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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Wow, it's real now!

I'm 20 weeks pregnant. I'm halfway there, but more than likely a little over halfway until she will actually be in our arms. I will more than likely be induced on or around 37 weeks.
She has gotten way more active. I feel so much movement throughout the day now. I forgot how painful it is to have little feet bouncing off my bladder, empty or not. I love it. I haven't started the whole "nesting" thing yet, but I'm planning the nesting stages. ;o)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas for us

Wow! It's hit me, starting to get really, really, really excited! If you couldn't tell. Shannon woke up and immediately started saying "Merry Christmas" to anyone or anything that would listen. I love it, I love watching her excitement and joy associated with this holiday. I NEVER liked it this much as a kid. But I love her admiration for all the little things. Growing up, I thought our celebrations were rather normal.

When I was younger, we used to go ten-fifteen minutes up the road to find a Christmas tree. Sometimes we would even go higher up, depending on the snow. Still to this day, I love the smell of a fresh-cut tree. So, between the first week and middle weeks of the month, our tree would go up. My mom and I were the ones to decorate the tree, it wasn't until later years when it was just me (with her occasional input). One year we even got a flocked tree, and I promised myself and my husband we would never get one lol. This year was fantastic, because Shannon was quite involved with the decoration process. Things really started to pick up the days following Christmas.

Until I was a teenager, my grandma (mom's mom) would drive up from San Francisco a few days before Christmas. When I was 12 or 13 she moved up to northern California, so from that point on we always celebrated Christmas at her house. We would wrap and finish any last minute shopping, then relax and just enjoy the family time. Christmas Eve would sneak up pretty quick. It was usually a pretty slow day. Depending on which relatives house we were going to on Christmas, my mom would sometimes cook on the eve. One year she made a pumpkin cheesecake. It was HORRIBLE, you needed a chainsaw just to get through the crust. We always got to open one gift on Christmas Eve. I always seemed to find the most embarrassing gift to open, usually socks, underwear, or something just as bad. Christmas was always the busiest day.

I used to wake up incredibly early, just to check my stockings. I always had at least 3 to go through, mom would go hog-wild on Christmas. So, at like 5 am I would wake up, check my stockings, then shove everything back in to open with my parents when they woke up. Mom and step dad would wake up, we'd do stockings, then prepare for whoever was coming over that day. Usually just my grandma and my real dad. When everyone would get there, by the late morning, we would open presents. Mom took pictures every year as well, I don't remember a year when she wasn't behind a camera. We would finish up, then head over to my step dad's parents house to finish up the unwrapping and have Christmas lunch/dinner.

That is the type of Christmas I am comfortable with, and the type I want for my kids. No one was alone on Christmas, not even my father. After his large fallout with my grandmother, he started going to his first wife's house or nowhere at all. I felt so bad his last few Christmasses alive, especially his last Christmas in '05. All he had was me, well, Warren came too, but family wise, we were it! He was so sick and couldn't really leave the house either. I wanted to give him the world that day, I would have if I could.

Christmas was not about Jesus to my family. No nativity scenes, nothing. We didn't read anything from the bible and didn't go to church. A) we were agnostic B) Jesus wasn't even born on Christmas. So, there was no point to it. Sometimes I feel so nervous when celebrating with my in-laws. Every year they read about the birth of Jesus and make that the point of Christmas. I don't and won't raise my children to believe that is the point of Christmas. I will tell them about it, and read to them about it. Like me, I want them to know all the reasons people celebrate Hannukah and Christmas, and historical traditions. My favorite one is when children would put their shoes outside the door, or near the chimney at night and they would be filled with candy and other goodies when they woke up. I would like if they knew about all kinds of Christmas celebrations, especially when they are in my shoes someday to start or carry on traditions with their own family. I don't judge how others celebrate, and I sure as hell won't judge my own children. So, with that being said MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Organization and Motivation

