Lutons Lately

I keep feeling like I post a lot about my Monday meal planning, and things I like on Fridays, and other “series” type posts here and there, but I don’t post as much about the day-to-day randoms or the goings-on of our family as much anymore.  Maybe those posts take a bit longer to write and I don’t have a ton of time on my hands right now, but I thought I’d throw together another “Lutons Lately” to fill you in on a few things that are going around in our parts!

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If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram, you may know that I have been dealing with a HORRENDOUS allergic reaction to freaking poison ivy this past week, and I am finally getting past it (hence the thumbs up).  Evidently some people can roll around in the devil weed and get a few itchy bumps, and some can come within arms-reach of the plant and get shortness of breath and start breaking out in hives.  My reaction is not that bad (praise the LORD), but one of my dogs ran through it/played in it/burrowed into it early last week, and when I snuggled her after she came back inside, the oils from the poison ivy got on my skin and caused the itchy bumps to start forming (last Tuesday night), and elicited a full-on full body reaction with the red, bumpy, itch-like-you-have-been-bitten-by-10,000-mosquitos rash ALL OVER ME.  Like, chest, neck, arms, ears, face, abdomen, etc… I mean itching ALL OVER ALL THE TIME.  I would not wish this kind of reaction on my worst enemy.  I was afraid to touch Scott and the kids, and seriously, when I say that the itching was driving me crazy, I mean, it was driving me crazy.  Like bananas, out of my mind.  So, by Friday I knew that it was the real deal and I was really reacting badly.  So Saturday morning I went to the clinic at Walgreens where the best Nurse Practitioner in the universe gave me a 12-day dose of Pretnizone, Zyrtec, and some other kind of anti-histamine, that, when I say this, have seriously changed my life, I am so serious.  SWEET, SWEET RELIEF.  Within 24 hours the steroid and the Zyrtec were helping with the itching and kept my rash from spreading any more.  By yesterday, my itching was limited to my wrists, which were the last places the rash popped up.  So, PSA: if you see this plant in your yard:

at the very minimum, AVOID IT.  You do not want to go through (or have your kids or husband go through) what I had to go through!  And the more recommended suggestion is to spray the hell out of this plant with Round-Up or some other kinds of poison ivy and/or weed spray.  And wash your dogs (with gloves and long sleeves) if they get (or can get) into it!  Then go take a shower to rinse the oils off of you in case you were exposed.  Ugh.  Poison ivy rant over.

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Scott and I had such a fun date night a few weeks back!  He had a work conference that he was attending for a few days in Atlanta, and the final day, they had an awards gala and dinner at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, and I got to go too!  He was at at conference all day, so I had to meet him there.  My mom happened to be in town that day for a doctor’s appointment, so she came over to watch the kids for us!  And she was also able to take my totally awkward solo picture like I was heading off to prom, haha!

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But we had such a fun time!!  When I got there and we met up, we had a bit of time to tour the aquarium on our own before the gala started.  Though I prefer the zoo as far as exhibits go, the otters were adorable, and the beluga whales and whale sharks are so amazing!  And the tunnel you can walk through that goes underneath the tank is pretty amazing.  I haven’t been to the aquarium for a few years, since the last time I took the kids, so it was fun to look through without having to watch out for three small people.  Once it got time for the gala, we sat down with a lovely group of people, and had an amazing dinner!  Sometimes for a large event, the catered food can be kind of mediocre, but we had a surf and turf that was really delicious.  I love going to work events with Scott, because I see a totally different side of him when he’s in his “business element.” I do get see it often, since he works from home and I overhear some of his working phone calls and do a lot of work with him, but every time I am out with him at a business event, I am so impressed at his charisma and his natural people skills.  I always come home so proud of him and the work that he’s doing, and proud to be his wife!  Date nights are SO, SO IMPORTANT, and though they are few and far between for us, most of the time, I am so thankful we have the opportunity to take advantage of them when we can!

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We had such a fun Fourth of July this year!  We headed up to Blue Ridge since the girls were set to start Art Camp in Blue Ridge (part of their birthday gifts from Bammy and PaDaddy) on the 5th, so we needed to get them up there anyway.  My brother, my sister in law, darling niece and sweet, chubby little nephew all met us up there for a fun day with lots of love and food!

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All the kids were so excited to see “Baby William!” They love their new nephew and Ben keeps asking me when he will be a “big boy to play with him.”

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But, I mean, is he a doll or what??!!

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And Sally Kate is quite a little doll herself!  She and Ben are only 4 months apart in age, but he is certainly her protector.  So sweet!

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We finally had to go inside once Ben had an incident with an outdoor table (you should’ve seen the table!  LOL), and Brantley got stung by a bee (luckily no reaction!  Good to know!), but we all really had a wonderful time.  We ate amazing ribs that my dad grilled, deviled eggs, potato salad, and baked beans, and it was 100% All American, Southern Style, Fourth of July fare.  We headed home and all crashed after such a fun day.

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While the girls were at Art Camp in Blue Ridge, we had such a fun time spoiling Ben and making him feel so special on his own!  He and I went to a movie, just him and I, and had such a fun time!  He missed the girls a lot while he was playing everyday, and couldn’t WAIT until Friday when we went and picked them up, but I was so proud that he and I played each day (and most of the time he played on his own!), and he never even once asked to turn the tv on or for a movie, he was happy just playing with me or on his own in his room.  He was a joy, and we talked, and played, and I truly enjoyed our time together.  BUT, I have to admit that I was even more proud and happy to see the way they all played together again, once the #littlelutontrio was reunited!  After I picked the girls up and we all got home, the three kids played and played and played, and I could barely interrupt them to say hi, between all the hugging and playing house, and school, and art class, dogs, and all their other favorites.  I love them each, SO MUCH, individually on their own, but my heart just explodes when I see them together.  As hard as it was to have 3 kids in 3 and a half years, when I see them playing together and loving each other like they do, it makes it all worth it.

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I guess that’s all I have, since the other days have just been lazy (itchy) summer days full of playing and popsicles and wishing that summer would just last forever.  I was telling a friend today that as much as I crave a schedule and more time to myself, I equally never want these summer days to end.  When my beloved babies want, and not only want, but LOVE, to play with each other all day long.  Now, don’t get me wrong, they definitely have their times of arguing and fighting, but more often than not, they play together so well.  They don’t even want to ever leave home (they literally protest even when I have to take them to grocery store, even when it’s likely that they’ll talk me into getting a candy treat), they want to stay in their jammies all day (truly their mama’s children), and play pretend and make believe, and want to watch movies just to inspire their next imaginative play escapades.  All together.  Those are the kind of days that I just want to freeze in time forever.  They are 7, 5, and almost 4.  And they adore each other and are each other’s best friends.  These are the days, y’all.

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