Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Nightmare of 'All' Nightmares!


I had the most horrific dream ever last night! It was one of those where the whole time your telling yourself to wake up! My nightmare was about me almost literally drowning in piles of unwashed laundry. It was terrible. I was throwing load after load of laundry into the washer and dryer and more kept appearing- right before my eyes! I couldn't keep up and I had no idea where all the other laundry was coming from, but I recognized all the clothing so I knew it had to be all ours. I know this may not seem like a big deal to some of you but for me- it IS! This week and last I just can't seem to stay on top of our laundry. We have either been living out of our laundry baskets or picking clothes off the couch (they are clean and folded just not put away). Of course, unlike my dream (a.k.a. nightmare) I don't have hundreds of loads to do but in all honesty, it feels like I do some days! I don't know why this is an area of weakness for me (except when I'm pregnant- then laundry is all I want to do- very strange). I wish I felt differently about it, but I don't. I feel I get it all put away and then BAM there is 4-6 loads waiting for my attention again! I wholeheartedly believe that your laundry almost doubles each time you have another child. I remember when Tim and I first got married and I was only doing laundry for the two of us. I would do laundry once a week and have about 1 to 1 1/2 laundry baskets full. If I did that now I would probably easily have 5 to 7 FULL baskets (approximately 10 to 12 loads- give or take). What is everyones secret to keeping up on laundry? Am I the only one who struggles with this? I was just wondering...well, I gotta go, I have to run errands today and well...ummm...do some laundry?!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wordless Wednesday...this is not about 'painting'...oops...


Why do they always fall asleep when you 'don't' want them to?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tackle it Tuesday- PAINTING!



Tim and I have been busily painting the new house. We so far have 'tackled' and finished the dining room and living room. The pictures below are of the living room. We have allot more 'tackling' to do! We still have to finish painting the hall and the master bedroom...ugh. Maybe I'll have those pictures for next week.

The top pictures are 'before' we painted it was a pukey, orange color...yuck! The bottom are 'after'- we did a more neutral tan (?) color. We like it allot- it gives the room a very warm feeling. (Excuse the terrible picture quality)



Monday, November 26, 2007

Crazy week ahead...

I wanted to post and let you all know that I might be a little scarce this week. We have a very busy next couple weeks ahead of us as we prepare to move the 8th of December (next Saturday). Tim and I have been busy painting the new house. The landlord had been painting but wasn't making as much head way as he would've liked so Tim and I stepped in and have been helping him out. Saturday we painted the living room and dining room. We then returned yesterday after church and painted all the trim in the living and dining rooms. That was a chore! My little tip for today is this- NEVER paint over your wood trim or baseboard to begin with. You'll have to keep painting every couple years. Too much maintenance people! Plus, why cover beautiful, dark, cherry woodwork anyway- it SO cheapens it! Ugh...people. Anyway, since we have been helping out so much our landlord told us we could move in the first part of December and only pay a half a months rent for December. This was a BIG answer to prayer since we are having to pay a full months rent for the apartment even if we aren't living here for the three out of the four weeks in December. They (the management company) are being VERY difficult to work with- actually you can't work with them! So in the next two weeks I have to pack, fill nail holes in, finish painting the 'new' (to us...) house, clean the 'new' house, clean this house, and get the carpets cleaned in both places. So much to do...so little time to do it! I just can't wait for this whole moving thing to be done with! So needless to say, I might not be posting as much as usual. I will be posting a 'Tackle it Tuesday' and a 'Wordless Wednesday' though. I think I can handle that! =) I hope you all have a splendid and fantabulous week!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Boys will be boys...

I was shocked to discover this afternoon that my 13 1/2 month old son (a.k.a the 'baby') was using a homemade mega block 'gun' (big brother Jonathan made it) as well...a gun! It was pretty funny- he included the sound effects and everything! I always forget just how soon my boys start turning everything and anything in to a gun. It's pretty amazing! My boys currently don't own a toy gun- they broke all the ones they have had previously. So, they turn anything
in to a makeshift gun and Noah has already caught on! Sigh...my baby is growing up...

