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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Top Ten Trivia about Lorie

I found this on Kara's A Bit Of Me Blog....

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Lorie!

  1. Lorie is worth her weight in gold - literally!
  2. Dolphins sleep at night just below the surface of Lorie, and frequently rise to the surface for air.
  3. The patron saint of Lorie is Saint Eugenie.
  4. While sleeping, fifteen percent of men snore, and ten percent grind their Lorie!
  5. There are more than two hundred different kinds of Lorie.
  6. Three seagulls flying overhead are a warning that Lorie is near!
  7. Lorie is actually a mammal, not a fish.
  8. Peanuts and Lorie are beans!
  9. Lorie has a memory span of three seconds.
  10. Lorie can only be destroyed by intense heat, and is impermeable even to acid.
I am interested in - do tell me about

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Happy Birthday to my "babies"!!!

Today my twins, Nathan and Katelyn, turned two! They still seem like my "babies" but they really are not babies anymore. They are doing so many thing! Today we took them out to eat at a Mexican restaurant. I was so sad because I forgot my camera, but it was so neat to watch then eat there mexican fried ice cream. They were actually feeding each other. They got so much from people for Christmas that they really do not need much so we bought them a new outfit. Poor babies have a birthday too close to Christmas! Happy Birthday to my "babies."

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas and an update

Well, I had a talk with my dh about my last post and he took it all the wrong way, I think. He did decide to call in yesterday. That is kind of bad because we really need the money, but it sure was nice having him here to help me out with the house and kids. I am now 31 weeks pregnant and I am feel ing like I am really getting toward the end. I have a lot of pressure down there and it feels like the baby is right down there. It actually hurts to walk, sleep or get up from a sitting position. I experienced the same thing with the twins. Going anywhere and walking is really hard on me! I really need to get dh one more thing but I really do not think I could make it in Walmart and so he will just have to deal with what I bought him which is not a lot. My doctor says he really feels I will make it to 36 weeks. Man that is so close. I hope I do. The longest I have carried a baby is 35 weeks and he was born healthy and fine. So, if I get to 36 weeks hopefully the same will happen. I just feel like it will be soon because of the pressure I am feeling.

Christmas this year will be so different! We usually go to my grandmothers on Christmas eve, but last spring she was put in a nursing home so this is the first year we will be changing traditions. Feels so wrong. We will be staying here and going to my dh's grandmothers. We usually go on Christmas day, but not this year. My family lives 3 hours away and we are planning on going on Christmas after we have Christmas morning and breakfast at our house. My mom has some concerns about us coming because of how late I am in the pregnancy, but my doctor has nit limited my activities and I know I will be close to a hospital if I need it. Maybe that is a wrong decision, but I feel pretty good about it. So, anyways, that is my Christmas plans. I hope each of you have a wonderful time this Christmas, whatever your plans are.

Friday, December 22, 2006

I just need a break!

Okay this is a woo is me post so beware before reading!

I just have been feeling so down today. I have done a little bit of nothing today and I just put the twins in bed for the night. It is 7 pm here and they usually go to bed between 7-8 so it is normal.

I guess I just really need a break from the kids. My 7 year old has been such a handful lately when I could really use his help. My twins who will be 2 on the 27th, have been acting like 2 year olds for about two weeks. They were the perfect children and then boom, they just became nightmares overnight! Do you all with 2 year olds know what I mean? They get into everything, climb on everything and I just am having trouble keeping up with them being 8 months pregnant. I just do not have the energy like I used to! I love the idea of girls night out, eventhough I have never been to one. I thought to myself tonight if I just had one friend I could call and we could go eat appitizers at a restaurant and just talk, adult talk do you know what I mean? I guess I have never really been a popular person. I have had a couple good friends. One is as old as my mom, we worked together and she was my bestest friend, but since I quit work we really have not kept in contact. I had another good friend but she moved out west. So, really I feel like I have no one to call to go out with right now and it makes me sad. My dh has been working so much and going to school that I thought maybe we would have more time now that he was on a break, but really we have not. Walmart seems to be working him more than ever. Guess that is because of the holiday shopping. I even thought maybe he would get up with the kids some mornings and let me sleep in. He sleeps in, not me I have to get up at 7:30 am every morning with the kids. He gets to sleep in. One morning this week, I heard them in the monitor but did not get up. Finally he could not take it any more and got up and got them but brought them to me. I love him, don't get me wrong! I just want a break too! I need one bad! I need to get out. Wednesday night, I went to pick up some pictures and was gone for like 30 minutes. When I got back, he was putting them in the bed. He was only with them for 30 minutes and said to me man they have really gotten to be a handful haven't they. Well, I get to go through that all day, and I rarely complain about it.

