Saturday, December 10, 2011

Oops!

I knew in trying to keep the previous post short (although it didn't end up short) I would leave something out. I did think about this part, but then didn't get it in there. While Abbie was fixing Thanksgiving dinner and we were on our way to Children's my parents were on their way to our house to help out with the kids. They came up and stayed until Sunday. They brought Michael, Grace and Lydia to the hospital on Friday to see Levi and us. They also bought Michael an oreo ice cream cake from Culver's for his birthday since I wasn't able to make him one. Thanks mom and dad for helping out!

And just so I don't get a message from the other grandparents.....Paul's parents were able to stop by the hospital on Friday on their way home from MI. Then they and Abbie came to the house on Saturday to celebrate Michael's birthday. They each provided something for supper. :-)

(Sorry dad, I left you out). :-)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Arrival of Levi Grant


Baby Levi at birth


So, it has been two weeks and I am finally getting on here to post about the arrival of our 4th child. One of these days maybe I will get on a schedule so I can keep updated on here.....but don't hold your breath for it! LOL

I am going to try to make a long story short since I don't want to sit here forever writing it all out and I don't want you to have to sit so long and read. :-)

I had been having contractions for the last few months of my pregnancy. Nothing to be concerned about, but wondered if it would mean a shorter labor and maybe earlier. I guess I was hoping, but didn't really think it would happen. Well, there were days that I felt like I was "nesting" but I kept telling myself (and my mom kept telling me) that it was too early. But, the day before Thanksgiving I started showing other signs that I was maybe going into labor and it seemed that my contractions were getting stronger. They weren't really close together or stopping me so I didn't really think it was early labor. I did call my midwife though to let her know what was going on (especially since she was going to be leaving that day to go to MI for Thanksgiving). We talked and she said she was going to believe I wasn't going into labor and was going to go ahead to MI. I also knew that Carole had already left for MI for Thanksgiving and I did think about calling her to tell her I was showing signs of early labor. But, I knew if I called her she would try to talk Wayne into turning around and coming back. I didn't want her to do that because I would rather she go on to MI and I have the baby than have her come back and then I not have the baby. So, even when she texted me at nap time I didn't reply (not really intentionally but I didn't right away because I didn't want her to know and then I forgot). :-) So, I did lay on the couch most of the day or in bed....the midwife told me she wasn't putting me on bed rest, but wanted me to lay down as much as possible. Later that evening I went to soak in the tub. In the other 3 labors any time I got in the shower or tub my contractions would slow down or stop so I thought this might help. It didn't. I was still having contractions while soaking so I finally got out. Then sometime around 9:30 or 10 pm my contractions did stop and the other signs also. So, I thought it would be a few more days or weeks. Oh, in case you didn't realize...my due date wasn't until Dec 18 so this was about 3 1/2 weeks early. So anyway, throughout the night I was up to go to the bathroom (which wasn't unusual at this point). Around 3:30 am I woke up and realized I was having contractions again. I got up to go to the bathroom and realized the other signs were back too. I thought the contractions were stronger, but wasn't real sure at first. Then after having another one or two I realized they were stronger and they were coming regular. So, I started timing them. I timed them for a 1/2 hour and they were coming 5 minutes apart and lasting about 1-2 minutes. I finally woke up Paul after the 1/2 hour and told him I thought we should call the midwife. He called her and since she was in MI she called her back up. She told us it would probably be about 2 hours before the other midwife would get here. By this time my contractions were getting even stronger. Paul called his sister to have her come over to help with the kids when they got up. We had already planned to have Thanksgiving at our house and she was coming over for that so she had her stuff together for dinner. Oh and to back up again for a minute....I had just gone to the store on that Wednesday morning (before I laid on the couch) to get the stuff for labor that we needed. Now I'm glad I didn't decide to order the birth kit! Ok, so about 5:30 am the midwife and her assistant (student) arrived. Sometime shortly after that Abbie arrived. The midwives came in and started getting things set up. That's basically all they had time for.....at 6:28 am Levi Grant came into the world!! He cried just a little and was laid on my chest. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 6 oz.!! If he would have gone full term he would have probably been the biggest baby! The midwives checked him out and everything was good. They even scored him a 9 on both Apgar test. We didn't notice some blue around his mouth so the midwife did some consulting with our midwife and another doctor. We were all comfortable with just staying home and keeping an eye on him. Around 9 am when the midwives were getting ready to leave they checked his vitals one more time. At that point his heart rate was down to low 100's. This gave us great concern and we immediately decided to go to the ER. We left Abbie home with the other 3 kids and we left for the hospital. We were so thankful for Abbie's help! At the ER they immediately called Children's Hospital in Milwaukee and they arranged to transport him. They were thinking if it was something with his heart then he would need to be there. Since I had just had a baby they wouldn't let me ride in the ambulance, but I of course couldn't drive either so we had to let him go in the ambulance alone. That was the hardest part. Paul had run home to get things for us while we were waiting for the transport team. We live only 5 minutes from the hospital. When we left to go to Children's we ran home again to drop off the other car seats and grab a couple more things. We cried all the way to the house and then we walked in and Grace asked where Baby Levi was. Ok, so I was wrong....that may have been the hardest part. I broke down again as I tried to explain to them why he wasn't with us and that mommy and daddy had to leave again and may not be home for a couple days. Abbie was great and even fixed Thanksgiving dinner for her and the kids! When we got to Children's they were still getting Levi checked in and settled so we had to wait a few minutes. The nurse came out pretty quick though and told us we could go back. Ok so I know I said long story short and this is getting pretty long.......so..................the short of it..........I was envisioning being there and not being able to hold or nurse Levi. But, it was quite the opposite....they let us hold him as much as we want and I was able to nurse him like normal. After all the tests and 2 nights at Children's they basically decided that since he was a little early he was just being lazy with his breathing and his heart rate is just slower than other babies. Also, the doctor determined that the blue around his mouth was just bruising. He also had a bruise on his forehead, nose and both eyes. By the time we went home you could tell from the coloring that it was just bruising. We made it home Saturday night just in time to have supper and birthday cake for Michael's 5th birthday! They were all so excited to see us home and that Levi was with us. I don't think they have quit kissing him since! LOL

So, yea long story short....hahaha.....we then had to deal with getting him tested for jaundice since he was yellow. Then we had to have him on the blankets and re-tested just because it was up just a touch. Finally we are through all of it and he is doing much better! He has already started filling out some and is getting some chubby cheeks. :-)

Lydia is my little baby monitor...."crying, crying" or "crying again". LOL She also thinks that kissing him will make him stop. They all love to hold him, but Michael is the one that will sit the longest and hold him. He has already talked about him playing with his cars and trains when he gets bigger. I think he is going to enjoy having a brother!

