Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Don't Miss a Moment

I've already been lamenting the fact there is a good chance after the baby comes I won't remember too much of the last 1/2 of summer. I have a new motto "Cherish Every Moment." I don't want to get tied down to what has to be done, or where we have to go. I want to have fun with the boys and cherish these days. One other reason this all comes to mind, my sweet Ethan starts Kindergarten in the Fall. Where has the time gone? I know it will be wonderful, but he also won't be at home with me anymore. Yes, it is time for him to go and grow...just a little part of me gets very sad.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Another Party

Yesterday afternoon Ethan's friend had a bday party downtown at an ice rink, broomball. We decided we'd make it a family trip and ride the train into town. The boys might have been more excited about that!

Ethan has not played broomball before, but had a blast doing it. A great idea! It was cute seeing all the little boys just run around pushing their sticks here and there and spinning circles!

Two parties in one day was fun, we were all exhausted when we got home. Plus waiting on the train platform in 35degrees, takes it out of you!

5th Birthday Party

Yesterday we finally had Ethan's bday party. Not quite the weather we were hoping for, but we managed. Paul brought his box tunnels into the house, it filled the hallway and 2 bedrooms. It was a hit. We also brought the picnic tables into the foyer for them to eat on. We still did the pinata outside, ccchhhiiiillllyyyy!

The theme - Batman. Naturally Ethan dressed up as Batman, and several other kids came in their superhero costumes. There were also 2 SuperMermaids, cute.

These are the years parties start to get fun, your child has a definite vision of what they want their party to be. Fun times!

Cables in Motion

For those of you interested...

San Francisco

Last weekend Paul and I had the extreme delight of a long weekend in San Francisco. We arrived on Saturday, our hotel a few blocks from Union Square.We rested for a few minutes, changed clothes and headed out to Chinatown for some food. I had been to this particular restaurant before, it is delicious with service like Seinfeld's Soup Nazi. Oh the pot stickers and fried rice we will dream about for months to come.

Sunday morning we took our time, went to a local dive for a divine breakfast at Dottie's. We took our time, then went back to the room for Paul to get his gear ready for the wedding he was videoing. That afternoon we headed south to Woodside for a wedding at Thomas Fogarty winery in the mountains. It was beautiful. I managed NOT to get a single picture at the wedding. I really wanted one of Paul and I all gussied up, oh well. We had a fabulous time, and are thankful we were invited to attend.

Monday was our BIG touring day. I don't know how I made it, but I did. It helped that sweet Paul pretty much carried all my stuff most of the day. We hopped the cable car to Fisherman's Wharf and caught the 2nd ferry out to Alcatraz.

I was not "OMG, We HAVE to go to Alcatraz!" Paul was, so we went. I changed my mind once we got there, it was very interesting. The audio tour had guards and inmates that worked and were imprisoned there during it's day. It told of the many escape attempts, history, etc. We even were locked in the solitary confinement cell, scary, and the "guard" would slam the door open and shut like they would have back then. So loud! By the time we left the island at noon, we were so glad we got there early.

We walked over to Ghiradelli Square for some chocolate and a most fantastic banana split. We had dark chocolate syrup, sooo yummy!

We hopped back on the cable car to go to the cable car museum. Paul could have spent most of the day here and at Alcatraz. It was pretty cool, it's the housing for the sheaths and whatnot (very technical I know) that pull the cables. I do have to say, the smell is not pleasant on the pregnant nose. But interesting none-the-less.

Ok, now we are back on the cable car to Coit Tower. Or a stop that gets us close to Coit Tower, unfortunately did not take us up the massive hill we had to climb. Paul got a little worried about me after this one, if only it had been our last hill of the day. Anyway, Coit Tower was built in honor of Lillie Hitchcock Coit. I actually thought her story was an interesting one. We ride up the elevator 210 feet to see views all over the city. We got there just at sunset. Spectacular! The picture of me at the bottom of the hill, you can not even see the top!

Finally, down to North Beach for dinner. We ate at Pinnochio's on the sidewalk. So great they had heaters. We had a great view of several streets, great for people watching and a nice long relaxing dinner! Much needed. I don't think I have ever eaten so much bread in one weekend. Of course, they serve Sourdough everywhere and I'm sure I ate my weight in it. Delicious!

After dinner, we decided to walk home. I don't know how we came to this conclusion but we did. An hour later after walking 3/4 of the way uphill and the last 1/4 downhill, we make it back to the hotel! HALLELUJAH!!! We rest for a minute then head down to Union Square, after about 30minutes I insisted we go back. I could barely make it back to the hotel. I was asleep within 10minutes! However, we had a fantastic day and reveled in each other's company.
Tuesday! Our last day in San Fran. We walked to Lorie's Diner for a nice fat breakfast, check out of the hotel and head out to Golden Gate Bridge. An impressive sight; however, walking on it was cold and very windy. Not a big fan of that! After viewing on the San Fran side, we drove over to Sausalito for lunch. A quaint town with fabulous views of the city. We had a scrumptious lunch of shrimp salad sandwich, salad, clam chowder and shrimp/crab bisque. So good I'll show you a picture. We got back in the car and drove up a little mountain just on the other side of Golden Gate to view it from the opposite side. God's beauty is amazing!

Our time ended there. What a wonderful get-a-way for us! We actually got to talk uninterrupted for 5 days straight! We were excited to get back to the boys, and they were ready for us to be back. We brought them cable cars and swords from Chinatown. So fun giving gifts when you get back from a trip!!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

"Our" baby

Yesterday Paul and I were joking around in the car, I was driving. At a stoplight, Paul reaches over like he is going to unlock the windows. From the backseat Ethan pipes up "DADDY, that will hurt our baby!" We busted out laughing. I love when Ethan busts Paul on something for messing with me. This is going to be fun to observe Ethan's fascination with my pregnancy.

Monday I had an ultrasound. How incredible our God is with the creation of little ones. The baby is barely 2.5 inches long, yet when having an ultrasound I can see it kicking and moving about. This time Baby waved at me. Be still my heart!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Sick Hubs

Paul is sick, 103 temp. I think I will find somewhere else to sleep tonight! Anyway, I guess he told Ethan he caught a "bug." Ethan kept saying, "Daddy got a fly in his stomach." Too cute. Later this evening I was letting him watch a show while I dozed on the couch. He asked me why I wasn't watching the show, "did you catch a fly too?" Crack me up.

Well I hope I don't catch the "fly." What could be more miserable than that, while pregnant? Ok, ok, many things I'm sure but I don't need to know what they are!!!

Good Night my friends. I'm exhausted!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

big boy bed

It's official...

Graham is sleeping in his big boy bed. Ethan's room has 2 twin beds, now they will be sharing a room. I have been putting off letting him move beds, he was ready. He loves it so much. In fact, yesterday while Ethan was at school, that is ALL Graham talked about. The big boy bed.

Naturally, there are a few kinks to work out. Them not playing all night when going to bed and not waking each other up in the morning. The latter is the reason I have put it off.

I must admit, it is quite sweet to see both of them sleeping in the same room in big boy beds.