Our adorable redhead got baptized on the 12th! It was a beautiful baptism. His big sister got to be one of the witnesses. It was a special experience for our family.
Now if I could get my kids to willingly cooperate for pictures, that would be fantastic! However, I don’t see that happening any time soon.
When one of our children get baptized, we go out for lunch afterwards to a restaurant of their choice. My oldest chose IHOP, my second chose a local pizza place, and my third chose…McDonald’s. With the play area. We went home to change clothes before we went to McDonald’s so they could play without worrying about damaging their church clothes.
We’d originally planned to go to the pumpkin patch after McDonald’s, but we all decided together that that would be too much for one day. The plan was to go to the pumpkin patch the following Saturday.
The next day, our sweet little 4 year old touched a hot burner and burned the tips of his 4 left fingers. Nothing like a trip to the Urgent Care to liven up a Sunday afternoon. Burners and little fingers don’t mix. He had mild 2nd degree burns on all 4 left fingertips. It’s hard to see in the pictures, but he did have little blisters on each finger.
They put a prescription burn cream on his fingers and wrapped them up. We had to stop by the pharmacy to pick up a prescription for the same cream for home use. Thankfully, the burns were mild. However, the doctor we saw said he would have brought his child in for the same thing. I found that very reassuring. It can be tough to know when you should bring your child in and when you should treat it on your own at home. I’ve been parenting for almost 12 years and I still struggle with that at times. I don’t think that ever goes away – at least not until they move out on their own! But then they call home and ask for advice, so probably not even then.
We had to keep his hand wrapped for a day and put cream on it twice a day for 5 days. He complained about it hurting when we initially tried to not wrap it, so we wrapped it for an extra day. After that, he was fine. Although he did keep wiping the cream off when I wasn’t looking… It’s amazing how quickly kids heal! Now, there’s almost no evidence of his battle with the stove.
That Monday, my 9 year old was really feeling out of it. He tried to do his schoolwork, but he wasn’t feeling well at all, so I had him rest nearby. Later, after we finished our school day, he threw up. I suspect he picked up a bug from the McDonald’s play area. Poor kid.
Then that Thursday, my 4 year old threw up a few times. Just when we thought we’d escaped everyone getting sick! At some point in the ensuing days, the other kids felt sick as well. Thankfully, only one more child ended up vomiting, but it was the 2 year old. Although I’m not sure if hers was from sickness or just crying too hard about fighting her nap…I told her I needed to switch over laundry and use the bathroom, then I’d come back and check on her. I could hear her screaming from the laundry room, and then heard the coughing/gagging sound. I called up the stairs to my 11 year old to check on her, in case she threw up…and she had. I threw the rest of the load into the dryer, got it started, and scrambled up the stairs to clean up my baby.
Needless to say, the pumpkin patch did not happen that weekend! But it did eventually happen. We finally went on Thursday night. It was really fun! There weren’t many people there. I loved that it wasn’t crowded at all! We had the entire maze to ourselves as we ran around it. The pumpkins were pretty picked over, but we managed to find some good ones. We let each person pick out a larger pumpkin and a mini pumpkin or squash. Our pictures didn’t turn out great since it was getting dark, but that’s ok. We had a blast.
We love our pumpkin patch! It’s only about 10 minutes from our house and the people who own it are really nice. Their son and his family are in our ward, and some years we see him there helping his parents out.
Yesterday I spent most of the day helping my boys make their Halloween costumes. We don’t do scary or creepy things for Halloween, but I’m totally fine with potty humor. My boys decided they wanted to be outhouses this year… We saved our Amazon boxes and any other box that came into our house for a month or 2 to make this happen. My oldest used her artistic talents to add fake advertisements to their outhouses. We had entirely too much fun making these costumes!
We also finally put up a few Halloween decorations. It’s been such a crazy month that it just didn’t happen until yesterday. And that’s ok!
Now we’re mostly ready for Halloween! We just need to buy some candy for the kids who trick or treat at our house 😜😂