Monday, December 27, 2010

One thing Anna inherited from me...

Is hyperventilating after really bad crying. Yay!...sarcastically of course. It's 1:40am and Anna has been to sleep and is now back up. After about 4o minutes of crying she's now up and eating, which will be followed by a diaper change and heading back to bed.

She's been doing this the last couple of nights. She falls asleep quick only to take a nap, pretty much, then get angry because she doesn't think she's ready to sleep for the night. Humbug. She'll cry and carry on for long enough that it's time to eat and change her before she'll be content again.

Needless to say, I'm tired. She used to wake up after about 20 minutes to get her pacifier back then she'd sleep. Now it's waking up to cry for however long she sees fit (usually until she eats and gets a new diaper or sits around for a bit) then goes back to sleep. I just hate to put her back to bed so soon after eating. I don't want to hurt her stomach by laying her back down.

Anyway, back to the title...
If I cry hard for a good period of time I hyperventilate toward the end and for a good ten minutes after. Anna does this, too. Poor girl, it just makes her cry more, which I understand. I think it scares her and she gets mad that she can't control it. That's my guess at least.

Well, now she's getting fidgety so I think she's ready to be burped, changed and head back to bed.

Here's to hoping I get some sleep!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

You Get Upset if Someone Things You Live Below Sunset

Christmas is just less than two weeks away. I'm actually quite excited for it. I don't think I'm actually getting any presents other than a $25 gift card to who knows where. No one is really exchanging gifts this year, but I'm cool with that. We don't really have room here for anything else. We actually need to do a huge clean out of our stuff. I do have a problem with getting rid of things, though. Maybe it's a girl thing, or maybe it's a family thing. Either way, I have way too many things in this apartment.

Of course Anna brings a lot of baggage with her. Babies are so small but their "necessities" are huge. And to think, we don't even have a lot of the things most babies have. No swing, no play pin, no walker or exersaucer (fyi - I hate that name).

Can you tell I don't ever know where to make paragraphs?

Back to Christmas...
I will be making people things again this. And don't worry, there are no magnets involved. I'm quite excited to give them out. I think they'll be much more appreciated than the tiny notebook/magnet/covered box combo, though last years gifts to everyone took forever. Those boxes are not a quick covering project...and they're messy!

Yesterday I took some family pictures. I had a good time and I'm really quite excited at how I think they turned out. I haven't looked through them yet, but they were looking good through the viewfinder. When I got home I dressed Anna up in a brown dress with pink polka dots and took some pictures of her. They didn't turn out as good as I thought they had while I was taking them. I often have that problem when using the aperture as the guide. I like f1.8 a bunch and it makes it hard to get the right focusing all of the time. I'm sure there are at least a few that are fine.

In other Anna news, she's been sleeping pretty well lately. I say pretty well because there for about a week she slept awesome, and the last couple of nights it's been a little tougher. She had been going to sleep later and later each night, so I started to give her a bath at 12, getting her cozy in a sleeper, reading a couple chapters to her then laying by her til she fell asleep. She would zonk out pretty fast then about 15 minutes later lose her pacifier so I'd go back in a give it to her then soon after I'd make my way to bed. Friday night she didn't go to sleep until 2:30 probably. She kept waking up really, really happy. I think she thought that if she was happy and smiling a bunch we'd take her out to play. It worked when it was time to feed her but that's it. Last night she went to sleep around 11:15 probably and woke up around 12. I don't know what time she actually got to sleep but it was more of a fight than normal. I think something had scared her while I was in the bathroom so she kept doing a whiny cry after getting calmed down.

Speaking of the whiny cry, she's been doing that today. Well, only coupled with the, "I'm scared!" cry. Hopefully the startled thing doesn't last long.

Now I'm tired from typing. Anna is sleeping while resting her head on my arm so this is a little awkward.

Guess the title quote!
(I don't know if anyone reads this anymore, so I'm not really expecting answers.)

Monday, December 6, 2010

He's Guilty! Case Closed!

I had jury duty today. Sunday I looked online to see if my number was excused or not and wouldn't you know it, it wasn't. We had to be there at 7:45 and nothing was started until probably 8:15. We watched a video then a judge talked to us. He asked if there was anyone who couldn't serve for any kind of emergency. I asked him about breastfeeding to see if, "my daughter having to eat matters?" He said I'd have to talk to Judge Jackson when we got to the courtroom. Around 8:40 we took a break and the ladies in charge told us to be back at 8:55 then they didn't come back until 9:10.

I think if I wasn't tired and Anna wasn't seeming to be sleeping so well, I might keep going. I thought I'd expand on this way more than I am.

Blah, Blah...then I got to go home because I breastfeed! Yay, Anna!

I've found that one of my hobbies is finding random people on Facebook. Not just strolling through profiles, but more having someone specific in mind and not knowing their name. I've become quite good at it.

Okay, I've got to take advantage of having a baby that's sleeping who also hasn't slept very much today. I'm heading to bed!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I'm really quite tired. I slept from 4ish to 6:30 then 7ish to 9:30. Miles woke me up to feed Anna then he headed to bed so I drank some coffee, ate some cookies and set up camp in front of the computer like normal. I'm trying to finish some senior pictures that I took in October (oops). Although I spend a ton of time in front of the computer I find myself getting distracted way too much...and when I'm not distracted I just move slow. Cleaning up faces is tedious and I'm really quite tired of it, so I'm looking forward to getting these finished.

Anna is sleeping on my chest right now. She's way too cute for her own good...and she has on a dress sleeper thing which is actually a little too small. She wears it more like a shirt so her legs are bare...FYI - she has the cutest little pudgy legs ever.

I'm contemplating taking a nap, but I think I'd rather be tired and admire Anna rather than trying to sleep, though I could definitely use it.

I think I'm done now. I can't think of anything else to say. Maybe one day I'll have something interesting to talk about!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

My Dream

I took a nap tonight with Anna sleeping on my chest. I think I slept for about an hour and a half, and it was nice. I had a dream that I found fairly entertaining...

