Saturday, December 21, 2013

Facebook status--April

April 2
Sick. I have no other words....well, I have a lot of them, just not for on here...
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April 2
I'm speechless. Anyone pregnant or even thinking about having kids needs to watch the video she links to at the end of the article. It's EXTREMELY difficult to watch and more so with the volume on. If anyone says that babies don't feel this, listen to this little guy. And 20,000 nerve endings?...think about that. Wow. Please be informed before you make your decision. (on baby circumcision)

April 4
I think anyone could tell that my kids are ready for warmer weather and that its been rather cold here for a loooong time. Caedmon comes in from outside "Mom! It's summer out there!! It's SMOOPER hot!" Temp says '42 feels like 35' Ha! 

April 5
Alma wrote:
Thank God for painting it calms me!! But here is the painting I been working on for a while but it finally done and hanging at Foley high!! This is my attempt of painting my baby cousin!! — with Dawn Legatt.
Photo: Thank God for painting it calms me!! But here is the painting I been working on for a while but it finally done and hanging at Foley high!! This is my attempt of painting my baby cousin!!

April 5
Apricot chicken, roasted asparagus, homemade dinner rolls, fresh pumpkin torte...and now no hubby  ::sigh:: I guess he can enjoy the leftovers 

April 6
Do any Calvary people know if the k & under during the service classes are still going on tomorrow since there is no sunday school before?

April 9
Having my groceries delivered never.gets.old.....ever.

April 12
"Newer" means "different". Crazy when I compared mine! Just skipped right over those verses!
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April 12
That's disgusting. Barbara McKeever, you might wanna convince Dad to drink something else....
Quote:
Are you a Mountain Dew addict? Then know what you're drinking! BVO is a toxic chemical that is banned in many countries because it competes with iodine for receptor sites in the body, which can lead to hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, and cancer. The main ingredient, bromine, is a poisonous, corrosive chemical, linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss.

"There’s flame retardant in your Mountain Dew. That soda with the lime-green hue (and other citrus-flavored bubbly pops) won’t keep your insides fireproof, but it does contain brominated vegetable oil, a patented flame retardant for plastics that has been banned in foods throughout Europe and in Japan.

Brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, which acts as an emulsifier in citrus-flavored soda drinks, is found in about 10 percent of sodas sold in the U.S.

“After a few extreme soda binges — not too far from what many [video] gamers regularly consume – a few patients have needed medical attention for skin lesions, memory loss and nerve disorders, all symptoms of overexposure to bromine,” according to a recent article in Environmental News."


April 13
Gettin' the itch again to go to Dave Ramsey's counselor training. Ooooooo, so fun!!!
April 17
So is anyone looking for a reason to go to Nashville this summer?  In other words, travel buddy anyone?

April 18
My mom is awesome. The little kids get their school in with Gma every week. She has one whole room in her house transformed into a classroom for them. — withBarbara McKeever.
Photo: My mom is awesome. The little kids get their school in with Gma every week. She has one whole room in her house transformed into a classroom for them.

April 18
Local folks!...If I hosted a FPU (financial peace university by Dave Ramsey) class in my home, who would be interested in attending?? It'd be one night per week for 9 weeks, prob starting sometime in May. I would LOVE to get a class going soon, so let me know!

April 19
Yay for emeals!! Signed up (again) for emeals and LOVE it!! Gives u a weeks worth of suppers at a time, complete w a grocery list! You can even pick which plan (gluten free, low carb, etc) you want (I chose Paleo). Only $5/mo (or less when u use the promo code) & takes all the stress out of planning meals! Click on this link to learn more or sign up!! http://emeals.com/account/go.php?r=8412&i=l0

April 22
If anyone is craving pizza tonight, my boys' school is having a fundraiser from 5-8pm at Pizza Ranch in Waite Park. Just mention you're there to support Petra school and the school gets a percentage of what you spend! Thanks!

April 22
Jen Wendland posted:
Hi Dawn, FYI I will be up in St. Cloud from Tuesday-Friday this week for a Lab Conference. I will be with my instructors and classmates and staying at the Best Western Kelly Inn. I will be in sessions each day until 4. Except Friday done at noon and heading back home. Not sure if it would work out to meet sometime during my stay up there, let me know!

