Yes, he is giving Cory a wet willy.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Yes, he is giving Cory a wet willy.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Last Thursday, she had her doctor's appt. Doc. was impressed with her growth, gained 2 1/2 lbs, and two inches in height since birth.
My youngest bro. got his mission call about a week ago, and I just wanted to say YEAH! Pocatello, Idaho, it made me giggle. He had a little bit of a hard time pronouncing it while it was reading it out loud to us. Just made the moment better. I am going to miss that boy, but I can't think of anything better he could possibly be doing. I am so excited for him!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Anyways, I went to my scheduled doctor's appt this morning, the one I was really hoping I wouldn't have needed, due to having had the baby. Her name is Lori, and she is actually a midwife. She was surprised that I hadn't had her yet. After checking me out and seeing that I am exactly the same place I was last week, she tried stripping the membranes. I am hoping that will due something. If it doesn't, she already has me scheduled for an ultrasound on Saturday and induction on Monday. Monday will be 41 weeks. The idea of delivering a big baby scares me, and I am hoping that baby Lyssa won't be too big. All she is doing is gaining weight at this point.
Lori, made me laugh at little when she was asking what I was doing that was taking so long as well as asking what happened with Mark. Mark was due Dec. 24th and as for his labor, my water broke at 1:30 am on the 23th. When we got to the hospital, I was a whopping 1 cm then too. Maybe the baby just needs to be little more aggressive and kick the stupid sac open to get started. I don't know.
Side note, last night there was a power outage from 7pm to midnight. I was in the middle of giving Mark a bath when the power went out. Nothing weather wise indicating that one would happen, guess someone ran into a telephone pole. I didn't think much of it, it was still light out. I figured I would just put Mark into his bed a little early so he still had some light to fall asleep with. He has been starting to show signs of being a little scared of the dark. Normally there is a lamp we leave on, but hey no power. I put him in his room and left him there for about 30 minutes. It is dark by now, and I had finished reading, and was just going to go to bed. Not much else I could do. When I went to check on him, he was still up, and it is pretty dark out. I pull him out and take him to my room, thinking he might fall asleep if I am there in the bed with him. It isn't until I am tucking him into our bed that I realized Mark's streaking tendency had struck again. I had already blown out all the candles and didn't have a light source in the room. I had no problems finding the diaper, just with finding the diaper to his butt, because someone likes to run away from me. Even in the dark. Then when I do find him, he wiggled around a lot. I did manage to finally get it on him successfully, and after about 15 minutes he was out.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
In this letter, it was saying that due to the fact that our house had been vacant over a year when we bought it, "certain steps must be taken before that system can be used." It then gives us a number to call for any questions.
" You should be aware that before making repairs, installing or replacing an on-lot system, you must get a permit."
It then tells us that, "The absence of an on-lot sewage system, or the use of a malfunctioning or unpermitted system is a violation of 25 PA Code Chapter 73, 'Standards for Sewage Disposal Facilities,' and sometimes, a violation of the 'Clean Streams Law of Pennyslvania, ' and can result in large fines if not corrected." It too states that an inspection will be done by their Sewage Enforcement Officer on July 31, if they didn't hear from us by then, and that we would be responsible for the $50 investigation fee if that inspection ended up taking place.
Well, we were caught off guard. Ethan called the lady, Vicky Mazzanti, and talked to her twice that week. With in those calls, she said that they would be sending someone to do an inspection, at our (Ethan and I) cost of $350, that they would probably have us pump the tank, and that they would have us sign an annual inspection and pumping agreement. Should we fail the inspection, we would have to get a permit to fix it. She said that she would send us the application for the permit the next day.
Ethan went to some of our neighbors to see if this was something new, or something that everyone in the area had to do. One neighbor said he had lived there for 35 years, and was only needing now to pump because it was backing up, and as for everyone else, they have never heard anything about such a thing and that the BCSA was full of it. One of my friends who lives close has already had to deal with them for when they were putting in a system for a new place, and that they were nasty to deal with, and that they would make sure that there was a reason we would fail the inspection enough that we would need to end up putting in a sand mound system, estimate cost being around $23,000 minimum. (However vengeful that sounds, they had dealt with them a lot.) Lets us say Ethan and I don't have $23,000 sitting around.
