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A Gift…

May 14, 2010

My husband brought me a gift today when he came in from the field…

He knows my love language…

Can you guess?

May 10, 2010

Can you guess?

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Guess what’s in the little shed below?

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No, it’s not where I keep the kids…  Although, the kids do enjoy going there right now.

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I’ll give you a hint.  They are cute, fluffy, and more fun to watch than most TV shows.

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And they will stay that way for about two-three weeks longer.  And then they will grow and change and turn into another chore.  But they will still be fun to watch.

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Did you guess?

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Did you guess this?

And no, we didn’t get just two…

They move alot and are hard to count…

But when we counted them when we took them out of the box, there were 24.  Do you think that’s too many?

Five Years Ago Today..

April 19, 2010

This was me:

Why, yes, I am a vision of loveliness in the morning, thank you.  In my defense, my water broke at 4:45 in the morning and it was my first child.  I was also three weeks early and had NO idea what to expect since we had not taken our birthing class thingy.  I knew there was something about breathing.  And at some point there would be pushing…  So I called the night nurse and she said to go to the hospital IMMEDIATELY.  So I brushed my teeth and hair (I can’t help it if it LOOKS like it has never seen a brush).  If I had known it would take 13 hours- I would have fixed myself up a little…  Maybe…  There’s no changing the fact that it was 4:45 in the morning…

Things started off just fine.  Water broke: Check!  Contractions: Check!  Then things kinda stalled.  I chose to get an epidural (hey- we all get to make our own choices, let’s play nice, shall we?) and then, because things had just stalled, they gave me some pitosin or something to make labor advance.  Whatever they gave me did the trick.  And the pushing began.  And the epidural ran out.  And my hips didn’t spread.  They gave me an episitomy.  And the child got stuck.  The nurse JUMPED onto the bed with me and started pushing on my stomach.  I had no idea what was happening.  But hey- they were the professionals…  Anyway, after a lot of work on everyone’s part- out came this precious beauty.  9 on the Apgar.  And uncountable joy in my heart.

Why yes, she IS the most beautiful little girl in the whole wide world.  I noticed the very same thing.

Well, that was the beginning.  And we glance at the next few years:

And here she is today, still beautiful, still making my heart thrill with every sweet smile:

I would so do it all over again.  Happy birthday, baby girl.  I love you more than life.

Birthday Survival

April 18, 2010

Well, Sweet Pea’s birthday party was set for Saturday at 2:00 pm.  I finished the cake at 1:45 pm.  Other than spending the party dusted with powdered sugar and a dollop or two of icing on my shoulder (don’t ask me how it got there- I’m a wild woman), all went well.

Here’s the final version:

And here’s a few more lovely princess that would not fit on the cake.  I would say their skirts were too fat for the cake, but who am I to judge?  I have my own issues…

The birthday party was a success.  No one got hurt.  And really, with over 12 kids (who can count when they are all moving that fast?!?), that’s all you can ask for.  Or maybe that’s just me…

And now for the play by play:

As people arrived, we just let the kids play.  After everyone who was coming got here, we hustled those kiddos into the living room for a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” and Sweet Pea blew out the candles with just a little help from her brother.  Little Buddy didn’t really understand it was not HIS birthday.  Sweet Pea only pouted a little bit.  Because, next on the list, was opening presents!!  The first present she opened was clothing.  With a very verbal “Yuck” she tossed it aside and went after another one.  What’s a mom to do?  I gave her the ‘ole stink eye and reminded her to say thank you.  Luckily, the clothing was from my mom and, well, she experienced raising me- so she understood…  The rest of the gift opening went smoothly and Sweet Pea was verbally and dramatically appreciative of every gift.  There was a lot of hugging of toys and “That’s just what I wanted!” with her thank you’s.  It was very entertaining.  Almost like seeing a real play…

