Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
This is part of our fence that is hanging on for dear life. See how it is leaning and the posts are starting to come out from the ground.
I don't know what this picture is about?! Yesterday when the crazy loud winds came through we were all napping. Before long, I had two little boys in bed with me asking what was happening. It was pretty scary sounding.
The fence literally fell down.
One minute it was leaning like in the first picture, the next it was flat on the ground. Yesterday the weather was crazy all around. The high was 76, and before the boys went down I told them we'd go outside and play when they woke up. Needless to say, when we woke up in Kansas we decided to choose life and stay inside. By last night around 6pm, the temp had dropped to the low 40's.
When Shane got home, SP said, "Dad, maybe you better get some glue and paint and fix that fence." He's been watching Bob the Builder so his problem solving skills are really developing as you can see :)!
Monday, January 28, 2008
I heard the funniest quote this weekend. Someone said if you can't loose it, decorate it. Since I'm weighing in at 178 these days, I'm taking that advice and decorating like crazy. Bracelets are my new found love. I love the way they jingle around, that is a great noise! We got a new chunky turquoise necklace in our new line that I can't wait to wear, and there is lots of matte silver. I love the matte gold or silver look, it seems classy to me.
One of my favorite things of the weekend was yesterday morning when one of my roomies and me had a quiet time together. We read Prov 26 together and talked through the verses. It was a very fun time!
Shane was sweet as always, keeping things running perfectly smoothly on the homefront while I was gone. He does the sweetest things to surprise me when I go on these trips. One time he rearranged all the guest beds in two of our rooms to create an office space for me to work. This time he had our carpets professionally cleaned. I can't even say how excited I was about that, it was a great surprise! I don't even mind confessing that I struggle with carpet envy on blogs. If you post a picture and you have good lookin' carpet, I always have to go repent :)!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Last night I tried on clothes and let me tell you, my maternity clothes have me feeling very self conscious. I get to walk across stage and be recognized for a promotion I achieved and all I could think about as I looked in the mirror last night was how much I'm going to look like a big bolt of fabric from JoAnne's walking across that stage. It should be fun. Maternity shirts either make me look like I have on a half dress up top, or to go the fitted route makes me look like hooker barbie. Needless to say I go the tent dress route, hence, walking around looking like a bolt of fabric. These are special times! And special times call for more jewelry!
It looks like my afternoon agenda is going to be straighten the house, do some more laundry, pack a little and we have a play date tonight with my friends and the kids friends.
Every Spring I get the hankering for some change. This year it happened in January. I'm on my second week of a curly hair experiment and I'm loving it. I bought a book called the Curly Hair Guidebook and it's so fun. I made some Lavender Water to mist on my hair, it is supposed to have cleansing properties and rejuvenate your curls toward the end of the day, good stuff. When I was making it, Shane was like what the heck are you brewing up in the kitchen. The Lavender Essential Oil was making it smell very earthy :).
My other new experiment I'll be starting next week is the Coupon Game (http://www.coupongame.com/) . Some girls at Bible Study are loving it and are saving lots of money. I'm leery of coupons and do not use them because I feel like they get you to buy stuff you ordinarily would not buy. But, for 4 weeks you can try the website for only $1. So, I'm going to give it a whirl. The nice thing is when you register it tells you the rock bottom prices at the stores you sign up for (Kroger, Walgreen's, Wal-Mart, etc) and when to make your purchases.
I hope ya'll have a great weekend and rest of the week! We went to the doc yesterday and all is looking good so that was exciting.
Monday, January 21, 2008
- Shane is a huge servant and thoughtful person. Not just to me, but to everyone he knows. He'll do sweet things like clean the garage out so I can park in it and not have to defrost my windows, bring me a drink when I'm in the bedroom working on Bible Study, clean the house while I'm out running around, one time I had a friend in town and when we got back he had vacuumed new lines in the carpet (heaven!), turned on all my lamps because he knows I love good lighting, and had chocolate chip cookies in the oven for us to enjoy when we got home.
- Shane is a GREAT Dad! The ultimate wrestler with the boys and they adore him. There is nothing Shane won't do for the boys and he takes the greatest care of them, even bathes and dresses them most of the time.
- He is funny, especially when he pulls out his "A Game" material. It is great to have a house filled with humor and craziness.
- SP is the most thoughtful, considerate 3 year old I've ever seen. If you come over and don't have a drink, he just thinks to ask you if you want one. If you don't have food he will ask you if you want some. I have not taught him to do this, it's just who he is. His 3 year old friend Chloe was leaving last week, and he helped her put on her coat, so cute.
