What a great day! We did end up plotting the location of our garden but didn't end up making it because DH couldn't get our lawnmower started and we got distracted.
You are SO not going to believe this, journal, but Josh wanted to go to the park in our neighborhood today on his scooter and I didn't feel like walking so I dusted off my old roller blades! I haven't skated on them in 10 years but they still worked great and I didn't even fall down! Then on the way back from the park just 3 doors down from our house we went by some other little boys playing outside and I asked if he wanted me to see if they would play with him. He did want to play so I went and found their mom and introduced myself. One little boy is 5 and in kindy this year and the other little boy was 6 and also in kindy and lived across the street. Although they were slightly older than Josh they were playing and having the best time after just a few minutes and they played together for over an hour. He has never had any friends here on our street so I am very excited for him to have met some. Before I know it I will be hearing the ding-dong of little ones at my door asking if Josh can come over and play. That seems like such a grown kid thing for someone I still consider to be my teeny tiny baby boy
This evening for dinner I made chicken spaghetti and cheesy garlic toast and I have to say that it was the best, most tasty chicken spaghetti I have ever made. Even DH was blown away by it and I have made this recipe about 70 million times since we have been married. I think what made the difference was using two kinds of mushrooms (neither one the boring button mushrooms that I normally use) and adding some green chilies. I used baby bellas and some white beech mushrooms and that made it so mushroom-y and delicious, yummmmmmm. For dessert we have some store-bought organic strawberry ice cream. So much for any calories I burned skating today, LOL!
Josh got a new bike today! His cousin that is a couple years older has outgrown it and my brother said he was going to get him a new bike today so Josh could have the old one---how nice was that? It's a real "big boy" bike and we took it out for his first riding debut. The wheels are so big that he can keep up with DH and I on our bikes pretty well. I bet it's no time before those training wheels are ready to come off. I see kids around the neighborhood riding bikes with no training wheels that are younger than Josh so I know his motor skills for it should be there. Once he gets his confidence up and experiences the thrill of turning a corner leaning into it a little bit he will want those wheels off.
Today I also broke out the Spring decor and so the house is all Easter-y festive. I'm not one to overload on decorations but I do like to do a little something for most holidays (Easter, birthdays, Halloween --although I cringe at lumping this 'holiday' in with Easter and Christmas--, Thanksgiving and Christmas). I don't decorate for Valentines or St. Patrick's day. The 4th of July doesn't get much, if any, attention around here since Josh's birthday is the 1st of July. We do enjoy watching fireworks but we don't decorate the house or anything.
DH BBQ'd some chicken legs outside for dinner tonight since the weather is GORGEOUS today. Fresh green beans and chicken made for an easy but delicious meal.
This afternoon I got to treat myself to a little shopping trip to Target and that was wonderful. The Easter bunny is going to be very generous this year. Mr. Bunny told me he has been thinking long and hard about what kind of eggs to hide for us this year since we don't really do candy and sugar 'round here. Shhhhhh---he told me he located easter eggs filled with play-doh for us! What a great idea!
Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day........
It was super rainy today and the weather channel map of our area looked like my 4 yr old got into the red, yellow, and green paint. Luckily there was no hail here. But tomorrow there will be an onslaught of people calling in to report that they drove through high water and ruined their engines. It's really not rocket science. High water = ruined engine. Don't drive through it. But whatever, let's move on.
Tomorrow the whole family has appts for having our teeth cleaned. This will be Josh's 2nd time so hopefully it won't be as intimidating this time around. He started out a little scared last time but was fine once it got started.
OH, and how could I have not mentioned before the 3rd paragraph that my best friend is going to be induced tomorrow morning?! She is to report in at 6AM to get the party started. Man, I am so excited and happy for her right now and the anticipation is driving me crazy. I had a dream a few weeks ago that the baby came out and looked just like his daddy so I will be interested to see if that is true. It'll be obvious since he is very tall with brownish hair and she is short (OK, still an inch taller than me, but we're both short) with very dark, thick hair. Both of her girls have their daddy's hair color and I keep waiting for one of her kiddos to turn up with their mommy's dark hair. As long as he arrives safely it doesn't even matter.
