Sunday, January 31, 2010

One More Day...

...until we hopefully will find something out. It has been a pretty relaxing weekend here. We watched a few movies: Extract, Inglorious Basterds, and Food, Inc. I really wanted to watch M.J.'s This Is It, but the movie store didn't have it.

Today I went and got my blood drawn. T.J. and I had a delicious lunch at Grey Bros. It is so much food, but really good. Then we had a couple other stops. I just didn't feel very well after all that, so I took a nap. I just finished editing my job, so that is a big relief. I got some of these today. I was hoping for a yummy snack b/c I love York peppermint patties, but they are really rich. There is a lot of dark chocolate in them and I can only eat a couple at a time.
My appointment is in the morning, so I will blog whatever I find out once I get home. I have tomorrow off, so that will be nice to not have to worry about having a job later in the day. That's about all I've got for now. I am going to go and stare in the fridge/cupboards to try to decide what to eat. Nothing has sounded good the last couple days!
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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Today's Happenings

Thank you, everyone, for your nice e-mails, comments, and messages. I am sorry if you called and I didn't answer or call you back. I was just trying to relax and take it easy, per Sara's good advice. After I blogged, I took a nice long shower, then planted myself on the couch where I stayed the rest of the day.

I am much better today and not so emotional. Every time I talked to someone about what was happening yesterday, I got all choked up and couldn't talk very well (I think that's termed "ugly cry"). I figured I would just wait until I wasn't so weepy to talk on the phone:)

I had a lot of bleeding yesterday. It was more than spotting, but not heavy, either. It was bright red, which is what my doctor saw while checking my cervix and then went into the miscarriage talk. It tapered off last night and today I haven't had any yet. I hope this means it's stopped!

I don't know how to put into words how I feel. I don't feel nauseous, but my stomach feel tight inside. It's not crampy, but kind of hurts. I have some work I am going to try to do today. I haven't been very productive this week and I have a couple of jobs that are due soon. Then I plan on taking up residence again on the couch and taking it easy.

T.J. has been great and I felt much better once he got home from work last night. As I am sure you can imagine, he is taking very good care of me and making me smile and laugh, which helps big time!
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Friday, January 29, 2010

Not looking so good

This morning I woke up with some bleeding. I called the doctor's office and I get to go in for an ultrasound at 10:30 a.m. I am not feeling very confident for this appointment. For the last week I have been feeling nauseous and crappy -- what you're supposed to feel when you're pregnant. Today I don't feel anything. Just normal.


I know that a lot of people wait until after the first trimester to put it out there that they are pregnant, just in case something like this happens. I am not like them and I can't help it. It is so exciting when you think you are pregnant and all you want to do is shout if from the mountain top. This is our third time being pregnant and I have come to realize that you want people to know. At least I do.


It is like a blanket wrapped around you when all your friends and family show you their love and support. And you don't feel so alone. That is the last thing I want -- to sit at home alone, feeling all alone, and not have anyone understand what it is that I am going through.


Since this is our third time being pregnant, I haven't felt real confident that it would work out. I mean, why would it? The other two times didn't. But when we saw that there was a fetus and that it had heart activity, I felt somewhat reassured. That maybe this time would be different. The doctor told me that your chances of miscarrying are 10-15% before you have an ultrasound showing anything. But once you have an ultrasound showing fetal heart activity, your chances go down to 3% for miscarrying. I hope we're not in that 3%.
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I am back from my appointment. I waited to post this so that I may or may not actually have some news. Well, I don't have any news, really. They did an ultrasound and the baby is still in there and it has normal growth since Tuesday. However, the heartbeat was slow and there was bleeding in my uterus.

My bleeding is an obvious ominous sign. Today I have been feeling some cramping and not feeling any nausea. They drew labs today to test my hormones. I go back on Sunday to do the same. Then I go to the doctor on Monday to compare the results. If my hormones levels don't double between the two, then it's a very bad sign.

The doctor said that everything could straighten out and be okay. Or it might not. I just have a gut feeling that it's not going to be okay. She gave me all the warnings -- like if I have super heavy bleeding or am in a lot of pain, then I have to go to the ER. I can take Tylenol but not Motrin b/c Motrin will make me bleed more.

I know that a miscarriage is usually because there is something wrong with the fetus. It is nature's way of handling it. It just sucks because this time there actually was a baby. This time was different. I was so hopeful because I was sick and tired and felt horrible. I knew that with those symptoms it was as close to normal as I have come.

