Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, not even 3 months old

Without the Pillow to help him roll over today! yeah!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

baby love.

I Love Adobe Lightroom, LOVE IT. James and Lily took a bath together, it was the sweetest thing ever, she wanted to share all the ducks and toys with him, sooo sweet! We are all in love with James, head over heels baby love.

James and Lily in the tubbie today


Curious Boy

Adobe Lightroom accented photo of my baby boy

My babies in the tubbie

Cloth diapers, Thirsties fitted under a Flip snap cover

Loving his mobile

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I don't know what I'm doing

Original Photo

Altered Photo

I've wanted photoshop for years. YEARS. I finally got it when Chris and I ordered new laptops with our tax return money. Did I NEED a laptop? Not really, but it sure is nice to be able to sit upstairs in the room with the kids and check my e-mail and blogs. Anyway, with my laptop we also ordered Photoshop Elements 9. It's awesome, so I hear, but I have NO IDEA what I'm doing. I sat and played with it for nearly 2 hours last night and this is what I produced. 1 altered photo. All I managed to do was to turn the brownish/greenish grass gray and that's pretty much it. Sigh. I think I need to read the book Chris bought me.

<3 Sabrina

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Our Lucky 4-Leaf Clover

We enjoyed some family time after school on Thursday. The kids really enjoy playing and being together, so we took some photos, ate some green cookies, and talked about leprachauns.

Clover diaper=awesome!

Charlie: A Leprachaun came into his classroom and left ice cream.

The park was really exciting for James

Ruthie: A Leprechaun came into her classroom and turned over chairs and made a big mess of the toys they had just cleaned up.She was ticked off they had to re-clean the room.

Big smiles from our little Irishman!

After preschool I took the girls to the park for a Mcdonald's picnic and some running around and screaming fun! We saw several kids from her pre-k there, so I wasn't the only Mom with that idea. It was a good time!

Lily on the roller slide

Ruthie on the roller slide!

Lily the cowgirl!

Ruthie and Ozzie. This little guy is in her Pre-K and he followed her everywhere, he even carried her sweatshirt for her...he worships her.She was pretty excited to see him there too!

<3 Sabrina

Monday, March 7, 2011


We're waiting for our tax return, have you received yours? At first, The IRS site said we would have it by March 8,Turbo Tax said March 4th. My Mom and step Dad filed the day after me, they've already gotten their refund. My Aunt filed on Feb 28th and had gotten her refund. I've gotten the State of Illinois refund already, but not the federal. It's probably because it's a lot of money and they don't want to cough it up, I get that, but it's ours, we donated a ton of our stuff this year, paid to charities and way overpaid for having 4 dependents (Next year, 5! Woot!). We just want our money so we can pay off the furnace! Today the IRS site says March 15th due to a delay in processing. Seriously!? So while the government is profiting from using OUR money another week or 2 I get to just sit here and wait. Thanks a lot Uncle Sam, thanks a lot!!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Why I hate FOX, and Help Nathan!

Once upon a time where was a television show called Firefly. It was about a group of underdogs, rebel space cowboys if you will. It had everything, drugs, sex, guns, danger, and outer space. It was a very unique mixture with a very talented cast.

Recently Nathan Fillion was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly and said that he would do Firefly again.
If Castle had its series finale tomorrow and Fox said to you and Joss: “We screwed up, let’s try doing Firefly again.” Would you do it?
Yes. Yes. I would examine very closely Fox’s reasoning — I’m a little gun-shy. If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.

In my book, that makes Nathan Fillion hot for 2 reasons, 1. He's hot. Sorry, but I just think he is, have you ever seen the episode where he was left behind by Saffron naked!? -Yum! and 2. He's a fan of firefly.

