Friday, August 31, 2012

Confession Friday 8-31!

I confess that we did, indeed, make it to the park yesterday. Go me! But...I nearly croaked on the way home. Why oh why must our neighborhood be nothing but hills? I'm sure I looked a fool heaving sweating huffing pushing the girls home....

It's a three day weekend.
Hallelujah!

Guilty.

I confess that I got a new razor, and my armpits have never been so smooth. Ahh. Good thing I bought a pack at Sam's Club - I now have a lifetime supply of these things. ;)

I confess that Reagan currently has his rear in my ribs, and I'm about to DIE over here. I'm tempted to stand up and do a little jig to get him out. Aaaand...he just kicked so hard that my laptop nearly fell onto the floor. I think I'm going to give birth to a kangaroo.

I confess that there is no greater tease than online shopping for super cute clothes, only to look down at my belly and remember that I can't fit into any of them.

I confess that people ask me all the time if I get any weird cravings during pregnancy, and I always say that I don't. But that's a lie, because I always forget how strangely addicted to ICE I get towards the end. I can't get enough of this junk. Mmm...frozen water... a true delicacy!

I confess that somewhere deep inside of me there must be a bit of a melancholy soul, because I actually LOVE dark and dreary days.

Gracie ate a smurf! ;)

I confess that I am doing the one thing I said I would never do for one of my children's birthday parties, and I'm having Gracie's outside. EEEEP. Don't get me wrong, I love outdoor birthdays. But I am so much of a planner that depending on good weather and only having 30 minutes before our reservation to set up what normally takes me DAYS to do might just be the death of me.

I confess that I've received a package in the mail every day this week...and I have six more coming. Hehehe...whoopsie daisy.

I confess that I've always told Eric, "Don't you dare run for President. I'm not making any speeches!" But you know what? I think I could rock that out. Go ahead, dear. You now have my blessing. Robert '32. :)

I confess that I don't know how you ladies do it - having a tattoo would drive me BATTY. I get a pen mark on my body and I want it off NOW. Haha.

I confess that my at home gel nails are still going strong! Sorry, no picture. It's too darn dark in here.

I confess that I've spent way too long on this blog post, and my children are about to mutiny. I just had to wrestle Gracie for a bottle of baby lotion. She is not happy. :)

The End.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Prospective

This post does not exist. It's just a figment of your imagination. :)

Actually.

My heart is really heavy this morning, and I am very tired.

An online friend is losing her battle with cancer, and she will be leaving this world very, very soon. I don't think you have to meet someone face to face to feel connected with them. She has two young children, and it just breaks my heart. 

I hate cancer.

Anyway, I am exhausted. I barely got any decent rest last night. But we have the opportunity to go to the park for a little playdate, and even though I am exhausted and I don't have a car and I would have to push my kids up a giant hill to get there, I think we're going to go. I know that my friend would probably give just about anything to be able to take her kids to the park today. To clean up their messes or even have the strength to correct them for misbehaving. It puts an entirely different prospective on "counting your blessings." 

If you're having a crappy morning, just take one deep breath. 

You're alive, and you have the ability to turn things around today. So even though I'm grasping for energy this morning, I'm going to muster up some motivation and enjoy my babies while the weather is still warm and I am physically able. 

  I'm going to choose to have a good day. Hope you do, too! :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New Adventures - But not for me!

We're going on day three of being stranded at home without a car. Eric's trusty old Buick has been in the shop. I know most people would have sold the darn thing by now, but that's just not how we roll. We can pay a little to get things fixed now, or shell out a lot for another car. Since we have babies coming and master's degrees to pay for and 2 bachelors degrees that won't go away, we vote for repairs. :) But...that means in order to get anywhere the girls and I have to go a strollin'. To sum up this story, we've been chilling out around the house A LOT. Nothing new and exciting happening around these parts, that's for sure.

But we do know some people who are embarking on new adventures, and I'm sure they would really appreciate your thoughts and prayers!

My brother and sister in law are currently en-route to China, where they will spend a year teaching English.

I had to swipe some pictures from Facebook. :) Denny and April are the newlyweds in the middle!

I know that a lot of things are still up in the air for them, and they won't really know much about how their experience will pan out until they actually get there. I'm sure this will be a big learning experience for them, as well!

Eric was able to visit with his brother and April for a little bit yesterday before they left for the airport.

That's Eric's mommy, not April. Haha.

You can follow along with Denny and April on their respective blogs. Read Denny's point of view here, and April's here. :)

We are certainly praying for their safety, for new friendships, opportunities to share Love, and wonderful experiences. Godspeed!

