Conversations with littles 

I have to go to the doctor this morning so Genevieve is going to her Granny’s house. I am bringing a Package of these 2Z dolls for Genevieve to play with while she’s there. She loves the little things. 
Me: are you going to let granny play?

G: they are too little (She often equaits the size of the toy with the size of the person who should play with it )

Me: When granny worked her job was to play with little kids, So I think she knows how to play with little toys 

G: ok. Then she can take their heads off to!


Genevieve Broke Her Finger

Tuesday, November 28th started out like any other day – hectic and overwhelming.  Just a normal day.  After I got off work, I drove to Genevieve’s preschool, the Arkadelphia Early Childhood Center.  When I arrived one of her teachers met me in the lobby (a coincidence in timing) and when she saw me she told me that I needed to sign an incident report.  She told me that in just moments before I arrived Genevieve had scratched her finger when a parent opened the classroom door on Genevieve’s hand.  She told me she had put some ice and a band-aid on it, but that it was just a scratch.

I went to the classroom to get Genevieve and she was noticeably upset.  This was not a surprise to me because I had been warned of the incident and Genevieve is a very sensitive child. It did strike me as odd though that she cried uncontrollably for the entire 30 minute drive home.

When we got home I told MG what happened and we looked more closely at Genevieve’s hand.  Her pinky finger was scraped and her index finger was slightly swollen.  A few minutes later, Genevieve had calmed down and was watching a cartoon.  …

A few hours later MG walked by where Genevieve was sitting and her hand caught his eye.  He looked at it more closely and got my attention.  Her index finger was crooked, swollen at least twice its normal size and the knuckle on that finger was starting to show a bruise.  We both were shocked at the change in her finger.  We had noticed that she was cranky, but we just took it for granted that she was fine because the school said she was fine.

I took her into the ER at CHI Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Hot Springs, since it is part of the same system as her pediatrician, Zac Henley.  The ER doctor saw her fairly quickly and agreed that he thought it was broken.  He sent in an X-ray technician to take some images of her hand.  The X-Ray technician was amazing!  He was wonderful with her and he even gave her a little doll to distract her.  I really need to see if I can find out his name because he really is the picture of how medical professionals should be! The nurse on the other hand, was definitely not good with children.  She didnt even do a great job.  The doctor looked at the x-rays and determined that Genevieve’s finger was fractured.  He ordered a brace put on her arm and fingers.  I don’t remember what the brace was called, but it was comprised of a pad that was soaked in water which was placed on the underside of her arm/hand/finger with a hole for her thumb.  After a minute the material hardened in place. The whole thing was then wrapped in an Ace bandage.  The doctor had asked for it to be placed with support under her fingers and I noticed that the nurse was not placing it high enough, but when I commented on it she told me I was wrong and kept doing what she was doing.  When this was done we were told we could leave and to follow up with our pediatrician in one week.

The deposit I was asked to pay before we could leave was ridiculous!

The next day I started to question the timeline for Genevieve’s follow up and her brace was not staying on her hand.  Her preschool also told me that in order to keep her inside from the playground ( I was sure that her brace would not survive the playground and it would get filthy!).  I called Dr. Henley’s office and I was told that patients are normally seen the day after their ER visit – not one week out.  I scheduled the appointment for Friday,  December 1st.

Dr. Henley look at Genevieve’s hand and told me that she definitely needed to see an orthopedic specialist and that he wasnt trained to do any other type of bracing than she already had.  He referred us to Dr. Justin Waldon, who is said was also with the CHI group and a young pediatric specialist.

Over the weekend, MG had to make a replacement brace for Genevieve because we had to cut off the one the ER had put on her.  The hospital’s brace was cutting off the circulation to her thumb and it was swelling and turning purple.   It was so much better than the one the hospital put on.

We were able to get in to see Dr. Waldon on December 5th.  MG was able to go to this appointment with us and I was glad he did, because I didn’t like Dr. Waldon and he had the same reaction. He wasnt very child friendly at all. He was brisk and didnt talk to Genevieve at all.  He cut off her brace and told us that the brace was “overkill” and that all she needed was a small piece of tape securing her index finger to her middle finger.  He said she didnt need the extra protection of the brace because she would naturally protect her injury.  He taped her fingers together and told us to come back in 3 weeks for another x-ray.

The tape doesnt seem to actually do much and as of today, Decmeber 9th, her index finger is still bruised and swollen.  She also has several blisters on her hand from the hospital’s brace.  Genevieve remains cranky and whiny.  She says her finger doesnt hurt, but she doesnt really understand how to explain things like pain and/or not feeling good.  I may see if MG can make her a smaller brace that just secures the finger a little bit better.  She really doesnt have the spacial awareness to protect her hand – she knocks into anything and everything, runs and jumps everywhere, and is pretty oblivious to where he body is in relationship to anything and everything else.

