Costco, Horses, Allergist, Gluten-Free Store, Filiberto’s, and WalMart

in 11 hours.

Payson had an appointment with an allergist yesterday afternoon.
My friend, Arjhana (the “jh” is silent; uh-ronna) told me about a gluten-free store in the same area of town so we decided to get together and run a few errands and then she’d go to the allergist with me and my kids.

The first stop was Costco for rice milk and to pick up pictures. I also got lunch there for my kids. The girls got pizza and ice cream, Payson got a hot dog without the bun and a berry smoothie. I didn’t take pictures because I’ve taken a hundred pictures in Costco 😉

After Costco we went to where Arjhana keeps her horse, Riley.
Arjhana’s been “into” horses since she was very little. She got her first horse at 14 and has had one (or two) ever since. I met her when we were both 15 and rode horses with her quite a bit all through high school.

The girls were excited to see the horses. Payson was scared and cried every time I set him down. Near the end he finally got brave enough to walk around on his own.

Arjhana and Riley 🙂

Arjhana thought it would be fun to give the girls a little ride. The girls were excited. Sierra’s been in love with horses since she was a toddler. They’re her favorite animal.
And Brooklyn, Brooklyn is head over heels in love with all animals. She asks for a pet almost daily. She was thrilled to be able to ride a horse!

Sierra’s turn.

And we even let Payson sit up there for a few seconds!

He thought it was fun for a couple seconds. After that he cried to get down. lol

It’s been 7 years since I rode a horse! It brought back a ton of memories getting in the saddle again.

And of course a snap of Arjhana… I don’t even think I could adequately portray her obsession with horses using words.

After visiting the horses we had to get to Payson’s doctor appointment.

The wait was LONG.

And the appointment itself was a HUGEHUGEHUGE waste of time. I suspected that before hand but my gosh I wish I’d saved the gas money, hours of time, and $15 copay and never went!

I am so sick of doctors and talking allergies. If you suspect your kid has food allergies just do the elimination diet. If they have a reaction you know they have an allergy… FREE and EASY! It’ll save you hundreds of dollars and HOURSHOURSHOURS of time!!!!

After the hellish doctor appointment (did I mentioned the wait time was close to 2 hours????????) we went to this gluten-free store. It was a really crappy store for me, all it really had was shelves and shelves of premade mixes and I like to make things from scratch (saves so much money!)

I did buy some coconut milk since I was out.

Arjhana is doing a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free diet for her lyme’s disease so she was looking around a lot more than me (she doesn’t like cooking from scratch so all those premade mixes were awesome for her), my kids were getting ansy to get out of the store so we went for a walk.

Arjhana came out fairly shortly and joined us for a group shot.

By this time all of us were hungry again so we stopped at Filiberto’s (LOVE) and had dinner. It was delicious! Mmmm.

Payson was having a taco and started choking on a piece of tortilla. I leaned him down and pounded his back and he coughed up a chunk (not even very big, no wonder I never give my kids tortilla chips!). He was pretty hysterical from having been scared (poor thing) so I just held him for a while. He was covered in food (of course) and after our cuddle fest I was too! It was even in my hair. Refried beans in my hair. Lovely.

He calmed down and started reaching for food right away (hungry bugger) so I gave him a bite of refried beans (which he LOVES) and he started screaming and pulling the food out of his mouth. Weird! The beans were room temperature so I have no idea what that was all about. He had some chicken right after that and was just fine and then a minute later he ate the refried beans right up. So weird.

I gave him a sip of water and he was really happy about that. He chugged it down, spilling the entire cup on both of us in the process.
It was ice water. It COVERED us. I was actually shivering. And I looked like I had peed my pants. And I was still covered in his taco and beans.
So lovely.
I stripped him down and rolled his clothes up. I wiped him down and Arjhana watched him while I took my girls to go potty.

