Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I'm Home!

Well, I'm at Mom's house till Josh gets off work. Mickey was kind enough to come and pick me up at the hospital and bring me here. Thanks Mick!
There is NO better feeling in the world than your kids RUNNING to you, yelling, "MOMMY'S HOME!" and wanting hugs and kisses.
Oh, my goodness...I am so happy!
And tired! I think I'll try for a nap.
Thank you all, for everything!

Update - 11:30 AM/Noon

Well, things have calmed down quite a bit. I've had two more doses of meds and they seem to be doing their job. My contractions are very irregular now and nowhere near the pain they were this morning.
My fetal fibronectin test came back negative...indicating that it is 95% likely that she will not be born in the next two weeks. YAY!
We got to have an ultrasound and she is beautiful! I got to see her blink her eyes and stick out her tongue. I cannot wait to hold her in my arms...in at least 8 more weeks! It was good that an actual ultrasound tech did the ultrasound, compared to the OB resident that did one yesterday. The tech shows that she is only measuring about 3 DAYS ahead, not 3 WEEKS. She estimated Presley's weight at about 3 lbs. 9 oz., which is still good. She's over 3 lbs...the tech indicated that is good.
I have now been moved upstairs which comes with a lot of benefits. I got to shower (ohhh....hot water and soap have never felt so good), I got to eat breakfast, I don't have to be monitored 24/7 (no straps around my belly...they can be painful!), my IV is capped off, I have a comfy bed and my CNA is someone that I took my CNA class with...always nice to see a friendly face!

Update: It's noon and the OB resident just informed me that they are letting me go home! I am on strict bedrest, with only bathroom privileges until at least Tuesday, when I go see my doctor. I'll keep up on the same meds that I'm on here. I know it's what Presley needs, but it's going to be really hard to do that. I cannot stand to have other people wait on me. I don't like to feel useless. But, I am excited to get some sleep!

Still Here

It's shortly after midnight and I'm pleased to say that I am still pregnant! Presley has behaved today (mostly) and she's gotten another day behind her. They decided to wait until 4:00 am to run the tests again (what a fun way to wake up!), so I can't wait for the results on those. One test they'll be doing will give us an idea as to whether I will deliver in the next 2 weeks, or not. Hopefully that comes back negative and I can go home on some meds.
Thank you so much, to everyone that has prayed for us and wished us well. It really means a lot to me and my family, at this time. I'll keep updating as things develop.
Or don't develop....hopefully.

Update: It's 6:30 am. I have been contracting every 2-4 minutes for about two hours. The meds aren't stopping this round so far. Your prayers would be appreciated.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Greetings...From Labor and Delivery

My days of having a typical pregnancy with Presley are over. They were great while they lasted, but it wasn't meant to be. I wasn't meant to have one pregnancy that was smooth sailing.
Yesterday around 3 o'clock I noticed that my sporadic braxton hicks had turned rather regular, about 8 minutes apart and were feeling different. I dealt with it until about 5 o'clock when I put a call in to the doc. Given my history, he suggested that I at least go to L & D and get checked out.
We arrived at LDS hospital about 6:30 and got checked in. After a sterile spec exam (ow!) and a catheter (OW!), blood drawn and cervical check, we found that I was not dilated at all, am anemic and have a possible urinary tract infection. They found 5 white blood cells in my urine, which is borderline, so they are growing it out to see what happens.
So, after a nice shot of morphine and phenergan in my bum (now there's a visual that will haunt you), I laid there and felt loopy, but was still contracting every 2-4 minutes. Fast forward to about 10 o'clock and they checked me again. I still wasn't dilated, but my cervix had moved further into the birth canal and was very soft. So, they started betametazone (steroids to help develop her lungs faster) and Indocine and Nifedipine (anti-labor drugs - that I hope I've spelled right).
About 2 o'clock this morning, the OB on call came in and checked me, since my contractions hadn't really improved. At this point I was definitely dilated to a one. LDS hospital's NICU can only handle babies that are 32 weeks and older. At that point, they decided that it was too much of a risk to have me there and contacted an ambulance to bring me to the new IMC, since they are better equipped to dealing with a 29 w 5 d baby.
After a fantastically bumpy ambulance ride, I was greeted by a bunch of resident doctors that don't look old enough to be out of high school. (Holy crap, I am getting old.) They decided to run a couple of the tests again, such as the sterile spec exam (ow!). She noticed some fluid and asked me if my water had broken. I told her that I hadn't noticed, if it had. So, they checked out the fluid and it had some of the telltale "ferning" indicating that it was amniotic fluid. The only problem with that, is that I'd had my cervix checked three times already and the lubricant they use contains salt...which could also cause that "ferning" pattern. They decided to leave me alone today (hallelujah!) and they would re-run the test tonight to see if they still get the same results. I'll be shocked, because I haven't noticed any increase in fluid at all.
They did an ultrasound to check her fluid levels and do measurements on her. She appears to have plenty of fluid and is measuring big! I am 29 w 5 days and she is measuring 32 w 5 days and already about 4 lbs. There is no way she could have been conceived 3 weeks earlier...I was still pregnant with our angel baby then and hadn't had my D&C yet. I know that there is room for margin of error, but I'm happy to see that she is measuring on the big side, and not the little.
That brings me to now...I take one of the anti-labor drugs every 4 hours and the other every 6. The contractions have been off and on today, so I'm hopeful. I know the best place for her is in me. There is no man-made incubator, that compares to Mommy's uterus.
So, here we are. Watching and waiting...

