Monday, June 30, 2008

How Many Hours In A Day?

Math class started this morning. I have been stressing and stressing over this class, because when it comes to math...me be kinda dumb. It went really well and he is starting at a point that I am incredibly comfortable with, so my confidence was growing and growing....then he drops the bomb: (Keep in mind that I'm in class Mon-Thur 8:00 AM - 10:15 AM...meaning not much time to process this stuff between classes.)
"This is an incredibly fast paced class. You will want to do homework every night. If you are a person that "gets math" (read: not me) and it comes to you pretty easily (again: not me), you can plan on about 2 hours of homework a night."
Shut up! 2 hours...for the people that GET IT? Oh boy, me in trouble.
So, I've sat and tried to figure out how I'm gonna swing this in my daily schedule. Here's the hours required for things I'm responsible for every day:

Child Care: 4 hours/per child/times 4 children: 16 hours
(obviously this is feeding, bathing, playing with, disciplining, ect.)
Cleaning/Laundry: 3 hours
Humanities Class Homework: 2 hours
(yeah, I really killed myself with these time consuming classes this semester)
Math Class: 2 hours 15 minutes
Math Class Homework: 3 hours
Paying Bills/Checking E-mails/Blogging: 45 minutes
Bathroom/Shower Time: 30 minutes
(so if I run out of this time early in the day...do I have to hold my pee till the next day? Hmm...this will have to be figured out with Human Resources)
Working For Castle (my computer at home job): 4 hours
Time With Husband: 6 minutes

Anyone got a spare 31 hour 51 minute day laying around?
With enough caffeine to keep me awake, since sleep cannot fit in anywhere?

*chanting to myself* "Six more weeks and summer semester is over. Six more weeks and summer semester is over. Six more weeks and...."

Friday, June 27, 2008

A Miracle

I witnessed a miracle today. It's not every day, that you can say that. I know that we have all experienced miracles...we've seen babies be born...we've had more money in the bank than we thought we had, just when we needed it...we've narrowly missed being in a car accident.

However, there is no miracle, like watching someone save a life. There are no words to describe it. But, when it is your own child's life, that someone is saving, it makes it that much more amazing. You can't describe the debt that you know that you now owe this person. There is no way to repay that debt or to say "thank-you" enough.

I witnessed this today, as my mother-in-law saved my 3 years old's life. She did it with such grace and ease, you'd think she had done nothing at all.

Yes, she saved her life today.

Because I was going to kill her.

Avery was in rare form today.Tantrum after tantrum after tantrum. Spitting. Yelling. Flopping on the ground. Hitting. All in front of the other parents at swimming lessons. Each tantrum lasted so long, that you couldn't tell where one ended and the other began. They had started the minute that her eyes fluttered open and I had come to the end of my rope. I seriously considered throwing her in to the pool.

Then an angel said the most beautiful words..."I can take her for a few hours today."

The Heavens opened up and the light shone down on this savior.

And so...

Avery lived.

Roll Over!

"There were four
in the bed
and the dear Mommy said,
"Roll over! Roll over!"
Well, none rolled over,
so Mom climbed out..."

Thursday, June 26, 2008

What I Learned Today

"You have not experienced morning sickness...
truly experienced it...
until a chunk of orange
comes flying out of your nose."
So much for those being something I look forward to everyday. It will be a looooong time before I eat that citrus fruit again! Can you say burning pain?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The "Short Bus"

Yup. It's really ours. We need the extra space, what with #5 evacuating my uterus in 28 more weeks. It's an accomplishment, I know...not many people out grow a mini-van! :) This is a 12 passenger, that we got shortly before it was going to go to auction. A 2006, for half of what Kelly Blue Book says it's worth. Yay us and our patience and diligence in searching for one of these.

