Thursday, February 28, 2008

7 Things Meme

I was tagged by Meari to share seven random facts about myself.

Here are the rules: Each player tells 7 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. You need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they have been tagged and to read your blog!

The Rules:
1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the Rules on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged

Seven Random Facts About Me:
1. I had my dad as my 7th grade math teacher.
2. When I was little, we used to live in a big farm house that had two big rooms on the first floor divided in the middle by the staircase. When my parents weren't home I used to ride my bike around in a big circle through those two rooms. As far as I know, my parents never found out.
3. I'm currently pregnant with our 8th child
4. I hate, hate, hate to be cold
5. I used to run cross country in Middle School
6. I love doing math at work but hate to do it at home
7. I used to live on a pig farm when I was little

I tag Sara, Tammy, Velda, Martha, Michelle, Jen and Patty.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Drs Appt and Ultrasound

I had my ultrasound for the nuchal fold test which is a check for down's syndrome this morning. Everything looks great there and baby is measuring right on target...he's measuring about a week before my due date so he's growing well. And yes, I did say HE as they are thinking that this one is going to be a boy. Things are still pretty tiny so it's hard to say for sure but it definitely looked like there was something there. We should be able to find out for sure at my April 11 u/s assuming that he is as cooperative as he was today. They were done the test in less than 5 minutes whereas last time it took almost 1/2hr to get Kearsyn into the right position to the measurement. They said he was laying in the perfect position today. Also had my 12 wk drs appt this afternoon although he laughed and said there really was no need for it since all he was doing today was listening for the heartbeat and since I'd already seen this morning, it didn't really matter.

Here's a couple pics of him. He looks like such a tiny little thing in the 3D pic.

I sure hope this boy likes a pink room and pink carpet as that's currently what color the baby's room is. Guessing we'll be painting at some point before he gets here. LOL

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Another Repair Bill

There are times when I really hate my car and this would be one of them. Seems like everytime I turn around we are having to make more repairs on it. We just did a big repair on it 3 months ago and now it needs another one. Grr! This latest trouble started Tuesday afternoon as I was leaving work. I'm pulling out of the garage and notice that my check engine light has just come on. Not knowing what exactly this means I pull over to try and decide if this is a warning light that can survive 60 mile drive home or if it's something more serious. After reading in the manual that it has something to do with the emissions control system and that the car is safe to continue driving but should be taken in to be looked at as soon as possible, I continue my drive home. I make an appt to drop my car off the next night so it can be looked at on Thursday. Of course this would be the evening of our snow dusting that turns into a 4.5 inch downfall but we make it to drop my care off without incident. They must have had a lot of cancellations due to the weather because they called with the news about my car early Thursday morning. So $1000 later and two new 02 sensors later (whatever the heck they are), I have my car back in running order.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A Dusting

That's what the weathermen were forecasting for us today in the way of snowfall. An Alberta clipper was supposed to zip through our area around midafternoon - evening and drop a dusting to an inch of snow. If this is a dusting, I'd hate to see what a significant snowfall looks like. We are currently at 4 inches and counting.

Monday, February 18, 2008


That's what Alex ended up with after a game of soccer with his dad last night. And no, Andy didn't cause the break. LOL Alex couldn't put any weight on his foot last night and when we took him in to the orthopedics office today, they said the injury is located in his growth plate area...what else is new, that's where all his injuries have been. He's now in a very attractive looking black shoe which gives his foot great support...he wasn't able to walk into the office but he was able to walk out with this shoe on. Dr says no sports for a month which is a bummer because baseball is just about to start. Hopefully his coach will be understanding and still let him be part of the team.
I had to make a stop on the way home because one of my headlights burned out. I'd just gotten it installed when this happened. What timing.

I also discovered today that the drs office made a mistake in scheduling my appt to have the nuchal translucency u/s down. They scheduled it for 3/27 instead of 2/27 and needless to say the March date doesn't work at as it's way too late for the test. This meant that I needed to reschedule the appt for an inconvenient time for me which defeats the purpose of why I made it a month in advance in the first place. Ugh!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

I came home to this cute little guy sitting on our counter singing and dancing away. He's a lobster, in case you can't tell. Keari loves these animated animals. I had a dancing gorilla that Andy had gotten me for a Valentine's Day many years ago and she's basically worn it out because she plays with it to much. She loves to dance to the music and she gets the biggest grin on her face watching these things dance around.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

and Finally. Sickie #9

Andy put up a valiant fight but the bug finally got him. Hopefully it will be as short lived in him as it has been in most of the others.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Longest Commute

