Saturday, July 18, 2009

Spring/Summer






















Well, we've been busy. To start the spring/summer off, Michael and I enjoyed a trip to San Francisco! Neither of us had been to California to spend any time, so we decided it would be great! (Our friend Adam Brewer and Joe Nichols accompanied us...and we enjoyed a few shows while we were there. The Dead at Shoreline Amphitheater, and The Allman Brothers Band at the Fox Theater.) We had a great time! The girls stay with Grandma and Grandpa, and had a wonderful time! Mel and Holly love having that extra time with the girls to rediscover their routines while they are there! We are all so blessed with Grandma and Grandpa living so close. They get that relationship that they really love!

We're getting a new uncle on that side of things...Michael's sister Heidi is getting married! Ted is great, and we're all totally excited about it. The girls have now coined the phrase "Heidited". It's great. Ted is so good with them, as he is the oldest of 4 kids. He's even babysat them for us...and had I have known that he had some free time, I probably would have called him to come over once a week!! They live over in Pella, and Heidi is working here at the station, so we get a lot more access to Aunt Heidi than we used to.

Isabella had another Dance Recital during Mother's Day. She did so well. Sometimes it's a struggle to get her to dance class, but she really does love it, and does well. She'll move up to the next level next year, but will still do Tap/Ballet. Madi gets to start in the fall too. (She's not quite going to be 3 in Sept, but will be in Oct, so Tresa said she will take her!) Mom, The Wonderlichs, The Scottons, and The Suhr's all came...and HeidiTed. (Ted had to miss some important basketball games on tv to come, thus is the "new" family life! Ha!)

I worked w/ Friends of Iowa Midwives, and the session ended around Easter. Our bill didn't go to the house floor, but did make it to committee. We had some support to send it to the floor as a bill, but we were pretty green. We'll go to the floor next year, I'm pretty confident about it. We're still an active group, and I've still be attending Steering Committee meetings. I've seen so many politicians this spring and summer, that we're about to be on a first name basis. It's fun, and I'd love to see Direct Entry Midwives/Certified Professional Midwives legalized/licensed. Perhaps I'd may consider it as an occupation some day when my babies are bigger.

With summer comes boating and golf for our family. We've enjoyed a few days out on the lake. The girls are still too little to really enjoy it, but soon! Michael's golfing quite a bit, and loves it. Bella started Junior Golf this summer. It's essentially a camp for a week, twice during the summer, with a final little tournament. So..Bella just had her first golf "tournament". She and Daddy were overjoyed about it!

Both girls have been growing....I think Bella has grown a foot over the spring/summer! Madi's talking up a storm!

We had a family wedding recently. The girls were flower girls for the first time. They loved it, but it was a long weekend for them. They were the only kids, so got a LOT of attention all weekend. I think Isabella invited the Best Man to her birthday party. (Side note: The best man really was awesome. He was Cousin April's best friend and neighbor since they were 5. We met him at the shower, and the girls loved him from the start!) The girls loved getting beautiful gowns on, taking photos, wearing A LITTLE makeup, and helping the bride! They especially loved the petal dropping part. Madi didn't stand for the ceremony, but did walk up and down the asile. (The wedding was at 3:30, with pictures starting at 12:30...so no naps and the challenge of staying clean for 3 hours was a little tough. ) They will be "flower maids" (Isabella's term when she invited herself to be in Heidited's wedding!) for Aunt Heidi's wedding. She's going to get married in Az, so we'll fly down and spend a week there at Mel and Holly home there. I'm sure it will be a lot of fun!

Michael has been BUSY with revamping the station web design, and how they handle the music. (Mostly going digital) It will great to see the end result, and will help them move forward as the rest of information comes via computers. He's added web conferencing for the Washington station, so now they can have daily meetings without him being in Washington.

I've been really busy with clients. I typically only take 4 at a time, but have been holding 5 for a while. Makes me feel really busy, but feel that it will ease in the fall. (I'll still have 5 clients, but Bella will be at school during the day, so it makes it seem easier for some reason.) We'll see if I can do it during the winter. There's a lot of visits that go along w/ one client, so winter weather may make it tough. The great side of this is that all of my clients have been home birth clients. I'm finally able to pick my clients, and send the births that I don't want to take on to other doulas. (There recently have been an increase in doula's in Des Moines, which is great! I've got a lot of ladies to refer too!!) I'm really only interested in homebirths or vbacs (vaginal birth after cesarean) right now. I will take hospital births for a friend, or really special circumstance, but am turning more away from that. Again, I'm grateful for Holly/Michael's availability when I have a birth. I couldn't do it if I didn't have reliable 24 hour care for the girls!!

