Friday, December 30, 2005

New Picture

Ok, here is a picture of me 31 weeks pregnant... it is also now my profile picture... Click on the the link to check it out a bit bigger.

Preggo Picture

And for Christmas photo's, you can check out my msn blog here is the website:

My Space on MSN

Thursday, December 29, 2005

63 days to go...

Wow, only 63 days until our due date... I am expecting him/her to come a bit early... My mother never had a child on time, nor did Chris' mom... We were all early! Impatience runs on both sides of the family... But who knows.. Maybe this baby will just be stubborn. There is lots of movement down there, and sometimes the baby moves so much it hurts. Right now, it feels like s/he is stretched out head to toe, across my tummy... Picture toes on one side and head on the other... I hope you get what I mean. I have to go back to work on Monday :( I don't want to... I have enjoyed being lazy! But I am only going back until baby is born, then I am taking a few weeks off... Just until I am physically ready to go back... I only get 2 weeks of paid leave! Stupid me had to go and buy a car back in February, and now we have 2 car notes, and a house note... So there is no stay at home mommy life style for me :(

We did well this Christmas! Christian really had a great one! My parents went crazy! We also got a bunch of stuff for the baby! We got the high chair that we wanted, and a bunch of clothes and receiving blankets. We got a Peter Rabbit Photo Album (which holds the ultrasound photo's) we got a baby book, which I have already started working on, and a silver baby grooming set (which I think is supposed to be for show). Lots of stuff! Oh, and my parents are buying us a crib! They are so excited to be grandparents, it is so cute! Those if you who have met my dad... Picture him all giddy.... It is such an awesome sight!

Well, I guess that is about it. Hope you have a great day!

Friday, December 23, 2005

This, that and the other...

Well, it has been an interesting couple of days :) I don't like big cities... I hate living in a big city... And I don't understand why people are so rude in big cities! I can't wait until we move up north, and into a small town where I will feel it is safe to raise my family! During the hustle and bustle of last minute Christmas shopping, somehow, I managed to misplace 4 checks from my check book... Now they could not just fall out, they have to be pulled out. So how could this happen... I have no answer... All I know is that they are not there. I contacted the bank as soon as I noticed the missing checks. They froze my account, but my check card will still work. They are just changing the account number and will transfer our check cards to the new number. I am so glad that they have 24 hour phone reps!

Soon after I got the missing checks reported, I received a phone call from Lincoln Grant Services. Anyone ever heard of them? They told me that because I was a tax paying citizen in good standing with my state and country, I had qualified and was selected for an $8,000 grant that I never have to pay back. The rep that I spoke with was named Austin David, and he sounded like he was from the middle east. He was telling me all about how I would get no less than $8,000 from this grant and maybe even more. All I had to do was give them my bank account number, and they would deposit the money into my account, after they charged me $268. Well, if you think I was stupid enough to give them bank info, you are underminding me way to much! I am not an airhead. I called my dad to tell him all about it... He said "I hope you told them to go to Hell!" Anytime it sounds to good to be true, it usually is... And when they want money from you in order to get the money they are saying you get... It is just a way for them to get money!

On a happier note, I went to dinner with my brother in law, his wife and a bunch of her family tonight. Chris had to work... As usual. It was fun... I met my sister in laws sister... She was so funny the whole time! We were talking about how animals get jealous of babies, and she was making suggestions on how to make the pets feel like it is not a huge change, and they will still get the attention that they have gotten used too.

Now, I hope you learned something from this long winded blog... 1)Watch your check book! Especially at this time of year! 2)Don't buy into these stupid phone calls from bogus companies! 3)Enjoy time with the inlaws... You learn a lot about your spouse!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Ultrasound Photo's!

Ok everyone... I know you have wanted to see proof that I really am pregnant. And if the big belly photo's were not enough, here are some ultrasound photo's to make you believe me! Here you see our little bundle of joy praying :) You can see more photo's on our photo blog... Watching Baby Grow Posted by Picasa

Baby is weighing about 3.5 pounds and the doc says that everything seems to be in place! So, we are still excited.... Only 10 weeks to go!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Pictures of my class....

Well... I have been taking pictures of the kids in my class... and I wanted to share them... check them out if you like... My First Graders

Thursday, December 15, 2005

29 Weeks... Yikes... this baby will be here soon!

Let's just say that as of 12 noon tomorrow (Central) I will have 2 weeks away from my wonderful first graders! I love them, but boy am I ready for a break from them!Tomorrow is a half day of school, and we will be spending most of the day having our Christmas party!

SO, I was just watching the news... and an elderly lady was murdered tonight, in the neighborhood right by the school that I work. She was hacked with a hatchet! Do I want to go to work tomorrow? NO! If Chris hears this news report (which I am sure he will) he is not going to want me to leave home in the morning!

Well, I am going to lay down... this baby is making me so tired.... and he/she is not even outside of me yet!

How your baby's growing Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to accommodate his brain — which is busy developing billions of neurons. With this rapid growth, it's no surprise that your baby's nutritional needs reach their peak during this trimester. To keep yourself and him well nourished, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, iron, and calcium. (About 200 milligrams of calcium is deposited in your baby's skeleton — which is now hardening — every day.)

° Note: Experts say every baby develops differently — even in utero. This developmental information is designed to give you a general idea of how your baby grows in your womb.

How your life's changing You should be able to feel your baby's movements strongly now. Pay attention to the kicks and nudges, and let your practitioner know if you ever notice a decrease in activity. She may ask you to do fetal kick counts to make sure everything's okay.

Some old friends — heartburn and constipation — may take center stage again. The pregnancy hormone progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation, coupled with the crowding in your abdomen, slows your digestive process, which can cause gas, especially after a big meal. Another problem you can credit to your growing uterus (and constipation) is hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids — which are simply swollen blood vessels in your rectal area — are very common during pregnancy and usually clear up soon after delivery. If they're itchy or painful, try soaking in a sitz bath and applying a hot pad or cold compresses medicated with a little witch hazel to the affected area. Also avoid sitting or standing for long stretches. Talk with your practitioner before using any over-the counter remedies during pregnancy, and let her know if you have any rectal bleeding. To prevent constipation, eat a high-fiber diet, drink plenty of water, and get some regular exercise.

