Yesterday I met up with Matt's brother's family at the park to take some pictures of them. I took pictures of each of the older kids and we tried our best to get a great family shot (not so easy with three little ones). It was fun and the kids did great :) I'm definitely no professional, but they know that ;) Here are some of my favorite shots:
My nephew Clayton (who just turned three)
The Hekman family
My niece Jenelle (she turns five in a month)
More attempts at a good family shot :)
Mike and Stephen, who is almost six months old and such a sweetie.
The kids did lots of running in between shots :)
The three kiddos... Clay, Stephen and Jenelle
This little guy was great the whole time... he was just content no matter what was going on around him... what a little sweetie :)
We've had a good week. We haven't been up to anything exciting, just our usual chores, Bible Study on Wednesday and errands :)
This morning we went to a mommy and me pancake breakfast at church. We enjoyed pancakes and fellowship, along with fun crafts (which Ethan was a tad too young for).
Last night Matt made some homemade salsa using ingredients from our garden. It's SO yummy! I love having fresh produce right outside my back door :)
This morning I made some homemade mint and chip ice cream to enjoy for dessert when the Flores' come for dinner tonight.
Monday I made Rice Krispy treats.... they were all gone by Wednesday. Do you think someone's been indulging? ;) I figure I'd better enjoy it before I'm trying to loose this weight.
We've been staying inside in the afternoons as it's been terribly icky and hot here. I've never been so grateful for air conditioning in my life!
I'm looking forward to going to IKEA with my mom on Sunday after church. Matt is going to take Ethan for the afternoon. I am going to get a bookshelf for toys, and a child's table and chairs. I am transforming a corner of our family room into a play area. I'll post pics of the before and after :)
I've been able to fall asleep lately (thanks still to Ambien), but then I wake up around 2:30 or 3:00 to use the bathroom, and never really fall back asleep. I guess I'm grateful to fall asleep easily, however 4 hours of solid sleep just isn't enough. For about a week I was getting 6 hours of sleep straight, and that felt wonderful (I never thought I'd say 6 hours of sleep was wonderful!). I don't remember what it's like not to feel exhausted. I dream of the day I feel rested again :) Perhaps once I have the baby and she's sleeping through the night? That's still a while away. Anyhow, I'm sure you're sick of hearing about my sleep issues ;)
Lastly, on a more positive note I did have a couple of days last week that I felt crafty (for the first time in months). I got out my sewing machine and whipped up several of these burp rags for my baby girl :) It's something I've been meaning to do for a while. Now I'm hoping for some motivation to get caught up on my scrapping before the baby comes :)
Saturday we packed up a lunch and went to the San Diego Zoo. Matt and I hadn't been since we were kids, and it was Ethan's first time. My mom came along with us as well. We had such a fun day and saw so many animals. While it was a bit warm there, it was no where near the nasty 106 degree humid heat we had at home. We walked ALL over the park, took the tram and even took the bus around once. I definitely got my exercise. It wasn't bad though since they have so much shade. Of course I have tons of pictures to share :)
This is when we first got there, we were in front of the Orangutan exhibit.
Ethan and Daddy checking out the orangutans.
They were right up against the glass, and Ethan didn't quite understand that there was a barrier between us, so he was pretty timid at first.
Next we headed over to the gorillas and Ethan loved them. There was a little baby that was playing right up against the glass, it was so cute.
He was putting his tongue on the glass and playing all around. Ethan got a kick out of him.
Ethan enjoying a treat
We were excited to see the pandas... none of us had ever seen pandas before.
The polar bear
The giraffes were right up against the fence, it was fun to get close to them
Ethan did great all day. Amazingly he only took one short 30 minute nap in his stroller. We thought for sure he'd fall asleep on the way home, but nope... he stayed awake until we came home and got him into bed around 8:00. After we left the zoo we went and had an early dinner at the Karl Strauss Brewery in Down Town San Diego. We headed home around 6:00. It was such a fun day, and it was fun to see Ethan enjoy looking at all the animals. When we got home it was much hotter here than it had been all day in San Diego. We wished we could bring the nice weather home with us!
Here is my most recent belly shot, taken today before church. I'm definitely growing! It feels like she's starting to run out of room :) It's getting harder and harder to pick up Ethan these days. I have to say being pregnant this time of year isn't the funnest thing ever, but I'm surviving. I dont' think I've ever been so grateful for air conditioning in my life! These 106 degree, humid days are nasty! I certainly don't feel like spending any time outside (unless it's in the pool). I crave lots of sweet things these days (I was the same way with Ethan). Fruit and desserts are something I can eat all day long. I can't believe I only have two more months to go!
Friday evening I made a tomato basil pizza from scratch. I make the dough in my breadmaker. We used some yummy tomatoes and fresh basil from our garden. It turned out delicious and we agreed we will have to make it again while we have our garden growing.