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A Simple Request

December 16, 2008

Last night was our violin concert. Tonight was supposed to be Alexander’s school Christmas program, but due to snow it got postponed until Friday morning.  Tomorrow, not much is going on–thankfully.  Thursday we are celebrating Alexander’s half birthday at school–that means tomorrow I’m making the class treats–as well as joining him for lunch at 10:50 (seriously, who eats lunch at 10:50? I guess if breakfast is before 6:30 than lunch before 11 isn’t too out of the question.)  Thursday evening is the communal penance service.  Thursday morning also has an 80% chance for freezing rain, but the day should warm nicely to 34 and we’ll just have falling rain the rest of the day….  Friday is the all school mass, school program, classroom parties, then early dismissal.  I have a doctor appt before 2pm.  Friday evening is the Posada (reenacting Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem) celebration at church.  So, throughout all of this, dear baby, please stay tucked warmly inside me until Saturday morning at least.


December 9, 2008

This morning I’ve had fun with being busy.  I got the play-yard/changing table all set up for the little one. I even opened a package of newborn diapers.  Let me tell you, that smell is almost heavenly.  I think Pampers must scent their newborn diapers because they smell of baby powder and baby.  I’ve got a few cloth diapers ready to go into the wash so that they’re fresh for her.  Blankets are ready to go.  Her outfit that she’ll wear home is in the dryer.  The only thing I’m procrastinating doing is packing my bag for the hospital…she can’t come yet.  I’ll get that taken care of Friday morning maybe.  After doing all the baby stuff, John Paul and I made some gingerbread cookie dough to make some more gingerbread houses.  However, we had to stop in the middle and run to the grocery store for some more molasses.  We navigated the snowy roads safely and made it home to finish the dough.  He had lunch and is now napping.  My turn to eat lunch.  Not sure what I’m going to have because all I want is BBQ or some good hot Chinese sesame chicken, niether of which are in my house.

Busy Weekend

December 8, 2008

Jaime took last Friday off and we got maternity pictures taken.  I can’t wait to see them.  Then we went to lunch at a highly recommended little place….Oklahoma Joe’s.  Man, I’ve been wanting BBQ for a while now and that Z-man sandwich was awesome!  I’m still craving some good BBQ 🙂  Then I went to my doctor appt where I found out I’d gained 4.5 pounds in just one week–maybe it was lunch 🙂  Blood pressure is good and there’s no swelling, so we aren’t worried about preeclampsia at the momentlike we were the week before.  I’ve got a sonogram scheduled for Wednesday morning to find out her approximate size, then a follow up appt on Friday morning.  Ideally, I’d love to have her on Friday, but the 20-22 works well too.  Just don’t cut me open!  Back to our busy weekend….  Saturday wasn’t really busy, Jaime took Alexander to his tennis lesson then we spent the afternoon and early evening with Grammie Julie (GG, or as John Paul has taken to saying, “Hey, Julie!”)  Sunday we went to mass, then the boys and I attended the 3rd Annual Nutcracker Teaparty thanks to Candy and her unending generosity and fantastic connections. Did I mention the maternity photo shoot and pics are free thanks to Candy and her connections?  🙂  The teaparty was fabulous and the boys really enjoyed it, especially the “war” between the rats and the toy soldiers.  If I wasn’t so tired and lazy right now I’d go downstairs and get my camera to upload the pics from this, but alas, I am over 37 weeks pregnant and spent the morning running errands so pics will come later.  After the teaparty, we came home, boys slept for 15 minutes in car, Jaime and I got them out changed their clothes, then went to Pump It Up for a double birthday party.  The boys (and myself) were thoroughly worn out by 5pm.  We came home where Jaime was making us a yummy dinner of Roasted Garlic and Butternut Squash soup, grilled fish fillets, and green beans.  I had more soup for lunch today–it’s really delicious.

Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!

So Much in 2 Short Weeks

December 1, 2008

November has ended and now December has begun.  In the past 2 weeks we’ve sold our car and bought a new one, celebrated Thanksgiving, got confirmation that there is NO cholestasis this time around, the boys have decorated our Christmas tree, we have lights decorating our front bushes and a tree (thank you Jaime and Papi!), we are now down to 4 weeks until our baby is born.  Enjoy these November pictures:

lots of castle building and knights and dragons battling going on

John Paul couldn’t walk by a leaf this autumn without picking it up. We saved a few and used them for our table center piece.

TROUBLE…the reason I rarely post here anymore.  He sure is cute though 🙂

Ladybug friends. At first John Paul was pretty gentle with our annual guests, however as the month passed he would bring me pieces of ladybugs.  We’ll see if they venture to return next year….

  He got to have dessert one night and of course had to have chocolate.  J and I were still at the big table talking when we looked over to the little table and saw John Paul acting goofy as usual.

a nap with lily that never happened. if jp could, he’d take every nap with her, but he just doesn’t settle down.

the VUE. the first car jaime and i bought together and paid off is now no longer ours.  we traded it in for our Honda Odyssey so that we can all fit into 1 car.

the boys got Naomi laughing so hard she spit up. we had such a wonderful Thanksgiving with Jaime’s family…Patricia, you and Steve were greatly missed!

  the boys loved holding their cousin.  John Paul said more than once that he wanted to “hol’ whole thing.”  I think they’ll make wonderful big brothers 🙂

John Paul was in love with Papi this visit.  He had to do everything with him.  John Paul wanted to eat lunch outside one day.  So Papi obliged. They started on the front steps and then ended up in the car.  Alexander even joined them.  There they ate and tested every button possible.

