Archives for August 2008

10 kids today!!

Oh my heavens. I have not been in charge of 10 children by myself since I worked in daycare. That was 6 years ago – right before hubby and I got married! I forgot how crazy it can get!

Today was youth Sunday at our church. I always hate working in the nursery second hour, because I ALWAYS miss something good – especially on Youth Sundays.

I usually run 6 kids in my class. Always the same 6 kids. Z, JJ, and Lulu, and then 3 other regular attenders. I always know just what to expect.

Well, we had lots of visitors in church today, because of youth Sunday, and I ended up with 10 in my class!!! It went well, but the service lasted 2 hours, so it felt like an eternity. The kids all did great, though, so I really can’t complain. They weren’t too hard to deal with. All of them were well behaved, so I really lucked out. I am still pooped from it, though. That was a lot of work!!

I’ve been having some funky cramping the past 2 days, and am not sure why. I’m still thinking it’s just from overdoing it yesterday. I’m going to try and take it a little easier this week and not do much at all.

BTW – isn’t my siggy fabulous? I knew how to make one, I just didn’t know how to get it to show up every time without always copying and pasting it. Thanks to Catherine, I now know!!! Thanks, Cat!

We’re not taking tomorrow off from homeschooling. Since Gene has to work, there’s really no point, plus it gives me an extra day to play with after the baby is born. I plan on taking several weeks off then. The kids are bummed, but they’ll survive. 🙂

August 31st

This afternoon, we went up to Granny & Pa’s to spend some time with Kim & Aaron before they headed back to the city for awhile.

While we were there, G-ma gave the boys some bird things that fly. I don’t know how to explain them. It’s like an airplane kit that you put together, only they’re birds and not planes. Whatever.

Jace picked the toucan, and Zander picked the parrot.

Once we were home, I told the boys they could fly their birds outside. While we were out there, Jace and I had the following conversation:

JJ: Mom? Why do they call it a peacock? (Talking about his bird/plane)
Me: It’s not a peacock, honey. It’s a toucan.
JJ: Oh. Well, why do they call it a toucan?
Me: I don’t know, honey. Someone just decided it looked like a toucan, and the name stuck.
JJ: Oh. I think they’re wrong, though. It makes a better peacock than toucan. How do I get them to change the name?
Me: We have to figure out who “they” are first.
JJ: Oh. Ok. I’ll work on that tomorrow.

August 30th

As we were pulling into the parking lot at FunWorld today, I noticed the movies playing in the theater and happened to comment out loud that “all of the movies they’re playing are garbage!”

Here’s the conversation that followed that comment:

JJ: Nu-uh! Wall-E isn’t garbage!
Me: Honey, Wall-E isn’t playing there anymore!
JJ: What? Why?
Me: Because they only play movies in the theater for a couple of weeks. Then, they disappear until it’s time to come out on DVD.
JJ: Where do they disappear to?
Me: I don’t know. Probably to the place that makes the DVDs.
JJ: Where is that at?
Me: I have no idea, honey.
Z (who just HAS to butt in) : But I thought you knew everything, Mommy.

Smart Alick.

What a day!

Took the kids to FunWorld today. Boy, was that ever exciting. The kids loved it. I, however, was completely exhausted about half way into it. A 2 hour pass at FunWorld is like an eternity.

I did have a good moment, though. We needed to use up the time/money on Ashley’s card, and earn some tickets, so I decided Mommy was taking a turn, and I went to play the basketball game. Of course, as soon as I put my money in, several teenage boys (around 18-20) came up and also put money in. When more than one person puts money in, it becomes a competition. As I stood there with my 4 kids and my big old pregnant belly, I prayed and begged God not to let me die of complete and utter embarrassment. Well, prayer were answered, because I scored the high score of the day and beat all those guys!!! GO ME!! At the end of the game, I turned to them and said, “Man, you guys just got beat BAD by a pregnant lady standing here with 4 kids. That’s pretty bad!” Then, I just walked away beaming. Ashley was in awe. It was such a great feeling. At least I haven’t completely lost it! 🙂

We went to Walmart this evening to get some gifts for Jace’s birthday on Tuesday. Ever since then, I have had the WORST pain in my crotch/groin area. I don’t know what it is, but it’s brought me to tears several times. Methinks I may have overdone it a bit today with FunWorld AND walking around the SuperWalmart.

