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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Belly Pictures

Here's my belly picture. Amanda insists that I do them. Starting NOW. Even though I'm just my normal fat self.
Taken 2/26/09 around 5:30 pm. 4 weeks and 1 day pregnant

Beta Results

Yay! Yippee! Wahoo!

My beta was 80mIU/ml on 15 DPO. Wahoo!

That means that it almost tripled! (27 x 2.9=80)

Yay!

Could there be more than one peanut in there? Who knows!

I asked the nurse when he would want my first 'real' prenatal appointment to be and she said when my beta reaches 15,000.

So, I was like, um, what do I do then? Keep getting betas? (ugh, more blood draws!)

So, I did some quick math...I think I did it right.

If the beta of 80 on 15 DPO continues to TRIPLE every 2 days, that would mean I'd be back in 8 days.

If the beta of 80, doubles every 2 days that would mean I'd be back in 16 days.

If the beta of 80, doubles every 3 days (what they say is "normal") that would mean I'd be back in 24 days.

So, sometime between 1 and 3 weeks from now, I'll have another beta! We shall see...

Medicines I'm Allowed to Take

As of 2/26/09:

Regular Tylenol
Immodium AD
Gas-X

My friend Tabitha gave me this link to her doctor's website. It's great!

Pregnancy Symptoms that I adore

Well, I took my first sick day. I woke up about 4:30 am, with a God awful cramp in my stomach/lower back. After just a tiny bit of wiggling, I was able to decide that it was gas. Ugh. Yuck. I tried going to the bathroom, with no luck. So, I spent the next hour and a half miserable. At 6:00 am, I called Subfinder. There was no way I was going to work in that kind of pain. At 7:30 I got up, checked Subfinder, and then called the school to let them know I wasn't coming in, even though nobody had picked up the job. Oh well. It's not my responsibility.

So, almost as soon as I got off the phone, I ran to the bathroom, passed a TON of gas, and then got the liqui-poo. How grand. My doctor doesn't open until 8:30, so I can't ask about Gas-X or Immodium. Fun. I will defintely ask and then make a note. Actually, I think I'll start a FmyI post with the drugs my doc will allow me to take.

So, even though being gassy & then having the runs really does suck. I'll take it. Because it means the baby is okay.

I also have excruciating breast/nipple pain. Like agonizing. But, I'll take it.

I've also been running to the toilet about every hour. Which as a school teacher, bites. I have to choose between holding it until I can find someone to cover for me or leaving my kids alone. (2 of my 16 kids are suspended today, for fighting on the bus yesterday, good times)

Finally, I've woken up each day since at least Saturday with a headache. Not a migraine, but just a headache. Tylenol helps it, but so does eating. I think I might be a touch dehydrated over night. I'm going to get more bottled water today & try keeping some in the bedroom. (I'm getting up at least 2x a night to pee ALREADY!)

Tim says it's all in my head. But I don't think so. The other women on my Nov. due date board are all experiencing similar things.

Oh well. I can't wait to hear the results of the beta later on today!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Beta Results

Today's beta results were 27 mIU/ml. Low but OK for now.

We're hoping that the number on Wednesday is betwen 50 & 100. I won't have those results until Thursday though.

Please continue to pray for our little baby. (Who thanks to the ticker at the top, NOW looks like an actual baby & not just a ball of cells! Cool!)

Giveaway! An Ergo Baby Carrier Hands Free System!

OMG.OMG.OMG.

This is seriously the MACK DADDY of baby carriers. I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to have it for my own! For REAL!

Dee over at "Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House" is hosting a giveaway right now, for the entire hands-free system.

Hop over to her blog to check it out.

I've got to do all the extra entries for this one, because I'd seriously LOVE to have one of these. It is SO versatile, adjustable (we can BOTH wear it!), and long lasting!

Thanks, DEE!

Monday, February 23, 2009

hCG Levels

Hey Folks,
This is probably going to be a boring post for yins, but I need this info & I want to keep it handy!

Guideline to hCG levels during pregnancy:
hCG levels in weeks from LMP (gestational age)* :
3 weeks LMP: 5 - 50 mIU/ml
4 weeks LMP: 5 - 426 mIU/ml
5 weeks LMP: 18 - 7,340 mIU/ml
6 weeks LMP: 1,080 - 56,500 mIU/ml
7 - 8 weeks LMP: 7, 650 - 229,000 mIU/ml
9 - 12 weeks LMP: 25,700 - 288,000 mIU/ml
13 - 16 weeks LMP: 13,300 - 254,000 mIU/ml
17 - 24 weeks LMP: 4,060 - 165,400 mIU/ml
25 - 40 weeks LMP: 3,640 - 117,000 mIU/ml


So, tomorrow, we'll know what we're looking at when I get today's results!

The hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (better known as hCG) is produced during pregnancy. It is made by cells that form the placenta, which nourishes the egg after it has been fertilized and becomes attached to the uterine wall. Levels can first be detected by a blood test about 11 days after conception and about 12 - 14 days after conception by a urine test. In general the hCG levels will double every 72 hours. The level will reach its peak in the first 8 - 11 weeks of pregnancy and then will decline and level off for the remainder of the pregnancy.

Key things to remember about hCG levels:
In a bout 85% of normal pregnancies, the hCG level will double every 48 - 72 hours. As you get further along in pregnancy and the hCG level gets higher, the time it takes to double can increase to about every 96 hours.
Caution must be used in making too much of hCG numbers. A normal pregnancy may have low hCG levels and result in a perfectly healthy baby. The results from an ultrasound after 5 - 6 weeks gestation are much more accurate than using hCG numbers.
An hCG level of less than 5mIU/ml is considered negative for pregnancy, and anything above 25mIU/ml is considered positive for pregnancy.
The hCG hormone is measured in milli-international units per milliliter (mIU/ml).


AND JUST FOR MOM:
From betabase.com, a list of multiple pregnancy beta ranges:

DPO/Midrange levels/Lowest levels/Highest Levels

13/190/10/486 <--Monday
14/262/23/1157
15/356/16/2010 <--Wednesday

Mom thinks it might be boy/girl twins. If this is true, I'd just squeal with delight. I have always dreamed of twins.

Pay It Forward

A Contest Folks!

I won the Pay It Forward from a blogger I stumbled across & I'm here to post my own Pay It Forward. It's a fun little contest. Basically, you need to be one of the first three commenters on my blog to win! Then if you win, I'll make you a handmade treat and you host a Pay It Forward on your own blog.

I have to get it in the mail within 365 day's. I will get it in the mail sooner that that though, maybe...as long as a hurricane doesn't hit the post office...or an elephant doesn't crush the prizes...or any other horrific catastrophe doesn't occur...count on it coming sometime within the next month.

