Monday, December 9, 2013

Random Thoughts...

I've been thinking on random things lately and how interesting things have turned out...
Like my kids birth dates - no 2 have the same month or even this was not planned by me or DH it just turned out that way as it was in God's plans... 8/5; 2/17; 9/18; and 11/7 are the months/days for the kids...interesting huh? I think so...
other random thoughts: S needs her pants extended as most of them I sewed up she didn't even get to wear before they were too short - and I sewed them up 2inches too long! they're now 3 inches too short! I expected a growth spurt but dang! not to that extent! so I've been thinking on how to do a ruffle to the bottom to extend them as they still fit other then length...
I gotta sew some pants for Baby D also...and J needs shirts...
Plus I should get sewing on S, Baby D, and J's Spring wardrobe as I know I won't have much sewing time so I should work on it as I can...planning for S to have dresses and more dresses for her spring/summer wardrobe...she sure does love her dresses too...Baby D and J will have tshirts/tank tops and shorts for theirs...
I also want to get my Felt pattern book back from my Mom so I can work on some Felt food and other things for the kids' play...
I also want to make some quiet-time books for the van for all kids...and 1 of those travel dollhouses for the girls...
I also need to work on finish organizing the house...and finish unpacking it had been put on hold with a newborn who's now a month old (where does the time go?!)

and now that Baby D is FINALLY asleep (it's after midnight here...) it's time for this Mommy to try to ease her mind that's running wild on what I can sew with what I have currently material wise...and get me some sleep!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Much Needed Update...

So I thought I should is jus a summary of important things that have happened in the past couple months...
Last thing I posted (before Josiah's birth story) was about the shed...and finding the serger...
well shed is finshed has been for a couple months's stuff has left the house completely and is all in the shed - which lost a door to wind a couple wks ago so is now held shut for the winter with boards...the door needs to be fixed better to work properly but for right now it's protecting what's inside and that's what matters...
we've been living in the farm house since October's great to have space to spread out and things I can organize MY way...the kids are loving the playroom that is finally sorted out completely...lots of toys left here some going to my brothers and some to my Daddy's but some also went "gone for good" as they were broken or the kids never showed interest in why keep them around? we donated them...
Josiah was born in Nov...that was a long ordeal that I already wrote about...
Thanksgiving was fun! it was great to spend time with family without the drama that had been going on...
I did find the serger! it works great! I've put it to good use since I've found it too...sewing up pants for S (20 pairs) some shirts for Baby D (15) some shirts for J (15) and pants (15 pairs)
I've been sewing up some small fleece covers for J now...don't use the serger for those yet as I need more practice before I go trying to do elastic on a serger...when I'm done J will have 15 fleece diaper covers and 5 PUL wipe-clean inserts for them...
things I still need to get sewn up: bigger shirts for J he's outgrowing the 3month shirts I sewed up for him already...S needs some longer pants as the 5T pants I sewed up are now 2inches too short...she hit a growth spurt lol...I also need to work on some pants for Baby D as I'm expecting him to outgrow what he has very soon...
still need to finish organizing the house...1 closet in my room still is piled full of boxes to be unpacked...I'd also like to make up some curtains for the house...blankets help to keep the cold out but don't look as nice...
life has settled into a routine, everyone is de-stressing from the months of waiting...Christmas is jus around the corner and I can't wait!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Josiah Edmund's Birth Story

this birth story starts nearly 2wks before the actual birth...but really the story goes back much further then that even...I'll start from the beginning...

Back in March I skipped my AF but didn't pay much attention as so much stress was happening with the house my Mom was in plus other I thought it was stress related honestly...April/May I started having morning sickness that I thought was from stress/nerves also so ignored it all...finally around June I felt what was an "odd feeling" I could not got stronger I thought "omgosh! I'm pregnant!" but still in my mind I didn't believe it was possible with everything going on all the stress/nerves with the house and all...I went to the doctor who confirmed I was pregnant but still I didn't believe it...finally on August 1st (26wks) I had an ultrasound...I seen baby and that's when I started to believe it was actually true we were having another baby...I was kinda worried with everything going on then what was going to happen but I knew it was meant to be...
my EDD was changed...moved forward by 2wks due to ME measuring bigger and baby being bigger by nearly 3wks on starts the beginning of the end...

October 22 was my "due date"...but I didn't think I'd have baby on that day as I've always gone 5days over with my kids...October 26th I felt contractions...that got to 4mins apart and painful but it was all in the front not in the back like I felt before...we went to the hospital...monitors hooked up to check me...I was 2CM dilated (by contraction pain I felt I was MUCH more though) baby was high...I was monitored for 8hrs while contractions continued 4-6mins apart...I stayed at 2cms dilated and baby came down from -3 to -2...I was told I could go home as it'd be awhile yet and I was to relax as best I home we went...contractions stopped totally for a bit...
October 29th I had a non-stress/movement test done on baby to check placenta and all as I was 1wk over now...on monitor I had 2 contractions in 10mins...but I didn't really feel them at all...
October 30th painful/close contractions started again...I called the nurse on call (OB Charge nurse too) she said come in for monitoring and checking to see what's going we did...2cms dilated still contractions 4-6mins apart on monitor for 2hrs...we walked, I did the birthing ball, I did the birthing stool, we rocked, the list is checked me after another 2hrs - 2cms baby's at a -3 again...we got sent home again (it was a fill in doctor my doctor was due to arrive back the next day from a conference)
contractions continued but tampered off in pain/timing...
Nov 1st I felt strong/painful/close contractions doctor was back and said to come in for a check and monitoring...check I was 2cms baby wasn't even said we'd talk induction on the 4th when I came to see him and he'd be checking was a relief to hear I'd be over with this all soonish...or so I thought...
we seen doctor on the 4th I was scheduled to come in at 7AM the next day (the 5th) and I was given cytodec as a cervix softner in hopes that's all I'd need to get my body going better with what it was already trying to do...3 cytodec later I was a 4cms with a "non-exsistent birth canal" it confused the doctor...he couldn't feel my birth canal at all...or baby...he called up an OB/GYN for a consult as it was all new to him...the OB/GYN asked him somethings and said start pitocin in the morning and see what happens...
pitocin was started on Nov 6th...I'd get 2min apart contractions then I'd need to pee and contractions would stop almost completely...I got topped out on protocall for pitocin here and it was doing nothing at all pretty doctor was stumped...called up the OB/GYN again and talked to him...
doctor came and talked to me...he didn't know what was going on I had him, the OB/GYN, and 1 other doctor all stumped...he was going to leave me on the pitocin overnight to see if it did anything...I had the urge to push in there once but I was only 4cms dilated when not contracting and baby was at a -2/-1 the whole time...he watched me during a contraction and I did open up more but then it's like it closed back up and baby went back up...I was told to sit on the toilet for a bit, try the birthing ball, and we change...
November 7th doctor came in, checked me (4cms Baby at -2) he said he doesn't have a clue what to do...I had been in labor for 12days with it being augmented for 46hrs at the time...csection was planned...another doctor called in to do it (my doctor assisted)...a nurse that I've formed quite a bond with during this whole thing sat in by me as DH couldn't bring himself to be there to watch...even though he'd not see a thing due to the curtain...
csection started at 8AM with me getting a spinal...the doctors/nurses prayed (part of why I love this hospital) with me...and things started...8:13AM baby arrived...took a min but I heard his scream...I couldn't see him so I cried a little he was a cutie I was told...I jus wanted to SEE my baby...they held him up after a few mins of cleaning him up/out and he was a cutie...
Daddy met baby in the hallway as they called a "Dr Red to the break room" over the doctor said "a fire in the break room!?" I thought "no bring my baby back!" as they have to pass the break room to get to the nursery...shortly after "cancel dr red" I took a deep breath...all was ok...
I was finished being stitched up and taken to the recovery room...I was there about an hr then taken to my room...where my hungry son was waiting on me  he's a little sleepy from the narcotic they used to boost the spinal plus all he's been through the past couple wks...but he's a calm laid baby little boy who does NOT look no 10+lbs at all but almost holds his head up already so can tell where his weight is lol
csection is a new thing to me but I'm not doing so bad...a little burning more then pain so doing good...

