Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas time

I simply adore Christmas. The snow, the music (well some of it is obnoxious but a lot of it is very beautiful and joyous), the decorations the whole bit. I especially love the presents...NOT just getting them, although to be truthful I do like that part too, but I LOVE giving them. I think it is my primary "love language".

Speaking of snow it is suppose to get in the teens temp. wise tonight and all this since we are in the coast range we may actually get snow. Evan is suppose to work on Saturday and Keauri and I are suppose to go into Mac. That may not happen if it snows hard.

We put up decorations before Thanksgiving. My mother-in-law was so excited, she said "oh a woman after my own heart". Actually she and a friend ended up doing most of the decorating because on the day we were going to do it, my baby decided to shift and sit on my sciatica nerve so I basically could barely move.

I have been slowly buying presents. We have been low on money as we had some unexpected bills this month. But we came out okay because even though I didn't work for the last two weeks, Evan got a bonus at work, so we came out where we normally do.

We went in to the doctor yesterday for our monthly checkup. The baby's heartbeat was at 140. Which is right smack-dab in the middle of normal range. It is being ambiguous to the end. Apparently depending on whether the heartbeat is slow or fast you can tell the sex. But we have only four more weeks and we will find out with our ultrasound. So that is okay.

I have been debating back and forth about cloth diapers versus disposable. And I think I have decided to mostly use cloth but have the disposable on hand for when I want to use them. Like if we are going somewhere I don't want to have to carry around stinky cloth ones until we get home. I am also working on finding a family doctor. I think I am going to call the local one. Keauri says she is good.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Baby names

As the time for us to find out our baby's gender approaches (granted it’s about two months away still but whatever.) we have been working on narrowing down names. So far we have picked a name for if baby is a girl...
Are you ready?

Drum-roll please......

(photo of what a 14 week old baby looks like (where I am approx. in my pregnancy)

Zoe Caitlin Larson

As for a boy name we have narrowed the ones we like down to these 16. You will notice hubby’s name on the list, we were thinking of using it for a middle name. Obviously this won’t work if we choose for instance Ian as a first Ian Evan is just asking for painful playground memories. Personally I really like Liam, Ezra and Demitri. Cast your vote! Or at least offer an opinion…or whatever...of course we will make the ultimate decision but I thought I’d let people in on what was up with us in babyworld.
1. Brennan
2. Caden
3. Quirin
4. Demitri
5. Elisha
6. Evan
7. Ezra
8. Ian
9. Jacob
10. Julian
11. Landon
12. Lincoln
13. Liam
14. Jeremiah
15. Ronan
16. Ryker

Friday, October 31, 2008


I am officially 3 months pregnant. My waist is "thickening" as the pregnancy books and websites say. However, I sadly do not possess the "bump" which is what I really want. Tomorrow I think I am going to buy what is called a "bellyband". Basically it is stretchy material that fits around the top of your pants to hold them up if you can't button them all the way with comfort. They hold your pants up so you don't have to buy maternity clothes that you will just grow out of in a month or two. Cuz those buggers are expensive!

My back is killing me and I am not sure if it is something I did or if it is the baby shifting and my womb expanding. Anyway, it kind os sucks. But all part of the experience yeah? I can't wait until December...for one thing it will be Christmas and I can decorate (yea!) AND we will go in for our second ultrasound, which means we get to find out the gender! Woohoo!

Okay. Enough from me. Time to lay down with the heating pad again.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I am so proud of my husband!

So just a quick note to say how proud I am of Evan. He got his step 10 at work. Which means he topped out in the welding field pay scale-wise. At work they call step 10 "walking on water" because you have to be able to basically do anything to get it. Plus, Evan was suppose to have waited a year to get this step, but his supervisor was like "You deserve it early so I am going to try and get it for you at 6 months." AND THEN a few weeks ago, which was at the 3 month mark his supervisor said "Oh by the way I put in your step 10 recommendation." SO AWESOME!!!

This is especially good with the baby on the way and the possibility of me having to quit my job in April, or at least stop for 4 months. But also I am just so happy and just...PROUD (sorry no thesaurus) that he is such a hard worker and so good at his job. Okay that is all...

