Sunday, December 31, 2006

Farewell 2006....

Well, another year is behind us. Time seems to slip by faster and faster as I get older. The turn of the century was so huge. It's hard to believe that was seven years ago already. We've had our ups and downs this year, as I'm sure everyone did. Looking back, I'd say 2006 was a favorable year for us. Valerie sure has made everything more interesting. It's amazing how much she has grown and learned in just a year. We watched her learn how to walk, talk, sing, climb, and dance. She grew from a baby to a toddler overnight it seems! Overall, we managed to avoid any major setbacks. I found some great friends! I had lots of fun getting to know all the mom's in the playgroup. I finally took a few cake decorating classes that I have longed to do for years. I managed to drop below my pre-pregnancy weight, only to get pregnant again with in a few months after doing so! lol I was involved in my first fender bender, and Clint followed by being in a wreck a few months later. Clint took on more responsiblity at work (job security!), decided to go back to school, traveled around the U.S. and then to Canada.

Goals for 2007?? Save more money and keep better track of our finances. I would LOVE to at some point declutter my entire house! inside and out!! And keep the whole house cleaner. That will be a tough one though. And of course, work on dropping the baby weight after Veronica is born.

It looks like tonight will be a low-key New Year's Eve for us. We're still not over the sickness, so it's probably best we just stay home and rest. We're going to make nachos and hopefully some of the neighbors will pop fireworks. I'm pretty sure we'll be sound asleep by midnight anyway!

Happy New Year, everyone!! Best wishes for 2007!

Saturday, December 30, 2006

We're all still pretty sick.

I'm SO congested and there isn't much medicine I can take. I'm trying not to take anything at all, but it's tough when you can't breathe!! I'm so tired. None of us have gotten much sleep the past few nights. Last night I tried EVERYTHING to unstop my nose and relieve the sinus pressure - hot shower, steam, vicks, menthol cough drops, more steam, warm compress, the vaporizer.... nothing made any difference at all. Finally about midnight I caved and squirted some Zicam. Instant relief and I was able to get a couple hours of sleep. The jury seems to be out on if Zicam use during pregnancy is safe or not... so I'm only going to use it as a last resort.

Clint is pretty sick too. At least he can take meds though. He slept on the air mattress in Valerie's old room because his snoring has been SO bad. I don't think he got much sleep because Valerie was up several times.

Valerie was doing better. Yesterday my parents came and she played outside in the wind for a couple of hours. Today, she's all congested again. She still has a horrible sounding cough and her runny nose is back. If we can stick it out until Tuesday, I'll be taking her to the doctor if she isn't better. Urgent Care wasn't much help last week, so there's no point in taking her there again.

We're invited to TWO New Year's Eve parties, and as of now it looks like we will miss them both.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Awwwwww

Valerie was playing on the couch this evening while I sat on the loveseat. (Our NEW furniture BTW!!!) She was being her silly self and babbling away. All of a sudden she looked at me and said "yuw you mommy." Translation: Love you, Mommy! Awwwww.... my sweet little girl!! That just made my day.

So yeah, our furniture is here!!! Now instead of having NO couches, we have too many. Waiting on the rental place to come pick up the crappy stuff. Can't wait to have my living room in order again.

And you all knew it was coming.... I'm sick. I've got whatever it was that Val had. *sigh* Even Clint is complaining of a sore throat. I just feel awful.... and there isn't much medicine I can take. :-(

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

holidays....

Christmas turned out okay, over all. We spent almost 4 hours Christmas Eve in Urgent Care getting Valerie some medicine. I really did not want to bring her there mainly because I knew it would be a long wait, and that there wasn't much to do for her. Any kind of viral infection just has to run it's course. Clint wanted to go anyway though to be on the safe side, so we did. We were the 7th person in the door, and it was over THREE hours before we saw the doctor!! And as I thought, Val had a viral respiratory infection that has to run its course. We did get a good prescription decongestant for her out of it.

After all of that, we came home, ate a quick lunch, and started to get ready to go to my mom's. We were so late getting there. And I was so tired. Valerie was cranky and not wanting to eat. She was all about opening her presents though! And everyone elses! lol Once she caught on to tearing off the wrapping paper, she was all over every box she could get her hands on. The contents made no difference - everything was "Oh WOW!" lol It was pretty fun just watching her have such a great time.

Funny thing though.... duplicate gifts were the theme this year!! Clint got me a jewelry armoire. My mom got me the exact same one! Clint got me a massage mat, and my dad got the exact same thing for my mom. I gave Clint a manicure set, and my mom gave him one too!! And "Santa" had a magnadoodle for Valerie, and my mom bought one for her too. Weird stuff.

Christmas Morning Valerie woke up about 7ish cranky and crying. Poor baby was SO congested and snotty. We set up the video camera before getting her out of bed. Almost the instant she saw the presents that Santa had left, she quieted down. She stared and then started pointing at the toys... and ran over to her play kitchen to investigate. More "Oh wows" followed as she looked it all over. It was so neat watching her. We opened every box and just let her play with everything on the living room floor. Mostly she played during the day and had a good time, but she did her share of crying and whining from being so sick too. Poor baby.

And she's STILL pretty sick. She luckily isn't acting all that sick though. Her cough isn't as bad, but she sounds awful. And her poor nose is constantly running. She hasn't quite caught on how to "blow" yet either, so she's constantly whining "nose nose!" wanting us to wipe it. I brought her to my mom's to spend the day today, and she did fine according to them.

I had an O.B. appointment today. I saw the nurse practioner and she gave me some iron pills to try. She said I may be anemic and that's why I feel so tired / bad all the time. I go back next week for bloodwork to check it out. I'm so aggravated though... the office girl has my payment info all mixed up. I was told if I couldn't pay the $500 deductible, they usually waive it. So I said great! Who in their right mind would argue differently?! I would be responsible for a little over $300 of the bill and I had six payments of $68. Easy as can be to pay that so I paid half of the entire balance. Today there is a new girl at the desk, and she tells me that is all wrong. I have to pay the deductible, which brings the total to over $900! There's no such thing as waiving the deductible and the other person had it caculated wrong. So now basically we have to come up with the money all at once since I've barely paid $200, when we could have been paying on it all along!!! Grrrr.

Oh and GOOD NEWS ~ Ashely furniture called.... My furniture is in!!! They'll deliver Thursday!!!

A couple Christmas pictures. With Val being sick and me not feeling great, I really didn't take that many.





Sunday, December 24, 2006

Why does my baby have to be sick today ~ Christmas Eve?? We had a rough night. She slept for the most part, but she was up whining quite a bit too. And coughing. She has the most terrible sounding cough. *sigh* I so want her to have a good Christmas. Urgent Care opens at 10, so I guess we will be heading over there first thing. Val's sleeping now. We gave her a bath at 5am and I put the vaporizer on. She's been sound asleep for a couple hours now, so hopefully it is helping with the congestion. I hope the doc can give her something to make her well quick!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas!

