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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Busted!












Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Samples, Coupons, Dinner and an Exciting Trip

Not too exciting around The Nut House today. Catching up with homeschool, laundry and other tedious housework. I did get to open up some free samples that came in the mail with a couple of coupons. You can see my samples over at my frugal living blog I'm Not Cheap, I'm Frugal.

I have not been to the store in a while, I think the last time I went grocery shopping was the day I brought Owain home from the hospital almost 2 weeks ago. Dinner was a bit hard to come up with, but I did some experimenting and came up with something the kids loved! You can see what I whipped up for dinner on my recipe site From My Kitchen to Yours.

I also have some exciting news about a short trip, that I will be making By Myself! I have not done that in almost 10 years. It is a long distance from where I live and it is in a state that I have never been to before. I am working out the details with a certain organization that I love love LOVE. After a few more emails I will be telling everyone all about it. I am bursting with excitement and can hardly keep my mouth shut. I can't wait to tell y'all about it!



Monday, March 29, 2010

Not Me Monday



Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

It has been a looong couple of weeks trying to catch up from four days of in and out of the hospital and another week of hanging out with a sick little boy. While all this was going on there are several things that I would never dream of doing and there is no way that you can prove it.

I did not toss a load of cloth diapers into the washer moments before I realized I had to head out to the emergency room once again in the middle of the night. I did not completely forget about them until two days later when Owee was released. I did not wash them again Thursday night and forget about them again until Sunday, when I washed them again. And I most definitely did not wash them and forget about them several more times last week until I found them again yesterday. No way would I wash the same load of musty cloth diapers way too many times over a two week period. I would never waste water, laundry soap or electricity like that. I also would not have done that because I was not even trying to wash any of our clothes during that same two week time. There is no way that I would go for two weeks without doing a single load of dirty clothes. That would just never happen. (one thing I did do, though is send Wall Nut out for disposable diapers for She Nut...in case you were wondering if she was wearing anything at all!)

I did not pile up the mountain of laundry so that I could reach things on the top shelf in the laundry room. I did not pretend the whole thing did not exist at all to keep from feeling guilty. And I did not mix and match my boy's clothes making them wear some things that were too big and some that were too small just so that they had something to wear. My 3 year old did not wear his 8 year old brothers socks all week long either. Nope, that did not happen, and you can't prove it.

Of course we know that I did not take down the Valentines Day tree and decorate an Easter tree. And I would never post pictures of that online. That would be just to embarrassing.

I did not struggle with my son's homeschool lessons and let things slide because I just couldn't concentrate. And the fact that we are already behind in our lessons did not give me huge amount of guilt on top of it all. I am a perfect mom and teacher and would never turn writing assignments into discussion assignments to make things easier on me. Never. I wouldn't dream of it.

I did not spend time laying around on the couch watching talk shows and daytime television instead of cleaning the house, or anything else for that mater, for a couple of days. And I did not spend those couple of days cuddled up with a sick little boy using the excuse that he was just too sick to put down.

I did not let almost everything go for two weeks and without a single bit of remorse.



Saturday, March 27, 2010

Awesome Spiral Snack

My kids love fun food, and I love making fun designs with their food. All it needs is fresh strawberries and raspberries and it would be perfect! Oh, and maybe some grapes. Just a few more months and we can pick our black raspberries and add those to the mix too. Yum!

It has apples, cheese, crackers, bananas and blueberries...and lasts about 5 minutes or less!



Friday, March 26, 2010

Fun Friday Photos, Goodbye Valentines Day Tree, Hello...

Easter Tree! Seriously, we do have every intention of taking the tree down. We think about it every weekend. There is always something else that ends up being so much more important...


At one point there were actual valentines on there,
but the kids have squirreled them away.



Happy Easter Tree!




Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thankful Thursday and an Owee Update

OK, so I know that we didn't spend that much time in the hospital. We have definitely spent more time there before. Somehow it doesn't matter how long you spend in the hospital, it always feels like so much longer. The nights in the emergency room felt like days! One night the nurse sat with us all night long and wouldn't stop talking. She sat by our bedside staring at us. It was a very strange experience that did not included any chance of sleep. The next night we spent about an hour in the triage bed because there were no rooms for us, but he was too sick to be in the waiting room. That pretty much stunk! Just behind the curtain in the hall was a guy on a bed who complained the entire time about what terrible service there was in the ER and how his issue was more important than all the other people that were there. Not sure what his issue was, I think it was his inability to stop complaining. The guy in the bed next to him had spent the night before in the ER of another hospital and when they told him he was fine, he decided he need to wait until the next night to prove they were wrong. I did figure out what was wrong with him, but even though both ER's told him the exact same thing he didn't seem to think that the issue he started having as soon as he started taking a prescription that causes shortness of breath, was the cause of his shortness of breath.

