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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
4:05 pm
Starting to get excited about school
It is finally happening. I am finally relaxing with our decision to send the kids to school. I think the decision just needed to be firmly made so I could start getting used to it.

Its going to be good.

I am not the type of mom who wants her kids gone away all day every day. I'd love to keep them home! But its those pesky academics that I struggle with. Thats the part of homeschooling I don't like. The actual part where we do school. I went to teach Matthew some double digit multiplication the other day and while I could do it, I was thinking "I can't WAIT until I don't have to do this!"

I always said that if I ever felt like I was hurting my children in the education department, then I would send them to school. The funny thing is that when I uttered those words, I could never imagine actually feeling like I was not doing a good job. But feelings aside and using just honesty, I am not doing a good job teaching them. I get frustrated and frazzled. I hate the struggle that I have to do with one of my children in particular when he thinks things are too hard and I just want to be done for the day. I have definitely reached homeschool burn out. And with everything else that I have on my plate, the best decision for this next year will be to send them to school so I can have time to take care of everything else.

I just have to stop comparing myself to others and do what I know is best. I read this great blog entry today. Oh it made me laugh at myself. I do sometimes think people are parenting AT me. Anyways, if this didn't come through your facebook. Read it. It was really good.

Saturday, July 6th, 2013
1:32 am
Baby #6 13 weeks
With some of my other pregnancies, I did a week by week updating, but I think I am not going to do that this time, though it is helpful to me now to look back and see what my symptoms were like through all the weeks. I wish I had more time for journaling, but time escapes me these days.

So, I am 13 weeks. I am doing pretty good. I think that morning sickness is easing up and I might have more energy. Perhaps in a week or two I will be able to enjoy coffee in the mornings again. I miss that.

I have my 14 week appointment next week, which is pretty amazing because it feels like just days ago that I had my 10 week appointment. This pregnancy is going by very quickly.

Not much else to report on that front. I have no "feeling" on whether this is a boy or a girl, which is kind of weird. I usually have a feeling, but this time I don't. Either way will be wonderful.
Wednesday, March 31st, 2004
12:50 pm
Just heard from Paul in an email.

He has a job interview in Naples, Florida in 3 weeks, which means, now there is an actual concrete possibility he will be leaving me too..

I know this is good news, because he is in love with the girl who he truly believes God has for him, but in order for anything to really happen, they have to live in the same state for a while so they can be around eachother with no romantic butterflies hovering overhead, but I cant help but be a little sad because this will be my second friend gone in the same year...:(

Ah well.. such is life..

I had an oppurtunity to meet Denise a couple of weeks ago, and she seems like a really great girl, and almost exactly who I dreamed up for Paul (exept her name isnt Jenny, for those of you who know that joke)
But, I am really excited that he met a good Christian girl who brings out a lot of his good qualities and doesnt try to change him..

I'll just miss him, thats all..

But, the bright side is, is that I will have a place to vacation in Florida.. and Kansas City too for that matter!
10:37 am
Last night
Last night was very good. My husband and I went to look at blinds for our bay window, but the cheapest possible option would run us close to 300 dollars, so we decided to wait on that and save up for it.
We actually bought some type of blinds at Home Depot, but they arent long enough..:(.. we will probably use those on our bedroom windows instead of the roller blinds we have in their now.

Then, the best part came.. we actually got to go on a fraction of a date. We dropped Matthew off at my mom and dads and then went to Firehouse for some fish and chips.. (YUM!).. We dont get out on our own an awful lot.. I think the last time was when we were on vacation in February. We went to a movie while my parents stayed with Matthew. so.. it was nice to hang out with him, even though it was only for an hour. We decided that we must do this again sometime soon. We are going to the Chris Rice concert on April 30th, so that will be nice nice nice. I am so looking forward to that concert.

After our little date, we picked Matt up and came to the cell phone store where Barry received the check for all the work he's done on my brothers house, and we got in at about 9:30.. Barry cleaned up a little bit and I of course, spent a while on Baptistboard.com writing in my little threads, and then we talked for a little while, and it was just nice.. it was such a change to have him home and have him not have any other responsibilities.. I actually got to hang out with him, and I havent been able to do that uninterupted in like 2 weeks.. so.. YAY!!! He may even go to church with me tonight, but probably not because he said he has to finish our taxes, but if he gets them done in time, then he is mine again.. what a refreshing change.

Im starting to miss Kristy. I havent seen her on here in a week.. Does anybody know if her internet went down?

