Finally getting a bit of job-related news!

We had been told by the hiring company that the elevator company would make their hiring decision on Wednesday. M and I both interpreted that to mean that they would be calling us. However, as the hours wore on, the anticipation became greater than I could bear. I was having a very hard time holding it together. I was falling apart at the seams. Chronic waiting seemed to encompass every area of my life, giving me no closure on anything.

By evening I was starting to feel sheepishly ashamed for being so out-of-sorts all day. I decided to make a better effort to not let it affect me so much anymore.

Just before 7:30am this morning, the phone finally rang. It was the hiring company, telling us that a job offer should be forthcoming from the company.

We were told the salary range, (more than he made at the last job!) that the job includes a company vehicle for personal use (another huge bonus!), and that there is also the possibility (likelyhood?) that we will start out for the first 12 to 18 months in Denver, CO while he thoroughly learns the job. I believe this would be after/in addition to the 7 weeks of training in IL and 2-4 weeks in TX. After Denver, maybe we’d be placed in Seattle, WA?  They said the job offer call may come today or tomorrow.

There are still questions to be answered, but the main one, “Will he get a job offer?” seems to be answered. Now it’s just a matter of ironing out the details…. WHEN? Where? Can the family accompany him on the training trips?

I am very relieved to finally hear something. I’m still awaiting the answers to several of my concerns, but hopefully I can wait more patiently now.

I’ll of course update again as soon as we hear anything more.
JJ

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Welcome to 2009!

It’s quite hard to believe that it’s already 2009! It will take some getting used to!

I’ve felt like my life has been on hold for awhile now. I’ve been hormonal and pretty cranky/grouchy so I haven’t felt much like blogging. Hopefully I can stay on top of it for awhile now!

I’m just going to give a general overview of what’s been going on because I don’t have the time or inclination to be wordy about it.

M was laid off from his job at Pardee Homes on November 19th. We’ve been enjoying the ‘time off’ and he’s getting some much needed R&R. His job was very stressful and taking a toll on his health.

He attended a hiring conference in San Diego at the beginning of December. He may have a shot at a couple of those jobs. He also did a phone interview for an elevator company, and they flew him up to San Fransisco for a 2nd/final interview. That went well and the guys he interviewed with said they would recommend him for a position. We were supposed to hear, “The week of the 29th/before New Year’s” but haven’t heard anything yet and probably won’t until next week now. But it does seem promising, his background is really good as far as his experience being ideal for the job. I think he is very optimistic about getting it.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about it, honestly. I know that most likely we’ll have to move away from my friends and church. But I just don’t want to! So I’m kinda dragging my feet about being excited at all. Also, this job will most likely take us to Seattle, which I didn’t realize before, but it’s a pretty liberal area. And it gets lots of rain. We’ve been having lots of rain here for a couple weeks and it makes us all go crazy inside the trailer. I can’t imagine 260+ days a year of rain! So I’m hoping if we do end up there, we’ll be able to rent a house, at least.

Also, there is a lot of training for this job, and I’m not sure if we’d have to be separated for it. There’s 2-4 weeks on-the-job training, then 7 weeks in Illinois, and 2 or 4 weeks in Texas. If we could tag along with him it wouldn’t be so bad, but if I have to be on my own somewhere new starting over without M and with a newborn, that is going to be hard! On top of all that, we’re not even sure exactly when this job starts. If it’s before the baby comes, that will be tricky, too! So, you can see that I’ve been kind of stressed and having to try very hard to just trust the Lord and not worry about it.

Today I am 38 weeks pregnant. At 35 weeks I had an evening/morning of lots of braxton hicks contractions. Last night I was also having lots of contractions. I was even starting to wonder if it would lead to real labor, but nothing’s happened much since 4am. I have a feeling I’m not going to make it all the way to the 15th this time, though.

To help pass the time and keep my mind off of potentially stressful things, I decided to make THIS last night.

I feel like I’m in a state of limbo here, it’s really wearing on me! I want to hear job news and waiting to go into labor! I can’t wait to meet my newest little boy!!

JJ

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Family Picture 2008

We finally have a family picture that includes Charles! I’m so happy! Doesn’t take much to please me.

