I’m almost done with unpacking/repacking/shoving things under the bed. This place is starting to look like I want it to look — sans the drapes and the color on the wall in the living room.
And oh, wouldn’t it be nice if I could get Don to finally fix that rod in my closet? It collapsed weeks ago, and most of my clothes are sitting on a chair or in the closet in the office.
But Don has been in such pain from his shoulders and odd, excruciating muscle pains all over his body at night that I understand that he doesn’t want to do anything once he comes home from work.
I give him a lot of credit that he goes to work, but then again if he would finally let his body rest he would probably get well faster.
He is beyond frustrated that three doctors haven’t found what is wrong with him yet. At least now he has two prescriptions, one muscle relaxer and one anti-inflammatory drug.
One of them we could not get filled because our insurance won’t cover it. We need to get his doctor to prescribe something similar that is covered.
Why are these thing always so complicated? More phone calls, made by me, of course…
Here are a few pictures of Landon’s birthday party. Six kids and six adults of the Bleasdale clan could make it: house destroyed, yet happiness all around.
The party was a great success. Landon was thrilled that five of his 11 cousins came to celebrate his special day. He was beaming, and that is all I wanted to see.
Here is L playing his Elmo guitar. He has three real guitars already, so I am bracing myself for very loud teenage years.
See that snow globe? L has always been fascinated by them since he was a baby. So I finally bought him one for his birthday, with music and snow swirling around. It’s a big hit.
Since he does love guitars so much and will play guitar on anything — a paper towel roll or Daddy’s leg — I just had to buy him this shirt with a guitar so he can play air guitar anywhere he goes :)
L’s third birthday cake had to have an Elmo, of course. I had bought a few made out of sugar and stuck one on the cake. I am saving the other ones for cupcakes when his three little friends come over in a few days to celebrate his birthday. L ran to get his Elmo to show him that he had an Elmo face on his cake. So cute.
Oh, the dreaded twisty ties! L got a whole box of instruments from uncle Steve and aunt Maria. Once they were extracted, L gave us a little concert, my little prodigy! And wouldn’t you know it, Grandma bought almost the same set, from the same company, with different instruments! They all know how musically inclined L is. Now we have 15 more music instruments in the house. Yikes!
And of course there was football in the background — can’t be without that when the Bleasdale clan gets together! This is Landon going crazy with his new harmonica.
If you are celebrating your child’s birthday soon, happy birthday!
If you don’t want to go into debt over it, here are my frugal tip: Don’t go crazy buying toys. Most of our kids have too many already.
I bought L an Elmo book, the T-shirt, and the snow globe on sale with an extra coupon for about $25. And I bought him one of those plush toys, a mouse, they sell for charity for $5.
The No. 3 candle and a Happy Birthday streamer I got at the dollar store.
I picked out the cake at the supermarket and had them add his name, and the Elmo sugar face I got at A.C. Moore.
Including some food and juice, I think I paid about $60 for the whole birthday party. It doesn’t have to cost much to have fun!