A small number of women get something called "supine hypotensive syndrome" during pregnancy. When they lie on their backs, they get a change in heart rate and blood pressure that makes them feel dizzy until they change position. You might note that you get dizzy if you stand up too quickly, too. To avoid getting the spins, move slowly as you go from lying down to sitting and then standing.

Sunday, December 11, 2005


Here is the happy soon to be big brother! I could not help but put this one on here! Follow the link to the most recent photo's! Posted by Picasa
Watching Baby Grow

Thursday, December 08, 2005

A beautiful sound...

Well, I am officially in love again! I am in love with the being growing inside of me. As Chris and I spent the morning at the doctor’s office, we learned a lot about our upcoming gift from God. It is so amazing to think about how blessed we are! The doctor went through everything that we have missed, as we have not seen a doctor for prenatal care until now. She measured my tummy, and aid that everything seems to be right on track. Then, we got to hear our baby! What a beautiful sound! And folks, there is only one beat. So, unless there is another baby in there that is hiding its heart beat, we are only having one baby! This is good news, as we are still trying to figure out how to pay everything. But, God is good! We have insurance, and only have to pay 20%. Please do keep praying for us financially. We have to come up with $1,410 within the next month. If we did not have 2 car payments, a house payment, other bills, and a nine year old little boy, this would not be an issue. Thank you everyone who has been praying for us. We love you!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005


I am getting an ultrasound next Tuesday! I have an appointment on Thursday morning at 8:30am; please pray that all goes well! I am not looking forward to the blood work. I just wanted to share the good news! :)

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Babies are so cute!

So, I got to hold a baby at church today... He was only a week and a half old! He was sooooooooo cute! Everyone told me it was good practice and blah blah blah... I was just excited to get to hold a cue little baby!

Oh, and we got our Christmas tree last night, YEAH! We decorated today some, but still have some work to do. Our house will soon be a Christmas gallery. Well, I need to get to bed. Hope all is well out there.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

27 weeks.... May I have a nap?

Ok, so now I have a doctor, and the insurance company is still wishy washy.... I have another number to try tomorrow morning. They need to update their website! So, the doctors office says that I just have to sign a form stating that I will go along with what they say from here now until delivery. I can handle that, I HAVE A DOCTOR! I get to see an ultrasound! I am about to cry, because I have wanted to see my baby so bad for so long!

I was wondering why my leg kept cramping at night, it hurts sooooo bad! And the baby has been moving a lot more lately.... The reason for that and more are found below!

27 Weeks!!!!
How your baby's growing: Your baby is really starting to fill up your uterus. This week he weighs almost 2 pounds and is about 14.4 inches long with his legs extended. He can now open and close his eyes, and he sleeps and wakes at regular intervals. He may suck his fingers, and although his lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with assistance — if he were to be born prematurely. Chalk up any rhythmic movement you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and isn't bothersome to him, so enjoy the tickle. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. Wonder what he's thinking?

How your life's changing: Your body is gearing up for the final lap, so you may start noticing some new symptoms. Along with an aching back, for example, you may find that your leg muscles cramp up now and then. They're carrying extra weight, after all, and your uterus is putting extra demands on your circulation. (As your uterus expands, it puts pressure on the blood vessels that return blood from your legs to your heart and on the nerves leading from your trunk to your legs.) Unfortunately, the cramps are likely to get worse as your pregnancy progresses. Leg cramps are more common at night but can also happen during the day. Flexing your foot (by pointing your toes forward and then flexing them back toward your shins) stretches the calf and should give you some relief. Walking for a few minutes or massaging your calf sometimes helps, too.

It may be the furthest thing from your mind right now, but it's not too soon to think about family planning. You'll want to have made some decisions before your baby arrives. And in some states, if you're considering a tubal ligation during your hospital stay, laws require that you sign a consent form at least a month before delivery day. (You can still change your mind later.)

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

If not one thing, another!

Well... So I took Charlie (my little brother) to the doctor today. My parents are in Canada, and he needed a ride. I got to see my old pediatritian! He was so excited that I was having a baby! He ran around the office telling everyone that his grand-patient was in my tummy! It was so cute! Anyway, for those of you who don't know, I have been having trouble finding a doctor that will see me, since I am already 26 weeks, nearly 27 weeks pregnant. Dr. Kavin said, "here is the name of the best OBGyn in the hospital! Give her a call and tell her I sent you! So, now we have a doctor.... but... still no insurance card. I tried calling the insurance company, and the phone number for my plan tells me all the time that they are closed, but their office hours are 7am-9pm! I called the number for one of the other plans and spoke to a rep. She is checking to the problem for me! UG! I hope this is fixed soon!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Saw it on Sarah's blog....

Yesterday a character from Charlie Brown, today I AM FOOD! Goes right along with being pregnant, eh?

You Are French Food

Snobby yet ubiquitous.
People act like they understand you more than they actually do.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

I was a bit surprised!

I saw this thing on Judy's blog and thought it was cute!

Pig Pen
You are Pig Pen!

Which Peanuts Character are You?
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Friday, November 25, 2005

The countdown/Thanksgiving Pictures

Okay, so I kept seeing those cute little countdown meters on everyone else's pages, so I decided we needed one too! I am becoming more of a trend follower these days! SO, just to give you an idea of where baby is at, see the meter :)

Here is the link to the Thanksgiving pictures.... enjoy!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

26 Weeks, and HAPPY TURKEY DAY!

So, the baby decided last night that is was not time to go to bed. He, or she kept moving around and stretching! I felt like at one point I had feet on both sides of my tummy (don't say it! It's not 2). I did finally get to sleep, but woke up a few hours later to start cooking Thanksgiving Dinner. That's right folks, I am cooking this year. My parents went to Canada to see family, so Charlie (younger brother) is staying with us, and I am endeavoring my first thanksgiving to cook for my new family! Well, speaking of cooking, I better get back to work!

How your baby's growing: Your baby now weighs a little under 2 pounds and measures about 14 inches, from head to heel. The nerve pathways in her ears are developing, which means her response to sounds is growing more consistent. Her lungs are developing now, too, as she continues to take small breaths of amniotic fluid good practice for when she's born and takes that first breath of air. If you're having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum a trip that will take about two to three days.

