Random Fun Stuff

I went to the mall today (whoops! I guess I thought the post Christmas rush would be gone by now…but I must not have been thinking.) Anyways…I came away victorious with a pair of these. Can’t you just see me this summer with a belly out to there in a hot pink sun dress and those shoes? 😉 Don’t think I won’t do it (just ask my sisters.)

Also, I’d like to point your attention in the direction of a few new blogs.
The first is a brand new blog, my mother-in-law who is a very talented writer, as well as endowed with lots of valuable wisdom, and I’m not just saying that to gain brownie points, has just started her first blog, Eine Feisty Berg. If you are wondering about the unique title, read her about page which explains it all.

The other is a fun site I happened upon through Drawn! , a blog that highlights illustrators and often other artists. The site I found throught Drawn! is Stefan G. Bucher’s DAILY MONSTER. It’s hard to explain what this artist does without it sounding weird (especially to those who may not be familiar with many art techniques or mediums) so check it out, it’s fun!

In other things…I am aware that I have promised belly shots, and have not as of yet, delivered. No pun intended. Ha! I will get to work on that and get my belly up here soon!

Coming out of the Post Christmas Slumber

Okay, I’m finally coming out of my hole. I haven’t felt much like writing lately, just due to the fact that I’ve been straight up exhausted. I can’t ever remember being so tired, even in my previous pregnancies. Then again, I wasn’t watching, two (twice a week, four) kids on a regular basis or doing things like crouching on my feet for an hour and a half to put my son’s new Thomas the Train set together till late at night. (That was not the wisest choice, I’ll tell you.) I took a two naps yesterday, (one in the bath!) and then I went to bed early, and still slept as long as I could this morning. I’m feeling a little more energetic today, but not much. If I weren’t writing something write now, I’d very likely be fallling asleep in my favorite chaise lounge.

Well, Christmas was a great day, everything I’d imagined and more. (I always imagine big events before they happen, and if I’m having a hard time imagining them, they almost always don’t happen, weird huh?) We got up at home, opened our presents together in our little family unit. I have to brag, and say that Kev got me my long awaited for Kitchenaid mixer in black. I have been asking for one for ages now. Now I just have to muster the energy to use it. I was really excited this year to give him a special guitar pedal that he didn’t want to splurge on himself. Every year, I ask him what he wants, and it is always some high tech musical equipment that costs waaaaay more than I can afford. This year, I was finally able to get him one of those things, and it was way fun, especially because he thought he was getting something else. I made him open it last, because I knew I’d lose him for a while afterward while he went to go try it out. After that, we headed up to my parents house with a good family friend and stopped at a City Market to get some lunch on the way out, since not one fast food restaurant was open. You know, I always feel bad for going into places on Christmas, because I know these people would not have to be working if I didn’t have to come into their store, but then again…I’m thankful for them at the same time.
Up at my parents, we opened more presents, and at some point I could see the overwhelmed look on Drew and Beau’s faces. They had so much to open, I don’t think they really knew what to do with themselves. Actually, I was overwhelmed by what they had to open…sheesh! My aunt and uncle joined us this year and brought a couple novelty gifts for my sister and I. They were candy necklace bras. I would put a link, but, well the sites that have them pictured have other items I’m sure you’d rather not see. If you really need to know what they look like, you can look it up at your own risk. On with the story, you see, these are a funny little joke now for us as married women, because, as little girls our aunt and uncle would always by us regular candy necklaces when they came out to visit, so just a nod back to those times…cute nonetheless.
We had the yummy spinach canneloni, like I had talked about, and I ate more than I expected and enjoyed every minute of it. Really, I had lost some weight from being so nauseated lately, so maybe I gained it back that night. There was dessert, have no fear! Godiva chocolates, pies and other such good things. I did eat me some chocolate. After all dark chocolate is good for you! Hee hee.
Our family friend had also given us the gift of a new game this year, called Apples to Apples which was really easy and a lot of fun…so we enjoyed ourselves all playing that together. I have to say the funny thing about the game is that my grandma had the hardest time grasping the concept of it, but in the end she ended up winning it! A sly one, she is. 😉
After dinner it was packing the car time, and then back home. We were well worn out, but happy, and conversation was good in the car on the way home. I slept that night like I haven’t slept in years! So nice! I didn’t even wake up to go to the bathroom!
My Christmas Eve was nearly demolished by a nasty migraine, save for three little angels, namely my hubby and his oh! so generous with their time and energy, grandparents. They watched Drew and Beau who couldn’t help but be bouncing off the walls. I was able to rise from the ashes in the afternoon, along with the help of Tylenol and Starbucks to go see Kevin’s guitar debut at the Christmas Eve service. My parents and I had the boys with us during the service, which made for a sort of marathon, but we finished nonetheless. My dad had a silly Christmas tie that sung, for lack of a better term. It was one of those high pitched little noise maker things in the form of a Christmas carol, and it kept going off during the service. Kev could hear the noise from on stage and kept thinking, “someone needs to take that annoying toy away from their kid!” Only later did he realize it was my dad’s tie! Ha ha. We ended our night with dinner at the Olive Garden, which I didn’t have the appetite to eat…then off to Kev’s grandparents house for a little visit.
All in all, it was a really nice holiday. I’d leave the migraine out next time, but it was still good. I hope y’all had nice holiday’s yourself, and I wish you all a blessed and prosperous (in many different ways) new year.

