Saturday, September 20, 2014

9/20/2014---Day 50

I totally missed yesterday and I have no excuses.  I just plain forgot!

Today has been wonderful and very tiring. 

Started with cleaning the kitchen up, harvesting the garden, and starting the garden clean up.  It felt so good to pull all the spinach, the sweet peas, some of the corn that was done, and lots of other item that had gone to seed.
This is AFTER we harvested the garden and while our garden was blanching the girls (and Little Man) went out and helped move the wood pile closer!  My family is AMAZING!

The rest of the day was spent in the kitchen canning and freezing items.  We have a crabapple tree that gave us four boxes of apples and whoa that is a job!  It isn't hard, but time consuming. Sometime I really wonder if it is worth it.  I think as I am doing it--I could just spend $20 on buying canned juice (not as yummy, but easier) and be done with it!

Same with the rest of the garden.  Some items aren't that hard--carrots for one, but corn--it is messy and takes lots of space, and the time it takes to shuck it, blanch it, cut it off the cob, and freezer pack it---seriously I can buy cans of it for super cheap!

I know it is the knowledge that is important--so I keep at it, plus there is a certain pride in looking in your cupboard/freezer knowing you did all that--but it isn't worth it if you don't use it and that is where another one of my problems comes in!  
This is the kitchen in the middle of canning!  The dishwasher is holding the sterile jars, the jars to the very left are apple juice---carrots and ?? are on the table--the water jug is to fill the bottom of the canning juicer as seen on the stove!  It is a messy process to can apple juice, carrots, rutabaga, turnips, peppers, and corn all at once!

Another problem was during my last waterbath the larger burner stopped working! I have another large burner on the stove, but the cupboard is too low; I can't get my canning pot under it.  So now my last two waterbaths are happening on the small burner--which takes FOREVER to heat up!

The girls were an amazing help and Little Man did so good staying out of the way and doing a little here and there. 

On a totally different note!! The girls had homecoming this week, so every day was a different dress up day.  Monday: PJ Day  Tuesday: Twin Day (dress the same as a friend)  Wednesaday: Hippy Day  Thursday: Throwback Day (dress in any era, but was later told the girls needed to come as their grandparents (they went as great grandparents)) Friday: Green & White day (school colors) and then they brought a change of clothes to the superhero that their class decided one.  

Squirts class was Green Lantern and Firecracker was Underdog.  '
The authentic costumes the girls got to wear. They changed for lunch and recess into their play clothes they had on under them so they would stay clean. The costumes were in the costume closet when we moved into the house--I am guessing they are from the last 40's.

It was a short, but cute parade.  

Pictures to be added later!  :) 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

9/18/2014--Day 52 The dreaded TO DO list

Ever feel like you just never get your 'to do' list any shorter?

I have tried lots of things--

-Only write down the most important 6 things to do that day
-Make a list and categorize them by ---important and urgent--urgent but not important--important but not urgent--and not important and not urgent.
-categorize by subject--phone calls to make, people see, places to go...
-make one big master list
and so on and so on.

So on those days when I feel like I have a TON to do--I do write a master list, and choose which 6 are most important to me.  From there I try to get that list done, but I also write down everything I did get done.  Even if it wasn't on the list.  I might cross off 3-6 things a day, but I seem to add 6-10 new things!

My husband thinks it is so funny that I put WAKE UP at the top of my to do list (when I write it for the next day).  I think that at least I am starting the day with getting one thing on my to do thing accomplished (I hope anyway!).

Crossing off my to do list is very rewarding to me, but it must not be the MOST rewarding because I rarely cross off my whole list and if it was so important to me I would do everything I can to cross off that list.

So what is my to do list for tomorrow?  (Ye be warned--my last blogs have ALL been bogged down by my famous to do (or my 'have accomplished' lists)

1. Grocery Shopping                 8:15
1.5. Make salad for a funeral dinner  (deliver it by 3:00)
2. Help the kids school do a banner for homecoming parade     9:30
3. Turn my crabapples into juice
4. Freeze my corn on the cob
5. Go to the homecoming Parade and film it for the hubby     1:00
6. Call the hospital about my upcoming baby
7. Clean up house so it is clean for the weekend


how to you keep up with your TO DO list?
what seems to ALWAYS be on there? (for me -- ALWAYS 'clean the kitchen')
how do you prioritize?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

9/17/2014- Day 53: Baby weight

This morning I woke up to an old friend I haven't seen in a while.
My double chin.

