Friday, November 30, 2007

Time for another picture of the bump...

Just for fun. :p

As a side note, I'm ready to hurt my kids. Okay, not that I would do that, but they've been driving me crazy today! Constant fighting, teasing, and screaming. It's not even a full moon... :p Remind me again why I'm having another one???


Oh, and it's the last day of NaBloPoMo. I actually managed to write a post every single day. Yay for me! :o)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Does life ever slow down?

Or does it just keep getting more and more crazy the older you get? I keep waiting for a "break", or to be less busy, or whatever, and it's just not happening. Someone should have warned me about this. I may not have signed up for it. :p I'm beginning to get worried about this whole "moving on with life" thing. May is right around the corner, and we're going to move one way or another. And move into a bigger place (hopefully, we better!). What has me worried is the fact that I can't even keep my apartment picked up and clean. How am I ever going to do that with a house? Hire a maid? What would that teach my kids? Yeah, I worry about things like that. I'd love to have a maid, but would that set kind of a bad example? Would my kids turn into spoiled brats? Maybe instead of a getting a maid I should do a better job at training my kids. They've got to be good for something, right? I mean, there's a reason for having four kids in the first place, isn't there? What, it's not to get some help cleaning the house? Really, why didn't someone tell me? Ah, I'm looking forward to life next year. It's going to be an adventure in many ways. :o)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Oh Christmas tree...

Dave got all of our Christmas stuff out of storage today. We started setting up this evening, but it looks like I'm going to have a busy day tomorrow getting everything done. I do love having all the decorations out, though, and this year we actually really get to enjoy them. It's going to be our first Christmas at home! :o)

And completely off topic, is it just me or does that baby on the right have a freakishly huge head? :p

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Remember that post...

...about the overscheduled parent I wrote a while back? Well, that was me today.

7:30 - get up (hey, at least I got a good night's rest), get Kaylee her breakfast, get Tyler's lunch ready, send Tyler off to school, get Bryan's breakfast
8:00 - have a short computer break
8:30 - eat breakfast
9:00 - take a shower and get ready for the day, help Kaylee and Bryan get dressed
10:00 - start cleaning the living room, vacuuming, cleaning the desk, clean the bathroom sinks and toilet
11:00 - take a short computer break, go make "green drink"
11:45 - midwife comes over for a visit, I pee on a stick, get my belly measured, and my blood pressure taken, then we chat
12:45 - midwife leaves, I give the kids a quick bite to eat and have some "green drink" myself
1:05 - time to go to voice lessons
2:20 - get back from voice lessons, help kids get on their snowsuits so they can go outside and play in the snow (did I mention we had the first real snow today, a couple of inches)
3:20 - kids come inside, I help them take off their snowsuits and get their regular clothes back on
3:30 - go to pick up Tyler and his friend from school
3:45 - drop off friend at his house, go straight to gymnastics
4:00 - Bryan has gymnastics, Tyler does his homework there, Kaylee plays, I watch
5:30 - come home from gymnastics, get everyone some dinner
6ish - Dave finally gets home, we chat for a little bit and I eat
6:30 - do voice warm-ups
6:45 - leave for choir practice
9:40 - come home from choir practice (it's not usually this long, but we have our concert next week)
9:50 - sit down to blog...
10:05 - finish blogging, go get pj's on, get a foot massage from Dave, go to bed

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Nutcracker

Karatemommy had an extra ticket for the Nutcracker this evening, so I decided to go. We sat in the second row, pretty much in the middle. It was really fun. I just was amazed at how strong those ballet dancers are. You could literally see each individual muscle. Crazy...

On a different note, I just realized that in just 4 months we are going to be a family of 6. Wow. Part of me can't wait, and part of me is hoping those 4 months won't go by quite as fast as the last 5 have... :p

Sunday, November 25, 2007

In case you didn't know...

Traveling in the car for a long time makes for a crazy "day after". The kids were wild today. Probably because they spent the majority of the day yesterday sitting in the car. Still, I got really tired of telling my kids to "stop doing this, stop doing that" today. Didn't help that it was Sunday, too, so we had church, which they had to sit still for. This afternoon was bad. Let's hope tomorrow is better...

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Home sweet home...

Well, we made it back home. And I'm so done traveling for a while. :p The drive actually wasn't bad at all. Kids were good, car held up great (no tire blow-ups this time around), and we had fun visiting with a couple of Dave's siblings and their families for an hour. We got in at a decent time, so my suitcase is all unpacked. Now I have a few more things to put away, and then I'm ready for bed. I don't ever seem to sleep well when we're away from home (unless I stay for an extended period of time), so I'm looking forward to a good night's rest. I just can't believe a whole week has gone by. It's crazy how time flies...

