Friday, August 21, 2009

That was the most difficult

experience and probably the second most rewarding experience (first being when I have a successful home birth)

I just got home and I am exhausted.

Long story short, mama had two prior c/s with both kiddos @ 9.5lbs and then we pushed out a 10lb 14oz baby! It was spectacular.

It was really scary though cause the MW's had me help out with taking notes for them. And baby had some scary decels but overall FHT's were great except in the one position.

I wanted to run home and never look back. I couldn't handle it. I stayed, I supported and I was pushed HARD emotionally with this birth. But it was fantastic! I am so glad I stayed and let me tell you. I am SO ready to be pregnant and to be in labor. I can do it. I will do it. I will be hard but OMG it was great.

Friday, August 7, 2009

So I am starting Project 365

I started a photoblog for those who are interested. I am looking forward to improving my skills so I can take some photos of June!


www.photoblog.com/brandyroth

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Do you need a Doula?

Well come on down to my new website!

www.junebugdoula.com


ENJOY!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

So a Much Needed Update

Well where we are in life. As a family unit, we are still attempting to adopt through the state. We need to get the yard complete and rearrange the rooms slightly then we we will be calling E. again here soon.

On that same note, Jon and I are trying to get pregnant again. It has not been happening so this afternoon I have an appointment with Dr. Beller, an OB that specializes in fertility treatments, I am excited to start the testing.

Where does that leave us for adoption though? Well since you asked, our plan is to get our home study completed. Then just hold off applying for children till after we have the new baby.

Now as for the individual updates;

Jon: His job is going well and he is now supporting a whole new program. He has one more class to finish then it is just make up classes from when Casey passed to finish his degree!

Me: I am back in school through Birth Arts International. I am currently enrolled in their Labor/Birth Doula program. I am loving it and have clients already set up.

Juniper: She is doing fantastic, we are completely potty trained now. We are doing a dance class through Spark Plug Dance and it is fantastic and will probably continue to do so for the fall.

Jim, Jon's step dad built June and us a gorgeous bunk bed w/ a trundle. That is currently in June's room. But we are going to take it apart and put a twin bed in the play room and make it an extra bedroom.

So that is what has been going on.

Till next time!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My Individual Session Today...

I have my two hour meeting with E. today. Yay! I am so excited and flipping nervous! It is just because she is making sure I am adopting for the right reasons. I am. I am adopting because I hate being pregnant and I want more children. I don't want babies because well I like older kids they do more stuff. I can communicate and listen to them. I can home school them and teach them how to be amazing adults and love the world. Encourage their likes and show them new stuff. Go camping, hiking, teaching dog agility. Everything. I want to give them everything and June too. I want to give them my entire heart and understand it may take some time for them to give it to me but that is fine. It will happen and I already have the love for them even if I don't know it.

I am ready for some more kids, or even another kid which ever fits our more but honestly. I don't care if they fit, we are an evolving family and handle it.

Gonna go start my stew now........

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Karma and God Are On My Side

You know I have always been more than willing to help people out, let people with less groceries go in front of me in line, let people into traffic etc... Well today it paid off, but a back story is needed to let you all understand....

Saturday Jon and I decided to buy a lawn mower even though we really shouldn't but it was decided it was a mother's day gift. Well we got it home and decided to try it out, well it was broken. We call Walmart and they said we could come in and just switch it for a working model. We decided we'd just do it on Mother's day.

Sunday morning we go out and it is stolen. I was so sad and pissed. I mean come one we have been through so much crap! So we called and made a report to the county sheriff's office and that is we could do.

Monday called our insurance company and it wasn't enough to meet our deductible. So I post an ad on craigslist to ask if anyone had any information regarding my poor broken lawn mower.

Tuesday nothing....

