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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Crazy Prego Lady

Thirteen things that are driving Trinity13 nuts.

1. Being hormonal-I've been really good the past 8 months, but with a month to go, I'm now a crazy person.
2. The boys-My son and the oldest red head wouldn't stop fighting yesterday. They were have a blast doing so...but continuing to tackle each other, after I told them repeatedly to stop, was making me insane.
3. The planner in me-I'm already starting to plan out the hospital trip and all that it will entail. On the other hand, my hubby thought that we would just do it the same way we did four years again when my son was born. But things are def different now with this one being our second born. I've now know what I would like to do differently, and I need to make sure that our first born is well taken care of.
4. Not being ready-Why can't this little one stay in me till he's at least 4? I'm not ready for him to be here yet...but I went through this with my son as well. I wasn't ready for him to come out-he should have baked a little longer! :-)
5. Hospital visitors-I don't want to offend any family members, but I don't think that my hubby and I want any visitors (besides our son) the first day in the hospital. With the little one arriving around 5pm, we want some alone time before anyone comes over. Visiting hours are over at 8, so there really isn't time to have a ton of family seeing the baby for about less than an hour that day. But again, I don't want to insult anyone by telling them to wait till the day after to see the new baby.
6. My mom in the delivery room-My hubby still doesn't want to share the operation room with anyone. This is really starting to upset me...I just don't understand what the problem is!!!
7. Making it to my operation date-I don't want to start into labor any time the week before my operation date since my doctor will be on vacation. Hey, I paid a lot of money for her to deliver my son! :-) Plus, I have a manicure, pedicure, and a hair appointment scheduled a few hours before my operation time, so I need to make it to the 23rd!
8. Freaking out-I'm so not ready to have another one! I'm just not ready!!!
9. Freaking out-Why can't the baby already be here?! Why do I have to wait another 4 weeks to see him?!
10. Being ungrateful-I love it that I'm having another little boy, but I'm also upset that I'm not having a girl this time. I know I'm being selfish, but I would be done if I was having a girl. It just stresses me out thinking that I could have up to 3-4 children. I want to be the best possible mother to them, but the more children I have, the less time and energy I'll be able to give each one, right?!
11. My sis-She keeps assuming that she'll get to see the new little one on his birthday and that she'll be with us in the operating room with the birth of our third child...both of which will prob not happen. I love her, but it's just not right for her to start planning on both!
12. Crying-I hate it that I'm so near crying...ALL THE TIME!!! I'm usually so good at keeping my tears in, but not right now! It's just driving me nuts that I can't control my emotions anymore.
13. My hubby-I love him to death, but he just doesn't seem to be able to handle me right now. I've gone into countdown mode and he can't take it. I admit that I'm a completely different person now that I'm in my ninth month, and this has caught him waaaaay off guard. But he should have been expecting a little of this, right? Oh well.

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it's your choice who y'all want in there, so i dont think anyone should be offended.

September 28, 2006 9:04 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

I am a planner too. It drives Prince Charming crazy. Don't worry sweetie, it will all come together. If you are like me you never feel absolutely ready.

September 28, 2006 9:49 AM

Blogger Jennboree said...

I think I've felt just about every emotion you've described!

Believe me, by the time your surgery date arrives, you'll be ready! I tried to act very pitiful yesterday at my checkup, hoping doc would go ahead and deliver her. No such luck :)

As for family, they'll get over it. You need time to bond with baby once you're in recovery. That will take awhile (remember the post-surgery shakes you get?). You certainly don't need pressure to entertain everyone with your room full of people cooing and handling your newborn only to be shown the door an hour later!

Does your hospital allow peeks in to the nursery? Ours doesn't, but if yours does, then perhaps family can view him that way while you are getting finished up in the OR?

September 28, 2006 11:11 AM

Blogger Oh great One said...

I'm with you on the planning thing. Just do what you can.

September 28, 2006 11:38 AM

Blogger loelsh said...

We don't have a problem waiting to see him.

Let us know if we can help in any way with the big brother!

September 28, 2006 1:56 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

I hardly think you want to wait until the baby is four before he comes out!

You need to sort out no 6. before the day.

September 28, 2006 2:09 PM

Blogger Shannon said...

your kinda freakin' out...
just breath.
you can do this. If and when you have more kids, your time and energy are not to question, your love for them is. And as for your delivery room delema? I think you kinda have to put your foot down on this one, sorry Hub.

September 28, 2006 2:36 PM

Blogger Susan said...

I've so been there and done that with these feelings and emotions. I have four boys. I don't think I could say that I don't have time for them because I have four...nor could I say that one gets more attention than kind of all comes out in the wash.

I agree with others here that you need to put your foot down about who is going to be there. If your hubby doesn't want your Mom there...and you're saying no visitors until the next day....then you should abide by that. It will be a beautiful experience for you to share with your husband, I'm sure.

Hang in'll all be fine.

September 28, 2006 7:20 PM

Blogger Lisa said...

I agree. I went through all 13 of those things I think when I was expecting! Its all natural, but stressing none the less! You just do what you have to do, and if that means over riding your hubby and hurting your sisters and the rest of the fams feelings, then so be it! They will survive! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

September 29, 2006 3:27 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

I am trying not to laugh here, but oh does this post bring back memories!!! Even though it doesn't look like it will, everything will fall into place.

Take your mind off of it for tomorrow nights game. I def will be thinking of you when our teams play against each other! Good luck (I don't know if I mean that, but I don't want to tick off a preggers woman either!)

September 29, 2006 5:29 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

I am surprised we even got 17 points. Bah...

October 01, 2006 10:40 AM

Blogger Shelley said...

