I wish I could say that I had a wonderful week but it was actually pretty miserable. I have been struggling some about my job. It seems like they expect so much from me and want me to do all of these things but my pay checks have been horrible. They have not scheduled me for the hours they said and have decided a few afternoons that they did not need me to cover for someone so that takes hours away. Technically I am teaching but I am getting paid like I work at the daycare. I mentioned in my last post that my throat had been hurting and I have been extremely irritable the past few weeks. Well Monday I continued to feel worse. I went to work and then Sam and I went on a few errands. One errand was a much needed hair cut for Sam. After the hair cut we went to the store to find something for Sam to wear to Homecoming at the Christian school, which was supposed to be tonight. Sam is the escort for a girl in our youth group who made Homecoming Court. On Tuesday I felt even worse but I continued to go about my daily business. I got to work and tried to teach and do what I needed to do, but I just felt horrible. On top of feeling bad one of the directors came to my room and asked me to help (I mean do EVERYTHING) for another teacher that needed some help with nothing extra for me. Maybe that sounds selfish but my life is so consumed lately and I do not have the extra time to do my job and somebody else's job. Anyway, I had to work until 2 and then I went to Sam's school to wait for him to get out of school. This time is actually pretty nice because I get a chance to study and do things for my Thursday night class. Well, I was waiting in the car-rider line and the longer I sat there the worse I felt. I could tell that I was getting a fever and I was really worried that I was not in any state to drive. I got Sam picked up and headed home. We got home and I got everyone to sit down and watch some cartoons and then I hit the bed. I checked my temperature when I first got home and it was at 100. Ten minutes later when I got into bed it had already climbed to 102.4. I stayed in the bed the rest of the evening and I woke up at 1:30 Wednesday morning and I could not even swallow. I had to sit up and try to sleep because I thought I would choke if I laid down. I got up at about 5:30 that morning and got a bottle of water (sorry I am about to be gross) and every time I tried to take a drink I would throw it back up. It would not go down my throat so I was throwing up the junk in my throat. I had already called into work the night before so I started getting ready so I could head to the doctor once they opened. I could not find someone to keep the girls so I had to take them with me. They were really good at the doctor's office so I was glad. Well those of you that know me can probably guess what the diagnoses was, that's right STREP THROAT. I have strep so many times but I cannot remember the last time it was this bad.The doctor said my throat was very swollen and that is why I could not get anything down. He came me a prescription for antibiotics and some steroids to help with the swelling. The girls and I headed to Wal-Mart to get my meds and then I got the the first Alvin and the Chipmunks movie for them to watch so I could rest. Well I finally make it home and we have no power. Someone is building some new houses across the street from us so they were running new lines and cut our power off. I really thought I was going to lose it! It was freezing cold in the house and now I had no movie for the girls to watch. I made Emma lay in the couch and I left Chloe to just fuss in her room until she went to sleep. I was able to rest for a little bit and then had to head out again to pick up Sam. I did have some medicine in me so I was feeling a wee bit better. We got back home and then I stayed in the bed. I slept great Wednesday night and I felt so much better Thursday. I ended up going to my Thursday night class because it is almost impossible for me to miss since it is only once a week. It went OK. I did get to prepare as much as I would have liked since I was sick, but at least I was in class. Well, I guess the big news of our week is this snow storm that we got today. All of our schools called off today and I was beginning to think they missed the mark again because the snow did not start coming until about 1:30 this afternoon. It has continued to snow the rest of the day and I think it is going to snow through the night. I think they are calling for 6-10 inches. The kids and I got out there for a few minutes today and plan on playing in it tomorrow. I am a little disappointed because the Homecoming got rescheduled for Thursday night so I will not be able to see my little guy looking so handsome because I will be in class. Well I am sorry this post is so long. I guess that is what happens when I do not post all week. I will end with this story. Tonight the kids and I made some chocolate chip cookies. I actually got all the ingredients out and we sat at their little table and let them put all the ingredients in the bowl. After we made the dough I got two little spoons and I let the kids have bite of the cookie dough. Well, Emma was being silly and she spit the cookie dough back into the bowel. Well it was totally gross but then Sam turns to Emma and says, "Emma that is not what a chef does!!"
