Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Daisy is Two Months Old!

Happy 2 month b-day baby!

I'm so in love with your smiling face!  You slept through the night for the first time 2 nights ago.  You and Daddy get to spend the whole day together Friday, since he has the day off.  I will be doing parent teacher conferences.  Then he gets to take you to the doctor Monday.  I'm sad to miss that milestone, not the least bit upset to miss the shots!!!  I'm pretty sure I would cry more than you.  

Love you so much, my growing baby girl!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Daisy is Seven Weeks, and back to school

I survived my first week back at work.  I'd forgotten how much extra stuff there is in a classroom to get done every day.  I miss my Title 1!!!  My class is actually really good, just very talkative.  Plus the other 3rd grade teachers are super helpful.  I only cried Monday on my way to work and just a bit before school got started.  I blame that on a couple sweet teachers that came in and asked how I was and said they were praying for me.  They were too nice.. the nerve!

Daisy was at my mom's Monday and Tuesday.  Then she goes to a babysitter the rest of the week.  The babysitter is great, but she has to go to a nearby school to pick up a couple kids.  She apparently screamed all the way there and back all 3 days.  I'm not sure what to do about that.  I think the problem is that her natural schedule is to take a really good long afternoon nap, which is hard when you're getting carted here n there.  Hopefully she'll get used to the new routine, or I'd be really tempted to start looking for other options.  I'm just pretty sure we won't find anywhere as affordable.  Bleck  Wish I didn't have to even think about all that.

Daisy at 7 weeks
I think she's getting bigger.  We're going to have to up her bottle, because 4 oz. doesn't seem to be as satisfying anymore.  When you take the bottle away she wails.  She's starting to smile more at people and make eye contact when she's really awake.  If she's the least bit tired she zones out completely.  She's also making all sorts of noises.  I think she is starting to get more arm control.  She folds her hands while having a bottle, or she'll hold your finger.  I love that!!  Anyway that's Daisy this week.
I hate how little I got to see her this week.  We get home about 5 or 5:30, then hang out just a bit and she's in bed by 8 or 9.  There's usually a nap in there as well (which is what she's doing now).  I keep telling myself this is just the season we're in.  It'll get better as she stays awake longer, then sleeps better at night.  Plus there's always summer right? :)

Hope y'all had a great week, and enjoy your weekend.  I know I will!  I'm not going anywhere unless I have to, maybe church... we'll see.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Daisy is Six Weeks

Daisy and I went to my Dr. appointment yesterday.  She cried so much a nurse came in and held her so she wouldn't scream anymore.  I should have known better, she does not like being in her car seat if it's not moving.  She usually likes car rides and stroller trips, as long as we're moving.  Anyway, the appointment went fine after that.  The girls in the office loved Daisy's personalized diaper bag and her little dog attached to a binky.  The appointment messed up our morning so much she didn't take a nap until almost noon, then she slept for three hours!  Needless to say we still don't have much of a routine or schedule yet.  But Daisy's starting to work into a routine, when we don't mess it up by leaving home. :)
This is right before we went to see Daddy for the baby shower at his school.  We know how to make overalls hot!  I go back to work Monday, so I'll probably be AWOL for a while.  Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Seriously?!? Aunt Flo, You suck!

Dear Aunt Flo,
My lil munchkin isn't even 6 weeks old.  Give me a break!  I guess this is what I get for not breast feeding. I go to the doctor tomorrow for my 6 week check up, so I'll get on the pill.  Last time I was on the pill you stopped being such a major B and settled down a bit.  You'd better do that again this time!
Bloated in Boonville

P.S.  You were not missed in the past year!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Belated 5 weeks

Daisy is 5 weeks old (plus a couple days)
She has had a busy week developmentally.
Daisy is now making more eye contact and cooing.  It took me a few coos to really decide that she was making those noises happily, not a noise made right before she starts to cry.  Her neck is still as strong as ever, she can hold her head up for a longer stretch of time now.  I'm working on getting through the Baby Whisperer book, and am trying to follow some of her suggestions.

 This is a picture of her on September 19. One month!  I can't believe how much she's growing.
This is a bad pic, but it shows Daisy and I hanging out in our Seven Sling.  I haven't decided if I like it.  She likes it better than our Infantino, but the sling makes me a little more nervous about her breathing or flipping out.  She's in there well enough that logically I know it'd be hard for her to flip out, but still this mama worries.

We're off to Daddy's school today for our final baby shower.  I think he's excited to show her off to everyone, and I'm pretty excited to open presents. :) hehe

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Over the river and through the woods...

