Monday, September 29, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sneezy and Wheezy

Sneezy and Wheezy...that is Presley. For as long as I can remember, she has sneezed multiple times a day. Sometimes it can be 12 times in a row. So she obviously has allergies. I'm not sure what since she hasn't been tested but I would guess environmental. She was a bit wheezy earlier in the summer right when Shawn was in the thick of his seasonal allergies. Last week, she caught the cold that seemingly every kid gets when school starts. Except she was also short of breath and very very wheezy. This was alarming because that means she's basically breathing through a straw but also because of all the news reports of the enterovirus. We got her in to see the doctor and thankfully it wasn't the virus but her airways are definitely restricted and now Presley is on 2 kinds of puffers for the next couple of weeks. A twice daily steroid (FloVent) and an as needed ventalin. It seems to be helping however she doesn't seem to be able to take deep breaths so we will be going back to the doctor next week for a follow up. The doctor mentioned keeping an eye on her for asthma since she already has allergies and eczema and those things seem to travel together. I'm crossing my fingers that that's not the case. But, if I look on the bright side, then we could get rid of all the carpet in our house?!
She was so disappointed that she had to miss a day of school that I had to treat her to a frozen lemonade!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dentist Day

We were overdue for cleanings and checkups so off we went this morning.  Which, by the way, I am still getting used to...this whole run errands business in the morning instead of school in the morning.  Anyway, the girls did fabulously.  Presley even had her first cleaning (previously she has gone for chair rides and gotten her teeth counted).  Both girls (and me!) are cavity-free.  The hygienist was SO good with the girls and let them get help, complete with masks and rubber gloves.  They were in charge of the suction and they took their jobs seriously.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

First Camping Trip

We bought a tent earlier this year thinking we would have lots of opportunities to use it. We ended up having such a busy summer that we never got to go. So, we busted it out on Saturday. All the way in our yard! It didn't matter to the girls, though. They were so so excited. We got the laptop set up, popcorn made and watched The Lego Movie (which was really good and funny!) out in the tent. It was such a fun night. Shawn said one of the best things about being a parent is doing crazy fun things like probably wouldn't bother going to all the trouble if you weren't doing it for your kids. I totally agree. It was very chilly by the time we went to sleep. I think it got to around -2 but with body heat and every blanket and sleeping bag in the house, we lasted the night. The girls have declared it "the best night EVER"!! We will definitely have to make a point of camping next summer (to places further than our yard).

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Overhead driving to school today...

Presley - when I grow up, I want to be a superhero.
Sammy - you can't, you have to be so tough to be a superhero.
Presley - I AM tough.
Sammy - you have to be tougher than that.
Presley - yeah! I am!
Sammy - okay, tell me the ways that you're tough.
Presley - I'm tough...
Sammy - against bears?
Presley - yep. And sharks, definitely sharks. And crocodiles.
Sammy - that IS tough. What about alligators?
Presley - oh, yeah. Alligators, too.
Sammy - okay, you can be a superhero when you grow up.

Then they got into a disagreement whether Wonder Woman is Superman's wife or not.

Monday, September 8, 2014

This and That

  • I'm struggling with blogging every day. When the girls were babies and changing so much, so quickly, it was easy to have things to write about. They still amaze me and do fabulous things every day but they are not always blog-worthy days (for lack of a better term). I thought about closing down the blog to new posts but I don't think I want to do that either. So, I'm kind of stuck right now, not wanting to blog but knowing a lot of you appreciate the updates (as well as us liking the "baby book" we have created). I might just blog when the mood strikes or when something exciting happens.
  • I was reading a family financial blog where the family is situated in the US and she was saying they pay $350 a month for health insurance  for a family of 5. Can I just say how amazing it is not to worry about health insurance? I mean, our system is not without flaws but it is nice to know that we would never go bankrupt or worry about paying bills if something were to happen to any of us. I took the girls to get their eyes checked last week and it didn't cost us anything. I went and got my iron levels checked last week and I didn't open my wallet. I went for a massage last week and that was free, too (okay, that one is thanks to Shawn's benefits!).
  • I went grocery shopping alone today. Both girls are at school. The house is eerily quiet. So far I'm not relishing my time alone, I just miss them. Give it time?!
  • Cold and rainy days this week. Time to pack away the summer clothes. The girls are so excited that their one piece fleece footie jammies are in their drawers again. It's not cool enough to wear them yet but that doesn't stop them. They push through, use no blankets and are sweaty when I check on them at night!
  • First dreary day calls for lasagna for supper. Having friends over, too. Good way to make Monday a good one!