The Year in Review!

2011.  A lot of good things happened to our family in 2011.  Likewise, a lot of not so great things happened in 2011.  I can't believe that it has almost been a year since we resigned our positions as houseparents at the children's home.  In some ways, it seems like just yesterday that we were there, but in other ways, it seems like it was YEARS ago.  We have so many wonderful memories that we will cherish always from our time there.
 
2011 was also the year that our boss from the children's home, Danny, died in a tragic accident.  It's very strange because I still can see his face and remember the way he talked in my mind.  We miss him and I know his precious family and all his many friends miss him dearly, as well.
 
We moved in with my parents for 3+ months this year.  We had no idea what life had in store for us, but we were blessed enough to get to spend quality time with my parents, and have a little extra help with our 2 year old Captain Fussybuckets and itty bitty Baby D.  Those are memories we will also always cherish!
 
In June, we all moved to our current town and we just love it here.  Daddy is a great youth and family minister at our church (or at least I think so!) and we have made so many wonderful friendships.  The opportunities that we've had individually and as a family are numerous.  We are very blessed and are so very happy to be here.
 
There are many other highs and lows from the year, but I'll spare you the details.  Sicknesses, let downs, failures and then on the other hand, successes, special times with friends and families, birthdays, and victories are all reasons to celebrate as 2011 comes to a close.  I'm thankful that God has given us 2011.  He has been good to us!
 
May you have a SAFE and JOYOUS New Year's Eve and a TERRIFIC 2012!
 
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Spongeables Pedi-Scrub – A Spa for Your Feet! Review & Giveaway!

 
 
I was able to try out the Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer in Citron-Eucalyptus.  I really like the idea behind this product.  The Pedi-Scrub cleanses, exfoliates, massages, and moisturizes, all in one!  One side of the Pedi-Scrub is textured, so it massages and exfoliates dry skin.  The other, soft side, cleanses and soothes.
 
I really liked this product.  The scent wasn't too overwhelming, it was nice and subtle.  The rough side was textured just enough to do what it promises….massage and exfoliate.  It was a very nice treat for my feet!
 
Each Pedi-Scrub is good for 20+ washes and contains ingredients such as glycerin, olive oil, and shea butter.  You can buy a Pedi-Scrub for you or someone you love at the Spongeables webstore or search for a retailer near you!
 
Spongeables Pedi-Scrub comes in two scents:  Lavender-Tea Tree Oil or Citron-Eucalyptus.
 
 
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Getting Sick Kids to Cooperate

It seems like we've had a rough couple of months here at the Fussybuckets House.  First, a stomach virus that hit the Captain right before his birthday party, then a cold that affected both boys, then another stomach virus that affected 3/4 of us for a few days, and now, here we are in the midst of a double ear/sinus infection for Baby D and a sinus infection for Captain Fussybuckets.  And if you're like me, you want to soothe and console your sick child, but you also want the sickness to be OVER so the whining will stop.  (yes, I did say that!)  The Captain wakes up from his nap and cries for everything under the sun.  He is a GRUMPUS.  Nothing in the world will calm him down.
 
But what makes it worse is when they won't cooperate with you on anything!  Last night, the Captain came to our room at midnight, coughing like crazy.  We poured him some kid safe cough remedy (with honey…that tastes delicious…) and he wouldn't even LOOK at it.  Granted, it was in the middle of the night, but still.  He could not understand how swallowing some brown stuff would make him feel better.  We tried the sweet approach "honey, please take this special honey for Mommy."  We tried the mean approach:  "if you don't take this, I'm taking you back to your bed."  NOTHING worked.  And don't get me started on the eye drops we're supposed to give him for the slight case of pink eye that accompanied this sinus infection.  I literally had to hold him down and pry his eyelids open to drop in the medicine.  The medicine that would make him feel better!  But, he's 3 and doesn't comprehend that at all.  He's all about the here and now.  Right now, he feels bad, he's grumpy, and he doesn't want any more annoyances.  And forget about putting lotion or cream on his chapped, red, HURTING face….
 
So, here are some things I've learned from dealing with sick, uncooperative kids.  Some work, some have worked once but not since then…you just gotta try and work with your kid…
 
1.  If a medicine can be refrigerated, refrigerate it.  If it can be flavored, get it flavored!  Medicine goes down better and tastes better when it's chilled and flavored.  Baby D is actually liking his antibiotics because well, it's flavored and cold.  
 
2.  Squirt the medicine in the cheek.  The child is less likely to spit it out that way and they don't get the full flavor of the medicine.  
 
3.  Bribery.  All bets are off when a kid is sick.  It may be hard to break a habit once the child is well, but bribery is what gets this household through times of sickness.  If your child won't take his medicine, bribe him with his favorite snack or drink.  Taking the medicine is of utmost importance and if he won't take it, he won't get well.  Resort to candy, if necessary.  If your child won't go to bed on his own, lie in his floor until he goes to sleep.  Don't worry, you won't be doing this forever and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it.  Do only what you're comfortable with though…if you'd rather replace your child to his bed fifty times, that's your choice!  Don't let anyone tell you that what you're doing is wrong or spoiling them.
 
