26 August 2011

Vacation Rundown--Part 2

Well I am really slacking at getting these vacation posts up. I can always find something I want to do more...If you missed the first one, here it is.

So after we left Crestline on Tuesday afternoon we drove all day to the Bay Area. I won't bore you with the mundane details of an 8 hour car trip.

The next day was my Grandpa's funeral. It was so wonderful to be there. I was really grateful we made the trip. Late last year I kept getting the feeling that we needed to see my grandparents, so if you remember in January we took a trip to see my grandparents. I was so glad we made that trip to be able to see my grandpa once more before he died. All my siblings and spouses were there and so many cousins, aunts and uncles (all of them actually) I hadn't seen in years! It made for a great family reunion. It's weird how funerals can do that...on one hand they are sad and somber--I miss my grandpa--but I loved seeing my family!

T-Bone and my brother being awesome

The boys of the family

The girls of the family

Me, my siblings and spouses

My uncle Phil gave the eulogy and I learned things about my grandpa I never knew. He won the award for most likely to be the most successful dentist (or something to that effect) from UCSF. He practiced for 37 years and was very well loved by his patients. He told his kids before he died, "People are important. Things are not." Great words of advice that I think will become the family motto. A few other things I want to remember: he had appendicitis; loved to garden-which I knew; loved technology and especially new technology. He always had to have the latest thing. He was super smart and loved to learn. He had an amazing testimony and loved to teach people. He knew what his purpose on earth was but he was ready to move on and get going on his next purpose.  Before he died he told my aunt Kathy "Do you know what the plan is?  When I die, they are going to send me to a very large hill so I can teach the gospel to a lot of people." My dad spoke then about Grandpa's love of the gospel and of the truth of the resurrection. He ended his talk by reciting "Did Jesus really Live Again".

Did Jesus really live again?
Yes, when the third day came,
He wakened and he left the tomb;
He called Mary’s name.

Did Jesus come to those he loved?
Yes, people touched his feet,
And of the fish and honeycomb
He did truly eat.

And there were nail-prints in his hands
And a spear wound in his side.
Did Jesus really live again
After he had died? Oh yes! And so shall I!

It was perfect. Of course there were tears shed, but how can you be sad about a life so well lived? He was a great man. I feel blessed to have known, loved and been related to him.

After the funeral I tried to get pictures of the grandchildren on my side of the family but that was like herding cats. It didn't work very well.
Uncle Tyler and Abbie
My darling niece Abby
All cousins except my brother's kids
All the cousins on my side...it was rough trying to get pictures of them...
Big Sister with cousin Elizabeth
My sister
My sister-in-law with her daughter, Millie
After the service we went to the gravesite and one of my uncles dedicated the grave. Then we had a luncheon and said goodbye to most of the family. I wish we could have spent more time together though!

Jesse, Elizabeth and Grandma
Grandma and Jesse
My cousins carrying my Grandpa's casket
The pallbearers--all of these are my cousins except my brother
Jesse and my Dad

Later that day we went to Pacifica with my brother and his family and just relaxed on the beach while Jesse surfed.
Playing in the sand. This boy loves sand!
Jesse catching some waves

Jumping off cliffs!

Despite having to say goodbye on this earth to my grandpa it was a great day with friends and family.

**stay tuned for installment number 3...hopefully a lot quicker than this one. **

12 August 2011


To say I am surprised today is putting it lightly. I am blown away. Yet despite my astonishment I am thrilled and as happy as I could be.

We had our big ultrasound appointment this morning. Yesterday I put a poll on Facebook to see whether others thought we were having a boy or a girl and the boys won out 11-10. Turns out half my Facebook friends were as wrong as I was.

This little person coming in January is a GIRL!

I seriously could not believe my eyes. Last week when I had an appointment I asked my nurse midwife to do a quick ultrasound to see if she could tell what we were having. Friends who are not quite as far along as me already knew and I was getting antsy! I couldn't be sure but thought I saw some tell-tale lines but the machine was old and she was having a hard time getting a good between the legs shot so I dismissed it. When the ultrasound tech was taking all the boring measurements and things I thought I caught a glimpse of the tell-tale three lines but I couldn't believe it that time either. But sure enough when it was time to "determine the sex" it was there. I've seen 'em both and this was certainly a girl. Unless this Mr. is really shy it is a Miss. I had to laugh. I told the tech to look again. I laughed some more.

Ever since the beginning of this pregnancy I've been sure it's a boy. I had no reason to think otherwise. I "felt" it was a boy. Then a couple weeks ago I had a small fleeting feeling that it might be a girl. Nah...But what if?? kept going through my head. Big Sister has been talking non-stop about it being a girl and because she already has a little brother it makes sense that now she would get a little sister. She even picked a name out for her a week ago. I was trying softly to tell her that we would love either a boy or a girl hoping to soften the blow for when we found out it was a boy. Turns out I should have listened to her all along. Little people can be more right I guess.

Needless to say she is thrilled! "I knew it was a girl!" she said when we told her, but surprisingly she hasn't really said much since. Mr. Smiley says, "No!" when we tell him that there's a baby in mommy's tummy so clearly he has no idea what's going on. I'm sure he will be the best of big brothers.

This will sure be interesting though. I have nothing. As in I just gave away the last bin of girl clothes on Wednesday. My sister has a few things I saved that I loved from Big Sister but that's it. We are pretty much starting from scratch but that's okay, worse things have happened. She will have a place to sleep and be loved by so many people.