You know what? You're preggers! You're entitled to go bonkers! If you want someone other than your hubby in the delivery room, it's your prerogative! (Sing it Bobby!) Good luck to you girlfriend!

October 01, 2006 4:51 PM

Blogger Becky said...

It seems like only yesterday that you were announcing your pregnancy. Time flies when it's someone else's hormones:) I can't say that I blame you and I think most women are a bit crazed at the end.

October 03, 2006 5:51 PM


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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Baby News

I can def tell that I don't have much time left with this pregnancy. I've gotten a little hormonal recently...and I only cried like 6 times over the weekend! This is sooo unusual for me. First off, I don't cry easily. Second off, when I do, it's never for more than a minute. But this past weekend, I totally lost control over my emotions and found myself having a good, hard cry for most of Sunday. I was a mess!

I had another doctor's appointment yesterday. Since I have about 4 weeks left, she has started the nasty up close and personal exams...if you know what I mean. We talked about my thoughts on how I wanted to deliver the baby this time around. She gave me the option of having a vbac (which I would have to sign a release for), but she said that she wouldn't recommend it. Because my pelvic bone is twisted down and my cervix is very high and small, the chances of me having a non c-sec delivery are very minimal. I would be one of those women who would go through 24-36 hours of labor just to be told that the baby wasn't coming down and that I would need an emergency c-sec. So, with my first one and now with this little one, I decided to just skip the labor. My doctor just wanted to let me know that she doesn't take the scheduled c-sec lightly. I'm still the only patient of hers that has had a scheduled c-sec because of the way my body is shaped.

So, I've now got the new little one's birth date. I originally wanted him to be born on 10-20, but my doctor will be on vacation all that week. So, I'm scheduled in for her first day back...Monday, October 23rd. I have to be at the hospital at 2:30pm and then I will be preped for about 2 hours. The operation is to be at 4:30 that afternoon (with the baby appearing around 5), but I'm not supposed to eat anything after 5am that day!!! Believe me, I'll be getting up at 4am to eat something!

Blogger loelsh said...

I don't blame you for getting up at 4 to eat! I think I would too!

I'm still hoping that your water will break or something on the 14th, so she'll have to come in and deliver it that day. :)

September 26, 2006 9:31 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

I can't believe the little will be here so soon!!! I can't wait to meet him!!! :)

September 26, 2006 9:44 AM

Blogger Pete said...

That certainly is handy... to know the birthday of the baby so far in advance. It will help G plan his time off and all that jazz. It sure beats my preparation which was always like, "Boss, any day now I'm going to be off for two weeks...."

September 26, 2006 9:47 AM

Blogger Shannon said...

I cant believe that your so close to the due date! And might I say, you look great! ;)

September 26, 2006 10:00 AM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Just under a month! We'll be waiting here, Trin!

September 26, 2006 3:42 PM

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September 26, 2006 3:48 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

I was one of those women. I was in labor for 47 hours (with 4 hours of pushing) before they decided to take my first by C-section. My second was scheduled. It was a whole new world scheduling it. Kinda surreal.

We didn't get to pick the date either, the doctor scheduled it. As it turns out my son who was named after his Great grandfather was also born on his Great grandfathers birthday! How cool was that?

It's getting close! How exciting!

September 26, 2006 4:29 PM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

It is better to know ahead of time if you can. You can plan and get excited for your baby's birth and you don't have to endure endless hours of labour

September 26, 2006 4:51 PM

Blogger Jana said...

Skipping labor - isn't that cheating? LOL!

I've been to the science museum in Columbus - is that the one you meant? COSI? It's the best science museum I've ever seen, hands down. I would definitely own a membership if I lived there.

September 27, 2006 8:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems like it was just yesreday you were letting us all know you were expecting!!

My neighbor is going in this friday to have her baby boy.

Blessing for both of you on doing a c-section.

September 27, 2006 10:51 AM

Blogger cube said...

Wow, where does the time go? I can't believe your due date is so close.

My first delivery was a scheduled c-section because it would've been a breech birth, which isn't done.

My second was a v-bac and there were no complications & recovery was also easier.

This was 16 & 12 years ago. I understand the doctors are more reluctant to do v-bacs now. In any case, a scheduled c-sec is always better than an emergency one.

Wishing you a smooth time of it. Just remember that pretty soon you'll meet your new child and
that's a wonderful thing.

September 27, 2006 12:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

all of mine were early and natural. you're almost there, make plans for that big breakfast!!!

September 27, 2006 2:27 PM

Blogger Jennboree said...

I too am having a second c-section, scheduled. ON MONDAY! Ack!!!

We're really excited and after lots of research as well as lengthy discussions with my doc, we opted for the scheduled c-section and I'm glad.

It is so much better for you and baby to not have an emergency c-section after many hours of labor, especially when it is anticipated you'll need one anyway.

September 27, 2006 6:04 PM


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Friday, September 22, 2006

Slowing Down

I used to feel guilty when I missed a day of blogging. Two years ago, when I first started this blog, I would post twice a day, 7 days a week. Now, I'm lucky to get in 5 posts a week. I just don't have the time, energy, and/or desire to worry about trying to get in a daily update. And I now my life is just going to get busier when the little comes in about a month.

So what I'm saying is that my posting will def start to be less frequent until I can get a new routine with the baby. And even before he comes, I'll be busy preparing the home for him. I still need to go through my basement to look for a crib part. If I can't find it, it will need to be special ordered. I also need to go through my son's playroom. It's clean, but he doesn't play with half the toys (so they can be donated or sold) and I need to go through the baby toys in there as well. I forget half the toys my son used to play with when he was an infant, so I could donate a few of those as well.