Anyway, after that interview the internet and twitter blew up talking about it! Writers and actors alike have already said they'd come back and do it, how many shows can say that this many years after cancellation? Because of their cancellation of Firefly, I refuse to watch Fox, Fox news, and any affiliate of Fox. The fact that they new they had a huge fan base, so big, in fact that they were forced into making Serenity the movie, and still refuse to revive the show makes them a terrible network. Also, I don't want to get sucked into another good series only to have it cancelled and torn out from under me. Fox, you fucked up, you may not know it yet, but cancelling Firefly was a mistake, the fan-base is farther reaching than you can even imagine. Just relinquish the rights and let the fans have their show! I will list the characters in order of my personal preference. I loved the show and all of the main characters. We, of course, have all of the episodes and movie, but the worst part of watching the series is that you always know it ends, abruptly, and that Fox has held tightly onto the rights since it was cancelled in 2003.

The ship is called Serenity, it is a Firefly class transport ship. According to the blueprints, Serenity was laid down in August 2459. The ship is 269 feet (82 m) long, 170 feet (52 m) at its widest point, and stands 79 feet (24 m) high when landed.[9] Serenity weighs 282,500 pounds (128,100 kg), is capable of carrying 164,900 pounds (74,800 kg) of cargo and 18 passengers, can achieve an acceleration of 4.2 g, and has a maximum range of 440 astronomical units when carrying minimal cargo. (thank you Wikipedia!) Also, my daughter is named after this ship, Lilyanne SERENITY and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Nathan Fillion was captain Malcom Reynolds. He was all kinds of charismatic, and tough. He was an amazing captain of Serenity while maintaining a gruff outer disposition.
Favorite Quote: "And I'm thinkin' you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling. So why don't we just ignore each other until we go away?"

Adam Baldwin plays Jayne Cobb,a trigger happy badass that is not only hilarious, but a great shot as well!
Favorite Quote(s): "Dear Diary: Today I was pompous and my sister was crazy. [flips page] Today we were kidnapped by hill folk, never to be seen again. It was the best day ever."and "Is [s]pine okay?" and "Response! Hell, I don't know. If I wanted schooling, I'd-a gone to school."

Alan tudyk played Hoban Washburne, aka:Wash, what can I say? He's my 2nd favorite character, the pilot of Serenity, and they killed him in the movie, Serenity. I'd like to see him come back if they make more episodes.
Favorite Quote(s):"I'm a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar"and "It's ok, I'm a leaf on the wind"

Morena Baccarin played Inara Serra, a "companion" or, in our terms, prostitute. She was witty, and in love with Mal, whether or not he realised it.
Favorite Quote: "I only fell is all"

Jewel Staite played Kaylee Frye the ship's mechanic. She was all kinds of awesome!
Favorite Quote:"Sure. Yeah. I think so. 'Sides, if I mess up, not like you'll be able to yell at me."

Sean Maher played Dr. Simon Tam that rescued his little sister, River, from being experimented on by the Alliance (Government).
Favorite Quote:"This must be what going mad feels like."

Summer Glau played River Tam, the highly disturbed, but powerful little sister of Simon Tam.
Favorite Quote:"Bible's broken. Contradictions, false logistics... doesn't make sense."

The final main character (Besides Book who I never really cared for anyway, but was killed in the movie too) is Zoe Washburne. Wife of Hoburn (Wash) and tough gun-slinging ex military friend of Mal. I loved that she was so strong, but was disappointed when they showed her as vulnerable and weak which is why she is last here.
Favorite Quote:"If they take the ship, they'll rape us to death, eat our flesh and sew our skins into their clothing. And if we're very very lucky, they'll do it in that order."

So, why did I post this!? Well, because of what Nathan Fillion said in his interview. Please join me, and other fans at and pledge to contribute to help Nathan buy Firefly.Follow them on Facebook and Twitter too! Even if we don't get to make another single episode (Because we can't do it without Joss Whedon anyway), at least we would own the rights, the Browncoats would own the rights to their show!


Sunday, February 20, 2011


I love blogs, I really, really love them. I enjoy following along with the lives of others, and in some cases I pick up some other websites or tricks along the way that can help me with my children's education. This is why I especially love - I have picked up so many good tricks and websites that have helped with the at-home portion of my kids education. It's been great!

However, what I do not understand are blogs that refer to their children by something other than their names. "K" or "C" or goofy things such as parts of the McDonald's menu (When you have already announced their "real" names publicly. I just don't get it. There are blogs that call them by the dwarfs names, spices, candies, you name it, it's out there, and it annoys me to bits. Do I need to know your kid's name? No, but don't you think someday said child MIGHT read said blog and wonder why in the world you called them "Crunch Bar"? It's weird.

