Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Eyes in the back of my head.

A week ago:

Hallie: "Mom, how did you know I was doing that?"

Mom: "I have eyes in the back of my head!"

Hallie: "Do I have eyes in the back of my head?"

Mom: "Not yet, when you become a parent you get eyes in the back of your head."


Today, Hallie was standing behind me:

"Mom, I don't see eyes in the back of your head!"

Hallie and all other children out there, Trust Me, They're back there! :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tis the Season

My cards are mailed, FINALLY (the pictures got here yesterday), I sent a few packages, and overall, excited that our family gets to delay the holidays for an extra couple of days. Josh has to work the next four days... apparently terrorists don't celebrate Christmas, and so we will be saving our Christmas Celebration for his return. Instead, I'm thinking of taking the kiddos to a nearby retirement center, and entertain the guests with their craziness. We're also putting together care packages for some soldiers overseas, and Santa is forced to be delayed. I LOVE IT!! Other than Josh being gone, I love that Christmas day means, not a single gift unwrapped. Perfect.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008

James, James, James.

Yes, an entire post dedicated to you.

Although, gambling is against MY religion, it was nice of you to share your thoughts on the Colts road to the Super Bowl. The black and gold will go down a second time, and it will be a close, but fantastic battle, in which we win. It's too bad YOU won't get to see it, as the playoffs take place on Sunday.

And one final note, I looked and looked for some Steelers Toilet Paper for my perfect stocking stuffer to myself, no such luck. I am going to figure out how to patent this idea, and make millions off "Steelers Stink" toilet paper.

Friday, December 19, 2008

We're In.

I missed the game, I scrolled through a million channels and could NOT find the game!!!! Oh well, the bed was calling me.

But the Colts have clinched the Wild Card, and are heading to the playoffs. Tony Dungy's last year, and it's going to be another SuperBowl. I know you all doubted me when I first said the Colts would win it, but it would be a harder fought fight.

I don't know why but some people seem to think I don't know everything, I really do. :)

One other side note, now that I found my midwife, Josh thinks we should move by Feb. 1st. My due date Feb. 15th., Due date for the Army to move us for free? Feb. 10th. Apparently he's lonely without us, isn't that sweet? MY LIFE IS CRAZY, SO MUCH FOR NORMAL BIRTHING EXPERIENCES!! I can see the headlines now:

WOMAN DELIVERS BABY IN FRONT OF GOD, FAMILY, AND I-295. Family's Son, dials 911, while 4 year old delivers baby. (she knows what to do after all those books she saw in the midwife's office) I have to laugh, or I'll cry... or scream.

Anyway, the COlTS are in, and maybe I'll get to watch the Super Bowl from my Hospital Room!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A visit to the Midwife

I know why I haven't "missed" the appointments all that much.

We got there early, she was quick, but then we had the hour glucose test, so after two hours of the hospital, the girls were READY to leave.

Hallie was playing with a birthing ball at the Midwife's office, Cheerios were spewn everywhere by Laila, Hallie kept wanting me to read these VERY GRAPHIC children's books about birth that had me scared, Laila fell out of the plastic chair and hit her head, 20 minutes later, a comment box in the lab was pulled down by the chain pen ON HER HEAD..., the plan number was missing from the insurance information, a snow, sleet storm came while we were there, and so I was afraid of an early dismissal for Colson, and to top it off I had to listen to Obama on fox news, about his Secretary of Education appointment, another Chicago guy. I think it's funny we have a president-elect that is so inexperienced the only people he knows are from Chicago (CHICAGO-Home to the most ethical on the planet!!). I couldn't even grumble because I know I was the only one in the room that likely didn't vote for the man. I mean where was Jeapardy, or The Price is RIght?

But for the update, we heard the heartbeat it sounded great, I am measuring a few days bigger than where I am, and I weigh as much as a cow, give me a few months, and I'll have the milk to prove it.

LOVED the midwife - and am truly excited!! I think I just might have the perfect birthing story, after FOUR tries.

I'm thrilled to have my sister take some maternity portraits while she is here, FOR FREE. Well, it my cost me some food...

I talked to a friend today, and I'm just relishing in these last few months of being pregnant, feeling the baby move, I told her this is it for me, I'm in no hurry, even though I'm a bit crabby and uncomfortable, I'm done after this. No more miraculous alien movements, it's exciting, and scary, a little sad, and well, emotional... No surprise there. But it's happening, and no turning back now. Here S/HE comes!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Prenatal care, or lack thereof.

There's no denying the glorious roundness of my middle region (or back side for that matter), or the standard pack of tums that has now entered the car, diaper bag, and night stand. If these signs weren't enough perhaps it would be my effervescent personality shining through. I am in fact "with child". I'm sure I will be the lucky "Mary" at the beginning of the family's Christmas skit.

With child number four moms tend to get a little laid back. I mean can you seriously remember all of your children's firsts? Or can you even pay attention to details like what's in their mouth. Here's a recent pooh list for Laila (i.e. things we've discovered she's eaten) rubberband, epoxy sticker, sequins, and I believe there was a bit of tinfoil from a Hershey kiss wrapper. I know, who's responsible for her??? Oh is that me?? I think I just pray harder each time.

Needless to say, my prenatal care with number four, is shall we say, lacking. I've been to the doctor once, and had an ultrasound a second time (not at the same office). I was cleared of previa, and never went back! My sisters who get on my case over things like this say, How's your blood pressure, are you measuring normal, etc. Well I don't exactly know. All I do is pay attention to make sure baby has been moving. Fairly scientific, I know. After a few phone calls today, it's official, I found myself a midwife, about a half an hour away, and am thrilled. We share the same birthday, it was meant to be. She called me after a half hour, to find out my situation, I mean when does a doctor call you??? She gave me a brief lecture over my lack of care, but apologized for the only appt. she had this week, which is a half hour. She's like I know you want my time, but this is what I've got, and I'll meet with you for a little longer at my next appointment. Did she just apologize to me? She's already above the photographer.

Anyway, I told Ann, all I cared was that she would be there for me the last three hours of the pregnancy.

I'm getting a bit anxious, but excited, this little miracle is already full of surprises! So no more lectures, I'm on to every other week appts, if I have to...

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Here we are, I'm Back!

1. I'm super busy with Christmas Cards, Christmas baking, Math homework, balancing my checkbook, and finding the perfect service opportunity for our family this Christmas Season.

2. We just watched the Christmas Devotional, which was fantastic, worth watching if you missed it!

3. Josh is still coming and going at random intervals, but we get to see him so much more, and although it's not ideal, it's working fine.

4. I am literally 60 days from delivery (approximately), the realty has just not sunk in, remember when I first wrote about it? I am still in shock, but in a much better kind of shock. We're going to be parents for the last time and it feels bittersweet. Please pray that Josh will be in town when the labor starts!

5. Our Christmas Pictures with the professional were highly disappointing, I refuse to mention her name once again, because this is the email I received when I expressed my disappointment:

I'm sorry that you're not more pleased with your photos, you are the first person who has ever expressed anything other than complete satisfaction to me. I understand that professional photos are a big splurge for everyone, that's why I include the digital negatives in my fee and don't charge extra for additional people, etc.
Certainly your husband was very uncomfortable and your kids needed a bit more encouragement and requests for cooperation than most (perhaps it was the morning after Halloween factor?!). Both of those things contributed to more posed, less candid shots.


Did said photographer just blame my husband and kids for the crappy shots?? I mean shouldn't a photographer notice a shoe? or a tag? or an awkward sitting man? or even a scarf twisted, or how about where the center of the picture is? OR how about a picture without one of the family members??? Just wondering...

