Wishing you a Very Blessed Thanksgiving!

From our table to yours, I’d like to wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving, surrounded by those you love most.  This Thanksgiving, we kept things more simple than we usually do, as the kids have been sick, and I spent the majority of the day yesterday in the Emergency Room yesterday with flank pain from a passing kidney stone a kidney infection.  Nonetheless, I still wanted to put forth the effort and try to make Thanksgiving dinner for my family.

For our Thanksgiving Dinner this year, I made a spiral baked honey ham, creamy mashed potatoes, honey butter glazed carrots, brown sugar basted brussel sprouts, and homemade rolls.  For dessert, Jennifer made for the most part on her own a butterscotch cinnamon pie and vanilla frosted cupcakes.  Everything came out very yummy!  I was impressed, but my body was quite sore afterward.

That’s our table, all set, with our Thanks and Giving Tree in the middle.  I’ll be writing about this tree at the end of November when all the leaves are filled in!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Little Man Has Ear Infections, Again

Fall is in season and do you know what means for little kids?  School is in session and there is super germ sharing going on.  You know how it is, the kids go back to school, and its all hunky-dory for a month or two, and then BAM! one kid gets sick.  And then another. And another.  And so on.

This cycle started over a month ago in our house.  It started with Emma and a cough and a slight cold, which transferred to Vivian, and finally to Baby Shawn.  But was once a slight cold to Emma, was a fever and severe cough for Shawn.  Turns out he didn’t just have a nasty cold, he had RSV and an ear infection as well. 

Fast forward a few weeks and we were back at the pediatrician yesterday because my little guy was still hacking, but now his once dry cough turned into a wetter more productive cough and his nose had become much more runny.  Turns out, poor guy has two middle ear infections and is becoming a chronic condition.  And if this second round of antibiotics does not work, we will have to discuss tubes, because he has had multiple ear infections this year — this isn’t just the first and second ear infections of the year. 

Bubby at the Pediatrician’s Office Yesterday,Looking Less than Enthused.

Fingers crossed that this second round of a bit stronger antibiotic will do the trick.  I don’t want him to have tubes nor do I want him to have any more ear infections! I’ve heard plenty of horror stories about both.

Why Self-Care Is so Essential For Mommas (and everyone, really)…

Self-Care is defined as the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health; or the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. 

Self-Care for Mommas isn’t just about a girls night and a mani-pedi here and there.  Sure, those things are great, but self-care is really taking preventative measures to keep yourself at your best (which is how, as Mommas, we need to be, 24/7, right?).  It’s taking a little bit(or a lot if you can!) of time, each and every day, for yourself, to rejuvenate the emotional, physical, spiritual you – and here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • First off, if you need to, hire a babysitter.  No questions asked.
  • Take a hot bath or shower.
  • Pick out a book from the store you want to read and actually read a chapter two in it, the day you buy it. And every day thereafter until you finish the book.
  • Cuddle with a fuzzy blanket.  Maybe even take nap.
  • Start a daily gratitude journal.  Keep writing in it every. single. day.
  • Take a walk.  Exercise.

With this in mind, personally, I’ve decided that I need to take better care of myself.  As the leader of my tribe, I’m responsible for making sure my family is loved, fed, cared for, and has everything they need to be successful in the world. From waking my kids up in the morning and helping them pick out clothes to wear that is weather appropriate (and looks decent together), to kissing my hubby goodnight at the end of the day, every minute of every day is under my purvue. And I’m perfectly okay with that!

In the past few months, I devoted more time to writing.  That was the first step.  It’s like a decompression for me, a way to let off some of the steam of the day, to write about it.  I’ve journaled, handwritten letters to friends, and of course, blogged.  Now I’m stepping it up and committing to exercising more on a regular schedule and joined a group that will keep me to my word!  In this group, we are also reading Girl, Wash Your Face, which is a quick easy read, so we are going at a chapter a day. 

I hope to keep you guys updated as to my progress in my self-care and all the fun things I plan on doing to keep myself as well as I can be for my family!