I guess I will call her today to see whats going on.
Tuesday, March 30th, 2004
10:42 pm
An elderly couple who were childhood sweethearts had married and settled down in their old neighborhood and are celebrating their sixtieth Wedding Anniversary...They walk down the street to their old school, they hold hands as they find the old desk they'd shared and where he had carved "I love you, Sally"...

On their way back home, a bag of money falls out of an Armored Car practically at their feet... She quickly picks it up, but they don't know what to do with it so they take it home... There, she counts the money, and it's fifty-thousand dollars...

The husband says, "We've got to give it back"... She says, "Finders keepers"... And she puts the money back in the bag and hides it up in their attic...

The next day, two FBI men are going door-to-door in the neighborhood looking for the money and show up at their home... They say, "Pardon me, but did either of you find any money that fell out of an Armored Car yesterday."

She says, "No"... The husband says, "She's lying... She hid it up in the attic"... She says, "Don't believe him, he's getting senile"... But the Agents sat the man down and begin to question him... One says, "Tell us the story from the beginning"...

The old man says, "Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday . . ."

The FBI Agent looks at his partner and says, "We're outta here .
1:38 pm
It's been a while...
I bought Matthew a case of dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets at Sams club last saturday, and as it turns out, Barry and I like them more than Matthew does.. I think they will probably become a staple around the Klakulak household..

Matthew now says 2 words.. "Ball" and "Dog" .. but actually, dog comes out more like "dog-uh" .. Its like he wants to make sure he gets the g sound in there, so he overpronounces it... He points at Daisy and says.."dog-uh", and he also has these cute little baby einsten flashcards that are on a ring.. he will fish through all the cards until he finds the one with the dog on it, and show it to me and say "dog-uh".. What a smart boy..

Its amazing how far they come in 1 year.. Last year at this time, he wasnt even born yet.. now he walks and runs and talks a little bit.. ..

His favorite foods are banana's, spaghetti, and macaroni and cheese. He has decided that he doesnt like vegetables anymore..

Any advice from other moms (namely Amy) who had trouble getting their kids to eat veggies?

He used to eat green beans, peas, and carrot coins just fine, but now he spits them all out, exept peas if they are in his macaroni and cheese.

ahh.. Im boring everyone with my Matthew update.

So, Barry has been home since Friday, and it has been so nice. He has been busy working on my brothers house, but ITS DONE!!!!!, so now I will get to spend some time with my husband.. I am so happy.. He is going away again to St. Louis from April 18th, to April 23rd, so I need to take advantage of him being here while he is here.

On Thursday, the Pastor from Warren Woods Baptist Church is coming over to talk with Barry and I. Barry LOVES this church.. Its not my first pick, but I truly do believe that Barry could grow here. We went to Sunday School on Sunday, and immediately he clicked with the people. He has such a hard time clicking with people at church usually, so just the fact that this happened is a very good sign, but I still want to talk with the Pastor to find out where he stands on various things so that there isnt a big surprise 4 months from now, causing us to not want to join again. I hope our search has ended.. I really do.. Barry told me on Sunday that he doesnt even miss Macomb one little bit since he has been at Warren Woods Baptist.. I felt bad though, because I practically dragged him out of Macomb.. but Macomb just never felt like home to me, and there were things that I felt were wrong going on there, that were keeping me from getting out of it, what you need to get out of church..


I finally got Matthew's birthday invitations out.. Keep in mind, they were "made with love", not with professionals, but, I still think they came out totally adorable..

I have having trouble finding froggy things, so Matthew will have a froggy cake, but everything else will just be decorated in green and yellow.. Simple is the theme. I dont want to stress out over it.. That is why I only invited immediately family and honorary Aunties.. , and that is also why I am ordering a pizza and making a salad and thats it.. It should be fun though.. Im pretty excited about it. Matthew turning one.. YAY!!!

ok.. well, I will talk to everyone later..
Saturday, March 27th, 2004
10:20 am
Life is good
Well, Im definately calmed down about my brother.. It wasnt like my blood pressure was up or anything, but I did think it wasnt fair to expect something of Barry that Barry didnt expect.

But, nonetheless, Barry is at home with the baby today. He just plans on working tonight, and tomorrow after church..,The good news is, is that at least after Wednesday, this mess will be over and I may get some real good time in with him.

Last night was good though, because he ended up getting home about an hour earlier than we thought he would, so we stayed up for a couple of hours to talk and hang out. I missed him so much. It was so good to have him home. This morning, we were a little afraid that the bunky (Matthew) would not recognize Barry, because I hear that babies can forget really easily, but when both of us walked into his room, Matthew shot out this huge gleaming smile.. He was so excited to see his daddy.

