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Oh MY! {and lots more}

This isn’t exactly how she responded to swim lessons! 🙂

the Raiger sitting pretty (photo by MommaSissy)

Well we’re back… she’s hoarse from screaming and I’m soaking wet from being dragged in the pool by a 3 year old. But I’d say it’s going to be a success. There’s nothing slow and steady about the “survival method”. There were 8 kids and 1 teacher. She cut to the chase and took one at a time and shoved them under the water while pushing them to the side and told them to kick. Morgan did great the first time… the next 4 or 5 she acted like she was going to die (and nearly ripped my clothes off in the process) but did fine getting to the wall once she was in the instructors arms. She ran away out of the pool, through the gate and into the side yard (at someone else’s house) and screamed “I’m never coming back to swim lessons again!” But she finally warmed up to the idea (probably because I told her we weren’t leaving) and by 1/2 way through she sat on the steps and would go to the instructor when it was her turn… I was shocked. There was no “doggie paddling” or “bubble blowing” under the water. Basically she just puts ’em under (with a shove to the wall) and tells them to kick and showed them how to move their arms (like the breast stroke). No child choked, drowned, or threw up… and this is all surprising. She doesn’t tell them to hold their breath or anything… they all just did! It’s really quite amazing! So I’m very impressed and can’t wait to see the final result on Friday! I’d say day 1 was successful and maybe she’ll be doing the butterfly by Friday! 🙂 I’ll be sure to get some pictures/video footage soon. I’ve honestly never been so proud of her! I wish Justin were there to see her!

Now to catch up on the last week or so! I pretty much hit a wall last week. I thought it was being very pregnant with 2 toddlers but my doctor informed me of low hemoglobin & low hemocrit levels (not really sure what either of those are) apparently both have to do with an iron deficiency… so now I’m on iron supplements on top of prenatal vitamins and I was hoping for a miraculous wave of energy! Haven’t seen it yet but I’m still praying! 🙂
We had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the fellowship of some friends on Friday night along with MommaSissy, who came to visit us this weekend! The Raiger came down with croup on Friday… for about the 3rd or 4th time her short life. She was pitiful with a 102 fever and felt crummy all weekend. Several sleepless nights and a round of steriods and she’s finally starting to feel better. My sweet husband treated me to a Mother’s Day goody at PC’s Nursery. Erika and I went on Saturday and had so much fun looking at their amazing selection of plants! If you live in Dothan and have never been it’s worth the short drive. The most enjoyable part about our visit at PC’s was this precious little face I found tucked in the begonias…. isn’t she a precious little kitty!? I was so thankful that I never leave home without my camera! If she were mine I’d have to name her “Ruby Begonia” that’s a name my mom always uses… I don’t even know where it came from.

After a quick hot trip to PC’s I was pretty much spent for the day. I’m certain Erika thinks I’ve morphed into a 90 year-old. Erika generously offered to stay home with the sick Raiger on Mother’s Day so Justin and I could go to church! Thanks Sister! Justin’s mom treated us to a wonderful and delicious Mother’s Day lunch after church and Justin and I had an absolutely delightful Sunday afternoon lounging by the pool while the girls slept! I wouldn’t have changed a thing!
We watched 2 movies this weekend that I thought I would recommend… it’s always nice to have a recommendation on a movie before you waste your time and money on one! Friday we watched August Rush and on Sunday night we watched Bella both were worth the time and money! 🙂

And here’s one more of MS and her “babies”. They may never come back to see us again because Faby wasn’t a very hospitable hostess… she bit Paisely on the face & sent her home with scars!

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  • erika
    May 12, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    precious pictures. i had a blast {as always} – love that picture of raiger, glad mo’ survived swim lessons, paisley is still recovering.
    love you!

  • LeslieW.
    May 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Cute pic of them chillin’!

  • Ashley
    May 12, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Darby – I’m so sorry you are dealing with the low-iron! You best take your vitamins – those girls (and boy) need you to be healthy! And, I love that Morgan is in swim lessons. I am impressed with the survivor course – I taught for 3 summers, and the little ones are the hardest (but cutest =). Keep us updated on your flower beds/gardens…the selections look really pretty!

    PS. Thank you for the sweet comment on our post last week. I am totally sustained by the prayers of the faithful! I really do appreciate it!

  • duchess
    May 13, 2008 at 5:56 am

    Sorry to hear that you’re feeling bad. Hopefully that iron will kick in soon & you’ll be back to normal. Nah, that won’t happen for a while – how much longer until til he makes his arrival?

  • Karat
    May 13, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Food Better Than Supplements —
    High Iron Items:
    Shellfish (like u’r craving any of this while pregnant!)
    Lean Beef
    Greens like Kale & Collards
    Grains like cereal, (w/OJ & fruit)
    Dried Beans (kidney, black, etc.)


  • Dena
    May 13, 2008 at 11:46 am

    I LOVED August Rush – but I do love a sappy family movie and Felicity is just cute!

    May 13, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Hey, girl.
    Love the name for the name! 🙂
    Russell & I had a date night to the Dollar Theater to see August Rush…oh did I cry at the end! Whew! It was so sweet and so predicted!
    I’ve added Bella to our Netflix queue! 🙂 Looking forward to another chick flick!! 🙂
    Thank you for the recommendations…we should all do that…great idea.
    I don’t know how I’d respond as a mommy watching my chillens at swim lessons…yikes! I’m proud of you, Darby, especially since you’re weaker right now. And, by the way, I know this public, but Iron does constipate :), so bring on the fiber and softeners! 🙂
    Lastly, recently, Russell and I love plants…lots of GREENERY! We have some beautiful split leaves and all varieties of palms. Really enjoying them, and hopefully, they’re purifying our air! 🙂
    Love you, girl,