Monday, December 31, 2007

The House That We Built

I thought I would have a Christmas post first, but I'm so excited about our house, I just had to post it! My awesome sister went to our house and took pictures of it in progress! It looks like a house! Wow! And check out the jetted tub - makes you want to take a bath, huh? Now we just need to get our house sold :)

This will be the media room.

K & C in front of the house - E was sooo excited to see her cousins in front of "our new house" (her words) :)

Bubble baths - here I come!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thursday Thirteen: Things You Should Not Do in December

  1. Have a baby.
  2. Have baby #3.
  3. Have baby #3 and two kids aged 3 and under.
  4. Have baby #3 and two kids aged 3 and under and have your house on the market.
  5. Have baby #3 and two kids aged 3 and under and have your house on the market and be ready to show said house with 15 minutes notice.
  6. Have baby #3 be the baby who doesn't like her swing and won't sleep longer than 30 minutes without being held.
  7. Plan on doing any kind of gift-giving if you have baby #3. You should have finished it in November, silly. Along with many other things.
  8. Plan on remembering to actually send all the gifts you finally attained. Some gifts are still sitting in the house ready to ship with the boxes that you finally sent out on Dec 20th. Now they STILL won't get those gifts (the non-shipped ones) by Christmas.
  9. Leave wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree with an almost 2-year-old boy in the house. They won't stay wrapped and they won't stay gifts.
  10. Take a 3-year-old Christmas shopping and leave baby #3 home. Shopping with a 3-year-old takes three times as long. And somebody will need to be nursed sooner rather than later. Plus, said 3-year-old has discovered the "getting" involved in presents. She wants to give but she sure wants to get too.
  11. Work 40 hours in three days two weeks before Christmas.
  12. Plan on being supermom two weeks after baby #3 is born. The time for supermomming is past. You had nine months to be supermom. Now you're just frazzled, sleepless, frumpy postpartum Mom.
  13. Forget the true meaning of Christmas and the *gulp* delight of being a mom. You've got to recognize that the baby whose birth we celebrate doesn't care how perfect the tree is, how many packages weren't shipped on time, how tasty the treats are, or how you got the perfect gift for someone. He understands that sometimes kids will be yelled at, tears will be shed, phone calls will be left un-made, laundry will pile up, and life will happen. The more we lean on Him, the more He loves and succors us.

Well, it took me until #13 to put a positive spin on this. I have had a hard day and a pretty negative attitude about it. As I was venting on my Thursday Thirteen, I realized I probably need to take a step back, cut myself some slack, and plan on starting fresh tomorrow (hopefully I can get some sleep - that usually helps with perspective...). The season is supposed to be a joyous one, and since the mom sets the tone of the house, I need to be an adult about this. So if you were to stop by my house tomorrow, you'd hear Christmas music blaring and see a smiling, although frumpy, mom who's pulling herself together!

Monday, December 17, 2007

I've Been Workin' on the Railroad...

Well, not literally, of course. And before I say anything else, let me just say - I LOVE my job. Really. I work for one of the best universities in the US, with a supervisor and a boss who are very understanding of me and my pack of children. I work 5-30 hours a week (depending on the time of the semester - I average about 10 hours a week) from home, doing something I really and truly enjoy. Something that is challenging, something that my employers think I do well enough (and probably cheap enough) that they kept me on and created a unique position for me because they didn't want to lose me. They are working out something so that when we move to Texas, I can still do some on-call things to make sure the testing is running without a hitch. It is overall rewarding, satisfying and enjoyable work and I am very blessed to have this as an extra to give us some added income for some fun stuff and some big stuff (for example? Our MyComfort bed...). The picture below is a sample of one of the many tests I have created while working this job. (I personally don't think the picture does my programming/development justice, but I'm biased)

That being said...
I just finished a grueling 4-day work marathon. The most important part of my job are the final exams, which happen three times a year (once a semester). During the course of three days, seven of my programs are being used, with 250 students testing and 40 teachers grading the results of the testing. Usually I am on-site for a day or two, but with the birth of PJ, they let me do everything remotely (see how great the job is?) Overall, everything ran smoothly, but most of the work I do can't be done by anyone else there, so I put in 12-15 hours per DAY since Wednesday (taking off the Sabbath of course). I literally JUST BARELY finished!!! And I am glad to go back to my "few-hours-a-week" job until the end of next semester! I'm grateful to a supportive husband and forgiving kids. NOW I can get cracking on house stuff, bill stuff, life stuff, and CHRISTMAS STUFF! Yippee!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

One Week Ago...

