Saturday, February 28, 2009

Just a little update on what the kids are up to!

Haven't really had a chance to update on the kids lately but they are doing good! Just the other night Jacqui was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society! They had a very nice ceremony at her school where each child being inducted was acknowledged and got a certificate. Then they talked a little bit about what it took to be part of the National Junior Honor Society like scholarship, leadership, service, and citizenship for example. The very next day I got a call from little miss National Honor Society's teacher saying that she wouldn't stop talking or messing around and wasn't doing as she was told in class. So much for citizenship!!!!! Here are some pictures from the ceremony!

Matt is also doing well in school for the first time in a long time. We finally figured out what the problem was - he is dyslexic and now that we know, the help he gets has made a world of difference. His grades are A's and B's!!! That doesn't mean he's anymore organized though. Here he is after he fell asleep doing homework that he had a week and a half to do but didn't bother until the night before! Not sure why I've only taken one picture of Matt in the last month - it seems he's never around when I have the camera out! He and I have a plan to go to the skate park soon so I can get a few shots of him skate boarding - his new favorite hobby!

Cadence also has big news of her own!!! This coming Tuesday, she starts preschool 2 days a week and has suckered me into registering her for a gymnastics class one day a week. (As if I don't have enough on my plate to begin with, especially with a new baby coming!!!!) The below pictures are her first trip to open gymnastics where she fell in love with the place and has cried and cried to go back ever since.

Here is a little video I took of Cadence at the gym! She was so proud of herself! She was nervous but she kept saying "I can do this! I can do this! I can do this!" When did she become so grown up!!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

And the tables turn on my biggest critic!!!

As fathers and husbands go - Ski is one of the best around. I couldn't ask for a more loving and caring man! He helps out around the house, he does all the yard work and takes out the trash. He cleans my car even though I'm the one that drives it. Being the most frugal man you will ever meet in your life, he still tries to get me whatever I want. He compliments me daily and calls just to say I love you! He treats my older children as if they are his own and there is not a father around that loves his little girl more then he does. (The list could go on and on but really, his ego doesn't need a bigger boost than that - trust me!)

But let the records show - when it comes to being sympathetic towards pregnancy, he leaves a lot to be desired.

Before he married me, he really hadn't had much experience with pregnant women. I mean, he went from living with his dad and Kathy in a town of approx 3000 people, to living with a bunch of Marines in the Barracks. Not too many opportunities to rub elbows with many pregnant women! However, after getting to know him and his personality, I realize that there is nothing that could have prepared my husband for the wonderful 4o weeks of pregnancy. He's more of a "You wanted to be pregnant so you shouldn't complain" type of person. I'm more of, well, the complete opposite! Especially when I can't breath or sleep or roll over or move because you better believe when this man is sick, we all hear him complain about it. Over and over again!! But, don't be too hard on him. Even though he may roll his eyes and make stupid comments sometimes, he still does everything he can to help me so I don't over do it!

That being said, I'm sure you can all imagine the huge smile on my face when he and I went to a baby class today and he got to wear the empathy belly. A 35 lb, lead filled belly that simulates some of the symptoms I go through on a daily basis. The weighted belly, the feeling of being off balance, the compressed breathing. It was a big fat "I told you so" wrapped up in a cute little simulated belly that, unfortunately, still had bigger boobs then I do at 8 months pregnant!

Below are some of the most priceless pictures I've ever taken...

I just wish he could feel what it was like to feel feet in your ribs and painful contractions but hey, I'll take what I can get.