Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A quickie.

NO, not THAT kind... I'm 38 weeks prego give me a break!

1. We move like tomorrow.
2. I am ZERO cm dilated.
3. We have had ONE showing.
4. Obama passes law (I guess lifts a ban) to use my tax dollars to fund abortions internationally in his FIRST week of office. SO EXCITED about the next four years... If only I could spend an entire blogpost on B.O.!
5. I need new bras, do they sell them in cantaloupe sizes??
6. Totally did NOT call my father in law on his birthday, we are LAME...nevermind I set up my phone, you know my brain, to beep at me for important things like that, and STILL missed it.
7. My aunt is coming tomorrow to rescue me, thank goodness!
8. I'm mapquesting hospitals from here to VA, just in case.
9. No internet = No fun
10. If you file bankruptcy, do you pay the lawyer? Just curious. wink. wink.

I've missed you all!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Checking Out.

Well, Folks. It has come to that time. Josh tells me in six weeks this will all be over. What is all you might ask, here goes:

A move, A baby, A major house cleaning, A baptism, A blessing, Heartburn, and single parenthood.

AS I'm sure many of you would like to point out, My dad included, "I told you not to buy that house!", we know, we thought it was crazy at the time, however, we still do not regret it, as we prayed about the decision then, and have truly learned much from this housing purchase. And continue to do so, as it's not over yet!!

We are relocating to VA, about 4 hours from here, we are renting a townhome, for only 4 months. We are praying, hoping, fasting, and begging for your prayers, that we will be able to sell our home by this time. Money will be tight, a mortgage and a rent payment, add up to 50% of our income... but we solve a couple of problems by doing this, the Army moves us, and Josh is with me to help with baby, and our other 3 little ones. After the 4 months, if the home doesn't sell, we'll reevaluate our situation at that time...

In the meantime, we will not set up cable, or internet, or phone, which means blogging will happen sporadically, we have a new number, a cell phone!!, and we'll try and update when we can, especially with new baby's arrival. Thanks everybody, it's nice to know you care a little about our family, and even read my crabby prego posts.

Finding Joy in the Journey:
1. Thank the Lord above for a sense of humor, required at times like these.
2. we have 3 wonderful children, who currently deal with a hormonal, extremely stressed mother, and are living to tell about it.
3. We are so fortunate to have a vacation home, in Hanover, PA.
4. We have a job.
5. We have insurance. Does anyone know how much insurance covers an interstate birth??
6. I do not have to be here, when (like on Saturday) we have "pretend" showings. You know the kind where they call with an hour notice, and don't show up.
7. We are weeks away from completing our family. A bittersweet moment indeed. Josh insists it's a boy, I insist she's coming, my last girl. I have her named. If Josh is right I'm in some serious trouble. Make your guesses known! :)

Until next time, we're wishing you better luck than us!

Love ya!!

Friday, January 09, 2009

One Week From Today.

I get to go to my annual Scrap Weekend. This is my FOURTH year, and it's a favorite tradition. There are a few regulars, and each year there is a couple of newbies. We chat, and eat, and scrap, and sleep, and laugh, and cry, and our wells are filled.

There is something to be said for great friendships. I just read a book "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity" by Bill O'Reilly, and one of the things he talked about was friends that keep you grounded. His father told him, you'll be lucky if you make five good friends in a lifetime. If it wasn't for the military, I think he'd be right. But, thanks to years of moving, I've met the most amazing women. As I am about to move, once more, I am so greatful for my Fort Meade Friends, who I know, no matter where I go, I will get to see at least once a year.

Are you ready girls???? I am SO READY!!!!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

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Because I'm feeling a bit guilty for my latest rant:

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In my discouragement, I found THIS LESSON and the following quote:

“Stand fast, ye Saints of God, hold on a little while longer, and the storm of life will be past, and you will be rewarded by that God whose servants you are, and who will duly appreciate all your toils and afflictions for Christ’s sake and the Gospel’s. Your names will be handed down to posterity as Saints of God.”

Joseph Smith

Bailout Bull Sh!t.

I'm sorry, this is a family blog, but I'm about to scream my head off.

I do not claim to be an economist, a political analyst, or even somewhat "in the know" when it comes to the economy. I'm a stay at home mom, who cuts coupons, and shops the bargain aisles for clothes. I'm wearing the same winter coat I got my freshman year of college.

