Thursday, August 27, 2009

Congratulations to Amy & Chris

Got the text this morning that Callie Nicole Markham made her debut at 4:29am this morning!!! So happy for Amy and Chris! She weighs 6lbs. 4 1/2 oz. and is 18 inches long. That is all the details I have for now.

I texted Amy yesterday because I knew she had her appointment later that afternoon and she told me that her water had leaked a little or she had peed on herself earlier! LOL! As it turned out, her water broke and she was admitted last night and had her baby girl this morning. I haven't talked to her yet, not sure if she is sleeping or what, but I'm sure she is exhausted. Her text said natural, so I'm thinking she made it the whole way with no pain meds, which is what she wanted. I'm so happy for her!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hump Day

Although it may be hump day for some of you, it's my first day to work this week and I must say I could get used to that, although I'm sure I wouldn't like the smaller paycheck. But, honestly I really wouldn't even care about that. I've gotten to be with Alexis for 5 straight days without leaving her at the sitters to run off to work, and yes, I could so get used to being a stay at home mom!

Last night, she was being a little bit of a challenge, but I think that is part of being 2 and exploring her boundaries. I just don't like the days that I feel like all I'm doing is getting on to her, but today has been much better so far. Yesterday after Ross left for work I decided it was time for me to get the tushy in gear and get some work done around the house. I decided that I was going to focus on Alexis' room since I needed to rearrange a little bit of stuff to make room for the new baby things to be temporarily. I had already cleaned out the closet a few weeks back and now it is crammed full, but organized! So I tackled everything else in her tiny room. There is a floor to ceiling bookcase in there that has a variety of things on it, so I went through all of that and dusted and pitched things that needed pitched and re-organized the shelves to make everything fit that needs to be there. Then I decided that since I had done that I needed to move the changing table and dust the blind and pull the window down and in and clean it inside and out, vacuum under the changing table, move it back and then do the same thing under the crib. So, after spending about an hour and a half in her room and doing some other housework and laundry yesterday, I had a terrible back ache, but felt good that I had accomplished something.

It is now safe to say that we have everything totally ready if I have the baby today! The only thing left for me to focus on is getting the house a little bit cleaner than it is right now and keeping it that way. I'm determined that I will not let my house be a stress causer this time around. I will have enough things to worry about when the baby gets here.

I'm very fond of my privacy, especially when I first come home with my new baby. It's really important in those first few weeks to get breast feeding established really well and I remember how tired I was those first few weeks too. I'm only going to have a few days of peace and quiet until Ross is ready to spend the rest of his time off from work upstairs. Which is great, don't get me wrong, but that means multiple, various people will be in and out of the house helping Ross and if any of you have been to our house you know there really is no way for me to get away from it. So, I'm trying to not get over anxious about it, but it does bug me a little. And, the only other real pet peeve I have about coming home and being here with the baby the first month or two, is that I HATE unannounced visitors, even if you're family. Sorry, I know that sounds a little harsh, but I really like my privacy. So, in this world of almost everyone having a cell phone, I don't think it is too much to ask for a call to see if it is okay to come by.

That's all for now, more to come later I'm sure!! Maybe my next post will be announcing a new baby!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Riley turned 2

It was a beautiful day for a birthday party! The weather was awesome! All the kids had a nice time playing together too!
Happy 2nd Birthday Riley!
Alexis, Sadie & Papa

Alexis and the birthday boy!


Alexis, Papa & Sadie

Sweet Sadie

Addy, Riley, Sadie & Alexis taking a ride in the wagon

Elmo Cake!

Riley tearing into the presents

Sadie & Sera Kate

Papa & Sleepy Alexis

Riley with one of his new toys

Friday, August 21, 2009

Here is a note I pulled off Facebook, some funny stuff!
I love the last one! :)

Random Thoughts of the Day:

I wish Google Maps had an, "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can’t wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that’s not only better, but also more directly involves me.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

The letters T and G are very close to each other on a keyboard. This recently became all too apparent to me and consequently I will never be ending a work email with the phrase "Regards" again.

Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn't work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ's. We just figured it out. Today's kids are soft.

There is a great need for sarcasm font.

I think everyone has a movie that they love so much; it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that every one's laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I'm still the only one who really, really gets it.

How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

Was learning cursive really necessary?

LOL has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say".

I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart", all I hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".

How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?

I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!

While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart.

MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the shower first and THEN turn on the water.

Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty,and you can wear them forever.