Gracie is currently crying because she ate the last of the grapes and I can't make more appear from thin air. And now Evelyn is begging me to take her to Dollar General. (??) Only I can't. Because I don't have a car, and I am not pushing their little hineys all the way to the dollar store, haha. Oh my life. Eric has class tonight, so it's going to be a loooong day. 

I think I can make it to my parent's house on foot. I think I can, I think I can....

So would you ever consider spending a year in a non-English speaking country? I have to be honest, it would be REALLY difficult for me. We have friends currently serving in the Czech-Republic, and I know getting over the language barrier is a huge step. But man, the food...that would be a toughie for me, too! :) 

Hope you all have a great day. Think of me when you drive your cars. Haha.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sister Friends

I have two very outgoing daughters. One was that way from the start, and the other is currently blossoming into her social maven status. Only, as of late, they seem to take their approach to friendliness in two very different ways....

I had a lot of time to go through old pictures while my kids napped this weekend, and boy am I feeling nostalgic lately!


Based on their personalities as babies, this one should have been my wild child!
Evie - Christmas 2009

As many of you know, from the time Evie could speak she always had a pleasant and friendly, "Hi!" for whomever she passed in the street. Now she meets new friends on the playground and old folks in restaurants by saying, "My name is Evelyn Lily Robert!" in her cute little voice. Everyone is a friend, and you might just have to watch your babies around her, because she loves to sneak in little smooches whenever she can. She's a kind and gentle spirit.

Gracie on the other hand...haha...now that she can talk - watch out world! She has been embarrassing the heck out of her father and I for weeks now. Our little roughian loves people, too. But she demands attention. When we're strolling down the street and someone passes by, she hollers, "HI!!! HI!!!! HEY!!!! HI!!!!" And not in an overly enthusiastic sweet way...more in a "look at me and say hello before I give you a knuckle sandwich" kind of way. Her approach is to force you to be her friend - or else! :) And if you say something she doesn't like, you'll get a finger and a "shhh" followed promptly by a "SHU - UH!!!!" Which we're pretty sure is "Shut up" in Gracie speak, and we're not too happy about that one.


...And this one would have been my delicate little angel baby.
First appearances can be deceiving. :)
Gracie Summer and Fall 2011

Evelyn is the happy-go-lucky follower, and Gracie is the take-charge leader. I hope they are always close, because these two will need each other to balance themselves out - especially when they're older. I can totally picture Evelyn talking Grace down from doing crazy things and Grace making Evie experience and do things she wouldn't ordinarily do. I can see Evelyn making sure her sister is well-liked, while Grace makes sure anyone who messes with her sister gets to take home a shiny new black eye. :)

I only wonder where Reagan will fit into the equation. So far, it looks like his big sisters are going to be very possessive of their little brother. They both love him to bits, and they haven't even seen the little guy. I have a feeling he'll be well taken care of, but boy do I feel sorry for any of his future girlfriends, haha.

And gosh darn it, wouldn't you know I did it to myself again...I just spent the last hour (since typing the previous paragraph) flipping through old Facebook albums of the girls. Sigh.... Pictures are a seriously dangerous time-waster. I especially get caught up on Evie's baby pictures, because that all seems so long ago...in the pre-blog era. Haha. And now I'm going to bring you along for the ride for a moment.


Evelyn in October, 2009. She was about 4 months old in these pictures. We must have loved that pink cardigan. :)


Baby Evie and her cousin Austin...oh my. She even adored him then. This was taken in March 2010.


Eep! So little! Here is John, Evie, and Grace on Halloween, 2010. Gracie was just 12 days old!

Okay, just one more. 

Oh, how I miss Gracie's squishy baby cheeks!
April 2011

The only thing more dangerous than old photos? Old home movies. Don't even get me started on those! And admittedly, there aren't enough of them. I'm jealous of people who think to whip out video cameras all the time, because I certainly don't. The most I have are little videos taken from a cell phone, and that's just not the same. Eric, you need to teach me how to use that device we have collecting dust in the cabinet, cause I'm missing childhood memories here! Television networks are going to need decent footage of our kids growing up when they become Presidents and all of that. ;D And let's face it, you can't catch Evie's Minnie Mouse voice, or even Gracie's "SHU - UH!!" in a photograph.... 

This is probably the most random post ever. Sorry about that. I just popped on to share all about Gracie's new effort for friendship, and I took you for a mini stroll down memory lane. Ah, well! I'm taking an emotional pregnant pass on this one. But if this face doesn't make you have a happy Tuesday, then I don't know what else will....