Merry Christmas to You and Yours

It seems that since getting married and adding to our family in various different ways, over the past seven years has made for eventful and different Christmases each year. Our little family still really hasn’t cemented many ongoing Christmas traditions, and this year is no exception. The only thing that has really stuck over the years, if we are in our hometown, that is, is spending Christmas Eve with Kevin’s Grandparents. We drink “Bohemian Tea”, and eat some divinity, and maybe a piece of fudge and open a few presents together, while we just relax and laugh together in their cozy living room. We usually attend some sort of Christmas Eve church service either before or after getting together with Kev’s Grandparents, depending upon the times these things are held, which is never the same. This year, Kev is making his guitar debut at the Christmas Eve service of one of our local churches here in town. Yes, you read that right: G-U-I-T-A-R. For those of you that know, Kevin’s first instrument is drums, but this year he has been focusing a lot on singing and guitar playing. So this particular church service will be all the more special for our little family, accompanied by my parents, grandmother, and my aunt and uncle, watching Kev’s Christmas debut. I can’t wait to see how Drew and Beau react to their Dad being up there on stage. Oh, they’ve seen him play the drums on stage before, but you know how that is…he’s behind the drum set which is behind the band. Also, Beau is right now the worlds most enthusiastic guitar fan (okay…a little exaggeration), so it should be a really memorable service, and I’m so proud of my talented hubby! Christmas morning, we will wake up in our own beds, (music to a pregnant woman’s ears) and open family presents and stockings here, and eat a simple breakfast, no fuss this year. Then we will gather up a good family friend, and possibly my grandmother (if she has not been gathered by someone else first) and head up the road an hour to my parents home in the mountains. (Not quite as mountainous as my in-laws, but I think they are mountains nonetheless. *wink*) There we will be joined by my sister and her husband and their little Zoe, and my Aunt and Uncle as well. We’ll open some more presents and then just enjoy each others company, while we are warmed by my parent’s very tiny, but efficient, new wood stove. A welcome Christmas addition, even though we can’t hang stockings over it. We will probably play a new game together at some point and time, which is a tradition of my family’s carried on throughout the years. I’m hoping to maybe get in a little sledding on the back hill, okay, well, maybe not me…but at least watch the boys have some fun sliding a bit. Then we’ll eat my mom’s wonderful spinach cannelloni. It’s not technically cannelloni, it’s more like spinach and feta cheese rolled up in a lasagna noodle with a really yummy, and slightly spicy cream sauce. Yum! One of the few things that sounds good to me right now. For those who aren’t fans of the cannelloni, we have steaks or other such things to throw on the grill. I don’t know if there will be any dessert this year, and that’s fine by me. I’m not much of a dessert person, (gasp!) crazy, I know. A cup of tea and cookie would suit me just fine. Then Kev and I will pack up all the goods and possibly sleeping children, and maybe an adult or two, who knows, and head back home that night…as we both have to work the following day. I’m looking forward to it. It should be a low key and relaxing Christmas. No food for the nausea-woman to cook, and yummy food for her to eat- which right now, is the just about the best Christmas gift I can think of (besides whatever it is that Kevin got me. *wink*)
Merry Christmas to all of you! May your time spent with loved ones this year, whether they be family, friends, or just yourself, be rewarding, relaxing, rejuvenating, and productive (that’s for those of you who are doing it alone this year. ) God Bless you all.

Oh yes!! Less I forget… A very happy birthday to my lovely sister Hannah this year. She is now a quarter of a century old. Ha ha, that makes her sound older than me. 😉

Updates and Photos

Hello again! Update for today: Apparently, I did speak too soon. Unfortunately the morning sickness came back today, but hey, at least I got a three day break, eh? Maybe it will let up a bit over the holiday weekend. (Please?!) Went to my midwife appointment today…everything is good. She found the heartbeat the minute she put the doppler to my little belly. Yay! It’s so nice to hear that, it sort of makes things a little more real, otherwise, I just don’t know how to explain it. 🙂

And without further ado, here are some pictures that should have accompanied yesterdays post.