I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

Bad decisions make good stories.

If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would probably just be completely invisible.

Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from; this shouldn't be a problem....

You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you've made up your mind that you just aren’t doing anything productive for the rest of the day.

Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't want to have to restart my collection.

There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

"Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this ever.

I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching TV. There's so much pressure. 'I love this show, but will they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren’t watching this. It's only a matter of time before they all get up and leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?'

I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello?Darn-it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it's on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn't know what do to with it.

Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I’d bet everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time...

My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day "Dad what would happen if you ran over a ninja?" How do I respond to that?

I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimated that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There’s nothing like being made to feel fat before dinner.

It's Been Awhile

It's been a bit since I posted anything on the ole blog, so I thought I'd come up with something today.

Haven't really had a lot to talk about lately, been staying busy with everyday life.

Last weekend, Ross and his dad spent some more time working upstairs. They got some new electrical wire run for downstairs as well. (On top of the remodel upstairs, Ross is running new electric in the whole house as well. Last year he put a new supply into the house and now he's working on getting all new wire in the walls to the outlet and switches and replacing them.) I was planning to clean house last weekend, but with them being in and out down here, I kind of figured it would be pointless to try. I didn't want to waste what little energy I have. So, I did the bare minimum and that's it.

I'm off work today, so my goal is to keep everything straightened and keep up with laundry and dishes and then next weekend, Mom is coming to help me and we are going to deep clean some things. I'm very determined to not get caught unprepared when this baby arrives. As long as I'm not showing any signs of labor coming on, I'm going up to Mom and Dad's tomorrow. Ross is planning on working on the house again this weekend and I seem to get more rest if I'm not here, even though he doesn't require anything from me other than maybe putting lunch on the table and getting him water. But, for some reason, I just am not very relaxed when there is a lot going on around me.

Tomorrow, my nephew Riley turns 2! Sunday we are going to Tim and Sarah's for the birthday party! I'm sure I'll have pictures of that up soon after!

Back to the normal everyday stuff I've been busy with: Monday, Ross and I took a childbirth class. You might not think it is necessary if you've already had a child, but we did learn some new things that we found helpful. I'm really looking forward to getting to deliver in a hospital that I'm familiar with as well. So, if I do go into labor while in St. Louis, we will be driving to Rolla. This time around I am hoping I realize I'm in labor a little sooner than I did with Alexis, and I figure if I could drive from here to St. Louis while in labor, I can make it to Rolla from St. Louis as well.

Tuesday, I had a baby check up. I was at 35 weeks 5 days. I had misunderstood Dr. Cunningham last week and I thought I was getting my first pelvis exam, she hadn't planned on doing it until next week, but since I was already half undressed for it she went ahead and checked for me. I was dilated to about 1 1/2, cervix still thick, but softening. So, that's a start. As ready as I am to have this baby, I'm quite alright with letting it hang out in there for another week or so.

I worked, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week and I'm off today. I was very tired after I got home last night, but I feel pretty good today. Looking forward to my long weekend. I don't go back to work until Wednesday next week.

That's about all I know for now. I'll try and come up with some interesting things to talk about, but for now I'm preoccupied in baby land for the most part!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Almost There...

Well, it's getting down to the last bit of the pregnancy. 5 weeks and 1 day until the due date (EDD). I finally came to the conclusion that I can't handle working 10 hours shifts anymore. I tried to make it all the way, but it's just not worth it to exhaust myself like that. When I was pregnant with Alexis I only worked 8 hour shifts from about the 5th or 6th month on. This time I almost made it all the way, but it's tough to ride in that forklift for that long. So, starting tonight, I won't be working past 12:30. I hope to work right up until delivery, but this summertime pregnancy has been a lot harder than being pregnant with Alexis all winter and delivering before it got hot.

We got an awesome deal today on some solid oak bunk beds and a chest of drawers. We were going to be furniture shopping for Alexis' new room, so now we don't have to! I'm getting really excited about getting the upstairs finished up, so we can get everything all moved around and it will feel so much more spacious because we will be utilizing our whole house instead of part of it. When the baby gets here, we will be a little cramped for a few months, but I can't wait! I'm getting super anxious about finding out if we have a he or she! Today, Alexis was playing in some of the books in the bookcase next to the computer and she pulled one out. It was my pregnancy journal from her, which is were I stuck the envelope that has the ultrasound picture and the sex on it. I was tempted!! But, I resisted, because that surprise is so incredible!