The restaurant Filiberto’s is not somewhere you need to tip but I left a big tip because I felt awful about Payson’s mess. I like to leave the table clean. I was a waitress as a teenager and really cleaning up messes is a part of the job but it still sucks! lol

After that exciting experience eating dinner we ran into WalMart because Arjhana needed some makeup for a girls’ night she’s throwing tonight. I bought some clothes for me and Payson (pjs) and changed in the bathroom, left the store, drove Arjhana home, and then drove to my house, got my kids in bed, and plopped down on the couch and watched Law & Order!

Journey into the Pregnancy Doldrums

Three pregnancies under my belt and I still haven’t learned my lesson.
Pregnancy is just not fun.

I’m excited for baby #4. Anxious and impatient to meet him/her, really. But pregnancy… just not a happy thing for me.

I feel terrible.
I complain.
I lounge, uncomfortably.
I dizzily do my housework.
I tiredly help the girls with school work.
I moodily take care of my alwaysonthego toddler.

Everything that once interested me, doesn’t.

Food is now my mortal enemy. Preparing it. Seeing it. Smelling it. Not pleasant experiences.

My mind is a flowing, changing, unreliable thing.
My body is a mushy, sore, foreign object.
My pictures are taken without thought and skill.
My family is treated like a burden.
Sorry, family.

My blog will be at risk of having long periods of inactivity.

———This Week———-
Drying toothbrushes on the go.

Dentist Visit

Every morning.




Scones and peanut butter cookies.

Playing with Friends

Dancing at Jack in the Box.

New makeup

Mommy and daughters.

Stop on a family walk.

Talking to his brother.

Valentine’s baking.

Heart-shaped crayons.

Valentine’s preparation.

Sierra stopped sucking her thumb on Jan. 2nd. The dentist found out and gave her free movie tickets.

We went today (Saturday) and saw Alvin and the Chipmunks 2.

They shared a combo since we’d just gone out for pizza.

Dancing in the theatre.

Last ones to leave, goofing around.

Lots of Crying Today

And surprisingly it wasn’t because of all the vaccinations my two youngest kids received.

My kids were hyper at the doctor’s office today.

To let them run off some of that energy we stopped right outside the doctor’s office at this playground.

The kids had a good time playing on the bars.

And going down the slide.

But then as I was helping Sierra cross the bars, Payson, off to my side, tripped as he was running along the sidewalk. He fell down and started crying.

Not odd, he trips and falls almost daily. The crazy child.

I scooped him up and cuddled him and talked to him all lovey mushy and checked his hands for scrapes.
He was really screaming and there wasn’t a hint of a scrape on either hand.
I grabbed a baggy of oatmeal cookies out of my diaper bag thinking he was extra hungry and tired and maybe the fall just made him moody.
As I offered him a bite I noticed a huge lump on his head.

Oh my heavens! That’s extreme!
Start: mommy panic mode.

I’m so relieved that I was already at the doctor’s office when this happened. I was able to go straight back in (pay another $15 copay) and see a doctor.
Talking to the doctor really put my mind at ease. I know what to watch for and what to expect. Talking to a doctor is so much better than googling things! lol

Payson cried the entire 30 minute drive home.
I could hardly blame him, his head must have been pounding.
And when we arrived home, mine was too!

Videos from this Month

I have been busy on the phone most of the day, finding an OBGYN and a new dentist and scheduling an appointment for Payson with an allergist and for Sierra for her physical therapy and both Payson and Sierra’s well child checks.
Whew, I’m tired just typing that… can you imagine all the phone calls? Blech!

So anyway, while I was on hold for a long time between speaking to doctors I uploaded some videos from this month.

I taught Brooklyn to finger knit two weeks ago.

One of the girls’ most favorite thing to do ever is to dance. Especially to Backyardigans music.

Then Brooklyn insisted she and Sierra get a turn to be videotaped all alone.

Sierra’s turn.

And whenever I videotape Allan he makes me promise I won’t put it on my blog, but they were being so goofy that I couldn’t resist this one: