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Ornaments 18-21

12/31/2011 09:08:00 PM Edit This 0 Comments »
So I know that it's the new year and all but I got behind on my ornaments and I still wanted to document them.

Ornament #18
Buffalo Dung
Last year we took a major trip out west for the summer and stayed at Yellowstone National Park for a few days. We bought this ornament that was made out of Buffalo poo so Reed calls it our "poonament".

Ornament #19
Wooden Chalkboard


I like it when I have ornaments that have the year on it. As you can see this one was in 1999. My mom had found these chalkboard ornaments in different shapes at Jo-Ann's for cheap. So used gel pens to write on the chalk part and then a thin sharpie for the outer edges. We cut images off of old Christmas cards to glue on the back and then edged them in scribble paint. I remember really loving the picture that I used of Mary and Baby Jesus. This was a great way to re-use those Christmas cards that you like the pictures so much you can't bring yourself to throw them away!

Ornament #20
This ornament was given to me by a congregation of a Methodist Church that I used to play organ for in Obetz. It was great practice for me and very interesting to go to another congregation's worship service. They had wanted to pay me but I had refused since it was on Sunday and I just wanted to experience. I played for them for a whole year and then I was leaving for OU. On my last Sunday the pastor called me up to the front of the chapel and thanked me for my service and then presented me with a gift bag on which was attached this ornament. The members of the congregation had all pitched in and purchased several gift cards that totaled to over $300! I was so touched by their generosity and the experience reminded me that a Christian is a Christian no matter what.

Ornament #21
Heart
This is one of the ornaments that doesn't have a year on it and I wish it did. It's a simple shape cut out of cardboard with fabric ironed on and then cut. I think we glued the layers on using a hot glue gun and then used the rick-rack as the hanger for a country touch.

Ornaments 14-17

12/20/2011 01:27:00 PM Edit This 0 Comments »
Ornament #14
Angel

This angel was made via family assembly line. I remember that each of us had a job- bend the pipe cleaner, put the lace on, tie the gold ric-rac, glue the head on, glue the hair on, etc... Then the angels were always put up near the top of the Christmas tree since they were on the fragile side.

Ornament #15
Zoo



This ornament was purchased a few years ago at a trip to the Columbus Zoo. They were on sale and since I have a lot of memories of zoo trips with friends and family, I thought it worth the few bucks.

Ornament #16
Myrtle Beach
Thought this ornament was a great representation of the fun Spring Break vacation that we had at Myrtle Beach in 2010.

Ornament #17
Snow Angel
Santa brought me this lovely ornament when I was a teenager.

Ornaments 10-13

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Ornament #10
Silver Dollar City

Last year my family took several vacations to Branson, MO and we got season passes to Silver Dollar City. When we were there for Thanksgiving we saw that if you had visited SDC 4 times in the year than you got this free ornament. Mom and I were the only ones that qualified and so I proudly display it on our tree :)

Ornament #11
Lara's Little Feet
When Lara was a baby HHC participated in this craft program where you could purchase items with your child's art printed on it. We bought this sweet little ornament and Lara loves to look at it and talk about what she was like as a baby.

Ornament #12
Punched Juice Lids

This is another ornament made by my family several years ago. We collected tons of lids from frozen juices and punched patterns using nails. We had stars, bells, and something else that I'm not remembering. Then the lace was hot-glued on along with the ribbon. These were very time consuming and I'm proud that we did so many.

Ornament #13
My Cute Face
I made this ornament in Kindergarten and it has my one and only school picture on it. Wasn't I so adorable?! I don't mind saying that I think I was.

Ornaments 7-9

12/09/2011 05:24:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »
Ornament #7
Crazy Mouse


These mice are made of felt, googly eyes, mini pom-poms, and pipe cleaners for the candy cane. We liked making the mice as crazy looking as possible by picking different colored eyes. This isn't one of those ones but it still looks crazy.

Ornament #8
Paper Filigree Poinsettia

We visited the New Boston Faire one year for Labor Day and I was so impressed with an artist who made these ornaments and other items out of paper.

Ornament #9
Plastic Canvas Snowflake

These were relatively easy ornaments to make. Cut the plastic canvas, stitch on the outline, put glue on the yarn, sprinkle clear glitter. Voila, sparkly plastic canvas snowflake. My sisters and I stitched a lot of these!