4.  Choices.  Let your child choose how they take their medicine.  If they want it mixed with chocolate sauce, so be it.  If they want to drink it out of a straw, let them.  The important thing is that it goes down.  And if you're kid is hardheaded like mine, choices are very good!  
 
5.  For the chapped face or other skin ailments, do it after they go to sleep.  I learned this trick from my husband, who told me that his mom would go in after he was asleep and slather Vaseline on his lips and he'd wake up in the morning, his lips feeling much better, of course, and get mad because she put it on him in his sleep.  ha!  We tried this trick on Captain Fussybuckets and it works!  Go in about an hour after they fall asleep though, to make sure they are in a deep sleep and won't wake up.  Definitely avoid the 45 minute mark, as both of my kids wake up if done at that time!  Their face/lips/whatever feels much better, there was no fighting, and the treatment worked while they slept!  The husband suggested I try this with eye drops but somehow I'm questioning if this would wake him up or not….
 
Do you have any suggestions for getting sick kids to cooperate?  I'd love to hear them!  Anything to get my healthy, rambunctious kid back as soon as possible!!
 
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Wordless Wednesday: Faceplant

There's a popular post in the mommy blogging world:  Wordless Wednesday.  I have been avoiding this because a) I feel that I can never truly be "wordless" and b) I am not "with it" enough to keep up with a weekly post.  (Notice how "The Week In Pictures" has fallen by the wayside for the past couple of weeks?)  Anyway, I'm admitting my faults and just going with it.  And forgive me if I post some words on Wordless Wednesday.  :)  So here is Life With Captain Fussybuckets' first ever Wordless Wednesday post…..
 
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A Few of our Favorite Gifts!

We all had a pretty great Christmas!  We were blessed to be able to give and get some good stuff!  Here are just a few of our “favorite things!”

First up…Baby D.  He was hard to shop for, because he had a birthday just a week before.  But, we got him this ADORABLE owl hat from Yarnaholics!  



Isn’t that the most precious thing you’ve ever seen?  It is high quality, made with love, warm, and durable!  Heather from Yarnaholics just asked for a head measurement, and we told her what we wanted and away she went!  Shipping was free because we scored an amazing Cyber Monday deal, but every other day, shipping is very reasonable at $3!

Yarnaholics works with you and customizes their hats the way you want!  They also make scarves, headbands, toys, and more!  Check out their Etsy site!  

Next up, Captain Fussybuckets got a cape from Power Capes!  He’s being a complete grump because he is sick, so I can’t get a good picture, but here’s a fuzzy picture from Christmas Day:


Here is a compliant child model in a similar cape:
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He loves this cape, though!  He always like to pretend he is a super hero and fly around the house, so I knew this would be PERFECT for him!  And it is!  Baby D even likes to wear it!  

Power Capes has an amazing selection of capes and other superhero gear for kids and adults!  They have initial capes, emblem capes, already made capes, or you can create your own!  Check out their selection here.  Power Capes has a lot of stuff on sale right now, so check them out!

One of our other favorite gifts was FAMILY GAME NIGHT 4: The Game Show for the Wii!  (this game is also available for Xbox 360 and PS3!)  The game is rated E for everyone, so I chose to give it to Daddy and Captain Fussybuckets for Christmas.  The Captain has been calling it “The Potato Game” because it has a picture of Mr. Potato Head on the front.  He has been asking to play it and really has a fun time with it.  It’s a bit hard for him, but he is learning quickly! 

This video game is awesome because it has recreated some of the old Hasbro favorites, such as Connect 4, Yahtzee!, Scrabble, Sorry!, Bop-It, and Monopoly.  It’s all like a big game show, and can be played together, which I love!  This is perfect for family game night!  You can check out this game at the EA games website!

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**I did not receive any compensation for writing this post.  We just love these Christmas gifts!**

Our Christmas Weekend!

We had a great Christmas Eve at Grandma's and then Christmas Day here at home.  The boys got to wear their jammies to church and we had a great lunch with some great friends!  Here's hoping that you and yours had and continue to have an awesome holiday!
 
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The cousins (minus sleeping Baby D) wait for gifts!
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The Christmas Letdown Giveaway Hop, hosted by Planet Weidknecht and co-hosted by Going Crazy! Wanna Go?

runs from December 26 @ 12:01 a.m. EST to December 30 @ 11:59 p.m. EST. 
Each blog on the linky list below has a giveaway worth at least $20.00. 
You can hop from blog to blog and enter to win prizes on every single one!
Good luck and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Here at Life With Captain Fussybuckets, you can win a $25 gift code to Kudzoom.com 

OR a Happy Changer by Hulabye!

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GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED AND the winners are Jacqui and ncprincess!

 

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Captain Fussybuckets and Baby D!
We hope that your Christmas is full of love and joy!
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Baby D’s Big Day!

Baby D turned 1 on Saturday!  We were visiting family for an early Christmas celebration, but we squeezed in time for cupcakes, gifts, and birthday fun!  He loved it all, even though the poor guy was sick!
 
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Kudzoom Sponsor Spotlight {Christmas Letdown Giveaway Hop} + get 10 extra entries!

 
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