Sunday, August 31, 2008

10 kids today!!

Oh my heavens. I have not been in charge of 10 children by myself since I worked in daycare. That was 6 years ago - right before hubby and I got married! I forgot how crazy it can get!

Today was youth Sunday at our church. I always hate working in the nursery second hour, because I ALWAYS miss something good - especially on Youth Sundays.

I usually run 6 kids in my class. Always the same 6 kids. Z, JJ, and Lulu, and then 3 other regular attenders. I always know just what to expect.

Well, we had lots of visitors in church today, because of youth Sunday, and I ended up with 10 in my class!!! It went well, but the service lasted 2 hours, so it felt like an eternity. The kids all did great, though, so I really can't complain. They weren't too hard to deal with. All of them were well behaved, so I really lucked out. I am still pooped from it, though. That was a lot of work!!

I've been having some funky cramping the past 2 days, and am not sure why. I'm still thinking it's just from overdoing it yesterday. I'm going to try and take it a little easier this week and not do much at all.

BTW - isn't my siggy fabulous? I knew how to make one, I just didn't know how to get it to show up every time without always copying and pasting it. Thanks to Catherine, I now know!!! Thanks, Cat!

We're not taking tomorrow off from homeschooling. Since Gene has to work, there's really no point, plus it gives me an extra day to play with after the baby is born. I plan on taking several weeks off then. The kids are bummed, but they'll survive. :)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

What a day!

Took the kids to FunWorld today. Boy, was that ever exciting. The kids loved it. I, however, was completely exhausted about half way into it. A 2 hour pass at FunWorld is like an eternity.

I did have a good moment, though. We needed to use up the time/money on Ashley's card, and earn some tickets, so I decided Mommy was taking a turn, and I went to play the basketball game. Of course, as soon as I put my money in, several teenage boys (around 18-20) came up and also put money in. When more than one person puts money in, it becomes a competition. As I stood there with my 4 kids and my big old pregnant belly, I prayed and begged God not to let me die of complete and utter embarrassment. Well, prayer were answered, because I scored the high score of the day and beat all those guys!!! GO ME!! At the end of the game, I turned to them and said, "Man, you guys just got beat BAD by a pregnant lady standing here with 4 kids. That's pretty bad!" Then, I just walked away beaming. Ashley was in awe. It was such a great feeling. At least I haven't completely lost it! :)

We went to Walmart this evening to get some gifts for Jace's birthday on Tuesday. Ever since then, I have had the WORST pain in my crotch/groin area. I don't know what it is, but it's brought me to tears several times. Methinks I may have overdone it a bit today with FunWorld AND walking around the SuperWalmart.

Other than that, not much new to report. Hope ya'all have a fantastic Labor Day weekend!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Danielle got the answer!

Cheater. LOL! But, she did get it. The answer to Ashley's math problem was 22 - NOT 24.

Want to know HOW one gets the answer of 22? Well, here it is:

"The right-angle phenomenon actually occurs approximately every 32-and-a-half minutes, NOT twice per hour. For example, the hands form a right angle at 3:00:00; they next form a right angle not AT, but a little after, 3:30 (at approximately 3:32:40); then again at about 4:05:15.
Thus, in a 12 hour period (= 720 minutes), the right angle event would be predicted to occur:
720 divided by 32.6 = 22.08 times.
Obviously, the event cannot occur a partial time, so the closest whole number is 22, and correcting the formula gives:
720 / 22 means the event actually occurs every 32.72727 minutes, which = every 32 minutes: 43.6363 seconds"


"22 is correct. During a 12-hour period (say, 1am to 1pm) the minute hand makes 12 revolutions and the hour hand makes one revolution, so they cross 11 times. Two right angles are formed between each of the times they line up."


"The hands form a 90° angle at these APPROXIMATE times:
12:15, 12:45, 1:20, 1:55, 2:25, 3:00, 3:30, 4:05, 4:35, 5:10, 5:45,
6:15, 6:50, 7:20, 7:55, 8:25, 9:00, 9:30, 10:05, 10:35, 11:10, 11:45
That's twenty-two times in 12 hours."

Is it just me, or does that seem REALLY complicated for a 6th grade math answer?

I am also certain that Danielle is right about another thing.... Ashley is never again in her life going to need to know how many times the hands of a clock form right angles. If she does, I will eat my hat. Of course, if she DOES have to know, she'd better NEVER forget the trouble we went through to get this answer!

There's your math lesson for today. I'm sure that none of you will ever forget the answer, either. :)

Nothing else exciting around here. I'm still sick, and I have to take ALL of the kids to FunWorld tomorrow. I am SO not looking forward to it. Just praying I make it through the day!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Lord, I'd forgotten how much I HATE math!!

As ya'all know, I've started homeschooling this year. Tomorrow will mark day 20 of homeschool for us, and it has really gone well. Until today.

I will be the first to admit that I hate math. I just am not good at it. I never have been. (Ask Mr. LaDuke. I can only imagine how many erasers that man wanted to throw at me!) In college, I had to take remedial algebra because I did so poorly on the entrance exam. The teacher that semester thought I was a genius, though. Ok, so I'm an idiot genius. I looked smart in a class full of dummies. THERE'S something to be proud of!

I knew that math was going to be my downfall with Ashley, but I didn't expect it so SOON. Every night, I study my lessons for the next day, and get everything prepared. I had gone over today's lesson, and I was sure I was ready for it.

Then, we actually started doing the problems together. Oh.My.Gosh. It was like I'd been thrown back into high school and didn't have a clue what I was doing.

Eventually, I was able to figure out most of the problems, but there was one that had me completely stumped. I worked for HOURS trying to figure this stupid problem out. I even enlisted hubby's help, and he's the math whiz around here.

I also posted on my mom's group board. The ladies on there are amazing. I knew if anyone was going to get this answer, it would be one of them. I posted the problem, hoping that I wouldn't sound like a total idiot, and soon afterward, Natalie had an answer for me. (God love her!) The answer blew me away! There is NO way on earth that any 6th grade kid could have come up with this answer on their own. So, I'm sending an email to the school that provides our curriculum tomorrow, and letting them know how ridiculous this problem was.

