Monday, January 31, 2011

"Eli"


High, ascended


Height


Priest who raised Samuel (1 Samuel 4)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

"Titus"


Title of honor, honorable


Defender


Friend and assistant to Paul on missionary journeys

Mentioned in 2 Corinthians, Galatians, 2 Timothy, and (of course) the book of Titus

Saturday, January 29, 2011

"Justus"

Righteous, Upright


Just


Fair


In the Bible, considered as a replacement for Judas Iscariot as one of the disciples (Acts 1:22-24)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Speaking of which...

Wow, I don't even know if I have enough to post about this week's activities. We spent yet ANOTHER almost entire week in.the.house. More sickness, more snot, and now we have added ridiculously disgusting coughs. Coughs that turn the boys' faces red, coughs that come every few minutes, coughs that cannot be avoided if one is to sneeze, laugh, or talk. Let's just say, my lap was never cold.

Speaking of being sick...My dear husband was home sick as well one day this week, and of course he was still a wonderful husband and daddy throughout his illness. He built Lego's, read books, put kids to bed, held babies, and even adjusted Titus' ear to help cure his painful earache. I love you, babe! (and when you read this post in a month, you'll see how much I appreciated you hehe)

Speaking of adjustments...Chiropractic works, people!! :) I believe Titus has had an ear infection twice in his life, and both times, after an ear adjustment, he has been better the next day. It just makes sense. Adjust the ear, allow it to drain, healing begins. I love Chiropractic!!

I did get an exciting gift in the mail from my mom!!! An Ergo baby carrier!! (and what perfect timing, since the baby was not a fan of being off my hip this week!)

Speaking of my mom...she broke the first bone she has ever broken in her life this week. Quite the record, huh? I hope your arm is not in so much pain anymore, Mom!! Thank you for sending me the early birthday gifts :)

I also received two more pocket diapers for the little man (I paid for that package haha) woohoo!! Less disposable diapers on the master pee-er=more money saved! (The kid's pee is lethal or something...the prefold and Thirsties cover combo lasts about an hour tops.)

Speaking of Josiah...I went to give him a bath on Tuesday, and the following occurred: FIRST, I took off his poopy diaper, wiped him all off, and laid his cute diaperless self on a bath towel while I got his bathtub ready. NEXT, I looked over to see him pooping all over said towel. I cleaned him up, put him in the tub, and THEN he pooped in the bath water. FINALLY, I took him out, started to get him dressed and he pooped on the open diaper AS I was putting it on him. Good thing I decided to give him that bath, huh?!!!!!!!!!

So why did I say we spent an ALMOST entire week in the house? Well, my friends, that's because today was MOPS day. Even my husband knows how much I need MOPS, because he insisted I go even though Josiah woke up at 6:15 this morning and the kids still had coughs. I didn't argue with him :) Look what we made today! One of these is my favorite...which one do you like best? I'm glad I didn't miss out on the fun :)


Remember, there are more random Friday Fragments over at Half-Past Kissin' Time!
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Monday, January 24, 2011

My Bag of Tricks: Room Time

How do I keep my sanity? How do I get dinner fixed? What are some tried and true methods I have learned over the past few years of parenting?

In my bag of tricks is ROOM TIME!!

Almost every day around 5:00 pm, I send my boys to their rooms for some alone time. I leave them with special toys they haven't seen in awhile or a box set aside for special times like this. Here are few examples of our Room Time boxes. (Nothing great, but when YOU make the items in the boxes special, your kids will think they are special, too!)

Box 1: Coloring books and crayons

Box 2: Stationary, markers, stickers, etc.

Box 3: My old coupon box with expired coupons, sticky notes, and a bag of colored pens and highlighters for writing a "grocery list." (I can only trust my 5 year old with this box...the other 2 would probably draw all over the walls/carpet/themselves.)

Item 1: Clock puzzle

Box 4: Sea shells that Mimi and Grandbob brought back from the beach

Item 2: Truck Puzzle Book

Box 5: Easy puzzles (I use this one for my 2 year old, specifically. He loves the fishing puzzle.)



