Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I came into the hospital about 4pm yesterday because the back pain and cramps were bad and I thought for sure I was going into labor yesterday. They kept me and monitored me through the night with the plan of still inducing in labor if we made no progress. The nurse woke me up at 5 am to move to the birthing room and shower. By 7am my husband had arrived and they broke my water and administered Pitocin. I asked for a epidural by 9am and was checked and at 6cm. About 10:30 am she was making her exit and fast! The doctor delivered her in 4 pushes at 11:13am. She weighed in 6lbs 9oz and 19 and half inches long. We have a Halloween baby! Jim stayed most of the night and my parents took the kids trick or treating. Jim came the next day and we had dinner at the hospital as a family and everyone met baby Olivia. We carved our pumpkins early yesterday, thank goodness I didnt miss it.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Doctors Visit Today

So I didn't get any sleep last night at all and woke up this morning feeling pretty ill. I drove to Forbes to get checked by my doctor and he said I was 4 cm dialated and stripped my membranes. He scheduled a induction Friday morning but said he bets Id be in labor before that.
I got everything done in the house for my mom. All clothes washed, kids bathed tonight, homework done up for Thursday & Friday, outfits picked out for couple days. I even made a huge pot of mac& chz and baked a pumpkin pie. We carved our pumpkins since Im going to miss Halloween :( That kinda makes me sad but its all for a good cause. Plus today was my Grams b-day and I really struggle with that subject so I thought Id better stay busy. Ive been having contractions all day so I wont be upset to wake up tonight and have to run!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Stick a fork in me, Im DONE!

Where in the hell is my baby. Im 39 weeks today, Geesh. Can I get a break early maybe?

What We Could Have Done With the Money

On my Yahoo homepage I read this article on what we could have spent our money on instead of the war in Irag. At the end of the article there was a site that allowed you to virtual credit card shop if you yourself had those funds :

"KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - When the Sunday morning political pundits began talking last year about the tab for the war in Iraq hitting $1 trillion, Rob Simpson sprang from his sofa in indignation.
"Why aren't people outraged about this? Why aren't we hearing about it?" Simpson said. And then it came to him: "Nobody knows what a trillion dollars is."
The amount — $1,000,000,000,000 — was just too big to comprehend.
So Simpson, 51, decided to embark "on an unusual but intriguing research project" to put the dollars and cents of the war into perspective. He hired some assistants and spent 12 months immersed in economic data and crunching numbers.
The result: a slim but heavily annotated paperback released, "What We Could Have Done With the Money: 50 Ways to Spend the Trillion Dollars We've Spent on Iraq."
Simpson is no geopolitical, macro-economic, inside-the-Beltway expert. He's an armchair analyst and creative director for an advertising agency, a former radio announcer and music critic in Ontario and a one-time voiceover actor.
His alternative spending choices reflect his curiosity and wit.
He calculates $1 trillion could pave the entire U.S. interstate highway system with gold — 23.5-karat gold leaf. It could buy every person on the planet an iPod. It could give every high school student in the United States a free college education. It could pay off every American's credit card. It could buy a Buick for every senior citizen still driving in the United States.
"As I started exploring, I was really taken aback by some of the things that can be done, both the absurd and the practical," Simpson said.
America could the double the 663,000 cops on the beat for 32 years. It could buy 16.6 million Habitat for Humanity houses, enough for 43 million Americans.
Now imagine investing that $1 trillion in the stock market — perhaps a riskier proposition today than when Simpson finished the book — to make it grow and last longer. He used an accepted long-term return on investment of 9 percent annually, with compounding interest.
The investment approach could pay for 1.9 million additional teachers for America's classrooms, retrain 4 million workers a year or lay a foundation for paying Social Security benefits in 65 years to every child born in the United States, beginning today.
It's too recent to make Simpson's list, but that $1 trillion could also have paid for the Bush administration's financial bailout plan, with $300 billion to spare. It might not be enough, however, to pay for the war in Iraq. Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz has recently upped his estimate of the war's cost to $3 trillion.
Simpson created a Web site companion to his book that lets you go virtual shopping with a $1 trillion credit card. Choices range from buying sports franchises to theme parks, from helping disabled veterans to polar bears.
Click on Air Force One, the president's $325 million airplane. The program asks: "Quantity?"
"At one point we couldn't find anybody who actually stuck with it long enough to spend $1 trillion," Simpson said. "It will wear you out." "

Monday, October 27, 2008

My Praise Cards!!