I have nothing else for now, I'm tired and going to sleep, hopefully for at least 4 -5 hours before I have to get up to go potty!

Finally...the car pictures

Monday, August 10, 2009


Yesterday we went up to Mom and Dad's for a BBQ. The BBQ was also a way to get us there without telling us that it was really a get together for my family to give us gifts for the new baby! My family knows that it is hard to get a surprise off on me, because I always know every thing that is going on, but this time they did. I had an idea that the get together was for our benefit, but only because when Dad told me about it, he said that they wanted all the kids to come over since we more than likely won't make it up for the big party on Labor Day since that is so close to my due date. I just didn't know that it was a "baby party". And really it was just some presents for the new one, not really a "baby party". I'm not a big fan of showers after your first baby, unless it's a small family thing like we did with my sister when she had Jackson.

Anyway, it was a nice day. The only time that we spent outside in the sweltering heat, was to let the kids play in the blow up pool my Dad got for them. Alexis had a blast! It has an inflatable slide with it, and she loved it. I'll try and post some pictures soon. I keep saying that, but I think I will actually have time to put my pics on a CD tomorrow. Ross' parents and sister also came over for the BBQ too. We got lots of nice things to add to what we already have, and some super cute clothes too. I'm usually pretty particular about clothes and having them be specifically for boy or girl, not a big fan of the neutral stuff. But, what Sarah and Tim gave us is just adorable and I'll be happy to put it on a boy or girl! I think everyone is hoping we have a boy! Ross and I just want another baby that is as happy and healthy as Alexis has been.

Ross and I had a good long talk last night that was way over due. I'm not going into details, but the last few weeks have been a little stressful and we needed to talk some things out and that is just what we did. Sometimes it just feels good to have a good cry and that is just what I did last night. It was one of those cries that makes you feel better when you are done.

I go for a baby check up tomorrow. I'm hoping we have time to maybe take a peek at the baby on the ultrasound. Everyone was very concerned about me and the baby after our car accident. I knew everything was fine, but I called the doctor anyway just to confirm. They said as long as the baby was still active and I wasn't cramping or bleeding then everything was okay. I never felt anything other than my baby kicking lots! And some of those kicks are getting quite powerful, like the baby is trying to tell me it is as ready to come out and I am for it to get here! As soon as he/she is ready, I'm ready!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Productive Day

It's been a good day. I got a lot of things on my baby to do list done. If I go into labor tonight, we are almost good to go.

  • Bassinet together = check
  • Baby clothes washed and folded = check
  • Diaper bag packed = check
  • Car seat ready = check
  • Suitcase for the hospital = almost check (that's the last thing I need to work on)

Plus, I almost got all of the other laundry done today, after the three loads of baby stuff.

Alexis and I played in the kiddie pool a bit this afternoon. It's been since June since we had it out since July was so mild. You won't hear me complaining about July though. I just hope August isn't unbearable. Work is getting harder everyday, but I can't let myself take off before I go into labor or I won't get the long maternity leave that I want.

Tomorrow we are heading to Mom and Dad's for a family BBQ. It will be the last chance I get to have any together time with all the family, unless they all decide to come to my house, and that is not likely. I know they love me, but they have no problem letting us do all the driving! I'm hoping that they will at least drive to see us in the hospital when we have the baby.

I know I haven't blogged much this week, but I haven't had a lot on my mind that I wanted to share, just taking it one day at a time.

We settled with the insurance company on Friday about the car. We will wait until after maternity leave to find another one. That should give us a little time to save some money, plus make maternity leave easier since we won't have a car or truck payment anymore. We got enough money out of the car to pay off the rest of the 4 payments left on the truck too! There is always a bright side to everything. Ross asked me Friday how his truck was doing. He is driving his dad's truck and I'm driving ours. He misses his truck and I miss my car, but we will survive! Better to be alive!!

Monday, the appraiser is coming to the house, so hopefully that means within the next month we can get our re-finance finalized....finally. It's been a long process. We went with one bank and thought we were almost to the closing, and something happened with the loan officer and he was let go from the bank, and there wasn't anything in the works for us according to the bank....big bummer. So, we started from scratch somewhere else. Hopefully this one works out.

That's all I've got for now. Good Night.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Car is totalled

We got the call from the insurance company this afternoon. They stopped estimating damages when they reached $7,100.00. It is totalled. They offered us $6,900.00 for it, which would give us more than enough to pay it off with. We only owe about $4,000.00 on it.

