Archive | September 2012

Short Update

I am still around.  I feel like lately all I have to say is that I’m tired.  I keep meaning to update about what is going on around here, but I’m too tired.  Everything is an effort.

I am still keeping up with the kids and their activities, but the house has not stayed so clean.  I am relying on the kids a little more to help me keep up with it.  They have helped without much complaint thankfully.  I think staying busy with the kids has done me some good in this pregnancy as compared with my daughter 5 years ago.  Back then I sat and rested a lot.  Now with the kids being older, they are all doing something, so I run, run, run.  It keeps me from being too much of a couch potato!

I have stayed up with the menu planning, so dinners have been no problem!  Everyone is fed and happy.

Only 9 1/2 weeks until my due date.  The countdown is on!!

Kings Island Pictures

Last weekend was my husband’s company fun day at Kings Island.  My older 4 have season passes that they got at Christmas so they have been there several times this year. My youngest two kids ages 7 and 5 were super excited to go as this is their only trip this year.  They had it all planned out….get there when it opens and stay until it closes.

My plan was a little different.  At 28 weeks pregnant I was hoping to survive and with any luck get out of there before closing.

We arrived shortly after opening and we split up into big kids and little kids.  The big kids went on a couple of rides together, but when we met back up, we found out that kid #3 and kid #4 weren’t getting along.  We then split up with Dad and the boys on one team and Mom and the girl on the other.

A and I went around Kiddy Land for hours.  She wanted to do all of the rides.  There aren’t many places to sit down, and the lines were fairly long in the afternoon.  My legs and back were getting pretty sore and tired.

We met back up with my husband and boys and my older son R took my daughter A into Dinosaurs Alive.  It was a Godsend.  I was able to sit and rest and stretch my back and legs for the 45 minutes that they were in there.  My husband and I talked and S, our 7-year-old  rode every single ride that he was tall enough to ride.  He rode the Drop Zone,  the Beast, the Vortex and the Windseeker.  He is most proud of doing is the Drop Zone!

After the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit we split back up and back to Kiddy Land we went.  A rode all of the rides that she was tall enough to ride.  We started to see all kinds of people with face painting.  I heard earlier that it was free all day, but the lines were long.  Anyway my daughter decided that she wanted to get her face painted.  We waited in line for an hour and she didn’t complain once.  She really wanted to get it done.

Anyway I sort of got my wish because we did get out of there 15 minutes before closing!  It was a great day, everyone had a lot of fun.

Here are some pictures from our day.

A, the pink kitty, with glitter of course!

S relaxing in the wagon.

M, S, and T on Congo Falls.

Here I am sitting while the kids were in Dinosaurs Alive.  I feel like my belly is bigger than that!  It certainly feels bigger than it looks.

S and A riding the Great Pumpkin Coaster.

Very Behind In Posting

It has been another busy week!  I am hanging in there.  Super tired, but I am at least keeping moving as best as I can.

Here is what we have been up to:

1.  T turned 11 a few weeks ago.  I can’t believe that he is 11.  He was born 3 weeks before 9/11/01.  I remember that I was watching the Today show when it happened.

2.  R is still doing cross-country.  So we are carpooling back and forth A LOT.

3.  J tried out for the school play and got a part, so he and M are at school extra every M,T, TH, and F.  The school play is on November 17 and 18th, I think.  Now I have to pray that I won’t have this baby until after the play is over.  I am hoping for Thanksgiving week.   The play is the weekend before Thanksgiving week.

4.  I flunked the first Glucose Tolerance Test.  I had a 138 and the limit is 135.

5.  I passed the 3 hour Glucose Tolerance Test.  It wasn’t too bad other than I had a killer headache by the time I was done.  It was either from not having my normal cup of coffee or all of the sugar in that drink.  As soon as I got something to eat, the headache started to subside.

6.  T’s teacher has been out-of-town on vacation, and the sub lets them be wild.  We spent all night every night trying to get his studying done for the next day.  He was hard to calm down and focus.  His tutor noticed this too.

7.  There was a home football game last night.  J, M, R, T and my husband all went.  J and M went right to the tailgate party from play practice.  I didn’t see them from yesterday morning at 7:15 until this morning when they woke up.

8.  R has a cross-country meet today at noon.  It is an hour away, so I need to get moving to get him there on time.

9.  My husband is still cleaning on his side of the basement!  We have more trash than trash cans.

That sums up what has been going on here lately.  I hope to post more as I have been sitting more and there really is no reason not to.  I just need some motivation.

