Friday, December 28, 2007

Fake-out, and isn't it supposed to be winter?

This morning before Joel left for work, I went to the back to see if he was ready to have family prayer, and he was, so he called for Kailey. We both know that when you call for Kailey, you have about a 25% chance of her coming. This time, she didn't come, so Joel decided that we could just have prayers in the living room. We headed to the front, and when we got to the living room, we found Kailey sleeping on the couch. We decided to let her sleep and have prayers without her. Just as Joel started the prayer, we heard this gasp, then laughter. The child had faked us out! She was awake the whole time, pretending to be asleep. We thought that it was pretty funny. Where did she learn this, and when did she get the idea that she could do this?

Later in the morning, I was getting ready to put Kailey in the bath when Rickey came up frantic to go out. So Kailey and I went to the front to let her out. When we go there, we found that it was raining outside, and Kailey was really excited about it. She wanted to go play in it so badly, so I decided to let her go have some fun. Even though it is late December, it was somewhere around 70 degrees. She had such a good time jumping and hopping around.

Kailey had a great time tonight playing in the box that her kitchen came in. Aren't boxes great?

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas Eve calls en espanol, and nesting

Joel and I were actually home this year for Christmas. We spent Christmas eve night putting together a kitchen set. At one point, I was laying down, taking a rest, and the phone rang. I reached over to answer, and after I said hello, the person on the other end said, "Hola, buenos noches!" for some reason when this person said this, it didn't register that that was Spanish, I guess because those are such familiar words, and I was half asleep. Then he started with some sentences in Spanish. It really caught me off guard, so I just said, "sorry, you have the wrong number," and hung up. Well, I guess that that confused him because he called right back. I tried again, telling him that he had the wrong number, but I was awake enough now to know that he didn't understand, so I just hung up, and went into the front to help Joel out. I figured that this guy would get it, and give up. Not the case, I explained to Joel who was on the phone, and a little after explaining the phone rang again, so Joel went and turned the answering machine on. After he turned it on, we got about 4 or 5 more calls, each with a message in spanish. I told Joel that I was going to get the phone, and try to help them understand that they had the wrong number. The whole time I was trying desperately to remember some of the spanish that I had in high school and college, but it just wasn't coming to me. So, they of course called again after a few minutes, and I answered. I got the same, hola, buenos noches, and I explained, "no hablo espanol," I guess this confused the man, so he passed the phone to someone else, they gave me a line in spanish, and I replied with my line, they passed the phone again, and by the end I must have spoken with 4 of them. After I had talked to the fourth one, there was a weird noise and the connection was lost or they hung up. Either way, they didn't call back. On one hand, I felt bad that they were trying unsuccessfully to get in touch with someone, and on the other hand, their persistence was pretty funny.

I would post some Christmas photos here, but I don't have a single one. I used the video camera all day, and didn't get the camera out once :(

I had a normal 2 week check-up today with my doctor, and some strange things happened, maybe the planets aligned, I don't know what was going on. I see a doctor at the physicians tower at Woman's and this morning when I arrived for my 10:15 appt., I pulled into the very full parking lot, and someone was pulling out of the very first spot in the parking lot. I don't know if you have ever tried to park at Woman's, but it is almost as bad as LSU, I usually end up parking in the back of the extension of the parking lot that was added recently. I could not believe my eyes. I walked in, ready for the usual 5 min. wait for an elevator, and lo and behold, the elevator opened right up. I got upstairs to the desk, 15 min. early (I had built in this time for the parking and elevator). I figured I would be waiting in the waiting room at least the 15 min. and probably more like 30. Instead, I went to open the door, and Theresa, the nurse, was coming out, and she says, "I was coming to get you." I went right in, and waited just a few minutes for the doctor. He checked the usual, heartbeat, measurement, etc. asked if I had any questions, and that was it. I was done with my appt. before 10:15. I walked out, and again the elevators that usually take several minutes, opened right up. I made it out to the car by 10:20. It was very strange.

I have a little over a month to go before my due date, and I guess that that and the hormones were starting to get to me yesterday. My hormones have been particularly crazy this week; I have had some crazy mood swings. So yesterday, I was thinking about how little time we have before the baby comes, and I started to think of all of the things that we have left to get. I just felt this urgency to make sure that everything was ready for bringing home a new baby. I made a list so that I wouldn't forget anything, and so that I could start picking some things up while I'm out. Well I guess the combination of the list and crazy hormones were getting to me, because I could not get my mind settled to go to sleep. I had to discuss it all at length with Joel before I could go to sleep. He was probably thinking that I was crazy, but I really had to get that stuff out. I guess that he felt bad for me, because today I was IMing him at work, and he told me to go get a rocker (one of the items on my list, that I was most concerned about).

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Kailey's two, and ready or not, Christmas and Eli are almost here

It has been nearly three weeks since I've posted, yikes. Since then, Kailey turned two, and moved up to a "big girl bed" on the same day. She got a tricycle, an art easel, a Winnie the Pooh seat, and a few other gifts. She was really excited about all of her gifts. She calls her tricycle the "cycle," pronounced like the tool that cuts wheat, and the same word as popsicle for her (can be tricky for me, when she says, "I want cycle/sicle," I'm not sure if she wants a popsicle or to ride her tricycle) She went in for her check-up and shots last week. We really love our pediatrician, Dr. Flechas, we never wait long, never too quick to prescribe meds, and great personality. Kailey is in the 90th percentile for height and 25th percentile for weight (25 lbs and 35 in.). She had to have the flu vaccine (nasal spray, thank goodness) and a shot. I was so shocked because she didn't even flinch when they sprayed the solution in both sides of her nose, and didn't cry at all when they gave her the shot. The nurse was and I were both shocked and impressed.

The other day I was thinking about some things that I love about Kailey at this age:
When she wakes up from a nap, and is ready for me to let her out of her room, she yells, "!" it just sounds really funny because she usually calls me mama or mommy, and she says it so loudly and abruptly.
I can have simple conversations with her.
She is starting to understand emotion and sympathy more, so if I seem bothered by something, she will ask me what's wrong, and after I tell her, she says, "awww".
She remembers people's names and gets excited to see people that she remembers.
She pronounces the letter J like she is from South America, she pronounces Jamie as yamie (she sometimes calls Jamie "my yamie," which is funny to me, and Joe is yo.
When she does something wrong, she says, "sorry" and this is pronounced, soffree.
She calls herself Kaikey (pronounced cake-e), a combination of Kailey and K-K, I guess.
She loves to help me feed Rickey, the dog, and will even tell me throughout the day, "mommy, puppy unggee (hungry)," in hopes that we can go feed her again.
She is very energetic and free spirited. I don't always love this side of her :)

We have been doing lots of Christmas shopping. I developed a theory on why I do last minute shopping. For so many years, I was in school or working and didn't have much time to shop, so it usually got put off until Christmas break, so now I just do the same thing, wait until a week or so before Christmas to do my shopping. I came up with this theory when Jeni, a friend in our ward, was saying last week that she had some shopping left to do, and was waiting for time off from work. I have decided that next year, I'm going to set a goal to get my shopping done early. Wait, who am I kidding, the main reason that I don't get my shopping done is that I am a procrastinator. It is something that I try to work on it. In college I would do anything to avoid doing homework until the last minute. My favorite thing to do instead of homework was scrub the bath tub, because I felt like I was really getting something done, and it relived stress because it is a physical, mindless job.

Kailey, after a long day of shopping (this was taken at 6 p.m., needless to say, this little nap ruined her 8 o'clock bed time)

This is just a funny picture that I took the other day. She loves to run from me, after I dry her off, but before I get clothes on her, and this time she didn't get very far when something on tv caught her attention)

Like I mentioned before, we moved Kailey to a big bed, and this is her sleeping in it for the first time. I was pretty nervous about how she would do, but she has done great so far. The first week, we had no problems at all, this week she got out of bed and cried a few times after we put her down for the night, because she had late naps that messed her up, but she is back on track now.

Jamie, Jeni K. (I know quite a few Jeni's, hence the initial), Lisa, Allison, Kailey, and I drove to Houston on the 8th for some Ikea shopping. I planned the trip to pick up Kailey's bed and dresser, and when Joel mentioned it Friday night at the ward Christmas party, Jeni and Lisa decided to join us. It was fun to have their company; I'm glad that they came. I hope that they were glad that they came. 8 hours in the car with a two year old and a one year old can be kind of tough sometimes, and we had some difficulty with the cargo. Kailey's bed frame was in a huge box, as expected, but not only was it huge, it was wide, wider than the van, which made it very tricky to secure to the luggage rack on top of the van. We had to pull off of the interstate twice to try to resecure it after it started sliding off. We finally took the frame out of the box and tied half of it to the rack and shoved the other half inside of the van. We had so much stuff packed inside the van, I don't know how we made it home with everything. Poor Lisa and Jeni had to climb back to their seats and had very limited space. It was a long day, but worth it, I love Ikea!
Where else can you get an iron bed frame and dresser for $150 each?

