Monday, April 30, 2012

blood stained?

See these scraped knees right here?

It resulted in this ...

blood stains on a white cotton tank.

My sister, who happened to be visiting that day, said to dab hydrogen peroxide on it.  I did and vĂ²ila, all gone!  All white, no more blood stains, and no yellowing.

Just FYI, I did have to dab, wash and then repeat for a second time to get a spotless shirt.  I'm thinking I didn't put enough on the first time through the wash.

So there you have it ... turns out that one dollar bottle of hydrogen peroxide is not just for cleaning those skint knees. Ha!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

the zoo and a flashback.

We've hit up the Houston zoo the past couple of weekends. Before I get to the more recent pictures I couldn't help but pull up the pictures from his first ever zoo trip exactly one year ago.  Where did the time go?

Visiting the giraffes at the zoo, 3 months old, 2011.

Actually awake and running around at the giraffe site, 15 months, 2012.

Preston's petting zoo motto cracks me up ...  I'll touch you, but I'm not getting any closer than this.

Love this picture of the primates truly checking us out. 

Tickling match in the shade.

I love the rhinos.  Not sure Preston knew what to think.

Up close and personal with a chimp.

 And finally, we checked out the new dinosaur exhibit.  Coincidence that he happened to be wearing his dinosaur shirt :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

product of the week: Burt's Bees Bug Bite

I'm a mad woman when it comes to mosquitos.  Haven't I mentioned that we have mosquitos the size of pterodactyls here?  I try and exhaust all possibilities when it comes to repelling mosquitos... Bounce fabric softener sheets, Off's Clip On mosquito repellent fans, peppermint oil, you name it I've tried it or will try it.  So please feel free to share if you've got some tricks up your sleeve on how to keep those suckers away from my child.

Despite my madness, Preston will inevitably end up with a mosquito bite here or there and he reacts so badly to them.  One got him on his cheek and that whole side of his face started swelling to the point it was hard to open his eye.  One got him on his hand and within two days his little fingers looked like sausages.

I saw this Burt's Bee Bug Bite Relief at Whole Foods and decided to give it a shot.  It works!  I put it on at the first sign of a mosquito bite and within hours it just looks like a small little pimple as opposed to swollen and red. It smells good, too. 

Get this, own this.  Most places sell it for less than seven bucks and a little goes a long way so it should last for a while.

Looking forward to reading about your products of the week.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

what's on my mind: hindsight is always 20/20.

So if twenty years ago you told me that I'd be where I am today I wouldn't believe it.  I'm sure we all feel like that is some/all aspects of our present day and age

When my mom died in 1992 if you'd told me that despite losing my mom I'd gain a number of women who would step in and love me unconditionally to help me become the woman I am today, I wouldn't have believed you.  Although no one could ever come close to replacing my mom, the women who gathered around me from 1992 to present (KK, Nana, MawMaw, Anita, Laurelle just to name a few) took me, led me, and loved me through some of my most vulnerable years in life.

So when I surrendered to the ministry when I was 17, I thought I'd probably marry a preacher.  Ha!  I didn't marry a preacher (probably some of you who know Mr. Gherkin just spit your coffee out), but here I am fifteen years later writing about my faith and sharing a testament of God's faithfulness on a little place in the blogosphere called Pineapples and Pickles. 

If you'd told me then that I would one day have to put total faith in God and trust that my firstborn would live, I'd laughed in your face.  One, probably because I thought I was invincible back then and two, because it's very likely I had no concept of that kind of faith back then.

If our friends, Lloyd and Liz, had told us when they invited us to Sunday School a few years ago that those people in the class would help us and love us through the most difficult time in our lives, I wouldn't have believed them.  It happened though.  We met complete strangers who are now very precious to our family and a church family that we simply couldn't live without.

I saw a quote recently that said "God's no is not rejection.  It's redirection."  It made me think back on some of the turning points in my life. I find it's true, and that our faith during trials and tribulations really just prepare us to really appreciate our promotion when it happens.  I'm thankful that He's always provided although it's not always when or how I thought He would provide. 

So here I am now...
 a 30-something year old adult (even though oddly enough I don't often feel like an adult most of the times).
a mom to a child that the doctors told me I could abort because things looked grim (but God never ever allowed for that to be a choice)
realizing that I'm stronger today because of my yesterdays
and although I'm not proud of all my yesterdays (because I'm crazily imperfect),
I'm thankful for each and every yesterday,
each and every door closed,
and each and every window that's opened or will open.

Monday, April 23, 2012

medication scare.

For my fellow heart moms or any other mommies of medicine-taking toddlers...

It was that time to pick up Preston's prescription (a compounded liquid) so Mr. Gherkin ventured out to pick it up on Sunday.

Upon arriving home I filled about 8 or 9 syringes with 3.5 mL of the medication.  Shortly after it was 3 pm, which is his dosing time, so I gently pushed the liquid in Preston's mouth.  He loves this stuff and usually takes it without a problem.   Yesterday, though, he only took a cc before he locked his lips not letting me put anymore in.  That's when I realized a strong minty --- think Listerine minty--- scent.  

