Saturday, October 27, 2012

Medal Day at MVP!

Today was the last day of the fall session at MVP.  It was Abbi's first time doing soccer, and she improved greatly over the season!  Not so much in soccer skills (because that is not the main point of the 18 month old class), but in how she participated and listened in the games.  Her first class was hilarious; she was all over the place and got mad when we tried to tell her what to do.  She had a blast chasing her Daddy all over the field, but she she wanted to do her own thing.  Boy, did she wear me out!  But after the first few classes, she got the hang of it and realized that the games are actually fun!  She absolutely loves the running games and the parachute and will actually do "kick and run" all the way down the field pretty well when she is in the mood.   We sure have had fun with our littlest Turf Tike!

Ice skating has been quite an adventure.  Karlie started out doing the best; she seemed to get the hang of it rather quickly.  Karis took a few weeks to get acclimated but she loves it the most now!  She now hardly ever holds the coach's hand and can turn around in a circle on her own (very slowly, of course). Karlie has held on to her initial fear and although she is capable of skating on her own, she prefers to hold onto her coach. But they both want to do it again next session!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Anniversary Trip to VA!

For our anniversary this year, we decided to go home to VA and drop the girls off with Mark's folks and just spend a couple of days relaxing.  We were going to rent a nice hotel, but it happened to be Tech Homecoming and the hotels were full and the prices jacked up.  So we decided to just stay at my grandmothers house (she is no longer there) and have a little more money to spend on food (since the whole point of this get-away was for me to enjoy eating again, right? Just kidding, but not much.)

But first, we had to stop by my parents' house because they just got new kitties and the girls (and I) were ever so excited!  Mark took this video on his phone because Abbi was simply hilarious.  We have a very loving and tolerant cat that she loves and plays with every day, so we had no idea she would be so amazed at Grandma's new kitty.  But she pretty much yelled, "meow, meow, meow!!!!" over and over again for at least a half hour and probably more.
Video Oct 12, 3 55 14 PM from Meagan DeLong on Vimeo.

Then we headed out to Mark's folks' house and left the girls super excited about our departure.  Karis finally realized that we would be gone two whole nights and excitedly exclaimed, "then I am going to get up really, really early!!!" (Poor Nina is a champ because we totally forgot our beloved Momo monkey clock.)

Mark took me out to a super nice restaurant and we actually took pictures of our food (after eating half of it) to show the girls.  We each picked our favorites off the menu and shared. 

Brie baked in puff pastry with a raspberry reduction sauce?  Yes, please!  And I got the better end of the sharing deal because Mark is not a fan of baked brie.  I am happy to announce that I ate the entire thing sans the 2 bites he tried.  Pretty good for a pregnant Mama who hadn't wanted to eat anything in 4 weeks!

It was a humongous, delicious steak before we ate 2/3 of it :)

And for breakfast the next morning, we decided to join the old(er) folks and eat at the Roanoker.  It did not disappoint!  It is amazing how much I enjoyed food that I did not have to cook!  Mark got the biscuits and gravy and I ordered the pancakes, eggs, and sausage.  (No, they did not plate it as a sandwich, but that was the way I wanted to eat it!)

And for dinner, a Japanese Steakhouse!

The best part?  Some of our favorite friends in the world joined us for dinner!  Funny story:  after choosing our restaurant, I thought about it and realized that I had not been there since the night Mark proposed to me!  And the funniest part was that Mary and Samy had randomly showed up at the restaurant that special night 9 years ago!  So it was very appropriate that we celebrated there together on our 8th anniversary.

And now for the part that you have all been waiting for:  the girls!  They had a blast with their grandparents and didn't even miss us a bit. Not a single bit.  (Although the younger two were super duper cuddly upon our return and I just ate it up!  My eldest reveled in telling us all the fun things they did without us and all the yummy treats they ate.)

We met them at the zoo and had a fun morning seeing all the animals.  It is not a humongous zoo, but really perfect for a fun morning out without getting too exhausted.

They got to ride on the train!  We've been to this zoo about 5 times and the train has never been working so they were just ever so excited to finally be able to ride it!  Unfortunately, I didn't get many good pictures because I was riding in it as well.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Timeline update

I took this video of the girls about 2 weeks ago and just now downloaded it to my computer.  They absolutely love their timeline song.  We add 7 historical events each week and they look forward to Mondays simply because we get to add more cards.  I only ask them to "practice" their timeline about 3 times a week, but they usually sing it multiple times a day just by themselves while playing because they like it so much.  When we practice, I give them all the cards and they put them in order.  They do not need the cards to sing the song because they know it so well, but they enjoy putting them in order and I think the visual aid is a great reminder.  I will often take a few cards away from their matrix and then they have to figure out what is missing.  They love it! Even Abbi loves to sing the song with them (and take their cards).

Timeline Update from Meagan DeLong on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Public Service Announcement

We just had a short-lived trauma tonight when Karlie's elbow popped out of joint.  She was in excruciating pain.  We tried distracting her with Backyardigans (which we reserve for such special occasions), but it was obvious the pain was not going away.  I had learned the technique for popping a shoulder back in joint, but it didn't work for the elbow.  I finally searched youtube and found a video to show me how to do it.  Within seconds, my happy girl was back.

So this is my golden tip for the night:  If you have little kids, learn both techniques ASAP.  They are super easy, only take 2 seconds to perform, and will save you hours of pain and time at the ER.  And it is easier than having to search Youtube when your three year old is screaming in pain!