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I did not realize that it has been over a week since I posted so I will try to give a quick recap of our week. We had a great time last weekend with the youth group. We have some amazing teenagers and it is so exciting to see God working in their lives. We are very blessed to have them in our life. The kids had a great time at Gran and Papa's even though Chloe had an upset stomach all weekend, I think it must be an anxiety issue with her because she does that every time we are away from her, She has not any problems since we picked her up. We got back Monday afternoon and Jeremy had an eye doctors appointment and them a meeting with some local youth pastors. The kids and I came home and tried to get everything put away. It was back to work on Tuesday and it was hard getting back in the swing of things. Wednesday I was only at work for about an hour and then I had to go to Nashville for a teacher training. I was a little aggrevated because I found out Tuesday afternoon that my work had signed me up for this training. I would not have minded except it was a non-paid training and I had already missed a day on Monday. So, Wednesday I drove to Nashville in the pouring rain and I had no idea where I was going. I finally found the church where the session was being held and then was there for a few hours. Thursday was a regular day and then I had class that night. Class is going pretty good. It is a little hard to study for the tests that we have each week, but I am working in studying whenever I have a free minute. I have been getting off work at 2:00 so I have been studying while waiting to pick up Sam. Friday was work and school and then we went to the grocery store Friday night. We also went to Sam's Club for a cheap but fun supper. We then came home and read the book "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and then we watched the movie. Sam and I camped out in the living room and had a fun time. We slept in a little bit but Jeremy and I both woke up not feeling well, My throat has been hurting the past few days and I feel pretty sluggish. I took a few hour nap and then felt a little better. We had a Life Group get together at some friend's house last night and it was so much fun. I was up several times last night with my throat hurting and Jeremy woke up this morning at about 5 and had a 102 temperature. He has been feeling horrible all day and his fever will not break. He has already called in for tomorrow. I am still not feeling great but I do not have a fever so we will see. One more thing before I go. Today at church we a had special speaker who is heading up something to raise money for Free Will Baptist Foreign Missions. Our denomination is doing something called Go 10 Walk. It basically is a retracing the steps of our first missionary, so the walk starts in GA and then goes up to New York and then back through Nashville and then through MO an into Oklahoma City. They are asking people to walk 10 miles and asking that each person try to raise $500. They have a donor who is going to match up to a half of million dollars so it is really exciting to think of what this would do to help our missionaries. Well, the road that this walk is following goes right through our town so I have decided to sign up and walk 10 miles of the walk. So I said all of this to say that I would ask that you pray for me about this. I like to walk but I have never walked 10 miles at a time. I would also ask that you pray about donating to my account. You can go to www.go10walk.com/kimriggs to learn more.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Class went great last night. I will need to stay on top of the work but I feel pretty comfortable with all the projects and things that we are covering. It was also a WONDERFUL surprise when the teacher told us that there was a misprint in the times and the class is only from 6-8:45 on Thursday not 10:00. That makes things so much better. I got home about 9:15 and Jeremy and I watched the show Bones, which he recorded for me. Today was then another exciting day. We all got ready and got out the door this morning and things were going as normal. It was about 10:30 and the director of our center came into my room to tell me that Emma had fallen outside and hurt her wrist. I went to the office to see her and she was crying and holding her wrist. It was swelling a little and I was not sure what to do. We put an ice pack on it and the ladies in the office suggested that I go ahead and take her to the doctor just to be sure it was OK. I called the doctor and they told me to bring her in. By the time we got to the doctor it was looking better but she was still saying it was hurting. Thankfully there was nothing broken but it was sprained and bruised. She has a bandage on it and I am giving her Tylenol for the pain. She is supposed to be keeping it up as much as she can, but I am lucky to keep her still for more then 5 minutes. I am praying that it does not hurt her too bad during the night. It id funny because Chloe keeps trying to ask for a bandage on her arm and gets upset when I tell her she does not need one. Well, after the doctor I took Emma to McDonalds and we just had a sweet time together. I then went back to work and picked up Chloe, came home for a few hours and then headed back to get Sam. I have been trying to get the laundry caught up and packed for our trip tomorrow. I think I am almost packed but I am pretty sure I am forgetting something, Well I better get going. I hope you have a great weekend. We will be back on Monday. Here is Emma and a rare moment of her smiling today.