Tuesday, June 24, 2008

And the countdown begins

The kids and I are leaving for Nebraska in 4 days. I have so much to do and so little energy to do it. I've started gathering things I need to pack. It's overwhelming when I have to back for me and three kids for a month and a half long vacation. (I use the term vacation loosely since I'll be without a husband during that time.) I have a list which is always a good place to start. The suitcases are now down and sitting in the living room waiting to be filled.

The plan is: Jody will drive us to Branson on Saturday afternoon where we will meet up with Anna and her family. We will stay the night in a hotel Saturday night. Sunday Jody will head back home, and the kids and I will ride back with Anna to Omaha. I am dreading the drive. 7 hours in a car with 3 kids and baby does not sound fun. Hopefully the kids cooperate and we have a swift journey.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Happy 6th Birthday Olivia !

My little Olivia bug,
The day you were born, you made my dreams come true. You made me a mother. I cannot believe that you are six years old today. Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday you were taking your first steps and learning how to talk. Now you talk nonstop and are fantastic gymnast. I love seeing the world through your eyes. You bring me so much happiness and joy. I love you baby girl. Happy 6th birthday!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Behold, The Cake

It wasn't as perfect as I would like it to be, but it was the best I could do with a 7 month old that cries all the time. It was a lot of fun to make. And even more fun to eat.

Friday, June 20, 2008

10 Things I Love

1. My family.
2. Rumble storms.
3. Fresh baked bread.
4. Working in the garden.
5. A clean house.
6. Naptime.
7. Scrapbooking.
8. Bargain shopping.
9. Newborn babies.
10. A good book.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

10 Things That Annoy Me

1. Being treated like I'm dumb.
2. Hearing crunching and slurping noises when someone eats, especially cereal.
3. Tailgating.
4. People who complain about money problems but spend money frivolously.
5. Obscene language and sex on tv.
6. Relatives that think they are too good for us.
7. Clutter.
8. A baby that cries because he's tired but refuses to go to sleep.
9. Half butt-ers.
10. Whining.

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my Pa and to my husband. Thanks for all you do!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Happy 8th Anniversary

Today is our 8 year anniversary. Last night we were talking about our plans for the day, and Jody said he didn't have any. I told him after 8 years of marriage he had better know better.

The creative juices weren't flowing and I hadn't gotten Jody anything either. I had to run some errands today and I remembered the chocolate shop owned by a family from our Ward. Jody loves their chocolates. So I stopped in with the kids and picked him out an assortment of chocolates. Imagine my surprise when Jody walked in from work with an assortment of chocolates for me too. We know each other too well. We figure the owner had a good laugh at us both coming in. They made some good money off our family today.

Jody also got me a gift certificate for a massage. He scored big time with that one. I can't wait to use it.

My friend Danae watched the kids while Jody and I went out to eat. It was nice to have some alone time together. It's nice having a meal where I'm not constantly filling a drink for this kid or getting a napkin for that kid.

It's hard to believe we've been married for 8 years. I feel so blessed to have Jody for a husband. He makes being in love easy. I cannot imagine my world without him.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

And the doctor said...

The tick bite is infected. I didn't see that diagnosis coming *insert sarcasm here*. Paxton is on Bactrim twice a day for 10 days. If it's not looking better by Friday I have to take him back. That boy has the weirdest problems. And have I ever mentioned how horrible he is about taking medicine. It's going to be a fun 10 days.

Tick Bite

I've never seen a reaction like this? Does it warrant a trip to the doctor?

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Where's the beef?

We went to Taco Bell for supper tonight. Imagine our surprise when we were informed by the cashier that they were out of beef. How exactly does Taco Bell run out of beef? It's not like they don't know they are going to need it.We decided to get something safe - cinnamon twists- for a snack and eat supper at home.

There's a cow by the hammock!

I was laying in bed nursing Sawyer early this morning when Olivia yells:

O- Mom, come here!

Me- I can't. I'm feeding your brother.

O- You gotta see this!

Me- What is it?

O- There's a cow by the hammock.

It wouldn't be the first time I woke up to find a cow in the yard. Every once in awhile a cow escapes from the ranch that borders our land. I told Olivia to call Papaw. He used to work for the ranch and knows how to handle cows. But Papaw didn't answer his phone. Then I remembered my garden. No way was a cow going to eat my hard work. So I jumped up and looked out to see where the cow was. I busted out laughing. It wasn't a cow. It was a DEER!

Friday, June 06, 2008


I managed to make it through my doctor's appointment without a meltdown. I am so thankful for that. I had a blood draw to check my thyroid. I should get the results on Monday. I talked to the doctor about how I was struggling with my anxiety, especially in the evenings. He suggested that I play around with the dosage of Zoloft I am on. I am going to start by taking 25 mg at noon in addition to the 50 mg I take at night. Hopefully that will help balance things out. The doctor reassured my, without really trying, that this isn't me; It's my hormones and the chemicals in the body causing me to feel this way. I told him how scared I was to take medication after the reaction I had to the Celexa. He said not to worry. The strongest reaction is when you first start the medication and I am past that. I hope the second dose works. The constant battles of trying not to lose it are exhausting.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

I'm out of control!

Bargain shopping at Target

Total cost: $11.94
Total Savings: $35.00

Total cost: $6.74
Total Savings: $23.00

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

One small step

I made an appointment today with my family doctor to get my thyroid checked and discuss my anxiety issues. I've been putting this off for too long. I hope he has some insight into how to get things under control. I need to get myself stabalized before I head to Nebraska with the kids for a month and a half. I want to feel like myself again.

7 Month Well Baby Check Up

The stats:
15 lb 11 oz - 10%
27.25 inches long - 50%

Sawyer is consistent on his growth curve. He's just a peanut. He's 3 pounds lighter than Olivia and Paxton were at his age. His pediatrician is concerned that he is refusing all solids and will only drink breast milk. He suggested having someone else keep Sawyer for 24 hours and have them offer the food. Seems a little drastic to me at this point. The ped said if Sawyer doesn't start eating within the next month he may need therapy. Only my kid would need therapy to learn to eat. The ped also says his size may be causing his fussiness. Small size means less hormones and chemicals in his body which means slower development; therefore, he asks more like a 5 month old than a 7 month old. Sounds like a good theory to me. The ped also said it looks like Sawyer's 4 bottom teeth are all coming through at about the same time and they are close to the surface. That could explain a lot of the fussiness and the constant chewing on everything in site.

I went ahead and had Sawyer get his first vaccine - DTaP. I never in my life thought I would be a delayed/selective vaccinator. After much research, I'm doing what feels right for Sawyer, our family and our community. Luckily the ped is supportive of us vaxing on our own schedule. I'll probably do one vaccine a month which was fine with the doctor. He also wants me to bring Sawyer back at 9 months to see how he is developing. Hopefully all is well and Sawyer is just a slow sprouter.