24 February 2009
<--There's how Deacon decided to watch a movie the other night.
Here's Deacon. This is him. -->
I bought the boys some new boots for when it rains. Zeke's has dinosaurs and Deacon's has frogs. I think they like them. In fact, Deacon wore his around the house the entire time "Finding Nemo" was on.
<-- I've decided Zeke drinks too much juice and started giving him more water. This is him going through withdrawl.
On Sunday, I thought the boys looked SO handsome that I took some pictures. Sadly, the pictures really don't do the boys any justice.
AND! As you can see by my fabulous map, Josh has made it to Juneau. He gets back on the boat today and will (hopefully) make it to Anchorage on Thursday!
Okay, that's all I have for now. Thank you for indulging my whim there. You guys are the best!
20 February 2009
As you can see, not only did Canada wind up looking like one giant rectangle (I modified the one edge a little), but I completely forgot that Alaska is actually attached to Canada. I mean, doesn't everyone know that Alaska is actually an island way out there by itself? At least the boys are only 3 and 1, so they don't know any better yet. I also printed a picture of me and the boys to put in Oklahoma since, you know, that's where we still are...
18 February 2009
I actually got started on my journey around 10AM Saturday morning. Oklahoma flew past and before I knew it I was in North Texas hill country. I missed a good photo opportunity as right after the Welcome to Texas sign there was a "Don't mess with Texas, littering $1000 fine" sign. The weather was beautiful and I made good time. After cutting across the Northern part of TX I made my way through most of New Mexico. I visited Red Rocks, NM before calling it quits for the day in Gallup, just shy of the Arizona border. New Mexico was stunning, and possessed an austere beauty I did not expect.
Day 2 started with me crossing into Arizona shortly before sunrise.
I stopped by the Petrified Forest, it was closed. That saddened me but I pushed on making great time through the eastern desert. The landscape was much the same as NM until I climbed into the mountains around Flagstaff. In the higher elevations there was a lot of snow.
All told, the trip was 2,387 miles. I am glad that most of the driving is behind me, and I am sure Beth will keep you updated as I start the next leg.
17 February 2009
Where to begin? I've been meaning to blog each day as it happened, as Josh emailed me pictures of his day's journey, as things go on, but I haven't. So now I have to catch up a little. This post is just going to be about us. Tomorrow (or the next day) I will put together a post on Josh's drive to Washington, complete with pictures. Until then, let me entertain you with some stories from the boys.
Yesterday, I was cooking dinner and thinking about Zeke's speech. I was specifically thinking about how he doesn't pronounce S's when they are on the front of words ("Hammie" for Sammie, "nomen" for snowmen) and I was wondering if he could say them if they were at the end of words instead. So, I thought long and hard for a word that ended in s, and said to him, "Hey, Zeke. Can you say kiss?" He looked at me, yelled, "YUCK!", and then took off running through the house repeating the word yuck over and over.
For those of you who don't know this, whenever we say goodbye to someone, we don't just say bye and that's all. No, my boys say, "Bye. Tchuess. Ciao." (Tchuess, which sounds like "juice" but with more of a "ch" sound in front, is bye in German, and Ciao, pronounced "chow", is bye [and I think hi] in Italian, and really lots of European countries.) So, Deacon loves to say this. He has also started to learn how to count and can make it all the way to three. Also, whenever a helicopter flies over our house we say "Bye. Tchuess. Ciao Harold!" Harold being the helicopter from Thomas the Tank Engine. So, the other day, as a helicpoter flew out of sight Deacon waved and said, "Bye. Tchuess. Three!" And reading that here makes it seem sort of "So?" but I assure you, it was funny in the moment.
Also last night, I was putting laundry away in Zeke's room when I heard him in the living room yelling, "HUP! HUP!" I walked back in and saw him throwing raisins and peanuts in the air like he was Scrooge McDuck and his snack was gold coins. And, of course, this meant there was raisins and peanuts all. over. the. floor. See?
And then today, I got home from MOPS only to find out that I had left the house without my house key and the boys and I were locked out. I called our landlady, who was out taking care of business. Perfect. Luckily, and I truly praise God for this, Zeke is occassionnally (I can never remember which letters get doubled in that word, so I just go for them all) fascinated with the locks on his windows, and it just so happened that the last time he played with them, he left them in the unlocked position, so I was able to remove the screen, open the window from the outside and open up the door to let the boys in (they were safely in the garage, not just wandering up and down the street or anything).
