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Friday, October 29, 2010

Someone Else's Pictures

We're visiting Grampy and Grandma tonight, much to the delight of the kids who have been stuck at home due to sickness. After the smell of fishsticks sent me running for another room (things are so unexpected with this pregnancy), I found myself in Grampy's office. Grampy's computer had some old pictures of the kids. Don't you just love older pictures you haven't seen for a while? Thought I'd share some:

Grampy doing what he loves best, having his grandkids in his lap. Abby is so little, it makes me laugh. This was when Cars shoes still outruled all super heroes.

Grampy delights in smiling babies.

Nathan's second Halloween. He's helping himself to Grampy's candy. Apparently it didn't take him long to figure out that if the candy transfers from the glass bowl to Elmo, then it becomes his. And another thing, what were we thinking with the frog costume???? Well, that was me. David is innocent.

I'd most likely would have bet this wasn't my child. Looks so different in this picture. With Grampy's glasses. At least he'd look really cute if he'd ever need glasses.

This was hilarious. Nathan didn't realize yet that people could see him through the chair. He thought that because he was hiding, no one would be able to see him. Of course Grampy played into that. :-)

Grampy and the kids have a real bond. We are very blessed to have a Grampy, a Grandma and an Oma. They all love their grandkids tremendously and they are a great blessing to us. One blessing of those thousands that come with grandparents are someone else's pictures.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


The time of year for colds and runny noses has official arrived. Nathan tends to get sick with higher fevers. He usually starts out by acting out for a day or two. He won't listen very well and do things constantly that he knows he's not supposed to do. Then he'll start mentioning a sore throat and about two days after he starts acting up, he usually starts with a higher fever. His fever goes high very quick and it's not unusual for us to have to stagger acetaminophen and ibuprofen every 3 hours just to keep his fever below 102. This time around his fever stays at 101 as long as he keeps taking acetaminophen. The next day or two after fever he usually gets the other symptoms like runny nose and coughing. When the medicine runs out, he lays on the couch like a drop of water. David and I laugh how he just changes 20 minutes after he takes his medicine. Before he can't get up, is very quiet, doesn't want to eat or drink, just lays there. 20 minutes after taking medicine, he can be bouncing off the walls, literally. He is a very good sick kid though.
Abigail does NOT like being sick. She is VERY unhappy when she is sick. So most of the time, Nathan is thankfully sick by himself. I'm fully convinced that she refuses to get sick because she dislikes it so much. But she thoroughly enjoys the TV time they get when Nathan is sick. Since he doesn't have energy for much, they get to watch TV while he rests on the couch. Abby grabbed all the stuffed animals she could find and is sitting next to me, covered in a blanket and a gazillion stuffies.
To be perfectly honest, this time around, the sickness is kind of nice since my nausea puts me on the couch anyway. So Nathan, Abby and I get to spend the day together, reading books and watching TV and the kids are actually content being in the same spot for a while.
It's wonderful to get the little blessings in the midst of not feeling well. Warming blankets, hot tea to sip, a caring husband and most of all snuggeling with your kids on the couch for the day is just such a treat.

Friday, October 22, 2010

How Do I Love Thee?

I am married to a wonderful man. Let me explain. This pregnancy has been very hard on me just because there is all-day sickness that prevents this production-oriented woman from getting anything done. Many days are spent vegetating on the couch. This can get very hard for a woman who is again, results-oriented. My husband however, has just been wonderful to me. He encourages and reassures me, makes me realize that truly my body is working hard. You have to understand that our house looks like a bomb hit it. And I'm by no means exaggerating. The walls are still standing and the furniture is upright but everything else is everywhere. EVERYWHERE; except where it belongs of course. One room in our house has officially become a hazard zone. You may break something trying to navigate it. There is so much work to be done, it's exhausting just to think of it. Yet my husband comes in, sees the mess and tells me to go and relax! He's the one who keeps me sane. He's the one who keeps me focused on what's really important. I love my husband.

Friday, October 8, 2010


The kids have just been so cute with the news of a new family member. For Abigail, it is hard to understand. One day, she wanted me to show her the baby in my tummy. When I told her that I couldn't, she bursted into tears. :-( She'll ask me on occasion now if the baby is still in my tummy. She would like a girl. She didn't give any reason, that's just what she'd like. Just like she isn't a princess, she's just Abigail. Or a birdie. Sometimes for grampy she might be an angel birdie. Because she isn't an angel (that's what she says, not I). :-)
Nathan is very excited. He wants a brother so he can wrestle with him. He'd be more than willing to share his room and would be excited about sleeping on the top of a bunk bed. He kisses my tummy often and tries to faithfully remember to say goodnight to the baby. He covers me with a blanket when I'm not feeling well and tries hard to take good care of me. He will ask me "Are you not feeling well?", "Are you tired?". His concern is so sweet. And to be honest, it was very unexpected. Never underestimate your children.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


This is my first pregnancy where I have real noticable cravings. Along with the cravings come very strong dislikes. Often times the craving turns into a strong dislike by the time it takes to prepare it. :-) This makes things rather difficult. However, one constant I've noticed is that all the foods that are incredibly good and always seem appealing, are foods my mom used to eat (or still does for that matter). For example, a typical European slice of rustic bread with swiss cheese, sliced tomatoes and salt. Or cucumber-tomato salad with onions, cream, vinaigrette and loads of dill. Croisssants with swiss cheese. All so yummy right now. And whatever is good when I eat it, is REALLY good. That is the fun part. As someone who enjoys food, this is really a nice side effect (compared to the not-so-nice-side-effect of nausea).

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Abigail crying: "My tummy is hurting."
Mama: "I'm so sorry your tummy is upset."
Abigail: "No mommy, it's not mad."

Nathan to mommy after I gave him a heart: "That heart is for me because you love me really good."

David: "Winner, winner, chicken dinner."
Nathan: "Is that a nice tone to say that?"

Grampy and Nathan discussing where Nathan will live when he's grown-up.
Grampy: "I'll turn into Grampyman and pick-up your house and put it in my backyard."
Nathan: "We'll be Backyardigans!" (If you dont' understand this one, you don't have kids under 6.)

David retelling the above story.
Nathan: "Daddy is boasting!"

Nathan explaining to Daddy that he's decided to live close to us when he is older.
Nathan: "And I'll bring my kids over so you can see them. And you'll love them so much because they'll be so much prettier than you 'd ever thought."