Sunday, September 07, 2008

Die, blog, die!

So finally this is goodbye.

Only, not really.

(I still blog over here as you probably already know.)

But this blog

is dead.


Saturday, September 06, 2008

Josiah has pneumonia

Josiah has pneumonia by you.

He had a fever for seven days, he lost nearly two pounds - Josiah has been one sick little dude lately. We went to his doctor the first time and she said "it's probably just teething or a little bug" and sent me home to feed him Tylenol (ick.) So when he as no better on Thursday we went to see the doctor again and this time they did blood work etc. then sent him to have an x-ray of his lungs to "rule out" pneumonia. I got the call later that day that he did indeed have pneumonia and that the doctor had called in a prescription for him. So now he's fever-free and smiling and eating a little but man-o-man he is NOT sleeping. Yesterday the only sleep he got before 9pm was pretty much in my arms nursing. He'll lay there quietly in my arms but he has trouble falling asleep and if I put him in his bed he screams and screams. Poor little guy.

Friday, August 29, 2008


I'm sitting here at the computer with hundreds of photos to re-sort, edit etc. to prepare to burn a CD for Mark & Heather and give it to them on Monday. But I'm not sure where to start, so I thought I'd post a couple pics from the wedding that I didn't take!
This photo was taken by my sister in-law and it is of me talking with Heather. You can see Daniel in the background with Josiah konked out on his shoulder.
Josiah & Daniel - photo by my very talented younger sister, Abi!
This is a photo Daniel took (and processed) of me and Josiah at the reception.
My little girl Emma was the best flower girl in the world!! (another photo by Abi)

I love this one because you can see all of the cameras everywhere! There were maybe 30-40 guests and at least 15 people takeing photos!

Okay, back to work now!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

just another day

We did a little "art therapy" for my grumpy-kins. After painting for about ten minutes she said "I'm happy now" Maybe I should try that sometime!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Brain clutter

I had a few random thoughts I wanted to share, but they have nothing to do with each other...

Today I played my music on my new cell phone as I shopped in Wal-Mart with Josiah & Katie-Abigail. I played that Jack Johnson so that anyone in about atwo feet radius of me could hear it. The kids loved it! I danced in the paper towels aisle with Josiah and sang along with Katie-Abigail. I never really thought I'd be doing something like that, but it was such a bright spot in this week.

Today I also bought a 2 DVD set with "Remains of the Day" and "Sense and Sensability" that seems like a rather odd pairing "Howards End" would have gone better with "Remains of the Day" but in any case I really like "Sense and Sensability" (with Emma Thompson) so I bought it. I rented "The Jane Austen Book Club" this week and that put me in mind of how deeply those books have affected who I have become. "The Jane Austen Book Club" was a very satisfying chick flick, I thought. It ended right at every point.

The other day when I was washing through the weeks worth of dishes I'd let pile up I found a hugely overbaked, dry, week-old waffle from the time I made waffles for K-A's B-day. Eeeew!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

dieting hint

I just discovered a new dieting hint and I thought I'd pass it along: if you're craving something, just buy a little snack size of it. Yes, it's not a better deal, but it'll give you what you want with no extra! For example: I have been craving Fig Newtons all afternoon long. Who craves Fig Newtons? I know. But my Dad liked them a lot and I guess I have fond memories of eating Fig Newtons around the table with the fam as a kid. I don't know. Anyway. Tonight when I finally got to the store I bought my little one-serving bag of Fig Newtons and now do not have the rest of the package calling to me from the Kitchen cupboard.
So there. That's that.
Moving on...

Today's Daily Thought from Real Simple

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. — Robert F. Kennedy

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Katie-Abigail!

This past Friday was Katie-Abigail's third birthday. It was a quiet day, for the most part.
I made waffles

(note to self- don't do that again on a school day).
The big girls were tired from being at school all week, so I promised I'd pick them up from school. After they left I gave Katie-Abigail the little tea set I'd bought her at the consignment store I work at.

We now have a family tradition of buying the birthday balloon at the Dollar Tree so before lunch Katie-Abigail, Josiah and I ran out to buy that and some "pink milk" (like in Charlie & Lola) also, since we have been sick all week and the kitchen is an enormous disaster, I bought a cake from Kroger. (Note to self: don't do that again either) It turned out to be a rediculously little amount of cake under an enourmous amount of crappy, brightly colored icing - ick.

After I picked up the big girls I took them all to Rita's but ended leaving in a hurry when Katie-Abigail and Josiah start s c r e a m i n g - yes, I was that Mom on Friday. It was humbling but I came away from that moment realizing that I'm not a great mom because my kids never misbehave, I can be a great mom by the way I handle their misbehavior. And that was pretty much the day.

Things I LOVE about Katie-Abigail:

Her name. We were told we had a 75% chance of having a boy while I was pregnant with K-A so I was so excited about "finally" having Josiah, but I remember telling Daniel "at least if it does happen to be a girl she'll have a great name" Daniel hates talking about baby names, and I couldn't find any name other than Katie that we both liked. (Emma was almost named Katie - but that is a story for a different day) but there was a couple at church who had twins named Katie & Emma and I didn't want to have the same thing, but then I also didn't want to not name my baby what I wanted because of someone else saying "there's no telling how long these other people will be in our lives" so Daniel and I decided on the double name "Katie-Abigail" The "Abigail" coming from my little sister, who I'm very close to. (My older sister's name is Kathryn so it's kind of like K-A is named after both of my sisters) then she also has the middle name "Elise" which I think it a totally beautiful, perfect midde name.

Her eyes. All of the other children have light eyes, and it was such a pleasure to have a child whose coloring favored mine over Daniel's. Josiah's eyes are turning more green than blue which I think is really cool, but Katie-Abigail looks the most like me, I think. So that is special.

Her ability to bring a smile to our faces. Daniel and Beth tend to favor each other - they get along really well whereas Beth and I don't but then the same is true about Emma and myself. We get along really well but Emma drives Daniel crazy sometimes. Katie-Abigail is our shared favorite child. She ears her emotions right out there for everone to see - the good and the bad. So sometimes that means she's doing her fire-alarm, ear-drum peircing scream, sometimes that means she's the silent ice-princess but othertimes she is increadibly endearing.

Her empathetic nature. Emma is also empathetic, but Katie-Abigail is our most sensitive to how the people around her (another reason why I call her "mini-me") it's so precious to watch those moments of caring between siblings.
The way she says "thank you" and "you're welcome" it is inescribably cute, Daniel has wven said he almost doesn't want to teah her the right way to say "thank you" yet she says "you're welcome" with such clarity that I'm always shocked that it's coming from such a little mouth.