Sunday, January 31, 2016

BIBLE JOURNALING

Since last August I have picked up a new hobby. Along with reading my Bible I now journal in the Bible. As I draw I think about and reread the pages many times. It helps me ponder and take in deeper God's words. I get a lot of ideas from Pinterest. My favorite tools are pencils, colored pencils and micron pens.
Here is the process.....sketch with a pencil...
....outline with Micron pens....
....add in the scripture and details....
....erase the pencil....
.....color.....
.....and add in more details....
.....complete the page with fancy script.
Here is the same page done in two different Bibles. I am doing one for each of my sons.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SLEEPING....or rather NOT SLEEPING

Andrew has ALWAYS had a hard time sleeping............

NOTE: Andrew had a very stressful start. I don't want to go over all that again, but if you want to know the details of our journey with adopting him you can read about it by clicking on these links:

SAM HAS SOMETHING TO TELL YOU 
AND THE PROCESS BEGINS AGAIN
PAPERWORK
GETTING CLOSER
WAITING ON BABY
OUR HEATS ARE BROKEN
AND WE GO UP AGAIN
OUR SONS
THE FINAL ADOPTION IS FINAL

Back to our SLEEPING problem. I say OUR because, it is affecting ALL of us.

Richard and I are taking turns sleeping in Andrew's room so right now we are ships passing in the night. Sam is jealous that Andrew has a sleeping buddy, so on the weekends we let him sleep in the big bed with the parent that is not with Andrew. The cats keep looking for us and MEOW very loudly ALL NIGHT and the dog has decided he needs to go to the bathroom at 2:00 a.m.

With everyone moving around so much, this book definitely reflects our life right now.
When Andrew was a baby, and he wasn't sleeping, we thought it was just a baby issue...see this post....SLEEPING....AT LEAST ONE OF US IS.

Sam really spoiled us. At 4 months he was sleeping (12 hours) through the night and he would take 2 (2 hour) naps during the day. He continued to take an afternoon nap until he was 5 years old.

Then Andrew came along and although we knew we would be tired, we thought after a few months we'll be back to sleeping through the night again.

WRONG!!

The longer we had to hold him to get him to go to sleep and the more laps we did around our coffee table and and the more cups of coffee we drank and the more months that went by and the more night terrors we lived through.....we realized this was something else.

We have tried EVERYTHING to get Andrew to sleep: therapy (OT, PT, SPEECH), CIO, walking, nap, no nap, bottle, no bottle, rocking, night time diapers, essential oils, singing, lavender, sound machine, no sound machine, melatonin, warmer clothes, lighter clothes, light and no light.

So, of all this stuff, we give him a short nap (1 1/2 hours) around 11:00 a.m., melatonin, keep the room cool, put him in a night time diaper, have a plug-in with lavender, have the sound machine set with white noise and don't have any light on.

Andrew has been receiving services (because he was exposed to heroine) for OT, PT and SPEECH since he was three months old. He has met all the developmental levels except for being a little speech delayed (which is now coming a long a lot quicker) and NOT SLEEPING.

We have recently signed up (3 month wait) to have him evaluated for AUTISM, bought LULLY (a little machine that vibrates), a WEIGHTED BLANKET and consulting with doctors at the SLEEP CLINIC,

No one we have consulted with seems to feel Andrew has any level of AUTISM, but I want to rule it out. We are not sure if the LULLY is having any affect, but it doesn't seem to be hurting things either. The weighted blanket seems to help (sometimes) calm him quicker and even fends off fears climbing to a fever pitch. The screaming NIGHT TERRORS seem to have lessened some too.

The DR at the sleep center has had us go back to NO LIGHT on in the room and no communicating or touching when he is having a NIGHT TERROR. She said that language development happens in the first hours of sleep and if that is not good sleep, it could contribute to his speech delay.

