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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Last Family Vaca Before Baby

Thirteen things that still need to be done before Trinity13's family leaves for a beach house, in South Carolina, on Saturday.

1. Get an oil change in my car since we are driving to South Carolina
2. Find another huge beach umbrella
3. Pick up the trip tik that AAA made us
4. Get together with the family we are going with to discuss plans for our week away
5. Get all the beach toys out of our swimming container that's in the basement
6. Make a list of things for my sister, our house sitter, to do while we are gone
7. Buy more sunscreen
8. Make sure the video camera is ready to go
9. Possibly write up a few posts to be published while I'm gone since the laptop is staying here at the house
10. Charge up my son's Leapster for the long drive
11. Pick out several board games and dvds for the week away...and buy another cheap Sudoku book for me to work on while we are driving
12. Do about two more loads of laundry so that everything is washed-gotta have lots of packing options!
13. Make sure the kitchen sink, and everything else, is packed up and ready to go by 3am on Saturday!!!

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Blogger Princess21 said...

Have a great trip!!

August 31, 2006 9:41 AM

Blogger Dane Bramage said...

Have a great trip! ANd thanks for stopping by my T13.

August 31, 2006 10:45 AM

Blogger Pete said...

They are doing Sudoku at my oldest daughter's school. She gets a new puzzle every day.

She already knew how to do them because you showed her, and she does pretty well.

The last one I saw that she brought home was made of 6 3x2 grids, I believe. She'll be up to full power in no time.

August 31, 2006 11:23 AM

Blogger Shannon said...

Have a wonderful time.

Have a great blog day 2006 (!

August 31, 2006 11:24 AM

Blogger Becky said...

Sounds like fun:) My mom's moving to South Carolina and I can't wait to visit the area.

August 31, 2006 1:06 PM

Blogger Heather Smith said...

Hope you have a great time at the beach! 3 am? Man, that's early!

August 31, 2006 1:14 PM

Blogger Kimmy said...

Have a wonderful and safe trip to the beach in South Carolina! Leapster... what an awesome "toy". My son's 10 (almost 11) and had a Leapster when he was little... when they first came out. Now there are so many wonderful things they've added!
Happy T13! My list's up!

August 31, 2006 1:26 PM

Blogger Dale Challener Roe said...

Well get busy...

Hmmm...still reading blogs, huh?

My Very Special 13 is up.

August 31, 2006 3:07 PM

Blogger Jen said...

Have a great trip! Tell us all about it when you get back! :-)

August 31, 2006 6:42 PM

Blogger Tawcan said...

Have a great trip. Enjoy yourself!

August 31, 2006 11:13 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

Um, I am now offically addicted to sudoku (or whatever it is) as of today. Seriously! I did my first one today and I loved it!!!

I hope you guys have a great trip!!!

September 01, 2006 1:35 AM

Blogger Changed by His Love said...

Have a wonderful relaxing trip! I actually have you on my work calendar for your due date...can't wait to hear about your new little one!! Hard to believe it's only 53 days! WOW!
Thanks for visiting my TT!

September 01, 2006 6:30 AM


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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Doctor's Visit

I had a really good doctor's appointment yesterday. Every time I go in I'm told that I have perfect blood pressure, and it was no different yesterday. The doctor found the baby's heartbeat immediately even though most of the time it takes her a good 30 seconds to find him. And for once, nothing was said about my weight! With all the extra protein I've been told to eat, I gained 4 pounds in a little less than 2 weeks. I hate having such a huge weight gain, but it's what my doctor wanted since I hadn't gained anything for a few months. I just hope I don't gain more than 8 pounds with the 7 weeks I have left since I'd like to keep my weight gain at a total of 20 pounds.

Then after the baby is born on October, I will kick the healthy eating into high gear! I want to lose about 60 pounds and get back into my size 8's. I def know this is possible since I lost 45 pounds by May of last year. I know I'll be much happier if I can fight back into my "skinny" pants asap!

Blogger cube said...

You're young. You'll be able to lose the weight more easily than an older mom, especially if you breastfeed.

August 30, 2006 11:59 AM

Blogger Jennboree said...

Try not to pressure yourself to lose the weight too quickly, especially if you breastfeed. That won't be healthy for you or baby. Luckily, we're coming into fall and you'll be able to get outside for exercise!

August 30, 2006 1:29 PM

Blogger Becky said...

Glad to hear that everything continues to go well for you. It seems like women's bodies have their own way of taking care of the baby, and if you don't gain any more weight, then that's the way it's meant to be. My SIL is carrying her third and she's always been "all baby" and the first two are extremely healthy.

August 30, 2006 1:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a plan...

August 30, 2006 3:49 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

Good luck with all those weight loss plans. I'm glad all your doctors are happy.

August 30, 2006 4:04 PM

Blogger G said...

To quote Billy Joel, "I love you just the way you are..."

and Joshua Kadison, "You'll always be beautiful... in my eyes."

Maybe I should breastfeed too, so we can slim down together. I can use all the help I can get.

August 30, 2006 11:05 PM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Sounds like you have it all planned out. Don't get stressed about it. It will happen. I am glad to hear you had some weight gain this time. That is good news.

I LOVE the comment from ghraper whom I assume is your sweetie

August 31, 2006 8:16 AM

Blogger Chrixean said...

I'm going into my 36th week and I'm due in just a few weeks. let's pray for each other's weight loss! :D

August 31, 2006 8:47 AM


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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Just Visiting

My hubby's grandparents visited our church last Sunday to hear my honey sing a special. I was a little worried that they would hate the music since they only have a piano at their church. However, I did warn them that our music was very upbeat and that the drummer and electric guitar player really get into the worship.

But I could almost feel them cringing when we started singing the first song. It was one of those songs that gets you excited for worship time. People were clapping their hands, raising their arms, and/or swaying to the music. It was an incredible worship time, but I knew the grandparents wouldn't get into it. They both ended up sitting down (which is understandable since we sing for over 20 minutes), but I hope they didn't regret their decision to visit our church.

Afterward, they said that they loved my hubby's song and that they loved hearing our pastor's message. But I know they really didn't care for the worship. It just makes me think about how times have changed. Even 15 years ago, my church at the time wouldn't let my mom sing a special song cause they said there was too much devil's beat in the accompaniment track. Now churches, like my parents, have a full band (drums, saxophones, flutes, guitars, etc.) for worship time.

I see all these new instruments in the church, but maybe times haven't really changed all that much. After all, the grandparents church still just uses a piano. But I guess it doesn't matter how many instruments you worship with, just as long as you are worshiping, right?!

Blogger Jennboree said...

I think you'll always have those who prefer "the old ways". I'm more traditionalist when it comes to worship music as well. Except when we go to my husband's grandmother's church and it is just a piano and 8 people all singing off key. So I just worship with a squinty eye :)

August 29, 2006 9:10 AM

Blogger Pete said...

I don't think that it is because they don't believe that those instruments belong in a church, it is more that that style of music isn't their thing. If you took stock of their musical tastes, they would be a lot closer to the worship styles that they prefer, as well.

For instance, I do NOT like reggae music. If I attended a church that did reggae-style music (which I don't have a problem with, biblically), I would not have a very good and worshipful time.

August 29, 2006 10:49 AM

Blogger Jana said...

I think it's more a matter of taste than anything. My church doesn't think that drums belong in a worship service, so they discourage even bringing a soundtrack that has drums on it. But they don't tell people that they shouldn't listen to that kind of music. I personally love really upbeat songs, but I respect the feelings of the older people at my church who don't want that, and I only sing with the piano or keyboard accompaniment.

August 29, 2006 12:06 PM

Blogger Jen said...

I love the praise bands we've had at our churches lately. It was DEADLY DULL hymns only when I was a kid. Not that hymns are bad, but man Sunday morning used to draaaggggg....

August 29, 2006 12:41 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Jana's right; it is a matter of taste. Some just aren't suitable, even though the end result is the same.

August 29, 2006 3:26 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

I enjoy the upbeat worship myself. Don't let the piano fool you though. My M-I-L can pound out some good ol gospel with them ivories!

August 29, 2006 6:05 PM

Blogger G said...

Hey Mon! Ya jis godda praze de Lord don'cha kno'!

I grew up with hymns which were and are still some of my favorite songs.

Our church now does a lot of upbeat praise and worship music which I love as well.

So which do I prefer a church to have?

Praise...I'll sing Praise... or Hymns. They're both favorites so either one is good... if they have both I'll sing praise though 'cause that's a little more favorite. But if they don't have praise, it's like uuh uuh that's fine 'cause hymns are favorite anyway ya know? It's like, it's like another favorite, but not as much... not as much favorite, but they're both good. They're both good.

August 29, 2006 11:22 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

Oh my, this sounds all too familiar!

Our church is quitars and drums. It is not for everyone and that's okay. There are enough churches out there to find a fit.

August 30, 2006 1:00 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

So true Jennboree...and there will always be a piano in the church.

Thats what g-ma said Guru, but I knew she wouldn't like the loudness of them in the church.

That's too bad Jana, I love having drums in our church! It's just another way to praise God.

I love it when we sing hnmns to rock music's fantastic!

I'm glad there are plenty of church's out there Capt where your tastes can be satisfied.

Our piano player gets into it as well OGO...I love watching her play!

Are ya retarded G???! :-)

So true Leslie!!!

August 30, 2006 8:21 AM

Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

Yeah....G IS retarded!!!

Oh....and when we are headed south for our vacation....I call "The Hump"

August 30, 2006 9:01 PM

Blogger G said...

I wonder what those signs say...

August 30, 2006 11:09 PM


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Monday, August 28, 2006

Baby Birth, Part 2

Since I got so many great comments from my Friday's post, I thought I would address some here instead of in the comments section. (Warning: long post)

Loelsh: Thank you so much for being so supportive! I would have loved to of had your mom (my mil) in with me for a third baby birth. I just think that it a great way for mom's to bond with their daughters. There is nothing like it! I know my mom has experienced the birth of her own children, but she has never seen someone else birth a child...let alone her first born. I know my hubby G will be very supportive, but because my mom raised me, she offers a different kind of support. She has seen 26 years of ups and downs and sometimes knows me better than I know myself. So she would bring something new to the operating room.

Jennboree: I def want to discuss this further with my hubby. I think I'll start a pros and cons list with him so that we can get all our feelings out without a fight. I def don't want him dreading (even if in a small way) the birth of our second one just because his mil is there.

Also, with any baby deliver, there can be complications. If something did go wrong, I think my mom would be less of a mess than my hubby would be. She is also my prayer warrior. My hubby could concentrate on just me while my mom would be calling everyone to ask for prayer. So I think it would actually be a good thing for my mom to be there just in case something did go wrong.

And I love the fact that C-sections don't take a lot of time to perform. I think it's so much better for my mom to experience that than to have her in a delivery room for who knows how many hours of labor (I was told with my first one that I would prob go through at least 24-36 hours of labor and then still have a very high chance of still needing a C-sec). Plus, with the operation, she doesn't have to see me in pain. So, on that note, I'm glad my hubby and possibly my mom don't have to experience a birth other than the wonderful C-sec!

