Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
We spent the 14th through the 20th visiting my family in Wyoming. We had such a good time. The weather was cool and dry, there was an abundance of good food, and lots of good company. It was so nice to get away from home for awhile and not worry about things like jobs and school. Its been awhile since we've been able to get away for a long time like that, and it was much needed rest. And we hadn't seen family in forever, so it was just really nice to be around relatives. I've been missing them more since I've been pregnant; I think because I keep thinking about how much they will miss of my baby growing up while we still live in Florida. We're excited for William to finish school so that we can (hopefully) move back out west.
Tropical Storm Fay
We traveled home on the 21st, and the plan was to drive to Denver from Saratoga, WY early Thursday morning... then fly to DesMoines, to Chicago, and finally to Jacksonville, Fl... and then drive home. The big hitch in the plan was Tropical Storm Fay, which hovered over the Jacksonville area all day on the 21st. We were, at first, very concerned that the flight from Chicago to Jacksonville would be canceled. But it wasn't; it was actually very on time. I was excited, thinking maybe the whole tropical storm thing wasn't so bad. But then we landed in Jacksonville. And it was the SCARIEST. LANDING. EVER. The plane was just wobbling back and forth all the way down to the run way, and we were just sure that one of the wings was going to clip the runway... and then we would die. But, the pilot clearly knew what he was doing, it was actually far from the worst touch down I've experienced. We were super glad to be on the ground. But then there was the fact that the storm was, in fact, raging. I've really never seen wind and rain combined in that manner. Tropical storms and hurricanes and such are usually just tropical depressions or less by the time they hit Tallahassee, so it was the first time since moving to Florida that I've really found myself facing that kind of thing. It wouldn't have been so bad, except that we were planning to drive home that night. We went the smarter route, though, and got a hotel and just drove home the next day. The weather was still bad, but at least it wasn't dark and we weren't tired.
Fay did follow us to Tallahassee though - and without loosing much steam. She was still a tropical storm when she hit early Saturday morning. It POURED rain all day yesterday. And the winds! I witnessed huge tree collapsing in the back of our apartment complex. Oh, and we lost power. For about 20 hours. That was awesome. We're sure glad that Fay has moved on, and is down to a tropical depression for those experiencing it now.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
So, I've been meaning to take pregnancy photos because people keep asking, but I totally keep forgetting. The pregnancy takes up all my extra brain cells. But today my sister cornered me and got the job done. So, here I am at week 21:
I am actually totally shocked at how huge I am. I can't believe I'm only half way through this pregnancy and I'm already that big. My mom says its because I have a short torso. She makes a good point. There is now where for this baby to grow but out. Super.
I will try to post a pic about once a month. I may need reminders.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
IT'S A BOY!
I really wanted to post the fun ultra sound pictures that we got, but my scanner had other ideas. I'm leaving tomorrow to visit my family in Wyoming, and am hoping to find a scanner there that works. I will post them as soon as possible, because I know you're all DYING to see them. :-D
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Your result for The Harry Potter Husband Test...
Mrs. Bill Weasley
Monday, August 4, 2008
1. It contains major spoilers for Breaking Dawn. If you haven't read it, and would like to remain unspoiled, stop reading now.
2. As of this afternoon, I've sworn off reading other people's reviews. At least... most people's reviews. So, even though you're reading mine, I may choose not to read yours. More on this below.
I love the book. I loved the first third. I became unsure about how much I would love it when I found out Bella was pregnant. Now, I'm not one of these crazed fans that is all upset because they're pretty sure that Meyer broke cannon by allowing a vampire spawn. I think thats as stupid as going to a Star Trek convention and asking Shatner technical questions about the ship (see, no more reading others' reviews). I was just so worried about how the situation would pan out. I ended up loving it.
The second book was more frustrating to me because I am not a Jacob fan. Its point of view was frustrating to me, and I think its because he's just not a character I identify with. Not that I don't understand being rejected or being the 'unchosen' one. I just have never handled that kind of situation as dramatically as he did. I can look beyond that though, and feel his pain and suffering and feel sorry for him, so I didn't entirely hate it. And I loved, LOVED, loved the moment that he imprinted. Down with the people who say that imprinting is an easy out (stupid other reviews). Love at first sight (although we all know imprinting is something even stronger and better) has long been a part of beautiful love stories, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I like Jacob enough to WANT that happy ending for him, and loved the situation even more because it made an even happier ending for Bella.
By the way, I totally predicted the bit about Jacob becoming an Alpha. I've been saying it since I finished Eclipsed.
The third part of the book was my very favorite. I LOVE VAMPIRE BELLA! I also correctly predicted the extent of her powers. I just knew she'd be able to branch out and protect others minds as well. I loved how in control she was, and how fun it was to have her describe the world as she saw it. I really enjoyed the conflict with the Volturi and the way that Alice's plan developed. I know there was no way Alice really abandoned them.
And I LOVED, LOVED the very ending. It was just so sweet.