Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sara in Germany LO

I'm on a roll.  :)  This one actually goes right before the Ritter Sport LO I did before.

And this is what I decided to do with the Halloween spread I posted last time; thanks for the comments and suggestions!!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Halloween LO

 I got this one done last night.  What do you think, with or with out the little witch on the left?

Brandon likes it with the witch, but I just can't make up my mind.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!!! and A New Digi LO

Tuesday was my birthday, but I've been having a whole birthday season.  I've been getting cards and packages in the mail all month, and even though some of it has been for the baby, it still feels like it's for me.  :)  We got the car seat last week, the stroller came Wednesday, and the dresser should be here today.  I got a giant box containing a super soft, super cozy, pale green blanket for our bed and some new towels to match my newly painted bathroom from my wonderful mother-in-law last Friday, I got the box of Girl Scout Cookies I ordered from my cousin's daughter on my birthday, we ordered my new glasses (and dropped my wedding ring off to be repaired) on Wednesday, and the box from my mom got here yesterday.  

On my birthday, Brandon came home from work early because I had another OB check.  Usually, he stays home with Elora but this time they came with me to keep me company.  On the way back, we stopped by Lowe's to try to exchange the broken fan, and even though we had no box or receipt (it was purchased by the guy who remodeled the house, shortly before we bought it from him), they swapped out the motor unit for us and sent us on our way.  How's that for great customer service?  When we got home, Rebekah came over and brought me a slice of my favorite cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory, and stayed here with Elora so Brandon could take me out for a romantic dinner.  He'd found a restaurant with incredible reviews only a few minutes from the house, so we tried that.  The reviews were spot-on; Passion is a very elegant little restaurant with a decadent menu and superb service.  It's too pricey to be a regular haunt, but it's perfect for a special night out. We were stuffed after dinner, but he still took me to Applebee's for their brownie-a-la-mode; it's my current favorite, and it's perfect for sharing with someone. 

Oh, my, word.  Can we say spoiled???  Thank you to everyone who contributed to spoiling me, I love you!

I just did this today.  I have 2 more LO's in mind that I want to do, and my goal is to do them before my little one arrives.   My countdown says that I have 15 days; she's the only one who knows what her countdown is at.  :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Play Time!!

On Saturday, Brandon took apart the fan and light fixture in our bedroom to see if he couldn't fix the fan.  As it turns out, he couldn't, because the motor in the fan was completely blown, so I got this box out to contain all the parts and pieces until we figured out what to do about it.  Obviously, though, Elora believed that I got the box out for her.


What is it about boxes and baskets that make them so irresistible to kids and cats?  Han and Elora both will get into any container left on the floor, if there is even the remotest possibility that they'll fit in it.  (The laundry basket is a favorite.)  I remember being equally fascinated by them when I was a kid.  So much fun to be had. 

Anyway, this is what happened once we got the fan in the box, and shut away in the guest room:


I love to watch them playing together like this.  He tickles her, and throws her, and swings her, and flips her, and she just laughs and laughs and laughs.  You know, a child's great big belly laugh, the kind that is so absolutely contagious that you'd have to be dead not to laugh too.  And then to see the delight on his face in being able to make her laugh like that, I just love it.

Monday we took her to the park.  It isn't all that far from the house; it's too far to walk, but it's only about a 10 minute drive.  She was rather timid at first, and just walked around the perimeter of the playground with her fingers wrapped around Brandon's.

But then she saw other little people like her.  She's so social!  She said "Hello!" and "Bye!" to everyone she saw, and chatted with anyone who stayed still.

Brandon started out by putting her at the top of the small slide, and she did that a few times.  Then she did some exploring and discovered the big twisty slide.

Then she did a bit more exploring and realized that she could climb up to the top all by herself.  After that she wasn't interested in doing anything else, and she definitely wasn't interested in any help in doing it.  Brandon shadowed her as she climbed, and I sat on the side near the bottom to keep an eye on her as she ran back around.  The best part??  I got to see this every time she came down:

The more she did it, the more static-y her hair got, and I just kept cracking up.  It was great until time to go home.  We were only able to stay about 45 minutes, and she was no where near ready to leave.  Next time, we will make sure to go at a time when we have more time to play.  I'm hoping for more warm weather soon.  It was 73° on Monday; yesterday and today, it only got up to about 40°.  It isn't nearly as fun to go out when you have to bundle up to do it.  More Spring please!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Taste of Spring

 Brandon took Elora for a walk while I was at my OB check on Monday.  This is what I found when I got home:

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous for the past few days, and we've done our best to get out and enjoy it.  


The high for today was 76°F.  We went for our walk in short sleeves, capris and sandals, and we opened all the windows in the house.


Brandon found this little playground the other day when he went for a run, so we went to check it out.  It's way at the back of our housing development (and I mean waaaaaaaaaaaay at the back) so I strapped her in to the umbrella stroller instead of letting her walk.  It was fine on the way there, but she was not happy about getting back in it for the walk back.  Oh well.
I'm really excited about this little play ground.  I just ordered my double stroller today, and I can see myself bringing the girls out here together often this summer.  Perhaps I'm being too optimistic in thinking that I can handle seeing to the little one and playing with Elora, but darn it, I am going to try!  