After the presents, we did cake and ice cream.  And then there was miscellaneous playing.  After awhile, I called the kids back together and we did the pinata.  Now, I’m not too hip on the whole give a kid a stick and let him wack away at something while blind folded…  I’m usually the wackee… So we got the pull the string variety.  I had all the kids grab a string (yeah- not the way the directions read- but I am a maverick, thankyouverymuch) and on the count of three, everybody pulled.  Well, nothing happened.  So we all selected a second string and pulled.  And the little door flew open.  And nothing else happened.  Dum Dums and pinata’s don’t mix, evidently.  With all these little faces looking upward with so much longing, something had to be done.  So I waded into the child pool and shook it to make it rain candy.  There were no pictures…

Next, we made sun visors.  I bought the foam visors at Hobby Lobby and a few packs of foam stickers.  The more glittery the better.  They seemed to have a good time.  Then there was more playing.  At last, it was time for everyone to go home.  For party favors, we handed out kites tied with ribbon with a little note saying “Thank you for helping Sweet Pea celebrate her fifth birthday”.

It was a good day.  The end.

What have I done?

April 15, 2010

I love my baby girl.  More than life itself.  But what was I thinking?

I have until Saturday to turn this:

Into this:

Oh, sweet Jesus, if you would like to return before Saturday- that would be A-okay with me…  Amen.

This fancy cake came from this website called “Coolest Birthday Cakes”.  I was just looking.  Trying to get ideas for an easy princess cake for my girl.   EASY.  And Sweet Pea snuck up behind me.  “Ohhhhh mommmaa!  I want a cake like that!”  I should know better.  And of course I said, “Whatever you want, sweetheart.”  Because, earlier,  I had been looking at all the baby pictures of my little girl and on Monday, she will be FIVE YEARS OLD. Where did my baby go?  I love the big girl she is, but where is my precious little baby girl?  I would have given her the moon and the stars if she had asked for them.  I’m just so glad she didn’t ask for a pony…  I don’t know how I would explain that to her daddy…

Going on a walk

April 6, 2010

Our favorite thing to do in the spring is to take a walk.  Things change ever so quickly during the month.  The trees go from little leaf budlets (yes that is a scientific term that I just made up) to full blown leafs in a matter of days.  And the wildflowers.  Amazing.  Well, here’s a few pictures of our corner of the amazing world.

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Obsession

March 29, 2010

I have a new obsession…  I have discovered a new (to me) blog full of crochet yumminess.  And it has inspired me to move outside my normal comfort zone of color and try something new.  I have decided to try my hand at a new blanket.  Because I have nothing else that I want that I need to do.  It’s okay to let laundry hibernate, right?  It will still be there tomorrow.  And the next day.  And it’s almost warm enough for the kids to roam around naked and free anyway, right?  And warmer weather means cereal for dinner so we don’t have to turn the oven on- are you with me?  Anyhow- I have started a new blanket.  Now, I can only afford super cheap yarn that is sold at Wal Mart and so I’ve decided to make this a picnic blanket.  Because super cheap yarn is also super indestructible, washable, and hardy.  It will survive at least as long as the cockroaches should the world end.  Unless there’s fire.  Because acrylic melts.  I think I’ve lost my topic… And yes, it’s like this in my brain all day.   Rereading…  Okay- New blanket.  Here’s the link to the blanket I’m making.  And, because I love you all- here’s a picture of how far I’ve gotten.
Picnic Blanket

If you don’t know how to crochet and want to learn- I would highly recommend using Attic 24 and Youtube to learn.  I would be glad to teach anyone willing to come to my house.  As long as you pretend that it’s clean.  It’s a small deception and I will love you forever for it.  If you already know how to crochet and have not done so in awhile- pick up your hook again!  There are soooo many free patterns out there.  I would recommend joining Ravelry.  It’s free and they have tons of pattens and pictures and advice.  It’s almost like having friends…

In other news- Anyone know if Febreezing a dog is okay?  I’m only asking because ours has discovered a skunk.  I don’t think it was a direct hit- the smell isn’t that strong.  And I am so not bathing the dog.  I have my hands full trying to bath the children every day…