Baby Update

Since I have hardly posted anything about the baby, I thought I would give a baby update. It’s funny because when I was pregnant with Norah – our world totally revolved around being pregnant. Now, with 2 other children, I don’t have a lot of time to think about being pregnant. If I am tired – it doesn’t hit me until the girls are in bed. If I don’t feel good – I don’t have time to think about it.
Anyway, I am 27 weeks, but because I am having a c-section a week early, I really just have 12 weeks to go. What?! 12 weeks – where did my 2nd trimester go?
The baby is moving constantly – especially when I am in bed. I have started feeling what is probably hiccups. The girls are getting really excited about the baby. They both are constantly hugging my belly and talking to the baby.
Since we don’t know what we are having, we really haven’t narrowed down names at all. In fact, our lists keep getting longer and longer. We have about 6 boys names and maybe 10 girls names. Kevin doesn’t really like to tell others our names so I won’t list them here. Before Lucy was born we had a different name picked out for her, then about 3 days before my c-section, Kevin said he wasn’t sold on the name, so we went back to the drawing board. We ended up with Lucy Mae. So even if we choose a name – it could still change.

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The Mural!

Denise, Contessa, and my mom came to our house a couple of days before Will’s birthday party. Denise and I have been talking about her painting a mural in the basement, but owning a successful business keeps her VERY busy!
As soon as they got to our house, Denise got busy painting. Sadly, I didn’t take any pictures of her actually painting.
We love it!! Thanks, Denise!
Here is the finished mural:

Weekend Recap . . .Finally!

We are still having some issues – but for now I can post a few pictures.

My nephew, Will, turned 2 last week (I can’t believe it – it seems like he was just born!) so we went to the zoo to celebrate! It was CRAZY at the zoo because they were having Boo at the Zoo. The kids had a great time collecting candy and admiring all the animals. Seriously, I don’t think we will ever tire of going to the zoo!!

Here are a few pics. . .just realized that somehow I didn’t even get any of the birthday boy! I will have to try to get some of him from someone else.

Computer Problems

We are having some computer problems. I can check blogs, email, etc. but I can’t upload pics nor can I find any of my pictures (Kevin did just back up the pics last week, thank goodness).

Much of what I have to blog about I have pictures to post. I think I will wait a couple of days to see if Kevin can get all this figured out.

Hopefully, more to come in a couple of days.

Lake of the Ozarks

This weekend we went to the Lake with our small group from church.  Our church has a marriage retreat house on the lake for small groups to go for marriage enrichment.  We had a great time!!  At the moment we are the only ones with kids (although 2 other girls are pregnant) and the other couples were very kind to invite the girls to come with us.  We have only ever been to the lake in the summer so it was fun to go in the fall.  We were able to enjoy God’s incredible creation as we looked across the lake at the leaves changing colors!  Beautiful!

Kevin and the girls on the dock from the house.
We had yummy food – we have excellent cooks in our group!  We went to Ha Ha Tonka State Park for a hike (Kelsey and I just went on the short one to the castle ruins).  The others went on a longer hike/trail down 316 steps (Kevin and Lucy ended up not making it – imagine that).  Norah wanted to keep going so she stayed with the rest of the group and walked ALL the way down and ALL the way back up.  I thought for sure Norah would need to be carried back up, but she toughed it out!!  We found out later that Norah told Jenny and Kristy some tall tales on the hike (like that she held a baby deer on her camping trip – what?)

Lucy seemed to think it was her job to entertain Dave and Kelsey by making up songs about “naked bodies” and “poopy diapers.”  I’m sure she was just preparing them for becoming parents.
We ate a late lunch at Dog Days.  Our service wasn’t great, but the view and the weather was great!!
We went miniature golfing after lunch.  Norah had a great time and did really well!  Lucy enjoyed walking on the bricks and dropping her ball into the hole.  The grown-ups all had a great time, too!  

The girls didn’t have a nap so they were both very tired.  They were both in bed and asleep by 7:30 so the grown-ups could have a relaxing dinner without them.  We grilled out and had yummy sides.  We finished the evening with our own version of the Newlywed Game.   We laughed SO hard I thought Kelsey or I might go into labor right there!
Lucy woke Kevin at 5:30 this morning while the rest of us slept a little later.  After another yummy breakfast we packed up and headed out.
The girls did really well the whole weekend!  I was quite proud of them!  They had a blast with so much attention from all the grown-ups.  At one point Lucy asked if everyone was coming home with us.  And later she asked if “Mr. Aberle” was coming to our house.  
The girls are exhausted again – because they didn’t nap on the way home and played outside for several hours once we got home.
We had a great time with everyone!  It was great to get to know everyone a little better!  We can’t wait to go again!!

I guess being so well-behaved all weekend was a little much for Lucy.  Here she is on the way home.  She looks so pleasant, doesn’t she?

Toddler Thursday Theme – Black and White Animals

Last week we had a VERY laid back week of school – since Lucy was sick.  Norah was fine – but Lucy wanted to be held a lot and that made it difficult to get anything done with Norah.  By Friday morning the girls were both asking to do school so we did a few things – but we will continue this week.  

Lucy matched animals to animal cards.  All the animals were black and white animals.
The girls drew with white chalk on black paper.  They seemed to also enjoy making smudges on their pictures after drawing.
We worked on making patterns – Norah enjoys and can finish pretty difficult patterns (ABC and ABAAB).  Lucy on the other hand, had no interest.  I tried just to get her to copy an AB pattern and she just wanted to put the white blocks together and the black ones together.
The girls made pandas with black and white circles.  This is Lucy’s.  The picture of Norah’s didn’t turn out very well.