Monday, October 29, 2012

Praying for the East Coast!

Just want to say that my thoughts and prayers are with all those on the East coast as hurricane Sandy comes ashore- very scary storm and I hope all are able to stay safe!!! I have a cousin up in the East coast who lives on the bay and I pray that she and her little girl are safe!!!
Today here in Kentucky we are already getting the wind associated with Sandy! This afternoon they have issued a wind advisory until tomorrow evening. We are also having unseasonably cooler temps- tomorrow isn't suppose to get above 50 degrees and they are even calling for a chance or a few snow flurries, rain/ snow mix for tomorrow as well as for Halloween.

EVENTFUL and SCARY Saturday!

Friday evening was such a nasty night out, it was cool, windy and rainy so I decided we would just stay in, I would cook dinner and then we could all get in our comfy clothes and watch the football game- GO CARDS!!! Yes our beloved UofL Cardinals were playing football on Friday night and it was a thrilling game that they WON - they are undefeated this season:)
Saturday we had a busy day ahead M had gymnastics all morning and then we were planning on going to H's school for the fall festival there; then home for some rest, and dinner before heading to M's school for their fall festival. It wasn't a typical Sat. morning hubby was home- his personal training class he wasn't doing so he was trying to sleep in and I was taking M to gymnastics with the intention of leaving H and L at home. Well L woke up right before we left so I took her with me so that hubby could sleep in. We were on our way to the gymnastics place going down the freeway when a person doing about 80mph the WRONG way!!! He had sideswiped the car up ahead of us and was in our lane headed head on toward us! I got over on the shoulder as far as I could and was able to thankfully avoid him however the debris from his vehicle (one of his tires and a shredded rim) hit the front of my new vehicle- I had just gotten the tags for it on Friday! The debris messed the front of my vehicle up which is going to require some body work. Thankfully we were not hurt and like the police officer said it could've and should've been A LOT worse than it was! The guy was not "legally" drunk (in our state legally drunk is .08 and he blew a .048 on the Breathalyzer test), he said he had been working, was really tired and got on the wrong way, but like the cop said something just didn't sound right but given the law they couldn't arrest him. So now we have to wait 7-10 business days for the police report and then attempt to get our vehicle fixed. Here is the REALLY freaky part, one year ago to the DATE we were in another accident, where a person driving a U-haul pulled out and hit our vehicle (our mini-van that we traded in when we bought our new vehicle just recently); oh but wait there is more! Eight years ago this week we had just purchased a new car when a teenager pulled out and hit us. I think next October first of November I am NOT going to drive or go anywhere for that matter!!!!
M ended up missing gymnastics, by the time the EMS checked us over, we signed the refusal for care paperwork; the police did there paperwork; cleared the accident scene etc... we just decided to go on home. We did all go to both the Fall Festivals and had a good time. I have to tell you about the cake walk at M's school. She was so excited to do the cake walk- she had never done one but had read about it in a B. book. Well M won and what did she choose? no not brownies, cupcakes, cookies or even a chocolate or iced cake, nope she choose a store bought artificially flavored banana walnut cake! I said are you sure that this is what you want? But she was adamant that this is what she wanted- LOL! (just like the book with the main character B. wins and chooses a fruitcake!) Needless to say she was not a fan of the cake and it still sits on the kitchen counter with only one piece gone.

M and Mommy night

Thursday night I took M to see the K.ell/og.g'.s tour of G.ym/nas.ts. We were both VERY excited to see the show, and hubby did AWESOME with our tickets!!!! We had great seats- floor just a few rows back from the front. The only disappointment for M of the night well actually there was two- 1.) they didn't sell cotton candy- her fav! and 2.) they didn't do the vault- it was more of an artistic show than competition or showcase of events. I was frustrated with the place where they held the event because their machines/ system was done and they would only take cash for anything purchased, food, souvenirs etc... I did managed to get M a t-shirt and poster. We had a fun mommy and daughter night, but it was a late night for both of us, it was 10:30 before M got in bed (she typically is in bed by 8pm most nights) and 6am came way too early!