Here are some of the results, they're not horrible, but with her unprofessional response, I hate them more!














So there you go. And one more thing THIS SISTER is coming to visit at Christmas, I am so Excited!!

I'll try to be on the ball, but you never know... it could be another month!! Thanks for everyone's concern/interest in my blog, you make me feel loved, and that my blog isn't the worst writing you've ever read! Take Care All!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

Where were you at 4:04 a.m.?

Me, at JcPenny's replacing a Christmas tree I hauled to the curb a couple of weeks ago, when I thought I would be in Indiana for the Holidays. And in order to "save" money, which in fact a false tree TOTALLY does, I went to find the BEST bargain out there, which I did.

Now, I'm off to bed. Black Friday is totally overrated.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Pictures... noticably Absent.

Josh has taken over the laptop, which is SO MUCH easier to load pictures on, thus, you are getting post after post of no pictures. Sorry. The kids still grow, as do I. I'll try to update soon.

We're looking forward to a splendid turkey day, and are praying hard we can have a signed contract on this home by the end of January!

Simple Gratitude:

1. Husband
2. Children 1,2,3, and I just know I will one day be thankful for 4, too.
3. Testimony.
4. Friends.
5. Bleach.
6. Blogs.
7. Health.
8. Pomegranite Season.
9. Windows.
10. Sisters
11. Prayer
12. Renters without pets, and non-smokers.
13. Music
14. Photographs
15. VA loans.
16. MBA
17. Flowers/Gardens
18. Water
19. Holidays
20. Online shopping.
21. Scriptures - totally didn't mean to put these way down here, we actually do study them EVERY day.
22. The Office.
23. GPS
24. Trails.
25. Gum
26. Colts Football.
27. Scented candles
28. Sharp Knives
29. Coupons
30. American Flag
31. chapstick
32. I'll keep thinking... I'm just out of time!

The Colts are Back.



Finally something to cheer for!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Christmas Letter...

I'd like to write goes something like this:

Family and Friends:

Year 9 at the Heath's began hopeful, cheerful, and exciting, as Josh returned from his Final Deployment, Alive.

We hurriedly decided to "RUN AWAY" to the beautiful beaches of South Florida, and take a much earned family vacation, where I found HONEYBELL'S (I first discovered them with my citrus obsession with Laila), the best fruit on the planet.

A friend in need called and said, please be with me while I have my baby, and my husband is gone! OF COURSE, I say. And proceed to have a GREAT week with lots of friends. Such a great week, I'm not so regular with the birth control pills... Enter the drum roll here, The Year Really Begins.

10 days without hubby, means SO EXCITED to see him. Not realizing, that not once(Colson), not twice(Hallie), but for the third time the "Lusty Month Of May", is a VERY productive one.



In June we discover the "surprise".

In the next couple of months Lucy loses her mind (and her faith in the American people), Josh loses two jobs, insurance is on again, off again, and to end the year, we land another job, 4 hours away, and are again apart.

We'd love to focus on the Christmas Season and generously pour out blessings among others, instead we've so humbly received from various sources. Thanks to all!

For some reason, sex and job loss, doesn't seem like the appropriate Christmas Letter. I guess I'll keep working on it.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Big Weekend Plans

Oops. I meant NO weekend plans. :)

We are showing the house today at noon, wish us luck.

Josh is applying at various jobs for Christmas help, with all his extra time, wish him luck.

Lucy is prego with three kids, and trying to survive, wish her luck.

So I guess this morning I will be cleaning, laundry, dusting, this is the benefit to renting/selling your home, it almost always looks good. And after that, who knows. I would L.O.V.E. to go to one of the various church bazaars/craft shows, but tackling 3kids at one of those places isn't all that appealing. But maybe I'll be brave. Have a great weekend!

P.S. STILL NO PICTURES!! I'll post when they come in, I promise!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dow Storms Back

I would just like to point out that the day after the election and the days following the election, the dow dropped, even when Obama spoke with his economic posse behind him.

Bush, the president all disapprove of, speaks, and rallies the market. Interesting.

But what do I know, I'm an elementary teacher, who stays at home with a bunch of kiddos.

The Voice that comes and goes!

In my answer to a prayer, I reported I lost my voice, however, I did gain it back. Only to discover that the louder I yell, the quieter it becomes. Truly Masterful.

1. MY HOUSE - I do not know what to do with it?!?!?!

2. MY NEW TOWN - I'm longing for this place... :)

3. PARENT/TEACHER Conference - Tonight, bleh...

4. MY BABY BUMP - BIGGER AND BIGGER AND you get the picture.

5. MEMORIES BY MAUREEN - Where are the results from my photo shoot, I'm waiting ever so IMPATIENTLY!

Feeling pretty good.

Trimester three starts in like 4 days or something, and I'm feeling great! Wierd huh?

This morning, I SLEPT IN until 5:40 a.m., read the rest of The Christmas Box, cute story! Made a "HOT" Breakfast, Heart Healthy Banana Pancakes. Cleaned up after myself, walked Colson with Chunky Laila to the bus stop, paid the bills, (barely), and now catching up on blogs, emails, and other online obligations.

Don't hold your breath, this may only last 24 hours.

Or at least I'll be ready for a nap around 9 a.m. :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Minority.

My first experience being in the minority was in high school. I remember feeling incredibly out of place, with my standards so far from my peers. It was an awkward, uncomfortable feeling to stand alone because of my choices. Didn't enjoy it, but thankfully wasn't too ornery. At least that's what I'll put in writing. My dad reads this!!

I was a minority in this election. The majority picked a man I would never pick, I'm thinking WHERE'S HILARY??

But there is another issue I'm in the minority, as I read in the news yesterday. President Bush has the lowest approval rating of all time. So this means, I am in the smallest minority EVER!

But, in years to come, I have no doubt as Bush's presidency is examined he will go down in history as one seriously respectable president.

I will support him to the end, and will miss my sense of security I had with him in charge. To President Bush, my American President, I wish you a fond farewell. You've done your duty. And only God knows the burden you carried for 8 years.

And to Barack, I'm not one of the 71% of people that are hopeful. However, as long as you make true on your promises of keeping my taxes low, and getting the budget in check, and continue to keep America safe, I will be fine. But truth be told, I'll never be more involved in a campaign than in four years. May God keep you humble, honest, and doing the right thing for our country.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Inspiration.

Inspired by THIS TALK

Wanted to stop yelling so much at the kids, to be more respectful and patient with their demands. So I followed the counsel, and prayed as suggested.

Result: Lost My Voice Today.

Seriously.

Monday, November 10, 2008

New Habit.

Being further along in my pregnancy doesn't allow for a full night's rest anymore. I must potty. Well... I can no longer go back to sleep after my 4:00 a.m. or 4:30 a.m. trip, and have thus started accomplishing things at this insanely ridiculous hour. Yesterday, I cleaned tha bathroom at 4 a.m., this morning I was switching laundry at 5;30 a.m. This is one habit I have got to break. PLEASE HELP??!! I will say my house has never looked better!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

I can't help it...

Remember I said one week. That will be next Wed.

A. Iran President for the first time in a long time sends a note to a President Elect - Obama - Congratulating him. I can see it now, Obama has said he would like a non-nuclear world... the conversation goes something like this.. Iran: "Great idea, Obama, you go first."

B. Hamas: Let's Chat.

It's not even Jan. 20th.

Although, the news of "what puppy goes to the White House" is also making headlines.

