Ready For A Busy Week!

We’re gearing up for a busy week! Now that I think of it, maybe it’s next week that will be busy?

Ethan, Audrey and I are leaving to go to Louisville, KY on Friday afternoon. They will be competing, along with some other kids from our church, in the Main Game Beginner Bible Bowl event. We travel Friday, will check into the hotel and get settled. Then on Saturday morning we quiz against all the teams in our division. In the afternoon, we go to Hometown Buffet (sort of like Golden Corral) and then to Renaissance Fun Park (like Chuck E Cheese only it has go carts and lazer tag). We’ll attend the Saturday evening church service at Southeast Christian Church. On Sunday, the kids will spend the day quizzing. We’ll be back home at bedtime that night. The kids are so excited!

We will be working really hard to prepare this week. Lots and lots of studying 🙂

Next week will be our Spring Break. Brian and Missy will be visiting that week. That means we get to frantically clean and menu plan to give them a fabulous time while they are here. So many exciting things happening!!!

Speaking of exciting, our church recently bought land to relocate and the leadership families met for dinner last week and pledged 1.85 million toward debt we had to take out to purchase the property! Amazing!

Happy Monday to you all!



Another person taken down!

Nathan is currently at the clinic getting a strep test. I’m chuckling a little over this because it’s the best response I can come up with here. Isn’t it nice that they all took turns getting sick? They could have done it all at once, but instead gave everyone a chance to be sick all by themselves 🙂 Ha! It will probably be mine turn or Audrey’s turn next week.

After the Hot Chocolate 5k, I didn’t run until yesterday. I really wanted to get moving after a day at our tutorial. When we got home, Isaac rode his bike next to me as I ran a mile. I walked and ran, but we did it. I’ve been seeing a chiropractor weekly in hopes that my IT Band issues would be resolved. Two months of treatment and $400 later, it doesn’t seem to have made any difference. It’s frustrating. I would love prayer for wisdom and healing. Should I go to a physical therapist? A massage therapist? I am at a loss here. I’m leaning toward seeing a sports PT. I don’t want to waste our money though. It’s a hard decision.

(Nathan just texted and said the doctor he saw says his symptoms look kind of like the flu. . . )

As I’m sitting here typing, I’m listening to Isaac read. It makes me happy! Today his whole world was opened up by learning a new phonics rule. He’s been able to read single syllable CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words like bat, sit, hog, jam. . . Today, I told him that when the vowel is not closed in by a consonant it says the long sound (or says its name).

Hooray for being able to read “Off We Go!” Go, She, No, We.

He’s still doing speech therapy on Mondays and he seems to enjoy it. I’m proud of his hard work!

Audrey started an American Girl club with some neighbor girls. This tickles me because Audrey can be so quiet and reserved. It seems like she just doesn’t use extra words. If she has something to say, she says it. Otherwise, she is quiet. I found her sitting in the driveway with two girls and their dolls and they were taking turns reading the American Girl book about Felicity!


Getting to know my own kids is so interesting. Every once in a while, they surprise me.

Ethan made a castle for his History class! He did a great job. He had a very busy school week. He had to complete two week’s worth of tutorial assignments because of being sick last week. It was a lot. This week will seem like a breeze.




I Ran In The Cold!

It took all week for Ethan to feel better. I am feeling too timid to declare us all healthy, but it does seem that Ethan is better.

It was a strange week. We had several days of school being either closed or late starts. Those things impacted our schedules as well even though we don’t attend the public school. So many other things follow that schedule.

The exciting thing that I did this week was participating in the Hot Chocolate 5k/15k in Nashville. I’ve never run in a race that had so many people. Over 2700 ran the race. It was so very cold. I don’t think I ever ran in weather that cold in MN. The temperature at start time was 7 degrees. I’ve experience colder weather, but not while I was standing around outside waiting to run.

The race started at 7:00 am. That meant we needed to be there at 6:30. I rode with a friend and we left her house at 5:45. It was sooooo early. I felt a little like the Michelin Man all bundled up. I had three layers of pants and three layers of shirts and two layers of jackets. Ha! I also wore a hat and gloves. The coldest part of me was my hands.

I was so glad I hadn’t insisted on having my family there to cheer for me. It would have been miserable for them. I gave Nathan my tracking number to see online how I did. He was able to cheer for me from the comfort of our house.

