Monday, February 23, 2009

more about moving

Sarah and I spent the day packing up for our move. Sarah discovered some great opportunities for play that moving provides! Here are a couple of pictures.

This cabinet in our entertainment center holds our DVDs. Once it was cleared out, Sarah enjoyed climbing in! Believe it or not, she could even shut the door while inside! She called it her "safe house."

As we got boxes packed up, Sarah lined them up. She said she was making a train. Here she is standing atop her train. :)

I know we'll ALL be glad when the move is over and done, but it's neat to watch Sarah make the best of less than ideal circumstances! :)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

hanging in there....

I guess it's been awhile since I posted. We are slightly overwhelmed at the moment, with sorting and packing...and more illness. Sarah started the week with congestion and fever and by Thursday it was apparent needed to visit the doctor. Sure enough, she has another ear infection, so she is back on antibiotics (as well as Dimetapp for the congestion and Motrin for pain and fever and the twice daily Zantac....I have one seriously drugged up kid!).

But today she is feeling better. We were able to drop the Motrin (YAY!), and the antibiotic has had enough time to work that she is feeling more like her normal, chipper self. She woke up in a good mood for the first time all week and finally seems to be on the road to recovery. Whew!

In fact, she was in SUCH a good mood this morning that we were actually able to snap a couple of blog-worthy photos! :) She was playing with her make-up set, and she really did her face up in style! And since she is recovering so well, she was willing to ham it up for the camera! Enjoy.

In other news, here is a somewhat funny story (although it wasn't amusing at all at the time!) from yesterday. We often use the phrase "computer bug" to describe some kind of glitch in a program or system. This is because the very first "computer bug" was a literal fly causing problems. It is now a part of our societal jargon.

A similar thing happened in my family. When I was a young girl, my mother opened a cabinet and a jar of Bacos fell out and hit her in the mouth. She had quite the swollen, bruised lip for awhile. Since then, anything that falls out of a cabinet or off a shelf "bacos" a person if it strikes them. It is part of my family's personal jargon.

Well, I got bacoed yesterday. I opened my cabinet to get a plate for lunch. Without warning, from the top shelf, a glass lid to one of my casseroles came flying out of the cabinet. It promptly slammed into the largest target it could find--my round, 8-months-pregnant belly! OWWWWW...

Nelson was surprised that the lid didn't shatter when it hit the floor. I retorted why would it? My stomach had absorbed all of its force and momentum! I'm fine now, of course, which is why I can laugh about it today. Yesterday, my reaction was quite the opposite!

We have quite a lot to do today--packing and moving and trying to fit an oil change for my car in there. I wish everyone a good weekend, good health...and no random options falling out of your cabinets to baco you! :)

Monday, February 9, 2009

sometimes it's the little things... getting an Amazon gift card from church! Woo-hoo! I'm off to have fun spending it! :)

Oh, and just as a quick, amusing tidbit--Sarah got up from her nap and said, "Mommy, I'm bleary-eyed."

Have a great day!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

update on our week, a.k.a. "life at the sick house"

Most readers probably know we have had a rough week. But here's a recap anyway. ;) What can I say? The illness should be immortalized! After all, this blog is something of a scrapbook (as close as I'll ever come to one anyway!), so we might as well include the bad with the good.

Week before last Nelson had a business trip to Dallas. He returned home late Wednesday evening. He was of course tired, but he still had to go to work the next day. He ended up having to work overtime Thursday, finishing up tasks he had been unable to do while gone. And then he had a basketball game (he plays for our church team). So he woke up Friday feeling even more tired, but he again had to work late and again had a basketball game. Saturday he had planned to go help a friend with a home improvement project, but by this point was too exhausted to attempt it. We decided his body was just in bad need of rest and that a lazy day would make everything "all better."

Ha, ha. Famous last words.

By Sunday, it was apparent that he truly was sick. Fever, chills, body aches, scratchy throat--yep, the flu had hit. Just what we wanted him to bring home from a business trip! Frankly, I preferred the Godiva chocolates he bought for us. :-p I now understand the popularity of products like Airborne.

Sunday evening I started to feel unusually tired myself. And by Monday, I was in full throes of illness as well. Just what Sarah needed--two sick parents. To add insult to injury, on Tuesday we got a big, beautiful snow. The kind of snow Sarah has been longing for all winter. She watched longingly out the window, wanting SO BADLY to go out and play--and neither one of her sad, pathetic parents was up to taking her out in it. Poor kid.

But it didn't matter. Wednesday morning Sarah woke up sobbing hysterically. She was feverish, and she too was experiencing the bone-deep body aches. Yep, now we were ALL sick. Family bonding at its best.

Nelson attempted to go back to work Wednesday, having had to take Monday and Tuesday as sick days. He wasn't holding up too well though, and he felt quite relieved when more snow caused the company to send everyone home a little early. Thursday, he did much better, and by Friday he was finally starting to feel a good bit better.

Sarah has slept and rested a lot, and is already showing signs of being on the upward swing. I think she'll recuperate well.

Then there's me. My body can't devote itself fully to fighting off the flu virus; it also has to nourish and grow a baby. Apparently, doing both hasn't been going so well, and baby (rightfully) gets top priority. So my getting better is taking a bit longer. I had my regular ob appointment Friday, and my doctor was a bit concerned listening to my lungs. I now have high-octane prescription cough syrup and an antibiotic to take. Frankly, I feel a little bit loopy from the drugs. It would be very easy to sleep nonstop, but since Sarah isn't sleeping quite as much any more, that's not going to be happening.

But we are indeed recovering. Yesterday, I finally managed to do a couple loads of laundry (I'm not even telling how behind I was on that). Today I loaded and ran the dishwasher and got another load of laundry started. One of these days we may actually be able to start cleaning, sorting, packing, and we had planned to do last week. Oops.

It's a new week though. May it be a better, healthier one! :)