JJ

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Random

1. Started your own blog Yes
2. Slept under the starsYes, and woke up with my eye swollen shut from mosquito bites!
3. Played in a band — No
4. Visited Hawaii — No
5. Watched a meteor showerI can’t remember. I don’t think so. I’ve seen a couple eclipses, though.
6. Given more than you can afford to charityNo
7. Been to DisneylandYes, once. Summer of ’07, 8months pregnant!
8. Climbed a mountainYes
9. Held a praying mantisYes, I used to have a couple as pets. Now, for some reason I have an extreme phobia of them.
10. Sang a soloNo
11. Bungee jumped — Absolutely NOT, never will!
12. Visited Paris — Nope
13. Watched a lightning stormYes, although I don’t really like them.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch — I guess crocheting counts?
15. Adopted a child — No
16. Had food poisoningYes, I’m sure I have
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty — No, when we were there ’03 you weren’t allowed to go inside.
18. Grown your own vegetablesYes
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France — No
20. Slept on an overnight train Yes, though not an experience I’d like to repeat. Of course, having a sleeper car may have been easier.
21. Had a pillow fightYes
22. HitchhikedYes, with my dad when our van broke down.
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not illNo
24. Built a snow fortYep! We had a lot of snow that year!
25. Held a lambDon’t think so
26. Gone skinny dipping — No way!
27. Run a Marathon — No. Running doesn’t appeal to me.
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice — No, never been there
29. Seen a total eclipseYes
30. Watched a sunrise or sunsetYes. More sunsets than sunrises.
31. Hit a home run — Nope. I’m awful at baseball. I’d be lucky to just hit the ball, period.
32. Been on a cruise — No
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person — No, but my hubby has!
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors — No. Strange question. Does that mean overseas in their country of origin?
35. Seen an Amish communityWell, technically we honeymooned for two nights in an Amish town, but it was Sunday and there wasn’t anyone around.
36. Taught yourself a new languageNo. I know a smidgen of Spanish.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied– Well, no, but I don’t need money to be satisfied in general.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person — No
39. Gone rock climbing No thank you! I’ve seen others doing it.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David — No, but I saw many beautiful ancient things at the Natural History Museum in Pittsburgh.
41. Sung karaoke. — Never
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser eruptNo
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant — No, I’ve always thought it would be fun, though.
44. Visited Africa — No
45. Walked on a beach by moonlightYes, in NJ
46. Been transported in an ambulanceTechnically I was transported BY an ambulance, though I was in the front seat and not the patient.
47. Had your portrait painted — No
48. Gone deep sea fishing — No
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person — No
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris — No
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling — No, but my dad used to scuba dive. I don’t even know how to swim
53. Played in the mudYep… “Mommy, I’m making mud pies!” (Complete with sprinkled grass and dandelion toppings!)
54. Gone to a drive-in theater — No, but I’d like to!
55. Been in a movie — No, only home movies.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China — No
57. Started a business — Sort of. A SAHM sort of thing that I’m not doing anymore
58. Taken a martial arts class. — No, but I’ve attended many Kung Fu classes that others were taking.
59. Visited Russia — No
60. Served at a soup kitchen — No
61. Sold Girl Guide Cookies — No
62. Gone whale watching — No, but I think it would be cool! I think this is the season for it now!
63. Got flowers for no reasonYes, I’ve both received & given flowers for ‘no reason’ other than just because.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma — No
65. Gone sky diving — No!!!!!
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp — No, but it would be interesting. I’ve watched lots of documentaries and movies & read many books about them.
67. Bounced a checkNo, we hardly even write any checks.
68. Flown in a helicopter — No, don’t want to, either!
69. Saved a favorite childhood toyYes, I had my teddy bear for many years. He may still be floating around at my parent’s house.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial — No
71. Eaten caviar — No, thank you!
72. Pieced a quiltOne first attempt, so far
73. Stood in Times SquareYes!
74. Toured the Everglades — No
75. Been fired from a job. — No
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London — No, only on tv
77. Broken a bone. — No, thankfully!
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle — No. Only on an ATV that was going fast enough to make me scream.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person — No, I’m afraid of heights, wouldn’t want to. Pictures are great!
80. Published a book — No
81. Visited the Vatican — No
82. Bought a brand new car — No
83. Walked in Jerusalem — No
84. Had your picture in the newspaperYes, a couple times
85. Read the entire Bible — Not sure, I don’t think so.
86. Visited the White House — No
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. — Not by myself. We butchered our own turkeys one year when I was probably about 12
88. Had chickenpoxYes, just this year!
89. Saved someone’s life. — Not that I know of!
90. Sat on a jury — No. I got a jury duty summons once, but it was after we had moved from the state. (I would have been able to decline, anyways, with babies & such)
91. Met someone famous — I may have but nobody is springing to mind right now.
92. Joined a book clubNo
93. Lost a loved oneYes
94. Had a babyYes, three, soon to be four times!
95. Seen the Alamo in person — No
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake — No
97. Been involved in a law suit No
98. Owned a mobile phoneDoesn’t everyone?
99. Been stung by a beeYes, only once, when I was about 6 and stepped on a honey bee.
100. Read an entire book in one day Yes, more frequently back in my days before being a wife & mom!

