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Monday, November 30, 2009

Slugs in my Dryer and Between my Toes

I can't think of many things more disgusting than slugs. Some might not consider the Shenandoah Valley to be "The South" but this Damn Yankee sure does! There are very few days when slugs are not sliming around my yard. Winter, spring, summer and fall, slugs can be found. I hate slugs. Hate is not a word I toss around lightly. Hate is not a word I like to hear my kids say. But I hate slugs.

I have to warn you a head of time, if slugs cause you great amounts of discomfort, you may want to stop reading now and just know that I have suffered greatly because of the existence of slugs and you may continue on your merry way.

I have learned that on those perfect mornings in the spring, when I grab a hot cup of tea and head out to wander around my yard, looking for blooming flowers, budding trees and to watch the sunrise, that it is not a good idea to go barefoot. On some mornings it is not even a good idea to wear flip-flops. Nothing ruins a good sunrise more than slugs between my toes. It sets the mood for a pretty horrific day as well. On many occasions, I start my walk around the yard, sleepily sipping on my tea, enjoying the quietness of a sleeping house and sleeping neighborhood...only to be disrupted by a slimy slug with its exploding guts oozing out between my toes.

If the picture of this is too much for you, you may want to stop now, because oozing slugs between my toes is nothing compared to the day I found a dried crusty slug in my dryer!

This actually happened to me about a year ago or so, but I was out doing yard work the other day, and because of all of the slugs that I encountered, I have been reliving the Dried Crusty Slug in my Dryer Nightmare.

I do a lot of laundry. Laundry is quickly becoming the bane of my existence and I am in the process of getting rid of most of my Little Nuts extra random clothes that they don't really wear very often because I just can't handle the amount of clothing that the 7 people in this house have. I complained about it recently in this post. Anyways, I think this day I did something like 3 loads of laundry. At one point, I noticed a splotch, like a long dark smear at the bottom of the dryer door, close to where it seals. I thought it was kind of strange, but it didn't seem to be getting on the clothes, so I thought it was a sticker or something. Then when I looked closer, I though it was candy or a crayon because it was thick and when I touch it, it was hard. I peeled it off and looked at it. Then, realizing what it was I threw it and screamed so loud the kids came running in to see what happened. I was freaked out beyond belief that I just peeled a nasty dried slug off the inside of my dryer door!

How did a slug get into my dryer, onto the door and squished, exploding all over three loads of clean clothes, you ask? Well, I didn't do laundry for several days, because I was doing the change of season clothes swap for a few days and was waiting until I was done. This is a project that takes me way too long and I think I have complained about it before. Hence me getting rid of several garbage bags of clothes this fall. Anyways, my reasoning is that the nasty foul beast from the darkest recesses of all things dark and evil found its way into my dryer vent. The dryer vent outside did not close all the way because it had dryer lint build up around it.

The foul creature known as The Slug, slimmed its way up my dryer vent into my dryer and was hanging out on the door by the very edge and when I opened the door to put clothes in, it moved just enough to be squished when I closed the door, and have its guts splattered all over my dryer & clean clothes.

Um, Eeewww! Um, Gross! A year later I am still suffering nightmares and may never be the same again.

This is the main reason why we don't hire contractors to often to work on our house. Yes, the dried slug in my dryer is caused by a contractor that we hired 4 years ago to do things that we couldn't do...or things that we thought they could do quicker than us. We hired a guy to change out our windows and do the siding on our house and he did such a lousy job, we have been cleaning up after him and fixing his mistakes for the past 4 years. (I could also talk about the foulness that is this man all day and you still wouldn't know the 1/2 of I will just leave it at that)

When he did the siding around the dryer vent, he screwed it up pretty bad. The siding around the entire thing is at least an inch away from the vent and the old siding can still be seen around the vent. Mr. Gross Contractor Man just gobbed in huge amounts of caulk around and underneith of it. So there were huge gobs of caulk just under the little door that opens and closes that stuck out enough to catch little pieces of lint. Eventually quite a lot of lint built up and kept the door from closing...hence a slug climbed into my dryer vent.

So I got a knife and cut the caulk off around the dryer vent, cursing the contracter the whole time. I would not want to be that man as much as I curse his name. Then I dragged the vacuum cleaner outside and vacuumed tons of lint that got caught on the inside of the vent. I finished off The Slug in the dryer clean up by scrubbing the entire dryer, every last bit of it was scrubbed and sanitized. And then scrubbed and sanitized again. Oh, and did I mention that I scrubbed and sanitized it? Yeah, I did that too. Then I threw the rag away. After that I  rewashed three loads of laundry. Fun.

So after grabbing on to many slimy slugs the other day...with gloves on of course, I was suddenly swept back in time to the day of The Slug in the dryer. I dropped my rake and ran over to my dryer vent to make sure it was still closed, that no lint was building up and that there was no way a slug could get into my dryer vent ever again.

I was pleased to find out and happy to report that there is no lint building up around the dryer vent and there is no way that any slug can get into my dryer again. I will continue to check my dryer vent for lint and slugs for the rest of my life. You might want to think about checking yours out too, just to make sure.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Oh The Things I Do

For the majority of the past month, our house has been a sick one, and I don't think it is going to end anytime soon. I think it actually started just over a month ago when Wee Nut got croup again and E Nut was home sick. E Nut ended up with strep a couple weeks later and missed a week of school. Over a week ago I got sick and spend several days on the couch while William took care of the family and worked on our addition. I am still sick with the same cold. Little Nut Nut missed his preschool Thanksgiving celebration because he was sick. The day after Thanksgiving the stomach flu hit our house, and so far has only mildly hit Little Nut Nut and myself. Typically, I do not feel safe and out of the woods for at least a week from the end of the last attack. For now though, we only have colds passing around the house. That does not mean that some one else wont come down with the stomach flu, and I quarantined the 3 oldest Nuts to the bedroom.

The other day I started getting ready for the Christmas tree. Our dinning room also doubles as the craft room for the kids and they have their leapster games, pac-man and xbox in there too. The Christmas tree goes in the corner of the dinning room, so at Christmas time the TV and video games go into the kids bedroom. We count that as a Christmas present to the kids. The kids love it and it is a great deal for a Christmas present. Call it a freebie, call it tradition, either way the kids get a month of getting spoiled with a TV in their room.

