Sunday, August 31, 2008

Fritter's New Bed

After Fritter climbed out of his crib for the first time, we began thinking about putting him in a bed. We didn't have a chance to worry too long about it though, because we left for our trip to Wyoming. While there he slept in his porta-crib. But again, right before we left for home, he had started climbing out of that. So for the rest of the trip, he started sleeping with us, and then I'd move him in his crib after he was asleep. Nap time was interesting, but thankfully we only had a couple of days left until home. That had solidified our opinion that he needed to be in a bed.

I asked the ladies in my class that had older kids how they made the adjustment to a big bed. Most said that their kids just stayed in bed and they never had a problem with it. "Gee, they are either great parents or they have really easy kids," I thought.

One of the ladies had taken apart the bunk in her daughter's room and was wanting to get rid of the top bed. She asked if we wanted it. A free bed? Hmmm...let me think about that for a minute. Of course we took it, and it's perfect. It sits low on the floor, and because it was a top bunk, it already has the side rails that come with it. We put it up yesterday, and Fritter loved it. He kept walking around saying, "New bed? New bed? Bankie, duckie, bear, new bed?"

That afternoon Fritter took his first nap in it. When I heard him playing a few hours later, I went in his room. All his blankets were bundled on the floor, with him sitting in the middle of them. I think that might be where he slept. But he stayed put and got some sleep which was the whole point. Last night, before we went to bed, we looked in on him, and there he was, sleeping right where I put him. He hadn't moved an inch. Maybe I'm the one with the easy kid!

*Don't worry, we moved the electrical cord to the outlet behind the dresser!*

Giddy-up Horsie

Friday, August 29, 2008

Lightening Storm

I had never seen so much lightening in my life. We opened all the blinds in the apartment and sat and watched the storm. Have you ever been in a dark room with a strobe light flashing? That's what this was like. My hubby wanted us to sit out on the balcony and watch the storm, but I was too scared, and much more content to sit on the floor of our living room.

I've heard that this storm was one of the worst in the history of this area. On our way to Mass this morning, we saw uprooted trees everywhere. One really positive thing, we're not supposed to get past 100 degrees again until after this weekend! It'll just be really muggy, which in my opinion is better than roasting.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Maybe it's the hormones again, but just watching the trailer put me in tears. Go check out the trailer to the movie Fireproof. It's made by the same people who made Facing the Giants. I am definitely going to see this movie!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I Don't Wanna!

Can I whine to you for a minute? Please? Good, because I was going to anyway. ;-)

I'm procrastinating. Fritter and I had our Familia class this morning and then we went out to lunch with one of the very sweet ladies in my class. Have I ever told you how much I love going out to lunch? I do. I always have. I think it's because it makes me feel a little bit grown up, and a part of the human race. Do you know what I mean? Sometimes these four walls can become my universe, and getting out and joining all those busy people on cell phones and wi-fi is a nice change of pace. Not that I would trade my life for theirs.

Anyway, because of our oh-so-busy morning, I never did my morning chores. Which entails just about everything. My bed is not even made, the dishwasher has not been emptied, ect, ect, ect... It seems this has been the norm of the past couple of weeks. I'm too tired to do much in the morning, so I put it off for the afternoon, and by then I just don't wanna!

The clutter that I worked so hard to banish during my second trimester has started reappearing. And not just here and there. It started with the junk basket that I'm supposed to empty every couple of days, then moved to the top of my dresser, and has grown exponentially. Maybe when that nesting instinct kicks in, I'll be able to get to it all.

Thanks for listening. Now if I just put one foot in front of the other, and not allow myself to get sidetracked, I can get my house cleaned quickly. Right? Right!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Important Links

Well, I linked to these two posts by Michelle in my side-bar, but I think they both bring up really important points and so wanted to draw even more attention to them. Please go read Doctor Deity and Politics.

August Heat

Getting used to the heat again after only being out of it for 10 days has been a bit of a challenge. The air conditioner is usually set at 80, but we've turned it to 78 this last week. Yesterday evening, I went into Fritter's room where he was playing with a truck, and noticed that he was really sweaty. Because his room is the hottest in the house, I hadn't noticed how warm it had gotten in here. I checked the thermostat temperature and it read 90! Our a/c had broken! I called the emergency maintenance number, hoping someone would come fix it soon. Luckily they sent someone out within an hour, who replaced the fan relay. I felt bad calling them out on a Sunday evening, but it was 110 outside and I couldn't wait until today.

On another note, I've finally finished the book I was reading, so now I can start on Heaven's Song, which I'm supposed to review. I can't tell you when I'll post it, lately it's taking me forever to finish a book. I fall asleep after only reading a page of anything. :-/ I also have a couple of posts with some actual substance to them floating around in my head, but I can't promise I'll ever get those written. I'm going to try though.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Equestrian Gold Medalist

One Of Those Days

Today is one of those days where I just don't feel capable of doing much of anything. There is laundry to put away, a dresser top to be decluttered (among other things), patches to be put on pants, a shirt to be ironed, a house to pick up, and leftover watercolors to put away. And here I sit, among the mess thinking of the other projects I'd like to do: working on my cross-stitching, reading my book, sleeping...