I will def miss visiting all of you on a daily basis, but I will soon need to put my blog on the back burner for a while. I hope you will all understand and not hate me! :-)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

We won't hate you. life sometimes gets in the way of Blogging and I definitely think that a beautiful new baby qualifies.

September 22, 2006 8:48 AM

Blogger Oh great One said...

We won't hate you. I'll be disappointed when there is no new post but I completely understand. It's a big change when the second child comes along. Your whole life will change not to mention your routine. Just check in now and then to let us know how you are! Please.

September 22, 2006 8:59 AM

Blogger Jen said...

You take whatever time you need! Life is more important that blogging, and NEW life is even more important than usual :-)

September 22, 2006 9:03 AM

Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Oh....we'll be missing you for sure but of course we do understand. Priority is family first.
Thanks for feasting with me.

September 22, 2006 9:32 AM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

We'll be looking each day for new material, Trin...

September 22, 2006 2:52 PM

Blogger Lisa said...

Awwww! Of course we wouldnt hate you! I will completely understand! I have a hard enough time posting 5 days a week, and you are going to have your hands full so I can imagine. I could have never done it when moon baby was born! Just pop in occasionally and keep us updated with news about yourself and of course, the little one! Only one more month huh! Wow, that went by fast! Have a great weekend!

September 22, 2006 3:27 PM

Blogger Becky said...

I think it's totally understandable. Blogging is supposed to be fun, not obligation -- which I often have to remind myself of.

September 22, 2006 7:48 PM

Blogger Viamarie said...

We surely will miss your posts but please don't forget to post baby's pic.

Take care and God Bless!

September 25, 2006 8:04 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i feel the same way, i don't spend nearly the amount of time on my blog that i used to and i'm not the one having a baby.
even if you don't have time to blog, i do hope you find time to post some baby pics. i'll still be checking in.

September 25, 2006 2:15 PM

Blogger Princess21 said...

I totally understand!! You have so much going on!!! If you need any know who to call!


September 25, 2006 5:04 PM

Blogger Chrixean said...

I am totally with you on this one, since we will be having our baby's just right next to each other -- assuming Keira decides to come out soon! God bless, Trinity!

September 26, 2006 1:02 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for understanding everyone! I def don't want to give up blogging, but I know that I will need to cut back some.

September 26, 2006 10:35 AM


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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Getting Ready For Christmas

I would love to once again have my Cmas shopping done early. I am already thinking about what I should get/make for all the grandparents (we have 12 that we need to buy for). Because my hubby and I buy for almost 40 people every year, we really have to watch how much we spend. Plus, with a new bike and a new baby coming, we really don't have a lot of extra money. So, I have been trying to think of neat little inexpensive gifts that I can buy or make for all the grandparents.

I know that we will be getting our annual family portrait done (we get the $12 Cmas package at Walmart), so I've thought about making a decorative frame for some of the family members. I could also make some of the grandparents an afghan...but yarn can be expensive and it could take too much time-and I'm not going to have much time to work on a blanket after a little one comes.

I could do a photo collage or a small scrap book, but that could be pricey and time consuming as well. I could also make them all some jam or jelly, but they really don't need all that extra sugar. So, I feel a little stuck right now. Do you have any neat little craft ideas I could use? What do you usually buy your grandparents? Have you even started your Cmas shopping yet? :-)

Blogger Princess21 said...

Maybe make a cute little ornimante, frame like, with the boys pics in it. You can make it out of popsicle sticks and have the boy help you.

You can take a cheap little album and decorate it and put pics inside. One of those little ones. And then add some inserts with pics and sayings and stuff.

I don't know! :)

September 20, 2006 10:21 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

You know me, I am full of ideas! LOL! To save money, we usually have my sister take our Christmas picture. Then I upload it to and get pictures at a fraction of the cost. Even with Wal-Mart's portrait prices. Plus, I like having our picture taken at home, it seems more personal.

Here are some things I have done in the past for gifts, fleece blankets (though fleece can get pricey, you have to watch for sales. JoAnn fabrics has some awesome sales!) quilted table runners, oh and I made these little bird feeders once, very inexpensive to do (and easy!),1785,HGTV_3652_4698885,00.html
here are the directions on how to make one. I ended up finding cups and saucers at the dollar store and garage sales. My total cost ended up being around $3 each. Only thing, I used wooden dowels to attach my saucers to. Then I painted the dowels to match the cups.

Good luck!

September 20, 2006 10:39 AM

Blogger Jana said...

I'll probably start my Christmas shopping sometime in November. I hate it. Absolutely despise it.

September 20, 2006 10:53 AM

Blogger Oh great One said...

Christmas can be a little tight around here too. There are just too many people I don't want to leave out. We started drawing names each year with both my husbands family and with mine. It helps.

I think making Christmas tree ornaments would be wonderful. YOu could make them unique. Each year they would remember who gave it to them.

By the way I gave you kudos on my blog swing by to see!

September 20, 2006 11:46 AM

Blogger Lisa said...

UGH! Did you just say Christmas Shopping? Is it that time of year already? Like you, I would love to have all my shopping done early. And I love to shop, but never at Christmas! I will probably wait until the last minute as usual! I think the ornament idea is great! Everyone can always use a new ornament, and if its made by you, and has a pic of the family on it, that would be really adorable!

September 20, 2006 3:03 PM

Blogger Jennboree said...

Ornaments are always a great idea. Or to decorate frames, you could paint them or do mosaics (Amanda Sue is pro at that if you need tips!)

Photos are always a fave. That's what we plan to do this year. Keep an eye on the $1 Spot at Target for cheapie photo albums. Their Christmas stuff should be emerging there soon. Probably before Halloween even happens!

