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12 January 2011 @ 03:34 pm
In light of the whole not having a job thing, and needing money for baby stuff, and since I'm seriously out of practice with Japanese... I've decided to sell items from my manga/artbooks/random stuff collection.

These are all in perfect, mint condition. Please note, all items were imported from Japan years ago, and are NOT in English.

Also, I will be updating this with more information on specific series, with pictures, etc. Later.

If you know of anybody who is interested in anime/manga, please feel free to direct them to this post. Thanks!

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19 August 2010 @ 09:02 pm
So, I'm alive.

Evelynne Michelle was born on July 4, 2010. She weighed 8 lbs, 9 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. Same stats as her older sister!

So far, she's pretty easy; very emotional sometimes, but that also means she smiles more than any baby I've ever known.

I'm happy, adjusting, etc. Lots going on, and no energy to blog about it.
16 May 2010 @ 11:26 pm
I'm tired of leaking.
Feeling: tiredtired
17 March 2010 @ 02:01 pm
A local radio station is hosting a "Baby Idol" contest, and I've entered Felicity. Apparently the voting began on March 15th, but I totally spaced on the day it began... so I need your votes to help my baby girl catch up on votes and win! ;)

If you'd like to vote for her, please visit this site and click the "VOTE" button:


The prizes are amazing:

- $1000.00! (College tuition money for Felicity!)
- $500 certificate to American Laser Centers and a Microdermabrasion for Mom!
- Over $350 in assorted Belli products from the pregnancy, motherhood, and baby collection.
- $350 value portrait session for the winning child and one 11x14 portrait from Shutter Box Photos.
- $250 value gift basket from Baby Pictures stuffed full of wonderful products for your baby from Lankie & Lovie, Catamini, Ahava, Elegant and LeBlanc.
- $250 gift card from Bartell Drugs.
... and the website says "more", but I don't know what they are (either way, it sounds fantastic).

There are literally thousands of babies entered into this contest, and many have been getting daily votes since it opened... So if you have some time and want to do something extra special and nice for us, please visit the site and Vote for Felicity! And feel free to spread this link around, if you feel so inclined! ;) http://babyidol.movin925.com/node/2166 Felicity needs to be in the top 500 of almost 4000 babies to get to Round 2...

That said, I hope you're having a lovely March. We're enjoying the blooming daffodils and sporadic days of sunshine (Felicity likes to pick the sprouting "dowies", which is how she says "flowers").
Feeling: chipperchipper
21 February 2010 @ 10:01 pm
So, baby number two is another girl! We're going to name her Evelynne, I'll update when we decide on a middle name. Suggestions welcome! (We're currently liking Grace (Eric) and Lauraine (me), but I kind of want something with a prettier meaning/origin). Lauraine is my grandmother's name, though, so I like it quite a bit.

Other than general pregnancy woes (bladder's too small, this time I have heartburn, etc.), life is good! The sun has been shining, and although they'll probably die when it frosts again, I'm enjoying the blooming daffodils and tulips around my house.

Felicity's super mobile - her favorite activities include running after strangers with dogs, climbing stairs whenever possible, and picking flowers for her Daddy. She also LOVES reading, and can recognize most of the alphabet (that big head has to be holding some mega brains). She's known the "Mommy" letter (M) and "Daddy" letter (D) since before she was a year old, and now we've moved on to quite a few more. She speaks well over 100 words, uses sign language constantly to express the words she can't say yet, and is just the biggest bundle of pride, love, and joy we could've hoped for... and soon we'll get to have another adorable, super genius baby! Yes, life is good. Oh, and by "biggest bundle" I mean incredibly large considering she's just a tiny little thing, not even on the charts for height and weight because she's genetically inclined to be a runt. Her tallest female relative is 5'6"... Heh.

I'm quite literally HUGE around the belly. If one more person asks if I'm having twins, I might just pee on them. I can't help it that I was blessed with a big booty, and that I grow big babies with LOTS of room in the uterus! Just because some chick delivered a teeny six ounce kid and had a tiny placenta doesn't mean we all have to be that way! My babies are born FAT and only get chubbier (until they start walking, or genetics kick in). I was huge with Felicity, and I'm huge with Evelynne, and I'll undoubtedly be huge with the next baby as well. Such is life. So get over it, skinny women with skinny babies.

There. How's that for an update? Big news, cute news, and even a mini-rant! Now all I need to do is post a photo... (Eh, just logon to Facebook to see one, I'm lazy.)
Feeling: tiredtired
06 January 2010 @ 09:16 pm
I'm pregnant again.

