Friday, November 17, 2006

I should know better than to procrastinate!!!

I know better than to put something off that can be done now – but for some reason I still am the world’s procrastinator!!! My Round Robin I am participating mail due date has already come and gone and I still haven’t finished my part! Luckily I am not the only one a little behind – our group is pretty relaxed as long as we keep the coordinator updated on our progress and give her an estimated mail date all is ok.

The person who is to mail to me is holding off until after I return from my Thanksgiving trip to KY so that is good…. Well anyway back to my procrastination – I had it out earlier this week and should have done more on Monday and Tuesday but didn’t… well a friend of mine came over on Wednesday with her 2.5 year old boy who loves to get into everything – there is no door he can’t open. My 2.5 Nora still can not open doors and I didn’t realize what a blessing that was until Jed was over and going into all bedrooms and closets and the refrigerator and even outside… Anyway when he and his mommy were here on Wednesday we were all downstairs or so I thought – the baby gate was up in front of the stairs to keep my friends 11 month old off the stairs… anyway my husband walks in from work then goes to the den with the children while my friend and I are chatting in the kitchen… and my husband says, “Um, do you know Jed is walking around with two of your quilting pins???”

WHAT? We go running in there and sure enough he has one in each hand and apparently he had climbed over the baby gate went upstairs to the sewing room, then returned downstairs with two pins – climbing the gate again all the while we thought he and Nora were watching Dora! Oh my goodness, so glad he was ok! His mommy packed him and his baby brother up and went home soon after that.

Well yesterday while I had laundry in the washer I went up to the sewing room to spend a few hours finishing up my Round Robin. I sat down and sewed row 1 and row 2 of a 9 patch together – not a big seam… and before I got to the end the bobbin ran out! :P I hate when I first sit down to sew and I run out of thread like that!!! But this time it was a BLESSING!!! I have a Bernina machine that doesn’t sit in a cabinet – anyway, I open the bobbin door to change out the bobbin and there are more than a dozen of my pins inside!!!!!!!! How on earth one of them didn’t get caught up in just the short amount of sewing I did is a miracle! I was able to pull 10-12 out but apparently there must be a part of my machine inside that is magnetized because there were 3 or 4 stuck inside that I could not remove! I would pull on them and the glass head part of the pin was stuck and then when I let go it would make a twang sound and snap back in place. I have a feeling that some 2.5 year old discovered this twang and thought it was neat and continued doing it on Wednesday. However I have no proof that it was him. My daughter likes to play with the bobbin door too opening and closing it a dozen times when I am pressing seams – she thinks it is her turn to sew when I get up from the chair. But she is only in that room when I am in there b/c she can not open doors yet, and I would think I would have noticed her doing that.

So now there is no way I can finish my Round Robin before leaving tomorrow!!! I meant to get David to take a look at it with his needle nose pliers last night but he didn’t come home until late and I forgot. I will ask him to take a look at it tonight and see… I have sent the Round Robin coordinator an email. I feel like I am in 8th grade and don't have my book report done on time and the teacher is not gonna have any mercy on me. If David can not fix my machine tonight then it won't get done until after we return on the 27th... much later than the mail by due date!

I am so excited about going home to Kentucky for Thanksgiving. My dad and step mom are picking us up at the air prot in Nashville tomorrow afternoon. It will be a 3 hour car ride home to KY and I hope I don't let the cat out of the bag about the twins during the small talk on the way home. I really hope to be able to get my Dad and step mom to read Nora soem of her story books on video "so she will be able to watch PawPa and MawMa anytime on video" and then after the 1st or 2nd book have them read the "I'm a BIG Sister book" to Nora!! :) Probably we'll do the same thing with David's family too. :)

I hope all of you have a Happy Thanksgiving with your families. This year will be much better for us for sure! Last year we didn't go home and knew no one here to eat with so we just went to Ryan's Steakhouse and ate our turkey. David was so depressed not to have all of his momma's fixins! Never again, we will always go home for Thanksgiving to be with our families!! :c) Have a great weekend and a Happy Turkey Day!!!

Love from Texas!

