Monday, February 23, 2009
I have felt this one was a girl most of the pg, so I wasn't too shocked. I admit to being a little nervous that if D heard it was another girl he would start crying or something but he was totally beaming. The U/S tech's wife is due around the same time as me and found out they are having their 2nd girl. The guys were comparing notes and Derrick was telling him how wonderful it is to have two girls squeal and jump all over you every day. Don't let this big bad ass guys fool you.. they appear to be annoyed with all the Cinderella but you should have heard them gushing about their girls :) We are happy as can be, and Valerie insists her name is "Flower" buuut we'll have to work on that!!
Sorry for no pics, maybe D can scan them later at work. We are down to the bare essentials here!
Friday, February 20, 2009
On another note, I went to the doctor today for my 20 week appt. I will post a 'belly pic' tonight if I remember to have D take one. Everything is fine, nothing to report. Heartrate is still in the low 140's so we are still wondering if this one is a boy as the girls' were both in the 160's. (I have heard this from numerous, but not all friends.. something to do about the metabolic rates differing in the sexes). interesting food for thought. We'll know on Monday!!! Our names are Madeline Ruby and Owen Anthony.
Have a great weekend!! Ours will most likely be spent painting and fixing knicks in doors, getting ready for inspection. Next weekend we go to Paris!!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
We are going to also paint all of the trim white in every room, and replace that light fixture first thing with a wrought iron small chandelier or something.
So option 1:
-Paint cabinets white, appliances would blend in nicely. Replace counters eventually, walls would be either beige in the entire family room/eating/kitchen area or a red color in the kitchen and beige in the other room.
Option 2: leave cabinets natural, eventually put nicer counters, paint walls a golden color or red/white wainscotting on the bottom half. I love both of these kitchens, however the white appliances would stand out more. We could also stain just the lower half a darker stain or a dark green or something more fun .. or just the wall of the island,etc.
Or half white/half black.These pics are from random decorating sites which I unfortunately did not mark, so I appologize for not leaving credit where credit is due. Please comment and give me your opinion- especially if you have any knowledge of floors, painting cabinets, etc.!
Option 3: Recently I've been seeing a lot of black cabinets and I love them with the wood floors and lighter walls. Especially when they have a little wear and tear on them (aka sand a little bit so the natural wood comes through and it looks kind of rough). My issue is that we have *white* appliances which would probably pop out too much huh? I can't see replacing all of the appliances just b/c I'd rather have black or stainless. Mom- I could totally see your kitchen this way, btw. with the khaki/golden walls and your black appliances. What do you guys think of the black?
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Mt. Etna is at the top still covered in snow, you can see how large it is in comparison to the surrounding hills. All you see in Sicily are rows of olive trees and orange groves! It's very beautiful, although VERY country!
Emilio our fine host, explains about how they sell their oranges and the different types,etc. We learned a bit about the Mafia taking charge of what kind they can sell and for what price, etc.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
So far this week we've been making Valentine's and "doing art" as Valerie calls it. At school she walks straight to the art center and paints something just about every day. I love it! One of my favorite days of the month is my Stampin' Up Club that I go to at my friend Andrea's. She teaches us how to make a few cards, learn new techniques, and bonus we get dessert plus girl chat time away from kids! I got some new stamps on Monday so Valerie has been going to town. She LOVES to stamp and Derrick rolled his eyes when I pulled out a little punch that punches out hearts and she said, "Ooooh! A new punch!" I already have her hooked!!
A few friends have told me I don't talk about my pregnancy very much but I guess I don't have anything to say yet! The first half is always fairly boring as you are just usually feeling kind of crummy but you don't know the sex yet, can't really plan anything yet,etc. I have been feeling kicks for a few weeks now but Derrick hasn't felt one yet. They aren't strong enough. I am pretty sure we have narrowed down our names to Madeline or Owen but have yet to figure out the middle names. Some of you know it's been a long road just to figure out first names for us this time so that'll just come with time!
I need to go stick some waffles in the toaster for the girls so I can run Val to school! Have a great day!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
The movers came and packed us out on Wednesday! The house is empty, except an old couch, an end table, a coffee table, a dining table, and we each have a bed. We kept our TV which sits on Norman's airline crate and the computer sits on the end table next to the couch. It's definitely interesting here and the girls are over it already. Valerie is excited to move to her new house but completely depressed that her new stuff got to go there while she is sitting here waiting. I feel your pain girl, I feel your pain.
We closed on our house on Friday thanks to my parents!!! They took care of everything for us via power of attorney and finally that saga is over! We are hoping to move in before Easter as our stuff should be arriving (as well as us!) a couple weeks beforehand.
Not much else new to report here, we are a boring bunch right now watching entirely too much tv. Hope you all had a great weekend!!!