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Friday, March 11, 2016

2013 to now... only 3 years later!

Okay, so I'll admit it. I was curious, so I Googled myself. There wasn't much of anything there, which is kind of good. But, it brought me back here - and I realized I hadn't posted anything since 2013. So much for my grand plans of keeping out-of-town family updated and what-not. Guess what they say about best laid plans is true!

But, in my defense, it's not like I've had an open schedule in the past 3 years... since then, there's been one more addition to the family, so now we are 7! My oldest has now turned 9, my youngest will be 3 this November. How is that even possible? It may be such a cliche, but it's so true about how the time flies. And it goes faster each year.

Can't say I'll be any better at keeping up here now, but at least I was reminded that once upon a time, I did try my hand at a blog!

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Oil pulling: Day 5

So I've been doing the oil pulling for about 5 days now. I can't say that I've seen any visible change in my teeth, although I do feel as if my "problem" tooth isn't bothering me quite as much as before. Whether or not this is due to the oil pulling, my awareness of the problem and probably "babying" of the tooth, or my use of Doterra's essential oil blend On Guard when brushing, (or a combination of the 3) who's to say. But, for me, the bottom line is: Can I stave off this impending root canal with any of the above mentioned routines?

Guess that remains to be seen, and hopefully between them I'll be successful. Mostly because I REALLY don't want to have another stupid (and extremely expensive root canal) but also because I found out that my dentist's partner has passed away and while they're in the process of bringing in a new dentist, he's doing the work of both of them and is booked through September! Sure hope this doesn't turn into an "emergency" situation! (Although that being said, my dentist is really great at working you in if necessary. This is the same guy that saw me Thursday to assess a tooth and then the very next day on Friday got me in for an "emergency" root canal right before the Christmas holiday. I call that great service!)

Oh yes, and also, NEVER take your kids to...

A business meeting with you!

Had one of those yesterday and again, didn't have a sitter. I had to meet a client to pick up some files for a job and discuss what needed to be done. Thankfully, she was incredibly wonderful about it all, and was so pleasant and understanding it almost made me feel worse for having to bring them.

Once again, I'd planned for the two older kids to have their DSs, which they did, and that worked out mostly well. Kara was a bit nosey at times, wanting to see what we were doing or wanting to know what the lady had to drink and asking for food and drink for herself, but mostly she did okay.

Daniel, again, was my little instigator. Bothering Lincoln and then not sharing the goldfish crackers I dug out of my bag to try to keep them both quiet, then dropping some of said crackers in the floor and then acting like a baby rather than use his "big boy words" to let me know he was not happy to have dropped some...


Oh well, I've been very blessed to have clients who are understanding of my having young kids that I stay at home with... hopefully I can continue to do work in such a way as to keep them happy with the finished product enough to continue to tolerate kid-interruped phone calls and meetings!

NEVER take your kids with you to...

There are just so many ways I could finish the above sentence... but today it was the dentist. I've had a tooth bothering me that I knew was a problem and we're pretty sure we're looking at yet another root canal. However, I had to go in for a quick evaluation before they said "yes, it definitely needs a root canal," which really only took between 5-10 minutes. Seriously not a big deal. However, I had already had my mom take off this morning to watch the kids for our 20-week ultrasound visit, after which both her and Brian had to go back to work, and I couldn't get another sitter (and really, would it make sense to get a sitter for 30 minutes?) so I took them with me.

I told myself, "no biggie. I'll put Daniel and Lincoln in the stroller and Seth and Kara can play their DSs." Oh how foolish of me... First of all, Kara has "misplaced" her DS - or at least had done so at the time we left the house. Turned up later in the boys room. Gee, I wonder how it got there?

And of course, I failed to mention that Daniel had SERIOUSLY gotten up on the wrong side of the crib this morning and had been a big grouch all morning, which of course did not change when we got to the dentist office. So, I get him and Lincoln in the stroller where Daniel proceeds to antagonize Lincoln the entire time we're there. Not to mention I overestimated the space allowed in those tiny exam areas and the stroller was a bit of a tight squeeze.

So, needless to say, they really worked hard to get me in and out of there as quickly as possible, but I'm afraid we still made a bit of a ruckus the likes of which that office does not usually see, and I'm sure hopes to never see again!

Won't be doing that again...

We're at the 22 week mark for #5!

So we had our 20-week ultrasound today, although I'm actually at week 22, which was kind of neat since it was a little more clear for the technician. We got to see that all the measurements and whatever it is they check at this point looked good, and we found out that Kara's going to have a sister at last!

Although I have to say I don't really think she's realized that eventually this means she'll have to share her room again... Oh well, one step at a time!

