Tuesday, June 19, 2018

"Father's Day"

We celebrated on Friday, since I had to work Saturday and Sunday, hence the quotes. We started our day with a delicious breakfast of eggs and chocolate chip banana bread and then headed to the Zoo. Man it was crowded! And hot! But we had fun.
no likey the fake dinosaur
First carousel ride!
Looking at giraffes
prairie dogs!
Fun with water froggies
Zipped into the Penguinarium before we left
Family photo. That kid photobombing in the back makes me laugh, his mother was taking our picture so he was probably wondering who we were :)
That evening we tried a new restaurant for dinner. It was nice we sat outside as August remains in a huge, annoying, food throwing phase. So less to clean up. It was nice to spend the day as a family and celebrating Doug. He is such a great husband, and I couldn't ask for a better dad for our son. He's patient when I'm losing it, he is fun, he is helpful, he leads us all closer to the Lord, and he loves us and is faithfully here in the mess with us. I love that.
The work weekend was ok, and I got to call my own dad and talk to him too. I'm also thankful to have such a great dad!
And we are back to everyday life. August had a growth appointment today, he's gained weight and inches so the growth specialist wasn't worried. It is hard though if he already fell from his growth chart (prompting the growth specialist), and now he's super picky and hardly eats meals, so it remains something that we have to keep coming every 6 months for. I'm thankful he's healthy though.
Feeling some stress with stuff at work and wondering about switching up my job or not. Kinda want to, but really, really, really, do not want to work midnights. So asking myself if it's worth the short term (1+ years) sacrifice to be in a specialty or not. Prayers appreciated!

Thursday, June 7, 2018


We are down to the last bags of frozen breastmilk for August. Just a couple more days worth. I had hoped to make it to two years, but 19.5 months is pretty good.
I've been feeling pretty discouraged lately as we are so hopeful for another baby, and yet it's just not happening. I look at August and I feel so blessed to be a mother, his mother, when some people aren't given the gift of motherhood at all. But I always wanted more children. And as I look at that last box of milk, and at my growing boy, I just hope he isn't my first, and last, baby.
So. Praying today to trust the Lord. And His timing. And that I can learn to be content in all circumstances (Phil. 4:11b), and with whatever the Lord chooses to give me.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Weekend trip to DC

Our friend Josh got married this last weekend. I think it's so special when people get married in their 30s, and all weddings are worth celebrating! We road-tripped to DC and stayed with Jill at her sister's house in nearby Virginia. We went to the wedding and had a little time in the city between the ceremony and reception. I knew we were going to have a family day in DC but my expectations were very low. I wanted to see some monuments, eat at food trucks, and see street performers. Never did I expect that while watching a street performance Doug would be pulled into the performance and jumped over!
They were like "sexy white guy, get over here", I guess that's what you get wearing your nice wedding attire while walking around. I don't know how to link videos on here, but all those guys got jumped over by a guy flipping over them. It was pretty fun.
A little more pre-reception city exploring:
The wedding was at a fancy Army and Navy club, delicious salmon dinner, a live band.
The next day we drove back in to do a little city exploring. We wasted a lot of time trying to find parking. That was frustrating! Finally parked at the capital and walked 2.25 miles down to the Jefferson Memorial and back.
Sadly the street truck food was just meh, but the day together was nice. No cherry blossoms, but it was sunny and hot!
The next day we drove back. August took a couple naps and mostly entertained himself, which was a little better than the drive there. This was encouraging as I am trying to talk Doug into another fall colors road trip this fall!
We shall see...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mother's Day Weekend

This last weekend was very nice. We had a 3 day family weekend off work. One night my parents offered to come babysit in the evening so we started out with a date night and saw I Can Only Imagine. It was so good! Truly moving. I recommend it.
We did a little shopping with our Menard's rebates and I picked up plants for my raised beds. I'm giving gardening one last try this year!
One big tomato plant, two little tomato plants, zucchini, green beans, sugar snap peas, yellow peppers, and strawberries. They look so pretty in the garden bed.
Actual mother's day was a little rushed as our friend's baby was baptized that day and Doug was the godfather. Ended up not being so fun for me as I spent the whole baptism chasing August in the hallway and then Doug got to go to brunch while I had to take August home to nap, waaaaah. But it was ok. I took a little nap and then when he got home I went to use a gift card that I had received for Christmas for a "make up lesson". So it was nice to have some "me" time. I say make-up lesson because it was supposed to be a 30 minute lesson of showing me how to do makeup, like she does an eye, I do an eye. Anyway, it was actually a little disappointing because people kept interrupting to ask her where something was in the store, and she was polite about it like "sorry for that", but it still took time out of my 30 minutes. And she spent some other time looking for "the right color match" in some other area of the store. And then when I asked about eyeliner it was like 'oh out of time'. And she ended up doing all the makeup herself so it wasn't really a lesson at all. The same thing happened that always does when I get my makeup done, it always looks too different so I just go back to normal. And she gave me like super dark eyebrows so all I could see was eyebrows when I looked at myself. Anyway. Would be kinda fun to play more with makeup, but in the words of that famous news lady, ain't nobody got time for that. My bathroom uninterrupted time is extremely limited.
It was kinda late after that makeup experience so we just went to this quick Mediterranean place where I always get hummus/bread, and delicious salad. I love their salads so much, I just never have all those same veggies on hand to chop up!
August ate tons of veggies and loved it.
Here was us at church earlier
My first art from my son! I love it so much. So sweet of his Sunday school teachers to make that for me.
Beautiful tulips, my boys also got me wind chimes and a massage gift card
August checking out the new fern plant
It was a very nice weekend, and I am so blessed to be August's mother.