Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Merry Christmas! May the joys of Christmas greatly outweigh the stresses!
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
So while I'm disappointed about not being able to to rule out either sugar and spice or puppy dog tails, or narrow down bedding options and half the name possibilities, we did get to see some pretty amazing stuff. We watched the heartbeat and could see all 4 chambers. We saw the bladder, which means the kidneys are working. The bones are forming, so there was a spine, and knees, and thigh bones that we could make out. She weighs 14 ounces! It was amazing to watch her move and know which position she was in inside my belly. And overall, the fact that our baby is the healthy kind...I guess that's really what's important.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
It made it seem more real to be able to actually see our baby. Especially for Cory. He said he guessed I wasn't just making the whole thing up after all.
We're both healthy and everything is perfect, and we are so thankful.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Jenn and Paula looking fabulous:And a group shot of my family, minus Cory because he's forever behind the camera:
So, one wedding down, two to go. I've also been contemplating the possiblity of grad school, checking into all the schools around here (there are actually 3!), budgeting, and plotting which program will get me out the fastest.
The last big thing going on is that we get to see our baby for the first time tomorrow. Our first ultrasound! I can't wait. I know little Neo is still really small, but I'm so excited that I've now made it to the first trimester. I'll post pictures as soon as I get them and find someone's scanner to steal for a few minutes.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Sure, a normal response would have been, "Oh wow, that's great. You've never been to Europe before, and you've been working a lot longer than me, and you deserve a trip that perfect. I'm a little jealous."
But oh, no, the travel envy spewed from my mouth like my oh so many bouts of morning sickness. And it's taken me some time, but I'm coming to terms with it. Sure, I want to go to Europe...and it's probably not going to happen for awhile. But I'm coming around. It's probably a good thing that he started working the Europe idea in a good 9 months before it actually happens. I can usually return to reason after awhile.
But October will be my nemesis. Everyone is going to the beach but me! In the fall?! Are you trying to torture me? My dad and company are going to our favorite Playa, and Mom and company are going on a cruise which includes Jamaica and Cozumel. Even my younger sisters are missing a full week of school. I'm so jealous. I expect to be experiencing the full effects of T.E.: mopiness, irritability, droopiness, and an unusual preoccupation with sand.
So, come mid-October, If I answer your casual "How's it going?" with a snappy, "Well, I'm not sitting on a beach, am I?" you'll all know why. Travel envy.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The whole process has been surreal, and I can't say that it's even completely sunk in that we're going to be someone's parents. I mean, should two people so pale, freckly, and clumsy be able to combine their gene pools? I'm not sure.
It's crazy how fast things start changing and strange things start happening. In the past two months, I've fainted, taken a nap on a regular basis, eaten about 6 times a day, and refused to eat much meat, all things that didn't really happen before. I have the sense of smell that Lacey said could rival Edward Cullen (vague vampire book reference, apologies). And, perhaps not the least of the strange things, I've referred to my coming child as Neopolitan, which was apparently the name of a distant Civil War-era relative of my father's. I'm a little afraid it's going to stick; Cory's already shortening it to Neo. (yikes) I've also consisted mostly on a diet of pasta and things covered in cheese, but I can't say that's too far from what I like to eat normally.
So I guess the only thing I can really say is that it's all pretty exciting and scary and overwhelming and consuming. Say a prayer for little Neopolitan, as he/she has to put up with us figuring out this whole parenting thing, and I'll be sure to post any crazy child-rearing shenanigans we happen to get into.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Get ready for a belly jiggling kind of funny.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Poppa actually got a few minutes in it in between all the various grandchildren taking it for a spin. He and his buddies took it to the land to hunt. Actually, I don't think Poppa even took his gun. He just sat here on his perch and heckled the guys for all the birds they missed. But he did it in style.
Friday, August 08, 2008
I love these of Lacey because she's so expressive...
Sticking her tongue out helps her make sharper turns:
Wonder where she gets the expressiveness from...hmm... Now for the flying members of my family. Here's my attempt at a jump. (Note the great concentration on my face.)
We caught pics of both Cory and David in the air.