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Today had been quite a day and I still have a long time left of this day. My day started out 10 minutes behind schedule when Jeremy decide to get up earlier and was still in the shower when my alarm went off. I know you may be thinking that I was glad to get the extra 10 minutes but that is not how I think when it comes to staying on my schedule. I hate being late. There are times that I would rather not show up at all if I am going to be late. Jeremy gets so aggrivated at me because I get beside myself if we are running late. I am not sure where this obsession with being on time (actually at least 5 minutes early) came from, but I am thinking it has to do with my Dad. My Dad is all about having a schedule and I am all about staying on time with that schedule. Ok, sorry back to my day. So I continue to get ready and make sure the kids get going a little quicker this morning to make up for the lost time. Jeremy left at about 6:30 because he was taking a day off to spend the day with a family in our church whose daughter (who is in our youth group) was having some tests done today at Vanderbilt and needed to get something together for his sub. At about 7:00 he calls and says he is on his way back home. I asked him if he forgot something and he has indeed forgotten something,he has all THREE car seats. He is in Nashville and we are supposed to be leaving in 15 minutes! Yes I realize in the large scheme of things this was a minor problem, but I was in a panic because I knew we would all be late this morning. Sam has to be at school at 7:45 and I have to be at work at 7:45 so I knew that one of us was not going to be on time. Well Jeremy made it back home at 7:30, he kept all the seats and took Sam to school and then dropped the girls off at my work. So we were all on time and I could settle down. Jeremy was in a hurry to get to the hospital so the plan was for him to pick us up when I got off at 2:30. Well at about 11:00 the lady in the office came to my room and said that they did not need me to stay this afternoon so I could leave at 11:30. That sounded great! Then I remembered that I did not have the car seats. So I text Jeremy's mom and ask if they could bring me the seats they have. Well Jeremy's dad was also at the hospital with this family so he had their car. She suggested that I leave the girls at the daycare and come to their house and get them. So I leave and go to Jeremy's parent's house and his mom is standing outside in her pajamas. She comes to the car and she has been locked out of the house with our her phone. She brought the seats outside for me to grab and the door locked behind her. To make matters worse my phone was flashing red that my battery was about to die and Jeremy's dad was not answering his phone to let him know that he needed to come home. I ended up taking her to a friend's house and Jeremy's dad could pick her up there. We had a good laugh. I finally got the girls and came home for about an hour so I could charge my phone. I was almost out of diapers and I needed to get some things for this weekend. We are going to Gatlinburg this weekend with our youth group. It is always a fun weekend with them. The kids are staying with Gran and Papa and will have a blast. Well I am not sure if I mentioned this, but I decided a few months ago that I was going to go back to school. So registered for a couple of classes this semester and unfortunetly the first one starts tonight. My class will be every Thursday night from 6-10 until April. I am pretty excited because I loved school and I love learning but I am also nervous and hope I can handle the load added. Well I better get going. Thanks so much for all the Birthday Wishes!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Well we survived our weekend of being stuck in the house. I did not think I was going to make it Saturday. The kids and I had been stuck in the house since Wednesday afternoon and we were going CRAZY! We had church Sunday and then we went to Jeremy's parents for lunch for mine and Jacob's birthday lunch. Sunday night on the news they were saying that Sam's school was opening an hour late. Jeremy brought Sam to his parents and Papa was going to take Sam to school when it started since I had to be a work an hour before he needed to be there. So I get to work and a lady in the office comes to my room to see how my weekend was and then she asked me if I brought my son with me today. I told her that I worked something out for his grandparents to bring him to school. She then replies by telling me that the county CANCELLED school for Monday. I did not even think about checking the news that morning because I thought it was crazy that they were starting an hour late since the roads had cleared up on Sunday. So I had Jeremy's dad bring Sam to me at work since they had a school-age class for those out of school. I thought it would be a good idea for Sam to get used to being at my work and get to know the people that he may be with on days he might have to come when I work later. He was all weird when he got to my work and started crying when I left him even though my room was right next to his room. He had a fun day and actually became buddies with a boy that is in his class at school that was also there. Well I was going to post more tonight but we are about to go watch some of the girls in our youth group play basketball.