Traditionally, we go out the Saturday after Thanksgiving, drive to the top of the mountain to a tree farm and cut down our tree. The day is full of running around and excitement. We drink spiced cider and snack on left over turkey dinner, popcorn, pie, whatever yummy goodness we have. We nibble all day while we decorate the tree and listen to Christmas music. Unfortunately, this year we are all too sick and have postponed it until next weekend. I am still going to try to get outside and set the lights up along the stairs up to the house though.

We are still trying to have a special Thanksgiving vacation, so this afternoon, I set up the portable DVD player in the kids bedroom and put on Indiana Jone and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. They were having such a good time in there, I did the unthinkable. For the first time in days I have some peace and quiet, the kids are chilling out watching a movie...but now it is lunch time. I couldn't bare to loose that peace and quiet, so I threw together some turkey sandwiches, tossed them on some TV trays and sat the 3 kids down, in their bedroom, with their lunch. They are so quiet in there. They are giddy with excitement, but fearful of moving to the dinning room table, they are just. so. quiet.

Oh The Things I Do for peace and quiet.

I have 2 sleeping babies and when my lunch is done, I am going to climb in to one of the kid's beds and finish watching Indiana Jones with the kids and probably take a nap.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thankful Thursday - Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving! I was planning on doing a week long Thanksgiving edition to Thankful Thursdays but  ended up getting sick and didn't move from the couch for days unless it was urgent. I am Thankful that I am feeling well enough to make dinner tomorrow and share my Thankful Thoughts, and even more Thankful that I was lucky enough to get sick on the weekend when William was around to take care of me and the kids.

To give you a little extra time if you want to join in this week, I will keep the Thanksgiving edition of Thankful Thursdays open until midnight on Friday.

I am so Thankful to all of you who come back and read about my Nutty little life and share your stories with me. I love reading your blogs and getting to know you all. I have a special place in my heart for all of the Heart families I have found, and the connections that I have made with you, reading your blogs helps me to feel normal(ish) again. Thank you for sharing your stories.

Most importantly, I am Thankful for my husband who works so hard to support our family when I can not produce income the way I used to. You work long hard hours and come home to build our addition with your own hands, you take our boys to Cub Scouts, volunteer to serve our country in the State Defense Force and go to school part time. You work very hard and complain very little. You congratulate me on what little income I bring in with my freelance articles and you complement my blogs. Thank you so much for all you do for our family.

I am Thankful for my happy, healthy, wild little beasties that run around my house all day long driving me crazy. They drive me Crazy a little bit of everyday, but without them I would not be the mother I am today. I am Thankful for our home and a roof over our heads, even though it has been a work in progress for over 6 years. We have had many wonderful days and nights of remodeling and working together to build a home for our family. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

And I am eternally grateful and forever Thankful for our wonderfully supportive group of friends and family and all the ways they help us.

I found a few Native American prayers and blessings I will close my Thanksgiving edition of Thankful Thursdays with.

"Give thanks for unknown blessings
already on their way."

Native American saying



We return thanks to our mother, the earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun,
that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in Whom is embodied all goodness,
and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.




The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest is all gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain.
So open wide the doorway-
Thanksgiving comes again!

Author Unknown
 This one is not Native American, that I am aware of .

So what are you Thankful for this Thanksgiving? It is so easy to join in and tell everyone.

Here is how Thankful Thursdays works:

1. Post your Thankful Thoughts on your blog. Somewhere in your post please mention Welcome to the Nut House and so that your friends, family and visitors know where to find other Thankful Thoughts. You can also grab my Thankful Thursdays banner and link to that. Once you have done that you can come back here and add your post to MckLinky.

Not every one has a blog, so:

2. If you don't have a blog, you can leave a Thankful Thoughts comment in the comment section.

3. You can show your Thankful Thoughts any way you like, as a list, as a story, as one word, one sentence or just a picture.

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

She Nut Looks Way too Concerned for a Four Month Old

Last week I took She Nut in for her 4 month well baby visit. I can't believe that she is 4 months old already! Her excessive drooling makes me wonder if she is teething already and she is ready to start trying out a bit of rice cereal mixed with breast milk. Yumm! She is getting so big, I feel like her newborn days have slipped away and if I am not careful she will be crawling and walking. And then our days of little babies in the house will be gone. It is a bitter sweet feeling. In 2-3 years there will be no more diapers to haul around, no more baby gear to drag to family gatherings, no more bottles to pack or middle of the night feedings with just me and a nursing baby.

You might think that if She Nut is only 4 months old, that I may be jumping the gun a bit with these feelings that my baby girl is growing up too fast. When I look back at the past year, it seems like it just flew by! A year ago today, I send my kids off to school. Shortly after dropping them off I got a call from Wing Nut's teacher to tell me that he had a diorama due that day and that not only did he forget to bring it it...We forgot to do it. Completely forgot. We had 2 weeks to work on it. We got notes sent home in the homework folder reminding us to do it. But there I was on the phone with his teacher as she reprimands me for not getting it done. I remember thinking "Gee lady, give me a break, my baby just had open heart surgery last month, cut me some slack." I gave her all sorts of apologies, because really I felt terrible that I flaked out on Wing Nuts project.

So I was wandering around the house, kicking myself in the butt and tearing everything apart looking for anything that could be used in the diorama and the phone rings again. I saw that it was his teacher, and even though I didn't want to answer it I did, the guilt of ignoring his teacher got the best of me. Lucky thing I did answer it, the water pipes at the school burst and there was no heat in the school. I had to go pick up my kids and all I could think about was how lucky we were to have the whole afternoon to finish a diorama that all the other kids did in two weeks. Yippie, lucky day!

