she did have school I think I would have been going to pick her up.


Crazy Day

What a day.... All the kids were up early.  So I decided to get them ready and go to Target.  Yes folks, we ate, were dressed and the three of us and myself were out of the door by 8 am.  I will leave the part out about how good we looked.

Last Friday when we were tubing aunt Sarah shared her pinkeye coodies with us.  Tucker's eye was starting to get red on Monday and I knew what was coming.  I called Sarah and got some of her drops and started him on those.  Today he woke up and his eye other eye was worse and Pais was starting in on it.  After we got home from Target we cancelled our playdate at the library and headed to the doctor instead.  We are running low on drops and I knew that heading into the weekend with no drops was not a good idea so that is why we visited the doctor.  Why is it the only thing your kids want to share is germs?  Pinkeye is crazy contagious and right now its going around faster than the stomach flu.  We got medicine for both the middles and have the doctor on speed dial should any more of us come down with it.

He is a good patient...

This is the before and after...Before, he thought he was the patient...After, he found out he was not the patient

 These two were having fun hugging each other.  He loves to hug her.

Funny Story...I'm at the doctor with three of the kids.  We are in the waiting room walking to our seat. We walk by an older couple and judging by the volume of their conversation they were a little hard of hearing.  As we sit down I hear the husband "whisper" to the wife, "Well, I guess we know what they do in their spare time."  Gotta love old people, especially old people with no filters.  What if they knew I had one more?  Maybe the old guy is just jealous;-)

Update on my "chicken pox" 
This is the condensed version of the story...Some of you know that I have had some spots on my legs.  For fun, I have called these my "chicken pox" because we don't know what they are.  No one else in the house has them.  A few weeks ago I visited the doctor to see if she could give me some guidance on what these were or something to help the itching.  She gave me an antibiotic to see if this would calm these down.  (By the way, it's never good when a doctor looks at you and says, "These are weird, I've never seen anything like this."  Only in the medical world do you want to be just an "ordinary case.")  So after 10 days on this antibiotic and no relief I called the dermatologist.  After last summer, she and I are pretty tight.  We have become quite acquainted with one another).  I called to make an appointment but she couldn't see me until the middle of March.  Her office called me Wednesday night and they had an opening on Thursday, so I took it and I was so thankful to be seen.  Seriously, if I had to wait until the middle of March I may have itched all of my skin off.

She comes into the room and sees my legs and once again I get, "These are weird, I've never seen anything like this. You poor thing."  After talking through everything and her examining all of the spots, she finally had an answer....she thinks.  While in Costa Rica I had got bitten my sand fleas.  My body had an apparent reaction to that.  Add in the fact that it is winter and I have extremely dry skin, eczema, my skin just can not recover.  In the last few days I have started in with more rash type symptoms on my legs and starting on my elbows.  The rash that is starting is a reaction to the reaction of the sand flew bite....these are very technical medical terms, can you tell? To rule out anything else she took two biopsies off my elbow to send to the lab.  By the way, there is no fat on your elbow and so you can feel everything....EVERYTHING!  I now have some heavy duty prescription cream to stop the itching and to save my skin.  Just a FYI, it doesn't smell real good.  After one coating of this cream I can already tell a difference in my legs and the itching.  The doctor is supposed to call me next week and let me know the result of the biopsy.  On a positive note, I'm glad it's winter and I'm in pants so no one can see what is going on.  However, if it were summer this whole situation may have never happened either. Hopefully now you won't see me itching my legs like a flea-crazed canine.



Tuesday we met the other Browns at the museum and Emily and her two little ones.  (This is Amy's friend Emily that we have hung out with a few times not the "usual" Emily...just for clarification purposes.)  This place was crazy, maybe it was because it was spitting snow all day and everyone wanted out.  Who knows...but the kids did very well and had a great time.  

Below, the picture of Rigley and I was taken on the carousal, he loves this thing.  However, he has entered the independent, "I can do everything the bid kids do" phase so he wanted to sit on the horse by himself.  In fact, he got so mad that my hand was near him or behind him to keep him safe.  This boy drives me nuts sometimes.  I keep telling myself its just a phase...its just a phase...

Check out the picture of Camden, I found him in our stroller a few times.  I have found that my kids do better with food in their bellies.  What I mean is, we snack.  We don't snack on junk, we eat decent food.  My kids don't do well empty bellies, I don't do well on an empty tummy.  When we go to a place like this I normally take advantage of the stroller and keep animal crackers where the kids can get to them and eat.  And when we go with other people I always bring enough for others.  It's rude to eat in front of someone and not share, right?  Right!!  Cam liked that we had them out and kept hanging around us.  

I always enjoy going to the museum with other people.  We always watch out for each other's kids and try to corral  everyone...if that is even possible.  And whenever you think your child is acting bad, there is always another child acting worse.  Is that bad to say?

And this is Paislee on the way home.  That first picture can not be comfortable.  We recently moved her out of the 5-point harness to an over the shoulder booster.  I don't think her body has adjusted to the new seat yet.


Snow Tubing

Friday night we surprised the two oldest kids with a snow tubing trip.  Actually, we had  it planned about a month in advance.  My sisters, their husbands and any "big" kids could go.  We all met, piled in cars and headed down to Perfect North Slopes.  This was our first time there.  Sarah has taken her kids a few times and Audra had been before.  Sarah's boys piled in with us and we had some "Earnest" movies going and they were all in heaven.  We had a great time with everyone.  Chaney was so exhausted.  She didn't take a nap and getting up at 6:15 then going to school then doing something like this totally wiped her out.  Maybe we will start making this an annual event.

This was the view from the top....

Since Josh loves being in the pictures we had him take this of us all...

This is proof he was actually there....

A look from the bottom back up to the top...

Verse #4

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9 NIV84

I have a confession...When I first started this memorizing thing I wanted to pick a verse for something that I was going through or a verse that spoke to me.  After these first four verses I have found that a little difficult.  Call me a slacker or what ever you want but here is why... Each week we all have new verses to learn.  By all I mean Chaney and Tucker have two separate verses that they learn each week for Awanas.  Chaney has a new verse each month for her Sunday school class.  Tucker and Paislee have a different verse each month for their Sunday school class.  By the time I get done helping them memorize those we have already gone through about four different verses in one week, add mine in and that is five different ones.  For a  mom with not much brain power left I find myself struggling so I'm changing my tactics.  I will be picking one of the verses the kids do.