It has double doors on the other side. I did not want a van this large with a sliding door...the kids wouldn't be able to handle it.
Four in the back, three on each of the middle seats and then captain chairs for the driver and passenger. Plenty of room for the family and any friends that tag along. It also has rear air, all the way back, so the kids won't freeze, or get too hot.
And apparently EVERYTHING has to be larger...drink holder, anyone? LOL

Monday, June 23, 2008

Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons started this morning. The kids absolutely LOVE it and I love that they come home and fall dead asleep! :)

Bailey
Ryleigh
Avery
Luke and Daddy
Uncle Nate and Cousin Landon
Below are my friend's kids. They do swimming lessons every year with us and my kids look forward to spending this time with them. (Hey Cob, didn't use their names, since I didn't get your okay.)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I KNEW She Was My Favorite! (for today) :)

We had Radio Disney playing and they announced a song called "Stay Beautiful", by Taylor Swift. Josh comes in and says, "Taylor Swift doesn't sing this song."
So, in a teasing voice I said, "Yes she does. You don't know everything."
I didn't even know Bay was paying attention to this exchange, but she pipes up with, "Yeah, Mom knows everything!"
I couldn't have planned that better. The shocked look on Josh's face was hilarious!
Ahhh....I've trained the grasshopper well.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Only Way To Make Them All Sit Still

Bay
Roo
Avers
Lukey


Welcome Home!





A note from Bailey when she got back from her trip (written exactly as she wrote it):
"I Love You, Mom So Much
Becase You are So nise and I
can't wait For You To have a baby
I don't Care if you have a boy are, a gril
thanks for Cleaning are room"

Friday, June 20, 2008

It's FRIDAY!

Sing it with me....
"My family is coming home today!
My family is coming home today!"
I am so excited. I cannot wait to sit on the floor and just hug and hug and hug them all. I have missed them all so much.
Josh said the most wonderful thing yesterday..."Now, I know what you go through when I work straight days, with lots of overtime." (When he works, he leaves at 6:00 am and gets home about 7:45 pm. So the babies don't see him...they are in bed by the time he gets home.)
He's tired and realizes what it's like to be the primary parent. He's never had them alone this long and quite frankly...I'm thankful that he's had this educational time.
With that said....I probably owe him some golf tomorrow morning!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Day 3 - Well...

Well...I didn't get the bathroom painted. Or my reading started. BUT, I did do the playroom. It took a few hours! (Darn kids and their too many toys.)
I got the rest of the basement cleaned out (boxes and garbage and extra pieces of carpet were every where.)
More importantly...I got a hot bath. It was fantastic! I stayed in till it got cold! Then, I drained some and FILLED IT UP AGAIN! Glorious. Just glorious.

Sadly, Josh called me today and said that Lukey has been having a rough time. He cries when he wakes up and realizes I'm not there. He wanders the house crying and yelling, "I want my Mommy!" He grabs every one's hands and tries to drag them to the car, so they can take him home. Poor little man. He's never been apart from me this long and he probably wonders why I've abandoned him!
On a good note though, he's decided to really take off on this potty training thing. Josh said that he has been doing great and even goes by himself, with no prompting.
I am SO excited! Do you know how long it's been since we've not had someone in diapers in this house? I can tell you! It's been 6 years, 11 months and 1 day. I know it won't last long (because I'm highly doubting that baby Rockstar will be born potty trained), but I will appreciate it while it exists!

Lastly, I have read quite a few blogs tonight where people are being mean and/or judgemental towards my friends. Some has been in real life, some has been "cyber-meanness." I have to voice my opinion on this. I find this completely unacceptable. I do not tolerate mean or argumentative or judgemental behavior from my children. I will not accept that kind of behavior from an adult. C'mon people...there is enough animosity and intolerance in the world, can't we all grow up and try to change that? How will our children ever learn to be accepting...when they see adults act this way?
"BE the change, you want to see in the world." ~Mahatma Gandhi~

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Day 3 - On The Agenda

So, I started the morning off with being startled out of my mind by the alarm clock. I must have been in one deeeeep sleep, because when it went off, I jumped two feet off the mattress.
Now, morning body check:
Thighs: tight and sore
Lower back: sore
Headache: gone
Belly: IS THERE A BUMP?
I started noticing yesterday that my pants are just a teeny bit tighter. Just enough that I notice it. I haven't gained more than 2 lbs, so that isn't it. Maybe I'm just retaining water from the 1/2 a watermelon I ate for dinner? LOL

So, I started the day off with an aerobics class. Now, I'm supposed to be working. Then the rest of the day consists of organizing the play room and possibly painting the bathroom. I also have grand ideas of getting started on my reading for my Humanities class that starts on Monday...but we'll see how that goes.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Day 2 - Do I Dare?

