Monday, November 20, 2017

baby Daniel

Welcome to the world sweet baby Daniel!
My bf Liz had her second son last Friday and I had a front row seat! (back stage pass??)
She was due yesterday, my work weekend, and I was praying she'd have him Friday so I could be there. Thursday I texted her and she said nothing was going on, wake up Friday am to a text they were off to the hospital! Earlier in the pregnancy she said this time she wanted only her husband in the room, but closer too she made a best-friend exception, woohoo! I was also lucky enough to be present for her first son. It is such a miracle to witness new life coming into the world!
We had a couple things on our schedule that day that I ended up skipping, August's first chiropractic appt (I was interested to see what they would do for a baby?!) and there was a special Christmas thing at Meadowbrook Mansion (built by one of the Dodge brothers) we were supposed to go to with Doug's parents. But I was so glad I was able to be there with Liz, as I said, it's such a miracle.
It was also cool that the anesthesiologist let me watch her give the epidural, she was teaching these two medical students and I asked if I could watch too and she was explaining everything she was doing. Cool! It's like I could do it now too ;)
Anyway, after a long journey for Liz, little Daniel (or big 8# 1oz Daniel) was born healthy and with loud little lungs!
Doug was a huge help watching August alone an extra day, I know it's hard when I have my work weekends, of course we love August, but "single-parent" 13+ hour days are very long feeling. He brought August to the hospital at one point since I hadn't packed any pumping stuff and was feeling the pain. So that was appreciated too.
The new family is settled back at home and off to a good start. Thank you Lord for this new little blessing!
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

3 years!

Doug and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary last week. It feels good being in a marriage that feels very steady and solid. It was nice to be able to 'get away' for the evening.
I worked on our actual anniversary, but when I came home my mom had babysat and she made us an oatmeal cake (the same one she made for our wedding day!) and Doug had a nice variety of little treats for me in the Hawaiian theme to remind me of our honeymoon (he's even wearing his Hawaii hat).
The 'traditional' gift for 3 years is leather, sometimes we do the traditional gifts, sometimes not. This year I ordered a custom leather bookmark for Doug kinda last minute so it wasn't even here on time, but it said "We are only 3 chapters in, but I love where our story is going." Awwww. What I'm most excited for is this anniversary album that I just ordered, it fits in perfectly with my 5 year journal I keep for myself, and now a mama's 5 year journal I'm writing stuff in about August. I love that one day we will be able to sit down and look back at all our memories together. It just came today so we are going to start filling it out.
Friday night we had Liz and Mark (and Ben) over for dinner, that was fun. I hope our boys love playing together! Ben kept trying to hug August and Liz said the next day he kept asking about him and wanting to hug him more. Sweet.
Turns out he got his wish sooner than expected! Doug's parents were supposed to come watch August Saturday so we could go to a movie and dinner, but his mom got sick so we were babysitter-less. We ended up asking Liz and Mark to watch August (and yes, Liz a true bestie at 9 months pregnant) said yes so we could still go out and celebrate.
She sent me these pics of our boys having dinner while we were at dinner.
We went to this kinda fancy re-done restaurant The White Horse Inn.
We lived it up with appetizers of fried Brussel sprouts with parmesan, fried goat cheese with a raspberry sauce, Doug had the jerk chicken pasta, and I had salmon, and then we had two dessert, a plate of 'world famous' cookies (mine are still better tho), and oatmeal pie which was sadly not very good at all. But we talked about life, marriage, goals, and it was wonderful.
We are trying something new during the weeks of naming a day 'date night' and even if we don't go out, it will mean putting August to bed and sitting down with tea or something and making time together to reconnect and enjoy each other, it's getting too easy to get lost in the parenthood monotony and chores and everything going on. So I think this will be a nice idea to stay strong and connected.
I love you Doug, I can't wait for so many more years together!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

August's birthday party!

I cannot believe my baby boy is one already! It's so true what they say, the days are long but the years are short.
I had to work on his actual birthday, so the weekend before we had his party in the park. When we were making the guest list we kept adding and adding, so we had decided to rent a pavillion in the nearby park instead of squishing everyone into our house. It worked out perfectly and there was a playground nearby for the bigger kids. Thank the Lord it was a beautiful fall day in the 70s!
And more so, thank the Lord for our healthy boy and family and friends who celebrated with us. We had the typical pizza, but I made salad, and the desserts were a bit different with cider mill donuts, cider, and a caramel apple station. It was good.
I never did make it all the way around the room with the camera, but we had both our parents, and then lots of friends, and even some neighbor friends.
August's gift from momma and dada was a busy board that we made for him. He likes it. It sits now in his play area blocking him from getting the cat's hammock. It has one of those door stopper things on there so poor September will be sleeping and mere inches away August is repeatedly hitting the stopper boiiiiing, boiiiiiiing, boiiing haha.
His "cake" was kind of a let down. First I had the candle lit then thought, am I just going to sit here and watch him put his hand in fire?! So I blew it out. Then we all gathered round and sang, and then he just sat there forever. His cake was an oatmeal shape and frosted with sweet potatoes/molasses/cinnamon with coconut sprinkles. And he likes sweet potato. Anyway, it wasn't the smash cake photo op everyone was hoping for.
Oh well. Daddy brought out his slack line and so some people were doing that
The party was a success. We actually felt bad because that night August had diarrhea until 2am to the point where I was thinking of taking him to the hospital because he was just screaming and wouldn't be consoled. And looking back we think he had been kind of mellow during the party because he might have been sick. So we felt pretty lousy for not even having noticed :( thankfully whatever it was, he's ok again now. Just as I had told Doug if he had one more episode we were going, then he nursed, and fell asleep and slept through the rest of the night. Thank God.
On his real birthday he spent the day with Daddy and they came and visited mom at work and brought donuts and cider for her work buddies.
Then mean old mama made him sit for his 12 months pictures. He was tired and so squirmy, it didn't work out so great.
Happy birthday my August, I love you so much more than I knew I ever could. Thank you for making me a mom. I hope you have so many more happy birthdays!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

