smalltownhealthyliving

A little peek into my life as a midwest mom, wife, and chiropractor…

Let It Snow

So much for that easy transition into winter.  We welcomed a couple inches of snow yesterday.  Which was immediately followed by the purchase of a new snow-blower.  Tyler had a blast in the snow- Jenna, not so much. 

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We had plenty of fun indoors too.  We did plenty of reading- here’s Tyler reading a new book from Aunt Loiy.

 

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Christmas!  I may have listened to a little Christmas music this weekend, just in the car, for a brief moment.  I can’t wait!

 

Grandma and Grandpa came over today for a little bit and they did some more reading.

 

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We’re running out of room in those chairs.  Here is little Jenna taking up a bunch of room- such a big girl.

 

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Work keeps us busy but we have had a little time here and there to work on the house.  There are still plenty of projects to work on, but this one is almost done.  There is a little insert next to the fireplace that used to have a tv stand in it since our dining room used to be their living room.  We turned it into a little dry bar, thanks to help from Grandpa Rodney.  He put his woodworking skills to work and made us a custom wine rack.  I still need a little shelf so I can stack the bottles, and I need to put the wine glasses in. Looking better though.

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As soon as I get more décor up, I will do a before and after post.  It’s slowly coming a long.  I did get a new mini-coat rack by the garage door.

 

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Ignore the pile of stuff by the fireplace.  Actually, if you come to our house, it is full of piles of stuff.  I’m needing a little more organization in my life, that’s nothing new.  Anyone have any suggestions for what to do with the fireplace?  Like above it?  Some sort of mantel? So many things to do still.

 

That’s all for this update, in case I don’t get one in before Thanksgiving- have a good one!  Smile

 

Oh wait- Halloween!  I missed those updates. Here’s our little monkey and shark.  Jenna made it one house, Tyler made it to 3 or 4 but then we had to take away most of his candy because it had peanuts in it.  I’m really going to hate that holiday.

 

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Peanuts Icky

Guess it’s been a couple weeks since I posted.  I keep telling myself if I had a nice desk set-up at home I would blog more often. Maybe.

 

We have been enjoying the beautiful weather and pretty leaves around here. 

 

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I forgot to take a picture of the 2 bushes out in front of our house- burning bushes I think?  The leaves turn a gorgeous bright red color.  Well most of them blew off today so I didn’t get a picture.  Next year maybe.

 

Well, we had our first trip to the ER this last week for one of the kids.  On Thursday, Tyler was given a miniature Snickers bar to eat at his daycare/preschool.  Not good for a kid who is allergic to peanuts.  They didn’t think anything of it because he didn’t immediately start showing any symptoms.  Then about 10 minutes later he threw up all over the hallway and they figured it out.  They called me at work and I just took off.  I brought him home, where Hubby was home with Jenna who was running a fever that day.  Tyler threw up again, and just didn’t seem right.  I took him to the ER and he threw up a couple more times.  They dosed him with some Zofran for the nausea and gave him some Benadryl.  He seemed fine and happy, and we left to go home relatively soon so Hubby could get back to work.  A little less than an hour later, he started coughing a lot and itching all over.  I called the ER and they didn’t seem too worried about it, but said bring him in if I am worried.  Well it turned into wheezing and he was pretty lethargic all of a sudden, so I got him and Jenna in the car and hightailed it to the ER.  They got him in right away and did the epinephrine injection and put him on oxygen.  Thankfully that calmed everything down, because his whole face was turning red.  Pretty much the scariest moment of my life right there.  They kept him there for observation for a couple hours and did a nebulizer treatment on him.  He ended up falling asleep in my arms for quite awhile. 

 

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Finally we got to leave the hospital and just had to keep an eye on him and keep going with some Benadryl for awhile.  I didn’t get much sleep that night, because I kept checking on him to make sure he was breathing.  He bounced right back and was fine the next day, but we kept him home to keep an eye on him.  He just kept saying “I not sick anymore” and “peanuts icky”. 