8:13AM 11/7/13
weight: 10lbs 4.7ozs
Length: 20inches
Head: 14.5inches

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Life Moves On...

Today was a MUCH cooler day then it has been. Shed roof got finished being shingled yesterday - need to put up some flashing and the roof is DONE! Then we'll work on the floor. The person we were borrowing the ladder from wants it back so we finished the roof 1st before the floor. 
We were going to get some beds today, but guy upped the price to more then new would be with the price of beds + gas to get there since we'd need to make 2 trips to get the beds...
Yesterday we Surprised my Daddy and Becca with some pizza for supper...tonight DH treated us all to Subway. Daddy and Becca have been helping a LOT when it comes to the shed and other things in the farm...but they don't like taking any "payback" for this so we treated them to supper as a "thanks" and they appreciated it like we appreciate the help they've been giving us...we'd be no where near as far as we are if we were doing it all ourselves.
Soon I hope to find my serger that my Mom got for me! Then I have quite a few things I want to sew up using it so I'm hoping it works (she got it for free...) Right now I'm looking at patterns I have printed out and deciding what to make up to cloth the kids for fall/winter as I'm really wanting to MAKE their entire wardrobes this time...I had started to once before and actually got all except shorts sewed up for D but then a LOT has happened in the past year that I've not been able to keep that up...although right now D is still wearing the shirts I made him a yr ago (still fit but need to be longer I think...) M still wears some of the dresses I made up for her and S is wearing mostly dresses that were made last yr for her and some for M that are too short on M now...what S wears that wasn't made by me is her Minnie Mouse clothes which she jus I think I shall need to find me some Minnie Mouse material so I can meet her Minnie Mouse clothing desires without buying them ;) M would LOVE it if I could find some Princess material...and my little D wouldn't mind himself some "vroom vrooms" (Cars) on some of his clothes either...I'll do my best to meet my kids' desires when it comes to prints and they know brings me joy to sew up something for them and see their faces light up as they put on "mommy clothes" <3

Monday, August 26, 2013

Ready! Set! Go!

The title of this blog post will make sense when you read how fast things will be happening in the next wk or 2! it's a case of if I get to sit down and fold up some laundry I'll count myself lucky!

I got some GREAT news today in regards to the farm house...some bad news too but nothing too bad...great news is the kitchen ceiling light is the ONLY wire that needs to be changed (and then cuz *I* want it done not a NEED) - this means that we can go ahead and let the power run throughout the house (except Kitchen) and get toilets able to flush, water heater heating water, lights coming on...etc...this also means that we'll no longer need to load boards to be cut for the shed up into a vehicle, drive to my Daddy's house, unload the boards, cut them, load them back up, drive to the farm house, unload them, and put them where needed on the shed...instead we can plug in the skill saw at the farm!!! more good news: we can start setting up the bedrooms! (we had been waiting on that incase the electrician needed to tear up floor boards to replace wires on the main floor instead of tearing up the ceilings...) so the nicely painted kids' rooms will get the beds put in (mattresses purchased next wk - bed frames made by my DH) their dresser sets can leave my Daddy's garage and go into their rooms...master bedroom still needs some work but nothing major so we'll put it on hold (for now) and focus on the other need-to-do stuff so we can move in! then we'll redo the master bedroom later on 
the shed - we're moving away from "get the roof done!" to "get the floor laid!" then the shed can be getting filled up (thus the farm house emptying) as the roof finishes getting shingled...once all my Mom's stuff is in the shed then I can start setting up house!!! :D 
bad news? everything electric wise OUTSIDE the house has to be upgraded...why? we get 200 amps to the "box" then the pole (overhead wires) sends in 60 amps to the we "loose" 140amps by the overhead wires due to them not being able to handle the full amount of power...the fuse panel inside the house is good til 100 amps - the upgrade will be a buried wire that can handle the full 200 amps to get it to the house and the fuse panel inside upgrade to handle 200 amps also...then we're set there! Electrician's coming next wk to upgrade that and fix the kitchen light wire (he has to wait on some part to upgrade the panel) BUT we CAN LIVE in the house (ignoring the fact that my Mom's stuff still fills the main floor...) with the power as-is so it's not stopping us from moving in! 

SOOOO it comes down to - get the last things hooked up (stove/fridge/kitchen sink) so the kitchen is working (oven's being moved...fridge can be plugged in but isn't due to having no doors on right sink needs it's pipes tightened down...) and finish the floor at least on the shed then start emptying my Mom's stuff OUT! and my stuff IN! :D then we live there...even if with mattresses on the floor for now while DH works on bed frames for the kids...)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Moving Forward...and Waiting...

