Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Today is the day! Happy 3rd anniversary Nina and KK! The week did go by fast to my surprise, but I have really been pouring myself into work and we've been concentrating on the house, so luckily we've been sufficiently distracted. I have that warm excitement filling me up right now, the anticipation is palpable, I barely know what to do with myself. I have a pretty extensive to-do list for the day, which includes buying Kristian the new Kings of Leon album that came out yesterday, (I'm notorious for buying him gifts that we'll both use - but it's cool because we agreed "not to buy each other anything"), and also buying myself (the business) an iTalk voice recorder for my phone interview with Joe Bonamassa this coming week (you can read all about that in the music blog after it happens, I'm super nervous, Joe is an amazing musician....) so I can preview his show at Harrah's this coming Thursday. -------- This feeling, I'm happy to say, is a familiar one. I have been blessed enough in my life to have many very happy birthdays and Christmases and Thanksgivings... and a beautiful, unforgettable wedding day... to recognize the excitement that I feel this morning. More than just the anticipation of an event, it's the anticipation being with family, talking, laughing, loving... I remember many instances when Joe was alive and we were in full swing of family get togethers (besides Joe himself it's the thing I miss most about when he was alive) where I found myself thinking: "this is what life is about." I had figured something out through those years that will stay with me forever - nothing is more important than the people you love and the people who love you. I take my relationships seriously (maybe too seriously sometimes) because they're important to me. I've learned that that's simply not the case with some people, but everyone comes from their own roots and all you can do is try to stay true to your own. You can't turn anyone into the person you wish they'd be. Anyhow, tonight I get to spend the evening with my family, Kristian and my children (although this is the most quiet they'll be in a restaurant in their lives...). We get to celebrate each other over what I know will be an amazing meal, reminisce over the past three fast, amazing years, and finally discover who our children are. Days like this are meant to be cherished and I plan to do just that. If you think about it, and I think about things like this a lot since Joe died, you only get a certain number of days like this, and so you'd better be present to them and appreciate their fleeting beauty and importance. Especially since, unfortunately, none of us know just how many of them we get - both the great ones and the not so great ones. And as romantic as it may sound, I plan on celebrating the not so great ones as well. As long as I have my family next to me - is anything really that bad?
Friday, September 19, 2008
I'm starting to feel a little heavy in my belly ("really, you don't say?"), and just yesterday I started to actually wonder about how the rest of this is going to go down. I'll just keep reminding myself that even through my discomfort - as long as the babies are safe, I can hang. I'm going to take it easy as much as possible, especially after my last wedding, at which I'll be right at about 26 weeks. And I'm still not going to complain because thus far and even now I'm feeling great and haven't had to deal with the majority of pregnancy symptoms I read about... So, we'll cross the rest of the bridges when we get to them. I tend not to be the worrying type, which, under my current condition, is a good thing. Plus, after my next monthly check-up and ultrasound at 20 weeks (again the countdown is on!), I'll start going every 2 weeks to my OB's. That eases my mind also, considering how close of an eye is on me and the twins... But at the 2 week check-ups is where the medical team really gets down to business - I'll spare you the description of what goes down, but most complications in multiple pregnancies (except for miscarriages of course) happen after 20 weeks, so they'll be watching me like a hawk. And I'm going to take extra measure to really be nice to myself, so hopefully all of my work and the Dr's work will pay off and I'll get myself some fat & happy, term babies. Speaking of my beautiful babies :), here they are from Tuesday.... as you can imagine, I'm so visually spoiled with the images I see everyday that I find myself disappointed with the ultrasound imagery... To which Kristian chimes in "um, what exactly do you expect?" He's so good for putting me in my place. :) Baby A Baby B The tops of both babies' heads - how cute...
Unfortunately I didn't get the opportunity to shoot any video this time, hopefully next time. And I promise better pictures when they're on the outside. :) I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying this amazing weather... Take care and thanks for stopping in!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
My friend Kathy alerted me that she has been unable to leave comments on the blog. This, of course, is unacceptable, so staying true to my high-tech, computer savvy ways, (ahem.), I have fixed the issue. Now anyone, yes, anyone, can comment. So, comment away.
