Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lil' Peanut Update

Lil' Peanut is doing well. Today was Vanessa's doctor appointment and the doctor had ordered a sonogram to make sure Peanut was growing properly. Because Vanessa has such a long torso she's carrying Peanut almost sideways. Vanessa kept saying she was getting broader!

Lil Peanut weighs around 3 to 3 1/2 lbs. Dr. Gardner says she is right on target and everything looks good.
It was a little easier to actually see a baby this time but features are still difficult to make out. We did get a glimpse of some hair on her head!
We are going Saturday for a 4D sonogram. Dr. Gardner said it is a wonderful experience if we could do it. Vanessa had done some research of places and the one she had picked the Dr. gave approval. It's called Stork Vision. They are not a medical facility but just a place that conducts the sonogram having rooms large enough to accommodate families who would like to see "baby" before arrival. The price includes a dvd and pics (I think). Vanessa is far enough along that after today her appointments will be every two weeks.

Ok, looks like we already have a drama queen. This is a side view of her head and she has the back of her hand on her forehead like "oh, dear me"! She had it there through the entire sonogram! It cracked us all up including the technician! Even the doctor had a good laugh!

After the appointment we did some shopping. Vanessa wanted to try to find some more jeans. One of the stores we went to had an adorable little onesie and bib I just HAD to buy!On the left sleve it says "here a neigh" the right sleeve says "there a neigh" and around the neck "everywhere a neigh neigh".

Here's the back! There is a tail under the neigh! How cute is that! Any grand daughter of mine should be a horse lover! We'll see! I'll give it a good college try!

Vanessa at 7 months. You can probably tell her poor little belly button has turned into an "outy".

Vanessa found this t-shrit today and wore it home from the store she liked it so well. Pretty much says it all don't you think?!

I took the dogs to my friends west of town yesterday. I hadn't been out there in a couple of months. The trees are beginning to change colors although we don't have the brilliant colors you folks north and east of us have. There is still a lot of green with the recent rains we've received and more rain is on the way! Thank You Lord! Of course with the dogs no adventure is complete without a romp in the water and yesterday was not exception!

Kajen and Kaidence playing.

Mercy getting a drink. This is as far in the water as she will get!

While the other three dogs love to get wet all over. Here is Zorro and Kaidence.

These beautiful brilliant yellow flowers have popped up EVERYWHERE since we have finally gotten some rain. They are gorgeous! These are intertwined with some briers and barbed wire fence.

Also saw some dragonflies.

There were tons of these!

Can't get enough of these flowers. Neither can this little bee.

This guy was really hard to shoot. His wings would glisten when the sun hit them just right. You can sort of see that in the blue coloring in his wing.

More dragonflies!

Walking in the woods we came across a delightful surprise......

yes! Butterflies! Gorgeous butterfiles!

I just happen to catch these two as they fluttered by.

One of them did land long enough for me to take his picture.

Isn't the coloring just beautiful?!

No these pumpkins were not where I was. I took these recently as a "photo challenge" on Facebook. Nothing says fall more than a load of pumpkins!

Happy fall ya'll!

Have a good one!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Losing Track of Time

I don't know if any of the rest of you are losing track of time but I just can't seem to stay on top of things. Before I can blink an eye a week has passed. When I try to think of what has happened or what I did, I go blank! Has my life become that monotonous? I haven't gone anywhere (much) or done much because of the heat. We finally did get a little reprieve the end of last week. Temps were in the upper 90's instead of mid 100's! We did get a bit of rain (about 3/10ths) which is kind of like taking a bucket of water out of the lake! You can't tell.
Thursday I worked at the store. It was the last day of Kid's Kamp. So I won't be working on Thursdays the rest of the summer. I signed up for a card class. The kit had paper and embellishments to make 12 cards for $24. That's $2 a card! Can't beat that and it is out of the two new paper lines from Basic Grey (one of my favorite company's!) "Lemonade" and "June Bug".

Friday was the church's Men's Retreat. Doyle left for that about the same time I went to work. After I got off from the office I went by Cathy's store. She was having a 50% off sale and I had a gift card from my birthday I was wanting to spend. I didn't take time to shop when I worked. While shopping the store was pretty busy. Ray & Cathy were both there but Cathy was meeting with a product rep so I helped Ray for a bit. One lady wanted to look at some of the albums we had that required me to get a step ladder and get down for her. I didn't mind at all. I also answered some questions for her. I had already been at the store for 2 hours when I realized what time it was and needed to leave as I had a dat with my friend Suzan again with her grandkids at the pool. As I was checking out I told the lady I was leaving but that Ray would help her check out. She started apologizing for bothering me. I assured her I wouldn't have asked if she needed any help if I didn't intend on helping her!

I made it home long enough to change clothes and headed to the pool. My other friend Kelly joined us with her daughter Kathryn. It was a nice way of cooling off and I figure it's good practice to get me ready to care for a baby again! It's been a really long time!
That evening after Vanessa got off work we went to visit my friend Teresa whose husband fell of the roof two weeks ago. I had not been out since he came home and figured she could use the company. We took pizza to help ease the load of cooking. We enjoyed our time together so much (as we always do) that it was 1AM before I got Vanessa home. Wasn't very smart as we both had to work Saturday morning! Jose is doing okay.
Saturday was a crop at the store and we were full! There were 20 ladies cropping! It was fun though. I was on my feet nearly the entire day! The store was busy on top of that with several customers that had not been before. That is always encouraging to have people come in who've not been before. I left around 1PM to come home to let the dogs out. I went by and picked up Vanessa. She wanted to use the internet and watch some TV. Plus it gave Kajen someone to play with. Because we were full I didn't stay and crop as I will do sometimes. Instead I came home and decided it was cool enough to take the dogs somewhere. Vanessa had gone to a friends for a little while and she left Kajen. So I took all 4 dogs to Dobbs Valley. There is still water in the tanks but they are really low. See how dry and short the grass in the pasture is. Of course there were cows in this pasture last time we went so it's been grazed. Here is Zorro swimming in the tank I call "frog pond". There weren't very many frogs. You can see how low the tank is.