April 29
It's the hubby's birthday today!! The kids are more excited than he is  He's not on FB so if you have his number, I'm sure he'd be surprised w a happy birthday text! 



Facebook status--March

March 2
Boooo to husbands working Saturdays when there's shopping that needs to be done!

March 2
Oh man, bad choice. I shoulda stayed home. Traffic & people are insane.

March 5
Wow! That's so cool!! Someone will have to let me know if you ever do this and if its correct!     
(looking at the positioning of the placenta in week 6-7 in pregnancy to determine sex of baby, 90 some percent accurate)

March 9
Tiernan (who's had the task of 'babysitting' Jaeger this afternoon) talking to Caedmon "will you babysit Jaeger while I play outside?"...then whispers to him "I think you'll get a quarter." Caedmon says "I'll babysit!!" Ha, cheapest sitters yet!! 

March 11
Anyone have a history with planning fundraisers or which ones have the most success, etc?

March 12
SPRING CLEANING?!?! I am going to have a garage sale in early June and donate the proceeds to my boys' school to buy educational items. If you'd like to donate anything between now and then (ie: bring stuff to me instead of goodwill) I would really appreciate it!! Thanks!!

March 13
Please READ this!! Seriously, you have no idea what freedoms are being taken from us and what destructive things they are doing to our health, without wanting to even inform us. Aspartame is NOT ok. This is horribly wrong.  (FDA allowing aspartame into dairy products)

March 13
Duck dynasty...need I say more?  love how they follow Jesus!

March 13
And, again....patriarch Phil Robertson of the wildly popular (&hilarious) show Duck Dynasty explains how to came to know Christ. Awesome.

March 15
Wow!!! They are amazing!! The last 30 seconds is the best!! Seriously have no idea how they memorize this! Talent!!  (youtube video: Swiss top secret drum corps)

March 21
Happy 4th birthday to our sweet Ariella!

Photo: Happy 4th birthday to our sweet Ariella!

March 22
awesome interview!  (Duck Dynasty's Jase Robertson at Oklahoma Christian)

March 23
What a long, boring day. Any good netflix recommendations?

March 24
Tagged in pics...
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March 27
Yesterday the final Legatt sibling was married so now I have a full 22 brothers and sisters in laws!!! Congrats to Naomi & Joe! — with Naomi Michel and Joe Michel.

Facebook status--February

February 2
Here's a tip for reducing your amt of laundry: have the guys (esp) in your home dry off with a hand towel after a shower/bath. They don't have hair to wrap up in it and a lot more of those can fit in the wash then big bath towels!!

February 3
Three youngest with the stomach flu....both ends. This could be a looooong night. Prayers are appreciated!

February 10
So happy my husband is HERE snowed in instead of THERE snowed in!!! 

February 13
I'm going on a kid-less lunch date with a great friend and I'm so excited!  — withCassie Magno.

February 13
Anyone bored tonight and wanna help me watch my kids at the Skatin Place?? 

February 15
There will be a house warming (for their rental home) and open house for theForsman family next Saturday the 23rd from 1-4pm at Fellowship Bible Church in St. Cloud. 2500 Maine Prairie Rd. Stop by for a cup of tea and visit with Diane and her girls. Replacement items that are still needed can be found at theforsmanfamily.weebly.com

February 15
Looking forward to relaxing at a friend's house this evening....although now that I think about it, its kinda funny that I would call having 2 adults and 12 children 9 & under relaxing....  — with Angel Larsen.

February 18
Our baby boy is ONE today!!!! Happy Birthday, Jaeger Brave!!!
Photo: Our baby boy is ONE today!!!! Happy Birthday, Jaeger Brave!!!

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February 19
I absolutely LOVE this song! Perfect harmony that gives you goose bumps and amazing lyrics. Love it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P5WRNGPgA0  (Anthem Lights "Can't Get Over You")

February 20
Duck Dynasty makes us happy, happy, happy.

February 23
Gettin' ready to celebrate our firstborn's birthday!!! Happy day, Tiernan, can't believe you're 8!!!

February 24
Lunches packed, snow gear rounded-up, backpacks ready....all set for the older boys to go to school tomorrow! So excited!