I know you're all dying to know the problem, so here it goes:
"Consider the movements of the hour and minute hands of a clock for 12 hours. How many times do they form right angles?"

The lesson is on Problem solving by drawing a picture or a diagram. You're supposed to draw a picture or a diagram to help solve this problem.

I'm going to make you all try and figure out the answer. And NO CHEATING. You sit down, draw a diagram, and let me know what you come up with. I'll post the answer in a few days... unless one of you smarty pants gets it right away.

I hate math. I mean I really, really, really hate math.

Another giveaway!

This one is for moms of little girls!

Amanda over at Sew Little Time is giving away a custom made ‘Double Ruffle Femme Skirt'.

The fabric will be two coordinating Sis Boom fabrics, brown and white ‘Casey Scroll' and pink and brown ‘Mary Trellis'. The pink will be the top fabric, the brown and white fabric will be on the underneath. Sizes available for winning are 18 Months thru little girl's size 5 with a 23" waist measurement.

This is super cute! The contest ends today, though, so make sure you don't miss out!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Got a phone call this afternoon.....

It was about 3:30, and the phone rang. It was my doctor's office. They said that my doctor was leaving tonight for a family emergency, and since she wouldn't be back until Tuesday, she wanted to see me before she left. I told them I could be there by 4:15, and it was set.

I got to the doctor's office about 4:10, signed in and sat down. At 5:30, they finally called me back. Did the normal - urine check, weight check, blood pressure, temp, etc. Everything checked out ok.

About 5 minutes to 6, the doctor came in. We talked about my asthma, my horrible cold, and my big fat swollen nose. (I've never heard a doctor laugh as loud as my doctor did when I told her how badly this swollen nose was bothering me. It was a good laugh, though.)

Then I told her that I was honestly glad that her office had called and she wanted to see me today. Parker hasn't moved much at all today, and I've actually been in panic mode. I didn't know how I was going to make it until my appointment tomorrow. I had done my kick counts several times today, and each time, it took either right at 2 hours or just below 2 hours to get 10 movements in. We'd been doing so well with kick counts lately, that today just really got to me. So, I told the doctor that if I could just hear the heartbeat and know that he's ok, I'd feel so much better. She put the doppler on my belly, and there he was, his little heart just fluttering away. She poked at him, and she got him to move, (little stinker! I'd been poking all day!), so I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. She said that any time I have a day like today, all I need to do is call her, stop by the office, or just go into the ER. After what we dealt with with Jace, she's not taking any chances, and would feel better knowing that he's ok. (As would I.)

Then, she measured my uterus, and it's finally starting to get where it should be. Last time it was measuring 2 weeks behind. This week, it was only about a week behind, which is GREAT. Thank heavens for that!

I go back in another 2 weeks now. My appointment is on September 11th. I can't believe that in 2 weeks, it's going to be September 11th. Time is finally starting to fly!

So, there won't be a doctor appointment update tomorrow. I'm sure I'll think of something to post, though.... as long as my internet connection holds out! :)

TOTALLY forgot to add....... I HAVE THRUSH! Apparently, my steroid inhaler can cause thrush to form in your mouth. I had NO idea! I brush my teeth after I use it twice a day, but apparently, it's not enough. I cannot believe that as a grown up, I have this. All of my breast-fed babies have had it, but me?!?!?!?!?!? No way. So, I'll be doing the gentian violet thing, as well as eating LOTS and LOTS of yogurt. Just crazy!

Why I've been MIA and a Mommy brag, too!

It has been raining here since Sunday night. I'm lucky if I get 10 minutes of internet service a day because of it. Gotta love living in the boonies and only have satellite internet service as an option. One freaking cloud in the sky means no service for me. So, I haven't run away (yet), I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, and I'm not blowing anyone off. I'm just not able to get (and stay!) online.

I am feeling a bit better. I think Monday was the worst day, and I've gotten a little better every day since then. Still have a swollen nose, goopy eyes, and a nasty cough, but at least I can tell that I'm on the mend.

Lulu has slept all night long the past 2 nights. I'm really hoping this continues. Gene has started his new job, and I love his hours, so things are working out perfectly. If I could just get the boys to quit getting up at night.

Ok, time for my mommy brag! Yesterday for art class, I asked Zander to draw something that we've learned about so far in school. Here's what he drew:

When I asked him to tell me about his picture, he said, "This is the world. 'In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.' I don't know what heaven looks like, but I know what the earth looks like, so I drew it."

He asked if he could keep drawing, so he drew me a few more pictures:

This one cracks me up. Note the nipples and the washboard abs? He doesn't miss a beat!

He's certainly my little artist. I'm so proud!!

Thanks for letting me brag on him. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, so I'm sure I'll have more to update on then!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

There is nothing I hate more....

than missing church because I'm sick. It throws the entire week off, and sets and awful mood for the week ahead.

I thought I had been getting better until last night. I thought my husband was going to disown me for how much I was blowing my nose. Then, during the night, the sinus crap moved down into my chest, and I coughed all night long.

I woke up this morning with a fever of 101.6, as well as the cough, runny nose, and an awful headache.

Lucy and Jace also both woke up with low grade fevers, runny noses, and gooped up eyes. Needless to say, I kept them home as well.

Gene said it was a really great service this morning. Not that I would have gotten to attend, as I would have been teaching the kids, but still. I'm sure tonight's service will be just as good, and Jace, Lucy, me, and now Zander are all home trying to get better. I always feel better after I've gotten some churchin' in me, and now I'll have to wait until Wednesday night before that happens.

I just hope that whatever this is goes away soon. I can't take much more.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Ok, here's the 30 week belly picture....

I know, I know. I still look about as good as I feel. LOL. Truth be told, I feel like I look like THIS:

Maybe not quite that bad, but close.

I DID get some sleep last night, though. First time in 2 weeks! The kids spent the afternoon/evening over at Mandy's house with their family. Ms. Sabrina offered to keep them so I could get some rest. Well, they did an amazing job of wearing my kids out!! The kids slept from 10pm until after 8 am! ALL OF THEM. Lucy stayed in her bed all night, and I never heard a peep out of her. The boys did the same. So, THANK YOU, Sabrina, Randy, Matthew, Samantha, and Mandy. You guys are the best!!