Now, the three people who win a prize, MUST host a 'Pay It Forward' on their blog. They will send a homemade gift to the three people who won and so on.

Sounds good right?

Get to commenting...

What a DAY!

So, this morning I got up, went potty & dipped the FRER line test. I came in here & opened up all of the pages I frequent. When I looked down the FRER was already positive. I started tearing up. I ran into the bathroom & dipped the digital FRER. Then I came back & started typing to you all! When the YES+ popped up on that test, I burst into tears! OMG. I was SO happy!
I had a good little cry, went to my boards & shared the news & then went to tell the hubs. He was happy, but cold & wet coming out of the shower.
We are SO excited.
I got to work & waited for 8:30 to roll around....FINALLY I got ahold of the doctor & scheduled a 10:00am appointment. Then I called Subfinder & put in for an absence. Only they never got me a sub. So, I had to wait until the last minute to leave & then Mrs. White had someone cover my room.
I went to the doctor & he did an internal & a blood BETA. He also scheduled me for another BETA, on Wednesday. When I left the doctor's office, I called Dad & Amanda. Then I went to Chic Fil A for a quick lunch.
When I got back at school, it took me a good hour and a half to get back in the *zone* to teach. We had a decent math lesson, nothing like what we did the other day, but we got some work done.
After school, I checked my e-mail and then headed home, because I'm pooped.
Another pregnancy thing (besides the constipation, weepiness on 9DPO, and excema) is that yesterday I started having some breast tenderness. Spencer kicked me while I was changing him & it hurt. Today they hurt even if I touch them. Not fun, but I'll take it! I'm 13 DPO...my period wasn't even due until Wednesday! I feel good about this baby though, and I think he/she is going to be fine!

I'm still pregnant!




OMG. My heart is like a butterfly right now. The FRER line test is positive. I've NEVER gotten a positive on a FRER.


AGH! The digital is positive too!
I'm crying. OMG.

Must go tell Tim!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday Update!

Well, it looks like I haven't blogged at all since Presidents' Day. I'm so sorry!

Monday the 16th Night:
We bought me a new computer! Yay! Tim now works for HP & they were having some awesome Pres. Day sales. When we combined that with Tim's employee discount we were able to save boo-koo bucks on a new sweet kick butt computer, 20" flat screen monitor, & an HP all-in-one photo printer! Yay! The printer & monitor arrived yesterday & the computer left Texas yesterday as well! Wahoo! I can't wait for the Sims 3 now.

Tuesday the 17th:
This is the day my constipation finally ended. That was wonderful. Oh, you didn't know I was constipated...well sheesh, I should have told you, I was stopped up for like 4 days! (I'm now thinking it could be a pregnancy thing! YAY!) It was a LOONG work day, followed by a Girl Scout meeting. Chrissy called, because she was working in my neighborhood & wanted to know if I could pick up Carolynn from her job site. I told her I couldn't, but Tim could. So Tim babysat until I got home from scouts. He did a GREAT job. Caro ended up being there quite late & we actually put her to bed!

Wednesday the 18th:
I can't remember. Isn't that sad?

Thursday the 19th:
I went to work. Mrs. White came in and observed me during workstations time. I still haven't had a post-observation meeting with her. She was supposed to e-mail me, but didn't. She said I needed to do more hands-on teaching. I was working with a group almost the entire time she was in there. Interesting. It was a half day for the kids, followed by a staff meeting for us. Boring, with a capital B. After the staff meeting I went back to my room & worked until around 6ish. Then I headed to Va Beach to babysit for my pal, Melanie. The only noteable thing really was that I was SUPER emotional all day & had to fight back tears on several occasions. When I got to Mel's and spent a bit of time on the computer, I realized that it was 9DPO in my cycle. This was the day that I burst into tears in church during my Nov. pregnancy.

Friday the 20th:
I had a long day at school. I taught math, whole group, for 3 1/2 hours & most of my kids GOT what I was teaching. I had previously spent 8 one hour sessions trying to teach the SAME material in small group. (Each group got about 25 minutes of my time.) In one three hour lesson, I got kids to mastery. I hate teaching in small group. I got the boys right after school & headed home. Mandy picked them up very soon after we got back to the house & I went to chillaxx on my computer. Only around 5:00 Chrissy showed up on my doorstep with all 4 kids. She wanted to know if I'd babysit while she went to the job site in my neighborhood & finished up. Sure, why the hell not. So, we had the big kids & Caro until about 7:30ish & they were good. When Chrissy got home we all went out to Golden Corral for dinner. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't worth $27 smackers! After dinner we pretty much crashed.

Saturday the 21st:
That day started out with the excitement & worry over the light lined test. I spent too much time analyzing and taking pictures & then had to race to get to Saturday school on time. After Saturday school, I dropped a student off at home, went to 7-11 to put gas in the truck & went to Pep Boys to buy the wrong brakes. I didn't know they were the wrong brakes until tonight, though. When I got home, I got busy cleaning our house. James was already here, helping Tim work on my car (new front brakes & a new serpentine belt!) but Missy and the T-Man were coming at 4:00. As it was I didn't get the chores done until closer to 5:45, but I did eventually get the house clean. Missy and I chatted while I cleaned & fixed dinner. We had Italian chicken, peas, bread sticks, and baked potatoes. After dinner I was beat. The boys played video games & Missy & I chillaxxed on the couch. When James and Missy left, I crashed, hard.

Sunday the 22nd:
Another super light test greeted me first thing this morning. Bummer. I was hoping the lines would darken up. It showed up after 2 minutes though, so it's definitely NOT an evaporation line. We got ready for church & I did some dishes. We had to pick up Spencer and Grayson on our way to church & they weren't ready. We managed to get them ready & out the door JUST in time to squeak in the doors at church before the service started. After church we headed to Texas Roadhouse for lunch. Mmm mmm good! After that, we buzzed home, and then buzzed back out to James and Missy's house. The plan was to put the rear brakes on my car & set-up a grill of James & Missy's. Only, my car has drum brakes, not disc, so they didn't need changed! And there were some other guys there to visit, so not a lot of work got done. Oh well. Missy made a yummy dinner that I couldn't really eat. I just wasn't feeling hungry at all. After dinner we started packing the boys up & got ready to leave. When we left we headed to Amanda's to get some formula & then we headed to Wal-Mart to get the pregnancy tests. I got a 4 pack of FRER tests. Three are lines & one is a YES/NO digital. I also got a 2 pack of Clearblue digitals. So I have 3 of each kind. Yay! We also got $70 worth of wires, so Tim can use the t.v. in the office as a monitor & a shower mirror. I picked up a few baby things on clearance too, for Caro. When we got home, we vegged out & Grayson ran around and played. Lindsey just picked the boys up around 10:45. So, now that this post is done, I'm heading to bed.