We took Valerie to Chuck E. Cheese on her birthday. She had a fantastic time! We told them at the front it was her birthday, and she got a birthday crown, a ballooon, and a candy cane. Later, Chuck E. came out and surprisingly Val wasn't scared of him. She'd wave at him but wouldn't get too close. Val even went up to the stage area to dance to "If You're Happy and You Know It" with Chuck E. and the other kids. We asked her a few times if she wanted to dance or give Chuck E. five, and Val's answer was a very short "No." lol But she'd wave at him and blow kisses. They brought out an ice cream sandwich with a candle in it and sang happy birthday to her. Val loved every minute of being there, and I'm so glad she had such a great day.

I can't believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve. It just doesn't feel like it. I did the best I could in getting ready and finding gifts for everyone, but I'm not in the mood this year. I just feel so... sad? I don't know if I have some kind of chemical/hormonal imbalance or what. At times I feel normal, but just in general I feel really depressed. I just don't feel like doing anything. I feel so "off." Everything makes me cry. I feel so alone. Clint wants me to talk to my Dr. about it. I really don't want to take any kind of meds until after Veronica is born though. I don't want to chance it. I'm just hoping it's a phase that will pass on it's own...

We moved Val into her new room! So far she's sleeping about the same as usual in there. It's not completely finished, but I am working on it little by little. Her furniture is in place and most of her clothes have been moved. I'm trying to sort through the toys, and I just don't know what to do with them. She has SO much stuff and I can't decide where to put some of it!

Tomorrow night we are going to my parents' to exchange gifts. We always have a little party over there and open presents. They are coming to our house Christmas Day and Clint is cooking dinner. I can't wait to see Valerie's reaction to all of her presents!! The look on her face opening some of her birthday gifts was priceless. I can't wait to see her Christmas morning.

I hope everyone out there has a wonderful Christmas!!!!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Today's the day!

Happy Second Birthday to my sweet little girl!! Momma loves you very much!!


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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

It doesn't feel like Christmas at all. I just feel so.... blah. I'm just not motivated to do anything. Usually I'm listening to Christmas music and looking forward to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This year I'm just not into it. And I feel bad because I want Valerie to have a GREAT holiday. I want it to be special for her, but I find I'm forcing myself to be festive....or pretending. I'm just not myself anymore.

I felt so sad walking around the mall this morning. There's all the holiday decorations, Christmas music playing, fab sales, people.... I'm usually so into that stuff. This year, I'm just here. I know by next week I'll feel like I missed Christmas. I just don't feel good. I'm so tired all of the time. I want to be cheerful. I want to enjoy being pregnant. I want to love Christmas. But so far, I'm not.

Maybe it's hormones. or a chemical imbalance. I just don't know what to do about it.

I realized last night that in just about 10 weeks I will be full term. Ten weeks. That doesn't seem long at all.

I'm starting to freak out about experiencing birth again. It was not exactly pleasant. Although I do know more about what to expect, I know I'll panic anyway.

I'm starting to freak about caring for a newborn again. Valerie was such an easy baby. What if Veronica is not?? How will I handle dealing with a newborn and Valerie by myself day after day??

How will Valerie handle a baby in the house? I don't want her to feel left out. How will she handle our attention being diverted to another baby? Val is the center of everything now... I feel guilty already.

And we have no plan on what to do with Valerie when I go into labor. My parents are the only ones who are able to keep her long term. But what if I need to go to the hospital in the middle of the night.... then what? They can't drive all the way here in the dark and what if there's no time to take Val to their house? We need to figure this out soon.... I will be so worried about her.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Valerie's party went well! I think (hope!) everyone had a good time. Valerie got awesome gifts from everyone. I was so tired before the party even started. Everyone who said they were coming did! I think Valerie was a little confused about having so many people at her house. She did get a kick out of everyone singing happy birthday to her though. And she played a good bit with the kids. Her room was a total wreck by the time it was over. Literally every basket and her toybox had been emptied onto the floor. lol Clint did his Santa routine. He was going to come inside, but the look on Valerie's face when she saw him at the door made him decide to stay on the porch. It worked. The kids loved it - at least most of them did.

Once the party was over, I was so wiped out. I sat on the couch while a few friends helped clean up a bit. Last night I felt just awful! I have never been so drained in my life. I love the holidays, but in a way I will be glad when it's all over. Not that things will slow down... because we have several birthdays in January. February is our anniversary and Mardi Gras... then of course March is my dad's birthday, Clint's birthday, and Veronica will be here!!

We are hoping to have Val moved into her new room this week. All we need to find is a rug. I still want to get a few other things, but once we have a rug down we can move her bed. I hope it won't be too hard for her to adjust to sleeping in a new place. I ordered Veronica's crib today. I have looked and looked and looked... Finally I decided to just pick something. I got this one from Amazon for $247- free shipping.

Birthday Party Pictures...

Click!!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Clint made me so mad last night. He took a shower, and when he came out of the bathroom he had on the full Santa suit. Basically he threw open the door and yelled HO HO HO! Poor Valerie was right there and it scared the crap out of her! She screamed and cried. She was hysterical and trembling!! I told him to put it on but to let her see him put it on so maybe she'd realize it was Daddy playing dress up. I didn't tell him to pop out and shock her. So after that, he tried putting on just the hat or just the beard and she'd cry. Santa is supposed to come to her party tomorrow, so now obviously that isn't a good idea. I think what we'll do is have him stay outside and anyone who wants to see him can go out on the porch. Maybe it won't be as bad if he's not in front of her. Who knows... maybe she'll be scared of Santa for life now.

We got a lot taken care of yesterday. I finished Valerie's cake!! I'm happy with how it came out. My house is mostly clean, thanks to my parents and Clint. We just have to de-clutter the kitchen and pick up a little bit.

Today is Halliburton's local Christmas party. I am not sure if I will go. We still have things that need to be done around here. And last night I felt just awful from being on my feet all day. That was another thing I was mad about -- Clint has pretty much refused to rub my back during this entire pregnancy. Here I am, just about 7 months pregnant, in tears some nights because my back aches so much, and not ONCE has he ever rubbed my back. I've mentioned it to him, and all he says is "I'm sorry." I don't know what that's about, but really... he could give me 5 minutes of his time to make me feel better.

Friday, December 15, 2006

I can't believe my baby girl is going to be TWO YEARS OLD in less than a week!!! Yesterday we watched her first birthday DVD. *sigh* She was so little! It was so weird watching my tiny baby eat her cake and giggle for the camera. She has changed so much in the past year. Looking at her now she is really a little GIRL and not a BABY anymore!! Just in the past few weeks she has started talking so much more and better than she was. I need to start teaching her more sign language in hopes that Val will pass it on to Veronica later on.

Time has gone by so fast....

Today we're getting ready for the big birthday party. I'm going to start her cake in a little while. Clint has promised to help clean (we'll see if that happens.) My mom and dad are coming to help later on I think. Food wise, we decided to take the easy way out and order a variety of pizza! After baking the cake and decorating it, I know I won't be in any mood to cook. Pizza and breadsticks = easy!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

What is it with people not saying thank you these days? Twice now... two different people for two different occasions... I have put a lot of thought into sending gifts. They were delivered, but the recipient never acknowledged them. And Yes, I KNOW they were received. I took the time to find something nice and these were $30 presents, not dollar store junk. A simple email saying "thanks for the package!" would be sufficient.