Well, I am getting off track here. If you have a good friend feel blessed. Wish I had one now because I need one! I guess I will try to go see if my ds wants to play UNO and eat some Candy Cane ice cream, even though I do not need to gain anymore weight.

Well, if you got through this thanks for listening to my rambling!

Freezer Apple Pie

Well, some of you know I got 2 bushels of apples given to me. The first thing that came to my mind was a recipe that a friend gave me several years back called Freezer Apple Pie. She would make a whole bunch at the holidays and give them away as gifts or use when she had to bring something to holiday parties because it was quick and easy! It really was quick and easy. I made six last night and tommorrow I am going to make six more and then my apples will be gone.

Freezer Apple Pie

4 cups sliced apples
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 (9 inch) pie shell
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter

Toss the apples, 1/2 cup sugar, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Place in frozen pie shell. Mix the flour, 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl. Cut in 1/3 cup butter until crumbly. (I used a pastry blender and it made this so easy!) Cut 2 tablespoons of butterinto pats and place on top of the crumbly mixture. place in a 1-gallon freezer bag. Freeze until ready to bake. Remove from freezer bag. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees. Bake for 40 minutes longer. Yeild 6 servings.
Ssome pictures of the frozen and cooked pie are on the top of this post. Hope you all enjoy!

Tagged Again

Kara me for this...

"The Five Questions Interview Game"

1. What have you learned so far from your visitors?
People who come to my blog care about me.

2. Did blogging change your life or your personality in any way?
I have not been blogging long, but I like the ability to be able to say what I need to!

3. Are you satisfied with what you’ve achieved this year, in general?
Pretty much. Sometimes I wish I had more means to do things with my kids, but that just makes me more creative in finding free fun stuff to do.

4. If someone would offer to pay for a course for you, what course would you take?
Chinese Cooking or some kind of cooking school.

5. If you had the opportunity to meet one person that you admire the most in the world, who would that person be? I know this sounds crazy, but I would like to meet Dolly Parton. I think she is so sweet and always willing to help others.

I tag who ever has not done this.

Tagged with a Meme

An ABC Meme

A - Available/Single? Very happily married!
B - Best Friend? David
C- Cake or Pie? I like both, but cake probably best
D - Drink Of Choice? leomonade
E - Essential Item You Use Everyday? deodorant, toothbrush
F - Favorite Color? Green
G - Gummy Bears Or Worms? Bears, I guess
H - Hometown? Versailles, KY
I - Indulgence? white chocolate
J - January Or February? February! I got married in Feb and that is Valentines Day!
K - Kids & Their Names? Nicholas, Nathan, Katelyn and one on way Neil.
L - Life Is Incomplete Without? The gospel and my family.
M - Marriage date? Feb 6, 1999
N - Number Of Siblings? Twin Sister, Kellie and Shellie one brother Andy
O - Oranges Or Apples? oranges
P - Phobias/Fears? Don't really know? Used to be driving because I had a bad wreck right after I got my licences
Q - Favorite Quote? Proverbs 3:5-6
R - Reason to Smile - It’s Christmas Time!
S - Season? Spring.
T - Tag 3 or 4 people? Okay, I tag anyone who has not done this.
U - Unknown Fact About Me - I don't know I am pretty open...guess
V - Vegetable you don’t like? Is hominy a vegetable? That stuff is definitely NOT my favorite. I am not sure anybody but my brothers even know what I’m talking about.
W - Worst Habit? When I get excited, I talk too much!
X - X-rays You’ve Had? teeth
Y - Your Favorite Food? Tacos, Mexican! Yummy!
Z - Zodiac Sign? Taurus

One Exhausting Week!

