Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...Halloween style 2010

I don't know why Emmie was being so silly,
but the pics are cute anyway!! ;)

P.S. just in case you were wondering, the
older 2 didn't dress up this year. :(

Monday, November 1, 2010


For those of you who don't know via Facebook...

We're super excited and can't wait to meet her!! :)

And just a little sweet...
When I was getting dressed Friday, Noah asked where I
was going. When I said I was going to the Dr, in typical Noah
fashion he suddenly had a cough and insisted he needed to
go to the Dr too. I explained that I was not sick, but I had to
go and let the Dr check out the baby. When we got back, he
looked at me expectantly, then looked all around me.
Then he looked up at me curiously and said,
"But where's the new baby?? I thought you were going to get it!"
He's very ready for his new baby to get here. :)


Monday, October 25, 2010

18 weeks-belly shot

Yes, this is my messy bedroom and my unmade bed.

Don't judge me.

And this is my 18 week belly. Not even 5 months, and I
feel HUGE! LOL!!

Yeah, I didn't do my hair or makeup today, so no face shot.

Don't judge me.

I'm feeling much better this week, and am very excited to
go to the Dr. on Friday and find out what our little nudger is.

Pink or blue??? :)

On a serious note, I would covet your prayers for my friend,
Konnie, whose mom has bone cancer and is going through a
huge ordeal. The whole family has really been through it the
last year and a half or so, and I know they would all appreciate
any prayers lifted up on their behalf.

I guess blogging once a week is better than once every
3 months or so!! Hope everyone's having a great Monday.

P.S. Just wanted to thank Julie for the phrase 'Don't judge me.'
It comes in handy. ;)

Monday, October 18, 2010

I make no promises...

Ok, the fact that the last time I posted I was 4 weeks PG
is pretty sad considering I am 17 weeks today.


Where have I been? Mostly on my couch-
Nauseous and exhausted like I've never been before.
This has been the hardest pregnancy so far.

Seriously. Bad. Stuff.

I might have posted sooner, you know, if I could have
picked my head up.

Now that the nasties have subsided enough, maybe I will
be able to post more frequently. But I make no promises.

Other than that, the pregnancy is going fine. I've lost weight-
no big surprise-and the baby sounds fine. We have 'the' ultrasound
a week from Friday to find out the sex of the baby. I don't have
any feelings one way or the other about what I think it might be-
that's pretty unusual too. Not that it matters at this point! ;)

I've been in maternity clothes for a few weeks now...I guess they're
not kidding when they say you get bigger earlier with each
pregnancy...I'm a whale already. I can't wait to see just how
huge I get by the end! <--insert sarcasm here--

Anyway, I just thought I'd update. And I really will try to
keep posting. I do read everyone's blogs still, and I even comment
now and then. Miss y'all! :)


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...wanna see what I saw??

Sorry the lines are so faint...I didn't take the picture right away
and they faded!! The Dr. did confirm it today, though! We are
officially 4 weeks and 2 days pregnant! :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Waiting for Michael...

The concert was amazing-as usual, Michael didn't disappoint!

This was only our 3rd time to see him! :)

Our 'romantic' night out turned out a little less than romantic.
I forget how stressful it can be to NOT know exactly where
you're going in NOLA-I guess that since I've been sick,
I wasn't in my right brain...I didn't use mapquest to
make sure I knew where the Arena was,
and I didn't make dinner plans.
We were running just a bit later than we wanted, so we
called and had Ashton do mapquest for us, and after
driving to the Arena first to make sure I was certain
of where it was, (I had no idea it was part of the SuperDome)
we set off toward Canal to find some grub.

Ever been to NOLA and tried to drive much? It's a city of one way
streets, it's definitely much better walking, and we just didn't have time
to find a parking place, walk somewhere to eat,
and make it back before the show started.

So I dropped Paul off at the corner McDonald's and circled the block
5 times before picking him up on the same corner. We drove back to
the Arena and ate our McD's in the parking garage.

