Saturday, July 28, 2007

Birth Announcement

We are pleased to announce the birth of our latest addition:


NATHANAEL ALAN
Born: July 25, 2007 10:11pm
Weighed: 9lbs 10oz
22" long

Mommy and baby are doing fine. Will update soon.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A little bit of this

I went out this morning and picked another couple dozen of Japanese Beetles off my plants this morning. I havent set up a trap because I think that would just attract more beetles. I probably should try spraying them with soapy water though. We missed picking a couple of our "pickle" size cucumber and they grew huge, they tasted really good as cucumbers too! I will have my first salad cucumber ready to pick in a couple of days. I have lots of tomatoes, but I dont know why they are so slow in turning red! Corn is growing high, but no cobs yet....I am really hoping that the destruction my chickens did to my garden back in June hasnt set it back THAT much, but we are enjoying it anyway.

We have hit the 250 mark on our summer reading program. I hope to reach 300 mark before the baby is born (and the cut off date of August 4) so I better get crackin. We have read some old favorites such as Henry & Mudge, George and Martha, Frog & Toad, Curious George, "Where's My Teddy?" and "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" as well as discovered some new favorites such as "Aunt Eater's Mysteries", Lynley Dobb books "Slinky Malinki" and "Hairy Maclary" and books by Marguerite Angeli....they really loved "Yonie Wondernose" I think I have read more books to them this summer than I have in the entire school year last year.

Well I still have some cleaning to do before this baby is born and my mom comes. My boys room looks like a war zone, I am seriously thinking of decorating it in camouflage (Walmart has a cute bedroom set, not that we are going to get it right now), some walls and doors to wipe and toilets to clean!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Lemonade

One thing that we have been enjoying this summer is freshly squeezed lemonade (I love the Pampered Chef Citrus Press). Here is what I do:

1/2 gallon of filtered or spring water
2 -3 lemons
2-3 dropperfuls of stevia OR 1/2 - 3/4 cup of maple syrup

Squeeze juice from lemons into 1/2 gallon of water ( I have a mason jar that I use for this)
Add stevia or maple syrup. Stir well. Chill or add ice cubes. Serve.

Sunday

I told my husband that if I am still pregnant next Sunday I am not going to church! I think one of the worst questions you can ask a pregnant woman (who is close to her time). "Are you still here?" I have sarcastic tendancies, so I will say, "No I took a trip to the moon". I know it is not loving of me, but its hard to be loving, when you are ready to give birth and are cranky because you havent. I know that is still not a good excuse, but I am being truthful.

My friend who used to live in town and moved to NY 3 years ago, came back for a visit this weekend. We met her after church at a really fun playground/park for lunch. She had some other friends meeting her there too. It was nice to see her, but a little awkward since I only knew one of her friends. My husband really felt out of place. I think I would have just rather have her come for dinner and had some one on one time with her family. Maybe next time I will suggest it.

I went to Walmart last night. I really don't like to shop on Sundays, but I needed to get out of the house and walk, but don't like to walk by myself in my neighborhood (after dark). So I got some Lime Away cleaner for my upstairs toilets which desperately need it and some crayons, markers and colored pencils that they didn't have in stock when I did my back to school shopping. I also picked up another package of cloth diapers to make sure I have enough when the baby arrives, I also picked up a grooming set: hairbrush and comb, nail cutting kit.

I have been feeling really discouraged lately. I really want to have this baby at home, but I am unsure if it is God's will. If I do have it at home I will be on my own, unless God brings a midwife or doula into my life at the last minute. My other two options: the hospital with the backup doctor from my previous midwife or go to my friend's house in VA and her midwife is willing to give me a try. While the latter is the more appealing of the two options, I really dont want to go anywhere. I sometimes wonder how much of this desire is just stubborness or is it of God. When I think of having the baby at home I feel peace, but still have my questions of "what if something goes wrong?". When I think of going to VA, I feel nervous. When I think of going to the hospital, I feel like kicking and screaming. I know I shouldn't act on my feelings, but sometimes it was hard to differentiate between what are my feelings and what is God given instinct!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Kittens Again!

My cat was starting to get fat...I figured it was a change in her food that was causing it.....until a couple of weeks ago and then I knew, but was trying to deny.....until last week when the girls started commenting on the fact that Marble that cat looked like she was going to have kittens. They already knew what a queen cat looked like from her previous pregnancy.