The plan for tomorrow is to call the doctor & try to get a blood test ASAP. I'm going to take a line test first & then if there's anything there, switch to digital.

Keep the prayers flowing!
Here's today's test again. Stacey from Diaperswappers touched up the contrast so you can REALLY see the second line! Yay!

Side by Side Comparison


Here is a side by side comparison of Saturday's test vs. Sunday's test. You be the judge.

I am not going to test tonight. I'll take another (or two) in the morning. That way I have new info. to give the doctor.

This is just a quick post, Grayson and Spencer are still here & my belly/back are still crampy. Also, I've been EXHAUSTED all day!

PS. This is coming to you from my new 20" monitor!

Another, can you see it?

Hey Folks,

Since this is about ALL I can think about right now, it's all I have to post for now. Hopefully I'll come by and do a LONG Sunday update tonight.



OK. This is the same picture, just in the bottom one I drew you an arrow to help you find the line. It is a lot fainter today, which is depressing & scary. I'm praying like crazy, begging God to let me have this baby and to keep it safe and snug in my womb. I KNOW there is a tiny little baby in there just wanting to be ours forever. It's just so hard to be excited when there's so much fear. I'm terrified of losing it, I want it so badly.
Here's a prayer that one of my Diaperswappers Mamas sent to me.
Dear heavenly Father,
I come before you right now to lift my sister, Steph, and also myself up to you in prayer.

We both know and awknowledge you are the true creator and you make everything perfect. We give you admiration, praise, and love, Lord, for everything you do is good.

We thank you right now for answering our prayers, for looking inside our hearts and learning our deepest desires. You are faithful and GOOD!

Lord, we ask that you keep your angels over us. We ask that you set up your wonderful hedge of protection around us, our bodies, and these precious children that you have knit into our wombs.

We are putting our utmost faith into you, God. We believe your word and we believe in you.

Give us your strength, God, in our moments of weakness. Remind us gently of your promise in our moments of doubt.

You are beautiful and wonderful and so worthy of our praise. We love you, Lord and we pray this prayer in your son Jesus' precious and holy name.
Amen!

I'll be picking up some digital tests and some more line tests tonight. Digitals aren't as sensitive so I think I'm going to wait to try those, because I definitely DO NOT want to see "NOT PREGNANT" on a test.
Please, please, pray for our little baby!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Can *YOU* See It?

Here's one more, from the scanner. That's the control on top & the test line on bottom.

I'm 11 DPO today. This first one is Straight-Out-of-the Camera or SOOTC.

So is this one!



In this picture I turned all of the midtones down. You can see it here, I think.



In this one I turned the color hue and saturation way up and I think you can see it there too.







Here's another sootc.




Tell me what YOU think!


PS. Tim can see it! In REAL LIFE! OMG. Amanda you need to come look at my pee stick! Puh-LEASE!



Friday, February 20, 2009

More Caro and the Dog

Here's some still shots of Caro & the dog.













Carolynn and Dog Food

So, Carolynn decided to "feed" Wazowski tonight, while I was getting ready to vacuum. She first picked up every little stray piece of dog food & placed it neatly in the dog bowl. Wazowski ate all the food right behind her! Then when it was all gone, she went nuts, yelling, "More! More!" and banging on the dog food container. So I gave her another bowl of dog food & she placed the food from the full bowl to the empty bowl, and Wazowski ate just what she gave him! She kept calling him Rosie too. Anyway, I am trying to upload a video of the cuteness for your viewing pleasure!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Big Read: The UK's Top 100 Books


Click on the picture to hop to the Big Read webpage.
I found this list through a new blog I'm reading called, Hiver Hiboux. I have no idea what that means, so if you want to tell me, yay! She's a pretty new blogger, a newlywed, and pretty funny & definitely REAL. Also, she loves to read! Yay! Me too! According to her blog, the average adult has only read 6 books from this list. Let's see how I measure up! Feel free to copy & paste this to your blog if you want, but let Jen know you checked it out from HER blog, ok?
Thanks,
Steph
I'm going to BOLD the books I've read and Italicize the books I want to read!
1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett <- one of my favorite books!
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
So, what's my total: 26...that's not bad 1/4 of the books...how about you?

Grammar Quiz

Hey folks! Check out my PERFECT score on the grammar quiz! I don't know how to post it in a post, so I'll just leave it up top there for a couple days! Enjoy!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Odd Question Post, PLEASE REPLY!

1. What did you call your grandparents?

2. What do your kids call their grandparents?

3. Do you have different relationships with your different sets of grandparents?

For example, I'd be fine leaving my newborn with MY mother, but not with my MIL. I have no problem handing a newborn to MY Dad but I would probably want my FIL to sit down first! We are closer to my parents than we are to the in-laws, even though my parents live in PA & the in-laws live across town.

4. Finally, please go vote in my boy name poll if you haven't yet!

THANKS!

The Challenge! Week 6 When In France


The Challenge Week 6! When in France....




Quoted from Diaper Diaries:

Remember back when you were dating your hubby and that firework sensation that came from a really good kiss? How come those “feel it all the way in your toes” kisses are far and few between once you’ve been married a while? I told one of my single friends once that once you get married you just kind of stop making out. She almost started to cry. Cause who wouldn’t want a good make out session?

Instead, it sometimes feels like “oh, you’re kissing me with tongue, that must mean you want sex.” What if you sprung one of those kisses on your hubby when it couldn’t be followed up upon? Now, I am not talking about some sort of teasing torture. That would be wrong (fun, but wrong). I’m saying maybe when he comes home and the kids aren’t paying much attention (lest you scar them for life), you plant a big one on him. Then smile slyly and move along. Build some anticipation that was so prevalent when dating. Then later, have a little make out session before getting down to business. Pretend for a moment the inevitable…isn’t inevitable.

Tim and do ok in this aspect. I pretty much can't get to the main course without an appetizer, so we HAVE to have adequate foreplay. Go for it!

Kindle Anyone?

I think I want a Kindle. The new one. Not right now, but maybe by this summer. I LOVE to read! I am constantly reading, even when I shouldn't be. (At stop lights, recess...) The Amazon Kindle looks freaking amazing! The books on there are cheaper than the paper version too! That saves trees & gives me the audio book as well! You can go from audiobook to text just like */* that! I'm sure it's not the audiobook you'd get if you bought the CDs but, hey, any book I can read while driving is AWESOME!

Tim wants an MP3 player...either a Zune or an I-Pod. So, around about the time we can afford to get him that, I want a kindle! Maybe he'll get his MP3 player for his b-day & I'll get my Kindle 2 for mine. We shall see.

So, do any of you readers out there have one? Know someone who has one? Seen one when you were walking in the mall? I've NEVER seen one in person, nor do I know anybody who has one! So, out into the blog-o-sphere it goes!

