Friday, May 8, 2015

Disney Trip Day 3- Animal Kingdom!

Our third day there, we had to do something, even though Lena wasn't feeling her best because we wouldn't have time to finish everything before we had to head home.
Super excited for Disney!

So that morning we headed out to the Animal Kingdom. Luckily, Lena seemed to be doing better, smiling and eating a bit and keeping it down.

The kids absolutely loved riding the tram to the actual park. Alta says that was her favorite thing the entire time, silly girl. The first view of the park for the kids was wonderful, they were in awe of everything to see.

 Immediately, they saw Chip N Dale and Rafiki, though they were on their way into the park and not signing autographs at that moment.

This is his suave face.

We headed into the park after our bag searches and ticket scans. We walked around a bit just taking in the sights until it was time for our first fast past. We spotted Daisy Duck and since she had a short line, she was our first character meet!

After Daisy, we meandered over to Africa to get in the FP line for the Safari.

Kilimanjaro Safari was excellent! It was a guided "jeep" (aka large bus/jeep thing, seating 5 or 6 people per bench) driven around the safari part of AK. We saw several types of animals. They seemed like they were all in an open area, but if you looked close, you could see there were barriers.  But Disney does a good job at hiding it. Some of the animals can come really close to the jeep, we had a giraffe standing within 10 feet of us.

After the safari ride, we walked over to It's Tough To Be A Bug, while waiting for our next FP.

Unfortunately, by now, Lena started fussing and became restless and just not a happy girl. We toughed it out in Bug, and once the show started, she chilled out a bit.

When we finished at Bug, we walked over to Dinoland USA because our next FP was for Dinosaur. We stopped and ate our packed lunch, while waiting for the FP time. Meanwhile, Lena started running her fever again and became listless. We decided that I would take the girls back to the hotel and take a nap and depending on Lena, we would come back that evening and catch Lion King with them, or I would just pick them up at park close.

While we were napping, Sam and the boys rode Dinosaur, Expedition Everest, and Kali River Rapids. They also caught Lion King, and the boys were called on stage to participate it the show! I am so sad I missed that! That is the tough thing about being Mommy, having to decide which child's needs come first. Obviously, Lena's came first in this scenario, because health was at risk as opposed to the boys' emotional health. Lucky for me, Sam recorded the entire thing, so I was able to watch them.

The girls and I went to pick up the boys and we came back, had dinner and relaxed.

Missed days 1 & 2? Click Here!
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Disney Trip- Day 1 & 2

I guess it has been a while since I last posted. And by that, I mean months. Oops. I'm busy. Really busy. I thought homeschooling would lead us to a more simple life. Instead, we are going from Cub Scouts, to 4-H, to church, to visit friends and family, and on and on and on. Add that to schooling and caring for the kids, home, and animals, I'm a busy mama. But I guess, this is the time of our life. I wouldn't change a thing.

Our family just got home from our very first real vacation. We've only been camping or in a cabin or visiting family before. So this was different. And big. We did our first vacation in a BIG way. We spent 11 days in Orlando at Disney World, Lego Land, the beach, Ripley's, and swimming. It wasn't all fun and games, Lena became really sick during our trip and landed herself in the ER, but after she got better, we had a lot of fun.


We packed our bags, and left our house around 5 pm on April 15. Our plan was to drive through the night so the kids would sleep most of the time. Great plan. Except the night before Lena started running a fever and threw up once. On our way out of town, we stopped by urgent care at her pediatrician's, and had them take a look at her. They decided it was teething, but gave us an antibiotic in case she started pulling at her ears or anything. He gave us the all clear to head on down a have a good time. So off we went!

Driving through the night was a great idea in theory, but with a sick and fussy baby who isn't a great sleeper to begin with, it was torture. She cried and fussed 85% of the drive. The other kids did great, sleeping most of the time and watching DVDs the rest.

We got to our hotel around noon on the 16, and they allowed us to check in early, which was wonderful! I have nothing but great things to say about the hotel. We stayed at the Royale Parc Suites (Quality Suites) in Kissimme, FL. It was clean, family friendly, and very nice for a budget hotel. That evening, Lena seemed to feel better, so we went to Downtown Disney.

Parker was having the time of his life in the Lego Store, you could see his mind working on all the new things he could build.
Can you guess which one belongs to which kid?

DTD was nice, not as great as I expected. It was pretty overpriced and under tons of construction. We stopped at Candy Cauldron and the kids got character cookies and Sam and I shared a Mickey cookie. We then window shopped a bit until we got to the Lego Store and the kids loved it. Especially Parker, he was in his element! Prices weren't too bad, I may even hesitate to say, they were cheap (for Legos). They had build your own mini figs 3 for $9.99, so each of the big kids built their own mini fig. After the Lego Store, we walked around some more and found the dancing waters, and since we were getting ready to leave, the kids played and got soaked. Lena started fussing really badly, so we came back to the hotel to get ready for bed.

All the dancing water pics are terrible, the kids were running around like crazy.


That evening and night, Lena got worse, she started throwing up and refusing to eat as well as running a fever. After being up all night with her, we pushed our first Disney day back and tried unsuccessfully to find a doctor to see her. Our insurance would not cover any convenient care down there except Walgreens or CVS, unfortunately, they wouldn't see her because she was younger than 18 months old. Again, I called her pediatrician, and asked for zofran to get her hydrated, she refused and again said it was teething or a bug and she would be better by the next day. So instead of Disney, we went grocery shopping, got the kids' some souvenirs, and then went back to the hotel and I took the big kids swimming while Sam stayed with Lena in the room.