February 24
How our schooling decision came about  http://thelegattfamily.blogspot.com/2013/02/big-changes.html

February 25
I know I still have a 5 yr old, 3 yr old and 1 yr old at home but MAN, I feel like I have no kids! Maybe I should take a nap...lol 

February 25
Well I'd say it was a successful lunch day! Lol! Not a crumb left! 
Photo: Well I'd say it was a successful lunch day! Lol! Not a crumb left! :)


Facebook status--January

So with the ease of posting stuff on facebook and the immediate feedback you can get when you ask a question, say something funny, etc, it's easy to post on FB instead of my blog.  So I thought I'd go thru my FB acct and copy all the 2013 status updates for my memory keeping. :)

January 1:
Half off clothes at the new salvation army today! Whoot!! You know how long I was there???? 5 HOURS!!!! Crazy but I found so much stuff!!

January 5: Ana posted this pic and said "With my little "siblings".
Photo: With my little "siblings." :)

January 8:
I speak at the Foley MOPS group tonight!! The topic is home management...should be fun!! 

January 11:
Once again, WAY 'under budget' by grocery shopping online, even with delivery. So glad I have this option!!

January 13:
Anyone need a couch??? Both ends recline (but one side is fussier than the other) tan color. Pretty good condition, although there are a few small spots on the seat parts. Makes a great extra 'downstairs' couch or one you dont care about the sides ruining  $25 and its yours! You come pick up.

January 16:
Does anyone know anyone that has some pull at the library?? (Great River Regional Library system) I have a big bone to pick with them!

January 16:
Here's a link to the website for the Forsman family who lost their home and most of their belongings in a fire on Jan 3rd. It has family updates, pics, and ideas of items needed. You can contact me with any questions! www.theforsmanfamily.weebly.com— with Diane Forsman.

January 17:
9 years ago this morning, I was getting my hair done to prepare for my wedding that day. This morning, I was surrounded in bed (& on the floor) with 5 littles kids, in a home that's over 15 moves later. Wow, things have changed but I am beyond blessed to have Nathan as my husband. We are like 2 peas in a pod and I seriously love him more and more each and every day! (This basket of goodies was given to us by a sweet 17 yr old young lady for our Anniversary! Its filled with sparkling grape juice, wine glasses, candles, plates, gelato, grapes, cheese,candy, and pizza! Perfect for a date night in!)Photo: 9 years ago this morning, I was getting my hair done to prepare for my wedding that day. This morning, I was surrounded in bed (& on the floor) with 5 littles kids, in a home that's over 15 moves later. Wow, things have changed but I am beyond blessed to have Nathan as my husband. We are like 2 peas in a pod and I seriously love him more and more each and every day!  (This basket of goodies was given to us by a sweet 17 yr old young lady for our Anniversary! Its filled with sparkling grape juice, wine glasses, candles, plates, gelato, grapes, cheese, candy, and pizza! Perfect for a date night in!)

January 18:
Lets bless Dawn Becker and her family with some meals after the birth of their baby boy! Head over to the meal train link to sign up! And pass this on to others that know the Beckers! http://www.mealtrain.com/view/?id=bfk8a%2BoPSVE%3D

January 18:
So I started this 'ticket system' with the kids where they earn tickets for their behavior, attitude, and listening right away. I am BLOWN AWAY at how well it is working!!! Everything I have asked or told them to do, it's "Yes, Mom!" and it's done immediately!!! They even stay in their bed at night!!! That's pretty much a miraculous event... Lovin' these tickets!! 

January 18:
My new "mud room"--cubbies and hooks!!! This was a *bare white* wall when we moved in and thanks to Jonathan and Becky for picking up the shelves at IKEA and my dad for building the rest, we now have a place for coats, shoes, etc!!! (And I painted the wall black behind it to make it look built-in...my little trick  I LOVE IT!Photo: My new "mud room"--cubbies and hooks!!!  This was a *bare white* wall when we moved in and thanks to Jonathan and Becky for picking up the shelves at IKEA and my dad for building the rest, we now have a place for coats, shoes, etc!!!  (And I painted the wall black behind it to make it look built-in...my little trick :)  I LOVE IT!!!!

January 18:
So I just learned that the local restaurant Frugals (over by Walmart in Sartell) serves burgers made from grass-fed beef!!!! What!!! Totally awesome!! I needa try....

January 19:
Enjoying (REALLY enjoying) a homemade malt using the same ingredients my mom would use when she made them for us growing up. Wow. Super yummy. #bringsbackmemories — with Barbara McKeever.

January 27
If anyone needs a place and someone to worship with this morning, come join me at Calvary Community Church!! I can hear the worship team practicing and it will be a good morning!! Starts at 10:30!

January 28
My God is BIG ENOUGH!!

January 29
Dont mind waiting for an oil change when my kids have this to keep them occupied!! #lovemiller
Photo: Dont mind waiting for an oil change when my kids have this to keep them occupied!! #lovemiller

January 29
Anyone recommend a good painter?

(Jan 29th was also the day Melissa and I became FB friends....just so I remember :) )

January 30
Picked up the kids from RAD and I told them their surprise...a sleepover at grandma's tonight!! Tiernan's response: "That's even better than going to a restaurant and having ice cream!!!!" — with Barbara McKeever.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

New hooks

We had several hooks (12 to be exact) in the hook & cubby system my dad helped me make last year but now with winter & school, I was finding *way too many things on the floor of our entry way, plus no place for guests' coats when they come.

We have an empty wall between our front door and our door to the garage. I think i thought before that that space was unusable since the front door opens up to that wall so you couldn't put anything on it. Well how silly of me!  It's the perfect spot for hooks!  One text to my dad with the board measurements, a little paint and a few hooks (which are crazy expensive btw!) and we have some awesome functional space!! I love them and I love my (mostly) mess-free entry way now!

The other ones are a tad full!


We staggered the boards a tad so the hooks wouldn't line up...and it was an after thought but with stuff on there all the time, you can't tell anyway. And it's not this bare anymore. This is right after they went up :)

And another one to hang backpacks! Love it!!

Oh! And the day he came over here to hang them, my boys were supposed to go to a bday party. Since I leave home at least twice a day (sometimes more) and Sundays are church etc, I really just wanted to stay home. I felt bad bc I knew the boys would have really liked to go to the party etc but I just needed to get a few things done! Well, my dad called and asked if he could come help me! Whaaaat?? He said that he would pick up the boys, take them to the party, come back and hang my hooks, and then go pick up the boys! Wow!! Sure you can help! The boys loved the party and I love my hooks! And I liked having company for a few hours as well, so thanks Dad!

Good evening

I had a good evening. I've been really trying to focus on my kids lately, especially at night, and wanting them to know how much I love them even when some days I just can't get them in bed soon enough!  I put down stuff I was doing to read books to C & J. They both loved it. I hugged Caedmon. I asked Jaeg to say a few words, he did! Owl and turtle are a couple he says as are so cute!!! I later asked Caedmon what was his favorite part of the day. Thinking it was going to be finishing a pace or playing dodge ball during break, he says with a smile, "when you hugged me". Tears!!  Oh if that wasn't convicting!! So sweet of him. I have to remember to not be too busy that I forget to hug my kids. 

Ariella was singing to selah while I was reading books so she'd stay happy. It wa precious. She loved it.

Jaegers so sweet...

Making gingerbread houses! I ran to get lunch at chipotle so I was gone during most of the messy part...which I'm thankful for! Lol!

That's a nice place for Jaeg while we make cookies! He can see and he's out of the way!

She's a natural!! She scooped her up and was bouncing her from side to side to keep her happy. 

Sisters snuggling :)

And now Selahs finally asleep next to me and it's only 10:09 so I'm going to sleep too!! She's normally real fussy until 11:30 or so, so I'm taking advantage of this time!




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Our weekend

I've been trying to write this post for a couple nights now, let's see if I can actually finish :)

Today was one of those "the day went by and I got absolutely nothing done" days.  Wait, that's not absolutely true...we got some fellow-shipping done, just nothing around the house that was on the list done.  But that's okay, there's always tomorrow.

The phone kept ringing and then we had a quick visit from Ana and her family.  Ana was the young lady who stayed with me a starting a couple years ago when Nathan was working on the road.  I've blogged about her before.  Her and her family were in town wedding dress shopping as she recently got engaged!  Also, she's asked us if our 4 boys would be the ring bearers and if Ariella would be their flower girl!  How fun will that be!  I just hope they all behave :)

Then after they left, my phone kept ringing and between that and baby, I completely lost track of time and before I know it, I looked at the clock and it was 2:30!  yikes!!  I'm supposed to be AT school at 2:30 to pick up the boys!  Ugh!  Quick!  Get everyone into the van, call school and tell them that I'm running late and hurry up and get there.  Pretty soon Melissa called me and my boys were in her van and she just waited for me to get there.  We chatted thru the windows of our van, which is the regular thing we do when we pick up the kids.  We are often one of the last ones in the parking lot as it seems to be the only time we have to chat....while our 12 kids sit in the vehicles with us. lol :)

During that chat we decided to head over to Bounce Adventure so the kids could play for awhile.  After about 3 hours of bouncing and some pizza, we came home and the kids went to bed great! :)  Well...most of them anyway....still have a semi-fussy Selah laying next to me :)

Yesterday was a great day.  After a not-so-good Sunday (and sat night) between Nathan and I, we decided it would be best if he took Monday off so we could work through some stuff and have a day together.  Since Melissa and I have decided to swap kids one day a week, I asked her to take mine yesterday so from 8:30 til 2:30, we only had Selah!  We started off the day with a coffee date at 360 and ended it with a lunch date at Mexican Village and did a bunch of errands that needed to get done in between, and it was so nice to be able to spend some quality time together.

Saturday we spent the day with Melissa, Devin and their family.  It's been awhile since all 16 (wow!) of us go together, so it was nice.


Look at this cutie :)  She'll be SIX weeks tomorrow!!!
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Gathering around the couch (that was moved real close to the fireplace) to watch Tenth Avenue North's "Deck the Halls" video. Kids favorite :)

The advent calendar that my mom made.  Over-the-top fabulous.  Each day has a box (that my mom handmade) with a mini ornament in it!  Along with a calendar with those turn it is to open the present. (Brilliant)

The mini Christmas tree that the mini ornaments go on!

Devin just started his own survival training company, based on his experience and expertise with what he did in the military.  Here his is teaching Nathan how to escape if your hands are tied with duct tape.

Nathan's turn to try to get out...

Now Devin's turn

Up next....Melissa tying up Devin in the chair with rope.  How will he escape?

Very quickly....1 min and 14 seconds and he was out....

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

She napped! & Great Gma & Gpa

Selah reminds me a tad of Tiernan when he was a baby...she doesn't nap often, unless you are holding her. Well this mom of many needs to have her baby nap at least for a little bit during the day without having to hold or wear her. So the other day I decided to try laying her on her tummy to see if that helped. And it worked!! I've done it only three times so far, but each time I've gotten her to sleep at least an hour! The first time I couldn't believe it! 5 mins had passed & no fussing...then 15 mins...(& I even texted Melissa at this point bc I was so shocked!)...then 55 mins..then she woke up after an hour!! Think ill be trying this more often at nap time during the day!!

Meeting Great Gma & Gpa


With the blanket she made the girls



Jaeger and the hat

Grandpas turn!

Now grandmas!

Jaeg, stop & smile!












Tuesday, November 19, 2013

First time at the chiro

Selah meet Dr. Mike...

Checking out her skull...perfectly formed.

So relaxing she yawned :)

She's good!

Selah doesn't sleep when I'm not holding her. Period. So imagine my surprise when I tried laying her on her changing table on her tummy and she slept for *exacly ONE HOUR!!!!!  Maybe she's a tummy sleeper?...I'm not sure but it was nice for me!!



Sunday, November 10, 2013

Selah's birth pictures

Shortly after 1am, waiting between contractions. Nathan has my phone and is timing them from the bathroom.

Contraction

Contraction..holding cold washcloth on my head



In the tub...started at a 7.5...few contractions later I was pushing.



Ruth helping me and assistant Laura writing info down. 

Pushing!!

She's here!! And I'm done!!



She's perfect...

Looking right at momma

Nursing for the first time...and her little feet kept coming right up by my neck :)



Daddy gets a turn.

I wanted a pic of us 3 before everyone left so I pulled her off of nursing and she was not happy!!

Weighing her...6lbs 12oz! And she even peed in the sling!

Happy with our newest addition

Daddy the next morning....he's sleeping. Lol!