Due July 3rd.
Feeling: creativecreative
02 August 2009 @ 01:28 pm

My sister in law JUST had her baby, a beautiful little girl. I can't wait to spoil her and take her shopping with Felicity!


Life is goooooooood.

God is great, babies are such miracles from Heaven!
Feeling: ecstaticecstatic
09 June 2009 @ 09:24 pm
Boys are so stupid, sometimes.

It's late, and Felicity has randomly woken up, as she's been doing lately (I think it's a growth spurt, whee). I feed her, and am rocking her to sleep in my arms. Eric is playing video games.

My brother calls my cell phone. I don't answer, as I'm with baby. Eric doesn't answer, because he's lazy.

He then calls Eric's cell phone. Eric finally think to himself, "Hm, maybe I should answer it, could be important." He goes to find his phone, but doesn't get there in time. He thinks to himself, "Oh, well."

David THEN calls the house phone. Of course, at this point I'm nearly livid, because I'm trying to put my baby back to sleep, and if Eric would just ANSWER THE FREAKING PHONE she'd be asleep already and back in her crib, instead of jerking awake and looking for the source of the noise.

Eric sees that it's my brother, again, but instead of ANSWERING THE PHONE he ignores it, because now he's annoyed that my brother has called so late, and so many times.


Wouldn't the fact that somebody has called EVERY freaking phone in the house signify to any normal person that they REALLY need to talk? I was assuming an emergency or something. Eric was just "annoyed" and so didn't answer.

So I finally put baby back to sleep, and call my brother back... and he says sorry for calling so often, because it wasn't an emergency after all, HE JUST HAD A COMMENT ABOUT AN EMAIL CONVERSATION WE WERE HAVING.


Why couldn't he just EMAIL ME THE DAMN COMMENT?

Why can't my husband just ANSWER THE DAMN PHONE?

Argh. Stupid. Boys. Argh.
Feeling: annoyedannoyed
27 May 2009 @ 06:06 pm
Rough night.

She woke up screaming three times, big tears, etc. Nightmare? Gas? Teething?

Finally, sleeeeeeep!

She woke at 4:15am, hungry! What happened to 6:30am?

Had leaked through diaper - mama didn't put it on properly, oops. Daddy had to change the sheets and everything while mama fed baby.

Baby ate, baby was half-asleep. Mama burped baby, baby burped... and vomited up at least six ounces, all over Mama, chair, floor, Boppy pillow.

Baby is hungry again, but won't eat. Can't sleep, too much went on. Mama is dead exhausted.

Daddy is sleeping.


Even with the occasional rough nights, I still love being a Mommy. Best thing, ever!
Feeling: calmcalm
20 May 2009 @ 11:00 pm
But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins.

It’s just a sound really, a hum interrupted by open lips. But there are a zillion words on this planet, and not one of them comes out of your mouth the way that one does.

- Mitch Albom, For One More Day
Feeling: tiredtired
13 May 2009 @ 07:17 am
I am so blessed.

Eric got a job! Felicity can sit up on her own! We're not sick!

Also, I'm going to be creating a wedding business with my sister-in-law, Sarah, and one of my best friends, Martha. We'll do flowers, cakes, some desserts, websites, and planning/organizing. We're also going to offer diaper cakes and baby shower planning/hosting! It should be lots of fun.

Eric's mother is on her way to Pullman right now, for the annual FFA convention. I'm jealous. I really want to go there, I'd love to see some old friends that are still at WSU. That said, I also wish I could've gone because maybe then I wouldn't have the horrible, awful haircut I'm currently sporting. It's SHORT SHORT SHORT, as in, pixie cut. The front and top is cute, but the back needs to grow out because there is absolutely NO style to the way my "stylist" cut it - it's rounded like a boy's haircut, no cute edging or layering. SIGH. I miss Denise Lord, she works in downtown Pullman and I've NEVER had anybody cut and style my hair better. She's amazing.

My computer is finally set up in our bedroom, but I still have to move over my portable HD so I can start uploading some photos and finish some personal websites. Woo!

Okay, I'm done now.

That was a lie. My sister's almost due! I'm so excited for her! Her total weight gain is eight pounds - she was so sick and lost so much weight, but she's finally doing better and I couldn't be happier for her and her husband, Josh. They also confirmed recently that they're having a little girl... Yay!

My friend Martha is due (again) in December, which makes it twelve months between her baby Melanie and the new little one on its way. I'd be so scared, I definitely want to wait a couple of years before having another (God willing).

My friends Megan and Mykal are both due in the beginning of August, the same week as Sarah...

Megan's sister is due in a few weeks...