To grandma's house we go

Actually to be more specific it's my grandparents, Gaga and Papa, that we went to visit yesterday.  My mom babysits my nephew every Monday and Tuesday, so we all loaded up and headed to Gaga and Papa's house.  Yes, I still call them that as does my brother and my older cousin... well everyone really.  Anyway, they are both in their upper 80's and have celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.  They don't get out a lot anymore other than a daily trip to the post office and an occasional run to the grocery store.  Both Papa and Gaga were so glad to see the babies.  My nephew is 13 months old and so funny right now, he makes all sorts of noises and poses for you.  They were also really happy to see Daisy again; she's changed a lot since they saw her in the hospital.

After visiting with the grandparents, we went to one of my favorite burger places.  Kuku's is in the town where I was born and went to elementary school.  It was just about the only place I remember eating out at when I was small.  Mom and I had cheeseburgers and my nephew threw most of his bites on the floor.  He is hilarious when he eats fries, he already knows how to dip in ketchup!  He'll dip the same fry then lick the ketchup off several times.  When you make him eat the fry he felt like spitting it on the floor yesterday.  He's so fickle changes his mind about what he wants and what he likes all the time.  I hope Daisy isn't quite as unpredictable or messy.  However I'm sure she will be.
And all that excitement wore us out.  So today we're just praying for a peaceful day.  hehe

Friday, September 16, 2011

Daisy's Four weeks old

It's been a pretty good week.  Daisy found her mouth with her hands this week.  She definitely likes the car seat better than swing and bouncer.
We're not real thrilled with the Boppy either, but she is a little more happy with it than she was in this picture.  However, Holly still likes it more than Daisy does.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Push Presents

The *near* Perfect Farmboy came through with some amazing gifts the day after Daisy was born.  Of course he had been told to buy the clutch.  There was pre-shopping with my mom and I, then he took her back to buy it.  We try to pretend like there was a surprise there... ha.  

I looked everywhere for a clutch I really liked.  I first saw one I liked at JC Penney while we were helping FB's mom shop for a dress to wear to FB's sister's wedding.  Of course FB made a joke about me wanting a clutch... he asked if I'd prefer one for a Ford or Chevy.  Hardy har har!  By the time I got around to telling FB which clutch I wanted (a couple months later) the cute one from Penney's was gone.  I finally found one at a local store.
The clutch wasn't a surprise, but this lil number was inside my clutch!  FB sure does know how to really treat a girl!  He said we could add pieces to the bracelet for each baby.  Isn't he sweet?!

So what push presents did yall get when your babes were born?  What presents would you want for future babies' births?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Heeelp! Please!

We need any and all advice on sleeping and schedules!  Yes, I realize my baby doll's only three weeks old.  However, I realize now I'm clueless!  Tell me some good books to read, tips to try, anything.  I'm pretty sure I can't do the cry it out thing.  I'd definitely cry more than Daisy!  Give me your mom-knowledge!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Daisy's Three Weeks old

Daisy's starting to figure us out. :)  Or maybe we're figuring her out.  She's 8lbs 7oz and 21 inches as of Wednesday.  We saw the doctor and he says she's perfectly healthy.  That's always nice to hear.  Well she's waking up from this peaceful slumber I caught a pic of, so I'm off.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Yay Internet!!

We finally got internet!!  No more mobile blogging for me!  I must say that kind of drove me crazy.  Now hopefully Daisy will start letting me lay her down during her naps so I can enjoy the internet.  So far she'd prefer never to see her crib ever again.  Luckily she likes her pack n play a little better.  We have great nights like last night when she goes down well after each feeding... then there's nights like the night before which didn't go as well to say the least.  Hopefully we'll figure her out soon and she'll get better at going down in both beds.  Glad to be back to checking blogs on the laptop instead of the iphone.  Maybe now I'll be better about commenting too.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What I learned in one short week!

People don't tell you what the first week of a baby's life is really like!  Some moms may warn you that you'll be overwhelmed or how much your life will change, but nobody really tells you exactly what it's going to be like.  Maybe it's that no one in their right mind believes moms when they try to warn you.  I know I was shocked.  So for all you future moms here's what my first week as a mom was like!

While we were in the hospital Daisy slept well, cried almost never, and was sort of getting used to breast feeding.  However, each new shift change brought a new nurse with new ideas and tips on breast feeding.  "Try a nipple guard" "No, that nipple guard will chafe your nipple"  "Use a syringe to give a little formula while she's trying to breast feed"  "Don't do the formula it's just coddling her and making her more lazy."  Needless to say I was confused, upset, and had no idea what I should really do!  When I wasn't breast feeding I was trying to get used to the idea of dealing with taking care of myself and my stitches.  We won't get into all that, just take my advice... take the pain meds!

