Friday, December 11, 2009

Mission boy and sick boys

I drove Alan and Mom to the airport on Monday for their flight out to the MTC. Alan has successfully entered into the MTC and is on his way to be a fully trained LDS missionary. The Pocatello Mission is going to have fun with him. He is easily one of the most enjoyable person to be around. There is always a story or something going on that you just want to shake your head and call him a dork for doing.
Yes, he was the Wendy's girl.

Yes, he is giving Cory a wet willy.

Trash bag king of the Theater

Both Ethan and Mark are currently snoozing off a nasty cold that has been swarming our house for the last two weeks. I have a doctor's appt. for Mark tomorrow so I'll find out if it is turning into anything worse. I hate it when we are sick. Mark has been a miserable human being for the last two weeks, but I just thought he was starting the terrible twos or something of that nature. But the fever and other things are making appearance today that are making me think otherwise. I haven't been able to be much help for him, all he wants is Daddy. Leaves me free to take care of Lyssa, so I don't really mind. I think all the cuddling with Daddy is what is making Ethan sick now.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

some of the pics

She has a great smile, and is starting to show signs of getting dimples.

Monday, December 7, 2009

I am an Aunt again, my sister finally had her baby. Baby girl! And Ethan (her husband) said it was the best delivery yet! Yeah!!!!!! Go Mommy and baby!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


When Mark was about three months old we got pro. pictures done of him in his blessing suit, and decided that we would splurge with the speciality pictures, like that with each of the kids. Well due to Lyssa's fast growth, she was weighted at 13.5 lbs today(10 weeks now), we knew we need to get them done soon, otherwise she wasn't going to fit her dress anymore. She is a cubby one. Mom was going to get pictures done with the boys(Alan leaves in a week) at Sears, and I had gotten some good coupons to do pictures with, so I went with them to get Lyssa's done. First outfit, sitting up, she did just fine, got some smiley ones. Then they put her on her stomach. Anyone know of a baby that truly likes being on their stomach at this age? She didn't smile again the rest of the time. I felt so bad for the guy, he was trying every which way to get her to smile. His lips had to be sore. Making all the sounds and everything. We finally gave up. She has a beautiful smile and does smile often, I don't know why she wouldn't today. Once I have access to the stuff online, I will post.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ant and the Grasshopper

The Ant and The Grasshopper
This one is a little different... Two different versions...
Two different morals
Old Version
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.
The grasshopper has no food or shelter and dies out in the cold.
Moral of the story: Be responsible for yourself!
Modern Version
The ant works hard in teh withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the anut is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.
CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide the pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to the video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
America is stunned by the sharp contrast.
How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when the sing, ' It's Not Easy Being Green.'
ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, "We shall overcome." Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.
Pres. Obama condemns the ant and blames Pres. Bush, Pres. Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper's plight.
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich of the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay for his fair share.
Finally the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.
The ant is fined for failing to hire the proportionate number of green bugs, and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and give to the grasshopper.
The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant's old house crumble around the because the grasshopper doesn't maintain it.
The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.
The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and once peaceful neighborhood.
The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Why Trampolines
Aren't Safe
in Wisconsin.

Who says you can't buy a trampoline for five

Thursday, October 29, 2009

4 hour crying jags...

Once Lyssa is asleep she will sleep for a decent amount of time. But in order for that to happen she has to actually fall asleep. The other night she went on a 4 hour crying jag, that I still don't know what the cause of it was. I know it wasn't food that I ate, and she wasn't having gas issues, and she was eating just fine, but she just kept crying. Grrrr. I hate nights like that thoughs. I know after awhile you just kind of have to let them cry it out. But then there is the listening to the cries that make you hurt because you know they aren't happy, and then after doing everything you can do, you just get annoyed that nothing is working. After that night, I got earplugs. Call me cruel, I don't care.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Lyssa's Blessing day

Yesterday was Lyssa's blessing. I don't have any pictures currently, so you'll have to wait. We had plenty of family come and be able to participate. My Bro-in-law was telling me while the blessing was happening, he thought she was going to just explode her diaper the way she was just laying there, the calm before the storm type attitude. But she did very well. Ethan gave her a beautiful blessing. Lyssa wore the blessing dress that I had been blessed in. All in all it was a good day. She handled being loved by many relatives like a champ.

