Tuesday, November 25, 2008
1. go to the 4th folder in your pictures folder
2. post the 4 picture in that folder
3. Explain your picture
4. Tag 4 friends to do the same!
And here's my picture: I actually cheated because my 4th folder is my blog folder, and you've already seen those pictures, so I went to my 5th folder.
This picture is one of the Christmas cards I have done this year. It is of the Pals family, and I hope they don't mind that you're all seeing it. :)
I design (or copy a design you like) Christmas photo cards for $15. Then you can either print them as photos to mail to your Christmas list people, or you can just email it to everybody for free! :) I have lots of other designs I've done on my facebook page.
OR...if you love doing this type of thing yourself, you can order the software (Storybook Creator Plus) from me through Creative Memories! You can make anything from scrapbooks to greeting cards to baby announcements to birthday invitations to...well, I'm sure you get the point. :) I LOVE this program, but it should come with a warning about addiction!! It's wonderful!
Okay, so now I have to tag four people...
I chose: Renee, Alison (she has a photography business, so her pictures are always great!), Cody, and Sara!
This is fun! :)
Monday, November 24, 2008
Steve: White. What color are MY teeth?
Andrea: What color are MY teeth?
Lillian: White. Dark white.
(it's okay, I knew that was coming. that's why I asked.) :)
later that night....
Lillian: Mommy, you know that thing that Brielle was in, in your tummy before she was born? When is that gonna go down?
Friday, November 21, 2008
Last weekend we went to Orange City for my CM open house and to help my sister get moved. The kids got lots of time at Papa's house, and this is how they spent most of it:
Over and over and over.
(did you see Josiah at the very end? it's hard to tell in the video, but they are FLYING down those stairs. Josiah is probably scared for his life that Lillian is gonna crash into him!)
They did alright sleeping there though, which is surprising considering our nights at our house lately. Lillian is at that awful transition of only kind of needing a nap. So when she gets one it's great, but then she doesn't sleep at night. And when she doesn't get one, she's...a monster. :)
But the biggest problem is that we took Josiah's pacifier away. When he turned one, we only let him have it for naps and bedtime. And the plan was to take it away when he turned two. Well, he turned two. And I am the one who didn't want to take it away. He just slept so good! So we decided that we'd "leave them at Papa's house" next time we were in OC.
well...before we actually got around to that, we lost them. for real. gone. both of them.
So I was freaking out in my head about how he was going to handle this. And he actually did okay. I freaked out more than he did. He only asked ONE time for his "ippee." So we decided that we'd just be done with them. But we HAD to find them before he did, or we'd go through the 'taking away' part again (which, I realize, is harder for me than him...but still). Well, I found the one that he used most. I forget where it even was. But I found it first. And I hid it in Steve's underwear drawer.
But...every night that he's laying awake talking, or singing, or especially crying, I just want to go to that drawer and grab the dear little ippee and give it to him. just so the poor kid will sleep! But I resist, every night. (I ALMOST gave in last night, though. But I am stronger than the paci. I am stronger than the paci...)
And enough time has passed that I can actually talk to him about it. So when he gets Brielle's paci, I say, "Josiah, where's your pacifier?" and he says "all gone!" It's so cute.
he found the other one. Luckily, he just laughed when I took it out of his mouth and threw it, literally. I said, "You're too big for a pacifier!" and we LAUGHED! and I took a picture of him with it to show him how "silly" he looks. and he LAUGHED again.
So, hopefully, the return of the "ippee" is short lived. I just put him down for his nap and he didn't ask for it. So let's hope tonight goes the same...
if not, there are now TWO pacifiers in Steve's underwear drawer tempting me like the devil itself....ugh....
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Yesterday I got lunch ready (hot dogs and cheese cubes, a perfect representation of my kitchen skills) and called her up from her Barbie house downstairs.
"What are we having?"
She comes to the table and sees the cheese cubes.
"Yes, and cheese."
"But Mommy..." *ugh, here it comes. I'm so sick of the whining.* "But Mommy, I want a stick!"
