Friday, January 22, 2010

Keeping my children safe...

I have seen some horrible misuse of car-seats lately, and I never cease to be amazed... I have seen people try to put 2 year olds in boosters, use expired seats, and forward face infants...

I am a huge advocate of car seat safety, and I wanted to post this because so many people are misinformed. Please remember that car seats DO expire, and it is a safety issue. Keeping a child rear facing as long as possible is the easiest way to keep them safe in a car.

The 20lb and 1 year suggestion is out of date, and the pediatrician recommendations are being changed in the following year or so.

There has never been a documented case of broken legs in a child facing the rear, but internal decapitation happens to children who are forward facing.

Children don't mind sitting with crossed legs, or with their legs up, and studies show it is better then having their legs dangle in front of them forward facing.

It is never too late to start, we flipped Arden backwards again after he was forwards because his weight changed and he had more time in his seat rear facing. He didn't mind at all! It helps him sleep better on trips, allows him to be more comfortable, and he likes to tell me about what is behind us in the car.

Both Arden and Canyon are rear facing, and I am looking into buying Arden a new seat that will be safer longer, the . He is getting close to outgrowing his seat in the current position. This is the seat I am looking at. It will let him be rear facing until about 6 years old.

Here are Arden and Canyon:

Please think about keeping your child rear facing as long as possible, and don't just do the minimum for their safety :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Slowly Knitting.

I am knitting this pair of fingerless mittens for Carl... they definitely have some errors, but I really like the look! I have never done cables before, or made openings (for thumbs), it is definitely a learning curve. I have been working on them for a while, but I can't seem to get the time to sit down and actually work on them.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Feeling a little better...

CanMan is feeling a bit better. His fever is gone, and his cough is changing.

He was feeling so much better today, that we took him and his brothers out to ride their new scooters and bikes for a few minutes while there was a break in the weather. They had a blast.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Canyon has pneumonia.

We just got back from the ER. His fever wasn't going away and the pediatrician's office suggested if it peaked again to go to the ER. Well it did tonight, and it turns out it is pneumonia! We were in the pediatrician's office on Tuesday and he was fine then :o(

Friday, January 15, 2010


Sorry for the lack of posting! The kiddos and I have taken turns being sick AGAIN.

On a more positive note, Canyon is discharged from the Pediatric Specialists he was seeing and is now under the regular pediatrician's care again! WHOO HOO! He is still skinny and has a special diet, but is doing great and no longer in need of specialized care!

Rory is getting so big. He is officially a reader. Over the last few months, Rory has been reading a few words here and there, and then last night he did it, he read an entire book to me! I had to help with a few large words, but he did it!

Arden is a riot! He is getting good at telling jokes, has GREAT timing, and is quite the fearless little adventurer. He will climb just about anything! The child has nerves of steel and thrives on the thrill (wonder where he gets that, lol). I feared it, and some friends recently confirmed it recently when they told us, we have a lot of BMXing in our future.

The boys are growing up so fast that it blows my mind! It was just yesterday that these little boys were little babies... How in the world does this happen? I'm truly enjoying it, being home with my children has been the best choice I have made for our lives, and I will never regret it.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

It is back!!

I was checking the well and water hourly and we are back in business! WHOO WHOO!

While the water was out, I decided to use some bananas that I accidentally left in the car (and surprise surprise, they froze). The boys and I made some yummy from scratch banana bread!

I am soooooooo thankful that the well is working again, unplanned water outages are never much fun, and never well timed!

Still cold.

It is STILL freaking cold here, and while that isn't too much of an issue, it became one today...

The pipes froze, and of course Carl left early for a road trip and didn't know... and the boys used the 2 flushes before we knew.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Who is in my house?!?!

I arrive home today and find a box in the kitchen... Rory quickly runs from the room and this person appears... should I be afraid??

Sunday, January 3, 2010

It is COLD outside...

It is cold here in WNC right now... really cold (wind chills are 15-20+ below at times). I even let all 3 of the outdoor dogs into the house a few days ago.

I have to say I am surprised at how cold it is. I haven't been in cold like this since living in the Cleveland area. Even in WV, when it got cold, it wasn't bitter like this.