Do I dare say this out loud? Would it make me a bad Mom?
Come closer...I'll whisper it...then it doesn't really count.
I'm enjoying my quiet time.
I like being alone.
I like showering without someone kicking on the door.
I like eating when I want to eat.
I like that I don't have to make the rounds to shut off lights.
I like that no one is here to steal the remote from me.
I like making a plate of food...and eating it by myself.
Yeah, that's right, I don't like to share.
I like sleeping through the entire night.
I like that I am not tripping over toys and shoes.
I like being able to sit. And stay sitting. No need to get up for chocolate milk.
Or a snack.
Or because someone pee'd on the rug.
Oh yeah. I'm liking it.
I must be a bad Mom.
But I'm okay with that.

Paint = Pain

Did you ever notice that "paint"
with the "t" missing
says "pain"?
I painted all day yesterday.
I'm in Pain! More like PAIN!
My thighs. My back. My arms. My calves.
All on fire.
So, I will counteract yesterday's activities
with washing walls today!
I probably won't be able to move tomorrow.
How early does nesting start?

Monday, June 16, 2008

Day One With No Kids

What I learned today, on this, my first day with no kids:
-The clock ticks. No, I mean I can hear it ticking. I never knew it did that.
-I don't really dirty dishes. The kids must be the cause of the dishwasher going non-stop in this house.
-The central air works a whole lot better without people constantly coming in and out.
-I forget to eat when I don't have other people to feed.
-The electric bill is going to go down. The TV is never on and I don't leave lights on all over the house.
And the BEST thing I learned:
-When I put something down...it STAYS THERE! It doesn't move. It doesn't walk away. It doesn't end up in the toilet. I LOVE IT!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

It's Gonna Be A Long Week

So, tomorrow the entire family is leaving for Lake Tahoe. Everyone. My kids. My husband. My in-laws. All my husband's siblings and their kids.
Everyone but me. :(
I can't take the time off work and we didn't want the kids to miss out on the fabulous vacation, so I am going to be home alone. Sounds great, doesn't it? Then why do I feel so crappy? I am going to miss my kids so much! I have never been away from my kids this long and it's breaking my heart that I am going to miss 5 days of their lives.
I have a 2 page list of things that I am going to get done, though, so I will not be bored. I have cleaning and painting and moving furniture and carpet cleaning and organizing to do. Hopefully, I don't pass out by the 3rd day from exhaustion! :)
So, in order for the kids to not forget me...and to give them a little laugh...I put together a little book for them. This is kinda what it looks like:

Mommy Loves You!
This is Mommy. She is very sad that you are all leaving her, to go to Tahoe. She really wants to go with you, but she knows that you are going to have lots and lots of fun with Daddy and Grandma and Grandpa and everyone else. Please don't forget about Mommy and make sure you call her at least once a day.

If Mommy finds out that you are not behaving, or listening to Daddy, she is going to look like this. Please don't hit or kick or yell or bite or pull hair or talk back or get attitude with any of the adults. Always listed to Daddy and make sure you hold hands crossing the street. Make sure you brush your teeth at least once a day, but try to remember to do it twice. Eat some fruits and vegetables, not just candy and french fries. Don't pee on the carpet. Make sure you stick together and keep an eye on one another. Always buckle up.

When you all get home, Mommy will look like this! She will be soooooo happy and have lots of hugs and kisses for you!

Then, the back page has 5 kisses on it...one for each of them, to hold them over until they are home with me.