I am so annoyed. Why does she care if it's string cheese (sometimes referred to as cheese sticks) or cheese cubes? It's cheese! It's all cheese! So I put on my best calm-but-very-frustrated voice.
"Lillian, it's making Mommy very frustrated that you whine about everything lately. Why can't you come to the table and say, 'Wow, Mom! Thanks for the hot dogs and cheese! This looks great!'? We are having cheeses cubes today, not string cheese. And I don't want to hear anymore whining about it. Do you understand?"
And she is so sweet. She looks at me with a silly little smile and says, "Mommy, you don't understand me!"
What? what does she mean? and why is she smiling like that?
"Mommy, I just mean that I want a stick! to poke my cheese!"
"oh, a toothpick?"
"yes! I was just asking for a toothpick! You didn't understand me Mommy!" (HUGE smile. She's not even the slightest bit mad or even annoyed that I freaked out for nothing. and I am embarrassed.)
and the apology begins....
Help me to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I have to hurry...Dancing with the Stars is almost on. See, I've always wanted to be a dancer. And I keep thinking that maybe, just maybe, if I become famous, they'll want me on that show and I'll learn how. And I'll be a dancer. So I'm trying to think of how to become a celebrity. because I want to be a dancer, not a celebrity.
When I was little I wanted to be in dance. I never was. we didn't have the money I'm sure. I've been wanting to put Lillian in some sort of dance classes for a while now, but I didn't want to have to pay crazy amounts of money for the classes and the costumes they only wear once. I just figured she wouldn't be able to do it....and she'd grow up.... and write a blog post about not having enough money to take dance classes when she was little. :)
But I was recently talking to another mom at my church who's daughter takes classes at a Chrstian dance/martial arts studio. The classes are reasonably priced and the teacher makes the costumes so you don't have to pay so much for them! They focus on movement that is modest and focused on worship rather than performance. It sounded perfect!
I went home and told Steve, and he was all for it too! There is a guy that Steve works with who lots his wife to breast cancer around the same time my mom died. And this guy (also named Steve) has his kids in dance and stuff too, although they are much older than our kids. So anyway, the Steves talk often, and my Steve was telling him about this studio I had heard about. Turns out the couple who own the studio are very good friends of his, and he used to be on the board of trustees (or whatever) for their previous dance company. We couldn't believe it! (All you OC folk probably don't think it's that big of a deal, but this kind of thing never happens to us in Omaha.) :)
So we signed her up.
If you know my sweet daughter at all, she's not big on new things. :) So she was a little nervous at first, but her friend Emma came over and said "it's weawy fun in dere." and that was all it took!
AND if you know my daugher, you probably also know that she's not very coordinated. She has always been the kind of kid who could talk for hours about jumping and playing and skipping and running, and tumbling. But when it came down to it, she couldn't acutally DO those things. :) But there she was in her class, doing her very best to look like her teacher, and move so gracefully, and, well...be a ballerina of course. :) it was wonderful. beautiful.And Lillian loved it.
And Josiah did too. He was quite proud of his big sister, and sat there by the door, opening it and closing it to check on her every few minutes. And when he got scolded for that, he just banged and banged on the windows to show his sister he was watching. and really, what could I do? I was nursing Brielle. and besides, it was kinda cute. :)
so her little shoes are in tip top condition. I hope they get lots of use. I hope she loves dancing. and loves tumbling. and loves worshipping. and if she doesn't love the dancing thing (like I want her to), then I hope she finds another way she loves to worship. And I'll get over it. :) and try again with Brielle.... :)
Thank you, Miss Diana, for your ministry.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Lillian had croup last week. So that makes me feel a little better about that video that I posted. That very same night she woke up with a fever of 103 and that horrible barking cough I have learned to HATE over the last few years.
And of course Josiah picked it up too.
And then Brielle!
