Saturday, October 31, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
We figured we would stop preventing and didn't realize that all those times in high school when they warned us, "It only takes one time," that they weren't just saying that. It really only took one try for us and we know that we are so fortunate to have that be the case.
We had the first warning that it may have worked, on the day of my Mom's birthday party because SCF took my mom to lunch and to a fortune-teller to get her away from the party before the big surpise. When it was my turn at the fortune-teller (Magda in Southmont -Johnstown, Pa) she flipped over my cup and there on my saucer, as plain as though someone had hand painted it, was a dove left in my coffee grounds.
Magda immediately asked if I had a child and when I responded that we did not, she said, "We'll you will." I laughed and tried to play it off (I was the only one that knew we had "tried" early that week) and Magda kept giving me omnious warnings like, "no, really stop drinking" and "Take your vitamins!" Little did we know, she was right - we had already conceived!
Over the next few days (before we officially found out) I noticed that anything that was supposed to smell like strawberries (Brandon's strawberry lemonade, Tasha's strawberry lollipop) smelled like hot garbage to me...which was odd because I love strawberries. Obviously, just the first sign that we were going to be parents!
We have been calling our little bundle "dove" since that was the first name anyone had given it (thank you, Magda). Tasha and Jordan were the first to find out since they were at our house the day I took the pregnancy test. In full Tasha manner, she snooped on my camera and found the picture of the P-test I had taken. We were going to keep a secret for awhile, but were glad to have someone to share the news with. Unfortunately for Tash and Jordan, they had to keep the secret for a full 3 weeks before we shared the news with the rest of our family.
While in Hawaii, we told Adam and Lea...since we certainly couldn't get pass their confusion as to why I wasn't drinking. They were excited and so sweetly happy for us. Lea took tons of pictures of us in "belly pose" even though we didn't share these with family right when we got back. Hah! so sneaky.
Our families reacted as you would guess: totally freaked-out-happy. It will be the first grandchild on both sides, so the g-moms are so excited. We are due April 21, 2010 and it already feels like time is passing so quickly. I can't wait to meet our little guy/girl. I feel so lucky that all the love I feel in my heart has now been transformed into a tiny little mix of us.
Tasha and I made an outrageously long road trip down to North Carolina to see my dearest Emily Mae get married. It was a perfect ceremony and reception and I was soooo happy to see all my favorite Costa Rica friends again. It had been since 2004 since I'd seen Meg!!! Pura Vida for all of us being back together again<3>
Lola, of course, was not impressed by our new addition.
But, as time as passed, Lola and Jinx have come to love each other. Lulu is nicer now and kind of just likes to leave people alone (what a teenager!) Jinx on the other hand has come into her own and showed as that she is truly a maniac. She wants to copy Lola in everything she does (drinking out of the fish tank, eating out of the same bowl, playing with Lulu's bouncy mouse- her favorite toy). They really make us laugh all the time and are so silly. Even though two cats (both crazy and bad) are a little much, they seem to suit us perfectly.
On July 11th, Brandon and I organized the first annual Studer's Invitational Beer Olympics, hosted at my parent's house in Johnstown, PA (thanks!). It was quite the hilarious, messy, obnoxious success. We had players, observers, refs (mom!), and substitutes (thank God!) As it was our first try at organizing a day long drinking extravanganza; I believe we overshot what was manageable for games. We were able to be flexible and take some much needed unscheduled breaks and lots of snacking to make it through the whole day.
We raised over $170 dollars to donate to Make-A-Wish foundation and had a lot of fun all the while. Teams were chosen at random (pull from a hat) and each designed their team name and logo (hooray for adults loving face and hair paint!) Needless to say, as the day went on, team spirit grew exponentially.
Games included (but not limited to): The Anchorman, Dingbat Relay, Beer Bong Races, Flip Cup, the Monkey Chug, and 100 cup Beer Pong. It was quite obvious as we neared mid-day that substitute teammates were needed. Luckily, we had some late participants show up and even our dads stepped up to the challenge of celebrity participants to give some other team members a chance to sit out and regroup (i.e. EAT and drink massive amounts of water).
In the end, it was Team Whiskas to pull out the day's victory and will have their names engraved on the "Studer Cup" (aka Das Boot). Our Team "Baby Bump" members (observers only-geez, what kind of people do you think we are!) were in charge of selecting MVPs for a variety of different awards, including: Loud Mouth, Smack Talk, MVD, Pukin' Rally, and the Shark. By the end of the day, we were all pretty exhausted, extremely giddy and happy, and glad to have participated in such a fun day to raise money for such a great cause. Thanks to everyone who helped and participated. Next year should be even bigger!!