December 28, 2007

Our Christmas





Our Christmas was so nice. Steve came home on the 22nd. It was wonderful to have him home. Steven was a little unsure of him at the airport but by the time we got home, he was back to himself. We didn't do much while he was home. Just spent time together as a family, went out to eat way too much and made plans for our move this month. Christmas day was nice and quiet. We opened presents, then we all fell asleep in the living room for a few hours then took the kids to the park in the evening.
A few days later, we went and test drove a new (to us) truck or two....and ended up trading in our GMC Jimmy for a Ford Expedition. So that was pretty exciting. We've had that Jimmy since before we were married - we always joke that Steve bought me that truck so we figured we should get married. Then we filled it up with our family and ran out of room so we've moved up to something bigger. We can seat 9 people in our new truck - and NO we are not going to fill it up with kids! We just like the extra space.

New Year's Eve we bought some fireworks. Steve went up to the stand and said, "give me whatever you have that's really lame." So we ended up with sparklers, chickens that poop fire balls, bumble bees that flew up in the air (or when put upsidedown on accident, just caught fire), and a few other little things. It was so fun to take them out in the parking lot and play with them. Steven was a little scared at first, but enjoyed them by the end.

Steve left to go back to OTS early on the 1st. But we'll see him on his birthday - the 16th. Then we'll move on the 23rd! It's going to be such a busy month. I've been cleaning out closets and taking down pictures the last few days. I have so much to do before we leave. Busy, busy, busy. Well, that's probably all for a while. Next time I post will probably be with pictures from Steve's graduation and our new home on Randalph AFB.

December 17, 2007

A little over a week ago I went and got a flu shot. I'd been meaning to get one since October but just never found the time until I was at the hospital for Gabby's 2-month well-check. When I got it, the nurse told me that they take 2 weeks to become effective. So Saturday I got the flu. I was fine in the morning. Stan, my father-in-law, was visiting and we went shopping and out to lunch. He bought the kids' Christmas gifts and bought me some new shoes (for Christmas)! Then we had lunch at Freebirds; burritos sounded so good...at the time. Then at about 5:00pm I became freezing cold and light-headed. I took my temperature and it was 99.6. That's not too bad, I thought. So I decided to let Stan watch Steven for a little while while I took Gabby with me to lie down. By 7:30 I had thrown up everything I'd eaten all day and by 1am I was still going. I couldn't even keep water down. Finally around 1:30 I drank some juice and decided that if I didn't keep it down, I would have to go to the emergency room because I could tell that I was dehydrated. So, thank God, I finally was able to keep it down. I was worried about Gabby getting sick, too. So I called the triage nurse and she said that since my body's fighting the flu right now, it is and has been producing anti-bodies that are being passed into my milk. So the best thing to do to keep Gabby from getting it was to keep nursing her so she could get my antibodies. Isn't that so amazing? It's like God thought of EVERYTHING when he made us! So, Sunday I was still pretty sick feeling and had a fever of 100.1 in the afternoon. Monday, no fever but still pretty yucky-feeling. And today I feel completely back to normal. I am just so thankful that Stan was here when I got sick. I don't know what I would have done if I had to take care of Steven on Saturday while I was so sick. God is so good. I am so thankful that not only was Stan here when I got sick, but also that I don't have to be sick this coming week when Steve is home. I got is all over and done with and can be healthy and happy and enjoy his week home.

I've been emailing a lady at a church near Randolph about joining a new MOPS group there. Hopefully it works out. My last MOPS meeting here was this past Friday. I will miss that group so much. I've really enjoyed it this semester. I hope I can find another group that is just as great as the one I'm leaving.

I'm getting really excited about moving. Randolph AFB isn't far from here, so the move will be pretty easy on the kids. We're really hoping to get into base housing. It would just be so much easier than finding a place on our own. We got the floor plan of the base house we would get if we get in, and it is almost twice the size of what we are in now. We would have more room than we would know what to do with!

