Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas day highlights

Santa brought Lincoln the jack in the box he so desperately wanted. He thinks its the funniest toy ever!!! Here he will demonstrate how it works.




POP!!!



Reagan got the white ice skates with a backpack to carry her ice skates. Here she is modeling it for you all.

Lincoln also got a marble maze called marble mania. It has about 200 to 300 pieces and took more than 2 hours to assemble.



Oh the joy of Christmas.....
I wonder how long it will stay put together?


The tree is down and all the Christmas stuff is put away. We needed the space back and the tree was very much dead and a fire hazard. We still have the house lights on, its too cold to deal with that right now.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Picture's from December

The kids were in a live nativity at my Grandma's church on Saturday night. Cousin Haley was able to join us as well and was a beautiful angel with Reagan. We found an adult cow costume and Lincoln wore it for about 3 minutes and he was done. Grandma is the other angel right about him. They stood out there for 30 minutes, pretty good for a 7 & 6 year old little girls.




Mooooooooooo


Lincoln at Reagan's school program.


Reagan with her best friend Sarah.



Video of Reagan and her class singing a cute song about the animals in the barn when Jesus was born.

Friday, December 18, 2009

500 **updated at end**

I had anticipated that this 500th post would be a memorable one in that we had an announcement to announce. On Tuesday I was feeling off and decided to take a pregnancy test. It came back with a faint line....but THERE was a line. I had dreams that night that the line changed and it looked like Morse code and then finally sewing stitches. The next morning I had a little bit of spotting but nothing big and took another test (of course) and again there was a faint line. So, I called the Dr. and they ordered a blood test, she said the spotting might be implantation. I got the results the same day which usually doesn't happen. My hcg level was 6, which means I was a little bit preggers and she told me that it needs to double by Friday. So I called my prayer warriors and gave them their job. I was beaming with excitement and the new life growing. I knew it was early and wanted to wait until Friday's news and hopefully a higher hcg number to make any sort of announcement. Tim talked to my belly as he did with Reagan & Lincoln. It would be a Christmas Miracle...

Well, Thursday morning came and so did my cycle and it wasn't just spotting. I was naturally devastated, but really I didn't have time to cry. I forgot to get the snacks for the kids at our Bible study, I had to get Reagan to school, get myself to Bible study, and we were having an attic door put in.

Today I had another blood test and am waiting back for the results but I'm not expecting it to be higher. I took another home pregnancy test and there was no line. I would love to try again right away but the doctor says we have to wait. I am extremely encouraged that my body has responded, my progesterone was 7 and it hasn't been that high at all during this process.

My friend Vanessa quietly asked me how I was doing, she knew and I told her that it wasn't good. She gave me a sweet hug but I could feel my insides starting to crumble as I felt the love she was giving me...I told her that she was cracking my shell and she said that is what friends are for.

Christmas will still be wonderful and I will cry at the midnight service. Baby Jesus will arrive on Christmas morning to our manger, we will eat warm cinnamon rolls and stay in our pj's all morning, unwrapping, eating, playing and putting toys together. It will be filled with love and sprinkled with Christmas magic.

***Nurse just called my hcg was 2 and my Dr. said that I don't have to wait and can take clomid this cycle. I will have a mid cycle scan and hopefully I will ovulate. She called this a "chemical pregnancy" which doesn't make it feel any better. But am still encouraged.***

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The clinical trial is over

I had my last clinical trial appointment last Wednesday. I am not pregnant and I should get my $500 in 2 to 3 weeks. In that last appointment I saw my RE Dr. and she said that she wants me to go back on the metformin and that we would talk in January. Currently I am slowly going back on the metformin. I feel good about that am looking forward to talking with her and seeing what my options are.

Tim starts PT on Monday and we are hoping that it goes well. He has been in a large amount of pain and we need our Tim/Daddy back.

Christmas shopping is almost done, just a few more family members to shop for.
I have been working hard for a memorable Christmas morning and I think things are all going to fall together and the kids are going to be floored.

