Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Yes folks, it's 4:15 in the morning and I am posting to the blog. Adam is a very heavy sleeper. By heavy I mean it takes me several taps and hits and calling his name out before he wakes up. This morning however, He heard something and woke me up. It kind of startled me because he jumped up and said what's that noise. He walked towards the kitchen turning the hallway/laundry room light on and peeked around the kitchen corner to look around and there he saw it. A stinking THIRD field mouse had its hind legs stuck to a glue trap and was using it front legs to move in our kitchen. It had gotten from the sink to in the middle of our table (we have a round table that is bamboo straw type wood tied together etc. The glue trap, however, wouldn't make it through to the middle of the table due to the pattern. Adam got another glue trap and stuck it under it somehow and then tried using a paper bowl to make itself stick to it. But it wasn't having it. So he got a third one and threw on top of it. Yes I watched the whole time in fear that it was going to get off the trap and run around my house.

The next part gets if you get grossed out or are already as I am...don't read on.

He then used pliers to push down on top of the glue trap to make sure it was good and smashed because I told him I couldn't sleep listening to it yelp all night. He pushed down until it didn't yelp or move anymore. All I could see was glue traps. I then left the room because I didn't want to see him cut the tail to be able to throw it away. I'm not sure how he did it, but he bleached what he used and its in a Ziploc bag in case he has to use it again and the lovely mouse is in the dumpster! I think I want a cat...and I am not a fan of cats at all by any means...

I got back in bed and tried to go back to sleep, but couldn't. Visions of mice danced in my head. At 5:30 Adam got out of bed, got dressed and went to Walmart to get more glue traps, steel wool and I have no clue what else. I stayed in bed, turned on Amazing Race from Sunday, Started a load of laundry, folded clothes, etc. Then when Adam got home, he started using spray foam stuff to fill in cracks, put glue traps all over the kitchen and bathroom (we have luckily only seen them in the kitchen) and taped off all the vents from the air conditioner. I don't want another one getting in my house. I feel so violated. I swept the floor, mopped and sprayed everything down with clorox anywhere. I still feel like it isn't clean enough. Today after work, he is going to clean up outside to get all the trash from the neighbors picked up. After Adam finished checking everything and trying to ease my stress and fears, he showered and headed to work. I plan to finish with the laundry quick and head to mom and dads for the day. However, Adam says they are nocturnal and if that's the case maybe I should be spending nights at mom and dads instead of days, but I am headed to Caryn's soon to help her with a few things so Adam will be here with the Mice. He plans to do a lot of exterminating while I'm gone.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Field Mouse number 2 decided to come and envade our house. We walked in tonight from Mom's house and I said it stinks and Adam said, it smells like the trash and that he would take it out. He pulled the garbage can out to pull the trash bag out and found a little mouse stuck to the glue trap and said that is probably what is stinking. It looks as though it has been there for a day or so. I was finally getting over the feeling of being vandalized I guess you could say and now it is back.

I don't want to use rat poison and found a mouse randomly somewhere in my house or not find it until the smell leads me to it. Adam said it looks like we are catching them almost as soon as they get in because there is no poop or traces of them anywhere and boy did I make him look everywhere! Any ideas on how to get rid of the nasty things? Anything that goes outside has to be kid and pet friendly, but what works? HELP!

Thursday, October 22, 2009


So after complaining about being poor I bought New Moon today at Target. I wanted something productive to do during Parker's naps and with the movie coming out, I NEED to read it (it's not a want, it's a need!) so I bought it. I felt guilty when I got home and told Adam I would bring it back, but he told me it could be my early Christmas Present.

Now I need to find Parker a yellow shirt...anyone know where to find a blank yellow shirt size 12-18 months? Anyone?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Parker Can Blow Raspberries

I was sitting on the couch minding my own business (that part is for you Kari!) and Parker came up to me and started blowing on my leg. I thought it was hilarious because he was doing it so long so I videoed it to share.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I'd Rather...

See a Spider than a Roach

See a Roach than a Mouse/Rat

Parker and I went to Lufkin with Mom, Kari and Matt so see Taylor for her birthday (it's on Wednesday). The ride home it was so cold. 53 degrees outside and Awna D (Mom) had the air conditioner on. I had them turn it off in the back half of the car, but I was still cold. I came home and told Adam I needed hot chocolate...

Rewind about two months....
I had seen what looked to be rat or mouse poop two pellets in the kitchen and two in the bathroom and called Adam at work to tell him that I wasn't happy about it. He stopped on his way home from work and got stuff to kill all the plants growing around our house outside, and mouse traps for the inside. He put one in the Kitchen under the counter by the microwave and three in the bathroom. One behind the toilet, one under the sink and one by the trash can. The one under the sink got toilet paper plastic bag stuck to it so I threw it away. We found out the toilet leaks and so the one behind the toilet was ruined and I threw it away a few days ago.