But as for me and my house, we decided to take a loss on our house. Looks like a XX,XXX dollar hit. (Hurts so Good, playing in the background) Although, we look at the upside as our realtor suggested we're young, we'll recover. AND, because I learned all about taxes in the last couple of months, you get to deduct $3500 a year in capital losses, and you also get to carry your loss over year after year until it's gone. Which will work out great for us with B.O.'s new tax plan. Sweet.

Also, my new motto... Come What May, and Love it. Thank you Elder Wirthlin.

These things bring me JOY today.

1. Josh Home.
2. Laundry washed with liquid softener, and then a dryer sheet, smells SO GOOD.
3. Laila tackling me on the floor.
4. Making Cocoa Krispie Treat Turkeys with my kiddos.
5. Josh's boss letting him hang at his house for a little while to help us get on our feet.
6. A great nap.
7. A lumpy moving Belly Region.
8. Our Home.
9. A priesthood holder willing and able to bless. (A special friend reminded me of this blessing today, I'm thinking of you and your son!)
10. Gasoline at $2.12
11. Only one more day without insurance.
12. QOTD: Watching some kid movie about a girl on an island, and was eating worms, I came in during the middle of it... Anyway, Hallie says: "I don't like to eat worms. They don't have an oven so they have to eat worms." Becca have you been eating worms?

Friday, November 07, 2008

Slowly but Surely coming out of my funk...

The Election has me down no doubt... I have trust issues I must confess, I do NOT trust this guy.

My step mom gave my dad one week to be grumpy, and I too, am attempting the challenge. :) So bear with me as I may not seem like myself... or maybe I am always pessimistic?!? I'll work on it.

What was great about yesterday, the freaking delicious homemade chocolate cake I made for Josh. I have a massive pan, so if you live close come get a chunk! I am NOT a cake person, I'd prefer a pie, or a cookie, but cake with frosting no thanks... BUT this cake was so moist so full of flavor it will cheer anyone suffering from the recent loss, which I am beginning to think is only me. Can I say my Colts are losing frequently, too? Dang November, bring on December!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Happy Birthday to Joshi!

One year ago we ALL took part in celebrating his birthday as he celebrated alone in the Marriott, that no longer exists in Pakistan...

So we are LOVING having him here, for his 31st.

Josh is such a great person. Few people get the opportunity to really get to know him, his quiet, reserved, humble nature is not easy to penetrate. Unless of coourse you are as obnoxious as me!!

Josh is a great husband, great dad, a veteran, an MBA, a priesthood holder, and a reading enthusiast. His son Colson loves all things daddy, and IS all things daddy. Laila's favorite parent by a mile is Josh. They have this special bond, which is pretty funny to watch, and Hallie is like me, so they're forced to get along!! :)

We love you dad, and have a great day!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: DOW PLUNGES 486 POINTS.

As Andy from the office would say... "Nailed it."

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Mourning for America.

A phrase my dad has coined for this election. He called it. I had hope, and was supposed to get a dinner when McCain won. I'm out of luck.

We shall see the true character of this man in the next four years.

In the meantime, my cash is going under my mattress, I'm on to building a bomb shelter, and to further my education as he cuts the U.S. defense budget, my husband will be out of work. Oh wait, I then can stand in line with all the other Americans with my hand out, that would be easier.

I'm mourning for America.

What a shame, I mean sham, that we would elect such a shady character. Truly Unbelievable.

I'm curious to see the stock markets reaction to this news... I doubt it's good.

Praying hard for the next four.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Nobama Noway

I'm seriously giving myself an ulcer over this election. I find it so disheartening that Americans are missing some KEY issues when it comes to this vote.

1. YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER HIS ASSOCIATIONS. A terrorist, a US hater, a PLO spokesperson and others have shaped his views, whether or not he agrees, he sympathizes. Name ONE inappropriate relationship from McCain. ONE.

2. YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER THE PROMISES. He's promised the world to the people that don't pay taxes. He can't deliver. It isn't right to TAKE from the rich and give to the poor. You can suggest it, encourage it, but don't FORCE anyone to do it, it breeds an ugly attitude. Aren't we a country that dreams big, if you want more money, dream bigger for yourself, and work harder, where is the pride in what you do, when you are handed something for nothing?

3. YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER HIS WORD. He was going to accept Public Financing, and then didn't. He also committed to be a senator for the state of Illinois. I looked up his record. He voted only 45.5% of the time. He didn't help the people of Illinois, by NOT doing the only thing required of him, to vote on legislation.

4. YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER HIS EXPERIENCE. He doesn't have any. Nothing, nowhere has he shown what he is capable of. We have nothing. Can I suggest a few people that have "quickly risen to power", o.k. I won't, but it's scary to thing about. How can we trust him? We have no idea who he is or what he stands for.

5. YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER HIS IDEAS ON FOREIGN POLICY. Diplomacy with terrorist nations?? I mean these bad guys are wanting him to be president. They're not cheering on McCain, because they're scared of him. No, they want Obama. That is scary.

I absolutely believe the worst case scenario in this election is Obama winning. He's scary and not trustworthy, and dangerous. McCain has his weaknesses no doubt, but at least we know COUNTRY FIRST.

Go Vote, Vote often, and if you're voting for Obama, get sick! Just kidding... I had to lighten the post a little... I am so hoping you're voting educated. Do your research, not on CNN or FOXNEWS. Look for their records, research!!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Close to Home

When you've sacrificed time, moeny, and more, for a country other than your own, your perspective changes. Do I like war? Do I want it to continue forever? No. Peace sounds good to me. However, I also understand that there wasn't a single priesthood member in either Afghanistan or Iraq before this war. That this group of people have no idea who Christ is, nor will they ever know if the gospel of Jesus Christ is forbidden, if they are not free. We were born to privilege, and with that comes specific obligations (a line from Ever AFter, thank you!) But it's true. why should America sit in our "bubble" of a perfect world, spoiled rotton, and do nothing? Yes, we are a freedom loving people, and don't we wish this same thing on others? Why shouldn't we promote democracy throughout the world? Were their mistakes made in Iraq, yes, I will never deny it. But I can hold my head high as I think about the sacrifice we've (josh) has made on behalf of those who have no rights. That he was a part of "spreading the gospel throughout the corners of the Earth" as it says in a personal blessing of his.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Poll Question...

I heard this question asked to a group of people on CNN:

Should uninformed people vote?

What do YOU think?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Country First?? Integrity in the White House??

There are other political leaders out there that I would rather see as president. But we have TWO choices. I just CANNOT see how Obama can lead, and lead well. Obama is about Obama, his cocky selfish ways are not what this country needs. We need someone who loves this country deeper than himself. Mistakes happen in every presidency. McCain will not be perfect, but I believe, he will always put the country first, as he has already done.

Editor's note: Campbell Brown anchors CNN's "Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull" at 8 p.m. ET Mondays through Fridays. She delivered this commentary during the "Cutting through the Bull" segment of Tuesday night's broadcast.


CNN's Campbell Brown complains about Barack Obama's switch on financing.

(CNN) -- You may have heard that Wednesday night Barack Obama will be on five different TV networks speaking directly to the American people.

He bought 30 minutes of airtime from the different networks, a very expensive purchase. But hey, he can afford it. Barack Obama is loaded, way more loaded than John McCain, way more loaded than any presidential candidate has ever been at this stage of the campaign.

Just to throw a number out: He has raised well over $600 million since the start of his campaign, close to what George Bush and John Kerry raised combined in 2004.

Without question, Obama has set the bar at new height with a truly staggering sum of cash. And that is why as we approach this November, it is worth reminding ourselves what Barack Obama said last November.

