Monday, December 29, 2008
On the home front, Christmas was great. We managed to have an "electronic free" Christmas. Only one gift we bought for the kids requires batteries, and it was electronic battleship for our Family Game Night. So at least it's still a game we can all play. R LOVES her doll house, and P loves his basketball hoop (even though it's not set up yet. S really likes his new bible and football inspired cover that I made for it. He got me a new cross necklace, and a new willow tree figurine (Love it!) We were also able to avoid going to his family's x-mas party for once which was nice. We finished up our Christmas morning with our kids, took P to his mom's house, and then we took a nap until about 11 am when we made the 1/4 block trip to my mom's house. S went to work around 1 and R and I just hung out there all day/evening with my family that came to visit. Not sure what our plans are for New Years. S has New Years Eve off, and I have New Years day off, but we'll have the kids, so I doubt we'll be going to a party or anything. My New Years Resolution (the first one I'm making in YEARS!) is going to be to work on my patience with the kids, and also I want to make it a goal to spend 20 minutes a night reading by myself. I love/miss reading so much, but I just don't seem to make time for it anymore.
Well, I better get some work done around here. Maybe I should also make a resolution to blog more :)
Friday, December 5, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Some friends from church had their baby a little over a week ago. She was born early and has been in the NICU, hopefully she'll be released this week. What an awesome thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving huh? Here's a pic of a Bib I made her over the weekend. I hand-embroidered the little details on the cat's face :) It was my first try... came out a little crooked, but hopefully no one will notice. I also made a onesie and some booties to match.
In other news, M&D are going to be coming down around Dec. 11th!! YAY!! I can't wait to hang out with them and show them around our town. They might choose to do a 3d ultrasound while they are here, so that would be exciting!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
And just so we can compare... here is one from right after our first ultrasound confirming we had twins (around 6.5 weeks or so)
Quite the difference huh? I'm excited, but a little nervous to see just how much this belly can expand over the next 20 weeks to come!!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
To switch topics, I'm very frustrated with the election this year. I can honestly say I don't agree with either McCain or Obama on some key issues for me... therefore I will be voting for someone else... I know that they don't really have a chance at winning the presidency, but at least I would not be contributing my vote to someone I know I won't be happy with. Then the whole Prop 8 thing. Will a supporter of "Yes on Prop 8" please SHOW me where it says gay marriage will be taught in schools?? Also while you're at it, please tell me why you "as a Christian" (I know it's not true of every prop 8 supporter, but churches seem to be scaring their members into voting Yes) have the right to judge someone else because of their beliefs?? Did Jesus judge anyone?? No, I didn't think so either. First off let me say that I am a Christian, and I believe I'm a "good" one at that. My family goes to church every week, I volunteer in the children's ministry, we tithe, we attend our small group studies, and I do my best to treat EVERYONE with respect. No, I did not grow up in any church, yes I did have a child out of "wedlock" etc etc etc. I am NOT claiming to be perfect, but at the same time, as a Christian, I know that it is my duty to raise my children in God's word, and to teach them to have good morals, and how to be TOLERANT of others who may not have the same beliefs, or follow the same "guidelines" we do.
My mother is in a beautiful homosexual relationship and has been for about 8 years. Do I think it's "right"?... no, I do not. Do I respect her? YES! Do I think she should have every right that I do? YES! And we have taught our kids that even though our Bible and our God says their relationship is "wrong", that still DOES NOT give us the right to judge them, or treat them with any less respect. The Bible gives everyone the right to make their own choices... good or bad... Who am I to stand in the way of that?
