Tuesday, June 28, 2011

hit him with your best shot*

I cut Nicky's hair yesterday and it kind of reminds me of Pat Benatar.  It's hard to tell from the above picture but it kind of looks like this:

Good thing he is a baby.

I'm not sure I remember how to blog.  It's been so long!

Last Friday my Dad was told that they couldn't rule out cancer at that point and he might need a lung biopsy.  :(  Yesterday he was told that they think it's another serious but treatable disease and they can get the tissue they need through a bronchoscopy on Thursday.  he has another ct scan today.  he is still in a lot of pain so your prayers are really needed and appreciated.  thank you so much.  I wish I was there to take him to all of these appts.  I am so thankful he has so many people that love him and want to help.  :(  If you knew my dad you would know how incredibly hard this is.  The man does not like to sit still for very long.  sigh.

On Saturday morning I again practiced turning my worries over to God.  That is what he clearly says he wants us to do but it is SO hard.  Worrying does no good for anyone.  Praying?  Yes.  Praising God for all the good stuff?  Yes.  Worrying?  no.  So I am trying my best not to worry.  It feels wierd...like I am not doing something I should be. how did worrying get so ingrained in us?

    Philippians 4:6-7 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.(NLT) 
Along with thinking of my dad all the time, things are good.  James was grounded yesterday for being mouthy but it did result in a good conversation about how hard it is to control your words even when you're in a bad mood.  hmmmmm...that sounds familiar.  :)  I might struggle with that now and again.  (ha!)  Nicky got a new tooth that gave him a fever and a fairly surly disposition all weekend.  he is still not 100% but better.  he is still asleep at 9:31am.  I need to go wake him up soon.  Ruby is very good, slightly annoying and utterly adorable.

I love having 3 kids at these different ages because I get some of everything.  I get the chubby adoring baby, the crazy thinking and talking 5 year old and the big kid who I can actually have a real conversation with about important things. 

I had an awesome time last night at water aerobics and then at Wendy's for a Bachelorette viewing party with her and Kelly.  We laughed a lot, watched Ashley (and made fun of her...sorry.), and ate too many mini m&ms.  We realized we all shared a past that involved prank phone calls.  Were you a prankster?

I need to go get that baby up and brush my teeth.  It was fun to be back here again today...I've missed the old blog.


*high five to susan for the awesome post title!  :)

Friday, June 24, 2011


Nicky eating his daily bowl of rice krispies:

Ruby being Ruby:
I love this face he makes:
and this one:
We are not sure how he manages to eat:

I talked to my Dad late yesterday afternoon and he sounded like himself for the first time all week. He has been in such pain he can barely walk and was having some other scary symptoms like coughing up blood. An XRay showed spots on his lungs on Tues or Wed but the MRI results he got yesterday showed that it was areas of inflammation not tumors. Thank God. They have him on antibiotics and he said this morning that he was feeling somewhat better, that the horrible pain is diminished somewhat. After I read his email I just burst into tears. I didn't realize how worried I was, underneath all the day to day stuff that my life involves. It didn't seem possible that anything could really happen to him. yuck. Thank you so much for your prayers for him. They are working and are so appreciated. xoxo

I have been in an especially foul mood the last 2 days. I think it's a combination of fear and PMS...not fun. Pretty much anything and everything is hurting my feelings. I'm keeping mostly to myself and trying to just let stuff go. It's obviously me not anyone else. Right now I just want to curl up with Patrick and go to sleep for about a week.

I have been working out with Jackie and I think that is helping me hang in there.  It exhausts me some days but leaves me feeling really good, too.  I did manage to lose that last .5 pound so that was fun to see.

I probably gained it back earlier today.  :)

What else?  Ruby likes swimming lessons and summer school.  James, too.  I tried water aerobics at our local pool and really liked it.  We had a babysitter here for all 3 kids for the first time!  It went great.  Nicholas has been sleeping until 9 or 9:30 most mornings and I have been loving that little bit of peace and quiet while the big kids are gone. 

