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13 January 2014 @ 06:38 am
A weekly recap:

Monday we did London's birthday celebration. I made a cake, my father in law brought over dinner, and afterwards, he opened his gifts. He is in love with the Imaginext Batcave that he got from Matthew's Dad. And the owl portable night light he got from us. He also got Planes on dvd, some clothes, a large Doodle Pro and some books.

Tuesday the temperatures bottomed out. The schools in the area went on two-hour delay, our MOPS meeting got cancelled, and everyone around us was in a panic about what to do. It was 20 degrees out! I've lived down here almost 6 years -- and I guess there are still some things I need to get used to. I just rolled my eyes about it. But we all stayed home all day, enjoying time in pajamas!

Wednesday was our errands day. We were supposed to have a play date in the morning, but thanks to some less-than-stellar behavior on Savannah's part, I cancelled it. She was pissed -- but seems to have understood WHY she didn't get to go. We hit up the library to get some new books and wound up running into another of the kids' friends -- so they still got some play time. And after getting groceries, it was time to come home.

Thursday was our first day back  to the gym this year. It felt good to get in some cardio -- and the kids went right into the playroom like it was no big deal. I was a little concerned about London, but I guess because they were the only ones in there, and the fact that he's used to leaving me for Church and Mops now, he had no problem. He just spent the rest of the day making him carry him, and hold him, everywhere. Cranky -- but oh well.

Friday we spent the morning visiting some friends who just had a new baby, and then got our flu shots. The kids stared, amazed, and silent, while I got stuck. If that's what it takes to quiet them down, I'll gladly get stuck over and over again!! Matthew went out with his Dad that night for dinner, and the kids and I enjoyed an easy dinner and a movie on tv with some popcorn.

Saturday was pretty lazy to start. But just after naptimes began, we had to take cover in the bathtub. There was a tornado spotted in our area -- closest we've had to deal with since I've lived here. Of course the kids didn't really want to sleep after that, although they did get a little bit of quiet time. But afterwards, I got out an old box and some markers and let them entertain themselves. I was tired ... and they were high strung from lack of sleep. So it was the best idea I could come up with -- but they seemed to enjoy it.

Sunday we hit up church. Matthew didn't really want to go because of a cough, but tagged along anyway. He ducked out to get a drink before it started, and never came back! He wound up sitting down and talking with someone -- and before they knew it, service was over, I had gotten both the kids and we were on the hunt to find him so we could leave! After naps, Matthew's Dad came over to feed and watch the kids while we went out to dinner alone. The service was slow, but the sangria was GREAT -- so we'll call it a draw. And it was a giftcard, so I can't complain too much! We came home to a big mess -- dinner dishes still on the table {and they were paper plates, folks!} and food still all over the kids faces and hands ... but I guess beggars can't be choosers. And I'll take what I can get for some quiet alone time with the husband!

Matthew is working a long week this week -- 5 12-hour shifts. So I need to think of some things to do with the kids this weekend to keep us entertained. 
03 January 2014 @ 07:23 am
January 2nd seems to be Savannah's magical day.

On January 2nd, 2010: We took Savannah to the ER because we were constantly told by her Ped. that she only had a cold and there was nothing we could do. Instead, we trusted our instinct when the poor thing was coughing so bad in the middle of the night it was making her scream, and she couldn't stop crying. Turns out it was RSV -- even though she was still too young for any kind of treatment. We waited almost 8 hours for them to tell us the diagnosis, and then give us the "just keep her hydrated and cool ... if there are any drastic changes bring her back" speech.

On January 2nd, 2014: Exactly 4 years later ... same kid ... same emergency room. Only this time, if any of you are around my Instagram you already know ... Savannah decided to put a quarter in her mouth and wound up swallowing it. I heard her cough pretty hard in her room -- it was nap time -- and then feet thundering down the hall. I assumed she had gotten sick or something. Instead she was scared to death and afraid everyone would be mad at her. Of course, being a kid, she had stuck her fingers way in her mouth to try and fish it out, and wound up gagging herself and throwing up a couple times. Which really scared her -- at that point, she didn't want to swallow anything. So she made me fetch her a bowl to hold under her chin and drool in -- she wouldn't even swallow spit. We took her for an xray and by then she was back to normal and watching Netflix on the Kindle -- thank goodness for hospital wi fi. The doc was pissed that they made us wait almost 2 hours to see him for something as easy as that when they were completely caught up -- which made us laugh ... we were complaining about the same thing! But she's good to go, and should pass it within a day or two. If after three or four she hasn't we have to go in for another xray to see if its obstructing anything, or just taking its time. But at least she didn't aspirate it.