We got the new electric water heater in (a requirement set by the county...the still good gas water heater had to go they said...we MUST have electric...) the same plumber that put that in (it HAD to be put in by a plumber county said so there too...) fixed the pipes that supply the house...the water has run through the pipes some, but the pump is now back off - why? the downstairs bathtub is stuck "on" (we never turned it on either) once we fix that and get the kitchen sink hooked up we can dump the bleach down the well cap and let the bleach run through the pipes then the BLACK water will be clear again (the black comes from residue in pipes/pump)
Tomorrow the electrician comes to check wires on the main floor (county insists an electrician must do it even though my Daddy's more then able to...whatever) then we can get the power running and then it's a matter of days (maybe a wk) to getting in there...
The heat advisories are what's holding us up the most at this time...shed can't be worked on when it's so hot you about pass out jus walking out the door...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Another Setback...

Nothing major but yesterday in checking out different things we had waited on until things could actually be done with them (like septic meant pipes couldn't have water in them...) My Daddy rested his hand on the pipe that'd supply the WHOLE house with water (it goes up and then breaks off as needed) and his fingers went INTO the pipe...that's sooo NOT suppose to happen! so now we know we gotta some of that pipe before we can let the well pump run (otherwise I'll have an indoor swimming
The pipe from the well pump will need to be replaced before water can come on...but that's fine since ALL switches are "off" on the panel so nothing will turn on in the house at all once the electric comes on tomorrow...we then need to go through and figure out what's what in the panel since the door is gone from it for some reason :S so we gotta be real careful what comes least until the pipes supplying the house are replaced...

Saturday, August 10, 2013

YAHOO! It's In!

Well the septic tank was to go in on rained Sunday night...a whopping 1.5inches needless to say the septic tank didn't go in Mon...we hoped that it'd NOT rain Mon did but only a tiny bit (enough to make things look wet) septic tank went in on Tues!!! Now we get the electric hooked up (this coming Monday!) and then we get the electrician out there to connect the septic tank's pump to electric...then we got a working septic tank!
Next on the list to do: take a look around the house see what we can see as far as outlets/light switches and see how many we need of well as the covers for them...then we put up what we can as far as ceiling lights go and figure out what more we need there too...and the kitchen sink needs it's pipes connected...we need to get a plugin for the stove (wires are there jus no plugin) and see how we are as far as hookups for the washing machine...dryer right now would be a bonus if hooked up but it will also need to get done eventually...
Shed needs to be finished. Then my Mom's stuff starts emptying out into it...if we're lucky we'll be able to put SOME furniture out there also...if not I gotta find where to "shove" a heckalot of furniture since my Mom can't part with somethings for whatever emotional reason...
the LAST thing to happen? my stuff moves out of my Daddy's garage and into the farm house! :D we might be already staying there when that jus depends some on weather (don't want to move too much in rain if we can help it...)

Things are FINALLY starting to move in a fast pace! I can see the day I can lay in MY bed in MY house and stare at the ceiling jus'll be here before I know it...and I can't wait!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dare I Even Say it?

Been busy again...only this time actually getting things done! Amazing how good it can feel to spend 4hours painting a room...step back and jus stare at it like "yep I did that - FINALLY!" 
Last Monday I told DH "I've had it with waiting" and I picked up paint for the upstairs bedrooms in the farm house...the kids enjoyed picking out their own colors! Once we had the colors picked out I said how much of each color would be the rollers and such and to the farm we went! that night I got little boy's room painted and I was shocked at how close I was to having the correct amount needed to get the walls done in made me hope there was enough for the other 2 rooms (bigger, but I had also gotten more paint for them...) the girl's room is nearly done, and again I was pretty right on as far as how much was needed. Since the master bedroom is the same size as the girls' room I have faith I got enough paint for there too. I can hardly wait until the rooms are completely painted, and we can start setting them up to be used! This will include "unloading" the main floor some and figuring out what of my Mom's furniture can go where "for now" as she'll want it all later and the shed we got isn't big enough for all the boxes plus all the furniture.
The shed? well it's a "barn" of a much smaller measure...DH is putting it up. He's enjoying being able to build this shed...once the shed is built my Mom's stuff can be stacked in there...the sooner this can be done the better off everyone will be is what I'm beginning to think.
DH has a job also. This is another thing that's made him happier...simply going to work, working hard, and caring for his family. He puts the shed up on days off and works the rest of the time...can hardly wait til we can move into the farm house!
The title comes from a thing I wonder if I should even fear it might be put off yet again...but I think I Mon is scheduled for a septic tank! If it falls through again I might jus scream...go yell at some people...and then start digging the hole myself...all this waiting and for stupid reasons wears on someone's patience no how much they have...

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Life Happens...

I have been VERY busy lately. Doing what? nothing least that's what it seems like...
int he past month I have spent most of my time trying to find somewhere, anywhere for my Mom to live, even if jus a temp thing. Sadly I've gotten no where - but it's of no fault of mine. My Mom has a list of "must haves" with her housing...that it's hindering half the potential places for her. Some of these must haves I know I won't make her give up - like her dog...she's had him for nearly 8yrs, he's her companion pet, and helps her in some of her hardest I won't ask her to give him up. He's currently staying with me right now and is becoming a spoiled brat lol (not that he wasn't before) but he's been getting wkly baths, daily brushings (at the hands of a 22month old, 3yr old, and a nearly 5yr old) and his food wetted jus a tad with some warm water to "soften" it some for him. He's lost weight, looks overall healthier, and spends most of his days outside as weather allows (we even put up a shade tent for him...) When he does go back to my Mom I know he'll be 1 happy puppy...but will miss his days outside. Other then that her "must haves" are sadly, slowly becoming too much to try to give...I'm running out of options with everything for her. Patience is a virtue that I don't have much of Mom's on 5 different waiting lists for an apt and how long will it be until these apts open up? only God knows, and He's not sharing right now.
I've also been busy trying to get my DH a job, he's finally got his GED! so now, it's time for a job! this requires me to drive him wherever whenever...towing 3 kids along...some days it's jus too hot to even leave the house muchless sit in a vehicle waiting. but we're doing what we can.
I'm busy looking into some type of storage of some sort to be put on the farm, that in the right now can be used for my Mom's things, and in the later can be used for "yard tools" including, but not limited to, the lawn mower, the weed eater, snow shovels, shovels, garden tools, etc. once I find something that will work - it'll be up to my Mom to say what she'll NEED right away (bed, clothes, kitchen items, some bathroom stuff, somewhere to store her clothes, a place to sit) and the rest will be better packed up, as well as gone through, anything NOT needed will be gotten rid of...anything that she'll want/need in the future will go into this storage space...This I know will be hard on her, but it must be done, she simply has too much stuff...a 4bdrm farm house that doesn't have small rooms by any means is packed beyond belief and it's 95% her stuff...I can't even get into the farm house muchless move within it for anything....
so while it feels I've not been doing much, really I have, and the constant dead ends are truly becoming quite a stress...each passing day that I can't be working on that farm house to make it ready for my family is 1 more day that I must wait...I can't get power turned on til we know if the well pump is 100% shut off due to some pipes not in, and no septic tank...can't get to the bathroom downstairs to see if it has all it's pipes in or not, it'll be a squeeze to get upstairs - and the steps are right inside the back door...we could start working on the upstairs yes as not much is up there...but to have to squeeze in jus to get up there...*sigh* this is why I'm looking into the storage space...

