The Friedman Fam’s Fiascoes

In no particular order, here is a conglomeration of recent happenings of the Friedman home:

Gannon and Carver Got their Hairs Cut!

A dear family friend of ours cuts hair after her full time job on Wednesday nights. She has always cut the boy’s hair. This was Gannon’s second hair cut! He did SO GOOD!

Carver was always so horrible getting his hair cut we ended up having to hold him down. We did everything to try and make it as “normal” as possible – Tara came to my mom’s house, I held him, Grandma and Grandpa were there, he didn’t have to wear the cape – still he just screamed and screamed. It was a nightmare for all of us.

One day, we were walking by Cost Cutters at WalMart. On a whim – I have no idea why I thought it would work – I took him in. A lady named Rita cut his hair and he was perfect. He sat so still for her – even almost fell asleep! Ever since then he’s been perfect getting his hair cut and giggles through it.

My niece Georgia tagged along and my mom got her hair cut too! We all love Tara!

There is a nice little play area on the other half of the salon so the kids stayed busy. Doesn’t my Gannon look so handsome? Now I have to get Craig to the salon…he’s getting a bit wooly.

Ear Infection Strikes Again…

Here we are at the clinic. Gannon did not sleep at all on Tuesday night. He was inconsolable and had an AWFUL cough. I made an appointment for him Wednesday afternoon. I ended up bringing my niece Georgia along to get her ears re checked as she had an ear infection last week. Kelli was working at the hospital – on her break she came down to the clinic to take Georgia to her appointment.

We popped Gannon out of his car seat and ugghhhhhh…bright green pus draining out of his left ear. His eardrum ruptured. I had just had him into the clinic on Friday so between Friday and Wednesday he got an ear infection and apparently it got bad enough to rupture his ear drum. He really only had ANY symptoms on that Tuesday night. Poor fellow. For some reason whenever Gannon gets a respiratory virus (he’s coughing a lot) his belly acts up that much worse so I’ve been having to decompress his belly with the rectal catheter this week.

This is ear infection #7 for Gannon and the third time his ear drum has ruptured. Back in August it just drained and drained for a month straight. He will be referred on to ENT for tubes and maybe I can talk his ENT doctor into taking his adenoids out then too just because that really helped Carver.

Carver is ALSO on antibiotics for an ear infection. Carver has had 3 sets of tubes and his adenoids out. He’s had 3 ear infections since last May so he is also heading back to ENT with Gannon on Tuesday. UGH!

Georgia’s double ear infection did clear but it took 3 shots of antibiotics!

Us Kramer girls can’t make ears, noses, or throats right!

Breakfast on the GO!

I’ve had plenty of EARLY mornings (like 0350 wake up call!) this week but I cannot justify skipping breakfast! Over the last weekend I chopped up some ham to have ready in the fridge. I discovered something wonderful at Walmart to make my on the go scrambled eggs even more delicious: FROZEN CILANTRO!

They are frozen in little cubes like this, toss it in the pan and WALAH! Your scrambled eggs went from boring to AWESOME!

Ham + 3 eggs + Parmesean Cheese + Chopped Frozen Spinach + Ham + Cilantro + Garlic Salt + Pepper = YUM!

It usually keeps me satisfied until my late lunch at 1 pm and I eat it in the car on my way to wherever I happened to be headed that day!

Gannon has mastered the pouty face!

I feel like this one is pretty self explanatory! Usually this face comes after,

“Don’t play in Betsy’s water bowl!”


I feel like this is blog worthy: Our FAVORITE place to order pizza from is running a special on their supreme pizza – A LARGE SUPREME FOR ONLY $13.00 THE ENTIRE MONTH OF FEBRUARY! HECK YEAH! And Carver doesn’t mind as long as the toppings come off (hence why he has no toppings on his pizza!) We always add sauerkraut and pineapple!

Also – thank you to all 204 of you who participated in my poll on The Pink Shoelaces Facebook page! OBVIOUSLY pineapple ON PIZZA wins!


I backed into my mom’s garbage can. It was a whole ordeal that made me 20 minutes late for my orthodontics appointment. For the record, the garbage can was NOT in the way, I just turned too soon. UGH! I did not hit it as hard as it seems but oh well.

About that laundry…

Good news: All of the clothes are CLEAN!

Bad news: None of the clothes are sorted, folded, or put away.

I’m on day 5 of 16 in a row. To say that laundry hasn’t been my first priority is an understatement. The boys have clothes neatly laid out for them, I have clean scrubs (which is all I’ve been wearing these days anyway) and Craig doesn’t need clean clothes to work on a farm so WIN WIN. Judge if you want! This is my real laundry room.

That’s all I have for today folks! Check back tomorrow for a new post published at 0530!



  1. Joy in Nw Iowa
    February 8, 2020 / 1:28 pm

    I hate to fold clothes! Not sure when this happened but it just did! It’s just towels and underwear heeeheee. But my piles are small with just two people :-p. I have no excuse! You are too busy and something has to give.

  2. Kim LeMere
    February 8, 2020 / 1:35 pm

    What a busy hectic daily life you’ve been having! and with 16 days in a row, sick kids I would say who cares about the laundry baskets. You are doing fine and since no one is complaining give yourself a big pat on the back for managing so well.

    • thepinkshoelaces_nobzq1
      February 9, 2020 / 1:48 am

      Thanks Kim <3

  3. DebMac
    February 8, 2020 / 8:22 pm

    Can I please fold your laundry? I can leave dishes and dust doesn’t bother me but unfolded laundry just drives me nuts! LOL We all have our must do things and it’s different for everyone. I just find the act of folding calming and it’s so satisfying get it put away. I even enjoyed folding cloth diapers for my little ones years ago. After our recent move, I have washed, ironed, and folded about 500 yards of fabric. Still have some homespun to do but for the first time ever; my fabric is organized and I know what I have to work with.

    • thepinkshoelaces_nobzq1
      February 9, 2020 / 6:31 am

      Oh please! You’re welcome any time!

  4. Carolyn Sullivan
    February 8, 2020 / 10:10 pm

    Get each of you a CLEAN laundry basket to put individual clothes in unfolded, folded doesn’t matter sort it as it comes out of the dryer, and then into their rooms…..

  5. Susan the Farm Quilter
    February 9, 2020 / 12:14 am

    I’m with Debmac…I actually enjoy folding clothes…always have (I miss folding the cloth diapers so much!! And they started 40 years ago!). As soon as they come off the line or out of the dryer, they are hung/folded and put away. It’s one of the reasons my daughters love to have me visit…I’ll always take care of their laundry!! I also love to wash dishes by hand, not so much putting them in the dishwasher…but they always get done immediately after a meal as I can’t stand a sink/counter full of dirty dishes. I hope the ENT has some answers for both of the boys!! Can rupturing his ear drum negatively affect Gannon’s hearing later? I never had to deal with tubes for my kids, so I don’t really know.

  6. Linda in NE
    February 9, 2020 / 6:21 am

    Tell Gannon his lower lip needs to stick out much more for championship pouty face! 🙂
    Laundry, what laundry???

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