6/26/2008

Hot is an understatement!

Holy cow, was it ever hot and humid yesterday! Want to know how Isabelle and I spent the afternoon? Inside? Nope, outside. Sitting in the shade? Nope, out in the beating sun. Lazing around in the kiddie pool? Nope, running around (well, more her than me). All the while in the 89 degree heat and humidity.

Lucky Grahm got to take a nap in his nice shaded and cool room. Oh, how I envied him! Chris also took a little nap since he had a hard day at work. He took his on the basement couch where it is extremely cool. And for some reason, Isabelle felt the need to run around in the heat. How on earth the sun didn't zap her energy like it did mine is beyond me. Oh well, she had fun though, and I got to take some pictures of her since I had kind of been hogging the camera on Grahm lately.

Oh, and I also got a nice picture of the orange lilies that are finally starting to bloom out front (the pink ones are still just buds). I had gotten the lilies last year (orange for Grahm, pink for Belle) and I had completely forgotten about them. Apparently, they come back up without having to do anything to help them grow. About a month ago, I was wondering what was growing in the rocks (that's pregnancy brain for ya!). I'm glad I didn't pull them out now, thinking that they were weeds.






32 Weeks, 6 Days


Only 50* to go! Well, 49 now. I figured it was time for another belly shot before I forgot and the baby was born already. Time sure has been flying by fast, to say the least. I hardly have time to realize that I'm pregnant because I'm running after two little ones all day. It never really hits me until nighttime when I'm lying in bed trying to sleep, but I keep getting kicked in the ribs by the little one. But thankfully, my back has hardly been bothering me at all. I think it's due to all the walking and the fact that I'm able to be a little more active now that it's nice outside.

Edited to add: 50 days, not to be mistaken with 50 weeks!

Strollin'


This is how we've been spending our mornings while Chris is at work. I walk 2.2 miles in 40 minutes, which I don't think is too bad considering I'm pregnant and pushing a stroller with two little ones in it. It has been getting increasingly hot and humid though, so I always have to make sure I'm out of the house no later than 9 (preferably 8:30, but it all depends on the kids). The two of them do surprisingly well on the walks. Only once in a rare while does Grahm start crying, probably out of sheer boredom. I let them bring books/toys along, but Grahm usually ends up throwing them overboard and then I run them over with the stroller (on accident, of course).

6/22/2008

And with this, I'm done!

Being caught up feels so good!



Grahm's knee that's been scraped up a few times already this week


Isabelle requested her picture to be taken

Chocolate!

Now, it's probably no surprise that I love sweets, especially now that I'm pregnant. But holy cow, I swear I can't get enough of them! I remember when I was pregnant with Isabelle, I would make all sorts of sweets, be it pies, cakes/cupcakes, cookies, etc. You name it, I made it! I remember I made a lot of cheesecake that year (it's so easy and so, so good!) and also went out to Dairy Queen at least once a week for a blizzard.

Now with Grahm, I ate a lot of cookies. Not the homemade kind, but the storebought like Chips Ahoy and Oreo. I was also a big Schwan's ice cream eater. That stuff was always in our freezer, even in the winter.

And with this little guy, I'm back to baking. Mostly cookies this time, but I have made a cheesecake as well. It's a lot more fun this time because Isabelle loves to help. I think I'm losing my touch though because my cookies turned out a little flat this time around. Oh well, I'll still eat them!


MorMor and Mark


We had a little visit from MorMor and Mark a few days ago because they came to town for a couple appointments. They spent time over at our house as well as at the park. (I had taken quite a few pictures at the park, but it wasn't until near the end that I realized I had it on the wrong setting so they turned out grainy...bah!) It was nice seeing them, especially since Mark was along this time and he doesn't come as often. Isabelle is trying to get Grahm to say "Marker"* now.

*I think she get the -er ending from everyone calling Luke: Luker. So now she added it to Mark's name.

Summertime

Well, summertime is officially here, weather speaking anyways. I don't think it really starts for a few more days to be technical. Anyhow! On Father's Day (which is when these pictures are taken), I decided to get their little kiddie pool out for them so Chris could take a nap. I figured it was fair since Chris took Belle out golfing so I could take a nap on Mother's Day. (Ugh, we must be getting old...I mean, really, what person actually asks for a nap as a gift???!!!)

They have been enjoying playing in it a lot, especially on those 80+ days. We've gone to the kiddie pool at the public pool once with our friends down the street, but holy cow it was freezing! Grahm didn't seem to enjoy it much, but after a while Isabelle really got into it. Our days have mostly been spent outside while the weather is warm, but not yet unbearable with the humidity.


Watering the deck


Look at those little toes!


So serious! A very rare picture for him

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**There are quite a few pictures that follow the end of this post. You've been warned!**

That's how many weddings we have gone to this year so far, and 3 of them are Chris' cousins (with yet another one getting married next spring). So anyway, Chris' cousin Sara got married last week (yes, last week...I'm almost caught up on my posts!) and she looked absolutely gorgeous! And with all the rain we had been having, she ended up with a beautiful sunny day since Mother Nature got it all out of her system by then.