I thought this was peaceful looking.

Kajen at "frog pond".

The other tank across the road from the church. It's really low too. Mercy walking along the water.

I just love this angle of the country church through the trees.

Sunset at Dobbs Valley

The gang ready to go home. Kajen (white), Kaidence next then Zorro (blk) and Mercy. You can see the cemetary in the background. The church is just to the left of the photo on the other side of the fence.

Update on Lil' Peanut: Vanessa wanted me to start recording her weight and measure her middle and take a picture. Last belly pic (last week- 15 weeks)I took she was at 30 inches and weighed 117. She was 115 the first doctors visit. This week (16 weeks) her waist is 33 inches and she weighs 120. This is the side view. She asked me to take on from the front.

She thinks she looks bigger in this view! It won't be long her belly button is going to be an "outy".

I woke up to a pleasant surprise this morning. Thunder! Yep, and not long after it rained. It rained all morning but not heavy. I was disappointed to only find 2.5 tenths in the rain gauge. I was dancing and singing at the office while it was raining. I am still thankful for what we received. It stayed cool too. It was still in the 70's by 11AM. When the cloud cover broke it warmed right up. We do have another shot at some rain.

Ya'll have a good one!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

My First Official Baby Purchase

I bought my first items for "Peanut". Vanessa had told me about a website she found with cute baby t-shrits and onesies called http://www.cafepress.com/ . So I checked it out. There are TONS of different sayings and graphics you can choose from. I found a couple I couldn't resist getting. The first one is pretty obvious. This is a little body suit.

I had to get this. It cracked me up! As you can tell it's a bib. Vanessa loved them both. I'm sure these won't be the only ones but they are the "first". It felt pretty good to get them too.
I've also been pondering what I want to be called. I don't want to be "grandma", "granny", Meemaw, nanny. I realize there are just so many names one can be called. My pastor's wife uses "grammie". I've been thinking about maybe "Granna" or "Gma". Vanessa had been calling Mom that but she will be a "great grand" now so was thinking that she could go by "GiGi" and I could go by Gma. I kind of like "Granna" though. I know whatever lil Peanut calls me will melt my heart and it won't matter. Besides I still have plenty of time to either think of or settle on something.

Speaking of "Lil Peanut", he/she is growing as is evidenced by Vanessa's little "pooch". She's at 14 weeks. She would let me get a pic of her face because she didn't have any makeup on. Give her a little more time and she won't care!

Doyle is steadily working in the two-car garage. I finally thought about getting pics so we could have "befores" and "afters". I wished I had thought to do this before he actually started as he's done quite a bit already. The front of the garage. Our house is to the right. Doyle put in attic ventalation recently. Side view from the house.

The door in the side is where the old "dark room" that was Doyle's brother Doren's when he lived at home. So there is already running water and electricity.
This is looking from the front rollup door (left side) toward the back. At the back of the garage where you see the window was a small area that Doyle's oldest brother, Dan used when he lived at home as a radio room. The family called it the "radio shack". That was back in the hay day of CB radios. Doyle had already torn out those walls before I took pics. See the sink in the foreground left. That was in the dark room.

This is what is left of the dark room. Doyle has already taken down the wall and insulation that separated it from the garage. Stuff we still have to move. Doyle has done a great job of going through, getting rid of and reorganizing stuff. (what else does he have to do?!)

The wall to the left of this photo came down last night. He has plenty of time but the heat has been so oppressive and dangerous that he's not been able to put a lot of time in. He's been trying to work more at night but it's still 90 degrees at 11PM! The coolest it gets is 80 before it starts going back up! There is good news on the horizon. The weather forecast tonight said there is a front on the way that will drop temps back to the upper 90's and give us a chance of rain by the weekend. Hallelujah! Please Lord let it be so!

In the midst of working last night Doyle saw this moth and called me to come look. Very beautiful and pretty good size. I looked on the internet to see if I could identify it. I think it's an Azalea Sphinx. I manage to get really close to it and it wasn't the least bit intimidated.

Then today when I got home Doyle told me about this insect. He is digging a tunnel in my flower bed. It's called a Cicada Killer. They can sting but aren't typically aggressive toward humans. They sting their prey (Cicada) and take them into their burrow. This one wasn't bothered by my presence either.

Have a good one!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Second "Team" Chipboard Album

On the positive side of this oppressive triple digit heat I am getting some scrapbooking done. Unlike the last album I did I have had more time to complete my other niece's album and got it completed this weekend. I must say I like this one even better. My other niece's birthday isn't until 7/22 so I've very pleased to already have it done.

Inside pages 1-2.

Pages 3-4

pages 5-6

pages 7-8.

pages 9-10

Pages 11-12

Pages 13-14 I had forgot that I had made copies of some of the articles in the paper. I didn't find them in time to use for Destiny's book. One of the articles was taller than the book so I mounted it on chipboard (cardboard) to keep it from getting bent and put paper on the back of the chipboard that was above the album edge. That is the dotted paper with PHS that you see in the other pics.

back cover that I remembered to stamp with my name and date it.

All product was purchased from Cats Creations Scrapbooks and More.

I've done some pages too but I'll share them another time.

Have a good one!