Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cell Phone Pics

Every now & then I like to pull some of the pictures from my cell phone and share them. Sometimes (actually, most of the time), I don't have a camera with me, so my cell phone captures a lot of funny moments.

Like when Natalie decided she wanted to potty train GoGo...and then he had to take a bath

Or when my children decided that drinking ranch was WAY better than eating dinner

Here are some of all 3 girls being goofy

And just my girls

Of them at the park

And last, but not least - my blonde moment where I thought to myself "What kind of car takes AAA batteries?"

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Weekend Update

Eddie & Emma headed to Bryson City, NC today for a Day Out With Thomas. The train only comes through our area certain days a year, and he knew Emma would love to ride the train being pulled by Thomas. The girls & I stayed home and waited for them to be picked up by their dad, only for him not to show (since I've been out for summer, he's seen them 3 of his allotted 40+ summer visitation times - thank you Google Calendar for keeping me organized). I'm bummed they didn't get to go see Thomas the Train, but hope that they'll have fun when we take all three to Tweetsie Railroad next weekend.

Anyway, my parents and I took the girls out to lunch and shopping this afternoon. I really needed to stock up on a few back to school basics for my growing belly. I actually managed to go shopping and NOT buy anything for children. This is a first in a long time!

We'll probably go swimming tomorrow, or do something fun with all three girls before Emma goes home. We'll have her the last of the 4 full weeks during summer starting next weekend.

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Hectic Day

Yesterday was an interestingly hectic day for us. We all woke up at 9:15, because my alarm failed to go off at 8:30. I had to rush to straighten my hair (which normally takes 30 minutes, and I did in 8 without ending up in a burn unit), make a passable attempt at putting on makeup, get the three of us dressed (with an episode of Gabba in the background to keep Thing 1 and Thing 2 occupied) and into the car by 9:50. All of this, for a playdate and clothing party that was supposed to begin at 10. After buckling the girls in, I pull up FB on my phone to check the address and notice the party didn't start until 1. WTF.

As I'm contemplating what to do for three hours, I get various suggestions from the peanut gallery in the back. "Fwimming!", "Eat chicken with cows", "Mall and go shoppin", and "Beach" were just a few. I finally decided eating chicken with cows was the way to go, so we headed to Chick-Fil-A. We ate and played until a pack of wild 10 year olds made their appearance 45 minutes later. Afterwards, we went to the nice Walmart (ha) and the girls picked out their very own Disney Princess from Hell. Why are they so terrible, you ask? Oh, because they come with these little rubber outfits that are almost impossible to put on by an adult, let alone a child, and my children think their dolls need more costume changes in a day than Cher.

Afterwards, we still had 45 minutes to kill, so we ran to Old Navy to try and pick up some more flip flops on clearance. I've bought my children super cute shoes and sandals for the summer, but they will only wear two things: flip flops & princess heels. Sadly, they only had super huge ones left and our trip was a bust.

Finally, we headed over to our playdate at my friend Wilma's house. When we arrived, her street was completely torn up because workers were replacing a water main. Now, most children would have loved seeing the heavy machinery and massive mounds of dirt. Not Natalie. She clung to me for dear life into the house, where the girls encountered their arch-nemesis: a dog. And not some huge dog, but a poddle looking dog. I kept telling them they were silly for being afraid of this puppy, who wanted nothing to do with them, except find a corner to lay down in. I was able to look around for about 3 minutes at the Kelly's Kids and Shrimp & Grits Kids outfits, and found little man a cute one for next summer.

And then I realized...hmmm...there aren't that many kids here. And there wasn't much food left. And the kids had made the train table look like a tornado had come through. And that party that I thought started at 10, but FB told me 1....yeah, it started at 10. Oops!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Reading Books

The girls got to check out their very first books from the library this week. Their choices fit them perfectly!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Birthday Party Planning

I'm already in birthday party planning mode for the girls. I know it's a little early (their birthday is October 1), but the beginning of the school year just flies by with Orientation, Open House, and our field trip right off the bat. I'll be incredibly busy (not to mention, baking a baby). So I'm trying to get a lot of my planning out of the way. I've already decided to book the party at The Little Gym again this year, simply because all I did last time was show up. I think our theme this year will be Rainbows, simply because a Little Mermaid/Minnie Mouse/Yo Gabba Gabba/Cailou/Thomas the Train theme sounded like a really bad idea to me.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

19 Weeks

Uh, no belly picture today. We're pretty busy with going to the library, pool and a meet & greet with my new principal this afternoon.

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 19 Weeks

Size of baby: Coming in at 6" this week

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Um...a lot. My appetite kicked up a notch. I'd say I'm probably at +5/6 pounds now. Which is up 2/3 from last week. Ouch!

Maternity Clothes: Still wearing a lot of my yoga pants and jersey dresses. I hate wearing maternity jeans (even in capri form). I am in dire need of getting a pair of brown, black & khaki work pants, and a few dressy tops. I really hate that I gave all of my maternity clothes away from last time (well, except a cute dress and top that I still wore after!).

Gender: BOY. We aren't even discussing names at this point. We have plenty of time!

Movement: Starting to pick up a little more. I can't wait for the girls to finally feel it. It is a lot different than last time, though. I knew exactly who was where, and what body part was kicking/hitting/punching me. Now, I just have to guess if it's his arms, or legs.