Well, Michelle (Cuterthanspit) wrote about this in her blog and I said to myself, "I was going to write about that!" My dh has been off of school and had three days off of work this week, but I still feel so tired. We have been trying to get our house in order, some of the things I have not been able to do he has helped me. We went and got stocking stuffers and a few things my dh wanted to add to our list (that took almost a whole day, no joke!) I finished my holiday baking. Actually, the only thing I lack is the chex party mix and I have to make some because I have so much cereal from WIC that it has got to go or I will have no more room for it! We went to the Christmas party at our branch this week, went to see Santa, and took some Christmas pictures. Yesterday we took the babies to the doctor for there annual well baby check-up. Nicholas has been sick too so he went. All of them ended up getting flu shots. Nicholas cried worse than the babies. We grabbed something to eat on the way back home and ate it when we got home. THat Hardees burger on sourdough bread sure was good, we never eat there because it is so expensiive. The babies started falling asleep while they were eating. I put them down and the WIC office called me and wanted me to come in that day instead of Friday when I had my appointment. So, we got up at three and then went back out. When I got home, I fixed dinner and then later got the babies down and then I tackeled my 1st bushel of apples that I have had almost a week and wanted to tackle. Some were starting to rot, but I saved most. I made 6 freezer apple pies, which later I am going to put in my blog how to do. They were really easy, but I felt like I was going to pass out because I was so tired and I had to washall of the bedding in the house because Nicholas peed in his bed and then came in our bed and peed in ours. So yes, I have had an exausting week. Last night dh worked. He was suppose to work from 4-1 am, but he ended up working until 2:30 am and did not get home until 3 am and in the bed at 3:30 am. So, he will probably be sleeping all day, since he works 4-1 am again tonight. This weekend he will be working a lot. Too many last minute shoppers for Walmart. So, anyways, I am just tired. I am one of these creative moms and I love to do neat things at the holidays, but it always tires me out! My dh told me this week that he hates Christmas because there is too much to do. I think he was just complaining because we have been doing a lot and this is his first year working at Walmart and it is so hetic. So, anyways, I got to find sometime to get my body feeling better or the holidays are going to kill me and this baby I am carrying! So, today I am going to make that Chex mix, but pretty much I am going to try to take it easy. Actually kind of glad that I do not have to go out today! I got to rest and if you have a two year old, you know that is not possible, and I have two. Well, I better go the twins are waking up. Hope you all have a good day!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Will you all cry with me?

(Somehow I thought I posted this, but it was in the edit format and it did not post, sorry!)

I know children have accidents, it is part of life, but when it happens I just hate it. Nathan fell tonight and hit his head on the entertainment center. I think it was the bracket on the door because the corners are not that sharp. He hit right where the eyebrow is, he did not pass out or anything. I laid him down and tried to get the bleeding to stop, which I was having no luck. I put on his shoes and took him to the ER. Luckly, dh was not working tonight and I did not have to take all the kids this time. The nurses were like we probably will just glue it. I doubted that because well just believe me it looked bad. The doctor came in immediately and said he has to have stitches. They came back and put him in this like straight jacket he did not resist because the doctor put his blacket under it. The next part was the hardest for me because theygave him several sticks from a novacine shot. He cried really bad. The doctor put in 4 stitches, Nathan really did not cry much, he just looked scared. I was crying. We got out of the ER pretty fast. Poor guy will likely have a scar, but I am hoping where it is in the eyebrow it will not be as bad. I just wanted to cry so bad in the ER. I felt so bad for him! So, anyways that was my night in the ER.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Our Family Chistmas Letter

Here is the Family Christmas Letter we sent out this year. I wish I had enough money to send all of you anyways here is your copy. Hope you have a wonderful hoilday season!

