Sunday, December 28, 2008
However, we did manage to get a few decent shots.
Antony is actually laughing at me showing him my belly.
We hope everyone had a very nice holiday celebration and wish all a Happy New Year
Friday, December 19, 2008
It was different for Antony. We knew we wanted him to have his name from his dad's middle name, Antonio. But, we are really struggling with a girls name.
As time winds down I'm starting to feel a little anxious that we don't even have some to choose from. I think I have looked through the name book at least 4 times. This poor child is going to end up nameless for her first year of life.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I have also been reading my friend's blog. She has chosen to have 2 home births and is currently one week ahead of me on her 4th child and third home birth. I just read her current situation and her description of home birth vs hospital birth. After reading her feelings, I find myself longing for the birthing freedom's of home birth. I want my child to be placed on my stomach and to be able to hold her as long as I feel necessary before they do anything to her. I don't like my baby put under bright lights, I don't like the poking and prodding. I don't want her to have to be taken away from me at all. I don't want a bossy nurse that has "done this since before you were born", or one that wants me to bottle feed my child when I am struggling with nursing. I want understanding gentle women that realize it is my experience with my child. And if I ask for something to be different, I don't want to worry that my care will be compromised and that they will talk behind my back.
I was able to labor at home for 33 hours with Antony. I think that is what made it so nice for me. I enjoyed that experience and I appreciated the privacy and the process. I handled the pain well and I really cherish that experience. It was the second they told me that I had to sit down on the bed that I realized I was in a lot of pain that I knew I couldn't finish the way I had been doing it. If I would have had the option, I would have continued to walk through the pain and tried to have him naturally. I did not like sleeping in the hospital, the bed was horrible.
After reading my friend's blog, I think I will be writing a birthing plan and I think that I will be more demanding. I have not been planning for a home birth, I don't have that option at this point, but I think I can make my hospital experience more like I want it to be. Well, I hope..
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The CHARLIE-HORSE, Ahhhhhhhhhhh!
Ladies, I know you have experienced this. It is just terrible. You stretch in your sleep and there it is. My foot was stuck in one position, my calf was rock hard and I desperately struggled to rub my leg in vain. Then, as I flexed my foot to counteract the first stretch there it was in another muscle, another one trapping my foot again in the flexed position. My only option was to try to relax.
Finally.. it ended and I lied there panting until I fell back asleep.
This morning when I woke up, I thought maybe it was a dream until I stood up. I have spent the entire day limping around. Ugh. I will be putting heat on this puppy when my son finally sleeps and remember not to stretch tonight.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Ernesto sold the truck to buy a car that would fit 2 carseats comfortably without Daniela being squooshed in the middle. So, we have been searching. I think we found what we want and are bargaining this week. Hopefully, we will be all set by Saturday and I can move on with my Christmas projects.
Christmas checkoff list for the neices and one nephew.
-3 sets of felt food
-2 activity bags (contents yet to be announced, still looking for ideas)
We shall see if I can get it all done.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I'm sitting here pondering the meaning of life, and I have one question.
Why is it that every endevor seems to have so much running around and calling and small detail that I feel it takes so much time to get anything done?
Deep thoughts today, by Rachael
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The demands are so different than being in the workforce.
I know I sound so strange to those of you that are always home with your children. But, I went from cooking as a necessity to cooking various recipes because I wanted to. I went from cramming my time in with Antony to being home with him for a majority of the day. I'm not saying I don't like it, I'm just saying that it is a HUGE adjustment for me. However, I will not discount the pregnancy and it's hormones in this whole process. Because, I have noticed that I am a seriously ornery beast this run through. I cannot believe the way things can get to me, it has been a very interesting experience for me. So, maybe I can chalk some of these feelings up to new hormones.
So, now I am here on the computer while Antony sleeps. I keep telling myself to take a nap, cuz I am beat. And, I don't take one because it is my only time to do anything. But, today..... I think I will go and crash. Lata
Monday, November 10, 2008
Okay y'all, I have really been feeling "it" lately. I have always boasted that I have great pregnancy's. I haven't ever had morning sickness. I can do what ever I want and I feel great overall. However, chasing Antony around at this stage is kicking my butt. (Those of you that have done this before me, you are amazing.) I'm starting to wear down. I keep calling my sister and saying ugh....
