Thursday, April 29, 2010

May Bizarre Holidays

I forgot to post the bizarre holidays for next month. There were a lot and I couldn't choose just a couple, so here they are:

Good Car Care Month
Share a Story Month
Posture Month
Better Sleep Month [I'm going to be working on this one!]
Date Your Mate Month
Physical Fitness & Sports Month

and May 10th is Clean Your Room Day

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Easter & April Update

I'll do pictures first and update at the end... so make sure you scroll to the bottom!

Serra's Easter basket

Serra- very excited for her new Easter chick!

First time dipping eggs- she kept forgetting to use the purple thing, so we let her just use her hands.

After 1 spill, we realized she needed an apron. :)

All of our eggs- I got a kit that came with just simple dyes and stickers since Serra LOVES stickers and is too young to do tie-dye or sprinkles, etc.

A thin summer blanket I made for Alex [the green is the reverse side].

A coloring bag I made for Alex- I know he won't use it for a while, but I've been meaning to make one for him in his "colors" and I still need to find the right fabric to make one for Serra in her "colors" [baby pink, hot pink, and purple].

Okay, now for an update. Things have been going really well. Alex is growing just fine- and Serra is too for that matter! I have been having some major back pains and cramping in my abdomen which had the doctor worried for a bit. But I have an appointment on Monday again- and he'll decide if I'm doing okay or need bedrest. Hopefully not because I'm hoping to travel to Utah for Ian's brother's wedding next month!

Ian has had a bit of a crazy month, too. His birthday was at the beginning of it and apparently his body just decided to fall apart on him! He had oral surgery last week to remove a mucocele from his lip, and at his follow-up appointment yesterday the surgeon said it looked fine but he's now susceptible to having more in the future. Wonderful! Also, today, he had his EGD [a tiny camera down his throat to look at his stomach, etc.] Unfortunately, the doctor didn't see anything significant- so we're still unsure of what's causing his stomach pains. However, the good news in that is that the doctor didn't see any ulcers- so Ian can relax on his diet! Some more follow up tests are being run to see if we can still figure out what's wrong, but I'm not holding my breath. Ian slept off the drugs from the EGD for most of the day today- they had to give him a LARGE dose because he apparently has "a really bad gag reflex". :) He's still a little groggy, but doesn't remember a thing and doesn't feel any tenderness, so that's good.

As far as Ian and I, things are going great. We've been working on a lot of things together and we've finally signed up with a counselor for a new session next week- hopefully she can give us even more tips on communicating, etc. But I'm feeling a lot more hope than I have over the past few months. So now we're all just anxiously awaiting the arrival of Alex- 7 weeks left! [Here's hoping he's a little early...] :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Paige is Engaged!!!

I wanted to wait until Paige had a chance to contact everyone before posting her big news on my blog, but it's been long enough! :) She met a guy named Mark Harley and after a few weeks of dating they decided it was right to get married. The date is in July right now, but it isn't concrete yet- so we'll see. But I am so happy- and excited- for Paige and hope that everything goes smoothly with the wedding plans. And that their "happily ever after" can begin soon!

Monday, April 12, 2010

But you aren't 3 yet...

I've had yet another realization that the clothing industry doesn't assign sizes according to my daughter's age... Serra is indeed tall for her age. I was trying to hold off switching her to 3T, I guess because I didn't want to admit she was that big- have you looked at 3T clothing? It's HUGE! And I figured it was okay that most of her 2T pants were a little short on her because it would be summer soon and shorts are supposed to be short, so no one would notice.

I was wrong. I put a few of her summer outfits on her and not only were the shorts a little shorter than they should be, her shirts were shorter- some wouldn't go over her head- and even the arm holes in some were too small for her skinny arms! So I was defeated and had to pull out the 3T tub. Serra, of course, was delighted to see all the new clothes- especially the dresses.

When I was pulling them out I kept shaking my head saying there was no way this stuff fits her- it looked like the pants were several inches longer than her 2T pants. Surely, Serra is stuck in between the two sizes! So, I pull Serra out of the pile she's raking her hands through to try a few outfits on her. And I still can't believe it, but they fit- I even put on the longest pants I could find in the bunch! They were maybe a little too long, but when she wears shoes it won't matter- and every other pair fit her perfectly.

It was kind of sad to pack up the 2Ts when it felt like she'd only been wearing them for a couple of months, but then I realized that she must have been wearing them for a while because I was getting excited seeing all the new clothes, too. So my tall 2 year old is now wearing 3T and I keep thinking, "but you aren't 3 yet!"

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Happy Birthday, Ian

Yesterday, Ian turned 30. Most of his day was spent working, but we tried to work in a few fun things during the day. Serra was most excited for him to open his presents, so he did that first thing in the morning. Then Ian accidentally packed only a pb&j sandwich for lunch, so we went out to eat. The evening was spent doing some critical errands and then playing games. Today, he has some friends coming over for a Magic Tournament- so the fun continues! I can't believe we've reached the 30's [I have a couple more years, but time flies].

Serra and I moved back a week ago- just in time for Easter and Ian's birthday. We're pretty much all unpacked and moved back in. Now we just have to remember what we used to do during the days when Ian's at work! It's good to be back- it's been hard, but overall I'm very glad to be here. And Serra is back to her "old self". I didn't realize just how much she'd changed because of the recent circumstances. So overall we're all a lot happier and working toward some excellent goals. :)

On a side note about Ian, he had another stomach pain attack that lasted 16 hours and the doctors are completely baffled. He's been under a barrage of tests- all coming out negative. Which is good because so far they've eliminated his H. Pylori coming back, gallstones, and cancer. At the end of the month, he's going to have an EGD [where they stick a camera down his throat to see what's going on]. Hopefully it will shed some light on what's going on and we can finally fix it!

Alex is continuing to grow and kick more every day- he's such a mover that I'm a little worried about how "active" he's going to be once he's out! But we're anxious to have him join us- Serra asks every morning if we're going to see Alex. Nope, Serra- two more months.... It's weird because the time has really flown, and yet at the same time I feel like I've been pregnant forever! But I'm sure these last 2 months will also fly by and before you know it we'll be enjoying Alex's company- at all hours of the night. :)