One year ago, he made a promise. He pledged to accept public financing and to work with the Republican nominee to ensure that they both operated within those limits.

Then it became clear to Sen. Obama and his campaign that he was going to be able to raise on his own far more cash than he would get with public financing. So Obama went back on his word.

He broke his promise and he explained it by arguing that the system is broken and that Republicans know how to work the system to their advantage. He argued he would need all that cash to fight the ruthless attacks of 527s, those independent groups like the Swift Boat Veterans. It's funny though, those attacks never really materialized.


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The Washington Post pointed out recently that the bad economy has meant a cash shortage among the 527s and that this election year they have been far less influential.

The courageous among Obama's own supporters concede this decision was really made for one reason, simply because it was to Obama's financial advantage.

On this issue today, former Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, an Obama supporter, writes in The New York Post, "a hypocrite is a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue -- who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. And that, it seems to me, is what we are doing now."

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ten on Tuesday: Copying my friend Emily's Edition...

1. QOTD: While preparing my children for the traditional trick or treat that is done in our town on random days like the Tuesday before Halloween, I was told while helping Hallie on the potty. "Wonder Woman never goes potty, I never see Wonder Woman going potty."

2. Josh and I implemented a new "diet" regimen eating more nutritiously, six small meals a day. Did I mention I've tossed an enormous amount of yummies into the trash to avoid temptation. Why did we take our kids trick or treating tonight?? Duh.

3. Headline on Yahoo News this morning: Housing Prices have Record drops... which explains why we went to WalMart to get FOR RENT signs, which were sold out. So now in America we can't sell our house, but you also aren't going to be able to rent it.

4. Thanks to no one for sharing the news about the Colts last night. I was SURE I would hear from a certain someone in CO. Yup they lost. I believe this means they don't even make the playoffs. Looks like I'm quickly turning into an Eli Manning fan.

5. I LOVE the smell of bleach, I know it's weird. But I just think sterile. With my new found love of cleaning with bleach water, I have several "white" polka dotted maternity shirts, right around the belly region.

6. Can I just say there is only five sleeps until my family photo shoot, with a famed photographer? I am seriously so excited, I can't wait.

7. I've been following the story of NieNie, on her sister CJane's blog, for a little while now, and a recent post about sisters made me LOVE my relationship with my sisters even more.

8. Thanks to my pregnancy, (which I continue to believe this child is going to make me crazy... the timing of it's precious arrival couldn't be worse), I am exploding in the chest region. I think my body is preparing to feed the small nation of New Zealand. Do they make bras in size Double Q?

9. Josh has spent a small fortune faxing documents at the local UPS store. I seriously would rather be spending that money on the NEWLY OPENED SONICS!!!!!!!

10. I seriously can't wait to move to our new town, for THIS reason alone.

Monday, October 27, 2008

I'm off.

To Watch the Colts, tonight....

I can't stay up, so will someone please share the good news with me in the morning?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Four Generations!

How lucky are we to have Josh's parents and grandparents come for a visit!! I was trying to come up with something fun to do... and of course in October, we just had to make some Jack-O-Lanterns.

I took a picture of all four generations carving pumpkins... SORRY COLSON, good hair genes are NOT in your future, unless Grandpa Blackman hooks you up!






And finally the results!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Parenting on the Move.



I'll get to this picture in a minute.

I want to start by saying I grew up moving. I moved 19 times in 20 years. My dad wasn't even active duty military at the time. We would have more kids, a better job, a divorce, a marriage, a college... all kinds of things kept us moving. I really don't know any thing else. The longest place I've ever lived is 3 1/2 years in Bloomington with Josh, in a 700 sq foot apartment, that we paid a whopping 410 a month for. Insane right? My van payment is more than that these days. It's probably bigger, too.

Most of you know, Josh and I are total opposites in almost everything, music, sports, personality. Common ground is the church, and our family. After my dating years had begun I began to realize I really wanted someone from a family that was stable, in more ways than one. This was important to me. I found Josh. His parents live in the same house they lived in when they got married. (technically it's twice as big, still same house) They've been married almost 30 years. Stability, Josh had it in spades.

Then he married me. Life began for him, this crazy moving, going everywhere kind of life. He's even lived in more places than me in the last 6 years. (7 states in 6 1/2 years) It's crazy.

Regularly, we've been the ones to leave, rarely the ones to be left. Recently my little Hallie's friend moved to Wyoming (her mother was a close friend to me), and this was Hallie's first good-bye to a friend. Colson's dealt with it a lot, but for some reason as I look at this picture of these little buddies, my heart ached for her. I realized she too knows what "loss" feels like. I was feeling terrible, I couldn't give my children what Josh had, the one house, the same friends, the constant. As I've thought more about it, is it really that bad?

I mean although my children haven't had one home they've had travels beyond anything I knew at their age, they've seen mountains, oceans, forests, corn fields, deserts, disneyland, monterey bay aquarium, tasted maryland blue crab, been to the top of Pike's peak, hiked the trails of Colorado Springs, enjoyed the breathtaking view of the Garden of the GOds, visited the battlefields of Gettysburg, explored this great nation's capital, including cherry blossoms, the White House, and war memorials, and monuments. They've been to Mount Vernon, orchards, and berry patches, flew in airplanes, explored corn mazes, and tasted ollalieberries... Seen Alcatraz, Pier 39, ridden a subway, and trolley, walked China Town, eaten chocolate crickets (BRANDEE!), explored a space museum in the middle of kansas, Rode a train through the giant redwood trees, walked the Naval academy, and have seen the following temples, Oakland, Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver, CO, Colombus, OH, Louisville Kentucky, Nauvoo, ILL, Palmyra, New York. They've walked the Sacred Grove, and been to the prison in which the great prophet Joseph Smith was martyred. They've taken their beloved father to the airport countless times with prayers in their hearts, prayers that were heard and answered. They're Seven and Four and One.

So I guess, I can stop worrying about what I'm not able to provide, and just do the best we can on the move.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Employed, Round Two

Well, I haven't fully confessed the extent of our situation the past month. But, we have definitely been out of work, and no pay was the scenario. Thank Heavens we were in this house before, and none of our bills have changed... so we could manage a little time off, due to the chunk of money Josh made in six weeks at the last place of employment. I haven't been COMPLETELY frugal, please note a previous post. But we've been trying to save for however long this scenario would be. We were really hoping Josh would get right back on the contract he was working on, just with a different company. But three weeks have passed, and still no word. We just don't have the luxury of time right now, and another opportunity presented itself.

It requires a move south, about 3 and half hours, if you want details, email I'll let you know where we are headed.

Josh begins work on Monday, as does insurance. Which means we spent no time without, or having to pay for Cobra. Another blessing.

We visited the ward this past weekend, at least one of them, and I think we're going to like it. They're redoing the ward boundaries next year because of a brand new stake center so we don't even have to worry about that when finding our next home.

I just can't believe I'll be moving a third time while pregnant. I guess I shouldn't be so surprised!! :)

Josh and I are excited about the possibility and we both feel like we can finally plant our feet.

We came back from our trip and discussed things like school for Colson, me and my pregnancy, along with what to do with our house, we decided we would just rent it, and do the best we could. We come home to find a message on our voicemail about someone interested in renting to own our property!! What great news. Who knows what will happen, but we're hopeful, and busy cleaning to show them the property tomorrow.

Although, we would never wish unemployment on anyone, we're thankful for the time we've had together, we truly have been spoiled hanging out together. And lets hope that's our only trial. Did I mention he'll have a ten minute commute?? That alone is wonderful!!

