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Precious family

The Cruelty Of Man

Today I went to church for our monthly FaithWorks meeting. We make baby quilts for a pregnancy advocacy center. After that, I stopped by the local farmer's market. On my way home, just a couple of miles from my house and out on the main highway that I turn off of, I witnessed a cruel event.

A truck was barreling down the highway and all of a sudden, a kitten came flying out the window. It was a good thing there wasn't a car behind that truck because if there had been, the kitten would have been killed. I stopped as quickly and as safely as I could, turned around, and went back.

The kitten was huddled in the grasses and as soon as I went up and called to him, he came right over to me. I picked him up and put him in the passenger seat. He settled down without a sound and just stayed there, lying down with his head upright. His eyes looked clear and he didn't seem to be disoriented. I brought him home, though I halfway cried on my way home. Some people are just so CRUEL.

The kitten is hurt, though it doesn't look like it's too bad. Nothing is broken or sprained because he's walking around and has even jumped over a couple of things. His rump has been scraped. When he landed, it wasn't on his feet but on his side - the side where the injury is. There's also a minor scrap on his jaw.

I called a friend whose wife is a vet. She said I could put neosporin (just a little bit) on the wound. I wiped it off with a wash cloth as best I could before doing so. This kitten is so sweet! Didn't attempt to scratch or bite while tending the wound, very quiet (except when other cats approach, then he growls, though we didn't let them get too close and he's now quarantined). He's willing to just sit in your lap and be petted.

I really want to keep him but we already have five cats and Kurt refuses. I can't blame him really, though it doesn't take away my desire. My friend's wife said she'd help find a home for him.

I just don't know why people do stuff like this, especially to ones as sweet as him!
Precious family

My Babies

I guess I'll do this one too.

My First born:

Here you go mommies - a different kind of survey for a change - it's all about your first born! Just copy and paste it in a new note for yourself!

Let's see how much you remember!

1. WAS YOUR FIRST PREGNANCY PLANNED? No

2. WERE YOU MARRIED AT THE TIME? Yes. Had been for about two years.

3. WHAT WERE YOUR REACTIONS? Excited

4. HOW OLD WERE YOU? 26.

5. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT? Home pregnancy test while on a mission trip in Mexico. It wasn't until I got there that I realised I was late.

6. WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST? Kurt wasn't on the trip, so everyone on the mission trip knew before he did.

7. DUE DATE? Januarry 30th I think.

8. DID YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS? Not really, no.

9. WHAT DID YOU CRAVE? I can't remember. All sorts of things I think. Probably soups.

10. WHO/WHAT IRRITATED YOU THE MOST? Everything?.

11. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CHILD'S SEX? Girl

12. DID YOU WISH YOU HAD THE OPPOSITE SEX OF WHAT YOU WERE GETTING? Nope.

13. HOW MANY POUNDS DID YOU GAIN THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY? about 6-10.

14. DID YOU HAVE A BABY SHOWER? yes, Yes, one at church and one from Kurt's job.

17. WHERE DID YOU GIVE BIRTH? Denton Hospital, now known as Presbyterian Hospital of Denton

18. HOW MANY HOURS WERE YOU IN LABOR? About 6 hours..

19. WHO DROVE YOU TO THE HOSPITAL? Kurt

20. WHO WATCHED YOU GIVE BIRTH? Kurt, doctor, nurses.

21. WAS IT NATURAL OR C-SECTION? C-Section

22. DID YOU TAKE MEDICINE TO EASE THE PAIN? I started off at a birthing center in hopes that I could have a natural, unmedicated birth. Unfortunately, my bone structure is wonky and I am unable to give birth naturally. Of course, I had to have medicine for the C-Section.

23. HOW MUCH DID YOUR CHILD WEIGH? 8lb 15oz

24. WHEN WAS YOUR CHILD ACTUALLY BORN ? January 15, 2005

25. WHAT DID YOU NAME HIM/HER? Sarah Katherine but we call her Kat.

26. HOW OLD IS YOUR FIRST BORN TODAY? She just recently turned 4.
Precious family

25 more things about me

Since I've been tagged multiple times, I guess I'll do this multiple times.

