Monday, August 31, 2009

Beautiful Smile

Backyard fun (3)The weather was great this weekend for playing outside - and that is just what we did Sunday after Emma woke up from her nap. Michael grilled for dinner last night so while he was outside Emma, Sabel and I went out with him to enjoy the nice afternoon. Out backyard has a lot of shade in the evening, which is great! And Emma discovered the fun that is the Willow Trees! I told them they were her castle and that was it! She was in and out of them saying "I'm a Princess"!!

Backyard fun (17)She found a fallen branch and then that was her wand - she turned her daddy into a frog! "Ribbit! Ribbit!" Sable got to explore outside, too - she kept eating the grass, though. I thought dogs only ate grass when they were sick - she sure doesn't seem to be sick! So, I don't know what gives there! Then she started on the leaves from the Willow Trees. Silly dog!Sable (1)

It's as hard to take pictures of her as it is to get pictures of Emma these days - she won't be still and she is constantly up on me - she kept racing after the camera would I would point it at her to take a picture!!

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I did manage to get a short video of her - I love seeing her run through the grass - she hops more than runs b/c the grass covers her entire short little legs! LOL!







The one yucky thing from this weekend was Sunday - after church we went to eat and when we parked Michael saw a screw in one of the tires. We went to get it fixed after we finished eating and, of course, it was too close to the edge to fix so we had to buy a whole new tire. *blech* That wasn't fun, but at least the tires on my car are a lot smaller than on Michael's truck so it was about half the price!

The rest of the weekend was fantastic, though - quiet and peaceful - got a lot of cleaning done on Saturday. Still need to finish laundry, though. I hate putting up laundry!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Photo Friday: Seaside



Relaxing on Galveston Island



Thursday, August 27, 2009

It's my Friday...wait, no it's not.

Oh, that's right. It's budget season. That means no more Fridays off, or at least most of them, until budget season is finished. That's also why there hasn't been a post all week. No time during the day (even working during lunch) and in the evening the last thing I feel like doing is getting on the computer.

So - there will be short bursts from me now & then on Twitter and/or on Facebook, though you have to be my friend on FB to see anything.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with my OB. I thought I would be having an ultrasound b/c I was told I could find out the sex of the baby at 15 weeks (it was 20 when I was pregnant with Emma), but nope - I'm just scheduled to see the doctor, no visit with the ultrasound technician! Next visit, though we'll be doing that so be looking for a pink or blue theme come (approximately) September 25th!!

Last night, though I felt him/her move - really move - for the first time! I've felt little nudges now and then over the past week that I thought might have been the baby, but they were pretty faint. Last night there was so wondering - it was definitely the baby getting his/her exercise!!! It's about 3+ inches long now - maybe the size of a large lemon (or a small apple if you prefer non-citrus) - so definitely big enough to feel bouncing around in there, but not big enough to feel on the outside. I can't wait until then b/c I think it's gonna be so cool when Emma gets to feel her little brother/sister (man I'm ready to stop playing the pronoun game) move for the first time! We'll have to try to catch that on video!

Well as I've mentioned it is indeed budget season and I really gotta get to work - just wanted to catch up while working on my b'fast! Have a great day all!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Play Day

We had such a great day today - Michael and I both took today off to take Emma to the beach. We left around 11:30 heading down to Galveston - had yummy shrimp at Casey's - then spent the next four or so hours playing on the beach! We swam and built a sandcastle and then Emma decided she was ready for a little relaxation!
Napping on the beach

She was so funny, though. After playing a while she decided she didn't like getting dirt on her feet or hands!! She told me she was done and was going to Mommy's car!! After we convinced her to stay, though she still didn't want to get dirty! So once she found sanctuary from the dirt on the blanket she decided it was best to just stay there! LOL!! I didn't realize I had such a prissy little girl!!


Once we got in the car heading back she was out almost immediately and slept the whole way home - which took a while b/c of the weather. It was beautiful on Galveston then about 20 minutes up the road we came into the middle of the rain and lightening storm we'd been watching as we drove up on it. We made it through that band of storm - hit clear skies and open road for a while then just before we made it home hit another band of storm which slowed us down a bit again! It's raining outside now and lightening still. Love the storms, just not a fan while we're driving home with my baby girl.


My legs are a little burned from today, but not bad and it was such a fun day I don't even care! It was a great day!!




Monday, August 17, 2009

We opted for 2 candles...

instead of 95! On Grannie's 90th b'day we actually did put 90 candles on her cake - 45 on one side & 45 on the other!!

You can see that bonfire here just before everyone helped Grannie blow out the candles...


