Friday, March 23, 2007

The Princess gets a castle!

Grandma has been telling Sierra that once her room got kind of put together, that we would paint a castle on her wall (since her room is very princess-y). Well, today, we did it. Thought I'd post some pictures and show you all the finished product. You'll get to see it in the video, so you'll actually know where in her room it is. But, here is a sneak preview:

Grandma pencil-sketching the outline:Sierra helping paint the bushes:
And finally, the finished product. It is about 3 ft. high, 2 1/2 ft. wide.:Jason's grandma did most of this herself. She is so talented! We decided to say this castle was "whimsical" so that we could explain away the messy, funked-up parts. So, there you go. Hope you like it!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

12 Week Belly Picture

Don't know if any of you care to see this. But this is my 12 week belly picture. Enjoy.



Family dynamics
Family drama
Family shit

Hurt feelings
Sensitive subjects
Lack of understanding

Tiptoeing around
Catering to whims

Speaking my mind
Hurting someone
Talking too much

Being the bitch
Being the baby
Being a whiner

Not getting my way
Not getting your way
Things not working

Plans that go wrong
Conversations that go bad
Relationships that crack

I'm sorry

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Sunday, March 11, 2007

The weather & My poor baby

Well, it seems the weather is starting to change around here. It is warming up during the day, and the skies have been pretty clear lately. We've had a few days of off-and-on sprinkly rain, but that's okay. We need all the moisture we can get before summer gets here. I'm very excited for the nicer weather. Hard to believe that a few feet of snow fell here just a few weeks ago. I can't wait for capris and short-sleeve tees. Notice I didn't say shorts and tanks. I only wear those when it's 90 degrees outside.

As for my poor baby. Sierra is sick. She started to get a fever last night. When I took her temp at about 11:00, it was close to 103. I gave her some Tylenol. I took it again this morning, and it was about 102.5. So, she will be staying home from church today. She is laying on the couch right now. And she said she didn't want to have breakfast right now, which is VERY odd for her. She really must not be feeling well. Also, I think she might be getting pinkeye. Her cousins had it, and were over the other day. My SIL (sister-in-law) said they were okay, but apparently not. Her eye is getting more and more red, and it's getting kind of goopy. So, we'll keep her on her own pillow, and keep an eye on it today. And if it's still bad tomorrow, I will keep her home from school and call the doctor. Dang SIL and her infected children. Grrrr.

Anyway. A little update on life here. Hope you...enjoyed it. Bye!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Saturday in Etna

Well, it's another day here in the Valley. It is almost 11:00 AM on Saturday morning. We got back from breakfast about an hour ago. Went with GG and Papa, and Steve and Chris. We ate at Bob's, since they are the only place in the Valley open for breakfast. Anyway, I thought I'd throw Kim into fits and actually post something.

This has been a tiring week. Monday was a nothing day, Tuesday I had the Women's Bible Study here at the house, and I worked Wednesday through Friday. Oh, and the kids had Cubbies on Wednesday night, and Jay and I had Bible Study Thursday night. Plus, we had dinner at GG and Papa's last night with Denton and Dora, and played cards afterwards. I went to bed at 10:00 last night (that is early for me lately), and fell asleep right away (which is unusual for me these days). I'm ready for a nap right now, but I'll have to wait until around 1:00, when the kids lay down.

Things are going pretty good right now. Work is getting better. My boss actually acts like she likes me now. We'll see how she acts when I tell her I'm pregnant, and that I won't be coming back after I have the baby. But, for now, it's going good. Susan (the "office manager") is letting me do more stuff now. I got to figure the Worker's Comp. payments and the payroll taxes for February; I even got to do the payment forms. And I did my regular bank recs this week. We actually had all the bank statements, so I did all of them, instead of Susan doing some of them when I wasn't working. So, in summary, work is good, but who knows how long that will last.

The kids are doing good too. Sierra is going to school everyday now. She has been for about two weeks. She is loving it, of course. We also found out this last week that she can play tee-ball this year. She is very excited. The season starts April 24th, and is only a month long. She will have games two nights a week. Of course I will be posting pictures when it all starts. Other than that, nothing really exciting is happening in her life. Except for a bit of attitude that we are trying to correct. We'll see how that goes.

