Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tomorrow is a big day. We have TWO things scheduled. Count them, 1 2 IN ONE DAY! Can you believe it? LOL. I have an OB appt at noon. Then, for dinner we are meeting the pastors family from church #5. They chose to meet for dinner at McDonald's. ACK! Robert and I had to seriously talk about whether to go or not. I don't think our children have ever eaten at McDonald's. Joshua has had it before thanks to lovely Mrs "I am ready to be a grandmommy" Woody. So, I will be super charging our breakfast and lunch with lots of veggies, Greens First and Ningxia Red, since we will get no nutritional value from dinner. That being said, the kids are going to love it! The pastor has a 4 year old and 2 year old also, so hopefully it will be a great play time for everyone. We are praying that the Lord guides us to the body He has for us. So, we are really hoping He shows us what is His priority list for our next church.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
There was an earthquake in LA today. Specifically, the center was about 1/2 mile from where our rent house was. There is a fault line running thru the hills right down the road from where we lived. Crazy huh. This is the biggest one since right after Joshua was born. I remember laying in bed beside Joshua and the bed started shaking like someone was trying to wake me up. It wasn't scary at all, just kind of surreal that the whole room was shaking. That one, however, was centered much further away. I can't imagine what that old little rent house did when this one went off.
Monday, July 28, 2008
We are scouring Craig's List for little things we need to pick up, like an area rug for our living room. Right now it is wood laminate kind of stuff and our furniture slides around every time you sit down. Joshua lvoes pushing the furniture around, but it is starting to annoy me. We are alos looking for a snow blower, lol! Everyone says they are cheaper right now, and hey, we love cheaper! I'm also, of course, watching the childrens clothes liek a hawk to start snatching up winter clothes. We've yet to score anything on Craigs list here, hope our luck changes soon.
We visited church #5 yesterday. #5 is the best we've been to so far. Robert needs to talk to the pastor for sure. He is young and enthusiatic and seems very intent on serving the Lord. We do have some questions though. We don't konw if they are reformed or not. They are having a bible prophecies seminar next weekend, and we don't know what they mean by that. They had a long discussion about getting a new temporary building so they could start a youth program on Wednesday nights yuck. But we enjoyed the service. They sing hymns but it wasn't the funeral durge ones we've suffered thru the last few weeks. We'll see. This is the first one we are considering even following up on at all. OH, and it was 80% blue hairs, but that doesn't really bother us so much. It seems like we may be catching them in a transition, just looking at the pastor compared to the congregation.
I'm thinking of all of ya'll in TExas. I saw the high in Dallas today is supposed to be 107, so glad I'm not there! The weather here is still great. We've maxed out one day at 86 but usually it is low 80's or mid 70's. Mild humidity at best. Nice!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
on with your lives citizens!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Now the big thing for the rest of this week is to wait for our meat. We ordered our first order of beef from www.paidom.com and now we are just waiting for it to get here. I CANNOT wait to eat some yummy organic steaks again! I've missed my Paidom beef! We are pretty good on chicken here. They have some Amish raised chickens that are almost as good as organic, so we can do that from the store. We just haven't been able to find good organic beef yet. We ordered from Paidom when we lived in CA too. If you haven't checked them out yet, you should. Alan is great to work with and so awesome about the way he runs his ranch, as well as the way he watches over the butchering process of his cows.
Saturday we are doing Leah's 2 year old portraits. Got find something to do with her hair, it is CRAZY!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Anyway, on to positives....a cute kiddo story.
Our family memory verse two weeks ago was Joshua 3:7. Yesterday at lunch, we were practicing. Joshua quoted it for me and then Leah repeats it after me. When we finished, I said "Joshua 3:7" and she diligently said "Bubba 3:7". I about died trying not to cackly hysterically out loud!!!
Also, our friends the Greens have some great news on their adoption blog.
Monday, July 21, 2008
We finished up chores and headed out for errands. Target and Heinen's and then the long awaited trip to the carnival. Joshua was beside himself. We got the kids little ride bands for unlimited rides and went after it. Thankfully they had picnic tables all over so I could sit down alot. The kids rode and rode and I just sat being sad not to have my camera. Joshua got to ride the kids rollercoaster and his face was PRICELESS! He loved every second of it. They both rode the mini ferris wheel, which was too cute too. Robert rode the Dizzy Dragons with them and taught them how to get the dragon spinning super fast until you get almost sick. There were some other rides they did over and over as well, including a carousel. It was so fun. We came home for naps and then headed back up for more rides. The kids got to share and ice cream with Daddy and we all had so much fun. It was a really great family day.
Sunday we visited church #4. It was ok. Just ok. We'll try again next week. It is always Robert surprise on Friday to tell what church we are going to visit on Sunday.
We have an OB appt this week. And we might get to meet up with the homeschooling family that we met on the 4th!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
On the bad news side of the board, we can't find the charger or extra battery for our camera, so no pics to come until they are no longer MIA. I'm sure they are, come on....say it with me..... "IN A BOX SOMEWHERE"
We had Leah's birthday on Tuesday. I can't believe she is 2 already, where has the time gone....oh yeah, could be moving and gestating and lactating etc etc etc. She was excited to all day tell us "Lele Dirbay, 1-2" holding up 1 or 5 fingers. One time she got just two fingers up, we were so proud of her.
Wednesday she woke up and told me "Lele dirbay, 1-2" and was not very happy when I told her that no it wasn't her birthday any more, it was Sara's. That afternoon, we went to the Strongsville Homecoming Parade. Yes, these weirdos have homecoming that isn't part of football. It was Joshua and Leah's first parade and they had a BLAST! It lasted about an hour and a half, LONG! They both had bags and were soooo cute scrambling to pick up candy for their bags. They didn't realize everyone else ate the candy later, they just thought the game was picking it up! Daddy took the candy to work this morning, but Joshua and Leah got to play with their necklaces, frisbees and fire hats. It was really really fun. Pretty warm, but we had to laugh. Everyone kept mentioning what a scorcher we are having. Yesterday it hit 90 and today was supposed to max out at 92, a real killer! We don't even have the humidity to make it yucky hot. So, we just smile and enjoy a good chuckle!