I also wanted to share my new creation... Bow Bouquets. I had given one to a friend that had a baby girl, and a nurse in the hospital saw it. She contacted me a few days later, and ended up purchasing 2 of them. I'll also be talking to the hospital gift shop about putting them in there. Wouldn't that be great?!

Ok. The kids have had their baths. I'm off to put them to bed, and snuggle with my hubby!

Friday, August 22, 2008

No 30 week belly picture today....

I do not look nor do I feel like I want my picture taken today. I have a client coming to the house tomorrow, which means I will need to have my hair and makeup done, so I'll have hubby snap a shot then.

I do want to send a HUGE thank you to Ms. Sabrina. She took my kids for several hours tonight, and I was able to lie on the couch and do NOTHING. I even made hubby make our dinner and do everything. What a blessing that was!!! Thank you, Sabrina! The kids had a BALL, and I enjoyed the break... more than you will ever know! Love you!

Ok - more tomorrow. I promise!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Not much going on today....

I'm still not feeling 100%, but I am feeling better. Still have a big ol' honker, though. ;0)

I got an order for 2 bow bouquets today, so I've been working diligently on those. I'm really happy with how they turned out. I'll have photos tomorrow... along with a bunch of other stuff I'll be adding to the boutique!

Other than that, there really isn't much going on. Lucy slept until 3 am, so I did get about 2 1/2 hours of sleep... once I finally fell asleep.

I'll have a new belly picture up tomorrow as well. That should be exciting!

Have a great night!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My nose is swollen...

And I'm not talking a little bit swollen, either. I'm talking, my nose is freaking HUGE.

For the past few days, I have had the worst sinus cold going on. Snot, sneezing, stuffed up head, low grade fever. Just all around miserable. (Ask anyone who saw me at church tonight. I look like I don't feel well and haven't slept in weeks.)

Well, I noticed on Monday that my nose had swollen. Really, really big. So, what do I do? I jump online and google "swollen nose during pregnancy."

Luckily, everything I read said that this is perfectly normal. Women produce more blood during pregnancy, and sometimes it can settle in the nose. Gross. BUT, I also read that once the baby is born, my nose should go back to normal rather quickly. WHEW.

I'm constantly amazed at how different this pregnancy is from all of my other ones. All the new things I'm experiencing and this is #5! They weren't kidding when they said "no two pregnancies are the same!"

As long as my nose goes back to normal, I'll be ok... cuz this is pretty awful! I'll just warn you now for my 30 week belly shot coming up on Friday! ;) You may not notice my belly for my nose!

Wordless Wednesday

Following's lead. Here's my entry for wordless Wednesday:

(Note: that is hair wax. Awful stuff.)
(Note also: the policeman pajama top and the Spiderman swim trunks over black sweat pants.)
This was taken when Zander was 2.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Last night...

So, here's how last night went:

At 12:00am, Lucy still wasn't asleep. Jace woke up, apparently from a nightmare, and joined us out on the couch.

At 1:00am, Lucy finally fell asleep, so I put her in her bed, and she woke up screaming. (I also put Jace back to bed at this time. He stayed awake the entire hour on the couch.) He went down with no problem.

Over the next 45 minutes, I tried 5 times to put Lucy in her bed. Each time I laid her down, she'd wake up screaming. Because she shares a room with Ashley, I can't just let her cry it out.

At 2am, she was finally back to sleep, so I woke Gene up and made him take her to bed. I wanted to see if it was just me. Well, he put her in her bed, and she slept until 9am the next morning. Obviously, we will be making Gene put her in bed from now on.

At 3am, I woke up with THE worst headache I have ever had in my life. I suffer from migraines, but this was 100 times more painful than any migraine I have ever had. I woke Gene up from my crying, it was that painful. I lay there for the next hour, crying and praying that if it was because something was wrong with the baby that my water would break, and if it was something else that the pain would just go away. It finally went away around 4 or so.

At 4:30, Jace was in my room, after having *another* nightmare. I comforted him for a minute and then put him back to bed. He was fine after that, and slept until 9:30.

At 4:45, the alarm went off, and once that happens, it's hard for me to fall asleep. I listen to Gene get ready in the morning, then worry on his extremely long drive to work. He sends me a text message around 6:40 to let me know he's arrived safely, and then I can fall back to sleep.

At 7am, Zander was up and ready to face the day.

It is no wonder that I am completely exhausted. Most nights are like this, and I have been living on such little sleep for a week and half now. I just don't know how to fix this.

Part of me wonders if my headache last night was just because I am so freaking tired. I just don't know what else could have caused that, but I don't ever want to feel like that again.

Being so tired has also made me super cranky. I'm taking everything personally - whether I should or not - and I'm letting it make me into this horrible person.

Sorry to whine tonight. I just really don't know how to handle this. Lucy didn't take a nap this afternoon, so she was asleep by 8. Gene put her to bed, but she's been up several times already. She's back in bed now (10:30pm), but I'm guessing she'll be up again soon. Lord, I pray that I'm wrong.

I'm thinking I need to take a vacation away from everyone and everything. Anyone up for a weekend trip to a spa somewhere? Of course, I'd have to WIN the trip first. ;)

Monday, August 18, 2008

Having a hard time tracking the kick counts tonight....

As I type this, I've got my kickTrak Kick Counter sitting right beside my keyboard. Only problem is, I'm not sure if I should use it to time the contractions, or the actual kicks/movements. The contractions are coming one on top of the other. I'm not worried about it, because it's a proven fact that I can't dilate on my own, but I am concerned, because Parker won't move whenever the contractions are coming. The timer says 27 minutes, and I've got 3 kicks down. But, about a dozen contractions. And not little dinky contractions, either.

Sigh. Thanks to Lucy, Zander, AND Jace, I have not slept since last Saturday night (not 2 nights ago!). They are all up a dozen times a night (at least), and never at the same time. Which means that just as I put my head on my pillow, someone else is up. It's been like this all week, and if I don't get some sleep soon, I am going to have to check myself into the looney bin. Now, all I want to do is lie down and get some sleep (which I can't, because Lucy is STILL awake), but I'm afraid that if I do get to lie down, the contractions will keep me up.