I find it very interesting... mostly because the homes and people here are completely unprepared (us included) for the most part! The heating systems here are mostly "heat pumps" and once it is below freezing outside, they begin to work less and less, until there is a constant stream of 58-63 degree air being pumped into the home... While that isn't a horrid temperature in a home, it is chilly!

Other then that, the boys are recovering from another cold/flu virus, I think Can-Man may have an ear infection, and the dogs keep reminding me why they live OUTSIDE.

I hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying themselves! We are!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Morning Surprise...

So, I knew it was going to be cold, but I didn't expect the snow! It is still falling!

Here is the frost on my window...

And a little of the dusting...

Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Year means new photos...

There wasn't much light out today, and these photos didn't come out as clear as I would have liked, but hey, they are cute none-the-less.

I wanted to grab a few photos of Rory now that he is 6:

While I was doing that, the other boys decided to jump in and get a few taken... So I made them all out on their new shirts from Dena and Tom, and here is what we got:

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The End of the Year

Yup, tonight is the end of the year, and while it is a special night for everyone, it is very special for me...

Rory turned SIX today. SIX!!! WHAT IN THE WORLD?!?! It doesn't seem possible that it has been so long since I held the little babe in my arms and toasted the new year with my husband in the hospital.

I am tearing up as I write this.

Rory is becoming such a little man. A really good one at that. He is polite, nice to others, fair, and just an easy going person.

He is growing up so fast.

We celebrated his birthday at The Hop, had a great crowd show up, and of course it was all pirate themed.

I am so blessed to have had the chance to spend the last 6 years at home with him. He is really a blessing.

I love you baby boy. I can't believe it takes 2 hands to count how old you are now, it just doesn't seem possible.

Someday you will become a man who will surprise us all. I can't wait to see who that man is. (Well, I can wait, lol, and wish it took longer.)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is here, my children are snug in their beds, but I doubt it is sugar plumbs dancing in their heads...

Santa has already made his way here, and I would guess the boys are dreaming of what he might have brought... want a sneak peak?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What a Holiday adventure!

We have had quite the adventure, and a GREAT reason for not posting a blog entry over the last week...

On Friday, it snowed some, and a bunch was called for. I let the boys play in the snow, and they had a great time! Here are a few shots:

Carl was out of town, and we needed groceries. So I packed the boys up, headed out into the storm for a bit to get a few groceries and to get a nice hot lunch... We got home, drove over to the neighbors for a few minutes to say hi... and there we find out that the power was out.

Ok, no biggie, people around here have never driven in snow and have a really hard time with it, and hit poles all the time in the winter. So I pack the kids back into the car and with quite a bit of difficulty, drive it to our house... but I didn't make it far into the driveway before... well, in an hour or two, we went from 2 inches to this:

No big deal, I was out of the road and in the driveway, and hey, the power had come back on and we had no where to go! It was set to be a night of cuddling and enjoying hot cocoa as the snow fell.

Oh how the snow fell, it was a hard, wet snow. One of those snows where you get wet and can't just brush it off.

Over the next few hours, the cable and internet went out, and then the electric began to blink on and off, over and over. I decided to send the boys to bed, thinking that if the electric did go out, it would be easier if the boys were in bed and they didn't have to be trying to find things in the dark... I filled the bath tubs with water (because we are on a well and no electric means no potty flushing unless you have water), I filled bottles, found candles and a light, and added extra quilts to the beds.

Well preparing slightly turned out to be a good decision... because about 30 minutes later, the lights went out, along with the heat, the water, and everything else. I did take a few photos to show how much snow we were getting at about 7pm:

Then 9:

And by 10:30, the ruler was gone and the snow was about 16 inches deep.

Saturday morning we wake up a little chilly, the temperature in the house was about 58. Not awful, just enough to throw on an extra shirt and we were good to go. As the day wore on, and the snow kept falling, we realized the power might be off for a while and found out why there was no electric... That WET snow I mentioned... yeah, our power lines were in the road, along with the cable and phones.

67,000 people in 2 counties were without power!!

