Rough Start-Good End

Fruitful Friday - Healthy Simplicity

This week started out a bit rough. Sunday night the baby had a fever that lingered into Monday. Then Monday afternoon I discovered three new teeth in his mouth – one of which was a molar. Poor thing. No wonder he had a fever.

Then Tuesday morning I woke up with the worst headache I have experienced. I think it was a combination of lack of sleep and a storm we had brewing. I woke my older children up to take care of the little ones and crashed for the next three and a half hours. My husband was at work and calling home. He finally got worried and told my oldest daughter to wake me up. My headache was no better so even though I hate taking pain pills I took some Tylenol and let the children baby me with smoothies and snacks. I took it easy the rest of the day and gradually my headache lifted. I’m so thankful my children know their way around the kitchen and how to care for babies.

Finally on Wednesday we started to have a normal week.  It feels so good to be 95% finished school just some finishing up of about three courses for one child. I am going to be working on my six-year-old’s reading all summer. I wanted him a little farther by this point so we’re going to spend thirty to forty minutes every morning doing various reading activities.

My garden looks so great. Today I had my eight and six-year-olds weed it for me. The one box didn’t really need much weeding. The beans and zucchini are getting so big weeds don’t have a chance. My watermelon plants are hanging in there so they weeded them out to give them so breathing room. My tomatoes will probably need to be staked next week. Two of them are considerably smaller than the other six, but look okay – just small. And I’m very happy that my mint from last year is still going great.

Healthy Simplicity - garden

beans in front and zucchini in back

Healthy Simplicity - garden

tomatoes at front and watermelon in back

The boys were enjoying our backyard today. I’m so thankful for our backyard. It’s a fairly good size – we have two garden boxes, a clothesline and a swing set and they still have room to run. We’re talking about adding a sandbox for the little ones to dig in. I know I’ve asked this before, but what is it about little boys and digging? ☺

Healthy Simplicity - backyard

Healthy Simplicity - backyard

Healthy Simplicity - backyard

I also took the big step of moving the baby out of my room this week. I moved his bed into the room with the other little boys. They’re thrilled. He’s not so much, but adjusting faster than I expected. He’s started to sleep longer stretches between feeding. However, he’s backed off on solids again so means his day nursing has picked up. I’ve never had a baby like him who has taken so long to get excited about solids. And yet he’s growing great on breast milk so I’m not too worried.

All in all we had a good week. I trust you did too.

Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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  1. Julie Geoffrion

    Sandbox – do you realize the sand that will come into the house? 🙂 LOL – this is where I take after dad LOL.
    Your garden looks awesome – ours has a late start but the radishes and lettuce, tomatoes and squash are growing :). LOVE it!
    Have a good weekend.

    • JenSchon

      I don’t think much will come in because they’ll walk through grass to get through the house so that should clean if off of them.
      Glad you’re enjoying your garden.

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