I want a real live person's opinion of the Kindle, not just a techno-jargon review off a news website. Hook me up, folks!



To Do List Check Up:

I did the stuff that is bold...

Clean the kitchen
Mop the kitchen
Cook dinner (Tacos, Mac N Cheese, and mashed potatoes)
Play Wii Fit
Grade papers?
Eat ice cream for dessert

Happy Presidents' Day!


Hey Folks! Happy Presidents' Day!

I had today off & it's been great! Tim had to work, though, so I've been home all alone!

I slept until 10:30, it was SO nice! When I got up, I spent the first hour of my day blogging & catching up on blogs. I also ate some breakfast of left-over Yukon steak!

Then I got busy cleaning. I straightened up the living room, put away all the laundry in the guest room, put away all the baby stuff & reorganized the babies' closet. (I have clothes in the guest room closet for Spencer (6 months), Grayson (2T-3T), and Carolynn (12months-2T)...for when I watch them!) I sorted through a big box that's been sitting in the guest room for 2 years and gave away a bag of rabbit food on Freecycle. I vacuumed the whole house. I cut up strawberries for dessert tonight. I cleaned out my underwear & pj drawers too! I've been a busy little bee!

Just now, I got a shower & then Chrissy came by to see her cat & grab some of the stuff for her and Carolynn. She also gave me $20 to put towards taking care of her cats. I am buying expensive litter & food (by Chrissy's judgement it's expensive, by mine it's just name brand) becuase of the STENCH that the cats produced before I switched!

She's gone now & I'm dressed though so I'm off to clean the kitchen.

Here's my to-do list:
Clean the kitchen
Mop the kitchen
Cook dinner (who knows what we're having?)
Play Wii Fit
Grade papers?
Eat strawberries & angel food cake for dessert

Wish me luck!

Dressy Dribbles Car Seat Cover Giveaway!

Hey Folks,

You know I love all things baby, riight?
Well, Momdot.com Reviews just did the AWESOME review of Dressy Dribbles. The best part? They're also hosting a giveaway! Yay!

Enter to win a reversible car seat cover from Dressy Dribbles. Just stop by MomDot Reviews where you’ll find this great giveaway and more mom blogger reviews. Contest ends Friday, February 27, 2009.


About Dressy Dribbles:
Dressy Dribbles is a unique company started by two moms, Melissa Shaw and Jennifer Lamkin, specializing in giving your new and old car seats a makeover with covers for infants and toddlers.From the mom’s in charge themselves…Dressy Dribbles was created by two new moms who learned through experience what kinds of things can make a mom’s life easier. We kept finding ourselves saying “wouldn’t it be great if…” and “don’t you wish that…” and a little while later a company with the objective of creating the most practical and convenient products for babies and moms was born.Dressy Dribbles offers stylish infant car seat covers, toddler car seat covers, and blankets. But unlike any other car seat covers out there, ours snaps on and off. So washing your little one’s car seat cover has never been easier. We use only the highest quality fabrics and offer a variety of contemporary designs.
Mom Approved:
Maybe it was bad timing, bad luck, or a little bit of both. We had a terrible time finding a car seat we loved for our daughter. While safety is by far the most important, the look of the car seat is just below that. The 2008 lines of car seats were flying off the shelves with little to choose from and 2009 lines haven’t made it to the shelves yet. With my daughter’s arrival just around the corner we had to just pick a car seat and forget that it wouldn’t be as pretty as we had hoped for.Then, I found
Dressy Dribbles! This wonderful company that specializes in giving new and old car seats a makeover like no other, came to my rescue turning my daughter’s drab black and purple car seat into a stunning mix of lavender minky and Asian Flower brocade. The idea behind these car seat covers is simple, the process of dressing up the car seat, even simpler. Just take a look at the quick video, posted over on Momdot.com Reviews.

Dressy Dribbles car seat covers are more than just a new look. They are 2 in 1 with lots of extra advantages. Each cover is reversible with a solid color on one side, and a pattern on the opposite, making it fun to pick your “flavor of the day” and comes with a matching canopy. You can even add a matching reversible blanket for the finishing touch!

Here are my top reasons for recommending this product to moms:
machine washable
installs in minutes with snaps, no re-threading the harness straps
keeps original fabrics clean from diaper explosions and spit-up
fits most standard car seats

Mom Improvements:
Each piece to the car seat cover was so easy to install, there is little room for improvement. All I can suggest is more designs! Moms love variety.
I'd add that they need more Gender Nuetral patterns. I'd love on in a fun, funky, print that was nuetral fo ra boy or girl! (yellow, green, orange, light blue)

Buy It:
Dressy Dribbles has a variety of
stylish infant car seat covers from $35 - $50. Want the complete gift set including matching blanket? You can buy that at a discounted price of $65 - $80. You can also give your toddler car seat a makeover with a variety of covers for $50.

Win It:
Dressy Dribbles is offering one lucky reader the choice of an infant or toddler car seat cover in their favorite print!

SO, of course, I have to get as many entries as possible in this AWESOME giveaway! I'm trying to win a toddler car seat cover, so that when I have the Care-Bear, I don't have to use that raggedy/filthy car seat of Chrissy's! Sad & pathetic, but still gross.

Thanks Momdot!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Would You Rather....?

Hey Ladies,
It's time for another edition of Would You Rather...? from Momdot!

WOULD YOU RATHER....

Fall in love with someone who has done hard time in prison for a triple murder or with someone who is a member of a bizarre religious cult?

Lose your mate to the same sex as yourself or to the opposite sex?

Only be able to spend a total of three months a year with your significant other or be handcuffed together for life?

Die before your spouse of 50 years does, knowing he or she will be healthy but heartbroken for another 20 years or watch your spouse die before you after 50 years together?

Marry your first boyfriend or a person your parents chose for you? I DID!

Be married to someone who is extremely vain or has extremely poor self-image?

Have your spouse disappointed in you or have your child disappointed in you?

Get stood up at the alter or have someone stand up during your wedding and reveal that your spouse-to-be has been cheating?

Be married to Brad Pitt or George Clooney?

Go back to the way it was when you were dating your spouse, or fast forward to the future?

If you want to play along, head on over to Momdot!

Sunday Update Pictures

My A.C. Moore goodies!
This is actually for Mrs. Moose's daughter. She loves lady bugs!

Girl Scouts actually bought this...we're going to use it to put patches on several of the girls' vests/sashes!


This is actually a cool Halloween paper, but I had a bad picture.








This is a REALLY awesome Disney World paper!












And this is a paper for Rosie's picture frame!








Sunday Update Valentines!

Hey Folks!


WOW! This week was INSANE.


Last Saturday was Ashley's birthday party.


