Saturday, December 27, 2008
NO baby yet!!
I'm getting bigger by the second and more and more ornery.
The boys are getting less and less patient for the baby to join us.
My parents are about to return home, missing our newest addition altogether.
We did have a great Christmas day with all the family- that was nice since I was afraid I'd end up delivering and missing everything with my boys.
We've tried all the wonderful suggestions to induce labor, but no success for us.
I guess he will be forced to evacuate the beginning of next week.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I figured I'd post an update since the baby countdown is officially over and now the unbearable waiting begins. There is no sign that baby boy #4 will here anytime soon. I had hoped to be ready enough that my doctor could induce this week so that we don't run the chance of a Christmas day delivery. At my appointment on Monday, the stars were not alligned and my doctor couldn't risk starting me because this little guy is floating so high up that he is at risk for flipping over during labor and becoming an emergency c-section delivery. I was distraught, needless to say.
Since then, I have taken matters into my own hands. I am back to playing racquetball for as long as is physically bearable and I'm doing homepathic things to "naturally" help induce labor. If anyone has any brilliant ideas or some funny ones you wanna throw out there. I'm just about ready to try anything.
If things change, I'll get it posted asap but it looks like we'll be welcoming a little one next week.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
My boys are getting very excited about the baby's arrival. With Thanksgiving and Noah's birthday, things have been very busy so the time is going fairly quickly, thankfully.
This is the first birthday party we've thrown, and Noah invited 4 friends over for pizza and to go bowling. We had lots of fun and our family's first bowling experience was a great one.
We also went Christmas tree hunting this weekend and tromped through the woods with our 3 boys and Hannah, who dragged me around. I was hoping for labor induction with all the activity but I was not so lucky.
The biggest piece of news around our house lately has been the dog attack 2 weeks ago. On Monday afternoon, Seth and Jacob were taking Hannah for a walk when a neighbor's dog jumped her fence and proceeded to maul our puppy, Hannah. Seth retreated back to our house with Jacob behind him and Hannah in his arms while the pit bull kept biting Hannah and then eventually turned on Seth. He ended up with 16 stitches, some major bites, and wicked looking bruises. Everyone is fine now and we are SO lucky that the dog never turned her attack on Jacob. I'll post pictures but this is a warning that it's not pretty.
The other thing that we've been doing as a family are Noah's school family art projects. We made this turkey for Thanksgiving and are now working on the Christmas tree which I'll post as soon as it's completed. The beauty and cleverness all belongs to my sister, Aunt Victoria. Thank goodness she was visiting the same week we had to make this turkey.
I almost forgot about Noah's first dance recital. We have photos but they are on my camera's internal memory so I need to find the appropriate cable to retrieve them. He did a great job and really enjoys music. I'm so glad we have him at this creative arts charter school. It offers him so many opportunities to explore new talents.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Well, with 95% of the precincts reporting, I'm going on record claiming that Prop 8 has succeeded. I am so grateful for everyone and the support that was given in making sure this very important issue passed. And it was great to hear about Arizona and Florida both passing their amendments on this same issue. It would be nice to say that the battle is won but I think most people concerned realize that this is only the beginning of this battle. Undoubtedly, the opposition will fight to overturn the voice of the people. Let us not become too comfortable and complacent with where things stand today. Let us always be vigilant in protecting our families.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Our boys decided a while ago that a good costume idea for them was Alvin and the Chipmunks. I was thrilled with the idea and that we would have a theme going on this year and one that I could practically do with nominal expenses. In discussing which chipmunk everyone would be, there was of course a debate but with a little help from friends, I convinced them which way it would logically go.
Benjamin, our ball of energy that never stops moving, would appropriately be Alvin.
Jacob, our joyful and fun loving child, would be Theodore. This kid loves his victuals as much as my favorite chipmunk and he has the adorable cheeks to play the part.
Noah, as the tallest and oldest would assume the role of Simon. Like Simon, Noah is very factual and loves to please the adults in his life, thus striving to always follow the rules.
Jacob doing the check out my tail pose. He is such a ham!