Miles and I didn't have a baby, but we did have a baby sized monkey named Lilia. She was very cute and wore dresses. Close to the end of the dream she started growling/shaking her head like he was going to bite...then I became scared of my baby/monkey.
There were also huge swings at an amusement park/Aimee's friend's backyard. Everyone kept falling off and one kid got his head stuck in a baby swing as he fell.

Anna has been sleeping for most the day. She didn't sleep last night even though she acted super tired. I'm assuming she won't sleep tonight, either. The good news is that Miles doesn't have to work tonight (yay!).

I don't really have much to say anymore. I don't think I ever really did, but maybe I was just better at finding nothing to talk about.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Before and After

So, I'm currently editing pictures (pictures that I probably should be finished with by now) and I decided that I would show a before and after of a one of them.

His face edits well. Guys' faces are harder to edit than girls' because of the texture/facial hair.

I've been looking at some DIY and craft websites again. I get in moods to do things along those lines and I'm currently in that state. I don't know if I'll end up making anything or not, but I'm still kind of wanting to. This is something I'm currently liking:

I think it's cute.

Now it's time to make Miles' lunch then wake him up. Maybe I'll get myself something to eat and move around some laundry.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Anna is Cute

I never know what to write in here anymore. I also don't ever know how to start out posts when I actually do decide to write something. More often than not I'll start writing then decide that whatever I was going to say isn't important enough to post so I just delete it.

I got an email from my grandpa the other day. He was telling me to be careful who I decide to follow in the way of beliefs. Sure, that's good advice, but I'd say it's good advice for everyone...even him. I'm not mad, sad or anything similar to those emotions. I'd say I'm just not surprised. It's what happens when what you believe isn't popular...with anyone. 'Tis life.

Thanksgiving is coming up in a couple of weeks. I'm quite excited for it. I guess I'm just a big fan of food. I must say that I'm actually more excited for Christmas. Though both families are limited the gift giving I'm going to get something for everyone...or more so make something for everyone. I like to make things for people. It makes me happy.

Yesterday Miles and I rented "Robin Hood." We started watching it around 4:30 and I fell asleep around 5:15 probably. Miles fell asleep soon after. I woke up at 6 but he stayed asleep until about 1. It makes me laugh that when Anna is sleeping all we can really stand to do is sleep. Speaking of Anna sleeping, that is what she's doing now. She smiles in her sleep and it's super adorable.

I've been working on those pictures still. Not today, but I got what felt like quite a few done yesterday. So far they're some of my favorites.

Tomorrow I'm going to the grocery store. I'm quite excited about that. I'll be taking Miss Anna with me so hopefully she sleeps the whole time. That'll make the trip much easier.

Now on to finish listening to a study by Ron Exum.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I'm out of cereal.

Okay, not completely. I have some Multigrain Flakes from months ago, but I only have the tiniest bit of milk left, and I thin I'd rather have a tiny glass of chocolate milk. This means that I will need to take a trip to the store tomorrow. That's fine with me. I like to have a reason to get out of the apartment, though I never know how I'm going to do when taking Anna along. We've yet to take her to the store, so I'm a little worried about that.

I took some family pictures yesterday at Krug Park. It went pretty well. We were only out there for about an hour and a half and it was super nice out. I think I got a few good ones...hopefully more than a few, but we'll count on a few so I'm not disappointed if not.

Anna slept pretty much all day yesterday. The last couple of days before that she really was staying awake for the most part and only sleeping for about 15 to 30 minutes at a time and about 1.5 to 2 hours at night. Last night she woke up to eat around 3ish I think and Miles brought her in to me then put her to sleep after. He brought her into the bedroom this morning, though I'm not sure what time and I fed her then she went back to sleep for a few hours. It was wonderful and I actually feel pretty well rested...for a few hours at least.

I think now I should give this little girl a bath. Miles is still sleeping and he usually helps me with it, but I don't think I'll wake him. Hopefully this goes smoothly and Anna doesn't get too angry with me for taking longer than usual.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Because I'm too tired for a real update...

Here are some quick thoughts/facts:

Having a baby is amazing.

I've never been so tired for such a long period of time.

Miles and I like each other again! (I think it helps that I'm not constantly complaining about being pregnant and that we have an adorable thing that we've made together living in our apartment.)

The good thing about newborns is that it doesn't matter what kind of schedule you keep because the baby will sleep whenever she wants to either way.

Giving birth (though I feel weird calling a C-Section 'giving birth') is the fastest way to lose weight ever.

Breastfeeding is a super close second.

It's strange having something you've been waiting for for so long be here.

I'm really happy that I can pop my back again...and sleep on my back again.

I actually enjoyed my time in the hospital. Is that weird?

I'm looking forward to being able to pump then bottle feed it to Anna.

Now, I'm going to go to sleep.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Just Waiting

I'm getting incredibly impatient.

Last night Miles moved around his recording equipment so now it sits on the table my grandparents gave us for our wedding. I've been wanting to do that for a while so we could get the changing table purchased, put together and ready to go. I'm hoping to go buy it tonight and maybe pick up a couple nursing bras. Yay, nursing bras!

Other than those two things I'm ready to go. Sure, I have a few things I need to pack still and we need to install her car seat, but none of that will take long. I just want this baby out. I hate waiting, it's just ridiculous.

That's really all I have. My mind is currently consumed with the thought of getting this baby out, so there's not room for much else.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I'm getting tired of this.

I'm about 37 1/2 weeks pregnant now. Enough is enough, I've decided. I'm actually not all that uncomfortable at the moment, I'm just tired. I'm tired of having this belly, having the pee all the time, only fitting into a tiny fraction of my clothes, and most of all, not seeing my baby! It's been about long enough and I think I deserve to see this baby!

