We had an awesome time at the baby shower thrown by our dear friend Becky. Her home was so warm and inviting, the decorations were beautiful, and so many of our sisters/friends from church came! It was such a blessing and heartwarming that this was thrown for us!
I have made an amazing discovery... "Time Out for Women!". I've heard about from sisters in my last ward, but never really new much about it (besides it was a "break" mom's got from their children and responsibilities to nourish themselves). -I recently found a post on Facebook from a sister in my last ward advertising it, and that there was a "live feed" that could be purchased for the event. I thought, Hey that's awesome, I could actually do that. I kept the page open on my computer, showed it to my husband to see if he approved (he did), and then forgot about it till the evening of. Last evening, I was curious, is tonight really the night that's on? Sure enough it was, and I was just 15 minutes late logging into the whole start of the event! I had no idea it was for LDS (Latter Day Saint) women and my jaw dropped as I realized more and more how much of a spiritual event this was. Now, on the second day of the live event, it dawned on me that Time Out for Women is equal in importance and specialness as to Young Women's Camp! Have any of you walked away from Young Women's camp without feeling amazingly touched spiritually as you read the letter you mom sent the Young Women's leaders for you to read during the special walk or spiritual message they give towards the end? Oh my goodness, you cry. Well, by golly, this event has helped me to connect with the inner women in me, the inner woman that the world works so hard to suppress and make you loose touch of and works to harden spiritually. Well, let me tell you, never again will I miss one of these events. I so hope they always have a stream feed so I can attend it from our rural location. People from Japan, China, the Philippines and more around the world have purchased the feed to the live event. At first, it seemed as important as conference, but it's really not required, as Young Women's camp, but like Young Women's camp, takes a lot of money to put together (hence the fee for the feed or entry into the event itself, which cost more). These women worked so hard to put this together and to keep this going, so that's why I'm posting about this (as well as to my daughter(s)). I hope Emilie will be able to go to this event or watch it online as an adult when she's older. It's been such a booster to me and is such a special event! Even if you are not LDS and are another Christian domination, there is so much all can take from this and I encourage you to go! *Love and hugs* Mary
We're pretty excited, our stroller has been picked! Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the Baby Trend Sit N' Stand 3000 (I added the 3000 part ;)) George modeled it beautifully, and really wanted to make sure everyone would see where Emilie would be sitting! His favorite spot really is the carseat. Shopping for it was really exciting, even though we just had 20 minutes at Target, went overtime and were late to my Prenatal appointment. A lady couple stopped and watched as everything (Giant boxed carseat, giant boxed stroller, huge box of diapers and wipes) fell off the cart as we exited. I was oddly comforted that they stayed to make sure we got everything on the cart, they were so nice (even if they only stopped to be standbys, the moral support was appreciated). As we rushed to the cart, everything balanced on top, I dragged George (who was very obedient strangely enough at the time... he loves going spaghetti legged!) and then Scott loaded everything in. To our dismay, it didn't fit... well, it did, just not so Scott could drive!!! I quickly took the mission of driving us, and by golly, I nearly didn't fit!!! My belly is getting huge, and if we had gotten in a car accident, I know I would have died because I was too close to the air bag!!! I was determined not to get into an accident of course though, and we arrived fabulously late... with a brand new stroller, yeah!
George and I decided to go outside, even though it was 50 degrees! Yes, I know, most of the country is dealing in the 20's or even lower right now, but I'm from the coastal part of southern CA, so even this is a shocker for me! Anyway, it was plenty cool enough for my toddler to put on his new coat and hat that I had gotten him (why did I think I'd only start using it when it was winter and not the fall? My inexperience betrayed me... So lucky I fell in love with this cute jacket and hat at Target!). Isn't that a killer shot of him? My favorite outdoors activity is taking pictures of George, and boy I had a blast playing paparazzi today. George did a great job of playing celebrity and doing many dodges, giggling and running away as well. He knows too well, when mommy has the camera, it's picture time!!! He's the best dodger in the world. Out of a hundred pics did I get about 10 good ones, and even less that are crystal clear. Phone cameras can take stellar pictures, but beware, it takes just the right lighting, pose, and complete stillness... and of course your phone cooperating and your focus point actually focusing on the right thing. It's the awesomest treat though when you actually get a professional picture, and that's what I'm always aiming to do, but it can be so hard!
George had a fantastic time going down the hill past Thursday. His nap was thrown a bit off schedule just as it was seeming to get a pattern, but I guess our family's just not meant to have a schedule, we really aren't (and I really can't see how anyone else can maintain a routine with toddlers today anyway with varying things happening throughout the week!). Meanwhile, George is growing and maturing rapidly. It seems like in the course of a few weeks he's been starting to speak in short sentences and understanding so much! I'm so proud of you George <3
Yesterday dear hubby took a sick day since we both had appointments, and we decided to make it a day of errands and fun :) George didn't mind in the least! We started out with my appointment (Emilie is doing good, head-down, and has dropped a cm instead of going up one) and then headed to the food court at the mall to eat and after played at Balboa Park till it was time for hubby's appointment. At the food court, George had a blast playing pretend on all the mechanical rides while we ate, and at the playground had the time of his life and never wanted to leave (even though he hadn't had a nap all day and was so overtired!). Daddy's appointment went well with the doctor, and Scott is now feeling inclined to drive to work and bike part of the way. I'm so proud of him and he's so Uber-strong! He doesn't necessarily like all the advice the doctor gives, but at least we both get educated.