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day...

Today we didn't move anything out, we jus relaxed. Let the Daddies enjoy their day. It was an overall nice day. Minus when my Mom called mad cuz nobody had come in today (we told her we weren't going to yesterday) and I was unable to give her a 100% for sure time that we'd come in tomorrow...I mean I have keys to the house she doesn't NEED to be there...infact she gets in the way so it's best she's not there anyways...but whatever I guess...
Today (according to my Mom) was the 1st Father's Day since my Grandpa died (he died days before father's day last yr...) so she's upset over that...more cuz of the fact that nobody came and took her out to eat for Father's Day or anything like that...she called me up crying over all this and things that were supposedly said...after she hung up I called up my brother to let him know Mom was upset and give him a heads up he'd be getting call after call whining about 1 thing or another (she does this all the time when things don't go 100% her way...)
I don't want this to be all whining over things though...

Grandpa, there's no Apple Blossoms anymore, but I still see them and smell them in my mind. I seen the lilacs blooming in Daddy's yard today, got to smell those. I got me a Strawberry's growing nicely in a 5gal pail, I'll transport it into the ground next yr when I've built a raised bed for Strawberries. I'd LOVE to find some Raspberries and Blackberries but I've not had any luck so far. I got my dreams of what I will do with all the farmsite land and I know you'll be watching over me while I do it with a proud look on your face saying "there's my Betsy, always loving the plants." Joe's been watching over the farm house, and making himself known more so then ever before...I think he's happy it's back in the family again (Joe is the guy who built the house, my Great-Great-Great-Grandpa...he died on that land...) I think there's someone else watching over the house too, not sure who it is though...guess I'll know with time. Grandma, Daddy is going to take up the Tulips, divide them, and gimme some of them, I'm planning to plant them along with some Iris alongside the steps in the front...I can't wait! I got a Honeysuckle tree in the back, it needs some trimming but it's doing good considering it's not gotten any love an attention for close to 10yrs for sure. I'll be sure to show it the love it needs, same with the Lilac bushes. I miss you guys sooo much, but I'm remembering all you taught me. I will pass it all onto my kids. Soon I will be in the farm house raising my family as my dreams always were...soon I will have my 2acres of garden and fruit trees, with flowers mixed in. it will be a happy place, with a big sandbox under the swingset for the kids, a little play house in the back for them...they'll have a shed jus for outside toys...and I'll be hanging my clothes on the line while watching my kids running around enjoying life.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Figured I Should Update...

I've been super, super busy lately trying to get that house emptied...we're nearly done, but yet it seems like there's sooo much more to get out of there. My Mom seriously has a semi load and then some of stuff...We were able to borrow a 16ft flatbed trailer from a friend of the family, we've moved 5loads (mostly furniture) by that plus 5 loads in the Durango with seats folded down (that pulled the trailer) plus 20+ loads in my van with seats removed, and there's still more to get out! 99% of my stuff is out of there already (material is left) 95% of the overall total between mine and my Mom's stuff is out...the majority of what's left behind still is my Mom's belongings.
In moving ALL of this stuff we've gotten 1 broken pane of glass on a 200+yr old China cabinet (mine) my Daddy accidently put his knee through big deal, my Daddy was not cut when the glass broke which I'm glad of. My Mom however freaked out when she seen the broken panne...I told her "it's mine anyways let it go..." *I* think it adds to it's age, it's never had a broken panne of glass (that I know of) til now.
ALL of this stuff is going into the farm house, we have no where else to put ALL needs to be out of the other house by Fri. There is some of my stuff in my Daddy's garage but the vast majority of things have ended up in the farm house...all piled in the downstairs, me and DH went on Fri to sort it out to get it stacked more neatly so more could fit in there, otherwise we'd be running out of room...
I've been tired, had a couple nights of not sleeping due to stress in all this, but that's past now (I hope anyways) I sooo can't wait for this all to be DONE! then we can focus on getting my Mom into her trailer house (where she is going to put all her stuff I have NO idea...) and focus on getting on with our lives, putting all this behind us.
3 days ago was the 1yr anniversary of my Grandpa was a hard day, lots of stress mainly. But I got through it, My Grandpa will forever be with me no matter where I go. I feel he is right beside me at times, the times I need him the and my Grandparents were always super close. They were my rock in my life, still are, I cling to the things they taught me and use them in everyday life still to this day. I will always do that I'm sure. My Grandpa and Grandma I know are both happy seeing my dreams of raising my family in the farm house finally coming true...even if right now, it's being used as a storage space for my Mom's things.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sometimes you Jus Gotta Put Your Foot Down...