After we finally made it to another room in the ER they took more blood, gave him some more breathing treatments and disappeared. At least we got to sleep. After we made it to the room and got settled in, I climbed up into Owain's crib, cuddled up with him and passed out for about 2 hours. The next 24 hours were a bit of a blur, but as far as hospital stays go, it wasn't all that bad. Owee was very sick and it drove me crazy that I couldn't manage it on my own. They were aggressive with his treatments, I didn't even know that epinephrine came in nebulizer form, but it did the job and got his breathing under control. His pediatrician is an amazing woman.

So now my little Owee is doing much better, he is still on nebulizer treatments every 4-5 hours throughout the day, and has started sleeping through the night again. He had his follow up visit with his Dr. yesterday and he is doing great. Still a bit of fluid in one of his ears, and a little yuck in his chest, but for the most part he is doing great! He is back to his happy, alphabet singing, random babbling, chatty little self. I am so very, very Thankful for that!

Do you remember when Owain had his peds cardiology check up in December? And I mentioned that there was good news and bad news? Remember that I promised an update and that I would fill you in on all of that? And then I didn't. I wasn't happy about the bad news. It was upsetting. I have been trying to deal with it. The good news was that he was growing, his heart looked great, his echo was good, ekg was good, overall he was "healthy". The bad news was that his O2 sats were dropping faster than we all had hoped. He went from the 88-89 in January to 78-82 by December. And if his O2 sats kept dropping like that, his surgery would be sooner rather than later. I was not happy about that. We want him to be older and bigger when he has the next surgery, The Fontan, because this surgery does not use his own tissue, it will be synthetic, I think maybe gortex like his first surgery. I worry that if he is too young when he has this last surgery, that he will need to have it done again when he gets older, that he might outgrow it. Anyways, I was ignoring the whole situation, trying to pretend that we wouldn't be heading in to surgery, very possibly before the end of this year. I glossed over, ignored it and basically tried to pretend that it wasn't happening.

Just as I was embracing denial, the craziest thing happened. When we took him in for his January Synagis shot (a monthly preventive med for high risk babies to protect them from RSV) his O2 sats were 94! Really! 94. He never hit ninety-four. Ever. Not even after his Glenn Procedure in October 2008. Not even on 100% oxygen. This totally blew me away. The nurse double checked it. And then she counted his heart rate and it matched the heart rate on the pulse ox. His oxygen was at ninety-four percent. So strange. So very good, but so very strange.

I don't even remember what it was exactly in February, but it was in the high 80's again. Even when he was in the hospital, he was in the high 70's to low 80's at his sickest. As things cleared up and we got him off the oxygen, we took him home and his O2 was back into the mid 80's. That is such an amazing turnaround, for him to be sick, having trouble breathing and to still be in the mid 80's when he was spending more time in the 70's at the end of last year.

Yesterday when he had is follow up visit, we pulled out the pulse ox and he was back up into the 90's again. Still, I find it so hard to believe. And the best part is...do you know what the best part is? Can you guess it? If things keep going like this, if he keeps his O2 sats up in the 90's and even in the 80's like they have been for the past couple of months, Owain will not need surgery sooner, but definitely later, and most likely much later. It is all about his O2 levels and how strong his heart is. His heart is strong, he has the "good" ventricle. He has the ventricle that you want if you are only going to have one ventricle.

For now we can go back to thinking about surgery sometime in the close, but not too close future. We made it through 2009 with no surgery and it looks like we will make it through 2010 without surgery as well. Of course I know that with him, anything can happen, but I am not trying to think about the "anything" that could happen. I am thinking about the things that are not happening, like the fact that he is not in the 70's anymore, and sometimes he is not in the 80's any more. I am thinking about the fact that he is doing well, that he is growing, is "healthy" and not having surgery anytime soon.

