October 31, 2008

Posting comments

So I only just learned that I had the comments set so that I had to approve them before they are posted. I went through the posts and realized that several people have left messages "anonymously". If you are not logged in as a user and want to leave a comment, could you tell me who you are? I can't always tell from the comment itself. Thanks so much to everyone for their kind thoughts. We love you.


So, I have promised myself that today I will take a nap. Normally the boys all sleep for a couple hours at the same time, so I get some things done and then I can sit down and take a rest, but lately Porter has been waking up an hour early. By the time I eat lunch, get the dishes done, the laundry rotated, the floor picked up, and anything else straightened out, Porter is waking up and everything starts again. Today I will not clean anything. I WILL take a nap. My body is so worn out by 2 o'clock that I can hardly keep my eyes open. I just need to make it a priority. I am determined to avoid the hypertension and pre-eclampsia that I struggled with last time by taking it more easy. It is good that I work from home now and am not traveling, but at least then, I got several days in a row off when I got home. Now the daily grind is just that, daily. :)

And I think Porter has decided to get me prepared for sleepless nights again. He is up just about every two hours. All I have to do is go in, recover him with the blanket and tell him goodnight and he goes right back to sleep, but once I am up, then I have to use the bathroom, and then it is sometimes hard to get back to sleep. One more reason for that nap. :)

Happy Halloween everyone. We are going to trunk or treat and then we will see how many kids we get here now that we live in an established neighborhood in an actual house. Should be fun.

October 29, 2008

Pumpkin Walk

So I have no idea how to post pictures in any kind of order or how to space them, so you just get a jumble of them from last night. We went to the Pumkin walk in North Logan and had a great time. Here are the highlights.

October 27, 2008

When to announce

So, we have decided to tell people soon about the baby. We were going to wait until Thanksgiving when I would be twelve weeks and we would see everyone at home, but it seems that there won't be too many people at home this year for my family and Josh and Kim are due that week, so we want to let them have the spotlight. There will be, for Adam and I, a new baby born in the family every two months from now until the summer. Josh and Kim in the end of November. Robyn and Mike in the end of January. Chris and Joyelle in the beginning of April, and now us in the beginning of June. Lots of birthdays to start remembering. We are very excited.

I looked all over the net to try and find a really cute picture to use for an announcement, but couldn't find something I really liked. Last time I found a great cartoon of a very pregnant woman and used it in a card for my boss, Sandra. On the front it said, it ain't over until the fat lady screams. On the inside it said, screaming to commence on or around April 15th (our due date). I wanted to do something similar this time, but I couldn't find something that worked. Ironically, I never did scream when Porter was born. :)

Anyway, since Halloween is coming up, I think we will tell people then. We came up with a great idea for it. I took some pictures today of Porter in his 'big brother' t-shirt and we will send it out so that people can see his new 'Halloween costume'. We will see how fast people call to ask about it. :) If they are anything like Adam, they won't notice at all. lol


So Ann tagged me not even knowing that I have a blog yet, so it will be a surprise to her that I have done it here. :)

4 random things I love about my husband·

He takes out the garbage :)
He does random kind things all the time
He has a very strong testimony
He takes care of Porter and I in anything we need or want

Four jobs I’ve had-

Picked worms
Whacked thistles for a neighbor
Ran potato piler
Was a traveling nanny

Four movies I have watched more than once·

Last of the Dogmen
Finding Nemo
Pride and Predjudice
The Princess Bride

Four TV shows I watch·

Biggest Loser·
Ugly Betty·
Pushing Daisies
Stargate Atlantis

Four places I have been·

New York City

Four of my favorite foods·

Crispy potstickers from The Black Pearl
Garlic chicken pizza from Papa Murphy's
Chocolate chip banana cookies from Einstein Bagels
Pasta with tomatoes and olives (thanks Robyn)

Four places I would like to visit·

Anywhere in Europe
Where my ancestors lived in South Carolina
African safari

Four things I am looking forward to in the coming year·

The baby, obviously
Turning thirty
Summer vacation
new buds in spring

October 26, 2008


So the weekend was eventful. Thursday night we went to dinner with Isaac and Tawnya at Blackstone. We got dinner free if we listened to a presentation about fire safety. Dinner was great, the presentation educational. We agreed to let the presenter come to the house and do an evaulation so that we could get a free fire bat and the decals you put on the windows of occupied bedrooms. When he got here we let him know right off we wouldn't be buying anything, and he was nice enough not to try to sell us anything. He just gave us the free items and was off to his next stop. We appreciated it.