We also had to do some last minute Thanksgiving dinner shopping, which I was hoping to do while the kids were in school, but whatever, I love it when school it canceled! We swung by Micheal's and grabbed a few things that we needed for the diorama and headed off to Walmart. It took us awhile to get through shopping, the store was packed for a Monday afternoon, and even though Wee Nut was 6 months old, we didn't really go out too often with him, let alone all 4 kids. Getting through the store was difficult and I ended up dragging the kids back and forth across the store several times because I couldn't seem to remember everything that was on my list in front of me. This is also before I became a Master at pushing a double stroller with one hand and pulling the cart with the other. Wing Nut did a great job of helping me out in the beginning, but by the end of the shopping trip, the cart was full and pretty heavy. I was surprised at how well all of the Little Nuts were behaving, but I think they were just happy to not be in school and were still full of excitement from the broken pipes at school.

So we walk out, pushing the double stroller, pulling a cart full of Thanksgiving goodness and it turned out to be a chilly rainy day. So I quickly head to the van, I started walking down the same parking isle that I always park in, because well, I always park there, so that is where my van should be. Now remember, the store was packed, so the parking lot is packed. I am walking and walking and realizing that I have no idea where my van is. Really. It is raining, I have four now tired and Little Nuts and I have no idea where the van is. I started walking off back and forth, pointing my van key clicker at every van that even remotely looks like my van. For some reason I was starting to think I had no idea what my van looked like, that some how I forgot, and that I was looking for the wrong van. My Little Nuts were little troopers though, helping me push the cart back and forth in the rain while I explain to them that I can't figure out how I lost the van or where it could be. We were soaked by this point and starting to get sad little looks from women watching my struggling confusion.

Then all of a sudden, there is was, right in front of me...not my van mind was the realization that I was pregnant! The only thing I could do was stop and in slow motion, turn to my kids and stare blankly at them. There I was, rain pouring down on my family, lost in the Walmart parking lot and I was pregnant.

That explained the forgotten diorama. Woo-hoo, it wasn't my fault, it was the baby's.

That explained the lost van. Woo-hoo, I am not crazy, I am pregnant.

Totally. Makes. Sense.

And oh wait! I parked completely on the other side of the parking lot. Like 7 rows over. Really. Very far away from where I was looking. The parking lot was so packed when I got there, I had to park on the other side of the store. Which I never do. Ever. You would have thought that we were the head of the Macy's Day Parade with all the excitement that we had while marching across the parking lot to our van. I still had to point my van key clicky at every van on the other side of the parking lot, but at least we were heading in the right direction. Of course we eventually find the van, the soaking wet kids climb in while I toss the dripping groceries in the van and we are home free.

After a few minutes of soaking in the realization of another baby, and soaking my van seats with my dripping clothes and hair, we headed home. We went home and finished up the diorama, it took pretty much all day long, but had a great time doing it.

In case you missed it, She Nut was due on Little Nut Nut's third birthday...I also realized that I was pregnant the week of Thanksgiving with him as well. When I was pregnant with Little Nut Nut, my parents were coming to visit and I had just figured it out that day or maybe the day before. We were working on remodeling our kitchen at the time and were cleaning up and getting what was done ready for my parents visit. They always call right when they get into town to give us a heads up and the kids love standing in the front window waiting for them. Right after they called, I looked at my husband and said "By the way, I am pregnant, I won't be drinking wine and I feel sick to my stomach." My husband had a few short moments to let it sink in and my parents were here. Since we didn't even have time to talk about it we kept it to ourselves and sprung it on our family for Christmas. Merry Christmas!

We spent last Thanksgiving alone as a family, relaxing and recovering from the whirlwind that our lives had become with Wee Nut. When I told my husband I was pregnant with She Nut, all I could do was laugh. I made another Thanksgiving dinner that I could hardly eat and dreamed about how this baby must be a girl!

William asked me yesterday if there was going to be a November surprise this year. Of course not. We are not pregnant and will not be having any more children. No more November surprises.

So it is not just that my baby girl is 4 months old going on 4 years old. It is a blink of an eye and a year is gone. We went through many tests when I was pregnant with She Nut, the early part of my pregnancy seemed to drag on forever. Waiting to get the tests, and then waiting for the results. Now I am looking at my baby girl as she rolls from side to side, I listen to her laugh out loud and babble non-stop, trying to be heard among her brothers. I want to swaddle her up and keep her close and smell her fresh baby smell and rub her soft baby hair. I keep having those moments where I want to stop time, where I want to grab all of my many small Little Nuts and keep them from getting any older. And many of those moments are shattered by many small Little Nuts screaming, fighting, begging for this, that and the other thing. Babies who can't feed themselves and children who flood the bathroom sink, drag everything out of the kitchen cupboards and spill all of their toys from one end of the house to the other. So while after She Nut, I will no longer be the changer of diapers or the feeder of breast milk, I will be the holder of hands, the loudest mom on the sidelines, the table at the restaurant without the highchairs and the chauffeur to many Older Nuts. No matter what, I know I will always be the giver of hugs, the wiper of tears and the band aid applier. And really that is OK with me. Kinda. Not completely. But mostly.

A year today we forgot and finished Wing Nut's Diorama

It was a forest scene with water and animals.

You may have even seen it sitting on the bar in my carving pumpkins post.
It has been sitting there for almost a year since Wing Nut brought it home from school.
I still don't have anywhere to put it.

For all of the Little Nut's well visits they take a picture of the them.
This is the picture of She Nut at her appointment last week.
She Looks Way too Concerned for a Four Month Old.
Like she knows something we don't.
She also felt the need to practically rip my shirt off.
I see that picture and feel like I just stepped out of the cast of Fame.
I'm gonna live forever
I'm gonna learn how to fly--high!

Since I have had that song stuck in my head ever since I saw that picture last week, I had to share it with you. Good luck getting it out of your head!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Five Question Friday

Five Question Friday is hosted by Mama M over at My Little Life. Every week she takes suggestions from her readers and comes up with Five Questions to share and ask others to share their answers too. It always looks like so much fun, so this week I though I would join in.

So here is my first ever Five Questions Friday.

1. Are you a Black Friday shopper?

Nope, not a fan of Black Friday. I love the Holiday season, but on Black Friday morning, I will be lounging around my house, eating leftover turkey dinner for breakfast and chill'n out with The Nuts. There is nothing at any of the stores that I can't get for a great deal on any other day of the year. Black Friday marketing is wasted on this family.

