Saturday, August 27, 2011

Busy Asher

This is what Asher kept himself busy with this afternoon. Can you guess what it is? It is a waterfall. Asher jumped around with excitement as explained to Daddy and I that it splashes to the ground. He was very sad to have to take it down before he and Daddy left for their movie. Yet I promised him he could reconstruct his waterfall when they return.
Both Adam and I were impressed with his creativity, excitement, and dedication. He did spend a while creating and adjusting his waterfall.
Anyway just thought this would be fun to share!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Busy Hands, Busy Hooks

Not only have I been  busy getting ready for Bethany I have been busy crocheting. In the last week I have made three projects--more than I have in one month. They weren't big projects and they were fairly easy. Yet I had lots of fun! 
Newborn Hat for Bethany!

Preemie Hat for Bethany

Star Fish Dishcloth
If any of you are interested in the patterns--let me know and I will send you the links. I got them all off of the internet.

Our New Family Member!

Meet Kenzie! She is our new family member. Arthur found a new home and she needed one. She belonged to a family on base who is moving and has a son who is allergic to cats. She is seven years old. She is the most loving kitty. When she was two weeks old she got very sick. Due to this she has nerve damage in her hind legs, so she limps. The whole family loves her--even Jake our dog.  

An Update: Summer Coming to a Close

Oh my goodness I just realized that it has been over two weeks since I have posted anything on the blog. I am not sure where the time has gone. I truly apologize for not posting sooner.
So let me get you caught up from the last few weeks.
Two weekends ago I had my baby shower. Ladies at my church did a wonderful job of hosting my shower. The food was wonderful and the company was even better. We had a very good turn out. I have only been attending the church for less than a year. I was surprised to see so many ladies at my shower. It made me feel so welcome and accepted. Also a friend of mine drove in from Tulsa with her one year old girl to attend my shower. It was great to see them and spend some extra time with them.
Caleb started Fall Mother's Day Out this week. He is in the same room and has the same teacher he did this Summer. On the first day of Mother's Day Out he walked straight into the classroom and didn't even say goodbye. 
Asher will not be going to Kindergarten in a brick and mortar public school this year. We have chosen to home-school him through a Public Charter School--entitled Epic One on One Charter School. Though Epic is technically a virtual school he will have very little work online. I was able to choose a curriculum that is very hands on and very early childhood friendly. Asher even has a teacher. Her main job is to assist me as I need. We will be in communication throughout the week and meet face to face once or twice a month. She will give me support and advice but at the end of the day the parents really get to make the "call." I love that I have support yet I still get to play the main role in his education. Asher is very excited that he will be learning at home with me. School starts September 6th (yes the day after Bethany is born) and we get to meet his teacher in person on Monday. I am very excited as well.
Though we are homeschooling I am planning for Asher to have tons of social interaction. Today we went to a home-school co-op. The home-school co-op consists of a PE and Music class. They are also going to start a Spanish and Bible History class. All of which are age appropriate. Asher loooved the co-op and behaved very well. I am excited to see how the co-op develops. We are also planning on enrolling him in soccer and a music group that he was involved in last year. Between those activities and his normal church activities (Children's Church, Sunday School, and Wednesday Church) he will be plenty busy. That is not even including normal play dates and outings.  
Another exciting event that happened this week is that Asher is now in a twin sized big boy bed. We decked it out in Thomas bedding that was mainly provided by his Grammy Denise.
Hmmm....let me think what else has happened in the last few weeks. Nothing much really...just preparing for Bethany. We are working on cleaning the house and washing clothes for Bethany. I already packed her bag. I have not been experiencing any labor signs except for nesting. If she comes before September 5th we will for sure post it on the blog! 
Here are some pictures of the boys I thought you might enjoy!
Asher and Caleb enjoy the new bed.

Asher maxin' and relaxin.'

Caleb maxin' and relaxin' too.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

It's Raining!!!

As most of you know it has been a VERY HOT summer. The news reported a few days ago that this July in Oklahoma has not only been hotter than any other State. It also has been the hottest in RECORDED history!!! Of course I have to be 8 months pregnant the whole time. But I am blessed to have a house and a car with air conditioning. Praise the Lord!!!
Another major praise is that as I am writing this it is only 76 degrees outside. It also has been raining off and on all day. The kids actually had to wear pants and a jacket when we went out this morning. I was so excited about this that we had to take pictures to document this event.

When we were outside. The kids found the puddles very interesting. They would have splashed in them all day if I would have let them.
I just pray that we will continue to see more rain and less 100+ degree weather. 
I hope you all are keeping cool. 
Blessings to all of you,

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Auntie Bekah's Gifts for Bethany and the Boys

Auntie Rebekah is especially excitied for Bethany to come. She has been wanting a niece for almost as long as we have been wanting a daughter. Bethany's middle name will be Hope, which is Auntie Bekah's middle name. I promised Rebekah when we were little girls that if I were to ever have a daughter I would give my daughter her middle name. I am excitied I can finally fulfill the promise.
When we visited her in Chicago last month she gave me these shirts she bought for Bethany. We were both VERY excitied by the purple Eeyore onesies. I love Eeyore and I love purple so the onesies are the perfect item for a daughter of mine.
Auntie Bekah also bought "Big Brother" shirts for both of the boys and a little sister onesie for Bethany. I am saving the shirts for the boys to the hospital when they come to meet their little sister. I can't wait for them to meet her. We will have to get pictures of all three of them in their shirts together.
Thank you so much Auntie Bekah for spoiling your Niece and Nephews. We love you!!!!