Friday, January 8, 2010
We are all home again today. Jeremy and Sam's school was cancelled last night and my school was still opening at 8:00 this morning. I was still very confused as to whether I was supposed to go in today, so I got up this morning and got ready just like yesterday morning. I did shower and fix my hair last night before bed so I slept in a little later and only had to get dressed and curl my hair. I did not mind going in today because if I do not go in I do not get paid. I was however a little concerned about the road conditions. There is still snow and some ice on the roads and those of you who have been to my house know that the two roads I need to take to get to the main road is not easy to drive on when the weather is beautiful. So, I decided to call work before I actually went outside to see if I needed to come in today. They told me that I could just stay in because their numbers would probably be down today. So I went back in my room and put my pajamas back on:) My plan for today is to finally get caught up on all the stuff that has been left undone since Christmas. I have a mound of clean clothes that I just cannot get motivated to put away. I need to go through the kids clothes and box up all the clothes they cannot wear. They have so many clothes in their closet and drawers that they do not wear and I think the lack of space adds to my lack of motivation of not getting the clothes put away. I feel like it is a constant fight trying to find a place to put them. So I am really hoping to be productive to day. Well I got waffles going for the kids so I better go. Here are some pictures of the kids playing outside yesterday. I thought it was so funny when the kids laid down on the deck to make snow angels. Poor TN kids, the most snow we get accumulates on our deck. Stay warm and have a great weekend.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I was so upset this morning that I forgot to wish my Dad and my niece Isabel a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Well I guess if you are reading this you already know that I have set my blog to private. I had been thinking about doing it for a few weeks now because I actually got some guy that has commented on some of my pictures and I have no idea who he is. I also have a follower that I have no idea who she is and it kind of creeps me out. So this mornings comment just confirmed that I needed to change the setting to private.If you know someone that reads my blog but maybe I do not know them you can forward me their e-mail and I will add them. Well believe it or not it is still snowing lightly here. Sam, Emma and myself went out about an hour ago and played for a few minutes in the little bit of snow that had fallen. They had so much fun and I was able to get a few pictures and will post them tomorrow. Well I have posted a picture of my dad and Chloe taken after Chloe's court date and one of Sam and Isabel from last week.