This time my aunt just bought a "9" and a "5" candle!! LOL! Much less of a fire hazard and Grannie was able to blow them out on her own! (You can see someone had already snagged a couple of the cupcakes!)


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The party turned out great! I was trying to think today if anyone was unable to be there and I think one or two of the great-grandchildren were out of the state and were the only ones not there! Grannie had a great day! You could tell at times she was really missing my uncle, which we all were, but she still had so much family around her & that was so important! Sunday we were all with her at church, too - we took up four pews during the service!!


Before we went to her party I wanted to get some video of Grannie - I asked her to reflect on the last 95 years of her life - she made it until the time my  mother got married, but then my cousin came in so we didn't get to finish. The rest of the time we were there I didn't get her alone, so next time we go up to visit I'll have to be sure to take my video camera again and get her to finish. My cousin did get some video of her during the party re-telling stories she told to all of us when we were children.


Grannie also wrote a poem about her 95th b'day which she had me read to everyone. She has written poetry all her life - I always expect one in b'day and Christmas cards! I love her writing!


I was so glad to be there with her to share this special day with her & all my family!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Well now we need a name!

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Cousins

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95 Amazing Years

Today is my Grannie's 95th Birthday! What an amazing thing to celebrate! The whole family is up in East Texas today to celebrate with her. I'll have pictures to share soon.


Grannie & PaPa (who has already gone to heaven) had two children, seven grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, and eleven great-great-grandchildren. So, that's forty-five direct descendants and times that by about 1.5 as most are married - you come to over 60 people all here b/c of this wonderful woman - and she really is a very wonderful woman. If you've ever met her, even once, then you know exactly how wonderful she really is and were blessed to have met her.


Friday, August 14, 2009

Birthday Wishes

To two sweeties!!! Katelynn (my niece) turns 2 today and Isabel (my great-niece) turns 3 today!! Happy Birthday Darlings!!!


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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Yay for Friday!

Time to do my Happy Dance! Yeah - I know it's Thursday, but tomorrow is my Friday off so today is Friday!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

My Busy Weekend (by Emma)

I had so much fun this weekend...during the morning on Friday wasn't too great b/c daddy took me to the doctor - just a follow up from my ear infection. Doctor said everything looks good, though!! Then Friday night daddy was gone so it was just me & Mommy at home. We played outside for a long time (past dark) with my friends & even Auntie Elaine came over to visit! She brought me the cutest outfit from her trip to Belize, too! I love it & didn't want to take it off after Mommy tried it on me! Saturday morning I hung out with daddy while mommy went to get a manicure & pedicure - she was gone for a long time and I got to make daddy fix me breakfast! That evening I got to take Katelynn her b'day present - I will miss her b'day party b/c my Grannie's b'day (my great-grandmother, actually) is turning 95 on the day of Katelynn's b'day and we have all the family coming in to celebrate! Can you believe someone can be 95 years old!!! Pretty amazing! Katelynn and I had a lot of fun, though and after we opened presents & played with them a while (Jacob kept trying to eat it! HA!) our mommies and daddies took us to ChuckE Cheese to play! We had a blast!


Then on Sunday I got to go to another play play - we went to Isabel's 3rd b'day party. I had a blast there, too and daddy went on the big slides with me and jump in every jumper with me! I think the enjoyed it as much as I did!



Needless to say after such a full weekend I crashed on the way home Sunday as soon as I got into the car to head home...and even after that good nap fell asleep at least 30 minutes before my regular bedtime. Mommy & daddy were pretty tired, too and mommy had another rough weekend b/c of my little brother or sister. She was sick a lot this weekend. She is exactly 12 weeks today, though so maybe all the sickness will be over for good soon.

Friday, August 07, 2009

So, 1/3 of the way...

Next week marks the end of my first trimester - WOW! It did seem to go by really fast! I seriously have to start shopping for maternity clothes, though. The few things that I have from when I was pregnant with Emma are mostly cool weather clothes and I don't think we're going to have a cold front pass through any time soon - so I really need to get something for now! This in-between time just really sucks clothes-wise, though.

In other news (I promise not to turn this into a pregnancy blog, though - or at least try not to - it's just what is going on now!) - have I mentioned that I joined a fantasy football league with my co-workers!?!? Yeah - don't ask me what I was thinking. I've had my fill, or thought I had, of fantasy football with Michael and his THREE leagues - but I guess it's one of those "if you can't beat em, join em" type things! Several of my immediate coworkers are in this league together (all the players work here actually, but I know/work with about half myself) so not only do I get to hear FF stuff at home all the time, I also get an earful here at work and when that convo starts up I usually am lost so I just head out! Well, last year they kept saying they wanted me to get in the league and it turns out that one of the players decided not to participate this year, so I was asked to fill in the open spot. I went back and forth about it - I mean I know football, but I don't really know the players well enough to build my own team - and I was told Michael couldn't do the draft for me. He can help and build me my cheat sheets, but he'll be home with Emma while I'm doing the draft. I am not as worried about the rest of the season - it's just the initial building of the team that I am worried about really! And at least now when Michael is glued to the TV on Sundays, Mondays and later Thursdays I'll have an interest b/c I'll be anxious to see how my own guys do - and maybe can even talk a little trash to him if my players do better than his! LOL!

