Archives for June 2008

June 30th

This afternoon, I made lemon bars as a treat for the kids. I hadn’t ever made them before, and apparently, I’m not very good at it.

Zander took one bite, and promptly spit everything out of his mouth. He then used a napkin to ensure he got every.teeny.tiny.crumb out of his mouth.

He turns to me and says, “Mom, if you’re going to make something for us, next time make it something we want to eat. Not something that tastes like dog food!”

Guess we won’t be making lemon bars again!


I have a little girl who is a VERY jealous little girl. I am VERY nervous about what is going to happen when the baby is born.

On Sundays, I teach a class during the morning worship service. It is for ages 0 – 5. I usually have the same 5 kids – 3 of which are my own. Well, yesterday, I had 8 kids. (I LOVED IT!) I had a baby about 2.5 months old, 3 that were 20 months old (one of them being Lucy), 1 that was 3 (Jace), 2 that were 4 (one was Zander), and one that was 5. I had my hands full, but I loved every second of it. (Now, if only I could convince hubby that we need 8!)

Anyway, after we did our Bible story, song time, learned our Bible verse, and colored our pictures, it was time for the baby’s bottle. I sat down in the chair and started feeding her. Lucy became VERY angry that I was no longer right with her, and came over to where I was sitting. She started smacking me. When I told her to go play, she got even more angry, and BIT ME. She screamed and would not stop until church was over and Gene came and got her.

Lucy is very much a Momma’s girl. If we’re sitting on the couch, and I’m holding her, if Jace puts his hand on me, holds my hand, or anything, she immediately gets angry and sreams, pushing his arm off of me. If Gene leans over to kiss me – LOOK OUT! The girl goes into a flying rage. I am HER mommy. When she has my attention, no one else is allowed near.

I do not know what to do about this. Jace was always a Momma’s boy – still is – but not like this. Once Lucy was born, he immediately became her protector. He still snuggles with me any chance he gets, but he gives up *our* time for Lucy or anyone else that needs it.

I am terrified that Lucy is going to be just awful to this baby. If she’ll bite me for feeding a baby, what on earth is she going to do when the baby is attached to my boob 14 hours a day?!

What a fun trip!

We had SUCH a great time on our quick little get-away. Our church took a trip to Pigeon Forge, TN and to Dollywood on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, we left the house a few minutes after 9 in the morning. Gene had never been to Pigeon Forge, and I haven’t been since I was little, so we made sure we had our trusty directions with us. We took a few “detours” (like visiting Cherokee, NC – beautiful!), but we made it to our hotel in just over 3 hours.

We got to the hotel, and immediately the kids wanted to hop into the pool. We talked them into going to get some lunch and then playing some mini-golf. We had a quick bite at Taco Bell (gosh, I wish we had one of those closer to our house!), and then headed to the golf course. The course was really cool. You rode in a “train” up to the top of the mountain, then picked a course and worked your way down. The kids LOVED it. I wish I hadn’t tried to golf, though. It would have been cheaper if Gene and I just helped the kids rather than trying to hit our own golf balls as well. But, we survived all 18 holes and got a great picture at the end.

After mini-golf, we headed over to Lil’ Dolly’s. What a FABULOUS store!!! They were having a HUGE sale while we were there. (Of course they were, they must have known we were broke! LOL!) They had the cutest little dresses (not the dolly dresses – I’m so not into those), but regular little sun dresses that were perfect for Lulu. They also had quilts – by the gazillion! I am a quilt FREAK and could spend all day looking at quilts. They had some really pretty ones that were pretty reasonably priced. In fact, I was surprised at how reasonable they were! Ashley found one that I would LOVE to go back and get her for her birthday. It had horses all over it, and was just as pretty as can be. I’ve got to figure out how to get it for her.