Friday night, one of my best friends, Jen was able to come up from Salt Lake and stay the night with us. She had a rugby game here Saturday so she just came up a day early. It was really fun to catch up with her. I will load a picture of her and the visit. Porter took a header this week into the corner of the desk in our living room, so that is the big green bruise on his forehead.
Saturday was full as well. I wasn't really feeling well, but I saw Jen off to her game and met with the fire safety rep. Then we started getting ready for the chili cook-off for our ward. Adam had his German students over for their lesson. He really likes teaching students eager to learn. And I started putting the chili together. It turned out great. There were about ten entries for the cook-off. By then I was feeling a bit better and we were able to really enjoy everyone's cooking. We brought the white bean chicken chili for our entry, and though it didn't win the prize, it was the only pot to go home empty, so that says something. We had fun and there were some great dishes, including a corn bread that was amazing. I am going to have to get the recipe.

Then I had to gear up for teaching Relief Society on Sunday. The lesson was on testimony and I was really excited to teach it. I talked about how important it is to gain our own testimonies and to make them so much a part of who we are that when people hear our name they think of our testimony. When I got up this morning, I decided to put some music in and what I had out was primary songs by Inside Out. One of the songs is called Peanut Butter and Jelly. If you get a chance to hear it, you will smile. It is a very cute song about how peanut butter and jelly belong together. I played the song with some hesitation. I prayed that it would work and that I would be able to make the point with it that our testimonies should to to us what peanut butter is to jelly. Can't think of one without the other. I remember in highschool, Brother Brady trying to use an object lesson with a chicken. He had it behind the piano in a dark corner and it was supposed to stay quiet, but it just kept clucking away, ruining whatever he was going to try to teach. I still don't remember the object. I hope the song wasn't like that. I can just see people going home and wondering what PB&J has to do with testimonies. Oh well. If nothing else, there were some great testimonies born at the end of the meeting. I prayed about it before hand and felt good about it, so I have to trust that it got through to someone who needed it.

This afternoon has been restful. Porter stayed home today because he has had a cold, but it doesn't seem to have slowed him down at all. He was happy as ever through the runny nose and coughing. Adam has been very sweet to take care of him whenever I have not been feeling well, and he has stepped in to do anything he can to help. I came home to lunch cooking on the stove and everything in the house taken care of. I am so lucky to have him.

Well, that is it for today. Let me bear my testimony since I have been pondering on it for today. I know that God cares about our testimonies. I know that He prepares ways for us to gain and strengthen our testimonies. I know He wants it to be so much a part of us that we are inseperable from it, so that when the storms of life come, we can stand strong in our beliefs and have faith in the Lord's plan. And I know He has a plan. We are watched and cared for in our individual lives and God knows our hearts. I know that he leads this Church through the Prophet down to the Bishops. I know that if we ponder and pray about principles our answers with match up with the teachings of the church. We can have an independent witness of the truth of anything we want to know.

October 24, 2008

Cartoons 2


So I went online today to find a cute picture for an announcement and found a pregnancy cartoon website that I really liked. Here are a couple of the more funny ones, in no particular order. :)

October 22, 2008

finally feeling better

So I am finally having a good day. No heartburn. No stomach cramps, just a little nausea. No aches and pains today. No dizziness. Yeah!! Porter has a runny nose but he slept well last night, and everyone is doing well. It is really a relief to have a good day.

On Sunday we had a lesson on the storms of life. We talked about how much more we appreciate our blessings after our trials. Today is one of those days. I was so happy and grateful not to wake up at three am with morning sickness. So grateful to be able to eat breakfast and have it settle ok. So grateful that the kids are all in a good mood and happy to play with eachother instead of tearing apart the house. Today is definately a good day.