This is a picture of Levi getting ready to leave Children's. Can you tell how proud the older 3 are of their baby brother?! LOL

Monday, November 14, 2011

cloth diapers!

We are once again considering using cloth diapers. When we look at the cost of disposables we just hate the number. So, if we can get together some money we are going to be buying Fuzzi Bunz again! I found a great web site today and they have a couple stores here in Wisconsin. They are both about 1 1/2 hours away, but may be worth going to one day just because I want to go to an actual store! :-) If you cloth diaper or are interested in cloth diapering go check out www.nickisdiapers.com.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Story

So, the other day Paul brought this story home to me. I am wondering if he realizes this is how I've been feeling! LOL Of course, he knows!!! But, this is also why I soak in the tub after the kids are in bed. But, I really needed this to show me how often I act like my 2, 3 and 4 year olds and that I'm not alone (meaning I'm not the only mom that deals with this). :-) I read this again this morning after Paul left for work. I had heard the kids asking him this morning if he was going to church by himself or if we were all going. He told them that he was going alone this morning and that we would all go later. I laid in bed listening to that and was a little jealous that he gets to go to the church to be alone and have quiet time. Oh well, I'm sure there HAS to be times that he is jealous that I get to stay home with all the noise! LOL

Alone Time for Mom by Crystal Kirgiss

All I needed this morning was a half-hour alone, thirty minutes of peace and quiet to help preserve my sanity. No mom-do-this, mom-I-need-that, mom-he-hit-me, mom-I-spilled-the-juice-on-the-couch.

Just me, a hot Calgon bath, and nothingness.

I shouldn't dream so big.

After getting the two oldest off to school, I settled the youngest in front of Barney and said, “Honey, listen closely. Your mommy is going to crack. She's losing her marbles. She's teetering on the edge of permanent personality damage. This is because she has children. Are you following me so far?”

He nodded absently while singing, “Barney is a dinosaur in our imagination....”

“Good. Now, if you want to be a good little boy, you'll sit right here and watch Barney while Mommy takes a nice, hot, quiet, peaceful, take-me-away bath. I don't want you to bother me. I want you to leave me alone. For 30 minutes, I don't want to see you or hear you. Got it?

Nod.

“Good morning boys and girls....” I hear the purple wonder say.

I headed for the bathroom with my fingers crossed.

I watched the water fill the tub. I watched the mirror and window steam up. I watched the water turn blue from my bath beads. I got in.

I heard a knock on the door.

“Mom? Mom? Are you in there, Mom?”

I learned long ago that ignoring my children does not make them go away.

“Yes, I'm in here. What do you want?”

There was a long pause while the child tried to decide what he wanted.

“Um...can I have a snack?”

“You just had breakfast! Can't you wait a few minutes?”

“No, I'm dying! I need a snack right now!”

“Fine. You can have a box of raisins.”
I heard him pad off to the kitchen, listened as he pushed chairs and stools around trying to reach the raisin shelf, felt the floor vibrate when he jumped off the counter, and heard him run back to the TV room.

“Hi, Susie! Can you tell me what color the grass is....”

Knock, knock, knock.

“Mom? Mom? Are you in there, Mom?”

Sign. “Yes, I'm still in here. What do you need now?”

Pause. “Um...I need to take a bath, too.”

Right.

“Honey, can't you wait until I'm done?”

The door opened just a crack.

“No, I really need to take one now. I'm dirty.”

“You're always dirty! Since when do you care?”

The door opened all the way.

“I really need to take a bath, Mom.”

“No, you don't. Go away.”

He stood in the middle of the bathroom and started taking off his pajamas.

“I'll just get in with you and take a bath, too.”

“No! You will not get in with me and take a bath! I want to take my own bath! I want you to go away and leave me alone!” I began to sound like the three year old with whom I was arguing.

He climbed onto the edge of the tub, balancing carefully, and said, “I'll just get in with you, okay, Mom?”

I started to shriek, “No! That is not okay! I want my own bath, all by myself! I don't want to share! I want to be alone!”

He thought for a moment and said, “Okay, I'll just sit here and you can read me a book. I won't get in, Mom, until you're done.” He flashed me a knock-down charming smile.

So I spent my morning-alone-time reading “One Fish, Two Fish” to a naked three year old who sat on the edge of the tub with his chin resting on his knees, arms wrapped around his bent legs, slight smile on his face.

Why fight it? It won't be long before I have all the alone-time I want. And then I'll probably feel bad about not having any more together-time.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

News and updates

Wow....here I keep thinking I'm going to get back into blogging on a regular basis. Where does the time go?!

Ok, so the big news......Carleta and Danny are adopting twin boys!!!!!! They are due around December 17 (I'm due the 18th). Since they are twins we are thinking they will be coming any time. Last weekend the girls and I went down to my parents' house so we could go to the baby shower. We had such a great time. It was fun seeing all the gifts she got and all the support and encouragement she is getting. It was even more fun to go over to their house Sunday night to look at everything closer and be able to help her decide what else she needs. I love that she is asking me for advice! :-) We can't wait for Carson & Carter to arrive!!! Unfortunately, no matter when they are born I won't get to see them till Christmas (unless they make a trip up here!). ;-) It is going to be a wild Christmas though with 3 new babies and 3 older kids! Watch out grandma and grandpa cause here they come!!! LOL

Today Paul put Lydia in the toddler bed for nap time. It is the first time she is in it. So far so good. We'll see how well she sleeps though. She has also started going potty on the big potty some. We're not really pushing it, but she loves doing it. They are all just growing up so fast. Michael already has another tooth coming in so he has 2 loose ones now. Grace is becoming such a "mommy". I am hoping she is going to be a big help with the new baby....but first we have to take care of this attitude problem! :-/

The people at the church have been so welcoming and accepting. We now have two freezers full of food!!! It so awesome how they take care of us! We have started doing a family meal time and a kids' group on Wednesday nights. We are seeing more people coming for it. The ladies have been so great to me! They gave me a gift certificate for Blessings Unlimited (I may have mentioned that before...I can't remember). I finally placed my order and it arrived on the weekend while I was gone. I didn't even get a chance to open it yet! I hopefully will this afternoon.

