Saturday, December 30, 2006


Yes...I am looking forward to the brand New Year!!! It is always my joy to feel like I am starting anew..with no mistakes! One of our New Years Traditions is to have Pork and Sauerkraut. I grew up thinking that EVERYONE had that...Oh well...I was shocked I suppose. I have a beautiful boneless Pork Roast that will cook in the oven for about 8 hours or so...surrounded by sauerkraut and Keilbasse....Corys parents will bring the Mashed Potatoes...I think I am going to serve carrots with might make the sauerkraut not so tart. Usually a can of beer in the sauerkraut takes care of that, but since I am not going to go to the liquor store anytime soon, I will probably substitute apple juice as my Mom suggested. We will also have rolls and butter...and I will buy a package of hot dogs in case the kids can't handle the sauerkraut. Cory does not like it either...but he takes one strand and burys it in his mashed potatoes...what a good sport!! We are also having an Italian guest for New Years...she is bringing lentils which is in their New Years Tradition...something sweet, a piece of fruit, and lentils. I think that they all stand for something, I will have to ask. Afterwards we will have Strawberry Daquiris...YUM...I have been craving Margaritas...but this will have to do. What kind of New Years Meal or Traditions do you have?
I just went to my OB appt. the other day. I have gained 9lbs so far...Pretty much it is all belly right now. In 3 weeks I am scheduled to have my 4D Ultra Sound...Hip Hip Hooray!!! So far so good. I had my glucose tolerance test the other day...I suppose they will call me if I have anything to worry about. Elijah is very busy I can tell. If it is any indication of how things will be when he arrives...Cory and I will get no sleep.
When New Years comes along...I am fond of New Years Resolutions. I have not made an entire list or anything like that...but I like to be in the habit of continnually bettering myself..New Years or Not. One of the things that Cory and I have decided to do is to Read thru the Bible in one year. We were both given a couples study Bible when we were married, and I have a "womens" study Bible. We have not used them much, I tend to lean more towards my Thompson Chain Reference. Anyways...I was looking thru the Study Bibles and found a reading plan for reading thru in one year. We would both like to have devotional time as a couple, but don't seem to have the time to do that and have family worship , and our own personal devotions...soooooo I thought this would be perfect...because we would be reading the same passages everyday at our own convenience and then we can discuss them when we get the chance! I am really excited about it. Our Pastor is also doing some sessions on Worship/ Family Devotions. Cory has been doing a series of Family worship about Obedience. Each night he has been reading a story of someone who has been obedient or disobedient...and telling the consequences or blessings. We all have been really enjoying is good for the kids to know that Mom and Dad need to obey too. Corys focus right now is on the 19th psalm...not in its entirety, but the verses about Gods laws. We have been trying to get the kids to learn 19B...we just started that one yesterday...I figure perhaps if we work on one or two Psalms for two weeks that it will help them to memorize it. JJ and Keith also gave us a subscription to the family devotion magazine called is really cute, and is geared toward kids. Thanks guys we love that one! At any rate, I am hoping to be able to have my own devotions doing some general reading of both Old and New Testaments, and to have this special time with Cory...Pray for us that we can do this.
The flu season is upon us...many have been sick...I thought that maybe some of you would be interested in my Moms Blog...Jemit. Mom is an RN and has made some posts about the flu and other stuff in to prevent it, and how to treat it. Mom has said she likes to educate people about things like don't be afraid to ask her a question if need be...or just peek and see what her blog had to say. She is full of good wisdom--and I am always calling to pick her brain :)

Hope everyone is having a fabulous last 2006...I hope that God gives many blessings to you and yours in the year 2007!

Friday, December 29, 2006


Happy Holidays were had at the Valentines! Christmas was so festive! The kids had a ball doing their annual Christmas shopping at the dollar store. It is interesting to see what they think someone might like...I am still trying to figure out the stuffed animal dog toy that Esther picked out for me...later she said she didn't realize it was a dog toy...I told her that was okay...I still enjoyed her gift. Christmas Eve was spent going to Corys Fathers church for their Christmas Eve service~~Later we came home and made our cookies for Santa, put out our magic reindeer food, and then Cory read the Christmas Story and also The Night Before Christmas...our usual tradition:) It was truly amazing to see the kids scamper off to bed so quickly. Christmas morning came way too quickly for the parents of these children...when we finally got up, we lit our candles, put on our Christmas music, and took some photos. Every year I do a poster board sheet that says "My first Christmas" or "Merry Christmas 2006" is so fun to look over the years. I am very jealous of all of you with your digital cameras right I am sitting on 4 or 5 rolls of film...just waiting to be developed...uhhhgg! Soon Enough.
This was one of my Christmas gifts from Cory. The Brethren by Beverly Lewis. This is the 3rd and final book in the series Annies People. I so enjoyed this book. I started it yesterday and finished it yesterday. I read so quickly, and find it so hard to put down a good book. Now I am feeling bad because I couldn't savor it....oh well...I suppose I will be off to the library to feed this hungry beast of mine!
These got sort of out of order...oh well. After we had Christmas at our home, we went to Corys parents to celebrate with them and Corys brother Cliff and his wife Chris. Mom put on quite a spread of Ham and Turkey and all the fixins...I would say the best was the shrimp cocktail however...We LOVE shrimp!!!

Another thing that I am glad to be so thankful that ...many of you know that Cory and I have been trying to be very savvy with our money. Cory saved all of his money from the side jobs that he has been doing, and we were able to pay for our Christmas that way. The kids got some toys, but more importantly some new shoes, coats, and clothes!!! Cory and I actually went to K-mart looking for some pants for Esther, and they were having HUGE sales...60% off of things...We got each of the girls a coat and gloves...A couple of outfits for Isaac...etc... anyways...we spent somewhere around $60 and SAVED $70....we were so excited!!! It will be such a blessing going into the new year right on track...if not a little ahead!!! Hooray for us!!!

I hope that your Christmas was very Merry, and that you were able to spend it with those you care about!

Friday, December 22, 2006

UPDATES !!! I went to the Chiropractor yesterday...which I did not really want to do in the first place. The Chiropractor happens to be one of Corys buddies from highschool...and well, I met him before we were done with college...and lets just say he is REALLY different now..(in a good way)...and also the thought of one of his pals touching me...aaack! He was extremely proffessional, and I was impressed :) I told him my symptoms and he said he thought that he knew what was going on and he would fix he had me lay on the table...I was really scared and nervous and he said "oh you're not so bad"...and then proceeded to put my pelvis back into the proper place...with a big hop on top of me and a very loud popping sound and a big groan and gasp from me...along with lots of movement from my pelvis...and I turned and said to him that I thought it was a lot of movement for "not being so bad"--he said "Oh, you were really bad--and I said Why didnt you tell me? He said I dont know maybe because you were really scared? I laughed--smart man! I have been doing much better...just icing my back every hour!
My new cousin Harrison William Stockwell was born on the 21st of December! Congratulations Jeremy and Christy! See pictures on Jeremys Blog!
My sister in law Amy is now overdue. Please pray for her as she anticipates delivery!

