Sunday, June 28, 2009

tic tock

Tic tock, the game is locked. And no one else can play. Hooray!!! A friend of mine used to say this at work all the time. It has stuck with me and pretty much sums up how I feel at this point in my pregnancy. Right now I feel like time is dragging on, standing still if at all possible. The temperatures and humidity are absolutely ridiculous and it's miserable.

I'm in the final weeks and still feel pretty good. I'm still walking every day and have finally unpacked and organized everything for Baby D. Our final car seat arrived last week and is waiting to be installed in the gray bus. It is appalling to me how much money we have tied up in car seats alone. We could have purchased a small used car for less than we've spent on car seats. I feel like the kids are in the safest seats available, especially important with the crazy drivers down here, so it is worth every penny.

A friend of mine asked me the other day if I was sad or nostalgic about this being my very last pregnancy. I am not. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't enjoy being pregnant. Surprising because it appears to be a constant state for me. I'm very grateful and blessed that I have been able to experience this four times but I have no desire to do it again. My pregnancies are always difficult and this one has been the toughest by far. I'm somewhat sad to know that this will be the last baby I hold that is my own. I'm definitely not sad enough to willingly put myself through this again. We originally thought we were going to stop at three. I knew right after I had Will I wanted one more. I remember sitting in the hospital, holding Will a few hours after he was born, telling Jason I didn't feel like this was it. Jason, of course, looked at me like I had six heads and had completely lost my mind. I've always wanted two girls and two boys and finally feel like our family is complete.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

weekend conversations

Friday afternoon the kids and I went to the grocery store. I have to say that I love shopping for anything. Anything that is except groceries. Two things happen every time we go grocery shopping 1)I always end up with things in my cart that I didn't put there 2)Things that I did put in the cart always find there way back to a random shelf. So I have become that woman at the grocery store that walks down the center of the aisle like she owns the place and no one can get around her and her big airplane grocery cart. I annoy even myself. We were almost finished with shopping when we reach the egg section. Amelia was insistent on buying brown eggs instead of white. In all honesty I have never had a brown egg and couldn't tell you a thing about them. I was afraid it would be like 2%, skim and whole milk and I can totally taste a difference between all three. So no brown eggs for us. Amelia insisted. She did not want white eggs. She wanted brown eggs. Brown eggs are chocolate eggs and she wanted chocolate eggs instead of the white ones.

Jason always takes the girls to swimming lessons. Today Bella wanted to ride in the truck instead of the minivan. (Who can blame her?) Jason is the truck's primary driver and doesn't have all the mommy goodies stocked like the minivan. Bella asked for some fruity gum and looked in the console. Jason had no idea what she was talking about and told her he was totally out of gum. She responded "dammit" and shut the console. I wish I could say "I don't know where she heard that from." Of course I would be lying. I never really thought she could hear me but since she used the correct tense and everything, I'm guessing she does. Jason told her that isn't a very nice word to say and he better not hear her say it again. I also got a language warning when Daddy came home. I'm going to have to watch what I say under my breath more closely.

Happy Father's Day!

We hope everyone had a Happy Father's Day!! This weekend was busy for us. The girls are both currently taking swimming lessons. Amelia's are on Saturday morning and Bella's are Sunday afternoons. They love it and are doing great but it is a hassle to take them on different days at different times. Jason worked in the yard yesterday afternoon and is going to finish laying the sod tonight. Two more pallets and hopefully that project will be complete next weekend. We took the kids to the "big pool" for a few hours yesterday and today and they had a great time. All three of the kids loved going down the slide and we especially couldn't keep Will off of it. We experienced our first bee sting ever yesterday. Bella stepped on a bee while she was getting in the pool. She cried but I was relieved that she doesn't appear to be allergic. Last night we went to Mr. Troy and Miss Susan's for some Blizzard Birthday cake.
The first picture I took turned out the best and of course it had fog on the lens from just bringing the camera outside.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Is it fall yet?

