Friday, April 24, 2009

Is there such a thing as "Blog Etiquette"?

I've always wondered about this in the back of my mind, but never gave it TOO much thought, until lately. My sis-in-law started a blog the other day. FINALLY. I've been after her for ages. She is completely new to it, I've been blogging for a year and half, almost. So she asked about my blog roll, "do you know everyone on it?"

Well, yes and no. Most of them I do, like I actually have seen them or know them personally. A few people I only know through their blog, but yet I feel like I've known them all my life. You know how that goes right? That got me thinking...

There are tons of blogs I look at, but never comment because I don't know these people from Adam, nor do they know me. Often we end up having a mutual friend, but sometimes I just 'end' up at their blog magically. Lately I've been venturing out... (oh... I know.. big steps) I've been commenting on peoples blogs that I 'stalk' (translated: always view, never comment). Whether or not a 'blog friendship' will evolve, who knows. But I figure if people didn't want every Tom, Dick and Harry viewing their pictures or thoughts, they'd have it private. Right?

So my question(s) is: Do you comment on blogs of strangers, or just people you know? And is there an etiquette to follow when blogging?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Katie's Story

Happy 3rd Birthday Katie Bug!

Dear Katie,

It is so hard to believe that you are turning 3 years old today! I remember so well the day you were born!
Carolyn was about 6 months old when I found out I was pregnant with you. (You would be the same space apart as Carolyn and Benji were..almost identical actually). I remember it being bittersweet while I was pregnant, because someone very dear to us was trying so very hard to get pregnant at the time, (then there was that adoption ordeal they endured). I also was (not so secretly) wondering how I was going to handle 3 kids??!!

Just like the past 2, no problems or complications with your pregnancy. G'ma Linda joked that I had 1 baby on time, 1 baby early, THIS baby would be late! She was right! Your due date came and went. So did my patience's. G'ma Joyce came to stay with us shortly before my due date. I remember walking and walking and walking in town with Aunt Tanya, Aunt Heather and her kids and G'ma Joyce. I walked the rubber off of my shoes (just kidding). Anyone who goes past your due date, even by a day knows what I was feeling. I got HUGE during that last week..which added to everything!

The DR agreed to induce me a week after my due date! So bright and early Tuesday, April 15, 2006 Daddy drove me to the hospital. By 8:45 they had the IV in and flowing. Almost immediately I had contractions: light and steady. At 12:45 I was only 4 cm. They didn't want my contractions to come any closer (every 3 mins) but they wanted them stronger. So the DR broke my water. Again, instantly my contractions picked up in intensity! (Right about now, I was re-thinking my 'all natural/no pain medicine plan', but I was so glad I stuck it out just a bit longer!) At 2:00 I was 7 cm, at 2:15 I was 8 cm. At 2:20 I was told to push 'just once', but had to wait. Around 2:30, I began again. At 2:42 pm, April 18, 2006, Kathryn Leann Schwenneker (8#15oz, 20 1/2") came into the world and our lives!

Once again, I can't begin to explain the emotions I felt when I heard you cry, saw you for the 1st time, and held you in my arms. You had a head full of dark brown hair, with streaks of blond running through it! The nurses were amazed at your hair, and your size! Mommy and Daddy were just so happy you were healthy and had 10 fingers and toes!

(Speaking of Daddy....After they broke my water, Daddy went out to the car to get something, since he figured it'd be a little while before anything happened. (During this time my contractions got hot and heavy...) 1:00-no Daddy. 1:30- no Daddy. 2:00- no Daddy (The nurses are wondering if they should call his cell phone, Mommy is in another state of mind not really 'worrying' about Daddy). Daddy walks through the door at 2:15, the Dr is right behind him. About 20 minutes after walking thru the door...Katie was born! (He ran into a family friend on his way back in from the car!! :0 ) With every pregnancy I had a secret fear of Daddy not being there for the delivery, (since he drove semi and sometime would be hours away in another state). This time, HE drove me to the hospital, and ALMOST missed the delivery!

Right from the start you were a good baby. Nursing and sleeping good: waking up once a night (for the most part). You had an older brother and sister, so you had plenty of attention and entertainment. Most days found you content and happy! Such a good baby! You are most defiantly a Daddy's girl and Boppa's pal! (You have both wrapped around your finger). You know how to hold your own, and won't tolerate to get pushed around, OR left behind! Slowly you've come out of your quiet, bashful shell...proving to some that you really are a normal kid!

Just like each of our kids, you bring your own special traits to our family. And we love each and every trait that makes our family complete. It's hard to believe you are turning 3 already! You act so grown up at times, and love to play with the big kids! We love you so much! I hope your day is special and fun.. because you are to us! Hugs & Kisses!

Love, Mommy

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A husbands nightmare...

(I stole this from Kara on FB, but I couldn't resist sharing it on here!)
  • A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard.
  • The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.
  • Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall. In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.
  • In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.
  • He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she may be ill, or that something serious had happened.
  • He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bath room door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.
  • As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went.
  • He looked at her bewildered and asked, "What happened here today?" She again smiled and answered, "You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world did I do today?"
  • "Yes," was his incredulous reply.
  • She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it."

Friday, April 10, 2009

Are we really that odd?

Maybe we are the 'odd family' around here. But I guess I didn't think it was so out of the ordinary.. maybe I'm wrong. Are we the only family that...
  • Doesn't have a TV to entertain 4 kids all day?
  • Actually 'plays' with their kids to keep them 'entertained'?
  • Doesn't go out for supper every night of the week?
  • Actually makes meals for my family....
  • Eats with their kids.

I all but got the 'Mother of the Year' award when this person found out we have 4 kids and NO TV!

Them: "How in the world do you entertain 4 kids?"

Me: "Uh, we play games, read books, play with toys, do projects...."

Them: "Oh, so you run a daycare 'school'?"

Me: "Well, some days it feels like it with 4 kids, but no. I do those things with just my own children."

Them: "Wow! That's incredible! You must eat out alot, if you do all that with them."

Me: "Actually we don't eat out too often. I probably go thru drive-thru once a week. We don't eat out with all 4 kids too often. So I cook supper for my family every night!"

Them: "Unbelievable. You are a "Wonder Mom"!! Can I have you come speak to some other Mom's I know?"

By this time I'm getting pretty annoyed by this person. I must admit, I did get a little 'puffed up', by being dubbed as "Super Mom" of the year. Yet I really don't do anything so out of the ordinary. Or at least I don't think so. Isn't it normal to play with your kids, make them food....?

I'm not writing this to get applauded for 'all' that I do for my kids. Because to me it's just part of being a mother (and its something I love to do). I know at times I grumble about the never ending laundry, or the mess that kids make.. yet deep down I really don't mind. I'm just sad that for some, this is not the case. What a sad, sad day it is, when your kids are actually another 'job' for you!

Thursday, April 9, 2009


  • Jen had this on her blog. She didn't necessarily 'tag' me, but I volunteered to do it anyways. Interested?? Here's what you need to do:

  • Go to your 4th photo folder

  • Pick out the 4th picture

  • Explain it

  • Tag 4 friends (if you want)

And of course!! This doesn't surprise me... obviously it's 'just' a buck. If my husband would have heard me say that, he'd shutter. This is no ordinary buck, which I can tell. It's a very nice one. (I'm pretty certain this may be at the taxidermist as we speak, so he can rest in peace, along side the bucks and bear we already have upstairs) This is 1 of 3 (?) that he got opening morning this past year. (He was hunting on our elders land!) I feel proud of this picture, because #1- my husband got this 'baby', but #2- I was the 1st one to know! He had talked to his dad after getting it, but only told him about the 'small*er*' buck.. he surprised them when he pulled in with this big daddy!

I won't 'tag' 4 people, but if you feel the urge.. go ahead. Leave me a comment, so I can check out your #4 picture!

Monday, April 6, 2009

I delcare it unfair!

  • Most of you know I am a Mommy to 4 kids. 2 boys, 2 girls. They all need clothed, that goes without saying. But have you ever noticed the difference between the girls and boys clothing section???
  • It maybe would help if my husband wasn't so dead set on having his boys dress like cowboys, and it maybe wouldn't be so bad if we were willing to shell out $30 for a shirt or a pair of jeans that the boys will MAYBE wear for 6 months, IF WE'RE lucky!
  • For our spring specials coming up.. I had no trouble finding adorable dresses for our girls (even matching ones in size 5T and 3T) for a reasonable price.
  • I knew I'd have a hard time finding matching outfits for the boys (Benji is at least 5T, John is 18mos, but could do a 2T). But I didn't realize it would be this hard to find them their own 'special' outfit!
  • Nothing at all, and I even overlooked Daddy's western preference by this time!!!
  • Finally I found matching western shirts (1 for Daddy, Benji & John) at our local 'western/farm/everything' store...but I paid waay more than I wanted too. That's the way it goes.
  • But I must admit..when I see all 3 of them dressed together.. I could care less of the $$$$.
  • Don't even get be started on shoes for boys and girls!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Yawn, Just another Saturday!

Alright, today I ....

  • did 5 loads of laundry (load #5 is sitting patiently in the dryer, load #4 is folded and waiting in the basket)
  • made 4 loaves of bread (I baked 3 and froze 1 for later)
  • made 2 dozen rolls (well, I froze them to bake later)
  • watched 3 kids today : John-18mos, Carolyn-3, and Emily-4 (OK.. the girls played outside almost ALL day, so I really watched 1 kid. Plus all 3 took a nap this afternoon)
  • vacuumed the living room
  • 'swipe-cleaned' the bathroom (did I mention I love Clorox wipes and the Swiffer mop?)
  • got my 4 originals back
  • fed them supper (it was nothing gourmet, but it was supper)

Before the evening is over I will possibly

  • give them all a bath
  • make a salad for supper tomorrow
  • maybe make a casserole for lunch tomorrow (on the 2nd thought, pizza does sound good for lunch)
  • line up clothes and bags for Sunday AM
  • give my husband a 'welcome back home' kiss just before I crash on my pillow (yes, he's been gone all day. I seem to get much more done when he is NOT here, but I do LOVE it when he IS here!)

And he thinks I just sit on the computer all day! Silly man! (Some days I do sit at the computer alot, not ALL day though. Not all Saturdays are as productive as this one was..don't think I'm a super woman or anything!)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Today I wish...

Maybe I really am getting 'older', as I have absolutely no desire to play any April Fool pranks today. The thought crossed my mind to do/say a few things..but that's as far as I got. I'm secretly happy my kids won't realize what today means for a few more years! When that time comes I'll have to get back into the game!

Anyways... Today I wish...

  • My kids came with an instruction manual.
  • I had more than 24 hours in one day.
  • I could have slept in a few hours longer.
  • All I have to do is wave a wand and 'poof'... clean house.
  • I really am 'super Mom'.
  • I never have to worry, ever again, about anything.
  • It was summer time.
  • My kids wouldn't grow up so fast.