Sick day (ummm never mind)

I learned a long time ago,about 1 kid in,that sick days are not allowed for mamas. Whether you go to work outside of the home or you are a domesticated diva like myself, it just ain’t happenin’.

When I worked I would go to work and be miserable and still worry about the finer details, like whether I remembered to put that load of wash in the dryer, or did I blow out the candle in the bathroom or did they finish their homework. Now as a stay at home mom I worry more and it is all at my fingertips and I have added 2 kids, someone else has entrusted me with their tiny human for a few hours a day and I decided it would be a great idea to make stuff and beg people to buy it and pretend that it is the most awesome thing that they have ever purchased.

I woke up this morning with a gnarly cold (in August) and I have felt like an alien from another planet, I have a literal mountain of laundry to fold but I have decided that it will just have to wait until I feel up to it and I have carpooled kids here and there. I have a dozen candles that need to be salvaged and ya’ll, I don’t wanna do any of it.

I picked up Caleb from preschool and although he is my introvert, so far he has gotten into the most trouble. And he acts like it isn’t a huge deal and goes about his merry way. To this I am left scratching my head. At 4, he has somehow learned to only give minimal details of a story and conveniently forget the more incriminating parts. I suppose I will need to investigate this.

Yesterday, we had to go to Cincinnati with Zoe to visit her dermatologist. She has a skin condition known as Polymorphic light Eruption (never heard of it until now) basically she breaks out in a huge welted rash when exposed to too much sunlight. It is easily treated with heavy duty sunscreen, ointments and coverings… easy, ha!!!  But we got a good report from her dermatologist and we got a thumbs up for getting it under control.

All in a days work so I suppose I will sip my soup and pretend to be all better for the greater good of the {Adkins} people and get to “mom-ing”


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Raising my children and making sure that they are in a good home, and  secure in their environment has always been my number one priority. I want them to know that I am always there when they need me and I feel like to do that I need to be home and “available”.

I have so much respect for working moms, I understand that you do what you have to do to provide for your family, once upon a time I was a working mom and it was an essential part of our life. But since moving to Indiana, we prayed about it and we believe that the best place for me to be is at home, and you know what? I have actually grown to enjoy it very much. It is a blessing for me to be able to get up in the morning and fix breakfast for my family, to take the kids to school and pray with them at the door of the school. It is a treasure for me to spend the day with my little ones and know that they have been with me EVERYDAY since day one. I have literally never a missed a moment.

So…now that they are all heading off to school now {I only have 1 still home with me all day} it was time to start thinking of something to do with my time. I don’t consider myself very “crafty” at all…. in fact I am not friends with ribbon or glue guns or anything that requires any type of artsy personality, but I do however, LOVE a power tool…. little ole me loves to hammer stuff together and boy oh boy!! give me a drill and I am a happy girl. But if you really wanna see me happy give me a blow torch!!

I think the barber and I have found something that we can do and actually enjoy doing together. We have opened and Etsy Shop! He does the putting together, I come up with the ideas and and finish it up. We are also going to be making candles. We love that this is a family affair, as everything usually is with us. We love the fact that we can get our kids involved in the creating process. We are also going to be making soy and beeswax candles and other simple wooden items. Hopefully with the help of Jesus and lots of prayer this can really be something for us.

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Out of the mouth of babes

I started “blogging” to remember the things that my mama brain would surely forget, like what they did in the car line or what they said on the playground, or that recipe that I made up and would undoubtedly forget to write down.

In my years of writing I have started countless journals and online journals {because I am flighty and I often forget where I put things, even online things}. But since having my kids remembering those adorable little isms’  or recipes that they loved seems to be a driving force for me.

My number 3 Caleb (Cabby) has started preschool – we will not go into how heartbroken I was because the tears and sobs my rush back- and  although he only goes 2 days a week the stories are already hilarious and something that I never want to forget.

I make it a point to ask them how their days were as soon as they get in the car and so far Caleb is proving to have the most exciting days at school.

Today ….

Me: what did you do today buddy?

Cabby: Nuffin’ (typical), we couldn’t play outside because there where HUUUUGE alligators, and T-rex’s and a Brontosaurus outside…. (as if that is perfectly normal), but we played in the barn.

Me: who did you play with?

Cabby: Mooom, I can’t tell you their names it’s top secret (long pause) ok, they are “Stinky Feet”, “Party Pooper” and “Door Knob Smith” (completely straight faced and without a pause)

Y’all I can not make this stuff up…. Caleb is my introvert, who loves books, rarely remembers the names of kids he’s met and has the wildest imagination. I think it is safe to say that this year is going to be the funniest year yet.

Having 4 kids was not something that I planned on, having 2 was barely planned but seeing that 4 is what we have I can not imagine my life with out them. I have no idea what I did for entertainment before they came along.

Alexander is lonely without his big brother here but he is quickly adjusting to having me all to himself for a couple of hours.

And my princess, my Zoe, got in the car today with the most sad, heartbroken look on her face, I knew that she had gotten in trouble at school because that is a look that says “I’m guilty but I’m still pitiful” …. evidently someone else made her get in trouble in gym and she alone had to sit on the wall. Oh poor girl! Eventually people will learn they that she does no wrong….

~~~~ Stay tuned for more adventures from the Barbershop Quartet ~~~~~