Friday, February 27, 2009

My sweet Jacob

I am sick. I have some type of an infection or something that goes along with my cold and the Dr. put me on some medicine that should kick the infection out.

The triplets all have snotty noses and coughs, although they are getting better. Scott is now not feeling good and I think we both could use a couple of days of sleep.

So, Jacob brings down his laundry tonight to be washed. Was he just being thoughtful or is he trying to tell me that I'm not doing my job?

I'm going to go with the first since he's been very helpful to me and his siblings. He is like another mother around. Telling them, "You know better!" or " I said, NO!" or "Get down from there!"

I appreciate his help, but at times, he needs to just be a 5 year old.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A lot about me...

A fellow on-line blogger and generally great gal (GGG) posted a 100+ things about her. I liked that idea and I intend to follow.

100 or so Things about Jean

1. My name is Jean and my parents were going to name me Jenny, but my oldest sister who was 14 at the time said she wanted that name for her girl someday so I got Jean. (BTW, guess what my oldest sisters daughter's name is? NOT Jenny)

2. I was an unplanned miracle.

3. I have two older sisters and an older brother.

4. I know that I am my parents favorite. Sorry sis's and bro.

5. I know that I am smarter than a fifth grader, but probably not a seventh grader.

6. I know I am funnier than Carrot top too.

7. I like to watch TV as seen in my #5 & 6 references.

8. I'm a reality TV junkie.

9. I went to a Lutheran school through 12th grade.

10. I worked at Pizza King for about 5 years through high school and college and can still list their sub menu by memory.

11. I am a worrier.

12. Therefore I am a planner. I make lists. I feel a lot of satisfaction when I get to cross things off.

13. I'm always thinking ahead to the future and sometimes that can get overwhelming.

14. I'm allergic to aspirin and eucerin lotion.

15. I have very sensitive skin and in combination with my husbands fair skin, my kids are doomed.

16. My great-great grandparents on both sides came over from Germany. I'm 100% German.

17. I am afraid of bats. There always seems to be some type of bat reference in my life and even when I go places, its freaky.

18. I am a huge animal lover. Well, the cute and cuddly kind. I had a dog named Taffy 1/2 Chihuahua and terrier and then a dog named Tiger who was a Chihuahua.

19. I have a cat named Cosmo Kitty now who is the prettiest cat in the whole world. She's a calico and she's such a great cat. Puts up with the kids really well.

20. I also had a cat named Bailey Kitty for three years, but had to put him down due to sickness.

21. Putting Bailey "to sleep" is still the hardest decision I have made. (It was in the middle of the night at the Animal hospital and Bailey was paralyzed and his eyes were going back and forth in his head. He had Central Vestibular disorder)

22. I always dreamed of having twins.

23. I never realized how hard parenting can be. With the choices we make for our kids, being consistent and just keeping them safe and all the regular hygiene stuff.

24. Speaking of hygiene - I really hate the "Hi Jean"/"hygiene" joke. I've heard it a bazillion times, don't think you're the first that thought of it.

25. I was an equity trader for Thrivent for 9 years.

26. I was a substitute crossing guard for 1 1/2 years.

27. I sold Azante Jewelry for a year before all the consultants were let go.

28. I now work at the YMCA in member services.

29. If I could have any job I wanted, it would probably be a Vet/ Vet's assistant or something non-profit.

30. The VET job would be hard since I do have allergies.

31. I also have Asthma.

32. I also have endometrosis

33. I also have TMJ. Which has to do with your jaw slipping out of its joint and chewing can be painful. I get a lot of headaches from this and I'm constantly on a soft food diet.

34. Just touching my jaw is painful.

35. I'm constantly on guard when I'm around the kids so they don't bump my jaw.

36. I have a lot of pet peeves.

37. One of those is bad grammar (just like Cindy). When the correct form of the word is not used in e-mails or writings drives me crazy. Effect vs. Affect, they, their, etc...

38. I like spell check, but it doesn't catch all errors. Which I am extremely guilty of. I wish people would read what they type before sending it.