Instead, I think I'll sit on my chair, maybe pray for awhile and then just look out the window while Fritter naps. That sounds nice to this pregnant lady.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Our Wyoming Trip

I promised you pictures, and *gasp* I've delivered.

One of the things that's fun about visiting your hometown is that you get to act like a tourist and do all the things you never would have done while you lived there.

It was nice seeing my side of the family, most especially my cousin "A" who is expecting her first 4 weeks or so after us. Yay! This is her and Fritter enjoying the outdoors, because, you know that's what you do in the summer's in the north.

The mommy's to be with Fritter and a little sleepy cousin (not her kid).

Fritter was too busy to sit with either me or DH for too long.

Fritter with his cousin "M" playing in my grandparents backyard while I sat and watched.

Fritter and cousin "D" really enjoyed great-grandma's birdbath. It had just rained and so was filled until they got a hold of it. ;-)

My grandfather who will be 90 this year still got out and tried to chase Fritter around the yard. He may move slow, but Fritter loved it.

"Can't catch me!"

Fritter resting after all the running with my grandmother.

While we really enjoyed our trip, and it was nice being outside, (except for the rain that kept us inside our last two days. The high on one of those days was in the 40's!) it was nice coming home. We are still trying to ease back into our routine, which is getting harder because I'm getting to be pretty tired in the afternoons. I think Fritter is glad to be home too, and I'm happy to have him all to myself for awhile (except when his dad steals him from me ;-) ).

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I'm Back!

We got home from our trip to Wyoming on Sunday afternoon, but with a training meeting for my Familia class and a small shopping trip for those things we can't go with out and all the extra hugs and kisses that were necessary yesterday, I was too busy to even check in. I know you'll forgive me. ;-)

Today I need to do some real menu planning and grocery shopping, and get our bills and mail in order, which is another story. Why is it that when you check your mail after being gone for only a week, the box is completely full of junk? Ok, not completely, there were quite a few important things to handle, but half of it got torn up and thrown in the garbage. Isn't the new trend to go green? Perhaps they haven't heard...

Anyway, I'll try to get pictures up from our trip today or tomorrow. Probably tomorrow as I've already spent too much time catching up on everyone. You have all been busy! I'm off...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Vacation Time

We are getting out of the heat! Woo-hoo! We're leaving this afternoon, and driving home to Wyoming to visit my family. I probably won't get a chance to blog much while I'm there. You know, in between all the visiting, and sitting outside, and playing outside. Who knows, I might even sleep outside! Can you tell we have cabin fever?

It's going to be a long drive, but I've packed a bag full of goodies for Fritter, including a card with holes punched into it for lacing. We'll see how he likes it. He's usually pretty good on the road, and he likes to watch all the cars go by his window.

I'll leave you with a Fritterism:

He runs up to me with his hand extended towards my belly and says, "Touch? Baby?" I could just eat him up. I love that he's trying to make sentences now.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Is the sound that I heard about 15 minutes ago. Followed by a loud cry. I ran into Fritter's room (who had been napping) to find him sitting on the floor of his room surrounded by blankets. He climbed out of his crib! I checked him for any "damage", but other than a mildly bitten cheek, he's just fine. We might not get so lucky next time. His mattress lowers one more notch, but it doesn't sit very well there for whatever reason, and it's only about an inch lower. He's only 21 months old and not ready for a "big bed" yet. I know they make tents that you can put over the top of the crib, but is that the only solution here?

3 Years...

...and many more to come. I love you DH.

PS - We've been pregnant for every one of our anniversaries!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

He's Here!!

Little J.G. Jr. weighs 8lbs. 2 oz. and is 22 inches long! Mom and baby are both doing great. I can't wait for pictures! Fritter is no longer the youngest cousin! *squeal!* I'm so excited!!

Please Pray

for my SIL who went into labor this morning after being induced. She has been laboring pretty good all day, but now is on her way in for a C-section. The baby is positioned wrong (either the spine or the bellybutton facing out) and the doctor tried to turn him, but no luck. So pray that the doctor's hands are guided and her and my new little nephew recover quickly.

A Few Of My Favorite Things

There are few things in life more satisfying than your child having a full stomach, watching your child sleep, and hearing your unborn baby's heartbeat. Wompa-wompa-wompa!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Amazing Cakes

My husband is the breakfast cooker in this house. Since we were married, he has cooked us many Saturday morning breakfasts. He now has it down to an art. These pancakes are masterpieces! He says it's all in how you mix it. Dry first, eggs and milk second, shortening last. In the words of Fritter, "Mmmm...good!"

22 (or so) Weeks!