I call Vicky after hearing the stuff from everyone else, and politely asked her where in the law that due to the fact that house had been vacant for so long, that they had the right to demand inspection. Know this, we had been searching through the quoted 25 PA Code Chapter 73, and were finding nothing to support her claim. This was the first Friday after we had gotten the letter. Vicky then gave me the code 25 PA Code Chapter 72. 22H as a reference. After talking with her, I looked up the code. First off, Chapter 72 is all about ADMINISTRATION OF SEWAGE FACILITIES PERMITTING PROGRAM, and 72.22 is dealing with 72.22. Permit issuance, and 72.22H says specifically
(h) A permit is not required when a new dwelling is proposed to replace a previously existing dwelling when the local agency determines that the size and anticipated use of the new dwelling, as determined under § § 73.16 and 73.17 (relating to requirements for absorption areas; and sewage flows), are the same as or less than those of the previously existing dwelling and the previously existing dwelling was in use within 1 year of the anticipated date of completion of construction of the new dwelling. This exception does not apply when an active investigation of a malfunction is under way by the local agency or the Department.
Layman's term, if we had bought this house, torn it down and were building a new one on the old foundation, we would have 1 year from time of destruction to anticipated completion, not to need a permit.
IT DOESN'T APPLY TO US. We had some cosmetic remodeling on the house, but nothing, and I mean nothing that would have anything to do with the sewage, or ruin the integrity of the house.
The following Monday, we get the application for the permit. This is a copy of the following letter information.
"As I explained to you on the phone, when a sewage system is not used for more than one (1) year, but less than three years, an alternate sited for on-lot sewage is usually established before the existing system may be used.
However, since you have lived in the home for six months and I can see for the Butler County property detail map of the site that there is not any available area to establish an alternate site, we will require a system inspection, including a dye test.
Should the system pass the dye test, we will prepare, an Annual Inspection and Pumping Agreement, to be recorded with the deed and enforced by this office.
Please complete the enclosed the application and return it, with your check to this office in the envelope included by Aug. 7, 2009.
After receipt of these items, our Sewage Enforcement Officer will call to schedule testing."
The application for the permit was there as well. The application is Abandoned System Permit Application. Had we actually signed the application, we would have been literally saying, that we intended to install an on-lot system on this property. We hadn't even had the inspection yet, and they wanted us signing that we would put in a new system! After doing more research, we wouldn't have been able to meet the newer law requirements for putting in a new system. We didn't have enough land to have a septic tank more than 200 ft from property line, or the creek.
Talking to Ethan's parents, they suggested that we get in contact with a friend of theirs. He was a Constitution Rep. for Pennsylvania, knows the laws well and would be able to help us fight this.
He offered to write a letter for us to send in response to all of this. Before we were able to mail in the letter, however, he wanted to come and inspect the property himself, making sure that there weren't any signs that our system was malfunctioning or draining into the stream or causing something just as hazardous. We also bought some No Trespassing signs, normal ones and some that were brought from the friend that change trespassing from a state offense to a federal offense and the person can be fined up to $5,000 per person, plus the cost of legal fees, should they come upon our property without permission or a warrant. There were no signs of a malfunctioning system and we were given the go ahead to mail in the letter he had written.
Some of the many points that were included in this letter:
- Finding out how they were notified about us in the first place.
- That we didn't fit the requirements they said they had the legal right to come and inspect for.
- That they were trying to force us into a "desired contract of adhesion!"(The Annual Inspection and Pumping Agreement)
- That we weren't in violation of the "Clean Streams Law of Pennsylvania," according to the codes.
- Who was employing them, seeing as they were an association not an Authority.
- That they have no authority to my property unless I have harmed someone.
- That we had no intentions of signing a binding agreement with them.
- Asked if they were trying to extort money from us.
- That I didn't have an abandon system.