On another note... a particular VP candidate has a stance on teaching abstinence in schools that I do not agree with at all. Obviously it's successful... I mean look at her daughter! ha! (Bristol will be my Halloween costume by the way... I will be wearing an "Abstinence works" shirt, a name tag that says "Hi my Name is Bristol" and carrying a hockey stick and a stuffed Moose.) Before you flame me... I think abstinence until marriage is a WONDERFUL thing. I will encourage my daughter to remain abstinent until marriage, but it is also my job to make sure she knows how to have safe-sex if she chooses to do so before marriage. I think teaching safe-sex is vital in bringing teenage pregnancy rates down. No one can stop teens from doing it. It ultimately is their choice... so why not give them access to the information they need to make an educated decision for themselves? I am one who chose to have pre-marital sex, and I do not regret it. You can also bet that my mom made sure that I knew I could ask her for any sort of birth control at any time, and you can bet that I did ask her to buy me more condoms when my boyfriend and I ran out... I had paid attention in my sex-ed classes and I knew that STD's or Teenage Pregnancy was not something I wanted to deal with because I had been EDUCATED on the topic. Lucky for me it was taught in my school, and my mom was willing to answer any other questions I had. The problem comes when parents choose not to talk to their kids about things like safe-sex, or even drugs for that matter. Sheltering our children from the "real-world" will not prepare them to live life in it!
Ok... Off my soap-box and back to work...
Monday, October 20, 2008
- Currently 16 weeks 4 days along, and feeling pretty good! Weight gain isn't as much as we'd like it to be, but my OB isn't concerned at this point, so I'm still eating as much as I can to put the weight on!
-The "BIG" ultrasound is this Friday! WOO HOO!! Very exciting
-I got a 17 month old Colt this weekend! His name is Duke, and he's a grulla pain/QH cross. He's already had some ground work done, and is halter broke. He leads well, ties ok, bathes, and picks up his feet really well. It's so nice having a horse that is a "normal" size for once! The trip to pick him up was a little chaotic dealing with bad trailer lights, an old straight-load trailer, and a one-lane road for most of the way home... people don't like driving 55 mph behind a horse-trailer, and for some reason they tailgate, honk, and as they pass they'll even give you a dirty look... Uh, sorry for obeying the LAW!! They've obviously never pulled a trailer with live cargo before. We spent most of the weekend trying to get him adjusted to "ranch" life as he's never been around cows, chickens, barbed wire fencing, or even just out to pasture. He feels much more comfortable in the little calf-corral, but I can tell he's lonely and wants to be with the other horses too. I'm sure he'll get more comfortable onces he gets used to all the noises, and other animals... then being out in the pasture won't seem so daunting!
-S brought a kitten home from work last night. Another C.O. found 3 kittens in the prison trash compactor, and saved them! My husband is not normally a softy when it comes to saving animals, so imagine my surprise when he shows up with the cuddliest little grey (gray?) kitten! He even stopped on his way home to get some wet cat food, a toy, and a collar :) How cute is that?? He said the kitten wouldn't stop crying when he went to get out of the truck, so he slipped it inside the chest of his jumpsuit and took it inside the store with him!! Now I'm asking myself "who is this man and where is my husband?!"... The whole thing was completely unlike him, but I'm not complaining :) My dog loves it already, but my old grumpy cat could do without... so we'll see how it goes!
-Kids are both doing good in school. R is sounding out lots of words now, and she LOVES rhyming. P is mostly doing better with homework, but still forgets it some days. We've just decided to take away soccer practice on the days he doesn't finish his homework, or forgets to bring it home. We do it without rubbing it in, because I think he likes the negative attention... so this way he's still losing priveleges, but at the same time we aren't giving too much attention to any bad/less-than-ideal behavior.
Well that's about it! I'm off to eat lunch :)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
As for stuff at home, we have figured out what part of P's school problems are! (yay!) His Mom is pregnant! Of course we realize that it's going to be a big adjustment for him being the only child at his mom's house, and he is a VERY big "mama's boy". Now just comes the hard part of deciding how much to let slide... we can't let him think it's ok to slack on school work, but at the same time we have to be a little understanding that a big "life change" like this WILL have a big affect on him. So the fun begins...