1. I was reading at third grade level by the time I was in kindergarten. It wasn't that I was any smarter than anyone else, I was just a voracious reader.

2. I think I have an extremely mild case of dyslexia. I sometimes forget which way the S is suppose to be written. Most of the time when I read something, my brain mixes up words or leaves them out completely. This makes sentences take on completely different meanings. This is one of the reason why I have to read things for school multiple times.

3. For the last four years I've suffered from intermittent stomach issues. I found out a couple of months ago that I have a hernia that has developed around my C-Section scar. We're not sure how long it's been there, but it is possibly the culprit of my issues.

4. I've never broken a bone in my body. I've sprained my right ankle three times (the second time was bad enough I damaged my tendons and had to have physical therapy). I've also had a bleacher fall on my right foot. It didn't break, not even hairline, but I did have to walk on crutches for about a week.

5. I LOVE to write but am extremely insecure about my writing.

6. I actually prefer writing with other people. I love not being able to tell what all the characters are going to do or how they are going to react.

7. If I gave in to my fears, I would never set foot out of this household.

8. I have to mentally prepare myself before I go to places with crowds. If the crowd is larger than expected, I go into 'panic' mode. My husband has been witness to this - probably more times than he cares to have experienced.

9. I get mean when I'm tired or panicky and I hate it.

10. I started taking Judo in 2005. I stopped while pregnant with my son, then started back up about 6-8 weeks after my C-Section with him.

11. When the women's class at the Judo Club was cancelled, Kurt found out about a dojo that teachers Aikido. I started studying it in May of 2007. I love it.

12. I'm currently a second degree brown belt in Aikido, but I really don't feel like I should have that high of a belt.

13. I was an enormous idiot my first year or so of college. I wish I could go back and throttle myself.

14. I never tried lobster before Kurt took me out to Red Lobster one evening when we were courting. I love it. I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

15. I have a pretty strong stomach when it comes to things. I watched excerpts of a brain surgery while eating dinner one evening back in high school. I wanted to be able to watch the doctors perform my C-Sections when I had them, but they don't have mirrors for doing that. I was rather bummed. I did get to see a video of one online though and thought that was pretty cool.

16. I really want to learn how to ballroom dance. Swing, Paso doble, Rumba, Samba...but we haven't the time or the money.

17. Despite the issues that have arisen from having to have C-Sections, I still want at least one more child biologically.

18. I also want to adopt a child - an older child rather than a baby. I have yet to convince Kurt of this. I still have a few more years to work on him though.

19. I refuse to get any of my cats declawed. It's NOT like removing a fingernail. The equivalent of declawing a cat is like cutting off a third of one's fingers. Seriously. Bone is removed.

20. We have a fish tank. I really want a saltwater fish tank, but I know it's a lot of work and we just don't have the time right now.

21. I really really really really really really really want to go back to Japan.

22. I would still love to be a voice in an animated feature - especially a musical!

23. I'm considering making recordings of me reading books and giving them to people with children. I'm just not sure when to find the time to do this.

24. I want to learn how to play the bagpipes. Maybe I'll get a chanter this year. But when will I practise?

25. I turn 31 this month but honestly, I don't feel like I'm mature enough to be that age.
Grandma

Memory Monday

I think I'm going to turn Monday into "Memory Monday". Anyone want to join in?

Some of you may know that I was _very_ close to my maternal grandmother. She died in 2006, but she hadn't been doing well since her stroke back in 2002. She had that stroke three weeks before Kurt and I got married. I remember the last time I saw her before that stroke.

I had flown out to Georgia in either March or April just over a weekend because my maid of honour, mother, and surrogate mother were throwing a shower for me. My older sister Toni also came. We all decided to go out to eat, but I wanted to go visit with my grandmother for a while. She didn't come to the shower because it was a bachelorette/lingerie shower and that's not really her thing. No big deal for me, I completely understood. She was, after all, from a different generation.

