Friday, August 30, 2013

Feeling Beachie

This week’s statements: 1) I love to _read a good Karen Kingsbury book. ___ 2) When I _over extended___ I am _cranky and expect more of others than I should.____ 3) I love to listen to _praise music_____ because it makes me feel __like I have energy and know how to get through the rest of the day. ___ 4) I never thought I would _want to work again___ after __having kids but now I long to have a job stocking shelves. Something about walking away from a neat shelf thrills me. Now just need to figure out how I would have time to work and raise 7 kids and take care of my husband. Pamela

Feeling Beachie

This week’s statements: 1) I love to _read a good Karen Kingsbury book. ___ 2) When I _over extended___ I am _cranky and expect more of others than I should.____ 3) I love to listen to _praise music_____ because it makes me feel __like I have energy and know how to get through the rest of the day. ___ 4) I never thought I would _want to work again___ after __having kids but now I long to have a job stocking shelves. Something about walking away from a neat shelf thrills me. Now just need to figure out how I would have time to work and raise 7 kids and take care of my husband. Pamela

Sunday, August 25, 2013

38 Weeks

This week I was told by two people who never met me that I am having a boy. I guess that guarantees it. This morning someone told me I would be having the baby this week. I always laugh at this stage. One part of me wants this baby boy in my arms right this second. The other part of me already mourns the fact that he will not be my little special treasure to enjoy by myself. This week I have been working on our school schedule and you would think having a new baby would not worry me but for some reason I just cannot imagine stopping to feed a baby and snuggle with a baby regularly and keeping up with school. So glad we have worked through the summer (for the most part) so we can take it slow. The one thing I have learned is babies do not stay babies for long and I want to enjoy every minute. I am now back to seeing the doctor every week (just like the first part of my pregnancy). It is funny because I set in the waiting room and have a hard time not laughing at myself. I remember how many weeks I set there and watched the ladies come in who looked about 50 weeks pregnant and envied them. I wondered if that would ever be me. Guess what? That is now me. Yesterday we were watching a movie and I looked at my husband and said I cannot believe that this time tomorrow I could be setting in this chair nursing a baby. The reverse to that is this morning I was setting in the same chair and looked down and thought man I have gained a belly pooch. DUH!!!! You are pregnant, how do I keep forgetting that. I did get good news this week. I found out the reason my blood pressure was up is because I was on Sudafed. So no more Sudafed for me. My plans this week are to keep the house in working order, try to keep the laundry caught up and enjoy being pregnant. Do more things like take a nap with my kids. This weekend I took a nap with Grace. It has been a long time since she has really snuggled in and with me. Pamela

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Feeling Beachie

This week’s statements: 1) Sometimes I feel like there is so _many things to get organized____ and that I will never _be totally prepared for the next thing going on in life____. 2) I never tire of _hearing my children giggle when they play with one another____ 3) I love the charity _March of Dimes __ because it strives to help premature babies____ 4) My dream job would be _to run a bed and breakfast___ because I’d get to _meet lots of people and entertainment. ____ Pamela

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wordfull Wednesday

Can you see what is missing in this picture? That’s right my little charms are missing. A certain little blessing got a hold of it. I guess I need to order new ones. I am telling you these blessings are determined to only destroy my stuff. Pamela

Sunday, August 18, 2013

New Eyes

My husband had LASEK last week. I am so excited for him because now he gets to wear normal sunglasses. This is something he has looked forward to for a long time. I had to take a minute to get one more picture of him in his glasses. The procedure did not go quite as expected but he feels better now and is excited to be without glasses. I do have something to admit. He had surgery on Thursday. On Friday night he was lying in bed with me and said something smart. I instantly elbowed him. Then it quickly dawned on me I was hitting him in the face. This poor man cannot catch a break. Luckily no damage was done and we had a good laugh. I did have to giggle at one of his medicines. Reminding him that his meds could get him in trouble with the Army if he takes the medicine they prescribed. Pamela Pamela

37 Weeks

I had an interesting week. I ended up in labor and delivery because of high blood pressure. I am fine and they sent me home. I go back to the doctor on Tuesday and should know more. I did my 24 hour urine test. Let me tell you that is gross and hard to do when you have 6 kids running around. The cat has decided that the baby’s bed is perfect for her. I am not too worried since I doubt the baby will sleep in there very often. I saw a new doctor this week. She was hilarious. She did a quick ultrasound just to make sure things are okay. She tried hard to get a good face shot for me but he would not smile for the camera. She did take great joy in showing me that he is a boy. Glad I do not have to worry about that. Pamela
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

A sadday in my house!

