Thursday, November 15, 2007

Pray for us ~ :)

Danika has croup and an ear infection ~ she's being a real trooper, though.

Nate had a low grade fever and hasn't been eating very well for the past 2 days (I'm guessing it's because he's not feeling so hot).

Say some extra prayers for us if you get a chance...I know it's not major, but I'm a bit anxious when they are sick. (I guess that's one way to put it - should say I'm a basketcase.)

Oh ~ and while I'm asking for prayer requests...please, keep my mother-in-law in your prayers. I can't really get into details now, but she's sick and having issues that may be pretty serious. I totally lucked out in the MIL department and can't imagine what life would be like without her (I know that's pretty selfish of me...but I do love her to pieces). It's not that serious, yet...but the potential is there so if you could - say some extra prayers for her, too.

Thanks!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Halloween pics and such




I'm back ~ kinda...anyone there? Probably not, after all I took like 9 days off blogging...cut me some slack - I've been working on a Christmas list. Oh, and Christmas shopping because I'm determined not to get stuck needing to shell out 300 + bucks on gifts all at once. I'm trying to do a little bargain hunting...which is sooo not me. I'm pretty new at the whole toy shopping thing. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. We aren't going crazy with our kiddos, but we have a lot of other kids to buy for...I mean my SIL popped out 4 all by herself! Add that to my sister's little one and my other SIL's 2...plus a few very close friends who have kiddos...I think the total comes to 12 kids not counting my own. As of right now I have 5 bought and 2 picked out...not an awful start.

We also have 4 birthdays in November (now it's 5 because my friend, Colleen, just had a son ~ Quinton Joseph!). Angelina's birthday was the 1st (see cake pic above). Mia and Kaitlyn share today as their birthday...and Nate turns two on the 19th. February must be one of the top months to "get it on" because that's a lot of babies. :)

In other news, I've gotten the three kiddos on a schedule. It's not a set in stone schedule and daylight savings kinda threw us a bit, but it's enough that I'm not pulling my hair out everyday. I will say there is something about a child crying that is not your own that kinda gives you that nails on chalkboard feeling some days. Like today...but I can't be "upset" with ET for very long...he has the cutest smile! I was trying to lay him down for his second nap today and he was fighting it. I knew that Danika was probably not doing something she should be doing and needed to hurry - totally my fault, I know...but he was giving me a tough time and I was getting agitated. (FYI ~ I've done this with my own kids, too...so don't think I'm pickin' on him) I started to hold him a little closer...you know that snugness that babies like that helps them to relax. I did that and bounced up and down a little bit (we were listening to The Carpenters - can you believe that?) He looked up at me with the smile and I melted. Then he fell asleep.

He's waking up now...so I should probably go before he wakes everyone up. Party Party tonight for Mia - Nate's gonna be so excited. He's in love with cake. We "talked" yesterday and he told me he wants a Baby Jaguar cake for his birthday. I'm gonna give it a shot.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Busy Busy

Think I disappeared? Not really - but I've been unable to spend any time blogging for various reasons. The two main reasons are 23 months old and 9 months old and keeping me on my toes these days. :)

I just so happened to snag some Wiggles DVDs at Big Lots (Seriously - they were 4 bucks a piece!) so they are entertained while eating a snack right after a semi-long nap. So...after cleaning the kitchen and checking some email, I've decided to blog for the remainder of the free time I have.

We went to the Doctor's for a routine well child visit for Danika this morning. My little tubby baby is 29 inches long and weighs 21.4 pounds! Dr. G said she's doing great. She also gave me a "tip" for how to get Nate to eat more. She said that I should stop giving him sippy cups and make him drink out of cups without lids in the kitchen when I give him a drink. That way he'll drink when he's thirsty and not all day to have some calories when he's a little hungry. Argh ~ doesn't sound fun...but if it works that would make me a lot happier. The kid needs to start eating. His sister eats sooo much better than he does.

In other news ~ here's our Family Halloween Pic:

I'm waiting for my sister to send me the good pics from Halloween before I show you costume pics. I didn't get any good ones but she did. :)

Well, I know it was short...but I have to go and make sure that Danika doesn't eat Nate's puzzle pieces. It's never ending.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Where I've been ~

Well...it's been a couple days since I've posted. Anyone still here? hehehe

I've been over at CafeMom.

