Monday, December 31, 2007


This year I made a resolution to not resolve. At least, not out loud. Too much pressure. Maybe this way will do the trick. I'll let you know next year.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Sunday Scribbling...then and now

Once, I only visited a handful of personal blogs.
Now, I'm checking out new blogs that will prompt me to write. And produce something. So, here's my contribution to Sunday Scribblings:

Once, I was a spoiled, spoiled little girl who basked in the love her parents showed her.
Soon, my world came crashing down around me and I was forced to confront a hideous crime.
Then, I was filled with incredible hatred.
Now I feel pity. And regret. And sadness.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Great Give-Away

Laura at Million Dollars Journey is hosting an incredible giveaway. She will be giving away three great prizes to the lucky winner! One prize is the 512MB mp3 player that she won from Blog About Your Blog, who won it from The Prize Blog. But that is not all! The winner will also get their 125 x 125 ad in her side bar for 1 month (currently valued at $10) PLUS a 200 word review written by her (currently valued at $15). Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST time December 31, 2007. Winner will be announced on 1/7/2008. To participate in this contest, visit her at her new domain.

Greatest Accomplishment?

A few weeks ago I entered a "write-away" contest that was judged by Kailani at An Island Life. I stopped by her blog today and loved her Friday Feature. It's called Aloha Friday and bloggers link together through her site and create a question for their blog in response to her prompt.

My question is:
What is your greatest accomplishment of 2007?

I honestly don't have an answer to this one. I have to think about it and then post later. Although perhaps not having a clear cut answer is my brains way of telling me that all the little things add up to something substantial, and that's my greatest accomplishment. Having a year of great moments. Of little day to day occurrences that define 2007 as a truly remarkable year in a very unremarkable way. I'd love to hear your answers, and if you'd like to play along, visit An Island Life to see this week's Aloha Friday posts.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Live: Nativity

One of my favorite childhood memories of Christmas Eve was re-enacting the Nativity with all of my cousins. (I never got to be Mary, and I'm still holding a grudge.) That's beside the point though. Anyway, we do a "live" nativity each year with our kids as well, and this year especially was great because most of the kids were old enough to participate without mishap. Getting together with family, singing carols and hymns, reading from the scriptures and eating cinnamon rolls and wassail isn't bad either.

Consumer lesson

As a child I remember making my Christmas list in....January. I started thinking about what I wanted and ways to get it. If it was something I could earn enough money to buy myself, I was right on it and was the best little work scrounger-upper around. I mowed lawns, ironed neighbors clothes, cleaned houses, cared for animals, watered plants, pulled weeds, babysat, you name it. This was in addition to my normal chores which I was not compensated for, I might add. My kids are too young to do many of these things, but even if they weren't, it's not the same. They don't have 'wants' in the same way that I did. I'm fully aware that I play a large roll in this, yet it still bothers me somewhat. I'm thankful that my children have everything they need, and most of their wants too, yet I think 'wanting' things and learning how to prioritize (or discard the idea) and make a plan of attack is good too.

So, yesterday I braved the mall with all the kids because I heard Gymboree was having a huge sale and the girls wanted to look around to see if there was anything to buy with approximately $20.00 of their Christmas money. Thanks to Gymboree, the girls had a great lesson in money management and decision making. They had to figure out what they could afford and pick out the pieces that they knew they'd wear (they are no dummies and only wanted to buy things they really, really liked). It was music to my ears when Grace picked up a bracelet she HAD to have, asked how much it cost and quickly decided it wasn't that great when it cost almost half of her budget.
Emma got $200 worth of clothes for $28.00 (she did exchange a dress though).
Grace snagged $92.00 worth of clothing for $18.00

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

My Christmas Miracle....

Experienced a truly beautiful day. Happy kids, good company, loads of gifts, but most importantly, thankful hearts.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Ding, Dong, Ditch

It's happened two days in a row and it's so clever. I have a feeling that by Christmas Eve we'll have a full nativity. We've received these pieces so far. How great is this?