Yeah, I know, every girl's dream, right?
SOOOOO romantic!!
{insert sarcasm. LOTS of sarcasm.}

It was really funny, though, even then, and with the free
tickets and the cheap meal, we've been
joking about our cheap date ever since.

I'd do it again just to spend time with my honey.

Oh, and Paul too.



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

betcha thought...

that I'd disappeared again, didn't ya??

Well, I (sort of) did.

I've spent 3 of the last 5 days quarantined in our
upstairs room sick. Again. With strep. AGAIN.


And just because strep twice in one month isn't enough,
remember that horrific mouth infection Emmie had?

Yep. Got that too.

I'm just barely beginning to feel human again. I did let Paul
go back to work yesterday, and I did spend most of yesterday
laying on the couch wondering how people who don't have
a 13 and 11 year old function with littles when
they're sick!!

Thank you, Ashton and Sydney

BTW, the fever blister on the outside of my mouth is SCARY.
Seriously, I'd post a pic, but it would make people sick.
I've never seen one like this. It's freaky.

The worst part is that Paul and I have a hot date tomorrow
night. Yeah, it's the middle of the week, but we don't
plan the concert schedule of Michael Buble. Cause, ya know,
if I did, he'd get real tired of performing in my living room.
I'm just sayin.

We're driving almost an hour and a half to NOLA to see
Michael Buble, enjoying a night out together, dressing up,
and I look like someone tried to take off my bottom lip
with a flame thrower!

Anyway, it'll be fine.
Did I mention we're seeing Michael Buble?
Did I mention I WON the tickets??
Did I mention that Michael Buble doesn't actually have to
see ME, and that makes it all better?!?!?


The only way it could be any better
(other than having a normal lip, that it is)
is if we had a whole day to spend
in NOLA, but oh, well. Maybe next time!!
I'll let you know how it goes!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wordy Wednesday...

I'm so far behind I think I'm about to lap myself!!
I'm here, and I'm thankful for those of you who are
still here too!!

Here's a brief rundown/catch up. We...

Celebrated our 14 year anniversary!!

Spent two weeks in Disney...had a fantastic time-BUT-
found out that my two littles can be crazy stressful when
naps exit the scene and are replaced by long,
miserably hot days.

I got the sickest I think I've ever been with strep throat
just days after we got back from Disney. For the first time
in our marriage, Paul had to stay home from work to take care
of me and the kids. I spent a full 48 hours closed up in our upstairs
room with no contact with the kids-approx 16 straight hours
of that time were spent unconscious-lots of fever and meds.
I don't remember most of that week.

Had a second and a sixth birthday!
(well, they weren't MINE, of course, but you know)

Had some dramatic GARBAGE go on with some friends and
some people that I thought were friends. I'm not gonna
name any names, but one of the gossip/drama causers
is a pretty popular blogger around here...
and a (former?) IRL friend.
I am saddened to find out that she is NOT the person
I thought she was...or who she pretends to be.

Found out we do not have a special souvenir in the making.
A little disappointed about that, but
we'll keep working on it! ;)

Work on the upstairs addition has come to a temporary halt...
it's very hard to work in the non-air-conditioned attic when the
temps up there get close to 130 degrees cause it's so stinkin hot here!

I lost a friend to an overdose. It was unbelievably hard for me to
wrap my mind around. And just hard. Very hard.

Emmie has been running fever since last Wednesday. I took her
to the Dr. Friday just because I wanted her seen before the holiday
so if she needed meds she could get on them and we could go about
our weekend. The Dr. told me what I already was viral.
But said if she was still running fever Sunday or Monday to bring
her back. I hate that. Really? You will be able to do something with
her virus then that you can't do now??

Anyway, by Monday she was still running
fever, but had a new symptom...her gums were swollen and bleeding.
This worried me a bit and after looking into her mouth, I thought
her front teeth looked funny, so I made her another appt. Paul wanted
me to take her to the dentist instead, and I tried to get her an appt
there, but with no luck. I loaded her up for her Dr's appt knowing that
I just needed to hear what the problem was...I'm not a worrier, but I
felt that there was more to her symptoms than just her teeth and fever.

