Oh Goodness!

I’d love to know WHAT this bug is that I keep seeing in my house. I think it’s a millipede. But I don’t want to Google it. That will just gross me out. I’ve seen two of them in the last half hour ~ two DIFFERENT ONES. EW. Heeby Jeeby.

Anyways, I was just hopping on WordPress here to post some stuff when I saw the creature. And now I’m just creeped out and don’t really want to sit in this room anymore. Hubby is sleeping and I have no one to kill it for me. Boo.

I’ve been posting lots of pictures over on my other blog. Check it out! :)

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Dear Snowdrop

Dear Snowdrop,

Today you are 8 months & 6 days old. Today you began to crawl for the very first time! I can hardly believe how big you are now. You’re my little ham. The first time was this morning. We were in the kitchen and your sisters were coloring. They spilled their crayons all over the floor and as soon as you caught sight of them it became your life’s work to get them. You leaned forward from a sitting position and got yourself on your stomach. Then you inched forward, using your toes to push you just an inch or so at a time. We scrambled to pick up the crayons and you never ended up really getting any.

When Daddy came home after fixing some jukebox emergencies I put you on your stomach about six feet away from him. He took out the Piggy Bank that sings and showed you the coins and made the pig sing. You love that toy very much and without much hesitation, you started to crawl ~ one toe, then the other. All the way until you made it! Daddy was very proud, and so was I. You are learning so quickly and getting better at it every day.

You love songs and sometimes we hear you singing along to the words. It’s really pretty funny. Other toys you like are your Mr. Froggy Oggy that sleeps in your bed with you, the rattles, and your building blocks. You also like to play with your sisters’ toys. Sometimes they are okay with that; sometimes they’d rather you didn’t. We have a toy where you can put balls down a slide and it has some songs, etc. You love this toy and can put the balls in the container when I tell you to. You are very smart, my little girl!

Today you did something very funny. You & I were laying on the couch together. You were sitting inbetween my legs. You started crawling around putting your face in the pillow. Then you rolled over and stuck your face in the back of the couch and put your butt up in the air. It reminded me of an ostrich. I called Daddy to come downstairs because I thought you had decided to fall asleep. You were in such a cute position. Daddy thought you looked really cute and when he rolled your body over a bit to check if you were asleep, there you were smirking up at him with a twinkle in your eye! You were certainly delighted by this little game. You had played a trick, a joke, made a funny! We were so surprised by this show of humor! Snowdrop, you were absolutely just the cutest!!

Lately you have been eating things like peas, green beans, sweet potatos, carrots, squash… pears, bananas, applesauce, peaches… You LOVE carrots and peas. Green beans are a favorite, as are sweet potatos. Girl you like to eat, but sometimes you get crabby when you’re eating and it makes it hard to feed you. And frustrating! We just started giving you puffs and you really seems to like those. Still, you wake up to drink a mo-mo around 4am every night. It’s hard on Mommy & Daddy and we really wish you’d learn to sleep through the night. :)

At the last dr’s appt, you were in the 26%ile for height and 96%ile for weight!! You are a chunk! Deliciously fat. We have another appointment this week so we’ll see where you are at now. :)

You are an easy baby to take out on errands or to the stores. People are always commenting on how beautiful you are and how stunning your blue eyes are. You are pleasant and like to look around and smile at people. Did I mention how easy it is to take you places?

You just started waving “hi” and “bye” to us. It’s more of like a wild paddling in the air ~ but we’ll take it as a wave! Sometimes I swear you’ve said “Hi” and you have also started saying “mamamamamamamamamamama”. Even though I know it’s not for real, it’s still pretty cute! :)

You love your big sisters and they love you! We pick them up from school and you are always so excited to see them!

Daddy is begging me to come upstairs as it is late and we are heading to the lake tomorrow EARLY to spend some time with your Gigi & Papa.

We love you very much Snowdrop! You are our little girl and we are so proud of all the things you do! Love you Bunny!

Love, Mommy :)

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I’m Gonna Go Ahead and Say It…

(I moved this post from my photoblog. I decided it was more appropriate to post it here, on my WordPress blog where I typically do things like rant.)

It really bothers me when people say bad things about the Duggar Family. Having a large family isn’t for everyone, I get it! Other people don’t like Christians, I get it!! Everyone gets to have their own opinion, I get it!!!

But specifically, I read something this morning that set me off. It was this, from a blog that will remain unamed. But really, you know who you are. This is what the author wrote, in reference to people she really truly hates: “…finally Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar…(and all families who make a living off of birthing children.) Just my opinion.”

Totally! It’s just your opinion. Well here’s mine. Maybe you should get your head out of your ass and do a little research. Really? You list the Duggars with Carrot Top and Paris Hilton as your most hated people? Really?? The Duggars?? God-loving, Child-Rearing, Do-It-Themselves Duggars?? Really?? The Duggars birthed 19 kids just so they could make a living off of them???? Really? Do you know ANYTHING about having children or about the Duggars other than what Perez Hilton and TMZ tell you? Really?? Have you gone through a pregnancy?? (My sincere apologies if you haven’t, really I’m all about supporting the pain of being infertile and not being able to birth your own baby, but seriously – it’s not all rainbows and lollipops. And I don’t think you could pay me enough money to do it 16 times!!!! No wait, I KNOW you couldn’t pay me enough money to be pregnant 16 times!)

Really, do you know anything about the Duggars?? Really?? Because if you did know anything about them, you’d know that they have lived debt free nearly their entire marriage. Did you know that Mr. Duggar served in the Arkansas House of Representatives for several years? Did you know that they own several commercial properties that they rent out – WHICH IS THEIR MAIN SOURCE OF INCOME. Did you know thay they’ve never had government assistance? Did you know they buy most of their clothing used? They built their own house with their own hands. They teach their kids to become self-sufficient, hard-working, and to give back to their communities.

