Monday, March 30, 2009
The rocks looked like they were chunks of glass with the sun shining on them.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
So, at one a.m, we packed Travis and I got some halfway decent looking clothes on ( A long sleeved t-shirt, and my paint stained sweats. I always seem to be scrubby when we go to the hosp.) and we headed out the door. I realized when we got outside, that we had the Jetta, as the van was in the shop. No biggie right? Um... the Jetta is a stick shift and I hadn't driven a stick shift vehicle in over a year. Good thing Aaron parked on a slight hill, because I couldn't figure out reverse. So that means, we slowly coasted backwards, and I figured out what shift I had to be in to make the car go.
I was relieved to see the ER waiting room pretty much empty. In my head I was thinking, good. Maybe we can be home again by three a.m. And we were. The Dr. came in right away, looked in his ears, decided that the right one looked a little red, and put him on Zithromax. By then my previously bawling kid was all smiles and full of small talk. He made me look kind of stupid for bringing him in. The medicine I loaded him up with before we left must've kicked in. Then to top that off, they gave him jump start on his antibiotic, so he was probably pretty much pain free. He jabbered a bit in his crib when we got home, but I just ignored him, and he slept til eight forty five this morning.
Today seems to be a better day. Jenna had swimming lessons ( Loretta I took pictures, just for you. :) I'll post them either tomorrow or later tonight. ) this morning. She's learning a bit. She's getting better at doing what her teacher has been teaching her for the past three weeks. So that was neat to see some improvement. She had a little incident though. She got a little too excited waiting for her turn, and took off of the steps and went under the water. I was there, along with two other parents, the teacher and the pool lifeguard, so she was only under for a few seconds. It was enough to scare her though, and I'll admit, me a bit. She took a little time out, came and sat with me for a minute, and then went back into the pool for her turn. I hope she learned a lesson sit still when it's not her turn. Probably not, but we'll see.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Hope everyone else has a good weekend!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I got two newer used tires today for the Jetta. We found this rinky dink tire and hubcap place two towns north of where we are ( Starts with I) that sells tires for cheap. This is our third time going to him for tires. I love being able to help " the little man", which is what we are doing when we buy tires from him, rather from some big hot shot dealer, or Walmart. He isn't ever open, but he has his cell phone and home number on the door. Every time we've needed a tire, he's either opened for us, or like today, used the honor system, and just left the tires outside when he was gone and I paid his wife next door. But for real, if you ever need a tire or two, let us know! We could probably get you some from there and find a way to get them to you. In the past six months, we've gotten four tires for our vehicles, and two for Alanna and Tony's and it's cost us less than two hundred dollars. Today I got two tires for thirty dollars. What a steal! :)
Monday, March 16, 2009
- Get Insurance for the car
- register the car with public safety so we don't get a parking ticket
- get plates for the car
- set up an alignment appt for the car
- get the van estimated for fixing the brakes
- get two tires for the car
- return books to the library that were due in January
- get my glucose test done
- do laundry
- call maintenance about the shades in the living room that are jammed
- buy mud boots for Jenna
And the list goes on..... oh well. It's all stuff that needs to get done, but I just wish I could go alone and get done in half the time. But it's not gonna happen, so I'm just hoping the kids behave.