so the house that Mom's been staying in needs to be moved from it's Mom would rather a trailer house then this we decided we'll sell the house, not expect much for it at all...since it has to be moved...and get her a trailer what's left over can get my DH his much needed GED. I got a buyer, Mom's got a list of unneeded wants that the money has to go towards and has told me to forget DH's GED he can get it "anytime" well THAT is why he doesn't have it already! It's high time he gets this GED! why? so he can actually GET A JOB that can support the family...right now we're barely scraping by and that's really putting it nicely. So I've put my foot down, I know I'm backed by my brother and my Daddy on this as I have informed them of what happened and why. I've informed my Mom I'll get her her trailer and all it's immediate costs (electric hookup/transfer, lot rent for the 1st month, and any down payment the trailer park has...I'll also make sure snow removal/lawn care is cared for for her...also pay for her to move there) so really she's getting a heckalot of "things" it's jus not ALL her WANTS being met here so she's now mad at me...but my DH NEEDS his GED he's 27 yrs old and can't even get a job at McDonald's cuz of his lack of GED...that's when you know it's his GED is a NEED my Mom NEEDS a house...all the rest is wants really...and this isn't even considering the electric hookup and such for the farm house that I'm still not living in due to the septic tank not being in yet...well once that goes in (next month) I still don't expect to get to live there cuz I don't expect to get to pay to hook up the electric (LP tank is FULL, water is well...electric is really the only immediate hookup cost for me...) why don't I expect this 1 fairly minor thing to be able to happen? cuz I don't expect there to be much left after everything else that needs to be done gets done...I know it'll be a fight to the finish to get my DH his GED but I really can't keep stepping back and letting my Mom have it all...honestly it's MY house we're selling so it's MY money she's spending...and if you think that sounds greedy since it's the house she's living in you should know that she's not paid any rent to live there only her city bill and I do plan to get her a trailer so she will have a house to live in...I also have lived my life having to run to my Grandparents for clothes jus so I'd have something that fit to go to school in cuz my Mom would rather get us the latest toy instead of a new pair of pants for school...well my Grandparents are both no longer here, so I need to step up and ensure that MY KIDS needs are met! They have indirectly been suffering from this all as their Mommy hasn't really been around much trying to get this all settled...and dealing with my Mom and her kids have clothes (that I make mind save on the cost) they have food in their bellies, and a roof over their head (even if it is really the basement of my Daddy's house right now...) so the majority of their needs are met...but they also need their Mommy as their still I've put my foot down...I will take the money from the house get my Mom her trailer and get her into it...get my DH his GED and help him to get a job...and then I go from Mom has called twice today crying for 1 thing or another (wants) and I've told her "no" and so she'd cry harder...but I can't give in anymore...there is a time she needs to learn that she is NOT the center of the's time she learns that...even my 20month old son knows the world isn't all about him he knows what the word "no" Mom refuses to hear that word when it's being said towards enough is enough, I will ensure she has a roof over her head and food in her belly (she has more then enough clothes...) and turn my back on the whining...that's it I've had it...

Grandma said "When I'm gone the family will fall'll need to be the strong one" well Grandma it didn't fall apart yet...shook to the core by you and Grandpa dying but not fallen apart by any means...BUT that day might be coming since I've put my foot down...

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Just A Mom? Happy Mother's Day!

I had a great Mother's Day really. I hope others did also. I got colored pictures from my kids, breakfast made by my DH, and lots of hugs and kisses from my kids. Every Mother's Day I think of this that I seen's sooo true if you think about it...We're not "just a Mom" we're so much more.

Just a Mom?

A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk 's office, was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation.

She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.
"What I mean is, " explained the recorder, "do you have a job or are you just a ...?"

"Of course I have a job," snapped the woman. "I'm a Mom."
"We don't list 'Mom' as an occupation, 'housewife' covers it," Said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall. The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like, "Official Interrogator" or "Town Registrar."

"What is your occupation?" she probed.

What made me say it? I do not know.
The words simply popped out.
"I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations."

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in m midair and looked up as though she had not heard right.

I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words.
Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written, in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

"Might I ask," said the clerk with new interest, "just what you do in your field?"

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, "I have a continuing program of research, (what mother doesn't) In the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out). I'm working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family) and already have four credits (all daughters).  Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities,
(any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money."

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3.
Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model, (a 6 month old baby) in the child development program, testing out a new vocal pattern.
I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than "just another Mom."


What a glorious career!
Especially when there's a title on the door.

Does this make grandmothers
"Senior Research associates in the field of Child Development and Human
And great grandmothers
"Executive Senior Research Associates?"
I think so!!!
I also think it makes Aunts "

Associate Research Assistants."

Friday, May 10, 2013

7 Years Ago Today...

Today is the day I asked my Mom to come over to celebrate her birthday. Her birthday had been on the 3rd but for certain reasons that day just didn't work. She didn't know why I had insisted she come over...and neither did I completely it seems. You see, 7yrs ago today is the day my Grandma died. She took her last breath at 9:16AM, the same moment the clock quit working and never worked right again...That clock was handed down through the family for generations and was to go to me but has gone missing. Will we ever see it? who knows. Does it work now? who knows. It quit working at 9:16 7yrs ago today...the same moment my Grandma took her last breath. Today I insisted my Mom come over even though she didn't know why, I wanted her to come for some cake and a good meal for her birthday. Afterwards I took her home, with her leftover cake; and on the way back home for me I remembered. Today is May 9th, the day Grandma I know why I was so set on Mom coming today. You see...last yr at this time my Mom was hurt, due to what happened this day. My Mom called up my Grandpa and they talked about memories of Grandma and it helped her. This year my Grandpa's not here she needed something to help her through the day. Something to look forward to. Well I asked her to come for supper...she said she was looking forward to it. She showed up, we ate...then she got her cake with happy birthday sang by the made the day a happy day for her even if I didn't know why it had to be today until after. I know this coming June 12th will be hard for her as well, maybe even harder then it may have been today. But I know that together we can get through it. Maybe I'll get some hot dogs and can grill em on the grill in memory of Grandpa who was always grilling hot dogs on the grill. I'm glad that today was a happy day even if it has some sad memories to go with it. I try to not dwell on my Grandparents actual deaths but on the memories I created before hand...
Memories of my Grandma I'm not sure I've ever posted, some would be baking chocolate chip cookies, making dumplings, planting the flower beds, Grandma's look of joy when I'd bring in the 1st lilacs for her table. My Grandma taught me to crochet and sew. We played Clue and Guess Who? together more times then I can count. We'd watch Wheel of Fortune together and see who could solve the puzzle first. When she lost her eyesight I helped her "see" I'd describe things for her, like the fall colors on the bottom road. I'd bring the 1st Lilacs to her so she could "see" them with her finger tips. I'd cut off some of the Apple Blossoms for her to "see" those too. I enjoyed being able to help my Grandma keep enjoying the things she always enjoyed even if she couldn't see. We'd still make cookies, jus the roles were switched, I did the reading of the recipe and she did the mixing up of the stuff. These are all memories that I cherish, and I always will cherish.
You can't dwell on the sadness in causes you to become depressed. Instead you must dwell on the happiness in your life, I mean sure you'll have some sadness and it'll get you down but finding the happiness even if in memories of someone no longer here. Is really the key to happiness if you ask me. A person can't find happiness if they don't look for it so looking for that happiness is the key to happiness.