After that, we headed back to the hotel for some swimming. We went up to our room, headed to the left, just like we had before, only the numbers weren’t right. We had checked in and they had put us in room 227. Well, what we *thought* was our room was now 207. That wasn’t right, so we went down to room 227. The key didn’t work. I thought I was losing my mind! I sent Gene down to the front desk, and we found out they had changed the room numbers. They didn’t move any of our stuff, they just changed all the numbers outside the doors. Why? I have NO idea, but they did. We really were in room 207, but had to get a new key since ours was supposed to open 227! Ridiculous!

We *finally* got that all situated, and headed down to the pool. The boys liked the water, but wouldn’t let Gene take them off the steps very much. Lucy had NO desire to even get into the water. Gene took her out and she panicked, so she sat on the edge of the pool with me the entire time. Ashley had fun in the water, and I think she would have stayed in there until we left on Saturday!

After swimming, we grabbed some dinner, and then went back into town to look at a few more shops. Then it was back to the hotel and to bed. We were all exhausted!

The beds were horribly uncomfortable. I don’t think Gene or I ever fell asleep all night – of course, it didn’t help that Lucy was in between us. There was no clock in the hotel room, so I must have asked Gene 800 times through the night what time it was. I swear, it was the longest night in the history of nights.

That meant we were up early the next morning, and ready to head to Dollywood. We grabbed the free breakfast at the hotel and followed some other church members to the park. We parked (a million miles from the entrance), and rather than waiting on the tram (my husband, aka Mr. Impatient) we started walking. By the time we got to Tram Stop B, we caught a tram and rode the rest of the way in.

We got into the park and headed to the Country Fair section. The kids had a BLAST! They had little kids and big kids rides in that section. Zander wouldn’t ride on anything but the rides that even Lucy could ride by herself, but Jace… man, he rode anything they would let him on. Jace, Ashley, and Gene did the ferris wheel first. As soon as they got off that, Jace found the Veggie Tales roller coaster, and rode on that. I’m telling you, this child has NO fear. He wanted to ride the Sky Rider – this thing that takes you up 70 feet in the air and then spins you around in a circle, but he was too short. He cried when they told him he couldn’t ride it. Ash ended up riding it by herself. I was SO proud. I’m such a chicken that I never would have done it period – let alone by myself!!

We spent the entire day walking, riding, and having a BALL. Ashley rode a couple of roller coasters – including one that went upside down! Gene liked having someone to ride with him, and I liked NOT riding them. 🙂 The boys, Lucy, and I found some water play areas while they rode the roller coasters, so it was perfect for all of us.

We also caught a really cute Veggie Tales show on stage. The kids LOVED it, and I’m glad we decided to see it. I wish I had had my good camera with me, because we couldn’t use flash, and my crappy camera is, well, crap. So, the pictures I took didn’t come out, but it really was cute.

We ended up leaving the park about 4pm. Most of the other church members stayed until closing, but I was exhasuted, the kids were exhausted, and we had a 3 hour drive ahead of us. We headed back home and instead of bypassing Gatlinburg, we drove right through downtown. I wish we had done that on the way in. It looked like a place that Gene and I would have loved. We decided he and I will be taking a trip back there without the kids soon.

We stopped in Cherokee and ate, and made it home about 8 o’clock. We were all exhausted, and I’m the only one that got sunburnt, but we really had such a great time. Next time we’ll go down on a Thursday and spend and extra day out and about. That way we’re not so rushed.

Sorry for such a long post. LOTS of catching up to do, I suppose. I did get scared on Saturday, because I didn’t feel the baby move much at all. I was so afraid that I had overdone it. After we got home, I drank a big glass of juice and stayed on the couch. I was SO relieved when I felt him start kicking again.

So, LOTS of excitement over the last few days. I’m looking forward to doing it all over again soon…… but next time without kids!! 🙂


Uploaded the pictures from our trip to facebook.

Here’s part one:

And, part two:

As a photographer, I *hate* posting snapshots. I think every photo has to be professional. BUT, I was not about to carry my great big camera and all my equipment along with me all weekend. So, I have to settle for using my crappy little point and shoot. I really need to get a new one, but, well, those things tend to cost money! 😉 So, we’ll all just have to settle for crappy little snapshots.