OH! Or cookies. Decorated by your little guy and then wrapped cute.

September 20, 2006 8:18 PM

Blogger Viamarie said...

A very good idea especially for you who will be having a baby soon. The baby will surely occupy much of your time by then.

Cheers to another day!

September 20, 2006 8:20 PM

Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

That would be nice to do Christmas Shopping this early. Unfortunately bonuses and 13th month pay are given way too late here and that does it.
My TT13 is up already.

September 20, 2006 9:35 PM

Blogger Becky said...

The year my Ex and I were engaged, we were pretty broke, so we had copies of our engagement picture made and framed as our gift to people. Most people understood our position and seemed to like having something "personal" anyway:)

September 20, 2006 10:09 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

"Company's Coming" has a great recipe book called, "Gifts from the kitchen" and another called, "Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen" They are wonderful, with lots of practical, inexpensive, fun and useful gift ides! I used it a lot last year.

September 20, 2006 11:39 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right now I'm in no shape to even think about cmas. I've never been done early. I wish you luck.

September 21, 2006 10:10 AM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

The only Christmas shopping I've done is a few useful things on the internet.

September 21, 2006 2:58 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I like the album idea PJ...I'll have to look into it.

I knew you would have some excellent ideas DW! I like the look of that feeder...very cool! I'll add it to my idea list, thanks!

I don't like it either Jana, but I hate it even more when it gets put to the last minute.

We draw names as well OGO, that's why we only have about 40 to shop for! :-) And I love the ornament idea...very cool. I'm sure the grandparents would love that!

I hate shopping around Cmas time as well Blue's just so much more stressful!

I love Target, so I'll def keep my eye out Jennboree! Thanks!

Thanks for stoppin Viamarie!

Since my hubby doesn't get a Cmas bonus, I do my shopping all year round FC.

I usually do that every year Becky...the family loves it!

Thanks for the tip's much appreciated!!!

Thanks Day!

Sounds great Capt...good luck!

September 26, 2006 10:34 AM


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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Huge Decision

It took a lot for me to finally decide to get my hubby a motorcycle. I had a lot of things to think about...most of all, the money for the bike. We don't have a lot of extra right now, especially with a little coming next month, but I felt like getting it was the right thing to do. I prayed long and hard over this decision, and decided to go with my dad and check out my options at a nearby dealership. I didn't even think I would get approved for a credit line since I'm a stay at home mom who doesn't make much per month...but to my surprise, they approved me!!! Then, I really had a decision to make since I didn't think I'd be approved in the first place. I talked to several people and all of them we for me getting the bike. I had no one to talk me out of it, and even my mom was all about me getting it for my hubby.

To me, getting the bike was kind of like making the decision to have a child...if you wait till you can afford one, you'll never get one.

Ever since I've known my husband, he has wanted a bike. I promised him years ago that he would have one by the time he was 30. Man, times flies by fast!!! We had considered getting the bike earlier this year, but it just didn't happen. So, when I had the opportunity to surprise my hubby for his b-day, I went for it! I can't believe the penny pincher in me decided to sign the papers for a brand new bike. It took a lot on my part to keep everything a surprise, but it was so worth it to see his face.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he's ever interested in getting an artist rendering done of his bike look me up.

September 19, 2006 4:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think you did the right thing, cuz it's true, if you waited until you had the money, he might never get it, cuz there's always something else you seem to need.

September 19, 2006 6:39 PM

Blogger Viamarie said...

No need to worry, have the looks on your hubby's face, you know you made the right decision.

Enjoy your week. Take Care!

September 19, 2006 7:03 PM

Blogger Viamarie said...

Sorry there, I meant from the looks...

September 19, 2006 7:03 PM

Blogger Becky said...

That's very sweet of you to get him his "dream" present. You seem to have such a happy marriage and you two are always doing nice things for each other.

September 20, 2006 10:11 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Will do Day...thanks!

And thanks for stopping by everyone!!!

Btw, we are in a happy marriage Becky...well, most of the time anyway! :-)

September 26, 2006 10:28 AM


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Monday, September 18, 2006

Great Weekend

We had such a busy weekend! My hubby and I had over our nieces and nephew Friday night into Saturday morning. They were a great help when we had to pass our notices around the complex. The girls loved running around to all the different addresses and putting the letters into doors.

Early that day I maybe, might have, possibly gone to a motorcycle dealership to sign papers on a new motorcycle for my hubby (tomorrow I'll blog about the reasons why I did this for him). So that evening I was a little stressed out that we wouldn't have the bike that night to surprise the hubby with it on Saturday morning. You see, that dealership had to have the factory build the bike since they didn't have one within three states. Once it was built, it had to be transported to the dealership before they could get it to me. At one point Friday night they called to say that it wasn't going to be possible...but about an hour later, they called again saying that the bike had finally arrived and it was ready to be picked up! My dad headed over and rode the bike back to his house.

On Saturday, my hubby had planned to borrow my dad's motorcycle to ride for a few hours that day. So when he opened the garage door, at 8:30am, to get the bike, he saw birthday balloons, 10 of his family members, and his brand new motorcycle instead of my dad's bike!!! He also got a new helmet from my parents. We got a few pictures before my hubby sped away on his new toy (I didn't see him again till almost 7 that night...he even skipped the OSU game to continue riding)!

Sunday was spent with family as we had a celebration lunch before heading to a local bowling alley for my hubby's 30th bday party. We had some delicious cake and my hubby received some fantastic gifts that day! Then after the party, my hubby was off again on the motorcycle. Hmmm, I wonder if he likes really likes his new bike?? :-)

How did your weekend go?

