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Friday, January 9, 2015

Our Baby Will Be Born Tomorrow

This is really weird. We are sitting on the couch watching Shark Tank, contemplating about how our baby daughter WILL be born tomorrow.

Sometime after 7am, which is when we need to be at the hospital.

Wow.

In some ways the schedule of it is nice--I can make sure I am showered and the fridge is full and the house is clean. But it is very surreal, and also gives me some time to freak out. Which I am controlling really well, if I say so myself. 

It does kind of take away some of the mystery and excitement and surprise--knowing when the baby is coming. I guess I can say I didn't know until today, since we were hoping she would have come by now.

I guess right now I had better go to bed so I can get some rest, if I can sleep at all. Hopefully this blasted cold will be mostly gone by tomorrow. Hopefully it was the right decision to go along with the scheduled inducement. Hopefully the labor is quick and easy. 

But whatever happens, a new little girl fresh from heaven will get her chance at life tomorrow. And we are lucky enough to be her parents. 

Wish us luck.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Act 5; Scene 18: New Year Resolutions, 2015

You guys, the first thing I have to say for this January 1st is...

WE DID IT!!!!

Maybe it's because I haven't had such a tangible, check-able goal for so long, but I could not be happier to report that Robert and I DID IT--we achieved our goal of going to the temple twice a month in 2014. 

And you know what? It wasn't even that hard. We felt very daunted by it last January. But we figured out a few things. First of all, we don't have to go together. Spending time in the temple alone while the spouse watches the kid(s) can be just as rewarding as going together (and many times much more practical). Second of all, if both of us are committed to the goal, we can really help each other out in completing it. We also learned that the more you go, the more you like going. Now if it's been two weeks since we have gone to the temple, we can really feel it--it seems as if it's calling us to come back soon! 

I also feel that we have had so many blessings this year. Earlier in the fall, I remember thinking, "Wow, we just keep getting these little miracles and random blessings--what is going on? (though I am very grateful)" And I realized that maybe, just maybe, some of it was because we were trying so much harder to put temple worship at the forefront of our lives.

And now we face a new year with new resolutions. We definitely want to keep up our at least twice a month temple attendance, but we also realize that with a new baby coming any day, that will become much harder for a short time. We want to keep in the habit, however, and we will.

Now on to our family goal for 2015.
Drum roll please.....

1. Complete a monthly target of food storage.

Food storage and emergency preparation has been on our minds a lot lately. We don't have a lot as far as a long-term food storage supply, so we decided that this year we would pick a goal each month for what to add to our food storage, and make that work in our budget. We are excited to be more prepared :-)

In reviewing my personal goals from last year, I'm not sure how well I did. I started out doing pretty well writing in my journal, but about halfway through the year that faded and I ended up writing about 2-3 times a month rather than twice a week. I was eating many more fruits and veggies...until I became pregnant and most veggies sounded disgusting. I do think I have done better at not having temper tantrums (although I can think of one that happened just this week...awesome...). I'm pretty sure I still talk too much about money--how expensive things are/the deals I find. Finding good deals is part of what I love in life, haha. After reviewing these and thinking about what I want to focus on this year, these are the new goals I have come up with:

  1. Stop complaining. I do not want to complain about situations, people, things that are asked of me, foibles that happen-nothing. I have caught myself complaining so much this year. One day I just woke up and realized that complaining, even if it was just to Robert, was NOT making me a better person, it was eating up my soul. It doesn't matter if I have a "right" to complain or not, I do not need to say bad things about anything, at any time. So no complaining. Bring it on.
  2. Get in shape to run a 5K by the spring. 
  3. Work on not yelling. Sometimes the "angry voice" just comes out so easily at Tommy. You know what I mean. I have been trying hard to take a breath and calm myself before yelling or angry voice can come out. There is a better way--and this is my goal!
  4. Have more meaningful, planned, family home evenings. That we really need. That are not just "afterthoughts."
And that is definitely enough to keep me plugging in 2015. I'm excited for this year. I'm excited to add another sweet little spirit to our family and watch how we all change. I am excited to try hard to become a better person. 

And now, I'm very excited to go to bed :-)

Happy New Year, everyone.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Act 5; Scene 17: Holiday Season (Thus Far) in a Nutshell

Wow, it's been a long time since I posted. And we have been doing a lot! There are always so many fun things to do during the holiday times. Here's a brief (in a manner of speaking) picture tour of the last month and a half!

Thanksgiving in St. George:


A round of family pictures:





Sam, Carson, Luke

Because he can't resist an empty garden and a shovel!


A trip to the Lehi Christmas Parade:


Grandma and Tommy in action--always running
Decorated our Christmas tree:

No pants is the new fashion

Tommy decided all of the ornaments should go on a select few branches


The Ancestry.com 1920s  Christmas party!


8 month pregnant flapper!


A visit to see St. Nick:

Waiting in the looooooong line

He was very excited to sit on St. Nick's lap, although he wouldn't tell him what he wanted for Christmas...


Decorated a felt tree:


Saw some of Santa's reindeer:


Thomas and his best friend, Jack
I tried out a hippy headband:



We took a trip to Build-a-Bear to create "Babs" for little girl, arriving sometime very soon:

A McFarland extended family party:

And a visit from the Moses Lake cousins. We had so much fun with them! So much fun that...I only took one picture!!! These are the cousins jumping at the Museum of Natural Curiosity:

Tommy is constantly asking that his cousins come back to his house. We loved having them stay! Come back soon!
 