If I do miscarry, this is number three for us. The doctor explained when I met with him on Tuesday that if this does result in a third miscarriage that I would then be considered a high risk pregnancy in the future. There is a lot of blood work and tests they will run eight weeks after I have the miscarriage. I just pray that there we will find some answers.

If this turns around and is okay, it will be a miracle. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Jumping the Gun? Maybe...

Soooooooo, I may be jumping the gun a little bit on the baby bedding, but I just couldn't help it. I found this crib bumper that was originally $20 for $5. I think it's really cute and it could be boy or girl, so I picked it up. One side is polka dots and the other side is stripes.



Then I found this crib skirt that goes with it for only $5 as well!! I bought a couple of these so that I could maybe make valances out of them.



That's all that was at Target, the bumper and the skirt. So I came home and looked on eBay for a blanket, crib sheet, or any other matching thing. I found a polka dot crib sheet and this blanket.

I bought them both. So, I ended up spending about $60 on a total bedding set! SCORE:) I like the basic, primary colors. And I love a good deal!!!
Now on to looking at furniture -- ugh! I am thinking Ikea!!!
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Today's Highlights:

I found some of the BEST cookies EVER today! These bite size sugar cookies from Target are awesome and you should run out and get some!! :)
Secondly, the pill popping is helping with my nausea big time! I took half a Unisom last night with 25 mg of Vitamin B-6. I actually slept good last night. I felt good this morning. I had some moments of queasiness on my drive home from my job today. Once I got home, I ate some saltine crackers and that took care of my yucky feeling.
I had a chiropractor appointment today, which also made me feel better. My neck has been sore and I have been having headaches, so I am sure this will help.
Those are the highlights of my day!
Thanks everyone for your sweet comments and congratulations! I am feeling overwhelmed by everything right now. I feel like I have so much to do/prepare for and so little time. Then I just get exhausted even thinking about it and decide to take a nap instead:)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

All is Well

I went to my follow-up appointment this afternoon. The doctor was running behind because he had an emergency c-section this afternoon. He sure had a crazy day! Since he was running behind, I was able to just meet him and talk with him but have to go back to have an exam and do an introductory appointment with video watching and lots of information.

He said that everything looked good. If we were at high risk for miscarrying, he would do lots of tests and maybe have me take a baby aspirin every day. But since this pregnancy looks good and the first two blighted ovums were so very different from what I have been feeling like, he didn't seem too concerned.

He didn't say anything about the cysts, so I asked him about those. He then asked me if I took Clomid, which I haven't. He said that he thinks I produced multiple eggs. I have three cysts. Thank goodness I don't have three or four babies in there!!! YIKES!

I have to go back in a week for my exam and introductory appointment. Then I go back in four weeks for an ultrasound.

Today I haven't felt very well. A few of you have told me about Unisom and B-6, so I am going to try that tonight. Hopefully I will wake up tomorrow feeling like a new woman! I love getting any tips, tricks, or things to NOT try, so if you have any for me, please let me know.

We also really wanted to thank everyone for you kind words that we have received over the last couple days. This is so exciting for us and really seems unreal. I was almost convinced that it wouldn't ever happen to us. It has and we couldn't be more grateful.

In case you were wondering, our due date is September 20, 2010, and we won't be finding out the sex of the baby. :)
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It's Baby Time!

The appointment this morning went well. We got to see our bean-o for the first time. It is pretty early. I am only 6 weeks and 1 day. It was such a relief to know that I am actually pregnant, though! I haven't been feeling especially great and have been REALLY hungry. The past few days, though, I am kind of having food aversions. Nothing sounds good at all. So hopefully all goes well for the rest of this trimester.
Here are some pics of our little one. As you can see, it's really cute and has lots of personality:) The ultrasound tech said our "dot" was very cute, indeed!

The bad news at my appointment today was that the doctor was in surgery -- a c-section that was having complications. And my right ovary has cysts. I don't know how many or how big, but the ultrasound tech was taking lots of pictures and labeling them. Then when the nurse said that the doctor would be a little while and we said we had to go so T.J. could get back to work, she said I needed to get back in as soon as possible. I hope it's not as big of a deal as she made it seem. I get freaked out pretty easily, so hopefully I am overreacting. I will do a post later once I get back from my appointment at 3:45 p.m. today.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

You know what this means...

...we're pregnant!


