Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Both baby and I had a check up this week. #3 is in the 99th percentile for height, weight and head circumference. Not bad for a baby born at 37 weeks, huh?

I am measuring at 31 weeks and my doctor goes on vacation on October 10th until the end of the month. I am hoping she chooses to induce me at 38 weeks, around October 9th. We'll see.

Everything else is looking good. I am gaining :( normal amounts of weight and I am pretty sure I passed the glucose test with flying colors (no gestational diabetes here...we just make 'em big on our own).

I was able to catch lunch with dear friend on Tuesday and with my mom today. It was nice. I even got to shop the clearance racks at Target and get some pretty good deals :) As we left Target today a little after 12 it was pouring rain in sheets so much that the parking lot was almost flooded. My feet got sopping wet. All I could think about was an email I once received about running in the rain. Something about letting go and letting God take care of you. I loved watching the baby trying to lick the rain drops while we rushed to the car. It was worth getting wet.

Can you say, diaper rash?

Yesterday I grabbed the orange container of baby food off the counter and started feeding the baby. She is pretty much done with baby food, but when I am in a hurry and I don't want her to get dirty we try and get her to eat it. I also let her munch on mandarin orange slices, too.

As I was cleaning up I read the side of the plastic baby food container. It read, apricots with mixed fruit. I thought it was sweet potatoes or squash.


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

whilst dreams of vacations danced in my head...

It's 11:30 pm. The game is in the 9th inning. It will probably be over by the end of this post.

The first inning was perfect. After that everything went down hill. It was painful. My husband was pitching and I could feel his pain as the opposing team scored 7 runs. I heard myself meditating quiet cheers for each player as they stepped up to bat.

In the bottom of the eighth we finally got our chance. With bases loaded and two outs JK (my hero) got a grand slam, but only after I whispered silently to myself, "if anyone can do it you can - hit that ball with every fiber of your being"...

We scored 9 runs in the 8th inning to win 10-7.


I guess the cheers really work, eh?

Keep 'em coming.

Slow down, people...

Minutes ago, I heard a loud screeching sound and watched the most enormous red tractor pulling a long red baler behind it swerve to just miss my neighbors yard. The tractor kept swerving back and forth across the road all the way down the hill. It finally stopped, in the middle of the road, facing the opposite direction it was going. The baler lay on its side in the intersection prevented only by a tree from crashing into a garage or a house.

I live in town, by the way. On a busy road but in town; where kids ride bikes and families go for slow walks with babies in strollers.

My heart was in my throat as I looked for the bike or any evidence of a child. I couldn't see anything.

Then, slowly, the man got out of the cab and with his head in his hands his chest heaved and he said, "I don't know what happened, I just lost it" to no one in particular.

I've said it before. Slow down in town. You are lucky you didn't kill anyone.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Woo Hoo!

I ordered me a cookbook, I know your jealous...

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Happy Reading and Shopping!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Is it morning again?

This morning after I shuffled to the coffeemaker (my sciatic nerve really kicks me in the butt literally in the morning) I brewed a steaming hot fresh pot of coffee. Then I poured it in my cereal. Grrrr.

I think we finally sold the tiny Blazer that we love but can't fit four car seats in. I have been searching online to see what to do about this new license plate law thingy. Do I keep my plates and just let the buyer drive off unplated? Who knows...

#1 says she is gonna miss the Blazer. We are a family with too many attachments to material things.

Looking forward to this afternoon when my mommy is taking me for a pedicure. YEAH!

I will try to pour coffee in a mug, now, like a normal person. It's decaf, you know. So it's not like it's gonna help me or anything. I am just an addict.

Thursday, July 24, 2008


This is was the notice on my Schwan’s Mike and Ike Tropical Typhoon Pops.

This product, when extremely cold, may stick to warm skin, lips, etc. Before eating, please briefly rub the product, WHILE STILL IN THE WRAPPER, between the palms of your hands to ensure maximum enjoyment.

Okay, I know I am not always the cleanest thinker, but come on. Where else would you put a popsicle? Are they covering their butts in case some kid rubs a Popsicle, not in the wrapper, all over his body?

My kids love the treats, but I am glad they can't read yet...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


It was bound to happen, especially since I was unarmed; without a camera.

The baby stood for almost 5 seconds yesterday. I could have gotten in on film but my lovely sister accidentally took my camera home with her.

Then, #1 and #2 went gopher hunting. By chance, one ended up in the window well and wouldn't you know it? They caught the @#$! thing. Really! They schemed up a plan to trap it with a piece of gutter and make it crawl into a tote. Unbelievable. I was unable to document any of this amazing 2 hour adventure. But, memories are worth more than a thousand words, don't you think?

My husband got home about an hour after the gopher wrangling and he remembered that I had bought a cheap digital camera for the kids on clearance and hid it in the closet. Why couldn't I remember that? So he did capture one photo. The rest of them he must have messed with the flash because they didn't turn out at all.So, without further ado, my kids the gopher wrestlers...
Shortly after this photo we released him because, "he keeps eating his bed". #1 made him a bed of grass and sunflower seeds and he kept eating it, oh, and he pooped. #1 said she didn't want to keep cleaning his poop so we should probably just let him go. Good idea, huh? I'm afraid he wouldn't have made it through the night. Let us not think about how terrible the world might be with one less gopher, shall we?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday, Monday

Me and #3 at the Horizons Graduation on Sunday.

Struggling a bit today. Headache, backache, kid ache...

Hoping to find a wee bit of caffeine to help rid the head of ache...hmmm chocolate?

I will try to think of something worth posting for tomorrow.