A Light Dusting of Snow
This is evidence of the snow we’ve gotten over the past two days. Kev went outside to shovel the sidewalk and came back in with a little souvenir. He had to go out and shovel again later.

Christmas Tree a Lit
Here’s our cozy Christmas tree. It’s actually been up for almost three weeks now. Yes, it’s fake, but we got it for free at a yard sale. Not too shabby, eh?

Favorite Fishing Turtle Ornament
This is my current favorite Christmas ornament. If I was allowed to have any of the ones I collected growing up (ehem! Well, okay…then Mom’s tree wouldn’t be so special anymore.) my favorite would be a different one- but for now this is it. It’s a fishing turtle. I have a collection of turtles, so they end up in my house in various different forms.

A bonus one:
Sure, you didn't need to take a nap.
This is a shot I snapped after Drew had very pointedly told me, “I don’t need to take a nap today.” He fell asleep on the couch and I moved him to his bed. : )

Let’s see. Hmmm. Five days left!

I’m So Excited!

After a mere two weeks of work, our family room is back in business! I never realized how much I appreciated the extra square footage.
On another good note, and at the risk of speaking too soon, I am finally starting to feel better from this morning sickness! I had an absolutely terrible day with it last Friday, and the next day I felt better, and I’ve been feeling pretty good ever since. Not perfect, mind you, but good enough to be happy! Also another sign that the hormones are cooling down a bit, was the migraine I got yesterday, which really wasn’t that bad at all, and if it was signaling the end of the morning sickness, then by golly, I’ll take it! Tomorrow we go in for the ten week check up and we get to hear the heartbeat. I’m so excited for that!
Another thing, this morning we woke up to our second big snow for the winter, and it was still snowing! There is probably a good four to six inches out there. This means that Christmas will be white! Yay!
I’m excited for Christmas too. One of the coolest things about being a parent at Christmas, is watching your kids get super excited and re-living the magic right along with them. Drew has woken up several mornings now and asked why his Star Wars presents aren’t under the tree yet. Beau just loves the shiny balls on the Christmas tree. Actually, now that I actually put the tree up, I should post a picture. More to come soon. Things are looking up! Yay!

Another Fun Little Thing I Stole from a Friend…

My goodness, have I been a terrible poster lately!! Truthfully, I’ve been sticking to the old addage, “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all,” and really, it has been that way. I’ve been a little too down in the dumps to say much, and I just think no one really wants to read me belly-aching about how miserable I am right now. But again…this shouldn’t last much longer. Sigh.
Soooo, I stole yet another idea from Steph, but I can’t help it, she has such good ideas… ; )

So, here’s how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend your cool…just type it in man!

IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?

Opening Credits: “Emmanuel” by Amy Grant

Waking Up: “Collapse” by Mutemath

First Day At School: “Silent Night” by Crystal Lewis

Falling In Love: “Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying” by Fall Out Boy

Losing Virginity: “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman

Fight Song: “Priceless” by Incubus

Breaking Up: “I love You” by the Benjamin Gate

Prom: “Chaos” by Mutemath

Life: “Drop Some Names” by Silage

Mental Breakdown: “Rush” by the Benjamin Gate

Driving: “Skwid” by PAX217

Flashback: “Miserable” by Lit

Getting Back Together: “Long View” by Green Day

Wedding: “More than Fine” by Switchfoot

Birth of Child: “Guerilla Radio” by Rage Against the Machine (ha ha ha!!)

Final Battle: “My Generation” by Limp Bizkit

End Credits: “Gratitude” by PAX217

Okay…that was fun and funny, especially “Guerilla Radio” for birth of child! (Somehow, there’s some appropriateness to that.) Try it…you might like it. : )

Combatting Nausea With Bucket-loads of Laughter

Update: It appears the site I made this on was undergoing some maintainence- so I re-did mine, but I don’t think the others work anymore…

My goodness…it’s been too long since I’ve written anything- my sincerest apologies! Really, I’ve just been super busy and having a valiant battle with the morning sickness. I will win…soon.

So I’ve seen this on a few friends, sites: Jill’s and Stephanie’s, and I wasn’t going to do it, but I thought I might as well have a little fun this morning in the midst of all the nauseau and such. I’ll have you know that Drew and I sat and watched it and laughed our heads off till we, well, I cried. So here it is with a special message for you enjoy!