Thursday, October 04, 2007

There's really no good title for something this random

*sigh* I just can't keep up anymore! I haven't been blogging much because I've been trying very very hard to get my house in order. And it just ain't hap'nin. I really don't feel like I have much to blog about, though. So here are a few random thoughts.

We're home now for good. And Sweet Hubby has worked 40 hours in the last three days. I'm kind of seeing what it would have been like if I had stayed home during those six weeks he was gone. His boss told him to reassure me that after this week, it won't be like that anymore. I'm having a hard time believing that with Christmas right around the corner.

Marc-Adam is obsessed with the toilet. I'm just sayin' because I had to stop blogging for a minute to go fish him out of the toilet. I have to be very careful these days to keep the lid down or keep the door closed. I have to stay on top of the kids all day to make sure they put the lid down or close the door. He's also obsessed with the sound of the flush. If I put the lid down, he just goes over to the side to flush it. Over and over again. I'll admit...the toilets are not the cleanest thing in my house. And it just grosses me out to find him elbow deep in potty water.

And speaking of not being clean, I'm desperate to find some kind of cleaning/household routine to help me stay on top of this mess that we've mortgaged. I've tried FlyLady and the routines at Menus4Moms. Honestly, I find FlyLady a little too sugary and "in your face" with all her "purple puddles" and "Finally loving yourself" and testimonials and baby steps. It's just too much. I just want someone to lay out a decent cleaning routine for me because obviously I'm completely incapable of doing it myself. And I need more hand-holding right now than I get from M4M. So as it stands right now, I'm just trying to make sure we don't lose the kids in the laundry or break our legs tripping over the toys.

I bought our math curriculum. I got it off eBay, but ended up spending about what I spent for it brand new. Duh. I just got too wrapped up in the excitement, I guess. Oh well. But at least we'll have it and I just need to get the manipulatives now.

We've hit the Accountable Kids wall. I heard Stephen saying under his breath the other day, "I wish we didn't have to have those silly tickets...". LOL! But at least the tickets are the bad guys, not me. He hasn't figured out saving tickets, yet. He spends them on a TV show as soon as they hit his hot little hand. And then by the end of the day, he's mad because he doesn't get to watch one of his favorite shows. He's actually still excited about getting his chores done, I think he's just resentful that he has to have a ticket to enjoy the TV. And Zachary just does whatever Stephen does.

Most of you that read this know by now that Zachary does not have Celiac Disease. He doesn't even carry the gene. However, he is strongly predisposed to gluten sensitivity, but the tests showed that he doesn't seem to have any signs of it right now. So we've been enjoying real bread and meals out. But this also means we're back at square one with his eczema. He's still having flare ups. I've taken to wrapping one of his ankles/knees every night (I alternate) over a combination of Aveeno and Aquaphor. That's helped a lot as far as the thick, scaly skin, but the next day, the leg that I didn't wrap is all dry and flaky again (I'm planning on buying another wrap to be able to wrap both legs every night). And he's compulsive about getting the dry skin off and does it in his almost-3-year-old scratching until he's bloody. I can't seem to get his fingernails short enough.

Very soon, I'll be posting some new pictures of the boys. They're very cute. Slightly tacky, but cute nonetheless.


Kelli in the Mirror said...

You can just go to flylady online and get the missions and zones for the week without subscribing to the gushy emails if you want. I mostly just delete those anyway. But when the email bell dings at 11:15, I know it's her, asking if I put my shoes on. I like the routine and predictability of it. I'm not subscribed right now though. :)

Yay for Z!!!!! But now, what is up with the eczema? Doctors have no idea I guess?

KatieBug said...

CreamPuff's eczema gets nasty to the point of bloody, too. We give her a long bath(about 20 min and no harsh soap) then Lube her up in Aquaphor and put long tight jammies on her. And when I say lube I mean REALLY thick. She is still greasy in the morning, but she is fine all day. I tell her she is my greasy piggy and she runs around the house screaming WWEEEEEE WWEEEEEE. We have a steroid cream and zyrtec for when she gets really bad but I only use those as a last resort.

I am with you on the house cleaning. I got NOTHING in that department. :)

chewymama said...

Allergy tests are only so accurate. Noahs test said his soy allergy was better - but he still pukes if he eats it. If he's eating gluten and its flaring, then its too much for his body. I wish there was another way though :( I have a great book for you to read - "Homeschooling at the Speed of Life". Its very encouraging and its really helped me to step up the organization, stay up with the dishes, etc. Its a Christian Flylady without the gush (im so with you on that!) HTH!

Kelli in the Mirror said...

Oh, and I forgot to say- we hit the wall a week or two ago with AK and she seems to be back on track now. I guess it's like anything else- you get tired of it every now and then. :)