Wednesday I get an e-mail and it is from the Owner of Action Mowers on Main St. in Springfield Oregon. Turns out the guys who stole it brought it to her and she had them take it back to walmart for one that works. So Walmart exchanges for the next model up because they are out of the original lawn mower takes the guys ID and and bring it back to Action Mowers. She gets the new better lawn mower from them then sees my ad on CL.

So now I know who at least one of the guys are and damn straight I am pressing charges and testifying against them......

So I get a brand new better mower and I get to serve justice to the jerks who did it!

So if you need a new Lawn Mower support an honest small business here is Springfield!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Home Sudy Visit #2 on Thursday!

I have my one on one two hour meeting with the adoption worker on Thursday @ 2pm. To talk more intensely about Jon and I and our intentions/motivations about adopting kiddos. I am super excited. Our adoption worker is e-mailing us a safety guide so we can go through and and "adoption/foster" proof the house. I know we need another smoke detector because we need one in every room where a child sleeps. We will see what else we need to do as well. Hopefully I can do most if not all of it before Thursday.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

So Our First Home Study Visit is over.

It wasn't that bad I was so worried and all. Our worker is really nice and all but thinks we are nuts for wanting 3 kids older than June. But was pleased to hear that we had completed all but 2 or 3 of the classes before we were even pregnant with Casey in fact most of them I was pregnant with Juniper.

So I meet with her individually next Thursday then Jon meets with her individually on the 19th.

It is exciting to start!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

So Our Home Study Adventure

Starts on Thursday @ 4pm! Our adoption worker will from here on out be referred to simply as E. and from the sound of her voice and attitude E. seems like a fantastic worker to work with. Very punctual and with it. I am so excited to start this journey. To describe the feeling going on in my soul and body is that we just found out we are expecting. Though we don't know the sex, age or anything else yet of our soon to be children. There is an extreme amount of joy, anticipation, nervousness and just gleefulness.

So there is a great update for you all.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

We are all potty trained now!

(Accidentally) I have been asking June every once in awhile to see if she needed to pee in the potty then yesterday realized it had been two days with out an accident. thumb up So we went to the store and bought big girl underwear ( she choose Dora ones) This also meant me had to buy new pants, lol. So she went from a size 3T to 18/24mth, Of course thankfully we can wear shorts right now cause pants would be extreme high waters as it is she is wearing daisy dukes! laugh

Just thought I would share!

Monday, April 27, 2009

So Our Adoption Worker Called

And we are going to be starting our home study next week! I am overly excited about this process to be almost over. As soon as our home study is completed we can start putting in for children and getting bulletins! I am so excited! I can't wait to start.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

We Finally Got Assigned An Adoption Worker!

I am so excited about it! That means we are about to start our home study. I am so glad we seem to be moving forward with this adoption process! I am super excited! I can't wait till we get to bring our other kids home who ever they are!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

What a Success Today Was!



Today was the March of Dimes and it was great, all 6.2 miles of it! Our team Casey Hope got chosen as a family team ambassador and it was so nice of them! I felt so honored! What a difference Casey has made with her three days of life! What a great experience!

Thanks for everyone that donated and/or walked because of you the day was amazing.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

So I have just discovered that I can update you all from my phone! Woot for more posts!

Vaccines? Good article to make you consider what you are doing to kids.

I am in no way saying people who vaccinate your children or bad. I just think you should be educated about what you are doing and once you are if that is what you want, awesome, I give you the educated parent award. Which no mater what you choose is the most important thing to be; educated.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-carrey/the-judgment-on-vaccines_b_189777.html

The above link is an article by actor Jim Carey and his opinion on what has taken place in the recent ruling of 3 autism cases in vaccine court.

As some of you may know we have not vaccinated Juniper at all and don't plan to. It started out as Jon's gastroenterologist suggested very blatantly that we research and hold off vaccinating until June was at least two years old so her intestines would have a chance to fully developed. Well with Junes milk protein allergy and her reaction to it; stomach upset and really bad green and mucus diarrhea. So I feel her intestines aren't quite up to par.

