Sunday, August 31, 2008
Today, I discovered a wonderful place. Now, many of you know of this place and have probably even been there. However, this was my first time in heaven. (or, "Leeann's Disneyland", as I have started calling it).
Now, there are some things I have discovered about this magical place. First of all, although they have made it very kid friendly (more on that subject later), next time I visit, I will be leaving all little people at home. Secondly, I will allow no less than 3 hours, in this heavenly kingdom. Thirdly, anyone that is not "like-minded", will not be allowed to accompany me, as I do not want to hear whining or complaining during this very spiritual time.
Where is this oasis, you are wondering?
Oh praise, Ikea! It is a 310,000 square foot haven! Every storage compartment ever thought of, is in this building. Furniture. Kitchen items. Office supplies. Rugs. Candles. Frames. You name it...they have it. And even better...their prices are completely reasonable! (Read: Nesting with this pregnancy is going to be FANTASTIC!)
They even have a play area called Smalland, that is FREE, that kids (that are potty trained) can go in and play at...while I shop! (Do you hear the chorus of angels?) They also have a cute little restaurant, that I didn't try out yet, but want to. They have kid's meals for $1.99-$2.59. Cheaper than McDonald's, and these aren't your normal kids meals. They are Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes. Or a PB&J sandwich, cookies and milk. Or spaghetti. Or, for the younger shoppers...they even have baby food.
We went in just to look and of course, ended up buying stuff. However, we spent under $30 and got a ton of stuff! I got 48 scented tea light candles, for 49 cents. I got three pairs of SHARP scissors (assorted sizes), for $1.99. I got 5 Tupperware-type bowls, with lids, for $1.99. I got Shylo and Scottie each new food bowls and water bowls, for $3.00 total. I got a huge drawer organizer (think of the usual utensil organizer...on steroids) for $2.99. And, a bunch of other stuff.
I also found the mack-daddy of all storage units that the kids will be getting for the toy room, for Christmas. Shhh...don't tell them. In fact, I found SO much good stuff, that everyone on my shopping list will be getting something from Ikea.
So, here's to a good deal.
Here's to a great way to spend an afternoon.
And here's to killing clutter...one pretty little storage bin at a time!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
For the first time!
How cute is that?
or she knows morose code...
you cannot have more ice-cream...
regardless of what everyone says...
you food pushers!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
My beautiful Roo started kindergarten today! She was so excited and walked right into class and sat down. She has already made a friend and really likes her teacher.
I love you Ryleigh-Roo! Mommy is so excited to watch you grow and learn this year! I know that you will do fantastic!
Monday, August 25, 2008
I discovered that the original professor I was supposed to have, is no more...don't know why.
My new professor is from Poland.
There is nothing like trying to learn an extremely difficult subject...when there is a bit of a language barrier.
I have decided to use the following analogy:
It's like speaking English...but trying to learn French...from someone that speaks Greek.
I logged on to my Art class and I was SHOCKED! After hearing me complain about the work load of Humanities last semester, you have some idea of the stress I was under.
This art class?
Gonna be a piece of cake!
My first assignment isn't due for 2 weeks...we finish the class 2 weeks earlier than every other class...and...(my personal favorite)...there is no mid-term or final test. NO FINAL TEST.
I need this kind of class paired with my math class.
Who knows? Maybe I will actually survive this semester...without causing myself to go into premature labor!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
But, last night I promised them for breakfast today and wouldn't you know? That was the first thing out of Bailey's mouth..."You PROMISED crepes for breakfast!" (spoken all accusatory, like I wasn't going to make them...)
The recipe requires 4 eggs. Hmmmm...4 eggs...I have 4 kids...I knew it would happen..."Mom! Mom! Can I crack an egg?" So, after they each had a turn, with only one of them getting shells in the bowl, I made the crepes.
The children are getting older, bigger and requiring more food. This became evident when each of them ate 4-5 crepes for breakfast. Each. As in, I made like 18 crepes...and they ate them all. I wasn't going to make a whole new batch for my breakfast...so it's their fault that I will be eating left-over onion rings for breakfast.
All in all, a wonderful morning. Even if they all did keep calling me Grandma. Guess it was their way to point out that only Grandma goes out of the way, to make them a nice breakfast. However, I see nothing wrong with yelling at them to "Hurry up and swallow!", while feeding them granola bars and grapes, on the way to school.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
While I want my children to experience the satisfaction of hard work, I don't want them to make it harder on themselves, than necessary. Given the choice, I wouldn't be juggling school with a husband, 4 kids, 2 jobs and pregnant. I'm not complaining...I'll do what I have to do to make it work, but if my kids can avoid the extra aggravation, why not?
So, I stress college and education to my kids, at any opportunity that presents itself. I want them to understand that college comes after high school....that's just how it is. I want it to be as assumed as 4th grade coming after 3rd. I want my children to experience the world and become educated individuals, that get to do what they love. All to often, I hear people complain about hating their job. Well, that's because it's a job. If you want to love what you do; have a passion for what you do, you must have a career. That will not come without an education.
