Friday, May 30, 2008

Question: How do you get a woman who is 8 months pregnant to move quickly?

Answer: Have her 3 year old child do a flip into the pool.

I found the answer to this question yesterday when Wesley and I went to the pool for our daily dose of some fun in the sun.

We've been going to the pool often and have REALLY been enjoying it. Our routine is usually pretty flawless. I pack our beach bag with some grapes, oranges, water, crackers, sunscreen, towels, and pool toys.

We walk to the pool in our complex (which by the way is an amazing pool. It's HUGE and so pretty and clean!)

We then pick out loungers, put our towels on them, put our sunscreen on, then put Wesley's floaties on.

I usually lay in the sun a bit to try and get some color, and Wesley enjoys playing on the steps in the pool in front of me with his toys.

I then get in, we swim a bit, get out, eat snacks, swim some more, etc.

Well, yesterday Wesley was feeling a bit adventurous and thought it would be fun to walk along a different side of the pool. Of course I had my full attention on him... and I told him he was going to fall in the pool... did he listen, of course not... and did he fall in... yes!

I don't know how he managed to do it, but he did a flip into the pool. As soon as I saw him go in (even though he had his floaties on) I jumped up from my lounger and plunged in after him.

He was shocked that he fell in and was pretty upset about it. I calmed him down and assured him he was okay.

I tell you, I didn't think I could move so fast! I guess it's that motherly part of a woman that can make her do things she didn't think possible.

The down side of the whole experience is that I hit my tail bone on the side of the pool when I jumped in and messed my back up a little from the impact of my feet hitting the bottom of the pool.

So Wesley's lesson - don't get close to the edge of the pool unless you want to get wet.

My lesson - don't go to the pool without Michael until AFTER I've had the baby!

You know what's great though, Wesley was freaked out about the whole thing, but today he was asking to go to the pool again. I was worried he wouldn't want to mess with it for a while, but he seems to not really care about it much.

I will post some pictures of our fun in the sun as soon as I have a chance! With Sophia's arrival drawing near, and the fact that Michael and I will be 100% on our own for her arrival (all the while Michael is preparing for the BAR exam which has our whole future riding on it!), I've got to start getting things ready now! I've been cleaning like crazy, trying to get everything organized and in it's place!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Today I worked (or re-worked I should say) Wesley and Sophia's bedroom. I keep getting new ideas to make it look cute.

My best friend Janet made Sophia's name in white wooden letters attached to pink and white bows. I LOVE it, and had to hang it up today!

Oh, and today Wesley got a haircut. I am not happy with it, as it's very short - but he doesn't like it when I do his hair everyday. He prefers short hair that doesn't require anything special being done to it. But, I miss his thick and wavy blonde hair already.

Here Wesley is having fun playing with his new favorite toy - Geotracks.

Wesley's side of the room

A better quality shot of his side of the room
Showing of his new haircut
Sophia's side of the room

The letters Janet made (On top of her name is smaller letters it says "Princess")
A close up of the bows on the letters... so pretty!

A big thanks to Janet for making the letters/bows for me! The room finally looks complete with them hung on the wall!

Tomorrow is my baby shower. My mother in-law is doing it for me. I am excited and have been looking forward to it for some time now. It will be fun to see all the cute little things Sophia will get!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

On Saturday Michael thought it would be fun to take Wesley and I to the local railway museum. I wasn't too excited about it, but after we told Wesley we were going, he was SO excited, and that excitement rubbed off on me a bit!

We had just pulled up to the museum and told Wesley we were there... he was so happy!
He is a huge lover of Thomas the Tank Engine - and he loved the chance he had to sit on Thomas.
Here we are on the train. It was a nice train ride - it lasted a good hour!
There are hardly any pictures of Wesley and I - so though I have no makeup on, I jumped at the chance to have our picture taken together!
The beautiful scene from the window of the train as we went on our ride.

We had an enjoyable weekend - but now that it's come and gone - we once again are going to be experiencing stressful times in our household... Michael begins studying for the bar exam tomorrow. Granted, it's ten weeks of studying and prep. this time, rather than the three years school was, but we are still not looking forward to it.
We just have to keep telling ourselves - it's only TEN more weeks, THEN we are REALLY done! haha

Monday, May 12, 2008

At last, Michael is DONE with law school! As of Saturday, May 10th 2008 - he's an official graduate!

The past three years have been a long and hard road for our little family of three (soon to be four).

I don't think it's possible for anyone to know how difficult law school is - unless you have been through it yourself or are married to someone who has.

Michael started law school the fall semester of 2005. He was already a husband and a father to 9 month old Wesley.

The beginning of his first semester in law school Michael came down with viral meningitis - and was hospitalized for a week and missed a few more days after he came home from the hospital because he still wasn't 100%. Michael missed a lot of school, and that meant he needed to meet with the schools Dean.

The Dean told Michael that it would probably be best for him to withdraw and try again next year. After a lot of discussion and prayer, we decided together as husband and wife that Michael could be the odds - and he should continue with the semester. Trust me, it was no easy task, but Michael was able to finish the semester and pass all of his classes. That in itself is an amazing accomplishment.

Through out his three year career in law school he was faced with so may trials. Being so sick was the first trial, and there were many more to follow.