It's a battle I just can't win. If anyone has any tips on kids who will not sleep through the night, I'd love to hear them. And don't recommend any books. I've read and tried them all. So not kidding, either.

Wish me luck. 5 hours of sleep would be heaven tonight.

It's no secret......

I LOVE purses and bags. I have since I started carrying a purse in Junior High and I had a bag to match every single outfit. I'm not a girly girl (by ANY means!), but there's something about a cute little bag that I just can't resist.

So, it's perfect that is hosting a contest featuring Simply Suzann boutique handbags.

I was browsing her site, and I couldn't believe the prices!!! They are amazing!

Get your hind end over to and enter the contest for yourself. You can bet I already have! ;)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Got really worried today....

Parker didn't move much at all today. I'd stop several times to do kick counts, but it would always take right at the 2 hour mark to get the 10 kicks. Lately, it's been taking 15 minutes or less to get our 10 kicks.

I complained all day to Gene that he wasn't moving much and I just didn't get it. I tried everything... Pepsi, Orange Juice, a 3 musketeers bar, lying on my left side. Nothing seemed to help.

We had an early church service this evening, because we borrowed another church to do a baptismal service. I spent most of it praying. All I wanted was for Parker to get a little more active.

On the way home, I made hubby stop at the grocery store. I bought some ice cream and came home and made chocolate milkshakes. I love milkshakes. They've been my weakness every pregnancy. Anyway, not 2 minutes after I finished the shake, Parker started doing flips in my belly. He's been much more active since then as well. Thank the good Lord above!

Guess baby was just having milkshake withdraw. This isn't going to help my weight gain any! ;)

I won again!

LOL. Are you tired of hearing this yet? I suppose when you enter so many contests, your odds go up. Either that, or I really am just lucky. Maybe turning 30 made me lucky? I never won anything before!

Anyway, here's what I won this time:

Cute, isn't it? Looking forward to getting it! They also have one that they can personalize with your business logo/colors. I may order one for my photography business. Whenever I do weddings, my assistant carries around a list of shots we have to get. I think it'd be cool to have that list on a clipboard with my logo!

Just wanted to share. Hope everyone else is having a lucky day! :)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ashley's 11 year portraits

Finally got them uploaded!

You can see them here:

Here's my favorite one, well, one of them anyway. We got some really good ones of her! :

She sure doesn't look 11 in most of those. She's growing up way too fast.

And, here are her birthday "celebration" photos:

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 15, 2008

29 weeks today!

Only 77 days to go!!

Nothing else to say. Thought that was exciting enough! :)

My conversation with my husband this morning....

We have ONE MORE WEEK of Gene having to drive so far, and I will be SO glad when he is DONE.

He called me at 5:15 this morning, and I immediately panicked. He NEVER calls me on his way to work. Here's our conversation:

Me: "What's wrong?"
Gene: "Angie? I almost hit a bear. I mean, if I hadn't swerved, I would have hit this stupid thing."
Me: "Are you ok? Is the truck ok?"
Gene: "Everything's fine, but I about crapped in my pants!"
Me: "So, if you're ok, and the car's ok, why are you calling me?" (I haven't slept in 3 nights, I'm cranky - forgive me!)
Gene: "I called you because I almost hit a BEAR!"

The thing is, he was 5 minutes from home when this happened. (Sabrina - he was at the driveway right before your turnoff... are your goats ok?) He had been planning on riding his motorcycle this morning, but got up too late and was in too much of a hurry. Thank GOD he wasn't on his bike when he met up with the bear. That could have been awful!!

Just wanted to share. Bigfoot and bears. Scary place we moved to!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Doctor appointment today....

Went pretty well. Since my asthma is not getting any better (at all!!), she's decided to put me on a few more meds to get things under control. She isn't sure if it's because of the position the baby is in, or if it's something more serious, so rather than fool around with the fact that I can't breathe, she's just going to put me on the meds. I'll be on an inhaled steroid, Singulair, and also a medicine for the heartburn. Apparently, heart burn can trigger asthma. (Which totally explains why when I lie down at night and my heartburn acts up, I can't breathe at all.) I was able to fill the asthma meds, but we have to wait on the heartburn meds. Apparently I need some kind of pre-authorization for it. Should have it in a few days.

Other than that, everything looks great. Urine, iron, and blood pressure all look great. Parker's heartbeat was 141, right on target. My uterus is measuring small... only showing 27 weeks, so that seems a little off to me. I've always measured big. I mean really big... with every other pregnancy. Trying not to worry, but I don't get it. Maybe he's just going to be a little peanut. Wonder what that's like!

In other news... did you hear that they found BigFoot here in GA? Yep. LOL. So stupid. I don't know the results of the official press conference, so I don't know yet if it's real or just an elaborate hoax, but here are some photos I found: Kinda creepy looking. Harry from Harry and the Hendersons was so much cuter! ;) Hubby thinks it's cool (as he's the one who called me and told me to look it up), so I'm sure I'll be hearing how this all pans out!

And, in other news, I was offered a job last night. I'm really, really unsure about whether I should take it or not. It's a teaching position at a local Christian school. It means the kids would have free tuition, and I'd get 6 weeks off once the baby is born. Here's the downfall: I'd have to put Jace, Lucy, and the baby into daycare OR find someone that I trust with my entire heart to watch them. I swore I would never leave my kids in daycare, and I just don't know anyone well enough down here that I would trust them. Well, I do know a few ladies, but one works already, and I'm not sure the other would do it... since she already turned down this teaching position. So, I am completely torn. YES, we could use the income. YES, I would LOVE to teach again, BUT I don't want my kids in daycare, and we'd be out the $800 we put in for homeschooling. (They need me to start when school starts for them... right after Labor Day.) So, so torn. I am praying SO hard about this, because I just don't know what to do. Part of me really, really wants it, and the other part would be happy to just stay home. SIGH. God, please send me an envelope in the mail with a clear cut answer on it, cuz I just have no idea.