Surprises can be awesome.  We are super excited for you to join our family Little Sister.

11 August 2011

Vacation Rundown--Part 1

To document our vacation a couple weeks ago I will be doing these obligatory vacation rundown posts. Read them if you want....

To give a little preface: A couple months ago I told T-Bone I really wanted to have a "real" family vacation--one where we didn't go to visit family, just us. Through the help of a friend and my mom I came up with the idea to go to Lake Gregory in Crestline, California. We decided to stay in a little cabin for a couple days and just enjoy the lake and surrounding area. Originally we were going to go up Monday and stay until Wednesday. Then, a few days before we found out my dear Grandpa passed away so we were lucky enough to be able to alter our plans.

We drove up Sunday afternoon after church and checked into our cabin. Crestline was much bigger than we had anticipated. We were picturing a really tiny mountain town around the size of Julian, CA but there are about 10,000 people that live there. I was so glad we got a cabin instead of just a hotel room. It had one room in the back with a double bed and then a futon in the front room. It was nice to be able to shut the kids in the back and not have to go to bed when they did. Some funny things about the cabin though was it was tiny. I think the whole cabin could fit in our kitchen and living room area--with space to spare. It was just fine for what we needed though. Another funny thing was the shower. You could tell it was an afterthought--the cabins had been there for quite a while because it was, well, here's a picture:

That's the door to get into the shower. I couldn't even fit without turning. It's a good thing I wasn't more pregnant or I don't think I would have been able to fit at all! It was quite roomy once you got in there, but it was like they just cut this foot and a half slot in the wall and then built on the shower. Very interesting. There also was no table--except we found one as we were cleaning up in the closet, whoops!--so there was a lot of eating on the floor.

 Some photos from dinner the first night sitting on the floor.

Since it was Sunday when we got there we took the opportunity to just walk around the small town and see what we could see. We were just a block from the lake and quite a few restaurants. It's a cute town.

On Monday we woke up and just relaxed for a little bit watching cartoons. The lake didn't open until 10 so we took our time in the morning. When were were ready we headed over. The lake was cold! Big Sister had fun right away but Mr. Smiley wasn't too fond of it for quite a while. Here are some pictures from the day:
Big Sister and Daddy testing out the water
Big Sister on the waterslide!
T-Bone's turn
Daddy dragged Mr. Smiley out to the water but he was not thrilled to be there

Mr. Smiley liked the splash pad better

After a while Mr. Smiley got a little brave and touched the water!

Then decided it wasn't too bad and splashed a little

Gorgeous day at the lake!
We took a ride on the aqua cycle
and got soaked under the fountain!
Mr. Smiley and Daddy had a turn too
After a fun day at the lake we ended it with Round Table Pizza, some coloring and TV time. The next day we drove to San Francisco. More to come later....

09 August 2011

Looking Up

The last few days have been rough! I'm finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and hope things keep getting better.

On Friday I went to the beach with my brother and sister-in-law. To get tot he sand you have to walk down lots of slippery stairs. I picked up Mr. Smiley in the stroller and headed down.  A couple steps down my foot just slid right out from under me and I slid down a few stairs landing on my arm and my left shin. My leg was pinned under me and I couldn't move. Jesse and a nice man who was behind me, helped me up and then the rest of the way down the stairs. I had a huge scrape on my arm and leg and when I went to get it cleaned from the lifeguard she asked me if I was "from around here." That was pretty mortifying. Yes, I'm a local. I've lived here my entire life. Saturday my injuries didn't hurt too bad, but Sunday my leg was in SO much pain! Every time I got up and tried to put weight on it pain would rush through! I know there's nothing wrong with the bones it was just really sensitive. I think because of where the scrape was, the skin was so tight so it would stretch every time I tried to move. Plus my muscles were all sore from the impact. Not a great day.

Saturday wasn't awesome either. I haven't thrown up this whole pregnancy. It's very uncharacteristic for me, but I was very grateful. Well Saturday my body decides that it is time to give me my dues and halfway through my breakfast I'm in the bathroom. Ugh....17 1/2 weeks and I thought my morning sickness was over! I started to feel better after a little while--and a Jamba Juice--and it was a good thing too. I needed to go to Joann's and buy a bunch of yarn for some orders I made this week. And the day ended on a good note--Weezer at Del Mar! It was a great show. This is going to sound weird, but it was actually relaxing. We brought our blanket and a couple chairs and hung out in the back so it was nice just to listen to the music and have fun.

Then yesterday I was feeling really sick again. I thought I was just having more morning sickness but around 2pm I knew it was something more. I had a touch of the stomach flu. Ugh...The fever started a couple hours later and I took turns being in the bathroom and laying in bed for the rest of the night. My poor kids just watched TV all day but they were so good to me! My fever broke sometime over the night and I'm feeling much better today. Hopefully this will be the end of my sickness and injuries so I can be a better mom!

I don't want to complain too much...I know too late. There have been some really good things lately. A lady I sold a few hats to a couple months ago posted a link to my store on her Facebook page and within a couple hours I had tons of orders coming in! It was really exciting but a little overwhelming too! I'm glad to be making some money though! Never underestimate the power of word of mouth.

Lastly we find out what the sex of the baby is on Friday! I'm so excited! Any guesses?

I'm feeling better and there's good things to look forward to. Despite the rough weekend things are looking up!