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
How do you get a 9 year old to take school seriously?? His mom is a teacher, you'd think she'd know, but obviously whatever she's tried hasn't worked either. He doesn't seem to be bothered by losing privileges, toys, etc.... I can't figure out what WOULD motivate him?!? I've thought about taking a day off work and spending it watching him in class... maybe some good ol' embarrassment in front of these friends he's talking to would do the trick. Or maybe I could make him a shirt that says "IF I'M TALKING PLEASE IGNORE ME" and make him wear that. Maybe I should try making a rule for the rest of the week that if he has anything to say he needs to raise his hand and wait for us to acknowledge him?? Anyone think that would work?? Could I ask the school to send him around with the janitors and make sure he knows that if he doesn't do well in school he will be doing something like that for the rest of his life? Back-to-School night is tonight, so you can bet I'm going to be drilling his teacher on what he thinks we should do with P...
Well, on a much happier note, S just dropped R off at her first day of Pre-school!!! WOOOO HOOO! My baby is getting so big :) He said she was a little nervous at first, but then the teacher got her and another girl to help her fold a blanket and she was fine after that. I can't wait to pick her up today and hear lots of stories about what she did!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
On other topics, S is going to be switching jobs at the prison, which is both good and bad. He's going to the transportation team and will have weekends and holidays off (GOOD!). The bad part is there's lots of overtime required, and since he's moving to weekends off, that means that R will still need Nana to watch her at least two days a week... if not more due to S working overtime. We were hoping to almost eliminate Nana's babysitting duties, but she was complaining about that anyways, so maybe this is for the best. I just don't like the idea of her being babysat or in pre-school 5 days a week... with our schedules before his move to transportation, we only needed a sitter 3 half-days per week. Oh well... I guess we're becoming more like the "regular" working family, where both parents work mon-fri. We'll also probably have to find a new Life Group to meet with at our church ::cry:: Our current group meets Monday evenings, and obviously that won't work for S anymore. I might have to go by myself until we can find one that meets on Saturdays (if such a thing exists!).
Anyways, I've been at work for over 30 minutes now, and haven't touched a thing... better get something done!!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
We saw TWO beautiful heartbeats at our appointment yesterday! What an AMAZING way to end a perfect weekend! All I can say is "wow!". I don't think it's really sunk in yet, because I don't really feel that different... just a little distractable today. I guess I had a pretty good feeling it was twins the whole time... so maybe it wasn't such a surprise. I have to say though, seeing those two little hearts beating away, and seeing the looks on M&D's faces was something I won't ever forget! I can't wait to see them in the delivery room when they hold their two little babies for the first time. I gotta get caught up on some work stuff, but I'll try to write more about our FABULOUS weekend later :)
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Not much to update on the homefront... R is starting preschool the first week in Sept.! I'm so excited for her, but a little emotional all at the same time. My baby is growing up too fast, but I love seeing her learn and discover new things. Other than that, not much news, which I'm not complaining about :) It's nice to be in somewhat of a routine now... we'll see how long that lasts!
I'm finishing up a quilt for the little neighbor girl's birthday present tonight, and then teaching the kids tomorrow night like always. Friday is my day off, so it'll be filled with chores and errands in preparation for the weekend, preschool, and P's birthday party! I have an exciting week coming up!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
As far as symptoms go, I'm super bloated, my pants are tight, I'm overly emotional and I should wear a shirt warning people of that. I truly believe I could go to bed by 3 p.m. every day, and I'm already having waves of nausea and heartburn. There better be two in there, or these symptoms better let up when I stop the meds, because I didn't experience this much this early during my pregnancy with R and it was rough enough!
