Friday, January 28, 2011

Pregnancy Update...

27 Weeks
32 Weeks
I haven't posted much lately.  That's because there has been a whole lot of yuck going on around here the past few weeks.  We've all had some combination of symptoms... pink eye (Adeline....and then grandma), fevers, coughs, runny noses, know.....the same stuff 90% of you have right now.  I hate colds.  Really, really, a lot.  They sap my energy and last FOREVER.  My colds aren't pretty.  I get the red/crusty nose, swollen face, thick snot, watery eyes, ugly cold look.  Let me tell you, they are 10 times worse when the "night-time sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, so- you-can-rest medicine" is on the forbidden list.  I have enough problems breathing already!  Anyway...

Pregnancy wise, I'm doing GREAT!  None of my pregnancies have been hard, compared to what many women experience, but I think this has been the easiest by far.  My energy level has been pretty good, I don't have any major aches or pains, and most of the time I still walk without waddling.  Here are pictures from 27 and 32 weeks....I'll be 34 on Tuesday.  I haven't been doing quite as well keeping up with picture taking for this pregnancy, but I'll try to get more in these last 6 weeks so at least his scrapbook page will be comparable to the girls.  :o)

OH, and contrary to the comments/opinions of some....
1.  I'm sure it's not twins.
2.  I'm not going to "pop" any minute.
3.  This is probably NOT going to be a HUGE baby (especially since I think I'm a bit smaller than I was with the girls).
4.  I think I CAN hold out until March. much....

PS.  I get an equal amount of kind comments....they just aren't as blog worthy.  

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Joy Personified

I LOVE this girl!!!  She really is "joy personified."  Here are a few pictures Patrick took from their trip to the Strasburg railroad.  She's such a hoot!

*Update*  Thanks to everyone who has been praying for Camille.  She is doing great after her surgery.  She spiked a fever the next day (103ish) that lasted 3 days.  We don't think it was related to the surgery (except that she may have picked up the virus in the doctor's office or hospital...ya know, where sick people go?!?).   Her eyes seem to be much straighter.  She occasionally overcompensates and crosses her eyes, but that is typical after surgery and should correct in a few weeks (we notice it less every day).  We see her doctor again at the beginning of Feb.  We saw him two days after the surgery, and he was very pleased.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Homestead Gardens

Just a few pictures to share from my third annual "Breakfast at my house followed by trains at Homestead Gardens" event.  This year I served...
-Spiral Sliced Ham
-(and my friend, Chelsea, brought a fruit tray)

It was fun and delicious.  I didn't manage to take any pictures at my house this year, and our crowd slimmed before heading to the nursery to see the trains.  However, here are a few (belated) pictures for my friends to enjoy....

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Date with daddy October 2009
December 2010

Strasburg Railroad and Choo Choo Barn

Paw Paw Rich is a bit of a railroad nut, so of course a trip to the Strasburg Railroad and Choo Choo Barn was in order which gave mommy and grandma a chance to do after Christmas shopping.

They had a picnic on the train.

The choo choo barn is a miniature train museum of ginormous proportions.  I love this Amish barn raising scene.

The fire trucks were "noisy."

Love this pic!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What I've been reading...

One of my resolutions for the coming year (not that I really make any), is to keep up with posting books I read.  I do these posts on occasion, and I know I forget some each time.  I really want to keep track of what I've read and my opinions (since my memory is so short lived).  So, once again, here's what I've been reading......

                                    If you like books about Asian culture, The Calligrapher's Daughter is a good one to read.  Novels written about this part of the world are rarely favorites of mine, and this one was no exception.  I enjoyed the story, but it is not one I would say you must read in 2011.
 A dear friend sent me The Council of Dads for Christmas.  Bruce Feiler finds out he has a large, cancerous tumor on his leg.  Faced with the prospect of dying and leaving his wife and twin 3 yo daughters behind, he develops the council of dads, a group of men from various stages of his life that he tags with the job of being surrogate dads for his girls.  Each one is meant to portray some characteristic of Bruce that he wants to pass on to his daughters.  I enjoyed this book a lot.  It was humorous, thought provoking and sweet.
 Some ladies from my church did When God Interrupts as a study.  This is a great book for when God's plan doesn't match up with your plan.  M. Craig Barnes unpacks how seemingly "bad" things can bring growth and lead us closer to a better life than we thought possible.
I read a lot about Tom Davis on other blogs.  The topic of human trafficking has become a hot button topic, and I was curious about this author who writes novels based on his own experience working with victims of these horrors.  Priceless: A Novel on the Edge of the World was my introduction to Davis's writing.  The writing is mediocre at best, but the story is gripping.  I think I will read another of Davis's books, but this one didn't measure up to the hype my expectations.
 I am still mulling over Extraordinary Relationships: A New Way of Thinking About Human Interactions by Roberta Gilbert, MD.  This is truly not your typical relationships book.  It is based on the theories of Dr. Murray Bowen (1913-1990), and I don't think it is stretching to say this book is life changing.  I didn't agree with everything in it, but it has certainly changed the way I think about myself, my motivations, my interactions, and how changing MYSELF changes and deepens my relationships with others.  The Family Systems Theory, pioneered by Bowen, offers practical advice and shocking insight into how families shape who we are and how deepening our family relationships impacts our maturity and ability to relate to others in all spheres of life.

 I've developed a love for reading in recent years, but I have read very few plays......even Shakespeare.  A Man for All Seasons was a book club selection.  A morality play based on a standoff between King Henry VIII, and Sir Thomas More.  Henry wants More's official approval of divorce, but More's strict ethical and religious code will not let him waffle.  A quick read (it is a play after all), this was a nice change of pace in genre from my regular reading...and I even learned a little history in the process.
 Not your typical Grisham novel, Skipping Christmas has many modern parallels to the classic tale of Scrooge.  It is light, quick, and enjoyable.  Grisham's characters are exaggerated to make us think about our holiday traditions

I grabbed Stuart Little off our shelf for a quick read before getting a new stash from the library.  What a delightful children's fantasy.  I think Adeline may enjoy this in between Little House novels.