A Belly Update

Well, I just wanted to thank everyone for all your comments on my last post about my distended belly. Of course, there were all kinds of comments and theories. I wasn’t expecting a diagnosis. Those that have similar stories, it is nice to know I’m not alone. Those that gave tips and pages with information, I’ve looked at it all.

While I am still doubtful that I have a food intolerance or IBS, I’ve decided that I will forgo actively looking for further testing (if internal medicine calls me for a colonoscopy, I will, of course, go) until I’ve had at least a month gluten free (despite getting a clean bill of health is terms of celiac screening). I’m undecided as to whether I’m going to cut out other inflammatory and/or estrogenic foods. Certainly all gluten has been cut (going on 4 full days now). I’ll be charting both what I eat and my symptoms on My Fitness Pal here. With my symptoms being so dependent on my cycle I haven’t paid a whole lot of attention to food (I certainly haven’t noticed any trends) and I’m not sure I believe in once a month intolerance but I’m will to cut things out and see. If I swell to as great of an extent next month then I will likely look into other testing options as it is really taking me a long time to bounce back (usually I’m be back at my normal size within 5 days but last month it was a bit longer and this month, I’m 10 days in and still up 5cm (down significantly but still up overall). It’s certainly not because I’m eating a lot because I’m down nearly 5 pounds.

If anyone has any other suggestions I’m up to hearing about them. I’m going to look more into the endo diet. I read some more about IBS and looked at some checklists and it really doesn’t seem to fit terribly well (though, yes, I totally agree that out of everything I’ve read it IS the condition that causes such distention). Thank you all for  your thoughts so far and I hope to post about good results soon!

Goal Planning Monday – Week 79

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

IIf you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines and join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week people mentioned how they might like to add in other jobs that they got accomplished during the week when they are updating how they did during the week. I think it is a wonderful idea as I often think, “Well, I didn’t accomplish this goal but I did x instead.” Now you can let us know if you want!

Last week’s goals:

1. Clean the microwave. DONE!

2. Go to bed when I need to. DONE! Easier when you are feeling a bit unwell. I also lay down during the day to read to the little one a few times.

3. Work on my vintage remedies course (both the database I’m working on and the unit I’m doing). Partially Done. I opened the book and read one unit and then the baby started driving his truck all over it so I stopped. I’m ready to take the nest test, though.

4. Work with the children on their Egypt lapbook. Not Done. Did you know that I don’t enjoy lapbooking?

5. Purchase grade 6 Math Mammoth for Liam and print/bind the first section. Partially done. Purchased and printed. Not bound.

6. Comment on everyone that posts here. Not Done. This shouldn’t be hard. I just need to make it a priority.

7. Clean out my closet. Done.  This simple thing gave me the greatest of joy this week.

8. Make up several desserts to throw in the freezer. Not done. We didn’t have as many berries/cherries as we’ve had in previous years. I made one dessert and we ate it!

This week’s goals:

1. Comment on post who leaves a link here this week.

2. Rest when I need to. Yes, I’m going to stop complaining but I still feel like I am recovering so I will lay down when I need to and go to bed at a decent hour, even if I miss our nightly episode of Damages.

3. Eat well. I’m not eating a lot these days so I need what I do eat to be nutrient dense.

4. Avoid gluten. In an attempt to figure out how much of my condition is GI related and how much is gynecological I am cutting out gluten entirely for at least 30 days.

5. Get ready for camping and try to enjoy it and have it actually be a nice family outing. This hasn’t happening much lately. Kids often end up crying and the parents end up frustrated.

6. Be patient. HA, yep, need to work on this one. Good food and enough sleep should help!

7. Some kind of major cleaning/organizing project (but I can’t think of what, yet, so I’ll let you know.

I don’t have many goals this week as we will be camping for much of the time and my goal will be to HAVE FUN and enjoy my family. Goal Planning Monday also won’t be posted until later next week (Monday evening) as we will not be getting home until the afternoon.

Be sure to stop in and let us know what your plans are for this week!

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Think Back Thursday – Playing With Your Kids

It’s time for Think Back Thursday with our friends from Debbie’s Digest. If you’d love to join in and share some pictures/videos/memories from the past just click the button above.

This week’s theme is “Playing With Your Kids”. Well, I play with my children frequently, but I am the one behind the camera. I searched and search for a photo to share last week but there really weren’t any. However, I recently received a new camera and this weekend when we were out hiking Mike wanted to give it a try.

First he stuck me in a tree.

The tree.

Then he tried to make us pose.

…but we weren’t looking.