Summer has hit in Alabama. Woohoo. I used to love summer and now that I live somewhere that there are two seasons, summer and winter, I despise it. It's in the 90s here already and is absolutely miserable out. I think the only thing that could possibly make 90 degree temperatures worse is the 94% humidity that is accompanying them. We are melting and the kids refuse to go outside during the day unless they are in the pool. (I am sure many of our future posts will be pool pictures.) We usually go out for two hours in the morning and again for 2 hours after naps in the afternoon. Every single day. I'm waiting on the day they become bored with the pool and I'm going to have to pull another trick out of my sleeve. So far I have been lucky and the pool continues to entertain them.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Amelia's dancing

Amelia has been watching her big sister dance for the past two years and anxiously been waiting her turn. She started class last week and was a little skeptical about being left in the room alone. I talked to her teacher after class and she did great! She has been singing "I'm a VIP" all week and asking when she had dance class again. Tonight at class she took her bag and went right in without even looking back! I was SO proud of her!! I had time this week to take a few pictures of her in her "lollitard" and new skirt. Is anyone surprised by the bling? I'm not. She would probably have sequined tap shoes if she could get away with it.

where there is a mess...

there is William. We recently planted some grass in some bare areas of our backyard. We have been watering in between the thunderstorms and hoping the grass comes up. Unfortunately we are experiencing a lot of mud and Will has developed a fondness for playing in it. Great.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

dirt cake

Jason and I had to attend a "Hail and Farewell" on Friday night. We met some great new people and were able to visit and catch up with people we haven't seen in awhile. Our wonderful neighbors Mr. Troy and Miss Susan watched the kids. Miss Susan knew it was Jason's birthday and she helped the kids make a dirt cake for Daddy. The cake was adorable and SOOOOO good. Thanks so much to Mr. Troy and Miss Susan for watching the kids while we were out. They had so much fun and are still talking about their fun night. And they were super proud of the special cake they made for Daddy!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Jason!!

Today is Jason's 35th Birthday!! Yes, I just announced to everyone he is 35. I think that if you still get carded for beer at age 35 it is okay for the world to know how old you are. Especially when after you get carded for said beer, the cashier turns to your wife and asks "how much older are you than your husband?". True story..good times.

Jason is amazing. He is my best friend, my rock, my inspiration. As most of you know Jason prefers to be behind the scenes and can't stand to be the center of attention. Totally the opposite of what birthdays are about. Last year we were in San Diego the week of his birthday and spent his actual birthday in a piano bar. I thought Jason was going to pass out when they called him on stage for a song and dance. Especially when they expected him to "shake it" to I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred. Thanks to some liquid courage the performance was pretty entertaining and I'm still kicking myself for not having the camera with me.

Today I decided to post a little photo tribute to my amazing husband. It's not the same as Right Said Fred but it's the best I can do to honor his special day.

Happy Birthday Jason! We love you and hope you have a very Happy 35th Birthday!!

Sunday, June 7, 2009


a few pictures from this morning.

the girls are home

The girls have been at my parents house for the past two weeks. Whenever I talked to them they told me how much fun they were having. They were more interested in what Will was up to than Mama and Daddy. They were busy while they were gone and went to the zoo to see baby Beco. They also took a boat ride, rode the carousel and got their faces painted.

They helped Poppy in his garden and really enjoyed digging for worms. They even surprised me by bringing home their own garden to take care of. I do not have a green thumb at all. I did promise to help them take care of it. We shall see how long this garden survives.

They really enjoyed spending time with Uncle Eric, Aunt Brandi, Granny and Papa.

On their way back home they even got to stop at Dinosaur World. Bella has been asking to go see the dinosaurs every time we travel home since she could talk. If you have ever traveled with me you know that I am strictly business on the road. The kids get impatient after about 6 hours in the car and they usually go downhill fast. I have the trip home down to a science and can usually make it there in 7 hours. We leave at 4AM (they are usually still sleeping) and stop once for fuel, potty breaks and breakfast. When I say breakfast, I mean we go through the drive through and eat on the road. So a stop at Dinosaur World is usually vetoed because of the extra time it puts us on the road.

the dinosaur you see from the road..

Thanks Nene and Poppy for a fantastic vacation! The girls had SO much fun!!