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Friday, September 26, 2008


Week 14

Well week 14 is here and in full swing! I wish I could say I was feeling GREAT, unfortunately I'm not!

I seem to only "toss my cookies" on weekends. Unfortunately I'm always at someone house! Sorry Kelly and Michelle! On week days I have come to the conclusion if I eat I either get sick or will feel sick. The only thing that seem to not make me sick are Costco hot dogs, Taco Bell bean burritos, and beef stroganoff. Weird I know but that is how it is right now.

I want to eat everything but nothing sounds good.

I lost another pound this month! And got to hear the baby heartbeat on Wednesday. I recorded it for Carson and daddy to hear as well. So that is it. Pregnant and sick. What we go through for our kids huh!
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Thursday, September 25, 2008



So last night at soccer practice Carson and his team got to play their first "pretend" game. It was SO hilarious.

Carson got two tackles. Yes I am using the correct terminology. He TACKLED two kids. We had to have a talk that in soccer there is no pushing, tripping, pulling clothes, or tackling to get the ball.

Maybe we should have signed up for 4U tackle football?
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Boys and Peeing

So recently Carson has started an interesting bathroom technique, if you could call it that. I think it is a cause and effect experiment for his age. First of all around the end of August he has become the most MODEST child ever. He does not want anyone to see him change clothes. It is so funny.

That is another story though.

Anyways the new bathroom technique is peeing with the toilet seat down. Now he know he "drips" on the seat and has to clean it off but he recently wants to know what happens if he pees too close to the seat. Well, it goes through and guess what, he gets a lesson in cleaning the toilet and the bathroom floor!

Well the other night he got a new lesson. Sometimes when you are trying to pee between the toilet seat and the toilet you pee on yourself! I was SO funny. At first he did not realize he had done it until he pulled up his pants and there is was ALL over the front. I explained to him that is why boys lift ALL the toilet seats because they go to the bathroom.

He has not done it since!
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Monday, September 22, 2008


National Eat Together Week! September 22-26

So I have been hearing on the radio about National Eat Dinner Together Week. Well I Googled it and all the date I found are for LAST year. But we are around the right time so I am making next week my National Eat Together Week! September 22-26.

Would you like to take this challenge with me? Even if it is just you, or your and your significant other I challenge you to eat dinner at the table all next week. Let me know how many days you are able to achieve this! And if you are not together for dinner how about breakfast or lunch!

For more info check out
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Friday, September 19, 2008


September is National Baby Safety Month

Did you know that "drownings are the fourth leading cause of death of children under five years of age in the US and the leading cause of death in some states such as California, Florida, and Arizona." (from

September is National Baby Safety Month. Here are some great books out there to help you make sure your house is safe for your baby or maybe babies that visit your house often:

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Thursday, September 18, 2008


Week 13 Belly Shot

Well this is it the first official belly shot. And yes I started with some extra padding!
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I'm officially a SOCCER MOM!

On Tuesday Little Man started playing soccer for Metro Parks Tacoma. He had SUCH a blast and has a great coach and get to play with his friends. We started taking him to the YMCA on Monday but there was no real structure to the 25 minute class AND he really wanted to be on a team.

So I called my friend Kara and her kids were getting ready to start soccer for Metro Parks. She emailed the coach and go the okay to add Little Man to the team!

He had so much fun and can't wait to go back tonight!

Also posted new video of his first practice on You Tube!

I will let everyone know when we get his game schedule.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008


It got the coolest package!

I got the coolest package this last week! I got an offer to do a blog tour for EZ School Supplies from 24/7 MOMS and I accepted no really looking to see what EZ School Supplies is! But I got this HUGE package from Fed Ex! I opened it and much to my surprise was this GREAT box filled with ALL the school supplies my son would need to start school in this great box. It was WONDERFUL! I highly suggest you check it out if you have a child of school age. It is all your school supply shopping in one stop! If your school participates and submits to this company their supply lists you can actually look up the supply list and order it all at once. If your school enrolls in the program EZ School supplies will also donate 10% of the sales back to your school!

Check it out!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Little Man Sings the National Anthem

So I've done it, stepped into the world of YouTube. Here is Little Man singing the National Anthem. Sorry it's sideways can't figure out how to rotate. There are more videos at the bottom of my blog. Enjoy!

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Monday, September 15, 2008


Stop Feeding the Enemy!

Country Western singer Aaron Tippin released his new song "Drill Here Drill Now" in reference to the current oil crisis. We has not built new refineries in the United States since the 80's.

So why are we "Feeding the Enemy" by paying high prices for their oil? It's never to later to start! We need to start building refineries here in the United States! This will not only create jobs but also revenue which we need in this economic crisis!

Click here to listen to the full interview with Ichabod at KMPS.
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Sunday, September 14, 2008


Week 13

So we are now into week 13 of baby Ashlee. No we don't know if it is a girl but Little Man is convinced so that is what we are calling "it" for now, Ashlee!