We have repaired the fence...with a new white fence. It looks great!! The contractor that we hired was wonderful to work with. He came out and did like we needed to (jumping through hoops with the city!!) with his 2 boys. We found out that he used to work at Principal (IT) and had quit to build fence. He farmed too. His boys came everyday...so we realized they were homeschooled. They were a family of 7 kids...and were wonderful. The boys built the fence..the girls baked a loaf of bread to thank us for our business. We will always recommend Heartsill Fencing!

Our upstairs bathroom is done too! It's nice to have it!!

Now of course the downstairs main bathroom is crapping out on us. The sink drips (A LOT) and IF they could find the parts, it wouldn't be worth the expense. SO....we've got to decide what to do there. It needs new flooring, a new sink, and the tile needs fixed around the tub. (I'm sure Michael would be fine letting go of the pink, too!!)

First things, first! The garage is falling down. Literally...it's been blown over by strong winds, and leans a good foot at the top. I'm not sure what's holding it up. So...we called a few contractors to see if it could be stabilized and fixed. They won't touch it, nor will they put any of their people on it. It's too risky. So...off to the insurance company we had to go. They have ruled it structurally unsound. So we're in the process of getting the plans drawn to rebuild the garage....and have a good fun time w/ the city AGAIN so soon! It will happen soon...with in the next couple of weeks.

So...if you haven't been here since last summer...our gray house is now green, it has a new roof, the toilet and bath upstairs works, the gray fence is now a new white one, our two giant trees in front of the house are now gone, and we'll have a new garage in a few weeks. It could potentially be unrecognizable to you. (The curvy driveway is still the same!) We're starting to feel like we've bought "The Money Pit" but it will be awesome once it's all done. Truthfully, we haven't really been able to make the updates that we wanted to, but only the immediately necessary projects to bring the house up to full working order. I can't wait to do the changes interiorly that we want to do !

We're excited for August. We always get to see a lot of people w/ the races, and the fair. Bella starts Kindergarten too, so that will be an additional thing to be excited about. She will walk 1 block to school...it's around the corner from us to the south. That was a tough decision for us. I really, really wanted to homeschool. I just feel over-extended now, with a huge house, a toddler, and working w/ a full client load. Michael's parents offered to pay for Pella Christian. We discovered that if we sent both girls just through 5th grade, it would cost us their college fund +...so...we are going to go right around the corner for Kindergarten. We'll re-evaluate in the spring.

We are both working a lot, so in this economy, I feel blessed. We have a roof over our head, a full heart, and a great family! I'm excited to share our latest blog with you!


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Where did Feb and March go?



They seem to have come and gone. We faced the chicken pox with both girls throughout the month of February. In my last post, I was hoping that Bella would have the chicken pox...and it happened on Feb 6. It was quite a surprise, really. We didn't have any friends that had the chicken pox, nor had they been around anyone who had them, reportedly. Isabella went on 2 Wednesdays of delivering Meals on Wheels..so it's possible that she contracted them that way. We have no idea how she got them. She went to spend the afternoon w/ Grandma Holly so that I could go to a meeting with our lobbyist for the first time. While she was there, her first couple of spots occurred. She had a good case of them, and did her duty to share, and to date, we have helped with the immunities of 7 other children (and one in NY). She did awesome with them.

Madi got them four days after Bella was done (Feb 17). It was 12 days after Bella got them. She also was facing a small cold, and then went to grandma's and got her chicken pox. I was beginning to wonder if Grandma had some special chicken pox magic! Madi had them twice as bad as Bella. About half way through the illness with Madi, I started to question my non-vaccinated delima. I wondered what in the heck I was thinking!! :) But really, I'm glad they have had them, and are now done with them.

As soon as the quarantine for Madi was done (Feb 27) we were informed that Great Grandma Eoleen was sick. She was in the hosptial in a coma. So off we went for our next adventure. Her funeral soon followed on March 4.

So the month of February was gone for me.

Within all of the illness, our Friends of Iowa Midwives group got really busy at the capitol presenting a bill to legalize and license certified professional midwives. That has taken a lot of time lobbying and attending meetings. We presented a decent bill that we were prepared to roll with. We spent a lot of time educating representatives, and came out in a pretty good spot. We have more work to do, and it usually takes years to do, but we feel good about going back in in January to represent our bill.