My water broke. Here I was, planning on a nice, scheduled induction, and my water breaks. During church. Although I had still planned on accomplishing much on Sunday before the baby came, we headed to the hospital around 2:00pm instead. MIL came and watched the kids (what a blessing!) and we went to have a baby! I was dilated to a 2 when we got there, but soon after the contractions started in full force. It only took me until 4pm to reach a 5, and by 5pm, I was almost an 8! I managed until that point without meds (thanks to a great nurse and DH), but to someone who's had an epidural at a 3, getting dilated to an 8 about killed me :) They did a partial epidural at that point (pure bliss) and by 5:47pm on December 2, 2007, out she came!

Since I don't do names on my blog, you'll have to just know her as the Buns or PJ (for Princess Jr). She was 6 lbs, 6 oz and 17.5" long. And healthy! She had some arrhythmia while in the belly, and she still had it when she came out, but an ECG revealed PACs (Premature Atrial Contractions), which is okay. Basically, her heart skips a beat once in a while and then does two beats in rapid succession. Healthy people have them and it could just resolve itself on its own. At any rate, we welcomed her into our family, awed that our Heavenly Father had entrusted us with another choice spirit. We are so grateful to have her!

We spent Sunday & Monday in the hospital recovering. I had horrible cramps in my legs that really bothered me - I would shake and shake. But the doctor said it was just from my uterus contractions and it was normal to be worse with each baby... Hmm... I think I'll stop at three... :) The Bubbs and the Simster came to welcome their new sister, and Oma & Opa visited as well.

We had to get PJ's bilirubin levels tested as well (for jaundice) and because the levels were high, we tested again on Wednesday & Thursday to make sure she was okay. Another blessing - her levels went down on Thursday and she's doing fine! We came home on Tuesday and have spent the rest of the week getting acclimated to our new addition! For the most part, the kids have been great with her. But I definitely think three is harder than two - even with DH home, there's always somebody who can't be held :) Hopefully I can adjust and be a good mom to all three of my cuties!

I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for the beautiful girl He sent to our family!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Welcome Baby #3 & Other Random Thoughts...

Ah ha! Some of you actually thought I was posting this because the baby is here! Not true - however, I am scheduled to be induced on December 3rd. That's MONDAY, people! Woohoo! I am to the point where although I know life is going to be hard with three, I would rather have the little one out than in! :)

And also on the home front... We took the kiddies to see Bee Movie on Monday. It was family day all day so cheaper tickets and we needed to get out of the house so the people could come by to see it. This was their first movie theater movie (well, actually, the Bubbs went with us to see Work and the Glory but she was only two months old at the time). We like our small town theater because it's rarely crowded - only one other family was in the theater for the movie. And... drum roll... they LOVED it and behaved themselves fabulously! They sat still and watched pretty much the whole thing (although if the Simster hadn't had control of the popcorn, he might have been worse). I was pleasantly surprised! :) My kids are growing up!

Lastly, I am trying to make a dent in the huge "To do" list before Monday. I haven't been extremely successful. For example, still on my list?
  • wash & install baby's carseat
  • wash baby clothes
  • pack for hospital
  • finish programming and testing ELC final exams (for my work)
  • put up Christmas tree & decorations
  • shop for Christmas gifts (goal was to be done before baby - yeah, right)
  • Cub Scout Pinewood Derby
  • feed missionaries (although I don't remember which day and they haven't returned my calls... so basically they could surprise me any time)
  • teach the Bubbs to read
  • potty-train the Simster
So the last two are kind of a joke, but I am still running behind on pretty much everything. I was really discouraged earlier today. So much to do, so little time, so much fighting from my poor housebound-because-it's-freezing-outside children... But I had a small victory this evening - one of the things on my list was to get our VT circle done (like VTing but kind of in a group setting). We have a sister in our circle that I haven't been able to reach for months and I wasn't expecting success, but I contacted her tonight, found out the only day she can meet is tomorrow, called the other three sisters and was blessed that they were all still free! So one important thing I can cross off my list. Also done?
  • house is in good enough shape that we can get it ready to show with 15 minutes notice (still some improvements to make, but the basics are always ready)
  • Pinewood Derby reminders passed out
  • couple loads of laundry done
  • free-cycled our old couch (hopefully they'll pick it up Friday)
  • went to final doctor's appointment
  • made one final "nicer" meal for my family who's bound to be living on mac n cheese and pizza next week (even made brownies!)

"By small and simple things are great things brought to pass" (Alma 37:6) Right?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

It's Official...

I have been off of the blogger radar for a while now... and I haven't posted anything substantial since my birthday... Yikes! Biggest reason: I have been crazy busy working on our house because we are officially on the market! We actually put some money down on a new build in north Fort Worth while we were in Texas and spent the last few weeks trying to make everything as presentable as possible (a little more difficult with a 3-year-old and a toddler). We listed about a week ago and have had several showings! (Pretty good in a slumping housing market).

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Looks Like...?

I have been pretty unmotivated to post lately (getting the house decluttered and cleaned, taking care of church callings, work is getting busier, and I am getting greater and greater with child...) but I saw this "Look-alike Meter" and just loved the idea - we even discussed this tonight - who do the kids look like? Well, according to my results...

