Saturday, September 6, 2008

It's been awhile

I went on a partial hiatus this summer due to feeling lousy from HG and still trying to take care of the other five kids who live under the same roof I do.  I'm very happy to say that the dark hole I felt I've been living in for the past few months, I have climbed out of and I've reentered the beautiful sunshine of public life again. :)

A few days ago I stopped taking Zofran and I have been doing great.  I still get a little queasy here and there, but not enough to make me feel like I need to slow down or take some medicine.  Praise the Lord, I survived it again!   Yes, a bit melodramatic, but when you're in the middle of it, you don't feel like you are going to survive.

I will try to do a catch up on what we did this summer that I just didn't have the energy to write about when it happened. 

To start off:


In May, my sweet R. turned 7.  She is such a joy and delight.  She is usually bouncy and a ray of sunshine.  Eager to please and be with either Daddy or me, for special time alone.  She doesn't care if it's a trip to the hardware store, grocery shopping or taking out the trash.  If she can come along, she's happy.  Oh, and this girl loves to shop!  My other 2 girls aren't as interested, like their mama ;-), but R. is definitely one who likes to go to the mall and look at the clothes, jewelery, shoes, etc.  I actually find it enjoyable to go with her, even though I'm not a shopper.  She makes it fun.

When she was a baby, I co-slept with her.  She was the only one that would sleep peacefully in bed w/ us.  Consequently, I felt the most rested with her than I did with any other one of our newborns.  *yawn*  When I wasn't nursing her, I'd carefully put her back in the middle of our bed and w/i minutes, she'd have scrunched her way right back up against me.  I remember when I moved her into her crib how empty it felt not to have her right up against me.  She'll occasionally crawl into bed with us now, when she's scared or not feeling well.  Sure enough, w/i 5 minutes of falling asleep, she's right there up against me.  She is a snuggler!

Caitlin w/ my EAR
In May, my niece graduated from highschool.  A homeschooler all the way through.  She's a beautiful young lady, inside and out.  We love you Caitlin and are very proud of you! 

Next came:


June brought a couple of birthdays to our house.  Daddy's birthday came first, but, sorry Daddy, I don't have any pictures of that momentous event. :-D 

The next birthday was S.  My sweet boy turned 5!  S. has always been an absolute sweetheart.  He is so sensitive and caring and loving.  He will often give me compliments, which just make me smile.  Tonight, before bed, he asked if I'd snuggle with him for awhile.  How many more years will I hear that request?  I jumped at the chance of course and we had a wonderful time snuggling and talking about army trucks. LOL  He may be sensitive and sweet and all that, but he is still a boy you know.   I have to explain his cake. LOL  I made an icecream sandwich cake that I heard rave reviews about on the FIAR board.  The topping is coolwhip and I wanted to write something on there for him.  So I attempted to write "Happy Birthday S..." only it didn't work too well.  Well, it worked for about 2 seconds, then the syrup just sort of blobbed and ran together resulting in what you see pictured above.  Cake decorating is obviously not one of my talents.

June also was our first forray into Drama.  I want to clarify, we have drama in our house every day.  Major drama.    This was drama of a different sort. :D  I enrolled the girls into a Drama Summer camp, which they loved!  The play they put on, a musical no less, was 101 Dalmations.  I send major kudo's to the people running this camp.  They pulled off this incredible play in 4 days total.  It was entertaining and funny.  There were some very talented kids up there on that stage.   This is a picture of three of Perdita and Pongo's pups.  If one of the pups looks a little sad and bedraggled, it's because she was hot.  This was not a comfortable day.  I can't remember what the temperature was, but it was one of our first days of the summer where the mercury rose well over the 100* mark.
These pictures were taken after the play.  She was much more happy and lively while performing, in the airconditioned room. LOL

The end of June brought some big storms.  We weren't in our official Monsoon Season yet, just a taste of what's yet to come for the summer season.

To end our month of June off and to end this post for today, here's some miscellaneous pictures taken throughout the month.

Hummingbird staying cool at our fountain

E. sporting her new glasses she made out of paper.  Notice her red eyes?  She thought that looked cool and wanted me to leave it in there. LOL

J. just hangin' around.  He likes hanging and swinging off our countertops.
I think his shorts were a little bit too big, what do you think?  Fashion forward toddler or not quite ready for those hand-me-downs? LOL

And Finally,

E and R pretending to be me.  Only, I was not that large in June! LOL  I think they "delivered" shortly after these pictures were taken.  Don't they look good for being in labor?  I think E delivered a baby doll (maybe it was a pillow, I don't remember) and R. delivered a stuffed animal, probably a bear.  Yes, pregnancy was a major topic of discussion in our house over the summer. LOL

Just a quick update on the happenings in our house the beginning of summer.  I'll try to catch up w/ July and August tomorrow. :)  We had more celebrations and some pretty sad and stressful events as well as our summer wrapped up. 

Stay tuned for the next update. :)

1 comment:

Jen Unsell said...

What a great post Linda! I loved all of the pictures! That last one of the girls is great! And I love their dalmation costumes!