At home, things have been a mess. With all of the illness and work, the chores have fallen behind. Speaking of falling- our fence is falling down. Big surprise, eh? Now to rebuild it we have to ask for a permit from the city. They will allow us to rebuild it, but only 4 ft tall on all sides...and it has to be setback from the street (side street) 25 feet! This would bring our fence line up pretty close to the edge of the patio. There will be no more "fenced yard" for the girls to play in. SO....we have to go to the Board of Adjustments to ask for permission to just allow us to rebuild where it currently stands, and at the heighth that it currently stands as well.

On top of our falling fence this week, the girls now have the flu. Madi has had it the past couple of days, and Bella woke up in the middle of the night with it. I guess I will be cancelling my client visit today. I had to cancel due to chicken pox, then Grandma's funeral...and now the flu! This poor lady must really be starting to wonder about me!! HA!

We have not had a full nights sleep since early Februray. Thank goodness for naptimes.

Oh the joys of it all....reminds me that I'm ALIVE!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Feb, week 1 Bathroom

Well, the Terrible Two's have hit our home!   Look out...Madi's on a rampage.  Everything she says is, "No".  She just learned to talk, but she thinks she knows everything!  She tries to run the show now!  I can't count the number of fits she's had (yes those exist here!).  Everyone from the plumber, to the contractor, to the preschool teachers have seen her fits this week.  They are full on screaming, kicking, and crying fits. She's also cutting her 2-yr molars, and has a cold.  SO...there's been no sleep here since last week.   I remember Bella going thru this too, and thank goodness we will be over it in 6 months...ok maybe a year.   Oh my...hopefully she will live to see her third birthday.  I'm not so sure...  

Bella's doing well.  She's got the winter snotty nose.  I keep hoping the chicken pox will come soon...but not yet.  It's still hard for me to believe that she's 5 already.  She's still dreaming about the day she gets to have a pet.  :)  She is busy with preschool.  They had a field trip to Pizza Hut today.  She original report about it was that they got to eat pizza and watch cartoons.  She later disclosed they went to the kitchen and waitress area to see how it all worked.  

The bathroom is done!!  Well, ok, it's not painted yet, and there's no toilet paper holder, but the tiling, tub, vanity, mirror, and toilet are all working.  The girls got to enjoy their first bath in there tonight.  I can't wait to use the tub, too.  The girls went down to "daddy's bathroom" to get their bath supplies.  They came up with their shampoo and toys first (the important things) and then Bella came up w/ towels and washclothes.  Madi followed behind her carrying Daddy's bath mat.  He thought they looked like they were looting from his bathroom.  They were!  

The tile job came together, although I'm still not so excited about it.  They were not professional tilers....they were general contractors...so I don't know what I expected.  Unfortuately, the contractor showed up yesterday immediately after I had gotten Madi down for a nap (after 4 hours of screaming fits)..and wanted to know if I was happy w/ the tile job.  I said not really...that I was disappointed that the chair rail didn't go up into the tub area like it was supposed to, (which was due to the DELAY in production from the tile company), which he quickly pointed out that I agreed to do the tub area w/0 the chair rail.  Then I let him know how I thought they were being sloppy and just slapping things together.  He was upset that I was disappointed, but did the job anyway.  He came over this afternoon to finish up (again right after I had just gotten Madi down..after 5 hours of crying fits).  It looks nice, now that it's done.  Once the shower curtain is up, you'll never even see the missing chair rail, and the misplaced decorative bronze pieces.  

I couldn't afford to replace the recessed medicine cabinet.  Of course it was a special custom piece that the McClungs probably had made...so to replace a tri-folding recessed medicine cabinet in that size was $900!!! SO...I settled on just placing a mirror there.  We have plenty of storage in the cupboards up there, so it was really not that big of deal...and the girls wouldn't have been able to reach their toothbrushes up there until they were 15 anyway!  We were going to strip and stain the mirror, but the cream color looks decent.  We were all pleasantly surprised.  I found the mirror at ReStore in DSM...it is a Habitat for Humanity resale store.  (I actually ran into Louisa there....it was our first time of shopping there.)  They had so much stuff...and a lot of things that were new in box (NIB).  My bargain mirror works.

