Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Why is the Thermometer Out? (And Other Curveballs Life Throws)

I had just returned home from a lovely afternoon of practicing my new
found crochet chain making skill, when upon walking in the front door, I see the thermometer out on the table.  The first words out of my mouth were not a "Hello" or "Hi," but a, "What is the thermometer doing out?"

Our little bird was running a fever, of course.  Why wouldn't he? We were supposed to go out for a belated Valentine's Day date that very evening.  This almost happens every time we plan a date.  We have had to cancel last minute due to a feverish boy that wakes from a nap burning up.  My own surprise baby shower was not so much a surprise when my middle bird became very ill the morning of.

Many times I have returned from an errand or what have you and walked in the door to instantly see the eyes of a child that has a fever or something else brewing in their little body. We Mama's just KNOW when we see our little one. We don't need a thermometer or WebMD to tell us, we are experts already.  In fact, I knew minutes before my oldest bird was going to have a febrile seziure that I should keep my eyes fixed on him!

Of course I feel horrible when my kids are sick, but it's also tough because our time as just a couple is very limited.  I have told my husband, it  must be the devil intervening (or trying to)- he doesn't want us to keep working in our marriage and sharing these important times together.  Our children's health and comfort always come first though.

We were able to go our for a couple hours, thanks to Tylenol and that the fever wasn't much to be overly concerned about.  It has been an ongoing virus that he has battled for over a week or so, even while on antibiotics for an ear infection. A very high fever even had us hanging out at the ER last week, our visit long enough to watch most of the Grammy awards show.

So, the week has gone without incident, but now the thermometer is back out again...but not for the kids...


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Wave Your Flag

Happy Valentine's Day, Friends!

I hope you can find something in this day to make your heart happy.  Whether it be spending it with a special person, doing something crafty or eating chocolate (my plan- chocolate covered strawberries!), Enjoy!

I made this flag to celebrate Valentine's Day at our home.  It is completely Pinterest inspired, but my hands made it (Right?!?).  It was fun and quick- a couple hours total.

Grumpy model on the way to the preschool Valentine party

Happy model photo bombing my shot.

Proud of my curves!

I used a zig-zag stitch on the side, straight stitch on the top.

The two obstacles I faced while working on this project were my bobbin being difficult and the burlap type.  My bobbin was getting stuck over and over again.  I'm not sure what was happening, but it definitely increased my time spent on this project.  I plan on looking into this and I'm thinking the machine needs a good ol' fashioned cleaning and oiling up.

As far as the burlap goes, I am always trying to save money with my crafting projects.   A roll of burlap at Michaels was about $10, but a roll of burlap with laminated backing was only about $3.  I couldn't iron the burlap with the backing on it, so I had to wait for it to flatten under a pile of books before I worked with it due to the fact it was rolling up.  Once that was fixed, it was fine to work with. Lesson learned!

I may create another flag soon with a baseball theme, since it's almost that time again!