October 21, 2008

morning sickness and various other complaints

So morning sickness has hit and hit hard. I never remember being seriously sick with Porter. Somewhat nausious all the time, but never terrible. This time around it is a whole different story. I told Adam we must be having a girl or twins because everything is so much worse this time around.

Last time it took a long time for the test to go positive with a very sensitive test. A week after the test said it should go positive. This time a dollar store test went positive very early, before the more sensitive tests are even supposed to. I am barely pregnant at all, just getting to six weeks now, and although I haven't gained more than two pounds, nothing fits. Everything feels restrictive and hurts. I feel fat and unattractive. If I feel that now, I can't imagine how I will feel in several months. Ugh.

Just about every pregnancy symptom that you can get I have and worse than with Porter and earlier. I won't go into graphic detail with everything. (It seems like just about everything to do with pregnancy is graphic somehow) The morning sickness is just something I am really struggling with now. If eat I feel sick to my stomach, but if I wait too long to eat, then I am incredibly ill. Junk food is the only thing that sounds good and I am trying really hard to stay eating healthy, which is getting to be a struggle. And new today, heartburn. Yikes! I didn't start having bad heartburn with Porter until I was about six months along. I am not prepared to deal with heartburn this bad for another eight months! And the meniere's attacks are back. So nausious, stomach cramps, heartburn, and now vertigo/dizzy spells. I have come close to fainting a couple times in the last two days. That makes me a little nervous because I don't recall ever fainting from an attack before. If I felt an attack coming on I would take medicine right away and get into bed to let it pass, or breathe through it if I was out and get home as soon as possible. These have happened so fast, I couldn't (and don't know if I can anyway) take medicine for them before they were full on.

So, enough of the complaints for now. I am sure there will be more in the coming days. :)

I am excited to add to our family. I went back and forth for quite a while about how long I wanted to wait between kids, and finally took the leap. Just like last time, it didn't take much for it to happen. Within a month of going off birth control, we were on our way to parenthood again. Just makes me very glad for birth control, so that I am not having a child every year! It seems to be an epidemic in the family right now anyway. Robyn and Joyelle on the Sampson side, and Kim on the Gibson side, and now me. I wonder if Lesley and Ann are right behind us? :) And maybe Colleen, though I know she thinks she is done. I think Mom Sampson is just going to spend the majority of next year in the states. There are going to be too many new ones to stay away. Dad, you will have to put in for some more vacation time. :)


So, we haven't told anyone yet that I am pregnant. I want to be able to talk about the experience, but since my risk of having a miscarriage has gone up with thyroid problems, we decided to wait until we have confirmation from the doctor that everything is fine before we tell anyone. So I have come back to my blog. I had it a few years ago, before blogging got so popular and had been using it as a journal of sorts. I posted a few times and then went on with my life and forgot about it. It seems a good idea to come back to it now. I can pretty much guarantee that I will post often for a while, and then maybe not so much. I probably won't have great background music like Robyn, or wonderful insights like Tawnya. I will just write whatever comes up that day until I get caught up in life and forget to write. Enjoy it while it lasts. :)

So the last time I found out I was pregnant with Porter, I just came out of the bathroom and showed Adam the test. He asked me what it meant because he didn't know that two lines meant it was positive. This time I wanted to find a special way to tell him. I went to the store and bought a shirt for Porter that had Only Child written on it and crossed off. Underneath that it said Big Brother. Very cute. I wasnt positive he would notice it right away so I wrote him a card and set it and the test on his nightstand.

When Adam came home from work, he looked at Porter and said, "Looks like you are a baseball player today, Porter." (The shirt has baseball type sleeves) Then he went in to change his clothes. Once he got in the bedroom though, he noticed the test and card right away. He was pleasantly surprised and once I pointed out the shirt, he really liked it. :)

We are both really excited to have our family getting bigger next year. A lot of our extended family is on this same journey so it will be fun to see how many boys and how many girls we get in the next several months. Congratulations everybody!