Friday, January 30, 2009

Murphy Bed and Breakfast

You may now post our Murphy Bed and Breakfast on the Southern Indiana Bed and Breakfast Registrar. LOL
We have had a great time with the Guernsey's. Here are a few pics of the boys having a ball. 

Michelle couldn't get enough of the food network and the boys kept each other pretty busy running round and round the main floor. Eli mastered the steps here in one day.
I say we were the bed and breakfast but Michelle and Aaron cooked and cleaned in the kitchen most of the time. It was awesome to sample some of their specialties. We had Poppy seed Chicken Wed. and Power Burgers (their version of Rachel Ray's). Here is the burger. Oh, and this morning Aaron fixed French Toast Casserole. Now I did fix breakfast thurs. and helped out as much as they would let me. I think Aaron was antsy not having his normal "to do" things.

Among eating cookies and running around the boys had a blast in the tub this morning. They were adorable pics but thought it wise not to post on the Wild Web, I mean the WWW.

Well, our guests have gone back to their home and Michelle had to go in to the office for awhile. What a fun sample of our one day to come B and B.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Oh, the weather outside is frightful...let it snow

Yes, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful.
Matt truly enjoyed making a fire and I enjoyed sitting in front of it. 
We are so blessed being neighbors with the hospital. We didn't loose power at all, but everyone around us did.
While many good mothers took their children out to play in the snow on tues. (the first of the beautiful snow) I couldn't bear the idea of trying to bundle up corbin and myself and trying to play in the snow. However, Wed. Matt took little hesitant Corbin out to play. Corbin wasn't really sure he wanted to explore this new white playground that was mushy and coooold.

We did not have a sled but Matt made a sled out of our trash can lid and a rope. Cobin had lots of smiles and a little fear behind each one. Where are we going? Do I have to touch that stuff you call snow?

Look at the icicles off the grill and deck. We have had snow since Monday. 

Corbin liked the idea of playing outside, but in the end decided he will wait till some warmer weather came our way before he asks to go out again.

We have had a good result of the storm. The Guernsey's have stayed with us for over a day now. They came Wed. right before lunch. We have been cooking, playing games and watching TV. It's like we are in high school, yet a little different. :) they will be here again tonight. They live in Lanesville and have no power. So they have been crashing here. Corbin thinks it is the best thing in the world. 

Enjoy the snow and your family being at home. We will join the land of the living soon.
(I have not been out of the house since monday morning. This week has been a blur)

Saturday, January 24, 2009


I really don't like this blob state that has come over me. Usually I feel so energetic and full of life. No spunk left today. This morning I lead our sack lunch outreach ministry, there ended up being four of us, which I was very thankful for. That takes about two hours to make 50-75 lunches and then deliver them to three apartment complexes in Corydon.
Matt kept Corbin out of the cold. They ended up going to Pierce's bitty ball game. I heard Corbin enjoyed the part where he could actually touch a ball.
This afternoon held a trip to WalMart (you know how it is on saturdays) and a few chores. Now I thought I would blog a little, but hope as I am sitting here in all my blob glory that I haven't brought this happy mood on anyone else. ha ha

Yesterday, Corbin and I spent half the day with Gretchen, Pierce, and Hope! What fun! It was nice to sit and visit with Gretchen and let Corbin enjoy some company of his own. It was a very nice day. Corbin did fall asleep on the way home and the 30 min. was enough for him to decided he was not going to nap when we got to his bed. He moaned for 45 min. Then I decided I'd had enough and got him out of bed. He did fine though and did not fuss or whine the rest of the evening.

Thanks for the encouragement with my last blog. You know you are suppose to take things one day at a time and just do your best but encouragement is always welcome :)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Monday Thoughts