Okay, I'm sure someone out there has had a longer commute but 5 hrs is a record for me all caused by the weather system that went through our area this afternoon that produced a mix of snow/sleet/freezing rain/rain. The area I was traveling through basically had freezing rain. I was doing okay until I got about 20 miles from home even though I had passed numerous accidents along the many that I eventually lost count. And they weren't just one or two car accidents...they were 6 and 7 car accidents, accidents with cars flipped over. It was amazing. Thankfully, it didn't look like anyone was hurt in the accidents I passed. It took me about an hour to get within 20 miles from home...normally takes me an hour to get home so I didn't think that was too bad considering the weather...but that's when it all changed. I got on the main road to come home and came to a stand still. Move .1 mile in an hour, then another .1 mile in the next hour and finally another .1 mile in the next in 3 hours, I went .3 miles. Not very good progress. This was all due to extreme icing conditions on a bridge up in front of me. Finally about 3 hrs 45 minutes into the ordeal, they reopened my side of the road to allow traffic over the bridge...they kept the other side of the road closed. When I finally made it to the bridge, I could see why they had closed it as it was still extremely icy even after all the salting/sanding they done in the 3+ hrs that we had been waiting. This is certainly something I hope I don't need to repeat anytime soon. And I was being tortured the entire time I was in the car because a coworker had given me some eggrolls that she had made...problem was they weren't cooked so I couldn't even eat them while I was stuck in traffic. How cruel is that??

There was one humerous part the entire ordeal. After talking with my mom, I found out that a close family friend was also stuck in the same traffic that I was. Turns out she was right beside me in the next lane. Out of all the thousands of cars that were on the road what are the odds that we would have ended up right beside each other. Not sure why, but it made us each feel a little better to know that we weren't stuck in that traffic nightmare alone.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sickies #7 & 8

Today it's on to Tyler and Connor. Andy is the only one left that hasn't gotten it. Think it'll bypass him?

Sunday, February 10, 2008

and 6

Kenzie. Ugh!

Sickies #3, 4 & 5

Today it got Taylor, Alex and me. I didn't think the mom's were supposed to get sick. =(

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Our Second Sickie

Now Kearie has it. She started getting sick in the wee hours of the morning. She's so little, she doesn't have a clue what is going...just looks at me with big questioning eyes. Poor thing.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Our First Sickie

There's been a nasty stomach bug going around and it seems to have finally caught up with Bekah. She started getting sick when I got home from work last night and hasn't stopped since. Now she's so thirsty but everytime she drinks something, it comes right back up. Poor thing.

I wonder how long it'll take to go through the rest of the house. :(

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Crazy Weather

From pea soup yesterday to a sauna today...well maybe not quite that warm but it's supposed to get to 70 today. It is the beginning of February, right? Just checking to make sure I haven't gotten into some kind of time warm and it's suddenly become May without me knowing it. And Sunday they are calling for the temps to be in the 20's. Like I said, crazy weather, and it's just another typical day in Maryland where you never know what the temps are going to be like from one day to the next.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Pea Soup

It's not something that I like to eat and it's certainly not something I like to drive in. What a terrible morning to be out driving. It was so foggy I could barely see to get of our neighborhood. And I really hate driving in the's kind of creepy, the way wisps of fog reach out to your car as you drive by...and you lose all your landmarks so it feels like you are driving in unknown territory even though it's a road you've traveled hundreds of times, like you could fall into an abyss around the next corner. Times seems to expand while driving in the fog...not sure why although I'm sure it has to do with not being able to track your driving progress through the normal landmarks so it feels like you aren't going anywhere. Thankfully I made it to work without any problems but I sure don't want to make a drive like that every morning.

Sunday, February 03, 2008


Connor and Kenzie had their Winter Recital at St. Johns College in Annapolis today. It's a cool old college that was founded in 1649 and the building they play in is ancient...doesn't look anything like you would picture a college classroom looking like. There's big fireplaces in each classroom (although they have them blocked at this point). The piano sits in the entrance hall to the building...which extends from the front of the building all the way to back...and the room has a balcony that goes all the way around and portraits of past college presidents on the walls. Today I was sitting beside the guy that was president in the 1860's with the cool dress attire from that era.

Okay, so all that has absolutely nothing to do with the recital but I think it's pretty cool and there's alot of history on this campus and the kids enjoy playing here. Both Connor and Kenzie played really well although each made a mistake but they worked through it without any problems. After Connor was done and got his music back, this was a judged event, he started flipping pages so he could show me the exact note that he'd made the mistake if I'd really know. He claimed that his pinky finger knew which note to play but his brain kept saying "No, no" and wouldn't let his pinky play it. LOL The kid cracks me up!

Biscotti anyone?

Italian Double Chocolate Biscotti to be exact. Alex had to make an international dish for school and he chose this one. Having never eaten biscotti before, let alone make it, I'm not entirely sure that it turned out the way it's supposed to but Alex says it tastes good, he nibbled on the crumbs that fell off after slicing the loaves into pieces was done, so I guess that's all that counts. Guess we'll find out on Tuesday once the other kids get a chance to sample it. I think it's really cool that everyone taking a foreign language class at Alex's school has to prepare a dish. I can remember doing this within our own foreign language class...but never something for all the foreign language classes that all the students of the school then get to share in. Will be interesting to hear what other dishes are brought in.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Quack, Quack

Today would have been the perfect day if you were a duck...nothing but rain all day long...and lots of it!

I love the way the clouds look after an all day rain storm...thick, heavy, rolling, with just a hint of sun peaking through...


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