Monday, October 15, 2012

Life in general

Haven't been on to post much lately.  The kids are keeping me busy I guess.  B doesn't like for me to use the computer.  I've been sorta down lately too.  The co-op closed, and for the first time in about 3 years I'm not marketing in a store front.  I set up my etsy shop, but I have no idea whether or not it will be as successful as marketing through a gallery type set up.  In August and September I was having really bad pain in my hands and had to stop knitting for a bit.  I've picked it back up some this month, I'm making a hat for myself.  I picked up a custom order through FB that I'll start on today.  I get to make another one of those cute owl sweater sets.
J's been working horrendous hours the last month and it has been hard on all of us.  He's finally back to a normal schedule this week and I am so, sooo glad.  It has been exhausting for both of us.  I've had to take care of the lot of the stuff he usually does, or helps out with, because he's just not been here to do it.  We really wanted to go up to Roan Mt. for our anniversary in a couple of weeks, but it's not going to happen.  It's so hard for him to take any leave.  We are counting the months until he gets out.
Kids are doing well.  B adds new words every week.  She's up to 25 or so I guess.  Her allergies are giving us trouble.  Hoping to get some support with all of it at her new doctor on the 25th.  She's having a lot of reactions, and I can't always tell what from.  I think maybe soy, but it's hard to know.  Yesterday she got an awful red rash on her face where some bbq sauce got on her.  Sauce she'd had before without trouble.  It wasn't hives like she usually gets, and it lasted for almost an hour.  It looked almost like a burn.  It's so frustrating and scary.
R's making a lot of progress with his letters and numbers, I'm really proud of how well he's doing.  There are just 3 or 4 letters he has trouble with, mostly E vs F, and W vs M vs N.  He always gets W, but confuses M and N for W.  He's discovered a love for puzzles in the last couple of weeks, so we've been doing a lot of jigsaw puzzles.  He's also recognizing 0-10 with pretty good accuracy now.  I'm about ready to move him up to 11-20.  We've also started working on letter sounds- phonics.  I get frustrated cause he just doesn't seem to get it, and isn't always willing to cooperate with the work.  I've been trying to find us an age appropriate human body book.  The one I wanted I could only find used, and then the copy I ordered got canceled because the seller realized it was in much worse condition than they had originally rated it.  So back to square one sort of.  He is very curious about his organs and body systems.  I'm also trying to find some printable materials I am happy with.
There's more I want to write about, but it's taken me nearly 2 hours just to get this typed up between all the interruptions so it will have to wait.


  1. Yuck on the allergies thing. Mimi used to do that and still does sometimes. It's usually totally random and related to something she's eaten before with no reactions previously. She does react to a lot of tomato based sauces, especially if they stay on her face for any length of time. That means she usually comes back from her dad's house with a rash around her mouth since he feeds them Taco Bell every weekend and they drown themselves in sauce.

    I've been told that milk of magnesia will help when you get that burn-like rash.

    1. It happened again tonight, with spanish rice she'd had many times before. redness and hives. I took the rice away, rinsed it off, and she was able to keep eating. If there was any soy, it was minimal traces. We're wondering now if she's reacting to some sort of pepper or spice. I don't know if she's getting more sensitive to something, or it's a new allergy. I really hope the new doctor is more helpful. I think I may ask about testing and see what they say. My mom is against it, but none of her kids ever had food allergies to this extent.