Happy Tuesday!



Monday, August 27, 2012

Moving a Church

What an awesome and meaningful weekend for our little community and especially for our church family! I'm still smiling. And I didn't even get to participate! Haha.

On Sunday morning our family woke up as usual, I got into the shower, and as soon as I walked into the living room I heard Evie's little voice moan, "My stomach hurts...." Followed by a few familiar noises from my morning sickness days. So I rushed her into the bathroom and sure enough, the poor thing was sick. Darn! I had been looking forward to a very special church service all weekend long, and it looked like the girls and I were going to be staying home.

I briefly mentioned on Friday that our church body was going to celebrate moving from the old building to the new building this week, and symbolically make that transition by walking from one site to the other. Rain threatened to thwart those plans, and honestly, the path from one building to the other isn't exactly ideal. Many obstacles could have come in the way, but...they didn't. :) Though I couldn't be there with everyone, I think these pictures will speak for themselves.

It just so happens that part of the route our church family would be taking went right past our house, so the girls and I stood at the door watching and waiting for the first signs of them to come around the bend. (P.S. Blogger is being really annoying right now, and all of these pictures are showing up blurry. I've tried everything, but...boo.)


We cheered when we saw them coming! Leading the group was the Christian flag and the cross that hung above the baptistry in our old building. They were literally carrying a little piece of the old church with them. :)

Since we knew the path was long and difficult in some places, I just assumed a small group might decide to make the walk while most would choose to caravan in cars. So when I saw this little group walking I smiled and started snapping pictures from our front porch thinking that this was it. But I was wrong....


They kept coming. 


More and more turned the corner. It seemed that they were walking in clusters. :)



Almost brought a tear to my eye!



As we watched from the front door, poor Evelyn was very upset that she couldn't join in on the fun. "I want to go with my people," she said. Ack - right to my heart! My people. Yes. She knows them as her people, because our church family is like real family to us. 


Hehe, they even had a police escort to help them across the highway.
(Eric had taken the camera from me and took the rest of these pictures.)


It just gives me goosebumps seeing everyone walking up to the new site together. There, they were greeted by the rest of the church who couldn't make the walk. They had a worship service at the new building and enjoyed a meal together afterwards, because church people like to EAT. :D

I'm still a little sad that I couldn't be there. I have been going to the same church since preschool after all, and it would've meant a lot to attend the very last worship service in the building where I made my own personal decision to become a Christian, was baptized, met my future husband, where I was married, brought my first babies...but it just wasn't meant to be.


I don't stay sad for long though, because I know that there are always new friends to welcome, new memories to make, and more life to live. Sometimes the faces change, but the feelings don't. And the meaning doesn't. We're all bonded by the love of Christ. Sigh. You can't get that kind of love just anywhere. It's a special brand, and all are welcome to it. :)



The new church building that sits on a hill at the edge of town was never meant to be a big fancy place for just our church members to sit inside and admire on Sunday mornings. The entire purpose of the building project was to make room for more families in our community to enjoy it, to use it, to run around in it, and make their mark in it.

The entire community is invited to use this space for a variety of purposes. Heck, we have an entire wing called the "Multi-purpose" room. It's huge. If you can dream an event, you can pretty much have it somewhere in the building. Life Network has already set up shop in part of our offices, and we are happy to have them using office space to serve people in our community.

A church isn't the walls surrounding people who worship. The church IS the people. And that was certainly proven this weekend. It doesn't matter where you stick us, we stick together. Join us any time you please, because...well...I think I've mentioned one or a million times that we have plenty of room to spare. Oh yes. There is always room at the table for more. We'll be hosting an open house during our Dicken's of a town's annual Christmas Walk this year. Anyone who is curious can poke around and come to see inside for themselves. There might even be tour guides to help you through the maze if you wish. :)

Aside from an exciting Sunday, our weekend was pretty much the norm. Eric came down with a sinus infection, so half of our house is sick at the moment. Wahoo! Here's hoping everyone is well soon so that we can enjoy a beautiful week ahead. Happy Monday!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Confession Friday 8-24!

Well, I didn't get a new house for my birthday (rats!) but I did get the one true thing I asked for - woot woot! It pays to have a blog and a husband who reads it, haha. Check it out.

Those are legit gel nails my friends. And I did them myself. 
I'm in love.
Can you sense my excitement??




Nail salon schmail salon.
Thank you, Eric. :)

It's Confession Friday time, and I'd like to start us off with an Evie-ism often heard around the house these days, followed by a loud thud, usually. 