So the common opinion holds true here - the Bubbs looks like her Dad & the Simster looks like me! (Which brings me to the idea of "nature" making the first child look like the father so that the father will feel a kinship to the kid and stick around... supposedly around since the beginning of time...any thoughts?)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me!

This is not the greatest picture, but it will have to do until I (if I) post pictures of the day. I am having a birthday today! Yipee! Actually, the past few days have been a little crazy and we're leaving for Texas tomorrow (YEAH!) so I am trying to tie up loose ends before we go and don't have a lot of plans for my Bday. It doesn't even really feel like a bday! DH is home, so I've had a nice break while he does some of the child-entertaining and housework. I will probably go spend some money today on something I want (the question is: what do I want?) and we have tentative plans to go out to dinner - depending on if I get everything done.

The weird thing about this whole not-really-a-birthday birthday is that I'm not even really bummed or depressed that I'm not doing/having more. Usually I feel a little sad that not everyone in my family goes to great lengths for my bday like I do for theirs, but I'm just mellow about today. I guess I'm getting more mature. Or just tired. Or just EXCITED to go to see my awesome sister and her cute family! That's birthday present enough!

One of my friends asked me today what my favorite birthday memory was and my least favorite... I'm not actually sure about either. I have had many many good birthdays... but not so many fantastic or awful birthdays. A couple that stick out: 20 years ago my grandpa passed away. Well, actually, it was the day before my birthday. It wasn't an awful birthday, but everyone was definitely more somber and subdued. They tried to make my birthday joyous, but I knew that grandpa had died and couldn't be with me anymore. I definitely won't forget that day. Another one was 8 years ago when I celebrated a birthday in Germany. I thought I would miss everything about being home that day, but I had some great friends and a great host family and I enjoyed having a customary German party - it's something I may never experience again!

Another year older and wiser (I hope) too! :)

Friday, October 19, 2007

DJ Pinocchio

My German-speaking kids LOVE this song!

Budding Bilingualism 101

We are trying to raise bilingual children (German/English). Trying, of course, is the operative word :) Because our opportunities for interaction with native German speakers are few and far between, I see my kids turning more and more to English. They pretty much only speak German with me. However, one thing that's helped is having almost all their media intake be in German (songs, DVDs, books, computer, even some battery-operated toys). They love Benjamin Blümchen (above) and Bob Baumeister (Bob the Builder); they know more Children's Songs in German than English, and think every book is in German (I translate a lot of library books on the fly).
I have been trying harder to focus our bilingual attempts, since I think I am taking the easy road a lot of the time and just resorting to English, especially when DH is around or other kids. I am reading Raising Bilingual Children: a parent's guide and it has had some great insights/research to share. One of the things it talks about is "code-switching" where the kids use the two languages interchangeably in one conversation. Yep. That'd be my kids...

Some fun things we come across...
  • The word for ice in German is "Eis" - which they also use for ice cream. Because of this, when the Bubbs hits her head, she turns to DH and says, "I have an owie, I need to put ice cream on it." It cracks me up!
  • For the longest time, in our church nursery, my kids would be very confused at "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes". In the German version, the ending goes "Aug, Ohr, Nase, Mund" (eye, ear, nose, mouth) The English is "Eyes, ears, mouth & nose" and I know the other women wondered why my kids were always pointing to the wrong body part...
  • There's so many.. but this is my all-time favorite: In German, when a kid goes to the bathroom, "Ich muss Kacke machen" and Bubbs literally translates and says to DH, "Daddy, I have to make a poop." I enjoy it every time!

Just some random thoughts I was thinking about as I was reading this book! Now we've to find a German preschool that doesn't cost $6000! :)

Thursday, October 18, 2007


So after a long "hiatus" - I am posting again! (Don't mind the quotation marks - I've been enjoying the "blog" of "unnecessary" quotation marks and I had to put in some unnecessary quotation marks of my own :)
Anyway... I am posting because we went in for another ultrasound today (already had one at 18ish weeks). Doc told me last visit (in September) that I was measuring small and that if I was still measuring small next visit she would send me in for an ultrasound. Yikes. So this visit (Oct 12) I was measuring small and she set me up with an ultrasound. After having two kids and not having to have an extra ultrasound (so I'm assuming I've always been large enough), I was a little stressed out. What would we discover? Was something wrong with baby? Two heads? Half a heart? Three fingers? I had to wait until...
Today we went in (just DH and I - thanks to my good friend who dealt with the kids). We waited 15 minutes in admitting and another 15 in the ultrasound waiting room. The technician prodded, measured, and peeked. Luckily, the baby hasn't grown anything weird in the nether regions (ie - still a girl!) and.. She's FINE! Whew! My due date is Dec 9 and the ultrasound had me measuring Dec 13/14. No biggie, she said, and they'll probably even keep my due date the same! Just another major blessing for our family!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

You Learn Something New...