Sure enough that strong scent was coming from the syringe and it was even stronger when we opened the medicine bottle.   We immediately called the pharmacist.  No one could tell us what changed or if it was right or wrong.  At that point, I didn't care I just wanted a new bottle of medication.   The pharmacist agreed completely.  Now we have a new bottle of medication that smells like the usual --- which is really nothing at all. 

Moral of the story is always double check your children's medications. Smell and taste each new bottle to see if it is the same.  I am very familiar with the scent and Mr. Gherkin, the taste.  

I am not trying to place blame on the pharmacy ... I could never tell you for certain that there was something wrong with the prescription ... but after P refused to take it and then the difference in the smell we had to trust our gut and get a new bottle.

Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer on a Monday ... but I felt the need to share. Gotta watch out for our kiddos.  Know what I mean?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

a first carousel ride.

first carousel ride ... check, check.

Not too sure yet. 
 Holy cow, I'm moving!
Hey Dad, I've got this. You getting it?
He's a natural carousel rider.

Thanks for all the comments and prayers for Mr. Gherkin's family and the passing of his grandmother. 
I blog to document our life and I'm not sure why those of you who follow keep reading day after day, but I'm glad you do and, as always, we're thankful for your support and care.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

grandma mary.

One day you wake up to begin what you think is another routine day only to realize later that it will the day of a loved one's last breath.

And that last breath can come and be gone in a blink of an eye.

Cherish each day.

We may have lost a grandma (Mr. Gherkin's), great grandma, mom, and friend today, but our loss is definitely Heaven's gain.

Love you Grandma Mary.

product of the week: olive oil sprayer


A staple in my kitchen ...

the Misto Olive Oil sprayer.

I use it for just about everything ... veggies, pizza crusts, when grilling.

It's super easy.  Just pump and spray.  Much quicker and much easier and cleaner than getting the olive oil out, pouring the olive oil, and the cleaning up the little drops of olive oil that tend to get everywhere.

I bought mine from Amazon here for $9.99.  Best price I could find at the time.  I have since seen them at Bed Bath and Beyond for $9.99 so if you use a coupon that seems to be the lowest price.

Let's see your POTW.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

don't make me count to three: a book review.

I read this book by Ginger Plowman ....

Now I'm writing a post about it.  Why?  so i can remember what I read and the key points that I carried away from the words in the book.  

consider this my very casual (hence the all lowercase and poor punctuation) book review that I can have documented on my blog so I can have easy access to it whenever.  feel free to read along if you desire.

I'm not trying to spark any type of debate or offer my advice.  This is just my review of the book and the key points that I would simply like to remember as I grow as a mother.

1. thanks to Adam and Eve, all children are born sinners.  Sad!
2. we as parents are responsible for teaching our children right from wrong and sin from righteousness.
3. we must get to the heart of the matter.  I think this may prove to be one of the most difficult aspects of parenting.  If my child is acting out then it's my job to figure out why?  In other words what is he feeling in his heart.  The author said that our heart determines our behavior and that all behavoris are linked to a particular attitude of the heart.  Ex. Did he bite me because he was angry or embarrassed? 

4.  furthermore, after we figure out what's going on in our child's heart we should then determine and/or teach our children whether or not what's in their heart is righteous and pleasing.  this is where knowing the Bible is going to prove beneficial.  guess I better get to reading more. 
5. verse for fighting amongst siblings ... Proverbs 6:19
6. Matthew 18, specifically 18:15, teaches us just how God feels about "tattletales" and how to encourage siblings to work out problems on their own without running to mom all the time. 

7. author suggests role playing and that role playing can be an extremely effective in training children how to put what they've learning into practice.
8.  Just when I'm feeling overwhelmed and thinking what have I got myself into with this whole parenting thing, the author shares Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."  Definitely highlighted that verse in my Bible.

9. Proverbs 29:15 talks about the "rod and reproof."  Now once again I'm not trying to start a debate, and I'm not trying to say whether spanking is right or wrong.   The reproof is the part that involves the tongue and the use of the tongue to teach our kiddos and righteously train them.  To drive home the use of the training part and truly what's more important in my opinion the author says, "You can spank the fool out of the child, but you can't spank wisdom into him."  Do not use the rod without reproof.  Ephesians 6:4 suggests that using the rod without reproof will provoke our children to anger.

10. It's so important to not only tell my child what's wrong with his/her behavior but also how he/she can make it right.  In fact, they encourage biblical discipline which, according to the author, is "practicing right behavior, with the right attitude, for the right reason, until the right behavior becomes habitual."

11. "Each time your child fails, don't view it as a hopeless tragedy. Remember that it would be unnatural for your child not to sin because, after all, he is a sinner." THIS IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER ESPECIALLY SINCE THAT MOMMY GUILT and that I'M A TERRIBLE MOTHER FEELING CAN SURFACE SO EASILY.   I'm not perfect and neither are they.

