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Sunday, January 3, 2010

YAY for 11 o'clock church!

This is my favorite time for church. Not too early, not too late. Ironically, I have had 9 o'clock church the last two times I've suffered with morning sickness! Mornings never bode well for me--combine that with getting 3 children up, making sure they're properly dressed, all while trying to hold down my breakfast--yes, 9 o'clock definitely had it's problems.

Today is our first Sunday back to 11 o'clock. So maybe this week we will make it on time?

New Years Eve







This New Years was a bit of a quiet one. We usually have friends over or go out with friends, but this year, it was just Chris, me and the kids. We took them to Denny's for dinner (their favorite) then came home for the rest of the evening. Chris played checkers against Jewel and Nathan for a while, then Jewel taught him how to play chess. Now that was interesting! As the hugely pregnant lady, I just stayed on the couch and watched. But at midnight, Chris insisted that they all needed to bang pots and pans to welcome in the new year. Here they're just getting ready to storm out into the cold and wake the neighborhood.
Here, they're clammoring the pans with all their might--

Jewel obviously has a do or die attitude
about this very important job!
Then, finally, a job well done for all of them!



Saturday, January 2, 2010

The most exciting day we've had all week





But that's not really saying anything, lol! Chris has had a 4 day weekend twice now, and I've found the holiday vacation is making us way too lazy! I was actually glad to get up early this morning. We went to the baptism for the son of one of our very good friends. There were quite a lot of people there and we ended up sitting in the very back. We left Jordan with my mom and just took Jewel and Nathan, so it actually was more reverent than usual for me--except that Chris kept poking Jewel and Nathan when I wasn't looking. I finally pointed out a 2 year old that was being more reverent than him, and he had to agree.

After the baptism we had lunch at their house (lasagna and the best garlic bread ever, YUM!) and it was fun to see a lot of friends we usually don't--just because everyone gets so busy! Chris took all three kids sledding after that (I had a lovely nap) and Jordan told me they went on two mountains. Chris and I both signed up for Skype (let me know if you're on there!) installed a webcam on his new laptop, then had a video conference call. That was interesting. I've never done that before, and of course Chris was making the most of the webcam, making scary faces into it. I'm including one that I was able to capture, totally cracked me up.

The baby is moving right now, she's quite the active little thing. Unfortunately, her awake time is at night, so I can see where this is going to lead . . .

It's been waaaay too long . . .


. . . and I'm up way too late! But with this pregnancy, nothing I does gets me to sleep peacefully at night. My belly is very big now, and moving from side to side is a big deal, I have to hold my belly and move it along!


For those of you who don't know, we're expecting baby #4 at the end of February! It's a GIRL!! Jewel has been beside herself with excitement over finally having a sister (although she loves her brothers dearly!) Nathan merely said, "I knew it was a girl!" And he did. The morning I found out I was pregnant--and still reeling fro, the shock--I had only told Chris. I was walking down the hall and Nathan came up behind me. He said, "Mom, when are we going to have our baby girl?" My mouth just dropped open and I didn't know what to say! I gathered my wits enough to say "I . . . don't know, I guess we'll just have to see." It satisfied his 5 year old self, but I was blown away. Later in the pregnangy, he told me a couple of times that he had talked to the baby, and it was a girl. So . . . there you have it, folks! Out of the mouth of babes.


I had been absolutely CERTAIN that Jordan was a girl, and truly shocked when it was proven QUITE well that he wasn't! Chris and I have joked that knowing Jordan, our independent, stubborn, crazy boy, he probably shoved his way in front of his sister at the last minute. It will be interesting to see if she has anything to say to him about this when she arrives!


We had a wonderful Christmas, but I am honestly glad that the Christmas vacation is almost over! School starts for Jewel and Nathan on Monday, and my first class is on Wednesday. With how tired I've been feeling lately, I've worried slightly about school, but I always enjoy it sooo much! So I guess we will make it though this semester the same way we did with the others!


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

School, school, and more school!

Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since I've written on here! After finals I was content to do practically nothing for a couple of weeks, then school started again! Jewel started the day before me and loves it so much she commented on how she wished she could just live there! I have school every day from 1--3pm. It's my CNA class. The teacher is actually a nurse that was with me when I delivered Jewel, I had known her through my CNM's office (certified nurse midwife) and she stayed 2 hours after her shift to be with me. When I heard the name of the teacher, Linda, I was like hmm, what are the odds??? I haven't seen her since then, but always remembered her fondly. Then I walk in and there she is! It's a lot of fun but somewhat exhausting to be there every day!