Update about our interaction with the preschool about this incident in a later post.

Toddler Test – Questions I asked Genevieve

I asked Genevieve these questions about a month ago and these were her answers…

Obviously some of these answers make no sense and some of her answers were not true to her actual preferences…It was hilarious hearing her answers.

  1. What is your name? Genevieve
  2. How old are you? 3
  3. When is your birthday? Rainbow
  4. How old is Mommy? Big
  5. What is your favorite color? Pink
  6. What is your favorite food? Green beans and green peas
  7. Who is your best friend? Ms. Erin
  8. What is your favorite song? Abcd
  9. What is your favorite animal? Cat and a sheep and a cow
  10. What are you Scared of? Ghost
  11. What makes you happy? Movie
  12. What is your favorite color? yellow
  13. What is your favorite toy? my hippo at home
  14. What is your favorite fruit? Oranges
  15. What is your favorite tv show? “that”
  16. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? People
  17. What is your favorite outfit? Animals
  18. What is your favorite game? Checkers
  19. What is your favorite snack? People
  20. What is your favorite animal? peacocks at the zoo
  21. What is your favorite song? Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  22. What is your favorite book? Doggies
  23. Who is your best friend? Parker
  24. 1What is your favorite cereal? Checkers
  25. What is your favorite thing to do outside? play in the water
  26. What is your favorite drink? milk
  27. What is your favorite holiday? Santa Claus
  28. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Blankie and milk
  29. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal and milk
  30. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Checkers
  31. What do you want to be when you grow up? A big girl






Baked Stuffed Porkchops

My husband asked me to cook dinner because our schedules have been crazy lately and we havent had a good homemade dinner in a while.

I decided  that I would make baked stuffed porkchops, gluten free cornbread, and mashed potatoes.  I made black eyed peas too, but they were just frozen frozen peas that cooked in chicken stock.

Baked Stuffed Porkchops

  • Thick boneless porkchops
  • cream cheese
  • shredded Parmesan cheese
  • chopped garlic
  • Frank’s Seasoning
  • 1/4 Onion
  • Olive Oil

I cut a slit in the chops, seasoned them with Frank’s seasoning, and then seared them.  After I seared them, I stuffed the pork chops with a mixture of the onion, cream cheese, and Parmesan cheese and then baked.

Breakfast for Dinner and Tales of a Helpful Toddler

Last night was the first night in a long time that I cooked dinner for my family.  I love to cook and I normally cook quite often, but Michael had been out of town for a bit and then my Mother-in-Law had a heart attack (more about that in another post) and as a result we have been back and forth to Little Rock (to visit the hospital) and Michael has been staying at the hospital a lot too.

Michael was home last night and I wanted to cook, but I had forgotten to set anything out to defrost.  I was left to ponder what I could fix for dinner fairly easily and with what I had on hand and ready to cook.

I decided on Breakfast for dinner –  a fairly regular meal at our house.  I thought about what I would include and decided on gluten-free biscuits, scrambled eggs, and sausage links.  Now generally Michael prefers bacon or at least sausage patties, but all I had was sausage links, so he was just going to have to make do with them.


The kitchen quickly becomes a disaster area when I am cooking!

Genevieve saw me in the kitchen and wanted to help.  She climbed up in her learning tower (we found this at a Rhea Lana’s sale for so cheap!), and asked to help me.  She first pointed to the sausages and told me that she wanted to eat the “hot dog,” which was so cute!  I told her that they were sausages and she then told me that she wanted to eat the sausages, but I told her they had to cook first (much to her disappointment).  She then helped me cute the biscuits.  When I started breaking the eggs to scramble them, she asked if she could crack the eggs.  I wouldn’t let her crack the eggs because I didnt want to fish all the shells out.  She got so made at me that she ran out of the kitchen saying that she was going to go “tell daddy that you are doing it wrong!”

When dinner was finished cooking, we all sat down to the table to eat.  It was such a treat for us all to eat dinner together, since it had been so long.


I ate my biscuits with honey…yum!


Want to know how to make these amazing gluten-free biscuits?  I use this recipe from Maebell’s blog.  It is the best gluten-free biscuit recipe I have found.  I generally tweak it by adding 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum, cooking in a glass 9×13 casserole dish coated with melted butter, and I cook them a bit longer – 15 to 20 minutes (finishing with the broil setting to get a golden color on top).

Insta-Moment: why does the blurry photo have to be my favorite?

