Saturday, February 23, 2008

Order! Order!

First order of business: For all of you who didn't read the comments in the last post. My dear friend Kate left this link for beginning to teach the little ones of the family. I haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but if Kate liked it, I'm sure it's a good one. ;-)

Second order: Fritter had a follow-up appointment yesterday for his RSV. He was pretty much the same; lots of coughing, lots of mucus. Although his ear is healing up, thank goodness. The NP decided to try a breathing treatment on him, because she said that it can help RSV patients get better quicker. He didn't like it, but after about 5 minutes of it, he calmed down and relented. Afterwards, the nurse (who is great, by the way) listened to his breathing and said it kind of made him wheeze which was actually a good thing. (?) So she ordered a machine to be delivered to our house and told me to use it a couple of times a day over the weekend to see if it would help. We got it last night around 7ish, and tried it again, and this time Fritter decided he like chewing on the end of the tube, which was fine with me, because he was breathing in the mist. This morning, he is coughing less, and his nose is not as icky. I'm hoping he will be better soon!

Third order: My mom is coming into town today from Wyoming to visit for the week. She is very afraid to fly, so please say a little prayer for her. She is not Catholic, or religious at all, but she has decided to attend Mass with us on Sunday. It's a good start, I think, so more prayers would be greatly appreciated. I'm not going to push anything, that would just make her uncomfortable and push her away. I'm hoping our example will speak louder than words ever could.

So if I'm quiet this week, you know why, although I will keep you posted on how Fritter is doing. Have a great week!

PS - Spell checker is working again, so you won't have to endure my horrible spelling! Yay!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Homeschooling For Toddlers

I was doing a little bit of searching on the internet for some ideas for structured learning time for Fritter. He's a little young (obviously) right now to do too much actual homeschooling, but I thought I could find something to get me inspired.

First, I found Catholic Homeschooling Resources. Those of you already doing homeschooling with your children probably already know about it. Actually, I could be one of the only people who didn't know about it, but that's ok. The page I found, and was most interested in, was Resources to Keep Toddlers Busy, which has a whole list of ideas and websites for homeschooling families to keep the little ones busy while the older ones are doing school work.

Scrolling down a bit, I came to this gem of a site, Brightly Beaming Resources. Again, I'm probably preaching to the choir on this one as well, but what a site! Katrina Lybbert is the author of the site, and she has drawn up curriculums for babies on up. I was interested in the toddler curriculum myself, and there, in a very easy to follow format, was exactly what I had been looking for to get us started.

I've decided to start from Lesson 1, even though it is geared for 13 month olds (not a big deal, right?). The site has ideas for reading, different play time activites, and really, it's not like she expects you to sit down and draw up an entire school day for your one year old. Most of the activities are done during the normal course of the day while helping your toddler in his development. For example, during changing time, you would say/sing the nursery rhyme for that week. In the morning, you would do a little bible verse as part of the morning reading.

I think I'm going to like this, because it's just structured enough to make me feel like I'm actually teaching Fritter something, but completely flexible enough for a very active, short attention spanned toddler.

I signed up for my very first library card as an adult a couple of months ago (I am a reader, I just have a hard time returning stuff, so I usually save myself the hassle and just buy the books I'm after), and this afternoon, I am picking up our first books for this lesson.(Eeh! I'm so excited!)

For reading time before bed we are getting:

For our poetry lesson, we are using:

And finally for Art Appreciation we will use:

I love the way this is set up, because it's not forceful at all. From the website...

The following suggestions are just that, suggestions. This is what works for us. Feel free to adapt the times to suit your family's needs. You will see that most activities can be done when you are already busy taking care of your toddler. It will not take much extra time each day to provide your toddler with many learning experiences.

If you like, you can set aside a block of about 1 hour in either the morning or evening to spend with your toddler playing at these different activities. I call this toddler time. Follow your child's interest, you may only spend 15 minutes together one day and an hour the next day. Continue as long as your toddler is having fun. Never force your toddler to do any of these activities.

