Shocking Family Headlines in 7 Quick Takes

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FAMILY GETS SICK FOR A MONTH BUT DOES NOT DIE

We enjoyed an incredibly healthy academic season last year. We are now balancing things out with a month long spree of feverish suffering. (This is why I use loop scheduling instead of specific daily homeschool plans. Flexibility keeps us up and running.) The up side is that we have learned some new and unexpected lessons. For example: The children thought that scarlet fever was something that only happened in Little House on the Prairie times. And that everyone who got it went blind (like Mary Ingalls). Neither of these are true. Ask me how I know.

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SLEEPWALKING BOY CAN'T REMEMBER BREAKING NOSE

My son's sleepwalking has always been a vague concern of mine. He did it frequently as a very small person and it has subsided significantly over the years. Fortunately, I am a light sleeper and could quickly jump out of bed to steer him back to his room when he went wandering. Our theory is that food intolerance have contributed to the problem and in fact, he has only wandered a couple times since changing his diet a couple years ago. So I haven't been as attentive to night sounds for years.

What that means is that I didn't hear him get up. And I didn't hear the crash coming from his room. His brother did hear it but then went back to sleep when he couldn't immediately discern a cause for alarm. The weirdest thing is that sleepwalker didn't hear any of it either. He simply woke up in his bed in excruciating pain.

He is convinced it was the diet soda that he drank the day before while out since we never have aspartame in the home. He may be on to something. Regardless, we are now looking at a repair of some kind (although he looks charming with crooked nose) and praying that he does not get the head cold that is going around.

Waiting at the doctor's office.  

Waiting at the doctor's office.  

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GOSSIPY NEIGHBORS WALK ONTO PRIVATE PROPERTY TO FIND NEW MATERIAL

We live on the end of a dead end street with only two neighbors who can see into our backyard. We also have some dirt that needs to be moved from a construction project we did. It's not really close enough to anyone to be a bother. It's not obstructing or uglifying views. It's not harboring mountain lions or affecting water drainage. 

Even so, the very existence of this dirt on our property is driving one particular neighbor to distraction. Never mind that he lives about 25 houses up the street. Never mind that he actually had to walk onto our property and into our back yard to see it. He did his civic duty and called the city on us. We should all just be grateful to have watchdogs like this living in our neighborhoods. Now if he could spot us the few grand it's going to take to comply with the suburban cookie cutter patrol, that would be cool.

Just focus on the gorgeous. Does this look like a $4000 problem to you??

Just focus on the gorgeous. Does this look like a $4000 problem to you??

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MOM MAKES NATURAL TOOTHPASTE. EVERYONE PRETENDS TO THROW UP.

Everyone around here just needs to grow up. Seriously. I'm just trying to be healthy, you know? Get the toxins out of the things I can potentially ingest or clean with on a regular basis. This is serious stuff and the people of my household honor that with a barrage of vomiting noises and gagging pantomimes. 

There is a good chance you'll sympathize with them after I show you the pictures so I'm going to give you a bit of background. Before my dietary changes, my body was nutrient starved. Because of the chronic inflammation, my gut was not accepting the stuff I needed to thrive or even maintain. When I became pregnant with Peaches, I was still recovering from that nutrient debt and my body started to leech minerals from anywhere it could find them in order to give them to her. Including my teeth. It was honestly a little disturbing but I was able to stop the progression by adding some supplements and by using a homemade remineralizing toothpaste. The kids ruined my last batch and so I have made another. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

                        Tooth powder (L), Tooth paste (R). If anyone really wants to know more, I'll post a tutorial. Let me know.

                        Tooth powder (L), Tooth paste (R). If anyone really wants to know more, I'll post a tutorial. Let me know.

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HOMESCHOOL MOM REALIZES THAT SHE ACTUALLY HAS TO TEACH

Because life is just so gorgeous sometimes. Every time I start to dream about living in a warmer climate, I recall that crummy weather is a gift to the homeschooling mother. There is nothing more demotivating to seat work than a stunningly beautiful September. 

Mom, can I go outside? Yes.
Can I go outside again? Yes.

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COUPLE CELEBRATES 18 YEARS OF MARRIAGE WITH ROMANTIC TRIP TO WALMART

Dare to be different. True love flourishes anywhere.

The people of Walmart. 

The people of Walmart. 

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WOMAN JOINS SOCIAL MEDIA ONLY TO DISCOVER SHE'S STILL A WALLFLOWER

So I'm now on Twitter. And Instagram. (Although I still ignore Google+ because I still can't figure it out after years of periodically trying.) 

My experience so far has been a lot like my first few months of blogging way back when. I'm like the girl who goes to see a movie for fun by herself. She buys the ticket, picks up some popcorn and a drink and maybe a bag of licorice.  She walks through the crowd of people to her select theatre and settles down comfortably in her seat. The problem? There's no movie playing. And no people in the theatre. And she doesn't know whether to stick around and wait for the fun, try a different movie, or leave the theatre altogether.

My further engagement in social media IS that awkward moment when you think you're where you're supposed to be... but then can't figure out what the heck is going on.


Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes.


Posted on October 3, 2014 and filed under Family Life, parenting, motherhood.