Friday, June 20, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
hands at 7 weeks in the womb
All essential organs have begun to form.
Elbows and toes are visible.
The fingers have grown to the first joint.
Facial features — the eyes, nose, lips, and tongue — continue to develop.
The outer ears begin to take shape.
Organs begin to be controlled by the brain.
The length is about 1/2 to 3/4 inch.
feet at 10 weeks in the womb
The unborn child is now called a fetus, rather than an embryo.
The head is half the length of the body.
The arms and legs are long and thin.
The hands can make a fist with fingers.
Red blood cells are produced.
The length is about 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 inches.
face at 12 weeks in the womb
The neck is present and the face well formed.
The eyelids close and will reopen at about 24 weeks.
Tooth buds appear.
The arms and legs move.
All body parts and organs are present.
The fibers that carry pain to the brain are developed; however, it is unknown if the unborn child is able to experience sensations such as pain.
Definitive signs of male and female gender are present.
A heartbeat can be heard with electronic devices.
The length is about 2 to 3 inches.
The mouth makes sucking motions.
Amniotic fluid is swallowed.
Sweat glands develop.
The liver and pancreas are starting to work.
The length is about 3 to 4 inches.
21 weeks and fighting for life
Some experts have concluded that the unborn child is probably able to feel pain.
The skin becomes less transparent as fat begins to deposit.
Eyebrows and lashes appear.
Breathing-like movements become regular and are detected by ultrasound, but the lungs have not developed enough to permit survival if birth occurs.
The unborn child turns its entire body side to side and front to back.
The length is about 6 to 7 inches.
I'll probably finish this some other time. But I just wanted to say... this is THE coolest stuff EVER!!!
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Tonight is the rehearsal dinner, and I plan to take lots of pics tomorrow (Yes, Jamily... lots and lots!) and post them eventually, for those of you who know them, and those of you who, like me, are just obsessed with weddings. Should be fun!!!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
PS - know any good methods of teaching yourself how to play?! Cause I don't want to take lessons... that's more money... and why not learn on your own, right? Lemme know!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Sorry - the colors got weird on this pic, for some reason. :-(
Monday, June 9, 2008
I was talking with a friend today who is going through a really rough time, right now. The thing that screamed out to me the most is how much she's lost sight of her true self worth.
The sad thing? This is true is SO many other places. Not just with her. I think we do it all the time!
Don't you remember when you were younger... before you were jaded? We had SUCH big DREAMS!! We all did. We wanted to make a difference. We wanted to change lives. We wanted to advocate for those who couldn't defend themselves, and we wanted to make politicians shut-up and listen instead of always being selfish and whining and worrying about how rich they could be if they could ONLY be President. We wanted to change how people think - to change the WORLD!
But then we "grew up".
We realized that no one voice is ever heard screaming alone in the darkness. One person can't change the world. One hand can't really touch a thousand more.
WHAT HAPPENED TO US?!
Seriously! Who are we kidding?! Where did our passion go?
Need I remind you - One person DID change the world. One person DID reach thousands. One man DID make leaders shut-up and listen.
I'm not actually trying to preach today. *stepping off soapbox* I got off on a bit of a tangent on that one. But really... what happened to your self worth? Guys? Ladies?
Guys - you've taken a job that would pay the bills, probably just to support your hobby or family. VERY admirable and very respectable, but is it really all you had dreamed - some routine job that you dread going to every day?
Ladies - you're dating a man that treats you like GARBAGE. Or maybe he doesn't. But you've long lost sight of the Princess you once were. You had such BIG DREAMS about how life would be and yet you're with him. And making excuses for why you should stay. Letting him defend his actions, or lack thereof again and again and again.
We need to stop making excuses.
Do you remember how much you deserve? Do you remember how loved you are? Do you remember how much you dreamed and wanted for your future? Don't throw it away for some jerk that can't see past his own lame excuse for selfish ambitions.
Do yourself a favor and remember how awesome you are.
