Wednesday, January 27, 2010

How to catch a bird

Step 1:
Look around for the perfect catch.

Step 2:
Detect your bird of choice.

Step 3:
Keep your eyes on him at all times! Do not let him out of your sight!

Step 4:
Move your hands around a little to get him used to you.

Step 5:
Maybe give him a wave, as to not arouse suspicion.

Step 6:
Get ready...

Step 7:
Go for the kill! (make sure you don't lose sight of what you're doing!)

Step 8:
Hold on tight!!! Don't let that bird get away!

Step 9:
Give him a know, make sure he's the one you want.

Step 10:
If he isn't, in fact, what you suspected, repeat steps 1-10.

“Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game.”
~Paul Rodriguez

My husband read this and thought that the quote made it sound like I was against hunting. I'm really not. I just thought it was kinda funny, in regards to the bird. So go. Hunt all the animals you want. I don't care.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Majority rules...

We hung the pictures in Jett's room tonight! We decided on the first and the third pictures, and I think it turned out pretty decent. I couldn't find any frames I just absolutley fell in love with (that were within reasonable price), so we went with these black ones. It looks better in does pretty much everything. :) So anyway, here's the finished product.

Close-up without the flash...

If you would like to see pics of his entire room, go here.

We put the most time and effort into this nursery than we did with any of the others. Maybe it's because he's my last. Wow, the spoiled rotten baby of the family syndrome has already started...
And I should know.
I'm the baby of my family.
And I'm spoiled rotten.
And my sisters would agree.
I like to think I'm my mom's favorite.
Seriously though, I really think I am.
True story.

Being the youngest of five, you're adored, you're fueled with confidence.
~Martin Short

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Not much to say...

It's been pretty quiet around here lately, and while that's great for my sanity, it leaves me with quite a boring blog post.
Jett is feeling 100% better, and everyone else is healthy, so I'm grateful for that!

This little baby of mine is the smiliest baby ever, I swear! I just look at him and he starts smiling! It's the greatest! He laughed for the first time a couple weeks ago (I didn't keep note of the exact date), and he does it constantly now! He's extremely ticklish, especially on his belly and feet, and since it's the sweetest thing ever when he laughs, I tickle him alot! :) He's also starting to coo all the time, and he tries so hard to talk to us. I just know he's got alot to say! Probably something along the lines of " you think you could quiet those little heathens down? I'm trying to sleep, you know. Kthxbye."

He's growing out of alot of his 0-3 month clothes, so we're slowly making the transition to 3-6 month. How does this happen so fast?!?! My kids are always really long for their age, which makes absolutely no sense. I'm not tall and Mike is definitely not tall, so I don't know why they're always so long! I still haven't even taken him for his 2 month check-up yet, so I have no idea how much he weighs or anything. He will be getting immunizations when he goes, and I knew they wouldn't give them to him while he was sick. So to avoid paying yet another co-pay to take him back to get them, I just waited till he was feeling better to make him an appt. He'll be going in sometime at the beginning of February. I should probably figure out the exact I get the mother of the year award, or what? Hey, all of my kids were always behind on their immunizations...what made me think Jett would be any different?! ;)

I do have a question for you all though. I would really like some input on a something I'm doing in Jett's room. I'm planning on blowing up 3 pictures to either 8x10 or 11x14 sizes to put on the wall above his crib. Here's my dilemna. While I would really like this first picture of his profile to be in the middle, I'm having a hard time deciding between the other 4. I need 2 on each side of his profile picture. Can you all give me your input on which two you think would look the best? I appreciate it!!!




Getting a burp out of your little thing is probably the greatest satisfaction I've come across. It's truly one of life's most satisfying moments.
~Brad Pitt

Monday, January 11, 2010

Elijah is 4!!!

Today is Elijah's birthday, and we are celebrating what a wonderful gift this little man is! God gave us such a feisty, rambunctious, spirited little boy, and I couldn't be happier about that!

After having 2 sweet little girls, Mike and I had no idea what we were in for when they told us we were having a boy...the messes, the running, the jumping, the dirt, the fights, the cars. oh the cars.

God apparently knew how much I needed to work on my patience, because this boy tries my patience like no other. But, he is the one I prayed for. I have always wanted a little boy, (and God gave me 3...does He come through or what?!?! :D) and Elijah is the BOYEST in the land! For sure!

I have no words to describe this child's energy. You honestly have to see it to believe it. I've had so many people (even parents with a boy or boys of their own) tell me they have never seen a child so active or energetic or as intense as my Elijah. Think Dennis the Menace on speed. drinking red bull. Got it? Yeah, that's him.

He is certainly one of a kind! And he's mine. And I'm thankful for that every single day of my life.

Just brand new!

1 Year Old!

2 Years Old!

3 Years Old!

He's 4!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Jett's Birth Video

Okay, so it's only almost 3 months late, but here's the video of Jett's birth.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Things I hear at my house...

"Can I hit you with this?"