Well, the energetic second trimester seems to be over. I have been just so drained and tired last week and so far this one too. I am 30 weeks along and the baby weighs about 3 pounds right now. The size of a head of cabbage. I love the food comparisons from I have been cleaning and so gunghoe these last few months but that is at a dead stop right now. I need to mop my kitchen floor today but that seems like just too much work. 
Corbin has had his own issues this past week, throwing these senseless fits. Anything he doesn't like will set him off into crying. And being my perky self right now I am not being very patient with him. It is so difficult since I can't really talk with him about things. He has been jabbering like crazy but not any sentences. What do you do? I do not want him to get into this pattern of behavior. Is it just a phase? I have tried a variety of ways to approach this behavior. I know that he must be dealing with things inside himself but when you can't communicate it's hard. During the good moments I have tried the loving approach, but Corbin has been active and independent for so long he doesn't like to rock or cuddle much. He has also been very picky with his food. Not eating much through the day. He has a good breakfast but after that it is small amounts. 
Anyway, I guess I will be preparing Corbin for his new room and bed as soon as Matt gets his room finished and painted. Hopefully by the end of the month. It is probably time to get out the infant car seat/carrier and be preparing for baby A. : )

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A look at New Year's

New Year's Eve was rather calm. JR and Kim came around 9pm and Bucky showed up after the Uof L game a little later. We played on the Wii that JR brought along. It was fun watching the guys be silly. Bucky killed everyone in boxing, except me. I was the last one, so he was a little tuckered out. He knocked me out the first round then I came back and beat him. We also played a couple of old games like Super Mario and Dodgeball. It was great!
By 1am everyone had gone and we were in bed shortly after. How New Year's has changed now that we are 30. :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

More, Mommy...

Corbin is at this stage right now where he likes to mumble things. It is almost like he  has something in his mouth. He won't open his lips, he talks with them shut. At first when he started this I thought he had food in his mouth that he hadn't chewed and swallowed yet. But, no he is just being Corbin. It must be that weird gene he got from his dad. :)
This picture made me think of that. 

Corbin loves straws. So anytime we have a drink around that has a straw he's jonesn' to have some. This is on the way back from nana's. He was so cute I had to take a couple of photos. Maybe it was a mommy withdrawal, being away from him all day.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Day at the Museum

JR and Kim invited us to join them for a day at the museum. What a treat! They are so knowledgeable of the cultural options in our town. :) 
Kim suggested this adorable place for lunch. It is called The Cafe. It is off Broadway by Louisville Stoneware. We had great food. Matt picked the art deco sandwich with a cup of chili. Since he likes guaco this was a winner for him. I picked a salad instead of soup and also the chicken salad sandwich with a side of fruit salad, delish. Kim picked the dill tomato soup with he chicken salad sandwich. But poor JR, he opted for the hot brown. Yeah, I know. Should be safe in Louisville, huh? No. It looked like a gravy soup mass on top of two small slivers of turkey flanked with hard, hard toast. Anyway, all of us full.... off to the Ali museum.

JR and Kim were given these tickets to the Muhammad Ali Museum for free. Wow!  We had Mom watch Corbin and had a day out. The museum was much better than I thought. Being as I am not a boxing fan, I was not thrilled with the idea of going to the museum , but rather getting to go out with the Ramsey's. There were two full floors of exhibits. 

Here is my hand in Ali's.

They had a section of the museum set up as a practice ring. There was a shadow box, a punching bag that showed you the pressure you would feel after a direct hit, small punching bags you see here (boy it is much harder than it looks), and these large punching bags.

Ali's daughter was giving a tutorial here in this part. Through a video of course.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee...

This was a good day. Thanks Ramsey's!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The mystery item/ Seeing Anna

Well, the mystery item is a pampered chef micro cooker filled with chicken I had been marinading. Apparently I had pushed buttons for the convection oven instead of the microwave. At one point I smelled something melting, but did not make the connection that it was my meal in the microwave. There were other things going on and nothing seemed to be smoking or going wrong. So, I called Matt in for dinner and put that pile of black melted mess on his plate. With this real confused look, he asked what it was. At this point I couldn't help but burst out laughing. I had to confess what had happened to our delicious chicken meal. I ended up making this beritoli meal. Thank he Lord for quick freezer meals when life does not go as planned. :)

