Monday, September 28, 2009

Emily Elaine

My sister, Anne, gave birth to her third daughter this morning. Her name is Emily Elaine Miessner. She weighed in at 7lbs 14 oz and was 20 and 1/2 inches long. I think that she is one of the four most beautiful babies I have ever seen - the other three being Kirsten, Sarah, and Kaley!

I am told that she has a full head of hair underneath that hat.

The Proud Papa!

I can hardly wait until we get to go to Kentucky in 3 weeks and see her! We love you Anne!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Blue Skies

I walked out of the temple this evening and saw - THE SUN and BLUE SKY!!!! I could hardly believe it. I cannot remember the last time I was so happy. Of course, having just spent the majority of my day in the temple for ward temple day probably had more to do with my euphoric state than the sun. But it was still wonderful! It has been cold the past few days and I am so looking forward to it warming back up into the 80's and 90's this weekend.

So apparently I sprained my wrist last week doing Pi-YO at the gym. It hurts like crazy and I am so done with this brace. It is impossible to do just about anything. Typing, writing, and playing the piano are the worst. I need to start working on Kirsten's Halloween costume and Christmas Cards, but that is so not happening right now.

Kirsten has been a busy girl lately and cracks us up on a regular basis. Last night at her T-ball game, she hit a whopper to the outfield and starting running with all of her might, towards THIRD BASE! That's my girl! Then tonight I asked her what she did at school today and she told me she sang a song about Santa. I was a little confused about why they would be singing about Santa in September, so I asked her to sing the song for me. She proceeded "HO HO Santa, HO Santa, HO Santa is his name" Compare this to "Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna to His name." I thought that Jeremy was going to asphyxiate from laughing so hard. She is so funny!

Here is Kirsten at her first day of school.

Last week we had her friends Madelyn and Macy over. We read the book Pinkalicious and decided to make pink cupcakes since it was cold and rainy. By majority vote they turned out purple not pink.

So I have to ask: How many Snow Whites does it take to make Purple cupcakes?

Answer : Three

Last Saturday, Kirsten's dance studio danced at our ward's primary talent show. They did their tap routine from May's recital since they are only 3 weeks into classes this year. It was so fun to see her dancing again. She really loves it.

Jeremy is staying super busy at work and trying hard to balance coaching with that. I am working hard teaching lessons, being active in our mom's group, and trying to keep up with Kirsten. I promised her a full day of mommy time tomorrow to make up for not seeing her at all today. My dad is still in Germany, two weeks down, two to go. My brother, John, is in Monterrey, CA and has started his Linguistic training, and my sister, Anne, is scheduled to have her baby on Monday. That is about it for us around here. We keep praying that it will get warm enough to head back to the pool, or at least the park this week.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Rain, Rain, Go Away! (Caution, I am complaining a little)

So I am not one to complain about getting rain. In fact I typically love it when it rains. I understand that it is a huge blessing to get rain, especially with the drought that we have been in. But seriously - A WEEK!!!! It has not stopped coming down since last Wednesday night, and according to the forecast I just saw, it will continue into the weekend. The whole world is saturated, and it is cold. Now for those of you who know me well, will know that to me, anything below 80 is uncomfortable, below 70 is unbearable, and below 60 my bones start to ache! So we have been averaging low 60's at night and mid 70's during the day. So I have been bundled up and freezing and just generally feeling wet and cold all of the time. YUCK!

The worst part though, is the feeling of being couped up in the house. Don't get me wrong, we are not sitting around, but it is not the same. Friday we went to storytime at the library, got some popcorn from our favorite little shop, and came home and watched movies. Jeremy and I went to the temple Friday night. Saturday we took Kirsten bowling (my camera battery died, so no pictures) and then spent a couple of hours at the mall before feeding the missionaries. This week has been fairly normal. Lessons for me and school for Kirsten - but no recess. Also, two T-ball games and a practice have now been cancelled.

Last night Kirsten snapped. It was seriously a little frightening. I was wondering who this monster was and what happened to my little angel. This morning was not much better, which was not good since we were having a play group at our house this morning. So with 10 kids under the age of 4, she threw the biggest fit of her entire life. So there I was comforting her and poor Zachary who had received her wrath (all over a plastic 1" blue puppy I might add). Not the best day ever. It got better when all the other kids left and I could put a movie on for Kirsten, Zachary and Maddison. After their mom came, I made Kirsten take a nap. Fortunately it lasted for two and half hours, almost all the way through piano lessons. This was a huge improvement from last night's tantrum that began during lessons. So after the nap all seemed to be back to normal, until she tried to go jump on the trampoline. So we went to Peter Piper Pizza for dinner, gave her 12 tokens and let her run around. Then we spent an hour walking around Target, just to be out.

So Kirsten is in bed, it is still raining, and Farmville is not working. Sorry if I sound whiney. This rain is just really getting to me.

So some random questions.
Do you think that some people not wanting Mike Vick to play NFL football again is racist? The NAACP does

Did you know that Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart are engaged? That is what OK magazine at Target said tonight.

And my favorite
How will the baby get out of Annie's tummy? Kirsten would like to know....