I guess this post is mainly just to have you think about what you are doing and be okay about it!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Casey's Birth Story

My contractions finally started being productive and sticking close together around 4am Nov. 19th. they were around 10 minutes apart but this time it was different. They were consistent and stayed the same regardless of what position I was in and/or increased in pain. Around 10am I decided to make chili in the crock pot to have for the labor. I finally called Colleen, my Midwife, around 10:30 and she said to call her if they got around 3-4 minutes apart or else she would see me around 5 pm.

So we went through our day and Novena, Jon's mom, got June around 3pm. We walked over to the mall and we were ready and saying we were ready to have you come when you are.

So around 5pm Colleen came over my contractions were about 5 minutes apart at this point and I could talk in between contractions but had to actually focus during the contractions.

Colleen hung around and set some stuff up and around 7 my body decided to kick into gear and I could hardly talk to anyone in between contractions and I don't even recall people talking during my contractions. I just remember moaning and focusing on my own voice.

Around this time Colleen called Bonnie her birthing assistant to come over. It was around 9ish. Bonnie got there quite quickly though my concept of time were in like minute spurts of real world talking of which I could not participate in as I was focusing on deep breathing between contractions. It was about 10:15-10:30pm and Colleen wanted to check me to see how I was progressing. I was in a lot of pain but I had I been 5 or more I would have stayed home. I was 4cm. I wanted relief, it had been over 18 hours my body was tired.

Colleen stated that if we went to the hospital they would push a cesearen section and drugs to which I bellowed back, "MY BODY MY CHOICE!" We then went to the hospital after calling the on call OB.

For most of my intense laboring time I had been on my hands and knees moaning. Starting with the car ride to the hospital I was sitting straight up. When we got on the hospital table that is where I stayed. I thrived on anyone who was willing to put pressure on my lower back during a contractions. There were a lot curse words thrown out by me to make people give me pressure.

The delivery RN gave me an IV and I immediately asked for drugs but she said she wasn't the OB, so I then started to ask for the OB who said I had to the anesthesiologist. So apparently it is a lot harder to get an epi or any kind of drugs then you think. Cause I was begging and cussing and wanted anything they would hand out. Which turns out is just saline.

Finally after about two hours of being there I felt slightly pushy and got checked and was 10cm 100effaced according to the RN and 9cm and 90% effaced according to the OB. about 5 minutes of them arguing (could be shorter could have been longer) Her rate dropped down to 50 and then only came up to 60. I was finally given drugs though just to make me not nauseous from the cesarean they were about to preform.

This was a true emergency surgery, my catheter was inserted as we were going down the hallway to the OR.

I was taken out of the birthing room @ 1:15am and Casey was born @ 1:24am November 20. She was 22 inches long, 9lbs 11oz and all girl. She was precious.

Thank you all for being patient with me in writing this. It actually makes me feel better a bit by sharing the birth part of the story instead of the after part. Because even though it ended tragically, I would do everything same again. In about five or so years when we begin actively TTC after we adopt I will attempt to have a home birth again and will gladly go to 43 weeks in a heart beat and honestly I would go to 44 if allowed.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sorry I have been a bum lately.....

Apparently my little informative blog gets 3000 hits a month!? So I am sorry I am not updating regularly very much anymore. I will try to be better at updating and posting pictures.

So yes I will write a big fat update here shortly.

Thanks and hello!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Update On Us

So Colleen and I were talking and mutually agree that the intense pain I was feeling were actually contractions pushing out the sac and such. Cause after it passed I felt better and I feel tons better today! Last night Jon and I had a 4 hour time frame with no phones, no Juniper and no distractions. We played Lego Indiana Jones and ate a giant sandwich from Safeway! It was so nice not to worry about anything for 4 hours. I didn't realize how much we were stressing about life in general. Our counselor made us sign a contract stating we will spend a 4 hour chunk of time together.

My chickens are doing fabulously, day 5 and none are dead!

