Lickity Split L&D

Friday, May 11, 2012 | |

I never would have imagined experiencing a L&D like I did with Little Rex. My due date was December 15th, I had told myself from the beginning not to expect this baby to come early and that was a good thing. Both Jack and Tilly were late so I just assumed this little guy would be too...and he was. Six days late to be exact. And actually, I was induced, so who knows how long he would have stayed in there. I say I was induced but really my midwife just stripped my membranes and gave me some voodoo potion (okay, really it was just some special tea to help get contractions going). It was the 6th day past my due date and one day before Jack's Birthday and only 4 days before Christmas and I wanted that baby OUT!! After my midwife did the procedure I went home (Brad had already taken off that day, so he was home) and Brad and I started to pack up last minute things, put clean sheets on the bed and we made some calls. This was around 11am. My midwife told me that the contractions should start a few hours after the procedure and I should have him around dinner time. I went home thinking I would be laboring all afternoon and go back in around 4 or 5. Around around 12:00 I had my first contraction it was painful but it didn't last long at all. Maybe about 15-20seconds. Then I would have another one a minute later. I thought maybe it was really one contraction with a little break in the middle. Nope! From the begining my contrations were about a minute apart. Some would be 3 minutes apart, but for the most part they were back to back, but not lasting long. I just wasn't sure what was going on, there was no pattern just alot of short, painful contractions. The kids were still home with us and we decided we might as well have Sandra come pick them up for the afternoon. That was a very good decision because 10 minutes after she left our house, we left for the birth center. We had called all our people that were going to meet us at the birth center and told them I was definately in labor but I wasn't sure how far along I was. around 1:35 the pain GREATLY increased and I told Brad we need to go NOW! We left for the center. Once I was in the car, the contractions were SO intense and I only had about a 20 sec. break between them. All I could say was "It HURTS!!" over and over and over again. We live about 10 minutes from the birth center and when we were about 2 minutes away I began to feel pressure. I thought, OH CRAP!! Then I started yelling, "GET THERE NOW, HE'S COMING, WE HAVE TO GET THERE NOW!!!" We pullled into the parking lot and I was thinking I'm not gonna be able to move my legs to get out of the car, and I knew I only had a 20 sec. break to get out of the car and into the birth center. I had a contraction, Brad was at the door encouraging me to get out of the car because he knew another one was about to come. I made it out of the car and took about 10 steps, another contraction came, my water broke and I screamed, "MY WATER BROKE!!" and then Rex's head came out! Then I became hysterical, screaming, "His head is out!!!" Brad picked me up and another guy came over and helped carry me into the birth center. They layed me down right in the nurses station and as they pulled my pants off I delivered the rest of Rex. IT WAS CRAZY!!!! I still can't believe it! I am just so thankful to God for protecting us that day and being so gracious to give me such a short labor and delivery! If we had caught 1 red light Rex would have been born in our car. Thank you Jesus!! Oh yeah, the time of birth was 1:50. Total time from first contraction to delivery was about 2 hours!!

Chalkboard Wall

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Sidenote: I started this post 9 months ago.  I guess it's better late than never

We've started our second year of homeschooling this year and things are going great... for the most part. This year I wanted to try to make our school room (aka the kitchen table area) a little more school-y. And try to declutter the fridge of art, math papers and handwriting papers. It's a hard balance to find, especially since I can't shut the door on the homeschool room. It's all out in the open. We decided to try out the ever so popular chalkboard paint. So far, we LOVE it! We use it everyday to practice/teach math, calendar, days of the week, and just playing too.
Here is a quick rundown of what we did:
1. Prep the wall. 
I think this step is optional.  How smooth do you want your chalkboard?  If you don't mind a textured, bumpy surface; you could just skip this step and just throw on a couple of layers of chalkboard paint and you'd be good to go.  I wanted a smoother surface so we decided to sand off the texture. This part was NOT FUN!  Very time consuming as well as a HUGE mess! Even with taping up a plastic drop cloth (from ceiling to floor), dust still got on everything throughout the whole house.  I really don't know what you could do differently.  Maybe re-floating the wall to get a really smooth surface?  I bet a wallpapered surface would be best.  Keep in mind, the smoother the surface the better the chalk will write and erase.  Around the edges of our chalkboard I didn't sand very well and I can tell.  I don't know if others could, though.

2.  Clean the wall off with a damp cloth and let it dry.  YAY!  An easy step:)

3.  Paint the wall. 
I bought 2 quarts of paint and I used a little more than one can.  Our wall is about 5 feet tall and 10 feet wide.  Between each coat (I did 3) of paint I would let it dry for about an hour.  Also, one of my friends told me you can get some add-in "stuff" to make your paint magnetic.  Check it out.  Oh, and you can also buy different colors of chalkboard paint if you didn't want the standard black board look.

4.  Let it cure for 24 hrs.

5.  Condition the chalkboard
Turn your chalk on its side and rub it all over the chalkboard, then get a paper towel and rub it all in.  Now you can draw all over your board. 

I made this super cute backdrop to take Rex's Halloween picture infront of; but my little octopus wanted nothing to do with it.  

Growin' up

Friday, May 6, 2011 | |

Jack is about to finish his first year of school. I'm so proud of us both for completing a year of homeschooling.
It's neat to look back to the begining of the school year and see all that he's learned in 9 months.
I'm glad though that this school year is coming to an end and we get a LONG summer break.
I think next year we are going to try a co-op that will meet once a week in addition to the homeschool PE class that he takes 2 days a week.
Jack turned 6 right before Christmas and has lost 4 teeth throughout this school year.
He has already had a lot of firsts in 2011: got stitches, joined a soccer team, caught a pigeon,
caught a ribbon snake, and won first place in a mutton bustin competition at the Houston Rodeo. Here are some pictures of our Big Boy...

God Creates Cool Stuff!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 | |

Okay, so I need a better title for my new blog series. Someone gimme somethin'.

I was making pizza dough today and I put my nice little ball of dough in a bowl to let rest and rise. Photobucket
I love coming back to my once small, dense ball of dough to see it doubled in size and super fluffy.
I started thinking,"how does God come up with this stuff?" "Yeast?"
It's these little granules and it's a fungus and it magically
(I use this word for any scientific stuff I don't understand)
makes the dough nice and fluffy. Crazy! I am daily amazed at God's creation.
So In this new series I would like to find different creatures, food, plants, anything really, that show off God's handiwork.
I will try to maintain this new series,
including pictures because pictures make blog posts
awesome but I'm not making any promises!

"The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork."
Psalm 19:1

Web Sharpening

Monday, October 4, 2010 | |

Just doin' a test on a new web sharpening method...

Here is a side by side comparison. The one on the left has been sharpened for the web. I can't tell a difference. Hmmmm...


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Here it is:


Even though no one got the exact answer I'm calling the game. And we have 2 winners this week. The first winner is Shannon. She had the almost-exactly-right-answer, "butterfly wing." As you can see, it actually was a dragonfly wing. Courtney is the second winner with the most creative and impossible answer, "an old metal bed frame found on the bottom of the ocean floor from the Titanic." Congrats girls!! And thanks for playing everybody!

Here is one more pic:

Almost Macro Tuesday

Monday, September 27, 2010 | |

I am cuttin' it close today! Here is today's photo:








Nicely done Karen!! I bought some pistachios and ohter nuts yesterday in hopes of choosing a slightly healthier snack than I have been eating (chips). We'll see how that goes.Photobucket

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