Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Question of the Week

When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?

Tuesday Tales

Boy am I sleepy today. It is definitely going to be a nap day!! Ah!. Just the sound of it is making me yawn. The kids had one more half day but I let them skip it. Ain't I a cool mom?? LOL. It is just so hot out there and I was dreading the walk there and back.
Dominic was pleased because he has been punished from his PlayStation and got it back today. You can guess what he will be doing today.
Reynaldo is just happy to be home with "Momma". He misses me when he is at school. That makes me teary eyed. Today we are going to sign up for the summer reading program at our library. Later today today the boys have check up appointments with the Dr.
Ki had an awesome first day at preschool and get this... Actually took a nap for them. That girl never naps. I hope it isn't something that is gonna wear off. She really enjoyed herself and was kept busy.
I had my Dr. appointment and this was my first appointment without taking Kiarrah and my blood pressure was better than it has ever been. He said was doing really good and to just take it easy. We also talked a lot about post partum depression and they gave me some helps and resources to help me out. I am not as worried about it as I was.
My great friend Sarah watched the boys after school for me while I was at my appointment. She is like Mary Poppins with her bag of goodies. I was so impressed with what she did with the kids. She took them on an imaginary trip to Hawaii. She brought a map and showed them where they were going exactly. They did coloring sheets of airplanes, made glittery fish and tissue paper fish, did something with coffee filters and made lei's. She also made this octopus matching game. They had a blast. I am so blessed with awesome friends that take the time to understand my kids and know how to love on them and give them what they need and that is acceptance. They have had so many people walk in and out of their lives and I think they have learned who is gonna be there for them. Those are the people they cling too.
Last night Jim and I went to a Sectional Pastor meeting. What an awesome word from God. Our worship team ministered and they did a great job. It felt weird not really seeing the kids for most of the day but they had a good day, I got a break and we all missed each other. Sometimes a break is just what you need.
Well, off to boil some hard boiled eggs for the worlds famous soccer player.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Monday Morning Mews

The "butterfly" started preschool this morning. She woke up so excited and just ready to start her day. She claims that she hopes that she gets homework.
The boys went to one of their last two half days of school. These half days are such a waste. Dominic seems sad that school is ending but is looking forward to fun times in the back yard swimming and playing football. Reynaldo feels the same.
I have a 32 week appointment with my Dr. Hopefully things are progressing well. Let the countdown begin. I noticed this morning that i have a major waddle going on. I am gonna try to get more things ready for the baby this week. I am having a shower in a few weeks that I am really excited about.
Not much else going on. I am going with my husband and Worship Team and Pastors to a Sectional meeting tonight. We got a sitter for the night so it will be a nice break. The Worship team will be ministering.
Now to get a little bit of stuff around here done.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Shore was a nice Day

Yesterday we had a very nice day. I have the sunburn to prove it. We decided to take a trip down to the shore so we could at least go once this summer. We headed down to Island Beach State Park which is our favorite. Nice clean sandy beaches, clean bathrooms and nice and quiet without the glamour of the boardwalk. The kids loved the water although it was only 64 degrees. Dominic lived in the water most of the time and then enjoyed tossing a football around with dear old dad. Reynaldo and Kiarrah enjoyed playing in the sand and simply filling a bucket with water and dumping it. It was only about 80 degrees so it made for a pleasant day.

Friday, June 22, 2007

I am stunned

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My 4 1/2 year old daughter has a crush on someone from TV. Nat from Naked Brothers Band. He is the one in the black t-shirt. You should see her blush when you ask her about him. She wanted him to come to our house to play LOL

8 Months

If one more person asks me if I am having twins I am gonna scream.

Reynaldo's Graduation

Reynaldo and his buddy Jasaiah.

Well, Mr Rey graduated from Kindergarten today. They did a little concert and certificate presentation this morning. He still has two more half days of school. Holding him back this school year was the best thing we could have done for him.