How your life's changing: Around this time, your blood pressure may be increasing slightly as it returns to its normal pre-pregnancy range. (It was at a low from 22 to 24 weeks.) Though preeclampsia most often occurs in the last trimester, this is a good time to be aware of the warning signs of this dangerous condition that occurs in about 3 to 7 percent of all pregnancies. Signs you should be alert for include swelling of the hands and face, sudden weight gain (due to water retention), blurry vision, seeing spots before your eyes, sudden severe or persistent headaches, or upper abdominal pain. By checking for high blood pressure and protein in your urine, your caregiver will monitor you for preeclampsia at your routine prenatal visits, but call her immediately if you have any of these symptoms before your next appointment. Early identification of preeclampsia is essential for the health of you and your baby.

If your back seems a little achy lately, you can thank pregnancy hormones (which are loosening up your joints and ligaments) and your shifting center of gravity. Walking, standing, or sitting for long periods, bending and lifting can all put a strain on your back. A warm bath or cool compress might bring relief. Or you may want to schedule a prenatal massage by a trained therapist. Use a pregnancy wedge when sleeping, to support your back and abdomen. Try to maintain good posture, which will help reduce the strain on your back, and always take care when bending and lifting. If you experience severe pain or numbness in any area of your body, call your practitioner.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

You wanted pictures....

Ok, we have a couple pictures online... check them out here Watching Baby Grow

Let me know what you think!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

25 Weeks, and we're back!

Ok, well we have the net again! YEAH!! I will try to get back into giving a message a week. I missed week 24 completely... but I was not able to check my email. Things are going well... beside the fact that my doctor does not take my new insurance. She is trying to find me a good doc that does though. Well, I need to go. Enjoy!

How your baby's growing: Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. His weight — a pound and a half — doesn't sound like much, but he's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more and more like a newborn. His hair is probably recognizable now (in color and texture), although both may change after he's born.
• Note: Experts say every baby develops differently — even in the womb. This developmental information is designed to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing.How your life's changing: Your baby's not the only one with more hair — your locks may look more full and lustrous than ever. It's not that you're growing more hair, but the hair you'd normally shed is sticking around longer than usual. You may also notice darker or thicker body hair. It will return to normal in the weeks after you give birth. You probably can't move around as gracefully as before. It's fine to continue to exercise, but use your common sense: Don't work out when you're feeling overly tired, and stop if you feel any pain or when you begin to feel at all fatigued, dizzy, or short of breath. Don't lie on your back too long or do any exercise where you're apt to lose your balance. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and make time for both warm-up and cool-down periods.When you have your glucose-screening test at 24 to 28 weeks, your practitioner may take a second tube of blood at the same time to check for anemia. Although your blood volume increases dramatically during pregnancy, the total amount of your red blood cells becomes diluted — a problem sometimes called physiologic anemia that's common in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. If your blood tests show that you have anemia, your caregiver will likely recommend that you take a supplement.Have you started thinking about baby names yet? Choosing a name is an important decision, but it should be a fun one, too. Look to family history (Great Grandpa Zeb), favorite locations (Venice, where you honeymooned), or cherished literary or film characters (Greta, Meg, or Rhett, for example). Check out a couple of baby-name books to help you brainstorm, too.

Monday, November 14, 2005


Hey y'all, sorry that I have not done my weekly baby update... We have been without internet for a few days and I have not had a chance to get on at work until now. If you are interested in how the baby is doing, he/she is fine. I could not sleep much last night because that little bundle of joy would not stop moving around. You think it is hard to get comfortable when you are trying to go to bed... these babies sure can't get comfortable! Although, it might have something to do with all the candies I have been eating! At work, there is a candy bowl in the office that is loaded everyday! I get my share... and then when I get home, I eat lots and lots of gummy bears! Well, I need to go get my kids from Art class. I hope all is well with all of you.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

23 weeks, and a Karate Pro in my tummy!

Well, things have been going great around here. I have very few complaints. I officially have health insurance, I am just waiting on the doctor listing. I hope that my old doctor is on there, then I would not have to pay for a doctors visit to get a referral for an OBGyn. I really can't wait to get to a doctor. I want to make sure everything is okay with the baby. There is a lot of movement, sometimes he/she stretches so much it hurts! My skin is stretching, and I can feel it! All these feelings that I was not prepared for, but it's all worth what we get in the end! I got an add to Burlington Coat Factory, and they have some really nice cribs on sale! I am going to go look on Sunday, hopefully Chris does not have to work, and can go with me.

Well, I guess that is all for now. Hope all is well for all of you!

23 Weeks at
How your baby's growing: Your baby is more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound. His skin is red and wrinkled. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare him for breathing. He can swallow, but he normally won't pass his first stool (called meconium) until after birth. Loud noises heard often in utero — such as your dog barking or the roar of a vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze your baby when he hears them outside the womb.

How your life's changing: If you dealt with headaches in your first trimester, they might be subsiding now. (Many women have headaches in early pregnancy, thanks to pregnancy hormones, changes in circulation, and/or sinus congestion.)You may notice some mild swelling sometime during your pregnancy, especially in your ankles and feet. It's called edema, and it happens because changes in your blood chemistry cause fluid to shift into your tissue and because your enlarging uterus puts pressure on the veins returning blood from the lower half of your body, slowing circulation in your legs. Edema is often worse at the end of the day and in the summer. Your body will eliminate the extra fluid after you have your baby (which is why you may urinate often and sweat a lot for a few days after delivery). In the meantime, put your feet up when you can, stretch out your legs when you sit, avoid sitting still for long periods, exercise regularly to increase circulation, and wear support stockings (put them on first thing in the morning). You may be tempted to skimp on liquids, but you need to drink plenty of water, because keeping hydrated actually helps prevent swelling. If you notice severe or sudden swelling in your hands and face, be sure to call your midwife or doctor because it may be a sign of a serious condition called preeclampsia.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Just a quick note...

We went to Babies R Us today and started a registry. Just thought I would let y'all know. :)

Remember, my last name is now Richards ;)

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Good News!

Well, I never did give my letter of resignation, because I was waiting for our fall festival to be over. The festival was last night, and it was a great success! Between school and the festival, the principal asked me to come see her. I went to her office, wondering what in the world she would want to see me for. Well, she first asked if we could pray before she spoke to me... make you want to worry? She informed me right as we were going to pray that I need not worry, the news she had for me was nothing negative.

After praying, she began to remind me of a conversation that we had about a month ago; where she was telling me how good I was doing, and how she really appreciated my staying with the school, and giving my all, even considering the lousy pay. She reminded me that she had been trying to get me a raise in pay. Then she proceeded to tell me that she can now give me that. I will be making more money, and they are paying for my health coverage. The insurance company they are setting me up with will cover the pregnancy and delivery! I can go see a doctor again!!!!!!

See, I told you it was good news!

Oh, and I am getting sick of everyone touching my tummy!!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

22 weeks, not much change.

Well, I feel about the same. The babies kicks are starting to occur more often, and are getting stronger, but I am about the same size and weight that I have been for a couple weeks. I have put on about 20 pounds since I got pregnant. Most people at work think that I am having a girl, but I have this gut feeling that it is a boy. I want to find out the sex, but Chris doesn't, this is very hard!

Work is seeming to calm down a bit, but I am going to talk to them after our Fall Festival is over (that is tomorrow). I am going to basically tell them that I expect equal pay to my co-workers, or to consider this my thirty days notice. Chris said we will figure something out, but I am not allowed to wait tables. He thinks that is to degrading.

Well, I guess that is all for now... See below for details on how baby is growing.

Oh, GO ASTRO'S (they made it further than they ever have before!)

How your baby's growing: Your baby now looks like a miniature newborn, checking in at 10.9 inches and almost 1 pound. Her skin will continue to appear wrinkled until she gains enough weight to fill it out, and the fine hair (lanugo) that covers her head and body is now visible. Her lips are becoming more distinct, and the first signs of teeth are appearing as buds beneath her gum line. Her eyes are developed, though the iris (the colored part of the eye) still lacks pigment. Eyelids and eyebrows are in place, and her pancreas, essential for hormone production, is developing steadily.
• Note: Experts say every baby develops differently — even in the womb. This developmental information is designed to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing.How your life's changing: You may start to notice stretch marks on your skin as your abdomen expands to accommodate your growing baby. Some pregnant women never get stretch marks, but at least half do. These small streaks of differently textured skin can range from pink to dark brown (depending on your skin color), and they become more apparent as pregnancy progresses. They can appear not only on your tummy, but also on your buttocks, thighs, hips, and breasts. Lotions won't prevent or eliminate them, but they help with any itching. Also, you may no longer be an "innie" — your navel is flat and may soon pop out. It will revert to its usual shape after birth.Another interesting skin quirk you may notice during pregnancy is something called vascular spiders. These are little areas of raised, reddish skin, with tiny branches. Commonly found on the face, neck, upper chest, and arms, they're caused by the higher levels of estrogen in pregnancy, and they usually disappear after delivery.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

The ball hit the bat, not Dye's arm!

The Umps in Chicago are cheaters!!!!!!! That is all I have to say right now... the game is still on! Grrrrrrrrr! Astro's better win!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

21 weeks, and the kicks go on...

Well, I had the post all typed up, and for some reason, it disappeared! I am so mad! Anyway, that is not the only thing that I am mad about! I am so sick of my boss! She made me very mad today, but I am not going to get into that! Long story short (since I don't feel like typing it all over again) my friend who teaches 5th grade gave her notice and her last day is November 10th. I plan on telling them that they either need to pay me what all the other teachers are making, or more... or I am putting in my notice. They tried to threaten Priscilla (5th grade teacher) by telling her they would take her teaching license and make her job history look bad and all this stuff. Well, her fiancee came in and had a talk with them about that! Our contracts state that we have to give 30 days notice, without reason! She gave them much more than that, and has great reasons for leaving! She is getting married for crying out loud! Like I have said so much in the past 3-4 months, this job is nothing more than a job... there is no ministry left! Unfortunately, I HATE it!

On another note, I saw my mom today! She looked so good.... I had not seen her in a great while, because she works crazy hours and I live far from her now. She is so happy in this job ad I am so thankful that God provided for her a job were she is respected and appreciated, now it is my turn!

My baseball team is going to the World Series!!! GO ASTRO'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And now, the baby update, brought to you by :
How your baby's growing: Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long. His eyebrows and eyelids are fully developed. And you can certainly feel him move. He's oblivious to your schedule, though, so don't be surprised if he starts working out just when you're settling down for the night. If you're having a girl, her vagina is formed now, though it will continue to develop until birth.
How your life's changing: You're probably feeling pretty comfortable these days. You're not too big yet, and the usual aches and pains associated with early pregnancy are, for the most part, gone. Relax and enjoy it while you can — the third trimester will bring some mild discomfort from carrying a baby who is nearly full-term.That's not to say you don't have some minor glitches to deal with now. Increased oil production may have given you a mild case of acne, for example. If that's the case, be diligent about washing well with a gentle soap and water twice a day, but don't take any oral acne medications — or even use any topical acne products — without checking with your practitioner first.You're also prone to
varicose veins now (especially if your mom has them). That's because pregnancy puts added pressure on the veins in your legs. (Your blood volume is increased and your uterus puts pressure on the inferior vena cava, the large vein that returns blood from the lower half of your body to your heart.) As if that's not enough, an increase in the hormone progesterone causes the walls of your blood vessels to relax, so as your baby and uterus grow, the veins can become more and more prominent. Varicose veins tend to worsen with each pregnancy, and while they're most likely to show up in your legs, they can also appear on your vulva.If your legs ache, put maternity support hose on first thing in the morning. Increasing your circulation with a brisk walk each day can also help, as can elevating your legs and sleeping on your left side with your feet propped up with a pillow.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

20 weeks, and still kicking... Literally!

So as, the days go by, the baby kicks more and more. He or she will be quite the soccer player some day (following in mommies footsteps). There has not been a lot going on, as you can see by the lack of posts. Christian's birthday is tomorrow, he will be nine! We went on a field trip to the children's Museum. The kids had such a great time; there is so much to do there, and not enough time to do it. After the museum, went went to CiCi's Pizza for lunch. Kids love CiCi's; and so do hungry pregnant women! Well, that is all I have. If you are interested in what is going on with the baby, read on.... Otherwise, comment or come back and visit us soon.