39. I hate procrastination.

40. I dislike indecision. Make a decision. (These people could never be traders)

41. Say what you mean and mean what you say. I can't read your mind.

42. Sometimes in life we have to agree to disagree. But lets do it like adults and not carry a grudge.

43. I do not like it when people use double negatives.

44. I really like to nap and sleep.

45. I would trade almost any thing for a nap in the middle of the day.

46. I love to read. I think I took more literature classes in college than business classes.

47. Sports. I like sports. I like NASCAR, basketball, softball, football, and watching the Olympics.

48. I do not like winter. I don't like to go out and play in the snow. I don't like being cold.

49. Summer is a little better, but I tend to stick to the shade than lay in the sun.

50. I don't like being dirty and I have to unwind a bit and let the kids get dirty. Puddles, sandbox, grass, touching dirty objects like cars, stuff in the garage, public parks, bathrooms.

51. I don't like cleaning bathrooms or taking out the garbage.

52. I don't like to exercise.

53. I don't mind taking walks.

54. I love soda/pop. I made the switch to diet soda about a year or so ago and it was very hard. Now I can drink either.

55. My favorite sodas are Coke, diet Pepsi Max, Coke Zero, Pepsi, and Diet Dr Pepper.

56. I don't like Coffee.

57. I love Ice Cream

58. I'm lactose intolerant.

59. I did not have stretch marks until my 32 week of pregnancy with the triplets.

60. I do not like my "jowls of the dog" stomach which I got with the triplets.

61. I love to go shoeless. But I have plantar fascitis, got that after I had Jacob.

62. Our house is a "no shoes" house, except if people have indoor shoes. (and many members of my family have shoes worn only in the house)

63. I label a lot of things in our house.

64. I probably have 150 bins for organizing in our house.

65. I started sewing in my mid 20s and taught myself.

66. I cannot follow patterns very well.

67. I use recipes, but use my own measuring system.

68. I pray for patience with my children every day.

69. I know that my behavior is a model for my children.

70. I struggle with being a good Christian parent and the temptations of behaviors of society. (i.e. TV shows, music, language that is not appropriate)

71. I believe in the Golden Rule.

72. I find that many people struggle with low self esteem and those people need to raise themselves up by putting others down.

73. Its hard not to fight back when others say not so nice things about me, but I try to turn the other cheek like Jesus would want me to.

74. WWJD. I actually thought about getting this tattooed on me. Its been my motto and helps me make better choices.

75. I have no tattoos.

76. I have pierced my own ears a few times when I was a youngster.

77. I had my belly pierced for about a year. (When I was a lot thinner)

78. I have really thick hair.

79. I found my first grey hair at age 20. I turned really grey after the triplets were born.

80. I naturally enhance the color of my hair. :)

81. I prefer e-mail over the phone.

82. I love the Internet. (Scott thinks I spend way too much time on the computer - he's probably right)

82. I love to play poker. Especially Omaha Hi-low. I also will play Limit, No-limit holdem, 7 card stud (hi and hi-low).

83. I used to play daily on the computer before the triplets were born.

84. I have an Ipod.

85. My Ipod is supposed to encourage me to exercise, but I play No-limit holdem on it.

86. I have to have noise in my life, either music or the TV on.

87. I have ringing in my ears (tinnitus) which started with my jaw problems (TMJ).

88. I usually sleep with a noise machine to mask the ringing in my ears or the rustling of kids in their sleep.

89. I cannot sleep with just a sheet, I need the weight of a couple of comforters to snuggle into.

90. I am an ESTJ. I don't remember what exact letters Scott is, but he's got three the opposite of me.

91. I am totally a judger (part of the ESTJ). Its really hard for me to not judge people and situations, but I'm work in progress.

92. I know part of the reason why God gave me triplets is to give up the control in my life to Him. Or at least I thought I had control.

93. I can be a control freak.

94. Scott says I always have to be right. But if I'm always right, I'm right! right?

95. My children complete me. They make me feel whole.

96. I love having them all around me touching me, sitting on my lap, playing with my hair.

97. I love my children dearly, but for sanity's sake, need some time to myself.

98. I try to take the emotion out of my decisions. I try to think, "what would be best for the business or family instead of what would be best for me?"