So I speak more to ladies, because that's what I know. And honestly - as emotional beings, I think we're effected in a COMPLETELY different way then men are. But that doesn't change a thing.
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
And I'm not just talking about the mirror you look into each morning with discontent. I'm talking about your "Ness". Your You-Ness. Your Ness is unlike ANY other. How can that NOT be beautiful?
I heard a quote once, but can't find out who it came from - "I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may - light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful."
Interesting that those three things can all be changed, isn't it? But in any circumstance... any situation... there is still beauty.
You're not happy? Make a change. Still not happy? Change something else.
No - it's not easy. But why can't it be done?
Honey - he doesn't deserve as much of you as he's already gotten. Don't give him any more of yourself. He's not worth it.
And the only man who is - won't make you question it, even for a second.
I want, more than anything, for you all to be happy - but I won't keep my opinions to myself any longer, becuase as your friend, I love you too much to do that to you.
Quit worrying about how much it may hurt other people, and make a change that will better You and your future. It's not selfish to follow your dreams.
A book I think EVERY woman should read - married, single, teenager, adult... EVERYONE: "Do You Think I'm Beautiful" by Angela Thomas Check it out.
Don't forget how awesome you are.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Let's just keep the Holy Name-Calling to a minimum, shall we?
I think that on some level we are all guilty.
We don't cuss. NOOO-sirree-bob!! We know better than that. But we DO throw out some pretty creative names, when we get stirred up.
You may be asking... Sarah, What's so wrong with that?!
Well, I'll tell you - the problem is that in trying to get creative with our name calling, and yet still getting out our frustrations... we end up sounding like 7-yr-olds on the schoolyard, angry because someone won't give us back our dodgeball.
"You're a stupid head!"
"Am not, meanie face!"
"Are too, Turd nugget!!"
I mean really... it gets kind've ridiculous. And though it's COMPLETELY entertaining (if you're not on the receiving end, that is), I think we should kick it up a notch. Let's try broadening our vocabulary and calling people names they will either 1 - not understand and thus, have no appropriate, equally effective comeback for; or 2 - they'll think we're complimenting them and be totally thrown off. Either of the two is fine with me, really, so here are a few words, along wit their definitions, that may help you in your next verbal sword-fight.
#1 - Is someone being mean? Try these words, instead -
Duplicitous [doo-plis-i-tuhs] : adj. Given to or marked by deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech.
Knave [neyv] : noun. an unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest person.
Nefarious [ni-fair-ee-uhs] : adj. extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous.
#2 - Is someone being rude? give these a shot -
Contumelious [kon-too-mee-lee-uhs] : adj.
Contumely [kon-too-muh-lee] : noun. 1. insulting display of contempt in words or actions; contemptuous or humiliating treatment; 2. a humiliating insult.
Indecorous [in-dek-er-uhs] : adj. not decorous; violating generally accepted standards of good taste or propriety; unseemly.
#3 - Just some other fun ones for you to try out -
Caitiff [key-tif] : adj. Despicable and cowardly.
Odious [oh-dee-uhs] : adj. highly offensive; repugnant; disgusting.
Flagitious [fluh-jish-uhs] : adj. shamefully wicked, as persons, actions, or times.
Okay - that's enough. If I keep going, I'm afraid one of you will use these against me, for some reason. Not that I would EVER give you a reason to (No never... right?!)
Alright, then. Have fun - and remember... if you just say to yourself that this person is a _____, then no one's feeling's get hurt. But if you say it to their face, you just might (okay - you totally will) cause some problems - both for you AND that person.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Some of you may be wondering - other than age, what was the difference in the two?
But in Teen Tintinnabulaters - the only highlighting you were allowed to do was to let you know when to do a two step spin turn all-the-while ringing your handbell and then softly quieting it on your shoulder. (And even then the highlighting was majorly frowned upon by Pastor Smile-to-the-crowd-but-scare-the-little-handbell-players-with-your-scowl... we called him Pastor Tom for short.)