I shall keep ya'all posted!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I won another contest!

I just got an email from Dannie at Simple Home Basics notifying me that I had won the Busy Body Book Giveaway!

Now, how cool is that?!?! I've been dying for a new organizer, but Walmart's selection is awful, and I don't feel like driving 2 hours to find a Staples or an Office Max. So, this contest was perfect, and I am SO excited to have won! Now I can organize all of our homeschool stuff, our doctors' appointments, and everything else we have going on in our lives! Wooohoo!!

I'll also be heading back to Busy Body Book soon, because I really want the 7 Column BBB Weekly Fridge Grid Pad. I think I'd do well to have it stuck to the fridge, as I tend to stop there a lot! ;)

I'll let you know when the book arrives! Can't wait to get it!!

Found an amazing Diaper Cake site….

I have recently become obsessed with Diaper Cakes. I love them. I think they are the coolest present that you could buy for someone who is expecting a baby. After all, who doesn’t need diapers with a new baby coming?! The whole process of a diaper cake is just such a cool idea. Rather than buying someone a pack or two of diapers, you can buy a cake based around the mother-to-be’s likes, the nursery, or any other creative idea!

I’m always trying to find something new and different from what everyone else has to offer. When I happened up Lil Baby Cakes, I was floored! Their selection is amazing! The photos alone blew me away! Then, I started digging into the site a little deeper.

I started with the Diaper Cakes. After all, those are what caught my eye on the front page! As I started scrolling through all of the diaper cake choices, I couldn’t pick a favorite! They were all SO cute!! I decided to click on the 5 tier Safari Diaper Cake, because I do love my jungle animals! Then, I started reading about all the items included in the diaper cake:

  • Approximately 110 Pampers Swaddlers brand diapers (60 size 1, 50 size 2) - That’s a LOT of diapers!!
  • Soft Plush Giraffe Animal
  • Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Soap, Bodywash, Lotion, Baby Powder & Shampoo
  • Two Washcloths For Babies
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Silk Flower Accents
  • High End Zebra Striped Ribbon & Bows
I couldn’t believe all the stuff that was included! Definitely worth every penny of the price!

After poking around the diaper cakes some more, I found the Baby Gifts. Really, really cute stuff! I love the Brown Spunky Satineesnugs and the My First Tool Set. Hubby would flip over that for Parker! I like that, again, they don’t offer the same stuff that everybody else does. Their products are unique and fun!

I kept poking around the site some more. I loved the Embroidered Little Prince Gift Set - SO cute!! There were lots of other things that were fabulous on there, but I kept coming back to the diaper cakes.

I came across the page that says they’d make the perfect Baby Shower Gifts. I think it’s a great idea for a centerpiece! And, the fact that it can be used by the mom-to-be makes it even better! Although, they’re just so pretty, I don’t know if I could bear to take it apart! I guess that’s why you take lots of pictures at a baby shower.

I think the best part is that not all of the diaper cakes are ridiculously expensive. The Mini Tickled Pink Diaper Cake (also available in Blue or Green is only $35 and still comes with 30 Pampers Swaddlers diapers. It’s really not a bad deal, and you could easily buy a couple for different tables at the shower.

I also noticed that they have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee... which not many places have! But, it says right on their website:

Our Lil’ Baby Cakes “Word of Honor” Guarantee:
“100% Satisfaction or Your Money Back!”

Can't beat that!

I’m really impressed with Lil Baby Cakes and their website and products. I’m holding onto their link for the next baby shower I host or friend that has a baby.

Wordless Wednesday

MomDot does a Wordless Wednesday, and I thought it would be fun to participate. So, here's my submission for Wordless Wednesday:

I think that about sums it all up. ;) I took this last night. Lucy does bow modeling for a friend, and we were in the middle of taking the photos. Lu decided she was DONE and proceeded to throw the world's biggest temper tantrum. I still had the camera in my hand, so I had to snap this!

Monday, August 11, 2008

It's official!

Gene accepted the local job this afternoon!!!!! He'll put in his two week notice at his current job, and after August 22nd, he will no longer have to drive 2 hours to get to work!! Instead, he'll have a quick 15 minute drive. Thank the good Lord above! We have prayed for this for so long, and I am just so happy.

We've also put Lulu's crib back together. I went in her room to check on her a little bit ago, and she was lying in the middle of her room, completely out of her bed. So, I took her out in the living room with me and had Gene just put the crib back together. She's just not ready to be out of the crib. I guess we'll try again in the few months, but I have a feeling we're going to be buying a new crib for the baby. We'll see what happens.

I've had some really bad contractions tonight. The kind that last about 3 minutes and make your belly rock hard. I had about 6 of them in a hour and a half, but then they slowed way down. Maybe I just need to put my feet up for awhile and relax. Do I remember how to do that??

Well, the big girl bed didn't go so well....

It took forever for me to get Lu to sleep last night, and every time I did, I'd put her in her bed. As soon as she hit the mattress, she'd wake up and freak out. Finally, about 1am, I got her down without screaming.

Around 3:30am, I heard her screaming in her room. Gene can get out of bed faster than I can, so I sent him in to see what was wrong. Apparently, she had gotten out of her bed at some point, and instead of walking to our room, she threw herself down in the middle of the floor. SIGH.

So, we're going to try again the rest of the week. If she's not more comfortable in the bed by the end of the week, I'm going to have Gene put her crib back together. It just doesn't make sense to torture her if she's not ready to move.

For the record, each of the other kids have been out of their cribs before the age of 18 months. Ashley was about 14 months. I had gone into her room to get her one morning and she wasn't in her crib. She had climbed out of her crib and right up onto her chest of drawers that was beside her crib. I will never forget the panic that set in at that moment. We went out that day (mom and I), and bought her a toddler bed. I took the crib apart and she never slept in it again.

Zander was also about 14 - 15 months. He wasn't even 14 months old when Jace was born. When Jace was 6 weeks old, we moved him from the cradle in our room into the crib in the room with Zander. Z was also really easy to transition to the toddler bed. No problems at all.

Jace was about 16 - 18 months when we moved him into a toddler bed. We moved him right before Lucy was born so that we'd have the crib to use for her. He never gave us a lick of trouble either.

