Saturday, February 28, 2009

Random Picture Challenge

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11th folder
September 2007

11th picture

the view from our huge picture window . I love living in the country

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A quick update

I know I've already blogged today but wanted to put a quick update while I'm eating a small bowl of ice cream and enjoying being home alone (awake that is-the kids are in bed and Wesley is at church).

Mary is standing alone! I can't believe it. She's done it several times this evening. And she climbed from the mini trampoline to the mini couch thing over the arm of the loveseat. wow. And Robert is on day 3 of no pee accidents! Whoot!

Thankful Thursdays!

Today I am thankful
-for being alive
-for a warm-ish day in the forecast!
-for kids that went to bed at 8:30 and awake and both fell asleep on their own!
-for being almost done with pumping! :)
-work to do and strength to do it
-my family

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Robert's birthday!

Completion! Or almost!

I've been working on a HUGE project for work. 50+ IV therapy procedures. No, I'm not an IV therapist. But my former boss gives me projects like this to do. It's a win-win. I need the hours and she needs some one who can work independently on projects. Before this one I had the job of calling all the units to see what signs they put up in patient's rooms (NPO, no blood pressure/sticks in an arm/blind...) and the one before that was all the ways that medications go astray between pharmacy and the patient. Well this one took project to a whole 'nother level. I've been working on this since November! Well, thankfully an IV therapist was also working on this and between the 2 of us we're almost DONE! I have one more to do :) :) :) And she has like 5. Because I gave her a bunch of stuff that I don't know at all (central lines, PICC lines etc). And I will be SO thankful to be done with them! I was planing on leaving work at 4 to go to the gym but I stayed til almost 5 to get them done and then went to the gym. And made yummy turkey burgers with basil mayo. And Robert ate a whole turkey burger! Wow!

Speaking of Robert he got all blocked up again so he is on day 1 of 2 of mandatory poop clean out-a full cap of miralax twice a day. So we are poop central. But the good news is that he has now gone 2 whole days with no pee accidents! Whoot! So I have hope that one day he will actually be potty trained!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My big 3 year old!

I wanted to take some time on his birthday and reflect on how much Robert has grown over the last year-but alas I went to work instead! So I'll take a few minutes while waiting for Wesley to pick me up to do so today!

This year has been challenging in a lot of ways-a new baby sister, a new babysitter, lots of new skills but it has all shaken out to a really neat preschooler (Wesley says I get carried away when I talk about him because it sounds like he's perfect-well he isn't but wow the difference!).

In the last year
-he has stopped running away as much (maybe a 90% reduction)
-he has started listening when I tell him to come back (all of those times of carting him back to the house when he didn't listen must have paid off!)
-he has started eating better with utensils (still have a ways to go!)
-he is getting close to being potty trained :) :) (whoot!)
-he picks up after himself-mostly without promting-shoes on the shoe rack, clothes in the dirty clothes (toys not so much-need to work on that!)
-he is getting better at undressing and helping to dress himself
-he sits and snuggles with mommy again !!!!!!!!!! I LOVE my sweet boy!
-he plays independently and will play with Mary-so cute! Although he was not happy when she was playing with his new jeep and trailer-but for once he didn't take it away from her-he just yelled (lol).

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Robert's Birthday!

We had such a good time at Robert's birthday-we celebrated first on Tuesday at Nanny's soup kitchen-chocolate cake and peppermint ice cream-Robert's favorite-favorites! Friday I worked a half day and then picked just him up from the babysitter's and took him to the farmer's market for lunch and a treat. He picked out a fishing puzzle and ate a hot dog, mac&cheese and cookies and cream ice cream. Then we picked up Mary and went home for nap. That evening Roger and Peggy and Clif, Hollie and Caleb met up with us for supper at Dairy queen.

