Monday, June 30, 2008
I am officially out of my regular pants/shorts/skirts. This has happened way too fast. I believe I wore my normal jeans until about 5 months pregnant last time. I just went to Thyme Maternity and got a pair of shorts on sale ($19). The only other maternity summer stuff I have are skirts and capris. I'm nervous about the heat in Disneyland and hope that there is a lot of shade there! I have been waking up (from terrible dreams every night...getting in car accidents, students dying etc) feeling very dehydrated. I know I should drink more water, I just don't really enjoy drinking water and my new water bottle is a twist off top with a wider mouth which is just not conducive to frequent drinking!
I had bought a waffle maker (just like last time, craving the waffles!) and we made 2 waffles yesterday and then it just stopped. Grrrrrrr...we'll have to find a better one.
Well, better have a nap before Gary leaves...I will post pictures later.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Here the kids are full out into the bubbles
Kai and Matthew. Kai kept asking Maffew for some bawter so Maffew gave it to him:) He sprayed him from head down but that was fine because then Kai could run around nakie for a bit.
All three of us pregnant...I was a couple months behind Torie last time and we repeated it this time around too. So, from left to right, me (3 months), Melissa (7.5 months), Torie (5 months).
Today I have spent most of the day in bed. I feel quite sick and am unable to eat anything. I wish I could just sleep for 24 hours straight. I hope that this is short lived and that I will be fine for Disneyland. Gary has been very helpful and I'm so glad he's home for the next 2 months!!! Kai has been unusually grumpy/crying in the past couple days...maybe he had too much fun at gramma's house or he's just missing playing with all the day care kids. We were supposed to go camping today but my sister was unable to secure a spot. That's okay, we've got lots of time to go. Well, I think I'll head back to bed. Have a good long weekend everyone!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
(Gary with one of our first strawberries from our plant...he said I missed out, it was apparently fabulous)
Monday, June 23, 2008
Me: Yes Kai?
Kai: Thank you applesauce. Thank you backpack.
I had bought him his first backpack in the morning and had given him applesauce as a snack about an hour before the conversation. Usually after we give him something, we have to say `What do you say?' but it looks like he's learning:) He is a funny guy. He'll climb into his bed and throw all his teddy bears out saying `Make room for Kai!'. He also took Mr. Potato Head's arms to bed last night. Just the arms. He loves being outside more than anything and often, he'll look at me and say, `Running?' and then he'll just take off as fast as his legs will go. That kid loves to run. Cross country runner? Hmmmmm. He's very good now at counting any object up to 10. He is afraid of flies because he thinks they are bees. He loves bigger kids, he thinks they are so fun to watch. I love that kid.
I just finished reading my 3rd book since last week:) Whenever I get towards the end of a good book, I can't stop reading but I don't want it to ever end. The book I just finished was `The Other Side of The Bridge'. I liked it because it followed several families over half a century and each chapter it would rotate between the 40's and the 60's. I love reading.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Gary made the best dinner ever...mashed potatoes with bbq chicken covered in cheese, bacon and guacamole:).
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Kai hanging out with his girl Chapman cousins at Aldergrove Lake. He loved the lake and he loves his cousins.
Kai started limping yesterday and I don't think its from a fall so we are keeping an eye on him. I've heard of a viral infection that can cause a swollen hip joint so I'm just making sure that he doesn't get a fever etc. It hasn't gotten worse and he hasn't complained about it, it just seems strange to appear all of a sudden.
This is Kai's Diego watching face. I am very relieved to have a 20 minute break in the morning and in the evening each day. He is finally into tv! I know I shouldn't celebrate this but Diego is educational, I've learned a lot about things like spectacled bears and whale sharks:)
Next Thursday is officially our last day of work as we celebrate in the graduation evening. I'm looking forward to this summer and hope that we use our time wisely. We have 5 weddings, a week at Disneyland, a few days at Green Lake and I'm really hoping for a camping trip too. We haven't been taking any pictures or videos as nothing has really happened this week...just went to work each day.
I've been feeling `evening sickness' every day from 3pm onwards which sucks because Gary always makes amazing dinners and I can't eat them. I eat large meals in the morning to compensate:) I hope this passes because Gary's creative juices really get going in the summer with lots of time to look at recipe books and plan elaborate meals:) We are planning on doing a hike on Saturday but don't really know which one to do. It has to be a day hike and not ridiculously hard as I'm already a little shorter on breath and Gary still has his chest injury. Any suggestions? It will be sans Kai.
Here's a video of Kai's favourite song `Take Me Out to the Ball Game'.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
This is a picture of me at just 9 weeks and look how huge I am! I am not even pushing it out or anything. It's pretty much the same size that I was at week 17 last time. I have gained 2lbs so far and this pregnancy is different in so many other ways. The biggest difference is that last time, I was sick for the first 3 months and could barely eat more than crackers and grapes. I vomited a couple times a week and felt very, very crappy. This time?! Bring on the food! I can eat meat!!! I still get queasy thinking about certain foods but am def. eating normal amounts. I get cravings like crazy and it's not just in my head. I want sushi, then guacamole, then grapes etc...it happens all day long. The other difference I have noticed is that I am extremely tired. It may be getting better now but while teaching, as soon as lunch hit, I was ready to curl up and nap. I did have one puking episode at school where I had to run all the way downstairs to the staff room but I made it...phew! I have to say that being pregnant without being sick is so amazing and a billion times easier!