And here's my brother, the knee boarding champion. He can jump like this almost every single time. It's infuriating.
We're hoping to get one more lake trip in this weekend before school officially starts. I plan on being drug behind the boat, refusing to let go of the rope until I can either jump as high as Bryan or I sprout gills. Either way, it should make next lake season easier.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Here's the proud daddy.
And the beautiful mommy.
The happy new family.
I had to post this one of little Sarah Sanford because it's too cute!
Hooray for the newest McEwen!
Monday, July 21, 2008
They are all now bright orange, and I avoid the room at all costs. I won't even post a pic yet, because I have to fix it before I can feel good about showing the orange picture. I have learned a few things about myself in the process, though:
1) Cabinets are really hard to paint. There are so many crevices and corners and it takes hours to tape it all off before you can actually start. The next time I get the urge to paint something on a whim, I should choose something more simple, like say the back door. Of someone else's house.
2) When picking out a paint color, it's best to think about it for more than 12 hours before you start actually smearing it on the walls.
3) Spontaneity is overrated.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The first one I found in Aunt Beth's sewing room when we were going through some things. It was a newspaper clipping of an old Irish blessing:
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Of course, Clive's droopy sad eyes convinced Cory to let him sleep in the floor with us, so between waking up in puddles of sweat and Clive licking my feet, I didn't get much sleep.
The other thing that is currently engulfing my free time and thoughts is the series by Stephanie Meyer.
Lacey read them and was completely enthralled by them. Since she recommended them, and she's infinitely cooler than me, I had to check them out. Cory and I both read the first one, Twilight, on the beach. (My cousin and soon-to-be cousin-in-law have also read them and loved them.) I've started in on the second one, and I can't put it down. They're teenage vampire romance novels. If you're looking for literary gold, this may not be the book for you, but if you want to get wrapped up in a love story, it's hard to beat. It's actually kind of inspired me to do some more writing, which I haven't actually done yet, but I am vowing to do so over the next few weeks.
I'll post some vacation photos as soon as I have the tenacity to sort through the pictures again, and I'll tell more about the trip. It's a thrilling, action-packed, rite of passage vacation story that you won't want to miss. (It doesn't involve vampires, but all except one of us are frighteningly pasty and especially vulnerable to the sun.)
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
This is my quote board that hangs on our dining room wall. Pictures of sunsets, me and Cory, me and my girls, and Teddy Roosevelt are completely normal things to have on it. A bikini-clad woman, however usually has no place on the quote board. I have made an exception, though, because this is the bathing suit I want when we go to Playa in 10 days. TEN DAYS! She helps motivate me to work out everyday. So here are my resolutions for this summer. I am making myself a list so I don't waste the season of no work by taking naps and watching daytime television.
1) Work out everyday until Playa. Run, pilate, or walk Clive everyday.
2) Write! I want to blog frequently and finish something written this season. I either want to finish a novel that I've been working on or start a new one and finish it. That last part is the kicker: I love starting new stories, but I get tired of them and quit. I resolve to stick it out this time.
3) Work a little. There are some grants I want to write, some technology classes to take, and some units to plan for school. A light sprinkling of work never hurt anyone, I suppose.
4) Only sleep in on the weekends. Naps are only acceptable when expressly earned or direly needed. (That sounds harsh, but really, who's going to decide if the nap is "direly needed"? Me.)
5) Read. (But be careful not to fall asleep while reading.) I have 3 books looming right now, one of which is in Spanish, and I need to start it before Playa...which is in 10 DAYS!
6) Be a housewife. Since Cory's bringing home the pasta (we don't eat much bacon) by teaching summer school, I'm going to spend some time cleaning and organizing the house. This is going to be a tough one.
7) Avoid telemarketers and door to door salesmen.
Ok, I think that is a resonable list. Mostly, if I can just avoid sleeping a lot I think I can count the summer as a success.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
As the weight of school has been lifted from my shoulders, so has another one. I decided to usher in the season with a new fun haircut. Here are a few "before" shots of what my hair did look like:
One of me and Nana at Lacey's 8th grade graduation.
The new do! Here's to new beginnings, haircuts, and summer!