The first night the bag said, "This is Mary so fair, and Joseph who guided the Donkey with care".
The second night read, "Angels' songs rang announcing their glorious story....."
The third, "These are the Shepherd's, Hast'ning to worship the Heavenly child...
Fourth, "These are the Wise men followed the Star Bringing fifts from afar"...
And lastly, "Fairest little Jesus Child, came to earth to show the way...Praise we sing on Christmas day.

I was feeling like a slacker...

so I decided to use some of your recipes and make up some holiday plates.


Emma made the cutest darn gingerbread house, gingerbread story and gingerbread ornament ever at school. I'm the lucky recipient, and I couldn't be happier.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Favorite Christmas Conversation, EVER...

Garrett asks me out of the blue,
"Mom, do you get sticks and coal in your stocking if you tell lies?"
I answer, "yes".
He responds, "I'm going to get coal and sticks", almost crying here: "I lie all the time".

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

This is what I know about you.....

This was fun.......there's so much more I know about so many of you, it was difficult to just pick one or two things. So, here's the interesting things you told me, and a few more things that I happen to know about you. This twist, of course, was "borrowed" from Cecily's blog.

Stephanie over at The Callendar Zoo Review was married on an island in the Northwoods of WI. The guests at her wedding sat on log stumps covered with antique linens. She's the mommy of 3 and when she was in the hospital with her twins she wrote the kind of detailed posts that made my day.

Crazymamaof6 over at Truly Delightful in Every Way loves to tell it like it is. And she probably blogs more than anyone I know. She wanted to have 12 kids before she actually had any of her own, and now she tells people she plans on 8 on purpose, 10 on accident.

In the Quiet Heart's author Heather cheated and didn't tell me a single thing. But that's OK because I know plenty. Heather is a real life, in-person friend and is an incredible mommy. She allows her daughter to collect and be-friend bugs and creatures, and I love that. Plus, she's a Labor and Delivery nurse/supervisor. She is the only person I've ever met that knew without me telling them what monoamniotic twins are.

Casey finds the humor in life at Quilao Triplets. She has the cutest darn 25 weeker, micropreemie triplets ever. Her blog has seriously given me hours of enjoyment.
She says, "Not sure if this in interesting about me but I have this big mole on the inside of one of my pinky toes. I used to tell people that is how they could identify my body if something horrible happened to me."

Laura at The View From Our House is mom to 4, NICU volunteer and fellow moderator. She loves to exercise and is a great friend. And have I mentioned how cute and CLEAN her kids are? She hates sweet pickles and used to be a nanny for a SF Giants player. I didn't know that!

Latree at Dandelion is one of my first international blogging friends. She lives in Indonesia, has three children and is a regular commenter. I plan on learning a lot from her.

Shannon at A Day in Our Life has a cool twist to her blog: expert panelists. She was in the hospital at the same time as me with her monoamniotic twins and travelled that road with me. Our babies were born at basically the same gestational age, at the same weights and just one day apart. She has a business selling homemade hats for little girls called Pretty Peanut Shells that are adorable. Here is her contribution: "My husband started telling my brother (who was his fraternity brother in college) that he was going to marry me 2 years before our first date. Guess he knew what was coming!"

Melissa at Hope for the Hopeless goes all out with Christmas lights on her house. AND, she loves Panera Bread. She named her daughter Hope and not Faith because she didn't have a whole lot of faith she'd have her but she sure did have a whole lot of hope. "The name totally fits her."

Kristin at Just Breathe In and Out is my cousin. She sews, she cans, AND, she does exquisit cross stitching. She also knows how to ride a unicycle.