The we got playful….

He’s just hanging around.

And the big kids joined in.

And everyone smiled.

If you have a picture to share of you and your children having fun be sure to link up at Think Back Thursday!

Goal Planning Monday – Week 78

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

IIf you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines and join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week people mentioned how they might like to add in other jobs that they got accomplished during the week when they are updating how they did during the week. I think it is a wonderful idea as I often think, “Well, I didn’t accomplish this goal but I did x instead.” Now you can let us know if you want!

Last week’s goals:

1. Clean the microwave. Not Done. I put a bowl of lemon water in there to steam yesterday and then I got distracted doing a big clean up of the three bedrooms upstairs. Bad News? I completely forgot the microwave. Good news? Our bedrooms look really good.

2. Complete the unit exam for the current unit in my Vintage Remedies course. Not Done.

3. Continue to work on the nutrition database I was making on my iPod. Not Done.

4. Use my camera a little every, single day (that means I have to pull it out this evening). Partially Done. I used it pretty much every day except for one. A lot of it was just to take simple pictures needed for (non existent) blog posts but I did pull it out to actually try different techniques about four times.

5. Go to bed when I am tired. Not Done. Or at least not done enough to say it counts. I did go to bed early twice but there were many night when I needed to go to bed earlier and I did not listen to my body.

6. Use the computer and iPod less. Not Done.

7. Try to get one new person (or someone that used to do GPM) to join us. Partially Done. I posted to a few new places, but no one new joined us.

8. Promote my blog’s facebook page. DONE! I had a few new likes. Thank you!

9. Spend time outside. DONE! We had a beautiful week and I took advantage of it.

This week’s goals:

As I had a pretty bad week goal wise last week most of these will be repeats.

1. Clean the microwave. Like, start and don’t forget!

2. Go to bed when I need to.

3. Work on my vintage remedies course (both the database I’m working on and the unit I’m doing).

4. Work with the children on their Egypt lapbook. They have a little friend visit from out of town and they’ve been playing a lot with him but we should get a little bit of work done.

5. Purchase grade 6 Math Mammoth for Liam and print/bind the first section. He told me a couple years ago when he was doing grade 2 Math Mammoth that he was going to homeschool until he was done the whole program. He’s been doing two grades a year. Maria Miller better start making new grade levels as it currently only goes to grade 8. *lol*.

6. Comment on everyone that posts here.

7. Clean out my closet. Didn’t I just do that recently? We just played musical bedrooms over the weekend and I switched us back to the master bedroom (where my son was) so I need to take back my closet.

8. Make up several desserts to throw in the freezer. We have fresh fruit/berries growing and I usually freeze those as the are but this year I think I am going to premake them into goodies.

Be sure to stop in and let us know what your plans are for this week!

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When Mum Turns Her Back

What I learned today:

1) Vegetable oil and baking soda does wonders in getting oil pastels off of a wood floor.

2) Under so circumstances can I leave the two and a half year old alone in another room for five minutes.

3) I probably shouldn’t even let him out of my sight for 5 seconds.

Yes, that, my friends, is oil pastel on wood floor. Not just a little bit of oil pastel, lots of oil pastel, and it wasn’t only there. It was all over our living room floor. I swear, my back was turned for about 3 minutes. My two and a half year old had asked me a little while earlier if he could go outside to draw with chalk and I told him that we did not have any but we would look to find some at the store. I guess he was not quite happy with that answers because when I was talking with my nephew on Facebook, he took matters into his own hands. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find chalk either and I suppose he figured oil pastel was the next best thing.

So, he was quiet and I’m thinking, this is kind of nice, I could get used to it (when will I ever learn). Then he comes over and takes my hands and says, “Look, Mommy. I drawing a picture.”

Yes, my boy, you sure are. All over my floor.

I smile, or attempt to, and say, “Ruadhán, we draw on paper, right?”

Still holding my hand, he turns me around and says, “But I did, Mommy.”

Yes, he did.

That doesn’t negate the fact that he also drew on the floor and we had to come up with a way to clean it up. Water? Nope. Toothpaste? Not so much. Baking Soda? Yep, but then I turned my back for 5 second to work on another section of floor.

Yes, he dumped it.

And proceeded to make baking soda angels.

In the end, we got it all cleaned up. We managed to do so while staying calm and I learned that you never, ever let a two and a half year old out of your sight. We’ll also be spending lots and lots of time outside with chalk and let the rain do the work!