12. Ephesians 6:1-3

13. Love the signal the author's kiddos use when they need to tell her something when she is in a conversation with another person.  Instead of interrupting they will place their hand on her leg or her arm.  She covers it with her hand to acknowledge they need to speak with her, and as soon as she's done or there's a pause she will give her attention to the child.

14.  Choose the right time and the right place for discipline and avoid embarrassing your child.  Matt 18:15.
15. The difference between scolding and disciplining lies in the tone of voice.  Scolding suggests boisterous speech and anger.  Walk away when angry... cool down... then righteously discipline.
16. I like how the author constantly uses the "I love you too much/so much that I must {insert punishment} so you will {insert goal}."   Ex. I love you too much to let you lie, or steal, or eat dog food (ha!).   Sounds much more positive than "I'm angry or disappointed in you now go to your room."

17.  Be consistent in disciplining.
18. Encourage/require instant obedience.  "Delayed obedience is disobedience."
19.  Be mindful of the small acts of disobedience.  She compared these small acts to weeds --- if I leave them alone they will soon be great and deeply rooted.

20.  Don't have a teapot temper.
21. Proverbs 22:15 -- the rod
22. Pray for the kids.  "Being a perfect parent doesn't matter. Being a praying parent does."--Stormie Omartian

Overall, I think the book was a great read.  A few points really hit home and made me really think about myself and my heart. Funny how I'm reading a book about training my kid and wound up applying some of the suggestions to my own self.

There are some points in the book that I don't completely see eye to eye with, but as I mentioned they are merely suggestions because there is certainly a lot of grey area when it comes to training children. Certainly no black and white, which is why I've documented all these suggestions on this blog for easy reference in the future.

No discipline seems pleasant at the time.  Later on however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.  Hebrews 12:11

"You reap what you sow, you reap later than you sow, and you reap more than you sow."

Sunday, April 15, 2012

project 365 {366}: wk 15

so sweet. so big.

hard day's work.
our we-survived-tax-season 2012 celebratory dinner.
and our cute little tax write off for 2011.
new bathroom art work = ikea frame + fine paper from Paper Source.

Last Sunday's Easter pictures not included today as I posted them here.

Friday, April 13, 2012

preston's stats: 15 months

Weight 19 lb 9 oz
Height 30.5 in
Head 18.5 in

Thin, but tall.
Sure wish I could say he got those genes from me.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

product of the week.

the lovely Aly is hosting this week's POTW link up.
check it out and link up here

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Reason no. 1534 why I can't bring myself to cut Preston's hair
 (despite my sister's urges because she wants to be the one to do it) ...

what if these sweet curls don't come back?? 

One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove,
what kind of house I lived in,
how much money i had in my bank account,
or what my clothes looked like.

But one hundred years from now the world may be a little better because
 I was important in the life of a child.
Forest E Witcraft  

newborn nursery, french lavender, & lush gardenia.

Wondering what these three things could possibly have in common?

They're my new Scentsy scents for my new wall plug-in. 

Scentsy rep, Kaila, sent me the goodies. Thanks, Kaila.

Not sure what I was thinking with the whole newborn nursery scent. Guess I was feeling all nostalgic since my baby has literally transformed into a toddler in what seemed like overnight.  Smells just like baby powder.

Love the french lavender. Who doesn't love lavender?

Of course, gardenia is one of my favorite scents so it was definitely a top pick. Speaking of gardenia, check out our gardenia bushes.  This is the most blooms we've had since we moved in three years ago. Our backyard smells awesome.

Ok, back to the Scentsy review, I really, really love my wall plug-in which serves as a nightlight in my bathroom most nights.

The new Scentsy Layers hand cream was also included and was a very nice surprise.

* I was provided the above products free of charge in exchange for this review, though all opinions are my own.

Monday, April 9, 2012

easter happenings 2012.

A wonderful Easter weekend was had around here.

Our Good Friday started off with a family walk and then a trip across town to a park Mr. Gherkin played at as a kiddo.

On Saturday evening, the Mr. and I attended a sweet girl's baptism as her Godparents!  Then we talked and enjoyed wine with that sweet girl's family until midnight.  Love those people! Preston's Aunt KK came in town to serve as our babysitter and spend some quality time with him while we were off being Godparents. (Can y'all tell I'm a little excited about the whole Godparent thing?)

On Easter Sunday the Easter Bunny came and dropped off some bubbles, a balloon, and some other goodies for Preston. 

Then we spiffed up and headed to church which happened to be an outdoor service in a local park.
we love Aunt KK

We were surrounded by people we love this morning while celebrating our risen Lord. It was great.

Later that afternoon all the cul-de-sac kiddos gathered for an egg hunt. 
Yes, all those kids live on our 10-house cul-de-sac.  We seriously landed on the best cul-de-sac in the hood. 
Sweet P hunting eggs.  He's a natural at it.

Our day ended with him chasing bubbles (courtesy of the Easter Bunny) in the backyard.

I am really having a hard time gearing up for work this morning.  I already miss our lazy family mornings and our days filled with friends. This weekend was a blessing.