Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Getting back to normal

Wow, this has been a rough couple of weeks!  Just when I think I am getting caught up on stuff and in a good position with organizing, the kids get sick.  They didn't just get sick for a few days, right now we are at 2 weeks.  It was one kid, then the other, then Baby C got the same thing and then Baby C caught a cold and thinking it was the same thing as what they already had, we kept them together and then mine got sick again and are still sneezing and coughing.

So I am playing catch-up again and was forced the other day to take a mental break even though I didn't want to and got farther behind on everything!

I hope everybody is ready for Halloween since it is tomorrow!  What are your kids going to be?  Mine are going to be a firefighter and a chicken.  The chicken won't keep his hat on so he will be a funny looking chicken but he will have fun anyway!  Do you go trick or treating in your neighborhood or somewhere else?  This year we will be going in our neighborhood and I got a nice radio flyer wagon off of craigslist to pull the kids in which will be fun.

I am hoping by next week to be back to normal and everybody healthy again so enjoy your halloween and watch out for the viruses and colds this year because they are rough ones.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Forced Mental Health Night

So last night I had an extreme migraine.  I was almost to the point of throwing up and I couldn't even function.  I have been a little stressed out lately with 2 sick kids and a ton of things to get done.  I have had the headache for at least 4 days on and off.  It wasn't migraine material, but just that throbbing headache telling me it was there and that it could turn into a migraine if I didn't relax.

Well I didn't relax!  I still have 2 sick kids, a ton of homework, and a house that looks like a hurricane hit, so relaxing was just not something I could give myself the luxury to do.  I should have because around 4pm last night my headache started to get worse.  By 6pm my head was pounding so hard I had to turn the TV on for the kids and lay on the couch because everything else hurt too bad.

I put the baby down by 630 last night and Z down by 745.  By that point I definitely couldn't function.  I had taken Excedrin Migraine around 430pm and it didn't even dent it.  All day I had been drinking extra water because I knew I hadn't been drinking enough. I tried eating some cereal but the sound of myself chewing made my head hurt worse.

I didn't know what to do and all of the things I had to do kept going through my head, but every time I moved to do something my head told me to stop or it would explode.

At 9pm I decided I had to go up to bed and maybe wake up later to get some stuff done.  I got some suggestions from my Facebook friends and it seems that the trick is rest, some essential oils, a heating pad on the back of my neck, and some benadryl.  Thank you all for the suggestions.

It worked and my husband called to check on me around 1030 and it was gone.  I was a little too nervous to get out of bed for fear of it coming back so I stayed in bed and slept until 645 am when my alarm went off.

At 11pm my team at school texted me to let me know they completed the team paper (I was supposed to finish it and submit it but I had updated them on my migraine). The world still goes around and some people surprise you and step up to take care of what needs done.  I still have my paper to write and I will get a 20% deduction, my house is still a wreck, and the kids are still sick, but my headache is gone and thanks to the night of not being allowed to think about anything, I feel less stressed out.

Have you been forced to take a mental health day lately?


Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Follow Along



It's PARTY Time!

So grab a hand and follow the leader!

If you have a blog or website with any article pertaining to family, fitness, being cheap (I mean frugal), crafting, recipes, or is just plain fun.... 
  •  There are no real rules-except nothing x rated! 
  • Link up at least 1 post (max of 2) AND 1 social media site so we can all follow along!
  • Visit as many links as you can and leave comments! 
  • Its just like the game Follow the leaders (host &cohosts) and  follow at least the person ahead of you and behind you. Follow others via twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin', etc 
  • Link back if you can and when!   Not required but appreciated!
  • If you have a blog hop today or this weekend...go ahead and link it up!  
FOLLOW YOUR HOSTS!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Teaching Toddlers Thursday- Body Parts

Sorry for not having this up last week but I had some sick kids and just couldn't get to it, but now the kids are feeling much better so here it goes!  This week's toddler curriculum was about body parts including hands, feet, faces, arms, and legs. Toddlers love anything about themselves so focusing on their body was easy!