Other than that, not much new to report. Hope ya’all have a fantastic Labor Day weekend!

August 29th

Tomorrow, the kids and I will all be going to FunWorld. The boys’ Sunday School class won the attendance banner, and this is what they picked as their special thing to do. (When our “old people” class wins, we go to dinner at a quaint little restaurant in town.) FunWorld is like Chuck E. Cheese on steroids. I am not a fan of Chuck E Cheese, and FunWorld is about a million times worse. Add a toddler AND being pregnant to the mix, and it is just not going to be fun.

Anyway, the boys are VERY excited about FunWorld tomorrow, and have been talking about it nonstop today. At one point, Zander came up to me and said, “Mom! Know what you can do tomorrow while I’m in the foam factory? You can sit on the bench and take a nap! I’ll be so busy playing in there that you won’t even need to watch me. Doesn’t that sound like fun?”

Yes, honey. A nap sounds like heaven. But not in the middle of FunWorld.

Danielle got the answer!

Cheater. LOL! But, she did get it. The answer to Ashley’s math problem was 22 – NOT 24.

Want to know HOW one gets the answer of 22? Well, here it is:

“The right-angle phenomenon actually occurs approximately every 32-and-a-half minutes, NOT twice per hour. For example, the hands form a right angle at 3:00:00; they next form a right angle not AT, but a little after, 3:30 (at approximately 3:32:40); then again at about 4:05:15.
Thus, in a 12 hour period (= 720 minutes), the right angle event would be predicted to occur:
720 divided by 32.6 = 22.08 times.
Obviously, the event cannot occur a partial time, so the closest whole number is 22, and correcting the formula gives:
720 / 22 means the event actually occurs every 32.72727 minutes, which = every 32 minutes: 43.6363 seconds”


“22 is correct. During a 12-hour period (say, 1am to 1pm) the minute hand makes 12 revolutions and the hour hand makes one revolution, so they cross 11 times. Two right angles are formed between each of the times they line up.”


“The hands form a 90° angle at these APPROXIMATE times:
12:15, 12:45, 1:20, 1:55, 2:25, 3:00, 3:30, 4:05, 4:35, 5:10, 5:45,
6:15, 6:50, 7:20, 7:55, 8:25, 9:00, 9:30, 10:05, 10:35, 11:10, 11:45
That’s twenty-two times in 12 hours.”

Is it just me, or does that seem REALLY complicated for a 6th grade math answer?

I am also certain that Danielle is right about another thing…. Ashley is never again in her life going to need to know how many times the hands of a clock form right angles. If she does, I will eat my hat. Of course, if she DOES have to know, she’d better NEVER forget the trouble we went through to get this answer!

There’s your math lesson for today. I’m sure that none of you will ever forget the answer, either. 🙂

Nothing else exciting around here. I’m still sick, and I have to take ALL of the kids to FunWorld tomorrow. I am SO not looking forward to it. Just praying I make it through the day!

August 28th

This evening after dinner, Parker got the hiccups. I told hubby, and he put his hand on my belly.

Zander looked at us just full of curiosity and asked, “Mom? How do you know that Parker has the hiccups? Can you hear him?”

I told him no, and explained that I could feel him moving inside me like he had the hiccups.

Z sat there for a moment and asked, “But how do you know he didn’t just find a trampoline in there?”

Lord, I’d forgotten how much I HATE math!!

As ya’all know, I’ve started homeschooling this year. Tomorrow will mark day 20 of homeschool for us, and it has really gone well. Until today.

