Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat!

Leia, our Monarch Butterfly

Nathan, our spotty dog.

Spencer, our Wolverine.

All ready to go.

Off to a strong start.

They were racing from house to house. Candy helps with the energy levels.

Our friend had hot chocolate and marshmallows to roast on his fire. Nathan preferred to add his marshmallow to his pumpkin.

Updating me on his stash.

Our friend's beautiful dog.

Nathan ran out of steam early. I brought him home and all the way he kept saying he wanted to drink root beer before bed. I kept telling him we didn't have any and he said it was in his pumpkin. Sure enough he had a can of A&W in his pumpkin. A great way to end the evening. He was SO tired and fell asleep immediately after!

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Pumpkin Fairy.

About a week ago we had a visit from the pumpkin fairy (aka our friend Rosalia!). It was just in time for us to plan our annual pumpkin carving night. Everyone was in truly high spirits, even Nathan who came home from school with a temperature. It looks like he is the third and final child to succumb to the dreaded bug going through the family. First of all we made some caramel apples. They are so yummy. We used sour Granny Smith and the sweet/sour taste is wonderful.
Then we got to carving. I was so proud of Leia and Spencer who each carved their pumpkins solo this year. Gary carved a great design and I helped Nathan with his.
At the end of the night we all enjoyed our apples before we tucked the kids up in bed. As much fun as this undoubtedly is, the mess and planning is incredible. I am SO exhausted and have a low back ache. I'm surprised I even did this post but then again all I've had to move for this is my fingers. THANK GOODNESS!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

3D Ultrasound take two

Well tonight we went back to see if our little stinker would give us some better pictures. This time I was a lot better hydrated allowing for some better pictures but unfortunately he wanted to keep his hands protectively up by his face. At one point we put an ice pack on my stomach and he briefly put his hands down but most of the time he just wanted them right there. So we are going back one more time to see if we can get some more face shots. After that we are going to accept the fact that he is not ready to put on a show just yet!

Here he is with his hands up in front of his face.

One good thing about him having his hands up in front of his face is that we got to see all of his little fingers.

A partial face shot with a bit of arm obstruction.

And this was the best shot of the night. He smiled (just a reflex no doubt) but lovely to see all the same.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Leia

When searching for the words to describe this girl who just exploded into our lives 8 years ago, I thought of that song in The Sound of Music called "How do you solve a problem like Maria?". How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?, might be an appropriate question to ask when assessing how to help her to channel her energy. Once again, and this seems to be a frequent occurrence, she forgot to bring home her homework today or to write down her homework in her planner. Sometimes I wonder if we expect too much of our 8 year olds but still we keep trying to institutionalize them.
If left to herself Leia would spend all day inventing alternate universes in which she is either a mad scientist or a magician. I asked her the other day what her favorite thing about school was and she said that it was Science, particularly doing experiments. She was truly captivated by the Planetarium event they had at school. It led to several conversations about Mars and aliens which led to a bad dream last night and a few hours of fitful sleep for me as she ended up in our bed.
If she is not writing spells on every random piece of paper she can lay her hands on she is rescuing frogs and mice from the window wells. From what I have just written you might assume she is a total tomboy but on Sunday she wrote a story about Princess Leia who meets her handsome Prince and lives happily ever after. She alternates between reading Princess Stories and Roald Dahl, and listening to Hannah Montana and Michael Jackson.
When I saw this picture it brought home to me how fast she is growing up. On one hand it's exciting for me as she is such a fun person to spend time with. I can share things with her that are important to me and I can feel that we will always be friends as she gets older. Probably not, I can hear some of you saying but then she has the open, trusting and forgiving personality that Gary has.

(Sidenote: I just glanced over to the table where she is supposed to be doing Spanish vocabulary and she is searching the internet for pictures of planets it looks like. She just told me she is looking at Neptune pictures which are "really cool".)

I'm sure you can tell how much I love this girl that is not a lot like me. As much as watching her grow is an adventure, I feel sadness that she is no longer a baby. But she'll always be my will o the wisp, my flibbertigibbet and my clown!

Monday, October 19, 2009

My Spencer

This guy just melts my heart. With the tooth missing and his glasses AWOL, I look at this picture and it makes me smile. He is so stubborn and when things don't go his way he can't deal with the emotion. His little hands clench into fists and his face looks like thunder. And on the other end of the spectrum, he is just downright adorable. His skin is so soft, he is so helpful and smart, he loves my cooking (well most of it!), and he is so interested in life and all that it has to offer.
Sometimes my heart aches at how fast he is growing up yet he is still just a baby. I want to protect him from all that the world is going to throw at him but he is so independent. I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to be his mother. I pray every day that I can help him be the best person he can be and that he will always be happy.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

First Glimpse

Today Gary surprised me with a lunch date and then to get a 3D ultrasound of the baby. He knew I had been wanting to do it and I should know better than to tell Gary these things because he will just disregard the cost and get me what I want. Anyway it was so nice. We had a long lunch and then headed over to the ultrasound place. And that's where it wasn't so great anymore. The baby was fast asleep and kept snuggling further and further into my uterus until he was facing my spine. She managed to get a couple of pictures before all we could see was the back of him or a hand right up in front of his face. Like my other kids he seems to enjoy having both hands by his face. But we saw his boys bits in complete clarity as well as his little mouth making sucking motions and his little fingers and toes. Luckily, they give you a repeat appointment for no extra charge if the baby doesn't cooperate so we are going again next week. I am excited. Now I just need to research things I can do to make him wake up during the appointment. Caffeine makes them too jumpy we were told so it seems that I need to be extremely hydrated (not sure what else I can do in that arena since I've been drinking gallons of ice water right from the beginning of the pregnancy) and maybe eat something in particular before the ultrasound. I did eat a lot of carbs for lunch today and perhaps that made him sleepy. Anyway here are the few good pictures we got and hopefully next week we will have a lot more!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Happy Halloween

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