Made Follow-Up Appointment

I’m taking AnnaBeth to the dr tomorrow afternoon. I was referred to a male dr, but they gave me the option of any of the pediatricians. Since she is kind of modest and one of the bites is on her chest, I asked for a female dr. She was horrified on Friday night when she thought she was going to have to show her chest to a male and later relieved when she found out that she was able to have a female tech, nurse, and dr there.

I’ll update you all on how it goes.

Oh, and James is doing better. This was a bit of a longer period of sickness than he’s had before and he wasn’t up to do anything for a few days. Yesterday, he stayed home from church with Jeremy. Today, other than a bit of stuffiness and still not too active, he is doing well. He even went outside for a little bit this morning.

It Never Ends

The spots faded and other things took their place. First, our laundry machines have decided to act up. The dryer won’t shut off if and keeps running until we go down there and open the door and the washer’s tub gets crooked sometimes and it doesn’t catch all the water. The other day, it flooded the unfinished part of the basement. Thankfully, it drained easily and didn’t damage anything. Jeremy has kind of fixed that problem, but we’ll still need new laundry machines sometime soon. Anyone care to donate? Just kidding… kind of. Next, James has been sick with a sore throat and sinus headaches for a few days. Then, THIS happened to AnnaBeth. She doesn’t know when she was bitten, but I’m guessing from where it is that it was on Monday while the kids had on their swimsuits and I was spraying them with the hose. Afterwards, they ran around the yard while they were drying. It was on Monday night that she said something about that area feeling uncomfortable and she showed it to me. I just saw an insect bite. It didn’t seem to bad at the time. On Wednesday it was bad and I called some different dr’s offices to try and get an appointment, but kept getting the, “I’m sorry, We’re not taking any new patients. Just give her Benedryl and don’t worry too much about it.” I started giving her the antihistamine that night and on Thursday it seemed to be doing better. Unfortunately, on Friday, she was bit over her right eye and I’m guessing that with that one as well that the meds just weren’t working well enough anymore. The first one got much worse, so when Jeremy got home and we’d had some dinner, I took her over to the urgent care center. After 3 hours of mostly waiting, (and a nice tech guy giving her some apple juice and crackers) we got the news that she’s allergic to whatever insect bit her and got a prescription for steroids. So, today, I am now a very tired mom and I still have a sick son to take care of and a ton of laundry to do. I also need to research epipens (since it’s best to be prepared) and allergy alert necklaces and such.

**Pics were taken just before this post, not at the time of the bite

Our Crazy Vacation

Well, we moved into our new house on June 7, Sat and continued until the next Mon, with a quick trip on Tues when I realized we had forgot to get everything out of one closet. We’ve had our vacation scheduled for months. We had paid for most of it already. It started on that Tuesday, after we got done moving and getting a little organized. We left at 3:30 pm. We stopped at a rest area for supper. I’d made tuna salad for sandwiches and put it into our cooler. We traveled through the night, Jeremy and I switching our driving and resting. At 3:00 am, we were both really tired, so we pulled into a rest area and slept for a bit, but I didn’t sleep long. I was okay after an hour and continued on our way. We only had a little more time on the interstate before getting off and using the rural highways to get to Lake George, NY. We were using directions from Google maps, but I missed a turn somewhere. We were going in the right direction, so I didn’t mind. After a while, we came to the highway our motel was on, so we just turned on it. I love those rural highways. The scenery is so spectacular.

We stopped in Corinth, NY for a breakfast of some donuts I’d brought along. We ended up in Lake George around 9:30 am. Check-in time wasn’t until 3 pm, so we drove around just a little and then stopped at a drug store for the sunscreen and camera batteries that I had forgotten to buy beforehand. (Sorry, but there are no pictures from Lake George as I took them with my film camera so I could get better pics. I’ll share them when I get them developed.) It was still only 11 am and we were all worn out, so we headed over to the motel to see if we could check in early. Yay! It’s the off season and they only had a few rooms being used, so they had our room ready for us. We brought in our stuff and then we all took naps. After 2 hours, we (except Jeremy) all woke up and had peanut butter and honey sandwiches for lunch. The kids changed into their swimsuits and we went down to the motel’s beach. Amie, James, and Christine had a lot of fun wading and swimming around in the water. It doesn’t get deep very fast, so they were able to go out fairly far and still able to stand with it only halfway up their chests. AnnaBeth got in up to her waist and Noelle only got her feet wet. I sat on the boat dock that went around the swimming area and dangled my feet in the water. It was too cold for me. We just rested there by the lake for the rest of the day. Jeremy woke up about an hour after us and joined us out there. He went up to the local grocery store and got us some stuff to grill for dinner.