Anyway, after the party, I headed over to her house and just sat and talked with her for a while. My mom called while I was there trying to hurry me up. I was kind of annoyed, but I did leave. As I got into the car, I saw my grandmother standing at the door. She always did that when we left, only going inside after we had backed out of the driveway. I sat in the car for a moment and watched her, then got out, went back up the front steps and gave her another hug before I left.

I don't know why I did that. The only thing I can think of was that it was God leading me to do so because, of course, He knew what was going to happen. I have a lot of regrets, but I am very glad that I was able to do that one small act before I left. It was the last time I saw her somewhat whole before her stroke.
Aikido way of life

Long time...

No update. Well, that's not completely true. It's been a long time since I've done a real 'life' update. So...I shall attempt to go over life in general. :)

So I'm sitting here and really...I don't have a whole lot to say.

I joined a coop but after some not so great treatement on the preschool teacher's part and the finding out that half of these members are calling themselves Christian but are actually members of a religion that is definitely NOT Christian...well, I pulled out. So, homeschooling shall continue only at home.

I had a whole bunch of fabric that someone gave me on Freecycle. I took out what I wanted and needed and had a lot left. The lady who took it from is a couple of years younger than me, married, with a four month old. She's also very nice. We've talked and we're hopefully going to get together some time soon. Her daughter is a bit young to 'play' yet, but I bet the visit will distract my children and it will be nice to have some adult conversation too. ;-)

I hurt myself a week and a half ago while in aikido. I was uke and my tori was doing a technique on me. With the way we moved, I fell against a pillar that's in the dojo. It's wrapped in carpet, and I didn't bang my head. I was able to move my head so I wouldn't bang it, but I pulled a muscle in my shoulder. Unfortunately, with the way my children pull on me, it's taking its sweet time in healing fully.

I've got more than enough hours to test for my second degree brown belt in Aikido. Hopefully that will occur soon. There's a clinic being held the last Friday and Saturday in October. We knew about it last year but it was too short notice to go. Kurt said I could go this year. Fortunately, I can sleep in the dojo so I don't have to worry about a motel. I was told they should have showers. ^_^

There was an accident at home today. Kat and Matthew were in their highchairs and pulling at one another. Kat actually managed to topple Matthew's highchair over with him in it! I set him back up and I pulled them apart and told them to stop. Unfortunately, I didn't pull them apart far enough and they pulled on one another again. She toppled him again but that time he hit his head on her highchair enough to get a nice little knot and bleed a bit. The cut isn't bad, but he's definitely got a bump. Kat was actually crying about five times longer than Matthew did. His eyes were bright and he was laughing within a couple of minutes, so he's okay.

Summer, our 19 year old cat seems to really be slowing down. I'm sort of just waiting for her to pass in her sleep, poor girl.

Oh, and I got my first quilt commission! I'm going to get PAID to make someone a quilt! YIPPEE!

I feel like there's stuff that I should be writing down here but I'm missing. Maybe I will think of it later.

Got questions? Ask me. :)
Crafty Hogwarts

Wow, a real update!

Matthew is saying sauce (by which he means applesauce), brush (buhsh), and eat (eeeee, but it's obvious what he means). Brush has been going on for about four days and I kept forgetting to write it. The other two started either yesterday or the day before.

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This has gotten rather long. It's been a while since I've done a real update as opposed to short snippets. Perhaps I shall have to do this more often? Well, for that, I'll probably need more time. :)
Precious family

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I haven't been online since Friday. That's how crazy this weekend has been...actually, the last couple of weeks have been crazy. Some has been good, some has been bad.

Bad:

The children got sick with stomach viruses. Then I caught it.

The children got sick with some sort of respiratory virus. Then I caught it. I missed two weeks of Aikido and church. Blar.

The window to the van broke. Well, the mechanism that makes it go up and down broke, really. That was a 300 dollar job done (today).