Thursday, December 21, 2006


Do you remember this saying? Well, everytime I am pregnant it always comes back to me. When I was prego with Isaac I got stuck in the bathtub on all fours TRYING to get out, I finally had to get Cory to (ahem) "hoist" me out...embarrassing! Well, I have had similar experiences with each child...this one is no different...well sort of different. I am having such bad sciatic pain that I can barely walk, stand, or sit. (Excuse me...where does that leave me?) Anyways...after we came home from a friends house yesterday night...I thought to myself (like I always do when I have this pain) I should get in the tub.--instant relief...until I try to get out!!!! AHHHHHH...I am stuck in the tub...I really thought I would never get out...Cory had no idea what to do, and at one point was standing in the tub to try and lift me out...that did NOT work...that HURT! Eventually...I was able to stand up. That night in bed I had to go to the bathroom --but I could not get out of I woke Cory up to watch me struggle and cry...needless to say, I will be visiting the Chiropractor at some point today (I hope!)--Corys Dad has been so good to go get Isaac from school, and bring him there as well--let's just hope I don't get "stuck" anywhere else...he would not be so happy to have to "hoist" me anywhere!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


For those of you who know me well, you might know that I have always wanted Piano Lessons. They are fairly I can afford them, I have been trying to teach myself. I have learned several measures of the Canon in D and have been working hard at "Deck the Hall" which I am proud to say I have finally mastered :) I love to tinker at the piano, and am happy for the help that Cory gives when I ask...the kids are showing interest in playing the piano as well. Isaac sat down and played the first part of Jingle Bells...I was impressed that he had an ear for it...he told me he knew how to play it because he watched where I put my fingers....that smarty! Anyways, the kids will most likely to be the first to get lessons, and perhaps I can learn from them :)
This morning I went out to get some stocking stuffers for Corys stocking. I don't have a whole lot to put in, but I guess something is better than nothing. I have so enjoyed everyones holiday decor pix, and wish that I had a digital camera so that I could post my own...we will get one before Elijah joins it is to be in the rather near future I suppose! What sort of things do you put in your stockings? I put in toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, bandaids, a pack of gum, chapstick/lip get the idea...pretty much things that you "need" but I give them to everyone as gifts...boring maybe, but the kids always love seeing what character are on their band-aids, and they seem to last until the next year :) I need some good men ideas...low cost.
This morning after I did some stocking stuffer shopping...I took the girls to McDonalds to play at the play land. I got myself a cup of coffee, and just enjoyed watching them have a good time...of course nobody was there, because it was breakfast time--in my opinion that seems to be the best time to come! We stayed for over two hours!!!! It has been really rainy and cold here the past few days, and the girls don't get out as much as they used to. It was really nice to just let them get a little exercise with out having to stand outside myself :) Plus--that cup of coffee was such a treat for me...extra cream...and sitting by myself...we will definately do this again:)

Hope everyone is having a great week! Please pray for my sister-in-law who is due any day now...along with my cousin who is awaiting her own baby at this moment!! This Christmas holiday is sure to be busy for them! Thanks to all who sent us Christmas Cards...I so enjoy receiving snail mail! It is a goal of mine to do Christmas Cards...but it wont be this year...this year was buying gifts and not waiting till the last minute!! I have to take baby steps you see :) I hope to update my blog before Christmas, but if I can't ---do have a joyous holiday!!!

Monday, December 11, 2006


Yes...the sharpie struck again! This time it was after church, and we were all napping...all but one of us apparently. Cory awakened to find green sharpie on the couch, on our coasters, on a holiday ceramic candle holder...a little on my cedar chest...I just want to stomp my feet and throw a tantrum. I guess I will have to hide them in a much better spot--DRAT!

Today Esther had preschool. I got the kids ready and took them both to school, and then I took Gayle on some errands. After this it was time to pick up Esther at school--we picked her up--came home ate lunch...and I was positively whipped!! I put a Disney video on for the girls (I know...bad Mommy!) and then I napped on the couch for about 2 hours...I was so out of it! When I woke up it was time to get Isaac from school--picked him up--came home and put Gayle down for a nap, and then I went back to sleep until Cory came home....Can you believe this? I pretty much slept the whole day--the really sad part is that I feel SOOOOO tired yet! It was such a disappointment to me--nothing was accomplished! I noticed today when I woke up that my belly looked like it grew a ton just overnight!! People actually commented on it at the school! I wonder if I/the baby seemed to have some sort of growth spurt and I just got wiped out? Whatever it was...I was totally useless today :(

Christmas is right around the corner!!! Cory and I are going to get some stocking stuffers for the kids on Saturday...that's right NO KIDS! Corys Mom is going to have a little Christmas party for, crafts, whatever! It will be so nice for us to have a little alone time. I was telling Cory what I wanted to put in the stockings and told him that just for his information that he was in charge of my stocking...(not that I really care)...but I told him last year he didn't do anything! He said Oh yes I did...I said Oh no you didn't ! The only thing that was in my stocking last year was a foil wrapped Krisp Kringle chocolate bar...and I put it in MYSELF because I bought a 4 pack!! We had a good laugh over this. I remember the kids noticing last year that I didn't have anything in my stocking, and I said I must have been really bad--HA! It is funny...we have been honest about the fact that Santa is not real, and they believe that... but they love to pretend that he is...I suppose that makes it more fun. church on Sabbath I was talking to some of my girlfriends, and mentioned the fact that one of the ladies husbands was very good at inseminating cows, and I thought that was really neat. So I said --I have always wanted to artificially inseminate a cow (yep, I know all about the plastic glove )...they sort of looked at me strangely (and for good was a strange thing to say)...and I said something along the lines of "The things you would never have guessed about Wendy" I would like to know...what sort of things would I never have guessed about you? Just so you know, my roommate in college lived on a farm and she inseminated a cow once, and I always thought that was so cool! Also, at Geneva, I had some air time on the college radio station where I would call her and ask "the cow question of the week.." I miss my roommate and her cow banter :) So be sure to tell me something I never would have guessed about you!

Saturday, December 09, 2006


When I seem to have moments where I feel like I just can't win...and my children are on my last nerve...I like to read this poem that hangs in my Kitchen:

"The baby is teething; the children are fighting. My husband just called and said to eat dinner without him, " Okay, one of these days you'll shout: "Why don't you grow up and act your age!" and they will, or "You guys get outside and find yourselves something to do...and don't slam the door." and they won't.
You'll straighten up their rooms neat and tidy...bumper stickers descarded...spreads tucked and displayed on the shelves...hangers in the closet...animals caged, and you'll say outloud: "Now I want it to stay that way. " And it'll prepare a perfect dinner with a salad that hasn't been picked to death, and a cake with no finger traces in it and you'll say, " Now there's a meal for company," and you'll eat it alone.
You'll say " I want complete privacy on the phone, No dancing around, no pantomimes, no demolition crews. Silence! do ;you hear?" and you'll have it. No more plastic tablecloths stained with spaghetti, no more anxious nights under a vaporizer tent, no more dandelion bouquets, no more iron on patches, knotted shoe strings, tight boots.
Imagine, a lipstick with a point, no babysitter for New Years Eve, washing clothes only once a week, no P.T.A meetings, carpools, blaring radios, Christmas presents out of toothpicks and paste. No more wet oatmeal kisses. No more toothfairy, giggles in the dark, or knees to heal.
Only a voice crying, "Why don't you grow up? " and the silence echoing, "I did."
~Author Unknown~


Only 16 days until Christmas Day!!! This afternoon the kids and I worked on making paper snowmen, snowflakes, and those jingle chains. They are very proud of all the fruits of their labor :) Each day the kids will take a chain off to countdown to the big day! Next, is Christmas tree hands !
Last night Gayle came into my bedroom covered in GREEN SHARPIE !!!! OH NO ! I can't seem to get it all the way off. She even stuck it in her what??? If that did not make matters worse...she drew all over the tv, and the walls, and the entertainment center...all I could do was cry. (and scrub). It came off of the screen, but not off the walls or entertainment center, or the other parts of the tv...she was very creative, and even drew on a piece of pizza that we had for supper. I might give those Mr. Clean Erasers a try...they seem to work on pen...but I don't know about indullible marker!

Thursday, December 07, 2006


Okay....Robert Duncan is my favorite artist in the whole wide world!!!! His paintings capture my childhood experiences. For all of you that might be interested...I found his website...and you can sign up to request a catalog...even view his prints. The originals were hahahahahoribbly expensive...but the prints are quite reasonable which is what I have. If you like country living--you will love his style! So here it is.... Let me know what you think of his prints...I can't get enough of them....(on a side note...Hey Cory...I noticed that they are having specials for Christmas...*hint*hint* )


Esther is entirely too big for her britches....literally. Around Thanksgiving she fit into her pants and then one morning she woke up and could barely button them and some were flood pants....I am not kidding!!! AAAACCCKKK. I am hoping to get her some for Christmas. If any of you are looking to get rid of any size 7's --well...lets just say we will be pleased to take them off your hands :) I really am amazed how fast that happened!! Maybe it is meant to be though, since I have a family who can really use my 5's and 6's !!


After seeing so many pictures of everyones holiday decor...I finally did it...I put away all of my Halloween and Thanksgiving decor and moved furniture around...and yesterday we got the Christmas tubs out with all of our goodies. While Cory and the kids put the (gulp) artificial tree together~ I put around many of the nicknack items that I like so much. It was a pleasant evening, and the kids were so excited!! I pulled out Christmas projects that Isaac had made in preschool, and took time to remember them fondly...I just can't part with them :) Next, it was time to trim the Cory put on a little Harry Connick Jr. Christmas music and I took each ornament out of its tissue paper and gave each child a turn to put them on the tree. This worked out nicely, as each child seemed to have a few special ornaments with their photo or name engraved :) This year we opted for the multi colored lights--kid requested. My goal is to someday have this artificial tree in the kids playroom with all of their ornaments...and a real tree with beautiful sparkly ornaments, white lights and bows in the living room--(the adult pretty to look at tree)..and then a tall skinny tree in the kitchen decorated with gingerbread men, apples and gingham bows...and then...(oh yes, this is getting over the top)...I would like to have tiny little trees for each know like two feet or so tall...decorated how they want. I love the look of Christmas lights sparkling throughout the house :) These are my plans~~ I guess Cory might have something to say about it though.
Another thing I love at this time of year is Traditions. Each year we like to get Esther one of the Charming Tails like you see in the photo above. It is a little mouse that seems to always be accompanied by a little lady bug...she has quite a few...and they are so sweet! Aunt Mandy collected them first, and then I just got the idea from her. I love Robert Duncan prints...usually every year Cory gets me one...I dont think it will happen this year, because we will most likely be going in together to buy a camcorder...ours is on the fritz. Corys family has a funny tradition. Both he and his brother Cliff have a mouse ornament from when they grew up...with their names on it. The idea is to have yours the highest up on the tree come Christmas Morning. You might think that since moving out and on their own that it would have died off...but no...Cliffy is known to call his Mom and ask her to move his to the top and Corys to the bottom. Since we live closer, Cory will use that advantage to place it is an ongoing battle every year between the always brings a smile to my face! I asked Cory if he ever thought of getting our kids some ornaments so that they could make that tradition in our house and he said he has been thinking about that very thing...I don't think it will be this year...maybe next year :) I would love to hear some of your traditions that you have!!! Be aware that I might steal the idea however....perhaps my brother in law Keith can tell about his families "ugly ornament" contest...and perhaps elaborate! *hint*hint*
When the Christmas season hits, we are all hit with stories of people who are not as fortunate as we are. I have heard about a good many on the link named shotsnaps and you will find a young man with a family who has cancer in need of your prayers...also some thanksgiving...for the family who I mentioned before having such financial struggles...the husband has gotten a job offer and accepted, they were able to get medical insurance, and thanks to a few elves who responded to them with gifts~~ they were able to pay their gas bill before it was to be shut off, and had a little left over for groceries and a tank of gas! I hope that everyone is doing well, and is enjoying this holiday season!!!

Thursday, November 30, 2006


During our vacation in Western PA...Aunt J.J. took Esther on a special date. To the horse farm!!! First they went and bought carrots for the horses and goats...and then they were off! Esther apparently "earned" her horseride. This is her cleaning stalls...According to Aunt J.J. she was a very hard worker.
This is Esther with Aunt J.J. and some of the many farm animals looking for some attention from a certain little girl.
I love this photo of Esther and "Duke". What a treat for a special little girl! Esther had a blast with Aunt J.J.~~ She is very into animals, of which we have none...(except fish...) So this was really great for her to get a fix with all of these animals. By the way I stole these pix from my sisters blog...JennyV...she has more shots if you care to peek. JJ mentions that being a middle child herself that special one on one time was craved...I don't remember feeling the need for that myself...but I do think that Esther fits that category...when she got back some of her words were...Aunt J.J. took me on a special was just me and other kids were there...we went to McDonalds...Needless to say...this day meant a whole lot more to her than just riding horses...she felt so loved and special. Thanks JJ.

While I am on the gushing subject...I must mention my other sister who dotes on all of her nieces and nephews...while we were in Western Pa...Our niece Joyce planned a shower for her mother who is expecting in December...she brought out a beautiful "prom" dress that someome gave to her that she planned to wear. Amanda and I decided to do her hair up very fancy...Joyce has beautiful LONG blond hair...we put it high atop her head in fancy ringlets, and then curled ribbon and put that in it...she was stunning! Esther was in such awe, and mentioned that she would never be that beautiful..(which broke my heart.) She kept mentioning the dress, that she didn't have one like it...anyways to make a short story even shorter...Aunt Mandy felt so bad for her, that on her way home from dropping Joyce off, she showed up with two frilly dresses from the second hand shop for my girls...we then proceeded to do up their hair...It was such a special gesture...and it makes my heart so glad to know that my sisters love my kids enough to go out of their way to make them feel special...Thanks Manda.


Yes, poor little Gaylie. Gayle woke up last night around 1:00 with an upset stomach. She proceeded to empty it about every 15-20 min...until 5:00 in the morning! Needless to say I got NO sleep. Cory was very kind to throw the sheets in the wash and make jello around 4 a.m. and also to make arrangements for Isaac to get to school. Esther was fed and watching cartoons, and the phone was turned off, so that Gayle and I could get a little sleep. We both woke up around 8:00 with another attempt to empty her far so is around 10:00 and she has successfully kept down some jello...Must be a nasty bug going around...I just hope that the other two don't get it!!! She is very sweet throughout the whole ordeal...not like me when I am sick...she constantly wants me to hold her...and so I do. Poor little Gaylie.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Congratulations to my REDNECK husband. Cory got a 6 point yesterday. I'd like to also thank him for bringing home the tick that I saw in Esthers hair....AAACK! Lucky I caught the "bugger" before he managed to find a permanent home. I imagine that Cory will go out hunting still as he has a doe tag left...He hunts down in Wyalusing at a hunting camp with some buddies. I don't care much for deer meat...but I will make a steak or roast...usually I make stroganhoff with it...(that way it doesn't taste like deer meat..heheheh) At any rate...Good Job Cor!

Monday, November 27, 2006


This is a picture of my Esther. She is growing up way too fast. This was taken at Preschool this year. Esther is such a big help to me...she likes to help with food, laundry, sweeping, making beds, ANYTHING ! Esther also likes to sing...she loves to make up songs too. On days that Isaac has wrestling, we bake together. She is such a joy to me...and I am so happy to have such a beautiful daughter...both inside and out!! How did I get so lucky?

Friday, November 24, 2006

STILL THANKFUL ...........