The Dr. looked in her mouth for all of one second and said she has a
severe herpes infection all in her mouth. (the herpes that causes cold sores,
NOT the other kind!!) Ashton and Paul get them all the time, and
Ashton has had one for almost 2 weeks by this time, so I knew where
Emmie got it from. I was relieved to know what was wrong,
but surprised by the severity of Emmie's symptoms.
Apparently babies get it BAD.
Of course, it's still a virus, so the Dr. said there isn't anything we
can do but wait it out. Thankfully she is some better now, I have to
cut her food into tiny bites, and her gums still bleed, but the fever is
mostly gone and she's finally eating!!
She lost 2lbs from Friday to Monday from not eating. She's too tiny as
is it...she didn't need to lose weight!

And now I have my first ever cold sore. Thanks, E.
I had NO IDEA how miserable they are.
I can't even imagine what my poor baby has been through the
last week! I have since found out that a dentist WILL prescribe
meds for it that shortens the duration, and that makes me a little
angry with her pedi, but by the time we went in Monday she was on
the downhill slope, and from what I've read the meds work best if
you catch the virus in the beginning stages.
Next time it's not supposed to be nearly as bad.

We saw Toy Story 3.
I cried.

If I don't see Eclipse soon, I may cry again.

Still here?? LOL...sorry that was so long!! I'm going to try to get
back into the swing of blogging, and in the process also type up and
post-date some back posts. I've missed A LOT that I need to
post about. If you don't want to do all the catch-up posts, I'll
understand. But this blog is also my scrapbook/family record thingy,
so I feel the need to update all the stuff I missed.

It feels good to be back! :)


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

this is just where I'm at...

why am I still awake? life is too tired for me to ponder tonight...or maybe it's just me that's tired and life that's wide awake. too many brain things going on inside my head today...I'll truly never understand the minds of other people...those who don't think the way I do about things. why do they think the way they do? why are things that are repugnant to me alright in their minds?what makes right RIGHT and wrong WRONG...where is the line? why do some feel the need to hurt without considering the repercussions in others lives? a ripple becomes a wave by the time it reaches the edge of the pond...actions by one can affect that too much power over another person? I'm rambling...but necessary to clear the cobwebs. tired...yet my brain keeps catch up to those whose brains are fast and furious, weak and I want to catch up? do I want to find the devil's playground in the will of those I thought I knew but don't know at all? illusion is a strange friend. do I have the strength to face those demons tonight?? I'll have to go lay on my face a while and let God deal with it...
that's all I have left...
sorry for the ramble...pray for hurt friends...pray for gossipers within our own church family who hurt them with untruths...pray that I can be a help in time of uncertainty.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Say a little prayer for our coast...

Most of you already know that I live on the gulf coast of
Mississippi. Not directly on the coast-we live about 25 miles
inland-but there is something very scary happening
right now on our beautiful coast.

You have certainly all heard about the Deep Horizon off-
shore drilling rig that exploded last week in the Gulf of
Mexico. They originally reported that it was spilling just
a small amount of oil into the Gulf, but now we know that
it is spilling as much as 5000 barrels, or 200,000 gallons
of oil into our water everyday. They are now saying
that it could take as much as 3 months to be able to cap
the leak. And this morning I read that they are expecting
this oil spill to be worse than the worst oil spill in history-
the Exxon Valdez.

I can't even begin to tell you how bad this is for the coast. It
affects every part of life here. The wildlife is in horrific danger,
the people who make their living fishing and shrimping are in
danger of losing their livelihoods, and the seafood industry as
a whole-epecially the local restaurants and markets are in a
really bad spot.

In addition to praying for the families of the workers lost when the
rig exploded, will you please, please pray for the coast? Especially
this weekend as the oil will actually be hitting the shore as early as
this morning. I will keep you updated as I know more.