There are many more boxes, and I could have taken more pictures...but it tends to get a little boring in my opinion :) When my kids are having room time, I go downstairs and make dinner.
In.peace.and.quiet. 'Nuff said :)

I can't wait to read some more tricks of the trade from other moms over at It's Almost Naptime!
Hop on over if you're needing all the help you can get...just like me! :)


GOD'S WORD...

I am taking this from our church's Merely Theological blog (see whole post here.)

God's Word

Keep it

Store it

Hope in it

Declare it

Delight in it

Meditate on it

Consider it

Remember it

Long for it

Rejoice in it

Set ourselves upon it

Cling to it

Incline to it

Observe it

Trust in it

Pant for it

Seek after it

Love it

Turn to it

Believe in it

"Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way. Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple."
Psalm 119:105, 128-130

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

I SHOULD HAVE completed my morning chores, which includes emptying the dishwasher full of clean dishes, loading it with dirty dishes, and washing whatever doesn't fit/takes up too much room by hand.




I COULD HAVE done it while my kids were eating lunch or while a few of them were napping simultaneously this afternoon.



I'm glad I didn't....


I WOULD HAVE missed out on letting Justus and Eli "help."



Friday, January 21, 2011

Check it out!!



Check it out!

It's Fryeday!!

I'm pretty sure most of you know I love Fryeday. It starts with my last name (well, not really, but you know :) ), it means my husband/babies' daddy is about to be home for the weekend, and it means it's FAMILY NIGHT!! Here are my completely random thoughts on this lovely day...

The baby was up at 6 am to nurse (as is his custom.)

My husband normally does morning duty around here. By morning duty, I mean he is up with the boys at 7. He fixes their milk/juice and breakfast and takes care of them until I come out at the last minute possible (i.e. when he leaves for work.) He had to leave early this morning to meet with a friend, so I am on duty. AND I just have to say, it is still pitch black outside. Titus is already up, and Justus appears to be sleeping in. (It's a miracle.) It is 7 minutes past 7, and if he's not up yet, it means he's still asleep. He is allowed to come out of his room at 7, and normally he doesn't let an extra minute pass.

I have no idea what to do for Family Night tonight. Derek has had an extremely busy week this week, and he is topping it off with 35 patients today. What does this mean for him? A great week (tiring and stressful, yes...but high numbers make the higher ups happy.) What does it mean for the rest of us around here? Daddy won't be done on time today. Maybe we'll pick up dinner and take it to his office. We've been known to do infiltrate his office around closing time ;)

We haven't been out of the house since last Saturday. HA! Yes, I'm serious. Needless to say, I'm glad to have plans for this afternoon (book club first then dinner at Derek's office :) )

Two of my boys washed dishes for me yesterday (or shall we say sloshed water around everywhere, thus shining the sink, counter tops, and kitchen floor)....after one of these boys had been begging me to do so. Pictures coming soon.

I need to go on a date. Actually, I need to go on 4 dates. (I actually had to stop for a second to count.) At the top of my list is a date with my husband. THAT hasn't happened in a ridiculously long time. Anyone want to babysit for free? :) I also want to go out with each of the three older boys for a little one-on-one time. We haven't done that in awhile, and I miss it.

Titus had quite the "middle child" kind of day yesterday. I don't even want to admit to some of the things he was neglected, because I am so ashamed. He is so easy, plays so well by himself, and doesn't ask for much. Sometimes, those qualities lead to him getting left out of things. I feel awful about it, hence my feeling like I need to take especially him on a date. Let's just say, only 2 of the 3 children I bathed yesterday actually were washed with soap. Josiah was crying, and I ended up letting Titus just play in the soapy water leftover from the other 2. He was having fun, and seriously...it's not like he complained about my not washing his hair or anything!

Speaking of Titus, I guess it's just the 2 of us up and around this morning, so maybe we'll get a little breakfast date in. He's been up for 30 minutes now, so he should be on speaking terms at this point. (He's not a morning person...just like me.)