Here is Noah and Jonathan with 'the gun'~

*Did you notice the truck in Jonathan's makeshift holster? Yep, that was Jonathan's gun...*

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Wordless Wednesday- 'Sisters'


Me and my beautiful sisters (and my nephew Luke...)!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tackle it Tuesday...


Remember this picture from last weeks 'tackle'? Well, I completed my task of tackling it 'this' week...it was pretty bad, but the boys helped me out quit a bit.

This is what the toy box looked like after throwing away one very LARGE garbage bag FULL (pretty much stuffed to the max...) of broken (or just old and never played with)toys. Awwww...it feels so good to clean out the house...

Now, I need to start 'tackling' nail holes in our walls (from pictures). We are moving within a month and the management company is pretty picky about nail holes and such. So in order for them 'not' to deduct it from our deposit I'm going to tackle filling the holes in myself...fun...fun. Yeah, good times! Which reminds me, I need to start thinking about packing too...

Monday, November 19, 2007

I'm tired and need to go to bed...

So, I would LOVE to give this nice post about something really significant but to be quit honest with you I haven't any creative juices running through my mind today. In fact I really think I just need to go back to bed and stay there for several hours. I can't though. I have three children that insist on getting up at the crack of dawn each and every morning- except for Sundays and I'm always up before seven anyways so I don't get to take advantage of it. Blah...that's how I feel. I wish I was more energetic about Mondays and starting school up again. I don't know if it's the weather but I can only think of my cozy, inviting bed. Sigh...I wish I was a morning person- like my mother. I would do my 'Monday Meal Plan' for you today, but alas, I'm too tired to even do that. It takes too much thinking. I know- it's pretty bad. Hmmm...maybe I'm pregnant. HAH! I'm so just kidding- I am NOT pregnant (I hope...). Seriously, I'm not and hopefully will not be for another year or so. Is that terrible that I don't want another baby right now? Well...I don't think it is- I have my hands FULL with the three littles I have right now! Anyway, my mind is thinking very random thoughts right now and it could be dangerous if I keep writing so I guess I'll end this post. I'm heading off to do my devotions- I need the Lord's help to get through the day. Maybe I'll get a nap in...

Sunday, November 18, 2007

I don't have a title for this... =)

I don't know what to make of this, but I thought it was cool that my blog got rated at a 'genius' reading level. Hmmm...anyway, just a fun little thingy (yeah, 'cause 'that's' genius phrasing...) to do while I'm home with nothing else better to do. ;)
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Update on the 'Battle' against eczema!


I just wanted to update you all on Noah's ordeal with eczema as of late. I must say I was getting a bit concerned because it just seemed like it kept getting worse and worse. It was bringing back allot of bad memories. Well, as of today it has gotten SO much better! This momma couldn't be happier! I started using just plain old Aquaphor yesterday and I can already see a HUGE improvement! I've been trying to bathe him less (sounds gross but the water makes it worse) and if I do bathe him I make it very quick. Yesterday I pretty much washed his hair and got him out- it took about 1 1/2 minutes tops! I didn't even use soap because I was afraid it would irritate it even more. Hey, he's a baby- he doesn't stink! Speaking of skin irritants would anyone know why it seems like Noah gets more diaper rash with cloth diapers? He never got diaper rashes in disposables! I have currently stopped using his cloth diapers because I was (am) concentrating so hard on getting his rash (or eczema) cleared up that I was afraid the cloth diapers would irritate it more. So any helpful suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Have I told you just how AWESOME you all are?! You really do help me with the little tidbits of useful information you give me! Thanks so much!

Thursday Thirteen...



Today is Thirteen foods I LOVE! This may be boring to some of you, but I'm hungry right now so it sounds interesting to me at this particular moment. ;)

1~Sour cream chicken enchiladas

2~Mexican lasagna

3~PIZZA

4~Enchiladas (the regular kind...chicken is much yummier though...)

5~Chinese food

6~Lasagna (the regular stuff)with buttered,toasted French bread (YUMMO!)

7~Olive Garden salad and any 'good' salad made for me. I do not like making salads...

8~Cinnamon rolls with gobs of cream cheese icing

9~Chimichungas (not sure on the spelling)- fried!

10~Gyros- with lambs meat please!

11~Chocolate chip cookies!

12~Chocolate cake without the icing...some think I'm weird...