Friday, November 23, 2007

Change of plans...

...so we've decided to leave AZ tonight instead of tomorrow. We're planning on seeing Dave's brother and family on the way back home, so we figured it'd be better to leave today and get at least some of the drive out of the way. It's still going to be a long day tomorrow, but hopefully not quite as bad. I can't believe a whole week has already gone by. Time flies when you're having fun. :p

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Why is it...

...that we always eat way more than we should on holidays? Well, sometimes it's an ongoing problem, but it seems to be especially true for holidays... Instead of one slice of pumpkin pie, I ate two. And two slices of chocolate cream pie. And two servings of mashed potatoes, turkey, and gravy. Sadly, there was no cranberry sauce. But there was delicious cranberry raspberry jello, of which I ate three bowls... Seriously, like my tummy isn't big enough already. And I can't even go on a diet, either. I skipped lunch today, and didn't feel so good until I ate all that food for dinner. Yeah, talk about excess. I need to get back to my healthy (or at least healthier) eating habits... :p

Another great book...

...every woman who is pregnant or planning to become pregnant should read (do I sound like a drug advertisement or what? :p). I started reading Born in the USA by Marsden Wagner today. While it has a somewhat anti-obstetrics undertone, it's easy to see where it comes from. Sadly, in parts of what I was reading I was seeing myself and my own experiences with obstetricians. I know there are doctors out there who do a world of good for people, but there are also plenty who act more in their own interest than that of their patients. Especially true for obstetricians. I know there are women who have had great experiences with them, but there are also many who haven't (myself included). I just finished reading the chapter on inductions, specifically the use of cytotec, and to say I'm shocked is an understatement. It's too much to go into here, really, let's just say if you ever have a doctor suggest induction, and mention cytotec, run as fast as you can... And don't forget to read this book!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Some random thoughts

So much to write, so little time...

- The job search is starting to pick up. Dave's had a couple more people contact him these last few days. The place in CA where he did his internship really wants to hire him. Another place in TX asked for his resume. We need to sit down and make a list of everything that's important to us, and figure out some kind of ranking system or something...
- We got to go to Red Lobster for lunch today. Thanks to a $25 gift card I earned on mypoints. It was pretty good (though I don't quite get the lobster hype...).
- I got to finally read some more. Still haven't made it all the way through "Pushed". It's been a really interesting book to read. I just keep reading and thinking "EXACTLY!" There was one paragraph I came across today that I really loved. I'm going to have to share it sometime when I find the time.
- Spending time with Dave's family is so much fun. But it's also very exhausting (physically as well as emotionally). I guess I'm just not used to big families... :p
- It's just about 11 p.m. again. I need to get to bed. The blender's going to get started at 6:45 sharp, and I need to be well rested cause I'm not going to sleep through the noise... Yeah, you read that right, the blender. It's all for a good cause, though. Dave's mom makes this "green drink" every morning, with fruit juice, banana, some other type of fruit (whatever's around, I guess), leafy greens, and tofu (yep, tofu). Oh, and ice, so it almost gets to smoothie consistency. It's not just good for you, but tastes surprisingly good, as well (believe it or not!).
- Okay, really gotta go to bed now...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Good times

My friend Chalice came over for a visit today. It was so much fun to see her and her kids. She used to watch Tyler for me when he was just a baby and I was still going to school. Such a wonderful friend to have! We got to visit and talk for a while, and it's so fun how sometimes, even if you don't see someone for a long time, when you do get together it feels like you were never apart. I may not have many friends, but I'm really grateful for the few that I do have, who accept me for who I am, and who are willing to keep meeting up with me even if that means having to listen to me ramble about birth and breastfeeding and circumcision. :p Love ya, Chalice, thanks for coming over today!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

13 hours in the car, anyone?

Whew, that was quite the trip. But we made it. The kids actually did really well. We "only" watched three movies. :p I've decided it's not so bad traveling when your kids are older. It seems like once they get past the age of 2.5, they're a lot more patient and less likely to scream bloody murder. I think this was the first car trip without any meltdowns in a long time. Okay, so I'm sure the DVD player helped, too... Anyway, now we get to relax for a week, and then we get to make that drive all over...

Saturday, November 17, 2007

We're off to AZ...

