Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hard Work'n Man of Mine



Okay...so on his days off, this is what my husband is doing to "make ends meet" for our family. Yep, up on a ladder...way, way up...not fighting fires like usual, but painting houses. This is a house in Newport Beach, and while he was doing this one, a few home owners next to it came to ask Rich to give them a price on their houses. Looks like he'll be getting more work in this neighborhood.





How lucky am I to be married to a man who does not complain when gas prices go up, who does not sit around and whine when overtimes at the fire station shut down, but instead goes out and looks for other ways to make money. I might have worries in my life here and there, but I never worry about money. I mean, we will never go hungry or without a roof over our head because my husband can and will do anything to support his family and to keep us secure.

I love my husband!!!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Two more months and counting....



I have only two more months until Aria is born. My belly is so huge, you'd think I'm due right now! (the above pictures were taken a few weeks ago -- believe me, I'm bigger now!) And she's such a STRONG baby! Her kicks seriously make me look down to see if she's punched through the skin. I half expect to see a little foot sticking out of my belly at times. And she's always moving around, stretching out in there. She must be a long baby...because when she stretches, my belly goes in two different directions and looks really funny! I'm looking forward to meeting this little one. Andrew always pats my belly and says, "Baby?" and then he will lift up my shirt to see the skin of my belly and will ask again, "Baby?" He's so cute. The younger kids are very impatient and always ask me WHEN is that baby coming out??!!!! Two months is a lifetime to them -- they want her out NOW. It's so funny how kids can be like that. Me? Well...I can wait the two months. I'm enjoying being pregnant, as always...and am in no rush to have this baby. I mean, sure, I'm looking forward to meeting her and having a newborn and all that. But at the same time, having a baby rolling around in my belly is just a wonderful feeling that I know I'm going to miss one day. So I'm in no hurry to be finished with this pregnancy. (well...talk to me when I'm 5 or 6 days overdue, and I'll probably have something totally different to say!!) I have not weighed myself one time since conceiving this baby -- not once have I gotton on a scale. I just don't really care how much I weigh. I'm healthy. I'm a good size. The only thing BIG on me is my belly. So why do I need to know how much I weigh? The baby obviously is growing. My belly is measuing exactly 31 weeks, which is good. So what's the deal with the weight thing, anyway? I know it's up there, as I always gain a lot of weight with my pregnancies. But it comes off pretty quickly once the baby is born, so really, who cares how much I weigh while I'm expecting. I swear, having a midwife instead of going to a regular OB office is like night and day. This will be my third midwife home delivery/ waterbirth. If I had known how nice and casual and relaxing it was, I would have had them ALL this way. And I love that I can deliver my own baby, or have Rich do it -- our choice -- and that there aren't machines beeping and monitors going off, and my arm isn't hooked up to IV's and no one is poking me to see "how far I've dilated" every half hour or so, and no one is counting 1,2,3,4,... all the way up to ten to tell me how long I should be pushing. (what is that about, anyway? You push when you feel the urge to, and when the urge goes away, you stop!) It's just night and day from the hospital. I know it's not for everyone, but from a person who has experienced both, let me tell you...homebirth is really a GREAT option for those who have relatively uncomplicated pregnancies and births.

Quiet House....

Funny how when a few of the kids are not here...it changes the entire dynamics of the house. Tony and Avery are away for the weekend, and Afton is spending the night at a friend's house. So all I have left are Audriana, Alex, A.J., Aislynn and Andrew. Audriana and Afton are always bickering...so without Afton here, we have none of that.(which is a nice relief..but...different) Tony is always playing with Alex and A.J. and entertaining them, so with him gone the two younger boys are more mellow. And Avery is usually playing with Aislynn, so without her here Aislynn is my constant companion and sidekick. I'm just used to a certain amount of kids in this house...and without them all, it feels strange.

Memorial weekend...not doing anything for this weekend this year. Rich is busy painting the exterior of a house he bidded on. I'm glad he got the job, because overtimes have shut down a bit, and we need the extra money. Which actually isn't "extra" at all, if you need it, right?

So I've been busy trying to plan out our Cancun trip for October. I earned one room for a 5 night stay with Arbonne (Yay!!) but get this -- the hotel only allows for 4 people in a room! So I need to purchase 2 extra rooms for our family! Okay...so the trip won't exactly be FREE. It would be if only Rich and I and two kids were going...but I want to take the entire family. So...that means we need to purchase 2 extra rooms plus 11 plane tickets to get there! And non-stop is SO much more expensive than a flight that has connections. But can you just see us making connecting flights with 9 children in tow? Ah....no thanks. I'll spend the extra $1200 for non-stop. Anyway, planning this trip and getting the best price has been quite a chore. And now...I need to work on getting all of us passports!! Oh yes, that will be fun, too. When the baby is born, I will only have 2 months to get her passport. That will be a little stressful, as I heard it can take a while to get them processed. I'll just do all ours before then, and hopefully I can put a rush on hers. And...guess what? It's hurricane season in Cancun during October. So yea, that's on my mind, too. What are the chances one will hit while we are there? or just before we get there? Hmmmm....so that's another added expense to get trip insurance...which Rich is against. But I'm thinking we should...just in case. If all goes well, it will be a GREAT vacation. It's an all-inclusive hotel, and it's so pretty!! The hotel looks so nice. Here's a link: (if you can't click on it, just copy and paste it into your browser)

http://www.classicvacations.com/DVHTL_Photos.aspx?SearchID=0&HotelName=Moon%20Palace%20Golf%20and%20Spa%20Resort&CCVHotel=MOO&ExpHotelID=428588&FlowerRating=4&RoomAvail=False&Collapsed=True&SearchInd=3&SubRegion=Cancun%20%26%20Costa%20Maya&Region=Mexico&Src=HOTEL_OVERVIEW&DiffHotel=&SORTID=&RgnID=Mexico&SubRgnID=Cancun&Code=&PgVisit=0&AirCode=cun&TrvlDate=&RtnDate=&Adlts=&Chld=&Class=&DepCity=&NonStopFlts=