We had a great holiday weekend, Kevin was home Sat, Sun, and Tuesday. It's always nice having daddy home with us during the day. We always have the best time. Not to mention the small break in poopy diaper duty that I get when he is home. That whole thing STILL makes me gag. I have been the total Gagging Queen during this pregnancy. At least I am the queen of something right?! It has gotten a lot better though, now that I am in my 5th month. SO. MUCH. BETTER. I still have my moments though.
Saturday Kevin and I had our belated 8 th wedding anniversary date. We had originally planned on having an entire night together in a nice local hotel but we decided it would make more sense to just have a dinner/movie date. Save some money and besides with my condition (LOL), I can't drink wine, I don't want to have lots of wild wild hot sex, and it isn't recommended for someone with my condition to soak in a hot tub. Those three reasons are BIG reasons why a couple should/would get a hotel room, so we decided to cancel our hotel reservations for Sat night. We ended up getting Chinese for dinner again (we are finally getting tired and burnt out on Chinese food) and we ended up seeing "Superman Returns". We had the hardest time deciding between Superman and the movie "Click" with Adam Sandler. We figured Superman was the kind of movie, if you are going to see it at all, it's one you want to see on the big screen. I am SOOOOOOO NOT a Superman kind of girl. Nor am I a Spiderman, Batman, Star Wars kind of girl. Even though I normally don't enjoy this genre of movie, Superman Returns was pretty good. At least I didn't fall asleep during it.
Oh my gosh how can I forget? In between dinner and the movie, we had a little bit of time to go shopping together for Haley. It was so fun and SO DIFFERENT to go shopping for a baby girl, our daughter, TOGETHER. I think our bodies and our minds were confused to be in the girls section. We got her a few more things and GUESS WHAT?!?!!!!! I found the perfect Cabbage Patch Doll for Haley! Remember when I mentioned my love, I mean obsession, with Cabbage Patch Dolls? I would seriously have an entire room full of CPD's if I could. I love them that much. I need help. Seriously. If you even knew how often I look at Haley's CPD. If you knew, you would probably tell me I need to be in some sort of CPD addiction program.
Here is the CPD that we ended up getting, my life is now complete with this purchase lol --
(As always click on any image to ENLARGE)
A CPD with brown hair and green eyes of course just like me! And yes I know Haley will probably NOT have green eyes and brown hair but for now this CP doll will have to do. I was SO HAPPY to find another brown hair green eyed doll because most dolls with brown hair have brown or blue eyes. I love her three little teeth and freckles too. How COOL is it that every single CPD is unique, there are NO two just alike! I love that!
I told you that I am a total CPD freakazoid! They should seriously be paying me for all of this good advertising!
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CPD's are kinda like my HDH picks, Matt Lauer and Denzel Washington, in that they DO NOT photograph well at all. Besides the horrible reflection (sorry!), their cuteness doesn't really come across in pictures. Trust me she is TOO CUTE FOR WORDS in person. I should know because I stare at the damn thing all the damn time. lol. Yes, I need help.
Big time help.
Here are the outfits we ended up getting ---
I just LOVE the little purple bows on the ankles and I especially love the butterfly butt --
A couple spring/summer outfits that we found on sale so we just HAD to get them ---
We got a few bibs for Haley as well, here are a few of my favorite ones ---
And of course this one is my VERY FAVORITE --
(Sorry for the horrible quality of all the clothing pictures, none of my clothing pictures turn out decent. You can use your imagination though.)
For 4th of July we ended up throwing together a last minute family barbecue here at our house. We had a great turn out. My entire mom's side of the family was able to come. It was really nice and we really REALLY lucked out with the weather. Not too hot, not too humid, NO RAIN, and a little breeze. The perfect summer weather. We had lots of great GREAT food. We supplied the hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, dip, condiments, beverages, and we made some homemade sugar free vanilla ice cream (sugar free for me and my gest diabetes! I still haven't had any though! I was beyond busy last night being the hostess with the mostest ha ha!) and our homemade zesty mac and cheese. It's basically homemade mac and cheese with a can of Rotel in it. Man oh man is it good. We had some great deviled eggs, pasta salad, and homemade peanut butter pie brought from others.