My hubby G: Thank you for your extra long comment! I appreciate knowing more about how you feel about this subject. But it's true, only my belly will be exposed. By the time you are allowed in, all my other parts are covered up to keep it more sanitary in the operating room. My mom wants to see everything, unlike you, so she will see the doctor open my C-sec scar, as well as some of my inner parts. She def handles blood better than you, so she can tell me exactly what is going on. She might even make me brave enough to request the mirror (which I denied the first time) so I can watch as well!

I think my mother contributed to our child's conception by conceiving me in the first place! Without her, I wouldn't be here baby. And because this is such a special moment in our life, I think it would be fantastic to be able to share it with not only my wonderful hubby, but with someone who I also love very much. I def want to take advantage of the fact that I can have two people in the room with me to support me and to see the miracle of birth.

I know we are both planners, so maybe I should have brought this up earlier. But I knew you wouldn't like it G, no matter when I wanted to talk about it. It just took me a couple of months to build up my courage to ask you. And now we have two long months to discuss it further. I don't want to hurt your feelings or argue with you about this subject, so if you really, really don't want my mom with us, than fine. I am the one having the baby, but you are the daddy and your opinion means a lot to me. But I just want you to think about it for a while. Since I have put a few years thought into this, you deserve time to think about it as well...even if only for two months. Please don't keep saying no until truly considering the idea.

Captain Picard: I def know my mom can handle seeing everything that will take place in the operating room. She is one of the strongest people I know. She is okay with seeing blood and I have never heard of her passing out before. I have discussed with her about her being there with me, and she is most definitely looking forward to seeing everything...that is, if she is allowed to be there! :-)

Shannon: My hubby and I are very modest people (him more so with me). With my first child, I only wanted female doctors in the operating room with me. But by the time I was on the table, I didn't care who was with me. All I cared about was my unborn son and getting him out of me safe and sound. Having my son def brought me out. Because I boob-feed, I became used to having parts semi-exposed in front of family. I was so modest, before the birth of my son, that I refused to where tank-tops cause they showed too much skin. But my boy changed all that, so I would love to have my mom see all she cares to see (which, according to her, is everything!) with us in the operating room. Plus, my hubby and I had that special alone time in the operating room with our first, but now I want to do something a little different with this one.


This is just something that my hubby and I need to discuss further. I know I would love to have that bonding time with my mom and to see her excited face the first time she sees her new grandson, but it's a decision that my hubby needs to be comfortable with. I know I'm the one having the baby, but my hubby did help make him after all, so his opinion means the world to me. I just hope we don't wait till the day before the operation to make a decision! :-)

Blogger Jennboree said...

Hey, even till time you are wheeled into the operating room, you can change your mind :)

True about the modesty part. I was very modest till the day I had Bella. Now I just want the best care possible and don't mind if it is man, woman or alien who does it!

August 28, 2006 12:45 PM

Blogger Real Life in South Carolina said...

I'll be praying for wisdom and agreement between you and your husband. I'm hoping for my mom to be able to join me this time too. I've been told hospital policy is 1 person, but I'm going to beg!

August 28, 2006 10:02 PM

Blogger G said...

So what you're saying is, the quicker I give in, the easier my life will be?

August 29, 2006 11:37 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I def know this Jennboree, but I'm a I hope it doesn't happen that way!

Thank you very much SC! I appreciate it!!!

Ha ha G, very funny.

August 30, 2006 8:15 AM


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Friday, August 25, 2006

Baby Birth

Just this week I finally let my hubby know that I want my mom with us in the operating room when our little it born. I have wanted to tell him for months now, but I knew I wouldn't like his reaction. So I waited it out till the right time, but he still isn't up for it. I explained to him that it would be a special bonding time for my mom and I. She has never seen a C-section performed before, and she would love to be with me for this one. It would also allow her to see her new grandson fresh from the womb. She is also curious in how the times of changed since she had her last child, my bro, in '86. It would just be a neat experience for her and I want to be able to share this very special event with one of my best friends.

However, my hubby doesn't want her there with us. He wants it to be exactly the same way as when our first one was born. (And he doesn't want my mom to see all my inside and outside parts exposed.) For the operation, he was my only support buddy. Then we spent the next few hours alone with our newborn before inviting all of our family and friends to the hospital. It was a special bonding time that we had to get to know our new little son.

But I still want that with this child as well. I want my mom there for the operation, but then I still want my hubby/baby alone time afterward. She knows this and understands why this means so much to our family. So after getting a ton of pictures of her new grandson, she will leave the hospital before the baby is brought into the room with me. She will then be in charge of bringing over our first born so that he too can get a little alone time with his new sibling. After that, any and all can visit us!

I know my hubby doesn't like the idea of sharing the operating room with his mother-in-law, but who is the one having the baby?! :-) Since I can have two people there with me, I want to be able to share the miracle with my mom. I just want my hubby to understand why I want her there with me. I'm not asking for his permission to have her there, but I need him to be okay with my decision.

So, should I make my hubby happy and have him be my only support person? Or do I go with what I want and have my mom there?

Blogger loelsh said...

You're the one on the table, so I would say the final decision should be yours.

I had my mom in the room with me with my first two, and she was a GREAT support for me! Sometimes a girl just wants her mommy, no matter how old she is! There is nothing wrong with that.

With our son, my mom had already passed away so she wasn't there (physically). It was just hubby and I and we were able to spend alone time with just the 3 of us before our daughters were brought to meet him.

Both ways were nice and memorable and special for us. I wouldn't change the way we did it any of the times. Having a baby is special no matter who is there with you. It won't be any less special if your mom is there.

If you want her there, then she should be there. This is one time when it really is all about what YOU want!

August 25, 2006 9:54 AM

Blogger said...

Both of you had the 'alone time' before, so I think he should be open to allowing your mother to tag along for this one. Just make sure to let him know you still value him being there, he may be feeling a little insecurity about this.

August 25, 2006 11:56 AM

Blogger Oh great One said...

I think you have offered a fair compromise. She gets to be there at first then gives you your space. I hope that he can see things from your perspective.

Good luck!

August 25, 2006 2:01 PM

Blogger Jana said...

I had my mom and my MIL there for my third baby's birth and they both loved the experience (they're both nurses, so I didn't feel too weird about them seeing everything). My mom let me know how much she appreciated being with me for Isaac's birth, so I invited her for Noah's also. Hubby took the stance that it was me giving birth, so I could do what I wanted. I think if you want her there, you should have her there.

August 25, 2006 2:35 PM

Blogger Jennboree said...

I don't know. I think I feel a little differently than the others. Yes, you are the one on the table but it is still an experience you and husband share that is special, even if it is a c-section. My husband would feel the same way as yours with our second too.

Keep talking to him and both of you discuss why each feels differently concerning your mother joining in. Perhaps in our situation it is easier because I just want my husband there during the surgery.

August 25, 2006 4:15 PM

Blogger loelsh said...

Bagofnothing had a good point, too. I know that some guys already feel left out of the whole having a baby thing since we are the ones that carry the baby for 9 months, we form a special bond with it, we feel it moving around inside of us, we give birth to it, we feed it.

Maybe he feels that by adding your mom to the mix, he isn't needed (as much)? And feels more left out?

I still think that ultimately it should be your decision. But hopefully he can see that you don't want her in there because you are trying to take anything away from him or that he isn't needed. And I think it's good that your mom agreed to leave and let you still have your bonding time alone.

August 25, 2006 7:29 PM

Blogger G said...

O.K. Gotta chime in here.

Lo, Am I a bad person for not wanting to share the O.R. with my mother-in-law?

Yes, MIL has seen Trin's bits and pieces, before, and no Trin will not be shy when it's time for the baby to get here, because at that point it is all about the baby getting here safe and sound for her.

I know it will be a very special event whether MIL is there or not. I'd just strongly prefer she not be there.

Trin's desires will ultimately prevail. It doesn't take a genius to figure that one out.

The way I feel is that it does take away from the special moment OUR child is born to look over and see someone who didn't directly contribute to the child's conception or delivery, sharing those first moments with us.

In another way, it plain creeps me out to think about a relative(someone we see regularly) knowing what my wife looks like down there, even if it is her mother. I know... I know, it's about the baby, not Trin's womanhood - sheesh!

Listen BoN, I'm not insecure about anything here. Who told you that? And what else did they say about me?

OGO, Fair compromise indeed... Heads she wins, Tails I lose! Now that's true perspective for ya!

Jana, Nurses is one thing, but Trin's Mom owns a salon. What do you say? Yeah Mom, just a little off the top?

Jennboree, Thanks for your support!! The least she can do is talk me into seeing why her way is the right way. Then if I don't come around, just do what she wants anyhow.

Maybe reading this will change my mind.

Lo again, It's not that I'll feel left out, I'm just not keen on letting anyone else in.

And had we discussed this months ago, I would have had a lot longer time to work through it and accept it graciously... or not so graciously.

In the end, all I want is to be heard, then to be told I'm stupid, and have my input totally ignored afterwards. That's all I ask.

August 26, 2006 2:28 AM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Do you think your mother can face this event? It might be traumatic for her, and she could pass out. She really needs to be sure she can face it.

Whatever your mother wants, it's the fact that your hubby is there that is more important than anything else.

August 26, 2006 7:32 AM

Blogger Jennboree said...

One last viewpoint on this subject from me since I too am having a 2nd c-section in about 5 weeks:

It is our child's birth but it is STILL a major surgery that could very possibly have complications, for mother or baby. That's just a fact we've come to grips with. My mom is wonderful support but I wouldn't want her to witness anything other than holding her beautiful grandbaby and daughter after. That's just my opinion. You and your husband will surely do what's best and most comfortable for both of you.

August 26, 2006 7:31 PM

Blogger loelsh said...

I don't know, because I've never actually had a c-section, but, don't they usually cover up the nether regions with one of those paper cloths or something? They do that in other surgeries. Only exposing the area being cut, which, (and I may be wrong since like I said I've never personally had one), I thought was the abdomen.

Maybe you should ask Trin though G, since, from what I understand, you stood behind the curtain at her neck the entire time with your first.

Hate to say it, G, but you are exactly like your father and his "privacy".

August 26, 2006 11:13 PM

Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

bwsofyk"Kibble's and Bit's!!!"

August 27, 2006 4:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your husband is being selfish about tis. Explain that you need another woman there who will understand wwhat you are going through. He'll get over it.

August 27, 2006 8:06 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

For each birth I had my sister with me, along with my husband. Hubby was very supportive about it. Though, even if he wasn't, I think I would have had her in there anyway.

I would say, if it is that important to you, explain again to him why. From your previous posts, your hubby sounds like a supportive caring husband. He might not get it now, but maybe come to understand with time.

August 27, 2006 11:52 PM

Blogger Shannon said...

Frankly I think this is a stupid argument. I know there are people who are modest, and want that 'area' unseen, but I guessing, your mom isnt weirded out by a womans vagina. After all, she has one, had children, and oh by the way is probably a little mature about the whole idea.