So I had to remake the cupcakes for CCD for Jimmy to take this week. He took his hugs Jim bought as well.
He came home with these cards the kids in his class made for me! How adorable and some of them so funny. Im going to put them in Jimmys baby box.

Crayola First Marks

I saw these markers in one of the On-Demand baby shows and wanted them for Gianna so bad. So the other night my brother and I were shopping at Michaels and I found them! They were about 6 bucks and I got to test them out today. I thought they were crayons but realized fast they were actually markers. They fit in the palm of her hand and she only licked them once! The paint dried very fast too. She loved them.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


I occasionally get to beat someone to the couch to watch tv, not often...but anywho

I watch On Demand Martha Halloween clips and I got this idea from her. I wanted to make some for my mom and myself so I needed the glitter. Walmarts glitter was crappy so we tried Michaels and it was the same! crappy!

On the way out of the store to give up I saw these big Halloween bins setup and they had a Martha Stewart Glitter kit! PERFECT! All the colors I was looking for with the ferfect texture of glitter, not big hunks of ugly sparkle. They turned out so nice.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My funny animal picture

So my pregnancy is hopefully nearing the end, in the meantime I feel more crappy everyday that passes. The good news is Jim and I sat down tonight and listened to replays of our sons live classrooms and he has improved a 100%. For those of you that dont know where he needed improvement it was reading class and learning to pay attention. What a change since his tutoring! We are very excited for him.

On a bad note...I had to have a one of my back teeth pulled today. The dentist wanted to wait until I had the baby but it became painful so I had to schedule a emergency appt. My mom was supposed to watch the kids but I decided to send my parents on a roadtrip to neverland to buy Gianna a riding train with tracks for one of her Christmas gifts and found a alternative sitter. Then at the last minute and mean I should've already left my house 'where in the hell is my sitter' panic I had to get my husband to leave his job sight and come rescue me out of the situation I created. My second sitter tends to forget things...but anyway ;(

So they had to saw my tooth into pieces and pull, yank, tug... Then he slipped bc he was pulling so hard and jabbed me in the mouth with the forceps. Lucky I was really numb bc by this time over a hour had passed and he was still wrenching on my tooth, and I was becoming irritated and started breaking a sweat. Actually so was the dentist, and at one point he had to leave the room and come back! So at a total of 1 hour and 35 minutes I left the dentists off 1 tooth less then when I went in, 1 prescription of mild pain medication, and a swollen face! I've seen better days.

You know when you get that funny card in the mail of crazy animals that make you laugh? Well heres mine, to cheer me up on my bad day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My list of uses for vinegar

So in an attempt to cure my doggies rash I ran into uses for vinegar. My grandmother used to do things with vinegar that seemed odd to me but now that I read these next time Im at Sams club I will pick up a couple more gallons!

Here goes some of the things I thought were interesting on the list: These are quoted

