10.31.2008

can't imagine life without em'


My smiley guy!
All my cuties....
My boys...

My princess....just after waking up.

Bullets...the real ones!

  • look at me, i can do bulleted posts now, thanks to my great friend alaina.
  • she also taught me how to link!
  • she has pictures from the arbonne gig last night, keep stalking her blog until she posts them....
  • she also taught me that the reason that my pics come up in code is bacause i'm in edit html mode...if i switch to compose, i can see my post as it appears. rock on.
  • she also taught me this really cool picture tiling trick, but i tried it in the above post, and it didn't work. will try again later.
  • she rocks!


10.30.2008

Nothing like new boots to cheer a girl up.....



....these are my "crocs".....so comfy & cute!

Trae's new friend



Trae insisted on bringing this tractor to bed last night. He never even made it into his crib last night...we were zonked as soon as our heads hit the pillow. These pictures were taken this morning, not sure how he managed to hold onto it throughout the night! He's still sleeping peacefully:0) Might have to do with the fact that Elliot and Brookelyn stayed at Grandma's last night.

10.29.2008

Reminder:

Tomorrow is my Arbonne Party at 6:30pm. If you're coming, please let me know....if you'd like to order but can't make the party, you can veiw items online @ Arbonne.com. Orders need to be in by Friday....thanks.

Yep, he wore it....only 3 short weeks ago.


I guess I'll admit my baby is getting big now.

10.27.2008

A few of the little guy.





Small smile

An update.

Jason is finally back home and we(I) made a new rule that he doesn't go on any more vacations with my Dad until we go on one together....I think they've been on 4 hunting trips since our honeymoon. Anyway, I'm glad to have him home. They didn't get any elk, everything they saw was one Indian or private land. To bad, it's such a long way out, and longer way back:)

My house is trashed, of course, all the running in and dropping things just to leave again. I decided to stay at Mom's and drive Elliot into school each day, as we had a garage sale Fri/sat, and then Thur/Fri again. I made a whopping 142 bucks, not really worth all the effort of washing/folding/pricing/sitting out in the cold for 4 days, but I plan to list it in lots on craigslist now, and something has to be done with it now that I've hauled it all up from the basement, so a huge gain there.

I bought Elliot some Lego's last week, as his teacher told me he plays with them all the time at school. Total sticker shock on those things....they do keep him occupied for hours though...and he can build really awesome stuff too. I think I'll be hunting garage sales this summer. Tony did explain to me the valid reason why they're so expensive....when you create something in mass amounts that all need to be exactly the same to work, it takes an incredible amount of engineering to make them perfect so they fit right, hence the high cost.

Brookelyn has (or should I say had) recently grown her fingernails out, and used them repeatedly in combat with her brother. I cut all the kids nails last night, and I had to hogtie her in order to cut her longest nail. She must have been proud of it because she broke into sobs when I finally managed to cut it. Poor girl. To my credit, I sensed that she really wanted to keep this one fingernail, and asked my Mom and my sister if I should still cut it. They said "yes!" in unison, so I went ahead, and then we all felt bad afterwards. They assure me it won't scar her, and obviously that's a bit of a fetch, but she was so proud, and sobbed so hard...it'll be one of those stories that starts, "I remember one time when my Mom...." that she'll still remember when she's 76.

Trae is just plain hilarious. The other day, he wanted to go potty on the potty. My Mom was watching him (I was shooting a wedding) He sat and pushed and grunted, grunted and pushed, but never actually went potty. He wanted to wipe anyway, so he wiped and wiped and wiped, and then took the same toilet paper and, brace yourself, began wiping his nose with it! So gross...my Mom grabbed it from him, and he got upset of course, so he grabbed the shower curtain and wiped his butt with that. Guess he showed her;0)

Archer is growing everyday. He didn't sleep well at all at Mom's but has been sleeping well now that we're home. He wakes up around 6 and wants to play. Sunday morning I was so tired and finally woke up enough to say to him "you think it's playtime? How about we go back to sleep?" He just grinned and grinned, and I forgave him because it was so cute! He smiles alot more in the dark, and it's nice to wake up to an adorable smile if you have to be woken in the night.

I was, and still am, overwhelmed. It was a very long week at someone else's house, which pretty much explains my frustration, even though I love my Mom and was grateful to have her. There's nothing like your own space, and it even better when it's clean.....which is the source of my current frustration.
Sigh.

PS...why is grateful spelled like that when great is spelled great? Shouldn't it be spelled greatful?

10.22.2008

ABC Survey

A is for Age: 25


B is for beer of choice: Gross, I don't like beer-yuck, I agree(DITTO!)