PS - Don't EVER pick up the handbells without wearing gloves - it's like suicide to your hendbell career. Next thing you know, you won't be allowed to unpack them from the boxes, for fear that you'll clank them together - chipping the most essential handbell and ruining their sounds FOR-E-VER!!! FORREEEVVVVERR!!! (yes - I was just referencing The Sandlot, there)
For those of you counting with me... only 3 MORE DAYS until the Season Premier of Army Wives.
I LOVE this show!! It's sooo good. If you've never watched it, give it a shot. If you HAVE seen it... then you know how excited I am about the Season 1 marathon on Saturday, running up until the new show on Sunday!! Anyone in for a girl's night? Well, by girl's night I more-so mean girl's "Saturday Afternoon", but hey - who's keeping track, right?!
Alright, ladies... buckle down and get ready. It's gonna be a doozie!!! And if you're like me and REALLY impatient... here's a sneak preview of the Season 2 Premier:
Check it out!!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
This week is CRAZY-INSANE boring at work. Most everyone is gone. It's just me and two other guys - and of course it would be the two other guys that are the quietest! I have not a SINGLE thing to do, unless the phone rings (because then I get to answer it - WOOHOO!!). This is nuts!!
Thank GOODNESS it's already Wednesday. Only 2 more days to go - and I'll actually have work to do Friday... it's timesheet day. :-D
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give me something to do!! With a vacation 3 weeks (less, now) away, time is already screeching to a halt. Now - with even LESS going on - I'm going LOOPY!!!
And now - to quote a great movie... possibly one of the greatest of all times:
"I've got Cabin Fever."
"I'VE GOT IT TOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"
Just for those of you who haven't had the pleasure - that's from the Muppet's Treasure Island.
Someone - please spare me the pain... if you have a heart... entertain me, somehow!!!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
My little dog is growing up. He's not so little anymore... see here:
And here are some shots taken just DAYS after we got him:
The cutest puppy ever!
Too nervous to come out, at first.
"Wow - Hey, Mister... you're tall!" Sitting next to BIG Uncle Luke.
He makes friends fast - sitting on Mal-mal's lap (he looks like he's smiling!).
Look how little he is jumping up at his Momma!
NOW let's see how big got in another 4.5 months:
He's HUGE!! And the best part - he's not even done growing, yet!!! He's growing like a weed, man!
Isn't he SUCH a cute puppy?!?! When i can get my internet to allow me, I'll upload some videos of him in action for you.
These are Kyle's little brothers, the mini-McStudlies - Wyatt (left) and Tynan (right).
More pics coming - waiting for them to load...
Monday, June 2, 2008
In my first blog, I challenged myself to improving a lot of things about... well... myself. I got a lot of great comments from it, both online and in person, and have tried to really "apply" the advice I've been given. So let's take a look back and see how I've been doing, shall we?