I am getting very excited for the weekend before the ultrasound though! M is flying out Saturday, and R & I will drive down that afternoon. She booked us an adorable (and I'm sure way too expensive) room in Santa Monica . The hotel looks adorable, and I can't wait to have a girls weekend! She wants to take me shopping for maternity clothes, but we decided we don't feel comfortable doing that until after we see a heartbeat (or two). Even though our beta numbers are so strong we just don't want to take them for granted. Once we see that little flicker on the ultrasound screen we'll feel much better! Tomorrow is the 5 week mark! The little heart should be forming, and getting ready to start beating as we speak :)
On the home front, P's birthday is the 12th! We're having a Nintendo theme party for him. Basically pizza, drinks, and the whole family night playing video games. I'm going to attempt to make a Wii shaped cake! Hopefully it turns out alright. I'm going to bake the cakes when I get home after the ultrasound, and then frost & decorate it the morning of his birthday. Other than that, decorations and everything are going to be really simple. I hope it'll be a somewhat relaxing party since everyone will just be eating and playing games. We'll have the Wii set up of course, and I'm trying to get my hands on an old nintendo system with the original Mario and Duck Hunt. I think the adults would love playing that since it's basically what we grew up with!
Well, I'm off to go eat lunch and feed "Lil Fish" or "Lil Fishies" as I've nicknamed the baby/babies! Hope they like spaghetti today!
Friday, July 25, 2008
So here is why I'm thinking Twins:
Ok... just pulling info from www.Betabase.info/ For 'day 15' which is equivalent to 10 days past a 5 day transfer:
24% of Singleton Pregnancys had a Beta of 282 and above (76% were lower than 282)
63% of Twin Pregnancys had a Beta between 238 and 588 (16% were higher than 588, 21% were lower than 238)
5% of Singleton Pregnancys had a doubling time of 27 hours or less (with a Beta between 256 & 512, 95% doubled in more than 27 hours)
15% of Twin Pregnancys had a doubling time of 32 hours or less (with a Beta between 256 & 512, 85% doubled in more than 32 hours)
So... we are even doubling fast for twins according to this website !! (I have no clue how accurate the site is though) But, I'm feeling pretty confident that regardless of how many we have in there... they are definitely healthy, and personally, I think that is the most important thing.
Ok ok... enough about pregnancy & analyzing numbers, right??? So last night was very fun! The kids were very good for the most part, but I NEVER EVER want to have that many pre-schoolers to myself EVER again. Today I'm supposed to go to a book club meeting, but I'm ditching it. Yeah, bad me... but I just don't feel like myself today, and my head is in the clouds thinking about having a possible twin pregnancy. I just don't think I could sit there, control my nausea, and talk about a book I didn't read completely... and the parts I did, I didn't really like anyways! Ya know... maybe I should go, just to try to get my mind off of babies!! Anyways... I'm off to take a bath now and relax a little...
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Singleton: 10, 18, 21, 31, 33, 50, 58.4, 62, 82, 126
Twins: 52, 63, 64, 80.9, 84, 86, 89, 147, 227, 236, 249, 263, 284
Sooooo.... who knows? It's on the high side for a singleton, but middle of the road for twins... we'll have a better idea tomorrow when we re-draw and see the doubling rate. I'm leaning towards twins though just considering the fact that it should double every 48hours.... Here's my math working backwards:
Singleton: Wed: 92, Mon: 46, Sat: 23, Thurs: 11.5
Twins: Wed: 92, Mon: 23, Sat: 11.5
The reason I'm leaning towards twins is the tests I was taking have shown to pic up levels as low as 20, and I got a negative Sunday morning (which in the singleton scenario by level would have been closer to 30 at that point). The twins scenario matches more closely with the time I got my first BFP. So we'll see what tomorrow's results show! I'm so excited! M&D are over the moon of course, and I couldn't be happier for them.
