Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Eviction Notice to my Son

I am issuing 30 day notice for EVICTION. Tenant will have 30 days in which he can either gather his belongings and promptly vacate the premises, or wait until the final day. After which, he will be physically removed from the property. He's being evicted due to breech of contract and destruction of property. Expansions only to the FRONT of the house, within reasonable limits, were discussed. Not only have these limits been exceeded, but additions to the back of the house were also made! Remodeling and gutting of the home was never approved, nor was changing the initial layout and base structure. And due to property damage, there are now leaks in both the upper AND lower levels of the home. On top of which, the landlord has received numerous complaints about nightly disturbances. After 30 days from this day that he doesn’t comply with the notice will result in immediate and forceful removal at my discretion.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Brother's "Grumpy Grampy"

So, I got home from work today and got a call from my older brother wanting to know if I knew where mom and dad were... he sounded pretty anxious. I told him mom was in class and dad should be at home and asked him what was wrong - He told me his grandpa had passed away. It was a pretty big shock to hear although I hadn't seen him in years. He and Matt were very close and I remember his grandpa always signed his cards to Matt "Love, Grumpy Grampy". I was very young the last time I spent time with him, but I remember him always being super nice and very funny. There's not going to be a funeral, but Matt, Stephanie and James are coming up tomorrow to spend some time with our families.

Monday, February 23, 2009

What more could I ask?

Yesterday was my second and final baby shower and it was amazing! My day started pretty calm - breakfast, hanging out with Jason... the usual. I started getting ready and realized that in the mad rush to get out of the house the day before, I had left my jeans at home - I had no pants except my cut off sweat pants! It was awful. Of course I had no clothes at my parents' house that still fit so I was screwed. I had to run to Wal Mart and buy some pants whch I plan on returning the next time I go, lol. Anyway, I got to mom and dad's church and people were already there which made me late. Things did start to get better once things finally got started. The games were fun and the food was AWESOME! My family is so full of good cooks! I started to open presents shortly after and got so much stuff! Clothes and blankets and toys - plus a TON of diapers an wipes. I'm sure they won't last as long as it seems, but what a great start! I was surprised by my aunt and grandma who got us a crib! It's beautiful... too bad I don't have room for it, lol. Someday when Jason and I are super grown up and own a home we'll definitely have a use for it. My parents also surprised us by offering to buy the travel system we want! At first they both thought it wasn't worth the money since it's used for such a short time so we'll see.

Both my showers were so great and I loved every minute! It's so great to see how much love can come from so many people who haven't even met him yet! It's so easy for me to love him already and I can't wait for everyone to be able to hold him!!!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

How to stay patient

That is a very good question and one I am desperately seeking an answer to! I had my 37 week appointment last Thursday and finally had the dr check me because of an issue I had the day before. Anyway, I am dilated to 2cm and partically effaced (dr didn't specify how much) - crazy! Yesterday I thought I was going to have to go to the hospital and got kinda freaked out. I was doing the laundry when I had a contraction... no big deal until it ended and I had another one, like, 15 seconds after the first one ended. This continued for about 20 mintues and then they gradually died off. I was releaved because they hurt but sad b/c I was excited thinking I could be having a baby soon! I had some more contractions this morning and, just like yesterday, they ended pretty quickly. I talked to my mom earlier who doubts I'll make it to my due date - yay! But, really, who knows! Everyone can make predicitions, but David will come when he's good and ready... but I hope it's soon! My back is absolutely killing me!! I woke up in the middle of the night needing the bathroom and could not roll over or get out of bed - my back is in really bad shape. Not to mention that I have to climb over Molly's gate to get to the bathroom which almost always trips me. I was sad to miss church this morning because I just could not manuver me and my big belly today. I am trying so hard not to take medicine so I'm just taking it easy.

So my first baby shower was last Saturday and it was a blast! We got tons of clothes and had some really yummy snacks - thanks so much Linda for hosting it for me! My next shower (with my family) is a week from today and I am so stoked! The more mom and I talk about it, the more I wish it would hurry up and get here!!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Weekly Review

So, the last week or so has been pretty crazy: getting my house ready for guests (Jason's brother Robert stayed with us while he went to classes - WOW did they eat a lot! and my bestest Kjirstin came in town for my baby shower - yay!), having my first baby shower, and the perpetual baby preparation.

My baby shower was awesome! Linda was sweet enough to host it for me and we had a blast! She put sooo much work into it (like A TON!) and it was amazing. My friend Kjirstin came in from Kansas City and it was great getting to spend time with her!! (I hadn't seen her since my wedding) So she came over and helped me organze all my new baby stuff and we talked forever. Then she went to church with us the next morning and had to leave too soon! So once she left, it was back to a normal Sunday.... kind of. Jason and Robert played video games for, basically, the rest of the day (imagine that!) and I sat around with the puppy - joy.

Tomorrow Jason and I are picking up the last major baby accessory we need - a dresser. I found it on craigslist and it is beautiful! It's basically brand new and has a changing area on top. It's exactly what I've been looking for and can't WAIT for the blue baby clothes that are all over my room to find a new home!

Anyway, it's been an awesome week (mostly) and one week closer to meeting David - yay!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Drum Roll Please...

Over the past 9ish months, Jason and I have been back and forth over these baby names and we finally have a winner!!! And it isn't even a name we were considering, lol.
Coming March 4th (ish): David William Duree!
David is Jason's middle name and William is my dad's middle name - so perfect! Not to mention the name David has strong roots in my family also. It's not a particularly unique or "new" name, but we love it. So, now I all have to do is make it through the next 4 weeks, 3 baby showers, and finishing getting things organized for him to come - it'll be here so soon... and so will David!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Talk about baby hungry....

So, who hasn't heard about the woman in California who had octuplets this past week. If you haven't, turn off Lost and House and watch the news! lol (ps I LOVE those shows!!!) Anyway, I cannot believe that woman would risk her health for 8 more kids!! Not to mention that she had to pay for fertility treatments (which are not even close to cheap) THEN we all find out that she has 6 more kids at home! What the... 14 kids!??! I love big families, I think they are great! And, honestly, it's not even about the number, it's about the money! Mine and Jason's original plan was to wait to have kinds until we were mostly out of school. Now, obviously Heavenly Father had other pertinent plans for us but that doesn't change my mind about having kids in the future - Jason and I still want to wait until we can FINANCIALLY support a bigger family. While it was not our plan to have kids right now, we feel confident in our ability. We don't have to pay for a sitter b/c Rick and Linda are awesome and letting us take the baby to work. We are getting OUT of debt and not accumulating more! We're not super fond of our living situation right now, but it's allowing us to pay off bills and save money. My kids will not be a welfare check! I can attribute my independent "I can do it all myself" attitude to my mother who always encouraged me to make sure I could get my needs met (that I could do it without relying on anyone else for anything) and make smart choices.
Babies are amazing and great and I cannot wait to hold my son! But I think more people need to think about what's best for their situation. Kids are dang expensive and it's the parent's responsibility to raise them, not the governments
Throughout my late adolescense and adulthood, I have had many positions (professionally and volunteer basis) that have helped me develop skills necessary to serve as a liaison to the community on behalf of a professional organization. I have spent many years in various organizations which have helped me grow skills such as public speaking, note taking, and scheduling. I am proficient in organization and mediation – always keeping the mindset of finding middle ground and while meeting the needs of those involved. I excel in the area of community outreach and thrive in situations where I am given reign to be creative and managerial. I am committed to achieving the best outcome and feel I have many fantastic qualities to contribute to any organization.