Now before you get all giddy and start jumping up and down and hooting and hollering, just know that we aren't totally for sure yet. After having two blighted ovums, I am a little leary to call it good just yet. We get to go to the doctor Tuesday morning to check on things. I sure hope it is for real positive and everything goes smoothly. In the event it doesn't, I will probably have a D&C within a week or two. Please say a prayer for us. Hopefully this will be the start of our new family!

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Colts Win! It's Super Bowl Time!

Today we went down to O'Reillys to watch the Colts game. Even though we are Bears fans, a close runner up is the Colts. It is so fun to live in a sports town. Downtown was crazy today with loads of people tailgating and everything. After watching the game at the bar last week, Natasha and I decided that snuggies would be a good idea (see the door in the background? It gets cold sometimes!) along with sitting on the couches. The snuggies were awesome. I was toasty warm the whole time and my arms were free to eat and play with my iPhone:)

Playing Big Buck Hunter -- my new favorite bar game. $5.00 gets you lots of game play. So much so that my shooting finger was tired and a little sore afterwards.

Snuggling up in our Snuggies.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Naughty Dogs!

So last night when we got home we had a few surprises. We aren't sure which one was the naughty one or if they both were naughty. One of the surprises was a chewed up bottle of craft glue (luckily they didn't get it opened anywhere!) and a little poo in the office on the floor. After a stern talking to, Herky ran and laid on his bed and Baxter ran under our bed. He hasn't ever done this before. Isn't he cute?!?

Don't mind the messy bedroom. It was right before bed:)
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I also wanted to rave about this frosting! It is so yummy and SO easy!!! T.J. really liked doing it, so that makes it even better! I would definitely recommend it.
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Last night after dinner we went to see Book of Eli, which was really good. Tonight we are going to watch some taped shows and Night at the Museum 2. I think we are also going to try Chicago's Pizza finally, which I am pretty pumped for.
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Friday, January 22, 2010

Bingo? Nope.

I know this may come as a shocker to many of you, but we are skipping Bingo tonight. I have had a pretty busy week with work and just am not feeling up for going. Keith and Natasha are coming to Plainfield to meet T.J. and I for dinner at El J's, which has me pretty excited:) We don't really have any plans this weekend. I put a lot of audio books on hold at the library, so I will probably be uploading those and working a lot.

In other news, T.J. and I watched the first season of HBO's True Blood this week. It was so good and I can't wait to watch the second season! I also have all the books on hold at the library.

I got to talk to Abby today. It was so nice to chat and hear about their trip and Ari! I can't wait to go and see them! You should go over to their blog and watch their video. Ari's laugh is so cute:)
My mom sent me her pictures on Shutterfly of our Florida vacation.
Here are a couple that I didn't have that I liked:)
Happy Friday to You!
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wedded Bliss

I am beat today, just feeling tired and not very creative. So what do I fall back on? Wedding photos. Why? Because this week on Facebook is "Wedding Photo Week." Usually I don't play along with all the little things people post on there, but I did it this time. I went back to the archives on Shutterfly and found these oldies but goodies. So today in all my laziness and total lack of creativity, you get pics and some wedding facts.

T.J and I got married on March 1, 2003. That's been 2, 518 days ago or 359 weeks and 5 days or 6 years 10 months and 20 days.
I was 20 when we got married. T.J. was 23.
We had dated since June 6, 1997, which means we have been together for 4,612 days or 658 weeks and 6 days or 12 years 7 months and 15 days.

Time flies when you are having fun! And believe me, we are having loads of it! T.J. is my best friend and I love being with him everyday! I can't wait for our ten year anniversary. I am thinking we need to go somewhere awesome to celebrate!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Resolutions? Goals? Is it January 20th Already?

I know, I know, it's a little late, but here is my working list:
  • Stop procrastinating!
  • Read or listen to 20 books this year
  • Eat more fruit and veggies
  • Get on a schedule
  • a) Work out and get up at the same time
  • b) Schedule hours I am going to work
  • c) Go to bed at a consistent time each night.

So this is all that I could come up with so far. It isn't too many, so maybe I can really focus on them and accomplish all of them!!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Just another day in Paradise

This daily blogging has made me reach deep down inside myself to tell all my avid readers all about myself. One thing I am pretty positive I haven't shared before is my love affair with Paradise Bakery. It is a chain, but I know for my peeps in Iowa, there isn't one there. It is such a shame because it is SO good! There is a Paradise caddy-corner to our office building, so every time I work in our office downtown, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be eating there for lunch!
If you're anything like me, when you go to a restaurant, you order the same thing every time. Well, that's how I am anyway. And when I go to Paradise, I order this chicken and walnut sandwich without tomatoes. It also comes with a delicious cookie!!
My day today got started a little earlier than planned. I was scheduled for a job at 3:00 p.m. and got a call at 9:30 a.m. for a job at the office. I had to finish getting ready quick and ran out the door. Lucky for me, I got an unexpected lunch date with Paradise!