Ornaments 1-6

12/06/2011 06:37:00 PM Edit This 2 Comments »
I am not one to have a themed Christmas tree mostly because it's not what I grew up with. My family would make a different ornament each year so by the time I got married I had 22 or more ornaments to take with me. (I think I got married when I was 22 anyways). Another thing my family did was to buy an ornament as a souvenir from trips and vacations. Reed and I decided to keep that tradition going in our own family. I was looking at our tree this year and I loved seeing all our ornaments and thinking of some stories behind them. So I have
decided to post a different ornament and it's story each day for the whole month of December. But of course I am behind so today I am posting 6 ornaments. :)

Ornament #1
Baby



I am actually not sure who gave me this but I'm thinking it was my Nana and Papa. The year is almost worn away on it but you can still see the 1983 that marked my birthday. I must have been angelic, hence the picture :) Haha!

Ornament #2
Snowman
This ornament was one of the first ones made by my family. I know that it is one of the first because there are only 4 in the set- Mom, Dad, Me, and Jamie. (Suki, correct me if I'm wrong but I think you don't have a snowman).

Ornament #3
Penguins on Ice
What I remember about these ornaments is that they were given to us by my Grandma and Grandpa. My sisters and I loved hiding the ornaments on the tree, next to a tree light it would kind of glow, and then we would find each other's ornaments.

Ornament #4
Chinese Fish
Reed and I took a trip to San Francisco a few months after we were married. We decided to carry on the tradition of buying an ornament for each vacation. It was hard to find an ornament in Chinatown that wasn't just a cheap Christmas tree ornament. We finally found this Chinese fish and decided it would perfectly represent our trip.

Ornament #5
Star
I bought two of these stars at ROAR days at Lake Hope State Park. They were made by a local artist and I just loved the colors (and the price). Our family has enjoyed ROAR days for about 4 years now and has become a much anticipated trip in the fall.

Ornament #6
Crazy Angel
Lara saw me taking pictures of ornaments and wanted me to post about this one. She thought it was just looked funny :) It certainly does! Not sure what year this one was made but I remember having fun with the glitter glue.

Vivaciousness

11/30/2011 08:09:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »
We had the great privilege to spend Thanksgiving with Auntie Jeni and Uncle Bryan plus cousins in Maryland. Part of the festivities was spending some time on the Air Force base at their bowling alley (who knew?). Fun! And, of course, Vivi was in the middle of everything showing her bubbling enthusiasm.


video

As soon as I can load the video of Lara, I will do so since she also had fun. For some reason, blogger is not letting me right now.

Perfect Likeness

10/20/2011 06:13:00 PM Edit This 3 Comments »
Mariella and I attended the Association of Ohio Music Therapist's State Conference last weekend and we stayed in the Quaker Inn. The inn is actually the real Quaker Oats silos, renovated into hotel rooms and residence halls for the University of Akron. All the rooms are round which was quite cool! All around the inn there are huge pictures of past Quaker Oats advertisements. In the lobby there was a picture of Shirley Temple which I thought was cute since we've thought that Vivi looked a lot like her.




But then I saw this...



See the resemblance?!




Mariella's Blessing

10/01/2011 06:54:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »




Mariella was actually blessed back in August but I just realized that I hadn't posted about it. Soooo... anyways.

I am horrible at remembering to write things down during all of our girls baby blessings. Luckily Reed remembers a few things about Lara and Vivi's that he wrote in his journal. Fail for me. For Mariella's blessing a few members of our ward were so thoughtful and wrote things down for me. They were huge life savers! Thanks to them, we actually have a hard copy of her blessing. I found Mariella's blessing dress on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/people/OopsieDaisyDesigns?ref=ls_profile) and it has been the fanciest and most expensive blessing dress that I have purchased so far. But it was absolutely gorgeous and just perfect for Mariella who had been through so much in the first week of her life.

We were thankful to have so many family members that were able to attend. Almost all of my siblings were there, minus Uncle Jonathan who is serving a mission, and Auntie Jamie plus company who couldn't get out of duties at church (they came later for food fun). Reed's family in the area were in attendance. This was the first time we've blessed one of our daughters during church so it was a new experience trying to fit in family photographs. But we did! My visiting teacher is a great photographer and did all of the photographs for Mariella's blessing. (Check her blog out- http://knicpics.blogspot.com/)

I am grateful to have a husband who is able to use the priesthood to bless our family. He really tries to be in the best mindset for the blessing so he can be in tune with the spirit. Love you!