Today is going to be a busy day. I have to work until 4 and then I have to go get Matthew so that Barry can go to my brothers, and then I have to go to Sams club and Meijers.. (anyone wanna go?)
I also have some ironing to catch up on and even though my house was clean, when Barry brought his luggage in the house, suddenly it wasnt so clean anymore..

I cant wait until church tomorrow.
Friday, March 26th, 2004
5:36 pm
Man confesses to killing his girlfriend after seeing Passion

HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- A man saw "The Passion of the Christ," talked to a spiritual adviser, then told police he had killed his girlfriend, authorities said Thursday.

Dan R. Leach's viewing of Mel Gibson's cinematic depiction of the last hours of Jesus, along with the discussion with a family friend, led him to walk into the Fort Bend County sheriff's department earlier this month and confess to killing Ashley Nicole Wilson, Detective Mike Kubricht said.

A coroner had ruled her death by hanging a suicide.

Wilson's body was discovered January 19 in her apartment near Richmond, southwest of Houston. All physical evidence pointed to suicide, Kubricht said, and the 19-year-old had gone off anti-depressant medications because she was pregnant.

The pregnancy apparently was the motive, Kubricht said, because Leach believed he was responsible and did not want to raise a child.

Leach, 21, wore gloves and left none of his own DNA behind, Kubricht said.

"He was very, very meticulous," Kubricht said. "It was very well-planned and well executed."

There was no answer at Leach's residence in Rosenberg on Thursday. He was arrested Tuesday, a day after his indictment for murder, and remained in county jail on $100,000 bond.

He was expected to get a court-appointed attorney, Kubricht said.

"Something [the adviser] said, between that and the movie, he felt in order for him to have redemption he would have to confess his sin and do his time," Kubricht said.

Leach faces up to life in prison if convicted.
3:42 pm
What a day what a day what a day
Today, I had to be at my in-laws at 1 so that I could be at work by 2.. Well, I figured I would leave my house at about 11:30 so that I could go to the WalMart on 23/VanDyke and buy my diapers and formula.. So, Im driving and Matthew is sleeping and all is well, and I stop at the nice traffic light at 18/VanDyke and look in my rear view mirror (as I always do at traffic lights to make sure nobody is going to hit me) and I watch as the car in back of me gets rear ended (he was fully stopped as well) and glass flew everywhere and then since he got rear ended, his car rearended my van.. Nobody got hurt, but it really scared Matthew and shook him up quite a bit, the poor guy. He already wasnt feeling so hot..
but, I am glad that nobody got hurt and that everyone involved was insured..

Then I get to work, and Diane (my sister-in-law and boss) told me that she is selling the store and already has an offer.. so, my job is gone in a matter of weeks.. It's okay though, because when I left Babies R Us, my boss there told me that I could come back anytime I wanted to, so until I find another job where I will have Wednesday nights and Sundays off for church, I will at least have some money coming in.

THEN.. my brother called me to tell me that he really needs Barry to work around the clock this weekend on his house because the renter wants to move in on Wednesday. This one, made me very discouraged. I havent seen Barry all week because he has been in Utah, and before he left for Utah, he was working at my brothers and at his Godfathers around the clock, and I just havent spent any time with him at all in like two weeks. He told me just last night that Sunday was our day, and that we would go to church and sunday school and then clean out some of the bad things in our house and then maybe go to Sunday evening church. I wish Barry could just tell my brother no, but my brother is paying him really good money and frankly, we need the money because it gets me closer to being able to stay home with Matthew. So, I'm just kinda bummed out. Barry isnt going to be home until midnight tonight. He was so looking forward to staying home all day tomorrow watching Matthew while I work, but now Matthew is going to have to get babysat (by who, I dont know yet) so that I can work at the store and Barry can work at John's rental house.
I just feel really really bad for Barry. He is running himself so thin and he's getting back so late tonight and BOOm, he has to go back to not getting any kind of a break. It makes me really sad.

So.. pray for him if you get a chance.. He is going to need it to not break down.. it has to be hard for him to have all these people needing things from him, and have a wife and an 11 month old nagging at him that we want to spend time with him.. but yet, I need time with my husband too.. It gets lonely when stuff like this happens.

oh well.

God bless you all.
9:21 am

Email me at Eklakulak@hotmail.com your address and your email address. I dont know either.
Thursday, March 25th, 2004
9:34 pm
Barry comes home tomorrow night!!!

