Monday, December 31, 2007

We have achieved total Bow-dom

Finally we have enough hair to put a bow in..YAY. Now if I can only keep her from ripping it off.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

More Christmas pics..






Christmas Review

The Schoen family had an amazing Christmas. Filled with so much Joy and family. It couldnt have been a better holiday.
The Saturday before Christmas we celebrated with Dustins family(my adopted family, since no one lives in Texas from my family) Everyone met at our house and we had turkey and the fixins. The guys then proceeded to pass out on the floor while everyone else opened presents.
This was the first year that Jakob really got it. He was so excited and for the past month has been waking up in the mornings asking if it was Christmas yet. Here is what our Christmas tree looked like with every ones presents under it.
I dont have any pictures of anyone actually opening these presents because it was total chaos. But tons of fun!! Jakob got the most gorgeous stuff. He got a baseball lamp from Meme, a Mitt clock with his name on it from meme, a wood carving of his name with a baseball on it from meme and the piece De resistance(in french accent) A quilt that meme made. It is baseball squares but, there are also squares with pictures of him doing various baseball themed things or with his family. Now I am not an emotional person, but I must admit when I saw this I did get teary eyed. It is just so beautiful and well done. And something we can keep forever. Its amazing. I dont have any pics of that either but I will tomorrow I promise. Its to awesome not to share with the blogging world.
Katharine got lots of goodies as well. Baby dolls, play food and play pots and pans to go with her kitchen. Lots of puzzles and ect.
It was a terrific day as it always is when you get to spend it with people you love.
Saturday night we just hung out. Meme and Papaw spent the night so we just chatted the night with them. We skipped church on Sunday to hang with meme and papaw.
Monday was Christmas eve and we just spent some family time at home. This was the first time Dustin has ever had Christmas eve off so we didnt waste a minute. We then got the kiddos all dressed for Christmas eve service at church.
Church was great. It was mostly music and the telling of the birth of Jesus. It was packed with people. You think that there are about 5k members spread between 3 services on any given Sunday. Take that number and put them into one service. Now I dont think there were that many people but there were atleast a couple thousand. And we left about 2/3 of the way through because Dustin couldnt handle any more of the annoying kid behind him kicking the pew and his moms cell phone ringing. And a wiggle worm 3 year old son who wouldnt stop talking. But it was time.
So after dropping Ashley back home we went back to the house and ate dinner and opened our one Christmas eve gift.
It was Christmas Jammies, I am sure they will catch on sometime in the near future that every Christmas eve their one gift to open is Jammies, but for now its so fun!!


After a quick bath we went into the front yard to sprinkle reindeer food (oatmeal) and then came in to check where Santa was on Norad. He was in Chili, So close so we set cookies and milk out and it was off to bed.
Jakob was so excited. It is so much fun when they are this age and get what the fuss is all about. He could barely stand it he was so excited.
Christmas morning Dustin and I woke up and fixed coffee and got the video camera ready. Jakob came down asking if Santa had come.. To his amazement when he came at the end of the stairs there were toys under the tree.
Katharine wasnt too into it, as expected. She is only 15 months. Next year wont be that different from this one but the year after next.. WOOHOO.
We had an awesome Christmas morning. I got new slippers and a bathrobe, and the Daughtry cd and Brandon Heath cd. Dustin got a new coffee maker for us as well. I could go through all the kids gifts...but it doesnt really matter, what matters is that we are super blessed and that we thank God for the ability to provide for our family and give them more than they need.
So I will leave you with the remaining pictures from Christmas day and then some misc pics that I just love. I hope everyone had a Blessed Christmas and that you remember that its not about the tree or the presents.. Its about Gods greatest gift, Jesus Christ and his birthday!


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas shoes...

I have so much to share with you about our Christmas but so little time. For right now I want to leave you with this video. So cute!!
Kate got a pair of Wee Squeakers from GG. She loved them. Check her out!!