Here's hoping I survive and get my list completed.
And if I happen to get a pedicure while their gone...so be it! :)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Sharing The Love

I have been given this award by several people and I want to thank you all. I have been saving this post for a very special day.
This award was created by Crys at Memoirs of a Mommy. Crys created this to honor the beautiful family that selflessly gave her son life. Their heartache, became her miracle. Their sadness, became her hope. Their pain, became her tears of joy.
Crys is not just another blogging Mommy, to me. She has become one of my very best friends. We met through blogging, but must have been destined to meet. We clicked instantly and she has become like a sister to me. She is one of those rare people that are so beautiful on the inside and out; I know I am privileged to have met her and her family.
We first met (online), when she was still in Denver. Her son Noah was in Denver Children's Hospital, finishing up the final weeks of recovery after a heart transplant. Her story touched me to my very core and I worked up the courage to ask her for her address there. When my daughter was very ill and hospitalized, a kind soul brought me a "care package", with a few random things. It meant so very much to me and I just knew that this was my chance to pay it forward. I was so worried that she would think I wanted to stalk her! But, thus began our friendship. My children helped me make blankets for Noah and his sister Lilly, while I explained the need to send this package to the "sick little boy in Denver."
I was thrilled to learn that she actually only lives about 45 minutes from me (See? We were supposed to meet!) and since then, we have met in person and our friendship continues to grow. She is so much fun to be around and I always know that I can count on her to drop everything, if I am ever in need of her support.
With all that said, today I ask for your prayers for Crys, her husband Shane, Lilly and especially Noah. Tomorrow morning, they are leaving for Denver for his cath procedure. Forgive my lack of knowledge in this area, but from what I understand, it is some pretty rigorous testing to check on his heart. I have felt Crys's anxiety and fear, as this day has approached. I know that she is aware of what could happen during this testing, as her friend's daughter's heart was damaged during this procedure.
Crys, your faith and love for Noah will protect him. I know that he will do beautifully and you will all return home safe and sound. I hope you know how much I love you, my friend.

I Knew It Was Going To Happen Eventually

Roo: "Mom, when was I born? Like, you know, 2008?"
Me: "In 2003."
Roo: "When was Bailey born?"
Me: "2001"
Roo: "What about Luke?"
Me: "2006"
Roo: "What about Avery? When was she born?"
Me: "2005"
Roo: "When were you born?"
Me: *thinking, here we go!* "1981"
Roo: *scampers away, confused* "Bay! Mom was born in 1981!"
Bay: "Woooah!"

Well damn. I'm officially old.

Everyone Needs To Laugh...At Themselves

"16 Things It Took Me 50 Years To Learn" by Dave Barry

1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.'
3. There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness.'
4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
5. You should not confuse your career with your life.
6. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. (This one is very important)
7. Never lick a steak knife.
8. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
9. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.
10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.
12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.
13. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to a waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)
14. Your friends love you any way.
15. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.
16. Thought for the day: Men are like fine wine . . They start out as grapes; and it's up to the women to stomp the crap out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Crisis Averted

After some cramping last night (that, dang it, is still going on now) and some bleeding this morning, I called the doc.
He is in surgery all day on Thursdays, so they paged him at the hospital. When he called, I explained what was going on and he advised me to call his office and let them know I was coming in for an ultrasound.
I am happy to report that everything looked just great. The tech couldn't see a cause for the bleeding (which she said is not unusual, they were just happy to see no hemorrhaging) and baby "Rockstar" (perfect nickname, don't you think?) was just flopping around, happy as can be. The heartbeat was a strong 163 and the sound of it released so much tension, that I didn't realize I was holding.
"Rockstar" doesn't look much different, but is measuring correctly and has little, teeny "arm buds" that were flapping about.
I can't wait to be able to go back in ten more weeks and find out if Lukey's getting a brother...or yet another sister! :)
I'm putting in my vote now, that it's a girl. Sorry, Luke.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Wee Bit Of Panic

So, I finally told Josh last night...I'm starting to worry.
With the last baby, I remember having a "feeling", even before we knew we had something to worry about. I had commented to him that I felt funny and worried something was wrong with the baby.
That same "feeling" has returned.
I'm probably just worrying myself for nothing, I mean, we saw the heartbeat and everything was measuring correctly. But...I'm worried.
Josh wants me to call the doctor, but I won't. Half because I may sound crazy..."Umm, can you check on the baby, just because I'm paranoid?" And half because I'd rather not know right now. Call me crazy, but denial is a beautiful place to live.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

So I Won't Win Mother Of The Year...