I'll keep you posted on how this is working out for us.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A Picture Post

Because I just don't have much to say and I've been meaning to do a few posts with these pictures anyway.

Superbowl Baby

Rainy Day Guests


I Heart Potatoes!

A Valentine's Treat
Raspberry Coffee Cake (doesn't look like much, but it is oh-so-good)

A little explanation for the following pictures. I have been meaning to do a seperate post, but since I'm here, I'll do it right now. Below is the picture of the dresser in our bedroom before I changed it. We don't watch TV much at all, let alone in our room, so I decided to just take it out.

Next to the dresser I had this large stack of CD's that I loaded into iTunes and put into boxes. (Ignore the dust please!)

This is the after picture of our dresser. Isn't it much more welcoming? Ahh, I feel like I've accomplished something this week!

And finally, for your viewing pleasure....

A Stylish Sick Baby
taken this morning
You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Poor Baby!

I took Fritter in to the doctor's today, because he is not getting any better. This morning around 4am, Fritter woke up with a 103.2 fever. The doctor did a nasal swab test on him, and he has RSV. On top of that, he has an ear infection. Yuck! I just put him down for a nap, after he only ate a few bites of a PB&J and a few bites of Jello, and his fever was up again.

My dh will be home today, thankfully. I don't realize how much I rely upon him for moral support, until he's not around to give it. I can be such a worry-wort, and he is much more realistic. The past few days have been a haze for me, and neither Fritter nor I have gotten much sleep. What's worse, the doctor said this RSV can stick around for as long as 6 weeks! I'm prayinng for the grace to get through this with a sound mind (and maybe a little rest).

Thanks for listening, my friends to my whiny post. Any advice you'd like to share?

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Supermom's Simple Guide a Review

When I first picked up "Supermom’s Simple Guide to Healthier Eating for Beginners and Beyond" by Erica Johns I was immediately wary. Anything that challenges me to be a “supermom”, especially when it’s speaking about healthy eating, puts me on guard. However, after reading this book cover to cover in about an hour, I believe it is a very good starting source for anyone who knows almost nothing about nutrition or where to start making healthy choices, like myself.

I will say that a reader should take some of the information with a grain of salt. Use this book as a starting point, and do a little of your own research. For example, Erica Johns recommends drinking distilled water, and while I am by no means an expert on the subject, I have read a few other sources that only recommend distilled water for short periods of time, or not at all. Also, there are few places where the sources of information are actually sited. There is a section in the back of the book listing additional resources, however.

On the whole, I think Erica Johns is fairly realistic about how to start making healthy choices and how it is not always possible.

When you have friends kind enough to bring you food when you’re on bed rest for 7 weeks, you don’t say no or give them a long list of Dos and Don’ts. You say Thank You and eat it! ☺
- Erica Johns pg. 8

If we take in all of the health information we read or hear about, we can soon feel unsure if anything is fit to eat! Know what? That’s no way to live! You need to find a way to do what you can, when you can, and not beat yourself up about it when you can’t.
- Erica Johns pg. 9

Throughout this book you will also find some very simple tips that cost absolutely nothing. Some of it is common sense like chewing your food well. Others are things you may not know such as not drinking with your meals. There are simple rules to follow about food combining, “melons are best eaten alone, not in addition to other foods,” page 46. Towards the end of the book, there is an entire section about food combining that is a very helpful resource and can be used for meal planning.

"Supermom’s Simple Guide" got me excited to make small, healthy choices for my family. Erica Johns has written with very clear and easy to read language. Whether you read this book cover to cover, as I did, or use it as a reference guide, this book will be a great start for helping you and your family make healthy choices.