Arizona of Peace, Love and Vegetables is the best darn medical study intrepreter I've ever known. And, she so interesting. In a good way. I met her on and I like to think that my badgering helped her to make the decision to go inpatient with her twins earlier than she originally planned. Like me, she has an uncle who died from AIDS. Here's something original: "I used to think about committing some misdemeanor that would put me in a minimum security prison for 30 days so I could spend that time alone meditating and doing yoga. One thing that kept me from seriously considering it is that the food in prison is really bad. I'm kind of a food snob. Life is too short to eat bad food!" It just gets better: "My step-mother's mother pleaded guilty to murdering her boyfriend (who was married!) and she did time. She was even on Oprah to tell her story!! Is it a surprise that she loves surgeries?

Laurie M. at Treasure the Little Things, like me, has some seriously Adorable red headed boys (like the plug for my boys?). She has never broken a bone. "I fear the pain associated with broken bone. My kids have never had any broken bones either. My hubby? Well, he's a different story".

Jan is my newest sister and law and first time mom. I think she should start a blog, too. She has really long beautiful hair. And, even though I've never noticed, she claims to have uglier feet than mine, which just isn't possible. And, she shares my envy of long eyelashes.!

Driving With the Brakes On is another new blogger friend. She says this, "I may be a stay-at-home-mom, but I am not an idiot" and I love it. She can't stand restaurants with out changing tables or highchair straps that don't work.

Jeremiah, original author of Eastern Blog Country is smart as a whip and strong as a horse. Enough said.

Milz is my cousin-in-law whom I've never met. She has 2 adorable kids and is a native New Zealander. She's got two scars on her face, one between her eyes and one on the side of her nose (like a piercing)as a result of getting the chicken pox as a baby.

Laurie at Crazy for Four was was run over by a motorcycle when she was in 3rd or 4th grade. And, she taught herself how to play the piano. Another in-person friend that I'm thankful for.

Katie at Philigry makes me sick with envy each time I visit her site. She makes amazing things (jewelry, clothing, chair covers, you name it), and the things she bakes make my mouth water.
And, she can't whistle either!

Melissa at Are You Serious, fellow twin mommy, knows stuff about HTML. She scrapbooks in her "free time". Her "dad was a navy seal in Vietnam and tough as nails. We never crossed him and he could always tell if we weren't telling the truth. That's why we'd go to my mom if we wanted something..."

Cecily at My Chaos My Bliss is not only funny, but interesting, and she has a HUGE blog following. She posted 100 interesting facts on her blog, but can still think of more. She said, "I got the chicken pox when I was 16on a choir trip in California. A bunch of kids pooled money to pay for my plane ticket home but they wouldn't fly me because it's a communicable disease. I had to ride a bus from San Diego CA to Layton UT with full blown chicken pox. It was awful. Every two hours my friend would wake me up from the floor of the bus to give me either benedryl or Dramamine to keep me asleep."

Tammie with Tammie and the Hellions is mamma extraordinaire to triples. I love that she gets on the floor and plays with her children. She has always wanted to be a doctor. "Like always, but never had the guts to actually do it. To afraid to fail".

Kelly at The Craziness We Call Life can't whistle or roll her tongue. But, she is raising a fashion diva, with a baby just waiting to be educated in the love of diamonds, too.

Hi my name is mommy at Triple the Blessings is mom to triplets and works for MAC. What I know about Hi my name is mommy is that I don't know her name, but that's OK because I love her blog anyway.

Debra at Just Another Day in Paradise is fellow mom of five. She is a literally a coupon queen and she's squeamish about surgeries.

Rosie is Girl in a Cardigan and a historical reenactor. She's into costuming, and let me tell you, this girl can sew!

Carrie with Keiser Family somehow found my blog and through her I've made a bunch of new blog friends. She has 6 kids and sometimes still wants a baby. She survived a month without a computer, and I think that's pretty darn amazing.

Jenny L. doesn't have a blog, but should. Hint, hint. She brings at least one visit a week to my site from people searching for her. She's a music editor and has the cutest little monoamniotic twins ever. And, if you ever see a Bringing Home Baby episode about momo twins, that's her.

Robin at Around The Island is my newest blog friend AND she lives in Israel. Her blog got ranked as Post Graduate in one of those "thingies". Maybe some of those brain cells that I've allowed to die will re-surface after reading her blog. I can always hope, right? My curling iron factoid reminded her that her "mom once fried a blow dryer in Spain and tried to throw it out in the garbage in her hotel room. Each day the maid would fish it back out and put it on the dresser! (All the while wondering why the idiot American woman kept putting her things in the trash I'm sure.) She finally had to take it to a garbage can out on the street to get rid of it."

Tamara, the second half of Eastern Blog Country is an amazing mom. She's an in-person friend, and I'll always be thankful for her friendship when we lived on the East Coast. And, she's almost exactly my age.

Erin, The Pruetz Family author is a fellow momo mom, has a son that has had some major mishaps that left me astonished, and she's a journalist. Here's an amazing fact: when she was 16 years old, she could bench press 185 lbs.

Monday, December 17, 2007


The pressure is on. I'm going to try to make these interesting.

80. I had a babysitter once that left my sister and me alone, stole my mom's car and crashed into 9 cars trying to go down the hill.

81. My sister borrowed my curling iron while we were in London. Apparently my adapter didn't work correctly because when she rolled her hair onto the rod it sizzled and burned to a crisp. When she handed the curling iron back to me the rod melted off the handle.

82. I never liked being pregnant. Now I miss it.

83. I used to go to Jose Eber to get my hair cut once a year and the cut was so great it would last me at least 6 months. One time the stylist I usually used didn't show so I got a consultation with the flagrant man himself.

84. I make friends easily.

85. I wanted to be a school teacher until I had children of my own.

Have I mentioned that try to do everything the easy way? Here's a flashback for the remaining 15 factoids.

Whew, I LOVE that I did it. Check. The fun part is about to begin.

Friday, December 14, 2007


Keep those comments coming. I'm loving hearing about you.

41. I did not know that Poinsettia's could not tolerate the cold.
42. Jeff and I started dating our senior year of high school.
43. I like to be helpful.
44. I dropped out of college 2 classes shy of my bachelor's degree but then went back and completed my degree when Grace was 1.
45. When Jeff was hooded at his graduation ceremony I liked it so much that it made me want to get a graduate degree.
46. And then we went to St. Martin for vacation. Another reason to get a graduate degree.
47. I don't have a favorite color, favorite food, favorite song or favorite movie.
48. I rarely watch T.V. If I do, it's only bits and pieces.
49. I love to watch good dramas in the theatre.
50. When we lived in MA, I used to LOVE to go to Sturbridge Village and Concord.
51. I love history.
52. I took 3 years of French and managed to retain about two words.
53. I love it when babies have food all over their faces from enjoying their lunch or dinner.
54. I'd like to know how some people always manage to keep their kids clean.
55. I only allow washable markers in my house, and even those are kept under lock and key.
56. I love, love, love my husband.
57. I love, love, love my children.
58. My sister and I once got into a knock down drag out fight at school.
59. I'm terrible about proof reading what I write. Jeff always catches my misspelled words before they've been out there too long, though. If only I would take the time to do a spell check!
60. I was at a fair when I was in the 3rd grade where my step mom was selling crafts when the security guard told my step mom that a man had been trailing me all day. Scary.
61. We had a trampoline growing up, and I LOVED it. I'd go out back and just do flip after flip after flip. But only one flip at once. Too big of a scaredy cat to do more.
62. I really, really don't like whinning. By children or adults.
63. I got hit by a car when I was in the 6th grade and broke my tailbone. An ambulance, a fire truck and police all came with their bells and whistles. It was pretty overwhelming.
64. I've never broken a bone that needs a cast. Sigh. I always wanted to.
65. I've only had one speeding ticket.
66. I've only fainted once.
67. I had my wisdom teeth removed when I was 32.
68. I really don't like the dentist.
69. I have lots and lots of freckles.
70. The first new car I ever bought was an Acura Integra.
71. My sister and I bought a condo together when I was 18.
72. Ashley Tisdale is my absolute favorite Disney actress.
73. I've been known to tell my kids to shut up. I know, I know.
74. I used to want to be a lawyer when I grew up.
75. When I had my C-Section, I didn't even know I'd been cut open until I heard the amniotic fluid being sucked out.
76. I'm glad I'm wasn't a pioneer. I like modern conveniences and pain medication way. too. much.
77. If I had to choose one appliance that I think is totally dispensable, it would be an electric can opener.
78. I like managing things and people.
79. I would like to know why some people never feel the need to comment on blogs they visit. Ever. And this isn't meant as a hint. I'm seriously curious since I go to the other extreme of probably commenting too much....

