Wonder where I’ve been?  Well, it’s been one of those weeks, AND I’m about to spill everything from this past week to you.  So sit back and grab a cup of coffee while I unload some rather boring life events.
I’ll make this as painless as possible.
Monday:  This was President’s Day and on this lovely day, I had the pleasure of babysitting my neighbor’s kid ALL day! My moody hormones can’t take it sometimes, lol.  But seriously…they were good. 😉  
This was the day that Nate thought it would be a SUPERB idea to jump out of his tree house.  He sprained his right foot pretty good.  However, as the afternoon gave way to evening, N. swore up and down that his foot was broken/in serious pain.  So I took him to the ER for precaution and after two hours they said it was a sprain.  
I also had three lovely unexpected visitors this day.  It is nice to have visitors!  Let’s me communicate with people that is above the age of 10! Ha ha ha! But lemme tell ya, I was pooped by the time the last one left which was about 5 pm.  ; D

Tuesday:  We headed over to SAM’S Club to pick up our new glasses.   Turns out that we will never order glasses through SAMS again.  It’s a long story but just for us to pick them up took two hours! Sheesh!  By the time we came back Bubba had to hustle off to work which left me to do an undesirable amount of chores.  blech.  

Wednesday:  Pretty easy going day for the most part.  This is also the day where Nate is bucked off of a horse for the first time.  He came home to tell me about it.  Said his neck was sore but he felt fine.  (This is just not this kids week.)  I told him he would be really sore the next morning but he should be A-OK.  Scout however has began waking up a bunch of times during the night which kept Bubba and I up all night long. 

Thursday:  This was one of those nightmare mornings that leave you asking yourself if your day will continue on this trend of unfortunate circumstances.  
  • I had to fast for yet another unpleasant blood sugar test at the doctor’s office which is about 45 minute drive away.  
  • On the way to the doc’s office, I was run off the road by an 18 wheeler which caused  the car behind me to lose control and it spiraled around on the hwy and went through the field.  YIKES! 
    (They were okay)
  • A few minutes later, I arrived to the doctor’s office only to find that NO ONE was there!!  I waited 15 mins before I left feeling mighty pissed. 
  • Since I was already in town I ran to the local mega mart to pick up some items for our cookout since we were having our friend from Chicago staying with us until Friday.  After the nice cashier rang up all my items I opened my wallet, only to realize that my debit card was missing.  *Sigh*  : /  I only had $18 cash, so I had her start voiding things off  until we finally got the total down $18.84, and luckily, I had .85 cents.  
  • Oh! I forgot to mention that the school nurse called as well to let us know that we needed to pick N up from school because he is crying uncontrollably because his neck hurt. *Sigh*  Bubba was left to pick him up only to be ambushed by one of his teachers while he was there for a mandatory conference concerning why we were suddenly not giving him his ADD medication anymore.  Can you believe that?  I was very annoyed and so was the hubs.  That whole thing is a story in itself.  
  • Needless to say, we made a doctor’s appointment for N at 2 that afternoon and since Ricky would be there at the house around that same time, I volunteered to take N.  The doctor sent us to the packed ER next door to her office for x rays where it took another two hours.  Maybe things would go faster in hospitals etc if there wasn’t so much red tape and paper work to go through??  
  • Any hoo, I also had to stop by the local kid store to purchase some shorts for Scout since Texas was experiencing some early summer weather.  (85 degrees)  Can’t complain about that though, it felt GREAT and it was a super gorgeous day, especially for cooking out!!  
Turns out that N neck was just a muscle sprain and would be fine in a couple of days.  
Even though I had wanted to jump in bed and pull the covers over my head after that morning, I have to say, it all turned out to be a great evening.  It was great having Ricky down for a visit with us.  It made me yearn for a poppy seed hot dog, a trip to the Navy Pier, and to swaddle myself in cozy sweaters, scarves, hats and gloves.  Miss you Chicago…I really do. <3

Friday:  Scout woke up with the worst and most gross snotty nose ever!  Ewwww! LOL.  Poor kid. It probably has something to do with this Texas weather going from hot-cold-hot-cold.  Anyways, once Ricky left to catch his plane back home, Bubba and I hustled to do our grocery shopping/chores…which we did not finish.  Oh well, the rest of this day was spent doing the domesticated responsibilities etc.  

Saturday: Scout is officially sick with a cold probably from allergies.  We also swung by my friend Hillary’s house who hooked us up with some cute girl clothes for when Rori is older!  We also visited with my friend Crystal at her house.  Then we took Scout to the local park while we were in the cit-tay.  Went to lunch at our favorite Mexican place, EL Matador.  Then we headed to Sams for some bulk buying.  
Thanks Miss Hillary!!  Too Cute!