Like the fact that my sister took my only camera back with her way up North, or I finally got a night away from the kids and I worried the whole time about them, or I am such a bad mommy for letting my kids watch 3 hours of television today, or maybe I am too old and tired for this face book thing, what the heck?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tried and True

I love using my crock pot in the summer. Can't stand having the oven on, it heats the house up way too much.

Just last night I found a yummy recipe for a pizza hot dish. I have been yearning for this since a friend dropped off a similar casserole for our family when my youngest was born. It is so good. I love this particular recipe because a) it's made in the crock pot and b)I can tweak it each time I make it for the family or picky eaters.

The baby had at least a quarter cup last night and we had it for lunch leftovers today. It was just as good the second time. Pizza is always a hit here. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

(I borrowed the book "Fix it And Forget it" from the bookmobile - I highly recommend it. I have to buy myself a copy.)

Pizza in a Pot
1 1/2 pounds ground beef or bulk Italian sausage(we like it spicy, but for the kiddos I just use ground beef)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 12 oz bag of rigatoni, cooked(I used tri color rotini, my kids love it and it's easier on the budget than wheat pasta)
1 small can of sliced mushrooms
3 oz. sliced pepperoni
16 oz jar of pizza sauce
10 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
10 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded

(I added a small can of black olives and I use my own homemade pizza sauce which is pretty condensed as it is just tomato sauce and olive oil and seasoning so I think I used a little less)

Brown the ground beef and onion, drain. Layer half of each of the following, in the order given, in the slow cooker; ground beef and onion, green pepper, noodles, mushrooms, (black olives), pizza sauce, pepperoni, cheeses. Repeat layers.

Cover, cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Note: Keep the pasta covered with sauce so they don't get dry and crunchy. (I added a bit of water around the edges to keep it all moist because I barely cooked the pasta :) it worked!)

I served it with my Italian bread sticks and some fruit. For big people (aka adults) you can add a salad. YUMMO!

Rainy Day

Barely 9am + Darn near 80 degrees + Rain storm = Popcicles.
Last week the tooth fairy came again for my oldest.

My youngest got a new tooth.

It was an even trade.

My oldest is learning lots at swimming lessons. Last night she came home from lessons and, after I asked her what she learned, she told me to lay down on my back. She put her ear next to my mouth and screamed, "call 911". Then she tilted my head back and closed my nostrils.She pretended to give me rescue breaths. Ever so gently, she tried to find my rib cage she crossed her hands and pushed. She said, "I can't remember what it's called, but it helps people who can't breathe."

I asked my son if he went down the slide yet. Here is what he said.

"I ooba zooba. Then I itche catchie divi mivi."

HUH? I think I must have dropped him on his head at some point.

It's weeks like this that make me long for good 'ol scheduled school days.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Random thoughts for TGIF...

I just rocked my almost 9 month old to sleep. It doesn't happen that often, she puts herself to sleep 90% of the time. But the Lord knows I need a little soft baby snuggling every now and then and helps me find the time to enjoy a few precious stolen moments...

The baseball game is at the Birdcage tonight. It is the late game, set to begin at 8 which means probably 8:30 or later. I have some awesome friends who will be taking the older kids to a fireworks display while I have the baby at the game. The wind is out today and the heat is not quite as thick and makes it a little easier to be out in. After Tuesday nights game I know the guys are looking for a fresh start with some new energy. Dh got an email today that read, "Just a reminder to start taking your ibuprofen for tonight. I don't want any sore arms come game time, so start dosing it up now. I want the arms good and oiled up.(dh), start splashing on your after shave smelling cream rub stuff that you can smell from a block away." Before most games I help dh apply icy hot to his shoulder. I don't mind because it relieves the pain in my sore wrists, I had no idea the team was so aware of it. It made me giggle.

We got the rare chance to drive up North to see my sister last weekend. It was a short visit, but fun. The kids went up the day before with Grandma and spent the night. They were pooped. Here are some shots of the 5 hour road trip home. Yep, that's a cheese cracker in my son's mouth. We weren't even out on the highway yet and he was out.

We have started swimming lessons to which my oldest child said,"Mom, why do we go to lessons? We never go to the pool." I admit that I am not the super mom I wish I was. It is hot and I hate the heat. I have good intentions most days. Then the kids act up and I don't feel like rewarding them and causing intense irritation for myself. Today, they are all sleeping so I get some quiet time with the one in my belly and the computer...

Last night we had the end of the year t-ball game and picnic. The kids had a wonderful time. The heat was unbearable but the water balloon and squirt gun fight quickly solved that problem. In this small village we have amazing volunteers that give up two nights a week for two months to pitch the ball to tiny wanna be ball-players. It takes an immense amount of patience and sacrifice. I appreciate it and I know many other parents who do as well. Thanks Mrs.P and Vic!

The child I am growing is getting big. My doctor visit yesterday confirmed the fact that I am measuring large, again. I am sure I will be as big as a house by the due date. The heartbeat has been pretty consistent so I think I have a good guess about the sex of the baby. You know, maybe I will be right the fourth time? I am not gaining a lot of weight but my middle is HUGE and it makes even normal every day tasks pretty difficult. So, if I answer the phone out of breath you know it was the walking to the phone that did it and NOT anything else...

This weekend is jam packed(again) with activities including; a pool birthday party, a much anticipated return of the Cornbelt All-Star game on Sunday and a couple of important planning meetings. It should keep me breathing pretty heavy...

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

being free and pee

This morning I took the diaper off the baby girl and let her 'air out' a bit. I think she loves being naked and free. So after a few minutes of playing with her sister and brother I heard #1 screech. You know what happened.

At least it was only pee.


Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The BANDS AND BOWS Blog is up and running...

Check out my sister's new biz HERE!

I must say her models are completely adorable...but I may be a bit biased :)