The toilet...that was another big issue.   Do you know how many toilets there are out there?  Different sizes, types, colors, seats, flushers, capacity, cleanliness, etc.   I really wanted to go eco-friendly (I do that anytime I can!!) so..my search lead me to an American Standard Flowise 1.28 gpf (that's gallons per flush) toilet.  (Most toilets are 1.6 gpf..but there are low flow ECO-friendly 1.1 gpf toilets..the contents were noted not to flush.)  This is down from the 4.16gpfs that it used to be.   I did my research, and went right in the middle.  I had to find out if they would work.  Everything I'd read said it was dependent upon the amt of water pressure you had...which we didn't know.  We haven't used that bathroom for almost 3 years!  Low and behold...it works!  I have had a problem with it ONCE, and it was just that the troubleshooting guide sticker had fallen down into the flapper.  Love it so far!  Madi loves it also...when she has to go potty, we always have to go to the upstairs potty.  "Fick, right, Mom?"  

The girls are spending some extra time w/ Grandma Holly this week.  Mel's on a yearly golf trip, and she usually remodels a room or goes away for a little bit, but we may have just changed her plans.  :)  She has been keeping the girls for me a little bit this week.  It's so nice to have Grandma and Grandpa here in town with us!  I had an interview w/ Dr. Bob Leonard from the radio station.  He said it would be about teen sex, so I prepared for that. ..however, he wanted a doula interview when I got there.  I had other topics in my brain, so I went off on about 10 different topics (teen pregnancy, doulary, Friends of Iowa Midwives, hospital status vs home birth status, midwifery) and may have really dropped the ball on doulary during the interview...so I hope he comes away with a few minutes of good material.  

I'm also meeting w/ a lobbyist tomorrow and attending a community Legislative Session.  I plan to ask my local Senator and Representative to support that bill that we've been working on.  I've become a part of Friends of Iowa Midwives...that's an entirely different blog in itself...so I'm working on drumming up supporters for our bill.  I am so fascinated with the Government and the way it works.  It's all so simple, but seems so daunting.  Who would think that all you have to do is ask, and ye' shall recieve.  Now..don't get me wrong here...I don't know that our bill will pass this year, but it IS very similar to a bill that has been introduced before, and we hear that the climate is very friendly this year.  I'm excited that we have a bill that should work to present!  I just pray that women have more choices in where and how they birth...and it is so excited to be a part of that on a change-making level.

I'm also working with clients, trying to keep up w/ my kids, my husband, and I've given up on my house. 

The Young's are coming for a family sleepover this weekend..so the house situation will probably change.  :)   

Michael says I can't blog about him... :)  


 

Thursday, January 29, 2009

What's new?

Madi is potty trained.  

Isabella really wants a pet when she's bigger.  She'd settle on a guinea pig, but would prefer a bunny, or kitty.  (It's something she talks about a lot...but it's been "Pet" week at school.)  

The bathroom is not done...all of the pieces are in place, and work...but the tiling, painting, and mirror are not done yet.  The contractors may show up tomorrow to finish the job...but I doubt I'll see them until Monday.  They have gone on to another job until my border tile was in (which came in today).   I have been looking for mirrored recessed medicine cabinet to replace the old one...but the only one I can find is $900...because we have a special "custom" sized space.  I think I'm going to have them put up a wall there and just hang a mirror...in the interest of saving $$.  Jeesh!

I'm working on a lot of different projects for my doula stuff.  I've got clients right now.  I'm working with ICAN of Iowa (International Cesarean Awareness Network) on a VBAC calling plan (vaginal birth after cesarean-which is banned in most hospitals, but is the safest route for both mom and baby).  I'm also working as a co-coordinator for Friends of Iowa Midwives for the Central Iowa chapter.  We are re-writing a bill to legalize direct entry midwives (home birth midwives) in the state.  They are legal in many states surrounding us, but not here.  I have not ruled out midwifery as an occupation, so it's in my best interest to get my hands wet here.  

I'm also a part of a new doula group in Des Moines.  It's a group of newly trained doula's trying to learn the ropes.  Unfortunately one of them is using Des Moines Doula for her website address.   I've asked her to change it, to no avail.  Since it's been my trade name in the area for years, I don't think she can legally use it.  I have several friends that would do me a favor...but I will give her a third chance to change it.  I've talked to her via email, and phone.  She has refused...but still would like to have a mentoring relationship.  :)  That's another struggle in and of itself. 