I've found the secret. Not the secret to life. Not the secret to happiness. Not the secret to raising well behaved children.
The secret to not puking.
For some reason, this little drink goes down so nice...and more importantly...stays there. I don't drink the whole thing (for obvious major caffeine reasons), but I sip on 4-6 ounces of it all day.
Food is staying down.
I am staying awake.
The laundry is getting done.
What more could a Mom want?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Because I Truly Understand

Hello, my beautiful miracle,
Who’s growing deep inside,
You are my little sunshine,
And your Daddy’s pride.
You snuck into our lives,
When we were riding out our grief,
A surprise that shocked us deeply,
We were in such disbelief!
It’s said, “The best things in life,
Are so worth waiting for.”
Well, we have waited, Little One,
And we couldn’t want you more!
We know that you are Heaven sent,
To remind us He is there,
We are not forgotten children,
You are the answer to our prayers.
How I wish, my miracle,
That you and I could speak,
Then maybe you could give to me,
The answers that I seek.
About why I didn’t get that day,
To see our baby’s birth?
Why I didn’t get the chance,
To be Mommy here on earth?
You are so close to Heaven’s gate,
You must know I’m not complete,
Why am I the Mommy of an Angel,
That I never got to meet?
But, I take my comfort in knowing,
That one day we’ll be together.
Because I truly understand,
That Families Are Forever
.
~Leeann Garrard 06/09/2008~

The Paper Bag Princess

This photo makes me think of the story "The Paper Bag Princess" by Robert N. Munsch. If you have never read this children's book, you should! It is my Mom's favorite story to read to her granddaughters. Here is a description I found:

"Princess Elizabeth has it all: beauty, riches, and a prince to marry. Suddenly, a dragon attacks and takes everything from her. He destroys her castle, burns all her clothes, and kidnaps the prince. Instead of shedding tears, Elizabeth springs into action. Having nothing to wear, she puts on an old paper bag and sets out to rescue her prince.
She follows the trail left by the dragon and eventually finds his cave. The dragon happens to be full and is not in the mood to fight, so he just tells her to go away. But Elizabeth isn't going to fight, either. She isn't a warrior; it's her smarts that she counts on. She flatters the dragon and tricks him into using up all his fiery breath by showing her what he can do. Then she just goes and takes Prince Ronald away.
However, the prince is far from grateful. He is shocked to see Elizabeth wearing a dirty old paper bag. Instead of thanking her, he tells Elizabeth to go away and come back when she looks like a princess. Elizabeth shows her strength of character once again, telling the prince that although he looks quite nice, he is still a bum, and she is leaving him."

Nothing Beats A Backyard BBQ

We had a "beach party" for Ryeligh's birthday on Saturday. It ended up being a little colder than we thought it was going to be, but the kids had so much fun anyway.

This is my absolute favorite picture. Nothing else says "summer", like a cute little boy, in swimming shorts, munching on watermelon. Or a little girl, in a swimming suit, munching on watermelon! :)
Mr. Grill Man
Alivia Leeann (my best friend's daughter) and Bailey Alivia...friends before they were born! :)
Konner and "Baby" Garrett
Ryleigh, Luke and Avery

Do You See What I See?

I see the "hydro-seed man" wondering why in the world I am taking his picture!
We finally got our yard hydro-seeded! I am so excited to soon have a lawn and not just a mud pit! Josh put in hundreds of hours getting the yard prepared with the sprinkler system, tilling, smoothing, weed killing, smoothing again (because the kids dug holes), planting trees, building the retaining walls for flower beds, smoothing again (because the kids dug holes) and planting flowers. I can't wait to show my first blades of grass!

Problem is, we can't walk on it for 6 weeks. Anyone wanna take my kids, because now it's summer time and they can't play outside. Agh!