Blogger Oh great One said...

I would have to say I think he likes it!

What a lovely surprise!

September 18, 2006 1:09 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

What sort of bike did you get him? Look forward to seeing pictures.

September 18, 2006 1:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

awww, what a perfect surprise for him! yeah, i wonder, do you think he likes it;)

September 18, 2006 1:47 PM

Blogger Princess21 said...

A motorcycle...!!! What an awesome wife you are!!!

September 18, 2006 4:10 PM

Blogger Jana said...

Can't wait to see some pictures! I bet he has a big grin on his face!

September 18, 2006 4:12 PM

Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

As his fellow motorcycle riding buddy...I know he loved it.....we had the best time in the Old Man's Cave area....and I took him to a few of MY fav places to ride to/through.

He is so geeked!!

September 18, 2006 6:56 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

My weekend pales in comparison to your hubby's. I'm glad he likes his new bike.

September 18, 2006 9:07 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

Holy Cow!! What a fantastic surprise!

Happy Birthday!

September 18, 2006 11:44 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Yes everyone, my hubby def loves his new bike (the Vulcan 750)...I'm very glad I got one for him!

September 26, 2006 10:27 AM


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Friday, September 15, 2006

Hubby's B-day

Since my mom wanted to watch our son last night, my hubby and I were able to go out for his 30th bday. We ended up going over to Easton to eat at Max & Erma's before seeing The Illusionist. The movie was really good! It was a just a little bit slow at times, but it was def worth seeing. I would love to know how some of the tricks were done since some only look like they could have been done with Hollywood magic...esp considering the time period of the movie.

This weekend we are having a bowling party to celebrate my hubby's special day. He will get my gift then, but he did get to open my son's gift to him yesterday-the boy got his daddy his own motorcycle! My hubby has been asking for one for years now and I promised that he would have one by the time he was it's prefect! And he can take it anywhere since it's only a few inches tall!!! :-)

Anywho, I have a lot to do before my hubby's party. I got the cake ordered, but I have to find the time to pick it up before the party on Sunday. We are going to lunch right after church, and the party is at 2:30, so I might have to leave lunch early to get to the bowling alley on time. I just hope everything comes together in time!

Have a great weekend everyone! Have anything special planned?

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Happy Birthday to your Hubby! Have a great time at the party and have fun.

Our weekend? not to much, we may be going to a party tomorrow night. that should be interesting.

September 15, 2006 9:14 AM

Blogger Jana said...

Hehe, got his own motorcycle, love it! My hubby got a sports car for his 30th - it's still sitting on the shelf.

September 15, 2006 9:37 AM

Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby! I admire couples who can find time to enjoy and have time to be alone with each other inspite of their heavy schedules.
Your hubby is one lucky man for having you as his wife.
Have a nice weekend.

September 15, 2006 9:01 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

You do a lot for the hubby! I hope he enjoys it. Have fun at the party, Happy Birthday Trinity13's hubby!

September 15, 2006 10:13 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Happy birthday to your hubby.

September 16, 2006 10:12 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy birthday to your special man!
you'll have to post a pic of that motorcycle.
myself, i'll be painting all weekend, but i'd rather be having birthday cake.

September 17, 2006 6:37 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone...I'm sure my hubby will appreciate them!

September 26, 2006 10:26 AM


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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Kiawah Pictures

Thirteen pictures from Trinity13's family vaca.

1. This is the pier we used all week to get to the beach
Pier 17

2. Boy and daddy in the water
Daddy and boy

3. The boy noticing the birds
Bird watching

4. Mommy and boy
Mommy and boy

5. The boy enjoying the nearby park
Playing around

6. Sandcastle time!
Building sandcastles

7. Me in front of The Lady & Sons
The Lady

8. Watch out...prego lady on cobble stone!

9. The boy with our friend's's hole digging time!
Digging a hole

10. The family at the beach
Say cheese!!!

11. Last night together at the beach
All of us

12. Sleeping in the car...the boy did so well in the car-never fussed once!

13. The boy with his cousins-we stayed overnight at their home on Saturday to break up the trip a little. Plus, we don't see them very often, so it was great to catch up!
Hanging with the boys

Btw, today my hubby turns 30 years young!!!!! Happy birthday baby!!!

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Blogger Princess21 said...

Great pics!!!

You look sooo good! Being pg agrees with you! Totally!


September 14, 2006 9:35 AM

Blogger loelsh said...

Very good pictures! Looks like a fun time!

September 14, 2006 9:45 AM

Blogger Jana said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun! Great pictures!

September 14, 2006 9:47 AM

Blogger Oh great One said...

Looks like a nice place. Glad you had fun.

September 14, 2006 12:28 PM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Great pics! You look wonderful.

September 14, 2006 2:07 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Who is that very pregnant lady!

Great pics, Trin!

September 14, 2006 3:13 PM

Blogger Susan said...

Great pics!! I'm going to Savannah next month and can't wait. My TT is up, too!!

September 14, 2006 4:45 PM

Blogger Chelle Y. said...

Those are great pictures!

September 14, 2006 7:15 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

Happy Birthday to the hubby! Looks like you're having fun.

September 14, 2006 8:24 PM

Blogger Viamarie said...

Thanks for sharing the pics. Happy birthday to your dear hubby!


September 15, 2006 8:58 AM

Blogger Becky said...

Cute pictures. I can't wait to visit that area. You guys look like such a happy family!

September 17, 2006 10:59 PM

Blogger Chrixean said...

Oh wow, it's my first time to see you, and prego too! You look glowing! :) Thanks for sharing those fun pics... :) Happy birthday to hubby!