I can hardly believe that we have less than a month and a half before the new baby gets here! I've gotten a few things done that need to be done like working on potty training with Kailey and getting her out of the crib, but I still have lots to do!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Burninating the taco shells and a couple of funny pictures

Tonight Joel and I had tacos (contrary to the menu on the right; the pork wasn't thawed so it had to swap places with the tacos). In preparation of the tacos, I put the shells in the oven as usual. I was feeling a little impatient because my back was hurting, so I decided to crank the oven up a little bit to broil and see if I couldn't get the shells browned up real quick. After I turned them up, I got a little distracted by other things, like Kailey throwing my freshly folded clothes off of the chair. When I made it back to the stove, I noticed some smoke coming from the back right burner. At first I thought that I had turned that burner on by mistake and something landed on it, but the burner was off. I knew that the oven vents through that burner, so I checked the oven. There they were, six little taco shells with 3-5 inch flames. When I tell you these shells were on fire, they were seriously on fire; big blue, purple, red, and yellow flames. I was going to grab the fire extinguisher, but I remembered that we never got one of those when we bought the house. I grabbed the flour and started throwing it on them. After a few seconds I had it under control. The whole time Kailey was laughing and saying oooohhhh. Evidently she thought that the fire was fun and pretty; I certainly did not feel the same. I had to open up doors and windows to get all of the smoke out of the house; it actually felt really good, because it finally cooled down a little outside. Here is a picture of the taco shells and flour sitting on the old dead dryer in our garage (our dryer died last week).

This beautiful picture goes with the title of the blog "burninating the taco shells"
If you are unfamiliar with Trogdor, and would like to learn about him, click here.

Yesterday my post had a section about video games. I completely forgot to include a story from last night involving games. Joel and I went over to Jamie and Joe's for dinner, and afterwards we played some 4 player wii tennis. Well, unbeknownst to me, I get a little over zealous with interactive wii controls. As we were playing tennis, i noticed, or it was pointed out, that I was really getting into the game. I tried to scale it back a little, but as the game got more intense, I didn't notice or try any more. I was sitting in about the middle of the couch and Joe's guitar was propped up at the end of the couch. At one particularly crucial moment, I lunged from my spot on the couch toward the end of the couch hitting Joe's guitar with my remote. I was a little embarrassed, but around the aforementioned company it was more funny than embarrassing. From now on, I am going to be extra careful when I'm playing wii, especially if it is not with close family.

These are a couple of pictures that were on the camera when I got the taco picture off.
Here's what happens when Kailey is left unattended with applesauce.

Allison got a little tired at lunch last Thursday and decided to take a little break (that's what Jamie and used to call it when we would lay on the floor and take a 5-10 min. naps when we were up late at night/early morning working on school assignments that we had put off; we were not very good students, but managed to come out with decent g.p.a's in the end).

Sunday, December 2, 2007

A game addiction and whispering

I haven't posted anything in a couple of days, because I rented a game, Beautiful Katamari, for Joel's Xbox. I'm not the gaming type. Joel is into Halo3 right now, but I don't even attempt it. This game is so much fun. It's kind of an odd game, but I like it a lot.

I have a Kailey story, too. We don't give Rickey any table food at all, and we don't let Kailey give it to her either. This just about kills Kailey, she wants so badly to share her food with Rickey. When we are eating, she will look at me with sad eyes and says "puppy ungee (hungry)." Also, I have been trying to teach Kailey to whisper. She can be loud sometimes at church, the library, etc., so we have been working on whispering and using an inside voice. She just doesn't seem to be getting it. Until this week she had never even tried to whisper. I thought that she just didn't understand what I was trying to get her to do. Well, turns out she did, and just chose not to. I was at the computer the other day, and Kailey was in the room with me eating a snack. Rickey of course was right at her feet hoping that Kailey would drop a crumb. After a few minutes I heard Kailey whispering Rickey's name, I turn to look and she had dropped small peices of food, was whispering Rickey's name, and bending and pointing to the food. I just laughed to myself and pretended like I didn't see. I figured it wouldn't hurt if Rickey eats a few crumbs. Then after she had given her a few crumbs I reminded her that we don't feed the puppy our food.