Monday, November 13, 2006

I tried to make a long story short - GOOD NEWS!

I don't even know where to begin b/c none of you really know me or my history... so I will try to keep this not so long but still give you enough details. ;c)

I know it has been a while since I posted last, but things here have been in a whirl wind lately. We found out a week ago that I am pregnant!!! A week ago Saturday I took a First Response test and the two lines turned hot pink immediately!!! It didn't come as a total surprise, b/c we were trying with help of fertility drugs, but at my October treatment month my body over stimulated and here I thought we were skipping treatment for November b/c of traveling for Thanksgiving……. Well here goes the story…

Getting pregnant is not an easy thing for us. I have PCOS which is the number one cause of infertility in women. My body doesn’t ovulate eggs on it’s own. When I was younger, (before marriage) I usually only had a period about 2-4 times a year and once went 18 months without a period. After marriage we waited 2 years and then tried on our own for 4.5 years with no luck before going to a reproduction specialist where we got help and did treatments for 10 months before getting pregnant.

We were running out of time, and options (they usually only let you use th edrugs for 6-7 months) and I was close to running out of hope and faith that I would ever become a mother before we got pregnant with Nora. David and I told our doctor from the very beginning that we only wanted help in getting by body to release eggs…. That artificial insemination or IVF In-vitro fertilization was not an option for us. (We are Catholic.)

Ok, enough about the history – this year we decided we were ready for baby number 2 and this time last year were making plans by weaning Nora from breastfeeding in November b/c that was a requirement to have her weaned for 6 months before going on the meds I would need to conceive. We were very lucky to find a Reproduction specialist that is covered in our medical plan and who also has a satellite office she comes to every Wednesday about a 30 minutes drive from our town so that saved us lots of travel! Her main office is in Houston.

When we first started seeing her all she wanted to do at first was put me on a weigh loss plan – to loose 5% - 10% of my body weight. Come back in a month. Urgh! I did loose the weight but that took me 2 months to do it. I was so getting antsy to begin a real treatment! Finally at the end of September – early October we had our first treatment with fertility drugs! Yeah!!! Alright about time! I was thinking, let’s get started already b/c if it is anything like last time, I know it won’t work the first month and will possibly take 4 or 5 attempts.

Well, my body reacted much differently to the medicines this time! I over stimulated!!! And were told to abstain for 2 weeks and I went on birth control immediately in order to hopefully keep my body from ovulating in the next 3 days because I had a dangerous amount of eggs large enough and ready to ovulate (over 6 on each ovary!!) YIKES- 12 or more!!! So we followed the directions to the T and didn’t even make eye contact for two weeks, so we were both shocked to see two pink lines on the test Saturday morning. The doctor is so puzzled at how it all came about and to make a long story short, according to the measurements they took this week I was already pregnant before I went on the birth control by a few days and that is why when they did their pregnancy test at the office the day I did the ultrasound it was negative b/c it was just a day or two before.

So a week ago today, on Monday I went to the doctor’s office immediately. They don’t open until 8am but got my message and called me back at 7am and said get over here ASAP, so we did. B/c the doctor only comes on Wednesdays, we just got to speak to the nurse to try and figure out a conception date. I wanted so badly to see an ultrasound to see what we were expecting... or rather HOW MANY - but she would not do it and told us we would have to wait a few weeks. Luckily the following day she called and the doctor who comes in from Houston every Wednesday had a cancellation and was able to work us in on Wednesday so we could get a look at an ultrasound to see just exactly what was in there…. And we are having TWINS!!!

It is so exciting, but at the same time, I have to keep in mind that I am a high risk and need to take it very easy on my body so I can have a safe and healthy pregnancy. I was given strict orders not to lift over 5 lbs, which Nora (2.5 year old) weighs 28 lbs and does NOT understand and is having major meltdowns already about. I was also told to stay off my feet and I am only allowed to walk in my house – no grocery shopping, no trips to the mall or Wal-Mart. I am to only stand for 15 minutes at a time… plus I am so sleepy all the time!!

