Friday, August 3, 2018

7 Quick Takes about Polite Gun Fights, Weird Things I Text to My Husband, and Ideas for Charging Stations I Did Not Find on Pinterest

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This week while I was looking for interesting content from around the Interwebz to share on the blog's Facebook page, I noticed something odd.

I was scrolling through and seeing articles about swimsuits, back-to-school shopping, Halloween, and CHRISTMAS, all at the same time. This was on July 30th, meaning it was literally Christmas in July, and it wasn't even a pun. The Internet has officially lost its mind.


Using a divide-and-conquer approach to yard work this week, we had one kid sweeping the porch, two weeding in the front yard, and one more cleaning the garage doors with a hose and scrub brush (I do not recommend white garage doors to anyone.)

While I was pulling weeds in the backyard, my 10-year-old appeared and said, "Mom, I just finished the garage doors. Come see how good they look!"

I said I'd be there in a minute, and less than a minute later my son was back to tell me that the 2-year-old had washed the garage doors, too. After dipping the scrub brush in a mud puddle.

This is why stay-at-home moms can't get anything done, by the way.


I'm getting way too familiar with the swag bags they give out to kids in the emergency room these days.

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Spent hundreds of dollars visiting the E.R., but we got a free plastic car. So.

Every single time my 2-year-old gets a cold, it turns into croup. We're mostly able to manage it at home with a trip to the steamy bathroom or a treatment with our nebulizer, but neither of them were cutting it this time.

I took my miserable, wheezing toddler in to the pediatrician, who then sent us to the E.R. They gave us steroids and diagnosed my son with 'reactive airway disease.' RAD may or may not turn into asthma as he grows older.

Which is, ironically, not very rad at all.


My 4-year-old was asked to give a 3-minute talk in Primary, the children's organization at church. We wrote a short talk about families, but I knew he was going to be petrified up there so I wanted him to have lots of chances to practice delivering the talk as I whispered it to him one line at a time.

We practiced it alone.

We practiced it for Phillip.

Then we sat the kids down at the table and said, "We need you to listen to this talk and act like you're all little kids in Primary." So my 12-year-old started pretending to pick her nose and eat it.

I'm not going to lie, I've been in Primary and that's pretty accurate.


My kids were having a Nerf gun fight and I was dying watching the 2-year-old participate.

First of all, he's too little to cock the guns so he kept having to approach the enemy and sweetly ask "Can you cock this?" before shooting them.

Second of all, this kid takes military chivalry to a whole new level. Not only did he say "thank you" every single time someone cocked his weapon, I even heard a polite "excuse me" when he was trying to maneuver around someone into the makeshift couch cushion barricade.


A few days ago, a female turkey wandered through our yard. I didn't think much of it because we have all kinds of wildlife going in and out, living near the woods. 

But then I saw her again. And again. When I went out on the porch to take a phone call because my kids were too loud in the house, I had to go back inside because the turkey was strutting around making even louder noises. 

She keeps making a circuit around the neighborhood and ends up back in our yard, every time. I have no idea what she wants.

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She particularly spends a lot of time just staring at these French doors; I'm not sure whether she's looking for someone or just admiring her reflection. 

We're currently on Day 3 and I'm starting to be legitimately curious about how this is going to resolve itself. Will she eventually just move on? Or do we, like, have a pet turkey now? 

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Apparently there is a turkey epidemic in New England right now.

I don't know anything about turkey behavior, but this seems weird to me. I might have Googled whether turkeys can have rabies. (They can't, FYI.)


How do you real people organize all your charger cords for all your devices? I see those cute little DIY charger stations on Pinterest and believe me, we've tried to do that. Within a week it turns into an abyss of scattered devices thrown haphazardly on top of each other and tangled cords that take over the whole counter.

I'd had it up to here with all the devices and their assorted cords cluttering up the kitchen, and I knew something had to be done. Unfortunately, this was the best I could come up with:

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Presenting the iTrash.

At the time I just wanted to get everything out of the way, but it turns out it's highly therapeutic to take a mess that's driving you crazy and shove it in a trash bag. Even when you know it has to come back out eventually.

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Michelle said...

Almost every time Gracie gets a cold, it starts with a night of croup. I am so over it! She has no other asthma symptoms, so I’m hoping it’s just a weird fluke and she’ll grow out of it. I’m kind of glad to hear she’s not the only one, though I hope your two year old grows out of it too.

Unknown said...

I love reading about your two-year-old in that nerf war! What a little cutie. I'm really enjoying the 2s so far with my little guy. They come up with the funniest things!

Sarah Hynes said...

My son gets croup almost every time he gets sick. I’m surprised they sent you to the ER though, my pediatrician gives us steroids in office, and even sent us home with a prescription for oral steroids for the next time so we could avoid the sick visit.

Jenny Evans said...

Ugh, it has happened twice, even though I've asked them to give us steroids in the office. They claim that we need to be "watched" in the E.R. However, after this last episode my pediatrician just wrote us a script for steroids to have at home when we need it next. So no more ER visits for a while, hopefully! At least for that. My kids also climb a lot of trees...

Jenny Evans said...

According to what they told me, there's a good likelihood that they will by age 13 if there's no family history of asthma. I hope he and Gracie both do!

Jenny Evans said...

It's really the best. Write that stuff down!