The following is from :
How your baby's growing: Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. She's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom, and about 10 inches from head to heel. (For the first 20 weeks, we use measurements taken from the top of the baby's head to her bottom — known as the "crown to rump" measurement. After that, we use measurements from head to toe. This is because a baby's legs are curled up against her torso during the first half of pregnancy and are very hard to measure.)A greasy white substance called vernix caseosa coats her entire body to protect her skin during its long submersion in amniotic fluid. (This slick coating also eases the journey down the birth canal.)Your baby is swallowing more, which is good practice for her digestive system. She's also producing meconium, a black, sticky substance that's the result of cell loss, digestive secretion, and swallowed amniotic fluid. This meconium will accumulate in her bowels, and you'll see it in her first messy diaper (although a few babies pass it in utero or during delivery).

Friday, October 07, 2005

19 weeks, and little baby kicks...

So, what to say about the happenings of the Richards family. We are keeping very busy, pushing every penny to its max! We are getting tile put down in the house. My older brother (Maurice) works for a tile laying company, and is doing the job... We have to pay, but they are working with us. We are getting the tiles for about 50 cents a square foot, and the labor is crazy expensive, but not really, considering what all they have to do. Once the floor is down, our kitchen will be basically done. Just need to finish a few cabinet doors. Our living room and dining room just need the floor and then a couple area rugs to add some character. I am going to love my house when it is all done.

Now, to the tummy news... We are 19 weeks, and this baby is going to be a great soccer player! It is so funny when I am in the middle of teaching and all of a sudden *bam bam* ok, what did I do, I am just teaching these kids how to use a number line, and I get kicked... You think he or she is going to want all of my attention, all the time? That could be a problem! I am sorry to my friends out there who are pregnant, and can't eat, sleep, ect... I am still having a very calm pregnancy, thank God for that, this no insurance thing would suck if there were problems. Well, that is all for now...

Monday, October 03, 2005

There's no hiding...

Well, the news is well known at my job. My principal came to talk to me today about a 6 week sub. Now, I just need to find out how much of my maternity leave will be paid! So, once the principal talked to me, all these teachers came to talk to me and say congratulations. I am thinking the shirt that I wore today gave it away. Well, that is all I have to say. I am tired and my knees hurt. Hope you are all well.

Friday, September 30, 2005

18 weeks...

Well, I am now 18 weeks pregnant, and our baby is about the size of a large sweet potato (about 5 1/2 inches). Almost all of my co-workers now know, but because they asked, I have not told anyone at work. My boss has not said anything yet, I don't think she dares. Still no morning sickness, I feel fine. So, I have no complaints, except, it is kind of hard to get comfortable at night when going to sleep. I have learned that a body pillow does the trick quite nicely. Ok, well I am done for now. I wont bore you with pregnancy stuff. But, I do love being pregnant!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Keeping in touch...

It is amazing what a little storm can do :) I got so many phone calls both before and after the storm, people checking to make sure that we were okay. Among those were a few from BBC... I got to talk with Elizabeth Bosley... yeah! She is so awesome, I miss her and Jon, and I want to meet their two little ones. I also got to talk to my big brother, Elli-bum ;) (Elliott). He and Dena are coming down to Texas in a couple weeks... I think she and I may have to compare bellies! I am thankful to all of you who prayed for us, and thought of us during this craziness.

I have to go back to work on Wednesday (man!) I am really enjoying the time off. Chris and I got a lot done yesterday and today around the house. Our kitchen looks really good! Soon, the tile will be going down in the kitchen, dining room, living room, hall ways, and bathrooms. Then, our house will be perfect! Thank God my brother works for a tiling company!

Well, that's all... Talk to y'all later.

Oh, and Elliott said I sound like a southern bell.... I think it is for sure time for me to move back to Canada!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Rita made a right turn...

Well, Rita went to the right, and missed us. My parents lost power for a while, but nothing more than that. We have two extra days off school. I have not heard from my school as to any damage to the building, but I know that we have Monday and Tuesday off. It's crazy you know, to think that the storm could have come through and torn up our house and all the things that we hold dear. But, there is not damage, nothing more than a few extra leaves in the grass, and some much needed rain!

Well, that is all I have for you, just wanted everyone to know we are safe, and so is our house. Thank you for all your prayers during this time.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Okay, so now we are the victims at hand. Rita is headed right for us :( We have not done anything by any means when it comes to preparing the house. There is no more plywood at the stores, no water, nothing. My parents think that they will be okay staying here, they live in North West Houston. We live in South Houston, otherwise known as Sugarland. While they have not said anything about Sugarland evacuating, we think it may be a good idea. Chris does not want to leave. He wants to say here and take care of the house and all the stuff. I have to admit, I am getting a bit scared. I am not sure if I should stay, or go to Dallas and stay with my sister in law or my other sister in laws sister (was that confusing?) Chris wants me and Christian to go, and he wants to stay... does that sound bad? I told him that I don't care about our stuff, I just want us all together. So, we may leave around 3am tonight/tomorrow morning and head for Dallas... So, I don't know, but I will keep you all updated as I know more, and as I can get to a computer. Please keep Texas in your prayers, this is a category 5 hurricane, and it is supposed to be a historical storm. Ok, so I am rambling because we are on and off the phone with family all over the US and Canada. Love y'all!

Monday, September 19, 2005

More, more, more...

So, I found out this morning that one of my students older sister died over the weekend. She had down syndrome, and had been in the hospital since July. Imani (my student) came to school with a cough, and was feeling sick to her tummy all morning. When she ran for the bathroom holding her mouth, I took that as a sign to send word to the office to have her mom pick her up. I later found out that her parents were in the middle of making funeral arrangements when they were contacted. I sent work with her, so hopefully she was distracted from the painful information her parents were going through.

At the end of the day, I received word that I will have a new student tomorrow morning. So now, I have the most (no longer tied for the most) students in the school, and I am still the lowest paid teacher. But, I keep on because I love the Lord, and I love those kids!