...yeah, NOT looking forward to 13 hours on the road. But it should be fun once we get there. :o) And thank goodness for portable DVD players, at least the kids will be entertained... :p

Friday, November 16, 2007

And THAT'S what we call efficient...

So, I've really been needing a couple more long sleeved maternity shirts. I got a $10 gift card from Kohl's last week, which I was planning on using toward those shirts. Thing is, our week has been so crazy busy that I just haven't gotten around to going shopping. The card's only good through tomorrow, so after we got back from a dinner party this evening, I decided to make a run to Kohl's. I was there and back home in less than an hour. End result: three shirts and a skirt. Yay for quick shopping. I did forget to look for socks, though... :p

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Being "Green", Part 2

Here are 10 more things you can do to make this world a better (cleaner, healthier) place.

1. Save water - turn off the water while brushing your teeth, cut down the time you spend in the shower. If you have a fairly new dishwasher, stop pre-washing your dishes in the sink. Dishwashers these days do an amazing job getting your dishes clean, there's really no need to pre-wash. :o)
2. Turn your thermostat up in the summer (if you have central a/c), and down in the winter (for heat). Adjusting even just a degree or two makes a big difference in resources used.
3. Consolidate trips. Instead of running to the store three times a week for small things, plan one big trip. Carpool as much as possible. If your city has a good public transportation system, try using it!
4. Keep your car well maintained. Check your tire pressure once a month. Correct tire pressure not only saves gas, but keeps you safe, as well. If you have an oil leak, get it fixed!
5. If you're in the market for a new car, remember that bigger isn't always better. Carefully look at gas mileage, as well as reliability.
6. Walk or ride your bike whenever possible. It's not only good for the environment, but good for your health, too.
7. Get a clothesline. Line drying is pretty easy to do, and can save you a lot of money.
8. If you're pregnant, plan on breastfeeding. It's not only healthy, but also good for the environment. A lot of resources are used to produce infant formula. Here's a good article, scroll about half-way down to read about the impact formula feeding has on the environment.
9. Don't litter (duh...).
10. Remember that sometimes, less is more. :o)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Moving up, moving down...

Moving all around. :p Since the boys started gymnastics at the end of August, it seems they've been doing quite a bit of moving around between classes. Tyler started in the 5-10 year old beginner's class, then got offered to move up to level 4 the end of October. Bryan has been in the preschool 4 class, and just today his teacher approached me and told me she thought he's more than ready to move up to the 5-10 year old beginner's class (even though he's only 4.5). At the same time, Tyler's been having a rough time with level 4, and decided he didn't want to do gymnastics at all anymore. Is your head spinning yet? Mine was today... :p We all talked about all of our options this afternoon, and now we're looking at Bryan going to the 5-10 year old beginner's class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Tyler going back into his "old" 5-10 year old class on Thursdays. So Tyler and Bryan are actually going to be in the same class on Thursdays. That should be interesting. We'll see how it works out for them.

The other "moving around" we're doing is thinking about where to go after graduation in May. Things keep popping up here and there for Dave to apply to, and I'm getting dizzy thinking about all the different places we could end up going. And the daunting task of trying to find good neighborhoods, schools, comparing cost of living, etc. etc. etc. There is one possible option that would allow us to stay right where we are (though we'd definitely move out of the apartment and into a house!). Part of me is really hoping that option is going to work out, since I feel so comfortable here. I know the town, everything is close by, it's a good place to raise a family. Of course, we won't know until at least January if this option is going to work out, and so we're trying to decide what to do in the meantime. Keep applying other places? Wait until January and then apply as needed? I don't know. All I know is this is all getting a bit more complicated than I was hoping it would get... I guess moving on from one part of life to the next is never just easy.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Can't.Stop.Eating.Chocolate.

I'm so bad. Both my mom and grandma send us packages from time to time, and of course there's always chocolate in there. I generally manage to eat up my own "allowance" within a couple of days. But do I stop there? Nooooo.... I go crazy on the kids' stuff. Am I a horrible mom, or what? Or maybe I'm a good mom? At least I'm saving them from getting cavities??? Ha, how's that for justification! Now someone please come out and tell me I'm not the only parent eating their kids' candy...

Monday, November 12, 2007

I need a catchy title...