Now, I think Isabelle and Grahm looked quite cute all dressed up, but that didn't save them from the ceremony. While they weren't awful, they weren't perfect angels. And with being near the front, I had hoped they would be really quiet. But they made some noise, although really it wasn't too bad. Chris ended up taking Grahm out since he really doesn't understand the meaning of "Shh" yet. Or maybe he does, but thinks it's funny to be noisy when you say that. For the next weddings, we'll probably be sitting closer to the back I have a feeling. The only reason we were so close is because Belle and Grahm's cousin Alexis was a flower girl and she had to sit next to us after she walked down the aisle. Now, when I say "us", I mean the whole clan: Chris, me, Belle, Grahm, Chad (her dad), Luke (her brother), Mimi, and Grampi. Talk about a full pew! And no lie, every kid wanted to sit next to or on Mimi. She had this cluster of grandkids around her. It was actually pretty humorous, at least from my point of view. Now, if that was me, I might have been a little stressed having that many kids around me all wanting to sit on my lap or play/talk with me while a wedding ceremony was going on. She somehow remained calm through it all though.

At the reception, all the kids did a lot better since they were able to walk about and do their own thing. Isabelle loved watching the train go by outside and dancing with Lexie. And Grahm, well, he was most comfortable on the dance floor groovin'. Only when it was two hours past his bedtime did he really start to tucker out and want to be held (as did Isabelle). But they were both troopers and held in there for quite a while.

All in all, we had a great time (thank you Sara and Paul and congratulations!) and look forward to our next 3 this year. At least then I won't be pregnant anymore, so I won't have a sore back and swollen feet and ankles. However, we will have 3 (1,2,3!) kids by then, so wish us luck!


Belle by our tree out front before leaving for the wedding


How handsome is he with his hair slicked back?!


Belle and Lexie picking up the flowers after the ceremony


Grahm running around now that he doesn't have to be "quiet" anymore


Belle and Lexie sitting patiently for the pictures


Paul and Sara (bride and groom, obviously!)


Luke and his mom, Lisa


Being oh so good coloring quietly while at the reception


Lexie following suit (Now, you can't tell me you can't see parts of Isabelle in Lexie. I think they look so much alike!)


Grahm cutting a rug


There we are, a few minutes before we left. The kids were exhausted, so we'll have to be sure and take a family picture sooner next time!


Isabelle getting to dance with Daddy to "My Girl" (very sweet!)

Bugs

About a month ago, Isabelle wanted nothing to do with bugs. However, she has really taken a liking to ants and other small insects lately. Daddy showed her how to get them to crawl on her finger (sometimes she accidently squishes them though), so whenever she sees one on the ground she squats down and talks to it and tries to convince it to climb on her.

With this little bug, she found it on Grahm's window sill and came running out in the hallway to show me that she got it. She was so proud!

Who Doesn't Love A Parade?

Isabelle for one. Well, she does like them, but she was feeling a little under the weather and wasn't exactly jumping up and down while we were there. Although, when asked if she wanted to go home, she said no. Anyway, it was the annual Butterfest parade, and Isabelle got a ton of candy. And that's putting it lightly! Isabelle still has quite a few pieces in her bag and I won't be surprised if they'll last her a couple more weeks.


Grahm really enjoyed it, especially the music. In particular, the polka! He absolutely loved the Oktoberfest float. You could barely contain him in the stroller he was so excited. He just wanted to get out there and dance with them. I wish I would've taken a video of that because it was the cutest thing!


Isabelle only takes naps every once in a blue moon, so you know she wasn't feeling well when she zonked out on the couch later that day.

June 1st

Here are the kids enjoying the first day of June, which was particularly hot. We spent some time over at G-G and Grammy's (Chris' grandparents) and then went to Culver's for an ice cream cone (we had won two free tokens when we were at the open house/petting zoo the other day). As you can see, Isabelle was especially pleased with her treat.

6/16/2008

MIA

I realize that my posts have been missing in action for a couple weeks now, and I apologize for that. Things have been busy around here! My mom ended up surprising me for my birthday because she was in town (well, 6+ hours away, but closer than where she lives!) for a job interview. Chris went and picked her up at the airport but he had said he was going to work, which was a believable story actually. She was only able to stay for the night because she had to catch her plane in the morning to get back to teach. It was nice having her for the few hours I was able to see her though. And it was good timing too because a local business was having a grand opening in the morning, complete with face painting and a petting zoo! We stopped by to see the animals for a little bit before heading to the airport to drop MorMor off and ride the escalator.








After dropping my mom off, I headed back home to leave Grahm with Chris (since it was his naptime) and then I took Isabelle back to the petting zoo. Her cousins were in town, so she had a chance to see them there and play together because by this time they had set up the big jump house with a slide and they had added more animals. They even had a little pony, but Isabelle was really stricken with the baby goats that were only a week old. She spent the majority of her extra hour and a half in their pen petting them. She still talks about the one with the pink collar. I suppose now we have to get a baby goat instead of a puppy.



6/07/2008

Cottage Trip - take 2!




For some reason, only half of the pictures I posted from the cottage 2 weeks ago showed up on the slide show. So, I'm finally adding them tonight. I do have more pictures from last weekend that I need to add as well, and hopefully I'll get around to doing it tomorrow.