My friend Katrina had her baby on Monday her name is Olivia, Jon and I brought her dinner yesterday afternoon. She is probably one of the sweetest friends I know. I called to let her know we were almost there and she put sleeping O in her room so we could in and say hi. I had to see her and it was actually a lot easier than I thought. I couldn't bring my self to touch her, but was a cute bundle of 7lbs. 4oz! She reminded Jon and I a lot Casey because she had cute eyes and was sleeping. But it was actually a really good visit. I didn't think I would be there for more than a second giving her food but we ended up staying for about 30 minutes!

So in conclusion, life sucks but hey not too bad.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Baby Bantam Chicks Day 1


We got four day old bantam chicks today from Coastal Farms. I am excited to do this with Juniper and my daycare kids. I am going to take pictures everyday for like 2 or 3 weeks then maybe 2-3 time a week after that till they are around 12 weeks then they will be outside! So here is a picture!

Monday, March 16, 2009

I had an Ultrsound this afternoon...

There was a fair amount of fluid in my uterus so the OB and Colleen both said the IUD removal probably disrupted the pregnancy and it hasn't expelled itself yet.

I hate life.
I hate life for giving me these circumstances.
I wish someone could just make it better.
I don't think that life will ever be better.
I hate it.

We are Pregnant......

My IUD got removed yesterday and I am still pregnant. I am still at a high chance of miscarrying but hopefully the winds of life are in our favor. I will be seeing Colleen Forbes, LDM for most of my pre-natals and also be seeing a moderate risk OB by name of Paul Qualtere-Burcher and he will over see my case for my pregnancy and he will let Colleen be in the hospital room and even catch the baby.

Life has some cruel twists of fate sometime. My due date is Nov. 12, 2009 and I am allowed to go to 41 weeks so Nov. 19 if I am still pregnant I will have a C/S on Nov. 20th which is not really date I would like to have. So if I am still pregnant at 41 weeks I will have a C/S on the 17th as that seems better to me.

I will keep you all updated.

Thanks

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Update On Us

We are all moved in and should be having a housewarming party the weekend after next. I now have three kids in my day care so that is more money to pay off medical bills. It is nice because from daycare alone I bring enough income to pay our rent so Jon's income goes completely towards bills, food and savings. It should help out a lot! We are also not eating fast food or out for an entire year to see how much better it makes us health wise. I am going to start a blog about my year of better eating. It will chronicle my journey and savings through out the year. I am pretty excited about this! Hopefully it will inspire a few people to at least try and make better health decisions!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

We Got A Puppy His Name Is......


Alphie! He is an American Pit Bull Terrier and gorgeous! He is an amazing looking guy! He is papered and show quality but we did have him neutered because honestly who wants a un-neutered 65-70lbs dog hanging out. We are still planning on showing him in the altered category. We start puppy classes this Tuesday and I plan on going all the way through the Canine Good Citizen class and take the CGC Test as well so we can take Alphie to nursing homes and such to visit. June adores him and he is great with her as well. video

Friday, February 13, 2009

I am Thinking 4 should be awesome!

So Jon and I have decided that a sibling of three would be awesome from the ages of 2-12. So add them to June and then I would have four children in my home, five total. I would honestly like 12 at some point, not all at once but over time. After the kids are older or in college we plan on adopting 1-2 16&17 year old at time just to give them somewhere to come home for holidays, send letters, get gift packages from, just to call home. Then you know stop having kids around 55 or 60 so I figure I can have at least 12 children by then. I want to be the family that has to rent space for holiday dinners.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Update on Us

So I figured I would update you all on me and us;

Medication;

Went and saw my PCP last Friday and talked about the issues I have been having. She upped my prescription from 50mg to 100mg still just Zoloft. I will be going back in three weeks from tomorrow to check up ans see if we need to up it/change it or keep it the same. I have started to get what seem to be migraines that last all day and get worse in the light but Jon thinks they may just be bad tension/stress headaches. I will bring this up to my PCP when I see her again. She said I shouldn't consider taking anymore xanax since that usually doesn't work long term but to keep a few on hand in case I get into an uncomfortable situation which would cause an attack of anxiety. My PCP also wants me to do two sessions a week of counseling, couples and individual = 2 times a week.