I had promised Alexander a pumpkin pie, so Thanksgiving evening Jaime and I whipped one up for him and the rest of the family.  The boys ate their pieces topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of chocolate chips.
Decorating our Christmas tree

Enjoying the first measurable snowfall of the season (November 30th).

Pregnancy Update

November 5, 2008

We’re 32.5 weeks along now. I’ve been feeling pretty good overall (can’t complain when I know how bad things were when I was pregnant with Alexander) and she’s mighty active.  I had blood work done this morning to look at bile levels for the cholestasis.  Peed in a cup yesterday since they didn’t tell me I had to fast for 8 hours to do the blood draw.  The result of that is now I’m on amoxycilin for a UTI (possible sign of positive cholestasis).

Absolute Frustration!

October 23, 2008

I’ve been trying to get my pictures from apple picking and all of October up here.  They are ready to go, but for some reason they won’t load on here properly.  I’ve got some really great pictures too!  Anyway, time’s been wasting as I struggle with this.  I’ve got two boys home for the next 2 days since Alexander doesn’t have school.  Maybe with his help playing with John Paul I’ll get a few extra uninterrupted minutes to work on this frustrating issue. In the meantime, you get to read….
This past Monday John Paul performed in his first violin concert.  My awful pregnancy mind has hit again as I didn’t even bring my camera to take pictures.  I couldn’t see him much though as I was in the back performing as well.  Alexander played too and did a wonderful job.  Tuesday evening Jaime called his parents to share about John Paul.  During the conversation John Paul decided to tell us (after we told him he couldn’t turn the tv on) that we’re mean and no fun.  Yeah, coming from a 2 year old it’s pretty funny.  Even though I hear that from him at least a few times a day, I still manage to laugh. 🙂

Tuesday evening we had Alexander’s parent/teacher conference.  He’s doing great in kindergarten.  He got his first report card too.  I’m so happy he got into his school.  He’s making so many new friends and learning so much.  I’ve been writing down all of his songs that he’s learning.  One day I’ll take the time to put them on here for you too.

When Dinner’s a Flop 2 Night’s in a Row…Make Breakfast

August 28, 2008

Monday night’s dinner was good I thought. Jaime ate a single serving, but said something tasted off. Boys didn’t really touch it. Tuesday night’s dinner was worse. Jaime ate his while coughing and indicating that I should NEVER make it again (unless I changed a few things). Boys again didn’t touch it (they did eat the refried beans I served with it though so I don’t feel too too bad). So, since I had planned leftovers for dinner last night, I decided instead of forcing food that no one liked I spent the day going through the pantry, fridge, and freezer to determine just what could be made without having to go to the grocery store. The pickings were slim, so I knew I had to be creative. I gave Alexander the choice of pesto pasta with sun-dried tomatoes (homemade pesto from the basil in the garden!) or breakfast for dinner complete with pancakes, fruit, bacon, and maybe even some eggs. He chose the latter.  I got to get creative and have fun 🙂  And, everyone was well fed and enjoyed dinner.

That would be the bacon cooking.  I ate 2 slices of it, too! I hadn’t had bacon since I was a kid.  It smelled so good…I don’t remember ever having maple bacon before.  And, yes, those are some green and blue pancakes on my griddle.  Green for Alexander and blue for John Paul.  Their favorite colors.

  Remember, I was trying to make up for two bad dinner nights in a row. So, everyone got a happy dinner 🙂 And for dessert, we had apple and a new deliciously yummy and simple pumpkin dip.

  Because I was frying bacon, I got to use my newest accessory for my household management position…a new little apron that Meghan made for me.  And because I’ve had requests for a picture of my big belly, here’s a final picture for today:

Tonight’s dinner, potato soup (cooking in the crock pot) and roasted butternut squash and apples.  Sounds like a perfect autumn dinner…it’s supposed to be 94 out today!  Last week when I was planning this week’s meals, can you tell what mood I was in?

Pumpkin Dip Recipe:

8oz cream cheese, softened

1cup or so of canned pumpkin

1/2 cup or so of sweetened condensed milk

some dashes of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to taste

Beat the cream cheese, add in rest of ingredients until desired flavor is achieved.  Enjoy with biscuits, apples, graham crackers, bagels, etc.

We’ve all been loving this dip this week.  Thanks Candy for the recipe 🙂

No More Guilt…

August 14, 2008

The baby’s a girl!  $$$$$

So I like to paint toes.  The boys don’t mind it either.  It really isn’t that awful to paint little boys’ toes, but come December I’ll be able to paint my little girl’s toes 🙂


August 13, 2008

A little over 12 hours from now, we will get to see our baby via ultrasound 🙂  Excited and  nervous…how I feel right now.  Is the baby a boy or a girl?  Is the baby developing normally?  I’ll post results tomorrow evening 🙂


August 12, 2008

So I was just online perusing various blogs looking for recipes for next week and I came across some beautiful pictures of cheesecake.  Now, that sounds sooo delicious, cool and creamy, sweet and rich.