Mariella Nova Robinson

Blessing given on August 7, 2011

By her father, Reed Robinson, Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
-You are very special in Heavenly Father’s eyes. His desire is that you will live life in
joy and happiness.

-It was not a mere chance that you came to earth at this time.

-You will be able to assist in preparing the world for Jesus Christ and His Second
Coming through diligence in your example and deeds.

-You were born to a family who loves you dearly and provides for you temporal
means and to help you build a spiritual foundation.

-Bless you with loving kindess and gentle meekness.

-Bless you to have a sweet calm to share among your family members and those you
associate with.

-Bless you as you go through life that you will learn and understand to heed the
guidance of the Holy Ghost and to have a clear direction in your life so that the Holy
Ghost will cover you from the evil one.

-Bless you with a knowledge that as you remain faithful to the commandments that
no blessings will be withheld from you.

-Bless you that through your faithfulness you will have joy in eternal blessings that
come from keeping covenants.

-Bless you with all other blessings that Heavenly Fathers sees fit.

Birthday Fun

9/24/2011 07:38:00 PM Edit This 0 Comments »
I turned 28 this year and had a great birthday week. My actual birthday fell on the longest day of work for me so I didn't get home until 7:30 pm. Lara and Vivi greeted me at the door with hugs and kisses and exclamations of how they were making cards and cake. Such a great way to come home!






Reed and the girls gave me some shelves that I've wanted Reed to make since Mother's Day. I have no idea when he had time to do the work but somehow he did and it's a great present :)

We also had a party at the Robinsons (I don't have pictures) and a gathering at my Nana and Papa's with my family. My sister, Suki, made Pocket Frog cupcakes! There was some awesome food since there are some very good cooks in my family (Me not included).


I actually like getting older. There are a lot of great things that come with age and having more kids is one of them. Thanks for a great birthday celebration! (Vivi gave me a massage for one of my presents)

Remembering

9/11/2011 07:30:00 PM Edit This 0 Comments »

Suki and I were at our piano lessons when our teacher's husband called and told her to turn on the TV. It was a little surreal, watching the plane crash, like it was dream and not really happening. A friend brought over a small tv to our family's house, knowing that we didn't have channel reception, so that we could watch the news. And we did for the rest of the day.

At this point in time, I don't care if the Taliban were behind the attacks, or if it was an Illuminati-controlled event, or if it was an "inside" job. The fact is that a lot of innocent people lost their lives and that is the great tragedy.

I have a testimony that there is a living God who loves us and who didn't abandon us that day. Although I may not understand everything that goes on in this world, I do know that he is a just God. I was comforted on that day ten years ago and still am today knowing that this life is not the end.

As I am Inching Closer to My Birthday...

9/09/2011 06:23:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »
I am finding that high-schoolers are looking younger and younger with every passing year. On Labor Day we were at Highbanks Metro Park and shared a pavilion with about 15 boys who were obviously cross-country training. I was sitting under the pavilion when they came back from their run and I got to eavesdrop on their conversations. Mostly about this group of girls from their school they saw in the parking lot, one of them should ask "Laura" out, blah blah blah. I thought "Really, these must be freshmen. They look so young!" Then they got into their cars and drove away. Eek! They must have been at least juniors! It made me feel better when my sister-in-law said that she had thought they were middle-schoolers.

The Vivsters

8/24/2011 07:17:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »


Vivi has had an exciting summer and did a few things that call for celebration.

First, she got rid of this.



I am very proud of her. And of Reed because he's the one that actually took the leap. One evening he was putting the girls to bed while I was at a meeting and he couldn't find her "fire". He just told her he couldn't find it and she would need to go to bed without it. She kind of whimpered a little bit and at times I could hear her in the night crying "I miss my 'fire'". But she put herself back to sleep and we've never gone back. She does, however, look longingly at Mariella's "fire" at times and if I find her face down in a pillow I know it's because she's stolen it and is getting her fix. I swear it's like a drug!

Second, she started getting potty-trained. We're not fully done but that's ok, she's made great steps! The best thing about her getting potty-trained- her pants and shorts fit her better without the chunky diaper :) Yay Vivi!

2 Months

8/18/2011 06:01:00 PM Edit This 0 Comments »

Mariella at 2 months- 10 lbs, 13 oz and 23 inches
50th percentile in both height and weight

Methinks that Mariella will be more of her big sister Lara's body type.