Monday, October 27, 2008

***MISSING*** Donations Needed!

I used to have this friend. This friend was always there for me and always made me feel better. I haven't seen this friend in a while, and I'm trying to get back in touch with them. If anyone knows of this friend's whereabouts, I would be so grateful if you would let them know I am trying to find them.

My friend's name is....SLEEP.

I didn't fall asleep until 6:00 this morning. Between braxton hicks, the need to pee every time I blink, a baby girl that is practicing for the New York City Ballet Company, a pelvis already damaged by four previous kids and this annoying need to breath (which she is making very difficult) - I am not sleeping well.

I do a beautiful dance titled "Me And My Five Pillows"... shove them here... shove them there... prop this... prop that... and still...cannot get comfortable. It's getting quite old and with 10 weeks to go, I'm just hoping I survive.

I even thought to myself, "Oh, I wish she would just be born already!" Then, I come to my senses and know that even the little bit of sleep I'm getting now, is way more than I will get pulling all nighters in the hard rocking chairs at PCMC, next to a very sick little baby, again. (Ignore the run-on sentence...I'm tired, ya know?)

So, I'd like to do a fundraiser...or a sleepraiser, if you will. If everyone would dedicate just one hour of sleep to me, or one mid-day nap, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks for your help!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My Clean Kitchen, Be Damned! It's Craft Time!

5 Pumpkins + 4 Kids + 2 Colors Of Glitter + Googly Eyes + Orange Pipe Cleaners + Black Yarn + Stickers + Sharpie Markers + 1 Hot Glue Gun = One Messy GOOD Time!
Presley couldn't be left out of the fun! So, she got a pumpkin that isn't quite done growing...just like her!
My 5 kids...
...too bad the real ones aren't this quiet! :)

Baby Bump - 29 Weeks

I had my 29 week check up on Tuesday and everything is going perfectly! I have gained another 2 lbs, putting me up to 12 lbs total. My blood pressure was 107/93 and she is measuring at 30 weeks. So, everything is on track!
Ignore the tired look on my face...it's a permanent symptom of the third trimester! :)

This Was Great Fun!

On Tuesday, after we picked up the kids from school, we went to a local pumpkin patch. We had never done that before - always just bought them from the store. Well, after the fun we had and the deal we got...we'll never buy from a store again! (For you local people, the pumpkin patch is on the corner of Vine St. and Coleman in Tooele.)
The kids had a blast running through the fields to find their pumpkin. They were quite picky! It had to be the perfect one, and they weren't going to settle for anything less.
Lukey holding "Presley's" pumpkin.
My beautiful pumpkin patch.
After we all picked out our pumpkins, we got a ride back from the farmer pulling a trailer, with his tractor. The kids really liked that. Through out the entire time, Lukey just kept saying, "This is great fun! This is great fun!" :)
We even ran into a fellow blogging friend, Stacy, and her family at the pumpkin patch. I was so excited to see her new baby Allison! What a wonderful time of year.

