Thursday, March 29, 2007
Anyway, I seem to get into a "funk" every spring. I was telling Cory last night that I remember having a HORRIBLE spring when I was in 2nd grade - when I was 7. I got in a HUGE fight with all my friends for like the whole spring. It was horrible...and so began my dread of spring and my dreadful annual spring "funk".
Now I LOVE spring weather, spring flowers, spring clothes - getting out the capri's and flip-flops. I love that we can start playing outside, blowing bubbles, SUN....but for some reason when this time of year comes around, I end up just wanting to stay in my pj's and go to sleep.
It's not as bad when the weather is fabulous - but when the weather gets crummy again after being fabulous...that really gets me down. For instance our weather this week - windy, cold, gloomy, rainy, SNOWY! We even ran down to St. George last night to get some stuff for our new bathroom, and it was cold down there! That's not supposed to happen.
Anyway - pregnancy hormones (which I blame everything on) make this even worse. Add to it pregnancy exhaustion - and I'm just kind of a wreck.
So my question for you all is what do you do when you're in a "funk" - how do you get out? Do you eat? Sleep? Count your blessings? Grin and bear it? I'd love to hear your advice - I'm all out :)
Monday, March 26, 2007
Gabe loved spending time with his cousins, and they had an equally great time I think.
This is Gabe with his little cousin Linzy. Now don't let the picture fool you - they might look the exact same size (and they almost are....) but Gabe is actually a full year older than Linzy. Those Mullen kids really have got some size on their side. Poor Gabe will probably be more of a shrimp like his mom and dad....
Some of the beautiful scenery we drove around in. The weather was GORGEOUS, and the landscapes we enjoyed were unbelievable! Lots of variety, and lots of beauty!
Cory tried to take it easy, and stay on trails...but he couldn't resist a time or two to take us "off road" and over some pretty bumpy terrain. There were 2 times on the ride when Cory said, "Uh, I think you might want to get out...." But interestingly enough - it was ok for Gabe to stay in....I guess it's just me being pregnant. (Sorry little baby #2 - I tried to tell him you didn't enjoy all the bumps...but he just doesn't listen!)
Gabe chilling while we stopped for lunch.
Look at these lovely Ellis ladies! (Ashley, Kori, Joanna & Mom "Tammy")
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Throw in the idea of being pregnant and exhausted from chasing after Gabe who has more energy than about a million adults - and I'm pooped! Oh, and add to that the idea that we're in the midst of finishing our basement (2 bedrooms, 2 storage rooms, and a bathroom).
Anyway, while I was stressing out about how we're ever going to get our basement finished and the house cleaned back up (this whole sheetrock deal is taking longer than they said it would and is making a way bigger mess than I remember it making last time we worked on the basement!!!) - I had a few sweet moments with Gabe.
He has been talking up a storm lately! Granted, anyone else probably has no idea in the world what he's saying - but I am really starting to get the words he shouts out. And the amazing thing is how he'll spit out new words so quickly! This morning alone he added his own versions of sticky, sticker, sucker, turtle, Elmo, door, money, and penny to his vocabulary.
Some other words he spits out now are Daisy, Sadie, stinky, Ranger, walk, down, go, candy, balloon, Ganga (Grandma), George (for Curious George), baby, Mom, Mom-ma, Daddy, bath, cheese, snack, go, movie, teeth, eyes, more, please, thank you, bed, hat, Ginky (for his binkie), owie, ouch, pancakes, apple, oranges, cracker, cookie, rock, and tonz more.
He's also loving to sing, or listen to me sing. I'll finish a song and before the last note is out he'll say, "more!" and do the sign for more (one of his favorite sign language signs) - and promptly start crying if I don't keep singing. So if I'm going to start singing to him I better be ready to do it for at least 5 songs! He's catching on more and more with the songs too and loves to watch me do the actions (and frequently chimes in).
Just the last couple of days he's started making this hilarious face. I'll say, "Show me how cute you are" and he'll give me the biggest, goofiest grin. It also works sometimes when I say, "Are you cute?" It's a lot like the "CHEESE" face he makes too. Sometimes he'll even put his hands on his cheeks like - look how cute I am! I'll try to catch a picture of it one of these days.
He also likes to pat my cheeks (from the song "I'm so glad when Daddy comes home". It's so sweet. Especially if he folows it up with a great big kiss!
It's such an exciting time to be his mom and to enjoy watching him learn! So while I'm stressed about dusting the house (for the 100th time since I came home on Monday), or how I'll ever really get all the way unpacked from the trip - I need to sit back and remember that what really matters is spending time with Gabe and cherishing these awesome learning moments.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
It was amazing to me how totally clear the pictures were! I could see details we didn't see with Gabe. We could count the fingers and toes, see a great profile, point out specific bones - it was awesome!
A cute shot of his little foot. He was moving his toes all around - it was cute!