We gave them little tails, spiked their hair, bought the appropriate colored hoodies, glasses for Simon (although Noah wouldn't leave them on because he said it was too hard to see), used makeup to try to darken their skin, and told them they had to stick together so people would get the full effect. They were adorable and the cutest chipmunks ever.
After 10 weeks of working on our shed, which is actually only Saturdays and the occassional weeknight when Seth gets home before dark, it is finished. This time period also includes 2 weeks of being out of town. Here is my beautiful shed that my husband built with his own 2 hands. It is officially done and we are now trying to decide how best to utilize our additional 200 square feet.
Hannah is growing SO fast. Here are the boys with her.
This is Hannah mauling Jacob. You can see she is just about as long as he is and she had her first vet visit on Friday and weighs 21 pounds at 12 weeks old. I'm SO glad my baby isn't going to grow quite that fast.
Monday, October 13, 2008
The Yes on Prop 8 campaign has had about $23 million donated, much to the surprise of the opposition. This weekend, I was able to help deliver lawn signs with Noah. It was a huge boost to go through the neighborhoods and see the support of our neighbors and to say to those who were afraid to have their own sign that they aren't alone. Unfortunately we learned that there was an organized group of opponents who would be going around stealing our signs. Ours was on stolen on Saturday evening. We had been counseled to bring them in but when we went to bring ours in for the night, it was too late. We will be posting a new one and the kids think it is awesome to play find the Yes on 8 signs when we are out and about. I think it's wonderful that we have been able to be involved as a family and that my children understand that there are things we stand up for. They were terribly upset by our sign being stolen. It has been a struggle to help them understand that unfortunately, those who are against Prop 8 are trying to take away our right to freedom of speech.
Anyway, the vote is coming up on election day. I will post results as soon as we have them. Thanks for your support.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Onto something more entertaining and funny. I am 30 weeks into this pregnancy and now people are bold enough to assume that I am pregnant and not just overeating. People are always telling me how I can't possibly be as far along as I am but I know how I look without my clothes on and exactly how huge I'm going to get at the very end of my pregnancy. Well, Benjamin is always asking when our baby is coming and wonders how big my tummy will get. As I said and most women know from experience, you look much smaller with clothes on. Here is an account of Pico coming to this realization. I was just coming out of the shower when it became an emergency for Benjamin to use the bathroom right then, so in he comes as I'm drying off and he looks at me and exclaims "Mommy, your tummy is huge!" (just the words every woman wants to hear, right? but he's 3 so I try to keep that in perspective)
I reply, "Yes, honey, the baby is growing."
"Mom, you really need to work on getting that baby out."
"Benjamin, the baby is still too small to come out. He needs to get bigger so he can be healthy."
To which he replied, with eyes bugging out of his head, "Just how huge is your belly going to be?"
I then demonstrated the size of a possible belly and he exclaimed, "I'll never be able to hug you if you are that big."
It's fun having a little one in which pregnancy is new for them. I always like to hear what they are thinking since small children don't know how to filter their thoughts.
This is the first picture Noah has taken for me with our digital camera, thus it is a little sideways.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Hannah is a Labrador Retriever. She is adorable, playful and SO loving. She is 8 weeks, 2 days old and very smart. After having her for 1.5 days, she recognizes her name and will respond when called. Potty training is pretty well under control. We are trying to teach her to go in one spot of the yard so that might take quite some time. Wish us luck on this new adventure. I think it will be great for our kids, lots of work for me but hopefully also very rewarding.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
We returned home on Sunday late afternoon and I quickly fell very ill with a fever, chills, coughing, congestion, achy body, and other lovely symptoms. I felt so bad for Seth, he had to unpack and clean up everything by himself but he did it without giving me a guilt trip and kept the kids entertained so that i could rest. He is wonderful.
The other thing my husband has been doing is building a shed in our backyard. It is huge and very much needed. I'm so glad he is so handy and motivated. All that we have left to do at this point it to put the shingles on the roof, and do the final painting. We primed the whole shed this week. I can't wait to have some storage space.