C is for career right now: Mom & Photographer


D is for your dogs name: Non-existent



E is for essential item you use every day: Toothbrush



F is for favorite TV show at the moment: No TV, but I love A Baby Story.



G is for favorite game: Would you Rather


H is for Home town: New London



I is for instruments you play: None


J is for favorite juice: Cranberry



K is for whose butt you'd like to kick': Oh, boy....



L is for last place you ate: Mom's house...homemade chili.



M is for marriage: Jason


N is for your full name: Amber Marie Baseman



O is for overnight hospital stays: Childbirth



P is for people you were with today: Kids, Mom, Misty, Erica, Grandma & Grandpa Arrowood, granpa Young.



Q is for quote: Dance as if no one can see you, sing as if no one can hear you, live each day as if it were your last.

R is for biggest regret: No regrets.



S is for status: Exhausted


T is for time you woke up today: 6:15am


U is for underwear you have on now: Who wears underwear? Gray/Pink VS



Vegetable you love: Squash



W is for worst habit: Biting my nails.


X rays you've had: Ankle, Ultrasound scans.



Y is for yummy food you ate today: Italian Cream Cake



Z is for zodiac sign: Cancer

10.21.2008

oh and....

...he also rolls over! Did so at around 7:30 tonight. I put him on his belly, first tummy time ever, and he looked like he may roll over. I had to get Trae out of something, but I waited to see if he could do it...good thing I did!

At 5 weeks....

* Archer smiles and coos at us (sometimes) when we talk to him.

* Has restless days and nights....still trying to figure it out.

* Loves to sleep on my chest, and sleeps for hours that way.

* Melts my heart everytime I look at him.

***sorry no pictures, I haven't had time to take any this week.

10.20.2008

The gall.

I had to run Elliot in to school this morning and figured i'd update quick....

I am staying at Mom's the rest of the week, it's just to hard and lonesome here by myself. It sucks though because it's 20 minutes each way to get Elliot to and from school.

I got a call on Friday from the bus garage regarding my absence at home when they wanted to drop Elliot off on Wednesday. The lady says the bus driver wanted to set up a "sign" so that if I wasn't home, she could just take Elliot back to school without stopping. I said I didn't plan on it happening again, obviously, and if my van wasn't in the driveway I wasn't here, but again, I wasn't planning on it happening again. The other issue was with the cat. The bus driver told the lady she had to wait for 4 minutes, and I said that she had to be there at 7:25, because that's what time I locked the cats up, and I hadn't recalled seeing the bus. It turns out she just made that up and wasn't waiting at all. I figure she figures that I'm a loser and is just causing trouble for me now because I'm one of "those" Mom's. Some people just have nothing better to do. The thing with the cats is I am going to try to remember to lock them up every morning, but in between changing 2 dipaers, feeding 4 kids, showering 1, dressing 4, signing an aganda book for one, getting 3 sets of teeth brushed, and a few other minor things, I can't gaurantee that it will happen everyday for the rest of the year. What I do know is that if she keeps provoking me, I will call eah time she comes really early, or ech times she comes really late. Last year, there was a 20 minute time frame of when she would show up all winter. I never called, not wanting to make trouble, but it infuriated me that my son had to stand out there so long in the freezing cold. And if he wasn't out there, she speed past even if she was really late.

To top it all off, she came by and beeped at 8:07 this morning. Hah, she supposed to be here at 7:30-7:40. Excuse me while I call the bus garage to tattle.

I don't hav etime to proof read....so excuse my errors if they exist! thank ya...

10.17.2008

So, my family thinks I have an addiction problem, and are staging an intervention. My "supposed" addiction: Shoes. Just because I have like, 288 pairs in the garage sale...well that's an exaggeration, it's only 131. Between Elliot, Brookelyn, and I. In my defense, I have a hard time buying shoes I can wear without getting blisters because I have very high arches. My sister claims that if I wasn't so worries about fashion, I wouldn't have blisters. I vowed never to do the "frumpy mom" thing, because it's not my thing, and I won't. Oh, and most of those shoes were purchesed by Grandma's and the ones that weren't were mostly bought second hand....and it's 5 & 6 years worth. I made a whopping 25 bucks today....I think that equals out to about 3 cents/hour. I think I sold only 2 outfits out of 688....if they don't sell there I'll be selling them in lots on craigslist.

Worms for Dinner

Elliot brought home an easy reading book called Worms for Dinner. He hasto read it to someone and then we sign. This morning he was reaading and there are names for the things that eat worms. (ex. venus fly trap) So does the Black backed Wren, but he read it the Black Backed Whack!

