And one I am terrible at.
I feel like I'm waiting for so many things to happen right now...
The team arrives in town on August 6th and with that means the start of the school year. Luke will work long crazy hours till probably mid October.
We are moving - at some point. It is starting to feel like it will never get here. Basically because we thought we would be moving in July, then realized our lease isn't up till August 31st. When you move every summer, details become a little hazy. We have the new place all lined up, that's not the issue, its just that we have to stay in this crowded tiny townhouse till our lease is up in order to avoid paying rent in two places. Definitely don't want to do that, so staying it is. Luckily I hadn't started packed yet before we realized all this. But still. I want to pack. I want to move to the bigger house. I've already organized and decorated all the rooms in my head!
I'm 7 and a half months pregnant. Oh I've mentioned that already? Yep, and getting that "I am now definitely in the 3rd trimester" feeling. And the baby inside me is only going to get bigger and more uncomfortable. I need to prepare for birth, I need to prepare for another little person to join our family. I'm having crazy pregnant lady mood swings. I need to rest. And eat well. And take care of the kids. And still cook dinner......
And we have to move.
I seriously feel like I am waiting for a very very big storm to hit. I am not usually an anxious person, thanks to prayer and God's grace, but with everything that is about to happen, all this waiting for what's around the corner is starting to drive me crazy. Because it's big stuff! It's going to be stressful! And I can't even really do anything to prevent or decrease the stress. The timing of it all couldn't be worse. The beginning of the school year and all that entails, is one thing, then add a move, extremely pregnant wife and new baby coming a few weeks later.
I'm praying for strength, peace, patience and the gracefulness to help carry my family through this storm as stress-free as possible. As the husband, Luke is the head of the house, but the wife is the heart. I know that so much of my mood and attitude dictate the rest of what Luke and the kids are feeling and how they respond to everything as well.
So if you could, keep us all in your prayers! Gracias!
Friday, July 26, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Yesterday was our 4th wedding anniversary and although it was a low key day, it was still very special. Our anniversary tends to always be surrounded with craziness of life. Usually moving. We try to stay consistent. Our first anniversary, Hailey was only a month old and we happened to be moving that day. We moved from Loveland, CO, to Greeley, CO, which was 30 minutes east of Loveland to be closer to the University of Northern Colorado where Luke was serving with focus. We hauled our tired selves to a local Italian restaurant at 8pm that night where we sat in a booth behind the loudest group of adults ever. But the food was good.
Our 2nd anniversary I was 6 months pregnant with Casey and we were getting ready to move back across the country to Maryland. I remember getting roses from Luke which I then proceeded to delicately transport in the front seat of the volvo when we moved on the 28th, 4 days later. They are still dried in a vase on my dresser.
Our 3rd anniversary we timed to be in Buffalo, NY visiting my parents and went out on a fancy date at this place called The Epic. We still talk about the insanely amazing food we ate.
This year, I'm 7 and a half months pregnant, and getting ready to move again in a month. Just across town thankfully. And since the students and our team aren't back yet, we were without any babysitters, and therefore it meant a night in. Which honestly was ok. We spent the morning at the lake, let Hailey skip a nap (so she she would crash earlier), and had a nice steak dinner after the kids were in bed. Luke gave me a beautiful pair of earrings and we watched some of our wedding video. We have done this on our anniversary before (year 2 I think) and it's always really great to listen to the homily Father gave that day.
And since I'm a sentimental gal and all, here are some pictures from our wedding:
|Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Buffalo, NY. My dream as a little girl of getting married here came true.|
|the beauty takes your breath away|
|my sister made our cake (extra desserts were also on hand) and the cake topper was my grandparent's.|
|still makes me emotional looking at these pictures|
|So in love.|
And 4 years later.....
|steak dinner in, 2 kids in bed, one on the way....|
|And the next morning, he brings me breakfast in bed saying, "Happy anniversary again honey."|
Luke, I would marry you all over again. In a heartbeat.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
|Casey, 18 months old|
|Hailey, 3 yrs. old|
It's a constant back and forth of them being the best of friends and the worst of enemies, but that's just the way it goes.
I love you, Hailey and Casey!
Monday, July 22, 2013
|this quickly became every child's favorite chair to snuggle up on.|
|last day being 2! I get so nostalgic around my children's birthdays!|
|Luke's artistic masterpiece, for his Barney obsessed little girl|
|it was so much fun to get to celebrate her 3rd birthday with everyone!|
|I love seeing the joy on her face|
|My grandparent's come down for the day for Hailey's birthday.|
|a fishing pole! She was super excited to fish with her daddy|
|Cecilia and Casey, just 4 months apart in age, such sweet little friends, spent their days throwing rocks.|
|trying to catch minnows like her big cousins.|
|Jerry and Anthony, also three yrs old and best friends.|
|Monica or Mary? Too far away to tell....|
|such a sweetie, fell asleep on the pontoon boat.|
|she was so timid to get one the boat, but once there, she had the time of her life and is still talking about it.|
|Captain Aunt Maureen and her little sailor|
|They are all wondering why in the world we are making them do this.|
|Although terrified at first, Casey warmed up to it.|
|the beauty of this lake gets me in the depths of my soul. I'm serious. That good looking guy and little man there do too :)|
|I want to go back.|
|I laugh every time I see this picture! They had such a good time together.|
|getting ready to fish for the first time with her new pole!|
|Yep, it's been framed, on the shelf. Just priceless.|
There were a ton more amazing pictures that my sisters took and we've all been gradually sharing online with each other. I think I need to put this vacation in it's own photo album. It was such an incredible time, we hope to make it an annual event!
