Friday, November 20, 2009
It was really fun seeing all the foot and hand prints.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Kaye and 2 creepy Jack Sparrow actors who hang around the walk of fame hoping they are noticed. What a life!
One of the five remaining canals in Santa Monica. Imagine having your house back onto a canal. So cool! It was unbelievably beautiful there!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Yesterday afternoon, I noticed some white stuff on the floor, which I realized was white school glue. I didn't quite get it, until I noticed some more a little ways off. After further investigation, I found glue on 2 stools, under a cup, a bowl, and my chocolate milk syrup. I found Colby with the glue bottle....of course.
Mom: Colby, what are you doing?!?
Colby: (Moan) Ugh.......(drops the glue bottle right at his feet and walks away).
I proceeded to clean up all the glue. Later that night, as I was making the treat for FHE, I found glue on another stool. Elijah brought me a car key, covered in, you guessed it, white glue.
I sat down at my computer desk this morning to find glued to it a business card from the Australian Consulate, a green sheet of paper that said "Blessed are the peacemakers", my mouse pad, and a ballpoint pen. As I sat to type this entry, I tried to move a little toy cell phone and, yep, it's stuck to the desk too!
When I questioned Colby once again, his reply was, "I have no idea what I was doing."
Yes, my house is that messy that I have various things littering the surfaces of everything.
P.S. I did take the glue away from him the first time. I obviously just didn't hide it well enough.
Friday, August 21, 2009
that my corn was covered in blood! BLOOD! Seriously! Can we say freaky?! This picture doesn't even really cover the extent of the blood that was in that bag of corn. I wonder what the Green Giant people will think? Oh, and NO, I did not serve this to my family. ;)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Question of the hour.....I love my children, really really do. But, I do NOT love their screaming. Ever since moving to lovely Trochu and having absolutely no friends, my children's screaming has increased dramatically. I get phone calls from people asking if there is something (behaviourly speaking) wrong with Elijah and openly wondering why my children do no have laryngitis! Oh, and let's not forget about the grocery store incident. It's bad...really bad....and if I don't do something about it soon, I am pretty sure I won't have any hair, or eyebrows for that matter, by the end of the summer. All my super smart mommy friends, I am in need of suggestions. Any ideas to help them quiet down that they might actually think is fun? I'd love to know what tricks you can come up with!
Going crazy and losing my hearing while I'm at it!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This one, named Christian, is my favorite. He is sweet, polite, gentle.....the friendly giant. That's how I think of him. He's got at least a good 2-3 inches on me. He's one big boy....but has such a big heart. He's so cute :)
I've decided to jump back on the bandwagon and blog my guts out today:)
First off......Notice this sleeper. I LOVE this sleeper. I would even venture to say that this is my favorite sleeper. This sleeper has the little "snugabye" socky things and the hand ones as well so your favorite little one doesn't gouge his eyes out. It is a light weight fuzzy material that has amazing stretch. It may not be pretty, but it's like the king of all comfy sleepers. And...........my favorite part of all..........
The gathered back!!! What is cuter than the gathered back? I just LOVE it. :) It's a Baby Bonds sleeper from Australia. Australia has the best baby clothes ever. Honestly, all of my favorite baby clothes have come from Australia.
And the second item in this particular post.....the matching plaid pants! On Sunday, we had Kaye's brother and sister in law over. Both their son Koen and Colby came marching upstairs in their matching pants.....SO cute. The funny thing was, they were both just a little bit too short of them. Those two are so silly.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Most of my labours have been "normal"...in a way. I never had any sort of pre-labor contractions, my water was broken by the doctor, I pushed my kids out...you know, the usual. This one was a tad different from my first 3 experiences. Kathy was right when she said that number 4 is the easiest....and wrong too.
Dr. Onsongo...doctor extraordinaire.
The "hot" nurse Lane, Kaye was more than happy to sit and chat to for hours.