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!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

Lots have been going on, just too tired to care to write

Its funny, many people were giving me lots of advise about Mark's reaction to the baby before she was born. The biggest thing I have seen different has been his amount of physical affection he now gives. He has never been one to give kisses or hugs or what not. We tried to teach him, but all that ever happened was when I ask him for a kiss, he would turn his head, allowing me to kiss his cheek. And that was if I was lucky. He still does that, but now he will give me hugs and kisses anytime HE wants to give kisses and hugs. I like this change. He loves giving Lyssa hugs and kisses, but it is a very dangerous thing for him to do. He will literally end up smothering her with his love.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Baby Girl Lyssa Michelle Fike has officially joined our family as of Sept. 14, 2009 at 11:42 am. She was a week late and was scheduled for an induction the morning of Sept. 14, but decided that she wasn't going to be told when to come to the world and decided to finally start making her way into the the world of the 13th, about 10pm by making the water break. Mark did the same thing.

After calling Kate, my coach this time, and gathering stuff up, Ethan and I headed to the hospital. No contractions had really started, but seeing as I was already supposed to be induced in a matter of hours, they got me all hooked up. Labor moved slowly, ended up getting an epidural, and then needed pitocin to help get things moving around 6 am. Spent the next three hours trying to get some sleep while the nurses kept poking and prodding at me for one thing or another.

At 11 am, I hit the 10 cm and said I could start pushing if I felt the need, or if I could deal with the pressure, to just let my body do its thing and continue to push the baby down on its own. I wasn't in pain, thanks to the epidural, so I waited it out. My midwife was working at the office and was going to go for a lunch break, but after being told how far along I was, came up and checked on me. She then told me that this baby was only going to take about ten minutes to come. I didn't believe her. Mark had taken an hour and a half of hard pushing with the epidural having worn off at the beginning of pushing. So after about three contractions, Lyssa came and had the cord wrapped around her neck three times, not tightly though. They got it taken care of and everything went very smoothly.

She had taken to nursing very well, and has been a very sweet and mellow baby so far. Not too much fussing at all. I have been healing wonderfully. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Water broke, and I am on my way to the hospital.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Doctor's appointment

First off, yesterday was the due date. Still no Lyssa. I thought I was going into labor Sunday night. Enough contractions that were noticable and coming frequent enough to be timeable. But seeing as it was 2:45 am, I knew it would be in my best interest to get some more sleep. After fighting excitement, I manage to do so, only to wake up at 8:30am, feeling fine. ggrrrr....

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.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Mark's goal in life...

To become a professional streaker. A couple of post back I was writing about the cloth diapers and how he didn't like the velcro ones, well now he doesn't like any kind of diaper. Disposable, snap cloth ones, or velcro. If it is on his butt, it needs to come off. I had my sis-in-law over the other day with her daughters for dinner and after the kids were done eating, they were running around while we finished. Kira, the oldest of the three comes up to us later, and keeps saying, "mom, mom, mom" like a normal two year and when we looked up, she just pointed at Mark, says, "Nakee!", and giggles really hard. Sure enough, Mark was stripped down to nothing and running around. I had him just sitting next to me a during a movie at home, I turn for more popcorn, turn back, and get a full view of his butt. Not to mention all the times I wake up to check on him during the night, only to find him in the buff. Oh, what to do....

Monday, August 31, 2009

Long, Legal, and probably boring to most, but we prevailed!

About mid July, Ethan and I received a letter from the Butler County Sewage Association. Couple of things to know before explaining everything. First off, Ethan and I did not go through a bank when we bought the house, therefore, we were not required to do the normal house inspections like many are. Secondly, the house had been vacant for what we can figure, about two years. Third, everyone in our area has a septic tank. There isn't an available city water hook up out here. Fourth, we bought the house last October, and have been living in it without any problems since Jan. 1 2009. Fifth, we have a creek running through our backyard, and we have about an acre of land. Sixth, anything in quotations is a direct quote from the letters.