Sleep: Let's not talk about last night. Or the fact that I browsed the Gymboree website tonight, and their stupid video on the front page woke Audrey up after a 45 minute struggle to get her to sleep.

What I miss: Not gonna lie - but I drool at the Ruby Tuesday drink menu.

Cravings: Foood!

Symptoms: I can't get my butt off the floor without assistance.

Best moment this week: Putting together his stroller with the girls & Eddie today. Both of them looking so proud talking about the new baby and his stroller. Until Natalie climbed in and said "Look, I'm the tummy baby! I'm little!". Plus, we'll probably use the stroller in two weeks when we take a family trip with all three
girls, lol.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Random Ramblings

* Summer is almost over. I feel like I have gotten nothing accomplished. And then I remind myself I've gotten married, incubated a baby, photographed my sister's wedding, and installed new flooring. Not too shabby!

* Before summer is over, I'd like to do at least one family trip. Even a day trip would be fine. I think all three girls would really enjoy the Tweetsie Railroad in North Carolina. Plus, they get in for free!

* I'm not really sure how, but Audrey seems to find the only 10" space on her toddler bed without a railing every night. I find her on the floor in the morning, and once, under her bed.

* Natalie has not gone a full day this summer without wearing her tutu. Or high heels. And Audrey wore her heels to the grocery store yesterday. Oops.

* Isn't it insane how kids can say one thing, and totally melt you? I asked Audrey if she had fun at Sunday School and she said "No, mama leaved me". I know she had a good time, and so did her sister, but man - way to make me feel guilty!

* I do believe we've watched The Little Mermaid every day this summer. And I don't mind - it's my favorite Disney movie. I also think that Barbie: Fairytopia is the worst movie ever - and need to figure out some kind of revenge to extract on my mom for buying that one.

* I can't wait to go fall clothes shopping for the girls this weekend. Granted, fall weather doesn't start until, like, November. But I like to be prepared!

* I've already started planning their 3rd birthday party. Is it sad that I'm 90% sure I'll be doing it at the same place I did last year? I mean, all I had to do was show up. They even provided the cake. And I'll be close to 8 months pregnant this time around.

* And now, a video. This is how my children entertain themselves. Weirdos.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Baby Update

Friday, I had another ultrasound and doctor's appointment. I will continue to have an internal ultrasound every two weeks, until I hit 24 weeks. So far, everything looks great! My cervix is long and closed, and no change when fundal pressure is applied. The baby is still very much a boy, and was wiggling all over. I find it slightly ironic that he, as an only baby with an anterior placenta, made his presence known by kicking me sooner than the girls did. We only got two little pictures of Baby NoMo, but our tech let us know that in two weeks when we do our anatomy scan, we'll get a lot more.

Also, we bought our first big baby purchase! Actually, it's about the only big baby purchase we'll make. We already have the crib, glider, and plenty of storage space for toys. But I had sold the girls' pink car seats, and I've never had a singleton stroller. So I found this Maxi Cosi travel system at for almost 50% off. I also love the fact that the stroller seat can face either way, or come off completely and be used as a snap n go stroller with the car seat. And it also matches the girls' Bumbleride...yes, I'm goofy like that.

Little boy has a few outfits already hanging in the closet, but it's been hard finding stuff for him as a newborn. I've gotten really good deals on stuff in 6 month sizes for next year, like $2 or $3 for an outfit from Target, Belk or Dillards. And yes, I even have his Easter outfit picked out.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Audrey's Fun Day

On Thursday, Audrey got to have her fun one-on-one mommy day. We started off by heading to the pool to hang out with my friend Michelle, and her son Carter. He's about 6 months older than the girls, but he swims like a fish! I think Audrey was pretty impressed, and tried her hardest to swim. By the way, she's wearing a Puddle Jumper, and it is the best swimming gear I have found for the girls. I bought them the bathing suits that float, and just arm floaties, and both of those tipped the girls over, or allowed their heads to dunk under. With the Puddle Jumpers, they are able to float on their own, paddle their arms, and kick their legs. Love it! Unfortunately, our Targets & Walmarts seem to think that fall clothing and school supplies are needed more than swimming gear, even though the heat index keeps creeping past 100 degrees outside. So I found them on Amazon.

After swimming, I gave Audrey several choices of what we could do. I asked her if she wanted to go to the zoo, the children's museum, or Gatti Town to eat pizza and play games. She said "I want chicken & fries, and to see the cow, and go shoppin' at the mall". So we got Chick-Fil-A (where the cow is), and went to the mall. Audrey got to play, get her nails painted, and bought a Brobee backpack (and Muno for her sister).

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Natalie's Fun Day

Yesterday, I took Natalie to Columbia to visit the Riverbanks Zoo. I only took one girl, because the thought of chasing two in 100+ heat for 5 hours just sounded like a bad idea. Plus, I love being able to spend one-on-one time with each of the girls. So yesterday was Natalie's day to have fun, and today is Audrey's day.

We met up with my friends Lori & Courtney, and their daughters Riley & Kate. All three girls had an absolute blast. Natalie wouldn't feed the giraffes because she thought they had snakes for tongues, but she loved feeding the birds & goats.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Skinny Bites

We spent a whopping 5 minutes outside the other night, and came inside with about 25 "skinny" bites. Poor Audrey even has one on her forehead. It's way too hot to play outside, without water, during the day. And by 8:30 when we went out, we just became a blood sucking buffet of sweetness.

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