28 February 2021
Posted by Jenni Call at 2:59 PM
21 February 2021
Tuesday we held out hope for our Utah trip. We packed our bags and were ready to leave Evelyn woke me up at 12:30 am spewing barf from her room to my bathroom very early Tuesday morning. Some folks are graceful barfers, some are not. Josie is a graceful one. She uses her bowl and just does her thing. Evelyn graced the carpet, the walls, the floor, the entire toilet area with her decor. She promptly got a shower. She then spent the next 3 hours loudly vomiting every 30 minutes or so. She finally got up at 5:30 because sleep was evading us. Poor kid then puked so hard she pooped her undies. I asked her to wait while I fetched some clean undies and PJs. Did she wait? Nope. I then got to clean up dirrhea off the toilet, the floor, her clothing, and the kid. She got another bath. She puked in her hair soon after (even though I braided it after the first shower). Sigh. Josie slept through me stripping their bed sheets with the light on. I postponed the trip for another day hoping no one else got the tummy flu. Instead we got more snow and lots (and lots) of TV. I think the TV was on 16 hours a day for the next 6 days.
Next day Josie also got the nastiest sulfur burps, like I still feel nauseous thinking about her burps. Her tummy was not well so we delayed another day. She was dead asleep by 10 pm when Josie reared up in bed and let out the largest sulfur-laced man belch. I excused myself from their room, grossssssss. Evelyn was feeling better by Wednesday morning. Amelia came down with a head cold and a headache. By this point I gave up hope for our Utah trip, cancelled it just because everyone was feeling under the weather. We made a couple of excursions out for grocery shopping, the boys went to gymnastics, and to the gas station for gatorade.
Saturday we were plagued with barf again. The boys came down with the tummy flu. Phillip was a graceful barfer (surprise!). Everett was not. He barfed a trail down the back of the couch and trickled a puke trail to the bathroom. He exploded, not pretty. Not pretty at all. I was surprised Justin manned up and helped clean up the mess. Everett did his job as well and wiped up the bathroom. Phillip desperately wanted a nap but felt too dizzy. I had him lay down in front of the sliding door so the cool air would refresh his face. That helped! He was able to take a nap.
Justin had another very busy week. He looks so tired! He's earning that salary wage right now. I worked on editing a slew of photos I took of Josie and Evelyn just for kicks and giggles. Friday I had another newborn session! The boys were banned upstairs. The girls were feeling well enough to attend swimming lessons with Mia to help them out. I lysoled (that is a verb now) the open areas and made sure to use a ton of sanitizer. The mom told me baby Luna did not sleep and was afraid I would not get any good photos. Luna slept like a champ because Mom followed my preparation instructions. She was darling! I got the family out the door before the girls returned home from swimming.
I was feeling down in the dumps. We really wanted to get out of town for a couple days and enjoy cousin time. Instead everyone was sick and the TV was on almost non-stop. I cannot wait for a new week! I do love sleeping in but honestly I don't feel any better or more energized. Strangely, I'm looking forward to getting up for the gym, making the kids work hard at school, and saying "no devices!"
Our country experienced record snow and ice this week. Boise had the 8th snowiest record since the 1892, the last time Boise had this much snow was 1949! Texas had terrible ice storms that left parts of the state without power for days. I cannot imagine living in a place where folks are used to light winters only to be plunged into the ice age. The Hornbargers reported their house temperature in San Antonio was 41 degrees inside!
Posted by Jenni Call at 2:08 PM
16 February 2021
Posted by Jenni Call at 3:08 PM
07 February 2021
Five years ago on a stormy, snowy, ice cold night my water broke all on it's own. An hour or so later Josie zoomed into this life. She is such a blessing to our family. Josie is cute, sweet, a snuggle-bug, shy, spicy, and has an infectious joy of life. I lost the stats for her 4th birthday due to a very stressful move and distance-parenting situation as we faced a move to Idaho. Josie is working hard on preschool skills like cutting paper, glueing, drawing, reading books with mom, and lots of imaginative play with Evelyn and Oliver. She loves to be home in her pajamas. Josie is learning her alphabet but has a hard time remembering which letter is what. She does know "J" and "O" since she can spell her name with the first J backwards and the second J correctly. Her alphabet song has us all in stitches, "ABCDERKHWDJZXW." She recently started spending time at the piano making up songs and tunes. Josie is improving her gross motor skills through gymnastics, swimming lessons, and riding bikes. Josie often talks like a baby, which drives me crazy. LOL. Nothing is better than when Josie crawls into your lap for a cozy snuggle.