The elf on the shelf appeared at our home this year and the kids are just mesmerized by our new friend Buddy.
They can't wait to wake up and see where he is hiding. Christmas is such a magical time of year, I just love it!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Calgon take me away......

Things are crazy around here.

Tim has a bulging disk and can't do much and really he shouldn't because I have been there and I know the pain. I'm just glad he is strong enough to go to work, and support our family.
Laundry is done, I just can't get it all put away....(Tim is my folder) So now I don't fold, I just put them in baskets and put them in the correct room and put them away that way.....or that is idea.

I'm working on several projects for Christmas presents and I can't seem to get any of them finished. I wanted to do more homemade gifts, but I'm not sure how many will get finished.

My SIL broke her ankle last Friday while we were all ice skating, I had just finished the first lap when I turned around to see my niece and SIL on the ice. I have been helping her out as much as I can but with Reagan in school, there is not much I can do since she lives an hour away.

Its REALLY cold here, like it got down to 16 degrees last night and I don't think it got above 28 degrees today. Which means I can't send the kids outside to play because its so cccold!!! It would be way better if we at least had some snow to go along with this freezing weather.

Every morning I tell God what I need to get done and I let him sort out the details. If something doesn't get done that I thought needed to get done it probably didn't really need to get done. Last night instead of staying up late doing dishes I went to bed.

I started writing this post at 9:30am, it is now 7:41pm and it would take longer but I don't think I will proof read it.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

My Mom

My Mom sent me an email after she read my post Smile.

I am so thankful to have her in my life and I wanted to share with you all
her kind words of encouragement and love.

This is only 1 out of a billion reasons why I love my Mom.

P.S. She typed this 4 times on her iphone while my Dad was driving from
Dover, DE to Virgina Beach, VA during the week of Thanksgiving.

********

Dear Christy:

(I just read your post about "Smile".)

It is so hard to go through what you are experiencing.
"The barren womb is never satisfied". It makes you
just ache, no matter how many other children you already have.
When we want a baby, we "want" our baby!

How do I know? I know. I remember asking God (on my knees
& out loud), "God, do you remember who I really am? Just
to remind you, this is Marylin. I love kids, Al is
a great father and husband. We are asking for another baby.
If your plan for us doesn't include another baby, I just
wonder if it is possible that our plan might have gotten
mixed up with someone else's plan. Please check it out again".

"I trust you, God, but it would be great if you'd give
us another baby anytime, now".

It sounds pretty dumb now, but I was getting impatient and
older every day. It was about 2 1/2 years later when
Billy was born and another 2 years more until you blessed
our family.

One thing I KNOW ... Your residence is still safely in
the palm of His loving hand. He knows the desires of
your heart and has promised to not have a deaf ear to
his children. All we have to do is continue trusting,
obeying and praising God.

This is the voice of experience (remember, there are
7 1/2 years between our 1st & 2nd boys...& that wasn't our
plan) reminding us that "God is still on the throne
and He never foresaketh His own"
(that means Christy & Tim).

Love and prayers, Mom

Monday, November 30, 2009

The many faces of me....hahaha

Guess what I discovered on my new mini laptop.....a built in web-cam!! This is hilarious!!










Angry!!



Cross eyed Christy!!






I like this one :)





Enjoy!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The kids with Santa

We watched Santa arrive on the train yesterday at the carousel. We waited for a long time in line and then decided to go play at the park, go home eat lunch and come back when there was no line.

I love this picture. Can you help me pick a funny caption for it? The funniest one wins a $5 Starbucks gift card. The winner to be chosen by the ever so funny & sexy Tim. You have until Monday 7pm PST. Winner to be announced Tuesday, Dec 1st.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I knew I should have taken a left at Albuturkey.



I would like to introduce Reagan in her singing debut,
singing, Albuquerque Turkey.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Jen

I'm going to run out and buy this book, I hope you do too!!

Please check out Jen over at Chasing my miracle. She has the info and a tiny review that is astounding!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Brooke, Vanessa and Shana

Last night I had a very odd dream.

My friend Brooke had to move out of town to her husband's hometown for a while and rented a really cool house. They were only gone for 6 months but in my dream it was like they never even left. Then my other friend Vanessa had to move to the same town because of her husbands job for about a year. The company would pay their rent for a home during this time. Because it was my dream I was the tour guide slash Realtor because I was that person....duh. I told Vanessa about the house Brooke rented and all of a sudden I remembered how cool it was.

It was on an active horse farm, had two cottages for use(which I thought would be perfect for her sister and parents to stay in while they visited) in addition to the house and it had a sleeping porch. The house had a train room which their son would love and it had a little girls room for their daughter and a kitchen that was an entertainers dream....and it was furnished.

As I was giving Vanessa and her family the tour the farmer was there working with the horses. I guess he did horse husbandry which is where they help the horses reproduce. Anyway....there was a horse reproduction specialist who happen to be my friend Shana. The farmer asked me take a sample to Shana and to find out if it would be a good time for the horse to mate with one of the females. ----I have no idea what happened to Vanessa and her family, I assume they moved in but in my dream they were gone.---
Shana spat off some scientific and technical terms and then said that it meant they had "good tails" and had "strong heads" because that was the most important thing when looking for a great sample. Duh didn't you know that???...well in my dream it was the most important thing.

Then Tim and I decided that it would be fun to go off in the wilderness and try to survive like Bear Grylls and not tell anyone that we left. In my dream it sounded like the best idea ever. As we were packing our backpacks I woke up........ Tim was kissing me goodbye, telling me he loves me and I groggily said I love you too.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Olive Hope

I have a friend who is now a married missionary in Thailand. Their friends who are also a missionary family who live in Thailand had a premature baby girl born 2.5 months early, Olive Hope born 9/25/09.

They are trying to get back to the States, but Olive has been sick and is not fit to fly. Here is a link to their blog "A Window Into Our World", please pray with me for little Olive Hope!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Story of my life.....conclusion!!

This is a picture of our pump from our washing machine. Can you see something in there? I can.

It is something small, that goes on small feet.

That's right, it was Miss Reagan's lost Tinker Bell sock. It cracked the pump and that is why water was everywhere. Unfortunately for me, tinker bell socks are NOT covered under warranty. So, we are $120 something poorer but it was well worth it.

I watched him closely and now I'm pretty sure that I can fix a water pump on a washing machine. Heck, if I can fix our oven, I can fix the washer next time.

And I always thought that the dryer was the appliance that ate socks....

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Story of my life!!!

You all should know the story of my life started August of 2008 and I thought ended June 2009.

You can also read about it here, here, here, here, here, and here, oh and here, here, here, here and here.

My new washing machine broke, and we have water all over the laundry room floor. At least it still runs, I'm just afraid to try and run another load and have more water to clean up. I guess tomorrow I will be on the phone with Maytag......story of my life.

I want to scream, cry, shout, and go into debt for a new washing machine that would never break......but we all know that isn't possible.

I will just be calm and carry on.....cause you know the kids are watching and I must keep it together so they don't think Mommy has gone bonkers because of a washing machine....that would be silly......*sigh* (but all you Mom's know that its not so silly)..... I think I will take a vicodin tonight....why not!

Proof that Santa came last year!!

A few years ago I gave Tim a weather station for Christmas or his birthday....don't really remember. Any who, we have a weather station which is very handy when there is record rain fall or really cold weather or for wicked wind storms.

Sometime in January I was looking at the weather station display and looking to see what the record lows were and such when I came across what the record wind speed was and about fell out of my chair. As you can see from the picture's the record wind speed at 60.8 mph was at 12:57am on December 25th, 2008. With all the windy storms we have had this past year nothing has come close to it. Looking back I really don't even remember Christmas eve or Christmas day being that windy.