Sunday Dad took me out shopping for work clothes & shoes. Then he took us to Texas Roadhouse.


Monday was work & then I went to Red Lobster with Dad & Amanda (on me!) When we left there we went to a Kohl's by Amanda for her shopping spree.


Tuesday was a lazy night for Tim and I & I can't remember what we did at all. I think we went to bed early. I know I wasn't on the computer though.


Wednesday was Bunco. I dreaded going but then had a blast, as usual. I don't know what's with my funk lately.


Thursday I had plans to stay at school late, but then I had a conference that pissed me off, so I left right at 3:10 and came home. I cleaned house & blogged a bit. I did manage to get on Wii Fit for a while & get my Think Thin Thursday up.


Friday was AWESOME. Tim hired a quartet to come to work & sing to me. It was embarrassing but in a good way. Everybody at work was talking about it. After work I took Grayson and Spencer to Wal-Mart, I had to get a couple things & I wanted to buy Tim's Valentine's present. I managed to get 3 of the picture frames I needed for his lithographs. I also got a nightie & a pair of pj shorts. I also got a couple things on clearance. I got 2 pairs of leggings for Carolynn for $1 a piece. I also got a Christmas set, with a hat & booties. It says, "Silent Night...Yea Right." Then Amanda met me at Kohl's. I got 2 tops for work, 7 pairs of microfleece undies, and a baby outfit that is fleece. I am going to use fleece as my diaper covers, so I'm looking for gender neutral fleece outfits. (Like a jogging outfit, only 100% polyester.) When I got home, Tim had the chocolate fountain set up, with 2 lbs of strawberries, graham crackers, Oreos, angel food cake, and my favorite sugar cookies. Yummy! I had picked up pizza, wings, and breadsticks so we ate dinner & then dessert!


Saturday morning we both had to get up early. I had Saturday School and Tim had church. We went off on our seperate ways. After Saturday School, I dropped off one of my students & then went to another Wal-Mart to get the rest of the picture frames I needed. I also got a bunch of other stuff! When I got home, I blogged, clean house, washed the frames & then loaded up the lithographs. When Tim got home, we finished cleaning up, I cut Tim's hair, and then we got ready to go out! We went to Yukon Steak Co. for a yummy dinner. We had crab dip as our appetizer, then we had salads, followed by steaks with crab imperial on top! It was DELICIOUS! After that we had plans to go to the movies & see Gran Torino, but before we got to the mall we decided against that. We ended up just wandering around the mall, window shopping. We did pick up 2 cute little toys for Grayson. (They'll stay at our house, but we bought them with him in mind.)




Aren't they adorable?

When we got home we pretty much crashed!


Sunday:

We got up, got ready for church, and went to the 9:45 service. After that service, Tim still had to do more sound, so I went to A.C. Moore. I got some good loot!

(adding pictures messes up the spaces, so I'm going to do a seperate post for those!)


After A.C. Moore, I headed back to church to pick Tim up. From there we went to Best Buy to look at computer junk. Then we went to I-Hop for lunch. Only we took the long-ass route to get there because we didn't know if we wanted something ELSE instead. Our waitress couldn't keep up with the lunch rush & another waitress ended up taking care of us. See, I got all you can eat pancakes. They were delivered about 5 minutes AFTER the rest of my meal. We didn't get ANY syrup with our pancakes. So, after waiting several minutes, we asked the other waitress (S) to get our waitress for us. She said, "(L) table 3, please!" Well, L came and checked on EVERY other table she was serving, except for us. She walked past my empty plate & cup, 3 TIMES! So, then S checked back on her table, next to us, noticed my empty plate, cup, and me sitting there looking amazed. She said, "Has she come by yet?" NOPE. "Oh my goodness...what did you need sweetie, I'll get it!" She immediately went to the kitchen and very loudly said, "Can I get a reorder for L's table!" Then nice and speedy like, she brought me a drink, fresh plate of pancakes, and a drink. Then she went and fussed at L. L through an attitude & then didn't come back to our table until we were done eating! Needless to say, we left a less than 10% tip, which NEVER happens! (Tim normally tips 25%!)

From there, we headed to Tabitha's house. She is lending me her OvaCue fertility monitor! If this month isn't it for us, I'm going to start using it next cycle. Then we drove by Chrissy's old house, just to see if they sold it or anything. It looked deserted. Then we went to Pep Boys. We got front brakes, my serpentine belt, Pepper Spray, car junk, and gloves for Tim. I'm hoping there won't be a problem with me keeping the pepper spray in my purse. It will really make me feel better at work. From Pep Boys we went to the movies. We saw "Push." It was pretty good. I hated the ending, but what can you do!? After the movies, we headed home.
Since we've been home, I've been blogging & Tim's been farting around on line. We had left-over Pizza Hut for dinner.

I'm off tomorrow & Tim has to work, so I'm hoping to get some grading done.


How was your weekend?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Challenge! Week 5! Double your Pleasure, Double your FUN!


Welcome to week 5 of the Challenge.
This is the post to divert your eyes from, if you do not want to read about my sex life.
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Quoted from Diaper Diaries:

"Ok, ladies, this week we step it up!!


Which I completely realize I said last week, but you guys are pros at this challenge now, so I know you can do it. This challenge is for the rest of the month of February. It is the month were we are supposed to be extra lovey dovey and remember that we love people in case we forgot the rest of the year. So there will still be weekly challenges, but you have to keep this one going for the whole month. Got it?

For this month you are to double your weekly frequency. First, here are the caveats. If you are one of those women who wrote me that you are a 3 time a weeker, you need not double it. You are more than welcome to, God Bless You!!! But you are already rockin this challenge. This one is for those of us with a bit lower numbers. Maybe you can just stand on the sidelines and cheer us on (not literally, that would be weird).

If you aren’t having sex once a week, then start with a baby step. Double your monthly frequency, your yearly frequency, whatever. Just double something. Oddly enough, sex is like a lot of habits. The more you do it, the more of a habit it will become and I find, the more you want to do it. I once heard a speaker say to put a little heart on the calendar every time you have a night of romance. The goal is for a month full of hearts. And your mother won’t suspect anything kinky cause it is February and you can just tell her you really got in the Valentine’s spirit with the calendar this year.

Ok ladies, are you in?"
Well, I'm in, as a cheerleader! We're getting it in at least 2-4 times a week right now, and I can't really handle any more! Good Luck!
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The Challenge Week 2
Mama Needs a New Pair of Panties
Quoted from Diaper Diaries:
OK ladies, lets talk undergarments. Was the last time your panties had elastic in the Clinton administration? Is your underwear hitting somewhere around your bellybutton?

Perhaps it’s time to overhaul your underwear drawer. Baby steps. I am not talking about plunking down $500 at Victoria’s Secret for a bunch of lingerie. I am just talking about a few new pairs of panties. BTW- Vicky’s secret? She has no cellulite or stretch marks from having babies. Let’s not be intimidated by her standard.