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tell All Thursday. Because I can.

Cecily, over at My Chaos My Bliss has my admiration for finding 100 truly interesting things about herself. Her post (and blog for that matter) is one of my all time favorites, so in my tradition of sharing, I mean stealing, here's my pilfered attempt. Let's see if I can even come close. Here goes.

1. I have weird, and ugly I might add, feet. I think they must be double jointed because I can walk on them sort of bent in half. Not as easily as I used to though.
2. When I was in 4th grade a boy wrote on my shirt and as a result got sent to the principals office to be whipped. Yep, that used to happen. I still feel bad about it.
3. I peed my pants in kindergarten. And then had to stand outside during recess so everyone could see my tell tale stain.
4. I can't whistle. At all.
5. I love Twizzlers. Like love them. Could eat a whole bag. Or two.
6. I was born in the middle of a snow storm on the side of the road in the middle of no where. On April Fool's day. And, my dad delivered me. I guess the joke was on him.
7. I'm allergic to penicillin.
8. I have eye lash envy. The type that makes me jealous of others who have long full lashes.
9. Hands down, when I was in school I did the best on essay tests.
10. I love to read. Just about anything with words. Well, sort of.
11. I have had someone I love die as a result of homicide, and from A.I.D.S
12. I have yet to meet someone who has read and loves Villette by Charlotte Bronte as much as I do.
13. I don't like Character clothes. I really don't like character shoes. Especially if they light up.
14. The hardest job I ever had was as a hostess at Acapulco Restaurant.
15. I never thought I'd say this, but I miss California.
16. As a teenager, I got propositioned by a geriatric at a youth hostel in Germany.
17. One of my favorite cities in Europe is Dresden.
18. I would love to travel the world.
19. I have absolutely no musical ability. None.
20. I'm a poor loser.
21. I LOVE playing games.
22. I didn't know that milk comes out of the breast in more than one hole until I saw it with my own eyes.
23. I almost failed Calculus in College. But then I dropped out of the class instead.
24. I love potty humor. It gets me every time.
25. My husband and I got lost on our first date trying to find Ed Debevics.
26. I used to work in Hollywood where I saw first hand that many actors are really, really short.
27. I do NOT like sweet pickles.
28. My dad made a salmon casserole once that made me detest salmon forever.
29. I wear shoes as little as possible, and socks even less.
30. One of my most used and loved talents is my ability to spit ideas onto paper or the computer screen. Quickly.
31. I suck at miniature golf and bowling. And basically all organized sports.
32. When I was in elementary school I was really, really good at Chinese jump rope, hopscotch and handball.
33. I like to vacuum. I don't like to clean showers.
34. My favorite costume ever was as an Indian (as in Native American) with long black braids and tons of bronzer on my face and arms. No one knew it was me.
35. The thought of hunting for pleasure makes me sick.
36. I sold an article to the Ensign magazine, and it's slated to be published in April.
37. I do a lot of volunteer work.
38. I love to look through houses. Could totally dig being a realtor if the job didn't demand so much time.
39. I think Newbery Award winning books rock. The best of the best.
40. On the rare occasions that I get a manicure, I can't keep my fingernail polish from chipping for even one day.