Counseling;

Jon and I went to our intake appointment and our counselor James seemed really nice we will see him once weekly and our payment is 30$ per session starting next week (the intake is free) We will mostly be working on our grief and understanding how to communicate our grief and feelings with each other. That is the main focus of our couples therapy.

I have to call my individual therapist back tomorrow to set up my intake session. I am hoping we can just go off my income (600$ per month from daycare) so we won't have to pay 60$ a week for counseling. If not we will pay it would just be better not to pay 240$ a month, kwim?

Cars;

My crazy uncle who was going to buy me a britax car seat for Casey decided since he couldn't buy me a car seat that he would give me his 1989 Ford Aerostar for free. It only has 62000 miles on it. I had to get the heater core replaced, oil/transmission change, title transfer and new tires which cost me roughly around 700$ not bad for a free car that is now in perfect running condition.

Moving;

Kind of at a stand still. Most of the necessary items are moved in and Jon is getting 5 teeth removed via oral surgery tomorrow. Mostly this weekend is going to be clothes and our desktop computer. Then next week is St. Vinnies and CL and trash bags. We have until the 21st to be completely out of there.

Me;

I got my nose pierced tonight and I am joining Curves this weekend because I got a great deal for no service fee and just the monthly fee of 35$. So I will start doing that 5 days a week excluding Thursday and Sunday. I started alli and that is going great. I have lost 15 lbs so far. I am on my way only 105lbs to lose. thumb up I am hoping to have it lost by my 5th wedding anniversary next May which seems like a healthy and obtainable goal. Still trying to find a tattoo artist who has had a miscarriage or lost a child to do my tattoo.

Jon;

Is doing super well at his job! He isn't supposed to technically get a raise till he has been there for a year so roughly around next August but his manager said he is being fast tracked and will most likely be getting it April or May and that will be 5-6000 more a year depending on the level! So proud of him. He is a little apprehensive as he is starting classes again tonight to finsih his bachelors. He missed two classes because of everything that has happened with Casey. I have a lot of faith and pull for him!

June;

Is extremely excited about her big girl room. And Jim is almost done with her bunk beds so I think she will be all about sleeping in her room soon. We started Kindermusik on Tuesday and she adored it! I am so glad to be able to do this with her.

Cats;

Are getting spayed and micro chipped on Monday and are overall adjusting to the move.

Dog;

Is loving the yard.


That is all and if you made it through all of this you seriously rock my socks

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Counseling

I am going to start counseling for myself as well as a couple with Jon. We have been attending an Infant Loss Support Group that meets once a month but I have decided I would like more one on one time with a counselor and Jon and I also decided that we would do some couple counseling focusing on working through each others grief together. I don't imagine this will be easy but I do feel it a necessary step in our grieving process.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

June Activities!

Today is story time at the Springfield Public Library and it is every Wednesday. Then next Tuesday we are starting Kindermusik which June adored the trial class we did so I think she is going to really enjoy it. It last for 15 weeks and covers string instruments. It is a mommy and me class so it should be exciting!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Well I am volunteering now.....

I was e-mailing the director of the Lane County Heart Gallery about some kids that are listed on there website and mentioned that I stay home and she said that they could use some help on the newsletter that goes out bi-monthly. I said I could easily help since I can do it at home. So this morning I went and filled out the volunteer application and confidentiality form and got the document to put into there newsletter program. I am super excited to start this!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Painting......

So painting is going well and we will probably be done tonight with it. WOOT! I am so glad to be one step closer to being out of this apartment and into our home. I'm so excited to move and hang up pictures! I plan on having a dinner for everyone when we are settled!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Ode to My In-Laws!

