Thursday, December 16, 2010

Crafts, Cookies, and Tears...Oh My!

I was so excited about this particular Saturday morning.  Daddy was going off to work and the kids and I were ready for a morning of making Santa Claus ornaments and baking cookies.  Well....let's just did NOT go as I envisioned it!  I should have known better when we started off with sissy falling off the chair and landing on her back....cue the crying.  After loving on her and making sure she was ok we were ready to get started!  The entire time we were making the ornaments, Mary Elisabeth fussed....I would stick on Santa's glove and she would take it off, I would stick his eyes on and she would take them off.....!  By now we were probably on her pitching fit number five...  But I was so determined to get these Santa ornaments done and cookies baked!!  I was actually quite proud of myself because I stayed cool, calm, and collected the whole time.  After we were (FINALLY) done with the ornaments we moved on to the cookies.  Josiah immediately got out of his chair, ran to the fridge and took the cookies out... I asked him to pose for the camera with sissy, but he wouldn't let sissy hold the cookies so....cue crying and screaming fit number six ha!  He finally let her hold the box, but she was still not happy.  I moved the chairs up and of course Josiah cried because he wanted sissy's chair... We put the cookies on the cookie sheet and after fits seven and eight they were ready to bake.  After fits number nine, ten, and twenty minutes of waiting on the cookies they were done!  I gave the kids their cookies with milk and they seemed to be happy.  In the end Josiah loved the cookies and sissy hated them!  She decided to have some animal crackers instead ha!  After our eventful morning sissy continued to be fussy so I took her to her room and she slept for three hours!!!  Poor baby I guess she was just tired. 

As much as I wanted to scream and pitch a fit of my own while all of this was going on I kept my cool.  I think because as I watched them I became a little sad.  They are about to have a new baby sister and I do not want them to think that I do not love them as much anymore.  I remember at one point during one of the many crying fits, I just held Mary Elisabeth with tears in my eyes because I want them to know that they are so special to me and I love them both very much.  I went through the same thing with Josiah when sissy was born and it was ok.  I just pray for a smooth transition for our family as we enter this new chapter in our lives. 

So even though this Saturday morning was not exactly what I had planned...I am still thankful because I have two little ones who I love with all my heart!  So enjoy the next couple of pictures of our Saturday morning...

What did Fritz bring us??

Santa Claus Ornaments!

We're ready mommy! (Before sissy's fall...)

Putting on Santa's belt

"I want to hold the cookies!"

"I don't want sissy to hold the cookies..."


"I don't want bubba to hold the cookies..."

Pitching fit number 6, 9 or who knows ha!

Placing the cookies on the cookie sheet

Watching the cookies bake

All done with Santa Claus

Putting her Santa on the tree

Warm Cookies

Cookies and Chocolate Milk...Yum!

Yuck! Ha!

Almost 36 Weeks

32ish Weeks...

In just 2 more days I will be 36 weeks and FINALLY full term!  On Monday and Tuesday I had some pretty intense contractions.  They were about 10-15 minutes apart, but thankfully after a full day of sitting on the recliner watching t.v. they went away.  I am still having about 2-3 an hour.  It's really gotten me a little anxious and overwhelmed because I have soooo much to do and no energy to do it.  I have bathrooms to clean, loads of laundry to finish, floors to vacuum, sweep and mop, a car to clean, bags to pack and I'm sure that I am forgetting a couple of things. Not to mention all of my baby shower gifts are still in the back of my car (almost 4 weeks later) and Mackenzie's room is no where near being finished.  I keep trying to remind myself that all of it will get done and if it does's ok, but it's not calming me down!  I'm normally prepared by 36 weeks with bags packed, house spotless and then at 38 weeks I load the bags and car seat in the car...  I do not feel prepared at all... 

Ok....pity party over!  I am getting to work once I am done updating my blog :)

It's Been a While...

It's been a while!  I have had lots of new post ideas, but my laptop has a virus and I haven't been able to upload my pictures.  So I am going to take advantage of the fact that Joseph forgot his laptop today!  So here it goes....  Let me catch you up on what's been going on at The Eterno's!