This picture is about a year old, but it was the only one that I could find effectively displays how Rickey spends about a fourth of her day. She follows Kailey around with her nose to the ground sniffing for food. (She's not sniffiing for food here, but that's what she looks like a good part of the day)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Clare had a baby! Good riddance pull-ups, and I got tagged

Clare (best friend since kindergarten) had a baby girl today! Jamie and I talked to her this morning after Jazzercise, and all was going well. Jezebel Eleanor weighs 6 lb. 14 oz. and has lots of black hair. I am anxiously awaiting pictures.

I have been working on potty training with Kailey for about three or four weeks now. We got really messed up with Amilyn's wedding and Thanksgiving, because those were times when I couldn't help her as much as she needed, so she pretty much went back to the diaper for a little while. Well, I decided that this week we were going to get serious. I concluded that the pull-ups were setting us back, because when she has one of those on, she thinks it's just like a diaper and she can just go in it, and forget the potty. I felt like I was jumping off into the deep end. We have now made it through 24 hrs., no pull-ups or diapers, and we didn't have any accidents (I hesitate to brag, because who knows what tomorrow will bring). I'm not gonna' lie, I was scared to leave the house today with no pull-up. I loaded down Kailey's bag with extra clothes, her sesame street folding travel potty seat, and treats for going in the potty. I had a couple of errands to run today after Jazzercise, so I was pretty nervous. I was suprised at how well things went. I just hope that things continue to go this well.

I was tagged for the Seven Things Meme by Ann.

The rules are:
1. Share seven random facts about yourself, in your blog.
2. Include these rules.
3. Link back to the person who tagged you.
4. Tag seven more people and list their names & blogs.
Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged.
My seven random facts:
1. I love the beach.
2. I'm kind of picky about food, and don't like trying new things: I typically only eat canadian bacon pizza; I ALWAYS eat my hamburgers with only cheese, pickles, and lettuce; I get the same sandwich, fixed the same way everytime at Subway; I always get the same smoothie at smoothie king; I don't drink milk...
3. I do not like snakes, they scare me soooo bad. Once when I was pregnant with Kailey, a baby one got into our apartment, and I almost went into cardiac arrest. I left the apartment with the snake in there to roam and hide wherever he pleased. Luckily, when Joel got in from work, he found him and removed him using an oven mitt.
4. I wish that I was more creative when it comes to picking out gifts. I always draw a blank when I try to pick something out.
5. I am nursery leader in my ward, and it is not nearly as tough as I thought that it would be. Having Jeni in there with me has made it a lot better, too.
6. Watermelon is my very favorite food! I always eat a humongous peice, and I have a certain order in which I eat the sections of the watermelon slice (weird, I know, Jamie does it, too).
7. I like to fly. When I was young, I always thought that flying in a plane would be scary, but I like it. I wouldn't say that I love it, because I don't ever want to do any flips in the air or anything like that, I just appreciate that it gets me where I want to go a lot faster than driving, and the take off is kind of fun.

I think that I'm kind of long winded. Most other people that did this "tagged" thing had one line per item, mine kind of turned into more. When I post things they always end up longer than I thought that they would be. I hope that I'm not boring people with my posts that go on and on.

I don't think that there is anyone left that I know that hasn't been tagged, so I'm not going to tag anyone. Is something bad going to happen, like 7 years bad luck? I hope not.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Lady Stetson A.K.A. Rickey and a crazy dream

Today, I brought Rickey in to be groomed. If you haven't seen her lately, her nails were atrociously long. I brought her to the vet that's right down the road from us, for the first time. Evidently they bathed her in Lady Stetson, and when they brought her out, I almost vomitted. Then I had to ride all of the way home with her. I don't know why in the world I didn't roll the windows down, but Kailey and I suffered through. You could literally smell her 5 ft. away. Thank goodness it has died down a little, you can only smell her about a foot away now. I guess Lady Stetson is better than stink, but I don't think I could handle it again. Can you imagine how the girl smells that bathes the dogs, by the time she gets home? Yikes!

