Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Chas and ponderisms

My baby who is leaving me soon for Ms. Jacqueline...

Some much needed humor via email...

Thoughts for the weekend:

If raising children was going to be easy, it never would have started with something called labor!

Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.


I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

Garden Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway..

Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to?

In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird.. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'l l squeeze these dangly things here and drink whatever comes out?"

Who was the first person to say, "See that chicken there? I'm gonna eat the next thing that comes outta its butt."


Well, Izzie had her puppies and it was pretty exciting. She was due for her c-section at 10am on Friday, May 23rd. She had her first puppy in the yard at about 9 am on Thursday, May 22nd. We rushed her to Dr. Burke in Smithville and he delivered the other six by c-section. So, we had seven in all. They all looked really good except for the one that came first and that one is much smaller than the rest. We had two solid white males which was pretty exciting since they are more valuable, but one of them died very unexpectedly on the first day. Very sad. The kids were totally fine with it. Chas had been begging to pet the puppies since we brought them home and we kept telling him no, so when the white one died, he asked could he pet the dead puppy? I guess he figured we wouldn't care about the dead puppy.

They nurse every 2 and a half hours now, and we are trying to get them up to three hours. Last night I was solo, since Eric had to go back to work. It was pretty hard. Reminded me of when the kids were newborn. Just when I would fall asleep the buzzer would go off and back I would go to take care of the puppies. I am hoping the money we make off of these puppies will help pay for the marriage counseling we will surely need when this is all over. Every time we have a litter, we say we are never doing it again, and then we sell them, deposit the money, and decide to do it again. We're slow learners.

Good news is that Izzie is being a much better Mommy than she was on her last litter. Eric thinks it's because she actually delivered one of them and had a chance to bond. She also has more milk this time which means no bottle feeding... a very good thing.

The kids have finally accepted that we are not going anywhere. Not today, not tomorrow, nada.
I felt sorry for them yesterday so when I was in town I bought them play dough, which was major, because I do not allow play dough in my house. Ever. They are still playing with it. I am trying not to think about all the places I am going to find it later.

The other thing that is going on is my secret emotional breakdown. See, ever since Katie started pre-school in 2006, I have been complaining about Chas needing to go to school. He needs the social interaction, the structure, the blah, blah, blah. You get the idea. Mostly I would do it, when I was tired of playing with him. So, naturally, I cannot let Eric know that I am FREAKING out about putting my baby boy on the school bus in less than 3 months! Every day it gets worse. Especially with the added benefit of NO SLEEP to make me that much more weepy. The other day I just stood and stared at his baby pictures and cried. I thought Chas would be easier. I thought since I have been through this with Katie, that I would handle it better, but I think it's worse. So much worse. I need a hug. Maybe I need a valium.

Any sympathetic words, no matter how trite, will be appreciated.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Gulf Shores, AL

These are pictures from our vacation. They aren't in the right order, but it took too long to get them on here, so I'm not going to fix it. This first picture is at the Naval Air Museum, or something like that. It was in Pensacola and we all humored Eric by going along. You can tell Katie is thrilled... The arcade at Adventure Island was a little more kid friendly...

This was right before we left the condo. I had to set the timer and I was really proud that we actually got a picture! It was really dark, but at least it worked!

You will notice that the picture of Eric and Chas is really blurry. That's because they were going really fast. Katie and I went really slow, because rides scare me. Katie kept saying, go faster Mom! Until finally she said, I want to ride with Daddy.

On the Dolphin cruise...

Just a few of Katie's shells...

Katie loved, I mean really LOVED looking for seashells. Chas loved digging in the sand.

I just had to get a picture of his little sunburned cheeks! I think they were actually just windburned from the dolphin cruise, but at any rate, they sure are cute!

One of the major highlights of this trip for the kids was the elevator! They took turns getting to push the buttons.

Friday, May 2, 2008


Miss Katie is ready for Field Day!
Check out the new shades!
Chas was very excited to go to Field Day.

Katie's class won all three relay races! Go Katie!

I think they were studying Chas' shoes.

Meet Hawaiin Rambo and sidekick, Katie

Okay, I have two funny quotes for you today.
First is from Chas. Out of the blue yesterday in the car, he says:
"Wait! A question just dropped into my head!"
Second is from Katie. I was trying on my bathing suits trying to see if they would work for the beach next week and Katie walks in while I'm checking myself out in the mirror. I asked her did she like this bathing suit and she says, "Yeah, but I think most people won't like it"
Okay, whatever THAT means. I can't believe I'm asking my six year old for fashion advice, especially KATIE! Those of you who know Katie know exactly what I mean.

Oh wait, I have one more. Katie was talking my ear off earlier and she says, she KNOWS there are such things as real monsters because back a long long long time ago, like in the 1950's, before there were any people, there were monsters on the earth.
Okay, that's it. Hope you enjoy this pictures!


Eric, Kristi, Chas, and Katie