Sunday, December 28, 2008

Precious Moments....

I am always looking for "moments" in my life. Especially during the Christmas Season and with the blessing of my two children, I feel that life is going to hand me these beautiful moments that leave me and my husband teary eyed and feeling blessed. This year God had a sense of humor.

1) We went to the "Bethlehem Walk" at a church. Another "free" thing and of course something I love. So as a family we went, and walked with Greyson and Ragon on a "search" to find the Messiah. I was so excited to get to Jesus. I just knew that Ragon would say something sweet, like say "Baby Desus" (this is what she calls Jesus)....what did I get? DONKEY and then what I believe to be the "hee haw" sound a donkey sweet moments that night.

2) We go to church on Christmas Eve. The children are going to do an impromptu of the Christmas Story. So as the lady sits to read and the children get up to act, I hear a weird sound. I shrug it off and continue to listen. The children then move closer to our row....and again, I hear a sound. Feeling like a fifth grader for thinking that I heard someone fart, I snickered a little and shut it down fearing a scowling look from the elders. And then again, and this time it was unmistakable....that kid farted and it was loud....right in the middle of the pageant. This time my brother in law and I absolutely lost it. I had tears rolling down my friends, there would not be a special moment at church either....just me, laughing at a six year old who farted....I will grow up one day.

3) I had been looking forward to Ragon getting a special "Barbie" ride on car. It is battery operated, and I just knew she would love it. Nope...scared to death....I had to settle for her pushing the button and running along side of it. I know...she is weird.

4) My final moment, my son's baby dedication. It was supposed to be today. Notice I said "supposed" ...that would be because at about 5:30 last night. Ragon got super cuddly, and stopped her running and playing and wanted me to "Hold You" and it wasn't for five seconds, it was for twenty minutes. I knew this was going bad, we got home, within minutes, she barfed all over David. We divided, I don't know that we conquered. But she was fine this morning, problem? Greyson decided he needed to eat every two hours....I felt like someone had kicked me in the head....but so far, we haven't spread the stomach flu....we are praying it sticks to one member of the fam!

So here's to hoping you all made some precious memories and had precious moments with your family. I did....but those were the funniest!

Update on the Essure: In case you were wondering. Not a dadgum thing. Still doesn't hurt, never did, only slight bleeding after procedure. Never even took another alieve after I left the office. This procedure rocked!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Just like Dora says, "I DID IT, I DID IT!!!"

I told you if you voted then I would do as the vote. So check out the pic! I cut it off girls, and I am one happy momma. It is a brush and go doo. I love it. I love my hairdresser Molly, she is at Marily Ihloff on Memorial. We call this cut, "the molly". If you want to go, tell her I sent you. She is fab!

On another note, Greyson had his two month check up today. Sweet boy, he is 11 lbs. 15 oz. Chunk a Monk! He is in the 76% in heighth. And he is 65% in weight. But he is healthy and that is what matters. Gotta get going. Having the in laws over for Christmas eve, and going to see my fam tomorrow....and somewhere in between Sanka Claws is coming to town....yes, we call him "sanka claws".......

Merry Christmas.

The Francy's

Monday, December 22, 2008

ESSURE???.....YES!!! I am sure!!!

Okay so my procedure is done. So many of you have asked me about this or to give a follow up. So I decided to do a play by play to let you know all that is involved in the process.

1.  Start a Z-pack the night after dinner.
2.  Have a snack and take three advil and a valium 45 minutes before bed.
3.  Wake up eat breakfast at 8:30 and take valium, three advil and one lortab.
4.  At 10:30 am eat snack, take one valium, three advil and one lortab.
5.  Arrive at Dr's Office, they take blood pressure, give one shot of toradol (lowers heart rate and is muscle relaxer).  And pay $25 co-pay!
6.  Go into room, get Pregnancy Test to confirm no pregnancy.
7.  Enter sterile room, remove bottoms, doctor inserts speculum, puts a local anesthetic (sp?) on cervix.
8. Wait 15 minutes
9.  Doctor comes back in, inserts "camera" and inserts a coil into each tube that contains fibers that cause scar tissue to grow around the tube and cause the tube to be permenantly blocked.
10.  Leave....Take three advil with lunch, dinner and before bed.

This procedure was not only not painful, there was no uncomfortableness whatsoever. The toradol made my mouth dry and the anesthetic on my cervix made me shaky. It lasted probably 20 minutes. The actual procedure probably lasted 10 minutes. 

I have read a ton on Essure after my doctor recommended. Of course, as with anything you hear a lot of negatives, as people who are mad are generally the ones to post. But I will say this. I think it is very important to have a good physician preform the procedure. My physician, Dr. John R. Thompson, 494-9558 is one of the best OB's in town in my opinion. He educated me on the process, gave me the exact dosages of medicine so that I would not feel discomfort and was able to answer all my questions I had about the procedure. They have only been doing ESSURE in the US for about 5 Years, but it is the only FDA approved female sterilization procedure. It has been preformed in Europe for over 30 years. It is safe and the most effective method of female sterilization on the market, more than tubal ligation. So - if you are considering this, I would recommend Dr. Thompson. I will say this, I have recommended him to numerous friends, and I have never regretted it. EVERYONE of them loved him and his knowledge as a clinician. 

It has been about four hours after the procedure, and I don't feel a thing. And the last lortab I had was literally six hours ago. Again - I would highly recommend this. In addition, in case you were going to let your hubby take the hit on this one, Dr. Thompson informed us that they are beginning to find a link between vasectomy's and prostate cancer. 

Just Checking In...

Started the drug regimen last night. Just wanted you to know....I like Valium. I sure wish I didn't, but it makes me happy. Procedure at 12:30, should take about 13 minutes. Will update you on what happens. So far, Greyson doesn't mind the bottle. Got that fancy shmancy breast feeding bottle that acts like a breast and has a let down. You all probably don't care about any of this, but this morning...well I feel SPECIAL...gotta go take some more Valium :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Frady Cat....

I am such a frady cat. I really don't know why. I am going to have my tubes "tied" on Monday. I am not concerned this is the wrong decision. We have two beautiful children. I do not KNOW that we are done having children, but what I DO know is that I am done birthing them. I am always open to adoption. So I am having the ESSURE process done. I am doing it Monday around 11:30 a.m. I just don't like taking the drugs, and then all the pumping and dumping I have to do, I don't know, it just kind of freaks me out. But I can do this. For some reason, all the drugs just freak me out. And I want to make sure they are out of my system before I nurse Greyson again. I don't want my little man on Valium.....Pray for me starting Sunday night, that is when I start drugging myself for the procedure, and pumping and dumping. If you are interested I will post more later on what it is. Just know I won't be knocked out and it is outpatient. It takes a whole 13 minutes for my doctor preform, and to top it costs $25. Hope you all have a good weekend.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord....

I am not going to call this weird, just funny how God works. I hope that I don't make a fool of myself, but neat things happened this last week. As you know, we have been trying to sell our house. Somewhere around September 12th, 2008 we put our house on the market. My sister and her rockin' team worked their hiney's off for a whole 45 days before my little man decided to make a surprise entrance! We quickly pulled it off the market and decided to put it on the market January 1. When Laura listed the house, I put a link to her website on Craigslist. I don't know why I did this. Not that I felt Laura didn't do a good job. I just felt compelled to do EVERYTHING I could to help her sell the house. We did, this house was immaculate for 45 days straight, you could eat off my floors! ANYWHO- after one stinky offer (it was so bad we didn't even counteroffer, but to say, "we are glad you liked our house") Anyway - the craigslist expired and I somehow re-posted the listing. (Neat thing #1) All of the sudden, people started e-mailing me about the house (no one had EVER responded before). Anyway - long story short, yesterday we showed the house to a young couple who loved it. Why is this weird?

#2 (already did #1) My house is not in "showing condition" right now, but they decided to come on a day I am home alone with Grey, so I had already made significant progress cleaning out my house.

#3 I JUST (on Saturday) had the floors in our house re-sealed (I hadn't done this in the 2 years we lived here)

#4 They wanted to see the house at 6:30 pm, Ragon goes to bed at 7:00....oddly enough, my mother in law had asked if she could spend the night that night, so I didn't have to worry about her.

#5 I hadn't finished Grey's nursery, so it looked a little WT, I had been cleaning it all morning, and I had been waiting for drapes for his room for TWO WEEKS, they came in two hours before the couple arrived.

#6 TWO more couples are coming by to see the house.

#7 We had this hanger in our shower for towels that David had been trying to fix for ages, you guessed it, he somehow was able to get the screw fixed YESTERDAY.

#8 I had prayed so hard for our house to sell, but it didn't. I couldn't figure out what God was doing. You tell me....the interest rates when we put the house on the market are 6.5%, they are now at 5%, and if we sell it FSBO we will stand to make more (Although we plan on a significant TIP for our realtor's for the ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS job they did.) I told Laura I was embarrassed with how hard they worked to sell the house and it didn't sell....

