Sunday, May 15, 2011

Field Day 2011

Madalynn only has 10 more days of 1st grade left! I can't believe it. This year has just flown by. She has loved her teacher this year. Well, the school had their field day on Thursday of last week. Since they have a no siblings policy, I couldn't help which ended up being a blessing in disguise. They also had an art show which was really neat.
The kids and I ran the dog to the vet to get spayed before school. Then we dropped M off at school, before going to get groceries at Kroger. We dropped the groceries off at home and then headed back to town for some of field day. It was only 80 something degrees and mostly overcast but it was HOT!

We stayed for about an hour and watched Mady's class for about an hour. Jack even got to jump in the inflatables for a few minutes too.

When I had all of the heat I could stand, Jack and went in to see the Art Show. We saw most of the things that Madalynn had done.

Then we headed home to cool off, eat lunch, and take a nap!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Best Day

Now as I begin this, I want to fully acknowledge that my life is good. I have lots of good days. I live in the greatest nation in the world, I can worship where and when I want, and my husband works to allow me to have my dream job. Here it comes...but, I don't have what I call a lot of great days. I mean I guess not many grownups do. After all, regardless of our jobs, we work all day, everyday. We have to clean, cook, and manage our kids activities.
Sunday, May 8, 2011 (Mother's Day) was different. It was a truly great day. It was my best Mother's Day ever and the best day I have had in years I think. The night before my crew went shopping for my Mother's Day gifts. I can see how having bigger kids really improves the results. They went to Tractor Supply and bought me some earrings that I love. That was Jack's shopping location of choice. He had told me earlier in the week that he was going to go shopping for me at Tractor Supply and asked what I wanted. I said maybe something to put in the yard as a decoration. He didn't seem to like that and assured me that he would get me something "shiny". They also visited the floral department at Kroger. Some might snub their nose at flowers from Kroger, but remember in Kentucky a Kroger does the roses for the Kentucky Derby. I don't think they are known for shabby work! ;) I had wanted a corsage for church so bad, but didn't want to come out and ask Jeremy for that. He got me one last year and I loved it. Well, he came through again this year.

They also got me a flower arrangement of lilies. (This may or may not be a plug for Jeremy's little girl name choice.) Both kids had made things at school for me too.

So anyway, I got up Sunday morning and got to open all this loveliness. I cooked pancakes and sausage the morning before and made plenty for leftovers, so I didn't have to cook. The kids and I went to church, came home, ate lunch, and then did our usual nap. Jeremy got home earlier than usual and offered to take us out to dinner for Chinese. Then we went to the farm and Jeremy put Madalynn and I to work bush hogging the paddocks in the front of the farm while he and Jack worked elsewhere. It was fun, although I had never done it before. I didn't tear anything up and only missed a few spots! We all came home, took baths, and fell into  bed. Honestly, I can't really tell you what made it such an awesome day, but it was.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

OB Visit #4

Well, I had my 4th OB visit on May 4th, 2011. It had been scheduled for May 11, but at my previous visit they moved it up a week. I began the visit with an ultrasound to see what we were having! Unfortunately, since it is breeding season Jeremy wasn't able to come with me. His mornings are especially busy and since I don't have a babysitter, I have to do all my visits while Jack is at school. So anyway, I go in for the ultrasound and everything looks good. They look at all the baby's vital organs before they tell you the sex. I was so worried that something would be wrong with the baby, much more nervous  than I have ever been before. Well, the technician didn't get all the way zoomed in on the parts we were looking at and I could tell what it was. I thought "that's not a boy; that's a girl!" I think I might have been laying there with my mouth hanging open. Jeremy and I were both sure this was another boy. I was sick this time just like with Jack. I thought it was a boy too once it started moving  because it wasn't the delicate, gentle movements like with Madalynn. It felt like a strong movement from the very first time I felt it move, which was how it felt with Jack. So we were surprised to say the least!
Jeremy forgot about the visit so I finally texted him around noon and told him to call me. He said "I told you last night it was a boy." I said yes you did.Then I said, "Well, guess what?"He said what and I said "You were wrong!" When he said "Its a girl?" you could literally hear the the surprise in his voice.
When the kids got home from school, after a stop at McDonald's for milkshakes, I set up the video camera and got ready to tell the kids. I already had a little girl dress and I had bought some boy onesies. So I put the dress in a little gift bag and let the kids pull it out to see what we were having.
Jack was disappointed, he had wanted a brother. Madalynn was over the moon! She had assured me from the get-go that " she wished on a star for a sister and in the morning, it told her it was true!"

Another coincidence with our girls. When we were living in Texas, we found out what Madalynn was in October. Well, rose bushes aren't usually blooming in the fall, but that rose bush was full of pink roses the week we found out she was a girl. This time around we had another rose bush in the backyard with... you guessed it- pink roses!

Everything else was good. The blood draws I had done previously, all looked good. My blood pressure was 110/70. I had gained 4 1/2 lbs. (Yuck!) The baby's heartrate was 143. My next visit is June 1 so I have to get started finding a babysitter soon! After all, we have 2 weeks of school left before summer break!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Easter 2011

Our Easter this year was about like it usually is. It's usually just the kids and I since Jeremy is so busy at work.
I cooked a good lunch for us to eat after church. I made fudge pie and lemon icebox pie on Saturday so that was already done. I also made the sweet potato casserole and cooked it on Saturday so that all I had to do was warm it up on Sunday. I always buy a ham that just really needs to be warmed and the glaze put on it. I had baked my dressing and the ham that morning. I also had cooked french toast and breakfast casserole on Saturday morning so we had  good breakfast leftovers on Sunday as well. I wanted us all to be good and full since it would take longer to get lunch on the table than it normally does. If we ever build a house I am definitely going to have two ovens! It seems that the meals you cook on the holidays always consist of things that all need to be cooked in the oven.
So we got up Sunday morning, saw what the Easter bunny brought and ate our breakfast.

Then I got the kids all dressed up in their new Easter outfits. I spent more than I usually do on Madalynn's dress, but I have a feeling this baby is a boy and so my days of having anyone to wear cute smocked dresses is about over. I found Jack a cute little linen-looking vest and dress pants that came with a white shirt with light blue checks and an orange and blue striped tie. It all came together and matched Madalynn's dress that was also blue. Jack loves a tie. Last year he had the first one ever and would say "It makes me look handsome!" I have to say I agree. They both looked so sweet.

So we go to church and then came home and changed into other clothes and I finished lunch. I had to make the homemade macaroni and cheese and bake the rolls. As well as warm up the sweet potatoes, ham, and dressing. It was really good! Then we took the traditional Sunday afternoon nap.
All it does around here is rain, but that afternoon we even got a break in the weather and were able to hunt Easter eggs outside.I was afraid we would have to do it indoors.
Overall it was a good day although we always wish Jeremy could spend it with us. Next year we'll have another little cutie to celebrate Easter with!