On February 1st she weighed 36.6 lbs (28.6 percentile) and measured 41.75 inches (37.3 percentile). Yes, she is skinny and nearly regular height. She is wearing size 5 clothes and size 9 shoes. Her favorite show at the moment is "Izzy's Koala World." If she could own a baby koala she would sign up first in line. Her greatest ambition in life is to be a koala and snuggle. She wants to be koala trainer when she grows up. Her favorite books are Creepy Carrots and Creepy Underwear. Her favorite toys are of the soft, stuffy variety. Josie still refuses to eat fruits, vegetable, anything with flavor (according to Evelyn), and say the prayers. She's only said like 5 prayers in her entire life. It's a mystery why saying a prayers is so terrifying since no lettuce is involved.
Posted by Jenni Call at 6:57 PM
Josie had her well-child on Monday. She is growing fast! I was surprised she's not at the bottom of the growth charts! I love when pediatricians ask kids to show off their skills like balancing, counting, hopping, etc. Josie checked off all her target skills except for eating fruits and vegetables. We were joking the other day that she started life off so fast she fainted and only revived with a dose of sugar and carbs. Guess she got hooked on the good stuff right at birth! Ha ha. Josie was super brave about getting her kindergarten shots. Her arms were too skinny so she got two shots in her legs. I just wish the shots were not a soup of 4 different inoculations, spread the shots out and take a bit more time. She got a lollipop for her bravery. We made a special mommy-daughter trip to Fred Meyers for Valentine's day candy. She grabbed several cute squishmallows for our growing collection (a corgi for Mia, an elephant for Josie, and a rock n'roll llama for Evelyn). Josie used her allowance and Christmas money to buy her elephant and a toy. She also picked out 3 small toys for her birthday. The Krakengard incident happened while I was away. Read the separate entry. Phillip also had a visit this week with Dr Aldous. We decided to try him back on Adderall for the time being.
We really needed to get out of the house, talk about feeling trapped and stir-crazy. I took the kids swimming for several hours at the recreational center. Ambree and Everett's friend Flynn came along to play with us. We actually stayed long enough this time for the rope swing to open! Everett and Phillip were very excited to finally try it out. Josie worked hard on swimming without her floatie. She does quite well putting her face in the water and kicking! She just doesn't really use her arms, makes sense because the floaties restrict her arms.
Wednesday was Justin's 16th year anniversary as a CPA! We took him out for a celebratory lunch as a family to Cafe Rio. It's not common these days to only have 1 career, Justin is almost to 20 years as an accountant. That is impressive. This week was especially difficult and trying at work. The draft was filed on time but they had an essential employee quit with no notice and lots of other pressures. Hopefully work will even out again in the next month or so. We are sure glad he works hard so I can stay home and raise our hoodlums.
Thursday I busted out my sewing machine to make a moon shaped pillow out a gray velvet. Sewing is nice! Wish I had more reason to sew. Josie hates the itchy seams so refuses to wear my creations. Evelyn fits into Mia's old dresses so the urge to sew is next to null. I spent the evening prepping for two early morning photo sessions of a 3 month boy and newborn girl. One of my clients from last year is referring my name to anyone she knows having a baby! I am grateful for the business. So far she has referred 6 names to me, 4 are still expecting. I gifted her a free session for all the referrals. Amelia creatively directed the kids into making a movie trailer using iMovie. She was introduced to it the night before at YWs. The kids made a funny trailer about Killer Koalas. They started another trailer about zombie dancers but didn't finish it.
Friday was a busy, busy day. The little boy was crabby and refused to smile like mom wanted him too. We tried for 30 minutes with little success. The next three hours were spent in the newborn session. That ended 10 minutes before 90 minutes of piano lessons. I had enough time to shovel some late lunch into my mouth. Right after lessons Diego came back for another try at smiley photos after a long nap and feeding session. It took a bit but he finally delivered some sweet smiles. I cleaned up my large mess before and after dinner. Justin and I had a date in the Ostler's garage assembling Josie's pink Minnie Mouse car. Sara helped us out, that 3rd hand came in handy since Justin was tired and let us take over. He read the instructions while we did the hard labor. He took me out for an ice cream sundae.
