Sunday, December 28, 2008
We had also planned to head to Brother Eric and Sister Debbie's this afternoon. JR & Melissa are both in with their families. I was really looking forward to the visit (and showing off my baby *wink). But that was not to be... Sister Debbie ended up sick in bed and missed church. Chris and I hated to show up because we both know what it's like when you're sick. On our way there, we cancelled on them and headed to Pittsburg instead. While there, we ate at Applebee's. Just before we got our food, Chris started feeling sick. He forced his food down and we headed home. Soon after we got home, he started feeling better, but went ahead and slept for a while.
Elijah has been sleeping nearly all afternoon. He fell asleep on our way home from church and didn't wake up until we were in Pittsburg. He was awake about an hour but fell asleep on the way home and has been asleep ever since. (About an hour and a half). He's already an hour past his feeding time. I guess he's just exhausted.
Did I mention is UTI? I can't remember if I blogged about it or not. Either way, he's doing much better and only has one day of antibiotics left. After that, I'm socking the probiotics down him. Hmm... that sounds mean... what I mean to say is: I'll be doubling up on his probiotics. I hate giving him synthetic medicines, but at the same time, relieved there was something to help get him over the infection.
Well, Chris' aunt just pulled up... Gotta run.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Let's see, Chris (mostly Chris) and I packed away three deer he shot this week. Our freezer is full and well stocked for the winter and a good portion of next year. With the current price of beef, I'm thankful for that meat. That was the biggest part of our day (about 6 hours). I also cleaned as much as I could. We went to church and cleaned there too...
And poor Elijah, I don't think he was feeling well. I'm really not sure if he was sick or just plain ol' wore out. He slept very little yesterday and was sooooo fussy. I spent a lot of time taking care of him. I don't know what his deal was, but I hope he's better today. Let's see... he's now been sleeping 11.5 hours. Straight. No, he's not woke up to eat, cry, fuss, etc. I know he was exhausted.
When we went to clean the church, he fell asleep on the way there, but promptly woke up on arrival. He cried, hard. Chris had brought along his chainsaw to take care of a dead tree that had fallen on the church property. When he finished, he came in and entertained Elijah so I could finish cleaning. Here's part of the entertainment:
Chris probably won't be to thrilled with me sharing this video but it's just so cute that I had to! I know Chris is really hoping Elijah follows in Daddy's drumming footsteps. I'm hoping so too...
Well, I hope ya'll are ready for Christmas... it's only 4 days away and YES! Santa is coming to town.... Isn't he about the cutest little Santa ya ever did see??? I love this picture of Elijah. It shows his big blue eyes and gee... he just looks so innocent and cute. He'll hate me someday for dressing him that way. But... I think he'll forgive me eventually. I finally found a Christmas blanket for him too. I was looking for one, but wasn't about to pay $10 for a stupid blanket that he'll use for only a little part of each year. I finally found one for $4! Yehaw! It's green (not the cutest green) with red whipstich trim. There's a teddy bear with a present embroidered on the corner. With that blanket, the hat, the red stiped Santa socks, my little boy will be quite the fashion plate accident, but oh well. His cute face and personality will make up for Mommy's lack of fashion discretion! LOL
I'm trying to blog more often, but this week won't be a good week to work on that. You see Christmas IS only 4 days away and *gasp* I still have several gifts to wrap AND *fainting* one more gift certificate to buy!!! To top it all off, I need to pack Monday night because Tuesday we'll be leaving for Mom's (if the weather cooperates). So...
HAVE A VERY, MERRY, CHRIST-FILLED CHRISTMAS!!
Love and blessings to you all!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
We had snow!!! Well, mostly ice, but there is enough snow to turn everything white. It's so beautiful. And with all the Christmas decor out and about, I love seeing the snow too. I cannot believe that Christmas day is only a week away. As I said, I need to finish my shopping. I've NEVER been this late finishing my shopping. I guess having a baby does that to you, huh? Normally, I'm finishing my Christmas shopping on Black Friday... this year, I was just beginning my shopping on Black Friday. Last weekend, I made M&M cookies, and an apple pie. I started making peanut clusters, but AJ ended up finishing them. (She's sweet like that!)
Elijah has officially been introduced to the internet. I think he's going to grow up and be a 'techie'. Yesterday he was watching my laptop like his life depended on it. I decided to bring up www.starfall.com. He loved watching it; we did the letters "A", "E", and "L". By then his intrest was gone.