I love that we got a new mattress!!!! I love that we got the HUGE desk out of my son’s room! I am sad that my elliptical is beyond repairable. As silly as it sounds I was really looking forward to getting back on it after the baby. Makes me sad and I am too cheap to buy a new one. Maybe I will ask for one for my birthday. What exercise equipment do you have at your house or do you go to a gym? I would love to go to a gym but I am not up for leaving the house anymore than I have to and I definitely do not want to take 7 kids to the gym with me. Pamela

Friday, August 16, 2013

Feeling Beachie

This week’s statements: 1) I hate when I _have a bad dream that involves my husband and then I wake up mad at him. ____ 2) I sometimes long for _quiet and calm and boredom____ 3) Thinking about _moving to a new post__ always makes me _anxious. I cannot imagine moving 7 kids and a dog and cat and staying in a hotel and finding a house.___ 4) My favorite day of this week so far was _not Tuesday__ because_my blood pressure was up and I ended up in labor and delivery. This stressed me out because I only went as far as triage (first step in L&D) and the sheets were stained, the soap dispenser was falling off the wall, they had no pillows and there was a lady with the stomach bug in the room with me and I had to hear her getting a internal exam. So not looking forward to delivering at this hospital.___ Pamela

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Baby is Coming

This baby is coming, he is really coming and I am really starting to get ready. Okay, I don't know when and I hope not before his due date. Now if only I would get the cleaning bug because my house really needs it. I got his bag packed. My husband got the basinet put together with help of two sisters. It was so funny to hear them tell him how to put it together. The funny thing is that I rarely put the baby in a basinet. It may end up in the living room for when he is napping. Do you set up a crib for the new baby? We will eventually. Although as silly as it sounds with Grace we went straight from the basinet to a toddler bed.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wordful Wednesday

My kids really like taking their sister to the orthodontist. The staff is amazing. I think Faith likes it for the perks. The t-shirt is amazing and super funny. This week she got a lip bumper. I have to be honest and say I do not like it. She looks like she is dipping. I cannot wait to see the end result though. I do kind of feel bad for the office because we always book our appointments for the first appointment of the day. Then I arrive with 6 kids Pamela

Friday, August 9, 2013

Feeling Beachie

This week’s statements: 1) I always read my_____ texts, and try to respond quickly. 2) A love to fall asleep when __there is a storm with the windows open and the fan blowing on me.__ 3) My dream pet would be a _already trained, great with kids Mastiff_______ named ___George, heck if I know but I have always wanted a mastiff or a ST. Bernard and wanted him/her to sleep with me. _____. 4) I love _cheesecake______ more than chocolate. (Or ice cream!!) Pamela

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

My Special Force-Review

I have been given the honor of reading books for a review before but never has a book touched me like this book. Never have I felt so close to a author as I have this author. I encourage you to not only order the book now and let it be a surprise piece of mail when it comes in but to actually read the book. But know that this is not a book you will want to put down and you will definitely need a box or ten of tissues. I have never read a book where I was constantly telling my friends and my husband about it while I read it. You can find this book several locations, it is on Amazon now. My Special Force I set with tears in my eyes. I have never read a book that has moved me like this book. Maybe it is the fact that I am 35 weeks pregnant or that my husband had deployed eight times or that we have had our share of Army medical issues over the last 20 years. But oh how this story touched me. I could not put it down. I felt like I was right there, my heart breaking and the whole time I kept telling myself he will not die, he will not die. This is not happening. I guess I knew the ending but I just could not believe it would really happen. Your marriage, your life, how you met, your beautiful little girls; the way you dealt with deployment. The way he encourages you to suck it up sounds so familiar. All of this reminds me of my soldier. I have to say that while the entire book got to me the part about being in the dressing room hit the closest. I remember my water breaking at 26 weeks, having a preemie at 31 weeks, with three other kids at home and then my soldier deploying for 18 months while I still had this sick child at home. Then he came home with PTSD and was not the man who left. I remember so many times thinking not one more thing, I just cannot handle one more thing and then the one more thing would happen. I love that we get to hear the story from when you met. By the way our favorite beach is Wrightsville. We go there several times a year. I will now be looking at each little cheap hotel differently and wondering if that was the hotel. We own a house by Fort Campbell and would love to go back there. Thank you so much for sharing your journey, his journey with me. Thank you for showing me how to be strong in the storm. Thank you for being so honest about the storm. Your mother in law cracked me up to tell you to wear something sexy. So sounds like something my husband would want. Oh how much more I want to say but do not want to give too much away. I am honored to have read this book, I am honored that you are a fellow Army wife. I am grateful for your husband’s service. Pamela

