Archives for the month of: December, 2016



Let’s just say, River was much happier when the kids finally went to (their) bed for the night. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 


I tested this morning with a frer and there wasn’t even a whisper of a second line. I’ve only used them 5 times in my “career” and I really think I don’t like them. The one I took yesterday had an awful indent line that I truly thought was a positive for a few minutes until I saw the crater from an angle. :/ This after having a nasty evap line on an $.88 wm test earlier yesterday that was pink and everything! But since it showed up after the time limit, I knew it couldn’t be trusted which is why I bought the frer. The stupid new curved handle design makes it weird trying to read the results. It seems like there is always a glare. 
I’m definitely disappointed. Not that I actually expected to be pregnant this month but we timed things well and the femara seemed to work. Ah well. I’m due to start AF on the 31st (Happy New Year!) and plan to take femara again next month. I don’t know what happens after that… I’m praying about it that God’s will be done. 

This is gonna be great!


Nailed it!


It’s all over. Almost. I saved the boys stockings as we never had time to open them. I think we will save them till New Year’s Eve and start a new tradition. There is a DVD for each boy and popcorn and a couple other little items in there so I think it will be fun to watch the movies on nye. 

We gave the boys new dress shoes, books to read as well as preschool/coloring books. Tru got socks, which he wasn’t thrilled to open but was really happy to wear that day. Green striped socks with his lavender suit. It was classy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We gave them each a costume bear stuffed animal that I went out of my way to find. Then they traded them… lol. Go figure! 

We spent Friday the 23rd at my parent’s house, then Saturday evening we went to my aunt’s house for the big family party. DH had church service that evening also as he is the worship leader. Sunday, Christmas Day, we opened presents in the morning with the kids, then drove 1.5 hours to DH’s grandma’s for lunch at noon and presents. After 5 hours there, we drove another 1.5 hours back to DH’s parent’s house and had more gift opening. We finally came home and got the kids to bed around 10-11. I was sick with a cold by that point that had been working on me that evening. I’m doing better now. Levi is still getting over his runny nose/cough. 
It was a whirlwind and exhausting but we had fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ Both of the boys really got it this year and were super excited to open presents. When DH woke Tru up to tell him that Santa came, Tru ran to the kitchen and said “He’s not here!” Haha! We had set out cookies and milk the night before which was also fun. We didn’t tell the boys that Santa was real or anything like that but Tru insisted for weeks that “Santa gonna bring me presents and I be good!” so we just went with it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 
Now I’m trying to get my house back to normal… it’s like a toy store threw up in here. I really enjoyed spending time with our families this year. Yes, it was hectic. Yes, the boys were tired and had meltdowns. But it is so worth the little inconveniences to be with family. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Today marked the start of the Christmas festivities for us. Aside from the 2 different church Christmas parties we have already attended. 
Today we went to my parent’s house and had our finger food party and gift exchange. With 9 siblings, we just draw names at Thanksgiving so we aren’t buying for everyone. We have in the past but it’s hectic and dare I say, expensive! At any rate, we had so much fun and I got lots of good pictures and video. 
I am a bit worried because Levi’s voice is really hoarse this evening and I’m not thrilled at the idea of dragging a sick baby around to get worn out and possibly sicker. I should have realized that he wasn’t feeling well when he slept till almost noon today! He usually gets up around 9. Ah well, we will just hope and pray for the best. I’m so excited for the boys to open their presents!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ 
I hope everyone IRL and URL will have a very very Merry Christmas and a most blessed New Year. ๐Ÿ™‚ May God richly bless you in the coming year. 

I *think* I ovulated yesterday. I used CBD Advanced OPKs this month and got my flashing smiley face (high fertility) on CD 14 and solid smiley (peak fertility) on CD 15. I definitely felt like I was ovulating yesterday. My ovaries hurt SO BAD! Especially the left side. 
TMI but my RE said to BD on days 10, 12, 14, and 16. I was totally not going to follow that schedule because of using the OPKs and not wanting to make things happen if the mood wasn’t there. But it so happened that it just worked out that way. 
Anyhow, I still have tenderness in my ovaries today so I don’t know what that means. Hopefully nothing sinister. My LP is usually 13 days so… now, we wait. Lord if it’s Your will! 