Fast forward to today...
I climb the gate and go into the kitchen to get a mug up over the microwave and glance down to see something moving. I don't like seeing things move. I am not a fan of any kind of bugs, rodents, critters, and most animals. There is a big fear of all of them for one reason or another. I look more careful and realize it is a mouse in the trap. It is a sticky trap and I know it can't get out and all I do is backup from it and tell Adam, "there is a mouse in the trap". He tells me to come back in the living room and goes into the kitchen and said it's just a field mouse. It's not that big of a deal. It's better than a rat. To me they are both equally the same. Adam threw it away and took it out to the dumpster. He said he could tell it hadn't been there long because he looked all along the walls and in cabinets for poop and there was none to be found. Here I am still paranoid three hours later. Having him check under and in everything we own. We even went to mom's for a little while. I am kinda scared to get in bed and close my eyes because of it. I feel like my entire house needs to be sanitized from top to bottom because of the little critter.

All I can say is NASTY!!! And that I would rather not see them or have them anywhere near my house. The cats that were hanging around my house last year around this time need to come back!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Do you ever feel stressed and depressed about life and things going on. I have been in a mood lately where I haven't wanted to do anything or see anyone. I am just fine with sitting in my living room in my pajamas after a workout and listening to a music channel or two. I don't think that I am falling back into a depression like I was a few years ago in Idaho where I literally sat in my room and slept a lot of the day. I just can't help it I guess. It's not that I'm embarrassed to have people come over to my dirty house, which is lately been kind of tidy and picked up. I just don't know what the deal is.

Then I start thinking about money and I get really depressed. Everything costs so much these days. $70 bucks to get my car registered in the county. $20 here, $5 there. We don't go out and do very many things because of this. Adam's birthday was the first time in months we had been to the theater. At restaurants, I tell Adam to get water instead of his precious Dr Pepper to save 1.50 to 2.50. We try to not go out to eat very often. We used to eat out a lot and I blame that on the fact that Adam is the pickiest eater and I hate cooking for him because everything I want or make, he doesn't like it seems. He does try everything and I give him props for that. But he never gets full off of what I cook because he doesn't like it.

It really sucks when you owe family members money and you can't afford to pay them back.

Or Halloween is coming up and you can't even afford a yellow shirt for your little boy to be Charlie Brown.

Or Christmas is coming and you are trying to think of cheap homemade gifts for everyone because you just can't afford it. Perhaps everyone in the family will be getting things made out of Popsicle sticks this year.

There are days I don't answer my phone because I just don't feel like talking. Sometimes it is because Parker has just gone to sleep in my arms after fighting it for hours it seems and you don't want to make a peep in fear of him waking up. Other times its just not wanting to talk.

You see game shows and talk show hosts giving away so much and you wish "Why couldn't that be me?"

I don't want to be rich. I just want to have enough to get by without being stressed about it.

Adam is in his last semester of school. When he graduates will he stay at Lamar? Will he try to get a higher paying job? What will we do? Will we have to move to Houston or Austin or Dallas or somewhere bigger to get a higher paying job?

I wanted to start trying for another baby soon, but we just can't afford it. Parker's formula is about $100 bucks a month. Plus diapers. We can't afford that for two kids.

There are several families that make less than we do. How do they manage? How do they make it look so easy?

I've worked since I was 16 and then was let go from my job last October because I was pregnant and supposedly sick all the time. I did have several bladder infections throughout my pregnancy and headaches a lot, but that didn't really keep me from working. I feel bad because I'm spending money, but not making any.

I told Adam yesterday that I just wanted to check the mailbox and there be money in it. Not even much. It's like every little bit helps you know? But there was no money. Not even a penny.

Our fridge stays mostly empty. It's not packed and crowded like my parents was growing up or even is now.

It's like you just want to curl up and cry. But you can't.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Parker Dancing

Here are some videos of Parker dancing today. I had the tv on one of the music stations and he stood up in front of the tv and started dancing. I love my sweet little boy!
The static or snow is from Parker changing the channel. One of the "perks" of having your tv so low I suppose.

Honestly I don't know what this song is. I kept changing the channel to find a song I liked and when he started dancing, I quit channel surfing to record him.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Someone requested to see pictures of Parker, so here are tons of pictures! Enjoy!

This is as close to the squinty face I could get on camera.
This is him saying "Mom enough pictures already!"

Who needs expensive toys when you have a diaper box and a rubber made bucket.

Hard to Believe he is 9 months old today! He is just shy of 30 inches tall! We go to the doctor next Tuesday so I'll report his stats then!

(remember it says 50 because it starts at 20)

They're Finally In

After months of thinking that Parker will get a tooth any day now, the day finally came. He bit my finger today and I noticed something hard in his mouth wondered what it was, but couldn't feel anything in his cheeks. I got him to open his mouth and there are two teeny tiny teeth on the bottom right in front! I don't know exactly when they busted through, but oh happy day!

Friday, October 9, 2009

I sit here on the little (well it's not so little) exercise bike trying to work off the dinner I ate and thinking about different things hoping the time will pass so I can get off and go sit on the couch with my husband and little boy who has yet to fall asleep. I hear him talking and playing in the living room and it just has me thinking a lot...

I can't believe I'm a mom to a 9 month old.

I can't believe that this time last year I was a college student and a wife and pregnant.

I can't believe that Adam is now a 25 year old as of today and this is his second birthday to celebrate since we have been married.