We all really enjoyed hosting the Dunbar Christmas on Saturday.  Grandma Eoleen said she counted 18 great-great grandkids.  I believe there were 16 adults.  The kids always out-number us.  The girls caught the "Company Cold" afterwards.  It's inevitable.  They always get sick after the holidays.  Not enough rest, and too much sugar...and if you ask Bella she would "Too Many BOYS!!"   (She did get to play w/ Tasha and Mandy's girls who are older..and Kennedy and Erika...so she finally had a lot of girls to play with.)  She still wants to be able to orchestrate the entire party, and gets upset when everyone is doing their own thing.  She put a "sign in" sheet by the front door for people to sign when they arrived...but is too shy to tell anyone about it.  She came to me crying because no one was signing in as requested.  :)  

Madi loved have little girls her age to play with.  Again- Tasha and Mandy's little girls are her age.  And of course Larry's Madi is too.  They had fun sharing dress up clothes, pretend food, sippy cups, and colds.  

Great Grandma Eoleen has only seen 1 Eagle in her life..and James pointed out a bunch of them on their way up.  Grandma missed it, and didn't want him to turn around.  They looked for them on their way home, but didn't see them.  He has vowed to take her to Burlington to the river this weekend if it's nice to see some eagles.  I'm sure she will love it! 

Michael is plugging away at work.  There's always radio even when times are tough.  Sales are hard right now for everyone..including radio, but they are doing fine.  

We're looking at fixing our fence in the spring.   Amongst all of the other "duties" right now, comes jumping through hoops for the city to rebuild our fence where it stands.  Currently they want us to bump it in away from the street to the east of us...25 feet.  That cuts my backyard in half.  Brings the fence line up close to our patio.  I am not willing to lose the entire backyard.  We also have to cut it down to 4 ft high on the south and east..because we are  a corner lot, and people have to be able to see around the corner.  (They can already because our house sits on the back corner of two lots.)  I don't want to lose yard space and height.  So...we have to go to the Board of Adjustments meeting soon.  It's a costly project.  I think our home repair budget is about done!  Goodness.  

The great news is, that the outside will be all buttoned up (well, not the windows), so we can work on yard work, and the inside wall paper.  Always a lot to do.  

I'd love to plant a decent garden this spring too.   So MUCH to do.  Where's my "village" when I need them?  :)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bathroom Remodel

The pink bathroom upstairs started to get a transformation while we were away.  The cast-iron drain pipe from the basement to the upstairs was split with about 1/2 inch gap all the way down.  The contractor had to remove the dining room wall to get to it, and cut a hole in the floor in the bathroom, and take down a basement panel.  He was able to get to it, and replace it with a pvc pipe.  He said it was the biggest pain he had ever encountered.  They replaced the main drain, and gutted the bathroom.  We came home to the dusty mess from that part of it.  It was nice to see it all empty and ready for the other stuff.  

This week they have been working on tile.  As of today, it is all tiled except for the wall "chair" railing-that won't be here for 2 weeks.  (Everything I have ordered for this bathroom project has been delayed for whatever reason!  It's been difficult.)  The bathtub, toilet, sink/vanity and lights can go in next week.  They are currently sitting in our formal living room.  It's really classy!  :)  Everything is coming together, though so that's nice. 

We are all starting to get used to the idea that Aunt Heidi is getting married.  She and Ted got engaged around New Years.  (Ted was here with her on Thanksgiving)  They aren't getting married for a while...they wanted a long engagement, but I got an email yesterday saying they are getting married on Sept 19.  In Arizona.  So...we will start saving for our next "vacation".  Wedding plans are a-buzz.  Heidi went and found her dress yesterday, has the location reserved, and things are rolling.  My, my...a lot can change in 6 weeks!

Bella's so excited for her birthday.  She wants breakfast in bed: strawberries, grapes, a banana, toast, an egg, some cereal, and OJ.  Then she wants to come downstairs for her "real" breakfast.  We're planning to take the girls to Pella to stay in a hotel over night.  Bella's friends will come for a swim party at 3 and have cake afterwards.  She is so excited.  She called Aunt Heidi to tell her about it, and she told her the party was at 3 am, and that there was a big pool that was 3 inches deep, so bring her swimsuit.  I think she's most excited about having a pinata.  (We went tile shopping and then to the Party Store yesterday when it -37 degrees.)  She's totally excited.I still can't believe she's going to be 5 already.

Madi's doing well...and excited for the birthday party too.  I think she's more excited to play with friends than anything.  I don't think they have played w/ other kids now for a couple of weeks...since Emma was here.  Madi's stuck w/ the potty training, and wouldn't let the nursing go.  One thing at a time, I guess.

