Saturday, September 29, 2007

My Baby Shower

Here I am at 34 1/2 weeks pregnant, and on my way to my baby shower. My friend Faithy was so sweet to throw me an awesome shower. Despite difficulties with people finding the house due to a lack of a street sign (which we didn't realize was missing until people were telling us), and Yucaipa Blvd. being closed down for a few blocks, everyone made it. So many people came and showered me with SO MANY great gifts. I am so blessed! It was so fun to see everyone. It was a little surreal that we were having a baby shower for me.... and even more surreal to think that in only 6 weeks or so I will have a little baby. I have just about everything I need now... people were so very kind and generous (including my brother who wasn't at the shower but brought me loads of gifts). I posted some pictures, but unfortunately I didn't get a picture with everyone who came. I'm hoping my mother in law got a bunch more and she'll send them to me.

Me with Faithy

Kelly (with her little twin girls in her belly), Jolene & Christian (who is 5 weeks old here)

Me with my mother in law Marlene.

Me with Megan, Leighann (and little Odenbaugh baby in her belly) & Jen (who drove all the way out from New Mexico!)

My momma, Danielle, and her momma Beth (My mom's best friend who has known me my whole life).
Marissa (who I met in kindergarten) & her daughter Ashlyn, Brigit (who I met in junior high), and Teresa (who I met in high school).

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Adventures in Hollywood

Yesterday morning I was ready at 7:00 so that I could head down to Hollywood with Faith and her sister to see a taping of the Dr. Phil show. Well, Faith's sister got stuck in bad traffic trying to get here from San Diego, and didn't make it until 8:30. We promptly left, but after traffic and a little trip down a wrong freeway, it took us another two hours to get to the Paramount Studious in Hollywood. We were supposed to arrive between 9:00 and 10:00, and we got there at 10:30, so we weren't that late. Even though Faith had tickets, I guess admission is based on a first come first serve basis. When we arrived they told us we would most likely still be able to get in, so we stood in line for an hour. Then they told us we may or may not be able to, that we could leave and go get lunch and come back in another hour to find out. By this time we figured who cares, we didn't want to waste more time waiting and find we were still unable to get into the show. We left and on our way out to the car did actually see Dr. Phil and his wife walking down a hall, and they waved at us... so technically I guess we did see Dr. Phil, haha. We wanted to find Skid row because none of us had ever seen it, and we were curious... but we had no clue where it was and decided perhaps that wouldn't be the best thing for 3 women to go do alone... especially with one of them being pregnant. We then decided to explore Hollywood, so we drove up to Sunset and cruised around. We then decided to buy a Star map and see if we could find movie stars' houses. We drove around and ogled, and we did actually find Tom Cruise's house, however it was gated and shielded by thick foliage, and there were cameras every two feet around the property, so we didn't even get a peek at the house. We then drove down Rodeo drive and then went over to The Grove for lunch. After that it took us 30 more minutes to find the freeway, and then we headed home. I got back home at 6:00. We did manage to have fun, but we did a lot of driving!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A Few Random Thoughts

I just have a few random things to say today.
  • I am VERY excited that Matt drove himself to work today for the first time since his surgery. That means I don't have to get up at 5:30 after not sleeping well anyhow to take him, or pick him up in the afternoons! yippee! He also started physical therapy yesterday, so hopefully he is right on track to getting back on his feet.
  • I have been having bad back pain again :( No fun. It had gotten better for a while, but now it's back... especially when I sleep.
  • Sleeping is still difficult. I have had a few nights where I have slept for a full 5 hours straight, and that was exciting. I wake up a lot because I am uncomfortable, or my back hurts, or my sides are asleep, etc.
  • My belly pain is still there... and it hurts if I do anything. If I'm resting or sitting, it is okay. I really miss going for walks and doing active things. I'm starting to feel like a lazy sloth. I have a Dr. apt. today so it will be good to finally see the doctor about it. While it is amazing and fun to be pregnant, I look very forward to having my body back to normal without all of these aches an pains.
  • I have noticed a big increase in my appetite now. It seems all of the sudden I am much hungrier, and eating way more. I guess little Ethan is packing on the pounds now.
  • My baby shower is this weekend and I am excited for it :)
  • Tomorrow I am going to see a taping of the Dr. Phil show in Hollywood with Faith and 2 of her sisters.... I hope it's an interesting show. It would be fun if we got some freebies.
  • I have two more sessions to teach of my organizing class at RCS; today and Thursday. It's been going well, and the 7th graders have been really great.
  • I'm loving the weather we've been having. Yesterday it was so clear and beautiful. I love fall! I made a dutch apple pie last weekend for the very time, and it turned out very yummy.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Getting closer