Garage sale starts today.

Jason and Dad have been driving through the night and should be there tonight by suppertime.

10.16.2008

Archer



He looks bigger than he is.....this is a 0-3 month outfit and pretty big still, but he is filling out a lot. I wish I could bottle him for a little bit.

10.15.2008

terrible, horrible, no good, very bad mom.

I feel like such a horrible mom right now. I forgot, again, that Elliot had early release today and I was over at mom's setting up for the garage sale. I happened to call at around 2pm to see if Elliot could stay for kids club, and the secretary paused, and that's when it dawned on me that he had early release. I said that, and she said "yeah, he'll probably be home any minute." I was nursing Archer at the moment so I asked my Mom to rush home to get him. The school called back and said the bus driver just called and they were bringing him back to school. Yeah, I feel like a total loser Mom right now. I did this last time, and it's not that I'm ever doing anything important or running late or anything, I simply forget that it's early release and it doesn't dawn on me until it's to late. After Mom left, I called the school back to see if Elliot was okay, I didn't know if he was crying or anything that his Mom forgot again. I of course burst into tears of frustration and guilt. Last time he didn't let me forget it either, he kept asking why I forgot and said he told the neighbor boy to "tell his Mom what happened" Of course I was irritated because I don't want everyone knowing I forget my son has early release. Last year they sent home a daily news sheet that said "don't forget tomorrow is early release.." this year we got a calendar with everything marked, but I don't obviously check it. When my Mom got back with Elliot, it turned out that he told the bus driver he was home alone, and she had him check the doors, which were locked. Our doors are never locked, but since Trae can open them, they all were, and the garage door was closed, so the door that is always left unlocked when we leave, he couldn't get into. Then the cat was following him out into the road and he didn't want him to get run over, so he took the cat on the bus and the bus driver dropped it off on her way home....she lives down the road from us. I've said freakin' way to many times today, and I keep yelling at the kids because they keep yelling and waking up Archer. I've been a terrible Mom today, and I'm just waiting on the call from social services when the school turns me in for neglect. Jason leaves tomorrow for over a week. yea.

40 Odd Things....

1. Do you like blue cheese? No, I think it tastes like vomit, to be really honest.
2. Have you ever drank? Yes
3. Do you own a gun? My husband does.
4. What flavor Kool Aid was your favorite? Red
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointment? a little
7. Favorite Christmas movie? How the Grinch Stole Christmas
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Coffee
9. Can you do push ups? Yes
10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? My wedding ring
11. Favorite hobby: Photography (it's also my job, does it still count?)
12. Do you have A.D.D.? No, and that's a dumb question for a survey.
13. Current worry? My kids are sick so of course I'm worrying over that.
14. Current hate right now? Political fliers in my mail
15. What's your weight? That is the dumbest question I've come across yet.
16. Middle name? Marie
17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment? I wish I was secure enough (and skinny enough) to share my weight with the universe.....why do people even ask other peoples weight?....and I really need to lose weight, now that you brought it up.
18. Name 2 drinks you drink regularly? Water & Coffee
19. Favorite place to be? Anywhere with family or friends
20. How did you bring in the New Year? We didn't, we were in bed by 9 if I recall correctly.....I just looked back on my blog and we didn't so anything cool enough to blog about.
21. Where would you like to go? Italy
22. Name three people who will complete this? Melissa, Kara, Sam
23. Do you own slippers? Yes, but I don;t usually wear them. Our floors are to slippery.
24. What color shirt are you wearing right now? Oh, you know....a mix between grey & baby vomit.
25. Do you like sleeping in satin sheets? Yes, but they always slip off before morning and I hate putting them back on all the time, and I hate being all tangled in the sheets with just the sheet, ya know?
26. Can you whistle? Not really
27. What is your favorite color? Red, but not Crayola red, deep red.
28. What songs do you sing in the shower? I usually don't.
29. Favorite Girls name? Hmm, Guess? Brookelyn
30. Favorite boys name? Elliot, Trae, & Archer equally.
31. What's in your pocket? Nada
32. Last thing that made you laugh? I don't remember
33. Worst injury you've ever had as a child? I cut my left pointer finger & had to get 2 stitches because I was to results oriented & impatient to wait for my Dad's help.
34. Do you love where you live? I will when it's all finished...trim/carpet/deck/etc.etc....but it looks like that should be this winter.
35. How many TVs do you have in the house? 0
36. Who is your loudest friend? Tanya
37. Does someone have a crush on you? Yes
38. What is your favorite candy? Pink Starbursts
39. Favorite Sports Team? I don't have one
40. What song do you want played at your funeral? I try not to think about these things, but "I will leave it all to Jesus" would be nice.