99. I am pretty straightforward and tend to offend people. Grow some thicker skin, eh? see #41.

100. I would prefer to live in t-shirts and jeans or wind pants.

101. I have not worn a dress in a very, very long time. ( since Jacob was born)

102. One of my proudest moments is that I breastfed Jacob for a year and that I pumped for the triplets for 13 months.

103. I love the infant stage.

104. I do not like being pregnant. Only good thing about that is feeling the baby/babies move.

105. I would consider adoption because there are children out there that need loving homes.

106. I have my hands full raising my own children and cat and have to put off some of my other dreams/goals.

107. I learned about what being selfless meant after having children.

108. I have been to Mexico, Bahamas, Bermuda, the U.K. and 13 U.S. states.

109. My favorite place in the whole world is vacation with my family in Miniocqa, WI. I love to go to the cottage.

110. I do not like touching raw fish or chicken.

111. I love fruits and like vegetables.

112. I am a nose breather and cannot breathe out of my mouth. Makes it hard when I have a cold.

113. I have a fear of water.

114. I have taken swimming lessons as an adult.

115. I do not like to put my head in the water.

116. I cannot sing with a durn.

117. If I had one wish it would be a singing voice.

118. It takes me 10 minutes to tell a 5 minute story. (I'm a rambler)

119. A sense of humor is best thing in the world.

120. I would not do High School all over again.

121. I have nightmares about high school to this day.

122. I think I would not do high school over again due to the homework and just the unhappiness that I felt.

123. I think the unhappiness was just trying to fit in. And not about me being me.


I cannot believe how many people have asked me what The Wave is by The Firm. Don't you watch infomercials? They are on Sunday mornings and really late at night. Come on people - get a life. :)

Swimming lessons

We had a couple of first last night. The babies started swimming lessons last night. Julie, Luann and I took the kids.

There were, probably, 8 other kids and parents in this class. So it was a little chaotic. The kids wanted to do their own thing - especially Johnny. But all of them blew bubbles and put their heads in the water.
When it came time to jumping off the side of the pool into the pool, John was more than ready. He was doing cannonballs. I am not at all stretching the truth on this one. He loved jumping in the water, but would forget to put his feet down to stand on the bottom. So he'd jump in and then float around under the water. I'd scoop him up and make him think it was the greatest thing ever. Matthew and Brooke were more conservative. They wanted to hold your hands as they jumped off the side.

I think the adults got more of a workout than the kids.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Not your ordinary whipped cream

Jacob was trying to get out of going shopping with me today.

He said, "Mom, my butt hurts." I said, " It does? Do you need me to look at it?" And he said, "Can we put some whipped cream on it?" I looked back at him and he was smiling.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

This just in...

Jacob counted up to 400 today. Of course there were a bit of snafu's. Like one hundred two meaning 200. But hey, he's five.

Jacob and Scott put together a bunch of our puzzles today and the puzzles were all over the living room.

John and Brooke have gotten me up at 5 a.m. the past few days due to their cold.

I don't get up at 5 a.m. and cope with anything.

Jacob just has a cough now, Brooke is doing a little bit better, but Matthew and John still have occasional fevers, coughs and colds.

I am their favorite thing to wipe their noses on.

I love to cuddle with them when they are sick. But I just don't have enough room for more than two and that's hard to deal with at times.

Spent the weekend at a grade school basketball tournament.

I bought the The Wave by the Firm and didn't fall off of it.

The kids like to play on the Wave. While Scott told me that it was a gimmick or something like that.

Gimmicks are something like, oh, hunters NEED a special scent that costs $ to attract or deactivate their own scent.

While shopping at Woodmans and intentionally avoiding a cart, I took a wide turn and banged into a end cap and stuff fell off of it. I started to laugh hysterically while the lady, whom I successfully avoided, and I picked up the stuff.

I folded about five loads of laundry full of clothes and I am very disappointed that I've already lost* four socks which I just bought new last week.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


I now joined facebook. Only because a girl I went to highschool, Kristin, said that EVERYONE was on it. Which is true. So funny that I just gave into peer pressure and did it. Its kinda nice catching up with everyone, especially those that have moved away.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Is it spring yet?

This will be quick and dirty. Here are some of the projects I've been working on. A masculine cupcake and a baby blanket for a friend of Scott's.
When I say that the kids threw (not through!!! I cannot believe I used the wrong form) the little light Lego's, you can see the box that Jacob keeps all 1600 pieces in. Its really fun to clean up because Jacob wants it sorted in colors and shapes. Anal little thing.
I've got some movie stars in my household. They want to remain anonymous so they wear sunglasses around the house.