Used as a hair rinse, vinegar neutralizes the alkali left by shampoos.
A reader says 'it will give your hair an all out shine!'
2. Fabric softener and static cling reducer - use as you would liquid fabric softener.
3. Chewing gum dissolver - saturate the area with vinegar. If the vinegar is heated, it will work faster.
4. Stain remover - for stains caused by grass, coffee, tea, fruits and berries. Soak clothing in full strength vinegar.
5. Wash your windshield with vinegar in the winter to help keep ice and frost away.
6. Spray your hands with a mist of vinegar, or dip them in vinegar and dry after washing dishes or having them in soapy water to keep your hands soft.
7. Use diluted 1:1 in water to take pet odors out of carpets. Find the spot, and saturate it with about 1 1/2 times the original volume. Let set for awhile then blot up. Repeat if your cloth is very dirty after blotting. I make sure to turn on a fan and open a window, especially for large spots!
8.This reader writes: My grandmother swears by vinegar as an antiseptic for abrasions,to reduce itch from poison ivy or mosquito bites,and even to help rehydrate sunburned skin.
9. On heavily tarnished copper or copper-alloy to be cleaned up, use a paste made of salt and vinegar.
10. One teaspoon to one tablespoon of vinegar gets rid of hiccups.
11. Use 2 cups of cider vinegar in the tub to soak sore muscles and add potassium to muscles
12. Use for a throat soother. Take equal amounts of honey and cider vinegar, stir or shake until dissolved. Take a tablespoon at a time to cut mucuous in the throat.
13. Keep a spray bottle of 50% vinegar, 50% water near the laundry station. Spray it on clothing stains before tossing the clothing into the washer (just as you would a commercial spray stain remover).
14. From another reader: After years of suffering from athlete's foot, consulting doctors, and spending hundreds of dollars on so called cures (some presciption, some over the counter), I read in one of the magazines in which I subscibe to try soaking in vinegar. Something was said about it changing skin ph so that the fungus could not grow. I soaked three evenings in a row. Now, no more fungus and that has been several months ago.
15. I use cloth diapers and my baby kept breaking out in a rash. From another web site, it suggested adding a cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle. It equalizes the ph balance. I've been doing it ever since and, viola, no rash!
16. Pour 1/4 cup vinegar to your dishwasher rinse cycle for streak free, sparkling dishes everytime!!
17. Try white vinegar underarms and other areas of the body as a natural deoderant. Will not stop perspiration (which is not healthy anyway) but will neutralize odor.
18. I keep my drains clean and working great with vinegar. When they seem to be getting a bit sluggish, or even stopped up, pour white vinegar down the kitchen and bathroom sinks and shower drain. It works like a wonder and no toxics.
19. Dipping a wet toothbrush in white vinegar and brushing my teeth. It does away with any bad breath, especially after eating onions. And it also whitens teeth.
20. Cheap solution to replace those expensive PERGO flooring cleaners (got this from a PERGO Distributor)
1/3 part white vinegar
1/3 part rubbing alcohol
1/3 part water
3 drops diswashing liquid
Mix this into a (recycled) spray bottle and you have the equivalent of the Pergo floor cleaner. Just spray and mop; also great for deodorizing a room and for a fast cleanup. I also use this on my tile floors with great results.
21. Use boiling vinegar (no water) to clean hardened acrylic paints from paint brushes. Don't soak them too long, since it could loosen the hairs from the brush.
22.Keep cut flowers fresh longer (or even perk up droopy ones) by adding two tablespoons of vinegar and one tablespoon of sugar to each quart of water.
23. Vinegar is extremely effective on yeast infections. When I get an infection, I pour about 1 cup of white vinegar in my douche bottle and finish filling with warm water. I douche twice daily and in about 2 days my infection is gone. The vinegar smell leaves in about an hour.
Another reader writes: I have found that the vinegar bath also cures yeast infections, not only mine but also my infant daughter. My midwife suggested the vinegar bath while I was pregnant and it cured it and hasn't come back since. Twice daily and in about two days it's gone.
24. If you have a recipe that calls for sour milk (or buttermilk), add a bit of vinegar to the milk, it works!
25. We use vinegar on wasp/yellowjacket stings. Just soak a cotton ball in cider vinegar and hold to the sore spot (can tape it on with bandage tape). Within a few minutes the pain stops. It would work on bee stings too, only you'd probably need to get the stinger out.
26. I use a white vinegar solution 2 parts vinegar 1 part water to clean the rust off cast iron pans. I collect antique cast iron pans and after cleaning the old grease off them many times they are rusty under the old seasoning. I soak the pan overnight in the vinegar solution and the vinegar just dissolves the rust. Very rusty pans many take an extra evening. Don't leave it in there too long or you will not have a pan. The vinegar actually dissolves the metal. This would work on new cast iron pans also.
30. I put a capful of vinegar in a glass of water when I am having indigestion problems. It gets rid of the gassy, bloating, diarrhea problems. It seems to help balance the acid needed for digestion.

Monday, October 20, 2008


Do you think this is why our minutes are so high every month? Gianna, the closet talker!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Almost done

We got the nursery put together yesterday! Dressers in place and washed out, clothes in their places, bags are packed and ready to go... Now just to get the baby in it

I bake halloween goodies every year for Jimmy and his CCD class. So this year we decided on googly eyeball cupcakes. Jim bought a case of hugs and off they went yesterday morning to church. Then I get this call from husband..

