Saturday, December 30, 2006

New Celebrity look alikes

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Interesting stuff and other misc. info.

Somehow with all my crazy eating habits this holiday season I still have managed to eat and lose weight. All the baby weight is officially gone!! Now on to my fighting weight, lol. I always have to gain weight to get pregnant, makes for better birth control I guess to be at that weight. Anyways I still have about 10 pounds to get there. I am still working out 5-6 days a week. Started doing pilates again, I get bored with workouts so easy so I have to spice things up. Think I may even pull out my Carmen Electra striptease stuff again.

Steven took Gage down to Talahina, OK today were his grandma, Granny Kitch lives. They were having a 80th birthday celebration. I stayed with Kieran and Ryker, because it was long drive plus Kieran is way too energetic to be in a Old Folks Home. She would give those people a heart attack.

Ryker has been sleeping horribly again. Not sure what it is, but I am going on 3 hours of sleep from last night. And even though he is sleeping now, I can't because of Kieran. Plus it takes me so long to fall asleep by the time I did, Ryker would be waking up. Ah the life of being an exhausted mom.

I am actually looking forward to January, not because it is a new year (honestly it is just another month further along) but because not only will the holiday stuff be over but I get to start my practicum. Looks like I will be doing it at the CARE clinic at my school. Not sure how many hours just yet, but I am not going to overload this semester seeing how Ryker is still young. I have plenty of time to get the hours I need. January is also my husbands and my sisters birthday. Kelsey will be the big 18, and Steven will finally be as old as me, lol. My Mom and Dad's 27th Anniversary is also in January. Steven has 1 more test to take (on his biethday of all days) to get certified to teach highschool Math and Science the coming year. He took 2 already and passed both of those (surprise, surprise!), almost getting a perfect score on the Physical Science one. So hopefully he will get a teaching job this next school year while he continues to finish his PhD. It's interesting to see what may actually happen in 2007 even more in 2008. Gosh so much is going to change for us in the next couple of years, it is somewhat frightening. What will it be like for both of us to be out of school. we have been doing it for so long it is all we know. It's almost been a cushion of safety, almost like high school...next comes the real world, lol.

Anyways, I have babbled long enough.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

From one year to the next

I was looking back at my blog around this time last year. It's amazing how fast a year goes. It amazes me how much happens in such a short time too. This time last year I was working for the State as a Social Worker and I was so stressed, while I wasn't unhappy then, I am glad that things are different and I am no longer working there. I am very pleased with the year, I think it has been on of my favorite (I wonder why, lol). So anyways I thought it would be interesting to take the survey I took last year and compare it to this years series of new events.

2005; A year in Review


What did you do in 2005 that you've never done before?
Get a job that actually pays decent.

Did you keep your New Year's resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I think one that I didn't do was run a 5k run. I did run a lot more, just never entered into a run. My only resolution this year is to not make any.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Several of the OB ladies.

Did anyone close to you die?
No. And that means it was a good year.

What countries did you visit?
None.

What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
A housekeeper and more time.

What date from 2005 will remain etched in your memory and why?
August 23rd..my birthday, also the day I was miscarrying, and also the day one of my ex-friends had the audacity to call me complaining about how crappy she is feeling knowing what I was going through and then she forgot to tell me happy birthday. That was the day I realized she is self-centered and I no longer want to be friends with her. That is also the day my dad came to see me from Oklahoma and took me out to dinner. Thats also the day that Jason and Daniel my two best guy friends got me a very sweet gift from Bath and Body. Overall it was the day I realized why I am mostly friends with guys.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting the ball rolling on our non-profit.

What was your biggest failure?
Losing two pregnancies.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
No injuries only minor illnesses...again good year.

What was the best thing you bought?
After all these years I finally bought me a good coat.

Where did most of your money go?
Probably Christmas stuff and clothing throughout the year.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My non-profit.

What scripture is a theme of 2005?
Phil 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Yes my email and senior quote. But it's true of me every single day.

Compared to this time last year are you:
a. Happier or sadder? Happier.
b. Thinner or fatter? Seeing how I was at an all time low at this time last year I would have to say fatter.
c. Richer or poorer? Richer. Got a good paying job.
What do you wish you'd done more of?
Always spend more time with my family.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Definately, less time on the computer.

How did you spend Christmas?
With my family!!! Christmas Eve at the grannys and Christmas day here at home with just US. Nice and Relaxing.

Did you fall in love in 2005?
Just with my same family again and again.