zoo boo

Last week we were excited to take August to the zoo boo. Which I thought was just going to the zoo while wearing a costume.
The Salvation Army, which had tons of stuff last year when I was just pregnant, this year had nothing. So he wore an orange shirt and a pumpkin hat and was our little pumpkin. Actually I had knitted that hat for a friend's baby and she gave it back to me in a pile of stuff her son had outgrown! :)
Anyway, it turns out Zoo Boo is just going thru a sectioned off part of the zoo and stopping at trick-or-treat stations along the way. The only things open were the reptile house, the camels were still outside, and we saw the beaver in his habitat. So we were actually kind of disappointed. August did seem to like to see kids running around, and they did have this really good juggler that we watched for awhile, but I wouldn't go again. There were lots of Halloween blow ups and decor along the path, they did have a display of pumpkins and squashes that were made to look like animals and painted, which was kind of cool, but again, Halloween isn't really our thing anyway, so not for us.
It was a nice day though and it's always good to get out and do stuff as a family. We love our little pumpkin!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lake Superior loop trip

Or as Doug titled our itinerary: "Epic Lake Superior Road Trip- One Man, One Woman, One Sweet Baby August". We took our last 2017 vacation by taking a family road trip around Lake Superior. It was actually really great, altho like most of our vacations, too much packed into each day!
Skipped the first official part of the loop by Munising and the Pictured Rocks as we had both been there and had limited time. We started our loop by driving up to Marquette and then heading West around the lake.
nursing break at a park somewhere in the UP
sunset at Presque Isle Park outside Marquette
August trying on Halloween costumes at the Walmart as I realized I had packed too much summer stuff and not enough warm stuff for him. Off to the store for some long-sleeved onesies.
Da Yoopers souvineer shop. Funny story, we stopped in there it was a real cute shop with quirky little souvineers and stuff. The front of the store was a separate rock store. So we head in there and the store owner sees August and says "oh look at the little butt munch." Me: *pause*, "nope, no butt munches here". And I didn't hear him respond as frankly I was kind of irritated by that comment, but Doug says he said, "I guess I'm the only butt munch here" as he walked back to his office area. Haha! We laughed for a long time about that later. Yup, you sir are a true butt munch whatever that might mean, but please don't call my son one!
hiking at Canyon Falls Wayside Park in MI
Bought jam and bakery goodies at the Jampot a bakery ran by monks. This is a waterfall near there.
Brockway Mountain Highway and Lookout
some old mine we found while exploring the Keweenaw peninsula in Copper Harbor. We never did make it to the bay of the peninsula, there was a backroad and SO many huge water filled potholes and then one of our tires showed a warning it was losing pressure, so we gave up and headed back into town. I did not want a repeat of our honeymoon being on back roads with no cell service and being trapped!
After an awesome dinner at Mariner's North, where Doug had this super tasty homemade bean and rice burger, we drove back out to the Brockway Mountain Lookout to see the sunset
A chilly sunrise the next morning over Copper Harbor. Then we headed back to Houghton-Hancock and on our way to the Porcupine Mountains and on to Ashland, Wisconsin.
hiking thru the Porkies
family picture at Lake of the Clouds
Lake of the Clouds, Porcupine Mountains
The next day we took a cruise around the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin
The next day was kinda rainy. We did a hike, can't remember wherebouts, it wasn't super fun because I was on high bear alert.
It was really pretty by the beach
As soon as we entered Canada the search for Red River began. The first grocery store was like a Canadian version of Aldi so they didn't have it, but we found it at Safeway and stocked up. And I enjoyed some for breakfast today :)
Touristy stuff in Wawa, Ontario
High Falls outside of Wawa, Ontario
We then saw the Pictographs at Lake Superior Provencial Park
you can see those 2 orange smears on the rock of 2 canoes done by Native American Indians of old
That walk was super beautiful with the sun streaming in through the leaves
The next day we took the Agawa Canyon train leaving from Sault Sainte Marie, Canada. It goes 155 miles through the canyon and back. It was a beautiful journey. It was an all day thing which made me a little nervous about traveling with August, but he spent some time napping in his carseat, and then we made "grandparent" train friends who were happy to hold him and Doug and I got a little free time to talk which was great.
After that we had dinner in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario and then drove into Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan to stay in our hotel. We enjoyed the wonderful continental breakfast with those delicious make your own hot waffle stations. I had wanted to see the Soo Locks operating, but apparently there's a number you can call to see when the boats are going to go through, and none were until the afternoon, so we headed down to the lower peninsula.
We drove through the "tunnel of trees" in Petosky, and then had lunch with my cousin in Charlevoix who is a priest and he showed us the church where he works, and my dad (re)built the organ.
We had dinner with a couple of Doug's friends in Traverse City, then headed over to my aunt and uncle's where my Grandparents now live. We visited with them into the night, and then had breakfast and lunch with them, and my cousin Sam came over to see us too.
August and Great-Grandpa Ken
August and Great-Grandpa Marie.
These are the only "greats" he has left. My grandma has dementia so she doesn't really know him. To me she actually seemed a tad better, once I heard her say "baby" and then she was watching him and said "lookit" and was trying to get my aunt's attention to look at him. It was nice to see them.
After lunch we headed home, and arrived safe and sound. It was a great trip!