Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Ok so this is me venting about us being sick and telling the long story, if you want a recap instead, here it is: We got horribly sick (except me for the most part) for ever and had no fun and it was hard.

AHH! We were doing SO good with not getting sick! But, with Bret being at school all day around so many other people, it's bound to happen that he brings it home. He did. 2 weeks ago. I expended all my energies to keeping it away from me and the kids. That was hard and pretty stressful. One week later, things are looking UP! Bret feels better, goes back to school and for 2 days we are excited about doing something together. It just so happened that that week was NOT a busy one for Bret so we were all disappointed that we couldn't take advantage of his extra time. The next week showed signs of not being super busy either-so we were happy about those prospects. Nope! Maggie came down with a fever. I thought it was teething because I felt a tooth starting to pop through. Not until the next day when Kade had a fever did I realize that we were sick again. This was the nastiest flu ever. From what I understand of the symptoms of swine flu-I would say they had it. I was kept sane by Bret and his help....until he got sick again with what the kids had. It was seriously NEVER ENDING!!! This flu kept going and going and going. Maggie did the same kind of thing as Bret. She looked like she was feeling better one day and the next day it was like she started all over with the sickness. I, however was extremely BLESSED to not get sick! It was SO hard caring for everyone and trying not to get sick that I got pretty stressed out. I got a slight cold but that was just about it. I was SUPER tired all the time. The kids woke up so early every day and woke during the night often. Bret tossed and turned plenty as well. So the day before yesterday Kade started looking better. Then he coughed all night long and the next day looked like he started over again. Maggie is doing better today, she is almost back to her old self! Bret is better also, and I am feeling much more rested! YAAAA! Kade slept on the couch pretty much all day yesterday and then slept all night long and seems to be a little better today.

So to bring a little cheer to our home, we bought a real sized Christmas tree (prelit for only $18!!)! We all loved it and played Christmas music and got out our scant suply of decorations. We no longer needed our 4 ft tree, so Kade got to have it in his bedroom and he loves it. It definetly brightened our day. I love Christmas time!!

I can't wait for Thanksgiving break either! We are going to Pennsylvania to Bret's sister and her family. I should be a lot of fun and great for us to get away from here for a few days.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Amazing Cucumber

My Grandma sent this to me and I thought it was interesting. My kids will usually eat cucumbers above most other raw veggies and I had no idea they had so much nutritional value.

This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B 3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa?
Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel?
Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!
(I did try to get crayon off of a door and it didn't work so well, but maybe I did it wrong or something. I don't know)

And a pic of the kids costuems. They both loved their costume and wore them around the house about a month before halloween.