Sunday, November 30, 2008

SOMEBODY thinks it's a girl...

Yesterday in the mail we got this Adorable little dress from our friends, Chris and Carrie... seems like someone is pretty confident we're having a girl... =)

I think it's so cute, the baby just might have to wear it whether it's a girl or a boy! =)

Here's our other "Michigan Cutie", in the new glider rocker that we bought over the weekend...

We are all big fans of it so far, and I can't wait to rock our new baby in it!

Frank turned 81 yesterday. Keenan and I stopped over today for a quick visit to drop off a card and some pumpkin muffins. We printed the card out on the computer, with a cute picture of Frank and Keenan on it. Frank and Myrtle both Loved the card - I think it was good for them to see such a great picture of Frank, since he's not feeling so great right now and has lost almost all of his hair in the past few days...

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Trip to Alabama

We had a really fun time away!

On the way, we stopped at several places and got some excellent Black Friday deals on gifts, and then checked into our hotel in Mobile in the afternoon. It was raining, so we weren't able to go disc golfing like we had hoped, and ended up just hanging out at the hotel for a while instead.

It's crazy how much stuff we travel with now that we have Keenan! =)

The boys chillin' out

We went to Chili's for dinner and then took a Very sleepy Keenan back to the hotel to get ready for bed (he had only napped for half an hour the whole day!) We had a really nice room and had purposely booked the handicap accessible one, in hopes that the bathroom would be big enough to put the pack'n'play in for Keenan to have his own space. It did, and ended up working Much better than in the past when we've tried to have him sleep in the same room as us.

Dinner at Chili's

The hotel offered free popcorn and soft drinks in the evening, and Philip and I had a nice evening, relaxing in the big, comfy bed, and watching part of The Santa Claus, as well as Extreme Makeover Home Edition and an episode of House. It was a nice treat, since we don't have cable at home anymore!

This morning, we had a Delicious breakfast (cereal, bagels, muffins, eggs, french toast, waffles, biscuits, sausage, fruit, etc..) before heading out to see the battleship.


The U.S.S. Alabama

It was a Monster!
The crew consisted of 127 officers and 2,200 enlisted men
It was powered by four massive propellers (each weighing 18 tons) and could reach a top speed of 27.5 knots (51 km/hr for my Canadian readers).
She weighed 35,000 tons empty and with crew and supplies that went up to 44,374 tons.

The three of us before starting the tour

Keenan firing the anti-aircraft guns at the nearby Best Western =)

Philip looking through the sights in one of the 16 inch gun turrets

On one of the many, many sets of stairs we went up/down!

They'll let you climb as high as the 8th level above the main deck.

Keenan and I outside one of the portholes high above the ship

Keenan decided that this little slide in the floor of the turret where spent shell cases slid out must actually be for little boys.
(He is giggling in the picture, not screaming, because he got a little stuck just before popping out.)

Philip coming out of one of that same 5 inch gun turret.
(That little door Keenan slid out can be seen just to the right of his head in this picture).

Keenan and I at the stern of the boat

Me with a whole bunch of powder loads for the 5 inch shells, this was just above one of the engine rooms.

Family picture on deck with one of the 16 inch gun turrets in the background.
(I look soo big here!)

Keenan getting sleepy...

... so he and Philip tried out a couple of the berths!

Keenan and I were not giving Philip enough time to read EVERY little plaque and informational exhibit, so he locked us in the Brig to get some extra time to look around.

Keenan sitting on one of the massive links of the anchor chain

One of my favorites - near the bow of the boat, with the Huge guns behind us

We spent quite a while touring the battleship, and Keenan and I were getting pretty tired from all of the walking and up and down, but we did take a quick tour of the submarine, the U.S.S. Drum, as well...

On top of the sub

Keenan and I through the first hatch

Philip moving through a little faster than we did!

This was a shot through the periscope, over at the battleship

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday stuff

Here are a couple more pictures from yesterday (courtesy of Wendi).

Smiley Isaac chowing down some green beans

Keenan relaxing again

A not so flattering post dinner picture of me!

This one's a little better...

Philip went out this morning and got us a glider rocker and a bunch of other great Black Friday deals. We'll soon be heading out to a couple other stores and then hitting the road for Alabama...

My mom pointed out that I am 35 weeks pregnant today, with 35 days left! How fun! =)
Here's the belly as of this morning:

Keenan pretending to go "nigh nigh" on our bed, with the baby's blanket out of the cradle

I'll post again sometime tomorrow afternoon/evening after we're home...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today has been a beautiful, fun day!

This morning, Philip got to sleep in a bit (he so deserves it), and I made some food to take to our Thanksgiving get together at John and Wendi's. This afternoon, before heading over there, we stopped in to see Frank and Myrtle. This was the first time we've been healthy enough to visit them since Frank came home from the hospital. They were thrilled to see us, especially Keenan, and Frank looked Really good! Myrtle seemed to be doing much better also, and they had just had a delicious Thanksgiving meal, brought over by their church.