... and then I know at least three or four other couples who are expecting, trying, or just had babies.

Baby booms are definitely filled with cuteness, but I can't help but wonder how many people are having babies because they're "stylish" (this is aimed more toward celebrities, single women, and crazies like the octo-mom). And I don't even want to imagine the number of dirty diapers filling up our landfills.

Okay, on that note, I'm done.

(Almost - I wish you could hear Felicity. I should record her. Her babble is SO freaking cute.)
Feeling: tiredtired
03 May 2009 @ 05:57 pm
This is mainly for Sarah, since I know she'll find it just as amusing as I did...

A few minutes ago two very stylish city girls knocked a bit frantically on my door. They wanted to let me know that we had a huge brush fire on our property (!!!!!!).

It was actually a very small, very controlled burning pile of brush and other yard debris.

It was actually our obnoxious neighbors' property.

I'm still giggling a bit.


Oh, and life is okay - I got sick again, Felicity got sick again, Eric got really sick again, but we're better now. And the daffodils and tulips are blooming. And I have hot-pink geraniums to plant!

Oh, and my mom has a HUGE kidney stone, so there's an operation scheduled for in a week, but that's nothing compared to the huge operation she had to remove a tumour that THANK GOD was not cancerous. I've pretty much been taking care of various family members for the last month.

(So in case you were wondering why I still haven't been updating, now you know.)
Feeling: amusedamused
14 April 2009 @ 10:39 am
My perfect little lovable orange and white tabby kitty is missing.

Eric let him outside yesterday before he left at 3:45pm, we both arrived home at 7pm. Normally Chewie and Oliver will both run up to the cars to say hello and walk with us down our walkway to the door so they can come inside and have a treat and get some snuggles.

Chewie wasn't there. I was worried, I told Eric that something was wrong. He said Chewie was okay, he's a cat and they like to wander.

I called him, and later called him some more. He always comes when I call, but he didn't come last night... Then it snowed, and hailed.

Chewie HATES hail. He always comes running frantically for the door when it's bad weather.

Yes, he's spoiled.

He didn't come, even though I called him all evening...

... and this morning.

I've walked our two acres twice, and along the highway, and the only options left are to ask our neighbors (we have two, one with a chocolate labrador who likes to chase Chewie up trees, the other with two huge Newfoundlands that run away from our cats), or assume that coyotes got him.

It seems odd that coyotes would get him, though, because he went missing between 3:45-7pm, and they're not usually out until dusk in this area.

Hopefully he's just been enjoying himself in a neighbor's kitchen, eating canned tuna and being spoiled with love.

I miss him.


Apparently he hopped into the back of Eric's best friend's pickup truck, and spent the night in the rafters of their garage. We got him back a couple of hours ago, and I kept my promise to Eric (that if we found him, Chewie would get an entire BIG can of tuna). He has yet to finish it, but that's only because he's too busy killing mice and chasing hummingbirds. =)
Feeling: giddygiddy
28 January 2009 @ 10:31 pm
So it's pretty well known that most other nations endorsed Obama. I wonder how many of them did so knowing that with his liberal foreign policies, it would weaken the U.S. dominance, and how many people think of that when they speak of how proud they are to have a president that other nations support.

... Honestly, while I think it's important to be diplomatic with other nations, I'd rather have a president that other nations hate, so long as he/she's definitely working toward the good of our nation.

... Yeah, I'm selfish. I don't care.

By the way, for those who think I just hate Obama or something, that's not true. I just didn't want him as our president (though of course now that he's in office, I'll support him). And I wasn't so fond of McCain, either.

Want to know a secret?

(I voted for Nader.)
Feeling: blankblank
19 January 2009 @ 12:26 am
Felicity is grabbing her toys! Not all of the time, and it's a very awkward snatch, but she's working on her hand-eye coordination and today she grabbed her toys and learned that she causes her rattle to make noise! It makes her so happy - she hasn't done a huge giggle or laugh out loud yet (it's mainly huge smiles and coos and gurgles and happy shrieks), but I'm hoping soon she'll be actually laughing. Usually she smiles with her mouth completely open and makes this "HEEEEEEE" sound that's kind of deep, but I want giggles like she does when she's sleeping! Oh, and with her little Asian eyes, she's so darn adorable when she smiles that I sometimes have to grab a pillow to squeeze really hard (because I can't squeeze her hard yet).

Also, she's still rolling over from tummy to back (she's been doing that since she was about five days old). Oh, and she loves her mobile.

I love being a mommy. It's so rewarding.

Oh, and I will be posting a link to her website soon-ish. Promise. Really. For seriously.
Feeling: cheerfulcheerful