I can't say I have missed it, but this time around it seem to come early. 
With my other pregnancies, it seemed to show up in the last couple weeks, along with my pop out belly button (my belly button popped out at about 3 months)!

But this hasn't been like my other pregnancies.  It has been much harder.
I really can't complain. I don't have morning sickness and I am a really healthy person, but man! This one is kicking my bum!

This was two weeks after having Squirt.  I gained weight in the hospital, even after having an almost 7 pound baby, cause of the IV fluid and the c-section. How many people can say they GAIN weight after having a baby! Sheesh! 

1.  I am older.  I had Squirt 9 years ago.  I think a 20 something body handles stuff better then a 30 something body (how do older woman handle having babies?)

After having Firecracker.  I hold on to my baby weight till after I am done breast feeding.  So for a year I only loose about 5 pounds--then when I wean it starts to SLOWLY come off.

2. This is my 4th.  My body ain't what it use to be!  Seriously the week I found out I was pregnant my body went from looking 'normal' to looking about 3 months pregnant (even though I was only 3 weeks!)  I think that your body says "Oh yeah, I remember this" and accelerates the process of looking pregnant, which doesn't help the mom cause she just feels/looks further along then she is. 

After my dad's accident and when he passed away I lost weight.  I did have a few other personal issues with some other friends I was dealing with too.  It was because of the stress I lost it.   In this picture I weighed less then I had in about 10 years. (2009)

3.  I have had a lot going on since about month 4 of this pregnancy.  I left a job, moved a family of 5 internationally, I have had company on and off since arriving home (at least 3 weeks I have had family staying with us), I have cleaned my house thoroughly, I have been going through all our stuff in storage, I have had a yard sale, my oldest got baptized, tending a garden-canned peaches, pears, frozen green beans and corn, dealt with a yard about an acre large, got about 15 chickens,and I have been sick on and off since I got home.  This last head cold-now sinus infection- has really hit hard.  

This was hours after having Little Man.  I felt great and he was so big (over 9 pounds) I knew I was going to loose weight quickly--right? WRONG!  YUG!  I even joined a Zumba class a few weeks after Little Man was born--I worked out 5 times a week (3 days Zumba-2 days circut strength training) for 6 weeks --  I lost a whooping 3 pounds.  I told you my body just holds the weight until after I wean!

The photographer did a great job of hiding my double chin, but after 2 weeks I had a bigger double chin then before!   It takes me about 2 years to get back to 'goal weight'.  It seems like when I almost get there I end up preggo again!  

Maybe one day I will take an actual current picture of myself--(which I should have been researching video cameras/still camera's instead taking so much time doing this blog post--oh well!) 

I tell people "this must be Heavenly Fathers way of telling me to stop having kids. He makes it so miserable that you never want to do it again!"  I KNOW that is NOT TRUE, but some days if feels like it!

The best thing about this pregnancy-I have older kids who can get themselves ready for school, a totally helpful husband, a super helpful family close by, and the miracle of being pregnant.  
Even if this little guy already kicks and punches so hard it causes me to yelp a little, I know this is a blessing/miracle and I am grateful for it! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

9/16/2014 --Day??

The last two days I have done what I needed and slept when I can.

I have a major sinus infection and being pregnant hasn't helped.

I have a great sister in law who helped me so much today --- she took a TON of boxes to our local thrift store and picked up the tires we had replaced that wouldn't fit in my 4-runner the other day!


Alright that is all--I hope after a good night sleep I will better and actually do a real post.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

56th day-Sept 13th

OOPS forgot to post this yesterday!

I feel like I just kind of skipped over September 11st.  So I wanted to go back to that day.

Everyone has a story of what they were doing or where they were.  I was at my in-laws house getting ready for my brother in laws wedding reception--or it was the day after their reception, I can't remember now.

I remember watching it on the news and then waking my husband up to tell him what was happening.

He told me "Our lives won't change that much."  I remember thinking how wrong he was and this was the start of a huge world war and our lives were never going to be the same.

I guess we were both right.  Overall our lives haven't changed that much, but I feel like the Nation changed that day.

The last time America was bombed (Pearl Harbor) my father hadn't even been born yet, so we didn't know as a Nation how that felt to be attacked, but after Sept 11th, we knew.

