Saturday, December 31, 2005

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Things that make you happy. From the mind of Nattie Rose.

This is a post of some of my most favorite things from 2005 ... slightly random and lots o' links. :-)

  • Discovered these pens for scrapbooking - Pilot Permaball Ballpoint pens.
  • The Big Picture by Stacy Julian
  • West Wing, seasons 1-4, on DVD
  • Paperbackswap.com
  • Target's new $1 section
  • My Christmas backpack from Travis
  • Simple Scrapbooks Magazine
  • Donna Downey's blog and her three "It's a Scrapbook" books
  • My crockpot
  • Netflix
  • The Choosing Home blog
  • Taking Noelle to the zoo
  • Diet Coke, of course.
  • Making cards
  • Scrapbook supplies
  • CSI (the original series)
  • Chai tea
  • Sesame Street
  • My Bible
  • Elizabeth George books (the Bible study books, not the mysteries)
  • Kay Arthur Precept studies
  • Cool stationarly to drool over
  • Making Memories embellishments

    Okay, I'm stopping there for now. :-)
  • Thursday, December 29, 2005

    Baby Update

    Just a quick update on our Dr. appointment and ultrasound yesterday ...

    We had our ultrasound today and did learn some things. Right now baby girl is weighing in around 8 lbs, 4 oz. at 36 weeks. I am also carrying a LOT of extra amniotic fluid - not swelling so much anywhere else other than my tummy, but determined that that is what has been causing my constant nausea and throwing up ... all the pressure on my stomach and stuff. My Dr. said that a lot of times when there is that much fluid the uterus will be tricked into thinking that the baby is closer to due date than she is and so the best hope would be for her to come any time now, and that is a possibility. However, b/c my uterus is also so extend b/c of the extra fluid, there is a small chance of a rupture if I go past my due date or placental hemmorage which would require a transfusion. So, if I go past my due date (1/25), it's a c-section for sure. So, bottom line, pray that she comes early!! Weekend plans include loading the baby seat back into the car and getting all the suitcases packed and ready - maybe that will inspire the girl to come on out and meet us. :-)

    I want to share about our wonderful Christmas and such ... hopefully later today I'll get a chance. Need to run out for dog food and a few necessities...

    Thursday, December 22, 2005

    It's been a while since I've uploaded some cards I've done ... I have had a few orders over the last couple weeks, but thankfully, not many. Just enough for a little extra spending cash for Christmas and to keep me slightly creative. :)

    This one is my favorite - a guy from church who has his own business and wanted to see if I could come up with something that said Christmas/woodworking/construction. Umm, yeah.



    Today is Travis' last day of work before Christmas and he doesn't go back until next Wednesday. Both he and Noelle are trying to come down with colds, so we got out this morning and stocked up on orange juice, Halls, and some medicine to get us through the weekend. (I didn't want to be the Mom out on Christmas morning trying to find someplace open). We have no plans other than family hang-out time so I'm excited about that. We've got Christmas movies here to watch, massive amounts of chex mix from yesterday cooking to feast upon, and no where we have to be until church and family stuff Christmas day. It's all good. :)

    Wednesday, December 21, 2005

    Noelle and I are sitting here waiting for Travis to get home from work. Today was my 35 week dr. appointment, and thankfully, I thought ahead enough to have dinner in the crockpot before heading out the door. The house smells like roast and I made some 30 minute rolls and have already nibbled on them because I'm hungry. :) (Thanks to Kim for the recipe.) A new Netflixs came in the mail today too, so I'm looking forward to a quiet evening. My Mom had the day off today and was nice enough to keep Noelle so I didn't have to take her to my appointment. Good thing, as the dr. was running behind this morning and I had extra snoozing sitting time in the waiting room.

    The baby is measuring big ... I'm measuring at 39 weeks already so we're going to do an ultrasound next week to get an estimate how big she actually is. The dr. is predicting another 9 to 9 1/2 lb. baby and is pushing me really hard to have another c-section. I do NOT want to do that. Thankfully, Travis is off next Tuesday when we will have ultrasound #3 and will be at the appointment when I need to ask the dr. a bunch of questions ... like will she refuse to deliver me if I don't have a c-section. I like my dr. a lot, but she is very concerned about lawsuits and malpractice and, yes, I understand it is more convenient for her to have me scheduled to come in when it works with HER schedule to have the baby. However, something about just saying "ok" to having my tummy cut open again if there is any way around it seems more preferable. Call me crazy.

    Continued on Wednesday a.m.:

    My neice and nephew are coming over for the day today. I'm going to have my neice help me with a big batch of chex mix. I am amazed that I've made it until this late to make a batch, but we're going to double it to make up for that. :) Otherwise, it is a stay inside kind of day. I have our women's Christmas social tonight, and I'm not terribly fired up about going. One of those things that I enjoy when I get there, but the thought of getting up and out the door this evening after a day of busy kids and such ... it's already making me tired. :) I have a list of things I need to get to work on for our Christmas day service at church - hoping to get a little time on the computer this afternoon when the kids are napping and get the music organized for Sunday. It's already all picked, I just need to lay out the powerpoint and type up a few things. I'm looking forward to our Chistmas day service - it's going to be simple. Christmas hymns and communion. Normally we do that on Christmas Eve, but it just seems wrong to not go to church, just because it's on Christmas Day ... in my opinion, we should especially be gathering together to celebrate the birth of Jesus ... and His coming return!!! Granted it will make it tricky on Sunday morning with the getting up and out the door. I don't know if we'll do gifts with Noelle before church - she's little enough to not know what she's missing so maybe we should take advantage of that at this point? :) My family is going to be spending Christmas Eve at a friend's home - they have a tradition of a shrimp and pizza (and all sorts of other stuff) dinner on Christmas Eve and time to relax and visit. I look forward to that every year and it's one of the things that I miss when we are in Ohio for Christmas.