Paul's brother, Andy, and his wife welcomed the arrival of their new baby girl this last week! She is so adorable! We've only seen pictures so far, but can't wait to meet her! I received an e-mail from Amie today with the birth story and it was so neat to see all the details of how Azalea arrived. It sounds like it was a great birth! Congratulations!

Well, I think that's all for now......now time to lay down for a little bit.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The journey to here.....

So, I promised to write about our journey to Elkhorn, but in thinking more about it the journey has been longer than just a few months. When Paul and I got married 7 years ago (or 86 months ago) if you would have asked me if I thought I would ever be a Pastor's wife or living back in the Midwest...I would have answered no to both questions. I thought when we moved to PA that was the last time I would be living "close" to our parents. And since Paul always told me he didn't want to be a pastor I had no trouble saying no to that question. If you would have also asked me how many kids I would have by now (or on the way) I don't think I would have told you 3 kids with one on the way. I am so thankful that God's plans are not always revealed to us right away! :-) I am so blessed to have a wonderful, loving, Godly husband and three wonderful kids (with another wonderful one on the way)! It is so neat to look back on the last 7 years and see how God has been preparing us for the next step each time. And He was even preparing us for this step starting back then. When we moved to NM we had a goal in mind....to pay down debt so we could go to the mission field and not have the debt holding us back. Our goal was to pay off everything except a car payment and my 2 student loans since we knew that it would be a long time before getting all those paid off. After 4 years in NM we were able to pay down all the debt except a car loan and the 2 student loans! This was also with adding 2 more kids! Then God called us to move to WI where we are now able to do more because of the debt we paid off! We are not on a foreign mission field (although maybe foreign to some) but we are on a mission field in Elkhorn, WI! We are also where God wants us to be. The last couple years have been very interesting. I tell people that I knew before Paul that he was going to be a pastor, but I really think that is true (whether or not I really believed it). No, I didn't have a dream or vision, but I just saw the way God was working in his life and just thought one day he is going to "give in" and become a Pastor. Just within the last year really is when he started realizing where God was leading him. I talked in my last post about how the call to Elkhorn all worked out so I won't go into that again. But, we can definitely see that it was all in God's plan and timing!

Now, for the story of the actual journey here.....
Of course, I was pregnant and still taking care of 3 little ones and then trying to pack up a house. It was slow, but finally all came together. Paul was there to help also since he didn't have a job. When we got back from vacation we had a month before we would be moving. We obviously couldn't do too much at first so it got pushed off to closer to the moving day. We lined up a truck though with Budget a few weeks before the move. The week of the move our neighbor's brother died so the Thursday night before packing the truck on Saturday we were at the funeral and then Friday spent a couple hours talking with our neighbor. It was hard because we wanted her to know we cared, but we still had A LOT to get done. Friday night Michael and Grace went to their first sleep over at a friend's house. Then Saturday Michael stayed at the friend's house and Grace came home to go with Lydia to another friend's house. We had a lot of good help in loading the truck. Oh wait....I have to back up a day. On Friday we were supposed to pick up the truck at Budget around 10. We get a call from them at 9 telling us they don't have a truck for us. They are trying to find one within a short distance, but they'll let us know. So, after a couple hours Paul finally calls them back to find out they have a truck somewhere, but they don't have a way to get it to us. So, we had to call up U-Haul and go with a truck with them. It was a foot bigger (which actually worked out better) but was $100 more. Oh well, we had to get a truck. So, back to Saturday. We get the truck loaded up, but we can't load the van till Sunday afternoon or night because we still have to have a way to get to church. We are looking around after getting the truck loaded and realize we are going to have to leave some stuff behind....there's not going to be room in the van even with just me and Lydia in it! So, Sunday afternoon the van gets loaded and then Sunday night we finished with a few more things. Yep we had to leave things behind....but things can be replaced. :-) Monday morning at 4 am we pulled away from our house in NM. Paul drove the moving truck with Michael and Grace. Lydia, Ruby and I were in the van. We met Paul's parents at lunch time in Amarillo, Texas. Then the kids moved around at different times to different vehicles and Carole drove for a while so I could rest. It was such a blessing to have them along! We were planning to stop in Oklahoma City for the night and already had hotel rooms booked. A little over an hour outside of Oklahoma City Paul calls me to ask if the tires look ok (we were right behind him). I said the back ones look fine. He thought he heard a noise from back there and thought maybe he lost one. We started to pull up to check the front ones, but he said he didn't think it was a front tire. Not even 5 minutes later we were pulling over because one of his front tires had blown. Thankfully, he pulled the truck over with no problem. He called U-Haul and found out it was going to be quite a while to wait for help and then also realized the other front tire needed to be replaced. We decided that the side of the interstate was no place for the kids so Paul's parents, the kids and I all went ahead to Oklahoma City to get supper and go to the hotel. Paul made it to the hotel about a 1/2 hour after we did. Everything worked out fine, but the guy that replaced the tires thought he should have the truck checked the next morning at the maintenance place for U-Haul which was located in OK City. So, the next morning Paul and his dad take the truck over to get it checked out. They did some work and sent us on our way. It was about 10 am (or maybe later, I forget now) when we left. We were hoping to get out by 8. We got to my parents' house about 10 pm that night. We missed out on the 25 lb turkey my mom made! :-( Well, I guess we didn't really....Paul had a sandwich that night and they brought some to us that weekend! :-) Anyway, we got the kids to bed and were all getting settled in for the night. My dad had let Ruby out, but he couldn't get her to come back (which was unusual). He thought maybe she went to visit the dogs down the road. So, Paul and I went out trying to get her back in. She finally came back but ran to the other door so my dad let her in. When she came downstairs I smelled her immediately and realized she had been sprayed by a skunk!! I had always heard that a tomato juice bath would take the smell away. I looked, but mom only had tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Well, Paul tried the tomato sauce and to our surprise IT WORKED!! Unfortunately, I could still smell it in the house. The next morning we ate breakfast at the Ramsey Cafe and then headed to WI. We got to WI to the house about 3 pm. We pull in to a lot of cars and think the people are there to help unload. We quickly realize they are not here to unload, but they are here trying to finish up some of the work! We are so grateful for the work that was done on the parsonage!! It is beautiful!! We waited a little while and then decided to unload the truck and van and put stuff in the basement and the kitchen/dining room area. The church ladies had then prepared sandwiches at the church for supper for everyone that night. The next day my parents came up and helped us start going through boxes and getting things organized. It is so great having our parents so close!!! My parents spent a couple days here helping us and spending time with the kids. Then that Sunday was Paul's first Sunday in the pulpit at Emmanuel Baptist Church!