Today, Leah woke up and asked me if it was her "derbay" and I said no. She smiled and said "Tantain derbay!" She's so cute. We had an ultrasound appointment today. Everyone kept asking why I hadn't had one before now, like I had committed a cardinal sin. And, everyone, the u/s tech and two doctors, commented on how stubborn our baby is. He/she was flipped over so they couldn't see his face and couldn't get many decent shots of his organs. Oh well. I told them that was about par for my children. I think they expected me to be stressed by it, but of course I'm not. Size and all of that looked good for age, blah blah blah. No major abnormalities, that they could tell, of course they emphasized that part. We see our OB again next week.
This weekend we are going to try and beat this heat, lol! I think we are going to catch a break on Sunday and a front will come thru and get us back in the upper 70's where we should be. *big roll eyes here** Saturday we are going to try and get some carnival time in before the teenagers take over. Robert heard at work that right after the parade, when we left, there was a big fight between a bunch of teen boys and it became a real mob scene. Glad we were long gone!!!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
We love our Leah!
Friday, July 11, 2008
The kids are doing great. The pool has really helped, even though they freeze! We played in it after Robert got home yesterday and that was much warmer. They actually got in the water, instead of just standing in it. Yesterday morning, Joshua told me his legs hurt from the water. Frostbite would not surprise me, lol! The water is so cold here out of the tap. I can see why people don't really drink iced tea much here, they don't need the ice. Our neighbors said it is so cold coming out of the tap in the winter that it will hurt your teeth. Funny.
This weekend we are going to go do some exploring. Might check out a farmers market kind of thing if we feel up to it. Might be good for Joshua to get out and see people. And of course we still have boxes to shuffle and unpack. My goal is to get all of that done in the next ten days because then I really have to start focusing on intensive cleaning so this house will be clean enough for a baby to come home to in Sept. That will take a long while.
We have cable hooked up already. Kind of weird and fun all at the same time. I just love Cash Cab and all of the cooking shows, but we will all be more than ready for it to go after the baby arrives. Oh, and I get to watch the olympics!!!! That was my distraction waiting to go into labor with Joshua too.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
We have an OB appointment on Wed. This guy is supposed to be really "progressive", as described by some of the ladies that recommended him. That could be really good, or really bad. Depends on which definition of progressive you use. ;-) Anyway, I'd appreciate your prayers. I don't have 20 weeks to spend looking for an OB now, but God knows that. We'll see what happens.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Met some nice people, although a homeschooling discussion got uncomfortable with a public school teacher in the group and the ministers wife was strangely pushy and made me pretty uncomfortable at times. Everyone else was really really nice. They all brainstormed on doctors for me, which included their birth "horror" stories, of course. Another group brainstormed where to buy organics around here....consensus is that you drive to Amish country to get the best produce in the country, sounds good to me! Another group of the men brainstormed on where we could find Tex Mex. Most decided that Tex Mex and BBQ were not worth eating outside of Texas (I agree) but another were staunch advocates of the open market down town, claiming that every subclass has an authetic food booth down there. We'll see. All in all, it was nice to get out and socialize.
We left the pool party a little earlier than planned because we realized we were going to freeze if we didn't go change into long pants and sweatshirts and grab blankets for the fireworks. Can you believe that? I posted pics above for proof! It doesn't get dark here until almost 10 so it was a LATE night and got down right chilly willy by the end, but it was really fun. Our very nice next door neighbors had given us the skinny on best place to watch the fireworks and hten surprised us later by showing up to watch with us. That was nice. Brian, nice neighbor guy, is in the last pic with Robert and the kids. Joshua loved most of the fireworks, although he was tired and cranky and done with the really loud ones by the grand finale. Leah about jumped out of her skin when they began and was in my lap in about a millisecond. She curled up in the Mommy fetal position and watched about 10 minutes cautiously, but then went to sleep. She kept me warm, so I was ok with that. The show was one of the best I've ever seen, so all in all, it was a great day for us.
Friday, July 4, 2008
It will in fact be too cold for any swimming today. Can you believe that? I'm really sad for Joshua, but happy for Robert. Oh well, hopefully soon it will be warm and we'll have access to a pool, all at the same time.
This morning we are doing more work around the house, like repairing the closet rods that keep crashing down in the middle of the night and putting up over the toilet storage in our bathroom. This afternoon we have the nonpool party and then tonight FIREWORKS. Joshua has been talking about seeing fireworks for weeks!
Funny house thing. Everyone knows the Guthrie condo on the our camping trips, right? Well, Robert and I's master bathroom is about the size of their camper bathroom. It is almost comical. We are trying to figure out if I'll even be able to use the toilet by the end of this pregnancy. Too funny!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Our thoughts so far on Ohio, in random bullet points....
-Cities are the same all around the world.
-Organic and healthy food is much more prevalent here in the grocery store because of the Amish communities surrounding here.
-Our landlord should hire some female cleaning ladies cause this place is filthy.
-We really need to get our voter registration switched pronto. This is union country, YUCK!
-Robert's commute willl be unsettling for me during snow and ice since it has a section they call dead man's curve.
-Joshua is having the hardest time adjusting of us all.
-Sunday's just aren't the same without GCC.
-We LOVE having sidewalks in our neighborhood. Who knew how much safer they feel.
- We also LOVE not being on a main street.
-We LOVE LOVE LOVE our sun room on the back of the house.