I'll post some pictures of the process and finished pictures soon.
Friday, August 22, 2008
The opposition on Proposition 8 will undoubtedly out spend us, they have huge corporations backing their campaign. McDonalds, Dreamworks, Ford, and many others are all contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars in order for us to fail. we must answer back and not go out without a fight. To see who is opposing this very important moral issue, check out this website: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/politics/cal/la-moneymap,0,5374284.htmlstory
A huge coalition has been formed with many organizations to get word out about Proposition 8, which will appear on the November 2008 Presidential ballot. Many non-profit organizations, churches, family & community companies have joined their efforts. And the Saints in CA have joined in this cause to mobilize and canvas neighborhoods to get the info out and ensure our neighbors that they are not alone and that we must stand as one. We have been a silent majority and it is time our voice is heard. In order to have a chance to pass this proposition we will need the funds to make commercials, lawn signs, radio ads, and billboards.
In a letter to the Saints, from the First Presidency, read in June during sacrament meetings across the state, the brethen called us: "We ask that you do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time to assure that marriage in California is legally defined as being between a man and a woman. Our best efforts are required to preserve the sacred institution of marriage". Will we answer that call? Will we give all that we can? I implore you to make this a matter of prayer in your homes and ask your Father in Heaven to know what sacrifices your family can make in order to help this cause.
Some of the major consequences of this amendment failing are:
1. Children in public schools will be taught that both traditional marriage and same-sex marriage are okay.
The California Education Code already requires that health education classes instruct children about marriage. (§51890)
Therefore, if the definition of marriage is changed, children will be taught that marriage is a relation between any two adults. There will be serious clashes between the secular school system and the right of parents to teach their children their own values and beliefs.
2. Churches will be sued if they refuse to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies in their religious buildings that are open to the public. Ask whether your pastor, priest, minister, bishop, or rabbi is ready to perform such marriages in your chapels and sanctuaries.
3. Religious adoption agencies will be challenged by government agencies to give up their long-held right to place children only in homes with both a mother and a father. Catholic Charities in Boston has already closed its doors because of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.
4. Religions that sponsor private schools and which provide housing for married students will be required to provide housing for same-sex couples, even if it runs counter to church doctrine, or lose tax exemptions and benefits.
5. Ministers who preach against same-sex marriages will be sued for hate speech and could be fined by the government. It has already happened in Canada, one of six countries that have legalized gay marriage.
6. It will cost you money. A change in the definition of marriage will bring a cascade of lawsuits. States that do not allow same sex marriage will be required to recognize the marriages that are performed in California, thus leading to some very expensive lawsuits that the taxpayers will be funding. Even if courts eventually find in favor of a defender of traditional marriage (highly improbable given today’s activist judges), think of the money – your money, your church contributions – that will have to be spent on legal fees.
7. This opens a door for anyone to be married. How do we tell polygamists that it is illegal to marry if they are consenting parties? What about victims of incest? Or any other kind of marriage that is not traditional? Once this line is redrawn, it will just have to keep moving.
I know his has been a lot of information. Thank you for taking the time to read through it and thank you for looking within and finding how much you can do. I know times are hard for everyone, expenses are up and incomes aren't rising to meet those expenses of families however there are ways to donate to the cause. Hold a garage sale and send the proceedings in, claim exempt on a paycheck and send the extra in for support, sacrifice eating out this month and put that money aside for the cause. Dig deep, find out what you can do. Everything makes a difference. We have been asking ourselves, if our donation is the difference of Proposition 8 passing or failing, how much could we do? I know the Lord will bless us in our efforts and I have a testimony that this is the first of major battles in our time. I'll leave you with this.
Finding his liberty threatened, a great man once sought to rally the people to his cause, creating the Title of Liberty. It read, “In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children”.
Today we find our liberty threatened again. Not by an attempt to overthrow our government, but by an equally disturbing attempt to overthrow the institution our country was founded on – the family.
