Archives for the month of: October, 2016

To start with, the pig has been captured. Our beagle was staying over at my parent’s house while we were on vacation. The corn field that the pig has been primarily hiding out in has been harvested now. So that left the pig pretty much homeless and without his food supply! He saw our dog out in the yard and must have thought he was another pig or something because he came up to him and they have been friends ever since. So much so that River led the pig into the chicken coop and my brother shut the door. Captured pig! He busted out once but was led in again. That was a couple days ago. We got back from vacation yesterday and went over to do some pig taming. After a long while of sitting in the chicken coop with him, he let us pet him until he fell asleep!! β€‹He has at least doubled in size and looks very healthy. πŸ™‚ 

A pig and his dog. DH is one happy pig owner.

As far as vacationing goes, 3 weeks ago my mom and 5 of my siblings went to Israel. They are flying home today. My dad took 2 of my brothers to New York for a week. They are home now. My sister stayed with us during that time and we worked on my parents house, mudding, sanding, repairing walls, painting, removing and replacing trim etc. It looks very nice if I do say so. I hope it will be a good surprise for my mom. 
Then, we drove up to Niagara Falls and stayed overnight (we got there at 3am) and spent a few hours walking around. Tru loved the falls! It was a bit chilly and rainy though. Then we drove the rest of the way to my Aunt and Uncle’s house in Upstate New York and stayed for 5 days. We went around visiting family and having a great time . πŸ™‚ Tru ended up throwing up from 3:30am until 8:30am the morning before we left. I was really worried we would all be sick on the drive home. Thankfully that didn’t happen! 
So we are home now and trying to get back into our routine . It’s always hard the day after vacation. 😦 But, we have a pig pen to build and more trim to hang at my parents so it’s off to work! 

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I love to coupon. I do. I get sort of a rush out of looking at my receipt after checking out and seeing my total coupon savings. It’s not that I’m looking for freebies or trying to cheat the system. But companies offer their coupons so you’ll try their product and maybe become a repeat customer. Which has been the case for me many many times. I’m not a coupon stacker and I don’t have 25 bottles of ketchup. But if it’s something we need and I have a coupon, that’s great! 
I like to clip coupons, find coupons on store apps, use rebates, google coupons and promo codes ect. I use coupons for everything! Clothes, food, car parts, oil changes, furniture, home improvement supplies, admission tickets and the list goes on. I’m also a points junkie and love to use my credit card points toward hotel nights, flights, car rentals, gas and so on. I think you get the point (pun intended)… I like to save a buck. And I like to save my friends and family money too. 
So, the other day I was getting ready to leave to take Tru to his swim lesson. I looked down at my phone for a minute; A place where I often find coupons and promo codes. Tru asked me “What are you looking for? A coupon on my swim lesson?” I couldn’t help but laugh! My 3 year old has even picked up on my couponing obsession… er, affection. The best part? I actually had already had the huge fortune of getting this months swim lessons completely free using…. coupons!! πŸ™‚ 

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Since piggo ran away just hours after i bought him, I never had a chance to take a picture of him. My sister sent me this picture this morning when he left the corn field to pick through the food scrap pile. Look how happy he is out there! Almost seems a shame to continue (fruitlessly) trying to catch him. If I could just be sure he wouldn’t cause any trouble for mom and dad’s neighbors as he grows. Or run in front of a car on the road. He’s been out there for almost a month now on his own. Pretty remarkable for a piglet.   

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Happy birthday to our first miracle baby! Thank you dear Lord for this precious little boy. πŸ™‚ 

Today I let Tru watch cartoons when he woke up and then we woke Levi up and went over to my parents house for a couple hours. After that we went out for lunch but I forgot the toy was still in the bag from the kids meal and I threw it away. Thankfully Tru didn’t notice. πŸ˜‰

I had some errands to run and managed to actually hide a present for Tru under another item and get him the spiderman hat/glove set that he saw recently and loved. 

We came home and had ice cream cake and presents before supper! πŸ˜‰ We gave Tru the preschool workbooks we bought him (because he’s young enough that school is fun!) and a huge map to hang on his wall. The favorite gift was the hat/gloves of course. πŸ™‚ 

That’s about it! Just so super thankful for this beautiful little person today and everyday.  πŸ™‚ 

The piglet is still “living free and in the wild”. He’s been caught several times but always body slams his ridiculously strong piggy self out of whatever trap we use. He is seen almost daily and seems to be gaining weight well. Certainly not starving. He comes out of the corn field long enough to eat food scraps and chase my brother’s chickens around. He’s a weird pig, to be sure. 

I had the honor a few weeks ago to be my church’s liaison in raising money for our local crisis pregnancy center. It’s hard work raising money but I’m thankful we exceeded our goal! We had a great time at the awareness walk for the center and I am really happy to hear about the help they are providing the underprivileged parents and babies in our community. I want to become more involved in the organization but I’m not sure if now is the right time. Then again, no time like the present! Something to pray about. 

We are waiting for Tru’s rheumatology appointment at the end of the month. He’s been fever free and acting like himself again which is quite encouraging! I still want his Dr to go ahead with the stool study and ultrasound like he originally wanted to while we wait for his rheum appointment just so we can cover all our bases. 

Tru’s birthday is the day after tomorrow! Because of everything that was going on, I didn’t plan his birthday party. I am only planning to do a small one anyway with a few families. I’m sure it’s fine to have it a few weeks late. Tru says he wants a pirate birthday party. πŸ™‚ That should be fun! 