For all of my children, I had my mom there. There was never even a discussion about it. I suppose I am alittle biased in my thoughts here, to me its not a sexual experience...its a celebration of life, and who better to share it with than the one who gave you life?

August 28, 2006 9:05 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i haven't had a c-section, i didn't think you were "really exposed". i can understand why you would want your mom there and i do think, because you're the one on the table, you should have the final say, but you do have to consider your husband's feelings as well. this is a tough one.

August 28, 2006 9:29 AM

Blogger Becky said...

I've never had kids, so it's hard for me to tell what would be the norm except what my own personal preference would be (no one but my hubby). It's such a personal choice that's different for everyone. But, it's your husband's experience, too, so I guess I go with the idea of working with your husband to reach a common point.

August 28, 2006 2:34 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Check out the 8-26 post answering your comments...thanks!

August 30, 2006 8:14 AM


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Thursday, August 24, 2006


Thirteen different cereals that can be found in Trinity13's pantry.

1. Cocoa Pebbles-One of my all time favs! It's also my dad's favorite, so it's his fault that I like it so much!
2. Off brand Lucky Charms-My son picked this out.
3. Boo Berry-This cereal has been out for a long time, and since used to be hubby's favorite cereal, I got a box recently.
4. Off brand Cocoa Puffs-My son's favorite cereal!
5. Frosted-Mini Wheats-The mullet of on the top, party on the bottom.
6. Strawberry Delight Mini-Wheats-They looked really good, but they don't taste all that great. The strawberry flavor is way too sweet and it just doesn't seem to go with the mini wheats.
7. Off brand Honey Nut Cheerios-Cause who would eat regular Cheerios? :-) Actually, this is my favorite cereal to eat late at night.
8. Chex cereal-A spoonful of sugar helps this cereal go down!
9. Off brand Honeycomb Cereal-It comes in a huge bag instead of a box.
10. Regular Captain Crunch-Only when it's on sale.
11. Off brand Peanut Butter Captain Crunch-I'm loving this stuff right now since I'm on a pb kick.
12. Corn Flakes-I got this when I used to put bananas on my cereal all the time. Now it just sits in the back of the pantry.
13. Off brand Raisin Bran-Needs sugar, but I also enjoy this cereal with bananas.

I usually have more cereal than this, but I haven't had the chance to buy anymore recently. My son and I eat some everyday, so we like a lot of variety!

What is your favorite kind of cereal?

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Blogger Carmen said...

i love me some honey nut cheerios!

August 24, 2006 10:41 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Wow 13 cereals? In your pantry all at once? We currently have two that is about the most we ever have. usually we have something like rice crispies or corn flakes and we almost always have instant oatmeal.

Great TT mine is up too.

August 24, 2006 10:58 AM

Blogger Changed by His Love said...

Honey nut for the whole family, even the 2 year old! You really have 13 cereals boxes? wowsers!
My Birthday TT is up!

August 24, 2006 11:05 AM

Blogger Chaotic Mom said...

I'm guessing my boys would prefer living with you these days. For some "medical reasons" I have them on the high fiber stuff. UGH! ;P

August 24, 2006 11:28 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are as bad as I am. I have to eat my cereal with ricemilk.

August 24, 2006 11:29 AM

Blogger Shannon said...

All those cereals. I'm lucky if I have 2!

Enjoy your Thursday!

August 24, 2006 11:42 AM

Blogger Oh great One said...

"Frosted-Mini Wheats-The mullet of on the top, party on the bottom."

You're so funny Trinity!

August 24, 2006 12:11 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

I love cocoa kripies and cocoa puffs.

August 24, 2006 12:12 PM

Blogger Dane Bramage said...

I agree with this list 92.3% It takes a lot of extras for me to eat Corn Flakes. I prefer Honey Bunches of Fiber or whatever it's really called. My T13 is up at Dane Bramage It is the "Quotes and Epigrams" Edition.

August 24, 2006 12:29 PM

Blogger Becky said...

Wow, you have 13 boxes at one time? I like cereal, but for some reason, I've never taken to it as well as others. I usually eat a sandwich for breakfast.

August 24, 2006 1:28 PM

Blogger Buttercup said...

The only thing in my cupboard is Go Lean Kashi Crunch. It's the best cereal ever!

Do you liked Charmed? (The symbol is on your blog)

August 24, 2006 1:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

we're a big cereal family as well, but you have alot more varieties in the states than we have here. we always buy cookie crisp when we're in the states, that's one i noticed you did mention.
brown sugar mini wheats is my favorite, or hot oatmeal, that instant type.

August 24, 2006 2:15 PM

Blogger Lynn said...

My favorite right now is Kashi Go Lean Crunch with vanilla Silk soy milk. DD2 is eating low sugar, whole grain Trix (she seems to like them, so who am I to question that;-) DD1 is trying Honey Nut oatmeal, and DS is eating Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. This the first time either have eaten oatmeal at home. I cleaned out the rest of my cereal graveyard the other day;-)

Sounds like my kids would like your variety! great list.

Thanks for stopping by. Steel Magnoias is a great film, isnt' it;-)

August 24, 2006 3:15 PM

Blogger Happy0303 said...

I love mini wheats, too, but didn't care for the strawberry one. The vanilla flavor is my favorite.

The Pink Diary

August 24, 2006 3:19 PM

Blogger ms blue said...

I agree with Oh Great One. That is too funny!

I love homemade Rice Krispy Squares. Yum Sweet goodness. Never been one for cereal but now that I have children, I understand their quick and easy appeal!

August 24, 2006 4:18 PM

Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

I too am addicted to the vanilla frosted mini wheats!!!

You think Trin has a lot of cereal????...just ask how much ice ream is in her freezer at any given time.....NOT that I mind.....the newest flavor they sprung on me...was a Razz something or was GREAT!!!! Thank you...may I have another?????

Oh...just frigen great....I just scanneddown....and have to write a friggen NOVEL for authorization....what a treat!!!!

August 24, 2006 6:22 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

I didn't think there was anyone who had more cereal in their house than I did. FMW are my fave.

August 24, 2006 10:38 PM

Blogger Raggedy said...

I like frosted mine wheats too!
Great TT
My TT is up
Have a wonderful day!

August 25, 2006 4:08 AM

Blogger Mary Jo said...

Cocoa Puffs - I'm coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs! Love that cereal, but 13? Wow - that's a lot? hehe

Thanks for stopping by yesterday.

August 25, 2006 7:41 AM

Blogger Lisa said...

LOVE Booberry! :) We have a crapload of cereals too.

August 25, 2006 8:14 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for droppin by everyone! My son and I had peanut butter cereal today and it was soooo good! Of course, we always use skim milk!!!

Btw Becky, your crazy girl! A sandwich for breakfast?!!! I don't even like breakfast sandwiches!

And Oz, we don't have that much ice cream in our freezer...just 5 boxes. That's not too much, and in fact, we are do to get another new flavor. :-)

August 25, 2006 10:43 AM


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Wednesday, August 23, 2006


When my hubby and I decided that he should take the resident manager job where we live now, we had to sell our previous home very quickly. We knew that God wanted us to move, but we weren't sure how He was going to get us out of our home in a month's time. We checked with a realtor friend and he said that it would probably take about 3 months to sell our home, so that was not the way to go. My hubby and I weren't sure what to look into next until my mom hooked up us with a couple who buys run down homes, fixes them up, and resells them. They were very interested in our home since it was on the small side and it would be their first "pretty house" to flip. It wouldn't take them much work (or money) to paint it and put in new carpet. So we decided to work with them to get out of our home. In order to do this, we had to keep the home in our name. However, we did sign several contracts stating that this particular couple was now in charge of the payments. After finding a buyer, we would then sign papers to get the home out of our name.

So, we find out about the resident manager job in October, and by November, we were moved. It was such a blessing to find out about this couple in time. But, I felt really bad when they had a hard time selling our previous home. They had it fixed up and on the market at the beginning of this year, but they still didn't have an offer on it by this summer. On top of that, our credit rating went down since my hubby and I had both a home and a townhome in our names. We couldn't get a loan even if we wanted to.

But, just this month, the couple finally found someone who was interested in the home! This person only wants to rent it for now, so the couple decided to just go ahead and buy our home from us and rent it out! As of last week, after signing a single piece of paper, our old home is finally out of our name!!! I feel so free! I can let go of that home is taken care of!

Now, how to celebrate?! :-)

Blogger Jana said...

That is a good feeling! Congratulations!

August 23, 2006 11:19 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Wow, how nice! We like the house we are renting but it is costing way to much!. I know the ac needs freon but I'm still waiting for the landlord to send someone out...

August 23, 2006 1:00 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

Good for you! What a relief that is!

August 23, 2006 1:25 PM

Blogger Pete said...

How great that you are finally out from under that piece. And, that your credit can start rebounding.

August 23, 2006 2:51 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

What a weight to be lifted from your shoulders! Congratulations!

August 23, 2006 5:24 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks all...I'm so happy!!!

August 25, 2006 10:39 AM


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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Kid's Cell Phones

Have any of you seen those new commercials for the Disney cell phone that is for 10-15 year olds (here is the website)? When I did, I was a little shocked. I was thinking, why would a 10 year old need a cell phone??? Why let them have something to call all their friends when the house phone is available...and cheaper? I understand that you can use the phone to track your kids and you can limit when they are allowed to call as well as determine how many minutes they are allowed to use, but again, why would a 10 year old need a cell phone? And one that starts at $60 a month??!!

Am I just behind on the times? Should kids have cell phones today? Are we, as parents, having that much trouble keeping track of our children? Or is it okay for kids have a phone just for emergencies (cause they wouldn't abuse the luxury, right?!)?

After getting my drivers license, as well as a job, my parents gave me a pager. I was the only one at my school or at my work to have one, but my dad got them free through his job. So when my parents needed/worried about me around my scheduled work time, all they had to do was send me a page. I would immediately call them to let them know what I was up to at the time. They would also send messages by using certain numbers that when turned up side down made letters...remember doing that? (For example: 17-31707-1=I love U)

Now I can understand giving a driving 16 year old a cell phone. If we can afford it, my hubby and I plan on doing this with our children...after they get a job of course. We want to be able to get a hold of them whenever we need them. And I also want them to have a phone in case of emergencies on the road. But the phone will be a luxury, and again, only something our kids will have after getting themselves a job.

What do you think? Are you all for letting 10-15 year olds have their own cell phones? When are you too young to need/have your own phone? Am I behind the times in thinking that any child 15 and under is too young to have a phone?

Blogger Oh great One said...

I have a ten year old and she's never somewhere I don't know about. There has been controversy about schools banning cell phone use during school hours. The PARENTS were upset! I think it's a sad commentary on the world we live in when we are too busy to have face time with our children and need to use a phone to see what they are up to.

August 22, 2006 9:09 AM

Blogger Jennboree said...

