If cleaning were an Olympic event, I think I'd have a serious shot at a medal. I think I'm having a pre-baby energy surge because for the past few days I have been cleaning like a madwoman. I'm not sure why the urge to power clean strikes right before the baby arrives--the rational part of me knows that 1) the baby couldn't care less whether or not my baseboards are clean; and 2) the chances are slim that the house will stay in its present state of cleanliness once the kiddos wake up in the morning. Nonetheless, I feel compelled to furiously clean. There isn't a dirty sock in the house, my toilet bowls shine, you could eat off of my kitchen floor, and every surface is sanitized. I do love me a clean house. Now tell the baby to hurry up and get here already!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Although today was more or less just an ordinary Sunday, we had such a great family day together. This morning, we worked together to get all of the baby gear washed and cleaned and ready for baby. Hank listened to my tummy and watched the baby kick and he seemed to grasp the idea that something really exciting is about to happen.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I admit, I've got an addiction to couponing. Its exhilerating! I often walk out of the supermarket with bags of groceries and feel almost giddy about the savings! I just can't believe this kind of shopping isn't stealing because I feel like I made out like a bandit!
Today I reviewed my sales ad, made my grocery list, clipped my coupons, made my game plan, and then hit the supermarket.
What I bought:
2 boxes of diapers (Pampers!)
8 boxes of cereal
4 gallons of orange juice
3 gallons of milk
2 boxes of Capri Sun
4 bottles of shampoo
3 board games
Total Out of Pocket: $42.13
Total Saved: $107!!! Seriously, you can't even buy 2 boxes of Pampers for less than $40, people!
cha-ching! A penny saved is a penny earned, right??
Max turned 18 months old last week and I have been waiting to post his stats until I got a decent picture, but thats not happening, so....
Max is in the 95% for each of his measurements--just an all around big guy!
Weight: 31 lbs
Height: 34 inches
Head: 19.5 inches
Some things about Max:
- He loves to say "No!" Unless you ask him if he wants a cookie, his response to every question is 'no' whether he means it or not.
- Max is still a momma's boy, but I am noticing a little independent streak emerging. He wants to do things by himself: eat, brush his teeth, put on his shoes, etc
- Max loves to play at the park and can go down the slide all by himself. He can literally spend an hour just climbing up the equipment, sliding down the slide, and repeating the circuit over and over.
- Max is not a fan of nursery. Due to time constraints with our callings, we've adopted the 'drop-off' method. Within a few minutes Max will have worked himself up into such a fit of hysteria that the nursery leader brings him right back to us.
- In the evenings, Max loves to go wild, chasing after Hank, marching in place, and dancing like he's got ants in his pants.
Max is an absolute joy to our family. While I've seen a glimpse of those terrible twos, he just has such a simple, happy spirit that makes it impossible not to love him. I love you, Max!
In the spirit of equality, I couldn't not post about Hank. Hank is my number one best buddy. I just love his company. From the moment he wakes up until the moment he goes to sleep, I am constantly amazed at Hank's thoughtful comments and questions. He is such a bright and complex little boy. I have to say, he is an able opponent when it comes to negotiating and bargaining. I love you, Hankie boy!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Last week two of my girlfriends, Liz and Brittani, were so sweet and hosted a "Baby Sprinkle" party for me. Since I'm expecting my third boy, I've got most of the baby gear covered, but it was still really nice to feel the support of my friends--and I scored tons of diapers! Wahoo!
It seems that babies come in waves in our ward, so this is a picture of a few of the other expecting mammas, in order of impending due dates: me, Lanette, Liz, Mindy, and Brittani. I'm excited that my little guy will have so many close playmates:)
Thanks to everyone who came, and especially to Liz and Brittani--thanks for making me feel special:)
Sunday, March 14, 2010
So, today on our way to church I had one of those fun, pregnancy-homone-induced, little emotional meltdowns, where I felt like my entire body resembled a small whale. Specifically, I was complaining to Aaron about how I felt like my ankles were swollen and gigantic looking. Aaron takes a look at my ankles, and in his characteristically sensitive manner (note sarcasm) replies, "Well...do you have any longer dresses??" Fantastic. Thanks a bunch. I feel so much better about myself now.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
How can this boy not make you smile? Max is my ray of sunshine. He is an absolute joy to our family. Max is just hands down the happiest little boy I know. He wakes up happy, he's happy most of the day long, and he goes to bed happy. Lately, when Max sees me coming with my camera, he pulls his binky out, and gives me this great big open-mouthed smile.
I think I'm definately ready for my vacation from my vacation! Don't get me wrong, we had a blast on our week-long family vacation to Arizona this past week, but, man, I AM EXHAUSTED! Here are a few highlights from our trip:
1) Enjoying the FANTASTIC sunshine!
Hank, Max, and I loved playing with my sister, Bobbi, and her kids, Aleah, Alex, Genevieve, Juliette, and Ian outdoors. We played at several different local parks, fed the ducks at a little pond, dug in the sandbox, and played in the backyard. The kids loved running around outside and I couldn't get enough of the heat!
2) In 'N Out
3) The Mariners
Monday, March 1, 2010
My "To-Do" List This Month:
- enjoy a sunny week visiting family and scouting the Mariners in Arizona
- 2 weeks of teaching joyschool with five crazy three-year-olds
- plan sharing times for primary
- attend 40 hours of mediation certification in Olympia
- babysit 8 month old nephew for a week
...oh ya, and, if I'm really feeling like an over-achiever (and luck goes my way), deliver our baby boy!