Friday, November 12, 2010

30 Weeks a Little Late....

Well on Monday marked 30 weeks!!!  I almost skipped this week because it's Friday and in two days I'll be 31 weeks.  But I couldn't go without telling you what we've been up to this past week.  As Mackenzie's arrival approaches and with two of my friends going into labor a month early (lucky girls....), Joseph has gone a little crazy.  Well not bad crazy, good crazy!  He is all about getting things done around the house and I love it.  This past week we finally got to work on Mackenzie's nursery.  I really wish I would have taken a before picture, but I was too embarrassed to take it and post it.  Let me tell you there was so much stuff and it was everywhere.  We used some skills we've learned from watching Hoarders (thank you Beth for introducing us to this show) and got rid of so much stuff.  Keep, donate or throw away!  Our curb was full of trash on trash pick up day.  It's a work in progress, but we got a lot done this week.

 Since we had cleared out so much stuff there was finally room to set up the crib!  Joseph put it together while Josiah and I supervised.  Joseph even let Josiah help him.  Josiah was so excited and kept telling me he wanted Mackenzie to come now!

I wanted to get a picture of the finished product and the two of them, but my battery died....

This week has been a good week.  I've perfected the pregnancy waddle and feel like my belly needs it's own zip code!  I'm 10 pounds away from what I would like to gain with this pregnancy....and feel that with the holidays coming I might be in some trouble!  My toes have become my best friends, because without them a lot of stuff would remain on the ground.  My shoes are getting a little snug.  This is a first for me because I had no swelling with my other two.  Oh and did you know that a dry nose is a symptom of pregnancy??!?  I tell ya!  Pregnancy never ceases to surprise me.  I don't like this symptom because everyone can hear me breathing!!!  So annoying.  I can no longer tie my shoes without hiking my foot up, holding my breath, squishing my tummy, and tying as fast as I can. Braxton Hicks really hurt this time around and I seem to have them more often than I did with the other two.  I am seriously down to a couple of outfits that I fit into comfortably and I just refuse to buy new maternity clothes with a couple of weeks to go!  

Although the above paragraph makes it sound like I am miserable...well I am ha!  At least my body is, but I am so excited about this baby girl!  I can not wait to hold her and have her with me, alive and healthy.  

I Have a Problem...

It never the end of my pregnancies I become "addicted" to a particular smell...  With Josiah it was Clorox Wipes the ones in the yellow container.  I remember cleaning my counters daily just so that I could smell the wipes.  With Mary Elisabeth it was Pine Sol.  I've never used Pine Sol to clean anything, but for some reason when I was pregnant with her I just wanted to smell it!!  Well I have found my sniffing pleasure with Mackenzie are you ready????  Dum dum dummmm......GAIN Laundry Detergent!!  Oh my goodness it smells so good.  Each load I put in I make sure to smell the container.  Ha ok....there you have it I'm totally wacko, but pregnancy makes you wacko sometimes.  These hormones, weird smell cravings, and everything else is just out of control!  Can you tell I'm ready to NOT be pregnant anymore???!!!!  Ahhhh just a couple of more weeks....

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Special Night With a Surprise Ending

A couple of months ago Joseph and I introduced Josiah to Toy Story 1 and 2.  He was instantly in love.  We promised him a trip to the movie theater to watch Toy Story 3.  Unfortunately, the pregnancy sickness was over bearing and then I was put on bed rest.  So tonight we FINALLY watched Toy Story 3.

When I left work I went to CVS because they had a promotion going.  If you spent $25 or more on certain proctor and gamble products you got the DVD for $3.99.  I spent $33 and saved $28, it felt great.  I have quit clipping coupons, but I really do need to start back up again soon!  Saving money is so addictive and I love the feeling you get when you see that magic number that tells you how much you saved.

I wanted to plan a special night for Joseph and the kids.  Joseph has been working so hard and is constantly on the go.  I wanted to prepare a special meal for him.  As you know we have started Apples of Gold on Monday nights.  During our first meeting Janice taught us to make a wonderful meal.  She also talked about making dinner time special by setting the table and making it look nice.  I was really inspired by her and decided to "put that into practice".  Joseph was running a little late so I went ahead and gave the kids their dinner and baths.  On the menu...chicken pie, green beans, rolls and a salad.  For desert we had peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.  I set the table, turned up the music, lighted a candle and waited on my love.  He was so surprised when he walked in the door and smelled dinner and saw the table.    

