Archive for June, 2010

The name

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by by

In 2006, when Cora was born, the name was ranked 384 per million babies.  I’m not sure Cora counts in those statistics, since she wasn’t born alive and therefore had no social security listing.  Anyway, the name as of last year was ranked 303, so it’s getting more common as the trend for “old fashioned” names catches on.  That means it’s randomly popping out at me more.

I teach the 6-year-old primary Sunday school class in church.  All the kids 3-7 meet together first for singing & sharing time, where we sing songs and the primary presidency does a little learning activity.  Yesterday, we had a couple visitors, and so we sang a welcome song.  The visitors were the song leaders nieces so she was fairly excited.  She introduced them “This is Esther, and this is Cora.”

It was like a stab in the gut, and I had breathe slowly to keep from bursting into tears.

Needless to say, it was VERY hard to sing “Here we are together with Cora.”

I’m just very glad that she wasn’t in my class.  I don’t think I could have handled that right then.


Nowhere to go!

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by by

I realized today that I am having (or about to have) my first postpartum ovulation – my first thought was “well I don’t need to worry – because I’m certain there is no way I can get pregnant!”, then it dawned on me… I HAD A TUBAL LIGATION – there really IS no way for me to get pregnant now (well, technically!).  I feel strange knowing that I won’t be pregnant again, that that part of my life is over… never again will I get a BFP, or have a first glimpse of my baby, or find out the sex, or complain about pregnancy-related heartburn, or cry when I hear my baby cry for the first time.

I don’t feel sad about it, I don’t regret it – but it does feel weird.  Might sound strange, but I feel a little more relaxed, knowing that I technically shouldn’t be able to get pregnant now.  I have had such bad luck with birth control in the past – that I never really felt safe with ANY of the forms of BC I used.  But this time, with all pathways to the uterus being cut, I feel pretty certain that there will be no more unplanned – or planned, pregnancies for me!

Getting Beautiful with my Motorola Cliq

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by by

You know how I posted that I was trying to go from being the frumpy dumpy looking wife to the beautiful wife I used to be? Well, I am making progress. I’d like to give partial credit to my Motorola Cliq and I’d like to show off my before and after pictures taken straight from the camera on my Motorola Cliq – no edits at all.

I had my regular hair appointment yesterday. I normally have a hard time keeping track of my appointments. I have a nice day planner so you’d think that would make keeping up with appointments easy, especially since I really only have one or two appointments a month that I need to keep up with. But, no, sadly enough even with my lovely day planner I still can’t keep up with my appointments. I couldn’t remember when my appointment was because my appointment time never made it from the little card she wrote it on into my day planner. This happens a lot actually. I had to look up the salon’s number and give her a call last week to figure out when my appointment might be because I couldn’t remember. No more of that! Now that I have my phone I can just put my appointment in my calendar right when I am in the salon. Love that!

Okay enough about my appointments and calendars and on to the pics.

Here is my before (more…)

Hold onto your big girl panties- I’m back.

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by by

I think I’m back.
We tried to go climbing twice this week, but each time the heat index was 112. So, as my husband so succinctly put it “I hate it when the chalk turns to toothpaste.” (aka, climbing chalk…which is like gymnastic chalk, and you use it like a good luck charm/time waster because my arms are to tired/thing to do when you feel awkward or need a break..okay the real intended use is to keep your hands dry and your grip tight. But I try and be honest with myself).

I’m leaving in two days.

To a place that…wait for it….HAS NO CELL SERVICE. Is it wrong of me to look forward to this? I’m not talking no Internet; I’m talking turn off your cellphone and throw it in the glove box because all it’s going to do is search for signal eternally. I’m hoping to swallow my fear of people and photograph something I saw last time: Rumschpringa. I still have this image in my head- an “amish” teenager, sweaty, hungover and his shirt undone underneath his suspenders, dragging in a deep breath of the burning cigarette- his girlfriend, equally as sweaty and pulled apart, waiting for him to share. New York hipsters would die (more…)


Let me tell you about yesterday

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by by

I needed to go grocery shopping. I normally go on Sunday but I was feeling lazy on Sunday so I put it off until Monday. I was going to go early in the morning before my kids knew what I was doing but that didn’t end up happening either. So sometime late yesterday afternoon I decided I was going. It needed to be done so that was that. I was going shopping and NOBODY was coming with me. I told both the girls that they weren’t coming. They both begged and pleaded that they wanted to go. I hate taking the kids to the store with me, especially Lyndsey. She is going through a phase. The terrible twos phase hit her late. It started at 3 and hasn’t stopped yet. So anyway, the kids were NOT going with me. I wanted to get this done quickly and without extra things ending up in my cart.

