Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday, Monday

Good Monday morning!

Let's see, last time I posted was two Wednesdays ago, about Ford. As far as his skin, he's being treated for a common virus in children called Molluscum contagiosum. Many children get it and it's a non-event because it's so mild. But in some cases it itches and starts to spread, which is what happened to Ford. The topical steroid his doctor prescribed him has worked wonders, but I need to take him in for a follow-up appointment this week to see what, if anything, is next for him.

On Friday the 13th, I left the house really early and drove to Los Angeles to catch a nonstop flight to Baltimore. My dear friend Paige was getting baptized, and she asked me back in January if I could be there for the event (of course I could!). She goes to a small church in Annapolis, so she and I were able to come up with a date that worked for both of our families, and voila!

We live closest to the Fresno airport (about 50 minutes south of it), but other California airports offer so many more flight options (it's about a 3.5-hour drive from our house to LAX). Especially if you want to fly Southwest, which offers nonstop flights across the country, which is what I took. It was glorious to sit on a plane for 5 hours BY MYSELF with no one I had to talk to, or correct, or feed a snack. I finished two books over the course of the weekend.

Besides the baptism on Sunday, Paige and I were able to meet our friend Sarah (who we were stationed with in Mississippi) for lunch on Saturday, and do some kid-free shopping.

We went out to dinner Sunday night in downtown Annapolis with people from her church and had the loveliest time. I was back at the airport early Monday morning and walking through the door at home by 4:30 p.m.

Even though I had a lovely weekend away, I was STILL sick. I mentioned a couple of posts ago that the week after spring break I had a fever. The week following that (the week leading up to my trip), I became really congested and started coughing a lot (much like what Chet had been dealing with himself for 3-4 weeks). I thought I was feeling a little better towards the end of that week, but my sickness had a resurgence while I was out of town. I was the gross, coughing person on the airplane; I probably should have worn a mask.

I continued to cough at home Tuesday, the day after my trip ended, but really started to feel better by Wednesday. However, all the coughing caused me to bruise a rib on my right side, and since Thursday I've been gingerly walking around, having trouble drawing deep breaths without pain. It's starting to hurt less, but, for example, I just had a short coughing/sneezing fit and had to hunch over to the right in order to brace myself for the pain in my rib. Apparently I'm trapped in a 95-year old body.

All this sickness and pain means it's been THREE WEEKS since I've been able to go running. My marathon is in 13 days. So...yikes. It's difficult to be patient as I heal. But thankfully Ruthie can still run:
Like I said on Instagram, she's ready for a job in the big city (ANY big city) in her day dress and sneakers. And how on earth did Chet and I have a red-headed child with curly hair?!

Happy Monday, friends!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Goofball Ford

Ford is a gigantic goofball. Right now as we try to get his skin issue under control, he has to wear long sleeves ALL THE TIME, and especially to bed. I got behind on laundry, so he ended up wearing a church shirt to bed, which of course I tucked in because I knew it would make Chet roll his eyes.
See what I mean? That's not a real smile -- that's a goofball smile. Also, he was completely unfazed about wearing a tucked-in button-up shirt to bed. Thank goodness.

At gymnastics, Ford likes to sit really, REALLY far away from us and read his book.
He must sense that the estrogen level in the gym is even higher than at home.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Monday, April 9, 2018

When Spring Break Breaks You

Apparently our spring break was so much fun it made us all sick. Ruthie's pink eye before Easter ended up being the LEAST of our problems this past week. Ford's skin after I took him to urgent care on Sunday afternoon continued to look red and angry and feel itchy, so he went to see his regular doctor Thursday and is now MUCH better.

I started running a fever Monday night. Y'all. Adult fevers are FOR THE BIRDS. Personally, my body is just too old and rickety to gracefully handle heating up past 98.6 degrees. I was still functioning on Tuesday (we all missed school though), but by Wednesday I couldn't even stand for more than a few minutes. Thankfully Thursday I started to rally, although I did too much and my temperature started to climb again in the afternoon. Slowly since then I've inched toward wellness, but it wasn't until Sunday I could actually catch up on housework.