I seem to lack any form of organizational skills. So, things pile up. The biggest disorganized mess I'm currently trying to deal with is my kitchen. There just isn't enough room for all of our dishes, period. I kind of need a spot for all of our cocktail type glasses.
Maybe I just need a yard sale too..we have so much stuff! I don't know how I'm going to completely clear out the babies room. If only husband could get rid of his 5-man LoveSac. I hate that thing and it takes up at least a quarter of the room.
I still have had zero motivation for anything cleaning and organizationally related since we moved from Monterey in October. I really should have some motivation. I need to find some form of motivation soon. I would love to see my house spotless and clutter-free before the new baby comes..*sigh*

Monday, December 22, 2008

New Year to Bring New Adventures

Yes, I'm ready. I'm ready for a new chapter, or even a whole new story. It's interesting how I'm starting to feel like this as 2008 is coming to an end. Don't get me wrong 2008 was probably my BEST year yet, I am just really ready for 2009. I hope I'm ready, I'd like to think I'm ready.
I made some great and memorable friends over the last year. I learned a little bit more about who I am and what I want out of life. I think that's part of the reason I am looking forward to something different in the next year. Now I FINALLY know what I want, I need to start moving in the right direction.
I refuse to make New Years resolutions. I actually tend to believe in my hatred for any form of short-term goals. I make lists, and don't finish them, sometimes I don't even start them. Ha! So maybe I should make a resolution to not hate short-term that'll happen.
Yes, and we will even have a new edition to the family in the next year. I'm so excited about having another baby, at the same time I can't help but feel guilty. I'm so worried to how Shannon may react to not being the baby any more. She's been acting so weird lately. I don't know how to describe it other than like, HOLY FREAKING TERROR! Her newest issue is spitting. She won't flat out "spit in your face," but she will blow an uber raspberry with great distance. Husband is the only one who remains to live "shower free." I know it's just a phase and I know she can't quite use her words for expressing her feelings, but it's sooooo difficult! My patience tends to just fly out the window sometimes. Wow! Anyway, just realized it's 10:30 pm and I need some sleep!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Trying to keep it together

Today is a big day. Warren is taking his listening DLPT as I type this. Tomorrow is Reading, and next Monday is his OPI. I know he will do just fine, I just feel for him. He and I have both been in this situation before, it's definitely not the easiest of times. He has really kept it together this time, I'm so proud of how well he has done. I don't have any worries about his test, and he seems confident as well.
The biggest thing I am worried about today is my blood test. I get my results back today from my doctor. She wants to check my HCG levels. The doctor is trying to rule out if it's an ectopic pregnancy. I am supposed to be going into my 8th week, but on the ultrasound it only showed up as a 4 week pregnancy. So, it really had me worried.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

And one more equals four..

Yes..we are in the process of becoming the Mulcahy's, a family of four. I am now 7 weeks and a few days along, may actually be a little more, but not too sure. My first ob appointment is next Friday. So, we will hopefully know more shortly after that.
My ob while still in Monterey is the same one I was going to when I was pregnant with Shannon. It's kind of sad because we leave Monterey in less than a month. So, I will only have one appointment with her. Too bad she can't fly out to Utah to deliver this baby..
On the topic of moving, husband takes his DLPT on the 23rd and 24th. And his graduation is the 9th of October. Needless to say, it's going to be a very busy next few weeks. I actually think I'm holding it together pretty good. Warren is overly stressed preparing for the big test.
Back to the pregnancy...
No one warned me it hurts and aches more with the second pregnancy. I feel like I constantly have a pulled muscle in my lower abdomen. Luckily, no cramping or anything like that, just achiness. I don't remember being this tired either. If I don't sleep 7-8 hours a night, with a cat nap during the day, I feel like I am practically worthless.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Wow, it has really been a while!

I am going to be honest and completely straightforward on this, I have baby fever, babyitis, whatever you want to call it. It's all I can think about, dream about, or concentrate on. The only downfall, in my mind, is my body isn't ready for it. Sure, health wise, I could be ready for another baby. But, I want to make sure I'm in the best possible health before baby #2 can even be thought about.
Ah, lost my thoughts!
Anyway, I know we could afford it financially. I think Shannon would be a great big sister. Warren is even ready for #2, he just wants to wait a few months. I have absolutely no problems with that at all. It gives me plenty of time to get into the shape I want to be in, gives us time to get settled into a more permanent place, and he will be done with training.
I am just impatient, and I think I need to turn my energy elsewhere for the time being. So, I've decided to set some goals. I need to stick with them and write some journals! I figure I need to write, just everytime I get discouraged, angry, or even want to give up.
Short term goals:
-take a walk, everyday
-wake up with a positive, ready attitude
-write a friend everyday
-start unpacking boxes and get rid of stuff!
Long term goals:
-lose at least a pound a week
-be consistent, less procrastination
Anyway, that's all I can think of for now! Will write more, tomorrow probably!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Me (on the right) and my home slice.

