Saturday, November 29, 2008
So here we are just before we left, of course Libby has to come. She loves this tradition more than any of us!
This is our "perfect" tree.
Amber was not in the mood to hike, and complained that she was tired and needed to rest. Every tree stump we came across Amber said "I want to rest on that spot." After our trip was over and we were returning home in our warm car, we asked Amber what her favorite part of the day was, and she said "um, getting out of the snow, taking a break, and eating pretzels." Matt and I laughed so hard.
And here it is lit...thanks to Matt. I don't have the patience to decorate it. I just want it done, so Matt has decorated it the past few years. Thanks babe!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I need to do better at documenting this pregnancy. The poor 3rd child syndrome. I was so good for Amber, and took a picture almost every week. I think this is my second photo of this pregnancy. I'm actually 31 weeks now, but this picture was taken at 30 weeks, right after my doctor's appointment. I was right, and Hawaii did give me a spike in my weight gain. I wish I had more self control! It's no wonder I gain so much while pregnant. It's so depressing leaving the hospital with a baby and 30 pounds to loose. On to better things, I'm feeling good, just large. I hate not being able to bend well, not being able to snuggle with my kids, the heartburn, the constant out-of-breath, and mostly the feeling something is going to drop out of my at any second. I feel so much pressure and seriously feel like I'm in labor all day. But what I LOVE, is feeling this baby girl kick. There is nothing like it! I love it when my belly is lop-sided. She moves so much, 24-7 it seems. That's how Amber was too. Parker wasn't as active.
I had an ultrasound last week (at 20 weeks they found a cyst on her kidney, so this was a follow up to see if it had grown, etc.). We were so pleased to find out the cyst is no longer there, or it's too small to show up on ultrasound. It was a huge relief. I wasn't too concerned, but the unknown was concerning. I guess it's really rare in a fetus, so my doctor and the radiologist didn't know a whole lot about what it could be. So it turns out nothing! We feel really blessed! It was fun to see her moving around so much during the ultrasound, but also being able to feel it at the same time as well was cool. They said she weighs about 3 pounds now, and my official due date is January 17th. Pretty crazy. I'm getting so stressed about 3. I have not heard anyone say three wasn't too bad. EVERYONE says it was by far the biggest adjustment and so dang crazy. Having a 3 1/2 year old, a 2 year old and newborn does seem a little crazy, but I'm really looking forward to meeting her and seeing the kids with her as well.
On an entirely different note, I finished Harry Potter, the ENTIRE series! I am so dang proud of myself. I have mentioned before I am NOT a reader. Before reading the Harry Potter series I think my list of books consisted of 5 books at most, most likely less. It was so fun to read them back to back. I was determined not to watch the 5th movie until I had read the book, and then was even more determined not to go to the 6th movie until I had read it as well. Fortunately for me, they postponed the premiere of the 6th, so I'm in the clear. I LOVED reading the books, and am so sad I'm done. I'm tempted to do it again. What do I do now? For my birthday I got Pride & Prejudice because that movie is my absolute FAVORITE. No joke, I've watched it at least 20 times. Any time Matt is out of town (work, hunting, etc.) I watch it, sometime every night that he's gone. It is such a classic. Every time it's over I find I want more, the movie just wasn't enough. So I really enjoyed reading that book, and read it in three days. But honestly, now what? Any ideas? Should I attempt The Twilight series? The only way I can get through the gym now is with good reading materials, so I'd appreciate any input!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I was actually proud of my attempts at Amber's hair so I had to capture it before it went bad!
Katie, Amber, Parker, Issak & Emily (Skyler is the sprawled out one, wish we could see his cute face!)
Cute little Will Rogers, he's the only friend we saw that night. We spent most the night with cousins.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Dad, pointing to his old house (which has since been torn down)
It was so fun to hear him talk about his childhood/teenaged years of living here, and all his crazy experiences. When he lived there (over 50 years ago) there weren't many "white folks" so he told us of having to gain respect amongst the locals, and also the fun and crazy things the locals taught him. He sure loved his few years there, and it was so fun to see this side of him.
This was the only turtle we saw! The tide was so high while we were there it made snorkeling tough.
This is Dad's high school. He graduated class of 1958 and was there the week before us for his 50 year reunion.
Before we left Oahu, we took a trip to Pearl Harbor. I've always wanted to visit there. I still can't believe what a sad day that must have been. It was amazing to walk through the museum and read letters, see pictures, and gain a better understanding of what happened that day. What a sad day!
This is our first official day in Kauai. We went to a place called "tunnels" to hopefully snorkel, but the waves were just too crazy, so there were signs everywhere and lifeguards who wouldn't let us in the ocean. It looks calm from where we're standing, but there's a better picture a couple down that put the waves in to perspective.
The whole family took a hike along the Nai Pali Coast. It was so beautiful! I LOVED all the scenery, the smells, the flowers, shrubbery, EVERYTHING! This was probably one of my favorite things about this trip. It was so incredibly beautiful, I can't even begin to describe. I'm glad we all were able to do it. My poor mom needs knee replacement surgery, so the way back was really challenging for her. She did amazingly well though, four miles round trip! Way to go Mom! It was raining pretty heavy on the way in, which was awesome! It added to the fun I thought. I don't think I'd rather do it any other way. It just magnified the green, and the yummy smells. Every few hundred feet, I'd get a wif of something yummy (some yucky too), but it smelled like fruity chap stick, maple syrup, cinnamon, bread (or more like rolls rising...like yeast or something), and many other smells I couldn't quite figure out. It was so dang awesome. If I weren't pregnant, I would have wanted to do the 10 mile hike that takes you way far back along the coast to where all the crazies live. From what we've been told, there are people who've lived back there for over 30 years!!!
This picture is taken right outside our door to our condo. We had the most amazing view of the ocean! It was seriously such a beautiful resort. It is only a couple years old, so everything seems so new and modern.
Matt hates spiders, so I was shocked to see this picture. I asked how he dared to get so close to it, and he said it was easy, he just zoomed the camera in. Technology these days!
We had all gone snorkeling this day. I didn't last too long out there though. The waves were pretty crazy and it made me a little nervous. I'm a baby! We saw some cool fish though, some were huge they kind of scared me! We saw an eel which was kind of scary too.
My sister Carrie and her husband Jason
This is a Monk Seal that showed up on the beach of our hotel Friday morning. Isn't that cool? We read afterwards that you're supposed to stay 100 feet away from them...oops.
Here is a picture of just one of the beautiful sunsets
Here we are, 24 hours after our helicopter tour home with the kids. They loved their souvenirs. I was so glad to see them! I missed them so much. It's amazing how much patience I had the week that followed. I have a whole new appreciation of how much we actually NEED vacations from our daily routine. I was surprised how happy our kids were too. It seems in trips past we truly paid for the time we were away, and our kids "punished" us for being gone. But it was really the total opposite. They were so happy and loving and couldn't have been cuter!