Random Picture Challenge

OK-actually this was an old challenge-oops! So, for whatever it's worth I'm leaving it!
November 2007
44th picture

Thanksgiving at DH's aunt's house. Here you have Bruce (named for Bruce Almighty!) supervising the making of dressing by FIL and GMIL. It's always good to have (and to be?) clean up crew when cooking! Bruce takes his job very seriously-he was underfoot the whole time!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Fill Ins

1. Give me chocolate and I'll be happy.

2. Whenever I get called at 5 am to see if I can work I can never go back to sleep-argh!

3. I wish my little boy a very happy birthday!

4. The brownies at church were the last thing I ate that was utterly delicious.

5. To live in this world takes courage, tact and a sense of humor.

6. Other than this one, Rabia's is the last blog I commented on.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to family time to celebrate Robert's birthday, tomorrow my plans include maybe taking the kids to the pool and Sunday, I want to take a nap!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thankful Thursdays!

I am thankfull

For God's love and grace
For my husband who is trying so hard to be more helpful!
For kick but Toby Mac songs that start my day off right :)
For my sweet kids-especially my sweet and extra snuggly this week Robert-who turns 3 tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!
For Mary sleeping through the night
For fun new challenges at work
For a great talk last night with Heather
For the fact that it is almost bedtime! I'm TIRED.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Not me either...

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I would not have taken Mary out to the gym in a fleece only this morning since it was 30 or below and blowing snow. Nope. Not me.

I would not have fed my kids both hotdogs, peas/carrots/oranges while secretly scarfing the last piece of cake while they ate their veggies. Nope. Not me.

I would not have stuck Mary in the pack n play awake today to let her cry so she can learn to go to sleep by herself-at the same time as Robert-just so I could get a break. Not me!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Random Picture Challenge

This week's challenge: from

January 2007
or 13th picture folder
3rd picture

Here we go. It's our shed with Christmas lights. Wesley's favorite Christmas tradition! We have pics of this every.single.year. Notice the candle in the window!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Fill Ins

sorry Rabia-stealing again! :)

1. It seems like Saturday-I love that I can stay home with my kids today.

2. Put your dishes in the dishwasher when you're done, please?

3. If I thought you would be happy for a couple hours I'd read my new book!

4. Unconditional love is what I think of most when I think of you.

5. To me, Valentine's Day means a time to remember why I married my best guy and show him that I love him!

6. God gives me strength.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to mom and dad comming, tomorrow my plans include lunch at Jess' and either working or some time with Wesley and Sunday, I want to sleep in!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thankful Thursdays!

I'm going to steal this idea from Robia! I hope you don't mind!

Today I am thankful for:
-a good week at work where I was able to do some really cool things and work on issues that will make a big difference to RMH.
-my parents coming tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to see them again and to see what they think of the kids!
-a playdate tomorrow and a chance to just hang out with the kids
-Mary slept all night last night and her top teeth seem to be almost through
-a good babysitter
-being able to reconnect with so many friends from Jamaica through facebook!
-my crazy wonderful husband who willingly took Mary at 2:30 am the other day when I had to go to work and she was crying
-my super sweet kids

Saturday, February 07, 2009

I want YOU to give me more spaghetti (or a bath)!


This week really hasn't been well balanced and I feel a little off kilter because of it. It's amazing how different I feel when I don't get to the gym! I went once and that was it-between the snow and working from 3a-7a on Friday and Robert poop issues-ugh. But I'm sure next week will be better! Yesterday I struggled just to survive-getting up at 2:30 am for the day is not my idea of fun (now that I have kids!). Especially when Robert didn't nap. Sometimes I think he is napping and he really isn't, but yesterday I KNOW he didn't because I could a) hear him and b) see his hand under the door pushing his race cars back and forth under the door. And then he would open it and get them if he pushed them too far and then I'd hear the door click closed. So I didn't dare nap. I was too afraid he'd leave the house.