I felt for a while we were kinder to strangers, we reached out to help more, and we just became stronger.  BUT I felt like the younger generation just doesn't understand that feeling so we are become detached again (along with media, but that is another post!).

I really like the country song "Where were you?"

Every time I hear it it pulls me back to that morning -- in a house full of people watching the news and then traveling from Colorado to Arizona.  Everyone seemed shocked and at gas stations it was eerily quiet and people seemed withdrawn (but not unfriendly, just sad).

So--where were YOU when the world stopped turning?

"Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)"
Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you in the yard with your wife and children
Or working on some stage in L.A.?
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke
Risin' against that blue sky?
Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry?

Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know?
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below?
Did you burst out with pride for the red, white and blue
And the heroes who died just doin' what they do?
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself and what really matters?

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell
You the difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you teaching a class full of innocent children
Or driving down some cold interstate?
Did you feel guilty 'cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone?
Did you call up your mother and tell her you loved her?
Did you dust off that Bible at home?

Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep?
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Or speak to some stranger on the street?
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Or go out and buy you a gun?
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watchin'
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns?

Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers
Did you stand in line and give your own blood?
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love?

[Chorus x2]

And the greatest is love.
And the greatest is love.

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?

September 14th--day 55

SO weekends are a little hard for me.  This weekend (Saturday) we had a great yard sale and got rid of stuff!  We still had WAY to many boxes left over, but we were giving away stuff--and it felt great to see it disappear!!

We had a another yard sale before we left for Korea and at the end this lady wanted some flowers (silk) that I had,  she wouldn't pay the price I wanted and instead of thinking--"OK I will get a dollar for this" I donated it for free!

This was NOT smart thinking!  Why not get a dollar instead of giving something away for free?

Yes my logic was not in tact that day--BUT I learned and I put that knowledge to use at this yard sale.

People couldn't believe when I would tell them---"EVERYTHING on this table and those boxes are free"  or they would load up a big box and I would say "how about $2.00"

I was not in this to make money, but to have thing go away!  I was very happy when I double the amount I expected to make (which was not very much in the first place).

So that is a short story of my yard sale!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

57th day--September 12th, 2014

So I think counting down might be confusing---so sorry about that, but it helps keep me on track!  AND once again the pictures are random from random years because my camera right now is on the brink of not working and so I don't take very many pictures---so Enjoy!

After a really fun ATV ride!  Me and Mr. Lucky-2010

Yesterday I had a big doctor appointment.  Because I conceived in Korea I went to two Dr. appointments in Korea--where they pretty much just listen for a heartbeat and do an ultrasound.  I was about 12 weeks and 16 weeks at those appointments.

Fast Forward to me at almost 29 weeks and I remember I have an RH factor (which in my oh so technical brain) I understand it means that I could be 'allergic' to my babies blood.  I have negative blood and if my baby has positive blood it could cause major problems--like death!

 I remember that I am suppose to get a shot so we made a quick decision on health care (which is why I waited so long after coming back to the USA to go to the DR.) and I scheduled an appointment.

Firecracker decorating a gingerbread house in 2010?

Lots of information was given and lots of blood was drawn and I was scheduled a week later to come back in and do more tests and get the shots I need.

Squirt for school pictures- 2010 obviously!

Yesterday I had a blood sugar test, an ultra sound, and just a normal appointment.  Really didn't take as long as I thought it would--but I totally insulted my nurse (on accident).

 Last time some random lady/nurse drew my blood--no pain, nice and easy, no bruising (which I have literally had bruises over 1/3 of my arm after having blood drawn before!)--this time MY nurse drew blood--I felt the stinging,pinching, and I have a small bruise.  She told me I might bruise and I said
"It wasn't as good as the last lady, but I guess it is fine."  I didn't say it rudely but as soon as I said it I figure out that SHE was the nurse that drew blood this time!  Oh man--I say small stupid things like that all the time--SORRY nurse lady!  

Little Man the day he was born with his family May 2011

In Korea they told me I was due on Nov. 7th--the internet and the doctors here said  I was due on the 14th, but my kids come a week late--so I am planning on the 21st--SO anytime in November I could have a baby!  Please pray that it is closer!  Again today the midwife (who is AMAZING and the woman I have gone to for all of my kids) said the date should be about the 7th, but I am measuring (and ultrasound is showing) about the 14th---but once again I am planning on the 21st....*sign*

Now very exciting, but there you go!