Thursday, February 21, 2008

The last two days have been exhausting. I have been working hard on getting the house ready to be sold. I've washed curtains, dusted, vacuumed, boxed things up... and tonight I got the entry ready to be painted. It's been fun. Especially with the little ones still feeling yucky. Ian's doing much better and I think Billy's worst days are over... but Carley's had it rough today.
I can't wait for Carl to come home tomorrow night. I could use a break.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

What a day!

Well, I called Billy's doctor and he was on vacation... then I called the doctor who was covering for him and he was in surgery- and would be all day... so I was told to take Billy to the ER. Well, a friend (who is very pregnant and has two boys of her own) graciously offered to watch the little ones when I couldn't find anyone and we spent 3 hours at the hospital. It was such a relief not to have to take Ian and Carley. After reading magazines, drawing on the bed paper, playing the rhyming game, making a chicken out of a blown-up glove and blowing drinking straw papers all over the small room, the doctor splinted Billy's arm. It took forever. Once we got home and had lunch, the kids all took a nice long nap.
Tonight I managed to box up some of the kitchen- just 7 boxes... I have a lot more to go. Looks like I need more boxes. I've already had to refill the tape dispenser. I'll try to start earlier tomorrow. There's so much to be done. Hopefully on Saturday the entryway will get painted. I'm working on getting some volunteers.
You should have seen the kids smile when Dad called in a bedtime story tonight. They needed that. It's only been 2 days and we're all really missing Daddy. Well, more tomorrow.

Uh-oh... Billy's cast has slipped around

Well, last night at about 3 a.m. Billy started crying and compaining about his fingers being gone. I gathered him up on my lap and lo and behold his cast had turned 180 degrees on his arm. His fingers slipped inside and the thumb has no hole to emerge from now. So, we're headed in to the doctor this morning.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Ian has pneumonia

So, this morning I got a call from the ER and after a second look at Ian's chest x-ray, they've determined he has pneumonia. He's absolutely miserable. I started him on antibiotics this afternoon... he takes them 3 times a day. He's still on breathing treatments and ibuprofen and tylenol to keep the fever at bay. Billy also has a fever and is doing nebulizer treatments also. It looks like Carley is on the way to joining them. So, it's been rough around here today. Can't say I'm getting much done.
On the happier side of things, Carl enjoyed his first day of work. After a long drive filled with ice and snow he made it safely there and said it was a good day. I got to call in to work because of my sick little ones.
Well, I'm off to bed. I'm sure I should try to stay up and clean... but no thanks. Maybe tomorrow.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Yes, we're still around

In case any of you are still checking for updates.... I just wanted to note here that we are still around and doing well. Many things have changed in the last 2 months (since I last posted). Carl left Furniture Row December 22nd. Our job hunt has led us in many directions, but we have decided to pursue Banking. Carl begins his new job at Wells Fargo tomorrow in Waterloo, Iowa. I will stay behind with the kids to sell the house. Carl will come home on the weekends. I'll be listing the house by March 1st (that's the goal).

Last week we finished the laundry room and closet for the guest room. After much mudding, sanding, priming and painting- the major projects are complete. Now my goal is to paint the entryway and the guest room. I also need to wash the carpets, curtains and clean. I've been filling boxes whenever I can to reduce the clutter. Carl will be taking the boxes each week to Waterloo to a storage unit. It's been crazy around here for the last week or two.

And besides all the moving struggles, the kids are sick. Billy and Ian have been running fevers and coughing constantly. Carley has had a little cough, but luckily no fever (yet).

Oh, and I'm working at Target temporarily. Not so sure how I will keep it up now, but I'm on the schedule and have a sitter. Hopefully I can make it work until the move. Then, I'm considering transferring to the Waterloo Target. So, there's the update. I'll do my best to write more soon.

Pictures are of:

Billy and Ian helping mom pack the toy room.

By the way, Ian almost fits in a diaper box.

Carley with cheese on her nose.

Carley playing in the bath tub with new toys.