Monday, June 30, 2008

A New Day!

I feel exhilarated. Last night the church had a 5k/2 mile walk. I chose the walk, obviously. My friend Erin said at the beginning that we should go walk the golf course every day. That sounded like a great idea. By the end we both didn't know about that. Now before you think badly of us, you need to know that was not your typical 2 miles. It was very hilly and curvy. I also jogged up the hills, which was a little ambitious. Now, I wasn't dying at the end, but I was a little more out of breath than necessary. Bree did awesome and I know that Curves had a lot to do with it. Erin and I decided to make a commitment. We got up early and went to Totally Fit in Bloomfield. We worked out and got home pretty early. I felt so good when I left. I am NOT a morning person, but I felt more awake when I left there than I would have if I would have gotten up a 9:00.

We are going to start going three days a week. James will take Adi to Shelly's, and I will go get her after she has her lunch. That will give me a chance to get my shower and do some things around the house. It will also be good for Adi. It will allow her to keep the schedule that she has developed and I will still get to spend a ton of time with her, two full days and three half. I feel guilty, but I know that it is healthy for both of us especially right now =( This is about the age that separation anxiety comes into play.

Today I got home after working out, and I mowed the lawn. I folded a load of laundry and started another and folded it. I took a shower. I cleaned the kitchen floor, and I was at Shelly's to get Adi by 11:30. I felt like I had accomplished something. James got to come home for lunch. I cooked lunch and we hung out until he had to go back to work. I thought that Adi would take a nap, but she only did for about 30 min. We have played pretty hard this afternoon. She is in her jumper right now. She got tired of mom wallering her=)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Super Sunday!

I really just wanted to blog about how much I enjoyed myself in church today. The message was about communion. I take it every Sunday and always say a little prayer before, but I never really think about it. I just do it. Today really made me stop and think. When the preacher started talking about not taking communion if you have someone that you need to forgive I started feeling like I needed to take a look at myself. I got sort of emotional taking communion. (big surprise!) I don't know what it was about this Sunday, but it really touched me. I know that I haven't been going to church at LCC long, but I feel different. I am listening to christian radio, I am trying to watch the things that I say, and I just feel better about myself. I caught myself talking about religion today with a friend that I would have never talked about that to. She was interested in my sudden interest in the church. I grew up going to a church,but as a teenager I always had something to do that got in the way. I feel now that as a mom, I owe it to myself and my baby to be a better Christian and better person.

Saturday, June 28, 2008


I just got home from Bree and Jared's and got Adi to bed. I had a really good time. The food was great, and volleyball was a lot of fun, even though my team lost every time. The fireworks were great. They always have such a good display. I always think that it's the last one, but they just keep coming. I couldn't believe the weather. Lori said that it looked like the nursing home. We were all sitting in a line with blankets, and Bree's grandmas were sitting up in the window. We just have to be thankful that it didn't rain. James never did get to come, and he is still out. He has been out since 11:30ish, and he's clear past Worthington. He is going to need a week to recuperate after this.


I am so excited that summer school is over! That was quite possibly the longest 24 days of my life. It wasn't just because of the kids, but because I am anxious to spend the summer with my precious baby girl. I don't actually know that we have 45 more days till school starts, but Carson Tallman (a 2nd grader) said that we did. He's probably right, very bright young man. It felt strange leaving school yesterday. I left thinking, TGIF, but not really grasping that I don't have to go back until August.

I am in for a busy and exciting weekend. It is weekends like this that makes the summer go quickly. You know what they say. Time flies when you're having fun! Today we have the annual Shaw Family 4th of July Extravaganza. Tomorrow, we will go to church. Then, I have to be in Unionville by 2 for a baby shower. Then, at 7 we have a 2 mile fundraising walk at the church. I'm sure that it will make the weekend go fast.

I will be glad when the weekend is over, so that James will not be on call anymore. He has been out every night this week. Monday was just in the evening for a few hours. Tuesday and Wednesday he was out all night. He was out quite a while on Thurs, and he was out till 4:30 am last night. Poor guy.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

If the House is a Rockin'... HELP!!!

I am a little scared right now. The thunder and lightning are a little too close and strong for comfort. I feel like the house shakes every time the thunder cracks. I am not typically scared of storms. I actually enjoy watching the lightning. Not tonight! I think that it is because my hubby is out in it, and I'm home here with Adi. Sucks doesn't it Andrea? I was pretty sure we were going to lose power a couple times, and knowing that James is in Kirksville made me nervous. Storms I can deal with. The dark, not so much.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Let the Weekend Begin!

It was really nice to be home today! I am not sad that I missed the field trip. Sarah said that the kids were ornery and the museum was not enough to keep their interest. I was glad to sleep in just a little bit. Adi is so sweet. She wakes up happy almost every morning. Ba ba ba ba ba... That seems to be her alarm. Then when I go to pick her up, she always has the biggest smile on her face and reaches for me. So fun.