Once we got there, we got all set up in a gown, hooked up to monitoring, and got "checked". I was already 4 cm. I was thrilled. With essentially no pain at all, I had gotten almost half way! Unfortunately, that was as far as I got on my own though. I walked and bounced on the ball. I prayed and prayed and still nothing.
My doctor said that she wouldn't leave me more than 24 hours with my water broken. That gave me a small amount of comfort. At least I knew that it would be over in at least 24 hours. She was sure that I would go on my own though, considering that I was already 4 cm and my water had broken. She stripped my membranes -- very hard -- and left me to sit again. Still, nothing happened.
Finally, the next morning, the doctor came in to checked me again, and then put me on the drip. I was not looking forward to the intense contractions. Luckily, nothing like that happened. Contractions were supposed to start in about 45 minutes. Mine took about 3 hours. The best part was, they didn't hurt. I only really had about 10 or so hard contractions that I had to concentrate and breath through. That was the "easier than all the rest part."
Once I got to the pushing stage, I was terrified!! No epidural again, thanks to a lovely nurse who wouldn't check me. I did not feel like going through that again! But, it was a no-go so I just sucked it up and pushed. With the first push, Rhys' head came out. Unfortunately, that was the last contraction that I had. I was in extreme pain, I had no idea what was going on or how successful my one push was, and all of the sudden the doctor was getting the nurses to rip my legs up and open and kept telling me to cough. Not really realizing why, I coughed and coughed and coughed and coughed. I coughed the rest of his body out. That was the "harder" part.
After he was out, they told me that my contractions had stopped causing Rhys' shoulder (which is huge) to get stuck. My doctor had to get me to cough and she pulled. He wasn't breathing when he came out, but perked up after some work done on him.
I had never heard that you could cough your baby out but there it is.
Of course, the girl right next to me had a girl. Go figure.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Fuzzy shoulders that are so soft, you just can't stop yourself from rubbing them.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
WELL, it turned out that YES!!! When she checked me yesterday, she says that my baby feels to be at least 8 pounds already, has dropped so low that it would take next to nothing to get him out, and my cervix is nice and soft and ready for labour. I am going back next week and she wants to strip my membranes really good and she hopes that will put me in labour. Of course, that isn't a guarantee, but she really wanted the baby out (she thinks that I'm done) and so I'm assuming that if my baby doesn't come soon after that, she'll talk induction. She was saying like the next 24 hours after she'd done the swipe.
Who would have guessed! I'm excited to have the baby probably by next week, 2 weeks early. Of course, my due date as per my LMP was supposed to be June 6th anyway. Still, we were working with June 19th, so I was prepared for another 3 weeks.
Oh, sidenote, I also weighed in at just 0.5 kg heavier than 5 weeks ago. Sweet! That brings the total up to only like 10 pounds this pregnancy. Of course, Elijah was like that as well and I inexplicably came out the same 15 pounds heavier even after I had him, but I'm being optimistic here. I'm happy. Gaining weight sucks. Hopefully, I'll be a mommy of 4 next week. Yeah for getting this little stinker out of me!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Do I really look that bad!?! I thought that I looked, if not great, not bad today. I had my hair done...okay, let's be honest, I had my hair pulled back, but it was clean, clean clothes on, I'd had a shower.....whatever.
Oh, not be best pic. Colby just took it, but frankly, I make a point of it NOT to take pregnant pictures of myself so I didn't have one on hand.
Monday, May 11, 2009
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Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
*Please note, I will probably return to my normal, somewhat cheerful self in about 8 weeks time. Until then......
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Thursday, April 9, 2009
Jen woke up at approximately 12:40 (I think...if I get any of this wrong, I'll fix it later) in labour. She went to the hospital about a hour later, I believe, and delivered a healthy baby GIRL at 3:09. Does that seem fair to anyone at all???
Jen labour with 3rd child - all of about 2.5 hours.
Kristen labour with 3rd child - 12 hours.
She was obviously born to have babies! Either way, I'm super excited that I have a new niece and I'm glad to know that everything went well....even if it was a girl and she came so easily.