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

Switching to a toddler bed

So in preparation of the new babe, I have been starting to get Mark ready to move out of the crib and into the toddler bed. Every other attempt has failed miserably, so I decided to try a new tactic. I took the side of the crib off and pushed the toddler bed right next to the crib, incase he decides to roll around too much. Well the first night of this, he didn't move from the crib, but he didn't fall out of bed, so that is a good sign. Last night, we were traveling home from Gma and Gpa Fike's and he fell asleep in the car, so Ethan put him in the toddler bed. When I went to check on him later, he was in the crib. Oh well it will take awhile. One nice thing about this transition is not having to get up to pull him out of the crib in the morning, he just toddles his way into our room and let us know it is time to get out and feed him. Work in progress. Today was payday, so I went shopping this morning and now have the house sufficiently stocked for when the baby comes. Anytime now is good for me. Though, at my last doctor's appt, she said she didn't think babe would be coming anytime this week. Guess that means for me to take advantage of the nesting and just get things done.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A sure way to commit suicide

Cloth Diapers

We recently decided to try out cloth diapers. I remember my mom using them on all of us kids when we were younger, and am aware of what is involved. I also know that cloth diapers have come a long ways since then. There are AIO, Pocket, liners, covers, all sorts of different kinds now. Now one of the things that was mention over and over again was that you want to use snaps for toddlers and velcro for infants. I didn't think it would be that big of a deal. Last night proved me wrong. I had order a couple different kinds and was trying to see what I would like best. Last night for bed, I put Mark in a chinese fold diaper with a cover on it for the night. The cover was a velcro fastener. I went to check on him a couple hours later, only to see him completely butt naked, with the diaper outside of the crib. And yes the bedding needed to be washed. Oh well, lesson learned. I just got my other order of diapers with the snaps and already I am seeing a difference. He can't as easily pull that off. He doesn't pull of disposable diapers off, so I don't know why he felt the need to pull the cloth one off.

Monday, August 17, 2009

I don't have a whole lot to say right now, so picture time


Mark's first time on the Carousel, he wasn't too impressed with it.

The dinner before Auby and Patrick's wedding.

Hanging out at the shop in Mansfield.

Goggles are awesome

Monday, August 10, 2009

I am hitting the home stretch, less than 4 weeks! All my time is spent either reorganizing the baby's stuff or sleeping. Ethan has been a huge help with Mark, playing and holding him when I am not feeling up to it. The baby is starting to drop, I am able to breathe better now and the bathroom trips have increased. The biggest issue now is chronic insomnia, any suggestions would be very helpful. I seriously laid down for 4 hours two days ago and only managed to actually sleep for 45 minutes of it. We have been pretty lucky this summer, it hasn't been hot at all until the last two days. I am eternally grateful for that blessing. Not much has been happening around here. We are watching the girls for Sara at the moment, she has a job interview, cross fingers! That is all for now.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Things I cannot stand
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

Favorite Comic Strips

I grew up reading comics from the newspaper pretty much everyday from the time I learn how to read. There are some that stay with me forever. Foxtrot, Calvin and Hobbes, For Better or For Worse, Baby Blues, and Zits are the all time favorites. If you don't read them, you should.

Monday, July 20, 2009

15 Books, 15 Minutes, 15 Friends

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

Root Canal

On Monday, I went to the dentist for the first time in like 4 years. It was a local office and they were nice enough, though they didn't really tell me anything that was going on. As they were finishing, the hygienist mentioned that there was a cavity. Okay, no big deal, the dentist doesn't bother me, but as I am checking out, the receptionist was mentioning that I need to be scheduled for a root canal. Big jump from cavity. This wasn't a horrible surprise, seeing as a filling had fallen out while I was pregnant with Mark, and the molar eventually broke after he was born. I wasn't on insurance and it wasn't bothering me, so I let it pass. The receptionist scheduled me for today at 1pm. We figure we might as well get it done now.

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

Auby's Wedding weekend

Over the last weekend, my sister-in-law Aubrey got married to a good guy, Patrick, down at the D.C. Temple. It was a beautiful wedding, day and reception. Congrats to the lucky couple.