They shipped us home Sunday, I wasn't ready!  Next time I plan to make sure to tell them I'm not ready. I was still waddling, bloated, and swollen.  The morning we left, a pediatrician I'd never heard of before came in, woke us up, and announced Daisy's bilirubin was moderately high.  I realize now how much harder it must really be for parents with babies in the NICU!  Bilirubin being moderately high is really no big deal, but I thought the world might end then and there!  We were told to spend a little extra time in indirect sunlight and we were told to check in w/ our regular pediatrician in a couple days.

Sunday afternoon we got home, had more trouble breast feeding, and cried AGAIN.  I cried a lot that first week!  I wasn't depressed or baby blues like they warn about.  This was just tears streaming down my face sometimes for no apparent reason, sometimes I was just overwhelmed.  Once I cried just because I realized how crazy in love I was with her and her daddy.  I also cried every time I couldn't get her to stop crying.  Yea... that little thing that acted perfectly in the hospital got home and woke up!

We went to the doctor on Tuesday and saw his nurse practitioner.  The actual appointment was great, it was just the waiting and the cranky baby that made it hard.  The nurse practitioner was great, and wasn't worried at all about her coloring due to the bilirubin.  She was a little concerned with her weight though. Which meant we got to go back on Friday.

Tuesday night Daisy went from being a lazy sucker to giving up all together.  After much drama, tears, trying all the different ideas from the hospital, and talking with the lactation consultant... we finally decided formula was the way to go.  FB was so helpful and understanding during this whole process.  We both wanted Daisy to breast feed, but it just was not going to happen!

After we switched to formula and got a little used to Daisy's cries, life started to get easier.  FB could take a feeding and let me sleep.  I was finally starting to feel more normal physically as well.  We had a great weight check on Friday with the nurse practitioner.  She was really sweet about us switching to formula and gave us a couple sample cans.  So the first week finally wound down and ended on a high note.

I know this was a downer of a post and more serious than usual, but I think more women need to be really honest about the beginning of their babies' lives.  I certainly am not this honest when people ask how I'm doing in real life.  For some reason I felt like I hadn't done enough or that people would judge my decisions.  Anyway I know I still have a lot to learn and Daisy and I will still have our good days and rough days.  But we survived our first week, lived through the second one, and wouldn't change it for the world.  So worth it to see her precious face all the time!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Daisy Two Weeks Old

Two weeks! I can't believe it's been 2 weeks. Daisy has taught us a LOT!

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Delivery Story

Feel free to skip this post, if you're not interested in all the details. But I do promise there won't be gory details! :)

I've got to start the night before Daisy was born. Thursday was my first day with kids, so I was exhausted by the time I got home. I put my feet up and realized I was having contractions pretty regularly. They weren't painful but they were 5 minutes apart. We decided to go into town for dinner, then we'd at least be close. The contractions continued for 3 hours! We decided to go to the hospital and let them check just in case. I was there long enough for them to check and say I was still nowhere close. The nurse was polite but she basically said my doctor had said I was more dilated than I really was from my last appointment. So we went home, me in tears so ready to be done with this pregnancy! It was 11 by the time we got home.

I got up at 5:30 to get to my second day with the kiddos. The day went fine with just a couple contractions here and there. Until 1:15! I was talking about math routines when I felt a small gush. I got up and gave them a worksheet just in time for another gush! I stepped out into the hall(looking like I peed myself) to get another teacher. My principal came down with our nurse ( who just happened to have worked in the birthing center before) they checked on me while another teacher got her car. I still wasn't in any pain. I called FB to meet me at the ER, and we both got there at the same time.

We got checked in and they checked to see if it really was my water, and it was. We got a nurse who my mom loves, and had emailed to keep her eye out for us. She sent us out to walk the halls. There were already 4 babies in the nursery at that time. My mom had been at work so she was already at the hospital. My dad left work and came straight over.

Not much had happened by 4ish. I was having regular contractions, but not much pain. My doc decided I needed a little pitocin to move things along. That worked really well! I was in pain very shortly after that! Our birthplan was to try to stick with IV meds. I didn't want an epidural and to be stuck in the bed for hours. The IV made me loopy,but didn't really help with actual contraction pain. I labored like that for an hour or so. I got freaked out that it was going to hurt this bad for hours and hours, so I asked for an epidural. They knew it was too late for epidural, so I got a spinal block. I felt better immediately! I'm so glad I didn't try to tough it out or stick with a birth plan just because that's what I thought at the time.

Daisy arrived at 7:08 after less than an hour of pushing. It is really hard and weird trying to push when you can't feel what you're doing. My doc stitched me up while FB watched Daisy get cleaned up and measured. This was our first picture together.