Oh, if anyone is interested, her name is Chloe Kristina Kronebusch.
I'm just going to sit and wait for my BOY to come now.
Monday, April 6, 2009
There's nothing like having a little baby come into your family that you can love and snuggle....and give back when they cry! Wow....it's such a different feeling.
Just look at that squishy face!! She is just so cute it hurts to look at her!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Names that I really like are:
- Rhys (as in Reece)
- Declan...love Declan
- Pacey...I know, I know, that really is how much I love him! (Sidenote...totally had a dream last night that I was Joey and Pacey and Dawson were fighting over me. :=) I'm such a geek!
- And even though I don't think I could ever name my child this..I LOVE it! Etienne! It's just so, so, so, romantic? Is that the right word? You know what I mean.
- Seamus (though I think that it's just to close too Marcus but I love the name)
Either way, I think that I've tried pretty hard to find something there. Kaye on the other hand thinks that my choices are total crap.
I think that I need a little help. Any names that you totally love, throw them out. Maybe Kaye might actually like a name...or two. I just don't want to be sitting there in the hospital room being pushed into something stupid that I don't even know that I like. This is one of those key choices in life that you want to get right, you know?
Anyway, calling all those with opinions. Bring it on!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Plain orange jello in a 9 x 13 sprayed with some sort of canned ''whipped cream.''
Dry cupcakes with from the can icing
I guess that's what happens when you live in a branch with seniors and people with bad food allergies. You end up with only half edible food. We will be having pot lucks every 3rd Sunday of the month from now on. I can't wait!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I have learned the importance of the flu shot. I have never bothered with them before but this week was absolutely miserable. Marcus caught something and brought it home with him on Friday or so, and each one of us has taken our turn with it. We have literally been through bottles of Tylenol for fevers, cough syrup for Marcus, and unbelievable amounts of tissue. I have not been that sick in probably 5 years. It was crazy! The last to get it is Elijah and he is just so cute when he's calm that I couldn't help but capture him sitting and NOT screaming...for once. Next year, we are all going to be getting that darn flu shot! Wow am I glad that I'm over that one!
* Note: Please ignore the state of my son's shirt. I'm sure you all understand.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I have found from this experience, that I truly admire mothers of 7 children. That is a BIG job! I think I'm going to go lay down now.
Monday, February 23, 2009
He blew out the candles I think about 20 times....then ate the bottom of the candles off.
Since I rarely do anything crafty, I have to have something of my own creation to blog about. Here's where I insert my custard-filled, Neapolitan, cream cheese icing birthday cake. It was fabulous! Except the part where Elijah mashed up the chocolate layer while my back was turned or the part where I didn't get to finish it because Kaye was late for a stake priesthood meeting, but even if it wasn't all that pretty, it was delicious!
Friday, February 13, 2009
I went to my ultrasound today and she told me that she would give me a percentage/educated guess about the sex but would not guarantee. That was just fine. I wasn't totally convinced that I did really want to know. Almost as soon as the ultrasound started though, she stopped, giggled a bit, and said that he was a show-off. She said that it was the easiest one that she's done in a while and that she was 99% sure that it was a boy. She even showed Kaye the evidence.
All I could think about was the amount of money that will be forked out for missions :( I'm excited still, but it would have made things a tad easier if it was a girl like we hoped for. Oh well. Boy #4, here we come!
I will be bitter though if my sister Chelsea gets the girl! I made Kaye a deal that I'll stop after 6 boys if we don't get a girl sooner. He wasn't so sure about that. :)
Sorry about the lack of picture. My printer decided that it wanted to break on me so I can't scan it. Hopefully I'll get it up and running soon and then I'll put it on.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
1. I renovate my house....in my imagination, at least once a day, top to bottom. I really want to actually do it obviously, but since I can't, I like to imagine it all the time. This is my defense to the nightmare. Scary dream? Don't worry, just start thinking about a new kitchen and it will all go away!