2. What was your favorite childhood toy? (Think Easy Bake Oven, Cabbage Patch Kid, Shrinky Dinks, etc.)

I don't know if I could narrow it down to just one toy. I sure loved my Easy Bake you think it would be jumping the gun if I got my She Nut one for Christmas...I mean, is 5 months too early to learn how to cook tiny cakes? Yeah, probably too early. I used to sit up in my bedroom and watch the little light bulb as it baked tiny little cakes and brownies. Then I would eat them up and make another. There was never enough little packets of powdery goodness. Before I fell in love with the Easy Bake Oven, I loved my little Kitchen Set. My dad still tells the story of how he stayed up all night long putting in hundreds of tiny little screws. This was before molded plastic kitchen sets that you just pull out of the box and pop together. This was also before every household had several types of electric screwdrivers. I think he was up until something like 4am. I also think that this might have been the same Christmas that my brother and I got up before my parents did and opened all of our presents...not sure though. All I do know is that I loved that little kitchen set and I will think of it when I buy my baby girl a kitchen set of her own, complete with an Easy Bake Oven. I already have plans of making little containers of powdery goodness for She Nut to cook up out of bigger boxes of cake and brownie mix.

3. Favorite Christmas movie?

I love A Christmas Story, and I love that my kids love it too! The Polar Express is becoming a family favorite as well.

4. What is the "must have" item on your Christmas list this year?

I have had a pasta maker on my must have list for a while. I thought I was going to get it for my birthday, but it got bumped for an ice cream maker. I would love it if we could finish our addition by Christmas so we could move the kids into their new room.

5. Do you go all out with decorations or do you keep it simple and classy?

It all depend on how much time we have, and the space. We decorate the dinning room, which happens to be the only room big enough for a Christmas tree and we put up lights outside. We go out the Saturday after Thanksgiving and cut down a tree and then spend the weekend decorating the tree, drinking spiced cider and snacking on all sorts goodies. I have big dreams for Someday, but for now I am just thankful that we get the tree up.

That was fun! So now it is your turn, hop on over to My Little Life and see what others have to say and then join in the fun.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thankful Thursday

This week I am Thankful for the simple things in life.

Things like smiling and squealing children running around the yard on a cool autumn afternoon.

Things like orange and pink sun sets and streaks of colorful clouds.

Things like cinnamon in my coffee and nuts in my ice cream.

Things like my DVR so I can go back and rewind NCIS after putting the Little Nuts into bed.

Things like the first loose tooth and the anticipation of the first visit from the Tooth Fairy.

As always, I am Thankful for my happy, healthy, wild little beasties that run around my house all day long driving me crazy, I am Thankful that we have a roof over our heads and for our wonderfully supportive group of friends and family and all the ways they help us.

So what are you Thankful for today? It is so easy to join in and tell everyone.

Here is how Thankful Thursdays works:

1. Post your Thankful Thoughts on your blog. Somewhere in your post please mention Welcome to the Nut House and so that your friends, family and visitors know where to find other Thankful Thoughts. You can also grab my Thankful Thursdays banner and link to that. Once you have done that you can come back here and add your post to MckLinky.

Not every one has a blog, so:

2. If you don't have a blog, you can leave a Thankful Thoughts comment in the comment section.

3. You can show your Thankful Thoughts any way you like, as a list, as a story, as one word, one sentence or just a picture.

Have fun!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Little Nut Nut was Working on His Family Tree at Preschool

 How did his teacher know we are all Nuts!?!

Friday, November 13, 2009

More Awards Received, Thank You, Thank You

Wow you all are making me feel like you really do read what I have to say. I may not be as Nuts as I originally thought. Does that make everyone who is giving me awards Nuts too? Haha, I think so! Well, thanks for joining me on this crazy ride and enjoying my thoughts enough to give me awards. Much appreciated.

Alright, I got 5 awards this time. They all come with rules, and from what I hear, rules are meant to be broken. Not sure where I heard that, probably from my little Nuts! I am not really sure how I am going to do this, I am just going to make this up as I go along. K?

From Helga over at My World I got the Heartfelt Blogger Award. This award is for bloggers who make you feel comfy or warm inside. How sweet! I guess that my postpartum depression isn't seeping out and tainting my blog :) Thanks so much Helga!

Here are the rules for this award...

1) Display the award logo
2) Nominate up to 9 blogs that make you feel comfy or warm inside
3) Link to your Nominees and leave a comment on their blog telling them about the award.
4) Link to the person whom you received the award

These seem like pretty simple rules. Helga managed to write about how special every one is, why she gave them the award and say something nice. Helga and I are alike in that we both have 4 boys, but the difference between us is that I also have a little girl. I think I might be giving her 'baby fever'. It is very contagious, so be careful, some of you out in the bloggy world might catch it too. My advice is don't drink the water...or the wine.

Since I am receiving and giving away 5 awards, this is where the rules change. I will only be passing out the awards to as many bloggers as I have time for and can find in the next couple of minutes. K?

Folks who make me feel comfy and warm inside are, in no particular order are:

1) Tyler
3) Lisa
4) Maura

My next award is from Brianne over at Mommy's Time. She is passing along the Lemonade Stand award. This award is for blogs with great attitude or gratitude. That is so sweet. At least this isn't an award for bloggers with a great BIG attitude, that would be a whole different story. Some days I have to work harder than others to have a great attitude, but I find that gratitude in the face of struggles is the best way to get through the day. Except on those bury myself in a blanket kind of days, on those days I have a bad attitude, but I am working on it. Gratitude breeds great attitudes and I can work with that. Thanks Brianne!

Brianne is one of my faithful companions in Thankful Thursdays and has started her own Going Green Tuesdays blog hop. She has a fabulous attitude towards Going Green. If you think you have any insightful Going Green tips, you should remember to join her on Tuesdays.

The rules are as follows...
1) Put the Lemonade logo on your blog or within your post.
2) Nominate at least 10 blogs with great attitude or gratitude.
3) Link the nominees within your post.
4) Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5) Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

I am passing this award on to a few bloggers and they are...

