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top of the list of things i REALLY DON’T LIKE

1. the dentist.

I had to go to the dentist today. Ugh. Just walking in that place makes my head hurt, mostly because that’s when I start clenching my teeth.

It’s mostly¬†the sounds that get to me. When I’m working, I don’t like to be in the same room as the dental machine – I’ll pull teeth, but that tartar scraper thing gives me the heebie-jeebies.

The hygienist remarked several times about the death grip I had on the sides of the chair. I personally think the tears silently running down my cheeks should have been her first clue that I was not enjoying my cleaning.

Anyway, it was a fab way to start off the week ūüôā

Thankfully I have only a small cavity – actually one that I’ve had filled before but not correctly.

So I get to go back in 2 weeks.

The scheduler apologized for not being able to fit me in this week.


But friends, it could be soooo much worse.

Have I ever told y’all about the summer before we moved to England?

You have to have medical and dental clearances for the military to let you move overseas.

My lovely dentist refused to sign my clearance…until I had about 52 cavities filled, 2 root canals, and had signed over our life savings to her retirement account.

It was not a fun summer for my poor teeth.

But I learned my lesson – no more mountain dew, coke, or sweet tea (except on very special occasions). That stuff really will rot your teeth out!

Especially if you drink 64 ounces of it daily.



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…i’ve been taking a little break from the old blog.

You know how it goes – you don’t write for a few days, then a few days more, and suddenly you’ve lost the habit.

And of course we’re always busy busy busy here, so it becomes really easy to not write.

And suddenly, I have friends who tell me that its been over a month since I’ve written anything!

Well, that it unacceptable I say!

And now that school has started and we’re on the Man’s schedule (as in “damn the Man”), I should be able to pencil in some blog time, right?

Right – o!

{I think this might be the only picture I have from this summer of all four boys together. Boo!}

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i may have a sickness

…that compells me to rearrange furniture.

Mike’s been working late lately so I’ve been moving some stuff around, as I am wont to do. Currently I’m in the process of moving the big boys back downstairs to the little boys’ old room, the little boys out of the green room to the office, the office to the guest room upstairs, the guest room to the master bedroom, the master bedroom to the playroom upstairs, and the playroom to the green room.

Ok wow, when I type it out like that, its sounds like a lot.

Here’s how I see it – we’ve been living in this house for what 7-8 months or so? It can take a while to figure out the best layout for a house, so in my mind its natural that you’d have to move stuff around.

I’m not sure Mike shares this opinion. In fact, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t.

But I’ve promised that THIS will be the last room moves for a long time. And I mean it.

Ugh, still having problems with the camera/computer thing. Maybe if Mike and I can be in the same place at the same time at some point in the future, we can get the kinks worked out.

Because really, have y’all even seen pictures of the little boys in the green room, the big boys upstairs, the chalkboard wall (oh yes, I went for it), more cabinet doors removed in the kitchen, the new and improved nondining room, the furniture I’ve refinished, and the mantle?

And what about the boys? They just get cuter every day if I do say so myself.

Soon we’ll get all caught up.


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an almost great day

Mom and I did end up going antique shopping. Can you believe that I didn’t even buy anything? And neither did mom. But I have some possibilities ūüôā

We had a great time tooling around Pensacola while Mike watched the kids. He calls today his mother’s day present to my mom and his belated valentine’s day gift to me.

So that was the super-awesome part of the day.

Unfortunately for us, my mom had to head back to Madison this afternoon. I guess its time we hand her back over to my dad.


And then Riggs started running a fever – boo.

And then it looks as though Emmett may have had a tiny seizure while he was in the pool with Mike – he’s okay though! But still boo.

And then Emmett and Riggs cried for the rest of the day. Boo.

But eventually all the kids went to sleep, and Mike and I moved some plants inside and put some stuff in the attic and watched some tv.

A good end to a good day (with some not-so-great moments).

{have i posted this one before? i love this picture}


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365/90 and April’s resolution

I’m gonna try to upload this picture from my phone…never done this before…here goes:

{there – that wasn’t hard! can y’all read that?}

I saw this on our way to therapy today, and I just had to take a picture. Too mean with the not pretty or smart comment, but I laughed anyway. I had forgotten it was April Fool’s day, and thought at first that those kids must have been NAUGHTY and their mama was trying to teach them a lesson in humiliation ūüôā

Moving on…

Now that we’re in the fourth month of the year, I figure its resolution time! Our family is going to resolve to do one thing every month to try to improve our lives in one way or another.

So April’s resolution is….we are not going to eat out for the whole month. And by eat out I am including picking up subs, stopping by the cafeteria¬†in the hospital, fast food, or ordering pizza for delivery. We don’t really do restaurants that much (hello! 4¬†little kids!)¬†and we already limit fast food to once monthly, but we are totally guilty of picking up sandwiches all the time after therapy, and it just sucks so much money from our pockets, especially as the big kids’ appetites grow.