Pictures from the Creation Play

Dominic played a raccoon during our Creation Production End of the Year Show. He did an awesome job creeping across the stage. We are also so proud of the art work he had on Display at the Art Exhibit. He is very talented and loves Art Class. I will have to make sure that I take some pictures of some of his Art Work. He will continue classes in the Fall when the Art Academy starts up again.

Here is a picture of Kiarrah in her ballet outfit. She danced with her Arts Academy Class during the Creation production that was last Saturday. She has a great love for movement and surprised us with how well she followed directions and loved being on stage. This is not something we will be giving up on.

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay,My, oh, my, what a wonderful day.Plenty of sunshine headin' my way,Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay!Mister Bluebird's on my shoulder,It's the truth, it's "actch'll"Everything is "satisfactch'll."Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay,Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay,My, oh, my, what a wonderful day.Plenty of sunshine headin' my way,Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay!Mister Bluebird's on my shoulder,It's the truth, it's "actch'll"Everything is "satisfactch'll."Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay,Wonderful feeling, feeling this way!Mister Bluebird's on my shoulder,It's the truth, it's "actch'll"Everything is "satisfactch'll."Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay,Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Need Prayer

I hate even posting this because I don't want to be so down and negative. This is so not me and I think that is what is making it so much harder for me right now. I am really going through some ugly depression. In fact yesterday it was so horrible that my hubby came right home. I was a wreck and couldn't stop crying.
Kiarrah has been out of control and the boys have been EXTREMELY fresh and defiant. I don't know if it is because the baby is coming or what. They are out of school as of next Tuesday. Yesterday I was trying to get some things done around the house because I want to be alittle more organized for when Gracie comes. Also I have a lifegroup coming to help clean my house and I just need to get some stuff put away so it will be easier for them. Anyway my doorbell rings and it is some lady telling me that my daughter has been hanging out the window for the past 5 minutes. She opened the window which was locked mind you and then proceeded to open the screen. I was in shock and so embarrassed. The lady proceeds to speak to me like I am a horrible parent. I didn't know how to respond. I was in shock. I came back in the house and proceeded to breakdown. I called my husband and just sobbed. I started having horrible contractions and knew I needed to calm down and get a grip. He called me back and said he was on his way home. I felt horrible. I didnt want him to have to leave work but I was scared and out of it. I can't handle her right now. I am so unstructured and tired and have some stuff that needs to be done. I can't just sit there and stare at her all day and watch every move she makes. I feel like the worlds worst parent. I have a child that hangs out windows, runs in the street and runs out of the house. She has no concept of fear and no impulse control. The drugs really screwed her up that way. After a call to our church we have decided to enroll her in the Preschool. It is way more than we can afford but if we don't do something I am gonna end up in the hospital on bedrest or in preterm labor and it is still too early. I can handle the boys alone and they will allow me to rest when I need to. They like their down time. yes we have issues but nothing like it is with Kiarrah. I don't know how we are gonna do this but I am totally trusting God on it. We are applying for Urban league but that will take a month or two to go through approval so we will need to pay for it until then.They are working with us on it and that is a huge blessing. Can you please just agree with us in prayer that God will provide? It would cost me more to have someone come to the house to help out and it would be more stressful with another person here. Everyone has plans for the summer or jobs or their own responsibilities so it is crazy. Also could you pray that I can get through this dark period. I am very scared of dealing with post partum because of having a strong history of depression already. I went off meds when I got pregnant for fear it could hurt the baby. There is not enough research out there to show it won't.
I feel very vulnerable sharing all this but I need help and prayer. Thanks for listening. If I am quiet this is why.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

No Fear

What do you do for a child who just has no fear and doesn't even have a clue that there is danger out there and that some actions can cause her to get hurt? I have a child who has no impulse control and thinks nothing of running in the street or going outside by herself or thinks nothing of hanging out a window. Is the wiring that screwed up in her brain? Can you teach a child to fear? Can you teach them to have impulse control? I am just so baffled at how a child can be like that.