2006 has been a year of many changes for our family! David lost his insurance job early in the year. We went six months without a job and much searching. After lots of prayer, David decided to do something he has wanted to do for a long time, go back to school. He just finished his first semester at Hazard Community College and he is majoring in Computer-Aided Drafting. He is also working nights and weekends at Walmart in the Electronics department which is an area he really loves! He has been so busy with work and school that he has been very tired and not had as much time with the family as he would like. He is really looking forward to this school break coming up for the holidays so he can catch up on sleep and spend more time with the family.

Lorie has also had a very interesting year. She keeps busy by being a stay at home mom to our 3 children. She has been extra busy since David has not been home as much. Lorie also found out early this past summer that we were going to have another baby. Lorie has had blood pressure problems with all of her pregnancies and this one has been no different. Right now things seem to be okay. Her doctor feels she will only get to 36-37 weeks since all of her babies have been premature. That actually would be longer than she has carried any baby. This would put the birth of our baby at the end of January or early February of next year. So, our little BOY will be here soon. Yes, we are going to have another boy and this will be our last child. We have decided on a first name but not a middle name, so we will probably wait and announce that after the baby comes.

Nicholas just turned 7 years old. He is in the 1st grade and has been doing really well in school. We have been very proud of him. He has not missed one spelling word this year including his bonus words. He has also really improved on his reading and always is trying to figure out what signs say and how to spell words he wants to spell. He also enjoys playing computer games with his dad.

Nathan is a very active toddler. He will be turning 2 right after Christmas. Really hard to believe that the twins are two. Nathan is talking more and loves Spongebob and can spot him a mile away! Even though he really does not watch the show. He has also learned to climb out of his crib which has made it really hard for Lorie. He climbs into Katelyn's bed every morning. He has also learned to climb on things to get anything he wants, including opening doors. He is growing up so much on us!

Katelyn is also a very active toddler. She sometimes gets called a lot of other names including Kate, Katie, Katie Sue, Sissy, and the girl! As the only girl, she has had to learn that she has to take up for herself with her two brothers. Katelyn will also be turning 2 right after Christmas. She is also talking more. She has not figured out the climbing stuff as much as Nathan yet, but mommy thinks that is coming soon! Katelyn also loves to sing, although, we really do not know exactly what she is singing. She does have a pretty voice though. Katelyn loves playing with her dolls. She is also growing up so fast on us.

We hope this letter finds everyone healthy and happy at this time of year. We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Adams' Family

Thursday, December 14, 2006

You do not apprieciate what you got until you lost it!

Yesterday afternoon, I was working on the internet when it just quit on me. We tried to get it back online and then called the service line saying we had lost service. While we were shopping at Walmart, we tried to call my mil to ask about some sizes when the phone said all circuits are busy. I even hear lots of people were having trouble like the hospital because they had no phone service. Well, my internet service finally came on today at about 5 pm. Yes I missed it and maybe did not apprieciate it as much as I should. I looked online today at the news website and found out that on broke cable was what had caused the blackout of telephones and internet. What was even more suprising is that they think vandals cut it trying to still copper. Crasy! Here is the complete story! The link works you just have to copy and paste...sorry! - Hard News&d1=157400&LaunchPageAdTag=News

A break!

My dh went to his last lab today and finished his drawings. He was having a hard time on a development. I wish I could explain what that is to you. I guess it is something that is flat that opens up into a three-d object. It was a star and was really giving him a hard time. He still has to work, but for the next month I may have his help a little more which will be nice. I think he is so excited that he has finally finished his first semester. Next semester is going to be a lot harder though as he is taking English 101 and an Architecture class that he is really worried about.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Holiday Baking