Songs we sang:
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Patty-cake
Hokie-Pokie
If You're Happy and You Know It

Books we read:
Fuzzy Bear Gets Dressed by Piggy Toes Press
First Body by Paradise Press
Toes are to Tickle by Shen Roddie and Kady MacDonald Denton
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (gets the kids moving)

This week was a long week because it rained every day.  It was impossible to go outside and the kids were not very interested in doing many crafts because they were going stir crazy!  We focused a lot on doing different things inside and working on their motor skills.

We had multiple dance parties while pointing out different body parts that they were moving.  The songs we sang helped us focus on moving and understanding what parts they are supposed to be moving!


We focused on hands, feet, faces, arms, and legs.  We did a handprint wreath that I love so much it is hanging on my front door!

We did a few halloween crafts including easy pumpkin sun-catchers and spooky footprints.  The pumpkin helped with their fine motor skills and the footprints used their feet!



We played with paint in baggies that I taped to the table.  This was a short lived activity, but Z enjoyed it!



Going stir crazy in the house without any running around, I built an indoor toddler obstacle course.  I lined up pillows and toys and they loved crawling and climbing through it.  

It was an inventive week for all of us and I hope you stop by next week because we are starting the alphabet with a new letter each day!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Easy Halloween Crafts

Thanks to everybody for bearing with me while I was dealing with the sick kiddos.  I have a couple of crafts I did with the kids before they got sick.  They are really easy and toddler approved!

Pumpkin Sun-Catcher

Supplies:
Green and orange construction paper
Contact paper
Tape
Scissors


I cut pumpkin shapes out of contact paper and left one side partially attached.  I taped it down to the table and gave the kids ripped up pieces of orange construction paper.  They stuck the papers all over.  I cut stems out of the green paper and showed them where to put it.  I folded the 2nd half of the contact paper over the first half and got a pumpkin!

Spooky Footprint Face

Supplies:
Paper
Paint
Googly eyes
Kid's feet


I use a clipboard to hold the paper.  I painted the kid's feet one at a time and made their footprints on the paper.  I find that it is easiest and the least ticklish to use a cotton ball to apply the paint!  Let the footprints dry and add googly eyes and paint on a face and you have a cute footprint craft!

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day!


Monday, October 21, 2013

Crazy Week

Starting on Wednesday my week has been a crazy one!  Z got a fever on Wednesday and spent the day in our 2nd living room watching movies on the couch.  The next day his fever was gone but he was still pretty grumpy.

Thursday and Friday the toddlers were a little crazy but we made it through!

Saturday we had a busy day planned with a t-ball game starting at 10 (45 mins from home), then a birthday party at 11 (45 mins from the field), then nap time, and lastly grocery shopping.

We pulled up to the field at 10:15 because we caught the only drawbridge in my area and got stuck at it.  As I was loading K into the stroller and packing it full of everything we have to bring with us everywhere, he threw up.  It wasn't a spit up, it was full on sickness.

We had already driven an hour to get there and Z really wanted to play so I luckily had a change of clothes, a towel, a blanket, wipes, and an extra stroller in the car.  Talk about being prepared when you need to!

I got him cleaned up as much as possible and rushed over to the field.  K didn't have any other symptoms at that time and started snacking as soon as we got settled.  I figured it was a fluke.

We went to the birthday party because he still didn't show any symptoms, but at the birthday party he got very tired and very warm.

We got home and he had a 101.8 fever.  This continued with it getting up to 102.2 by Sunday.  Sunday his fever continued all day and Monday his fever was finally reduced but he had a very rough day.  Sunday we spent the whole day home and my husband took Z to another t-ball game.

Monday we stayed around the house most of the day but had Z's t-ball end of season party at 5:30 and we ended up leaving early because K is still very grumpy.

Z went to bed and was coughing and sneezing so I am hoping he will wake up in the morning without any symptoms.

Thanks for understanding why I haven't done any posts!  I haven't even really cooked dinner in 3 days!

How was your past week?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Follow Along

Sorry I am so late getting this up!  It has been a crazy week with a sick kid and I just started my next class.  


It's PARTY Time!

So grab a hand and follow the leader!