I'll mark Green on the things that I feel I have improved, and Red on the things I can't say that about without lying... hopefully there won't be much red. Let's see:
#1 - Housekeeping
Okay. So I started off really strong, and then slacked off a bit again, BUT I'm back in high gear. The house looks great (AND this is AFTER I had a "party" at my house this weekend. GO ME!!). The only bad thing right now is more dishes (it's amazing how how you can't fit NEARLY as much as you thought you could into a single dishwasher load! And I've done two since Saturday night!). BUT since McStudly is at home today, he's supposed to be catching up on that (since this is a marriage and a partnership - it REALLY comes in handy for these kinds of things!!). As for Laundry, I have done LOTS of loads, lately, Kyle has thrown in a few, too, and just last night, I finished all but ONE basket of folding. :-) So... we're well on our way. Now, in all honesty we're probably only HALFWAY done everything (we've got TONS of clothes!), but that's still improvement, right? So... as we're going through things, we're setting aside things we don't wear or that don't fit, so we can finally get rid of them and have a normal sized wardrobe (and so that I have an excuse to go shopping again. It's been SOOO long and I miss it!). The house doesn't smell like I have a dog - I mean... you can't tell. :-D That's FANTASTIC to me!! The bookshelf is finally organized. The kitchen looks great (minus the dishes, that is). The bathroom is nice and neat (as long as McStudly keeps wiping up his lil' stubbles off the sink in the morning - great job, Sweety!). The spare bedroom could use a little more work... maybe a lotta more, BUT it's still pretty organized. :-)
#2 - Quiet Time
This is embarrassing. :-( I'm not very good at balancing my time. I have done better, so I suppose I COULD put it in green, but I haven't gotten to where I NEED to be with it. I've gotten great at praying more, for the most part, and I do more research on the Bible, etc, BUT I don't really sit down and just focus on God and read the Bible and meditate on it. And THAT'S where I need to be. It's like I skip the whole relational part of it. I've got the research, and the talking down, now I need to get better at the focusing and the sit-down-and-shut-up part of it. But that's SOOOO hard for me!! (No peanut gallery comments, please). It's just not something others can teach you - you have to figure out that kind of thing on your own. And it's not easy. But BOY am I glad that my God so patient. And BTW - I'm a FIRM believer in the fact that God has a sense of humor - Lord knows I provide him with PLENTY of entertainment. ;-) I'm a good laugh, for him, and I'm okay with that... but he wants more than a laugh and a big mouth who doesn't listen. And that's where I'm not doing so hot.
#3 - Money
We're doing WAY better!! We've started doing a "cash allowance" type of thing. We each get the same set amount of money for a two week period. That's it. Now, we didn't do so hot with our Memorial Day weekend, but in my opinion - Holiday weekends are more expensive, so it's all good. We were both okay with that. So... all is well. We're a little tight this week, because of it. But we'll probably take out a bit more to cover for the fact that it WAS a Holiday weekend last weekend. So... no worries. Next weekend means we get our new allowance! WOOHOO!! Just FYI - the allowance is for eating out, etc. Not as much other things. Neither one of us go shopping, really. And if we do, we run it by each other before we buy anything, really. The rule is really only for anything over $100, BUT we kind've do it anyways. We keep each other in the loop on money, so neither one of us can blame the other! ha ha - it's worked so far! Also - we've started a Credit Check Monitoring Program with our bank (because USAA rocks my socks!) and we're learning a LOT about what effects what. I've ALSO learned that you have to track things down to have them removed, even if the allotted time has passed for them already (which some people didn't know - check your credit!! But it's SO important to know this kind of stuff, and I'm glad we're figuring everything out. :-) Also - we're saving up to buy a house this summer (hopefully)!! No more "new car" talk. If I get a car, it'll be a "New-to-me" car, and it won't be this year, most likely. Probably next year or so... But to sum up - our debt is REALLY lowering (still waiting on that economic stimulus check, Dubbya!) and our savings will soon be piling up, as well. :-) So it looks to me like we're on our way!
and FINALLY... (drumroll please)
#4 - Exercise
Woohoo!! So I'm not like running 12 miles a day or anything crazy, BUT I'm doing better. Austin is getting good walks, most days, and I sometimes even run with him a bit. He's also getting walks with McStudly, when he's not working, and he's LOVING life! I plan on pulling out the pilates again, now that the house is pretty clean (though I was HOPING to wait on that new carpet... it may take a little longer for that than we thought) and manageable. I would LOVE to get a Wii and Wii fitness, but I'm not seeing that happening anytime soon - especially with the progress we've made and are making in the Moola Arena. But... I'm slowly feeling better about myself, and I KNOW the dog is happier than he was!! ha ha ha. I've also been trying to balance out my eating. If I DO eat something not-so-good for me, I try not to eat as MUCH. And I've been throwing in some salads before the other food, to help fill myself with something healthier before the bad stuff, and then not stuff myself until full, but eat until just past satisfied (I'm not disciplined enough, yet, to stop AT satisfied). So... I think all is going well.
Alrighty - so that's my update. How have YOU been doing in these areas?! Let's be honest, people. It feels good - I promise!!