13~Sweet potato casserole with lots of brown sugar and 'real' butter!

Can you say carbaholic?!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I WON!!!

Wa-ho! I won, I won, I won...! I have almost NEVER won anything in my whole entire life! This so SO awesome! I won the game for the 'biggest' baby prize at the cyber shower for Classy Mommy! I was almost sure that (knowing 'my' luck) there would be someone out there that has had a bigger baby than me. Believe it or not, I have known ladies (or more like a lady) that had bigger babies than I. The lady I knew had a 14 pounder...YIKES! I can't even imagine...YOUCH! Anyway, I'm happy, ecstatic and feel like running through my house screaming, "I WON, I WON, NANNA, NANNA, NANNA!"! Just because that sounds like fun...I know I'm weird!

Wordless Wednesday- Genetics...



I never thought Noah (he is SO his daddy...) looked like me until I saw our newborn pictures side by side.What do you think- like mother like son? =)

Me~1983


Noah~2006

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tackle it Tuesday...


Okay, so I have a very unique 'Tackle it Tuesday' and it involves my baby, Noah. He has recently broken out in eczema again! Yuck...I am NOT happy about it! He had broken out REALLY bad with it when he was hospitalized and they were forcing formula down his throat. I told the doctor I really thought it was allergies, but of course, he didn't believe me. So he got worse and worse and worse (DUMB doctor...)- his head had actually started oozing pus and than it would crust over and the dumb nurse would scrap that off thinking it was cradle cap! Sorry about the name calling but they were really stupid there. Let's just say I was very thrilled when they transfered us to another (better) hospital. Anyway, I have been trying to pinpoint exactly why he has gotten it again. At first I thought it was the antibiotics he was on for an ear infection. He had started breaking out right about the same time I started him on the antibiotics. It has been a week now though since he has been off them and he still has the eczema. So I thought maybe it was the soy milk I had switched him to- so I stopped giving him soy and switched him back to rice milk. Still no change after a week of rice milk other than soy milk. Hmmm...(scratching my head...)what else, what else, what else? Maybe it's the homemade laundry detergent I started using? Nope- I've gone back to our previous detergent (Gain) and he STILL has the eczema! I ordered some cream that worked with Jonathan when he had it as an infant and it doesn't seem to be doing much for Noah. We've gone through almost the whole jar! So yes, (as you have probably figured) my tackle is the fight against eczema! I would really appreciate any suggestions anyone might have to help with eczema. I hate when anything is wrong with Noah- it just makes me nervous because of his previous 'issues'. I'm afraid of having to re-live what happened when he was 3 months old- SO not fun, and yet it was minor compared to what some parents have had to go through! Anyway here is a picture of my sweet baby...man, I love this kid!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Cyber shower...wa-ho!


Yippee! There is another cyber shower going on! This one is for Colleen over at Classy Mommy. Here are my entries!
Game #1 ~ You are supposed to tell how long and your 'first' labor and delivery were.The quickest wins! I won't win this one being my first was 29 grueling hours long!

Game #2~ Post a picture of one of your belly bumps. The best belly bump picture wins!
This 'belly bump' picture is when I was pregnant with Jonathan (my first)- it was taken a whole month before he was born...it didn't look like he would be that big...but believe me, looks 'can' be deceiving sometimes! My fundal height got to a whopping 50 cm! Yeah...I looked pretty big...

I thought I'd throw this one in just because...it was taken when I was pregnant with my second (Austin). It was 2 days before I had him. Can you believe there was over ten pounds of baby in there?


Game #3~ You are supposed to post a picture of your baby's nursery. The best nursery wins! I don't have any pictures of our nurseries with any of our babies so, I'll have to sit this one out. =(

Game #4~ Tell the size of your biggest baby. The biggest baby wins! Well, my Jonathan was a fairly large baby. He weighed in at a whopping 11 lbs 8 oz. and he measured 23 1/2 inches long! Thus, the 29 hour labor...and yes, I had him the all natural way...with some help from some forceps and the doctor. It was pretty intense for a first baby...something I NEVER want to re-live! Here are some pictures to show the enormity of this child. (The red marks on his cheeks are from the forceps. They went away within a few days.) By the way, my second baby weighed in at 10 lbs 4 oz...I guess I must just have big babies...