Lorelei and Sydney both also ran fevers later in the week, Lorelei first, then Sydney. Chet's cough worsened over the week, but he was able to go back to the doctor today, so hopefully he'll finally start to get well.

All this sickness also means I haven't been able to run. I ran Monday morning, but not since then, and I'm going out of town this weekend (Friday - Monday), and wasn't planning on doing any running while I was gone. All that makes me a little nervous since the marathon is in less than a month now, but I have the option of dropping down to the half marathon the day before the race, which may be what has to happen.

Ok, friends. That was a little depressing (sorry about that!). Here were the kids Friday midday, getting into the car to go through the McDonald's drive thru (the ultimate health food chain). No one wore shoes (unless you count Ford's slippers), Ruthie was wearing a skirt from the dress-up bin, and Ford was in full Spider-Man get-up. Sydney was dressed for a Christening, and Lorelei looked like she was headed to basketball practice.

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was a healthy one!

Sunday, April 1, 2018


Happy Easter! He is risen!

We're finishing up spring break today, and it's back to reality tomorrow. I didn't plan to take a full-blown break from our normal schedule, but that's what happened. It was a great week though, even though Ruthie ended up with pink eye on Thursday and Ford has some sort of skin issue for which I took him to urgent care this afternoon (they were SO happy to see us right before closing time on Easter Sunday, ha!).

Because of Ruthie's pink eye, I took Sydney, Lorelei and Ford to church Saturday evening, while Chet stayed home with Ruthie. He said they had fun though; they just hung out and coughed together (Chet's trying to get over a cold himself).

We didn't do anything extra special over spring break, except Sydney and Lorelei attended an art camp every morning, and I reorganized 80% of our entire house (seriously, it looked like moving day here for a while). Chet said, "You're on a mission, and you don't even know what it is."

Pretty much.

I hope y'all had a wonderful Easter!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

My Big Girls

Last Sunday after church, Sydney, Lorelei, and I went to Walmart, via Starbucks. Sydney ordered a kids' hot chocolate, Lorelei a blueberry muffin (her favorite is the lemon loaf, but they were out), and I got a boring latte (I thoroughly enjoyed my boring latte, it's just that Starbucks keeps getting fancier and fancier with their drink concoctions).

After our sugar fuel, we headed to Walmart. I don't go to Walmart often. It's 10+ miles away (so far!), and it's the only Walmart in what feels like a large radius, so it gets USED. But a Walmart outing felt necessary last Sunday, even though it was CrAzY. Thankfully it was just the big girls and me, otherwise I would have walked right out. All Walmarts are always crazy-busy (let me hear an "Amen!"), but combined with it being a Sunday, a couple of days after pay day, and our particular store in the process of getting completely rearranged (just imagine trying to find the Tostitos, only to realize one of the employees has just loaded every single bag onto a cart headed to their new location clear across the store!), it was MADNESS.

But, again, doable madness with Sydney and Lorelei. Only once or twice did I have to whisper-shout, "It would be easier shopping with Ford and Ruthie right now rather than you two!"

Really, though, they're fun. Usually. You can't stay mad at those little faces for long.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday Already?

This week has felt busy, which I suppose explains why I blinked and it's already Wednesday night.

Tonight at dinner Ford said, "If you eat lots of candy your muscles will shrink..."

Chet and me: "That's right, Buddy."

Ford: "...and then you will turn into a baby."

He has some hilarious, mixed-up notions about the passage of time.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Monday, March 19, 2018


Lorelei's birthday is October 17th, so Saturday was her special evening to stay up later than her siblings. So far, she's chosen to do crafts each time her "month day" rolls around:

Grammy (Chet's mom) sends the kids seasonal crafts, and they are Lorelei's FAVORITE THING EVER. A couple of days ago I thought the Easter craft box that Grammy had sent was looking bare, and discovered Lorelei was hoarding her favorite items (90% of the crafts) in her room.

What happens to the completed crafts, you ask? Behold:
Lorelei finds a place to display them on the wall. This is her desk area, and it's perfectly curated. Personally, I find it a little stressful, but she's good about rotating and tossing things out on a regular basis. So I let it go, and let her do her thing.

Happy Monday!