Mariella Still Has Her Head

8/14/2011 08:09:00 PM Edit This 3 Comments »

Yesterday I took Lara grocery shopping since we had NO food in our house after vacation. I had fed Mariella right before I left but apparently she knows when I'm not around because she immediately started wailing and didn't stop the whole time I was gone. Reed called me and said "I'm done" and I could hear her just screaming in the background. I told Lara "We have to hurry and get home because Mariella is screaming her head off." When we got home, Lara rushed over to Mariella and took a good long look. "Mom, I told you that Mariella wasn't going to lose her head!"

Potluck Recipes

8/05/2011 11:28:00 AM Edit This 0 Comments »
Reed and I recently discovered 2 recipes that we are convinced are our staples for potlucks. They are DELICIOUS! The potato salad was made by Reed's cousin's wife who is from Armenia. The sopapilla cheesecake pie was found on Allrecipes around Cinco de Mayo. I made it 3 times that week and most recently made it for Reed's birthday. I have brought it to 2 potlucks and have been told that I'm not allowed to bring anything else but that for the next ones :)

Armenian Potato Salad
5-6 medium sized potatoes boiled
3-4 carrots boiled5-6 hard boiled eggs
1 can of peas
1 can chicken
Dill to taste
10-12 Pickles(I use the tiny ones from Costco, so probably 2-3 big ones) depends on how much you like pickles.
Salt and pepper to taste

Chop everything up and mix it together.
Add mayonnaise and sour cream before serving. Decorate with olives and/or lea
ves of cilantro or parsley.
Enjoy!

Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese,
softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract
2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent
rolls
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup honey
DIRECTIONS:
1.Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2.Beat the cream cheese with 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.
3.Unroll the cans of crescent roll dough, and use a rolling pin to shape each piece into 9x13 inch rectangles. Press one piece into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture into the baking dish, then cover with the remaining piece of crescent dough. Stir together 3/4 cup of sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Dot the mixture over the top of the cheesecake.
4.Bake in the preheated oven until the crescent dough has puffed and turned golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle with honey. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 squares.

Belated Post but Oh Well

8/02/2011 08:45:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »
What I Learned From Mariella's Delivery-

1. Triage nurses can be loud in the hallway and I don't really think they care if you hear them talking about you. "Well, she says her water broke but the test came back negative and she doesn't have any contractions." (They did the second more in-depth test which showed my water did indeed break so TAKE THAT!)

2. After a 3rd delivery having to be hooked up to pitocin, I am pretty sure my body just doesn't have contractions naturally. We were admitted into the labor/delivery room around 11:30pm and I immediately went to sleep because I knew that nothing was going to happen until they decided to start the drip. I was right.

3. Again, after a 3rd delivery where the baby's head was turned, I am convinced that I will never have a natural birth. I just can't stay in the positions that I need to in order to turn the baby properly without a drug.

4. I am in the 11% of women whose water spontaneously ruptures for multiple births. OK, don't quote me on that percentage because I can't quite remember the number. Just know that it is pretty rare to have your water break naturally for more than one delivery. Thank goodness that it does happen to me otherwise I would have to be induced for every single labor! (See number 2).

5. I love Riverside's labor and delivery nurses and it is the number 1 reason I will go back to that hospital for every single delivery as long as I live in Ohio.

6. I LOVE CHOCOLATE MILK!

Lara's Future in Sports

7/29/2011 08:21:00 PM Edit This 0 Comments »
Lara: When I grow up I want to play baseball.
Me: Sounds cool.
Lara: Oh wait, never mind. I want to shake pom-poms while the boys play ball.
Me: Hmmmm...

I doubt Reed will ever let any of our girls be a cheerleader. :)

The Little Culprit

7/08/2011 06:35:00 PM Edit This 0 Comments »
Life has been very busy and I am just now getting around to recording about Mariella's hospitalization at Children's. Since this blog also serves as our family journal, I didn't want to ignore it even with as much as I wanted to.

If you take a look beneath Mariella's left eye you will see a purplish bump. She was born with that bump and we asked every health professional we saw in the hospital about it. Everyone assured us it was a bruise or a blood blister and that it would go away. (Wrong!) A few days later we noticed that the bump and surrounding skin was turning red and was becoming very swollen. I decided to take her to Children's Hospital Urgent Care because what other urgent care would know what to do with a week old baby? The doctors there were concerned with the infection and admitted her. It is quite a shock when you are told that you're not going home, you're going straight up to a hospital room on the Infectious Diseases Unit.

