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Writer’s block resurrected! AHHHHH!!!!!

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2011 at 12:49 AM

For some bizarre reason Writer’s Block must now be a zombie because the evil beast just won’t stay dead! 

BAM!!  BAM!!!   (smoke clears)   oh man!  He’s still alive time to call in reinforcements!


I’m a little Ducky short and stout…

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2011 at 2:20 AM

Yippee!  Spring has finally sprung in our house!  We went on our SECOND walk today to our local grocer.  The kids were ubber excited when I told them before breakfast was done.  As soon as everyone’s hands and faces were washed, we had pancakes, the older three ran to get their shoes on!  Cora just sat and waited in ther chair watching her siblings chatter with glee.  The main point of going to the store was to get both Collin and Jasmine and Collin almond milk, WIC, and a few things for tonight’s supper.

Every few weeks, Mike…errr…I’m and responsible for providing supper for the men’s Bible study at our church on Thursday nights.  In the past, I have made chicken soup, chili, lasagna, frozen pizza (eww!), Dr. Pepper Chocolate Cake, Mt. Dew Apple Cobbler, vegetable salad, etc.  Tonight’s menu consisted of what is called, “Marlboro Man Sandwich”  the recipe found at:

Mike and I LOVE this sandwich!  I prefer it made with just soy sauce and Mike likes it made with Worcestershire Sauce.  The men appearently liked it because my crock pot was empty.  😀  YAY!!!!  Oh!  and I made roasted garlic butter too.  Also on the menu was Mt. Dew Apple Cobbler; which is basically like any apple cobbler from scratch recipe with the addition of 1 cup Mt. Dew instead of the lemon juice.  I make my cobbler totally from scratch.  Since I love to share recipes that are “nummy,” I will soon be adding a recipe page to this blog.  🙂

Lastly, here’s a bunch of pictures of Titus from tonight and Tuesday.

Baby Titus showing off the ducky jammies Daddie got him.Wanna come play with me and my siblings?Monkey jammies from Daddie!I'm a little Duck short and stout.......

Hey! No looking at my bum! Oh wait! There a Monkey there! HAHA! 😀
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Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Mommie, there’s our house!

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2011 at 12:14 AM

I will be cooking supper for the men’s Bible study this Thursday.  Since I desperatly needed cooking supplies, the kids and I walked from our house across town (small town) to our local grocer.  Avery, Jasmine, and Collin were overjoyed when I announced the upcoming plans while finishing feeding Titus his mid-morning bottles.  Yes, I did say “bottles;”  more on that later.  The kids quickly picked up their toys, books, and animals.  Either got their shoes themselves or brought them to me and then changed diapers.  Avery kept saying, “I’m ready to go!”  I kept telling him, “That’s nice.  Thank you for getting ready, now wait for me.”  🙂  He probably said it a total of 6-7 times before I threatened no trip.  He quieted down FAST!  😀  BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

On the walk there, the kids had to establish walking order, who would walk where, how fast, who would wear the kiddie harness, and/0r who would hang on to the stroller.  Avery did pretty good staying ahead of Jasmine and away from the front of the stroller.  Jasmine and Collin took turns being the slow ones; Collin the worst since it was his first time walking since last year he was riding with Cora.  Cora just took it all in quietly from the front seat.  Titus used the opportunity to achieve some very strenuous work:  sleep.  I intentionally took the least traveled roads for a couple of reasons:  A.)  today school got out early and I didn’t want to have to worry about teenage drivers around our precious munchkins and B.)  I didn’t want to scare Collin and Jasmine too much with on-coming traffic.  Avery is used to it since he and I walked A LOT when I was preggy with Jasmine and Collin.