Well, Lucy (my dog) is in complete and total snoring mode next to my chair and it's frankly making me a bit sleepy. She is so stealthy---I never hear her enter the room or follow me in here but she is always there next to the desk snoring after a bit of time goes by. I think I'll head into the living room to watch an hour of TV before I retire for the evening.
The big news of the evening is that my best friend had her baby this evening at 5:25PM and all is well with mommy and baby! He was 8lbs 6oz. I am so thrilled for them!
The dental appointments went super! Josh walked right in and set down as if he had been 100 times before and was cool as a cucumber the whole time. This is his 2nd time to have his teeth cleaned. Of course my DAD is the dentist so he has been to his office lots of times. The hygienist did the cleaning, though, and it still went just fine. Between myself, DH, my mom and my dad constantly poking our heads in the door and walking up and down the halls of the office during his visit I think he felt right at home Plus my mom (the office mgr) had brought him some special Easter play-doh stuff and a new book and stuffed animal for Dr. Seuss' 'Fox in Socks' so he was well entertained while DH and I had our turns in the chair.
Plus, I took a half day off from work for our little family dental visit and that was nice to spend the afternoon with my whole family, even if we were in a dental office. I practically grew up in that office so it feels just like home anyway!
Thanks, Sandy! I'm a little biased but I think he's a pretty sweet boy!
Welcome to the weekend and Happy Easter! DH is out of town tonight so Josh and I have tonight and tomorrow afternoon to have mommy/son time. Tonight we invited one of my friends over, who happens to be the mommy of one of Josh's good friends so the kids played and played and played together and us mommies got to have wonderful conversation, dinner, and another round of 'Bridgett Jones' Diary" That Colin Firth is so very easy to watch on TV..................
Tomorrow we will go to the grocery store again to get all the stuff we need for Easter lunch over at my parents' house. They are making the meat and we are bringing a veggie and a salad. My brother and his wife are bringing another veggie and salad so there will be lots to eat and nobody has to cook a full meal, whooo hoooo!
Then we may go see 'Horton Hears a Who' if he still wants to and he also needs a haircut so perhaps we can work it all in.
Well, we DID end up getting everything done today! House was all cleaned with every dish done and every stitch of laundry clean and put away by the time DH arrived back in town and dinner in the fridge waiting on him.
Josh's haircut looks adorable (if I may say so) and he and I had a great day together today. We started out by staying up late with friends last night (see last post) and then sleeping in until 9AM this morning. He got to sleep in our bed with me last night since DH was out of town Then we ambled up and ended up playing in the backyard for a while. I got a few cookbooks out and sat in the sun next to the swing set while he played and searched for my recipe of choice for potatoes tomorrow for our family Easter lunch.
Then we finally had some pancakes, banana, and yogurt for "breakfast" at 11AM and then I did more house work while he watched a bit of TV and played with his toys.
After his rest time we went out for the haircut, to the grocery store, and then back home so I could assemble the ambrosia salad for tomorrow and then we headed out to see "Horton Hears a Who". He has never been a good movie-watcher as his attention span is just not that long to make it through a full-feature movie but he did pretty well tonight. He stood up about half way through and continued to stand for the duration of the movie but he didn't ask to go to the bathroom 600 times like usual and he didn't lay upside down in his seat (he did that during Ratatouille and I scooped him up and we left before it was over). I think he liked the movie OK but what he really wanted to do was play the video games out in the lobby and I told him we only had enough change for him to play 1 game. He picked that game where you shoot the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park and that was such a waste---he didn't even get to play it before it ate the tokens and then timed out. So he left upset that he didn't even get to play the game and that kind of ruined the whole experience for him. Poor little dude.
Hopefully Easter will be lots of fun for him tomorrow. We are going to try to make it to the early service at church so I can get back and cook the scalloped potatoes in time for lunch with the family. They have to cook for an hour and a half so perhaps I should go do some prep work on that right now so I can just slice the potatoes and throw all the stuff in the oven tomorrow in a jif..............
Easter was so much fun! We opened the Easter basket stuff and he played for a little while with his loot and then we finally headed off to church (umm, the LATE service, not the early one, LOL). Afterwards we took the scalloped potatoes and ambrosia salad to my parents' house and the whole family met there. Josh and his cousin (age 7) hunted for eggs and had a wonderful time.
