Saturday, November 27, 2010

Progress of the belly

Since we're on the verge of saying good-bye to the belly and hello to a new baby. Here's a look back at a few belly shots.

At about 4 months:

Around 6 months:

Up close! Thanks to my cameraman, Ethan....he thinks of these things.

At seven months:

After that, I don't have a photo that doesn't also feature my double chin. Aaand it's my blog so I don't have to show those. HA!

A Low-Key Thanksgiving

I do believe it would be fair to say that this was one of those Thanksgivings that would be labeled as "eh". We are new to the area, all our family lives in Utah or Arkansas and I'm only 3 days from delivering our as of yet un-named baby girl. This translates into no crazy cooking for me and no traveling farther that 10 minutes from our hospital.

Thankfully we were invited over to eat with the Gammon Family. That means that I only had to make mashed potatoes and a chocolate pie. Also, the Gammons have six kids ranging from 10 yrs to 7 months and our kids had a blast. The Gammons were very very nice and we had a good time, but felt a little weird. Where is all the work and the laboring over the turkey and the rolls and the overabundance of pies? It was all a little...ummm....anticlimactic.

So I guess it's no surprise that this is the only photo we have to document the day.

It's a manatee shaped potato that was destined for the cooking pot. R I P manatee potato. Thou hath served us well.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Last weekend Mark and I took a little trip down to Arkansas. We were missing our friends, family, neighborhood, street, church, grocery store, etc. etc. etc.

So we decided to camp out at the house and take advantage of our "vacation home". Aren't we extremely fabulous?

A few things I learned on the trip:

1. Shower curtains are pretty important.

2. A family of six cannot share 2 towels. It's unrealistic.

3. I still think the Thai Crunch salad at Marketplace Express is the best thing I've ever eaten.

4. Making PB&J sandwiches on my lap with a plastic knife and passing them back to my kiddos made me feel like a "real mom". I have good memories of my own mom passing me a sandwich on our various roadtrips.

5. Eight months pregnant + airmattress = ridiculous.

6. I miss my friends.

7. 4 kids think a notebook and a box of crayons are AWESOME when there is quite literally nothing else to do.

8. Having 1 o'clock church, Daylight Savings Time, and spending the morning in an empty house makes for a very long morning.

9. Oven mitts are very important.

10. You can do alot of cleaning with a roll of paper towels and a bottle of windex.

11. Don't try to clean until the kids are in the car and ready to go back to the new house. You guarantee yourself another round of cleaning and you'll be angry. Not worth it.

12. I miss knowing where everything is at my local Walmart. Still can't find the dang q-tips.

13. It's impossible to find your son's missing tooth in the "insanity van".

14. The tooth fairy does not require the actual teeth (oh yes, Mat lost 2 in 2 days). She will accept a mother's note.

15. At the end of the weekend, you have to face the music and go back to the new life. Suck it up.

Friday, November 5, 2010


We decided to take a little trip down to Arkansas to visit our friends and family. We miss them so! With a new baby on the way, we know it's our last chance to see everyone for a while.

The trip was especially eventful for Mathew. He lost a tooth!

And then during a wrestling match outside of Einsteins Bagels with his dad, he lost another!

Whoah! Cover that up, dude!

He's "in the money".