10.13.2008


Oh yes, on the rare occasion I can be a ditz....Brookelyn thankfully noticed this and said "Mo-om, I saw all the bubbles over floating and I shut it off for you...come wook at all the bubbles!"...fits of giggles!

Keepsakes


So, since I'm sure some of you think I must be off my rocker doing all these keepsakey things like belly casts, maternity pictures, and little replica's of my babies hands, let me just say I'd rather do them and throw them out if I decide I don't them, than not do them and wish I had. I'm such a sap, I know these things aren't for every one. I assure you I am, in fact, not crazy, just so afraid of forgetting....that's all.

We suffered the wrath of Archer to get this mold...between you and me, I may try again to see if I can get a little better detail. Shh...he's right there!

We have little hand molds of each of our babies, and they are by far the most treasured memento's we have.

Welcome to the most boring post of the century...I apologize profusely for including you in the hum drum that is my life this week.

Please note the time...if it doesn't read right it's 9:17....my kids actually let me go back to bed after Elliot left (they were all still sleeping sweetly) and Trae finally forced me out of bed at about 10 to 9. Since Archer has been born, Trae's been pretty much sleeping through the night, which rocks. He's not been feeling really well and has a cough and runny nose now, and slept like a rock last night.

We have a busy week here. Jason leaves Thursday night after work to head to Colorado on an elk hunt. We are getting ready for our garage sale on Saturday, and I hope to get most of the stuff hauled up and gone through today and tomorrow so I don't have to try and do it with all the kids by myself.

Our weekend was busy. I did my shoot on Saturday, glad to have made it in time after getting some really screwed up directions off Google Maps. Took me to a S. Pine street in a different town, with the address being a house instead of a church. Luckily the bride and groom were awesome about it. I did offer to stay through dinner, so that made for a long day. 10:30-8:30....Archer cried a lot for my mom, which makes me feel really bad. Once Jason got home at 5:30pm he was really good. That means that Daddy won't be making shooting (gun) plans while Mommy's shooting (40D) anymore. Luckily I only have 3 more weddings from now until the end of the year, two of which I can opt out of if I want. The money will come in handy, so I'm thinking I'll take advantage of that and go...

One more note: I am hosting and Arbonne party here on Thursday, October 30 @ 6:30pm. It is a launch party for Heather and everyone is welcome! Foot spas and facials for everyone involved....I'll be sending out some paper invites, so send me a note with addresses if you wish to be included;0)

On a spiritual note, because this struck me hard:
I was reading Luke 8 this morning about the woman who touched the hem of Jesus' garment. It spoke to me that even though he was in the midst of a crowd, he felt her touch him because she had the faith to believe he could help and heal her. I just thought that although we always feel unworthy, Jesus wants us to touch him and he wants to heal us no matter where we've been. I always feel like I'm insignificant and what am I in the midst of so many others, but Jesus knows us each by name. How would I feel if my children stopped asking for my help, assuming I only had the time for my other children or that the others deserved it more? Of course I'd want to help each one no matter what they'd gotten themselves into.

***update: It is now 11:37am, and I have discovered Archer is running a low grade fever. He's stuffy and not really eating well, so I'll just watch him closely and see where it goes. Trae has a very boogery (sp?) nose, so I gave him Motrin in case he has sinus pressure, as he is being a little devil today. I found my missing memory chip for the little camera when Trae dropped my memory chip thingy and the top fell off. I did fix it, which is great because it's how I view my pictures on my laptop. I folded 2 loads of laundry, washed one, emptied the dishwasher, re-ran it, and pulled all the sheets off my bed for washing. In spite of being exhausted, I am getting things done to keep myself from going insane, as our house is pretty much chaos. And it only gets worse when we bring the motherload of garage sale stuff up...

A few more things I forgot to post:

*Archer weighs 10 lbs now. He is growing so fast.

*Trae now reverted to saying Ah-Ah for Archer, but at least he says it. He can say Ah-cha, but chooses not to. This morning he was laying on the bed by the baby saying "HI, bebe!" and kissing him. He loves, just not so much when he's by me. On Saturday, he'd whine for my Mom to put Archer in the swing, and then not want anything to do with her when she gave the baby to Erica. That reminds me of this:

The other day I was in the mall looking at Motherhood for a jean skirt. They have a long one that my sister (who is not pregnant) got and it is so cute. Incidentally, I have one also, but I can't find mine. I wore it so much when I was expecting Trae that I banished it somewhere, and now that I want it, I can't find it. With winter coming, a long jean skirt would be nice and I haven't found any non-maternity ones so far....

