The girls and I had ourselves a little photo shoot this afternoon. Here is the result for your viewing pleasure! Lol
The girls and I had ourselves a little photo shoot this afternoon. Here is the result for your viewing pleasure! Lol
Jason and I have gone over to our friend’s Nathan and Jackie Halverson a few times and we always end up playing baseball and having a good time. Even though it is just the four of us and the kids it is still really fun.
The last time we got together I thought how fun it would be to invite my (very competitive) family to play one Sunday afternoon. I asked my mom, Carrie and Edd and my uncle Tim and his wife Brenda hoping the last couple would bring their children as well, but it just ended up being the few of us. We had a really good time and I bet we are all extremely sore. When was the last time you hit a single and had to sprint to first base!? Here are some pics.
We all agreed that we should do this again before we leave at the end of June. I think we’ll be healed by then and ready for some more.
While the boys went on a cubscout camping trip this weekend, Nora and I went with my mom to a Petting Zoo in Kissimmee. I had in mind that it would be tiny, but it was huge and took us almost 3 hours to see everything!
Here is a slideshow to get the gist…
I was most excited to milk the cow! Sadly, I was not very good at it and totally felt for her because of my current condition. I surely wouldn’t want strange babies coming over to give me a try!
We got to pet baby lambs, chicks and ducks! So cute!
And they had a Zorse, which is a zebra and a horse mixed. Seriously. They called him Tigger and rightly so…
Running wild throughout the farm were peacocks which make the funniest sounds. It reminded me of Kevin on the movie Up! They would fly up into the trees and when we went to see the turkeys they had jumped into the pen and one was proudly displaying his awesomeness.
We also met Charlie and Al- holy llama! We were told that Al would give someone a kiss if we asked politely. Umm, no thank you…
We were also allowed to pick up and hold ducks. We all had to work together and corner them. Nora was not very good at holding the duck and I had to hold his neck, so he wouldn’t nip at us! I’m pretty sure those ducks are traumatized.
Lastly we saw the turkeys, also proud creatures, but there was this one humble white turkey who stood out.
We had a really good time, saw many more animals and were good and dirty by the time we left. Nora also got to ride a pony named Apple Jack who seriously was the color of the cereal and I had to lead him around the circle while Nora rode him, well, he was leading me really and if the horse decided to take off would me holding his rope really stop him?! We also enjoyed a quick hayride and next time we will definitely bring snacks and water because by the end we were starving and someone (Nora) was a bit cranky. We stopped for lunch on the way home and when we got there watched the ultimate girl movie Tangled because 20 times is simply not enough views of this particular film…Nora and I sing our way through it…I’m seriously considering getting the soundtrack. “I’ve got a dream!” :o)
*Thanks mom for the great pics!
My mom was off on Friday and suggested we do something fun. After looking at things like the Zoo and Mosi at $20 per person we finally decided to just take the kids to Lake Morton to feed the ducks. They were none the wiser. :o)
What we saw was a lot of swans sitting on their eggs. There were at least five swan mamas and one goose mom. Hardly any duck moms, but I think they hide a little better. As always the daddy swan was out in front ready to protect his lady and their babies. We did get to see two swan babies. They were so cute! Fluffy and white and the mom quickly covered them up before I could get a picture.
I had baby girl in the moby and she slept the entire walk around the lake. After that we spent time at Grandma’s house chatting and playing with her Tibetan Bowl. Our Chakra’s are clear. :o) Jason was working on this Good Friday, but we have some fun plans for tomorrow and Sunday. We are going to the Egg Lakeland egg hunt. 50,000 eggs! I’ll let you know how that goes… The kids are supposed to go to the beach with their dad after that and then on Sunday we have a potluck with some old friends to attend. Jason hardly knows any of the people who will be there, but the kids and I have been hanging out with the host these last few weeks, so they are sure to have a great time!
We might squeeze some packing in, but who knows. Jason is preparing to clean out the shop area this week (yay!) and our plan is to put the house up for sale by May 1st. We have no idea if it will sell, but here’s hoping! :o)
Having passed my 6 week exam with flying colors, I can now start slowly exercising. Walking or yoga was suggested and both sound good to me.