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

We had such an amazing and busy weekend. It all started on Friday when my sister, Anne, flew in. She had a job interview on Friday in Dallas. We are really hoping and praying that she is able to transfer here, especially since her baby is due in a few weeks. We were so thrilled that she was able to get on the plane with no problems, especially since she is 37 weeks, and technically you cannot travel by air past 36 wks without a doctor's note. We spent Friday afternoon swimming, of course, and then went to dinner with my dad, Patty, and Uncle Johnny, and Aunt Verlanne. Kirsten was thrilled to see them again. She has been asking for Verlanne ever since we stayed with them in California in May. We had a great time Friday night visiting and playing Harry Potter Clue.

Saturday was such a treat. I was able to go with my aunt and uncle, my dad and Patty to the OU vs BYU game. The best part was that it was at the new Cowboy's Stadium in Arlington.
The stadium was amazing. It is all enclosed and air conditioned. Imagine that, a football game without a sunburn! The seats were even cushioned - and ours were some of the first bums in those seats!
I do love football, but of course my favorite part of the game was this....
I just can't help myself. It is not a football game without a marching band!
So I have to admit that I had torn loyalties. I grew up on OU football. Other than my own school, UNT, the only college football games I have ever been to were OU games. When I lived in Norman, we could walk to the stadium. Also, my Grandmother, mother and sister, all graduated from OU. On the other hand, I have family that is currently attending and teaching at BYU. So I wore a neutral purple shirt and then decided to root for BYU with the rest of the family. We sure had a great time. I all but lost my voice, but it was so worth it. There was even a line at the men's restroom at half time, not the women's! Only at a football game!
Of course, we all know how this amazing game turned out!

On Sunday we left Kirsten with my in-laws, and Jeremy and I headed to the Gaylord Texan for a much needed night away. It was our first night without Kirsten since she was born - way too long, I know. She had a blast having a sleepover with Aunt Megan.
The resort was amazing. It was our first time at an all-inclusive resort, and I am hooked. We had dinner at the Old Hickory Steakhouse. There was a Fromager with the international cheese cart and we got a cheese tray. That is something I have always wanted to do. The food was great and the atmosphere was perfect. We actually spent two hours at dinner and it was refreshing knowing that we had no where to go and no one waiting for us. I could feel myself relaxing more by the minute.
We spent most of the evening walking around and exploring, and even ordered room service desert.
Our package included breakfast at the Riverwalk Cafe. It really felt like we were back on the Riverwalk in San Antonio.
Tonight we were able to spend some time with Jeremy's mom for her birthday, and even managed to see Johnny and Verlanne one more time before they left for the airport. We had such a great time, but now it is back to life. Kirsten starts school tomorrow and so Jeremy was able to give her a back to school father's blessing tonight. She was so thrilled. Her teacher made a special packet of "sleeping dust" (confetti) to help them sleep the night before school started. She was actually excited to go to bed because of it. Thank you Mrs. Sands. Tomorrow will be a big day for my little girl.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Past few weeks

The past few weeks have been a rollercoaster ride around here, to say the least. After spending about two weeks in bed because of the pregnancy loss and subsequent surgery, I was blessed with a cold, strep throat, a sinus infection, an ear infection and finally bronchitis. So I spent the next two weeks in bed. I seriously was 2 days short of being in bed for four weeks. It shows around here too. The house is in disarray, the garden is overgrown with weeds, I have not actually cooked a meal for several weeks, and my scrapbooking and sewing are piling up. I would love to catch up, but I started back to work this week and I am barely able to keep up with my schedule as it is, much less play catch up.

Anyway, enough complaining. We have been having a lot of fun this week finally doing things as a family again.

On Saturday I had organized a family potluck at the park with some of our friends. Jeremy grilled hotdogs and everybody else brought side dishes. Kirsten had fun playing, Jeremy is actually making some friends in the neighborhood, and I was rejoicing to be out of the house and socializing with people again!

On Monday Kirsten started dance again. She is in the Dazzler's Studio again with Marty Adams. We are doing a carpool with two of her friends since dance starts at the same time their older siblings have to be picked up from school. I have to say that 3, 4 year old girls in the back seat of my car were cracking me up. Who knew that they could be so funny?! We did not get to go in with the girls, but here is a picture of her waiting out front with her Panda "SIA" from the San Diego Zoo.
Kirsten has also started T-Ball in the past few weeks. As most of you know, Jeremy is her coach. I was shocked when he volunteered, but also thrilled. It has been such a good experience for him and something that he and Kirsten can do together. Tonight was her first game. It was so cute! There was one point where the other team hit the ball and it just rolled to a stop and sat there for about 20 seconds before the kids decided to go and get it. Then sometimes, all ten kids would run from where ever they were in the field and all pounce on the ball at the same time. It was a blast. She even had her own cheering section night comprised of Grandma and Grandpa Lowe. She was sure excited to see them there!
Is it just me, or is she just too adorable in that uniform?!

My Angel in the outfield (Okay so she was playing pitcher, but still my angel)

Kirsten was the first one up to bat tonight from our team. I think she was a little frazzled by all the commotion, but she did finally get a really good hit. She made it home twice in the game. Way to go!