Worst of all for me, I feel really ugly! I hate this feeling of growing and growing fast and not being able to do a thing about it. I keep telling myself to chill out, your pregnant, get a grip for heaven's sake. I usually do okay, but today is an especially "ugh day".
We all have them, you don't have to be pregnant to have an "ugh day". But, I am officially an apple on 2 toothpicks. I think I would be better with this if I didn't feel so uncomfortable, but that is adding to it.
-and not being able to do anything about it.
So there you go, my soapbox for the day. Thanks for reading and enjoy your day. Just know that I understand when you all have "ugh days".
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Daniela dressed in Halloween colors. She also had a tail and cat ears that she decided not to wear.
Trick or Treating with Papi.
HOPE EVERYONE HAD A HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
Monday, October 27, 2008
3 Restaurants I love:
Sushi joints (none specific, I got pregnant soon after I discovered I liked sushi)
Big yummy salads (where ever I can get one)
3 Trips to plan this year:
None, I’m stuck at home with little ones.
I guess I will go to SLC for Dutch Christmas
3 Things you want badly:
To get rid of all my blubber after the baby.
Health and happiness for the people I love.
3 people who I want to tag to do this:
Whoever wants to participate.
3 pets I have or had:
Chako the Chacolate Lab
Oreo the fish
The beta fish
3 things I did yesterday:
Took Antony for a walk
Worked on Antony’s Halloween costume
Talked to Daniela
3 things I plan to do tomorrow:
Finish Antony’s costume
Make the pumpkin squares that Mindy put off till Wednesday
Catch up on the filing.
3 Favorite Hoildays:
3 favorite drinks:
3 Things I ate today:
Cream of Wheat
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The bake off turned out to be rather uneventful. No one could decide. Mindy's pumpkin squares had nutmeg in them and you could definitely taste a difference. She also had thicker frosting, which I liked. So, overall it was just good and everyone was happy to have treats.
Monday, October 20, 2008
This will take a little time for him too. I bet he missed his friends this morning. He slept in and didn't go play for 10 hours. It felt very strange to be home. It will be a bit of an adjustment. But, good!!! yea!!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Well, I am looking good for going part-time. All the files are ready and I am currently putting off packing up my office. I am very excited/nervous. Here goes nothin'. Kudos to all you stay-at-home moms!!! I feel like I am stepping into an abyss of unknown.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Oh, one more requirement.
5 sites that I found through their blog.
Skip to my lou
Today's creative blog
Pennies in my Pocket
Monday, October 13, 2008
I've decided that I must be very resistant to change. I'm a little nervous to do this. I haven't worked part-time since I was in school in 2001. I have to keep running the reasons that I am doing this through my head, and overall they win out to my nerves. Guess I'm a comfort zone kinda gal. It is nice to feel that I will have less to do here. I can't picture what this will be like. So, I'm not trying to any more. I'm just going to let it happen and go from there.
Antony will be happy. We won't be leaving so early in the morning and Daniela will be able to leave to the bus stop from home instead of my work, she can sleep in too. Soooo, here we go.
Friday, October 3, 2008
1. I eat some sort of sugary item every day. I have tried to quit, but I am hooked on sugar. Wait, I just love food!
2. I love showers. They are my relaxation. Before Antony, I could spend a half-an-hour in the shower without even blinking an eye. Now I don't have time, and when I do, I prefer sleep , ahhh sleep.
3. One of my favorite TV shows is Matlock. He he.
4. I enjoy being handy. I get a kick out of figuring things out. How to fix things, how to install things, and put them together. ex. tiling, putting together Antony's bike, fixing broken toys, etc.
5. I like to sew in any form, maybe this would fall in with #4, but... I guess it is a different form.
6. And finally, ummmm, I can't swim. I have tried to learn, but I just don't float. I sink, honestly. I have to work so hard in water that it makes swimming very difficult.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Daniela trying to muster up a "good" smile.
Antony and I throwing rocks in the river
Monday, September 22, 2008
In my reading, I found that I can order Montessori catalogs for free. Montessori is a developmentally appropriate preschool program for children and they have very nice toys that are so good for little brain development. I ordered them, just to see what I can find there. I anticipate them being a little pricey, but it can't hurt to look, and maybe I can get some ideas.