Yesterday we were discussing it at lunch and my husband was wondering if perhaps it wasnt kittens but cancer...the girls of course didnt like this idea. Well when my husband came home last night, I was able to call him into the living room and tell him that cat did not have cancer...for there was one little kitten....a couple of hours later she gave birth to two more. So we now have three kittens (again....she gave birth to four last time but one was a still birth).

We were going to get her fixed but the timing and stuff just wasnt right. I didnt even think she had much opportunity to get pregnant, but I guess she had enough!

I will post a picture when I get my film developed....also has my girls baptism on it!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Felicity, An American Girl Movie

Tonight I watched "Felicity, An American Girl" movie with my four children. My oldest daughter had read all the Felicity books this summer and I told her we could rent the video when she was done. I was actually very pleased with the movie because I had my misgiving about it and the books because of the one "Meet Felicity" book I read that had a situation where "the ends justified the means". We discussed the problem that I had with the book, which was also in the movie. (I try to point those things out in books and movies not so much to lecture my daughter - sometimes I dont say anything during the movie or book, but discuss it at the end) because it makes my daughter aware of it. I have noticed that because of this that instead of blindly accepting this type of behavior, she will point it out to me in other things.

This is the first time I ever had my daughter (now 9) read a book before watching a movie and I wanted to see how she enjoyed it. I could see her going through the frustration of that wasn't the way it was in the book or they left out my favorite part, but in spite of it, she still enjoyed the movie.

I really enjoyed the movie because it showed Felicity going from a strong headed child to becoming an obedient, responsible young lady. I don't just look for bad language or immodesty in movies, but I look for attitudes, respect and obedience (from the children, especially if they are the main characters). While this wasnt 100% perfect (I havent found a movie yet that is), I do highly recommend it.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Tomato Basil Squares

I first had this recipe when I went to a Pampered Chef party a couple of years ago. They were so good that I had them when I held my own PC party. My neighbor gave me some of his delicious tomatoes yesterday and I have some fresh basil growing in my garden that I decided to make them for supper tonight. It calls for refrigerated pizza dough, but I dont keep any of that on hand so will make my own dough from some wheat that I ground fresh this morning. I am salivating already. Anyway, I thought I would share the recipe....except for the part of having to turn on the oven in the middle of summer, it is a great recipe using fresh ingredients.... now I guess I will have to learn to make my own mozerella. (I will probably use more than one clove of garlic too!)

Tomato Basil Squares

From the Pampered Chef All the Best from Our Kitchen to Your

Prep time: 30 minutes Bake Time 15-20 minutes

1 pkg (10 oz) refrigerated pizza crust (or French)

2 cups (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese

¼ cup (1 oz) grated fresh parmesan cheese

2/3 cup mayonnaise

2 Tbsp snipped fresh basil leaves

1 garlic clove

4 plum tomatoes

1. preheat oven to 375. Using lightly floured Baker’s Roller, roll pizza crust to within 1 inch of edge of Rectangle Stone. Sprinkle curst with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese; set aside.

2. Using Deluxe Cheese Grater, grate Parmesan cheese into Small Batter Bowl.

Add remaining mozzarella, mayonnaise, basil and garlic pressed with Garlic

Press; mix well.

3. Using Ultimate Slice & Gate fitted with v-shaped blade, slide tomatoes; arrange evenly over curst. Using medium Scoop, scoop cheese mixture evenly over tomatoes;

spread evenly.

4. Bake 15-20 minutes or until curst in golden brown. Cut into squares; serve warm.

Yield: 20 servings

Calories 10; Total fat 9g; Saturated fat 2.5 g; Cholesterol 15 mg; Carbohydrate 8g;

Protein 4g; Sodium 210mg; Fiber 0g.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Malpresentation Pregnancy Poll

I havent found any information in my research of malpresentation (when the baby is not vertical and head down after 37 weeks) with variables that I am looking for. So I thought I would conduct a poll and hoped some ladies would like to input. Here are my questions:

What Position was your baby in:

1) Breech (vertical w/ head up)
2) Transverse (sideways)
3) Oblique (diagonal)
4) Unstable lie (kept changing positions)

Did your baby change positions before you went into labour?

1) Yes
2) No

Did you end up delivering vaginally or c-section?