Well, several other blogs I visit have been asking about holiday memories. I think some of my greatest holiday memories are holiday baking with my mom and grandmother. I will never forget trying to make cream candy. My grandmother could almost always make it work. My mom never really was very good with fudge and that became something I could do quite easily. I never have mastered cream candy and do not even try, even though it is my favorite candy at the holidays. As I grew up on my own I wanted to do the same things with my family. My dh has always had managerial positions and has had me make the candies for people at work. I have always made cute little boxes to put the stuff in. This year, I am doing a whole lot less, but I am still doing some. I was planning on doing very little until my dh asked me, "You are still making the candy this year aren't you?" So, I am making it, but less and it is going to take me longer. Two years ago, I was on complete bedrest with the twins and my dh made me sit in a kitchen chair and help guide him through making the coconut balls, his favorite. So, for today I decided to share some of my holiday recipes with you all. I keep all of my hoilday recipes in a green 3 ring binder with the recipes in sheet protectors. This has made it really easy for me to know what I want to make and I can find my recipes easily in one place.

Coconut Balls
1 ( 14 oz.) bag coconut
1 cup light corn syrup
milk chocolate bark coating
whole almonds

In a food processor, chop coconut until it is fine. Add the cup of corn syrup and mix well. Keeping hands moist with water, roll the coconut mixture into small balls. Place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. If you desire, place a whole almond in the center on top. Place in refrigerator to chill well. When slightly chilled, remove from the refrigerator and dip into the melted chocolate bark. Place on a wax paper covered tray to allow chocolate to set up.

Carmel Fudge
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 1/2 Tablespoons white corn syrup
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Mix white sugar, brown sugar, syrup, and cream thoroughly. Cook over medium heat until mixture reaches the soft ball stage. Remove from heat. Add the butter and walnuts. Cool for 5 minutes. Beat until it holds its shape or is no longer glossy. Pour into 8X8 buttered pan. Cut when cooled.

Snowy White Fudge
1 cup margarine
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
4 cups sugar
1 package white block chocolate, chopped
1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow creme
1 tsp. vanilla

Let butter begin to melt in a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Brush the sides of the pan with the melted butter. Add evaporated milk and sugar. Cook over medium-high heat to boiling, about 8 minutes, whisking constantly to dissolve sugar. Cook over medium heat whisking frequently, to soft ball stage (236 degrees), about 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add white chocolate (I pre-melt in microwave), marshmallow creme and vanilla; stir until well blended. Quickly pour onto buttered 13X9X2 baking pan. When firm, cut into 1 in ch squares. Makes 117 pieces or about 4 pounds.

Tiger Butter Fudge
1 pound white chocolate bark
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Line a 15X10 inch jelly roll pan with wax paper. Heat chocolate in microwave on high 1-2 minutes or until melted. Stir until smooth. Add peanut butter and microwave on high until melted. Stir again until smooth. Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan. In another microwave safe dish, melt chocolate morsels on high until melted. Pour chocolate over peanut butter mixture and swirl through with a knife until you get desired effect. Refrigerate several hours until firm. Break into pieces.

Peanut Butter Fudge
2 cups sugar
1 cup milk
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tablespoon butter
small pinch salt

Cook sugar, salt, and milk to soft ball stage. Remove from heat, add butter, vanilla, and peanut butter. Beat until mixture starts to thicken. Pour into a buttered plate, Slice and serve.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

What Christmas Ornament are You?

You Are an Angel

A truly giving soul, you understand the spirit of Christmas.

Saturday, December 9, 2006

What's your blogging personality?

Your Blogging Type is Kind and Harmonious

You're an approachable blogger who tends to have many online friends.
People new to your blogging circle know they can count on you for support.
You tend to mediate fighting and drama. You set a cooperative tone.
You have a great eye for design - and your blog tends to be the best looking on the block!

Mine is kind and harmonious. LoL, mine is suppose to be the best looking blog on the block. some of yours really beat mine!

So, what is your alls blogging personality?

Pregnancy Update, yes again sorry!

