Category: RQ’s


Ridd Quicks Vol. 15

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It’s been nearly a year since my last Ridd Quicks; an update is highly overdue!!

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P1090727Summer. For some reason I’m still stuck on Summer. I had so many great plans in the works for the boys and I, mostly with the help of a gazillion Pinterest ideas that would help me utilize my backyard with items like plastic sheeting, bed sheets or pool noodles. Tried the tent. It worked, sort of…but it didn’t help that it was HOT and the tent wasn’t entirely in the shade. Got some pool noodles, but all they ended up being used for was something the boys could hit each other with. The one thing that seemed the most successful was slime. I suggest white glue over clear glue, but either way, it’s still an activity that helps keep my guys busy at the kitchen table while I’m getting dinner ready.

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P1100005So while we did have some fun over the summer, like a great camping trip with family in Oregon, it was also a very frustrating summer. I battled migraines throughout most of it and along with the migraines came fun things like nausea, vomiting, the works. I figured it was all due to the hormonal funk that I’ve been in for 2 years now. But I was getting the headaches so often that we decided to do further testing. Thankfully nothing was found to explain why I was suffering from them. I did begin to see a pattern in them, though. They would typically start in the overnight hours, which would mean there might be something in the house that was affecting me. Our 45-year-old house still had original windows in it and we thought there may be a level of toxic mold that was affecting me. All that to say, we got new windows! And so far, I’ve only had a few minor headaches, but nothing like the migraine or associated nausea.

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Ridd Quicks Vol. 14

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Were you able to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with your loving family this year? Me too! While we had a nice handful of guests in our home that day, it’s nothing compared to having to plan for 20 or more people for a special occasion. I came across this very true letter sent from the host of a Thanksgiving dinner to the guests in attendance and I find it absolutely hilarious. I know planning a gathering takes a lot of effort and coordination on everyone’s part, but I hope I don’t get to the “Marney Level” of OCD if our family gets any bigger than it is!! I think my favorite part of the letter is her last line, like she’s actually looking forward to spending it with those she is addressing in her letter, even though it’s obvious she thinks they don’t have a clue about how to do family gatherings. Priceless!!

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I have a problem with organizing. I can get organized, no problem. But for some reason I can not stay organized. Take for instance my kitchen counter. No matter what I do to organize, no matter how frequently I go through the papers, it always ends up looking like this within hours of my efforts:

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And that actually looks better than usual! Papers, magazines, receipts and everything in between collects right there. All it makes me want to do is AVOID it. Since the pile is on the kitchen counter, my kitchen is the last thing to get cleaned in my house! Then I came across this blog post recently and I actually got giddy at the thought of a kitchen counter with nothing on it.

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Ridd Quicks vol. 13

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There’s lots to catch up on, so let’s get started!

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I am so thankful to report that L did not have any puking episodes as result of his estrogen boost yesterday! However, there was a full morning of hiccups along with many diaper changes throughout the day. I’ll take that over puke!

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The past month has been filled with various travel and lots of visits to the water park with friends when we’re in town. It’s also been a month of frustration and waiting as we are still in the process of getting a second opinion for D regarding his sensory integration issues. When we first started down this road, I was fully believing D would have been able to start therapy in early June and have 3 solid months of therapy under his belt before school starts in September. While we were very thankful for the insight that Dr. J. offered us in May, it was highly recommended that we get at least a second opinion before putting any out-of-pocket expenses into therapy. All good

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Ridd Quicks vol. 12

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As I look at my chock-full calendar through the summer months, I begin to feel a bit sad. I think the “lazy days” of summer are long gone for us as a family…at least for awhile. There’s lot of “play” scheduled for the summer – road trips of all kinds, even a trip on an airplane.

There’s a lot of “doing” rather than toiling around the yard, enjoying the local festivities, getting on each other’s nerves because it’s so darn hot, being shocked at HOW many more days there are until school starts…OK – I take it back.

It’s a good thing we have a full calendar, at least while the boys are young!!

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Ridd Quicks vol. 11

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Hello. It’s nearly the end of April. Are you as bewildered about that as I am?? Let’s get on with things, shall we?

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As much as I’d like to think I’ve finally overcome it, I still, evidently, have issues with contentment. I’ve changed my blog look – again. But it’s free, it’s fun, and since I can’t change the color of my house (yet) then I might as well change something!

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I haven’t forgotten about being Purposeful, even if the days seem to be screaming by me as sunny, then cold, then windy, then warm. I have been on the hunt for a wooden Advent calendar to help the boys gain anticipation for celebrating Jesus’ birth beginning December 1st. Last year I started looking at Thanksgiving time…yeah, not so smart. I figured the prices would be much more reasonable the further you ordered one from December. Hah! They still run anywhere from $50 to $200. As pleased with myself as I am that I’m actually planning ahead this year, I’m still having a tough time swallowing spending $50 or more for a piece of wood with 24 doors carved out of it. Continue reading

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