My Child Of A Million Ideas

I was getting Avery ready for school and she pipes up with:

Avery: "Did you know that when you're naughty, your belly gets big?"
Me: (thinking....hmmm....where's this going?) "Oh, yeah? Why is that?"
Avery: "Like that girl that got big and blue. She was naughty."
Me: (chuckling...starting to understand) "Oh, the girl that turned into the blueberry on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?"
Avery: "Yeah, she was naughty."
Me: "So, Mommy's belly is big...am I naughty?"
Avery: "No, you not naughty!"
Me: "Well, if my belly is big, I must have done something...what did I do?"
Avery: "Daddy is naughty."
Me: (laughing to myself and wishing someone else was around to laugh with me, at the joke she didn't know she just made) "Oh, why is Daddy naughty?"
Avery: "He painted on the wall." (We just painted our hallway.)
Me: "So, because Daddy was naughty....my belly got big?"
Avery: "Yeah..."

LOL....if only she knew! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Who In The Hell Is Princess Presley?

I keep getting tons of hits on my blog from people googling "Princess Presley". I couldn't understand why so many people were interested in her crib bedding. (The link brings them to this post.)

I discovered what it really is. Apparently "Princess Presley" is some barely legal girl that bares all on the Internet. Naughty pics. Web cam. The whole enchilada.

Nasty.

Well, MY Princess Presley will be far cuter than her....and (aside from the few minutes after birth) will know how to keep her damn clothes on!

So, if you are looking at my page for naughty pictures...all you will find is the destruction of my home at the hands of my children. Spreading an entire bottle of baby powder all over the front room and my computer...is as naughty as it gets around here!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Self Portrait

I was tagged by Andrea over at LifeSong, to do a "self portrait". Want to do one, too? Go ahead. I won't stop you.



This is me...

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, grand-daughter and friend

Brown eyes that change with my mood and brown hair that tends to do the same

I like thunderstorms, reading in a hot bath and drinking Crystal Light

I've never been happy with my body...not when I was underweight, not when I was obese

I don't believe that love or time can heal all things

I don't like people who lie, science fiction or brussel sprouts

I need to exercise to feel good, my family around me to make me happy and a clean house to make me feel calm

I've never ridden a horse, eaten sushi or been on a train

I don't need money to define who I am, a hundred friends to make me feel important or to turn into a "Stepford Wife" to fit in

I hate when someone calls me "perfect"

It's not true and it's a lot to live up to

I don't understand any kind of prejudice, cheating to get ahead or why there is such a range of poverty vs wealth in the world

I'm on anti-depressants, but I don't think they're working

I like onions on everything, the smell of rain and the feel of clean, warm sheets

I want to have more confidence, to run a 5K and to raise happy children

I have hypothyroidism, but I don't let it hold me back

I have had my tongue pierced - twice

I sometimes wonder if the hell of school will be worth it

I don't know how people live without Tivo/DVR

I believe that you shouldn't complain about your life, if you aren't willing to do anything to change it

I try too hard to please other people and I daydream in the shower

I cry when I'm alone in the car - sometimes for no reason

I am a compulsive organizer

I have secrets that nobody knows



Boys, A Bat And A Ball

With Mom leaving on her trip, she wanted to spend some time with the grand kids before she left. So, we dropped all the girls off at her house to make cookies and kept Luke with us. (He's being a total toddler and I didn't want Mom having to chase him around.)
But, being an only child has it's perks! He loved the attention and the one on one time with Daddy. It was so cute watching them play baseball. Luke isn't half bad! He can't really throw that far, but he hit the ball with the bat a few times!
I love how he took turns letting Dad hit, while he pitched and then he'd switch, so he'd get a turn to hit.
My little man is getting so big! I love having a boy around the house!


Thursday, October 16, 2008

I'm Addicted

Well, here's my first few attempts. The kids love them, so I guess that's all that matters!
I swear, the orange bow isn't crooked on here, it's just the way the bow is leaning. I love the loopy bow in the middle. That is my favorite one to make...it's also the hardest that I've done.

