Saturday, February 28, 2009

I can't believe it!

Wow. I went in for my 36 week appointment yesterday. Holy Cow. I am hyperventilating as I think of that number. Ok, not really. I don't get keyed up over too much. But whoa. Four weeks until my due date. And actually even less until the baby is born. We have an induction planned for the 20th of March, so Hans will for sure be there. I have babies really fast and we figured by the time I would realize I was truly in labor and on the way to the hospital, Hans may not be able to get to Cedar quick enough from Delta to see his baby being born. The doctor was all too accomidating. He would rather monitor the baby from the beginning of labor anyway due to the 2 vessel cord that may cause extra stress. So. Anyway. We have three weeks. THREE WEEKS. 21 DAYS!!!! I found a project, though, to keep me busy for the next while. I have to somehow figure out how to get the baby to move from the breech position into the correct head down position. The doctor gave me a paper explaining exercises. I laughed my head off. It talked a lot about mental imaging and then, of all things, laying on top of an inclined ironing board with my head at the bottom. I understand the thought process of gravity working to move the baby, but man. I just don't know if it is simple as that. The doc said they can manually move it, (FUN !!!) But that would more than likely cause labor to happen three weeks too early, so we decided to see if we can will the baby to move into proper position by itself by the 20th and if not, then I won't be induced but having a C-section! So much to take in. And I really don't know why I am sharing this all with you weeks before it is to happen, just so you aren't surprised I guess. Life is exciting. Hiett keeps praying that "his baby will come out today" in his prayers. I am so glad he is anxious and excited, but hope his words don't prove prophetic!

Monday, February 23, 2009

We actually were up in Delta this weekend to do Chelse's Bridal shower, but we had the additional perks of seeing the snow geese, which are pretty cool to see land in droves and fly in HUGE flocks. WE also got to visit the Nye Family Dairy and the boys got sucked on by the babies. They thought it was great. Well, Gabe did say it was disgusting at one point, but handed his hand back to the young heifer anyway. Hans and the boys helped(?) chop down some trees in the back of Will and Julie's house while we were off showering Chelse' with kitchen gifts and lingerie. It was a fun, very full weekend full of lots of excitement! Here's some pictures of our fun.

Snow Goose Weekend

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

SWELL. . .

I had nearly forgotten the pain and ugliness of swollen appendages. As you know, my legs, my ankles in particulr, are not my favorite part of my body. Even when my body is not carrying a child, they seem extremely strange when compared to the rest of my body. I think of myself as a slender person. But if you were only to see my legs you would think they belonged to a much heavier person. As Hans' brother said once, soon after I met him, "You know, they say that you can tell how heavy a person is going to be by the size of their ankles." Lovely. And that is on a normal day! BUt when I am pregnant, well, let me clarify. When I was pregnant with Gabe from about 5 months on, my legs were HUGE! And now recently with this baby they have started to suddenly expand again! I can barely fit into my Sunday shoes. Speaking of which, if I ever get pregnant again remind me to buy floor length dresses so nobody at church can see my Sister Segar ankles and calves. Oh, and it doesn't stop there! My hands are puffy too, but not near as bad as me lower extremities. The boys love it. They grab my ankles and hold on tight for a minute and when they let go. . . . there are their handprints! tada! And they can do it over and over again. My legs may be ugly, but they are a great source for child entertainment!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Macadamia Encrusted Halibut and Velvet Elk