I finished in 39:18. Then I went and claimed my hot chocolate and bowl of chocolate fondue and various things to dip in the fondue. It was totally frozen solid by the time I got back to the car. When I got home, I took a nap and refused to come out from under the covers for most of the rest of the day 🙂

Today was a low-key day. I napped. Again. I’m noticing a pattern. Hmmmm. We didn’t really do anything special for Valentine’s Day. My sweetheart did do the dishes for me though and that is a great gift!


Not As Healthy As I Thought

Ethan has been taking out by “the bug which shall not be named”.

We don’t know what it is. Negative on the strep culture, but he does have some bacterial infection on his tonsils. Looks like just Isaac’s looked. He has a fever and has no appetite.

This morning, he was complaining that his throat hurt. I had him rest and still do some school. After some appointments this afternoon, I noticed he was seemed a little worse for wear and he had a fever. When Nathan came home, he took him to a local walk-in clinic. Ethan now has antibiotics and will hopefully be better soon.

I’m feeling a little paranoid about my own health! I not really surprised Ethan got it. He was very hands-on in taking care of Isaac. This is the price he pays for being a sweet big brother.

Nathan and I started teaching our new class yesterday. We teach the 5th graders now! These are chatty kids and so funny. We are going to really enjoy spending time with them.

Tennessee is rejoicing that Peyton Manning won the Super Bowl. He played college football for the University of TN. So, I guess that makes him a big deal around here 🙂

We’re Healthy

Isaac seems better.

It’s amazing what a proper diagnosis and some medicine will do! I’m so thankful he is on the mend.

We had a busy day today. We met a new friend that just moved to town. The kids and I helped unload some boxes into their apartment and then the mom and I went to pick up pizza to feed the moving crew that came to help from work. The kids had so much fun.

Later we spent the afternoon at another friend’s house and the boys had a nerf gun war and the girls played with Barbies and ponies.

Now we’re waiting on Nathan to get home with nachos for supper 🙂 It’s going to be a good weekend!


I Have A Feature Request!

If babies were put together on an assembly line, I would submit a feature request to the manufacturer. Kids should come with a little button that tells you when they need to be taken to the doctor’s office. That would be amazing.

Isaac still had a bit of a fever this morning. But it wasn’t too high. Just 100.3. It seemed to respond to the Motrin I gave him immediately. His energy was pretty good for most of the morning. After lunch, we worked on school and then he seemed to wilt. It wasn’t because he didn’t want to do school. His temperature had crept up again and he was saying his stomach hurt and his throat hurt “badly”. The strep culture came back negative. So, I’m unsure on what to do with him.

I asked him to rest on the couch. No TV. Just resting with his stuffed animals. I told him he could watch What’s In The Bible if he was awake after keeping his eyes closed for 5 minutes. He cheated and sang to himself a bit. As soon as I told him his 5 minutes had to be quiet, he was out within 2 minutes. I can hear him snoring next to me.

Surely he will feel better tomorrow, right?

Isaac Is Under The Weather

For the last three days Isaac has been fighting a bug. Poor little guy. He’s mostly okay, but he’s falling asleep earlier, complaining of some throat pain and has a fever. Since he woke with a fever this morning, I decided it was time to take him to the Minute Clinic to get it checked out.

The clinic opened at 8:00. We live 3 miles away and I decided to leave at 7:50 so that we could get in right away. Unfortunately, it was a late start day (just by an hour) for the local schools and I had some school traffic to contend with and there were some accidents on the interstate and that moved a lot of traffic over to the road that I was travelling. It took an hour to go 3 miles. I was trying to figure out the math of how many mph that was when it dawned on me that I was over complicating something that had an obvious answer. If it takes an hour to go 3 miles, my advanced math skills tell me we were driving about 3 mph 🙂

Isaac got checked out. The NP did an exam and a rapid strep test. That test came back negative. She will sent it to the lab to see if the other test comes back positive. At this point, his official diagnosis is “virus” and he is supposed to drink a lot of fluid, rest and take medicine as needed for fever. He still has a fever tonight. It seems like he should be getting better by now. Maybe tomorrow will be a fever-free day.

We spent the day snuggling on the couch. He watched a lot of Netflix. Did you know there is an Angry Birds show on Netflix? It’s about as annoying as you might imagine. I do love my kids though.

We tucked him in early tonight. The kids are on their way to bed now and Nathan and I have big plans to binge watch Castle. I laugh at the opening sequence every time he says, “I really AM ruggedly handsome, aren’t I?”