Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Beginning of the Spring?

Since our area had record-breaking snow this season, the meltdown of that snow/ice is going to be just as grand; Greg and I got a taste of it this past weekend. Before I begin, we love our apartment-- it has been a wonderful place to live and we plan on being here until Greg graduates next May (hopefully).

That said, Friday night Greg came home to a swamp in our living room. Our wonderful porch is about a foot higher than the rest of our apartment. With all of the snow/ice this season our porch drain iced over and when it started to melt with the 'warm' weather over the weekend it melted through a leak into our apartment. So, we took all of our property out of that corner (which is the entertainment corner filled with our TV, stereo system, etc) and put in on our couch.

Good News: On Monday, our landlord came with carpet cleaners to steam vaccuum the area and clean ice off the porch. Greg and I also cleared the ice clog in our drain. Bad News: The 'leak' which cause it all can't be fixed until spring/summer. So, we're hoping the drain stays clear until then. We're grateful that the swamp stayed in one corner; we also hope and pray it doesn't happen again. :)

Update: Doctor visit was great on Tuesday. Everything is great; Baby J is fine. I've never had that disease or been exposed, but it does mean that I don't have the anti-bodies, so we're really watching the kids to see if they start getting rashes---here's hoping. 10 weeks to go...

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Gweg's Birthday

Here are the pictures that I promised of the day:


Additional Notes:
  • I hung the sign right outside our bedroom door, so it was the first thing he saw as got ready for the day.
  • My Pre-K kids wanted to make Gweg birthday cards, so I created the outside of the cards and they all signed them.
  • Gweg's birthday dinner request was Bacon Cheeseburgers with barbeque sauce. This is a picture of the finished product.
  • The birthday cake. He picked out the lemon cake mix and I surprised him with Scooby Doo toppings.
  • I frequently change out of my work clothes into something more comfortable and I've started to raid Gweg's side of the closet. He got this sweatshirt as a gift from Jay & Barb a couple of years ago; I like to wear it because I tease that I'm getting a second degree in Gregoryology. :)
  • The birthday boy himself with his cake. This was seconds before I sang 'happy birthday' to him for the ba-jillionth time that day. I think he was getting sick of it. But, he did tell me that I made him feel like that day was especially for him, so my mission was accomplished.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Ode to Gweg

Today is Gweg's birthday and I wanted to make it special because he always makes my day special and I can never surprise him---well, today I did. I'll post pictures later. One of the things I did was I hid around the apartment (not very well) 26 reasons why I love him. I hid them in places that I knew he would venture during the day (i.e. the bathroom, fridge, on his presents, his computer chair, etc.). As an ode to him on his special day I wanted to post those reasons:

1. He always make me laugh

2. The way he look at me when he thinks Im not looking

3. Hes great with kids

4. Hes Patient

5. He helps around the house---without complaining

6. His amazing smile and great laugh

7. Hes full of all kinds of knowledge

8. Passionate and Caring

9. His willingness to learn about sports just because I enjoy it

10. He honors his priesthood

11. Hes adventurous

12. He continues to surprise me

13. He honors his parents

14. He honors my parents

15. He never fails to learn from his mistakes

16. Hes determined

17. His musical talents (I love it when he plays piano or sax)

18. He is always there for me

19. His undeniable testimony

20. His amber eyes

21. He listens to the tales of my days--- good or bad

22. Hes romantic

23. Hes going to be a GREAT father

24. He fulfills my crazy pregnancy demands

25. Hes giving me a son in about 79 days

26. I get to spend eternity with him

I have many more, but Gweg only turned 26--- yay for my great wonderful husband--- I love my hunny bunny.

Monday, February 18, 2008

A Frozen Update

Valentine's Day consisted of us both battling colds and each going out to his/her choice restaurant. It was low-key, but nice.

We got Baby J's mattress and ordered his bedding; I'll post pictures when the bedding gets here.

We actually found a place that sells decent fruit. They also sell lots of Wisconsin cheese and alcohol---although we don't care for the last one, it was funny that all the sell was produce, cheese and alcohol--- the three things Wisconsin is famous for.

It snowed (plus freezing rain and sleet) so much on Sunday that church was canceled. We're now pushing 100 total inches for the season. I went to work today chanting 'no more snow.' Now we're going into a sub-zero pattern--- I really hope I give birth in the spring. I'm SOOOO ready for Spring.

Today, I had to get my blood drawn again. A child in my class had a contagious rash that I could possibly pass to Baby J; so my doctor wants to make sure I have the necessary anti-bodies. We'll find out the results next Tuesday at our appointment. Another reason to be grateful for maternity leave--- not contracting every little thing from the kids....

