Monday, May 24, 2010

Some Updates

Well, we've been here in Ames for almost two weeks now. I feel like we're finally getting settled in and used to our new home. I've only had a couple of break downs, and that's pretty good considering my hormones and how much we miss our friends back in Indiana. It's been a hard adjustment not being able to walk out my front door to the playground and meet 5 other mom's with their kids. Some of the days have been long, but I think we're starting to meet people and will have some friends to hang with soon. We only have a few more boxes to unpack, and some other organizing to do, and then I think we'll finally be done. Oh, I am so looking forward to that!

When my Grandma passed away in December, we inherited one of the twin beds she had in her guest room. Molly has been so excited to make the transition from her toddler bed to the big bed, so we thought that the move would be the perfect time to do it. When we got the bed all set up and the mattress on, we realized that the bed is actually an Extra-long twin, and we only had the regular mattress. So there was a big gap at the end of the bed. We knew we couldn't really leave it like that...we didn't want Molly falling down the hole at the end of the bed. My mom came up with an amazing idea to put a board across the bottom and use it to store all of Molly's stuffed animals. An we love it! It works perfectly, and Molly is so proud of her new bed.
We also have a new addition to our family. No, no baby yet, but we have bought a CAR! We knew once David got this new job that a new car would be something to get pretty quickly. David's commute it about 10-15 minutes depending on traffic, and we knew it wasn't going to be feasible for me to take him and pick him up every single day. So, we found a car we liked, thought it was a pretty good deal, and broke down and bought it. And I am LOVING it. For the last 5 and 1/2 years we have been driving a tiny little car with no power steering and no air conditioning. It's been a great little car for us, but I am so ready for some cool air during these hot and humid summers! As for me, I think I'm recovering from the move, though maybe a little slowly. I've even had some days this last week that I never threw up! (Unfortunately, today will not be one of those days.) Yesterday I made an actual homemade dinner from scratch, and there was no gagging involved. And I could even eat it! It's amazing the little things like that I've started to appreciate after these last 7 weeks. I've found a Doctor here, and have my first appointment with her in a couple of weeks. I'm looking forward to getting in there again just to confirm everything is still progressing OK.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Happy Birthday, Molly!

Yes, I know Molly's birthday was last week, but I am just now getting a chance to sit down at the computer and actually blog about it. We are getting settled, slowly, into our new home and new life here in Ames. So far, so good. I think both Molly and I are going through some serious withdrawals from our dear friends in Indiana, but I hope pretty soon we'll start making some new ones. The house is nowhere near getting unpacked. I definitely haven't been up to my usual unpacking this time around. Oh-well, hopefully by the time we move next we'll be done.

The night before we left Indiana, since we would be traveling on Molly's birthday, my friend Ann threw our family a farewell/birthday potluck dinner. I was so grateful that Molly would get a birthday cake, since she had been begging for a specific cake since Christmas, and it was a wonderful opportunity to say good-bye to our awesome neighbors and friends. Thanks, Ann, for a great party!

The amazing princess cake made by Ann.

Ready to dig in to the good food.

Waiting to blow out the candles on the cake while we sing "Happy Birthday"

The cake tasted as good as it looked!

Opening presents. This was the scene around Molly. It was pretty cute. Everyone wanted the perfect view. Thanks to everyone who gave Molly a present. It made our trip much better!

Handing out the Thank-You hugs. So cute.
I can't believe my little baby is already 3 years old. These last 3 years have been full of adventure and laughter, all due to our adorable, sweet little girl. I wouldn't change a second of it! I love you, Molly. I'm so grateful we've been blessed to have you as a part of our family.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

First step to being 3

Molly has a history of becoming hysterical at the doctor's office. Today was her check-up since she's turning 3, so I've been working on preparing her for the visit since I don't have a lot of energy to deal with the hysterics. For the last few days I've been going over the basics like the scale, that thing they use to check reflexes, and the stethoscope. Molly has a little stethoscope of her own, so she was excited to show the Dr. and tell him she even knew how to use it. Here she all ready to go:I think over-all the method worked. She was still a little shy, but didn't cry once, until they gave her the last vaccine she needed. And then it was just drama. I've had so much blood work done over the last 8 months that I really didn't sympathize much, but according to Molly, the world was ending. She settled down once I promised her some ice cream, though.

On a side note, this afternoon a bunch of us friends were outside playing. I was sitting in the grass talking to some adults, and Molly was doing her thing with the kids. She went inside to use the bathroom, then on her way back out, one of the moms turned to me and said, "Kim, your daughter is completely naked." And she was! She walked right out our house stark naked, not a care in the world. Of course that got me moving faster than I have in the last month. I'm not sure what prompted her to take off all her clothes, let alone come outside once they were all off, but we had a good talk on how it's not polite to walk around naked.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Molly has a Secret...

Molly has been waiting to wear this shirt for ages. We actually bought it last summer when I found out I was pregnant. Unfortunately, in August, right before I was going to announce I was pregnant, I went through a difficult miscarriage. I started bleeding heavily and ended up in the emergency room. But we survived, and are so thrilled that we are pregnant again. I went to the Dr. today and heard the heart beat for the first time, and everything looks good so far. We are really excited. Due date is November 27th!

This month has been a little challenging for me. I've been quite sick, and David has been away for so long. I've been trying to pack whenever I have the energy, though I still don't feel like I'm getting anywhere. But I'm so grateful for wonderful friends and neighbors who have helped out with Molly and have even occasionally fed us food (heaven knows I don't do much cooking these days). But though it's been challenging, I am so grateful that the Lord has blessed us so much in the last couple of months. I keep thinking that he's looking down at me with a little smirk on his face just thinking "well, you get what you pray for!" I'll take it!