Wednesday, August 20, 2008

It's broken!

Well, there's a first time for everything. We have experienced another new first in our house. A broken bone. You would think that with 7 children that we'd have had our fair share of broken bones. Nope, we've been lucky. Until yesterday that is.

Our little 2 yo daughter had to be the first to try this. She is a little bundle of energy, to say the least. She is also fearless. I'd love to say that she was doing something reckless and wild, as is usual for her, but she was just helping mommy clear away the lunch dishes off of the table.

Of course to help mommy she did have to pick the ceramic plate that my 14 yo daughter just had to eat off of. Imagine a very petite, 24 pound 2 yo carrying a large, and quite heavy I might add, ceramic dinner plate almost above her head. Could she walk slowly to do this? Of course not. She was at a full sprint heading for the sink. Then, imagine a small rug placed in front of the kitchen sink that had one end flipped up. You see where i'm going with this, right?

Needless to say, she tripped over the rug, the plate flew out of her little hands and landed firmly on one of her fingers like a guillotine. After a few hours at the local after hours clinic and a couple of xrays we found out that her finger is indeed broken. Now we have an appointment to see the orthopedic doctor this Friday. That makes 2 appointments that day and it's my birthday. Happy birthday to me. Ha!

You can't really see how bruised it is here. Poor baby.

Isn't she cute with her splint on? Note: This is one of the rare moments that we caught with that splint on.

Hopefully things will calm down here soon. At least everyone is well again. So, does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep a splint on a very determined not to wear it 2 year old?

Saturday, August 16, 2008


It's Anna....again.

It seems as though we can't get rid of the sickness here. I had 2 of the other children sick a few weeks ago with a cold and then I got sick with laryngitis. I am finally just now getting my voice back. I'm sure the children are none too thrilled about that.

I tried so hard to keep it from doing an entire sweep of the household by disinfecting everything, having everybody washing hands constantly, washing bedding. You know the drill.

I actually thought we were over it, but it seems as if I passed my sickness onto Anna. Poor little thing. She now has croup. For any of you moms who have experienced croup with your children, you know how dangerous it could be in a 2 month old. In fact, her pediatrician said that Anna was the youngest case of croup she had ever seen. Of course it had to be Anna. Infants as young as she is just don't usually get croup.

I am by no means an alarmist when it comes to using the doctor. I use one when we really need it. Not for every little thing that comes our way. When she sees us, she knows that I have tried to treat at home and it's beyond what I can do.

After much deliberating, we put her on a dose of steriods. From working as a nurse in NICU for years I know that steriods is an "avoid it unless absolutely necessary" type drug in little ones. It suppresses their immune system. When you have to decide between airway and immune system though, airway wins everytime. :-)

A few hours after her first dose she already sounded better. Not 100%, but at least there is no more stridor. *Stridor is that horrible noise they make when they breathe in and out during a bad case of croup.* Her doctor and I am positive that we would have been in PICU with her if we hadn't started the meds as early in the day as we did with her. We're not out of the woods yet, we still need to keep an close eye for the next night or two but she did well lastnight.

So, if you could just think about us and say a quick prayer for Anna. She sure has kept this experienced mom on her toes.

Just for fun here's a picture of her from last week. She sure has grown. She's up to 11 lbs now.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Grocery Gathering - Albertson's DFW 8/13 - 8/19

Sorry I didn't get this post up a bit sooner but I have been sick since this past weekend....ugh. I'm still not 100%, but at least my voice is coming back. There is not much in the way of great deals, but you could get a few decent deals with the right coupons.

3 day sale: 8/15 - 8/17:

Large shrimp $3.99/lb.

2 Liters Coke $.99/ea.

Bar S hotdogs $.78/ea
- $.25/1 IP here

I will add more if I see more anymore good deals. Please stop by and visit Becentsable, who hosts the Grocery Gathering, for more great grocery savings.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Beauty From Pain

This is my first time participating in Then Sings My Soul Saturday. The song I wanted to share is a song that has been on my heart alot lately. It is a song by Superchick called "Beauty From Pain."

Just recently I have known a few people that have suffered horrible losses. Many other people have been going through really hard times. All suffering silently in their lives. I hope that this song is as encouraging to you as it has been to me. While we may not understand why, we have the promise that one day God can bring beauty from our pain.

For more encouaraging songs make sure you visit Signs, Miracles, and Wonders for Then Sings My Soul Saturday.

"Where do you get all your coupons?"

I have had quite a few questions asking me where I get all my coupons lately. I actually have a variety of places that I get them from. The two places that I get most of my coupons is from my local Sunday paper and I print them from various websites. I do also get a few from tearpads or blinkies found in the grocery store and I am part of a coupon train.

In the coupon train I receive an envelope of coupons and then I mail out, in another envelope, the ones I can't use with more I have added to the next person in my group. All of these sources combined is how I get about 90% of my coupons.

Now, for a really great up coming deal that I know I need to get multiples of, I have been known to buy a few coupons from ebay. I really have not used it very often because I find that the hot coupons are REALLY overpriced.

Really though, the absolute best way I have found to get more than one of a coupon I need is to just simply trade with other couponers. I trade coupons that I don't want for coupons I need. I have traded coupons, coke points, Similac checks, and even stamps for other coupons that I need. Since I have started this I have noticed a huge savings at the stores.

I am not overly obsessive about it. I just trade when I need, and help others when I see that they need something I have. It works great and saves everyone money, which is what we all want. Happy couponing!