Have you tried to go offline?

 Hello everyone! Sorry I’m hit and miss on this blog (not that anyone is actually reading it).  Anyhow,  I recently decided to get rid of my Facebook and have tried to be as offline as possible.  With the exception of Pinterest.  I mean I need crafty things to do and recipes now that I’m not attached to my  phone. =]

Let me recap on some things that has happened since the last post.  The girls and I have been starting all sorts of different seeds indoors.  And they LOVE to do that.  Hopefully they will enjoy the rest of the work gardening also.  We also recently got 14 chickens and 7 ducks.  We have lost 1 chicken and I had to save another. The girls LOVE them.  We bought  each girl a chicken harness for when the birds are big enough. haha. I am hoping to obtain some eggs that my stomach can handle.  At the moment store bought eggs make me feel very sick to my stomach for an entire day when I eat them.  I am wondering if it isn’t the corn or soy that’s used in the feed.  Because of this I mixed up my own feed from a mix recipe I found on Pinterest.  It contains sunflower seeds, flax seeds, barley, wheat, oats, and crushed oyster shells.  All the birds seem to enjoy this.  It’s a tad bit more pricey, but not too much.  We are also in the market for quail to raise for eggs.  Just need to find some at a reasonable price in our area.

Another thing that’s happened is Evan and I decided to finally take our real honeymoon that we never took.  Sure it’s a few years late, but who cares?! It was much needed and amazing.  We went to the Riviera Maya in Mexico.  The first couple days were really windy, but we could still enjoy being outside.  It was in the mid-upper 80s the whole time. =]  We missed the kids immensely, but it was good for us and the kids to have some space from each other.  The Riviera Maya has INCREDIBLE sights to see (I will post pictures on another post later for you to see).  We did a tour with alltournative tours and went to Tulum where some Mayan ruins were and also into the Jungle for some zip lining, repelling, and snorkeling in a cenote.  Cenotes are like caves with rivers running through them.  Fresh water.  Absolutely stunning.  It just so happened that some National Geographic people were there (National Geographic endorses this tour) scuba diving while we snorkeled.  Tulum is in the top 20 beaches of the world!  ABSOLUTELY STUNNING falls short of describing it. Same as with the Jungle and the Cenotes. I wish I could’ve gotten pictures from there.  I did take a GoPro, but realized on the first zip line it was dead =[.  They did have photographers there but they wanted $25 per 5×7 picture and $70 for a USB.  They wouldn’t bargain, and we had already went over budget on our trip so we opted out =[.  We do plan to go back to the area in the future, so maybe I can get some pictures then!  I highly recommend using alltournative tours and taking the Tulum/Jungle Maya tour!

Moving on to some other things:  I still homeschool preschool Olivia, but I’ve switched to Easy Peasy All in One homeschool and still do some workbook stuff here.  Isabelle just wasn’t as interested in the workbooks so I looked into something different.  Easy Peasy is exactly that.  http://www.allinonehomeschool.com check it out for your kids!  We just finished day 6.  You literally have nothing to worry about.  It’s free, all the assignments are linked for you, it shows what to do for each day, and it goes from Preschool-High school.  And my favorite is that you can incorporate the bible.  ALSO…………it has ART, PE, and MUSIC! S you don’t have to come up with those curriculums yourself.  HIGHLY recommend them. The woman who started it lives in Pennsylvania and they have one of the strictest homeschool laws, so you will be sure your children are doing more than probably needed and you won’t be short on anything!

Now onto the kids:

Olivia: still a huge sweet heart who enjoys learning.  I babysit once a week now for 2 girls ages 5 and 1.5.  She loves when they come over and they play.  She also really loves to go to the library and play on the computers

Isabelle:  Still as ornery as ever.  Wants to win everything.  Now at every meal the girls race to see who wins drinking all their drink, and eating their food.  Guess that’s one way to make sure they eat all of their food =]  She also enjoys when her friends come to play.  And she’s really wanting to get into Sunday school (she still has about 2 years) haha

Preston:  A few weeks back ended up in the hospital.  I woke up to him coughing/choking.  Got out of bed to check on him and he seemed fine. As soon as I laid back in bed I heard him start to gasp.  I ran to get him out. Checked him over, ripped his sleeper open and grabbed my stethoscope.  It was like he couldn’t catch his breath but he wasn’t coughing.  About 30 seconds in he coughed and seemed okay for maybe another 30 seconds, but by this time Evan was holding him and I was getting dressed to take him to the ER (as in putting on a bra) This was about 12:35am on the Saturday after his 1st birthday.  Then he started to wheeze bad and his chest began retracting.  At this point I began to freak out even more.  I told Evan I was calling his mom and picking her up to ride along with me because God forbid I would have to perform CPR on my own child-I still needed someone to drive to the hospital.  (side note): I live close enough to a hospital it would not have been worth it for the 5 minutes in calling 911 and them to dispatch then the 15-20 minutes for the squad to come and the 15-18minute rush via ambulance to the hospital. Instead I chose to take him myself.  I tried to use Siri on my phone to get the number for the hospital to call and let them know but of course, the first time my phone won’t use 3G in that area was then.  So I used my trusty OnStar.  They were wonderful.  They called the hospital for me, stayed on the line with me kept asking how he was doing, and directed us where we needed to go (even though I already knew how to get to the hospital).  Once we pulled up to the ER drop off there was a nurse already waiting for me.  They immediately gave him a breathing treatment and started and IV to give steroids.  I was scared. Oh so scared, but still had a feeling of peace.  Like he was going to be okay.  Thank God he was.  All praise to him.  They called it sporadic croup.  Not sure what caused it because he was not sick and tested negative for RSV.  He was admitted at 4 am and discharged Sunday afternoon. So I consider staying 2 nights.  Since we went in on my “Friday” night and got home Sunday.  Anyhow that has been his only episode and I hope it never happens again.  So besides turning the BIG 1, that’s been Preston’s eventful news.