I am so excited to see him. This has been actually a shorter week than I thought it would be, but I am so looking forward to not being basically alone in this house.. I mean, dont get me wrong, Matthew is great and all, but he doesnt hold adult conversation very well. :)

Today I spent the day at Lori's house from Westview. What a cool lady she is. We were talking about a lot of stuff, and at one point I asked her.."are you me?" because a lot of stuff in our lives has been sorta similar.. granted she has kids who are in highschool, but she seems really familiar to me. I cant wait to get together with her again. She is lots of fun and we have very similar ideas about things.

Well.. time to go..

hey.. is anyone or does anyone know anyone who could make a really cute froggy birthday hat?
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004
11:57 am
an simple but true quote I saw on Baptistboard.com yesterday

The funny thing about humility, is that as soon as you realize you are being humble, you arent being humble anymore.
Sunday, March 21st, 2004
10:36 pm
All by myself...
Well, Barry is in the beautiful city of Salt Lake in Utah.. so far away.. I miss him so much already and it is going to be a long week without him here. On the other hand though, it is a great oppurtunity to get some good me time in and some good study and prayer time as well.

Matthew was so sick today.. It was not good as Barry was far far away when all this happened. I went to church this morning, and Matt seemed to have a little cold, but nothing horrible. He was still his happy fun self so I didnt think I would keep him home from church.. Well, everything was fine at church and he smiled and played and everything was cool driving home from church. When I went to get him out of the van, he was sleeping, so I put him in his crib for a nap. An hour goes by and he wakes up screaming and crying and gasping for air. He felt warm to me, but I took his temperature and he didnt have a fever, but he was absolutely inconsolable. It was horrible. I thought he might be hungry, so I sat him in his highchair for some cheerios.. He didnt want them, but he just sat there.. I went to look for something in his bedroom, and when I came back into the kitchen, he was wide awake, but I didnt see my Matthew when I looked into his eyes. He looked horrible and far away. It was really scary. I picked him up, and he started screaming again at the top of his lungs. I tried juice.. he wouldnt even try it. I tried rocking him.. he screamed more. I tried putting him on the floor to play, he cried more. I tried his ball, he cried more.. Then he started screaming and writhing around on the floor. I called my sister Lisa since she is a nurse and she told me that she would probably take him in because something was causing him a lot of pain if a normally happy consolable baby was inconsolable and screaming that loud.. so, I took him to Bi-county, where the very nice nurses in triage told me that they thought he had an ear infection.. He also did have a fever.. Since it wasnt an emergency though, I left Bi-County hospital and went to the after hours pediatric clinic at Beaumont.. It was confirmed. He has an ear infection... but the Dr. told me that I caught it really early and with a light dose of amoxicillan it should be cleared up in like 2 days.. It seemed to make him happier almost instantly.. So much better actually, that when his fever went away, I took him to my moms house where they were having dinner for my brother Christopher's birthday. THat meant CAKE!!!! Matthew is one loved little boy.. and so happy. I am so blessed with him.

I am also really extremely impressed with Bi-County hospital.. I actually might try to get a doctor out of that hospital for Matthew. I left Bi-County today, because my bill would have been HUGE since that is not my hospital and it wasnt an emergency, and how nice of the nurses in that triage to tell me that.. but, it got me thinking that if it was a true emergency, I wouldnt be rushing over to Royal Oak Beaumont because its so far, but I would want his doctor to be out of whatever hospital I took him to. I wasnt impressed with St. John Macomb at all, but I have found that Bi-County is a great hospital. The nurses and staff are so nice and helpful and they have a great emergency room system.. I think I will have to look into that.. For Barry and I, I think I would stick with Beaumont, but for my Matty, closer might be better.

My brother Chris turned 42 today. My mom had a nice dinner of stuffed shells and meatballs..(Yay for italian food) I got a chance to talk to my brother.
Chris more or less invited himself to go to church with Barry and I when we were at Macomb Christian. I was excited of course,.. I just wish that I would have thought to INVITE HIM, instead of the other way around. Well, Barry and I discontinued our "extended visitation" there and we are out looking again, but my brother, continues to go to Macomb.. in fact, he is starting to get really involved with it. He went to some party there the other night and was telling me about how he played ping-pong with the kids there, and he also worked there twice last week when they did MCREST, which, for those of you who dont know, MCREST is an organization who utilizes local churches to house the homeless for a week. They provide them shelter and showers and 3 meals a day.. I believe this goes on all winter at a lot of different churches, but I dont know all the details.. but how great for Chris to get involved with that on his own initiative.
He went with me to farmer jacks tonight to buy some formula, and we were talking a little about it. He told me that he really likes the church a lot and he is going to stick with it.
I dont know if he is saved or not. I dont know if he understands it yet, but he did ask me for a bible today because he plans on joining a bible study, and thankfully I had one in my car to give him, and I just pray that he would begin to ask questions and make Christian friends and really come to know the Lord..
Macomb wasnt for Barry and I, but maybe God put us there for a little while because it was good for Chris..

