Thursday, March 17, 2011


Ohy.  What to say.

work has been crazy.  Night after night I struggle to find enough appropriate beds for all the admissions.  Staffing issues compound the high census.  Last week went better but this week every night has left me with just 2-4 beds left in the whole hospital.  Sigh.

I've gained weight instead of loosing it.  I'm back on track today and hope I stay that way

The outside work is going well, and the gardens are moved and the small one is planted with spring crops-the strawberries are coming back nicely (and spread last summer!) and in the front I have lettuce (small plants), lettuce (seeds that I planted today), spinach (small plants), and broccoli (small plants) and then 2 squares of peas.  Yeah!

The clearing out/organizing work is going nowhere.  Well it's resulted in lots of fights and we got through some of it but its more than I can handle with all the b-day stuff and how stressfull work has been.  They should be done with the shed pad tomorrow and then we can have the shed delivered and start moving stuff out (once Wes works on the shelves or whatever).  Whoot.  The tax money will really be great!


So it is now officially your 3rd b-day.  I hope you are snuggled in tight in your bed under your new fleecy princess blankie.  I can't wait to give you your presents tomorrow!  I've had them since before Christmas-a bitty baby outfit and a matching one for you (!!!), a bitty baby camping outfit, and a princess sleeping bag.  I'd love to give you a box of pink legos but daddy said no.  So I'm trying to persuade you to spend A. Lalee's money on one!  But when I asked you you said "no, I'll just play with Robert's!". 

Little girl you are so special.  Ms Novella told me today that you are just one giant sponge-you soak up every song, rhyme and story.  You love your books, your baby dolls and most recently DORA.  Lol.  It's all about Dora recently.  You can count to 30, know the days of the week, all the nursery rhymes, colors, shapes, and well everything.  I'm never sure what is going to come out of your mouth next!  You love babies and can locate one a mile away.  To be sure I think Robert is equally smart-you just verbalize like crazy.  I'm afraid you got my talking genes :)  You love to snuggle with me in bed in the mornings, love to sit in my lap.  You have the cutest pigtails and smile.  You love dresses and dress up and pretties.  You love nursing stuff-I found you today with my (real) stethescope oscultating a chair, lol.  I hope it's doing OK!

And I am so thankful that your scars aren't any worse that they are.  Your arm that was still thick is thining out nicely and I think you'll outgrow it.  I sure hope so.  There isn't a day that I give you a bath that I don't still hurt for what you went through.  You don't seem to notice or think about it at all but I remember.  I'll never forget.  You'll understand someday when you have kids.  I should have been able to protect you but I couldn't. 

Miss Mary Strawberry, Mary Bug, Fuzzy... keep sweet, keep gentle.  Keep loving those babies (hey I want grandkids someday!).  Know that I love you so very much.  I pray that God will do amazing things in your life.  I'll always be here for you.  I love you!


My dear boy.  How I love you.  I can't believe you are 5.  Wasn't it just yesterday that I held you all night in the hospital after you were born while you cried and cried.  I stood by you those nights and I always will.  I want you to know that I will always be there for you, always there to listen, to play, to pray, to read. 

I took you to Kindergarten open house today and you are so excited to go to the big school.  "Can I go after one more sleep mom?".  No, not til August and when I started off with "this is March and next is.." you chimed in with "April, May, June, July, August".  Um yeah.  Exactly.  Ms Novella says you are making great strides in pre-K and I can see it in your school work and just in general.  You really are growing up!  You dress yourself well and without most of the fighting we were going through for a while, you can brush your teeth completely on your own-putting toothpaste on the brush and all!  You listen pretty well and are doing well at church with me.  It's been so nice having you both out with me in the service and teaching you what church really is.  I also loved seeing your eyes when you saw the science stuff in one of the K class rooms.  They had fosils, coral, a skull of something etc and some little magnifying glasses.  So cool and you were entranced. 

I love how innocent you still are.  You watch Dora with Mary, you play with toys instead of your leapster.  You love me to pretend to be the kissy monster.  You (both) and daddy have a great game of "cracked egg" in the bed (as well as banana, hide under the covers-whateve it is that you guys play!).  You love your legos and are building more and more with them.  You love me to play with you.  Today I was so sad-you wanted me to play with you but I had taken you both to the park to play and when we got home I had to finish Mary's cupcakes and make supper. 

Robert, I love you!  I'm so proud of you.  I pray that you will grow into the person that God wants you to be. 

Monday, March 07, 2011

birthday madness!

Something has got to give with birthday celebrations around here.  I feel like it is cake-cake-cake all the time from Feb through March!  So far I did cupcakes for school and for a birthday playdate for Robert, then the ultra cool mickey mouse clubhouse cake for their party.  Then this weekend it's a cake for Wesley (I'm trying a chocolate covered cherry cake from the cake mix doctor cookbook-1 box chocolate cake and a can of cherry pie filling and then a chocolate glaze.  Then the following Friday will be Mary's b-day and I'm doing strawberry cake with strawberry frosting (maybe in ice cream cones?).  And then NO MORE CAKE.  As it is I have put the rest of the cake in the fridge in a covered cake pan and I am going to stay out of it! 

But honestly their party went well and I could not be prouder of my little people.  We had such a good time at the party, the mix of kids was great, they played so well together and the moms/other guests were able to catch up and chat some since we didn't have to hover over the kids 24/7!  They got a great mix of toys/books and clothes which was nice-enough toys not to feel cheated but enough of the other stuff not to be snowed under in toys.  They got some activity books and stuff but also some bearnstain bears and little critters (mercer meyer) which are my 2 favorite types for this age-so we are enjoying them!  Mary also got some princess books which are great.  Bring on the pink!

M+R are growing up so fast and are turning into such interesting and cute kids!  They went for their well check ups on Thursday and the doctor was really impressed by them.  They are on track/above track for everything.  Robert wouldn't do the vision screen at all but the nurse wasn't worried-she says the school will screen him again and if he is here for another reason this summer we can try again.  He did fine for the hearing screen.