A lot of my family is coming next week (seester & her family, my mom) so that is pretty exciting.  I'm not sure yet what will happen with my Dad.  He was going to come, too.  :(  We'll see...maybe his antibiotics will help him feel totally better.  I hope so.  (they were thinking maybe he had Lyme's or some auto-immune disease but of course everything showed negative so far.  I know all of that is so hard to diagnose.)

I have been sewing a fair amount and organizing some areas of my house.  I put up a new shower curtain that is actually a huge tablecloth and I love it.  I feel so blessed to have a home.  I love making it cute and comfortable for us and I love that Patrick notices and appreciates that stuff.

Speaking of Patrick.  He met the kids and I at a McDonald's for lunch yesterday.  We all went in the play area afterward and he was totally overwhelmed by it.  :)  haha.  Welcome to my world.  It was Nicky's first time and he thought it was great.  He was so cute running around and bumping into padded poles.  :)

Once again, have a great weekend.  xoxo

Thursday, June 23, 2011

hey there

hi friends,

Along with being pretty busy and trying to fully take advantage of any down time when I have it, my Dad isn't feeling so well.  I don't much feel like blogging and probably won't until we get some answers.  I am fine for the most part but it's always in the back of my mind...you know that feeling?

We are having a good week in spite of being concerned about our Grandpa.  You kind of have to with kids.  I'm thankful for that.  :)

have a good weekend!  xoxo

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

put me to bed or lose me forever

blog?  what blog?  I don't have a blog.

back soon.  enjoying summer (a little too?) fully!  :)  xoxo

also - just kicked my kids outside.  It's SUMMER.


Monday, June 20, 2011

pickle pickle pickle pop

Do your kids do that thing where they wag their finger around in front of your face saying, "LOLLI LOLLI LOLLI (and then jab it at your eye for the finale) POP!"?

Mine do.  We also say, "pickle pickle pickle POP!"  Nicky wags his little finger, too, and says, "blalli blalli blalli".  It is cute, trust me.

So, now that you know about That!  how are you?

I am super very good.  I had a most excellent weekend and I know the fam did, too.  It started Friday:  we had friends over in the afternoon and then I went to Wendy's that night for BEER on her deck.  She got a cute & comfy new conversation set for her deck and it needed to be tested.  When I arrived her kids were in bed and she had it all set up for us with a big bowl of popcorn and a bucket of beers.  So cute and fun.  :)  She told her husband that some women scrapbook, some women shop...we sit on our patios and drink.  :)  Next time it will be here and she definitely set the bar pretty high.  I am thinking fireworks?!

Anyways, Saturday was some time at the dig while Ruby was at a birthday party.  Then I went to Lands End to try and find a swimsuit.  I decided I am not settling, as I do already have one that is fine, so I left without one.  In the afternoon we took all the kids to the pool and then for a walk on this most excellent new walking path in our town.  I LOVE IT!

Sunday was church and lunch and naps (Patrick) and mowing (me) and more pool time with just me and the big kids.  Ruby is totally into this swimming thing and was making me watch her do super bob after super bob.  (super bob = bobbing your head under water) 

baby needs me.  happy flippin' monday.


Friday, June 17, 2011


It's funny because I said we had had a good week (or something like that) but that doesn't mean a "perfect" week, I want you to know. A good week for me means I didn't lose it with my kids (too often. ha!), they got along sometimes, I didn't kick them, we had some fun, and I enjoyed myself a little on both of my levels: The Stephanie level and the Mom level. Do you have 2 levels? I do for sure. My mom level feels good about sitting on the floor playing Pokemon with Ruby, for instance. My Stephanie level is bored stiff with that but loves to read at night or watch the Bachelorette. So anyways. Needed to clarify that.

One funny thing was this: James was teasing Ruby about being in Level 1 for swimming yesterday. Relentlessly. Oh, and also about having a vagina. At one point I sent him to his room and told him the consequence for what he was doing. I also told him that the Lord wants us to encourage each other and build each other up. "Oh," he said, "I didn't know that." HAHAHHAHAHAAA.

One more funny thing: I pulled right out of the McDonald's drive through yesterday and didn't get them lunch because they were both whining and being generally annoying. :) (they had just had a big snack.) Oh, the mom power. I try to wield it gently most of the time. (do I?)

