Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dreamy...

His eyelashes kill me. They're long and luscious and what every girl wishes she had!
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Happy Birthday...

Steve is a behind the scenes man which is why he prefers that he stays behind the scenes on this blog. But when it is his birthday I like to put him front and center.
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Here are some things I love about the king of our castle:

1. He makes pancakes nearly every Saturday morning. He's usually gone for work by the time the kids get up so he makes breakfast on Saturday's a priority. Occasionally it's donuts - but the majority is pancakes and he caters to the kids ever changing preferences. Mickey mouse with chocolate chips smothered in peanut butter and Nutella dipped in syrup - or whatever the flavor of the week is.

2. He has the biggest heart without a mean bone in his body. He genuinely cares for people and it hurts him to see others hurt.

3. He sings songs all the time and makes the kids guess whether it's a real song or a fake song. Sometimes just to throw his game off I like to sing along with him which gives the kids the clue that its a real song.

4. We have a lot of fun and we laugh a lot. We might be the only ones who thinks its funny, but we always manage to have a good laugh.

5. He can never resist a child's plea to tuck them in. He has special routines with each child and part of it includes telling far fetched fictional tales.

6. He serves and serves. Us, his family, his friends, strangers - he actively looks for situations where he can lend a hand and it's often landed him on the side of the rode dressed in shirt and tie helping someone out. He finds great joy in knowing he was able to help someone in need.

7. He's a fish. Whether it be the pool or the lake he loves the water. He's the dad in the pool with the kids playing game after game and answering they're every request for yet another shoulder jump.

8. He puts up with all my photographing shenanigans as frustrating as that can be at times for him. And he's mastered the jumping picture - I've got countless jumping pictures in random locations and he has a different pose in all of them. I love it.

8. He's my best friend as cheesy as it may sound. It's true. He's the one I want to call up when something funny happens. He's the one I want to spend my extra time with. He's the one I'd want to have lunch with. He's the one I want to talk through things with. He's the one. I'm blessed that I found that in him.

Happy Birthday Steve.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Eczema update...

We have come a long way as far as Cannon's eczema is concerned. I was just looking at some video footage from a couple months ago and I cringed when I saw Cannon's dry, red and splotchy skin. He used to itch the patches on his face and they would bleed. He often looked like he was on the wrong side of a fight.
Life with Fingerprints: Eczema Update; probiotics, Vanicream, Cetaphil, Melaleuca Oil
Life with Fingerprints: Eczema Update; probiotics, Vanicream, Cetaphil, Melaleuca Oil
Life with Fingerprints: Eczema Update; probiotics, Vanicream, Cetaphil, Melaleuca Oil
Life with Fingerprints: Eczema Update; probiotics, Vanicream, Cetaphil, Melaleuca Oil
As you can see from the pictures, it was not a good situation. We were desperate for remedies. I took advice from just about everyone including some amazing readers as well as worked with his pediatrician and we got a handle on it for now. I can't even pinpoint what made the most difference because we tried a bunch of things at once - something worked. At one point I was looking to change my diet (because I was breastfeeding) but I ended up not changing anything in my own diet and still saw results.

Presented in no order of importance; we used infant probiotics, Cetaphil body wash, Vanicream lotion, Melaleuca oil, and Melaleuca lotion. From the pediatrician we received a mild steroid oil which we used just a few times. And through this whole process we started him on solid foods. So I look back trying to determine what solved the problem and I don't think one of those things did it. Instead I think it was a combination of a several things.
Life with Fingerprints: Eczema Update; probiotics, Vanicream, Cetaphil, Melaleuca Oil
While we were in Idaho he had a flare up after having clear skin for weeks. I'm not sure what caused it but it went away within a week.

What I find interesting is no two conditions of eczema are alike. Bennett too has eczema and the lengthy list of products we use on Cannon haven't seemed to have any effect on Bennett. However, our salt pool seems to clear his skin right up. Once the pool closes for the season it comes back in full force only to leave again once swimming season starts. I hate to even admit it but I know they inherited my fragile and sensitive skin - poor souls. It will plague them for life!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

B-level cleanliness...

We've got family coming to visit and I'm pretty excited. The funny thing about visitors coming to stay - it always pushes me to do the things I've promised to do a million times. Like the door that is so smudged with fingerprints and dirt I would have a hard time convincing anyone that the door was once white, I finally wiped it down. (pat on the back) Or the picture frame that has hung with a temporary picture in it for almost two years, finally got that taken care of. (pat on the back) Or the silverware that has been disappearing for a while now, to the point that we only have 7 spoons left and we cannot find the rest anywhere; we are now the proud owners of a 24 setting set of silverware. Steve actually gave me a pat on the back for that one since I've promised to go buys a new set for months.

See, visitors kick me into gear...for the most part. There's also the downside of visitors coming: cleaning. I don't think I could put into words my disdain for cleaning. Really. I am great at organizing and picking up and making the house look generally good. But I can't stand the cleaning aspect - bathrooms, floors, baseboards, light fixtures, blinds...I call it the boring cleaning. Because you could spend hours doing any of those items and people visiting your house may or may not ever notice!

On a day-to-day basis I'm okay with a B-level clean, but with visitors we kicked it up a notch. Today we were in clean mode. The kids had their set of chores, I had mine and we went to work. The morning went by quickly and we got a lot done. As the afternoon wore on I could see our efforts from earlier this morning start to unravel. The newly cleaned kitchen floors had fresh crumbs from lunch and then Mr. B decided to dump out the entire container of Perler (melty) beads on the floor. The freshly cleaned windows were covered with what appeared to be licking marks - reminder, we don't have any animals. I had to leave the room. I ran up to change sheets in Hunter's room; the room he had worked all morning to clean and he had legos everywhere and torn up pieces of paper on the floor (which was part of his lego creations...money, I believe). The towels that were once so nicely folded had been jumped on a couple times and now resembled a dirty pile of towels. Seriously?

I started to get frustrated seeing wasted hours. The kids could see I was quickly losing patience. I decided I needed a time-out and walked outside to pull some weeds. The chances were slim that my kids would actually go back and plant the weeds so I found this be rather productive time. And then I came to the realization. This is why I'm okay with B-level clean. The effort it takes to get to A is significant, it inevitably makes me lose patience with my children and it never stays at A for very long.

So the next time you come over and notice the window fingerprints, food stuck to the side of the dining room chair or the dust just remember I've surrendered to a life with young children and B-level cleanliness. And I'm totally happy with that!
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