Monday, November 28, 2016

Solo trip to NYC!

I headed to NYC on my own for 4 nights this week. It was so much fun, and a much needed break from everything. Andy and Patty did a great job taking care of our kids, although I really missed them. Here's a bunch of pictures!
 I took a picture of the airplane for the kids. :) Then apparently Reid thought I was on an airplane for the whole time I was gone.
 Made it! I landed in Newark, then took the air train and New Jersey Transit over to Manhattan. Randall met me at Penn Station.
 Then I headed up to where Randall and Sophie live on W 113th St. The exterior of the coffee shop from Seinfeld is right around the corner from their apartment.
 I was greeted with this lovely sign. I was super tired when I got there! But we ate dinner and played Scrabble I think that night.
 The next day I took it easy in the AM while Randall and Sophie went to work. Then R came home and we headed out to the Met. We walked through Central Park, which was gorgeous!
 All of the fall leaves were beautiful.
The Met! 
 The art and things there were amazing.
 We loved this picture of King Louis XV.
 And this bedroom of King Louis XIV. Incredible.
 I took this one for Mom (you always like pictures of fruit).
 Andy's been telling a story about a fox family robbing a bank and then hiding the money in the couch... of course Sheriff Ringo the raccoon stops them. This couch was super puffy and looked like the one in the story!
 The mummies were pretty cool. They had a bunch there.
 And this huge room with an Egyptian temple.
 Posing in front of some American art.
 This chess set was pretty cool!
 The wood work in these rooms was amazing. And the teeny, tiny chairs.
We got home that night and my feet were exhausted. So we watched a movie and went to bed.
 Saturday morning in Times Square!
 From the other end.
 Then we went down to MoMath. On the way we saw this Leaf Fest where they were raking leaves for fun. Hahaha
 The square tire bikes at MoMath. It was fun to see everything!
 Hyper Hyperboloid (or something like that).
 I made this, it's supposed to be vegetables.
 These chairs were pretty cool.
 Then we headed over to Eataly, which was an amazing Italian market. Check out these wheels of Grana Padano cheese!
I think after this we went home for dinner and played Scrabble.
 Sunday morning Sophie ran a marathon! It was super cold, but she did amazing.
 Just over 4 hours, great job Sophie!!
Then that afternoon we all took a nap, then went out for yummy Italian food.
 Heading home Monday morning.
 Andy and the kids picked me up at the airport. It was soooooo good to see them. It's hard to be away! They bought me these pretty flowers.
 Here are some cute pictures of them while I was gone.
What precious kids.
 They had lots of fun with Daddy.
 And went to the zoo with Aunt Becca and Penelope.
I'm not sure what she's doing here...
On Monday, Ruby had her first preschool performance, which we both missed! Thankfully Patty was able to go and get a video for us. Ruby's on the top right.
 She wrote this card for my mom. It says, "I luv Gramo Debe."
 Her costume for the Thanksgiving feast. She had to bring two pieces of fruit for a fruit salad, and chose a grapefruit and a honey crisp apple.
 Back at home! The kids have really been enjoying workouts with me.
 Andy has been working from home a lot more, and Reid likes to borrow his head phones.
 I only had two nights at home, then we packed everything up and headed home to my parents' house for Thanksgiving. They helped me pack!
 Ruby was tired right when we got in the car and slept for a few minutes. These guys are really good in the car. We played lots of games like "I spy," the alphabet game, and everyone say words that start with a specific letter. That one always makes us laugh.
 All snuggled in at Grandma and Grandpa's house!

Friday, November 25, 2016

18 weeks, Happy Thanksgiving!

Little Baby is growing fast! This morning I said to Ruby, "The baby is the size of a bell pepper today." And she said, "So, we have Ruby, Reid, and Bell Pepper." Hahahaha

Everything is going great, except I have had a tender/painful spot on the lower right side of my belly for a long time now. Maybe even since before pregnancy. So I'm not sure what that's all about. It hurt the other night when I rolled over to that side. I'll ask my midwife, and we might have to get it looked at. I did some research during insomnia, and it might be a uterine fibroid. But might also be something else, since it was there before my uterus was big. I'm trying not to worry about it.

I've had occasional insomnia, which makes it really no fun. Worried about money, worried about pains here and there, etc. It's a good time to pray.

I'm trying to savor everything with this pregnancy, since it's most likely our last one. I can't believe we're almost half way there already though! It is really going by fast.

Changes this week: More insomnia again, I think I might be less tired over all, which is good. Maybe my iron levels are going up.

Cravings this week: Chocolate. I would love a good dark chocolate molten lava cake or something like that, good and rich. Maybe I'll get something on our anniversary coming up. :)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

I'm a week behind!

Sorry, I'm a whole week behind with my post! These pics are from the week before last Thursday. I went to New York, so that threw me off. :) 

So here are the pictures. The kids are getting so good at playing together (part of the time). It's so sweet to see them interact and love each other. Sometimes they wake up in the mornings and we just hear them talking or playing. I love it!

 This is how Andy takes his food for lunch. Hahaha He usually stuffs it all in a green bag (reusable/stuffable shopping bag) too.
 We spent the day at OMSI with our friends Cheryl and Nora!
 Little Eaglet
 He played with the bucket and bean bags for a long time.
 Then we had lunch on the train car with Daddy.
 Fresh play dough! We made an entire recipe of just blue for Reid.
 Andy came home with a headache, so Ruby rubbed his feet. She is so compassionate and caring, the Lord answered our prayers for that one.
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 He loves to push the mower.
 She's getting really good at her balance bike! Don't tell her, but we're getting her a big bike for Christmas. :)
 Making enchiladas!
 They both helped a lot. We made 4 pans, some to give away, some to eat, and some for the freezer for later.
 We love board games. Sequence is one of our favorites.
 Morning snuggles!
 I turned around in the midst of changing Reid, and this is what happened...
 They love when I inflate ziplock bags for them, like little balloons.
 My sweet girl.
 Reid reading.
 They love making crafts! Ruby makes these "charts" for Reid. I'm not sure what for, but it's cute.
 We went to Two's Together at the library. Reid and I sat in the back (he liked it more this time), and Ruby marched right up front all by herself.
 Helping peel carrots. They both love to help cook.
 Post-nap snuggles with Daddy.
 This is how Andy works from home some days... hahaha
She's looking at the code for the digital copy of Finding Dory. She initially had it for about 30 seconds, then put it down on the floor and climbed on a chair. When Andy asked her what the code was, she remembered the first 6 letters and numbers! She's got a crazy photographic memory.

Play, play, play

Here's the next week of pictures! We sure like to play around here.  We love our fun tent, the kids get it out often.  I straig...