At dinner time, Amie was itching the back of her head and pulled her hand out and there was a little blood on her finger. My first thought was that she had a tick, so I asked her to let me see. She had spots all down her back! Then I checked James and Christine. They had them as well. Since I don’t bathe, clothe, or do Amie’s hair any more, I had no idea how long she’d had them. I could tell that hers was the earliest as she had many more. We thought it was chicken pox at first, but after a bit I decided it didn’t really look like those. We had to decide what we were going to do after we checked out on Friday. We had planned on going to a family reunion in New Hampshire, but there was a little baby there with health problems, so we couldn’t do that now. The spots didn’t seem to be affecting the kids too much except for a little less appetite, so we decided to stay at the motel until Friday as planned, than my Grandpa offered to let us stay at his house in Massachusetts during the time of the family reunion even though he’d be up in NH with the family.

On Thursday, we had some biscuits for breakfast and then we took a walk. AnnaBeth started not feeling well then and running a small fever, so Jeremy took her back to the motel. The other kids and I went down to the park and boardwalk, then after playing and taking pictures, we headed back. Afterwards, the kids wanted to swim in the pool, so Jeremy got his swimsuit on and we all headed over to the pool. Noelle and AnnaBeth just played on the stairs. I sat on the edge with my feet on the top step, playing with them a bit. Then they decided later to play on the playset, so I watched them while Jeremy stayed at the pool with the three older kids. We didn’t really want to have to make that extra long trip back so quickly as well as ruin Christine’s summer plans (explained later) so we went to Grandpa’s house on Friday. We went on rural highways and roads through Vermont using directions from Google. It was so great. I loved seeing some of those old New England houses and churches. The directions took us the “scenic route” on a long dirt road for the last 7 miles before we hit the interstate close to the Vermont/Mass border. Not long after getting into Massachusetts we stopped for a lunch of meat and cheese sandwiches (our little cooler did a lot of duty during this vacation, but it sure saved us a bunch of money).

We got to Grandpa’s house about 3 pm and unpacked our things. The kids went outside to play and run around. They had a lot of fun. That’s about all we did during the time we were there. I went out and checked out what of the herbs from my Grandma’s garden might have come out this year since she wasn’t there to plant it. I found some mint and dill. It really hit me that she was gone and I wouldn’t see her anymore while I was there. I spent most of the time going through some stuff that Grandpa had for any of his children/grandchildren to pick stuff of hers for us. I picked out some clothes I really liked and one of her aprons. We have two aprons from Grandma Anna (Jeremy’s grandma), so I wanted one of my own Grandma’s as well. My girls like wearing them for dress-up or when we’re making something that they might get messy with. I also got some of her cookbooks that Mom picked out for me.

On Sunday, Grandpa, my aunt Becca, Mom, Jill (my sister), and my nieces came down from the reunion. My kids were so happy to see their cousins. My mom and sister couldn’t stay for long, only for lunch and to pack up Christine’s stuff. My mom was taking her on down to NC with her. (Amie went two years ago and James went last year.) Christine’s been talking about her turn for a year. My dad’s work goes to Hilton Head every year for a conference and spouses, children, and grandchildren are invited to come enjoy themselves, so Christine is so excited to get to go this year. My other two enjoyed their special time and I know Christine will as well. Anyway, back to Sunday. After lunch, we tried to get a picture of all 7 cousins, but it was hard. Then they took off.