Family Pictures

We had our family pictures taken this past Wednesday at a local park. My husband's co-worker is a professional photographer on the side and he is the one who took our pictures. I decided on everyone wearing jeans; H and hubby work gray Henley's; I wore a gray sweater and the girls wore purple long sleeve shirts. We looked good, coordinated etc. however I think we could have used a little more color in our outfits after seeing the pictures. We had a gorgeous fall afternoon at a local park close to our home and for the most part the kiddos did well. M was LOVING the camera, constantly posing  and smiling, she was eating it up. We got to see the proofs this past Saturday and he took a TON of pictures- hundreds!!! We haven't narrowed down which ones we are going to get but we have quite a few good ones to choose from. We did family pictures, then kids individual, just the kids and then just the two of us- this Nov. is our 10th wedding anniversary. I am looking forward to creating our Christmas cards with these pictures too!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Need some Advice PLEASE!!!

Last minute decision (on my hubby's part) to have our family picture taken this week. I have been after hubby to talk to his friend that is a photographer and he finally did however with everyone's crazy schedules and trying to get some Fall color in the photos we are doing our photos this Wed. night. SO I need some advice on what to put everyone in, I need suggestions on outfits and colors. We are doing the pictures outside at a local park. The plan is to use these pictures as our Christmas cards etc...I don't know whether to put everyone in jeans and same color shirts; girls in matching outfits ? just what. So if you are a photographer PLEASE I welcome your input or if you have done outside picts before or just have an eye for this kind of thing- please please help!
THANKS a BUNCH in advance!!!

Fall Fun :)

I've been trying to squeeze in some Fall fun with our hectic schedules. This past weekend we didn't have a whole lot planned so I thought it was a good opportunity and our only one to go to the pumpkin patch as a family. We had planned on loading up and heading to the pumpkin patch (we were thinking of trying a new pumpkin patch in our area, it is a farm that I had been to at the beginning of the summer with the kiddos to pick strawberries) on Saturday after M's gymnastics, however hubby was in a fowl mood (that's putting it mildly), he didn't really want to go and the weather wasn't great either:( it was very cool, threatened rain all day etc...) So I agree to wait till the next day- Sunday when the weather was suppose to be better etc... however we would have to go to a different pumpkin patch because the one we planned to go to closed too early, since we couldn't go till after hubby got done with his class ( he personal trains on the weekends).
So needless to say Saturday after gymnastics we stayed in, I got into my comfy pj' pants and a t-shirt and we just hung out which was kinda nice for a change. Then Saturday night we made homemade pizzas- one of the kiddos favs and had family movie night watching the new Mad.aga.scar 3.
Sunday L and I went to church, hubby slept in and H and M didn't want to go to church with me :(   When I got back from church hubby and M headed to the studio for his class, M LOVES to go and "workout" with daddy, H really really wants to however hubby doesn't have the patience. Finally Sunday afternoon rolled around, and we had a GORGEOUS, sunny fall day to go to the pumpkin patch. We loaded up the car and the kiddos talked about what they were looking forward to the most, H- the corn cannon, M getting a cider slush and L was sleeping:) We had a beautiful 40 minute drive to the pumpkin patch, I loved seeing all the Fall color in the trees.
We get up the the same pumpkin patch we went to last year, and come to find out (and might I add was it NO WHERE to be found on their website!) they now charge admission!!! I was FURIOUS because we basically had no choice but to pay $26 (since we had already driven the 40 mins. the kids were sooo looking forward to it and we don't have another opportunity to go as a family to another pumpkin patch since next weekend is booked)  for our family to essentially "walk" onto their farm. That $26 did not  include the $1 per 3 shots at the corn cannon; the $2.00 for the cider slush; $3 to ride the pony or the cost of the pumpkins!!!! I could NOT believe it! We really really liked the place last year but after this year we will not be going back it is just too expensive, when there are too many other farms around that have just as much stuff to do and don't charge an arm and a leg- they don't even charge to get in. Okay I will stop ranting.
H had fun shooting the corn cannon; all three kiddos enjoying playing in the kiddie hay maze; unfortunately the corn box, slides and swingsets were way too crowded/ lines were long and we didn't have a lot of time. We took a tractor ride out to the pumpkin patch and the kiddos picked out pumpkins- only H and M got to get a pumpkin because I was carrying L and hubby could only carry two pumpkins etc... so I plan on taking L somewhere local this week and letting her pick out a pumpkin.
We finally got all three kiddos their Halloween costumes-YAY!!!!! L is going to be strawberry sh.ort.cak.e; M is going to be Su.per.g.irl and H is going to be ( I am looking forward to next weekend with all kind of Halloween activities planned to go to:) H and M each have something at their schools- thankfully not at the same time! M has her halloween party at G. S.c.out.s- good times:)