2. I absolutely refuse to have cable at home. I have come to the conclusion that there are not enough hours in the day to take time away from my family and responsibilities to do something that is sketchy at best. Therefore, I have never watched an episode of Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Bones, even Gilmour girls for goodness sakes, or anything remotely resembling a series from the last 3 years. If I do have the chance at my mothers to sit and watch something, I choose a reality show on TLC or HGTV so I don't get hooked to anything. I'm so behind the times it scares me. That being said......
3. I LOVE DAWSON'S CREEK! I don't know how to stress this enough. This is the obsession that has scared me off of TV. It makes me feel like a teenager again and makes me remember all the wonderful things about not being a mom. I remember sitting in my Grandma Kwong's living room in Melbourne watching it with my brother Matt and him getting upset if anyone said even a peep as to not miss a single second of the BEST SHOW ON EARTH! I have recently procured the last 4 seasons and I have missed many an hour of my family and responsibilities because of this mind-numbing obsession. Alas, I'm a total hypocrite. Luckily, I'm only a couple episodes from being finished the entire series so when I am done, I will put away my series for at least a year.
4. I spent what would have been, my graduation weekend on my honeymoon. I came back and watched all my friends graduate on TV and cried for hours. That was one of the few times in my life that I felt like I missed out.
5. My dad technically graduated high school for me. While I was finishing my classes through correspondence, I had a really difficult time with math and science. These were my last courses and it had been such a long time since I had done those courses that I had literally forgotten everything. Luckily, my dad is a teacher of those very subjects, so I got him to help me. I was at my deadline and just HAD to get my assignments in. He basically told me what to put, then made me swear to study super hard for my finals. I promised and sent my modules in. A couple of days later I got a phone call from the teacher who told me I was exempt from finals because I did such a good job on my modules. So, essentially, my dad graduated for me. Suffice it to say, this went against my dad's morals and he was not in the least impressed. I was pretty happy though. :)
6. I LOVE Jane Austen. I think that she is one of the most brilliant women of all time. I continually have one of her novels being read and never tire of them. My favorite movie of all time is the BBC version on P&P and it happens to be my favorite book as well. I love to read things about her and her life, and I also LOVE to read fictional books about her life as if they really happened. The only problem with it is that I feel terribly guilty doing that because she was such a private person and didn't want people knowing who she was. I can't help but think that she is up in Heaven cringing because so many people keep prying in her life. I don't want to meet her in Heaven and have her hate me because I was a nosy little busybody! Man, am I ever a geek!
This became WAY longer than anticipated, so I will stop here. I hope you found something interesting or at least entertaining about some random things in my life. I love to hear others, so start spilling. :) Oh, and thank you for humoring me!
Monday, February 9, 2009
How she does it and stays sane is completely beyond me. Some of her wisdom includes dinners ready and in the oven before kids come home from school, and she schedules her day to the point of scheduling things like baking cinnamon rolls at 10:00 on Thursday etc. She is truly the ultimate in mormon mothering.
I'm terribly impressed. I don't know if I'll ever get there. If she is ever questioned about how many kids she's going to have, she just says that she's going to keep going until she feels like she just can't have any more. I hope I can be as good at this mothering thing as her!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Last night for FHE, it was his turn to pick the closing song. I asked him what he would like to sing and he wasn't really cooperating so I thought I'd help him along. It went something like this.
Mom: What song do you want to sing Colby?
Colby: I don't know.
Mom: What about I am a child of God (usually a winner).
Colby: Not that one again!
Mom: Well, what about Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam?
Colby: No, I don't want to sing that.
Mom: Okay, what about I'm Trying to be Like Jesus?
Colby: Yeah, that's a good one!
Mom: Do you know that one?
Colby: No, but I think that I need to hear it. (Said in a very sombre and serious tone.)
It was just so funny. Kaye and I just looked at each other and burst out laughing. I just love that they have no idea how hilarious they are sometimes. Ahh! The fun parts of being a parent.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Please look PAST my living room window and AT the bus...stopped right in front of my house!!