For the love of all that is holy and good, please tell me that one of you has a) had mice make their home in your vehicle during the winter months and b) you found a way to get rid of them.
Seriously, we have cleaned and wiped and vacuumed every inch of that dang van and still we go to climb in and there are TURDS in the cup holders. Real TURDS. Not just the synonym for "jerk", which would still be weird, but way less gross.
I mean, do you guys even KNOW my mouse story from elementary school? Shudder to the max.
Speaking of gross, you know those shopping cart covers you get that can also cover high chairs in restaurants and stuff?
Well, we just learned a new handy-dandy use for them today. See, if you go ahead and keep yours in the van, when one of your children suddenly needs to vomit, you can have them vomit right onto that instead of onto the upholstery in your vehicle. Super sweet, am I right?
Hey, about that laundry soap we made last week. People have been asking for an update on its performance, so here you go: I love it! I'm thankful that we made it a little stronger than the recipe called for (1/2 bar instead of 1/3 bar of soap per 2 gallon batch), 'cause of ye olde slob factor in our house. Also, I never pre-treat stains (bad mommy), so if the clothes come out even moderately clean, I consider that a win.
I also use white vinegar instead of fabric softener, which also has a lovely whitening and brightening effect. No bleach. And I wash in cold water always. And the clothes look great! And no, do not smell like anything, least of all vinegar. It really is the liquid of the gods. So anyway, I'm sold. Making it was way quicker than I thought it would be and I know it's safe for our septic system, which is a definite plus.
(4)You know that thing where I'm afraid to say something, because as soon as I say it I know it's gonna have to actually happen? Without fail, folks. Without fail! But here I go anyway, 'cause I'm a masochist like that.
I've been sorta kinda a little bit considering perhaps beginning to research the possibility of potentially learning a tiny bit more about the idea of using cloth diapers. Tommy, shield your eyes! Or wipe your tears!
Because I'm a cheapskate, of course. But I don't know anything about them. I start reading stuff about "pre-folds" and "covers" and "multi-size" options and my eyes start crossing and I start sweating a little and then I just close my browser and run away. So I need help, cloth diaper friends. Help me! Super basic stuff- what you like, what you don't like, how to start, favorite sites. Stuff like that. Ugh. I'm stressed just thinking about it
(5)And on the topic of baby, we finally have our first and only ultrasound appointment scheduled: Thursday, February 2nd. Less than a week away! I can't wait. This baby better be a human, that's all I can say. Because if it's not, I'm gonna need to buy a WHOLE new wardrobe instead of using all of our hand-me-downs, and that is gonna be a huge bummer.
So, please say a prayer that baby is healthy and happy and that we get cleared for our homebirth!
(6)Still no news on the job front, though. Which is poop, I'm tellin' ya. BUT everything always works out. It really, really does. So something HAS to work out before mid/late February because um, yeah, that's when Tommy's unemployment insurance benefits expire. And it would just not do, oh no it would not, to have those run out without a new job lined up. So a job will get lined up in the next month. I can feel it!
Oh, unrelated: I'm also taking suggestions for favorite songs-to-memorize-multiplication-facts. Because the flash cards and the drills and the practice are just not cutting it for my 4th grader. She totally GETS how to do all the math work up to, and a bit beyond, her grade level, but every time it involves copious amounts of multiplication or division, it takes her SOOOOOOOOO long, like, Methuselah long, because she's adding the numbers up individually and stuff like that. Especially 6s, 7s, and 8s. Those are the bane of her existence right now. Poor thing. So math songs. Yep. That's what we need.
Okay, keep it real friends. Less than 8 weeks 'til spring!