Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Happy Birthday to My Beautiful Baby Girl!

First of all, WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE???


It seems like yesterday I was holding a little baby girl, and now she's half grown.

But I'm not going to think about that right now. Nothing good can come of it.

She wanted a tea party this year. For 30 kids. Ummmmm.... that would be a "NO."

A tea party for a few friends? Certainly. Can do.

My sweet friend volunteered to have the party at her house, since her table seats eight. That way, Christian could invite 7 friends instead of 5, and she wouldn't have her two little brothers (angels, I tell you!) annoying her. As if they would.

So we sent out invites, and got one RSVP. I'm thinking people just don't do that anymore.

Unfortunately, several friends got sick that week, so I knew it was going to be a small party. I'm doubly glad it was. Three little girls had us running and exhausted by the end; I'm not sure what eight would have done to us.


We had lots of fruit...


These don't qualify as fruit, but they were super yummy. Strawberry fruit dip inside sugar cookie cups, with a fresh strawberry on top. YUM.


Oranges, watermelon, strawberries and grapes...


Dainty little place settings...


At a tea party, you just have to serve sugar cubes. "One lump, or two?" She chose flavored teas, and I put in a plain option.


The only kind of sandwich she eats: PB&J. These had my homemade wild grape jelly. There weren't any left, so I'd guess they were good.


Karon and I set a beautiful table.


I bought supplies for tea-party hats, as an ice-breaking, pre-party craft.


Christian wanted a chocolate cake, with oreo cookies and cream filling, so that's what she got. It was sah-weet! Seriously. Sugar overload. She wanted this little teacup on top, that her grandmother painted, so I decorated the cake with the colors and designs on the cup. She loved it.


The girls really got into the hat-decorating.


They were adorable!

After the party, we came home and rested for just a few minutes. My parents came over, and we had pizza, more cake, and ice cream, and Christian opened loads of gifts.

And then I crashed.

For four days.

I just cannot believe my girl is TEN.

(Tear.)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Break

This past week was Christian's spring break, so Hubs took a couple days off so we could do something as a family.

She wanted to go to Sea World, but we nixed that. I'm 6 1/2 months pregnant, and didn't so much feel like waddling around a theme park with 30,000 other people... and NOT ride any rides. BOO.

So we thought we'd take them to the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, which is sort of like a drive-through zoo, and then the San Antonio zoo the following day.

We loaded up bright and early after the crack of noon, and headed out. We got to the Wildlife Ranch, and sat in three-vehicle-wide traffic for over an hour, waiting to get in.

But it was worth it.

They love watching all the animals come up to the car.

They get such a kick out of feeding them, too.

Cavan gets in a couple driving lessons...



And some lovin' from his Daddy. Let me tell you, this is a rare event. Those cheekies never, ever get kisses. He's absolutely starved for attention.

After the ranch closed, we ate dinner (waaaaaaay too much food!) and headed to our hotel. NOTE TO SELF: ALWAYS get a reservation for a hotel during spring break. We went to about 3,956 hotels, and finally found one with A room available. In other words, we got the last one. In other words, there were no extra pillows available.

We got our swimsuits on...

And, yes, I let our heathens jump on the bed.

It's the one time I've ever allowed them to do it...

And they took full advantage of the situation.

After we all got changed, we headed to the hotel pool, where this happened:

I was in the pool with Christian and Cavan, and Hubs had taken Cullen to the pool bathroom. Suddenly, he rushed in, and started frantically waving to me to get out. I thought Cullen hadn't been able to make it to the potty in time... but apparently he slipped in a really wet bathroom, and landed head-first on the tile. Immediately, it swelled up so large, it looked like a golf ball under his skin. It was deep purple, like there was blood under the skin. FREAKED. ME. OUT.

We rushed up to our room, and put ice on him. I quickly bathed him and put him in jammies, while Hubs went to the front desk to see if they had any children's tylenol. I mean, a bump that big is bound to be pretty painful. Especially judging by Cullen's crying. Poor baby.

They didn't have any, so Hubs headed to the nearest pharmacy for some. NOTE TO SELF: ALWAYS bring children's tylenol!!!

We had debated taking him to an ER, but since his eyes were dilating normally, the bump was pushing out instead of in, and he wasn't nauseous or sleepy, we decided to wait it out.

We had to keep him awake for several hours, until after well after midnight, so we could keep checking his pupils. By that time, this had happened:

Seems that a long car trip, lots of animals, jumping on a bed, and swimming really wears a baby slap out. Thankfully, there was a crib available in the hotel. Obviously it was a brand-spanking new hotel (not even on our GPS), and the crib was still wrapped in the manufacturer's plastic. Cavvie was the first sweet little baby angel to sleep in it.

These two were the next to go. Since Cullen was hurt, we had him sleep between us in our bed, just so we could check on him throughout the night. He was NOT HAPPY when we would wake him up to check on him! The long day got to him, too, and he didn't appreciate being woken up.

See this? This is a fake-sleep-smile. She's a big fakedy-fake. She was probably the last one of us to fall asleep. Oh. Wait. That's me. I didn't sleep much at all that night. Which is no surprise.

The next morning, we headed downstairs to eat a breakfast with the rest of the hotel's occupants. Yes, it was quite crowded, considering it was FULL.

We loaded up the car and went to my friend, M'lissa's house. She had volunteered to drop us off at the zoo, and pick us up, so we didn't have to look for parking, or trudge across a fuuuuuuuull lot.

We stayed at her house for an altogether-too-short visit, during which time we nixed the zoo idea. Her son volunteers there, and they were expecting it to be the busiest day of the season. Something like 20,000-plus people. Ummmmm, no, but thanks.

So we went to Bass Pro Shops (Hub's Happy Place) and let the kids look at all the fish. Cullen and Christian did a little Hillbilly Handfishin' in one of the little fish ponds. They actually drew a crowd! They were so excited to touch all the fish.

We played some of their games, and did some shooting in their gallery, then went to the Longhorn Steakhouse for more delicious food.

The car ride home was almost unbearable. I was so full, and so tired, but I had to listen to "Despicable Me" about 472 times, and wasn't able to sleep.

But I made up for it last night!

It was a pretty good spring break, and I can't believe it's over!

Friday, March 2, 2012

PROGRESS!!!

Recently our mortgage company contacted us, saying they needed a few more documents before they could process our paperwork.

One of those things was a complete set of blueprints, including exterior elevation.

I was immediately dejected, because I hadn't even seen those yet. We contacted our builder, who contacted our architect (whom we couldn't reach) and told him to get it done ASAP.

Unfortunately, the architect's father was hospitalized, which put a delay on our blueprints.

However, he got them to us sooner than we thought he would. I met our builder on Valentine's Day, and he gave me two complete sets: one for us, and one for the bank.

That set completed our necessary paperwork.

Hubs called me today (as I waited at the doctor's office; I had to drink the sugar drink today... YUCK! I felt so gross and sluggish afterward.) and gave me some great news:

WE CLOSE NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm beyond excited!!!

He called our builder, who was amazed at how quickly the bank got everything together. He said he's never seen a bank process a loan so fast. Seems like ages to me, though!

He has told us that it will take his engineer about a week (after we close) to plan out our foundation, so hopefully (keep it in your prayers, please!) we'll be seeing our foundation poured in two weeks!

I just LOOOOOOOOOOVE progress!