In other news, I took some senior pictures on Saturday. It went well. Here are a few that I've edited so far:

I like them so far. I'm really tempted to keep editing, but I also took some pictures at a wedding on Friday that I'm going to finish first. Senior pictures are just the most fun to edit, though. Also, I'll be taking her boyfriend's senior pictures at some point. She said they wanted to do them before the baby comes, but I'm really hesitant to schedule anything after this next Saturday. I hate to plan a date for something then have to cancel indefinitely. Saturday I am planning on taking family/baby pictures. I am a fan of the idea of Anna coming before that, though. I have a doctor's appointment Wednesday morning at 8:45. Hopefully I'll get some good news, but I foresee hearing that I'm 0% effaced and 0cm dilated. That would make me sad.

Now to work on these wedding photos a little more before heading to bed.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Officially 36 weeks!

I really need to start going to bed earlier. It's almost 4am and I'm still sitting here, just thinking about getting ready to go to sleep eventually. Soon I'll brush my teeth and take my vitamins, but how long until I actually feel like getting out of this chair?

In other news, I'm officially 36 weeks pregnant today! That means one more week then Little Miss Anna is full term and I'll be begging her to punch (hard) the amniotic sack so my water can break and we can get her out of there. Sure, my pregnancy has been super easy and it still really isn't too bad, but I'm still ready for it to be over. Nine/ten months of having a belly that slowly gets bigger and heavier and harder to dress is a little obnoxious. I remember being stoked when my belly was getting bigger and being excited for it to look super pregnant. Now I'm ready to fit in regular clothes again and not have puffy feet. Maybe I'm just asking for too much? Bleh. I'll be one of those girls that tries all the home labor inducers with probably no luck.

I feel super unproductive all the time. It's ridiculous how extremely lazy I feel. It's difficult though, because it is way too easy to justify being completely inactive right now. It was also easy to justify being inactive through the majority of the summer since it was so ridiculously hot that even just sitting outside, or inside for that matter, made me sweat like I had been running a marathon. It's cooling down now and I always feel like I should go walking, but of course I only get the urge at 2am. Darn the luck.

Let's see...

Today was my birthday (yesterday if you want to get technical and depending on what time it says I posted this entry). I woke up at 12:30 then ate some breakfast. Then I gave Amber a call and went to pick her up. We headed to her favorite place a.k.a. Wal-Mart to pick up some vitamins, milk and whipped cream for my momma. I dropped off the whipped cream then she gave me my birthday present. It was a card with a $25 Hobby Lobby gift card inside. Lovely, especially since my next plan was to stop by Joann's to pick some fabric to make some blankets for Anna. Needless to say, we skipped Joann's and went on to Hobby Lobby. I found some cute fabrics then took Amber back home. It was 3:30 at that time and I realized that I had to be back home by 3:45 to wake Miles up for a meeting he had at work. Oops, time had gotten away from me. Luckily, I got home at 3:46 and woke him up. His meeting took all of 30 minutes then I washed the fabrics and Miles gave me my birthday presents. Last night he had given me a book of Pocahontas, since my parents had gotten me the movie after I hit my head in 3rd grade. I thought it was sweet and funny...and I have every intention on reading it to Anna. Then today the presents he passed on to me were a lovely letter, which made me cry for second, a head massager, a bathtub pillow, an aromatherapy candle, a record by The Monkees (I like them), a super soft robe and a Xyron (it makes stickers, basically).

Tomorrow I'm getting my hair cut at 1:30, then probably taking a nap as I see myself being very tired. At 7 we're going to dinner, but I don't know where. Then I'm getting the spa treatment from Mr. Miles! I don't know what all this includes, but I do know that there will be a massage in there which makes me happy...especially now.

Maybe I should go to sleep. That'd probably be good. First I'll do the face washing thing, then read a chapter or two in II Samuel depending on how tired my eyes are and how long the chapters are. I guess that's how it goes. I may also venture over to Proverbs 27. I read Proverbs 26 last night before bed and I glanced down to chapter 27 verse 1. I like it.

Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

I find myself making plans all the time and I've been feeling the need to tack on "Lord willing" at the end of almost everything I say.

Okay, now I have to sleep.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

I've been sleeping a lot lately. Sure, I'm tired, but no more tired than usual. I've found that in this ridiculous heat the only place in this apartment I can go to escape it is the bedroom. The air conditioner in the living room does basically nothing when it's unbearable outside. That being said, I slept for eight hours last night. I woke up at 9:30, took a nap from 12:00 to 2:00ish, then slept again from about 8:30 to 9:45. Needless to say, I'm stoked for the weather to cool down.

At St. Luke's they have "Baby First" program which I'm thinking about doing. Basically, it's just where you get to spend the first hour after delivery with your baby with "limited interruptions from staff and visitors". I'm thinking that sounds nice. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm all about everyone seeing the baby and the nurses doing what they have to do, but, from what I've been reading it's good to try to breastfeed in the first hour after birth since you and (especially) the baby are both super alert. And, I've decided that it'd be a good time to just read to her. I haven't decided if there's anywhere specifically in the Bible that I'd want to read, but I figure Miles can read to us while I try to get her to latch. But, I guess that's also something that will depend on how the whole birth thing goes down. I just think it sounds nice.

Now I'm hot and going to work on pictures. Toodles.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I'm scattered.

I'm just too forgetful these days. Anything baby related I'm on top of and I generally don't forget, but just about anything else is most likely going to be forgotten. I've printed off a calendar of August so I can fill out what I'll be doing so I don't forget where I need to be.

Today I've called St. Luke's to make an appointment for a walk through of the maternity center. We'll be going next Wednesday at 6, so that should It'll be nice, at least. I can't believe how fast this is all going. Last night I started to pack the hospital bags. Mine and Anna's, anyway. I figure Miles could pack his in about two minutes before we leave if necessary. I've packed two outfits for her, so she'll have something that fits. There's not anything special about either outfit, but they are cute, so that's good.

I've also boiled and washed all of her bottles, pacifiers and the parts for the breast pump. That actually took much longer than I had expected, but I'm glad to have it done. Her clothes and blankets are all washed and organized.

