I was upstairs editing photos for a client, when I decided to take a break and go downstairs. To my surprise, not only was Jack cleaning up the dinner dishes, but Clara was helping, and it was just so sweet, so of course I had to grab my camera for some quick snaps. This is her first time helping with the dishes.
It's so great to see her feeling better. The last week and weekend were horrible for her. She was scary sick. She had and ER visit, and two doctor visits before we were able to find out that she has a UTI and bladder infection (and the poor girl had to go through 4 catheter attempts during the second dr visit.). Her fevers ran for days at 104.5, she was pale, shaky, blue lips, icy hands and feet, and projectile vomiting. She cried and screamed at times, and it was just heartbreaking. Luckily the antibiotics are helping her feel better, and she's almost halfway through taking the medicine.
My heart just adores her. Her messy face from dinner, her messy hair, because she won't keep her hair in a ponytail, standing here helping her daddy wash dishes. I just turn to mush. I feel so lucky to be her mom. She's a fighter, she's tough, full of sass, but so very sweet, and so full of love.
Emmett, Idaho Berry Pickin
The kids and I went out with friends to pick some berries. We went to two farms out in Emmett that we haven't visited before. It was a great way to spend the early afternoon. We love that the berries are grown with organic practices and aren't sprayed. They taste incredible and won't last long the way we're gobbling them up!
Eclipse 2017 Over Idaho
Our family decided to stay away from the crowds and hang in the backyard to make our memory experiencing the eclipse over Idaho. We got 99.6% coverage, just outside the path of totality. Not too bad, pretty darn good really. It was spectacular. We enjoyed a couple hours spending time outside. We watched from about 10am to noon, with the ultimate time frame just about 11:26 am.
I love the lighting effect from the eclipse. It was really dreamy. A lot of the birds headed for the trees to go in their nests, and we had a giant hawk flying over our yard, very low, just above our fence line. He kept flying over and screeching down at us. It was a really beautiful bird of prey, with awesome coloring under its wings.
My dad and brother were able to make it over to watch too. Jack took the day off work, which made for a nice family day. Clara has just recently in the past couple of weeks tried to start taking steps. She would get about 1-3 steps, but over the last few days she is doing so well! She gets about 8 and then makes herself plop back down.
I hope someday both of my children can look back at this day with fond memories, because how special is it that we were able to experience this eclipse together!
Shopping for Blueberries
We hit up some nurseries this weekend for blueberry plants. Although the air was smoky and it was really hot out, it was great to get out, and be surrounded by beautiful plants. Clara really loved crawling around looking at pebbles, leaves, and bugs. William loved the cat, and took off wandering around the nursery playing with the cat.
I am glad I brought my camera, because it was peaceful to document this outing.
Prepping for Snowmaggedon in Boise
Are you worried about the polar ice caps melting? Don't fret. They are just looking to relocate to Idaho.
Boise is in for a heck of a winter. We haven’t had weather like this in many, many years. There is a lot of talk about power outages, so we decided to have fun “prepping” for the big snow storm of 2017. Sure there are a lot of states that deal with this kind of weather every year, but for Boise, this is not the norm, so it feels a bit like a snowmageddon is coming. The stores are absolutely crazy with people stocking up. Shelves are emptying and lines are long. There are numerous wrecks, cars flipped over, and people sliding on the streets. I know people think it is funny that Boise is making a big deal about the 35 below temps, the snow, freezing rain, and possible flooding coming our way, but I would rather be safe than sorry. So here we are making sure we are ready for at least 5 days, but probably more like a week at least. It’s been fun for our family to hang out talking about the weather, making food, doing laundry, stocking batteries, water, and candles. We have plenty of books to read and crayons to color with. Our Amazon and Netflix accounts are loaded with movies we want to watch, if the power doesn’t go out. The night before this our hot water line began to freeze, and water wasn’t coming out of the faucets, so I had to go stand on a ladder in the garage aiming my blow dryer at the wall and water line to thaw it out while all the faucets were turned on, so we could get the water running again. It worked after about 15 minutes.