And Zeke about broke my heart last night with the manner in which he asked for Josh, but I will spare you and your heart strings that story. Just know that Daddy is sorely missed by his little boy.
Now I am off to clean up the aforementioned raisins and peanuts (no, I didn't do it last night, shame on me) and to relax a little while the boys nap. I shall leave you, though, with some videos of the proper way to eat macaroni and cheese. You know, in case you were confused. Bye! Tchuess! Ciao!
14 February 2009
It's the books. Those books are the Little Critter books that Linda got for Zeke for Christmas two years ago. Those books are "it" right now. Zeke always has them either in his bed with him, carries the stack of them around, or has them on the floor next to his bed. And this has been every day for the past week or two. It's fabulous.
12 February 2009
09 February 2009
It came from my dear friend, Tracy, and I just wanted to share it with you all since I enjoy it that much. If you are interested in seeing more works by this artist (Anne Taintor), and all the various objects you can get them on (cards, messenger bags, magnets, etc) you can click here, and be taken right to her site. You now have an assignment. Go to the site linked, click on the "Find Your Favorite Taintorette" option. Pick your favorite and either leave a comment with your favorite caption or post your favorite on your own blog. It'll be fabulous! Just like this card.
07 February 2009
1. WAS YOUR PREGNANCY PLANNED?
Yes. Mostly. We didn't really expect it to happen so quickly when we decided to "see what happens."
2. WERE YOU MARRIED AT THE TIME?
Yes. For about two years, I think.
3. WHAT WERE YOUR REACTIONS?
Excited, shocked it happened so fast.
4. WAS ABORTION AN OPTION FOR YOU?
Not at all!
5. HOW OLD WERE YOU
6. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT?
home pregnancy test, then the blood and urine tests at the clinic.
7. WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST?
Umm...I can't remember. I think Josh's parents? Either Josh's parents or my mom. Is it terrible that I don't remember? I think it was Josh's parents because we were headed to NJ (from Germany) about a week after we found out and thought it would be fun to wait and tell everyone in person, but he was on the phone with them the weekend before we left and just couldn't wait anymore.
8. DID YOU WANT TO FIND OUT THE SEX?
9. DUE DATE?
January 21st. Or the 25th. Sometime in there.
10. DID YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS?
I don't want to talk about it. Okay, I do. My "morning" sickness lasted ALL. DAY. LONG. For TEN WEEKS. It was awful. I lost 9 pounds my first trimester.
11. WHAT DID YOU CRAVE?
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!
12.WHAT IRRITATED YOU?
The smell of meat while it was being cooked.
13. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CHILD'S SEX?
14. DID YOU WISH YOU HAD THE OPPOSITE SEX OF WHAT YOU WERE GETTING?
Not at all. I always wanted my first to be a boy.
15. HOW MANY POUNDS DID YOU GAIN THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY
40/45 pounds or so. I blame the German hospitals and their giving you bread and cheese for two of the three meals every day.
16. DID YOU HAVE A BABY SHOWER?
17. WAS IT A SURPRISE OR DID YOU KNOW?
18. DID YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS DURING YOUR PREGNANCY?
I was put in the hospital on bed rest for the two weeks before Christmas because Zeke was threatening to come too early. It was about 32 weeks into my pregnancy.
19. WHERE DID YOU GIVE BIRTH?
St. Elisabeth's Hospital in Bad Kissingen, Germany
Josh, at about 11:30pm
21. WHO WATCHED YOU GIVE BIRTH?
Josh, the midwife we named "Grinchy" because she strongly resembled the Grinch, and the doctor.
22. WAS IT NATURAL OR C-SECTION?
23. DID YOU TAKE MEDICINE TO EASE THE PAIN?
Unfortuantely, no. There wasn't really enough time.
24. HOW MANY HOURS WERE YOU IN LABOR?
Umm...3ish. The lighter contractions started around 9:30pm. They broke my water and "real" labor started around midnight and he was born at 12:34am. SO, three hours? A half an hour? Take your pick.
25. HOW MUCH DID THE BABY WEIGH?
7 pounds 14 oz
26. WHEN WAS YOUR CHILD ACTUALLY BORN
January 3rd, 2006
30. WHAT DID YOU NAME HIM/HER?
Ezekiel Xenophon Walter