and then the other shoe dropped.

I thought we were in the clear with my youngest.  I seriously was crazy enough to think somehow she had managed not to get the flu bug my oldest had on Tuesday (see this post to catch up).  I took her to preschool yesterday with her older sister because both were healthy, symptom free and their normal happy selves.  And she was her normal happy self until midnight last night.

And then we were proved wrong. (And now I’m sure I have less friends at preschool).

S. and I were up from about midnight to 5 a.m. last night. Ouch.  I finally had to put a movie on around 5:30 a.m. because she wasn’t going to sleep and I was desperate to get a few hours.

So today there’s been a lot of the same as last week: lots of movies, lots of cuddles, lots of Pedialyte (which thankfully is staying down now), lots of laundry, and LOTS of bleach.

And lots of Pinterest.  In all of my couch time this morning I actually organized my Pinterest Boards.


I went through each board and deleted pins I didn’t like anymore, pins that I had tried and had totally failed, or pins where my styles had changed or kids had outgrown.  And here’s the deal:  I felt lighter, I felt less pressure, and It just plain felt good to organize the boards, kinda along the same lines as cleaning out and organizing a drawer. (No, I don’t have any of these type A characteristics.)

In my Pinterest cleanse I learned a few things about myself:

1.  I have an unusual amount of pins involving Oreos, smores, and cupcakes.

2.  My “Sweets” board and “Fitness” board are extremely conflicting.

3.  I have an entire board dedicated to sewing and my sewing machine is still siting in the box because I don’t even know where to start with it.

4.  I have enough chore chart ideas, empowering girl book choices, and enough kids crafts to get me through the girls’ childhood.

5. I love chalkboards, free fonts, free printables, positive quotes, and most anything involving a mason jar, fabric flowers, scarves, or denim shirts.

6.  I have a whole paleo/gluten free board and haven’t been eating that way for over 6 months.  Although, in my defense most of our dinners follow a paleo guideline for the most part.

In my cleanse I found this home remedy for sore throats, coughs, and congestion; I had all the ingredients so I whipped it up since I have been fighting a sore throat since Thursday. It was warm, spicy, sweet, and the honey just coated your throat.  I will say my throat does feel better this afternoon and I will definitely use this again.  I like trying home remedies like this instead of ones loaded with things you don’t know and ingredients you can’t read.

After making that I found a jewelry cleaning recipe that I had to try with my wedding band and engagement ring and was surprised with positive results! My rings came out sparkly and shiny and it’s something that is very easy to do at home. From reading the reviews though – the foil is very important, don’t skip that step!

So now I have two napping girls, Netflix on the tv, all the curtains down and nothing else on the agenda this afternoon.

That is unless I decide to clean out my email account.


and then we got sick.

“Mommy my tummy hurts.” aren’t words you like to hear.  Usually the culprit is hunger, potty, or just pretend but Tuesday night my oldest wasn’t joking, wasn’t hungry, and didn’t need to go potty.  I don’t do well with throw up: it makes me gag and I hate cleaning it up.  That said, I’d rather clean my kids puke up than someone else’s any day.

So that was our Tuesday evening.

We had a slumber party in our living room with the garbage can and she was up a few more times.  To see this little body dry heaving when nothing else was left to come up made my heart sad.  It’s so hard seeing your children sick and uncomfortable.  Yet through it all this little girl was kind, sweet and still smiling; I have so much to learn from her.

I had forgotten what it was like to be up multiple times a night again; not sure I’m signing up for baby #3 anytime soon.

So Wednesday there was a lot of this:

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Thankful the girls love The Sound of Music as much as I do. If we had to watch another “Buddies” movie I might lose it.

And this:


And this:


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You Tubing “Learn to Knit” to re-teach myself.

 And, since there was no more throwing up since the early Tuesday morning session we were slowing eating real food again.  Yay!

Today there’s been more of the same: movies, toys, books, and the below activity we did.  My oldest seems to be on the up and up and  my youngest is running around the house like a caged tiger . . . that’s always fun.   So far she seems to have escaped the yuckies but I feel like I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop.  How can she not get it?

We did this last year when they were sick and N. remembered and asked to do it again. So simple but so much fun!

Today we also  ventured out to the grocery store to get ingredients to make Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Noodle Soup, including homemade noodles.  I mean, why not? I’m home all day and aside from the random sore throat I got last night, I feel fine.

  My oldest still has the sick smell: do you know that smell? I remember my Mom telling us we, “smelled sick” when we had colds and I never understood it; after having kids I get it (that could be said about so many areas of life now). I can’t describe the smell but it is so obvious now and a fast way to know they aren’t feeling well.

So, here we will stay until that sick smells is gone and big sister seems to get back to 100%.