And ya know another benefit I heard is that people who keep up with sports scores and stats and all that have a better memory than those who don't - so I am going to definitely put that theory to the test - b/c my short term memory is awful! I blame pregnancy b/c it started when I got pregnant with Emma!!

Oh - and I got a cool team name, too. NO PUNT INTENDED! Okay - so it was Michael's suggestion, but I really like it!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Monday, August 03, 2009

Glowing Skin my %#&&*$!!

I asked the same question when I was pregnant with Emma! I thought when you got pregnant you were supposed to have this radiant, glowing skin - not me - I break out like a teenager! I have had a LOT more morning (all day) sickness this time around. I've actually lost weight so far with this pregnancy b/c I just can't eat most foods. Fruit is fine, though. I've tripled my fruit intake since being pregnant. Especially grapefruit. I can't get enough. Which was not the case with Emma. With her it was coke that I wanted more than anything - so this is a better craving I guess! I can't do crackers for the nausea b/c they are too dry, but oranges help more than anything. Well, really any fruit seems to be helping. I've gone through a huge bag of those smaller granny smith apples, peaches, plums and yes the grapefruit!

I'm in my 11th week now so I hope after next week most of the sickness will be gone as I finish my first trimester. My doctor gave me a prescription for Zofran, but being so close to the end of my first trimester I thought I would wait one more week & see if it gets better before filling the prescription. If it doesn't, it's off to the pharmacy I go! Though I am still very, very tired I'm not nearly like I was with Emma. With her I could have at any given moment or place closed my eyes and went to sleep during the first three months. This time around, though yes still tired a lot, but I do have a bit more energy at least than with Emma.

It was still very, very cool to see the ultrasound again - even though it was the 2nd time around. The tech said she had been doing that for 18 years and it was still amazing to her, too! She told me to push on my stomach a little bit and see if he/she would move and sure enough he took off doing a little dance for the camera! LOL!! I don't remember seeing Emma move any that early so it was really awesome to see! I wished Michael had been there, but poor 2nd baby already getting slighted - since I just went during my lunch break & came back to work I told him not to take a vacation day. I have a ton more than he does (about 8 weeks w/ carryover days) and I want him to be able to carry over as many days as possible so he can take time off to stay home some with me and the baby next year. I was told now that we will be able to see the sex of the baby at 15 weeks. It was 20 with Emma. I would love to say I want it to be a surprise, but I know that we'll end of finding out. It's just so much easier to get things prepared. Especially b/c I have so much girlie stuff and if it turns out to be a boy I want to get a lot of that cleared out to make room for boy stuff and I don't want to have to tackle that job after the baby is here.

I do need to get shopping for some comfy maternity clothes now, though. I have some from the first time still that will be good for work, but not enough and all of my regular clothes are definitely not fitting well and definitely not comfy. I'm only wearing skirts b/c they either have elastic waists or I can pull them up higher over my waistline so they don't bother me. I might as well go ahead and pack up all my pants though (or finally get a bella band) b/c I cannot stand to have anything button/constricting on my waist. I have a very real pooch already and you can't suck this one in for buttoning up pants!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

She's a dancing queen

Emma didn't want to get off the dance floor at the wedding yesterday. "Mommy, come dance with me..." is what I heard all night! And she would grab my hand and pull me out there!!


My niece's wedding was beautiful - and my brother only has one more daughter to give away now - this was number 6!!!



Her colors were chocolate brown and yellow. It was a very simple, but elegant wedding. Outside ceremony - yeah we thought it was crazy, too but it's what the groom actually wanted - he isn't from Texas so he isn't aware of how miserable it can be outside. Thankfully, though the weather turned out to be fantastic. It was overcast and breezy so it was actually cool outside at 7:00 for the ceremony. We were worried about rain, but it never fell until we were all indoors for the reception! It was fun too b/c I got to see a lot of familiar faces from HS that I hadn't seen in a very long time. I couldn't believe how big their children were either! Some even had teenagers - man we're getting old!


It was a good weekend, though - and now I'm ready to relax at the house a while before I have to go back to work tomorrow (blech).