Saturday, June 29, 2013

Bus Bench Break Spot

The harvest crew got a few new harvest buses this year, so they had a bunch of seats sitting out next to the barn. Brad – just being typical farmer Brad – decided to use them for the break area.

So they welded two seats together to make a bench.


And now we have a bus bench break spot!


Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Chair

Ten times a day I move the chair. From the stove, from the sink, from the counter.  It’s Blair’s leg up. And as I get frustrated about having to put it back under the table over and over again, I remember that I’m so glad that she likes to be in the kitchen cooking with me… just like below when we whipped her up some chicken and dumplings and a sweet potato casserole – one of her favorites.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Watermelon Love

These watermelons were gettin' some love in this heat!


And they’re coming along… finally! Harvest begins today – a little later than usual due to the weather we’ve had this spring.


The VBS Aftermath

Blair finally went to VBS this year. We let her go to her Sunday School class for the first time on Sunday (she usually goes to ours), and we started VBS on Monday. We have never let her go – part of Doctor’s orders because how sick she gets when she gets a cold.

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Blair had a blast at VBS. I worked in crafts, and people kept coming over to crafts to tell me how funny she is, how much she talks (ha!), and how much fun she is having. Or they would tell me something funny she had said. I was not worried about her for a second in the social aspect. She has stayed home her entire life, but there is no issue in the social department. She’s OVER social.

She was so excited to go back each day. And I felt good about it. School was out; she is older; she has been taught to keep her hands out of her face….

And then there was the kid with pinkeye. “We ran out of medicine.” I thought, Oh, it will be fine. That kid’s not even in her age group.

And it didn’t even dawn on me that it is GNAT season. Hands in face, eyes, mouth. And then there’s Blair who, in the excitement of new friends, has totally forgotten how to keep her hands to herself.


So Saturday, she had pink eye. 25 minute drive to the clinic.

Sunday, she had a fever. 25 minute drive to the clinic. Strep throat. And they gave her penicillin. NEVER ever give your child this unless absolutely necessary. I thought my child who is the model medicine taker had been stolen and replaced with a monster. And it almost ruined it for other medicines too. She’s still talking about the Nnnnnnnasty red medicine.

Wednesday. At Gigi’s. STILL running fever. 103. (And I was going downhill fast. Then there’s the self debate of whether I could get her sicker or not. I decided she probably had what I had.) We had a follow up appointment with her pulmonology NP anyway on Thursday, but I called to check in. She sure was breathing fast. Considered the ER. Decided against it because she wasn’t struggling at all, but we pulled out the oxygen that night.

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Thursday. Let’s do a chest x-ray so that we feel better about letting it ride. WALKING PNEUMONIA. Bless this child’s heart.

And Thursday was the worst. We got home right about the time I was supposed to give her ibuprofen. She looked horrible, so I raced her inside. Her temp was 104. I can do 102. I’m not a fan of 104.

I gave Blair ibuprofen, bathed her, and got her on the sofa. 102.2. Okay. Much better. Except 10 minutes later it was over 103 again. It took about an hour to get back to 102. And she was miserable but talking to me. Finally she fell asleep for a while, and I was able to play with Leighton (who was actually the first one to get cold-like symptoms, but he bee bops right through everything with a smile).

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The next few days were much better, and now she’s begging to go outside. It’s SO hot though that I’ve told her no. She will cough and throw up in a blink!

What a week! I’ve been sick as well, and then we had our big farm audit to boot! As He always does, the Lord has brought us through this. Blair has done well, and we passed our audit! She’s needed oxygen, but has done pretty well with it overall. She’s definitely needing it for shorter periods of time when she’s sick.

image_1She was so happy for the pink medicine she got from her doc.

And I really don’t know if she got walking pneumonia at VBS, but you know, if it’s out there, I think Blair will get it. It won’t keep us away though. We’ll be there will bells on next year!

Monday, June 17, 2013

We have a climber.

I haven’t had a climber under my watch since my sister was little. Until now.

This is the first time I saw him climb.

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Then he perched himself on top of a diaper box in Blair’s room after I had packed it with fall and winter clothes.

And then there’s my lazy susan.

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I ordered tip kits for all of our furniture a while back; it’s just so dangerous not to have them. I’ve heard of too many accidents lately. So if you don’t have them for your toddlers at home – get them now!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The State Map

Tonight Blair wanted to do our state map puzzle. We started with Texas then went on to Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and so on, talking about various states and capitals.

I italicized hers… I wish I had a continuous recorder sometimes.

We pick up Alabama. Alabama, where does that go? Right next to Georgia. Oh yeah…!! Aunt Linnie said it wa’n’t too far!!

What’s this one? Fl… That’s right; what is it? Fl…Florida. Right! Where the old ocean? Is Pop’s just a little bitty tiny bitty dot that’s kinda far? Why’s it kinda far? It just is….

This one is Louisiana. Louisiana like ‘Oh Susana, oh don’t you cry for me. I’m comin’ from Alabama with a banjo on my knee.'? We finish the chorus. Like that Louisiana?!? Yes, like that. How do you get to Louisiana? You can fly or drive. Does the plane come pick us up at our house? No, you have to go to Atlanta. Oh. Can we go sing with them? Can we go to Louisiana one day? Sure. What do you want to do there? Sing. Sing what? Oh Susana!

Next is South Carolina where mama went to school and then North Carolina. And we have to talk about her friend who moved to North Carolina.

Next is Virgina. Oh oh! Where did Gigi go skiing?! She went to West Virginia. West Virgina? What’s this one? Virginia. Virgina? Did she go to Virgina? No, she went to West Virginia. Ok, I want to do that one.

There’s Washington DC right there. I LOVE… oh, Do you take a nap to Washington DC? Yes. You did? Who did you take a nap with? I guess I just took one on the plane? How did you wake up? I just woke up before we got there. Is it real far like Pop’s? Or is it further? It’s further.

(Taking a nap on the way to a place usually means it’s REALLY far.)

It was bedtime, so we had to stop because it was going to take an hour to put the puzzle together!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Waiting for sister.

This boy knows he loves his sister. And if he can’t see her, he’s off to her room to find her… whether she’s awake or not.

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Blair’s First Dance Recital

She’s already asking when her next recital on the “big stage” is. I guess that means she enjoyed her first dance recital!

The on stage pics are from dress rehearsal.

She’s a pretty pointer! She gets plenty of practice since this is still how she walks at home sometimes.

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She got some help finding her spot – we missed the on stage dance practice because she was sick.

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But when she found her spot, she struck her pose…

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And stayed…

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And stayed…

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And stayed. She was soaking it up!

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Their second dance included the “hitch hike” move.

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There were no spins, but Blair inserted one.

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At the recital. She LOVED the mascara.

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Her box of goodies for when she had to “sit on stage a long time and wait for it to get over.”

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So excited.

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More twirls!

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It was a fun year for her; she’s already looking forward to next year!

Oh my…

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Well, it could be worse.

Blair has picked up a few of my exclamatory phrases. This is how they go.




She says things like “Oh my low-ud, it’s time for lunch!”

She's a hoot.