Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy

Our son, Benjamin John was born on Saturday, August 16th. We held him and said hello and goodbye. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Big News

If you follow me on Instagram or we've seen you in the last month this isn't news but, making it blog official, we're expecting a new addition in February. I'll be out of the first trimester this week which feels really good. I had a miscarriage in February which was hard on all of us. This time around we waited until we had a couple of ultrasounds that looked good before we told Jonah. I've felt crummy and tired but that could be the whole moving across the country while in the first trimester thing. I think some of my energy is returning and I'm looking forward to the weather cooling down and getting outside more. I had been running regularly before the transfer but stopped not wanting to risk it. While I can't lie and say I'm not hoping for a girl we would feel incredibly blessed with a boy too. We already have a boy name picked out and I will be a little sad if I don't get to use it. And here is a picture from today. It is always disappointing when everything is very clear on the screen and then you get the photo and it looks like a blob. The baby was moving around and even flipped during the ultrasound.  Jonah was too interested in his video game and the boys in their cheerios to watch.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A month?!

I can't believe it has been a month since I've posted and we've moved to Cincinnati. We've had one trip to Illinois, a week of zoo camp, 2 radiology bbqs, and three birthdays. Unpacking is going slow because I haven't been doing it. A couple of days ago I finally unpacked all my craft and sewing supplies and shoved them in cabinets. It doesn't sound like much but it was probably 7 or 8 boxes. We have 4 large boxes in the living room containing things from our old hall closet. Being as this house is nearly 100 years old it lacks closet space and I'm not sure where things will go. I have much more to write but seeing as I'm on my phone I'll end with pictures. Matt's new laptop had to be sent to the manufacturer to have the battery replaced but it should be on its way back now. Look for a special post in the next week.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Our rental

Here are a few pictures of our rental house. We miss our house in Washington very much and are trying to make this house work for us.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Day 4?

I think I forgot to document a day because yesterday was day 5 I believe. Yesterday was the day the boys said they were tired of being in the car. Simon cried when I was packing his pack n play as if to say he didn't want to keep traveling. We drove 4 hours straight and they all did a great job. The little boys take naps off and on and "watch" movies. Jonah broke his DVD player on day 2. We bought them new for the trip and he thought it would be a good idea to pull parts out of it. So yesterday was uneventful. We went through Minnesota and arrived in Iowa where we spent the night. Now we're getting on the road and will arrive in Illinois this afternoon.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Day 3

On the third day of our trip we went to Mt. Rushmore. It was very foggy but we waited around to see if it would lift. It did for about 5 minutes before it started raining. Elliott wanted me to hold him the entire time so when he is in middle school learning about Mt. Rushmore I can show him the pictures of him crying in front of it. Apparently Thomas Jefferson was the first person to write down an ice cream recipe in America. We used that as an excuse to enjoy some delicious ice cream before getting on the road.

We drove and drove until we reached our hotel outside of Sioux Falls, SD. Today we don't have any plans other than to drive. We'll stop in Cedar Rapids tonight before finishing the final leg of our journey to Illinois on Tuesday.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Day 2

We left Idaho and drove through Montana. We decided to skip Yellowstone because with the dogs we would be limited in where we could go. We stopped in a small town to have a picnic and let the kids play. It started raining on us so we loaded up and as we headed out of the park the van got a flat tire. It took a while to figure out where the spare was and put it on but eventually we did and drove to get a new tire. It was a 2 hour detour we hadn't planned on pushing our arrival at the hotel to nearly 10 pm. The kids were great and all fell asleep on the 3 hour drive. Matt took them swimming when we got to the hotel and I stayed with the dogs. One of us always has to be with them because they would bark nonstop if they were alone.

We're in South Dakota now and will visit Mt Rushmore today. We could make it to Illinois by tomorrow night but that would mean more driving than I would like to do in a day. Instead we'll have a more leisurely pace that allows the kids have more time out of the car to play.