I know I have a lot of work to do. Will keep my thinking cap on. In the tradition of Cecily's game, tell me something interesting about you, and I'll post it later on with something else I know about you.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Look what my friend Bev sent me.

Grinchy, grinch.

That's me.

I wish I didn't have a touch of the grinch. I love being busy. And I'm SO busy this time of year. I just hate that sometimes it's an obligated, time-is-running-out, better get it done or feel terrible kind of busy. I need a little less grinch and a whole lot more true holiday cheer.

My cousin just posted this on her blog and I couldn't have said it better:

"I really just want to feel a little of that *PEACE* that only can be gained I suppose by constant reflection upon our Savior, and gratitude for His birth, life, and sacrifice on our behalf. My goal this next two weeks (ack! is that all that's left?!) is to focus on the things that can't be bought, or made even, that can be gained only through quiet contemplation. I sincerely hope you are all having PEACE at this hectic time".


Member? If so, rate my blog. But be kind, please.

Need Extra Money for the Holidays?

Just loose a few teeth. That's what Emma is planning on doing.

She and I were discussing ways that she can make some money to buy some presents and she said, "well, maybe I'll lose like 3 teeth". Problem solved. I wonder how much she thinks the tooth fairy pays per tooth? If only it were so easy.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Conversations with Santa

Took the kidlets to see Santa for a Primary activity on Saturday and it turns out Santa was their uncle. I think even the twins may have known because they were pretty comfortable on his lap, considering. When Garrett had completed his turn I asked him whose lap he had sat on. He said, "Santa Cause. But it was really Jeremy". The best part? Jeremy's kids didn't know it was their dad even after conversing with him on his lap. Shuush. Don't tell. Jacob telling Santa he's been a good boy. A bold faced lie at 2!
John's a little unsure..."have I been a good boy?"

Emma tells Santa she wants the "Emma baby doll".

Always in pose mode. Love that smile. He didn't even bother asking what she wanted.......

All Garrett wants is a gun and a frisbee.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

I *HEART* this kid.

Let me just say upfront, I *heart* all my children, but this post is specifically about Garrett. He is just such a sweet, good natured, almost never gets in trouble, fun to be around kid. These pictures capture his essence perfectly. I *HEART* Garrett with all my heart.

Friday, December 07, 2007

My Little Song bird

did a fantabulous job at her winter recital. Glad she didn't inherit my musical disabilities.

We're all about trial and error, here.

This is what happens when duct tape comes into contact with one's lips and then gets removed.

Next experiment: let's see what Grace does when she finds out I published this. :)

Free shipping, guys

Thanks to all of you that gave me gifts. So much fun to play until someone nasty decided to play along. 49,000 dirty gifts to me. No THANKS.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Christmas Tree Tips.

Tips for making your Christmas Tree decorating day a success:

1. Don't take someone's word for it that the base of the tree is cut evenly. Check yourself.

2. If your tree takes 2 hours to get to stand up straight and then it still begins to lean, do not proceed. Take Tree out to stand and cut the base level.

3. If you did happen to already decorate it, and then it falls, don't dispair. It can be fixed.

4. Just take every blasted ornament off the tree, and remove the lights. Take the tree out of the stand, clean up the spilled water. Re-level the base. AND START OVER.

5. Once your tree is level, stable, decorated and in it's splendor, keep your kids away from it.

6. I'm convinced trees DO not like to be redecorated no less than 51.5 times a day.

And now you know why I'm a humbug.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

My Favorite Day (Date)

Here's a recycled post for Sunday Scribblings:

Michelle over at Scribbit is hosting a December Write-away contest and I decided to write-along.

I have a lot of favorite days but one that clearly stands out in my mind is the day that my whole family was reunited after months of separation. Friends, family and old blogging friends will know exactly what I'm talking about, and I apologize up front because sometimes I feel like I'm playing the same old tune, but I think one has to experience what I went through to appreciate that 2 years later, the memories are still fresh, sometimes raw even in my mind.