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Kieras Big Day pics

Kate and baby Preston
Kate holding Prestons Hand(she loved the baby)
Kate and Mia hanging out
Kiera and her Not so smashed cake
A new book... Great, I was getting bored of the encyclopedia
Birthday Princess
The gorgeous (and yummy) snowflake cupcakesPastor James dedicating Kiera
Kiera in her dedication dress(her grandma made it!!)







Parties and Shots

We had an awesome time this past weekend. As you know Staci and the family visited with us which was great fun. And then we celebrated Kieras(Kit Kats bff) First birthday. She looked so big and grown up. Kate was not in the greatest of moods due to the lack of a nap. But she participated some what and celebrated her BFFs accomplishment of making it to the big 1. They shared many stories and Kate gave her much advice on being 1 and the responsibility that comes with that. Happy birthday Kiera!!
Today was another fun filled day. We started off with an awesome bible study and pedicures. Then the kids and I came home ate lunch and headed off to see doctor Garza. Jakob was so excited. He loves Dr. Garza and is such a great little patient. Kate was about 3 visits behind on her shots since we were in Insurance Limbo. Jakob was only 1 visit behind. Jakob is a whopping 35lbs and is 39 1/2 inches tall. In the 75th Percentile. Doc said he would most likely be over 6ft according to the chart. Well we kinda figured that much since is daddy is 6'1 and all of his grandpa was 6'2 and his uncle Dunk is 6'3 not to mention cousin Adam and Ryan who are over 6'5. It was inevitable.
Jakob was thrilled to see Dr. Garza. He listened to everything Doc said. And he couldn't stop talking. Doc said that he spoke especially well for his age.
Next was Katharine. She was not as excited to see the Doc but she did what she needed to do. She weighs a 21.5 lbs and is 30" tall. In the 40th percentile for her. But her Head circumference is 18.5 inches and in the 75th percentile. Which is great, big head = Big brain ;)

Both kids got caught up on their shots. Jakob was so brave. He got one shot in the leg. Kate got 4 shots, 2 in one leg, 1 in the other and 1 in her arm. She was not a happy camper. But surprisingly she only cried for a minute.
So that was our day. I will put pics from Kieras party on a new post. Its easier that way.
Have a great night!!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

MORE SHOPPING???

Staci, Ashley and the twins just left and I was proudly proclaiming that I was done with all my Christmas shopping and we still have 10 days till Christmas. In the past I would get most of my shopping done 2 or 3 days before the big day.
I excitedly brought her to my gift closet and showed her all that I had purchased for the kiddos. And I suddenly thought, Had I got enough? Do they need more? We finally have the means to give the kids a great Christmas(not like Kit Kat will remember) and I cant help but feeling that they deserve more?
I know that Christmas is not about the gifts so much as the thought and the celebration of Christs birth. But It was always a super big deal at my house growing up and I want to share that with my kids. But seriously what can you give kids that really do have it all? Maybe I am over reacting. Yeah I am sure of it. I just want to give them so much. I may have to make some last minute trips to Target and Walmart after all.

All I want for Christmas is......

A MAID!!!
I know I know, how selfish. But seriously. I know I dont have a valid excuse other than just pure dislike of house cleaning, But if you think about it I am actually being selfless...yeah thats it. Because if I werent cleaning house and doing laundry and dishes, ect. I could spend more time playing with Katharine, or helping Jakob with his writing and reading. Yeah so Really All the kids want for Christmas is a mommy that will spend more time with them.. awww...see now dont you just want to go out and get me a maid asap??

Thursday, December 13, 2007

A night in Bethlehem..

I feel when it is time for me to post that I post the same thing over and over. I need to find a more orginal way to write the same thing. Do you know what I mean?
For Instance, the past few days have been super busy. But you know this already because I always post about how busy my days are... I wish I could spice it up though. Oh well, You must find something intersting if you still read this ;)

So Let me see.. This week has been so busy,(well it has) I cant even keep up with the days of the week. I think tonight is Thursday. So anyway, Tuesday Jakob had school as usual but after school Jenn came by to hang out with him and Kate while I made a run to Staci s to visit the twins and to go shopping. I ended up picking up an extra passenger. Ashley wanted to go shopping with me, She had gift cards from her birthday and they were burning a hole in her pocket. So we went to my favorite store: Target. And shopped to our hearts desire. Or atleast till I ran out of Money ;) I got gifts for my Niece Jordan and for both my kids. I still have lots of shopping left though. I have yet to purchase anything for the twins and Ashley, and then there is Dustins cousin Micah. What are 9 year old boys into these days?