Feeling so blessed....
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Our plan was to leave Monday morning, super early, and head right to Bush Gardens for a full day at the park. Theeeen we realized that it would be a 3 and half hour drive, right through Monday morning rush hour DC traffic - which could easily add up to an hour an a half, and then expect to be full of energy, ready to have fun at the park all day....no way that was going to work. So we quickly packed up and left after mass and a quick brunch on Sunday. Since Jamestown was just minutes away, we wanted to stop there that evening and see the Pocohontas trail, the ship in the harbor, etc. Well, we got there at like 6:30 and the park had closed at 6. Such a bummer! We didn't think to check online, we were really kicking ourselves. So we went to downtown Williamsburg to walk around and enjoy the atmosphere a bit. It is so quaint and you can really imagine what it must have been like.
We then checked into the Days Inn and put the kids to bed. An uneventful night. But we were there, ready to hit the park at 10am when it opened.
Monday morning the forecast was NOT good. Thunderstorms and heavy rain from 10am till like 3 or 4pm. We drove to Bush Gardens anyway hoping maybe it wasn't going to be that bad and quickly blow over. The sky was definitely saying otherwise. We debated in the car for forever, my vote was no, Luke wanted to try. So we got out in the mild drizzle, walked into the park, rain was getting heavier, got our tickets, rain still increasing, and we ducked into a souvinour stand for cover to revisit the "should we really be doing this today?" conversation. We agreed....not happening.
So we went and walked around the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center and saw a 30 minute video about life back then. It was kind of cheesy but I liked it. Since it was still raining, we went back to the hotel and let the kids take their usual naps. When they got up, the rain had stopped and we went swimming in the outdoor pool at the hotel. It was kind of cold, but the kids still had a blast.
|Dinner that night at a local pizza place called The Library. It was sooo good. Apparently the pool wore Casey out.|
|Head falls lower. Didn't fall asleep though, once that pizza arrived, he chowed down.|
|That night we went back to a different part of colonial Williamsburg and explored some more.|
|Candy shop where Luke indulged his sweet tooth (he denies he has one)|
|view of the other side of the street|
|He needed to roam so we stayed outside the candy store|
|Time to see what they got us!|
|Time to go|
|He's just trying to imitate Oscar the Grouch's eyebrows here.|
|She's telling me, "Go faster Momma!!" Sorry Hailey.|
|Probably her favorite ride. She loves flying on airplanes.|
Another highlight of the day, that I never want to forget was the Celtic Fyre performance we watched. Throughout the park, in the different countries, are stages and theaters where shows are performed at regular intervals throughout the day. The Celtic Fyre Irish dancers was said to be one of the best shows so we made sure we made it to that one. It was truly incredible and beautiful. Hailey was mesmerized and didn't want it to end. She LOVED the dancers and was clapping and bouncing in her seat the whole time.
The next day we went to the water park but the kids were sooo not into it. Like, at all. And they are normally obsessed with water. It was kind of baffling but I think when it came down to it, they were just still exhausted from the day before. They were lacking the stamina for day 2 of park fun.
|where Hailey camped out almost the whole time.|
|finally someone was ready to have fun|
Final memory from this vacation. The amount of pee in Hailey's car seat. For whatever reason, she could not hold it at all. It was like, "Mommy, I pee pee please!" "Ok, Hailey, wait till we stop the car. One minute." Pull over a minute later so she can go and she's already gone in her sear. It happened 4 times I think over the course of our vacation. (Once instance resulting in us on the side of the road, a cop pulling over behind us, assessing our situation and still being a jerk and writing us a ticket. A $90 ticket for failing to obey the "stopping for emergencies only) signs all over the highway. Well, sorry sir, this was an emergency, she had to pee and otherwise she would have gone in her seat. His response, "If my kids can't hold it, I tell them to go in their seat." Gee, thanks for the unasked for parenting advice. He was ridiculous. And then 2 hours later when she's telling us she needs to pee again and we're telling her we can't pull over on the side of the road, just a few more minutes till we can on an exit and she pees in her seat. Where are you now, cop? Case in point.) And it was just weird because she never does this type of thing and it probably was just the heat and amount of water she was drinking. Ohmygosh though, SO gross. We took her seat out once we got home, so I could take it apart and wash the padding in the washer, and the leather seat and floor were wet with pee too!! Thank goodness for leather seats though.
It was such a wonderful and special family trip though. And timed so perfectly by Luke so that it helped sorta sustain me during his absence. Good job, honey :)
And good job to you, if you made it through this long recap!