Monday, October 20, 2008

Zoo Walk and Farm

Last Saturday, we took the kids to the Phoenix Zoo for the Zoo Walk for Autism to support this cute cousin
(Cade on his daddy's (Scott) shoulders)

We all met outside the zoo and took this picture
We had a great time with some great people like her,
(Gramma Porter)

and her.
(Great-Gramma Porter)

My brother-in-law, Dan, is probably one of the nicest people I will ever meet.
He also might be one of the funniest. He took this "picture" of me telling me to make faces. He was acting like he was waiting for the perfect time to snap the picture while the whole time he was taking a video. I'm such a nerd!

The kids had a good time and especially liked it when they got a turn riding in this

After the Zoo, we came home and napped. Then a few hours later headed off to
Vertuccio Farms.

Finding our way through the corn maze...

Jada had so much fun riding this.

Jazmine amazes me with her ability to make friends everywhere we go.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

8 Things

I got tagged by Nina. So here it goes...

8 Favorite TV Shows
I'm not a big TV watcher, but I do enjoy these shows when they are playing.
1. Extreme Makeover Home Edition - Our TV is set to record all of them and a few weeks ago there was a marathon day of them, so we watch one every night.
2. So You Think You Can Dance
3. Lost

8 Favorite Restaurants
1. Macaroni Grill
2. Texas Road House
3. Cheesecake Factory
4. Filiberto's
5. Abuelo's
6. Chili's
7. Ruth's Chris Steak House
8. Chipotle

8 Things that happened today
1. Woke up early, showered and got myself and the kids ready
2. Went to the Zoo Walk for Autism at the Phoenix Zoo with the family to support our sweet cousin Cade
3. Took a nap - the walk tired us out so all the kids and I slept for 2 hours - gotta love that
4. Ate
5. Took the kids to the Vertuccio Farms Corn Maze
6. Bought pumpkins - to be carved on another day (also I want to try to make pumpkin pie from a fresh pumpkin)
7. Got the kids to bed
8. Relaxed with Brad in a peaceful house

8 Things to Look Forward to
1. Finalizing the adoption
2. Baby being born
3. My husband coming home each day
4. Moving
5. Bedtime
6. Dates with Brad
7. Christmas
8. Not being sick

8 Things I love about Fall
1. Cooler weather
2. Being outside
3. Mosquitoes leaving
4. Buying Halloween Costumes for the kids
5. Celebrating Jada's birthday (on Halloween)
6. The holidays are approaching
7. Getting ready for Christmas!
8. Being with family

8 Things on my wish list
1. The adoption being final (will come true next month!)
2. My baby being healthy
3. Vacationing (especially to Hawaii)
4. A bigger house that will fit all of us
5. My kids to become happy adults
6. An SUV that will fit us after the baby is born
7. To be the best mom I can be
8. An adventure vacation with my hubby

8 People I Tag

1. Melanie
2. Heather
4. Alys
5. Jody
6. Julie
7. Lindsay
8. Allison

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Baby Update

Brad and I went to the OB doctor again this morning. Although, everything seems to be going well and I am definitely still having pregnancy symptoms, we still get nervous before doctor visits. There has been so many times that we've gotten bad news and seen lifeless babies on the ultrasound monitor. But, our nerves were once again turned to joy in this pregnancy as we saw the baby's heart beating again!

I promised my mom I'd post the pictures of the ultrasound, so Mom, here you go. They aren't nearly as clear on here as they were in the office. We were able to make out the head, legs, and arms. I can't believe how much he has grown (I subconsciously say 'he' almost every time I refer to the baby... hmm we'll see). Last time, he was just a little bigger than the yolk sac (the little dot you can see above the baby). Now, only 3 weeks later, he is at least 10 times that big.
What a miracle!!

This time, the white blob above the baby is a hand.
See the caption the doctor wrote on the top?
The kids are so excited about this baby. We experienced the most recent miscarriage with them and they had a hard time understanding it. They pray for the health of this baby and me everyday without any promptings from me or Brad. Kishawn has named the baby Carebear referring to it as that all the time. They all give my stomach kisses several times a day and ask when it's going to get big. Jazmine rubs my stomach all the time telling me that I'm getting bigger, then hold up her hands to show me what size the baby is that day. They are all such sweet kids. I am so proud to call myself their mom.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Jada Started School

Jada qualified for preschool a while ago but I have purposefully put off taking her. I enjoy having her at home too much!! I didn't want her to leave!

Finally, I was convinced (by Jada) to take her to school. Everyday, several times a day, she would tell me, while slapping her hands together to sign school, "I go cool!!"

Kiana rides a bus to school and since I've told Jada that she was going to ride a bus as well, she has been fixated with buses and when it will be her turn to ride one.

Her infatuation began with an innate ability to spot every single bus in the city. She'd subsequently yell, "Bu Bu Bu!!" while spinning her hands in circles like the song "The Wheels on the Bus".

She soon wasn't satisfied with just looking at the buses: she wanted to ride one and let me know it probably at least 40 times a day. "Momma, I rie bu!!"

So finally, last Friday, Brad and I drove her down to the preschool to officially enroll her. I wasn't sure what she would think so my plan was to just show her the room to familiarize her with it for when she started this week. After she saw the classroom though, she wasn't going anywhere. As the teacher showed her around the classroom, Jada's first question was, "Nanny" (interpreted as candy). Not surprising. The teacher explained that they don't have candy but they will be having snack time.

We saw that she was fine and left the classroom to fill out some more paperwork. Just before leaving, I went to peak in the window of the classroom to see her getting into a cabinet, pulling out a gallon size bag full of suckers. The look on her face could have been interpreted as "SCORE!"

She was so excited to tell us about her day when we came to pick her up. According to her it consisted of, "Eat! Drink! and Book!" BUT, she was not amused when she realized that she was not going to ride a bus home and whined about it the whole way home.

Today was her second day of school and the beloved BUS was coming to pick her up. After getting ready she proudly walks up to Brad then me and tells us goodbye.
"Where you goin'?" I ask.
"Uh, I go cool, I rie bu."

So we went outside to wait...

She had this HUGE grin on her face ALL morning.

I can't believe my "baby" is going to school.
Even though she'll be three on the 31st of this month and she's big for her age, I still call her my baby.
See G-G (short for Great-Grandma) in the background? She's always out keeping up with everything going on around the house and helping out. I love her SO much!!

After calling, "Bu, where go?" several times, she was finally able to yell that the bus was here!!

She ran to the bus and hopped right on. Finally, after a prompting from the bus driver, she turned around to wave goodbye.

My 'baby' was gone. It was a long 2 1/2 hours for me, but I survived. I'll have to say goodbye to her 3 times a week, hopefully it gets easier on me. She was still sporting the huge grin when she got home. After asking her what she did, she YELLED, "BOOK... RIE BU... EAT!!
What else could a 2 year old want?