Just a fun anecdote as my post... I'll post a little more about our trip to Colorado later...
The other day I was working on making our bed. DH happened to be in the room while I was doing this (a rarity) and I mentioned to him that it was weird how the flat sheet on his side of the bed always managed to come un-tucked, while mine stayed properly tucked in.

"Yeah," he says. "That's the first thing I do before going to bed... I un-tuck the sheet. I hate having it tucked in like that."

"Really?" I say, sure he's just pulling my leg.

"Yep. It's the first thing I do in the hotels too." DH spends 2 to 3 nights most weeks in a hotel, so the hotel comment is not surprising, but the un-tucking comment is.

"What?!" I can hardly believe it. Five years sharing a bed and I am just NOW finding out that he doesn't like his sheet tucked in? I guess I've just always assumed it's an accident that it's un-tucked on his side...
It's nice to know that no matter how long I live with this man, I'm sure he'll always surprise me... What's next? Stay tuned...

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hello from CO!

Well... here we are, on vacation in Colorado! DH had to come out to help out with the opening of the new Children's Hospital, so we packed up and came with him! I was a little skeptical because I have had a lot going on with work, but with a high-speed internet connection at the hotel, I have been able to do a bunch. The drive over wasn't bad and my kids have LOVED staying at the hotel, playing with Gma and Gpa, and doing something different. Besides the 30 minute crying/screaming session in the hotel yesterday, I've enjoyed it as well! I have already visited with a few old friends and plan to see a couple more before the weekend's over! :) (Don't you love the picture? All of us in Colorado and here's a pic of my troops watching the Rockies game in the hotel...)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

On this day...

I promise, this is my final post about the Bubbs... I just like how others have the birth story of their kids posted on their birthday... Mine's pretty much short and sweet but here it goes...

I was very antsy to have E. I think most moms feel that way about kid #1. When my due date (the 16th) came and went, I was pretty grumpy. I did a non-stress test and everything was fine. The doctor checked me and I was 75% effaced and not even dilated to a 1. Bummer. We scheduled an induction on the 22nd. However, I started having contractions on Monday night/Tuesday morning. I was having contractions all day Tuesday and did the whole take a bath thing, walk around, etc and they still were coming! Yipee! By the time evening rolled around, the contractions were probably about 7 minutes apart and lasted 2 minutes. I was getting a little nervous because the hospital was over an hour away and I feared a car/highway birth. :) We tried to sleep because I needed to be at the hospital Wednesday morning at 6am no matter what. By 12:30am I was done and DH called the hospital. They said I was probably okay but I could come in if I wanted since I'd be there anyway later in the morning. We packed up and took off. The contractions were 4-5 minutes apart and lasting longer the whole drive down, but DH was good and supportive and we moved quickly (thank you UHP for not being around).

When we got to the hospital around 3am, they admitted us and then the nurse checked me - I was dilated! - to a 2. Poop. They didn't send me home but just hooked me up and gave the dr a call. We passed the time slowly and painfully. I didn't feel comfortable on the bed and didn't know if I could get up while hooked to the machines, so when the nurse offered pain meds, I took it! Around 5:30am they ended up giving me the pitocin because my labor had stalled a little. My doc okayed the epidural around 6am and I was home free from there on out! (I am very impressed with natural birth, but me + epidural was extremely pleasant). DH was sleepy and passed out on the couch. E's heartbeat went down and I had to be put on oxygen and DH slept through that too :) By just after 11am I was ready to push. I pushed twice and then the nurse said "Wait - I've got to get the doctor!" He suited up and I pushed a few more times and out she slid! She was born at 11:31am and was 7 lbs, 5 oz. She must have my genes because just like me the cord was wrapped around her neck. I was impressed at how the doctor just calmly unwrapped her like it was no big deal - I didn't worry about it all. DH cut the cord and we both marveled at how beautiful and slimy and red and wonderful she was! It's hard to describe the feeling of holding your first child (or any child) in your arms for the first time. She remained nameless for several hours (I was convinced I would come up with something better than E - DH was convinced it was the right name - and he was right). What an amazing experience!

And what an experience to continue to see her grow and learn and progress! What a blessing to be a mother!

Happy Birthday Bubbs! (Take 2)

The Bubbs is officially three years old! I am so amazed at how time flies! We were contemplating E behind the wheel in say, 12 years, and I was thinking how long it sounds but how quickly it time will pass! I've really got to enjoy the time I have with her as a little girl!

