Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
It's 11:00 pm on July 27th. We came home from the hospital today and here's what I know right now:
* I'm tired
* The girls are sound asleep in their own beds
* The house is a mess
* I'm tired
* Lucas is sleeping in his bassinet
* I'm debating whether to stay up until his next feeding at 12:30, or try to sleep.
* Have I mentioned that I'm tired?
* But more than any of these things: I AM IN LOVE!
I'll blog more about our birth experience another time. For now, though, we're home and there's no place I'd rather be.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
2. Today the girls and I went swimming. The water felt so refreshing and cool. And it helped lift my belly up a bit, giving my back and hips a break. I've been pretty sore lately.
3. Hannah made me laugh this morning when she asked out of the blue, "Mom, remember the days before Kung Fu Panda?" Oh the world was such a boring place before we owned that movie! =)
4. I packed two new backpacks full of things for the girls to do while they are up at the hospital over the weekend. They don't know about the backpacks yet, but I think they will love them. So far the packs each contain: three new coloring books, a new set of crayons, a blank memo pad, pens, pencils, a new book about animals, a disposable camera, and a new doll. It will be like opening up their stockings on Christmas morning.
5. I am about 20 pages away from finishing my current book (I took a break from Twilight to read a great book called The Well and the Mine.) If I finish it tonight, I will blog about it tomorrow.
6. Tonight my dear friend Jacquelyn is babysitting for us so Mike and I can go out for one last hoorah! We're keeping it low key, though. To save some money we're making spaghetti here at our house, but then we'll head out to a movie and maybe coffee afterwards. I'm really looking forward to some quality time with my Love.
7. My cats have been super affectionate lately. Do you think they tell that change is on the way?
Maybe it's a "sixth sense" they possess?
8. I have the desire to mop my floors before we go to the hospital, but am seriously lacking the energy. I'm hoping for a burst of it later today. We'll see.....
9. Here's what my house is looking like this afternoon. The girls are engrossed in their play which is fun to watch.
That's it for now! Enjoy your Wednesday!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The day started with me meeting my friend, Nikki, for breakfast at Vintage Coffee. We split a cranberry-orange muffin and we each tried a signature drink called a "smooffee" which is a combination of smoothie/coffee and an added flavor. I added vanilla and it was delicious. It was so nice to start the day chatting with a dear friend.
After breakfast I met my mom at a nearby mall where she treated the two of us to pedicures. Here's a picture of my puffy, pregnant feet when it was all said and done. I would highly recommend a pedicure for any pregnant gal-- especially soon before you go to the hospital. There's just something about looking down and seeing pretty feet.
After the pedicure and a little shopping, I headed home to enjoy the rest of the day with my awesome little family. I was determined to spend some quality time with my girls even if that meant putting things on my "to do" list on a backburner for awhile. So I spent the afternoon building a castle out of blocks, reading books, and acting silly with them. I also got out their baby books and went through each book with my girls. They were fascinated by their baby footprints and the hospital bracelets I had worn. And they always love to look at pictures of themselves as a baby and hear me "oooooh" and "ahhhh" at how cute they were.
For dinner we took the girls to Poblano Grill, a favorite Mexican food restaurant of ours, where they munched on chips, guacamole and tortillas. Then we took them to Blockbuster and let them each pick out a movie to watch. We ended up with Mulan II and Sleeping Beauty. We came home and let them get in their jammies and watch one before heading off to bed.
I was just about to enjoy my quiet post-little girl bedtime hours, when I realized that we had to go to the grocery store. I usually don't enjoy shopping in the evening, but as I was driving to the store, I witnessed a beautiful sunset. I took a few pictures as I was driving (not while the car was moving-- I promise I was careful!). Oklahoma has awesome sunsets. These pictures don't quite do last night's sunset justice. But they do capture some of the brilliance as well as the cool clouds that were hanging around.
I hope your Saturday was a good one too!
Friday, July 17, 2009
In one short week, you will be in my arms. I'm guessing you'll have a mop of black hair, eyes like pools of dark chocolate, and your Daddy's olive skin. You'll probably cry a little and be swaddled like a burrito in a hospital blanket. You'll sleep a lot, but open your eyes now and then. And you will be perfect. Absolutely perfect. I can't wait to stare at you, snuggle you, and smell your sweet baby smell. You, my dear, are a miracle. God says He knit you together in my womb and that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Always know that you have a purpose, you are unique, and you are already abundantly loved.