Lady Steston AKA Rickey AKA Dorey (that's her real name nickname)

Some how I managed to go to Wal-Mart twice today. I must be a glutton for punishment, riding home with Lady Stetson, with the windows up, and going to Wal-Mart twice the day before Thanksgiving. The two trips to Wal-Mart actually were not that bad. The first time that we were there, we dropped off Kailey's antibiotic prescription (she was starting to develop bronchitis), they said that it would take an hour and half to two hours to get it filled, that really means 3-4 hours. I think we have the slowest pharmacy in the world. Jamie has gotten into it with some of the employees because of the lies about the wait time. So, I resigned to the fact that I was going to have to come back to the mad house later in the evening, and set out to pick up a couple of things that I had forgotten to get earlier in the week. Some how I managed to get in a short self check-out line and made it out quick. Later, when we went back, there was suprisingly no line at the pharmacy, and we got out of there quickly and easily. We even took a little time to walk by the christmas yard inflatables on the way out, b/c Kailey loves them. There was a Mickey Mouse one that she was especially excited about, and when we went by the Nativity one, she bent down and hugged the Baby Jesus.

Now for the crazy dream. If you haven't noticed on the baby countdown over there, we've only got 2 1/2 months left. I guess that that has kind of been on my mind lately, because this morning I had a dream, that it was time to have the baby. I was also talking to Jeni in the nursery on Sunday, about braxton hicks contractions, and real contractions. So in the dream, Joel and I went to the hospital, and the contractions were really mild. I told the nurse that I didn't need the epidural yet, and then all of a sudden, the contractions got really bad. I called the nurse over, and asked for the epidural, but she said that it was too late, that they baby was ready to come out, and there wouldn't be time to set up the epidural. I was so angry, upset, and afraid. Then the dream ended. Between you and me, I'm a real weiney when it comes to pain. I surely did appreciate the epidural when I had Kailey, and fully intend to have one again with this baby. I know that there are women who choose to not have the epidural, but I'm all for it. When I had Kailey, it was a nice, calm, relaxed experience. I'll admit, I am a little curious about how I would handle it, and what it would be like with no epidural, but that curiousity does not supercede my hatrid and fear of pain, so I will be having the epidural, if I can help it.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Pregnancy cravings

Today I was craving lemonade, and a couple of days ago I was craving cheesecake. This evening we went to Aaron and Lisa Saxon's house to watch the LSU game, and have dinner, and lo and behold lemonade and cheesecake! Thanks Lisa, they were great.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I passed!

As I mentioned in the previous post, I had the three hour glucose screening, to test for gestational diabetes (I failed the 1 hr. test). The nurse called this afternoon to let me know that I passed. I was so relieved! Also, the test went so much better this time, than it did when I took it during my last pregnancy. Last time, I thought I was going to throw-up and pass out right there in the waiting room. I felt so sick that I had to call Jamie to come get me, and drive me home. This time, I hardly felt bad at all, and the girl that drew my blood was very good.

I was kind of afraid of the gestational diabetes; Jamie had g.d. during her pregnancy with Allison. Even though she claims that it wasn't that bad, it couldn't have been that great either. I hate diets, and there are definitely some dietary restrictions that go along with g.d.

The only diet that I ever tried, ended after only about twelve hours. Joel and I tried the South Beach diet, before I got pregnant with Kailey. It was a nightmare for me. We started it one morning and were doing fine until about 9 o'clock at night. We were both starving, so we gave in and went to sonic. I have very little self control when it comes to things like that. It may have been good for me to have g.d. because I would've had guidelines to follow and would have been held accountable by the specialist.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

3 hour glucose test = torture

So I had a prenatal visit this morning that was preceded with a glucose screening. Everything went fine at the prenatal visit, but the glucose test brought some bad news! Turns out I failed it, and it wasn't even close, so I have to go back this week to take the three hour glucose test. I don't know if you have ever taken this test, but I'm convinced that it was devised by Satan himself. Needless to say, I am not looking forward to this test. Jamie has volunteered to go with for this one; I almost passed out in the waiting room last time (they take a ton of blood, and give you this super potent glucose drink that makes your blood sugar levels go crazy). I just hope that I don't have gestational diabetes (that's what they are testing for), because that would mean multiple finger pricks a day, a strict diet, and possibly prescriptions.

Some good news, I've reached the point where I see the doctor every two weeks now, and I have a sonogram scheduled for next appt. I'm excited to see the baby again. It kind of caught me off guard when the doctor told me to reschedule in two weeks; where has the time gone? And can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?!?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Congratulations Amilyn and Brandon!