Oh, oh! And I've ordered a car seat and a rocker thing. I decided to go with just a car seat instead of the whole travel system, for now anyway, since I don't think I'll be using the stroller much, or at all, over the winter. Plus, I really wanted the rocker thing so it was a good excuse to get that. Miles' aunt Trisha gave us a $200 prepaid Visa to use on whatever and I had originally planned on using it for the travel system only, then Miles and I would have to pay the $80ish for the changing table. But, after thinking and searching (and praying) I ordered this car seat:
It's not as adorable as I would have liked, but it has good safety ratings and is for babies up to 22 pounds instead of 35 like some of them. Also, it was cheaper than the other ones I was looking at, so all in all I think it was a good choice. It's currently shipping so I'm excited to get it in.

And this is the rocker/sleeper/thing that I ordered:
It has good reviews all across the board so I think that's good. I figure it'd be good for after she's done eating since she'd be at an incline, and good for napping in rooms outside of the bedroom.

The best part about it is that now we still have $81.27 left on the Visa card which is enough for the changing table (except for tax). This is the changing table we're going to get:
I'm excited to get it and put it together. That's the last big thing we really have yet to purchase. We'll have a few things to put together (the co-sleeper, changing table, installing the car seat) but it shouldn't be too bad.

Now I'm getting sidetracked so I should stop while I'm ahead.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

31 weeks and counting.

I'm excited and bored and tired and lazy.

(and what is that literary technique that I learned about from Mrs. Stokes that I'm using up there?...with all the ands instead of commas?)
I've wanted to know what that is called for over a year now and I still can't think of it.

Today was a boring Saturday.

I woke up at 1, yep, one o'clock. Vanessa had called me saying that a picture that I had taken and put a quote on for her and her husband wasn't uploading correctly at Walgreens. So, I figured out why (I put the quote on using Illustrator in a print file, therefore it was in CMYK, but pictures apparently need to be in RGB when printing...who knew? All other printing is CMYK...maybe it's just that they need to be in RGB to's a great mystery that I'll never know the answer to...much like literary technique inquiries) then called her back and solved the problem.

Miles had made pizza while I was meeting Vanessa at Walgreens and on my way home I stopped at Fastgas and bought a fountain Pepsi and Dr. Pepper. It was a nice match. We ate and watched a bit of "Patch Adams" then I put some of Anna's clothes away.
(Sidenote: Miles' momma met me at Target yesterday. We looked around there, Bed Bath and Beyond and Wal Mart and she bought us two plastic drawer things for the baby. Also, she bought a thing of Dreft and some fragrance and dye free Bounce dryer sheets, so I got to start washing her clothes. As of now they're all washed and put away...what I have anyway!)
I finished up editing family pictures I took two Saturdays ago and watched a few episodes of Design Star. These last couple of days I've just been bored and eating. I really don't like making full meals when Miles is sleeping so I just munch on anything and everything which is horrible. Yesterday I ate a bologna sandwich, an apple, a burrito, a bowl of cereal, a bomb pop, a turkey pot pie, a brownie and drank a glass of chocolate milk and a cup of hot tea. Today I had a turkey pot pie, a tiny bowl of cereal (we had about three Tbsps of milk left), popcorn, a bomb pop, a brownie and more hot tea.

I should really be drinking more water.

Anyway, Miles went to sleep around 6 or 7 this evening. So, I took a shower and since then I had been feeling pretty restless. I just finished up reading chapters 2-6 in Judges and that's made me feel better. I like that about the Bible.

I think I'll be going to sleep before 4 tonight so that should be helpful. Tomorrow I assume we'll be going to Bible study around 5, but I'm not sure what Miles' sleeping will be like so it might just end up being Amber and me heading over.

This is what I think my week will look like.
Monday - Guys' volleyball game at 7:30. Maybe I'll go by art.i.facts during the day. I want to see if I've sold anything else, but I don't really want to go down there empty handed. I have no intention of buying anything at the moment and I don't want to drive all that way just to check. Maybe I'll have to whip something up real quick so I have an excuse.
Tuesday - Cassie and I are going dress shopping around 4! I'd like to find a simple, casual dress for the baby shower if possible. Then we'll be having Bible study at 7. Hopefully Chelsea will be able to come again. Maybe I can make some cookies or something before...?
Wednesday - I may be starting to work on the quilt for Anna Banana! My grandma and I went to Joann's Friday and picked out the fabric so now we just need to get cutting. It's a super simple pattern for the quilt so I think we'll be able to get it done before she gets here.
Thursday - I do not know and I am perfectly okay with that.
Friday - Pictures...maybe? I was going to be taking pictures of my cousin's son and step son on Monday before the game, but she has plans that she forgot about. I think we've moved pictures to Friday but I do need to confirm that with her.

In other news, I'd love to have a house to decorate. That'd be fun. But, since that is not something I have, I am stuck trying to figure out what I want to put on the wall above Anna's future changing table. I want something that she can see, but I'm not sure what to do just yet. Maybe something will pop in my head sometime. Maybe not...oh well.

For now I should probably sleep. My eyes are getting tired and I may take advantage of the earlier bed time than normal.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Me, Me, Me.

I'm just tired. I have slept quite a bit this weekend, but I think my laziness has been winning.

I just listened to a study on Echoes by Ron Exum about II Peter chapter 2. It makes me chuckle because a few weeks ago Miles was going over that chapter with me, then last Sunday Papa Ramsay also went over it. Each one was different, but none of them really focused on the same aspects of it.

I really need to get a dresser. In about two week we'll have the baby shower then I'll have tons of clothes and things for Miss Anna and I really don't have anywhere to put them. Soon I'm going to clean this computer/recording room so when the time comes to move things around it's doable. I'm excited to get all of her clothes, blankets and such washed. That'll make me feel like I've been productive. I'm also excited to get the co-sleeper all assembled. There's lots to do, so hopefully I can get started soon.