Anywho - against my better judgment we threw her a Dora party... Just kidding, it really wasn't that bad! Besides the fruit pizza catastrophe (think sugar cookie dough, oven, a little smoke...), everything went rather well. She had four little girls over and we did Dora everything! We did coloring, tatoos, DuckDuckGoose (well that' not Dora but it didn't really work anyway...), made Dora's backpack out of manila envelopes and ribbon and felt, ate cake and ice cream, opened presents, and went on a mini-treasure hunt to find the party favors. I haven't thrown a party before and I have to say my first attempt went pretty well (thanks to my sis, my DH, and the internet). The gifts they gave fit perfectly, she was thrilled, and no one cried -> everyone went home with stickers and candy and they were happy! We spent the rest of the day attending a neighborhood BBQ, watching the BYU game (go Cougars!), having cake & ice cream with Oma & Opa, playing with toys and listening to the rain! My daughter definitely went to bed happy! (And we still have a few presents she didn't get to open yet!) Happy Birthday Kid = Happy Mom!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Bubbs' Birthday, Take 1

Well, the Bubbs celebrated her 3rd birthday today (more on today in my next post)... She is growing up so fast! I can barely believe it! At any rate, we did things differently this year - we celebrated a little as a family early and then had a party (a Dora party, of course) with her little friends today.
On Wednesday we took the Bubbs and the Simster to a blow-up jumping place called "Bouncin' Off the Walls". They only have Open Bounce on Wednesdays, so we had to make it then or not at all this week. We only paid $5 for the whole family! (Parents bounce free, and the lady let Sim in free as well - what a deal)! Both kids LOVED it - E calls it the "jumpoline place" which is the cutest! One of the jumping things was a football field/basketball court so Sim was in heaven!

After that we took them to Chuck E. Cheese for dinner... The coolest thing about that place is definitely not the pizza, the price, or even Chuck E. Cheese - it was that they had arcade games even toddlers could play and they gave the kids tickets even if they lost the game. Then when they cashed in the tickets for prizes, they felt pretty good about themselves. :)

We finished up the night with a quick tript to Ikea to pick up some stuff for the Bubbs - a table + two chairs, a toy box, and (because her dad couldn't resist...) a little play "igloo" (really a tent). It was a bit of a long evening/night, but totally worth it! We had some fun, family-focused time and really got to enjoy being together! It was like Family Night on steroids :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Fall's Pros and Cons

I thought I would do something fun, since I have nothing spectacular to post (we DID get our new bed and I took some "Before" pictures and will take some "After" pictures when I think the makeover's complete). It's been cooler the past few days and I thought I'd list my Fall Pros and Cons (mostly Pros - fall's my favorite season)

Pros (top ten):
10. almost time to WATCH the Jazz play instead of hearing DH talk about it
9. lower electricity bill (this summer's been a killer!)
8. almost time to give up on the lawn (yeah! dormant grass!)
7. birthdays (the Bubbs, my nephew, my parents, mine, my BIL, my MIL etc)
6. taking a family trip to the mountains to see the fall colors
5. cute jeans, sweaters, coats, comfy blankets and pjs
4. the briskness & crispness of the air that takes your breath away
3. time for fires in the fireplace
2. BYU football
1. HOT CHOCOLATE (I love it I love it I love it!)

Cons (as many as I could think of)
10. time to get the furnace checked out
9. have to actually put shoes and socks on the kiddos, no sandals
8. have to buy the cute clothes talked about in Pro #5 - kids keep growing!
7. not as much playground time & kids can get antsy
6. sometimes it's just plain gloomy
5. Halloween is not my favorite holiday
4. hmmm... I can't think of any more... I guess I should just have put "Top 5 Cons"

I love fall!

P.S. Please enjoy the picture of E & S actually snuggling each other and looking like they like being brother & sister - although if you look closely... is the Bubbs strangling him? :)

Dessert Contest

As promised forever ago, here's my Strawberry Cheesecake. I love making cheesecake - I started as part of a cheesecake contest with coworkers as a freshman at BYU and kept trying to perfect it. When our ward decided to have a dessert contest as part of our ward party, I thought it would give me a great reason to make my cheesecake - for the first time since the Bubbs was born! And so this is what I took with me - of course, by the time it was judged, half the strawberry juice had spilled on my pants and on the passenger seat of the car... I've got to work on the transporting problem.

And how did my Strawberry Cheesecake rank? (drum roll.....) I was the 2nd Place Winner! I was satisfied with being the runner-up but my DH, of course, after sampling the winner (Blueberry something), insists I was robbed of my title :) Isn't loyalty nice?

Truth is, it was really fun - I really enjoy cooking and baking and pretend I'm on the Food Network once in a while - it's one of those hobbies I can at least try to cultivate even with young kids.

(Oh, the recipe? I actually have combined several to fit what has worked for me, but I found a similar one to mine at - you can check it out here - I change the crust and of course the topping isn't included, but it's the same basic thing.)

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Labor Day $hopping...

So I have a wonderful recipe post complete with picture, but I can't find my USB cable right now so you'll just have to anticipate the wonderfulness...

