Monday, September 29, 2008

Just another Mancave Monday!

Well, something a little more interesting for a change!!

Here is the texture that is on our basement walls. It is called orange peel :)

Drumroll please.........................................

Here is the carpet and the paint colors!!!

The "canyon clay" color will be the focal wall. Then the "familiar beige" will be on the other 3 walls.

The walls aren't completely painted yet. Our handyman bought a paint sprayer to make the job go quicker but then his air compressor broke so it is in fact, going slower!!! I just may break out the rollers later this week because I am getting WAY to impatient!!

The carpet is on order and should be in in about a week or so. We have a guy scheduled to install it on October 17th.

We are super excited that things are coming together!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

20 things about The Coach

I stole this from a friend of mine :) Feel free to copy and tell every one a little about your man!

Things your may or may not know about my sweet husband.

1. They are watching TV. What are they watching? ESPN, CNN or their equivilants

2. You’re out to eat. what kind of dressing do they get on their salad? French

3.What’s one food this person doesn’t like? Oh gee there are so many but I can't think of many.....beans, anything soggy, melted ice cream, veggies in the raw state, diet things, coffee

4. You go out to the bar. He/she orders……First off The Coach wouldnt go out to the bars…but if you were at a restaurant w/ a bar he would get a Coke, a water or a Mountain Dew.

5.Where did he/she go to high school? A different school than me :)

6.What size shoe do they wear? 8-9

7. If this person were to collect anything, it would be……Coaching books

8.What is their favorite type of sandwich? Baja chicken from Quiznos

9. This person could eat __________ everyday. sweets....well couldn't we all?

10.Favorite cereal? Crispix

11. This person wouldn’t be caught dead wearing…Tommy Hilfiger or anything with a blatent label

12.Favorite sports team? STL Cardinals and the one he coaches

13.Who will he/she vote for? McCain/Palin

14.What is their sign? Hmmm Cancer I think

15.What is something you do that he/she wishes you didn’t? leave my stuff around, stress out, complain about being tired, not exercise

16.How many states has this person lived in? Just the one we live in now

17.What is he/she’s heritage? Lots o' German

18. You bake them a cake for their birthday. What kind is it? It is not a cake. It is a pie and it would probably be the apple pie with pecans and carmel from

19.Did he/she play sports in high school?he ran track and cross country

20. This person could spend hours……watching sports and politics

Monday, September 22, 2008

Mancave Monday!

So this week, here are some pics of the support beams being boxed in. We didn't want the kids - 1. banging their heads on the polls or poking their eyes out on the uneven metal, and 2. grabbing the poles and swinging around them then propelling themselves into who knows what!

See the gray pole? There are two of them in the basement..

The gray pole is no more!!

What sweet girls we have here - aren't they pretty??? And what's more is they are both beautiful from the inside out! I want my girls to grow up to be like these girls!! They are helping to apply drylok to the concrete walls and to prime the drywall that is on one other wall.

And to prime the boxed in support beams!

And just for fun - a pic of my cat looking evil! I'm pretty sure he has some teeth issues and I should be concerned about that as a dental hygienist........but I'm not.......

Believe it or not, the mancave should be finished within the month! I ordered the carpet this past week ($$$$$) and bought the paint. Our Handy Marshall is suppose to start painting with his new paint sprayer tomorrow - he loves to buy new toys and we are happy to let him try them out in our home!

I have to download some pics and maybe I will post the paint colors and carpet soon!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Tres' birth story :)

I was inspired by Crazy Sister's post about her son's birth story! So I am going to go at this backwards and start with Tres first!! Actually, I'm just going to be lazy and copy her birth story off my myspace :)

Here it is!!!

"On Thursday, I had been feeling pretty cruddy all day - backache, light erratic contractions, tired. I called the Dr just to be reviewed on when I need to go to the hospital and told them how I was feeling. They offered for me to come into the office and be checked to see if I had made any progress since my last appointment on Monday (which I was almost 3 cm at). So, I went and picked up The Coach around 3:30 and we headed to the doctor - which is attached to the hospital I was to deliver at.