Have a great Fryeday, everyone!!!!!!!

Read other bloggers' random thoughts on this wonderful Friday over at Half-Past Kissin' Time!!

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

What's for breakfast?

While eating breakfast this morning, I heard Eli playing in his bed. I went to get him up, and I still had a piece of food in my mouth.
E: What're you eating?
Me: My breakfast
E: I wanna see!
(so I do what any good mother would do and open my mouth to show him my food :) ha)
E: I want some!!
Me: Okay, let's go eat! Did you poop?
E: Nope
(Hurray, no diaper to change yet...he's not the biggest fan of having his diaper changed first thing in the morning. I probably wouldn't be either.)

We get downstairs, I put him in his high chair and give him his milk.
E: I want breakfast, Mom.
Me: What would you like to eat?
E: Breakfast
Me: Do you want cereal?
E: No, I want breakfast.
Me: (hahahahaaa) Welllllll, what do you want to EAT for breakfast? Do you want Chex? (his normal)
E: (shaking his head) Breakfast
Me: Well, buddy, ALL of it is breakfast! (oh my how am I going to explain and get out of this one?) You can have cereal for breakfast! Or you can have waffles. Do you want waffles?
E: Yes
*Whew!*



Wednesday, January 19, 2011

While I was sleeping...

For whatever reason, Justus likes to go through the birth order in our family. "Daddy was born first, right? Then you? Then me, etc...." Well, at dinner tonight, after Josiah, he said, "And then the next baby, right?"

Me: What next baby?
J: The baby you're going to have next! You're going to have another baby soon.
Me: Well, I don't know if we're going to have another baby or not!!
J: Yes, you are.
Me: Oh, really?! Why do you think that?
J: Because I prayed.
Me: You prayed for me to have another baby?
J: Yep
Me: When did you do that?
J: While you were sleeping

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Re-run from July 2009

I'll never forget this experience. Thankfully, nothing serious happened, and I can laugh about it :)


Justus and Titus went to the doctor today for a mandatory check-up for Mother's Day Out. Last time I took Titus to the doctor, I came home with some funny stories of crazy, "out there" comments made by the doctor and his assistant. (i.e. like the assistant telling me that maybe Titus had had so many colds recently b/c he is not vaccinated....um, yeah, that makes a lot of sense.) Anyway, there were a couple of doosies (not quite sure that is how you spell that) today, so I thought I'd share.

Story #1:
The nurse walked us back to the first room to get the boys' weight, height, and temperature. She asked me LITERALLY 10 times which one was Titus and which one was Justus. I changed my answer numerous times to help her remember and get it in her head. I mean, I'll give it to her...it's confusing. "Justus is the 3 year old. Justus is the oldest. Justus is the biggest. This one is Justus (tapping his head), and this one is Titus." (and so on...never mind the bracelets they have to wear on their wrists with JUSTUS AND TITUS written on their individual bands!!) Finally, she reached over to Eli to take his temperature???!!!!! Wow, scary huh?! Good thing I was with them the whole time, and good thing we weren't having anything major done!!!!! I think I would have left running!

Story #2:
Nurse: "Would you like the boys to have the [Leed] Test (pronouncing it leed, like with a long e sound)?"
Me: "The what test??"
Nurse: "The [leed] test"
Me: "What is that for?"
Nurse: "Um" long pause "It's for like if you move and get a new house and sometimes there might be things in the air." (or something to this effect)
Me: "uhh, no, I don't think there's any need for that." (still very confused, with the face, I'm sure, to prove it!)
Nurse: (after looking on the paper on the counter) "Oh, LEAD (pronouncing it correctly this time) Test...that's what it's called...LEAD test"
Me: hahahahahahaha in my head..."No, they don't need to be tested for that." (WOW)

Story #3:
Justus and Titus were about to get their fingers pricked to check their iron levels. Justus asked if it was going to hurt, and before I could answer, the nurse said, "No, honey, it won't hurt!!!" I quickly intercepted and said, "It is going to be a really fast prick, and your finger will bleed a tiny bit, and then you'll get a band-aid after you're finished. You can tell us if it hurt when it's over." Then, she pricked him, and he goes "OWW!!" Yeah, lady, that didn't hurt! I mean, seriously, why would she blatantly lie about it??! (That one made me mad and, once again, very glad that I was there!!)

