Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Pregnancy update and Weekend

Oops, I did it again. Its been 11 days since my last post! I am the worse blogger ever!
Last week, I took this photo when I was 15 weeks.
Now, I am 16 weeks.
I had a midwife appointment yesterday and heard the heart beat for the first time. I heard/saw Anika at about 10 weeks, so this is a different experience for me.  The baby actually kicked and we heard it and I felt it, but I had no idea that feeling was kicks! ha.  You would think I would know what kicks feel like after doing this before.  So, baby has been kicking! so neat.
We are not finding out the gender so I don't even know if I will have an ultrasound for this pregnancy.  I would like to know the gender, but Andrew really did not want to find out with Anika, and I did. Now, he really doesn't want to know this time since it is our last. I am not doing another nursery and I feel I can let it be a surprise this time.  If its a boy, I'm sure my mom will rush right out and get us some boy clothes, so I am not worried. I do need a few baby things, but I already have gender neutral items picked out anyway.
We got our first congrats on new baby card.  People don't seem to be as excited when its your second child. That is ok. I haven't even announced on Facebook yet.  We have been telling people the old fashion way when we see them.
I just realized, I don't even think I did a mothers day post!! Oh my.  Well, it was fabulous. haha.
We spent a lot of it furniture shopping. We ordered a nice new couch and love seat. I cant WAIT for them to arrive!!! We are trying to retrain Piri not to get on the couches. Um, ya, that is not going so well. I am afraid her claws will ruin our new leather though.
This past weekend, we had a party on Friday night.  We got home at 10:30!! late night for Miss Anika, but she had a blast.  Then, we had a Birthday party on Saturday for her friend Fi. It was at a bouncy play place. SHE had so much fun.  I was having a hard time getting pants to button, so I opted for a dress. Andrew said the leggings looked funny with the dress, so I didn't wear leggings. Then, I couldn't go in bounce houses with Anika. Luckily, Andrew had pants on :)
She was having so much fun and keeps talking about this mushroom.
After, the bouncy house, we went back to Fi's house for lunch, cake and more play time!! Anika tried to open all of Fi's presents! 
She was trying to put rocks from outside in my indoor plants. Caught ya!
Oh, these are from the indoor bouncy place.  She was scaling that thing like a Mt. climber!
I said she was ready for Mt. Everest.  Sir Edmund Hillary was the very first person to climb Mt. Everest and he is a Kiwi (New Zealander). My parents and some other friends think Andrew looks like Hillary and he is his long lost father or uncle! haha. Google Edmund Hillary and you be the judge. Its kind of a joke, but I had to make the reference.
On Sunday, Andrew needed to stay home and get our lawns and gardens sorted out.  He is so good at all that stuff.  Anika and I left home early and had lots to do!!
We went to the southern part of the state (one town away from MA) and picked up some bar stools we had ordered. It is about an hour, 20 minutes from our house. Went to a big Target and a big mall. We got a new floor lamp and a curtain rod to hang curtains in our living room! Mommy got some new BB cream at Sephora!!  I have always used Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (for about 10 years), but I want to try this BB cream I hear about. I will let you know what I think.  I got a belly band at the maternity store. I never had one with Anika.
We also went to Trader Joe's while down there.  
THEN, we got back in the car and drove another 20 minutes south (MA) to attend a birthday party for Addison.  AND THERE WERE more bouncy houses!! Anika was in heaven.

