Saturday, June 30, 2007
They went fishing at Holter Lake, near the Missouri River, and Drew caught 3 fish! She loves fishing, and Daddy got some great pics for me! She also got real close to a deer and they snapped a quick one! Grandpa Dee sent home an engraved pocket knife with a carved buffalo on one side of the handle for Beau. He said it kinda looked like a shark, and kept calling it an 'ife', or a sword. Funny! ( A keepsake of course, NOT for play!)
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Some fun with comcast photo shop... Beau had had enough of Mom asking him to say cheese! See his sarcastic 'cheese' while lovely Leah stands ever so innocently beside him! lol
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
The first little fish builds a house of seaweed, the second a house of sand, the final and toughest is the abandoned boat house. The shark says, "LITTLE FISH LITTLE FISH, LET ME COME IN!"
The fish reply, "Not by the skin on my finny fin fins!" Too cute!
My husband is on his way to Montana, and has already called me 2x, when he just left today at about 10am. Drew went along for the ride, they are going to visit his Dad. Funny how you can get so irritated with someone when you are always around them, but once they aren't around you for a number of hours to a day, you miss them. I enjoy my 'alone' time, but I also enjoy that time of the evening when we get the time to actually sit down and talk together without a child in the middle, which is an extremely rare thing during the summer with the late nights, kids staying up because, "we don't have school tomorrow Mom!"
~I also stopped to visit my parents in town today. I love looking at my Mom's flowers. She has a neighbor with tons of flowers in thier front yard, and I saw something I wanted, so my Dad went over and asked if he would mind if we took a clump of it. So, I have something new to plant, only I'm not sure what it is. The stems feel like velvet, and they have a gorgeous hot pink/magenta colored bloom at the top, very long stems, but very small flowers. My three butterfly bushes are started to bloom, but slowly. Only one has fully opened blooms. I'll post a pic once they are filled out more, all 3 are different colors. I have been anxious about my wild flowers, this is the first year that I have planted them, and I go out to look everyday now, since most of the flowers have bloomed, but I am still awaiting the cosmos, and the poppies. So far, I cannot even see a sign of a poppy. I went back and read the bottle, and it states only 2% of all seeds are poppies. Very dissappointing to read now, but then I caught a glimpse of some poppies in another persons yard, and the stems look alot like what I have pulled out of my wildflower bed, thinking they were some type of weed! This infuriates me! I mean, I have planted Zinnia's from seed 2x this year, and not one has come up, and these are 2x/4x total in the past few years I have planted zinnias.
Now, thinking the poppies just aren't in the mix, or not coming up for some reason is much less dissappointing than thinking I have pulled some of them up. I don't think I've pulled up many, but a few. I'll just have to keep watching, and checking...Beau is my garden buddy, he'll help out. Also waiting on the first bloom from my Yucca, it's finally got a shoot with buds (see photo @ right), but not yet open.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
On Friday, I must brag, she joined in the Relay for Life, and walked 44 laps with my sister. They lit a luminary in loving memory of our deceased Grandmother, GEORGIA MAE MCCLAIN, she died of lung cancer when I was 12. This is who Gracie gets her middle name, MAE from. I am proud that she did this. Not many 12 year old kids would.
Today I took Grace for a haircut. She wanted it layered, shorter, and once she got it done, I could not believe it! She does not look 12 at all. Heaven help me!
Here are some photos from the party, and some silliness of Grace, 'dancing' being her overdramatic, attention-craving self...and I HATE THE SONG SHE'S PLAYING. She knows this, and this is why she played it!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
This is my 'bearded tongue' plant. Not sure why it is called such, nothing about it's blooms look like a beard or a tongue, go figure! In any case, I think it is a beautiful flower.
My parents placed me in a 'babysitters class', as soon as I was old enough. Then, I learned infant CPR, and the basics of caring for infants&toddlers. Alot of it was stuff I already knew, but it did make it easier for me to get jobs, with the parents knowing that I had taken this class.
So...today I was thinking about this, and called around to find out how to get my Grace into a class, being she is turning 12 this saturday, which is the general age specified to babsit, or be at home alone with other siblings in Oregon. Also, she could earn some money for summer activities with friends and family. I finally found a class, actually occurring Monday from 9a-4p. It is through the Red Cross. They said they will review: safety, care of the child, first aid, decision making skills & age appropriate play. I signed her up! I think this will be very good for her to atleast have this class, and the review, even if she doesn't end up babysitting this year. And, she will recieve a card indicating completion of the one day course to show parents that she may potentially babysit for. YAY!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I got them their breakfast, and drinks, changed diapers, and then went to lie on the couch beside Beau as they watched some cartoons. I just could not shake my fatigue. My plan had been to stay awake till about 1pm when both of them lay down for naps, but my body was not wanting to wait that long! And, it ended up that we had visitors at 1pm anyway!
Drew had gone to stay the weekend with my cousin, and her kids, camping. So, she was coming back home at 1pm. I was rummy! I hate that, I feel like I am floating through the day, and nothing I said, or did seems real! But, by late afternoon, I picked up again, and have made it through. Don't think I could be a FT NOC Nurse...ever!
My cousin, Melissa, has a darling boy, ACE is his name. No middle name, just ACE! He's a doll! I had found an old picture of my Dad as a boy, this age, Ace is the same age as Beau, 3 1/2-ish. I told my cousin, she had to see this picture! It looks just like, or atleast ALOT like Ace to me! Amazing how that happens. See for yourself, I don't think it was me 'floating' when I noticed this...(click on photos for close up)
Ace, to the left of Beau, both age 2 1/2.