Baby is about 3 inches long and has unique fingerprints! Not puking anymore, well at least for now. Still tired, LOVE to sleep.

This is the start of the second trimester. Having some problems with migraines but trying to get them under control. Last week I did not seem to want to eat meat at all, not I can eat all the steak I can get and some red meat. But still prefer small non-meat meals.

And yes I wake up at least once a night to pee! Sometimes MORE!
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Friday, September 12, 2008


Oops I forgot my child! Tales of Baby Brain...

Well it's not THAT bad!

On the way to work yesterday. I got to my freeway interchange to go to work and got off. What it that THING in my back seat? "Mommy are we going to daycare?" Oops I forgot to drop my child off at daycare~

That okay a couple weeks ago I was delivering some reports to a client and also going to hang a Public Notice sign on one of our sites. So being a mom and having to get everything down to my car, I get a box put the reports in it and the hammer to hang the sign.

I go and drop off the reports and then go to hang the sign. Where's the hammer? Oops delivered it to the other client!
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Thursday, September 11, 2008


In rememberance and thanks...

Today we remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001

And thank those who fight for our freedom everyday

We Thank you
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Little Man's First Day of Preschool

Yesterday was Little Man's first day of preschool! He had SO much fun. They made a calendar to work on pre-math skills. Each day he has preschool he has a star on that day. Each day he has chapel there is a bible. So he goes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00-11:30 then he goes to to daycare. He is VERY excited because now on preschool days he gets to go to Nana's in the morning since she works at the church that the preschool is at. Then I take a lunch to pick him up and drop him off at day care then back to work for me. Kind of a commute just for lunch but it is worth it!
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Monday, September 8, 2008

As we send our kids back to school this fall, we want to be sure that they are as well-taken care of as they are when they're at home. School lunches and on-the-go snacks are not notoriously healthy and to add to that, there is a growing awareness about the dangers of growth hormones and pesticides in the foods our kids consume. So with the flurry of activities starting with the new school year it can be tough as Moms to make the right food choices to ensure our families are getting the nutrients they need.

There are, however, products out there that make it a little easier for us to attack busy schedules and stay healthy. Horizon Organic is one of those brands we can trust-they provide essential nutrients without the dangers of antibiotics, pesticides, or growth hormones-making school lunches and after-school snacks something we can feel good about.

Horizon Organic's Flavored Single Serve Milk, comes fortified with Vitamins A and D, in fun flavors and travel-ready containers.

The greatest thing we have found about this product is that it is shelf stable, yes you heard it shelf stable. It tastes better when cold but we can keep it in the pantry until needed then we just put a couple in the fridge to cool them down!!

I hope you all enjoy this product as much as we have. You can also find these at Starbucks. That is where Little Man likes to get them from!
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Friday, September 5, 2008


Dry/Secondary Drowning

There are an interesting article that was email to me today about a dry drowning that happened in South Carolina. This first was a VERY alarming article to read since Little Man always jumps in the pool and occasionally chokes on some water. After reading this article I started doing some research on the topic of dry drowning and though I found out this article did not completely happen by dry drowning this is still an issue parents need to know about.

Here is the original news story.

Here is the scoop from Snopes:

So dry drowning is a real thing that could happen and is defined as "water or other foreign bodies are inhaled, laryngospasm occurs and the person's larynx spasms shut. As a result, the vacuum created by the diaphragm cannot be filled by the inrush of air into the lungs, and the vacuum persists. In an attempt to force air in through the spasmed larynx, the person may breathe deeper and with more effort, but this only increases the vacuum's force inside the chest. The obstruction to the inflow of oxygen causes hypoxia, and the obstruction to the outflow of carbon dioxide causes acidosis, both resulting in death." (wikipedia)

However a more common problem we should be keeping an eye out for which was the case with this boy is secondary drowning which is defined as "Secondary drowning is a condition where water, or other fluids, has entered the lungs but the person may be conscious and not fully aware of what has occurred. This also sometimes happens with a near drowning victim. That is, prior to being pulled out of the water they inhale fluid into their lungs.

The general warning signs for secondary drowning include: coughing; trouble breathing; pain in the lungs or chest especially when taking a deep breath; and a feeling of swallowing or inhaling water." (

According to a spokesman for American College of Emergency Physicians, "Johnny would have only had to inhale four ounces of water to drown, and even less to injure his lung enough to become a victim of secondary drowning."
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Thursday, September 4, 2008


Precious Girls Club Giveaway

Recent research shows that 78% of moms feel that the majority of dolls, games, shows and websites targeted at little girls are too sexy or inappropriate for their daughters. The majority of moms surveyed are also turned off by apparel and accessories that imitate adult clothing and popular culture, with 79% stating that they wouldn't buy such items for their kids. According to the survey*, 93% of moms wish there were more positive role models and play options for young girls today.

