Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Merry Christmas

We had such a lovely (white!!) Christmas - the whole day was very relaxed and pleasant. It started off with the below scenes - another few inches added to the 6 that were hanging on from the last snow. Again, Lola was a bit unsure of the whole snow thing.

Family was kind enough to report on their "sympathy weight gain" over the holidays - both Grandpas claiming 5 pounds. Here is my week 34 profile...compared to Grandpa's.

Granny crafted us all new attire that we will sport to the reunion coming up this summer. Yes, Dad is "throwing gang signs" - and no, I have no idea what he's saying; I'm sure it means something like "these are the best hats ever, thanks Granny Pat!".

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Birthday

Welcome Carter Andrew Ward!! Congratulations Karen and Andy - he's very handsome!!

Snow Day

We've been snowed in...and we feel a bit like giddy school kids on a snow day from school. We so far have about 8 inches, and there is more predicted for tonight. We may get a white Christmas after all. Lola is hilarious in the snow - her running translates to prancing in the snow. She had us cracking up as she made her way around the yard. I took a video but made a rookie mistake and had the camera turned vertically...and I don't know how to fix it. But, it's funny enough I had to post it anyway - maybe just turn your computer screen around.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Baby 101

Avery was kind enough to let Brent practice last night!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Cookie Extravaganza

All the Knowles ladies got together last weekend and baked our hearts out. There was cider, homemade soup, Christmas music and lots and lots of baking. We even managed to squeeze in watching a little bit of Elf. At the end of the day, we were all exhausted (maybe once the sugar high wore off) and went home with dozens of cookies each.

The next day, the boys joined us for the annual tree hunting trek. In years past, there has been too much snow and too many unprepared mini-vans on the road to make it up to the trees. This year, rain was our biggest obstacle. Everyone dressed appropriately except Brent and I (we were maybe too optimistic about the weather) and we had to spend the rest of the day drying out. Everyone came away with a tree - some were arguably more desireable than others - some were more "artistic" as Jenny would say.

Notice the "artistic" curve in the Graham's tree (apparently it's a good idea to look at a tree from all sides before you cut it down). And jeans are not actually great at wicking rain water away - my jeans were a very different color when the day started.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Week 31 Ultrasound

All looks as it should - he's happy and healthy all secure inside! Here's a profile shot (arrow pointing to his nose).

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm already falling behind on my posting....here's a catch up!

This last week turned out to be a very eventful one. Brent and I took Lola to the cabin for a little R'n'R and to take our minds off of baby prep for a few days. We both were able to play hookie from work on Friday and packed it over the pass to Leavenworth. It was a fantastic long weekend - Brent managed to get in three days of hunting, I read two books, went on two hikes, and took a few naps and Lola tired herself out with all the running/hiking she got to do. It was nice to get away from the city for a bit.
But, I woke up Monday morning to my body telling me I hadn't relaxed quite enough - I had new cold symptoms and some mild contractions. I ended up spending part of the day in the hospital making sure that Baby Jones stayed put. All is well now, but I've been instructed to do a better job at hydrating and lay off the physical activity to some degree. That sure would be a lot easier if my restless legs would give it a rest!

I managed to make it into work one day last week and then off we were again for more adventures. Thanksgiving was a day filled with family, good food, and lots of relaxing. We made the rounds amongst our families in Buckley and rolled ourselves home and straight to bed, fat and happy, at the end of the day. The next morning we headed out to Yakima for the Redman's Annual Hot Dog Roast. Again, there was much gourmet food consumed...so much so that Brent ate no pie! It was a great time to catch up with friends we get to see too rarely. From there we headed to the cabin for a little Christmas tree hunting and stayed Saturday night snuggled in front of the wood stove. By the time we arrived back home to Seattle on Sunday, we were both very sleepy - I think we managed to stay awake until 9pm.

I am now 30 weeks along...and getting bigger every day. I had an appointment yesterday and all looks well and stable...no more contractions! We get to have one more ultrasound this Thursday just to make sure things look okay from the inside also. The nursery is coming along - I've washed many loads of hand me down clothes that are all ready to be organized into the new furniture we bought that we're staining to match the crib. We're on the count down...only ten weeks to go!