So until next Friday, keep growing and developing in your safe baby house that is my belly. And we'll be seeing you soon, Little Guy.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Enter Twilight. This book was just circulating around the last year that I taught (06/07 school year). I knew it had something to do with vampires, but that was it. Another topic of zero interest to me. So I avoided reading it. Then a sequel came out. Then another. It seemed like everytime I walked by the young adult section at Barnes 'n Noble another sequel had appeared on the shelves and was stocked in mass volume. Then my friends started reading them. My aunts and cousins started reading them. At my monthly bunco group, the women I played with started discussing "Edward and Bella" and various situations from the books. Then a movie came out. And then.......I decided to read them. And I actually liked them!
So far I've just read Twilight and New Moon. I think Edward's character is well developed and fascinating. As a vampire who by nature craves human blood, he chooses out of a moral conviction to only drink animal blood so that he does not harm humans. The main female character, Bella, has a scent so intoxicating to him that he is incredibly attracted to her, but constantly battles his vampire desires with an even greater desire to be with her and protect her. Edward is like a dark knight in shining armor. Edward and Bella's love grows throughout the first book and continues into the second book until an unfortunate event the night of Bella's 18th birthday takes the couple on a painful journey. With the introduction of a rival pack of werewolves in New Moon the plot thickens even more.
I'm looking forward to reading the last two books. I guess I like vampires more than I thought I did. =)
What are some of your favorite series of books?
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
So what to do when it's 106 degrees outside and you don't have access to a pool? Why break out the slip 'n slide of course! It keeps the girls cool and helps them run out some energy.
I had a slip 'n slide when I was little that got lots and lots of use. My friend, Shauna, and I would spend hours on that thing! I remember it had a yellow, plastic mat, and it had a plastic banana that hooked up to the water hose and sprayed water over the mat. I admit that last summer I tried the slip 'n slide as a 31 year old adult. I misjudged my weight and went flying right off the end into the grass. Oops! There will definitely be no slipping or sliding for me this summer. Not with this belly, that's for sure.
So what does a 9 month pregnant Mama do in 106 degree heat while her little ones are playing in the water? Sit and sweat. That's about it. I tried reading, but I gave up after the sweat drops started rolling off my nose and onto the pages. I think we only stayed outside about 30 minutes, but I seriously needed a shower when we were done. I also really needed a big glass of lemonade that day!
What do you guys do to cool off in the heat?
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Leah, on the other hand, does dress-up in a much different way. She makes up her own characters or a combination of characters. She just throws on whatever looks good to her at the moment. The same day that Hannah dressed up as Cinderella, Leah concocted this outfit: a white angel costume, sunglasses, tiarra, pink scarf, Hannah Montana necklace (a recent birthday party favor), Hello Kitty watch (an old Happy Meal toy), and a pink, shiny purse to go with the whole ensemble. I asked her who (or what) she was and she said, "I'm a princess angel."
Leah the Princess Angel. Perhaps she's carrying a plate of food to a person in need.
My girls are similar in many ways, but it's great to see some of their differences come out in the way they play. I'm glad they each do things their own way sometimes.
Did you used to play dress-up? What were some of your favorite dress-up things?
Friday, July 10, 2009
For about a year, Mike had been hunting on the internet for a series of skateboards designed by Evan Hecox (one of his favortie artists). It took a lot of patience and a lot of phone calls to skateshops all over the country, but he finally managed to collect them all. We recently hung them up together and they look great!
In addition, Mike has been painting again recently-- something he has really missed. He's been out in the garage late each night working on a painting for our house and here's the final product. He was really pleased with the end result.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
His crib. I wonder which one of his sisters slept in this one?
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
First, I decided to make lasagna. It's quick, easy, and freezes well. I made one pan to eat tonight with a few friends who are coming over and another pan to freeze.
My wonderful assistant, Hannah, posing with our two lasagnas.