Precious Moments®, the gift company known for their inspirational figurines and products, is launching a new product line and an interactive virtual world website for girls 4-8 years old. This new concept is called the Precious Girls Club and is a virtual world that inspires, enriches and encourages that all too brief moment in a girl's life journey: being a precious little girl. The Precious Girls Club will feature wholesome age-appropriate characters. The website,, will launch on September 1st. Screenshots of the virtual world are included with this packet. Images of associated charms and charm bracelets are available upon request.

The virtual world website will offer games, quests, and virtual charms that reward good behavior in the virtual world, as well as in the external world. Parents will be able to go online and reward their girls with an online helpful charm, for example, when they have helped with household chores. These charms will unlock extra points online, thus providing a fun reward to reinforce positive offline behavior. The site will also provide tools to help girls form their own Precious Girls Clubs in the offline world. To visit the Precious Girls Club site, go to beginning September 1.

There is also a chapter book series that goes along with the Precious Girls Club featuring the wholesome, age-appropriate characters in a variety of scenarios. A sample of the book is included in this packet. The book will be available in select gift & specialty stores beginning September 1.

Precious Moments has also created a website designed to connect mothers of like-minded beliefs and morals. The website is live now at and features celebration planning tools, inspirational messages and advice from real world like-minded moms. Visitors to the site will be able to download invitations and recipes, send blessings to their loved ones and interact with mothers across the globe. Many well-known "mom bloggers" have teamed up with Precious Moments® to help mothers chronicle the precious moments in their own lives. These contributors are the authorities on subjects from expanding children's dietary horizons to keeping a positive outlook while juggling work and family. *According to research conducted by BSM Media, a marketing firm in Ft. Lauderdale that specializes in marketing to moms, in May 2008.

I am giving away 5 Precious Girls Club Paks. Each pak includes a book and a scratch card.

To enter go to and post a comment about your favorite thing about the site.

Entries will be accepted through September 21, 2008 and I'll pick the winner using US readers are only eligible. Make sure you leave an email address in your comment or that you have one accessible on your blog so you can be contacted if you win! I will also list the winner on PRIZEYwinners so if you are a subscriber to PRIZEYwinners you do not need to leave your e-mail address.

To get extra credit
- Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry! One extra credit per person.
Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008


The Circus!

Nothing quite compares to the experience of the circus: the anticipation followed by the sheer excitement of the lights coming up, the performers riding in on elephants, the colorful clowns, and the acrobats flying through the air. Many of us remember the magic of the circus from our own childhoods-one of the rare things that we can now pass down to our children as well. The circus has had such an influence on us as Moms, in fact, that in a recent Mom Central survey, 88% of Moms regard it as a "not to be missed" childhood experience.

Attending a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus provides more than just a night out. It creates a memory that lasts a lifetime and a tradition that can be carried on from year to year and generation to generation. As one mom said, the circus is "worth every smile and mesmerized stare." From the laughs that come at the clowns' expense, the gasps of delight at seeing a motorcycle making its way across the high wire, and the huge grins that come from seeing elephants and tigers up close, the circus truly feels synonymous with childhood.

You can get 20% off tickets by using this code: MCC.

The code is valid for the circus shows in the following cities:

Indianapolis, IN - Sept. 4-7, 2008

Kansas City, MO - Sept. 10-14, 2008

Grand Rapids, MI - Sept. 18-21, 2008

Denver, CO - Oct. 2-13, 2008
Boston, MA – Oct. 8-13, 2008

Cleveland, OH - Oct. 24 - Nov. 2

Chicago, IL - Nov. 6 - 30, 2008

St. Louis, MO - Nov. 6-9, 2008

Auburn Hills, MI - Nov. 12 - 16, 2008

Highland Heights, KY - Feb 27 - Mar. 1, 2009

Cincinnati, OH - Mar. 4 - 8, 2008

For more info go to

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Monday, September 1, 2008


Teaching Resposibility to your children!

Raising kids today comes with a unique set of challenges. As parents, we try to instill important values and messages in our children -- often, a counterbalance to what they see and hear when we're not around. This is especially challenging when we try to define qualities such as personal responsibility, but when you see it, you know it.

Liberty Mutual has stepped up to this challenge by creating The Responsibility Project - a resource that can help parents talk with their kids about personal responsibility in a meaningful way. You may remember Liberty Mutual's recent commercials based on the concept of "pay-it-forward" - someone who sees another person participating in an act of kindness and is inspired to do the same for a stranger. Liberty Mutual received an overwhelming reaction from viewers moved by this simple idea, and in response created an entire website devoted to the idea of defining and discussing this elusive but important quality. The site includes resources such as short films, discussion guides, and a blog to help families teach and talk about personal responsibility.

Some of my favorite short films:

The Lighthouse: In this animated short, a community comes together to help an elderly lighthouse keeper when he accidentally shatters the beacon as a ship approaches land. This film is appropriate for kids as young as age 4.

The New Boy: A tough move to a new country gets a little easier when boys who start out as enemies come together over a shared moment of laughter. Elementary-aged kids will especially appreciate this short film.

You can also check out the Mom Central website for more information

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