" Ahh Dan, is there something going on bc no one is here?"

" No, what are you talking about!"

" We are the only ones here!"

"Oh, let me look at his schedule....CCD is off this week. Sorry, come home"

All of those cupcakes! Where is my brain. This pregnancy has done weird things to me. Just last week I was heading for the gameroom and misjudged the doorway ad ran into it! I broke my pinky toe and it split wide open! It was bleeding and it really hurt :(

And i keep getting those stupid BH..., 'practice contraction' That makes me crazy. Trust me, I dont need practice and neither does my uterus! lol

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Soccer over!

Today was our sons last soccer game of the season. This is the end of his third year with this organization and I noticed this year was different then the rest. They do a 3 day camp to kick off the start of season with our cities professional soccer players, really nice. Then we usually have 2 practices a week and 1-2 games. After games started...our practices ended this year. That meant Jim had to take extra time out to do practices instead. Ok, no big deal.
Then came Round Robin....Every year the parents of the players make and donate food for our kids to eat during tournaments, set up games and activities, and we would volunteer to run it. They sell 50/50 tickets like crazy and everyone has a good time. This year they sold the food we donated to them?? So we spend our money and time to give it and the organization sold it back to my husband for him and my son to eat. No games or activities this year either. This really upset me bc this is strictly a volunteer ran organization. The dads cut the grass on the field and we take turns running the concession stand...
Well what really pushed the issue was no trophies this year. My son collects his trophies and is proud of them! They only gave them to the top winning teams of round robin instead! This is recreational sport that only keeps track of scores one game out of the year, RR.
So Im going to look into ordering him a little trophy and having it shipped to our house. But I may reconsider signing him up next year there and look elsewhere. Maybe where they wont keep the registration money of hundreds of kids and rob their parents! Errr

Friday, October 17, 2008


Jim and Jimmy went to Kerber Farms for a haunted hayride tonight with his cubscout troop. They were kind enough to pay for Jimmy and Jim paid $5.50 for the ride, ice cream, and a pumkin! You cant beat that and the kids had such a good time. There was a fire, hay maze, the ride was really long, and they make homemade icecream there (hence their name Dairy Farm). So Jimmy comes tearing through the door and couldnt wait to let me know he ate a dinosaur crunch. Nothing else...just how good the dinosaur crunch was! lol

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Anytime now

So here is my gripe...
I have yet to figure out how the average mom with small children coordinates outings without having a break-down before she even gets out of the house. I've managed to make appts here or there at more convienant times, this way we arent missing classes or buggin family, but it still is crazy! Lets take this morning for example. I have a OB check-up so we all showered last night and I got all of the clothes ready for this morning. I even packed the diaper bag. We all get up at 7am, dress, eat breakfast, and off we go. So what went wrong??

Ok, we get to the doc office 15 minutes early and wait, wait, wait... They then move me and my 2 children to a exam room and we wait some more. So of course the children are starting to wake up more and get restless. My 1 year old is throwing her toys out of her playbag onto the filthy floor, my 7 year old is sticking his foot under the table and kicking them back out laughing. The 1 year old is kicking and hitting him whenever she gets a opportunity to reach him. That gets old fast and now shes throwing herself around in her stroller screaming. I dont want to take her out bc it takes a team of ppl to strap her back in afterwards and Im waiting to be examined.

Well needless to say we now have been waiting for over a hour and I was the first patient in the office. So I now give-in to my children, who are pretty scary at this point, and head back out into the waiting area to reschedule. The nurse we pass in the hallway aplogizes and says the doc is stuck in slow moving traffic in Oakland...? ok whatever

The receptionists out front are too busy having converstaions about their plans later to even acknowledge Im standing there trying to reschedule and does not offer help until I start walking away. Now Im running late for classes and still no examination or future appt scheduled.
I called my husband on the way home and was yelling in his ear over the screams from the one year old that "I give up!". Im going on 38 weeks pregnant and will just go to the hospital when its time unless Im weeks overdue and need to beg for a induction. Which was the plan for today but oh well, maybe its better the baby gets me in there then screaming at me out here!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Halloboo @ Idlewild!