FUN Day with my Girl:)

Last weekend I got some good quality time with M. I really hadn't had much time just the two of us, especially since L was born. On Saturday I took M to her friends birthday/ skating party- she skated ALL afternoon- 3 hours! Poor thing was worn out after 2.5 hours of gymnastics in the morning and then skating all afternoon. Then Sunday M and I had some more Mommy and M time; we went to the Amer. Gi.rl Fas.hi.on Sh.ow/ te.a par.ty, we had a lot of fun together but I was not impressed with the food at all, it was not kid friendly or at least I didn't think so. We went to the noon time show, and they served, a small square sandwich (bread and turkey); a few raw veggies and dip; a small cracker with a dollop of chicken salad, fruit skewers, brownie and a cookie. Now I know I have a picky eater however I think they could have done better and served MORE for what we paid. Needless to say we left hungry and had a busy afternoon ahead with M's last v-ball game- she did AWESOME got 3 serves in a row over:) and then it was on to her gi.rl sc.out mtg. I was so thankful for some good quality time with M:) I am looking forward to MORE M and Mommy time this week when the Ke.ll.ogg's tou.r of rolls into town- just the two of us are going, and from what I can tell we have really good seats:)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Do a little shopping!!

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CRAZY I know!!!!

I know it is crazy to think/hope after trying for almost 10 years that I would be pregnant but that is what happens each time it gets close to my "time". I wouldn't call it time of the month because it isn't exactly month-LOL! This last time really got me, I was feeling nauseous, of course my boobs were tender you know all the symptoms but no I started:( I hate to feel so disappointed and for lack of a better word depressed that I wasn't pregnant. I know I am VERY VERY blessed with three beautiful, healthy children; but I would LOVE another kiddo and the only way that is going to happen is if A.) we win the lotto- which we don't play so kinda hard to win or B.) we get pregnant on our own, which would be like winning the lotto!
I am seeing lots of posts lately of woman who are trying EA or other methods of getting pregnant again, and I have to admit I am a little jealous, I would LOVE to try again and be pregnant again- I LOVED it!!!! and of course love my kiddos. Don't get me wrong I am very happy for them but at the same time wish we could.
Anyhoo thats my little pitty party.