So like the title of this blog post: Have you tried to go offline? If you have let me know. Tell me why, how well it worked, and how you felt.  Have you went back?  I’ve enjoyed being off of Facebook really.  I kind of miss seeing the happy news on there.  But honestly there wasn’t much of that.  It’s really refreshing to me.  I’m spending more time with my kids.  I would say I’m staying on top of the house, but since we went on our trip I’m still pretty behind, but hopefully I will be able to stay on top of it! =]

God Bless and enjoy your day,

Miranda

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Is today Monday still?

1 whole weeks worth of laundry for a family of 5.
1 whole weeks worth of laundry for a family of 5.
I climbed that mountain and came out on top! Next step getting it put away....psh yeah right. Maybe getting it to the rooms instead.
I climbed that mountain and came out on top! Next step getting it put away….psh yeah right. Maybe getting it to the rooms instead.
“MOM I’M GOING TO CRAWL. MOOOOOM!!!! I CAN’T GET DOWN”!!
Olivia says “get down you can’t do that yet, you’re too little”.
Instead of where's Waldo does anyone want to play where's Isabelle?
Instead of where’s Waldo does anyone want to play where’s Isabelle?
Oh, there she is! Good game.  Now where's that phone?
Oh, there she is! Good game. Now where’s that phone?
She did not want her picture. haha. But mommy got one anyhow of her using all my post it notes for O's
She did not want her picture. haha. But mommy got one anyhow of her using all my post it notes for O’s

Okay so Mondays usually begin with me waking up and immediately starting laundry. So yesterday that is exactly what I did. I got about 4 loads in and was messing around with starting up my blog when the hubby stopped in.  He usually doesn’t come home during the day, but he needed to change before going to pick up some more parts for his business.  Well as I am sitting in sweats, hair down, kids just put into their beds for nap he proceeds to tell me to finish getting ready because I am going with him.  I told him how I had too much to do and I didn’t want to ride with him to just go get parts a little over an hour away.  I was still determined to not go until he said I will take you out to eat. I immediately replied, “okay!” and then finished getting myself ready.  The girl’s went to “maw maw Cheryl’s” and we took Preston with us.  I guess as a farmers wife/agriculture business owner you have to take dates as they come even if they are trips to get parts. 😉 After picking up the parts we went to Texas Roadhouse and filled up on bread and salad, barely touching our main course when it came.  Because who wants to spend over $40 on a meal for 2 without having left overs? That’s how we roll haha. Don’t deny you either think it or actually do it to! Shout out to all the carb lovers!  We then came back and I picked up the girls.  This was after 9! Which is past bedtime, so I’m sure any mother of toddlers knows how a bedtime routine goes and if it goes past bedtime how awful it can become.  We had a bit of a struggle to get them to sleep, but when we finally did it was time to get to work….Canning tomatoes. Make sure you check out my “canning adventures” page to see some of my other canning items! So my Monday didn’t go as planned and ran really late.  So my Laundry day wasn’t so much of a laundry day which left the pile of clothes left you see in this post.  A whopping weeks worth of laundry for a family of 5!  So guess how I get to be “super mom” and get all that folded and organized? Why not let one kid use post-it notes to write her name, the other to terrorize a toyroom and one to get frustrated because he’s attempting to crawl and can’t.  We jammed out to the 102 Bible songs Vol. 1 CD. And then Olivia proceeded to tell me who taught her each of the songs that were played. haha. Some were Carla (a friend of hers from church) others were mother-in-law more commonly known as “maw maw Cheryl”, and my self.

I told how I would talk about laughs, tears, and tantrums.  Well we just had a tantrum by Olivia by me taking the computer chair to write this blog post.  And now she is laughing at Isabelle looking for her play phone in the toy room.  Who knows where it could be in that sea of mess.  If anyone has any tips as to how to get your children to pick up after themselves PLEASE give me your tips!  We have tried taking things away, time outs, bribes, chores, awards.  It doesn’t work.

Anyhow, not sure how often I will post to this so I guess keep checking back regularly! I just wanted to say, “is it Monday still”? with all the laundry and the way has felt.  Also, ladies- give up the clean house attempt.  I am NOT going to be afraid to show my REAL home. Mess and all. So for the faint of heart you may want to avoid future posts!

As always–

Love,

Miranda