I have to say 6 hours from start to finish wasn't bad at all! I'm not sure how long it would've taken without medicine, but I'm not too concerned about that now! Hopefully I didn't scar my poor class by disappearing with wet pants. :)

Wow that's a long post! Next up bilirubin scare and my lazy sucker. Have a great Monday!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Let's try again

Daisy at one week old

Friday, August 26, 2011

Daisy One Week Old

Does mama look tired or what?  My mom is coming over to babysit for a couple hours so we can nap!  It's been a whirlwind of a week!  
To look forward to soon:
Labor/delivery post
Bilirubin scare
Our lazy sucker

Hope everyone is doing well.  It's been an emotional week, but we're doing great now!  Happy weekending!
Ugh! Mobile blogger is so frustrating!  Hopefully 3rd try is a charm!  Even if it's not laid out like I want.

Sent from my iPhone

Monday, August 22, 2011

She's here!

Daisy Ann
Born Friday 8/19/11 7:08p
7 pounds 9 ounces 20.2 inches

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

It's Official

Now I'm ready for Daisy all the way down to my toes! I'm so ready for her to just get here! Mom took me to a great spa for a mani pedi, then she came with me to help finish getting the classroom ready. I think it's ready enough for a sub if I don't go back in. That's my new hope, I'm paranoid about going into labor at school. Well that's all I've got today, hope everyone's having a great week.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Early Morning Ramblings

I woke up at 5:15 this morning to tinkle, laid in bed for about 30 minutes. I couldn't get back to sleep, so now I'm sitting in my new favorite place! I'm in love with our new recliner in our new nursery with all our new baby stuff. No we won't be leaving the pack-n-play in the middle of the room. It will be in our room, so Daisy will be close for the first couple months.

Our shower was Saturday, and it was great! We didn't have many non-family guests there, but it was still fun. We also got more hand me down clothes. I gotta tell ya that has been such a huge blessing! A friend has a nine month old who has outgrown everything under 12 months, so she gave it all to me! Daisy has a MUCH larger wardrobe than FB and I combined! She also gave us her diaper cake, because her little one was in NICU so long mama never got to break into that size diaper. We also got a diaper cake from our shower. We planned on cloth diapering immediately, but we are going to wait until we run low on freebies to decide what to do next.

We also went to the doctor yesterday. She said she didn't think we'd make it to our due date. She thinks we'll have baby in the next week or two! FB is hoping for Thursday, and I'm just hoping for SOON! I would like her to wait for next week, so I feel a little more prepared to leave my classroom to the sub. I'm pretty sure I won't be at the back to school activities.

Well another super long post! If you're reading this, thanks for hanging in there! Hopefully we'll have a big exciting post soon! Fingers crossed

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mobile blogger test

Let's see if I can blog from my phone...

Glamorous Newlywed sent me these great outfits for Miss Daisy!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

31 More Days!

Give or take a few!
Today I am 35 weeks and 5 days.  I've started the whole not sleeping well, feeling huge, having a hard time getting in/out of the car phase.  I've also started the gagging thing again like during the first trimester.  I almost didn't get to finish brushing my teeth this morning.  It's also become very clear that I shouldn't fill a plate with the amount of food I'd like to eat (like a normal dinner portion), because I can't eat that much at once anymore.  I'm glad baby is growing and all, but pushing my stomach into my lungs... I could live without that part.  One good thing about this stage is that I've become addicted to hydration, I have to have something to drink all the time.  On the other hand, it's not so fun when you're out and about and don't have a drink in hand.  I thought I might die in line yesterday for Wendy's, I was so thirsty!  That's when the gagging really kicks in.  I've got to say gagging is such a weird preggo symptom, I don't think it's all that common either.

My BabyBump iPhone app says I have a honeydew melon sized baby.  Approximately 18 inches and 5.25 lb.  I've never seen an 18 in. honeydew, but I guess that sort of gives you an idea of what I've got rolling around in me.

I know this is a whiny post, but I do have to say I've felt really good for the majority of my pregnancy.  After the morning sickness subsided I didn't have many symptoms at all until the last week or so.  During the first phase I kept telling FB we'd be considering adoption from here on out, but I'm pretty sure if it's in God's plan I'll be in this same boat in a couple years.  And probably another time or two after that.  4 kids... I know crazy right?  Maybe I am, we'll just have to wait and see what the future holds.

