Friday, February 28, 2014
feed store just opened up in our area, so the kids and I headed over to check it out and get our new babies. Owen whined all the way there about not wanting to leave the house and how much he hated chickens. Then, once we got there I literally couldn't keep him away from the chicks. They had several varieties, so we ended up with one or two of each. I like having a colorful flock. It makes it a lot easier to keep track of everyone if I can tell the chickens apart. Being true farm kids, the first question the kids asked was if these were for meat or eggs. Once I assured them the chicks were for egg making, they started naming them and calling dibs on their favorites.
The little darlings are in a brooder box in the house for now, then they'll move to our greenhouse (once Rod fixes the outlet in there for me) and eventually into the big coop.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The above pictures contain all of Owen's nighttime medications and supplements.The pills he just swallows. We put them in a shot glass from the dollar store and tell him to "bottoms up", and then he makes them disappear. I know, I know, we're such great parents, aren't we? It's pretty sad that my 4 year old can swallow pills that easily, but it makes my life a lot easier. The capsules get opened up (yes, with Dr. approval) and dumped into his yogurt along with a scoop of calcium powder and half of an adult multi vitamin that we crush. I haven't tried having him swallow the half vitamin or the capsules yet. Then he gets two drops of vitamin D directly in his mouth. He likes the vitamin D, otherwise I could put it in his yogurt too. Finally he gets 5ml of sugar free liquid Carnitor which he absolutely loves and treats like dessert. That's our current bedtime medication routine. Hopefully, we will keep going down on the meds. So far, so good! We'll find out more at the VEEG in march.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Did you know that airlines charge a mandatory fee for unaccompanied minors to pay for someone to accompany them to the gates? Even if the minor in question is 17 1/2 at the time of travel. So, we chose to fly United since they don't have the fee if the minor in question is over 14. Seriously! A seventeen and a half year old is not considered capable of navigating an airport by themselves. Devon drives, goes to college, and has a job, but needs a babysitter to get on a plane. Anyway, we thought it was ridiculous (not for children under say 12? And I don't have a problem with it being an option up to 18) so we went with the one airline that doesn't have the charge.
She'll be gone just over two weeks. She has lots of plans to see the East coast while she's over there. You know you live in the West when you are amazed at how many different states you can go through on the East coast in the same amount of time it would take to get one state away over here.
Last year we made her get a job to help pay for her car and next year she'll be doing an internship for school, so we decided this year would be the best time to travel (the internship may involve travel, but that's not the same). Her Dad and I are covering part of the trip as her Birthday present this year, but she's been busy saving up for the rest of it. I think she has some major shopping planned!
Monday, February 24, 2014
That's right! Rod and I have now been married for 18 years. I doesn't seem like it could possibly have been that long, except for the fact that our oldest turned 17 last week.
Friday night we made the big kids babysit and went out to dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant. Then because we are so incredibly cool, we went to the grocery store and drove by the gas station to see if they had any lights they needed Rod to fix. We had planned to go out to dinner Saturday night also, but instead I got sick and we got a whole dump load of snow. So, we ended up staying home instead.
I know anniversary post are supposed to be exciting and sappy and all, but around here simple and boring is just fine. Especially after all the drama of the last few weeks. I wouldn't have minded not being sick though. That part really sucks. Maybe next year?!
|Sorry I don't have any good pictures of Rod and I|
|See the ice?|
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Don't Say Nothin' At All!
The hits just keep on coming. I haven't got anything nice to say right now, so I almost didn't post at all today. We are still in the thick of the title dispute. Things should be wrapping up soon, but it's not looking good for us. The septic pump went out. We did get the water heater fixed, although the fact that it needed fixing at this point in our title problems really sucks. Owen's neurology appointment got switched, so we won't be in Seattle at the doctor's all day for our anniversary which turned out to be an especially good thing seeing as my Dad is going in for heart surgery that day. My Stepdad's heart surgery last week went well though. I think the problem with the bank mixing up our bank account with Devon's account is finally fixed too, so maybe things are starting to look up? It would be really nice if that turned out to be the case.
I actually have some really cute Brenna pictures to post, but I left the camera in the room where she is sleeping, so I'm breaking my own rule and posting without a picture.
Monday, February 17, 2014
|Brenna holding her mini flashlight to help Mommy see to clean the side of the oven while it was pulled out.|
We managed to NOT have a house fire today!
Taco Soup. We have a gas stove, so once it is lit, it doesn't need power any more which was a good thing because the breaker tripped again and we smelled burning plastic again. We left the breaker off and as soon as dinner was cooked, Rod pulled the stove out of it's spot. We didn't see anything wrong behind it and nothing seemed wrong with it's outlet. So, then Rod pulled out the dishwasher and cut into the sheetrock behind it. Want to see what he found?
That's right! Burned up wires, smoking insulation, and charred wood. Thankfully we caught it in time! And, since my husband is an electrician, he had almost all of the materials on hand to fix (and improve) the wiring. We need a couple more parts to finish it properly.
I could just see having to make an insurance claim for a fire when we are still in the middle of our title dispute, too. "So, you've been in the middle of a title claim for a year and a half and your house just happened to burn down. You really expect us to believe that?" Yeah, I can just see how that would go.
Right now, we are just very thankful that things worked out well and everyone is safe! Although I must admit to being a little worried about the wiring in the rest of the house now. This particular circuit is the only one that has given us and problems before though.