Our green car had to have 100 dollars worth of work done on it.

The air conditioner blew a fuse. That was another 88 bucks.

The compressor to our septic tank died. That was a 400 dollar fix.

The green car still needs another 400-500 dollars worth of work done on it.

The grey car wouldn't start at ALL.

Kurt missed work today thanks to car troubles.

Both of us now have sore throats, and I've still got a cough.

Because both of us had to drive and we had no one to take the children, the kids got to tag along with us and be bored while we ran around trying to get car stuff and other chores done. Poor kids. It really threw them off.

Good: My mother in law was able to visit this weekend. She flew in after work on Thursday.

My MIL took the children while Kurt and I went to the Texas state fair (we got free admission, whoo!) and afterwards, we went to see the Lion King Broadway Show. It was fantastic! We bought the tickets just after getting our tax refund. It was our official anniversary celebration.

Kurt had a birthday yesterday. He turned the big 3 0!

While the green car still needs work done on it, it's not something that will leave us stranded. We are, unfortunately, polluting the air more than usual, but we can save up the money to get it fixed without worrying about the car breaking down on us.

I finished Matthew's quilt top. now to baste, quilt, and bind.

I have a wonderful, loving husband who puts up with more than he should.

I have some REALLY awesome friends.
Beloved Matthew

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Things have been rather hectic lately. We had my family come last month, and then a week later, Kurt's family came. Oh, and most of the family wound up getting sick. I had a fever for only the second time I can ever remember. I don't usually run fevers. Well, rather, I'll go up to 99, which is a fever me since my average body temperature is around 97.5 degrees F.

We've moved the computers out of the living room and into our bedroom/study area so it's even harder to get on the computer. I don't like being out of the room when my children are awake. When they're asleep, I'm either trying to do something around the house, quilting, or taking a nap because I'm really tired myself! I have a LOT of pictures to upload, but don't have much time in which to do it.

Matthew is getting so big! He says ball, tries to say 'more' while trying to do the sign, he's said dada a couple of times, and tries to say 'kitty' though it comes out 'kiii'. He walks all the time now. He's a cranky boy sometimes. Though the last few days, I think a lot of it was due to constipation. It seemed to start clearing up yesterday and whoa, today he's been so much happier!

I went over to my friend Mindy's apartment yesterday and we went to the pool. Matthew didn't seem to care for it. Kat enjoyed herself, but was scared to jump in or have anyone let go. Matthew eventually stopped crying and I was able to walk around with him in the pool. Hopefully he'll be a little less nervous next time. I took my camera, but forgot to get pictures. I felt rather dumb, but it's kind of hard with three children and only two adults. You kind of need your hands for all the children.

I've got the top and back done (double sided quilt) for my next quilt. I need to baste it...and figure out how, exactly, I'm going to do that without getting both sides off. I don't want them to look bad.

Anyway, I need to run. Maybe I can start updating more often. We'll see.
Matthew sleep

Various things

So Matthew is trying to walk. He took his first 'baby step' on the tenth. It was a small one, but still one! He's taken a couple at a time, but has a tendency to get over excited and then launches himself forward. It's rather funny. He babbles a lot too. He'll be talking soon. I don't think I'm going to count his 'bye bye' as a first word because I don't think he really understands it. I prefer to count words that I know children have at least some understanding.

Oh, and that lady who took my pictures, she's taken them down. Hopefully we won't have to deal with her or anyone else stealing my pictures again.

Kat's doing well. Chatter box, of course. She sings a lot too, which is great. I think I'm going to start her on piano lessons soon. I'll be learning as she does. :-D

I need to start doing some serious singing again. Maybe I can do it with the children in the room while they're awake. I guess I'll have to experiment.