The DR also had us get Andrew's blood tested for an IRON deficiency. Anything below a ferritin level of 50 is considered low. Andrew was a 9! The DR said this could be contributing to all the unsettledness and leg movements he experiences at night. It could be what wakes him too. We are now giving him an iron supplement (and watching for constipation...yah...), but this could take a few months to change his levels.

The next thing is the SLEEP STUDY on February 1st. Richard will be sleeping over at the clinic with Andrew, while they hook him up and watch his brain waves. That should be fun.

The good news....it doesn't seem to be affecting his happy demeanor during the day at all. He understands everything you are telling him and he loves to be silly and make us laugh.
It's a good thing this boy is so dang cute! I love you, Andrew!

TIRED...TIRED....TIRED.... Z Z Z

Since Andrew was born 2 1/2 years ago (Having number two not only doubles, but QUADRUPLES the work.), time (and sleep) has become a priceless commodity.

I WANT to spend time reading (I started my last book about 2 months ago and still haven't finished it.), cross stitching (I started my last piece, a picture of a moose, 2 years ago, and I still haven't finished it), blogging (I last posted on December 14th.), Bible journaling......
(My newest endever.), but I'm too tired to do it all, I can't focus on those things when the kids are awake and I'm too tired after they go to bed.

I usually find a little time to do just one of them for about an hour, but my time is usually filled with: work, first grade homework, cooking, cleaning up, laundry, grocery shopping, therapy or doctor's appointments.

Andrew has never been a good sleeper so with Richard's help (We trade off managing the night terrors every other night. I will write about Andrew's SLEEPING ISSUES in a later post.), we at least get a decent nights sleep every other day.
I try not to say, "I can't wait until they are a little older," as I know I will miss them being these silly, cute little boys, but I WANT TO SLEEP! I know I am blesses to have these two, but I WANT TO SLEEP!

Monday, December 14, 2015

UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER

I had so much fun making this....






Now I need to make one for the hubby with a Menorah on it!

Friday, November 27, 2015

IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

 I spent all morning decorating....
 ...the tree is in the office so we can keep Andrew from dismantling it.

 Sam's birthday is on December 8th.
 Here is our family ornament.
 Every year I add another ornament to Sam and Andrew's collections. Here is the one Sam picked for this year and the car is the one Sam picked for Andrew.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

STITCH FIX BOX #4


Stitch Fix is a monthly service that sends you clothes based on your styling profile. You don't have to buy anything, but there is a $20 styling fee if you send it ALL back. If you keep any of the pieces, the $20 is deducted from you balance. If you keep all 5 pieces 25% is deducted from your total.

So, after you fill out the styling profile, you pick the date you want to receive your clothes. They recommend you have a Stitch Fix board on Pinterest that they can access so they know what kinds of clothes interest you. You can also tell them if you are looking for something specific.

Keep the items you like and return the rest in the pre-paid mailing bag and drop it at any USPS mailbox. There is free shipping both ways. You leave feedback for your stylist about what you liked and disliked and then you can schedule another box.
 I get so excited when I see the new box in the mail.
 They wrap it so lovely.
If only I could get it all.

Here is what I got in this box.
 This scarf was warm and cozy.
 Lovely. Keeper!
 This was ok, but not very flattering.
 I liked the sweater, but I already have one similar to this.
 I like the high collar and two colors.
 The red blazer was cute, but not for $88. YIKES!
I also got this cute pencil skirt, but I didn't even try it on as we are heading into winter and I don't see myself wearing it any time soon. So back it goes.

If you want to see what I got in past boxes, here is the link...BOX #1BOX #2, BOX #3.

Now I put all the items that I'm not keeping into a prepaid mailer, fill out a survey of how I liked everything, leave a not for my stylist of what I would like next time and set the next date for a box to arrive. It was fun!

What did you think of my fix this month? Are you ready to get your fix on? If you want to try it out please use this referral link. For each friend who signs up and orders, I will get a $25 credit.