Saturday, April 6, 2013

Changes coming our way!

I was just going to take a moment and write an update, instead of just posting pictures. It looks like we will be having some major changes around here soon.

The obvious one is our baby this summer! I am working on lists of what we still need, and what needs to get done before her arrival. Nothing too stressful, I just need to get crackin' on those lists and crossing things off. Our baby is healthy and growing well! My tummy is getting huge, and she is even starting to wake me in the middle of the night with her hard kicks. Mike and I can watch her acrobatics in the evenings, and see her body parts slide around inside my tummy. So bizarre and fascinating!! I am one of those women who LOVE being pregnant. There are things I don't like or enjoy, and of course some discomforts along the way...but I refuse to complain or buy-in to our society's common practice of seeing pregnancy as "something to be endured." Children are a blessing of the highest degree, and I am so grateful for every backache, disrupted moments of sleep, and my 6-year-old telling me I'm huge. (thanks, dear. LOL) I cannot wait to hold, snuggle, and nurse this newest little one. My cup overflows.

Natalie and I both went in for eye exams lately. Natalie's was routine, and her doctor is so pleased with how well her eyes have improved. She will always have to have a corrective lens on one eye, but at least now she is seeing well out of that eye. (She only had 10% of her vision in that eye 18 months ago, now it is 50% like it should be) I went in for an eye exam because my eye sight has taken a nose-dive during this pregnancy. I started to get headaches if I had to drive longer than 30 minutes, watched a movie, or read for a while. My old Rx glasses weren't helping much. So I ordered glasses for Natalie and myself. I also discovered that I need children's frames b/c my face is small. (which explains why my current glasses look HUGE on me!) ANYWAY, it was quite amusing, trying to find frames for myself that weren't rainbow, hot pink, or some other obnoxious color. LOL. Natalie thinks its hilarious that my eyes aren't much wider than hers.

Another change going on here is Mike! He has been losing (a lot) of weight and getting healthy. It started when his pushy wife forced him to go to the doctor. Lots of discussion, a couple blood tests, and then Mike had the knowledge he needed, to know how to lose the weight. He also learned why he wasn't making progress before with just cutting calories. In the past 6 weeks, he has lost 17lbs! I am so proud of him!

Perhaps the biggest change coming our way, is that Natalie will more-than-likely be changing schools. We spend a lot of time commuting each day. Lexi and I are usually in the car for over 90 minutes so Natalie can attend this amazing school. It has not been easy. Lexi still HATES this (and lets me know it!) I started to get  concerned about commuting with a newborn as well. A thought I "shelved" to worry about later. Last week, her school announced that is is opening another elementary campus. This new school is located 4 minutes from our house. Actually, from our parking pad to their parking lot, it is 4 minutes, 10 seconds away. We have not finalized our decision yet, as we have many questions and want to make sure this is what's best for Natalie as well. But right now, I am seeing this as a huge blessing. God has not allowed for our home to sell, (so we could move closer to Natalie's school) but it seems He is bringing us a wonderful school minutes away instead. Telling Natalie about this potential change worried me, but her reaction shocked me. Our timid girl is EXCITED about this! I am sure there will be several other students she knows transfer as well, as there are many students from our zip code that make this commute daily.

Another change going on is that, as Mom has been healing from her ankle surgery, (yay for Mom!!) I have been spending more of my weekends here at home again. Which means I have been able to play with our church band on a regular basis. Our church hit a record attendance recently of over 1500 people in one weekend! We also had 45 baptisms that same weekend. It is a joy and privilege to be a part of a church where God is moving! Plus, it is so fun for me to be involved with the band. I no longer feel nervous, and I have to admit how refreshing it is to spend time with other adults, away from my children for awhile. This summer will mark 20 years since I started playing piano. TWENTY YEARS!! I think one of my bigger regrets is that I shelved my talent for many years when I became a mother. I feel like I've lost so much of my skill because of it. Please don't misunderstand, I don't regret any details surrounding having children. I just regret that I lost part of myself for awhile. (so easy to do when you become a mother!!) Playing in church forces me to practice. Something that cannot be put off for later, any longer. I need that drive, that level of commitment. I enjoy it, and playing is part of who I am.

I forgot a few pictures!!

This was still over Easter weekend...my children thought MawMaw's walker made for a fun jungle gym. I will say, it is a durable walker!
















This was on our way to church, Easter morning. She HAS to have her bible (like we do) every Sunday, but it's too heavy for her to carry so Mike usually ends up juggling the 4 bibles and diaper bag while I get the kids checked into their classes. (She is also very into her sunglasses lately)















Nap time. If you look closely, you can see that her arms aren't even touching the mattress b/c her hands are gripping the rails!