I love this picture. DH climbed in the pen to pet his pig (as you do, right?) and houdini rolled himself right onto DH’s lap. He’s a lap pig now apparently. Is it just me or is that pig definitely smiling? DH sure was. He loves his piggy. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I’m not really a pig expert (shocking) but I feel like houdini is really small for 5ish months old. Maybe it’s his breed, which I’m not sure what breed he is, but I’m quite glad he seems to be smaller than usual. For now anyway. I could just see him laying on DH’s lap at 300 lbs…. eek! 

Last weekend we were at a Christmas party and the boys were given little containers of skittles and m&ms. Levi dropped a couple, as toddlers do and I picked them up and put them back in his container. *GASP* Honestly, I didn’t really think anything of it. 5 second rule, blah blahs blah…. But I did get the sense that I had just done something horribly wrong given the vibe in the air from the nearby friends. A few minutes later, Levi dropped a few more candies and the ladies who were nearby quickly scooped them up saying to Levi “These fell on the floor. They’re dirty! I’ll throw them away.” 

Ok, let’s get one thing straight here. I’m completely elated to know that these friends care so much about the health and well-being of my kiddos that they are watching out for them. That actually just makes me really really happy. I’m quite touched! 

However, (!!!) I felt like a crumb – like a crumb of a turd, (the type that could be found on the floor perhaps?) for being such a gross parent as to just nonchalantly feed my child floor-candy without even giving thought to it. 

Seriously, these boys have eaten way grosser things before I could stop them, unfortunately. As babies/toddlers do. At least mine do. Maybe your unicorn baby never tried to taste sand … or lady bugs. Not that I’m going out of my way to expose them to germs but don’t you have to be exposed to some germs to build your immune system? “God made dirt, dirt don’t hurt.” Anyone? 

To be clear here, I’m not at home just throwing down their dinner on the floor “Come an git it boys! Sups on the floor. Jump in there River! Go fer it.” But I kinda might as well… I mean, toddlers are constantly eating questionable crumbs they find – it’s kind of what they do. And if your floor is so clean that your kid never finds a crumb, well, you can just leave! (Napoleon) Get out. Bye!!

 Also, just the other day I caught Levi giving River a bite of his dinner roll and proceeding to try to continue eating it himself. Cute, but gross. 

And one more thing to clarify. I would never feed my kids something that I wouldn’t eat. I’d gladly eat those m&ms off the floor myself. I guess I’m just gross like that. 
*The irony is that Tru threw up the next day but the floor-candy eater stayed healthy.*

DH gave me my Christmas gift a couple days ago. He ALWAYS gives me my gifts early. He gets so excited about what he’s bought that he just can’t wait for me to see! This year he gave me a Keurig 2.0. This is clearly an awesome gift! We are both enjoying it especially with wind chills below zero today, it was a perfect day to stay home with a hot cup (or 2) of fancy coffee. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 
But I got to thinking today about the “12 Days of Christmas” song. I’d really hate to have that dude for my true love! And I sure wouldn’t be announcing to the world via song about all the craptastic things he gave me. What kind of a freak gives these gifts? “11 pipers piping”… what the? Shut up!! There is enough noise around here already! No way do I want ANY pipers piping. And “10 lords a-leaping”… can you say freaky?!? The only decent gifts were the “5 gold rings” and maybe a couple of the assorted fowl. At least we could eat some of them or something. Like what am I supposed to do with “8 maids a-milking”? And I’d be really mad if DH was finding dancing ladies for me… especially 9 of them!!
Anyway, I’m glad that DH gives good gifts. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m really really glad that our Lord gives us good gifts!
“If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him.” Matthew 7:11

You might recall how our poor old beagle had to be moved out of the house last year as his behaviour towards the boys left me a little on edge. Beagles are far from being thought of as vicious dogs, and in fact they are really quite sweet. But River had taken to growling at the boys for no reason and even snapped occasionally. Not actually biting of course but too close for comfort. So, he’s been living outside all year. Poor old River is over 7 years old now but this is the first winter he has ever started to show his age at all. I can tell the cold is especially hard on him and I just won’t leave him outside in this weather or even when the nights fall below 40ยฐf
as he just shivers so much. Long story short, he is mostly inside again and he is loving the boys! I still am watchful that Levi doesn’t test River’s patience by tugging at his ears etc but so far River just follows the boys around and seeks their attention and petting. The boys LOVE him and call him over to them to play all the time. I guess they are old enough now that they don’t freak him out anymore. The cutest part is that River wants to sleep in Tru’s room and sneaks in there at night. Tru is still in his crib so they aren’t close together or anything but just to be safe, I’m not letting that happen yet. But it is awfully sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚ โ€‹

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