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I have my 20-week ultrasound tomorrow!  I was very hopeful that we would find out that the subchorionic hemorrhage was gone, but after more bleeding the last couple of days, I’m pretty sure it’s not.  It could definitely be smaller though, which would be good news!  We’ll just have to wait and see.

In other news, we are back to school this week.  We’re splitting a week over this week and next week (because we still have craziness going on and can’t do school every day yet…plus I’m still catching up on stuff like quarterly taxes, paying bills and looking for insurance like don allred insurance ) and then we’re taking another week off to visit family.  When I looked over our school calendar for April, we’re only doing one week’s worth of school the entire month!  It’s been kind of nice to take a break, but it won’t still be nice when we’re still doing some of our school in July!

I’ll try to be back tomorrow to update after my ultrasound!

It’s almost time for us to dig back in and finish off our last ten weeks of this school year.  Can I just say that I do not feel refreshed and ready to get back to it?

I’m not sure where all of my extra hours I was supposed to have during this break have gone, but they have up and vanished.  We’ve been so busy anyway, I’m not sure exactly how we’re going to start squeezing school back in next week!  Oh well.  10 more weeks.  Just 10 more weeks.

One of the things we’ve added in that has kept us busy is taekwondo for the older kids.  They love it (mostly…Ava loves it and Kelvin is having some motivation issues, as usual) and they are just the cutest little taekwondo people ever, right?

I have two baskets of laundry calling my name and then I think I hear my pillow calling, too.  I know I haven’t been sleeping enough lately, so it’s time to fix that before we get back to the routine, too!


It sure has been quiet over here in my corner of the blogosphere.  In case you were wondering why, it’s because as soon as I got taken off of bedrest for my subchorionic hemorrhage (which is not resolved yet), we came down with whooping cough.

Carter and I came down with it first and the big kids followed a couple of weeks later.  Chad is the only one who has still not shown any symptoms.  At this point, I think he just might get lucky and escape it!

The kids and I just finished our 5 days of antibiotics, which supposedly means we’re not contagious anymore.  I’m not sure I believe it, though.  We all still feel awful and I’m pretty certain I cracked a rib last night because the coughing fits were so bad (I wish I were exaggerating or blowing it out of proportion).  I’ve definitely had it the worst and I think it’s because I’m also pregnant.  I’ve been vomiting at least once a day from coughing so hard…sometimes after every meal or snack.  Carter has vomited a few times (mostly at night) and the big kids haven’t vomited at all.  I think the big kids got their antibiotics soon enough that it probably won’t get super bad for them.  They probably still will be coughing for a long time to come, though.  It’s called the 100-day cough for a reason.

So that’s why it’s been quiet here.  We’ve been staying home all the time because of course we don’t want to share our germs, but with three kids with cabin-fever, that certainly doesn’t equate to extra blogging time for Mommy!

It’s been fun watching the Olympics with the kids now that they’re old enough to enjoy it.  They still might be a bit young, though…this is what happened during the Opening Ceremony:

They have been enjoying the “ice dancing” (figure skating) and the snowboarding, but everything else kind of goes over their heads.  I can’t blame them, though…some of it goes over my head, too!  LOL

I’m so frustrated with myself right now.  Ava had her first Ballet & Tap class tonight.  I got her dressed, fixed her hair and told her I needed to get a picture of her before we left.  And I totally forgot!  Next week, there will definitely be a picture.

Anyway, she did awesome!  She took a dance class a couple years ago and didn’t do well at all.  She goofed off the entire time and learned nothing.  But during this class, she paid attention and couldn’t wait show us her new ballet and tap moves when she got home.  I can’t wait to see her recital at the end of the class!

Since we haven’t been able to spend much time outside due to the cold weather, I decided to sign the older kids up for some lessons at the community centers to keep them active this winter.

So Ava will be starting a ballet and tap class!  She so excited, you’d think it was ballroom dance lessons from the Dance Doctor ! We have all her shoes and leotards ready and she absolutely can’t wait!

And Kelvin will be starting basketball.  This will be his first class without Ava in the same class, so I hope he does OK!

Last year for Kelvin’s birthday, we got him his first bucket of Lego’s.  They were such a hit with both of the big kids that we bought another bucket for Ava and a specialty set for each of the kids.  I foresee Lego’s being the most-asked-for gift for many upcoming birthdays/holidays/events in the future!

I love that it keeps their minds active, whether they’re following the directions or coming up with something completely on their own.  And once they have their creations built, they add in other toys and have elaborate games.  Definitely one of the best toy investments we’ve ever made!

Sometimes when the whether is freezing outside and it’s way too cold to start thinking about playsets raleigh nc , the kids get a bit of cabin fever.  Want to know what’s in that box?  Ava!  She saw the big box and climbed inside and asked me to close it on her.  Carter was watching the whole time, and as soon as it was closed, he hopped on top of it so that she couldn’t get out!  I guess that’s one way to stay entertained on cabin-fever days!

You wouldn’t know it now, since we’re expecting a wind chill of -14 degrees on Thursday, but we had a beautiful 64 degree day on Sunday!  In January!  It was awesome, so we headed to the park.

I didn’t even notice they were sitting exactly the same way until later!

Carter spent a ton of time on the swings.  He loves them!

Playing in the whale’s mouth.

The big kids did a little swinging as we were leaving, too.  This is the only picture I got of them, because the big kids went one way with Chad and Carter dragged me the other way.

Nothing beats spending the day at the park in the middle of January!

I took the kids to Chuck E Cheese to play and have lunch today.  Ava and Kelvin had been there and knew what to expect, but this was the first time Carter was actually able to play.

Carter didn’t like most of the rides because they startled him, but he found a roller-coaster simulator that he absolutely loved!  He rode it for about twenty minutes straight!

I absolute love this one!  Look at Ava’s face:

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