Valerie is back to her normal self today. I guess it was something she ate that made her sick yesterday. Either that or one of those short viruses. She was up a few times during the night asking for juice. She's eating fine and playing as usual.

I on the other hand don't feel that great. I wouldn't say I feel sick. I don't feel well either. I guess all the stress and frustration is taking it's toll on me. Tomorrow we are supposed to go to the playgroup's cookie swap. I made two batches of cookies, but I'm not sure if we are gonna make it. I want to go... we'll see.....

Monday, December 11, 2006

Well... Valerie has thrown up 5 times in the last few hours.

Lovely. She seems fine. Playing and babbling. But as soon as she eats or drinks anything... blech all over. Hopefully it's just a quick 24 hr. bug.

If we had our new funiture / rugs... she would have vomited all over it.

Clint rented some furniture today. $20 / week plus tax and insurance. It'll be here tomorrow. I just can't deal with having NO furniture. Funny thing is they have the very set we have on order with Ashely for $27 / week. We could have gotten that and just "pretended"! lol! But at this point, cheaper is better.
Saturday morning we took family pictures at Olan Mills. Surprisingly, Valerie did great and smiled! A total turnaround from when we tried to get her picture last week. Having both of us there in the pic with her seemed to have helped. I only got one pose for the $5 package special.

Saturday night we went to our MOMS club Christmas party. It was great! All of the kids got a small gift and the adults played a game for gifts we brought. We had lots of food of course! Valerie had a blast. She was all over the house playing with the toys and other kids.

Yesterday I woke up feeling just awful. I don't know if it was something I ate at the party, lack of sleep, or just from being so busy lately. I felt bad all day. The furniture deal has me so stressed, there's so much I want to do before Val's party, and all the holiday stuff coming up too... I think mostly it's the furniture thing. I know there isn't anything to do about it, so I should just let it go. I just want everything for Val's party to be nice. Having a sofa won't make or break the party, but having an empty living room just seems awkward. We were supposed to borrow a sofa from someone, but that seems to have fallen through. I'm not sure what happened. My dad drove all the way here in his truck, but when we went to get it no one was home. And I had talked to her a few hours earlier and she said they weren't going anywhere. So, I kinda have the feeling she wasn't serious about loaning it to us... We may try to rent something this week.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Well, yesterday feels like it was a completely wasted day. All I did was the stupid furniture crap and nothing else. I'm working on a complaint letter to the CEO of Rooms to Go. Not that it will do any good as from what I've found out they must get hundreds of complaints a day. But I want my complaint heard by somebody!!! In the mean time, my friend that bought my old furniture still has her old couch and loveseat. I'm not about to take my furnture back from her! So, we are going to maybe borrow her old couch for a couple weeks until my new stuff comes in. The only problem is the earliest Clint can access my dad's truck will be Sunday. So, until then we are furniture-less! RTG just better credit us back the $140 sales tax we paid on our furniture though. I've already filed a claim with Discover about it.

And I still have to figure out what to do about Val's party. I guess we'll look into borrowing some tables and chairs... I'm guessing about 25 guests will actually show. I'm just disappointed because I wanted my house to look nice for her party. I'm very particular about having people over and not having things out of place. So, having NO furniture is just... awkward. I guess we'll figure it out....

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Today was not a good day!!

So.... after getting more of the run around, we cancelled our order. It sort of left a bad feeling after dealing with all of that, and we didn't want to bother with it anymore. They even said they were "busy" when we tried to cancel and would call us back. Never happened. I went to Ashley and ordered something else. It's not a sleeper like we wanted though. But it was $700 cheaper. It will take 2-3-4 weeks to come in. So until then, we are furniture-less. *sigh*


I also tried to have Valerie's pictures taken at Olan Mills today. That didn't go over very well either. She cried and screamed everytime I put her down. She just refused to stand by the backdrop and wanted me to hold her. So, I had to reschedule that too! We are going back Saturday morning to try again.

I AM SO MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!

DO NOT EVER BUY FROM ROOMS TO GO!!!!
They have the WORST customer service. The WORST delivery service. It's ridiculous. My furniture was scheduled for delivery between 2pm and 6pm yesterday. At 5pm, I received a call saying the delivery driver was running behind schedule but I would receive my furniture that day. At 7pm, another caller said the same thing - he was still late but I would receive my furniture that night. At 9:40 pm (yes that late) ANOTHER caller said the driver was 40-50 miles away, and would it be better to reschedule in the morning since it would be so late. I said fine, thinking nothing of it, and the caller said to expect delivery between 7-8am this morning.
Well..... 8:30am NO FURNITURE.
So I called to find out when it was coming. I was told dispatch was going to contact the driver and call me back. That call never came.
I called again at 11:30, and was told that THERE WERE NO TRUCKS COMING MY WAY!!!!! WTF??? And that my account was locked for 48 hours, and I would have to wait until tomorrow to call and re-schedule delivery. After a few more calls, Clint talking to several people, calling the New Orleans store directly a few times, we find out that the warehouse is in ALABAMA. MY FURNITURE WAS RETURNED TO ALABAMA!!!!!!!!!! IT WILL BE ANOTHER WEEK BEFORE DELIVERY CAN BE SCHEDULED AGAIN!!!!
After all the run around - we will probably cancel it. A manager is supposed to call back. Their only solution seems to wait another week, which is NOT acceptable. If they can't come up with something else, we are canceling it. I just don't want to deal with them.
So I have NO living room furniture. *cries* Valerie's party is in a little over a week, and we will have NO furniture!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really liked this furniture too, and it took SO long to find something I liked.
If we go somewhere like Ashley Furniture, it takes a few weeks to come in. I really don't have the energy to go from store to store by myself looking either. *sigh* If nothing else, we can rent something temporairly until whatever we order comes in....
I am SO NOT HAPPY right now!!!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

connected!

By some miracle our internet is working today! *knock on wood* Who knows for how long... but it has been up and running for about an hour. Clint was getting ready to head to the office to do his school work. He's on vacation this week, but still has to turn in an assignment for class by Saturday. Two service techs came out yesterday to see what was wrong. Apparently, someone down the street planted trees around one of the main connections. They've grown around the cables or something. SO they have to send a crew to mark where the lines are burried. Then send another crew to dig it up and replace the line pretty much from one end of our street to the other. And ironically, we are the ONLY cable internet customers on our street. No telling how long it will take to fix. At least it is working... for now.

Hopefully Clint gets his school work finished. Saturday Halliburton is having this big family Christmas party at the zoo. I really wanna take Valerie! Oh and BTW ~ I mailed her birthday party invitations yesterday!

Monday we went shopping in New Orleans. I was hoping to find a crib for Veronica, but no such luck. We paid about $250 for Valerie's crib. It seems most are $300-400 (plus delivery) now. I really don't want to spend that much, even for a convertible crib. So... we will keep looking around. My mom has a brand new crib that someone gave her that we can use if needed.

