Saturday, July 26, 2008

The birthday party!

So we all survived.... obviously because it's been a week since the party. So where have I been? Well in la la land!!! The boys had a really great time, but I don't know what I was thinking. Boys are a lot of work, and 4 boys- OH MY GOSH! Lets say by the next day they were all fighting and not getting along. I was glad when they all went home, but I am so very glad that Jared got to have this party. He so very much deserved it. The last picture is of Jared and Aliester when I came down in the morning with Annalise, it was such a photo opt. My sister slept downstairs with the boys while I was upstairs with Annalise, she said that those two boys would not go to sleep.

So all is well and done and I will not be doing that anytime soon. I also have some other news to report, but I have to wait on that. Sorry for the teaser but I have to make sure that all the appropriate people know about it before I publicly announce it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

How cool!

Seriously you guys need to check out this place. I don't know how I stumbled across it... but I CANNOT wait to purchase something for my house. Let me know what you guys think!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tonight is the night!

So tonight is the sleepover and I'm scared. Mike is gone in Yakima for the weekend and well it's just me and 3 boys... WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?

I will try and post pics, but I'm afraid I'll be to busy chasing after Anna trying to keep her away from the boys... and well dealing with 3 boys.

Will let you know how I survived tomorrow, in the meantime I need to clean my house!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

No funnies for me!

So I sit here and want to write all these great wonderful things... about all the cool things we've been doing this summer and how much I'm enjoying the sun. HOWEVER I doubt that's going to happen this summer since well I've been sick the whole darn summer.

I am quite depressed to be completely honest and I'm in a horrible funk. Wouldn't you be if you were sick almost everyday since June 1st. Lets see, whats the latest? Well Monday morning I woke up feeling like complete crap and Dylan showed up and it was getting worse and worse and worse... and then it started. I vomited like you wouldn't believe. I could not eat anything and I could not drink anything. I tried so hard to keep energy to watch all the kids however I could not. Finally Dylan's dad showed up and I thought I'd get some relief but I still had two kids (my kids). How in the heck does a stay at home mom get better? I begged my husband to come home from work, but he could not. I called everyone in my family to come over and tend to the needy children I have and no one could. So I laid on the floor while my daughter ate everything she could find with her little hands and I laid there and prayed this to shall pass.

What a joke, I have no sense of humor right now. I don't know what God is trying to tell me right now all I know is I'm angry and I just want to be better. I could not celebrate my sons 6th birthday with him because I was sick and I haven't felt good yet. I do really wish and pray this goes away. Saturday I've planned a sleep over for 3 boys and my son (for his birthday)... am I crazy? I think so, Mike is out of town this weekend for Bob's wedding.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Here is my man, Jared!!! Yesterday was his 6th birthday so I posted a few pics (random ages) of how freaking cute he is.
I have never been prouder of my little man. He has grown up so much. The past couple of days when I was looking at him tons of memories flooded through of him. I can still remember when he was born. He changed my life so much on that day, he made me a much better person. He is my best friend and I love love love him so much.
I was SICK as a dog yesterday (barfing and all) and Jared told me this morning that when he blew out his candles he wished I would get better. IS THAT CUTE OR WHAT!? He has one of the biggest hearts I know and he makes my heart burst at the seams!
I could never have asked for a better son, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for my little man. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY BOY!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

7 years today!!!

It was 7 years ago today Mike and I went on our first date... that day laid forth the future steps we would have. Although at times they were rocky and we both weren't sure if we would make it. Here we stand 7 years later, laughing and having a good ole time. I can still remember the first time I saw him. I just started working at Target as an "Assets Protection officer"... I remember a few days before I ever met him I looked at the schedule for the week and I saw his name. For some reason at that moment I got butterflies in my tummy. I was standing at the front of Target trying to "enjoy" my job and in walks this bouncy boy/man. He was wearing black cords and a white t-shirt and I swear at that moment I knew. Is that possible?