Monday, February 16, 2009

February blues

I cannot believe I've neglected this blog for sooooo long. Well, I can believe it, my life has been busy.

Lets see - Scott is working a bunch due to some criminals (they are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law) who like to rob people of their prescription drugs and take all their valuables and then mess them up a bit. Thank you to those punks who give my husband job security.

John. I could write a novel about John. John doesn't want to take a nap. John has learned to crawl out of his crib. John will not stay in a time out area (without being restrained). John will throw anything in his area if hes not happy. John will spit at you. John will hit and kick (but not bite yet). John is having a sensory overload month.
Dear John, get enough sleep and you'll feel better and your attitude will be much sunnier.

The kids (Matthew instigates this) will dump all the lego pieces all over and throw them. Again, we have probably 7,000 or so pieces so this is really a lot of fun.

I have worked the past four Fridays and Saturdays at the YMCA. Now, I don't mind working some weekends, but not every Saturday. It doesn't give Scott or I a break. (Well, it gives me a break, but the kids really, really miss me and I miss them.)

Matthew and John had evaluations from Early Childhood Intervention through our school district and Matthew passed or failed the test (depends on how you look at it) and will qualify for some help. John refused to take any test and therefore failed in a lot of areas, but I'm not sure he failed enough to pass to get more help. They really can speak more than what they did that day. Matthew was not interested in talking, just playing. And John, he was kind of ornery. He was going to play what he wanted and no one better touch his things.

I brought up Jacob's predicament in Kindergarten. I blogged about this previously that Jacob's teacher mentioned that it might be a good idea to have Jacob repeat K. He is academically doing well, but his mind wanders in class. Also, socially he is more shy in school and introverted.

Having told the EC teachers this, we talked about Jacob for a 1/2 hour. They mentioned that since Jacob is doing well academically but emotionally a little immature and socially different. But only in the school situation, not on play dates, swim lessons with cousins. They all agreed that Jacob should not be held back. Another way of looking at it is that parochial schools tend to set the bar higher than public schools. So, I don't know... a lot of mulling this decision over and then realizing that its 6 months away and we've got a lot of time to see if Jacob makes any improvements.

I've been doing a lot of sewing and I'll have to post pictures of what I've made. I was able to help out Jacob's school with their Library. I can take books home and label them and then tape them and get them ready for the kids to check out. Its nice to be able to help in some way.

I signed Jacob up for swimming lessons again. He just love swimming and has really excelled this last session. The babies will have their first swimming lessons also. My sister Julie and Luann will be helping me out in the pool. I think the kids will just love their lessons.

I'm not a big fan of this almost three year old age. Its really wearing on me. I can't leave them along without having the pantry, kitchen and any other secure area raided. I think it will be much better when we can get outside and expend some energy that way.

Also, I took Jacob to the ER last night. He has croup. Its kind of rare that a 5 year old has croup, but he is a rare child. He doesn't like to take medicine and had a hard time getting his first dose down at the hospital. He threw it up on the cabinets and floors. And let me tell you, vomit does splatter. So I used my Crisis Response training that I received at the YMCA and secured the area and cleaned up the mess. Then we had to wait to get a shot instead. He is already feeling better today.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Growing up

This winter thing is getting really old. The kids (o.k. John) have achieved a new level of naughtiness. On the upside, John is so creative that it amazes me what he comes up with. Lately Brooke and John have been very physical with each other. Like tackle football physical and hair pulling physical. Matthew luckily has avoided Johns aggression has been left unscathed - for the most part.

I swear all four of my kids have grown two inches and gained three pounds in the last month or two. Matthew is solidly in size 3 and Brooke is not too far behind. Although some of her pants are a little long, but its the waist that fits better. John could still wear some 2T pants, but I just use the adjustable waist on the size 3 pants . Yesterday John had a 2T shirt on that was a little short and pulled across the midsection. And then a couple of weeks ago Jacobs jeans were all too short and his crack was hanging out so I moved him up to size 6 pants.

I'm sick of the cold weather. I'm even more sick of my great ole' Dodge Grand Caravan malfunctioning. My airbag light is on. I'm having problems with my windshield washer fluid. DO NOT BUY A DODGE. I think I'm going to start a website with that name and publish my bills from my last two dodges.