- SP is a social butterfly and has never met a stranger. He'll ask everyone what there name is. When he was only around 1 1/2, he'd stand at the end of the driveway and say Hi to every runner or walker that went by our house. Once he even invited a lady walking down the street to come to church with us.
- You love to give hugs, pisses and high sives (hugs, kisses, high fives) to most anyone. It could be the mail lady, you'll give em' lovin'!
- You are a strong little boy and you are a fighter, you have been since you were in my tummy. You had a rough ride and were a sick baby when you were born, staying an extra week at Hotel Conway Regional for extra care. Well, you bounced back and are a little bruiser and have earned the nickname Moose. That is because you could run full force into a brick wall, crack the wall, and throw your head back in a husky laugh as if to say, "I owned that wall!"
- On the other hand, you are the cuddliest little thing with the squishy-est cheeks, you suck your thumb and sleep with your blanky. You come up and say, "Hold me!" Every morning by 5am, you have climbed into our bed for some snugglin' and it's so cute!
- You are smart-you love books and puzzles. You get the most concerned look on your face when you're reading a book, so sweet. And you love to play and entertain yourself, all in all you are a little doll!!!
- You are very active and seem like you like to play. Last night I noticed you got the hiccups and it was really fun. You also woke me up at 5am this morning and wouldn't let me go back to sleep until I got up, ate 3 double stuf Oreo's and had a glass of milk. You may have a sweet tooth, which is fine, but what about if you don't wake me up till 8am next time?! Deal or No Deal!?
Note: I don't ever want my blog to paint a picture that we have a perfect, all put together life. Sometimes when I read sweet things about other people, Satan can plant seeds of comparison or discontentment in my heart. I never want that to happen with my blog. I give God the praise for how far he's brought our family, and for the sweet season of life we are enjoying right now. It started out pretty hard, and now it seems like every year it is getting easier. He has been faithful to us to never leave us and to transform our stubborn hearts, and I am CRAZY about these boys I live with (and is there another girl among us, who knows!?!)! Anyway, they are 4 of my FAVORITE gifts from above!!!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Well, I flyladied them a couple weeks ago. And you know what happened? Friends and family gave shouts of joy and knew exactly what pair of black shoes I threw away (Becke' & Mom!). There is no telling how long they had prayed for me to see the fashion errors of my ways, they are the patient praying types, we'll just wait and see God work. God was teaching them his timing, because it took years for me to part with the black rubber monstrosities. And God was teaching me about the Footprints poem. OK, really I don't know what that poem is about. I just know it comes on Oak Plaquard's, always has a gold and opalescense background, and can be found in any elderly person's house somewhere.
My Mamaw Nicholson used to have a great plaquard hanging in her bathroom. It said, "If you sprinkle when you tinkle be a sweetie and wipe the seatie." I guess with 5 boys and 1 girl you have to have stuff like that hanging on your bathroom wall.
Goodbye shoes. You were so comfortable and I wanted to wear you today because it was cold.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Last night at dinner I nearly died. Shane started singing about how he still loves technology, but not as much as you you see... Then he had a brilliant idea that is going to make us millions! He is going to try out for American Idol and sing, "I Still Love Technology," by Kip Dynamite.
When he makes it big, don't worry, we'll still say we knew you when...
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
For a healthy pick me up snack this afternoon I had a bowl of Breyer's Choc/Straw/Vanilla ice cream and some potato chips. For dinner we had spaghetti and I added grated carrots to the sauce. I couldn't really even tell it was in there. Several friends have mentioned Jerry Seinfeld's wife who has written a book on sneaking veggies into your meals. I may check it out. Now I'm trying to get motivated to straighten up the house before Shane gets home so it will be nice for him, but really I just want to watch While You Were Sleeping and eat another bowl of ice cream.
If anyone wants to join me tomorrow at 10:30, we can meet at the library for story time, aka "bring our wild boys and get kicked out mid-story time". It always proves to be an entertaining and humbling time. That's it, it's ice cream time. Shane's nutritionist said try to eat before 7pm, so I gotta make it snappy.
We got into the car after and I asked the boys what they learned at church. Moose just looked at me like huh?!?! But Stinky Pete said, "We not at church, we at Bible Study Fellowship Mom!!!" I said, "You are right, so what did you learn at Bible Study Fellowship?" SP said, " I went into my class and got God in my heart!!!" At lunch, we told Nana that story and Nana asked how it felt to get God in your heart. SP said, "Comfortable!" How sweet is that?!?!!!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Also known as what happened on our way home from dinner tonight. Tonight was one of those perfect nights that come along once in a...well, never. It was the first family night of perfection we may have ever had?! Mamaw joined us for Shane's birthday dinner, the kids ate free, we got a free chocolate mess, the boys behaved really good except for the occasional getting out of the chair's to dance and get a whoo-hoo.