Until then, I thought I'd post about our Labor Day. We had a great desire to get tons of stuff done - however, it was over 100 degrees and my motivation was about -3 on a scale of 1 to 10. DH got to talking about how much he thinks he would sleep better if we had a better bed. We've been toying with the idea of an intelli-gel mattress set. DH has decided it's the best choice of the higher-end beds. I will admit that I don't always sleep the greatest, but let's remember I'm six months pregnant. Usually I can sleep anywhere. Like on a park bench. Or in a fish tank. Seriously.

Anywhoo- to make a long story short, we ditched the cleaning/fixing idea and exchanged it for a $hopping day. We went to the MyComfort store, tested out the mattresses (while the Bubbs and Simster climbed all over the beds like monkeys), checked out the deals and promotions and decided to purchase one (with a 60 night return policy). DH decided on the King size but even if we'd decided on the queen we would have needed a new bed frame (we only have a full right now). We've been saving up for a while to get both a new mattress and bed frame, so we decided to check out our options.

Next stop? The IKEA warehouse. This was our first time there and I have to admit - pretty amazing! It's huge and pretty and has some great stuff (and some not so great stuff too, of course). They have a children's play area to drop off kids, but because of the holiday there was no room so we just pulled ours along behind us. We found a bed frame that was nice but not too pricey with a couple of cool options/extras we could add to if we wanted. We also made note of some other cool ideas and ended up with a rug and a wok as well. When we went to the warehouse to pick up the frame, the King size in the color we wanted was gone! We asked the guy and he said he didn't know when more would come in. Nuts! We were a teensy bit bummed. But we will probably wait it out and sleep without a frame when the mattress arrives. It's just a really good deal and we don't think we'll find something else in the price range that we like. Plus I wouldn't mind another visit to IKEA... :)

We ended our $hopping with a much needed grocery store run and were all bushed by the time we got home. Quick dinner, FHE, and kids to bed.

Now I just have to rearrange our master bedroom to fit the king-size!

On the horizon: Sim's stitches come out tomorrow!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - Today's Blessings

Count your many blessings, name them one-by-one...
We have many many blessings to be grateful for today. Here's just my Thursday Thirteen:

  1. We were blessed that both of us were home when Sim fell. If DH had been out of town, he'd have missed the entire ordeal. And this being my first major mommy-crisis, it was a MAJOR blessing that he was here when it happened.
  2. We were blessed that he hit his head where he did - it was a little deep and wide, but not too jagged, which would have made it worse.
  3. We were blessed that between the two of us, we were able to be calm and cool-headed even though it scared us more than anything!
  4. We were blessed to get him seen by someone who recommended Primary Children's.
  5. We were blessed that I'd already filled up the gas tank so we didn't have to make another stop on the way to the hospital.
  6. We were blessed with a parking spot right next to the entrance.
  7. We were blessed with VERY nice nurses and doctors who didn't treat us condescendingly and were very understanding of our children.
  8. We were blessed to not have come during the busiest time so we didn't have to wait forever to see someone.
  9. We were blessed with a TV in the room to distract E and S and that E allowed herself to be distracted so she was not a problem.
  10. We were blessed with DH's understanding boss who will never be upset with DH for taking care of his family, with a neighbor willing to inform the cub scouts, and with an Enrichment leader and friend who understood me canceling my meeting and practice.
  11. We were blessed with modern medicine that allowed Sim to feel a minimal amount of pain during stitches and with an element in it that will help him forget the procedure, and a talented surgeon that did a beautiful job.
  12. We were blessed that the Simster recovered from the anesthesia and the procedure very well and is already almost back to his normal, rambunctious self.
  13. We ARE blessed to have healthy children. I told DH that it was hard enough watching S cry while they put in the IV and did the stitches and he looked at me so pleadingly. There are an amazing number of parents whose children are in the hospital most of their young lives. I can't imagine what that would be like. We were and ARE so blessed!

It's hard to put into words the experience of today, but I know many have experienced it before me and all I can think about is how grateful I am that he's okay and that we were able to take care of him!

The Adventures of the Simster

I had many plans for the day... cleaning out the kids' clothes to get ready for fall, plan & have cub scouts, meeting, music practice... etc. However, life has a way of ... well, happening. After a slow morning and some nice quiet time from the kids to get some work done, I was finally getting myself presentable around 11:30am.



I flipped around to see blood gushing down the Simster's forehead into his eyes. Even without my contacts in, I knew immediately that he had fallen into the dresser and that the cut on his forehead was going to need stitches. That's about as far as logic got me before I just whipped into frantic action. I've never had a child bleed so much! I yelled for DH who was downstairs working and then took him to the sink. DH was a little more cool-headed and got the bleeding to stop enough to get a band-aid on to take him to the UrgentCare. I wasn't quite ready and neither was the Bubbs, so DH took Sim and headed out.