The rest of us (Jeremy and I with the four other kids and my Aunt Becca) stayed that night before leaving. My kids really enjoyed getting to know Aunt Becca, I think. She teld funny stories and read books to them. Noelle kept calling her Grandma. She said that there needed to be a Grandma since there was a Grandpa. Aunt Becca didn’t mind. On Monday, we took our time getting everything packed up. I think we accidentally left a sleeping bag, but it was getting all torn up, so we probably would have thrown it away anyway. We drove a little more than halfway before stopping just west of Cleveland, Ohio and getting a hotel for the night and then we finished the drive home this last Tuesday. I’ve been busy with the house and catching up and all since then.

The pictures of the new house, some of the vacation, and some random kid pictures are up on my flickr.

Go Away Cravings!

I quit drinking Dr Pepper here at the house. I haven’t had any for about 5 days. I will allow myself some every once in a while when we eat out, but no more buying soda for the house. Most of the time, while eating out, I get water. It’s only the few times that we go to a fast food restaurant that I might get Dr Pepper. I have also cut down on the amount of chocolate I eat. I used to eat a little bit everyday. Just a little bit, unless I’d had a really rough day. I bought a pack of Extra gum a little while ago and found that if I pop one of those in my mouth that I will not snack on the chocolate or cookies. I don’t plan on giving this up as much, but just cutting it down. I need to find a way that will help me get more exercise though. That is the next step. I just want to be in shape.

Busy, Oh So Busy!

A few weeks ago, a flyer for a rent-to-own house was up at our church. We called the guy up and went to see it. It was a bit small and we weren’t sure, but some circumstances were happening that made us unsure how much longer we would be able to stay here, so we filled out the application, but with the experience we’ve had with other people not wanting 5 children in their homes, we didn’t expect much.

Last Monday, Memorial Day, was my friend, Sarah’s birthday. I headed 2 hours south to meet her and a friend of hers. Before I got all the way down there, I stopped because there was a gas station with gas that was still under $4. (It’s been around $4.20+ up here in Chicago-land.) I hopped out to get the gas and then afterwards, went to get back in the van… uh oh! It’s locked, with the keys inside. Jeremy is without vehicle 2 hours away and the only other one with a key. After a nice guy who worked at the gas station tryed unsuccessfully to unlock it for me, I called an emergency locksmith. In the meantime, Sarah and M had drove up to wait with me. It was only about a mile or so from where we were meeting anyway. Sarah, M, and I were just joking and talking while we waited. Then after the locksmith came, we headed to the mall and walked around and just talked. We made jokes about some of the clothing styles we saw on the racks in the stores and just generally had fun. Then we headed to Applebees. Since it was Sarah’s 21 birthday, we did the nonalcoholic way of celebrating. She got a non-alcoholic strawberry daiquiri and we had dessert shots… chocolate mousse in a shot glass. It was yummy! While there, another of her friends showed up and then we headed out to go bowling. We are all bad bowlers, but you know what… that makes it really fun. After 2 games, we all headed to our homes. It was such a good girls’ day.

Then, I spent the next two days trying to catch up on laundry, dishes, and some other general housecleaning.

On Thursday, Martin came up to visit. We mostly just sat at the house and talked, with the kids doing the majority of the talking. They enjoy telling him some of their imaginary stories and stuff because he really enjoys listening to them. He treated us to McDs and then afterwards, they all acted crazy while eating popsicles, so he could do his video of them.

On Friday, the rent-to-own guy called me up. We were approved to live in one of his houses. He said that since we told him that we didn’t want to move and plan on buying whatever place we move into that he remembered that he had another house that was just being moved out of and that it would be better for us because it was a bigger house with a bigger yard. We went to see it on Sunday and since we were already approved by him, we told him that we would take the house. It is so beautiful. We are now in the process of packing up the stuff in this house and will be moving stuff over starting next weekend. I’m so excited. I’m so tired of moving, moving, moving and will be happy to stay in one house for a long time. Pray for everything that has to happen between now and Friday to let us do this.

Anyway, other than all of this, we’ve had schoolwork and going through winter clothes and summer clothes and finding those that we’re going to throw out or give to a thrift store. We’ve also been enjoying the warm weather and gone on a bunch of walks. Please excuse my absence if I’m gone for a while. Not only will we be moving, but we also have our vacation that we had already planned and payed for coming up, starting Tuesday, June 10, and going to be gone for about a week.