If you have a blog or website with any article pertaining to family, fitness, being cheap (I mean frugal), crafting, recipes, or is just plain fun.... 
  •  There are no real rules-except nothing x rated! 
  • Link up at least 1 post (max of 2) AND 1 social media site so we can all follow along!
  • Visit as many links as you can and leave comments! 
  • Its just like the game Follow the leaders (host &cohosts) and  follow at least the person ahead of you and behind you. Follow others via twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin', etc 
  • Link back if you can and when!   Not required but appreciated!
  • If you have a blog hop today or this weekend...go ahead and link it up!  
FOLLOW YOUR HOSTS!
Now..let's get social!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sorry

I hope everybody is having a great day. I was planning on working on a post during the kids nap today because yesterday was our 7 year wedding anniversary so I didn't work on it. 

Well my 4 year old woke up with a 101 fever and has been feeling pretty crappy all day. Since I've been spending my free time cuddling with him I haven't had time to write a real post. 

I'm hoping to be able to get Teaching Toddlers Thursday up for tomorrow but if I can't, I'm sorry in advance. 

Thanks for understanding and I'll get a post up as soon as my baby feels better :)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall Handprint and Leaf Wreath


I have a small obsession with handprint crafts!  I love them and I think that it is one of those things that you save.  I have ones from my 4 year old last year and his hands grew so much it is amazing.  I saw a handprint wreath somewhere and it got me thinking how it would be cute to do with the toddlers.  

Supplies needed:
Glue
Brown Paper
Yellow, Orange, and Red paper
Kids

I cut a wreath shape out of brown construction paper.  It took me a few tries to get an actual circle instead of a weird oval shape, but if you have something to trace I recommend it!  

Then I traced each of the kids hands and cut out equal amounts of each color.  I used yellow and orange paper for the hands.  The size of my wreath took 10 hands.  I glued them to the wreath with the wrist part in and the hands not touching.  


I traced some felt leaves that I had and cut out 6 of them, 3 brown and 3 red.

I glued the leaves around the wrists of the hands to cover the edges.  And I have a beautiful fall wreath on my door!


Fall Cleaning Checklist

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of BISSELL Homecare, Inc.. All opinions are 100% mine.

Winter is quickly approaching and I have been running myself ragged to get my house in order. I have been working from room to room trying to organize, de-clutter, and clean so that when we are spending most of our time indoors, it is more comfortable and inviting, and I have less stress!  


One thing that I have come across a lot of is dust and dirt.  I have two boys and they are pretty much always dirty!  Just last night my older son had t-ball practice and both of them came home covered in mud, and the parts that weren't covered in mud had crumbs from their snacks on them!  Here are some cleaning tips.  


Needless to say, having the proper tools will help me a lot in this fall cleaning adventure.  Right now I have a simple vacuum cleaner that just picks up the basic and isn't very versatile.  I have a hard time using it on the steps because it is huge and the cord is so short I have to constantly unplug it and move it to another outlet as I am sure you have all been there before.  


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Here is my Fall cleaning checklist that I could definitely use this BISSELL for:

Cabinets

Drawers

Floors

Couches

Beds

Curtains

Steps

Corners

Under Beds

Closets

 

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Friday Follow Along!



It's PARTY Time!

So grab a hand and follow the leader!

If you have a blog or website with any article pertaining to family, fitness, being cheap (I mean frugal), crafting, recipes, or is just plain fun.... 
  •  There are no real rules-except nothing x rated! 
  • Link up at least 1 post (max of 2) AND 1 social media site so we can all follow along!
  • Visit as many links as you can and leave comments! 
  • Its just like the game Follow the leaders (host &cohosts) and  follow at least the person ahead of you and behind you. Follow others via twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin', etc 
  • Link back if you can and when!   Not required but appreciated!
  • If you have a blog hop today or this weekend...go ahead and link it up!  
FOLLOW YOUR HOSTS!
Thank you to everybody who stopped by to share what you have been up to. Here are the features for the week.  With the weather getting cooler we picked some food features for everybody to enjoy!