I haven’t even been on the computer much at all the past week. I still need to sit down and come up with an announcement email to share the “Major” news with friends back in GA…. maybe I will cut and paste some of this post – but will most likely wait until after we return form our Thanksgiving trip to KY.

We have only told our close friends here in TX, but not our family yet! It is so hard, but we are waiting until we go to KY for thanksgiving and tell them in person so we can see their reaction. We fly there this coming Saturday the 18th and will be with them thru the 27th. They are gonna be shocked! With Nora we told them over the phone b/c we lived in GA at the time... so we want to see their reaction this time. I am hoping to be able to tell each family during the Thanksgiving dinners we go to (both David's family and mine) when everyone is all together…. But it is so hard for me to keep a secret so I won’t be too surprised if I shout it out the first minute I see my dad at the airport!!! :c)

OH something cute to share – Before I knew about the stay off your feet rule, we went to Joann’s last Saturday the same day I took my First Response test… at the cutting table they have children’s books at the end of one of the isles which is smart b/c we always have to wait. Nora loves looking at them. Anyway she brought over a book to me and said read it ma-ma, read it. I look down and the title is “I’m a BIG Sister!” I was so shocked and happy and excited, I busted out loud and told everyone in ear shot distance what she had done and that we just found out that morning I was pregnant. DH looked at me like he could have killed me, it embarrassed him so – but I couldn’t resist!!! He said, I thought we weren’t telling anyone… I said, these people don’t know us, who are they gonna tell? And everyone busted out laughing. It was fun. :c) We may use the book in our telling our big news, not sure yet on the plan.

Friday, November 3, 2006

What I have been sewing on

A few days ago, Halloween I think it was... what ever day it was I posted the quilty list I had a note at the end of it about a project I was helping a friend complete... Well I didn't have a photo at the time of the blocks but now I do! :c)

I'm not sure what this pattern is called - it isn't so hard but was the most difficult of the three patterns so I was asked to work on it. It would have been nice if I could have been handed the project before the lightest fabric was all cut out - then I could have did it the easy way of making QST's and not have had to sew all those actual triangle pieces!!! :P I have 6 blocks complete and the rest are ready to put together I have the 3 rows of the 9 patch together and just have to assemble rows 1, 2 & 3 and they will be done.

Yesterday as I was clearing the dining room table to get ready for craft night, Nora was in there with me "helping" and before I knew it I had my back turned and she was under the table sitting ont he machine's foot petal! I shouted "No, Nora!" and she quickly got off but it broke the needle in the machine. I am so glad that no one was hurt! However the needle broke into all sorts of pieces and I have taken it apart - removed stitch plate and dusted and cleaned it all out. I think it will be ok but right now I do not have any other needles in the house so I will have to go to buy some more soon!!!

Hope all of you have a Happy Weekend!! I am so glad today is Friday!!! ~Bonnie

1st Thrusday = Craft Night @ my Home

For the past 6 months or so we have been having "Craft Night" at my home. It started out 1st and 3rd Thursdays and just recently became just 1st Thursday of each month. We meet at my home b/c I am the only one that has a formal dining room that provides room for 6-8 people to all sit together and do our thing. Most usually I do not have out a project to work on although there is plenty I could do - but I just like to be the helper. All summer long I was the seam presser for my friend Heidi as she worked on piecing her blocks for her 1st bed size quilt.

Last night was the first night that the sewing machine was not on the table. We did something totally different – we all rubberstamped! :c) Usually it's up to each person to bring their own thing but last night we all worked together on the same project. Five of us help head up a MOPS group at my church. MOPS stands for Mother's of Preschoolers. Well, last night we worked on a craft that all the moms will be doing at our next monthly meeting but we made them for the workers who watch after our kiddos while we meet. Here are photos of two of them we made last night for the workers:

– the photos are not good… couldn’t figure out if it was better to use a flash or not??? The popcorn celing reflection is showing in the glass - really behind the letters it is just solid black paper. The frames were from Wal-Mart for $3 not bad for a nice appreciation gift to the workers. :c) and I know the mothers in the MOPS meeting will love making their own last names later this month. :c)