Wednesday, October 29, 2008

So Many Little Things To Do

I have had this list of things to do for the past week or so. Included in that list: grocery shopping, exchanging some things that I bought that didn't fit, voting, rescheduling appointments, making appointments and the list goes on. I got some of that done today. I had a jewelry party in the middle of the day so I just took Rachel to daycare (school, as she calls it). It was actually kinda nice. I was able to go to Babies R Us and get some things and do the jewelry party then take a nice nap (if the phone would have quit ringing), and then exchange a dress that I bought for Rachel for Christmas that was too small. I also got my flu shot today...my arm hurts. I have another jewelry show tomorrow during the day so she is going back to school. Hopefully I can get some more things accomplished. I really hope to vote tomorrow.

Not much new happening in our world. It is 11:34 PM and I am still waiting on Brice to get home. He had a meeting at church tonight regarding the church budget. He is the chairman of the finance committee. I expected him to be this late but I don't know how much longer I can hold out. I have done the dishes and lots of other things....

I am excited about Rachel's birthday party in a couple of weeks. I cannot believe how big she is!!!! Two years old!!! She is such a handfull but I just love her to death! Today on the way to church we had a discussion about tails. Like tails on animals. She was holding her stuffed pig and I asked her where the tail is. Well, the she proceeded to talk about Rachel's tail. I explained to her that Rachel doesn't have a tail. Then she went through everyone that she knows and we talked about how they don't have tails either. It was quite a funny conversation. She is just talking more and more. I am so thankful that God has allowed me to be her mommy!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Insane Dreams!

I think I actually have blogged about this before. I know I did the last time I was pregnant but I mainly talked about nightmares. I had the most bizarre dream last night. I woke up sick at about 2:00 this morning but in between sleeping on the couch and being in the bed, I dreamed something COMPLETELY impossible!

I had a dream that my aunt had a baby which in and of itself isn't impossible but she had MY baby!!! My grandmother (she lives in the same city as this aunt) called me to tell me that my baby girl had been born. So...my aunt delivered my baby out of her body that I was pregnant with. She delivered in Arkansas and she stated that the doctor that delivered her baby was one of the pediatricians that work in the office of Rachel's doctor. The most hilarious part...well, apart from someone giving birth to a baby that was conceived and carried in someone in another state....the baby was born at 21 weeks and weighed 8 lbs, 14 oz!!!!

I don't know....blame it on hormones!!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Today

Today was a productive day. We got Rachel's swing set for her birthday. Let me explain the entire process...

The swing set that we finally agreed on is called the Little Tikes Clubhouse Swing Set. It wasn't too big to fit in our yard (which is actually quite small) but it was what we were looking for...a slide and 2 swings (to accommodate our growing family). Anyway, I originally found it on Toys R Us but beside it was "Out of Stock." Brice looked for it on Walmart.com...they had it but it was more expensive. Toys R Us was $399.99 and Walmart was $429. So...we looked other places and they were all out of stock. I kept the swing set in a walmart.com shopping cart for a few days and kept the browser open on the computer. We browsed other options but we both agreed that we really liked this one. Yesterday, out of sheer curiosity, I went back to the Toys R Us website and it said "In Stock." I was excited...it was $50 cheaper there than Walmart. Here was the catch....Walmart.com would ship it to our house for $169.00 - RIDICULOUS you say??? I did too...but wait....Toys R Us would ship it for $269.00!!!!! I was floored! Are you kidding me???!! Thus, making the one at Toys R Us more expensive now. I had pretty much decided to buy it from Walmart.com when I thought to call our local Toys R Us to see if they might have it in stock...I was not hopeful.

After about 20 minutes of being on hold, my local friendly Toys R Us confirmed that yes, they do have one, but ONLY one. They said that they would hold it for me for 24 hours. I told them to not knowing how or when I would be able to go get this thing. I called Brice to tell him the good news and start brainstorming about how we would get this, what I assumed would be, gigantic box to our house. We both drive cars! I am almost 5 months pregnant and I cannot lift my toddler, much less a swingset! Anyway, I was excited and a little determined. I figured it out....by going to Toys R Us and picking this up I would be saving $260....that's a lot of money to me! So...I asked around at church. Sure, people had trucks but these people work. BUT...our friends the Thomases came to our rescue!!!! Jack has a truck and would be available this afternoon.