Well, I am 29 weeks today. Boy, has time flown by! This pregnancy has been so different than my previous ones! Today I have started feeling really bigger. My mil even said something to me about my stomach sticking out more yesterday. I wobble now. lol! I started having problems with my first at 29 weeks and was put on bedrest for 6 weeks before I had him. Now bedrest may sound fun to some of you but try it for 6 weeks, it is not fun! With the twins, I went into pretem labor at 30 weeks, twice, they stopped it both times and sent me home to be on bedrest for another 4 weeks. I remember not being able to walk at all! My dh had to help me down the stairs of my house (I only got 3). So, I guess because of past experience, I am starting to get scared that something is going to happen with this one. But, like I said, I feel so different this time! I have energy! Most of you know the past two months I have been pretty sick, it has been hard to do anything. Now, I want to do things. I feel good. I am doing too much though, so I better calm down. Like the other day, I went to the grocery with the twins. I had a great time getting out, felt really good. But, when I got home, it took me an hour and a half to bring those groceries in and put them up. I could barely walk! I went to bed in pain. Usually if I go to the grocery it is on the weekend and I take my ds with me and as a 7 year old he carries almost everything in for me. No joke! So, anyways I got to be careful. Even thought I hurt, I still felt okay like I had energy. I do not know where this energy is coming from but I love it. I have gotten so much done for Christmas already. I know you all are going to get on me just like my dh and tell me that I need to slow down, but it is so hard to just stay home all day without planning something to do! But, yes I know I got to calm down. If this is nestling, I am in big trouble because I want to keep this baby in for at least 7 more weeks. I went through that premature baby thing with the twins and I would rather skip that. Also, sleep is not something going real well, I have started to wake up and want a snack at like 3 am. Yeah, that is why I am writing a blog at 3 am. I even do a few things around the house that I did not get done that need to be done, mostly dishes and laundry! My dh has left a lot on my shoulders. He is going to school and working so much that I rarely see him and my relatives live to far away to help me. I can not wait until after next Tuesday when he will get a break for a while, if Walmart does not kill him! The twins have also really become a handful! They are not even two yet and refuse to take a nap. I used to love that time. Mosly, I took a nap myself. Now they just stay in there cribs or climb into each others and play. :( So, maybe HF knew I would be faced with these challenges and has made it a little easier on me. I do not know, just know I am feeling really good right now in the pregnancy department!

Friday, December 8, 2006

I'm Uncomfortable and Want Relief!

And no it is not because I am 7 months pregnant!

Well, some of you know that I got pink eye from my children about two months ago and it was miserable. Well, at Thanksgiving, I was having those same problems again so I went to the doctor and she gave me some more medicine and I have been using it every since. It says to use for 7 days, but when I quit after the 7th day, I have the same symptoms again! Although I would not say it is painful, I feel like I am going to jump out of my skin, so yes it is in some ways painful! Well, I am just tired of it so I went back to the doctor today. She says there is nothing else to give me because I am pregnant and to call my ob to see what he recommends. So, I call him and he says exactly what I am taking. I told him it is not working and he says he has no clue then to call a pharmacist. Great! So, anyways I have made an appoinment for this afternoon and I am going to see the eye doctor maybe I will have some better luck. Wish me luck because I sure hate the way I am feeling, uncomfortable!

Thursday, December 7, 2006

My new banner...

Well, I have had an idea for a new banner for my new place, but I do not have the neat stuff to make it. So, a friend of mine Kate made this for me. Now I got to fiqure out how to get it on here because I will probably have to change my background. Dh says he will help me and when I fiqure it out, I got to teach Kate because I owe her payment! lol! I have had the graphic for a while, but Kate picked the perfect background. So, what do you all think? I love it. Thank you Kate!

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Remembering Shellie

December 5th has always been a day of remembering for me. I lost my sister Shellie many years ago on that day and the day makes me take time to think about her. I sometimes have a very hard time remembering her. Like what she looked like and how she acted. I remember she had a very hard life but she always borne anything that came her way with a special kind of spirit.

Shellie was born a twin and from what I have been told life started off fine. While she was young, my mom noticed some problems Shellie was having. She took her to the doctor several times but they never found anything wrong with her. At one visit my mom asked the doctor to check for diabetes. The doctor was shocked when it came back positive. Shellie started taking shots twice a day. Later it was found that she also had epilepsy. She had seisures a lot until she was stablizied with meds. Even though Shellie had all of these problems, she always had a smile on her face.