He was also checking out his feet yesterday. He has a sleeper that has these adorable little dinosaurs on the feet. Chris was trying to get Elijah's attention but Elijah was concentrating on something else. I looked in the general direction of his eyes and realized his little feet had his attention. I picked up one foot and moved it... sure enough, his eye's followed his foot. I know he's a bit young to find his feet, so I'm thinking the colorful dino feet is what actually had his attention... but it was so cute to watch him.
Does anyone get tired of hearing about Elijah? I hope not because that little boy takes up my life now... and I love it!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Good Housewife
The following is excerpted from an actual 1950's high school Home Economics textbook:
ADVANCE: How to be a Good Wife
HAVE DINNER READY: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal--on time. This is a way to let him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned with his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home, and having a good meal ready is part of the warm welcome that is needed.
PREPARE YOURSELF: Take fifteen minutes to rest so that you will be refreshed when he arrives. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift. Greet him with a smile.
CLEAR AWAY THE CLUTTER: Make one last trip though the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, gathering up children's books and toys, papers, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you lift too.
PREPARE THE CHILDREN: If they are small, wash their hands and faces and comb their hair. They are his little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.
MINIMIZE ALL NOISE: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise from the washer, dryer, or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.
SOME "DO NOT'S": Don't greet him with problems and complaints. Don't complain if he is late for dinner. Count this as a minor problem compared to what he might have gone through that day.
MAKE HIM COMFORTABLE: Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest that he lie down in the bedroom. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.
LISTEN TO HIM: You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.
MAKE THE EVENING HIS: Never complain if he doesn't take you to dinner or to other entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his need to unwind and relax.
THE GOAL: TO MAKE YOUR HOME A PLACE OF PEACE AND ORDER WHERE YOUR HUSBAND CAN RELAX IN BODY AND SPIRIT.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Elijah is now 8 weeks old. He's such a joy to have in my life. It's been harder this week to leave him. Every morning I tell him that this is only temporary and that Jesus is working on a way for Mommy to stay at home with him. He seems to be doing okay (in spite of his first cold) going to Nanna's house everyday. My heart breaks every time I leave him though. Elijah smiles all the time now and I was finally able to get one of his smiles on camera. He's focusing much further now. His baby blue eyes follow us around the room. He's even got a favorite video now. Nancy loaned us a "Baby Praise" DVD. It's awesome - geared toward babies, beautiful praise and worship music that brings a relaxing, peaceful atmosphere into the home. Elijah will sit and watch the whole thing through. I've always said I didn't want to let our TV be a babysitter, but it's been nice to have his mind occupied while I get something else done. However, I am careful how often I use it just because I don't want to get into that habit.
I'm anxious to see how much Elijah weighs at his next doctor's appointment... and to see how long he's getting. I'm already packing away a few 0-3 month outfits because he's getting to long. Of course the newborn stuff has been to small for a while now. Bubby got to enjoy his first snow this past weekend too. It was soooo beautiful here! I think Daddy and I enjoyed it more than Bubby!
It sounds like everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. We did too... we went to Mom and Dad's. I forgot all of Elijah's clothes. All I had was the diaper bag with 4 diapers and about 3 or 4 wipes. Chris made a quick trip to Wal-mart for diapers and wipes. Thankfully, Chris' Mom took the suitcase to her brothers where we went on Thursday evening. I found out I over pack! I didn't realize I could get by on so little! We stayed over Thursday night with Greg and Nancy (Chris' uncle and family) as is our Thanksgiving tradition. It's so fun to see all the family again.
Friday I got a few bargins. Not a whole lot of sales interested me so Nancy and I didn't leave the house until 9:00 or later. My best bargins came from a flea market. I bought a replacment coffee pot (just the carafe) at Target for $15 - and found the exact same one at the flea market for $1.50! Needless to say, the Target pot is going back. I also bought a beautiful table lamp for $10... I love it! Those deals have got me in the flea market mood. Unfortunately, there are very few flea markets in this area - nothing like my hometown Crane, MO - where there's a different flea market on every corner - literally! Oh well... I'm hoping to check them out on Saturday while I grocery shop.
Okay, I need to get off here and get dinner started. It's church tonight so I need to get dinner going or we won't have dinner at all. Chris is out hunting... since it's a church night, he'll probably get one. Seems that's the way it works around here.