I can't wait to pin this big one on a little headband and do some pics with Presley.
This ribbon is so cute....but I'm so mad! I bought this roll, got it home and discovered that someone had already opened it, used a bunch and then returned the rest. So, I was supposed to get 9 yds and got about 1 1/2 yds. I only had enough to make these two bows. Stupid Wally World will take anything back as a return and then put it back on the shelf.
All in all, not a bad attempt. I'll keep getting better!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Called To Serve

Josh's little brother Cody got his mission call! We all had a chance to guess where we thought he was going, on the map. (I guessed Texas, because I figured that was a safe place...didn't want him somewhere with weird diseases or an angry Mother Nature.)
The poor kid was chomping at the bit all day waiting to open his papers. But, we all wanted to be together to do it...it turned into quite the party!
Everyone was holding their breath....as he read the letter...
...and we found out he is going to:
He has to arrive at the MTC on January 14, 2009, so I promised him that Presley would be out in plenty of time for him to meet her.
Cody - I am so proud of you! I know that your decision to put in your papers was not an easy one. Just know that we will all be fine and we will be waiting with HUGE smiles on the day that you return home. I hope that you have a wonderful time and meet some great people...even if you can't pronounce the language that you're going to be speaking! :)

Baby Bump - 28 Weeks


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New Obsession

I have a new obsession lately. I want to make my girls' hair bows. I want to have some cute stretchy headbands ready for Presley and I want more options for my older girls.
I have found one website that has step by step instructions and it seems to be pretty easy, but there has to be more out there. I also found a million websites where Mom's sell the bows (but I wanna make my own) or they sell the instructions (I won't pay for them when I know they are available for free).
So, anyone know any good websites detailing how to make bows or headbands? Have any tips about the process?

Monday, October 13, 2008

It Started Out As A Joke

The other day we could hear sirens outside. Avery asked what that noise was and not even thinking about it, I jokingly told her that they were coming to get any little girls that hadn't made their beds.
She got this panicked look on her face and RAN upstairs and immediately made her bed. Josh and I had a great laugh over it and forgot about it.
That was 5 days ago.
She has not set foot out of her room since then, without her bed being made. Even when she goes to bed at night, she c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y slides under the covers and freaks out if it gets messed up at all.
She even walks around the house and randomly says, "The cops aren't gonna get me, huh, Momma?" ("No, Avery. The cops aren't going to get you.")
Her sisters have caught on and they threaten it with her now...if I reprimand her for anything (like unbuckling in the car, or not going to bed and staying there), they'll pipe up with a, "Mom's gonna call the cops!" She IMMEDIATELY corrects her behavior and looks panicked until she knows that I'm not really calling them.
I won't threaten her with it, because it just seems wrong to make her scared, but I will admit...it has been nice! Before you judge me, remember that this is the child that did this and this and this and this and this (oh yeah...THAT was a good one!) and this and this and this and this and this...are you seeing a pattern? :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Funny Little Stinker

We did it. We attempted sacrament...and succeeded. Do you have any idea how long it's been since we've made it through the entire hour?
I do.
I blogged about it last time, too! :)
It's been one day shy of 9 months.
Leave it to Avery though - during the blessing of a baby, when everyone is quiet and reverent and peaceful - she pipes up with "Hey! I think somebody farted!"
There's a special place in heaven for that little one...

Congratulations!

One of my bestest friends, in the whole wide world, got married on Friday! Casey and I have been friends since waaaaay back in the day when we all worked at McDonald's together. So, just over ten years. I always tease him and call him "the big brother I never wanted". :)
Casey is such a special man. He has been there for me through all of my life's changes and nothing could ever replace him. The day that he called me, three years ago and said, "Well, I wanted to tell you in person...but...I have cancer.", was a day I will never forget. Thankfully, he pulled through and is doing fantastic now.
When he met Jen, I saw such a change in him. He has never been happier, then he is now. When he smiles, you can just see it fill his whole face. He got a bonus, when he got Jen, he also got a six year old daughter, Kylee. She is absolutely adorable and I love the way that he is with her.

