Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Loo Loo!!!

Today is my beautiful little sister Lacey's birthday. There are SOO many amazing qualities about my little Loo Loo but I will pick one to emphasize. She is one of the most generous people I know. She gives of herself in all areas. She always buys cute little trinkets for my kiddles (she and Tyler have been best friends since Tyler's birth- just ask Tyler!). She shares her talents- I always ask her to help me make flyers for church activities because mine look cheesy or help with fixing pictures for our family Christmas cards or so I can post them on my blog. She is generous with her time- last time she visited she cleaned out our fridge for us! Yow won't find a better person in the whole world!! I love you LOO LOO!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thanks for being my best friend! G.N.S.F.B.M.W.I.W.P.F.M.I.F.Y.B.F.F.I.L.Y.!!!!

As a side note, she's single so if you have any AMAZING guys who happen to be cute too let me know and we can make it happen!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Renee's Rolls

3 TBSP dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 heaping tsp sugar

1/2 c. sugar
1 c. powdered milk
10-11 c. flour
1 TBSP salt
3 c. warm water
4 eggs
1 c. salad oil

Dissolve yeast, tsp sugar in 1 cup warm water. Allow to stand until yeast is bubbly. Start mixing the other stuff while that is doing its thing.

In mixer, beat eggs and oil briefly. Add powdered milk, water, salt, sugar and yeast (when ready). Mix until smooth. Slowly add the flour until it's the right consistency- smooth and starting to pull away from the sides of the bowl (and when you touch it with your finger, it doesn't stick to it).

Allow to rise about an hour- covered with a towel. When ready, turn out onto oiled counter. Knead once or twice to get the air out. Grab about 1/6 of it and roll into a circle. With a pizza cutter, cut into 8ths (like you cut a pizza). Roll from the fat end to the pointed end to make crescent shaped rolls. Put the rolls onto a greased cookie sheet and let rise covered until about double the size (again about an hour). Bake at 375 for about 10 min. This makes about 48 rolls.


Friday, September 26, 2008

The 4th C-Section

WARNING- any boys reading this may want to stop right now as girl parts will be talked about in this post. You have officially been warned.

OK, so many have asked me what the high risk doctor told us about having a 4th c-section. Let me start by telling you how we ended up at high risk in the first place. I went to my doc for a checkup and he asked me if Ammon and I were planning on having any more kids. I said we would probably have one more and he said "no, just be happy with the three healthy ones you have and don't risk having another" (which I thought was a bit inappropriate). This comment came as a shock to me because when he did c-section 3, he said everything looked pretty ok and we should be OK to have another baby. I think this is the speech he gives to everyone having a 4th c-section and not me specifically which also is annoying. Anyway, he suggested I go see a high risk doc for a consult about 4th c-sections. So- the high risk doctor basically said that the risk goes up quite a bit between 3rd and 4th c-sections for developing Placenta Accreta. I am no expert so I may not say this exactly right but basically it's when the placenta attaches itself to the uterus. This is risky because when they do the c-section, the placenta could rip or get cut and cause some major bleeding. This bleeding could result in them having to remove the uterus (which actually wouldn't be the end of the world for me since this would be our last baby anyway) or it could lead in rare cases to death if they cannot stop the bleeding. He also said there is a chance the placenta could attach to the intestines, bladder, etc which also could cause complications. He said it is more common in a 4th c-section because where they have cut the uterus repeatedly in previous c-sections is very thin. Plus there is usually quite a bit of scar tissue which also complicates things. He said, in a 4th c-section, the chance of developing Placenta Accreta is 10 percent (although I have seen some articles that put the percentage lower than that). If you are one of those 1 in 10, there's a 50/50 chance it could be dangerous and thus high risk. Placenta Accreta can sometimes be seen in an ultrasound but often is discovered during delivery. Either way, there isn't anything that can be done about it prior to the birth. SO- now Ammon and I have a big decision to make! I wish my doctor (who is very conservative and old school) would have never even mentioned this and we would have been blissfully ignorant. I asked a friend of mine who had 5 c-sections if she was warned of the risks of having that many c-sections and she said- "I didn't even know there were risks with having multiple c-sections." Must be nice!

Anyway, any advice, experiences, etc would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Only in Kentucky

So Brooke and I went to meet with a high-risk doctor (No we are not pregnant), to see what risks are associated with having a fourth C-Section. It was an interesting experience, beginning from the moment we walked in to the waiting room. Apparently in Kentucky high-risk means white trash (I know this is why Brooke will be single in heaven). Anyway, we start talking to one girl (very country) and asked her why she was in. She said the Dr. said something might be wrong with her baby and for her to come to the high-risk Dr. I wonder if it had anything to do with the Mt. Dew she was sipping on? At this point in the experience I am like a kid at an exotic zoo, looking around soaking up all the weirdness, when the crowing moment occurred. Brooke and I were filling out the questionnaire when we came across this little jewel of a question. Sorry the image quality isn't better, but it is the question next to the pen.
Apparently family reunions out here are a great place to find a date. They wouldn't put it on the questionnaire if it wasn't a semi-frequent problem.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Boston's Dictionary

