When Things Do Not Go As Planned

Posted 05-31-2013 at 02:53 PM by whitneywalters

I am the type of person that likes to have a plan in place long before an event is going to take place. I start planning parties months in advance, start my Christmas shopping in June and things like that. My husband teases me about it because he is the total opposite.

My oldest turned seven in April. I had been planning his birthday party since January, he picked a Star Wars theme. We also had been planning on a surprise for his present, we were giving his bedroom a makeover. He had been asking for a Star Wars themed room. I had it all worked out, Alex and Destiny were going to stay with my parents for the two days before his birthday, Chris and I were going to spend that time doing his room.

I had collected everything we needed to get it done, I made all his decorations and bought all the other things we needed. I had everything stashed in different areas of the house where I knew Alex would not find it. My parents picked the kids up as planned and Chris and I got to work. We spent the first evening cleaning, getting everything out of his room and did a little bit of painting. My plan was to get up the next day, call my sister to sit with the two little girls and work on painting more. Chris would come home from work and finish it up. Things did not go that way at all.

I woke up in the morning to a very flooded basement.It had been raining really hard over night. There are five rooms in the basement, three large rooms and then two smaller room. All three of the large rooms were wet and they had about three inches of water covering the floor.

I had sorted a bunch of laundry into piles in the laundry room the night before, they were soaked. So instead of painting that morning, I did laundry all day long. My sister could not even come over and help because she also had a flooded basement. Chris ended up leaving work an hour early to come home and help clean up the mess and start in Alex’s room.

Diaper Swapers

Not a Baby Anymore

Posted 05-31-2013 at 02:47 PM by Krista

Last night I had an interesting revelation. My husband turned to me, after my youngest daughter was crying about not getting her way, and said, “Is it just me, or is she crying all the time now?”

I thought about it and realized that he had a point. My first thought was that she was ill and needed to go to the doctor. Then it dawned on me that most of her crying involved the same thing…not getting her own way. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, what I came to see is that my youngest daughter has become a bit of a brat. Worst of all is that it is my fault.

With month after month going by with no positive results in the way of conception, I have used her to help me make myself feel better. I have held her close and consoled myself that I still have a baby. I have jumped to her defense when others criticize her actions. “She’s young,” I insist. “She’s a baby.” I kept saying this even after I started getting weird looks.

Taking Time For Each Other

Posted 05-23-2013 at 09:48 AM by whitneywalters

Chris and I had been slacking on making sure we took a date night each week. We used to do it all the time but we have been busy with kids, house stuff and we just had not been taking the time we should. We had fallen into a routine, get the kids to bed, do a couple more things around the house and then Chris would usually play a video game while I would read or get on the computer. I made a couple of comments about how we needed to get back into having our date nights but we both just did not make the effort.

I started getting a little sad after this had been going on for awhile. I was feeling a little lonely in the evenings and I wanted more of Chris’ attention. One night I made a point of telling him how I was feeling and we had a long talk about it. We both decided that we needed to make the effort. While he was content to play a game and have a casual conversation, he admitted that he missed the date nights we used to do as well.

The following weekend we started our date night back up. I rented a movie we both wanted to see ( Lincoln ), bought some snacks for us to share and we spend the evening together snuggled on the couch. It was wonderful. We both enjoyed it so much that we did the same thing the next night ( this time we watched Le Miserables ).

School All Year

Posted 05-23-2013 at 09:48 AM by whitneywalters

My husband and I were talking about our home schooling schedule. We had not really come up with a plan yet since the kids were so young but it has gotten to the point that the two oldest are both in school now and we needed to decide what our school calendar was going to look like. At first we thought about just following the public school schedule but we talked to a couple other home schooling families that school year round and we decided that that was actually a better option for us.

We will be taking five breaks through out the year, so the kids will still get their school vacation. It is just broken up into five two week groups. Our school year starts in September, we take a Thanksgiving break, a Christmas/New Year break, an Easter break, a summer break in July and then an end of the year break in late August.

The breaks around the holidays are so we can spend the time with family, doing crafts and other activities, the summer break is around the time we usually take some sort of vacation and the end of the year break is for Chris and I to get the start of the next years school activities in order.

Being More Active

Posted 05-20-2013 at 01:43 PM by whitneywalters

I have been wanting to loose weight for awhile now and I will admit I have not been trying hard enough. I go back and fourth with dieting, I know that my eating is not really the problem. Yes, I could cut back on certain things and I have to a point. I do not really drink any soda anymore ( and on the rare occasion that I do it is stuff I buy at Whole Foods. ), I stay away from high fructose corn syrup when ever possible and I am not a fried food/fast food person. I know that if I really want to loose weight, I need to get more active.

I used to be in really good shape. I walked a lot every day and I stayed really active. After having kids my activity level has changed. While I stay busy with my kids, it is not the type of activity I need to burn calories and drop this weight. After hemming and hawing over my weight for the last couple years I am finally starting to actually do more about it. I have decided it is time to get active.

I am going to start with simple things, like taking a lot more walks, doing more yard work ( things like mowing the lawn and other things my husband usually does ) and finding other ways to add more activity to my days. The walking will be easy, I like taking walks and I always have. Some of the days I will take all the kids but since they are not going to walk long distances every day I will be taking some of the walks after Chris gets home and can stay with the older three. I will just put Amelia in the stroller and take her along. I do not really like mowing the lawn and things like that, my legs always break out in hives when I mow ( even when I wear pants ) but I have found that if I shower and scrub my legs down really good it seems to stop the hives.