There is a lot more involved, but this was the basic gist of everything. It was a lawful notification and they were given 30 days to respond. We sent the letter certified mail on July 27, and seeing as it is now Aug. 31, their silence is their acquiescence to our statement. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No more worrying about legal issues and huge monetary problems that could have come about this whole thing.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
1. The slightest movement when I am trying to sleep. This includes the cat and snoring (myself included) in any form. My sensitivity to vibrations is higher than most due to the hearing problem. I can deal with a fan going, or a washing machine, white noise stuff, but nothing else really. It drives my husband nuts. The cat has been kicked off the bed so many times because it won't hold still, and I don't really want him sleeping there. Scratches to the foot on Sunday have been the first time of retaliation. I don't currently have a door for my bedroom, so I have resorted to shutting Blackjack in the bathroom at night. I am having a hard enough time sleeping, being 6 weeks away from my due date, I don't need any distractions.
2. People who haven't been around kids in year, or if ever, and don't understand that kids are kids. They aren't neat, quiet, or patient, but in actuality curious and ingenious at discovering new ways to figure things out.
3. We are currently fighting with the Butler County Sewage Association (BCSA). I won't go into details yet, I am waiting to see their rebuttle for the letter we mailed out today.
Things that are making life great...
1. I am down to 6 weeks left! This baby will soon be here. Whereas I know it will be hard, it is always worth it. The pregnancy is almost over!!!!!
2. People that are more educated than Ethan and I are, are willing to help us fight The BCSA. I don't know what we would be doing right now without their support and help.
3. Self propelling lawn mowers. This gives more time to Ethan to do the heavy duty stuff, that I can't do, leaving me to simply guide the mower around the yard. Great exercise, without overdoing it.
4. Mark's smile and enthusiam. No matter how impatient or short I can be, his smile is always right there to cheer me up.
5. Ethan, my wonderful, diligent, supportive husband. I can't count how many times I have asked him to rub my hand, back, hips, whatever, and he just does it. Plus the work on the house, the way he works hard to take care of us. I love him.
6. A good book. It is amazing how time flies when there is a good book to be read. Reading the Work and the Glory series right now, I don't know how many times I have read it already.
7. A bath. I love taking bathes. I love being able to take a couple minutes to myself, usually reading.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Instructions: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag 15 friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing your fifteen too.
1. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
2. The Face on the Milk Carton - Caroline B. Cooney
3. Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli
4. Thy Kingdom Come Series - Linda Paulson Adams
5. Witches - Roald Dahl
6. Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowlings
7. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
8. The Alliance - Gerald Lund
9. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
10. Go Ask Alice - Anonymous
11. Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali
12. The McIntyre Liar - David Bly
13. Whatever Happened to Janie - Caroline B. Cooney
14. 1984 - George Orwell
15. My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Even so, I had no idea what was involved in a root canal process. After a little Internet research, I get the basic facts down and now understood why they wanted me to get one. If you want the details, just look it up. Anyways, today I go back in and first they do is get me an x-ray for the doctor (a different one than yesterday) to see what he need to accomplish. Apparently I am abnormal, my roots are extremely long. This made the procedure a lot longer. If that wasn't enough, apparently one of the roots was basically calcified, therefore, almost impossible to drill through. For that one, they purposely left the drill bit in there, had me go do another x-ray, so they could see how close to the end of the canal it actually was in comparison to the drill bit. Mind you, that was after he broke or wore down three other drill bits. What was supposed to be an hour long process ended up being two, with a dentist telling me he hasn't had one that difficult in a long time. GGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRR............. I have to go back in a week so they can put the crown on, they like to wait a week, in case there is anything they need to check on. That is a common practice from what I was reading. Seriously though, what was supposed to be a routine cleaning ends up like this? I have never been one to hate going to the dentist, but this has given me a reason to start.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Anyways, as always, when Dr. Dobbs got to the vaccination sheet, she was very surprised. There are only two shots on there. The Hib shot and one follow up. Dr. Dobbs was very polite and asked me as to why that was, and I explained to her my reasonings. I am not opposed to vaccines. I have done my research for a long time, long before Mark was born, going down to even the specific ingredients of each vaccine. If you ever want to be grossed out, read the ingredients and find out what they really are. After praying about it and truly studying the effects and what not, I came down to the conclusion that for the most part overall, vaccinations are a good thing. However, I was finding many issues with how aggressively they are administered. Many of the shots have to be repeatedly administered, mainly due to the young age. They don't effectively take hold. Many times there have been children to get the chicken pox shot, only to still receive it later as an example. Waiting until a child is older seems to be the most efficient way to guarantee, to me, the best health and protection to my child. Mark doesn't have to get as many shots over all, they take better, and I don't feel like I am allowing a boat load of foreign stuff in his system all at one time.