Tyner is getting bigger and bigger everyday. About a week and a half ago, after he was laying down for bed, he started yelling at me. "Mommy, why I sleep in a crib?" And I told him it was because he wanted to. Then I told him to be quiet and go to sleep. So the next day I asked him if he didn't want to sleep in a crib anymore, if he wanted a big boy bed instead. He said, yeah, he wanted a big boy bed. So, I took the high ends and the sides off the crib. He has been in his big boy bed for a while now, and he is doing great. We had a problem last time he was in a big bed with him not taking naps. But we haven't had any problems so far. And it's nice for him to be able to get up in the mornings and come in my room to watch TV, instead of me having to get up and get him out of bed. I discovered another bonus just this morning. Jay and I were sleeping, and Tyner apparently got up and went into Sierra's room and started playing with her, instead of waking us up. I'm not even sure how long they played together before we got up. He has gotten up in the middle of the night the last few nights and come into our room, so I decided to use that time to have him go potty. So, this morning at 5:30 he came in, and I took him to the bathroom, and then he went back to bed. As you can see, the potty training is going good. Except for the pooping. He will still only do that in a diaper. I'm trying to bribe him out of that with Superman underwear. I can't wait for you all to see and hear him when we all get together. He is such a hoot. He can have major attitude sometimes, but he is a ton of fun.

Jason is doing good too. He's not currently doing any extra-curricular activities, but he is keeping himself busy. Working, playing online poker, doing crosswords, and doing stuff outside around here. He is out there right now, raking leaves and debris out of our drainage ditch. I'm sure once he finishes with that, he will find something else to do. Actually, I just looked out the door, and he was trying to engage the dog in a game of chase. He was ripping down the driveway in The Tonka, trying to get Chesty to run after him. Chesty wasn't up for chase, so Jay stopped and let him get in, and then took him for a ride. I just sent the kids outside, so maybe they'll help him clean up. Or, they'll weasel him into taking THEM for a fast ride in The Tonka.

As for me, I'm feeling alright. Still struggling a little with morning sickness. (Sidenote: I think I hear the Tonka starting up. Guess they're going for a ride...I was right. Just looked out the door, and they are all ripping down the driveway now, Chesty included.) Anyway, back to the morning sickness. It is really only bad if I go too long without eating. You know, an hour or more. Plus, I'm eating a little healthier, and I think that is helping. I've also learned that if I eat protein (meat protein mostly, not so much the other stuff) I'm alot less likely to feel sick. I'm not as tired as I was, and my body is starting to feel semi-normal again. None of my shirts fit anymore, so I had to go buy some bigger ones. My jeans are still fitting, even though they are tight on the waist. I am 10 weeks now. Only 30 more to go! My next doctors appointment is on the 27th of this month. We will be able to hear the heart beat at that appointment. Very exciting stuff.

As for the rest of the day. I'm working on laundry right now. I've got about four loads to do. I desperately need to clean our bathroom. At least the sink/counter area. Maybe I will do that while they are all outside. After a late lunch we will take naps. Then it will be time to start dinner. Ham and bean soup tonight, I think. I've got ham in the fridge I really need to use, and that way I don't have to thaw anything else.

So, there you go. Another post. How long do you think this will hold you for, Kim?

Monday, March 05, 2007

A New Test

Grabbed this off Jalopy's site. Kinda' gay. But hey, it passes the time.

The Everything Test

There are many different types of tests on the internet today. Personality tests, purity tests, stereotype tests, political tests. But now, there is one test to rule them all.

Traditionally, online tests would ask certain questions about your musical tastes or clothing for a stereotype, your experiences for a purity test, or deep questions for a personality test.We're turning that upside down - all the questions affect all the results, and we've got some innovative results too! Enjoy :-)

You are more logical than emotional, more concerned about self than concerned about others, more religious than atheist, more loner than dependent, more lazy than workaholic, more rebel than traditional, more engineering mind than artistic mind, more idealist than cynical, more follower than leader, and more extroverted than introverted.

As for specific personality traits, you are adventurious (100%), religious (90%), intellectual (67%), greedy (59%).

Young Professional71%
Life Experience

Your political views would best be described as Conservative, whom you agree with around 78% of the time.
Your attitude toward life best associates you with Middle Class. You make more than 0% of those who have taken this test, and 28% less than the U.S. average.

If your life was a movie, it would be rated G.
By the way, your hottness rank is 55%, hotter than 79% of other test takers.

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

A sneak preview

Okay, so I decided to post some pictures of our house, before I bring the video up to Washington. Some are works in progress pictures, and some are finished products pictures. The colors don't all quite look right on the computer. So bear with me.

Here is our room. I know! It looks very green. But now that the carpets are in, and all our furniture is in, it's not quite so green. Here is Papa painting our living room. The color is actually a little bit darker than this. This was the first coat.
This is The Boy's room. That crib is now a toddler bed, by the way.
Here is The Girl's room. Her walls are VERY pink, but she loves them. And they look cute with all her princess stuff.And just for fun, I thought I'd throw in a picture of me and a couple of my girls at our scrapbooking retreat.