Joseph and I ate dinner and the kids had vanilla ice cream.  I wanted all of us to sit at the table together so I told the kids that they could have desert while mommy and daddy ate dinner.

When I picked the kids up from school I told them I had a special surprise for them.  Josiah was so excited and ready.  He kept asking for his "prise."

Waiting on their "surprise"

What's in the bag daddy??
(Disregard my "happy birthday" was the only thing I could find!)

What is it sissy??


Can we watch it???

Let the movie begin!

Unfortunately sissy didn't last too long.  She was exhausted, so we paused the movie, prayed, and tucked her in.  Little man made it almost to the end of the movie, but not quite...

My precious little man...he was so tired!

Okay so totally did not expect to cry during an animated movie.  I absolutely loved the movie and yes I balled at the end.  I kept picturing my little ones growing up and heading to college....ahhhh I need to stop don't want to start the waterworks again!!!!

It felt so good to prepare all of this for my family.  I loved every minute of it!  Everything seemed to go wrong at first, but I kept a positive attitude and didn't let the devil discourage me.  I have been praying and asking God to give me a serving spirit and to help me be the Godly wife and mother that He wants me to be.  I don't want this to be a "once every now and then moment".  I want to make dinner special every night and have my husband and children look forward to it.  I want them to remember our times at the dinner table for years to come!  You may think "they don't notice," or "seriously...every night...go out of MY way to plan a special dinner for my family."  Well let me tell you they DO notice and they DO remember it for years to come (just ask Janice!).  And the more I dig into God's Word, the more He clarifies that my role as a wife and mother is to care for the needs of my husband and children.  I am to be selfless and full of love for them.  My needs should come after theirs... and by doing this God will take care of my needs. 

I enjoyed serving my family and adding tonight to our "special memories bank."

Precious Moments

A couple of nights ago I caught this precious moment on camera...

I love this one!

Melts my heart...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

29 Weeks

So I have to admit my blog has been a little slow these last few days, but life has been a little crazy and this third trimester is kicking my booty.  I am constantly tired and uncomfortable.  It's so hard to get up in the morning and I am in the bed by 10 every night.  I think I would stay in the bed all day if I could.  It's ironic isn't it?  I started this pregnancy on bed rest and was ready to get out of the bed and off the couch.  Now I'm off bed rest and all I want to do is lay in the bed and rest ha!  

I had a doctor's appointment on Monday and would you believe....I am normal??!!  Glucose is normal, thyroid is normal, baby is measuring normal...I am NORMAL.  Woohoo!!!  Praise God for a Normal appointment! 

God is good all the time and all the time God is good!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

28 Weeks

How can the weeks go by so fast...yet still seem to drag??? Mackenzie is pretty much just "packing on the pounds" from here on out.  I was too lazy to take a picture this week because I am currently in sweatpants and a tank top... so not photo worthy ha!  Joseph and I are hoping to get started on Mackenzie's room in the next few days.  It's currently a room full of stuff that desperately needs to be cleaned out.  We have the crib, changing table and dresser, but no room to put them up!  

In other news...I haven't heard back from the doctor's office about my thyroid test and glucose screen.  As they say "no news is good news!"  I was so nervous about my glucose test, but praise God they have not called me.  


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pumpkin Pickin'

On Sunday we went to the pumpkin farm.  Our original plan was to go to Burts, but traffic was crazy so we decided to go to Uncle Shucks or is it Chucks?....hmmm....can't remember!  Anyways the kids had a really good time and aside from the crazy hot weather I think the adults did too.  Beth and I dressed our kids for a nice fall day and instead it was in the low 90's and it was HOT.  The kids loved the mini pumpkins and spent most of the time playing with them.  It was funny to see all of the families setting their kids up next to the pumpkins and trying to get the perfect fall picture.  Needless to say I don't think I got the perfect fall picture, but I think the ones I did get were pretty good.

I thought this one was funny because not one of them were looking at Beth and I

Ring Pops courtesy of daddy/Uncle Jojo

This is what we left with...
two mini pumpkins ... $1  
Ring Pops ... $10
Sprite ... $10
Some fun time with the family ... Priceless!

I told Josiah we could get a bigger pumpkin at Kroger or Food Lion ... they have them on sale for $3.99 haha!