 

This was the first eye opener about how costly little mistakes like those can be.  I don’t want to be one of those hovering moms but this situation kind of forces me to do that, when it comes to food at least.  I just pray and pray and pray that he grows out of it, but the statistics for peanut allergies aren’t too favorable for that.  At least now I am more comfortable using his Epi pen, as I saw how it went to work almost right away.  I am not too excited about the delayed anaphylactic reaction.  After doing some research, it looks like people can have a secondary reaction anywhere from 4-24 hours later. 

 

On to happier subjects, last night my dad’s side of the family gathered to celebrate my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary.  I wish I took pictures but I was too busy chasing my crazy child around (Tyler had fully recovered by then and was super excited to play with cousin Beau).  They had invited family, friends and members of the community, so it was a pretty big shin-dig.  I can’t believe how lucky I am to have such great role models in all of my grandparents.  They really set the bar pretty high for these large families they’ve created.  I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for them.  Smile 

 

Ok ok, this is turning into a pretty lengthy post, so I better get to some more pictures from the last couple weeks. 

 

Fun play time with Nicholas visiting from New York

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Driveway fun

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“Raking Leaves”

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Picking apples with Cousin Beau

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Shark Attack!! Costumes handmade by Grandma Pat

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Beau wasn’t too excited.  He didn’t want to look at me.

 

Alrighty then, that doesn’t quite cover the last month, but close enough.  Smile  I did have a great carrot/apple muffin recipe to share, but I think I am already pushing the limits with this post.  If anyone has any super apple recipes to share- I am all ears!  I am going to try dehydrating some this week.

 

Happy Halloween everyone!

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Autumn Is In The Air

Such a weird state we live in.  Last weekend we headed to Des Moines to see some of Hubby’s family, and it was kind of toasty.  We went to the Farmer’s Market- amazing as usual- and later we went to the zoo, and by the time we went to the zoo everyone was in shorts and tshirts.  And I was sweating profusely, good thing zoos aren’t known for their heavenly scents.

 

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Then this week it was so cold, I was contemplating wearing my winter coat in the morning.  I did put the kids in winter coats today, when we went out to the farm to pick some pumpkins and apples.

 

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No, we did not take one of the giants home.  Imagine how many pumpkin pies those could make?!

 

The apple crop is pretty bountiful out there this year too, which is awesome.  They have honeycrisps, which are our favorites.  And if you see them in the store they are almost never under $2 a pound except for maybe this time of year I guess. 

 

So I grabbed a couple bags of those and got out my Christmas present from last Christmas- my apple peeler/corer.  This thing is possible one of the best inventions ever.  Besides dry shampoo, which I just recently discovered and can’t believe I have gone this long with out it.

 

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I cranked out so many apples in the time it took for Jenna to eat her snack (apples) and Tyler to get sick of playing with playdoh.  Homemade applesauce is done for the week, and it is delish.

 

Hubby also made up a bunch of chili for the freezer too, we are ready for fall!

 

Things are going ok on the potty front, a little frustrating.  No pee accidents but Tyler has decided that he just prefers to poop in his pants, not the potty anymore.  He had an accident almost every day at daycare this week.  He only had one accident last weekend when we were in Des Moines, of course when we were at the zoo and Aunt Jamie was about to take him on the carousel.  Really glad she pulled him off or that ride would had to have been shut down so they could hose it off. 

 

Today when we were out at my folks’ house, I knew he had to go, and he had already had two tiny accidents.  He was walking around with his legs so pressed together he could barely walk straight.  Then my dad tells him that he will give him a chocolate ice cream cone if he poops on the potty.  Sure enough, Tyler immediately ran to the bathroom and unleashed the flood gates.  And then collected his prize.

 

What a stinker.  I thought we were good for the day but no.  We got home and he had two awful awful accidents that leaked all the way through his pants to his socks and on our carpet.  Guess it only works if Grandpa bribes him now.  This is how we spent an hour or so- away from all carpet and furniture:

 

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Oh the joys of parenthood.  I just keep reminding myself that he won’t be pooping his pants forever.  At least I hope.