I have an appointment on Tuesday...then every two weeks until the end of August.

I thought I had more to say until I started typing.

Ummm....I need to walk more. It's just been so ridiculously hot that I don't even want to leave my overly heated apartment.
I also need to call to make an appointment for a walk through of the maternity section of St. Luke's. I think I'll do that this week.
Almost every sentence in this update starts with "I"...I guess I'm self-centered today...or I just can't think long/hard enough on how to phrase things differently.

I don't know.

I need to shower.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

My Saturday

Today has been fairly strange. I woke up to ridiculous winds and rain and I think I'll be going to bed with the same. Miles woke up about two hours before me and started on the laundry. I like that. A little after I woke up he headed up to the radio station to help out with the severe weather reporting. I played Donkey Kong for a bit until it calmed down then I came in and worked on some designs.

I've been stealing people's design ideas off Etsy. Oops! Oh well, I'm not ashamed to admit it...obviously. I just figure that as long as I can recreate it...why not? So here is what I've (kind of) come up with:
So, first you have the baby shower invitation.
Then the baby shower thank you card. I figure I can just write more specific thank yous on the back.
Then the baby announcement. I know I'm getting ahead of myself with that one...but when would I have time to design it after she's here? (The box is where a picture would go).
And last is Collin's birthday thank you. This, of course, is subject to whether or not Aimee and Josh like it.

After Miles got home from work we headed out to Krug Park to see the damage the storm had done. It ended up being a good thing since I got to take a walk while we were there. I took a few pictures, but nothing I'm too excited about. There was a tree that had fallen over on a truck. I would have taken pictures of that, but there were a few people around it with a cop so I didn't want to seem too intrusive. We left Krug Park and headed to Cabana for delicious ice cream...and delicious it was.

After getting back home from our little excursion, I finished up on some designing and took a shower. Miles decided to do a bit of recording for a super sweet song he has written about me. I think I'm spoiled by all the things like that that he does. Like the dinner he made for me last night and the roses and night away for our anniversary. I like him.

Around 6:30 I headed to Target with Aimee and my momma to do some registering for baby things. We always spend hours there when we go. I like registering. It's like shopping without spending money or having to put anything away. Here's to hoping I get the things I need...and some of the things I the baby shower. Other than onesies and some pajamas I didn't really register for all that many clothes. I could probably use more socks than I registered for. It'd be helpful if I knew how big Anna will be when she's born when choosing sizes for things. Oh well...if I end up with way too many newborn sized things I'll just change her four times a day. Yep...totally.
Oh! And I only bought two things while at Target. A pack of two long sleep onesies size 3-6 months for $2.24 and a Pepsi! My momma bought a cute hoodie with a bee, I think it is, on it.

In other news, tomorrow is Father's Day and I've done absolutely nothing to prepare for it. Guys are much more difficult than girls, as I can't really just make the fathers in my life paper flowers and expect them to be impressed. Miles has told me to not get him anything, and while I was still planning on getting/making him something, I haven't. I think I'll make desserts for them. I found a recipe for peanut butter cup brownies. They look delicious.My plan is to make those sometime this week and just postpone Father's Day. I'd like to make them and present them in some super cute way.
Like that. Or maybe just a regular paper box with a bow on top. Or maybe I'll find out how to make a paper crane again but give it red neck to Papa Ramsay's box then find out how to make a football or something for my dad's box. Hmm...I'll work on it. Too bad I didn't come up with these ideas this last week. That's pretty lame. I wasn't even busy!

I really don't like how when you post a picture on here it automatically goes to the top of the post. Why does that make sense to Mr. Blogspot? I find it to be annoying and stupid and I'd appreciate it if it would post the picture to where my cursor currently is located.

Now I'm hungry and want a burrito. We're out of burritos so I don't know how I will survive.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My day.

My belly is getting, or at the very least feeling, huge. I feel like it's just popped up out of nowhere and everyday it gets bigger, and bigger.

Today was my first walk...hopefully that's something I can keep up. I was feeling horribly lazy, so around 4 I put my shoes on and headed out. It wasn't horribly hot, so that was good. I probably would have only made it around once if that was the case. It's not much, but it's definitely better than doing absolutely no physical activity...unless you count typing.

After I got back I made Miles a grilled cheese with turkey and myself a grilled cheese. Then around 6 we went to my parents' house just to hang out for a bit. We started out outside but were pretty much forced to move inside after I realized that I had already gotten four mosquito bites and no one else was being bothered. They just love me for some reason, but I'll definitely say that it's not mutual. After going inside Miles and I started working on a puzzle of the United States/images of presidents and famous places. I got the top finished, and Miles almost finished the bottom but naturally there were a few pieces missing. Then we gave up and I ate popsicles.

We came home and I made some hot chocolate and hamburger helper. We ate dinner then Miles went back to sleep for a bit. I laid down for about an hour, but I didn't sleep any. My stomach wasn't feeling awesome so I couldn't fall asleep. That's fine though, I didn't need the hour of sleep, and my stomach feels much better now.

I'm really kind of hungry again. I don't know what I want...I assume I'll probably just have either a bowl of cereal or a glass of chocolate milk. Both sound pretty delicious right now.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pictures/Post 2

This was the weather while Miles and I were waiting in the parking lot at the zoo.
And flowers...
Baby Stuff!
Onesies in order by color!
(when I get more they're be in order by size instead)A little over 25 weeks.Boxes I've made so far for baby shower favors.The other things I made for Miles for our anniversary.

Home, again.

Sometimes I come up with what I want the title of my blog post to be, then I realize I've already used it. Today it was going to be called "And we're back." Apparently that's what I used when we got back from South Dakota. I really need to come up with some better titles.