We're really excited to know what we're having, and although I can honestly say I did not care one way or the other, I am excited that Kara will no longer be the "ONLY" girl. So, I'm pleased to introduce you to Clemmer baby #5 - yet to be named!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Oil-pulling: Day 1

I've heard of the practice of oil-pulling and have been reading up on it and I've finally decided to take the plunge and give it a shot. The premise is that in swishing a high quality, unrefined oil (such as coconut) for 10-20 minutes each morning, you can remove toxins (at least from your mouth-although there's debate among how many and even the potential for pulling MORE toxins from your body) and improve your health.

My main focus is simply improving my dental health. As many who know me personally can attest, I'm firmly in the category of "not a fan" of dentists. That's not to say I don't go, but I'm borderline afraid, and at times have had to have medication to help my nerves before appointments. I also have poor dental health in general, and have had various fillings and more root canals and/or crowns than I care to remember. I often joke with Brian that he should've checked my teeth before asking me to marry him... The amount of money we've spent on my dental care over the years can almost rival the amount we've spent on prenatal care for my 5 kids... and that's saying something!

Anyway, I had some Dr. Bonner's fresh pressed (same as expeller pressed apparently) organic coconut oil in the cabinet and decided to give it a go. Everything I've read keeps saying 10-20 minutes. I figured that was a crazy long time and there was NO WAY my kids were going to let me have that much time "alone" to swish the oil and not be able to respond, but oddly enough I managed 10 minutes without interruption.

Another concern I had was that some people online mentioned that having the oil in their mouths for that long made them want to gag, so I was preparing myself for that. But fortunately, that also turned out to be a non-issue. Other than the fact that coconut oil begins as a solid and it took just a moment for it to "melt" in my mouth, no worries there.

Obviously, I don't expect to really see or feel any results after just one go of it, but I wanted to keep track of how it went and hopefully if I can continue over the next few days/weeks, I'll be able to determine any results I see. After just my first attempt, I don't seem to have any oily residue in my mouth, when I spat the oil out, it was white rather than clear - as all the "instructions" implied it should be, and the only problems I had was afterwards while rinsing (the cold water made a specific problem tooth ache for a bit.) Hopefully I'll see an improvement in the tooth that's been bothering me, and if I'm lucky, maybe I'll also see a whitening of my teeth to boot (another claim some mention as part of the oil-pulling process.)

So, who knows? We'll see how it goes!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pinterest becomes useful at last!

I love Pinterest. It's fascinating and addicting. It's got amazing ideas and tips and recipes and dream items... and I love pinning things for future reference. And in my defense, I have utilized several websites for things for the kids - such as traceables and mazes and stuff like that. So it's not been a complete waste of my time. I actually even tried a recipe from pinterest the other day, although I somehow got it completely goofed up in my mind and did it wrong, but it turned out okay anyway... (I substituted york peppermint patties for Oreo cookies - it was the color thing that threw me off. That and I just happened to have the peppermint patties really handy where the oreos were downstairs in the pantry.)

And, the other day I actually mixed up some sidewalk chalk paint for the kids from one of the pins I had re-pinned from a friend. And it was really neat! The charming Katelyn from Domestic Charm provided the recipe, and since I actually have corn starch and don't actually cook with it (yet!), it seemed a great use for it!

While mostly I'll admit it is kind of a (ahem, complete) waste of my time, it's nice to dream. And it does occasionally come in handy. I can search for recipes using a specific ingredient that I've got on hand if need be, and I found a recipe for a sore throat remedy that I've got mixing in my fridge now.

I'm also in the process of trying out a bread recipe. I've fallen in love with the bread they bring you at Longhorn Steakhouse, so I thought I'd see if I could find a recipe close to that. I found one for a 7-grain bread so it's in the kitchen in a half-mixed state as we speak. Um, type. Read. Whatever.

(currently it's in the "rest/rise" state - not what's shown in the photo, so I've got about 40 min to get a shower while the kids "rest" themselves!)

I'll let you know how both of these turn out. Hopefully. If I remember... Hey, I've got 4.5 kids and a house to run and a husband - and you all know how that goes!  :)

Oh, and I finally broke down and tried a copy-cat recipe on Pinterest for the Cheesecake Factory's Oreo Cheesecake. I made it yesterday in honor of "National Cheesecake Day." Who knew that we even had a "National Cheesecake Day?" Apparently every day is designated to a certain food... kind of interesting, although I can't imagine the weight if I celebrated every such holiday, but Oh, wouldn't it be fun? Here's how that turned out:

 I really need to get a regular round pan... although the heart shape is fun...

Seth was a fan...

Kara liked it (she said the crust was her favorite part!)

my slice (didn't last very long)

and Daniel gave it a try, and although he quickly made the cookie off the top disappear, his final verdict was that he really wasn't a fan of cheesecake. But, Seth and Kara quickly finished it off for him, so I guess that worked out okay.

So I guess my point is that while some could say Pinterest is just a big waste of time, it CAN yield good things! So, carry on and pin away! I know I will...