Friday, November 23, 2012
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Sunday, September 16, 2012
We had a busy summer!
In June, Justin and I traveled across the country to Las Vegas…in our car! I wanted to go to Beachbody’s annual “Summit” for coaches. It was AWESOME to say the least! We got to spend time listening to the CEO, Tony Horton from P90x, Chalene Johnson from Turbo Jam, Shaun T. from Insanity, Darin Olien…creator of Shakeology and finally Seth Godin. We got to do live workouts with Tony and ChaLean and EVERY SINGLE beachbody Celebrity trainer when we participated in the largest workout ever on the Las Vegas strip. We stayed at the MGM Grand again and the renovations are awesome! We also met up with Kelly Arrington Thompson for a bit and it was nice to catch up! We already bought and paid for next year’s trip! Can’t wait!!
We “met” Mater from “Cars” on route 66 in Santa Rosa NM.
Stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Alburquerque, NM. It was a great place to stay! They had amazing biking trails and it was just a neat town! Lots of history. Only downside…totally in the middle of a desert! ha!
Arizona roadside park!
Shaun T spent time telling us about Insanity: The Asylum 2. wow…it looks crazy awesome but VERY hard! He is sooo nice and really likes helping people. I didn’t get a photo with him this year…but I will next time!
Tony Horton right after (I think?) the awesome workout we did with him! CRAZY!!! He is so nice!
Before the place got FREAKING CROWDED! This is where we did the “workout on the strip”!
Me and the creator of “Body Beast”. He is Israeli (I think?) Anyway, his name is SAgi and he was super sweet and very muscly. He kind of felt like a firm marshmallow. hahaha! he DID say, “Hello Beautiful”, and I blushed. hehehe…
Went to the Hoover Dam. I wish we would have spent more time…it was pretty awesome!
My favorite part! The Grand Canyon. Pictures do NO JUSTICE to how amazing it is! I’m so tempted to drive again next year just so we can visit it again. God is an amazing artist. It is so humbling to stand before His wonderous creations!! We also rode our bike along the South Rim. Each time we came up on a drop off view point…my heart skipped a beat. It is THAT awesome! GO!!!
Going to have to dig up some summer time pics. Justin created a slip & slide of the slide and the kids had a great time! We also spent a lot of time at the country club pool!
Visited Walburg and Schwertner for a Teinert family reunion! Next reunion will not be in Walburg…it’s a little sad because we love visiting there!
I have more pics that I will try to download from facebook and add! Enjoy!!! (hopefully I’ll add more pics of the kids too…sheesh!)
Monday, September 10, 2012
Prayer for Christlikeness
Dear Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance everywhere I go;
Flood my soul with your spirit and life;
Penetrate and possess my whole being so completely
That all my life may be only a radiance of yours;
Shine through me and be so in me
That everyone with whom I come into contact
May feel your presence within me.
Let them look up and see no longer me—but only Jesus.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
We ordered her a pretty brown and white zebra stripe backpack. (ironically, brynn ordered the same one! Ha!). The first day was a week later than Cole's. I didn't really have any doubts that she would enjoy it...but you never know! Coke seemed so excited about kinder..but cried for almost a week. The first day was to Ms. Carols. She only attends Carol's on Wednesdays from 8am-9:50am. We went in and she ran to Ms. Carol to tell her about her backpack and where Cole is. She found her seat and went right to putting together the puzzles she'd dreamed of doing for years. Carol had to remind her to say bye to me. She had a great day and met "Ms. A". (the colors each have someone come bring them a goody...A's goody was an apple).
First day at Ms. Carol's
This is when I realized I have two kids in school...so strange!
The next day was Ms. Angie's which she attends on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am-10:45am. Now..,these two teachers are both amazing but very different. Carol was a kindergarten teacher for years and is on the school board. The classroom is very structured and following directions is huge there. Ms. Angie's class is a bit more, "colorful" and they spend a lot of time painting and exploring and getting their hands on stuff and learn through playing. Natalie has dreamed of Ms. Angie's class because this is soooo her. Haha! (cole loved Angie, but he enjoys structure more, so was more comfortable at carols). Natalie hugged ms. Angie and jumped right in to the fun play dough when we got there and I had to make her let me take pics. When I picked her up she said, "We had a LOT of fun today! We played in the play kitchen and I got to play with big toys...TRANSFORMERS!". Ha! (there are specific times for different things and they do get a bit of free play.).
First day at Angie's
Katy had to be in on this one!
Katy home with mommy! Fun times ahead!