I thought some of that stuff was funny.
Going to bed now!

The chaos has come and went, maybe

This has been one of the busiest weeks of the year! So much has happened and new beginnings have started. Here goes:
Flashback to last Wednesday. I was finally able to hear whether or not I got the new job. For those who didn't know, I had an interview at Victoria's Secret. So, last Wednesday I received good news about my newest employment! Wednesday was pretty relaxed.
Thursday Shannon had her two-year check up. All is well, 90th percentile across the board! My two year old is a hair over 35 inches and right around 30 lbs! My mom and grandma also arrived that day to start the birthday celebration.
Friday was a day of shopping and outings with my mom and grandma. Got new work clothes and Shannon got new shoes, size 7 I might add. My mom watched Shannon Friday night to give the hubby and I a night to ourselves. So, we went to dinner and saw the new Indiana Jones movie. The night was awesome.
Saturday was the big day! Shannon turned 2! We had a bbq with our close friends and family. I made her cake and she opened presents. She was pooped from all the excitement and fell asleep a little after 8.
Sunday my family left and I nearly cried, haha. I really had a lot of fun with them. Monday was also just another day to relax. I worked for a few hours.
Anyway, this is enough for now. I have another pile of laundry to fold and more dishes to do. Who doesn't love spring cleaning? *Points to self* Adios ya'll!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Come up with your own title I guess...

Haven't written in a while. Been relatively busy, not physically though. My mind has been in constant overdrive lately. It has been happening a lot more frequently than before. For the record, I am happy, really I am. So, don't think I am just putting on a smiley face so I don't have to talk about what's really going on.
I don't really want to talk to people about everything running through my head.
A) There isn't much to talk about
B) I'd rather just figure it out on my own, for the most part.
I have felt inadequate lately and kind of like I'm slipping. Some days I feel like I'm going to slip so far, there will be no one to catch me. I have had almost ZERO motivation to do anything. And come on, I should have all the motivation in the world, right? I don't HAVE to work, and I get to stay home with an amazing little girl. I have let some things go so far and pile up, having zero motivation makes me completely overwhelmed.
At the same time, this last week has been the week from hell for me, especially yesterday. I'm not going to go into a long discussion about it, because if you know me, you know why yesterday is bad for me. I am working on it, belive me, I am. But, apparently, my efforts haven't been good enough.
Alright, done being all "emo" on myself. Shannon's birthday is coming up! She's going to be two, it's crazy. So, I have to get everything ready for my mom and grandma to visit. Anyway, I think this is enough self loathing for tonight! TTFN!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Am I seriously awake???

So, it's been a few days. Things haven't been very exciting, especially since having the stomach flu. Yes, both Shannon and I had/have it. Yesterday was just the day from hell and today seems to be a complete 180.
I had a decent mini vacation this weekend, despite getting sick. I spent a lot of time just relaxing at home with the family. But, I did go out occasionally and saw some people I haven't seen in a while. I'm glad to find who my true friends back home really are. It's funny, in high school, you have your close group of friends and you will be "best friends forever." I was actually talking to my mother-in-law about this a few weeks ago! Anyway, you have your BFF's in high school. After high school, there is the military, college, jobs, or other things one may journey off to do. My point is, not everyone goes on to do the same things. In turn, people do change, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.
Once high school is over, unless you are taking the same classes as your friends, or working the same hours, you don't see them as much as you did. The main point here, people tend to lose touch. Or you may talk more to people you may not have had the best relationships with. I'm glad I still talk with most everyone who was my friend. There are a few who never return calls or emails, but I'm okay with it.
One thing I HATE, why do you not talk to me the entire time I'm gone, yet every time I go back home for a visit, suddenly I'm worth talking to? I do have one or two friends like that, and it just makes absolutely no sense to me!
As you get older and more mature, I think people finally find the true meaning of BFF's. I have quite a few friends, but very few of them fall into the BFF category. I don't feel like I have to give names or explain myself on this either. Actually, I think very few people will even read this.
I guess my reason for posting this is in appreciation for those who have stuck by me through the last few years. Those who could still stick by me even after switching schools and leaving for the military. Those who don't see me as a different person after getting married and starting a family. Those who don't see me as a failure for leaving the air force and becoming a stay at home mom. Those who put up with my bull at least once a week. Love you guys!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Recent Realizations

I made it safe and sound in four and a half hours yesterday. Went to the car show and saw old friends. All in all it was a pretty good day. Shannon was so worn out, she barely even slept last night. She was waking up about every half hour cry for some reason. But, I think I am functioning well on just a few hours sleep. Not too sure what we have planned for today. As of right now we are relaxing, well, I'm relaxing, Shannon is running poor grandma into the ground!
It's funny to me, watching Shannon from afar. As much as I try to think of her as my big girl, she's still just my little rugrat. When she opens her mouth, I sometimes expect full sentences to come pouring out. But, her jibberish is half comprehendable, and I like it that way, for now. I like how I still feel like I am needed. And she's almost two!
The time has just gone by too fast. I missed some of the early moments, but I'm glad I get to witness all the things she's accomplishing now. This child seems to learn a new word everyday!
Well, I have to write more at a later time. Shannon has mom on the floor, my turn!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Why I love Monterey...

Just 45 minutes ago, the sun was shining, and it was beautiful!
Alas, the fog has put a damper on my mood, not the massive chili, hot dog, and cornbread dinner I devoured. I officially have no willpower to get off the couch and accomplish something, anything.
I am supposed to leave early tomorrow morning for a 5 hour drive home. My clothes aren't all the way dry yet, I haven't even begun to pack, and the car isn't cleaned out. But, I have found the time to hop on here for another post!
I am excited about going home though. Recently, friends got in touch with me, and I haven't seen them since high school. So, it will be nice to see them again, it's been about 4 years. Phone ringing...
Sweet, someone wants to hang out!!! Thank you, April!
Be back later ya'll!


Don't have a whole lot of it for a first post.
Some basics, I am a SAHM, thus I don't lead and extremely exciting life.
If it wasn't for Sesame Street, I wouldn't even be sitting on the couch right now!
I am twenty-one years old and REALLY do not know what I want to do with my life. I am content staying at home, for now. I have intentions of someday going to college, just not anytime in the near future.
What I want to study, english. What would I do with an english degree:
1. I would teach at a private school.
2. Become a writer/journalist.
3. Eventually get a teaching degree as well, and become a high school english teacher.
I love all kinds of music and don't have a favorite band or group. Some of my favorites are as follows:
Toby Keith, Jimmy Buffett, Avenged Sevenfold, George Strait, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Metallica, Amon Amarth, Dragonforce, Doobie Brothers, Gary Allan, Trace Adkins, Dethklok, America, Kansas, Boston, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Death by Stereo, Atreyu, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane (Jefferson Starship, or Starship), Fleetwood Mac, Blue Oyster Cult, Foreigner, Eagles, Joe Walsh, Black Sabbath, HIM, Turbonegro, Terri Clark, AFI, Tiger Army, Paramore, New Found Glory, NoFx, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Treephort, Blood for Blood, Underoath, The Killers, Senses Fail, NWA, Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, Motley Crue, Buckcherry, Dimmu Borgir, Throwdown, Bury Your Dead, Killswitch Engage, Peaches, Children of Bodom, Rammstein, Tool, Slipknot, Fear Factory, Ozzy Osbourne, ICP, Misfits, Danzig, DJ Tiesto, Ted Nugent, Josh Turner, and I think that about sums it up.
Family, friends, music, and the outdoors are the most important things to me. In exactly that order.
I know this post was kind of random, but I hope it helps you to know me a bit better. Anyway, I will write more later. I have a house to clean and bags to pack for my trip up to good 'ol Nor Cal. TTFN!