The first day at the hospital Mariella had all sorts of needles poked into her so that the care team could determine what infection she had. OK, so she really only had 2 needles but it seemed like a lot! The lumbar puncture was the worst for me (and Reed. He actually had to leave before he fainted) although Mariella was an absolute trooper! She looked so pitiful when they strapped on the IV to her little hand but she was so calm through the whole thing. Luckily for us the YM president in our ward is a pediatric ophthalmologist and contracts with Children's Hospital. He called Reed to see if he could help out and diagnosed the problem OVER THE PHONE! He knew exactly what the purple bump was- a blocked tear duct that 1 in 100 babies are born with and, if they are not treated, 100% get infected. He told Reed that he would come the next morning and fix it in 15 minutes.

Mariella screamed through the whole procedure, but let me tell you, it is soooooo much easier watching your little baby go through all that when you know the person doing the procedure and it's someone you trust. "Dr. Dave", as I found out he is called, did a wonderful job and we will be forever grateful. Her eye was very swollen afterwards but by that evening I could already tell that it was 100 times better than before.


Now, 2 weeks later, you can't even tell that anything was wrong with her! This photo is actually from a day after she came home from Children's so it even looks better today :)


Hindsight is a killer in situations like these. I wish that I had listened to Reed when he suggested that we go see Dave in the first place, a few days after she was born. I wish that I had insisted that we go to the eye clinic first, BEFORE subjecting Mariella to a lumbar puncture that wasn't needed. I just have to remind myself that Mariella is fine and things turned out all right. I am so grateful that Reed was able to give Mariella a blessing and also for all the prayers that everyone was saying for us. A special thanks to my Mom, who drove an hour and a half to spend time with me in the hospital before turning right around a few hours later and driving an hour and a half back to the farm.

Now we have a beautiful girl with two beautiful eyes that can now be fully open! I am sure there will be a lot of pictures to come :)

Our New Addition

6/20/2011 05:39:00 PM Edit This 3 Comments »
Mariella Nova Robinson
Born June 16, 2011
7 lbs 9 oz, 19 inches long

Sweet girl!

What I Won't Miss...

6/12/2011 11:38:00 PM Edit This 2 Comments »
About Pregnancy:

Swollen hands and feet
Waking up at 1:00am with no baby to feed
Weekly doctor's visits (I love my doctor but cervical checks aren't fun)
The limited wardrobe

I'm sure this baby is going to come some time this week. Let's all think positive baby-birthing thoughts! And last guesses as to what we are having!

I am a Full-Time Mom

6/01/2011 05:55:00 PM Edit This 0 Comments »
There are a few terms in our culture that I have taken it upon myself to strike from our language. Okay, a little dramatic but I do dislike some of the terms that are becoming prevalent in our society. One is "autistic children" but that is another post. I'm focusing on the terms "full-time mom" and "working mom".

1. Working mom- This term is used to label women who work for an income outside of the home and it has the negative connotation that stay-at-home moms don't work. *Ahem*, it's a lot of work to stay at home. I know, not because I've done it yet but because my mom did it with 7 kids and all homeschooled. Not saying that we were the most challenging kids ever (maybe she would disagree) but I know we were a handful. Replace the term "working mom" with "employed mom".

2. Full-time mom- There is nothing wrong with being a full-time mom. What's wrong with this term is that it is usually referring to stay-at-home moms. News flash! You can never take the mom out of an employee. I belong to an employed mothers meet-up group and none of them would ever say that they can leave the mom part of them home or at the daycare with their child. I am doubly lucky that my children can be cared for at my actual workplace but not everyone has that luxury. Even with that, I am a full-time mom and always will be. Replace this term with a more specific term, either "stay-at-home mom" or "employed mom."

Lara's Thoughts on Siblings

5/25/2011 05:37:00 PM Edit This 0 Comments »
Lara: Mommy, I want a lot of brothers and sisters. I mean, a lot a lot. But they have to be in a pattern. Brother, sister, brother, sister, brother, sister, brother, sister... (complete with hand gestures).

Me: Um, OK. I'll do my best.