Playdates and picture hogs-Wordfull Wednesdays

I am curious; do you like to have other children at your house? I honestly do. It seems like the more kids we have the quieter and calmer the house is. And when things get wild I find ways to calm it down. This time I had them sit down and then make funny faces at me. They thought it was the best thing ever and it helped them re focus on something other than chasing each other. I have to say Skylar is one of my favorite girls in the world. I love how she has started snuggling and how she loves to be in the picture. Pamela

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Grace loves to spend time with my friend Lindsie. It is because Lindsie spoils her rotten. The funny thing is I think she spoils Lindsie. Do you see her giving Lindsie a pedicure? She would never do that for me. She lives for playing with Lindsie’s kids. She cries when I make her leave. She always tells me she is not tired on the way home and sometimes I believe her. Then by the time I am out of Lindsie’s subdivision I hear the sweet sounds of my baby girl snoring. What do your kids enjoy most about going on play dates?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Miscellany Monday

This year we were able to have a garden. I was so excited. As the food started coming in I was thrilled. Our green beans came in and were amazing. We could not pick our cucumbers fast enough. But that is when I realized that something was weird. Our cucumbers came in mostly as balls instead long pretty cucumbers. Our corn grew and grew and grew and I was so excited. The only problem is that they only grew to be a few inches long. I am so disappointed. I have been told the issue with the corn is that we did not plant enough. We planted 7 rows and you need at least 10. A couple of other issues are that we have tiny carrots and our poor tomatoes did not really grow either. It was not a total waste because the lettuce and spinach did great. We will definitely try again next year. Actually we are trying to decide if we want to do a fall garden. Have you even done a fall garden? What did you plant? Pamela
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

35 Weeks, I can hardly believe it myself

Do you remember when I first got this dress and it did not look like a maternity dress. Do you remember how I used a basketball to try to make it look like I was pregnant? That seems so long ago. This baby boy is definitely getting bigger and I am definitely feeling it. I cannot believe I will be 35 weeks this week. I had my first daughter at 35 weeks. I had a scare this week. I was driving and suddenly became dizzy and sweaty. I pulled over and sat for a while and then had a head ache for the next day. My blood pressure was normal at the doctor this morning so I have no idea what it was. I mentioned it to the nurse and she did not seem concerned. I have decided that if it happens again I will go in. I see the doctor on Thursday and will bring it up with him. Thirty-five weeks seems amazing to me. I will no longer be concerned that this precious blessing is coming early. I have two more weeks of my progesterone shots. I cannot believe that time is almost over. I would be lying if I said I was not looking forward to being done. I think I should make something special for all the nurses who have taken time jabbing me each week. I still can hardly believe that next month I will be holding this tiny blessing. I packed his hospital bag this week but need to work on mine. Can someone remind me what I need to pack for the hospital? When my water broke at 26 weeks last time I did not really think about taking anything to the hospital. So it has been 10 years since I have really prepared for a newborn. Pamela
My Joy-Filled Life

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Beach Fun

My husband loves the beach. Okay, I guess it is growing on me. I like it except for the wet hair and putting on sun block every 20 minutes. I will be honest once we are there and sun blocked up I love it. I love the sound of the ocean; I love how the kids always find someone to play with. I love how they play in the sand for hours. I love the smiles and giggles. James would have been completely happy just playing in the sand all day. I did not mind because being this pregnant I am kind of scared of going into the water. I fall when I am not pregnant; no way I want to risk it when I am. What is your favorite thing about being at the beach? Pamela

Friday, August 2, 2013

5 Question Friday

1. What is on your summer 2013 bucket list? Not to have a baby, He needs to hold on until September 1 at least. To get my house really cleaned up and organized. 2. What is the most useless item on your child's back to school list? Backpacks, since they do school at the kitchen table, yet they constantly want new backpacks. 3. What is the one reality TV show that makes no sense to you? Naked and Afraid. I only watched a couple of minutes but seriously they do not show the naked part (not that I would want to see it) but really why show a show called naked when you cannot show naked. 4. What is one movie you can watch over and over again? Why? Fiddler on the Roof, Practical Magic, Sound of Music, Mary Poppins could be watched constantly by me because of the music. I really do not even care about the movie. Oh wait, Chonda Pierce and Tim Hawkins is probably what we watch the most of. Funny, Funny and no stress if the kids hear it. 5. What's your favorite back to school tradition? Clean bookshelves, new notebooks and fresh pencils Pamela

Feeling Beachie

This week’s statements: 1. Sometimes _I wonder what it would be like to have energy and a day to do nothing. ____ 2. Time __eases the pain__ but do I allow it__ or am I___determined to hold onto that pain. __ 3. My favorite meal to cook is _chicken alfredo____, because __I can eat it for days and make extra chicken for salads for the week.____ 4. When it comes to social networking, I log on to encourage other people and laugh about what is going on in the world. Pamela
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