Anyways. I am on the laptop. The new, forbidden lap top but COME ON. I have no letters left and Patrick never hooked up the new key board last night. (perhaps I need to buy that new keyboard attaching drill I've been hearing about??)

Ruby finally got to start swimming lessons yesterday (missed first 3 days due to kindy and rain) and she loved it. It helps that 2 of her best buds are in her class.

I love all the swimming colors. So pretty and summery.

So our days now are like this: James to school at 8am (building moving contraptions and Movin' U - a running/biking/hiking class) (next week Ruby will also go at 8am also for 3 weeks) - Pick James (and Ruby) up at 10am - Play on playground for 20 minutes - Swim lessons for James and Ruby at 10:30am - chat with Wendy for 15 minutes while Pickles has a snack in stroller - chase Pickles for remaining 15 minutes of swimming lessons - home for lunch and nap for baby OR throw schedule to the wind and do something fun but pay for it later with crabby baby.

I'm feeling pretty happy about it all so far. (except for those moments when I'm not and I think about getting a real job.) (I say that with loads of sarcasm, you know. This is, of course, a real job.)

Well, baby is now awake

and, did you know, it is Friday!!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

19.5 and counting

I am still .5lb away from my goal!  I will get there.  Right now I only want to eat 100 soft chocolate chip cookies.  My sleepy brain is calling for carbs.

I just dozed on the couch while all 3 of my kids screamed and careened around me.  6 hours of sleep apparently isn't enough.

Dear Mother,  Mind your own business.  Love you!  skg

Dudes.  It is Thursday already.  The first (full) week of summer has gone amazingly well.  But, oh, I am some kind of sleepy.  (did I say that?  I forget.)

I need new bras.  Smaller bras.  I realized today that it looked more like I ad just folded a tsirt under my breasts and called it a day.  It was bad.  Not grapefruit bad, but bad.  :), Teresa.

LOL!  My (letter tat comes after U) key isn't working so I can't een paste in my (letter tat comes after G).  aaaaaaaa.  super funny.

I'm going back to sleep.



This picture shows Nicholas after attacking James' legs.  See how funny he thinks he is?  Biting is NOT funny, pickles.

here he is a second later when I won't give him the camera. Nice try, kid. Maybe if you didn't BITE I would consider it.
(I wouldn't, but don't tell him, okay?)

We had 2 of James' friends over for the day yesterday.  he was SO excited.  They live down the block and he went out to the sidewalk to see if they were coming yet.  (stalker.)  :)  here he is, waiting by the door:

They were here from 7:30-5:30 and it was a lot of fun.  (except Ruby felt left out a lot but she was kind of being a pain in the behind so it was mostly her own fault.)  They are sweet kids, a brother and sister who are 7 and 8.  It was a rainy day so there was lots of WII action but also a fair amount of hot wheels, fort building, DS playing, Spongebob, lots of eating and Legos.  Their mom offered to pay me but I said no so she bought us pizza for lunch.  It was delicious.  Our local pizza place has a light pizza and it was sooooooo good.  There are still 2 pieces left and I have to say I am pretty excited for lunchtime.

Speaking of lunch, I have to go exercise now.  yawn.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

copycatter, bread and water*

I've wanted a Superhero necklace for years.  Probably like 3 of them.  (years, I mean.)  I know the price was over $70 and I could just never justify spending that much on a beaded necklace, no matter how lovely.  When I finally got to the point that I wanted to treat myself, the creator was on maternity leave.  I was sad, but happy for her new little one, and sort of forgot all about it. 

Until about a month or so ago when I started making the stamped necklaces and learned how to make a bead into a pendant.  A giant light bulb went off in my brain one afternoon as I realized hey, I could make something like that myself now!

So I started to, very slowly, little by little.  I hadn't actually worked on mine for a couple of weeks until today.  This afternoon Ruby asked if she could make herself another beaded bracelet so I got my beads out and saw it lying there in the bottom of the box.  I took it out and realized how close to being finished I really was.

About a half an hour later, here it is!

I love it!

I also realize why it would cost $70+ to buy one...this baby took a long time, especially for my unpracticed fingers. 

It was worth it, though.  I love the feel of the glass beads against my neck.


