Sunday, December 30, 2007

Too much junk, oh my...

...food, that is. We have too much good chocolate at our house, and I haven't been doing a very good job at not eating it. I keep thinking I'm going to do better, but I'm very afraid I'm not going to start doing better until it's all gone. And here I was doing so well with eating and weight gain this pregnancy. Boohoo. Speaking of pregnancy, I can definitely tell I've entered the last trimester. I'm feeling all kinds of aches, and it's getting harder for me to move around. Maybe I'm just getting old, I don't know. I don't remember getting uncomfortable quite this early with my other pregnancies. I'm also feeling more Braxton Hicks contractions, and it's just kind of annoying to try and do things when your belly feels all tight. Oh, did I mention feet in my ribs? I do actually love feeling the little babe moving around. Sometimes, I find myself getting impatient, and then I try to remind myself that this is likely our last baby, and I should enjoy this pregnancy instead of wishing it to be over with. I am really looking forward to birthing this baby, and breastfeeding, and changing teeny diapers, and the newborn "baby moon". Which lasts until about 3 weeks, and then the exhaustion is going to settle in. :p I'm looking at 2008 so quickly approaching, and I can't help but feel overwhelmed with all the change that is going to happen. A new baby, a new job for Dave, a move to who-knows-where. New everything. It's exciting, yet at the same time scary. I find that the older I get, the less adventurous I feel. I'd like to just go settle down somewhere. Ten years ago, moving across the ocean, to a new continent, sounded all exciting and fun. Let's just say I'm glad I did it back then, cause I never would now (unless for some reason I absolutely had to). Sometimes I think about what I've done, and I can't help but feel there was some degree of insanity involved. :p Then again, I look at all the things I've learned in the last 10 years, all the experiences that have helped me mature (right?), and my beautiful little family, and I can't help but think it's all been worth it. As much as I get homesick sometimes, and wish I could be back "home", I'm also coming to realize that I am, indeed, growing up. I'm turning into one of those people who have to be responsible. I'm the one creating memories now, for my own children. And location really doesn't matter. What matters is our little family, the love we have for each other. And the friends we've made. Friends who have enriched our lives, and helped us grow. Thanks to all of you who have, at various times in our lives, made a difference. Thanks to all of you who can accept me with all my little quirks, and still love me. I love you, too. :o)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

How did it sneak up so quickly? This past week sure has been busy for us. My parents arrived on Wednesday, just in time. We got hit with the first big snow this season on Thursday. It started snowing a little around 4, right when we took the kids to gymnastics. By the time they were done, a little over an hour later, there was lots of snow on the ground. Driving home was a bit of an adventure. Friday was spent shopping, and I had my voice recital. The weekend just kind of flew by. We got more snow today, and the kids had a blast playing outside for several hours, building snowmen and a little snow fort. We got about 5 more inches of snow today, and I'm glad we won't have to do any driving these coming days. The kids are just going to bed now, and as soon as they're out we're going to get busy putting out all the Christmas presents. I think I'm almost more excited than they are. We somehow ended up with quite a lot of stuff, but I think they are going to really enjoy it. :o)

Well, I hope all my friends out there in blogging land and beyond are enjoying this time of year. Have a Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

26 weeks

Tomorrow. My midwife came over for another prenatal visit today. It's so nice to have such personalized care. The baby seems to be doing great, which is always nice to hear. Growing just like she should, good heartrate, and I know she's been moving around lots. She's actually getting so big now that we're able to distinguish body parts from the outside. Poor kid keeps getting poked and prodded, hehe. We also got all the paperwork done today. My next appointment is in 3 weeks, and then we're already moving on to every other week. This pregnancy is going by so fast! It still seems like yesterday that I got that positive test, and now I just have 14 weeks left. I should say the kids enjoyed the visit today, as well. They were very fascinated by hearing the heartbeat, and thought it was cool that they could feel the baby through my tummy (the midwife showed them how). The boys are definitely excited to be getting a new little sister. I don't know how much Kaylee understands what's happening, but she seems to be realizing that something is going on. Of course, she also thinks SHE has a baby in her tummy, sooo.... :p

Double digits

Notice my little ticker at the side? We're officially in double digits! That means time is going to go by even faster now (well, not really, obviously, but it sure feels like it). I guess that also explains why I'm beginning to have a hard time putting on my socks in the morning (did I already mention that?).

