It is Show Us Your Cleaning Tips day over at Kelly's Korner. I fear that I have been a slacker lately, but after today's post, and in my mind a challenge, I am going to try to get back on track.
Kelly posted what I think are the best basics, as far as 1. Make your bed everyday. 2. Load and run dishwasher at night, and unload in the morning. (These were all tips from my dear friend Susie several years ago when I was completely overwhelmed!)
And incase you haven't noticed, we have been blessed with 2 boys. Boys are stinky, and gross when it comes to bathroom etiquette. They have none! No matter how hard we try, threaten and take things away, they just can't be neat when it comes to pee-pee! But, I have come across these Fabulous wipes that work well for in between cleanings! They are AMAZING! As far as really cleaning the bathroom, Clorox, Clorox, Clorox-you are my friend! Tile floors can hold in the stench of urine if you don't bleach them from time to time (or once a week around here).
Another super awesome thing we have is a Pledge Fabric Sweeper-this thing is also AMAZING! We have 2 cats, and a dog, so there tends to be hair in a few places. This sucker takes care of that immediately without having to lug out the vacuum and waste tape or lint rollers! And, you can actually empty it when it is full, so you don't have to buy another one. Although I don't think they advertise it that way, but Ha-I am poor these days!!!
That is all I have for cleaning tips for now, if you know of anyway to not have to sweep the kitchen alot, please let me know!!! ;)
Well, baseball has begun! We have been practicing for a few weeks now, but last night was our first real game of spring season. Our team did really well, although we lost by two. That's ok, we played a really good team! Dalton's friend Austin from church is on that team, and his dad Ben (our executive pastor-who we are really good friends with,) is their coach. So I guess if we had to lose our first game, I would rather lose to them! It is funny, we didn't even know that we were playing them until we got there! The last two seasons, every time the boys were set to play each other, something happened and they never actually got to play each other. One time, the game was rained out, and another time Dalton was out of town. So this was fun for all of us, and as parents we got to cheer on each other's kiddos! I think he looks adorable in all the catcher's gear! He seems to do really well there! Austin and Dalton friendly rivals!
Seven! Yep 7!!!!! Where in the world has the time gone? I can't believe he turned 7 on Friday. He had been asking for a year to have a laser tag party, so we had an all boys Laser Quest/Pizza party! They had a blast! I however, was a little tired after hanging out with 10 very active boys! He was also very specific on wanting a cupcake cake, which I think is hilarious that he has always been one for detail! ha ha So, Bakugan cupcake cake we had!
The last picture is hilarious-the people at LQ do a little birthday thing, where they recognize Dalton, and have everyone sing to him. While we were singing, they had a leaf blower thing with toilet paper attached, and blew it all over him and the other boys. What did ten 7 & 8 year old boys think of that? AWESOME is pretty much all I heard! :)
We are so proud of Dalton, he never stops surprising us with his genuine heart, and his love for the Lord. All the while being a total boy! There is never a dull day around here, but I am grateful for the opportunity to be his mother!
Ok, so I have been a blog slacker lately, so I am spending these last 2 days trying to get caught up. Make sure you scroll down and see the next few post to see what we have been up to.
Also thought I would catch you up on our most recent ER visit to Cook's downtown. If you might remember, Dalton had to visit there on Jan 1 due to burns from hot tea. Well, to follow in his big brother's footsteps, Carson visited there in Feb. One evening, Carson was running through the front hall (big surprise-ha ha) and fell, then slid right into the coffee table. He got a huge knot on his forehead, but all seemed to be ok. About and hour and a half later, after going to bed-he started throwing up everywhere! Jason was so good about taking care of that, since I had gone to bed early of exhaustion! We were concerned about a concussion, and after talking to Papa (an ER nurse), he informed us that only if he threw up 3 times or more should we be concerned.
So, after the 3rd time, called the Dr after hours # and they had us scheduled to go to Cooks downtown. He threw up several times on the way there, and ended up having diarrhea also! Turns out he just had a stomach bug! But they did a CT scan just to be safe-since he had thrown up 7 times-poor thing! So, he is 4, has been to the ER twice, and has already had X-Rays, and a CT scan! Oh Boy-this kid!!!
But we are thankful that all is well, and his brain looks to be functioning normal-well, as normal as it can for a 4-year old fearless boy!
We went to ride dirtbikes at our normal place one day, and it was closed due to flooding after all the snow melted, and the rains. So, off we were in search of a new place. We found TMX in Roanoke. It was pretty neat, and the boys loved it. This was Carson's 2nd time to ride, and he did really well, but we also realized that he sometimes has problems following the rules and just does what he wants to. Not so good on a motorized vehicle! I guess we will be working on that!
Jason and I took an adult weekend away to Marble Falls, TX. If you don't know where it is, it is in the middle of the hill country. It was absolutely beautiful, and we had a great time. Jason still had some LQ points from when he was traveling, so we got 2 free nights at the new La Quinta there. It was an awesome hotel-it seemed like some of the more expensive hotels, and every room had it's own private balcony over looking the Colorado River- but still regular LQ prices if any of you are planning to go there!
We did some wine tasting at the local wineries, and also some shopping! It was a much needed weekend away together without the kiddos!
Jason bought into a deer lease this past year, and we have enjoyed going there and having some fun family times together. It has a cabin/house on it and we are able to go their from time to time to hang out and stuff. It has been a lot of fun. We went with our friends The Cormacks for 4 days over Spring Break, and we all had a great time. With the exception of a little cabin fever when it was rainy and cold for a solid 24 hours, all was well.
Jason took the boys 4 wheeler out there, and all the kids took turns and had a blast. Their youngest had a battery powered little 4 wheeler, and had a great time right along with the big kids!
We even did a treasure hunt where we used a hand held GPS (thanks Michael)and had to follow to a set of coordinates and find the "treasure" In this case it was an old ammo box with candy and toys in it! The kids had a blast! It was alot of fun, and definitely something to interest them for a while!
We went fishing, and pretty much everybody but me caught something! Well, I did catch a nice sunburn! There are some funny pics of me doing laundry in a pot of boiling water on the stove too! Since it was really muddy after the day of rain, we kind of ran out of clothes (and socks) for the kiddos! So, what's a mom to do? Well, laundry in the kitchen ofcourse! It worked, and was pretty comical as well! Can you say Redneck?
Last Friday, Dalton had early release day to start off spring break. We decided to take the boys to the zoo since it was such a beautiful day. We all had a great time, and Dalton even did the rock climbing wall! This is a big step for him, since he is usually afraid of things like that. He climbed all the way to the top, wasn't scared a bit, rang the bell and everything! He even pushed off and repelled down!
We really liked the new reptile and amphibian center, it is really big and has tons more than the old one that was tiny and stuffy! This one has temperature control and everything! And I am not a big fan of reptiles! But, I do have boys, so I guess I just have to get used to it!
Enjoy the pics of our fun family day! The birds has always been our favorite thing there!
Carson's pre-school has a Muffins for Mom breakfast every year, and it is so sweet! They are all so cute, and we get to go to chapel with them and they sing songs for us. They have a Donuts with Dad in February, but I can't find those pics right now so I will post that later! Carson's Super Awesome Teachers
I was so proud of my little man, when we went to the drink table he asked me what drink I wanted, and got it for me. He picked out a pink napkin and plate for me, and blue for him. He even pulled my chair out for me! I really felt special-he is so sweet!
I have 3 beautiful boys, and a wonderful husband! I have a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I have been blessed by His grace, and am so excited to continue living for Him, and to raise my boys to do the same! I am dabbling in some custom crafts, and christian home decor. I am excited to share my life with others through my blogs!