umm, can someone help me hold this up? (whoa, big laddddy!)
Molly and Ryan...adorableness.
In a month, when my tummy is still this big but extremely squishy, I will cry when I see this picture. :)
I simply love David's impish grin in this pic. he's just cute.
again, in one month, do you actually, as Brittany said on Facebook, think I will want anyone to take a concentrated photo of my midsection? you're right, no.
the Y block kept moving because the little guy was kicking right then. it was kinda cute. such a clever pic, Nat.
with God's help, we did this. weird.
love child. isn't Daveyboy just cute as he gets older? I be thinkin' so. fine wine.
I really just can't wait till #6 is not shrouded in our family photos. it will be so nice to have him here. and to be done. amen. love this amazing group of peeps.
and to end with one of my faves. here's to hands, which I've posted about (back in March/April)....I LOVE THIS PICTURE. I love all these grubby little hands and not so little hands. Mel wishes she hadn't had her nails painted but it's cool to me because it makes her hand stand out.
David's next to last sister, Natalie, a semi-frequent subject on my blog and off to the right side, you can view her blog, Next to Last, was wanting to increase her portfolio for her photography. I volunteered our family. Also, my midwife suggested we get some pix to document this last pregnancy. What stinkin' fun was this? So, all credit goes to Nat...and if you are in this area or western Illinois/Danville/Georgetown, may I suggest using her services? She is chock full of groovy, and clever ideas and very willing to take any suggestions. Great work, chick. I know who will be taking Will's senior pix...and so on. Thank you so much, NS. We love 'em and thank you for the opportunity to get some great shots.
So this weekend will be rather crazy hectic...last soccer games tomorrow (can I get an amen? can I get a whoop whoop??), grad open house for fellow homeschool family, and hopefully time to get the pool all hooked up and ready for the warmth...I am soooo very excited about this. Sunday will find David heading back to his camp out in Richmond but with no soccer or Biology, we might be able to be lazy. maybe I can get the lawn mowed completely. and plant my tomatoes.
Well, I need to run, gotta pick up Mel from Kaleo and get to sleep (ha ha. yeah right) for the busy day ahead. Hope this finds you well and gearing up for a lovely weekend.
yes, I'm huge. I'm betting the baby isn't though. How can I get any bigger without exploding?
As uncomfy as I am, I don't ever want to forget these feelings. Pregnancy and childbirth is such a gift. I realize this...please don't ever think I don't thank the Lord for this time of my life. (I'm writing this to myself because I know, strangely, I will miss this! I WILL)
somehow, I thought I added this pic with the other pool cleaners....so this pic of Will and Molly should be down in that grouping. Isn't this girl blessed to have such a cool group of older siblings?
Levi on the ginormous play structure at the Glen Miller Park in Richmond, IN.
This is in Centerville. May 4-6, David, the kids and I went over to this area where he will be working till sometime in June. This is a new INDOT facility that will be putting David's new flooring down in the whole building...pretty cool deal. The big white tank truck is where they get their water. (they are staying on site, very primitive thus far)
Inside the rest area....look back to May of last year, the New Buffalo/Michigan City rest area was pretty old and worn out in comparison.
A very nice, new facility.
Annie, Mel and Levi wait anxiously for the recital to start...good job, pianists!
May 6th, Piano Recital. Blurry pic of Melanie...but she was moving and it was hard to get focused on her...she was the first one, followed by Annie K, and then Levi....Mel and Annie left right after they performed so they'd make it to their Kaleo Mud Bowl in time. Thanks to Tambo for running them down to the boondocks.
Levi's first recital, accompanied by his lovely teacher, Mrs. Stiles.
gotta hand it to ya, kid...you're pretty handsome!
Molly, you're cute, even with dorky glasses on.
This is Will's Biology class on their last day of class (May 16th). Will really enjoyed being in Mrs. Thais' class (she's on the very left hand side), and we feel blessed to have found such a neat homeschool academy to help the kids out with some of their trickier subjects. (like anything science/math related). Will will be taking Chemistry with Mrs. T again next year. Ethan will take her Biology class and together, they will be in her World Lit/Composition class. Melanie will also be taking General Science at this Academy, with another teacher. We are very excited for this! Next goal: get Will driving....we are on our way!
Mel dumps the gunk after Levi sucks it up. They did such a good job!
Ethan was another important part of this daunting task! I love that my kids are old enough to carry some of the pool prep load. They help without grumbling. I'm blessed. so blessed.
the Elementary school up the hill hosted an event today which consisted of local news channels and fire and rescue vehicles....a few months ago, we had a kid come into a local school with a gun, and he proceeded to shoot a fellow student. Mom said this was something to do with safety and precaution. exciting times in Waverly.
a bit at a time....