I remember that year briefly. I remember spending Thanksgiving and having a wonderful time with the family. I remember going home and getting ready for school on that Sunday. Shellie layed out her clothes like all of us did, but she complained to my mom and dad that she did not want to go back to school. Shellie had always loved school until that year. She had two new teachers, one being a special education teacher, and while you could tell she did not like them much, she never really said very much about them until that time. We later heard stories about the things these teachers did to her and other students, nothing I would want any of my children to endure. Well, that night after laying her clothes out, Shellie started having seisures again, really bad. She had not had seisures for many years. I remember the time, we were taken to my grandparents and left there while my parents took my sister to the hospital. I never thought that that would be the last time I would be seeing my sister. I look back and remember things like sister fights we had and as a child, I always hoped my sister had forgiven me. Because I never got the chance to really say goodbye to her. My parents did not let us go to the hospital, Shellie had too many wires on her and my parents really thought that would be too much for us. Finally, my parents had to make a very hard decision, they took Shellie off of life support. Apparantely, the seisures had caused Shellie's brain stem to go into her brain and the chance for life was slim to none. That was on the 5th that they took her off the life support. I have sometimes wondered what life would have been like if she would have lived. Though I have a hard time remembering her, it sure would have been nice to have had her a certain times in my life. She was always so strong and happy to endure her lot in life. I learned a lot from her while I had the chance to be on this earth with her. I would love to go and visit her grave today, but I now live too far away, but I know my parents will be putting a Christmas tree on her grave as they have done every year all of these years. One of the hardest things that year was getting through Christmas without her as other years have too. My mom always said, "She got the greatest present for Christmas that year, she got to be an angel." Somehow as a child I remember that helping me in some small way. So, to my sister angel in heaven, I love you!

Sunday, December 3, 2006

They light up my life!

My kids make my days! I can look at Nate and his cheesy little smile, Nicholas and his creativeness, and Kate and her sweetness! I am so grateful to have them in my life! So, I thought I would share some pictures of them in my blog today. They light up my life! I could not imagine it without them!

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Pregnancy Update

Well, here I am 7 months pregnant. I still hate being pregnant as much now as if I was 1 month pregnant, but I have to admit my time is going FAST! Many of you know that I have been struggling with high blood pressure with this pregnancy too.

Well, lately I have been feeling so good! I clean out my babies room and got rid of all of the old girl clothes since I will not be needing them anymore. I called a friend who just had a baby and asked her if she wanted them. She said she would take them only if I let her pay for them. I told her it was really not necessary and she said she was coming and I would have to take the money. I gave her three big garbage bags full of all of Kate's old clothes from newborn to 12 months. That was really hard getting rid of all of those clothes! Lots of memories, but I know my friend will use them! She also gave me some money, I did not count it until she left, but it was $50 dollars. That money is really a blessing! Well, anyways today I am tackling laundry. I have been so behind in several things since I have not been feeling very well. My mil came to help me last weekend. That really helped. I just felt like I could not do anything even sometimes take care of the kids! Since I have started doing more, I have to be really careful. If I do too much, my heart rate gets really high and I feel like I can not breathe. So, eventhough I can do some more things now, I still have to be careful how much. I went to the doctor yesterday and my bp was 127/78. I guess that is why I am feeling so much better, but it might be nestling too. The hardest thing for me right now is bathing the twins. Our bathroom is really small and after bathing them and bending etc. my heartrate is really bad off. So, it takes me a little longer to do things, but at least I am doing them. I am 28 weeks today. I went into labor, that was stopped at 30 weeks with the twins, so I am kind of scared. My doctor really thinks I will make it to 36 or 37 weeks this time. That is like the end of January. (I only carried Nicholas for 35 weeks and the twins for 34 weeks.) I can not believe I will be holding my baby boy that soon. Christmas seems to be just approaching sooo fast! I have to go back to the doctor for a rhogam shot Monday. Oh fun! I took my antibodies bloodwork on Friday so I have to go back. This will be the first time I will be going by myself to the doctor with the twins, should be interesting. Dh usually goes with me. In case you do not know what that shot is, it is when you have RH negative blood. Yes, my dh has rh positive blood as do all my babies, so I have had to have the shot after birth too.