Lulu, however, is certainly her mother's child and is as stubborn as all get out. I'm guessing she's just not wanting to give up the security of her crib.

It'll be all right for awhile longer. I plan to keep Parker in our room in a cradle until he's rolling over, so we should have at least 4 months or so after he's born. I hope that's enough time to transition this little girl into a toddler bed!

I guess we'll find out what the rest of this week brings!

In other news, Gene was offered a job CLOSE TO HOME!! Oh my gosh, we have been praying about this since we moved here almost a year ago!! He has been working about 2 hours from home (one way), but only because no one up here was hiring. He's been putting in applications for months around here with no response. We have prayed, and prayed, and prayed. About a week ago, a good friend of ours told us that his store would soon have some openings and told Gene to get an application in asap! Well, he did, and today the manager of the store called him about the night stocking position. It means that Gene will have to go back to working 3rd shift - which neither of us is crazy about, but now he will be 15 minutes from home and not 2 hours!! Think of the $$ we'll save in gas alone! So, praise the Lord. It looks like this is all going to work out. We really, really needed this.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Turned Lulu's bed into a daybed....

We did this today, so we shall see how tonight goes....

I'd like to have her transitioned to a toddler bed before Parker gets here. I'd really like to not have to buy another crib!

I'll post tomorrow how it goes tonight. Wish us luck... we may need it!

Had a GREAT day yesterday....

My goal was to make up for Ashley's really crappy birthday. I still feel awful that I was in hte hospital, and her birthday wasn't as celebrated as it should have been.

My mom bought Ashley a horseback ride at a local stable. I was bummed that I couldn't go, but she and Gene did, and apparently she had quite a blast. She's always been so into horses, and this was the perfect gift for her. It turns out that we know the guy that was their guide, and he told us to ask for him next time and he'd get us a discount. Now, how cool is that? So, once Parker is born, and I actually feel like sitting on a horse, Ash and I will go riding. Fun, fun!!

After her horseback ride, we had lunch, and stopped to buy some icing for her birthday cake. (She asked me to make her cake this year... chocolate cake with chocolate icing... my kind of cake!) :) We found some at the grocery store, then headed home and just chilled for awhile.

Then, we started making the fried "chicken on the bone" and ranch potatoes that she wanted for her special birthday dinner. If you've never had ranch potatoes, and want a REALLY good recipe, let me know. They are a favorite of everyone in the house... even our boys who are the pickiest kids on earth! Anyway, we got her dinner made and then made her cake.

After dinner, we headed up to Granny and Pa's for the cake and some presents. The kids played ball outside for awhile, then we headed in and had the cake. Pretty darn good cake, but the icing was a flop. Luckily, I got some number candles, so her cake wasn't too boring. Poor kid. She'll never ask me to make a cake for her again!

She opened a few presents from Gma & Gpa and Aaron & Kim, and then we headed home.

We put the kids to bed, and Gene and I snuggled on the couch and watched a Hallmark movie. It was SO quiet in the house, and it was so nice to just sit and relax for awhile.

I think we did an ok job of making up for her birthday. It didn't cost us any money, but she still seemed to enjoy the attention and have a really great day.

Hopefully next year will be even better for her.

My goal is to take her birthday portraits tomorrow, so I'll have some to share with you soon!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Another contest... and this one lasts longer! :) is hosting a contest to win THE Cadillac of strollers. The contest prize is offered up by StrollerMama and is for their 2008 Bumbleride Flyer Stroller. Girls, this stroller retails for $329!!!

So, get yourselves over there and enter the contest! It runs from now until August 31st, so you have plenty of time to enter.

No excuses. If I don't win this stroller, I want one of my readers to! :)

I have been searching EVERYWHERE...

for a nursing cover that isn't only pretty, but it's also affordable. There are SO many nursing covers out there, and most are ugly and cheap looking, or they are gorgeous but cost a million dollars!

And then, today, I found! I am SO in love with these! I love the brown, and the green, and the blue, and the cream! They're just so pretty!! And, look at the price! Easily affordable.

I've nursed 3 babies so far, and each time, finding a private spot to nurse, or a way to cover up without baby pulling off the cover has been next to impossible. I am a VERY modest person, and I don't like just whipping my boob out for anyone to see. I remember when I was nursing Lucy, I would get SO frustrated because there just isn't anywhere private to nurse, and if you do it in public, you get these horrible stares. At the church we were first going to when we had Lucy, they didn't have any rooms without windows. Men were always poking their heads in the windows, or opening the doors and just walking right in the room, regardless of how discreet I was trying to be. I got so frustrated, I just gave up. Of course, we soon started another church, and wouldn't you know it? They had a big, private nursing room. By that time it was too late, though. Why can't more public places be as considerate?

Anyway, I wanted to share those nursing covers with the expectant moms out there. And, if you hurry, you can enter's contest to try and win one.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

SO tired today....

I just don't get it.

I came home from the hospital yesterday, slept 4 hours. Then, Gene took the kids to revival, and I slept on the couch the entire time they were gone... about another 4 hours. THEN, I went to bed at 10:30 and at 8 this morning, I did NOT want to get up.

I have felt more tired today than I have this entire pregnancy. I don't know if the whole hospital ordeal just wore me out that badly or what, but this is crazy! Every time I've sat down today, all I've wanted to do is go to sleep. Not exactly the best thing to do when you have 4 kids at home!

I also wanted to share this GREAT article that I found. I often check in on Heather's Blog, and today, this article was posted. I had NO idea that your diet could affect your asthma or trigger an attack. None at all.

I will admit, my diet lately has not been the best. In fact, my diet has basically been everything listed in the "foods that trigger an asthma attack" lately. With revival this week and so much else that's been going on, I haven't been taking the time to make sure we're all eating right. So, now I'm wondering if my diet is really what triggered Tuesday night's attack, and the reason that it came from nowhere. I would really explain a lot.

The swelling hasn't been nearly as bad today, and I've been using my inhaler every 4 - 6 hours, just to keep my lungs open. I can't believe the difference it's made. I feel SO much better. Now, if I could just get over the tiredness.

