August 31, 2012


it's taken me almost a week to get these pictures together, so i'm just going to leave this post pretty short. the week before school started the whole family (and our friends the Czarneckys) flew down to Belize for a much needed beach vacation. last year we all went to Grayton Beach, but this year we opted for a little more adventure. if you're wondering how we chose Belize, well, it's simple...1. The Husband and i went there 3 years ago for our 10th anniversary trip and fell in love with the place 2. it's only a 2 1/2 hour direct flight from DFW and 3. the country speaks primarily English and the water is ok to drink. Belize is a very tiny country with absolutely no fast food restaurants or shopping centers. if you want to stay off the grid, this is the place to do it. although, if you have some picky eaters in your group, they might get a little hungry. the kids found the local market to be a mecca of interesting items. they pretty much lived off Pineapple Fanta the entire week we were there. for me, being pregnant had some other food disadvantages...i didn't drink the milk (it smelled and tasted very wrong), i couldn't eat the "raw" seafood, and they didn't have sweet tea, but other than that the food is absolutely amazing.

our adventure on the trip included a Jungle Tour with this crazy local named Percy, who, when we went diving for lobster, just stripped down to his "manties" and jumped overboard with a giant stick with a hook on it. Percy was an interesting character, but extremely friendly and he even took us to his momma's place to eat lunch (stewed chicken and coleslaw - pretty sure that's a Belizean staple). we spent a couple days at a pool down the street, which was amazing and completely deserted (most of the time we were the only ones there and it was a giant resort pool - very strange). we drove up into the jungle and went zip lining, and yes, pregnant momma went too. the last day we took a boat out to Laughing Bird Caye, which is the southernmost island of the Belize Barrier Reef. since none of us are PADI certified to dive, we all stuck to snorkeling around the island. when we stepped off the boat it was seriously like Gilligan's Island there. you could see from one end to the other and walk across the entire island from east to west in less than 20 steps. being in the water was like swimming in a giant aquarium. after our week long adventure it was time to say goodbye to Belize and head back home, just in time for school to start...

August 29, 2012

first day of school...

i'm going to completely skip over the vacation we just took, and get to an equally exciting time (well, for me anyway)...THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!! this year all 3 boys will be in school full-time and all 3 will be riding the bus to and from school...JACKPOT!! the only downfall to them riding the bus in the morning is the absurd wake-up time of 6:15am. i'm sure for most people this is a normal time to wake up, but not in our house. if the sun ain't up, we're not getting up either.

the first day was fabulous, considering we didn't even get back from the airport until 9pm the night before from the vacay. C rode the bus to school and refused to pose for any pictures other than the first one. P-Donculous didn't want me to take his picture either, but NoNo was more than happy to have us follow him around most of the day. i'm assuming the day was a success for them as well, because i didn't get any phone calls during the day and they all made it home by 4pm (yep, they were on the bus for more than 45min). it's going to be a little strange having peace and quiet all day, well, at least for the next 4 months anyway...

August 15, 2012

Miss Pink...

today was the day that i had been thinking about for months now. the overwhelming irrational fears that i had slowly melted away once we finally were able to see her face. yes, that's right...HER face. to top the list of completely irrational fears, was it truly a girl? just because a geneticist tells you it is, are they always 100% correct? of course there were other crazy thoughts (mostly because i watch too many Lifetime movies) that something could be wrong, but once we saw that little "hamburger bun", nothing else mattered.

we brought all the boys with us to the appointment so they could officially see their sister. wow, that is really strange to say. after all the butt, fart, and boobie jokes were said they all rolled around on the floor competing for the best view of the monitor. then came the list of outlandish names they had come up with. it was hard to tell if the sonographer and doctor were annoyed or amused with those three. oh, and by the way we don't have a name, but more on that a little later.

it turns out everything is perfectly great and little Miss Pink is right on track for her January 2nd arrival.

ultrasound pictures are just scary. she looks like an alien, but then again all babies do until they are about 2 months old. for now, this is what she looks like and here are a few questions answered for all of the ones i'm about to get. considering we never really announced the pregnancy and i'm already 19 weeks, i'm sure there's about to be a ton of inquisitive people out there...

1. no, we do not have a name picked out (unless you count the names the boys have picked - Diamond, Margarita, Donquita, and Trouble) and it's a little bit of a sore subject in our house, because we can't agree on a name
2. no, i'm not carrying twins (anymore...see the previous post about that one - although, the doctor did find our second little angel still hanging around in there) i'm just a very large pregnant person
3. yes, you can touch the belly, but only if i can touch yours
4. no, i will not be your designated driver for NYE...i might be a little busy
5. other than the usual heartburn, i feel fine, and yes, the so called morning sickness hit me for the first 14 weeks, but now i'm just dandy
6. i can still see my feet, well, for at least another few weeks anyway
7. i've already gained 9 pounds
8. all i want to eat are noodles, especially Ramen Noodles
9. we're not sure who she looks like, but the consensus is that she definitely looks like a McCool
10. yes, i can feel her moving...her feet are standing right on top of my HooHaw, which isn't very nice, and her little hands get me in the ovaries at least 6 times a day

anything else you wanna ask?