Anyway, that's the latest, and who knows when everything will happen, but we'll try and keep you posted as we find Joy in our Journey, in yet, another state!

A Late Contribution, But a good one!

Here you go!

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This is spreading in the blog world like wildfire... you MUST check it out!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Warped Sense of Frugality.

I pride myself in my recent adventures of the COUPON MOM. I have saved dollars and dollars on my grocery shopping, which I do almost every week, thus adding up to tens of dollars, perhaps hundreds.

I find myself saying NO NO NO to things like School Portraits for Colson. I mean, I have a freaking awesome camera why would I spend the twenty buckaroos, on the smallest package of portraits that may or may not turn out, just to be offered them again come spring. I mean why do we do this?? Can any of you recall a GOOD school picture?? All I remember is the lame plastic comb we got, and that I never got to stand on the bleachers for the class picture because I was always TOO short. Not to mention six years from now when I have FOUR children coming home with book orders, school picture requests, yearbooks, and fundraisers from the various schools. Enough, I must cut spending.

I am the lone American WITHOUT a cell phone.

Basic Cable.

Christmas lights, nope. No need to spend the money on that.

Preschool, forget it. Way too much money. And please do not even discuss with me the "need for socialization". Do you talk to your children? Do your children talk to other children, ta da! Socialization.

So here I am saving, scrimping, and trying to keep spending in our family under control. When I discover THE CUTEST GIRLY CLOTHES. Yes, I bought 2 dresses. Yes, we're technically unemployed. No I won't tell you which two, because then I know you would add it up, and realize that indeed all that money I've been "saving" is gone in 3.2 minutes of online shopping.

Figures.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

PT for Laila



A while ago I wrote about parents who push and prod their children to the top - encouraging them to walk early, early, early. Well, I'm still not a fan of this theory, I do think you should allow the kids to do their thing. However, Laila, seems to seriously do her thing, and that's it. I decided to go against the Doctor's suggestion and get her evaluated. She does qualify for physical therapy. Not because she's not walking, but because her scoot doesn't count as crawling or creeping. So we now have the pleasure of a physical therapist coming into the home once a week to encourage the crawling and walking. We had her evaluated a week or so ago, and the very next day she pulled to a stand, two days later she's begun to crawl. So apparently Laila heard the rumors she was going to have to do some work, and decided to take matters into her own hands. Her PT lady came today for her first appointment, and I have to say, it was pretty fun to see Laila 'work'. I just love this little girl, her personality is so unique, and she brings this special spirit to our home. Each of my children are blessings to us in each of their unique ways. I do love being a mom, especially because of the specific four children I get to teach, train, and nurture.

BTW, job offer came through today, and we're looking forward to the possibility.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Camera Finds

In an effort to contribute to my own challenge, I opted to head to my FAVORITE way of recording my families happenings, my camera... and I just LOVED what I found.



The latest of Family Projects... Josh and I have way TOO MUCH time on our hands thanks to a contract ending, and a delayed beginning, BUT, for Halloween this year our SUPER kids, are dressing up like SUPER HEROES... AKA the Justice League, we'll have FLASH, SUPERMAN, and WONDER WOMAN. Josh and I will be Batman, and Hawk Girl (she's a part of the Justice League, FYI), ANYWAY, for our church's trunk or treat we decided to make a Justice League Command Center. I had Colson take apart a phone, and we hot glued wires, etc., used some spray paint, and ta da, the back of the van will be converted to the perfect place for the Justice League to meet. We're handing out Bazooka gum (comic strips included) along with American flag tootsie rolls, we're way too excited for Halloween this year, but we've had a TON OF FUN planning this!



When Laila gets up in the morning or from her nap, we hear the squeals of delight as we walk by her room... she hears our footsteps and is SURE we're on our way to get her. Today, I wanted to make sure I captured this moment of JOY, seeing her cutie pie face when she was getting up!



I caught this little girl in a tree at church, during the labor day picnic... how cute is she??



Is this classic Colson or what? I couldn't capture the moment any better - his army guys set up with a battle, including a stone barrier. I will ALWAYS remember Colson this way.



And finally, I found this number. I walked into the living room one weekend morning to find ALL the kiddos cuddled with daddy... I love the look on his face. Hope he knows he has to make room for one more.


Thanks so much to everyone that participated in the JOY search. I was so uplifted by every one's entries, and have set some new goals for myself. Really I have so many reasons to smile. Life is good.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Transcript is Available

Check out the talk HERE. Be sure to look for the updates in the next post, for all those that participated! :)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Joy Finding and Sharing

It's begun - I saw TWO posts yesterday that shared some thoughts on where they find joy in their life.

Loved Leah's suggestions to remember the Little Things, and Monique's Joys Abroad was a fun twist, especially for those of you far from "home".

Keep 'em coming!

Here's the latest from my friend Emily!

My sweet friend waited a LONG time for her sweet little girl... what's amazing, is this woman was JOYFUL BEFORE the blessing of being a mom arrived!! Watching her now find JOY in this little one, in everything she does, reminds me to celebrate each and every moment with my kiddos, that came so easily to me. Jamie, thanks for your sweet thoughts!

And then there's Harmony - a girl I sorta knew, but really learned to love when she moved a million miles away... How is that possible??? Blogging of course. She's a crazy cool photographer and LOVED her interpretation of the challenge.

Who hasn't told their little ones "just a minute, or not right now, or Later" What a great reminder from Crystal, thanks for the inspiration!!

On a further search, I discovered THIS SUPER FUNNY post from Lydia- I think we can ALL relate!

Harmony's friend also SHARED!

And Lindsay, just added her version here, I think it was a computer glitch that took so long! :)

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Prophetic Blogging

Yes, Yes. If you listened to Conference this Sunday, you must have heard the Prophet's counsel to "FIND JOY IN THE JOURNEY NOW", as far as I know, President Monson's not blog hopping looking for a topic. Even so, it was fun to think, maybe just maybe I was on the right track for once... :)

You can hear the talk HERE, if you missed it.

And I would just LOVE to add a link in my next blog entry of all of you that take the time to write an entry in your blog about how you implemented the counsel to Find Joy In the Journey Now. I'll be checking your blogs to see where YOU find Joy.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER!! DEADLINE TOMORROW!

I'm just reminding everyone That I'm pretty sure deadline to register is tomorrow... Or maybe Monday - Don't forget!!

Friday, October 03, 2008

It Moves!!

The Pea Pod is finally moving all around... i am loving the feeling of the itty bitty baby moving. I just know this is the end of my baby making years, and with that comes those bittersweet moments. There's NOTHING like feeling the baby. It's miraculous, it's incredible, a blessing, and a dream. Blessings come. For us, Four times over. Thank you, oh thank you Heavenly Father.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Fall Baking!!!!!!

YUMMO!

You know I LOVE fall - so I just HAD to spend the weekend baking...

Pumpkin Caramels


Hermits

Gingerbread Cookies (From Nauvoo) with Pumpkin Cream Cheese frosting...


I just made THIS YUMMY SOUP for dinner tonight, FANTASTIC and EASY!!

And next On my list:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies...

By the way, my lucky neighbors scored BIG!! Don't you wish you lived closer?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Baby Bump

It's official, I'm pregnant.

Oh, and the good news, all is good. The placenta is 2 cm from the you know what, so I'm good. I get to exercise again, and Josh and I get to have some fun again. Oh, and this means I have to push that little person out. The problem with having kids close together is you remember how painful it was, I resigned myself to thinking that a c-section wouldn't be too bad, I wouldn't have to push!