In non-childbearing news... We went to my 10 year high school class reunion over the weekend.  FB was a good sport and let me show him off, even though he was pretty much done after dinner... I guess I'd be bored if I didn't know anyone too.  It was so interesting to see what happens in 10 years!  Most everyone is married with a career and some have kids.  I thought it was funny that FB and I were probably the most recently married and preggo too.  There were several couples who've been married 5 or 6 years and still no kids on the horizon.  I'm not saying that either way is the right way, it was just interesting to me.  We've got 2 that still live at home, which just strikes me as crazy.  I'm not talking about moved back home for a brief time while finishing school or looking for a new job or whatever.  I'm talking never. moved. out!!  My parents would have thrown me to the curb by now... I'm almost certain!  We also have a bunch of super smarties in our class, an attorney, several computer programmers, psychologist, entrepreneur, nurse, medical researcher, and of course teacher. :)  We also have an ice cream cone aficionado...  Does it make me a job snob that I think by now you should have moved on from your high school job??  I mean really, you want to scoop ice cream forever??  I bet you could guess the ice cream aficionado is one that still lives at home.  It's crazy how in 10 years things can completely change.... or nothing changes at all...  I'm interested to see where everyone is at 15 or 20 years!  Anyway, it was a fun evening and I'm glad we went.  I had waffled back and forth about whether to go at all.

Have a great week!  I'm getting ready for garage sale and baby shower this weekend, wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I'm on the Internet!!

Well, I feel totally out of the loop!  I've been able to read some blogs on my phone, but haven't been able to figure out the mobile blogging.  They say it's possible, but I don't have the patience to learn how.  I came to work with Farmboy today, so I'm borrowing their internet. :)  Here's a little bit of what's been going on in our world.  We've been working on the nursery some more.
This is the rocker/recliner we decided to get.  It's really nice and cushy!  Plus it's big enough to hold FB's long body comfortably.

My brother and sister-in-law gave us all of these goodies.  2 swings, 2 car seats with 3 matching bases, stroller to match, a bumbo, and a bouncy sleeper.  It's really really nice having a nephew about a year older than Daisy! :)  Just old enough to be growing out of stuff.  

These are the curtains.  I couldn't get a good picture though.  I think I should have waited for night.  They were made for my house, when I lived by myself and could have pink curtains in the living room.  They've been in storage since I sold my house three years ago, so I'm really glad they're back in use!

We were also very blessed to receive two big boxes full of clothes!  A parent at my school gave them to us, she was so thoughtful and sweet.  She wouldn't let me pay her for any of it.  Now I've got a huge wardrobe of 0-3 month stuff that goes from hot to cold weather.  This is just one washer load of onesies and lightweight stuff to get her started.  I haven't washed any of the winter stuff yet.

Our baby shower is next weekend, so I'm looking forward to that!  Hopefully after that we'll be completely ready for Daisy.  If not, I'll be doing a little shopping to get us ready. :)  I've tried really hard not to buy stuff until then, but it's so hard.  Everything baby is so tempting to just pick up here and there.
This came in the mail yesterday!  Now Daisy will be ready to hit the road, or at least her stuff will be.  I'm not sure how soon this mama will be ready to hit the road w/ her, but we'll be ready when that day comes.  I found this on  One of my new favorite obsessions, well obsessions when I'm around internet connectivity!
For the most part this is what Holly and I have been up to this summer.  We both have decided it's entirely too hot (100's) to do any actual work around the house.  I think the weatherman said it hasn't been this hot for this long since 1954.  Guess that just adds to the future baby stories I get to tell my lil' girl.  ...When you were born it was the hottest summer on record...  I always loved when Mom would tell my baby story.  Anybody else get to hear their story, every single birthday?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Nursery After

Farmboy did basically everything by himself.  He had some help from my dad sanding the walls to get rid of the awful popcorn texture and to help put up the crown molding.  Other than that he's been a very busy guy... all alone. 
He sanded, caulked, and fixed cracks, then he painted the ceiling.  We did invest in a cool sprayer doohicky, so that helped!  He painted the top tan and the bottom brown.  Followed by painting and putting up baseboards, chair rail, and crown molding.
This is the close up of the chair rail.
Carpet came yesterday!  When I got home FB was working on caulking around the crown molding, so I went in there and rolled around on the new carpet with Holly.  Which led to FB having to pick me up off the floor.  Remind me not to do that while this pregnant again. :)

Here is the final product!  Don't you love that fan??  I'm so glad the room is finally done!  My parents are coming out tonight with dinner and a crib delivery. :)  Very excited to get some furniture back in there (and out of the living room). 

In other news... Today is the last day of summer school!!  I'm so ready to sleep in and stay home with Farmboy!  However, this means there will be a significant decrease in blogging. :(  We don't have internet at home, except on my iphone.  I still haven't figured out the mobile blog thing.  I have a feeling I'll be checking up on y'all and reading what you have to say, but only posting occasionally.  So... have a great Independence Day!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Nursery Before "the junk room"

This is what our extra bedroom used to look like.  White walls with weird popcorn texture (but only some and only in some places), plus the super tiny border at the top.  Did anyone know they made borders that small?? I certainly did not.  We used this room for storing junk.  It was set up to look like it maybe could be a spare bedroom with a bed and tv, but was never used that way.