Well, we are still on vacation at my families home in Western PA. Thanksgiving was a success in terms of the meal. Wednesday I spent all day baking it seems...chocolate chip cookies, lemon cookies , and for my brother in law Keith...chunky chocolate pecan bars...they all turned out great! My sister and I cooked the turkey...the little thermometer doodad popped out and we still had about 4 hours till we turned the heat way down and the meat was delicious!!! We had about 21 or 22 people including was a fabulous time.
Today, which is Friday...we had a shower for my sister in law Amy. She is having a baby girl in Dec. I made Chicken Salad and served it on was so delicious. There was a good many people there, and we had such a nice time visiting.
Tomorrow I hope we can just rest up a little. Most likely we will head to Mom and Dads and let the kids run outside for the day! It is nice because they live on a piece of property that you can just let the kiddos free and every once in a while look out the window...usually they are chasing the chickens or guinneas.
Please keep Corys grandma in prayer. She had a nasty fall a little while ago, and is having some repercussions from it. She has been to the Hospital and they didn't seem to find anything revealing...but she is in pain, and prayer for her healing is the priority.
I hope that everyone is having a great holiday week. It is really going way too quick for me. We will be coming back on Sabbath day~ and then Cory will take the first day of hunting off...I hope that he gets a big one. He has already made plans with his buddies to go back to Ohio next year...they are trying to persuade him to go to Illinois right after that...silly men...they have no idea. They apparently think that it would be no problem for Cory to save up $1000 for this trip, and that it would be best spent on a hunting trip if he had it...or that he should leave me for almost 2 weeks with 4 being very young. Yes...They have no idea...and I am glad for my husband to set them straight.
Wow, I really started rambling didn't I? Oh well, I am tired and want to go to bed...Good Night!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Happy Holidays to you! Today is Cory and Isaacs last day of school. As soon as they get home we will load into the van and head to Western PA. I have been doing loads and loads of laundry in anticipation of packing. The last load is in the dryer, and then I will fetch the suitcases. We will be staying with my Sister J.J. and Brother-in-Law Keith. They are also hosting Thanksgiving at their home, so it will be nice for me to be there to help. Friday, we will be attending a baby shower for my sister-in-law Amy. Amy will be having a girl in December. I am making the most delicious Chicken Salad...and serving it on Croissants....YUM! I can hardly wait to hear about everyone elses holiday!
On a different note...Some friends of ours are having HORRIBLE financial struggles. They have 3 children and have had no source of income for a while. Their house is now into foreclosure. They also have no health insurance. Some of you may actually be surprised that you know these folks. If you would like to send something their way...please comment on my site, and I will give you their address so that you can send it to them. Please also pray for them as the husband has had a job interview, and of course hopes to get the job.
I have not been able to post much on my site or your blogs very much, because when I do, the computer freezes up. So if there is a day you never hear from me again...the computer has officially blown up...hehehe. Hope everyone has a fabulous holiday!

Thursday, November 16, 2006


This is Elijah's 2nd sonar. I really like it because he is positioned on his stomach with his little tiny butt high up...I have never had one taken in that position before. It reminds me of Gayle...she sleeps that way often. At any he is 10 in long and 12 oz....a little outdated--but I was told I needed to post the picture...and so I do :-)
My next guy had his 1st grade picture taken...I think they turned out nice. Isaac is doing well in school, and is enjoying wrestling. They paired him up with a 5th grader who is of similar build, and he seemed to be able to match him for strength. I am very proud of this little "big" guy, and try to tell him as often as I can :-)
Last, but certainly not Main Man...this is his 2006-2007 school picture. I think he took quite a handsome picture this year. Cory has been BUSY. This year he coached football, and kept the score for volleyball. He is going to be scoring for the winter sports as well...then he will be coaching Varsity Baseball in the Spring...that is his baby. In the meantime, he has been able to take a hunting trip to Ohio with some buddies, and plans to do some hunting sometime after Thanksgiving...(will I ever see this guy?) Just kidding...time is going to slow down for him come next week. This week he has had Parent/Teacher conferences. Cory loves teaching in the classroom and is having a fabulous year. We are planning on going to Pittsburgh for our Thanksgiving see my family...and I plan to sleep in almost every day...(haha). It will be a much needed vacation for our family...I am even looking forward to the long car ride, because I will have my husband hostage....:-) far as the men in my life go...I am extremely thankful for each and every one...God had blessed me in countless ways just with the three of the boys...I will try to post a "girls" post at some point too. Hope everyone has had a great week so far:-)

Friday, November 03, 2006


For those of you who are interested in knowing....I had my sonar yesterday, but it wasn't the 4D like I thought it would be. Apparently they don't do that one until 28 looks like I will be having 4 ultra sounds all together!!! Anyway...down to the real reason for this post!!! We are having a boy...and his name is to be Elijah Joshua Valentine~ we will call him Eli for short. The kids are so excited as are Cory and I. Time to dig out all of Isaacs baby clothes :-) I will love having a little tiny boy in the house again :-) God has been so good to us...I just still can't believe I am having another. The baby was not quite a pound yet...12 oz. and 10 in long...Also I guess my placenta is attatched in the front, and up high....high is good...front...I am not so sure about. I must have had my other ones attatched in the back, because I have not felt this baby move very much, and was a little worried at first...but it makes sense now, that my placenta acts like a cushion. Make no mistake, this baby moves around I saw on the monitor...the baby turned over and was laying on his stomach with his little tiny butt up in the air...reminds me of Gayle... that is often how she sleeps. We would appreciate prayers for his continued growth and upcoming delivery...My mother mentioned that it my be tricky to have a Ceasearean if I had to have one...(lets pray not)...due to the nature of my placenta...luckily, I have an OB that is one of the best surgeons in the area...but for the time being...lets just hope that I can have as much success as I have had with my other babies :)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Hello bloggers! I hope your Halloween was as wonderful as ours...the weather was so nice...a little bit of sprinkles...but not cold! The kids had a lot of fun at their school parties, and then trick or treating with some friends from church.
Today was pajama day at Esthers school...I wish I could have been the snack mom and wore my own pjs...HA. We had actually forgot, but luckily we dont live too far away and could scoot home. Esther chose her Barbie pjs.
Tonight is going to be a fun night. Cory got coverage for the kiddos and he is taking me out to eat for my birthday. After we eat, he is taking me to buy my gift...he has grown a little more practical every year...instead of surprising me with a gift--he has decided it would be a better use of our money for me to pick out what I really want --instead of just being happy with what he picked out. I thought it made a lot of good I think I will be looking at getting some maternity clothes...(maybe...). At any rate, I will be happy to just walk around with Cory and not have to worry about carrying diaper bags or children...just the two of us. We will probably talk about the kids the entire time though :)
Hunting season is coming way too soon. My husband will be leaving me for 5 days ...and go gallavanting with two of his buds....he is so giddy with excitement--and I am so not looking forward to having an empty bed :( Oh, least we will be taking a little vacation together for Thanksgiving! Hope everyone is having a great week! Tomorrow is "NAME THAT GENDER..." hooray!!! I say it is a boy....we shall see! My appt. is in the evening, so I might not get it posted right away! Have a fund day!

Thursday, October 26, 2006


After crying myself completely dry yesterday...I have no more left in me. Today I woke up feeling very fresh, and ready for the day!!! No more BLAHS! This morning I got myself and the kiddos ready and took Isaac off to school. The girls and I had made plans to go to the library, but since it did not open until 9:30~ we went to McDonalds for pancakes. It felt like such a treat! The girls were so good, and I even had a lady approach me telling me what well behaved children I have...Now, I know that all the Mothers out there...we cherish these comments because we know how much hard work goes into instilling that into our kids...and all that hard work has paid off...and then we sit back and smile and say...yes they are ...aren't they :-) I shall have to keep my eyes open for young families that I can encourage that way. It was such a small gesture...but here it is just making my day!!! While we were at the library, I of course picked out my books, while Esther did some puzzles. Then I helped Esther and Gayle on the computer. Later, the girls colored some pictures and picked out some books and videos. Esther got GI Joe...hmmmm. Gayle got another Elmo movie....oh boy. I noticed while we checked out, that they were having story hour on Tuesdays...that is one of our "off" days that we sometimes go to the we will plan on attending that!
Tonight the kids have their last soccer practice...which really is just a pizza party...they will be so excited! Cory is planning to take the kids after his practice, and I will keep Gaylie Lou Who home with me :)
Has anyone tried the blue it is really ...REALLY good. I had to make jello jigglers for Essies class, and I chose that color...extra yummy. We will be getting some for ourselves this next shopping trip.
Halloween is right around the corner!!! I have not gotten I-mans costume yet. His school does a "books on parade". This means he has to dress up like a character from a book. Esther is going to be a cowgirl...and Gaylie is a lady bug. Cory has not told me what he plans on dressing up as yet. His school does a Halloween Party too. I think he might dress up as a nerd...(though, he wont have to try hard...hehehe.) and most likely wear a name badge that has another teachers name on it...he has done that one before. Last year for a Halloween Party...Cory and I were both Hippies...He had a giant afro...he wanted to dress up like that at school...I thought that it was not a wise idea. I will not be dressing up this parties to go to.
Here is hoping you all are having a great week...and weekend to come!!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Today, like I say a day of the BLAHS. I am feeling very down and very tired too. It seems like a number of people are facing hardships at this time, and I am just feeling the anguish of their pain...of course never at their level. 2 folks that have been on my mind are the following: One little girl from Esthers class ~ her father had a brain aneurysm and lived for a while before he passed away within a week of having his surgery...leaving behind his wife and 5 children. I spoke with the Mother and told her I was so sad to hear of her news, and she stared at me rather blankly...this morning she arrived with a paper announcing the benefit that they planned to had the fathers picture on it, and the little girl said "my Daddy died..." and then she went off to was heartbreaking to me. I just can't imagine.
The next family, I don't know the parents, but I know the little boy who used to play with Esther while Isaac was in preschool. The Mother and her little boy came back from the pumpkin farm and found the boys father in bed. They thought he was sleeping, but when the little boy went to wake him up to tell him about his day, he found that his father had shot himself in the mouth. While I may not know these people very well, just their stories are breaking my heart...all I can do is cry and hold my own babies just a little closer to me and make sure that they know that I love them, and that I make every moment a moment that I don't ever have to regret. I suppose in that way it has been good for me...Please pray for these families and their losses...