I am seeking various possibilities on where to have the baby. I have considered libido at a birthing center. I learned that birthing centers tend to cost less than a hospital, and you get to do things your way, and kids are welcome in the room. We want Christian to be in the room when the baby is born. No, he is not going to be down on the side where the baby comes out, he wants to hold my hand :)

Check out this site to find out some of the stuff I have found out!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

We went to Build-A-Bear last night and made a Giraffe for Baby Richards. We dressed it in a baby outfit... they also had T-shirts that say "It's a boy: and "It's a girl" But we don't know yet ;) So... that's the new news here.... oh, and I know you can't really tell in the picture, but I am now 4 months along :)

Wedding Pics

What to say when people start to notice...

Well, one of my coworkers asked me today if I was pregnant... She and I sat down during a break that we share and talked about everything. She is also trying to get Medicaid for herself and her daughter. Her ex-husband lost his job, so she now gets no child support. Man... that stinks! We decided to talk about things with each other and she plans to help me out as much as she can through all of this... Yeah, I have a buddy at work, LOL!

On another note, my Dad came home from Louisiana. He caught a nasty virus while he was there, and then to make matters worse, he stepped on an old rusty nail while doing an inspection. That sucker went through his rubber boots and his steal toe boots. Needless to say, he is relaxing in bed and on lots of meds. He told me that he does not want to go back when he is better, "it smells so bad there!" But he will go back if they call him to return.

Well, that is all for now.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

What to say about this and that...

Okay, so we don't qualify for Medicaid, however I got a packet in the mail today about the Texas Star Program. From what I have read, it sounds like we can get insurance for about $10 a month. That is better than the $200+ I would pay at work. Now that is only if I am reading the information right. I have to call and get it all set up, so be praying for that to work out.

On another note, my principal is already asking if I plan to return next fall. In my head I am saying HECK NO, but I have to be nice, so I told her it is up in the air and dependent on Chris' employment. I have some leads into some schools closer to home, and we are still looking into the possibilities of relocation. I will keep y'all posted as I know more.

Last thing... I watched that new show "Supernatural" tonight! Wow, I give it good ratings! It kept me watching :)

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Wedding pictures are up!

Okay, nearly two months after the wedding, I finally got some of the pictures up. Check them out at the link below!
Wedding Pics

Wedding Pictures

Friday, September 09, 2005

Officially done with the USA

Well, I am not happy with the USA! I wasted a day sitting at the Medicaid office, to find out the our joint income is to high to qualify for Medicaid! What kind of crap is that! I have crappy pay, Chris does too, and we make to much!?!?!?!? We are over by $100 a month. So, long story short, LOOK OUT CANADA, WE ARE WORKING ON OUR PAPERWORK!

Oh, and I saw the doctor yesterday: we are 15 weeks along, and the babie's due date is March 2nd. (Maybe he/she will be late and be born on Tammy's birthday)

Saturday, September 03, 2005


I just wanted to say that I am very excited for Denise and Tyler! They will be seeing each other soon, after so long apart! Pray that they make a baby!

Check out what is new with them at

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Dinner Ideas?

So, I need some idea's on some cheap to make, but good dinners. We are very tight on money, especially now that gas prices are over $3 a gallon. If you have some ideas, please let me know!

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

What to do with a bunch of people from Louisiana

So, as the aftermath of Katrina continues to haunt those from Louisiana, we in Houston take these people in. There are people all over the place, Louisiana plates everywhere. Local Churches, businesses, and the Red Cross are doing all that they can to help these people. The Astrodome (our historic baseball stadium, which is not longer used for a baseball stadium) will be used to house those who were sheltered at the stadium in Louisiana. Hotels are booked solid, and radio stations are collecting money and gift cards to give to them. Our local Dollar Tree has been making a lot of business in the past few days as well.
I heard on the radio today that there are a lot of women who are pregnant and close to delivery can't find doctors to take them in, because they don't have any medical records. There was one doctor that called and said that she was willing to take some of them, but obviously could not take them all.
I never thought that a storm could cause so much hardship and pain. It hurts us here in Texas, just to see our neighboring state in so much pain. We do what we can, but there is only so much that we can do.
*On another note, please pray for Chris and me. We are both having problems at work, and are kind of at a period of "what do we do?" I found out from a few other co-workers that myself and one other teacher that was there last year are still at the same pay as last year (I knew that part), but all of the people who were hired this year were hired making more than 4,000 more than us. That may not sound like much when you figure in that it is yearly, but when you figure that I only make 18,500 in a year, and they make 23,000 a year, divide that by 10 months and then 2 pay checks a month. Before tax, I am getting 925 per pay check... It figures to just under 800 after taxes. They are making 1,150 per pay check and after taxes for me that would figure to about 1,000. Please understand, this is not jealousy, this is pure anger! I was lied to in my meeting about my contract. The principal told me that day that the school could not afford to pay any teachers more than 18,500 a year. I don't believe this school is remembering that God comes first... Everything about the school is making it seem like a public school. Chris is having problems with is supervisor. They are using him and taking advantage of him because he works hard and does his job. It is not fair to him, they make him drive all over Houston, and don't pay gas or mileage. He wants to quit, but we can't afford for him to do that. Just please pray.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Good news...

Okay, so Chris and I went shopping for a love seat today, and we found one on sale! We had a budget, and the budget allowed us to get both a love seat and a recliner! And to top it all off, our mall now has an Orange Julius!! Yeah! Such a good day!

Friday, August 26, 2005

Ah, the weekend!

Well, it has now been two weeks since the school year began, and my class is still great! They are a good bunch, and I thank God for that... it is the only reason I feel called to stay there! I talked to the principal today about getting a day off to take care of getting my drivers license and social security card changed for both name and address. She first insisted that I could do both of those online. I told her that I tried it, and you have to go to the offices for name changes. I am way past the deadline for the address change, but I blame that on the County Clerks office for taking way to long to send us our marriage license. Anyway, so she asked me who I had to cover my class for the day... I almost started laughing, but she was serious. I proceeded to tell her that it was not my responsibility to find a sub, I have the right to my personal days, and the sub is up to them. Well, she found a sub, and I have Monday off. Probably one of the worst days of the work week to go to DPS, Social Security and Medicaid, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

My students don't know that I wont be there, because I was not informed until after school. I pray that they will respect the sub!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Ok, so Chris and I have now been married for a month! And some more good news, we finally got the marriage license back. So, we can now show that we are married! Now, I just have to find the time to get down to the DPS and the social security office to get all my documents changed. That is about all that is new here...