What was your favorite TV show?
The few times I get to watch TV, I like Law and Order SVU, CSI, and Discovery Health shows.

What was the best book you read?
Falling Leaves..very sad.

What was your greatest musical discovery of 2005?
None that I can think of.

What did you want and get?
A job that pays good.

What did you want and not get?
More time, and someone to do our non-profit paperwork for free, ironically though I have someone to do that this year.

What was your favorite film this year?
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

What did you do on your birthday?
see above.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Getting a grant already.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
Comfy but trendy.

What kept you sane?
Alone time an sleep.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
hmm, none are coming to me right now.

What political issue stirred you the most?
One from around here..Our legislators are more itnerested in not educating out illegal immigrants than trying to stop our children from being sexually abused. That will change if I have something to say about it.

Who did you miss?
My friend Charlette.

Who was the best new person you met?
Heather Van Brunt, my co-worker and my new Co-Director. Girl where have you been!

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005.
Even my best people reading skills cannot read someone when they are suffering from a Mental Illness. I learned why I have difficulty in trusting people.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"I'm in a hurry to get things done, I rush and rush until lifes no fun, all I really have to do is live and die , but im in a hurry and don't know why."

And now...

2006; A year in Review


What did you do in 2006 that you've never done before?
Give birth to my third child using no pain medication, and doing it in no time flat.

Did you keep your New Year's resolutions and will you make more for next year?
My only resolution was not to have any, and I kept that. I am going to stick with that one.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Me of course!

Did anyone close to you die?
No. And that means it was a good year. 2 year in a row, can't beat that.

What countries did you visit?
None.

What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
A minivan.

What date from 2006 will remain etched in your memory and why?
September 19, the day Ryker was born. Awesome birth and great ending and gift of a beautiful baby who is healthy and happy.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
3 happy healthy kids

What was your biggest failure?
hmm, I don't know of anything that was failed that i didn't choose to end.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
No injuries only minor illnesses...again good year. 2 years running...woo hoo!!

What was the best thing you bought?
not sure, I bought a lot of much needed things. Mostly everyday items.

Where did most of your money go?
Probably Christmas stuff and clothing throughout the year. And baby stuff.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The birth of my son.

What scripture is a theme of 2006?
James 1: 2-4 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

Compared to this time last year are you:
a. Happier or sadder? Happier.
b. Thinner or fatter? about the same, although I got 23 pounds heavier but then lost it, childbirth will do that.
c. Richer or poorer? Poorer, I was working for the state but was really stressed
What do you wish you'd done more of?
Always spend more time with my family. Although I spent more this year than I did last, so I am happy about that.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying, I worry too much and the more kids I have the more I do. Plus babies add more worries than normal.

How did you spend Christmas?
With my family!!! Baking cookies and cakes, spending time with my family and just relaxing staying in my pj's. I loved it.

Did you fall in love in 2006?
Yes, with the really cute adorable little guy named Ryker.

What was your favorite TV show?
Heroes, SVU, Flip this House, Flip that House, CSI all of them.

What was the best book you read?
Some Brief Coaching book for class.

What was your greatest musical discovery of 2006?
My oldest son seems to have a knack for playing the piano. Was shown a song twice and played it the next night all by himself. Really shocking!

What did you want and get?
A baby after struggling with miscarriages the previous year

What did you want and not get?
a minivan, still waiting on that one. Although our jeep is actually working out better than expected.

What was your favorite film this year?
Pirattes of the Caribbean

What did you do on your birthday?
Steven took me to lunch to the Powerhouse and then I stayed in with my family that night. It was nice and relaxing.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Obviously gradutating from school. But I knew that wasn't going to happen, hadn't been in long enough.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
Comfy but trendy. Mostly maternity for 9 months of it.

What kept you sane?
Alone time an sleep and massages.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
hmm, none are coming to me right now...still not!

What political issue stirred you the most?
Why are we still over there, whose agenda are we on? Bush is making some stupid decisions, makes me feel bad for voting for the guy.

Who did you miss?
My friend Charlette. Still hasn't changed. But do miss others as well. I didn't get to spend the amount of time with my grandparents as I am used to.

Who was the best new person you met?
Ryker Embry Kitchens

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
Simplicity is key. If a high paying job is stressful and it keeps you from your family it is not worth it.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Oh watch me go, I'm a happy girl, Everybody knows, That the sweetest thing that you'll ever see, In the whole wide world, Is a happy girl. Laugh when I feel like it, Cry when i feel like it, That's just how my life is,That's how it goes..."

Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas

Well it's Christmas day and it's been a very nice one so far. Yesterday after church I finally got around to taking our at "official" at home Christmas Family pics. Taking advantage of my new camera which has a delay timer on it, I took one of us all on the ottoman in front of the Christmas tree. I believe it turned out really well. Gage and Kieran actually sat real still and smiled like they were supposed to. Yesterday I also finished another yearly tradition of ours and made a Happy Birthday Jesus birthday cake. I decorated my first cake using the tips Steven bought me. I thought it didn't look too bad for it being my first.

We did our present opening today after the kids played with what Santa brought. One thing about getting your shopping done early is you forget what you buy and I believe we bought too much. The kids didn't know what to play with, lol. Ryker was pooped and went back to sleep right after and slept for a couple of hours. After that I cooked our yearly lasagne, which was awesome. I made Steven his Cinnabon apple pie and me and the kids ate the birthday cake we made. Now everyone is resting and I am stuffed.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Christmas Cookies and More!

One of our yearly traditions has become a more tedious, although fun task. Steven bought me a tip set this year and gave it to me early so I could decorate the cookies we made with this year. I bought premade cookie dough, some was precut, others I had to roll out myself and cut. I made my own butter cream frosting which is the same recipe Steve's mom uses when she makes wedding cake, and it is the best frosting you will ever taste. Probably illegal in some states because of all the trans fat but heaven just the same. So I had fun decorating, but with so many cookies I got messy and didn't take my time. But I think they are pretty. Gage and Kieran loved them. I think this is a tradition we will keep. On Christmas we will be making a birthday cake for Jesus and decorate it all pretty with my new tips. So anyways here is a couple of pics of our cookies, the ones left over after we ate our fill for the night.

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We also drug out Kieran's old exercauser to see how Ryker liked it. He loves to stand and is great at holding his head up so we were pretty sure he was ready. It's a month early but Kieran tried it early too. As you can see he loved it.

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Also a couple more cute pics of my lil guy. One he looks like cupie in.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Weekend in Oklahoma

We had a very busy weekend in Oklahoma. Friday we left Arkansas early enough to catch Kelsey's homecoming that evening, where she was a candidate for homecoming queen. I also got to see her cheer for the first time in 4 years. The next day we went to my Mom's until that evening. The kids had a blast playing outside and opening their presents, as well as getting to spend some time with their Nonni, Paw, and KK. Also little Zoe was there to play with too, so that made it even more fun. That evening we went and had another Christmas at Steven's mom and dad's. Both his brothers and their kids were there, totalling 7 kids out of all of us. That was a rambunctious bunch there. Not one quiet moment! Got several little videos made, which I hope to have posted soon. It might scare those who wish to someday have children though. Granny was nice enough to get instruments as presents, lol. Gage got a keyboard piano which hooks up to the TV which can teach him some songs. I taught him a song, that I learned several years ago by ear, after showing him only a couple of times and him not even trying to practice it...he was playing the first chord the next night out of nowhere. We were shocked!! I guess he has a talent there. Kieran got an accordian. That out to be cute when they both learn how to play them well. 

The next day we went to Nonni's and Paw's church where the kids sang in front of the church. Pretty good for not practicing at all. After that we drove back to Arkansas where we again had plans. We went to our church's Christmas party where we ate dinner and participated in a Present Auction to help raise money for Lottie Moon foundation. The kids got to have their own party as well. After all this I was completely exhausted plus I came down with a sore throat which I still have. I was going to start making Christmas cookies tonight but I guess that will wait until tomorrow, until I can rest up. Overall the weekend was very nice, just tiresome, but isn't that what the holidays are about anyways?

Also, just a tidbit...this is my 100th blog post, I thought that was interesting.


Thursday, December 14, 2006

Which animal?

You Are A: Chipmunk!

chipmunkEveryone adores these cute woodland animals, known for the stripe that runs down their back. Famously timid, chipmunks will quickly scurry to the safety of their burrows if danger approaches. As a chipmunk, you eat mostly seeds and nuts, but you may sample bird eggs and insects from time to time.

