Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow Day

I've woken up way too many a morning with no snow on the ground to believe when snow is predicted it will really happen.

We worked so hard on her shirt.  It was so cute!!  She was so cute! She survived 100 days...but now just barely!

The day started as Mary's 100th day of school!  Jason told me before I left work that it was supposed to snow today.  A dusting.  As I walked out the door I said, "It's not gonna happen."  By the time I got to work their was a flake here and a flake there falling.  When it somewhat started to fall Julie, Barbara, and I went out to get our snow picture.  We weren't expecting much more then what this picture shows.

Julie and I went to our meeting and it continued to fall.  And during the meeting all kinds of things started closing.  It was the big freak out us southerners do.  I really still thought it was no big deal.  The kids road the bus so they were taken care of and we finished our meeting and wrapped things up. Jason thankfully was at home with the babies and would receive the kids from the bus stop.

Briarwood when I left about an hour after the above picture!  Things changed FAST!

When I got in the car...I realized this was a big deal.  I was alone with a potential of being stuck.  I called Jason and told him I was on my way and he told me the girls had still not come home yet.  An hour after their dismissal.  That made me even more nervous.  I wanted to go find them, get them, rush to them but all I could do was go 20 miles an hour ALL the way home.  It took me about an hour.  The traffic was not bad at all at that point.  And it was interstate the whole way.  But it was scary.  I pulled up to the church which is our bus stop and sat with my friend (and church secretary) to wait for the kids.  She was dead set on finding the kids and she did.  But that required we go get them at the middle school.  DONE!!  I was doing that.  I just drove the interstate and I was going to get my kids.  Looking back now...I might have left them.  Ha.  Our good friend Adam works as a coach at the school and they totally would have been fine and had a blast.  And, in hind sight I might have stayed about Briarwood and got snowed in with Julie & Barbara who were stuck there.  But honestly, I did feel blessed to have our whole family together to enjoy the snow.  It was crazy and it could have been TERRIBLE.  The Lord was kind to us.

RML in snow!

Me and Coach Lewis!  He makes the best of bad situations!  TROOPER!

These kids are far from terrified.  They said it was the BEST DAY EVER!

Our road our driveway is on the right...

1st snow in the new house!

We spent the next several days playing in the snow and hanging out with our awesome new neighbors.


This was Eden's 1st snow.  And...she hated it!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014


I pride us Dollars on hardly ever being sick.  We get colds, but the fever, flu, sicknesses...we really don't get that much of.  Well, this year we got it.  I'm pretty sure it all started with Isaac but being a kid his symptoms were mild and he got over it pretty quickly.  He got a fever on a Sunday night woke up with low grade for the day and Tuesday was playing and fine.  But he had STREP and no one knew.  I'm not the mom that runs to the doctor at fever, runny nose, etc.  You have to prove your sick around here.  TOO MANY TIMES, have I been to the dr for "just a virus" and with 5 kids we can't be keeping those kinds of copays.  So, anyway, he really wasn't sick long enough for me to take him to the dr.

But Tuesday, I started getting sick ...I just felt it come on while I was at work.  I had a low grade fever and I mean LOW GRADE... like 99.2 so I was not considered "sick" ... it was just a cold coming on.  Well, Wednesday I was 101, my neighbor works for UAB and teaches students labs so she had a flu test.  She said, it really sounds like flu the way it came on so fast and the fever being so constant.  It would not break.  So she came over and tested.  The test was expired but it would still work.  Kind like if it's positive you have the flu but if it's negative you might still have the flu.  I took real comfort in my negative flu test.  But Thursday I was sporting 103 pretty consistently, the baby woke up with fever, and Jason said we had to go to the dr.  Couldn't let this one pass.  By that time my throat was killing me too so I knew it was strep.  Well, it was strep.  They said the test changed REALLY fast.  But we went to a doc in a box and they tested for flu too.  We talked a lot about my my strep and I almost told them not to do the flu bc I had already taken a flu test but I let them do it anyway.  Well, they came back in the room to tell the dr, "Oh, she has flu A and the baby has Flu B."  So that explains the dying feelings I was having.  Flu and strep.

Oh but that's not all.  While sitting in the dr office Jason said he felt like he was getting sick.  But thought it was all in his head because the baby and I were sick, and he's in the doctors office surrounded by sick people.  But yea.  The next morning he was back at the doctor getting swabbed and he was sick!  With strep!  No flu!  But still miserable.  That night Isaac started acting weird again so I called my neighbor and asked her to bring a strep test and test Isaac because he had been weird off and on for a week.  WELL, he was positive.  It was him...he started it all!!  Crazy kid!

And $200 later we are all better!  Praise the Lord!

THE TEMP... Even I couldn't believe it.

Sickie Selfie

my "bedside"...  WAY too much Tylenol and Ibuprofen, then there was antibiotic, nose spray and throat spray, Zyrtec D and Gatorade.    That should fix it!

I'm so thankful for our church family.  They really took care of us.  They were sending meals and keeping kids.  They were all so kind.  Glad that is all a memory.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Eden and Mary

Eden is getting around!  She's an inch worm.


And this picture...  I LOVE IT!  The helmet is the obvious reason but check out the JANUARY!