For today's post. And I can't think of one. :p We had a busy day today. Took Bryan to gymnastics, went shopping, made enchiladas for dinner (they're so good, but take forever to get ready...), and then we went to the university basketball game. I think I'm tired... Oh, I did get a 30 minute nap today. I'm thinking I'm glad I did, otherwise I'm sure I'd be dead by now. Well, braindead at least. :p Speaking of, I have this theory that kids kill your brain. I mean, seriously. My memory isn't half what it used to be, I have to write everything down these days. And I still forget half of what I'm supposed to do. I've become an expert at doing laundry and getting even the toughest stains out (without harsh chemicals, mind you :p), but I have to think hard when I help Tyler with his 2nd grade math homework. What's wrong with me??? It's a good thing at least I can still read, something to keep me connected to real life. :p

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Birth in a culture of fear

Okay, so I'm pregnant, and birth is something that's been on my mind lately. Like you couldn't tell. :p

I had an interesting experience Saturday. Not unusual, just an experience that brought back the "oh yeah, I forgot." In the past few years, I've been reading and researching a lot about childbirth. I've gone from being afraid to being amazed and in awe of the whole process. I've surrounded myself with lots of positive stories, and have been able to associate with women who view birth as a normal physiological process that can be a very positive experience. I have personally gone from experiencing birth as scary to experiencing it as amazing and empowering. I guess being around so many "crunchy hippies" has made me forget that I'm part of a very small minority. Yesterday morning, we had a church activity where all the women got together, worked on some craft projects, ate some good soup (and pumpkin squares!), and did a lot of talking. Naturally, the topic of pregnancy and birth came up. And I was struck by how some of these young girls who had barely gotten married, and weren't even pregnant, were so scared of birth they were already planning on getting an epidural to hopefully experience as little of the natural process as possible. There was an overwhelming fear of pain. I mean, I understand some people saying 'why go through the pain if you don't have to', but these girls were just plain freaked out. Then there was a young woman, pregnant with her first child, who said she'd like to try and 'go natural' (i.e. not have pain meds). Immediately, she started getting horror stories from all sides. Including from women who hadn't even given birth themselves! She asked them to stop, and I spoke up and asked them to stop, too. It made me wonder just what it is that makes us so afraid. The perceived pain, I'm sure, is part of it, but there has to be more. In the olden days, I think a lot of fear associated with childbirth came simply from the fear of death. Both infant and maternal mortality rates were high. While there is still some risk involved with birth, these days I don't think death in childbirth is a big fear factor. So what exactly is it that causes women to be afraid? Is it the 'unknown'? Is it seeing all the wires and tubes coming from women in labor that makes us shiver? Is it the stories of excruciating pain? What can be done to help women NOT be afraid? Ironically, the more afraid women are, the more tense they will be, and the more pain they will be in. The general environment in which women birth has a huge impact on the perception of pain, as well. A relaxed, low (or no) intervention atmosphere is going to be a lot more soothing to a mom in labor than the high strung, machine beeping atmosphere encountered in hospitals. Is it treating pregnancy and childbirth as a disease that adds to the fear? What would happen if we treated birth as the normal physiological process that it is, rather than a pathological one? What if all women took an adequate childbirth preparation course (I'm not talking run-of-the-mill hospital class here...)? What if we set up the birthing environment to be non-threatening, non-fear inducing? What if we actively encouraged women to move freely, to eat and drink, to keep lights low (anyone else find bright fluorescent lights irritating?)? What if we made sure women, throughout their pregnancies, are surrounded by positive images and stories about birth? Would we still have an 80% epidural rate? Or would that rate drop to 10-15%, where it is in countries where women are provided with lots of support throughout pregnancy and birth? I'm not saying get rid of epidurals, I think they need to remain a choice for women. I'm just wondering what impact shifting from a culture of fear to one of continuous support and encouragement would have. Feel free to comment, tell me what you think, and share your own stories. :o)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Pumpkin Squares

I made these for the first time today, and they are SO good! Just had to post the recipe. :o)

Cake:
Beat 4 eggs, 1 cup oil, 1.5 cups sugar, and 2 cups packed pumpkin until creamy. Add 2 cups flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. salt, and 1 tsp. baking soda. Beat until well blended. Spread the batter in a lightly greased jelly roll pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes @ 350 degrees or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.

Frosting:
Beat together one stick butter and one 8 oz. package cream cheese, both softened. Add 2.5 cups powdered sugar and 1.5 tsp. vanilla. Beat until smooth. Spread on cooled cake.

