Thursday, April 30, 2009

Strawberries Forever

My favorite fruit store is currently selling strawberries 3 lbs for $1.00. I'm not sure how good of a deal that is in places that actually can grow a strawberry, but for AZ, it's unheard of. So we bought and froze 30 lbs yesterday.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The State of the House




Blue Tape

Computer Mickey

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Me: Sophie, did you eat some dirt outside?

Sophie: Nope.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy Night

On Monday night, we got to go to my mom's work party. It was at a park, and included a catered dinner, a magic show, an ice cream bar, a playground, ducks in a pond, and a bunch of miniature amusement park rides. Not to mention Nana, Grandpa, and Ellie. Or in other words, for Sophie, the BEST. PLACE. EVER.

We started the amusement park portion of the night with the carousel. She calls it the "Up Down". Even better than Sophie's reaction to it, though, was Stella's. I hope Stephanie got a picture of that girl because she was HAPPY.

Next up was the train. It's a small train that takes about a 5 minute ride around the park. Sophie liked looking at the train more than riding it. I think if it had been lighter, she would have enjoyed it more. But in the dark, it was hard to see the water and ducks and everything else we were riding past.

Third, we hit up the "Boat Boats". This was her surprise favorite. It was one of the rides that parents were too big to ride on, so she had to do it by herself. And she rode 3 different times - twice with strangers. The best part of this ride was giving high-fives to all the adults watching. Which was only scary for me the first time around when she wasn't buckled in.

And finally, the ride I thought she would like the most (because she's been on one, and has talked about it non-stop since) - the Ferris Wheel. But it turns out she only mildly enjoy it. Again, she had to ride without a parent, so she and another girl buddied up for it.

After about an hour and a half of rides, we had thoroughly exhausted her, and we all went home very happy.

Monday, April 13, 2009

So, We've Been Busy

Our family is juggling a lot right now.

First, we closed on our new house 10 days early.

This means that we now have one room in our duplex full of packed boxes, taped up and ready to go, and another room full of empty boxes, waiting for an assignment. And we're getting used to living with less and less, as more and more stuff gets packed up.

On top of that, our duplex is up for rent, so I've had to juggle maintaining a clean, presentable home while tearing it apart at the same time.

Second, as if packing our lives wasn't stressful enough, Jake went in for knee surgery last week.

And he came out looking like this. He went in not knowing what surgery he would be coming out with. We knew it would either be a scope to clean up damaged meniscus (1-2 day recovery) or a full ACL graft & repair (1-2 week initial recovery, and 3-4 months before fully recovered). He ended up with the smaller surgery, which we're grateful for since he can function and go back to work, but also weary that it might not fix all his knee issues. Time will tell.

As a surprise third, my eye looks like this last week:

No, I'm not the newest cast member of Days of our Lives, trying to figure out what Stefano is up to this week. Although maybe I should have auditioned while I looked like this. I'm guessing it was some sort of pink eye, but I'm not sure. All I know is that it was sealed shut in the morning, and didn't quite open properly for a day or two. Sophie woke up the week before looking exactly like this, and was recovered within 24 hours, and that's pretty much what happened in my case too.

Fourth, we finally admitted to ourselves that we needed some help. Computer help.

We took our computer to get fixed (by an amazing repair guy that I highly recommend, if you're in the market), and I'm ashamed to say how many viruses he said our computer has. But let me give you a hint. Think of a ridiculously high number. Nope. It was more than that. But, it's all in the past, and it works great now.

And fifth, we're appliance owners.

A tour of the valley's appliance stores on Saturday plus extensive reading in Consumer Reports, online research, and reviews from friends, led us to a final decision on our appliances. They'll be delivered on Saturday.

In summary, this last week has been pretty crazy, so I apologize to anyone I've neglected (especially Jill, who is raising money for a good cause - visit her site & see what she's up to this week!)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The Ultrasound

Baby #2's ultrasound went really well this morning. We had a
morning full of appointments, so we've been quite a busy family.
It started at 8:00 when Jake left for his first of two of his OWN
doctors appointments. And then at 9:00, Sophie and I left the
house for our visiting teaching appointments. Check your cal-
endars, folks. Today is the FIRST of the MONTH! And I was done
with my VTing before 10am. Okay, anyway, after those appoint-
ments, I dropped Sophie off at Jake's parents' house to be babysat,
and then Jake and I met at the ultrasound place just in time for
the appointment. Everything looks really good. T
he baby is
measuring at exactly 20 weeks, and I heard the ultrasound tech
count five fingers on a hand at least once during the whole process.
Overall, it was a great experience, and as you can see, we're excited
for our new addition in August.

p.s. if you guess what it is, let me know, but don't spoil it for others!