We had a great time enjoying the beautiful weather, delicious food, badminton, and last but certainly not least ---- THE OBLIGATORY FIREWORKS. We went back and forth on whether to take the kids down to the local fireworks show or not. By the time 9 pm rolled around, we were still out back doing our own kiddie fireworks and all of us were too exhausted to go anywhere else. By the time we would have gotten the boys ready to go down to the riverfront, the fireworks would have been done anyway. Maybe next year, we will make it down to the BIG fireworks. Both Nathan and Austin had a GREAT time doing their own fireworks anyway. They seemed to enjoy the sparklers and poppers the most. They didn't really care for the color smoke bombs or the snakes.
Here are some of my fave pics from the 4th of July Barbecue ---
Some of the clan playing good ol' badminton --
Austin helping out Pa Pa --
My aunt's awesome shirt for surviving cancer. She participated in the Relay for Life Walk --
"Mommy, maybe there is another badminton birdie up on the roof!" --
"This IS the life people!" --
Nathan's serious side --
Nathan's first reaction to the color smoke bomb. We think he was scared it was going to catch the nearby badminton racket on fire --
The sadness didn't last very long, here is Nathan with his sparkler. He did awesome with it by the way --
Nathan showing just HOW BIG the firework snakes get --
Austin kept acting like he was blowing out the sparklers that Daddy and Nathan were doing. I LOVE his cheeks in these pictures. OMG --
Nathan and Daddy having a blast and yes all four of us wore red or blue lol --
Austin in love with Aunt Sheila --
Austin showing me his belly. He LOVES it when I ask him to do that --
(Love the white chalk on his nose!)
Austin showing me his cheeks --
Austin flirting with Mommy --
Here are a few other random pics too ---
Me being a dork in the mirror again. I keep forgetting to mention that I recently got 6-7 inches cut from my hair. It had gotten wayyyyyyy toooooo long. I love long hair but it wasn't very healthy looking for some reason. Oh and about the rubber band on my wrist AGAIN ( like my 30 pounds by my 30th birthday mirror pics ) ..... I had just taken my hair down from being outside and trying to eat in the breeze without getting food in my hair. I hate that!
Here is a belly shot at 21 weeks, it is a BAD BAD BAD picture of me but it will have to do. And I swear to you all that I am not really this ghostly white in person. Bad lighting and flash setting on camera I guess. I hate that my actual belly is visible apparently in pictures in this shirt. Kevin says the shirt is not see thru in person. Thank. God.
Other bad pics of me but at least there is proof that I was there with the boys! The stuff on the shed is chalk from the kids. OMG pics of people who aren't exactly tan are SOOOOO bad taken at dusk!
Both pics are of me totally and completely EXHAUSTED. I guess I could look worse.
PS Austin wouldn't look at the camera for anything. He was just too happy that Nathan was in the shot with him and Mommy too! It was TOO CUTE!
There you have it. The looooooooooooooooong and short of it. It really was a great holiday weekend, exhausting and wonderful. I took a billion pictures and it was very difficult deciding on which pics to post but I am pretty happy with all of this so I better wrap it up. My fingers and brain are about to explode!
July is a busy CRAZY month for us, especially when it comes to weekends. Essentially from here on out, all of us, or one of us, is traveling every weekend this month. We were non stop busy this weekend, next weekend is a big family reunion in Missouri with Kevin's family, then it's my weekend to see Virgo Jen (haven't been in Nebraska since Jan), then the next weekend we are meeting Kevin's family half way to pick up Nathan and Austin's cousins. They will be staying with us for a week. The boys love seeing them. It should be crazy and fun having two more kids during the day. Especially with me being pregnant in the summertime. The next weekend will be meeting his family again half way to give them back the two girls. lol. A week will be wonderful and enough lol. So yeah with the traveling every single weekend in July and soccer and swimming lessons, we are pretty busy.
Hope you all are well!
PS Here is a cute little Nathanism that just happened -- I gave Nathan a Trix yogurt that happened to be green and pink. He said, "Mommy, you and Averi (his cousin) are best friends" (saying that because our fave colors were together). Then he said, "Mommy, I wish we could be best friends too". My heart melted then I said, "Nathan you have always been and will always be Mommy's best friend!"
PPS For those who have asked....my next OB appt is next Tuesday, July 11th. I will be having another ultrasound to check on any growth of my fibroid. Hopefully we will find out it has either decreased in size or has stayed the same. And hopefully we will get extra confirmation it is indeed a girl we are having. lol.