I bought myself an elliptical to use at home on the days I can’t go to the gym. It’s really nice! I definitely prefer the gym equipment but this does the trick too. πŸ™‚ I also enrolled Tru in swim lessons again this month. I didn’t enroll Levi this time because he has been getting impatient in the pool at times so I think we might wait awhile. Though Levi is really good at kicking his legs to propel himself. Tru is supposed to be in the next class up from where he was last time so I don’t have to get in the water with him. I’m not sure I like this. 

I’ve been filling in for my sister last week and this week with her babysitting job. It’s a 1 year old little boy. I’ve watched him here and there since he was a few months old. Tru and Levi are tickled to have a friend over all day to play. He’s a good little guy. πŸ™‚ 

My other sister cleans houses and I’m supposed to be filling in for her for awhile cleaning house for a lady I have cleaned for before years ago. I really don’t know how this is going to work with the boys with me. I don’t have anyone who can babysit them this week. This should be….interesting! The extra money is definitely needed right now though so I’m happy for the work. 

We are planning a little short trip here soon Lord willing to see some of my family. Some of them have never met Levi! Looking forward to that. πŸ™‚ 

Well, that’s the highlights for now. πŸ™‚ Off for a few hours of sleep I hope. The dog keeps barking at the same time every night and it’s hard to sleep through that…

Either my last monthly update on Levi got deleted somehow or…. I never posted it. That’s entirely possible. But anyway…. I’ll just dive right in with some bullet points. 
β€’ Levi says so many words now! Like, all the words! But he doesn’t put them into sentences yet. Occasionally he will say a couple words together. He is extremely good at conveying what he wants/needs by motioning, pointing and saying a word or two with his gorgeous big blue expressive eyes looking right into mine. 
β€’ One interesting thing I’ve noticed ever since Levi started talking is he says every single word with the exact same inflection. It starts high pitched and drops. Like “DA-ddy”. I can’t really explain it. But just the last couple weeks I’ve heard him starting to use different inflections. 
β€’ Over the course of the last few nights we are starting to have major struggles with bed time. I made the (maybe) mistake of giving in one night and getting him out of bed when he wouldn’t stop crying. Now he cries EVERY night and nap time and even refused to nap at all yesterday. I’m not sure what to do about this. 
β€’ Levi cut his bottom left incisor in August and the right in September. I think that brings his tooth tally to 14 now. 
β€’ Levi went from possibly the pickiest eater ever to my kid who will eat almost anything in fairly massive quantities! It’s kind of funny. All that stressing about his pickiness and now the kid loves to eat. Maybe it was my persistence but more likely, he just outgrew his extreme texture issues. πŸ˜‰ We went out for pizza this evening after taking the boys for a swim and Levi ate 2 whole pieces of pizza! And Tru ate 2 and a half. I guess they really worked up a big appetite today. 
β€’ So, naturally there are less snuggles now that Levi is so mobile but he will still sit happily in my lap first thing in the morning sometimes or when he is trying to evade bedtime. (See above) He is starting to give more kisses especially when we ask him. Big loud smacking kisses. So cute! 
β€’ I cut his hair just a few days ago and it aged him by like, a year! All his little curls are gone though his hair still has lots of wave to it. Broke my heart to have the curls gone. They stayed through the first haircut but this time they just didn’t spring back in. 😦 However, he looks amazingly adorable with this hair cut and it definitely fits his age. 
β€’ We are down to just one or two very short nursing sessions now. Levi will usually ask for more throughout the day when he is sad or tired or if he gets hurt. A lot of the time I will say no especially if we are in public since it’s getting awkward but I don’t mind him nursing a couple times a day. Recently though he will get bored after just a couple minutes and be done. I keep thinking one day he will just decide to give it up but I don’t know… I’m definitely not worried about it either way. 
β€’ His current likes are: playing outside, playing with Tru and doing whatever Tru is doing, making daddy carry him around when he gets home from work, having hair treatments (my sister does this – she loves to give him hair treatments and he just thinks it’s the best), baths, following me around while I clean the house.
We made our first batch of cookies together this week. πŸ™‚ I call them “floor cookies” because I put the bowl on the floor and give him the spoon and he stirs while I add ingredients. Saves me the fear of him falling off a chair. They were quite tasty and I’m pretty sure they were uncontaminated by the floor. πŸ˜‰ I really want my boys to learn how to cook, at least a little. Their wives will thank me for it, I hope! πŸ˜‰ 
And also, re the self potty training bit, it’s still happing from time to time. Yesterday I think he went 3 times and first thing this morning he went again. Yesterday I noticed he would grab his diaper and look towards the bathroom. If I asked him if he needed to go pee he would shake his head yes and run into the bathroom and put his potty seat over the big toilet seat and he was still dry when I would sit him on there. He goes right away but will not get off the toilet until we flush it. Pretty funny little guy. πŸ™‚ I’m still trying not to get overly excited about this “progress” but also don’t want to hold him back if he thinks he’s ready! 

I can’t tell you how much this precious boy means to me!! Watching him play with Tru, kissing his chubby cheeks, just taking care of him. It all makes me so happy! I love him so very much!! 
Dear God, thank You for the treasure and blessing that Levi is. Thank You for everything that he’s learning and having fun doing. Please protect him and watch over him at all times. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

It’s a little blurry but how cozy can you be in your hand-me-down baby robe!

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All that’s left of the curls post hair cut. *sniff*

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Best cousins πŸ™‚

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Sleepy little man

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Every time we pull the camera out he does this fake cheese smile and says “cheeeeeeese!”

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Sadly, he gets eczema on his cheeks that flares up at times, but it doesn’t hurt how handsome he is! πŸ™‚

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