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Monday, July 14, 2014

36 Weeks...

I am now 36 weeks and baby is scheduled to be delivered via c-section 3 weeks from today!! It is coming up so fast... A few months ago I was so anxious for August to get here, but now that it is closer, I'm not in such a hurry. I think for me the biggest thing that is looming in my brain is "The Needle"... Nothing else really bothers me about a c-section, not the thought of what they are doing, the recovery etc. It is the getting numb that I don't like.. Sitting in the OR hunched over waiting for that pressure of the needle going in. AND without my hubby to hold me up.. I just pray it goes as well as with Konner when I seriously did NOT feel it at all!!! So if you all want to know something specific to pray about for me, there you have it!! (Along with calm nerves, healthy baby etc etc... )
  While we were down for the West Reunion I asked my SIL, Jen, of Windy Ridge to snap a few Baby Bump pictures, so here they are:


P.S. The shirt I am wearing in the last two pictures is an Eden's Bouquet design.. It was a sample that Jen gave me. So soft and comfy!!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Chicken Coop

We finally completed our chicken coop after working on it for months!! A picture post of the progress:

The beginning stages..

Laban drew up the plans with all the measurements, and Tim did it exactly that way!!

Walls going up!!



And: Complete!!!

As you can see by the pictures it took awhile to get done, but we are pleased with the finished product!! :)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Pup Named Loki

One of the things we were all excited about having our own place for was being able to get a dog again.. So we had been keeping an eye on the ads looking for a German Shepherd pup that wasn't too much money. About 5 weeks ago we found some that the father was straight from Germany and close to our price range so we decided to check them out. Well we all fell in love with this little male furball and brought him home for the price we wanted! Even before we got him the kids all had a name for him: Loki! So the training and raising of a dog begins!! For me all the mess and stress of a puppy is worth it as the puppy grows up with your kids and family getting to know them and used to the "attention" of little ones...

The doghouse, Kirsten drew the plans up for and helped build.. Laban, Shiloh, and Kirsten painted it...

Loki 12 weeks old..

Adorable pup!!

As for why a German Shepherd? Well that is what we have always had and we really like the looks of them. Tim was the one a little hesitant this time as they do require more work, but the kids all promised to help train this little guy and take care of him. :) As for me? I didn't want to get a mutt as you really don't know what they will end up looking like or acting like. I know that there are people out there that do not like GSs because they are "mean". Well the reason that you hear about that is because a lot of people don't realize how smart of a dog they are and just treat them like a regular old mutt.. They are too smart to be tied up or kept in a kennel. You have to give them plenty of room to run and play/work with them. I am happy to say we have plenty of land for him to roam and he definitely gets attention!! We love our little pup and he already feels like part of the family.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

24 Weeks!

On Easter Sunday I was 24 weeks along.. A milestone for me knowing that if for some reason baby had to be born there is a big chance of survival with todays technology. I don't know why, but this pregnancy has been more nervewracking like Brandt's was. Could be the miscarriage I am positive I had last July, just getting older and knowing more that can go wrong, or the losses in the family last year. Maybe a combination, but whatever the case, August still seems so far away!!! I do have to get another ultrasound at 28 weeks because baby was being stubborn and the tech couldn't get a good picture of the spine.. AND I have a spot on my placenta that they want to keep an eye on. The doc said it could be a placenta cyst or what is called a placenta pool, which is a pool of blood that isn't contained or something of the sort. As long as baby is growing everything should be fine, and baby sure feels bigger... Anyway I get another look at baby in a month!! :)
A couple pictures taken on Easter:

24 Weeks

My Littles in their Easter clothes.. The big kiddos arent too into pictures anymore!!

Our House....

I had promised Elisa a blog post with pictures of our house... I know, I know we have lived here almost 5 months, but beings we moved in December and everything looked dead I wanted to wait. Our trees aren't cpmpletely green yet, but they are looking better.I wanted to get the pictures taken and do it after cleaning day so my house would be clean.. Or as clean as a small house can be with two adults, two toddlers, a tween, and three teens can be. BTW what is with all these names? They are all messy and have their challenges, which maybe is a topic for another day.. So without further ado, some pictures!:

Our house!!

These are our walnut trees, the trees you see farther back is the cherry orchard that surrounds us on three sides!!

Laundry room, I couldn't get a good angle tho. The door is coming from the side of the house.. The opening on the right, by the coats is the stairs to the basement, the window opening overlooks the stairs..

Toddler's side of my room!!

My side of the bedroom...
Living/dining area
Kitchen, looking from the laundry room.. counter on the left is the one between the kitchen and dining area.. door straight ahead is my bedroom.