Archer was fussing and Trae was crabbing and the lady asks "Is someone having a hard time adjusting to being big brother?" Trae just gave her the stink eye, and then she says to me "you know, cuz sometimes they have a hard time, I've heard of that..." I told her he was just tired as I left the store. Don't diagnose my kid, especially when he's strapped into a stroller. You think that might be the issue? I have found myself getting more dismissive (my nice word for rude) when people offer unsolicited advice/hugs/mystery diagnosis' to me or my children. Ijust don't need it/them.

10.11.2008

Asian Beetles?


......anyone having Asian Beetle issues or know what to do about them? We've got loads.

10.10.2008

A-cha

Well, I tried pulling a fast one on Trae. I almost convinced him going back to sleep after Elliot got on the bus. Brookelyn is at grandma's, and she's the one getting everyone up and at em' each morning, so I thought maybe...we cuddled up on the couch for about 10 minutes before our other little man started to squeak and it was all over from there. As I was feeding Archer, Trae and I were having a conversation about where Daddy was. Then he asked about Elliot. Then Brookelyn. I then asked him who this was, pointing to Archer. He said "Meow!" He thought he was funny and was totally cracking up at himself. So I decided to try a little reverse psychology. Don't say Archer. He laughs. You don't say Archer. He falls into a fit of giggles. A-cha. A-cha! A-cha! He finally said it....he's only said it once while we were still in the hospital, so I was glad to hear it again.

We have to exchange some things at Gymboree that we got last week so Trae can wear it for pictures tonight. Ashley's doing them. I am going to remember my stroller this time, we'll see how it goes. Oh, and we'll get to enjoy the company of Heather and Logan.

10.09.2008

My first baby.

Stolen from Jenny. The best one yet.




1. Were you married at the time? Yes

2. What were your reactions when you found out you were pregnant? Really ecstatic....getting pregnant was all I could think about for the last month...it only took us 1 month...

3. How old were you? 18

4. How did you find out you were pregnant? I took a test

5. Who did you tell first? Jason

6. Did you want to find out the sex? Yes, but I knew he was a boy even before the ultrasound confirmed it.


7. Due date? June 19


8. Did you deliver early or late? 16 days early.


9. Did you have morning sickness? I'd say. I threw up at least once every day. Horrible.


10. What did you crave? Jalapeno potato chips. But then I had them and threw them up in the parking lot at Barnes & Noble. They were steaming and warm (it was winter) I haven't has them since.

11. Who irritated you the most? My husband...there were days that every thing he did got on my nerves. Obviously, it was the hormones because we ended up with 3 more kids.


12. What was your first child's sex? A boy.


13. How many pounds did you gain throughout the pregnancy? 35


14. Did you have any complications during your pregnancy? No


15. Where did you give birth? at the hospital

16. How many hours were you in labor? 7

17. Who drove you to the hospital? Jason

18. Who watched? Jason, Mom, and various nurses and my doctor.


19. Was it natural or c-section? Natural


20. Did you take medicine to ease the pain? I had a shot of Nubian.


21. How much did your child weigh? 6lbs. 15 1/2 oz.


22. What did you name him/her? Elliot John


23. How old is your first born today? 6


24. Where did your water break? In bed.


Okay mommies, repost this as 'My first baby' send it to all the other mommies plus the mommy who sent it to you

Have a great day!!!

I must get better at this. Or more efficient. Or something.




Let's suffice it to say we had issues with getting the house in order for bible study last night. Jason came home and had to sweep/mop/vacuum because I had either Archer or Trae on my case all day long. I love them dearly, but when you constantly have someone begging for your attention, it sure drains you. Trae has resorted now to pointing at the swing and begging me in baby talk to put Archere in it. I feel bad to, because this eating every 1/2 hour is really brutal. Trae gets less mommy time, and becomes hostile toward mommy and baby. Although, I'm happy to report that he loves him regardless, because when he cries he'll pat his back or kiss his forehead. We tried everything...swing, sling, fan, vacuum....to no avail. he wasn't even really content when I was holding him. There must be a secret to calming him down and we haven't figured it out yet. Wednesday must be his fussy day, because I was out almost the whole meeting last week. I finally bathed him in lavender, put bedtime lotion on, and swaddled him. He ate on one side, and slept through meeting.

Then during meeting, I sat in the glider, and Jason sat on the couch with the oldest 3 kids. He, of course sat in the middle and Trae and Brookelyn were between me and him. I was powerless to stop Trae when he grabbed Jason by the waist of his pants and tried to get him to sit back down when he was giving his testimony.