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Whoa, Nelly!

I’m 34 weeks! Where has the time gone? I feel as if I’m not ready yet. Of course, barring any unlikely pre-term labor, I still have at least 6 weeks left, that seems like it’s just around the corner! I didn’t take a pic yesterday, but I have one from 34 weeks that I don’t think I posted.

32 Weeks

32 Weeks

I’m definitly getting to the point where I’m looking forward to not being pregnant anymore!

The date went well. We got a recommendation (and coupon) from the P’s (who were babysitting) for a place called Barley & Hops.  It bills itself as “an Old World European style family tavern“. We both got a steak dinner which was delicious! I’m not really that big into steaks, but this one was really yummy! It had a fantastic sauce and was topped with bleu cheese & crispy fried breaded onion bits. The ambiance was also nice, not too loud as most places tend towards. We could actually have a quiet conversation.

I’ve just been informed we need to go run errands. I’ll be back to post again soon!

JJ

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My Poor Baby’s Head!

Here are a few pictures I took for posterity’s sake tonight of C’s head. I figure he might like to see how cute he was his stitches when he gets older.

Tomorrow we have an appt at the Dr’s office for them to take the stitches out. At least, hopefully they’ll be ready to take out. If not, I guess we’ll have to go back again another day. Don’t want to leave them in too long, they might start growing into the skin. *shudder*

Isn’t he cute?? Makes me feel even worse that such a cute, smiley baby got such a nasty injury!

Stitches3

Stitches3

In other news… M and I got to go on a date on Friday night! We were going to go bowling, but there was a wait for a lane so we went to a sushi place instead, and Baskin Robbins for dessert.  Shhhhhh! M doesn’t know yet but I’m going to surprise him with another date on Wednesday! My pastor’s wife was finally available to babysit this week, so we get two dates very close together. I won’t complain! I’ll take them whenever I can get them! Last date we went on was 4 months ago, and M had expressed back then that he wanted to do it on a regular basis. Now the only thing is figuring out what we’re going to do! I’m afraid we’re not that brilliant when it comes to plans. We usually end up doing dinner/dessert & walking around. We both feel it’s a waste of time (not to mention $) to go to a movie, since we can do that at home. He was expressing some concern over spending money right now since he’s not employed (a blog post for another time… I don’t feel like writing about it yet.) So I’m trying to figure out how to make this date fairly economical. My tenative plans are that maybe we could go to a sports bar type place (maybe play a game of pool?) for a drink, then to Olive Garden for their all-you-can-eat soup, salad & breadsticks (it’s pretty cheap, I think 6.99) then to another place for dessert and/or coffee. We’ll see what actually ends up happening! There’s also a mexican place we went to once when it first opened (it was pretty decent) that has coupons in the paper for a fajita dinner for two for $12–.  Mostly I just want to see his face when I surprise him with another date night!

I’m at that rather uncomfortable stage of pregnancy where nowhere I sit is comfortable. Forget the couch! (It’s not that comfortable for non-pregnant people!) So mostly I sit at the table. But it’s not all that comfortable, either. And I feel like I have to sit up very straight or my lower ribs poke into my belly. I just realized something exciting though… today being December 1st, I can officially say “NEXT MONTH” about the baby!! I think I’m going to go sit on my bed with lots of pillows and watch a movie on my laptop. I’ve got a Blockbuster online movie sitting around here, but I can’t remember what it’s called. I think it’s a WWII movie.

JJ

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Our Thanksgiving Day

Well, our afternoon was great, we made it up the hill to the family’s rural home where we were invited the third year in a row. It’s about a 45 minute drive or so.

In previous years there were several families from our church there, but this year there were only us, one other family and a single lady (my friend T) from our church. The rest were the host’s extended family.