To find out more information and to order this ebook, visit this website.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

We Spent The Night... the emergency room. I had talked to an advice nurse earlier in the day, who told me that if Fritter got worse, to call again. The poor little guy would fall asleep, and then about 20 minutes or so later, would wake up coughing, and we would go to the shower or outside, until he stopped and then I would lay him down and it would happen all over again. Also, no matter what I did, I could not get his fever to break, so around midnight, I called the nurse again, who told me he needed to go to the hospital. He was wheezing and breathing heavily.

When we got to the hospital, right away, they took us back and had him weighed and took a rectal temperature (he peed on the nurse), and then they gave him an oral dose of a steroid. Then, we went back and had some X-rays done, and because there is a chance that I could be pregnant, I could not be there with him. He was so scared, and screamed the whole way through. Afterwards, we were told to wait. And wait we did.

They finally called us back to a room around 4:30. So far, Fritter had slept about 30 minutes in the hospital, and maybe a total of 1 1/2 hours at home...all day. Back in the room, the doctor told us the X-rays looked fine, and he had croup and an upper respiratory infection. No medicine, since they are both viral infections, and we just have to wait it out. We were told that if he started the barking cough again and wheezing, we would need to come back to get more of the steroid. Before checking out, they took his temperature and other vitals again... and he peed on the nurse again. I think he was trying to tell them something.

I know I don't want to go back, and I'm definate that Fritter doesn't either. He is usually a freindly little guy, but not last night, and who can blame him. He wanted no one to touch him, but his mama. We got home around 5:30 this morning I think, and after a bowl of rice cereal, I sent him to bed. He's been awake twice so far (it's 2:15 pm) but only long enough to eat a bowl of oatmeal and some yogurt. He's also had a bath and a couple of diaper changes, but wants nothing more than to sleep. I think I'll get him up around 3, so he will sleep tonight, hopefully. I'm glad I rented so many movies, because I don't think we'll be doing much of anything else this weekend.

My husband feels awful for being away during this, but I told him that he can make it up to me by sharing the chocolates he got me for Valentine's Day.

Friday, February 15, 2008


...he's napping!

Weekend Plans

Dh left town this morning to go to Wyoming and see his dad, who is not doing so well. We are planning another trip around Easter (God willing) and couldn't really work all of us going out this time, so this was the next best option.

When Fritter woke up from his morning nap, he was barking like a seal. So I called the advice nurse who said it sounded like he had croup and that I could take care of this at home. That's great, but also a little scary. I don't like fevers and coughing, especially when they are coming from my little boy. I'm sure most mothers feel the same way. She told me to run a hot shower and sit in the bathroom with him for 20 minutes or so until the coughing stops. She also said it can get worse at night, which explains last night even though he wasn't coughing yet. He didn't sleep much, so neither did I and we had to take Hubby to the airport at 4:30 this morning. Ug.

So this weekend, I am planning on working on an NFP handout for my Familia class that I am facilitating. I also am finishing up my review on this ebook. And finally, I rented these movies:

Becoming Jane
Nanny Diaries
Miss Potter
and for Fritter
The Aristocats (ok, it's for me too, what can I say?!)

What's that? You would suggest that I am watching a bunch of chick-flicks? You would be right! I'll let you know what I think about them. In the meantime, keep a watch out for my review.

PS - Anyone else having problems with the spell checker on Blogger?

Friday, February 8, 2008


Her: At least one of us likes the fish.

Him: That's the same kid who eats dirt off the floors.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Sorry I've been quiet...

We had some bad news in our family today. I might post about it later, but we could use some prayers for my father-in-law. Thank you, and God bless.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Super Bowl Notes

Watching football players recite the Declaration of Independence (which was very cool, by the way) and giving definitions of big words is almost as cute as watching little kids say words that are too big for them in sentences.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Lenten Plans

Usually I just give up something for Lent. Two years ago I gave up caffeine (that was very hard), last year I gave up chocolate (that was even harder). This year I have decided to give up caffine again for a couple of reasons.