View of our hotel courtyard
Our hotel had a kiddie pool, plus a big pool which was awesome for this mama!

Sick baby Lena.
Check out Day 3!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Happy 6 Months, Lena!

Lena is 6 months old today! She is such a happy little girl. I am not sure what her stats are because she doesn't see the pediatrician until December 3, but I'm guessing she is around 20 pounds. She is our biggest baby by far! 

She can army crawl anywhere she wants to go. She can roll both directions, which she does all the time. She started saying "dada" yesterday. She sleeps pretty well about 4/7 nights, usually only waking twice.

She cannot sit unassisted yet, she can only tripod for a few seconds before falling over. She is a smiling and laughing baby, but for whatever reason, as soon as the camera comes out, she will not smile or laugh. She's a stinker.

She loves her family, especially Landon. They have a great bond and he loves to tote her around and show her things, play with her, and generally love on her. 

She has started sampling food. So far she has had mashed potatoes, avocado, yogurt, shredded chicken, and bananas. She has loved it all and has done well with it. 

She is also still breastfeeding. She is definitely getting more formula than breastmilk at this point, but she is still getting every drop I can produce. I am hopeful that we will make it at least a year. 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Two Months!

Lena is already two months old. I can hardly believe it, but yet it feels like she has been here forever. She fits in perfectly in our family. She is truly a blessing.

At her two month appointment, she weighed in at a whopping 12 pounds, 3 ounces and was 22 inches tall. She is not petite like big sister Alta, but she is "average" on the charts. I am very happy with her size, I would much rather have an average sized baby than a below average sized baby any day, no specialists for her!

Lena can roll from her tummy to back anytime she wants. She can roll from her back to tummy with a little help, I think it won't be very much longer before she can do it by herself. She smiles at everyone but saves her big eyes lighting up smiles for her family. She loves to coo and talk to us. She likes me the best, but that is to be expected right now. She loves to nurse, but we do have to supplement with formula (stupid non working boobs!). She loves all of her siblings, but Landon is her favorite, he can get the best smiles from her. She is trying to laugh, and sometimes she can, but so far no big belly laughs yet. She sleeps fairly well at night now, going down between 11pm-1am and sleeping until 5 or 6, then eating and sleeping until 9.

Perfect little Piggies

She is a pretty happy baby. When she cries she can usually be calmed down easily. But she does hate car rides. I think we are very lucky to have her in our lives.

She was done taking pictures

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Repurposing A Shirt Into A Clothespin Bag

Sweet summer time! In the summer, and on nicer days during the other times of the year, I like to hang dry my clothes to help offset the air conditioner as well as keep it cooler in our home. The dryer makes it hot!

One thing I hate about line drying is how my clothespins always get nasty out on the line, with dirt and muck, and the worst of worsts, spider webs and spiders. I remember when I was a little girl (do I sound like an old lady now?) my Nanoo would have this nice little purse looking thing that hung on the clothes line and she would take it in and out with her. Her clothespins were always nice. I wanted one. But the problem was, I never thought about it while I was out, plus, if I can make one, that would save at least ten bucks, according to Amazon.

Well, today my machine was already out because I've been working on making some more baby wipes, so I decided to give it a shot.

I went through the boys' outgrown clothes and found a fleece pajama top. I chose fleece because it is somewhat water repellent, just in case it would get wet from the clothes or a surprise shower.

This is a 3T, but I think any smaller size would work.

Then I cut off the sleeves, leaving a little room to sew them together, and cut off the top, above Buzz and Wood's head. I would have cut below the sleeves, but I didn't want to behead the guys, plus the bag would have been smaller.

You can toss the scraps, unless you want to save them for something else.

I then turned the square inside out. I trimmed the sleeves that were left a little more, then sewed the holes shut, I also sewed the bottom shut. Leave the top open.

Inside out.

Then, while it is still inside out, you want to roll the top down to form a cuff around the entire bag. Then sew all the way around the cuff to hold it down. Be careful to not sew the bag shut. 

You don't have to do this if you use fleece, I just think it looks better this way, but if you use a different fabric and you don't do this, it will probably start fraying eventually.

After you get the top sewn, then you cut out two pieces of ribbon the same length. Mine were about 8 1/2 inches long.

You want to sew the ribbon into each side of the bag. 

I sewed them about a half inch down to give it plenty of room in case the ribbon frayed.

Ribbon placement, you want one ribbon on each side of the bag. The other ribbon is on the other side, near the other hem.

Make sure to sew the ribbon on well, it is what will hold your bag to the hanger. I sewed it twice and then back-stitched.

Then flip the bag right side out and it is done.

Clip off any extra strings. Hang the bag on a baby hanger, and there you go! Easy peasy. It took me roughly 5 minutes start to finish. It isn't perfect, but it works well. Alta saw it and wanted it, so I guess I change the ribbon placement and make her a purse out of one. 

Nice, new, clean clothespins!

I'm planning on bringing mine in when I gather my last load of clothes off the line and hanging it in my laundry room. Now I just need a few more lines.
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