Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Another Update

More doctors appointments today. Everything still looks good. My fluid levels are lower than last time, but are still within the normal range. No news is good news, I suppose. Only five weeks left... if I go full-term.... what are the chances of that? :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Are you Shocked??

Let me introduce you to Jimmy. Jimmy is my sister's dog. Jimmy will be living at our house for the next few months until my sister and her family figure out where they are moving to... and if they are moving. Their house sold (FINALLY!!) and Jimmy needed a place to stay. Shocked, aren't you? Most of you know that I am not an animal person. In fact, I vowed that our pet fish would be as good as it got for our kids until they moved out of our house and decided for themselves if they wanted a pet. I don't think having Jimmy at our house will change my mind... Andrew asked me if it would. I'm still not an animal lover- probably never will be. I do, however, love my sister and am glad we can help them out. The girls are thrilled. It will take us all a few days to get used to each other, I think. They follow him around get on his nerves, but I am hoping that will die down soon. So, anyone who wants to meet our temporary addition, stop by!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Isn't it great to be Loved??

I have to laugh sometimes at the open door policy that has somehow been put into effect at my house. I don't mind- it just makes me laugh. And, I'm really not sure how it happened. It has been really hot here this week, so on Monday we pulled out the slip and slide and the sprinkler. Each of the girls invited one friend. The picture above shows you what we ended up with. Seven friends plus my three kids. They all had a great time and when I had my fill, I sent everyone home. Today, we started out with one friend at the house- I think we now have three roaming around. Nope- make that four... I just went and checked. I'm glad that my kids have good friends and that they feel comfortable here.
Leah refused to go down the slip and slide, but she loved the sprinkler once I got it out.

This is Callie and her best friend Jaide. They would play together everyday if we would let them.


So, I am finally getting around to posting a couple pictures of Alexa playing soccer. Actually, neither of these pictures are of her playing!! She is having a great time with her team. Several of the girls she knows from church or school, which has been a lot of fun for her. It has been fun for us to watch her steadily inprove as the weeks have passed. She is getting more aggressive... in a good way... and finally understands what she should be doing out there. Last week she scored her first goal- the funny part is she didn't even know it. :) I think this is a sport she will stick with and we are glad. Callie is now starting to ask when it will be her turn to play. Someday soon I am afraid our Saturdays will be busier than we would hope for them to be. With four kids so close in age, it is inevitable that they will all be doing things at the same time.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Oh Hannah....

So, on Friday night I took Callie and Alexa to see the new Hannah Montana movie. First of all, that theater was packed. It's my own fault for taking them to a 7:00 showing of ANYTHING on a Friday night. We stood in line outside waiting for tickets forever, then had to go straight to the theater to find seats with no popcorn because the lines were so long at the concession counter. Callie was really upset. I think they hadn't turned their A/C on yet because the theater was on the warm side. It's a good thing no one wanted to sit on my lap. Anyway, the movie pleasantly surprised me. We all liked it and the girls think we should buy it after it comes out on DVD. So, if you want a fun night with your girls, take them to see it- we had a great time. And, Callie and I did make it out for popcorn and drinks somewhere in the middle of the movie. Alexa says we missed a funny part- something about Jackson getting bitten by a crocodile??

Thursday, April 16, 2009


We had family pictures taken while I was home in March. Here are a few of the results. I know it looks like a lot of people, but for us as a family- we all stood around and felt someone was missing. It's probably because we now have families of our own to add to this group. It's always so much fun when all of us get together...even though it doesn't happen very often anymore. I LOVE IT!!

My sisters and I. May I just point out that we were in my parents backyard at 9AM and it was foggy and FREEZING. My teeth were actually chattering. Doesn't it look like a green heaven behind us? It's one of my favorite things about going home- all the green. And, I actually like the foggy, rainy weather too... I just like it looking out my parents big picture windows.
Just the kids. My sister Honor made a comment on her blog that she and I have been pregnant in the last three family pictures. I think she is right. What awful timing!! Heaven knows why they have to put us right in the front and center...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I know, I know.....

Yes, I finally look like I am going to have a baby. Actually, as I tell my family- I am convinced that my pictures make me look smaller than I really am. Someone tried to tell me it's only because I am looking down on my stomach and it looks bigger to me. Maybe they are right- I really have no idea. I am uncomfortable enough to think I should look big. Everything aches, I've started having contractions if I do too much, and I am tired all the time. I had a Dr. appointment last week. When he said he'd see me in two weeks, it totally caught me off guard. How could have time gone so quickly that I am down to two week visits?! I've lost track of how many weeks along I am. Pathetic, I know. It's anywhere from 30 to 32 weeks, but I'm just not quite sure... anyone want to figure it out for me? I'm still measuring a little small, but my fluid levels continue to be OK, so I'm not worried. My blood test results came back fine for the most part. I am still anemic (which I always am when I am pregnant) so I'm on more supplements, but that's about it. We still have no name picked out. I only have two that I like. Andrew seems to think I should have a list that he can choose from like I always did with the girls. Not gonna happen this time... boys names are hard!! We are still working on getting Leah out of the crib- I dread the thought, but know it has to be done. That is next weeks project.

The girls are doing great. Now that the weather is practically perfect, they have been outside a lot. Soccer is going well for Alexa. I need to get her pictures on here... She was a little shy at first, but every week we see improvements. We are so proud of her! One more activity has taken its toll on her Thursday nights. She goes straight from gymnastics to soccer practice with no break in between. She is worn out when we get home, but always has a smile on her face.

Callie is still in love with her dance class. It is the highlight of her week and every morning she asks the same thing, "Is today my dance day?" I am glad she has found something she loves. She dances to any music that comes on the radio or TV- we love it.

Leah is a pill. We love her, but she is a pill. She creates messes faster than I can clean them up, pulls or steps on Callie's hair whenever she finds the chance, and has started yelling when she doesn't get her way. It's the age, right? On the flip side: she still wants to cuddle with Andrew or I when she wakes up in the morning, will let me rock her when I feel like it, and has a heart stopping smile that you can't get enough of. And, of course, her blue eyes that make me happy everytime I look into them.