Chili Roundup from Dizzy Busy & Hungry
Lazy Day Lasagna from This Silly Girl's Life
NOW GET SOCIAL!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Teaching Toddlers Thursday- Numbers

Thanks for stopping in.  If this is your first time visiting please check out the previous Teaching Toddlers Thursdays and see if you can find any ideas that help you out.  I have been working on toddler curriculums for a few weeks now and am enjoying having guided play with the kids.


It has been a challenge creating things that my 4 year old and the toddlers will both enjoy so Z is my Assistant Teacher and takes his job very seriously.  He has been doing a great job helping one toddler do a craft while I help the other because since they are still learning, they need individual guidance.

This week we worked on numbers 1-5.  Numbers are everywhere and it was easy to concentrate on counting items, fingers, toes, and anything else we could count.

Books We Read:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
My Little Counting Book by priddy books
Ducks & Goose by Tad Hills
Numbers Touch and Feel by priddy books
Duckling by DK

Songs We Sang: I included the words to each below that I got from the book Toddler Play by Gymboree
5 Little Raindrops
The Caterpillar
Ten Little Crayons

5 Little Raindrops: 
5 little raindrops falling from a cloud (wiggle fingers on one hand down)
the 1st one said "my, the thunder's loud." (hold up one finger and cover your ears)
the 2nd one said "it's so cold tonight" (hold up 2 fingers and hug yourself)
the 3rd one said "Oh, the lightning's so bright." (hold up 3 fingers and shield your eyes)
the 4th one said "listen to the wind blow" (hold up 4 fingers and cup your hand to your ear)
the 5th one said "look, I'm turning into snow" (hold up 5 fingers and make them float down)

The Caterpillar:
1 little caterpillar crawled on my shoe (wiggle 1 finger like a worm on a shoe or foot)
Along came another and then there were 2 (hold up 2 fingers)
2 little caterpillars crawled on my knee (wiggle 2 fingers on a knee)
Along came another and then there were 3 (hold up 3 fingers)
Three little caterpillars crawled on the floor (wiggle 3 fingers on the floor)
Along came another and then there were 4 (hold up 4 fingers)
Four little caterpillars all crawled away (wiggle 4 fingers across the floor)
They will all turn into butterflies one fine day! (link your thumbs to make a butterfly)

Ten Little Crayons to the tune of 10 little indians
1 little, 2 little, 3 little crayons
4 little, 5 little, 6 little crayons
7 little, 8 little, 9 little crayons
10 little crayons in a box (hold up and count your fingers as you sing)
Take out a red one and draw a big circle (draw a circle in the air)
Take out a blue one and draw a straight line (draw a line in the air)
take out a yellow one and draw a little triangle (draw a triangle in the air)
Then put them back in the box! (pretend to put them in a box)



We did a few counting crafts where the kids glued felt leaves that I got at the dollar store to paper in squares that I labeled with numbers 1-5.  For Z I did 1+2=3 and 1+3=4 so he could do a craft and still learn something new.


The kids used star shapes to dip into paint and put the correct number of 'stamps' in each spot.  


We counted trees when we went for a walk and we had a lot of fun playing with five dinosaurs and counting them and lining them up.

I think the kids had some fun and maybe even learned something!

I hope you will stop back by next week for Body Parts!



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Children's Festival!



This weekend we went to a Children's Festival.  It is October and should be fall by now.  Last week the weather was in the low 70s and I loved every minute of it!  Today it was 90 and super hot.


We have never been to a Children's Festival and it was really fun.  There were different booths set up for the kids to do different things.

Before we went I showed Z some of the stuff online.  He loves to build things and Home Depot had a build it booth where the kids could build something.  He refused to do anything else until we found that booth.  He loved it and built an airplane.



They had a science section and he was amazed with the physics part and all of the experiments that they had.

We also met my sister and niece there, and it is amazing the different things different kids are interested in.

K painted a pumpkin while Z was at the cooking station in his fancy Chef's hat.


They also made paper bag hats and decorated them.


They had a whole section set up just for the little ones and K got to play in balls and go down a little roller coaster.  Z was very helpful and was all ready to catch K when he came down the hill!


They had a blast and slept really good that night!