You were almost a: Monkey or a Squirrel
You are least like a: Lamb or a DuckCute Animals Test

Interesting quiz

The Dante's Inferno Test has sent you to Purgatory!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very High
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Low
Level 2 (Lustful)Moderate
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very Low
Level 7 (Violent)Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Low
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

Going out of town

Tomorrow that is! I will not be on probably before Sunday once I leave. My mom has the internet but it's not reliable. It's been awhile since we went back home, 6 months or so, we don't go back much anymore. Not sure how traveling with 3 kids is going to go over, so prayers are definately needed. Once we get back our week long Christmas festivities will begin. Hope everyone has a good weekend.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Happy 3rd Birthday Kieran

Hard to believe my little girl is now 3 years old. Seems like only yesterday she was born. She is now a very intelligent, blond, manipulative, taxing, energetic, moody, fit throwing, sweet, beautiful child, lol. All of those, and sometimes within minutes of each other. If you have met this little thing you will walk away either wanting to go have a child immediately or you will go right to the Doctor's office and ask for birth control. Steven says someday she will rule a man with an iron fist. I have no idea how she got this way.

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Kieran's birthday party


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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Park fun!

Loving this November weather, had to go to the park today.

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And the swamp in our park that is supposed to be a pond. We see deer here a lot!

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

We had a really nice, somewhat quiet Thanksgiving here at the house with just the kids and us. I say somewhat quiet as with these kids it is never trully quiet. The kids of course had their chicken nuggets and homemade pizza for their dinner while Steven and I had our version of dinner. The best was the awesome Pumpkin cheesecake, which we all agreed on. I think there is one slice left and it will be gone by morning. Gosh, it was good, they better have them for Christmas as well. Since today was VERY nice outside we took the kids to go play in the leaves, of course they had a blast doing that. I even took a small nap, late in the evening. Now the Broncos are playing...of course they are losing, which is to be expected as they are playing in Kansas City. Who knows maybe a Thanksgiving miracle will happen and they will break that curse. Well it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without my list of things I am Thankful for. Of course I can never remember everything, but let's hope I get the majority....

I am Thankful for...

My God, which is the reason I have everything else in the first place.
My husband and my children, not a day goes by that I don't feel trully blessed to have them.
My family as well as my husbands family, we both have great parents and could not ask for better.
My church family. It has been our church home for a little more than a year and they have been trully awesome.
My friends, both new and old.
Our home, may not be "ours" as we rent, but it is where our heart is and it is a large roof over our heads, which keeps us warm.
The opportunity to further our education, and the schools that we go to. I am also Thankful to find a place nearbye that had my choice of program of study.
My health and the health of my family.
My abilities and talents, too many to list....ok, I am totally kidding, but the few I do have I am very Thankful for.
All the blessings God has given us and allowed us to have, from the books I read to the food I eat, let no stone be unturned.
And of course everyday I wake up, I am so trully Thankful for this life I have and which God has given me. I could not imagine a better one if I tried.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Worst night and day yet...

Last night started out bad. Ryker would fight me nursing, so I would have to give him to Steven to calm down. After he went to bed, Ryker didn't fall asleep until after 2 a.m. Even after that he slept horribly, tosseling all night long. I slept none! Finally aroung 6 a.m. I went and got Steven to give him a bottle. I got to sleep for about 45 minutes before Steven had to get up for school and take the kids to theirs. For the next 6 hours, Ryker alternated between fighting me while nursing until I couldn't take it, then I would put him in his swing, where he would cry for 20 minutes then fall asleep for 20 minutes, then wake up screaming, where I would take him to nurse, where he would fight me and it would start all over again. I may have got 2 hours sleep total. This is worse than when he was first born. Even as I type this he is crying in his swing, nothing is appeasing him. Steven said he would take him tonight, although, I am not sure how long that will last with him acting this way. I keep hoping he will be a calm child, but the way things are going I highly doubt it.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Superman

Your results:
You are Superman
























Superman
85%
Wonder Woman
73%
Supergirl
68%
The Flash
65%
Robin
55%
Green Lantern
50%
Hulk
50%
Spider-Man
35%
Catwoman
25%
Iron Man
25%
Batman
10%
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.


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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Big weekend

I am beat! Friday was the Fall festival at Gage's school. I volunteered for his class's game for about an hour. That was my easiest hour. 3 kids are hard to handle at a function such as that. Luckily Ryker slept most of the time in his sling. Gage and Kieran had fun getting their faces painted, playing the games, and of course eating all the candy and pizza. By the end of the night though I was so tired. Today we had a chili cookoff at the church. Steven made Buffalo chili and my dad's corncake recipe (cornbread with sugar, lol). Gage and Kieran had fun playing in the nursery and outside while Ryker slept on me and Steven played flag football. I purposely wore my sandles so I would not be tempted to play myself. Although I noticed no other girls played, what is up with that?
Seems I am going a little camera happy with my new camera. I have yet to make a video but knowing me, there will be one shortly. Enjoy the pics from this weekend.



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