12:10pm - I am finishing getting ready waiting for hubby's call. Bubbs admits she pushed Simster when he fell. She was rather repentant for a three-year-old. We say a prayer together for him. DH calls and says the doctor at the UrgentCare can stitch it up but she recommends taking him to a plastic surgeon at Primary Children's to reduce the scarring. Yikes!

12:30pm - DH and Sim arrive to pick up E and I to head to Primary Children's to get the stitches.

1:00pm - Arrival. They checked us in and did vitals rather quickly and put some numbing stuff on Sim's gash. We realized it's an IHC facility and we were a little nervous about insurance because our insurance doesn't cover all IHC stuff. The staff said they took all insurance so we breathed a sigh of relief.

1:45pm - They take us back to a room and the nurse practitioner checks him out. She says she could probably do the stitches but we still ask for the plastic surgeon to look at it. Sim is acting fine really, trying to run away from us and laughing. They are really nice to the kids (they've seen a bunch of course) and we pass the time watching TV.

2:30pm - Plastic surgeon peeks in and looks. He says there might not be a huge difference between what he could do and an ER doctor, but we opt for him to do it. He has a couple of other things to do first so we would be waiting a while. We read books and watch TV. E is actually being really good considering we had no lunch and Sim couldn't eat so we didn't want her eating in front of him.

3:00pm - Nurses come in and start Sim's IV. He cries during the IV but once it's in, he snuggles with his dad and falls asleep.

3:15pm - Plastic surgeon returns, nurse puts blood pressure, breathing & pulse monitors on Sim and they set up. They put some anesthesia through the IV and get started. The resilient Simster fights the doses of anesthesia almost the whole time but he's completely out by the end. E was VERY good and let the surgeon do his job.

3:50pm - Stitches - nine stitches - are finished! I make a quick call to make sure someone's at our house to tell them cub scouts is canceled. Sim is still out from the anesthesia.

5:15pm - After making sure Sim is okay - he can sip water, sit up and is coherent, we check out!

We spent the rest of the evening getting some food for him, buying him a new comfort animal for being such a good boy, taking care of his body and his wound and getting the kiddos to bed. We were very blessed overall but after the kids went to bed we realized how physically and emotionally drained we were. We are grateful for the comforts of life we are blessed with and for the expertise of doctors and nurses who care for our loved ones!

Here's my trooper!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Waddle Waddle Mama Duck

Once this baby is born, I am never leaving the house. Especially if we decide to have another one after that. What made me make this decision? I took the kids to the doctor and the store today. (The Simster is 18 months and growing well!) Ergo...

I am trying very hard to hide my swelling belly. I am now days away from trimester 3, but I'm just not cute enough to show off the belly. Plus, I can sense the eyes following me when I'm out and about - they look at the almost 3-year-old Bubbs and 18 month Simster and then they check me out and think - can she really be pregnant again? I am ready for the kid but I am mind-reading "birth control" on the minds of many who see me. So for now, I'd rather have people wonder "chubb or baby?" and I suck in a lot. Often. However, I do waddle. It just happens.

So I'm in the doctor's waiting room chasing the Simster and trying to keep my eye on the Bubbs sitting in the little kid's chair. I'm wearing a shirt that hides my belly but screams moppy Mom and my eyes are drooping. I can see the lovely woman reading her Cosmo glancing up now and again in my direction. And there's no understanding smile. She's probably looking at the bruise on the Bubbs' head (playgroup playground mishap but looks like I could have bashed her in the head) and the Simster's black eye (sister mishap but looks like I could have punched him or something) and I'm thinking - child services will be here any minute. Then the nurse calls us and I gather my protesting kiddies and head to the room.

Waddle Waddle Mama Duck. So much for hiding the belly.

And the Bubbs tells the doctor "I have a big owie on my head. From Mommy." What?! I have told DH I think it would be funny for her to tell people that but I didn't actually want it to happen! Luckily, she follows "Umm, I fell in the park. Did Mommy put ice on it? Yep." So I think I'm in the clear. But it doesn't end. When the doc checks S's ahem- privates - Sim starts, you know, fiddling down there and laughing and says "Wee-wee, wee-wee" As we know, boys will be boys, but still... is the doctor thinking "I hope she's just gaining weight because I think this is enough..." We leave trailing crumbs of a granola bar (which S found in my purse of course).

Waddle Waddle Mama Duck. Duck #2 tries to get run over by a car and/or escape to Mexico.

The excursion to the store could have been worse. Ducks sat in the cart rather nicely and it's just a quick trip. Of course, there's only so much room in one cart and the Bubbs starts feeling trapped. She starts to throw one of her lovely tantrums and I give her the evil eye. And she says to her brother, "Is Mommy freaking out? I not freaking out. Mommy's freaking out. I have a big owie." Why the obsession with the owie? 1. She's no dummy. She thinks other adults will feel sorry for her and give her something. 2. The Simster got a band-aid at the doctor's because of his shot and she's itching for a Dora band-aid so she has to have an owie. Naturally she mentions this in the same sentence about me freaking out. Super. I rush out before Sim can discuss his genitals again in detail and before Bubbs throws the Sprite over the side of the cart for a preschool science experiment. I am starting to think the belly is the least of my worries...