June 29th

We were getting ready for church, and I had just thrown on a tank top before putting on my clothes for church. With the tank top on, you could see how red my shoulders/neck had gotten from being in the sun all day yesterday.

As I was getting the kids ready, Zander asks, “Mom? Are you a devil? I didn’t know that you were red!!”

June 28th

We were at Dollywood, over in the “Country Fair” area. It was a great area for the kids… lots of silly little rides that Lucy could ride, mixed in with a few big rides for the older kids.

Zander refused to ride anything except the “Lucky Ducks Ride” and the “Pig Parade.” We did get him on the bees ride, but he freaked out as soon as it went up into the air.

Jace was watching Zander and Lucy on the bees (he had just gotten off a big kids ride with Daddy – my little daredevil) – and was laughing at Z as he was freaking out.

Z gets off the ride and Jace says to him, “Z! Lucy did better on that ride than you did! She didn’t freak out at all.”

Z snaps back, “Yeah, well, she’s too little to know what REALLY scary means!!”

June 27th

We had a long drive ahead of us to Pigeon Forge, TN. Zander asked how long it would be, and we told him about 3 hours, or 6 episodes of the Spiderman cartoon that he loves to watch on Saturday mornings.

About 10 minutes passed and he asked, “Now how many episodes do we have left?”

Geez, Louise!

So, I’ve been getting things ready all day for our little get-away to Pigeon Forge, TN. I was searching in my closet for my maternity swim suit. I know it’s in there, I just have NO idea where. In my search for the swimsuit, I found a pair of maternity shorts that I didn’t realize I had. I don’t have many shorts, and am in dire need of them, so I excitedly tried them on to make sure they fit.

Wouldn’t you know it? I can get them over my butt, but if I try to sit down, it cuts off all circulation to my lower body.

Jokingly, I told my husband to put them on and stretch them out for me (we have such a fun relationship!). Well, he did! And go figure, he got them on and they fit him just fine!!

I tried taking a picture, because it really was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a LONG time. He looked like he had stepped right out of the 70’s and into those super-short shorts that Jack Tripper used to wear. He wouldn’t let me get it on film, though, probably because he knew I’d share it with the world. After all, who couldn’t use a giggle?

The only bummer now is that my clothes are officially bigger than my husband’s. This is REALLY hard for me to handle, as I have battled an eating disorder for almost 15 years now. Only recently have I come to accept that after having 4 children – and being pregnant again – my body isn’t going to be the svelt size 0 that it was when Gene and I started dating.

But, I’m looking beyond the fact that my butt is the size of a barge, and will just keep in mind the hysterical sight of my husband walking around in my short little maternity shorts.

June 26th

We were watching TV this evening, and the Geico commercial with Mrs. Butterworth came on. At the end, she giggles and says, “Someone has put a logo right over my face.” Z asked us, “What’s a logo?”

Gene explained to Zander what a logo is, and Zander followed up with another question: “Oh! You mean like those really colorful circle things that I like to eat?”

The child was thinking of “Yo-Go’s” the yogurt based fruit snacks. I’m not sure if Gene didn’t explain the definition of a logo on a 4 year old’s terms, or if my 4 year old really just had fruit snacks on his mind.

June 25th

The boys got to spend most of the day with their favorite person in the whole wide world. Now, one would think that I would say “Mommy,” but, alas, that’s not so. My boys are both completely infatuated with a young lady in our church named Mandy. Mandy’s mom called me today and asked if she could take the kids to the lake. Since I had my doctor’s appointment, I couldn’t go, but I did let Ashley, Zander, and Jace go. The boys had an absolute ball, and all they could talk about the rest of the day was how much fun they had in the water and how much fun they had with Mandy.

Jace has decided that he wants to spend *every* day with Mandy and her family at the lake. He even asked if we could buy a tent so that they could just sleep there and swim all the time. He REALLY had fun today.

Both of the boys were completely exhausted and Jace ended up falling asleep during church. Zander tried, and tried, and tried, but couldn’t seem to drift off. He turns to me and says, “Ya know, if they’d stop singing and talking, I could go to sleep!”

