Monday, December 31, 2007
The day after Christmas, we shopped the sales and I landed a few new maternity pants for less than $9 and a few new tops. At 19 weeks, the belly has grown dramatically and clothes are starting to be a little snug.
On Thursday, we headed up to Palouse, WA, to have dinner with Steve and his roommate, Evan. We enjoyed a great dinner, a good game of Apples to Apples, and the boys had a fierce racecar competition on Steve's wood floors.
Friday, we headed back down to Lewiston and enjoyed dinner at Fazzari's. Joe and the boys headed out to play music at a longtime friend's house and Jeff, Fred, Dori, and I stayed home to play the Farming Game. I caught a cold from Noah and Sydney, so it felt good to get to bed early. I was surprised, though, at how great I feel in spite of my cold. My morning sickness has completely stopped and I have a little more energy...even with the cold. It only took 19 weeks but I feel awesome!
Saturday and Sunday led to a long drive back to Idaho Falls on snowy roads. I was thankful for Joe's good driving skills!
Sunday, we celebrated Christmas/Uncle Mark's 50th birthday with our usual game of Jeopardy, then we opened presents. Thankfully, my team was pretty understanding that my pregnant brain functions much slower than my pre-pregnant brain did and didn't get too upset that I continually forgot to put the answer in the form of a question. We lost.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Today, I saw him again in the office. He took one look at my belly and said, "Hey, no fair...you're just not gaining weight fast enough!"
Monday, December 17, 2007
They kicked off the weekend with a pistol match. Steve actually got a blister on his trigger finger!
I put my back into it and actually cooked Joe's traditional birthday dinner of lasgna and chocolate cake.
So, I stripped down naked and Joe rubbed hydrocortisone all over my body. As he was lifting my leg over his shoulder and rubbing ointment all over it, he said, "Hhmmm...rubbing something all over my wife's naked body...this experience would have ended much differently during our first year of marriage."
Friday, December 14, 2007
Jen: So, what did you get from the gift exchange?
Joe: Well, I started with a bottle of wine and someone stole it.
Jen: So then what did you get?
Joe: Well, I felt bad for this kid who got a bacon waver, so I stole it from him so he could get a new gift.
Jen: A bacon waver?
Joe: Yeah, a bacon waver.
Jen (sitting up): A bacon waver? Like the bacon waver we brought LAST year to your Christmas party?
Joe: We brought a bacon waver last year?
We got this bacon waver as a gift; you microwave bacon on it, but neither of us likes microwaved bacon, so we've been trying to get rid of it. He brought home the same damn bacon waver. I swear that thing will follow us to the grave.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Here's a few things I want to post about:
1. Joe's birthday last weekend and his "surprise" present
2. My new living room look
3. Christmas decorating
4. Snow, snow, snow (Mandy, I know you miss it, but I'm tired of it!)
5. Our surprisingly active social calendar: Tuesday, the Binghams came over for pizza; Wednesday, Joe had his office Christmas party and LeeAnne and I went to a dinner about GERD; tonight, we are going on a double date with the Madsens.
6. Our four month check up.
So, for now, know a lot of posts are coming, but I want to include pictures and haven't had a chance to download them all yet.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
This is also our first week without the dogwalkers and while it feels stressful to add that daily walk back into the routine, I know it's good for me and the new Puppy (as well as Schatzi and Doc). Last night, I took the dogs out for an evening walk (sorry, guys, just can't squeeze it into the morning any more) and it felt really good to walk in the cool night air. When we got back to the house, though, I was too hot (immediately!) and had to close the curtains and strip down to my underwear before I could even unleash the dogs. Joe just shook his head...as he often does at his crazy pregnant wife.
We think we're feeling more baby movements, but still don't know for sure. Joe has tried to feel them, too, but it's so light it's hard to tell if it's an abdominal pulse, gas, or a muscle twitch. Who knows? We like thinking they are kicks, so for now, that's what they are! :) I have gained one more pound (-5lbs prepregnancy weight; Joe +4lbs prepregnancy weight :)) and am starting to wear maternity clothes (although they are still a bit big every place except the belly). This would be an appropriate time to shout out to Deanna for all the cute clothes she is letting me borrow!!
Monday, December 03, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
What do you think? Baby or gas? Post about the first time you felt your baby move...or, if you haven't had a baby, you could just post about a flatulent time in your life, I guess. :)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
All complaining aside, though, things ARE going better and I am so thankful. While I don't feel like the "old Jen", I am definitely much better than "first trimester Jen", which Joe and I are thankful for. Again, a shout-out to my truly wonderful husband who bears with his crazy pregnant wife so patiently. This picture on the bottom is me in my first maternity dress, which Deanna, Amy, and I bought during our girls' of 207 reunion in September.
Monday, November 26, 2007
WEDNESDAY: Thankful to spend the day with Noah and Kevin (and a little with Amy, but she had to go deliver babies). Noah and I took a nap together while Joe and Kevin fixed the sink and toured the new Cabelas store.
THURSDAY: Thankful to be feeling GREAT!! on Turkey Day. We drove up to Keuterville to have dinner with the Poxleitners and then back to Lewiston for dessert with the Altmiller/Cleto clan.
FRIDAY: Feeling sick. Guess I ate too much. Thankful to get a 3 hour nap in.
SATURDAY: Thankful to spend the day shopping with Joe's mom, Dori, and my grandma. The Kaufman boys went bird hunting (which Schatzi was thankful for) and we ended the evening with a great dinner at Zany Graze (thanks, Steve!).