Auby and Dad dancing the Father Daughter dance.

I love reflection ponds.

Mark was not the happiest kid that day.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Yesterday, Mark had his 18 month check up. He is very much on the small side, but his weight for his height is appropriate, so they aren't concerned about it. He is 31 1/2 inches tall and weights 22lb 11oz. I think that put him in the 5th percentile? I don't remember. As for the actual check up, I met a newer doctor, Dr. Dobbs. She seemed very sweet, and was very patient with Mark. Mark is normally very good at these things, but it was not his day. I had to get his iron checked a couple of weeks ago and he didn't even notice they had pricked his finger, he was just fascinated with with the band aid they put on him.

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( 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

Continuous remodeling

The last month or so there has been a weird smell in the bathroom and we haven't been able to pinpoint the source. At first we thought, maybe its the trash can, trash cans almost never share a pleasant order, but after repeated scrub down, we knew that wasn't it. Then the seepage from under the sink appeared. We kept looking for a leak, but weren't finding one. Yesterday, Ethan and Trevor took the vanity out, and there it was, the hot water connection has been leaking, but it was actually behind the vanity, therefore we weren't seeing it. It has been happening for awhile, and there is a little mold growing, but nothing that isn't repairable. As for the vanity, it is a goner, so we went looking on Craiglist and found someone in Gibsonia selling a bigger one for $45. Yeah!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I love finding a good deal

I love being a garage sale junkie. The money that is saved by going to these things have more than paid for the travel. Today I knew there were two nearby that I wanted to hit on Herman road.

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.

When mommy is getting dress, I entertain myself...

I am just about to leave for work, and just finished showering, only to come downstairs to this lovable mess. No more leaving the cornstarch with the diaper stuff (cornstarch has been the fastest way for me to get rid of a diaper rash for him).

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Remodeling again

The bedrooms are almost done with hanging of the drywall! The nursery is finished, and Mark's room just needs drywall on the chimney. The screws we have for that won't go through the brick, so we need to get special kind before that is finished. As annoying as the remodeling project usually are, I am please with the results. There was a lot more drywall than needed, so we are also going to get the hallway done while we are doing everything else. The rooms look a lot better, you can't see the previous water damage anymore, now it looks more like padded walls. Now onto mudding, then paint! I don't know what to paint the nursery, but we will come up with something soon. I doubt that will happen before the wedding, but I hope at least the nursery gets painted before the baby is born. I want to get the baby stuff put where it should go instead of staying in storage. Mark's room just isn't as much a priority since he is fine where he is.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Rather funny...

This morning everyone needed showers. I was done first and Mark had just finished with me. I go to get dressed and left Mark in the bathroom with Ethan in the shower. The door is open and as I am walking back to the bathroom with his diaper, I see Mark holding Blackjack. As I get closer, he throws Blackjack into the tub. Mind you the shower is still going. Poor thing got soaked instantly. Mark had the biggest grin on his face. I felt so bad for Blackjack. Ethan, still showering says to look at Blackjack. Blackjack can jump out of the tub if he has a running start, but seeing as everything was wet, it made it very differcult and he kept sliding back down into the tub. Again I felt horrible for Blackjack, but the site was absolutely hysterical. I couldn't stop laughing. Grabbing a towel and pulling Blackjack out quickly seemed to calm him down fast. Drying him off then letting him run around again, he headed back to the bathroom again. Mark is still there and tries to do it again. Luckily I caught him this time. Hopefully Blackjack will catch on soon that shower time is the time to avoid the bathroom, especially if Mark can grab him.


Stanley Cup winner! What a year for Pittsburgh, Superbowl and Stanley Cup, has that ever happened in another town? And people make fun of us for the sport's pride in this town, well I think it has paid off. Can I just laugh at Hossa, stupid fool, he never did manage to score againg the Pens. giggles are all around....

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I didn't think I was getting old quite yet...