This was also my getting ready space.  All my hair stuff, makeup, perfumes, lotions, jewelry, and whatever else went in this room.  Also to the left of this picture was Holly's crate, which she hated. 
This was also my shoe and hat storage, since our little closet barely holds our clothes. Throw in a few wedding gifts that went unused, and a few odds and ends that we couldn't find a proper home for... now you've got an idea of what this room held.

Now here's a little bit of what condition the room was in!  Our house is from the 40's, so it's in need of some touch ups in most rooms.  FB has done quite a bit, but there's still plenty left to be done.

 The weird gap/crack between ceiling and wall was an easy fix with crown molding.
 This is what the poor hardwoods look like!  I can't believe anyone would let this happen to beautiful old hardwoods.  We decided to recarpet it since we were running low on time and mulah.
 The ceiling was peeling from when we had a leak.  Leaks are no more since last fall's new roof! Yay!
 FB took the ceiling fan down and I love the new one that is there now.
This is more of the ceiling, after a lot of work patching, before the sanding and painting happened.

Stay tuned tomorrow is the big reveal of the room renovation.  Also in the next week or two there will be a post which includes furniture. I can't tell you how nice it feels to have the room almost ready!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Break the Ice

So I found this cool link with Jenn and perfectly imperfect.  I found that through Jessica at you are my color.  Anyway, I meant to post Friday but I got distracted.  That's happening more and more lately!  So here it is a few days late.  Next up are nursery renovation posts!

Perfectly imperfect Jenn

1) Tell one thing not many people know about you.

I doubt people realize just how much time I spend playing video games with my hubster.  We are addicted to Lego's Wii games.

2) If you HAD to change your first name, what would you change it to?

I can't think of any other name that would fit me.  When I was in Jr. High I wanted to be Alexa or something exotic like that.  ha That totally wouldn't fit me!

3) What are your 3 favorite songs of the moment?

Stuck Like Glue
Mama's Song
Anything from the Voice!  Loving that show right now.

4) List 3 goals on your life's to-do list:

Raise beautiful, well rounded, genuine children (yes more than the current one, possibly 4)
Impact the people around me in a positive, meaningful way
Follow the direction God has in store for our lives

5) What is one of your favorite quotes?
        "Be the change you want to see in the world"  I can never remember who said that.

6) Fill in the blank: If I had an extra 10 dollars to spend . . I would buy __________?

     Ticket to a movie, hopefully someone else has an extra 10 bucks to go with me.

7) What’s your birth date?

   November 26th, 1982   I'm a Thanksgiving baby

8) Do you have a hidden talent and if so what is it?

I can't really think of any hidden talents... I tie my shoes differently than every other person I know.  Including my family, I'm not sure how I learned if not from them...

9) What do you think of when you hear the word "blue"?

    baby boys  I must have babies on the brain!

10) Finish this thought: I need . . .

   to get back to work.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Giveaway Basket

Hopefully Niles and Frasier will enjoy their goodies.

 Two Chilly Bones... a necessity for any Texas pup.  You just get it wet and freeze.  I haven't tried these, so Jessica will have to let us know if they're worth anything.
 One of Holly's favs.. in blue instead of pink of course.  She especially loves it when I stick a big treat in the middle for her to shake out.  Actually I think she may kind of hate when I do that, she's lazy like her mama.
 Two stuffing-free monkeys... for the dogs who rip the stuffing out of all their other toys.  I saved them a step, and hopefully saved Jessica from cleaning up stuffing.
Gourmet hot dog and pizza treats for the dogs who are particular about their treats.  Hopefully these will live up to their high standards. :)

Holly was not happy about giving all these away without so much as a quick play for herself.  She stood under foot the entire time I took pictures and packed the basket.  I guess I'll have to spoil her with some extra attention or something.  Niles and Frasier... I hope you enjoy everything, it was fun shopping for you.  Be nice to the UPS guy when he shows up in the next couple days! :)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Feeling brilliant right now!

So Jessica won my giveaway, but then couldn't email me. She figured out just how big a moron I truly am. No she's too nice to actually call me one, or even think that but it's true! Apparently when I put my email into my settings there was a typo! Oops fail on my part! I typed lovinaFRAMboy instead of lovinafarmboy. This explains why I haven't responded if anyone has tried to email me. It should be fixed now, but I make no guarantees. :)

In other news... Daisy is rollin around like crazy and we can watch her move now! Have I mentioned how great it feels to be able to call her by name?! Anyway enjoy your weekends.

