Monday, July 25, 2011

Pregnancy Cravings

I am actually excited for pregnancy cravings this time around. We have a small eating out budget due to our remodel. This allows me to say, hmmm I'd like:

Sparkling Lime Water (that's a first…water craving?)


Taco Bell Chalupas



or LeAnn Chin's rice with a little of every entree!


or Olive Garden's Mixed Grill and salad, Applebee's anything, or TGIF's Japanese Hibachi Angus sirloin skewers


or Denny's chicken noodle soup or Grand Slamwich.



and some plums for dessert


Of course carb counting for a diabetic diet puts some reigns on this gal.


Oooooh - now I'm hungry! See ya!


note: all pictures are borrowed from Google Images.

What a pain in the house.

You all remember this picture?



This tree has been "a pain in the house" for a few weeks now. Last week we had a lot of people giving estimates, measuring, turning on loud fans and humidifiers, etc. The guys started residing the wind and hail damaged sides - the shaded side! It's cypress green dutchlap. It looks spectacular!



Today we begin the roof demo. Inside the cabinets are either moved or covered. Appliances in the living room. And my entire craft room is packed into the play area downstairs. It's such a mess in here, it's driving me crazy. I keep telling myself and Tom, at least we were lucky enough to pack up our things - many don't have the opportunity.



It's not too hot outside, but hot/humid enough. I feel bad for them getting their sweat dripping clothes and arms covered in fluffy, itchy insulation.



Today we pack up and move into the local hotel for at least one week. A perfect opportunity for us to come visit some of our friends!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Getting Ready

Even though your world can get turned upside down, as with our current restoration of our house after the storm… Life still moves forward. While I pick out the new flooring and keep the kids away from the construction crews, I am also prepping for my sister's wedding this weekend.


SPOILER ALERT, if you are family and want to wait until after the wedding to see some things, read this later!


One of the big to-do's for us girls is the hair and makeup. So Sabrina, the flower girl at just 3.5 yo, has hair just long enough to add her first curlers. She is pretty wiggly, but she loved the experience (and mommy's attention). After all, she is my princess. This is her test run.


I had curlers leftover, so Mikayla got a makeover too. She'll be a greeter at the wedding. A perfect job for my most social and caring child.



Hello Shirley Temple!


The next day, all curly, we joined my mom and sister for lunch at Olive Garden, and then onto the nail salon to have those boyish dirty toes spiffed up. They got their daddy's nails, and I hate trying to give pedicures. So I spoiled them with their first spa pedicure experience. Worth every penny!



BEFORE (ewww!):


AFTER (much better):


Reminded me of when I first painted Sabrina's nails……

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The whole gang's here….




Once we got by the nail area, I couldn't take the smell. This pregnancy my nose picks up everything. But the nausea is gone, if I eat frequent small meals and stay away from the stinks of this world.



Since most people don't take the time to look at the Bride-to-Be's toes, here's my sister and her pedi that screams "I'm getting married!" Can you tell which baseball team she likes?


Mine and my Mom's turned out really cute too! So classy in red.



Here's a quick pic of Bride-zilla…


getting her manicure. love you sis!

- yes those are fake claws that get clipped down to size.



Yesterday and today I've been sewing in my makeshift crafting area in our MBR since my craft room is being demo'd.



After much research and debate, I decided to add sleeves to my strapless bridesmaids dress. I followed a pattern I found on's blog. Normally it would be easy, but this required me to unstitch some sections of an expensive dress days before the wedding. I was shaking the whole time. Having my inexperienced tailor (husband) do the pinning didn't help my nerves. It looks better on me than on the hanger. (That's a first!)



Spoiler… I made the cutest apron to cover my daughter's flower girl dress during the reception. If you peeked, Isn't it the cutest!? It's the same material I made my sister's bridal shower dress from. Added white lace and beading. It's basically half a dress. Super easy to make.





Friday, July 8, 2011

Our little beanie baby

It's been a rough week, but today I had a wonderful moment. I wanted to share it with you all!

Baby7 is 7wks 4 days old, and 1.28 cm long. He or she is a little kidney bean with a healthy heartbeat. It's exciting every time, an amazing miracle!

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I am sure to many this is just a indistinguishable blob, but that's a baby with a strong heartbeat, a growing brain and nervous system. It just blows me away.


St. Gerard Majella, patron saint of expectant mothers, watch over us all.

For Mother with Child

O almighty and Everlasting God Who through the operation of the Holy Christ, didst prepare the body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mary to be a worthy dwelling place of Thy divine Son; and, through the operation of the same Holy Ghost, didst sanctify Saint John the Baptist, while still in his mother’s womb; hearken to the prayers of Thy humble servant who implore thee, through the intercession of Saint Gerard, to protect her (me); that it may be cleansed by the saving water of baptism and, after a Christian life on earth, it may with its mother, attain everlasting bliss in Heaven. Amen.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

There's a tree in our house!

Pictures from our Branson, MO vacation later. Here's what we found when we came home last night around midnight. We got a call about 5 hours before we arrived from our neighbor, but we were still shocked.


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Then we went inside…

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This was after we cleaned up the piles of insulation, wood and leaves all over the dining room table, chairs and school books. The water that came in has swelled up the floors and leaked into my craft room below.

Theres a Tree in our House

The ceiling tiles are mush, and water might be in the insulation behind the walls. I think my sewing machine is safe, but my patterns and satin aren't. It stopped dripping just inches from my thousands of dollars of scrapbooking supplies. Luckily my albums that have pictures are on the other side of the room.

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We had to wait until morning to assess the rest of the damage and call in the pros. They should be here soon.






Before we left, our microwave burnt out and our van a/c stopped working (nice for a 105*F drive). Everyone got strep throat, except me who had a cold. We found out we're pregnant with #5, and I was feeling yucky during the vacation. So this is just the cherry on top.



The big branches just missed our house a/c and my new perennial gardens. My new peony was missed by one inch of the big piece of sofit and 2x6.



My curious kids have no idea what's about to happen at our house. The tree removal service and remodelers will be here soon. So much for going to my cousin's wedding today, unless they get it wrapped up soon.


It could be so much worse. These 80mph winds could have ripped through other parts of our house, or we could have been sitting down for supper under that mess. But God was gracious and told us to sleep in before making the 12 hour drive. He steered us towards sightseeing, instead of home. He watched over our house and kept all the little squirrels out. Every area that was damaged was next to either a Mary Statue or our Last Supper image, unharmed.

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God be with all those who have to spend their holiday weekend cleaning up the messes. May they find peace in the help that comes, and the ability to see the blessings amidst the chaos.


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