When we got there, I had dilated to a good 3 cm. They hooked me up to the contraction monitor just to see if the were registering and how far apart they are. And wouldn't you know - no contractions! I was pretty disappointed that nothing was registering even though I knew that there was something going on. But, with my history of having a pretty quick birth with Dos, Dr. S gave us the option of going ahead and breaking my water at the hospital and letting me have the baby that night/next morning, walking around and seeing what happens, going home and coming back anytime that night, or just waiting until my induction on Monday. The Coach was up for anything but I couldn't decide with my graduation from college being that weekend. So, we went to the mall, bought mother's day gifts, and tried to decide what to do. I finally decided that we would go ahead and head to the hospital to have her around 6pm. After stopping at Wendy's for The Coach to eat, we went on the the hospital to be admitted.

It was a pretty slow night at the hospital so we had a lot of attention and things got done pretty quickly. I got settled in "Birthing Room #3" after the computer being wacked out in #2. I got the IV in with my fluids and antibiotic for the Group B strep. The lab came an drew my blood. About 8:15pm, Dr. S came in to break my water and we just hung out watching Grey's Anatomy for a while. My parents brought the kids up to visit around 8:30ish. In the meantime, my contractions started getting a little more uncomfortable and a lot more regular. Around 9:30-ish, the nurse came in to tell me that since I finish my bag of fluids and antibiotic, that they had called for my epidural. So, my parent's and kids left and it wasn't but 5 minutes and the anestesiologist was there with my epidural - yeah! Love that stuff.

So, got the epidural - which was great but not as great as with Uno and Dos. I still had a little sensation in the perineal area but that was ok. I wasn't able to sleep like I had hoped because of that but it proved to be useful during delivery. The nurse came in and catherized me (which they left in until delivery) and then Dr. S wanted to put an internal contraction monitor on me because the contractions weren't measuring very strong. They actually never did measure very strong but were obvious enough to get the job done.

I just laid there playing a hand held solitare game and The Coach slept or talked/texted on the phone. Around midnight, I started to feel like she was dropping down pretty low and the nurse checked me and I was an 8. So, just a little longer! She had Dr. S come in the next time a little closer to midnight and I was almost complete except for a little "lip". They had me lay on my other side for about 10-15 and when they came back in, it was time! After 6 rounds of counting to ten and pushing 3 times each - which ended up being 11 minutes, Tres was born at 7 lbs 5.2 ounces, 19 inches long! She had a lot of fluid in her chest from the quick birth so they had to suction her out quite a bit. But her apgar scores were 8 and 9 so that is really good. She has a headful of short brown hair and really dark blue eyes.

We stayed for just about 32-33 hours. We actually were leaving the hospital about the time I was suppose to be graduating from college. I felt really good this time around. I was just a little sore from my second degree tear but got around fine. I tired pretty easy and was a little sore when getting up from setting but all things considered - it's was all good.

It amazes us that people think that they create these little babies. We know that we are truely blessed by God. "

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Since I need something to post about.......

I stole this from Mom is in the Fishbowl.......
1. Where were you 10 years ago? In September of 1998, I was newly married and living in a one bedroom apartment with The Coach. He had just started teaching and I was just beginning my career as a dental hygienist. I'm not sure what we did without kids to take care of???

2. What is on today's To Do List? Well, several things have been scratched off already such as take kids to school, do some shopping for the Coach, run by a school and pick up the instruments I forgot yesterday, sterilize those instruments, put up an order that came in yesterday, transfer all of our supplies from one area of a room to another, and eat a snack. NOW - the rest of the day I have to go back to the school and supervise the students as the clean and seal some kiddy teeth, then come back to the university, complete the paperwork for the day, file the paperwork, then go to the visitation for a collegue's Mom, then head home maybe in time for Bible study...or maybe not. The after Bible study it is the regular get the kids ready for bed and such..

3. What would you do if you were a billionaire? I would pay off our debts. Get the kids college funds set up. Invest for our future. Possibly build a new house, although the Coach likes this one so much, so maybe just do some remodeling. Maybe quit work and stay home with the kids.

4. Name 5 places you've lived:
Well since this is an anonymous blog, let's say 5 houses in the midwest all within 20 minutes of each other.