We have had such an awesome beginning here! We are enjoying getting to know the people in the church. And today I found a midwife!! I have to drive 1 1/2 hours for my appointments, but she has agreed that if I drive for the next two visits then she will come here for the rest! She is such a nice lady and I can't wait to get to know her even more!

Again, this post is really long so I will have to do another update later on what's been going on with the church. I hope this has all made sense since it was about 10:30 when I started writing it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Long over due update

Ok, so I keep getting bugged by some people that I need to update my blog...I'm not mentioning any names though (M.B.) :-) I have just been so busy that I've not thought I've had time to sit down and update all that is going on. So, I am going to try to do an overview right now and then hopefully get going with it again. I was looking at my blog today to see how long it had been and realized it had been a lot longer than I thought!

So, first off I'm sure all of you know, but I am 26 1/2 weeks pregnant with #4! I am due around December 15. Everything has been pretty normal again with this pregnancy, but just a couple added little "problems". At the moment I am trying to find a new midwife...more about that in the next update. The kids are excited! Michael thinks it will be a boy, Grace thinks it will be a girl...Lydia just knows where to pat my tummy when asked "where is mommy's baby?". Michael and Grace also think there are 2 in there, but I try to tell them mommy isn't big enough for 2 and we have only heard one heartbeat! LOL

Next, update.....3 weeks ago today we arrived in Elkhorn, WI!! This summer when we came out to IL and WI for vacation Paul had been asked to preach at a church here just to fill in. They were without a Pastor and just needed someone to fill the pulpit. It worked out that he was able to do it on July 3 (our anniversary). So, after the morning service (they don't have an evening service) we headed back down to my parents' house. We were about 2 hours away and he got a phone call from one of the guys on the pulpit committee. He wanted to know if Paul could meet with some of the pulpit committee that Tuesday. So, on Tuesday Paul drove up to Rockford and met some of the people for an interview. He also lined up to preach again in a couple weeks, just to fill in again. Before that Sunday arrived they called and asked if he would consider being a candidate for the pastoral position. He said yes so that Sunday he was actually candidating (is that even a word?) and not just filling in. Because of the timing that we were out here some things were down out of sequence, but we went back to NM the next week and the following week the church voted on if they wanted to have him come as the new pastor. We were eating lunch when the call came that the vote had been taken and had passed. It wasn't as high of a percentage as we had hoped, but it is a small church so it only took 4 to make it lower than what we really wanted. We discussed it though and weren't real sure about accepting. Then later that afternoon he talked to the guy in charge of the pulpit committee and felt better about it. We found out the reason for the low vote was just because some people thought they needed to see more guys before deciding (he was the first candidate). This guy was very excited and was already calling him Pastor Paul! We were then excited about it too! Then we talked to someone else later that day that made us a little unsure again. So, that night Paul called his parents (not sure which way they would react) and we were again excited to hear their response. They thought the same as us....the reason for the lower vote was not something to really be concerned about (also the guy on the pulpit committee told us the people that voted no were still excited that the vote had passed). So, we took a few days to pray about the decision. In the meantime the school was wanting a decision from Paul on if he was coming back or not. They were going to be starting soon and they needed to know if they had to hire someone new. He told them he was going to take the time to decide, but they needed to do whatever they felt they had to do. It turned out at the board meeting that week they decided to eliminate a few positions because of financial reasons and they eliminated Paul's job. We took this as an answer to prayer and soon accepted the position. We realized we had been hoping for the vote to be high enough to make our decision for us and we weren't really trusting in God for making the decision. So, on August 22, 2011, we left Las Cruces, New Mexico and headed to Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Just a side note.....we left Illinois August 14, 2007, to head to New Mexico.

Ok, so since this post is already long and I still have a pile of dishes waiting for me I will have to update you on the trip here later. :-)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Alarm clock at 12:30 am

Sorry for all the posts today. I knew there was something else I wanted to post, but couldn't think of it at the time. Last night while I wasn't sleeping good anyway.....I heard an alarm going off at 12:30 am, but it wasn't ours. It dawned on me then that it was Michael and Grace's clock. So, I went in and hit the snooze then was trying to figure out in the dark how to shut it off. I thought it was funny that neither of them stirred the whole time until I started to walk out and then Michael stirred a little. I guess I will have to teach them to wake up to an alarm (when that time comes).

Milk in cereal!

This morning Lydia got to experience having milk in her cereal. She really enjoyed it. Not only eating it, but just seeing it in there. We had one little mess (and that was after 4 bowls of cereal!) so I would say she did a pretty good job! She is more of a juice drinker so I guess this will be a way to get some milk in her too.

Boots in bed

So, as I've said before I go in to check on Michael and Grace when I go to bed. On Tuesday night when I went in to check on them I found Michael in bed with his boots on! I guess he really wanted to wear them or maybe his feet were cold and that's all he could find to keep them warm! I'm not sure, but I forgot to ask him when he got up the next morning if he still had them on.