Goal Planning Monday – Week 77

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

I’m sorry I was a bit late today. That happens in the summer time when you don’t schedule your posts. It was lovely and cool this morning so we decided to help my husband with some deliveries and the go visit the local farm. I’m back now and I hope that you’ll join me this week as we work to acheive our goals.

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines and join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week’s goals:

1. Exercise 3 times. NOT DONE! I’m very much over feeling blah. Just standing up has left me winded at some points this week.

2. Keep sugar intake low. NOT DONE! Pecan pie, need I say more?

3. Use the internet a little less. DONE! I did use it less but not a little as I was hoping for.

4. Blog three times. Partially Done. Unfortunately, I cannot link to my posts right now but I posted twice and not three times.

5. Comment on everyone that links up here. NOT DONE! I’m sorry.

6. Work on Egypt lapbook with Morgaine and Liam. DONE. Not a lot of it but at least some.

7. Bring ILL books back to the library. DONE.

8. Try to remain patient while waiting for test results as I continue to feel ill and I one can freak oneself out by reading on the internet. DONE.  I didn’t call the office and I didn’t remain freaked out all week. The secretary called this morning and the results have arrived but the doctor needs to go over them. No call today, so I take that as a good sign.

9. Work on my Vintage Remedies course. Not done. I didn’t even open the book.

This week’s goals

1. Clean the microwave (yep, should be done when it gets dirty but I don’t use it anymore and other’s do).

2. Complete the unit exam for the current unit in my Vintage Remedies course.

3. Continue to work on the nutrition database I was making on my iPod.

4. Use my camera a little every, single day (that means I have to pull it out this evening).

5. Go to bed when I am tired. Yes, even when Mike wants me to stay up to watch something on Netflix with him.

6. Use the computer and iPod less. I’ve been zoning out. I feel very stressed and tired and I get on my gadget to get away. I want to read or use my camera instead as that makes me feel better while the electronics make me feel like I am wasting life and generally make me grouchy. 

7. Try to get one new person (or someone that used to do GPM) to join us.

8. Promote my blog’s facebook page. Gee, it seems like I have a lot of computer stuff on here for someone that doesn’t want to use the computer!

9. Spend time outside. Everyday. In the sun and the rain.

Be sure to stop in and let us know what your plans are for this week! I’m going to ask you to please put your link in the comments for now and I’ll add them to the linky when I get it up. For some reason when I go to add in the linky, WordPress is deleting a good chunk of my post. There are things I’ve written 3 or 4 times already and I really just want to go have a shower. If the linky is posted then you are more than welcome to post just there but this is for those of you that want to get your post up sooner.

The linky is now up. I’ll add the people that commented already.

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A New Passion

Well, the passion certainly isn’t new but the ability to truly follow it hasn’t presented itself until this past week. I believe it was Wednesday when Mike passed me a bag from Staples where he’d gone to buy computer paper. Thinking nothing of it, I put it by my feet in the car and continued on our way. A few minute later, Mike asks, “Did I buy the right paper?”

I look at him and say, “I’m sure you did.”

We get out at another store and when we get back in, he asks, “Are you sure we got everything we need at Staples?”

“Yes, I’m sure you must have gotten everything.” I reply.

“Come on, could you just look in the bag?”

So I do, and there it is, the camera I’ve been dreaming about for four long years. It isn’t top of the line anymore. There have been a dozen newer models since but it there, in my car, is  THE DSLR camera of my dreams and I am over the moon! I get home and stick in on a shelf because I am terrified to take it out of the box. I look at it a couple times. I gingerly take the instruction manual out of the top of the box. Finally, at 11pm I brave pulling it out of the box. And, oh, isn’t is lovely. It’s everything I could have asked for. I think I am in heaven. I take a couple shots and they turn out just like I imagine they would. It’s unbelievable. It’s amazing. And it is so much FUN!

I won’t post too many photos here tonight, but you can be sure that I’ll be back with many more (there’s nothing like GOOD pictures to inspire a blogger….yes, I know what I said in my intro, but I guess I was lying….I’ll still be real and unscripted, though!)

I love photos where sun and shadows fall across the face but I haven’t figured out how to get them inside where the flash is too harsh and drowns out the sunlight so we had to take it outside.

Flowers, obviously. With the macro setting and paper to diffuse the bright light.

Shooting with a zoom lens but the children weren’t doing anything too interesting.

CATS!

 Tricky subjects, I must say.

I’ve set up a couple goals for myself and I’ve gotten a few books from the library so you’ll be seeing more of me fooling around with my new little gadget. I’d love to know what you think and hear any feedback you might have because I am very eager to learn and I am sure that there is so much more I could do.