 

I also try to tell myself to just cherish every single little moment, because this window of time where they are so sweet and little goes by so fast.  There’s nothing better than them wanting to crawl up on your lap and give you a big hug or cuddle.  Last weekend when we were in Des Moines, we stayed in a one room suite, and Jenna was having a hard time winding down when Tyler was laying in the bed next to her crib.  So I put them both in the bed with one on each side of me and they just curled up next to me and were so sweet.  Tyler fell asleep after a couple lullabies but Jenna cuddled for awhile while she sang “let it go” over and over and over.  I finally got up after they were both asleep and snuck this picture.

 

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If I didn’t need circulation in my arms, I would have stayed there all night.  I sure love those little kiddos.

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Success!

Hi there, couple days late/couple days early with the blog, depends on when you expected me to post.  Had to get this super exciting update out that we now have a potty-trained young man!  I’m sure you will be nowhere near as excited as me about this news.

 

Thanks to help from my Manchester friend Melissa, who sent me a 3 day potty training plan, we got everything figured out last weekend.  Granted, Saturday and Sunday were absolutely horrible.  It was so beautiful outside, but we just stayed inside, near the potty. I’m not quite sure how many messes I cleaned up, but I know I was on the verge of tears at least three times because I was so sure he was never going to get it. 

 

Then all of a sudden on Sunday night, it just clicked and he went #2 on the potty.  And I have never been so excited to see poop.  On Monday I kept him home to make sure he got it, and sure enough first thing in the morning he ran to the potty.  My mom came over and helped while I went to work, and he did so good for her. 

 

He’s done ok at daycare, couple accidents the last two days but overall not bad.  It’s a start.

 

I’m sorry you just had to read so much about the toilet habits of my son.  Let’s look at some pretty pictures!!

 

Over Labor Day weekend, my friend Brook took some pictures of our little family.  She is super talented, especially considering Tyler and I ended up feeling sick all day from some stomach bug, and Jenna was little miss crabface.  Enjoy!

 

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Quick Update

Still busy, but don’t worry, we finally have someone hired so there goes a lot of stress off my shoulders.  But she doesn’t start for another couple weeks.  So until then, we are still way behind in the office, but thankfully this weekend my parents helped us out.  The kids had a little slumber party there last night so Hubby and I grabbed some dinner last night and got to work early this morning. 

 

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We went to Restaurant 1856 last night up in Okoboji, and it was fantastic.  I had the salmon, over a parsnip puree with brown butter sauce and green beans almondine.  I think I can totally try to replicate it, maybe someday.  The view up there was spectacular, it was a lovely night.  Thank you so much to my parents for watching the kids so we could do that and get a ton of work done today.

 

I have a couple other pictures to share today. 

 

Here’s some from a quick trip up to Arnold’s Park, since it has just been beautiful out the last couple weeks.

 

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We’ve been getting a lot of delicious produce from our patients lately, but one of them brought these into us.  Holy decadence.  If anyone in the area needs cupcakes for any events, let me know and I will pass on her info.

 

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Some friends had a shed party Labor Day weekend and baby Grant made an appearance.  He pretty much slept the whole time.  Plenty of cuddle time with the great grandparents. 

 

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We also got to see baby Grant on Friday when we celebrated Kyle’s birthday.  We stayed up past the kids’ bedtimes, so they were lounging on the couch.  I tried to catch it for a picture, but of course Jenna got up.

 

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A piece of ice cream cake perked up Tyler.  Smile

 

I almost forgot- Tyler started preschool last week!  It didn’t seem very dramatic since his preschool is a room over from his daycare.  And they just walk him over to his daycare room after preschool.  He seems to like it.  He was excited about his backpack.  And this was horrible lighting.

 

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Fortunately they let him start, even though he is not potty trained.  Still plugging away, with no results. 

 

The Clay County Fair started yesterday, and I got to work my 5 hour shift today at the Kiwanis stand.  I haven’t been in so long, and it is still crazy.  Even more food options.  Hopefully we can take the kids sometime this week. 

 

And on that note, I am exhausted and heading to bed.  Thanks for hanging in there with me during this crazy time, hopefully I get back to a more regular one-two week blogging schedule.  Happy fall everyone!

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