Thursday, July 30, 2009

Almost time for a vacation :)

Summer semester is almost over!!!  Only 1 more week.  YAY!  I'm trying to work ahead to avoid any homework next week.  Sunday starts the county fair.  Can't wait!  Favorite week of the year!  Calvin and I will be in the grandstands, lemon shake-ups in hand, most afternoons to watch horse races.  Sooo looking forward to it!  I'm hoping for weather like this week! 

To make next week even better, next week at this time, we will be sitting pool side in Branson! 

We can't wait to get away for a few days.  This trip is pretty special because Chris's whole family (minus one family) will be there, too.  I look forward to making many wonderful family memories! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Mom and Clay's wedding on Saturday was beautiful. She was stunning. The ring is a freaking rock! And I've never seen my mom happier. More to come on that after I get the pix.

Before the wedding, we stopped by the Montrose Tractor Pull for about an hour. We missed seeing the fam pull - but Tiffany beat Levi in one class!!! Girls on tractors rock!

Ran into Tricia at the Tractor Pull. Here is our pic...

I wanna know why I can wear a dress, hair done, make-up flawless, and Kenneth Cole heels (not pictured) to die for... and she still looks hotter!?! She's gorgeous - and single-ish... What's up w/ that?!?

Yesterday I headed to Champaign for some retail therapy. No luck. Yes, I bought stuff - but didn't feel better afterwards. It's like I couldn't find things I wanted to buy. Oh well... better for the bank account this way! ;-)

Picked up lunch at McDonald's on my way to Champaign. Did you know they got new burgers??? They're Angus Burgers - look comprable to the Hardee's Thick Burgers. Looked yummy. I had a fish fillet. Any idea why they only put 1/2 of a piece of cheese on the fish fillet?

Summer semester is almost over - then 2 or 3 weeks on break before Fall semester. My summer classes are killing me! They are tough - and ASA takes like 10 hours a week! Crazy! I'm ready for the break. Works out great that right as my break starts, we're heading to Branson for the big family vacation. :-) Looking forward to some time by the pool. Note to Chris: don't forget to pack the daiquiri maker. ;-)

It's been 6 days since you know what... it's hard to explain exactly how I'm feeling. If you've ever lost someone very close to you, maybe this analogy will make sense. When Dad died, I focused on getting through the first few days - through the visitation and the funeral. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I thought that after the funeral everything would be fine - that Dad would be back. But, of course I was wrong. I feel a bit like that now. Last week was systematic - do this, this, and that. Now, 6 days later I don't know what I'm supposed to do. I know it will get easier and I'm trying to take it one day at a time. I truly appreciate everyone's thoughts, prayers, and cards. We have a wonderful support system. Thank-you.

Now, back to folding the mound of clean clothes on the couch... I hate folding clothes!!! I hope everyone is having a good week!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009


First, thank-you to EVERYONE for their unconditional support.  Thank-you. 

I am okay.  Physically, I am fine.  Emotionally, I am getting there.  I'm starting to accept that I'm not pregnant and there won't be a baby in March.  It's weird to go from prego to non-prego w/o having a baby.  I still find myself touching my stomach from time to time, especially in my sleep. 

Overall, I'd say I'm doing pretty good.  I had a productive day yesterday.  I will admit here that my day came to a screeching halt yesterday when a friend randomly did something that caused me to remember, cry, and scream.  I need to stop letting other's actions affect me.  Although I think it was careless, I need to remember that the world does not revolve around me and I'm sure it wasn't intended to hurt me

Today.  Chris is at work, Calvin's going to the campgrounds w/ gma and gpa for awhile, and I think I'm going to get some more work done and mop the floors.  Yay, right? 

Tomorrow is my Mom's wedding.  Pix and stories to share later this weekend.  :-) 

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Our Angel

I don't know how to say it.  I'm quite emotionless and cold right now, so this post isn't likely to come across like it probably should. 

We have had 4 ultrasounds in less than 2 weeks. 