Yesterday we went to Van Nuys to see Matt's doctor for his ankle. After driving for almost two hours, and then waiting for over an hour, the visit was pretty short. Matt got a walking boot, and was told he still has to use two crutches this week and put a little pressure on his foot. Then next week he can move to one crutch, then the following week he can go to no crutches. He has to do physical therapy at least twice a week, and we'll go back in another four weeks. He still cant' drive for 10 more days :( I wasn't expecting him to be able to hop up and return back to normal all of the sudden, but I was hoping he'd be able to drive starting today. After Matt's Dr. apt., we got to meet up with one of the pastor's who used to be at our church, and his wife, so that was really nice. We headed home at 2:30, and traffic was a little thick, but not horrible. All totaled it was about 4 hours of driving, which really pooped me out... especially combined with not sleeping. As soon as we got home I had to put dinner together because it was our turn to host our small group dinner. It was a good day, just really long. I am happy to just be chillin at home today, still in my pajamas. I have to go pick up Matt from work at 2:30, but until then, I'm vegging.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

33 Weeks

I survived my week of subbing, and it went well. It was fun to see all the kids and staff and parents at RCS. However it was much harder teaching being in my 8th month of pregnancy. Standing out in the hot sun to do duties seemed MUCH harder than before, not to mention I just felt all around more tired. One new development of the week is that my stomach muscles have separated. Apparently for a lot of people this is painless, however for some reason it has caused me a lot of pain. I have an area on my right side, next to my belly button that feels like I pulled a muscle. When I rest it feels fine, but as soon as I stand and start doing things, it kills me.... even just cooking makes it hurt really bad. Then every time I laugh or use my abs, it also hurts really bad. The nurse practitioner said it won't get better until after I deliver. I have yet to see the doctor about it, but only spoke to the nurse practitioner on the phone. My next Dr. apt. isn't until the 25th. I was feeling pretty good up until this point, but having this pain makes me much more anxious to have this baby and start feeling like myself again. My sweet mom took me today and bought me a belly brace, and that helps me a lot when I'm walking around and standing. She also got me a couple of things to wear :) Thanks mom!

Now that I am feeling like this, it makes Matt being on crutches seem way more difficult.... neither of us can do much! We are quite a sight... what a pair we make right now. Yesterday my mom and my brother came over and cleaned my house for me, which was a HUGE help. Last week Matt's brother Mike came over and mowed our lawn. I feel extremely blessed to have such great family. Tuesday is Matt's Dr. apt, and hopefully the doctor will allow him to start walking again. It will take him a while longer to get back up to speed, as he has not put any pressure on it for 6 weeks. He'll have to do some physical therapy too. Hopefully he'll also be able to drive himself around after Tuesday.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


It's almost Friday!! I am more happy for the weekend than I've been in a long time! This week has gone really well and it's been fun to be back at RCS, I'm just tired :)

I was tagged by my friend Krista, so here it is!

The Rules:
1. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.
2. Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog (about their 8 things) and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose people to get tagged and list their names.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

8 Random Things About Me....
1) Funny stupid movies are my favorites to watch... especially movies with Will Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, or Ben Stiller.
2) When I started college I was convinced I wanted to be a criminologist. After not being able to handle all the science and math classes I switched over to Liberal Studies and then became a teacher (which I loved).
3) I have one of the weirdest phobias ever... I can't handle seeing people pee outside (or anywhere that is not a toilet). It makes me want to vomit and seriously disgusts me. Thank goodness I don't live in a third world country... or in China (check out my friend Loi's blog about split pants).
4) I am a bit of a neat freak (and sometimes I think I have a touch of OCD).... I am happiest when things are in their place. I have to have my house picked up before going to bed.
5) I LOVE the ocean and the beach and vacations involving them. The ocean always makes me think of how big and powerful God is.... and it's so serene and calming. My dream would be to someday have a little cottage next to the beach/ocean.
6) I really want to make time someday to take some more art classes and develop my inner artist. I took a few art classes in high school and absolutely loved them. I loved art history too. My favorite subjects to draw and paint are people. In high school when I was bored I used to sketch the students around me. I love when an artist captures the raw emotion of someone.
7) I wish I were a better writer, and I admire people who are great writers.
8) I am fascinated by insects. I took an entomology class in college and loved it. As a child I would sit outside for hours and examine insects.