Brief Memory Lapse of Age

My husband took Kiarrah on Friday to his company picnic which is held up at camp. It was a nice relaxing day for me. I basically didn't do a thing but I will chalk that up as following Dr.'s orders. Well, while at camp I find out that Jim decided to forget that he is 38 years old and not as sturdy as he used to be. He decides to ride a slide board scooter down a hill really fast!! What he forgot to notice is that there was a bump in the road up ahead and he hit it head on and went flying in the air with not the greatest of ease and hit the ground and slide for quite awhile. Meanwhile removing several layers of skin in the process on his whole leg and hand.
They cleaned him as best they could and he headed home to share his great excitement with me. The dummy wanted to do it again until he saw the blood. My past few days have been spent bandaging and unbandaging him and cleaning his wounds. Thank God it doesn't gross me out and I still want to be a nurse. He is trying to seek a lot of pity from me but he ain't getting it. Stupidity doesn't deserve it. Big Mr. Macho Jim can barely walk and whimpers when he gets bandages changed. Toughen up big guy.

Kiarrah Funny

This morning Kiarrah tells me that she knows what she wants to be when she grows up. A teacher, a fighter fighter ( firefighter) and a mother. This all being said with her little New Jersey Accent. She then proceeds to tell me that she has to get married too because Reynaldo told her that if she wants to be a mother that has to be done first. She then says "He's a smart boy". This just made Rey glow. Right you are baby boy and baby girl.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Food Obsession

I have a new obsession!! FLAN. OMG! It is to die for. Our friend 's mom made a coconut Flan and my mouth is starting to water just thinking about it.

Childfree Day

Today has been a nice quiet day. I started my day with this returning morning sickness but it has subsided. I am actually child free until about 3:00. Daddy took "the butterfly " to his work company picnic. Hopefully she is having a blast and will come home tired but not too tired. She has dress rehearsal for the show tomorrow night. She is so excited.
I spent the morning reading, shopping on eBay for nursing Jammie's and comparing baby carriers LOL. Found one I want but it is just too much money. Hoping to find one on EBay cheaper.
I also worked on my baby registry and I had to come up with a list of names for invites for one of my baby showers. After that my morning was shot. My husband told me I was not allowed to do any cleaning. What a Guy. Think I will keep him Forever and Ever. Did I mention how wonderful he has been to me lately?

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Life in Joisey

I am kind of in a funk today. Feeling overwhelmed and stressed. My hormones must be out of whack or something. I need a nap. I am going to spend the morning going through 2 boxes of baby stuff that my friend Crystal in TX sent me. What a blessing. I actually cried when I opened the boxes. For some reason it hit me, I AM HAVING A BABY. I mean I have know it all along but it just seems so much more real because the time is getting closer. I still have so much to do to prepare but yet need to take it easy and then on other days I have no energy.
We have a huge production at church on Saturday. Kiarrah will be dancing with her Creative Movements Class. They are dancing to Zipadee Doo Da and she will be a sunflower. The boys will be animals. Also some of Dominic's art work will be on display. He is extremely creative and already has his own palette as his instructor says. We are so blessed to have an Art's Academy through our church. Reynaldo's drum class will not be doing anything in the show this year. Maybe next year. He is gonna make a cute little mouse though.
I will be sure to take pictures.

Sweet Potato Still Cooking

I had an appointment with the Dr. Monday. Everything looks good except the fact that my BP is up a little and I am not getting any rest and I am overdoing it. ( Ya Think? I have three kids and a house to take care of?) Anyway We are looking at August 10th as C section Day. I was given the major scare tactic of taking it easy until week 34. He said there was a whole floor at the hospital dedicated and full of women like me who are stubborn and don't take it easy. If I am in the same position when I go back on the 25th I am being admitted. I think it worked. I am scared and trying to obey. Gracie Girl is head down. My fluid is ok, cervix length is good but placenta is still very low. She is still beating me up big time. She loves to move around. I am having a lot of pelvic pressure and Braxton Hicks. Just pray that I can get through the next few weeks. The kids are out of school on the 26th so then life gets crazy.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Christian Ways to Reduce Stress

