House and Home

Fighting Sickness – What do you do?

We all came down with coughs this week (and it is so not fun). Zion has had a cough off and on for quite a while now, then it passed to Hosanna. Now the rest of the family has the cough to varying degrees.

Daddy has been booted to Hosanna’s princess bed while I sleep with the twins in our bed – to tend to the coughing and requests for water and milk (we are trying to wean….).

We have upped our vitamins – chewable C, gummy D, and gummy multis.

We are eating more fruits and veggies (which isn’t hard with these kids).

Then today I sent the big kids on a mission to disinfect. Elisha did the bathroom, Malachi did all the light switches, and Moses did all the doorknobs.

It is time for a big deep clean, but I am trying to wait until we all feel a wee bit better (aka – being able to breathe without coughing).

The television has been on more than I would like and we have watched some educational videos (like the science experiment DVD’s and Mathtacular from Sonlight), but you do what you have to do (and you do your best not to feel guilty, right?).

Between you and me, I think the house is making us sick, but at this point we don’t have any other living options so we need to do the best we can to get through this.

If you think about it, could you say a little pray for us all to get feeling better. Thank you.

What do you do when you have a bad cough?

Minimize Monday

Minimize Monday

I found this meme last week, but didn’t get my act together to actually put up a post. I did actually go through the laundry last week and get rid of a big black garbage bag of clothes to the thrift store.

This week, I went through my art supplies last week and was able to give my sister a decent supply of water color paper and huge bag full of water color tubes. She is working on some current projects and they came in really useful. I had an over abundance due to a generous freecyler whose mother had stopped painting (I love freecycle).

I was just thinking today that we need to do a declutter of the ENTIRE house again. We don’t buy much stuff, so I often wonder if it multiplies in the night when we aren’t looking.

I think this weekly declutter challenge is just what I need to get motivated and the time chunk is certainly manageable (and motivating).

I am linking up with Minimize Monday with Mommy Moment.

Garden Play Area

We have a small backyard and I would love for it to be more interesting for the kids. I came across this picture a very long time ago and it is very inspiring for me. With spring quickly approaching (okay, maybe just in my imagination), I thought I would share this idea with you.

Take a moment and look at this cute little backyard space. Let me know what you think? Would it work in a 20×20 backyard with limited grass space?

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