Sunday, October 22, 2006


Hello everyone! Just thought that I would make a post for the fun of it. I am more likely to read others blogs than I am to make my own posts...mostly there is never enough time!
Today is Sunday. Some of you know that we have been meeting in a borrowed building for church. This week was the first time we were back in our own building for the Worship Service. Many many people put there time and money into making this happen for us today. Our thanks go out to all of those people. After church, we came home and had some lunch. Cory was so good and told me to go ahead and lie down...I went right out...I slept for a while, and when he woke me up I was still so tired! I did not have it in me to make the kids had cereal for supper....and I don't even feel guilty about it!
Tomorrow is Esthers Preschool Snack Day...which means that I will provide the snack and stay and help in the classroom. This is especially fun for Gaylie because she wants to go to preschool so badly. She will get her fix tomorrow :) Later on that day I am planning to make a yummy chicken meal and deliver it to my friends who just had a baby...I had the experience of having meals done for me when I had Gayle, and I never realized how wonderful it was to have that taken off of my hands...especially having other children! I hope that they will enjoy it, it is my absolute favorite recipe !
Some of you know that Cory had moved to a different elementary school with in the same district where he was teaching. He is finding it such a breath of fresh air, and really feels like the administration is supportive of the teachers. He loves teaching in the classroom, and finds it challenging to get some kids to do their homework. I think the 1st week of school he sent 12 kids to dentention!!! I am appalled at the thought that parents don't seem to take an initiative to make sure that their child is excelling in school. Some parents don't even respond to phone calls home...what a sad situation for parent, child, and teacher.
I hope everyone is doing well...and I wish you the best for the week to come. I am looking forward to my full week, and anticipating having my husband home and done with football the beginning of next week! I guess I should mention that Cory was helping a family put a deck on their cabin, and he managed to step on a nail...I thought that he should go to the Dr. and see about a tetanus shot...he told me that he is not sure the last time he had one, but with all that has happened to him over the past couple years that he "HAD" to have had one....I agreed. Oh well...he seems to be walking around rather painlessly...but with a large bandage. Time will tell...lets just hope his jaw doesn't start to lock up...(wait...this could have its advantages...hehehehe.....I was just kidding of course.) Oh well...until next blog entry!

Thursday, October 19, 2006


Okay, this is one of the books I got at the Library the other day. I have read maybe one chapter so far...I just can't seem to get into it yet. The title is Its Not About Max Lucado. I love his books, so when I see one I haven't read...I grab it. I think the title is ironic though...its not about me, but yet somehow...its all about me thinking its all about me...HA! Perhaps this weekend I will be able to indulge myself.
Hooray, I was able to change my "name that gender" appt. to November 2nd!! I really wanted Cory to be able to see it...and he really wanted to be there. Corys Mom may come with us, I am not sure if she has made up her mind yet. This is an image I found looking up 4d ultrasounds...AMAZING...I guess this could be what it is like. I wish I could take everyone in with me to see this amazing event. I am also excited because the date is sooner than I anticipated...YEAH!!! Since we are on the subject of Babies...please pray for my friend Leah from church. I think that she is due tomorrow. Leah has her babies at home, so pray for safe arrivals, and healthy Mom and Baby. (And fast labor and delivery...hehehe)
One of our library finds was an Elmo video. This one is the magic cookbook. Gayle LOVES Sesame Street videos. This one plays every day...sometimes twice. Usually at naptime I make the kids a little nest on the couch, and we snuggle down to watch a video like this, or I read a book. The kids are usually out in no time...and its educational too. I like the fact that you have to return these flicks...I don't know if I could stand watching it forever!! You know in the monotony :-)
I wanted to add this to the mix. This was my FAVORITE book when I was little. It is rather a collectors item now. I was able to snag a copy on ebay for not so cheap. I keep this locked away, and every now and then bring it out for a treat for the kids. The book is called Miss Suzy. My Grandmother used to read it to me, and when I read it to the kids, it makes me think of it is very special to me in more ways than one. I think that some of my siblings feel the same way about it. Another book I can't get my hands on was a childrens cookbook called The Little Witches Cookbook...Another childhood favorite, but seemingly lost forever....:-(

Saturday, October 14, 2006


I am writing this post in response to a friends request for the Communion Bread Recipe. Since I have been making it for a while now, I realize that others share the here it is...This recipe was given to me by Heather Panichelle (Manchester RPCNA) who was given it by Madge Adams (Eastvale RPCNA) for those of you who remember how communion bread "used" to taste...this is probably that very same...(simple) recipe!

3 Cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 Cup Sugar
Pinch of Salt
1/4 Cup of Butter (softened)
1 Egg
3/4 Cup of Milk

Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add butter and bend together. Make a well in center of bowl. In a different bowl, beat egg, then add milk. Pour egg and milk mixture into well, then blend everything together. Roll dough out to 1/2" thick and cut into 3"X5" rectangle pieces (about 3 pieces). With a dinner knife make lines on top of both pieces both vertical and horizontal so that it will be able to be broken apart easily. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 min. You will have leftover dough which you can use for sugar cookies !

** Wendys Notable Notes**
I think that the milk may be a little too much because my dough gets a little sticky. You might just have to play with it like I have done mine. I also know that it is finished baking when the dough does not look can also press down on one of the squares and it should "sponge back"...dont cook them until they get browned, because then they are too dry to chew. Also if making for church...score the squares rather small...I have had to learn all of this just by playing with it...I am sure everyone else will have their own "Notes" to make :-)

Hope this is helpful...and delicious!!!