At the store, Avery took it upon himself as the big boy helper and help push the mini cart around the store.  Its almost as tall as Avery and has two plastic, blue food baskets on it.  He completely enjoyed the responsibility.  He did an awesome job steering, too.  He only had a little trouble down the cereal aisle because of several display cases and a few big cases of cereal boxes waiting to be put away.  As a treat for being awesome helpers in the store and because I knew I would have a revolt, I got them their own bottle of flavored water and a quick lunch to prepare at home:  instant fully loaded mashed potatoes and two cans of Campbell’s Old Fashioned Beef  Soup to put on top.  My mom made that soup a lot when I was our kids’ age and enjoyed it; I was throughly pleased when they all gobbled it up, too.  😀

I can tell Titus has hit a growth spirt!  He no longer is satisfied with 4 ounces of formula every hour hours, he has to have 5-6 ounces instead.  But DON’T give it to him in a logical 8 ounce bottle!   He doesn’t like them.  He would rather have his little 4 ounce bottles from the hospital!  Goof Ball!  😀  So, I have to warm up 3 ounces per bottle and then we have a very happy, full, contented baby.  YAY!!!

While on bed rest back in November, Avery would ask me at least 1-3 times a day why I was always laying down on the couch.  I would tell him, “because my tummy hurts;” which it did at the time!  😀  Collin, being my smart little wiper-snaper, decided to follow my example.  He had an upseat tummy that day, so when I got up to go the bathroom, I returned to see him on the couch curled up in a ball.  Both Mike and I told him to get down but he just grunted and gave us this cute pouty face.  Next thing we knew, Collin had messed his diaper BIG TIME!  Mike and I just started laughing, I changed Collin, snuggled with him as much as I could, then Collin was all better.

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SILENCE is golden….duct tape is silver!

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2011 at 12:08 AM

I’m am so thankful today is over and everyone, as of this moment :D, is fast asleep dreaming about dancing sugar plums.  Wait!  That’s Christmas, sorry!  Since I intend on honoring Writer’s Block memory, I will like to inform ya’ll what I do late at night instead of sleeping.

1.  Check Facebook.  Spy on everyone’s very important status reports, comment as needed.

2.  Check Millionaire City app.  VERY addicting but not too addicting that I’m doing it instead of everything I’m SUPPOSED to be doing i.e.: Sleeping right now.  😉

3.  Play Millionaire City for about 15 minutes MINIMUM.

4.  Check Yahoo since Yahoo has the most reliable information; like who is dating whom and who wore what to which movie awards ceremony.

5.  Get bored on Yahoo so head over The Pioneer Woman blog.  Get update on her life and all the goings on at their ranch.

6.  Once I’ve had my “country while living in the city” fill, I head over to Babies-R-Us and dream.  For the record, I AM NOT PREGGY!!!  I just like to “window shop” there!  😀

7.  Depending on the time, I repeat cycle until the toothpicks that are holding my eyes open splinter and fall out.  As soon as that happens, I stumble down to the basmeent switch out the laundry one last time for the day and go to bed.

8.  Lastly, I sleep as sound as I can until one or all of the following happen:

a.  Titus’ alarm goes off.

b.  Check on Titus’.

c.  Mike snores REALLY loud.

d.  Cora cries out in the night.

e.  Jasmine cries out in the night.

f.  Collin cries out in the night.

g.  My brain remembers I didn’t cover Cora’s bed with a blanket to keep her warm.  Get out of bed and do that.

h.  Get back in bed, find my “sweet spot” then remember I didn’t turn on the heater in the older kids’ room.  Get out of bed to do that.

i.  Go BACK to bed.  Realize I have to go the bathroom.  Stop and get a snack, get a drink and/or snack, brush teeth, check on everyone one “last” time.


k.  Mike’s alarm goes off at 5:00am.



P.S.:  Please pray for Cora.  She has been spiking a fever last night, this morning, this afternoon, and this evening before bed.  Please pray she gets better and I can get her to the doctor’s office.


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Just get me to the church…get me to the church…Get me to the church on time!

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Today was Titus’ first full day at church!  😀  He enjoyed it SO much he slept through most of it; except for when one of the gentlemen in the church announced that he was thankful that Titus could be here at church.  As soon as his name was mentioned, Titus’ eyes popped open and started looking around.  Mike and I started giggling.  The older 4 loved that Mommie was at church today also.  Avery snuggled up REALLY close and all three of them argued who was going to sit beside me since I was already holding Cora.  Avery and Collin both got turns; Jasmine will get her turn next week, if I remember.  🙂

ALSO, today is Mike’s Burpday!  I told Avery and the kids to give Daddie lots of hugs and kisses because today is Daddie’s birthday and his a big boy now!  hehehe  Mike just smirked at me.  Today Mike turned 21…again!  BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

In other news, Cora spiked a 99.7 fever right before bedtime.  I gave her the full dosage of tylenol alloted for her; three-fourths teaspoon.  Her temp went down to 97.1 in an hour or less; we are thinking she is either teething or she has an ear infection.  Collin seems to be doing okay on the almond milk for the last 24 hours.  The real test is when he goes back to his chiro this week.  I’m praying that Collin and Jasmine’s chiro will say that both are improving and all 4 of their valves are in alignment.  (I doubt it.)

In keeping with my earlier promise, here are more picture of the munchkins!  Enjoy!

Cora glaring at the camera

Cora being cora for the camera

Jasmine cheesing it up for the camera

Avery is modeling how big Titus' four day oxygen tank is! He's a few inches taller!? What happened to my little nine pound baby boy!? WAHHHHHH!!! 😉 Just kidding.

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Writer’s Block has been murdered! BWAHAHAHA!!!

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2011 at 12:53 AM

I decided to kill my dear ol’ friend, Writer’s Block.  If you would like to leave flowers, cards, gifts, even money please send them to my street address and I’ll see to it that I place them on the grave of Writer’s Block.  The viewing is scheduled on Monday, May 23, 2011 at our house.  Internment will be in our backyard under the ol’ oak tree on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 10:00AM.  There will a small lunch provided at noon.  😉

In loving memory of Writer’s Block, I would like to share that Collin is “officially” allergic to dairy milk.  This adventure to today has been two, LONG years!  When Collin was a baby, he would get constipated for weeks at a time.  Collin did “okay” on dairy milk for the past two years; he was easier to get his BMs than Jasmine.  Back in January, we started sending Jasmine to a chiropractor to have her colon adjusted.  Apparently there are four valves in your large colon.  I don’t know the technical names…yet!  😀  Jasmine is almost completely adjusted except for the last valve at the end of the colon.  😉  Anyway, Collin started having problems with his BMs.

After going a few weeks in a row, his chiro informed me to try take me off of dairy.  This last week or so I had reduced his milk and as much forms of dairy as I could.  Collin loved the extra apple juice!  😀  As the week progressed I started to notice that Collin’s face/body wasn’t as “chubby” as before.

This is Collin on the 9th drinking as much milk as he wanted.This is Collin on the 14th when I started to limit his dairy. Notice his face is starting to slim down.

This is Collin this morning after having Dairy-ease milk and his face was slighty swollen overnight.

This is Collin today after nap his nap; he had Almond Milk for lunch.

I’m making a big deal about the swelling because last year one of our family doctor’s said that if you are allergic to milk, your face/body will swell almost immediately.

We are now going to turn our attention to Titus to see if he, too, is allergic to milk also.  If he is, then we would have to get a different formula for him.

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Writer’s Block is a beast!

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2011 at 9:39 AM

The last few days have not been that overly busy, I have just been suffering from a violent case of writer’s block!  I’m sorry!  I love you all and greatly appreciate you taking time out of your own busy schedules to read the zany happenings of the Ryan clan.

Everything is normal here.  Mike is going to have his burpday tomorrow.   Avery is quickly learning his alphabet and numbers.  Jasmine is learning to use the potty.  Collin is trying lactose free milk to see if his tummy can handle it.  Cora was a major clingy princess yesterday when Mike got up; so much so that she would scream when he put her down.  The only way she would tolerate being put down is if her blue bouncy seat was right beside Daddy’s green chair.  Titus is getting to be a BIG chunky boy; he didn’t need a treatment yesterday but I did forget to do his Pulmicort.  Oops!  😀  I enjoyed sleeping in until 9:30am yesterday without having to get up at a horrid 5am to help get Mike ready for work.

Well, I better get going!  The Munchkins are awake and threatening to take down their bedroom walls with them!  AHHH!!!  Sounds like it will be a “quiet” day in the Ryan house!  NOT!!!!  hehehehe  I promise there will be pictures this weekend.

Wish me luck!  I’m goin’ in!

Love you all!

P.S.:  Here’s a song I heard on the TV show Bones.  I like it!  Enjoy!  😀

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Day #?????? Whose counting???? No body move ….i’ve dropped my brain!

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2011 at 12:23 AM






Last week while mike was wrestling the kids down for bedtime, here are a series of pictures of cuties.  Enjoy!  Titus is doing well he only needed a neb treatment this morning and once before his after nap bottle than right afterwards to clear some congestion.  Last night he slept from 1a to almost 7a.  🙂  please pray earnestly that he starts having bowl movements.  I am suspecting his formula is irritating his tummy.
Mike now has the weekends off!  Jack Links made two shifts for production where some people work 4 10 hour days (mon-thurs) and others are scheduled to work over the weekend (fri-sun.)  I’m excited to have him home more and so will the kids.  This weekend however he will have to work because his FMLA ends but at least its just one saturday.  Mike did tell me that there is still a potential for overtime but not as much.

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Day #36-Chiro appointment+Collin=milk?!

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2011 at 1:44 AM

Today Collin had his Chiropractor appointment.  We had suspected the Collin may be sensitive to milk but never had proof.  To sum up, Collin has had 3 appointments and today’s was a “go figure” result.  Two weeks ago, his Chiropractor said to limit milk and see what happened.   I tried as hard as I could but it seemed like his constipation got worse. So, now I have figure out which doctor to go that will send all the kids to an allergist to what foods and environmental allergens to avoid.   Thus far none of our Pedatric doctors want to this.  Please pray that mike and I find a doctor willing to help.  I bought gluten free and fairy free flour tonight but at a lose as to how to feed 7 people with different dietary needs/preferences.
All in all today was a lovely warm day and the kids and I re itching to go outside.  I have policy that all the trees in our yard have to have”big green leaves” before we go out.  I have thisbecause of it is too cold out, they will start coughing and vet a cold very easily.

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Day #35-Sleep is a many splendid thing

In Uncategorized on May 17, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Last night was AWESOME!!!!  Titus slept the entire night in his bed and woke up at 8am.  I went to sleep at midnight, Mike fell asleep around 11:30p, Titus fell asleep around 11:00p, and the older four were asleep by 9:30p.  The kids were very helpful by givng each other hugs and kisses and planted a few pecks on top of Titus’ head too. 
As far as an update on the kids groovy new baskets:  their clothes were sorted last night, folded today with help of Cora attempting to steal as many socks and/or baskets as she could get.  I am trying to figure how to setup the baskets in the hallway so they just plop their in each kids’ respective basket or just pile them up in the hallway next to their room.   I don’t know which will work best.  I do want to teach the kids to keep their clothes off the floor.
As far as prayer requests because I know we have friends and family praying:  my left hip and both feet have really hurting lately to the point where I can’t pick up the kids properly.  Please pray they heal or I can get to the chiropractor.  Praise!:  Titus only needed three treatments today-once in the morning and two after naptime.  PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!  Collin has a chiropractor appointment tomorrow so pray that it goes well; he goes to get his colon adjusted since he suffers from constipation regularly.  
FYI:  I sorry this post is so short; I’m typing it on my smart phone whole snuggling with Titus.  🙂 

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