Halloween Adventures from Idlwild. We went trick-or-treating in Storybook Forest and rode rides!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

We shopped around so much to find costumes tonight Im right out exhausted! First off to K-mart, picked a couple out there but the ones we picked out Jimmy didnt want. Then to Sams Club to go grocery shopping and picked up a couple pumpkins. We went to Target but again couldnt decide on a costume. Finally to Party City where he picked one of the costumes me and his father told him to buy from K-Mart ;(

But all is well and they both will look cute (or scary)

Boy Scout Festivities, Soccer, and on and on

My son loves going to boyscouts. He gets to spend quality time with his dad, which is not promised in our hectic house. He makes crafts and learns 'boy stuff'. They had their day at the park and he got to shoot a bow and arrow, make a buddy burner, learn to fold a flag, etc. He had a really good time!
It was our turn to work the concession stand so him and Jim had to leave and run out to soccer. Season almost over

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Waterfront shopping

Dont you hate when you plan out a day to get things done and nothing you had in mind goes as planned...
I wanted to take my children shopping and be back by the time Jim came home from work. Of course we ran way over so we ended up going when he came home from work together. When we get there everyone is suddenly hungry so we ate crappy fast food. The children needed a couple things so we ran over to Old Navy. Well.. I usually shop online for them from Old Nvy and Gap since they have such a awesome Sale/Clearance area and just have it shipped to the house. I figured we'd check out whats in the store and pick up halloween costumes. There was NOTHING! I mean not a thing. the shelves were so empty you had a hard time picking up clothes full price. So Jimmy got jeans and I ended up ordering Gia sweater boots and tights at the counter and having them shipped to the house anyway. We ran to Michaels to pick up a couple things to finish making the childrens outfits...nothing.The petstore had crickets for the gecko, thank goodness bc I probably wouldve had a fit. Over to Barnes and Noble to find a new Halloween Book. I read the kids Bats in the Library, it was really cute. But the baby was more intersted then Jimmy was! lol He wanted to play with the toy trains. So we finished up and left. I figured Id run into Target to try and find costumes there but my husband looked at me like I was crazy and we headed home! With jeans and crickets lol

I found this and thought ...

So I read a couple other blogs on here and found this link! Too funny

Here I am in my yearbook photo from 66. hehe

Monday, October 6, 2008

Our bedroom 'redoing'

We decided to give the new baby her own nursey so the kids all had their own bedrooms. That meant giving up our bedroom and moving into the 2 spare rooms in the attic. We are supposed to paint the nursery and finish it this week but to be honest its taking alot longer than expected and I am eager to birth this baby now!

Jimmys room has a classroom theme to it since he is schooled online and from home and Gianna's is, of course, the princess theme. My mom bought her a new toddler bed. The nursey will be in pink and brown, im really excited to see it finished.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Giannas baptism

Our little princesses baptismal went so well. The service was really nice and we had a great time after with a family dinner. Her little dresses were so cute!
She took a nap in her princess outfit, as you can tell by her bedhead.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Round Robin

Go Jimmy, busy all day playing soccer at his round robin. Their team came in 4th place. Great season buddy!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Planning Life is Hectic

So our priest is finally going to baptise Gia on Sunday! YAY First let me say I couldn't find a gown mom found one at JCPenneys, thank goodness. So she ran out and picked it up for me. I bought all of the food and we are ready to go for Sunday. I was in the pantry folding clothes thinking to myself that I better not go into labor until the middle of this month or later! We are going to Halloboo at Idlewild next Sunday with my family and are supposed to go to the pumpkin farm the following Saturday and I really dont want to cut the kids short, especially bringing home a new baby. I think I stress too much.
Well we got just about everything into our new room so I'm betting on painting the nursey this weekend. We have a hectic week next week as well filled with doc appts and open houses for school. We will be finishing up our soccer season in the upcoming couple weeks and are off the next 2 weeks from cubscouts so I think we can make it!
Jimmy did so good in Reading class today. Go Jimmy!! And he helped me carry so many things up to our new room, such a great helper he is.