Thank you in advance.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ok, let's try that again...

So that last post was a total flub.


I hit 'enter' when I meant to hit 'tab.'

Thus, the postless post was born.

The 'hahahaha' was not becuase there was nothing

in the post. I promise.

I was laughing at the fact that so many of you guessed
that we are adding on because I'm pregnant.

Because I'm NOT.


We ARE adding on...everyone got that part right. We are
a family of 7 living in a 3Br/2Ba house, and things are just tight!

Paul, Emmie, and I share the master, Jacob and Noah share a room,
and Ashton and Sydney share a room.

We are adding 2 bedrooms and a full bath in the unused part of the
attic. We already have a big 'media' room up there.

Ashton and Sydney will have their own (small) rooms, and a (small)
bathroom to share among themselves and with anyone in the
upstairs room who needs to use the facilities but doesn't want
to walk back down the stairs. (read: everyone)

Jacob and Noah will continue to share their room, and Emmie will get
the room Ashton and Sydney share. She may have to share it
one day as well.

As far as me being PG, like I said before, I'm NOT. But we are
going to Disney in a month (a month EXACTLY, as a matter of fact)
and for the first time since our honeymoon, we will have a room to
to ourselves!!



Let's just say we'd like to bring back a...shall we say...special...souvenir.


And if it doesn't happen then, we will continue trying.

I'll keep you posted on the upstairs building...and
I'll let you know something when I know something! :)




Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...what in the world... Paul working on in the attic???

P.S. don't get to answer this one cause you
already know!! LOL!! ;)

Friday, April 9, 2010

My other sweet boy...

Jacob's paper he brought home this week;

Wun deay I wint too The Jungl and I sol a wolf.
and I toold him too sit.
The End.

Best story EVA.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Just me and Syd...

Syd and I are in Jackson again, this time for
the All State choir festival. We'll be here till
Saturday. This is my first time away from my
babies for more than a night, and Paul's first
time taking care of them for this long-but he will
have help from his mom, so I'm not too worried.

Missing all my babies (the big ones too) already!

Things were a bit stressful when we got here because
our choir director was running late (as usual*) and
I wasn't sure we could check in, but not only were we
able to, the lady said they had my Marriott number
-which I didn't even know I had-
and they were bumping us up to a concierge room!!
Super cool-even though it's a pretty normal
looking room. Very nice, though, and clean. And the
bath stuff is Bath and Body Works which totally rocks! :)

*just a side note-YES, I am normally late. For everything.
But this guy...OMGosh, he makes me look super organized
and super punctual!! To be a teacher, he's NEVER prepared,
and always the last one to any choir function. Also, I just
wanted to point out (because it's my blog and I can)
that we managed to leave early this morning.
Yep. EARLY! Yay me!
We left before our scheduled time. Maybe a first.

But then, as a super bonus, when our director got here, he
informed me that the choir boosters voted to pay our
entire trip, including meals! Whoo-hoo!!! Praise the Lord!!
Now I can afford the $12.95 per 24hrs on internet I'm
having to pay to type this!!

I'm so in my element here. I think I had more fun at the first
rehearsal than Sydney did! I was just wishing I had the music
so I could sing along! I'm a total choir nerd! :) I miss all this.
Anyway, I'll be on here as time allows. They've got us
on a pretty tight schedule, but after this evening they
aren't allowing parents into rehearsals so I'll have some free
time here and there. Hope everyone had a great
weekend! I know I am!
P.S. If you're wondering about the title...(it's one thing
on the dashboard and something else when you open
it) 3 words...complete user error. :/

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sweet boy...

Last night at bedtime:
Sydney-'Noah, God is watching over us all the time!'
Noah (looking around) 'Where is He?'
Sydney-'Well, He's invisible. We can't see Him.'
Noah-(pouting, with his lip sticking out) 'Aww...but I
wanted to pway hide-and-seet wif Him!'

Monday, March 29, 2010

Not Me Monday-♫Don't You...Forget About Me♪

Not Me Monday!
A blog carnival created by
Where we all share our (not so) short comings.