Oh, PS, Babies R Us sent me into official panic mode today. I had to leave after registering for only 9 items, two of them being Boppys. I am trying to decompress at this point, and have instructed Kristian that his input is a must on items such as cribs, stroller, play yard, and all of the "gear." I will drag people like Kristy and my mom in for the other thousands of incidentals - for both the new and old school mom feedback (sorry GramBonnie, you're old!). Any of you moms out there that have been through this, I plead to you, tell me items that you would never buy again, items that just aren't worth buying but seemed like a good idea at the time, items that you wish you would have had, items that you can't live without etc. etc. I'm seriously overwhelmed, but I'll get through it. I came home promptly today after registering for my 9 items and continued the process of gutting/re-organizing our house - we're moving the office to the basement officially tomorrow. I'll post photos - I'm actually really excited about the space I'm going to have down there. Ugh.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Mmmmm, I just made our anniversary reservations for Ruth's Chris - a very favorite place for Kristian and I to have a romantic dinner together. I know that this will be one of the last. Unless we can get a willing babysitter. Anyone? This will be our 3rd wedding anniversary and the 3rd year in a row that we will have gone to Ruth's Chris... We always spend way too much money but it's just one of those nights where we can indulge and really celebrate each other and our friendship and marriage. Each of the past two years have been everything I could hope for in a romantic anniversary dinner with KK (although I'm sure he would shy away from the whole world knowing...). We always get a bottle of Savignon Blanc, the only wine Kristian's found that he likes - he's definitely a white drinker, not red like me... guess I can have a half glass this year. Then we exchange cards that we both spend considerable time and effort and gushiness writing love letters inside - he never fails to make me cry with how sweet he can be. Don't let the tough-guy facade fool you, he's a lover-boy. I always look forward to our anniversary and we will continue to make it a priority even amongst the chaos... I know it's important to set time aside for each other.... This year, hopefully, we will open another card, together, that will reveal the genders of our babies. I really hope that my plan works out - it will be a truly memorable dinner and evening. I can't wait! I'm a lucky girl, no doubt. We have a lot to celebrate, indeed we have a rich life. Sigh...... :)
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
You know, some days you just don't want to be messed with. I know how you feel, darlin.' I sincerely hope my kids have such a sense of humor. Gotta love stumbling upon these little gems while editing - I know you shooters out there know what I'm talking about.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
And here's a funny one for you from just a couple hours ago - how many people do you know have started and almost finished washing their cars... only to have it start storming on them??Well that's just what he gets for being so fussy, eh? Thanks anyway, baby.
The title today refers to the fact that I will be re-engaging in my training program with my esteemed personal trainer, Becky Henderson. I'll be honest with you, I've been slacking with my diet for the past, oh, 12 weeks. I've been giving myself a break of sorts, because I worked really hard on getting healthy for the past year and successfully managed, with determination and help from Weight Watchers and training with Becky, to lose over 35 lbs. from September '07 to May '08. I'm really proud of that accomplishment because it was a huge hill to climb - pun intended. My training with Becky started in early Feb. of this year, and she was just what I needed to keep my head in the game and kick it up a notch. I felt really strong after just a few weeks with her, and she has trained pregnant women before, so I trust her and feel confident that she will train me safely and help me stay strong and confident - two virtues that I really need especially right now. Nutrition and exercise are a really important part of pregnancy and I need to get back on track. I want to be in the best physical shape possible when the kids get here - both to help in the delivery and also to help get me through the exhausting first few months... Exercise, for me, works wonders in my emotional attitude - working out is something you do for the health of yourself and the body that you've been given, which in turn helps you be the person you want to be for your family and friends and world. And you don't have to be a tri-athlete to benefit from it, I find that even a half-hour walk a day on my light days was beneficial - even if just to get out and feel the air and see the neighborhood.... Cycling is my favorite way to get exercise (I'm no Lance like KK, but I can hold my own - twice I've ridden a 30-mile route on the Missouri Riverfront Trail), but I've been restricted from it... Although I might cheat because I'm jonesin' for a bike ride, especially during this nice weather...... Anyhow I've managed to gain only 10 pounds in the 14 weeks (today!) that I've been pregnant - which is okay, average and tolerable, but now and increasingly in the 3rd trimester is where the real weight gain will start happening. I want to stay within a healthy range of weight gain and ensure that I'm doing everything nutritionally and physically that I can to help these babies get here safely. The good news is: my main craving for the past few weeks has been fruit - all of it, but especially peaches and watermelon. Sure fruit has sugar, but it's the best kind of sugar you can intake, and it's a sure-fire way to curb a sweets-attack. So, cross your fingers for me that everything stays on a healthy course. My biggest fear is that the babies will get here too early, so I'm going to try to do everything I can for myself and them in the meantime.
Lastly, I hope everyone's weekend was as good as mine, going out on our pontoon boat yesterday was certainly a highlight. (Disclaimer: the below photos are not from this weekend, they're all random from the past 2 years...) Although it was hot and humid yesterday, it didn't matter because we decided to spend the afternoon taking a long cruise up the Illinois river which was a beautiful, breezy ride. The sun was out, but we had the "white boy canopy" out for a shady escape from the rays and heat. It was just Kristian, myself, Andy and Lindsay (our good friends and co-owners of the boat), which was nice because it's rarely just the four of us. Lindsay is expecting their first child, a baby girl, in early December, so we got to talk "shop" so to speak for a lot of the day - it's helpful to have someone close to me that's just 3 months ahead of me in their pregnancy - to compare notes. It was just an incredibly peaceful, gorgeous day and the icing was definitely watching the season premiere of Prison Break last night!! I'm so glad it's back on!! Sunday was great too - seeing Annie and Kris was everything I could hope for, although our time together is always too short. They loved the framed photos and slide show of the wedding pictures - Annie even cried, which was so fulfilling for me both as her friend and her photographer. Having family over was great too that evening, Gretchen stole the show of course engaging everyone in a game of hide-n-seek and just being her general cute self. The wedding on Saturday with Jon went really well - I love working with him and look forward to doing so a lot more over the coming wedding seasons......
Lastly, we get to see the babies in TWO WEEKS!!!! AND PS: THE POLLS ARE ONCE AGAIN OPEN - PLEASE VOTE ON WHAT YOU THINK THE GENDERS OF THE BABIES ARE - POLL CLOSES 9.24.