Ernesto, my dear husband. He has a natural ability to look at a mess and see it the way it could look - organized. I believe it is a gift, I believe you are born with this gift. So, what do the rest of us do that are always trying to learn this skill?
I have tried for many years to follow Ernesto's ideas of what will make us organized, and have recently decided that this is not what works for me. I have to develop my own ways of organization. So, here I sit, trying to figure out how to do this. I am still in the early stages of realizing the principles of organization. Here are some things I have learned:
- Everything should have a place.
- It is best to put things back (where they go) right after you use them.
- Set aside a time for everything. ie. cleaning, playing, relaxing.
- Try to make things as simple as possible.
How is that for basic? Wow, those are very common sense items, but honestly I DIDN'T GET IT. (This is where I apologize to all my prior roommates.)
Currently, I am following these principles and running around in circles. My house is clean (YEA) most of the time, but I have to figure out how to spend less time cleaning and more time doing what I want. Therefore, my first effort in organization of chores and life is a HUGE calendar.
I bought a "Mark-R-Board" panel at Lowes and drew a bunch of lines to make my calendar. I wanted a board that would give me 3 months at a glance. I really wanted it to be magnetic, but I did not want to spend a bunch of money to buy one that was already made or the paints, and I couldn't find one that would give me 3 months at a time. So, I settled for just dry-erase.
Ernesto will be hanging it tonight. I can't tell you how excited I am! Each family member will have a color, and there will be a neutral color for family or general activities. I will be listing chores there and the whole family schedule.
I anticipate this being just the thing I need to make things run more smoothly. I'll have to keep you updated. As I see how this runs for me, I will be adding more organizational tools to make my life a little easier, but I am focusing on one thing at a time. Next comes paper organization. ie bills and filing. (UGH, the bane of my existence.)
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Well, I made a one shoulder sling but... now that he is bigger that is tough on the back. So, imagine my excitement when I found what I was looking for. On the Rookie Moms website, they tell you that you just need some cloth, cotton or fleece, that is 5 yards by 20 inches and you can make your own little wrap. Then, go here to this website that gives you instructions on how to wrap your little one all nice and snug.
So, all you bargain minded moms, check it out. I'm going to make one. I can't really use it now with Antony, big belly and all, but I can with the little one coming. Good luck.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I had it all planned out before I went, yes, it took me 1 hour to prepare with Antony, but shopping went so smoothly. And, I felt so pleased with myself when I got such great deals! I even walked away with a FREE bottle of delicious orange juice. (not from concentrate, and sooo good) And, guess what - I bought really yummy food. I made salmon last night. wow!
I can see this becoming a bit of an addiction. There is nothing better than feeling like you are feeding your family well and not spending a grundle for it!
So, does anyone out there know of any good coupon sites? Or other bargain shopping ideas?
Joanna used to work at the zoo and it was nice to have her guiding us around. I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much without her excellent tour guide skills. Thanks Yo
Monday, September 15, 2008
I will be switching over on the 17th of October.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Daniela started school yesterday. She was very nervous for the "new school" thing. But, I think with time she will be fine. She looked very nice, as well she should have, she spent 5 hours choosing her outfit on Monday night. She also made sure I was up early to help her curl her hair, and I did it. Oh, the joys of school.
Antony is beginning to copy everything we say. Last night it was "all done". I usually say that when we finish his meals. But, he decided that he was "all done" when I was trying to clean his face. Picture him swatting at me saying "all done" very urgently. Cute stuff.
The little tummy dweller is constantly doing flips in there. Uh oh, I have another mover, and I am only 19 weeks. The ultrasound is next Monday, but be aware that we have decided not to find out the gender. It will be a surprise come January 15th or somewhere around there.
Tono and I are still the same.
Monday, August 11, 2008
I am so excited to have more time!!! I have been wanting to be able to get into cooking. And now I feel like I can. I have this friend who likes to cook and I always read her blog. She posted a potato recipe http://edennoel2.blogspot.com/ that I am excited to try. It will have to come with my next round of menus.