Anyway, we're both relieved, the baby looks good, everything looks normal. It was very wierd to see my "last" ultrasound. This is a phase I'll miss. But seriously, how lucky are we to have 4 normal pregnancies? We definitely feel blessed. Thanks for the prayers and the fasting.

Now drumroll please.... We are having a....




































BABY!!!

You'll know when we know. We thrive on the surprise!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Orthodontist, jobs, and heartburn

1. Colson needs orthodontia, yes, he's only 7 1/2, we've known this for 2 years, but finally have decided to move forward with the $2250 for his jaw expansion project. (Hey all those grandparents out there, I have the PERFECT Christmas gift for Colson)

2. Josh's job situation is again up in the air. The contract he's working on ends this THURSDAY, we are pretty sure he will go right back to work. But could still use a prayer or two, because didn't we just have this problem like two months ago?? There's something to be said for job stability in the Army.

3. Someone once said to me you know your pregnancy is going well, the worse you feel. I love that with my first pregnancy, I didn't even know what heartburn was until three weeks before delivery. And the fourth? 3 weeks into pregnancy I'm carrying tums in the diaper bag, car, and under my pillow.

4. This ultrasound that I've tried not to wig myself out with is happening in 2 days. I'm completely wigged out.

5. Josh reminded me yesterday of the fact that I've lost focus on the important things. Really I ask? He said yes, The Office premiere is THIS THURSDAY!! Harmony, no worries, your office supplies are in a pouch ready to be mailed, one day. :)

And finally, to my silent readers in Colorado, I just KNOW you want to know how I'm feeling about the tragic heartbreak loss to the jags on Sunday. Well, although disappointing, it was easily forgotten while watching the stealers play miserably. Although, I'm quickly turning into a "Manning" fan instead, have you seen Eli play?? Could we get Eli to play for the Colts?? Just kidding, we really could just use an offensive line.

By the way, I read the best post on fall from my friend DES. Hope you're loving the fall, too!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The unexpected role of a mother.

Yes, last night, I had THE CLOSEST scare of my life with one of my children.

I had made dinner, tortellini, and was sitting with the kiddos as I look over at Laila who is choking/crying. I'm watching her, and realize she's not making normal choking sounds. I'm still calm, pull off the tray, pull off her bib. I tilt her over to start in on a gentle Heimlich. When I finally realize this is beginning to get serious, I am frantically searching for the phone, freaking out, and yelling to Colson I need the phone to call 911, meanwhile, my Heimlich maneuver now has a bigger sense of urgency as I'm running through the house with my arm under her ribs, when all of a sudden that stupid tortellini comes flying out.

I just set her down on the floor and stood their shaking, my heart was pounding, and this was probably not more than a minute, but it felt like an eternity. Laila immediately scoots herself over to her chair, and starts eating the tortellini again. I had to pull myself out of the shock, and get over there to get everything out of her way. She's mad at me, hungry and ready to eat some more. No idea, how close she was to meeting her first EMT's.

So yes, I wipe bums, I teach about the gospel (harlots and all), I sing made up songs out of tune, etc. But yeah, I'm a life-saver, too.

By the way, I would recommend cutting tortellinis in half for little ones.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Harlot.

During scriptures tonight I was trying to "trap" Josh into an explanation of a Harlot. He told Colson it was a woman who made bad choices. Colson's Response - Looks at me and says "You're a little bit of a harlot, mom."

On another note - Josh's hotel he stayed at for a few months overseas was completely destroyed today by terrorists. 12 months ago today he was there. We are saying our prayers in gratitude tonight.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Registering to Vote

I had a friend ask me about this, and so this is what I can do to help, BECAUSE EVERY STATE is different!!

Couple things you can do:

Pick up a voter registration at your library - fill it out send it in.

I think most states require you to register 30 days before the election so time is running out!!! That would be October 4th.

You can also go here! Even if you're not a McCain fan, you can get the right forms for your state, and print them from home, and mail it in.

From this website, I believe you can also request an absentee ballot, if you have recently moved. Military personnel in most states can register at any time.


Good Luck!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mr. Heath


It's not our anniversary, we're not even fighting, but I just am thinking about him today. 4 days have passed, this is like our Friday, and I just LovE spending time with him.

Here's why:

He's quiet, but witty - Silently in church we are getting Hallie to trace her name, when I look down and see Josh has dotted the following for Hallie to trace: Hallie is a monkey. She had no idea what she was writing, and I was laughing out loud during the rest hymn.

He's brilliant - I can ask him any question, he knows the answer. ANY question. For example My sister and I were talking about where Sarah Palin would live as VP - Do you know the name?? I called up Mr. Heath at work (on threeway)- and he rattled off the answer. It's like my personal wikipedia.

He has a very cool job - he went this week to brief someone at the Pentagon. He was in the part where the plane hit on September 11th. Don't you find it insanely cool, that he spent a year and a half in a desert and another faraway place literally fighting terrorists, to find himself full circle in the very building where it began?

He's subtly sexy - He would laugh at this one, but it's true. He has a look, a way he walks, it's subtle, but I love it.

He's easily unnoticed - He doesn't brag, he doesn't boast, it's not about him, or any acclaim. I've met my fair share of the man that is about the man. No thanks, I'll take my selfless husband over anything else. We have longevity for this quality alone.

He's a father and loves it - last night Laila was in bed before he made it home, she made a few sounds later in the evening, and of course went to get her, he had to see her!

He loves me. I don't even know why. I can seriously be the worst person to live with, I don't make life easy for him, and neither of us expected the things life has brought our way. But for some reason, he stays, he forgives, and blesses our family.

Mr. Heath, I love you. No reason. Just because.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

SWEET.

My Voter Registration Card came in the mail yesterday AND I landed FOUR BOXES of my favorite Tasty Cakes Treats. See, these "boo cakes" only come out at Halloween, I discovered them last year. Coconut cakes, covered in dark chocolate. Like MOUNDS bars, so yummy. Well, I'm pregnant and have needs. So i had my local grocer, put FOUR boxes on hold... and ta da, I have them.

I'm so loving Wednesdays.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Mondays and REAL definitions!


I LOVE MONDAYS.

1. Chores come out from the deepest of laundry baskets, and darkest of closets.

2. Josh begins his morning commute at 3:50 A.M. Just tell me ONE other person that beats that.

3. Phone calls. You know the ones that you remembered all weekend, but nothing you could do about it.

4. A weeks' worth of menu planning on the horizon.

5. A copious list of appointments, dates, and obligations begin.

Can you sense the sarcasm?? I know me, sarcastic! Shocking. Where was that in my name definition? Seriously, bogus.

My real definition:

Ornery, impatient, demanding, intense, passionate, outgoing, funny, wierdly interested in all things finance, spiritual... (it's true, I have a group of girls I'm friends with, we nicknamed each other like this: there's a fun one, a cool one, and seriously they call me the spiritual one), wannabe swimmer, intolerant, unbelievably strong sense of justice, hard worker, a cryer, a friend, and a mother. I try hard to do what is right, to control my tongue, and to be creative. Unsuccessful at all three in most occasions. I'm patriotic, and a believer. I tend to REWATCH things like this, and this, and cry every time. I desire all to be their best, which means I'm awfully critical. I'm rough around the edges, but deep down I love life, and family, and friends. I was a victim of sexual assault as a young girl, and now I'm a survivor. Although, this has been a challenge beyond me to overcome, I've turned to the Savior to lift my burdens.

What's in a name? This is Lucy. A life full of suffering, and yet, blessed. A desire to find Joy, and to Share it. Truly, I hope to be a LIGHT to others, as this is what Lucy really means - "Light".