Happy 7th Anniversary to US!!! It was Han's turn to plan our anniversary this year, and I must say it was one of the best. We took off for a few hours to St. George and just enjoyed being together alone! There was silence in the car for the first few miles until Glenn Beck mysteriously appeared from Hans' Ipod. So we spent the rest of the ride talking about the atrocities of mankind and the ridiculous things that some people think. It really was funny. As much as I complain about Glenn Beck, I do quite like his sense of humor. Anyway. We went and visited our brother and sister in law which we rarely see( which is strange since we only live an hour away) ant it was fun to get to talk and get to know their kids without ours there. I actaully felt like an aunt! We then went shopping for much needed new car seats. Hiett is a major escape artist and keeps getting out of the one he had, plus he really was getting too big for it, so he got a new one. And then we bought a new infant carrier for our new addition. We topped off the shopping expedition by going to Sportsmans and looking at a new short barreled shotgun. The salesman was strange, but knew his stuff. It's amazing what people will say when you tell them you want to buy a gun for self defense. Like how which gun inflicts more damage or pain and what actaully kills a person( not the bullet or bleeding but the reprecussions of the impact- in case you wanted to know- I didn't but I thought I would share.) And their language completely changes- this kid swore like a sailor! The ammo shelves were EMPTY- it was strange. I guess Obama didn't realize that we would just buy a ton of ammo and stockpile it with our food storage.:)
Oh, but then came dinner! #1 There is nothing better than having dinner made for you. It doesn't matter if it is McDonalds or fine dining. No time spent, no clean up, no worry about menu or shopping, just enjoy and then pay. #2 A dinner without me constantly reminding Hiett that his food is on his plate to eat and to chew and swallow each bite bribing(or threatening- depending on my mood) to finish all of his food, is a rare treat. #3 This restuarant we went to, The Gun Barrel, has an excellent variety of some unsual stuff. Everything is prepared in house, even the desserts. Most of the food like a normal steakhouse. A few salads, a little chicken and then the seafood and steak. But then come the wild game. Elk and Buffalo among others. We got some "firebranded shrimp". They were wrapped in bacon, grilled and then smothered in a a sweet peach barbeque sause. Oh my. That's all I could say. Next time I am ordering three orders of those instead of an entree. Then I ordered the HAlibut and HAns got his Velvet Elk medallions, which are the tenderloin- remarkabley tender adn juicy. These babies swam in a tangy brown sauce that was flavored with leeks and sun dried tomatoes. It was fabulous. YOu all know that I love food- any food- but our 7th anniversary will go down in history, chalked up to one of the best eating experiances that I have had. Thank you Hans, for putting up with me for 7 whole years so we could share a delicious, memorable meal together. I love you sweetness!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

170-174 in two weeks! How does that happen?

Wow. When I stepped on the scale this week at the doctor I was amazed. I don't even want to know where all that poundage is residing. I'm pretty sure it is not all "baby". I'm really not complaining just truly floored that my body could gain four pounds in such a short length of time! With my first two pregnancies I had comtest with myself to see if I could truly gain the 40 pounds that the doctor said I should. Sure enough, it is great what you mind can do when you work hard enough at something. HE he he. This time I was only supposed to gain 30 and that will be taken up in three weeks if I keep going at this rate.
The timing of this weight gain is odd considering I finally started to be alittle more active. The weather has been good adn we've been outside more. And then there is Gabe. He has decided he is the fitness expert at our home. He loves, and I mean LOVES the "Biggest Loser". He asks constantly if this or that food is healthy( as we are eating Ramen Noodles, Cheetos and kiwi- like we did today for lunch). And he is also loving to tell people right now if they are fat and need to exercise. Lovely. Gabe wakes up and plans out the day now usually involving at least two activities that he calls exercise. I know I should take this and run with it. Well, and he usually does if I won't. If I don't exercise witih him outside he runs up and down the hall with the dog for a good 15 minutes so his "heart is beating fast". He asked me last week if I were going on the "Biggest Loser" when I got fat. I told him I had no intention of getting overweight and he dared look at me like he didn't believe me. Well, after this trip to the doctor I can't say I blame him.
Since I mentioned the doctor I might as well update everyone. We are- what am I saying we for- I am 32 weeks along and the baby seems to still be growing well(it had better be getting fat- 4 pounds in two weeks I hope that its getting SOME of that!) And we are still excited to have a surprise baby! I am so proud that I haven't caved in and just asked the tech at one of our many ultrasounds, I'm proud of HAns too for not just saying "Yes- I DO want to know now!" Life is full of surprises and this will be great one no matter what we get!