Oh! I had a bad kid today! She refused to do anything that I asked her to do. The secretary came in the room and took her to the office and she had a talk with the superintendent... That didn't help, she was still a little brat. Needless to say, she did not get recess today!

Monday, August 22, 2005

Is this job ministry?

So, I was talking to one of my co-workers today during my break. We talked about the great detail that the principal expects us to have in our lesson plans. We compared ours to one another, and to difference in them were amazing! By the guide that we were given to follow (by the principal) I have a page per subject, per day, hand written. My co-worker had a page per subject, per week. Both were approved as acceptable. So what do I do? Do I cut back on my detail? Do I try to mimic her shorthand? Or do I continue the way that I have done? Either way, I still don't see the ministry in it. So much emphasis is placed on the TAKS correlation that I have a hard time knowing if the kids are truly getting anything out of the lesson. I have decided that I will not include a TAKS correlation in my Bible lesson. It is bad enough that we have to correlate the TAKS into the lessons, but Bible is one thing I am not messing with. My co-worker and I are also discussing the possibility of team teaching. We want to get a bit of a break from teaching the same kids all day. This was an idea given to us by the principal, and now we may go through with it. I could get out of teaching Social Studies!

Well I think that is all for now!

Saturday, August 20, 2005

An evening with the greatest son...

Well, I went to Astroworld with Katie today and had lunch with the radio DJ. It was fun, but it was way to hot outside! We only stayed about 3 hours... I got sun burned! Katie and I won a bunch of stuffed animals for Kailey (her daughter) and Christian (my son). When I got home, Christian was still here, he was supposed to go out with his mother. We had dinner, and then went to see a movie. On the way there, Christian was telling me that he would rather have a brother because he does not want dolls and barbies in his room. I told him he would not have to share a room with a sister. Then, he wanted to know how much money we have in the bank. I told him he did not need to know that, just that there was enough. He said "you would tell the baby, but you wont tell me." I looked at him and I said "Christian, you are just as important to me as the baby will be, and that will never change. I would not tell him/her anything that I would not tell you." That made him smile!

We had a great time at the movie. I finally got to see Star Wars Episode III. I hope Ryan and Travis don't read this, I am sure they would like to comment about that... And yes my birthday is still May 4th! ("MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU" *Ryan).

The word is out...

Ok, so I finally told my parents about the baby. Mom is real excited, dad thinks that I am not good at money and it is not a good idea, but deep down, I know he is happy for us.

I won tickets to Six Flags Astroworld, but I can't ride any of the rides. So, I am taking Katie and Maurice, and Christian is going as well (he has a season pass). Katie and I will sit around and talk, while the boys ride the rides :)

We will have lunch with one of the radio DJ's from one of my favorite radio stations. It is kind of neat, it is a Salute to teachers deal. Katie signed me up for it, so she gets to go :)

Well, that is about all for now. School is going great, my students are mostly little angels! I will continue to write about them, because I am sure things will change as the year goes by :)

Bye for now.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

To busy to blog...

So, two days down, a lot more to go! The kids are great! Twelve little first graders in my hands. These kids are very smart for their age, and I am blessed for that! I have one student who is very emotional, and he always seems to think that everyone is out to get him. It is sad that after two days, this is already showing. His father did tell me that he is ADD, so if he is on meds, that may play a part in it. I plan to conference with the parents on this one! I made my lesson plans based on what the ABeka curriculum suggested for the first week... HAHAHA, that was a joke. We finished the phonics for the whole week yesterday, and the kids are bored with it! They just want to read. I spoke to the principal and she said "move on! Don't waste time on it if they all know it!" So, yeah! We are into our readers on day two (FYI, that is not supposed to happen until about the 3rd week.) My class is smart!! They also fly through math, and beg me to move faster in that! So, this is going to be a fun year...

I can't wait to see the principals face when I tell her about the baby!

Friday, August 12, 2005

Adventures of the growing belly...

So I realized over this past week how hard it is to set up a classroom when you are not supposed to lift anything heavy. I am the queen of rearranging furniture and trying to make things look different. It is not going to be easy to keep myself from that habit! Chris and I have been noticing that my belly is not as flat as it used to be; so either I am eating to much fast food, or the baby is making room for his/herself. According to my uterus is now the size of a grapefruit and the baby is nearing 2 inches. That seems so small, but it is some much bigger than 3 weeks ago! It is going to be hard to wait until March to see him/her, but I know it will be well worth the wait! I am going shopping tomorrow for some clothes that wont squeeze my belly. I hope there are a few cute outfits out there! That is all for now. Please write on your blogs... I need something to read at night before bed :)

Thursday, August 11, 2005

When God says stay...

So today was a very long day! Christian and I spent most of the morning and part of the afternoon working on my classroom. For one day, it looks pretty darn good! Open house was tonight... And you know, that sign I was waiting on to tell me whether to stay at this school or get out of my contract, it came today! Right before I was about to leave, there were two ladies and a little boy outside my classroom. I asked them what grade the young boy was in and they said first. I unlocked the door and brought them in. Tyler, the little boy ran to me, gave me a big hug, and said "I can't wait until Monday!" He remembered me from last year. What a little cutie! So anyway, that little act made me realize that my anger towards all the changes was making me forget the most important part of my calling; being Jesus to the kids! Tonight, Tyler was Jesus to me!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

By the way...

Ok, those of you who keep asking about wedding photo's... Here is the site. When you get there, look in the top right hand corner and click on the words "View Recent Events" the code to view the photo's is gwyn_chris


Another day, another dollar...

Well, today was a little better, but I am so tired. Meetings are boring! Our day started at 8:30am in the library (though I was there at 7:30 working on my room). We were treated to a gourmet breakfast from McDonald's, and then it was more meetings! At 2:30pm we were done! A few of us went to the teacher supply store to pick up some stuff for our rooms. When I got back to the school, my room was to hot to work in, so I went home (5:15ish). Now, I am home. Chris had the day off from work, so when I got home, the house was cleaned up, and he was working on dinner. I love my hubby!

Well, I need to go, apparently I type loud ;)

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

I want out of my contract!

