Saturday, March 29, 2008

My Outing!

Did you notice that the title says "My Outing," not "Our Outing," or even "The Outing." No, it was my outing -- I got to go out by myself! John offered to keep the children today for me to go out for a little while all by myself! I have some pumped breast milk in the freezer, so he was even going to let me be gone long enough for him to have to feed Daniel. I looked forward to it all week.

First, I went to Walgreens where they were sold out of a couple of the things I wanted to buy, but I still got some pretty good deals. I spent $21 and saved $10, but that includes a couple of things that I had to pay full price for. The best part was that it did not cost me a thing out of pocket because I had a gift card with rebate money on it. Then I went to CVS to pick up some contact stuff that is on sale with ECB's coming back. Then I went to Joann's; ours is moving so everything there is on sale. I was hoping to score some good deals on yarn, but all the baby yarn was gone. Actually, the only yarn left was stuff I did not want, but their pattern books were 50% off, so I found three of those that looked interesting. There was also a box of pretty notecards that were 30% off (I got 70 cards for $10). Then I went to Kroger. Like everyone else who reads my blog, I'm sure, I stock up on stuff when it's on sale. Thus, this week we did not need much, and I spent $48 and saved $21. All in all, it was a very nice trip, from saving some money to being out by myself.

However, John did not have a good time at all. Apparently, Daniel cried almost the whole time I was gone. John would finally get him to sleep, and then Sarah Beth would wake him up. At least, I wasn't gone long. John called me to see when Daniel needed to be fed, and I was able to tell him that I was on my way home. I was home thirty minutes before Daniel needed to be fed. Of course, he fell asleep while eating and is taking a nice nap now. So is John! It's good to know that I can make it to all of those stores in between Daniel's feeding times. I will have to keep that in mind.

By the way, last night was wonderful. I fed Daniel at 9:30, and he slept until 4:00. Then at 7:30, I was trying to get motivated to get up when I heard him stirring. Oh, it was wonderful to be able to sleep in like that!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Pictures!

Here are some more pictures of my sweet babies.









There is only this one of Daniel as newborns are not very photogenic. Isn't he getting nicely plump?! Look at those chubby cheeks! He may have been fussy the last few weeks (and still is), but at least he eats well. He went 7 hours last night, and I was able to get six hours of uninterupted sleep!!





Sarah Beth made herself a little reading nook the other day, and I just had to take a picture. She gets her love of books from her mommy. I think she is getting her two-year molars, and that is why her hand is in her mouth.



For those of you who haven't been reading my blog long, Sarah Beth loves shoes. "Shoes" was one of her first words. Here she is with my shoes on, and she was even able to walk around in them. She even has them on the correct feet!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Cousins!

My aunt was in town recently, and she told me that my cousins (her daughters) have blogs. Dayna started hers a couple of weeks ago, and Angela started hers a month or so ago. If you get a chance, please check them out. You remember how it was when you first started your blog, how hard it was to get people to read them. I would appreciate it.

In other news, yesterday was the best day that we have had since John went back to work. It was wonderful. Today has started off nicely as well, obviously, since I'm able to blog!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The children are still asleep! Yea!! So I am taking this time to blog quickly. Here is a recipe I got from All Recipes for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with the changes suggested by one of the reviewers. They are so good that I am thinking of making them again this week.

Ingredients:
3 jumbo eggs or 4 large eggs, beaten
1 cup raisins (I think they could have used more)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped pecans (I left these out)

Directions:
  1. Combine eggs, vanilla, and raisins in a small bowl; cover and let stand for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F,
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, allspice, cloves, and baking powder. Stir into the creamed mixture. Then stir in the raisin mixture, rolled oats, and nuts.
  4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Update

Daniel's diaper rash is much improved. There are no longer any bleeding lesions, and it looks like a normal diaper rash now. I am going to continue using the expensive diaper rash ointment the doctor prescribed until all the redness is gone, but I am so glad that it's getting better. With the improvement in his rash, his attitude has gotten better. John asked me last night if I had switched babies in the nursery yesterday. (Daniel was crying too loudly for the church service.) He has been much better again today. The only problem with Daniel feeling better is that he is sleeping better during the day, so he is getting up more often at night. Ugh!