Friday, June 17, 2011

And the Winner is...

OK... I am not talented enough to figure out how to show the random number generator in my blog. :(  I also can't figure out how to comment on about half the blogs I've visited today!  What's the deal with that?!

Back to what I was trying to say.... And the winner is...Jessica Renee at You are my Color
Now I'll be off shopping for her 2 adorable pups this weekend.  Jessica please email me your address and anything specific I need to know about your pooches.  I already have a few great ideas based on some of your posts. :)

Thanks to everyone for participating, I've enjoyed getting a chance to check out some new blogs!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It's Wednesday

I woke up hoping it was Friday and wasn't thrilled when I was conscious enough to realize it was only Wednesday.  On the bright side... Summer school is half way over!  Ten more school days until I get to sleep in!  Daisy is also becoming more and more active.  That or I can just feel every movement more.  I love that I can call her by name finally!!  Hope y'all are having a great week... don't forget to comment for the giveaway.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

200th Post Giveaway and a BIG announcement

We went to to doctor yesterday.... and finally have a big reveal!
It's a Girl!
We went to Babies-R-Us afterward and did a little registering. :)  This is miss Daisy Ann's bedding.  (Picture from  We couldn't be more excited.  We are just so glad to know!

Now on to the giveaway.  I am going to do a doggy good basket for the randomly chosen winner.  I haven't gotten these things yet, because I plan to do a slightly personalized prize.  For example your rottweiler might have different toys than my shih tzu.  So enter to win and then I'll make a basket tailor made for your pup.  Also I will be making a donation to the Humane Society here in Joplin, as they are working so hard to join lost pets with their owners after the tornado.

1.  Follow me (1 entry)
2.  Post about the giveaway (1 entry)

Please comment seperately for each of these so I can use the random generator thingamajig.  I've never tried that, so we'll see how it goes. :)

Edited to add:  Sorry guys... guess you may be interested in an ending time.  I will end the giveaway on Friday June 17th.

Friday, June 3, 2011


It's been a CRAZY week!!

1. End of regular school.  Our last day of school was Wednesday.  It was supposed to be Tuesday, but last week we missed a day for flooding.  It was crazy with awards assemblies and packing up and changing rooms to prepare for summer school.  Oh yea... and we had to blow up a billion little arm floaties for the little swimmers we'll have in summer school.

2. Beginning of summer school.  We started Thursday... yes that is the very next day... no break for this tired teacher!  Yesterday was an absolute zoo!  I'm doing Title for summer school, which basically means I don't have my own class of kids.  Since I don't have a class... I get pulled away to do anything that needs done urgently.  It was bus number information yesterday.  I spent most of the day in the office answering phones so the poor secretaries could try to figure out every single child's bus number.  The bus company failed to mention different bus routes due to summer school.  You'd think that would come up at some point before the day of... but hey what do I know.

3. FB is out of town.  Well actually at this moment he should be arriving back here.  He took his FFA kids to state convention or something.  Have I mentioned this is his 4th trip in a month??  So glad he's home for good this afternoon!

4.  Ducks.  When FB's out of town I'm in charge of all things living.  I'm not sure that is a job I should really be trusted with!  I don't really have to do much with them.  Just keep them fed and watered, but at 6:15 when you're trying to get yourself out the door it seems like a LOT.

5.  Fun stuff.  I'll end this crazy post with the fun part of the week.  Apparently I acted pathetic enough about FB leaving me all alone... so my mom suggested we go to a movie.  It was a nice celebration for the end of the school year.  My mom and a sweet coworker took me out on a "date."  We ate at the best Mexican place, then went to see Something Borrowed.  It wasn't until we left the theater and my coworker mentioned that it had been a book that it all clicked!  I'm slow sometimes... as if y'all hadn't figured that out.

My parents also had the weekly dinner.  So I got to see my chunky monkey nephew and one of my sweet neices.  Dad grilled chicken on a beer can and other yummy stuff.  It was a good distraction for me, and I never had to cook for myself.  That really is the best part. :)

Have a great weekend!!  Giveaway starts next week!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

27 Weeks... and a giveaway

I have decided that the only way to pull myself out of this funk I've been in this week, is to try to make life as normal as possible.  That's hard to do when you need to go grocery shopping and buy trim for the baby's nursery... and neither place is there anymore.  We will be doing our shopping in a nearby town for the foreseeable future I guess.

Anyway today I start my 27th week.  I called the doctor yesterday, and thank God their building is still operational.  I was nervous that my ultrasound on the 6th would have to be rescheduled.  I know that's pretty small annoyance comparatively, but I just can't wait anymore!!  I NEED to know if I'm shopping for pink or John Deere green!!