Sunday:  I’m officially sick.  Whatever Scout got, I got.  This day was spent cleaning, mowing, and doing all the things we don’t want to do! LOL.


That’s it in a nutshell! Sorry for the extra long read!

Do Homemade Cleaning Supplies Really Work?

 Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.  ~Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller’s Housekeeping Hints, 1966

I’ve always been that girl who would snort at the tee-vee or magazine articles whenever they said to make your own cleaning solutions.  They claimed that they work practically the same but I was convinced that it couldn’t be true.  I also had the misconception that it took more time to make it than it did to run to the store. 

Has this ever crossed your mind, too?  

Over the last month, I’ve tried a couple of things out after seeing so many reviews posted on blogs & Pinterest.  

Sooo…I tried some stuff and I’m going to first post about the liquid laundry detergent.  

This stuff takes about 30 minutes to make from start to finishIt makes roughly 2 gallons of detergent. 

This recipe is adapted from this blogger.
Here is what you need:
1/3 bar of soap (ivory, zote, or fels naptha)
1 Cup of Borax
1 Cup of Washing Soda
A BIG pot
a grater
a funnel
a long spoon
2 empty gallon containers

Directions:

Grate soap 

Put the soap into the pot along with one gallon of water.  Cook until the soap dissolves.

After it dissolves, add in the washing soda and borax.
Let boil. It will thicken a little.
Turn off the heat and add 1 gallon of water.  Stir well.
Let it cool a bit and the pour into an open container.
Use about a 1/2 cup with your full loads.
***Note, this stuff will thicken A LOT over the next few hours or day.  This is why you will need a container that will be wide enough on top to scoop it out.  If the “blob” bothers you, then you can really mix it up or emulsify it.  The blob doesn’t bother me so I just scoop it out. ;D****
For two gallons of this, it cost about $0.83 cents.
This other blogger squirted mustard on two white shirts and washed them in Tide & the DIY detergent.  Here are her results.
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3rd Pregnancy, Update

For those of you who don’t already know from FB, my glucose test came back a wee bit higher than it should be.  I thought over the phone she said it should be no higher than 99 but I misheard her because when I went in she said the highest it should be is 139.  That made me feel much better because my results were only 11 points higher than that.  The midwife said if I took the 3 hour test, then she was POSITIVE that it would come back normal.  Which is awesome news.  I still decided to stick with the diet plan though, simply because I don’t want to gain anymore weight.  I’ve already gained enough for a healthy baby, the diet is just there to help me maintain the weight now.  If you’re curious, I’ve gained 22 pounds.  



Here is what Jean told me to do as far as the diet is concerned.  Eat at least 75 grams of protein per/day and no more than one carb with every meal.  I’m not allowed to have any juices and she wants my meats to be the leaner ones: grilled chicken and fish.  The carb lover in me groaned when she told me this, but hey, if it helps with the weight, then I will do it.  Less work I will have to do once she is born, right?

The midwife went ahead and did my prenatal visit while I was there.  She administered my RhoGAM shot, which I HATE! Those things hurt and I always bleed like crazy with them.  (Click on RhoGam above if you don’t know what it is for.)
 
My blood pressure was pretty darn good if you ask me.  122/80.  Ideally, blood pressure should be no higher than 120/80.  Still good by my book. 

My weight gain was good.  Only 2 pounds in a month.

The baby’s heart rate was good and strong.  (I love hearing the heartbeat.  Makes me giddy inside)

All in all, good checkup.  I go back next week to do a fasting blood test, then I eat, wait two hours and do another blood test to see if this diet is doing its job.  I will also begin my weekly visits next week.  I have to start them when I’m eight months instead of nine. Poo!

Oh! I did have protein in my urine, so I will have to do another urine analysis.  Again, it was barely high so it is just an extra check.  The diet should help with this, too. 😉 

Any hoo, its been a long day for this mama and I’m ready to RELAX!!  I wish it wasn’t too late to nap.

Valentines Day

Listen, I’m going to be completely honest with you guys.  I am not a fan of Valentines Day.  
**Gasp**
Seriously though, I like the cute decorations and the chocolate, but really…this holiday is somewhat re-donk-a-lous.  But…I have kids and a husband and with that comes a sense of duty to this holiday.  
My husband isn’t a fan of this holiday either and my dislike for it gives him a free card, but he usually throws me a nice letter telling me how much he loves and appreciates me.  AND for that, I love him. ;D  I usually provide something small for him as well.  My husband likes to eat so I usually bake him something sweet, however, he is swearing off sweets altogether so I decided I’m going to make him heart shaped bacon.