Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Pop goes the baby!

Since I am knee deep in student teaching, and I don't get to see friends that often right now, I thought I'd post a picture of where I'm at with the baby. In the last couple weeks or so, he has just popped. I know I will get much bigger over the next few months, but this is a pretty big change for right now.

In other news, Andy and I visited the glorious Lucas Oil stadium (home of the Colts) and even went to a high school game there. It is quite large, and very nice, but I'm not really an expert on stadiums. It is neat to imagine a little Super Bowl Village there in 2012. Here's one of the pics I took:

Saturday, August 16, 2008

weekend happenings

After an exciting and extremely busy week of student teaching, I wanted to end the week with some fun and distraction. Andy has been talking about his favorite comic Jimmy Pardo for awhile and he was in town this weekend, so I suggested we go. We got the non-smoking show and the preferred seats. Do you know what preferred means? Well, we didn't realize it meant that it was practically on the stage, which made us fair game for the comedians. Luckily, Andy knew Jimmy's style from his podcast "Never Not Funny," so when Andy became a major part of the act, he knew how to handle it - shut up, only speak when you're spoken to, and laugh! Jimmy is known for his crowd work, which makes up most of his show. It was so hilarious. I was dying laughing and we were both in tears. He never picked on me except to ask when the baby was due, and was I married to this dude with a lazy eye. Andy got deemed lazy eye whenever Jimmy caught him looking off into space during the show. Anyway, a very cool experience for someone (Andy) who has never been to a comedy club in his life, got to be part of the show, and then got to meet the comic for an autograph afterward.

Today we are off to Lucas Oil Stadium (new home of the Colts for those who don't know) for the big free tour. I hope that we can take pics, which I will post here. Exciting! Then I plan to relax the rest of the weekend before my 5:30 am alarm on Monday morning.

FYI- Baby enjoyed the comedy show, although I think I probably shook him up a bit with all that laughing. He was kicking!

Monday, August 11, 2008

growing belly & realizations

Since my belly is starting to be noticeable now (strangers can tell I'm pregnant) I thought I'd share a picture. Here's me in the lovely outfit April lent me, yesterday after church:

Don't know what's going to happen to my belly button, but it's really being stretched to its limits. I've been waiting for so long to have a belly and along with it I have lots of movement from my little boy. His favorite times to jump around are right after I've eaten and when I'm sitting still at night.

On another note, I got a package in the mail today by surprise. A gift from a water aerobics friend. I got really emotional when I saw these adorable little shoes. For some reason, it just hit me that I'll have a little one to fill these shoes in just about 4 months. I guess they are just one of the first "boy" things I've gotten. Can't wait to put them on his little feet - that is if he'll put up with them.

P.S. I think I forgot to say that I got a haircut. Had to look professional for my student teaching!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Olympic Opening

"I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit."
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy

This, my favorite quote from JFK, is what I think of when I see the beautiful performing arts that bring the world together - like at tonight's Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics. This quote is etched in the marble walls of my old workplace, the Kennedy Center.

The Results Are In!

Our 20 week ultrasound today showed that we are having a baby boy!!! The tech told us she is 99.9% sure and showed us the proof, so I feel pretty confident with the ruling. The most exciting thing about the ultrasound was just seeing the baby and all his little parts. We saw his head, face, brain, heart beating, stomach, spine, arms, hands, legs, feet, bottom, ribs, and his little man parts. He moved around a bit, looked straight at us, and even waved to us. He was sleeping on his stomach, so we did not get the traditional ultrasound profile picture, but we got some good ones.

Here he is looking at us:
Here's his little arm:

And here is a leg:

Oh, what an exciting day! Everything looked great for the baby. He is developing right on schedule and looks wonderful. We can know envision ourselves as parents of a little baby boy!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Pie Cravings

Lately, my main cravings have been for pies of all sorts: cream pie, quiche, fruit pies, . . . Last week I indulged in a Wick's Sugar Cream Pie, one of my grocery freezer section faves. Its taste can't be beat! Give a shout if you love this pie ,too.

Today I decided to make my own pie at home. It's been at least 3 or 4 years since I've made a pie. Used to make apple each fall after I went to the orchard. Today, I made a peach pie with homemade crust! And here's what it looks like:

Not bad for being a few years rusty, but I haven't tasted it yet. Should I get some ice cream to go on top?

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Family History

This weekend my parents, grandad, Andy, and I all traveled down to Guilford in Dearborn County Indiana for an extended family reunion. The group was about 100 people, all related to some settlers that game from Thirsk, Yorkshire, England in the early 1800's. The tradition has been carried on for over a 100 years, the families used to call it a Pioneer Picnic.

I saw some cousins I knew, as well as met some new ones. We listened to a letter that was written by one of our ancestors, detailing the boat trip over from England. Our ancestors first landed in Alexandria, VA, made their way over to Pittsburgh area, and then continued down the Ohio river to Guilford, IN (which is near Cincinnati, OH).

My great-grandfater, the county doctor for Dearbord from about 1906-1960, delivered or treated most of the local people I met at the reunion, which was really neat to learn.

Here are some pics that I took (wish I had taken more):

Grandad with his niece Margaret who came all the way from Maryland:

Grandad with his nephew Dan, who lives just a few miles from Guilford - don't the look alike!

Cousins Harriett and Martha, who come to visit Grandad every summer.

The beautiful old Methodist church in Guilford where my Grandmother and Grandad got married:

The old West Fork Cemetery where my great-grandparents are buried, as well as other relatives:

FYI, Grandad did not get in a rumble, he took a spill while washing his truck, that's where he got the black eye. He's feeling fine, though.