Friday, October 19, 2012

8 years! In sickness and in health...

We recently celebrated our 8th anniversary.  And this year, all I can say is I'm thankful.  So thankful.  I've written several posts about why I love my guy.  But right now I cannot describe how thankful I am for his servant's heart.

I haven't been much of a wife since morning sickness hit.  Not much cleaning going on and definitely not much cooking.  Mainly just a lot of crashing on the couch once he gets home from work.   And then going to bed early.   And what does he do while I lay on the couch?  The dishes.  I'm not joking. I am ashamed to admit that I have not done a single dish since morning sickness hit.  I've been completely worthless and he has been absolutely amazing.  We would not get to Classical Conversations early each Friday morning without his help.  He fixes the girls' lunches and even brushes their hair while I mosey along trying to get myself together without getting sick.  He brings me something to eat in bed every morning and then fixes a great breakfast for the girls (usually eggs + bacon, sausage, or apples).  I could go on and on.

When I said my vows and promised to love my husband in sickness and in health, I never expected him to have to do everything for me for 8 long weeks!  And I'm sure he didn't either.  Most sicknesses are temporary and I think the most I've had to do for him was to work to try to keep him in bed for a few days when he had the flu. But he has accepted the challenge without a complaint and taken care of me and our family each time morning sickness has incapacitated me.   I am so thankful.

I might not have felt well enough to make a big deal out of this 8th anniversary (ex. the steak I bought to cook a special dinner for Mark is still in the freezer because I just haven't been up to the challenge), but in 8 years of marriage, I have never been so grateful for my wonderful husband!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

To the dentist and the pumpkin patch!

Last week while I had my OB apt (which was incredibly boring since they no longer do 8-week ultrasounds), Mark took the big girls to the dentist!  Karis had been once before and was really excited about it:

This was Karlie's first trip to the dentist and she was pretty hesitant but promised to cooperate after she saw Karis do it :)

The hygienist was great with the girls and offered to make them a glove person.  And guess who they asked for?   Princesses of course!  Meet Beauty:

And Cinderella:

Since our dentist is just down the road from our favorite pumpkin patch, we made a last minute decision to celebrate good cooperation with ice cream an pumpkins.  Abbi and I met them there after my appointment.  Normally, we make a big day of the pumpkin patch and take lots of family pictures with our great camera, but this time we only had Mark's phone with us.   We still managed to catch some happy smiles, though!

Trying to pick up a big pumpkin:

Not afraid of the scarecrows at all!

Abbi was pretty excited to be outside with her Daddy!

Proud to show off how big they have gotten:

Abbi wanted more Daddy snuggles:


And they had to jump in Santa's sleigh for a quick shot before we left:

What an exciting morning! 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

You know you're in the first trimester when...

... you can't even glance at Pinterest without feeling sick...

... your sweet husband offers to go to the grocery store for you but you can't even make him a list because trying to think of food that you need makes you feel sick...

... your 3-year old has taken to regularly saying, "but Mom, I feel icky and I need to eat RIGHT NOW or I will be really sick!" used to fuss at your husband for flipping channels during commercials but now you beg him to flip so you won't see the food commercials... have no idea what to wear because you have no baby bump yet, you've actually lost weight, and maternity pants just fall right off, but somehow the buttons on your normal pants are just really uncomfortable...

... your fridge is absolutely bursting with leftovers because you can't bear to think of them, let alone serve them or eat them or clean them out of the fridge...

... you use up your last ounce of energy to make a decent meal but then have to hide in the bedroom while the family eats it without you (even though you were excited about the thought of it originally).

... the dog is gaining weight because you used to eat everything the kids left on their plates but now you give the plates to the dog...

*Disclaimer:  I am really not complaining and I cherish this time as much as I can because I am so thrilled about the baby growing inside my sick belly :)  I just thought I would share some of the ironies I have noticed of late...

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My girls lately...

The girls have been having fun at ice skating lessons lately...

Abbi runs around and plays with all the toys that are not on the ice:
 And gets snuggles from Daddy:

The girls are slowly getting more confident on the ice.  Karis can now skate all by herself weaving ever so slowly through the cones and Karlie is finally allowing her instructor to let go for short periods of time.  It has been a work in progress, but they are enjoying it!

 I end up with a lot of pictures like this, because the girls are always asking to take a picture with their baby dolls:

We scored big at the recent consignment sale and found some fun dress-up clothes:

More pictures from the ice rink -- the girls always want to stay and watch the zamboni after lessons


Mark took this picture of our cat because the girls think he is so funny for sleeping in our sink:

 We got out the big blocks for building pyramids like the Egyptians, but when left to themselves, the girls decided the blocks made a better home for babies and stuffed animals:

More babydoll pictures:

Abbi wasn't quite sure about all the sister love :)

And guess what?  More babydoll pictures!  Can you tell what they do all day long?

Someone now shows much favoritism to a particular color... taking more after Karlie than Karis.  She will pick purple (or blue if purple is not available) out of any combination of colored items:

My girls have decided that the Presidents song is their favorite song on the CC Cd:

The Presidents Song from Meagan DeLong on Vimeo.

They still randomly ask me to video them telling everyone about the baby in my belly.  Not too much has changed -- Karis is still pulling for a girl while Karlie wants a boy:

Talking about the baby from Meagan DeLong on Vimeo.