On the home front, P's sleeping issues are still a mystery. Called and spoke with his Pediatrician per the idea a kind poster gave me on here, and she said to do what I've already tried (exercise). When I told her this, she started asking things like "well is he having bad dreams?" Nope. "Is he sick?" Nope. "Have there been any major changes in his routine?" Nope. "Well just give it time. I bet he'll sleep better when school starts up. That always tires them out." Ugh, great... I have now given the summer of 2008 a name "The Sleepless Summer". My worst pregnancy symptom so far has been restless nights, mainly because I always sweat alot when preggo, which is very uncomfortable when it barely gets below 70 degrees at night here. So between my night-sweats, and P's waking up, I'm in a constant state of half-sleep. I must say though, right when I get frustrated with him, he always does something so innocent and cute (and not on purpose) to make me realize that I am helping to raise a great kid... Saturday he wanted to draw S a picture and mail it to him (yes, we do live in the same house... he just like mailing people things). So I let him, he wrote our address on the envelope and we walked to the mailbox. Well, we got the letter back yesterday after P had already gone back to his mom's house. On one side of the paper he had drawn our family as stick figures. On the back is a letter to his Dad about how he prayed that I could be pregnant, and how he prayed to keep dad safe at work :::tears::: I'll add a picture later, but it was just the sweetest thing! It reminds me that even though I can get frustrated with the minor things he has issues with (food, sleeping, & whining basically) that he really is an awesome kid and his little heart is just so big.
ok... enough from me today... I'm teaching all by myself at Church tonight!! Wish me luck with 18 pre-schoolers!!!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
In other news... R left this morning with Grandma & Grammy to go on her first road trip without Mommy or Daddy!! (cry!) They are driving down to Huntington Beach to visit some friends and family down there. She looked so adorable with her little Hello Kitty suitcase. My little girl is growing up too fast!!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
So with everything that has gone on lately, I feel like I have been neglecting my "time with God" that I used to have every night before bed. Lately I've just been staying up so late trying to get things done, and the meds are making me exhausted, that it takes all of my will power to stay awake while sitting at the dinner table! Is it bad that the only time I've made for Him lately has been during my morning showers? I know that sounds wierd, but seriously, that's the only time I've found that I can just tune out everything else (kids, husband, chores, phone, etc) and just have my little "talk" with him. I know I need to make more time for Him, and "it's hard to find the time" isn't a good excuse, but it has been for me lately. I'm going to try to work harder on it, but I guess for now my shower talks are better than no talks, right?!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
So guess I should try to catch up a little. Things have been hectic, but in a good way! My birthday & birthday party were awesome! I can't believe I've lived for a quarter of a century already. I feel much older though, so I don't feel embarrassed admitting I'm no longer in my early 20's. I've been keeping myself busy busy busy sewing baby booties. I'm going to begin to sell them online to try to help raise money for Hailey Kent's family (see link at right). I've also been super tired! It must be a combination of the hormones & hot weather. I could seriously go to bed at like 7 pm if the kids weren't still awake! Oh yeah, and cleaning? Out of the question... no energy to spare for ther :) haha. I've also been doing a lot of stuff with our church group, and teaching on Thursday nights still. Man I LOVE 3 & 4 year olds... so much raw personality. They don't care what you think of how they dress, or if you think their jokes are funny. The innocence of not knowing how to be someone "fake" or put on a front just makes me so happy. I wish they would stay that way forever. On top of it, most of them are just so eager to please. They want to make you happy, they want to help, they love singing (even off-key) louder than everyone else to get your attention. I just wish I could bottle them up and take them with me so I could play with them whenever I'm having a bad day. I don't know what I'm going to do when R gets older... I guess still teach the 3 & 4 year olds and just send her to the older class!!
Anyways, back to work I go... I will try to update tomorrow... the egg donor has her ultrasound to check the follicles, so hopefully we get some WONDERFUL news... and then more wonderful news on Monday after all my appointments... There's no way my body can betray me again, right?? All I can say is with all this extra estrogen I better have some amazingly thick lining!!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
You can do it to... Here are the directions:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Friday was fun. We took R to gymnastics class, then sent her off to stay the night at my Grandparents ranch. I went and got my hair done, and then ran some errands. I met up with Denise and Andrea, went to a little pub close to our house and mingled (no worries... no alcoholic drinks for me!). I saw one of my best guy friends who I hadn't seen or talked to in like 6 years! It was so nice to catch up with him again. We were talking about how 7 years ago we made a promise that if neither of us were married by the time I turned 25, that we would get married. Just such a coincidence that we see each other again the week of my 25th birthday. He acted dissapointed that I was already married, but I know neither of us really meant it 7 years ago. We're great friends, but there's just no attraction there.