Anyway it occurred to me, with the more money that we might make, and with the drop in interest.....we might just buy the bigger house.....with room for....a pool thought I was going to say more kids, didn't you? Anyway - I really feel like God is all over this....I don't believe in jinxing things, so if it doesn't work out, I still know God had a plan...but how crazy was that day? Just kept making me think in my head, "But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Vote 2008

Okay - so maybe you are a little bitter about the way the election turned out. Maybe you wanted Obama to win - I don't know...frankly I don't care. I have more pressing issues.....My hair. If you know me, I am a real "hair freak". I have had long hair, short hair, brown hair, red hair, blond hair, lesbian hair, hippy hair, curly hair, straight hair, blond hair with red (this one was BAD), and I am in need for a change. I guess that I wanted to grow my hair out to look younger. I do feel like that has backfired and now I look like I have a mushroom stuck on my head, along with a 45 minute ritual of washing, blow drying and flat ironing my hair. You guessed it peeps - I DON'T WASH MY HAIR EVERY DAY....sometimes I don't even do it every other day. Save your gasps for someone who cares!!! I love a good dirty hair day...the hair is straighter! Anyway - so today you get a say. I want to cut least I think I do, but I feel that I have too many hormones running throughout my body to decide. I asked my husband, his response, "I won't divorce you if you cut it". I am not sure what that means except permission to do what I want. So you vote. I am leaving it blond...for now. But do I leave it long and keep growing it or do I cut it? I am going to attach a pole. But here are the decide. By the way, I will do as the votes there will be a follow up blog with pictures to confirm I followed your vote....

Thursday, December 11, 2008

How much would you give???

I am a pretty passionate person if you know me. I feel EVERYTHING very strongly. I have an opinion on EVERYTHING. One thing I feel strongly about is helping those in need. I know, another post during Christmas telling you to help out in a recession. Well, this won't cost you anything!

My sister Molly's adoption agency Deaconess is an amazing MINISTRY. Yes, this is a not for profit ministry to birth parents. I have personally met with one of the directors and their heart for parents who place their children for adoption is amazing. They follow up with these birth parents, they help educate them, house them, counsel them, etc. Anyway - whatever your opinions on adoption are, imagine this. You find out you are pregnant, and you have decided to place your baby in a home because at this time you are not able to care for your child. After doing that you spend nine months, watching your body grow, distort, stretch in order to carry a child for someone else to raise. All the while knowing the pain you will feel when the time comes for you to hand your child over for the last time. Laura and I felt the need last year to donate some maternity clothes. We did this because we both remember the frustration of trying to look "good" while pregnant, along with the frustration of the rising cost of maternity clothes! GAG! Can you imagine, being in that situation and having to buy maternity clothes, because you sure as heck can't wear your normal clothes? If you have maternity clothes that you will no longer wear, please call me and I will personally come pick them up and donate them to Deaconess. If you plan on getting pregnant again, at least look through the clothes that you probably would not wear again and give me a call! (e-mail me

In addition, and I hope this helps her donate more, there is actually ONE maternity consignment store in the Tulsa Area. It is called All Things Maternity - it is on 1525 S. Main St. in Broken Arrow, OK. Her phone number is 251-1333. If you go there, tell her I sent you. She promised me some clothes at the end of the season for Deaconess. So I hope by giving out her info, she will do it! By the way, I bought a TON of clothes there, she carries some great labels for a good price!

So the question How much would you give? Attached is a picture of Ragon. In the picture, she has given the most precious thing she has...Bunny. She gave it to her brother. You have to know how much she loves him to give him Bunny, this is huge people. So remember, the women who place their children - they are our sisters in Christ.....please don't judge their situation, because we are not called to do that. What we are called to do is minister to them and take care of them, and by doing so, showing them the love of Christ.

One last thing in this special season. Mandy and Mommy G - thank you so much. I know the words don't do justice the gift you have given my family. This Christmas might bring a little sting of not having Sadie, Cooper and Owen with you, but please know, our family is forever grateful for your sacrifice....for it made our family whole. I hope you know how much we love you two....

Friday, December 5, 2008

My Son......

A promise is a promise....

Okay - so I promised a couple of weeks ago I would try to put fun things to do in Tulsa that are free, I didn't do it last Friday, but here goes for this weekend:

1. Bethleham Walk - Date : December 4 - 7, 2008. Location : Christview Christian Church - 2525 S. GarnettWeb : December 4th & 5th - 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. December 6th & 7th - 5:30 to 8:30 P.M. Please call the Reservation Hotline at 918-407-9195 . This is the live nativity scene, with real animals and real people. We used to go to this when we were little, and I loved it!

