Trying to be Positive!

    Stay at home week continues, and you will be happy to know–especially you, Mom– that I am feeling a bit more peaceful at the moment.  Of course, that could be because we have now successfully put all four of them to bed….
   I must have overdone my groaning on the last post because my mom called me and asked if I’m okay, or do I need her to come up here right away.  Ha.
   Well, Mom, I certainly wouldn’t turn you away.  ; )  However, I am definitely okay.  I pray all day long over things like John David fighting his nap, Daniel attaching himself to my leg relentlessly, and tackling supper time on my own.  Alan’s new job runs a little late, and many of you know how picky my children are.  Tonight I just gave in and let them pick their own (healthy) supper.
   Oh!  I’m also back on iron pills……again.  I keep mistakenly thinking I am better and can come off of it.  I have finally accepted that I am remaining anemic as long as I’m breastfeeding this time!  As usual, the iron is helping a ton.  Why must I keep re-learning this same lesson?
10 Positive Thoughts!
  Have no fear, though!  I am going to focus on the positive tonight.  Here are my top 10 positive things that are going on right now…..aside from the obvious: good health, nice house, plenty of food….which is all we need anyhow.
10.  Caleb got to go to the allergist this week and get tested for allergies.  I’m hoping this will help us to keep him well this fall and winter!
   In case you haven’t had those tests, I will briefly explain.  They take a row of pegs, fill it with a common allergen, and then prick you in the back with them.  They told him it wouldn’t hurt….but clearly it did.  Thankfully, this was Mr. Tough Guy Caleb.  I can’t imagine trying to do that with any of my other children.  We just did the initial 15-prick test, with one added on for fire ants.  Caleb laid there as instructed, howled when it hurt, but then he obediently let them finish without any fanfare.  
   That was one of those moments when I was so thankful for my super tough little boy.  This is the little guy that also had to endure an EEG and an MRI at the ripe old age of 4.
  Allergy results:  Caleb is allergic to dust mites, and that’s it.  Not too bad.  We never had any plans to get him shots; we just wanted the free Zyrtec.  That’s right, with our insurance, over the counter meds are free if they are prescribed by a doctor.  We are so blessed to not have been Obama-care-ized yet!! 
  My parents have not been so fortunate.  Mom’s premiums DOUBLED.  That makes me highly annoyed, so let’s move on…
  9.  Today I really did stay at home all day, aside from shuttling Dan back and forth to school.  I don’t know if I can keep this preschool + elementary school pace up.  I feel like all I do is feed the baby and load him up in the car to pick up brothers, all day long.  One school I could handle, but two is really cutting into my work hours, as well as JD’s sleep/play hours.  
   It really saddens me to think I may have to cut Dan’s preschool because he has loved it so much, but it just doesn’t really make sense with our schedule.  He’s 2 1/2, so it’s not like he has to be in school anyway.  You know?
  Positive thing about that:  keeping Dan home will save me a significant amount of cash, which we could certainly use!
8.  Kids are cute!  Here’s a little Caleb story for ya.  Names have been changed to save my children from embarrassment.
Me:  So who is the funniest kid in your class?  (I have to think up creative questions to get the kids to tell me about their days at school).
All boys:  “Me.”  
Caleb:  Well, really, me and Drake….and *Gladys.
Me:  Caleb, I’ve heard you talk about *Gladys a lot lately. Is she a really good friend of yours?
Caleb:  Yep!
Me:  What do you like so much about her?  Is she that funny?
Caleb:  No.
Me:  Is she just a lot of fun?
Caleb:  No.
Me:  Oh, ok.  Is she just really pretty?
Caleb:  *big, wide, shameless grin*  Yes!!
Me:  Ah.
7.  Joshua is suddenly Mr. Academic this year.  Elementary school baffles me a bit in our modern age.  They don’t have letter grades!  No As/Bs/Cs/Ds!  They’ve replaced them with 4s/3s/2s/1s, and on their graded papers they don’t even bother with that half the time.  However, they still have a code.  Smiley faces are like 4s, which are like As.  Stars are like 3s, which are like Bs.  Check marks are like 2s, which are like Cs.  I think the Ds or 1s must be when they send the paper home with a note that says, “Please correct and return.”
     All that to say, Joshua has been receiving lots of smileys, and of course we are as proud as proud can be.  He got a 100 on his spelling test last week.  Oh, my bad, those don’t exist anymore.  He got a smiley face.  
6.  Alan is off work tomorrow.  Oh, the dreams I have for tomorrow.  This is a very big deal.
5.  the feeling of rocking a sleeping baby…..ahhhhh
4.  I mentioned recently that I needed new book ideas for Joshua.  Thank you all so much for the ideas. We just finished the first Magic Treehouse book.  Caleb ended up being the one that loved it.  He isn’t on that level though, so Joshua and I took turns reading it to Caleb.  Joshua is all about Lego Star Wars, Lego Chima, and Henry and Mudge.   Grands, don’t buy him a Henry and Mudge book though.  I think his teacher has about all of them, and he says he’s read 13 of them, so we’d never be able to figure out which ones he hasn’t read. 
3.  The weather turned fall-ish!  It’s rainy, yes, but isn’t it wonderful to be outside and not be sweating!!?
2.  I have now lost 30 pounds since the baby came.  Roll Tide!  10 more pounds to pre-JD weight…okay really 12 or 13.  It sure would be nice to be able to wear my regular jeans again!
1.  Did I mention Alan is off work tomorrow!?  It bears repeating!  I am so planning on escaping this house for a few hours!  Oh, that doesn’t sound very “stay at home week-ish” does it?  Oh well, anyone that has spent all day with “littles” can surely understand my strong need for a baby-jail break.  ; )
  Are there any good movies playing?
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:8-10


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