I DID finally buy new living room furniture from Rooms to Go!!! We needed it bad. The set we have was purchased from my cousin for $225. We were going to keep it a year or two and then get something new. Well, that was 4 years ago! lol The new set will be delivered Tuesday. I already have someone lined up to buy the old stuff. It was crazy expensive since we opted to get the sofa sleeper and loveseat sleeper. We did get interest free financing until 2011 though - it will be paid off well before then!! Since we're losing our guestroom, having 2 extra beds won't hurt. I was going to get a daybed or futon whenever we close in our porch, but we won't need that now. Made more sense to just spend $200 now to get the loveseat sleeper and avoid buying a futon later. It's a lighter green in person. Probably lighter than I would have liked, but I can't find anything else, so it will do.

Yesterday was my 24 week doctor's appointment. Routine stuff. Everything looks fine. I'm measuring right on target. I wanted to die when I got on the scale though. In 4 weeks I gained 8lbs! *gulp* I'm up about 18 lbs now, which is WAY more than I was with Valerie at this point. I need to stop eating so much junk and walk when I can. I don't want to end up gaining 40 lbs!!

Today we are working in Val's new room. We got all the junk out of the closet and took down the bed. Clint started painting. I decided on the butterflies afterall, and we're painting the bottom half of the wall a pretty pink. So far I'm liking how it is coming out! We still have a lot to do, but I think it will be really cute. My parents were supposed to come help today, but of course at the last minute my mom tells me they are just coming to visit later on. They do that all the time -- volunteer to come "help" then change their minds.

So... that's about it for what has been going on!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

No Net

Our internet has been on the blink. It connects for a few minutes, then dies. My IM's are not going through and I'm not receiving those sent to me. Same goes for email! Finally someone came to check it today, and it turns out there is a problem with the main line. Way down the street there is some kind of box that someone planted trees around.... they think one of the trees may have affected the underground wiring. So... it will probably be a while before it's fixed. They have to dig up and replace the cable line... *sigh* So no telling when we'll be back online!! Gotta go before I get kicked off again....

Saturday, November 25, 2006

I hope everyone in the USA had a nice Thanksgiving. Ours was quiet. Clint did most of the cooking and my parents came over. We all ate too much and did pretty much nothing else all day. For the third year in a row I did NO shopping on Black Friday! Last year I didn't want to drag Valerie out that early in the morning. The year before I was pregnant with her. There wasn't really anything on sale that we absolutely needed anyway.

Dropping off a few pictures. The family pic is for our Christmas cards. There will be more eventually. Val has 4 holiday dresses and I want pics of her in all of them!


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Let us give Thanks

1. I am thankful for Valerie! She has brought so much meaning to my life. There's nothing that compares to the feeling of joy watching her grow and learn.

2. I am thankful for Clint, the best husband and friend I could have ever asked for.

3. I am thankful for carrying Veronica! Even though pregnancy is hard on me, I am lucky that (so far) everything has been normal.

4. I am thankful for my health. I know I've been really sick and haven't felt well, but it will pass and there are others worse off than me.

5. I am thankful that Clint has a job that provides well enough for us so I am able to be a SAHM.

6. I am thankful to have a decent roof over our heads, money in the bank, and food on the table.

7. I am thankful for my parents, who have always done their best and give us way more than we could ever give them in return.

8. I am thankful for all of my wonderful friends! Both online and IRL. With out all of you, I would still feel lost and lonely.

9. I am thankful to have my sweet, lovable Sassy Cat! (even though it's a pain when she wakes me up for some kitty lovin' in the middle of the night.)

10. I am thankful for the LIFE I live!! Years ago I wondered if I would ever reach the point of being happily married, building a house, and having children of my own.

Now it's your turn. :-)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Monday, November 20, 2006

It seems like no matter which way way I turn I am letting someone down. Someone needs me for something, and I can't follow through. I can't keep up with normal life. I wish so badly that I was one of those glowing, happy, pregnant women. There's so much I want to do. We have so many fun holiday things coming up, and I have no idea if I'll be able to go. Every day I wake up with all these ideas and places I want to go. I was on the verge of tears walking around Wal-Mart yesterday. I wanted to be there. I wanted to do our Thanksgiving shopping and knock out some gifts. I felt so awful and was hurting so bad from being on my feet that I ended up sitting in the car while Clint did it. I cried and cried last night because yet again I had to watch Valerie so Clint could do some work. I felt bad and just wanted to lie down and rest! Val has not been sleeping well, so neither have I. I already watched her Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night, on top of the 10 days Clint was in Canada. I was looking forward to a night off. At 5:00 Clint springs it on me that he has ALL this work and school work (that was due Saturday) still left to finish. I don't get why he played around all day Saturday and Sunday instead of using that time to finish his work. Anyway, that's another story.
Tomorrow will be a first... I managed to convince my parents to keep Valerie ALL DAY for me. I'm going to drop her off over there early in the morning. Clint will pick her up on his way home. I am hoping to get some shopping done. Hoping.


We put up most of our Christmas decorations over the weekend. We still have a few things left to do. I ended up running to the dollar store to pick up some more unbreakable ornaments for our tree. I have a feeling Valerie is going to be all over the tree this year. She's already pulled off several things. Clint hung most of the lights on the house. Poor Valerie though! I bought one of those 7ft inflatable Santas for our yard. Poor darlin' was SO scared of the thing! It must be a giant to her. She screamed and screamed when she saw it. I kept her far far away and pointed out over and over Santa's arm up meant he was waving "HI"! And I gave him a "high five" a few times. Now she says "hi Santa! High five!" when she sees him. LOL!
I am not going anywhere or doing anything today... so hopefully we will have a better (good?) day....


Friday, November 17, 2006

TMX Elmo

http://cgi.ebay.com/TMX-Elmo-Tmx_W0QQitemZ250050493672QQihZ015QQcategoryZ95267QQtcZphotoQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Now, why didn't I think of this?? Actually, I wonder who
in their right mind would pay $45 for a
PHOTOGRAPH of a TMX Elmo??????????

Finally....

Clint IS home.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

I have no idea how single moms do it. The past few days have not been the easiest. I couldn't imagine doing this 24/7 by myself. Sure, I've been on my own for weeks before and things were just fine. It was tough, but I managed to handle it. Now though is another story. I can't keep up. I'm struggling to keep up the bare minimum and it is exhausting me. Valerie never stops! I'm tending to her as best as I can. I'm trying to rest when I can, but there is always something that needs to be done. And I move so slowly everything takes twice as long as it normally would. If I do too much... ouch ... I hurt so bad. I'm doing what I can as best as I can.... it's all I can do. It's so lonely. Today I neither saw nor talked to anyone. Clint normally works long hours, but I so look forward to him coming home every night. Even if I just see him for a few hours, it's better than not at all.

My mom totally freaked yesterday because I didn't answer her IM right away. Then she called and there was no answer. She even bothered Clint in Canada, who told her I had mentioned going grocery shopping. That wasn't good enough. They hopped in the car and drove 40 miles to my house to check on me. I had just gotten home from the store when they drove up. Then she was mad because I had gone to Wal-Mart and didn't tell them. I wasn't aware that I had to report my every move! Geez. I know she was just worried, but that is a bit extreme.


