Friday, December 31, 2010

I have a dream...

...of a family closet. Or some sort of organized system for the boys clothes. I won't lie the laundry can be a little overwhelming at times. If it weren't for my husband being the "laundry king" there is no way I could keep up.

Our boys are all 2 years and 8 or 9 months apart so that means they are usually wearing 2 sizes apart. So every other size is in our attic. We store their clothes in rubbermaid bins mostly all the same sizes in one. Shoes and all, as they grow out of things. It's a little annoying to me that we have to put them up there one year and bring them down the next. I wish we had the space to keep all the clothes down here on hangers or in drawers labeled by size and organized by season.

I have this vision of a room lined with dressers and wire racks on the walls. Clothes hung so neatly and shoes lining the floor. I guess it won't happen as long as we live here. But hey I can dream can't I?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Snow pops

I got this new recipe for "snow pops" on another mom's blog. We love them. Bake a cake and crumble the cake and mix in 1/2 cup of icing into a dough texture and make cake balls. Chill them in the fridge or freezer for a while and then stick sticks in them to dip in white chocolate and add sprinkles before it hardens. We used red velvet cake but I'm gonna try chocolate next time.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


We got snow on Christmas day for the first time in 100 years here in Georgia!
Jaron went outside first but by the time I got Jonah dressed and ready Jaron had already come back in and was back in his pjs. He did not like the cold and was not going back out.
So we bundled them up good in 3 pairs of pants and 2 pairs of gloves, 2 shirts, 2 hats and a jacket. Jonah looked like Ralphie on the "christmas story" movie.

Jacob showed him how to eat show!
Jonah fell once and cried a little but was not ready to come in...
Jacob went down the slide on our swing set and once his fingers were frozen he was ready to come in for hot chocolate.
It was pretty seeing everything covered in white on Christmas morning and the boys had fun but it's all melted now....maybe we'll get some more soon.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Presents and Pillow Pets

Jonah is now comfortable holding Justus....for a few seconds
Daddy is in love

Jacob is my little helper...always getting a passy or a burp cloth when he needs it.
Jaron LOVES his pillow pet he got for Christmas!

And the gingerbread train was fun to make...and eat!
Jonah also has to sleep with his pillow pet EVERY NIGHT!
Justus slept through the whole thing....he got new clothes and diapers but we didn't bother wrapping them because it's not like he could open them....and we needed them before Christmas.
Jaron loved his Woody costume too....we made a video of them all opening their gifts but blogger wouldn't let me download it. I think 7 minutes is too long. In the video I asked Jaron what was his favorite present and he said "I love all of them"
It was so cute to watch them open everything....
Jonah got a new car to drive and he keeps telling me "see ya later, I going to the store"
They got more than enough for Christmas (like always) Thanks to all their grandparents!
Every year before opening gifts we read the story in the Bible of baby Jesus and how he came into this world. We want our children to know the true meaning of Christmas and always make that priority.

Monday, December 27, 2010

He was 20 and I was 18...

I met Chris a few weeks before he left for basic training. I was going into 12th grade and tired of getting hurt in previous relationships. I made a decision to stop trying to find "the one" for me and start praying for God to send me a husband. A mutual friend introduced me to Chris and we kept in touch through letters while he was in basic training from June to Sept. He came home and we were inseperable. We went out to eat one night and he proposed to me in the restaurant. I said yes and we were so excited that we couldn't even finish our food. We left there and went to the closest payphone to call my dad. (no cell phones back then)

It was a strange head was saying "you barely know him" and my heart was saying "I love him and if he leaves for the army when will we get married?"

It was very hard the day he had to leave for Korea. I was finishing high school and engaged to be married. I wrote him letters daily. He wrote me a lot too. I of course saved all the letters and pictures we exchanged during that year. He came home for 2 weeks on mid tour leave. We visited his family in New Hampshire on a 20 hour road trip from NC. He went back to finish his tour in Korea and I stayed home finishing high school and working at McDonalds saving my money and planning for our wedding. I graduated in May 1998 and he came home in October and was stationed in Ft. Benning, GA. We saw each other every weekend and we got married (in same church we met in and the same church I got saved in) on December 26, 1998.

