Sunday, July 31, 2011

This week's menu:

I'm trying to be good and come up with more than the normal stuff we always have for dinner, so here's what I've come up with:
(Keep in mind, Ben is a picky eater, and this actually proves to be a difficult task)

Monday: Ground turkey meatloaf with baked potatoes.

Tuesday: BBQ chicken packets (chicken baked in foil with BBQ sauce, pineapple, and onion) served with brown rice.

Wednesday: Ben's chili with cornbread

Thursday:  Jambalaya served over white rice

Friday: Leftover jambalaya

Saturday: If we don't go out, jalapeno stuffed chicken breasts served with broccoli.

Sunday: Breakfast

Hopefully everything turns out well.  I also have stuff to make nacho chicken bake, tacos (but we have those ALL the time), and quesadillas.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Yeah, I know I didn't give any kind of real description of the baby shower in the last post, but I've been at a loss for words lately.  Weird, because usually I have something to say about everything.

I'll start by giving my review on a documentary that Ben and I watched the night before last.

It's called, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father.  It was probably one of the most heartbreaking documentaries I've ever seen.  I would put this in my top 3 favorite documentaries of all time.  I will not spoil anything for any of you because I want everyone to see this.  By telling you anything besides my feelings and the plot line, I know that it will ruin some of the emotions that you will feel.
The documentary is about a custody battle between Andrew Bagby's parents and the woman who is Andrew's suspected killer.  The battle is over Zachary Bagby.  Please watch it.  I actually had trouble sleeping after watching it because it effected me so much.  I was so moved, I sent an email to the maker of the documentary.

I had a strange dream last night.  It began in a elementary school friend's old home.  (I haven't thought about this place in YEARS).  Me, Ben, Landon, Beth, Amber Larcom, and Falco were there.  We were having some kind of party or get together.  Amber and Falco both had hand, foot, and mouth disease.  (In real life, Amber's son has this and I had seen it on facebook).  Both of them kept trying to cough on me or drink from my drink so that I would be infected too.  I kept trying to explain to them that I was pregnant and it could hurt the baby and to leave me alone.  Beth and Amber left.  Soon after that, we had to make a trip to the swimming center to watch Paula's (elementary school friend) brother perform in a swim meet.  On the way there, Ben told me he'd talk to Falco about leaving me alone.  I couldn't understand why he was trying to do that to me.  Also on the way there, it was dark and there was a great arch in the sky, looked kind of like a power line (but way bigger) and was lit up.  As we got closer to the swim center, the huge arch disappeared, and I was told that it was just smaller power lines with birds on them.  It didn't make sense.  We got to the swim center, and then the dream changed.  I probably shifted in my sleep or rolled over and it began another dream.  This time, I was with Ben's family at an amusement park and we were planning on going on this water ride (that is ALWAYS featured in my dreams about amusement parks) and we were going to make normal faces when the picture was taken.  Nicole (Landon's ex gf) was there and was making everyone late by doing her hair.  We rode the water ride and then Ben decided he was hungry.  He went into one of the restaurants at the park and ordered a meal that was $10, but only came with 3 chicken strips.
That's when I woke up.

And there you have it.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Baby Shower!

5 1/2 months!

Nerds at the baby shower

The Dangler Siblings

It was actually kind of intimidating to open these in front of everyone...

My awesome diaper cake made by Mary Dangler!



Guess the baby food.



Sam Sachs knows her baby food!

What candy bar is melted in this diaper?




I love my mommy.

I also love giraffes.

My mom is the BEST blanket maker.

Ben, Jack, Alex, Me, and Mom

Ward family

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wooooo 5 month check up!




Ben and I had our 5 month ultrasound and check up today!  

First thing she checked was the gender, and yes, she is definitely a girl!  Her heart looks perfect and the heart rate is 157.  Checked the cord, spine, arms, legs, brain, face, stomach, fluids, etc, and the doctor says that everything is right on track and she looks perfectly healthy.  I got my blood drawn and tested last month, and everything came back normal!  We got a dvd of the ultrasound, and luckily, she was moving around most of the time.  She sucked on her fingers and her arm at the end, I think she was getting tired.  (She's not tired right now, because she's kicking me!)  

It was really cool to see her movements AND feel them at the same time.  The other night, I actually felt one with my hand.  Very slight, but soon, Ben will be able to!  

We'll be coming home in a few days and I can't wait to see everyone!

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Talked to Aimee and Mary today (3 way call) and had a total rant about some stuff, and it felt AWESOME to get it out in the open.

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I'm also doing really well in ignoring people's advice for me while pregnant.  Everything that I'm doing, I do for a reason.

There are plenty more things that I've gotten "advice" about, and it's all pretty annoying.  A lot of moms think that they know everything as soon as they squeeze the kid out.  Knowing it all and having an experience are 2 different things, let's remember that, folks.  Usually, I wouldn't mind this constant barrage of unsolicited knowledge being thrust at me, but it's hard to take in large doses and hard to take when my own thoughts and feelings are being tossed aside as if I don't have any idea what I'm talking about.  It's ok, I've actually talked to a lot of people, looked up a lot, and talked to my doctors, so I am on the right track.



