Monday, April 21, 2014


He lives!

Conor may be figuring things out about the Easter Bunny. He's told me he doesn't think there really is one, that it's just me going out to the store late at night. I am neither confirming nor denying his accusations. As long as there's a bit of doubt, he can have the magic of childhood a little longer. He's always happy to find his basket, after all.

And Aiden is nearly impossible to stump. After six kids and nine Easters here in this house, the poor Bunny is about out of hiding spaces.

And even though Lyndsay wouldn't be home until that night, the Bunny still hid hers. See it up there behind her dolls? Yeah, so did she, almost right away. But only because her roommates, whom she brought home for the week, exclaimed, upon walking into her room, "Oh! Look at your dolls!"

I put together baskets for Lyndsay's roommates, feeling sad that they wouldn't be with their families. Come to find out, they were so excited because they'd never (never!!) had an Easter basket in their lives! Their families didn't do that tradition. So, they were really thrilled to get one this year!
(One of the roommates ended up not being able to come at the last second because of finals schedule. So, a basket is going back up to her.)

This is Emily and Abby. I love the girls that love my girl. It seriously can make me weepy, thinking about these special friends of my sweet Lyns. I'm so glad she has them. I've always had a soft spot for the friends of my children, even as they grow up.

Easter dinner was so delicious. Chantilly Potatoes.

Fresh Green Bean Salad.

Lion House Rolls. (That Conor rolled!)

An Easter feast!

On Monday, we finished up traditions. I made Navajo Tacos and all the kids ate two. It's so fun to feed a crowd!

Then we dyed eggs. I was hoping to get out of this tradition this year, to be honest. But late Saturday night, Conor asked if we could do it and started to cry when I told him I didn't think so. It broke my heart. He was really looking forward to it, and I should have known. I sent Adam to the store for one box of dye and two dozen eggs. He came back with three boxes of dye and a Dr. Pepper. Back to the store he went for the eggs. We held it off until we could do it for Family Home Evening with Lyndsay at home.

Abby's hedgehog egg. Love it!

So, dyeing eggs was not a tradition in either of their families either. What?!

And then, a delicious carrot cake for dessert.

I told the girls that in this house you get to cut your own piece of cake, no shame! Emily was happy to hear that:

I love a girl who will eat!

It's been such a great Easter weekend. We spent some time reading about out Savior and the record of the last days before his great atoning sacrifice, and then of his glorious resurrection. I love Him so very much, and want my heart to be more like His.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Preparedness: A First Aid Kit

I've been meaning to do this post for a year! I put this super first aid kit together last year during my Spring Break after getting the inspiration from this blog post. I took the boys to Walmart and we started shopping! I love the way a tackle box can organize everything and make it easy to access supplies in a hurry.

Let me give you a tour!

Opening up the lid, I have all sorts of emergency supplies right on hand:

I have tools, like a stethoscope (I keep my good one at work, but I have this one here, plus another one in my car's first aid kit), and a digital blood pressure monitor (plus batteries). I keep my other blood pressure cuff in my car's kit.

I keep cleansing and disinfecting liquids up here: hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, betadine, eye wash, antibacterial cleaner, saline syringes, and then also aloe vera gel and petroleum jelly.

 Also tucked on top in this top compartment I have hand warmers, an ice bag, goggles, an emergency blanket, and a sling.

On the right side compartment on top I keep some tape, a tourniquet, some gauze, cotton balls, and a few saline syringes (which could be used to flush wounds or eyes).

On the left side is a digital thermometer with extra tip covers (what if I'm helping a group of people?), some bandage scissors, and a pen light.

With the lid closed, there are two other compartments on the sides.

On the left I have some glucose tabs and some sore throat lozenges, as well as my CPR mouth shield and an emergency airway.

On the right I have N95 respirator masks (which block out viruses and other airborne pathogens) and then some lighter face masks which are good for short time periods. I also keep gloves here for quick access.

Opening up the front compartment there are three cases.

The first case is for fever and pain. I keep my good temporal thermometer here, children's and adult's pain medications (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin), a mouth/dental pain kit, an ice pack, and dosage syringes.

The second compartment is for allergies, bites, and stings.

I keep bug bite/sting treatments here, along with seasonal allergy meds, and Conor's Benadryl and Epi-Pens (which I also keep in my car and my purse.)

An extra inhaler and even a snake bite kit is kept here.

The third case is for tummy and bowel problems. Antacids, anti-diarrheal, stool softener, laxatives, motion sickness, indigestion/heartburn medications, plus clean up and disposal supplies.

On the either side of the tackle box are two other compartments that I keep basic first aid supplies and wound management supplies in.

Plus, next to the case, I have a disposable gown and some other face masks slid into the space.

Also, some moleskin, which can be a lifesaver! (or at least a foot saver!)

In this case I keep a variety of sizes of bandaids, plus latex-free bandages. Also, different kinds of tapes, gauze, steri-strips, wraps, antibiotic ointment, and liquid bandage.

All of that slides right in!

On the other side, (sorry this picture is blurry!) I have other first aid supplies.

Cotton swabs, a razor, alcohol swabs,

a lighter, electrolytes, tissues, an Ace bandage, sutures,

 a scalpel, tweezers, scissors,

and some sterile gloves tucked on top.

 Having this kit brings me such peace of mind. Everything is gathered into one place, is organized, and is portable. There are a few other things I'd like to get (like a blood sugar monitor, for example), but I think it's pretty comprehensive overall.