Here is one with him and his 6 month old cousin. They were about the same size...we thought that was pretty amusing! =P


Well, I really,really,really hope I win something! Wouldn't that be way cool?! =)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Wow...even I'm impressed!

Okay, so I really thought I was failing when it came to teaching Jonathan to read. I guess I wasn't spending enough time with him to 'see' if he really was taking in anything I was teaching him. So this afternoon while the other two boys took their naps I decided to sit down with Jonathan and see if he could read 'anything'. I was pleasantly surprised! He can read and in fact, he read two whole stories to me! Okay, so they were tiny, little stories but still, he read them- all by himself! WOW! How cool is this (or that...however you want to look at it...)- I'm actually teaching my own child to read! I feel pretty awesome right about now! I have to say- that was one totally, cool mommy moment for me. Kind of like how you feel when your child finally masters potty training...yep...that's one awesome feeling! So now I have decided (until tomorrow...) that homeschooling really isn't all that bad and to tell you the truth, I think I might actually be starting to 'like' it?! We'll see how tomorrow's school day goes...

My up and coming accomplished reader...okay...well maybe he will be in another year or two... =)



Eyes...

Can you tell who's who?
(Okay, give me a break...I didn't have anything else to post about...) =)




Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Wordless Wednesday...my little helpers!


My boys cleaning up after a 'spill' they created. They did a very good job! Who said kids can't do housework?!


Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Tackle it Tuesday!


My 'Tackle it Tuesday' is to show you my completed 'tackle' from last week. You can see the 'before' pictures here!
Hey, I'm pretty proud of myself! Unfortunately the totes have to sit in the room until we move. There really isn't any point in dragging them in to the garage if we are just going to drag them back out again in a month. So there they sit, but you do have to admit it looks allot better than sitting in piles on the dressers! =P

Here is the first look at the new and improved 'neat and tidy' look! It just makes me happy to have a tidy room! =)


Another view of the room...my baby looks like a devil child...kind of scary...


The stack of totes! I didn't have any tape so I had to lean the sheets of paper (with season and size written on it) up inside the tote. It gets the job done for now!


My next 'tackle' the boy's closet that houses all their toys. Allot (of the toys) are going to become 'nonexistent'...

Well, I hope you enjoyed! Hope you have a GREAT 'Tackle it Tuesday'! You can find more at '5 Minutes For Mom'!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Nothing to put here...

I am drawing a blank today. I have absolutely NOTHING to write. I guess not too much has happened around here lately. Or maybe I'm just too lazy to write- you be the judge. =)Well, I hope I can find something to post about this week...we'll see!
*By the way- I found my phone! Wa-ho!*

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Ahhh!!!!

I either lost my phone, my mind, or left my phone at my in-laws this afternoon. It is going on 8:00 p.m. and I have absolutely NO way of getting a hold of my husband. I'm about to lose my mind! This has happened before- me being left alone all day without a phone or a car. Well, I have a car...but I don't have my phone and it's driving me NUTS! I still haven't eaten dinner because I'd really like to eat with my husband...if only I knew WHEN he'd be home. Grrr...I'd think he would've discovered something was amiss when I hadn't called him all night. Oh well, I'll just wait it out...hopefully he gets home soon! I think I might be hypoglycemic and this whole not eating thing (well, besides the candy my kids got last night at church...) is making me crabby! =[ I'M GOING CRAZY!

Thursday Thirteen...



My 'Thursday Thirteen' today is on thirteen pet peeves of mine. Here I go~

1~ People who 'put on a face' and don't really let people see the true them. In other words- fake people. The ones that will talk all nice and sweet to you and then stab you in the back or talk about you negatively to others.

2~ A dirty bathroom...this REALLY irritates me!

3~ Loud eating...

4~ Dirty ears...just ask my kids...

5~ Uncut finger or toenails.

6~ Pride...

7~ A messy house...

8~ A sink full of dishes

9~ Profanity...

10~ Whining...even if I'm sometimes guilty of it myself. =(

11~ People who go back on their word or break promises.

12~ Legalism...

13~ Reckless or rude drivers...

Hmmm...I sound like I'm pretty hard to please don't I? =P