We told the kids at the time and they just thought that was the coolest thing ever! Reagan still believes and when one of her friends said that Santa wasn't real, she looked at me and said Mom Santa is real right? I told her it doesn't matter what other people think, it matters what you think, and she said, "well, I believe in Santa." Reagan is not one to be a follower that is for sure!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Smile

This is how I am feeling. I'm very good at it and most of the time I am very genuine about being happy. But right now......."a tear may be ever so near", I'm not sure you would ever see me cry....unless you were in my bible study or if you are my husband. I give it to God because he can carry my burdens when I am not able and I know he will take care of me and my delicate heart.

Smile Lyrics
Artist:Natalie Cole

"Smile"

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You'll get by...

If you smile
With your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just...

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just...

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You'll get by...

If you smile
Through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile...

That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

Friday, November 13, 2009

Not Pregnant

Not pregnant, almost done with the clinical trial.. Appointment today and 3 more until I'm done. At least I don't have anymore u/s until the last one....thank goodness. Not really sure what our next step will be..

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Please Pray

I can't go into details, but I know I have praying friends and fellow blog readers that pray. You can pray for extended family. God knows the situation and what is best, but if you would join me in praying it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dead horse birthday!


Multimedia message
Originally uploaded by My Presidents

This is the only picture that I took on my birthday and its of a dead horse that Tim found over in eagle crest. The kids really liked looking at the dead horse and had so many great questions about him/her. Lincoln named him Garfield and the rest of us called it "the dead horse". It really gives the saying "kicking a dead horse" a whole new meaning.....not much to kick.

We went out of town for a few days to our friends townhouse at a wonderful vacation resort. This is the kids favorite place to go for mini vacations. We love their home and it feels so comfortable staying there.

Tim and my parents made me a wonderful dinner. Tim got me the black trench coat that I really wanted...yippie!! The kids painted me some pottery and Tim painted me a special plate. My parents got me one of those mini laptops that Costco is selling and well....I just love it!!! Its fast and has just what I need. I had a wonderful birthday and am so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Dude our dog is smart looking!!


Dude our dog is smart looking!!
Originally uploaded by My Presidents

A picture of Ditka in Reagan's fake glasses. Doesn't he look smart?!

Went to the ER last night w/ Lincoln





He has croup & got home at 3am.. Lincoln is doing better but still a little croupy.

update

Just got back from his doctor and they gave him a different long lasting one time dose of steriod. He spit out part of it on my shoulder. At least it tastes better than the liquid prednisone that the er doc prescribed. He also doesn't need the inhaler that was also prescribed. He now has a fever and we are watching spongebob truth or square.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Food & Follicles

So, Lincoln's new tactic is that after we give him his plate of food, whether it's for lunch or dinner he will say, "I was just joking." And its not like I'm making food that the he doesn't like.
Today I told him that if he said he was just joking about lunch that he would have to take a "rest time" in his room.....and it worked. So, now that I have found his currency we will see how things go from here. We still praise God when he eats new food and give tons of praise.

I have had 2 ultrasounds and so far they haven't shown any developing follicles bigger than 14mm, all I know is that a follicle needs to be around 20mm to be considered mature. I have lots of follicles, they just need to leave the nest. Next u/s is on Friday. Please pray.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Boo

The scary pumpkins were lit.

The kids all ready.


Daddy all nice and warm for the long walk around the neighborhood.


A better picture of
Reagan's pumpkin (left) and Lincoln's pumpkin (right).



What they look like with the flash.


Tim's pumpkin (left) that I carved and quickly rotted.
My tiny pumpkin (right) that was also rotting.
I did have a much larger pumpkin but when I carved it,
well it too had rotted.


Lesson learned,
don't get pumpkins at the beginning of October.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Me & the Mr.

I painted these little pumpkins in our likeness and since Tim is home sick he gets to be the sad looking pumpkin. I laugh every time I look at them.