Oh yeah, I'm thinking I might attempt the "bare bum" method of potty training. It worked for cousin Jen's little boy, and other people have said it worked for their kid. It seems like I've tried almost everything else, so hopefully this works! I'm getting awfully tired of changing her diapers when I know she knows how to go on the toilet.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Anyway, back to my puddle jumpers. At first we tried to keep them out of the puddles, but soon figured it to be a lost cause. So.... we let them jump. What the heck, why not. They haven't been able to do anything outside because it's been so cold. So we just let them go. The water had to be freezing as it's all melted ice and snow, but it didn't seem to bother them any. By the time we came in they were both soaked up to their knees. Jenna up to her thighs. She kept unsuccessfully trying to jump over the puddles, but her jump isn't very good, so she would land in the middle. But they had fun, and sometimes you just have to get over that instinct to cringe whenever they go near a puddle. It was worth it to peel their clothes off of them when they were done to see the grins on their faces.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
She did pretty well, except she has the attention span of.... well... I guess a three year old. :) Everything was so new and exciting, and there was lots going on all around them. There are five other kids in her class. Her teacher was teaching them how to blow bubbles in the water, kick their legs, and "scoop" water with their hands and arms. When she asked who wanted to go next, Jenna hopped up off of her step in the water and said " Me do!" And she did it eagerly. She really tried and did a pretty good job. So.... we'll see. I think it is an eight week class, so we'll see if she can swim a bit by the time she's done. :)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
So.... I am hoping that they co-operate and the pictures turn out to be darling. They both had a nap, and just had a snack so they shouldn't be hungry..... shouldn't being the key word. They shouldn't be alot of things that I tried to take care of today, but being three and one and a half, there is quite the wild card that could still be played. So I'll dress them up, make them look cute for an hour, so when I send the pictures out, people will think that my kids are darling all the time. That they never have chocolate around their mouths, or circus peanuts stuck to their earlobes. And not remember that Jenna's white sweater will probably be not so white by the time we leave the store, and her hair will be fuzzy in the back. Or Travis will probably have gotten something on the knee of his pants and have spilled juice on his sweater.
No.... we'll look at those pictures and remember how cute my kids can be for at least a short period of time, then we'll smile and remember what they look like the rest of the time, and how cute that really is too.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
The trip went well except that Jenna puked when we were about an hour from home. We aren't sure what caused it. She complained of a stomach ache, and two minutes later came the upchuck. Ick. I hate vomit. I don't think I will ever get used to it. And being seven and a half months pregnant, my sense of smell is ten times stronger. It made me almost want to puke myself. So, needless to say, we pulled over and cleaned her and her car seat up the best we could with wet wipes. Her pj's, and Travis's blanket went into a bag til we got home, and the immediately into the washer. I had to take apart her new car seat to wash it, and decided to do Travis's at the same time. What a pain. I got an unpleasant surprise when I did Jenna's. She got puke on the van seat. I scrubbed it with wet wipes, but am sure I should use something else. But I don't really have any supplies here. Any suggestions? I really don't want to smell that in my van. :(
She seems to be feeling better though. She hasn't complained of being sick, and didn't feel as if she was running a temp, and kept some juice and some cheese down. Hopefully it was a one time deal and we're done.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I remember being so torn in half with sorrow, and not wanting to go to my mom at the hospital. But we all got to go. The thought that still stands out in my mind is I was so confused at how come he was so much darker than the rest of my brothers and sisters. We were offered the chance to hold him before we went home. At first I didn't want to, but to this day I still remember the feeling that came over me when I held that baby in my arms. It was a sense of peace. Like not to feel sad that this beautiful baby got to go to heaven and not home with us. I won't ever forget that feeling. Never.
Every Memorial Day the marching band in high school would march at the cemetery where Joseph is buried. And every year, I would stop at his grave with a friend and I would think. As I got older, I understood a bit more what my mom went through and how hard it must have been. I'd bend down and brush the mowed grass off of his grave and find a few wildflowers and leave them there to let anyone walking by know that this little grave is loved.
Now that I am a mother I could never imagine the grief and sorrow my mom must have felt. To carry that little boy for nine months, actually go over your due date, only to go home empty handed. No little bundle to cozy and to love unconditionally. It must have been awful. I hope to never have to experience that kind of grief. People are always saying a parent should never have to bury their child. It's not natural. So, every year, on this day, my mom is in my thoughts, and I sit and cuddle my own two beautiful children for an extra minute and say a little prayer that my mom has a good day, and that her sorrows get a bit easier every year. My sisters and I usually send her flowers. When my Travis was born, I knew I wanted to name him after Joseph. I believe he is our little guardian angel watching over all of us, and keeping us safe. It's a nice thought, and it's one that I will tell my own kids when they get old enough to understand about the uncle they've never met.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
We are headed up North tomorrow, staying at my in-laws til Wednesday morning, coming back home just to unpack, do our laundry, and repack the van. Then Thursday we are headed downstate for the remainder of the week, and coming back home on Sunday. It'll make for a busy week, but I'm looking forward to it. It'll be fun. Our friends that we were hoping would have their baby did have it. Last night they had a boy. We are looking forward to seeing them and their new little bundle of love. So, to our friends who read this and know we are coming to visit, we can't wait to see all of you!