Last week on Thursday, the ultrasound showed that the baby's heart wasn't beating as strong as it should.  It's heartrate was low and it was underdeveloped for the stage we were in during our pregnancy. 

After grasping at the idea that there was a chance that my dates were wrong and that the baby was just younger than we thought, I had hope. 

Monday, we returned for another ultrasound.  The heartbeat was barely a flutter and unable to get a reading on how many bpm.  The baby was also 3 days smaller than it was last Thursday.  The doctor prepared us for the worst. 

This morning an ultrasound showed that our precious baby's heart had stopped beating.  Our baby is an Angel, now. 

I am scheduled to have a d&c this afternoon. 

I don't know how I'll be tomorrow, the next day, in a week, or even in a month.  I am being the Christina that I do best:  farely emotionless, systematic, and not allowing myself to process the information.  This is me and it's how I am.  I know we have bad moments ahead.  But, we will get through this. 

We appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers.  Our support system is amazing.  Thank-you.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The 6 State Troopers That Sat In Taco Bell and Watched Me While Having Car Trouble

Today I got a craving for Taco Bell.  Calvin was gone to Meme's, so I decided to treat myself. 

Yesterday my battery light came on in my car.  I didn't think much of it til I was on my way to Taco Bell today and the Anti-Lock Brake light came on, too.  Then, I realized my AC wasn't working right.  Determined to get some Taco Bell before all hell broke loose, I drove on. 

I made it to Taco Bell.  Yay! 

I got through the drive-thru.  Yay! 

And just as it was almost my turn to pull out onto the busiest street in our town, my car died. 

I tried and tried to get it to start.  Only some funny clicking noise.  Ugh.  My cell phone that I thought was missing (long story) anyway, I found it in my purse but it was completely dead and the car charger doesn't work.  Super-ugh. 

So, I'm sitting in the Taco Bell parking lot near the entrance/exit to Keller drive.  My window is still down from going through the drive-thru.  I didn't want to leave my car with the window down and I hoped someone would stop to offer help.  Actually, I hoped that one of the 5 state troopers sitting inside Taco Bell would come out to help.  Yes, there were 5 State Cops inside Taco Bell having lunch!   

After what seemed like an eternity, but was probably more like 10 minutes, a nice gentleman stopped to let me borrow his phone.  I didn't know who to call - and my goal was to get someone there w/ a phone so I could call my husband (who was out of town) and figure things out.  I called Aunt Dawn.  Her and Amber would rescue me asap.  :-) 

While waiting for Dawn and Amber, a 6th state trooper pulled into Taco Bell.  He drove right past me sitting in distress in my hot car with my flashers on.  I watched out my window, hoping he'd come back to help - maybe to get the other 5 cops and push my car out of the conjested Taco Bell entrance. The only thing he did was place his order at the Taco Bell counter! 

Dawn and Amber arrived.  Thank-you! 

I got out of my car and started walking towards where they parked/towards Taco Bell.  All 6 troopers were sitting at the corner of Taco Bell facing me - all staring.  WTF?!?  I gave them a big giant wave and muttered words of them being a-holes for not helping.  I'm pretty sure they got my point! 

Everybody knows my Aunt Dawn.  She's a popular gal.  :-)  She and Amber started to push my car (I steered - remember, I'm prego).  It was seconds before a nice man stopped to help them push - of course he knew Dawn.  Then... what do ya know... those 6 state troopers that were previously too busy shoving Taco Bell in their faces... came out to help push.  Yeah, a couple of them knew Aunt Dawn - hence the help.   

I appreciated that they helped push me out of the way.  However, as state troopers, I expected a little more - how about sticking around to help when they saw us get the jumper cables out.  Nope.  There must have been a donut sale somewhere! 

If you can't tell, I'm annoyed with those cops. 

That's really my story from today - all true.  My car?  Well, it's fixed now after a new alternator from Poland's.  I do need to give Bill from Poland's a shout out for getting my car in so quickly.  I really appreciate it! 

Monday, July 13, 2009

Big Brother To Bee

Calvin has big news to share with the world!