If anyone is still reading

Well all I can say is LIFE! Yes I've been busy and to be honest I couldn't tell you when the last time I got the laptop out, I've been using my phone lately for most everything. I have tried over and over to start a post only to not finish it and when I get back to it and I need to start over. Well today I am home with a sick kiddo:(   H is running a fever, yesterday he complained of a sore throat however once he found out he couldn't go to school because he was sick he said he was fine and not sick- he was very upset with me because I wouldn't let him go to school. Yes he loves school but he also has a little friend that he says he will miss- a little girl he plays with on the playground. I am hoping its just a little cold, he hasn't complained of a sore throat today, and he is just running a low grade fever this morning- so we shall see.
So what has been going on?! Well I am no longer a mini van momma!!! Yes after driving a mini van for almost 10 years I got an suv:)  I know you saying 10 years? Well right before we got married hubby and I bought a new vehicle, we decided on a mini-van because we planned on starting a family right away- LOL! So yes I drove around town in a mini van for several years without any kiddos. I've been wanting a suv for some time and a couple of years ago we attempted to buy a suv only to have a huge mess in purchasing a lemon etc.. so it made us very leery. Anyhoo long story short I got a nice large hybrid suv and I am loving it:)
Girl Scouts started for M, so every other week we have a meeting. She is also still doing volleyball however her last practice and game is this week- she really has improved over the season. This past weekends game she got 3 serves over the net!!! After the volleyball season ends she will be starting cheer leading- so no it never stops for this momma!!! M had conferences the end of last week, and she is doing AWESOME in school, we are so very proud of her!!! Yesterday at school M read on their morning broadcast- which is HUGE because she is so shy. She also volunteered to do a reading at church in an upcoming school mass, we are waiting to see if she gets picked and what she will be reading. I am one proud momma, she is really blossoming and doing so well at her new school- making all kinds of friends.
H is also doing  awesome at school, his OT seems to be helping alot as well. He started going full days one day a week last week. (His school, in kindergarten they have a graduated system where you go 5 days a week half days to start the school year; then in Oct they start going one day a week all day; then in January they will start going 2 days a week all day) He LOVED it he was sooooo excited to be able to take his lunch and eat at school with all his friends. We don't have conferences for him till next month but his open house is next week. H is going to start playing basketball in the next month or so- should be very interesting! I will keep you posted on how that goes!
L is into EVERYTHING!!!!! She definitely keeps me on my toes- LOL!!! She is still a great eater- anything and I mean anything I am eating she wants! She eats salad, sub sandwiches you name it she will at least try it. She is doing so much better at drinking milk. We are done with bottles :( but still taking a paci. She is doing awesome about sleeping in her own bed for naps and bedtime.
A week or so ago we took the kiddos to see on IC.e when it came to town- I won tickets!!!! Yes I was SHOCKED! I NEVER win anything and I won 4 tickets with awesome seats to see the show (L was free since she could sit in our laps and was less than 2 yrs of age). The kids LOVED the show, even L got into pointing to the characters she knew and dancing to the music. We had an awesome (cheap) family date night.
This past weekend we had my niece and nephew from Friday afternoon till Sunday afternoon (my brother and sister in law went out of town for their anniversary). So it was interesting having 5 kiddos- I must say for the most part everyone did well. Friday night we just stayed in and let the kiddos play etc... Saturday was our usual busy morning with gymnastics and then that evening we decided to be adventurous and take all the kiddos to the local zoo for the WorL.ds Ha.ll.OW.eeN P.arTY. Since it was kind of a last minute decision, I had not had a chance to buy the kiddos costumes nor did I had my niece and nephew's Halloween costumes so I told the kiddos to raid the dress up bin and come up with their costumes! H decided to go as El/M.O and  he was a HUGE hit with all the kiddos at the zoo- LOL! M went as; L went as a butterfly; my niece went as a cheerleader (although she kept saying she was a black cheerleader because it was very cool Saturday night and I told the girls to wear long sleeves and leggings under their outfits and my niece choose a black shirt and leggings.) and my nephew went as  I think all the kiddos had a great time, enjoyed each other's company and of course LOVED getting CANDY!!! Sunday morning the girls and I went to church and afterwards they had coffee and doughnuts so when the boys found out that they had missed out they were not too happy- but hey should have gone to church! LOL:)  Then M had her volleyball game on Sunday afternoon so she had her own little cheering section with her cousins, brother and sister- yes L yells for M at the games it is sooooo cute!!!  It was a good weekend but by Sunday night I was EXHAUSTED and not ready for Monday morning at all.
This weekend is another CRAZY weekend ahead!!!! M has gymnastics all morning, then hurry home change clothes and head to a birthday party for a girl on her vball team, its at a skating rink for 3 hours so by the time it is over M will be EXHAUSTED!!!! Then Sunday is a M and Mommy day:)  YAY!!! I'm excited. I hope to post more about that next week. M also has her last vball game and a girl scout meeting. WHEW! I don't know what I am going to do when all 3 kiddos are in sports/ activities!!!!
Anyhoo if you are still reading- pat yourself on the back- LOL! This was one long catch-up post and thanks for sticking around to read it:)