I hope I'm not coming down with something because I came home from work today and did a couple things, then crawled into bed and took a nap for an hour or so Three people in direct proximity to me at work called in sick today so I hope I do not come down with the sickies soon. We have an outing planned at work this Thursday where we are going to drive out to TimbuckToo and eat lunch together and then we get released for the day afterwards. I'd hate to use a sick day when we get to have off a half day anyway.
Got an e-mail today from our former neighbors that all is going well with their pregnancy and she is due 8 days from when I was supposed to be due. And they are having a girl. I feel very happy for them but it did make me think of our little girl. I am planning to take off work on Wednesday, May 21st and do something in honor of her due date. But I'm not sure yet what to do. I can't plant a tree because our yard already has as many trees as it can handle. But I'd kind of like to plant something that will grow and be fragrant and beautiful and something that would come back from year to year if possible. At our last house we had an area at the back fence where we had some honeysuckle growing and it was so fragrant and easy to care for. The only problem is I know it can damage a wooden fence over time and it attracts bees.
The idea of a little angel statue is not appealing. I could write a message on a balloon and release it over our back fence into the big field. I could plant some flowers somewhere.....
My best friend e-mailed me the first pictures of her beautiful baby boy today as well. Wow, that brought back so many wonderful memories our our little guy in the "french fry warmer" and then all wrapped up in his blanket with his striped hat on his puffy little face. And pictures of her older two girls holding the baby, just priceless.
Sometime tomorrow or Wednesday I will get my yearly performance review at work and find out if/how much of a raise I will get this year so my nerves are reminding me of this fact and I hope it goes well.
GOOD NEWS for today is that DH said we could plan a trip to go to Sea World this summer as one last special trip before Josh starts kindy in the fall. Not that we are huge world travelers or anything but it feels so....confining....to not be able to vacation whenever we please.
I am apparently feeling a little edgy (read: b*tchy) today. The next door neighbors are having a new roof put on today due to that hail storm we had a while back. It is 6:45PM and I need for them to adjourn and go home now. It's like artillery fire next door with the hammers and pneumatic nail guns. I can't let my dog out back because she will bark and bark until I lose my mind. A few minutes ago I was sitting here reading posts on P.O. and I heard the water on the side of OUR HOUSE get turned on. I couldn't take it. I got up, opened the front door, looked at the hose that sits on our front porch to confirm that the sprayer had been dragged between our two houses and stood there and glared at all the workers, then whizzed back inside and slammed the front door. About 5 seconds later I heard the water get cut back off. I'm sorry, it's not that 30 seconds of water from our house is a big deal but if you had ASKED me first, I would have said it was fine. If you just take it upon yourself to help yourself---NOT FINE. You need to go home at a respectable hour instead of working until the sun sets at freaking 7:45PM. I cannot handle the roofing noises for over 3 hours after spending a long day at work listening to people complain. Cannot. Will not. Shouldn't have to.
Please remind me why DH is always off playing softball or some other activity when I need him to be here and handle important situations and appease me? LOL! (Reference the near-rumble I had at t-ball practice a few weeks ago where DH was out of town)
Speaking of t-ball, the practices are coming to an end (last one is this Thursday) and then we begin the games one week from tonight. Very exciting business! We also have our initial consult with the ob/gyn about our options of this whole baby-making process. BIG DAY. I keep reading here on the site that most infertile people want to be seen by an "RE" for infertility treatment and I can't even figure out what "RE" stands for. I hope we're not making a mistake by letting my ob/gyn get involved, but he *does* specialize in infertility and has been voted one of the area's best doctors by some very impressive publications. He was on TV a week or so ago talking about some cosmetic stuff they also do in his office (smart lipo or something similar) and besides all the hoopla, I reeeeeally like and trust him. So wish us luck! Perhaps we will end up with an Easter miracle and get a BFP this cycle and we won't have to go through any of it If so, this baby's nickname is definitely going to be my "little bunny", LOL!
Hey Elicia! RE stands for Reproductive Endocrinologist. We had considered going to one when we were dealing with infertility, too. We ended up using our OB. I think if he feels a need for you to see an RE, he will refer you, or you can ask for a referral as a back-up. It sounds like he has a great reputation, though! My fingers are crossed for you guys!!