We're coming down to the wire, when it comes to this baby.  As of Sunday I have only 3 weeks until my due date.  Things are coming together, though.  The car seat got here yesterday, and along with the stroller, I ordered a dresser and crib mattress pad today.  I still want to get a bouncer and a new changing table, but those things can wait.  A little at a time, right?  It will be a huge relief just to get the dresser in there, and all filled up.  They should be here in a week, I can't wait!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Visit from Aunt Peguy

Until yesterday, I hadn't seen Peguy since she left Germany and moved to DC back in April.  We'd planned to try to get together in the fall, back when we thought we would be returning to the States right at the beginning of September.  Since that didn't happen, we had to scrub that plan and push it back  The drove down yesterday morning, spent the night with us last night, and headed back home this afternoon. 

We had such a good time, it was wonderful to be able to catch up with her!  So much has happened for up both since we last saw one another.  She moved, started a new job, and had her baby, and I missed out on all of it.  Tyler is almost 7 months old now, and I just got to meet him.  Thank goodness for e-mail, Facebook, and digital photos!  Anyway, we went for a walk yesterday because it was gorgeous:


and then we spent the evening gabbing, while we played with the kids and made (and enjoyed) guacamole and Mexican pizza:

Today, we went to Abuelo's for lunch, because I didn't want to cook again and Abuelo's is delicious. (If you come to visit, we will probably take you to Abuelo's.)

I don't know about the guys, but I know that Peguy and I had a blast--and so did Elora and Tyler.  Those two were completely intrigued by one another.  It was super cute.  I'll leave you with this video that Peguy got on her camera last night, of the two of them playing.  :)

Have a happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Less Than 5 Weeks to Go

I went yesterday for an OB check and an ultrasound, and I thought that since I have pictures to share, that I would do a baby post.   I'm down to just 4 weeks and 4 days until my due date, and I'm feeling it.  My belly is so big that I only have a few maternity shirts that still cover it completely, and I can't wear any of the full-panel maternity pants because none of them come up high enough; the top of the bands cut across my belly, which is not only uncomfortable, it makes me look like I have a giant fat roll under my breasts.  Not cool.  But I've only gained 28 pounds, so that's good.  It's all right out front, in my belly.   I've also gotten to the point that back pain is becoming an issue.  I've actually had very little back pain this time around, I think because I haven't been working and I've been able to rest more than I did last time.  My belly is big enough now, though, that even resting during the day isn't enough to keep it at bay.  I'm spending most evenings with a heat pack strapped to my back, and I usually end up curled on the couch with a pillow under my belly.

Little Miss is doing just great.  Her heart beat is always strong and regular at our check ups, and I feel her moving around in there all the time.  She's not keeping to small squirming movements anymore, either.  She does a lot of stretching and rolling and kicking.  Or maybe that's what she's always done, I just couldn't feel it because she just hadn't gotten big enough yet.  According to the ultrasound measurements, she's up to 5 lbs, 13 oz, which puts her in the 50th percentile for size--smack dab in the middle of average.  (Apparently, I'm the only one who is ridiculously big.)  This is very good news, because there was some concern that she wouldn't grow as quickly as she ought, due to the trouble that we had early in the pregnancy.  They also checked to see that the placenta is still fully attached, which was another potential concern.  Everything was just as it should be there, too. Oh, and her head is down.  I'd been wondering about that.  So long as she keeps her head down, and doesn't try anything crazy in the next 4 weeks or so, then I should be able to have a normal delivery this time.

It was really neat to see the ultrasound.  We haven't had as many this time as we did with Elora, and I hadn't realized how much I'd missed seeing my baby.  Along with everything else, we confirmed that she is definitely a "she", so we shouldn't have any surprises there.  Even better was that the tech doing the ultrasound decided to play around with the 3-D imaging, to try to get me a good image of her face.  There was some stuff floating in front of her face so we weren't able to get any really clear shots, but come on, this picture is awesome!  It is sooooooooo cool what they can do with technology these days.  :)

We're down to the home stretch now.  We'll be going back for check ups once a week from here on out.  It seems like a lot, but it's really only 4 more visits, 5 if she's late.  On the one hand, I feel like it's going to be an eternity.  But on the other...  We still need to get all our ducks in a row, and I'm suddenly feeling like we're running out of time.  Hm, I think it's time to make myself a major to-do list, and get busy...


Pictures from our walk today.  The geese came over to say hi.  :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Perfect Recipe

 Apparently, the perfect recipe for a good lunch and an easy nap time is to go for a walk right before lunch.  Not the kind of walk where I strap her in to the stroller and wheel her around the neighborhood, but the kind where she does her own walking.  

We don't go too far, just around the block, but it takes us almost an hour to make the circuit.  I guess it works up an appetite, and wears her out enough that she falls asleep quickly when she gets done eating.  Brandon made this particular discovery 2 weekends ago, and further testing of the theory has shown the same results.


She pushes her baby in her little pink stroller, and she stops every few feet to pick things up and examine them.  I love it.  She picked up these two seed pods, held up the little one and said "Mama", and then held up the big one and said "Daddy", and then she put them together and handed them to me.   :)

She also likes to point out all the animals we see, and tell me what they say.  Can you find the bird in this picture?

I have no idea what these flowers are thinking, blooming like this in the middle of winter, but I like it.  I'm ready for spring too.  We're supposed to get snow later this week.  I wonder how they'll do.