I am not sure who wrote this but this is awesome advice.
Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.
1. Pray

2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14 K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you Jesus."
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34 Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU. "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)

Monday, June 11, 2007

Busy Busy Weekend

It was such a busy weekend. It is finally getting to the point where I am forced to slow down. My energy level comes and goes and I am getting so worn out so easy. I guess I will need to now with no choice in the matter.
Friday I went to Walmart and bought the kids a small pool to play in. They were thrilled with it and used it that day. It was in the 90's outside so it felt awesome. We had a bunch of friends over later that evening for pizza and just plain fellowship.
Saturday Jim went to sing in a concert in Conneticut with our Worship Team. I was orginally going to go with him but it was so hot and the concert was outside. I knew I would be trying to chase the kids everywhere. Not something I am up to at almost 8 months pregnant. Instead I met with my friend Dawn and her daughter and we went to visit them and then we went to Chuckie Cheese and then to see the movie Surfs Up. We had a blast although I am so not a fan of Chuckie Cheese. It is crazy there. Jim actually beat us home.
Yesterday was an awesome uplifting sermon that really spoke to my heart. I spent a lot of time at the altar just talking to God. I know he has some big things planned for my life and I want to be in His Will. I don't want to be scared anymore of those things. He is bringing us to a whole new level in ministry and I want to be focused on him. I thank God for the friends around me that have a desire for the same things. It amazes me at how much God already uses me to minister to those around me. I want Him to use me.
Later that afternoon we spent time with more friends as different people stopped by. I love living where I live. We are surrounded by people we know.
Today I have a Dr.'s appointment to check on baby Gracie. Next week is another Ultrasound. I am more excited about that one. I do need to talk to the Dr though about all of this pressure I am feeling. It gets worst when I walk around. Baby girl needs to stay in there and bake alittle longer.
Friday I was holding a newborn on my lap with his little rear seated on my belly and Gracie was kicking away. I was teasing Elijah's mommy saying that Gracie is already kicking his butt :)
The boys are so ready for school to be over. Reynaldo is finally doing so much better in school. He is actually liking writing sentences. I really need to work with him over the summer. I think we are going to do some journalling and letter writing to family and also we will work through some workbooks. We will do school stuff for 1-2 hours a day. That will also include reading in that time. I want to work with Kiarrah. My only concern though it that she is so bright now I don't want to get too far ahead or she is going to deal with major boredom in school when it starts. She is already doing Kindergarten work and will only be starting preschool.
I will work with her a little though. She wants so bad to spell stuff and read. Maybe we will start with a few basic sight words. I also need to get some more craft supplies. She loves doing crafts. Dominic does also.
Well, I best hit the shower. Kiarrah is sitting her telling me she wants to get all pretty. LOL

Friday, June 08, 2007

Need Duct Tape

My daughter is driving me bananas. (Line taken from her tshirt that says my brother drives me bananas) She will not keep her seat belt on in the car when I am driving. Any advice? Also she keeps escaping out the door when we are occupied doing something else. Yesterday I was washing my oldest sons hair and I thought she was in the living room with her other brother and next thing I know my cell phone is ringing and it is my neighbor to let me know that Ki is outside. She literally needs to be at my side 24 7 or she is either into something, out of something or just plain in trouble. This morning I woke up to a girl who covered herself in Vaseline which she took from the bathroom. The week before she had used my shaving gel and put it in her hair. The horrible fact is that she then lies about doing it. The evidence is all over her. It is not like I can lock her door or the bathroom door. I just don't know what to do with her. She gets lots of attention so it is not that she is lacking in that. The other thing that she is doing is not doing what is asked of her. It took her over 1/2 hour to get dressed yesterday morning. We had to keep telling her over and over. I even broke it down for her and asked her to put each item on step by step. She would just stand there ad either sing or dance or just play. I refuse to dress her. She is old enough to do it herself.
Is this just a 4 year old phase? I am losing my sanity with her antics.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