FOUND: GIRL WHO STOLE HAIR PRODUCTS

It is reported that a small girl snuck into the master bathroom in the wee hours of the morning and stole an unknown amount of hair products. She was found with hair poking out in abnormal directions, with a certain "crunch" to it. If you recognize this girl, please come claim her.



Haircuts For All!

Well, summer is upon us and it was time for haircuts. Bailey hasn't cut her hair in about 3 years and only wanted a trim, but after she saw the cute A-Line cut that Avery got, she opted for the short cut. I absolutely LOVE it. All three girls ended up with the same cut and it sure will make doing hair quite easy.


Lukey got his mohawk that he get every year around this time. (Yes, it's cuter all spiked up, but I'm being lazy today.) For the 4th of July, we will dye it red and spike it high! Then, he gets the shaved look for the rest of the summer.

Soccer Crazy Hair Day

Soccer season is over. To go out with a bang, they had "Crazy Hair Day". The kids had a lot of fun with it and I think they are particularly cute!


Sunday, June 8, 2008

Have or Have Not

I saw this over on Crys's blog and had to copy it! This is called "Have or Have Not". Any of the things that I Have Done, are in bold. Let me know if you play along!

1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby's diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said "I love you" and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time (my mommy job)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day (hospital bedrest)
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater (Really. Never have.)
55. Done something you should regret, but don't
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someones mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child (I pray I never do.)
114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone (He didn't mind...LOL)
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in an historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa (Oh, but I WANT to!)
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away (I run away any chance I get! But, I keep coming back.)
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox
160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous (I got a graduation congratulations card from Bill Clinton.)
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert (My mom dedicated a song to me at her wedding.)
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a campfire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Responded to a NJP newsletter

Girl's Night Out - Coby's House

Last night was the girl's night out that has been planned for months. It's hard to get all these "mostly Mommies" together, but it is so much fun when we do! Coby had a fantastic playlist of music put together and as the hour got later, the singing got louder. :) (The fact that more than half of us were completely blitzed, probably had something to do with that!)

These women are truly fantastic and we had a great time. No subject is taboo...and it ALL comes out. Men would be shocked and appalled at the subjects that we describe in great length.
Here's hoping it won't be another 7 months before our next one! (Coby...you on that?) LOL

Friday, June 6, 2008

A Teeny Request

Dear Peanut,

Hi, my teeny one! This is Mommy speaking. Welcome to the world and all of the chaos in it. You have no idea what you're in for...four other kids are awaiting your arrival and ask me daily how big you are now.
Now, know that I love you. I loved you the moment I found out you were real and the moment that I had the ultrasound and you became real. I love your tiny little turtle-looking body and the flicker of your little heart.
With that said...we need to have a serious conversation. I know that Mommy was hell bent on losing weight before your appearance and I was doing pretty well with it. I appreciate your need to help me on this weight loss journey. I think it's great that you are already selfless and looking out for my desires.
HOWEVER, I would like to eat just one meal, that I don't puke up. I would like to be able to take one bite of a noodle, just to see if it's cooked...and not go running to the bathroom 5 minutes later. I would like to wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, not wake up and know that as soon as I move, the nausea will hit like tidal wave.
Why do you like oranges so much? For some reason, it is the only food that seems to make you happy. I love oranges, don't get me wrong, but I'm nervous that I'm going to get an orange tint with the amount that I am eating. Could you crave some pizza? Or pasta? Or a frigging salad, for hell's sake?
I'm hungry. In fact, Mommy is STARVING. So, thank you for helping me reach 50 lbs lost (and more now, I think...), but I'm feeling pretty good about this starting point. How about we go get a bowl of ice cream, like all the other normal pregnant women? Huh?
Love,
Mommy

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Just A Few More

The wedding pictures came back today and I couldn't resist sharing a few more. These were a couple of my favorites.
Brittney and the brothers. You can't help but look at this picture and know that one brother is missing. While we know that he is not physically here, he was here spiritually and very proud of his little sister.

Me and my sis. Look how beautiful she is!