5. Name 3 of your bad habits:
too large of portions with my food
constantly picking the boogers out of my kid's noses.....hahahahaha....can't stand it!

6. What are your favorite snacks?
Fruit of about any kind
Good bread

Monday, September 15, 2008

A gloomy mancave Monday...

Boy it is overcast today!!! Makes me want to crawl up in my unfinished basement and go to sleep :)

So here are pics of the lighting! It has made a world of difference.

A pic of our electrician and The Coach giving him a hand with running the wires.

A view from the South looking North.

A view from the North looking South

This is a pic of the actual recessed light. Nothing fancy....

Do you notice those support beams? They are now all covered up. I would hate for Uno, Dos, or Tres to hit their noggin on straight metal. So next week you will get to see what they look like all boxed in!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Look at my great deal!!!

Look what we got off today! We got the original Dyson that usually is on sale for $399.99. I had a 30% of coupon that saved us $120 making our cost right at $297 with tax :) Then there was free shipping for orders over $75. Great deal!!

We used to have the animal (purple) Dyson and wore it out. The kids called it the purple now we will have a yellow monster! Dyson is the best in our opinion!!

Monday, September 8, 2008

It's Monday...

I have no pics of the mancave today - sorry to disappoint!

We just got a new laptop last week and all of the mancave pics are on my work computer, which is at work.

But on the bright side - I'm taking today off!!! I have to be the good Mommy this afternoon and work the bookfair at Uno & Dos' school. Why waste gas and an hour of my day driving to work and back?


On to a mini vent of mine -

Do some people not realize what a precious gift children are? They are more precious and valuable than the 1 carat diamond ring your husband got you or that brand spankin new car in your garage! Or even that treasured gift from a grandmother who passed on....

And do people not realize that when you are given children, it is your responsibility to raise them? To set limits for them? To discipline them when they have done wrong? To teach them authority? And to watch over them? And to keep them safe??

I realize that we are very protective of our children. The world today is not as it was when I was growing up. There are sick twisted people out there who will prey on your children. Plus there are crazy kids out there that will try and force your children to do things that they know they aren't suppose to do. Even in our small town there are these things.

Maybe we are just lucky in that our kids know right from wrong and respect those in authority over them. They know that if they misbehave, Mom and Dad are going to follow through with whatever discipline is appropriate for the situation. Heaven forbid they get in trouble at school - because whatever their favorite thing at home is will be no more and they know this. And if THEY EVER get sent to the principals will not be pretty.

The Coach and I worked hard at instilling respect for authority, manners, knowledge of wrong and right..... Was it easy? - heck no! Are we done yet? - no way! This is a daily thing and there are so many more things that we need to teach them. Our kids are not perfect - don't get me wrong. They have their own little quirks and their own little pet misbehaviors. But we are proud of the people that they are becoming! I'm sure not saying we are perfect parents either. We both mess up daily.

Being a parent is the hardest job on earth. You wear your heart outside your body and sometimes that heart is going to get broken. Sometimes, a kid will do something or say something to you that will break your heart. Other times, it breaks your heart to have to correct that child and follow through with discipline in order to grow them as a person. Or maybe it will break your heart when that child chooses to make a bad decision and you have to go through the fire with them.

I'm just saying that parenting is hard.....and some people really need to step up and take care of those precious gifts. There are plenty of people out there who desire to have what you have - take care of what God has given you. You are blessed beyond measure.

(This is not directed toward anyone who reads this blog :) I just needed to get this out. Thanks if you made it this far!)

Monday, September 1, 2008

Mancave Monday again

It has been a super busy week here! No posts in a week - wow!

Well here is the next installment in mancave Monday :)

The first thing we had done was to have a waterproofing system installed. The men came and jackhammered around 8 inches of concrete away from the perimeter of the basement on the inside.

Then, they drilled holes at the base of the wall to allow water to come in if it builds up around the foundation. Next they laid what looks like guttering to me in the jack hammered area. Then they covered it with gravel.

Then the next day, they came back and covered all that with concrete and installed a new motor and piping into our sump pump. The concrete is wet in the pictures.

We have not had a drop of water on the basement floor since. The wet smell is gone too - thank goodness! This was well worth the $2800 we spent on it :)

Getting a little more interesting??