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On the Mend...

Antibiotics are an amazing thing! I'm normally a big believer in letting our bodies fight off whatever has invaded...but there becomes a point when it's obvious that's just not going to work. After several ups and downs Friday and Saturday, we woke up with a very sad little girl on Sunday who was refusing to eat or drink anything. After trying every trick in the book, we called the ER. A consultation with the physician on call confirmed what we were thinking and off to the ER Brea and I went.

It was a busy day for the ER Sunday. Germs are apparently taking over our small community at the moment. Even though they were busy, we got kind and what I would consider quick care given the circumstances. Two hours after arriving, we left with antibiotics in hand, a dose of ibuprofen in Brea's belly, and the diagnosis of Strep Throat.

It's obviously just what her little body needed. We finally were able to get some fluids down her before bed last night, we were happy to have a second wet diaper for the day, and a good night of sleep was had by all. This morning she's been a bit slow to start, but even food and fluids have started to make a comeback in her world. (Thanks Saint's Rest for the yummy bagel, just what I needed to entice her back into eating!)

She was a little annoyed at my attempts to snap some quick photos of her this morning while she was eating her "bee cheerios" and watching Sesame Street. Oh the attitude this one has at times...

Another parenting hill successfully least for now! I'm so glad you're feeling better monkey!



My Most Read Thoughts


Today while I sat in a classroom supervising students as they worked on their math assignments, I watched Lexi through the window enjoying time with her friends during recess. My heart smiled.

Those moments, moments of learning and carefree fun, those are the moments that SHOULD make up a school day. As a Mom, and an elementary school employee, my heart is breaking over the news and images coming out of Connecticut today. 
I send my kids off to school everyday without a second thought that they will return safely come day's end, just as I'm sure each one of those parents in Newtown did this morning.
Every day I walk into my school for work without a second thought to my personal safety, just as I'm sure each of those teachers, paras, custodians, sectretaries, etc in Newtown did this morning. 
Theories will be published. Evidence will be presented. Words will be exchanged about gun control and the need for change in our current culture of violence. I don't suspec…

DIY: Reusable Produce Bags

With Earth Day festivities gearing up for tomorrow, I thought I'd take a moment to post a short DIY tutorial on making your own reusable cloth produce bags. (Tutorial inspired by my favorite crafty mom blog, Crazy Mom Quilts. Produce bags inspired by running into my friend Laura at the grocery store while she was stuffing her produce into these.) This is my next step in the fight against the excessive use of plastic bags.

Our family has been making small environmentally minded changes in our daily lives over the past few years. We use reusable shopping bags. We've stopped buying/using Ziploc bags and plastic wrap. I'm trying to commute around town via bike more. I'm being more mindful about where the food we buy comes from and how it was produced. We more often hang our laundry on the line to dry in the spring and summer instead of just throwing it in the dryer. (Which is convenient at the moment since our dryer has decided to quit drying.) As we use up chemically clean…

Sunday Morning Silly...

Once in a while Dando's curiosity urges him to venture off the bookshelf so he check out other toys in the house.

I think he thinks Froggy is missing a few marbles.