I will be the first to admit that I hate math. I just am not good at it. I never have been. (Ask Mr. LaDuke. I can only imagine how many erasers that man wanted to throw at me!) In college, I had to take remedial algebra because I did so poorly on the entrance exam. The teacher that semester thought I was a genius, though. Ok, so I’m an idiot genius. I looked smart in a class full of dummies. THERE’S something to be proud of!

I knew that math was going to be my downfall with Ashley, but I didn’t expect it so SOON. Every night, I study my lessons for the next day, and get everything prepared. I had gone over today’s lesson, and I was sure I was ready for it.

Then, we actually started doing the problems together. Oh.My.Gosh. It was like I’d been thrown back into high school and didn’t have a clue what I was doing.

Eventually, I was able to figure out most of the problems, but there was one that had me completely stumped. I worked for HOURS trying to figure this stupid problem out. I even enlisted hubby’s help, and he’s the math whiz around here.

I also posted on my mom’s group board. The ladies on there are amazing. I knew if anyone was going to get this answer, it would be one of them. I posted the problem, hoping that I wouldn’t sound like a total idiot, and soon afterward, Natalie had an answer for me. (God love her!) The answer blew me away! There is NO way on earth that any 6th grade kid could have come up with this answer on their own. So, I’m sending an email to the school that provides our curriculum tomorrow, and letting them know how ridiculous this problem was.

I know you’re all dying to know the problem, so here it goes:
“Consider the movements of the hour and minute hands of a clock for 12 hours. How many times do they form right angles?”

The lesson is on Problem solving by drawing a picture or a diagram. You’re supposed to draw a picture or a diagram to help solve this problem.

I’m going to make you all try and figure out the answer. And NO CHEATING. You sit down, draw a diagram, and let me know what you come up with. I’ll post the answer in a few days… unless one of you smarty pants gets it right away.

I hate math. I mean I really, really, really hate math.

Another giveaway!

This one is for moms of little girls!

Amanda over at Sew Little Time is giving away a custom made ‘Double Ruffle Femme Skirt’.

The fabric will be two coordinating Sis Boom fabrics, brown and white ‘Casey Scroll’ and pink and brown ‘Mary Trellis’. The pink will be the top fabric, the brown and white fabric will be on the underneath. Sizes available for winning are 18 Months thru little girl’s size 5 with a 23″ waist measurement.

This is super cute! The contest ends today, though, so make sure you don’t miss out!

August 27th

The boys have been real bears about going to bed this week. Even more so than normal.

Zander got up about 3 times after we put him to bed, and after the last time I said, “I don’t want to hear a sound coming from your room. Wait. I want to hear ONE sound: Snoring. Real, honest to goodness snoring. No faking.”

He paused for a second and then said, “Why real snoring? We can go to sleep without any noise. We’re not old. We don’t snore.”

Guess that means Daddy’s old! ;0)

Got a phone call this afternoon…..

It was about 3:30, and the phone rang. It was my doctor’s office. They said that my doctor was leaving tonight for a family emergency, and since she wouldn’t be back until Tuesday, she wanted to see me before she left. I told them I could be there by 4:15, and it was set.

I got to the doctor’s office about 4:10, signed in and sat down. At 5:30, they finally called me back. Did the normal – urine check, weight check, blood pressure, temp, etc. Everything checked out ok.

About 5 minutes to 6, the doctor came in. We talked about my asthma, my horrible cold, and my big fat swollen nose. (I’ve never heard a doctor laugh as loud as my doctor did when I told her how badly this swollen nose was bothering me. It was a good laugh, though.)

