Surviving the Sniffles… and other stories

We’re still trying to shake the cold and cough around here. This last week my days alternated between survive… work hard and get a bunch done and get all tired so that all I can do is… survive again. This verse keeps me going: Strength in Weakness

It has meant extra grace with each other as we cope with our aches and illnesses, extra snuggling time with Kyler on the couch, extra space in the budget for takeout, and extra big piles of dirty laundry and dishes (and tissues!). I believe we are emerging into the light of better health. We really do have so much to be grateful for, though. Others around here have experienced much worse, with several kids being tested for strep throat, school being closed for two days due to sickness, and concerns of rubella or scarlet fever… and several relapses. Yes, we are quite blessed just to have to deal with the common cold for one and a half weeks.

But life goes on and here is what has been happening on the Bushnell home front.

I’m trying to learn to keep my phone (which is the only photography instrument I have right now, besides Jacob’s phone) handy to snap pictures to share on here. I was fully intending to post two recipes complete with illustrated steps this last week, but I was in a terrible hurry to get the food served, that I missed the finale pictures. You know the ones of the finished product that should pull you in and make you want to try this delectable looking dish. Like this Chocolate Cupcake (which I forgot to take step by step pictures of the creation process):

Low Carb Chocolate Cupcake


Oh dear, I guess Recado Chicken and Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake will have to wait. And then one morning we were sitting down to the table with an awesome Low-carb Peach Cobbler with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Topping… and I forgot to take pictures again. Some sweet day when I get my act together, I will post my first recipe on here, complete with before, during and after pictures. In the meantime, I’ll keep cooking good healthy food for my favorite men.
Chocolate and Strawberries for Breakfast

It’s almost to the end of February and spring breakup came a few weeks early this year apparently.  It makes for such nasty mud messes everywhere. And then more snow. We looked out the window Wednesday morning to find a winter wonderland once again.
Winter Wonderland

So I decided to help spring along a little sooner indoors by crossing a few items off my spring cleaning list. Kyler loves to help me too, especially if there’s “spitz”-ing involved. :)

Kyler cleaning fan blades

I dearly love to clean and organize …and decorate. Spring DecorSpring is coming!

And lastly, I leave you with a few snapshots of daily family living :)

Turkey Cucumber and Laughing Cow Cheese Wraps. A delicious and nutritious lunch! Why yes, I did find the inspiration on Pinterest. :)

Turkey Cucumber Cheese Wraps

Kyler often showers in the morning with Daddy and then begs to “sive” when he sees the bottle of shaving cream. A comb makes an excellent toddler shaver.Morning Shave

When he saw the snow outside, Kyler wanted to run out and play with Annie. Barefoot!

Kyler on the porch

Thursday evening we went down for the Taste of Sandpoint event. A bunch of local restaurants set up booths and offer a few samples from their menu. A great way for us to find some new favorites to check out! The way we roll is usually with Jacob carrying Kyler on his shoulders when we’re walking almost anywhere as a family. We do it because that’s what works best for us, and a lot of people send adoring looks and comments our way. A news photographer snapped some photos of him up there and jotted down our information. I don’t know but you might see us in the paper.

Here’s Kyler talking with Grandma Friesen on the phone (using Mama’s cool headset!). He’s blowing her a kiss… aaww! :)
Blow a Kiss

Keeping it real… by dumping the canister of Splenda all over the floor.
Splenda Spill

And what do you know, Kyler has actually discovered that toy cars are fun to play with!
Kyler playing with cars

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