The kids are happy to walk or ride their bikes and Lorelei sits happily in the moby holding tightly to my pinky.
I picked up Nora from school yesterday and the closer we got to home the darker it got outside. It has been pretty gray the last few days and rainy, so I thought nothing of it.
I brought the baby and Nora inside and went to the shed to change over the clothes. As soon as I put the clothes in the dryer, the lights flickered and then went out. When I opened the shed door to return to the house the rain was coming down in sheets! It takes three steps to get to the front door and in those three steps I was completely soaked! The power was out. Try explaining this to a 4 year old. The electricity powers EVERYTHING. No we can’t watch a movie, no we can’t turn on the lights even though we are sitting in the dark (but with a few candles), please don’t open the fridge door… Sigh. We were like that for about three hours until Noah got home and then we went OUT. It didn’t really matter where as long as it was not at home.
Yates Rd was closed off, so we had to take a little detour and it was kindof exciting to survey the damage. It turns out a few tornadoes had come through and had their fun. Trees were uprooted, fences were blown over and leaves and debris were all over the roads. Noah told me that they had a Tornado warning and had to sit under their desks. Remember those days? :o) We ended up going to Starbucks for a treat (us and everybody else) and to Target (of course) and then came back home to a completely black house. :o( I had hoped the power had returned, but alas… By that time Jason was home and he decided to get the generator going so as not to lose the groceries we had just gotten a day or two before. Our power had been out for about six hours at this point. He finally got it going and we went out for dinner. Chinese! Yay! Still no power when we got home. Boo!
If you can imagine, power cords coursing throughout the house and here is what we had plugged in: The fridge, two lamps, our phones, the night light I use to nurse by and a fan in our room. Jason was up a few times during the night getting gas to refill the generator all the while hoping (oh so hoping!!) that the electricity would be turned back on during the night. Nope, it didn’t happen. In the morning the kids went to school and I creatively got ready for the day. It is now 5pm and we still do not have power. That’s 29 hours if you are counting. After talking to the neighbors who have talked to the electric company (we got the brush-off) we found out that it will most likely be a few days. We are in the area that received the worst damage.
We will be forking over some money to power the generator, but at least we have the internet! The sun has come out today, but I’m not sure what is in store for us this weekend. Still hoping the power returns sooner rather than later and enduring the loudness of the generator and Sun ‘n Fun jets flying over the house.
Today is Jason and I’s anniversary. It is hard to believe that a year ago today Jason and I were walking down the aisle and about to be on our way to New York. Foot loose and fancy free! A lot has happened since then!
We decided it would be nice to have lunch at The Terrace to celebrate and asked my mom to watch the baby (Noah and Nora were at their dad’s). It was very nice. Jason and I talked about how quiet his life was before he met me. (ahhh, the life of a bachelor) It was hard to leave the baby for the first time, but it was nice to be alone together. The food was excellent and the server brought out a complimentary chocolate lava cake for dessert for our anniversary. Yum!
After lunch we tiptoed upstairs to the ballroom to reminisce and found Ryan, the catering director, who actually remembered us. It was nice to see him and he raved about our reception and said how he still shows brides our pictures. It is nice to know we left an impression. :o)
It was so fun planning the wedding and it turned out to be such a perfect day. Who knew what the year would hold? I am very happy Jason and I met and I’m sure we have more big changes to come! Even after the chaos of this year I am still madly in love with my husband and look forward to many more anniversaries!
I take pictures of the baby and post them to facebook or send them to Jason. It has become a daily activity. We are forever immersed in learning to breastfeed. I have been to the lactation consultant twice now with no clear answers. I can only keep going with the shields in hopes that once she gets a little bigger it won’t be so painful while trying not to feel defective. I try to stay positive and happy that I can still nurse her even though it doesn’t “look” like I expected it to look and am grateful for this time to be home and love my baby.