We then came home relieved Jenn from her very gracious day of babysitting and when Dustin came home I returned Ashley to her rightful owners.

Wednesday I watched Kiera while her mom braved the bad weather and horrible traffic to get an MRI. Something else was done yesterday but I just cant remember.. old age really does effect memory.
On Thursday(thats today right?) Jakob had his Christmas party at school. The family was invited so we went. It was great fun and Jakob clung to my leg the whole time. As if to claim me as his property. Santa came and visited the class but Jakob had no interest and didnt want to sit on his lap.. or go near him. He knew that it couldnt possibly be Santa, because Santa is at the Mall and he has a big soft green chair he sits in.

After the Holiday party we came home . Later on today Jenn brought Kiera by to hang out and play while she tutored. I love when Kiera comes over to play because her and Kate just have a blast.

After D got home Jakob, Kiera and I headed out the door. I dropped Kiera off to her mom and Jakob and I took a trip to Bethlehem. I know what you are thinking, Finally she explains the title.

Our Church had the town of Bethlehem shops set up. The children were able to make wooden flutes, masiac boxes, Perfume and coins just like they did in the town where Jesus was born 2000 + years ago. And though Jakob did not quite get the concept. He had great fun.

I think I love our new church. I love that we have the resources to put these kind of things on for the children. Because to me, that is what is important in a church. And it is our future.

That is all the ramblings I have for today. I do want to leave you with this picture. I am proud of my beautiful twin neice and Nephew but I am really showing off the onsies that I made for them.. You can Ohh and aww over my creativity now :D

Monday, December 10, 2007

Catching up

Sometimes I get into these ruts that I have to pull myself out of. Its when life becomes routine and it losses its joy for a split second. But then I get a little pick me upper and things get better. This usually only happens once a year. This year it happened twice.. once while selling and purchasing a house all in a 3 week span and the second time was the last couple weeks. But today is a new day and I am feeling refreshed and ready to step back into my life.

This past weekend we went to Austin to visit with Dustins cousin Christopher and his wife Deanna and their son William.
Jakob and William play so well together it was so great to see. Even though they are a year and a half apart it seems not to bother them. They just run and play and do things that boys do.
We also went and visited Old St. Nick at the mall.

The wait in line wasnt bad at all and it went real quick I thought. That was until we got about 5 people away from Santa and Jakob decided he had to go pee RIGHT NOW!! So we hauled butt to Dillards(was right behind us) And asked the first person we saw that looked like they knew what they were doing, She directed us to the bathroom.. actually she said its in the back and pointed behind her. But luckily my skills of Mall department stores came to good use and we found it. We quickly in warp speed peed and I literally drug Jakob back to the line. And we had made it in perfect time. Oh and I was also Carrying Kate with me this whole time.. It was a great work out.

We got to see santa and as soon as the boy in front of us jumps off of Santas knee Jakob ran up to him and jumped right on. Sorry Santa no break between kids for you.

He was so excited. I put Kate on Santas lap and she just kinda stared at him for a bit, Then after realizing that this was not her mommy..she began to wail!!!

I love the picture though because it is priceless. So here it is for all to see.. My sweet boy who loves Santa, and my baby girl who Wants the heck out of there.. The Irony of it all is... Kate is wearing a shirt that says "I heart Santa" lol


Thursday, November 29, 2007

Landlady

Ok, so this is probably way old...but I adore Will Farrell and I just found this and I just want to eat this little girl up!!!
Enjoy!!

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/74

Pics galore

Kates new favorite play area
From our Girls weekend: Jessica, Me, Dawn and Rhonda
From our girls weekend pt II: Jessica, Jenn, Dawn and Rhonda
Silly boys!!!!
Thanksgiving and the Kids table!! Jakob and Jordan
Kate and Jordan eating Thanksgiving dinner
Great grandpa and Preston, Thanksgiving
The great grandkids: Katharine, Micah, Lily, Ashley, Preston, Jordan and Jakob

Papa, Meme and the twins
Great Grandparents and the twins
Best aunt ever..and the twins :D
Great grandpa playing with Katharine!! Precious!
Jakob decorating the Christmas Tree
Kate joining in...
Jakob playing with the train
Cheese
Can I keep it up all year???

No title

So I dont have a title for this post because...there have been just so many things going on that they dont all fit under one title. And I dont feel like posting 15 different posts for the day.
I havent forgotten about blogging.. actually it haunts me in my sleep. "I cant believe I havent been blogging" "just get up and type a few lines to let everyone know you are still alive"

Is this normal?? I think I may have a condition, or it could be that I am delirious . Who knows?
So where did I leave off last time, I dont even know.
Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving was great. We all met at my sister in laws house and along with about 30 other friends and family members we enjoyed to the typical thanksgiving day dinner, turkey with all the trimmings, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes and apple pies!!
I ll post pics in a different, pic only post later.
Friday: I did not participate in the black Friday shopping extravaganza, for 2 reasons, I am somewhat of a sane person ;) And because Dustin worked.
Saturday we put up all of our Christmas decorations. YAY.. I love this time of year. I really wish we could keep all the decorations up all year round. I just love it!!
Saturday night we went on a date to a little get together at Dustins Boss' house. It was great fun and I got to show off my skills of being a tom boy and knowledge of nascar and all things car related ;) when we played Battle of the Sexes!!!
Sunday it was our last service as the Fellowship of Houston. So it was an emotional day. I got very sad watching how far the worship band had come and how hard Aaron and Dustin had worked especially and to watch it just end was sad. But its a great new beginning and I am siked!!
Monday was a typical day if I remember correctly. Honestly this week has been a blur.. and this is why....
Tuesday, Stacis 30th birthday we had plans to take her out after the hubby got home from work. Well I was on the phone with her mom and she had to hang up abruptly(she was at stacis visiting her for her birthday.)
Turns out Lily had stopped breathing and they had to administer cpr. They called 911 and took Lily to the emergency room. She had to be put on Oxygen. They did a RSV test and it came back negative but she had so much fluid in her lungs which is why she stopped breathing.
We have been taking shifts with Lily, because someone has to be with her at all times.
Then Wednesday Preston went to the ER because he was very congested and not eating. They did a chest xray and he has pneumonia. So both babies are in the hospital. As if that were not enough, Aaron was in Scotland and couldnt get a flight home until Wednesday night.

So Tuesday and Wednesday night I stayed at the hospital from like 7pm-1am. So that staci could do whatever she needed to do. Like tend to Preston when he was at home and to spend some time with Ashley.
I am so exhausted so I see an early night in my future.
Today the babies are doing good. They are just hanging out in the hospital and being observed.

Tomorrow is our monthly Couples dinner party. I am so ready for it!!!
So that was my week.. I hope that is excuse enough for not being more prompt on my posting. But if its not enough....I left out much of my day to day tasks I could explain those as well ;)

I hope everyone has a good night..


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Sleep eating.....

We all know that our children are the most talented right.. Well can your kid do this????

video

Kate has never been a good napper and we struggle on a day to day basis trying to get her down. Well I gave her a morning nap and skipped the afternoon nap and the above is what happened. She was so tired. It was only 6:30. I think its time to forget about the 2 naps a day and just do one mid day nap.. :(

Also I know I have been slacking in the blogging department but I have just been so busy. I promise later on today I ll post about our girls weekend and I ll add pics as well.. Have a great Hump Day!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Busy week

I have been so busy this week I havent had time to post. Its ok there really hasnt been much to post about really. In fact I cant even tell you what has been making me so busy. Its just the day to day things. Mondays- bible study, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays- Jakob's preschool, Most Fridays- playgroup, and visiting the twins and Staci and Aaron in between.
And though I cant report the specifics that have kept me away from my blogging I can tell you that I am going to have PLENTY to report Sunday. This weekend is our girlfriends Getaway camping trip. I am so excited !! I will be away from the husband and children for 2 nights.. I seriously dont know how to act. But after the last 3 weeks its definitely needed. So Sunday I promise to blog about my camping trip. Stay tuned......

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Last night...

Last night was one for the books. I got home after a very fancy, relaxing dinner party from our new church The Met and both kids were sound asleep. I started to get ready for bed around 11pm or so and as soon as my head hit the pillow, Katharine woke up screaming. Almost like she had had a really bad dream. I go to pick her up.. turns out she had vomited all in her bed and on her jammies.
So I put her in bed with us and after an hour of her wiggling and crying I take her downstairs so Dustin can sleep. Just as I am getting her to sleep.. Jakob wakes up and starts screaming for me.

He doesnt feel good.
So I get Kate back asleep and get Jakob in bed with us and about 10 minutes later he tells us his tummy hurts. The thought didnt even occur to me that Kate had just thrown up..maybe he was sick at his stomach as well.. Just as I finished that thought... Jakob threw up all over himself, our sheets our blankets..anything within a 1 mile radius it seemed got drenched.
So we had to pull the sheets and well you know the routine.
We finally got Jakob asleep and I laid there trying to sleep but my scratchy throat and coughing kept keeping me up. I think I finally fell asleep about 3am? And then rose again at 6:30 to the most annoying sounding alarm clock in the world. Its days like this I wish Dustin didnt work so many Saturdays :( I could really use a nap. zzzzzzzzz
Both kids seem to be fine at the moment. They are running around like the crazy kids they are.. Hopefully all that vomiting was releasing the sickness that has plagued them for the past 2 weeks?? Who knows. ..

Anniversary??

When I think of the word anniversary.. I think happy things, Like the day I married my amazing husband, or some other joyous Occasion. But what I dont understand is why they also associate it with unhappy occasions.. Like "the anniversary of 911" Or the anniversary of a loved ones death. These are not reasons to celebrate?
I bring this up for good reason. I rarely ever talk about the traumatic things in my past because it makes people uncomfortable and pity me. Thats the last thing I want from people so I just dont bring it up. And the terrible things that have happened to me.. Pardon the cliche, but have helped me grow stronger. I am not bitter at all, and in fact I embrace those moments as pieces to the puzzle that make me me.
So the reason for this post is, 7 years ago on this day my father was shot by his wife(not the woman who gave birth to me) I was on vacation with my then Fiancee Dustin and got the worse phone call I think I could ever have even imagined. It was my grandmother(My dads mother) Telling me the news. We did not know the condition or the circumstance. Dustin and I jumped in the car and drove to Dallas in the middle of the night to meet my grandmother. She and I boarded a plane to Nashville to see my dad in the hospital. His condition was not encouraging but one of the most profound moments in my life was when I entered the trauma room where my father was and saw that tiny band aide over his left eye and saw him lying there.. I reached down, grabbed his hand and whispered in his ear that I was there and that I loved him. He squeezed my hand and raised his legs. I felt a peace come over me. It was as if he knew I was coming and didnt want to let go until i got there. He held on for me.
30 minutes later they told us that he was brain dead and they would have to remove him from life support. I have never felt sicker. It felt like my stomach had been tied in a thousand knots and then set on fire then doused with alcohol. It was the worst feeling. I hadnt had all the time I wanted with my father, I was only 21. I was about to get married and I wanted him to walk me down the isle. This was ripped from my future by a very small bullet.
It seems the pain gets easier to deal with each year. And I have forgiven the woman that did this to my family. That took my father away from me, A son away from my grandmother, a grandfather away from my children. Because I know that when it is her time.. God will be the one to Judge. It is not my job to do so. And I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.. And though we may not know those reasons, understand them or even agree with them, it is Gods will and he knows what and why he does things.
This day is always a difficult one for me. I look at my children and wish that their grandfather could see them. He would be so proud. And I know he is up in heaven smiling and laughing at his goofy grandbabies.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Ear Aches are evil...

I remember when I was a little girl, screaming in pain from another ear infection. I got them at least 2 or 3 times a year. So bad that my ear drums ruptured numerous times. I remember when I was 15 visiting my dad in Tennessee I had the worst ear infection. I remember screaming and crying in pain. At 15!
The reason I am telling you this is that I can totally relate to how Jakob feels. :( I took him to the doctor today since he has been sick for 2 weeks now. The doc confirmed that he had an ear infection and a sinus infection. No bronchitis though..thats good. So we got antibiotic. Hopefully it will work soon because he has been screaming and crying in pain for the last 2 hours.
I have a ladies desert thing at the church tonight so it will be just Dustin with the kiddos. I gave Jakob Tylenol at 3:00 and it worked for about an hour and then the screaming in sued. So I am going to give him Motrin at 7 and hopefully that will put a dent in the pain.
Time to cuddle my poor sick boy...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

almost forgot..

I took pics of the teeny weenies last night. I dont feel like uploading them so if you want to see them..
Click here

Dauphine babies and Schoen Kids

After waiting an unbelievably long 5 days, I was able to see both Lily and Preston, At home with their family. Oh what a beautiful thing it was. It was just me visiting though, Kate still has a runny nose and I think Jakob has bronchitis(we will see tomorrow). I was amazed first off at how small they were. I knew that they would be small..but sheesh. They are tiny little guys.
I held Preston most of the night and got to feed him. He was starving. It was a good think Aunt Tasha came when she did otherwise he would have had to wait another hour to eat ;) . I kept Preston up for just about an hour and then moved on to pester Lily. Boy was she a stinker. She just didnt want to wake up. But I got her awake and she ate as well. Both babies are doing great and eating like champs. In a few months you wont even know that they were 4 pounds when they came home.
Staci is doing well also. I am so proud of her. She is such a champ. I am so happy for her family I cant even express it in words.

Also Nana Dauphine is at the house helping and she is a huge blessing I am sure.
Welp thats the update on the babies, moving on to my kiddos. I think I posted a couple weeks ago that Jakob had an ear infection. He just hasnt been right since. He has had a runny nose and coughing. Well a couple days ago the coughing got worse. Where he was throwing up because he was coughing so bad. I know that feeling. I had chronic bronchitis when I was a kid so I am pretty sure thats what he has. So I am going to bite the bullet and take him to the doctor for them to tell me exactly what I already know..but better safe than sorry right???

We have so much going on... Our church is merging with a ginormous church and we have been having meetings and things regarding that. This is a big step for us and we are thrilled. Dustin really wants to play on their worship team. We snuck a peak at the worship center. WHOLLY MOLY. It was incredible. And the church seats about 2000 +. They have 3000-4000 members. Crazy!!
Check them out at:
http://www.themetonline.org/cgi-bin/index.cgi
Welp thats all for now..
Have a blessed night...

Monday, November 5, 2007

Failure...

Looks as though I have failed miserably at Nablopomo. I got through 3 days.
Yesterday was a complete blur. If important things had not have happened.. I would have probably missed it completely. So I guess I ll try again next year.
More on the Missing Sunday later...
Have a great day..

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Dauphine Family update...

Staci and the babies are doing fantastic. Staci and Preston were discharged from the hospital this afternoon. Lily was having a little trouble maintaining her temperature so they wanted to keep her. She needs to keep her temp regulated for 24 hours straight. Hopefully she will be able to join her family Monday.
Keep praying for this family and the many things they have endured and the fun and exciting challenges to come...


Martian child.. he is not.

Last night I went to the movies with 2 girlfriends of mine. We saw Martian Child with my nerdy crush John Cusack. It was a terrific film. It has been a long time since I have seen a movie that made me laugh out loud and get a little teary. Aside from starring John and having that going for it.. It was also very strangely a little reality check for me. You see.. I have a very independent and unique son. As I am sure most of you out there that have children would say you do as well. Its probably true. I think we all think our children are from mars from time to time. If you read my Halloween post you will see that I recently had this very thought. I often wonder if my child is "normal" by societys standards, not mine. But I realized that the things that make him unique are the very things that make him the wonderfully perfect little boy he is. I know that when he is older and on his own, that individuality that I so struggle with from a day to day basis will be a strong point and I will be thankful for that.
I am lucky that my child is healthy and happy. And that is all that really matters. Is it really worth arguing over wearing a Halloween costume? Will it really effect his future as a decent human being? I dont think so. I have realized that it is more my search for approval from the Parenting patrol. I for sure would get an A+ for effort. In conclusion.. Go see Martian child... Fantastic movie, Cutie patootie John Cusack, will make your strange child seem "normal" .

Friday, November 2, 2007

small happenings...

I remember when I worked for money and saw moms that stayed home with their children. I had this fantasy idea of stay at home moms just being able to sleep late, take long showers. Have the house cleaned and sparkly by 10am and then off to shop.
Now this was before I had children but this was the fantasy I wanted. After my precious Jakob was born I had to work for the first 8 months of his life. Then God gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. I was going to be able to stay at home. I was going to life the fantasy!!
Well I learned very quickly that they call them fantasies for a reason.
Fast forward almost 3 years later and I am busier than I ever was as working woman. And I love every moment of it.

Myth number 1: Sleeping Late
Late is a matter of opinion. If I get to sleep in past 6:30 I am feeling blessed.

Myth number 2: Long showers..
This one makes me laugh. How could I ever think this. With a 3 year old coming in every couple minutes just to make sure I knew he was there and a 1 year old climbing on cabinets and playing with mommys unmentionables a long shower is a usually getting hair washed and body washed before the water even gets warm.

Myth number 3: Clean house by 10am
I ll be lucky if I ll have a clean house by CHRISTMAS!
Just the moment that it is cleaned, something is spilled or toys are dumped. I dont stress over this as much as I used to. And this is apparent if you ever come to visit unexpected ;)

Myth number 4: Shopping
This one makes me laugh as well. Though I am very fortunate to have a husband that is able to support his family and lets me shop whenever I want. I cant find the time and every time I go shopping I end up buying for the kids and not myself. This is a good thing but not part of the fantasy I had. :0

And though time is something of a memory at our house. I wouldnt change a second. I feel so fortunate to be able to mother these beautiful children and be a wife to my Super hunky, super cool hubby..

So you might think "since when does Tasha post anything but Kid pictures and stories?" Well I am on a mission to better my writing skills. I used to love writing and since I entered the real world(left high school) I have lost a little bit of that skill. So this is my practice. Not that I would try to make a career out of it. Its just nice to write agian. Even if I dont have anything interesting to write about. I think thats the point of writing.. making the uninteresting, interesting with your ability to tell a story.
Another reason for these types of posts is I am entering a bloggers challenge. Thanks to Kim who turned me on. Learn more http://nablopomo.ning.com/

So let me know how I am doing and if you find my blog the least bit entertaining.. And if you dont.. Lie so that my ego doesnt suffer ;)



Thursday, November 1, 2007

Staci and the Twins...


While yesterday was Halloween, it was also a very long awaited and important birthday. The Dauphine Twins arrived!!
Staci went in at 6:30 and she was already 4 cm dilated and Contracting every 3 minutes. She didnt even know it. Dont we all wish we were so lucky??
At 11:09 Preston Thomas was born, Weighing in at 5lbs 3 oz and 18 inches long. Lillian Marie followed close behind at 11:11am weighing in at 4lbs 13 oz and 17 3/4 inches long.
Both babies did great. Lily required a little oxygen but is on room air only now. Staci had a little scare with high blood pressure so she required some magnesium to make sure she didnt have seizures but her pressure is slowly getting back to normal. The babies had to be in the Neonatal ICU yesterday because of their prematurity.
But they are slowly moving closer to coming home. They are taking their bottle feedings every 3 hours and handling those terrific. Hopefully both momma and babies will be able to go home tomorrow or the next day. What a beautiful blessing!! I am over the moon and so excited for Staci, Aaron and big sister Ashley.
Here are a few pics of the babies.
I am not sure which baby is which except for the baby in the isolette, I know that is Lily because she is in the oxygen bubble.
Enjoy...