Archive for July, 2010

Soccer Camp: Friday

Saturday, July 31st, 2010 by by

“So… Soccer Camp today, Buddy? It’s the last day…”

“There is too much action there. And running around. And dirt.”

“I thought that those were all good things.”

“I’d rather get my running dirt from home today.”

“Sounds like we’ve got a plan.”


Saturday Snapshots (7/31)

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Started The Morning Off Right…

Saturday, July 31st, 2010 by by

1. Why are the seventh graders (main characters) in Pretty Little Liars like…eighteen? And their boyfriends are twenty-five? This is ridiculous. Okay, and one of them just asked another girl out on a date. Again, this is seventh grade?

2. I got a job. A real paying job that I do while sitting on my butt and saying, “NO, Michael – stop playing with the computer cords.” I’m doing a website for Evolution Machining & Fabrication, Inc. Basically, they make repairable heim joints- and I’m making them an awesome website. I hope this keeps up.

3. The dog pooped in the house today, then the baby picked it up and handed it to me when I came out of the bathroom. I might have screamed – loudly.

4. I’m pretty sure one of the actors on this Pretty Little Liars has laugh lines…one of the seventh graders. (more…)


Saturday, July 31st, 2010 by by

We just got home from another stay at Children’s.  Ava’s blood glucose levels were 41, so she was admitted for a few days.  Genetics says this is how Mito effects some children - dysmotility and hypoglycemia.  She’s having the big muscle biopsy at the same time as her gtube placement.  We’ll find out more when the results of that biopsy are back in a few months – it takes 2+ months to get results!


Saturday Snapshots

Saturday, July 31st, 2010 by by

I just had to share, because I can’t remember if I told you all or not, but we now have a crawler.  Baby B turned 10 months on July 26th, and she started to crawl on July 19th, I believe it was. It’s funny, Sister E never crawled; she went from sitting up to running, so she is all over the place.  The girls love it though, because she follows you around, but I have to keep after the girls to not keep anything on the floor and to make sure they shut doors and stuff like that.  SHE IS FAST.

Here she is with her Happy Heiny’s Moo Cow Print that I won, just crawling away in the camper. She is going after Sister E, and Buddha is right there with her. :)


GIMP 102

Saturday, July 31st, 2010 by by

In Gimp 101 I went through the basic color corrections and edits you can do with a photograph in GIMP. But what if you want to do things like a cool vintage color, or black and white, or a sepia tone- or exposure correction….without lightroom, then this is for you.

I’ll be honest, I would LOVE to go out and buy today Lightroom, Photoshop and Illustrator- I’ll also take one of those pad things you draw on in real life and it draws in illustrator. I’ll also take Dreamweaver, and two lenses. Oh heck- let’s throw in winning the lottery.

Until I win the lottery and can drop an easy four grand on equipment- I’m going to go back to GIMP and show you how to use the poor man’s version. (more…)

Good, Bad, and Downright Strange Ways to Naturally Induce Labor…

Saturday, July 31st, 2010 by by

Okay, so every day now I’m getting asked if the baby has popped yet, and every day I cry a little more when I say NO. But as part of that journey, I’ve been told many, many ways I can naturally induce labor, from the standard “have sex” and “take long walks” to the downright strange… I’ve even been sent links to recipes that are supposedly supposed to help labor get started!

So I’m going to post them all here for you to read. Oh what fun!

Some of these seem normal… Some are a bit odd… And some are just plain out there, but I’ll put a disclaimer here. I do NOT endorse using ANY of these methods to get your baby to come out. Use your own common sense, and talk to your doctor, OB, or midwife before trying any of these methods. If you’re high-risk (or even having a normal pregnancy) many of these things can cause complications and problems.

Basically, this post is JUST FOR FUN – I’m not a doctor! (more…)


A month in – life as a Mommy of two

Saturday, July 31st, 2010 by by

It has now been a month (well 1 month, 2 days to be precise!) since I went from being the Mommy of one little princess to the M0mmy of two, and what a change it has been!!!!!

The biggest thing I have noticed is how hard it can be to try to share out the attention equally when Emersyn NEEDS so much more of my attention than Gaby does simply to survive.  I have found myself telling Gaby numerous times “I’ll do ________ when I’ve fed Emersyn” – then when Emersyn is fed, she pukes on herself, or needs a bath, or needs her nappy changed, and whatever Gaby wanted help with, seems to (unintentionally) get forgotten.  She doesn’t seem to mind, but I don’t want her getting used to me putting off whatever she needs, so I’m making a more concerted effort to carry through with my promises to Gaby, whether it’s getting her a glass of water or taking her to play on her bike.  That said, now that we’re settling into a routine more, I am finding that I’m more able to take time out to do things with Gaby, but I still know there is more that I could be doing! (more…)

Friday Flashback (7/30)

Friday, July 30th, 2010 by by

From July 30, 2009

“I don’t go crazy buying myself stuff, I hate buying stuff for myself, I always feel there’s a better use for the money. But I go just a little wild when it comes to buying clothes for the kids. I can’t help it. I see all these cute clothes and I think “Oh, Bella would look darling in that,” or “Zach loves those kinds of shirts,” or “Ryan would look so handsome in that.” I mean once I start buying them clothes I can’t stop! I have a feeling it goes back to when I was younger. We never had any nice clothes, we always got hand-me-downs from our cousins, and with me and my brother being the youngest in the family (not including my half-brother and sister since there’s a 7 year gap between the brothers and a 9 year one between me and my sister) everything was really worn by the time it got to us. So, I just love buying the kids new, nice clothes. Shoot, they dress better and have a bigger wardrobe than John and I. I just spent $200 on fall/winter clothes for Bella, no one else, just her. And before the 30% discount it was $300! And seeing as how John banned me from buying her anything else (she has a closet full of summer clothes she still doesn’t quite fit…) I have a feeling this might cause some issues. But she has no fall/winter clothes, so really this was a needed purchase…

Original post here: Two Blues and a Pink – I have an addiction… to shopping!

With a Side of Sticks and Stones….

Friday, July 30th, 2010 by by

What are little girls made of?