1) Melanie
2) Jen
3) Kim 
4) Taking Heart

The Kreativ Blogger award comes from Queen Dani over at The Misadventures of Queen Dani. The Kreativ Blogger award seems to be self explanatory, Queen Dani seems to think I am pretty creative to pass this on to me. I like to think that I am pretty creative, Miss Crafty, a Hot Glue Diva, whether or not I am any of those things is left up to my adoring fans to not really, just kidding...see I can also get creative with words. I guess that is why Queen Dani passed the Kreativ Blogger award to me. Queen Dani has a way with words herself and is a fabulous story teller. I love reading her stories. Thanks Dani!

This award has way to many rules, so I need to sift through these and see what I come up with.

1) Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2) Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3) Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4) Name 7 things about yourself that people may not know.
5) Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6 Post links to the7 blogs you nominate.
7 Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they've been nominated.

OK, a few things that you may not know about me...Ghostbusters is one of my all time favorite movies, and I have seen it well over 200 times in the past 25 years since it came out. Seriously. There was a stint when I watched it every day for months on end. Ah, what a movie. I just watched it with the kids the other day. Is it too old for them? Probably, but there are some exceptions that just need to be made. Another thing you may not know about me, I have been blogging/journaling for over 4 years...but it really only got fun in the past 11 months when I moved my blogs over to blogspot, now I am hooked and think how I can turn my life's moments into a blog post.

I am passing the Kreativ Blogger Award on to...

1) Keely

My next award is an award that I got last month, but am honored to receive it again. It is the Honest Scrap award from Elizabeth over at Confessions of a Working Mom. Elizabeth has an adorable family and I love reading her blog, she is such a creative writer and another great storyteller. She lays it all out in the open from the other side of the coin, her stories as a career woman, working outside of the home are completely different than the Stay at Home/Work at Home stories/bloggers/communities that I usually connect with. Yet in many ways they are the same. You have to go check her out for yourself to find out. Thanks Elizabeth!

Here are the rules of this award...

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link to their blog.
2. Share 10 honest things about yourself.
3. Present this award to 7 other whose blogs you find brilliant in design or content.
4. Tell those 7 people they have been awarded.

Since I got this award last month, I have already shared my 10 Honest things about myself, and I shared a few more earlier in this post...for now I am tapped out of Honest things that you may not know about I am going to have to defer you to the other post with this award in it. Break'n the rules again.

I am passing this award on to...

1) Kate
2) CreativeMommying
3) Janet

And my last award is the Best Blog Award from Sandy over at The Hop Family. Sandy's blog has a little bit of everything and is a fun read. The Hop Family has also been building an addition on to their house to accommodate their growing family, but I have to give Sandy some serious props for the slow and steady Cash Only method of building. One of my favorite things she has on her blogs is 101 Goals. I have a back burner with my 101 Goals simmering quietly on while I get it together, it looks like such a fun project! Thanks so much Sandy.

I have no idea what the rules are for this one, but I now have kids who are ready for Family Movie Night. So will just say, check out the rules in the awards above this one and run with that.

I am going to pass this award on to a few peeps and they are...

1) The Crayon Wrangler
2) The(un)Experienced Mom
3) Four Now
4) Kimarie

Thanks so much for all of these Awards, and Congrats to All the winners!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday

This week has been full of ups and downs. I had a hard time being Thankful today, but I am pulling myself together and looking at the light at the end of the tunnel and not the muck on the bottom of my shoes that has been holding me down.

On a sad note, our community lost a sweet man last week. Mike B. was a Cub Scout Den leader and good father to his young sons and husband to his wife. He was an excellent roll model to all of the Cub Scouts in Pack 44. It was a pleasure to share the sidelines with him and watch our children at the YMCA play soccer, T-Ball, basketball and swim in the pool. He was one of the happiest and most joyful men to be around that have ever met. I am Thankful beyond words that I had the honor and pleasure to know him for the few short years that I did. Mike, you will be missed.

I am Thankful for the card that my Wing Nut made for me yesterday, it brightened my week.

I am Thankful for the sticky, smiling faces of my children as they eat homemade ice cream.

I am Thankful for unlimited minutes on my cell phone and the uplifting conversations that I had today with my mother and my mother-in-law and the help from both of them and my father today.

And boy oh boy am I Thankful for Zoloft this week. There were were several times when I don't think I could have made it though the day without a blanket and a dark corner to hide in.

I am Thankful for my sleeping baby girl who is curled up on my lap, making cute sleepy noises :)

I am Thankful that I have such a great husband to stand beside me and who is such a great father to our children.

I would like to say that I am Thankful that my husband has a job, but right now we don't really know what is happening from one day to the next. I am looking at his job uncertainty as a stepping stone to something better.

But, as always, I am Thankful for my happy, healthy, wild little beasties that run around my house all day long driving me crazy, I am Thankful that we have a roof over our heads and for our wonderfully supportive group of friends and family and all the ways they help us.

So what are you Thankful for today? It is so easy to join in and tell everyone.

Here is how Thankful Thursdays works:

1. Post your Thankful Thoughts on your blog. Somewhere in your post please mention Welcome to the Nut House and so that your friends, family and visitors know where to find other Thankful Thoughts. You can also grab my Thankful Thursdays banner and link to that. Once you have done that you can come back here and add your post to MckLinky.

Not every one has a blog, so:

2. If you don't have a blog, you can leave a Thankful Thoughts comment in the comment section.

3. You can show your Thankful Thoughts any way you like, as a list, as a story, as one word, one sentence or just a picture.

Have fun!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Fun Little Homeschool Project

Part of today's homeschool lesson was for Wing Nut to combine three lessons into one project. It was Writing, History and Art. We started this part of the lesson learning about why people settle near rivers and how that affected cities like London at the same time as Jamestown was being settled in Virginia. The assignment continued to ask for a list of people, placed and things he was grateful for. The assignment ended with an art project of turning his list of people, places and things that he was grateful for into a card to give to someone who takes care of you. Lucky me...I take care of him, so I got the card.

As this project had to be done in secret, he took off to hide in another room in the arts and crafts nook. It also got to the point where it was taking an ungodly amount of time to finish, but I pulled out my patience and waited. It was well worth the wait.

