Life Update

So, in usual Jaclyn fashion, it’s been a while. Five months to be exact.

Today is the last day of vacation, so I better update while I can. I have a whole new respect for bloggers who find a way to keep up with regular posts. I don’t know how you do it. I have no time between work, wife and mommy duties. Then on days off, I have no desire to do anything, but nothing. Ya know?!

So… Let’s start with our Summer Bucket List. Things we did that I never got around to posting about.

  • Went out for ice cream.
  • Draw with chalk.
  • Read a book together. (The Lightening Thief)
  • Make smores.
  • Watch the sunset on the beach.
  • Eat at a restaurant that we have not tried. (Mugshots)
  • Go bowling.
  • Watch fireworks.
  • Learn some origami. (Jonathan made a dragon, I made a dinosaur, Joseph and Amaya made a fox, Tressa made a heart)
  • Go rock climbing at the mall. (The kiddos loved this. The girls did okay. They were pretty hesitant at first. They really freaked when it was time to let go and slide down. Quite humorous really. :P)
  • Go bungee jumping at the mall. (Amaya was scared to death! She was so ready to be off and go rock climbing.)
  • Play board games.
  • Make a collage. (This is the one thing on our bucket list that Jonathan was dreading, but I’m pretty sure he was the most excited and dedicated once we started our collages. They came out really cute. Joseph really didn’t care for this one so much. He just started cutting out random pictures and gluing them down as quickly as he could so that he could do something else.)

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We knocked off quite a bit of our list. Hope to do the same again this coming summer. It was a lot of fun.

Let’s see… What else…

Joseph placed 8th of 30 in the 3rd-6th grade spelling bee. He is doing better in school. Grades are good. Although, he managed to get two C’s this semester because “She’s lying Mom! I know I turned it in!” *eye roll* Amaya and Tressa both made A honor roll. They love having class together. Amaya had a scare with a medication that caused her to have a seizure (was a listed, rare side effect), but medication has been switched and she’s doing great. The girls were both diagnosed with Molluscum contagiosum in October (I think). So far only they have it. Theirs is very mild, and hopefully we can keep it that way. We’ve taken all precautions to keeping anyone else from getting it. It’s just really annoying because they can take 6-12 months to go away and possibly longer if they scratch and spread them, etc. Really, really frustrating!

Ummm…

Silas sure has grown! He is going to be ONE! NEXT FREAKING MONTH GUYS!

He has learned to clap, give kisses, tell us no, he can sign milk, he learned toΒ  crawl (Can’t remember if he was crawling since the last update I gave) cruise, and then began walking at 10 months. He is very independent. He has no problem playing with his toys alone. He can drink from a straw. He’s recently done some fake crying to get attention. It’s hilarious! He weighs about 22lbs. (Just a guess. Forgot to weigh him this month) and I’m not even going to guess on his height. I have no clue. πŸ˜› He wears 12-18month clothes and is still cloth diapered! He is still breastfeeding like a champ. He naps twice a day and sleeps from 9:30ish to 5 or 6AM.

Loves:

  • To feed himself.
  • Bath time. He’s a big water baby! Loves the water running down his face, splashing, all of it.
  • Playing with his brother and sisters. They play this game they made up where Silas is a zombie and his eyes shoot out lasers. They go around the kitchen and living room with their empty water guns and try to avoid being seen by his laser eyes. If Silas see’s them, they are killed by his laser beams and have to wait to be tagged by one of the others to ‘respawn’. They crack me up! Silas loves it.
  • Going into his sisters’ room when he thinks no one is looking (He’s not allowed in there. It’s never clean and there are Lego’s ev.ery.where!)
  • Playing in the toilet.
  • Being outside.
  • Going to Nana’s house.
  • Story time.
  • Helping with laundry. Watching the washer or dryer run.
  • Fringe (the tv show) intro music. He had fallen asleep on the couch when Jonathan and I had decided to watch an episode on Netflix. The intro music started to play and Silas woke up and stared at the tv until it the music stopped, rolled over and went back to sleep. Cutest ever! He will literally stop whatever it is he is doing and run to the tv any time he hears it start to play.

Hates:

  • The vacuum! He fuh-reaks!
  • Juice. I wouldn’t necessarily say he hates it, but he definitely does not care for it.
  • Being told “No” or being taken away from something he should not be getting into.
  • Diaper changes.

It’s amazing how much they learn and change in the first few years. It’s so different for Jonathan and I having another child. I don’t for one second regret ever having our first three children as young as we did, but I’m glad we waited with Silas. Our parenting methods are so different than what they were. We are a lot more understanding and laid back than we were before. With Silas, I’m really just enjoying his babyhood and soaking it all in. It goes far too quickly.

