Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Thank you to all of you who have been praying for my pneumonia and my back pain. I went to the Dr. this week and my pnuemonia is completely gone and cleared!!! I still have a cough, but that is normal. Thankfully my lungs are clear, so I am on the road to recovery! My back however is another story. I have coughed so much over the past 2 months, that my muscles have swollen around my rib cage and that is causing the pain. Not much they can do other than give me a muscle relaxer and Ibuprofen. Thankfully it has helped andI have been more comfortable the past couple of days. I can't even describe the pain, I told the Doc that I would take another C-Section over this pain anyday. It was that bad!

Anyway, thank you all for your prayers - it has been a rough couple of months. I feel like I have been sick since October! I am hoping spring will be here soon and we will all be happy and healthy once again in the Stinson household!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Gone away is the bluebird......

So, we got hit pretty hard with a snow/ice storm this weekend. We woke up on Sunday to find our back yard looking like a winter wonderland. It was so beautiful! Church was cancelled, so we stayed in a watched movies and made tacos. Mary performed a magic show for us and we just had a nice family day. To be honest, it was kind of fun to be cooped up at home for a full day.

Friday night, we sent Jules off to Grandma and Grandpa's for the night and we had a nice evening alone with Mary. Even though she conked out on us early, it was still nice to spend time with just her. On a wonderfully positive note, Drew and I got over 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep!!!!! It was amazing when I woke up on Saturday. I felt like a new woman! Wish I could say the same for my parents. Jules had a little bit of a rough night, but they said they loved it and even want to do it again. We will DEFINATELY be taking them up on the offer!

Courtney was in town and stayed with us, so we spent Saturday looking at wedding dresses for her - she looked so beautiful and I think she may have found the dress! I would post a pic, but wouldn't want Jeremy to see it, so I will just have to do my best to describe it to those who ask. It is so neat and so her! Though she would look great in anything!

After dress shopping and a great lunch at the Machine Shed, Courtney had my first Lia Sophia show! It was great. People still came despite the weather and she had a good show. All in all I was happy and it is a little extra money for me for our trip to Michigan in 2 weeks.

It was a nice weekend and even though I got nothing done around the house, it was nice to spend it with family and to play with the girls.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Random Things....

Sheesh I have barely posted this week. There are days that my mind is running a million miles a minute and other days, where things are calm and collected. This has been one of those weeks. Maybe it is the Prednisone, maybe it is that I am finally feeling better, maybe it is that we got good news about our taxes, who knows, but it has been a light week mentally - thank you Jesus!

Tonight Julianna is spending her first night away from home. We have had a couple of rough weeks with her not wanting to sleep, so my parents have graciously offered to take her for the night, so we can get some rest. It will be hard to leave her, but knowing that we have a whole night of uniterrupted sleep ahead of us makes it a little easier. :o) We were going to take the night to just be alone, but we decided to dedicate the night to Mary. We haven't had her in a couple of weeks dues to sickness and her cousins visiting, so we thought a night alone with just her and attention on just her would be just what she needed. So we rented "Flushed Away", Drew is making homemade pizza and Mary and I are going to make her favorite - Jell-O cake and we are going to relax - just the three of us. I am really looking forward to it and I think it means alot to Mary that we are spending this time with her.

Tomorrow we are going wedding dress shopping with my little sister Courtney. Still can't believe she is getting married. She will always be my "Baby" sister! I think it will be fun. Of course Jules and Mary are both in the wedding, so it will be fun to look at dresses for them too.
Drew and I did our taxes this week and got a nice surprise. In 2005 I didn't have enough taken out of my checks at Carpet One, so we ended up owing over $3600 - Ahhh!!! It was brutal, but we set up a payment plan and have been paying the IRS every month (same with State), well in 2006 - after changing jobs and being on maternity leave for 10 weeks (with no pay), we fell into a different tax bracket, we had a baby, we get to claim Mary, we have been in our house for over a year etc - our taxes were a little different. We are actually getting back almost exactly what we owe to Federal and more than what we owe to State. So we will be paid up with both, that will save us $150 in payments each month and we are getting back a little extra. It was such a relief and blessing! Again - thank you Jesus!

On a completely different note - you all know how I LOVE jewelry - that is why I am starting my Lia Sophia business (first show is tomorrow!!), however I love all kinds of jewelry. I found this website this week and can't stop looking at it. Their pieces are gorgeous and SO affordable.
I can't wait until I have a little extra $$ from my Lia Sophia business so I can indulge in my jewelry obsession.....and maybe in my shoe and purse obsession as well!

Monday, February 19, 2007


O.k. so it finally happened - Julianna said her first word. No mumbling, no "did I hear what I think I heard" - her actual first word and it was.............. MAMA!!!!!! She likes to move her body up and down and make a "mmmm" sounds, so all day Saturday (while Drew was at work - hee hee hee) I worked with her to fully say "mama" and much to my delight, she started saying it ALL DAY LONG. MmmmMama, mmmMama, Mama, then she would look at me and yell "mom, mama"! Melted my heart- it did.

Of course Drew didn't believe me when he got home and I told him that Julianna had said her first word. Well about 5 minutes later, I was getting up and she says "mama" clear as day! Ha! I looked at him and I think there were tears in his eyes, he thought it was the greatest thing. So now we have a "mama" screamer in our house. I am sure there will be a day where I will wonder why I ever wanted this, but for right now, I am enjoying it. I can't believe that someone is calling me mama. It is so amazing and wonderful, just like her........

Friday, February 16, 2007

8 months old....

Well, I can't believe it, but my baby girl is growing up so fast. She is 8 months old today. How come no one told me that they aren't tiny babies for very long!? She changes and is learning so much everyday. I just love to watch her look at things and explore new things. Right now she is clapping and singing and winking at us! And I know I have even heard a few "mama's" come out of her mouth! Of course Drew would say he has heard a few "dada's", but I work with her all the time on mama! She still isn't crawling, but is becoming a master at scooting herself backwards and under anything that she can fit under! She loves to laugh and loves to make us laugh. I just can't believe how blessed I am and how wonderful it is to be her mother. I have said it before and I will say it again - she is the most amazing thing I have ever done. She has blessed our family more than I can even say. The love we all have for her and for each other, just continues to grow.

Thank you my sweet little one - for having me as your "mama" and for making my life so fulfilled! I love you so very much!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

What a man......

So of course I think my husband is the greatest ever, but he really proved it last night. We decided earlier this year that we would just keep Valentine's Day at a minimum this year, since we are watching our pennies. We had discussed buying each other massage gift certificates, but I decided at the last minute that I just wanted a card. Drew came to see me yesterday real quick and I gave him his card and he said that he hadn't had time to get mine yet. Whatever, I was fine with that. Well he worked late last night and called me from his car to say that he was on his way home. I just assumed there would be no card, which I really didn't mind, I just wanted to be with him.

So, let me back up a bit. A few weeks ago we were talking about our childhood and different things and I was talking about how I played the violin in elementary school for 5 years and that I wish I would have stuck with it and could still play. Then we talked about other things and I didn't really think much of it.

So, last night Drew comes home and has a beautiful card for me, a dozen roses and says that he did order me something, but that it hadn't arrived yet. I am thinking - I check our bank account everyday and I have not seen anything come through, so what could he possibly be talking about. He said that he had a printout of it, if I wanted to see that. Well of course I did! So he hands me the printout of the order and HE BOUGHT ME A VIOLIN!!!!!!! He had a gift certificate to a store (he was suppose to use it for something for him) and he used it to buy my gift. I can honestly say this is the first gift I have received from him that I have been totally surprised and blown away by. He is amazing. I started crying when I saw the picture, because he just gets me and knows what I want and need and never gets tired of surprising me. I will say it again - he is amazing!!!

Thank you babe, you are truly the greatest husband ever, and I thank God everyday for you and our marriage. I promise I will be playing music for you soon!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Um, it's only Wednesday!?

Whew! What a week. Went back to the Dr. on Monday. Not good. Still have pneumonia. She told me to rest the rest of the week. Easier said than done when I work full-time. Thankfully, I was able to rest that night and took yesterday off. I slept until 2:00! It was wonderful. The only downside, is I have to go back on Prednisone and have breathing treatments every few days. So for the next few weeks, I will have a huge pudgy face and be woozy from the treatments 3 times a week. It will all be worth it though, to feel better. Drew has been a saint, taking care of me, Jules and the house. I think it really scared him on Monday when I told him that the Dr was calling over to Lutheran to see if they had a bed available for me. Thankfully he made a big batch of Chili last night and we can have that again tonight, so I can just chill out when I get home!

I need to get better by tomorrow, I have my starter show for my Lia Sophia business. I am really excited about it and about starting my business. It will be a great way for me to get out of the house, to make some extra money and to meet new people! Plus the jewelry discount is nice too! hee hee hee!

Friday night I am going out with some of my girlfriends! I can't wait! We are going to dinner at Crave and to a movie. I haven't had a girls night in over 2 months, so it will be nice to get away and let Drew have some alone time with Julianna and Mary. We are so blessed to have such wonderful daughters. My heart fills so much everytime I think about both of them!

Friday, February 9, 2007


Whew! What a week. Other than being really busy at work, I am still feeling horrible. Now I am having terrible headaches and backaches. I am SO glad it is the weekend. My parents are taking Julianna tomorrow and it looks like Drew has to work. I was planning on running errands and getting a few things done. But now the couch or our bed and a nice book or movie sounds good to me. I think I am going to take advantage of this alone time and relax and hopefully start to feel better!

On a side note - my sister Lauren has a new boyfriend! He is coming to our house for dinner tonight (she is coming too!) to meet the family! We are all excited about it and can't wait to get to know him better. I will blog more about it on Monday........

Monday, February 5, 2007

Good dose of preachin'.....

So due to the holidays, family events and a MAJOR dose of sickness in our house, we had not been to church in (I hate to even type it) 6 WEEKS!!!!! Ugh!

So we were excited to finally have a sick-free weekend and to be able to attend yesterday.

The message was wonderful! Pastor Josh was doing a sermon on baggage and the baggage that we carry in our lives day to day. Boy, was it what we needed to hear. Drew and I were both poking and looking at each other all through the sermon! Drew and I both have troubles with our self-esteem, even though we both think the other is the most amazing person in the world. P. Josh's message really helped us look at why we feel that way and what "baggage" we are keeping with us all these years. We are both vowing to work harder on our negative self-image and to not make so many hard comments about ourselves.

Of course I was totally poking Drew and looking at him when Josh talked about finances and being frugal - (running around the house turning off lights etc.) Drew does that so much, I want to scream! I just get the look and know that somewhere, somehow I have left a light on and I need to go turn it off. You would think that after almost 3 years of marriage I would get it, but I am getting better. And in my husbands defense, our budget billing did go down, $50 this year, so he was pretty proud about that (and so am I)!!!!

So we had a great day yesterady - amazing how wonderful you feel after being refreshed by God and his followers. Made me think, maybe I should have gone while I had pneumonia, maybe I would have healed faster!!!!

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired!

Does something happen to your immune system after you have a baby? I swear I have been sick since August! The most recent round was a horrible bout with pneumonia. I am still not fully recovered. I think I have had this cough since October! Jules was sick last weekend and now poor Drew. Who CANNOT be sick, as he just started his new job last week!

You know it's bad when you have spent more on Dr. office co-pays and prescriptions in one month, than you have on groceries! The 3 of us have been to the Dr. 8 times in the last 3 weeks! Thankfully Mary has been germ/virus free. Though she has spent the majority of the month at her mom's to prevent her from being sick. Ah! Even though it is about 3 degrees outside, I think I am going to open up a couple of windows when I get home and see if that will help. Any other suggestions? We have cleaned the sheets and comforters, lysoled and pine soled the house. I am just so tired of not feeling well. Please pray that this is it and we will be happy and healthy the rest of the year, or at least the rest of the winter!!!!