"Big Brother To Bee"

Calvin is going to be a big brother!
He's so excited - possibly the most excited out of all!
I never knew he'd be so happy, supportive, and already love the baby so much. It's cute to see him this way.

We are almost 7 weeks pregnant with the baby that Calvin normally calls Baby Brother - although he insists that he doesn't care if it's a brother or a sister. If we even mention a name for the baby, he exclaims that it is PickleChips! That is his/her name for now. Can you tell Calvin came up with it all on his own???

Chris and I are thrilled about the baby. It's cute to see how husbands migrate from men to loving and caring fathers/helpers/protectors. Chris has been amazing thus far. I couldn't have wished for a better husband. Thank-you, babe!

On Friday, the baby had its very first photo shoot.
It's merely a 3mm speck right now.
But that's our gorgeous speck with a strong beating heart.
Next sonogram is scheduled for this Thursday and we're to expect better pictures.

I hope you check back often to read about our pregnancy and PickleChip's progression. :-)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Big Foot Sited On Keller Drive!

Today just minutes before 1:00 p.m. CST, a passenger of a 2000 Buick Century claims to have seen Big Foot on Keller Drive in Effingham, IL.

According to the witness, questioned by Officer Mom, Big Foot is big, hairy, and dangerous. We suspect the witness will return to Keller Drive with his gun to hunt the beast!

Calvin was the eyewitness. His imagination is out of this world!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Since When Do 3 Year Olds Know How To Spell?!?

I spell a lot to keep things from Calvin. Recently we noticed he recognized some of the words I was spelling. Once, it was
G-A-Y... yeah, we chuckled a little when we realized he knew what that spelled.

Just minutes ago, I spelled T-R-O-P-I-C-A-L S-N-O. Chris agreed to go, but since Calvin had to go to bed soon, he wasn't getting him one so mine would be outside in the freezer. As Chris was leaving, Calvin yelled, "Get me Sweet-Tart!" He knew what we were talking about!!!

Needless to say, Chris will be returning with 2
Tropical Sno's. :-) Thanks, sweetie!

As for Calvin and his spelling - what's a parent to do when they can't even spell???

Monday, July 6, 2009

Product Review - Must Have!

Don't Be Scared!
It's relatively painless!!!

Let me introduce you to the Emjoi Emagine.
The dual opposed 72 head tweezer epilator.

I got mine here.

It is amazing.
After three days, I no longer need to shave my underarms!
My bikini line is looking fab and I am starting my legs tomorrow.

My last - and first epilator went caput a few months ago after a few years of dutiful service to my hair removal needs. I'd never used an epilator before and I admitted that the first few times using it were a little painful. Over time, my skin toughened up, the hair got finer, and the pain gone.

When it finally stopped working, I put off buying another one - because let's face it, they're not cheap (I'd already tried a cheaper one, and it didn't work at all). A few weeks ago I finally caved in and replaced my old one with a newer more sophisticated one.

At first glance I was petrified. Dual opposing heads?!? Sounds so intense! To my surprise, it's nearly painless (only slight prick-like sensation when it grabs a thick hair) - and I have little tolerance for pain. Because of the dual opposing heads, it gets more hair in one swipe. I love it!

If you're looking for a way to keep yourself hairless in should be hair-free zones, look no further than the Emjoi Emagine Epilator!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The unfinished test

Yesterday I took a proctored test for my Advanced Software Applications online course.  I scheduled the test at the Kluthe Center.  I knew from the content of the class that the test wouldn't be a breeze, but I never dreamt I'd run out of time!!! 

Yeah, 9 pages of instructions for advanced Word formatting and only 45 minutes.  When the proctor came in to tell me I had 5 minutes left, I still hadn't started the last 2 sections!!!  I skimmed them and did the best I could - but geez!  I've never run out of time on any test in my entire life.  This was one of the toughest exams and in my opinion - an unrealistic time limit. 

That's my gripe.  For future Lake Land Advanced Software Application students, do not take it online.  It is a ton of work that requires more self motivation than I have.  Take it on campus.