Funny….. that puts most guys TO sleep! 😉

Got some interesting news at my doctor appointment today!

I found out that I have an unusually long cervix. A normal cervix is 2.5cm. Mine is 5.5! The doctor said that my odds of delivering a baby on my own (without meds) is next to impossible – which is why I’ve had to be induced with all 4 previous pregnancies. She said that I have an irritable uterus, which means that it doesn’t want the baby in there, so it contracts, constantly. BUT, because my cervix is so long, there is absolutely no way for it to get itself open enough to actually get the baby out. She said that if I tried to do it on my own, I’d end up being pregnant longer than an elephant. (LOL!)

SO, tell me, why on earth did it take 5 pregnancies, many, many ultrasounds, and umpteen doctors to figure this out? No one else even thought to look at the length of my cervix?

Good news is, she said no bedrest. She said my body will contract, and I will have to deal with it (what else is new?!), but she’s not going to restrain me in any way because my cervix can’t open on its own.

I feel better having some answers, but geez! I wish I had known this 4 pregnancies ago!

Aside from all of that, the baby is doing just fine. His heartrate was in the 140’s, my uterus is measuring right on target, and everything else looks great! I gained 1 pound, which means now I’m 1 pound less than I was prepregnancy. Again, good news, since I’m already overweight. The less I gain, the better. Apparently, Parker is taking everything and growing fine, so I have nothing to worry about.

She told me not to start kick counts until week 24. The baby doesn’t become viable until then, so she told me not to worry until I get to that point. Then, every time I go in to see her, I have to give her a copy of my kick count charts. She’s planning on watching them as closely as I do. What a relief that is!

Good news all around. I couldn’t be happier! I go back in 4 weeks and get to have the sugar test. Fun, fun, fun!

June 24th

We had just put the boys to bed, and Jace sneaked out of his room and poked his head out the door. He makes eye contact with me, comes completely out of his room and says, “Mom, we need to clean our room!”

As I start to tell Jace that they can spend all day cleaning their room tomorrow, I hear Zander say from his bed, “Jace! Don’t say that! Now she’s going to make us work tomorrow!”


Hubby finally got to feel the baby move last night! It wasn’t a lot, but Parker gave us a nice swift kick to my gut, and hubby felt it!

I’m looking forward to the point where you can actually see the baby move in my belly… and elbow or a knee poking out here or there. The kids get more excited then, and hubby does, too.

Lulu talks to my belly all the time now. It’s so sweet! She’ll say hello, and just say, “Baby, Baby” over and over. When she’s had enough, she squeezes my belly for a great big hug, kisses my belly button, and says, “Bye, bye, Baby!” I just love it!

Doctors appointment in the morning, so I’ll update more then!!

June 23rd

Zander went over to Gene this evening and said, “Dad, I need you to hang a dream catcher in my room. Hang it right over my head so that it will catch my dreams.”

He paused for a second and asked, “Wait! Will a dreamcatcher catch my good dreams or my bad dreams? I don’t want the bad dreams hanging above my head… only good ones!”

June 22nd

The boys and I were talking about after the baby comes. He will have to share a room with the boys, and, yes, things will be a little crowded. Jace is VERY excited about it. He has always been very caring and very nurturing, and he LOVES babies.

As we were talking, Zander announced his hesitation to having a baby in the room. “It will keep me up all night with it’s crying, it means I have to have a new bed, etc., etc.” Jace snaps back at him with, “Well, I share a room with YOU, and I have to just deal with it. You need to just deal with this, Zander, and quit your whining!”

Took a heck of a drive today…

Hubby and I decided to drive down near Atlanta and look at a potential new vehicle. (Around here, civilization begins about 2 hours or so from our house.) Well, we drove all that way, and wouldn’t you know it? Things didn’t work out. I’m upset and angry at the dealership for asking us to come down, but such is life. (Of course, the poor man did get the rantings of a pregnant woman before I left. One does not force a woman to drive 2 and a half hours to be told NO. LOL!)

