Monday, February 28, 2011
I really enjoyed this book. It begins in the 1960s with a doctor driving his wife to the hospital to deliver their baby. Unknown to them, she has twins. The first baby is a healthy baby boy and the second, a little girl, although healthy, is born with Down Syndrome. The husband makes a rash decision to send the baby away to a home. The nurse who is to deliver the baby to the home can't bring herself to do it and ends up keeping the little girl and raising her on her own.
The wife has no idea about the little girl with Down Syndrome and believes that her second baby has died. It tears her apart for years to come. Follow these families on their journies for the next 20 years to find out how one mistake can destroy one family and bring another one together.
This week I'm reading Testimony by Anita Shreve.
The first chapter is extremely graphic and I wasn't sure I was going to make it the entire way through, but now I'm enjoying the book. I hope to finish it over the next few days so I can hand it off to my mom before it needs to be returned to the Library.
I'll probably head back to YA novels by the end of this week or beginning of next week. Sometimes ya just need a break!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Yesterday was no exception.
There's a lot going on in our lives right now. Some I'm comfortable talking about, others, not so much. What I will say is that some of my family's medical issues are starting to overwhelm me and I sometimes wonder how much one family can take!
Everything sort of came to a head yesterday and I found myself getting weepy eyed as I was checking in/out books for 8th graders. I partly blame it on the hormones, but seriously ya'll, tears from a teacher and 8th graders, don't mix well.
Thankfully, Braydon had a dermatologist appointment yesterday so I got to leave early and shed my tears in peace. By the way, the dermatologist was a new one and I loved her. She really cared and gave us lots of free samples of products to try and I have to admit, I think his face looks better already.
Anyway, the point of this post was basically to let you all know that I'm like Ron Burgendy, I cry in front of students and I'm very pregnant. That is all. :)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Here I am today. We had a snow day so I got to enjoy a nice 4 day weekend.
And this was just a shot from this morning. I edited it using an action called Velvet Cream from the Coffeeshop Blog. Love that lady!
Monday, February 21, 2011
1. If you download the words with friends app on your phone, you'll probably need to visit the Verizon store to reset your Droid because it might wipe everything off!
2. You can finish 3 pizza hut breadsticks on the drive from target to the Verizon store in Lancaster county.
3. There is a ton of cute home stuff and baby stuff at Burlington coat factory at really great prices. This could be really bad for my bank!
4. Braydon loves his shoes on and might throw a massive tantrum if you attempt to take them off.
5. 31 bag parties have awesome stuff!
6. Dinner with close friends is good for the soul.
It was a great weekend!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Baby's size: About 5lbs!
Symptoms: Lots of pressure and Braxton Hicks.
Sleep: Since Braydon has decided to sleep again through the night, it's been a lot better. I still wake up to pee once though.
Maternity clothes: I refuse to go out and buy any more for the next 6 weeks, but getting dressed and not wearing sweats is getting harder and harder. I only have a few things left that fit me really well!
Best moment this week: Officially ordering the letters for the nursery! Weston it is!
Movement: Tons. All.The.Time. I'm not sure he really ever sleeps.
Food cravings: Not really anything. Still loving my cereal!
Gender: Still a boy!
What I miss: There have been a few nights when I just wanted an ice cold beer. That time will come!
What I'm looking forward to: Getting back to exercising! It's weird, but I really miss it!
Weekly Wisdom (aka what I learned this week): I'm huge and lots of being pregnant is a good conversation starter (and can be a little awkward!).
Monday, February 14, 2011
Raystown Lake 2007
This was our first camping trip together. I believe it was early 2007.
A friend's house, 2008?
Our first Steelers Game 2008
A friend's wedding, 2008?
Engagement photo, taken 2008 (3 months pregnant)
Our wedding, 2009
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
-I get asked about 20 times a day by students when I'm due and what I'm having. I think I might start to either wear a sign taped to my belly or create a commercial for the morning announcements.
-It's nice that people tell me I look really good and that all my weight is in my belly. I actually like the compliments, but I seriously feel more and more large and uncomfortable every day. It's hard to smile and say thanks when I feel like large Marge. I promise though, I am very grateful for the compliments.
-Pregnancy dreamed are jacked. I've had so many dreams the past few weeks that are so vivid and crazy, I can't even begin to tell you. I'm sick of dreaming about school and labor and my mom having twins. Sheesh.
-My cereal this week is back to Fruit Loops. Thanks to my SIL, Missy, who reminded me how much I like them!
And that being said, here is my pic for the week!
Monday, February 7, 2011
Garrett is sent to Lake Harmony, a place where bad kids go when their parents have no idea what else to do with them. For the hefty price of $4,000 a month, Garrett is supposed to be taught to listen to parents and respect what they say. What Garrett can't understand is what he did wrong. He's always been a model student and barely gets into trouble. It must be the relationship with his teacher who is 8 years older than him that got him placed in Lake Harmony.
Lake Harmony turns out to be a horrible place where Garrett spends a lot of time in solitary confinement. The other kids hate him and Garrett frequently finds himself being beaten not only by kids his own age, but the "fathers" who are supposed to supervise the camp. Garrett makes two friends, Sarah and Pauly, who have a plan to escape. After Garrett's father comes to visit and doesn't pull him from the camp, Garrett starts to think about trying to escape with him. Will he make it out of the camp?
I enjoyed this book by Todd Strasser. I kept wondering when his parents were going to save him from this horrid camp. The sad part is that boot camps like this really exist. In fact, the end of the book talks about the camps and how parents really send their children there for discipline.
Next up on my list is Going Bovine by Libba Bray. I've heard good things and she's won the Printz Award for this book. I can't wait to get started!
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I've decided to join Jenni and do a little Wish List Wednesday. It's been so long! Why the heck not let you know what I'm wishing for!
First up: BLUE COSTUME JEWELRY
Next: A SNOWBLOWER
Third: ORGANIZED CLOSETS
And there you have it! What are you wishing for!?