Word: CrockerAligator

Word: Donald Goose

Word: McDonald Goose

Word: Yucky Charms

Word: Nem-n-nem

Word: Nem-n-ade

Sunday, September 21, 2008

This Goes Out to My Mother-in-law

After 3 attempts just this week (and several others in the past), I think I have finally figured out this whole roll thing. Renee, are you proud??? I also have to give a shout out to my friend Suzi for her wonderful pointers that made this whole successful roll experience possible. I strongly feel that homemade roles are the difference between a good meal and a great meal. Now, if only I can make them good again, we will be in business! Thanks Renee for the recipe and for ALWAYS making us such good homemade rolls WHENEVER we visit!


Every Sunday, Ammon helps Tyler and Boston write in their journals. I love that he is starting this with them a such a young age so that hopefully, they will do it consistently for their whole lives. Ammon- you're such a good dad!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

How Can You Tell I'm a Mom?

Is it the hair I haven't washed since yesterday?
Is it the stickers all over my arm?
Is it the spilled drink on my right breast (not really sure what to call it on our blog, but sorry I just made you all look)?
Is it the smile on my face that says, "I am so tired I'm not sure I'll make it to bedtime but if given the option, I wouldn't change this for the world."

Tyler, Boston, and Ryder- I LOVE YOU!!!

This is What Happens When I Blog and Why I Should Probably Quit

Friday, September 12, 2008

It Certainly Feels Like I Wet My Pants

Hmmm, not a good way for a 30 year old girl to title a blog entry. Let me explain. This afternoon, I was putting Ryder into the shower. I was crouched down, trying to make sure he didn't tip over when all of a sudden, I felt my crotch get warm and wet (way too graphic!). I'm thinking, I know I'm going crazy but it certainly hasn't come to this, has it? Then, I noticed Ryder was peeing and it happened to be shooting straight at my crotch (I was wearing a skirt so it was pretty much a straight shot). Are you kidding me??? This is my life. Glamorous, wouldn't you say!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Uncle Daniel!

Ammon's brother Daniel has an INCREDIBLE voice!!! I text him this morning and asked him to sing Tyler a song and email it to us since she's so into singing. Below is what he recorded for her just spur of the moment. AMAZING!!! Tyler has big singing footsteps to follow in.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Longing for the Diaper Days

My little sister is in town for work for the next couple of days. We decided to all go out to lunch today. I picked up my oldest two from preschool, and then my kids and I headed over to the restaurant. We were about 15 minutes early so I decided the best move would be to all wait in the car until the others arrived (at least in the car everyone is contained). The plan was going according to plan for about 30 seconds until Boston informed me, "I have to go! I have to go!" I quickly unloaded all 3 and we raced to the bathroom. We BARELY got Boston to the toitet in time! He started doing his thing as Tyler informed me she had to go too. I got her situated on the pot and then went to find Ryder who of course had made his way to the 3rd bathroom stall and may or may not have been playing in the toilet water. I whisked him to the sink to wash his hands just in case. While cleaning Ryder up, Boston exclaimed, "MOM! Look!!!" He sounded REALLY excited. I turned and to my utter horror he was holding a used tampon applicator!!! OH MY GROSS. I'm nauseous just writing about it. I yelled for him to drop it IMMEDIATELY but of course he decided the better route would be to try and put in back in the little garbage bin thing where he found it. In the midst of all this, Tyler keeps yelling, "I'm done! Mom, I'm done" I have to repeatedly tell her, "Tyler hold on, I can't help you right now. Just sit there and don't touch ANYTHING!" They had those automatic toilet flushers at this joint so her toilet probably flushed 50 times in a row during the whole nightmare. Oh and did I mention the floor was covered in some greasy substance, so as I'm running around the bathroom in my 3 inch heals, I keep finding myself sliding into the splits. Once everyone finished up and hands were washed, I had the STRONG temptation to just call it a day and go home. We ended up staying and it was so fun to see Lacey but when events like this happen, I find myself wishing I were back in the good ole easy Diaper Days!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

First Day of School

Wednesday was my kids' first day of preschool for this school year. Tyler is in the orange room and Boston is in the yellow room. So far so good; two days with no tears! Boston was ticked in his picture because his shoes were bugging him! We got him back in his crocs before heading to school so all was well.


Today was Tyler's first soccer game. Ammon is her coach. She did great (although I think she liked cheering for everyone more than she liked playing. Here are a few pictures from the event. Go Momentum!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Donuts for breakfast!

This morning as I was getting ready, Boston asked me to help him put his undies on. As I was doing it, he said, "yum mom, it smells like donuts." I knew there were no donuts anywhere in the house especially in my closet so I was a bit confused. Then it all came together, I had just put on my vanilla chai deodorant. My son was mistaking deodorant for donuts. I laughed a little and told him it was my getting ready stuff he was smelling. Then I said, "OK Bos, let's go have some breakfast." He replied, "Can we have some of those donuts?"