Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Incredible Shrinking House

So, did you hear that the housing market is in a bit of a slump? We had heard that too but we were not prepared for what our new (really great) realtor had for us. We might be able to sell our house for what we paid for it...if we're lucky. If we use a realtor, we won't break even.
I may have mentioned in previous posts that our house is 872 782 square feet. Baby #3 is coming in September. We actually thought we could survive a while that way but Elliet starts school this year and we are not diggin' this school district.
We're thinking we'll save/pay off debt and list in January. The market may not get better but it's the best time to sell and we'll have some money to bring to the table. It's gonna get tight around here! In more ways than one.

Monday, April 14, 2008

I've Been Tagged

The rules. - Link to the person that tagged you. - Post the rules on your blog.- Write 6 random things about yourself.- Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs. - Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.- Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

I got tagged. Caress tagged me.
I feel special to be tagged but now I feel pressure to come up with six things, yikes.

Thing #1
At 17 weeks pregnant I've lost nine pounds

Thing #2
I want to live "greener" and provide healthier food for my family but the little changes I've been making are never enough. The more changes I make the more changes I find I need to make. It's exhausting.

Thing #3
I feel guilty for having no desire to participate in the current Bible study. The only reason I may try and catch up is because I miss the girls.

Thing #4
My sister's dog is staying with us for a week. I think he and my dog just realized that they are opposite sexes...they're making me nervous.

Thing #5
I like having Gus here for (only) two reasons. One, Kenai is saying her g's alot which her speech therapist said she needs. Two, most of Elliet's smothering cuddles go to him...instead of me.

Thing #6
Burning Man and skydiving. Two things I thought really believed would be a regular part of my life that I've still only done once.

Katrien, Jenn, Amy, Christie, Leigh and Emily, consider yourselves tagged

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


I haven't been to Bible study but twice since before Kenai's surgery. Caress' third wedding anniversary reminds me that we've been in this group for nearly four years. This exchange is an itty-bitty part of the reason.

C: (describing her leaking basement) It's really wet down there.
A: (after a pause, in a quiet voice) That's what she said

Friday, April 04, 2008

Just to Acknowledge It

Robin Broxterman and Brian Schira were killed in the line of duty today. They were fighting a fire in the townshiop next to ours. I don't feel right letting the day pass as if everything is the same. I don't really KNOW any firefighters or have any claim to feel more effected than any other guy out there. It just feels heavy to me. These people are bigger than me because when I would run out, they run in. So I just didn't want to not say anything, I wanted to acknowledge that this terrible thing had happened.

Thursday, April 03, 2008


Our bathroom faucet just turned on by itself.
Okay, I think Elliet left it on and when the toilet stopped filling there was a rush of water to the faucet. Still, we were creeped out.

It's not that there's nothing to say...

I just feel so inarticulate lately.
The extra visits to the hospital really worked me over. The courage I felt going into surgery was stomped on by the seizures that took over a week later. These seizures lasted about three weeks, she was having episodes (the doctor likened them to infantile spasms) every 15 to 30 seconds. During this time, the Kenai we knew disappeared. Ten days in I still felt sure that she would come out eventually and that she would be okay. I was more worried she would fall and harm her newly restructured neck. Day 13 or so the bottom fell out and I wasn't sure anymore. Nothing changed, but...nothing changed. The day I realized I didn't really know if she was coming back I cried all day. I was there in the hospital, I cried in front of the doctors (something I highly recommend), I cried while we played and I cried when I rocked her to sleep. I got ahold of myself, actually found some peace reading scripture. Of course, she's fine now, not a single seizure since we've been home. She's going to speech, occupational and physical therapy and doing well. Still, this has shaken us.

Between the first and second hospital stays for seizures, I saw my OB and at my request, we did my glucose test. I was positive for diabetes which I expected because I had gestational diabetes with both previous pregnancies. What I didn't know was that it was too early for gestational diabetes...this is the real thing. This wasn't a big surprise since I knew I would get it if I didn't take care of myself (ie. lose weight). I did not think I would get it so early. The nurse I met with believes it was the stress that acted as a trigger. She also described the symptoms I may have been feeling and MAN, they were dead on. They were also very similar to the symptoms of depression. I had almost decided to go back on zoloft! A few more weeks here and I should be feeling much better. I'm into my second trimester now so that should help as well.
So I guess it's been rough but the future is looking bright, and there's a baby coming! Maybe I'll post about all the books I've been reading.