And here we are 12 years later with 4 boys and still in love...

I am so thankful for my handsome husband and his dedication to the Lord.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

CHRISTmas pictures!

So with 4 boys it's not easy to get them all smiling and looking at the camera at the same time. The first one is too blurry...
Jonah refused to smile...

Another one of Jonah NOT smiling...

Chris likes this one but I wanted them to all be looking at the camera...

Once again Jonah was holding back his smile. And you can see Jaron's tonsils!
Silly boys....

Thursday, December 23, 2010

We got the flu for Christmas!

Monday night Justus started running a fever of 101 so I rushed him to the ER and they admitted him. Not knowing what he had and because he is so tiny the standard procedure is the test for everything. He had blood work, urine test and even a spinal tap. He was very dehydrated when we got there so after 5 sticks in his hands for an IV with no luck, they decided to call NICU to do his IV in his head. It was not fun watching all this happen to my little baby. He was so lathargic and seemed almost lifeless.

His eyes were crusted over so they started using some eye ointment while we were there too.
So the biggest concern was he might have menegitis. They have to check for everything in a baby his age. So we had to wait 48 hrs for the cultures from the blood, urine and spinal fluid. They watch it in the lab to make sure no bacteria grows for 48 hrs. They kept his fever down with tylenol and gave him 2 broad spectrum antibiotics for those 48 hrs to cover anything just incase.

They also decided to test for the flu and RSV and he was positive for the flu but he's too little to take meds for it. We still had to wait on cultures to rule out everything.

So we spent 3 nights there and they finally let us go home today. They said the cultures all came back negative and he has not had a fever since yesterday morning.

Even though he was on IV fluids and sick with the flu he was nursing very good the whole time we were there.
Oh forgot to mention Jaron came home Friday with strep throat and Jacob also got the flu. I think I have it too but no time to get to the doctor so they just called me in some meds anyway. Jonah and Chris are the only ones without any symptoms so far....MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Monday, December 13, 2010

His quick arrival...

Well as you know Justus was laying sideways in utero and I was very worried about having c-section. So we went to the hospital on Tues Nov. 30th to get a version. The doctor came in and pressed on my belly and turned the baby head down @ 1:27pm. It wasn't too painful but SO worth it. He suggested I go home and wait for natural labor to start. I said no I'd rather be induced because I knew he was big and I was afraid he might flip over again.

So we started the induction with cervidil @ 4:30pm to thin out my cervix.
They removed the cervidil @ 11pm
started pitocin @ 12am
midwife came in @ 7:30am and broke my water and I was dilated to 3 cm.
I got my epidural @ 8:30am
I was dilated to 5 cm @ 10:20am
By 11:30am I had already dialted to 9 1/2 cm
I started pushing at 12 noon on Dec. 1st and he was born at 12:12pm

Once again (like Jonah's birth) my epidural didn't work on one side of my body. I was in a lot of pain and wanted to give up. Thank God he came out fast! In the words of my midwife "he came barrelling out!" Thank God I didn't have to have a c-section!!!

Jonah is more comfortable with holding him now that he is off the bili lights.
He told me to slow down the other day in Walmart because baby Justus was going to fall out of the buggy.
Justus had jaundice for longer than any of my other children. He had to be on the billi lights at home for 7 days. He got his heels pricked 7 times to check the bilirubin levels in his blood. As my milk came in his levels went down and he finally flushed it all out of his system. Oh those lights...dragging it from room to room trying to keep him on it between feeding and diaper changing. It was a huge pain in the neck.

Finally FREE from the lights and we caught a smile!
The boys just LOVE him.
They showered him with "soft toys"
Jaron wants to hold him all the time. Even when I'm nursing....he wants me to stop nursing so he can hold him immediately.