It has not been just over a month since my last post.
I am not horrified at myself for slacking. However, we have
not been pretty busy, and I did not find it easier and easier
to just not blog as the time went on. I am also not horribly
behind on blog reading-I am so sorry!!! I haven't decided
if I'm going to try to catch up or just move on from here.

(If any of you had anything momentous or exciting go on
while I was absent, please add a link in the comments so I
can go read and celebrate with you!! :)

Here are a few things I/we have not been doing:

1. I have become an avid couponer. I had no idea how
time consuming it is! I have been saving lots of money,
though, and it's quite a rush!

2. I sent my youngest to church one Sunday in a dress
that the hem was all the way out of. I may have just
taped it back up with packing tape. Maybe.

3. Ball season has started. It's a bit stressful this year.
Jacob has games on school nights that don't START till 8:15.
That's 15 minutes past his bedtime already, so I'm really not
happy about that. It is what it is, though. Pictures to follow.

4. Paul's dad passed away Sunday the 21st. His funeral was
this past Wednesday. It was a wonderful service, although it was
much harder on Paul than he thought it would be. It was a long,
emotionally and physically tiring week, but we know where he
is and he's not suffering any more. I am thankful that the kids
got to visit him one last time while he was still lucid.

5. I missed my one year blogiversary. Not because I wasn't blogging,
it was back in January when I WAS, but because my blog counter
was wrong. And no matter how many times I try to fix it, the
counter always starts off wrong. This is also my 200th post!!

6. Noah has become obsessed with rocks. He always has rocks, rock
piles, rock buddies, etc. It's really cute...until I step on one, barefoot,
in the middle of the living room floor!

Thanks to those who are still here...I love and miss you all!!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

If nautical nonsense is something you wish...

An actual dinner conversation:

Paul and I are eating Subway and the kids are eating
chicken strips from the corner gas station. (at home)
(These strips rival KFC. Seriously.)

Noah seems to realize Paul has something different than
he does and says something I've very rarely heard him say:
"Daddy, I-ona bite-a yours."

After staring at me in disbelief for a moment, Paul leans over
and gives Noah a bite of his Subway club with the works.

As soon as the bite goes in it is promptly yucked back into
Paul's hand.

Noah points at the lettuce on Paul's sub seriously and says,
"Daddy, I dest don't wike your seaweed!"

Maybe we watch too much Spongebob.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Not welcome here.

99.99999% of you are always welcome here.
I ♥ you all, and find some guilty pleasure in knowing
that you like coming here and reading about me and
my family. You leave positive comments and I even chat
with some of you through email and Facebook.
I am so very thankful for the new friendships.


A few days ago I had a visitor who, hiding behind
anonymous, left me a nasty comment about
a fellow blogger whom I consider to be a friend.
The comment was hurtful, used language I don't
use, and even managed to have racism in it.

I will not tolerate this on MY BLOG.

First and foremost, this is my FAMILY blog. It is personally
insulting to me that anyone would comment on a post
that was very special to me in a way that is meant
to hurt someone. My family, and especially my children,
read this blog. No one will leave nasty or inappropriate
comments here. They will be deleted immediately, and
the commenter will be blocked.

Second, the person who was insulted is a friend.
I don't know her personal business because it is just that-
Anything she is doing or has done in her life that may
(or may not)
be the right thing to do is between her and God.


Especially if you don't buck up and admit who you are.
Hiding behind anonymous is just cowardly.

It is not for me or you to judge, and by you doing so,
I think you are just as much in the wrong as anything
(you think) she might be doing.

Grow up. We're not in high school anymore.
Get over it. Let her live her life and you live yours.
If she is not hurting you personally, move on.
If she is, tell her so-openly so that she knows who you are-
and deal with it.

Know that you and your nasty comments are
not welcome here.

For now I am not turning off my anonymous comments.
I have had some very nice people comment using the
anonymous feature, and I don't want to block that.
But I will.