Here's what Clint is seeing in Canada! Check out the snow...


Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Well, Clint left about 5:30 this morning. I've been up since 4:30! Clint needed to print his boarding passes, and the printer kept jamming. Valerie had shoved a plastic letter in it. Clint didn't have time to mess with it, so I got up to print them for him. And I've been up ever since. I don't plan on doing much of anything today!!

I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping! I only have my parents left to buy for, which I am clueless about. Clint got his big gift yesterday - a new bbq grill. It's one of those professional huge stainless grills. It was on clearance at Lowe's, so I told him if that's what he wanted to go get it. So he did! I have a few other surprise things for him. Valerie is done - I think! We got her a toy kitchen, a tea set, a shopping cart with groceries, a doll, another newborn doll with accessories, a drum, and a bouncing Tigger. I'll probably end up picking up a few more small things for her. I haven't decided what will be birthday and what will be Christmas just yet!
Well, I just found the cute butterfly border on ebay!! It's a bit cheaper than anywhere else I've seen. So this is probably going to be what we go with. I just love all the colors.



Monday, November 06, 2006

Thanks for all the input on the wallpaper!! I have a feeling I'll end up going with butterflies. I actually found a few others that I like. I think I'll stop looking. LOL! The butterfly one is the cheapest, and still will cost $50. That's a lot considering I did the other room for about $21! As long as it's good until Val is 10 or so, I think it'll work.

Clint is leaving tomorrow morning for Canada. I know it's not the end of the world and it's just for 10 days, but I'll still be sad to see him go. I'll deal with it. It's going to be so cold up there!! Clint should get lots of snow pics.

Today I had an appointment to get the prenatal massage some friends had given me for my birthday in August. Niiiiice! I had gotten one when I was PG with Valerie, but this one was so much better. She pin pointed exactly where my back aches from time to time saying she could feel the ligaments. No doubt it will probably get worse as I get bigger. The therapist kept saying how tiny I was and she couldn't believe I'm 5 months along! Weird, because I am SO much bigger at this point than I was with Val. And I'm already SO uncomfortable. I feel HUGE! Even my maternity jeans are almost too tight.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Input needed!

*Attention Everyone!!**

I need some input!! So everyone reading - even you lurkers - please post what you think or email me. melliemelo@gmail.com

I am having a hard time deciding what to do in Valerie's new room. I really want to put up a wallpaper border since I really liked what it added to Val's... um soon to be Veronica's room. Today we went to Lowe's and they have samples of my top picks, and I'm not entirely sure which one I like the best! I really want to fix up her room nice. I don't want to do "good for now". I want it done right so we won't have to do it over later!


The walls are sort of a neutral cream color with a teeny hint of pink. The pic is from when we were painting! I'd like to either paint one wall a different color (the one behind her bed), or paint the bottom half of the wall (below the border) a darker shade of pink.





Here's my fav borders so far: (if you click the pic you can see a larger version!)




1. I'm really leaning towards this one. Val loves butterflies. I like the colors in this one too. The green isn't as bright in person. I'm thinking this one would probably be easiest to find matching accessories.




2. This one is just SO cute! Val loves cats and meows whenever she sees one. She likes bees too.... and it has butterflies! But I'm not sure if it's something she'd outgrow faster than just the plain butterflies. I could still use butterfly accessories though... but I'm worried the cats all over might be a bit much.






3. This one is cute... I think I prefer the other two. I do like the colors in this one. And it has bugs, bees, flowers, and butterflies! It's not too baby-ish and it would be fine for when she's older too. I just sort of threw this one in to get opinions!
Clint is leaving for Canada in two days. And I'm just sitting here bawling about it. Stupid, I know. I'm just so tired. I am not looking forward to the days and nights ahead. Valerie is generally such a good girl, but she tires me out. I have no energy these days. I'm just thinking about having to take care of her, myself, the animals, and the house for almost two weeks ... *sigh* I could go to my mom's for a night or two. But I have to bring so much crap over there. By the time I pack my clothes, personal items, and Valerie's clothes... plus I have to bring Val's bath stuff, groceries (Yes, I have to bring snacks, juice, milk, sippy cups, etc.), diapers, a few toys, etc... I'm just worn out thinking about getting all of that together and loading the car. I just don't have the energy and it'd be easier to just stay here. I know I'll get through it. I always do somehow.

Friday, November 03, 2006

The name....

Still thinking... and it may change... but for now...

Veronica Leigh Galliano

Thursday, November 02, 2006

secrets...

There are good secrets. There are bad secrets. There are secrets that are meant to be shared. There are hurtful secrets. There are deep dark secrets that should never see the light of day. (Everyone has a few skeletons in their closet, right?) But purposely keeping information from others... supposedly (?) the kind that could cause harm at some point.... what kind of secret is that? What's the point of flat out saying "I know something you might need to know but don't... and I'm keeping it from you." Why drop vague, mysterious hints that lead nowhere. Really though, what is there to gain by mentioning it at all... Why not keep it just that, a secret. A silent secret. Instead of upsetting me... leaving me wondering.... waiting... ?? I don't get it.

Who do you trust... really. Is it even about trust?? I've had many failed friendships. I won't lie and pretend I was the best friend possible to all of them. Or deny that some ended by no one's fault but my own. But then there are the ones who tried to steal your boyfriends. Or steal from you. Or the ones who were only your friends when it was convenient for them. The "friends" who called you as a last resort when no one else was available. The ones who talked behind your back. Or the best of all : a friend in need is your friend indeed! Eventually I'd get tired of making an effort and move on. Yes, there was always some hurt and disappointment. Some of it I will carry with me for life. I will NEVER forget what those two girls did/said to me in the sixth grade. But I'd always go back to being just me again, and do my own thing. You would think that at some point women would outgrow this stuff. Here I am at 34 years old, and I still see it. Maybe not directly involving me, but it happens. I just don't have time for games in my life anymore. And now that my child(ren) are involved, I really can't go there.

So, memo to everyone: be my friend all the time.... or not at all.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

20 weeks!


Trick Or Treat!