For those of you who are thinking "she has time to blog though!' Just remember that I have a baby attached to either breast every hour at least. Even typing 1 handed I've got plenty of time...

I forgot to post about this yesterday:

Elliot was getting ready to go wait for the bus and came to give me a kiss. Then he kissed Archer, who was on one side of my lap and turned to leave. Trae, who was on the other side of my lap, yelled and said "ME!" So Elliot came back and gave him a kiss to. Cute.


...I did several others, but they ended up not saving....www.yearbookyourself.com

10.08.2008

Hilarious.

Escapee...and other stuff.


Traeman escaped out the front door in his diaper and decided to play in the birdbath and the rain. (of course I knew he went out, what kind of mom do you think I am?) I decided to grab my camera and shoot a few pics. (he was uncooperative, this is the only one that turned out) When I brought him in the house he said "oooo, cowd!!" (cold)

Archer has started to smile and coo at us when we talk to him, which is so precious. He must be gearing up for a growth spurt because all he wanted to do throughout the night is nurse and coo, so I'd think he was cute instead of thinking he's a little stinker.

The hormone balancing cream I mentioned that I'd used to relieve a migraine? Yeah, I've used it 2 more times, and now my tata's are really sensitive, like pregnant again sensitive. (of course I'm not, but it's that bad) Takes this new all-night-long nursing regimen to a whole new level. On a different note, my eye is still bloodshot and feels pretty scratchy. I hope it heals before Saturday because I have to shoot another wedding and I really hate to shoot with my glasses on. Which brings me to this:

The "other" photographer and I didn't get along to famously on Saturday...she has issues with me being the lead, since she's a bonafide "commercial" photographer for a big corporation (KC) but my boss doesn't think she has it, so I was the "lead" for the day. That and she shot an entire formal session out of focus, which creates big problems for everyone involved, it is their wedding after all. She actually took me for an idiot and was telling me as she dropped her memory card on the floor, that "no wonder my memory cards all defunct" Okay, I'm so not that dumb. Obviously, a dropped memory card doesn't make just the formals out of focus... Anyway, to make a long story short, I went into the studio and the first thing Deb says is "So, you and Ang didn't hit it off, huh?" I replied "Not really, why? Who'd you hear that from, her?" Of course. The problem was that I wasn't technical enough and didn't make like a professional and adjust my tripod for 4 minutes before shooting the picture. (I'm advanced, I don't need a tripod!)j/k....anyway, she told me I was doing something incorrectly, and I told her Deb's never complained and did just what I was doing for the entire shoot while she stood behind me with her arms crossed and pouting. Deb asked if I thought I could handle this weekends shoot myself, and I said if you're going to send her, don't waste your money. So Deb called her and said "Amber says she can handle the shoot on her own, so if you'd like to go fishing with your boyfriend or something, you can do that." So I'm on solo, which I'll take over shooting with someone who's so good, she has to go out of her way to work against me, and according to Deb, (I stress that because I've never seen her work, and don't wan to come off as thinking I'm the best or whatever) doesn't deliver...which was really weird, because as I told Deb, I was thinking by the way she looked all professional and what-not, that certainly she'd come back with way better shots than I. Not so, I guess, and then Deb yelled at me and said I need to have confidence in myself. Well quit sending me out as lead with people who spend all day telling me that I'm doing this or that wrong. Oh, and I might add, it's a little awkward because they've all been there longer than I, and are irritable that I'm, how to say this?, in charge? Very awkward, and just a note that I'd rather not take the lead because it's my butt if things turn out bad. Which is the reason that when I'm the lead and someone else wants to take over, I don't let them. This is so hard because I'm not really a confrontational person. I mean for the most part, unless someone really deserves it. I always say "well Deb said...!" And Deb says the only reason she was sending anyone with me anyways was because she was "worried about my boobs" and me too, she doesn't want to stress me out. I didn't tell her this, but I'm apparently stronger than I look to, because I can do my job without a problem even after just giving birth like 4 weeks ago. (she's never had kids, she doesn't know..and I conveniently snap back pretty easily, thankfully) Stupid and wimpy...now does that say Amber to you?

*note: This is a bit of a rant, and this is my cheap therapy, so I stress again that if you don't want to read my ranting feel free to skip it.

10.07.2008

Because I'm bored.

What are your initials?
AMB

What is your favorite thing to wear?
Cute shoes

Last thing you ate?
peanut butter sandwich

Name one thing that scares you:
Being forgotten

I say Shotgun, you say:
Benelli

Who was the last person in your bed?
Me and the three youngest kids...we actually got a nap today. The second since Archers been born.