1. I really like coffee, so it's difficult (it's not supposed to be easy)
2. I drink too much coffee
3. I don't drink enough water (not even close)

This year, I wanted to add something as well. I've never done that part before. I have already started going to adoration once a week. I went my first time a few weeks ago. I've got to say, this should be a must for every mother. I had a chance to sit quietly with no distractions for AN ENTIRE HOUR! I said a rosary, and didn't have to chase Fritter around the house as I was doing so. I even got to do a spiritual reading and some meditation, and it was just...beautiful.

After reading this post and this one, I've regained some hope. I have been having some dark days (weeks) lately. But I know now that I am not the only one who struggles through this. From my meditation today...

Spiritual consolations far surpass all worldly enjoyments and bodily pleasures. For all worldly delights are either empty or unclean; but spiritual joys alone are delightful and honest, since they spring from virtue and are instilled by God into a pure soul.
But no persons can enjoy these devout comforts for as long as they wish; for the time of temptation is never long absent.
If you desire to keep the grace of God, be thankful when it is given to you, patient when it is withdrawn. Pray that it may return; be humble and cautious that you do not lose it.
--The Imitation of Christ p. 86-88

Even Saints go through these empty times. It seems strange to me, but I need to just be thankful to God for even this time of darkness and separation, and hope and strive to return to His loving arms. Because these dark times are when I turn to Him the most. He alone knows what I need for salvation. I need to want His will, whatever that may entail.

In light of this, I have decided to add another day of Mass to our week. We already go on Sunday (obviously) and Tuesday, for Lent I am adding Friday as well. Also, I have been slacking on going to spiritual direction monthly, so I schedualed an appointment for that this Tuesday (appropriate before Ash Wednesday).

As for our family plans, I have decided to plan a Lenten menu, and another for Holy Week. Here is our Lent menu cycle.

Menu 1
Monday -- Chilidogs, peas and carrots
Tuesday -- Italian Chicken, Ruthie Potatoes, Broccoli
Wednesday -- Meatloaf, Mac and Cheese, Peas
Thursday -- Leftovers
Friday -- Baked Fish w/ Mushroom Sauce, Rolls, Peas
Saturday -- Leftovers
Sunday -- Swiss Chicken, Rolls, Broccoli

Menu 2
Monday -- Ham and Potato Casserole, Broccoli
Tuesday -- White Chicken Chili, Rolls, Peas
Wednesday -- Baked Ziti, Bread, Peas
Thursday -- Leftovers
Friday -- Vegetarian Vegetable Soup, Breadsticks
Saturday -- Leftovers
Sunday -- Mozz. Parm. Chicken, Rolls, Peas

Menu 3
Monday -- Green Chili Burrito Bake, Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps
Tuesday -- Chicken Noodle Soup, Breadsticks
Wednesday -- Spaghetti, Broccoli, Bread
Thursday -- Leftovers
Friday -- Linguini w/ Veggies & Sauce, Bread
Saturday -- Leftovers
Sunday -- Crockpot Pork Chops, Ruthie Potatoes, Rolls

And this is my Holy Week Menu. I got these ideas from Catholic Culture, and for each day that has something special, I am including a link to that particular site, where you can learn about what each of the foods mean or portray.

Holy Week Menu
Sunday -- Split Pea Soup, Breadsticks, Fig Swirl
Monday -- Manwich, Corn
Tuesday -- Tacos
Wednesday -- Leftovers
Thursday -- Lamb Chops, Unleavened Bread, Apple Nut Cinnamon Spread, Spinach, Radishes, Lamb Cake, Grape Juice
Friday -- Fast & Abstinence
Saturday -- Leftovers (saving the feast for Easter Sunday)

Here is the recipes link for everything. Some of the recipes for the Holy Week Menu are taken from Catholic Culture.

So what are your plans for Lent?

*PS- My spell checker is not working, so sorry if this post has some errors. I'll try and fix it later.*