Saturday I hung out by Andrea's pool and got a little tan (ok more of a burn). It was nice to just relax kid-free. I can't wait until we get a pool someday. I know I could lay out on my patio, but it's just not the same. Saturday night I had some family drive down to my grandparents ranch to spend Father's Day with my grandpa. So I went out, visited with them, and then brought R home. Sunday R & I made S breakfast in bed (homemade belgian waffles & fresh fruit). Then we went to church & S went to work after.
Yesterday I started feeling kind of achy, but got a lot done at work. I felt like poop by the time I got home, and I feel even worse today. My glands in my neck are swollen, my sinuses hurt, my eyes burn, and I am running a pretty decent fever. Not to mention my period (finally!) started, so I'm super crampy. The only good thing about that is that we will be getting new dates by te end of the week! I go for more blood work tomorrow morning, and stay on the lupron (joy) until told otherwise. I truly feel like this is the cycle for us. It's going to work this time, no doubt about it :) So I'm thinking it'll be late July sometime... which means I'd be due in mid April if it's a singleton, a little before that if it's twins. That would be nice because the weather is wonderful here in April, so I wouldn't have to be pregnant during the summer! Anyways, I'm done rambling. I'll post some photos of the baby stuff I've been making for my friends shower later tonight if I'm feeling up to it :)
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Last night was somewhat relaxing... R & I walked to my moms house around the corner and visited with her for a bit, and then I came home and worked on some baby shoes & a bib that I'm making for a friends baby shower. They turned out pretty good for my first ones! Tonight I'm helping at church again with the pre-schoolers. I'm looking forward to a few good laughs, and perhaps another lesson or two! Today is my last day at work for the week, so I'm getting antsy for these last few hours to pass. I'm looking forward to spending the morning relaxing, getting my hair cut, and then I'm hosting a BabyCrazy party in the evening... then maybe meet up with some friends for dinner & drinks (non-alcoholic ones for me of course). I still need to figure out what to get S for Father's day. I always have the kids make something, but I'd like to get him something special for himself that he normally wouldn't treat himself to. Off to wrap some things up around here before heading home...
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
My prayer for the day: Thank you Lord for letting me sit in this cubicle where I cannot actually see him doing this. Please give me the strength to keep my mouth closed so I don't tell him how rude and disgusting he truly is... better yet... could you make me deaf for the rest of the day? I really wouldn't mind...
We had 2 birthday parties to go to on Saturday, so R had no nap, but she actually behaved really well! I was surprised. Afterwards she stayed the night at my mom's house since I had to leave for Westlake Village at 5:45 in the morning for my baseline appointment. The drive there and back was nice and easy. No real traffic to speak of, which is rare when speaking of the 405/101 interchange!! Dr. F found a small cyst on my left ovary, which shouldn't pose a problem as long as it's not affecting my hormone levels. I should have the results from that sometime this afternoon. Hopefully every thing's fine. So far this journey as been so smooth and easy, I'd hate for something to go wrong now. M&D have arranged for a chauffeured car to pick me up on the 27th and drive me down to the hotel I will be staying at for the transfer! I'm so spoiled!! I get a driver, on top of a relaxing few days in a nice hotel with no kids!! I'm not going to want to come home! Nah... I'm sure I'll miss them terribly after a day or two, but it will be a nice break. I need to stock up on some more books! I've already started reading the ones I bought (oops!) I just finished the whole Cross series my James Patterson. I finished Double Cross last night. I haven't liked the last few stories as much as the first couple, but his writing style is just so easy to read, and there are never any boring chapters, which can make it unbelievable, but engrossing all at the same time. Anyways, I'm trying to force myself to not start reading Women's Murder club series until I'm at the hotel. It's hard though!! Anyways, I better get some work done around here... Off to do some mapping!