"One, two, three, gerabado!!!"
That would be her attempt at "geronimo" but Rugrats teaches her terrible English.

I confess that I don't regret waiting to send Evelyn to school one BIT. I couldn't have handled it this week. Nope. Mommy isn't ready. :)

I confess that I just realized that I HAVE to smell the milk carton before I pour milk into our cereal every morning. It's like an OCD thing. I won't eat it if I can't smell it!

I confess that we keep forgetting to book Grace's birthday party, and I'm going to cry if our date/time slot isn't available. Eep - today, today! Must call today!

I confess that this recipe has changed my LIFE. You have to read the reviews. ;)

Can you spot what is wrong with this picture?



Yeah. We had a little drama last night. Oy. 

I confess that I am so excited for the first official high school football game tonight!! Our girls just love it. We don't really watch the game, haha...but it's fun to be there. :)

I confess that carpet is really gross. Seriously. The girls and I took our living room rug outside to be cleaned this week (and had too much fun with soap and the hose, by the way) and you wouldn't believe the empty white spot left behind where the rug was. The thing is, we JUST cleaned our carpets like a month ago. How did they get so nasty so fast?? Blech.

I confess that I get a little giddy when I get birthday cards in the mail, and I love that my mom still bakes me a cake for every birthday. I think I'll always be a kid...just a little bit.

I confess that I'm going to be a little bit sad if Reagan is born on his actual due date, which is Grace's birthday. I don't care if they are one day apart, I just hope they both get their own day!

I confess that the highlight of my weekend is going to be church on Sunday....

***

To anyone who has EVER been a member/attender of First Baptist Church of Red Bud - you won't want to miss this Sunday!!!

We're having a very special service this week to celebrate our transition from the old building to the new. We will be holding the last church service ever in the old building this Sunday morning at 9:30am, where stories will be shared and songs will be sung. It will be a very short service, and then the entire church body is going to physically move from one building to other. We're taking a walk!! There will be shuttles for older folks and those who can't make the walk, but we'll march across town to the new building where there will be another service and then a potluck meal afterwards.

There are a lot of logistics going into this day, so feel free to get a hold of me if you have any questions! I know there are lots of people who check in here often that I have attended church with at some point or another. This is an awesome time to get back in on something great! It's an exciting time for our church family. :)

And that's it! My kids are begging to play with play-dough and I'm not about to let them loose with that without my very close supervision, haha. Hope you all have a great weekend!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Reagan is a Drama King

Preterm labor was not a term that was even on my radar until very recently. I had perfectly healthy, normal pregnancies with both of my baby girls...not a single blip in the entire operation. But Reagan seems to be giving me a run for my money already.
I won't have any new pictures of Reagan for a few weeks, so here is his animated image...haha.

When you are pregnant, there are a list of things to watch for when it comes to preterm labor, and it definitely isn't something you want to mess around with. I have read about and have had it verbalized to me by my doctor many times that if I have ANY of these symptoms I shouldn't hesitate to go to the hospital to be checked. 1.) More than 4 Braxton Hicks contractions in an hour 2.) Pressure accompanying contractions 3.) Lower back pain accompanying contractions.

Let's just say that I had all three of those things going on Friday evening while the rest of my family was sleeping, and it scared the crap out of me. I couldn't even tell you how many contractions I had in an hour, because I didn't start counting until I had already had several in a very short space of time...that's what caught my attention in the first place. Then they started getting stronger, and my back started hurting, and I felt a lot of pressure...and all I could do was google "pre-term labor" and pray that this was just a fluke. I debated on whether or not to wake up Eric knowing that he had to be up in just a few hours for his Saturday job at the radio station, and I ultimately decided to ride this one out solo for as long as I could.

After about an hour, I started to feel Reagan move around a bit and then the contractions subsided. I went to bed finally and haven't had any problems since then. But it was seriously the longest hour EVER. I was even looking up information on babies born at 31 weeks to see what we might possibly be facing if the worst actually came true. :(

I discussed all of this with my doctor yesterday, of course, and she decided it was best to check me early just in case something funny was going on that we needed to catch. And praise the Lord I am not even dilated a little tiny bit. :) She chalked it up to this being my third baby and gave me instructions to take it easy if it ever happens again. It's just so frustrating, because I HATE admitting when I am in pain or anything like that, and I've had so many little scares throughout this pregnancy. I suppose I was just very lucky the first two times to not have any complications whatsoever, but I think I'm going to have some gray hairs by the end of this one! (Oh Reagan, please be good to your mommy when you're on the outside!)