Casey and his family
Casey and his beautiful Mom, Lori
Casey and Jen - I am so happy for the both of you. You truly are "two halves that make a whole". Thank you so much for allowing Josh and I to share in your special day. We wish you a lifetime of happiness. (And...we wish you'd move home, so we got to see you more often!) :)
Congratulations!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Today Is A Bonus

It has been one year.
Today is a bonus. Tomorrow will be a bonus. Every day from this very moment...is a bonus.
On October 9, 2007, my family's life changed forever. This was the day that Mom's doctors told us that she had one year to live.
One year.
We were devastated. One year is not enough time to say all the things that you want to say, do all the things that you want to do, or say "I love you", enough times. It is not enough time to watch your Mom hold your kids and know that she loves them as much as you do.
In the past year, it has been an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs. Some appointments were good. Some appointments were bad. Some appointments were really bad. There have been good days and there have been bad days. I don't think any of us will really know how many bad days there have been, because Mom would never admit it to anyone.
With that said...(drum roll, please!)...Mom's latest scan results:
CT scans were done in May, July and September of her liver, lungs, stomach, lower abdomen and bones. The May to July scans were bad. Scary bad. The chemo she had been on was no longer working and the tumors were growing again. Mom is so active and so rarely "down", that it was hard to be thrust back in to the reality of her situation again.
They put her on some new chemo and then re-did the scans in September. This time, the tumors in her lungs and liver are showing significant shrinkage, or have disappeared completely. The tumors in her bones still remain the exact same - but that does mean that they aren't growing. We were SO happy to get this news! It really improved Mom's outlook and we are just praying things continue to improve. Mom is even gearing up for a 7 day cruise with her sister, in a few weeks. Something that we never thought she'd be able to do.
So, I share with you a few of my favorite photos over the last year.




Mom - Your strength impresses us every day. We fall asleep every day so grateful for you and all that you do. We know there are so many days that we couldn't make it though, without your love and help. We love you so much!

6th and 6th

I was tagged to post a picture. The rules? I had to go to my 6th folder and post the 6th picture. Uh-oh...who knows what I can come up with! :) Here I go....

Sure, it can't be something remotely cute. Nope. Has to be a pic of me from the day I shaved my head. See the date? It's almost been a year! Crazy.

Don't know why I shaved my head? Well, check back...I'm working on a really important post right now.

Anyone else wanna play along?

What's Up Your Shirt? :)

A paper, with a picture drawn on it.
A spoon.
A binky.
A toy rattle.
A sticker.
A stuffed animal.
A rice krispie treat.
A few of the many things that my kids have put up my shirt..."for Presley". It's wonderful that they are already trying to take care of her and share with her....but the rice krispie treat was a little sticky! :)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Whole Lot Of Nothing...But You'll Laugh!

So, as we drove through town today, we saw a house for sale and grabbed a flyer, just for fun. We were shocked at how much prices have dropped in our area. So, as we sat just dreaming about a new house and talking about how nice that one was....little Miss Bailey pipes up from the backseat wanting to know why we can't just buy another one. We explained that if we pay more than we are paying now, then money would be really tight and we couldn't do any "extra" stuff. So, being the curious kid she is, she asked how much we had to pay. Josh told her not to worry about money, that she is only seven years old. Little stinker pipes up with, "I know. But I'm a really big fan of money!"
I don't know where she comes up with this stuff.

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A friend's wedding is coming up and I thought how nice it would be to go buy a new dress. I didn't have time to drive to a Motherhood, so we just tried a few stores that were close to the area we were in. (Keep in mind, that during this shopping trip I am tired, my hips hurt and I'm just plain not in the mood to go wandering all over the Salt Lake valley.)
So, we stop at Kohl's. After much walking through the store and searching the Misses section AND the Women's section....we ask someone where in the hell the maternity section is. "Over by customer service." Agh. Fine. Apparently I am no longer a female when I am carrying a child and my clothes are to be shoved between customer service and the boy's section.
Their selection? One freaking maternity dress (too short) and no maternity skirts. Are you freaking kidding me?
Moving on...
We hop over to Sears Grand. As soon as we enter we hear, "Shoppers, it is now 8:45 and we are closing. Please bring your purchases to the front, so we can check you out quickly." Aaah! I proceed to run limp hobble waddle to the women's section.
Looking....
looking...
looking...
"Excuse me, where is your maternity section?" I ask the worker girl who looks barely old enough to pop a zit.
"Oh...(giggle)...we don't have maternity clothes."
*Me giving her a dumb look*
"What am I? A leper?" I mumble as I walk limp hobble waddle away.