Friday, October 13, 2006


Hello all! I don't seem to have as much time to blog least not like I used to! Here is a tiny bit of catch up...
As usual I keep myself busy being a "driver" for my school...from games...etc... The girls and I went to the Library the other day, and I got 3 books...2 read...and one to go...I just can never make them last! Esther tried some games on the Magic School Bus program on the computer. Cory and I don't let the kids on the computer...sometimes Isaac but only once in a blue moon...We just think there are better things to do with their they get introduced to it in school. She did alright, and enjoyed herself. Usually she does puzzles while I look for my own books.
The other day I took the girls to the zoo. It was a field trip for Esthers preschool. We had a great was so much more enjoyable with the weather being cool. I did have one moment when I tried to go into the small aviary...I got to the front and went in and was hit with a blast of really warm animal-bird smelling air...and almost chucked. I had to wait outside for the kids to come thru. I have been doing pretty well with gagging thing lately...but that was just overwhelming. By the way...if you didn't know, the gag reflex is heightened during pregnancy...I had no trouble with Isaac, but with each of the girls it got worse...and this one is by far the worst...In the beginning it was difficult to even brush my teeth! We had a great time at the zoo, and ended it with a picnic...Esther had the time of her life! Gayle enjoyed herself as well!
Yesterday was a long day. I took I-man to school and then killed sometime before I picked up one of the ladies from our church. We headed to a Bible Study at one of the ladies homes...and had a great time. The lesson was such a good one...about prayer. My friend and I took a weekend trip together and did the same lessons for our quiet times...I was really excited to do it over again, but sad that so many women missed it...I hope you ladies all feel better soon! After Bible Study we all lunch together and then talk some, and then home again. Thursdays are nice because Corys Dad picks I-man up so that I don't have to rush. Anyways I dropped off my friend at her house and then headed home, packed the car with the soccer paraphranalia (sp?) and dropped the girls off at the grandparents house. I was off to my OB appt...and very tired. So far so good with the pregnancy...I've gained 2 pounds so far which is very good. Everything seems fine...I did mention that I was noticing some braxton hix but couldn't remember having them this early on with any of the other kids...he said it was most likely round ligament pain...and I said it was was braxton hix...then he said that I probably have a very sensitive uterus..(what does that mean?) but that in any case he would expect that I will have a very quick labor and delivery...Im all over that like a fat kid on a cupcake...of course I just said...that was my plan! any of you other ladies remember having braxton hix in your 4th month? Maybe it is due to this being # 4...hmmmm. Anyways...November 9th is the "name that gender" appointment. Cory will be hunting in I will take the kiddos and his Mom with me. I told him he was going to owe me big time for leaving me alone for 5 days...He said...Hey Baby...I gave you a gift that lasts 9 months...he received a mean glaring stare...he has been way too uppity lately...I feel a prank coming on. My favorite one I did, was I colored a pair of his underwear with a brown marker...after his shower he dried off and collapsed on the I said here let me help you..and helped him into them...HA....I also painted his toenails red while he slept one time...He did not laugh when he woke up (but I did.) I will have to think of something good....(snicker snicker).
Well, I hope everyone is having a fabulous week...enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!!! Tomorrow the kids have a soccer game and afterwards I will take them to Corys parents church for their Harvest Supper...of course Cory will be at a football game and miss it...but we will see him in the evening...and just perhaps...can spend time together. Oh yes, I need to make Communion Bread for Church on Sunday and pack bagged lunches...By the way...For those of you that make the communion bread...(Mom)...It freezes really well and tastes fresh. I usually always make it fresh, but if I have leftover the kids like it as a treat. Have a good weekend everyone!

Monday, October 09, 2006


Yesterday was a really nice day for us. Of course it was I had Cory home with me :) It started out with Cory and I waking up before the kiddos...(I am not quite sure how that happened!) We had an enjoyable 1/2 hour at least just the two of us. Later we got dressed for church, and visited Corys Parents Methodist Church. While it was very different from our home church, the kids still seemed to feel comfortable. Afterwards we stayed for Sabbath School...even little Gaylie had her own class, and proudly showed us her papers that she glued, and colored...I was so proud of her! Our church is meeting in another church building in which the only time for our worship service is 12:30...and since we were supposed to meet Cliff and Chris to celebrate Cliffs seemed the best idea to go to church right down our road. Plus, it is always nice for Corys parents to be able to show off their grandkids to their every once in a blue moon...we become Methodist...HA. This is going to be a little out of order...but Saturday we had a busy day. Early in the morning I took the kids to the school Homecoming Parade. Cory had to walk in it with his team. You would not believe the amount of candy these kids got! I swiftly discarded any Reese cups they may have come upon. Alot of Corys players recognized the kids and made a point to make sure that they got perhaps they got more than they should! It was a good time. Later on that day while Cory was working at the football game, I had to take the kiddos to their Soccer game. I love watching them play, and enjoy being an enthusiastic loud parent. Poor Isaac seemed to spend most of his time on the ground with kids toppled on him...Esther had her fair share of falls...but was able to "almost" score a goal. This was especially big stuff since it was the ONLY time during the hour long game that the ball came even remotely close to the opposing team. The kids played hard...but lost...badly. HA. They still had a FABULOUS time!
Okay, back to Sunday. After church, we picked up Mom and Dad and we met Cliff and Chris at Robas Pumpkin Farm. Chris and Cliff take the kids every year, and buy them their Halloween Pumpkins...this year they were allowed to pick out a gourd too! Robas is quite an operation! The place was packed! First they have an animal area where you can feed goats, ride ponies(for a fee) , feed the bunnies and chickens, see reindeer...the list goes on. There is also a mini corn maze which we did last year...and it took us quite a while to get out! We did not opt to do it this was really hot out! There is also a quite large maze that apparently Cliff is interested in going at night with a flashlight!!! Crazy Guy! Maybe when our kids are older that would be fun. After those festivities you ride a hayride up to the top lot...where there are wonderful smells wafting from the food vendors...french fries...perogies...funnel cake...etc... they have a little train for the kids to ride, and a bunch of fire pits. They also have tons of play ground equipment, and a big tunnel made out of hay. They have a pig racing contest which is very fun to watch...and you can feed these huge orange carp. The favorite of the kids, both young and old, is the Pumpkin Launching...That is the best! After this we left and went to Cliff and Chris's for pizza and wings....Yum! The kids gave Cliff the gifts they worked so hard to pick out. Gayle got him a mini duster...Esther got him those foam drawer liners, and Isaac got him a magnifying glass. The lady at the dollar store thought it was cute...I said yeah...last year for Christmas Grandma got Pepto Bismol! At any rate Cliff was a good sport, and really made the kids feel like they got him exactly what he wanted! We got Cliff a vest from Gander Mountain. back to Saturday! After the soccer game, we went to a Fall Fest party of some friends of Cory from Highschool. One owns a quarry and runs a stone business, the other is a Chiropractor...they both invited their clients..which Cory happens to be one of the Chiropractors, but also because he is a friend. It was a great time...They had a pig roast and Beef roast...and it was OH so delicious. They kept us warm with a huge bonfire...and then dazzled us with their fireworks was so much fun, and they plan on doing it every year...we shall be there! (not square!) Well, enough catching up for is lunch time and the natives are restless!

Thursday, October 05, 2006


Greetings Bloggers! Today was a fun day for me...I had some friends over for the day...and made my friend Danas Chicken Salad....Dana...this was amazing...I will make this often! Thank you so much for the recipe! The friends have gone home, and two of my babes are asleep. Usually on Thursdays my Father in Law picks I-man up from school and keeps him until helps me out, and it is a little bonding time for them...they love it! Tonight the kiddos have soccer...(note to self and others......NEVER buy white shin guards ). Cory is scoring a Volley ball game tonight, so we wont see him until bedtime...we miss that guy!
The other day I got a real treat! I went to the salon and got my hair cut and high-lighted. I am really excited because it is a new girl and she did exactly what I wanted. I thought that my hair had become too blonde. I really like my natural color which is really a dark brown...I also like natural highlights too...she did great and made it look very natural, and deepened the color a bit...what a luxury....I love to have people wash my just feels so good. I think also I am not used to people fussing over me, and that just felt really nice...what a guilty pleasure! I will definately visit her again!
Sometime next week I am taking Esther and Gayle to the zoo for Esthers field trip at school. She is so excited, and I am too! I am really looking forward to going when the weather is not so hot! Esther is doing really well in school, and just can't wait to be in Kindergarten...I am excited for her too. It will be strange next year...2 in school all day, one in Preschool, and a tiny little babe...I wonder if I will feel like my hands are much fuller or less...we shall see.
Well, I hope that everyone is having a fabulous school for us tomorrow or Monday...yippee...I hope the Library is open tomorrow. I will be 15 weeks tomorrow...another week and I may be able to feel quickening!!!! That is such an awesome feeling to me...and since I am not showing yet...It will be a wonderful reminder of the precious life that I am nurturing inside of me. Some keep asking if we are finding out the sex? When ? Yes, we are finding out, and I would imagine that it will be between 18-20 weeks. I have an appt. next week, so probably my next scheduled visit we will have the sonar. It will be so cool because it is the 4D first one! How cool! I guess you can tell I am excited...anyways... have a good rest of the week everyone!