Do your research, lady! And stop picking on the Duggars! They seem to the be the ONE family in America that isn’t fucked up, that’s fighting to do good for themselves and others, and that the rest of us could probably stand to learn a thing or two from.

“Just my opinion.”

(PS. So the Duggars are making a living off of birthing their children and you hate them for it? What about your Big Ol’ Sponsored Mommy Blog???? Sounds absolutely hypocritical to me.)

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Randoms

I’ve been posting quite a bit on my newer blog (www.theunexpectedworldofmommyhood.blogspot.com) mainly just pictures that I’m entering into photography contests. I’m having a lot of fun with it, exploring a new hobby, branching out…

My sisters moved into college last week. One of them is here in the Little City at my alma mater (pretty cool) and the other is in FL studying golf. (Living the dream.) (Except, not my dream. I don’t like golf. But Go Her, right?) (My parents wouldn’t let me study theater but she can study golf. There I said it. No big elephant in this room.) (But seriously, I really AM happy that they’re letting her study what she wants to study and are supporting her in this decision. It will make all the difference in her life and career.) (Seriously it will. And seriously, I am happy for her.) (Yes, I may always be bitter that my dreams weren’t supported.)

ANNNNNNNYWAYS. I’m really glad to have ONE sister here in the Little City with me. She’s already accompanied me on a Target-Whole Foods run & we’re going to go on errands this weekend. I know every week and weekend won’t be filled with visits and errands – but I know it’s going to make such a positive difference in my life having her around.

Junie & Mags go to preschool next week. They start on Tuesday. They’ll go Tues/Thurs from 9-12. That will give me just about 6 extra hours of “free” time a week, in addition of course to the 6 hours I get on Wednesdays. (May the Lord Bless my MIL as long as the sun & moon shall endure.) I have a whole post drafted about our parent meeting. It didn’t go well. And you’ll have to wait until I post the draft to read about it. (Okay, it wasn’t like the worst day ever. But it would definitely rank under “Worst First Impressions”.) *sigh* We take the girls to school tomorrow for an Open House so they can see their classroom, meet their teacher, etc. I’m excited. I hope they don’t freak out. Hubby’s parents wanted to come to school on the first day… I was like “noooooooo way.” The LAST thing I need on the first day of school are my in-laws there. Yes, bless them for all the wonderful help they give us, but I really want this to be MY day with the girls, you know? Is that super selfish? I also don’t want the day to be super overwhelming for them. And I just get the impression that the first day is probably going to be a circus and they probably don’t want more people there than it needs to be. Also, I want to be able to take pictures, get pictures of me with the girls, etc – and I’m not going to be able to do that if my kids are hanging all over Gigi & Papa (which they will be because Gigi & Papa are preferred over Mommy & Daddy 9/10 times).

And I’m nervous for school. I can’t believe my little girls are going to school. Well, playschool/preschool. And I think as excited as they are, they are also nervous. They started asking lots of questions this week about school. And saying things like “You drop us off. And pick us up later?” And then I have to reassure them that I’m picking them up later. We talk about how they will play and eat snacks and go potty and play outside and listen to stories and their teacher is “Going be really really nice” (that’s what they’ve been telling me about her for months!). It will be interesting to see us dressed, fed, and ready to leave the house by 8:35 am at the latest on Tuesdays and Thursday! Right now we live about 17 minutes from school. It’s kind of a drive (but it’s all highway, less than five minutes getting on/off the highway) but eventually – like I’m hoping within the next two years – we’ll move out of the city and closer to school.

I have no idea what they are going to wear on the first day. I need to get that figured out so they don’t have fashion emergencies that morning. Any tips from you veteran moms out there? We already have a shoe box where they know to grab their shoes and put them on. I was thinking about having two boxes on the lower landing of our staircase. One would hold their outfit for the day, the other would hold socks (so they could just grab any old sock and throw it on). In my imagination, the girls will come downstairs in the morning, eat a waffle (or whatever breakfast is that morning) and then throw on their clothes and socks and shoes and be ready to leave for school.

In my imagination, the girls are the only self-sufficiant three year olds in the universe.

My plan has been rendered ridiculous. My head is in the clouds, isn’t it? :)

We’ll get our school morning routine figured out.

Okay. That felt good to write. Hi WordPress Blog. I’ve missed you. I might not be ready to come back yet… but I’ll be back sooner than later. Sorry to anyone who might read my blog on a regular basis! I’ve been in a funk. Really, a funk. But it’s slowly leaving me & I’ll be back to my usual spirited self soon enough. :) Thanks for sticking by! :)

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Photo-Story on my Other Blog

Posted a photo-story over at my blogspot blog in participation of IHeartFaces weekly photo challenge.

Maybe someone from here is interested in The Rescue of Little Clown and How He Helped Mommy Finish the Laundry. 

Check it out! :)

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Posting at Blogger, Taking a Break

I’ve been posting over at Blogger. Okay. That’s sort of a lie. I should say that I’ve posted at Blogger three times this week. Mainly to participate in photo contests. I’m testing the waters over there. I kind of like it. You can find me there. (http://theunexpectedworldofmommyhood.blogspot.com)

Although it’s totally been on my mind to post here.

We’re all fine. I just haven’t felt like writing. :) I even survived a trip to the Big City and a whole week with my mother!

Do pigs have wings?

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Getting my act together

I need to get my act together and finish up (actually, start) the post on our trip to the Big City. I also need to catch up on QOTW and Seen & Heard Saturday.

We’ve just been plain old busy. And when that happens, my blog gets stuck on the back burner. I dislike this but that’s what happens.

I PROMISE I’ll get my act together this week. Hubby is due to watch the kids and give me some free time…

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