I love homeschooling!
I am now known as Agent Mom

OK, I was hoping that his story would show up when I published it, but it didn't. So here is what the card says:

Dear Mommy,

Thank yoy for getting me legos and books. Thank you for taking me to Grand dads in Pencilvainia. It was realy fun playing whith Grandpa Crucio !!

And then the secret code says:

I love you with all my might!

Very cute, I am so impressed with the complexity of the secrete code and the randomness of all the numbers.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


When I find disposable diapers in the laundry, I wonder if I threw the diaper in the laundry and the clothes in the garbage...or if I am so used to cloth diapers that I just head for the laundry room no matter what?

As E Nut got caught trying to take a lightsaber to school this morning, I wonder if the only reason he got caught was because it was so big...and how many other toys have slipped past me and made it to school? And if so, where are they now?

I wonder if eating ice cream for breakfast counts as having a well balanced meal if it has almonds in it? Dairy, with protein, covered in fruit. It seems reasonable.

I wonder what all the neighbors were thinking yesterday evening, when we were doing yard work, racing to get something done before the sun went down. Was it "Oh my, did you just see Little Nut Nut fall down the stairs?" Or was it, (1 minute later) "Oh my gosh, did you just see E Nut whack Little Nut Nut in the face with that stick?" (because he wasn't paying attention to his little brother while playing Spiderwick) Or was it "Oh my goodness gracious, they sure are a loud family." (as Little Nut Nut is screaming in pain, E Nut is howling and crying for getting in trouble, and Mom is yelling over the both of them trying to figure out exactly what just happened). Really, when it comes down to it, I am not sure I want to know.

If I threw away all of Wee Nut's toys, I wonder if he would even notice as long as he had a huge bin folded clothes to swing around his head and throw all over the room?. This is becoming his favorite thing to do...I really should have learned my lesson by now.

I wonder if all 3 year old's come home from preschool with homework, or is it just mine?

I wonder why the street cleaner only drives by my house when I am at home? It would be nice to have a clean spot to park in. Just say'n.

I wonder if She Nut has any idea why I hit her on the back repeatedly after every meal? Is she thinking "What is the deal with this thump thump thumping on my back?" Or is it "Hurry up and burp me before I spew all over the place?"

I wonder what Wing Nut is thinking when I catch him staring off into space when he is supposed to be doing his homeschool lesson? Is it really "Interesting numbers?" And what does that really mean?

I wonder, what do you all wonder about?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mended Little Hearts got a tour of the C'ville airport and the news was there to cover it! Very cool :)

Yesterday Mended Little Hearts of Charlottesville got a tour of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport. We got a tour of the behind the scenes activity. They took us behind the check in desk and we got to see where the luggage goes. Then they took us out back and the kids got to watch the airplanes take off and land. The let the kids climb up into the HUGE fire trucks and taught them about the differences between a typical fire truck and the ones needed for the airport with the extra hoses for chemicals and fuels. The kids got to try on the firemen's gear too, like the helmets, boots, jackets and the cool air tank backpacks.

A local TV station was there to cover the whole thing. This is great exposure for our young MLH group, which was formed just this past spring. Let me know if you recognize anyone.

I have been having trouble trying to embed this video into the post, not sure what is wrong. If it doesn't show up for you, here is the link to the video.

It looks like this video is no longer available on the news station website, be we do have it on youtube and I was able to grab it from there. I hope it works now.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

One Sentence Saturday

I had this conversation with my 3 oldest children early this morning.

Get back into Bed, it is 3am and just because the baby is up crying does not mean it is time for all of you to get up.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fun Friday Photos

Wee Nut is the only little Nut that we have with dark hair and dark eyes. Wing Nut's hair is getting darker with age, but our little Owee was born with a full head of dark hair. He also had the most hair at birth. I was so upset when I saw him with the NICU hair cut. All of the other kids are like me, fair skin, light hair, light eyes and pretty much all born bald. Not Owee though.

 Wee Nut takes after his dad. They both make me melt with
those beautiful dark eyes.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thankful Thursday

My E Nut has been home sick all week. Yesterday we had him at the doctors and he has strep. He has only had a red, sore throat and has not really been acting too sick and has not had a fever, but I kept him home anyways. This week I am realizing that I very easily could have homeschooled both of my older children. It is interesting to see how differently they act during the school week. On weekends, when the schedule is so much more relaxed for them, the kids run around like little beasties...and spend a great deal of that time driving me batty. During this week when everything has been run with a good schedule, my house has been so quiet.

Wing Nut and I breezed through his homeschool lessons, and got caught up in a few places where we were behind. I am so Thankful for that! I was starting to think that I was not cut out to do homeschooling. When we didn't have to leave the house several times a day to pick up and drop off his brother, we got to work first thing in the morning and without the distraction of leaving in the afternoon we were able to stay on track. I stopped by the school to get E Nut's schoolwork and homework for the week and we have been working with the 2 older kids doing homeschool and so far it is going great. I am so Thankful for that!

Wee Nut had his 18 month check up yesterday. He is growing beautifully!I am so Thankful for that! I don't think I ever mentioned that he started walking last month. One day he just decided it was time to walk, within just a few days he was a professional walker. He is still not much of a talker, but his picking up new words everyday. So while he is still developmentally behind in many ways, he is taking huge leaps when he does reach milestones. As long as he is continuing to grow and move forward, I don't really care how fast he does it. When he ended up in the NICU, I was not sure he would survive, now 18 months later, he is doing famously and follows his brothers around all day. I am so very Thankful for positive check ups and my growing Heart Baby! The only concerning thing about yesterdays appointment was that his O2 sats have dropped from 82-84 to 80-82, so it looks like his is dropping about 2 percent every 3 months or so.