My in-laws were very obvious in the distaste of me with Jon in the beginning of our relationship even when we first got married nearly four years ago. Though over the last four years out relationship has improved dramatically. I am so thrilled that my father-in-law Jim is making a bunk bed w/trundle for us. You know how cool it is going to be to have a homemade bed by Grandpa! For June and our adoptive kids. He also made June a functional wooden high chair for her "babies" and it is gorgeous! My mother-in-law Novena makes June a whole bunch of skirts and toys and has even start making felt foods, tonight we got some felt potato chips, lol. I am so lucky to have them as my in-laws even if we don't agree on some stuff they aren't that judgmental and are open to learning about why we do stuff which means a lot.

We get the keys @ 10:30!

We get to pick up our keys @ 10:30! I am so ready to be out of this apartment!

Friday, January 30, 2009

I need all of your help with this and yes

we are technically cheating but oh well. One of my best friends is a budding musician and attends UO school of Music. Well he wants to play a show at the WOW Hall here in Eugene but he needs votes. So that is where you all come in. All you have to do is email eugenechosen@yahoo.com and in the body write "I vote for Stephan Nance" The person with the most votes wins a free gig there and this would be awesome! I would really appreciate it if you all would help. And there is no spam just an auto response saying your vote has been counted.

you can view it all @ eugenechosen.com

Thanks guys!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I Recieved A Great Gift Today.....


From my Emerald Sisters. They are a lovely group of women who I have known for awhile some since I conceived Juniper. They got every detail (even more than some may have wanted) about my pregnancy with Casey. They were amazing in the first few days after Casey's birth having a prayer chain where someone was praying or sending good thoughts out in the universe for every hour of the day. It was simply breathtaking and beautiful during such a hard and difficult time. Then they were there to listen to me cry and rejoice over Casey. They sent flowers for the funeral and one special friend even came all the way down from Tacoma WA just for the funeral. All of these women offer so much love and comfort towards everyone and I am so lucky to know them and call them my friends.

Today I received a very unexpected and welcomed gift. The contents were amazing. I received a necklace for me which is pictured to the right. A necklace for Jon and a charm bracelet for Juniper. They also enclosed some awesome note cards and matted print. I also received two books one grerat nighttime book for Juniper and a guided/open ended journal specifically for Moms who have lost a child either before or after birth.

I am in awe that this came for Jon, June and I. I was so taken aback that I was weeping in sorrow and joy. I felt as though I should travel across the country and give them each individual hugs. This was the good thing that happened in my day today.

Thanks again guys! I love you all!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

High Fructose Syrup Contains WHAT????!!!

Mercury, that is right. How vile and disgusting is that? I read this article in the Washington Post;

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/26/AR2009012601831.html

Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury

Monday, January 26, 2009; 12:00 AM

MONDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new U.S. studies.

HFCS has replaced sugar as the sweetener in many beverages and foods such as breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments. On average, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS, but teens and other high consumers can take in 80 percent more HFCS than average.

"Mercury is toxic in all its forms. Given how much high-fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by industry and the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply," said the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Dr. David Wallinga, a co-author of both studies.
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In the first study, researchers found detectable levels of mercury in nine of 20 samples of commercial HFCS. The study was published in current issue of Environmental Health.

In the second study, the agriculture group found that nearly one in three of 55 brand-name foods contained mercury. The chemical was most common in HFCS-containing dairy products, dressings and condiments.

The use of mercury-contaminated caustic soda in the production of HFCS is common. The contamination occurs when mercury cells are used to produce caustic soda.

"The bad news is that nobody knows whether or not their soda or snack food contains HFCS made from ingredients like caustic soda contaminated with mercury. The good news is that mercury-free HFCS ingredients exist. Food companies just need a good push to only use those ingredients," Wallinga said.