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I got quite the giggle today. I witnessed one of "those Moms"....you know the kind....always show up at your kids' school with the perfect clothes and the perfect hair and stand in their own little groups with their backs to you....digging out a booger, while waiting at the stop sign.
It might have been wrong...but I laughed.
And,
she saw me.

Baby Bump - 27 Weeks

Sometimes...knowledge is not power.
Because I'm prepping to go to nursing school and really want to be in labor and delivery...I seek out information on that subject. Having gone through four of my own pregnancies (now five) and a miscarriage, with a myriad of their own problems, I have learned a lot. I also love reading anything to do with labor and delivery, love watching the multiple shows on Discovery Health and I pick the brains of the poor nurses assigned to me whenever I land myself in the antepartum unit. (Hospital bed rest...for those of you lucky enough to have avoided it.)
So, with my knowledge and experience combined, I sometimes stress about little things...knowing that they can be symptoms for big problems. Last night I was sitting on the floor playing a game, when I realized that my feet were starting to swell up. It seemed to come on pretty quick - I hadn't noticed it through out the day. By the time I noticed, I had that tight "skin stretching" feeling. I normally only swell when I've been really active, so it concerned me that it happened while I was relaxing.
So, out comes my equipment and I proceed to take my blood pressure...just to see. I had just been to the doc the day before and had a BP of 96/65 and that was after a little walking around. My blood pressure has actually been fantastic this entire pregnancy, so I wasn't prepared for a reading of 130/89. WTH?
I got some water, thinking possibly just some dehydration (though I pee every 45 minutes, so who knows how that's possible) and continued playing my game. (All the while, nervous that I'm developing preeclampsia.)
About half an hour later...back contractions started, about 4 minutes apart, lasting 35-50 seconds. I gave up on my game at that point, went up to bed, swallowed two Tylenol with another glass of water and waited....
and waited...
and contemplated calling the doctor...
and waited...
and finally....
they stopped.
So, the swelling has gone down today, contractions are irregular and I'm trying to take it easy. As easy as one can...in this house. :)

Got Beef?

A bunch of Josh's family gets together every year and a half or so and raise cows, on his parents' farm. It's a lot of work and never would work out without everything that Josh's Dad, Mom and brother, do.
At the end of it all, we all get stocked freezers with beef that we have raised - so we know what they've been fed. The meat is incredibly lean, compared to what you'd buy in the store and it ends up being much cheaper.
Here's to t-bone steaks and Sunday roasts! :)

Girls' Night In

pictured: Me, Crys, Amey, Rach and Lacey
Yeah, so I've seen the Sex and the City movie how many times now? :) But, it doesn't take much for girlfriends to come up with a reason to get together. Last Friday night, the husband went to work, Bay and Roo spent the night at Grandma's, Avery and Luke went to bed - and we popped in the movie.
So, add a little dinner and dessert, with a WHOLE lot of enlightening conversation, a fantastic movie and my girls....what do you get? The perfect remedy after a long week!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Baby Check-up - 27 Weeks

Blood Pressure: 96/65
Weight Gain : 1.2 lbs totaling 9 lbs
Glucose Test: Normal
Anemia Test: Normal

Seriously? Wow...I've never hoped to be anemic so much in my life! I've been so freaking tired!
It's so strange to think that when I see the doc again in 2 weeks, I will be in the 3rd trimester. We still have Halloween, Thanksgiving, the month of December and all the fun stuff planned and Christmas to do...before she comes. When I think about it that way, it makes me realize how quickly her birth is coming!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

You May Not Know...

Lacey tagged me...so being the obliging friend that I am...and the fact that I have a spare 5 seconds...I'll play along.

What were you doing 10 years ago?
Ten years ago I was 17 years old. I had just started my senior year of high school, had just gone on my first date with my husband (who would have thought?) and dancing was my life. I worked 2 jobs, was involved in FHA and YCC and was on my high school drill team.

5 Things on my to do list today:
1. Keep the house picked up
2. Catch up my blogging
3. Get some reports done for work
4. Relax
5. Perhaps a hot bath after the munchkins are in bed

My favorite treats: cheese bread, spray whip cream - straight out of the can, gummy bears, watermelon, vanilla diet coke, Cafe Rio chicken salad, key lime cheesecake, Rumbi's soup and salad, chocolate covered cinnamon bears (when Lacey hasn't bought them all).