(This was my 7 week picture, already feeling HUGE. Not sure if you have seen my stomach normally in real life but it was quite flat before! I'm excited to head downstairs and take some studio type pictures when i get bigger:))
(This picture was taken May 7th, the 2nd year anniversary of my mom's passing. We had just found out a few days before that we were pregnant so Kai wore his new `I'm the Big Brother' shirt so we could `tell' her).
Well, this post is a lot longer than I thought it would be but that's where we are at! If you could remember us in our prayers, please pray that the baby would continue to grow and that the rest of the pregnancy goes well. Yippee!!!!!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Here's another video...Kai and I reading:)
(I did this in the smallest format/streamlined so it uploaded faster and recognize that the quality looks terrible!)
By the way, we will be going to Disneyland with the whole Chapman family in a few weeks...any tips for going to Disneyland with a 2 year old? I'm thinking a good hat, sunscreen, good stroller (grrrrrrr), and lots of snacks and drinks will be good.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
This evening we had our staff party. I began pumping Kai up yesterday that he would be able to ride a horse so he was REALLY looking forward to this party. He is very unafraid of any animal which freaks me out because there are some scary dogs out there that he wants to be close to. He loved riding the pony and feeding the bigger horses hay.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
(Here's Kai watching his `Fifi and the Flowertots' dvd. It is the only tv he will watch, too bad its only 10 minutes long! There is a fun song about milkshakes in it and that is what is making him smile:) His hair is a little crazy from his nap, I know)
I finished teaching on Monday and now I have to go in 6 more times for meetings, invigilating exams, marking exams, and finishing report cards. Gary and I can kind of rotate days so we only need to pay for 3 days of day care. Tonight we helped my dad cut and weed eat his lawn. Kai rode on the riding lawnmower with Opi and LOVED it. He stood up the whole time and thought he was steering it himself.
Kai is def. turning two and we have found that providing him with options saves a lot of time and energy. We allow him to choose between two coats or two types of cereal (his new favourite cereal is rice `peepee's' (Krispies)) etc and therefore we don't get the dreaded `no' from him:) I don't know if this is what you are supposed to do but it sure works well! He is def. a lot of fun and is a lot more playful with Gary than he used to be, just running at him and giving him hugs. He also loves to wrestle with daddy. I don't know where his energy comes from, maybe its the 3 hour naps. Maybe we'd all be like that with a 3 hour nap:) I just find it so interesting how everything is so amazing to him. He gets excited when he sees a spider or when he's holding two spatulas (he announces over and over `Two Spatulas!!!'). I def. did not know that word when i was his age. HOpefully the power cord for our new video camera arrives soon so that I can post some video of our crazy energizer.
Finally, I got a few really sweet emails and notes from students over the past two days which have just brought tears to my eyes. I'm all about words of affirmation and their encouragement and admiration is just so uplifting. It makes you realize that all the work you do, the personal insight you share, and the role model you are in the classroom really does affect lives. I love teenagers! I was able to teach grade 9 and 11's this year and they were fabulous. I know how hard, emotionally, grade 9 can be and I wonder what goes on in their hearts and minds. I recognize that if I was a responsible student who appeared happy and yet was struggling so much with who I was, I can only imagine what some of them go through. Being a teenager can be tough. I love that we have time each day to check in with our students and pray with them for whatever is on their hearts. I love that they share what is going on in their lives. I love that they (mostly) enjoy being in my classroom. I love that they feel comfortable enough to ask questions or make comments. I love that they get excited about science. I love those kids. Each and every year, I feel sad about the kids I will no longer be teaching but then I get to meet a whole other group that makes me smile:)
Sunday, June 08, 2008
My number one cheerleader pigging out on the sidelines. There were TONS of doggies there to keep him occupied.
Watching the defense on the field. I love wearing the long socks because it keeps me warm and that's where I keep all of our plays.
I just think my face looks so funny. The rusher was probably the fastest I've experienced yet but I always managed to get the ball off before she pulled my flag.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
I will def. miss football in the off season as it in an integral part of balance in my life. I love being part of a team where we can work out, talk strategy, socialize and celebrate together. I love that I am just Louise there, this is so important to me. I love NOT talking about kids and just focusing on the team. Does that sound harsh? Obviously Kai is so important to me and I can't even explain my love for him. However, I just love getting out of mom mode. We are quite a random group of women from about 25-40 years of age but we have done all right moving up to the top division after being in the B division for 7 seasons. I'm proud of us. I hope that if Gary and I are blessed with more children, that I will be able to continue playing for many years to come. If I stop playing for any reason, remind me to get involved in a team sport!
Friday, June 06, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
Sunday, June 01, 2008
I only have 3 teaching days left, isn't that crazy? I was so blessed with wonderful classes this year. I won't have any of these kids in my classes next year which is too bad. My exams are ready to go and my final classes are all planned out and prepped for. Nothing left to do but show up...and then do all my report cards, mark all the exams, attend a few meetings and evaluate final projects:)
Okay, time to relax. I should really post some recent pictures soon. I guess that means I should actually take some of our family!