After four non-stop days, today I am doing as little as possible!
Last night was fun. Valerie was being SO fussy while we were getting ready. She wanted outside, she wanted to be held, she wanted everything she couldn't have. Clint carved the pumpkin with a cat face on it, and she LOVED it. We had it sitting on the counter, and she threw a fit when we tried to leave the kitchen. LOL! She kept meowing at it... cute. Finally, it was time to trick-or-treat! We pulled her in the wagon from house to house. We just went around the block and skipped quite a few houses and she STILL got a ton of candy. She did great though and kept pointing out decorations and things along the street. She never did say trick-or-treat though, and I worked with her on that all month! We were back home about 6:40 and I sorted through her candy and re-gave what we didn't want. Val was so wired. She saw all the people walking and she wanted to walk too. I walked with her a bit down the street and back, and we stayed out in the yard for quite a while. I was exhausted!! I had to lure her inside to take a bath because I just couldn't keep up anymore. Clint gave out the rest of the candy and that was our night!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Monday, October 30, 2006


No more road trips for me!! We spent the weekend in Lafayette to take Valerie to see Sesame Street Live. She did really well for this being her first live show. She was having a blast just being in the Cajundome seeing all the people! I think she was scared when the show first began. It was dark and really loud. She got quiet and kept looking around. We were sitting near the speakers too, and I think having the sound coming from our left but the characters in front of us threw her off a bit. She watched the whole show though! After about 45 minutes, she warmed up and started clapping and naming the characters. My biggest complaint is the merchandise prices! I would have loved to get Valerie an Elmo balloon, but I wasn't about to pay $8 for a balloon that will be "dead" in a few days!! Valerie hasn't caught on to ask for that stuff yet. I figured there will be plenty of time for that in the future when she's old enough to ask / beg for for stuff!!

As for me, gosh I felt just horrible yesterday. I guess it was a combination of the drive, having a busy day, and not sleeping that great in a hotel. I really would have liked to do some shopping, but I just wanted to get home. I just don't have the energy to handle doing things like that right now. I still feel pretty bad today. I won't be going on anymore overnight trips for a while.


Last chance!

Get your guesses in now! And to all you lurkers out there (I know you're out there!) , you can do it anonymously!!! SO get in your gender guesses before tomorrow afternoon!!!!

http://www.expectnet.com/games/Galliano2

Friday, October 27, 2006

Ugh, I feel awful today. I hardly slept last night. I woke up about 3am and it was hours before I went back to sleep. Clint was snoring. My back was aching. Then Valerie woke up screaming, so we brought her in our bed. So with the aching, snoring, Val kicking and whining in her sleep.... I was wide awake. I think I dozed off between 5 and 6am. The weather woke me up at 6:30, so I gave up and just got up after that. *yawn* Not a good day...

Tomorrow we are taking Valerie to Lafayette to see Sesame Street Live!!! I can't wait. I know she is going to love it. I got us 3rd row seats so she'll see all the characters up close. We've decided to spend the night since Clint gets cheap rates at the Hilton through work. It's going to be such a long day as it is, and I know I will be exhausted!! We'll be able to rest instead of making the 2 hour drive home. And maybe we can squeeze in a little shopping...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Pics and other stuff

We've been working on teaching Valerie her colors. So far, everything is "BLUE" until you tell her otherwise. She was sitting at the table eating lunch, and pointed to the table top and said "Blue!" I told her no that's brown! Val says "brown?", paused for a second, and says "BEAR!! RAAAAH!" LOL! I'm truly amazed that she associated the color brown with a bear!

I took her to the lake today in hopes of getting some good pictures in a new dress. I must have taken 80-100 pics, and only a handfull are decent. She would not cooperate! All she wanted to do was hold my mom's hand and walk. My mom would let go, and Val would demand "HAND!!" My mom had to hide behind a tree so I could take a few pictures. Even then, Val was calling 'Mee mee! w-are yoooo?" (where are you?) It was funny, but I was getting so aggravated. It was hot and I was tired!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Ho Ho Ho!

I wanted to drop by and let everyone involved know (you know who you are!!) that Valerie's birthday party is going to be December 17th!! That's right, a party is in the works already. It's a busy time of year, so mark your calendars now!!!
Hope to see you all there,
Santa

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Just having one of those days....

I am not feeling well today. I'm just.... exhausted. My body is tired. My mind is tired. Valerie is being so whiney and clingy. Plain old CRANKY. She hasn't been sleeping as good as she normally does. A few nights ago she was wide awake from 1am - 4am wanting to play!! Last night she whined and cried so much, even after we put her in bed with us. I'm wondering if she has teeth working their way out. Molars are pretty difficult. I am just getting so frustrated with the constant whining though. I hate that I get mad at her, but it's driving me up the wall. I know it's not her fault. She's just a little girl. Tonight I was thinking about how it has been so long since I have done anything for myself. I need a break. It's been impossible to do anything being so sick. I have no energy to do anything. I'm already dreading the two weeks Clint will be in Canada. I can only imagine how tough it will be when I'll have TWO little ones to care for and Clint is away on a trip. I keep thinking about all the things we need to do before the baby comes. I feel so overwhelmed by everything. How will we ever get it all done... Valerie loves babies, but how will she react to having one in our house? Will she be jealous? I hate that I may be taking attention away from her. I know our alone mommy-daughter time together is limited, and I want to enjoy every sweet moment with her. Just the two of us. I feel so guilty for being so sick and not spending time with her as I should. I know things will be FINE in the end. People do this all the time! I guess part of it is that I'm an only child, so I don't know what it is like to have a sibling.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Who wants to play!!!

http://www.expectnet.com/games/Galliano2

And a belly comparison. I do have a bit more flab around the middle now, so I think that is why I look more "round" this time!! But some say that means BOY!!




As for me... I am starting to lean more towards BOY! But then again, this pregnancy so far has been almost exactly the same as it was with Valerie. I feel the same, the sickness slacked off the exact same week, weight gain is the same, I look almost the same, food aversions are the same! Not that any of that REALLy means anything, of course! LOL!!

Y'all have less than two weeks to make your guesses!!!!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Oh Canada...

It looks like Clint will be traveling to Canada for two weeks in November. *sigh*

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Leave it to my child to want to sleep in the strangest place!! For the past couple of nights, she has quietly crawled up on the cedar chest at the foot of our bed and gone to sleep. All by herself! It does have a cushion on the top, but it can't be that comfortable. Of course we didn't leave her there. We moved her to her crib before we went to sleep. But isn't that funny? Even during the day she lays there to watch TV. Maybe we are closer to moving her to a toddler bed than we think! And what's even stranger... notice how her feet are hanging off the edge? Clint sleeps like that. He can't stand to have his feet covered. We had to buy a bed with out a footboard because Clint likes putting his feet off the edge of the bed while he sleeps. Definitely daddy's girl....

Sunday, October 15, 2006

We took Valerie to the pumpkin patch yesterday. She absolutely loved it!! I tried my best to get some pictures, but she would not sit still long enough or look at the camera. She threw the biggest fit when we tried to leave. Normally we would have stayed longer, but I was starting to feel pretty bad. When we left the house it was fairly cool so I wore jeans. By the time we got to the patch it was 80 degrees!! And being in my condition, I can not tolerate being hot. We more or less had to leave.

And so far today has been another all day sick day for me. *cries*





Saturday, October 07, 2006

I am so completely exhausted!! For the first time in MONTHS, we spent the day running around town. Shopping, at that! And.... I actually felt good enough to handle it!! I still feel okay... just completely drained. We went to Shoe Carnival, Goody's, Felger's Footwear, Marshalls, had lunch at Applebee's, then to Ross, and finally we walked the whole mall. Whew. It was a great day to get out of the house. I. am. completely. drained!!! But anything is better than being sick.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

update

I'm happy to report that my dad's surgery went very well. Better than anticipated actually! Originally it was going to take 2 hours. They were done in 45 minutes! And he was supposed to spend the night in the hospital, but he was doing so well they discharged him this afternoon. He's in a lot of pain, but it will take time for the incision to heal. I'm just relieved that he is going to be okay.

