Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Letter 4 +1 {Mantra Week}


I really miss writing here and well I just had to tell you all 
about something super exciting and amazing today!!!


My friend Jamie over at The Letter 4, along with her sisters and 
another very talented soul have launched
The Letter 4 + 1


{hello. to everyone visiting today, happy to have you here!}




This week they are sharing 10 inspiring stories along with 10 mantras
{made into free printables}, and I get to share some of my heart
and us as one of the stories.  I am so honored to be part of this amazing initiative, 
and of course appreciative to get the word out about childhood cancer.  

So head on over to The Letter 4 to hear a little more about us
and see the awesome mantra printable Jamie created!!  While you're there, check out
the shop and enter the giveaways in honor of the launch this week.  


{100% of all net proceeds go to charity}


Thank you lovely ladies for having me by!  
I can't wait to see all the amazing things you will continue to do!!!




{michelle}

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spoke to Soon...

As of 1am the stomach flu has taken down one of our kids, 
this is just crazy!  

Praying it doesn't sweep through the whole house.

Poor E, it's heartbreaking!!

{michelle}

A Little Detour


Wow friends, I have really missed writing, and I apologize for the little detour

Sometimes life goes off the planned path and well, what I have missed
more is writing about my family and keeping up with all of you {truly}!
I have missed cataloging some of our moments here.
I have done a couple series back to back, and 
I do have more to share on the playroom front, don't you worry {smile}.

I don't know, I have these times when things get tough, rough, and raw,
that I really can't write about things that at that time seem frivolous.

Being organized, setting a rhythm, having an intentional space is not frivolous,
but when one of your little guys doesn't want to lift his head for a few days,
well at that time it doesn't matter at all.
I know you get this.

I keep mentioning the sun too, it was nearly sixty degrees here today...
wait for it...in March...yes!!
Everyone's mood shifts and the excitement of Spring is nearing.
The days are growing longer, and we just do better when we can get outside!

{via}

We have had a few little victories here,
the big one being the boys all getting back to themselves,
still nebulizer treatments, and E came home with a red, runny nose {sigh}
but we are taking one day at a time!

Today I got to show off my should-have-been-a-lawyer skills,
with a hospital ER director.  To sum the whole sad thing up, I had taken 
Liam to an ER further from us as it is associated with one of the Children's Hospitals in the city and our pediatrician is on staff there, but was pretty much given the whole
overprotective mom who doesn't know much spiel.  I knew my child did not have croup, but he wanted to sell it to me that day, meanwhile the nurse kept hacking all over the both of us.
I drove from there to the ped who was open by then, and took the time to make a diagnosis, understand what the RSV diagnosis meant for our home with 4 two-year-olds who had been born seven weeks early, etc.  So yes, back to it, the director finally called today and miraculously the boys were quiet.  I let him know after a good back and forth that ultimately a non-productive visit to the ER costing me hundreds of dollars helps me in no way, absolutely none and being walked out on by a doctor who didn't want to listen, inexcusable.
I think I wore him down because someone from billing will be calling us tomorrow {yes!}
More importantly, the doctor will be talked to, and hopefully moms, dads, and caregivers will be listened to better, that's really what matters.

On top of that, whoa,  yes big day, I took the boys to Target alone.  No stroller.
It was crazy windy today, but I brought them in in 2 carts and transferred to a cart with the kid seats in front, so two there and two in the actual cart.  Don't judge it's the only way feasible {grin}.  They were really good, and I know not to expect it in the future,
but yes we did it!  So proud of them!!  The key was only going in for a short list and
making it completely arbitrary, we didn't have to go in if the meltdowns were already happening in the car.

Wow, oversharing tonight, so that's what you get!
I am starting Body Revolution {Jillian Michaels} and tomorrow will be Day 3.
I hesitated to write it because I don't know what will happen in these next 90 days,
but right now I am waking up and working out and while I am completely exhausted right now and apologizing now for this not so colorful blogpost {first week is twice daily workouts} and hungry {adjusted mealplan first week too},
I am proud of myself.  I haven't been taking good care of myself lately and 
I need to, so cheers to sticking with it!!  It's amazing the time there is when you give up Facebook for Lent!

Finally, if I haven't filled my blog-post-word-quota.  I have to leave you with
some really sweet moments of this week so far...

Rollerskating with Ethan at a rink for the first time
{the last time I did that I believe Reagan was President!}

Griffin not wanting to take off an Easter dress shirt I tried on because it was his 
doctors coat, he napped with it over his shirt.
{dedication to the profession already!}

Ethan doing little jumps on his scooter on the way home, 
today's weather made him happy!

Aiden always grabbing my face in his little hands and always 
sneaking extra cuddle time.

Beckham cracking himself up, cracking me up, and shadowing his
big brother to no end.  

Liam, oh Liam, he has started this little "aaayaaa!"  This happy little grin
and expression.  It started the day his fever broke and it's still there.
I love it.  

Leaving Target today, they all said, "Did you have fun shopping Mama?" "I had fun."
I seriously felt I could see our future, being able to get out on my own more and more,
although I have done a lot, each little thing such as no strollers is a big deal,
it felt so great to be able to do that!  

Until soon,
{michelle}


Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Fun with Dr. Seuss!!



My boys are feeling better, about 85% right now,
and this mama couldn't be happier about that!!

Today, E is off school and hopefully we will not be making any trips to a
medical institution of any kind {amen!}

To beat the crankies and glum that have taken over here, 
we are going to honor of the amazing Theodor Seuss Geisel, 
by breaking out the silly, rhyming, charm, and fun known to
all big, small, and even the Whos down in Whoville....

DR. SEUSS

Would you like to join us?

E and I will have fun creating his pen name and signature.  


You can find more great Dr. Seuss facts here.  

I am printing off some of the amazing worksheets found within this awesome...


Thank you to Beth at Living Life Intentionally!
{psst. her blog is full of amazing ideas!}

I also picked up some craft sticks to paint and add Seuss characters to,
have our own little Seussical the non-musical {grin}.


Gwyn over at Preschool Printables {also lots of great ideas and Seuss printables}
has a clever baggie topper for Swedish fish.  I don't know about you, but whenever
I think of Dr. Seuss one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish pops into my head.  
And since today is a little impromptu celebration, this is such an easy treat.
Swedish fish are the all-time favorite here.  


Since it is officially...
National Read Across America Day
We'll enjoy some of our Seuss-y favorite reads and tonight hope to catch {along with millions of others across the country}...




The music and imagery all of it look incredible!!!
Thank you Dr. Seuss for the silly fun and resonating lessons you have brought into our lives!
Pure magic!!!

Enjoy your Seuss-filled day!!
{michelle}

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