Garden Plans

Posted 05-20-2013 at 01:34 PM by whitneywalters

I have written in the past about our gardening each year.  We usually do a large joint garden out on my parents land and then a small garden here at home. They own a goat farm so they have the room for it. They decided not to do it this year, they are going to give the area a year free of planting and just work on tilling it, fertilizing and try to kill weeds naturally. Since the garden here at our house did so poorly last year (major drought here in Iowa we would just do something very small), we were unsure if we wanted to try it this year. Chris and I talked it over and decided that we would do a very small one here at home.

We want to make the garden a school project for Alex and Destiny. We home school and school year round so we thought this would be a good spring/summer science lesson for them. They have always been involved in the garden but we are going to give them even more responsibilities and plan some lessons that deal with growing a garden. The plan is to grow pumpkins, tomatoes, potatoes, snap peas, cucumbers and green beans. If there is room we may try to grow some melons as well.

Since we are doing a much smaller garden then we have in the past I plan on shopping the local farmers markets a lot more  then I had before. I will still want to get fresh vegetables and fruits to eat and freeze for later. Luckily we have several markets close by. The town I live in does a small one, the town my husband works in has one that is slightly bigger and we are within an hour of several large ones.

Tablet vs Laptop

Posted 05-20-2013 at 01:33 PM by HollyRay

Here I sit, finally typing on a keyboard after nearly 6 months without a computer. Don’t get me wrong I like my tablet, it is easy, and fits in my purse. However it does have its drawbacks. Since I have had many a mama approach me about my tablet and ask me if it is worth it, here are the pros and cons, that I find, in the tablet vs laptop.

Tablet Pros

Small Price. You can find several brands of tablet at a small cost, on a tight budget a tablet may be the only option.

No keyboard means less stuff for the kids to break. My daughters have their own tablets, and small laptops…the laptops didn’t last long, the tablets are going on a year and look brand new still.

Small and portable. I can take my tablet anywhere just by popping it in my purse.

Multiple Uses. I use my tablet as an e-reader, it has tons of awesome apps for my shopping list, to do, money management, my etsy. I can even load sheet music as well as the piano accompaniment and armed with my headphones I am ready for music practice

Tablet Cons

The on screen keyboard. I hate it, I can’t blog with it, if I misspell something and have to go back it almost always results in a twenty minute fight with the touch screen. I did try numerous blue tooth keyboards, they could not keep up with my typing speed…thanks Mavis Beacon.

Not quite up to speed on internet browsing. Several tablets still have some “bugs” I can never get a drop down menu to open, and I have numerous glitches with opening several tabs. I know this is not true for all tablets, but for 3 of the 4 in my house it is a problem.

They are small. My tablet is often times like my keys…I find it in the oddest of places. Thankfully I haven’t left it in the freezer yet.

Cavaties – part 1

Posted 05-17-2013 at 01:54 PM by whitneywalters

We got some bad news at the dentist. My three year old daughter has six cavities  While I was expecting it since our doctor already told us that lead poisoning could weaken her teeth and to be watching for issues, I was still sad and upset with myself. I felt like I failed her. I brushed her teeth like I should and did not give her bunches of sugar but yet we are still dealing with this issue.

My other three kids have no cavities  I was hoping that the kids would not get them at all (I know wishful thinking on my part). I noticed the spots on her teeth and called the dentist right away. I knew she had cavities  Over the phone he told me not to worry, it could be staining since she has deep pits in her molars and just to bring her in to get checked. My gut feeling was right.

Kairi did not do well at the dentist either, she let them look in her mouth but when they tried using any of their tools, she freaked. She started sobbing, covering her mouth and saying no over and over again. They only did a light cleaning, did not even try to get xrays and then wrote a referral to a pediatric dentist that will put her under and take care of all of her teeth at once.

Clueless Parent Here!

Posted 05-15-2013 at 09:47 AM by Krista

Being a parent is so, so hard. You know, today I had several moments where I wondered what I ever was thinking when I decided to reproduce. You know those Facebook statuses about people needing to pass a test before being allowed to become parents? Today I wondered what my score might have been.

I know these last few sentences sound like I am throwing myself a pity party, and trust me, at some point I’ll get over it. I’m not looking for attention, I swear. I’m just feeling very overwhelmed, and when wondering who to share it with I thought, who better than other mothers?

Today at my daughter’s speech appointment the director came out to speak with me—uh oh!—about my daughter’s progress. She first asked me how she was doing since beginning therapy. I absolutely raved about how much better she was doing, how much better she was able to communicate and how it had given us a better relationship. She seemed simply conversational…

Selling Outgrown Clothes

Posted 05-15-2013 at 09:46 AM by whitneywalters

Over the years I have tried several different methods of selling the kids outgrown clothes. I now have a routine down that makes me money, gets me store credit and helps others out.

When I first started to sell off outgrown clothes I tried eBay, it ended up being way too much work and turned little profit for me. I know some people make a good deal of money doing this, it was just not for me. I do love buying lots of clothing on eBay though. After that I tried Craigslist and a couple of resale shops and both of those ended up being a no go for me as well.

It took over a year before I got my system in place and once I got it, I have not strayed for it. The first thing I do is sort everything out into bins. I have a sell, recycle or trash, donate and give away bin.

I usually start with my give a way bin. I will call my sister to see if she wants some of my son’s outgrown stuff to hold onto for my nephew and then I call a couple friends and see if they are in need of anything for the girls they have that are smaller then my youngest. ( I keep almost all my girls clothes to use until the youngest has outgrown them ). I select some nice items for those people and set them into the bin.