Tuesday, December 20, 2016
This year I decided to go the easy route on our Christmas Card. Since we just moved I still wanted to send them out so people would have our address, but I didn't want to go through the hoopla of having formal pictures taken since we were doing pictures with both of our families during the holidays. That, and I am HUGE with baby so I'm trying not to document it a million times. So we did some impromptu photos at Disneyland while Grandma and Grandpa were here and they turned out perfect. Completely indicative of our new home here in sunny San Diego!
Monday, December 12, 2016
I have never claimed to be a culturally well rounded person. In fact, I once (only once) saw the movie Les Miserables and 20 minutes in I asked Tj in a worried voice "is this whole movie going to be sang?" Art and dance are just not my thing...and I doubt that will change. Needless to say, as a mom of two boys I don't feel that art and dance will ever need to be my thing. However, with the new little bundle of girl that will be coming into our home here shortly I feel like I might need to force a little art and dance into our home...and if anything else it will broaden the horizon of my little boys too!!
Well the opportunity arose to chaperone Dominiks 1st grade field trip to the Nutcracker Ballet and I jumped on the opportunity. I took my mom a few years ago to the Nutcracker, and yes we both fell asleep just after intermission. But I'm older now and it's a children's ballet so the version is quicker and more engaging. I was herding Dominik and his 3 little rambunctious friends so I was a little Leary as to how well they would sit and watch the ballet.
We started off with a full backstage tour where the kids were able to see props, equipment, and meet some of the actors. Then the director had all the kids in their seats and went over some terms of the ballet...complete with volunteers and interactive lessons. The kids ate it up!!
Then the ballet started and I was amazed. Mostly because these were kids and they were performing in a beautiful and majestic way. Ballet is such a powerful and commanding form of dance...and even had all the boys completely enthralled. Well this lasted for a good 30 minutes before the boys started to get a little fidgety. Dominik kept asking me why the actors weren't talking and then when it ended he exclaimed "that was it?!?" He is definitely my son!! I quickly explained to him that ballet was a form of expression through their dance where acting is an expression through verbal and nonverbal movements. Different forms of art. He still had an expression of "well that's an hour of my life I'll never get back." But I gave myself a parenting win back pat at the culturing lesson my son just got. We win some, we lose some!
Overall the field trip was a success. I had fun hanging out with D and together we learned to "tolerate" this form of dance. I hope and pray that our little girl is a tom boy, but if she is in to dance I think I could do more of this too!!
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Christmas work parties in Okinawa were always at the bottom of my priority list when it came to holiday festivities. They usually included outrageously priced tickets due to an open bar, mediocre food, and having to find a sitter because kids weren't invited. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that 1st dental was having a Family Christmas party, only $50 a ticket, and it was at a hotel right in the beach in Carlsbad. So we all got dressed up in our Christmas best and headed out; as a family!!
The kids looked so so cute in their holiday sweaters!! All the kids at the party were dressed up so cute and there was even a designated kids room fully equipped with video games, toys, coloring books, and so much more. This allowed Tj and I some mingeling time for cocktail hour where we could briefly feel like adults instead of just mom and dad. The kids rejoined us for dinner, which actually was quite delicious. However, being pregnant and always hungry has lowered my standards as to what constitutes as "delicious." TJ thought the food was average.
The highlight of the night was meeting Santa! You would have thought that a celebrity was in the room because Parker was completely star struck. He waited so patiently for Santa to make his rounds and then when it came to his turn he very politely and quietly spoke to Santa about what he wanted for Christmas; so cute!!!
The kids spent the rest of the night dancing away on the dance floor and running around with the other kids. This was by far the best Work Christmas party we have ever attended. It also makes me excited to be a part of 1st dental and see what else is in store for us!!!
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
You would think that by the third time around this whole pregnancy thing would be old hat. Turns out that each pregnancy has been unique in its own right and completely different. I'm not saying that I remember each pregnancy with finite detail, but this pregnancy in particular has been special and more challenging in every way. I have been super sick, now I have acid reflux at night time, and I am fatter than I have ever been. My hips are always aching and I CANT. STOP. PEEING!!! Too much information...probably!! Well we couldn't be more thrilled to be having a girl though. So all the challenges are worth it to think about all the girly things that we will be able to do once this girl arrives. The boys are going to be her great protector and I can't wait to see Parker slip into big brother mode. He is so protective of Roxy that I can't help myself thinking about how he is going to save the day for little sister.
I'm without words to describe the immense blessing that this little girl is. Each of our children has not come without trial and this little one is no exception. The fact that we waited with great anticipation for two years and are now blessed with a girl, leaves me completely speechless . I just hope and pray that we can raise her to know and understand that she is a daughter of God who loves her...and so do we!!! Stay tuned. She will be making her appearance February 27th, 2017...or sometime around that.
Friday, December 2, 2016
I can't even describe how blissful it is to be back in the states for all these holidays. There is not much better than seeing the joy in your child's face when they are surrounded by family and participating in family traditions. Thanksgiving is no exception to the cornucopia of family traditions either! This was the "on" year for thanksgiving and there was supposed to be an estimated 70+ people in attendance. We were looking forward to celebrating with family but I'm not going to lie...I was pretty anxious about having so many people staying the weekend under one roof!!
We arrived on Wednesday evening after our not too bad 6 hour drive. The kids were in good spirits and most people had not arrived yet so the house was still relatively calm. We chatted and played for a bit and then hit the sack. The next day was thanksgiving and slowly but surely the fleets started arriving. I had already made my thanksgiving contributions which consisted of homemade green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole. Both were recipes to be made in advance which made for a nice and relaxing day. There were so many people in the kitchen so even when I tried to help I couldn't find an inch of space to do so.
Dinner was later than most traditional thanksgiving but was absolutely perfect. Every kind of food you could imagine and surrounded by family. Picture perfect thanksgiving if you ask me!! There was fried turkey, smoked turkey, roasted turkey, and even ham!! Sooooo yummy!! It was a fat pregnant lady's paradise!!
The rest of the weekend was celebrated by playing with family, building benches (yay for me and my new bench), and just rejoicing in the fact that we were back in the states and spending this great holiday with family!! I loved every second!!! My kids were dirty, the house was loud (at all times), and there was people everywhere...but I wouldn't have changed a thing!
We have so much to be thankful for! I love this holiday and the opportunity it affords to reflect on our bounteous blessings. I'm grateful for my family first and foremost. Near and far they are the glue that holds me together! I'm so grateful to be a mom to two beautiful boys and a girl on the way. I'm grateful for my handsome husband hat tirelessly provides for our family and never complains. I'm grateful for the health and safety my family enjoys. I'm grateful for the house we live in, the cars we drive, and the new city we get to live in. I'm grateful for the gospel in my life and the peace, joy, and understanding that comes with it. I'm grateful for my Saviour and His redeeming sacrifice for me and my family. I'm grateful for the blessings I continually receive despite my many shortcomings...I have so much to be thankful for!!!!