Which is probably good, because I glance down and half of my shirt is untucked and the curve of the belly is holding on to some serious granola bar remnants...

Waddle Waddle Mama Duck.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A New Look & Power Outage

One of my new goals is to start spicing up my life a little instead of just complaining about things I don't do/have. I decided that I could start with my blog and it wouldn't cost me any money! Now if only new bedroom furniture and a start to a new wardrobe could be as cheap! :) At any rate, this is my first trial look. I might change it if I decide a. I don't like it or b. It's too cheesy (see a.)

Now to the main adventure... yesterday a transformer blew and it resulted in a major power outage for about 10 houses in the neighborhood. When it first went out at 5:30pm, we all assumed it was out in the entire neighborhood and waited patiently for it to come back on. Our lovely Sunday dinner was about 45 minutes away from being done in the slow cooker. We ended up taking a walk and my smart hubby observed that there were others in the subdivision watching TV, enjoying having their lights on, running the dryer, etc. When we got back, our neighbors had called the power company. The first guy came to check on it but couldn't fix it, and the crew wouldn't be free until 10pm! We ended up with sandwiches for dinner (it also got dark early so we had a candlelight dinner - we should have fed the kids more veggies since they couldn't see what they were eating :). Luckily we were supplied with flashlights, candles, food (nongourmet of course) and even lightstick bracelets to entertain the kids. Since I had a music practice at the church, the fam came along to hang out in the air-conditioning and light. The Simster went down to sleep easily but since the Bubbs is lately a lights-on sleeper, she had some issues.

The crew didn't show up at 10pm. Or 11pm. We were pretty sure we were out for the night - we were blessed with a cool breeze so our house temp still stayed around 78 degrees even without fans or AC. The power beeped on around 1:30am so they must have fixed it. Still, 8 hours without power required a major discardation of pretty much all of the food in the fridge (freezer stuff's okay). I spent all of today emptying out the fridge then going shopping to replenish it. It's amazing how dependent we are on electricity. Although DH and I discussed it and if it had a been a full-blown, major outage, we would still have been okay. We had plenty of light and batteries, a decent amount of non-perishable food available, clothes had been washed, we have a wood-burning fireplace so if it had been cold, we could have had a fire. It was nice to realize that we are at least in a pretty good position right now if it had been worse. As it was, it was just an inconvenience. I mean, DH without computers or the internet for 8 hours? Yikes! :)

Friday, August 24, 2007

Happy 5th Anniversary!

Well, who knew? We made it five years already! Although I am not so thrilled about the actual events of today (we had some tentative plans that didn't work out, then it looked like they might work out but then it was too late... - now? no plans, no bbsitter, grumpy kids...), I AM thrilled about our anniversary! I tried to track down cute pics of our lives together, but it seems like there's only pictures of one of us with the kids or just one of us, how boring... we need to take more couple pictures! So just a rare few...

The day we were married was beautiful and HOT! We were married in Manti in August and it was probably 150 degrees or something. I didn't get cold feet until I realized at the temple doors that my dress, which had already been worn for an open house and a reception, was a little dirty at the hem. I didn't want to wear a dirty dress in the temple! But after some reassurance and consoling by my sis and my hubby-to-be, I wore it anyway. The best part of the entire experience was being sealed for time and all eternity to my bestest friend! Looking back, I would have chosen a different honeymoon, reception, food, gotten my hair done, etc, but the most important things were wonderful and I would still do many things the same, especially marry my sweetie!

I was blessed to be able to trick him into marrying me. I always joke that he was kind of a jerk while we were dating so now I get to be the jerk the whole time we're married! Of course, I get the better deal - and I joke about it, but it's still true sometimes. He is very good to me, even when I don't deserve it. He's on his 3rd pregnancy now - well, I mean, taking care of his wife the 3rd pregnant time - and he is always trying to do his best to take care of me and let me get some needed rest or a break. He is a wonderful father who shares much of the child-raising, he has encouraged me to pursue my current occupation and supported me by taking care of the kids when I have to be on-site for my job. He is very talented, smart, hard-working, fun-to-be-around, forgiving, understanding, patient, and of course, extremely handsome! While we were dating, on the outside, we were very different and often had conflicting interests - but I think we actually complement each other rather well - we each have weaknesses where the other is strong and strengths where the other may be weak - and we have grown more alike/accommodating over the five years we've been married. I am grateful to him for all that he is and does and look forward to the adventures we will continue to have as time goes on!

Happy Anniversary!