Saturday was Josie's BIG day! She's counted the days down since Christmas day. She woke up to find 5 hearts on her door, she loved her "notes." We cleaned up the house before lunch so we could have cupcakes with the Ostlers. Justin was absolutely trashed so we pulled him out of bed around 11:20 for lunch. Josie asked everyday for weeks to have her birthday lunch at Jimmy John's! Away we went! She brought along one of her birthday gifts to open during lunch. We sounded really good singing "happy birthday!" Josie went to play with the Ostler's while the rest of us set up the house for Josie's Koala Surprise Party! Amelia was the party planner extraordinaire. She had a typed list of decorations, food, games, and party information. Evelyn and Phillip stuffed the pinata. Amelia, Clare, and Fallon decorated the front room and table. I made butter cream frosting and finished up decorating the cupcakes. Justin and the boys worked on dog poop duty and the backyard. Once all her 4 friends arrived Sara escorted Josie over with her koala sleeping mask on her eyes. She was so surprised to see all over her friends! The gift table was the first thing she noticed. She went right over and started ripping open a gift. Amelia showed her the big chungus Koala (now named Twinkle) in the front room! That gift was the biggest hit. Josie chose to do the pinata first. All the big kids were raging for a turn, mad that only kids 8 and under got a try. Josie was the one to knock down the Koala...intact. The kids beat the koala open. Phillip turned it upside down to shower down all the candy and stuffers. We had to do a little redistribution to ensure all the kids had some candy and favors. Amelia organized a game of Duck, Duck, Goose; Pin the leaf on the Koala; and Simon Says. Josie opened her gifts next, so exciting! Every kid should have at least one birthday party in my opinion. We sang Happy Birthday and ate cupcakes next. There was still 40 minutes to burn so the kids played outside, played with balloons, or jumped on the tramp. I was exhausted by the time the party ended. Once the party was over Justin and Phillip snuck her new pink car into the garage. She asked me 100 times that day where her car was. She was quite confused it was not waiting for her! It was fun surprising her a second time with the car. Evelyn stuffed the car with all her new koala toys for a very silly car ride. Mia spent the evening with snuggling puppies at Clare's house. The puppies are so big, nearly 3 times their birth size. Josie was happy to eat pizza for dinner. She enjoyed seeing Grandma Debbie, the Call Grandparents, and Charity via FaceTime. The night before I shared Josie's birth story. We reminisced watching cute baby videos. Phillip reminded us about her silly duck laugh that only Phillip could make her do. We love this kid with her joie-de-vivre and sweet nature. Josie was quite intent about lining up all her gifts and admiring them. She made a line of toys then laid on her huge Josie-sized Koala and sang Happy Birthday to herself! Charity called right after Josie opened a giant Hershey Kiss! CHOCOLATE!!!! BAAAAAA! She was hyped up on goofy balls. Grandma asked Josie if she had a party. Josie replied, "no, Amelia had a party with her friend and invited little kids!" I'm unsure she realized the party was for her organized by Amelia. Poor Mia! All that work was not wasted. Promise.
Today Phillip was set apart as the Deacon's secretary. He wanted to know what his calling was about. When he learned what secretaries do he was a little bummed but excited to try something new. I subbed for singing time in Primary today. Busy week!
Posted by Jenni Call at 5:33 PM
This story deserves its' own entry. Monday I was at the clinic with Josie for her well-child check up, Amelia was home in charge. She called me in a near panic saying that the boys were freaking her out by making each other faint. I had visions of the boys holding their breath or going upside down for long moments. The story came out over the next few hours.
Saturday Justin made a short Walmart trip for aftershave. Everett came home the proud new owner of his own body spray. I hear Justin lectured the boys on how much to apply (one spray) and that this was a big responsibility. Fast forward: Amelia was in her room listening to music while working on art projects. Ambree was over to play. She went into the boy's room and mentioned the strange funk was especially funky. So the boys pulled out their new body spray and started infusing the room with Old Spice Krakengard. After a couple minutes Everett started feeling light-headed, did they stop? Nope! Continue with the fumes. Eventually, Everett fell down in a dead faint, his eyes rolled back in his head. Ambree suggested they spray more to wake up Everett. Phillip took up the gauntlet and sprayed more. Everett snapped out of it. They sprayed more. He fainted twice more, apparently it is hilarious to watch your brother's eyes roll up into his head. Ambree started feeling funny so she had the sense to get out of the room. Phillip rushes to Amelia's room asking is she wants to see something hilarious. She was like, "what?! (teenage style, heavy sarcasm). Phillip said "we're making ourselves faint on purpose!" She rushes in to find Everett passed out. They drag Everett to the school room for fresh air. He revives. Amelia yells, calls me to report. The boys and Ambree go out to the tramp with the body spray. They continue to experiment with fainting on the trampoline. Everett succeeds three more times.
I report to Justin once I hear more of the story. We are both laughing so hard it hurts. Do the boys really not have enough brain cells to realize they are depriving their brains of oxygen and inadvertently "huffing" in their room. They are quite goofy for several hours. Everett was overly grumpy, testy, and had a headache the rest of the day. Geeze, I wonder why? Towards bedtime Justin had a (hilarious) chat with the boys about the dangers of breathing aerosol products and why Everett was especially susceptible to fainting (he had severe pneumonia as a toddler). All body sprays are now contraband and can only be sprayed by mom or dad.
Make sure to spray your face each new day with aerosol chemicals if you need a pick me up. Krakengard is especially potent.
Posted by Jenni Call at 3:53 PM
31 January 2021
Posted by Jenni Call at 1:27 PM