And along that note -- Matthew is the WORST person to tell medical stuff to, and bring along. The whole time he was pacing, worried they were going to slice her open immediately and "ruin" her ... freaking out about this and that ... and by the end, was laughing and realized why I was so calm and okay about it all. Kids are kids ... a quarter may hurt a bit ... and it might hurt a bit coming out depending ... but its not going to kill her, and she was breathing. I wasn't too too alarmed. Must be a mom thing to not freak out. He does ALL THE TIME! He kept talking in the car about this and that ... and Savannah wound up getting a little worried. Until both the nurse and myself talked to her, laughing about her being a human piggy bank, and being silly ... and then she lightened up, and called Matthew a big baby who needed to get over it. {And side note: He freaked out the other night, too, when London climbed into Savannah's bed and knocked his head on the railing. Yes it was a harder hit ... and yes he cried because it startled him ... but Matthew was standing there "OMG!!! WHOA. JESUS" freaking out, so London took one look at him, freaked out even more and ran startled to me. Geez, Dad!}
29 August 2013 @ 03:23 pm

So the issues with the Hummer.

It sat most of August without us driving it. Because Matthew believes its leaking anti freeze/coolant/water/something.

I *needed* a vehicle last Friday for MOPS Registration, so instead of us dropping him off early and picking him up early, we drove the Hummer. It was only a mile down the road. He topped the coolant reservoir off with water and we were good to go.  I never noticed an issue with the way it drove. Nothing.

Tuesday evening, Matthew went to Rocky Mount for the night [and took Wednesday off] because his Grandmother is in hospice care now, and given 10 +/- days to live. He didn't want us stranded IF we needed anything or in an emergency, so he had his Dad check the levels. Everything was right where it was supposed to be.

Today, we NEEDED groceries, and our KIA needed an oil change before we get dangerously close to 5,000 miles, and a void on our warranty. So he decided to take the Hummer to work while I ran those errands. He checked the levels ... and again. They were right where they were supposed to be.

His Dad thinks he is over reacting. I'm not sure what to think, because I'm the one that almost ALWAYS drives the thing, and have never noticed an issue. Its not over heating. Not driving strange. There are no lights on the dash. Nothing.

So he's on his way with the Hummer to a shop in Goldsboro to have it pressure tested and see whats going on. And he's ALREADY freaking out that we won't be able to afford to fix it this month. Hate to break it to him ... but I'll use the fucking credit card if we need to. Next month is Tricare payment month [quarterly] so that's going to soak up any extra we have there. I will not go three fucking months without a vehicle.

Not to mention a vehicle that we are making monthly payments on, just so it can sit in the yard. SCREW. THAT.

I told him to just wait and see what the issue is before he flips out. And he went off about that.

Can we just get ONE month that doesn't have some kind of EXTRA issue? Not for awhile, thanks to my and London's dental appointments coming up. But .... just UGH. 
02 January 2012 @ 07:44 am
Cleaned up my friends' list this morning. 

New year ... fresh start. Looking forward to some new things changing around here -- and one of them is how much time I spend on hobbies and with my family, instead of glued to the computer screen. 

I kept people I've been friends with on here for ages, with whom I have a strong connection. If you weren't one of them, I apologize ... 
26 January 2011 @ 08:18 pm
Did a friends' cut tonight.
If you didnt make it, sorry. Im trying to get back to those that I have a really good relationship with, and also cut my list so Im not spending as much time on the computer. Best of luck! 
14 June 2010 @ 10:26 am
Sorry if you got cut ...

I guess I just got tired of having people on my friends-list that either A.]never update anymore or B.] dont show any interest in my life. Thats fine, and I don't set out to entertain the world ... but if Im not worth your time to read and let me know how you are doing, then whats the point of us being "friends" on here.

I'd rather have a close group of quality friends than a large group of people that don't say more than two words to each other!
28 April 2010 @ 10:31 pm
age: 23

Where did you grow up: Skowhegan, ME 

What do you call:

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
A Brook

2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called.

3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
Lunch Box

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
Frying Pan

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
Swim Shorts

12. Shoes worn for sports.

13. Putting a room in order.
Tidying up

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
Not really Sure

16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down.

17. How do you eat your pizza?
Folded in half

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
Lawn sale

19. What's the evening meal?

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
Water Fountain

09 April 2010 @ 04:50 pm
Does anyone know how to watermark photos? 

Or do something/anything to them so they cant be stolen on the internet? I want to put pictures up on my other blog, as well [since that's kind of the point] but am worried about them being taken by creepy people -- because we all know they are out there.

Any tips or places to look online would be great! 
08 April 2010 @ 11:01 am

I read and follow quite a few military wives' blogs. Not quite a month ago, one of the wives I follow got the awful news that all of us dread so much -- her husband was killed in Afghanistan, leaving behind a daughter he had never met.

She's been brave, strong, beautiful, and courageous through this entire ordeal, asking nothing of anyone but prayers. To keep her husband's memory alive, she and a team will be participating in the Hope for Warriors 5K run, with proceeds going to help wounded warriors.

Please -- consider donating! Any little bit helps, and our vets deserve it!