I firmly believe it is difficult to feel sexy in “grannie” panties. And I am nearly positive it is hard for your hubby to find you sexy in them. First, let’s just dispel the myth that sexy panties=thong. I know some women swear by their comfort, but I personally don’t enjoy flossing my behind. Sexy simply means something you feel sexy in. So go buy yourself 5 new pairs of pretty panties. They don’t have to be pricey, just pretty.

There is a catch. You must go through your drawer and rid yourself of any pair of underwear that is in the “definitely un-sexy” category. I know all the excuses for hanging onto them. Pregnancy, your faithful monthly visitor, working out. The problem is that often they make their way back into the regular rotation when we get behind in the laundry. If you insist on hanging onto them, get them out of your regular drawer so you won’t be tempted to pull them out during a bad laundry week. Again, no excuses ladies. Get rid of them.

Have fun. To really have fun, let the hubby help pick them out. To really, really have fun, do as one of my readers did. Call your hubby at work, tell him you have thrown out all your panties and that you will be home panti-less until he brings you home some. And then pray like a bandit that he doesn’t get in an accident on the way home. For extra credit this week, buy a matching bra. Every woman should have one bra and panty ensemble. Cause sometimes, just feeling sexy is half the battle.

So what do you think? Are you in?
Well, I didn't originally participate in Week 2, because we didn't have the funds at the time to go out shopping. Since then, I have purchased 1 new bra & found one hiding in my drawer. Bringing my good/fitting bra count up to 3. Yahoo! Last night, with my Valentine's Day money, I bought 7 pairs of Microfiber undies. They aren't SUPER sexy or anything like that, their just different colored nylon/microfiber underwear. Tim says he likes them, even when I'm not dressed up at all, so I figured this would be a nice thing to spend some of my V-Day budget on. He is already enjoying them! Hee hee...

Small Talk Six!



Hey guess what! Momdot is hosting a new meme that I think will be totally fun!
It's called Small Talk Six & it's super easy to play along!All you need to do is grab one of the graphics below for your “Small Talk Six” posts and your sidebar. Then make a short (or an elaborate) post on your blog in response to the assigned topic of the week (see list below). When your post is live, come leave your direct link on Mr. Linky and then go see how the other participants responded on their blogs.You can respond to each topic with a list of 6 words, 6 phrases, 6 sentences, 6 paragraphs, or 6 photos. Get the idea?
Today’s topic is the “6 most romantic or unromantic things that have ever happened to you.” You can answer this with a list of 6 words, 6 phrases, 6 sentences, 6 paragraphs, 6 photos, 6 videos, etc . . .

Here are my six . . .
ROMANTIC
1. Valentine's Surprises- Tim said last year I came home from work & gushed about the gifts the other teachers got. So, he couldn't be outdone this year! He hired a quartet come to my classroom and sing a beautiful love song to me. They also gave me a custom card he picked out & 2 long stem roses! They played it over the intercom so the office staff could here it & all of my students were in the room. (There will be more about it in my Sunday Update!)
2. Valentine's Day Dessert-When I got home around 7:30 from shopping with Amanda, Tim had fixed a delicious dessert for me. What was it, you ask? Let's see...he had the chocolate fountain up and running, strawberries, angel food cake, Oreos, and graham crackers all laid out in a delicious spread!
3. When Tim proposed to me. He asked my Dad for his blessing and then my Dad suggested when & how Tim propose. He went along with it, to please my Dad and me too! He proposed at my graduation (from college) party in front of all of my closest friends & my extended family! (I had family in from Pennsylvania for the party!)
UNROMANTIC
4. When the dog gets on the bed & watches. (Do I need to explain this?)
5. Stopping to turn off the darn alarm clock!
6. Lunch at P.F. Chang's on my birthday, soaking wet from head to toe, after wrecking my car. Read about it, here.
Alrightie then, it's your turn. Head on over to Momdot & play Small Talk Six!

Google Fun

Go to Google and do the following:
1. Follow the directions for each question
2. Answer with the first thing that makes sense

Q: Type in "[your name] needs" in the Google search.
Stephanie needs some help!
Yea, I guess I sometimes do!

Q: Type in "[your name] looks like" in Google search.
Stephanie looks like she belongs on the cover of a magazine!
Why, of course I do!

Q: Type in "[your name] says" in Google search.
Stephanie says that she wants to know why she's given half her life, to people she hates!
Again, this could apply to me...I'm constantly doing for other people, because I don't know how to say no. I don't really HATE anyone though, so I'd have to change that part.

Q: Type in "[your name] wants" in Google search.
Stephanie wants to get her life back to normal.
I'm not really sure what my normal life is, but sure!

Q:Type in "[your name] does" in Google search.
Stephanie does some Yoga!
Yep, on my Wii Fit, as often as I can!

Q: Type in "[your name] hates" in Google search.
Stephanie hates the camera! (since hate is such a strong word, I tried this one again)
Nah, I love my camera. Or any camera for the matter, I just like to be behind it instead of in front of it!

Q: Type in "[your name] dislikes" in Google search.
Stephanie dislikes drinking (if the drink hasn't got an alcohol percentage)...
Hee hee...this would have described me in college! Not so much, these days.

Q: Type in "[your name] asks" in Google search.
Stephanie asks, "Why do you do it?"
All the time.....

Q: Type in "[your name] likes " in Google search.
Stephanie likes spending time with her younger sister and family.
Yep, cause my little sister is fun & I love my family.

Q: Type in "[your name] eats " in Google search.
Stephanie eats her own diarrhea!
Now, that is just NASTY. I do NOT eat my own diarrhea. BUT, this was the FIRST hit, so I went with it!

Q: Type in "[your name] was arrested for" in Google Search.
Stephanie was arrested for playing the bongo's too loud in her living room while naked!
Not really, I have played the drums in my living room, in pjs, though.

Q: Type in "[your name] loves" in Google Search.
Stephanie loves you or me!
The options for this one sucked. I either got "U" or "me", so that's what I went with.

Q: Type in "[your name] was killed by" in Google Search.
Stephanie was killed by a gas blast as she walked to school.
Um, that is really sucky, but I am still alive and well & fortunately I DRIVE to school, so I shouldn't have to worry about this one!

That was a fun meme, feel free to copy it & post it on your blog! Let me know in the comments if you do!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Sunday Update Pictures

Here are the pictures that go with this week's Sunday Update.

Ashley's Birthday Party @ Amanda's house on Saturday night, in Reverse:
Carolynn checking out the new Littlest Pets (I think it was a whale & a snail. The "most messy") They also had a bat at the store, but I didn't buy that one!
Ashley & Brianna checking out the LP.