Oh--and my best friend since 8th grade just announced she's pregnant too. I've been itching to say just how excited I am for them. I love that we're pregnant together--- it just makes sense. We've already enjoyed talking about the 'joys' of pregnancy---a little thing that makes me happy. Plus I can't wait to take baby pictures when their baby is born in August.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Snowiest Winter EVER

Today's snowfall in Madison broke the all time record set in the winter of 1978-79.

The previous record was 76.1 inches--- as of tonight the new record is 77.3 inches.

Did I mention it's only mid-February? We still have six-ish weeks to go, so the record will likely increase (especially since there's more snow in the forecast)... at least the fresh snow makes it really BEAUTIFUL!!! Greg and I were able to enjoy it as we went to the doctor and recovered from our colds.

What a great year to move to Madison! (Even though I'm sarcastic, we do like it here---it's just A LOT of snow).

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Final Stretch: 3rd Trimester

For the sake of all who like seeing my belly--- be prepared for a shock because Baby J grew A LOT in the last five weeks. Here's the rundown:

  • I'm finally at the point where everyone can tell that I'm preggers.
  • I feel the baby move EVERY DAY and it cracks me up.
  • I have the backache--- and I don't like it.
  • Greg rubs my belly everyday and says, "hi baby."
  • I'm hungry about every two to three hours.
  • I have to drink pure sugar and get a shot on Wednesday---not looking forward to that.
  • We have a crib, a few onesies, and one bottle--- I really can't wait for the baby shower to ease my worries.
And, last but not least...

We are having a baby boy in less than 90 days.

Here we go..

Crib Building

While listening to President Hinckley's funeral, Greg and I spent the morning cleaning out the office and getting it ready to be a nursery. Once we finished that process we tackled the crib. Greg did most of it while I stood as a support or tightened a screw here and there.

We got all the way to the last side of the crib when we noticed that a plastic hinge was broken. It was sad to be so close and not be able to do anything else. The next day Greg called the company and ordered the replacement part, which came in yesterday's mail. As of last night, we have a finished crib (complete with changing table and mini-dresser--- now all we need is a mattress, sheets, etc.... but at least we have a crib. Here's the finished product:

Saturday, February 9, 2008

The First Presidency

If you didn't know, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced its new first presidency on February 4th. The members of the presidency are as follows:

Thomas S. Monson, President (center)
Henry B. Eyring, 1st Counselor (left)
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 2nd Counselor (right)

I've been meaning to post of this marvelous news because of the excitement in my soul. I love these men. I've had the chance to personally be in their presence and I have a testimony of their service in these callings. They are regular men called by God and speak with His voice. I know that all three are prophets, seers, and revelators called to serve at this time in the Church. I'm excited for what lies ahead in the church and I can't wait to sustain these men in April.

Pure Bliss...

Oh my... this is a tribute to the best husband ever! It all started at Christmas when Greg surprised me with a gift card to get a prenatal massage at a place down the street called Pure Massage. The thought alone was enough for me to be excited. Then...

...the next two months went by with me forgetting to make the first call and the first two appointments rescheduled due to weather and sickness. Yesterday, before the movie, everything came together. Let me just say that I highly highly recommend a prenatal massage for all pregnant women. I felt amazing after the massage; plus, with the help of a pregnancy massage pillow I was able to lay on my tummy and take pressure off my side and back. She worked on my back I started to get the pregnancy back-ache this week and I'm so relieved that I was able to get it worked on. She also worked on my feet, calves, thighs and hands. I came out of that massage as a firm believer in regular massages. When I got home, baby J was so active that he scared Greg with how hard he kicked my belly---it was really cute because then Greg asked, "does he always kick that hard?" Yep, but it's nice to know he's there :)

The best thing is that I have more left on my gift card; but my challenge becomes deciding when to use it--- before or after baby J's birth--- maybe I can convince Greg to get a monthly membership--- hey, a girl can dream, can't she?

Juno

Happy Birthday, Gpa!

Greg and I went on a movie date last night to see the movie Juno. I wanted to see it because it was the only oscar-nominated movie that I would see---plus it is a movie about pregnancy. Granted, the situation in the movie is different from our pending birth, but the comedy about the pregnancy woes and everyone affected by the pregnancy was very well done. Topping that all off with the dynamic of a couple wanting to adopt the baby. The writing was fantastic and the jokes were well-timed. Plus, the acting was great--especially Ellen Page and Allison Janney. I recommend this all around well-done movie.

By the way---this past week we got 12 inches of snow in one day! Everything shut down and we're about to get blasted by arctic air with a wind chill of -30! Pray we don't freeze! :)

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