Thank you for all the thoughts, prayers, phone calls, and emails. You have all been so wonderful. I appreciate you thinking of me.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Took a trip to the ER last night....

I was sitting on the floor making hairbows for Ashley last night. All of a sudden, around 12:45, the room started spinning, I couldn't get a deep breath, only very short, labored ones, and I literally felt like someone had dropped a ton of bricks on my chest. And, my gosh, my legs swelled up even worse than they had been all day.

It took me 10 minutes to get a shout out loud enough to wake Gene up (at this point, I couldn't move), and I told him to get the number for the Labor & Delivery nurses station. (I didn't know if I should just go to the ER or if I needed to go up there.) They told me to come in, so Gene went and picked up Juanita (thank GOD she is only 5 minutes away now), and I got some clothes on to go to the ER.

We got there, and they checked us in immediately. And then, all hell broke loose.

The nurse who checked us in, sent us up to L&D. She figured I was pregnant, so that's where I needed to go. We made the long walk to L&D (remember, I still can't breathe), only to find out that we needed to go to the ER, not L&D. Walked back down and went into the triage room.

Got into the triage room, and this PUNK - there is just no other way to describe him - came in to take my blood pressure, vitals, etc. I answered all the questions, gasping for air the entire time, and finally made Gene start answering for me.

We get to a room, get hooked up to a heart monitor, and one of those pulse/bloodpressure/pulse ox machines, and the same punk from triage came in to put in an iv. Apparently, any time an adult comes in with any kind of chest pain, difficult breathing, etc, they get an iv. I don't think this kid had EVER done an iv in his life. Now, I have been poked and prodded by the best and the worst, but this was by far the worst I have ever experienced. He starts to put the needle in, but he's shaking so badly that he blows out my vein. Then he says, "Ok, well, that didn't work, so let's try it again." Gene said he watched my pulse level drop from 92 to 70. It was at that second that I said, "I think I'm going to pass out."

The kid decided to give me a few minutes to recover, and luckily, another nurse came in to put in the iv. She had it in, first shot, no problems. They took about 10 vials of blood, and gave me a shot of anti-nausea medicine. After that, no one ever touched the iv. Figures.

The ER doctor came in and they proceeded to do every test imaginable on me. They did an EKG, a chest x-ray, and a bunch of other things that I can't even remember right now.

Around 3:30am, the doctor came in and noticed how badly I was swelling. (Took him THAT LONG to notice, after I'd mentioned it several times.) He measured my calves, and my right calf was about 3 inches bigger than my left calf. He leaves the room, and calls my doctor to find out what they're supposed to do. As soon as he left, a nurse came in to give me a breathing treatment. It took them THAT long to do a breathing treatment. I still couldn't catch my breath, and the heaviness was so bad I couldn't stand it at this point.

I get the breathing treatment, and I start to feel a million times better. At that moment, the doctor walks back in and says "You blood came back positive for such-and-such (insert doctor word that I can't remember here) which means it's susceptible to clotting. I'm thinking that you had, and possibly still have a blood clot in your leg which traveled and logged in your lung. I've spoken with Dr. Nunn and we've decided to admit you so that in the morning we can do a scan of your leg and see if there are any clots."

OMG. Talk about being scared out of my mind. I think he intended to scare me, and he sure did a darn good job of it. Because the breathing treatment helped so much, I was SURE that this was all just something from my asthma, and that was it. They way he was talking, I was going to be lucky if I lived to see the scan in the morning. Gene and I tried to laugh it off by saying the little old lady from church was right... go figure! :) Deep down, I was really scared, though.

So, around 5:30am, they get me up into a room. They put me in L&D, just so I'd be monitored a little more closely than in a regular room. They hooked me back up to a heart/breathing monitor, and came in and poked and prodded me more every 20 minutes.

At 7:30, the nurse came in to take me down to my scan. Thank heavens, the scan showed NO signs of any clotting, and they sent me back to my room.

My doctor came in about 8:30, and told me that she thinks I had a bronchial spasm - or just a really bad asthma attack. She said that because it came from nowhere, and the fact that I had so much heaviness while trying to breathe, that it doesn't look like there's any reason to be concerned about clots. She also said that my blood level that the doctor told me about with the clotting wasn't high enough to be a worry. It was elevated just because of pregnancy.

She looked at my legs, measured them again, and the swelling had gone down significantly. And, because my blood pressure stayed so good all night that there's no cause for pre-eclempsia (SP?) or anything else. She said that even though I'm not in the heat, the humidity really can affect me, and cause swelling. She also reminded me that I'm not in Ohio any more, and the heat is a lot worse down here in August, so I'm most likely going to swell more because of that. But, because my blood pressure was so good the whole time, she's really not worried about the swelling.

So, it took them FOREVER (over 2 hours) to get my discharge papers, and they finally sent me home. I was so tired that when I got home, I fell asleep as soon as I sat down on the couch.

This has been the most ridiculous trip to the hospital that I have ever had. Oh! They did monitor the baby, and Parker is just fine. Even when my pulse ox was low because I couldn't breathe, he kept right on kicking and making himself known. His heart rate never once dropped and he seems to be as healthy as a horse. No concern there at all.

And, of course, this all had to happen on Ashley's birthday. I really hope that I haven't ruined her birthday. We've decided to do cake and her special birthday dinner on Friday night instead of tonight. That way I get a few days to recoup, and we won't have revival, so we can have a little longer to celebrate.

So, there was my night. SIGH. At least they didn't keep me because of the contractions I was having! LOL!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Let me clarify (about the swelling....)

I am not concerned about having a blood clot in my leg(s) at all. I love the little old lady who told me that, but I really don't think that's what's going on.

What concerns me most is that I drink at least 90 ounces of water a day. At least. Usually it's more. The past few days, I've not been going to the bathroom nearly as much, in fact, I'm only going about 3 maybe 4 times a day - compared to 10 - 12 times a day, and I can make it from 11pm - 6am without going to the bathroom at all. I haven't been able to do that since before I got pregnant this time. When I do go to the bathroom, it's dark, almost like I'm not hydrated at all.