Now, if you have never had a child with croup, I will say that it's one of the cutest sicknesses your kids can have. Thier voices get all scratchy and thier cry is much softer (thankfully). And when you know they aren't in a lot of pain, they sound so stinking cute!
anyway, so Brielle picks up the croup from all the kisses and hugs we tried so desperately to keep away from her. And her fever was up at about 102 on one of the days (they are all running together for me now). and then it was down at about 100 for a while, and then on Friday morning, really early, it was up again past 102. So I called the phone nurse just to ask how bad it was that her fever was NOT going away and it was so high.
After telling about 3 people all Brielle's and my information (why do they ask that so many times?) and many many questions that I could not answer (I never thought I'd be one of the mom's who doesn't know how much her kids weighs just because she has three kids. I am.), I was talking about her symptoms. I said she was breathing a little faster than usual. So she had me count her breaths.
"We're going to count for 30 seconds, so it will feel like a long time."
*Lillian has asthma, so I am very familiar with all this breath counting busines.
"are you ready? go."
25...26....27....say stop. please say stop. I know from Lillian that we're getting too high....28...29...30...31.
As I say 31 I know I should grab the carseat. I know that 60 breaths per minute is way too fast for Lillian. I have to bring her in. And it turns out that for babies, even 50 breaths is too fast. So I feel a little urgency in her voice as she basically tells me to hang up and get her to Children's. Luckily, (luckily?) I have been told this many times before and I'm able to keep my cool.
I throw on some dirty jeans, grab a piece of gum, tell Steve to enjoy his extra few hours of sleep (he's usually getting up for work at this time. it's 5:00), and head to the ER. And this time it takes only like 8 minutes to get there, as opposed to the 28 from Bellevue.
Warm steamy air and also cold air are great for lungs when battling croup, so by the time we get there, Brielle sounds pretty good. But her temp is still way too high and her breathing a little too fast. but her oxygen is okay. so we wait for the doctor. and wait. and wait. and wait.
I'm getting really sleepy by this point, but the events go something like this....
he comes, checks her out, tells us to get a chest xray. we do that, go back to our room, and wait some more. he comes back. The xray is better than he thought. he was expecting pneumonia. it's bronchitis. he'll get our discharge papers and write up a perscription.
yay! let's go home.
I get her in her carseat. buckled up. ready to run as soon as those papers come. she's finally sleeping. I need to get home before the big kids wake up.
different man walks in. says he needs one more temp check. what?
I undo her buckles, get her out, take her clothes off, spread her cheeks. poor thing. she was finally sleeping, and then all this. but we finally got the papers. and ran...to Amigos, of course, for a couple sausage and egg burritos!
Brielle screamed the whole way home, which was only wonderful because it made the pharmacist hurry. :) we got home, ate our burritos, and put Brielle down to sleep.
and the kids woke up. :) yep. they did. I knew they would, so it was okay. I gave them sugar cereal because I wanted to be on thier good side.
Will you please go downstairs and watch tv so Mommy can sleep while Brielle is sleeping? Will you please come up to quietly tell me if you need something instead of yelling?
and they do. and I slept til 11:30. I have good kids. :) and they like tv.
*please don't turn me in for child neglect.
Brielle is doing a little better now. she had a TERRIBLE night (anyone familiar with Augmentin? does it cause restlessness?), but Steve and I took turns sleeping and cleaning today. Let's just hope that this whole ER business is done with her...but isn't she a trooper?
I think I made a promise in an earlier post about not making them so long. sorry, this one is long. no more promises.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
if you want more info like we did, here it is.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I didn't vote.
I know that Mr. Herman and a number of others would be disappointed to know that I didn't do my duty and participate. :) But I wasn't registered to vote, and kind of used that as my excuse I think, to tell people a reason, but not really have to go into it. But I felt really strongly about not voting. Here's why.
I don't like talking about politics because I've gotten the impression that most people are closed-minded. So I watched a little bit of the debates, read a few of the emails that I got about politics, etc....but I only really know a few things about each candidate. I didn't want to know too much, just in case I would find myself in a conversation with one such closed-minded person, and feel like they were not hearing me, or that because I didn't agree with what they were saying I was somehow less of a person. Here's what I know.