BUT, all was not lost with our trip. It did give hubby and I 5 and a half hours ALONE. No kids, no screaming, no fighting. Just the two of us, talking and sharing things. It was nice.

AND, we found a MALL. And a Toys R Us and a Babies R Us,and a Steak and Shake and an Olive Garden, oh! AND A MALL!!!!!!! I have not seen the inside, let alone the outside, of a MALL since we moved. Man, have I missed the mall. We didn’t go in, because I had to be at a baby shower by 2, but just knowing that I can find the mall made my whole day. Of course, I’ll have to drive 2 hours to get there, but hey – it’s a MALL!

Went to a baby shower today for a girl from my church. Sweet, sweet girl. Young girl. In very much the same position that I was 11 years ago, but her family (and her church) is treating her well. She was showered with gifts – literally, as it took over an hour to open everything! – and there was tons of food. The decorations were beautiful. Everything was pink and brown, and the cake looked pretty enough to be a wedding cake. A lot of time and effort was put into the shower, and I was quite impressed. (And I’m still trying not to be jealous!)

I actually won 2 games at the shower! I never, ever win anything, but I guess I can no longer say that, as I won TWICE! The first game I won was a word game. They took the baby’s name (Adelyn) and you had 2 minutes to come up with the most words using the letters in the baby’s name. Well, I got 18 words! Everyone else in the group only got 2 – 3. I was quite impressed with myself! 🙂 The second game I won was one where you start with the present in someone’s hand and pass it around a circle as someone reads a story. (Pass right or left whenever either word is said.) I don’t know how, but I ended up being the last person with the prize! So cool!

All in all, it’s been a really good day…. aside from the vehicle fiasco, but I’m looking past that. We’ve got a few months before we *need* a vehicle that seats 8. I’ll start panicing if we still don’t have one in September!

Sorry for the long post. If you’re still awake, I stocked up on Fudgesicles and Ice Cream Sandwiches! 🙂

June 21st

This morning, Gene and I took a trip down near Atlanta to look at a new vehicle. Things with the vehicle didn’t work out, but we did manage to find a MALL, as well as a Toys R Us, a Babies R Us, a Steak and Shake and lots of other fun things. It was like finding civilization again!

Well, when we got back, the kids were bummed that we didn’t have a new car. We told them that we were sad, too, BUT we had found a Toys R Us that we could finally take them to.

Zander got so excited. His whole face lit up, and he asked, “Can we go when it’s open?!”

No, kiddo. We’ll drive two hours to go when it’s closed! 😉

June 20th

The boys were outside playing… hard. All of a sudden, the front door opens and Zander walks in with the biggest pout on his face. He says, “Man! I am just not having a good day out there!”

He refused to tell me why he wasn’t having a “good day out there,” but I thought it was cute the way he said it.

Another funny today was that when the boys came in from playing, they were covered with red clay and looked like little Oompah Loompahs from the original Willy Wonka. Too funny.
Don’t believe me? Have a look:

June 19th

It was absolutely perfect outside this evening, so the kids and I spent most of our time outdoors. Lucy climbed into the Little Tykes car that we have, and started pretending to drive. (She can’t get it to move on the gravel.)

All of a sudden, we hear this high pitch scream. Lucy is sitting in the car, arms wailing, and screaming at the top of her lungs.

Jace runs over to see what’s wrong, he grabs something off the dashboard of the car, and comes running over to me. (As he’s running away from her, Lu finally starts to calm down.)

He opens up his hand and reaveals this itty-bitty grasshopper. He looks at me and says, “Can you believe she screamed over this?! She is SUCH a girl!”

June 18

Jace came over to me this morning and said, “Mom, can I play outside? I promise I won’t get in the mud, and I won’t touch the van.”

I told him that he was more than welcome to play outside, IF he put some clothes on.

The next thing I hear is, “Well, I’m not going outside, because I don’t want to get clothes on. No one can see my spiderman underwear if I put clothes on!” from Zander. Jace was more than happy to put his clothes on, but Zander…. not so much.