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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Simplify?

When did CRAZY become the everyday routine in our lives? I keep waiting for those free moments of down time when I can blog, take my online digi scrapbooking classes, deep clean my house, relax. Just a few short months ago I remember thinking, "Wow, things are pretty smooth going around here. The house is staying clean, I'm not overbooked, life is good." Now I feel like I am running around with so much to do that nothing is getting done.

I know lots of people feel this way. I have seen several blogs about simplifying our lives. I know about simplifying and finding moderation in the things we do. But every once and a while the few "simple" things all seem to pile up on the same few weeks.

On January 20th Branson started throwing up. And then he started having severe diarrhea The vomiting continued off and on again until a trip to the ER and a dose of medicine on March 3rd. And yes there were three trips to the doctor before the hospital visit, trying to diagnose his symptoms. I'll spare the boring details...we are still working it out and the diarrhea continues, but after seeing an allergy doctor (and finding that he has no allergies just really bad eczema) we are making some progress. I guess he has a ton of unusual bacteria in his nasal cavity and sinuses that can drain into the stomach and cause his problems.

So all this would be fine for a stay at home mom. I can handle sudden bouts of vomiting and diarrhea but like I mentioned earlier, if you add that to the other things in your life it can get a bit crazy.

After years of "living" at my kids elementary school as PTO president I simplified my life and I do one thing a year for the school. I put on the week long trash-to-treasure book fair and it really does require that I am there all week long during school hours. Branson's cranky "I don't feel good" attitude and frequent trips to the restroom for a diaper change didn't mesh well with quiet library time. I am forever indebted to my mom and cousin Rachel who took him for days on end and for everyone else who helped me out that week. (It was so insane that it's all a blur and I know I am forgetting to mention someone else who helped me out big time, forgive me)

So the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday was spent in the ER. I got 1 hour and 45 minutes sleep, worked in the book fair all day and was hosting BUNCO that night. Here again is another fine example of how something that only happens once or maybe twice a year landed smack dab on a lousy place on my calendar. Another big thank you to Rachel who offered to have BUNCO at her house. A good thing too...the way things were going my house was not in any state to entertain.

So the book fair is over but my life just hasn't slowed down. Cub Scout Day camp is now consuming many hours of my day. I had another big meeting last night, Cayden has basketball, Sydney piano, Anderson tennis. My kids all have their one thing but you all know that everyone else's one thing gets tacked on to Mom's list of THINGS.

So today I tackle the house, the laundry, the taxes...

Why am I spending time posting on my blog? Dang it, I wanted to! And it has been very therapeutic. I am ready to go get Branson out of Sydney's Moon Sand and tackle the world...well at least my world.

Oh yea, and my hair is falling out. Do you think it's from stress?

8 comments:

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Seriously Amy I don't know how you do it... Though I did it and raised 5 kids myself... It seems harder now a days! My blog has suffered BIG time since our grand daughter Noelle was born...But I really want to take advantage of the time I get with her...She's growing so fast!!!!
I do hope you guys get Branson's deal figured out...Poor lil' guy. Did you happen to get him that immunization that is supposed to stop infant diarrhea and vomiting? I ask because we said "no" to it.

About your hair... Yes, Stress or your thyroid is whacked... Joy, joy.

I'm going to keep you guys in my prayers.
Robin~♥

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Kris said...

Sounds like you've been crazy busy. I hope that Branson gets feeling better. There's nothing worse than having puke in the house for weeks on end. Good Luck with everything. Oh and I'm so excited for Camp this year. I bet the boys will love all of your creative ideas. You're totally awesome!

SuzanSayz said...

Amy you are just amazing. I love your book fair that you do, such a neat idea.
And I fell so bad for poor little Branson. I have lived through times like this and I know how much it drains from you. My thoughts will be with you!

LKP said...

stress'll do it, but so will the fact that we're getting older. mine's been falling out at an alarming rate (for me anyhow). i don't have the answers for it but know that you're not alone. =)
BIG SISTER-BLOGGER HUGS!

Alicia said...

Oh, hey, thanks for watching my kids today. ;)

Kristen said...

Wow, that is a lot for one person's plate! My hair fell out too during our busiest, stressful times!

Poor Branson. Poor Mommy! That is not fun for anyone! When you mentioned bacteria in sinuses causing all that, it made me think of the time when Cayman was having diarrhea for weeks and cradle cap that wouldn't go away. It too was caused from an overgrowth of bad bacteria, a yeast form, called Candida. Her Naturopathic Doctor put her on acidophilus
for awhile and it cleared up within a week. Her skin took a little longer, but the diarrhea went away. It frustrates me to no end that regular medical doctors don't know this kind of stuff!

ashley said...

Haha, oh Amy, I know I shouldn't laugh, but your right, you sound like you do have quite the plateful! Good luck with everything that you have going on, and diagnosing Branson, I hope he gets better soon! It's days like this where I read your posts and sit amazed and think, "Wow, there really are supermoms out there" :)