"...but Lord I have it all"

Listening to songs tonight before I head off to bed. A song by SHEdaisy hit a spot within me. It brought back memories of my Grandpa. "He's a Hero" by SHEdaisy. You see, my Grandpa is the man that 1 day long ago I wrote a paper about. A paper I was to write about MY hero. My hero was, and is my Grandpa. He's the man who taught me so much, the man who stood beside me when I needed someone right there and my Daddy was jus to far away. I know my Grandpa still stands beside me, I can feel him when I need him most jus like always. I miss my Grandpa dearly and as the 1yr anniversary of his death approaches I remember him with happiness. I don't remember those last days, but the days filled with love and laughter of my childhood. The days spent planting fruit trees and garden vegetables. The days spent cutting the grass together, the days spent playing on the swing set and in the teepee of old swing set poles and canvas. These are the memories that come flooding back to me when I hear the song "He's a Hero" He wasn't in any wars, but he fought the battles of a farmer. He always taught me to look for the good in all bad. The Apple Blossoms will be blooming soon...I know I'll be looking for them and enjoying them with my Grandpa like I use to back in the day..."When you see the Apple Blossoms, think of me" were the last words he said to me...

He's a young man
In his golden years
His hair of black now quickly fades to gray
The limp as he walks
Is his only souvenir
From those purple-hearted, war time days
But you don't hear him complain
No matter how the fall
I don't have a lot, he'd smile and say
But Lord, I have it all

He's a hero
In my mother's eyes
He taught her how to raise me right
And never compromise
He always says he has
The finer things in life
Somewhere to live, someone to love
And the Good Book to live by
Some say his heart is big
Although his fortune's small
I don't have a lot, he'd smile and say
But Lord, I have it all

A Rembrandt in his own right
A master at his craft
Creating something beautiful
A memory that will last
And always last

He's the constant
In our family
Beginning this long line of love with care
And even when he's gone
He'll watch over me
When I close my eyes at night, I feel him there

Wear my name well, my child
Be true and stand tall
You don't have a lot, he'd always say
But Lord you have it all

You don't have a lot, he'd always say
But thank the Lord, you have it all

Hero in my mother's eyes

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Random Thoughts...

I was thinking about how I started this blog to be a spot to share my DIY adventures; but now I think I really did give it a great name of "the whole She-bang." Why? you ask...well it's really quite simple. I have shared many, many of the things I've made; but I've also shared whatever happened to be on my mind at any given time. Plus I've also kinda of "used" my blog to "talk" to my Grandparents. Call me strange but it actually kind of helps me to be able to do that...rather anyone reads these posts or not, it helps me; and since it's my blog - that's what matters right? That it helps me.
Loosing my Grandpa so suddenly really shook me to the core, I loved my Grandpa, I didn't get to say goodbye to him he left too suddenly. My Grandma I loved deeply also. If it wasn't for them, I'm not sure I'd be ME today...I don't even know where'd I'd be today if it weren't for my Grandma and Grandpa caring for me and my brother all those yrs. No, I didn't live with my grandparents, we lived on the same farm as them. We ate supper with them. When my Mom went into the hospital we'd stay with them. My Daddy I'd see once or twice a month during the school yr and most of the summer. But it was my Grandparents who was there when I'd be sick and need to go home from school, it was my Grandparents who were there when I rolled my really without them who would I be? where would I be? for this I thank them. They were there when I needed them most never asking questions but being there. It helped me through a lot when I was growing up. And now, being able to "talk" to them, even if it's just me sharing my thoughts on a blog, it really helps me still.
So this blog has really turned into "the whole She-bang" and I actually like it that way.

Some other thoughts. The snow is melting...again...Maybe it'll stay away this time. If it does the we can work on getting that septic tank in. And I can work on where will I put my garden! and Cleaning up the farm house for my family to live in...I really look forward to hearing my kids run through that house. This is a house that my Great-Great-Great-Grandpa built the original house burned down due to a fire in the smokehouse, which was (still is) under the house. It's no longer in use now though. when that house burned down my Great-Great-Grandpa built the house that is currently standing there. The 4bdrm barn style farmhouse that I love so much. my Great-Great-Grandpa was working the farm one day and came to the well, and like every day before he ran some nice, cool, well water over his head and neck...well this day was different for some reason, that was the day he died, right there next to the well that is still there on the farm. My Great-Grandpa updated the house to have indoor plumbing and electricity. My Grandpa grew up in that house. I lived there til I was 7yrs old. It truly is a house that has grown with the family, a house that is cherished for the memories that surround it for my family. These are memories I will share with my kids and tell them why the house is so special to me. Call me weird if you'd like but the house is a house full of my families' memories. And cuz of this it is my dream house. I don't want some random huge house jus cuz it's pretty...I'll take the old farm house that holds memories, that I can add to those memories.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A Letter from Heaven

"A letter from Heaven"
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven, here I dwell with God above
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; Here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight;
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon, and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

"It's good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone,
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly, you are part of my plan,
There's so much that we have to do to help out mortal man."
God gave me a list of things that he wished for me to do
And foremost on my list is to watch and care for you.

And when you lie in bed at night; the day's chores put to flight,
God and I are closest to you, in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all of those missed years,
Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry, it does relieve the pain,
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned,
But if I were to tell you that, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain though, my life on earth is o'er,
I'm closer to you now than ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb,
But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
There is a very wise philosophy and I'd like to share it with you,
That as you give unto the world, the world will give unto you.
If you can help somebody who is in sorrow and pain,
Then you can say to God at night, "My day was not in vain.
And now I am contented, that my life is worthwhile,
Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile."

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
Just lend them your hand to pick them up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind,
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go, for that body to be free,,
Remember you're not going, You're coming here to me. 

by Author Ruth Ann Mahaffey

I could SO see my grandparents saying made me cry I admit it...I guess it's the time of yr it was always so special for me when growing up looking for those 1st signs of Spring with my grandparents...