One of the worst days of my life led to one of the best days of my life, and for that dichotomy, that stark discovery from dark and light, I'm thankful. That bleak day began with excited plans for a full anatomy scan of the baby I was carrying with a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist. I had nagging feelings that something wasn't right, but I was optimistic just the same that we'd find out the sex of the baby and feel confident in our decision to move to a new state THAT WEEK with a slight lapse in medical insurance coverage. Our life was packed, a house purchased, and we were ready to go. And then the appointment happened. The Ultra sound technician put the conducting gel on my stomach, added the wand, and viola! I saw a dismembered baby. To my horror it dawned on me that my baby had a stomach that was not attached to it's head. The technician was very surprised and kept looking at my notes. Nowhere on my referral file did it mention TWINS. Not the kind that are dismembered (it was two heads I saw, not a free floating stomach and head), but the kind that are so rare most people have never heard of them. So rare and high risk that they were only given a 50% chance of survival, and a whole treatment plan had to be set up including a prolonged hospitalization for the 3 of us.

Within weeks I was in the hospital. The babies heartrates were continuously monitored to make sure that if there was cord compression they could be taken, and the burden of carrying on with life without a wife and mother fell to my husband and family. I spent 10 weeks in the hospital, doing everything I could to bring home two babies if we were lucky. Babies that we knew would certainly be premature and have a rough start in life. Our family life together was the price we gratefully paid, but it wasn't easy.

When the babies were born on their scheduled date at 33 weeks gestation we were elated. When we found out that their cords were entertwined with 8 knots we were humbled. When we saw that they had signs of late onset of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome there was no doubt that a miracle had happened in our lives.

The time they spent in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) was relatively short and blessedly uneventful, but it was a taxing time. Trying to heal from the C-Section, nurture the children that I hadn't lived with for 10 weeks, get back into a routine at home and go back and forth from the NICU was trying. The kids wanted to see the babies they had sacrificed for, and more than anything, we wanted the ordeal to be over and our family to be together.

My favorite day was when that happened. We bundled up our 2 little almost 5 lb. monoamniotic babies, said farewell to life in the hospital, brought them home, loved them up, and haven't looked back.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A little Bling.....

is added at the bottom of my blog, but it's not complete without you. Show some holiday spirit and add a little bling to my blog by signing my guestbook.

Merry Christmas to me, Merry Christmas to me.......

You've probably noticed that in the past few months I've been playing around with headers that Melissa at Are you Serious! designed for me. I've loved the creativity and originality of the headers. But, then the headers were not enough. I got greedy and wanted to whole new over-haul. Once again Melissa humored me and got to work. I'm so incredibly excited and pleased with the results. My very own custom blog. Now, here's my shout out to Melissa......she is a blog design wizard, as well as an incredible scrapbooker and busy mamma for 4, including twins. And she has a great telephone voice. She has learned blog design by trial and error all on her own. She isn't afraid of HTML code like I am and is willing to experiment. She is willing to manipulate headers and possibly do blog re-designs like mine. If you're smart though you'll contact her soon because I have a feeling she is going to be one busy designer soon. You know, in her spare time.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Memory Monday

One that I will never forget.
Grace's first play date without mom.
My last post brought back this Kafkaesque (that's the nice way of saying nightmarish) day.
A good reminder to all that scissors are best hidden under lock and key.

And just so you know, everyone said I'd be able to laugh about it one day. I *STILL* can't, and it's been FIVE years.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Dumber Mom Award

I would have awarded myself just the Dumb Mom Award, but I think I deserve the Dumber Mom Award for this one.

scissors (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A cutting implement consisting of two blades joined by a swivel pin that allows the cutting edges to be opened and closed.

Dumb: allowing Grace to have a pair in her room against my better judgement

Dumber: trying to take scissors away from Juannie when said blades joined by a swivel pin are open and he's holding the scissors with both hands. His first cutting experience was a success. I have a huge V shaped cut on my thumb. Job well done.

Award definitely deserved.