Then I told her that I was honestly glad that her office had called and she wanted to see me today. Parker hasn’t moved much at all today, and I’ve actually been in panic mode. I didn’t know how I was going to make it until my appointment tomorrow. I had done my kick counts several times today, and each time, it took either right at 2 hours or just below 2 hours to get 10 movements in. We’d been doing so well with kick counts lately, that today just really got to me. So, I told the doctor that if I could just hear the heartbeat and know that he’s ok, I’d feel so much better. She put the doppler on my belly, and there he was, his little heart just fluttering away. She poked at him, and she got him to move, (little stinker! I’d been poking all day!), so I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. She said that any time I have a day like today, all I need to do is call her, stop by the office, or just go into the ER. After what we dealt with with Jace, she’s not taking any chances, and would feel better knowing that he’s ok. (As would I.)

Then, she measured my uterus, and it’s finally starting to get where it should be. Last time it was measuring 2 weeks behind. This week, it was only about a week behind, which is GREAT. Thank heavens for that!

I go back in another 2 weeks now. My appointment is on September 11th. I can’t believe that in 2 weeks, it’s going to be September 11th. Time is finally starting to fly!

So, there won’t be a doctor appointment update tomorrow. I’m sure I’ll think of something to post, though…. as long as my internet connection holds out! 🙂

TOTALLY forgot to add……. I HAVE THRUSH! Apparently, my steroid inhaler can cause thrush to form in your mouth. I had NO idea! I brush my teeth after I use it twice a day, but apparently, it’s not enough. I cannot believe that as a grown up, I have this. All of my breast-fed babies have had it, but me?!?!?!?!?!? No way. So, I’ll be doing the gentian violet thing, as well as eating LOTS and LOTS of yogurt. Just crazy!

Why I’ve been MIA and a Mommy brag, too!

It has been raining here since Sunday night. I’m lucky if I get 10 minutes of internet service a day because of it. Gotta love living in the boonies and only have satellite internet service as an option. One freaking cloud in the sky means no service for me. So, I haven’t run away (yet), I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, and I’m not blowing anyone off. I’m just not able to get (and stay!) online.

I am feeling a bit better. I think Monday was the worst day, and I’ve gotten a little better every day since then. Still have a swollen nose, goopy eyes, and a nasty cough, but at least I can tell that I’m on the mend.

Lulu has slept all night long the past 2 nights. I’m really hoping this continues. Gene has started his new job, and I love his hours, so things are working out perfectly. If I could just get the boys to quit getting up at night.

Ok, time for my mommy brag! Yesterday for art class, I asked Zander to draw something that we’ve learned about so far in school. Here’s what he drew:

When I asked him to tell me about his picture, he said, “This is the world. ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’ I don’t know what heaven looks like, but I know what the earth looks like, so I drew it.”

He asked if he could keep drawing, so he drew me a few more pictures:

This one cracks me up. Note the nipples and the washboard abs? He doesn’t miss a beat!

He’s certainly my little artist. I’m so proud!!

Thanks for letting me brag on him. I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow, so I’m sure I’ll have more to update on then!

August 26th

We were all sitting in the living room talking this evening, and Lulu couldn’t find her sippy cup. She searched high and low for the thing and couldn’t find it anywhere.

Finally, she walks over to me, lifts my shirt up high enough to see my belly button, points her finger right at my belly button and says, “Parker! Lulu’s milk. You no take Lulu’s milk!”

Poor child was convinced that Parker had taken her milk. Kid’s not even born yet and already he’s being blamed for stuff!

August 25th

Hubby came out of the bedroom this afternoon and Ashley and Zander were still working on school work. The kids had no idea that Daddy was home, and as soon as he walked into the kitchen (where we do our schooling), Zander must have jumped 10 miles into the air.

He turns to Gene and says, “Daddy! You scared the bo-jangles out of me!”

Where he heard “Bo jangels” – I have NO idea. But the way he said it had us all laughing hysterically!

August 24th

Jace, Lucy, and I have all been sick this week. It seemed to peak for all of us last night, and this morning we all woke up absolutely miserable.

Zander started to get it a bit this afternoon, so I kept him home with us during the evening church service.