Poking around a little bit and seeing if maybe it would be a better fit than Blogger for me. I've also been taking some on-line surveys, etc...I've gotten some pretty cool stuff in the mail from taking surveys. I've probably cashed a total of about 25 bucks in checks from survey sites and I have participated in 3 or 4 studies about baby products where they sent me diapers, wipes and such. It can keep you really busy if you do all the surveys that come your way. I created a special Gmail account just for survey stuff ~ that way when I have time I head on over to my Gmail and do some surveys and it doesn't clutter up my regular yahoo inbox. That was one of my brighter ideas. :)

Last but not least, I've been busy. My grandmother visited and we saw her a few times last week. She lives in Florida. We had a wonderful time. My kiddos just LOVED her! We went shopping on Tuesday and spent a lot of cash - Grandma wanted to give us the kids Christmas and Birthday money while she was here and take us shopping for things they needed. We are all set for clothes for both of them now! What a blessing!!! Other than winter boots, they are both good to go until spring! :) ~ Well, I want to buy the Christmas outfits...but Jerry thinks they can wear something they already have. We'll see.

I've had Ethan all week - and things have been going really well. It just keeps me going. And makes me pretty tired by the end of the day.

The not smoking thing is going really well...tomorrow will be 1 week since I had a cigarette. I miss it soooo much. It's funny because it's not the nicotine, it's the break I use to get by heading outside to smoke for 5 minutes. My mom suggested I take a tea break and make it special somehow. (I've given up Diet Pepsi, too...I'm a glutton for punishment these days). Who knows...I'm getting by. I just keep thinking, "What am I going to do when I'm around smokers? How am I going to handle wanting one then?" Last time I quit, I was pregnant and didn't really hang out with any smokers or anything for the first 4/5 months after I quit...except my SIL, but she's not a BIG smoker so it wasn't so bad. Eh ~ I will cross that bridge when I have to.

I'm going to bed...I'm really really tired and Ethan's going to be here by 6:30 tomorrow morning. It's gonna be another LONG day. :)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

6 readers ~ WELCOME

Hello and welcome to my 6 readers! :)

I feel like I should introduce you all ~ but some of you already know each other anyway.

So...I took an entire week away from blogging and can't think of a damn thing to write about! Can you believe it? Oh wait...oh yeah NOW I remember what I wanted to write about while I was patiently waiting to make the switch to "private" blog.

I got a call from my doctor's office the other day about my blood work. Turns out my triglycerides are super high (443) and I have to go on a diet. Plus, apparently birth control pills can cause your triglycerides to be elevated. So ~ I'm in the market for a new way not to get pregnant again...We need to address that pronto. I don't want to have 3 kids under 3...that would definitely not help me with the next thing I have to do. I have to REALLY quit smoking...which I am happy to report I've been successful at for about 62 hours now. I tried when I told you all I was going to quit before, but that didn't work...I'm a little more determined now, but the diet and lack of smoking has made me really crabby...super crabby...extremely crabby. (Get the picture? I'm crabby.) I have a gigantic bag of Halloween candy that I bought with all intentions of eating myself sitting in the other room and I only had a Kit Kat (snack size) in the past week. That little Kit Kat by itself made me feel guilty. I hate dieting.

Really and truly, though, this isn't going to be a diet...it's got to be a lifestyle change. Once I get my triglycerides back on track I have to keep them that way ~ that'll mean I can give a little here and there, but I'm going to have to be healthier all the time. The doctor also put me on Lovaza ~ it's like top of the line Omega 3. He ordered blood work again in 2 months. Argh ~ the holidays are gonna stink.

Okay, so here's some pictures of my kiddos:

Nate and the messy paint

Danika, Nate and Ethan - just a typical day

Just in case you have a blogreader (like bloglines or google reader) I want to let you know that my feed won't show up when I post. So, you're gonna have to come and seek me out! :)

I am going to give the private thing a try and if it doesn't work - I'm mainly worried that I won't feel like writing because I'll feel like no one is reading - pretty vain of me, I know - but if it doesn't work then I'll probably go back to being a public blog with comment moderation. But I wanted to try this first to see how it feels. I do have to warn you all, though...knowing that I know who is and is NOT (more importantly) reading my blog may cause me to say things I normally wouldn't. Be prepared. :) Oh, and thanks . . . I'm really glad you are here.