I can't believe we have been married a year and a half.

I can't believe we used to spend almost every waking moment at my mom's house and now we hardly see her.

I can't believe I have two sisters that randomly call me and want me to come over. We used to fight all the time as kids and now it's like we have become best friends.

I can't believe how I give into the peer pressure my sisters give me. And they can't say they don't pressure me. It's like I am so grateful for the invitations I get from them, that I don't want to turn them down or let them down.

I can't believe I just missed my little boys first steps sitting in here exercising. Aunt Squirt just walked in and I heard her say come give me a kiss and I hear everyone clapping and cheering and saying yay you did it! Then Matt and Adam come in and say he took a few steps.

I can't believe how OCD I have become over the years. If a cereal bag or chip back isn't turned down just right, I redo it. If something isn't clean enough I re-clean it. If something isn't folded just right, I refold it. It's not an intentional thing, I just do it. In fact, some friends of ours ask me how to fold the blankets when they are getting ready to leave so that I won't unfold it and refold it.

I can't believe how many flashbacks I have had lately to school but mostly to college in Idaho and being with my friends and all the good times and the bad. The laughs, the cries, the food, the parties, the diets, the exercises (mostly wasn't me sadly), the dates, the boyfriends, the crazy guys that randomly show up at your door, the roommates boyfriends always eating all your food, the walking to class together, walking to church together, just having fun being friends. I miss it sometimes. A reunion needs to happen soon I feel!

But then again, I can believe it. It has all happened. It has all changed my life in one way or another and I am happy with my life and how things turned out.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


I am so proud of myself. Adam bought the wii fit plus game to go with our wii fit to help us be healthier, lose weight, etc. He wasn't to lose about 20-30 lbs. I on the other hand want to lose about 80-100 lbs. We found a great website called that lets you put the food you eat and it keeps track of the calories, fat, carbs etc that you eat and gives you a guide at how much you should be eating a day all for free. They have a pro version that is 45 bucks a year that lets you put in your recipes for the week and it prints out a grocery list and lets you do more, but I'm not sure if I want to pay for it quite yet (because money is always tight).

Anyways. Monday night I worked out on it for 30 minutes (the new wii fit plus game tells you about how many calories you have lost doing each exercise including the ones on the first game and it doesn't lose any of your info from the first one). Then I got up Tuesday morning after Adam left for work and did it again for 45 minutes and did it again last night for 30-35 minutes. I got up this morning (not as early as yesterday) and rode the stationary bike Adam's dad is letting us use for 30 minutes. Tonight when Adam gets home and after we eat dinner I hope to be able to do a little bit more on the wii fit! I am hoping not to lose motivation doing this.

The new game has a bird eye bulls eye game and you are some type of bird and have to fly to a certain area so you have to flap your arms like a bird. I did it all three times on the wii fit and my arms are feeling it...maybe I can get rid of those "relief society arms"!

I'm not telling everyone to go out an buy it, but I do love it and think it's great!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Totally Random

I feel like nothing has been going on lately, but our lives have been crazy. Adam had the flu a few weeks ago. I kept him in our room for days because I didn't want Parker to get it. I spent the week cleaning everything from top to bottom daily. I went through so much Lysol and Clorox wipes. Adam got tired of staying in his room. We were all on meds.

Our nephew was blessed last weekend and it was fun to be together with our family minus Christopher (I really miss him...granted we don't always get along, but I haven't seen him in almost a year and before that almost another year). We then headed to Buna to see Adam's dad and step-mom. It is fun watching them interact with Parker because they rarely get to see him. It's hard to get up there on weekdays and on weekends, it seems if we are free they are busy. He got a little bruise on his forehead from falling, but all was fine. He is a tough kid.

This past week, we headed to Caryn's on Thursday to spend time with them. I walked into Caryn's office when we got there, handed him to her and said I had to pee after the long drive and a big ddp (diet dr pepper). He freaked out right when I handed him over. It broke my heart. Caryn and I have gotten really close over the past few years and for Parker to be like that made me so sad. We got to go eat lunch with Hunter and Taylor at school and see Tucker's daycare/preschool. We ate a lot it seems. Saturday we headed to Hunter's Coach Pitch Baseball Game. He did really well. They had two games and won both. He is such a good little batter and fast runner. We enjoyed Conference in between all the games.

Parker is growing so much and will be 9 months old on the 13th. He has a doctors apt sometime next week so I'll update everyone on his stats later.

Adam's birthday is Friday and Mom is going to babysit! We haven't been on a "date" since Marchish? It's hard to use grandparents as babysitters. Mom is the Relief Society President and works full time so it's hard and Adam's Parents are up in Buna - so you drive to Buna drop him off, drive to Beaumont then back to Buna to pick him up then back home...We would love for them to get to spend more time with them, but for an hour of just us, it makes it hard. I don't even care what we do!

I am ready for it to be cooler outside. I'm tired of the heat and humidity. I keep having not really deja vu's but though backs of school and Idaho and year when I was pregnant...I dunno. I'm ready for family time, holidays, delicious desserts (Jacquie - you can mail me any of your desserts you make!! :) )