Well, I should be off to clean my kitchen and get things ready to go for tomorrow. I just hope and pray that Matty is feeling better. He is such a wonderful little boy.. (even though he thinks he is a big boy)

I cant wait for his frog party.. Yesterday Katie helped me make the invitations.. we had a blast.
Friday, March 19th, 2004
4:17 pm
Oh happy day
It is GORGEOUS outside. I love it. I just took the trash out and it was so pleasant. Spring is in the air..

I had a pretty good day today. Matthew has a new sleeping schedule, which is pretty much 9pm-7am.. I LOVE the 9pm part, because it means that I can spend some time with Barry, but... Im not liking the 7 am part so much.. Ah well.. such is life. I will just have to set my coffee pot up at night so that in the morning, I can just turn it on and it will be ready by the time Im done changing his diaper and making his bottle.. Then we both can have our "ba-ba's" at the same time..
but, back to my day.. I woke up at 7, and I was thinking about just laying around, but then I rememberd that my play-group meets on Friday mornings, and I hadnt gone in a while, so I figured I would show up and see what was going on with those ladies.. Well.. hardly anyone showed up.. just me, Janine, and Nikki, but that was alright.. We just hung around in the kiddy area of the Royal Oak public library, and then afterwards, Janine and I walked over to Brueggers for a bagel.. Nikki is 5 months pregnant and has a pretty active 2 year old, so she was kind of too exhausted to go with us, but thats okay, because Janine and I finally got a chance to really chit chat and get to know eachother. We have the same heart about so many things. I hope that we can become better friends.

well.. of course I had to rush out to Romeo to drop Mr. Matthew off at my in-laws so that I could come to work.. but it hasnt been so bad.. Its a beautiful day and I just ate my favorite meal. (peanut butter and jelly on wheat) and most of the work is done, so I have a couple of hours to just enjoy some me time..

how is everyone else?
Thursday, March 18th, 2004
6:35 pm
Monday, March 15th, 2004
6:55 pm
The lead balloon
Well, the lead balloon that Jesica is leaving is finally hitting me. I cant believe that tomorrow might be the last time I see her for a very long time.

I wish that I could have been a better friend to her and that we were as close to eachother as we once were.

I cant believe she is leaving.

Crystal, thank you for taking her cat.. It ate me up inside to think that she was going to have to give diesal up.
Friday, March 12th, 2004
4:36 pm
holding hands
hand holding - you like to be in constant physical
contact with your special someone but you don't
want to take things too quickly.

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Friday, March 5th, 2004
12:53 am
You are Bavarian
You are a Bavarian.

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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004
7:01 pm

This is the type of thing that only happens in tv-movies and chick-flicks..

This woman had a baby girl 6 years ago, and when the baby was 10 days old, their house caught on fire and the baby was presumed dead because they couldnt find a body.

This woman was at a birthday party and saw this little girl, and knew immediately that it was her daughter. Turns out it was.. What an amazing story.. I couldnt even imagine what it would be like to be in this womans shoes right now.. Talk about your mixed emotions, to find out that your baby is alive, but to also find out, that a family friend was the one who took her and caused so much hurt and sorrow to your family.

just amazing..

My prayers go out to this family as they start over and begin adjusting to their new beginning.
Sunday, February 29th, 2004
8:52 pm
Today was a good day
Whenever I get a lot done, but manage to do it peacefully, it is a good day..

Barry and I woke up and had a nice breakfast and coffee before church.. We got out the door on time, and made it to church a few minutes early. The service was great and all the people were very nice... afterwards, I met the associate Pastor for a minute... He seemed like a really great guy.
After church we headed home and said our bu-byes so that Barry could go to my brothers house and do more work.. I spent the day with Matthew just doing laundry and grocery shopping.. I finally caught up on all my bible reading..(vacation put me a week behind)..

It was just one of those nice days where nothing special was happening, but where it was blissful anyways..
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