Anyway, I made Daniela go through my new bargain cookbook and pick out 3 recipes to try. (I'm so excited) She picked 2 salad recipes and a spaghetti recipe (She'll learn to venture out a bit as we continue, but this is part of the goal with my family.) I'll have to tell you how it goes.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I honestly can't believe it. After all of the work, it seems so strange to be done. I sat at the table after being grilled (yes they really grilled me, ugh) by the other students and professors and almost cried. I tried to show no emotion on my face, I think I did well. I sat through 2 other presentations (being very jealous that they were used to the teaching forum) then we had a 10 minute break. I walked out of the building and sat at some tables nearby. I finally was able to let a few tears slip by. I called tono (Ernesto) and he said congrats. I didn't know how to portray to him what I was feeling.
I felt relief, I felt regret for not doing as well as I really wanted to, and I just felt so amazed that I had really done it. He has his degree, it didn't affect him that way when he finished. So I sat and thought about that and then tried to chalk to tears up to pregnancy and hormones. :)
I think I will walk in December.
Costume and jewelry designer: Daniela
Good little sleeper: Antony
Daycare shuffler: Tono
Daniela wanted to dress me and pick out my jewelry for the big days, Antony slept the entire night on Monday, and Tono took care of the morning routines with the kids. Thanks!!!
So, now I can move on with my life. Time to post some pregnancy pics and discuss other fun topics. I have a little store of topics to address in my little brain. And, plenty of work waiting at the job after 2 days of being gone. Oh yea!!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Maybe that is due to the fact that I have not done this project (paper and presentation) exactly the way they have wanted me to. My major professor has been fine to work with me, but the committee members did not exactly get the final draft of my paper. I keep telling myself that this is not about being the best, this is about finishing. But, there is a small part of me that feels really bad that I haven't been able to put my all into this final paper and presentation, cuz it could have been better and I hate looking like such a slacker.
But, what do you do when you are working full time, a mother to a teenager and a baby, and settling into a new home, and pregnant (yes you heard me right, I'll post about it soon). I have just been pushing myself as hard as I can to accomplish this dream for myself I've wanted it so badly! I started this degree 5 years ago when I wasn't even fathoming Antony. Daniela was older and it was fine, but this has turned into an all out circus. And, now it is time for this little piece of life to be over, that happens on TUESDAY!!!! I can't believe that it is almost over, and I am so grateful.
I have been imagining all of my free time, all of the books that I want to read, and just the relief that when I think of doing things in the house or with the family, I won't have this nagging feeling that I have school work to do and I don't have time. So, I guess I can handle the fact that I will not be presenting my very best work and I will stumble through my mostly thought out paper and just finish. Four (4) days left.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Ahhhh sand and water, what a beautiful combination for a child. He went crazy with excitement.
Daniela enjoyed the kayak as well. She is also a water child. She could live in the water. Here she is paddling in against the mountain backdrop. How nice.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I created this blog for my family to see what we are doing here in our little corner of the world, but I notice that friends have found me too, how fun. I have debated doing more than just the pictures and decided that it would be fun to just be a blogger. So, the following entries will be my attempts at making life interesting. I hope you enjoy.
How do you spell Blogging and blogger, is it one g or two?
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I will be done with my degree in August. I give my final presentation on the 5th and should be able to walk in December. YEA!!!! Finally! And, Ernesto is working with a local company doing consulting work. It is a bigger company than the one he was working for previously. It gives him more opportunities and I believe he is enjoying it more.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Ready to go.
Off they go.
Crazy hair day.
Antony loves the scooter! And, Daniela enjoys pushing him. If you can see the look on his face, he is making the vroom sound. (Somehow the pictures were changed to black and white.)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The llamas make a sound like a baby crying. Antony was mimicking their sound. They would speak then Antony would mimick, they would respond. It went back and forth for a little while.
Look how fluffy they are.
Antony was able to ride a little pony. He was doing fine until we rounded a corner and the pony he was riding responded to it's friend out on a the street with a whinny . When Antony saw the pony turn it's head, show it's teeth, and whinny... he got a little scared and complained for the rest of the ride.
Daniela talked about seeing the piglets the entire time we were there. Finally, at the end of the day, we found them.
She was a disappointed.
She expected cute little pink things, she said these were ugly.