1) Vaginally
2) C-Section

How far along were you when the baby turned:

1) 38 weeks
2) 39 weeks
3) 40 weeks
4) 41 weeks
5) 42 weeks

How soon after you baby turned did you go into labour?

1) baby turned during labour
2) within hours
3) within 1 day
4) within 2-5 days...please not how many
5) within a week
6) more than a week later

Did you try to get the baby to turn?

1) yes
2) no

If you tried some stuff what did you try, and how often?





Was this your first pregnancy?

1) yes
2) no

If this was not your first pregnancy, had any of your previous pregnancies ended in a c-section

1) yes
2) no

How active were you during your pregnancy

1) very active
2) pretty active
3) somewhat active
4) a little active
5) I was a slug

When you were sitting, did you usually sit:

1) upright
2) slouched back
3) leaned forward

Thanks so much for any input!

You can either leave your results in the comments or email me!

Phew! Library Times

I signed my daughter up for a "Science in the Summer" program that was being held at our local library. Today was the last day, thankfully. She really enjoyed the class, the reason I say "Phew!" was that it was from 3-4 in the afternoon, part of our normal quiet time at home. So for 3 days in a row, I had to wake up my 4yo from his nap (if he is woken up he is grumpy, he wakes up better on his own). Not a pleasant picture before we leave for the library.... then we walked the 2 1/2 blocks to the library. Normally a nice little walk, but Monday and Tuesday were the two hottest days of the year so far this summer at 97 degrees both days, yesterday it was raining on our way there (thankfully not heavily) and muggy on the way home. Today was a nice day, but my 4yo was at his grumpiest. So thankfully that is over and my daughter enjoyed her class. We are almost up to 200 books for our summer reading program and there are 3 weeks still remaining. We have gathered all the prizes you get except the grand prize which is announced at the wrap up party on August 8......which we might not make depending on when the baby is born.

Monday, July 09, 2007

F A M I L Y

I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
"Oh excuse me please" was my reply.


He said, "Please excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you."


We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said goodbye.


But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.


Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.


When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
"Move out of the way," I said with a frown.


He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.


While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,


"While dealing with a stranger,
common courtesy you use,
but the family you love, you seem to abuse.


Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.


Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.


He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes."


By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.


I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
"Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.


"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"
He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.


I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."


I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."
He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay.
I love you anyway."


I said, "Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."


FAMILY
Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company
that we are working for could easily replace us in
a matter of days.
But the family we left behind will feel the loss
for the rest of their l ives.


And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more
into work than into our own family,
an unwise investment indeed,
don't you think?
So what is behind the story?


Do you know what the word FAMILY means?
FAMILY = (F)ATHER (A)ND (M)OTHER (I) (L)OVE (Y)OU

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Friday, July 06, 2007

Pregnancy Update

Well the results from my ultrasound are back and it doesn't look good. The baby's head was down, but not engage and its body was between being on a diagonal and transverse. The midwife is ready to transfer me over to one of her backup doctors and they want to do a c-section due to the risk of a prolapsed cord. My husband and I are praying to find out God's will in how we proceed with the pregnancy, please join us in this prayer. We are running short on time. What we are hoping for is that the baby's head will become engaged within the next few days so we can avoid all this and proceed with our "home" birth, as much as I hate the idea of having another hospital birth and c-section, I pray above all that God's will will be done and that we will not do anything that will harm the baby.

Thanks for your prayers.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Our Fourth of July Celebration.

We had a great celebration yesterday. We started the morning by making some blueberry scones from our fresh blueberries. We then walked down a friends house (about a 1/2 mile from us) who lives right on the main street where the parade passes by. She has a nice porch you can sit on or sit by the curb, she also a breakfast spread set up so we can eat and watch the parade. I added the scones to the table and gave her some fresh eggs from our chickens.

After the parade we went home and I made two pies: cherry & blueberry from the fresh cherries and blueberries we had picked that Sunday.

After naptime we headed to our friends house for dinner. She had grilled chicken and hot dogs. They were really good. It started raining right before we were ready to go to the park for the fireworks and other stuff, but we just grabbed umbrellas and went anyway. The kids had a fun time walking around and I bought some cotton candy for my children to taste and share. Since we still had some time before the actual firework display we decided to go back home (our friends house) and dry off.

When it came time for the fireworks it had stopped raining and did not start until they were almost over.