I'm not sure how I'll feel about it when Bella is 10. I do think there are some good concepts out there, like the ones that parents pre-program with Mom, Dad and grandparent's numbers only. The kid can't dial any other number. I could imagine scenarios where I'd want Bella to feel she could contact me in an instant if she was with friends.

Then again, she's 2. We'll see what's evolved in 8 years!

August 22, 2006 10:01 AM

Blogger Jana said...

I only got my own cell phone a year ago, LOL! My son is 10 and I don't see any reason for him to need a phone. He uses mine to call my parents and grandmother for free, but other than that he doesn't have anyone to call, and he's always with an adult, so he doesn't need one away from home either. Maybe if he were in public school I'd want to be able to get ahold of him, but I doubt it. I do like the idea of him having an emergency only line if he's somewhere alone, but again, when would that be?

August 22, 2006 11:05 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Ok, I was raised in the stone age back in the 50's and 60's. I had a princess phone in my room when I was 16. I survived with out a cell. When my kids were in high school pagers were the rage. When they got jobs we bought the pagers but they had to pay their monthly bill. I don't think a 10 year old has any business with a cell phone. Are they really responsible enough at that age? No. Especially when you have to pay the bill. It's just another marketing gimick which preys on the parents fears. We must be able to know where our kids are at all times! It used to be clothes that the kids had to have the right brand, now it is cell phones. If a parent needs to get a message to a kid, why not call the school?

August 22, 2006 11:11 AM

Blogger Becky said...

In this day and age, I can somewhat understand it when the kid is walking home from school because the phone can be a tracking device and you just never know... (I was one of those kids that had a guy pull over and ask if he could give me a ride, so it really freaked me out to walk by myself). However, it seems ridiculous to have it available in the house and regular calls -- I would just have it for emergency uses only to parents.

August 22, 2006 1:07 PM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

I had the same reaction when i saw the commercial. I just don't think so. But I may be hopelessly behind.

August 22, 2006 1:15 PM

Blogger Jen said...

I have a 10 year old, and the days are still far off where she might be somewhere that A)I don't know where she is or B) she's not with us or an adult friend of the family who would of course have their own phones...

Maybe when they're driving?

August 22, 2006 1:27 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

I am not sure about a 10 year old having a cell either. My step-daughter has had a cell since she was 13. At first, we were against it, but her mother went ahead and got it anyway. (That's a whole other story.) She is involved with a lot of school activities and these activities run past the appointed ending time. Now, she is able to call us without having us sit in the parking lot for an hour. She also uses it to call her friends, but does not abuse the minutes. Her mother was able to get an add on to her plan, so Jess' phone is only an additional $15 a month.

I suppose it depends on the circumstances. If my 10 year old was walking home from school, I think I would let them have a cell phone. God forbid, if anything happened, we would be able to track him through the cell phone.

August 22, 2006 2:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

first off I never let my ten year old out of my sight long enough that I would have to call them.

THey are 13 16 18 now and still no phones!

August 22, 2006 7:41 PM

Blogger Real Life in South Carolina said...

I have a 13 year old and a 10 year old. We have not bought cell phones for either. If they need to use the phone to talk to their friends, they can call from home. We MAY get a cell phone once my oldest enters high school, but it won't be HIS, it will be a family cell phone. He will NOT be taking it to school, only to functions or events he may be attending where a phone may not be available.

MY SIL bought both her 11 year old boys cell phones (pre-paid) & one of them used up his minutes calling various 900 numbers. Needless to say, she took his phone from him. Her other son still has his to call his dad. I still think he could call just as easily from his mom's cell or the home phone! It would be much easier to keep an eye on your child and know who they are talking to by being involved and providing them with a phone that can only be used at home.

August 22, 2006 9:38 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

I had to comment on the upside down numbers....I am one of the few people I know who can spell their name with quite proud of it too! :)

Kids and cell phones...nah.

August 22, 2006 10:49 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I see most of us are in agreement then...a 10 year old does not need a cell phone. But I am curious, just as Jennboree is, about how what our world will be like in 10 years-maybe all kids will have cell phones by then.

But it does make sense for our kids to have something in case of emergencies...but I don't think a cell is the way to go.

August 23, 2006 11:48 AM


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Monday, August 21, 2006


Last week I had a great time surprising my hubby! On Wednesday I happened to win an ebay auction for a Browns pre-season game. I got two tickets for $1.04!!! I couldn't believe it! I paid a lot more for shipping, of course, to get them here in time for game night last Friday. I decided to keep this a secret from my hubby, so I talked to a buddy of his into taking him...the friend was more than willing!! So for two days I had to keep this to myself. It was def not easy since I was so exciting about it! I told my honey to get off early on Friday since I had something planned for him. I packed them up a dinner, got directions, received the tickets in time, packed a poncho, got the digital camera ready, bought two cheap shirts (one brown, one orange-since the seats were in the Dawg Pound), found my hubby's stadium chair, and saved some money for the downtown parking...all to make sure the guys were well taken care of.

As you can read here, the guys had a great time! They had quite an eventful drive to the stadium, and then a long walk from the parking garage to the stadium. But, at least it stopped raining for the game. My honey came home a very happy man (at 2am) who had no clue that I would surprise him with NFL tickets to a game almost 3 hours away! It was so much fun for me!

How was your weekend?

Blogger Oh great One said...

What a terrific surprise! What a good wife you are! I hadn't thought of looking for that sort of thing on Ebay. I'm still a newby at it! Great idea!

My weekend was lovely thank you for asking!

August 21, 2006 9:25 AM

Blogger Captain Berk said...

I hoped that uhura might do the same for me, now that I am retired and more able to attend matches.

I got nothing though.

I guess i'll have to attend that Klingon cage match on my own.

August 21, 2006 10:17 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

That is so cool! What a great find.

August 21, 2006 11:11 AM

Blogger Pete said...

I actually had two co-workers bet lunch on the outcome of that game. How much more fun would they have had if they could have gone to the game to see the outcome decided.

At $.52, it would have been no problem!

August 21, 2006 1:32 PM

Blogger Jana said...

What a great surprise! If my hubby were a sports fan, he'd love something like that.

August 21, 2006 1:58 PM

Blogger Becky said...

That's a great surprise for your hubby, and I'm sure he really appreciated it. Sigh...the days of being in a couple:)

August 21, 2006 3:46 PM

Blogger Real Life in South Carolina said...

That was so sweet of you! He's got to think you are the coolest wife EVER!

August 21, 2006 9:39 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

Ooooh..surprises are so much fun! Good for you.

August 22, 2006 12:28 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone! I'm so glad the guys had such a great time!!!

August 23, 2006 11:49 AM


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Friday, August 18, 2006


Last night I had my first, and hopefully last, pregnancy fall. I didn't take even one tumble with my first, but maybe it's different with the second one. Anyway, I was out walking last night when I caught my foot on the pavement as I was getting off a grassy area. Thankfully, just my right side hit the pavement. I scratched up my elbow and knee, but my shoulder is killing me today. My right side also hurts a little, but I'm just glad I didn't go down baby first.

But any worries I had about the baby were put to rest today since this morning I had a doctor's appointment. She said falls were typical at this stage in pregnancy, but I immediately felt at ease when she found the baby's heartbeat...and he is just fine!

However, she was concerned that I wasn't gaining any weight. I'm still only up 8 pounds, so she actually told me she wants to see a weight gain the next time I'm in to see her. (I have never in my life been told to gain weight!) I was also told to eat more protein with my carbs. The nurse said that my glucose test came back with low blood sugar results. That could cause the baby to come too early, so both the nurse and the doctor just want me to eat more...I'll have to mark this down-I don't think I'll ever be told again to eat more and to gain weight!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Blogger Oh great One said...

EAT EAT EAT! Take care of yourself girly!

August 18, 2006 9:40 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

Be careful my friend!!!

So if falls are common during pg...then I am in trouble!!! I fall A LOT!!! For no good reason! I should have A work on that padded suit for me now!!

Eat girlfriend!! EAT!!! Low sugar????? This sounds like a chocolate invitation!!!:)

Have a great weekend!!!

August 18, 2006 10:07 AM

Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

You better take care of yourself. Maybe if you need to walk, just walk around the house as many times as you can. I think it's safer and of course EAT! EAT! EAT!
Follow the doctor. Baby coming out early is no joke. Speaking from experience with my grandson.

August 18, 2006 10:14 AM

Blogger loelsh said...

Pregnancy is the only time(s) in your life that you are able to eat whatever you want. Don't be too concerned about not gaining weight. Take advantage of being able to eat now and worry about losing weight after he's born. It should come off pretty easily with breastfeeding.

August 18, 2006 10:51 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Take care,Dear! Oh what I could think of to eat, yum!

August 18, 2006 10:53 AM

Blogger Jennboree said...

So glad you're okay! I've lurched forward a few times and been sore but thankfully haven't fallen...yet. Don't you feel so off-kilter?? I do!

Funny that you're told to eat and the nurse kinda eyeballed me for eating too much! I didn't eat much with my first baby but maybe I eat more now cuz she snacks all day.

Try drinking whole milk, if you like milk. It will give you good fat and great for baby's development. Throw in a dozen or so cookies, you'll be good to go!

August 18, 2006 10:56 AM

Blogger Pete said...

Holy crap that seems like it was a bit scary.

Any invitation to eat is a good one!

August 18, 2006 11:47 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Eat Mama Eat, for the baby. Glad the fall wasn't more serious. I hope your shoulder feels better soon.

August 18, 2006 9:12 PM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Sorry about the fall, that sounds scary.

Well I guess the advice is eat and gain weight. Enjoy it isn't often in this life we get told to eat more and gain weight.

August 19, 2006 6:45 PM

Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

I wish I was pregnant!!!

I'm just FAT!!!!!!

August 19, 2006 8:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

eating was the best part as I can remember... that is once I got over morning sickness.

August 19, 2006 10:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think second time moms tend to not take care of themselves as much, a little one seems to leave less time for you.
be careful on your feet, i had three premmies, not due to falls mind you, but still, you do not want a premmie if you can avoid it.

August 20, 2006 6:52 PM

Blogger Real Life in South Carolina said...

Ouch. Maybe we do get a little care-free during the second pregnancy. I know I've come close to a good tumble this time around!

As far as gaining weight...enjoy that while you can!!! (If you aren't suffering from heartburn!)

August 21, 2006 9:35 PM

Blogger Becky said...

Yeah, sounds like you need some more chocolate to take care of that! I'm glad you and the baby weren't hurt:)

August 22, 2006 1:08 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Believe me when I say that I def eat! Sometimes it seems like I eat all the time! I just walk it off at night I guess. I have been trying to get out of the house for a little bit each night to stretch my legs.

Btw Jennboree, there is no way I could drink whole milk! I'm a skim milk drinker, so the whole stuff would taste waaaaay to thick. :-)

August 23, 2006 11:55 AM


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Thursday, August 17, 2006


Thirteen things that aggravate the prego Trinity13.