Easter Basket Tutorial

5/17/2011 05:15:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »
I am not crafty and probably never will be. I prefer to pay other people to make handmade items for me or my girls rather than spending the time to make them myself. When we get a house that I want to decorate, I will most likely pay an interior designer and decorator to do it for me. That's just me. But there are 4 things that I make myself for my kids- Easter (or in our house, spring bunny) baskets, birthday cakes, Halloween costumes, and Christmas stockings. I like finding patterns that are easy and right up my alley. Therefore, I was excited when I found this tutorial for an ultra cute Easter basket for Vivi. I pretty much followed the pattern exactly except for these few changes. 1. Don't buy the whole package for 6/32 cotton filler cord. You don't need that much and it's cheaper to get it by the yard. 2. I opted for a shallower basket so that the circumference could be wider.

I didn't ravel the fabric exactly like the tutorial, not on purpose. But it still turned out really cute and I have enough fabric left to make another one. I bought the honeybun off of Ebay, using a different set than on the tutorial. Still cute!

7th FP Paragraph Sheet Music

5/13/2011 06:43:00 PM Posted In Edit This 0 Comments »


It took me a loooooooong time to compose this. Hey, it's hard to write for long paragraphs! Hopefully the other paragraphs won't take as long. I know it's worth it since Lara can sing the whole 7th paragraph and that is saying a lot!

Happy Mother's Day

5/09/2011 03:47:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »
Happy Mother's Day to all mother's out there, including my Mom who I didn't get to talk to yesterday. I meant to but then realized that she never actually got on the skype call until later. Anyways, Reed made it a great Mother's Day starting with breakfast in bed and letting me sleep until 8:30! Yay! But the best part was his poetry. He wrote me two limericks- one in the spirit of Vivi and Lara, and one from him. He later told me that he loves writing me poetry, it's just that limericks are the only type of poetry he can write :)

Limerick number 1:

Dear Mother, we love you so dearly
Your love and your care we see so clearly
You're kind and you're sweet
And it's always a treat
To be near you; We LOVE you, sincerely!


Limerick number 2:

A love that will last for all time
Is a love that we share; yours and mine
A mother to some,
A wife to just one,
I love you, with love so divine.

Aren't they sweet? He did a great job and I LOVE YOU TOO!

The day ended just right with dinner at the Robinson's and skyping with my family, including Jonathan (on a mission in CA) and Lindey (teaching English in China). Wonderful times!

A Good Deed

4/28/2011 06:36:00 PM Edit This 2 Comments »
A few days ago I was taking a late night grocery shopping trip and stopped by the local fire station to drop off recycling. The bins were bursting at the seams and I, being short and having a little bit of a pregnancy belly, was having a hard time keeping the lids open while I was dumping the recycling (which there was a lot). A very nice man drove up and dropped his recycling off but before driving away he stopped by my van to let me know that there was more room in one of the far bins. I thanked him and drove my van up to the bin to finish unloading. A few seconds later the man drove up again, got out of his car and said "You know, if my wife was out here I would want someone to help her." He held the lid open for me and helped me dump the rest of my recycling. I was having a bad day and that just ended it on a great note. So, thank you to the nice man.

Situation to Ponder

4/18/2011 02:48:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »
At my last two OB appointments, she has expressed concern that I am measuring small. I'm not sure why since I was that way with Lara and she turned out just fine. Maybe because this is my third so it's not as common? I don't know. But anyways, this presents some questions that I will probably mull over until the baby is born:

Does this mean that this is another girl? Or does this mean that I will have a small boy? Where do my babies go because I don't have much length to hide a baby?! Either way, I think that Vivi will retain the title of biggest baby :)

(On a side note: Lara and Vivi had their well-child visits last week and they both weigh the same. They also can share shoes.)

The doctor just said that she'd keep an eye on it and then possibly do another ultrasound. Whatever, another chance to get pictures.

Little Knife Wielder

4/11/2011 07:04:00 PM Edit This 2 Comments »
Reed was in charge of FHE tonight and he decided it was time to write Uncle Jonathan. To refresh Lara's memory on who Uncle Jonathan is, he asked each of us to say one thing we remember about him. Reed talked about how he remembers Jonathan always having a pocket knife in his pocket (always the boy scout).

Reed: But he was a boy scout so he was very safe with his pocket knives. Lara, when you're old enough, I'm going to teach you how to use a pocket knife. Then I'll buy you one that you can keep in your pocket.

Lara: Well, maybe a princess pocket knife.

Future Babysitter

4/02/2011 06:18:00 PM Edit This 0 Comments »