This is a picture of Cory taken this summer on his "guys trip" to the Adirondacks. He and one of his buddies, and another guy made an outdoors adventure with their sleeping bags and fishing poles :) This is Cory atop of Whitehead Mountain looking over Lake Placid. Beautiful. The lake is nice too :)
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the kids and the things that I have to get done, that it is so easy for me to overlook Cory. He is so giving and generous...a hard worker...a fabulous husband, and amazing father...just to name a few. I just feel I have to give credit where credit is due...and well...he is by far my greater/better half...and I love him so much. Later next month this loser...I mean great guy (HA) is going to take another "guy trip"...this time to Ohio for hunting...He definately deserves this time! Perhaps I will have some other photos to post of his next adventure...we shall see. Until thankful for your spouse and say a prayer for them today :)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Hi everyone. I have to say that my week has not started out as I would have liked it too. Yesterday, while at a friends birthday celebration...Esther chucked. I felt so bad because I was not able to take care of the mess...less I chuck myself. I have been so sensitive to that kind of stuff with this pregnancy. Thankfully our good friend took care of that for me...but not without describing all the chunder...just to make me wretch...disgusting...sorry.
Today when we all woke up, Esther said she had a headache...I had been having really bad head aches too...but I just chalked it up to being prego...I gave her some Tylenol...and she just preceeded to look miserable. Isaac is very picky about his clothes...not about "looking nice", but about comfort. Since today was library day, I chose something "churchish"...khaki shorts and a nice collared short sleeve shirt...rather baggy it is comfy. The girls and I kind of just rolled out of bed, and I dressed us all in sweats and t-shirts...our agenda was the Library and doing some need to dress up. Isaac looked so handsome and we looked so frumpy...yet he glared at me and said..."why do you guys get to wear the good stuff?" I just had to laugh, I felt so unkempt...and yet here I was being envied....Another reason I love my son so. :)
Today at the library I got some books and videos for the kiddos and myself...and then I noticed a rack of books all 50 cents a piece...I picked up a John Grisham book for my Dad called The Summons. I hope you have not read it yet...have you Dad? I was excited about it because he really likes to read his books, and this book looked brand new!
The kiddos have soccer practice tonight. I hope Essie is okay to go...she will be so upset if she has to miss it. Cory has a scrimage at one of the highschools...he will meet up with us at soccer practice. Supper tonight is only for the gourmets....ala sloppy joes...garnished with chips and dip...this is the only meal we buy chips and dip you can imagine how excited we are...oh yeah! It is hard for me to get "real meals" on soccer days...unless it is from the we try to make it fast and easy, and easy for Cory to make when he gets home. I bought a box meal called supper is for Lemon just add the chicken, I think there is rice with it too...I had a dollar off coupon..and chicken in the fridge...soooo I thought I might give it a try and see how we like it.
Hope your week is going better than mine :)

Saturday, September 23, 2006


Yesterday I was on my way to go get fuel, and then pick up I-man....Dad had stopped over and noticed as I was pulling out that I had a low tire....DRAT! After I inspected it, I found the culprit...a nail in my tire! I marked the side with some chalk and then drove down to the auto garage and asked them to repair it for me. Thankfully Dad was around to save the day or I would have been stranded somewhere needing to change a tire...If I really LOOKED prego it might have attracted someone to help me, but I don't yet. I am not sure if I could change that tire anyways...or if it would have been safe for me to be wrenching around like that...hmmm. When I got my learners permit my Dad made me read the ENTIRE owners manuel before I could take the car out by myself. I also had to change the tire in front of him...I can't recall how I did...maybe Dad knows. I must admit, I haven't read this vans owners manuel Dad!
Also on the agenda yesterday, was to go pick up some friends of my kids and take them to I-mans school movie night. I picked them up, and treated everyone to Happy Meals...they loved it! Next we met Cory at the school and then the kids got settled in. Everyone usually brings a pillow and blanket, or beanbag to sit on...quite comfy for the kids...the place was packed for the first night. Afterwards we took the friends home...I just was not feeling up to a sleepover.
Today is Isaac and Esthers 1st Soccer Game....the kids are so excited. We went out and got Esther her shinguards and cleats and we got Isaac some shinguards too. Somebody gave us some cleats yesterday that fit him...I LOVE hand-me-downs!!!! They also gave us a couple bags of clothes for the kiddos too....LOVE IT! Today it is raining, and I think that soccer plays despite the rain...I don't appreciate standing in the rain...I am sure the kids will think it is fantastic! After the game today I have to run straight over to our church. Delegates from Synod are going to be there, and they would like to meet with individual families. Cory will be off scouting a football game somewhere. At the moment he is having football practice. Football will all be over next month...I will get him back for a while before Baseball season starts :)

I hope everyone is having a good week. I am feeling a little better. I am excited because yesterday started my second trimester!!! I can barely stand it...I just have to know who this baby is...I want to buy something to make it seem more real to myself. I have a feeling it is a boy...but it is not really a strong feeling. We would be happy with a girl too...I can just imagine...if it is a girl, the 4 of us could go on a spa trip together when we are older...or some girly thing like that...and if it is a boy...well, I am sure Cory will have a Yankee Ballgame Trip planned for the 3 of them...I can't imagine he would be able to leave us behind from a ballgame though..we all love them! Just thinking about it all makes me so excited!!!! Oh well, enough of that...have a good upcoming week everyone!

Thursday, September 21, 2006


Taken from the Trivial Pursuit Game.

What are the only two perennial vegetables ?


I always seem to be on some birds hit list. This is a Kildeer. When I was in Kindergarten, I had to walk out our long driveway to catch the bus...I met a Kildeer in the middle and that stinkin bird would not let me past!! Finally I cried and my Mom or Dad had to walk me seems that they had put a nest right in the middle of the driveway and they were protecting it. They would always be flying near the tractor whenever Dad would plow the garden...perhaps another strange place for a nest? Anyways...the other day...the only nice day we had...I took Esther and Gayle on a picnic in the back yard. Up over head I could see a hawk making wide circles around us...and then it was making small circles...really freaking me of course I took the girls inside...I just cant stand birds. Once when Cory and I were Pre children...we were fishing at the cottage and a robin attacked the little knob on the top of his ball cap...he had to swat it off and then it just stood on the ground squawking at him like it was yelling at him...I've never seen anything like it was so funny...I am just glad that it didn't try to come near me....
Major sinus pain today. Yesterday too. Thankfully Corys Dad came and took I-man to school for me to give me a break. I have so much to do...and never enough time. Feeling lousy is not going to make things any easier either. This happens with every pregnancy I have. Usually I end up going to my Doc, then he tells me to call the OB instead...who sends me back to the Doc...I cry and say somebody help me...and then they do...and life gets a little better. Perhaps I will just cry first this time around :)
This morning was a nice start to the day. I usually drink a cup of tea to start off my morning. Today I made one for Esther in a fancy tea cup and we drank our tea together. This pattern is called Old Country Roses...that is my china pattern. It has been packed away in bubble wrap and boxes for I would say...10 years...just waiting for a china cupboard to display its beauty. Someday. The cup Esther used was different of know, they actually make a kids plastic set of the Old Country Roses...Someday I will get that for my girls. Anyways, I had a good time with Esther. She practiced her memory verses with me, and was just happy to feel "grown up". It was a nice way to start my day.
Tonight I-man has soccer practice. Esther too. All I can imagine is that I am going to freeze standing out there! I know that they will both have a lot of fun. Cory has football practice after school so he will meet us there.
Tomorrow night the school is having a movie night. We have invited some friends to come and join us. Originally the plan was to have a sleep over, but I just can't manage it feeling so lousy. The kids will be excited though. I am going to take them all to McDonalds and buy them Happy Meals. They just think that is the BEST! Sometimes the girls and I might splurge there on a library day, but since Isaac has not been home because of school, he misses out on the special outings.