So. When I see a headline about Obama's new 800 Billion dollar mega bailout, after I already opposed BUSH's 750 Billion bailout, I want to start throwing things. The first bailout was supposedly to help the mortgage companies, and banks, and blah blah blah. Well, my home's value has dropped 25% in the last freaking year. What have I done? Paid my stupid mortgage on time, EVEN WHEN UNEMPLOYED. Where the heck is my bailout??? I talked to the mortgage company this was their offer - we could refinance your mortgage to a fixed rate of 6.0 for a small fee, blah blah blah.

SO then our realtor tells us what HE thinks we can get for our house, wait let me go vomit in a trash can, yeah not the best news. He suggests a short sale. Josh and I have considered this, looked into it as a possibility. Basically the lender "forgives" part of your mortgage. Great deal, except we need to show financial distress like not pay our mortgage for awhile. Isn't that a bit deceitful to not pay it even if you CAN afford it??

I mean who is screwed here. To me it sounds like the consumer who pays their bills on time, who happens to be in a TWENTY EIGHT percent tax bracket, who just wants to live in the same town as her disabled veteran husband.

Excuse me for being a bit frustrated with Obama's proposed spending plans. I hated Bush's plans, too. Throwing money at problems DOESN'T SOLVE THEM. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU DON"T HAVE THE MONEY TO SPEND.

Josh and I recently looked at a home in a short sale situation in Charlottesville. We counted not one, not two, not three, but FOUR plasma screen t.v.'s, not to mention the latest washer and dryer on the market. I mean seriously??

Can someone tell me what happened to the America, I knew? Where dreams can come true, if you just work hard enough? Where is the integrity in this world?

I can't stand it that Americans are willing to just believe in "hope". We have real problems. And it starts in the home, not in the White House. Get a clue, Obama. More money, More problems. Stop the spending madness, it didn't help the first time, why in the world do you think it would help a second time?

If you read this far, you really do love me, and thanks for listening to a crabby 8 month prego mom, who happens to be a little stressed. I'm off to do Fit Mama (salsa dancing)

By the way, if you're looking for a home to buy, I know a great one that you could get for a steal.

Cheers, to livin' the American Dream!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Photo Downloads by the Dozen

Luke came to stay, and nap:

Praline French Toast with Pomegranite

Turkeys out of Cocoa Kripies

Halloween, Bundled Up

I took my camera to the voting booth. I really did.

For my anniversary: I got a cell phone. I haven't had one in SIX years. we got it because we are moving to a sublease for only 4 months and didn't want connectivity charges for cable, phone, internet, etc. It's like my brain I love it! Where did I put it?

I discoverd Snickerdoodles Bakery on New Year's Eve, this was Bec's Selection, I threw up mine the morning after.

Luke and Laila had a great time playing together, do you see her standing, it's like a miracle!

Christmas Cookie Creations

Santa rocked my Christmas with a Professional 600 Kitchenaid, where, with the right blade it could also mow the yard. I've done homemade pizza, cinnamon rolls, and Josh's Aunt Jennifer's Cheese ball.

I feel so much better now that you can at least SEE what I've been up to for the last couple months.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Because I can.

I'm still annoyed with the Colts Loss, With the McCain loss, and well some things annoy me.

Like Private School for the First Daughters, where tuition is almost 29,000 a year times two kids.

Barack what's wrong with the Public Schools?? Not good enough for you??

Lame Game

Adios to the Colts... I will miss Tony Dungy...

And now I'm off to root for Peyton's little brother, Eli. He's a favorite since he took out Brady last year... SAWEET.

Go Giants!

BTW, Josh is back with the computer so I should have some pics up soon!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Wild Card Saturday

I'm game, you game?



Friday, January 02, 2009

A New Year, A New Me

Josh and I started a tradition last year of writing down three (and only three) New Year's Resolutions, then sealing them with a kiss at midnight. Well we were apart for the New Year and haven't had a chance to talk it over, or kiss on it, for that matter. I do remember one in particular resolution to Be in the best shape ever for my 30th year. A month into my 30th year I was prego, and 2 months into it the doctor said no more running..., and so now I'm in the worst shape EVER!!

So I say DITTO, on last year's resolution, and I should work on the other two...

I think my New Year should start TODAY, because yesterday morning I was throwing up, and that's just not the best way to start the year.

I'm off to drink my 10-12 glasses of water my midwife wants me to drink, apparently I'm VERY dehydrated according to my blood work, and my salsa dancing(my favorite prego workout DVD, Fit Mama, so funny!), and thinking on my other two resolutions.

And finally, mourning the missing sister and her kids that had invaded my house this week.

Happy New Year, All.