Monday, February 25, 2013

Happy Monday!

Ready to link up for another great week!

The Weather:::
The sun deceptively made it seem like a warm day, but at least we had sun!  Thankfully, the winter storm was over-hyped last Thursday and Friday as we had to drive to Chicago for Cody's class.  The interstate was still a little precarious!  We saw an SUV spin out into the median and were just a few minutes ahead of a major accident.  We have one more trip to make in April, let's hope spring weather is here to stay by then! 

Right now I am: 
Drinking tea and waiting for Cody to get home from basketball.  The kids are all tucked in bed; they were so worn out from our busy weekend!

Maddox had a well-baby check-up today, and, as with most teething babies, he had some fluid in his ears.  His little tubes were actually clogged, so the pediatrician sent us over to the ENT to have the tubes cleaned out.  He got all the icky fluid out of his ear.  Then the ENT prescribed antibiotics...I SO don't want to put him on antibiotics.  (He has no fever, is eating and sleeping well, acts fine--not in pain...seems healthy but teething...) Trying to decide what to do!  Thoughts, tips or advice???

All the ear business really wore him out!
On my reading pile:::
Bible--1 Kings
Some fun magazines and blog posts are waiting, too

On my tv::: 
Guys with Kids--seriously, so funny!

Favorite Blog post this week (mine or other):::
Jen Wilken wrote a fantastic post on Christian Sub-culture and the Stay-at-home Mom

Something fun to share:::
We took the kids with us to Chicago for Cody's class.  On Friday, Cody dropped us off at the hotel to swim and play during his class.
 We had the pool all to ourselves for the afternoon!  The big kids remembered so much from their swimming lessons last summer--it was so fun have little races and splash contests!
The hotel had a manager's reception that served veggies and dip, pita chips and hummus, popcorn and soda.  That pretty much set us up perfectly for a few fun episodes of Full House!  (gotta love cable tv!)

Saturday, we dropped Cody off and headed to do some shopping.

First up was Ikea!
The kids love their maps and like to navigate our way through each store.  Thankfully, we did NOT eat the meatballs.  Seriously, do you think they're actually using horse meat?  Gag!

We hit the Lego Store next.
 Everyone had fun putting together houses and Lego people.
There are also some serious Lego wish lists floating around now!  

Oh, Anthropolgie.
There is nothing in this store that I would turn down...
My wish list may have added a few things here!

We picked up Cody and drove a few miles from the university to catch a glimpse of Lake Michigan:

On the menu for this week:::
Soups.  In a rut.  It's cold outside and soup seems to be the only thing I can think of to cook.  I probably should spend some quality time on Pinterest finding some new dishes! 

Monday -  Leftovers from our awesome new Acts Group
Tuesday - Taco Soup
Wednesday - Willow Creek Cafe :)
Thursday -  Zuppa Tuscano Soup!  This one never gets old! 
Friday - 
Saturday - 
Sunday - 

On my to do list:::

I really need to make some granola bars with no sugar.  All of the kids love granola bars!
I'm pretty sure there are some out-grown kids clothing that needs to find its way into the garage sale bins!

Lots of little "appointments"...follow-up for Maddox to get his shots and he sees the ENT again, Cloe has an orthodontist visit again,  a fun cooking class tomorrow, two Bible Studies on Wednesday, a birthday party, gymnastics...and fit in some online work, laundry, meals, cleaning, piano lessons...normal, but busy week! 

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
I found a super cute Easter gift idea for our neighbors.  They'll hopefully all get "Egged!"

Homemaking Tips:::
A clean home creates peace.

Looking around the house:::
Just my new throw from my sister for my birthday (love it!), a space heater (because I'm frozen here) and a mug of tea.  

From the camera:::

Little Monkey!

On my prayer list:::
That silly rental house REALLY needs to sell!!!
A high school friend lost her dad this weekend.  
Maddox's ears!
Lots of opportunities with people who need the Gospel--especially with Easter coming!

Bible verse, Devotional:::
1 John 3:18  Dear Children, let us not love in word or speech, but with actions and in truth.


Mandi said...

I love that you are doing this! :) Wasn't that Jen Wilken post SO good? So much to think about. Enjoy her blog. And, have any 5 and 6 size girl clothes you are selling? Ava continues to outgrow every thing and we are in the market for some summer goods!

Enjoy another snow storm today, it looks like. :)

Sandra said...

What cute pictures, sounds like you had a lot of fun :)

Sorry about your little one, I'm like you though I don't like giving them antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. Definitely a tough decision to make, wish I could help you out :)