To sum it up, at the end of three years of law school we have celebrated many special occasions, lost loved ones, began growing our family, moved and now - we can add his graduation to that list.

It wasn't an easy road for Michael, but as his wife, I am so proud of him - but not just for graduating... I am mostly proud of him for never wavering in his faith in God.

Through all of the test, classes, papers, work, and trials, Michael's love for myself and Wesley was constant. He never allowed his busy schedule to interfere with his relationship with myself or our son. That is the greatest accomplishment of all.

To Michael - You are an amazing man, and there's no one I adore or admire more. You are going to do so many good things in your life, and I am so grateful that The Lord has blessed me with the gift of being your wife.

Okay - done with the sappy stuff... now for pictures!

Here he is getting ready to put on his cap and get ready to graduate!
Wesley and daddy celebrating together.

Michael is shaking hands with the Dean after his name was called.





Michael with one of the attorneys he will be working with.



A family picture in front of Red Robin (Michael's favorite restaurant) after graduation. (You can click to enlarge the picture to get a better look at everyone)
From the top - left to right-
Thomas (Michael's brother) Allison (Thomas' wife) Sarah (Stephan's wife) Stephan (Michael's brother)
Bottom - Chris (Michael's brother) Christa (Michael's Mom) Michael, Lillie, Arthur (Michael's Dad) and Wesley

Michael looking so handsome!

A closeup of the new graduate!

Friday, May 9, 2008

I decided I wanted to recover the rocking chair in Wesley and Sophia's room. I got it when I was pregnant with Wesley and from the time he was born to the present, I have rocked him to sleep in it. I also used to sit in it and nurse him at night.

Well, now that we are having a baby girl I thought it would be fun to have a pink chair - but that would cost a small fortune! So I went to Walmart and spent all of 8 dollars on fabric, and recovered it!
Before
After
(I am not good at this sort of stuff - so it doesn't look too great, but it's pink and it will get the job done!)

Michael graduates from law school tomorrow, and he was trying on his cap and gown, and we thought it would be fun to let Wesley see what he has to look forward to someday!



Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Most of you know (or should know) that Michael and I are HUGE baseball fans. We always have a game on TV, and we go to them as often as we can.

Last night we went to the Red/Cubs game and we had a BLAST! We went with our friends Aaron and Sandra.

I snapped some pictures of the game of course!


Here is our traditional baseball game pic. we always take at every game.
See how close we were to the players?? (That's Alfonso Soriano bending over right there.)
So here is the picture we will remember for the rest of our lives... I am not a Cubs fan, but I do really like Alfonso Soriano (he's a good guy and it's hard to find those in professional sports these days). Well, we were sitting so close that I walked down the steps up to the wall that separated the seats from the field. I asked the usher if I could get closer to snap a pic. and he said yes. Well, I yelled REALLY loud "Hey Soriano!!!! Wave to me!!! And guess what... he turned around and looked at me, SMILED, gave me a thumbs and, and waved back! I tried to snap the picture while he was waving, but our camera wasn't fast enough. This was the picture I took... and it's blurry because he was in motion when I took it. He had just finished waving and was putting his hand in his glove... but you can see him looking at me! Now for those of you who may not believe he waved at me, you can ask Michael and Aaron... they saw me waving around like an idiot and saw Soriano wave back! It was so much fun!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Wesley has been behaving so great lately. Our new system with the green, yellow, and red cards has really helped him to understand the difference between making good and bad choices, and the consequences that follow both.

Today we let Wesley on our computer for the first time, and he loved it! I cannot believe that a THREE year old is able to be on the computer playing and clicking away! He was on www.pbskids.org playing Dragon Tales, Teletubbies, etc. It was so much fun to see him smiling, laughing, and learning all at once.

Here is our little smarty pants playing on the computer. (You can see Sophia's bassinet in the bottom left hand part of the picture. We've got it set up and ready to go!)
He was really having fun painting online!
Here is the kids room. I changed things a bit. This is Sophia's side of the room. Nice and pink and pretty!
This is Wesley's side of the room - lots of boy stuff! (Notice the toy box to the right that is so stuffed it wont even close - not too mention his closet that's stuffed with more toys!)
This is what the room looks like from the door. That's Sophia's changing table (it used to be Wesley's of course) and then a little shelving system next to it to store diapers, wipes, etc. We set it up already with some diapers and a few wipes to start training Wesley NOT to touch them and play with them. So far, so good!
Wesley is still doing great with potty training. He hasn't had any accidents in over a week. We are so proud of our little man!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Today we drove down to Michael's parents and spent the day swimming. It was a lot of fun. Wesley really enjoyed learning how to swim. Sorry I don't have picture of it - I was too busy trying to get some sun myself!

After playing in the water we went to dinner with Michael's parents and his brother Chris. It was a lot of fun!

Here's Wesley with his Grandma Christa and Grandpa Arthur (Michael's parents) We took this tonight before dinner.
And of course when I asked Wesley to smile this is what I got!


Here is a cute picture of Chris enjoying his ice cream!

And here is Wesley and his Grandma. He is always talking about his Grandma Christa! It's so funny when we talk to her on the phone - he ALWAYS insists on talking to her, then he grabs the phone and runs away so we can't take the phone away. It's too cute.
That's all we've got for today! Just think - in two months our little baby daughter will be here and we will have TONS of pictures of her and her big brother Wesley to post!