Saturday, July 19, 2008

Receipe for INSANITY

Since our lives seem to be so fun and hectic these days we thought we'd write our own little recipe for it. We've entitled it "The Recipe for Insanity". Here it goes:

12 times of moving

4 different states lived in

0 years of insurance

6 months of living with wonderful in-laws

5 years of no job security

2 kids only 14 months apart


1 more on the way!!!

Yeah, that's what I said--one more on the way! We are going to add yet another boy to our pack here on January 6th! That is only one year apart from our little Luke. I'd call that a recipe for insanity!!
For those of you in total shock--I understand! We weren't suppossed to be able to have kids. I know! Somehow we've been blessed and you won't hear me complain about having 3 kids under 2 years and 2 months. I will take any offers for a live-in nanny, however! I am 15 1/2 weeks along and refused to tell anyone the good news until we heard the heart beat and we knew it was a "for sure" thing. Sorry!! We are very, very thrilled and excited to see all of the dropped jaws when I walk by stangers holding Cooper and Luke and then having a huge belly. Can you imagine?

Monday, July 7, 2008

Magnificent Mommy Moment

I had a really cool mommy moment last night. I got Cooper dressed to go to bed and Jake went out to feed Luke. Cooper always likes to pretend like he's going "nigh-night" in our bed. He lays down on the pillow and makes us put the covers over him...and then he gets really hyper and jumps around for a while. Well, last night it was late and he laid down and I just snuggled up to him and put my arm around him. I pretended like I was asleep for about a half hour. After looking at me numerous times he finally gave in and fell asleep. It was the coolest, coolest thing. For those of you who know Cooper, he is not a snuggler! One small leap for most babies, one giant leap for Cooper!
Here's a few candids: Cooper being cheesy and Luke showing off his new-found talent of sitting up!!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

We Got Spirit, Yes We Do!!

We kick started the fun 4th of July holiday with our first ever annual Peachtree Road Race in Brooks, GA. We were all too lazy to drive up to ATL so Jim (fanatic runner brother-in-law) decided to set up our very own race. I'm telling you this race was a sight to behold! He had it marked with copper spray paint, even provided us with a half-way mark which actually was psychologically terrible since I thought I was more than half-way through when I got to that mark! There was an official water table with Gatorade and Powerade and a really cool freshly road-killed armadillo to entertain all of the kids. I headed up the cheering section since my toe isn't quite healed yet. The course was 6 miles but the catchy part was that you were just going to run up and down the same stretch of one mile road 6 times. Monotonous, eh? We chose to use the safe course for the sake of many roaming children. Besides Jim and Jennefer all of the other teams consisted of partners. I am very, very proud to say that Jake ran two legs of the race before dropping out in fear for his life with exhaustion!! I did walk one leg with a double stroller so I felt mildly proud of myself.

After the incredible race we all dove into the pool and only got out quickly to eat the delicious BBQ and drink all of the diet coke we could since our Resolutionary Challenge was lifted for a day in honor of our forefathers. We had a ton of fun and thoroughly enjoyed spending about 7 hours swimming.
The next day we hauled all of our bodies off to the Allred family farm! They have the most amazing set up! They have toys (motorized) galore, a fun pool, and more fun than a day can handle. Some would say we're spoiled, I would say we did a great job of enjoying our freedoms this weekend!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Reluctantly Recounting

It has been so, so long since I have even looked at blogs, let alone worked on mine, that this post is very overwhelming to me. I have basically been out of town partying at one place or another for over 5 weeks now--closer to 8 weeks if you don't count a small 2 day reprieve at home. Not to has been so fun! But how do you do 8 weeks worth of fabulous adventures? I will try really hard to just condense it all and then start refreshed with more details on my future posts.

After we got home from Colorado we had a 2 day break at home immediately followed by a long flight to SLC and then Idaho Falls for grandpa's funeral. I would have loved, loved, loved to enjoy the funeral but Cooper had an episode in the "nursery" so I was stuck outside the chapel with him for the "what I heard was a wonderful" 2 hour funeral. I was mad...very mad. All of that effort and money to get there and pay tribute to my grandpa just to sit outside the door. Oh well!! It allowed me the opportunity to ponder on my own thoughts and memories of grandpa. After the funeral we flew to SLC for the burial and to say our final good-bye's.

This is Luke's birth mom and my cousin Melissa.

We stayed in SLC for a week at my aunt's empty house to bide time until the family reunion. We thought we would get bored but I had so much fun getting together with old friends, seeing Jake's family and our new nephew Austin, having fun at Gardner Village, making the obligatory father's day gift search at Cabela's, hanging out in the pool with family, and of course enjoying lots of Cafe Rio and Magelby's Fresh. We had a nice, relaxing time.

Friends and family.

Gardner Village

At the end of the week we rented a mini-van and drove to the family reunion in CO. Such a cool place!! We stayed in this 10 bedroom lodge that had 2 rushing rivers right outside the front door. Despite having to keep a CONSTANT eye on the kids and looking down the river first whenever I couldn't find Cooper, the location was perfect. It was nestled against a mountain and you felt like you were all alone in an outdoors utopia. So fun! We had such a nice time hanging out, biking, white water rafting, fishing, throwing rocks in the river, hot tubbing, playing games, and creating our own mini-Olympics. It was definitely a family reunion to remember! We woke up early on Thursday morning, hopped in the van, and drove right back to SLC just in time to fly home that afternoon. Needless to say, it was a VERY long day for everyone.

A few days after we got home we loaded into the Suburban and drove ourselves down to FL to go to the beach while the Sedgwick's visited from CA. We stayed there for a week and just arrived back in GA. Whew! I'm tired just writing that.
My "claim to fame" about this whole traveling ordeal is that I only lost 1 sippy cup in the entire 8 weeks of mass transportation!! How much talent does that take? You Mommy's know how hard it is to keep track of sippy cups!

So, now I have a week at home to recover and then I'm off to FL for one more week of fun with the Tasker family. Then Jake will officially have his family back. For those of you who are concerned about whether I'm doing all of this vacationing because Jake and I are having issues...don't worry! We are doing just fine. When Jake's dad heard how much we were apart he was really worried that we were separating or something. I had to laugh at that because that's probably what it looks like!

Oh yeah, and I broke my toe yesterday which just made my day after a long, tiring vacation. I guess no more exercising for me!! Hah! Just kidding!