Have a great weekend!

So Tired, and So Busy

School is in full motion.  All of the activities have started.  I had 2 Cub Scout meetings, 1 Boy Scout meeting, Cross Country practices to pick up from, a Cross Country meet on Thursday, a Doctors appointment with one of the kids, etc.  I also had to run to the pediatrician’s office to get a copy of a shot record.  Today R had a Cross Country meet at 8 am.  We had to get up at 6:15, just to get there on time.  It is go, go, go.

I have been collapsing into bed, exhausted, each night.  I have been keeping up with the house work and laundry, but not much else.  Thankfully, my husband is continuing the momentum with the cleaning.  He and my son R want a tool and I said if they got the other half of the basement cleaned out that they could get it.  It keeps them both motivated!

I have a Doctor’s appointment on Monday.  I will be 28 weeks.  Crazy to think about.  I am hoping for having this baby around 38 weeks so that she isn’t too big.  That is 10 weeks or about 72 more days.  When I think in terms of days instead of weeks, I realize that she will be here before we know it.

I have almost everything that I need to get started except for the car seat/stroller that I want.  A nice lady gave me clothes, burp cloths, bibs, coats, etc. for up to 2T.  I will need to fill in with what I don’t have, but that was a huge blessing.  Someone gave me a crib, a portable high chair, and a pack and play.   I bought a bouncy seat and a car seat cover, to help keep her warm without having to put a snowsuit on her just to leave the house.  I would like to get a sling, but it’s not critical for a little while.  I am definitely thinking about getting ready.  As the belly grows, so does making sure I have all that I need a priority.

Here are a few pictures of what we have been up to!  Have a great weekend!

A friend over to play and ride go-carts.

Chasing after the friend on the Polaris.

Watching kids chase each other.

Hatching out some new chicks to replace the ones who keep being eaten.

Day old chicks.

S finishing up the Summer Reading Program. He was the only one that cared about getting his picture taken.

Our clean basement!

Our new shelves that have our stuff organized!

Extra food and Christmas stuff. I still need to go through the Christmas stuff and get it organized. Our pantry is small, so I put extra stuff down on the shelf.

I’ve Been Tired This Week

Sorry for the lack of posting this week, but the energy that I had has left me.  I hope it is temporary…but I’m not sure.  When I was pregnant with my daughter 5 years ago once I hit the exhausted stage, it never left until I delivered her.  I keep telling myself that this pregnancy is different, because I was in pretty good shape when I got pregnant, but I’m still not completely convinced.

I haven’t been sleeping very well, so that may be part of it.  With this 3 day weekend, I have been able to sleep in a little bit more, so I hope that helps.

I have been continuing with the cleaning here and there.  The mornings are my best bet to get something done.  I did get the coat closet cleaned out and 2 bags went to Goodwill.

Also, I got our game closet cleaned out.  I took the games that no one plays with and put them on a shelf in the basement.  If no one plays with them for a while, they are going to Goodwill too.

Our basement is about as clean as it can get.  I am amazed that we have gotten this far!  We need to move  a big self with extra food on it to a better spot and put up another bookshelf or two.

I also am working on the laundry room shelves to make them more functional.  I cleaned off 4 of the stationary shelves and I talked my husband into putting wheels on the wire shelf in the laundry room so that I can move it and clean under it.  It has been nice to have the shelf, but it is too low to clean under, so that has made it a pain.  With 6 kids I need to clean under it regularly.  Also, we have a gravel driveway and this is our main entrance into the house with the kids, so tons of debris come in with them.

We are making good progress.  Most of the work is being done by others in the house right now.  I just don’t have the energy.  But done is done!

Tomorrow I will be 27 weeks.  This pregnancy is going pretty fast.  A break in the heat would be really nice.  I can’t decide if it is the heat or the baby sucking all of my energy.  I’m hoping for the heat.  Even if I don’t end up getting more energy, I have gotten a lot done in preparation for this baby!

Here are a couple of pictures of the coat closet.  I forgot to get the before, but I at least got the during.  I hope you have a great long weekend!

A lot of stuff pulled out of the closet and put on the steps to reorganize.

Another pile going to Goodwill!

Yet more stuff to get organized.

Shelf after!

The bottom of the coat closet all cleaned out!