  

Monday, January 12, 2009

Welcome Home Mom and Dad

Well, we all officially survived our vacation!  Isabella and Madilynn went to Grandpa and Grandma's while we were away.  I'm not quite sure if they survived, but the girls did.  

When we left Madi was starting to really potty train.  She would use panties all morning, but not much during the afternoon/evening hours.  Holly stuck with it there, and she's been using panties all day today!  Bella's also wearing panties to bed, accident free, so we are coming so much closer to being a diaper free family!!   I thought perhaps now would be Madi's weaning time too, and tried to prepare both of us before our trip.  Madi nursed on Fri morning before we left, I still had milk on Tues (4 day later) and I didn't take a pump.  I wasn't sure if I had milk or not, as I feel pretty different. (5 years of nursing!)  I was excited, and really thought Madi wouldn't like it, but would be ok w/ it.  At the airport she needed to go potty and had big girl panties on(!), so I took her.  Before she even sat down, she looked at me sideways and asked, "Nursin'?"  I told her I thought they were all gone.  She said okay and peed!  She's briefly nursed a couple of times at nap and bed time, but just briefly.  I tell her they are all gone..she concurs.  My baby is officially growing up.  

My big girl is growing up too!  Her birthday is in 5 days...and she uses that for EVERYTHING!  :)  Isabella Sophia "Rockin' Star III" is going to be 5 in a few more days.  I can't believe it!   She's all of the sudden writing letters and words, and wants to spell things...lots of things.  She loves to perform...Isabella Sophia Rockin Star the Third is her stage name.  It makes me giggle every time she says it!  She handled being away so well.  She really missed us, but wanted not to say so.  She had a hard time talking to us on the phone.  She and Madi grew closer during their stay.  I have noticed them taking care of each other so much yesterday and today.   They were close before...but after being gone for 10 days, I have noticed everything.    She loved her playtime while we were gone.  I'm sure they were spoiled rotten, and they loved every minute of it. 

We came home to quite a surprise.  Our upstairs pink bathroom was going to start the remodel process.  Of course I freaked out about this before we left.  I needed to have everything here before we left, and it didn't happen.  The demolition did happen.  So we came home to a prepped bathroom ready for the goods.  The bathtub, toilet. vanity/sink, and lights are all sitting in my formal living room.  Our house has looked like the crack house all year...with the outside remodel...and now it looks like that inside w/ all of the stuff in my living room.  Thankfully it will all be done soon.  The girls and I can't wait to have a  tub and shower and a potty upstairs...and Daddy will have his own bathroom downstairs.  He's tired of being overrun by girls.  :)

Our Jam Cruise adventure was awesome.  We went down to Ft Lauderdale on Friday and were delayed, but got in okay later in the night.  Our lugguage didn't come until Saturday...but we survived without it.  We went out on Sat and met up w/ Denny.  He was a childhood friend of Michael's that has been on every Jam Cruise.  All of the Jam Cruisers were in the area, so we met many people, and had friends when we got on to the boat.  We rocked that town for the night.  (Jam Cruise was just over 3000 people this year.)  On Sunday we went to port early (10ish)  and got on the boat (around 1:30).  The line was long, but we met several new friends there too.  We actually ran into some friends from dinner the night before, and stood right next to a friend that went to Bonnaroo w/ Michael.  There seemed to be tons of people, but it really did turn out to be a small, intimate group.  

We got on the boat, and immediately ate lunch...and I proceeded to be nauseous for the next 5 hours.  That part sucked..  The ship food was horrible!  You could eat plain hamburgers, a hot dog, fries or pizza any time of the day and be ok, but nothing else.  (the pancakes were good, but you had to catch them in time!)  I thought I could never get sick of pizza...but let me tell you...there were only 3 kinds...one w/ peas and carrots, one w/ onions and corn, or plain.  After so many days on the boat, I lost weight...and so did many other jam cruisers.  We thought the rumors of hot dog pizza was a joke...it was no joke.  They put french fries and an onion ring on the salads.  Michael and I took turns being sick...and I don't think it from being seasick.  We both adjusted to it, although it was a bit rough. I still have moments of rocking from being on the boat.  "They" say it usually lasts about one week.  I can't wait for that part to be over. 

The music was amazing.  I'll have to write more about that later.  I'm still pretty exhausted.