27 Week ailments:
    Swelling... I bought a $10 ring at JCPenney since my wedding ring only fits for about an hour in the morning.  Also my feet have outgrown my cutesy shoes.  Luckily it's flip flop season. :)
     Aches... My muscles have been hurting on and off for quite a while.  Apparently I need more potassium.  I think bananas help, so I just need to be better about eating them daily.  Last night I tried to sleep with an ache in my left arm.  I got up about midnight, took some tylenol and milk.  I then watched about 15 minutes of Craig Ferguson.  He put me to sleep until about 4 when the arm woke me up again.  I decided I should try sleeping in my bed again, and after quite a while finally fell asleep again.  However, now I'm hurting again and can't take any more tylenol.  I crave Advil liquigels!! 
      Growing...  I'm not really sure how to describe this one.  I'm pretty sure the baby is growing and my belly is not.  I feel like I can't move without getting a baby body part pushed into my rib or my spleen.  No more bending over to put Holly's leash on, she has learned to jump onto the couch for me.  No more sitting forward in a chair, I always feel the need to recline instead of continue the pressure on my sternum.  Hopefully the baby will pop outward more and make more room in there.

In other news... We have 2 days of regular school left, then we go straight into summer school.  No breaks for this weary teacher.  Luckily we have Monday off for Memorial Day.  We're going to FB's side of the family's reunion.  That should be fun.  Also FB is finally back from most of his world travels!  I'm so glad to have him home.  He's been to Manhattan, KS; St. Louis, MO; and Denver, CO.  That is too much traveling in my humble opinion!  Especially this last Denver trip.  It was this week right after all the Joplin mess.  Then the first night he was gone and we had tornado warnings again.  I spent an hour and a half in the basement alone... with Holly running in circles.  Normally I don't enjoy him being gone, but this time I was a blithering mess.  Thankfully he's home!!!

OK now onto the giveaway.  I'm almost to 200 posts!  That seems crazy to me, who knew I had that much to say??  I think I'm going to do a doggy theme.  I'll send the lucky winner a doggy gift basket, then in conjunction with that make a donation of needed items to Joplin humane society.  They are reuniting people with their lost pets right now.  If you've got any ideas for the giveaway... let me know.  I will be doing the official info and stuff on my 200th post, so stay tuned.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


1.  Westboro "Baptist Church" is coming to Joplin Sunday to protest... Seriously!?!  First of all I don't understand how they can call themselves Baptists or a church.  Second what is there to protest when a tornado rips our town apart???  Apparently they plan on being here to protest President Obama and celebrate the deaths.  What losers!

2.  People are looting and stealing cars!  Seriously??  I hope that the cars were stolen to get someone to the hospital, that's the only rationale I can handle right now.  The fact that people would take advantage of these poor people makes me want to cry!  Actually most things make me cry lately.

For all the bad things there are a gazillion good heroic wonderful stories, which is the only thing that makes this ok.  For Westboro, there will be tons of people in town to counterprotest.  For the looters and stealing, there are so so so many groups helping and sending supplies.  Praise God for all those people, and please continue to pray for Joplin.  Plus all the others that have gone through this type of devestation in other areas.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Please Pray

As you may or may not know I live north of Joplin and work south of Joplin.  All of my family is just fine, we didn't have any damage at our house or any family.  However, Joplin is completely destroyed.  Please say prayers for all those that have lost loved ones and those that have lost everything.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Belated Mother's Day and Ducklings

Mother's day was a very busy day.  I woke up and FB rolled over, reached into his nightstand, pulled this out, and handed it to me.

I had no idea he'd bought it.  He was the first to wish me a Happy First Mother's Day.  We then got up and got ready for church.  We went to my brother's church, because my lil nephew was dedicated.  I was expecting a very personal thing for their family, instead it was every family with a baby that had been born since last Mother's Day.  They all lined up across the stage, it's a gigando church, so they filled the stage with families and babies.  It was interesting to see how different churches do things.  After church we went to Mom n Dad's to cook my mom a Mother's Day meal.  

 FB brought theses little cuties home on their second day of life.  They were still wet looking and ran around in a little herd.  They were very freaked out by me and Holly looking in on them.
This is day 3 of their little life.  I can't believe how much bigger and cuter they got overnight!  They're still running in a herd, but less afraid of me.  They realized my hand was the one bringing the water.  Which they loved to get in and splash everywhere.  I had to refill it every couple hours during the evening.  They went back to school with FB yesterday, so his kids could see them and take care of them for a while.  I'm looking forward to watching them grow more.  Plus they will eventually come back to our yard and be really good pest control. :)

Hope you're all having a great week.