Okay, so today was the first day of inservice at the school. We sat in a meeting from 10:30am to nearly 4pm. We did stop around 12 for lunch... This stuff is so boring! Basically, the new principal wants us to teach the standardized test. I asked a question about our science curriculum and basically she said that it did not matter because we are teaching from the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). Our main focus is now making sure the students can test well on a standardized test... What happened to the Bible, our Christian faith, isn't that the reason parents put their children in Christian school? Those of you who took education classes with me, or know me well enough to talk about my education beliefs, know that I hate standardized testing; not to mention teaching just that. These kids need more than just a stupid test. They need experience, discovery, and excitement in the classroom. Limiting them to just the test takes away a lot of that!

After work, I met Chris at my parents house. Christian had spent the day with Charlie (my baby brother). We had dinner with the family... My dad is an amazing cook! After dinner, Chris, Christian and I headed home. I have to work early in the morning, and I am not used to getting up! So I need to finish filling out all the stupid paperwork, even though I don't want to be there, and then it is off to bed for me. Hope all is well with all of you!

Monday, August 08, 2005

Too much to do!

Okay, so we did not make it to the Medicaid office today, we had to take care of the paperwork for Christians school and get money transferred from one bank to another so the car payment will go through... and now, it is too late. Chris is going to go by there on Wednesday and get the paperwork. That is about it. Miss you guys.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Not much new...

Well, there is not much new news to tell... I got to be real lazy yesterday while Chris was at work. When he got home, we went shopping for a bedding set for Christian's bunk bed (my parents got him a new bedroom set). We are working on getting the house in order today. All the gifts that we got are sitting on the table in the dining room and some are under it too. The larger ones crowd the garage. We are trying to figure out how all this stuff is going to fit. Somehow, it will work! Well, I need to get back to work. Ew, work... I start in-service on Tuesday :(


Friday, August 05, 2005

A bit of news...

Well, since I goofed on Kayla's blog, I figure I should put it out in the open.... I became a mommy on my wedding day, since Chris has a son from a previous relationship... and he lives with us. The new news is that we are going to have a baby in the spring. That is about all I know, I have not seen a doctor yet(A- no time, and B- no insurance). I will be seeing a doctor soon though, so please don't preach to me about it, I heard it a few times already. I will be on Chris's insurance very soon, but until then, I am going to let the state pay for it... I pay my taxes... that is what it is for! That is about it for now.

A loooooooooooooong week!

Ok, so... It has been a week as I have been out of town... I went to my friends dad's funeral, and then basically straight to camp for a week. Christian and I went to horse came, and it was awesome! He got to ride this really nice horse named Rosie, I got stuck with a stubborn horse named Dollar. This horse did not do what I told him to do, he followed what the other horses were doing... I nearly fell off when the ranch hands took their horses running, and dollar decided to follow. All in all it was a great week, but I was so ready to come home to Chris, that was very hard being apart for a week, after only being married for a week... Now, it has been two weeks! :)

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Going on a road trip...

Hey guys! Just wanted to let you know that I am going out of town for a week. There wont be any new posts, unless Chris decides to get on here and do one... I don't think that will happen, but you never know. I have a funeral to go to today, the friend I told you about who's dad passed away, I am going to be with her. After the funeral, Christian and I head out to Camp for a week. It should be a good week, I always enjoy going out there, it is so peaceful; but I will miss my hubby!! We should be back Friday evening, so look forward to hearing all about it!

Well, I need to get on the road, I have a 3 hour trip ahead of me... The funeral starts in 4 hours. Take care.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

The Big Secret!

Well, it is not that it was a secret, I just never thought to mention it. My last name is now Richards. I am still getting used to it. The UPS guy came by today while I was at my parents house and asked if Geoff Crowther lived there. I told him yes, that is my father. He asked then if my last name was also Crowther, my reply was "it was until Saturday." It is funny, people who don't know you show an interest in you...

Well, we are going to CiCi's for dinner. All y'all from the south, are you missing CiCi's????

The People's Court

Ever watch the people's court? I decided to watch it today, this is pretty funny stuff. So this lady says that her neighbors dog bit off her cats leg. There is no proof of anything. It sounds like the cat lady needs to get a life, the cat was on the other people's property. The judge said the cat lady wins. This is so dumb! She is all proud of it, and I think that she knows that it was not caused by the dog, and even if it was, the stupid cat was on someone else's property! All I have to say is, I am glad it is not me, that is dumb!

Well, I am off to work on my classroom. I have to get some stuff done before I go out of town.

Oh, please pray for my friend Jennifer and her family. Her dad passed away yesterday morning. He had terminal cancer. She is my age so it is really hitting her hard!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Good Morning...

So, we woke up this morning to Chris' cell phone. His Sister in Law Linda was calling to see if we wanted to go to breakfast. Since I promised my brother is law that Chris would spend more time with them, we got up and met them at IHOP. Today was Chris' fathers last day in town, he leaves for Florida in a couple hours. He is such a sweet man. He loves to hug! I have never been to Florida, so one of these days we will take a trip out there to see him. It is amazing how fast time is going by... Soon I will have to go back to work... I kind of like sleeping in each day and not having to worry about lesson plans... but I do miss the kids! I think this will be my last year at that school though, we really want to move up north, and we can't make the move with me tied down. I miss Canada! I said I wouldn't, but I miss it like crazy! Chris and Christian both want to move up north, for that, I am so happy!

Well, I guess that is all for now... Tell me how great you are doing!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Moving on...

So, now it is time to keep trucking. Christian and I went up to the school and started working on my classroom today while Chris was at work. I did not get a whole lot done because there was so much stuff to go through. I talked briefly with the principal about the upcoming school year. I am not sure if I should be worried, or excited about this year. In-service starts on August 9th, and then school starts the following week. Christian and I are going to the church camp next week, Chris has to work :(

Well, that is all for now... we don't really have much going on...

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Ok, the wedding is done!!!!!!!!!

Well, after forever planning (as it seemed), we are married and settling in. It was a great day, and I don't think that I would change anything about it. My dress was getting a bit uncomfortable, but other than that, It was wonderful! Chris' family was mostly all there, so I got to meet a lot of them for the first time. His dad was so nice; he gave me a hug about 12 times and told me that I was everything that Chris needed. He also told me I make a beautiful bride... Not something that I ever thought that I would hear. All in all, I am very happy, and excited about the future! Look back to see more soon!