Breaking into the presents!



The loot. The purple & pink dots was mine & the pink & orange dots was Mandy's. It was a very PINK pile!


Tim feeding Spencer, while he sits in MY bouncy chair.


Carolynn waiting to eat.



The big kids & their food.
Sunday after church time, Dad took me to Kohl's to go shopping. It was a very late birthday present. I got a dress, a pair of slacks, a couple tops, and a pair of Sketcher's shoes. I am very thankful, because I really needed some new clothes. Here are a couple pictures of that!

One of the outfits Dad bought me.


The dress Dad bought me. I wore this to school today & got LOTS of compliments. I really like the dress, it is stretchy & fits nicely.

Think Thin Thursday!



It's Think Thin Thursday again! Yay!


I didn't set a goal last week, so that means I win, right?


I pretty much just continued my previous goals.


1. 24oz or less of Coke/Soda a day

2. Drink at least 1 bottle of water a day

3. Lose weight


Our task from Bridgette was to visit Tyson.com and check out their products. My MIL makes a yummy cornish hen for our Thanksgiving and Easter feasts! (Each person gets their own hen and they are very tasty.) I'm not dieting, so I don't know how healthy they are, but they sure are yummy!

This next week, I really would like to get on Wii Fit more this week, but I'm not making it a goal, since I know the likelihood is low.




I axed the whole exercise on Wii Fit every day, because it's just not going to happen with where I am at work right now. I'm WAY too busy & when I get home I'm WAY too tired.





I did get some exercise in though. Saturday I went with my Girl Scouts to a Service Unit Badge Day (which was a lot of walking). Sunday my Dad and I went out clothes/shoe shopping, which is also a lot of walking & a lot of up/down bending. Monday we did the clothes shopping thing with my sister, lots of walking, again. Yesterday, I played basketball for about 15 minutes with my students, which is a lot of running. So, I am EXERCISING, just not on Wii Fit & not for any real measurable amounts of time.





I still drink a bottle of water at work each day and I am TRYING really hard to only have ONE soda.

Well, I just finished my Wii Fit time for tonight. I'm up 0.7 lbs, so I'm back in the 192 range. Boo. Maybe it's muscle weight? Yea, who'm I kidding! Ha ha!

Wish me luck this week, I'm really hoping I'm pregnant, so losing some extra weight would be AWESOME!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Wah, wah, wah, a crying post

I'm just going to cry for a minute in the blog-o-sphere.
I've been without my computer for a couple days & right now I've got 107 posts in my Reader that want my attention, but I can't seem to care about them. I'm more than 1/2 way into Breaking Dawn (for the second time) and I can't seem to put it down.
I'm moody & pissy today.
I'm going to go ahead and go to bed & maybe if I feel like it I'll update later. I just realized that Bunco is tomorrow & that makes me mad. I never WANT to go anymore. I used to look forward to it so much, but ever since I got sick in Oct. and that one sucked I haven't been INTO it. I don't know. Anyway, tomorrow may be my last game. I'm still thinking about it.
Steph

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sunday Update!

Phew, I've almost made it through this weekend!

We'll start with Friday night.
I had a decent day at school, I finally feel like I'm treading water, safely. Terrell dropped Grayson and Spencer off at school at about 3:15. I had some more work to do, so I did that with them in tow. We left the school around 4:00 and headed to Virginia Beach. My first stop in VB (with both boys asleep in the car) was at Melanie's to visit her & pick up my camera. She's doing very well post-op and I'm so proud of her for trying so hard! (I love you Melly!) From there I headed to Carolynn's babysitter's house to pick her up. I had to JAM the third car seat into my car in order to get the door to close, but I got them all in.
After we left the babysitter's we headed towards the mall, where I went to the UPS store to drop off my Homescan system. Apparantly I didn't enter anything within the first X amount of days & they removed me from the program. I tried to several times, but either the store wasn't in the system or I didn't have the reciept & they wanted me to enter the prices. Oh well. It might have been fun, but I really didn't have the time for it. Then we went to the Navy Federal down the street. That was an ordeal. I had Spencer asleep in his car seat in the stroller, Carolynn sling-riding on my chest, and Grayson by the hand. We had to be seen by a real person to deal with the nasty letter they had sent me. I also deposited a $40 check from my Grams (from back when we bought Carolynn diapers, meds, and her teddy bear). After that we headed to Tom and Peggy's house. All of the babies needed food and fresh diapers. Amanda was on her way to VB to pick up the boys, so I got busy on the diapers & food at Tom and Peggy's. As I finished filling the last sippy cup & all the diapers were changed, Amanda pulled up. (It took me THAT long to do 3 diaper/clothes changes & fix bottles & sippies, but Amanda also drives like a bat out of hell.) We said goodbye to T & P & loaded the babies into the different cars & I headed home. When I got home, Tim and I worked on cleaning a bit, while taking care of Carolynn. She was sick and cranky, but we eventually got her to eat & then go to sleep. Tim and I crashed not long after she did.

Saturday Morning:
I got up WAY TOO early. I got showered, dressed, and took care of the laundry before the Little Miss woke up. I passed her off to Tim while I finished getting ready for Saturday School. Tim did a good job taking care of her & she didn't even cry while I left. Saturday School was fine. Mrs. White has asked the Instructional Team to come out and "help" us. Which was wierd. Basically, I don't think she has any faith in me as a teacher after last week. So, Mrs. B from the Instructional Team, sat in on my first group (I do the same thing 3x.) and didn't really say anything. Then Mrs. White tried to come into my last group, but one of my students ended up getting thrown out of his group by Mrs. R. and so Mrs. White had to go with him to the office. I don't know why she thinks she needs to babysit me & I hope she doesn't do that during the regular school day. It's just going to piss me off.
Then, after S.S., I went down to Chic Fil A and got some lunch. I rushed back to the school, to wait on my Girl Scouts and before long we had a little group of 7 girls & 2 adults. We headed out to the Service Unit Badge Day and had a blast. The event was well organized & fun for the girls! I ended up having one more girl show up, and one leave about 10 minutes early, so we were ok with the car seat situation. (I can't put anyone under 13 in my front seat b/c of the airbag.)
After the Girl Scout thing was over, we went back to school & all of the parents were waiting, yay! We dropped off the girls & I headed home. I got home & was PISSED! Tim had been home alone for at least 3 hours and didn't do jack diddly squat. OH I was HOT! So, I had to RACE through the house, cleaning, making the bed, cleaning the bathroom, and generally getting things not so gross for my dad. I gathered up all of the stuff I needed to take with me and headed out. I went first to a Freecycler's house to get another bag of clothes to try on Tony. Then I went to Wal-Mart to get Ashley's birthday presents, potatoes, chocolate for the cake, Breaking Dawn (YAY!), and some baby clothes that were from $0.75-$2.00 each! Yay!
From there, I raced to Amanda's house, where the real craziness began. We quickly washed the potatoes, threw them in the oven, and finished preparing dinner. We had a LOT to do & we got a huge meal on the table in about an hour. We had 6 children, ranging in age from 6 months-12 years old. We also had 6 adults. There was plenty of food to go around and we all ate for a long while. After dinner, I dashed upstairs to wrap MY gifts, only to find, that NOBODY had wrapped their presents! Lovely, so I wrapped my gifts, Mom and Dad's gifts, and Chrissy's gifts! While I was doing that, Amanda made lava cakes, mmm, mmm, good! When we were both done, we came downstairs, ate cake, and sang Happy Birthday to little miss Ashley Nicole, who is now 8 years old! Then we did the present thing and Ashley was very happy! After that, began the mad dash to clean up & get Chrissy & her crew out the door. Tim and I didn't leave until about 10 o'Clock.
Tim headed to the grocery store to pick up a few things & Dad and I headed home. We unloaded the truck, while Tim did the shopping. When we all got home, in, and unpacked, we went straight to bed! It was almost 11 and we were tired!