Friday, April 15, 2011

The little things......

It's the little things that make our kids happy. :-) Last night Paul and I had to be at the church for a meeting. So, Ashley came over to babysit. When we got home I took Ashley home and Paul put the kids to bed. Later we were sitting on the couch and he moved something and found Grace's blankie. He said "oh that's why we couldn't find it". So, when I went to bed I took it in and laid it beside her (I always go in and check on them anyway). So, this morning at 6:15 she come running in to daddy's side of the bed and says "Daddy, here's my blankie". It was so cute. She was so excited it was there with her when she woke up. :-)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

They are listening even when you think they're not

We have Michael sit with us in church now on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Paul is teaching on Wednesday nights. Michael was coloring and drawing through the whole service and acting like he wasn't really paying attention. This morning we realized he had heard at least one story! Paul told a story about spilling coffee at school one day. We had to take Paul to school this morning and in the van on the way, Michael says to Paul "Daddy, you have to be careful with your coffee today and don't spill it". So, just another time that we realize he does hear what we say even if he doesn't always act like it. :-)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Addition to walking like a duck

I was informed I forgot to tell that it was Grandma Welch that taught them to walk like a duck. Unfortunately, we didn't get that on video! LOL She says Grace needs a little more work though. HAHA!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Walking like a duck

Here is a video of Michael and Grace walking like ducks. We had gone to the park to feed the ducks so they decided to be like the ducks. I'm not sure if they thought the ducks would think they were one of them so they would come closer. :-)


Friday, April 8, 2011

Family Fun Night

We try to set aside money each month to have a family fun night. Basically we get to go out to eat once a month with the money. Of course, we don't always stick to just going out just that one time, but we are trying to do better. Anyway, last night we decided to get out of the house and go eat supper at Carl's Jr. This way the kids could play and we could talk and relax. Well, we get to Carl's Jr and go to order and the lady starts to take the order and then says "by the way, our kids area is closed". So we left. The kids were upset, but we told them we were going to go find another place that they could play. It was too windy to go get something and go to the park. So, we tried Burger King. We hadn't been to this one so we didn't know if they even had a play place. We figured if nothing else we would go to McDonald's. But, we got to Burger King and THEY HAVE A PLAY PLACE!!! And it was open!!! There were a couple other kids, but by the time we got our food and the kids ate some it was just us. It was really a nice and relaxing time. I was so glad the lady at Carl's Jr told us about the kids area before we placed our order. Now, I have a new place to meet our friends too!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Handsome man!!

So, I happen to just be sitting at the computer and this picture flashed up on the screen (we have all our pictures randomly doing a slide show for our screen saver). I thought "What a handsome man?!" So, I just wanted to share it with you all. :-) This was the day after Christmas and he was wearing his new shirt from my parents so I was getting a picture for them. I know it looks like he doesn't have any hair in this picture, but you should see him now......it's completely shaved. I know it's hard for him to keep it that way, but I really like it. Ok so enough of my rambling about my HOT husband!! :-)


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New lessons

Ok, so I started reading this book "Lord, Change My Attitude (before it's too late)". I knew I needed a change, but I thought it was going to be a struggle. Ok, so some things are, but there are times where I see God is changing my attitude and it's not been a struggle. But, it's so cool to look at the situation and know that's not how I would have reacted before and can just say "Thank you, God!". There have been a couple things just today that I have realized my reaction is very different than it would have been a couple weeks ago. Thank you, God for working in my life!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Better day

So, far things are going good. I have everything ready except the bread. Ok, well not ready as in done, but ready as in the chicken is in the crock pot, the lasagna and coffee cake are in the fridge and will go in the oven later today. I got up early this morning and went to Wal-Mart to get a chicken before Paul went to school. I was out of the house by 6:30! Then I had a return so I had to wait till 7 for Customer Service to open. I was at the checkout just a few minutes before 7. The lady that had the keys all night had already handed her keys off or she would have done it for me (even though it wasn't 7). So, I had to wait till 7 (or a couple minutes after) for the guy to come up to help me. It was ok. I was early....it wasn't their fault. And I had time. See reading that book last night helped my attitude! LOL So, then I came home and got the chicken started, gave the kids a donut and then we took Paul to school. Then I headed over to get the gas tank for the grill filled. Then came back home and got busy. I am going to spend some time with the kids then work on the bread later.

Oh, by the way......did you know the world is awake at 6:30 am?! LOL It's been so long since I've been out at that time.

Monday, March 7, 2011

It had to be today!