Here were a few other shots I was able to grab (we didn't want to be wet or colder, or open the doors to let the little heat we did have out...)

And in this one, note how much deeper the snow was!

So, to pass the time we took a few photos and knitted... and I remembered to grab one of Canyon's noggin... (Now some of these were before we lost power...)

Well, it began to get cold, so after a cold lunch, I thought to bury my frozen turkey in a cooler in the snow to keep it from defrosting too soon for Christmas... and then I made the kids stay in my bedroom, with our candles lit, and was able to get the temperature up to 50degrees or so. Canyon and Arden began jumping from the one chair in my room to the toddler bed I set up for Arden to sleep in, and low and behold, Canyon jumps into the window sill and blackens his eye, dents his eyebrow, and gets a wicked cut. That put an end to the play time and around 6:30 we went to bed.

Sunday morning we woke up and were able to see our breath in the room. It was cold... the only thing that was no longer cold was the fridge... all of our food had begun to spoil. At this point I remembered that we had a dinner party we were supposed to attend and I texted our friends that we had gotten snowed in and wouldn't be able to make it...

As the day went on, the temperature didn't go up at all, and the kids weren't getting warm. I decided to allow myself to depend on the generosity of friends and we spent the next night with them.

Monday was operation hamster extraction... when we left, we took only what we needed, and left Houdini the hamster, and the dogs at home... but as the day wore on I began to worry about the hamster. I knew the dogs were fine, but Houdini I wasn't so sure. I was able to get him out, and home to our friends AND I had the van now!

On Tuesday night, the electric was back on, I was home and in my bed and Carl finally made it home. I helped a car that was stuck in the snow/mud get out, and got muddy and wet... but also got to sled ride with the boys some. We even went out to see Santa.

Today, we went and got Houdini, helped stuck motorists out of the neighborhood, and cleaned the mess that we made while being snowed in.

Our internet came on a few hours ago, and not a moment too soon!

I hope everyone had a great week and a wonderful Solstice! I hope you all have a Merry Christmas too!

Friday, December 18, 2009

The snow is falling!!

More photos of us enjoying the wonderful winter weather coming tonight when we are done playing in it!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

All clear...

It looks like we are all well again and back to normal! (Whatever normal is, lol.)

Canyon has/is cutting 4 molars at once, and the poor guy was MISERABLE for the last 2 days... he has taken to showing us his frustration by banging his head on the floor, walls, dryer, dishwasher, fridge, my head, my face, and anywhere else he can! His forehead is actually bruised and looks awful! I will have to get a photo of it tomorrow. He has stopped for now, but I am thinking about talking to him about a helmet and seeing if he will wear it when he gets mad! Poor guy, he wants to communicate his anger so bad!

Otherwise, we are all good, I went to the chiro today to get rid of an ongoing headache, it worked great.

Photos to come tomorrow! I am hoping for a snow day! We are expecting 5+ inches! WHOOHOO!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

And it is back...

Rory was sent home less than an hour after getting to school, he vomited in class. They kindly let us know when we picked him up that he wasn't allowed to come tomorrow either...

I don't get it... I thought you only got this once? It better not pass through the family over and over...

I have scrubbed down everything, I even broke down and used bleach. All of the laundry has been washed... now what?

Monday, December 14, 2009


Sorry I have been MIA from the blog... we had an interesting week... Well not so much interesting as gross.

A stomach virus violently passed through all members of the household over the last week or so, and all I can say is that I am glad it is over and glad it was short lived for each of us! I have never been so sick in my life. Carl and I both wondered if we were going to make it.

To those of you who haven't have the stomach virus yet, THANK GOD! Really. It is that bad.

As for me today, now that Rory is in school and I have a little peace, I am cleaning up the laundry, dishes, and messes that got neglected while we were all taking turns with the sickies.

All I can say is phew.

Monday, December 7, 2009

My Men on Monday...

Today started off pretty cold, but by afternoon was perfect for playing!

Here is a random shot of Carl and Rory...

And no, I don't know what they were doing!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Arden's hat is done!

He picked the colors based on the pants he was wearing that day:

And here is the hat! I love it!