Wednesday, March 27, 2013

1/3 done!

For the past 7 weeks our family has been in "survival mode."  I have been so sick with this pregnancy-- which isn't at all surprising-- but it has required us to alter how we do things.  Life has looked something like this:
There were a lot of meals eaten without me; clutter quickly piled up; and bedtime routines were moved to the living room so I could participate.  During the day, the TV and computer almost always seemed to be in use, and the words "I'm bored" were uttered many, many times.

Josh has practically been a single parent.  He has completely taken over the cooking, grocery shopping, and errand running.  Every MWF, he drops Kylie off at preschool and picks her up, which means a lot of running around for him! {Luckily his office and Kylie's school are very close by}.  My primary responsibilities have included doing the girls' hair every morning, emptying the dishwasher, doing the laundry, cleaning bathrooms, and bathing the girls.  And... that's about it.

I'm so grateful that this stage is almost behind us.  I have felt very much like this woman:
I probably still have another few weeks of sickness ahead of me, but I can already tell that things are looking up.  Today I even ventured out to Kylie's school to attend the Nursery Rhyme skits the kids were putting on.  She was the old woman who lived in a shoe :)


 I'm so glad I was able to see her in action.  She's been rehearsing for weeks.
So here we are.  I'm now officially in my 2nd trimester and--unfortunately--wearing maternity shirts already.  This is actually my "cute pregnant lady" phase so I'm not too upset, but it means that I'll only be getting bigger from now on! {Kylie informs me of this daily...}
   
Welcome, second trimester.  Please be kinder to me than the first.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Birthday Boy

Today we celebrated Josh's 34th birthday!  We kept things pretty low-key since he purchased received a large gift several months ago {an XBOX 360 that he bought for himself}.  But we tried to make the day special for him anyway.  The birthday chair:
 A homemade card from Kylie:

 
 And the day would not be complete if we didn't play "Go Fish."
Rather than baking a cake {and wasting 3/4 of it}, I made banana bread because it's one of Josh's favorite things to eat.  We also wanted to avoid creating a fire hazard so we stuck 3 candles on one side of the bread and 4 candles on the other :)
My 3 favorite things about Josh:
  1. He is super thoughtful.  He is always doing random acts of kindness, just because.
  2. He has a fantastic sense of humor and by nature he's a happy, optimistic person.  I love that.
  3. He is a WONDERFUL father.  Our 2 -- soon to be 3 -- children are so lucky to have him :)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Guys' Weekend

For Christmas, I gave Josh several tickets to the Butler vs. Xavier basketball game.  Yesterday was the big day so my dad and brothers came into town.  Of course, the game wasn't the only reason for the visit :)
 

I mean, wouldn't anybody travel several hours to play "Go Fish" using Hello Kitty playing cards?


My older brother wasn't originally planning to come into town, but when Josh's friend backed out of going to the game at the last minute, he immediately jumped in his car and made the 9 hour drive.  That's dedication!  My dad had no idea about the change in plans so he was completely surprised when Kyle showed up.  Kylie was thrilled to see him too!


While the girls happily "painted" in the bath using colored shaving cream...

...the guys went to a very exciting game! {Please excuse the iphone pics...}

Josh's friend, Will, came along too.

The weekend flew by, but we made every second count.  Miss you guys already!