Friday, February 26, 2010

Food, Food and More Food!

Yesterday, Jeremy took the morning off of work to attend "Donuts with Dad" at Kirsten's preschool. He was one of just a few dads who could make it and Kirsten was thrilled to say the least. He is such a great daddy!

Today, Kirsten and I went to a mommy and me cooking class at Market Street along with my friend, Nancy and her daughter, Elena. They taught the kids to make Calzones, star shaped quesadillas, and snowmen made from donuts. The kids got to do it all themselves, and then have it for lunch. It was so much fun! Kirsten decided that Calzones were her favorite food and that we should make them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday! We will have to see about that one. Kirsten of course had a blast, and as you can see, she and Elena went on a bit of a silly-face kick. She seems to do that a lot lately, but it always brings a smile to my face.

Sometimes I do not want her to go to school next year. She has become my best friend. We literally do everything together, just the two of us. She is fun to shop with, play with, cook with, clean with, listen to music with, you name it, we do it together. I know that will change when this baby comes and even more so when she starts school next year. That makes me sad. Is that strange?

I started to have some strange pains this past week and finally called my doctor on Wednesday. I was put on partial bedrest. That so does not work with my schedule! I basically get 4 hours up, twice a day, separated by 4 hours down. I have to keep exercising to keep my joints from freezing up, so there is 2 hours of my "up time" everyday. I think that I can work with my time alotments to still get lessons taught, and time with Kirsten. We have spent a lot of time snuggling and watching the Olympics together this week (she is fascinated with the ice skating, so we tape it every night for her to watch the next day.) It is things like playdates, shopping, and cleaning that I do not know how I will get in. I just hope it does go to full time bedrest, so I am trying to be good! =) We will keep everyone posted and I really appreciate the support I have gotten already from friends this week.

Wednesday night, Jeremy felt Katie move for the first time. He was so excited! She is an active little bugger. By the way, that is her name, Katie Anne. I think that it will be cute to have a Kirsten and Katie. Jeremy just thinks it will confuse him, but ultimately, he gives me everything I want!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

This week

This first picture is for my sister, Anne. She told me that it was hard for her to imagine me actually being pregnant since she couldn't see me. So here is a picture, 21 weeks down, 19 to go!

Last week, Jeremy put together a new bookcase in our bedroom so we can move the books out of the baby's room. As you can see, he had a special helper.

She stayed by his side the entire time!

Other than that, we had a round of stomach flu hit our house. Kirsten got it first and had to miss her Valentine's party for school. She was up crying at 3 am, not because she was throwing up, but because of missing the party. I got it at the beginning of last week, and then Jeremy had it at the end of the week. We are finally all well. We tried to go to the Temple last Saturday for Valentine's day, but when we got there, it was closed. Turns out that they had lost power for four days because of the snow storm. So we took advantage of having a babysitter and saw a movie, then came home and took Kirsten out to dinner with us. Jeremy spoiled her by getting her roses and a necklace for Valentine's Day.

Last night Jeremy and I went to see The Phantom of the Opera for our Valentine's date. It was even better than I remember - it has been 15 years since I saw it. Kirsten was begging to go, and wanted all the details when we got back, down to the color of Christine's dresses. She got to spend the evening with Grandma and Grandpa Alleman and they spoiled her by letting her stay up until we got there at 11:30. Needless to say, today she was a bit of a nightmare, but she is already asking for her next movie night with Grandma. I guess that is a perk of being Grandma!

I just got home from our March planning meeting for our mom's group and I am excited with all of the fun things we were able to put on the calendar. I am looking forward to another busy, but fun week this week, and hope and pray that we all stay well for the next little while.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Still a Girl

Today was our 20 week sonogram. At 13 weeks, the high risk doctor told us it was a girl, but with it being so early, we were a little hesitant to make any solid plans. So, she is still a girl! Kirsten is thrilled and so are we. She went to the sonogram with me, along with Jeremy's mom and sister, and spent most of it standing next to me, holding my hand, with her head rested on me. I sure love her!

So we have a name picked out, but we want to sit on it for a few days to be sure before we share it publicly. As soon as the sonogram tech said she was a girl, it came to me. She is about 13 oz, 8 inches long, and measures to the day. Overall, everything looks great. I could not be more thrilled or more relieved, especially given our previous problems. I am excited to start painting and decorating her room. We still have some shopping to do, like buying a crib and a new carseat, but mostly we have everything left from Kirsten that we need.

We did not end up getting a good profile shot, just a bunch of her back. She was facing backwards and refused to turn around. The tech would jiggle her a little and she would just kick, but no turning. She is already stubborn! I hope that this is not a sign of things to come!

Friday, February 12, 2010

The morning after

We woke up this morning to a total snowfall of 12.5 inches. It is a record for us. We cannot even get down our driveway, so Jeremy is working from home today.

The snow was up to Kirsten's knees in some places, and there were a few times that I took a step and almost fell because I sank so deep.

Kirsten decided that we needed to shovel the snow, not sure where she got that from.

Here is our snowman masterpiece. It was a unique experience for all of us to make a snowman and still have snow left over when we were done! She made sure that it was complete with a carrot nose and buttons for the eyes.

Kirsten and I spent about 2 hours out back running all over the yard and having the ultimate snowball fight. We made snow angels and sometimes just laid down and rolled around in the snow. Jeremy came out to join us when he could, but you know, he is working today =) This snow has actually been a lot of fun, and I am glad that we were all able to play in it today.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow Day!