I am bubbling over here, the excitement is overflowing. I am so very, very Thankful for my little Owee's high O2 sats.

Owain's pediatrician mentioned that he might have asthma and that we were going to look into that more, but for now, all is good and we are one happy Nut House!

I am also Thankful that I have finally caught up on some sleep and am starting to be a morning person again. I have gotten up before my children for the past two days...and that hasn't happened in months.

I am Thankful for spoonfuls of Nutella, warm afternoons, muddy kids playing outside and for my ability to ignore the monsterous pile of laundry that lays in wait, ready to attack me every time it I get close to it.

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/or http://ourhappynuthouse.blogspot.com/ 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!



Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Baby Girl Has Learned How to Sit Up Unsupported

Sunday I was hanging out with She Nut trying to get her to sit up by herself. She was too excited to sit still, every time she found herself sitting, she would straighten out her legs and arch her back and then down she would go. Yesterday was such a beautiful day, we all went outside to play when the kids were done with their homework. I laid a beach towel down and figured she would just roll around. When I sat her down, she actually stayed! And she managed to spend most of the time out there sitting up as well. She was on the slightest slope, where her legs where just a little bit down hill and her butt was planted on level ground. Just enough to give her balance and confidence to do it. Even after we came inside and she was sitting on level floor, she was a professional sitter. She went from no control one day, to mastering sitting the next. And here I was feeling all guilty that my 8 month old still couldn't sit up, when she was just waiting until she felt like it.

And you have to check out her shirt...last summer it was a dress that came down to her knees. What do you think, does it work?

Hanging out being Cool.



Hey wait! I think I am sitting up.



Oh, Hi Mama, I'm a sitter!



Look Mama, no hands!



Oops, I got a bit excited...



Sunday, March 21, 2010

E Nut's First Baseball Injury

A Big Fat Bloody Lip!

E was out playing baseball with his dad a little while ago...I had a sleeping 3 year old on the couch next to me, an 8 month old (She Nut is 8 months old today!) who passed out in the exersaucer, an 8 year old sitting next to me playing games on the Lego website and a very cranky sick little Owee who had just calmed down and was staring with heavy eyes at Cowgirl Dora. I could feel sleep creeping in and ready for the nap I longed for.

Then I heard the cry of 6 year old E Nut that was not the cry of a child getting in trouble, which I could have slept through, but the cry of a little boy who just got nailed in the mouth with a baseball. Poor sad bloody little boy.

This is after he got cleaned up.


 
Whoa, that is a big fat lip!

He is already asking if he has to go to school tomorrow. Um, yes you do little boy.



The Nut House Now Has a FaceBook Fan Page

I finally started using my facebook accoungt a few months ago. I had it for so long I had to go through my list of way to many email accounts so I start using it. I like facebook, I love the games, maybe a bit too much. When I can't sleep I find myself checking out my farm on FarmVille. If I check out the farm during the day and my Little Nut Nut sees the farm, he runs up, climbs up into my lap and starts dictating to me what needs to be done on the farm. Wing Nut loves to help out on "the farm" too, all the kids do in fact and it can become a huge time waster. But in the end we all have fun.

The majority of my friends on facebook are in the Heart Community. They are either parents or relatives of Heart children or they are adults living with a CHD...Surviving with a CHD. It is so good to meet adults with CHDs, it gives us Heart Moms hope. We see them living life and dealing with adult issues of having a CHD. We get to hear their stories and see that the tunnel is lit all the way to the end, and that growing to be an adult with a CHD is not just about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

So while I started my facebook page with the intention of using it as another way to connect with y'all it has become more of a personal space. A few weeks ago I got brilliant idea that  I need to set up another social networking site, because apparently, I just don't have enough yet, and get The Nut House a Fan Page on FaceBook.

So here it is, come on over and be a fan of The Nut House!




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I also have this button in the side bar if you need to find it later, you know, like if you don't have a facebook account yet but just have to set one up so you can become a fan of The Nut House.



Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday, Home Edition!

I was strong for my son when I had to be, now we are home, the house is quiet, Owain is sleeping and when I sat down to share this I started to cry. I was so scared when he wasn't getting better, when he wouldn't even talk to me, I thought "what if we have to go to UVa, what if he can't handle it." Now that I don't have to be strong anymore, I welcome the weakness. It is such a relief.