That, and it HURTS to walk or stand. I mean it hurts. I'm about in tears just walking from the bedroom to the kitchen table... and it's not like we have a big house. I have a very high tolerance for pain, so this has me quite freaked.

I put a call into the doctor at 8:30 this morning, and as I was typing this, the nurse called me back. She said that it's just because it's August and it's so dang hot here right now. I'm supposed to avoid salt, keep drinking the fluids (but maybe not quite as much fluid), and keep my feet propped up any chance I can get.

I asked her about the pain and about the fact that I'm not going to the bathroom, and she said that my body is retaining the water, which is causing the swelling, and because I'm drinking so much water and retaining so much of it, it's filling my legs and feet to capacity and causing it to hurt whenever any pressure is applied. She said if I'm in the area that she would be happy to check my blood pressure, but they think it's just because of the heat or the position of the baby. I told her that if I'm not seeing any kind of change in a few days that I'm calling her back, because this HURTS. LOL. I figure I'm pregnant, and it's August. I can whine if I want to. :) What I don't get is if this IS just from the heat, why is that affecting me? I stay in my air conditioned house all day long, and don't venture outside... except maybe to get in the car to go somewhere, but that doesn't happen until evening. If I was outside all the time, I could see the heat affecting me. But how does it matter if I'm not even in the heat? Anyone out there that can explain that?

But, I guess there's nothing to worry about. Guess I'll just have to find my LONG black skirt to wear to revival tonight to cover up these awful looking legs!

Monday, August 4, 2008


No, I didn't see a mouse. It's something SO much worse than that!

Tonight at church, I found my first wrinkle. Right smack dab in the middle of my forehead. I think I might die.

Ok, ok, so a wrinkle isn't really cause for death, but MAN. This stinks! I hit 30 and I'm just falling apart! And now I have a wrinkle. Good Lord in heaven. SO not what I needed this week.

We went back to church tonight for night 2 of our revival. Funny, because everything he preached on was exactly what Sabrina and I had talked about last night, and exactly what Gene and I have been talking about for the past few days. I put it all on the altar tonight, and I'm giving God full control. I can't fix this, Gene can't fix this, heck, we can't even fix it together. BUT, HE can, and we just have to trust that He will be faithful as He has always been.

I'm also going to be calling the doctor's office first thing in the morning. The swelling is at the point where it has me worried. My feet are SO big, and my calves are swollen to the point that they can't get any bigger. It hurts to walk, it hurts to stand, and it just looks gross. One lady at church tonight told me that I could have a blood clot in my leg and that's why it looks like it does. She couldn't quit talking about how bad it looks. I'm telling you... it's GROSS. So, I'm going to call the office tomorrow and see if there's anything I can do to relieve it. I've tried propping my legs up, but that hurts even worse and doesn't do a lick of good. I'm hoping she can give some real answers to what's going on. I would just wait until my next appointment, but that's not until next Thursday. So, I figure a phone call won't hurt. I'll keep you posted!

AND, I survived my first day homeschooling Ashley and Zander. They both did really great. I was really nervous about taking this on, but if the next 179 days go as well as today did, we're going to be just fine.

Hope everything is good with everyone else. Oh, and if you know of any good wrinkle cream... well, I'd love to hear about it. Better attack this one before more show up!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Another emotional day....

I am telling you, I am an absolute basket case. Fine one minute, in tears the next. I think my husband may run away soon. Of course, this is our 4th time going through this together in the 6 years we've been married. He may actually be used to it by now!

Hubby and I are dealing with something that is so very far beyond our control. I think we have spent more time on our knees the past 4 days than we have in either of our lifetimes. We can't fix this, and we need help from the One who can. This week at church is Revival. The timing really could not be more perfect. I think it will help us both to refresh our hearts and be reminded that God is completely in control... especially when WE cannot be.

I called my friend Sabrina in tears tonight after church, and told her I needed a friend. She asked if I wanted her to come over, or if I wanted to come over there. I opted for the latter, simply so my children wouldn't hear me have a melt down.

I spent an hour with Sabrina, and I am just SO thankful for her. I haven't had a friend in a LONG time that I could call and spend an hour just crying on her shoulders. She let me cry, rant, and just get everything off my chest. I can't tell you what it meant to me. We cried together, prayed together, and it just completely refreshed my spirit and reminded me that I don't have to do it all by myself. I have Someone I can lean on... along with some really great friends that I can count on to pray us through this.

Sabrina, I am SO thankful for you and for your friendship. I have always wanted a sister, and I think you're even better. (Remember what I said about family tonight? ;) ) I am so glad that God put Mandy in the boys' lives so that you could become a part of mine. If I can ever return the favor that you gave to me tonight, please don't hesitate to ask.

And if you're not Sabrina and you don't like this post, well, I'll just pray that you find a Sabrina of your very own so that you can see how truly blessed I am.

See.... the emotions are just pouring out tonight! ;)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

90 days to go...

and the emotions are officially out of control.... as is the swelling.

I am SO emotional. It is crazy. Look at me cross-eyed and I will either burst into tears or rip your head off. I kid you not. It's one extreme to the other.

And the swelling.... ey, yi, yi! By evening, my feet, legs, hands, and arms have ballooned. They look like they are stretched to capacity. It's really gross. I don't remember it ever being this bad with any of the kids before. I do remember swelling a bit with Jace and the doctor told me to "go buy some support pantyhose." Idiot.

We went and saw a brand new baby this afternoon. Heather from church had her baby, a little girl named Adelyn. Such a pretty little thing. And so tiny! She was born weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces. None of mine were ever that small. Ash was the closest at 6lbs 7oz, but Z was 7 lbs, 7 oz, Jace was 8 lbs, 12 oz, and Lucy was 8 lbs, 3 oz. I tend to grow 'em big. I wouldn't know what to do with an itty-bitty peanut.

Holding the brand new baby made me SO excited for our own little one to arrive. While out shopping for Ash's birthday, I found the CUTEST little Spiderman slippers for a newborn. Just had to grab a couple of pairs for Parker!

That's about it around here. Not too much excitement. But comment nice... I can't predict how I might respond! ;)