Summer Time How-to- Tutorial: Ice Gel Packs

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Well, it's officially summer time . And we all know how summer can mean skinned knees, bumped elbows and horribly itchy bug bites. So for your my dear readers a how to help with those summertime mishaps: Ice Gel Packs.

 Ice Gel Pack how-to:
Get 2 Ziploc freezer bags (one sandwich size and one quart size)
Mix 3 parts water and 1 part rubbing alcohol together
Add a little blue food coloring (or whatever color you like:-). Ours is a deep purple color.
Put the water mixture into the smaller bag and seal, getting out all the air that you can.
Then put the smaller bag into the larger one and seal, again getting out all the air that you can.
Place in freezer for a couple of hours and it is ready for use!
Due to the alcohol it doesn't freeze solid like regular water would but into a gel . These are like the ones the hospitals and doctor offices use for patients. I plan to make a bunch and have them ready for when the need arises.
These are the ingredients besides water that I used to make these. Until next time...

A note for all the nonpregnant people out there

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dear Non-Pregnant Person,
I hope you find these guidelines helpful in your interactions with pregnant women, as failing to follow them may result in serious physical harm. If you are thinking, surely she doesn’t mean me – then you should probably read this twice.
1. The appropriate response to a couple telling you they are having a baby is ‘Congratulations!’ with enthusiasm. Any other response makes you a jerk.
2. Through the wonders of science, we now know that babies are made ONLY by the mother and father – not grandparents. Unless the baby is in your uterus or you are the man that helped put it there, you may not ever use the phrase ‘my baby’.
3. On the same note, unless you made the baby as defined in 2, the pregnancy, birth, and raising of the child are not about you. You do not have input. No one wants to hear your opinion unless they ask for it…
4. The body of a pregnant woman should be treated the same as any other body. You would not randomly touch someone’s stomach if they were not pregnant, nor would you inquire into the condition of their uterus, cervix, or how they plan to use their breasts. Pregnancy does not remove all traces of privacy from a woman.
5. Likewise, no woman wants to hear comments on her weight…ever. A pregnant woman does not find it flattering that you think she is about is pop, must be having twins, looks swollen or has gained weight in her face. Telling her she looks too small only makes her worry that she is somehow starving her baby. Making such comments invite her to critique your physical appearance and you may not act offended. The only acceptable comment on appearance is ‘You look fabulous!’.
6. By the time we are 20-30 years old, most of us have picked up on the fact that the summer is hot. We are hot every summer when we are not pregnant. We don’t need you to point out that we will be miserably hot before the baby comes. Nor do we need to know how badly you will feel for us because we will be pregnant during the summer and how glad you are that YOU will not be pregnant this coming summer.
7. There is a reason that tickets to Labor & Delivery are not yet sold on Ticketmaster. Childbirth is actually not a public event. It may sound crazy, but some women really do not relish the idea of their mother, MIL, or a host of other family members seeing their bare butt and genitals. Also, some people simply feel like the birth of their child is a private and emotional moment to be shared only by the parents. You weren’t invited to be there when the baby was created, you probably won’t be invited to be there when it comes out either.
8. Like everything else in life, unless you receive an invitation, you are NOT invited. This includes doctor appointments, ultrasounds, labor, delivery, the hospital, and the parent’s home. You do not decide if you will be there for the birth or if you will move in with the new parents to ‘help out’. If your assistance is desired, rest assured that you will be asked for it.
9. If you are asked to help after the birth, this means you should clean up the house, help with cooking meals, and generally stay out of the way. Holding the baby more than the parents, interfering with breastfeeding and sleeping schedules, and making a woman who is still leaking fluid from multiple locations lift a finger in housework is not helping.
10. The only people entitled to time with the baby are the parents. Whether they choose to have you at the hospital for the birth or ask for you to wait three weeks to visit, appreciate that you are being given the privilege of seeing their child. Complaining or showing disappointment only encourages the parents to include you less.
All the Pregnant Women in the World

Quick update

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Just got our internet/phone hooked back up. Were without since 8:47 pm Tuesday
night. no power from 8:47 pm Tuesday until 2:00 pm yesterday. There are still
one lane of Lake Brook blocked due to trees in the road. My Dr said he read that
over 80,000 people were without power in TN as of 8am this morning. He saidhe
read at the height of the storm around 250,000 people in TN had no power. See
comments for more info
The storm was really bad. It was so bad that it took out the Knox County
Emergency Dispatch Call Center for almost 5 hours. There are still section of
Knoxville without power. There are 10 roads shut down due to debris in them. The
storm knocked over power lines on Middlebrook near us and three main wires were
severed due to the storm. The Red Cross is out in force to help in neighborhoods
without power.
They are calling for more storms like this until after the weekend :-

Storm damage photos from Tuesday's storm

Menu Plan Monday June 6th, 2011 edition

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Here is this week's menu. It is easy since there is Vacation Bible School this week along with therapies.

M: Leftovers

T: Chicken Patties for the children and chips, Chicken Cordon Blue and Saffron Rice for hubby and I

W: Corned Beef and 3 cheese macaroni-both done in crock-pots

Th: Sloppy Joes and French fries

F: Something easy for the children-anniversary dinner for hubby and I

New photos of Gabriel Matthew

Friday, June 3, 2011

Baby and mommy freebies

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Goofy Golf: Saturday 06/11/2011
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Sunrise Mountain

Sunrise Mountain
This is located where my husband grew up in New Jersey

Koenig's 3rd Birthday

Koenig's 3rd Birthday
We went to a local heavy equipment dealer for Koenig's 3rd birthday so he could see the bulldozers there
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