Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July!

It's been a while since I've written. Our internet got shut off for a while. I've been busy helping my sister in law with her new baby. The kids have been acting up. It's just been one hell of a few weeks.

AJ's therapist put him on Vyvanse recently. Unfortunately, it didn't help. If anything, it made him worse. He's been more upset, agitated, whiny, etc. She decided to take him off that, and put him on Ritalin LA. We planned to start him the day after the script was written. Unfortunately, none of the pharmacies around us had it in stock. So, I dropped it off after the appointment (Thursday) with the promise that it would be ready today. The goal was to have him on it Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and see if there was any improvement in his mood and behavior. If not, then I was to start giving him 2 pills on Monday. So, since we didn't start it last week, we will start tomorrow and give him until next Monday. I'm hoping for some serious change, because I just can't take it any more.

Gianna's hair has been ALL over the place lately. Just crazy. It's the heat and humidity. Well, you'll see for yourself. I love this picture. She really does love her kitty.

My sister in law just had a baby a little over a month ago, and has been trying very hard to breastfeed. I've been helping her out and encouraging her as much as I can. She really is doing a fantastic job, but she's not so sure of herself. I really wish she would just have the confidence she needs. She's grown so much in the last year or so, and I am so very proud of her. Despite her struggles, she still finds time to help me out with Gianna's crazy hair. I absolutely love what she did recently with her hair.
Sooooo much easier to manage! Just wake up and go. She loves shaking her head to hear the beads hitting each other. I do hope she continues to do her hair. I just think it looks so cute on her!

Have you heard of Extreme Couponing? Of course you have. Everyone has, haven't they? Anyways, I would LOVE to learn to do that, as our grocery budget is EXTREMELY limited. I took a few days to carefully match prices and plan out my shopping trip(s). One of my previous trips, I did very well, so I had confidence that I'd be able to save quite a bit for this one as well. Here is what I got last time:
I spent $1.29 out of pocket after the coupons and checks. Mainly it was because of the Enfagrow. I had 5 checks for $7, one for $5. I also had 3 coupons, $5/2. Each pack was $5.28. So, with checks and coupons, I saved $55 right there. The price of all 6 packs was $31.68, so that left me with a $23.32 overage. Waters were each $1, diapers (in emergencies or babysitters who can't use cloth) were $4, soda $7.48 (plus $1 off coupon), bread $1.28 (I think). Also, there were two 20 oz sodas not pictured. Not bad at all!!

In any event, this blog post was all over the place, I realize that. Today is July 4th- Independence Day. Also, it is my twin sisters in law's birthday. So, Happy Birthday Natasha and Nicole!!

If you chose to set off fireworks, please exercise caution. Especially with children. I know they're fun. I loved them as a kid, and my kids enjoy playing with them. I found this on Pinterest last year, and it worked great. No more worrying about sparks flying.

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