So, it's been a year as of today! Yesterday Miles and I left for Kansas City around 3:30. We stopped by Quik Trip for drinks, as you do, or as we do, when driving through Platte City. Then we headed to basically the plaza. We stayed at a bed and breakfast called Southmoreland and it was very strange at first, but very nice. This guy named Ben showed us around the place and took our orders for breakfast in the morning. After we got settled in Miles took a "shower" then we headed down to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. Neither of us had been there, so we were completely sure on what to expect. Sadly they didn't have chicken fried chicken, but they did have chicken and biscuits...which is not something I'd think to put together. It was pretty good, but fairly expensive (I think everything is expensive). I got three pieces of chicken that wasn't breaded, mashed potatoes and some biscuits all in country gravy. At first I thought the gravy tasted more like alfredo sauce, but then it slowly started to taste like wasn't very country though. We had planned on getting some cheesecake, but were both too full. We headed back to the room and played Scrabble. I won after playing 10 turns each, then we played 5 more and Miles won those. My letters were almost always "AAEEIOU" and apparently Miles wasn't drawing very many vowels. We had similar problems there.
Then, we headed to bed. Miles fell asleep around 10 since he hadn't slept since 11:45 the night before, and I went to sleep at 10:30ish, even though I woke up at noon that day. By the time I actually got ready for bed and laid down I wasn't very tired. The bed was pretty comfy but it hurt my back as just about every bed does. Miles woke up at 7 and went to read and smoke then I woke up at 7:45. Our breakfast was scheduled for 9, so I took a "shower" then finished getting ready.
Now let me tell you about these showers. They had a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom but no shower. So, to make up for the no shower, they had the shower head attached to the tub. Basically, I took a bath with a shower head that I had to hold for the majority of the time. It wouldn't have been that bad if the water wasn't always way too hot or way too the central air was on which made the bathroom even colder. When Ben was giving us the tour he called it a European shower. Psh, that's why I don't go to Europe.
After eating breakfast (french toast with peaches, some kind of fruit drink, and a pork chop) we finished getting ready then checked out.

We planned on going to the zoo today, but it decided to storm instead. We waited in the parking lot for about 45 minutes to an hour waiting for the rain to subside, but when it did it didn't last for long. Miles still wanted to go in but since I didn't know what the plan was before leaving home, I had only packed flip flops. My flip flops get super slick when wet and I didn't have any kind of jacket or sweater to wear. Plus I knew I wouldn't be getting my camera out in the rain. So, we headed home. Then I took a nap.

Miles opened his presents today. I think he liked them. I ended up getting a frame thing and a box from Hobby Lobby that I painted up and such. The frame has a picture of us from the wedding in it and the box is empty for the time being. I'm going to make cards with verses on them so I can put them in his lunch every night. I would have done that already but of course I ran out of time.

Now it's about 5:15 and I'm pretty tired...again. I don't know why. I've gotten enough sleep and I've had some coffee today...and more sleep on top of that. I think I'll just make some hot chocolate and do some laundry. Maybe I'll wash the dishes later. We'll see.

On an unrelated note, Anna is moving a ton today. I like it but since they're getting stronger and way more often since I can feel the smaller movements now, it's odd. I'm thinking Miles and I need to go register at Target soon. Then print baby shower invitations.

There's always lots to do.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I've made something!

We're having Bible study again tonight. That being said, I have a bit of cleaning to do...again. But, not as much and it definitely won't take as long. Amber and Zach are coming over, I believe. My friend, Chelsea, has shown some interest in coming but wasn't able to last week and is busy again tonight. Hopefully sometime the days will work and she'll be able to make it.

In other news, this Saturday is Miles and my one year anniversary! It's gone by super fast. I'm not very good with gifts, especially for him, and of course he's really good with gifts. I had an idea for a gift for him that didn't quite work out, but it's evolved into something else, that I think I like more. For this purpose, I hope Miles doesn't read this, but in case he does - Miles, don't click these links!

It took quite a few hours to make, but I'm okay with that.

In other news, these are the cupcakes I've been talking about for the baby shower.

I think they're super cute.

And that's all for now. It's 3 and I still have to eat some lunch, clean and shower before 7. I guess that still gives me 4 hours so I should be okay.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

My finger hurts!

This will be short. I've burnt my finger today and though it's not bad enough to blister (yet) it hasn't stopped hurting. I burnt it around 5 while draining water from some ravioli, then took a nap til about 8. I had to try sleeping with my hand in a towel with a bag of ice-->water in it. I woke up with a headache and realized I had gotten a sunburn while at the garage sale. The sunburn isn't that bad, doesn't hurt or anything but it is making me tired and warm.

I'll definitely be going to sleep early tonight. No 4am bedtime for me.

I do think I need to eat again, though. Last time Miles and I went shopping I bought a few things of Yoplait Whips (yogurt is okay in my book, but the chunks of fruit are not). I bought strawberry and chocolate mousse, which I figured would be either delicious or disgusting, but I was hoping for the best. Just before starting to type this up I whipped it out (pun intended) and decided to give it a try. It basically tasted like strawberry yogurt with a very strange chocolate aftertaste. All in all it wasn't good.

I really need to start coming up with interesting material before starting to type an entry.

Friday, June 4, 2010

I'm stoked...

about my purchase today. I was at Wal-Mart buying a few things to price the stuff Miles and I were putting in Mandy and Matt's garage sale. After I had what I needed for that, I thought I'd check to see if I could find something that would work to hang earrings on or stick magnets to for my stuff at art.i.facts. I headed to the clearance aisles, and of course they didn't have what I was looking for, but they did have...dun dun dun...DIAPERS! There were three boxes of Pampers Swaddlers for newborns packs of 84 for $10.00 each when they're normally $19.77.

That makes me happy.

What doesn't make me happy is that my pinky hurts from a hangnail. Typing is not making if feel any better.

Here's something else that makes me happy: I've organized the closet in this here computer room so I can hang Anna's clothes! Of course the majority of the clothes I have for her so far don't have hangers just yet, so they're still in a bag in the closet, but it's nice that not everything is on the floor. It's also nice that I'll have that room to use for her clothes and such. I like her. She's also been kicking me a lot today...or maybe just moving a lot. I can't tell, but I do know that I like when it makes me belly move.