"Isaac, you can't have apple juice. It makes you run." (Elijah to Isaac, after I told Elijah that he couldn't have any more apple juice because it has too much sugar in it.)

"This is how an old lady twirls."

"Mom, Eli is being funny and I can't wipe him!" (btw, I hadn't asked Chloe to wipe him...I don't know why she was in the bathroom to begin with)

"It sounds like a tiny booger is in there yelling, helllllp." (Chloe's observation of Isaac's whistling nose)

"Mom, I can't. My blowers are all faded out." (After I asked Chloe to blow on her food to cool it off)

"I really wish I could hit you one more time!"

"Get out of the shower with the scale!" (Elijah was soaked head to his clothes...scales in hand. Don't ask. I don't know.)

I'm gonna start keeping a record of the funny things my kids say...I really wish I would've started it along time ago...especially for Chloe. She has said so many hilarious things, she is definitely my little comedian. I hope she never loses her sense of humor!

Yes, it's fun being a mom...especially when kids are so stinkin' funny! Forget spending tons of money going out...we can just sit at home and listen to our kids. And the more we have, the funnier it gets. Who knew?

Each generation has been an education for us in different ways. The first child-with-bloody-nose was rushed to the emergency room. The fifth child-with-bloody-nose was told to go to the yard immediately and stop bleeding on the carpet.
~Art Linkletter

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I need an intervention...

...from the show Intervention. I cannot stop watching it! If you've never seen it, it's an extremely interesting show on A&E.

I don't know what it is about that show, but it's very addictive. Ironic, isn't it? It is sometimes painful and sad to watch...especially when, at the end of the show they report that the alcoholic/drug addict had a relapse, or is back in the same position they were in.

There was an episode on a while back about 2 brothers, Sebastian and Marcel, who were both addicted to heroin. For one reason or another, I find myself thinking about those boys alot. I pray for them and sincerely hope that they find Jesus Christ, and the hope and freedom that is found in Him!

It gets more and more real to me every time I watch it that, any one of us could be where they are. I am absolutely no better than any one of those people. Jesus loves them no less than He loves me, and paid the ultimate sacrifice on the cross just as much for them as He did for me.
I think, sometimes, as Christians who have never been in any type of situation like those people, it's hard for us to understand what they're going through.

I also believe that sometimes we let the thought enter our minds that we are somehow more favored by God. That is simply not true. Sure, everyone makes mistakes, and some of them are more physically damaging than others, but to God, sin is sin. period. No matter how small the sin, it is still a direct violation of God's law, and results in an eternal penalty. But in turn, there is also no sin too big for God to forgive. He will forgive if we just ask. What an amazing God we serve, huh?

I know all of this stuff is pretty obvious, but every time I watch this show, I'm reminded of it and just thought I would share it. :)

If only this show was Christian-based, and these people were given the Gospel, along with treatment. That would be AWESOME!

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Sick baby

Well, Jett has his first cold. He's been congested for a while, but this past Saturday night, he started getting really fussy, started breathing really funny, and would hold his breath every once in a while. It scared me, so I called ask-a-nurse, and she could hear him over the phone, and told us to take him to the ER. Well, you know ask-a-nurse...they'll tell you to go to the ER if you get a paper cut. So I called my sister-in-law, since she's a nurse, and I knew she would give me honest advice. She was able to hear him grunting and whining over the phone, and she agreed that we should probably take him in.
We took him to Children's Mercy Hospital, the same hospital Laney was at when she had her kidney infection...if we take our kids to any other hospital in the KC metro area, they will always trasnfer them to CM, anyway. We got there, and they got us back right away. They took a sample of his yucky nasal mucous to test it for RSV, and started suctioning out his nose. I informed the doctor about him holding his breath, and she asked me if any of my other kids do it. I told her about Elijah, and how he does it when he cries, to the point of passing out. She told me that if I have one kid that does it, it's more likely that another will do it too. Gee, thanks... I told her it terrifies me, but she wasn't too concerned. Does she not get that it really terrifies me? How do I convey this to her? What can I do about it? I know...I can do nothing about it....but I'm just not okay with that answer. It's an extremely helpless feeling. Not only with him, but with Elijah, as well. This was his worst episode, ever! Thankfully, he hasn't done it in over a year (although he gets really close, sometimes), so I'm praying that he's outgrown it.
Anyway, the RSV test came back negative, so that's great, but he's still extremely congested, and now he's lost his voice from coughing so much. I feel like crying every time I hear him try to make a noise. It's the most pitiful thing I've ever heard! So please keep him in your prayers, if you think about it! I would appreciate it very much! It's so hard to see your tiny baby so miserable...especially since they don't understand what's going on, and they can't tell you what's wrong. It's the pits.

Here's a video of him...he's smiling at the beginning, and at the end, you can hear how scratchy his little voice is.

You will need to stop the music on the sidebar to hear the video ---->

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.
~Leo J. Burke


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