What were you doing at 7:00am?
Getting Elliot into the shower.

Last person you hugged?
Trae, after his time-out.

Does anyone you know want to date you?
Hopefully my husband.

When was your last encounter with the police?
2 years ago...drug bust!
j/k....burned out tail light.

Have you ever driven without a license?
Yes, before I had my license. I'd never have the guts to do that now.

The last place you went out to dinner?
Fratello's

Do you like your name?
I accept it. I'm glad it's not the most popular name of that year.

What time of the day is it?
4pm

Who/What made you angry today​?
Angry is a strong word, so nothing today.

Baseball or Football?
If I had to chose, I'd chose football.

Do you want anyone?
uh...

Do you like birds?
I could take them or leave them.

Favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving

Do you download music​?
No, sadly I don't know how. Enlighten me!

Do you care if your socks are dirty​?
Yes, even if it's a stain I won't wear them.

Opinion of Chinese symbol tattoos?
Look how well that turned out for Brittney Spears

What are you doing tonight?
Going to an Arbonne party.

Do you like to cuddle?
of course

Do you love anyone?
I love a lot of people.

Whose bed did you sleep in last night​?​​
Mine

Have you ever bungee jumped?
No, and I never will...

Have you ever gone whitewater rafting?
No, but maybe I will someday.

Has anyone ten years older than you ever hit on you?
Yes

How many pets do you have?
None

Have you met a real redneck?
Yes, they walk amongst us everyday. On that subject, I am so tired of people showing up to weddings with Billy Bob teeth. It's old.

How is the weather right now?
Rainy

What are you listening to right now?
The blasted baby swing.

What is your current favorite song?
I recently found a tape I made in high school that has a bunch of favorites on it, so I've been listening to that.

What was the last movie you watched?
Maid of Honor

Do you wear contacts?
Well, technically yes, but after my little "incident" it may be awhile before I'm able again.

Where was the last place you went besides your house​?
My Mom's

What are you wearing?
I'm going out, so I'm wearing a jean skirt, tank, sweater, and my black boots. You'd have to see it...

What's one thing you've learned this year?
I don't need toxic people in my life.

What do you usually order from Starbucks?
I can't afford Starbucks.

Ever had someone sing to you?
Yes

Have you ever fired a gun:
Yes

Are you missing someone?
Yes, I guess there's always someone to miss.

Favorite TV show?
No TV...but if I get the chance I'll watch A Baby Story

What do you have an obsession with?
Bags and shoes

Has anyone ever said you looked like a celeb?
Yes

Who ??
Lets see...Uma Thurman, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Halle Berry.
Not really, obviously.

Who would you like to see right now?
Sam

Ever had a near death experience?
No. thank goodness.

Are you afraid of falling in love?
No

Have you ever been caught doing​ something you weren't supposed to?
Who hasn't?

Favorite smell?
Babies

Has anyone you were really close to passed away recently?
No, thank goodness again.

Our Lady Peace or Nickelback​?
Nickelback

What's something that really bugs you?
Today it is Know it all's, but a lot of things bug me.

Do you like Michael Jackson?
I'll pass.

Taco Bell or Burger King?
Taco Bell

Next time you will kiss someone?
Tonight

Favorite baseball team?
I couldn't even tell you a baseball team...

Ever call a 1-900 phone number​? Uh, No

Nipple or Nose rings?
Neither...or maybe nipple rings on a guy!

What's the longest time you've gone without sleep​?​​​​​
No idea

Last time you went bowling?
No clue

Where is the weirdest place you have slept​?
In the closet. When I was little, our closet had a heat vent in it, but it also had a pipe, and I'd snuggle up next to it (on the top shelf) and sleep there.

Who was your last phone call?
Jason

What does your last received text message say?
Uh, that's my own personal private business. It's from a friend about someone else, so I can't share:)

What's the closest orange object to you? post it's.

Do Not try this at home!!



I don't know why I tell on myself when I do really dumb things, but as a public service to you, my dear readers, I will share.

I paid a whopping $8 for contact solution to replace the cheap $4 stuff that dries my eyes out. I perused all the solution, and decided on Clear Care No Rub solution. The box reads...no it doesn't...but I was sure I had chosen the #1 opthalmalogist recommended solution! Anyhow, the side of the box DOES read:


DO NOT use flat lens case. Clear Care ONLY works with the special lens case provided.

DO NOT remove lens from cases until at least 6 hours later. The solution needs time to neutralize. (that's important)

DO NOT rinse lens with Clear Care prior to inserting lens into your eyes. If you want to rinse lenses, use a sterile saline like Softwater Saline. (this is where the cheap $4 solution would've been handy.)