Friday, June 6, 2008
The kids were an absolute blast though. I love the years between 3 & 6. They're still so eager to please you and be a "big-helper". I wish that feeling never ended... as in the case of my 18 yr. old nephew... long story short he dropped out of high-school, got kicked out of his parents house, has horrible friends, can't get a driver's license (medical reason), and can't hold a job... so my husband and I made the decision about 1 yr. ago to let him stay with us and we'd help him get back on his feet. He took major advantage of us, lied, let his friends steal, etc etc. We kicked him out about 6 months ago. Now he came back 4 days ago begging and pleading for us to take him back. We talked about it for a long time. S & I prayed about it, had lengthy discussions about forgiveness, then we talked to Nephew & set ground rules (NO friends over unless S or myself is there, curfew, etc). Well he did great for 3 days. We had plans to go add a cell phone to our plan for him, and take him down to dmv to get an ID card so he could at least apply for jobs. Yesterday as I was leaving for church I could tell something was up... but I didn't say anything. Sure enough, I come home, he is gone, there is a beer bottle cap on my counter, and a can of budlight in my freezer (why?). All 4 Wii remotes are out on the floor, the tv is on, and the front door is unlocked. UGH!! I'm pissed, and just waiting for him to come back... instead he calls around 9. Says he's at his Dad's (sure I believe THAT!) and he'd be back in the morning. It's almost 11am now and after talking to S, Nephew still hasn't shown up. I didn't act pissed on the phone last night, because I thought if I did he wouldn't ever come back. Well now I'm wishing I would have taken the chance to yell at him since he didn't come back anyways. Another lesson learned!
#2: Forgiving repeat offenders should be left up to God... apparently I am not a good judge.
#2.5: Never hold back in hopes of confronting someone face-to-face. If you have them on the phone Now is as good a time as any.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
mom - noun. informal. (see "mother")
hmm... well that doesn't help much, does it? What is a "mom"? It's certainly more than just having a kid or two (or 3 or 4). I'd even say that a woman who gives her child up for adoption is still a "mother", but not a "mom". This is just my opinion on the matter, of course, but to me there is a huge difference... I am not just a mother... I am a wife, a cadastral mapping tech (don't ask more on that later), a chauffeur, a cook, a maid, a nurse, a story-teller, an artist, a crafter, a dancer, an acrobat, a clumsy clown, a gardener, a christian, a sinner, a lover, a self-conscious 24 (soon to be 25) year old that feels like being a "mom" is the best thing in the universe. I wouldn't trade it for anything. This is my blog about anything, and everything, and ultimately what my definition of "mom" is... feel free to disagree, after all, not even the dictionary has a definition for the word.
A little about me: I'm 24, I have a wonderful husband "S" to whom I have been married to for almost 2 yrs, I am the step-mom to a wonderful 8 yr. old boy, "P" and mom to a red-headed, 3 yr. old daughter "R". I am also in the middle of an IVF cycle to become a Surrogate Mother for a wonderful couple "M & D" . Hopefully I'll be pregnant by this time next moth :) I work full time for the local county offices. I'm a cadastral mapping technician, which basically means I draw property maps for tax assessment purposes. Before you flame me, I DO NOT calculate your taxes... I just keep track of the actual property maps... like if a farmer sells off his 20 acres and it gets developed into tiny subdivision lots and streets. Over the last few months my family has started going back to church, and we are loving every minute. I had truly thought my life was great before, but it is just so much more fulfilling now. As far as hobbies go, I enjoy working on our yard, crafting just about anything, sewing, reading (love james patterson), playing with our animals: 1 cat, 1 dog, 1 horse, I've started experimenting with cooking lately, and of course I love anything and everything to do with babies & kids. I even sell BabyCrazy products (www.iambabycrazy.com/335) In fact I almost forgot!! I'm supposed to help with the church daycare tonight... those kids are always entertaining, so I'm sure I'll have a story to tell tomorrow....