I do have to say that I am very disappointed. Not one person called to check on him. My aunt and uncle stayed with my mom in the surgery waiting room. Other than them, no one called to check on him. No other family or friends checked in. Probably the worst of all --- not even my husband. He KNEW I was worried about my dad. Not to make this about me, but he knows how sick I am and how hard it is for me to get out of the house. Especially with Valerie in tow with no help. Not once did he offer to come to the hospital with us. Which I can understand, because he does have to work. I reminded him Monday about my dad's surgery. He never said another word about it. My husband did not even call me today to see how things went!!! Did not call to see if my dad was okay! My dad is going on 74 years old, so just about any proceedure has some risk to it. I think everyone knows that my parents go above and beyond for us. If Clint were the one having surgery, both of my parents would show concern about him. If it were someone in his family, I would have been there by his side. If nothing else, he could have text messaged me. His excuse? He forgot. He didn't realize it was Wednesday / surgery day until lunchtime when I still wasn't logged onto Yahoo IM. Whatever. It just shows you... who can you depend on?? No one. No one at all.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

My dad is having surgery at 6am tomorrow, so PLEASE send good thoughts his way!!

Monday, October 02, 2006

On October 31, 2006 at about 1:00 we will find out if Valerie is getting a baby brother or a sister!!
Yesterday was a really really bad day. *sigh* I haven't felt that sick in a while.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

I'm pretty sure I've felt the baby move a few times!!! It's very faint, but I definitely felt something!!

I've been very sick the past few days. It seems neverending. Being sick for so long is really wearing me down. There isn't much I can do about it though except keep hoping and praying it passes soon. I go back to the doctor tomorrow.

We managed to knock out some of Valerie's Christmas shopping over the weekend! I can't wait for the holidays. It's going to be so much fun watching her. Her big gift is a play kitchen set. We also got her a baby doll that cries and came with clothes and feeding accessories. I think that will be good practice for when the baby is born! I bought her a drum since she loves to bang on things. Val fell in LOVE with this bouncing Tigger toy at Wal-Mart, so Clint just HAD to get it for her. I want to give it to her NOW so bad. She LOVES it so much... hugging it and kissing it through the box! "TIG-GAH" she cries over and over. SO sweet.... but I picked it up for her birthday / Christmas. I have a few other little things in mind for her, but at least we now have a head start on shopping!!

Friday, September 29, 2006

People can be so unbelievably rude. I know my hormones are going bonkers and I may be easily offended, but rude is just that... rude!!!! That's all I'm gonna say about that. Well, whatever. I know what to do next time.

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Anyway... I'm still sick off and on. Today is just yucky for me. It's a shame because it's GORGEOUS outside. And I feel too bad to keep up with Valerie.

Monday, September 25, 2006

I really wish I could be one of those happy pregnant women. You know, the ones you see happily bouncing around the baby section of the store. Joyfully picking out baby things planning for their child's arrival. Smiling. Happy. Glowing with excitement. Not that I don't feel any of those things, because I do. I'm just this miserable complaining lump. It's hard to show any kind of happiness when you feel like crap. I had four good, decent days. I managed to do a little much needed cleaning. I even went *gasp* shopping one day. Of course I was completley exhausted, but far from sick. It didn't last. I'm back to being sick. I felt "ok" today. It's gorgeous outside. Valerie and I went to the dollar store right down the road from our house. We weren't gone longer than 15 or 20 minutes, but when we got back I was completely wiped out. And I started feeling sicker.. and sicker... and sicker. *sigh* And I was sick most of the weekend too.... Even taking Phenergan is not helping much. I know it's going to get better eventually.... I hope it's soon. For my sake and my family's sake.

OH NO

Be afraid.... be very afraid....


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There are wild TIGGERS on the loose!!!


Thursday, September 21, 2006

21 months old!

A special "HELLO" to all the Bon Jovi fans visiting from http://www.bonjovifrance.net/ !!!!! Isn't Bon Jovi awesome? (there's just one small correction in the translation -- Love Bugs are not MOSQUITOES!)
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Valerie is 21 months old today! My baby is getting closer and closer to two years old. It makes me sad but also it is wonderful watching her grow and learn. She amazes us each day with all she is accomplishing. She's the sweetest little girl always giving us hugs and kisses. It's so cute how she walks into the room and says "Hi Mommy," all full of grins and giggles. She picks up on new words so fast. She can count to 5, but after that gets stuck on 8 and 9. LOL! She recognizes quite a few of her letters. If you ask her to sing a song, she starts singing "A B C D E" but then gets a little lost and mixes up her letters. Val hasn't quite mastered her colors yet, but we are working on that. She loves to sing "row row row your boat" and "moon moon moon." She can't sing the whole song but she knows when to chime in with the parts she knows! She's such a joy and we love her so much!!

In other news... I haven't been sick in TWO days!!!! After throwing up every day for NINE weeks, everything I've eaten has stayed down for the past two days. I hope the trend continues!! I don't feel 100%, but I don't expect I will until March. I'll take it though.

As requested... you know who you are!!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Update

This morning was pretty rough. I woke up about 6am after hearing Val stiring over the monitor. And I was STARVING! Of course, I couldn't eat since I was going in for the gallbladder check. I ended up throwing up / dry heaving twice before I left for my appointment. Not fun. With my sore throat (yes I woke up with a sore throat yesterday) I was dying for something to drink... which I couldn't have that either. By the time 9am rolled around I felt just AWFUL and couldn't wait to get it over with. Luckily they were on time. And more good news -- they found nothing wrong! My gallbladder is normal. So, apparently I am just sick. I finally got a prescription for Phenergan!! Lovely phenergan which will put me to sleep but also lessen the puking. My doctor said if I keep losing weight (I've lost 2-3 lbs, gained them back, lost them again...) I might have to go in the hospital. I definitely don't want that. She wants me back in two weeks to see if I'm any better.

Tune into Oprah Wednesday!!!!

This segment is going to air on Oprah Wednesday! It was taped not far from my house.


Giving Love a Good Name
Rock star struts down local street


HOUMA -- Jon Bon Jovi said south Louisiana's hurricane victims share an agony unknown to anyone else, but he's doing what he can to help.The rock star strutted down a local street Sunday afternoon to hand-deliver house keys to 18 families who will move into homes built through a $1 million donation he made to Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network after Hurricane Katrina. The musician's visit gave residents of the Bayou Blue community's Bon Jovi Boulevard an unexpected chance to personally thank the roadway's namesake for their new homes. "I didn't expect him to come," said Angela Graham, who plans to move her family this week into her Bon Jovi Boulevard home. "It was good to hug him and tell him thank you and let him know how grateful we are."The band Bon Jovi and the nonprofit Angel Network worked with Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity to sponsor 28 homes in the Bayou Blue community. The homes are going to hurricane victims, including those from Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. "You put a face to the devastation and you see the desperate mothers, fathers, and grandparents, and you want to make a difference," Bon Jovi said. "I'm a firm believer in actions speak louder than words."

