Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
It's been raining a lot. It's been sunny. It's been windy.
Woke up yesterday morning with my bags of clothes in a puddle. Spent the day with clothes strewn around the tent, getting steam dried.
Came home last night at midnight to see that the rain flap had been blown to the side, thus creating a waterfall right on top of my bed.
I think sleeping in the tent drugs my kids. After they fall asleep, I can move them around, twist blankets around them, step on them accidentally, and still, they do not move. It's like they are in camping comas. I prefer it to them being awake and whiny all night, so I'm not complaining. I just nudge them every once in a while to make sure they are still breathing.
I love listening to rain fall on the tent. As long as the rainflap is working, and I'm snuggled under all the blankets, I'm good.
We had one family that couldn't make it. My oldest brother's family. We are bummed.
I think my belly doubled in size since Wednesday. Seriously. I find it very strange. Luckily, my boobs didn't experience the same phenomenon. They are already over their limit.
Got a big day planned today. Over and out.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I realize these are really terrible pictures of this birthday chart, but it kind of goes along with the really crappy time I had making it. It was supposed to be a quick craft that was fun and, well, it wasn't so fun to assemble it, that's for sure. This chart is a gift to my mom, so she has a fun way to keep track of everyone's birthdates. It includes my parents, their 10 children, all the spouses, and all the grandchildren....so for us, it's quite a big chart.
So if I've inspired you to make a birthday chart, let me give you some do's and don't in making it.
DO get yourself a long board that is wide enough to spell out BIRTHDAY, as well as have the months of the year written across it. It was sanded and stained, but you can paint it to match your decor if you want.
DO get your really talented sister to write out the words in a fun font using a sharpie marker, or you can use a die-cut machine, like the Cricut, to make your letters in vinyl.
DO get a number of smaller boards to write everyone's names and birthdates on it. Make sure that you have enough for everyone in your family, and enough extra for additions to the family.
Then when I finally was able to lie down in bed, my stomach was so tensed up from stress, that it was really hurting. I couldn't fall asleep.
All night I've been smelling hair color and tanning lotion. It's sickening. With my sense of smell already at superhuman levels, it is just too much.
After hours and hours, a cricket starts chirping outside my window. The noise of the fan does not drown out it's cries. Shutting the window does not make it any quieter. I'm about to scream. In fact, I do. Like a madwoman, I throw my body pillow away from me, stomp over to the window, and pound on it with all my might and scream "Be Quiet!!"
This alerts the husband that perhaps I'm not having the best night.
He brings me downstairs to our guest bed to get away from the cursed cricket. It works. I can't hear the blasted thing anymore. But I still can't fall asleep.
I lie there for another hour awake until I hear something that sounds like the house is caving in. Oh, it's only the sprinkler system turning on, but the noise is horrific.
"That's it. I'm done!"
I come upstairs to check the time, and see if I can be put out of my misery and just get ready for the day. It's 4 am.
So I decide to type up this post, and am sitting harmlessly at the computer, and a giant dragon-like moth comes swooping down at me and starts buzzing around my ears and flapping itself in my hair, ready to set up permanent dwelling. At this point, the moth is the recipient of my craze. I am desperate to take out my tired revenge on something.
I could really do without moths and crickets right now. More especially, I'm getting so sickened by the smell of tanning lotion. I'm going to take a shower. Not that it will help.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
She put the Doppler thingie to my belly, I looked at the screen, and I said "It's a boy!" She said "Yup. Looks like you need to go shopping."
Our little baby was moving so much, that it was hard to get some good profile pictures of him. Baby is the length of a small banana, and weighs 10 oz.
We loved the Ultrasound Lady. Sometimes you get those people who don't say a word, and don't let you look at the screen. This lady talked us through everything. She was fantastic. Looks like I'll get to see her again in 4 weeks, though. She couldn't get good enough images of the baby's heart because of how he was lying, and his kidneys need another looking at also. So we'll be back.
This is a picture that Kamy took of us right before we left this morning. I'm 19 weeks today. Also, I know my chest is huge. You don't need to comment about it. I can't contain them anymore. They are as bound up as I can make them. At this rate, my boobs will be bigger than my belly by the time I'm 9 months.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
This evening, I have yet another trip planned. Hopefully my last one before we head out on Thursday for our Family Reunion Vacation in Utah. There are just a few stray things I need this time, and as I was glancing over the list, making sure I didn't forget anything, I got a chuckle out of what I wrote.
I think if anyone saw my list, they might raise their eyebrows and drop their jaws. It wouldn't be as fun to explain my list, as see their assumptions written all over their face. In any case, I'll explain.
