Sunday, August 31, 2008

I Have Found Heaven...(and I can give you directions!) :)

I am a Virgo, through and through. I like order and things to be structured. I am not a "fly by the seat of my pants", kinda gal. I am "a place for everything and everything in it's place", kinda gal. Don't get me wrong...my house does not always reflect this, as I have five other people living in it, that I am constantly working against. But, in my dreams, my entire house is in Rubbermaid bins, with pretty little labels on them.

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?

Ikea.

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

Hiccups!

Presley has hiccups!
For the first time!
Right now!
How cute is that?
Thump!
Thump!
Thump!
Thump!
Hiccups!


Well...
that,
or she knows morose code...

No, Presley...
you cannot have more ice-cream...
regardless of what everyone says...
you food pushers!
LOL

Baby Bump - 21 Weeks


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #29-Things I Don't Understand

13 Things I Just Don't Understand

1. If I give my son a cup, with 2 tablespoons of juice in it, how does he manage to get it all over himself, the table, the chair and the floor? It's like the amount multiplies, when he touches it.


2. Why can my son only go pee-pee in the potty when there is a candy reward being offered? How does his bladder know when/when not a tootsie roll is available?


3. How does a SAHM, of four children, with one on the way, qualify for reduced lunch...but not a grant for school? God forbid she gets any help obtaining her education, to better her family's life.

4. What subliminal messages is "Yo-Gabba-Gabba" sending my children...that makes them zone out for 20 minutes?


5. Why can my sister (love you Brat!) eat a double cheeseburger and lose 5 pounds, while I eat a salad...dressing on the side...and gain 10 pounds?


6. Why can't my husband read my mind? Honestly, we've been together for 10 years...why doesn't he just get it? :)

7. Why do some Mommies still look at me, like they are better than me? Yeah, I get it, you were a cheerleader in high school. That was ten years ago. Get over yourself.


8. How do my kids hear me lock my bedroom door, from anywhere within 500 feet of the house? I just want some quiet time...a moment to myself...the door locking is not the signal to come harass me.


9. Why do people feel the need to comment on the number of children I have and their ages? I chose to have them. I chose when to have them. Someone saying "Don't you know what causes that?", isn't cute or even funny.


10. People that dress up their pets, like children. I'm sorry, I just don't get it.


11. Even worse, when people with only dogs for "children", try to give advice in parental conversations. Please...do not compare your "Boo-boo" or your "Mr. Tinkles", to my daughter. When "Mr.Tinkles" comes to ask you how babies are born, come talk to me.


12. How do people factor polynomials in their head? Honestly, my brain just doesn't work that way. But, if I'm going to keep up with my Polish-speaking math professor this semester, I better learn. Before next week.

13. Three year olds. Enough said.

Wordless Wednesday #29-Making His Way In The World



Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

First Day of Kindergarten



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

Professor Polish

My math class started tonight.

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've Been Given A Gift

Fall semester starts this morning. I will have my first math class tonight and I hope they start with something that I know...boost my confidence a little.
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.
Thank goodness.
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

Who I Am?

"Everyone is three people.
You are who you are.
You are who everyone else thinks you are.
And you are who you really are."

I heard that, and it has been stuck in my head ever since. It is so true. Do you ever have times in your life when you feel like no one really knows you? That, even given the chance, you could never explain who you really are? That's how I'm feeling right now.

"Egg"cellent Morning

My kids LOVE crepes. They beg for them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Grandma is usually the person that caves and makes them for them, after a sleep-over.
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

Road Trip?

Education is very important to me. Although I took an 8 year break, I am back in school and working my butt off, to achieve my goals.
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....?"
Bay: "COLLEGE!"

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)
Avery-a princess
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

Baby Bump - 20 Weeks



First Day Of Second Grade



Beautiful Bailey! You are already in second grade? Wow, Mommy is getting o-l-d! You are so beautiful and so smart...I can't wait to watch you grow and learn over the next year! I love you so much!