I wound up joining another quilt guild. This time I'm in the Denton Quilt Guild. No, I'm not going to continue with both. Our martial arts schedule has changed and now I can go to the Denton Guild. I prefer this as it's closer and I knew at least one person in it. I also found that I knew a second one! A lady from our church goes there! She actually lives a good 35-40 minute drive (or more) away, but her sister is in this guild. Grace (who is the other lady I know and helped me with my binding) wasn't there, but I had at least one familiar face!

Goals this month on the quilting end include finish two baby quilts. If I can, I'd like to get started on Kurt's aunt's quilt. It's for her Christmas present. I also need to make a name tag for the quilt guild, but that won't take long at all. It will be a pretty small project. :)

School's out which means I have time to work on cleaning the house (yuck) and quilting (yay!). Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are my cleaning days. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my quilting days. I do this while the children take their naps. I'm also trying to do some pushups, crunches, and leg exercises for the first few minutes of their naps. It's not much, but it's something.

As I mentioned, our martial arts schedule has changed. We were switching off Tuesdays and Thursdays. That meant we were going once a week and if I went to the Denton Guild, which meets on a Thursday, then I wouldn't get any in at all that week. Well, we found another Dojo that is non (or limited) profit that has really good prices. It's not much more than what we were paying at the other gym. So, now I go Wednesdays and Saturdays while Kurt goes Tuesdays and Thursdays. He was willing to give up one day a month so I could keep up at the old gym, but I decided that I really wanted to go to the Denton Quilt Guild because it was closer and it would save on gas. It's also less stressful because I don't have to drive on the highway to get to the meetings. This is a Good Thing (tm). So, Kurt is kindly giving up one of his martial arts nights so that I can go to the guild meetings! I'm hoping to join a Bee, but there's one that meets once a month on a Monday, so that shouldn't interfere with Martial arts.

Now this second gym doesn't just do Judo. You can do Aikido, Iaido, Jodo, and Karate as well. I'm doing Aikido at the moment. Judo is on Saturdays, but the teacher has been sick, so I've not done it yet. Fortunately, there's Aikido not only one Wednesdays, but on Saturdays just before Judo as well. So once Judo starts up again, I'll be attending martial arts from 12.30 to 3.30 on Saturdays. If it means exercise and losing weight, it's worth the time!

I'm also reading two books at the moment. Irish Chain, a mystery novel by Earlene Fowler, and Oliver Twist by Dickens. Irish Chain is the second in that series.

So that's my life at the moment. Lots of good stuff happening. Yay for good things! :)


Time for bed!
Precious family

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I haven't posted an update in a while. Matthew and Kat are doing well. Matthew actually got sick last Friday, but was better within a few hours. We don't know if he had a bug that just ran its course really quickly or if something just didn't agree with his tummy or what. He's also gotten into the habit of refusing most solids, even ones we know he likes. Still, he's doing well considering he's teething six teeth at once. Yep, we're up to six. He's all over the place, pulling himself up and trying to stand on his own from time to time. I don't think he'll walk quilte as early as Kat, though.

Kat's talking so much and she sings a lot. Gee, I wonder why? I really need to record her. She actually is able to keep the tune half of the time, which I think is pretty good for a two year old.

This Saturday, Kurt and I will be participating in the Mose Woodson 50th anniversary Judo tournament. My friend Mindy will be caring for the children. It should be fun, even if I get creamed. I figure I can stay and help out once I'm creamed. If I don't get hurt, that is. ;-)

Christina's wedding is coming up fast. Less than a month! I have a project due the day after her wedding. I'm going to try and get it done by the weekend before!

Kurt got a new lawn mower. Actually, it's a riding lawn mower. He really needs one since we have so much land. I got some money from a life insurance policy my grandmother had and his dad and aunt are going in with me. We went ahead and gave it to him because he really needs it now. It's an early birthday present.

I've joined a quilt guild. I've joined the Land O'Lakes quilt guild. They need some help with the website. I'm going to see if I can do something for them during the Summer while I'm not taking classes.

I got my new mei tai yesterday! I'm going to try and get pictures of it up soon. I'm so happy with it, it's gorgeous!

I think that's it. Nothing too earth shattering. :)