It was quite warm out today, and so the kids played in the sprinkler this evening, and I set out a wading pool for Beau&Leah to play in. We still have to get the big pool cleaned out and filled up for the girls. Leah was in a diaper, and it was full, so I just took it off. Beau, he had picked out his own swim trunks this year, SHARKS, he loves them, and so he had made sure he had them on, however, once I filled the pool, he took them off. Not sure if he was thinking like bathtime, or if it was because I had taken Leah's diaper off, but he was determined to play naked. Grace made them all an icecream cone, and the little ones would not get out of the pool to eat it, they insisted on staying in the pool. Beau took the longest to finish, and by the time he was done, his whole entire body was shivering so hard he could hardly move to stand up! He refused me to get out though, till he had finished. It had begun to cool down quite quickly by this time. Grace grabbed Leah in a towel, I-Beau, and we brought them inside to get into PJ's, but Beau had this idea that they were coming in to get dry and warm, ONLY TO GO BACK OUT AGAIN TO SWIM MORE! Needless to say, this spurred a tantrum. :(
When I was filling the pool up, a new neighbor behind us hollered me over. When I got close enough, she asked if I wanted some watermelon starts. She had planted many seeds, and all had taken, so she has way too many starts, and not enough room in her garden. I readily accepted them, she gave me 6. I believe she called them 'yellow star' and said they are supposed to be very sweet. I planted 3 right away in our garden, which is quickly filling in. Then, I gave 3 to another neighbor that we have been friendly with for many years, since they have not yet planted thier garden. How very nice of her that was!
Monday, June 18, 2007
He has been having accidents lately, diahrrea, and so I have been putting pull-ups on him. He ran out, and so I had to put on one of Leah's 'girly' ones that I had, and he nearly refused for me to put it on him. It has the disney princesses on it, and he was not havin' it! I told him that his shorts would cover up the pull-up, and no one would see that he had princesses on. He finally gave in. But, for the past few days, he still continues to have loose stools (nurse talk there)and so today as he was playing 'in the dust', he came waddling over, and on his rubber boot, down his leg, and drip drop on the driveway was poo! Then, it drips on our porch steps,and my welcome mat. I had to wrap paper towels, double thick, around his butt and legs to get him to the bathroom! It was a mess! I just don't understand. I have placed him on soy milk to help with his exzema, and I can't see how this could be contributing. Last week, he had 3 mornings that he threw up in the night, many times, and I attributed that to having had some dairy, or eating to late in the evening. I just can't pinpoint it anymore. I have decided that only water will do till I see a change. No more juice, no soy, no dairy. I have to figure this out!
Beau, and Leah being so close in age has been a great thing. For them, and for me in many ways. Don't get me wrong, there have been some troublesome times, but for the most part, I LOVE IT! But...lately, they have been fighting like cats&dogs. It's driving me crazy! I will blame it on toddler-hood. I mean, Leah, terrible two's, Beau 3. I have resorted to time outs. In thier rooms. Short, but seperate! The main instigator is usually a small toy. Most recently, a toy train. Beau's toy train that Leah wants. Leah has her own little pink one, Rosie, but that doesn't seem to make a difference at all! AUUGGHHH!
Today, we put up a tent that Beau had gotten for his birthday this year, it is so cute! He is so excited about this. He begged for me to do it today, his request.."If we make my tent, then Papa can stay the night with me!" Well, it's way too small for Papa to spend the night with him in, but none the less, it is perfect for Beau to play in on warm summer days...until Daddy decides it's killing his perfect lawn!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
...I was sitting on the front porch with Beau and Leah, they were playing with sidewalk chalk, I leaned over with my head in my hands, and Leah says "Mom, you sad?" I told her, "I'm not sad, I'm just tired honey." She says, "You not sad, you tired? Ooohhh, I hove you." And then she gave me a hug. What a sweetie!
...Beau pooped his pants...AGAIN!
...the girls had thier last day of school.
...I cut back the roses.
...we took cans back, got McD's, and went to the park.
...I locked myself out of the house LOL
...I have done 3 loads of laundry (will it ever end?)
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I was in the room with a patient, administering medications. This patient became short of breath, and so I was hooking up some oxygen. He became very emotional, and began relaying to me his experience while he was undergoing heart surgery. He was telling me how he never believed in God, and how now he does. How he had died 2 times under surgery, and that he had seen the light. The light he never believed existed, but that it is REAL. He was saying how all of his life before was so stupid, he's changed. He was crying. I was going to cry too. I let him talk, I LISTENED. He expressed his greatfullness for my willingness to LISTEN.
This is what I love about nursing. Being there for these people! The one on one of it. There are times when I get frustrated, and feel so flustered, so overwhelmed with paperwork, and 'to do's', but that just goes along with it all. I cannot imagine any other job with which I would look forward to going to work everyday. I LOVE BEING A NURSE!
At Drew's birthday party, my Mom taught Beau how to put his finger just right in the middle of the water stream in the water fountain to make it spray out Then she told my Dad to come see what Beau had done, and as he walked around the corner, Beau did this, and he just lost it, cracking up laughing so hard! And, ofcourse, he had to try and do it to 'Weah' as well...his face just cracks me up!
~Watch the sun set~Finish filling in my huge collage picture frame~Start potty training Leah~Go garage saling~Sit on the porch and eat icecream cones together~Spend a day on the beach (or 2 or 3...)~Go to a Dave Matthews Band concert (MOM)~Lose 20-25 more lbs. (MOM)~ Get new haircuts~Read books together~Go to the movies~Dance around to music in our living room~Make chocolate bananas~Swing~Water balloon fights~Bake Zucchini bread ~Bake blackberry cobbler~Make fresh salsa, with home grown tomatoes/onions/cilantro/jalapeno's~Clean the ceiling fans...YUCK~Renovate our bathroom~Bird watching~Go to the Art&Air Festival to see the airplanes~HUG~Color with sidewalk chalk~Blow bubbles