A little one and big one. She liked the big.
And she drove this little car.  She could BARELY reach the pedal but if she sat all the way up, she could. She loved it and said "Daddy, I want one"  haha. Daddy wasn't even there, but I did say, let me take a picture for daddy.
This time, I had on leggings, so I went in there with her if she asked. She kept telling me she was bouncing with her friends. She just met these kids! ha.
 At one point, I looked at her and she had blood in her mouth. I asked her to come out and I saw a big bite out of her tongue. She wasn't phased at ALL!! And would not stop bouncing.
Oh, DID I MENTION, ANIKA WORE KNICKERS ALL WEEKEND!! YUP- Even on all the long car rides!!! I had to get her out of the bouncy house to go at times, but she went in the house, Peed, and went back out to play.  I am SO proud of her. And proud of me for giving her the chance because I do NOT want to clean my car seat.  She did get to pee in a parking lot at one point because there was no bathroom. Now, she keeps talking about peeing outside. Last night we were in the house and she asked to go pee outside, and she did! On my porch. Then used water to clean it off. seriously.
Piñata time!!
I asked Anika if she knew what was in the piñata and she said, toys!
I said hmm, I don't know.
It was candy. When someone finally broke it open, she went in and grabbed one piece of candy. ANd gave it to me. Then, someone handed her a couple bags of skittles.
here she is having them and me trying to limit them. haha
We left around 4 and We got home around 5:30 and daddy was making dinner.  And, Anika was OFF.THE.WALL!
Andrew loves it when she is super hyper because she is pretty silly too.
On the right is our old ugly bar stool- we had 2.
And the left is our new one. The counter is a mess because we were barely home all weekend- just enough time to make a mess.
We should have gotten 3, but we only got 2 because of her tower. And, we don't plan on staying in this house for a lot longer, so this tower will be here for our remaining time here, I am sure, between Anika and new child.
Hopefully I can post our new living room soon. I meant to get before pictures, but we already rearranged some of it.  Buying bar stools, couches, curtains is big for us. haha. We have been here 4 years, but  neither one of us likes to decorate. Well, or spend money on it! ha.


Friday, May 10, 2013

TV, Blogiversary, Piri & Spring

About a year ago, I cut cable. Wait, it hasn't been a year yet. 9 months maybe.
We have a roku, which runs through the Internet. We can watch shows on Netflix, hulu and rent new movies from amazon all through the roku hooked into our TV. I actually even downgraded our internet service to save more money,  and we can still stream shows and movies!
I find plenty to watch, but there are a lot of cable shows I miss from time to time. We also cant watch live news or sporting events, but we have computers.
MCW told me about this show right after it started: Chicago Fire on NBC.  We both LOVE Parenthood, which is also on NBC. Parenthood hasn't been on in a while, but Chicago Fire has.
It is still in the first season and all the episodes are on Hulu. The new episodes are on hulu the day after they air, so its just like DVR, which I used to have. 
I love the storylines. I love the hot guys in it. ha. ALL show and MOVIE photos are from google images.
I love the character Kelly- This guy!  
(google images)

Then, a couple months ago I started watching Vampire Diaries. I watched 3 seasons of Vampire Diaries on Netflix. I haven't seen most of season 4 because its not available yet,  but I have been watching the latest episodes on Hulu.
I watched this show every night for hours after Anika went to bed. So addicting.

What other shows should I watch on Netflix and Hulu??
Yesterday was a very Big day. It was the 4th Anniversary of adopting Piri!
I started this blog RIGHT before we rescued her, and I think one of my first posts showed her photo from the adoption site!  All of that is on my old blog which is closed now, so I cant link :(( boo.
My FOUR year blogging anniversary was sometime last week!!
We also closed on our house FOUR years ago on the 12th of May! Which, was another reason that prompted me to start blogging.