I know that JMC is a hero. I know he suffered greatly for his country, and that's incredibly respectable. And I knew that he is pro-life. And I know that he chose Palin as a running mate, and although I'm not sexist, I do think that politics at a national level without any experience is something that might be harder than she thinks if she were to become president. But I really liked the idea of a woman in such a high position, I'll admit.
I know that Obama was quite inspiring. And I know that Obama supporters kind of freaked me out with thier enthusiasm, because I wondered how much they acutally knew, and how much they were just 'cheering at the pep rallies.' I know that he called for change, whatever that means. And I know that he is pro-choice. And I know that he cares about the poor, and healthcare for all people. And I thought it would be incredible if a country that used to believe that African Americans were less than human could vote one into the highest office our country has.
Growing up in Orange City most of my life, I kind of got the impression that Rublican=Christian. It's true that usually the replublican candidate stands for things we consider "Christian," like being pro-life or thier support of heterosexual marriage. But I think my mom is the first one to put in my head that a democratic candidate might just have some ideas worth thinking about too. She counseled with a lot of people who needed help from the government, and all these "Christian" republicans had no intentions of trying to improve things. I always wondered it she was a closet democrat. :)
So I had this battle in my head...wondering which items were important enough to sway my vote one way or the other. Is abortion the only thing I should consider? (for many people it is, and understandably I think.) But Bush was against abortion and it's still happening. How much power does the president acutally have over certain matters? What if the judges he appoints make decisions we weren't expecting? What about all the other issues that I think are important?
Of course I'm anti-abortion. But if I didn't have Christ as my Savior would I be? would I value life like I do? and here's a whopper...I don't think the government has the right to say that marriage should be between a man and a woman. (gasp!) I haven't said that to very many people, but it's waht I believe. I think that heterosexual marriage makes sense in the Christian world, we know that's how God intended marriage. But lots of people in this country aren't Christians. And if things were reversed, and I lived in a country that didn't allow soemthing I truly believed in just becuase of certain people's religious views, I would be incredibly angry.
But since I AM a Christian, is it my duty to vote for a president who will implement the things I believe are true? OR...is it the Christian's job to be DIFFERENT FROM THE WORLD (thanks, very wise person who helped me realize this even more this week...)!?!? The church is NOT supposed to look like the rest of the world. If we have all these "Christian" laws because the evangelical vote won, then people get a distorted view of Christ! And isn't that what we are to be? the image of Christ this world so desperately needs? And is that what the world is getting when we vote pro-choice? not really. that's just a tiny part of waht makes me a Christian.
I have already seen people that I consider to be strong Christians act or say some not-so-Christlike things in this post-election time. I thought McCain's speech last night was more than impressive. He called all of us to JOIN TOGETHER in this time. That is what our country needs. Let's be stronger than we thought we could be. Let's be united! We all have the same president, whether or not we voted for him. THIS is the time to be Christlike.
I just taught a sunday school lesson to my 3rd-5th graders about the 5th commandment-Honor your father and mother. But really, that commandment calls us to honor all those God places in authority. I remember my mom telling me that her dad used to pray for the president every night in their home, whether or not it was someone he voted for or supported. He knew that the person in the role of the president of the USA needed a lot of prayer. and I've never forgotten that. and I pray for the president, even when the world is mocking and disrespecting him. (sidenote-I'm so ready for Bush to be out of office just so the poor man can get away from the disprespect he's endured for the last many years.)
If I had registered, I'm still not sure who would have gotten my vote. And I didn't want to choose someone becuase "I've always voted that way" or "my family votes taht way" or "Christians vote that way." So I thought I'd sit back, pray, at watch it all unfold. I knew God is soverign, and his will would be done.
No matter who you voted for (or didn't vote for), let's please be respectful of each other's opinions. God created us all to be passionate about different things. He did that on purpose. Let's not say or do things that could belittle others. After all, we are ALL made in His image. He loves us ALL, no matter what we believe, or who we voted (or didn't vote) for.
*for a great post on WHO we actually put our trust in, check out my sister's blog here.