I am In Awe

The coolest thing happened today. I was sitting on the chair this morning look at my belly and I actually saw it move when Gracie moved. I was in awe of it and waited for a while to see if she would do it again and she was. OK so this is what everyone has been saying. That you should enjoy all of the movements because when she is born they say that you will miss seeing and feeling her move inside. I have to say that after seeing that I agree.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Puppy Love

Kiarrah fell in love with "Pinkie" at Sarah and Vincent's house on Memorial Day. There were the best of buds. All of my children love dogs but we all have Asthma and are allergic to Dogs. If I ever got a dog this is the kind of dog that I would want.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Question of the Week

What motivates you the most in your walk with the Lord? What keeps your feet walking forward in steps of Faith? Is it a person? A scripture verse? A song? How do you keep your Faith Alive?

Pics of the Kiddos

My little model striking a pose
My boys love cereal. Dominic usually wolfs down two huge bowls every morning.
I know, I know Chocolate for breakfast? Rey loves Coco Puffs

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Hot enough for Watermelon

Boy was it hot and humid today. UGH. I just kept reminding myself that Hell is hotter LOL. I can't even imagine. Kids were up at the crack of dawn and I was exhausted because my DH had talked my ear off the night before. He is too much but I sure love him.
We did some food shopping and got laundry done and cleaned house. This evening we had our new neighbors and some other mutual friends from church over for dinner. We had an awesome time eating and fellow shipping. We are so blessed with our friends!!! I love being around other people who I have a lot in common with. We mesh well and the kids can play together. Mind you, their children were younger but the kids still did fairly well together. It is good for my children to be around the babies to to prepare them for Gracie's arrival.
I was grooving on watermelon today. Man was it good. I also bought some peaches and nectarines and Bing cherries. I love this time of year. I can't wait to eat some yummy Jersey grown tomatoes.

Food Program

There is an awesome food program that I don't know if all of you had heard about. Many Churches all over the Us participate. Thought you might want to check it out. My family has been receiving it for several months and it decent quality food at a low price. The program is called Angel Food Ministry . Anyone can participate. For only $25.00 you get a huge box of food including meat.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Little Rant

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Is it just me of is Rosie O'Donnell just completely self destructing and going over the edge? I will admit I used to really like her a few years back but now I just can't stand the woman. She has this I hate the world everyone is out to get me mentality. Every time I see anything about her on the news I just cringe.

What a Day

Yesterday was kind of a stressful day to deal with. I am glad it is over. I got a call from my mom first thing in the morning to let me know that my Dad got let go from his job of 25+ years. The company is not doing good so had to let a lot of people go. My dad had a false hope that his job was secure and that he wouldn't be in the bunch but of course he was. He was nearing retirement. My parents will do OK financially because he can get unemployment but they lost health insurance. My mom is working a temp job that could turn permanent. I just know my dad is happy to be let go because the job was very stressful for him and he hated it anymore. He said he slept better last night than he ever has. He is 1 1/2 yrs away from retiring.
Later in the day I got a call from my OB GYN's office. They got blood results back from my last labs and I have Group B Strep bacteria in my urine so they are treating me with penicillin. I am probably going to have to keep getting treated with it and then through an IV during birth and Gracie will have to be on one to after she is born. Please pray that it doesn't affect her in anyway and that the antibiotics will keep her safe. I have to admit my faith was shaken a little by what I read about it online. I am one of these types of people that have to read everything about everything and then I scare myself.
I went for my last fetal echo cardiogram today and her heart looks healthy. Praise God.
I don't know if I had told you all but I actually had gone 2 weeks without getting sick and unfortunately it started again last night and then this morning. It was too good to be true.
She is a very very active baby and I think she is gonna be a future gymnast with all those flips she likes to do. Sometimes I am like... Baby girl please calm down.
Not much else going on. My new neighbors from my church moved in downstairs and I am really excited about that. They just had a little boy about 2 weeks ago. It will be so nice to have another stay at home mom around.