We played a lot today, even though she is still a little fussy, from her teeth. Poor baby=( Then, we went to Kirksville and I got a pedicure with Sarah and Erin. I had BUNKO tonight, so I went there right after I got home. Adi is staying the night with Mom and Dad tonight. I feel so strange not having her home. I need to learn that it is ok to share her. Every seven months or so is ok, right? It is almost like I don't know what to do with myself.

We are going to go to Kahoka early tomorrow morning. We need to go home and see my father-in-law as often as we can. We will spend most of the day there, but will come home tomorrow evening so I can go to church. We didn't get to go last Sunday, because I was having 50+ people at my house for lunch. It went well, but would have gone better if there wasn't a crazy storm right at lunch time. Oh well. It's over and done now.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

My Friday!

I know that it isn't Friday yet, but I have tomorrow off. It felt nice to leave school knowing that I have a three day weekend. I was really extra tired today. I no longer have the little guys in summer school. I have moved on to the big kids ( 7th, 8th, & 9th graders.) Believe it or not I much prefer the older ones. Every teacher is geared toward a different age I guess. 4th grade is still my favorite. I don't think I will move willingly for a long time. I am tired of summer school, but I don't think that is why I was so tired today. I am pretty congested, not sick though. I feel like that has something to do with my exhaustion.

I left my baby home with a babysitter for the first time today. I guess that is if you don't count my family. Adi stayed with Wanda Homer yesterday at her house, but I wasn't even the slightest bit nervous about that. I wasn't nervous today either really. I just felt strange leaving my baby home with someone. Katelyn Crossgrove watched her. She did an awesome job. I got home and she had written down what times and how much Adi had ate and slept. I was very impressed. She will definitely be on my call list when James and I need a date night!

Update on Adi's teeth: She has two on the bottom now, and I am pretty sure that she is working on both of her eye teeth on the top. I have tried getting pictures, but that isn't the easiest thing to get a photo of. Teething is no fun, but it would be so nice if she got several of them in all at once. It breaks my heart to watch her cry when I know I can't really help.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Where was I?

I didn't realize that it had been so long. I have done a lot since the 12th of June. I am too tired to tell everything that has gone on this week. I just wanted to let everyone know that I have not fallen off the face of the Earth.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Summer School... *sigh*

Today began the first day of my second 12 day stint of summer school. Most teachers did or are doing 12 full days. I decided that I would help someone out that wanted to do all 24 days, but only in the morning. I agreed to do all afternoons. Toward the end of the 1st session I was wishing that I would have done 12 days and been done. Oh well. I enjoy teaching a class about China, so I knew it would go relatively fast. Then, on Tuesday morning Sandy Daniels called and asked if I would be willing to teach third grade in the mornings and China in the afternoons for 2nd session. I told her that every minute a sucker is born, and the minute I was born, I was the sucker! I told her I would. I couldn't pass on the extra money. I should be grateful for the opportunity, but I can't help but feel a little guilty. I feel like I could be home with my baby, but I am not. I have to tell myself that doing summer school is providing for her, just in a different way. Besides, I will still have almost two months of mommy and Adi time before school starts back up.

Tomorrow I am praying for good weather. My group of students is going to 1000 Hills in the morning and the pool in the afternoon. I am excited to be outside all day. I will finally have the chance to get a little sun. I have learned from my hubby though. I will not be taking my shirt off at the pool ;)

Sunday, June 8, 2008

So, do you remember that time that I said it was the perfect Sunday? Too bad I said that before the day was actually over. I am sitting here listening to the rain, crabby because the satellite is out, tired but unable to sleep because my husband is going to be out all night, and relieved because I finally got my super fussy, teething baby to sleep. I spoke to soon. I like the rain, when my husband is not in it. It's also not as cool when you have outdoor plans. I just feel really bad for James. He hasn't gotten a break all week. We were going to go to Ottumwa tomorrow to pick up Adi's pictures. I think I will tell him that can wait, so that he can do something that he wants to do.

I could have had the pics already if I just would have listened. When we got pictures taken, the lady asked if we would just like to have them printed there. It was going to be like an extra three dollars a sheet. I declined. But being the salesperson that she was, she persisted. She asked what kind of gas mileage I got, and I told her that I got about 22 mpg on the highway. She insured me that getting them printed there would be so much smarter, because it probably took about $70 to get there. Hmm... I am guessing that she wasn't the best math student in her class.

LaZy DaY!

What an awesome Sunday. It was exactly what a Sunday should be. We woke up this morning, and got ready for church. Adi took a nap while I was getting ready, which is very unusual. We went to church , and she didn't fall asleep on the way home like she does Every Sunday. (Can you believe it Jenn?) I didn't feel like cooking, so we just ordered from Buddy's and ate at home. Adi decided she was sleepy after a little play time. I gave her a bottle and at about 2 she and I laid down for a nap.

