30 November 2008

Recap from the past few days

Believe it or not, we've had a very relaxing four-day weekend. On Wednesday night, we had our first childbirth class. It wasn't as scary as we thought, but I know we'll both learn a lot. Out of the eight couples in our class, we were the only ones expecting a surprise baby. We think it's neat that we're waiting to find out, so we thought a few more people would do that, too. I guess we're a novelty! We had a great Thanksgiving with our families. Chris loves having two big meals on one day! We spent Friday morning decorating our Christmas tree and setting out our other decorations.

Next year, three stockings will hang on our fireplace!

We spent Friday afternoon watching a few movies. It was a much-needed break from the busyness of life. Saturday morning, while Chris was mulching the last of the leaves in our yard, my mom, Karen and I added some items to Cheeto's baby registry. I'll make one more visit to the store with Chris' mom later this week. Then our registry will be complete. Yesterday we also chose the carpet for Cheeto's nursery. It should be installed by Christmas. Then we'll have to buy the furniture and set up the room! After that, there are only a few minor things left on our Cheeto to do list. Friday also started the final trimester. I can't believe I'm in the homestretch. That means Cheeto will be here in about three months. Wow!

25 November 2008

First session of night school

When I registered us for prenatal classes all the way back in September, Thanksgiving seemed so far away. But it's here already! We start our prenatal classes tomorrow night. First off is four nights of childbirth classes then one night each of breastfeeding and newborn care. Each little step we take is making things more real. I don't know who will be worse during our classes: me, being scared and emotional, or Chris, being nervous and giggly. He's already warned me that he may act like a seventh grade boy in health class. I asked him not to embarrass me since I work with our instructor every day. We'll check back in later this week and share how scared the classes made us! Since it's been awhile since I've posted a weekly belly picture, here is last week's shot (26 weeks). I'm quickly outgrowing my clothes, and I'm feeling bigger every day. But I wouldn't change anything. I'm loving being pregnant! And one more random thought...I want to publicly thank my wonderful hubby for making my birthday so special yesterday. Next year's birthday will be a little more complicated since we'll need to secure a babysitter!

24 November 2008

Picture for three

Our church (Mount Pleasant Christian Church) is turning 125 years old on Teresa and my anniversary, April 17, 2009. One of the things MPCC is doing for this celebration is creating a church pictorial directory. With 4,000 members, obviously this is a daunting task. However, a Web site has been set up to allow members to log on and schedule their appointments. Well, I just logged on and scheduled our time. I chose a time slot in March because that way Cheeto can be in the picture. This seemed neat and not a big deal until it came time to "select the number in your party." Picking "three" felt quite strange. Maybe it is the fact that I now have something on my Palm Pilot that includes Cheeto! It will be great to have a professional picture just a month after our little one arrives. But scheduling the appointment now kinda freaks me out! :)

19 November 2008

Hoosier daddy

In an effort to be sure Cheeto knows who to root for, we went to Bloomington last night to see IU take on IUPUI. And this was Teresa's first visit to the hallowed court at Assembly Hall. We had great seats, too. No sitting in the balcony last night!

It was a great game that went down to a last-second shot. We would have been glad to see Ron Hunter and his Jaguars win the game, but I was happy the Hoosiers pulled out a victory.

Besides watching my team live and in person, my favorite moment is the World's Greatest Timeout. During the second half under eight-minute timeout, the Hoosier nation pays homage to its roots by "worshipping" to the Indiana flags while the IU Pep Bands serenades them with the "William Tell Overture."

Hey look...those banners hang in our house, too!

And here's our usual self-portrait. We were laughing in this picture because it took several shots to get a good picture.

It was a great family outing, and we didn't have to pay for a ticket for Cheeto!

15 November 2008

The nursery: Phase 2

Today Grandma and Grandpa Clark helped us hang the wallpaper border in Cheeto's nursery. They made it seem very easy! And we finished the job in no time.

The green walls look a lot better now that they have something else on them. Next up is new carpet. The ugly royal blue in there now definitely doesn't go with the new color scheme!

After hanging the wallpaper, we took Mike and Connie out to lunch and saw the new James Bond movie. This was our birthday gift to him since he's such a big James Bond fan. At one point during the movie, Cheeto was especially excited and started kicking me quite hard. We can't decide if it's because Cheeto liked the movie or wanted to get out! But those were some pretty powerful kicks.

13 November 2008

That can't be right...

Today, my ticker on the left side of the page says "99 days to go." Seriously? I'm in double digits now? Don't get me wrong...I can't wait to meet Cheeto, but there's so much to do before February. Ninety-nine days just doesn't seem like enough time to prepare for the biggest change in our lives!

09 November 2008

The only bad thing about fall

As kids, most of us loved this time of year since it meant playing and jumping in huge piles of leaves. I have fond memories of this in my own childhood. But being a grown-up during fall means raking and bagging leaves instead of playing in them. That was Chris' mission today: Raking the yard. He spent a few hours outside after church and filled 20 bags with leaves. Seems like a lot, right? His job is done, right? Not quite. Those 20 bags were only about half of the back yard, never mind the front yard. By the time he was finished, he was frustrated and worn out. But after a hot lunch and some hot chocolate, now he's wrapped up in his IU blanket and sleeping in his recliner. All in a day's work. I just hope Chris doesn't regret buying this house with its huge mature trees!

08 November 2008

The nursery: Phase 1

Since Chris didn't have any basketball games today, Grandma and Grandpa Hromada and Aunt Karen helped us paint Cheeto's nursery. Karen made sure we knew whose room this will be: The green looks kind of bright in these pictures, but it's a little more subdued in person. We really like the color. It will look more like a baby's room once we add the furniture, bedding and other accessories! Phase 2 will be adding the wallpaper border to the top of the walls. We're hoping Grandma and Grandpa Clark will help with that. :o)

02 November 2008

A few random things...

First, I want to publicly recognize my successful referee husband! He did such a great job running a sideline of the boys' state soccer finals last night. It was the best game he could hope for. (It took overtime and then seven PKs before a winner was determined.) And I could tell he was having a really good time!

Due to Chris' lightning speed running the sideline, here's the best picture I got all night:

On to the other excitement this week...When my Grandma Hromada passed away earlier this year, besides leaving behind many special memories, photos and mementos, she also generously left some money for my sister and me. Chris and I wanted to spend our portion on something special that will always remind us of Grandma. So we bought a new dining room set.

The set arrived this week, and I think Grandma would approve of it! The china cabinet is the new home for one of my favorite possessions: Grandma and Grandpa's wedding china that now is more than 65 years old. And the dining set also shares the same room as Grandma's piano, another item I'm proud to have.

Each time I walk by the table or see her china in the cabinet, I'll think of Grandma and her happy, smiling face.