She watched TV for over 30 minutes like this one morning this past week. I was getting very worried she was sick. (her quiet, still moments usually last less than 30 seconds) But she was fine! Just enjoying being comfy, I guess.















Prior to this next picture being taken, this was our conversation:
Me: (smelling something foul) Lexi, are you poopy?
Lexi: No.
Me: Are you sure?
Lexi: I not poopy. Mickuh poopy.
Me: Mickey's poopy??
Lexi: (nods) uh huh.
Then Lexi proceeds to grab Mickey's crotch and squeeze the fabric (the same thing I do when I check to see if her diaper is wet!) LOL! I about fell over laughing.















This was a worksheet of Natalie's homework one night this past week. Not very challenging, but tedious. She took a couple breaks to rest her hand. ;) I just wanted to show off our little lefties pretty handwriting! (and hard work!)















Lexi FINALLY went potty on the pot a couple days ago! This is a huge deal! Immediately after she went, she asked me for a sticker. Which tells me that she HAS been listening to my bribery all along!! She's so proud of herself:















I also traumatized her (or so I thought at the moment) by taking her through a car wash with me. She was NOT happy. But then, for the rest of the day, that's all she talked about. Natalie, Daddy, (and anyone else who would listen) heard all about it. Complete with her hand motions to describe it!

She came downstairs late morning like this. For those of you who can't tell, it's a rabbit ears mask that's upside down and inside out. (and her outfit matched, I promise, it was just a bit chilly in the house that morning so she kept her jacket on) She's such a goof!














Friday, April 5, 2013

Easter 2013

My parents came to visit us for Easter this year! It was the first time they've been here since the beginning of January. (Before Mom's surgery) It was great to have them, and Mom is doing awesome walking with her cane or walker!

Easter morning. These twerps woke us up at 6:45!! We made them stay upstairs until 7:45 so they wouldn't wake my parents. Finally, they were released to go see what the Easter bunny brought them:
















The goods!
















Lexi was so excited about all of her stuff. It was hilarious b/c she took each item out and ran to show her MawMaw and PawPaw (passing Mike and I in the process!) LOL! She had to make sure they saw everything she got!
















Natalie got a movie she had wanted for weeks now. She thought she *might* get it for her birthday, but this was even better!
















Egg hunting:
















This sweet girl left all the easy-to-find eggs for her sister to get. We didn't even have to ask her!
















Happy Lexi:
















So ANY time we happen to be dressed nice, and have company to snap a few family photos, we take a lot. (This opportunity only happens a couple times a year) Thanks to Mom for taking these, and to Dad for getting the girls to smile!































After church we took a few more (a meltdown prior to church prevented any more pictures at that time!)













































Love these girls!

































MawMaw and PawPaw got to sit in for a couple of snapshots too. I love how Lexi has her hands perfectly still in her lap. (she tends to be on her best behavior when my dad is around! LOL!)
















A picture that includes my growing tummy. 26 weeks here:
















Doing what we do best:
















:)

More phone pictures

This was the first day this spring that it was actually warm enough to roll down the car windows while we waited for Natalie to get out of school. Lexi was delighted and waived at all the parents walking by our car.
















Oh, and she insists she needs to sit on my lap to "drive" while we wait most days. It is becoming increasingly difficult to fit both her and my tummy on my lap!
















Quiet conversations with her Rudy Roo.
















Then we were back to cold weather and lots of snow for a couple weeks. She thinks it's hilarious to wear these sunglasses upside down. It drives Natalie nuts!
















Lots of snow means long hours for Mike at the airport. When he finally gets home, they can't get enough of him! (those are her legs on his shoulders.LOL)
















Love this!

















Natalie had an odd fever for a couple of days during the first part of her spring break. For a while, she struggled to walk without feeling faint. Daddy carried her to bed that night:
















The next morning, Lexi was concerned, and was making faces to try and get Natalie to smile. LOL! Poor Natalie just wanted to watch her cartoons in peace.
















It was great to see this smiling face again!!
















So Natalie's spring break was quite the bust this year. She was sick for the first several days, we had snow, then more cold weather. (last year it was hot, we were in shorts, and out doing something fun everyday) Mike suggested we take them to this buffet/arcade place nearby. It's an "arcade" to the extreme. All the fun games you'd expect, plus putt-putt, bowling, bumper cars, go carts, and laser tag. It's not cheap but the girls had a blast!
















Driving by herself:
















Lexi's favorite ride:
















...and no trip would be complete without the "I don't want to go home!!" tantrum! ;)
















Mike and I went out that Friday night and brought back dessert for our kiddos and sitters:
































The rest of our spring break consisted of:
Puppet shows:
















LOTS of snow!!! (which they got an extra day off of school after 14 inches fell here)
















and more cold weather. This is how we roll to school most mornings:
































We are back to our normal routine now...and regular sillies after school: