Thursday, April 30, 2009
don't get me wrong, i'm a big believer in the little things. like eating meals together, playing hide & seek until there are no more hiding spots & reading to each kid every night. i acknowledge that those things probably make more of an impact on child rearing, but it's not necessarily what we remember.
i mentioned in an earlier post that we recently went to the beach but the car ride was not the kids favorite part (and in turn not MY favorite part either) so i made an off hand comment about how we should just stay there for a week. that thought stuck in my head. the next day i looked at week long rentals in Ocean City, NJ just to see what i was missing... turns out if you don't need a huge, beach front space in peek season you can find some reasonable deals. SO i found the best deal (sorry, i got it first!) for under $650 we got an older but nice little two bed, 1bath, second story near the end of August (when it's still really hot here) the best part of this is that it's 2 blocks from the beach and only one block from an awesome playground (34th st. if you know the city)!!! it's a great location for us and i am BEYOND excited!!!!
this has got me dreaming of a week in OC every summer....
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
clothes on the line
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
i will try again today after work because i had a horrible dream about it last night. i dreamt that they started to hatch early and i thought to myself that it will take most of the day for them to get completely out of their eggs so i could run to the store BUT they got out in like 1 hour and i wasn't ready... all 12 made it (although it seemed like there was more than 12) and so i was rushing around trying to get things together but they were so lethargic, sick and finally most of them ended up dying. SO needless to say i'm off to get the supplies today. no more messing around. there are little chick lives at steak here!
they recommend doing fertility tests on the eggs a few times throughout the incubation process. you do this by candling the eggs which is simply placing a strong directed light source under the egg. it's hard to tell in this picture but you can kinda of see the light area on the bottom and the line of dark. the dark is our growing chick. it's really amazing because if you look long enough (but not to long, they need to stay warm) you can see it moving around in there. it's like a little ultrasound.... the mama in me has definitely kicked in! so i've done this a few times but i'm not really sure what i'm looking for. i did find a website that tells me BUT i'm still not entirely certain about what i'm seeing. another problem is that most of our eggs are dark (brown) and my light source isn't all that bright so i just can't see anything at all. i don't want to be responsible for a chick abortion so my plan is to just let them all go to 21 days (maybe a few more days just to be sure) and see who hatches and who doesn't. my only concern is that this website says the bad ones may explode which would put a damper on things... ugh.
i leaned in so i could hear her three wishes
1) "i wish that everyone would be my friend"
2) "i wish that it would be Christmas again"
3) "i wish that it would be my birthday again"
that sounds about right!
From Mayden's 2nd week of life journal. BTW we're all better now!!
Mayden's already giving us a little scare... since Monday we've been living in the hospital again, this time at AI DuPont Children's Hospital. During a routine home visit from a Birth Center nurse she noticed Mayden's heart rate was lower than normal and had periods of sleep apnea. In the process of checking that out they found that she is making too many red blood cells which is causing her to have "thick blood" which may or may not have been causing the low heart rate, but is a concern in it's self. This morning they did a semi-surgical procedure where they take some of her blood out and replace it with saline to in-a-sense dilute her blood and make it thinner. She did well, but we're still going to need to be here a few more days for observation. Just wanted you guys to be aware of what's going on. I finally got a chance to sneak away and write this. Please be praying for us as we get through this road block. Hopefully we'll be home soon, i can't wait to get her there!!
Monday, April 20, 2009
below is a little video of Cameron trying to out run the waves. he did this over and over and over....
i'm really sad to see this one finished. i feel like i could have been happy reading about these characters my whole life. and to think i almost abandoned this book after chapter one... i just couldn't wrap my head around all this time traveling stuff but once i did, it was well worth all the initial headaches! if you're looking for a good book to curl up with during a cold winter blizzard, this is your book!
this was the other book Chris picked for me for Valentine's Day, good book picker that man is :o)
Thursday, April 16, 2009
monkey see, monkey do... Cameron insisted on getting in the action too and was surprisingly better at skating than May! you just might see this kid in the 2023 X-Games
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
we cut it close with dying our (non-hatching) eggs this year. the day before Easter we finally got to it and came up with some good results and a few duds. since i didn't really plan ahead we just used what we had already in the house. the blueberries & red jello turned out the best while the coffee & spinach mostly failed. next year i'm thinking about just using a bunch of different colored jello packets... they smelled really good too!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
a proud mama brings her brood to their warm cozy home. the hope is that in 3 weeks with a lot of care and just the right conditions we'll have a few chicks make their way into our lives. we're starting off with 12 but that will more than likely dwindle down as the weeks tick by.
Monday, April 6, 2009
me: you know, were going to plant seeds in this garden soon so you won't be able to walk around in it like we are now.
May: what are we going to plant?
me: first we'll plant spinach.
May: when are we going to plant Macaroni & Cheese?