The rocker visited the Bayou Blue neighborhood this weekend to tape a segment to be aired later this month on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Staff with the Angel Network said the exact air date hasn't been determined yet. The show willfeature Bon Jovi surprising local families with their house keys.The families live on Bon Jovi Boulevard, which seemed to please the rock star, said Jeanne Autin, executive director of Bayou Area Habitat."I think he was honored and privileged to have a street named 'Bon Jovi Boulevard,' " she said.A street in Bon Jovi's hometown of Sayreville, N.J., also featured his name, but the roadway was eventually renamed after too many street signs were stolen, he said.The rocker walked the local street Sunday in sunglasses, jeans and a black T-shirt, swatting at the steady stream of love bugs fluttering too close to his famous hair.Bon Jovi said the best part of his trip to Houma involved "meeting the people, putting the faces on my dream.""I think it was awesome for a guy to just give his money away to people who really need it," said Samuel Hall, Graham’s fiance. "It was just awesome to be able to thank him in person."Autin said the families showered the musician with gratitude."They hugged, they kissed, they told him, 'thank you,' they said, 'God bless you,'" Autin said.Graham, Hall and their three girls, ages 6, 3, and 1, have been living in a Thibodaux garage since shortly after Hurricane Katrina forced the family from their Kenner home."To have a home," Graham stressed. "I came out with so much more than I had before the storm." Her daughters are excited about the three-bedroom house, especially her oldest child "because she really understands," Graham said.Bon Jovi said he knew he could trust Winfrey to get his donation to those in need, and liked the idea of such a diverse pair working together to impact people's lives. A white, male rocker and a black, female talk-show host seemed about as diverse a team as possible, he said."I don't see skin color. I see people who need help," he said.As of now, there are no plans for Winfrey to visit the site, said Angel Network staff.The Angel Network neighborhood is part of Bayou Area Habitat's "Building Blitz on the Bayou," the group's campaign to build 100 homes in Terrebonne and Lafourche for hurricane victims by the end of this year. The organization has 54 homes completed or under construction in Bayou Blue, including the 28 sponsored by Bon Jovi and the Angel Network. The site, near the intersection of La. 316 and Bayou Blue Bypass Road, is one of Habitat International's first large hurricane-relief projects, said national Habitat leaders.As with any Habitat home, the families must pay for the homes and work a certain number of hours building them, Autin said.Ken Meinert, senior vice president of Operation Home Delivery, Habitat for Humanity International's hurricane-relief project, said the organization has 412 homes completed or under construction along the Gulf Coast in partnership with hurricane-affected families. The group plans to reach 1,000 homes by next year, Meinart said. Of Habitat's 20 hurricane-relief sites, "this is a real jewel," Meinert said of the Bayou Blue location. The site has drawn about 1,500 volunteers so far, with out-of-state and foreign teams receiving critical help from local groups."The local support means so much to us," he said.The community's residents, a mix of bayou folk and former city dwellers, seemed to have already bonded as neighbors, Meinert said."All of us are really a good community," agreed Hall.The celebrities not only sponsored the homes, but also furnished and landscaped them through donations made by the general public. They also landscaped homes sponsored by other groups. In addition, the Angel Network and the band garnered a sponsorship from Sprint that added a "first-class" playground to the subdivision, Autin said.Bon Jovi added he wants to lead by example. He said his contribution to hurricane-relief efforts spurred others to donate labor, furniture, and other items needed to complete the houses.Bon Jovi said he's made a number of tour stops in south Louisiana, but couldn't recall if he had ever visited the Houma-Thibodaux area. When asked if he'd sampled the local cuisine and culture, he replied, "Many times, of course I have."The toughest part of his visit here?"The love bugs, baby," he said, swiping at another pair of the pesky insects.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Thankfully the accident wasn't as bad as it could have been. When Clint realized what was happening, he managed to react quickly and turn to avoid a direct hit to the driver's side of the other car. The other car had a dented front fender. Clint's CRV is banged up on the passenger side. The doors won't open, but it's driveable. It would have been bad if he would have smashed into driver's door at 55mph. THANK GOD no one was hurt and both vehicles are repairable!

How ironic is it that in 2004 I was 9 or 10 weeks PG with Valerie when Clint was in a 5 car pile up in Houston. He had bought 4 brand new tires the week before only to total the vehicle. Here I am, 13 weeks PG and he's in another accident out of town. And the tires on the CRV are less than two months old. Clint even said he was scared to buy new tires again since his car was totaled right after! Talk about jinxing yourself.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Well, Clint was just in a wreck. He ran a red light (going 55mph) and somebody hit him. Luckily he's not hurt.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

13 weeks!!

Hello second trimester. I am hoping and praying that I get some relief from this sickness soon. It doesn't seem there is an end to it though. :-( I am still sick every day. I still feel bad most of the time. I am getting so depressed. I'm so upset about all the things I want to do but just can't handle. Clint reminded me the other day that his 20 year high school reunion is coming up. He has been talking about this reunion for at least two years!!! I just cried and cried because now he will miss it because of me. I feel so awful about it. I wanted to rejoin the community choir, but I doubt I can handle the drive and late night practices. I haven't taken Valerie to any playgroup stuff in so long. I'm letting her down too. *sigh* Being so sick for so long is just really bringing me down and I don't know what to do about it.
I thought that people who worked in the medical profession did so because they wanted to HELP people. Apparently that is not the case, at least not in Morgan City, Louisiana. My dad was diagnosed with a hernia. It is more serious than a normal hernia as it is internal and has prolapsed into his colon. His doctor actually called and told the results to my mom while my dad was driving home from the appointment. The doctor said my dad needed surgery immediately!! Over the next two days, my dad put in four calls to this doctor to ask questions and not ONE was returned. He also tried contacting the most well known (and for years the only) surgeon in Morgan City. Each time he was busy, not available, not there... My mom even asked the girl answering the phone if that meant they should just go out of town to have the surgery and the girl replied " I guess so!" WTF?? Next my mom tried our family doctor. She explained the situation to them and how my dad needed a referral to the surgeon because he wasn't getting anywhere. After being on hold for quite a while, she was finally told the next available appointment was in ONE WEEK and my dad should just go to the emergency room if he needed to. FINALLY my dad got the name of a new surgeon that comes to town twice a week. He was given an appointment for Tuesday. No telling how long it will take to schedule the surgery, as the doctor is only in town on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Isn't that just ridiculous???? What if something happens to him between now and then? Dad is in need of medical care, but can't get it because of the idiots who don't care.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Everybody...

PLEASE keep my Dad in your thoughts and prayers. It looks like he will be having surgery this week or the beginning of next week.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

We've been telling and showing Valerie there's a baby in mommy's tummy. I'll raise my shirt a little and point saying "baby." Yesterday I asked her "Valerie, where's the baby?" and raised my shirt some. She came over and patted my belly saying "baby!" then leaned over and KISSED MY TUMMY!!!! It was the sweetest thing.

Friday, September 01, 2006