On the car ride home is when things took a turn for the worse. Somebody (who shall remain nameless because I wouldn't want Shane to get embarrassed even though I think it was one of his proudest moments) let a silent big one. Folks, I'm talking I'll be having nightmares tonight. It gets worse though. The frickin' child safety locks were activated on the windows. Yep, you read me right we were on lock-down in a most crucial time.
Then sweet Mamaw, with her prim & proper 83 year old Southern East Texas draw says, "I believe someone let out a Rooty Tooty!!!"
So far here is what I have diagnosed. Pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome due to increased fluid retention. It will require me to rest my wrist for at least two weeks and wear a splint, which means Shane gets to hire us a live in nanny/maid until I can resume normal daily activities. Do ya'll think that sounds about right?! hahaha. The bad thing is my wrist is good enough to check my email, unload the dishwasher, and cook a slammin' good birthday breakfast for Shane who turned 32 today!!! Happy Birthday Shaney!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
1) Pull thru parking spots are a source of great joy for me.
2) A perfectly wonderful snack for me is a pringle topped with mustard and a hamburger dill pickle slice.
3) I love to look in people's refrigerator/freezer's. It is very interesting to see what is in your fridge, ya'll buy cool stuff like raspberry tea concentrate. I also like to see what is in your shower. It is so tempting when I'm using the loo at someones house, to just pull the shower curtain to, and see what kind of shampoo and soap you have. I'd like to make it sound nice and say God just created me to be curious, but really, I'm just nosey. Don't worry though, I never go through bathroom drawers. In fact, it totally stresses me out if I'm using someones bathroom and I have to open the cabinet to search for a new roll of toilet paper. It makes me feel like I just looked in your underwear drawer, so please, keep your toilet paper rolls well stocked.
4) There are certain drinks I have to have with certain foods. chocolate/water, mexican/coke, seafood/dr.pepper, steaks/sweet tea with lemon
5) I like to drive around and look at people's yard, and their edging jobs. I LOVE a well-manicured yard. One time this year, my neighbor and I drove around the neighborhood and just checked out people's yards. It was such a blast.
I tag Jenny and Becke' to post 5 weird things about themselves!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
We took Moose to the Nestle' place for cookies and ice cream. He stood in front of the cookie cake display the whole time and called the hogs, pretty dang cute if you ask me. We came home, got in our pj's, and Moose and I read two long books. Reading is his favorite thing to do besides eating. Now, he and Dad are playing the Star Wars Lego video game.
SP was so precious running off to get in the car with the Osborn's. He looked like such a big boy. Why does time have to fly so fast?
Friday, January 11, 2008
Now about the Baby Powder, so much to catch you up on since I've been out of pocket for nearly a week. Tuesday we were meeting my mom at Taco Bell for lunch. Before we left, I thought I'd fold and put away one more load of laundry. The boys were in their room, with the door shut, and they sounded so happy and cute. As I folded the little clothes and listened to them laughing and talking I thought about how sweet it was that they were playing so well together for the moment. I opened the bedroom door to put their clothes away and nearly got knocked down by the cloud of baby powder that was filling the room. There they sat, happy as larks, in front of the closet with white hair and clothes. It was a brand new bottle of powder, emptied. And they looked so proud and happy when I walked in. This is a second offense. There was no time for pictures because I had to get to my crunchy tacos.
They see me put baby powder in my hair on the 2nd and 3rd day when I don't want to wash my hair, so to some degree they might have been trying to mimic me. Nice.
Bueno. That's right, my obsession with Taco Bueno. Shane has to work tonight so we are going to Taco Bueno in Maumelle for dinner with my Mamaw and Parents. What a fabulous way to spend a Friday night. If anyone else wants to join us for Mexi Dips and Chips come on!! I'll drive.
Friday, January 4, 2008
There is something about a decluttered, picked up house that is so peaceful. At night when the kids go to bed, you can actually feel relaxed when the house is tidy. And there is NOTHING better than waking up to a tidy house. It makes the whole morning and day go smoother. I am finding that when my house is in order, everything else falls into order as well. Meals, naptimes, bedtimes, running errands, etc.