I know how cool it is to DIY projects that you've seen other places, especially from big retail establishments like Pottery Barn or anthropologie.  People love it!  I love it!  But it does feel sort of wrong to copy an independent seller.  Of course, I have no plans of selling these and was going to buy one from her, but it still feels kind of wrong.  What is your take on this?  Am I very bad?

Also - my post title - did you say this as a kid?  I remember saying it even though it doesn't rhyme at all.  My, weren't my friends and I clever??  ;)  That reminds me that the other night in the car James was saying the rhyme "...and you are not to beeeee it..." and Patrick added, "with a dirty double dish rag IN-SIDE-OUT."  HAHAHAHHAHA!  I almost died laughing.  Hadn't heard that in years.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ruby's tuesday

I took this picture of Ruby when she was sick last week.  I love her tiny face.

I almost said the F word to her yesterday.  As in, "Give me the EFFING pretzels right now!"

But I didn't.  close one.

This morning she turned and blew me a kiss as she walked off to her kindy orientation.  I almost cried.

But I didn't.

close one.


Earlier this morning I went in to get pickles and he had something brown smeared on his face.

yes, it was that.

Patrick is my shower hero.  he is always willing to take any type of pukey or poopy child and get them in a warm shower immediately.  he jumped up out of a dead sleep and got that baby cleaned up.  love him.

Right after I have my coffee I am going to take baby pickles for a walk.  Today is a much slower morning, thankfully.  We had such a busy day yesterday!  After Nicholas' nap we met some friends at the park and then ended up meeting Patrick at another park for dinner.  It was fun.

I am typing like a robot this morning.  No fun for me or for you.  :)  sorry.


Monday, June 13, 2011


It's the first day of summer school and it's been a crazy morning helping everyone get stuff figured out.  Nicky (as Ruby calls him) was an amazingly sweet boy even as I put him in and out of his car seat 14 times within 3.5 hours.  Crazy or what?  Every day won't be like this, thank God.  :)

My birthday was great...Patrick got home early!  We got to meet him for dinner which was a very unexpected surprise.  I wasted (kind of) a lot of time on Saturday sewing (which I'll tell you about later) so that was a bummer.  But then I watched 3 hours of the Bachelorette and felt so much better.  (seriously.  reality tv = free therapy.)  Sunday was awesome.  We did the 11:15 church and it was so nice not rushing in the morning.  After lunch and a park and Menards we came home.  I mowed the lawn and Patrick sealed one side of our fence.  I know!!  I thought I'd be doing it myself but he fired up his new power sprayer and knocked that puppy out.  I think a new toy tool is the key to him wanting to complete a pesky little task.  Must remember this.


We got our ice cream maker a while ago and love it.  We got this one and it works so nicely.  So far we've made plain vanilla, smores and blueberry.  Blueberry is my favorite but I think adding crushed graham crackers would take it to the next level.  The recipe is simple:  2 C soy milk (we used very vanilla silk), 1 can full fat coconut milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1t vanilla, and 2C blueberries.  Blend it all up and chill for 2 hours.  Freeze according to manufacturers directions.  You can eat it before freezing if you can't wait.  It melts quickly at that point but is still delicious. 

The base was flat out delicious.  I let pickles have a little of it and he was a happy boy.
 starting to freeze:
 action shot:
 just to show you how baby always wants to hold onto me.  Or he will tuck his hand right down in my shirt between my breasts.  nice.
 and the ice cream!  (before freezing.)  (so good.)


So Kari and I are working on our fitness this week.  On Thursday it will be 3 months since I joined sparkpeople so that would be a great day to hit the 20lb mark, don't you think?  :)  I'm trying!

Thank you for the birthday wishes! 


Friday, June 10, 2011

birthday kiss

Sadly, this picture is not from today.  Patrick has been in NYC since Wednesday morning.  happily, he'll be home late tonight so I'll get my birthday kisses then.

Yes, I'm 40 today!  yikes.

A good day so far.  I cleaned up some puke, changed a poopy diaper and ran out of creamer.  That doesn't sound so good, does it?  :)  It is, though.  The baby slept well last night and until 9:30 this morning!  I got some awesome gifts and cash-ola in the mail and have had lots of sweet calls and messages from friends and family.  I feel very blessed and happy.  I will be completely happy once my husband is back on WI soil later on.