Tonight is book club night. We are meeting for dinner at Noodles and Company to talk about The House at Sugar Beach. After that we are going to go and watch The Lovely Bones. I am really looking forward to having a girls night out, trying a new restaurant, and watching a movie.
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Monday, January 18, 2010

Do You See What I See?

Just a little something my sweet, sweet husband, T.J., left in the sink this morning.

Maybe tomorrow he will go ahead and wash them down.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Go Colts!

Last night T.J. and I went to O'Reillys to watch the Colts play. The bar was packed and a really fun atmosphere to watch the game.
After the game, there was lots of commotion outside the bar. There was a fight with the two participants of the fight leaving the scene. When the cops got there these two idiots that weren't even involved or know the people involved started trying to start new fights in front of the cops. Then some other random guy walking by didn't like the way one of the cops was looking at him and was mouthing off. So the guy left and then came back to say the cop couldn't look at him like that so he got arrested too. It was ridiculous, but very entertaining! It was a good night to be sober and people watching!!!

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Knock Off Wood Blog

I just have to tell everyone about this blog I came across today. It's called Knock Off Wood. Ana makes plans and easy to follow instructions for furniture out of Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, etc. It's AWESOME!!!! I really want some saws now. I have already found at least a dozen things that I want to make. It's been some time since I've worked with wood and power tools. I am thinking 7th grade shop class. I do love it, though, and hope to try to build something this summer!
I leave you with a little pop-the-collar action!

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Bingo Madness




Dad and Carmen sent this shirt with my Christmas presents! I hope it brings me lots of luck!!!!
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Travel Goodies

Today as T.J. and I were catching up on taped TV shows I was trying to think of something to blog about. Today was pretty unremarkable and boring. So I decided to fill you in on a little obsession of mine -- traveling. We love to travel, sight see, explore, experience, etc.
My way of tracking where we've been is this bulletin board. I tacked this place mat on the bulletin board and used map tacks to mark where I've been (yellow), T.J. has been (black), and we've been together (red).

I lost my map tacks in the move and I haven't upadated it in a while.

The other thing I buy are these lapel pins. I put them around the edge.

I also like to get these smashed pennies:

I don't have too many so far. This is a fairly new collection:)

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Once of my favorite things that I buy on a trip are these frames. I only have two. I didn't see any in Florida that were this type. There was one in the Vegas airport when we went there, but it was too pricey for me:) Every time we go somewhere new, I like to look for them. I would like to someday have a bunch of these different destination frames.

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And on a side note, the tickets that are in the glass hurricane are also a little collection of mine. It's fun to come home from an event and put the tickets in there. I love how full it's getting!
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Blog Every Single Day?

I almost forgot to do my blogging for the day! Luckily right as I was getting ready to get off the computer and watch some American Idol and Biggest Loser, I remembered. But what do I have to talk about? Nothing much. Today I worked, which was mostly driving, came home and cooked for about three hours and now have TONS of food in the fridge, and while cooking I finished listening to The House at Sugar Beach. This book was so good and very educational at the same time! I really enjoyed it. Now I am beat. It's TV time for me!!

PS -- if you haven't been to the Little Miss Matched website before, you should check it out! And they have super cute baby stuff on sale right now. I ordered some for gifts to have on hand.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Homemade Family Gifts

When my mom and sister got here last week before going to Florida, they came with homemade goodness! Look at how crafty they are!!! My sister made these super cute towels! She does so good sewing for being self-taught with help from me and mom! Mom made the mitt that's in the bottom right corner. It's made out of a towel and meant to wipe wet doggy paws off.
Mom also made this cute little mat for under the doggy dishes. It is so cute and soaks up the water better than what we had before.

Today I finished the laundry and got some work done. I am meeting T.J. tonight at Wal-Mart to go grocery shopping. We have NOTHING to eat in our house! Tomorrow I have a job in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, which is about a two hour drive, so I will get lots of book listening time in!