Gymnastics starts neon Monday! We can't wait! (more pics on my camera...will upload soon!)
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Friday, September 7, 2012
He was so excited and I was so sad! It all came full force the weekend before school started. I guess I finally realized I wouldn't have my boy with me everyday. :(. He cried..which really surprised me. I think the main problem was I lingered. I should have just left him at the door. But....sorry! He is my baby boy! I had to sit with him and hug him and kiss him! Finally the teacher had to make me leave. He asked for daddy, so I left, sent Justin in and the girls ad I walked out and I cried on the elementary walk way as moms & kids walked in. Good thing he doesn't know I did that! He'd be sooo embarrassed! Ha! Each day go better and he doesn't cry at all now, after 2 weeks!
He loves it! His favorite time of the day is playing outside and lunch. He does have an issue acting all his lunch...but he's doing well over all! Today was grandparents day at school. My mom and dad drove in to spend it with him. They had breakfast and coffee at the school,and cold gave them a present he made. (a colored sheriffs badge and a colored crown). Ha!
I'm so glad he loves school AND his sweet teacher Mrs. Thompson! More about Natalie tomorrow!
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
All week he has been very excited about it. When we got to the hospital (9:30am) the nervousness began. He kept saying, "I don't want my tonsils out". I climbed in the bed with him and we snuggled and watched cartoons. finally they pulled us back to prep at 11:30. He REFUSED to take the Valium. Luckily the anesthesiologist was amazing and sternly convinced him to take it (he kicked me and Justin and would not roll over...he is almost 50 lbs so I'm not very strong...ha!). He was MAD at first, but started to get a little giggly. His doggie Maverick got to be dressed like a doctor as well. He went with cole into surgery. It only lasted 15 minutes! He had both his tonsils and adenoid removed.
When surgery was over I went in to see him and he was thrashing around and screaming. They gave him morphine and he eventually fell asleep. He did ask for daddy. Within an hour we were moved to a private room and stayed until 3:30. He got a little motion sick but never threw up. He was MUCH better after waking up from the morphine nap.
Now he is on Tylenol and codeine every four hours and amoxicillin. I finally mustered up the courage to look at his throat...it looks ok considering. Ha! It breaks my heart to see my sweet boy down and out, but he is determined to stay awake and build Lego stuff! I think it's going to be a long few weeks, but hopefully he will be better for school on August 27! Can you believe my baby will begin kindergarten this year?!?
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
My baby girl is ONE!!
I know everyone says it, but this year has FLOWN by!! I think it went so quickly because I have THREE kids now and I was just SO busy with them and other stuff. Let’s See…on to Miss Katy’s stats!
Height: 31 inches (93%)
Weight: 20 lbs 7 oz (40%)
Head: 18 inches (65%)
Size Clothes: 12 mos & some 18 mos
Size Diaper: 4
Hair: light brown with a SMALL curl…I think it’s wavy
Needless to say, she’s tall, skinny (really? I think she’s chunky…) and has an above average sized brain! ha!
For Katy’s Birthday we were in Lubbock for Danielle’s High School Graduation. We did a combo graduation/birthday party and it was so fun! I’m so glad Danielle let us share her party! Katy had an Owl Cake and the sweetest shirt that Aunt Amy made her! She got TONS of presents like a Water toy from mommy & daddy, clothes from Grandma, Auntie Jess, Auntie Suzanne, Shannon, Amber & Afton and lots of fun toys from many others!
What are you doing now Katy Beth?
- Says Momma, Dada, Bubba, ba (ball), da (dog), do (done), ma (more), Bye Bye, Hi
- She is even more attached to her blankie than ever before. She is starting to take it with her everywhere. EEK! I TRY to just give her the paci while in the crib or car…but sometimes it lingers…
- She loves giving high fives
- Has taken about 6 steps at a time, but still prefers crawling.
- Eats eVERYTHING!!! She ususally eats more than Natalie at every meal…sometimes more than Cole. SHEESH!
- Drinks whole milk and water. We switched her to whole milk about 3 weeks ago. Dr. Pratt told us we could switch to 2%! I’m so excited because I hate having to buy 2 different kinds!
- Favorite foods: Scrambled or boiled eggs, Champagne Mangoes, strawberries, bananas, cheerios, and of course, BABY MUM MUMS!!!
- She is a VERY sweet & happy baby 95% of the time. The only time I see her get mad is when you take something away from her or if the kids are making her claustraphobic. haha! (or if she’s very hungry!)
- Wake up around 7:40am
- Eat around 8:30. Usually a scrambled egg and a fruit as well as some cheerios or a mum mum.