1. Having either a three or four year old run around the house screaming
2. A one year old poop in his diaper three times before lunch
3. Waking me up early from my much needed nap
4. A bad hair much of my mood depends on how my hair looks-crazy, I know
5. Discovering a new pimple
6. Taking a laptop on a vacation when you are supposed to be getting away (this might of happened with a certain Michigan trip)
7. Getting in unexpected bite from Miss Kitty
8. Prego pants that are getting tighter
9. Not sleeping through the night...I'm up just about every hour
10. The boys not listening to me
11. A sudoku puzzle taking more than 10 minutes to solve
12. Being hungry when nothing looks good to eat
13. Knowing that very soon the baby is going to come out...why can't he just stay in my belly forever, or at least till he's 18???

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Blogger Pete said...

I understand getting away, but taking a laptop is still fun! I'd be getting away from life, not the Internet!

August 17, 2006 11:04 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Somehow I knew you would comment on just mean something different to me. You are connected to people through the internet, and a vaca is a time to get away in my eyes. The internet is fun, but on vacas, you should be making your own fun!!! :-P

August 17, 2006 11:12 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Great TT!! I can so relate to a lot of those, the one about being hungry is me right now! LOL

August 17, 2006 12:37 PM

Blogger Carmen said...

pregnant with an 18 year old? that does NOT sound fun. :)

August 17, 2006 12:38 PM

Blogger Trish said...

Great list! Congrats on your new baby!

Happy TT!!!!

August 17, 2006 1:10 PM

Blogger Warm Fuzzies said...

Oh boy, I can remember feeling the same way, especially the thought of knowing the baby is going to be coming out soon! yikes!!! Just remember, it's better for an 8 lb baby to come out than a 120 lb 18 year old!

Happy WW!

August 17, 2006 3:34 PM

Blogger Becky said...

I've never been pregnant before, so I have no idea what that feels like but just the mention of the fact that you're up every hour made me tired. Poor thing...

August 17, 2006 4:24 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

Well, i am not pregnant but I can safely say those things would annoy me too!

August 17, 2006 4:33 PM

Blogger Susan said...

This is a great list. I hope you get some rest soon.

My TT is up, too.

August 17, 2006 5:36 PM

Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

"Avast ye mates...!!!"

August 17, 2006 7:36 PM

Blogger Lynn said...

You're the third pregnant blogger to comment on my blog today....I hope it isn't something "in the blogger;-)" I remember how uncomfortable it was toward the end especially. Hope it continues to go well and that you find some 'you' time soon. thanks for stopping by.

August 17, 2006 10:14 PM

Blogger Andrew McAllister said...

Thank you so much for visiting "To Love, Honor and Dismay" and for leaving such a nice comment. I'm glad you enjoyed it. (...maybe you would even consider adding me to your list of links so your readers can find their way as well? I promise I'll leave the porch light on for them :o)

All the best!

August 17, 2006 10:31 PM

Blogger Mary Jo said...

I totally understand the being hungry thing but nothing looks good. Seems I've been that way my entire pregnancy so far - and I'm only halfway through!

Hope life gets a bit easier for you these next few weeks!

Thanks for stopping by yesterday.

August 18, 2006 7:27 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks TC...I love lunchtime!

I know Carmen, I'm just getting wet feet.

Thanks Trish.

I guess WF! :-)

Awwww, thanks Becky...I'm just tired all the time. And it's not going to get any better with a newborn!

Thanks Susan and Leslie!

You're crazy Oz!!!

Heehee, it might be Lynn...better watch out! ;-)

I'll think about it Andrew.

I hate that feeling Momma...I want to enjoy my food again.

August 18, 2006 9:03 AM


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Wednesday, August 16, 2006


While in Michigan, my hubby and I decided to check out a local theatre. There were a ton of movie choices, but only a few looked worth the ticket price. Since my mom spoke so highly of World Trade Center (the true story about the search and rescue of two Police officers who were trapped inside the first fallen tower), we decided to check it out. Ever since I saw a preview of this movie, I didn't think I wanted to see it. I thought it was too soon to have a movie like this out, but after talking with my mom, I was intrigued. I had never heard my mom speak so positively about a movie before. And she actually plans on seeing it again while it's still in theatres...that would be a first for her. So the only reason I decided to go ahead and see it was because of her recommendation.

Immediately I was sucked into the movie and the 125 minutes went by so quickly! I was surprised to find out that the police officers really didn't know what was going on. The volunteers who went into the tower didn't have a clue what was happening with the second tower. They just knew that they needed to help the people get out.

My favorite character from the movie was the ex-marine (his story can be found here). He immediately dropped what he was doing to help out at the towers. He know he had a job to do and he also knew that we would soon be at war because of what happened. He and another ex-marine ignored the warnings of others and searched the towers for survivors. They didn't care that it was getting dark or that walking on the unstable, collapsed buildings would be difficult...they just wanted to help.

This movie didn't show much of the outside of the buildings before they collapsed and I'm glad for it. It helped me as a movie watcher stay focused on the teamwork needed to rescue the trapped people. The movie was more about the American spirit than about the tragedy. The movie also helped remind me why we have our men and women across seas.

WTC def touched me and I spent a lot of the movie tearing up or crying. At one point I almost started sobbing...I was that emotional invested in it! But I would highly recommend this movie. I now think it's not too soon to see a movie on the NY attacks. In fact, it's a great reminder of what happened to our country and what it did to our lives.

Blogger Oh great One said...

I haven't seen the movie but I imagine that having watched it unfold that day it would have a more powerful affect on us.

August 16, 2006 10:02 AM

Blogger cube said...

I haven't seen it either. Even now, I get so angry whenever I think about 9/11. I think it would be best for me to see on DVD at home...

August 16, 2006 12:27 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm not going to see this one. i thinks it's in bad taste for the victim families to have done a movie so soon.

August 16, 2006 12:54 PM

Blogger Real Life in South Carolina said...

I haven't seen that one yet. I don't think I can handle it with all the pregnancy hormones flowing through my system, (I'd be a basket case), but definitely something to check out after the baby is born and the baby blues are gone!

Thanks for stopping by, and wanted to tell you congratulations!!! October will be here before you know it!

August 16, 2006 1:34 PM

Blogger Journey 35 said...

The marine you are speaking of is Sgt. Jason Thomas, and I've had the opportunity to work with him for the past three years here at my present employer.

I first learned about his involvement just a couple of weeks ago when our public information director sent an email to all of the staff. I started reading news articles about him and all that he did, and literally broke out in tears I was so touched. I see this guy almost everyday, and you just never know who you are really talking to. He is the kindest, most down-to-earth person I have ever met. He is a security officer here and I feel even safer knowing he is around.

Thank God for the Jason Thomas' of the world!

August 16, 2006 2:22 PM

Blogger Becky said...

I have to admit that I'm still not sure if I can watch it, even if it's to remember what happened. What's interesting is that you keep hearing about all these amazing stories, like the one of Sgt. Thomas, that I hadn't heard before. If anything, perhaps it could inspire those of us that think the world is turning evil to know that there are still good people out there.

August 16, 2006 4:08 PM

Blogger Viamarie said...

Watched it on DVD and it depressed me.

Take Care!

August 16, 2006 7:09 PM

Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

No way I could share such a personal thing in a theater,,,I'll see it on DVD.

August 16, 2006 7:31 PM

Blogger Jana said...

I don't know if I want to see this or not. I was a few weeks pregnant when 9/11 happened and spent many days during that next 9 months in tears over the events. I'm not sure I'm ready to relive that.

August 17, 2006 9:26 AM

Blogger said...

thanks for the Trinity Movie Review. i'm still debating on whether I want to watch this or not, but your thoughts helped.

August 17, 2006 9:55 AM

Blogger Jennboree said...

I think it is important and as the ex-Marine said, it needed to be done while the words and emotions were still raw for those who survived in order that the story be told correctly.

Even if this is a movie my children see 10 or 15 years from now, I think it is worth having been made. Plus, many of the victim's families WANTED this movie made so it would never be forgotten.

Thank you for the review! I will most likely have to wait quite a while before being brave enough to watch.

August 17, 2006 11:05 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thank you all for your honesty. I too thought it was much too soon to be making this movie, but I'm so glad I ended up seeing it! I hope to see it again around Sept of next year just as a reminder.

Btw, it's not on dvd yet just came out in theaters. I think you are thinking of the Flight 93 movie.

August 17, 2006 11:15 AM


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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Michigan Trip

My hubby and I had a great trip away! After picking up our new glasses and dropping off our son, we headed towards Michigan at about 12:30pm. Almost four hours later, we made it to our hotel to check in before heading to the Jars of Clay/Third Day/Michael W. Smith concert. We had an awesome time!!! Jars rocked! My hubby and I knew most of their songs and it was great when they sang an old hymn. We def plan on buying their new album when it comes out.

Third Day was incredible as well! They had a great entrance, but the lead singer, Mac Powell, was sure to let us know that we were there to praise God together through worship. They also sang a few old hymns (rocked out of course!), and they had the arena on our feet. For one of the songs, Mac asked us all to get out of cell phones and wave them around (instead of lighters). It was really cool to see all the little blue lights out in the audience-it looked like a ton of fireflies! I def missed my Third Day buddy, PJ...she and I have been to a few concerts together, so I really missed her for this one!

Michael W was pretty boring compared to the other two bands. He just didn't have the energy of the younger guys. He had a great band, but he played his piano (without the band) for half of the songs. A lot of people left while he was still singing and we sat down for most of his performance. We ended up leaving when he started up his last song to get ahead of the traffic. But, overall, it was a great concert!

On Saturday, my hubby and I did some sightseeing around where our hotel was located. We went to a few malls and saw a must see movie (I'll post about it tomorrow). While driving around, we couldn't believe how many Coney places we saw. There was a different one on each street corner...they were everywhere! We did eat at one where I got the most delicious hamburger pita!

After a long day of Christmas shopping, we headed back to the hotel to swim in the indoor pool for a little bit. I was sure to get up early the next day to snag a few doughnuts from the continental breakfast eating area (we got there too late the day before to get any). After checking out, my hubby and I headed to the Hard Rock Cafe in Detroit (where I had one of the best salads I've ever had). It's kind of a tradition for us. Whenever we vacation anywhere near a Hark Rock, my hubby and I eat there. We've been to the Phoenix, Niagra Falls, Orlando, and Cleveland locations for name a few.

Then we got on a People Mover to see some really cool parts of the city. We had a great view of the water and Windsor, Ontario as well as a ton a neat parks throughout Detroit.

FYI, the state up North has def got some crazy ways! They have special u-turns spots in the road which was so weird since u-turns are illegal in Ohio. But I loved having the maximum freeway speed of 70mph. At some points, we were going 80 just to keep up with the flow of the was fantastic!!!

I don't think my hubby and I plan on going back to Michigan anytime soon, although we really enjoyed our visit. And I love the fact that I found myself an OSU jersey while we were there! How great is that?!!!

(Btw, thanks Guru and Lo for watching the boy for us!!!)

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Great account of your trip to Michigan, Trin. Thanks for telling us how the bands were.