My kids are Charles, Ruth, Lilyanne, and James, period. Thank you, that is all.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

There's no fun like snow fun!

The 3 older kids went out with Daddy and had a blast in our amazing amount of leftover blizzard snow! They built a snowman, threw snowballs, and dug out an ice tunnel. They also threw snowballs at me when they caught me taking photos from inside! Enjoy!

Lily is ready to go out!

Cinderella Ruth, the snow queen

Daddy does all the work on the snowman...



Missed Me, Missed Me, Now You Gotta Kiss Me!

This photo captures the bond between them nicely. They are so close!

"Charlie fell down and broke his crown, and Ruthie came tumbling after"hahaha (They were fine...)

All the kids have loved this car in the snow, I wonder why!?

Almost got me...

James and I hung out in the house, you know, where it was warm and dry

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tag, You're it

I was tagged in this thing on facebook, and decided to put it here instead because I don't know 20 people that would fill it out.

1. I met my husband March 31, 1999 on AOL. I talked to him for 45 minutes before giving him directions to my parents house to meet me. during the hour it took him to arrive, I was hoping and praying he wasn't a psycho who was going to kill my parents and I.

2. I married this man 1 year to the day after we met. It was love at first sight for me.

3. I am terrified of spiders!

4. I like snakes, they fascinate me.

5. My daughter is named after a space ship. Not the "Lilyanne", the "Serenity" Google it if you don't believe "Firefly Serenity"...the Serenity painted on the ship at the end of the movie is what I will have a tattoo of someday.

6. I LOVED Twilight the book series, not so much the 2nd and 3rd movies.

7.I hate going to church, and even the idea of it causes me to want to go back to bed.

8. I had my 4th baby at home.

9. I only have 1 ovary.

10. I have always wanted at least 4 kids.

11. I want to be a homebirth midwife someday, you know, when I "grow up".

12. I used to be a firefighter.

13. I used to be a first responder, then EMT, then paramedic.

14. I miss my grandma every day.

15. I sew cloth diaper inserts.

16. I cloth diaper and am not afraid to stick my hand into a toilet if I have to.

17. I avoid companies with poor customer service. If you don't value the money I put out for your product, I don't want your product.

18. I LOVE Thirsties cloth diapers and their covers - AWESOME!

19. Breastfeeding is hard work!

20. I own a Medela Symphony breastpump.

21. I sell used cloth diapers on

22. I will secretly take the batteries out of annoying toys.

23. I absolutely hate doing laundry, not so much the washing and drying, but the carrying up 2 flights, folding, and putting away.

24. I don't hand wash dishes ever.

25. I refuse to give my baby a pacifier.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Remote Start This!

So, I got a new van in November. I wanted auto doors, tailgate, and auto start. I got 2 out of 3 with a promise that they would install the auto start as soon as they could get the part.

Last week they called and said they had the part, so I drove the car up at 12:45 yesterday, dropped her off, and came home for what was supposed to be 2 hours of intallation. -HA!

I received a call at 4PM telling me that the part was not for my car, but was compatible, and that it would not be able to open the power sliding doors. So I would have to carry 2 remotes, 1 to open the sliders, 1 to start, and they would basically look identical. Say what!? They had promised it would just be a completely filled in remote and I would only have 1 when I booked the appointment. I said I'd have to think about it.

About 6PM they called to tell me the starter wasn't going to work because it was incompatible with my van and could not be programmed. WHAT!? My car was there for 6 hours and they just figured that out!? ARGH!

So, I picked up the car, no remote starter, and now I have to wait 2-4 weeks for a refund check from the dealership (because I paid for it when I bought the car) so that I can pay off the remote starter I am going to have installed after-market. I couldn't be more frustrated right now. I just want to stop freezing my butt off!

Car dealerships are my own personal version of hell, what's yours?!?