I had a doctor's appt yesterday and all is going well. My doctor is actually a midwife and it has been very common to see someone shadowing her. Its been like that for the last 4 months. Well the guy that was with her yesterday, I recognized him. I knew I had seen him before, took me until I was setting up my next appt to realize where I recognized him from. High school, I remember him in high school, not only that, but he was a grade below me. Am I completel off base thinking that he is a little young to start internships or rotations whatever he was doing was called? Most people I know from my class have just finished their 4 year degrees as of this year. Him being a year younger, is making me think that he shouldn't be in Med school yet? He definitely wasn't training as a nurse. Oh well, maybe he was Doogie Howsering it a bit.

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

Lack of sleep...

Being 27 weeks preggers has started to make sleeping a little harder. It is to be expected, and I am doing what I can to stay asleep, you know, using the extra pillow, not drinking an hour or two before bed, stuff like that.

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


With the upcoming nuptial of Aubrey(sis-in-law) and Patrick, there will be lots of family in town 4th of July weekend. Since there is room to spare at my house, we will be housing some of them and I am excited about it. This is finally giving us the push in the pants that we need to get the other two bedrooms finished. The biggest thing that was stopping us was that we needed to put in a new window in each of the rooms before we can drywall the walls and ceiling. Well Ethan and Dad got that done last Saturday and tonight, assuming that the storage room/nursery is cleared out enough to work in, the ceilings will be worked on. Yeah, we are progressing!

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

We decided on Blackjack for the kitten. Why? It loves to sit on your shoulder, and I mean loves too. This reminded us of Pirate of the Carribean with the monkey, Jack, and since it is black, Blackjack. We had every intention of blocking him into the kitchen at night until he is litter box trained, but about two seconds after I turned off the light, it is back on Ethan's lap trying to get to his dinner. I put him back in the kitchen then watched as he scaled the giant baby gates I have in place. This is going to make it little more differcult. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Destruction equals new life in my household...

When we moved into our house, we knew that we were going to encounter mice. That is what happens when you live in the country area. They had a nest in the kitchen ceiling that was discovered with when we pulled the ceiling out. That was a surprise, Ethan is standing there with the crowbar, ripping out plaster and suddenly, three squirmy things hit the floor and start running. Mice do not scare me, but I absolutely hate them. I do not scream or anything like that when I see them, but try to find the quickest way to be rid of them.

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

New toy

I just wanted to say thank you Grandma Fike, he loves the rocking horse!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Utah trip

I have been on vacation! My friend Kate and I went out to Utah for a week and had a blast. We visited friends and family, and did some site seeing. The pictures explain most of them. None of the pictures are in order, so enjoy the randomness.

My friend, Sarah is getting married in June, but we were out here to see her bridal shower. Here she is opening my gift, home pregnancy test in a must in my gifts.

We had a chance to catch up with an old friend who used to live in our home ward, Brittany, we had such a good time seeing her. It had been 7 years, since Kate and Brit last saw each other.

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.

Just chilling with the girls.

Sarah and I after her bridal shower.

We went to church with Brit and her family, then went to lunch afterwards. It was a great blast from the past talking about what has happened to the ward since they moved out.

Brit and her husband Andy, with Kate and I.

We went up to BYU-I to visit Kate's sister Audrey. This was my fav. shot of these two.

Kate making fun of my belly. I am 24 weeks along!

After doing baptisms at the Salt Lake Temple, we saw the Joseph Smith movie in the J. S. Memorial building, then decided to treat ourselves to the Garden Restaurant on top of the J. S. Memorial building. It was amazing view and food.

Touring the Visitor's Center.

Having fun on Temple Grounds.

SLC temple at twilight.

My Aunt and Uncle told us about being able to see the Motab practicing in the Tabernacle on Thursday night, so we went to see them. It was weird not seeing them look alike.

Sarah had dress fitting, and since I won't be here for the wedding, I got to see what her dress is like. I thought it was beautiful.

Aunt Laura, Kate, kids, and I got to do was go shopping! I was in need of summer maternity clothes, Mark was born right before Christmas. I love having an excuse to shop.

We hit the Provo temple, Kate did baptisms and I did initatories.

Our first night there, we went to Leatherby's and had some of the best ice cream. Mine was a chocolate raspberry brownie thing.

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.