August 15, 2006 1:30 PM

Blogger Becky said...

I've had to visit Michigan for work a few times and was also thrown off by their no-left-turn lights. Weird, huh? I always had to go in the winter time, though, and wondered how much nicer it would be in the summer.

August 15, 2006 1:55 PM

Blogger loelsh said...

No problem. Glad you had a good time!

August 15, 2006 4:28 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your trip to my end of the woods. Your right about the coney's they are every where.

And yes our traffic does flow wild accept durring rush hour then it can be at a halt on the freeway. I know I did it for 6 years.

Next time come see me!

August 15, 2006 6:25 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

I'm glad you and hubby had such a nice time. I've never heard of "coney places", what are they?

August 15, 2006 10:44 PM

Blogger Lisa said...

I havent heard of coney places either, but I know A&W sells coney dogs, which are hot this the same thing??? It sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Glad you enjoyed the concert. And I must say, I am a little jealous. You have already done your xmas shopping!!! Have a great one!

August 16, 2006 2:11 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

I would have loved to have been there to see Third Day! Deff next time!!!

August 16, 2006 4:06 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone. It really was a great trip away with my honey!

Coney places sell coney dogs (amoung other things) Barbara and Lisa...but my hubby didn't like the one he got! Oh well!!!

August 17, 2006 11:28 AM


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Friday, August 11, 2006

Trip Away

My hubby and I are getting ready for our trip to Michigan! We are leaving right after breakfast to drop off our son at grandma's before hittin the road. It should only take about 4 hours to get there and I'm hoping to stop at least twice to stretch my legs so they don't get swollen. We are staying a cheap hotel (that has continental breakfast and an indoor pool of course!!!) right outside of Detroit.

Tomorrow night we will be attending a Michael W. Smith/Third Day/Jars of Clay concert. I got the tickets for a great price off of ebay...and the seats are great as well! I can't wait to hear my Third Day live...they are fantastic!

Then on Saturday and Sunday my hubby and I will be sight seeing throughout the cities near Detroit. We even might go to Canada for a little bit since it's only about 5 minutes away from downtown Detroit.

I know that whatever we do, my hubby and I are really going to enjoy ourselves. This will be our last getaway, just the two of us, before the baby comes. I will def be taking advantage of this time with my spouse!

See you on Monday!

Blogger Unknown said...

Have a great time!

August 11, 2006 1:56 AM

Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

I'm glad you're getting away to have some great time with your hubby. You're right, when the baby comes it's all baby and baby forever.

August 11, 2006 4:59 AM

Blogger Oh great One said...

You know, now that I think about it my husband and I did the same thing before my son was born. Only with out the COOL CONCERT TICKETS, and we didn't go to Detroit either.

August 11, 2006 9:14 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

Have a great time!!!!!!

August 11, 2006 10:05 AM

Blogger Flora Pang said...

WHY is everybody planning trips except ME...

Being envious...

happy travel~

August 11, 2006 1:18 PM

Blogger Andrew McAllister said...

That is SO important, to still find time for each other even with babies in the mix. Don't forget each other in a few months either :o)

Enjoy your trip!

To Love, Honor and Dismay

August 11, 2006 6:02 PM

Blogger cube said...

I haven't been around for a while, but I'm glad you are doing well & are about to have a blast on your trip. Enjoy!

August 11, 2006 8:03 PM

Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

This sounds like a great time for you two wacky kids!!!

Enjoy the hell outta your time away...and don't come back until you have had your fair share of FUN!!!!!

August 11, 2006 10:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not having twins are you?(From your comment thingy) did that just go over my head? Ofcourse I can't tell.

August 11, 2006 10:54 PM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Have a great time!

August 12, 2006 8:32 AM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Enjoy Michigan & the concert, Trin!

August 12, 2006 11:59 AM

Blogger Viamarie said...

Enjoy your togetherness. You deserve the break.

Have a safe trip.

August 13, 2006 3:44 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I could have been on line sooner. I live just a few mile north of Detroit. We could have met!

Well I hope you had a good time!

August 14, 2006 7:15 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

I hope you're having a wonderful time. I can't wait to hear all about it when you return.

August 14, 2006 9:42 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for all your well wishes everyone...we had a fantastic time!!!

And no Faith, we are def not having twins!!!

August 17, 2006 11:26 AM


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Thursday, August 10, 2006

13 Movies

Thirteen movies Trinity13 and her hubby could possibly see this weekend.

1. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby-My hubby would love to see this one cause it looks retarded.
2. World Trade Center-I'm not sure if I'm ready to see a 9/11 movie yet, but I'd rather see this than #1!!!
3. You, Me and Dupree-I haven't seen a comedy in a while.
4. Superman Returns-Even though I've seen this twice already, I'd love to see it one more time while it's in theatres.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest-My hubby and I have yet to see this movie. We didn't watch the first one till it was out on dvd, so we might just do the same with this one.
6. Click-Looks like another great comedy...and I love Adam Sandler.
7. John Tucker Must Die-Hmmm, I'd rather see Talladega Nights before this one.
8. A Scanner Darkly-Keanu Reeves as a cartoon...very cool! Plus, it was originally a book that Philip K. Dick wrote (he also wrote Minority Report-a fantastic movie!!).
9. My Super Ex-Girlfriend-I love Uma, but this looks like a stressful movie to me (just like all Ben Stiller movies)...but ya gotta love a love-sick superwoman!
10. The Break-up-I like happy endings, so I'd better not see this one.
11. The Night Listener-We could go see this movie for a Grey's Anatomy/Sandra Oh fix!
12. Miami Vice-My hubby has already seen it, so I don't have to waste my time on this one.
13. The Lake House-I would really love to see this love story with Keanu and Sandy!

Of all these movies, which one would you suggest that my hubby and I see this weekend on our trip away?

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Blogger loelsh said...

Well, I want to see You Me and Dupree, but guru doesn't. I know your taste in movies is more similar to guru's than mine, so I don't know how you'd like it.

I would just suggest seeing something that neither one of you has seen yet.

August 10, 2006 10:31 AM

Blogger Carmen said...

i think pirates would be a good choice, if just for the Depp factor. :)

August 10, 2006 11:53 AM

Blogger Pete said...

Talladega Nights is supposed to be very funny. Even the Wall Street Journal thought so.

It was funny to read their review because they kept referring to people by proper names. Mr. Ferrell did this, or Mr. Cole did this. Good times had by all.

August 10, 2006 11:59 AM

Blogger Lynn said...

DH and I saw My Super Ex-Girlfriend last weekend and it was very funny. However, it should be rated something like PG-17.....not so much language as all of the um, sex scenarios.....definitely not for young ones! Several people have told us they had a good time at Talladega Nights and You, Me and Dupree. We loved Pirates although it does leave you hanging.....The Break-up was funny but depressing....too much arguing....funny that they are engaged now! I want to see the Lake House but don't think DH would care for it. Hope you find one you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by.

August 10, 2006 12:29 PM

Blogger Princess21 said...

I saw the Lake House....and I loved it!

You me and Dupree looks good and so does Talladega Nights.

I want to go see a movie!!! :)

Have fun!

August 10, 2006 12:35 PM

Blogger Jen said...

Ooh, a movie, how fun!

We've been so busy lately, we haven't seen ANYTHING!

Thanks for stopping by my birthday 13!

August 10, 2006 12:51 PM

Blogger Ghost said...

I'd vote for Pirates. I haven't seen it yet, but my son has and he said it was even better than the first. Thanks for visiting. Cheers.

August 10, 2006 2:23 PM

Blogger Jana said...

You already know which one I'd suggest. If you go, say hi to Orlando for me.

August 10, 2006 2:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My super ex is one of the worst movies i have ever seen. DO NOT waste ur money.

August 10, 2006 4:09 PM

Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

While I can't tell anyone if they're ready to see it or not, I was, and I thoroughly Stone's "World Trade Center" . it's just a great story of true American heroism

August 10, 2006 6:21 PM

Blogger Lisa said...

i am dying to see you me and dupree. if you watch that one, you will have to let us know how it was!

August 10, 2006 6:55 PM

Blogger Becky said...

I have to admit that in reading your list and seeing what I've seen and not liked compared to what I've intentionally not seen, I realized what a lame movie summer we've had...even if Pirates 2 is saving the box office revenues from being disasterous.

August 15, 2006 1:57 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for all your recommendations! The WTC movie we ended up seeing was fantastic! And we still plan on seeing The Lake House while it's at the cheapo theater.

August 17, 2006 11:17 AM


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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The Big Brother

For the past week or two my four year old son has been acting weird. He has been taking afternoon naps with me and he has become quite lovely towards me. He has really turned into a momma's boy recently. He is scared unless he is with me and I can't leave his sight. He won't even stay with his dad for 10 seconds without asking for me.

His aunt picked him up to take him to the pool yesterday since he loves to go swimming. They have been swimming together without me before, but he didn't like it for some reason yesterday. After about 20 minutes, he wanted to get out of the pool and he was asking for me. This kid is half fish and loves the water, but it was weird that he was done swimming cause I wasn't there with him.

My hubby and I think his recent change in behavior might be because he will be a big brother soon. Maybe he realizes that he will have to share my attention with his little brother starting in October. I just can't think of any other reason why he has become clingy around me besides him thinking I won't give him as much attention here in a few months.

I just hope that my boy will be okay without him momma this weekend. I know he will have a ton of fun with everyone, but I hope he doesn't throw any fits cause he misses me. He just needs to get used to the fact that he won't be an only child does his mom!

Blogger Leslie said...

Aww, sounds like the reality of sharing you is setting in. He'll be fine, esoecially since he is at an age that you can really involve him.

August 09, 2006 11:03 AM

Blogger Oh great One said...

The prospect of a change in the family can be scary for everyone involved especially little ones. Give him a little extra lovin' and keep talking about what's coming. It's not as scary when you are "in the loop".

As for this weekend...who knows what will happen. Don't let it ruin your weekend though. It may be a while before you get another one!

August 09, 2006 11:10 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Yeah, he knows something is different. Just be sure to give him lots of hugs and be patient. Once he becomes the "big brother" sometimes it helps if he can do little things for you. No matter how silly it seems, he'll probably enjoy bringing you birp rags,etc.

August 09, 2006 11:51 AM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

It's a common fear for a child to think they will be 'put aside' when a new one comes along. You have to reassure him that it won't happen, and will be loved just the same.

August 09, 2006 3:39 PM

Blogger loelsh said...

I would say that is definately the cause. My oldest acted out a little bit after her little sister came along.

But your boy has been an only child for a bit longer than she was, so the adjustment will probably be a little harder for him.

It will get better though, especially once the baby gets here and he sees that he still gets attention from you. However, he probably won't be happy that the baby gets more attention than he does. That's completely normal though.

You will adjust. I won't say it'll be easy, cause most likely it won't, but eventually, it will be all good.

August 09, 2006 5:19 PM

Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Show him a little extra love, but remind him that you will need his help in taking care of the new baby.