One horse down, three to go. We gave our two-year old away because we did not have any luck selling him. He has been on the market off and on for almost a year, and we had very few calls about him. No one even came to look at him. We offered him to the girl who house/horse sits for us when we are out of town, and she came to pick him up today. Now we just have three more to get rid of, but we want to sell those.

Why are my children opposed to my napping? Usually, it is Daniel who keeps me awake, but Sarah Beth was the culprit today. It is not like I want and expect a two hour nap (although that does sound wonderful); a 15-20 minute nap would be enough. It's like they have ESP about when I lie down. Oh, well. Soon enough I will look back fondly on these sleep-deprived days, I guess.

Friday, March 21, 2008

One of Those Days

Do you ever have a day when you realize that you will probably be able to get a lot accomplished for whatever reason? Well, I felt that way this morning. Daniel slept until 4:00 this morning. By the time I fed him and got him back to sleep, it was 5:00, and John was getting up. I figured that I could spend some time with him and get a few things done before the children woke up (they've been sleeping until 8:00 this week). Boy, was I wrong. I did get my shower - I know enough to get that done when I can! I had just warmed my muffins up for breakfast at 6:15 when I heard Daniel stirring. He started fussing, so I got him up and changed his diaper. (I change his diaper just about every time I touch him because, when he poots, a little bit of stool comes out which is part of why his diaper rash is so bad.) While I changed his diaper, he sprayed. So I got him cleaned up and changed his clothes and put into the swing. Then I cleaned up the floor. He was happy long enough for me to eat my breakfast. Then he started fussing again, so I changed his diaper again, and fed him. It was now 7:00 and time for him to eat again anyway. I thought that he would go back to sleep while eating, and I might have a little time before Sarah Beth woke up. Nope! I heard her stirring while I was feeding Daniel. After I got him put back down in his bassinet, I got Sarah Beth up and fed her. It is now 7:30.

While I was feeding Sarah Beth her oatmeal, Daniel woke up again. After I dressed Sarah Beth, I got him up and changed his diaper again. (I told you that I change his diaper every time I pick him up.) I put him back in the swing -- the only place he is happy for any amount of time -- and finally I was able to brush my teeth. It is now 8:00. I was also able to make the bed and toss some clothes in the washing machine.

Since both children were currently happy, I turned on the computer to check out the sales that Bi-Lo has this week. It doesn't take me long to look at them, but Daniel was fussing again before I was done. I picked him up and, you guessed it, changed his diaper. By this time he was flat out crying and would not be happy for anything, not for my holding him, not for the swing, nothing. I decided to try to let him cry himself to sleep since I knew he was tired. It is now 8:45. I put him in his bassinet to cry for 15 minutes. (I have tried this four times now, and I have only been successful once. My children just won't cry themselves to sleep.) My mom called at this point to ask how his diaper rash is and how the night went. We talked for those fifteen minutes (I was really hoping to get something accomplished), and Daniel was still awake and crying. I got him up at 9:00, and for once he seemed content for me to hold him. (My children also don't like to be held; I didn't either so they come by it honestly.) I sat down and rocked him to sleep.

Sarah Beth had been such a sweet girl all morning, playing quietly by herself. At this point, she came over to get some attention from me which was fine. We talked and played quietly. As soon as Daniel was good and asleep, she whacked him. Oh, well. So much for that nap. It is now 9:30, so I decided to go ahead and feed him again. I turned on a DVD of Christian children's music for Sarah Beth to watch while I fed him. I don't usually do this, but I needed her attention to be elsewhere while I tried to get Daniel asleep. He ate well and fell asleep.

Sarah Beth is still playing nicely by herself and doesn't seem to want any of my attention, so I figured I would come record this morning for you before it all blurred together. It is now 10:30, Daniel is still asleep (thank you, Lord, and please let him get a good nap), and I think I will go see if Sarah Beth would like me to read to her.

So much for my plans this morning. I have been up for 6 and a half hours and have not even started on my daily chores except that the bed is made. Ugh! Lunchtime is soon, and then naptime. Hopefully, I can get one, too.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Still Here!