Hope everyone has a great day today! I have so much to do--so I had better get a move on! Talk to you all later!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Okay, Well I didn't know what to write I thought I would journal some of the things that remind me of my childhood. #1...Penny Loafers....I love these. I would wear mine with my rugby shirt and pegged jeans...or perhaps a white shirt with jeans and slouchy white socks....Ladies...we can bring this back..(not the pegging pants though!) Mine of course had shiny copper pennies in them...and I wore them proudly with my mile high hair....those were the days :-)
Scratch and Sniff stickers were very big...I had a sticker book that I traded with other ...sticker people. The Fried Chicken sticker was my favorite...HA. You were really something if you had the kind that were filled with oil, or were fuzzy, or had the gold embossed pegasus stickers....all of which I had little of...I guess no one was really knocking down my door for scratch and sniff fried chicken stickers...hmmm.
Jelly shoes. Mine were purple with an open toe. These must NEVER make a comeback. I am sure I made some sort of statement while wearing them with see the holes hurt your feet, and socks made that feel so much better. I think I had a pair of high heeled jelly shoes which I proudly wore with my bright yellow lace madonna socks...Oh yeah...Look out!
Mr. Yuck stickers....they were all over our house....I liked these cute stickers, and couldn't imagine anything that they were on being quite so bad. You really don't see them anymore...I think they are replaced by the skull and crossbones...a little more daunting I any rate...I liked these :)

This is it for now...that was a fun trip down memory lane...until my next entry....

Monday, September 18, 2006


Hi everyone! How was the weekend? Ours was very nice...Cory went to football practice while the kids and I attempted to sleep in...then since it was Corys first payday...we went grocery shopping :) I was pretty excited because I had a coupon for Yankee Candle for buy one get one....I was all over that like a fat kid on a cupcake :) I only really said that because the scent I got was "vanilla cupcake" smelled so yummy! Then, we were off to Pennys...Cory had a gift card for $30 and I had just gotten a coupon in the mail for $10 off....Oh yeah...we made out like bandits!!!! Later on that day, I visited Motherhood Maternity...I saw a Pea Coat that was so sweet looking...I tried it on, and I think I could wear it even when I am not prego...some of you know that I dont EVER wear a coat...especially when girth is just too wide :( This will do nicely...I told Cory it could be a Birthday gift or something.
I like being pregnant...I know some women don't...but I love it. I love maternity clothes too...they are so comfy. Maybe it is because I am not exactly slim, and being prego is so forgiving...anyways...whatever it is...I just like it. What I dont like is the prego hormones that go along with it. Yesterday I was driving back from the store all by myself and a song was playing on the radio...I don't know what it is called, maybe "I held her first" or "I loved her first" But, I was okay until they mentioned the freckles on the girl...and then I just lost it and bawled and bawled...Of course, I had to tell Cory about it...and I broke into tears...He always says the same thing..."oh Wenner"....Then the kids look at me funny, and I have to explaiu myself...what a mess.
I have no more books to read...I may have to make an emergency trip to the library after I take I-man to school tomorrow....I am going thru withdrawal...Rebecca, I have not forgotten about those books I was going to send you...I'll see...but you know how I didn't get your wedding gift for over a year :)
Oh, well...that is it for asked about ultra sound? I will probably have one around 16-20 it wont be long...and let us hope the kiddo will cooperate...I too would like to know who this little tyke is :) Still am not sure about the names....I suppose we have time however :)
Have a fabulous day everyone.....guten tag! (I think that is German for good day!) (Why the German? I dont know)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


I decided that I really had nothing to "blog", but I can't seem to make myself stop journaling anyways....oh well. I guess I will start with my day...the usual...get everyone ready and out the door for school. Both kiddos had a great time at school today. I got home with the girls, we ate some lunch, and then I laid them down for a nap...which neither one went to sleep...very odd. Anyways, I had to pick Isaac up not long after that, and I couldn't very well have them fall asleep only to move them to the car...that's just mean. So I figured they would can out in the didn't happen...very odd. So now they are very tired and in desperate need of rest...this time it shall come :)
Cory has open house tonight. I miss that guy. I am happy that next week I wont be a widow any longer :)
I got a cool book at the library...I think it is called "The One Minute Organizer"...I read it through today and thought it sounded great. Basically it is encouraging you to organize things 15 minutes at a time...or even less than that. She says if you have 5 minutes, organize a drawer in your it while you watch tv...but just do it. That is the jist anyways...not to overwhelm, but to gain consistency to develop a habit. There was lots of good things to try and ideas that had merit...I enjoy trying to make my life a little smoother, and also feel like I accomplished something :)
I have been dreaming about food lately. Yes, I love to eat, and have a good appetite, but I have never just daydreamed about it. First it is the pastors wifes Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, then her chicken and rice, then her meatloaf. Then I was dreaming about the applesauce, and also my girlfriends chicken salad recipe...which she just gave me...thanks a bunch. The odd thing is, is that I have to remind myself to eat...sometimes I will start to feel sick, and then Cory will say "what have you eaten?" I am shocked to find that sometimes I just forget! I have a real craving for ice cream cones...but I am not gung ho about ice cream...Cory is very much enjoying this food craving, and offers to go get some whenever I feel like I simply must have it. I also have been craving salty red the meatloaf...I only have chicken in my fridge...aaahhhh. Anyways, it is nice to know that I am only dreaming of it and not really consuming it about fat kids on cupcakes!
The kids are in timeout in their rooms...all is quiet...I am sure they are sleeping. I always feel so bad when they fall asleep during timeout...Oh well, apparently not too badly about it.
Oh well, I wont bore you with anymore...I told you I really had nothing to say...until next time....

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Hi everyone! Just wondering if any of you fellow alumni are planning on going back to the old Alma Mater for homecoming? Cory and I think we are going to make the trip out! Hey Sparky...are you and the Mrs. going to make the trip? Give us a call or leave us a message!
Well, today started off pretty routinely...I got the gang ready, and took I-man to school...when I came back the furnace people were here putting in our..furnace! Needless to say it works :) I did a little cleaning up, am doing some laundry, and I think that sometime after lunch the girls and I will trek to the library. After that, I will probably let them play at the park for a while, and then it will be home again...just in time to turn around and pick I-man up from school. Cory wont be home for supper again. Tonight he has a "grade parent tea". I guess the parents come in and collaborate with the teacher on celebrations, and who will do what...So pretty much Cory will sit back and let the ladies figure it out...HA! He also has football practice after school, sooo we wont see him for too long tonight. Also on the agenda...what to make for supper? Chicken or Chicken? Hmmmmm.
Now is the time for me to start getting ready for making applesauce. I really enjoy this treat! Cortland apples give it the pink color that I like, and Macs give it the smooth creamy consistency that makes it so yummy, we might have to mix them! I have two quarts left, and two pints....pickens are getting we've got to get a move on! Mom, let me know if you want me to make you some...I'd love to exchange for some of Mandas Red Raspberry Jelly...I have one jar left that I have hoarded in the pantry...but am going to give it up for a birthday gift...maybe. HA!
Tomorrow Cory has open house at his school. Tomorrow is I-mans open house...I can't wait to see his classroom, and see how he is doing! He is so excited about school, and is greatly enjoying himself. We are hoping to take him to Geneva Colleges homecoming again this year. He is old enough to be in the "Geneva Gang" which is 5-12 year olds...they do all kinds of activities, give them a t-shirt, lunch , and they ride in the's never too early to start him off thinking that Geneva is HIS college...yes, he knows where he's going! We will try to see if they will allow Esther to join in too!