OK, so I was going to just post about our day but before I do I have something to vent. When I logged on I had a comment from someone anonymous stating that they liked my new postings because my old ones were not very good and now I was showing more originality and creativity. Well I am sorry to whoever left that comment that I have not been enough entertaining for you. If you do not like my blog do not read it. My purpose for this blog is to be very candid about my life and the ins and outs of our days for those who know my kids and my family. I am not sure what was meant by originality, but I do not have a blog for people to think it is great or creative I just do it to share our lives. Most days I post I have at least one child climbing on me, running laundry, and tending to someone who needs help, so I am lucking to even write a coherent thought. I guess what upsets me the most about the comment is that the person that left it obviously does not know me because they did not even bother to leave their name and they would know that I need encouragement right now not a critic. When I start getting paid for doing this then that person can leave their two cents worth. OK, sorry that may have been harsh, but it really upset me. So with that said, here is a recap of the past few days. Yesterday was day two at Sam's new school and he did great. He woke up excited and we did not have any melt downs once we got to school. I decided to let him buy hot lunch at school this week and he thought it was the coolest thing ever. I picked him up at about 2:45 and he was all smiles. We came home and the kids played the Wii and settled in for the night. They have been calling for snow all week so before bed last night Jeremy and Sam's school had been cancelled. My school was only opening 2 hours later so I made plans to go to work today. I woke up to absolutely so snow on the ground. I got up and got ready and even headed out the door. I was on the phone with my dad and was backing out of the driveway when worked called and said I did not have to come in today. It started lighting snowing at about 7:30 but it is not much to mention. We just have a light dusting. So we are all staying home today and just enjoying each other.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I do not have any pictures to post but I thought I would get caught up on what has been going on around here. We had a pretty emotional Christmas break, but it was also good for my family to be together for a few days. It was especially nice to spend a week with my sister. Jeremy was gone all last week so it was nice to have some family with me to help with the kids. Jeremy was taking a class at Liberty University in Virginia. Yes, Jeremy is still going to school. He is working toward his doctoral degree in administration. He is doing most of it online but he is required to take several classes on campus. I want to thank those of you that prayed for him while he was gone and while he was sick. Monday night while he was away he got a migraine that lasted 14 hours and was miserable. He went to the ER and got some meds and was able to get back into his class. He finished the week strong and got back Saturday evening. Sunday was church and then we went to eat lunch with a dear family and then came home and got a nap. Yesterday was back to work for Jeremy and myself. Jeremy did not have students but he had a work day. The girls and I adjusted nicely to getting back to a routine. Today was the BIG day for Samuel and started his new school. He was really excited this morning but became a little unsure once we got to the school. The lady in the office took us to his classroom and on the way we met a girl who was laying on the floor SCREAMING that she did not want to go to class. Another lady pointed out that Samuel was going to be in her class and I think it freaked Sam out and he started acting weird. We got to his class and he clammed up. He would not talk to the teacher and his little eyes started to water and turn red. I was trying so hard to keep it together because I knew if I started crying it would be over. It was also crazy because I had both girls and Chloe was being crazy and Emma kept taking her coat off and trying to stay in the classroom. I finally got Sam to sit down and I just had to walk out of the room. I was so worried about him all day. It was finally time to pick him up and he was smiling and started to warm up after a few activities. His teacher met me at the door and said he had a good day. They did some kind of writing activity and she was blown away by what he had written and could not believe how much he already knew. After I picked Sam up I needed to make a Wal-Mart trip to get the rest of school supplies for Sam. I did not want to go with all three kids but I needed to go. We got to the store and I took Emma to the potty. She did not want to go but she sat down but I am not sure she went. She has been doing this thing were she should be going to the potty but she gets too busy doing something else. She has started trying to flush the toilet when she goes into the bathroom or finds something else and ends up going in the floor. OK, back to my story. I get her back in the buggy and we go back to the front of the store and she says she has to go potty. Sam was doing something and I was trying to get off the phone and get back to the bathroom when I see a puddle forming under the buggy! SO I her cleaned up and made it out alive and with all three kids still alive. Oh, I forgot to mention Chloe's little issue today. She hit another child in her class so the child bit her in the stomach. The other kid got a pretty good grip on her and actually drew some blood. I knew sooner or later she would start acting like she does at home:) I know you all that know her thinks she is the sweetest thing ever but she can be quite a brute sometimes. I think the lady in the office was shocked that I did not seem upset that she had gotten bit but I am hoping this teaches her not to hit anymore and I knew she would be OK. Well I am watching The Biggest Loser and trying to get some clothes put away. Thanks again to everyone that has been praying for our family and thanks for your prayers for Sam today.