I hope you all have happy Fridays and super awesome weekends!  :)  Thanks for spending some of your time this past year here with me...I appreciate it so much.


Thursday, June 09, 2011

heaven help(s) me

This as been a crazy week, let me tell you.  I am sorry to be vague but it's a long story...I'll just say that God took care of something for me in a really big and clever way and I am left feeling pretty much awed and thankful.  he knows me (us) so well and just what is most important to me, even if it might seem like a small thing to someone else.

So, that was wonderful.

Now Ruby is sick, which is sad.

I got 2 cards and a small package in the mail yesterday and I am saving them for tomorrow.  That is wonderful.

We had a wicked bad storm last night and spent nearly an hour in the basement.

I made some simple (square!) coasters for James' teacher and really liked how they turned out.  It's hard to see but I did a small amount of quilting on each one.  Oh, and I left the brown bobbin thread in on accident and just went with it.  :):

I've been trying to cut flowers daily to enjoy inside. My peonies got plowed over last night (one of them) so I cut a few extra today. The greens are branches torn off of my favorite tree. It is mostly fine, thankfully.

Today has the potential for being a very long day.  My only goal is to email Melissa.  :)  have a good one, friends!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

oh bother - I copied a letter h off of Yahoo and paste it in every time I need it

The pool started leaking again yesterday afternoon, so did the baby pool.  (I am sorely tempted to get this one but will have to see how things look on payday.  Anyone have a bigger but smaller pool like that that you really like?)  Baby spilled slippery bubbles on the garage floor and Ruby spread them all over.  Thankfully, baby took a good afternoon nap and Ruby did, too!  

It was good to have a few minutes of down time.  I needed them.  (and I needed to clean up those darn bubbles.)

Today I am off to the doctor and then, maybe, later to James' graduation.  He woke up in the middle of the night feeling sooooo hot.  ??  How odd.  I know his teacher will tell me to bring him, if only for the graduation, so I'm guessing that's what will happen.  Poor buddy.  (He swam in his friends pool last night (they just got the one above) and was so chilly and tired out at bedtime.  I rubbed lotion into his back, feet and legs and he just couldn't believe how good it felt.  xoxo

The baby always likes to help:
 (I put our booster under the door so it wouldn't break)
 James on a happier morning:
 I love these moss roses my mom introduced me to last year.  They are a blooming succulent and so pretty:
I took these pics of some of my plants last week.  Now the clematis are going crazy, the peonies bloomed this morning and the honeysuckle as doubled in blooms:


James is feeling pretty awful and won't be even going to his graduation later.  :(  he is in pretty good spirits, though, and is currently on the couch watching Curious George 2.  :)

I just got in from watering and man, it's hot. 

My dr. appt. went well.  I've lost 33.5 lbs since last June!  The first 15 came off on their own in the first 9 months (the "easy" baby weight) and the other 18.5 in the last 3.  I am 1.5 lbs. from my first goal of a 20lb. loss but just haven't committed to it lately.  I am still eating fairly well (just more snacks, for sure, and haven't been writing it all down...just keeping loose track in my head) and doing so-so with exercising.  (I never made a no blogging before exercise rule in June and SEE?  :)  )  I am thinking next week I will commit to both tracking and NBBE and get rid of these last 1.5 lbs and see where I'll go from there.  I do still want to lose another 20 but that seems like a lot right now.  My next goal (after 20) will be 6 more lbs for a mini personal goal of no longer being technically obese.  (how sad to still be obese.)  I did lose some more inches, though, resulting in most of my pants being too big.  Time for another sewing session.  I also bought some size 14 shorts and capris which was a mini-goal I set for myself to be able to do by June 1st and they fit great.  It's not like I want to be a certain size but that was the next size down for me.  So, I'm at a bit of a self-inflicted plateau.  Anyone want to commit to some serious calorie tracking and exercise with me next week?

What a long paragraph that was!  The exercise I have been doing is: mowing, walking, and Jackie Warner circuit training.  Man, I love her.