The proposed scheduling(http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/medical/immunization_chart.html) for shots calls for:
- 3 shots of Hep B before 18 months
- 5 shots of Dtap(Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine) by the time the child is 6 yrs.
- 4 shots of Hib: Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine by 15 months
- 4 shots of IPV: Inactivated poliovirus vaccine by 6 yrs.
- 4 shots of PCV: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine by 15 months
- 3 shots of Rota: Rotavirus vaccine by 6 months
- 2 shots of MMR: Measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles) vaccine between ages 12 month to 6 yrs.
- 2 shots of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine between 12 months and 6 yrs.
- 2 shots of Hep A: Hepatitis A vaccine; given as two shots at least 6 months apart between 12-23 months.
- 3 shots of HPV: Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for girls, given as 3 shots over 6 months. Also recommended for girls ages 13 to 18 years if they have not yet been vaccinated. Suggested between 11-12 yrs old.
- 2 shots of MCV4: Meningitis vaccine; also recommended for younger children from certain high-risk groups, as well as 13- to 18-year-olds who have not yet been vaccinated. Suggested at 11-12 yrs and for college entrants.
There are many that would argue that the multiple shots are needed as extra protections for the younger the child is, due to their low immune systems. In some cases I agree, but I also know that breastfeeding also allows a lot of the same protections until the babe is about 6 months. They literally have Mommy's protection. But not all children are breastfed for various reasons.
There are so many different risk, and while many are extremely low and truly rare, I have had enough close family be seriously and permanently affected negatively by vaccines for me to know I need to be careful. Ethan himself ended up with a mild version of the measles after getting his MMR. I will not be talked into doing something I think can be willfully harmful to my child when waiting seems to be a better option. He is getting older and will slowly be getting them, one at a time, I don't care if I need to go ever other week for 4 months, I will deal with it. I think the next one will end up being Dtap, mainly because of the pertussis (whooping cough). Again, not against vaccines, just want him to be older to better be able to handle them.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The first one, a first timer finally cleaning out the attic, had clothes for both boys and girl from 0-3 months to size 16 and she was only asking 10 cent an item. I went to town with that deal and ended up suppling Mark for his entire 2T wardrobe. The lady seriously had 7 storage bins of just boys 2T stuff, not to mention all the other sizes. Plus the stuff was clean and organized amazingly well. No hint of a smoker in the house or animals. They had some sets of dishes out as well, plastic and rainbow colored. After this last move and my clumsiness, I am down to only a few actual glass glasses. Plus with people staying with us for Auby's wedding, we needed more than just 8 plates to get through the week. Also got Mark a life vest for swimming, clothes and shoes for the baby, and my lucky find for the day consisted of two large containers of Linkin' Logs. All in all I walked away with 7 walmart bags full of clothes and shoes, a complete set of dishes, and the boxes of Linkin' Logs.
The second one was a flea market deal with a church. I am not particularly fond of going to these. They usually ended up being junk that old people should have thrown out 20 years ago. But I did manage to find some canning jars for $1 a box and a couple of chapter books that I enjoyed as a preteen. For an hour's worth of looking and driving, and $20, I did well.