I need a bottle of lotion that I can close the cap on, as the one I have in our room is a squirt top...which is hard to travel with.
I need two white elephant gifts that are meant for adults, as opposed to a kid gift, for our gift exchange.
I need batteries for the flashlights, Reeses for the drive over, and floaties so my babies don't drown in the pool when we go swimming.
I'm sure as soon as I come home, I'll remember something else that I needed, but I'm sure to remember my "adult gifts". Hopefully.
Monday, June 22, 2009
It has been getting a bit small on him, in the length, so we told him he'd have to give it to his brother. He was sad to let it go, but I found another jacket and pants set at the store, and even though it doesn't have the vest that he likes, he is happy with his new church suit.
These past few years, with Keaton wearing his suit, Kolby has been more than happy with a simple button up shirt and a pair of Khaki pants to wear. He wasn't interested in wearing a tie, let alone a suit.
However, maybe he just wasn't give the opportunity. When we told him he could wear Keaton's suit now, he was thrilled. Here he is, jumping through the jungle of our back yard.
The boys are two years apart, and they wear the same clothes, except in length. They share all their shirts, jackets, underwear, socks, shorts, and pajamas. The only thing they don't share are their pants, which differ in one size, simply for the length.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
As soon as we arrived, I started hearing the normal whining. "I'm hungry!" This is said with the most pathetic face they can come up with, and is accompanied by arms folded over their tummies, hunched over in anguish.
I remind them that they just got done with their late breakfast barely an hour ago. I think they can survive. Go play.
This continues for the next thirty minutes, with each of them complaining to me that they are close to death from being so hungry. I give them each a granola bar and tell them that is the only thing I brought for them to eat. We'll have lunch when we get home.
They rip into the granola bars like they've been fasting for 8 days, even though they grumble that they don't like those granola bars. Then, for the next hour, they continue to complain at how hungry they are, and even go so far as to try to manipulate food from the friends that came with us. I even caught Keaton standing over the blanket of a family we didn't know, who were enjoying their lunch. He was totally stalking their food!
I am so tired of needing to pack the pantry for an hour and a half worth of park play time! It's like a trigger inside them...as soon as we go somewhere to play, they can think of nothing else than eating. Yesterday was the last straw for me. I'm not even packing them a snack next time we go to the park. I don't think I can handle their grumbling anymore. We might not even make it to the park if they act the same way. I'm done!
On the way home, after a severe talking to, the kids were very quiet in the car. I was able to look at all the street names that we passed. One thing I love about living here is that there are such pretty and unique street names, like Tulip Tree, Buttermilk, Pleasant Lane, and Winding Hill Road. Among such treasures was this street name: Purgatory. How terrible! I think that would really deter me from buying a house on that street! Luckily, a few streets later, there came another interesting street name: Deliverance. Too bad they didn't intersect. Now that would be quite the unique street address.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
What is everyone up to? Do you have vacations planned? Yard work? Gardening? Summer school?
I've got a family reunion at the end of next week in Utah. We leave a week from tomorrow. It is a reunion for my side of the family. Just my parents, all their kids, the kids' spouses, and grandchildren. Wouldn't seem like a large amount, but we number almost 50! If you can believe it, we will all be camping in my brother's backyard. We joke about it being a "tent city", but I'm sure it will be a sight to see. Hopefully we can fit all the tents back there, and still be able to walk around. The real problem is going to be negotiating showers in the morning. I think it may take all day to get everyone ready.
After a weekend of family fun, Heath will fly back home while I stay in Utah and visit longer with family. I'll stay for about two or three weeks. During that time, Heath will be here working. Since he just started his new job, we were lucky he was given two days off to drive over with me and stay the weekend. Sadly, he won't be able to bum around Utah for three weeks.
In preparation, I'm going food shopping today so I can make some freezer meals for the husband. If he can't have me, at least he can have some good dinners, right? I've got a few new recipes up my sleeves, so we'll see if they are worthy of a blog post.
Monday, June 15, 2009
First off, we put down some of the things we did once a week. These included (1) Library trip, (2) Park day, and (3) Play dates. Every Monday, we go to the Library. Every Wednesday morning we go to the park. Every Tuesday we try to have a play date with someone, either at our house or at their friend's house. Last summer, since we lived near the beach, we had a beach day, so put down whatever your family likes to do.
Secondly, everyday the kids have specific things they need to do. Everyday after breakfast, the kids are in charge of cleaning their rooms and then picking up on additional room in the house, like the family room or the bathroom. In addition to that, not relating to the schedule, each of the kids has a specific chore. Keaton waters the outside plants, Kamy takes the garbage out, etc. I put this down first thing in the morning, so I have a clean house for the day, and the kids know that if they take too long doing it, they won't get to do the next activity on the schedule.