This week has been a little more stressful because of Spring Break. The kids and I weren’t able to do as much since we have a two week old, but we have spent time at the library, park, and the movies. We went and saw Tangled, which turned out to be super cute and funny. And of course time spent playing the wii!
Even though all of that is going on I decided a month or two ago to take Noah to see a Psychologist. It took that long to get an appt. He’s been having problems at school and as much as I loathe his teacher and would like things to be all her fault I know that Noah is not behaving well. I also know that the life Noah has had so far has a little bit to do with it. The chick we talked to wanted to do an ADD/ADHD screening because just in talking with us he seems to have tendencies. Patrick supposedly had it as a child as well and I am told it is hereditary. I struggle with this because I am not certain whether ADD is an actual “disease” or just a convenient phenomenon. She assured me that she only tries medication when necessary and that she wasn’t leaning that way with Noah at this point. She had me fill out a questionnaire along with his teacher, his art, science and music teacher as well as Jason. I was glad for the many opinions because if it were up to his teacher he would already be medicated. The counselor also thought that Noah would benefit from a few sessions with someone which would give Noah an ally, someone to talk to that isn’t biased. She gave us some suggestions that may work with his behavior, which we are working on and we have a followup appt on Monday.
It is hard to believe that Lorelei has only been here a couple of weeks. I know that parents normally can’t believe how the time flies, but for some reason it feels like it has been longer than a few weeks with Lorelei. I’m not sure if that is a good or bad thing.
I don’t feel that the transition to three has been bad, but it is definitely a transition. I know that the kids aren’t getting as much attention as they were before Lorelei came. I know that I am a little bit snippier with them, but it is getting better.
Jason has been working a lot. Like every night when he comes home and on the weekends. He has been spending a lot of time at the data center as well. So I am lost in babyland and he is lost in computerland. Hopefully we will come out of the fog at some point.
In reading this it seems as if I am a bit melancholy. I think it is partly to do with the lack of sleep and the fact that I am writing this while Lorelei screams in Jason’s arms because this is one of those nights where nothing works and there is nothing left to do, but let her cry herself to sleep. It is rare and doesn’t take very long. Thankfully.
On a brighter note, the kids and I watched Napoleon Dynamite today. It is amazing how much the kids related to the movie. I guess the humor was a bit on the same level with a seven year old. It was funny to watch the old jokes, “Can I have your tots?” “Knumchuck skillz, computer hacking skillz…” “Whatever I wanna do, GOSH!” Ahh, memories… :oD
Lorelei had some Jaundice the first week of her life and since we don’t really have a sunny window spot like was prescribed by her doctor and we do have to other rambunctious kids we decided to head to the park.
Here are some pics of Lorelei’s first park experience.
The whole time we were at the park I had this song in my head, “Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everyday”. :o)
It has been a while since we went to the lake and fed the ducks. It is almost always a fun outing especially since everyone walks and carts their own bread and listens to mommy (mostly).
This is what it was like today:
The swans are huge! The seagulls are ridiculous! It’s like being at the beach. How funny is it that we tell the kids NOT to feed the seagulls at the beach and we allow them TO feed them at the lake?? And how many actual ducks do you think we saw today? Only a handful. There were more swans than ducks. There were also a lot of Coots, which are those weird little birds that have lime green (rather large) feet. They are my favorites! They make a horrendous noise too, but not as bad as these guys:
Geese are so muscular and proud looking. Their feathers look so soft and they always seem so clean. If only they would shut up!
It was much cooler than we had planned and we ended walking around the entire lake. For some reason the car does not follow closely behind as you walk… I began to notice all of the improvements the City has made. The first was the brick walls at the shore which have been in place for a while, but there used to be all of these fences surrounding “aquatic life” signs. There are still a couple of fences, but now we actually see the aquatic life. They have beautiful trees and bushes planted everywhere which makes for a pleasant ambiance and small bushes near the shore that helps give the birds a place to hide. Maybe that’s where all of the ducks are hiding!
I love the Downtown area and am very appreciative of all of the improvements. We drove near my old apartment which was sad to see because they’ve kicked everyone out and are making renovations. Everything changes I guess; let’s hope for the better.