3 bad habits (or things I would change about myself)
1. I jump to conclusions rather quickly.
2. I beat myself up over certain things, too often.
3. I am ruled by my emotions.

If I were suddenly a billionaire, I would:
set up all my kids college funds, build a new home here and on the east coast, share it with those I love, buy a newlywed couple a home (strangers...not someone I know) - just because it would be fun and finish school (yes, I still would).

Places I have lived:
N. Billerica, MA - Lowell, MA - W. Jordan, UT - Grantsville, UT - Salt Lake City, UT - Tooele, UT - Lake Point, UT - Stansbury Park, UT - My current home

Jobs I've had:
Newspaper girl, Nettie's (local fast food place), Soelberg's (local grocery store), McDonald's, Discover Financial Services, Castle Inspection Services

5 things most people don't know about me...
1. I read really fast. Like, annoyingly fast. (Annoying to me, I mean) I can easily finish a book in a day. I hate it, because I'm always on the hunt for a new book. I will purposely drag out a really good book...just because I hate to see it end.
2. "One of my greatest pet peeves is dumb debaters. If you are going to start a argument about ANYTHING know your background before you stake a claim. You make yourself look like a real dope when you start a fight and can't even back it up with facts." (I completely stole this quote from Lacey...but I agree!)
3. I never imagined I'd have a huge family. I came into this marriage wanting three kids. Lucky for me, Josh talked me in to Luke and Presley!
4. I have mellowed out a lot, in the last 10 years. I used to be one of those people that couldn't go to bed, if there were dirty dishes in the sink. Now, I'm just happy to be going to bed!
5. I HATE belly buttons. I cannot touch them (mine or anyone else's). They make me gag. I hate to see them, I hate when other people touch their own - just to see me flinch...I hate them.

5 people I would like to tag are... Cassie, Steph, Natalie, Jamie and Erin (I love you all, but I tried to pick people I don't know as well...)

A Hairy Situation

I just read this article on spas that cater to teens and tweens. Am I behind on the times? Apparently, it's the "cool Mom" thing to do, to take your 2 year old for full spa treatments. To take your 6 year old to have their back hair waxed - because it bothers YOU...not even your child. To take your 8 year old for a bikini and leg waxes.
Seriously? Even if your 8 year old daughter is developing pubic hair that young...what in the hell is she wearing that it makes a difference? I have a hard time imagining that there are thousands of 8 year olds walking around with pubic hair so bad, that swimming suit season is traumatizing for them!
While I have to say, that I have used the promise of a manicure as a bribe to get my daughters to stop biting their nails (which, BTW, it didn't work...they still bite them), the thought of having them waxed because of some crazy "perfection issues" that I have? Insane. I just had my eyebrows waxed today...that is not a pain I'm willing to inflict on my daughters at the tender age of 6.
How sad, that as a society, we push our young girls to look, behave and act in a way that puts them way beyond their years. It's cute that my daughters want to grow up to be like Mommy...but the main focus in that sentence should be - grow up to be like Mommy. They don't need to be Mommy, now.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Snow Angels

Keep in mind, it's over 70 degrees today. :)
For some reason, Ry and Avery decided to get completely decked out in winter gear today, lay on the living room floor and make "snow angels". I told you they could amuse themselves with anything! :)


Not to be left out....Luke went searching for his own winter outfit. I think he did rather well....the purse just completes the ensemble!


My "Nosey" Kids

They can entertain themselves with anything.




Thursday Thirteen #33 - It Won't Happen

13 Things I Want To Get Done Today
That Won't Actually Get Done
1. The laundry caught up and actually put away.
2. The bathrooms cleaned.
3. My art quiz done.
4. Lunch...middle of the day always gets away from me and I forget to feed myself.
5. My math homework done.
6. A nap. The elusive nap...I know it exsists...I really want one.
7. Clean sheets on the kids' beds.
8. The lawn mowed.
9. The kitchen floor mopped.
10. The Halloween decorations brought out.
11. My work all caught up before dinner time.
12. An actual real dinner made...not just pancakes or soup.
13. My Thursday Thirteen all written and posted. Hey! Had to give myself one! :)