Now I think I should go to sleep. I'm tired and tomorrow/today I'm going to go try to help with the garage sale after I'm up and around. Hopefully I can be of some assistance.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I'm always hungry.

I feel bad when I'm hungry. I feel like I'm not eating enough for the banana to grow. I guess this just means I'll have to eat more, which is cool with me. The problem now is that I don't want to dirty any dishes.

I've just finished washing the dishes, cleaning the counters, killing about 4 trillion ants, and cleaning the bathroom. The bathroom is probably the worst thing in the world. There's tons of soap scum (woot) from Miles' bar soap that I scrap off with a card. Currently I'm using phone cards that Justin gave me. The smaller ones for your key chain work better than the bigger debit card sized ones.

Tomorrow evening we're having Bible study over here so I've been feeling the need to clean. Really, I've needed to clean for about 10 years anyway, so it's working out nicely.

It seems that tomorrow will be a busy day for me. This is how it's looking so far:
-Stop by art.i.facts between noon and 4 to drop off more stuff I've made and a price list.
-Clean more.
---Vacuum everywhere
---Dust the living room
---Dust our bedroom
---Put clothes away
---Clean up around the living room
---Clean off the table in the kitchen
---Sweep the kitchen floor (I think Miles is going to do that, actually)
-Bible study at 7
-I assume I should prepare some kind of food for this gathering.

Anna is moving right now and I love it.

Mr. Hall, how can I answer that?...

The topic is Haiti and she's talking about some little party.

Hello! It was his fiftieth birthday!

Whatever! If she didn't do the assignment, I can't do mine.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

And we're back.

We've returned from the southern of the two Dakotas!

It was a good time, though the weather was atrocious. If it wasn't snowing, it was raining, and if it wasn't raining it was gloomy and cold. The best was a combination of all of those things! I still blame Tom. Naturally the best weather we had up there was on our last day...then it was beautiful! And now St. Joe is handing over some almost as unpleasant weather.

I'm really hoping that I start nesting soon. There is so much cleaning/organizing that needs to happen in this apartment that I just want to have the urge to actually do it.

I do wish we had enough rooms in this apartment to have a nursery. I just want to decorate a nursery...I don't actually care about having one for any reason other than that. I just want to decorate.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Dream babies are not ideal.

I'm about tired of these dreams.

The first dream I remember from last night was different and not related to babies. It was May 21, 2011 and I was spending the deal I guess how you would if you knew it was the last day. But, it also wasn't how I'd spend my last day. I was laying in a sleeping bag in a house that was supposed to be my parents', then I was watching a TV show with some guys dancing. The news was talking about how the guys on the dancing show were more annoying than before. Someone kept asking if Obama should ask if the world was going to end...but he never did.
Then I was making some macaroni and cheese and Amber was there. We were talking about the time that it was supposed to happen. I said 10:24 and she said three minutes until 9. Of course then it was 10:23 and we looked outside. A little after it turned 10:24 the sky turned bright pink/purple with huge fluffy grey clouds. We grabbed hands and said, "It's happening!" Then I woke up breathing heavy. I hate the dreams that affect me physically.

My next dream started with Aimee and Josh having Collin again. Like, they already had him and then Aimee gave birth to him again, basically redoing the last 3 years. Someone was holding him outside and he needed a jacket so I looked through his clothes to find him something. Then my mom and dad were outside in their front yard, so I grabbed my camera and went to take a few pictures of some flowers. It was sprinkling and I was talking to someone on the phone while walking in the yard and I fell. Then I got up and tried to take pictures of the flowers. The front yard turned into the lobby in the fine arts building at Missouri Western and there were tons of people there.
My 'baby' was on a plate. My baby this time was a small green oyster/compact mirror thing with a mouth. My mom told me to give the baby a tiny piece of gummy bear, so I tried that. Then the baby ate the gummy bear piece and a skittle. Later the baby turned into a tiny termite type bug. It kept crawling in and out of a glass of pop and I was afraid I was either going to lose it or accidentally smash it.

I don't like these baby dreams.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Clones, the harmless kind.

These were my first attempts at this. It's fun.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Oh yeah, this is what it's like.

I forgot how annoying being burnt is until today.

Yesterday I spent about 3 hours outside at a track meet in Elwood taking pictures for my dad. He really wanted a good shot of a girl on his team named McKenzie because she's a super good 400/800/1600 meter runner. So, I took pictures of her and lots of other people. I meant to grab some sunscreen before I went but of course I forgot. Now, I'm burnt. Well, let's get this straight: my arms, my face, a patch on my chest, and a strip on my neck/back are burnt. I also was wearing my watch yesterday...yep.

I just forgot how stupid burns are. I'm freezing, then burning up...and I'm tired. I took a nap but woke up because I was just unbearably hot on that futon. It's like my body heat warms things up to 200 degrees even though I should be a good 98.6. Oy vey.

In other news, I have tons of pictures and I don't feel like editing any of them. I have senior pictures from Monday that I'm moving unbelievably slowly on and these track photos that my dad really wants to see that I only edit when I'm tired of looking at the same people.

And I need to wash dishes. I just don't want to. It's just so much easier to not wash them than it is to wash them.

I was happy that I ended up not having to go take pictures today. I am just a little worn out on pictures for the week. But, I will be going to take some tomorrow at 11. I'll be tired, but I can always attempt another nap when I get home.

I'm starting to actually feel pregnant. I finally feel the pressure on my lower abdomen's comforting in a way, but strange. I'm excited for the 12th so I can hear the heartbeat again. That's my favorite so far.

Ohhh, pictures.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I'm full.