Story #4:
Don't worry, this one is funny:)
It was Justus' turn to get up on the table for the doctor to check his heart, breathing, eyes, etc. The doctor turned his back to look at J's chart, and Justus climbed up on the table and laid right down on his back. I thought that was funny, but then Justus goes "Oh, whoops," and he flipped right over on his stomach...yep, positioning himself for an adjustment. Wrong doctor, Bud!

Anyone looking for a Pediatric recommendation? HA!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Look!!!! Our family was on Supernanny!!!!!!



I'm a Survivor

Lately, all I have been doing is surviving. I really feel that way. I have been doing the bare minimum and attempting only to keep my family afloat. Yes, we've been doing school, and teaching my kids about Jesus and how to be kind and loving and all of that is what I consider part of my simple, everyday vocabulary. As far as cleaning the house? and cooking? and getting things done on my to-do list? haha, well, those things...just haven't been happening. I feel so unorganized, so BURIED under an endless to-do list (that I haven't even managed to write down, thank you very much! It's currently growing and growing in my head.) When I go grocery shopping, I just wing it. I take a list of maybe a few items, but then I peruse the frozen meals aisle in hopes of finding this week's dinners. It is PATHETIC.

Here's the worst part: I don't even see a light at the end of the tunnel. Oh, like maybe when my kids are grown and out of the house kind of light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel, yes...but that light? Well, I don't want that light to get here for a LOOOONG time. I love this stage in life. I love each of my kids' ages. I love having a baby to tote around like a sack of potatoes everywhere I go. I love having a 2-year-old who is attached to my hip (and who makes sure I am never lacking in conversation!!!) I love my 3, "almost 4," year old who is testing every boundary and getting so smart. I love my five-year-old who is just maturing so much it is ridiculous.

BUT with the energy and love I exert with each of those children mentioned above, I feel like I am left with very little motivation to accomplish much else. And that, my friends, is why my house is currently a wreck. It is the reason for the dirty floor under the kitchen table. It is why I am not even bothering to plan meals this week, because...let's face it...I probably won't end up cooking any of them.

Frozen pizza, anyone? I'm off to help my 5-year-old (who is still in his pajamas at 2:30 in the afternoon) get a snack.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

I'm a magician!

Josiah hasn't pooped in days? I simply give him a bath, and voila! a complete blow out diaper!

Need any one of my nappers to take an extremely long nap to catch up on their sleep? Plan an afternoon outing and voila! 4 hour nap

Have a desire to visit a public restroom? Take the kids ANYWHERE and voila! Titus has to poop.

Want my husband to start exercising? I move the baby's bed into my closet so he sleeps all night and voila! Justus and Titus start calling "Daddy!!" at various hours of the night, sending Derek up and down the stairs a ridiculous amount of times.

Want to make sure the kitchen floor gets a double-dose of mopping even if I don't feel like doing it twice? Simple! Just mop it ONCE and voila! Someone manages to make a huge mess of something very sticky or disgusting, and I don't have a choice but to mop again! (Aren't they so sweet...they just want to make my job easier, don't they?!)

Haven't seen my husband as much as I would like? I simply proclaim, "You know, I haven't had a headache in a really long time!" and boom! Headache to beat all headaches leads me to a visit at my Chiropractor's office :)

...Okay, maybe I'm not really a magician and those are just some crazy ironies...but Justus DID tell me, "You're a genius!" the other day when I helped him pull out one of his work boxes that was jammed shut!! (As long as he continues to believe that, we're doing well!" haha)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Can you feel the love?





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