Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
...Especially when someone's waiting for your on the other end of the tunnel!
Then to top of the day, everyone should enjoy their favorite meal. In this case, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, and watermelon. Yummmm!
Looking forward to a few more days of fun with my neice Kalena while her mom visits our new neice Amelia that I blogged about last time. Hope your days are as fun-filled as ours our!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Her sweet, impossibly small, terrifically perfect, feet.
Patrick LOVES little babies, and Amelia is no exception. He would climb right into the chair and pat his lap, like "put her here, mom!" Of course, as soon as he was done holding her he'd just kinda shove her off, but it was sweet while it lasted. Here, newborns being newborn, she got a little feel of his collar near her mouth she tried to nurse on Patrick! The man really like his nipples (seriously, folks, you have to keep a shirt on him just to make him stop touching them) but I doubt he'd like to share. Back to mom you go!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
My little sis Kari was due today with her first baby, so for a few months we've been planning on having me come and be with her and her husband during labor. I think this was more my idea than hers, since I had a big, fat chip on my shoulder about husbands during labor, but she went willingly along with it. We had to play things by ear since she wasn't scheduled for an induction or a c-section and I live 2 hours away (fortunately only 2; just last week it was 3 hours!) and I have crazy ol' Patrick, but everything ended up working perfectly. She started having contractions about 2:30 in the morning, and by 4:30 when she knew I'd be awake anyway (what with Joe getting ready for work), she was ready to call because it was the real deal. I had time to put some things together before Patrick woke up (the only time in my life I haven't cursed him at 5:30 in the morning) so we had breakfast and hit the road by 6:00, beating morning rush hour and hitting Pueblo around 8:00. We just had time to say hello before I was kicked out since she was getting and epidural, but once that was over we had lots of time to chill - and chill she was! With a very good epidural, Kari hardly noticed contractions from then on out so we just chatted and waited for the nurse to come in and check her every now and again. Kari's friend Stevie (a girl, don't get confused) came to visit during this part, bringing along a 10-month-old she watches for daycare, and when she left she was kind enough to take Patrick with her so we could be toddler-free during the nitty-gritty. Contractions stayed regular and Kari progressed pretty quickly, all while being blissfully PAIN FREE, so before we all knew it, it was time for her to push! Seriously, that sounds like too simple of an explanation, but it's exactly how it was. Since she could feel pressure she knew when a contraction was coming; since she knew when a contraction was coming she knew when to push; since she knew when to push they didn't have to turn her epidural down, and TA-DA! ...about 9 contractions later the doctor came in and by 10 contractions (also known as an hour with a contraction every 5 minutes) the baby came out! Seriously, what the heck is that doctor for anyway? One stupid contraction? But I digress... Kari was a serious trooper and it was really amazing to be part of the experience, I'm really thankful she let me be there! So now I'm in Pueblo for the night, visiting again tomorrow morning before we head back to Thornton to hunt down that camera. Looking forward to posting more tomorrow!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
We've been busy (to say the least)! We closed on the house on Thursday July 27th (or something like that, I don't have a calendar handy) but Joe had to work all weekend so we had to get everything loaded from the apartment and unloaded to the house Friday afternoon/evening, since the moving van was due back in Fort Collins by noon on Saturday (thanks, UHAUL. Jerks). When he got off work, Joe got crazy and loaded the 26-foot truck almost all by himself before any help could arrive - it was quite a sight to see! We drove the hour south and arrived in Thornton at 7:15 p.m. to a veritable Mormon mosh-pit of our new ward! They apparently mobilize quickly, since I'd only called 24 hours in advance to let them know we were coming. They unloaded the entire truck while I directed the flow of boxes and we still had time to shoot the breeze afterwards, all before 8:00! Seriously, 5 gold stars for efficiency with these guys!
Since then we have unpacked boxes, weeded the yard, planted our garden, had the main sewer line power jetted (stinky), had the kitchen sink power jetted (really really REALLY stinky, I almost threw up), unpacked more boxes, pulled more weeds, torn down some wallpaper in the basement, patched drywall holes, cleaned the gutters, primed the guest room to paint it tonight, dreamed up master plans for both bathrooms, gotten 312 mosquito bites while enjoying our patio because we hadn't found the bug spray yet, had 2 big fights, unpacked more boxes, decorated Patrick's room (cute!), got our phone and Internet set up (call me! 303-280-2445), made 12 trips to Home Depot and 3 to Ross, installed new screens on both the front and back doors, sorted through nearly a week of trash after learning we had our dumpsters mixed up, pulled more weeds, and passed out from fatigue every night since last Friday. Is that about right, or am I simply new to the game? I'm just VERY THANKFUL we're in a place we actually plan on staying, otherwise half those boxes would stay packed up and all of those darn weeds would stay put. Good riddance to you, thistles!
I'm taking pictures when I remember, trying to get the "before" and "after," but seems on par to remember photos halfway through something (like priming a bedroom), so I don't have many true "before" photos. Oh, well, all we really care about is after! So as soon as I RE-FIND my camera (lost it, then found it, but now it's lost again) I'll post the photos to show how the the front of our very own house looks after it got a new garage door (the most inexpensive and boring one available, with no garage door opener, thanks cheap-o bank!) and a new front door screen from Joe (it makes the best summer-time screen-door slap when you shut it). For now, just imagine that it's gorgeous, okay? Thanks!