P.S. I have this random stray cat that has been living out my living room window for the last three days, anyone want it? It is black and white, looks like it is about 6 months, very sweet, gets along with Blackjack just fine. I just don't want another cat, but this one seems prefect for a family with kids.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
As for the doctor's appts, they are now being moved from once a month to every two weeks, meaning I am moving a long fine, weight gain has been okay, only 5 lbs over what my prepregancy weight was,(I dropped 10 lbs the first trimester) baby is active and kicking. I have another ultrasound set up, they had some concerns they just wanted to double check, and it is time for the rhogam shot. And last but not least, no more stupid glucose test, unless they find something later. I despise the glucose test, last pregnancy I had to do the three hour test twice, luckily this time I have only had to do the one hour twice. Babe is growing nicely, and I am finally showing enough that people aren't as embarrassed to ask me when the baby is due. I like this stage, I no longer look like I might be pregnant or just gained weight, they can't tell.
Monday, June 8, 2009
What I didn't count on being a problem was Blackjack. He has decided that our bed is his bed too. Despite the multiple toss off the bed, he still doesn't seem to catch on. I don't have a door for my room, due to really weird size doors that were in there originally, that had to be ripped out when we were doing dry wall. Plus that door didn't actually shut either. Baby gates he finds an amusing toy, and after seeing his height for jumping, it would take about two seconds for him to be done with a solid babygate.
I am a firm believer that animals do not share the beds with their owners. Plus I do have a small allergy to cats and where as I am getting more immune to him everyday, I don't really want him behind my head cuddling with my pillow, which he attempted to many a times last night. Plus with the new babe coming, I know she will spend a lot of time in my bed. New baby and cats don't always mix. Sometimes they do, but seeing as I don't know what he will be like with the baby, I don't want to take a chance. Grrr....
I have tried locking him into rooms for the night, and every room that has been tried with, Blackjack has successfully escaped from, how, I don't have a clue. I keep waking up during the night to find him on my bed. I love the cat, but sleeping is getting annoying.
Friday, June 5, 2009
I am excited to see Mark in his own room that I don't have to worry about waking him up at night when I am trying to finish the laundry! We had already picked out colors for Mark's room, but I am not sure what color to paint the baby's room. I know the baby is a girl, but I am not a paint the room pink or purple kind of person. I don't mind pink or purple, I just don't want it on my walls. I am thinking a pastel yellow or a peach color, but I am not sure. I had a bedroom that was a peach color before and I loved it. But I am really leaning towards a duck theme for the nursery. Oh well, time will tell.
I am looking for a couple of things for the bedrooms, a twin bed mattress and frame (frame optional), two dressers, and a toy box. If you see any and live close to me, let me know.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Having a child that is willing to get into anything makes it harder when choosing mouse traps. You don't want to leave poison, he could easily find it, you don't want the snap trap, then go to the emergency room explaining broken fingers, so we have been using the sticky traps. Not the most effective but they have caught 4 mice for us so far.
Today, I caught two, one was like almost dead and just sitting there on the dining room floor, and the other got stuck in the trap. I am not sympathic when it comes to rodents, especially in my house. Outside they can live, inside, they die.
Ethan and I have seriously considered getting a cat, but the biggest fight against that is my allergies. Yet, I have proved that I can become immune to certain cats. I adopted a cat when I left Colorado a couple of years and had no problems with her while I was living at home. We figured that if we got a young kitten, I would probably do better with it than a full grown one. Not as much hair, smaller, that sort of thing.
Well as luck would have it, my in-laws have have cats. Lots of cats, due in particular to one, named Agrippa. I don't think I have ever seen her during the spring and summer months not pregnant or nursing. Well she had four, a little before Easter, and now we have adopted the little black one. Alycia had named it Bageria, after the panther in Jungle book, but Ethan and I have not decided if that will be its name. We are pretty sure it is a boy though.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
We had a small party at Em's place with some of the old Remington girls,( my last apt before getting married) and made the best dessert, Italian sodas! Kate and I ended up having them two more time this trip.
When we made the car reservation for the trip, I signed up for an economy car. I wanted something good on gas, and something cheap. When we got there, the rental guy walked us up and seriously said " here is your economy minivan". I wasn't too please, but having worked in a car rental business before, I have had to do that to other people. I figured we could last a couple of days with the van, but we would need to switch out to a smaller car before leaving for BYU-I. Two days later we switched to a Kia Rio. Kate kept calling it our clown car because of how small it was. I think it was the right size, it fit me.