I should really be sleeping right now. It's currently 12:34 am and I have a doctor's appointment at 8:45 tomorrow morning. I'm going to need to wake up in about 6 hours...4 by the time I actually get to sleep. I think I might get to hear the heartbeat tomorrow. I think... They didn't say anything about it last time, but from what the internet tells me I'm right around that time. Miles is going to try to come with me, but if he's too tired my mom is coming along and bringing Collin. I don't know how well that will work, but I guess it'd be nice to not have to go alone.

The big bonus to having the appointment so early is that I should be able to stop by Burger King in Platte City on the way home to get a Croissanwich (surely, that's spelled wrong). I love those things. They're delicious. I wish they sold them all day...but I guess it's good that they don't because I think that's the only thing I'd ever eat.

Miles and I worked on taxes tonight. What a confusing time. All of that goes way over my head from lack of exposure. I've never had to deal with that stuff on my own before...or really at all.

In other news I'm fairly close to being done with the wedding pictures I took on the 27th. I'm now at the excruciating point - all of the family/bridal party pictures. Bleh! There are so many of each picture and I have to lighten and take down the contrast on all of them and it's just not fun. I do hope to finish them by Saturday, though...especially since I told Deidra that I'd probably have them done by the end of this week. I guess that turnaround is way too fast so if it's not that soon it can't be too big of a deal.

I think those are pretty. They're from the first couple of pictures I took that day. It was bright and pretty cold that day, but at least it wasn't freezing/raining/snowing/something else horrible out.

Now I should definitely try to sleep since my eyes are getting a little tired...I'm going to take advantage of this moment!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Oh! That's why!

So, over the last couple of days I've been feeling much better than a few weeks before that. Previously, everything food wise had sounded disgusting and I really just wasn't very hungry. I'd try to eat something, and feel better after that, but not 100%. Then I'd occasionally get a nauseous feeling that wouldn't last for very long.
Lately I've been eating more, so that's good, and I've been taking my prenatal vitamin a night (because when I wasn't eating much I'd always eat at night and you're supposed to take the vitamin with food). So, I've been just keeping with that schedule and taking it at night. Last night and tonight have been the same in that about half an hour after taking the vitamins I start the feel that same nausea that only lasts for a few minutes. It's the vitamin! Sure, the whole pregnancy thing isn't really helping, but it's totally the vitamin that's making me feel sick. That's why I've been feeling better during the day lately.

Tomorrow is my last day at Kmart. I'm pretty stoked, but also a tad bit sad. I really do like most of the people I work with. And some of them I've worked with for a few years now, so that's a little sad. But, I think I'll get over it quickly. It'll be nice to be able to spend these next months at home. Growing in the belly and taking pictures. I look forward to both of those things.

I'm fairly tired at the moment. Not tired enough to sleep, though I really wish I was. I've been a huge bum today. I woke up right before noon, and just sat around. I designed a birthday card for Justin, played a game on Facebook, looked at a couple of craft/design blogs, messaged Deidra about her wedding photos, washed the dishes, ate way too big of a lunch, and watched a couple episodes of The Practice with Miles. I think that's one thing I will miss about work. It always gives me an excuse to get out even if it is to go to Kmart for hours. I guess with the pending warmer weather I'll be getting out to take pictures and just to enjoy it. I'm really looking forward to that. I've been wanting to go to my parents for cook outs lately. I just like that. And I like walks and just trotting along with my camera. I plan on going to Squaw Creek when it's not so dead outside to take pictures. Then I have two senior photo sessions set up. I really need to work on getting more of those figured out, so I'll be contributing something to this household til I get too big to where I'm going to pop. Then I give myself the okay to stop the money making.

Sometime next week I'm going to (attempt to) make Miles steak, shrimp, baked beans and corn on the cob. Now I know I can make the baked beans and corn and the shrimp because it's coming from a box and all I'll have to do is throw it in the over. It's the steak that I'm a little concerned about. I've never made steak before...but I guess I'll learn for this occasion.

Now I think it'd be a good idea for me to play this game a little more then read some and try to sleep. I hope I will be successful at it.

Monday, January 11, 2010

I should really just go to sleep.

So, I'm sitting here working on pictures from the wedding. It's not all. I really don't want to be the main photographer on weddings anymore. There are too many people and just far too much pressure. There were many times when the flash on my camera didn't go off because the batteries weren't super brand new anymore (I went through so many batteries it's almost ridiculous). Those pictures looked pretty dark on my camera, but after uploading them I saw that they are basically black when on a computer. Oops.

They didn't really want any fun pictures and it was super cold. Not to mention the fact that it was a Catholic wedding and they're super long and boring. They had to do all these things that really weren't photo-worthy but I felt like a slacker when I sat down for a second to say something to my mom and get new batteries.

Hopefully I can get these pictures done fairly soon. In February or March I am going to take some maternity photos of Rebekah's sister. The baby is due in April, so hopefully it'll work out.
Then on June 5th I am taking photos at a reception. That should be pretty laid back and fun. I don't know how much they expect from me...but I do look forward to it not getting dark so early. We could actually do some pictures outside!

Saturday I was super tired. I couldn't get to sleep on Friday night since I had been closing all week I didn't have any reason to go to sleep early. I got to sleep around 2 and woke up at 6. I went to the hair place to take some pictures, but that really wasn't very necessary, though I thought I would get some good pictures from there...I really didn't. I got there around 8:30, then I drove to the church around 11. I had no idea where I was going, so they tried to tell me before I left the hair place, but of course I drove too far the first time. I had to do a U turn right by 36 highway. Finally I got there and got some pictures of her dress taken.
Then we did the groomsmen pictures, bridesmaids pictures, some of Rebekah by herself and Steven by himself. Then the wedding....oohhhh the wedding.
Then the family pictures, which was torture.

Going off to the reception was a relief, and driving home was an even bigger relief.

Miles and I got home probably around 9:30 and I went to sleep at 10:30. I was exhausted and my eyes were so very tired. I woke up at 9:40 today. I drank coffee, ate cereal, then went back to sleep until noon.

I'm glad it's over, but I wish these pictures would edit themselves.