Saturday, January 29, 2011

James Sullivan Peschke's birth story

A Homebirth Story

I went to bed Thursday, January 13th feeling the baby moving and kicking and not planning to come out until it was time to go to college. I laid down and thought “Well, he's got to come out sooner or later”.

When I woke up Friday morning, it was the same thing. I felt nothing new, no pain, no twinges, nothing. I was disappointed and discouraged, but got myself out of bed at 6:45AM and got Charlie up, bathed, dressed, packed, and off to school. Chris headed out to a job in Green Bay, WI, and I read a bit more of my book while waiting for the girls to wake up. Around 10:00AM, I started feeling slightly crampy. I tried not to get too excited because I knew that it could just be more of the Braxton Hicks I'd had for weeks.

I went to the bathroom about 10:45AM and had some light pink “show”, I texted Chris that I was in labor. I was secretly terrified I'd be all alone with both girls when the baby came. I walked around the house, straightened up, and prepared everything for the baby's arrival (since I'd planned on a home birth, it was mostly all in my room already). I sat on the birth ball, walked, and breathed calmly and slowly through the early labor discomforts.

Obligatory "in labor" photo courtesy of Chris

Around 11:30AM, I called the midwife. I was definitely in labor, contractions were 5 minutes apart, and I had a lot more red “show”. I called Chris and told him it was definitely time, and that he should come home as soon as possible. He asked if he could stop and get lunch, I said “I don't think so” because I didn't think there was time. My midwife called back and said she was about an hour away and that she was headed my way, and her assistant would also be on her way.

Laboring in the background, Ruthie in front. She was there for me almost all the way through labor, not scared at all!

Chris started to inflate the pool as the girls walked around with me, and we talked about the baby coming and how exciting it was going to be. I swayed my hips through contractions that were now 2 minutes apart and increasingly more intense. I worried the midwife wouldn't make it, and that I would have to call 9-1-1 because I didn't have any cord clamps at home.

About 12:45PM the midwife made it! Her assistant (another midwife) hadn't arrived yet, but she started to fill the pool as she could see I was nearing delivery. Rosy checked James'heartbeat, and he was still about belly-button level and at 142. Good and strong. At this point I could no longer tolerate sitting on the birth ball, I had to either stand and sway, or kneel and sway. I could feel the baby's head moving through my pelvis and kept myself calm by repeating “It's what's best for the baby” over and over in my head. I totally believe that drug and intervention-free is the way to go if you can. There are always extenuating circumstances, but after being through an induction and threatened with a c-section with Charlie I feel that is why my labor with him was so body wasn't ready and I was TERRIFIED. I said that I guessed he would be 8;lbs 14oz when he was born.

At 1:30PM, I entered the pool. It was like a slice of heaven right there in my bedroom. The La Bassine birthing pool is the Cadillac of birthing pools! The warm water was very soothing and I was able to be very relaxed between contractions. I went into my hypnobirthing trances and did not talk during the contractions at all. I could tell the time was near when the 2nd midwife finally arrived. I was so happy to see her as it meant I could finally “let go” and let the baby come. It was a flurry of excitement after that!

Chris had put a movie on for the girls (who were sitting on my bed) but it was distracting me, so I asked him to take them, and it downstairs. He returned about 2:10 and I said that I felt like I was going to need to push soon. Rosy, my midwife, checked and said I was 7. She checked his hearbeat and he was very low in the pelvis and 145. She and Vicki, the other midwife, were discussing how stretchy my cervix was, and how much “lip” was left of it when I said “Oh My God, I have to push!”. Rosy told me not to push too hard, but to grunt and push slowly so that I did not tear my cervix that hadn't completely dilated moments before. I did, but told her I felt like I needed to push harder, and she checked and I was completely dilated and effaced. It was time, my body had guided me right through labor and it was time for my little man to come! I got off of my knees, and into a more comfortable position which neither midwife had seen anyone do before, and said looked “very uncomfortable”, but it worked for me. Chris sat by my side outside of the pool, and I had 1 foot against his dresser and the other against the pool. I pushed for less than 3 minutes when Rosy said “reach down and feel his head” and I did and it was incredible! 2 more pushes and my little boy was born at 2:25PM, he came out swimming in the pool and I was awake and alert for the whole thing! I remember saying “OMG! I did it, he's here and I did it!” - it was a wonderful, awesome experience! He went immediately to my chest where I was able to cuddle him and love on him right away. He looked around and looked at me, and was so alert it was hard to believe he had just been born! Chris called the girls up and they ran in to meet their new little brother. They were both so excited! I held him in the pool until his cord stopped pulsing, then it was clamped, I cut it (Chris didn't want to) and we both headed over to dry off and get into bed. I had labored and given birth in just under 5 hours.

