Saturday, October 25, 2008

Recent Anna

Here are a few recent pictures of Anna. She had an absolute blast playing on her hide-a-bed in our hotel suite in Austin! Too much fun to play on, but it took a little getting used to for her to sleep, though.

This was definitely the best part of the trip for Anna.

And she found a way to play her favorite game away from home--no kitchen that circles to the living room, but apparantly a coffee table did suffice.

What a cool dude! Apparantly every girl needs a pair of "shades". So why don't I have any? I think I need to find some for me. I'll take mine minus the Pooh Bear decor, though.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Bonding Time

I'm down to just over 5 weeks from my due date, and it looks like I'm in for some bonding time with the couch. I've been doing great up until now, and things are still ok, but my blood pressure reading at the doctor yesterday was on the rise. So I'm supposed to try and stay down as much as I can. Not strict bedrest yet, but I need to lie down as much as possible. Looks like I get a good excuse to keep some dvd's playing through the day for Anna so I can take it easy. Hopefully if I have a very low-key week then next week blood pressure will be better!

I'm really hoping that I've just been doing too much lately--we just spent last week in Austin, and Anna and I were up and about all week. Very fun trip, but tiring! While Dan was in his training classes, Anna and I went and saw the Capitol, did some outlet shopping, and spent some fun time with my friend Carrie and her toddler Alex.

So any good book recommendations for me? I'm in need of something new, and this is a great excuse for not having to be up washing laundry and dishes. I'm ready to take advantage of it. Hmm, come to think of it, I haven't read Breaking Dawn yet--that must be sacrilege for anyone who has already read the other 3 books in the Twilight series.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Jane Anne-dresses

I love cute little hand-me-down clothes. And apparantly so does Anna! Auntie Jane Anne, my baby sister, is 7 this year, and Mom has been sending me some of her cute little outgrown clothes for Anna to grow into. It is fun for me to hang them in one section of the closet and watch Anna grow into them. We have a bunch starting right around size 3, so they're still too big on Anna, but she still loves to try them on and wear them around. This summer there were 2 sundresses in particular that became Anna's daily wardrobe so that she could wear her "Jane-Anne-dress". Quite a bit large for going out to the store with me, but not bad at all for playing around the house. And they are perfect for easy, cool dressing through the hot Texas summer. She'll probably be wearing them for the next 2 summers too. :)
So thank you Mom and Jane Anne for the cute little sundresses! They've made a fun summer for Anna.

Deja Vu?

I had my bi-weekly doctor checkup yesterday. I did a double take when I walked into the waiting room and found the power off again! It took me a minute of processing to realize that no, they haven't really been without power for almost a whole month after the hurricane. It was just good timing on my part to walk in during the 10-minute power outage while workers were probably working on the lines. I got a good laugh out of that one, though!

In baby news, I had another ultrasound yesterday to check this little guy's presentation. I'm only 32 and a half weeks right now, but the doctor wants to monitor his position closely because when I was pregnant with Anna she turned breech near the end which was the main reason for my c-section. I wasn't complaining at all at the chance to get a peek at my little boy again! All in all, everything is good, and I'm still having no signs of the complications I had with Anna yet. That really makes me happy because it was around this week of pregnancy last time that I was bed-ridden because of high blood pressure.

So with a clean bill of health, Dan, Anna, and I are heading to Austin next week for Dan's business conference/training thing. I did not want to be left at home alone for a week with Anna. And Dan's company is providing the hotel suite, so why not tag along? Should be a fun little trip!

Thursday, October 9, 2008


I wonder if I could get Dan to help fold laundry more often if we made one of these. He's all about the cool engineering ideas. Heck, it might even motivate me to fold clothes sooner. What is it with fun toys?
"How An Engineer Folds a Shirt"

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008


Well, it's actually called Animusic, but in our house it's Anna-music. This is Anna's latest craze, and she'll dance around and march to this several times a day if I let her. My dad discovered this a few years ago on PBS I think, and bought the dvd for the family. Ever since then we've all been hooked! Check out the video--it's this really neat computer animation to music and pretty fascinating to watch.
Me: Anna, what are you watching? Animusic?
Anna: No, mommy-music!
Me: Oh, Anna-music?
Anna: Mommy-music! Daddy-music! (giggles)

Anyway, this is one of our favorites, and I think you can find more of them on youtube. Here's their official website:

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Millions of peaches

...peaches for me, millions of peaches, peaches for free.

Well, I wish for free! We don't have fruit trees, and we don't know anyone who does. What I wouldn't give for a peach or apricot tree at this time of year!

I guess it's all right to settle for the $1/lb sales at the grocery store. We've been buying peaches and plums and nectarines by the dozens for the last couple of weeks. I love this season! And I'm so glad that Anna loves fruit too. Well, I have mixed feelings about that, actually, when I want to eat a peach and Anna comes running begging for it. I never get my own whole peach anymore. Such is the life, I guess. But it's our favorite thing to snack on lately--sit and cut up a peach and split it together. Can't beat yummy fresh fruit. In Anna's latest words, "Mmm, li-shus, Mommy!"