As far as I can remember, dinner consisted of

Turkey
Ham
Mashed Potatoes
Carmelized Onion Gravy (THE best gravy!)
Green Bean Casserole (Which was quite unique and VERY good)
Sweet Potato Casserole
Stuffing
Rolls
Spinach Salad
Corn
Fruit Salad? (I didn’t have any)

There were also an abundance of pies of all varieties, and some banana-nut bread. The meal, as usual, was excellent!

Mid-afternoon most people started heading out, and eventually all the family members had left. (Along with the other church family.) In the other years, the family members had usually left fairly early and the church folks had stayed later. But this year it seemed pretty deserted since there weren’t too many of us church folks. The hostess, Mrs. W was teaching me how to knit, and our children were playing in the converted enclosed porch room where M was supervising from the couch in there. (It was about 5pm).

Suddenly C fell, and when I looked over I saw him laying right next to a brick step/threshold between the two rooms (you have to step down to get to the porch). I thought, “Oh-oh, I think he’s hurt.” (As in, seriously.) As I approached, M had stood him up and there was blood pouring from his forehead. I turned around and went to get a few paper towels. When I got back and pressed the paper towels to the wound it was evident we were going to go to the ER. It was a nasty *deep* gash in his forehead that still makes me shudder to think of it. I tried to stop the bleeding in a way that would keep it closed and comfort his screaming at the same time.

The hostess was quick-thinking and I soon had a damp washcloth and a bag of ice to put on it, as well as a dose of children’s Motrin to give to him. There was quite a bit of blood, but it stopped bleeding fairly soon. He continued to cry and scream but when I took the ice off to give him the Motrin he stopped, so I think after a few minutes he was mostly screaming from the ice.

All the while I’m thinking of: the 45 minute drive to the ER, the 45 minute drive to the ER with a screaming baby with a gashed-open forehead, and the wait in the waiting room with three children, one of which is screaming and has a gashed-open forehead.

Thankfully, the medicine seemed to calm him and he stopped crying. I suggested that instead of having to bring all the children to the ER, M could take the other two home and my friend T could take me and C to the ER.

Once at the ER, we had a short wait before the triage nurse took us and got info and checked vitals on C. She leaned his head back and squirted some numbing gel into the wound, and soaked a cotton ball in it and put that on, holding it in place with a bandaid. He cried some, she said it stings for just a minute when you first put it on. Then back to the waiting room for the numbing stuff to work (20 minutes).

In about 1/2 hour they brought us back and sat us on a bed in the hallway. A bit more waiting, someone came to see how the numbing stuff was working (it turns the edges white) and left for awhile longer. Finally the Dr came with a big hefty guy to hold C down during the procedure. They raised the bed up to chest-level, and the guy pinned his upper body and head. I was standing behind him so I couldn’t see C. I held his hand and rested my other hand on his legs, but he didn’t try to kick at all. He was crying during the whole procedure, but I could tell it was a scared cry and not because it hurt. (Thankfully!)

Five stitches later and a little comforting from mommy, and he was much better, although subdued. A little paperwork, and we were sent on our way. On the way home it occurred to me that we did not have any children’s pain reliever and I would hate for C to be in pain in the middle of the night when the Motrin wore off. Unfortunately, being about 8pm on Thanksgiving day, the four places we checked were not open. After giving up, we spied a Circle K (convince store) that was open so I was able to go get a tiny bottle of overpriced children’s Tylenol. (At 2am when he woke up in pain I was very glad to have it!)

M and I keep looking at C and going, “Awww, poor guy!” It just breaks my heart that he went through that. It looked so awful! He’s only slightly bumped it a couple times and whimpered. I’m extra protective of him today and watchful that he doesn’t get it bonked. I feel like I wish I could put a helmet on him, or better yet — enclose him entirely in a bubble! It hurts me so much to see him hurt.

In our 5 1/2 years of parenting, this is the first ER visit (or even Dr visit besides well-child), so I’m thankful for that. I did feel rather bad to leave so abruptly after such a traumatic event, without having time to finish our visit or help with the remaining cleanup.

As bad as it was, it really could have been much worse. I thank God that it wasn’t.

Because of the location of the stitches, they couldn’t use the dissolving kind, so we’ll have to take him to the Dr’s office sometime within the next 10 days to get the stitches removed.

JJ

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