Steve will be home in 4 days! I am so excited. However, I have a long list of things I want to get done before he gets home. Like, clean up this disaster-area I've been living in and put some groceries in my empty refrigerator. I also have to call my insurance claims adjuster about the fender-bender I was in a few weeks ago. I got rear-ended and the guy wanted to settle without insurance. So he met me at the body shop to get the estimate and just pay me out of pocket but he didn't pay and said he'd call me within a week to pay, but he never called, so now I'm going through insurance. What a jerk. I wish he had just told me in the first place that he wasn't going to pay me. Then I wouldn't have had to haul the kids over to some body shop, stand around getting and estimate and wait around for him to pay. Oh well. I guess I should go get started on all that.

December 8, 2007

A long day

I had such a long day today. It started last night, really. I put Steven to bed at 9pm, then back in bed at 9:05, then 9:15....and so on until 11pm when I finally gave up. I tried everything to get that child to bed - bribes, scolding, spankings..nothing mattered. Finally at 12:30am my head was pounding and I had to put him in his bed kicking and screaming and lock his bedroom door just so I could get some sleep. He slept for 5 hours. That was it. He was up at 5:30, standing by my bed demanding juice and cartoons. I put him back to bed kicking and screaming again with a cup of juice and went back to bed myself. My alarm went off at 7:30am because I had to do childcare at the church at 8:30. I turned the alarm off and was about to get up when all of a sudden it was 8:43....I guess I fell back to sleep. So I called and told them I was late, ran around getting the kids together and got to the church by 9:15. I worked until about 12:30. Got home and got Steven down for a nap by 1:00, had a whole hour and a half to clean up the house and pay attention to Gabby. Then woke Steven up, took him and Gabby to the hospital for Gabby's 2 month well-check. She weighs 12 pounds, 6 oz and is in the 90% for her length. She had to get 5 shots and cried so hard. I cried, too. We got home around 4:15. Had about an hour to feed the kids then back to church for childcare again. We got home a little after 9. I put Steven to bed....peacefully this time. All it took was a threat to take his stuffed monkey away if he got out of bed...that and the exhaustion he had from being up most of the night and getting his nap cut short. And poor Gabby has been very fussy tonight. Poor little baby. I gave her some Tylenol and fed her and she's sleeping now. It just breaks my heart when they have to get those immunizations. Anyway. The kids are sleeping so I should do the same. Praise the Lord, Steve will be home in two weeks. I know he will be happy to share the burden of bedtime fights, temper tantrums, and all the other wonders of the 'terrible twos.'

December 4, 2007

Real Trees Stink...


....actually the only good thing about them is the smell. I put up my Christmas tree up on November 30th. I hate it. I have never hated my Christmas tree before, but this year I do. I hate that tree. I have never had a real tree before. Growing up we always had an artificial one and Steve and I have used the same one I had growing up for the last three years. Well, this year that old artificial tree finally met the inside of a dumpster. It was at least 15 years old and had served us well. So I decided that instead of buying a new artificial one; I would get a real one, and it would be a lot of fun. It was NOT fun. First I had to drag it from the truck to the house which covered me in sap and left a trail of needles through my living room. Then I fought it for about an hour to get it standing straight in its holder. I'm not exaggerating...an hour! Then I finally got it up and 'resembling' straight. All the branches were pointing upward from being tied up in the net, so after a few days, they started to straighten out, causing the lights and beaded garland to fall off. Most of my ornaments are too heavy for it so they fall off all the time. I have to vacuum around it constantly and I just know one day I'll forget to water it and it will turn brown and look horrible. Ugh! On top of that, it's so thick and full that all my ornaments just get lost in it and it looks really boring and plain. I'm not going to go out and buy a bunch more ornaments though, because I know that the amount I have looks great on an artificial tree. So as soon as Christmas is over and all the holiday stuff is on sale, I'm going out to buy a pre-lit artificial tree and this time next year, my blog will be entitled, "My Beautiful Tree."