September 18, 2006 4:47 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for the great compliments everyone!!!

September 26, 2006 10:25 AM


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Wednesday, September 13, 2006


Whenever my hubby and I go away on a trip, we always have to visit the local mall. On the way back from shopping, we saw signs for Savannah, was only 93 miles away! So on a whim, we decided to head to the neighboring state. We stopped at the visitors center to get a few maps and that's when I remembered that The Lady & Sons restaurant was in Savannah! This restaurant is owned by Miss Paula Deen-my favorite cook on the Food Network channel.

The Lady & Sons
(Pic my hubby took of the outside of the restaurant)

The three of us originally decided to just go in for dessert since I knew that the food was probably going to be expensive. So, we put our name in and were told to come back in about an hour. While waiting, we walked the streets of downtown Savannah looking for someplace to have dinner. We ended up getting some great pictures of the harbor while my hubby helped me walk on the cobble stone streets...which was very difficult while prego and in flip-flops! :-)

After our hour wait, we still had not eaten dinner (it was about 8pm by this time), so when our name was called at The Lady, we decided to go ahead and have dinner there. The hostess gave up a little card that we needed to take to the front entrance. Once there, we were told to take the elevator to the third floor where we were to be seated. We had an excellent table near the buffet and we also had the sweetest waitress. She had the thickest accent and she called all three of us hun...I loved it!

The three of us opted for the buffet even though there was not much selection on it. At $17 a person, it was the cheapest thing on the menu...but boy was I surprised!!! I had the best dinner (not cooked by my mom) that I have ever had in my life! The sweet potato casserole was to die for! They were cooked with their skins on in this sweet caramel/sugar and nut sauce. I have never had such delicious sweet potatoes! I also had mashed potatoes that didn't need any salt, fried chicken with fantastically crispy skin, and macaroni and cheese melted in my mouth. It was all so delicious...and none of it needed any salt, ketchup, pepper, or any other seasonings. I even tried some of my hubby's lima beans. Even though I hate lima beans, I fell in love with these! They didn't need any salt and they were so creamy! I wish I could have eaten more!!!

My hubby loved the cheese biscuit and the potato cake that was served with our drinks. He even cut up the cake and poured on some real maple syrup...he was in food heaven! He and I both skipped the salad bar to head to the "real food" bar and we ended up eating until food came out of our eyes and ears (I don't know how we managed to eat our desserts after all that)! We needed to be rolled out of the restaurant!

The bill really wasn't that bad considering all the fantastic food we had! And the waitress didn't charge us the $9 buffet price for our boy (three and under is free, but since she thought our four year old wouldn't eat much, she didn't charge us)...she got a really nice tip for that!

If you are even near Savannah, I would highly suggest this place!!! Def go for the buffet and you will not be disappointed. Just remember that you will prob have to wait about an hour for a table (since the place is so popular), but it is sooooo worth it!

Blogger Oh great One said...

Sounds wonderful! I like Paula Deen too! I want to try Emerils resteraunt in New Orleans but we always have the kids in tow when we go there. I'm glad you had a good time.

September 13, 2006 10:18 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...


Sounds like a wonderful time!!

Now I am hungry!

September 13, 2006 11:02 AM

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September 13, 2006 12:08 PM

Blogger loelsh said...

Sounds delish!

September 13, 2006 1:08 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

That sounds delicious, Trin; you've got me hungry.

September 13, 2006 1:24 PM

Blogger Becky said...

I'll have to keep that in mind, as I'm sure I'll hit Savannah when I visit my mom in SC. THe food sounds delish!

September 13, 2006 3:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

great now I have to go get a snack!

September 13, 2006 8:28 PM

Blogger Unknown said...


Next time I will give you my address and you can send me a care package! Gosh, I just love her show!!!

September 14, 2006 12:00 AM


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Tuesday, September 12, 2006


We had a fantastic time on Kiawah Island! For $100 a couple, we spent a week in a comfortable beach house that was a 10 minute walk to the ocean. It was so worth the 12 hour drive (that includes rest stops/lunch/gassing up) to get there from Columbus.

We made sure to get out to the beach at least every other day. My son loved jumping in the waves and playing in the sand. He and his daddy built a little sand castle that eventually was destroyed by high tide. We found a ton of shells (which still need cleaned-any tips?) and I even bagged up some sand to make a keepsake. We got some great pictures, which I should be posting some time this week, and we even have some pics from our late night walk on the beach (including one of some weird guy with his shirt off!!!).

We had a ton a great food, with a lot of leftovers. We all made a big grocery trip on Sunday and we were set for the week. Almost all of our meals were cooked at our little beach home. We made everything from waffles, to burgers, to mexican dip, to spaghetti. Our family ate out only twice during the week.

My hubby and I had a wonderful time together. We shared a full size bed (we have a king size here at our house), but it allowed for plenty of snuggle time! :-) We played cards on the back porch, shared a peach and mango smoothie, watched our son play in the sand, explored Savannah, Georgia (that's another post), bought some peach cider, walked around shops looking for souvenirs, and genuinely enjoyed being in each other's company. Again, it was wonderful!

Life is grand!

Btw, happy anniversary Guru and Lo!!! They are celebrating 8 years today!

Blogger loelsh said...

Thank you!

Glad you had a good time. We stopped in that Piggly Wiggly too!

Can't wait to see pics.

September 12, 2006 11:58 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

Sounds wonderful!!!! Glad you had a nice time!!

September 12, 2006 12:06 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

The whole week sounds wonderful!

Sea shells should be soaked in bleach water.

September 12, 2006 1:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it sounds like a wonderful time. i think it was great that you were even able to put up a few pics while you were able, i could almost imagine i was there.

