Thursday, August 27, 2009


Bubba insisted I put this tiger costume on him that happens to be size 9 months. I squeezed him in, brought him to a mirror, he squealed with delight, then ran around the house. Have you ever seen something so ferocious?

And you bet that's my sexy, sophisticated husband in the background. Don't tell him I told you-- But he's actually reading Harry Potter.

Husband: I love Harry Potter more than anything!
Me: What about me?
Husband, corrected: I love you more than anything. So, Harry Potter is my second favorite. Wait, I love you, then Bubba, then Harry Potter. Oh, wait, I love basketball and food more than Harry Potter. So, I guess Harry Potter is my fifth favorite.

This is the point in which I realized my husband was a nerd, and indeed not the coolest man alive as I have mistakenly been lead to believe.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

More on Clark

HERE is a newsclip of Clark. It's difficult to watch. :(

I just talked to Clark. He's still in ICU but is doing better. He's managing to flirt with the "hot nurses" but informs me that he is wearing a diaper. Hope that's working for him.


Clark and Bubba

The last couple of days have been especially traumatic for my family. We came close to losing my little brother, Clark who is loved so dearly. He is the sweetest kid you'll ever meet. He's 14 and still tells me he loves me every time we speak. He gives hugs out like candy at a parade, respects his parents, gets along with everyone. Clark is just someone everyone really enjoys being around.

But unfortunately teenage boys sometimes do stupid things. He and his friend, Conner heard you could get a natural high if you ate Jimson weed seeds (moonflower). They found some planted in Conner's backyard and ate them. So, my parents got a call on Sunday from Conner's parents. They found Conner halucinating and he was rushed to Pediatric ICU, but no one could find Clark. My parents and friends looked everywhere. Someone found him hallucinating in a field hours later and called 911. He had been there 8 hours, was severely dehydrated, sunburned, and really scared. He didn't recognize my parents until yesterday, and he finally stopped thrashing, twitching, and hallucinating today.

And it's been a rough day for him. He's been in Pediatric ICU unable to eat for the last 48 hours and remembers a very scary experience, to say the least. It breaks my heart because he's such a happy kid and I just called to check on him and he's just sobbing. He said he was so scared. For eight hours, he walked around trying to find someone that had a cell phone so he could call his mom, but everyone he talked to would turn out to be just a tree, or disappear. It's the furthest thing from a pleasant experience. If he wasn't found at that time, he would have died.

Clark and my mom have agreed to talk about this experience, to have a Public Health Warning issued and to educate parents on discussing the danger with their own children. Kids have died from ingesting this flower before. It's not an illegal flower; in fact it grows wild in a lot of places, so I just hope that there's no long term damage and that other kids learn from this. They'll probably be on the news tonight. Here some newspaper clips and a video about them in the meantime...

Prayers would be appreciated. The doctors are saying Clark could have permanent liver damage. There's a video clip to the right of this article.


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Seven Months

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So, here I am bursting with belly, among other things. He's a big guy. He's an active guy. He's still a nameless guy. I can't wait to meet him. I can't wait for Bubba to meet him! If I could fill my house with children I would. I want a baby girl from China. And one from Africa. I want all the babies in the world. Is that selfish?

Oh, wait...I can barely handle mine today. But he's cute.

Sideways. Oops.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Pica is the practice of craving substances with little or no nutritional value. Most pica cravings involve non-food substances such as dirt or chalk. The word pica is Latin for magpie which is a bird notorious for eating almost anything.

Don't think I'm a freak, but I have been craving sponges lately. My mouth watered as I passed the shelves on the cleaning aisle. I just wanted to bite it, chew it, soak it and suck the water out. I wierd! After over a week, I finally broke down, confessed to my husband that I really wanted a sponge and why, so we went to Safeway specifically for sponges. I was smart about it, I boiled the sponges in water and then chewed to my hearts content. Don't worry, I didn't swallow...I just wanted to chew it.

I googled "craving sponges" and underneath it already had a "craving sponges during pregnancy". Apparently thousands of women also crave sponges while pregnant. I don't feel so wierd anymore. :)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

It's Official: Bubba is a Toddler

*My dad with Bubba on his head*

After many complaints that I need to put current pictures of Bubba up, here you go. In the last month, he has grown officially from baby to toddler. I want to cry admitting it, but at the same time he has become even more fun! This summer has been the best because I'm experiencing everything as a kid again. We went camping and got super dirty (especially Bubba). He kept picking up mounds of dirt and putting it on his head! I about had a melt down and had to remind myself, that he is a boy and we are camping. It's okay.

My family came to visit from Oklahoma and Bubba had so much fun with them. My parents haven't seen him since he was 3 months old, so it's been fun to see the grandparents in action. That's my dad with the Bub on his head.

I started back at my old job. I love it! I get to bring Bubba with me, and it's just like an all day play date with Isaac-3 and Kathryn-18 months. They are seriously the best kids and they all have so much fun together.

The pregnancy is going well. Baby boy #2 who is still nameless is getting bigger and stronger. I promise to have baby bump pictures up next time, which will hopefully be soon. With only three months to go, I'm getting so excited to have him join our family. We'll say to Bubba, "Give baby brother a kiss," and he very excitedly runs over and kisses my belly. It's so cute, though I don't think he actually gets that there's a baby yet. He'll know soon enough, soon enough.

*Bub trying on Daddy's shoes. Unfortunately, I think I'm going to have another shoe freak on my hands.*