The goal is not only to save some money this month, but also to try to accurately estimate how much we are spending on food every month at the grocery store. I’m going to try for a big overhaul of our grocery habits, but baby steps are the way to go here.

This is going to be hard, but I know we can do it! After all, the less money we spend on food, the more we can save spend on house projects!


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no pics today :(

Have I told y’all that several weeks ago our monitor broke on our desktop? I think I have, right? Anyway, a few nights ago the electricity went out for a few hours, and shut the desktop off. I cant figure out how to log on as a user without a monitor – Mike knows how to do it, but Mike has been working like a dog for the past week, and getting the desktop going again is not on his list of priorities. And the computer automatically saves the pics to the desktop, even when you load them to the laptop. And I can’t figure out how to change the path to save them just to the laptop. Or I could, but the stinkin laptop just erased all the pictures I had saved on the camera. ANYWAY, the bottom line is, no pictures today.

But I do have a story: last night Emmett’s g-tube¬†got¬†pulled out. My mom was trying to get him out of the crib to rock him and his line got caught on something and yanked that sucker right out. So Em and I headed to the ER, where there was an 8 hour wait to be seen.

Luckily for us, g-tube holes close up super fast, so the doctor saw us only about 2 hours after we got there. A good thing, since by that time, his hole had already closed up a good bit. It was no fun for anyone (but most especially for Em) to get a new tube placed – the doctor wouldn’t give him any sedation or pain medication. I’ve never, ever seen Emmett so upset, and the way he looked at me while I was helping hold him down (along with 2 nurses) broke my heart.

It was horrible.

But we are so thankful that the doc was able to place a new tube in – it was touch and go for a while – which meant that we didn’t have to go back to Sacred Heart today to see the pediatric surgeon.

We did, however, have to go back to Sacred Heart this morning for his PT evaluation. I would have loved to cancel it, but this kid has been waiting on this eval since we moved here, so short of us actually still being in the ER, we were going to that evaluation. Besides, even if Emmett just laid there the whole time, that wouldn’t be that different than what he does during most therapy sessions :). So after getting home around 2am (and poor Mike didn’t get home until after 4am), we trekked back to Pensacola for the eval at 9.

And he did pretty much just sit there like a bump on a log. But the important thing is that we finally have his PT scheduled! He’ll be doing twice a week, so we’ll add that into the therapy mix.

So the rest of today has kind of gone by in a fog except for the massage.

Oh yes, you heard me right – I had a 1 hour massage today, a gift from my mom (isn’t she the greatest?). It was awesome. So awesomely relaxing I almost fell asleep.

And my sister came in tonight for the weekend. Her spring break just started and she drove down to visit a friend and to rescue my mom. Sadly, after a 2 week trip that has turned into almost 4 weeks, my mom is going home. What are we going to do with ourselves without her here?

Maybe we’ll have to figure out a way to get my mom AND my sister to stay for another week. What better way for my sister to spend her spring break from nursing school than to hang out with her nephews?

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moi? and 365/73

So last week Christina at Mrs. Broccoli Guy  gave me this:

{Oooh, its pretty! and does this count as a picture? yes, yes it must, since I had to save it to my computer as a picture}

Thanks Christina!

So the rules for this award are:

1. Pick 15 bloggers to pass the award on to.
2. Share seven things about yourself.

So here are 15 blogs that are in my google reader. Some are bigger blogs, with loads of readers, that I’ve never even commented on. Some are little, like mine. Some are¬†girls that I know in real life (although¬†I have other friends who¬†have blogs that I love and I can’t link to them here just in case they wouldn’t like it). Some are blogs of moms that have adopted kids from Vietnam, some are just plain mom blogs, some¬†I like to think of as¬†DIY¬†blogs. Some of them make me laugh, some of them make me cry, and from all of them I learn. Here they are, in no particular order:

And here’s your 7 things:

  1. Tonight Emmett and I had our first meeting with our infant mental health specialist (for help with attachment issues). So the therapist tells me “oh, I’m so happy to work with a family that isn’t required by the courts to do this therapy”. Lovely.
  2. Having attachment issues with your kid is no fun. Really not.
  3. My back hurts. And has been for a couple of weeks. I’m trying not to worry about it. Really trying.
  4. Now that I’ve quit breastfeeding, I should probably talk to my doctor about adding in another drug for anxiety.
  5. Oh, but I don’t want to go to the doctor. We’re pretty busy here. I think Emmett has 8 therapy appointments this week.
  6. I miss my husband. We’ve been like ships passing through the night over the past month, between me going to Madison and then him leaving town and then me going to San Antonio and then him in town but working crazy long hours.
  7. Does this happen to any of you – when I only get to see my husband fleetingly, it makes me really cranky with him instead of super sweet. I hate that.

And if I linked to you, I’d love for you to pass this award on, but I totally understand if you don’t. Because you don’t have time. Or don’t feel like it. Or have 50 million comments for every post and never even read this ūüôā


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