Joel's younger sister, Amilyn, got married this weekend. She and Brandon were sealed in the Baton Rouge temple Saturday afternoon, and they had a reception that evening in Gonzales. All of the Bonnette kids came into town. It was great to see all of them, and all of their kids. Joel is from a family of 7 kids (he is number 5). His oldest brother Jeff lives in CA with his wife, Kamra, and 4 children (3 girls, 1 boy); Bonnette kid #2 is Wendy who just moved back to Louisiana with her husband, Byron, and 5 children (4 boys, 1 girl); Jared and his wife Keri flew in from CO; Jonathan, #4, his wife, Brandy, and their 4 children (2 girls, 2 boys) live in UT; Amilyn is #6; and Mavanie, #7, still lives at home. So counting mom and dad, kids, and grandkids, the grand total is 29, and growing, Eli will be #30.

It was fun and exhausting helping out with and attending Amilyn's wedding and reception. Kailey is still recovering from the full weekend. She had so much fun playing with her cousins. She actually had two naps today, I can't remember the last time that she had two naps. She had a nap this morning, and fell asleep on the couch at 4:30 this afternoon. I had to have a nap today, too. I'm not complaining though, I'll take some exhaustion to be able to spend time with family.
I'm sad that we didn't take many pictures. I would've liked to have taken one when the photographer had the whole family together at the temple, but I forgot :( I'll see if I can get a copy made of Amilyn's.

Kailey was really excited about her pretty dress that she got to wear to her Aunt Amilyn's wedding.

Kailey with Aunt Phyllis (Joel's mom's sister)

On a different note, I haven't totally abandoned my goal to post once a day for NaBloPoMo. It just wasn't happening this weekend with all of the festivities. I did think of some things that I would add during the weekend:

A couple of funny things:
Toward the end of setting up for Amilyn's reception, Kailey asked for pink kitty (her little pink blankie that has a kitty head on it), so I passed it to her, and she started rubbing the little pink satin bow as usual. Well I guess she rubbed on the little pink bow a little too had, because the little pink bow came off. She looked up at me with a look of devestation, and said, "pink, b0w-bow," (pink is what she calls the blankie, and bow-bow, as in hurt). She just kept saying it, and eventually started to cry a little. I had to put the bow in my pocket, and distract her with a snack. Once distracted she was fine, and I snuck the blankie out of her bed that night, and fixed it (so I thought, it had some more problems the next morning, but it's fine now). Since then, every time she has her blankie, she says, "pink, bow-bow," and I remind her that I fixed her, and she is ok.

Kailey is a really noisy sleeper. Saturday morning she woke up at 5:30. So I put her in the bed with us, in hopes that she would sleep longer. She did go back to sleep, but I was hardly able to sleep, she makes these cute little sighing noises while she sleeps, but they are not so cute when you want to be sleeping. Since the first time I held her sleeping, in the hospital, she has made these noises. She was a noisy eater, too when she was breastfeeding. She came into the world screaming, and making noises when she ate and slept, and she hasn't gotten an quiter.

Now for the fact about me, that you might not know:
When I was younger, my mom and dad called me "Celeste Mess." (Celeste is my middle name, actually it is Cleste, according to my birth certificate, thanks a lot vital records folks!) I guess I was a messy kid. I know, you couldn't tell it now, kidding of course. I still live up to my nickname. Housework is not my favorite thing to do, that's for sure.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The heat is on

So far, I have hardly felt pregnant other than the extra weight, and a little nausea at the beginning, but yesterday, the baby turned on the heater. Thank goodness this didn't start a couple of weeks ago when it was still blazing hot outside. I am typically a cold natured person, so this is totally abnormal for me. I am just grateful that both of my pregnancies have ended in winter months. I could not imagine having these hot episodes in the middle of the summer; I think I would pass out.

I'm sad, I missed a day blogging, but I was so tired last night that I didn't make it to the computer. I had something that I was going to write about, too. Of course now I have completely forgotten what it was. I definitely get a little scattered brained during pregnancy (ok, so I'm a little scatter brained all of the time, and a lot scatter brained during pregnancy).

To stick with one of my themes, here's something that you might not know about me. I was on the yearbook staff in high school and won the journalism pin. I never had any desire to go into journalism, though. Since I was young, I wanted to be a teacher. I really loved my job, and leaving it to stay home with Kailey was one of the hardest things that I have ever done. I have never for a second regretted quitting, but I would like to go back one day, in the very distant future. At least, not until the babies are all in school, and probably not until they are all older.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Pennies in the TV

Today Jamie, Kailey, Allison, and I took a road trip to Ferriday. We needed to get in a visit while daddy was home from work. The girls were super excited to go and visit mimi and pawpaw (my mom and dad), and as an added bonus, mamaw and papaw (my moms parents) were there too. We all had a good time and were sad that the trip had to be so short.