I am Thankful my little Owee is home and sleeping in his own playpen, in front of his favorite Blue's Room ABC's.


He has his PJs on, playing with his new bear waiting to go home.




Look at how happy he is!!



Outside and excited to be going home :)



A quick kiss from daddy and we are on our way.


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 http://ourhappynuthouse.blogspot.com/ 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, March 17, 2010

Quick Ride in a Wagon and Trip to Pediatric Playroom

I thought Owain could use a change of scenery, I know I needed it anyways! So we hunted down a portable oxygen tank, grabbed a wagon and headed out to the playroom. As soon as we got set up, respiratory therapy came in for his albuteral treatment.



He fell asleep sitting up in the wagon during his nebulizer treatment.
Breathing is hard work these days.


This is about the extent of his playing, pushing a ball back and forth.
After about 10 minutes he was too tired to play any more and
willingly came back to the room and is now taking a nap.


He is doing much better tonight, but still not himself. Owain is a talker, he is at that stage where he wanders around the house all day talking in 2 and 3 word sentences. For the most part he is able to tell us what he wants, needs or is going to do, along with an almost nonstop production of the alphabet song....over and over and over, all. day. long. Not today though, I haven't been able to get more than a dozen words out of him all day. I miss my little chatter box.



Back to the ER and Now Admitted to the Pediatric Floor

Yesterday Owain was understandably cranky and tired. We spent the day on the couch trying to recover from the long night in the emergency room. He got up several times and slowly walked around or sat quietly on the floor playing trains with his brothers. He was still having a hard time breathing and I gave him nebulizer treatments throughout the day. Then the night came and things went bad again. His breathing got more labored even with the albuteral and after a short few hours of sleep he was tossing and turning, miserable with a 104 fever. I was getting him ready for his next nebulizer treatment when I noticed the fever, instead we went straight to the ER.

It was much busier last night and our bed was the triage bed. We sat in triage for about an hour while waiting for a room to open up.  We were not here too long before they decided to keep Owain and admit him. They gave him a nebulizer treatment in triage as soon as we got here and again once we got back into a room in the ER. Around 5am we settled into a room on the pediatric floor.

He is now on albuteral every 2 hours, epinephrine nebulizer as needed, steriods every 6 hours, anitbotics, tylenol, and he has a humidifier tent over the bed. We are going to be here for at least 1 night and maybe more. For now we are taking it one day at a time and hopefully we can beat what ever it is that is causing so much trouble.

Owee is not happy to be back in the ER.



Eating for the first time in days!
How lucky that he got 2 of his favorite foods.
He is deeply involved in watching Super Why on PBS.


After eating and getting a laundry list of meds, he is back to watching PBS.

He is now comfortable enough to actually take a nap. I am guessing a nurse is going to walk in any minute to check his vitals. It is what it is.



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spent the Night in the ER with Owee

E Nut was home sick from school yesterday, he started getting a nasty cough Saturday night. Wee Nut got that same cough last night around dinner time, was wheezing, junkie, bluer than his normal and having a very hard time breathing. By the time I got every one else settled into bed and got him his treatment it was after 9pm. I thought I had it under control, that I was managing it well. After one treatment his respiratory rate dropped from 44 breaths per minute down to 27 bpm and his breathing was much better.We settled in to the couch and he laid on me, drooling all over, with labored, but deep breaths. I thought I had it covered, the humidifier was filling the room with moist menthol filled steam, I had several episodes of Desperate House Wives on the DVR. I was set for a night of listening to him breath, nebulizer treatments every 4 hours and some Desperate drama. I sure was wrong about that!

Within an hour, he was getting cranky fast, not sleeping, throwing himself all over me and the couch. The more upset he got the harder it was for him to breathe. He slept  for 15-20 minutes and then was up for an hour, then restless sleep for 15-20 minutes, tossing and turning. I gave him another albuteral nebulizer treatment around 1:15am and when there was no improvement and he started getting worse very quickly, I started making phone calls to get some help with the other kids. Thanks so much Krysti for running over here in the middle of the night and staying with my kids!