I don’t have very many pictures on my computer of the kiddos. Most of them are on my instagram, facebook or just in my phone. So this is all you get here for now. Lucky you though, I don’t think that I have shared these anywhere else yet. πŸ˜›

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2013 was a fun filled and exciting year that went by far too quickly. This year there are going to be some more new and exciting things going on for us (I’ll elaborate more on that at a later date.) I’m nervous, but ready for whatever life shall throw at us.

Until next time,

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Hello Again!

It has been three and a half months since Silas was born and probably even longer since my last post.

Over the next few days I’ll be posting blogs and videos of the little ones. So keep a look out! πŸ™‚

 

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Finally!

WE ARE EXPECTING!!!! Estimated due date: February 20, 2013

I have already written a four week post and will try to have that up tonight or for sure tomorrow. And will begin my five week post then. Can’t wait for you to join us in this journey.

Watch our live pregnancy test video (in HD)! πŸ™‚

What They Wish To Do

The kiddos are on spring break until the 9th. I asked them to write the things that they would like to do while on the break so that we were not watching tv all day, every day. This is what they came up with.

Joseph

  • Have a sleepover.
  • Play Clue.
  • Play the Xbox.
  • Play the Wii.
  • Go to Kangarooz.
  • Play Yahtzee.
  • Go to the park.
  • Play on the computer.
  • Play on the iPod.
  • Play on your phone.
  • Play Candy Land.
  • Play kickball.

Amaya

  • Play pin the tail on the donkey.
  • Have a pretend sleepover.
  • Play ring around the rosy at the beach.
  • Get a baby.
  • Go to the park.
  • Have a tea party at the beach.
  • Celebrate Joseph’s birthday.

Tressa

  • Pin the tail on the donkey.
  • Have a pretend sleepover.
  • Have a great big party.
  • Hang out with just the girls.
  • Go to Nana and Papa’s.
  • Build a fort and have a club.
  • Have a dance party.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Play outside.

So we’ve got lots to do!

We have already done a few things and they have had a day at the park with just daddy and they loved it! I’m pretty sure they’re getting sick and tired of each other already. They have fought nonstop for the last two days. Every day somebody is the meanest brother or sister ever and they will not be friends with each other anymore. Five minutes later, they never ever said that. Lol There have been a lot of time outs and talks about what is nice and good behavior and explaining that just because it’s spring break doesn’t mean your teeth do not have to be brushed and chores don’t have to be done. They aren’t too fond of those rules!

Side story!

Yesterday Amaya walked into the bathroom while I was taking my OPK and asked what I was doing and what I was dipping my “stick” into. I told her that I was dipping it into my pee and she got all kinds of grossed out. Lol THEN came the questions… How did you get your pee in the cup? Does it smell like pee even if it’s not in the toilet? Why do you dip the stick in? What are those lines? It was too funny. I then told her I was testing to see when my egg would be ready for baby making and she lit up! She said, “Oh cool! I hope we get a baby tomorrow because I can mark that off my list! Yay!”

These children are too much!

Happy spring break everyone! Wish us luck in keeping sane until Tuesday when the kiddos are back in school and of course good luck for our TTCing!

Change of Plans

So… originally Jonathan and I were going to avoid having a December/January baby. Those plans have changed.

On CD 10 I took a OPK (ovulation predictor kit) and there was a line, although, very faint. This is not a positive result like it is with pregnancy tests. The line must be as dark or darker than the control line. Seeing this line had me wishing it were a BFP on a pregnancy test. I was slightly upset, but I went about my business.

The next day Jonathan was showing me a picture of a cute ass baby. He said, “Look how cute this picture is.” I melted! And lately while he’s been playing Battlefield 3 with his friend, he’ll pull off his headphones and tell me to listen because he can hear their child playing or yelling or just babbling in the background and he lights up and tells me how cute it is hearing him while they play. (I’m probably going to be in trouble with him now for telling everyone what a softy he really is. :P)

I brought it up with Jonathan and proposed the idea of not taking our TTC break. He was all for it. Of course, there is some crap we don’t like about the idea of a December baby, but we can get over that. He said, “If we want a baby so badly, why does it matter when we get that baby?” and before, hearing that from somebody else when discussing our plans, it would get on my nerves. With him saying it, it made perfect sense. He just has a way with me. πŸ˜› And who knows, we may not even get pregnant this cycle. But we can’t say we didn’t try. Right?

On CD 10-12 the lines are there, just very faint. On my phone I can see them better, but on the computer the light seems so bright on them. Today I am on CD 13. And I’m pretty sure I got a positive ovulation result! What do you think?

