Monday, March 12, 2012

Where's Will?

Oh, that's right, the same place he's been every spare minute for the last 4 days!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Necessity is the mother of invention

alternately titled: One Mom's War against Germs ;)

Livi got a cold last week. No fever, nothing crazy, just a lil drippy faced tired baby. 

When one of the kids gets sick I usually really clamp down on the sharing... no one drinks after, eats after, shares licks of anything, etc. etc. until said sick kid is better. Well a few days into Liv being sick, Will started getting the same symptoms. Now they're all down with it. GAH. 

I started tracking where the heck their germs could have been shared. (And yes, I know living/being together all day every day isn't helping my case here. It just helps me feel better to feel like I'm making a difference somehow.) Anyway, much to my dismay, I realized what was the culprit! Brushing teeth! Every night, all 4 kids brush using the same (not toothbrushes, I'm not that gross) tube of toothpaste, and use the same handtowel at the sink! No wonder they all are getting sick! How dumb of me.

So today after church, we made a stop at Wal*Mart and I let the kids each pick out two matching handtowels and their very own tube of toothpaste. This was cause for much excitement and jumping up and down in aisles. 

This afternoon I sewed a piece of quilt binding together, then sewed a small loop onto each handtowel. (My kids can't be the only ones who are towel-hanging-challenged... right?!) So now it's foolproof. 

I got three (they only had three left) magic-sticky-hook-things and stuck them to the wall behind the bathroom door and, voila! Each kids now has their own germ-containing towel. And since they got two towels each, when one is in the laundry, the other will be hanging (I headed that problem off at the pass, thank you very much.) (And as soon as I get back to that dreaded establishment, I will be picking up a fourth hook so Livi can join the lineup with "da guys" as she likes to say.)

The final touch to my awesome germ-crushing plan is the cups. I got them at the end of last summer on clearance (yes, I think also at Wal*Mart) and I let each kid pick one from my stash (not necessarily coordinating with their towel... that would have been a good thought though, eh?)

So now the kids each stash their own toothbrush and their own toothpaste in their own cup. And they use their own towel. I feel like a genius! I don't know why it's taken me this long to figure this one out.

Now we will see at the next go-round of colds if anyone doesn't catch one. If so, I am so taking all the credit. :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Last Saturday...

we went to the opening night of the Philadelphia Flower Show. The theme was "Hawaii" and it was, as it is every year, a totally fab night!! :) I highly recommend the show, and it's free to the public every first week of March. It's an amazing experience!

Here are l-r, Kelsey (Jon's gf), friend Alezah, soon-to-be-16 (!!) Abby and me.

Dan and me <3

Friday, March 9, 2012

KONY 2012


because we all agree that where you live should not determine whether you live.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hiking with friends...

on this glorious spring-like day!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

dinner tonight

dan is a big steak lover. i am not, although i do enjoy them when he makes them. i just don't crave them and/or love them like he does.

anyway, every few weeks dan decides he wants to have steaks. so we stop at the butcher on the way home from church, and dan goes in and selects our steaks. the butcher is an old, cranky guy whose shop has been around since the 70's. apparently he likes dan though. so then later on, dan does his marinade thing, and the steaks sit in the fridge for a day or two. on the night we have steaks, i always feel like i should up my game with the sides. tonight we're having dan's famously awesome blue-cheese-crumble-topped steaks, and i'm making steamed asparagus, beer bread, sweet potatoes and orzo in cheese sauce. i'm excited to eat tonight. :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

in which i admit my technology addiction

i recently gave up facebook for lent, and apparently giving up facebook is what causes me to blog. (i did this last with the same results as well.)


i'm not sure why i feel the need to communicate with the great big world via technology, but for some reason i do. i also realized the other day while poking around the settings on my (heretofore little-used) blog that 41 people are following me, and (allegedly) reading every word i put out there.

that's a little strange. i have a lot of friends of facebook and i'm always careful of what i put on there because of that fact. i'm a lot less filtered and a lot more rambly on here. not sure if that's a good thing or bad. :)

in other news, my book club met last night and discussed book one of the hunger games series. i am not ashamed to say i was/ am a big fan. i've heard from a few people that the series goes downhill from here, which is a little disappointing, although not surprising. most books series do, in my opinion. although now that i say that, two series pop to mind (liz curtis higgs' lowlands of scotland and francine rivers'  mark of the lion) in both of which, the third and last book in the series is my favorite. so there you go: i just disproved my own point before i even got to make it. :)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012


i'm home alone tonight. well sort of. dan's been asleep since 7-- after 28 hours traveling home from the philippines, he ate, showered and crashed.

the kids are all at a kids church event with a friend and my sister abby. my other sibs have all migrated south for the next few months already.

the kids and i spent 5 days in kansas city visiting my sister-in-law and her family. it was great, possibly the best thing i've done so far this year.

tomorrow dan and i head to philly for the flower show black tie event-- always a fun (and fragrant!) evening.

livi has a cold. she catches them more easily than the other kids-- but i don't know if it's genetics or age-- i feel like the older the kids get, the more infrequently they get sick. [shrugs] she's a little trooper though, and blows her nose like a champ, so i'm not complaining.

i have two big(ish) windchimes hanging from my back porch, and on windy nights like tonight i can hear them clearly inside, even with all the windows and doors shut. it's lovely and peaceful, and reminds me of redeeming love, when angel smashes michael's dreams, yet he goes outside and builds her windchimes. love that book. perhaps it's time to dig it out for a re-read. if you haven't read it, you should.

i have (in the last 5 months) finished 18 credits of work towards my bachelor's in english (yes, it's officially in english!) but have a ton more to go. i'm officially a junior, but sometimes i feel overwhelmed and swamped and panicky, wondering when in the heck i will ever be done! but mostly i just keep plugging along. it's easier for me to just "do the next thing" and then i will hopefully look up one day and see that i'm at the finish line.

i miss my sisters in rwanda and honduras. i haven't seen them in way too long. being grown-up and having real jobs is no fun sometimes.

i have the lyrics to "if i die young" running through my head. i love the melody but its such a sad song. perhaps that is why i'm feeling so melancholy tonight.

that and the windchimes. <3