By 2:15 he was in a trauma room with another albuteral treatment, blood being drawn, hooked up to the Heart monitor and a pulse ox. When we checked in his respiratory rate was up to 84 breaths per minute, but his O2 sats managed to hang in the lower 80's to upper 70's. There was lots of panic with the nurses who had a hard time believing that his O2 was normally in the lower 80's. I wasn't going to argue with them though, as soon as they saw his O2 sats in triage, they sent him back to trauma, and that is just where I wanted to be. They ran tests for RSV and gave him 2 tubes of epinephrine in the nebulizer and took some X-rays of his chest. He was not happy about any of it for the first hour, and then after all the breathing treatments he was feeling much better.


So tired after a long night.


O2 Sats alarming at 80 while resting.


Look how pink those lips are!

All the tests came back negative. No RSV, no pneumonia and all of his blood work was good. They kept him until almost 6am and then set us free. His breathing is still labored, and he is very sick, but he is home and doing good for now. He is still very cranky and sooo tired. I am hoping that last night was the worst of it for him and I don't have to take him back to the ER tonight.



Monday, March 15, 2010

I Made a Pink & Ruffled Hat for Baby Girl

I sat around with my kids this weekend and took a much need break. Saturday I parked my butt on the couch and finished She Nut's hat that I started months ago and thought would be done for her for Christmas. This was the type of project I soon realized that I couldn't just walk away from and come back later too. I found myself not remembering which row I was on or how stitches I had left in the row. I spent a lot of time pulling it apart and hoping for the best. I think it turned out really well. What do you think?


This was the only photo I got of her sitting still with her hand
not in her mouth.



And a second later, thumb is in the mouth.
This is how she spends most of her days.



I wish this one wasn't so blurry. This is one happy and
excited Baby Girl!


She sat still for her big brother though.



Friday, March 12, 2010

Fun Friday Photos


We were painting She Nut's new bedroom a few weeks ago and
having some fun taking pictures of ourselves.
















Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday

It has been in the high 50's and 60's every day for the past 5 days! Yesterday it got up to 70 degrees! The kids had so much fun playing outside in the mud and jumping in huge piles of snow. My house is a muddy filthy mess that I can't seem to keep up with, but the windows have been open every day since last Saturday and I am filled with joy as my house is filled with fresh air. I am so Thankful for muddy kids and fresh air.

It is only supposed to be 64 today, but I am happy with that! It is going to cool off a bit later this week, but these past few days have been a sign that spring is almost here. I think officially it starts in 9 days, but who is counting. I am Thankful for a record breaking, snow filled winter in which my children got to actually play in the snow, and will never forget. Now that the several feet of snow is melting leaving behind piles of dirty snow, I am ready for spring.

I love the smell of damp spring air. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I used to spend hours and hours running around in the woods playing along the creek...you know that damp dirt smell of a creek in the forest? I love that smell. I have been mentally planning my garden and deciding which veggies to plant where.

I love spring and I am so Thankful it is almost here.

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 http://ourhappynuthouse.blogspot.com/ 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!



Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Are You Suffering from Postpartum Depression? How Would You Know?

Postpartum depression is an interesting thing. I have up days and down days. And I have ups and downs and ups and downs mixed into one day. Sometimes I can't tell if I am down because of PPD or because of the stress of Wee Nut's Heart Defect. I have come to believe that  I would have gotten to a point when things settled down after Owee's second surgery, that I would have ended up depressed anyways. And that my pregnancy with She Nut just postponed the inevitable. There are things that trigger low feelings, like on days when Owee's hands and feet are bluer than his normal, or when I come across something that I got when he was in the hospital. It is a different type of feeling low than the up and down wave of postpartum depression.

I don't know if I would say for sure any of these things are a sure sign of postpartum depression, but I know that I have found them to be true for me.

  • Feelings of anger or irritability when I know that I have no reason to feel that way.
  • Lack of focus or drifting in and out of thought, loosing time. Suddenly 3 hours will have passed and I am not sure what I just did.
  • I have days where both eating all day long or not having any appetite at all tell me I am having a hard time.
  • Weepiness is a sure sign for me.
  • Sometimes I feel great when I got to bed, get a good nights sleep, but when I wake up, I just don't want to move. I really have to talk myself into getting up.
  • When I am feeling low I have a terrible time sleeping.