Off I go to the store. Not two minutes into my drive I start feeling an aura coming on. I get migraines and when I do I usually have an aura first. It causes distorted vision (like seeing spots or streaks) for about fifteen minutes or so before the headache starts. I almost turned around and (more…)

Heath Bar Cheesecake

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by by

I wanted cheesecake the other day, and I’m in love with this new recipe.  I figured I’d share!  Don’t be afraid of cheesecake.  It’s really not that hard.  It’s not quick, but the results will be worth it!


1 package chocolate graham crackers, crushed (just the individual package in side the box, about 9 crackers, I think)

1/3 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup sugar


4 (8oz) packages of cream cheese

1 1/4 cups sugar

2 Tbsp flour

1/4 cup heavy cream (more…)

Me, really?

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by by

When I started this blog, it was mostly just an online diary.  I never really thought anyone wold read it.  A week or so ago, a moderator from suggested that I should consider applying to blog for the website.  I did, and they chose me!  Woo Hoo!  It’s truly so flattering to even be asked.  I’ve never really fancied myself a writer, but I guess I must not me too bad at it.

When I first found out I was pregnant with Junior, I needed to find a place where women were going through the same things.  I wanted to learn from real women what was normal and what to expect.  I found JustMommies in June ’07 and I’ve been an active member ever since.  I joined the Jan ’08 DDC (Due Date Club).  It was a group of women who all had due dates that month.  We went through morning sickness together, sleepless nights both before and after having our babies, labor, first baths, rolling over, and everything since then.  I’ve never met any of these women in real life, but I consider them my friends.

To be asked to blog for a website like JustMommies that I respect so much, is truly an honor.  It’s a place where I’ve felt so loved, welcomed and not-crazy for the last three years.  I can only hope that I can help someone else feel those same things.


Quality Time

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by by

So what’s another great thing about diving into the world of smartphones? Sure, the internet is great, the apps rock, and being able to completely keep track of most everything on one device makes life a little easier. I think the best thing though, is how excited my kids get over it. Rileigh was walking around today talking about my “mommy’s iPhone”. I let her play a couple apps on it. The kids love to sit next to me and watch me play Guitar Hero. Rileigh has tried herself but hasn’t quite grasped the concept.

It’s cool how one little device lets us have together time curled up on the couch, under the blanket. It never fails, every time I want to hear music Gavin jumps in my lap and grabs one of my ear phones and listens in to whatever song it is I’m playing. I’ve even locked the phone and gave Rileigh and Gavin an ear phone a piece and laughed as they sat there and try to sing along to it. I even have a whole playlist separated just for them. It has a lot of Hannah Montana and country songs, both of which they love.

I think one of the reasons they love (more…)

Don’t wake the sleeping toddler

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by by

Spaghetti is not a sleeper. Right now, she is currently asleep in the hallway since she is not a sleeper. Ever since the Meatball left for the summer (more on that in another post), Pretty Pants and I have been struggling to get our rambunctious toddler on a sleeping routine.

It was easier during the school year as the Meatball and Spaghetti would sleep together. But now that she’s all by her lone self, adding the fact that Spaghetti is a light close to non-sleeper, all free time in the evening has been lost to trying to put Spaghetti to sleep. For the last 30 days, we’ve tried them all: coercion, threats, routine, even falling asleep beside her… none of them seem to work consistently.

So for now, I give up. Today, I’ll scoop her up off the floor after I’ve had my ‘me’ time and tuck her away in her bed. Because most times, life like an eager toddler, does not want to fit into a routine.

Mapping my way around with my Blackberry!

Monday, June 28th, 2010 by by

Life has been super hectic but somehow we managed to find time to visit my friend, Andrea, who happens to live about 45 minutes away. It was the first time to bring the kids over there. And actually, the last time I was there was about 5 years ago. That’s a long time, long enough to not remember how to get there.

What does that mean? A reason to use the Blackberry’s map thingy…app. I typed in Andrea’s address & waa-laa! The map showed up. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to figure out all the bells and whistles that go along with it so I went to something more familiar.


On my browser. Because I have a BlackBerry. And because I have a BlackBerry, I have internet capabilities. WOOT-WOOT! You know what that means?

I got (more…)