Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Friday evening, I got the kids ice cream. The vanilla was so mushy, it was like soft serve. I thought the kids left the freezer door open. Saturday morning, we were getting ready for Braden's Upward basketball game, and I opened the freezer to get some cold packs out. Thank goodness it was our week for snacks and drinks, or I wouldn't have even got in the freezer. Well, I noticed the boxes were getting soggy, and it was warm.

I panicked. The fridge went out. Ricky and I grabbed the steaks and 2 gallons of milk we bought that morning and put them in the stand up freezer. The good news is that we saved a lot of food. We did throw some things away and give our fridge a good ol' cleaning out. After working on it, vacuuming under the fridge, using an air compressor and cleaning off the fan/compressor, we noticed that the compressor and fan still were not coming on. We went to Walmart and got bags of ice and another cooler.

So, we are still living out of two coolers. One is for drinks, and the other is for the fridge food. If we didn't have the stand up freezer, I think it would be way worse. So, I think we may just buy a less expensive model. We have the baby coming in 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 weeks, depending on whether he arrives on his own or at the scheduled c-section. We may just make that our garage fridge in a few years when we decide to buy another fridge. I'm thinking that with 4 kids, especially 4 BOYS, you can never have enough food in the freezer/fridge. Plus, if I continue coupon shopping and cake making, I always need a place to store ingredients/stockpiled items.

I have two cakes to make this weekend. I threw out the eggs, because I don't want to take a chance. The butter is in the freezer for now. It's just bad timing. I know there's a lesson that God's trying to teach us. Ricky seems to think it's about having more money in our emergency fund. I am not sure. I am thankful that it's just the fridge. Seriously, there are so many more things that could happen, and this is minor compared to those. I know one day we will look back on this and laugh. It might not be very soon, because I am panicking a little that we have to buy a fridge when I need a bathtub for the baby, side sleeper, sling, baby clothes, etc., but hey....God will take care of us. He always does! Maybe it's in His timing. We just have to find the lesson He is wanting us to learn.

RIP GE Side by Side Refrigerator : Jan. 7, 2003 -- Jan. 9, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009

Countdown to Quatro

Quatro is sort of a nick name that we call the baby. That, and Ocho-cinco...jokingly guessing he will be 8 lbs 5 oz. The doctor said that's a pretty good guess considering he's almost 4 pounds now, but that's average. That would make him the biggest. My guys ranged from 7 lbs 2 oz to 7 lbs 11 1/2 oz. In length, they ranged from 18 inchs to 21 inches.

So, D-Day has been set for March 2nd. It's a Monday. My sister is going to be working. Mom is supposed to be working, and the kids have school. I'm hoping that the little guy decides to show up the week before on his own. The doctor said he wouldn't do the c-section any earlier, but if I go on my own, it's okay. So, I just want to make it through Braden's birthday party, which should be February 20th weekend. His birthday is February 23rd. So, the 24th or later, I'm good. Ashton was born at 37 weeks, but the other guys were right around 39 weeks. We'll see what happens. God knows when he's coming, and we will be ready no matter what!

Friday, January 2, 2009

10 year anniversary

Happy 10 year anniversary to us!! Ricky and I were married 10 years ago today. It's amazing how fast that time flew by. Here are 10 things I love about Ricky. Happy Anniversary, Babe!

1. He does most of the cooking, and he's good at it.
2. He helps me clean.
3. He works 2 jobs and doesn't complain about it.
4. He is a good dad to our 3 boys (and one on the way).
5. He almost always lets me choose the restaurant.
6. He reads his bible and encourages me.
7. He puts up with my worrying and planning everything and tells me to just pray about it!
8. He will gladly give up watching a football game to play with his kids!
9. He puts up with me (this is a full time job).
10. He loves me no matter what!

Here's to the next 10 years and more. Thanks for hanging in there with me! I love you!!