QOTD: Colson got in trouble for his behavior in primary. His response "Mom, we cover the same topic every week, Jesus. It gets boring sometimes." Do you think he's been reading my blogs and emails, bragging about him and his spiritual intuitiveness?? :)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Have a great Weekend!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What's in a name??




What Lucy Means



You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.

You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.

Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.



You are a very lucky person. Things just always seem to go your way.

And because you're so lucky, you don't really have a lot of worries. You just hope for the best in life.

You're sometimes a little guilty of being greedy. Spread your luck around a little to people who need it.



You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.

You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.

A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.



You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.

You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.

You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.



Let me ask you, how accurate was this??? NOT AT ALL!!! Relaxed, go with the flow..., lucky??? Definitely not me. See what your name means, and good luck!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Blog Briefing.




1. Josh gives his first briefing to some air force higher up this week. Loves his job, and was able to get them to go with 4, Ten hour days, to help out with the commute. I call him at work now, and he goes by Mr. Heath (at least that's how they address him in the office). So funny.

2. Me, still pregnant, not puking, loving talking politics, enrolled in an H & R Block tax class with quizzes, homework, and a final. Don't ask, I'm just a nerd that likes to learn. Scheduled the crucial ultrasound for Sept. 26th, pray! And for enquiring minds, I'm still LOVING the COLTS, even after the horrendous display on Sunday. I wish I could be more active in this quest, but instead I'm learning about qualifying children, marital status, and the exemptions for a blind person who turns 65 on January 1st. Although, seeing Tom Brady out for the season gives me some, shall I say Joy?? Nah, I still would rather play the best, and lose to the best, than to beat the mediocre. Colts will win the Super Bowl, But it will be a harder fought season. Oh, and I'm single handily spending all of our extra money on things like FOOD HERE, PHOTOGRAPHER HERE, CLOTHES HERE, not to mention the FINES HERE.

3. Colson, 2nd grader, book reading, scripture studying, brainiac.

4. Hallie, still home. When does Kindergarten start?? Just kidding, love having that goofy girl around.

5. Laila, is Laila, so fun, loving and sweet. Not walking, not talking, I'm not caring, she will in her own time.

Finally, do you remember THIS POST? Well, Josh has declared he wants to join us for the adventure this year. Lucky us!

My friend DES and I share a LOVE for fall. Truly my Favorite time of year, the leaves, smells, FOOTBALL, preparations for the holidays, etc. I hope you all take the chance to find some joy in your September. Our family is busy, but blessed. We love our friends, our faith, our home, our job, each other. Life is good. Wishing you hugs, and warmth for the coming fall. Do me a favor, grab some apple cider, and cuddle with your main squeeze.

Mr. Heath, hope you're reading this we have a date this weekend, with a warm mug, I can't wait. By the way, could you grab some apple cider from the store on your way home?

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Two Weeks, Two Nephews.

Josh's sister Linds had a baby boy yesterday, and so I'm a proud aunt for the second time this month. You can see the cutie pie here!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Open Minded, Not so much.


It's true. I've been born and raised a Republican - the advice I received growing up was, when in doubt vote Republican. Simple as that. My dad grew up poor as poor can be. I am sure there's stories he hasn't told us, however, I do know that I once told him how I stole a bunch of "For Sale" signs, yard decor, pylons, etc. from peoples' yards with my friends and stockpiled them in someone else's yard, FOR FUN. Don't ask, I didn't drink, and this was as creative as we got. Anyway, he said, that's funny, cause when I was a kid we would go around and steal people's food out of their gardens. Yeah, an interesting thought.

My dad grew up in a rough part of town, where I'm sure several people might have described it as "white trash". Parents that had problems with alcohol, and very little money, education was not on the horizon for most kids. A bleak future indeed. As many people would like to say, these are the people that "deserve" a handout. Well, my dad dropped out of high school, joined the Army, was promptly sent to Vietnam, where during that time, he took a college class, History, and got a "C". A high school dropout that got a "C" in a college class. He told me once, this was the moment that he realized, he could do something more. So, he eventually got out of the military, worked 2 or 3 jobs at a time, while working on a bachelor's degree (did I mention he had a young family, and kids to boot), and later as a single dad raising two girls, he got his MBA.

In a sociology class I took in college, the professor was preaching about how we are limited in this society, poor people stay poor, rich people pass on their riches. To some extent this is true. I know people that have had an advantage, help with college, or help with payments from their families to buy a home, etc. I can't deny I was given opportunities that not all receive. But I know one thing. "Excuses are like a$$holes, everyone has one." Sorry for the bluntness, it must be my redneck heritage coming out.

There seems to be several questions regarding this campaign, and for me, it's clear as day. I guess I'm lucky, I know what I don't want. I don't want a government bailout, I don't think Americans should be punished for being wealthy, and I don't think anyone should get a free ride. Obama sounded like a preacher with his hopes and dreams for America. Which is a great thing. But I don't want him to spend my money on his hopes and dreams. Don't get me wrong, I WILL HELP FINANCIALLY, but I want to CHOOSE who I help, with my money, that I worked hard to get. Josh and I sacrificed a lot to pay for our education, it wasn't free.

I hope I didn't disclose too much about my dad, he has faults, but one thing he has that few people have, is a work ethic beyond anyone I know. He never got a dole, and today, is making his mark in this world, jumping two social classes, something my Sociology teacher told me was basically impossible.

But I believe in America where anything is possible. Where a mother of five, who started her political career in the PTA, can run for VP of the United States. What a choice for McCain. I love what I'm reading about her, she sold the previous Governor's jet on ebay to save the state of Alaska money. She's pro-life, opposed to gay marriage, understands energy problems, and so much more. If you're truly unsure of who to vote for, I beg of you to research ON YOUR OWN, not listening to the spew from the media. This is a historic and important election, do your part, educate yourself and VOTE.

If you know me, I have opinions, strong ones, and perhaps I'm not so open minded. But now you know why. I have a heritage to honor and respect.

Go McCain/Palin 08.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

First day of Second Grade

Finally. I swear we were the last to start!! Colson was off today, and it certainly wasn't as difficult as last year, but still a slight tinge of heartache, as you let some stranger takeover for the better part of his life. Sigh. I hope she's good. I pray for her! I got a scrap layout done today, and watched some kiddos for a friend, made some after school snacks, my kids LIVE for them, so it looks like we're into our groove.





BTW, Laila's a spaghetti fan.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Sunday Scoop - A day late.

I'll be brief:

2 Sicky Girlies

1 appt with realtor - 2 victims of circumstance (his kind way of putting we owe more than our house is worth)

1st weekend free of puking.

1 super fun trip to a Farmers Market = 20 bucks worth of VERY FRESH produce. YUMMY!!

1 New Nephew You can see him HERE!

1 FHE talking about Father's Blessings = 2 Father's Blessings for School.

1 new chapter Book - Reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the kiddos.

1 tired mommy, 1 tired daddy.

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

You guessed it!

Harmony, it's you. You scored a couple new OFFICE supplies... email me, and I will send them your way. I'm totally excited for the new season, with NO writers' strike!

Also, Josh has begun the horrendous commute along with his new AMAZING job. I could see the freedom in his face when he came home last night!! He said at company headquarters they had a sign "WELCOME JOSH", and gave him a sweatshirt, a couple t-shirts, pens, cups, and other stuff. We also heard the Christmas party is totally worth attending. Sweet. We are thrilled for this great opportunity.

