Week in Review, Part 5

Last Sunday I put the little one to bed as usual.  About 15 minutes after I left his room I heard him crying.  I let him cry for a few minutes and then went to check on him.  I found him on the top railing of his crib.  😦  (He is just shy of 18 months and he’s following in his brothers’ and sister’s foot steps…they have all tried to climb out of their crib around 18 months of age.)


I enlisted the help of my middle two to convert the crib to a toddler bed.  They all had to try it out when I was finished.  🙂


Needless to say, bedtime has been rough this week.  The little one doesn’t like to stay in his bed.  He is enjoying his new freedom to the fullest.  Surprisingly though, he is still sleeping through the night pretty well.  You can read about how we got to that point here.

My oldest was at Cub Scout day camp all week, which meant for early mornings and later than usual dinners for us.  Camp is about 30 minutes away, so we have at least one parent volunteer and our leaders carpool each day.  We had to be at our meeting spot at 7:15 am, which was a bit difficult a couple of mornings.  Friday was my day to drive.

He had a great time at camp.  He participated in a number of fun activities including archery, swimming, fishing, BB guns, boat rides and hiking (lots of hiking!  According to my FitBit we walked almost 5 miles on Friday!).  He was so excited that he passed the hardest swimming test which meant he could swim in the deepest part of the swim area.


While the boys were fishing on Friday, a few turtles were stealing their bait.  Who knew turtles like hotdogs?


This is one of the items we received in our CSA bag this week.  Believe it or not, it’s actually a cucumber.  It’s not pretty, but it was delicious!


This was the harvest from my garden on Saturday.  One lonely cucumber and a few peas.  That’s my little one’s hand trying to steal some peas.  I’m surprised that I’m still finding peas at the end of July, but disappointed that out of five cucumber plants this is the only cucumber that has actually grown.  But one is better than none!

DSC_0331What did you do this past week?


A Day of Firsts

My oldest had his first day of baseball camp today.  He was very excited to go because he’s never played baseball before.  We told him that if he liked playing at camp, we would let him play next spring.  So far he loves it!

We arrived at camp a few minutes early so that we could watch him play.  While we were on the bleachers, my middle son, who is three, was stung by a bee.  This was the first time he’s been stung and as expected he screamed!  I found an ice pack in the first aid kit I keep in the car, but it didn’t really help with the pain.

When we got home, I applied a drop of diluted lavender essential oil and he immediately stopped crying.  I couldn’t believe it.  I really need to keep some of my oils with me at all times!


Every evening we let our chickens out of their coop/run to forage in our yard.  They love to be out and about and I love that they are eating bugs and weeds in my yard.  Today I asked my daughter to do the honor of letting them out and she came running back to the house to announce that one of them had laid the first egg!  Isn’t it cute?  We are so excited that they are going to start earning their keep!  🙂


(Yes, those are cracks that you see.  My daughter was so excited, she dropped it.)

How I Got This Guy To Sleep Through The Night

This guy…


This guy is adorable, charming, funny, daring, and…he would not sleep through the night! 

Over the course of his 16 month life, we tried every trick in the book that worked for our other three children .  We tried methods that didn’t work for our others.  Nothing worked.

He was waking up three, four and sometimes five or six times a night!  I was exhausted!

He is the reason that I started researching essential oils.  He is the reason that I purchased essential oils.

The day I received them, I applied diluted lavender oil on the bottoms of his feet at bed time and guess what?  He slept through the night!!!


And he slept through the next night and the next night!  The following night he woke up once, but quickly went back to sleep.

Being the skeptic that I am, I thought perhaps this is just a coincidence, so on the 6th night I didn’t apply lavender at bed time.  He woke up at 11:00, 2:00, 2:15 and 2:30.  At 2:30 I applied it and he slept until 5:30.

Okay, now I’m convinced!

I’ve also used it on my middle son who has night terrors when he is overtired or goes to bed too late.  On the few nights that I thought he might have night terrors I applied lavender and he, too, slept through the night.

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Week in Review, Part 4

Last Monday, all of my children were enjoying a freeze pop on the deck when the sky opened up.  They loved the rain shower!



Towards the end of the week, all four of them went to visit my parents for a few days.  While the children are away, mommy will play! 🙂

I made this starburst hot pad.  You can find the pattern here.


I finally finished this necklace.  It’s been on my to do list for a long time and I only needed to tie it off and secure the knot.  I don’t know what took me so long!  I wore it wrapped around my wrist on a much needed date night with my husband.  The necklace is based on this pattern.


I also cleaned out the chicken coop and added some flowers and mulch along the sides.





I shoveled out all of the shavings from the coop and the run and added new sand to both areas.




While I was working the girls decided to take a dust bath under the lilac bush behind the coop.



It’s hard to see in the photos, but they are throwing dirt up under their wings.  It’s a lot of fun to watch!

Saturday evening the older two asked if we could have a camp fire.  We said, “Yes!”, but told them that they needed to make the fire pit bigger.  They spent at least an hour working on it.  They did a great job!


The beautiful sunset as we were sitting by the fire.





How was your week?




Week in Review, Part 3

This week my daughter took her first swimming lessons at a local lake. I waited until she turned 5 so that I wasn’t required to go in the water with her. Not that I don’t want to go in the water, but if I’m in with her then I need someone to watch the younger two.



We spent four afternoons at the lake and everyone loved the water! As usual it took this guy a little while to warm up to the idea of going in, but once he was in he didn’t want to get out as long as no one splashed him.


The younger one on the other hand, walked straight in and would have kept going even though the water would have been over his head. He has no fear!


I made my first batch of pesto with this beautiful basil from my CSA bag.

DSC_0187I only used the green basil because I wanted the pesto to be that bright green color.  It was delicious! I’m the only one who will eat it, so I froze most of it.


I also made this double chocolate zucchini bread with the zucchini from the CSA. (Sorry…I didn’t get a before picture.)  My sister introduced me to the recipe and the children have no idea that zucchini is in it, so they gobble it up!


We went to the library to check out some new books and a movie. The older three handed in their reading log and they each earned a prize from the treasure chest.


Last week I forgot to mention that I made this dishcloth in honor of the Fourth of July. I can’t decide if I want to keep it or sell it. Maybe it will be one of my entries for the craft show at our fall fair. What do you think?


How was your week?

Week in Review, Part 2

This week was a relatively quiet week.  My oldest spent one night at a friend’s house.  He and my daughter also spent two nights at my parents house and the younger two joined them for the second night.

While all four were away, my husband and I had a nice date night!  It was our first time going out to dinner without any little ones in over six months.  It was so nice to reconnect and eat dinner without cutting anyone’s food!  🙂

I used the quiet time to get caught up on some housework that desperately needed to get done and prepped a few things from my weekly CSA share for the freezer.  This is the chard that I chopped and blanched.


I forgot to mention in last week’s post that our town always has 4th of July fireworks the weekend before the 4th.  The whole family went and all of the children stayed awake until the very end.  It was so much fun watching my 17 month old ooh and aah as the sky lit up.  I left my camera in the car, so I don’t have any photos.

The older two asked to light sparklers on the 4th, but it was raining, so we did them on the 5th.



My June Hustle

My June Hustle was to earn an extra $100.  I earned $70.  How did I do it?

$35 – sold baby items on my local Facebook buy/sell/trade group

$28 – sold a couple of retired Longaberger items on eBay (the $28 is after the eBay fees)

$7 – earnings from my account with Inbox Dollars

I hope I can do better in July!

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