Have you ever had one of those days where it seems no matter what you do it doesn't turn out right? Well, today was one of those days. Of course, it had to be the day I was working on cooking stuff for Bill (see http://wifeandmommyhobby.blogspot.com if you don't know what I'm talking about). I'm trying to even think of where it all began. I guess most of the day seemed fine, but then it was all this evening. The lasagna I had frozen a couple weeks ago I pulled out about 3:30 to fix for supper tonight. I thought "sure it's frozen, but that just means it will take a little longer". It was one I had made with home made noodles (which we've not been too crazy about yet because I can't get them thin enough). I also made a loaf of French bread and made it into garlic bread to try out. I am supposed to make it for Bill too. He wants it really garliky so I thought I would try tonight and see how it turned out. Well, the way I did it didn't really work too well and wasn't even very garliky at all. So, hopefully what I make tomorrow will be better. Then the lasagna wasn't fully cooked or the noodles don't like to be frozen already mixed in the lasagna. I don't know, but Paul ate one end piece and I think thought it was ok. Then he had another piece (closer to the middle) and said the noodles weren't done or something. Oh yea, guess I should back up a little bit......after I already had the lasagna in the oven I had to leave to go pick up Paul. On the way home he starts telling me stuff about school and of course I don't understand and just get upset because to me it's not the way it should be and someone needs to step up and tell the school they should change the way they think......are they there for academics or athletics! Ok, I'm off my high horse now. But, anyway this of course put me in a foul mood, then the lasagna wasn't good. Then I thought since I was making all this food for Bill I didn't want Paul to think I had forgotten about him so I made him a German chocolate cake (from a mix I had in the cabinet). Of course, as the way my day was already going, they wouldn't come out of the pan (I never have problems with those pans!!) so the one tore (I made 2 round cakes). Then I go to ice them and had a can of icing. I guess I put too much in between the layers so I didn't have quite enough to cover the top. I'm sure it tastes fine (although he never said) but it looks horrible! Then we went out for a while to visit with a couple from church. We get home and the front door wasn't completely shut. It has one of those things at the bottom of it to keep air out and it had slid out enough that we thought the door shut, but it didn't latch. So, at first I was a little paranoid about walking in. Then everything was fine and we got the kids to bed. I decided I was going to do a couple more things tonight so I wouldn't have to do them tomorrow. So, I made the blackberry stuff. I didn't think about it that the pie crust I had in the freezer was from when Paul's students were here for Jan Term and we did a cooking thing with them. So, the pie crust wasn't as good as if I had made it. I just hope Bill enjoys it. Then I go to get the chicken out to make barbecue chicken. I decided I would put it in the crock pot over night and then tomorrow I would just have to tear it apart. Of course, I bought the chicken last Thursday and never put them in the freezer so they went bad (I had 2...one for us and one for Bill). So, now I have to either get up and get to the store before Paul has to leave in the morning or I have to get out early and take all 3 kids to get a new chicken. It just seems like one of those days where I can't do anything right!! I hope tomorrow is better. I really don't want to screw up my first food order for Bill!! Ok, now I will quit complaining. I think I'm going to go get a quick shower and then read a little of a new book I got. My mother-in-law told me about it (I'm not sure if she was trying to tell me something, but even if she wasn't I know I need it!). The book is "Lord, Change My Attitude (Before It's Too Late)" by James MacDonald. I know I need to just get to bed, but I think starting this book tonight might be a good idea! Good night all. Hopefully tomorrow I will have a better report.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Clean van!!

Yesterday, I finally went out to try to clean out the van. I didn't think I would get it all done before nap time was over, but I was just getting to the driver side when Grace came out. So, I was able to get it all done. I'm talking taking all the kids' car seats out and all the van seats. I vacummed and used armor all. I should have taken a picture of it before I started, but I would have been embarrased to show them! So, here are some pictures of the finished product. Oh, and once Michael was up Lydia was still sleeping so we were able to go out and at least get the top layer of grub off of it. Michael and Grace were great helpers in washing it! Oh, and I realized how bad our floor mats were so I bought new ones last. I only bought the cheap plastic ones instead of carpet ones, but they came in a set of 4 so now Michael and Grace have one too! We'll see if we can keep it this way for a while.....at least till mom gets here in a couple weeks!

What are my kids learning?!

Ok, so last night Paul had parent/teacher conferences at the school as was going to be there at least till 7:30. I decided the kids needed to get out of the house. Grace went with me to Sam's Wednesday night, but the other 2 hadn't been out for at least over a week. So, after supper we went to Wal-Mart. They did really well through the whole store, but then we had to wait in line for about 30-45 minutes. The people in front of us were having problems. Anyway, there was a couple behind us with a little boy that was 5. So, he and Michael became pretty quick friends. Ok, wait I have to back up a minute.....I was buying a new rolling pin to make it easier to roll out pizza crust and noodles, which I told the kids as I picked it up since Michael asked why I needed another one. I still like my Pampered Chef one for pie crust and smaller things, but I thought it would be nice to have a bigger one for the bigger things (and maybe to use over Paul's head every once in a while!....hahaha!!). So, as we're standing in line the little boy behind us picked up a frozen lunch that was a pizza. He said something to Michael about having pizza. As quick as the boy said it Michael came right back with "we make our own pizzas"! I was a little embarrased thinking I was teaching him to have an attitude like "look what we can do", but then I realized quickly he was just being matter-of-fact and he was only saying what I had told him. It also helped that the mom's reply was "oh, I bet that's even better". So, then a few minutes later the kid picks up another frozen lunch that had macaronni and cheese and says "see we have noodles too". I was thinking "oh great, here it comes", but Michael didn't say it. Then as soon as I'm done thinking it he says "we make our own noodles"!!! I was trying not to laugh. He was being so cute and matter of fact! I just thought it was funny. They obviously know you can buy pizza at the store, but we had had the conversation a couple times in just the past couple days about making our own. And I know the noodles came from me saying it when I picked up the rolling pin. So, no my kids don't think EVERYTHING has to be home made, but they know it can be! And on that note, you'll have to check out http://wifeandmommyhobby.blogspot.com for my post on making home made yogurt and cream cheese!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bad dreams

I wish I knew what causes bad dreams. It seems common lately that Michael has bad dreams during nap time and every once in a while at night. I hate it that he has them and then he can't tell me about them. He gets so scared. Sometimes he will mumble something about his dreams, but I can never figure out what's really happened. I just try to comfort him and help him go back to sleep. Of course, I would love to find a way to help him not have these dreams, but I guess for now I have to settle for helping him deal with them.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

You can have my drainage!

So, again we have had sickness this week and it's not going away for a couple weeks we're told. Lydia was tested for RSV and it came back positive. So, according to the 2 doctors we had to see they both say Grace probably has it too because her symptoms are the same. They also both have ear infections. I am home again today with all 3 plus our pastor's daughter (who has the same thing). We had a friend bring us chicken noodle soup, bread, cookies and a cheese danish yesterday. Paul heated up the danish this morning along with French Toast. Michael had a piece of danish and Grace wanted some. He says "here you can have some of my drainage....I don't want it all". Paul and I started laughing. We did correct him after we stopped laughing. It was so sweet that he wanted to share some of his food. It was also sweet that he thought he would share some drainage along with it! LOL

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Trying new things

Today was a day of trying (starting) new things. First, I went for a walk around the park down the street from us. It has a sidewalk all around it and is in a square. I walked around 5 times! I was going to try running, but I just couldn't get myself to do it. I figure I will hopefully go walk for a few days then try the running. It also helped that my husband bought me an MP3 player for a Not-A-Valentine's-Day gift. I now have something to listen to while I'm walking. I also listen to it all day long! I just keep one ear bud in so I can also hear the kids.