While we were there, mama shared a really funny story with us. Turns out, not long ago, on an offshore job, daddy had to share a room with another guy. This guy liked to go to sleep with the tv on (daddy doesn't like to have the tv on at night, he prefers reading), so this did not bode well. What made it especially bad, the roommate wouldn't turn off the tv. He would just fall asleep with it on, and it would wake daddy up in the middle of the night. So daddy asked him a few times to be sure and turn it off when he was finished watching, but this did not help. So daddy, remembering how two very young girls had destroyed one of his tvs, over twenty years ago, got some pennies, and dropped them into the slots on the top back of the tv. Sure enough, broken. So when the guy tried to turn it on, he asked daddy if he knew what happened, daddy just said, nope. Jamie and I agreed that if you were going to destroy a tv without evidence, it sounded like a good plan to us.
While we were at mama and daddy's, we went out on the peir, despite the cold wind (the girls really wanted to play outside), and the girls had a good time helping their pawpaw sweep and getting into stuff.

Kailey found an old broken styrofoam ice chest, and was pulling it around laughing.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Today Kailey put a pull-up on her head and yelled "hat." This was probably the funniest thing that happened.

I have also decided that I should come up with a back up for NaBloPoMo (notably funny things don't happen every day) . I'm gonna put some things that you might not know about me, too.

So, without further ado, here are somethings that you might not know about me:
- I LOVE drawing and art. I would've gotten my art teaching certification if it wouldn't have added a year to my degree. I took a couple of art classes at LSU. My favorite was with Dr. Malveto. He moved out to Denham recently and I have run into him at Wal-Mart, and spoken to him. He was a funny guy and an awesome teacher. I absolutely loved his class. I look forward to taking more art classes in the future.
- I had a touch of postpartum depression after having Kailey, and when I hit my lowest point, I turned on the tv, and Napoleon Dynamite was just coming on one of the cable channels. That movie pulled me through, and it will forever hold a special place in my heart :)

Sunday, November 4, 2007


Today, I was checking out some friends' blogs, and learned that November is National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) (I stole the link from Jessie's site) and that during this month you are supposed to post something to your blog every day. Well, I'm definitely not going to reach that goal, as it is already the 4th of the month and today is the first day that I've added in Nov.

I like the challenge that Jessie gave to her readers to be more creative and include more things than just family stuff and cute pictures. So in honor of her request and NaBloPoMo, I'm gonna try to post something every day that made me laugh.

These are some things that made me laugh today:
1. On the way to church this morning, I was listening to A Prairie Home Companion (I hesitantly admit this) and there was a segment with two guys that were cowboys in Iowa, and they had accidentally stolen some cattle (it was a comedy piece, and the two main characters are idiots). They were bothered with guilt and decided that they should turn themselves into the police. As they discussed it, one said to the other that this would mean prison time, the other responded, "it can't be that bad" and the first one replied, "it's like being stuck in the worst junior high ever, for fifty years." Having taught middle school in what was possibly one of the worst ever, I got a really good laugh. I guess I know what it is like to spend 9 months in prison.

This was my first classroom (check out the ceiling; the school was torn down at the end of the school year b/c it was in such bad shape).

2. Today during nursery (I'm nursery leader in my ward), Alina told me that she needed to go to the bathroom, and Kailey had to go too. Kailey doesn't let Alina go any where with out her, and they hold hands the whole way. I've been working with Kailey more than usual this week with potty training, so when we got there she said that she needed to use the potty too. Well Alina went first, and then it was Kailey's turn. When she got on the potty, she let out just a little bit and started to giggle, Alina started to giggle too, and then when they stopped giggling, she would let out a little more, and they would both giggle again. It was so funny, I was laughing so hard I was crying. I didn't think Kailey would ever finish, because she just kept letting out a little at a time and laughing.

3. There is a video on Stacy's blog that made me laugh, too. If you haven't seen it, you should check it out, it is hilarious (you have to click on the words that say, "I CAN'T DO IT."

Halloween 2007

On Halloween night Jamie and Joe came over with Allison, and Courtney and Jared brought Sadie for some trick or treating. We ate dinner and the girls hit the streets. The guys stayed back to pass out candy. We just went around the block, but I think that the girls had a good time. Kailey actually said thank you one time without me reminding. After we returned home, Allison had an allergic reaction to something (hopefully we will find out this week what caused it, she sees the allergist later this week). You can read all about it by clicking here. We were all pretty worried about the poor girl. Jamie and Joe gave us a couple of calls to keep us updated.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the night:

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The home improvement project that never ends

A couple of weeks ago, we pulled the carpet up in our living room and hall, to install bamboo flooring. Well, the flooring has been installed, but the home improvement project has evolved. We thought about putting in some crown molding, and decided that now was as good a time as any, then we decided that while we had the base boards off, we may as well paint.