That moment when you try really hard to get a photo of your daughter playing with her dogs and the photo that has the best angle and position turns out blurry, but the picture with your daughter looking blankly  ahead while one dog bites the other turns out crystal clear. .... and yes that is my pile of laundry in the background. #blog #agirlandherdog #2yearsold #30months #candidphoto #momlife #toddlerlife | February 24, 2017 at 08:10AM

That moment when you try really hard to get a photo of your daughter playing with her dogs and the photo that has the best angle and position turns out blurry, but the picture with your daughter looking blankly ahead while one dog bites the other turns out crystal clear. …. and yes that is my pile of laundry in the background. #blog #agirlandherdog #2yearsold #30months #candidphoto #momlife #toddlerlife

Genevieve’s Bookshelf

Of course as a Librarian, everyone expects my daughter to love books.  Thankfully, she really does love them.  In fact, if she is upset or hurt, you can offer to read her a book and she immediately quits crying!

I recently discovered a movement that promotes the gifting books instead of toys.  This movement inspired the creation of a reverse registry and book recommendation website designed for children. This website is called Red Antler Books.  I will be reviewing this website soon, but while you anxiously await my review, I wanted to share the current list of titles on Genevieve’s bookshelf.

So without further ado:


*the basket holds her clothes books. She also has a small basket next to the chair in her room for her current favorite books to read at bedtime.

Holiday Sale at Genevieve’s Smile

Ok guys, here it is!  Our Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday deal!  This deal is good from 11/182016 until December 3, 2016.  

Free shipping on all orders using this code blackfriday16.  

In addition to free shipping, all purchases will automatically receive a free gift and all purchases over $40 will receive 2 free gifts.

First time purchases also receive a free gift!

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Family Photos for Christmas

This year (and the two years previous) I have purchased a Groupon for a portrait package with JC Penney Portrait Studios.  The purpose of the purchase was to have Christmas photos taken for our family Christmas card.

This year was by far the best experience we have had with the studio.  Each time we have used the same studio, and both this year and last year we had the same photographer.  I think a large part of the better experience this year was because Genevieve was older and better able to follow instructions.  She was also easier to bribe.

The most frustrating part of the experience is the time it takes to go through the ordering process after the pictures are taken.  The photographers are required to create specialty photos and packages for every option, prior to you being able to checkout.  This is a very time consuming process and quite annoying.  This is especially true since they try to rush through the process (because they know you want it to be done) and throw together things that dont even look good.

Our Groupon this year cost $13 and included 3 digital images (with rights), 1 free photo sheet, and 40% off any additional purchases.

Overall I have been very impressed with my Groupon photo packages and their values.  However, I must say, that next year I will be much more particular about paying attentions to sales and what I order.

I wanted to purchase Christmas cards, but there is currently a sale going  on that was cheaper than my Groupon 40% discount.  I asked about getting that price instead and was told that  I could not combine coupons.  I asked how long until my online album was created (they now load all your photos into an online album for future orders) and was told that it would be 48 hours until it would be available. I asked about ordering a ceramic ornament and was told those had to be ordered online. I went ahead and placed my order (and spent more than I intended … as always).

My frustration grew some when I got home and found out that my digital prints were ready to download and my full online album was ready to view.  I also discovered that I could already order from my online album and the prices were significantly less than I had paid when I was in the studio earlier.

Lesson learned.  Next year I will only take what is offered in my Groupon package and then go online and order from my album.  We always have these pictures taken at about the same time of year – so there is always a sale going on.

I will say that the staff were nice and the pictures ( for the most part) were really good.

Note: Michael refused to have a solo picture taken of himself.

IFTTT – The app you aren’t using, but should

IFTTT – The app you aren’t using, but should
I want to take a few moments to break away from my normal posts, and share with you one of my favorite productivity tools – IFTTT.  
This app is basically a tool that creates an automatic chain of secondary actions based on a primary action, in effect saving you time and increasing your productivity.  What does this mean?  IFTTT lets you link two services together in am if-this-then-that action.  For instance, If I post a picture in Instagram I can have that post automatically posted in my WordPress blog (see my Insta-moment posts) with a predetermined formula for title and various metadata.   

  • Evernote to WordPress
  • Facebook to Google Calendar
  • WordPress to Facebook
  • Android device to Dropbox
  • Pinterest to Twitter
  • Craigslist search to Email
  • Twitter to Google Spreadsheet

IFTTT works with houndreds of platforms and services and the process of creating linked actions is really simple.  The process of linking services and creating secondary actions only takes seconds and involves only a few pieces of data from which to process the action.  
IFTTT calls the process of creating this chain of events a “recipe.” To create a recipe the user only needs to select the mortar and pestle icon.  From there you will be given the options to choose the services you want to connect.  Once you create a recipe, you can go back and edit it to reflect the metadata values you want to use (date, time, title, url, tags, etc).

I have one word of caution about this app. Because many of the recipes are user-generated, sometimes they don’t work. If one recipe you try doesn’t work, then try another one that does the same thing or try creating your own.

IFTTT is a free download in your mobile store.  This app really takes the guess work out of staying connected and streamlines workflows that you have never even considered.   Try it!  There are thousands of possibilities and I bet you will be just as excited as I am once you give it a try!

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August 11, 2016 at 11:57PM

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