And that takes us pretty much to today.  Maybe I'll even be able to get a Christmas post in about the next two days :-)
Hope you have a fun-filled and relaxing holiday!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Act 5; Scene 16: Robert Thomas Center, 28 months

Tommy still loves running laps anywhere and everywhere. He has added screaming to his running routine. Something about screaming while running, you know?
Tommy's favorite movie: How to Train Your Dragon, which he calls the "Drag Show"
He loves whispering to himself
He always asks for a hug (quite voraciously) when he thinks you're mad at him
He LOVES his "big boy bed"
He likes to "sneak" into our bedroom in the morning and peek in to see if we're awake
He insists on clasping his hands and making everyone else clasp their hands instead of folding arms during prayers
He says "Oh" after everything
Tommy's favorite foods: pizza, olives, ketchup, and plain bread
His best friend: Jack (whom he calls "Rack")
He asks frequently if he can go to St. Nick's house
He must start every day with milk and the "Drag Show"
He is still obsessed with Grandpa
He thinks there's a dog at every house we go to, and backs up to protect himself when we go to knock on the door. 
His favorite toy: Lamby
He likes to sleep with as many stuffed animals/toys as he can. This has included but is not limited to, his cement truck, his holiday card from Grandma, his severed hand from the Halloween costume, and about 6-7 different stuffed animals. 
 His favorite games: red light, green light and hide-and-seek




Sunday, November 2, 2014

Act 5; Scene 15: October Wrap-Up

I have to say I don't think I've ever been happier for October to be over.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE October, but it was just crazy this year! November came (only yesterday!) and we spent the whole day cleaning the house and other random chores, with no other plans.

It was heavenly.

I am trying very hard to not schedule much this month to soak in the fall cleaning and relaxing feeling of November.

BUT! We did not fail to celebrate Halloween with gusto!

Here we are just about to head out trick-or-treating:

I had to put all three so you could see the struggle we had in trying to get Mr. Shark in a picture!




Of course the one time he looks at the camera...ha!
Tommy had a hard time understanding the take-a-piece-and-put-it-in-your-bag technique. His was more of an eat-it-right-when-you-get-it technique. It actually turned into him clutching onto the most recent piece of candy until we went to the next house, where he would get a new piece of candy, and then put the older one in his bag. And what did he choose?!? Here he had his choice of all this delectable chocolate candy, and he chose dum dums and smarties every chance he got! Come on kid, you're supposed to be making good candy selections for your parents!!! I guess he knows how to keep us out of his candy stash :-)

After some trick-or-treating and scone-eating at a neighbors, we settled in for some Halloween games with our good friends and their little man, Sawyer. Doesn't he look insanely adorable as a little golfer?


Fun times were had by all, and this little minion even got to stay up a whole hour late. 

Robert tried so hard to get a pic of him wearing these goggles, but the kid will not hold still!
After the guests were gone, the child in bed, the trick-or-treaters done (or at least our millions of pieces of candy were all gone so we turned off the porch lights...) we washed off our fake blood and crashed for the night.

As I said, November has felt so relaxing thus far.  I'm hoping this will happen on more November weekend mornings:


Happy November, all! 


Friday, October 31, 2014

Act 5; Scene 14: Happy Halloween!!!

This week wraps up our final Spooktacular meal and Halloween festivities. 

On Wednesday, we had a more traditional-looking Halloween dinner:

Tomato basil soup with the last of our garden tomatoes

And pumpkin rolls!

Not actually pumpkin, but pumpkin shaped
And it was delicious! I forgot how good tomato basil soup can be. I'm glad we got to have it at least once this season! And the pumpkin rolls turned out pretty cute, too.

That night we carved our largest pumpkin into a Jack-o-Lantern.



 Thomas absolutely loved it. He was obsessed with getting the "yucky" stuff out of the pumpkin. He was saying "yucky" over and over again, until I started filming of course....he spent most of the time stirring up all of the juices inside the pumpkin.





I love the big stem!
That's a pretty happy guy sitting on our porch.

We're having a pretty chill Halloween. No carnivals, no fancy dinner--just trick-or-treating, and then a few friends coming over for about an hour to make Halloween pudding graveyards.

It should be really nice.

I'll update you this weekend.

And for now, Happy Haunting!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Act 5: Scene 13: Halloween Costume Reveal 2014

It's a little early, but since we had a costume party last night, we figured we'd better reveal before the word gets out!

Here are our Halloween costumes this year:


Tommy is Jaws, and we are his victims! (notice his severed hand...haha)

He was pretty stoked about his shark jacket. So stoked that it was very hard to get a picture of him!



And let me tell you, that jacket was a labor of love. I thought making that simple jacket would be so easy with the sewing machine. And it probably would have been if I was a bit more savvy about problem solving with the machine. BUT! 4 hours after starting the project, we finally completed it. And it's sure cute.

Our other labors of love were our wounds:


Robert's bloody gash got a lot of attention at the ward party

The shark got my arm!
The food coloring really worked well to die my shirt! I looked pretty bloody. Lots of kids at the party came up to us and asked to touch our blood--asked if it was real. Ha! Thanks to my stage makeup class at BYU and some extra fake blood I landed there, we looked pretty cool.

This is definitely the most gory costume I've ever had.

And! We won the family costume contest. Woohoo! Winning costume contests has to be one of my favorite things in life :-)


Us with our prize medals. And Tommy with his, like, 6th piece of candy in a row. 

Are you ready for Halloween?! Less than a week away!

Happy Haunting!