I know that Zoloft is the type of medicine that takes time to work, that it builds up over weeks, but the very first few days I took it, I noticed a difference right away. Just enough for me to see how depressed I was, clear enough for me to relax and help get control of my emotions. I can also tell if I have forgotten to take it. I have my weekly pill box, and if it was not for that, I would never know if I actually took it. I can take it, walk out of the room and a minute later have to ask my husband if I actually took it. I have days that go by and I start feeling great, I think that is when I forget to take it, and within a few days my ups and downs start blending together.

I have gotten much better at remembering to take it. I try to take it first thing in the morning when I am passing out vitamins. And that seems to work. I am working on it, trying not to forget that I am depressed and that I need to remember to take Zoloft everyday. I just though a PPD update was due, and thought I would share a few more things to look out for.

You can also read about how I discovered I suffering from Postpartum Depression in this post, Postpartum Depression: Mama's Losin' It. If you think you might have PPD, please talk to someone about it.



Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday! Another week is flying by and the weekend is almost here, I think that is one of the things I am most Thankful for today :) The Wall Nut is home for the weekend and he is out working on our addition with his brother. He just finished up painting the last coat of Walle-e Yellow on Wing Nut's room and is heading out the door to go pick up E Nut from school. I love it when Wall Nut is home because that means that I don't have to do as much running around will the babies. So Thankful for that!

I am Thankful that my husband actually got paid! It looks like the new theme for the year is to only pay once a month. Good thing I am good with budgeting.

I am Thankful that I found my lost van registration bill, and that we finally got that taken care of! And Thank you kind Officer who quietly told the nice man behind the counter at the auto shop, that my vehicle tags were expired and then casually slipped out the door instead of giving me a ticket. Without that simple bit of kindness, I for one, would have never noticed that my van tags were expired, and secondly, by not giving me a ticket, he saved me from trying to figure out how exactly I was going to pay for that ticket.

I am Thankful that Wall Nut's financial aid check came and it will cover the last of the insulation that we need for the addition.

Thank you again to my BFF from around the corner who comes a few days a week to hang out with the kids early in the morning while I take a few of the other kids to school! Krysti, you rock!

Simple things I am Thankful for this week, my DVR is suddenly recording again and I was able to record 24 while Wall Nut was still at work and we were able to watch it together last night. Hot Tea on cold mornings, Nutella on a spoon, a baby boy who turned 22 months old yesterday, a baby girl who is has an infectious smile who always makes me giggle, Homeschool lessons that are exciting for my 8 year old, my 6 year old who is getting all of his work done in school and a 3 year old who has spent another week wearing big boy underwear.

I am also Thankful that I found that lost, frozen chicken that managed to elude me for most of the day. Thank goodness for deep freeze, that bird was still frozen solid after setting out all day on a stack of paint cans. Still can't figure out how I manged to walk by it twenty times yesterday and still not see it. I guess it just didn't want to be eaten for dinner last night. Sorry to say little birdie, you are dinner tonight! Boy do you smell good!


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 http://ourhappynuthouse.blogspot.com/ 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, March 3, 2010

My Family is Full of Nuts, Ever Wonder How We Got That Way?

Welcome to The Nut House...it is not just a catchy saying, well yeah it is, but not around here. We are all actually Nuts and have been for years. And when it comes down to it, my oldest Nut, Wing Nut made us that way. Which is fitting because one of my favorite sayings has been, for years "Family is like Fudge, Sweet with a few Nuts."

I have a some what selfish need to hear my children laugh. I love to hear it, it makes me laugh. All of my children are very ticklish, and it is completely my fault. From the moment they were born, I have been poking at them, giving little tickles to make them smile, laugh, and sometimes I get to hear them scream "stop, I'm gonna pee my pants."

My oldest is so ticklish I can barely touch him without him giggling and very possibly falling to the ground uncontrollably, which tends to be a great way to defend myself against a gang of children climbing all over me. When he was very young, all I had to do was lift up his arm and say "I am going to get your wing-ding!" and that was all I had to do, I didn't even need to touch him. Just the thought of getting tickled under his arms sent him into uncontrollable laughter. He laughed so hard I started calling him Wing Nut.

And so began the naming of the Nuts.

We soon realized Wing Nut was a name that was going to stick with my oldest, so as parents, we had to come up with our own Nutty names. Mama and Daddy Nut just didn't cut it either. We have been remodeling our home for almost 7 years. We have cut giant holes into walls, built new walls, fixed walls, and painted walls. My husband was and has been the master of the walls. And that makes him the Wall Nut.