Over the next week or so (he trained me), we got to know each other while we worked. He finally asked me if I wanted to hang out with him on Friday and I gave him my number. Friday rolled around and I waited ALL day for him to call. I was getting irritated that he hadn't called me and then finally he did. He came and picked me up and to my surprise he had a friend in the car, I thought this was a date? We went to his house and waited for ANOTHER one of his friends to join us (again, WHAT?) and off we went... bowling. I hate bowling but I thought I could get out of it because I was wearing sandals with no socks, but Mike volunteered his second pair... eww was I really gonna wear socks that were already on his feet? I remember putting them on and the fact that they were still warm and a little sweaty could have just thrown me over the edge.

Friday, July 13th, 2001. That was the first day of many, the day that set forth our future! To say things have been hard for us would be an understatement, but it has made us that much stronger and that much more in love with each other! Mike and I started a relationship and then 2 months later moved in together and then a month after that we got pregnant. To say we did things a little backwards isn't even the start of it. But here we are 7 years, 7 years later!!! We have two beautiful children and we still love each other so very very very much.

I had been through a lot prior to meeting Mike... each relationship I had chipped away at my heart and I was very broken and untrusting when I met Mike. All I ever wanted in life was to find someone to sweep me off my feet and love me with all they had. I had made a list about a month prior to meeting Mike of all the things I had wanted in a man/relationship, I put it out there and then walked in Mike (literally and figuratively). I feel like he was brought into my life for so many reasons one of which to show me what true love meant. He truly is the best person I could have ever picked to be the man to walk with me through all life's ups and downs. He has seen the WORST of me and I hope the best of me. He truly is my best friend and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't thank my lucky stars that God brought him into my life when I needed him most.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday, what a day!

I fell down the stairs yesterday w/ Dylan... I took the blunt of the fall to protect that bundle of joy... and Annalise fell off her brothers bed this morning after her morning nap.

Why was Anna sleeping in her brothers bed? Well Mike and Jared were sleeping in my bed and the crib is in our room... Annalise cannot sleep when two boys are snoring so I put her in Jared's bed. Usually when she wakes up she'll make some sort of a noise... however she was sneaky and super quite. I had the monitor right by her so I could hear her every move and I missed it. All of a sudden from the roof above (we have two stories), I heard a thump and then a little cry. Luckily Jared's bed is low to the ground so she is all good.

Right now as we speak my husband is in his interview with Statefarm. To say that we've all been stressed out is... well an UNDERSTATEMENT. He has been on edge, he hates his current job and wants nothing more than to get out. This is the one job he really would like so he was EXTRA crabby. I've prayed and prayed and prayed so I hope something good comes of all of this. We certainly need a change in our lives!

Also can everyone say a quick prayer for my father in-law. He had bypass surgery today. I just got word that it went well, just prayer it keeps going well and he'll be ok! Well my sister is supposed to be coming over but she said that about 11 and it's almost 2, so we'll see. I desperately need a Dr. pepper and Anna is taking a nap. AHHHH the life of a SAHM!

PS. I'm still waiting for some weekly ideas to blog about, is anyone out there?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

To my lovely readers...

So I have a question for you all.

I want to do a weekly feature of something and I'm not sure what... So I'm asking my readers to give me some ideas on what you would like me to do a weekly report on. Whether it's a "Favorite recipe of the week!", anything......... I mean it seems as if my normal day to day is getting to be pretty much the same every week, and I want to keep things interesting.

I want to do more for you guys and well for myself, but my little tired brain isn't working. So please let me know what you would like from me.

Ask and you shall receive.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

What the heck?

Ok so we went to the doctors and all is fine. She has a little pink eye and that is it. Her ears are healed from her infections two weeks ago and she has a clean bill of health. I asked her doctor why she keeps getting pink eye and he said... he thinks she may have a clogged tear duct and if that's the case she'll have to have a small procedure/surgery to unclog it. It takes 15 minuets but they have to put her under. I have to keep an eye on her eye (ha) and if she keeps getting the pink eye then we'll have to take her to an eye doc.