James was out cleaning up our yard, because we are having a BBQ for Father's Day! He wants everything to look nice. It looks great!!! He has put mulch around all of the bushes and re rocked the back walkway. He worked on it all day yesterday too. Poor guy burnt himself to a crisp. He has also gotten his share of overtime this week. I am pretty sure that he has not gotten a full night sleep once this week, between working and baby. In all that, he has found time to play with Adi and love his wonderful wife;) He is the best father and husband ever.

Anyhow, back to the rest of the day. Sleep at 2 up at 4:30. How awesome is that? Adi woke up at about 5. I don't know if this teething thing is wearing her out or what, but she has been napping really well lately. James is on his way home from working now, and it's popcorn night =) Great day!

Friday, June 6, 2008

We Have a Breakthrough!

Yep, that's right, my baby has a tooth. I stayed home with her yesterday thinking that the crankies and fever were from her shots. I guess I was a little off. I checked her gums this morning, as I always do. I do this because she's been a drool machine since she was 3 months old. There wasn't anything. When I picked her up from Shelly's I asked how she had felt. She said that she had been pretty cranky and had been drooling a lot today. I said maybe we'll get teeth before she is 2!

We went to Braxton's ball game at 6:00. I had been holding Adi and she was jumping and playing. She decided that she wanted to chew on my finger instead of her own. I felt it, a little tooth, her first little tooth. I was so excited! I know that I looked like a fool. I was tickling and talking to Adi, and I was about to jump out of my seat. I know it isn't that exciting, but I sure thought it was at the moment. It's amazing, their teeth are like little mushrooms. They pop up out of nowhere.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Sick Baby

My poor babe. We woke up this morning and instead of cooing as usual, Adi was whimpering. I took her temperature and sure enough. It wasn't a very high fever, but she just wasn't acting like herself. (How is Emma by the way?) I decided that I better stay home from work to be with her. She was very cranky. I hate feeling like there is nothing that I can do for her. I know that all I could do was love her. She isn't a very snugly baby, but today she was. She is becoming more lovey as she gets older though. I notice that she is much more aware of me. She knows when I am in the room. She is typically not happy when I leave her alone for even a few seconds. Today she was attached all day. She would barely let me put her down. She wouldn't even take a nap. We got about a 45 min. nap in. Then, Daddy came home =)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Shots =(

We had to take miss Adi to get her wellness checkup and 6 month shots this afternoon. She was such a good baby, yet again. How lucky am I? She now weighs 14.4 lbs. and is 24 in. long, which puts her in the 25th percentile for her weight and the 5th percentile for her height. She is such a shrimp. I LOVE IT! She doesn't have much of a chance in the height department.

When we first got to the doctor she had a low grade temp. It turns out that it was just because of the heat outside. It ended up going down on its own, so we still got to get our shots. I did not want to get shots, of course, but I know that it's important and necessary these days. The first doctor that came in was an intern, and Adi immediately laughed and talked to him. He said that he had a 16 week old that would make a good husband someday. He said that Adi was one of the most beautiful babies he'd seen. I know that, but it's nice to hear from a stranger. James told him that his son would have to wait in line, but I said that we might make an exception for a doctor's son. =)

We switched doctors. I much prefer our new Dr. She is so nice. She played with Adi and took her time with her. I felt bad, because the Dr. that we used to go to is in the same office. It is better off. I have to like the person that will be caring for my child throughout her childhood. I didn't dislike Dr. Lobb, but our personalities were not compatible.

Adi's First Swim Suit

I just had to show off my beautiful baby in her new swim suit. She hasn't actually got to wear it to swim yet, but we had to try it on. She could for sure be a baby bikini model! I can't wait till we get a pool so that we can play in the water this summer.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Game Day

Adi was the Best baby in the world!!! She did so well I couldn't have asked for a better baby. She didn't fuss the whole way there, and the whole way back, until we got to Canton, Mo. I couldn't blame her. I was getting very cranky myself. I love going places, but I am always ready to go home. She napped some on the way home, but hardly at all on the way to St. Louis.

So, the game didn't go as well as the trip itself. Adi did awesome, but the weather and the Cardinals, not so great. The game was set to start @ 6:15, and I was pumped to see a night game. We got to the stadium at about 5:30. It was hot, but there was a breeze and it was nice. We walked around for awhile, and we bought her a cute hat in the Cardinal store. We went to sit down, and I believe that I made the comment that I wished it would stay cloudy so that the sun wouldn't be to bright. It stayed cloudy alright. We were in the middle of the first inning and lightning struck. It started to sprinkle, so James and I took Adi to walk around until the rain stopped. We fed her and went to see what there was to see. Still raining. We went to see what else there was to see. Still raining. To make a long story short, it didn't stop raining. Pretty soon Mom, Dad, and the girls came to find us. By that point it was pouring, but the Cards were still playing and not well might I add. James and Dad walked around, which at that point I am sure that James had seen it all. Finally, we decided that sitting around, while the Cardinals were losing, in the pouring rain, was not fun. Needless to say, we left early. Thankfully I got a few cute pics before the rain began. Oh, and I mustn't forget to mention that they lost 14-3 =(