    I registered for my first on-line scrapbooking class today with Big Picture Scrapbooking. I'm going to try and take Donna Downey's year long class, but to start, I've only registered for the first 4 weeks. Several reasons - one, the whole class is $200 and I can't spend that right now (4 weeks is only $25); and two, with the new baby coming I want to see if I can do the class with a little one, or if the assignments and such is stuff that I could hang on to and work on later. I'm so excited about it, though. :)

    Monday, December 19, 2005

    A Special Gift

    Last night my Girl's Night Out group had our yearly Christmas gift exchange ... my friend Amy completely blew me away. She bought me a "Moses basket" for our baby so that we have a place for her to sleep in our bedroom.



    The girls are going to share a room in a few months, once baby is sleeping for a good stretch through the night. But, until then, we are going to put her in our room in this cute, cute basket. We were actually going to borrow one like this from Amy, and she knew how much I loved hers and so she bought me one for my own. It has a sweet pink checked ribbon running around it, and came with a blue and a green ribbon that I can switch it out with if we have a boy down the road. I love it! It's been a long time since I have been so surprised by a gift and I can't wait to use it. :)

    Friday, December 16, 2005




    Your Christmas is Most Like: A Charlie Brown Christmas



    Each year, you really get into the spirit of Christmas.

    Which is much more important to you than nifty presents.

    Wednesday, December 14, 2005

    I'm up and going (sort-of) after couch-tending for two days straight. My wonderful husband has kept me stocked in gatorade and not complained about the fancy dinner of mac & cheese I managed to stumble through for him and Noelle last night. I now have Noelle addicted to Toy Story and she and I had fun (well, we were still together) laying on the couch and watching it together yesterday. Today has been doing some catch-up on picking up around here, as well as catch-up on my church work, and the girl and I got out and went to Babies R Us for a bit. I've been needing to go pick up a few things for the girl-to-be, but it's not real close to our house. And, it's a good thing it's far off - I could have had way too much shopping fun if I'd had an unlimited budget. :) I picked up a part for my bre@st pump that I needed, some pacifiers (I'm hoping this one will be a thumb-sucker like Noelle so I don't have to keep up with them, but I'm going to have a few pacifiers stashed just in case), some ear thermometer cover-things, an electric toothbrush for Noelle (with Big Bird, Elmo & Zoe on it!), a Christmas present for our nephew, and these:



    Matching girlie outfits. :) I'm going to LOOOOOVE having two girls to dress up. :)

    Also, another pic to share - this is one my Dad took on Sunday of the three grandkids ... according to him it was QUITE the action shot. The eight-year old had her hands full pining her brother in her lap so Dad just had to wait until Noelle would wander into the picture and then start snapping. :)



    And lastly, for something Christmas-y, Dawn sent this to me:

    1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
    Depends on whether or not I'm hot or cold, but if I HAD to pick just one, I'd probably go with hot chocolate.

    2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
    At this point, we don't do Santa, but I'm into wrapping presents unless it was like a bike or something horribly awkward. :)

    3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
    Tree lights are white. Not opposed to color, but the white ones still work so that's what we use.

    4. Do you hang mistletoe?
    No

    5. When do you put your decorations up?
    This year, we did it the Saturday after Thanksgiving. If we're going to Ohio for Thanksgiving with Travis' family, I like to put them up before we leave so that when I come home, it's already done and I can just enjoy it.

    6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
    Mom's taco dip - a Christmas appetizer tradition.

    7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
    Just the lounging around after gifts and such, when we played with new toys, read new books, watched new movies, drank Christmas-y beverages, ate Christmas snacks, and just hung out as a family.

    8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
    I honestly don't remember. Did my folks even do Santa? My sister reads my blog so maybe she can clarify this for me...

    9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
    No

    10. What kind of cookies does Santa get set out for him?
    We don't set them out ... our dogs would have a party.

    11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
    Love, love, love, love, love, love it. I'm SUCH a winter/cold weather person and snow is the icing on the cake.

    12. Can you ice skate?
    Umm, no. And the few times I have tried it has been very, very bad.

    13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
    Nothing stands out as a favorite Christmas gift. One year, when we had very little money, I remember my folks getting me and my sister pencils with our name printed on them, and I thought that was WAY cool.

    14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
    Keeping my focus on the real reason behind Christmas and the joy of time with family instead of the lengthy to-do lists for home and church that come with the holidays.

    15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
    I don't know that I have one...

    16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
    Every Christmas Eve we go to the home of friends for fun time with our respective families.

    17. What tops your tree?
    A big snowman.

    18. Which do you prefer Giving or Receiving?
    It's tied for me - I love getting gifts (one of my love languages I think) and I love shopping for others.

    19. What is your favorite Christmas Carol?
    O Come All Ye Faithful

    20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
    Yum.

    Tuesday, December 13, 2005

    Probably won't hear much from here for a bit ... I was sick and down again yesterday. Bad enough that I called Travis to come home from work as soon as possible, and contemplated calling the Dr. on call. I've been coughing most of the weekend and I think the congestion just finally caught up with me and my tummy couldn't handle it. :-( I was up and down a bunch last night and am just sore and miserable and tired. Praying for a quiet day, maybe a few videos for me and Noelle, and some relief.