Monday, July 11, 2011

This is me, today.  5 months tomorrow!
I had a hard time falling asleep last night.  The baby was up and moving around and it was so awesome feeling it.  A couple times she punched/kicked/head butted me really hard, and one of those times, I had my hand on my belly and I felt it inside and out!

Phew.  I've been so busy today getting ready for our trip and what not.  So far, I have:

1. Talked to Mom about the shower.
2. Talked to Mary about the shower.
3. Confirmed my attendance at a showing of HP7 in MO.
4. Paid bills that are not automatically debited. 
5. Emailed the person in charge of the graduate school at ENMU.
6. Done 3 loads of laundry.
7. Ate lunch.
8. Cleaned the kitchen.
9. Wrote a note to the person watching our house.
10. Had an interview for a position at a school.
11. Continued the list of things to NOT forget to bring.
12. Let our friend's dogs out while they are not in town.

And I still have stuff to do:
1. Give dogs baths.
2. Vacuum house.
3. Dust house.
4. Mop house.
5. Clean bathroom.
6. Finish laundry.
7. Pack.

See?  What did I tell you?  I'm a busy girl!


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I already want to start packing for Missouri

...but I still have 8 days to go.

Clovis is full of negativity, and if you don't work at it, you get sucked down into it.  I've been doing my best to just keep to myself, be polite, etc...but I need a break.  Phew.  I think the monotony of the town, the lack of anything to do, and the unhappiness that people face in their own lives turn people angry and resentful.  I'm a happy person, I have so many wonderful things going on in my life, and I have a really caring family.  That keeps me on the up and up.  Just gotta make sure that the unhappy ones don't try and drag me down.  It's happened before because I was walking around with my eyes half closed.  They are wide open now.

Here's another reason why I am excited to go back:
The first tier of my diaper cake-being made by Mary!!!


Monday, July 4, 2011

A few thoughts in my head.

1. If you're not going to wear sunscreen, don't complain and whine when you get a massive sunburn.  It's freaking July, people.  Wearing sunscreen so you're not in pain isn't rocket science.  Gosh.  Also, please put it on your kids.  If you think it's uncomfortable, it's super painful for them too.  Responsibility!

2. Fact: (1) Something that actually exists (2) Something that is known to exist or to have happened (3) Truth known by actual experience or observation, something known to be true. Something that can be proven true.
  Opinion: (1) A belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty. (2) A person view, attitude, or appraisal.

Do I really need to lay it out like this for some people?  Fact is something that can be proven true.  Opinion is something that you believe yourself, you could be right, you could be wrong.  If people don't agree with you exactly, remember that you are not spouting fact. (Especially when it comes to child rearing, fashion, food, health, relationships, etc...)  Just an FYI.

3. I know a lot about our neighbors just by walking the dogs everyday, and I realized this when I brought Ben along with us the other day.  I'm also known as "The dog walking lady".  I've been referenced by that at least 2 times in town by people that recognize me from the neighborhood.  No, I'd never seen these people before in my life.  I'm OK with this title.  I'm active.  Soon, I'll be "The dog walking lady with a baby".  I'm OK with that too.

4. Most of the people on the Cannon Wives page on facebook are really bored housewives with no education who spout off information without checking it first.  That is why I choose to ask my questions elsewhere.


Anyway, on to other things.

I love my new maternity skirt and shorts.  They are so much more comfy than wearing the beband.

We're going to a fireworks display tonight!  Hopefully, people will just go to that instead of setting them off in the country or even in their neighborhoods.  It's rained 3 times here this year, and the wildfires have been out of control.  I'm OK with no fireworks anyway.  They freak me out.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

What a darn good day.

Yesterday, out of frustration, I exclaimed that I needed some new clothes because Baby Ward is all the way down in between my hips.  I can't button any of my summer skirts.  Everything fits, I just can't button them.  The BeBand is ok, but it's kind of hard to hide with some shirts.  I needed to go and get some simple maternity stuff.

So off to Amarillo we go!
Now, because I only needed to go to 2 places (motherhood maternity and victoria's secret), Ben was happy.  I know he hates shopping, but he realizes that I was getting a little tired of recycling the same skirt over and over again.  So anyway, he finds some bras on sale (because pregnancy apparently makes you have to up your cup size), and they are SUPER comfortable.  Good job to him.  Then we go to Motherhood, and I find 2 shirts (on sale), a skirt, a pair of shorts, and a pin stripe skirt for when I go to work in the fall.  Not a bad little haul.  I'm sure I'll have to get a pair of jeans, but those can wait for now.  As of this moment, I'm a happy little camper because I'm going to have comfortable clothes!

Then, Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch!  MMMMM.

Right now, I'm relaxing at home (after doing a small amount of tidying), and Ben is on base getting some snacks (apples and strawberries with some fruit dip!) for me and some stuff for him too.  We're going to have a movie night in.  Tomorrow, we're going to a BBQ with some of his coworkers.  Love the people who are throwing it, they are really nice people.  Hopefully, there will be no drama...

Anyway, I'm off to stumble around the internet.  More journal pages coming later on...I'm a slow poke.