Monday, April 1, 2013

Spring's A'coming!

This was my Grandpa's favorite time of yr...the snow's melting making the ground perfect for Spring planting...he'd be planning out his gardens (2 of them both were .5acres) and me and Grandma would be planning what flowers would go into the flower beds around the house...well this yr I get to do it all but I feel my Grandparents alongside me encouraging me like they always did "live your dreams" they'd tell's times like now I guess I miss them the most. I mean Spring held so much when I was growing up it's the little things, watching the earth just come alive after the winter "death" held so much and Grandpa watching the trees for those 1st leaf buds...and watching the ground for the 1st dandelions...and the fruit trees for the 1st buds of much promise it just amazes you if you really take the chance to stop and admire it all.
I plan to have myself a nice, big garden...Watermelon, Squash, Kohlrabi, Cucumbers, Onions, Peas...the list is endless, and why not? I can grow so much with just some dirt and a little loving attention why not grow it all? My Grandpa would say the same. I can see the garden vegetables peeking their tender green leaves up above the ground reaching for that watering them as needed, tending to any pests that might bother them...and nourishing them to good, strong vegetables to feed my family. I plan to teach my kids as my Grandpa once taught me...I promise, Grandpa, the babies will know how to tend a good garden! I'll give them each their own little spot of earth to plant things in also...why not? so what if their still little learning can never start too soon!
I plan to have Strawberries, Grapes, Raspberries, Black Raspberries...I plan to turn my little 10acres of land into a place of growth and happiness! I'll have Apple trees, and Plum'll be a place my Grandpa would LOVE! And I know, I too, will love it! Someday I'll watch my kids running amongst the fruit trees, grabbing fruit and enjoying it as they'll be a dream come true!
Yes, it may seem I have big dreams, but really, honestly if you think about it, my dreams aren't that far fetched...they'll just take years to completely fullfil, which I'm fine with makes it all worth it.
But for now, I'll watch for those 1st leaf buds and share them with my kids...then we'll watch for the 1st dandelions and we'll pick them and put them on the kitchen table...and we'll play in the dirt as we plant a garden that'll feed us when ripe...and we'll be happy, my kids will learn, just as I did what it's like to be happy to provide your own food as you watch the little green leaves stretch for the sun...those green leaves that'll turn into cucumbers or carrots...I look forward to this time...the time I'll share with my kids what my Grandpa shared with me...even if there is a few tears involved as this is the 1st Spring he's not here...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wasting Time...

Right now, it's March, and I feel we are just wasting time as the days fly by until the ground is warm enough to dig for the new septic tank! There's nothing that can be REALLY done until the furnace gets looked at (been too cold in the house to do this...) then we can get the furnace going and then can let the water run once again through the pipes (they were 100% drained before the furnace went off...) Also when the furnace is checked/cleaned/etc we can start painting! and cleaning...and whatever else needs to be done before we can move in...but in reality we're all just waiting on the ground to be warm enough to dig to replace/move/fix/whatever the septic tank.
Been spending my time keeping things cleaned down here, and starting M with her "school." She LOVES it! She's only 4.5yrs old right now so we're working on ABCs and 123s the most along with LOTS of coloring and such. Going to start S too and teach her right along with her big sister since S is soo smart with things already...why not grab that knowledge and feed it? This is why I wanted to homeschool my kids...I can teach my 4.5yr old and my 3yr old the same things at the same time and not force the 3yr old to be "held back" due to her age...She's a smart little girl and knows it and she just gobbles up knowledge as it is already...I hope she stays that way as it'll help her a LOT in the future.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Can't Forget the Daddy...

I made hoodies for the girls...and since my DH's hoodie went MIA he asked if I could make 1 for him too...well I took 1 of mine, traced it added some for seam allowance...and
it is complete! now when he wakes up in the morning we shall see if it fits...

next up? A hoodie for MY Daddy :D but he's going to wait since winter is nearly over...I'll make it up for him for next winter...since I need to get more material to make it anyways :D

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Hearts and Princesses

Last night I made S a Monkey was the 1st hoodie I had ever made and turned out quite nicely if I do say so myself. S loved it I had put it, with her Monkey pants on the bottom of her bed and I woke to a "Thanks Mommy my Monkeys!" and she wanted them put on right that second which I obliged, happily. M then asked "Mommy? Can I have a Princess shirt like S? pwease?" and of course I could NOT say no to her :D so she picked out the material...I got out the size 5t pattern and pieced it together...then got to tracing/cutting the material...I didn't get to really sew it until all 3 kids were in bed. But it is now complete and she'll see it in the morning :D
She picked out the materials and which Princess I used as the applique (it's Cinderella)

And DH wants a hoodie, I don't have an adult sized pattern for a hoodie yet...maybe I need to make 1 using 1 of my hoodies...hmmm we shall see how THAT 1 will turn out I guess

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Monkey Shirt!

A Monkey shirt made with Minky?! Who can loose with that :D S has yet to see this as Mommy has been up late sewing it up for her I can't wait to see her reaction in the morning :D
I'm off to bed now!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Monkey Pants!

My little S has a thing for Monkeys...she LOVES her "Monkey butt" (diapers that have monkey print) and her "Monkey snuggle" (Minky blanket it with Monkeys on it) the 1 thing she didn't have; and made known to me; was Monkey pants! I didn't have enough material to make her pants completely out of Monkeys but...She's got her Monkey pants now!
Side view
Front view

She's a happy little girl...and has asked for a monkey shirt to match...I still have some monkey material left so I told her I'd see what I could do. I feel I have spoiled my you ask? They want a specific print/type of shirt/pants/skirt/pajamas they make their wishes known and Mommy does what she can to fulfill those wishes by MAKING what they want. :D I'm glad they love what I make for them and know that I'll do my best to let them have their favorite things on their clothing they just got to say what they want!

Snow, Wind, and Much More...

Starting March 3rd it started to snow...I mean yeah it's stopped inbetween but it's been snowing off and on since, with no end in sight (according to the news) 6+ inches total they're saying over the next couple of days. We've gotten about 4inches by yesterday noonish, another 4 or so by this morning...and more is trying to come down! and that's not counting what's blowing off the roof in the 30mph winds! Well, in the past when March "comes in like a lion" it's been real calm ("like a lamb") at the end of March so I can only pray that that's what happens this year, if not...I guess I get to move into the farm house in snow! (keeping in mind I'm planning to move the END of APRIL!) And yes, there has been years we've had blizzards into May!