After Rachel's nap we headed over to their house and Rachel played with Marilyn (who she calls Nana) and Jack and I went to pick up this HUMONGO box that has my baby's birthday present in it. I was so excited!!!! It is in the garage and ready for assembly. =)

One last note about the swing set....Krista calls me about 2 hours after I get home and says, "Um, this is going to make you nauseated but the Toys R Us catalog that I got in the mail today says that this swing set is going on sale on 10/26 for $349." Well, that's unfortunate but my thoughts are this....if I would have waited, it might not still be there on Sunday so I had to weight the options.....$50 off of what I paid or pay an extra $260 to have it shipped.....I am very glad that I have friends who look out for me....thanks, Krista!!

We also got Rachel's daybed delivered today. That's a project for this weekend, I bet...for Daddy...I have to work.

Last thing accomplished today....I finished Rachel's birthday invitations! I think they are super cute! I can't actually mail them until I pay my $75 to rent the park pavilion (which I will get done hopefully tomorrow) but here is a sneak peek for those that want to see it.....

Baby John Update

I am so so thrilled to report that my friend's baby, John, is doing really really well. He will be a week old tomorrow (which would actually make him 31 weeks gestation) and he is completely off c-pap. He is in a normal isolette and completely breathing on his own. He has been off c-pap for 24 hours and is doing well. They were monitoring him for a respiratory infection but is off antibiotics now. He also had some air in his belly due to the c-pap but they aren't terribly concerned because it should clear up now that he is off c-pap. He is just doing remarkably well. Mommy Ruth and Daddy Matt have been able to hold him some and he is getting a little bit of fat on his body. This is truly a miracle from God and again....reason to rejoice!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Good

The past two days have been hard...lessons are being learned. I am growing. God is teaching me much about myself that I really didn't want to know but in order to be more like Him, it's a must! It's okay. I am good. I feel good about myself. And that is....Reason to Rejoice! =)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Apology

A public blog is not a place to "air out dirty laundry" and I apologize.

Matthew 18:1 says, "If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you....."

Also, I Corinthians 13:4-7 says, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, IT KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Our Weekend

Most will find this post boring....there will be no pictures because I didn't take any pictures! =P

I went to an all day CEU thingy on Friday in Fort Worth. Let me just say...it was about death. 8 HOURS ABOUT DEATH!!! UGH!!! I mean, most of the information was helpful and useful and thought provoking. I didn't agree with most of what this man was saying but he was a good speaker. He kinda came across as a "quack" to me but whatever, it was 8 FREE CEU's, FREE breakfast, FREE lunch and it only cost me $52 in childcare!!! =) Gosh, what a poor attitude I have!

Saturday..let's see....we had lots of plans of doing things around the house..none of which we did. FABULOUS! I wanted to get some stuff ready for Rachel's room and her bed to be delivered this week....didn't even go in the room. I wanted to clean the carpets...nope. Instead, we sat around and did nothing. It really was nice! I watched football which I love....didn't love that the Razorbacks are stupid and lost by 1 point.

Sunday...hate that the Cowboys are stupid too! Went to church....as we do every Sunday. After church we went to the park with some international students from DBU for lunch and a time to visit. This is something we are doing with our small groups on Sunday night. It was good times except for my fussy child (which I predicted beforehand...it was her nap time). Sunday lunch time is HORRIBLE for Rachel. She is such a pill! We took a little nap...I did some dishes. We were getting ready to go to Chapps to eat a cheeseburger (my craving at that particular moment and my husband is ALWAYS willing to oblige if it means Chapps) and Anita and Courtney showed up to watch the kids like they do every Sunday night...except we didn't have small group last night! SO....they took Rachel to the park while Brice and I went to eat. I packed Rachel a nice little lunch and they ate and played. It was a nice break! THANKS, GIRLS!

It's Monday...back to the week. I realized this weekend how much I enjoy having family time with my husband. I like us all being together. Can't wait to have another one to share it with! =)

Not much else going on. This morning Rachel woke up earlier than normal - 6:45. That's early compared to her normal 7:45-8:00. I am not sure that she doesnt wake up until then but at least she is content in her room until then and lets me sleep. Not this morning...she was SCREAMING at 6:45. I went and got her and she was so fussy! We went downstairs and she watched Dora (what else???) while I did laundry and dishes. I had the carpet in the dining room clean, 3 loads of laundry, and the dishes done by 8:00 this morning!!! WOW! AND...I got a shower before lunch time! The laundry is now almost finished..completely (it's 2:55 pm). I love productive days!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Prayer for A Friend and Baby