He's here!

After I was dried off and on the bed, I started to nurse, and shortly after the contractions started again. Rosy came over with a large bowl, and I delivered the placenta without incident. I was able to see the cord, cord insert, shape, size, and structures of the placenta. To think that it nurtured the baby for 9 months is just amazing!

Brand new baby boy!

After James went to sleep, I went into the bathroom for a little shower, and Rosy checked my uterine size and firmness when I got out. I was tucked into bed, and told I'd done very well, only losing about 250cc's of blood (about 1 Cup) which was fabulous considering my Iron count was only 10.5! I clot well, and must have a good platelet count.

Tucked in with Mommy!

Charlie came home from school and ran right up to meet “Jimmy”, his new little brother. He was so proud and excited to see that he had finally arrived!

Our Homebirthing Suite

Rosy and Vicki cleaned up the bedroom while James and I napped and then they weighed and measured him. 8Lbs 12oz and 20.5” with a 14.5” head! They checked him head to toe, twice, and his APGARS were 10, and 10. He is certainly a perfect 10 in our book too!

After taking some information for the birth certificate, and a little more paperwork both midwives were gone and Jimmy and I cuddled in bed. It was a wonderful experience, I had no swelling, tenderness, or pain vaginally right after birth, and only some minor cramping while nursing. I was relaxed, calm, and comfortable in my home, and in my bed.

Happy, Excited, and Relaxed in my own bed, in my own home!

Chris, who was initially unsure of having a home-birth has now become an advocate, and he tells everyone who will listen about our experience. It was amazing, and I'm not sure I'm prepared not to do it again in the future...stay tuned!

Sunday, January 23, 2011


There's always next year...on to baseball...GO WHITE SOX!!!!!

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011


As a fan that still has my Bears shirts from 1985, that I wore as a 4 year old starry-eyed little girl watching the game, I love the Bears. I love football, I love that we play outside in Chicago, and I love going to the games and freezing my rear-end off cheering on my team. I love the whole experience (I also love Hockey...). I have been a Bears fan while RESPECTING Brett Favre (WHEN HE WAS ON THE PACKERS) as a great quarterback (I feel differently now). I love the Bears, I hope they can go all the way, it would be great for Chicago, and who doesn't like to win!? The Bears-Packers feud is near and dear to all Bears fans, much as I suppose the Packers and Vikings fans.

James, already a die-hard Bear fan!

Lily is wearing ONE of my shirts from, Superbowl shirt!

Because I am a Bears fan and live 8 miles from the WI border, I absolutely love this joke I saw on facebook today. Up here,things are lighting up already between fans on both sides. Fans in my neighborhood are flying their Packers flags right next door to fans flying Bears flags. There is razzing, goading, and joking among neighbors and even folks at the stores. It's going to be an interesting game on say the least! Without further ado...

A Bear fan, a Steelers fan and a Packer fan are climbing a mountain and arguing about who loves his team more. The Steelers fan insists he is the most loyal. "This is for the Steelers" he yells, and jumps off the side of the mountain. Not to be outdone, the Bear fan is next to profess his love for his team. He yells "This is for the Bears!" and pushes the Packer fan off the mountain!!

Charlie, HUGE Bears fan!

And: Let us pray: Our Papa, Who art a Bear, Halas be thy name. Thy championship come, thy play be run, at home as it is away. Give us this day our Sunday win, and forgive us our turnovers, though we pounce on those who turnover against us, and lead us not into fourth and long, but deliver us from Rodgers. In the name of Dit...ka, Butkus & the... Holy Payton. As it was in 1985, so shall it be in 2010, reign without end, Amen

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