Our First Snow

There is nothing like the first snow of the season when you are 2 and 4.  As soon as I opened the girls’ shade this morning they were oohing and aahing as if they had never seen snow before (in all reality, Lucy may not remember ALL the snow last year).  Although I am not a snow person, it is quite fun to see their faces filled with excitement.  

Happy Thanksgiving!

We spent the day at my SIL, Shawna’s, parents.  We had 10 adults and 4 kids.  The food was excellent – although I filled up much more quickly this year since my stomach is being squished by a little one.  

Shawna’s mom used to teach elementary P.E. so she always has lots of fun things for the kids to do.  The weather was INCREDIBLE and their backyard is HUGE so we spent quite a bit of time outside!

Kevin’s parents are here for most of today- not sure what our plan is.  Are we brave enough to head out to some stores?  I would like to go to Michaels, Gymboree, and Toys R US.  I know – totally random stores.  Michaels, of course, is having a big sale plus good coupons.  I want to get a kit to make a gingerbread house.  Norah’s theme this week is fox and the recommended book is gingerbread man.
Norah saw a skirt at Gymboree – not just any skirt, but a HOT PINK TULLE skirt.  They are having a 30% off sale and I have a 20% off coupon.  I think Norah will be totally excited on Christmas to open this skirt!
We are looking for a doll house for the girls.  I am incredible picky and can’t decide what I want them to have.  If you have little girls and have a suggestion – let me know. 

Lucy’s First Drawings

Lucy drew a couple of pictures and actually labeled them.  Normally, she just scribbles, but this time she deliberately drew pictures.  

This first one is a spider.  I think she actually wanted to draw a face based on her language as she drew, but when she finished it, she looked at me and said, “I made a spider!”
She said this second one is a face.  As she drew the eyes she counted “1 eye, 2 eyes!”

Thanks to my great husband for getting me the scanner!  I have had a number of drawings that I wanted to scan and now I can!! Yea!

What’s that Sound?

Oh, it’s . . silence!!  That’s right – my girls are asleep – not just in bed, but actually asleep.  The girls are doing great in their bunk beds, but Norah hasn’t napped since.  She has a rest time either in my room or in the baby’s room – but she is busy coloring and writing.  Every once in a while she has seemed tired, but she won’t give up and fall asleep.  

Norah had multiple meltdowns today and actually has bags under her eyes, so both girls were in bed by 6:45.  Hopefully, this will help Norah catch up on sleep.  Lucy goes to bed by 7 every day anyway, so 15 minutes doesn’t make much of a difference.  

*Update

*Just an addition to my post yesterday.  A different nurse called me late afternoon yesterday to talk about the results of my 3 hour glucose test.  Since a nurse called me the day before, I was a little confused.  The nurse yesterday said basically that I was borderline gestational diabetes so they do want me to follow their diet plan.  She was putting it in the mail to me.  I go see the doctor on December 3, so I am anxious to talk to him and find out why the 2 nurses basically told me 2 different things.  The first nurse basically told me to eat a well balanced diet and try to avoid greasy fast food.  The nurse yesterday told me I need to follow their diet (I did mention to the nurse yesterday that she was telling me something different and she couldn’t really explain why).  

I am anxious to get the diet in the mail to see how this is going to affect how I eat on Thanskgiving, Christmas, and my birthday.  

Quick Little Update. . .Nothing Exciting

Other than the girls being sick – nothing else is gong one here.  Norah has an ear infection – according to the doctor it is really bad.  Besides the antibiotic, he prescribed her some eardrops for the pain – which he has never done before.  Poor girl!  

I had to go for the 3 hour glucose screening on Friday because my numbers were too high after the 1 hour.  Oddly enough, this time I was 140 (seriously no idea what the number actually represents) and they want you to be below 140.  What does that mean you ask?  I have no idea.  I don’t technically have gestational diabetes – thank goodness – but I’m also a little higher than the doctor would prefer.  According to the nurse I am just supposed to monitor my diet a little better – limit fast food intake as much as possible and try to eat a balanced diet.  Other than sometimes indulging in a craving, I don’t think I eat that bad.  I’ll just try to be a little more carefull – I will need some serious willpower over the holiday season.  I LOVE to make Christmas kind and often make 8-10 different kinds.  I may have to take a year off, though, so I am not tempted to eat too many!!
It is hard to believe that we will be having the baby in 9 weeks!  I have my c-section scheduled and we have started to count down.  I think we have actually narrowed down our names to a couple of boys names and we may actually have a girls name!  Middle names are still totally up in the air.  With a last name like Swinigan (kind of a mouthful to say) I am incredible picky about the length of names!!  
Today was the last week of the women’s Bible study at our church.  The study I did was Lord, I Want to Know You by Kay Arthur.  It was excellent.  It is interesting to me that although I grew up in a great Bible teaching church, I didn’t know much about the names of God.  Sure, I had heard them before (names like Jehovah-jireh, Elohim, Adonai), but I never actually knew the specific meanings of each name.  Nor did I know how and when the names were revealed to the Israelites.  It was a great study and I would highly recommend it to anyone (our facilitator was excellent, too).  I will miss not going after Christmas, but I just don’t think I could with the baby coming.  By next fall – we will all be ready!  
I haven’t posted a lot about school with the girls for a little while.  We are still trucking away (mostly with Norah), but I have been a little too tired to worry about posting the details.  We have about 4 or 5 weeks left of the curriculum that we are using but we are going to take a break next week to do Thanksgiving stuff and we will take a break in December to do Christmas stuff.  We will still have school – we are just adding some of our own stuff so basically we will finish up the My Father’s World curriculum the week before the baby comes.  Should be perfect timing.
As I said – nothing too exciting – just normal everyday stuff. 

Lucy Funnies

A couple of Lucy’s new favorite phrases:

1. Wowah (that would be Norah, which she can say correctly if we tell her too), change your attitude.
2.  Why do I do all the work?  (she often asks this when she is picking up toys)
3.  Yes, Mommy and why, Mommy  (this is what she says when I tell her not to do something – such as, stay out of Norah’s bed)
I know there are many more – I just can’t remember!  I need to get better about posting things as soon as she says them!