I'm also hoping that everything finalizes SOON! this dragging on crap is getting old, fast. I mean yes, the farm house is MINE! BUT we can't do anything to it til the rest of the estate settles...guess the people who said it can take "up to a yr" weren't kidding...

Still haven't figured out what's going on with the serger...I'm just going to take it back to where it was purchased from. And since I don't have a gift receipt and my brother can't find his receipt I'll end up getting in-store credit if anything, which don't get me wrong, is NOT a bad thing! I mean I can get a different serger (Brother 1034D maybe? :D) and have some left over :D but we shall see...I gotta be able to GET to the store 1st which is right now, easier said then done due to weather...

Baby D hasn't been sleeping all that great lately...I REALLY hope that's just a SHORT phase he's going through and not 1 that lasts nearly 2yrs like S' I don't mind staying up with them, or even waking up with them, but I do like some sleep lol and the way he cries in the's enough to break any Mommy's heart. :( My poor Baby Man.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Life Goes On...

Lately I've been thinking more and more of various different things in life. Like dreams. What is a dream really? I'm not talking about the kind of dream someone has while asleep; but the kind that you look forward to completing someday, somehow in your life. One such dream for me was to turn the farmhouse into MY home; and each passing day that is becoming more and more of a reality for me, but it'll still be time before it's fulfilled completely.
Then there's the dreams of family I've always had. I've always wanted 6kids; even had names picked out for 3 boys and 3 girls. Sure I've not used ANY of those names; but I have 3 kids (2 girls and a boy) so maybe I'm on the way to completing that dream, too. But then you have people who come along and say things that hurt that basically say "Give up on those dreams of kids" it's not their life it's mine. Why must people say things to hurt like that though? Sure they might not know us as well as they think they do but still...why hurt someone for something, anything, just by saying words. The saying goes "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me". Well, I feel that's a lie, cuz words DO hurt a LOT sometimes.

I've also been thinking of my Grandparents. My Grandma and Grandpa. They're both no longer here in flesh, but call me strange if you'd like, there are times I smell my Grandma's "smell" that I can't even begin to describe even if I wanted to. And I smell the smell of my Grandpa's tobacco. And I know they're here with me even if not in flesh. Oh, how I miss them some days. My Grandma was the one person I could talk to about anything and everything knowing I'd not be judged over it. I miss that, I don't feel I can openly speak to anyone without them judging me in some way these days. :( I miss my Grandpa's laugh when I'd share with him something 1 of the kids said. I miss hearing his scooter going, don't think I'll ever hear a scooter going without thinking of Grandpa. He left us so fast, in some ways I'm glad, but in some ways I'm not.

I guess maybe it's the time of year. Right now me, Grandpa, and Grandma would be discussing, purchasing, counting, and planning seeds and plants for the gardens. Grandpa would be asking me "Betsy, what fruit tree should we get this year?" and then we'd plan where to plant it. Well, Grandma and Grandpa, this year I WILL have a garden! A BIG garden! On the farm! I know you'll help me decide what to plant, how much, and where. And when the time comes in the fall hopefully we can transport some of those fruit trees from town out to the farm. I know for sure I'll be getting myself an Apple Tree, or maybe 2 or 3. For the Apple Blossoms, Grandpa. Maybe I can find some Wild Roses to plant, too! Now wouldn't that be neat? And for Grandma I'll plant some "pee-on-mes", there's already at least 2 Lilac bushes there still! I will keep our plans happening each year, the plans of a garden and fruit trees. And I will turn the farm house back into it's old glory and make it my dream home.

Sorry for this sad, and depressing post...but hey! life's not all lollipops and rainbows, right?

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Time flies...

Once again it's been awhile since I updated lol life is still quite hectic between moving back to Minnesota, getting sick with 2 ER visits (S and Baby D) and back to the ER with Baby D due to him falling a lot even when sitting...not sure what's going on there still but a follow-up is planned with his normal doctor who knows HIM better then the ER doctor even though the doctor he had in ER is a very good doctor. Life  is finally starting to settle down now.
We got the farm house back! now we just have a LOT of getting ready to do on between painting the walls (every last wall needs painting it's only primed...we're talking about a 4bdrm farm house here...that's a LOT of walls!) We need to replace light fixtures (all gone from being destroyed by the last renters) find doors (also all gone from destruction...) sand the hardwood floors and stain and reseal them...put carpeting down where needed/wanted. and almost feels as though I'm building a whole new house but instead we're fixing up a house originally built in 1890 by my Great-Great-Grandpa! This is the house I grew up in, it means a lot to me as it's been a dream of mine to raise my family in this house and now I finally get that chance with a major fix-up. I can't wait! :D 
 I've not done too much sewing lately since the last post, just not had the room for it due to staying with my Daddy. There's a little more room here now (still with my Daddy, but a different house) but there is some, and I'll share it! :D 
 Christmas was a good year this year as I actually got things I wanted and could use rather then stuff that just sits there collecting dust! :D From DH I got a new sewing machine! it has an embroidery feature in it with pre-programed patterns that are nice! I love it! From my brother I got a Serger. I've always wanted a serger! Sadly it started "clanking" and catching so is no longer working brother needs to unpack and find the receipt then I'll get it fixed if possible or replaced depending. I also got a gift certificate for Hancock's which I used to get flannel to make pajama pants for my babies.

Mickey Mouse for S! She loved them. I made them about 5wks ago and they're already too short! My baby is growing so fast!
Zoo Animals for M
Cars for Baby D - he LOVES these! Everytime he wears them he runs around going "vmmmmm" it's cute love my baby man!
Kind of blurry but these are Strawberry Shortcake for M She told me they're very comfy
I tested a doll pattern for a friend awhile back. This is M's doll she loves it!

That's all there is for now! I hope to get some more stuff sewed up soon...especially pants for the growing S as most of hers are now too short...again! I really enjoy sewing for my babies though so always glad to sew up something more for them!

Tomorrow my little S turns 3! I can't believe she's 3yrs old already! Seems like just yesterday we found out our little surprise was on the way. Now she's a big girl already! Love my little Monkey!