A big brother is an important job and he is just the person to fill those shoes. Good luck

August 09, 2006 11:31 PM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Sounds like he is working things out. Don't worry mom, you and he will get used to the changes.

August 10, 2006 8:15 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I hope so Leslie! He is such a great helper now.

We plan on taking him to a hospital tour with us OGO just so he knows what to expect. I def don't want him being scared of the hospital.

I hear ya Jill, I'll def plan on him helping me with the new one.

We plan on having some alone time with him Capt right after his brother is born. I want him to know he is still special in our eyes.

That's what concerns me Lo, that the boy has been an only child for four years. I hope he is able to cope.

Thanks for stopping Lucy...and I like the idea of letting him know just how important his job will be!

I just hope it won't take too long TC!!

August 17, 2006 11:25 AM


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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Anniversary Day

Today my hubby and I are celebrating our anniversary. We were married on 8-8-98, so I think it's cool we have been married 8 years today! Our trip to Michigan this weekend is our gift to each other. Last year we went to a cabin in the woods here in Ohio, but we wanted to do something out of state this year. We love going away for our anniversary instead of buying gifts for each other. It's time for just the two of us to spend a few days away from our busy lives. It's also a time for us to make memories and to actually bring out the camera...if we are feeling brave! :-P

So, happy anniversary baby! I hope and pray God blesses us with many more years!!!

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Blogger Pete said...

Happy Anniversary to You,
Happy Anniversary to You,
Happy Anniversary G and Tri-in,
Happy Anniversary to You!

August 08, 2006 8:59 AM

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August 08, 2006 9:26 AM

Blogger Oh great One said...

Happy Anniversary!

Aren't you two just the cutest!

August 08, 2006 9:51 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!!!

August 08, 2006 10:07 AM

Blogger said...

Happy Anniversary!

I was once told that the number 8 in the Japanese culture is considered to be extemely lucky.

August 08, 2006 10:32 AM

Blogger loelsh said...

Happy anniversary! I think anniversary get-aways are great! Glad you are able to get away.

August 08, 2006 10:53 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!!!

August 08, 2006 12:00 PM

Blogger Becky said...

How sweet! Happy Anniversary!

August 08, 2006 2:00 PM

Blogger Jana said...

Happy anniversary! Congratulations on eight years!

August 08, 2006 2:11 PM

Blogger Lisa said...

AWWWWW Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby Trin! That is so cool. I wonder if this is like your golden birthday, but your golden anniversary instead! Should be an awesome year!

August 08, 2006 3:25 PM

Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

Way ta go kids!!!!!

And it just keeps getting better and better!!!!

Insert laugh track here!)

Have a great time tonite...and on YOUR weekend too!!!

August 08, 2006 6:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy anniversary, that is a beautiful photo of the two of you.

August 08, 2006 7:27 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

Happy Anniversary! A beautiful photo too!

Have fun!

August 09, 2006 12:14 AM

Blogger Leslie said...

Oh Boy! Congratulations!

August 09, 2006 11:00 AM

Blogger Warm Fuzzies said...

Happy Anniversary! Gorgeous two make a great couple!

Have a wonderful Anniversary, and here's to more great years together!

August 09, 2006 1:57 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thank you are all too kind!!!

August 17, 2006 11:18 AM


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Monday, August 07, 2006

Where Did The Weekend Go?

My family had a pretty good weekend. I got to watch my nieces and nephew overnight on Friday. The girls had a great time in my son's new bunkbed (which, praise God, was completely donated to us-including the mattresses!!). Even my little two year old nephew was climbing up the bed's ladder to get on top with his sisters! It was too cute...and so brave of him!!!

After breakfast with the grandparents and papaw on Saturday, I took a nap before heading to PJ's house to scrapbook. We didn't get much accomplished, but I had a wonderful time with her! It's so nice to get together with a great friend to talk and eat chocolate chip cookies...hmmmm!!!

Then, I met my mom, sis, and bro at a BBQ. With the outfit I was wearing, my mom said I looked 9 months prego...and everyone at the party agreed with her. What's up with that? Yet another person thinks I'm ready to pop. But I've come to accept that...and be proud of it. I love seeing my expanding prego belly, as does my hubby, so I'm happy that people are noticing my growing baby as well. I just hope that the growth sticks with my belly and doesn't end up anywhere my chin or butt! :-)

Blogger Pete said...

Thanks again for watching them. Yes, our son has no fear when it comes to climbing things. At McDonalds, he will go anywhere and do everything that he sees someone else doing. At home, there is nothing that he won't climb on. Even at the store, if he can get a hand and foot on it, he will get up. I don't want to foster a fear of stuff into him, but I don't really want him to get hurt, either.

Where is the "man up" line in the sand on this one?

August 07, 2006 12:16 PM

Blogger said...

i wouldn't be surprised if someone thought i was nine weeks pregnant with the gut i'm carrying around

August 07, 2006 1:56 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

I think YOU are brave! I wouldn't be able to look if my boy was on the top bunk. Mine would surely decide he was a paratrooper and jump!

August 07, 2006 2:06 PM

Blogger Jana said...

I remember when I was six months prego with my second son, everyone thought I was due any day! Drove me nuts!

August 07, 2006 2:40 PM

Blogger Becky said...

Mom's have a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, don't they? :)

August 07, 2006 3:34 PM

Blogger Lisa said...

I had the same thing happen to me. I think what happens is that people that are around pregos get too excited that there is a baby on the way, that even if they dont know you, they want you to pop now! Plus anyone who has ever been prego knows just how you feel during the dog days of summer! Have a great week!

August 07, 2006 5:39 PM

Blogger Jen said...

Aw, that's cute!

I get pregnant all over. By the time I delivered the twins I looked like a sick and bloated Elvis in his last days. Not pretty...

August 07, 2006 6:14 PM

Blogger Chrixean said...

Whoever said you looked like you were going to pop hasn't seen me yet....hehe... Thanks for dropping by! :-)

August 07, 2006 10:50 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

I say bask in all the attention you are getting for your belly!

Hey! Football season is almost here girl! OSU is coming to Hawkeye country Sept. 30. Game on! LOL! Seriously, I am gearing up for another great season of college football. I love it!

August 08, 2006 1:31 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I wish my boy was as brave Guru!

Ha, very funny Bag!

I was def keeping a close watch on them OGO!!!

What's with that Jana???

Ahhh, but gotta love her Becky!

I hear ya Lisa...they are just ready to spoil a new little one!

I was prego all over with my first Jen...I'm really trying to keep my weight gain less than 20 pounds this time.

Awww, sorry Chrixean.

I'm trying DW!!! And, I too am looking forward to football season! Go Bucks!!!!

August 08, 2006 10:01 AM


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Friday, August 04, 2006

Eye Exam

Last night my hubby and I went to get our vision exams. The people in the office were delayed since some of the power was out in the building. So, my hubby was seen about an hour past his original scheduled time and I was seen about 10 minutes after him. But, the doctor more than made up for it! I don't think I have ever had a faster eye exam!!! I probably wasn't with the doctor for more than 5 minutes. I know it had something to do with my non-changing prescription, but still, a 5 minutes examination for $40?! I def picked the wrong job field! :-) Fortunately though, I don't have to go back for another 3 years. Since my prescription hasn't changed in two years, and didn't change much from 4 years ago, I can wait a bit longer before paying someone $40 to look at my unchanging eyes.

Btw, even though he was only with me 5 minutes, the doctor found a freckle on my eye. Weird, huh? I have freckles all over my body, and now I have one in my eye! Craziness!!!

So anyway, my hubby and I took like 600 hours picking out our new frames after the doc saw us. It's a very important decision ya know! These new glasses are going to have to be worn for the next 2-3 years! That's a lifetime if you don't like them!!! But I got myself some flexible frames for the first time. I thought that since we are having a new little one in the house, that it was about time for me to prepare for little grabby hands.

Then, as we were getting ready to head towards the register, an eye tech asked when I was due. When I said October, she looked surprised. She told me that that I looked like I was ready to have a baby within a week or two! A week or two!!! What the....???!! Is she serious? Those who know me outside of blogland, do I really look that big?? I've only gained 8 pounds so far (according to my doctor), but do I really look 9 months prego??

But, why would someone say that anyway?? The eye tech knew I was due in October, so why tell me that I look that far along? I not really taking it as in insult, but why say something like that? I feel like I should be more offended, but should I take it as a compliment? Someone noticed I was very prego instead of very that's good, right?! It just struck me as weird.

Oh well, have a great weekend everyone!!!

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

She probably meant it as a compliment. People do and say weird things around pregnant women. I am not sure why but I find they always do.

August 04, 2006 10:42 AM

Blogger Pete said...

Yes, sometimes it is some weird badge of honor to have a big baby, like you have won some sort of contest for suffering!

I second what TC said. Chalk it up to weirdness, but I also think it was at least a tad rude.

August 04, 2006 11:07 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Ah, yes, the eye doc has it made (except when he does surgery) If you know how much the frame markup is you'd freak! I used to work in an eye doc office!

When my oldest was three we were at the Circus and a lady asked me when I was due. (I was pregnant with twins). This was in July. I told her I was due in Sept 28. She replied, "you'll never make it that far" She was right. They came Aug 28.

August 04, 2006 11:10 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

I think you look great!!! I don't think you look 9 months pg!!! Don't worry....some people are rude without trying!!

Can't wait until tomorrow!!! :)

August 04, 2006 11:23 AM

Blogger loelsh said...

She probably did mean it as a compliment. I think people just don't know what to say sometimes. So, instead of just not saying anything at all, they just blurt something out.

I don't think you look like you're that far along.

I do remember liking the fact that people could tell I was pregnant and not just fat. But didn't care so much for the "you're huge" comments (even though I was).

August 04, 2006 11:57 AM

Blogger Oh great One said...

First-I hope he was thorough in his 5 minute exam. It's not right if he rushed it just to catch up.

Second-How rude is that to say to a pregnant woman?!! You can think it all you want but you don't say it! Especially if you just met them.

August 04, 2006 12:04 PM

Blogger Flora Pang said...

mine is changing CONSTANTLY. I have to go check every single year...

August 04, 2006 12:11 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

A freckle on your eye? I have never heard of that!

As far as the tech, don't sweat it. They probably have no idea that everyone is different and progress differently at every stage. I had a lady once swear to me I was going to have my baby within a week and I was only 4 months pregnant. I could have kicked her!!!

August 04, 2006 1:52 PM

Blogger Jennboree said...

She probably didn't mean anything by it but I too have been shocked at how people talk to me about my pregnancy this time around.

First time it was "Oh, you are so TINY" or "You look fantastic!"

Now it is "You are so HUGE!" and "You look so friggin tired!"

August 04, 2006 5:30 PM

Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Maybe your doctor needs more new eyeglasses than you do. (Lol).

August 04, 2006 9:41 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

The most embarassing thing Trin, is when someone asks a plump women when her baby will be coming, and she isn't even pregnant!

August 05, 2006 10:24 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand the time put into finding the right pair. I do the same thing.

August 05, 2006 3:23 PM

Blogger Flora Pang said...

currently waiting for the next post......