I am Thankful that I can see the end of the mounds of clothes for the change of seasons. My children have far to many clothes....I guess it is because some of the clothes that Wee Nut is wearing have already gone through 3 brothers and have been in our family for the past 8 years. There were times that I thought I just was not going to be able to get rid of certain outfits, now that I don't need them any more I am happy to let them go! I am so Thankful for clothes that I am never going to have to look at again, never have to pack into a box again and never have to wash again! Yippie, yee-haw, and zippity-do-da do not even begin to describe how awesome it feels. Not to mention the huge tax deduction I am going to get on next years taxes from all the clothes that I am giving away :)

I am Thankful that as of yesterday 5 members of our family have had the H1N1 vaccine and I can rest a little easier knowing that my little Wee Nut is protected. My kid's doctor had to hold my hand while I got my shot...after giving birth to 5 kids I still don't do well with needles, I am a bit of a baby like that.

She Nut has suddenly decided that she no longer wants to sleep through the I am very Thankful for coffee!

And bite sized Halloween candy.

And that The NY Yankees won the World Series! I heart NY!

I am Thankful for everyone who joined me last week in sharing your Thankful Thoughts, last week I had the most participation ever! Thank You.

As always, I am Thankful for my happy, healthy, wild little beasties that run around my house all day long driving me crazy, I am Thankful that my husband has a job, we have a roof over our heads and for our wonderfully supportive group of friends and family and all the ways they help us.

So what are you Thankful for today? It is so easy to join in and tell everyone.

Here is how Thankful Thursdays works:

1. Post your Thankful Thoughts on your blog. Somewhere in your post please mention Welcome to the Nut House and so that your friends, family and visitors know where to find other Thankful Thoughts. You can also grab my Thankful Thursdays banner and link to that. Once you have done that you can come back here and add your post to MckLinky.

Not every one has a blog, so:

2. If you don't have a blog, you can leave a Thankful Thoughts comment in the comment section.

3. You can show your Thankful Thoughts any way you like, as a list, as a story, as one word, one sentence or just a picture.

Have fun!

The Smith Family has a similar blog hop going on too, you should check them out too.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

My Three Year Old Has NO Inner Monologue

Little Nut Nut talks all day long, every little thought that pops into his head, comes right out of his mouth. He wanders around the house all day long talking talking talking. About everything.

One of his conversations he just had with the entire house went something like this...

Keep in mind that he never stops moving either...

I need a sippy I am thirsty can I get some water? I love water it is so good I like to drink it out of my sippy. can I get a sippy of water? Soy milk is good but cow's milk is not. I am allergic to cow's milk it makes my skin bumpy but soy milk is yummy can I have some soy milk? Soy milk is good yum yum yum yum look I am hopping see look hop hop hop hop mmm are you getting me some soy milk? I want some water. juice is so good hop hop hop hop look I am still hopping. I can hop on this foot too see hop hop hop. can I have some juice? I have to go pee on the potty hop hop hop hop look I am going pee pee on the potty. I do not go poopie on the potty because I am not good at it and I do not like to do it but I can go pee pee on the potty and then I hop hop hop all around see. can I have some cheese and crackers with my water? Water is so yummy I love water. your welcome for the water. Oh, OK thank you. that was silly. look at my mouth there is something in there it hurts see aaahhhh my throat hurts like E Nuts and I need some medicine, Oh it is not red OK. I am OK. see I am OK because I am not sick. is that pizza? I love pizza can I look in the oven? look I can hop on one foot. look see. I am hopping and Hoah* is hopping with me. I love Hoah he is my best friend and his is not sick either but he loves to sleep with me and I can hug him see? hop hop hop is the pizza ready yet because I am not going to eat in my highchair I am going to eat like a big boy because I am growing. see look how tall I am? I am big just like E Nut and my clothes are getting smaller because I like to eat pizza. is the pizza ready yet? can I have home Halloween candy? but I do not want to wait until after dinner because I love it so much. that is not very nice. I want some Halloween candy. can I have some Halloween candy? Oh yes I love pizza. I will eat my pizza and then have some Halloween candy. what'cha doin'? can I wash some dishes too? the water is not to hot. you are not in a hurry. see you are just standing there. and is the pizza ready? Hoah loves to eat pizza with me but not really because he would get all messy and have to go into the washing machine and then I would have to sleep with just my pound puppy. I love my pound puppy but Hoah is my best friend. what did we do with the pumpkins ? Oh yeah they are outside. can we go get them? they are not all mushy and rotten. oh yes they are they are getting yucky. I do not like yucky pumpkins but I like to carve pumpkins. can we carve more pumpkins? ok we will wait for next year. look I can hop on one foot see hop hop hop look E Nut I am hopping. see look at me what'ch doing can I sit with you? look I am upside down hahahaha look it is silly to be upside down hahahah Wing Nut is tickling me hahahaha do it again hahahah do it again hahahah do it again wait stop. do it again hahahahah oh no I dropped Hoah. quick I have to get Hoah. look I am hopping hop hop hop hop hop hop hop hi mommy what'cha doin'? making dinner? I like dinner what are we having? oh yea pizza I love pizza. look I can jump see? and I can jump and say abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz now I know my abc's next time wont you sing with me? jump jump jump it is dark outside but it is not time for bed. it is dark and we are awake. I am not going to bed yet because it is not time to go to bed just because it is dark outside. is that pizza? is the pizza done yay the pizza is done. can I have a piece? I am not going to sit in my highchair because I am growing and I want to sit like brothers because I am a big boy. I got a shot today and it hurt and I cried but that is OK because I am better now but my leg hurts but I can still jump see jump jump jump. mommy, did you get a shot? does it hurt? mine does too but I am better now. are you better now? and brothers got a shot today but sister did not because she is too little. can I have some pizza? no it is not hot. I can eat it. I will not get burned. Oh it is hot I will get burned if it doesn't cool off. is it cooled off yet? oh, is it cooled off yet? oh, is it cooled off yet? can I have some Halloween candy? dinner is not ready yet. oh yes it is that is so silly can I have some pizza. yes it is cooled off. oh it is not cooled off. I do not want to get burned I will go sit down. look I can hop. I am going to play on my Leapster. yes I am. Yes I Am. YES I AM. that is not very nice I want to play Leapster. oh yeah, dinner is ready I love dinner. what are we having? pizza yum I love pizza I am going to go sit down. hop hop hop E Nut Wing Nut dinner is ready and I am not going to sit in my highchair because I am a big boy. E Nut, Wing Nut sit down for dinner. hey sit down mommy said dinner is ready. I love pizza. I said dinner is ready you need to sit down. I am sitting down because I love dinner. what is for dinner? mmm pizza I love pizza. I am not sitting at my highchair because I am a big kid but I am not a big kid I am growing into a big kid what's for dinner? mmmm I love pizza. I love you mommy your welcome for the pizza. Oh yeah, thank you for the pizza.