So yesterday was HAPPY Family Day to Piri! Her name was Ginger when she came to us. Andrew wanted to name her Rata, which is Red in Maori (NZ native language). Piri is the Maori word for close, to cling and Piri wanted to stay very close to us when she first joined us, so Piri seemed fitting. I wasn't a dog person AT ALL, but it was love at first sight!   She was our baby for a while, and then she became the best big sister!
First Family pic! The day we rescued her.
First Kiss!
getting to know her little sister.
Meeting her little sis
I don't know how many times I can say it, but I LOVE SPRING!
I LOVE seeing everything come alive! Grass getting greener, flowers blooming, etc.
Anika in one of our peach trees! Look at the pink flowers on it!
A cherry tree out front. This was in bloom when we looked at the house right before the closing, and I loved it all in bloom. I wish the white flowers lasted longer.
I cant wait for Andrew to get home tonight from being away all week and seeing all the new color in our yard.
We are supposed to hike Tuckerman's ravine (Mt. Washington) tomorrow, but I don't want to go if its rainy, so we shall see.
Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Last weekend we did an annual 5K charity walk about 20 minutes from our house.
Above is from 2011. It is gram, me, Anika and my niece when Anika was about a month old. It was raining that year. Also, ya, I am wearing her in a bjorn. I know I talk badly about them all the time, but I used one for the first couple months until I got better carriers.

Piri, My niece, Anika and me last year. Piri, Anika and myself have on matching bandanas.
If you are wondering where my mom is- she runs the 10K race while we walk the 5K. Although this year I left my niece behind and ran a little :)

This year. What person takes a picture of someone from below- holy nasty chin, but whatever- its me. ha. I'm pregnant. Not that its an excuse, but here we are this year. Anika got an ankle chip this year and she got out for the finish line.

This weekend, my dad delivered  cow poop to our house for the garden! It is great fertilizer.
The poop did not smell because it is 7 years old. My friend told me 7 year old manure means its certified organic. YEY.

Andrew worked to spread it and did a lot of work outside this weekend. He really enjoys that stuff and he is really good at it. Unlike me.

I had Anika wash off the outdoor chairs with the hose, but then she thought it would be more fun to spray daddy and she said "I watering daddy" ha.
She was bottomless in this picture. She doesn't wear nappies or undies at home a lot and she does great taking herself to the potty when she doesn't have anything on. 

We went to our jeweler this weekend to have some pieces appraised and reappraised for our own knowledge,  and because we got a new homeowners policy.  I also had an earring turned into a necklace for Anika, so now we have matching necklaces- well hers is smaller :) I would prefer she had a shorter chain, but this was the shortest our jeweler had.  The necklaces are made of paua shell. We have a lot of paua shell from NZ, but my mom actually got these pieces in Hawaii.

Andrew was outside cleaning out his work car and truck and Anika was helping him. I guess she was being so silly and having so much fun, he grabbed the camera. I find them so cute. There are a lot of the same thing, but she is different. She Is being cheeky in some of them, which is funny.

Anika was kind of a grump this weekend. She has all her teeth and has had them since January when we were in New Zealand, so she isn't teething, yet she acts like she is. Irritability for no apparent reason.  Except the longest she was ever grump over teething was a couple days.  Maybe its just 2- but oh man, I didn't like it at all. Then last night after work, she had a bit of a tantrum. I ignored her and laid down on my bed and told her she could come to me when she was ready to stop. She came in, laid down and somehow we both fell asleep around 7. I woke up at 8:15 and I got up.  She even went to bed without dinner because she wouldn't eat it, which is NOT typical at all.   She woke up at 4:45 this morning. I stayed in bed until 6.  I got up and got dressed and she came in my room and said "Mommy, you look so pretty! who bought that dress for you?"
I told her It was old and that I had bought it. Then she asked "what store you buy it at? Walmart?"
HA. I don't even go to walmart that often but she always talks about walmart!  what a weirdo.
I talked to her about her whining and behavior this morning and she took my pinky with hers and said she pinky promised to be a nice girl today for Miss W (the sitter). WE shall see how that goes! ha.
I know what else she did this weekend- she will look at me with a shit eating grin and say "May I bite you? May I hit you? May I throw my food on ya floor and you pick up?" Its like, she is asking to do things she knows are naughty to get my reaction. I'm doing my best to ignore in the moment.
Anyway, this weekend was Gorgeous weather. Spring time makes me so happy and giddy. I just love it. All the flowers and plants blooming- not just in our yard, but everywhere. I pass a few lakes on my way to work, and I smile at the beautiful scenery.