Next I tackled the question of what to make with a large can of pureed pumpkin. I usually buy the smaller cans to make my favorite pumpkin bread, but the store I went to yesterday only had the large cans. So I looked online to see what else I could make with pumpkin and I found this recipe for chocolate chip pumpkin muffins. I was sort of doubtful about the combination of chocolate and pumpkin, but the muffins turned out really tastey.
Finally I used the rest of the pumpkin to make two loaves of pumpkin bread. One for now and one for the freezer. I took the following picutre this morning before I cut a few slices of the non-freezer loaf for breakfast.
Yum! Overall I felt very productive and also very tired after standing in the kitchen for a few hours. I think I'm going to freeze some pizza dough (since homemade pizza is a weekly staple around here) as well as a pan of enchiladas. Not today though. I need a cooking break!
What are some other ideas of meals that freeze well?
Monday, July 6, 2009
A cool, gentle breeze.
She spies the old fashioned carosel at the end of the path.
I sit beside her, my pregnant belly swollen, but comfortable.
Where has the time gone?
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Our festivities began at 6:00 when my parents, our friends Reed and Nikki and their kids, Eli and Parker, came over to eat. We had brats and hot dogs on the grill, grilled corn on the cob, cole slaw, baked beans, chips, fresh pineapples and strawberries, and red velvet cake for dessert. Before we stuffed ourselves silly we sat on the back porch and watched the kids play in the slip 'n slide. The weather had been alternating all day between a light, cloudy drizzle of rain to a few moments of sunshine. But around 6:45 we could tell a full blown thunderstorm was rolling in. The air turned cooler, the clouds changed from white to dark grey and we could see distant lightning flashes. Although it threatened our later firework-watching plans, it was so neat to see the storm as it approached.
The sky started its shift from light blue to angry grey.
As we were eating dinner, the storm rolled through full speed ahead. Rain came down in sheets and we could hear claps of thunder. But thankfully, as quickly as it arrived, it blew off to the north and we were left with a muggy, wet, post-storm calmness. Earlier in the day, Mike and Leah had gone to a nearby fireworks stand to pick out a few to shoot off from home--sparklers, jump-n-jacks, pop-its, and some small rockets. Our cul-de-sac was the perfect platform for our mischief.
Reed running away after lighting a small rocket.
This picture doesn't quite do this poor firework justice. Imagine spinning, loud squealing, changing colors and sparks flying. Our kids were all impressed anyway. =)
And since the storm came and went, we could continue on with our plan to head to the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and watch their fabulous fireworks display. It didn't start until 10:00, which is way past our girls' bedtime, but the Fourth of July only comes around once a year, ya know. =)
We sat a short distance away in a parking lot since last year the loud noises hurt my girls' ears.
Hannah still covered hers as a preaution. But overall, they loved them and ooohed and ahhhed as each one lit up the sky.
The grand finale.
And this final shot, taken at midnight-- not too long after we were finally home and had the girls tucked in, is of me and my enormous, nearly 36 week pregnant belly. I was pretending to hobble like an old lady (and trying not to laugh) when Mike snapped this shot.
I can't believe this little guy will be here with us next year when we celebrate!
What did you do for the Fourth?
Saturday, July 4, 2009
In addition to food and fireworks, the Fourth of July is always a day I remember all the people in my family who have served in the military. My mom grew up as an "army brat" living all over the United States as well as Germany and Okinawa. My grandfather was a Colonel and fought in both World War II and the Korean War. When I was little, he would tell me the story of how he earned a Purple Heart. During one battle, a sniper's bullet went in one side of his torso and exited the other side. He would then lift up his shirt and show me the entry scar on one side and the exit scar on the other. We have great black and white photograph of him in a hospital bed shaking hands with the General who stopped by to deliver my grandfather's medal. Both men have smiles on their faces. In addition, two of my mom's four younger brothers followed suit and served in the U.S. Military as well: my uncle Paul Gant (Army) and my uncle Jim Gant (Navy). Now, two of my uncle Jim's four kids are currently serving in the military: my cousin Steve Gant (Air Force) and my cousin Phil Gant (Army). I am so proud of that history in my family. And for all U.S. Military men and women who are currently serving or have served in the past. I am so grateful for our freedom.
Happy Fourth of July!!