So all is good in the hood.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Off to the doctors again!

What in the world? Last night was HORRIBLE with Anna. She cried and cried all night long and I honestly couldn't do anything to make her happy. She woke up this morning and still was so unhappy (and actually she didn't really sleep at all). 4 am I had enough I gave her to Mike and I went to the store to get some pain meds for my head... it was killing me, and I was so tired. After I got back I laid in the bed with Anna and Mike and just patiently waited for her to fall asleep, which she did. I rested for about 45 minuets before Dylan was supposed to come, then Tara called. Dylan would be coming late and I was happy so I could get some more sleep. I went back upstairs and went to sleep. I thought after Annalise got some sleep she would be better, I was wrong. She continued to be unhappy and cry. So I called the doctor and they got us an appointment for 3 today. They want to check her ears (she had a double ear infection last week) and check her eye cause it looks like she may have pink eye again. Oh and Dylan is not coming today.

Honestly people I am SUPER frustrated with the fact that we are not getting better. I still have these darn bumps all over and my throat was starting to hurt again yesterday. I can't tell though if that is because of my allergies (I've been sneezing like crazy). But truthfully I am at my wits end with all of this.

On to other news. Mike has an interview on Friday and I ask for prayers that he gets the job. He needs something new, I think he's going crazy! :) Ok I'm out gotta tend to my kiddos and try to just relax. I obviously will let you know what I find out today at the doctors!

Monday, July 7, 2008

9 months today!!!

Look at that little girl!!! She is 9 months old today, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I honestly cannot, it has gone by faster than I had wished. She sure is a beauty!!! Enjoy this sunny day.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Here's another...

If I were to have another little boy or girl what would you want to name them?

Really good question... If I were to have another child, ARE YOU SERIOUS? Haha... I love the name Madison for a girl and honestly I haven't thought of a boy name since I had Jared. When we weren't sure if Anna was gonna be a boy or girl, Mike and I tried picking names for both... however I couldn't think of a single boy name. Is that bad?

Ok I'm off to bed, Happy 4th of July!!!

To each their own...

Alright, I'm going to try and do this in a constructive manner... but I am very irritated. I had the great pleasure to watch Tyra today, and well it PISSED me off.

There were a few things that they talked about on the show. The 1st was breastfeeding and the second was being a stay at home mom or a working mom.

Lets start with breastfeeding. They did an interview with a lady who breastfed her children till they were 9 years old. Now in my honest opinion I think that is a little old to be breastfeeding but there is NOTHING wrong with breastfeeding at all. I breastfed my son until he was about 15 months old and he weened himself off when I went back to work. I am still currently breastfeeding my daughter who is coming up on 9 months old. As some of you may know, I didn't want to breastfeed my daughter....... but it was for very selfish reasons. My husband talked to me about it and asked me to breastfeed for the health of our daughter. So I did and I DO NOT regret any moment of deciding to do it. Everyone has the choice to breastfeed or not, and for as long as they want to. I choose to do it until my children are ready or I'm ready but to at least 1 year old.

I am a member of Cafe Mom and I'm in a group of Breastfeeding mothers. Its crazy the things the gals post as far as the problems they face when feeding their child outside of there home. My question is this... WHY SHOULD WE MOTHERS WHO CHOOSE TO BREASTFEED OUR CHILDREN BE QUARANTINED TO OUR HOMES? I always feel weird when I'm out in public and I have to feed my child. I sometimes get looks or people may say something under there breath, and it bothers me something horrible. I choose this because it is best for my children and there is NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING wrong with it.

People associate breasts as sexual things... but that is not all they were made for and it is not a sexual thing to feed your child. All I feel when I feed my child is pure love and comfort in knowing that I can supply my child with all the nourishment she will need. What greater gift can you give? And GOD gave us that gift.

I do not judge people for what they choose to do for their children when it comes to feeding, whether they nurse or they bottle feed. So why should I be judged?