Keenan heading over to give Frank a five

Since we hadn't been over there in a while, he was a bit shy at first, but soon warmed up...
Here he is taking a walk with his "Myrno"

Back at home, sporting lipstick on his nose from a kiss from Myrtle =)

We had a wonderful afternoon/evening with John, Wendi, Wendi's parents, George and Diane, and our friends, John and Becky!

Philip and Keenan watching some football

Keenan lounging and eating his snack while Scrubs looks on hungrily

The food was amazing... John did the bulk of it and is a Fantastic chef! Look at all of this!

We had turkey, lamb, dressing, gravy, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli casserole, brussel sprouts and rolls (I Think that's everything).

Enjoying the feast!
Me, George, Diane, Wendi, John, John and Becky

And for dessert...

Chocolate peanut butter pie, apple pie, turtle pumpkin pie, ice cream, apple quince pie and chocolate cookie bark!

By the time dinner was over, we were all about ready to roll into bed for a long nap! =) We got to bring home a ton of leftovers too! Awesome!

Before heading home, we played a game of Trivial Pursuit - the Pop Culture addition. I didn't personally know many of the answers, but we had a fun guys against girls game with lots of laughs!

Philip plans to head out early in the morning to get at least one Black Friday deal, and then later on in the morning we are heading to Mobile, Alabama for some fun time away. We opted Not to camp this weekend when we looked at the expected temperatures (brrr!) and are going to spend one night in a hotel instead. On Saturday we plan to go to Battleship Memorial Park and tour the U.S.S. Alabama as well as a submarine, and some planes and tanks.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The weekend is already here!

Keenan and I joined most of the wifia for lunch at Chick-fil-A (man, I love that place). We decided, with tomorrow being Thanksgiving, we didn't want to be preparing food two days in a row, so we just made it easy.

We had a great time visiting, while Keenan and Jonathan ran wild in the play area with a Ton of other kids (all of which were really too old to be in there!) Keenan was having the time of his life, until he ran into a bench and came out with blood running out of his mouth (from a cut on the inside of his lip). That created quite a bit of drama, since it seemed like everyone in the restaurant noticed and was talking about it and offering help and bringing ice... he was fine in a minute or two, once he'd got his paci and had some ice to eat. =)

Andrea and her parents stopped by with the two kids.... she looks Fabulous! All pretty and skinny... she was making Wendi and I really jealous. =)

Andrea, me, Jodi (Isaac) and Wendi

Andrea cuddling Isaac

Sleeping beauty (I love her shirt!)

I had my fitness class this afternoon (quick work out before Thanksgiving!) and she had us ride five miles (one for each week I have left!) on the bike, then do some weight training and balancing workouts. It's getting a little harder to do some things, with my belly growing, but I still feel really good, and am so glad for the chance to get good exercise!

Philip was ready as soon as I was done my class, and his work week is now over until Monday! Woohoo!

When we got home, Philip changed, and Keenan wanted to try on part of his uniform...

"Hmm... I make this look pretty good..."

"Okay, so it's still a Little big!"

We just had some yummy, "cold weather chowder" for dinner, and after Keenan goes to bed, Philip and I are going to put up our Christmas tree! I got most of the other decorating done last night (I'm scaling back a bit this year, trying to think ahead to the "take down" with a newborn in the house).

Tick, tick, tick...

Time is ticking!

My huge "before baby" To Do List is nearing completion (it was awesome to cross off "clean oven" yesterday... I love self cleaning ovens!) and Friday will mean only 5 weeks until D Day!

While we would still prefer that he/she come in December instead of January, at this point, I am officially no longer in a hurry for the baby to come. I realize how fast time is actually flying! It feels like just a few days ago we were at the Halloween party, and that was almost a month ago already! I know this baby will be here before we know it. I also still feel Great (I'm soo thankful for that!) the vast majority of the time, so that helps me not be too impatient as well...

There is Plenty going on in the next month to keep me busy and occupied... Thanksgiving, our mini vacation this weekend, four doctor's appointments, a dentist appointment, Keenan's last few speech therapy sessions, my last few weeks of the Moms in Motion class, a wifia party, the Christmas parade, a Christmas party, the last MOPS meeting of the year, finishing our Christmas shopping and getting ready for my mom's visit!

A couple funny things Keenan says:

In his children's Bible story book we read before bed, each page has a question at the end about what was talked about on that page... no matter what the question is, for example: "Why were Joseph's brothers mean to him?", Keenan Always answers, "Jeshus" LOL!

Any time we drive by a construction site and see piles of dirt, Keenan always says, "Mass" (mess). Yesterday, we were on Okaloosa Island, driving along the beach where the road is flanked by sand dunes, and Keenan thought that they too, were a "mass". =)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Out with the girls

Last night, our MOPS group had a combined "Mom's Night Out" and a "Sprinkle" (mini baby shower) for Andrea at the Olive Garden.

It was a Really fun evening with lots of laughs, good food and fun games.

Here's a couple pictures: (I'd have more, but my battery was low and my camera only wanted to work part of the time).

The star of the show, baby Chloe
(now weighing 8 pounds!)

Andrea and her Princess

The Amazing diaper cake that Vanessa made!

Keenan and I are headed out for a good chunk of the day. We have a playdate at the Landing with our MOPS group, then some shopping and then speech therapy this afternoon.