Enjoy!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Random post

So I got some good sleep last night. Felt so much better today! I was at the point yesterday evening where I almost bought tickets for Kaylee, Bryan and I to go to Germany next week. It would have been a pretty good deal, just $565 per person (yes, that is a good deal from here, believe it or not). I was tempted, to say the least... :p

Kaylee has been a booger today. Screaming over every little thing. Right now, she's screaming because, well, I'm not sure. I swear some days I just don't understand the girl.

Tyler had gymnastics today. He's made some huge improvements since starting a couple of months ago. He moved up to level 4 a couple of weeks ago, and keeps complaining that it's hard. I can see him getting better from week to week, though. So I just keep cheering him on. I told him to stick with it just for this school year, and then if he doesn't want to do it anymore, he can be done. I just don't want him to give up because it's hard.

I have a shopping problem. Not for myself, but for my kids. I'm addicted to Gymboree, seriously. It's bad. I can't seem to pass a sale (and if you know Gymboree, you know even their sales are not exactly cheap...).

I just realized I need to go bake some pumpkin squares. Bet getter to work!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

I'm tired...

Physically, because, well, I'm pregnant. And we've been dealing with throw-up and diarrhea for over a week now at our house (interestingly mostly at night). Which means kids have been cranky, and I haven't been sleeping well. I feel emotionally drained. My uncle passed away, and 5000 miles from "home" seems further away than ever. What I really need is a friend and a good cry, but nobody's around...

So, I'm going to do the next best thing. I'm going to eat a grapefruit, hope that my husband will be home soon to give me a foot massage, then I'm going to listen to my pregnancy affirmations hypnosis script and relax. Hopefully, it's going to be a good night, and I can wake up refreshed and feeling like myself again...

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Looking forward to the day...

...that we can be done living in this apartment. Some of the reasons why being rather practical. Like, having more than one bathroom available for a family of 5. Kaylee is officially potty trained, both day and night, so now there's five of us needing one bathroom. I always find myself hoping that we don't all come down with the stomach flu at the same time. :p Yeah, so I'm looking forward to having more than one bathroom, hopefully sometime in the near future... Well, and it would be nice to have our own yard, and to not have to worry about being too loud for the downstairs neighbors, and to not have the whole neighborhood know every little detail about your life, and and and... I think the one thing I'm going to miss is having some close friends really close by. And having lots of kids around for my kids to play with. That part, I'm going to really miss. Being able to sit outside in my lawn chair, reading a good book, and watching the kids play with their friends. I know the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. While I'm really looking forward to getting to that other side, I know I'm also going to miss this one.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Being "Green"

10 easy things you can do to be more "green" (in no particular order). :o)

1. Recycle - it may seem like a chore at first, but once you get used to it, it's really easy to do.
2. Donate - instead of throwing things out, consider taking them to a thrift store/goodwill type place, especially if they're still in good condition.
3. Turn off the lights - get in the habit of turning off the lights if you leave a room for an extended period of time.
4. Get compact fluorescent lightbulbs.
5. When buying a new appliance, get an energy star one if at all possible.
6. Keep in mind that standby/sleep mode still uses a significant amount of energy. Get an extension cord you can switch off, or pull the plug.
7. Recycle your old batteries! You can collect them in a little container, then take them to a place like Staples every so often. Whenever possible, use rechargeable batteries.
8. Use "green" cleaning supplies. They generally work just as well. Use laundry detergent that's not petroleum based, such as biokleen or 7th generation.
9. Ditch the plastic bags, even the paper ones. Get some reusable totes for grocery shopping.
10. Buy local! The longer/further your food travels, the greater the impact it has on the environment - and the less its nutritional value (especially true for produce).

Feel free to add your own ideas to the list. :o)