Speaking of books, I haven't blogged about our book club in a while. With the holidays and everything we just skipped December. We still read the book, just didn't get together. The two books that we are currently on is The Lovely Bones and The House at Sugar Beach. Next week we are meeting to go watch The Lovely Bones and talk about The House at Sugar Beach. They are both very good books!
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Home Again, Home Again...

...Jiggity Jig! We are happy to be home and ready to get back in the swing of things. With the holidays and everything, it's been pretty hectic for quite a while. I hope January is relaxing and easy going!

I have laundry going, went to the chiropractor this afternoon, made a pasta salad, and right now am uploading pics into Shutterfly. I am exhausted after getting up so early this morning. Mom, Rhonda, Keriann & Derrick are driving back to Iowa. They should be there about 9:30 our time. I'm sure they've had a looooooooooong day!

We got to pick up the doggies today from Katie's! We missed them so much. Mike & Julie came out here for the week and watched them and then Katie watched them last night. It was a long time to be away from them!!

Once I got home, I had a couple of fun packages waiting for me. One of them was this cute bow from Joy's Hope: My other package was this set of four prints from Jaime Beitler! The giveaway was for three and Jaime threw another one in too. How awesome?!? I need to get some frames for them!!!!
Sorry for the poor quality pictures. It's the iPhone at work again.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Final Florida Frolicking

We didn't have too much planned for today. We decided to go to Cocoa Beach to see the Atlantic Ocean. It was so windy and cold, but we got to go out on the boardwalk and walk on the beach. After that we drove by NASA then headed back to Orlando where we had lunch at Hooters. There is a Premium Outlet here that has Joe's Jeans and AG that I wanted to look at quick, so we stopped there and then headed back home. We played a couple games of Farkel, which were interrupted by urgent ringing of our door bell.
A man was at the door speaking only Spanish and was trying to tell us that something on the side of the house was gushing water. He stopped the water and I think showed me that something was broken. He was speaking non-stop Spanish and trying to explain something. At one point we figured out that he was saying something about $100. I think he wanted us to pay him for stopping it. I don't know. Then he showed us his ID, which I think he was showing us he lived down the road. It was weird and scary. Orlando is a strange place and if I come back, I think I will stay at a resort for sure!


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Here are some pictures from today. I have been using my iPhone camera since my real camera is acting up. I think it's time for a new one! We are leaving the house around 4 a.m. tomorrow. We are flying through NYC and then to Indianapolis and should be home around 1 p.m. I miss our puppies and I can't wait to see them!
I think the warmest it got here was around 60 one day. Next weekend it's going to be in the 70s the whole time. We missed the nice weather by a weekend. We had a fun and busy vacation but I am ready to get back in the swing of things!
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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Shopping, Shopping, and MORE Shopping

Today's plan was to head to Prime Outlet Mall. I knew they had a Victoria's Secret and North Face, so this was the mall we planned to go to. We slept in today and ate a good breakfast at IHOP, then went shopping. T.J. and Derrick dropped us off and then went to the theater to watch Avatar. After that they went to Bass Pro Shop and got to touch an alligator.



Once we were done, we were, of course, starving so we ate at Elephant Bar. It was sooo good! I wish there was one in Indy! Then we made a couple other stops looking for shoes for Derrick, but the hunt was unsuccessful. On our way home we stopped and got a red box movie -- District 9. Then we got DQ. YUM! What a fun day!! Here is some of my loot I got. The pics are bad b/c they are with my iPhone and it's not too bright in here with the lamps.

I bought some fabric yesterday at Ikea and here is a picture of it:





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Friday, January 8, 2010

Starts Sucky, Ends Funny!

So this morning mom went out to start the car and found the passenger side window broken out. T.J & I's GPS got stolen and my iPhone car charger. So ANNOYING! That was how we spent our morning -- filing a police report, calling the rental car place, and calling the insurance company.
Once we got our car switched out, we went mini golfing at Pirate's Cove. It was so fun and a good way to forget what had happened in the morning! After that we had some time to waste, so we drove by Epcot, tried to buy Orlando Magic tickets (they were sold out except for the $1,100 seats), then shopped at IKEA! I LOVE that place!



Tonight we had tickets to a pirate show. It was very entertianing and good food. Keriann got picked to go help with a competition. Then T.J. and Derrick got picked to go and do some stuff in the show.

After we got home, Derrick, T.J. & Keriann decided to jump in our pool. It isn't heated. It has been in the 50s here, so the water is COLD! I am so glad I videotaped it! Soooo funny:)

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