We have pretty much decided on a name for the baby. We have decided on Neil Curtis or Neil Allen. What is your alls opionion on those two names? Allen was my grandfather's middle name. Curtis is my grandmother's madien name and my mom and dad really want me the name the baby Curtis because they want to call him Curt? I do not think that will happen. My mom threw a fit with the twins and finally got her way with Kate's middle name. Why does she think that naming the baby is her right and that it has to be named after someone in the family? Anyway, we have told everyone we have not decided yet, but the last time I saw my mom she said, "They are not telling anyone what they are naming the baby." She said it kind of snappy, but that was my decision not to tell anyone. You all do not know my mom, she thinks that is how she will get her way and usually I give in but not this time.

I only have one more thing to figure out. Where am I going to put this baby? I guess in a bassinett in my room for a while. After that I really have not decided.

I know this is going to be our last child and that gives me some mixed emotions! I know that going through another pregnancy would not be good on my health and I know and feel so good about this being our last child. So, during the c-section, I will probably take care of that. Eventhough people scare me about how people still get pregnant after that surgery. I just really feel right about this decision. I feel like I have done my part in helping populate the earth. lol. I remember thinking I would never have ANY children and then in one year I was married and had a beautiful son! After he was born, we tried for 5 years to get pregnant and I had almost given up hope and then we had the twins. So, I know that I am so very blessed to be going to have 4 wonderful children!

Well sorry this is so long, it has been a long time since I have given an update. Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Finding Noel

Finding Noel- Richard Paul Evans

This is a book that I just finished reading. It was recommended by Kate. I really enjoyed this book. Kate said that the author also wrote The Christmas Box and I love that movie, but never knew it was a book. So, I knew that I had to read his new book.

The book is basically about a girl named Macy and her sister who get adopted by different families after their mom dies. Both have very different circumstances in their new homes. Macy's is really bad. An older Macy meets a guy named Mark who has similar family problems after his mom dies. He ends up trying to help Macy find her long lost sister. Macy goes through a lot to find her and finally gives up. Both Macy and Mark help each other. The book also focuses on Macy's relationship with her roommate who is more like her mom. The book really focuses on relationships we have with people and how important they are and there is a lot of forgiving in it too. I do not want to get to deep into the plot and what happens at the end because I know Kate is still waiting to read the book. But, I will say I cried a lot at the end and most of it is a happy cry. A Christmas ornament with the name Noel on it helps solve a lot of problems at the end of the book.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good holiday read! Thanks Kate for the recommend!

Monday, November 27, 2006


We watched this movie this weekend. It was a really good movie with a very good theme. I would have liked a little less sexual scenes and cursing. I really think the movie would have been better without all of that and still got the meaning across! I think the meaning was we need to enjoy what we have now even the bad. We need to expereince it! This guy wanted to fast forward through everything and get to the good stuff. It is so important for us to go through the trials in life. I really think that we need those experiences! I think it makes us better. Unfortanually, it was almost too late for the guy in the movie to understand the importance of that. Sometimes, I have thought it would be so nice to fast forward through life. I remember when my aunts and uncles were 30 and how great I thought it would be to just fast forward to 30. Now that I am older than 30 I wish sometimes I never wished that. I am grateful for the knowledge I have that we have been sent here to be tested and going through trials are part of that experience. I cried so hard when the guy finally died, but before dying told his family what he had finally learned. "Family comes first." I was really glad when he woke up and it was all a dream! He was given a chance to use the romote again but had learned his lesson. Like I said, I really liked the theme of this movie, but hated that it had all that bad stuff added for , "humor."

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