Spring has sprung!

Spring is finally here!  With spring, we have uncovered a plethora of new projects around the house and yard.  This is going to be a super busy weekend. Chris and I have a ton of plans to get stuff done around the house and yard. Here are some projects we are hoping to tackle:

1. Paint Bitsy’s playroom. It is currently a nasty orange color (pictured here: http://wp.me/p3S4Rp-r) We are just going to paint it a neutral grey for now, and freshen up the white trim.  I have big plans for the room, but we just need to start with getting rid of the orange.

2. Start veggie seeds for the garden.  I’m a little late here, but I am starting some seeds for a vegetable garden.  It’s so much cheaper to start from seeds than buying plants.  I picked up seeds and containers today at Lowes, fingers crossed that I can do it.  I look forward to fresh, local fruits and veggies all year.  My hope is that I will be able to get some from my own yard this year.

3. Plans for Bitsy’s birthday.  I can’t believe it, but Bitsy is going to be 1 in a few weeks.  I’m planning a small party for her, so I’ve got stuff to take care of for it.

4. Yard Clean-up. The previous homeowner was not big on landscaping.  Our yard is a MESS.  We have to continue basic clean up from the winter and from years of neglect.

5. Mole elimination.  While we were out working this week, we found evidence of lots of moles in our yard.  I’ve been researching ways to eliminate them.  This weekend, that operation continues.  It won’t be pretty.

6. Spring cleaning.  The usual spring cleaning tasks…window washing, switching out spring/winter clothes, etc.

7. Plan for major projects.  We have a few ideas for major landscaping projects.  We are going to make some action plans for the coming months!

This is just a few things that we have on tap.  There is a lot to be done.  I really enjoy doing this type of work, as does Chris.  I love crashing on the couch at the end of a very productive day.  There’s just something about feeling the sore muscles and looking out at a completed project–a real sense of pride in our home and our accomplishment!


Typhoid Bitsy

I’ve been pretty MIA for the past week.  So sorry!

Last Saturday, we were out to dinner with my in-laws at Wheatfields (my go to for great Gluten Free food!).  Right when our entrees were placed on the table, Bitsy looked up at me started to projectile vomit…EVERYWHERE.  A few hours later, we ended up in the ER with her because she couldn’t keep anything down and was extremely lethargic.  They gave her some anti-nausea medicine and she was finally able to keep some fluids down.  We have been in recovery mode since then.  She still isn’t quite over the bug–it has moved south, but she is doing much better.

Bitsy the morning after her trip to the ER. She felt so much better already!

This was the first time that Bitsy has been sick.  Thankfully, with the help of tips from family, mommy friends and Pinterest, we made it through.  Here are some tips that helped us survive:

1. If you are local, go to the Ellis Emergency Room in Clifton Park, not Schenectady.  When the pediatrician said we had to bring her into the ER, I was terrified of what the wait would be like in an urban ER, right near a college, on a Saturday night.  Chris remembered about the ER in Clifton Park and I am so glad he did.  We walked right and Bitsy was seen within 20 minutes.  The staff was wonderful and the facility is beautiful.

2. Keep old towels on hand. We have a bunch of old bath towels that I keep on hand just for situations like this.  All Bitsy wanted to do was snuggle me, but she was vomiting uncontrollably.  We covered the rocking chair in towels and then I draped one over myself so I didn’t get too covered.  We also stripped her bed and used a towel as a sheet with just the mattress protector underneath it.  In the car on the way to the ER, we put her blanket on and then used a towel over it.  We created a lot of laundry, but nothing got wrecked.

3. Clean, Clean, Clean This one is pretty obvious.  I think that we have done a dozen loads of laundry this week.  Spring finally arrived this week, so we were able to air out the house quite a bit too.  Also, genius tip from pinterest: Did you know that toys can go through the dishwasher?  We cleaned off all of Bitsy’s toys because everything goes in her mouth.  All of the toys that are plastic or rubber can go through the dishwasher.  As you can see from the picture below, we put tons of toys on the top rack, smaller items in the silverware container and the bins and bag that they are stored in on the bottom.  We ran it with detergent to get the dishes clean and vinegar to kill any potential mildew from bath toys.  We ran the dishwasher on a normal cycle, and did not run any of the higher heat options (they can melt some of the toys).  It was the quickest and most thorough way to get them all clean.





The most colorful load I’ve ever done in the dishwasher.


Chris and I got the bug a little bit.  Chris had to call in sick yesterday because he was sick and today so he could stay home with Bitsy.  Tomorrow I will be home with her and Friday hopefully she will be ready to go back to daycare!  We are all exhausted and in need of some serious relaxation after this week!