Chris almost has the basement finished! He re-did the shower and floor in the bathroom down there, and put in cabinets and shelves. The carpet should hopefully be going in on Monday. Nathan is anxiously waiting to go to preschool he starts next Tuesday. Jordan is getting into anything and everything--literally. He has learned how to open almost every door in the house and can get onto the counter--I caught him standing up on it and reaching into the cup cupboard! He is way too fast for me!

I'll keep up on this better!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Jordan in the ER

And you think I'm finally going to write about the ER visit I eluded to a couple of weeks ago? I will, but he was in there again on Tuesday. My poor baby.

The first visit was because Nathan got into the Spray N' Wash, and thinking it was water, squirted poor Jordan in the face and eyes. I missed it while I was doing laundry, and when I saw Nathan playing with it, I took it right away, and while Jordan's hair was slightly damp in places, his face was fine. He also acted fine for hours, then started crying and wouldn't stop. I also noticed he wouldn't open his eyes! I called poison control first, and they agreed I should take him in (I'd tried rinsing his eyes out earlier, but it didn't seem to help.) It took forever, but I finally got in there (Jordan was running around the waiting room the whole time) and they squirted some stuff in there to check the eyes--the doctor said he could see a slight infection, but that it would be gone by morning. And it was!

On Tuesday, Chris came home early, a little after 5. I was cleaning the boys' room, and he went downstairs to work on the bathroom we're remodeling. Jordan, Jewel, Nathan and my nephew, Lucas, we're all watching Sesame Street. I came into the living room on my way downstairs to put some blankets away, and I saw Jordan--he looked perfectly fine. I came back about about 2 minutes later, and I heard Jordan making a strange groaning sound, repeatedly. Jewel was patting his hand and I asked what was wrong with him. "I don't know," she told me. I bent down beside him and noticed his chin was pressed hard against his chest. I lifted his chin and noticed he was drooling--a lot! I tried talking to him, but he was unresponsive, and kept making that noise--then I saw his eyes were rolling in the back of his head. I called for Chris, and he came running upstairs. We rushed to the ER with him--my friend, Steph, who thankfully lives just across the street and had just gotten home from shopping came over to stay with the other children until she could get a hold of my mother to come. There was a nurse outside when Chris peeled into the parking lot, and she ushered us right in. They hooked up Jordan to machines, asking all sorts of questions, drew his blood, took a chest x-ray--he was really struggling to breathe. The doctor suggested he had had a seizure. Chris and I were so frightened for our sweet baby. They took him to get a CAT scan, and he was still very unresponsive. He finally opened his eyes when the put him in there, and again when they took him out. When we brought him back into the ER, he finally got to see Chris and me standing there, and while he didn't really respond, we could tell by his eyes that he recognized us. He fell asleep for about half an hour and when he woke up, he smiled when he saw us, and couldn't stop smiling. It was wonderful. He had a high fever and fell back to sleep, bu we were able to take him home a couple of hours later. He seemed perfectly fine, was running around at my mother's house, playing with cars, and even managed to snitch cake off the table--he was back to being quicker than us, and we were so glad!
The doctor (who was the one who delivered Nathan, so we know him very well, thankfully,) is still a little unsure as to why Jordan had a seizure at all. His fever was high after we brought him in, and all of the tests came back normal. He's thinking it still could have been associated with the fever. Jordan's been fine ever since.
Of course I'm still in school, just finishing up the summer session, I have finals next week, and I had to stay up for hours the night of Jordan's seizure to write my term paper (I was just thankful he was okay!) so I've been totally crazy, but still--I love it!

Monday, July 7, 2008

I can't help it, I'm excited . . .

About school! Can you believe it? I'm really, truly enjoying it. I went to psychology class today, and I always feel like I learn so much. My professor is great, and makes everything so interesting. I am behind on my Medical Terminology though, and I need to get to it!

I already have my classes planned out for the next two semesters. This fall, it's CNA (certified Nurses Assistant.) It's only 2 hours a day, and my sister will be here with the boys--Jewel will be in school. The clinicals I'll have to do the last few weeks, once a week, will seriously be at 4 in the morning, and til about 7:30, so my kids won't even be awake! In the spring, I think I will be doing the math class (The horror!) and taking the EMT course. My friend Amy, who has been an EMT for years, encouraged me to do it, and I must confess, I'm very excited! I'd do it this fall, but CNA is already a pretty big class to handle.

Now, if I could just finish editing my book already . . . (insert rolling eye smiley here__)