Then we were out until 9 at our babysitter Denee's son's party. (I think I have too many 's but I'm not sure which to put it on-which one mom?) Anyways I fell into bed at 10 and fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. This morning we met up with Philip and Sarah to work on the nursery some and for the guys to work on the sound booth. Then we had a quick lunch at costco. Now the kids are napping and we have a babysitter for tonight (yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). I'm not sure when we last went out-it was a LONG time ago :) We also need to give Snoopy a bath and take down Robert's crib and transition him to a big boy bed. I guess we'll see how much time we have left after he wakes up.

Friday, February 06, 2009

A week of stuff....

I'm not sure where this week went. It's been full. Mostly of worry about Robert. He recovered just fine from his fall but then has been horribly constipated. He went last Thursday and then not again until this Wed (and that took 3 doses of milk of mag, 2 doses of miralax and 2 supositories....). Ugh. The babysitter called me on Wed to tell me he was trying to poop and crying saying "I want medicine". Poor guy. But we're all straight now and I'm going to keep him on the miralax for a while. He's never had a problem until he started potty training and figuring out how to hold stuff. Argh! But over all he's fine. He's loved being out in the snow in his boooooooots (Want boooooooooooots onnnnnnnn). I taught him how to throw a snowball and make a snow angel. The snow angel DID NOT go over well. I think he thought it was a new form of mommy torture. Snow balls on the other hand.... they were a hit-in more ways than one!

Mary is of course, ever a nut. Now that she's better (the second round of abx did the trick!) she's sleeping through the night and is a crazy mess. She can pull up on anything, crawl anywhere and hold on with one hand, bend down, pick up something and not fall down. Not quite walking but wants to be. She has this cute habit of jabbering and pointing her finger emphatically. It's adorable. She dotes on Robert and is quite mad when he goes somewhere that she can't. The last few days Robert has been climbing out of his crib and getting up in the morning and Mary will stand in her crib fussing like "how does he do it? How did he get out?". I guess it's just a matter of time....

On our playdate last week, there was a 6 month old as well as a 2 year old and it wasn't the toddlers that we had to caution to be gentle with the baby, it was Mary. At some point I walked around a corner to find Mary sitting next to the baby "petting" him. Whack, whack, whack "ahboahhd ahodo". Yeah. Easy girlie! And poor Robert during baths-Mary always manage to pull his hair. He's really good about it, but I can tell he's frustrated.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Angels Watching Over Me...

There is a quote that I read at some point when Robert was tiny that went something like "the decision to have a baby is monumental-it is the decision to allow your heart to walk outside of your body". And that is absolutely the truth. I have been more terrified as a mother than I was even in high school (what was I so anxious about then?) and that says something. With both kids I was pretty anxious the first few months that they would die of SIDS and then with Robert that he would run into the road and be killed. And of course anytime we loose a kid at work I'm anxious then too.

Well I've relaxed a little bit and yesterday Robert was playing on the playset and the next thing I knew I heard a thump and he was flat on his back on the ground. He started moving right away and could move all his extrematies and I scooped him up yelling for Wesley who was changing oil. He went hmm and went back to it so I took Robert inside (Wesley thought we were going to talk about it while he changed oil, I thought Wesley didn't really care-lol). Well I gave him some motrin and we snuggled about an hour before he would even think about walking around. Of course I'm checking pupil response, looking for signs of head injuries etc. By supper time he was all over the place, climbing etc. This morning he was a little sore but we went back outside (at his insistence) and he went back up and then down the slide. I noticed he stayed well away from the open area this time though! Everytime I woke up last night (and I didn't sleep real well) I could hear the thump and see his little body on the ground. I am SO relieved that he looks OK. And I am mindfull that I am not the only person that looks out for my kids-their heavenly father does too!

We had a playdate this morning which was fun. Two potty training boys kept the bathroom hopping-and 4 kids and a dog and 2 mommies made for a full living room! It was nice to have some mommy chat time while the kids play. I guess that is the real reason for playdates-the kids really could care less (except for the fun of playing with different toys!) it's all about the mommy talk!