Thursday, March 19, 2009

Weak Ambitions

Seeing as how this is our 4th baby and we already have everything for a boy or girl, we decided to wait until birth to find out the sex of the baby. It just made sense... and we had other friends doing it, so we wanted to be cool like them :P

Well, when we took Gregory with us to the ultrasound, we told the tech how our son was CERTAIN he was getting another sister. She obliged our request not to see the gender (resulting in us missing 1/2 the ultrasound... grr), but there was a time that I was sure I saw "something" float up.

She gave us a few pictures to take home. One of them had this suspicious-looking hint of something at the baby's waist. I started wondering if the tech either missed it or was trying to give us a chance to figure it out so our son would have a head's-up that he wasn't getting a sister after all.

By this point, the suspense had lost its luster. I had my suspicions and if they were true, I wanted Gregory to know. I also had felt oddly detached from my pregnancy, hating to HAVE to refer to the baby as "it" when we didn't say Gregory's selected pseudo-name, "Baby Lou." After a lot of contemplation, talking with Fred, and mostly feeling like an idiot, I called up the doc's office.

Sparing you all the details, they insisted my chart said, "Don't tell gender", which irritated me. I explained my suspicions and they reluctantly searched my charts. We had to wait a whole month before the sonograms were documented in my file. I FINALLY got a message on my answering machine from the office...

"The tech wrote in her notes that it is most likely MALE."

HA! I was right! My ego would have been seriously injured if they had said, "GIRL", not that I would be sad about having another daughter.

I was nervous about breaking the news to Gregory, since he was so hung up on the "sister" thing. When I gently told him, he thought about it for a full minute and then sighed, smiled and brightly said, "Ya know, mama, I didn't really want another sister... I want a baby brother!"

We figure that all he knows is sisters... but now he's thrilled, as is Charla. It's so fun how they're constantly asking me what the baby's doing. Charla will even TELL me what he's doing... "Mama, the baby's snuggling you!" or "Mama, ya know, the baby's eating rice!" (or whatever I'm eating at the moment).

I'd have to say, this has been the funnest pregnancy, since the kids are so involved! Let's hope it endures long after birth...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Our St. Patty's Day

The holiday started on Monday for us. For FHE we talked about Noah and the Ark, using the little play ark and beanie babies Fred's aunt Sally sent us (thank you!).

Fred found the Newer Fantasia's part about the ark (with Donald Duck) on Youtube and showed it to the kids- such a great idea! They all loved it!

The rainbow in the story flowed nicely into talking about rainbows for St. Patrick's Day. Gregory was happy to share what he'd been learning in school (mostly just about shamrocks). They colored pictures of rainbows and I showed them how to trace heart cookie cutters into paper to make shamrocks- they did so good!

Dessert was a special treat I've been saving for a month (more like, forgot about until that night). They're a candy from Germany called Kinder Eier. It's a delicious egg shaped chocolate shell that has a little capsule inside. Inside the capsule is a little toy. The graphic says, "Children's Surprise" on the egg. One of my fondest memories of childhood was getting these on special occassions.

Well, at any rate, the kids loved them.. I only managed to sneak one little chocolate egg shard from Charla.

Breakfast yesterday was fun! I made green pancakes, which Gregory surprisingly didn't have a problem with. He didn't like the idea of green food coloring in his milk, though, so he settled for a green cup.

The girls enjoyed the pancakes, too. It was a fun start to the day!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Patriotic Bathroom

So, the downstairs bathroom is basically a little windowless cell. I've had ambitions of trying to spice it up for a while now. Last week I finally did it!

I figure since we're in base housing, why not go with a "messy" Uncle Sam's WC look? Whatcha think?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


This looked fun and simple, so I couldn't pass it up :P



THEY HAVE TO BE REAL PLACES, NAMES, THINGS. Don't use made up things, use REAL.



1. What is your name? Debbie

2. A 4 Letter Word: dumb
3. A Boys Name: David (I am related to many)
4. A Girls Name: Darleen
5. A sport: Dodgeball
6. A color: Desert Sand (I'm sure it's in the paint department at Home Depot)
7. Something you wear: drawers (you thought I'd say dress, right?)
8. A beverage: daiquiri (virgin, of course... and strawberry... yum!)
9. A Food: Deep Dish Dominoes Pizza (ha!)
10. Something found in the bathroom: drippy washcloth
11. A place: Durmstrang... it exists in the 4th Harry Potter book!
12. A Reason for being late: dumb van was sheathed in an inch of ice (wouldn't have thought of that one a year ago, let alone USED the excuse!)
13. Something you shout: DRAT!

Go ahead and give it a try!!!

Tornados and Girl Bread

I had to post this before I forgot them...

At lunch today Gregory declared, "I'm so hungry I could eat a whole tornado!"

And yesterday...

Fred and I ate grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. Charla asked what we were eating. When we told her, her eyes lit up and she exclaimed, "GIRL sandwiches?? I want a GIRL sandwich!" (almost sounds morbid, really)

Fred made her one and she ate the whole thing.

Funny kids :P