Pink is the theme of my flowers this year....pink geraniums, petunias, and some yellow marigolds, yellow and orange zinnias...spring makes me so happy. even if it is rainy and chilly...
Pool is ready to accept water, though we are waiting due to the post wrapping project, which has caused us to take down the green rabbit proof fencing, that keeps Molly out. mostly. felt so good to get all the gunk and leaves outta the swimming hole. ready to lounge by the oasis all. day. long.
it's taking me for-ever to get my soiled turned and ready for tomatoes, green peppers....plus, it's been raining so much...
Now's the time I need to start updating like a mad woman...with our bedroom being on the lower (non-computer) level, I don't get upstairs often. Surely you'll forgive me.
Here goes: Time for updates....
I am officially 34 weeks plus 5 days. I reckon I will have this little guy in about 4 weeks, maybe a smidge over. Quite honestly, I feel kinda horrible...but will try not to focus on that. Wondering if I just felt that much better with the 5 previous...or what but man, this heartburn is almost too much. My back hurts badly in one particular spot, all the time. My ribs are numb. On a positive note, my complexion has been ok (and I've just jinxed myself...ha ha) Besides that, tiny guy keeps finding himself heads up, though it's been a few days since he's been that way. sometimes he just moves so much, so painfully that I can't help but worry that he will wrap himself up in his cord. As soon as I think it, I pray for him...what else can a mom do? Tomorrow is my midwife appt! Yah...hopefully she tells me he is head down and staying that way. I'm as huge as a house. To document this, Natalie is driving over here, as I type, to take some pictures of this blessed last event. I'm nervous because I don't like to have my pic taken but excited because she does such a good job and because this is so final, special. ya know? I've never taken special pix of my prego self. When she is done, she will be driving back to Danville with my oldest 3 kids till Friday...they are SO excited. They love their Aunt Nat, Uncle Nick and tiny beautiful RyRy.
Things seem to be winding down now for the summer and I couldn't be happier. I know things will get crazy again, shortly, so we will hunker down and get all nesty. David is outta town for about 4-5 nights a week right now...which is sorta stressful...but he's on a good job, with a good crew and surely that has to be better than being home with me. ha ha.
Sorry for the rambly post. I'm really outta the groove. forgive me. I know there is more I wanted to blog about but I will pause for now and go spend time with my two current youngest kids. Until next time, L
Have I blogged this photo yet? this is my midwife, who I will refer to as MH in future posts. to protect her anonymity and stuff. plus, it's hard to type Mary Helen all the time.
Oh my dear, faithful cousin Tory...I am so sorry to keep you waiting, wondering. I have been so bad about taking pics with my actual camera.
To update ye:
Last week, David, the kids and I enjoyed a two night escape to....RICHMOND. I know, exotic, right? Actually, Daveyboy will be on a big job there for the next 6+ weeks (it's not too far from our home) so we went to scope out the area, and enjoy some much needed away time from our money pit...er, I mean, home sweet home. I had my appt with MH, everything is peachy, except for the fact that bebe sextus continues to move from a heads down position to a heads up position, which is not cool in my book or anyone's for that matter. I covet your prayers that he will cooperate by this Friday (week 34) and remain in the proper pose. little punk. Other than general discomfort, a sore back, heartburn, I'm feeling groovy. (ya like that? choosin' some joy.)
Piano recital and Mel's retreat to MudBowl on Friday. Soccer all day Saturday, porch project. Church and Mother's Day celebration on Sunday...when people say they are so ready for the weekend, I cringe. Our weekend's are so jam-packed that it's very difficult to find a moment of rest.
I really will try to take some pix of the happenings....I do enjoy looking back on the memories....and I really do need to get a pic up on here of me. I apparently look as if I might be carrying more than one child. The cashier at Target, a young, sweet girl, asked me if there was possibly more than one baby in my abdomen. The kid will probably be tiny...and I'll just have all this loose skin...
I'm tired, hope this finds you well and healthy...hugs and love from me to you.
I really wish Diana had been in this balcony scene. there. I said it.
yes, I took pictures of my telly while viewing the nuptials. I so loved watching the Royal Wedding of Princess Kate and Prince William...lovely.
On that note, I know I'm long overdue for a blog post...now that I cannot lift Tom's pix from Facebook anymore, it's harder for me to find photo inspiration.
It's raining. again. I mean, really, it's May now and I thought April was showery and May was flowery. I am in serious Vitamin D deprivation. It's way better than winter, don't get me wrong...but today, the high is 48 degrees.
This week promises to be full of high adventure....Midwife appointment, Mel and Levi's recital, Mel's trip to the Kaleo Mud Bowl, soccer, school, life....hope this finds you enjoying your first Monday of May...I will try to get back on here later.