We all had a good time.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Potato Salad

Summer, and especially the day we celebrate our country's independence is a time of picnics and getting together with friends. We are going to have dinner at good friends of our tomorrow and I was asked to bring a side dish (and a dessert). I decided to bring a potato salad, at the suggestion of my friend. I have'nt made potato salad in ages, but remembered my mom used the one on the Hellman's jar and made a couple of alterations. Well, I fetched the jar of Hellman's out of the fridge (which was a miracle that I had since, I use Aldi's brand...which tastes like Hellmans). Well lo and behold there was no potato salad recipe. So I googled for it. Here is it is with a couple of my mother's alterations:

Hellman’s Potato Salad

5-6 meduim sized potatoes cubed

1/2 cup onion chopped

1 cup celery chopped

1 cup Hellman’s Mayo

2 T. White vinegar or pickle juice**

1 1/2 t. Salt

1 t. Sugar

1/4 t. ground black pepper

1 TBSP of yellow mustard**

**Mother's alterations

Boil the potatoes and drain. Mix all the spices, Mayo, Vinegar, and combine with the warm drained potatoes and the onions, and celery. Top with the hard boiled eggs. and put in the fridge. Chill well before eating for best flavor.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Blueberry Pie

Since we went blueberry picking, I decided I want to make a blueberry pie from scratch. Here is a recipe that looks absolutely yummy!



Blueberry Lattice Pie

Peeking through an easy-to-make lattice crust, glistening blueberries invite pie fanciers to take a bite.

2 (9-inch) frozen pie shells, thawed to room temperature
3 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
2-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 egg yolk

In a medium-sized saucepan, combine 1 cup of the blueberries, the sugar, cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until mixture thickens and is clear. Stir in butter; cool for 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 2 cups blueberries and the peel; cool. Preheat oven to 400*. Pour cooled filling into one pie shell. Lay the remaining pie shell on a waxed paper; cut seven 3/4-inch wide strips; arrange in a criss-cross pattern on top of blueberries, pressing ends into the edges of the bottom crust. Combine egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water. Brush top crust with egg mixture. Place pie on a cookie sheet. Bake in the bottom third of the oven until crust is golden and filling gently bubbles, about 30 minutes. Cool on a rack; serve warm.

Updates

Well it has been a week since I last blogged. We have been pretty busy. I had a midwife appointement last monday and the baby's was transverse. I had a week for it to change position, went in today and she thinks it is head down, but cant be sure.....so tomorrow I go for an ultrasound to double check.....if it is not in position, I will be transferred to a doctor who will try and turn it, but then I become his patient. This biggest problem with this is that we dont have insurance and even if we did (we priced last year) there would be at least a $5,000 - $15,000 deductible. So please pray the baby will be (or stay if already) in position and that I can have a natural delivery.

My garden is doing great. We have lots of baby tomatoes and baby pickles with lots more flowers on them.. My flax & dill have finally poked through and my basil and rosemary are really taking off. My daughters watermelon is growing all over the place and I saw the first bud on it, I hope it will be ready before the cold gets here. Oh and my green beans, peppers, cantelope, corn and cucumbers are looking in great shape also.

Yesterday we went sour cherry & blueberry picking. We got several pints of both. I made four quarts of sour cherry pie filling and hope to use the other two quarts for making some jam. Last night I made fresh blueberry pancakes for supper, and bagged at least a gallon freezer bag. I still have about 3 quarts of blueberries and want to freeze some more and make a quart of blueberry pie filling (or maybe I will just make a fresh blueberry pie). YUM. I would really like to get our own blueberry, blackberry, and red raspberry bushes, but not sure we will have room enough in our yard for them. I also wouldnt mind having our own Cherry tree either, but not sure where we would put that either. All our chicken have been laying everyday also, so we have lots of eggs. I want to give more away, but am currently out of egg cartons. God is truly blessing us this summer and hopefully we will continue to have a bountiful harvest.


I have been busy cleaning this past weekend (except yesterday), I dont know if it is nesting instinct or just spring cleaning finally kicking in...or perhaps it could have to do with the fact that my mother will be coming to visit in a month after the baby is born, but I have been trying to catch up on the detail cleaning and still have a ways to go.


I accidentally washed dh's cell phone (oops), so we currently only have one working phone right now (we dont have a landline) so hopefully he can get a new one today.

Please pray for this upcoming birth that Lord Willing it will be natural and a healthy baby and that I will have peace.


Kay