Our land needs more men like that general of old who prayed mightily and then cried to his people, “Whosoever will maintain this title upon the land, let them come forth in the strength of the Lord, and enter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them."
In response, the people of the land came RUNNING - ready to defend their freedom. Undoubtedly, this was not easy for them. Many members of the church had even been deceived by the flattering words of their opponents. Like us, they had friends and neighbors who did not agree with them. Like us, it was neither easy nor convenient for them to put their lives aside to fight for a cause; but history has proved them wise in their decision, and victorious in their efforts.
A similar choice faces us now, in this moment. Covenants are being broken in our land which we have been warned will bring upon us and our neighbors heartbreaking calamities. It is in our power to stop it.
Let history judge us kindly and let our children be able to proclaim that when our liberty was threatened, we likewise came RUNNING……………
Volunteer TODAY at http://www.protectmarriage.com/ or e-mail email@example.com for more information on how you can make a difference.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Today Noah started Kindergarten at the best school ever. We were so lucky to get him into the charter school we wanted and I know he's going to have a great time there. They do tons of activities and productions so there will be plenty of pictures posted in the coming year. Here is the first of the school year.
Jacob started preschool today and had a blast planting sunflowers and meeting new friends. He was so excited this morning that he was refusing to eat because he was so anxious to get to school. We finally convinced him there was time to eat before he needed to head to school.
And poor Benjamin (Pico) felt so left out as everyone one else went to school today. This is the first time he has been alone and it's going to be harder than I first anticipated. He insisted on having a first day of school picture taken of him as well. And last night when Daddy was giving Noah and Jacob father's blessings, he needed one as well and did a great job being reverent and listening to the blessing. I can't believe how grown up they are getting.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Now that I've finished the book, I'm glad I waited in line to get my copy. I think all Twilight fans will be extremely satisfied with this final installment of the saga and I'm glad I was here to enjoy the wonderful story told by Mrs. Stephenie Meyer.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
1. realization in advance; foretaste.
2. expectation or hope.
3. previous notion; slight previous impression.
4. intuition, foreknowledge, or prescience.
It is my personal belief that anticipation is a wonderful and kind of tricky thing. I have been anxiously awaiting my ultrasound date to find out whether I'm having a boy or girl. At this week's appointment, my doctor told me we were going to wait another 4 weeks. Well, I just can't take waiting that much longer when I know full well that they can tell for certain right now. So I've made an appointment for this Saturday, but now that is seeming forever away. Why couldn't I be going right now? The things we must do to accommodate work schedules. Anyway, now I am anticipating for Saturday in a most agonizing way. If only I could know today.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Seth and I drove to Oregon for Shane's wedding on June 11th and we had a great time. NO kids! It was a great break and only possibly because of my Mom's willingness to give up her vacation time to come watch our boys. I was home for one week and then it was up the coast with my boys for a week long camping trip in Fort Bragg. We had a great time. It was a wee bit stressful but mostly fun. I'll post pictures soon. I'm so far behind on downloading my photos. Home one more week but running around crazy mad to get everything ready for my week with my Young Women at Girls Camp. Off to camp I went and had an amazing time preparing my devotionals and learning the lessons that are so important for young women to learn. It was super hot and everyone was really dirty. I met some wonderful girls and women and made relationships that will last forever. I have a huge testimony of the Girls Camp, not to mention, the Young Women program. I remember the wonderful times as a youth I had and I hope that my YW had the same kind of experiences that I remember having. Pictures to come soon.
Needless to say, I am looking forward to a much more relaxed schedule this coming month, we are basically getting ready for school which starts on August 13th.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
On the pregnancy front, I have been more nauseated than ever before. I've had heartburn for the first time and things feel so different. I'm hoping to chalk that up to having a little girl but I'm totally aware that it could just be the fact that it's a new pregnancy and things can change however they want every single time.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
On a happier note, my Mom and Dad will be here in 2 more days and I'll have the rest of the week to hang out with them.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
1. What is his name? Seth, Daddy, & when he's in trouble- Seth Christopher
2. How long have you been married? almost 7 years
3. How long did you date? we dated for about 3 weeks before I knew we would get married, 2 months before he realized it and then we were engaged for 7 months (too long)