I just wanted to blog quickly while the young 'uns are still asleep and let you know that we are still here and doing well. It's been a busy week. Mondays are always a little busier because I play catch up from the weekend. Tuesday I had a couple of friends over with their children for a "Mommies' Group" which was a lot of fun. There were three adults and 9 children with the oldest being five. It went surprisingly well, especially since Sarah Beth has never really had to share her toys. Yesterday I had to take Daniel on the spur of the moment to the doctor. He has had a horrible diaper rash for over two weeks now. I was using diaper rash cream, then I got a prescription for an antifungal and steroid because we thought it was yeast. I used that for a week, and it didn't get any better. So I called the doctor yesterday and was amazed that she could see him that very day. Of course, she prescribed another antifungal which no pharmacy around here carries. I had one order it, and John will pick it up this evening on the way home.

Anyway, I wrote all of that to say that we've been busy here lately. I haven't even had a chance to read my friends' blogs. Maybe today.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tagged

I got tagged by Laura the other day. I think I have the time now to play. Here are the rules:




Here's how you play. Once you've been tagged you have to write a blog of
ten weird, random things, facts or habits about yourself. At the end, you choose
five people to be tagged, listing their names and why you chose them to be
tagged. Don't forget to leave them a comment saying "you're it" and to read your
blog. You can't tag the person who tagged you. Since you can't tag that person
back, let him or her know when you've posted your blog so he or she can read
your answers.


Here are the ten random facts about me:




  1. Yesterday was my brother's birthday. For one month, we are the same age since we are eleven months apart.

  2. I love books. I love to read them, and I love to own them. My dream has always been to be a librarian when I grow up. I'm still waiting.

  3. I have a pin and a screw in my ankle. I broke it four months after John and I were married. A horse that we bought for him bucked me off.

  4. Like Laura, I enjoy doing laundry, but I have a hard time putting it away. However, I do NOT like to iron.

  5. John and I have a thing for names starting with "s." Our dogs are Sadie and Sandy; our cat is Sheba. We have two horses named Shea and Stormy. And of course, there is Sarah Beth.

  6. I did not know how to cook when I got married. I figured that my mom and my sister learned by experimenting on their husbands, and so could I.

  7. Within the past couple of months, I have discovered that I really enjoy baking. I didn't do much before this time.

  8. I love to crochet, but I hate to knit. My favorite things to crochet are baby blankets because they are relatively easy and tend to be quick to finish.

  9. I enjoy being pregnant. Of course, that is only because I have relatively easy pregnancies.

  10. I hate sewing. I have several cute, little outfits that I have crocheted that just need some seams sewn or buttons sewn on, but I never got around to it. Now Sarah Beth is too big to wear them. Isn't that horrible?

Let's see, who should I tag? I don't have that many blogging buddies, and Laura already tagged some of them. I think I will tag Babychaser, Marva, and Mykidsmom because we have become friends via blogging. I will also tag Nikki and the Fox Family because I would like to get to know them better.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Friends!

Oh, how wonderful is the quiet of a house where both children are sleeping at the same time!!

I have two sweet friends who helped break up the monotony of being stuck at home this week. Laura had my two children and me over Tuesday morning just to get out of the house for a little while. Sarah Beth had such a great time playing with other children which she does not get to do very often since we live so remotely. I enjoyed having an adult to talk with. Laura even fed us lunch (well, not Daniel since I'm feeding him). We got home in time for naps, and both Sarah Beth and Daniel were tuckered out after a busy morning. (Good naps for them means good, quiet time for mommy to recharge!)

Ivy came over yesterday evening with Iza and brought us supper from Sticky Fingers. Yummy! I love their pulled pork plate. Unfortunately, they were out of their drunken apples, but Ivy brought me an apple dessert with vanilla ice cream. Oh, it was so good! But better than the food was the time I got to spend with Ivy since she lives most of the time in Poland.

P.S. Laura "tagged" me, so I will get to that as soon as I can.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Cookie?


Does this picture look like a cookie to you? Last night, Sarah Beth was looking through this book (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?), and when she got to this picture, she said, "cookie." John and I looked at each other wondering where that came from. Then I realized what she was thinking. We call the goldfish snack crackers "cookies," and she apparently extrapolated this picture of a goldfish to the ones she eats, hence "cookie!"