Friday, October 17, 2008


So I have been very bad at keeping this journal of my progress. I have been experiencing really terrible morning sickness, or as I call it “all-the-time sickness”. That's right, I'm pregnant! We found out September 10th.

I took a home test and it almost immediately turned positive. I ran squealing out of the bathroom and Evan just sat there smiling and we kissed and hugged and I cried. I have not had any morning sickness but I have been having a few hot flashes. I can’t wait until I start getting a little bump. I am very excited for Christmas it will be fun to be all round and cute. It was fun to call people and hear their reactions. Debbie (my mother-in-law) screamed the loudest and she was jumping up and down. Everyone is so very happy for us.

I am actually starting to feel better most of the time. If I keep a full stomach, which is hard to do sometimes, when I am throwing up a lot, then I am generally okay. But I am nearing the end of the first trimester and so I am hoping it will completely end. On Tuesday we had our first ultrasound. It was really neat even though at this stage you can only sort of tell there is a body and a head. It was very active, little elbow and knee-less arms and legs waving around. We got pictures and also a little video of it moving. I will post the pictures as soon as I get around to setting up the scanner. In December we will be able to tell what gender our little bean is. We are pretty sure it is a girl but you never know…I am looking forward to when the baby is big enough for me to actually be showing. Of course at the moment it is about the size of a kumquat.

Justin is taking pictures of me every week so he can show the progress. I am also still very tired pretty much all the time. I have been working on cleaning the house a room or two at a time. Tomorrow I will do our bedroom, the back bedroom and finish the laundry room. Anyway, speaking of being tired…I am going to lay down for a bit.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Our new home...

I feel it is only appropriate that at the beginning of a shiny new blog about me and my sweet hubby I should begin with a post about the house we just moved into. It is our first home and it is very exciting. Of course it is not perfect, as nothing is and most first homes (unless you are really rich) are bound not to be. The man who updated the majority of the interior accomplished one thing. Surface good looks. Not to say that it is not solid, as it is a well-built home from the 1920's it would be hard for him to screw it up in that respect. However, while he clearly tried very hard, he didn't know much about construction. Or installation (which I guess is technically part of construction). Every single doorjam (I think this is word, yes?) has either broken off completely or has cracked. Because (silly us) we open and shut our doors. This is largely because the pieces that were installed were not the right kind. They are to thick. We believe they are trim. SO. That is something that will eventually be replaced.

There are of course other things that need to be done before winter as it does rain and snow an aweful lot here. Such as the flashing on the roof of the garage needs to be properly installed and a gutter or eve put in. As it is the water runs right down the front and is seeping into the siding causing it to rot, as there is not z-strip either.

Perhaps I am getting too technical and boring (YES! You yawningly yawningly a word?) So I move on...

Overall it is an adorable 2 bedroom tiny house. A great starter. It has a nice little porch on the front which we plan to expand and a good size yard. Our new dog Winston (a black pug) enjoys running around in it very much.

We will have to fence it soon though, as Winston has taken to wandering and it is getting rather old having to stand out there with a leash watching him poop (Too much information perhaps?).

Our two cats have been enjoying being outside immensely, so much so that one (Catia, our calico) went walk-about for 4 days. I thought she was never coming back, but, after many tears had been shed on her account. She reappeared. And though they both do leave the property now, they both come back. They favor the round-back chair in the living room when it rains. They are tolerating Winston.

In other news, since the closing costs were lower than we anticipated we are going to be able to pay off two of my school loans. Bringing the grand total down to about $18,000. Wooohoo! We are slowly but surely accomplishing our goals so we can go to Papua New Guinea and join our friends (well, Evan's friends and hopefully my friends too...otherwise it will be awkward) Andrew and Claire (and by the time we get there Baby Koens...).

Speaking of procreation. That is another of our goals (how sterile to speak of it that way but there you are...) we are attempting to accomplish now that we are in a house. The beginning of our own family.

Well...perhaps that is enough for everyone to chew on for now...I am still sleepy (after seeing Evan off to work a 1/2 hour ago) so I am going back to bed. Nighty-night all.