4. How old is he? 31
5. Who eats more sweets? me, I am such a sweet eater.
6. Who said I love you first? He did. At his Mom's house in the bedroom I was staying in.
7. Who is taller? He is, by a couple inches.
8. Who can sing better? He can. I can hit about 4 notes and not on purpose.
9. Who is smarter? We're both smart, but Seth has more education and has a phenomonal memory for information.
10. Who does the laundry? I do. He'll put laundry into the washer and then the dryer but I end up putting it away.
11. Who pays the bills? I do.
12. Who sleeps on the right side? When we are in bed I am on his right.
13. Who mows the lawn? He does. sometimes with little boys pushing the lawn mower with him
14. Who cooks dinner? I do. On Wed nights he does fend for himself and the kids call it "Wapple Night" (waffles)
15. Who drives? When we are together he does most of the driving.
16. Who kissed who first? I kissed him. We were at his sister's house watching a movie and I really wanted him to kiss me but it was taking to long so I leaned off the couch (he was on the floor) and planted one on him.
17. Who asked who out first? I guess I did since I brought him my birthday cake and we had our first "date" in the Discover Card cafeteria and parking lot that night.
18. Who proposed? He did.
19. Who has more siblings? Seth has one more sibling than I do.
20. Who wears the pants? Depends on what time of the month it is!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
7. Lastly, I have an issue with female doctors. Yes, I am fully aware that's a prejudice. I have no idea what it stems from, I just know that I prefer men doctors, for me, for my children, etc. I hope I don't offend anyone, it's just a preference.
Alright, I now tag Nicole, Claar, Annie, and Marci again (if she wants to do another one- I like to learn more about you).
Monday, February 11, 2008
I know this is longer than the weekend after my procedure and I hope no one was too worried. The "procedure" was more intense thatn I initially thought or was led to believe. Anyway, everything went great, recovery went great and the tests all came back that everything is fine. While they were inside me they removed my IUD so we will inevitably be pregnant next month. I'm thrilled at the prospect. I'm ready to be moving on to the next stage, watching the kids grow up but I know our family isn't complete yet so I'd like to move that part of the ride along.
This week has been so hectic. Monday, I couldn't get any of my errands done because I had locked my keys in the van. I couldn't even pick Noah up from school. Today, I ran all over creation to collect birth certificates for my kids so I can register them for school. What a pain in the butt. Ahh, but now it's done, everyone is signed up for school and now I can relax on that issue.
We had great news this week! Noah made it into the charter school we wanted him to get in. It's a school that specializes on the arts, visual & performing. He is ecstatic and I couldn't be more excited for him to have a more rounded education than is traditionally offered now. After his audition, I commented about how proud I was of him and he said, "I'm proud of me too". Why can't they always have this image of self worth? I'm not ready for him to stop believing he can do anything.
Benjamin taught me a small lesson is humility this week. He is 2 and on Monday night while I was making dinner, I heard him asking Seth to "teach me to say axk (ask), Daddy." Now, my other kids usually start things with "but I can't", Benjamin is different. He always wants to give it his all. So after a few minutes with Dad, I heard him cheering. Then he ran into the kitchen, "Mommy, tell me to say ask"- clear as day. He was so thrilled with his small accomplishment. I couldn't resist giving him extra loves to show that I was proud of him too.
On Friday, I am going to devote some of my day to figuring out how to make my blog more interesting. I want to add some pictures, music, cool links, and a fun background. So hopefully there will be something interesting to see beginning of next week.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Tomorrow however is the unknown. I am scheduled for a "minor procedure" at the hospital in the Surgery Center. I know doctors use the words "minor procedure" to make patients feel less anxious, nevertheless I am a wreck of nerves as I await the morning. Thankfully, I have a husband who will be holding my hand and tonight when he comes home, he will use the power of the Priesthood and give me a blessing. And I know that will calm my Spirit and I will be able to sleep tonight so my body can prepare for the morning.