*Hoah is his teddy bear.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Misery Loves Company

Our house is not all Sunshine and Roses. I bet you didn't know that, its time to dispel all illusions that my family is a jolly bunch of Nuts.

 Little Nut Nut has the Get me Out of Here Misery.

 E Nut has the Its Not my Birthday Misery.

Again E Nut has the Its not my Birthday Misery.

Wee Nut has the Get me Out of Here Misery.

E Nut has the Get Him Away from Me Misery.

Yeah, look who's Miserable Now?

Wing Nut has the I Don't Want to Leave the Pumpkin Patch Misery.

 And Wing Nut has the Why Can't I have More Toasted Marshmallows Misery.

Sorry no pictures of She Nut. I can tell you that right now, she has the Get Off that Stupid Computer and Feed ME Misery!

Good thing Misery Loves Company, or my kids would be all alone in their suffering.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Keeping on Top of House Work, all You Need is One Hour a Day

If you have kids, you know how hard it can be to keep up with the housework. There is always something more to be done and always a little some one right behind you to make more work. Having a clean house in is not something to stress over, but a messy house can add stress to your already busy day. You do not have to be a clean freak or have OCD to keep your house clean. Cleaning your house every day can be done before your day really even begins, in fact it can be done by 9am if you do it right.

Having a clean house without too much work starts early, especially if you have kids to get ready for school. I am up between 6 and 7am everyday, whether I like it or not. In the long run, this is the main thing that keeps my house clean though.

I have started making my coffee at night before bed. All I have to do in the morning is plug in the pot and I am ready to go. While my coffee is brewing, I get to work cleaning my house & getting my kids ready for school.

I Start out by filling the kitchen sink with hot water.

While the kitchen sink is filling, toss a load of laundry in the wash.

While I am getting my kids ready for school, I eat breakfast and decide what rooms to work on for the morning and wash a few dishes.

Once the kids are off to school I have about an hour to clean my house, anything not done in that hour will have to wait until tomorrow.

The laundry is done washing by now, so toss that in the dryer. If you wash a load of laundry everyday, there will be a load of laundry to be folded. I like to fold the laundry and come back to put it away at the very end of cleaning the other rooms in my house.

Quickly grab a broom and sweep the floors. If you do this everyday there really is not much to sweep up and does not take very long. If you have young kids crawling around on the floor, it is important to keep the floors clean.

Grab an empty laundry basket and walk around the house grabbing toys, books or other things that are not in the correct room. As you move from room to room, put the things in the basket away.

I have 4 boys, so my bathroom gets cleaned almost everyday. Fill the sink with hot soapy water, wipe down the sink, tub and toilet and you are done.

I usually pick one or two rooms to vacuum every couple of days, but not everyday. If I have to pick just one, I usually vacuum the rug under the dinning room table. It is amazing how quickly crumbs accumulate under the table with 4 young kids!

I usually pick just a few pieces of furniture to polish every couple of days, but not everyday. I will sometimes just choose to polish just the things on top of the furniture. For example, I will only wipe down picture frames and not the furniture.

At about 10 minutes to 9, think about what you want to have accomplished for the day and if it is not done quickly finish it up. Do not start anything new. Now is the time to quickly put some clothes away, put dishes away, wipe down the microwave or refrigerator.

You are done! Go play with the kids, get to work on Homeschool, take a nap (hahaaha) or head out the door for the day.

As long as you have just one hour a day you can stay on top of things. This does not include big cleaning projects or changing out of seasonal clothing. This is simply a way to keep from getting overwhelmed. The main thing, is to commit to spending an hour everyday, and no more than an hour.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Pumpkin Patch Hayride and Carving Pumpkins

I just realized that this post is going to be Heavy with pictures. Sometimes I just have a hard time choosing which photos are best to choose, so I choose lots. We went out to a new (to us) pumpkin patch a few weeks ago and the kids had a great time. It was the first time we have been out as a family in a while.

Way, way down E Nut and Wing Nut are still running.
Dad and Wee Nut are following behind trying to keep up.
Little Nut Nut has is little bear Hoah, that has to go with him everywhere.

 Little Nut Nut has made sure that his Pumpkin is approved by Hoah.

I love this picture of Wing Nut and Little Nut Nut.

E Nut helping out Wee Nut as they make their way through the Pumpkin Patch.

I have no idea what they are looking at, but it looks interesting what ever it is.

Wee Nut following around his big brother.

E Nut has happily found his Pumpkin.

Wee Nut with She Nut in the Maya Wrap.

Check out my cool hat and scarf that I won from Emily at The Tennill Times.
I love love love them!
Doesn't this set look like it was made for me?

Wow those are some big Pumpkins.

 Happy on the Hay Ride.

On the way back from the Pumpkin Patch.

Just getting started.

 Separating the guts from the seeds. Wing Nut is not so sure about this.

Wee Nut is keeping busy coloring.
Check out our recycled crayons.

At this point Wee Nut is happy to hang out with brothers.

Hey Dad, I caught a Pumpkin once and it was This Big.

E Nut & Wing Nut separating the guts from the seeds.

Little Nut Nut after Dad cut the top off the Pumpkin.

Little Nut Nut happy to clean the guts out of the Pumpkin.

Wing Nut is carving his pumpkin.
Wee Nut is getting sick of this Pumpkin carving thing.

 Little Nut Nut with his carved Pumpkin.

Apparently I only got pictures of Little Nut Nut's Pumpkin before they ended up outside. And before I got pictures, we woke up to frozen Pumpkins after an early freeze. Those poor little Pumpkins started getting mushy and rotten shortly after that...but they looked great last night with a candle burning in each of them.

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