Also, I have set aside a specific time everyday for reading. That includes me reading to the kids, as well as them reading by themselves, or me helping Kolby with his reading.
We also have an hour set aside for schoolwork/artwork. This helps keep the kids alert in their studies, writing, etc.
Now, I'll admit, that if activities come up that take us away from the schedule, or if I'm not feeling very well that day, the schedule gets forgotten for a time. Be flexible with it. I think that we have it mostly for the times the kids come to me and whine that they are bored or that they want to watch tv, but I want them to read. All I say is "What's on the schedule?" and they don't complain anymore.
I also have scheduled "play outside" time, as well as one hour of tv/movie/wii time a day.
So here is a quick breakdown of the schedule.
8-9am Get up, eat breakfast.
9-10am Clean up rooms and house. Get dressed, brush teeth and hair.
10-11am (Monday Library) (Tuesday Play date) (Wed Park) Other days are open to suggestion.
11-Noon Play outside or continue with prior hour's activities
Noon-1pm Lunch and clean up
1-2pm Reading Time
2-3pm TV/movie/wii time (in other words, rest time for me!)
4-5pm Play outside
Hope you find something that works for you!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
We detoured on the way to invite some friends to come with us, and we met up at a park north of town, called FoxRun Regional Park. Keaton had requested a park that had a see saw in it, professing his anguish in never having been on a see saw in his whole entire life, and he just couldn't be happy in a park that didn't have a see saw...so I looked online and found a park accommodated his desire. I was more impressed with the park, because it had a few large ponds in the area too. Seemed like a great place to spend the afternoon.
When we got there, Keaton found a friend from his class at school, and quickly forgot about the see saw when his friend let him take a turn on his skateboard. At the end of the 20 minute lesson time his friend gave him, he was given the title "professional" and was quite proud of himself. Then he asked me for a skateboard for his birthday. Here he is demonstrating a turn.
But he didn't neglect the see saw.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I survived on drinking cranberry juice, eating cashews, peanut butter crackers, fruit, and salad. I usually had scrambled eggs for breakfast, and although I could eat them, eggs aren't my total favorite.
But now things are different! I had THREE helpings of sausage penne last night (check on my sidebar for the link to the recipe. It's a keeper!) and the whole day yesterday, I was salivating over planning the rest of the week's menu. Tonight I'm making cube steak with country gravy and mashed potatoes. It was something that I grew up having at the ranch, cooked over dutch ovens, and it continued to be a family favorite in my house growing up. Actually, I'll make ranch potatoes. Even better.
By the way, when we had our ranch cookouts at the rec center, everything was cooked over the open fire, in dutch ovens. We all sat around the big fire pit on benches and logs. We'd play with cousins and ride huge rope swings, and have a fabulous time. Then we'd go back to our houses on the ranch. So we didn't live as primitive as the photo suggested in the other post. We played outside a lot, so we were always dirty, and we enjoyed cooking over the campfire.
Getting back to food, I'm a bit worried that my sudden appetite will hamper my plans to keep my weight gain to a low number. But I did get something last night that always helps to control my need to eat: crushed ice. I got five bags of ice from sonic, and I'm a happy girl. Mmmm. Today is going to be a good day.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sometimes I look bigger, sometimes I look smaller. I think it all depends on what I'm wearing. I've gained 5 pounds, as of today's appointment. I'm a bit surprised it's not more, considering I had to have gained at least 10 pounds in my chest. I'm completely bursting through my bras, and totally need to get some new ones.
I have my ultrasound in exactly 2 weeks. The kids are placing bets on if it's a boy or a girl. My initial guess is boy.
Monday, June 8, 2009
We use to play out on the swingset in our yard. Actually, it was a pole that was centered high in the air between two trees, with chains connected to it somehow so it could form swings. Later, we took the swings off and used it as our gymnast bar, twirling around and doing the most amazing backflips off of it. (I'm the one standing in the middle)
We were growing up on the ranch at this time, and this is a classic picture of me and my older brother Jamie, taking a little rest from running around, while waiting for the food to be served. Actually, I think we were in trouble, which is why we were sitting there. Again, I claim innocence. (You can see my Great Grandma in the blue shirt in the background, surrounded by dutch ovens. It was a good life, with good food.)
So goes the story of my first eight years of life. After that, I just got more incredible.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
We found some interesting shops. This looked like a fun place to eat. The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant.