Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Attack of the On-Sale Detergent

There is no other way to describe it...we were attacked.

I found a really good sale the other day at Wal-Mart on laundry detergent.  It was one of those giant bottles that weigh about 22 pounds and you grunt when picking it the bottom shelf of course.
After I got the mama-jama detergent home I realized that I would be putting it on the top shelf of our laundry room (note the first mistake).  After some heaving and hoeing I got it up there. 
For the next few days we did laundry as normal.
Then it happened.
The shear weight of the giant thing was just too much for our shelf.  During the spin cycle the detergent decided to fall off the shelf.  Of course it couldn't just fall and land on the washer; it had to hit the washer and then hit the floor.  When it did this about 15 1/2 loads of detergent spilled all over the floor.  The sound was incredibly horrifying.  We thought a car had driven through our laundry room (yea...cause that's logical).  Luckily Tim was here when it he was able to clean it all up.
After it was all cleaned up we proceeded to place it back on the top shelf (note the second mistake). 
About a week later I was in the kitchen when that car drove back through our laundry room! 
I instantly knew what the sound was and sprinted into the laundry room to find about 22 loads of detergent on the floor...and the wall...and the ceiling!  This time the jug had hit so hard that it blew the main lid off and dumped even more detergent out!  I couldn't believe my eyes!  My entire room was blue!!!  It smelled really nice, but it was going to take me FOREVER to clean it all up. 
I came up with the genious idea of wiping it up with a load of dirty towels and then throwing them in the wash.
When it was all said and done I had a very clean smelling laundry room.  The ceiling still has blue spots on it...but that's ok.  It's a funny reminder for me.  Plus it will help me to remember that every sale at Wal-Mart is not always a good sale.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Loving my new son

To my darling Ezra:

Today I am 20 weeks pregnant with you my son.  I have not blogged about you yet because it hasn't seemed real.  Life is so busy with your sister and brother.  We go to school everyday, play ball and trucks, clean house and cook dinner.  You have been on my mind this whole time, but just recently  you have wiggled your way into my heart...literally.  I have recently begun to feel you move, and just like that you are real.  I am even starting to sense some curiosity in your little being.  You love to kick at the seatbelt when I am driving.  It is almost every single time I get in the van to drive.  It always makes me smile. 
Today we got to see you again.  You have grown so much.  Weighing in at a whopping 12 ounces!  The doctor said you are super healthy...which makes Mommy so happy.
Your brother and sister saw you today too.  They were so excited to see you move your arms and legs and most of all to open and close your mouth.  You have become incredibly real to them today.  Your 2 year old brother has even started lifting my shirt and kissing you saying, "Wuv you Ra-Ra" 
That has quickly become your nickname:  Ra-Ra
Your real name, however, is Ezra Chastain Holland.
We feel very strongly that the Lord your God has given you this name.
The Hebrew translation of Ezra is "Helper" but I have also read other translations which give you the title "He will bring the people back to God" 
That's a pretty tall order...but I know God already has big plans for you.
Chastain is your middle name.  That was mommy's maiden name.  You come from a long line of strong Chastain men, but your Chief is the strongest.  He will be a good man to look to for wisdom.
Holland is your last name.  You already show the strong Holland traits in your profile.  This is a good name.  One that you can be proud of and look back through the generations and find men who loved the Lord.
We are proud of your name, my son, and we hope you will be proud of it too.

Here are some pictures of you!

Just a wee little peanut at 8 weeks.  We called you June Bug at this stage because all we knew was that you would be arriving in June 2012
 Looking like a real baby at 16 weeks!  This is when we found out you were a boy!  Dr. Dozier let me get a sneak peak of you because she is so cool!

Really plumping up at 20 weeks!  We saw you move around and open and close your sweet little mouth. 

So rest well my son.  Eat a lot and continue plumping up.  I cannot wait to meet you in a few months and hold you. 
Until then, give me lots of wiggles!
I love you-Mommy