So let me start off by saying that poor Luke has been sick with “acute gastritis” that has apparently been going around. Thanks so much for all the parents out there who take their kids coughing and hacking to regularly scheduled activities. I just knew as I sat and watched obviously sick kids make their way through gym class spreading those germs it would be a miracle if we made it through this week without being sick. Is it really so hard to keep your kids home when they’re ill?!! After all the diarrhea and vomiting, lack of sleep and being housebound since Sunday Mama’s starting to lose her mind a little…maybe in a week or two when all the vomit stained sheets/towels/blankets are cleaned and we’re able to sleep through the night without the fear of being puked on this won’t seem so extreme. Hmm…maybe not. This is one of my pet peeves, can you tell? Oh and the same goes for adults – stay home when you’re sick!!! I can’t believe some friends and family have to use PTO for their sick days. Does it make sense for the entire office to get sick while you spread your germs to everyone? I don’t get it and I hate that some businesses make you feel guilty for needing to stay home when you’re sick.
Now that I’ve got that off my chest…
Since we’ve been home bound, I’ve been trying to keep things ticking on at home and one thing I’ve enjoyed doing this week has been cooking it up with some new recipes. I’ve been spending a lot more time on my Pinterest iPhone App and I absolutely understand how people become addicts – how much great stuff is on there?! I hope you can’t have too many pins because I’ve been going pin crazy – go HERE for the evidence! I’m pretty sure the food and drink category has literally made me fall in love with cooking again. Basically how it’s been going is that I spend all day drooling over these new recipes and then once Julian finishes work I head out of the house for some fresh air and to keep from going completely stir crazy with a sick kiddo and head to the grocery store to get new ingredients for tomorrow’s cooking masterpiece! Here’s what I’ve made so far:
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (with homemade noodles!!)
Mozzarella Sticks - these weren’t exactly planned, I had extra won ton wrappers left over from the Buffalo Chicken Wraps I did a week ago and needed to use them up! It’s the second time I’ve ever fried something!
Crispy Cheddar Chicken - another great quick and super easy recipe!
Tonight I’ve got a pan of enchiladas on the menu (for Julian and I, since Luke is still on the BRAT diet) and I also have these recipes I can’t wait to try over the weekend:
Buffalo Chicken Bites – can you tell we like all things chicken, hot sauce and blue cheese?! Julian’s fav!
Baked Spiced Pumpkin Donut Holes – I’m excited about these because they’re baked NOT fried! YUM!
I hope Luke is feeling better soon, last night he was up 4 times with more horrible diarrhea. I can’t exactly remember – I lost count after getting up three times! Thank goodness I have such a great partner in crime – the hubs always jumps up before I do and gets up happily with me no matter what work stuff he’s got going on the next day. Teamwork is what gets you through!!
I do have some craft things lined up for us today, I’ve been trying to do things a little different to break the days up for Luke. I went to Red Box during one of my grocery store excursions and renting two cute kid movies for him!
Yesterday he did feel well enough to move around and play – we just had to stay nearby a toilet! I surprised him and made our dining room table a giant tent by removing all the chairs and putting a large sheet over the table, he thought it was the coolest thing ever while we ate our snack under there!
I also have our music class CD on from time to time throughout the day which he also loves and that gives us at least an hour of music fun. (more about this later!) Another favorite thing is dressing up his Learning Tower! This kit is an optional add-on if you purchase the Learning Tower and thank you to the Grandparents for getting this for him!
How are you getting through the week? We’re almost there – Friday is right around the corner!!