WELCOME to our new home

We got moved in settled a few weeks ago, but it has taken me longer than I thought to get back into my groove. I hadn't realized that I HAD a groove, maybe it was more like a rut, but anyway, I am comfortably back into it and that is that. So, I am sure that you are all curious to see what exactly we moved into. You have to promise to not be jealous!!! Really.... everybody seems to think that I mind terribly our new home, but I don't mind it that much. I am with Hans, the boys have their dad and unlimited roaming space and so much more family close by, I would make the trade again anyday. Not to mention the projects that I am planning that will keep me busy for quite some time. Ready?
Well, the power plant pays for all of their employees to move within 40 miles of the plant so they packed us up and shipped us off. This is the truck arriving. It was huge! Our stuff only took up about 1/3 of the truck!
Hans and I are still in debate about what is happening with the exterior of the house. I want to get some paint and paint it, then get a good color match and do the shutters differently. The porch will be fixed- it sags in the middle and threatens to collapse whenever you step on it. I want to put a little roof over it, a simple little peak that stretches back to the trailer, that would hopefully break up the ugliness a little bit. we will probably be here for 21/2 to 3 years so I want to make it look like a home for us.
OK- let me explain that roof looking thing. Nevermind- can't explain it. But I am going to try to put little support strut things off from it to support a new piece of wood that will make it look like a beam instead of a chintzy shingled roof inside of a house. And that is faux brick paneling. he he he. I have never seen it before. I giggle when I see it. The next pic is the kitchen dining combo. The floor is newish lineolium, so that is good to stay. But the wallpaper is falling off and so I am going to practice my tiling and do a medium dark greyish tile and then strip the cupboards and paint them a white. The door knobs will be replaced too. Hopefully this will work with the mustard yellow stove- this trailer is 30 years old, so it is very 70's with the wood paneling EVERYWHERE!!

UNGH. The paneling is sooo dark! This hallway could use a coat of paint. Hans' grandma is skeptical of us painting the paneling, truthfully I am too, but this is so drab I have got to do something! The light fixture is going to be replaced so my dad doesn't hit his head everytime he comes over. Well, for that matter, most of the light fixtures will get to be replaced soon.

I saved the best for last!!! Our bathroom is horrid! Seriously- I don't mind it, it just makes me laugh it is that ugly. The floral nasty green print coordinates with the yellos tub, toilet and sink. The linoleum is the same shades and that crazy design you could sit and stare at for hours trying to figure out the pattern. A new sink is already in the works. A new shower curtain already bought, and so many plans floating in my head. Wall paper off, new linoleum, tiling another backspash, paint the walls, build a frame around the mirror to make it the focal point. So much to do. Will I get it done in my 3 year time limit?? Oh and the kicker, the washer and dryer are in the bathroom! Convienent!!!
We had such a fun Halloween! It got kicked off with an adult( that sounds naughty!) Halloween Party which was fun as it always is to get together with all of everybody. I love seeing all the costumes and wish I knew which file Hans put them uner so I could post them. Beau and Bonnie won my prize for best dressed- Beau looked hot in that eyeliner and black nail polish. Anyway, then on Halloween we had a bunch of the kids over for a little party and had a great time- I did anyway, I hope the kids did too. We went trick or treating in the "old ward" just to say hi to some folks we hadn't seen in a while. The boys had a great time. Tait slept through it all in his comfy bear outfit and Hiett only fell down two sets of stairs with his AWESOME hoomemade batman mask. I don't know how much longer I will get away with homemade costumes but until then- $6 always beats out $20-40 in my opinion, and I think the kids have more fun being "creative". HA ha. We had a great time and the candy is almost gone already- I swear I haven't helped too much!

My happy boy

My happy boy
How can you not smile when you see that!? Tait hung out on this blanket while we were fishing on Monday- he loves to be outside- and it's a good thing since that's where we are most of the time!

Our hike

Our hike
Yes, that is the road down there. We found this trail off the road up the Five MIle Canyon. We have loved the red rock scenery that is so prevelant in the Parowan area

Birthday Boy riding his new bike

Birthday Boy riding his new bike
He loves riding with Gabe on their"motorbikes"

The swinging of the pinata

The swinging of the pinata
Gabe is the only one who inflicted any damage at all

Argh MAtey!

Argh  MAtey!
Me and my pirate buddies- we had so much fun. Sometimes I really wich I were still a kid ro everyday was a birthday so I had a reason to be all creative and fun


The birthday crown for the king of the day