Ok now on to being a stay at home Mom... I've had two perspectives on this so bare with me. After Jared was born I had planned on going back to work with him. I didn't however plan on having a csection. With that my work only gave me so much leave from work and if I didn't come back when I was supposed to they would have to let me go until I was ready to come back. So I didn't go back. I stayed home for 15 months with my son. I enjoyed it but part of me had a hard time with it. Mike and I had money struggles and were still learning about each other so every day was a new struggle and it took a long time for us to work everything out. When we moved from Spokane to Marysville we were able to adjust our lives and we weren't struggling and it went so much better... I was given an opportunity to go back to work and at that time I couldn't resist.

In all honesty it was great getting out for a while to have some grown up conversations... my husband and I arranged our schedule's so he was only in an at home daycare for 3 days at most. We did not want someone raising our child so we made it work for our family. After a couple of years with Jared being at the "at home daycare" we decided to get him into an actual daycare and I believe that was the BIGGEST mistake we made. It was horrible, they could never care for my child the way I thought was best.

A lot of people say that children of SAHM's (stay at home moms) aren't sociable... and if you haven't met my son then you have no idea what you are talking about. We did put my son in a church day school for like 2 1/2 hours twice a week so he could socialize with other children. I had play dates with my friend and her children.

I feel like I'm rambling. Ok so once I had my daughter I knew I was going to have to go back to work this time because we had been VERY comfortable with the money we made and it felt like it would have been to much of a life change to change it. Once I had Annalise however it became a different story. I'm not going to go into all the details because I do not want to bore all my avid readers with my long vent here... lets just say she wasn't having the whole working thing, and that was it. We've adjusted and made changes and I have never been happier for our decision for me to stay home.

I honestly believe that my children have benefited from me staying home. But like I've said and will continue to say, it's different for every single person... each situation is different and I'm not here to judge. But what bugs me most is people who say that it's the easiest job out there. You just sit on your fat behind eating bon bons... First and foremost WHAT THE HELL ARE BON BONS? Second, yes I sit and watch tv but it's usually when the kids are sleeping and I have a moment to myself. On any given day I am consumed with my children and my home. My house is my office it is my job to keep in clean and organized. It is my job to make sure that my children eat, are clean and are having fun. Yes we may get to go out and do fun things, but what is wrong with that? My children shouldn't have to be stuck in the house all day because I'm a SAHM. They should get to go out and explore this beautiful world, RIGHT?

Everybody and every family makes choices and sacrifices that work best for their family. So why should one be judged over the other? Shouldn't we all just go on living our lives as we feel is best for our families and just get over it? I am completely devoted to my family mind, body and soul. They are what make me who I am. I am completely in love with my husband (yes we have bad days, but he supports me and loves me no matter what), and my children are the sun in my eyes and keep me going through the day... even if they are gonna make me have grey hair. This is by far the hardest job I have ever had, but it is the most rewarding job I have ever had. It pays me in love and all you need in this world is love.

1st question, I am so excited!

What is my all-time favorite movie?

I'd have to say Pretty Women. I remember when Danielle and I would watch it everyday and we knew it word for word. After we got into our really bad car accident and we were out of school for a while we would watch it all day long! OH THE MEMORIES!!!

Another good movie that Mike and I just watched is, "The Bucket List". That gives me an idea maybe I should make my own bucket list.

I appreciate the question and have been thinking of ideas to keep my blogs fun. By the way, it's POURING outside.

ps. I edited the comments so it doesn't have to be approved by me, they will just post. Sorry guys still learning all the tricks and secrets.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

No questions?

So it is now July... can you believe that? It's gone by so fast!

I have to say I'm sad that my readers haven't participated yet... but comments are still open so feel free. I honestly just want to know that people are out there reading and enjoying!

Uh what else. I still have spots but in all we are getting better, THANK GOD! Mike has an interview with the Lynnwood jail on the 16th, he hasn't heard anything yet from Statefarm. What a waiting game this has been!

Well unless my spots go away before the 4th I'll be staying home with Anna.

Alright I'm out gotta do some dishes and feed Dylan a bottle!