Kirsten's room

One angle of the boys room..

Boy's room from their door..

The older kids rooms are downstairs where there is only 6ft. 2in. celings.. Makes us short people feel tall!! Their floors are bare concrete as the previous owners had to rip it out due to renters leaving a sprinkler going too close to the house (for a week, while on vacation!!) We figured since we will be adding on and remodeling there was no hurry in replacing it now..

P.S. Don't mind the mess in the boys room, please!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Brandt's 4th Birthday

After finding out my in laws would be here last weekend, I planned a birthday party for Brandt since I wanted his grandparents to be able to be here for it. Luckily I had already ordered the stuff for the party favors so it worked out well. A picture post of celebrating 4 years of Little Man!!


An Army take on Dirt Cup

Birthday Boy, I think he was tired of the camera!

Love this!! A little embarrassed at the singing



Party Favors (this is what I used on the dirt cup too) Gummy green army men!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A "Little" Bit of Excitement

I have told the story in bits and pieces on FB, have had people text and ask questions so I figured I would blog about it and you can get the "rest of the story".. So without further ado here we go:

It all began as a pretty much normal day, I walked to the store with the kids where we had ice cream bars for a snack. Tyrel and Laban biked so on the way home Tyrel took a different road and headed to Trent's house.. Later when I had supper going I text Danica to see if Tyrel was still there and to let him know supper would be done soon. She replied that they were still down at the river so I figured he probably wouldn't make it home to eat. Being down at the river was a common thing for the boys, they explored and did whatever teenage boys do so I wasn't concerned, just figured he would show up after awhile. I was eating supper with the kids (Tim was working late) when my phone rang. It was a strange number so I was curious. The caller was a man and he asked me (the conversation is kind of foggy so I am ad libbing a little, but this is the gist of it!!) if I had a kid who would be stuck out on the island... Oh boy, um ya that would probably be my kid. "They are on the second island and were holllering for help and gave me this number to call"... I told him I would call Gloria and see if Floyd was there so he could go down to the river and find out what was going on. (Remember Tim wasn't home yet) I called her and then after quickly cleaning up supper I headed to their house. Meanwhile Floyd had gone down to the river to see if he could help them, but there was no way he could without some type of boat. I suggested calling the Fire Department right away, but they were worried about being charged tons of money and it sounded like somebody we know had a canoe. So Floyd got a hold of Wade to bring a canoe out there. At that time Tim was on his way home so he headed there too. It was getting darker and I didn't like the idea of them attempting to rescue them if the water was that rough.. Gloria and I watched out their window as it looks down on the river and you can see where the guys and our other kids were standing.. All of a sudden we see flashing lights go by, fire trucks and ambulances!! I thought they must have decided to call 911 since it was dark, but nope they hadn't. We aren't even sure WHO called, but I just said God did as it would have probably been dangerous for the guys.. They ended up calling in the Dive Rescue team as it was too far to get to them. So they launched a boat from upriver and plucked them off the island at about 8:30 PM. The girls said the rescue boat was going sideways in the current so I am very thankful that the guys didn't attempt it!!  They checked the boys out in the ambulance and they were fine. Temperature was good which was the one thing I was worried about and then they were released to their dad's care!! The marine sheriff told Tim and Floyd that we were lucky not to be planning funerals as that river's currents are dangerous and they have a couple drownings a year!!  

The boys side of the story: They were down at the river and have wanted to check out the second, bigger island for some time now, so what do they do? They get the crazy idea to swim out to it. The started upriver and headed across. I guess about halfway there they started having second thoughts and the closer they got to the island the rougher the current. Trent made it to land and Tyrel had a few panicky moments, but was able to get to shore. Once there they didn't know how they were going to get back. (Probably should have thought of that a little sooner, hey?) They attempted a raft that actually did float, but there was no way to control it to get back across, so that idea was abandoned. They did get back in the cold (40something degrees) water twice to try swim, but thankfully gave up on that idea. They talked about building a shelter to sleep in if they had to. Then a guy was walking his dogs and they hollered, got his attention, and that is where we come in!!

I see God's hand in protecting them, from Tyrel making it to the island in his moment of panic, (also the fire chief did not believe they swam as it is to hard), their decision to not swim back, the guy walking his dog as he had actually come back to get the leashes that he dropped, and the neighbor (we don't know who for sure) who called 911 as I think of what could have happened if the guys took a canoe out there. I told Gloria that God is not finished with these boys yet, He has a plan for them!!!

And there was even an article in the paper about the rescue, with a few things wrong, but ya know how that goes!!: Article