Then, I came home and was thinking about how to keep better track of our finances. I looked on our bank's web site and realized they can set up a budget on there, but I couldn't customize it for us. So, I found a program on our computer that I could download. Since we don't use Windows I'm not able to use Quick Books or at least I don't think I can. Anyway, we had a few free ones we could download so I tried different ones and finally decided on the one. Since we just changed banks at the beginning of January it made it really easy to get it all set up. Now, I have a budget set up, can see reports and everything! I am going to really like this!!

Now, I'm at home instead of at church. My little girl, Grace, has a 102.6 temperature. She's been coughing, but we thought it was just from her being sick before and the cough wasn't going away. The lady that was in the nursery this morning asked if she was getting sick again because she sounded congested. So, when we got home she wasn't wanting to eat and her eyes looked "funny". So, Paul took her temperature and it was 100.8 then. He gave her medicine and put her down for a nap. When she got up she was acting fine and ate something, but then she was sitting on Paul and he said she was burning up. Before he left for church I took her temperature again (I had to make sure I used the thermometer right....we got a new one for FREE...I'll tell you about that in a minute). That's when it was 102.6. Now, she is laying on the floor watching t.v. That is unusual for her. Hopefully she will be better tomorrow.

Ok, so for the thermometer....I guess Paul entered a contest about what the temperature would be at the Super Bowl. He said he was no where near the right degree, but he still got a thermometer and it said he won. I think they just sent them to everyone who entered! LOL It is one of the new ones that you just rub across their forehead. It's awesome!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A ghost in my kitchen!

Ok, so no I'm not thinking I have a real ghost in my kitchen so don't get spooked out! :-) I was in the kitchen this morning trying to get the dishes done. Honestly, there weren't that many there (for once), but it took me FOREVER to get them done. The kids were off playing in Lydia's room. I could hear them through the monitor and I was enjoying listening to them playing well together and wasn't worried about them being "too quiet". I realized a few minutes later I should have been listening for each one and realized one WAS being "too quiet". I heard Lydia coming so I turned around to see her and she was covered from head to toe in white (powder, that is). So, I went to the room and found Michael playing in the toy box upside down (the toy box, not him....he likes to pretend it is a shell). So, I took it off and quickly inspected him. He didn't have much on him...just a dusting really. I asked if he got the powder down and he said no. I believed him since he didn't have it and didn't have much on him. So, then I look over and sitting behind the rocking chair, in the corner, is Grace with the now empty bottle of baby powder. She is also covered head to toe and is sitting in a "puddle" of it. Now, this isn't the first time they have gotten into the powder....it's actually the third! And I know you are thinking "boy you'd think the parents would finally learn to put the powder up out of reach". Well, for those of you thinking that I just want you to know.....the powder was on the shelf above Lydia's changing table/dresser. It is high enough that when I am changing her I have to reach up to get it. When you have a climber you can't get ANYTHING high enough out of reach! And I also have to add this wasn't the first....or last.....thing Grace was into this morning. Before Paul even left she was in the bathroom cabinet trying to get her hair things. Then later, while I was still trying to finish the dishes, she went back in my bathroom and got the new bottle of conditioner out of the shower and had it all over her arms (ok, that I admit was not out of her reach....but I didn't think it needed to be!). Oh well, I guess she will have really soft arms (as my mom told me). They have been running around with what looks like gray hair today. I decided it is bath night and I just got as much out of the hair as possible without washing it.

Friday, February 4, 2011

New blog

I haven't really had a direction with this blog other than to talk about what's going on with us. I have decided to start a separate blog to keep up with all the "hobbies" I am doing. Maybe one day it will become big and I will have lots of followers and customers! LOL Anyway, it's up and running, but there are no posts on it yet. It is http://wifeandmommyhobby.blogspot.com. I will keep this one for the updates on the family and the other one for all the hobbies. So, please check them both out. Again, if you would like to receive e-mails when I update them just send me a comment.

Oh, I am realizing I'm not missing the time spent on Facebook, but I told Paul I feel like I am missing adult interaction. I would at least get feedback on there from my comments and I've not had any feedback on here since I quit Facebook. So, please comment so I know you're out there! LOL

Night at McDonald's

We went to try Carl's Jr again tonight. They were open, but the chairs were on the tables in the play place and there was a fan in there so we guessed it wasn't open. So, we took our chances and drove down to McDonald's. Glad we did. They were open and it was warm! There were quite a few kids there too so they kids had fun. I had to laugh though.....I asked Paul what parents did before cell phones. As you look around the play place area almost half (if not more) of the parents are busy talking or doing something on their cell phones. He said, "I guess they used to visit with the other parents". :-) It did make me think though......is technology partly to blame for our lack of reaching out to others? hhmmmmm.......


Snow day at the park

Sorry, the pictures are in reverse order, but here are some pictures of Paul, Michael and Grace's snow day at the park.


Grace was not happy about the cold. Michael had a blast and was upset they had to come home.




Here is one of Michael at the park and then 2 of them before they left. You can see Grace was already cold before they left and she had only been outside a couple minutes.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

What to do when you want to get out of the house......