Can we go back for a minute and describe Josh's first day in the Army?? They arrived at 4 a.m. to drag him off to basic training where I didn't see him or talk to him but twice in 10 weeks, and it was here, where the shin fractures began. One night someone had snuck some candy from somewhere and they decided to smoke the guys. Josh was paired with a 250 pound guy(Josh weighed a mere 145 in basic), and forced them for an hour, to take turns carrying each other over their shoulders. From that point on he had broken his shins in multiple places and has scar tissue from the damage. Oh how we are enjoying our freedom. I have no idea why the Army struggles with retention. hmmmmm....

I shall say, we wouldn't change a thing. We made our decision to join prayerfully, and truly believe we learned more about each other, and what we were capable of in those six years. True Grit.

So, Adios to the Army, and ALOHA to a great new job!! Did I mention Josh will likely travel to Korea and Hawaii for his job. Bummer. HARDLY!! I've been dying to go to Korea ever since we were married, and Hawaii, well that's a no brainer!! So friends, a new phase has begun. I wish we could lose the house, and get closer, but this is just another short term trial. We have so many blessings, it's hard to feel bad about that.

Well, I'm off to get something done, since Josh is gone... Take Care everybody!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A Fruitful Summer

This summer we went picking blueberries and raspberries, both are stockpiled in the freezer. We also grabbed a bunch of peaches at only 55 cents a pound, which are also in the freezer, it's my first attempts of "storing" fresh produce of any kind. Baby steps.




I looked at Laila, and sure enough, she was doing her own picking, I guess she got close enough to the berries...




Laila enjoying MORE fruits of our labors:



This is a picture of my basement for Bec, she had worked on the basement with me before, and has been dying to see the finished project months later. This may not look like much, but um... the basement walls and floors were HOT PINK, no joke.

This summer, thanks to Josh, has been one project after another. I still love home ownership, I swear!! :)



Josh had this great idea to "camp" in the backyard, oh the kids had such a blast. Somehow taking the laptop into the tent with them, and watching movies didn't quite seem like the camping I remember. But hey, it was free, and I slept great all by myself! :)



I've taken a four month hiatus from the scrapping world, and look who's back???


And I'm feeling like such a generous fool... How about a surprise treat for anyone who can guess why I am TOTALLY EXCITED for summer to be over, and for this Date!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The McCain Train.

O.k. Catch the phrase, it's rocking, better yet, get on the train.

I love THIS FRIEND, (MaryRuth), she totally says how it is, and her reasoning, it's her blog after all. So, ta da, you get to agree, or disagree, totally fine with me, but hey it's my opinion, my blog!

Why the McCain Train? - From a not so political Mom to be of 4.

1. POW - Have some respect.
2. Age - Does not ALWAYS mean wisdom. In this case, however, it does.
3. Josh's Employment is dependent on a President that cares about National Security.
4. Compare Resumes. Just do it.
5. PRO-LIFE.

And Finally, THE FAMILY. From John McCain's Website:

The family represents the foundation of Western Civilization and civil society and John McCain believes the institution of marriage is a union between one man and one woman. It is only this definition that sufficiently recognizes the vital and unique role played by mothers and fathers in the raising of children, and the role of the family in shaping, stabilizing, and strengthening communities and our nation.

And since I belong to THIS CHURCH, I have a duty to vote for and support those that agree with The Family Proclamation.

Quoted from the Proclamation:

The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

How about that to start?

If you're interested in learning more about him, or contribute to his campaign go HERE.

And the following is a video of his competition, should be an interesting race for the White House, I hope you participate in YOUR civil duty, you can also begin the process to register to vote directly from the McCain Website.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Updates

Josh officially starts August 19th. He's super excited, as are we. I'm going to have to get used to him NOT being here, again, how wierd is that?? (He'll be here in the evenings, but we've had a lot of Josh, for a lot of months! :))

Baby News Update:

I measured right on at the Dr. and so my official due date is Feb. 15. No we don't know what we're having, and no we won't find out - WE LOVE THE SURPRISE!!!!!!

We have a slight complication in that my placenta is currently covering my cervix, which may be TMI, sorry... but anyway, at this stage in the pregnancy we'll be hoping for it to move! At the ultrasound at 20 weeks, they will determine if the placenta has or has not moved, and then we'll know if it will be a real concern. There's a few things I can't do for the next six weeks, while we wait, but we feel good, and all should be fine!

We're enjoying time together... and life is good. we continue to thank Heavenly Father for his bounteous blessings.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Tis The Season...


Football Season of course - GO COLTS!!!!

1 9/7 CHICAGO BEARS 8:15 PM NBC
2 9/14 @ Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM CBS
3 9/21 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 4:15 PM CBS
4 9/28 BYE - none
5 10/5 @ Houston Texans 1:00 PM CBS
6 10/12 BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00 PM CBS
7 10/19 @ Green Bay Packers 4:15 PM CBS
8 10/27 @ Tennessee Titans 8:30 PM ESPN
9 11/2 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 8:15 PM NBC
10 11/9 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 4:15 PM CBS
11 11/16 HOUSTON TEXANS 1:00 PM CBS
12 11/23 @ San Diego Chargers 8:15 PM NBC
13 11/30 @ Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM CBS
14 12/7 CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00 PM CBS
15 12/14 DETROIT LIONS 1:00 PM FOX
16 12/18 @ Jacksonville Jaguars 8:15 PM NFLN/WXIN/WTTV
17 12/28 TENNESSEE TITANS 1:00 PM CBS

Monday, August 04, 2008

The Military Wife

In church today we were honoring Heroines. And it came to me that so many of my heroines, or women I look up to, have been military wives. It's kind of like a secret organization that we only understand. Like a sorority in a way. Anyway, I just said a little about how military wives struggle and sacrifice so much, they do a lot on their own, and for some, they give their spouses. I talked about how they drag their multitudes of little ones to church alone, for years on end. And they don't get awards or promotions or recognition for these sacrifices. I said that as Josh and I were ending our military careers, these wives have been my strength and my family.

My last two close friends just left me alone in this ward, with only one other military wife (i've got one other dear friend in another ward close to me). I realized that these women I've come to rely on more than I knew were kind of gone, I was entering a new phase. And it is always bittersweet, to realize you're moving on. But can I say this since 99 percent of my readers are the very women I've talked about. You women are amazing. I love you just by watching your strength, and although I'm not one of you anymore, I admire you, just like I always have.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Swimwear Steal


You know I love a great bargain. Let's talk swimsuits for example. You know I could never do a Target swimsuit. Not because I'm snooty, but because seriously I need the support of a well made suit... the squeeze of a nice suit, is also a plus. I was walking by the swimwear section in Bon Tons, and casually looked for a new suit. With all the mismatched parts, and pieces of suits, I realized my chances were slim to none, to find my size, not to mention a modest number! Until, in the size six section, (a prego girl can dream, right?), I found a hidden size twelve, in this super cute number. Now it didn't have a strap, but I found it in a little baggy next to the tag, PERFECT. I went and tried it on... you mormons out there I'm sure understand that finding a swimsuit that looks good in the dressing room is a challenge, as you're trying to imagine it at the pool, but this one even looked good in the dressing room!! At the check out it only took a mere $36 buckaroos to take it home. that's right a Liz Claiborne $87 swimsuit, for a steal.

Now I just have to talk Josh into taking me to the beach. We were supposed to go to our new favorite destination, Jupiter Beach in February, but there's been a change of plans... (babies much) Anyway, I am sure I'll think of something either very soon, or after baby I suppose!! Happy Summer Clearance shopping!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Laila's birthday Pics






I'm trying to choose which 2 pics for a layout, and my email to my sister kept kicking back to me, so this was my next idea - post them on my blog - and have her choose here - so Bec, which two??