Friday, July 18, 2008

The results are in....

It's a girl! Everyone is very excited.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I enjoy the diversity of living outside of Utah. Just a couple weeks ago, J & I were at a food court in a large mall and we noted that we were a minority, cool. Noah seems especially tuned in to the different accents. Last year while in VA, we went through a drive-through and as the guy was reading our order back to us (prior to us being able to see him) Noah yelled "Hey! Dat guy has brown skin!" And again last night Noah announced loudly as we were being seated at a restaurant "I couldn't understand what dat guy was saying!". Luckily, I don't think the guy could understand him either.

Today we drove an hour round trip to get to Wal Mart. I have a sister in law who lives in a small Idaho town with a decent drive to any real shopping. Her sisters have been teasing her about being like the Ingall's family and their weekly trips to "town" to buy supplies. During my drive, I thought about Ma Ingalls and how lately I feel a lot more like Harriet Oleson.

I like this thought a friend shared with me recently - Our Father in Heaven doesn't hold it against us when we struggle. He allows us to struggle and allows us to come back to him and move on with out holding our bad times over our heads. I think the trick is to let ourselves struggle, move on and forgive ourselves as quickly as he does. Sometimes you never really figure anything out, you just push through till it's over and you look back and realize you tried your best, you survived and He stuck by you through your orneriest moments.

Friday is the big ultrasound. Boy or Girl? Any guesses? Gwen says girl. Noah says one of each (so sorry, we already know that is NOT the case). Ryan says boy. I'm just hoping for healthy.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Positive Vibes

I need to accentuate the positive. Here goes....

Lightening bugs. They are everywhere here this year and I love it. I continue trying to convince my Utah raised children who are phobic of bugs to catch them and we've made some progress, but no one has actually caught one yet.

Grandparents galore. Thank goodness for grandparents who will sit down and play Scrabble, buy Happy Meals, swing in the hammock, gift passes to swimming pools, and love kids that are ornery without a schedule and parents who are preoccupied and stressed. Oh yeah, and did I mention how nice it is to have a place to live?

Blue Ridge Shores. Since my brother now lives at the lake we have access to the beach again. We love it. It's just as great as I remembered and we've spent many afternoons swimming out to the "big dock" and jumping in and pushing each other off.

Food. I am a very hungry person these days. I especially like how food randomly appears on the back porch of this house. Just the other day I found a head of cabbage the size of a basketball (seriously) and a huge package of pulled pork. Thanks whoever you are.

Another great thing about this house is the bathroom cabinet. It has everything you would ever need (okay I did have to go buy some preparation H, but only b/c the stuff I found was too high powered for a pregnant gal). There are probably 15 different lotions to sample, powders, cremes, pain pills, you name it.

Today when the auto parts store wasn't where it use to be, we just drove around town until we found the new location. All of 6 minutes.

Family. My Uncle David has shown up at our new house randomly to mow the grass, deliver a chipper and chain saw (do you think he's trying to tell us something?) and stayed one day to mulch a large pile of brush. Christina has come over 2 days in a row to help paint and play with the kids.

Email. I'm too tired and emotional to talk on the phone to anyone I miss in Utah, but I wouldn't make it without the occasional email from a friend.