Are those random enough?? I hope so :) Now I tag Christy and Faith :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Back At School

On Sunday night I got a call to come in and sub for one of the second grade teachers at RCS. I said I'd do it, being that second grade is my specialty and all ;) Well turns out the teacher has mono, and is highly contageous for 5-7 days.... so here I am subbing the rest of the week. While I don't mind, and I love the kids, I am very grateful that I don't have to do this full time anymore while I'm this far along in my pregnancy. I am POOPED! It doesn't help that I have to get up at 5:15 to take Matt to Redlands, then rush back to get ready and go to RCS.... not to mention that I'm not sleeping well.

I was sad not to be going back to teaching, so it's nice to get the teaching bug out of my system for now :) The kids that I've had in years past have been so cute, and excited to see me. When I left in June I didn't really have a belly yet, so they all think it's great that now they can tell I'm having a baby. It's funny, it feels like I've never left since they had only had 4 days of school before I came to sub. The week is going well, but I will be very happy when it's over. I am teaching a set of 4 organizing lessons to a 7th grade Life Skills class starting tomorrow... I am a bit aprehensive, as I do not picture them being extremly interested in organizing. I have only taught little kids and worked with adults, so this will be new for me. I guess we'll see how it goes :) As for now... I'm counting down until the weekend!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

31 1/2 weeks

I thought I'd post another belly shot :) Here I am at 31 1/2 weeks. I am still feeling good, although sleep is getting much harder. I wake up to use the bathroom, and then after that about once an hour or so because my arm and my hip are numb, so I have to flip over to the other side. Some say this is preparing me for the baby... I say "please just let me enjoy the last 8 weeks of sleep and maybe I can stock up"! I feel like my due date is very close now. I'd better get on the ball and get my to do list completed! This next week will hopefully be the last full week that Matt has to be on crutches. He has his next Dr. apt. on the 18th and we are hoping he'll be able to start walking at that point.

Thursday, September 6, 2007


I found this video and thought it was really funny..... enjoy.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Art Project

Matt and I enjoy wine, and whenever we finish a bottle we keep the cork. That is a picture of some of our corks.... keep in mind that is more than five years of corks :) I decided to finally make use of some of those corks and make a little bulletin board out of them. On some of the corks we wrote what we were drinking the wine for (anniversary, birthday, just for fun, etc), so it was fun to go back through them and dig up some old memories :)

A close up of some corks. The Hunt cellars one is from our favorite winery in Paso Robles.

The finished product hanging on the wall :)

Sunday, September 2, 2007

15 Random Things To Do For Free

As many of you know I am not teaching this year, as I want to stay home with my baby. I have started a business, but being pregnant really limits me and so I'm waiting until after I have the baby to really put a lot of effort into it. Thus we have gone from two steady incomes down to one. This is a bit of a difficult adjustment, but I’m sure as time goes on we’ll get used to it. Right now is a particularly odd time for me, as it is the first time in my life I'm not going back to school as either a student or a teacher. I still have two months to go before the baby arrives, and while I am enjoying this peaceful time, I feel like my life is in limbo.... not teaching, yet not caring for a baby. In the interest of amusing myself, and not spending money, I’ve compiled a list of things to do for free. These things aren't all necessarily fun, but they are appealing to me :)

  1. Find interesting blogs to read online. Once you start clicking on links, you never know where you’ll end up.
  2. Read.... and so that you don't have to actually buy your books, borrow them, or check them out from the library.
  3. Pull weeds... yes, I know this sounds horrible and boring, but I find it to be a bit therapeutic (as long as it's not 400 degrees outside). There's something oddly satisfying about pulling out an ugly weed from your pretty landscaping.
  4. Send away for free samples from the It's All Free Online blog.
  5. Go for a walk and enjoy nature. At press time the only even tolerable time to be outside is very early in the morning, but since I've been rising at 5:15 to take Matt to work, this works out nicely for me. Not only is it free, it's healthy!
  6. Send free e-cards to your loved ones. Hallmark's website offers a fun variety of cards.
  7. Bake something tasty and naughty that will make your husband ecstatic and want to do nice things for you (by naughty I mean full of calories) :) I know that baking isn't necessary free, as you had to buy the food to cook with, but at times it can feel sort of free if you use ingredients you purchased at an earlier date.
  8. Play Boggle or Soduko online. You could also do the one that comes in the paper. This counts as educational because these are smart games ;)
  9. Make a card for someone using items you already have around the house.
  10. Write in a journal.
  11. Make some yummy tea or coffee and sit somewhere peaceful and savor it.
  12. Go for a bike ride.
  13. Call a friend.
  14. Tap into your artistic side and sketch something.
  15. Go to the mall or shopping center and "people watch". This can be very amusing, you never know what you'll see.