September 12, 2006 2:42 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

You had a real bargain at a great price.

September 12, 2006 2:56 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

Sounds wonderful! I can't wait to hear about Savannah!

September 12, 2006 4:47 PM

Blogger Andrew McAllister said...

I love the beach too! Sounds like a great time.

To Love, Honor and Dismay

September 12, 2006 6:42 PM

Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

That's odd...I don't remember any weird guy with his shirt off at the beach...hummmmmm.....

September 12, 2006 7:31 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

Wow - sounds like you had a great time.

Cleaning seashells

September 12, 2006 10:00 PM

Blogger M. C. Pearson said...

How fun! Sigh. I love the beach...miss it so. I'm glad you were able to do so much. God is good.

September 12, 2006 11:58 PM

Blogger Lisa said...

Hi Trinity! I am so glad you had a good time. Sounds like some good quality time with your hubby as well! That is great! I just came by to check how you have been since I have been offline for awhile. I changed my blog from howtheyremindme to now. Have a wonderful rest of the week!

September 13, 2006 3:13 AM

Blogger Viamarie said...

I really needed that break. When the baby comes, you'll definitely have your hands full. Hope you can post pics of that wonderful trip.

Have a nice day!

September 13, 2006 8:11 AM

Blogger Viamarie said...

Sorry, I meant you really needed the break not me.

September 13, 2006 8:12 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. I can almost imagine I was there.

Oh and guess what? I am celebrating my blogiversary today!

September 13, 2006 8:48 AM


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Monday, September 11, 2006

Lt. Michael K. Healey

Lt. Michael K. Healey

Lieutenant Michael K. Healey was only 42 when he was pronounced missing after the attacks on the World Trade Center. He is one of six in the Bronx's Fire Squad 41 who haven't been seen since September 11th. Teresa, his wife of almost 20 years, knows that "he wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else". His family of five lived in East Patchogue, NY, and Michael had been fighting fires for 18 years.

According to his wife, Michael did everything from grocery shopping to cleaning the house, to helping his son with the car. He also loved to clean while on the job since it was a time for him to bond with his co-workers. He reluctantly gave up the cleaning to focus on the paperwork needed to be done by being a lieutenant.


It meant a lot to me to have a tribute for a firefighter. I know that if my uncle, a firefighter, and my father, a police officer, had been in New York during the attacks, they would have done with Michael did...step into those buildings to help others out. His story means that much more to me knowing that he didn't have to go in that day, but he put others before himself. He sacrificed his own life to possibly save the lives of others.


Guest book for Michael


Blogger Viamarie said...

My prayers are with the family and his friends.

God Bless all those just like him.

September 11, 2006 11:12 AM

Blogger K said...

A beautiful tribute. He was a true hero. Thank you for sharing.

September 11, 2006 11:53 AM

Blogger Jana said...

A great tribute to a true hero. Thank you.

September 11, 2006 12:24 PM

Blogger Jen said...

He sounds like a really neat guy, and a hero.

Thanks for stopping by to help remember Anna Williams Allison.

September 11, 2006 12:52 PM

Blogger Marni said...

Lt. Healey was my best friend's uncle. I have sent her a link to your site so she can read it and pass it along to other members of her family.

Thank you for your post. It means a lot.

September 11, 2006 2:24 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

A fine tribute, Trin. Well done.

September 11, 2006 3:10 PM

Blogger Becky said...

As you know, my tribute was for a firefighter as well. I'm amazed at their stories and the spirit that they all seemed to have -- on or off the job.

September 11, 2006 4:05 PM

Blogger brian said...

Thank for for sharing this man with us and for sharing your personal connection. Very moving tribute and a great loss.

Please stop by my tribute for Gilbert and leave a link and comment so that others can come here to read.

September 11, 2006 4:40 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

It's good to hear about Mr. Healey. There are so many stories we haven't heard. Lovely tribute.

September 11, 2006 5:48 PM

Blogger Ileana said...

Great tribute to Lt. Michael Healey. I love the photos, especially the second one. We lost a lot of great people that day.

September 11, 2006 6:25 PM

Blogger cube said...

For a bit reading these tributes make me said, and then it makes me so angry that words fail me. I'm so upset that we don't have these people with us anymore.

September 11, 2006 6:44 PM

Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

The Bravery of all these Firefighters is just stunning. These guys are truly a special breed of man....So giving and ready to help....
Thank you for this remembrance of this special and brave man...

Mine is up, too.

September 11, 2006 8:39 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

Mr. Healey's courage is an inspiration. How his family must miss him.

September 11, 2006 10:37 PM

Blogger Lucy Stern said...

You just wonder how many he did help before he died. Just the fact that he went in to help others makes him my hero. My husband is a retired police officer and if he had been there he probably would have done the same thing. I'm grateful for all those firefighters and police officers that gave there lives for others. I also pray for the families of all the others that died or were critically injured, that they somehow find some peace as time marches on. Thanks for he tribute.

September 12, 2006 2:01 AM

Blogger Chrixean said...

Great tribute... my prayers continue to stay with all those people he has left behind...lxsd

September 12, 2006 6:10 AM

Blogger sue @ postcards from paradise falls said...

thank you for remembering a hero. my tribute is posted at

September 13, 2006 8:10 PM


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Friday, September 08, 2006

Time To Go

Well, we should be getting ready to go by now. Our vacation is almost up, so I hope we took a ton a pics! I know that my son enjoyed himself since he loves the beach. He was only 16 months old the first time he went with us to Kiawah, so I hope we actually remembers the trip this time.