School, TTC And Random Updates

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve really said anything about school on here, so I’ll start with that.

My last day of class is officially March 24th! Can you believe it?!

About two weeks ago I started testing out of school. This entails passing a written mock State Board exam at least twice with an 85 or higher as well as practicing your practical procedures and job searching, etc.

I have taken three tests. The first time I just KNEW I was going to pass this test with an 85, no problem. I made a freaking 74! I was so mad! And, of course, they were all stupid mistakes. This Tuesday I took another test. This test was very similar to the first test. And again, I thought I did fantastically. I made a 73! By this point, I’m irritated as hell. At least I know I shouldn’t have any issues at Board. A grade of 70 or higher is considered passing at Board. The school requires we pass two tests with an 85 or higher to make sure that we’ll unlikely have any issues passing the real deal.

Last night, I braved it and took another test. This one I just knew I was going to fail. I was feeling good about making a 60 on this one. It was that bad. And it sure didn’t help when your answers look something like, CCCCCBADDDBACCCBBBAAAAAADDA. I thought, surely I’m fucking something up. There were way too many ABCD’s in a row. I reluctantly handed her my test…. She graded it and I fucking passed! I BARELY passed. I made an 86! I was so shocked and so relieved! So, one test passed and one more to go! (Cross your fingers for me!)

I have gotten the majority of my kit together for board already. Buying everything that I needed was making this process that much more real. I’m stressed, anxious, excited, scared… A million things. I’ve yet to really start looking for a job. I got the list of salon’s hiring from my instructor, but I’ve only looked at it. This is just all so crazy!

Next week, my brother and sister-in-law, along with our nephews will be here from Texas for their spring break! We’re so excited. The kids have counted down the days on the calendar with so much excitement. They’re a little bummed that they will be in school while they’re down, but I told them I’d let them play hooky one day that week. Shhh!

Joseph is having district testing this week. He’s already had three tests. He’s scored really fantastically on all of them. He’s so proud of himself! Speaking of Joseph. His birthday is just a month away. That month is going to go quickly. *Note to self: Start planning birthday!*

Our search for another place is not going so well. We have less than a month to sign or end our lease and I’d really like for the latter, but the way things are looking we may just have to begin another one year lease here. My biggest reasoning in finding another place was space. Needing and wanting more room for all the shit we don’t have room for now, and extra space for the addition of another baby.

Speaking of baby. We are on our third cycle trying. I am on CD 12. I have not yet ovulated. We’re hoping that this is our cycle! If not, we’re totally okay with that and will try again in May.

I have just started watching Army Wives. O…M…G! I am addicted to this damn show! I never watched it before because I figured it would be some stupid Lifetime channel quality show and acting. My sister Tiffany insisted that it was such a good show, so I took the plunge and added it to our Netflix queue. It has been there since we first got Netflix. I have been so bored out of my mind lately that I just decided to rot my brain at the TV and watch Netflix all day. I clicked on Army Wives and did not want to stop watching. It took every bit of strength in me to get up from the couch and brush my damn teeth. It sucked me in like nobody’s business. I’m pretty sure I’ve called Tiffany after every episode to talk about it. Lol

The kids have been dying to see Nana and Papa, but every one of us has had a terrible cold and cough. So we’ve not seen them in two or three weeks. For us… That’s a long time. We’re usually there every weekend. Lol We’ve been pumped with Dayquil and Ricola for all that time. Jonathan still has a minor cough, but otherwise everyone is back to being healthy. So we’ll see you this weekend Nana and Papa! πŸ™‚

I’ve been back to recording our little family, so I’ll have some video to upload. I probably will not upload for about two weeks since family will be here next week.

Okay… I’ve rambled a lot. I’ll have more updates soon. Muah!

Drill or Stupid School?

Joseph came home from school Thursday saying they had a lock down. They were at recess and another teacher ran outside to tell the teachers who were out there that they needed to get all the children inside.

I asked him if it was a drill. He said it wasn’t a drill because they had police there and everything. Then his teacher told them that they had to stay quiet and calm because there was somebody in the school that was not supposed to be there.

WHY THE (insert expletive) WAS I NOT INFORMED OF THIS FROM THE SCHOOL?!?! No letter, no phone call, nothing! They sure are quick to send out their automated phone calls to all the parents about the last day to send phone books or fundraising money. This really pisses me off!

So it may not have been an armed man or woman and could have just been a parent trying to see their child that is restricted to those rights or even someone who just forgot to sign in. I don’t know. That’s what bothers me. There is not a lot I could have done by knowing that there was a lock down because I’m sure they wouldn’t allow anyone into the building to get their children, but that is beside the point. We should have been informed!!!!! GRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!

How would you handle this situation??