 Today feels like a vacation day for some reason.  My to-do list (pick up babysitter, make cookies for James to eat after graduation, go to graduation, bring home babysitter) has been cleared and it feels nice.  Time to go watch some Curious George.  :)  xoxo

Monday, June 06, 2011

it might be monday

 and I might not have gotten any sleep last night and the baby might have taken a short-ass nap this morning and it might be 90 degrees outside and I might have spent that whole short-ass nap trying to patch a hole in the inflatable pool and I might have gut-wrenching cramps


there is mumford & sons on the TV:

the baby is pretty easy on the eyes:

there's a new playhouse in the backyard:  (free from friends!)
and one happy little girl in the pool:
Oh yeah. And shade on my patio:


So, it might be Monday but I'm not complaining.



Friday, June 03, 2011

Now my (letter that comes after F) is not workin.  ha!  et it?  workin'.  aa.  wo needs a  anyways?

here are some (letter after O not workin eit_er)  s_ittiest keyboard EVER.

ave a ood weekend, eole!

I already ad tese on facebook so I'm sorry if you saw tem already.  I am also sorry about tis sit ass keyboard of mine.  I will add relace keyboard to my list. 

ave a reat weekend!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

sometimes life is like this

I have to write this down because it feels so overwhelming to me.  I'm hoping it will help me to release it all (whine) and maybe get some perspective.

  • get babysitter for next Tues afternoon
  • bring stuff to thrift store
  • find out when dump is open, bring stuff to dump
  • find local scrap guy to see if he'll take motorcycles (2 out of 3) in the garage
  • return pants to Old Navy
  • return Aqua Sand and get other bday gift  (aqua sand, like moon sand, is straight from hell)
  • RSVP to Riley's party
  • make cupcakes for James for Sat & Sun
  • Cub scouts ceremony on Sun
  • Bring Ruby and James to (different) bday parties on Saturday
  • get groceries
  • return library books
  • mow
  • put massive amounts (again) of laundry away
  • deposit $
  • pay bills
  • make necklaces & mail them
  • turn in expenses
  • get dirt & grass seed
  • spread dirt & grass seed
  • volunteer at church Sunday
  • spend quality time with God/husband/kids
  • exercise
  • savor life
  • stop and smell roses
  • drink heavily
  • clean and organize lower level (again)
  • appreciate clean garage and basement  (ahhhhhhh.)
  • get plastic totes for basement
  • spray paint stool (not back end sort of stool, small stool for patio) and loveseat
  • finish patio swing replacement seat
  • sew cushions for outside
  • buy gazebo and have Patrick bolt to patio  (ah, sweet morning shade, come to mama)
  • water plants outside
  • do dishes
  • feed family
  • doctor next Tuesday morning
  • James graduation next Tuesday afternoon 
  • turn 40
Totally do-able right?  Will you share your overwhelming list?  Not all of this needs to be done this week but a lot of it really does.   I worked so hard on the basement yesterday so I'm taking a break from big jobs today and relaxing with my kids.  That is the idea, anyways.  I hope this list will stop me from constantly scrolling through it all in my mind.  Nicholas is sick (fever and very sad) so he was up twice last night, 1am and 5am, so I didn't get up at 5:30 when I wanted to.  I've been getting up at 5:30 to read my bible, hang out laundry, exercise, etc. and it is really a good way for me to start my day.  Sometimes life gets in the way of my grand plans, though.  Note to self:  roll with it.

I'm done now.  Ruby is here and we are going to go outside until baby gets up. 

p.s.  We tend to let things go around here for a while (aside from the main living areas) until they are just TOO MUCH and driving me mental.  I guess I'd rather have a ton to do every few months than do a lot more every single day??  As always, all of this will get easier again as pickles grows up.  And we don't want that, do we?  No, not yet.  Hey, right there.  There's my perspective.  :)  Sometimes I don't get to it until I let myself ramble.


Wednesday, June 01, 2011

pitting out

It must be a keyboard miracle!  My H is working!  Hallelujah!! 

Here are a few pics from our fire night.  I had to use the flash because it was d-a-r-k.

I like the marshmallow on Ruby's face.  :)  She fell asleep just like that.



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