More information

The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry has more about mercury and health.

SOURCE: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, news release, Jan. 26, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

We are Turning in our Application Tonight

Jon has his physical at 4:15 then we are making any final touches we need to then our application is off. All that needs to happen after that is all four of our references to mail the letters back. They will be sent off by DHS tomorrow when they receive our application. Then when those are received by DHS an adoption worker will be assigned and complete our home study. So hopefully by the end of Feb. our home study will be started and then by the end of April we can start applying for kids!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

New Blog!

So to keep this all about our family I am starting a new blog that is focusing on my weight loss journey as I get to a healthier weight! My new blog is Losing Brandy

Move In Count Down!

So we have 7 days that is right only a week till we can start to mice in to our house. I am so excited to day Jon and I picked out our colors for the house. For the playroom/3rd bedroom we chose peanut brittle and we are doing peanut brittle for the living room and a light green accent wall(the exact name is escaping me at the moment)that green color is also going to be in the bathroom. We choose a light blue for our room. June's room is already painted lavender so no painting is required in her room. I will definitely post before and after pictures for everyone to see. I feel like I should move in right now because I am so excited!

Monday, January 19, 2009

WE GOT A HOUSE!!!

Okay so we are still renting but still, it is three bedrooms and has a fenced back yard. I am so excited! YAY! We will be moving around mid February.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Neat Articles On Home Schooling Adopted Children

I have been thinking about this a lot lately because the more I think about the more I am getting excited that I am going to home school June until at least middle school if not further.... I found these neat articles and though I would share it.

http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/articles/051806.htm

http://ezinearticles.com/?Parenting-in-the-Homeschool-Homeschooling-Adopted-and-Traumatized-Kids&id=1645628

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I Am Going To Be Married!

Okay so I am already married and actually in May will be our Four Year anniversary! Though my wedding set has been eaten by the couch so we ordered a new band and it should be here tomorrow so I will appear to married. I am quite happy about it too :p

Monday, January 12, 2009

Onward Towards Adoption

We had almost finished our adoption classes before we conceived Casey and now we are finished with those and we are meeting with an adoption worker today. Our paperwork is almost finished and we will be starting our home study process soon! Jon and I are really excited, looking at the heart gallery website we have a child in mind we would like to pursue Sophie not sure if we will get her or not but she sounds a lot like June and is born in the same month only a year older! We are also interested in sibling groups. Right now where we are only going to look at girls because we only have one room and June will have to share it. When we move it will hopefully be to a three bedroom and we are more than willing to get some boys!

Wish us luck that this is a fast process!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Years Body Challenge

I am taking part in a NYBC on another great website I am on. It is from
1/12/09-3/2/09. I will be posting pictures and measurements on that site and at the end I may or may not post the number but will post the beginning and ending photo for sure! I am excited to start. I was planning on Weight Watchers since last time I joined I had lost 20lbs. So this is a great reason to join! Woot, wish me luck!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Year New Purge

So yesterday Jon and I spent all day cleaning and organizing things. We donated six garbage bags of clothes, two bags of of toys and three boxes of books to the Goodwill. We also gave three bags of baby clothes to Jillian our friend who is due in April with a girl so she is getting ALL of Junes clothes so we are nicely cleaning out her clothes too. I never realized how many clothes that child had. Sheesh I have found outfits she has never worn and that had never been taken off the hanger. I am so happy to have the house organized it is great!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

I Got a Job......

Not in a traditional sense but I start daycare for 5 and 10 year old boys on Monday. I am quite excited it will be fun. I am excited that I get to do something in the home to help pay off medical bills as we got the first set of medical bills. Just for my hospital stay we owe 1480$ this is not the surgery cost, Casey's stay, anesthesia or anything extra. I am glad I can help pay bill with out breaking into our regular spending habits of Jon's checks.

I also can't wait for the 13th and 20th of January because I will be getting my braces put on and I will be on my way to straight teeth!