Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring Cleaning??

It's been awhile since I've blogged.....I've been busy! 
Busy with what? 
Well besides the obvious..hubby, 4 kids, a dog, house..and everything in between.. I have been doing some spring cleaning. I should rephrase that. Winter cleaning in the spring. Since it's still is winter here in WI. 
I have been a Pinterest addict! Anything and everything that has to do with organizing and such has been on my mind! 
I also have bought and used some homemade cleaning products!!
Can I just say vinegar STINKS but man it sure can clean your bathtub like nobody's business!!!!  Just mix blue dawn and vinegar in a squirt bottle and BAM you've got your own chemical free cleanser!! 
You just have to be able to stomach the smell!!  It's worth it though. I am considering making my own laundry detergent. I haven't fully committed to it yet. 
It's economical and better for the environment. 
But I must say, I am a Tide and Downy snob. I love the smell and the way it makes the laundry feel. If I have to do a million loads, it at least has to smell great. 
Plus with the couponing I've been doing, I'm getting some fantastic deals on laundry soap, downy sheets and downy unstoppables. Aren't these life changing things to blog about???

I guess shifting my focus to all of that has helped me deal with the latest issues with Isaiah. He's gone through a lot as far as med changes, issues at school etc... 
I can't fix it. So when I know things are calm... I tune it all out. 
-Probably not the best way to handle it but it's working right now. Couponing, cleaning, organizing... it's all constructive. Knitting too..I was on a good roll with selling my ruffle scarves, I am praying that I can keep selling them. The extra money is helpful. In all my efforts I am trying to save us money. With making our own cleaning supplies and couponing and selling scarves.. I'm trying. As I said, it also serves as a way to tune things out. 
Well I guess that's all for today! I'm attaching some pics of scarves that are for sale, let me know if you are interested! 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Time's are tough...

Well it's been awhile since I last blogged. I've been doing a LOT of knitting and obsessing over coupons, lol. I got a binder to hold and organize all my coupons. I am doing a pretty decent job saving some $$. For example, at Target on Friday, I bought 3 boxes of Bounce dryers sheets, (34 count) for .15 cents all together. Not too shabby. 

In other news, it's been a rough few months. Isaiah's issues have gotten worse. Getting him to go to school is darn near impossible. The princple's are calling me, he's giving the special ed teacher a hard time, the bus driver. Last week he had an episode like he used to and I thought he'd break his hand he was banging it on the floor so hard. It's like 2009 all over again. For those that don't know what that means, 2009 was close to one of the worst years so far. At this point I'm overwhelmed, sad, tired and just at a loss as to what to do next. I never know what to expect. I can't get through a day with him w/o having issues (big issues) over the most small things. Everything is hard. This just wipes him out, wipes me out and the rest of the family. I am trusting God but I won't lie when I say I'm barely hanging on. 
Haley had a really bad UTI and we brought her to the Children's ER a few weeks ago. The only med that would ease the pain she was in was toradol through an IV. These infections are hitting her hard and taking her breath away. I don't know how to watch my daughter deal w/ this kind of pain and not have any way of taking it away. She said to me" I'm scared in the morning that I'll have spasms at school" and that she's tired of having to deal with all of it. This is EXACTLY what I knew would come out of her mouth some day. It was inevitable and now that it's here, I still can't do anything about it. she handles it well but she is only human and she can only take so much too. 
so right now, I am feeling like I need to raise the "I surrender flag"... I'm stressed, I feel so.... i don't even know. I just know that we need a break. This much stress is taking it's toll.