Monday, November 05, 2007

Pushed

The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care. Just got this book today. I've only made it to page 35, and I can tell it's going to be an interesting read. So far, Jennifer Block has been talking a lot about the history of medically managed childbirth. I knew some of the things she's writing about, but I'm amazed at just how much I didn't know. The best part? She has gazillions of references. Everything is backed up by research. One example, electronic fetal monitoring. I knew that there's ample research that shows that continuous electronic fetal monitoring during labor does not change fetal outcome, but has, in fact, been shown to double or even triple the woman's risk of ending up with a c-section. What I didn't know was that this research first started showing up 30 years ago! Just a few short years after the monitors were introduced to labor and delivery units in hospitals. 30 YEARS! Yet it is part of the "standard of care", and women often have to put up a fight if they don't want to be monitored continually. Another example is the liberal use of pitocin. One thing I didn't know is that pitocin use during labor can actually increase a woman's risk for post-partum hemorrhage, in turn requiring another injection after birth. As far as I can tell, after 35 short pages, this book should become required reading for women who are pregnant, or are considering becoming pregnant. So many times, we talk about "choice" in childbirth. There is lots of debate about whether women should be able to choose induction for non-medical reasons, or even elect to have a c-section. There is a general consensus that women should be free to choose pain medication during labor, including the epidural. But when it comes to choosing FEWER interventions, women often fight an uphill battle (I experienced this myself when giving birth to my daughter 2.5 years ago). Furthermore, choice should be based on informed consent. All too often, "informed" means "my doctor said it's safe". Few women are truly informed about risks vs. benefits of medical procedures routinely used in hospitals. By being strapped to their beds, hooked up to IV's and monitors, their water artificially broken, labor becomes a daunting task for women. No wonder we so often hear "I loved my epidural", "the epidural saved my life", "I wouldn't ever want to give birth without an epidural". Giving birth without pain medication is not a heroic act, neither are women who birth without pain meds martyrs. They're not stronger than other women, and they don't have higher pain threshholds. What makes a natural (pain-med free) birth successful is the support a woman receives. It's the preparation she puts into getting ready for birth. It's the environment she births in. When women are allowed to move freely, and are not subjected to routine procedures like amniotomy or supplemental pitocin, labor becomes much more manageable. I didn't get suddenly stronger between birthing my first child and birthing my third. My pain threshhold didn't change. Yet the births were like night and day. With my first, I was strapped to bed, my water was broken, and I was in excruciating pain (ending with me getting an epidural). With my third, I was free to move around as I wished. I had learned some deep relaxation techniques to help me breathe through contractions. I had a supportive midwife who spent the last three hours of my labor right by my side. My water wasn't broken until the end of my labor, and only after I had given my consent. Not once was I in excruciating pain. It was an intense experience, but not painful. It was empowering. It was exhilarating. It was wonderful to feel my "natural chemistry" do the work. I had been able to overcome my fear of childbirth, and welcomed it instead. Both experiences I will never forget. Both births ended with a healthy baby, but this mom felt much more healthy after birth #3 (both physically and emotionally).

Now, I need to get back to reading. There's lots to learn. :o)

Sunday, November 04, 2007

It's a sad day

My mom just called me, and told me my uncle (her brother) passed away this morning. He was 58. Had a massive heart attack. He had his first heart attack 17 years ago, at which point the doctors gave him about 5 more years to live. He did have another one in the mid-90's, but made it through. I guess the third one was too much. At least he got to see his two little grandsons before he died (the twins who were born 3 weeks ago (to the day)). My grandpa (his dad) had had heart problems, as well, and passed away from a heart attack when he was only 70. We thought that was too young. Heart disease is a scary thing. I told my mom she better make sure she gets regular check-ups...

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Mr. Monk in Outer Space

Came in the mail today. I'm almost done reading it. Has some really funny moments. Can't wait to finish! :p

Friday, November 02, 2007

Ah, that felt good!

I "purged" the closets this week. Well, not exactly closets, but boxes full of baby clothes. First, I went through all the girl stuff. Even though we're having another girl, I decided I had way too many clothes (thanks to my Gymboree addiction...). And I do want to get at least some new outfits for this new baby. :p This evening, I went through all the boy stuff. I had three huge bags full of clothes, sizes newborn to 3T. Since I'm pretty sure we're done having kids after this one, I decided to get rid of everything. I only kept a few little outfits, for sentimental value. Or so I can get rid of them in another 5 years... :p I took the one big bag full of girl clothes to a friend who just had her first baby a week ago, and told her to look through everything, take what she wants, and pass on the rest. The three boy bags went to another friend. As a result, there's lots of empty space under my bed now. And I didn't need to go buy another plastic box for the clothes Kaylee has recently outgrown. Now I want to go through my own closet... :p

Thursday, November 01, 2007

NaBloPoMo

Today is the official start of National Blog Posting Month. Cool, huh? I shall do my best to contribute one post a day, I think it's going to be fun. I have several ideas for things to post about. So stay tuned for lots of random ramblings and deep thoughts this month (and the occasional soap box). :p

On a sad note, both Kaylee and Bryan had to miss trick or treating yesterday. They're still not 100% better today. Hopefully by tomorrow they're going to be back to normal. While some days I wish they didn't have so much energy, it's sad to see them on days when they actually don't. I mean, really, who wants to see their 2 year old sleeping on the couch all day? It may make for a nice break, but in the end, it's just sad. :o(