Sunday Morning:
This morning we woke up nice and slowly. I think I might've ovulated yesterday, so we had to take care of those needs too. My dad went and got coffee & donuts. Then we all sat around talking way too long. Tim and I got in the car to go to church & realized the service started in 15 minutes. Oh well, no church again today!

So now, Tim is cleaning the kitchen, I'm supposed to be cleaning the rest of the house, and we have no real plans for the rest of the day, other than spend $$ and get outdoors.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Small Talk Six!


Hey guess what! Momdot is hosting a new meme that I think will be totally fun!It's called Small Talk Six & it's super easy to play along!All you need to do is grab one of the graphics below for your “Small Talk Six” posts and your sidebar. Then make a short (or an elaborate) post on your blog in response to the assigned topic of the week (see list below). When your post is live, come leave your direct link on Mr. Linky and then go see how the other participants responded on their blogs.You can respond to each topic with a list of 6 words, 6 phrases, 6 sentences, 6 paragraphs, or 6 photos. Get the idea?

So, this week's task is 6 songs you would totally dance to if you were alone.

1. Jump Around
2. Coming to America
3. It Wasn't Me
4. Billy Jean
5. It's Raining Men
6. All I Want to Do is Make Love to You

And for the record, I'd dance to most of these if people were around anyway! I LOVE this party music! These songs are the first six that come to mind when I think "my music"!

And BTW, my dancing is hilarious!

"Wagie" Rides for Tuesday

Fellow bloggers,
If you haven't read about this sweet little child then went Home to the Lord last week, then you're missing out. Tuesday Fiona Whitt was about 18 months old when she passed away from a severe form of cancer. Her twin sister and brothers will grow up without her sweet little personality in their lives. The blog her parents wrote wasn't solely devoted to her cancer & it truly shows how they kept on living, even after her diagnosis.
Today, they are hosting a "Wagie" & Bike Ride in their hometown. Tuesday apparently loved wagon rides. Since complete strangers can't make a treck to Colorado to show support, some of Tuesday's followers have started a 'virtual wagon ride.'

This quote is from Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit:
The power of many, pulling as one.
I didn't have to wander far this weekend to stumble upon post after post mentioning the pain, the anger, the sadness felt over the loss of
Tuesday Whitt.It constantly amazes me the power of this crazy blogosphere. How one sentiment can spread like wildfire. So when Lee, at Moms without Blogs, sent me a note with an idea utilizing these connections in order to offer the Whitt Family support, I honestly got goosebumps.On Saturday, February 7th at 11:00 a.m., the Whitt Family is holding a celebration in Parker, Colorado. They're having a wagon and bike parade to honor Tuesday with one of her favorite things to do - "wagie rides."We all can't be there physically, but we can be there in spirit.

My blog is wearing the badge over there on the sidebar. Click on it, if you'd like to participate.

Thanks,
Stephanie

Friday, February 6, 2009

Aloha Friday! #3


In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day to take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So Kailani at An Island Life started Aloha Fridays in order to take it easy with posting too.It's easy to play along. I ask a simple question and you give a simple answer!After you answer my question, post a question on your own blog and leave your link over at An Island Life. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!


My question this week is:

What was a childhood pet's name? Did it have a special meaning? (If you didn't have any pets as a child, you poor thing, how about an imaginary pet/friend?)
And, I'm playing along with:
What time do you usually wake up?
Our alarm goes off at 6:00, but I don't get up until closer to seven. Tim gets up & showers first!



Thursday, February 5, 2009

Would You Rather....?

Here's another edition of Would You Rather...? from Momdot!


Would you rather be a Siamese twin connected at the lips or at the soles of your feet?
Would you Rather have your hostage negotiator be Dick Vitale or Ike Turner? Who?
Would You Rather have your cell phone ring function set on ” Taser” or ” Airhorn”
Would You Rather snore the sound of a dial up modem or fart the sound of a rapid fire machine gun?
Would You Rather eat cotton candy made from belly lint or suck on a human eyeball jawbreaker for one minute? OMG. Eww.
Would You Rather orgasm once every tens years or once every ten seconds?
Would You Rather have sex with the Tin Man or The Scarecrow?
Would You Rather have breast implants made of Nerf or Play Doh?
Would You rather fight Mike Tyson or talk like him?
Would You Rather have sex with a soft and tender Tony Danza or a fast and furious Mr Belvedere? Who?
Just out of curiosity, which question left you thinking ” What the heck”???
The cotton candy/eyeball one...GROSS & wierd. Who comes up with this stuff?!

Small Talk Six!

Hey guess what! Momdot is hosting a new meme that I think will be totally fun!

It's called Small Talk Six & it's super easy to play along!

All you need to do is grab one of the graphics below for your “Small Talk Six” posts and your sidebar. Then make a short (or an elaborate) post on your blog in response to the assigned topic of the week (see list below). When your post is live, come leave your direct link on Mr. Linky and then go see how the other participants responded on their blogs.
You can respond to each topic with a list of 6 words, 6 phrases, 6 sentences, 6 paragraphs, or 6 photos. Get the idea?

The next 2 months worth of topics are:

2/7 – 6 songs that you love to dance to when nobody’s looking
2/14 – 6 most romantic or unromantic things that have ever happened to you
2/21 – 6 things you would be willing to flash someone for
2/28 – 6 things that never fail to make you smile
3/7 – 6 places you would like to travel to if you had someone trustworthy to watch your children and pets
3/14 – 6 things you love that are green
3/21 – 6 things you love or hate about springtime
3/28 – 6 things you would like to do naked if you lived alone

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