I never had ear infections. I had pretty much everything else, but I cannot remember being told I had any significant ear infections. Apparently every cold that A catches turns into an ear infection. Last November we headed out to Virginia for Thanksgiving. What began as a slight cold Sunday night was a raging ear infection by Monday afternoon. In January A had a runny nose for a week and a croupy cough. When he began to stop sleeping through the night we took him in to the doctor. Ear infection.

Now after a week of a runny nose on Monday we took him in to the doctor to find out he had an ear infection and sinus infection. We got the prescribed medicine and figured in a day or two he would be up and running. Nope. Wednesday he screamed through Little Gym and then was fine. By Friday he was waking up almost inconsolable and I was just done. After a call to the doctor we found out his symptoms indicated that his medicine wasn’t working (DUH!). So now we have switched medicines, but they will still take a few days to kick in. In the meantime we are keeping him on Motrin and Tylenol to help with the pain. Oh and ear drops…because every eighteen month old is interested in laying still with a hurting ear while you attempt to drop cold medicine into it. However he still woke up this morning sobbing at 6:00 a.m. Which is about an hour and a half too early for him. And about two hours too early for us, HA! We are pretty much running on empty at this point.

So we spent this morning watching out the window while Brian mowed, and a lot of reading and watching Little Einsteins. We did get a break in the morning when my Dad came over to help Brian fix the mower. Yea for Papa! That cheered A up somewhat, but after that it was back to “ear pain” is what he keeps telling me.

Watching my husband mow….

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Can this garden be saved?

I really think I’m going to turn this in to a weekly post, but I can never guarantee my ability to stick with the idea!

Look I have herbs! They are sprouting!

I’m not sure what’s going on with the middle pot. I prefer to think the seeds are late bloomers.

And our tomato plant has flowers! According to our Clifford book on all sorts of important things…flowers equal tomatoes (and yes I’m referring to Clifford the big red dog. Please don’t run out to find the author of a gardening book with the last name Clifford. Although there may be one, I can’t guarantee their information).

However our cabbage has left a bit to be desired…

The leaves seem to be saying “I’m exhausted from trying to survive here. I give up.”

Oh and my basil….

Can you see it? It was mistaken for a stick. Time to throw in the towel and buy a new basil plant.

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Sidewalk Chalk and Washing Cars

Except for the unbelievably high amount of pollen in the air right now (a jump from 1000 to 3000 count in two days, yikes!) this week we officially skipped spring and headed straight for summer. It was so hot this weekend that A could only be outside for a few minutes during the day. We went out at dusk on Friday to let him play with sidewalk chalk for the first time. He was so excited to be able to draw on the driveway!

On Saturday we had a wedding shower to go to for our sweet friends Carly and BJ. A stayed with his Granna and Papa during the shower and that night we took him over to Carly and BJ’s house for dinner. Carly and BJ have two cats and two larger dogs (a German Shepard and a Border Collie). A LOVED all of their animals, he had the best time trying to find the cats and throwing the tennis ball for the dogs. I wish I had remembered to bring my camera to take some pictures!

On Sunday, A was still sniffly and coughing so we stayed at home and got some things done around the house while A rested. He decided he wanted to help me wash cars so we let him come outside (in his jammies no less!) and wash cars for a few minutes. He loved scrubbing the bugs (or as he says…”ewww bugs!” while laughing hysterically) off the front of the car.

I love this next picture. Doesn’t it look like the car is talking to him?

Just grabbing another washcloth….

By Sunday night A was running a fever and was a very upset baby. After a trip to the doctor we are now treating a double ear infection and sinus infection. It doesn’t seem to be slowing him down too much, but hopefully he will be on the mend soon!

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Finger Painting Craft

A month and a half ago a cold day turned into a finger painting project. I occasionally take the art projects of our mini cupcake and turn them into part of the decor of his room and bathroom. For this particular project I had a spot above his towel rack in the bathroom in mind for the completed canvas. So after a morning of painting back in March this…

Became this…

It matches the safari theme of his bathroom that I started and have added to since he was first born. This was a wide edged canvas, which I really like for two reasons; one I painted the sides, so it ties into the painting and the room, and two because it’s easy to hang!

If you haven’t tried canvas when finger painting I highly suggest it if you are interested in hanging the art work of your own little cupcake. It stands up really well to the paint (i.e. it doesn’t wrinkle and dries well) and makes it easy to create a piece of art for your own home!

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A sprinkle of this…A sprinkle of that…

During Mother’s Day last year our sweet baby boy was dedicated at our church. He slept through the whole thing, but it was a moment that we will never forget. It’s amazing to me that in about a year our baby boy has gone from this…

To this…

As I was doing my daily blog catch-up after I finished lesson plans (haha), I was excited to see that Natalie from Natalie’s Sentiments is doing her Mother’s Day giveaway. And it includes a giveaway from the cupcake tree, a shop on Etsy. You really can’t get away from cupcakes can you? Or maybe just I can’t!

In addition to all of the other products Natalie is giving away copies of Rebecca Wells’ new book. Rebecca Wells wrote Little Altars Everywhere and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I happen to have some insider knowledge (wink, wink ๐Ÿ™‚ ) on the family that Wells bases her books upon, so I always find them interesting reads.ย  Go check out Natalie’s blog to see all the other products!

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Waiting for Daddy

During the week while I am fixing dinner, our little cupcake spends a good amount of time sitting at the window waiting for Daddy to arrive home. I decided to fix him a little window seat out of sweater boxes. He loves it so much that he likes to sit and wait to see if Daddy is coming home earlier in the day (like 10:00 this morning). He’s going to have a while to wait!

I forgot to post earlier how much I love this pose. It’s amazing how much children mimic your actions, and this is definitely a product of that!

And introducing…the Bailey Dog!

Otherwise known as his Christmas bear from Aunt A. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you think Daddy’s home yet?

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