My friend, Ruth, had her baby boy late last night/early this morning....about 10 weeks early. Baby John wasn't due to arrive until sometime in December but he graced the world with his presence a little early. Ruth had a placental abruption last night just after midnight and was rushed to Harris Methodist HEB where she delivered via emergency c-section a little after 2:00 am. John weighed 3 lbs, 13 ounces but is actually doing very well. He is only on CPAP with a very small amount of oxygen. He isn't quite out of the woods yet but he is doing well. Ruth is very tired and she gave everyone a scare with the amount of blood that she lost but is doing better. She will likely go home on MOnday or Tuesday and Little John will have to stay for 6 weeks or so in the NICU. Please pray that he gets stronger and stronger everyday. Ruth says, "We are just so amazed and blessed by God's mercy and grace." It has been a rough road for them conceiving and carrying a child...John is certainly a blessing to us all!! I can't wait to see him. Also, pray for Ruth and Matt as they deal with John's issues and being 1st time parents.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

October 15th

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Pictures, Images and Photos

October 15th....today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Most people don't know that this day even exists...well, you know, outside of it being October 15th. I just pray for those that mourn the loss of their little ones everyday...not just one day. I am sure that most don't need a special day to miss their babies. My heart goes out to you.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Not A Lot to Post

I haven't been posting much because there's just not too much to post about. I had a doctor's appointment today. It was super quick. The heartbeat was 160. Rachel had to go with me because my babysitter fell through. She was an angel the entire time...I was really surprised. She liked hearing the heartbeat although she didn't know what it was....we told her and she said, "Baby heart." So cute! I got stuck again for the quad screen tests. We didn't do this with Rachel but decided to go ahead and do it for this one. Again, she said no news is good news. All seems to be well. I feel the baby move all of the time now which is neat...my absolute favorite part of pregnancy.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pumpkin Patch and Petting Farm

I wanted to take Rachel to a pumpkin patch last year...REALLY bad but for some reason no one else wanted to go and I just couldn't really find one close. So, on Brice's last day off we went to Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie for their petting farm and pumpkin patch. My impression of it...Rachel liked it but it was WAY over priced! It was $12 each for Brice and I. It was just a huge field with animals and then you get to pick a pumpkin at the end. Anyway, it was fun but we probably will not be back next year. It's almost worth the trip to go to Flower Mound where they have a FABULOUS pumpkin patch...I hear. Anyway, I loved the baby pigs and had the discussion with Brice on the way home that I wanted to raise them....he found me to be completely random and STUPID! =)







After the pumpkin patch, we went to the Oasis Restaurant that is right by the park at the Joe Pool Lake marina. Rachel loved the ducks and the fish were HUGE!!!!! The food was good....again overpriced but good. It was a good day! Tomorrow it's back to normal....it was fun while it lasted!



Hope Trip

We left last Thursday afternoon for a little visit to Hope. Brice hasn't been to Hope since April of this year and wanted to go visit. We had to stay in a hotel because my mom's house is only partially liveable at the moment. I have to say it was wierd staying in a hotel in the place where you grew up!

On Saturday we got to see Alison, her mom, and THE BOYS!!!! I finally got to see the babies. I was so excited! I wish I could have loved on them longer. They are so sweet!



Then Saturday evening we went to Christy's daddy's house for some good ribs and company! Rachel and Adi played and the adults visited. I forgot my camera...boo for me!!!! They aren't going to be able to come to Rachel's birthday party this year so they gave her a present while we were there. It was a total hit. It was a Dora bag with colors and stickers in it. SHE LOVES IT!!!!

Sunday, we went to my church in Hope and then after a short visit and lunch with my mom, we drove to Hot Springs to see Christi, Charlie and Will. We haven't seen them in a really long time. Charlie is preaching now in Hot Springs so we got to hear him which was a major blessing, and then we visited with them afterwards....included was some PIZZA!!! YAY!!! Will is rough but Rachel LOVED playing with him!



The trip was complete after a drive home on Monday....in the POURING down rain!!!!! It was really bad but we are okay. About 2 hours after I got home, I went to Bible study! I was tired, but it was worth it. I love Beth Moore!

Texas State Fair!

Today will consist of several posts...I am trying to catch up from the weekend. Brice has been off since last Wednesday and we have had the best time. We went to the Texas State Fair last Wednesday. Rachel loved the animals. I loved the corn dogs! We didn't get any of the crazy fried foods this year...and they ARE crazy!





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