I have been able to see Anna twice during her stay this holiday.  Yeah!!
Sat. Jan. 3rd  Matt, Corbin and I went down to Lexington to meet up with Anna, 
Antione, and Aurelian. Amy, Johnson, Windom, Wesley, and Dalton were also able to hang out with us. Lexington (where Amy lives, Anna's older sister) is about a halfway point between Anna's parents place and Corydon. So, whenever we can I'll meet her there to save on drive time. This time we were able to hang out as families. Anna's younger siblings (Amber, Aram, and Alisa) also came and volunteered to keep the little ones so we could go out as adults and visit. How nice is that! They are fabulous. Amber had taken the boys outside and wore them out, if you'll remember that was a very unusually warm day; and Alisa put shaving cream and green food coloring on the table and let the boys draw and play in it. :) She is so creative. The boys had a great time and we were able to have some time with anna. The girls went out to the health food store and the book store. The guys went bowling and we meet up for dinner at this Indian restaurant. It was fabulous! What a good day. Selfishly I regret not getting Anna all to myself but it was worth the time we had. Anyway, that day my battery on the camera was exhausted and I had not checked it before I left.
So, I was blessed  to get to see her again. Mom and Louise (Anna's mom) are good friends and whenever Anna comes in town we make the trip down to see the whole family. So, Mom offered to drive down to lexington the second time. Thurs. Jan. 8th (the day anna flew home) we were able to see anna one last time before she flew off home. The pictures below are of that day. 

Here are a couple of photos at the end of the day. Aurelian has gained a second wind in lou of getting to fly on a plane and go home to see his daddy.  Corbin is not sure he wants to sit by Aurelian. Nana's arms seem much safer. :)

Aurelian is so cute. He does so well with his English. Anna said the funniest thing is to hear how his speech has become Kentuckian while they have been here. He has acquired a southern drawl to things like door and more. He is so funny.

Corbin is eating a cookie and Aurelian is eating pizza. What fun to enjoy visiting a new place. "Mom would never give me this kind of food at home."

Anna and I are both due at the same time. She is so cute! She has the most adorable maternity clothes. Her pants have a belt on them. I have not seen that over here.

Corbin found this hat in the boys playroom. He had so much fun playing with new toys. This reminds me of Woody on toy story

This is Amy's boys ( Wesley and Dalton)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Mystery Item

Can you guess what you are seeing? I'll give you a hint. I took this picture in the kitchen.

Give up?....Are you sure you don't have a guess? I'll post the answer tomorrow. Mystery item 

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I have really sensed God's presence this weekend. He must be calling me to Him. I keep singing this song.

"God With Us"

Who are we that You would be mindful of us 
what do You see that's worth looking our way 
we are free in ways that we never should be 
sweet release from the grip of these chains 
like hinges straining from the weight my heart no longer can keep from singing.

all that is within me cries 
for You alone be glorified 
Emmanuel God with us 
my heart sings a brand new song 
the debt is paid these chains are gone 
Emmanuel God with us.

Lord You know our hearts don't deserve Your glory 
still You show a love we cannot afford 
like hinges straining from the weight my heart no longer can keep from singing. [back to chorus]

Such a tiny offering 
compared to Calvary 
nevertheless we lay it at your feet. [back to chorus]

[Thanks to Mike for these lyrics]

If you have not heard this song by Mercy Me, I would encourage you to give it a listen. 

This comes on the heels of being at the doctor Tuesday. If you have not heard, major Praise to Jesus. The placenta which was blocking me from having natural birth early in the pregnancy, has moved up to where it is suppose to be! Yeah! This means that should all else go okay we are on track for a natural delivery. Wow! I am so happy. Tuesday I had my Glucose test and Iron checked at the hospital, which takes an hour. Then we went over to the doctor's office to have the ultrasound and check-up. We had great news from the ultrasound as I already said. The pictures of the baby, fluid, and organs all look great. Later that day they called and said that I failed my glucose test. Boo Ho. Now I have to get retested. This means I have to take the more extensive three hour test where they poke me several times. I asked what the alternative would be to being retested, I would have to check my blood sugar levels everyday as if I were diabetic. That is what the glucose test is, a test to determine whether you have diabetes during pregnancy, which is very common. So, anyway, this news in no way dampered my excitement about the placenta moving, but it does mean I have to go back for a new test. I'll have to get that in this week.
So, next for me is to read up on delivery, which I had put off since we didn't know about a c-section, and find a doula. 

God's blessings, I pray you sense God's presence with you this coming year. :)

Happy New Year! 2009