Friday, December 31, 2010

toys today

My mom called to wish us a happy new year. We talked and laughed. It was refreshing. I've missed having her here every day like she was the week before Christmas. Since then it's been so quiet here. You know, as quiet as it can be with a bunch of new Christmas presents to entertain I mean THEM. We are pretty much housebound with the weather and the need to catch up on work that I couldn't do when I was so sick. It's easy to get discouraged. I'm easily distracted and bored. I'm tired all the time because I'm not sleeping well at night. Anyone else deal with waking constantly at night while pregnant? I expect the 2-3 times a night to use the bathroom, but HOURLY waking is killing me! It's been going on for a month. Ugh. See? Easily distracted....I meant to write about the toys the kids are enjoying these days.

I have three words for you.




The boy is in love and I don't think daddy minds showing how it works. We are excited to take it out when the snow is gone so we can fly it out in the open instead of our dining room.

Another favorite?

Bowling ball and pin set.

It's meant for toddlers but with our wide long hallway upstairs we have the perfect bowling alley. Sam keeps score - great for learning addition and the practice writing doesn't hurt either. it's a big hit with everyone.

Nerf guns.

It adds a new element to the "school" game the kids play with daddy. Wait. That doesn't sound good. It really isn't school like so don't worry :)

There is no shortage of imaginative play, good old fashioned art projects, and plenty of sibling squabbles to keep us on our toes.

Plenty to keep them busy until school starts again.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

the post i've been waiting to write

It's the one I wasn't sure how long it would be before I could share the good news.

What good news you ask?


Sure I don't move as fast as I used to and I have to eat and medicate around the clock, but a $30 pill twice a day, a bag of cherrioes at my side at all times, and a thermos of Sunny D isn't going to keep me from smiling!

No sir!

Christmas is coming and I have 80% of my shopping to do and 95% of the wrapping left to do. We're keeping things very simple this year and I'm oK with that. My perspective has changed. My priorities have changed.

I can walk up and down the stairs.
I can ride in the car.
I can eat dinner with my family.
I can get my kids ready for school.
I can help with homework.

Do we have Christmas cards printed, visited Santa, looked at lights, baked anything, read a Christmas book, done a single Christmas craft?


I will be there when my kids perform their Christmas programs on Sunday night with tears in my eyes because I'm not missing them sing of our Savior's birth. I will be there on Christmas Eve when our families gather. What more could I ask for this Christmas after a month of being in bed, missing Thanksgiving, and so much time with my kids and husband?

I am blessed.

And the bonus part?

My baby belly popped out yesterday at 11 weeks, 1 day.

P.S. Thank you for all your kind comments this month while I've been sick. I know I wrote back to so few of you and I feel terrible about that.

Friday, December 10, 2010


forgive the bullet points? At least I'm writing more than numbers this time!

* my sister. She was put on hospital bedrest this week and spent a scary morning trying to stop contractions (which they did thank goodness - she's only 26 weeks along!)

* baby bear. Growing like he/she is suppose to do. We heard the heartbeat on Monday - a day before I turned 10 weeks. There is no belly picture to share because there is no belly. See next point....

* me. I'm still sick. Still weak and unable to get out of bed except for a few minutes here and there. It takes me a week to do what I can normally accomplish in 10 minutes. No, I'm not kidding. I'm still losing weight (12pounds to date) even though I don't expend hardly any energy and my day revolves around medicine and food. Speaking of food....

* food. I hate food. Hate that I have to figure out at every mealtime what my body won't reject. Hate that it gets mad when I eat and gets even more mad when I don't eat. I'm surviving on shredded wheat and other processed foods that are quick and easy like ravioli, cherrioes, yogurt.....I hate that our family missed all that yummy Thanksgiving food! After FOUR years of not eating McDonald's french fries I ate a few the other day. Also after 2 years of not a sip of pop, that's something that I'm drinking in small doses too. I don't care for cola anymore, but having anything else with flavor is really nice! I am so sick of water!

* sam and julia. They are in school a lot of the time which helps cut down on PapaBears huge load right now, but he still does all the shuttling. I haven't driven in almost a month and have only left the house 4 times in 4 weeks. They take turns bringing me my cereal in the morning. It's pretty sweet how proud they are to carry the bowl upstairs to me every day.

Christmas. It's coming and I'm not ready. BUT thanks to my mom I'm way more ready than I would have been if it weren't for her! She spent two days doing my sewing projects for me so we would have gifts to give this year. I've had the kids' gifts done for a while, but a little ordering and a little mad dash before Christmas Eve and we just might make it. Does it feel like Christmas? Not a bit. I'm getting a full dose of Christmas stress, but none of the magic because I'm too sick to get out with the fam. Trying not to dwell on it....there are other things that are lacking my attention and that's enough distraction by itself!

So there you have it....a rather downer update, but it's all my foggy brain and thumbs can come up with this morning.

Stay warm!


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