Please remember to keep us in your prayers tomorrow as we take the looooong trip home. We are going to try to get back for the OSU game, but I'm not pressing my luck. I just hope we get back by midnight!

Have a great weekend everyone...see ya on Monday!!!

(Btw, thanks again Guru for publishing my posts!)

Blogger Pete said...

You are welcome! Hope you had a great trip!

September 08, 2006 8:30 AM

Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Wow those pictures below are really a beautiful sight. I'm sure you and your family enjoyed your trip a lot. God Bless You on Your Trip home.

September 08, 2006 11:27 AM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Soon, it will be time to come back; enjoy yourself!

September 08, 2006 1:00 PM

Blogger Viamarie said...

Praying for your safe trip home. Will be waiting for those lovely pics.

Take Care! God Bless You All.

September 09, 2006 7:34 PM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

can't wait to see the pics. have a safe trip!

September 10, 2006 1:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't forget, you signed up for a tribute...

September 11, 2006 8:40 AM


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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Kiawah Picture

Kiawah Picture

I hope to have lots of pics to share when we get back!!!

Blogger Oh great One said...

That is beautiful! I would love to be able to go get beautiful pictures like that!

September 06, 2006 9:07 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

So very beautiful!!!!! Van't wait to see your pics of this amazing place!!!

September 06, 2006 9:22 AM

Blogger Viamarie said...

Postcard perfect! Hope you're having lots of fun.

Take Care! (((Hugs)))

September 06, 2006 9:26 AM

Blogger Becky said...

I absolutely love this shot. I really like pictures with still water that looks like a mirror.

September 06, 2006 1:37 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

It looks great. Have a super time, Trin!

September 06, 2006 1:37 PM

Blogger Shelley said...

Lovely, lovely!!!! Can't wait to see more of your pics!

September 06, 2006 5:06 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, that is so beautiful! hope you're having a great time, looks like the weather is cooperating.

September 06, 2006 6:52 PM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

wow that is beautiful!

September 07, 2006 7:14 AM

Blogger said...

very nice!

September 07, 2006 3:28 PM

Blogger Chrixean said...

I am so envious of you! I wish I could go on a vacation before I give birth too! Thanks for sharing the picture. At least I can "imagine" myself on some beautiful island for now.... Enjoy your trip! :-)

September 07, 2006 8:09 PM


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Monday, September 04, 2006

Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island

While in South Carolina, we are staying on the beautiful Kiawah Island! My hubby's great uncle owns the beach house there where we will be staying for the week. And all we have to pay for is the utilities and the cleaning bill, which is a small fee for such a great time!

We plan on visiting the beach a few times during the week if the weather cooperates. A hurricane just went through, so we were told the waves are 3-4 feet higher...sweet!!! We also want to check out Charleston. It's not too far from the island, and it's a great place to get some shopping done.

Have a great Monday everyone!!!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it looks beautiful. i hope the hurricane stays far away and nothing else develops.

September 04, 2006 12:59 PM

Blogger loelsh said...

Sounds like fun! We've only been there once and it was 6 years ago. Even then, we only got to stay 2 nights since guru ended up not being able to get the entire week off work. GAH!

September 04, 2006 7:08 PM

Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Wow! Nice place to have a vacation. I'm glad you did go. Are you're sure it's alright for you and your family to stay long? Hurricane just went through. Isn't it coming back?

September 04, 2006 8:01 PM

Blogger Ma said...

What a beautiful picture. Lucky you! Have a great time.

September 05, 2006 10:38 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

Hope you are having a blast!!! Miss ya!!!

September 05, 2006 3:17 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

Beautiful! Have a great time!

September 05, 2006 11:33 PM

Blogger War Eagle said...

I have been there. That is a beautiful island. My aunt used to have a house there. We spent a week there when i was a teen.

September 09, 2006 2:15 PM


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Friday, September 01, 2006

Getting Ready

I have so much to do today before our South Carolina trip! I need to wash up some clothes, pack up our bags, change the sheets on the bed, clean the kitchen, load up the car, get the cameras ready, buy a few toiletries from the store, write out instructions for our house sitter-my sis, and get in bed by 9 at the very latest. And I have to do all this while watching three little boys! I know I'll get it all done, and this is just the calm before the storm, but it's def all worth it to be able to relax at the beach for a week!!!

So by 3:30 tomorrow morning, we will be heading South for at least 11 hours. We'll be stopping every two hours so that we can switch drivers, take a potty break, and allow my prego butt to walk around for a little bit...I def don't want to get all swollen on the way!

I'll have a few posts up next week (thanks to my blogger friend Guru!), but I won't be here to respond to any of your great comments, or visit any of your blogs. But I'll be back online on Monday, September 11th with my tribute post.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Blogger loelsh said...

Have fun and be careful!!

(Have a little extra fun for your vacationally challenged friends too!)

September 01, 2006 9:14 AM

Blogger Oh great One said...

Have a good trip and be safe!

September 01, 2006 9:38 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you get there after the strom

September 01, 2006 9:58 AM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Have a wonderful safe trip, Trin.

September 01, 2006 12:55 PM

Blogger Jana said...

Have a great trip!

September 01, 2006 1:39 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

have a safe trip, hope the weather is great!

September 02, 2006 5:02 PM

Blogger Viamarie said...

Hope you have a fun-filled trip.

Take Care and God Bless You All!

September 03, 2006 7:50 AM

Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Have fun at the beach. I know what you are talking about when you say that you have all that to do before you leave. I have to write a list or I somehow miss something.

September 03, 2006 6:27 PM

Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Go ahead and take a break. Hope you do have fun. Wish I could do the same.

September 04, 2006 4:28 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

just checking in to see how it went!

September 04, 2006 8:24 AM


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