Well, after being stuck in the house yesterday we decided last night (after finding out Paul would be home again today) that we would go to Carl's Jr today so the kids could play somewhere, but be inside. So, about 9:30 this morning we ventured out to Carl's Jr. I should mention here that we are the worst parents in the world (and yes, I'm admitting this)......we got in the van and it was only 2 degrees....I looked at Paul and said "we are awful parents.....it is 2 degrees and we only put jackets on our kids! So, anyway we get to Carl's Jr and there are no cars in the parking lot and there is a sign on the door. We pull up to the door and it says they are closed till 11:30 because of the heater. Fine. We'll go to McDonald's. I drop Paul, Michael and Grace off at McDonald's and drive over to deliver our rent check. As I am getting ready to leave the property management office Paul calls and says the play place at McDonald's is closed. So, I went to pick him up and try a different McDonald's. We pull in to the other McDonald's and he goes in to check. Comes back out shaking his head. So we drive back over by the other McDonald's to see if Gym Magic is open.....nope. So, we look at Burger King....no play place. Turn around....go to mall. Barnes and Nobles has a train table & coffee!! Get there.....mall is only open for walkers. The stores will open at noon! At this point I'm saying "give me a break......it's fine today!". So, we gave up and went to Wal-Mart to get a couple things and got a large fry at the McDonald's there just to occupy the kids while we shopped. Then we came home and ate lunch and they took naps. We really wanted to do something fun though so we decided to see what movies were playing. We ended up having to wake up the girls from their naps so we could leave, but it was worth it! We took Lydia to a sitter and then took Michael and Grace to see "Tangled". Michael had gone to the theater with a friend of ours a while back to see "Toy Story 3", but Grace had never been. We weren't sure how she was going to do since she is only 2 1/2 and because she wasn't happy about being woke up (now she knows how I feel every morning!). They both did WONDERFUL!! They really enjoyed the movie (and so did daddy and I) and they were pretty quiet. There were only about 3 other families in the theater so it was perfect. I even had to call my mom as we left to tell her. I got off the phone and Paul told me I was giddy. LOL Well, it had been a while since we had been to the theater too and I was so excited the kids did well. We will definitely do this again (in a couple months when we can save some money up for it!) but only for special occasions so it stays special. :-)

Snow day....February 2

Well, like I promised....here are some pictures of our snow day. It's too bad we didn't have the camera with us today to get a picture of the mountains. They were beautiful!








Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The things toddlers say.......

Ok, so it's not as bad as it sounds (that is if you know the context)..........

So, let's start with the context......In Sunday School this last Sunday (I teach the nursery kids) we talked about David and Goliath. So, we talked about how David put 5 stones in his bag and then used 1 stone to kill Goliath. So, tonight Michael and Grace are running around with Daddy's stocking cap and Michael starting pretending it was a bag for stones and he was David. Then a few minutes later they came running in the living room and Grace had it and was pretending the same thing. Then she says to Michael........"here, you can be the stoner". LOL Oh the things they come up with!

I will try to post pictures from the snow today and Paul and the kids at the park. It didn't turn out the way he thought it would.

Now, off for coffee and Texas sheet cake, making some bookmarks and a movie or two with my husband. Praying that the kids all sleep good tonight. Grace went to bed with a 100.2 fever. :-( Oh, SCHOOL IS ALREADY CANCELED FOR TOMORROW!!!!!

Facebook

Ok, so for those of you that receive an e-mail every time I post will hopefully be getting more now. I just deactivated my account with Facebook! I realized I was spending too much time on there reading what everyone else was doing and I wasn't getting things done myself. So, I deactivated my account and I am going to work harder on updating my blog. But, with that said....I am also going to be trying to cut down my total time on the computer. So, you may get a lot of e-mails at first, but it will probably taper off. Plus, if I realize I am posting more in one day (like today) then I will start saving them and not publishing them till the end of the day.

If you don't receive my updates by e-mail and would like to, please send me a comment or e-mail with your e-mail address and I will add you on.

So, instead of posting a separate post I will just add this here......Paul, Michael and Grace just headed down to the park a little bit ago. They looked so cute all bundled up. :-) Hopefully they will stay warm enough. I promised hot chocolate/hot coffee and fresh baked cookies when they get back. Lydia and I didn't go because Lydia won't wear shoes! Plus, she was getting tired and I figured I would just be holding her and fighting with her the whole time (because she would want down) so we stayed here. Oh, I did think about layering her up and then putting a footed sleeper on her, but then I realized we didn't have another pair of gloves and the coat we have would be very big so I would need another hat......so it was just easier to stay here. Ok, so off to make those cookies!

Santa Claus is Coming!!!!

I was just told that Santa Claus is coming to bring us more presents. I guess since it snowed the kids think it's time for Santa Claus to come now! LOL

We are on our 4th year here in Las Cruces and this is the first time school has been canceled for snow! It is still coming down! I guess after breakfast I will have to find those coats for the kids. Too bad Lydia doesn't have shoes so I guess she and I will have to stay in the house! :-)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

SNOW.......

Well, it is February 1st and we are getting snow. Who woulda thunk it? (Sorry, had to use that hick language.....now I realize thunk is actually a word....it didn't pick it up as needing to be spelled right). HaHa....ok to move on.....

Paul and I walked outside tonight a little before 6 pm and it was just starting to snow. By the time we got done with a meeting at church just before 8 it was already sticking to the car and roads. A little while after the babysitter left Paul looked out and couldn't even tell where her car had been. It is still coming down! The kids were so excited they wanted to go out tonight and play in it. So, the babysitter brought them a hand full as she was leaving. They both ate it and then laughed when I told them their lips were cold when they kissed me goodnight. It is not supposed to get to even the freezing mark over night or tomorrow so maybe it will still be around and they can go play in it. I guess I will have to find their coats, hats and gloves! That is something I'm not used to looking for. They think gloves are just for playing with and since we kept telling them they didn't need a jacket because they had long sleeves on they think they don't need one now (and it doesn't help that I keep forgetting that it is cold and have them put them on). We're watching the news now and it is supposed to be back in the 60's by Sunday! But, now they are showing pictures in El Paso and the cars are sitting still or driving slow on ice. They said they had ALL 14 trucks ready to go out to spread salt and sand in El Paso.....14 trucks for the whole El Paso area! HaHa! The public schools have already delayed school 2 hours tomorrow, but there's nothing on MVCS web site yet about Paul's school.

If the snow is still around I will try to get some pictures tomorrow and post them.

Friday, January 14, 2011

WOW...2011!

So, it's the 14th of the new year and this is the first post. So much has happened in the last few weeks, but since I didn't write it down right away I know there is no way I will remember everything. We did have a good Christmas (even though it was quiet compared to what we've been used to) and we had tons of food! Jeffe and Kailani came over for a little bit. Then the next day Paul and I started to feel sick. Unfortunately, all 5 of us had to get it and it took me the longest to get over it! It was not a good New Year's since we couldn't really "celebrate". But, I guess it made us stay home and not go spend money so it worked out! LOL

Well, I really just wanted to post something in the new year, but I really don't have time to sit and write right now, so I will have to try to do it again later.