August 05, 2006 10:59 PM

Blogger Viamarie said...

Just don't mind what she said. There are people who just say things just to strike a conversation. You should be worried if it's your OB who said it.

Btw, what does having a freckle in the eye mean? Is going to affect vision or what?

August 06, 2006 9:09 AM

Blogger Becky said...

Ah,now your post above makes a little more sense with your mom's comment. I can't imagine that only an eight lbs. gain looks like a nine-month baby. That's crazy.

Yeah, I used to work for an optical retailer and long since figured out that optometrists really do have it easy.

August 07, 2006 3:36 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I'm sure she did TC...just sounded weird.

I hear ya Guru-don't people know that pregos are extra sensitive?

I really should look into it Jill...sounds like really good money!

Awww, thanks PJ!

Thanks as well Lo...glad to know some people don't think I look ready to pop!

He was OGO-it was just fast since my prescription didn't change at all.

Same with my hubby Flora...he hates it.

She prob has never had a baby before DW.

Right, I hear ya Jennboree! I guess I'm showing a lot faster this time around.

Heehee, so true FC!!!

I hate that Capt!

It's a very important decision Day...something that can't be rushed. :-)

Sorry Flora, I don't post over the time.

August 08, 2006 10:17 AM


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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Go Back To Work?

Thirteen things Trinity13 has been thinking of concerning going back to work for the autistic boy's family.

1. First off, it's really good money! I would be able to take care of my large car payment if I watched the autistic boy two days a week for two hours each day.
2. But I would have to rearrange my schedule for those two days. It would just go back to the way it was last spring when I watched him last.
3. The autistic boy has wonderful parents!
4. But since his mom just had her baby not too long ago, she is now a stay-at-home and her hubby is on paternity leave. So, what's the point of me working when they are both home?
5. When the dad goes back to work, I can see where the mom could need me. She now has her hands full with an infant.
6. But, they have the schedule covered if I don't want to go back to work for them. They would love for me to come back, cause they love me :-), but it's not necessary at this time.
7. The autistic boy doesn't do well with change, so if I never go back, I hope he would be able to adapt with the new schedule.
8. Since I'm in my third trimester, my hubby doesn't want me working for them. The job can be demanding at times, and the boy can be violent, so my hubby doesn't want to risk my safety.
9. The autistic boy was hospitalized just last week because of his crazy and violent behaviors, so right now wouldn't be the best time for me to go back to work for him.
10. But, he is now on 4 different types of new medications, so he should be calming down soon.
11. I've thought about just going back once a week to get a little bit of extra income. And if I only went once a week, I think the boy would be better behaved for me.
12. Even if I decide not to go back when I'm pregnant, should I go back after the baby is born? Or wait till the new year? I just don't know if I should watch the autistic boy anymore.
13. It's has been wonderful helping this great family while getting paid, but I'm not sure if it is for me anymore. Even though my hubby loves the extra income, he doesn't want me to work for them anymore. I just don't know if I should talk him out of it.

What do you think?

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Blogger Princess21 said...

I see both points. And if it were me, I would pass at this time! You have your baby to think about now.

August 03, 2006 11:12 AM

Blogger Pete said...

I don't vote for going back now. I just have this horrible vision of him throwing a tantrum and punching or kicking you hard in the stomach. Even if you were careful, it only takes one time.

I know I sound like Oz, but you asked!

August 03, 2006 11:27 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

I can see both sides of this, but I get the feeling that in your heart, you really don't want to go back right now. I think, I would listen to your heart.

August 03, 2006 11:34 AM

Blogger Changed by His Love said...

You have to do what's best for you and your family, so I will be praying for you as you make this decision; it's not often easy.
My TT is up!

August 03, 2006 12:21 PM

Blogger Norma said...

Lots of things to think about. You and hubby will hopefully agree on a solution to make your little the top priority.

My TT is up.

August 03, 2006 12:30 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Only you know the complete situation, Trin, and will be able to make the right decision.

August 03, 2006 1:03 PM

Blogger Carmen said...

think of your health and the baby's health first, and everything else is gravy.

August 03, 2006 1:27 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

In my humble opinion you should not do it. You have your hands full already and sometimes the extra money just isn't worth it.

August 03, 2006 1:39 PM

Blogger tbirdonawire said...

I agree with the others. I'm sure the parents will understand.

August 03, 2006 3:23 PM

Blogger Ghost said...

I know you'll make the right decision after you've pondered it some more. Just trust your instincts.

August 03, 2006 4:16 PM

Blogger Kendra said...

I think you should listen to your hubby. You're pregnant, wait till the baby is born and things settle down for you and then see if it works out. Plus if he's violent, that could be a bad situation for you and the baby. Good Luck! I hate making big decisions.

August 03, 2006 4:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should get rest while you can. Did you forget how busy your life will soon be???

August 03, 2006 6:25 PM

Blogger Becky said...

That's a tough call, but I would probably avoid watching the kid until after you the baby. Best not to cause undue stress to yourself or you child, in case anything happens.

August 03, 2006 6:44 PM

Blogger Lisa said...

Ok, I do see both sides of this picture. But In my opinion, I would wait until the baby is born at least. I know he is probably a wonderful kid, but you dont want to risk anything. Let us know what you decide to do. Great 13 by the way.

August 03, 2006 8:04 PM

Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

I think your hubby is right. Good pay yes, but good health and stress free while your nearing your full term is best for you. I'd say even after the baby is born it wouldn't be right. Your hands will be full also with your little one. Your family is your priority first and not others. You've given them your good service already and it's time they look for someone else.
My TT13 is up too.

August 03, 2006 9:43 PM

Blogger Lynn said...

My nephew is autistic and I know he is a handful. My brother and his wife usually need to hire a separate baby sitter to watch him, and then another to watch their other young children. I can see where you might want to continue but with your pregnancy I would think it would be very tiring. It also might be upsetting for the boy having you coming in and out of his life....I know change is difficult for them. I hope you make a decision that works best for you and your family.

August 03, 2006 10:00 PM

Blogger Raggedy said...

I agree with your husband. I don't think you should go back. Take care of you!

My TT is up

August 04, 2006 3:32 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for all your advice everyone. I think I'll def stay home right now. I just feel a little bad about not going back...and I'll have to get over that. I might try to watch him again maybe in January.

August 08, 2006 10:07 AM


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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Doctor's Appointment

Today I'm off to another doctor's appointment. That means that I have to load up all three boys and take them over to my mom's for her to watch them for at least an hour. I hate inconveniencing her like that, but right now I really have no other option...and I'm just glad she is willing to help out!

But starting this month, I have to start going to the doc every other week. By the end of September, I will be going every week. So, I really need to find another way for someone to watch the boys. I just don't want to bother my mom with watching them every week. I know she won't have a problem with it, but I would. I'm the one getting paid to watch them, so I don't like anyone else having to watch them for me. I guess I just need to start scheduling my appointments (if I can) during my hubby's lunch hour. But then again, that's his only break during the work day and I would hate to inconvenience him with watching the boys. I'll have to think of something.

Btw, I have been getting slightly stressed out about gaining weight. I don't want to go in today and the nurse tell me that I have gained 5 or more pounds. I really want to keep my weight gain at a minimum this time. I gained too much with my first little boy, and I would love to keep my weight gain under 20 pounds this time. Well, a girl can dream, right?!

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

I am so much like you and I hate inconveniencing other people. I would talk to your dh and you mom and tell them what is on your mind. they surprise you with what they think or they may have another solution for you. Either way don't stress out about that or about the weight. You can always lose it after.

August 02, 2006 9:41 AM

Blogger loelsh said...

I don't know if she still does or not, but I know Dr. F used to have super early appointment times. If she still does, maybe you could try to snag those slots.

If not, I happen to know someone who lives really close to you that could keep an eye on the boys while you go. I could get you her number. ;)

August 02, 2006 11:37 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

You know I would so be there if I did not have this super inconvenient thing called a J.O.B!!

I am sure your wieght is fine!! You look great!! And that is all that matters!! :)

August 02, 2006 3:39 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

I gained a lot of weight with my first but was right on target with my second. Isn't 23 or so lbs what the doctors say should be your goal? Just be healthy!

August 02, 2006 7:36 PM

Blogger Viamarie said...

Just keep away from sweets and high caloric diet and you'll be alright.

Take care! God Bless!

August 03, 2006 9:18 AM

Blogger Jennboree said...

Don't stress about weight gain! You know that you can't diet so it is what it is at this point. Second babies tend to be bigger anyway, so part of a bigger gain could be due to baby. 25-30 is what I've been told is good to gain.

As for babysitting, if your mom doesn't mind, it really is better if she can help. Besides, as your appointments get closer to due date, you know the doc will have to check you more than just a tummy shove and push.

August 03, 2006 5:47 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I will def being going on a diet after the baby is born TC...I just can't stand weighing so much.

I actually got one of those really early appointments Lo...thanks for the reminder. My next visit is at 7:05, so I should be home by the time G needs to go to work.

Awwww, thanks PJ!!!

I think it's like 25-30 OGO, so I hope I stay on target.

Will do Viamarie, thanks!

My mom loves to help Jennboree, I just hate to ask her.

August 08, 2006 10:12 AM


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Tuesday, August 01, 2006


I forgot to mention that my family enjoyed some fireworks on Friday night. A nearby community postponed their July 4th celebrations since it rained a lot that day. So last Friday we were able to catch their fantastic firework display. We parked in a church parking lot and got out our lawn chairs and snack foods for the show. My son absolutely loved every minute of it! We missed some of the low fireworks cause of the trees, but what we saw was amazing! It was really weird to see fireworks at the end of the month instead of the beginning, but it is was well worth the trip.

Btw, the youngest red-head is sick today, so I get to take the two older boys to the pool! There is no way that I was going to take three boys, four and under, to the pool by myself...but I'll be able to take the two today! They will love it!!!

How are you going to beat the heat today?

Blogger Viamarie said...

Enjoy watching fireworks display too but our weather has been very stormy the past weeks.

Glad you had fun. Take Care.

August 01, 2006 9:17 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

Heat??? What heat?? I am in AC all day....I am freezing!!! :)

Have fun at the pool!

August 01, 2006 9:23 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

I am going to have SO much fun cleaning my house and doing seven loads of laundry. How cool is that? Bah! Have fun at the pool!

August 01, 2006 10:50 AM

Blogger Lisa said...

I love fireworks! Thanks for stopping by and reading my rant. Your comment was much appreciated! I will be staying in the AC today, so no heat to beat here. Have a great day!

August 01, 2006 2:11 PM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Fireworks are so much fun! How cool that you got to see them now when the rest of the world is finished with them for the holiday!

August 01, 2006 2:56 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

How will I stay cool? By staying inside! Central air baby!

August 01, 2006 4:42 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks Viamarie!

Well, good for you PJ!!!

7 loads DW...craziness!

NP Lisa! Hope to by again soon.

We loved it TC!

Gotta love it OGO!

August 08, 2006 10:08 AM


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