Here's where we are now: Floors have been installed (thanks to Joe, Aaron, and the flooring master Jimbo), walls painted (thanks Jared and Wendy for babysitting), new coat of paint on the base boards (thanks Jared and Amilyn), and furniture put back into the livingroom (it was rearranged, a new peice of furniture added, then rearranged about 5 more times, thanks Jared for helping us move them and adjusting our backs afterwards) Joel's brother Jared came into town on Wednesday of last week and stayed with us until yesterday morning. We put him right to work; I'll bet he had no idea what he was getting into. He was such a good sport about it, too.

Here's what we have left: Put the baseboards back up; install paint, and caulk the crown molding; install the flooring doorway transition strips (the flooring store didn't have them in stock so we had to wait on those to come in the mail); and give the flooring a good cleaning (we have been scraping and removing glue for days, Joel decided that I was good at it, so I should take over that job, convenient. I guess I can't complain though, I've dodged a lot of other work with the pregnancy).
Some demo. pictures:

The livingroom furniture was all crammed into the kitchen and diningroom for days. That first picture is a shot from the kitchen, looking into the diningroom.

We all agreed that the carpet padding looked like the jello that Sis. Hebert from Plaquemine Branch always brought to the pot-lucks. We also all agreed that though she went a little crazy with the ingredients, we all secretly liked it.

Joel and I were not going out to rob a bank, (even though we could use a little extra cash after this project that kept growing and growing) we were just trying not to fill our lungs with the dust from the carpet and padding. I could not believe how much dust and dirt there was in and under the carpet. Even with my dish towel mask (we forgot to buy some at the store so we had to improv) I still had a sore throat for a couple of days.

Some install pictures:

The guys just getting started (left to right: the back sides of Joel, Joe, and Jimbo)

As soon as we get that last few things done, I'll post some pictures of the finished product. Hopefully that will all be done soon!

P.S. Keep scrolling down the page, I put up two posts at the same time, so there is another new one right below this one, and the next one has Kailey picture (I know that she is the real reason that some people look at my blog, it's ok mama, I love you anyway).

Trunk or Treat and last halloween

I'm a little late posting my trunk or treat pictures. I have enjoyed looking at everyone else's so I thought I should put a few of ours up.
Kailey was really excited about all of the candy, but wasn't sure what to think about all of the decorations and costumes. I think she had fun though.

Kailey and her friend Alina (these two are nursery buddies, every time that we leave nursery to go to the restroom or outside for a walk, they always hold hands and walk together). Alina and her family will be moving soon into a new home and a new ward; we will be sooo sad.

Uncle Jared was in town from Colorado for a few days and came to trunk or treat with us. I think Kailey was sad because we took away her bucket of candy for the picture, not because she is standing by her Uncle Jared. She loves her Uncle Jared.

Kailey and her cousin Madalyn. Wendy, Joel's sister, and her family recently moved back down her from South Carolina. Kailey loves to hang out with her cousins.

Kailey and another nursery buddy, Kaiden. Kailey liked his costume a lot, Ithink because she knew that he was monkey, she likes monkeys, and she can say the word monkey.

We are really excited for trick or treating in the neighborhood tomorrow. Last year we didn't go; Kailey and I just gave out candy on the front porch. She sat in her walker in her pony costume. She didn't even know what candy was, ahh the good old days. This year we invited Jamie and Allison and Courtney (good friend, college roommate and jazzercise buddy) and her little girl Sadie to come trick or treating with us. I told Kailey this morning that we were going trick or treating tomorrow and she didn't seem to know what I was talking about, so I explained that we were going to take her bucket and go to our neighbors houses and get treats (she knows the word treat), her eyes lit up, and she said "yeah!"

Here are a few pictures from last halloween. It's fun to see how much Kailey and Allison have changed. Allison was about a month and a half old, and had just started staying with me and Kailey while Jamie finished up the school year teaching.

Kailey was 10 1/2 months and was less than a week away from walking. Her costume by the way was size 3-6 months.

A view of the front porch with our not so scary jack-o-lantern, and Kailey in her walker.

I love this one because it shows how her main and tail stuck straight out.