- 10am—Nap for 1.5 hours or so
- 12pm Lunch—usually ham or bologna or turkey with fruit and a grain of some sort—bread, tortilla, etc with cheese
- 2pm—nap for 1.5 hours or as long as she needs
- 6pm—dinner. Whatever we are having
- 7:30pm—bath and get ready for bed!
- 8pm—bed time with blankie & paci!
The other night while at my sister’s house, Katy woke up at 2:00am! (I think I was screaming in my dream…and might have woken her!) She would NOT go back to sleep! I realized how spoiled I am! She has not woken at night like that since she was no older than 8 weeks old. I didn’t know how to calm her down! ha! She wanted to play! I ended up driving to Walmart (blah) at 3am to buy some ibuprofen for her and a thermometer (no fever). She went to sleep again at 4am. SHEEEEESH!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY sweet baby girl! We love you so much and can NOT imagine life without your sweet and shy smiles and giggles. You make us so happy & complete!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
I just don’t know if I can make it!! These last few weeks of school are stressing me out! I know, I know, you are thinking…JANET…you don’t teach anymore…you are a stay at home mom…that’s the easy life. Well…yes it’s easier in the fact that I don’t have to wake up at 5:30 am and shower and get the kids off to daycare and I get to see them everyday. BUT…it’s still stressful and some days I wish I could be teaching so I could appreciate my kids more and WANT to come home to them…rather than run away all the time. I love them so much, but I get so run down! So this little peek at my day is for me to remember this craziness and laugh at how stressed I am now…because I’m sure it will get crazier. :)
Typical Janet Day
6:30 am: Wake up (If I’m feeling grand, I take a shower, if not…I snooze till 7am)
7am: proceed to the living room and wake up to the news or most likely Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with Cole and Katy.
7:30am: Chisum Girls arrive and breakfast begins
8:00am: Natalie wakes up (watch out world…)
10am: Put Katy down for a nap and shower (If I didn’t already)
10:45am: throw fishsticks in the oven or make sandwiches for 5-6 kids, feed them,
11:30: get them all dressed, attempt to fix Chandler’s hair if I remember, as well as wash her face, race to brush cole’s teeth and fix hair
11:50am: Get the kids in the car after I wake katy up from her nap…and she ALWAYS has a poopy diaper…NEVER FAILS. (Natalie and brynn fight over who goes in which carseat…they both want in a booster seat though, Cole & Chandler decide which carseat to get in…I realize the back row is down…have to fix it, I wince at my destroyed interior of my car…heart races)
11:57am: Arrive at Charla’s house to get Kate. I always say I’m not going to talk, but I do because I love Charla and she loves me :)
12:05pm: After hitting every little red light and getting behind old farmers, I arrive at Ms. Angie’s flustered.
12:08pm: The girls and I drive around and look for old artsy crafty ideas.
12:15pm: Feed Katy who screams at me until I get enough food on her plate
1:00pm: I make myself a shake or quick meal….and try to eat.
2pm: Katy goes down for a nap
2:42pm: OH CRAP…I forgot to wake up katy and have to rush and wake her and change her never ending poop diaper, throw the girls in the car and rush to Angie’s to get the other kids (yes…another fight over who gets in first, which seat, etc)
2:48: Drive home and listen to all the wonders the kids learned at Angie’s.
3:00pm: Try to calm down 5 kids who didn’t get a nap and need one, but don’t think they do. Try to get them to clean their mess (ha!)
3:45pm: Wave goodbye to the Chisum Girls.
5:00pm: Wave goodbye to Kade
6:00pm: Hope Daddy gets home soon because the kids have been crazy since 3pm.
6:30pm: If daddy’s home, I hide out for an hour or ride my bike. If he’s not, i make supper and STEW about why he’s not home.
7:30pm: Get the kids ready for bed, brush teeth, read books, etc
8:00pm: PUt them to bed for the first time
8:03pm: Natalie walks out, “I need to tell you sumfin’. I want water”. Cole, “I want water too”.
8:07pm: Cole walks into room, “I love you, i want a hug”, Natalie does the same.
8:10pm: rush to wash dishes, clean the kitchen & bathroom & pick up the floor in the living room
9:00pm: Natalie, “I want to sleep on the couch”. (back to bed for the last time)
9:10pm: Collapse on the bed and look at my messy room that i swear I will clean every day…and instead pick up my ipad and chill and read. SIGH
12:00am…hopefully i’m asleep. :)
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Hello all! I can NOT believe it’s May already! This means my baby is almost one, and my big boy is graduating from Preschool! Where does the time go?!