So, all that leads up to the conversation that I had with Bay the other day:
Me: "Bay, where do you go after elementary school?"
Bay: "Middle school."
Me: "Right. Where do you go after middle school?"
Bay: "High school."
Me: "Yup. And after high school?"
Bay: "A trip!"
Me: (laughing) "Shouldn't you save that till after....?"
I don't know where she got "a trip" from...but it had all of us in the van busting out laughing.
In a society where high school seems to have become "optional", I will do whatever I can to assist my kids in achieving their goals.
Which, for the record, at this moment are:
Bailey-a fast runner in the Olympics
Ryleigh-a "mailer" (mail carrier)
Luke just isn't really sure...given his current ear infection trauma, I'd say he just wants to be healthy!
What's your views on college?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
-Presley. My puking and headaches returned Friday morning. I'm quite the happy camper. NOT. The dizziness is just made worse by the dehydration, so last night I took a little spill down the stairs. Good news, we have stairs that have a landing, so I only fell halfway down a flight...not the whole way. Bad news, we have a heavy bench on the landing and I think I conked my noggin on that. But, I woke up hearing my daughter calling her Dad on the phone, so at least she knew what to do. Other than a nice lump on my head and a rug burn...I'm good. Wonder if my landing was good enough for the women's Olympic gymnastic team? I visited the doctor today for my check up and she is growing exactly as she should be. I still haven't gained a pound, I'm dehydrated and my blood pressure was 108/58 (normally, I'm about 118/76). So, he's running some tests for anemia, moved up my glucose screening and has given me orders to eat/drink more.
-Kids. School starts on Thursday for Bailey, Monday for Ryleigh and Tuesday for Avery. They are all extremely excited. Right now Luke has some sort of virus. Poor kid has been puking, has a fever and complains of a headache. Doc says we have to ride it out a couple more days and if he doesn't improve, bring him back in.
That's about it around here. Chaos continues as normal. Here's hoping I survive it!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I she wanted the cheesecake flavor...not the vanilla)
And what did I walk out of the store with? None of it. That's right. None of it. The store had none of the flavors/brands that I wanted. What the heck? I mean, I know that 90% of my current age population is pregnant right now...(seriously...I know 8 pregnant women right now)...but I'm pretty sure we aren't all craving the same things.
So, if you are one of those 8 women...and you happen to read this...and you have recently bought these items...can you share? Please? :)
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Oh, baby girl, you are getting so big! Just this week, my belly can no longer be sucked in and hidden. You make your presence known daily, with your tap dancing lessons. I love that I can be busy and then a gentle little pop in my belly, reminds me you are there.
I cannot wait to meet you, my little miracle. You floated in, on the wings of grief and filled a very empty place in my heart.
I can't wait to see who you look like. Will you have Bay's slender, fragile frame? Will you have big brown eyes, like mine and Ry's? Will you develop freckles like Avery and Dad? Will you have pokey ears like Lukey?
I can't wait for that first moment that I hold you and you look into my eyes, all wide-eyed and confused, and I can tell you that you are safe and that I love you.
I can't wait to hold you, all snuggled against my chest, as you curl into the fetal position, warm and secure.
I can't wait to see your siblings hold you and give you kisses.
I can't wait to bring you home and know that our family is complete, with you, my little caboose.
Josh and the kids and his entire family went on the annual camping trip.
Due to personal reasons, that I won't get in to, I didn't go.
I'm so bored and lonely.
I have a lot to do and a lot I could do.
But I'm feeling rather "blah" and not really wanting to do any of them.
I'd rather unplug the phone, lock the door and hide.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Avery: "Can I slide down the rainbow?"
Me: "No, you can't."
Avery: "Can I walk on the clouds?"
Me: (laughing) "No, you can't walk on the clouds."
Avery (starting to get mad) "I want to walk on the clouds!"
Me: "Honey, you would fall right through!"
That comment was followed by a wonderful 3 year old temper tantrum...all because she was told that she can't walk on the clouds. Only Avery.... :)
Thursday, August 7, 2008
My work is done for the day.
I don't have any homework, since the semester is over.
Laundry is basically caught up.
Cleaned the house yesterday.
I think I may be a victim of "free time". I'd heard that it existed, but I figured that it would never happen to me. What do people do with it?
This is most troubling.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
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Humanities is OVER! I took the final tonight and didn't do so bad on it. Could have done better, but "coulda, woulda, shoulda's" aren't going to get me anywhere. Final grade in the class? A-
I am FREE! Free, I tell you! That class kicked my butt...but it's over. My math final is Thursday morning and hopefully I have good news to report on that one, also.
Presley has really discovered how to move and shake! I have been feeling her once in a while for a couple weeks, but as of Saturday...she has her dancing shoes on! I love laying still and quiet (yes, it does happen in this house from time to time) and feeling her flopping around, like a little goldfish. She has even been kicking hard enough to feel on the outside.
She has about 22 more weeks...kid needs to reserve her energy!