We are still stewing over our options. They want $1,100.00 for it if we buy it back. Ross is going to call the body shop in the morning and see what it will take to make it drive the way it used to, before the wreck. He is trying everything he can to salvage it so we don't end up with another payment again. I would feel more comfortable just getting a different car. I don't want to drive a wrecked one and I'm afraid it will cost way to much to fix anyway.

Another option we thought of was to take the money, pay off the car and the truck and we'd have a little leftover after that, and 2 big payments would be gone! And then make due with 1 vehicle until it is time for me to go back to work after maternity leave, which could be 3 -6 months after I have the baby before I'll go back. Right now, we are borrowing Ross' parents truck. His dad has a work truck, so they rarely need both of their vehicles at the same time and they said they would be glad to let us use it until I stop working and have the baby. Thank you so much!! We are so blessed with wonderful parents!

I will keep you posted and I'm going to try to get the pictures of the car up tomorrow. I have no cables for my camera and no ports on the computer for my memory stick, so I have to wait until I've been somewhere to make a CD before I can get pictures on the computer. (Can't wait until I can get a new camera, those digital SLR's have me wanting a new one bad!)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Waiting for news about the car...

I talked with the claims company this afternoon. The estimator from the insurance company looked at the car today and now we are waiting for the total loss division to look things over and make the decision whether it is fixable or totalled. We should hear something tomorrow.

Ross is hoping it is fixable and if they total it, he is hoping that we can get the money, buy it back really cheap, and fix it and drive it still. His whole reasoning behind that is because we only have 4 more payments on his truck, and 10 more for my car and we will no longer have vehicle payments to deal with and we can focus on our other debt. That is what has been the most upsetting thing about the accident after realizing that we were all okay.

My feelings are leaning towards hoping it is totalled and getting a different vehicle, even if that means a payment for a longer time again. I just have really mixed feelings about driving a car that has been wrecked, and I'm not so sure how I will feel driving it in the rain, even though it was an accident and had nothing to do with the car, but more the road conditions. Plus, there is the fact that it will be a little cramped with 2 little ones in the backseat. :o) Can't wait for baby #2 to get here!

I will let you all know as soon as we have more details and I'll try to get the pictures of the car up soon too.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


These are the post and cables that we were sliding backwards down after we hydro planed on I-44 yesterday. Ross took this picture when he went back to pick up all the pieces of the car that fell off.
This is shortly after the accident before we got the car moved out of the median and onto the shoulder of the highway. That is our muffler and entire exhaust system laying in front of us.

Daddy & Alexis
Ross' sister Meredith treated us to a Cardinal's game on Tuesday July 28th. It was Alexis' first game. Unfortunately it was rain delayed for the first hour and a half, but we did get to stay for 3 innings before it was pretty much bedtime and time to take our tired 2 year old home. Thanks Meredith! We had a great time even though we didn't get to stay for the whole game.

Aunt Meredith & Alexis

Mommy & Alexis

She looks so tiny standing next to him!

Before the game and the rain!

Me and my hubby!

Some sweet pictures of Alexis after bath time one night

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Car Accident

Ross, Alexis and I were all in our first car accident today. We are all okay, no injuries at all....except the poor car. I am so thankful to the Lord that we were not injured, because it could have been bad.

We were on 44 coming up to St. Louis and it was raining really hard. We hydro planed and Ross got the car under control and as soon as we were under control we hit another big patch of water and hydro planed again. This time he couldn't gain control. We did a 180 on the highway and went off into the median. The cables that they have in the middle of the highway got us slowed down and stopped. Alexis was asleep when we started spinning, but was awake by the time we came to a stop. She never cried or even acted at all scared, so I don't think it will have any affect on her. It all happened so fast, but I don't remember banging into the car or my seat belt even locking up on me. So, as far as accidents go, it was a good one to have, if you can say any of them are good.

I am also very thankful that no other cars were involved. The damage to our car and ourselves probably would have been much worse if we had come into contact with another vehicle. The traffic was just crazy today, so I know God has His hand on us the whole time, protecting us from harm. Thank you Jesus!

Our entire exhaust system and muffler were ripped off the car as well as the back bumper and the rear quarter panels. We got the car out of the median and to the shoulder and tried to drive it to the next exit, but it's not drivable. The tow truck driver seems to think that the car is totalled, but we will see what they say on Monday or Tuesday when they come to look at it. I'll post some pictures when the camera gets here.