I told him, though, that Mommy didn’t feel well, and he couldn’t be asking Mommy to do a million things for him. He was just going to have to do them by himself.

About half an hour after Gene left for church, Zander came into the living room. (He had been playing in his room.) He says, “Mom, I know I promised that you didn’t have to do anything, but if I don’t get this Batman cape on, I’ll just die. I’ve tried it by myself and I can’t get it to stay. Will you please help me?”

Who could resist that?! 🙂

There is nothing I hate more….

than missing church because I’m sick. It throws the entire week off, and sets and awful mood for the week ahead.

I thought I had been getting better until last night. I thought my husband was going to disown me for how much I was blowing my nose. Then, during the night, the sinus crap moved down into my chest, and I coughed all night long.

I woke up this morning with a fever of 101.6, as well as the cough, runny nose, and an awful headache.

Lucy and Jace also both woke up with low grade fevers, runny noses, and gooped up eyes. Needless to say, I kept them home as well.

Gene said it was a really great service this morning. Not that I would have gotten to attend, as I would have been teaching the kids, but still. I’m sure tonight’s service will be just as good, and Jace, Lucy, me, and now Zander are all home trying to get better. I always feel better after I’ve gotten some churchin’ in me, and now I’ll have to wait until Wednesday night before that happens.

I just hope that whatever this is goes away soon. I can’t take much more.

August 23rd

We sat down to have family Bible time this afternoon, and we’ve started making the boys open their Bibles to the Scripture we’ll be talking about.

Today’s lesson was about our quiet place, and the reference was Matthew 6:6. Jace started flipping through his Bible, trying to find it. All of a sudden, he closes his Bible, tears forming in his eyes, and he says, “I don’t have that verse in my Bible!”

Ok, here’s the 30 week belly picture….

I know, I know. I still look about as good as I feel. LOL. Truth be told, I feel like I look like THIS:

Maybe not quite that bad, but close.

I DID get some sleep last night, though. First time in 2 weeks! The kids spent the afternoon/evening over at Mandy’s house with their family. Ms. Sabrina offered to keep them so I could get some rest. Well, they did an amazing job of wearing my kids out!! The kids slept from 10pm until after 8 am! ALL OF THEM. Lucy stayed in her bed all night, and I never heard a peep out of her. The boys did the same. So, THANK YOU, Sabrina, Randy, Matthew, Samantha, and Mandy. You guys are the best!!

I also wanted to share my new creation… Bow Bouquets. I had given one to a friend that had a baby girl, and a nurse in the hospital saw it. She contacted me a few days later, and ended up purchasing 2 of them. I’ll also be talking to the hospital gift shop about putting them in there. Wouldn’t that be great?!

Ok. The kids have had their baths. I’m off to put them to bed, and snuggle with my hubby!

August 22nd

We were driving home from Sabrina’s house this evening, and the boys were extremely tired. They started bickering in the backseat, and here’s how their conversation went:

Z: “I’m dyin’ thirsty!”
JJ: “Yeah, well, I’m starvin’ thirsty!”
Z: “You can’t be starvin’ thirsty.”
JJ: “Yes I can, and I AM!”
Z: “Can we just not talk about this tonight?”
JJ: “When do you want to talk about it, tomorrow?”
Z: “No, I don’t think I’m going to want to talk to you then, either.”

SIGH. Boys will be boys.

No 30 week belly picture today….

I do not look nor do I feel like I want my picture taken today. I have a client coming to the house tomorrow, which means I will need to have my hair and makeup done, so I’ll have hubby snap a shot then.

I do want to send a HUGE thank you to Ms. Sabrina. She took my kids for several hours tonight, and I was able to lie on the couch and do NOTHING. I even made hubby make our dinner and do everything. What a blessing that was!!! Thank you, Sabrina! The kids had a BALL, and I enjoyed the break… more than you will ever know! Love you!

Ok – more tomorrow. I promise!