I'm hoping it will be worth it if we can get some answers. I'll be back this weekend to update on the unknown.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Noah's preschool teacher sings a welcome song every morning with the children. Parents are required to serve in the classroom once a month so in September at my first in class day, I was both shocked and appalled to find that the song contained lyrics promoting homosexuality. While I am not a bigot, I do believe that there is no place at school to talk about sexual orientation, especially with 3 & 4 year olds. And thus the battle begins! At the end of the day, I pulled his teacher aside and voiced my concern only to be brushed away. My husband decided he would take Noah into school one day to hear it himself. He too voiced his concern and the teacher's solution was that we bring our son late to school everyday. And so Noah became the "tardy" boy, I became the "lazy" mother, and the teacher continued preaching to an audience that had no voice on the matter. I quickly approached people in other schools to hear their opinions, spoke with my friends, all of whom were willing to sit on the fence ("it's not hurting anyone"). I began to realize that I would be a lone voice. I contacted the principal, escalated the issue to the school board, the early education administrator, and Superintendent. On every front, it was rationalized and reasoned away. Alas, the fight goes on without an exceptable resolution. I have been so tempted to give up since it seems like a lost cause. I know that my Father in Heaven is proud of me for being "steadfast & immmovable".
I think I shall have renewed confidence now that school is back in session and I've had all of Winter Break to think about a point for my case. In December, my son's class made no mention of Christmas, they don't celebrate birthdays or any other holiday because there is one sweet girl in the class that is a Jehovah's Witness. And while I wouldn't want anyone to feel left out, my son is left out for our beliefs while we also ignore normal celebratory events because of one other person. I think I will bring this into my argument. It hardly seems fair to cater so willingly to one student's beliefs and not another's. OK, enough of my soapbox. But I do feel better about throwing this out there and gaining new perspective on being different. Thank you Marci.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
The Sunday before Christmas, I had every intention of blogging but ended up in the ER with Noah for the 2nd time in two days. After 6 x-rays, two consecutive days in Emergency rooms, we found out that he had fractured his collarbone. If you've never taken your kid to the ER then you have no idea how uncomfortable it is to be sitting there. And living in California, I am terrified that CPS is going to show up any moment. Anyway, last November Noah fractured his right humerous, now his clavicle. I can't wait till next year to see what happens. Having three boys has made me be very hands off and I let them mostly work things out themselves and I don't pay attention to crying unless its particularly frantic or if its right in my face. My kids know that if they are really hurt and need Mom's attention, they'll have to bring it to me. So Saturday afternoon, I'm wrapping Christmas presents in the bedroom when I hear a small cry, as usual, I ignore it. We have lunch, get ready for naps and then Noah mentions that his arm is hurting and I notice he's holding his right arm funny. I send him to bed for naptime, head to the store to make a return. An hour later, I get a call from Seth saying I need to get home to take Noah into the ER, his arm is definitely broken. Anyway, this is getting long, after waiting forever, they x-ray his arm and shoulder and decide he must have sprained his shoulder, nothing they can do, send us home. That night while getting Noah dressed for bed he is screamin in pain and I notice his neck is swollen and he has a funny looking bump off his collarbone. Since I was teaching the combined lesson in YW the very next morning, I decide I'll take him in again once church is out. This time I go in and tell them they need to x-ray the right part. Lo and behold, it's fractured. The best part....Ma'am, there's nothing we can do about it. Just be careful. Off to home. I love doctors and how helpful they are.
Onto something more upbeat, we have a trampoline now and I LOVE it! The kids go out there everyday and when naptime rolls around they are out like a light. Thanks Boppy for the great Christmas present. I stand by the fact that every Mom needs one.
Yesterday was exciting, we had near hurricane weather here in Sacramento! It was crazy! Our fence blew down, tons of trees were uprooted, cars were flipped over, roofs gone off houses and over a million people lost power. My kids have a new appreciation for electricity now. And now Noah is very interested in the news and weather report.
Hope everyone's new year is off to a good start and that you had wonderful holidays!