OB Appointment Update: Bethany's Birthday!

This morning I had my OB appointment. It went very well. The pregnancy is still uneventful (I am happy about this). The only thing is that I have lost a little bit of weight. The Dr. said just as long as I am still eating and drinking he is not really concerned. But we will continue to watch my weight. It's just hard to eat so much when it is so hot outside. Takes much less for me to get full right now.
So now for the exciting news: I will be going into labor (figuratively speaking) on Labor Day!!! Unless Bethany decides she wants to arrive early. My c-section is scheduled for the 5th of September at 8:30am. The countdown begins!!!!
Blessings to you all,

Oh and Rebekah (my Sister) I will post the pictures of the Eeyore outfit this afternoon. I should probably get off of the computer and tend to my children! :)  


Monday, August 8, 2011

Preparing for Bethany's Arrival

I can not believe Bethany will be here in less than a month! I have organized some of her clothes and started buying some items for her (pictures and details will be at the end of the post). But we still have so much we need to get done. I need to wash her clothes, set up her bed, and her dresser. Not to mention I feel the need to deep clean and organize the house before she arrives. 
Tomorrow I have an appointment with my OB. I am hoping we will be able to nail down a c-section date. Right now it's teetering between the 5th (which is Labor Day) and the 6th. Bethany, of course, could decide to come early. Yet I am somewhat doubtful that that will happen because I have not been having any contractions or signs of labor. Yet I know when she does decide to come--it could be fast. 
My Aunt and Uncle (like my parents) are coming out for her birth. I am very excited that they will be here to share in this very neat moment. Asher and Caleb are both very excited that their Grandparents are coming.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, my Church is throwing me a shower on Saturday. That will be very fun. I had a lot of fun registering at Target for baby girl stuff. I love raising boys, but I am excited about all the pinks and purples.
Speaking of purple, Denise, my Mother-in-Law, made Bethany gorgeous purple baby bedding. She made a complete set with sheets, comforter, bumper, and crib skirt. It is a very beautiful purple gingham and very soft. 
It's been fun collecting items for Bethany and getting ready for her arrival. The baby bedding Denise sent me just got me started preparing for Bethany. This weekend I bought Bethany's take home outfit. I just love the purple and the ruffle butt. I now just need to get a purple hat or headband to match the outfit.

Another item I bought for Bethany was a purple Bumbo seat. It was on the Tinker Seek and Find Facebook classified ads page. I couldn't believe what a good deal it was. It was only five dollars. I know she won't use it for awhile, but I could not pass up such a great deal. Plus it's PURPLE!!! As you can tell I have quite a love for purple. I also enjoy pink, but purple makes my heart jump!

I know this post has been a little rambling and disorganized but there is so much to talk about. Just think in a few weeks instead of pictures of Bethany's things there will be pictures of Bethany!!! Yay!!!
Love to you all,

Sunday, August 7, 2011

LIFE--An Update

This last week has been pretty good. We have been trying to stay cool. We mainly stay home or venture out to McDonald's to play in the play-land. But on really hot days just going from the car too inside is to much for Asher. Asher is more sensitive to the heat due to his Sensory Processing Disorder.
In the evenings Asher had VBS at our church. Asher did very well this week at VBS. Which is a relief. We went to two other VBS' this summer and Asher struggled with both of them. I think the fact that he did so well this week is a testimony to how comfortable he feels at church and how amazing the people are there. On the way to church last week Asher said, "I love my Nazarene Church." He can't remember the Church's full name (Midwest City Community Church of the Nazarene) so he just calls it his Nazarene Church.
I feel so blessed to have found a church home that everyone in my family likes. Caleb squeals with excitement and says, "church" every time I tell him we are going to church. Adam enjoys the Pastor's sermons immensely and feels challenged them every Sunday. The ladies at my church have welcomed me with open arms. I can't imagine that was easy since the majority of them have known each other most of their life. The church is throwing me a shower next Sunday and I have to admit that I was taken aback (in a good way) when they offered to give me a shower. I felt like they were accepting me as one of them. All of this pales in comparison to how much I feel the church honestly tries to do the will of God. I feel that they truly want to grow in God to serve Him. Okay-I got off on a tangent but the title of the post is "Life" and this fits with the title. :)
I am now 35 weeks pregnant. We are preparing for Bethany's arrival and CAN NOT wait to meet her. My aunt and uncle are coming down around the estimated c-section date. We still have a lot of preparation--but we are slowly but surely getting ready.
Caleb is doing very well. His favorite phrases are, "I do it" and "I am mad." This is indicative of his two year old personality. He finished the summer term of Mother's Day Out. He starts the Fall term the week of August 22nd. He really enjoyed school and I think he will enjoy going back.
Adam is doing well. There is a small chance he will have to leave town for work again before the baby comes. We will find out in the next day or so if this is really going to happen. I am not worried because I know between Church, PWOC (my Bible study), and my friends that if I were to go into labor I would be covered--granted I would prefer my husband to be here. But I am giving it all to God and I know it will all work out.
Well I have stuff I need to get done before I go to bed. Will try to post again soon with some pictures and such.
Love to you all,