It is a VERY busy month! We have lots of t-ball games (2 per week), end of school parties, 2 graduations (2 preschools), Danielle’s Graduation, Katy’s birthday party and all month with my crazy kiddos that I keep during school (Kade, Chandler & Brynn…all of whom we love very much!) In fact…this will be the last month with Kade and Chandler…since they go to Kindergarten with Cole in the fall. Wow! It’s ok, us girls (natalie, brynn & katy) will have FUN next school year! Natalie Ann & Brynnie Boo will be in preschool 3 days a week! What am I going to do with just ONE kid! It’s been almost 4 years since I have been with just one child! haha!
Today Justin and I are joining a great group of friends on a bike ride! It’s so neat that so many of our friends have bicycles or have recently gotten them. There are now more girls with bikes I think! I’m planning on the Hotter ‘n Hell 100 mile race on my birthday…I’m a bit nervous because I’ve never ridden more than 20 miles!
Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo and we celebrated with our friend Danielle Patton (who took the girls’ photos) and her son, Joseph. Danielle made the best chicken & rice & queso. I provided the salsa, cheese, and some cookies. What a great host I am…right? I owe you a nice dinner Danielle! I think steaks a la Justin are due! If you don’t hear from me often, just know that it’s because we have a CRAZY month ahead and in a little over a month Justin and I will be off to Las Vegas (road trip style) for Beachbody Summit! We are VERY excited!!!
Oh…and Amy, I FINALLY added your blog to my list! I love your blog and now I don’t have to type it in all the time! haha! Can’t wait to see that new baby!!
Tootles all (yes…quite the dork today!)
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Oh my baby girl!! Where has the time gone?! It has flown by and I can’t believe she is almost walking!!!!
Let’s see, what is my baby up to?
- Crawling EVERYWHERE (and has been since about 7 months)
- Climbing EVERYTHING. Even more than Natalie…reminds me a bit of Addie!!
- She climbs on small tables, the kids pottery barn chairs, anything she can get a leg up on!
- Walking---ALMOST! She is starting to let go and has actually taken a few wobbly/fall over steps. Nothing official or steady yet!
- Eating---Oh Katy Beth…you love some food! She is HILARIOUS eating! First of all, she eats mostly whole foods. Sooo…a typical meal is avocado, strawberries, bananas, grilled chicken or some kind of protein (egg/beef/ham/turkey) and I usually try to get a bit of cheese in there too. For breakfast she eats 1 egg scrambled in the microwave, some cheerios or Baby Mum Mums and 1/2 banana. That’s a LOT of food! haha! For lunch today she had 1/3 of an avocado, 1/4 mango and a slice of ham…and a baby mum mum. The funny part is watching her eat. She slaps that table and grabs a fist and shoves it all in her mouth (including the fist). It’s so cute! She makes a huge mess but thinks she’s sooo big! haha! She can use a spoon…but not really good yet.
- Milk---She’s getting 2 bottles a day (around 10 am and 8pm). The rest is water. She LOVES “AGUA”! It took a LONG time to get used to a sippy, but she LOVES it now! The other day I gave her morning formula to her in a sippy and she did fine. I think the morning bottle will be easy to get rid of…the night one will be hard! No juice for her. She eats at least 3-4 whole pieces of fruit a day so she has no need for it.
- Teeth—Well…lets see, She has 5 up top and 1 molar and 5 on the bottom and I think a molar about to break through. Do NOT stick your finger in her mouth…she will try to eat it!
- Talking—she says Mama, Dada, Bubba, “duh” for done and “ma” for more (of course she can say more at lunch time! girl loves her food!). She likes to babble and has baby talk convos with bubba & sissy all the time!
- Because the girl eats so much…she’s a bit chubby…but it is PRECIOUS!!! Her arms & legs are so cuddly. I could hold her in just a diaper all day long and smother her with kisses. :)
- Personality—she seems to be a perfect mix between Cole and Natalie. She smiles a LOT and giggles and is pretty happy most of the time (Nat was a bit grumpy the first year of life, and Cole was very shy). She CAN get shy, and she is FEARLESS…so she is like them in those ways. She is starting to get headstrong and when she wants food…she lets everyone know! So…I’m anxious to see the girl she turns out to be! My guess is…a LOT like me. Oh dear!!!! (Being younger than Natalie, though…I think she will be seen as an angel…lol!)
