December 31, 2001
Cute quotes from someone's sig line:
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. --Mignon McLaughlin

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. --Phyllis Diller

My husband said, "It's ME or the scrapbooks!"
So, I took pictures of him packing his bags and I made my best page yet! --Unknown
December 28, 2001
Christmas was very good; Tim spoiled me by getting The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh: The 75th Anniversary of Winnie the Pooh, an enormous Eeyore and an Eeyore t-shirt. I've been on a Winnie-the-Pooh hunt since ... Well, for a while. Tim received the DVD's that he wanted and a Third Day (a Christian rock band) CD that I thought he might like. Josh, being the child, cleaned up with action figures, a book that he wanted but hadn't put on his list (a specific version of The Story of Dr. Dolittle), a Veggie Tales video and Lego's from multiple people. I am very glad that 1) you can't go wrong with Lego's and Josh and 2) he is beginning to enjoy books almost as much as everyone else in this family :) . It might help since both Tim and I are also avid bookworms.

Dinner was a success, not as big a production as Thanksgiving. Very relaxed and most of the cooking done on the day of, but it was a simple dinner. Tim's sister Kayla joined us, as did Bobby, Erin and Maykayla. We got to take pictures of Bobby officially proposing to Erin and hearing her say Yes... and of course I took even more pictures of Maykayla.

Tomorrow I take an assessment test to get into college, PCC (Portland Community College). It's a starting over of sorts. This time I have a focus (physical therapy, which I can get a degree in at Portland State University, but I need the flexibility of a CC right now) and I am going to take my time and try to correctly (is it possible??) balance home and school. Last time I just got too burned out. Josh is worried that I would stop homeschooling him if I went back to school, but I explained that I can find a sitter for the few day classes I may have to take or I can take night classes.

The Rubber Band Issue

December 11, 2001
I had a ton to write during the first three months, but of course I was too tired ... then I felt too stupid. Do you know how many brain cells babies tend to take away when you are making them ?????? Ok, not the fun part of making them :) but when they get down to business and start growing? And I wasn't in the best of shape to begin this with either.

I decided to write today because of the rubber-band issue. I knew I was getting bigger. Tim definitely knows I'm getting bigger (it's all I talk about when I'm not talking about other aspects of the pregnancy) .. but today, I had to ask my son for a rubber band. I'm wearing jeans that fit comfortable *all* last week. They got washed. I am pretty sure they didn't shrink. The length is the same. But I could not button them without feeling as if I need to lose 5 lbs!

These are the last pair of jeans that fit and I am about to throw a temper tantrum ... mainly because I spent all my money on Christmas presents and now don't have any for new clothes. I hardly ever buy new clothes. .. but what do you do when your pants don't fit anymore and your overalls are starting to feel pretty snug, even the new ones you bought because the others were getting snug. *sigh*. Ok that's my rant.

On the happy, joyful side of this, according to the ultrasound, our baby (girl!) is fine and healthy. I can't wait for April to get here.
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