Multi-level marketing

Warning, random post, thoughts may not be organized. :p Okay, so I have to say I've never been exposed to as much multi-level marketing as I have living here. It's party city! No kidding... Now, I know some people have very strong feelings about, you know, those types of companies. And I have to say that, after learning more about all different types of ventures I could pursue, some are better (or worse) than others. Of course, having been invited to many parties myself, I have "fallen victim" to some of these companies. And I have to say that, overall, I've been very pleased. Yes, imagine that. There are a few exceptions, of course, where I feel products are just way overpriced without the benefits of the superior quality they claim, but there are others I have absolutely loved. Like the scrapbooking stuff my friend Karatemommy sells. It's awesome! Or the books I sell myself. :p My latest favorite? Melaleuca. Seriously. I love their stuff! I had wanted to try it out for a long time (read about it online), and then we had someone move into the neighborhood who sells it. Before you knew it, she was over at my house telling me all about how great their products are. I decided to try it, and boy, am I glad I did. Their cleaning products are awesome, to say the least. My bathtub has never been as clean as it is now. Really. And trust me, we had tried products ranging from right out toxic to completely natural home remedies, nothing ever really worked. So I decided to give the Melaleuca tub&tile cleaner a shot. Wow, is all I can say. CLEAN tub without any toxic smells or anything. I mean, I'm pregnant and all, so I'm very careful about what I use, especially in not-so-well-ventilated bathrooms. Want some pictures? Why not, I'm sure you all have always wanted to see my bathtub. Let's just say the hard water stains were bad bad bad, now they're gone. :o)

before (okay, so really it was in the middle of cleaning, when I realized just how clean this tub was going to get and thought I should document it)


after


Impressive, huh? Anyway, I suppose I should say I understand the reservations some people have about multi-level marketing, but sometimes what you get isn't so bad. :p

Monday, December 17, 2007

Monday again...

What a busy week we had! I got pretty much all of my Christmas shopping done (online, hehe), and should be getting three boxes from UPS this week (one today, one Wednesday, and the last one Friday). Exciting! It's been so fun shopping for the kids, and I think they're really going to love their gifts. Can't wait for Christmas! :p Now I just need to find something for Dave, no clue what to look for. Speaking of Dave, he celebrated his birthday on Friday. Really, having a birthday in December is no fun for everyone involved (so I've decided). Not only did I have to come up with something for his birthday, but then it's Christmas less than 2 weeks later... Help! I'll try to get on later to post some pictures from the birthday "party". :o)

Monday, December 10, 2007

I wonder as I wander

video

Almost done...

...with all the singing. We had one more performance today for the local Parkinson's group. It was really nice, but I'm so DONE singing, haha. I've got a solo at church on Sunday (Silent Night in German), and then the church Christmas cantata on the 23rd, and then I'll be done. Oh, and a recital for voice lessons. Is there such a thing as too much singing? Haha.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Random Things

Usborne Books is having an awesome Holiday Sale this weekend (today through Monday). Orders of $60 or more get a FREE gift ($9.99 value).

Our women's chorus had their concert last night. I had a solo. I listened to it today, and realized my lung capacity and abdominal support aren't the greatest anymore, haha. Still debating whether to make the song public. :p

I've been having such a busy morning, it's almost 1 p.m. and I'm still sitting here in my pj's. But, I exercised, started dinner (in the crockpot), did laundry, cleaned up the kitchen (sort of), and talked to my mom. So there... :p

Better go take a shower now...

Monday, December 03, 2007

Shameless Self-Promotion :p

For all of you who know where I live, come by my house Wednesday evening between 7-9 p.m. I'm holding an Usborne Books Open House. All orders placed that evening are going to get free shipping! :o)

If you don't live here or can't come, you can shop online. No free shipping on that one, but all web orders placed by Dec. 8th are going to be entered in a drawing for a $15 gift certificate. :o)