^^ Another problem I never had with any other pregnancies. You should have seen me booking it in Home Depot last weekend. :)  


The rest of my appointment went wonderfully yesterday. It was a family affair, haha. Evelyn was dead-set on coming along this time so that she could "hear the baby's heartbeat!" And my awesome doctor let the girls do a couple of very special jobs while they were there. Evie got to put the gel on my stomach and hold the heart-rate monitor, and Grace was in charge of the tape-measure when it was time to measure my ever-growing belly. Evelyn is pretty much obsessed with "Doc McStuffins" right now, so this was right up her alley!

Since I'm asked who my OBGYN is all the time, I thought I would just share her here again. Hope she doesn't mind. :)


Her name is Janet Matuszek, and she was recommended to us when we lived in St. Peters, Mo. I loved her so much (and the hospital where she primarily delivers) that I kept her even after we moved back home, and I make the one hour trek to her office at St. Luke's for every appointment. I have only good things to say about my pregnancy care and deliveries thanks to Dr. Matuszek and the wonderful nursing staff at St. Luke's. (Cause let's face it - it's the nurses who primarily take care of you when you're in labor!) But Dr. Matuszek also has awesome nurse practitioners on staff in her offices. I love everyone who works for her!

***

On the agenda today: cleaning house and organizing the medicine cabinet to be ready for baby. My life is so exciting, isn't it? But I'll be happy when all of these little jobs are done!

I won't be around tomorrow...taking the day off. So have a great couple of days and I'll see ya on Friday!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Baby Week - Clothes!

Do ya'll have any idea how hard it is to organize something with two little discombobulaters running around the house? Pretty darn hard. But I definitely made some major progress on our closet yesterday, and now I can see the floor - wahoo! And through all of the rummaging I have discovered that I have more stuff for Reagan than I even thought. So now, my morning is going to consist of sorting through bags of clothes from cousin Austin and all of the finds that my mom has picked up along the way.

Then I'm off to the first of my two week baby appointments. Seriously...I cannot even believe we are here already! I had plans to make a video for today's post in honor of baby week. I was going to show you Reagan's closet...at least the few things that I have picked up for him. But...I ran out of time and energy. So you just get pictures instead. :) If this sort of thing doesn't interest you in the least, then you can scroll down to the bottom to see my two sleeping children and have a nice day. But if you're a baby clothes obsessed lunatic like me...then here ya go.

All I have to say is this: I sincerely hope that someone gets pregnant in January/February next year and has a boy, because I guarantee these brand new clothes will be worn one time before they're outgrown.


 Junior Dino

Baby Raccoon

Baby Skunk


Smart Little Guy









Empire State Express

Holiday Traditions


Gingerbread Boy




Snow Bear


Baby Helicopter

Brand New Baby



Doggone Cute 


And this lonely shirt, plus lots more that I can't find lines/pictures for. :)
I'm a sucker for matching hats and booties. :) I like to have some cute outfits for when we go out, but as everyone knows, my kid is going to live in onesies and sleepers at home. If Reagan is anything like my first two, then we'll average about three diaper blow outs per day. :D

And now for a confession: I really envy all of you mamas who have had planned pregnancies. Haha. Every single one of our babies have been a wonderful surprise, but because we've never planned one of them, we've never been in the place in life that we thought we'd be in when the "next baby" came long. I've never gotten the chance to do a real nursery for one of my kids. With Evie, we moved right before she was born, so while she ended up having her own room I didn't have time before she arrived to do anything with it. Luckily the house we were renting at the time had a pink room! But we were still unpacking boxes months after she was born....

Then we moved when I was pregnant with Grace to a smaller home where she had to share a room with stark white walls with her big sister. No real dedicated nursery for her, either. Now poor Reagan won't even have a room for the first few months of his life. He gets to share with mom and dad. I can't wait until we own our own home someday with more space where I can do anything I want to the walls. Perhaps our adopted baby(s) will have nurseries! Ah well, I'm still going to have fun picking out some new boy bedding at least. :)


Last night our girls totally conked out on our walk and slept the whole night through - it was wonderful! But check out Grace. 


She's always at the ready - even in her sleep!

Evelyn has promised to help me go through baby clothes this morning, so I've gotta run for a date with my oldest! And hopefully we'll have a perfectly normal and uneventful trip to the doctor today. Reagan gave me some scares recently, but I think all is well, so no worries! I'll share more about that tomorrow. :)


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