- Clothing—Size 12 months. She still fits into some 9 month onesies…but not pants. She wears a size 3 diaper…but I think she could do 4. Size 2 shoes…her feet are fat and short. haha!
Now for the pic! Courtesy of my friend Danielle!
and Natalie Ann
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Every year at Ms. Angie’s preschool, there is Humpty Dumpty day. This is the day that the kids drop an egg from the “fort” at her school and see if their egg survives. The kids have to pack their plastic baggy with things to help the egg survive. Some parents do all the planning for the kids (understandable…they are 3 & 4), but we like for our kids to plan it out on their own! Last year Cole wanted to use bread. He & Justin planned it out and ended up using hamburger buns & carving out a spot for the egg. It worked! This year he has said paper towels from day one. SO…since Justin has been out of town, we did it on our own!
We actually tried it out 2 days ago with just paper towels. It survived the first drop, but died on the 2nd. SO…we decided to improvise.
And this just in…HIS EGG SURVIVED!!!!!!! :)
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Hello family and friends! It’s been…well…7 months! A lot has happened and we have been very busy! Where to begin???
Since September, Katy has changed a lot! She is crawling, ALMOST walking (ok..she’s getting close…betting by 1 year she is), she “talks” a little and other fun things I will save for her 11 month post!
Cole has started t-ball again and is on the Cardinals. This makes Uncle Matt VERY happy since he LOVES the St. Louis Cardinals! He is almost done with Preschool also! We go to register him for Preschool on May 5th! I’m excited and nervous for him! This also means that in the fall I will only take care of 1 kiddo other than my girls! Brynn. She is the sweetest thing and I have kept her since she was a baby. I thought about maybe keeping no kids, but she is so easy and she and Natalie have grown up together. I can’t separate them, and I don't’ want her to have to go to someone else! So, hopefully Brynnie Boo will be in our household for the next 2 school years before they go to kindergarten!
Natalie Ann is still sassy, BUT….we’ve noticed more and more days of just the sweetest behavior. She is VERY helpful and SO smart. She doesn’t like to upset me and is GREAT with her baby sister. She goes to time out less and less these days (ha!). We did go through a hitting phase, but I think its slowly ending. Her hair is still very curly and beautiful! I think she’s going to be the shortest of the three though!
Justin is doing well at United! He just recently won a competition on increasing sales in Big Red. The prize was 2 tickets to the Texas Motor Speedway race, with pit passes, etc. He knew my dad would enjoy it, so he busted his bottom and won it! It never ceases to amaze me how awesome he is at his job! He’s gone for a few interviews in other areas, but we are very happy here! No rush to leave Childress!
Me…hmmm. Lets see…since September I’ve lost about 22 lbs and about 5 pants sizes. haha! Crazy! I also developed a stress fracture in my left tibia at my knee joint. I’m able to do everyday activities, just no jumping, running, or any impact activities. SOOOO…I wanted to make sure I didn’t gain weight (I had about 10 lbs left to lose to be at my goal). I focused on cleaning up my diet (ie…no more tortilla chips! haha!) and working out my arms and abs. I’ve lost about 14 lbs since my injury! Some was muscle…I don’t even recognize my flat butt and chicken legs, but the rest was stuff that needed to go! I’m now teaching just arms & abs classes at the gym 1 day a week. I think this is good because exercise was becoming EVERYTHING for me. I kind of forgot I’m a mommy and wife first. I ALSO got a BICYCLE!! I love it! Justin and I have ridden together ONCE, but we hope to do it more often!! It’s so much fun for me since I can’t run or do aerobics. I hope to do some races soon!!
My best friend from high school and college also passed away. I hadn’t seen Diane much since we’ve been married and had kids, but I have thought about her often. I last saw her at Christmas time 2010. I think it was actually black friday? Anyway, it’s been almost 3 months since she passed and it still sucks. (for lack of a better word). I never realized how much of who I am revolves around things that we experienced together. So much of my inside jokes with songs, work, people…haha…I laugh just thinking about it all! EVERY DAY for probably 2 years I either saw her or talked to her. I have always felt so blessed that Diane chose me as a friend. It breaks my heart when I think of something funny and impulse tells me that Di would crack up at that…and then I realize she’s gone. I don’t know how to explain it, we weren’t close lately, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t think about her often. I think we all have friends like that. It has all made me realize how important it is to let those friends know when I’m thinking about them. Love her and miss her…always will.
There’s so much more that’s happened and I can’t even begin to explain. How about I just start all over with today! The blog is resurrected!! :)
Here are some fun pictures of the kiddos. :)