At the time of the naming of the Nuts, I was breastfeeding my second son, who was at that time a tiny baby. I became the Chest Nut, and he became the Pea Nut. All of our children since then have started out as Pea Nut, that is what we called them in the belly and when they were first born. They have all had to grow into their Nut name, and there may come a time when the names need to evolve again depending on where their personality takes them.

So then comes along baby number three. The Pea Nut name is then passed on to baby in the belly, and then 2 year old Pea Nut becomes E Nut. Occasionally E Nut is also known as Goof Nut, but that is only when he pulls out the comedian deep inside and gets me laughing.

Are you following me? A recap might be in order...

With 3 kids we had Wing Nut, E Nut with Pea Nut in the belly.

Baby number four came along much quicker than the others, with only a year before I got pregnant again. Coming up with another Nut name, didn't come so easy for number 3 this time, and I think for a while we had Pea Nut the baby and Pea Nut the baby in the belly. I had a scary pregnancy with Owain, and still to this day, I feel it was my will to keep him here no matter what. I bled heavily with him for the first 15 weeks and thought several times that I would loose him. But I knew he had to be with me, he needed me and I was perfect for him. From the moment I saw him he was my little Owee, even though he was my biggest baby, he was and always will be my little Owee. After he came home from his first surgery he became the Wee Nut.

Baby number five was a huge shock for us, especially after everything we went through with Wee Nut. He was almost 6 months old when we got pregnant again. Now we really had to come up with a name for Nut number three. I think he is the Nutties one of all of them. He says things like, I love life, I am made of awesome and has the most infectious laugh. He became Little Nut Nut when I was pregnant for the fifth time. Really, he is such a Little Nut Nut, Haha!

There really isn't much creativity so far in the naming of our fifth Nut, as the only girl in a family of 5 children, our little Pea Nut in the belly became She Nut the moment she was born.

I have recently decided that I have outgrown my name of Chest Nut, for a few reasons. The first one being that She Nut decided she was done nursing and that baby mush and formula is good enough for her. And except for a few short months in between a few pregnancies when the kids were done nursing, I am not pregnant or nursing and will never experience either of those again. So Chest Nut looses its cute breastfeeding connotation. Also, for years my nickname has been Hazel. I have hazel eyes, and my celtic tree month is the Hazel tree. So recently after She Nut decided to ween herself, I evolved into Hazel Nut. A new name for a new stage in my life.

She Nut is the one doing the evolving now. She is seven months old, bounces herself to sleep in the saucer and bouncy thingy that hangs from the door. She rolls over, sucks her thumb like it is going out of style, babbles at her brothers, and does her best to be heard over all the chaos. She is as sweet as can be and everything I ever dreamed a little baby girl would be. Now she needs a new name. The other day I called her Sugar Nut and later that day I called her Honey Nut. I am thinking that Sugar Nut is the way to go, but I am still not sure. So what do you think? Sugar Nut or Honey Nut, any other ideas? Should she stay as She Nut? I have a poll in my side bar and you can vote on your favorite name. The Poll is just under her "profile" picture on the left.

When I was pregnant with She Nut, Wall Nut got me a Welcome to The Nut House flag. I stopped posting in my other blog, and started this one. I even got the colors for this blog from that flag. We still don't have it hanging out in front of the house yet, but when we do I will swap out that picture in my sidebar for a photo of the actual flag. Don't hold your breath for that though, we got plenty to do out back.

So there it is, That is The Nut House in a Nut Shell.



Monday, March 1, 2010

And the Winner for my CHD Awareness Giveaway is...

Thank you to every one who entered. I am sorry that blogger was giving so many of you a hard time, and as far as I know there are still commenting issues with blogger. There very well may be a big change here at The Nut House blog...but that is for another day.


The winner of this T-Shirt, from Saving Little Hearts...


That says
My Grandchild is a Survivor....



Was chosen using the Random.org random number generator...

Comment number 21 by Andrea Baer makes her the winner of my CHD Awareness Giveaway!

Congrats Andrea!! Andrea is a follower of mine on Facebook, and I am guessing she is going to see this before I get a chance to email her. So Andrea, get in touch with me with your mailing address and I can get this awesome shirt out to you by the end of the week!

It is so sad that I could not give everyone one of these shirts....because they rock and every one should have one!!



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