When you have cabin fever in your house, what do you do? We have found two fun solutions when you are feeling cooped up....
1) Make movies and go through old pictures. We have been making home-videos and watching them. We have also been looking at old pictures. This has really been something that has been fun for ALL of us, including Hyrum and Afton.
While going through these old movies and pictures, I came across two movies of H and A that I just love. I feel like they really show their personalities.
2) Build a fort. You could build a fort any way you like to. My sister-in-law gave us a fort making kit a while ago and we whipped it out yesterday and built an awesome fort over the couch. Then we watched our favorite movie, Winnie the Pooh, while we were in our couch fort. It was fun to actually be really comfortable while in the fort and it was a great fort because it didn't take up all of the extra space we have in our apartment.
Some "keepin' it real" moments the past couple of days: Afton has a habit of sucking her thumb at night and grinding her thumb against her teeth. She gets little cuts in her thumb that get infected and swollen. It never gets totally better because it is wet a lot, (because she sucks it.) Recently, her thumb has been the worst it has ever been. In the past we have tried to put a sock over her hand, but she just pulls it off. It drives her crazy that she can't use her other fingers and I think her hand feels claustrophobic.
The upside of life: At the end of last week, we knew we needed to do something about her thumb. We called in and got a strong antibiotic cream that we went to pick up at our favorite pharmacy. We knew if we just put a band-aid over her thumb, that she would just pull it off and start sucking her thumb anyway. So Blaine got the brilliant idea, (he is such a handyman), to cut the finger part off of a mitten. We put the cream on Afton's thumb, put the band-aid on there, and then put her "special glove" on her hand. We acted really excited about it and both Blaine and I cheered when we put it on her hand right before she went to bed so she might keep it on.
And would you believe it? She fell right asleep, not sucking her thumb and in the morning her "special glove" was still on her hand! It has been about 5 nights now! Still going strong, and her thumb is almost healed up! Yay! This was definitely inspiration from Heavenly Father to help her thumb get better and to wean her from sucking her thumb!
Another keepin' it real moment: Last night, you could tell that Afton's tummy was hurting her. She had those yucky rotten egg burps. I brought her in bed with me and kind of propped her up so that she would be laying on her tummy, like she usually does.
A great part of the keepin' it real moment: Even though sleep was hard to come by last night with Blaine getting home late from Spud Harvest and having a little darling sleep right next to me, I would frequently turn over and see my little Afton's face, sleeping peacefully just about 6 inches away from mine. Her sweet expression and pretty lips just melted my heart. No, I am not one who could handle babies climbing in bed with me every night. But, yes, I loved last night and cherish the sometimes sleepless nights of cuddling with my babies.
Today I am really tired, but my kiddos are finally, I think starting to feel better. Afton still has diarrhea but I think both of them are turning the corner! Yay!
My natural side of me doesn't like that bottled powerade has either high fructose corn syrup, or the fake sugar substitues. My neighbor ran to grab me some powerade yesterday and grabbed me some powder mix so it could make more. I never put this together, but the powdered stuff just has sugar in it. I know lots of sugar isn't good for us, but I would rather my kids have the real sugar than splenda or the other sugar substitutes. So yay for sugar-powerade! We will now no longer be buying the bottled stuff now that we have uncovered the secret of the no-HFCS-powdered-powerade!
More to come another day! For now, I am going to catch some extra zzzzzzz while my kiddos are napping!