Down and Out

Anyone that know Avery, or knows of Avery, knows that she is the energizer bunny. This child goes and goes and goes and goes...until she doesn't! :) The other day, she completely crashed out on the floor...still sucking on her lollipop. (Which, of course, I removed right after the cute pictures were taken.)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Update On My Chaos

-School. Final grades did come in. A and A-. I'll take that. I went and registered for fall semester today. Math 1050 and Art 1010. Math 1050 will kill me and Art 1010 will put me to sleep. Either way...pray that Presley doesn't make an early appearance or I will be in trouble for finals. My counselor did inform me that after this semester, I will be halfway to my associates...nice to see a little light at the end of the tunnel.

-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

Happy Birthday Lando!


Today is Landon's birthday! He is my one and only nephew and I swear he was supposed to be Luke's twin. Those two can get into such trouble with each other!
Landon,
I love you very much! You are the cutest little man and have brought such joy into our lives! You never let me leave without a kiss and hug and I can always count on you for a smile. I hope you have a fabulous birthday!
Love,
Aunt (no, not "Ant", Brittney!...LOL) Leeann

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sometimes You Can See Her

I was laying on the couch and Avery was "holding" the baby. This was taken with my cell phone, so it's not great quality, but it's one of the few pictures where you can actually tell that I am pregnant!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

19 Weeks

19 Weeks. How am I already 19 weeks? I don't know if it's because it's my 6th pregnancy, or that I'm so busy...but this pregnancy is flying by. I feel like it's only been 2 or 3 days and I realize another week is gone.
I found this cute picture of a 5 month old fetus. It's strange to think that I have a perfect little human swimming around in my body. It's also strange to think that in just 4 weeks, my baby will be considered "viable." In no way do I want to test this out...Presley needs to cook a lot longer, but it does comfort me in knowing that there would at least be a chance, should something go wrong.

On Sunday I thought, it has finally happened...my belly has popped. No more "hiding" it, she was sticking waaaaay out there. All those maternity clothes I bought can finally be put to use! Then, I woke up on Monday, looked down and she was gone! This girl is good at hide and go seek! She must really like being buried low in my pelvis, because that's where I feel all her movements. I guess on Sunday she thought she'd try out the "upstairs" of her home, but didn't like it as much as the main floor. :) So, although I'm not really showing...I love my maternity shirts and will probably start wearing them anyway.


I went shopping with some friends this week and got this cute shirt to lounge around in. It sure describes my Presley!
Now, if only I could fill it out like this...so people understood what it meant! :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

She's A Girl Who Knows What She Wants

Tonight, I Presley, had a couple needs wants needs wants...whatevers...and so I ran to the grocery store. I snuck in, only 5 minutes before closing, and ran to the three areas in the store that held my Presley's...whatevers. I She only wanted these three things. Not much to ask.


(But 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

Photo Contest

I entered this picture of Avery in a summer photo contest at 5 Minutes For Mom.
What's cuter than a 3 year old head sticking out of the sand?
(A 3 year old that can't move!) LOL

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Letter To My Girl

Dear Presley,

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.

Love, Mommy

Lonely

Well.
I'm alone.
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

Leave It Up To Avery

Me: "Look outside! There is a rainbow! Uncle Jared came to say, "Hi" !"
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

Now What?

It's noon.
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.

Now What?

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?

Huh.
This is most troubling.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Baby Bump - 18 Weeks

(No, I dont' wear my pants like that. This was just for the effect of showing off the bump!) :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Alive and Kicking


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ALIVE!
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.

and

KICKING!
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!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Ultrasound

Today was an important day,
We really wanted to know...
The baby tried being stubborn,
But...I'm stubborn too, you know!

We gave it a little jiggle,
So it turned after a while,
And what we saw up on that screen,
Gave Josh and I, a smile.

For stretched out in my tummy,
For all the world to see,
Was a perfect little miracle,
Our 4th daughter... Presley!