Tuesday, February 23, 2010

3 Weeks Later...

We have our car back finally! Those 3 weeks were annoooooying! See our happy car...behind our happy kid:

Oh I love our car. We can go places when we want to! Thankfully we have Bret's sister close to us who came out here with their family twice to let us use their car. We got to celebrate my b-day by going out to eat (with their car). Bret also wrote me a poem for my b-day. It was great. I tell him I always love getting poems and he said that is my Dads' fault. My dad has written a lot of poems over the years, plenty for my mom. I think it's pretty sweet. I also decided to try and make myself some sour cream panna cotta which turned out pretty good.
So we are feeling better and things are going good! I can't believe I am 6 months along already-although I feel like I am 8 months). Just under 3 months and this mystery baby will be here!
I'd like to talk about the kids for a minute. Kade is a fun boy and is quite the jabber mouth. He loves to do his "preschool" and is a great learner. He loves his playgroup buddies and could play pretend with them all day long. He plays pretend a lot lately. He LOVES LOVES to say the prayer. He says every prayer at our house lately. By himself. We figure this probably won't last so we let him whenever he wants to. Maggie thinks she helps say the prayer too and tries to fold her arms and close her eyes. Whenever Kade pauses she whispers to him to say: (thankful) for Mama, Dada, Mine (Maggie), Kade. It is really cute! Maggie asks us what we are doing a lot. Except she never fails to say it like this: What doing HOW? Always in the same tone. She loves when the boys playgroup is here. She jumps right in with them and thinks they are including her too (which they don't often). She is growing up way too fast and says a TON of words now. She pops them out all the time that I can hardly keep up with her. Either that or I don't quite understand what she is trying to say! Maggie has a more defiant personality than Kade. Although if I give her some time to consider the things I ask her she usually says 'K' and gives in. But oh man she has personality! Though no matter how frustrating she can be it is impossible to stay mad at her because she is such a love bug. Not to mention she is really really cute. Right now we are trying to help her understand that no does not mean yes. She says no to everything even when I KNOW she is meaning yes at times. Funny girl. Her and Kade have a lot of fun together. They play really well together now. They are great at bugging each other too.
As for Bret, things are going WAY better this semester. He Presented his thesis from his Masters at the beginning of this semester. It went really good and the professors here told him he did great and they were impressed. He is a lot more organized this semester which helps in every aspect. He is able to feel more relaxed and able to spend more time with us. We all love seeing him more. He is such a good dad to the kids. He really knows how to play with them well.

Oh, here is one more pic of the other happy kid:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

ordinary days

I haven't posted much lately. I have been feeling this total lack of motivation to. Nothing exciting has been happening. Just some regular day stuff plus some sicknesses that seem to never end or cycle their way back into our systems WAY to quickly and consistently. Sheesh, I can't exactly tell what's been Maggie's deal, but it's sure tiring. Oh, and we have no car. 2 Saturdays ago we went to another town 10 min. away from here. The van died just as we were getting to the edge of the other town. Some nice people helped us push it off the road (it was dark outside). One car honked at us. Our super nice neighbors came and picked us up. We had it towed to a mechanic and have gotten rides here and there all throughout last week. The mechanic told us he couldn't fix it and we needed to tow it to the dealer 45 min. away from here. We did that on Friday. So now we are going on week 2 without a car. I really never thought I could manage without a car AT ALL, but this experience has proved me wrong. It IS a HUGE inconvenience and quite hard to be without the car, but luckily we have some really nice neighbors and friends in the ward. Also, thankfully, it doesn't mess Bret up with school because he has always ridden the bus anyway-for free. I have two more things to say: UGH and hallelujah for tax returns! (Yes it's a bummer we have to put it into our car, but we expected to have to do some work on it sometime)

So this morning was particularly hard with the kids. Let me just say EMOTIONAL! (Them, not me, I just tried to keep my blood from boiling over.)I'm not sure what's up, but they are obviously not feeling well. My patience is wearing thin. Then I clicked on my friend's blog and saw this and it made me feel considerably better. Perspective is always good on mornings like these! I think I'll even make some bread today with my 'new' BOSCH! (since we ran out and can't go to the store).

Aren't they cute, we made funny glasses one day.