We have lots of soup, cookies, mashed sweet potatoes, rice, cooked meats, beans, nuts, fruits, and veggies ready for the next week, and yes bread, eggs, and milk ( raw, fresh and straight from the farm, yum!). I stayed home with the kids for the last 8 days. The roads were so bad, and my husband had to take my SUV to get to work. So yesterday, before the storm was supposed to be hitting Idaho even worse than it already has, we all loaded up to get out the house for a bit to drive a couple towns over to pick up donor breastmilk for Clara from a sweet friend. So Clara has an awesome stock of breastmilk and formula too. I also decided to buy a manual pump just in case the power goes out, and worst case scenario we end up a few days without power I wanted to make sure I could still pump my own milk for her, although not much, I need to keep my supply up, whatever I can get (video on my Drops of Devotion channel about nursing).
Well, stay safe and warm out there Idahoans. We will be goofing off and enjoying the “snowmageddon” at home:
After the first big snow on Jan. 5
Funny video about shopping for winter! We laughed so hard at this guy's video a few years ago, and I saw it posted around again this winter. Still sooo funny and true!
Oak Meadows Math Lesson 1
Math has never been easy for me. I spent most of my childhood and teen years and even some of college, in tears, because math was so dang hard for me. I have found myself frustrated at times trying to teach my son when it comes to math, because to this day, when I see math problems my brain goes into panic mode in a split second. It seems no matter how many times I sit and work on math I forget formulas every single time.
We are now starting a new curriculum through Oak Meadows distance learning. Lesson one begins with fractions, so right off the bat I am feeling discouraged, but thankfully this curriculum comes with a teacher's manual. However, after going through the manual and instructions, I seemed to be spacing out from the get go. I might as well be trying to read Chinese. It took me an hour, but I got through two problems and refreshed my memory on a couple simple fractions. The second one ended up being an improper fraction and I had to remember how to simplify that. After spending fifteen minutes trying to remember, and messing up over and over, I finally looked for a Youtube video, In the end we got through 12 problems, no tears, and had fun.
So if you need a refresher yourself, here ya go, or maybe just a laugh at my expense. ;)
Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." Anne of Green Gables
Today we went to a local orchard to pick pumpkins for carving. They grow their apples and pumpkins without pesticides, which is a win in my book. It's not easy to find too many local farms growing food without pesticides where we live.
We started out with a very bumpy hayride through some of the apple orchard to the pumpkin patch, which since it is just about the last day of October, was pretty picked over, but we still found some great pumpkins. The hayride was a lot of fun. We each picked out a pumpkin to take home.
We took the hayride back over to see the goats and turkeys. Then, we walked over to the 100 year old scale to weigh the pumpkins. We had a total of 63 pounds! After that, William ground some corn for making popcorn using a 100 plus year old grinder. It was cute to watch him get excited about grinding off the corn for popping.
Carving Pumpkins at Home
Have a Happy Autumn everyone!
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Foothills Learning Center
Today we hiked around the Foothills Learning Center in Boise. Well, more like strolled along. It was great to get out of the house at 8 weeks post c-section. We did a little over a half mile, and I got to take some photos of my boys and baby girl as well as some macro shots, which is always peaceful to do. It was really hot out too, so we didn't want Clara in the heat for too long. It lifted our spirits. There was so much joy in being able to get up on my feet and move around after months of rarely being able to stand, let alone get one foot in front of the other.
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We had a lot of silly fun making this video. Some clips are new, and a few are from past experiences. It's a message to baby girl that we plan to do everything we can to teach her, and guide her in this world, and that this whole big world is hers to explore, to find love in, to be who she is meant to be. We want her to know how much she is loved, and that she has this silly family that is so excited for her to get here and go on adventures with them.
Eventually she will have her own adventures and stories to tell as she gets older, and we can't wait to see all that she does, and all the places she will go.
Her name is dear to us. When Jack and I were about 7 months into dating we were talking about getting married and having children. He asked me if we ever had a daughter what I would like to call her, and I told him. I had a first name in mind. It belonged to both of my great grandmother's. It wasn't so much that I wanted it to be a family name, but I loved the sound of it, and vintage names. Her middle name is something I came up with sounding out names that would go well with her first name. When I came to the name we chose as the middle name, Jack was excited, because it was his mother's middle name.
We love her name, and think it is so pretty and classic.
On a side note, it is neat that she is going to be born in July 2016, exactly 10 years since Jack and I were introduced. Who knew it would take us 10 years to have our little girl, but we are here now, and our hearts are so full they could burst with love and excitement!
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Fun Gender Reveal!
Watch us reveal the gender of the newest member of the Allison family. We shop, dance, share some of the ultrasound.