DO NOT squirt Clear Care into your eyes.

So I'm not a directions person. I wasn't a directions person. I now am IF it pertains to something that I will be putting in my eye, or any other orifice, I might add.

I got out of the shower, as is my routine, I put my contacts in right away. Before lotions etc. so I don't get things in my eyes that hurt.

So I hop out, towel off, and grope my way to the cabinet. (I am BLIND!)

I open up my fresh bottle of solution that I gave my left arm for, rinse my lens, squirt some solution into it, and stick it into my eye.

Stomp!!Stomp!!HAAAaAAAcrapthat burns!awwwoooocrap!Stomp...AWWW.aWWWoooouch.jeepersthat hurts.Stompstomp.hooooo.ooowww.stomp.


My eye is of fire!! I am trying to get it out, but it feels like your tongue feels when you lick on deodorant in my eye. It is dry, and it hurts so bad I can't tell if I've got it out or not. I think I do, Brookelyn confirms it, and I stand over the sink as tears pour from my eyes and snot from my nose....like a bull. All the while, and I chuckle now, Brookelyn and Trae are watching me stomp and yell, sans clothes, around my bathroom.

Ingredients: 3% micro filtered hydrogen peroxide, .79% sodium chloride stabilized with phosphonic acid, a phosphate buffered system, and Pluronic 17R4 (a cleaning agent)

DO NOT put this stuff directly into your eyes. My eye still smarts, and still feels like I rubbed deodorant into it when I blink. I am afraid to try it following the directions...

Mr. Independent at breakfast


4 weeks already:0( He outgrew the preemie stuff last week, so I'm gearing myself up to price it for our garage sale.

Trae's hangout....Archer hates it, so I figure someone may as well use it. I keep forgetting to but batteries for the papasan chair, he loves that!

Trae has started sniffing Archer and saying "uck!"...even when he doesn't have a dirty diaper.

10.06.2008

Packages


Glad I did these...I received my announcements today, and they are beautiful. I paid $35.99 No shipping/tax for 50 announcements and envelopes...

...because we started doing it for the first one, so we had to do it for the rest. I paid $19.99+tax and $7.95 s/h for a piece of card stock with grainy photos.

A few pics....



odds&ends

* Yesterday morning, Elliot came into our room holding his sword, which was snapped in half.
Elliot: Brookelyn broke my sword!

Me: Brookelyn, why did you do that?

Brookelyn: (tearing up) Because grandma said not to point it at people, and he pointed it at me, so I broke it.

We had a good laugh....

Trae has learned a new phrase: you a dork!!! I know this probably makes us bad parents....it is super cute and after he says it he throws his head back and laughs hysterically.

He has also learned how to say "No" and "Uh,uh"

I think he is getting sick. He slept a lot yesterday, and has been coughing this morning.

10.04.2008

Elliot lost his first tooth, and Archer was a champ while I was gone today. Makes it much easier to think about doing it again next weekend.


Seen & Heard:

2 guys talking. The one guys girlfriend makes him text all the time, to the tune of 50 texts a day. If he doesn't text her a good morning, she texts "what, no good morning?" Then he showed her picture to the other dude, but warns it not the best because it's on a camera phone. The friends says "not terrible..." and then orders. The friend says "what's that supposed to mean, not terrible?" He says "she's not that hot. She's not terrible though."

2 guys are walking past me and one says to the other "man, so & so's wife got HOT!"

...men are pigs.

10.03.2008

My migraine escalated to the worst migraine of my life. Jason told me to take a shower as hot as I could stand it with the water running directly on my face for 5-10minutes. I scorched the skin right off my body (convenient thing to get rid of) and felt like my headache was gone until I stepped out of the shower. Went to bed with wet hair (which I hate doing) and woke up at 5 with the headache 10 times worse. I was shaking and felt nauseous from it. I took 2 Tylenol Migraine and tried going back to sleep. My head hurt so bad and I figured it could be hormone related. Conveniently, I had some Arbonne Prolief, which is a hormone balancing cream and decided to try that. Within 20 minutes of putting it on (I rubbed it into my neck)my headache was gone.

Then Elliot missed the bus. The van was covered in a sheet of ice. Archer screamed the whole way there and back.

The day got better. I had a visit with my Doula, and I found a brown leather recliner on Craigslist for $20. I have 2 full bottles of breast milk pumped for tomorrow. Trae fell asleep rocking in the chair with Brookelyn, and they are both napping now.

10.01.2008

Sleeping Buddies

Peek


***We had these announcements custom made, but I think I can learn how to make them easliy and supplement my income in the off season.
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