Monday, March 10, 2008

Babies!

As you may have noticed, I haven't been blogging as much recently. My choice these days is to blog or to take a nap. Naps have been winning. I also have not been able to keep up with my friends' blogs as I would like to, but I am trying. I just wanted to let you know that we are fine here, but I'm tired. I'm looking forward to my nap today when I put Sarah Beth down. Daniel is already down. I hope he stays that way!

I also want to say "Congratulations" to Babychaser on the birth of her new daughter.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

My Sweet Husband!

Monday we took Daniel to the doctor for a check-up. John, sweet man, took a half-day off work on a busy day to go with us because there was no way I could handle Daniel and Sarah Beth all by myself, and my mom had the flu. The doctor said that she does not want Daniel going out in public for a few more weeks because it is flu season. I had been looking forward to getting out some this week, even just going to the mall to walk around without buying anything. There went my plans, my dreams.

I have been cooped up in this house for the last three weeks, only leaving for doctor's appointments (twice), church (twice), and the grocery store (once). I am starting to feel lonely and stir-crazy. To top it all off, I don't get to spend time with my blog friends like I used to, either. And John has been working late because the plant has been having problems.

Tuesday night when John called home to say that he was on his way, I was in tears. We had actually had a good day, but the evening was turning bad, and I needed to get out. John offered to try to come home a little earlier Wednesday night so I could go out for a little while. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. But I didn't mention it to anyone because I was afraid it wouldn't happen. When he called last night on his way home, he asked if I were still interested. I said that I had been looking forward to it all day!

When he got home, we ate supper, and I left with Sarah Beth. Daniel can be a real handful in the evening, and Sarah Beth is easy to take when you run errands, so I didn't mind taking her. I didn't do too much, but I was gone for almost two hours just because of how far we live from town. I went to Rite-Aid to pick up our prescriptions and do a little shopping, and then to Borders to get a new book by my favorite author. Then I went to Chick-fil-A to get a cookies-n-cream milkshake. Oh, they are sooo good! Then we went home. It was nice to get out of the house for a little while.

John had a rough evening, however. Daniel was fussy the whole time. John said that he was not happy more than five minutes. Poor baby does not know how to go to sleep by himself, he hates to be held, and he hates the bouncy seat. That only leaves the swing which he tires of, also. And then when he finally does start to nod off, Sarah Beth wakes him up. It's enough to drive a mommy and a daddy crazy. Anyway, when we got home, Daniel was asleep on his daddy's chest. Things were pretty peaceful the rest of the evening.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Big Sister!


I got out my Bjorn carrier yesterday to see how Daniel likes it. (Sarah Beth hated it when she had to face in; she wanted to see out!) I may start walking the dirt roads around our house soon if the beautiful weather holds out, and I need some way to carry Daniel since I do not have a double stroller yet. Anyway, Sarah Beth saw me using it with Daniel, and she decided to try it this morning! But not with Daniel.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Kindle


The words above say (in case it is as illegible as it looks to me right now), "Amazon is excited to introduce Kindle -- a wireless, portable reading device with instant access to more than 100,00 books, blogs, newspapers, and magazines. Whether you're in bed or on the train, Kindle lets you think of a book and get it in less than a minute." And it only costs $399.
I don't know about you, but I like to hold an actual book in my hand when I'm reading it. I like books; I like to own them. I would not want to deprive of myself of this pleasure by purchasing a Kindle especially at the cost of $399. What about you? Where are we coming to in this world when books are going out of style?

Saturday, March 1, 2008

A New Appreciation

Sarah Beth seems to have found a new appreciation for her mommy. Usually when John gets home from work, she is all over him all evening and pretty much ignores me. Last night was different; she wanted me to read her some books and play with her. She wanted her daddy to play with her, too, but not exclusively. I think she took me for granted before Daniel was born, and now that she has to share me with him, she appreciates me more. This new appreciation has good points and bad points. After spending all day with her, it was nice to have a little time off when John got home. But it's also nice to be appreciated. I know that John is glad that he doesn't have to do all the entertaining in the evenings anymore. So, I guess I'll take it.