After the appointments, we were able to pick up my Rose Geranium essential oil at Harmony Herbs and I'm so pleased with it. The smell is too strong for Scott, but to me it smells like overly honeyed raspberry tea, absolute heaven! I'm using Frankincense almost everyday though, and boy has it helped with anxiety. Today I had such a rough day, I prayed, and then decided I needed to put on some Frankincense! It can be hard when there's no one around to fall back on when you need a break. I decided, instead of my bubble popping and loosing it, that George and I would just sit down together and watch Teletubbies (after I got my Frankincense on). I think that was the best decision I could have made. I don't know what's going on, but this past week has been such a roller coster for me emotionally. I haven't had "crazy pregnancy" syndrome, but now that I'm in the second half of the third trimester, it's definitely hit. Boy does it suck. I'm like, they so portrayed pregnant women wrong, but no, they didn't. I guess the crazy emotional phase hits at certain points of pregnancy and each pregnancy can be completely different (just like each child, crazy huh?).
I'm pleased to announce I found a brand of clothing that isn't atrocious for a toddler boy, and I present Cherokee! The shirt our little guy is wearing in the pics above, and this one picture above with all the shirts, is George's new fall/winter Wardrobe. There is a darling British cap and winter coat that we got that is not shown, but it will come later ;). I'm very happy with Cherokee. The clothing material is top notch (very high quality) and the clothes are simple but not completely plain and are not plain T-Shirts with just a new print on each one!!! I've never seen them at Target, but they just got in a new shipment of clothing (including maternity clothes) and the selection is finally acceptable! Each shirt is $10-12 (besides the three very right shirts of the New York Hoodie, green/navy blue sweater, and white Batman shirt which were around $6 and two are not Cherokee brand). The clothes are still not the "cute toddler boy" clothes I would like, but living in America, this is as good as it gets at an affordable price. Cherokee's material is on par with Zara's children clothing I would think too. Anyway, my little guy isn't dressed like a gangster, granted not a baby either, but he's dressed "nice" and I'll settle for that. Note that I hate batman, but this long sleeved shirt is in white, so that makes Batman a hero and not a villain ;) In case the world was wondering, "black" tends to be a Villain color (pff, and Batman's suppose to be a hero).
Now that Grandma and Grandpa are in the air flying home, it seems George's favorite place to play is the garage. He loves playing in the car and getting on daddy's motorcycle. He's proving to be solid boy (what is it with boys and machines anyway?) and a possible future engineer or car mechanic! With his smartness and love of machine's, he's bound for an awesome career he'll enjoy someday. :) As he develops a good work ethic he'll be able to achieve any career he wants! With all the work to do around the house and need to trim trees, clear brush, and eventually make pathways so we can actually get around our full property, I think him and daddy will have tons of bonding projects to work on (the best way for boys to develop solid good relationships with their dads is through good hard work :)) and won't have a problem with developing good working skills to help him along in life. When we get goats, he'll love tending them and helping out too! Now, if I can just keep him away from the TV... or at least limit his TV time!!!
Yesterday we went to the Smith Ranch & Julian Railroad tour in Old Julian, and boy was it fun! Scott's parents fully enjoyed it, and I myself haven't ever felt so connected to history (it was like I was right there in the 1800's!!!) nor have laughed as much in any tour before! You have to make reservations, but all it takes is a phone call and you're set to go! The 1 1/2 hr tour was perfect, but we could have stayed longer it was so fun!
Daddy and George also got the chance to ride right into the gold mine in the gold mine cart! George was really excited, but I think Scott was a bit more excited than our son! We're all kids inside, but having one gives us the opportunity to do the things we really want to do! All the other couples there didn't have children with them, so they didn't get such a cool opportunity ;) Inside the gold mine was beautiful and I've never experienced anything like it before! You could see the gold veins running along the walls, and we even got to see a silver vein too, but apparently they look more like copper or rust. Gold veins are what the Miner followed when they mined, because gold was always in a gold vein, which sort of looks like a yellow-gold path along the stone walls. It was amazing all the artifacts uncovered in the mine that we were able to see too.
George got to sit with Grandma and Grandpa too during the historic introduction, but quickly switched over to our little cart behind, not long before the actual ride. The train tracks took 13 years to make, and the train was made of actual carts that would go into the mine and each are able to carry 5 tons of weight, if I heard correctly! Gold is VERY heavy!!! Have you seen Pirates of the Caribbean with their gold pressure chest? Well, there is no way two men could have carried that chest, it would have weighed thousands and thousands of pounds!!! Amazing right? And did you know they had battery powered trains in the late 1800's? It's true!
George had SO much fun and by the time the tour was over, he really didn't want to go! He especially loved panning for gold, and going to the little mining store and trading it in for a stick of licorice. One wasn't enough for him, but I think one stick of sugar was enough! He did get half of mine too (since it really isn't my favorite candy, but it was still an awesome treat! Anything tastes good if you work for it gold panning!). Daddy helped George balance down the tight rope bridge too, to George's delight. Sadly I skipped. I totally think I could have handled it, but doctors don't even like pregnant women to ride bikes, let alone a tight rope bridge 5-8 ft off the ground, no matter if there are rope handle rails to grab onto or not!
After an awesome tour and our goodbyes to the Smith's, we headed for Old Town Julian and got ourselves some Apple Pie! The Julian Pie Co. makes amazing pies! We picked out a apple crumble top, and daddy got two Wonder Bars to spilt with the family. It was a really nice ride home, and for dinner (well, desert!) we got to have to apple pie!!! A splendid day I say!!!
Now, today, Grandma and Grandpa headed to the airport for their flight back to Chicago. George handled the goodbyes well, and it's nice to know George will see Grandma soon! Emilie isn't too far from being due, and I'm already 34 weeks along! She's dropped already, I've had plenty of practice contractions to the point of extreme discomfort, and I think she won't be too late past the due date, if not early! Excitement is starting to hit me, and I'm getting excited to see her!
Just one of those average amazing moms... Cause you know, mommy = amazing.