Today we had more snow than any day since 1977. It is beautiful outside!

Kirsten got sick last night about midnight and we were up all night with her throwing up. She was devasted about having to stay home from school and miss her Valentine's Day Party. It is so hard to see your baby girl so miserable. I decided to let her play in the snow anyways, since she missed being able to play in the last two snowfalls this winter. So I bundled her up and let her go out and play, despite being sick.

The snow was perfect for making snowballs, and Kirsten and I had quite the snowball fight. We also made a little snowman, but then she sat on it!

One thing that she has been dying to do is make a snow angel.

Our backyard was covered. Now keep in mind, that this was at noon, and we have had 4 more inches of snow since I took this picture, and it is still coming down!! I think we are now somewhere around 10 inches in McKinney!

She wanted to make another, bigger snowman with daddy, but she was sound asleep by the time he got home. We are now enjoying a relaxing fire with our new gas logs! I can't believe that I am actually enjoying the cold!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Great Wolf Lodge

This past weekend we took a much needed family vacation. Due to time and money, we decided to stay close to home. We spent Thursday through Saturday at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine. Let me start by saying, it was an amazing vacation. It was close to Disneyland on my radar, but much less expensive, and much closer. I would recommend it to anyone.
It was fun watching Kirsten's confidence and bravery build as the days went by.
The first day, it took some persuasion, but we finally got Kirsten to go down the blue slide in the toddler pool. Of course, once she tried it, she loved it and we spent the rest of the day there.

Day two, it took 4 tries, and both of us showing her it was safe to get her on Totem Towers, and then we spent the rest of the day climbing up the fort and then down one of the two slides.

Now comes day three, we ask her what she wants to do first, and she points and says "that big yellow one." Well, we checked, and you have to be 48" tall or 42" with an adult, and she is 44" tall, so up she went, up the 6 flights of stairs and then down she came with daddy.

By the time we left, she had gone on every single slide that she was tall enough for.

As for me, I am never going to a waterpark pregnant again. The only time I have been to Hurricane Harbor was when I took 180 band students there when I was 7 months pregnant with Kirsten - not fun.
I spent most of the time in the wave pool, lazy river, or lounging in the toddler area while she played. There just is not that much you can do 5 months pregnant at a water park.

Friday afternoon we took Kirsten for her appointment at the Scooops Day Spa. It is exclusively for 4-12 year olds. It was too cute an opportunity to pass up.

Kirsten chose a chocolate facial. She loved it, and I loved watching her!

After her facial, we ventured out of the resort and headed to the Rain Forest Cafe for dinner. Kirsten liked the elephants and gorillas, hated the storms, but loved all of the fish.

All in all, it was a great 3 days. We started each day with a great breakfast and ended each day with story time in the lobby. We were of course all wiped out, and Friday night, this is as far as Kirsten made it before she crashed.

We are hoping to go again soon, but not until after I have the baby and she is at least walking!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Playdough and curls

We are still alive and well. Nothing too exciting has happened, but at the same time I have been to busy to sit down and blog. I guess that is how life goes - staying busy with a whole lot of boring stuff. I remembered at about 7:45 tonight that back in August I signed up to take homemade pink playdough to Kirsten's preschool in February - good thing I have a good memory! So we made a quadruple batch of hot pink playdough. Boy do my arms hurt from all of that stirring. Can you believe that it has 2 cups of Salt in there!? Good thing I had back up in my food storage.

Last week, Kirsten had two birthday parties to go to in a row. The first was a Pony party, but the second was a princess party. They asked the girls to come dressed up as princesses. There were 6 Sleeping Beauties, 4 Ariels and a Snow White. I guess Aurora is the princess of the year around here. Kirsten insisted on having her hair curled for the party, so she slept in sponge rollers.
I have to admit that when she cut off her ringlets this summer and then her hair grew back straight, I was devastated. I am thrilled however that it is proving so easy to put curl back into it when we want to.

She of course was one of the Sleeping Beauties, sporting the dress we got her at Disneyland last Spring.

So other than curling our hair and dressing up as princesses, we have been filling every spare moment we have trying to make room for baby. We courted the idea of moving at the beginning of the month, but were a little overwhelmed with the cost associated with selling and then buying again. So we have decided to stay put and make it work. We do feel truly blessed though, it seems that the more we try, the more Heavenly Father is helping us. We are finding hidden storage opportunites and creative ways to organize things that we could have never found on our own. To fill you in, what will be the baby's room, currently has all of our bookcases, my sewing, scrapbooking, and stamping supplies and tables in it, all of Kirsten's toys, and the closet is full of a year supply of food storage. So now we are faced with the feat of finding places for all of those items somewhere else in our already crowded 1300 square feet. It is working though, and I am thrilled.

Kirsten couldn't be more excited about becoming a big sister and asks me everyday how many more weeks we have to wait. Every morning she comes in and kisses my tummy and then sings to the baby. She is so sweet! She is a little confused with some of her friends who are younger than her that are becoming big sisters before her, and wanted to know if that means they are older than her now. She was so worried! She is doing great at preschool and dance and is totally obsessed with puzzles now. She can put together 100 piece puzzles completely on her own if you give her enough time. I am thrilled that she has such determination.

We are headed out on a little family trip this weekend, so we will try to get pictures up soon of that when we get back.