2. Festival of Lights Christmas Parade, December 5th, 7 pm, downtown Sand Springs.

3. Skiatook Christmas Parade and Santa Shop - December 6th, I can't find out when this one starts but looks fun!

4. Winterfest Christmas Parade - December 6th, 6 pm, Downtown Sapulpa (Taft Street - Dewey Avenue).

5. Civitans Annual Christmas Parade - December 6th, 10 am. Main Street Broken Arrow - if you want to go to this, I think David might be taking Ragon. You can e-mail me and possibly sit in David's Law Office (right on Main) and watch the parade while sipping hot cocoa and staying warm!

That should keep you busy this weekend. Remember the best website for events in Tulsa.

Another thing I promised to do, and that was pray. Just wanted you to know that those of you who have asked me to pray, I have continually prayed for you since I promised. That is not to say that I have NEVER fallen asleep while talking to God, but I get the prayers in at least four times a night! Please keep me up to date on your requests!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Red Rover.....Red Rover........

Okay - a blog game. Never have played one, but I am up for the task. Kim Bevins challenged me to list my five favorite things, so here it goes:

1. Mornings: When Greyson gets up to nurse, David goes and gets Ragon and her "miwk" (milk) and we all lie in our bed and watch Toons.
2. Summers by the Pool: I love it in the summers when my sissy's and I just hang out at the pool, it is fun to watch the kids play, but more fun when we put them down for naps and then line up the monitors and catch some rays!
3. Blogging: had to know I would say this. I have met wonderful new friends and actually become friends with my sister's friends, and then I have gotten (not a word but I like it) back in touch with old friends, like Jen and Val.
4. Consignment Shopping: I don't know what is wrong with me. I started learning to save money really well by my sister Laura, and then some Type A part of me took it psycho, where I can't buy anything new...unless it is WAY marked down. I do e-bay, craigslist, I even found a maternity consignment store, that ROCKED! I get so excited to purchase clothes cheap! I even bought a Christmas present for Ragon - USED!
5. Cooking: I love to cook. I don't really do anything fancy, however Laura says it is. If I give her a recipe with more than five ingredients then she calls it gourmet!

So there it is. Now I must challenge five people to do their fav five! So here it goes:

1. Molly - my only sister who is seriously committed to blogging (however, with Lukes arrival, I think Laura is going to make a come back).
2. Jen - My old friend a suite mate from OBU. Don't believe anything she says about me, especially if I end up being naked in the story.....
3. Dee - My sweet sister in law, who started a blog about my cutie patootie niece and hasn't updated in two weeks...shamey shamey!
4. Karissa - My oldest and dearest friend. Who also started a blog. You will notice her...she is ALWAYS at the bottom of the list. I am leaning on her to update!
5. Terra - Actually my little sister Molly's friend, but who I now consider my friend too. Except for the fact that she had a baby AFTER me and is a skinny penny....

While I am at it, get to know me....


What is your husband's name? David

How long have you been married? 5 1/2 years.

How long did you date? Well in total we dated about two years, but one of those we were engaged!

How old is he? 33, what? Say it...I know - I robbed the cradle...but only by 18 months!

Who is taller? He is by a bunch!

Who can sing best? I wouldn't know...he refuses to church, if he starts to sing and I stop to hear him...he stops...he whistles real well though!

Who is smarter? Hands down he is. Must be all that fancy Holland Hall edumacation (yes I meant to spell it wrong).

Who does the laundry? I think David believes that his hands would fall off if he actually attempted to FOLD the laundry. But he will take seven pieces, throw it in the washer and dryer and then leave it in a laundry basket for I sound bitter?

Who pays the bills? Big Daddy does....

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? When you are looking at the bed I am on the right. I don't know how it got that way, we just crawled into bed when we got married, and that is where I landed.

Who mows the lawn? David's Brother Mike....

Who cooks the meals? Mamacita! He does some, and he does all the grilling. But for the most part, big mama does the cooking.

Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? Probably me, but it is because I am wrong more often. So David has a rough time admitting when he is wrong.

Who kissed who first? He did, at the Grey Snail...real romantic, huh?

Who wears the pants? Ummmm...probably David. We are more like partners, but when it comes down to a tie, usually he makes the call. But he doesn't really ever make me feel like he is "the boss". He is definitely the financial provider, the calm one. I am more the dreamer....

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