If any of you have any house cleaning or organizing tips I'd love to hear them. Or things you do to help you get rid of things and let go of them.
For months I've been online shopping for bigger houses, but as I am cleaning my own house, and downsizing stuff, it is making me love our current house so much. I'd love to hear your tips!
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
First Annual Christmas Family Fun Day. This year it started with Sonic drinks and Cheese Tots to enjoy on the Ride to LR. We went to Build A Bear, and the boys got to pick out anything they wanted. Here is a picture of Batman the Penguin, and Peter Pan the Pink Cheetah. Afterwards we went to Chuck E. Cheese for a night of Pizza and Games. Shane and I are such big kids, we love SkeeBall, it rocks!
This is before our Premier Christmas Party. Shane led the devotional and it was AMAZING! The food was great, and the company as always hilarious and fun. At my first Premier Christmas Party my friend Jennifer's Broadway nail popped off during a game. When 4 of us had a spare bottle of nail glue to help her out, I knew I was in good company.
Our Redneck Photo shoot in our living room for some pictures to frame. Personally, I like our couch sticking out on the left side, a very nice touch. You don't get that with the professionals!
New Superhero Underoos! I could eat em' up! Power Rangers and Pooperman.
Spiderman Houseshoes from Santa.
Our appt went great. All the measurements (heart, brain, fluids, limbs, etc) look great for 21 weeks. Our Dr. is measuring the blood flow in the brain to see if the baby is showing any signs of anemia and distress. The reason for our visit is that in my last pregnancy my body developed antibodies against the baby, but Moose turned out very healthy. At 8 weeks in this pregnancy, my antibody levels were already slightly higher than when I gave birth to Moose. If the antibodies cross into the placenta (baby) then the baby will start having signs of anemia because it is having to fight because its blood is being attacked. So far this baby looks great and is showing no signs of distress.
It was at this point in my last pregnancy that we first found out there was a potential for problems. At that time, my doc said they wanted to get me to 32 weeks before we had to deliver. I asked my doc about that today, and asked if we were completely out of the woods for this pregnancy since all looked good today. He couldn't say yes for sure, but since Moose turned out healthy (not requiring any blood transfusions, only a week stay in the hospital with blood trouble), that is favorable for this time. We'll go back in 4 weeks and see how the baby is doing. Getting to wait 4 weeks is a BIG relief, because the longer we can wait, if the baby does start having distress at some point, the survival rate is of course so much better.
Needless to say this good report was cause for celebration. At 10:30am PF Chang's probably wasn't open yet, so I settled for the next best thing-Taco Bueno in Maumelle. Don't even think I didn't have a late breakfast at 10:38am of a Nacho Salad and Sweet Tea with lots of lemons! I was in and out in less than 20 minutes!
When I got home, Shane opened the bottle of Sparkling Grape Juice to celebrate the good report. Thank you for praying for this little baby, I am so grateful to have such good friends and family.
Moose is feeling 100% and running around with his guns and swords this morning. Yeah for that! And I was a good girl and didn't find out the sex of the baby while Shane wasn't there. Plus the legs were crossed.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Stinky Pete came in our room yesterday morning and Shane said, "Stinky, have you been eating cake?" He replied, "No, I just put some in my mouth." Stinky also spotted a sock or something under our bed and told us he saw it with his big brown eyes. What a nut.
We go to the Perintologist (fancy name for our high risk doctor) tomorrow. Funny thing is I can't remember what time our appt is so we get to be at Baptist in LR at 8:30am just in case our appt is early. We've been waiting for this day for 14 weeks. Part of me doesn't want to go because I'm scared of what he's going to say. And part of me will feel relieved after we go, just so we'll at last know something. I'm feeling lots of kicking and it is really sweet and fun.
I'll post after our appt with an update. Other than that, the only other big news is that we cleaned the house really good yesterday and that is always such a great feeling. It was getting bad. Bad as in my 3 yr old was even saying, Mom, you need to dust! I was like, buddy that is free drawing space for you, forget the Aquadoodle, just use the nighstands! I woke up yesterday and felt great. Not one thing on my body hurt and it was amazing! So we tackled the closet, the refrigerator, dusting, windexing, laundry, washed the duvet cover on the bed, the works. There is nothing like a clean house filled with the smell of Pledge, Windex and Armstrong Floor Cleaner!
We celebrated last night by having a few friends over. The party broke up by 10pm, probably because around 9pm I was toast. It is awesome getting older! Probably for the first time ever I had no desire to see the stinkin' ball drop. I was piled under clean sheets in clean pj's by 10:30pm!