SUNDAY: Thankful to see a few good friends at Mass before Joe and I had to hit the road. My mom surprised us and said she would drive up to Coeur d'Alene with us, so she could enjoy lunch with us, Team Eddy, most of the Jacksons and my Aunt Becca. We were thankful for mostly good roads, my good driver (Joe), and hardly any nausea on Sunday!
Unfortunately, we spent so much time being thankful, we forgot to get our camera out and take pictures. :(
Friday, November 16, 2007
I remember making fun of my poor pregnant sister when she wanted Kevin to drive her 5 hours to Lewiston so they could eat at Taco Time (he wouldn't, she started crying), but now I totally get it. Once I get a craving...that's it! The world has to stop until the craving is satisfied. The feeling is so intense I feel like a crazy person. Last night, I wanted chicken McNuggets and told Joe to ask for some ketchup. He said, "Oh, we have ketchup at home." I thought I would literally die if I had to wait the 5 minutes to get home to eat the nuggets! So, he got me ketchup.
These intense crazy feelings about food have me a little worried about Thanksgiving next week. How will it all play out? Will I be brandishing a knife, keeping other dinner guests away from that delicious smoked turkey? Scarfing down pies uncontrollably? Crying when the food is put away?
Wish me luck and pray that my food manners return soon!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
In pregnancy news, we are 11 weeks today and counting down the days until we are through with the first trimester. The morning sickness has kicked up into high gear (and I thought it was supposed to be dwindling!), which has been hard. Today, I got a vitamin B6 shot, which is supposedly helpful, but I won't really know until tomorrow.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
This is actually what we have resorted to to keep our dogs busy during the day. We fill these 2 orange balls and 2 blue cubes (not in the video) full of dog food and the dogs knock them around for a good 30-45 minutes and eat the food that falls out. It's quite an ingenious plan, except our dogs are not always smart enough to figure out what to do when the balls roll under a chair. And, sometimes dog food falls out of the balls and gets stuck in the crack between the floor and the baseboard...or falls down the heat vent. Oh, well. It keeps them from chewing up stuff. :)
While you all may be interested in our recent news, I'm putting up this post for my younger audience. Here are 2 doggy videos for the Chase boys and Noah. This is the two of them wrestling...note Doc's fancy WWF leg maneuvers.
Here's Schatzi and Doc, "holding hands". Schatzi was actually trying to chew on Doc's bone while he was chewing on it, but he wasn't really too into that idea.
And, here they are getting a double belly rub. Schatzi has been a long time fan of belly-scratching, while Doc has just recently realized he likes having his belly rubbed.
2. Detail her car so she doesn’t vomit every morning when she gets in it to drive to work.
3. Rub her legs, back, head. Don’t get frustrated when she yells at you for rubbing too hard, even though you were barely touching her.
4. Bathe the dogs because the smell bothers her, but she still wants them to sleep with you in your bed.
5. Patiently rifle through her clothes to help her find something that fits. When she decides none of her underwear are comfortable enough to sleep in, you give her a pair of yours.
6. Cook whatever food she requests and run to the grocery store whenever she asks you. Don’t get mad when she decides it wasn’t what she wanted after all.
7. Immediately stop telling any story that involves food, poop, vomit, or killing things as soon as she says, “I just can’t talk about that right now.”
8. Decide not to shoot a deer this year, for the sake of your pregnant wife’s morning sickness.
9. Walk the dogs every day. Don’t mention the fact that during the whole year you two were trying to get pregnant, she promised to walk the dogs “even if I throw up the whole time”.
10. Wash the dishes, fold the laundry, and clean the house while she sleeps 15 hours a day.
11. Congratulate her every day for getting up and going to work...even if she is, well, just doing her job.
12. Drop everything to meet her at the restaurant of her choice when she gets a craving. Happily hand over your plate when she decides she likes what you ordered better.
13. Try to be nice to your wife. Bring her home the DVD “Knocked Up”. Apologize when you realize the movie was a lot funnier before, well, she was knocked up.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The answer is...yes, we are. We're 10 weeks along, have heard the heartbeat and are in the midst of trying to survive morning sickness. We were waiting to tell people until after the first trimester, but any of you who know us well know that we can't keep a secret for very long. :) It's been a challenge to keep the blog updated since, well, there is nothing else to really write about. My day is focused on just making it to work, getting enough sleep, and eating whatever will agree with my system that day. Joe, on the other hand, has been run ragged with his pregnant wife's demands, but he still has a smile on his face. :)
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
1. Opening day of pheasant season: Schatzi and Joe headed out for a 6 mile hike and came home tired, sore, and empty-handed...better luck next time.
2. Doc and I were lazy and watched movies on the couch downstairs.
3. We interviewed and hired a dog walker to come walk our dogs during the work week for the next month or so until life calms down.
4. Our friends, the Binghams, paid us a surprise visit.
5. I read a few books.
6. Joe talked to his brother, Phil, and shared some exciting news.
7. I caught up on Team Eddy's blog (they're back from their recent hiatus!).
8. Joe and I got my car detailed. Oooh! It is SOO clean and no longer smells like a dog.
9. I did ONE load of laundry...didn't get it folded yet.
10. Joe made an excellent roast.
11. Friday, we went out to a great dinner at a Chinese restaurant with Rick, our real estate agent, Kelly, his girlfriend, and the Munoffs, a couple from church.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
We've taken a break from obedience classes until after the New Year, but want to keep working on our dogs, so we've been trying to keep up on our daily training (ok...more like a couple of times weekly training). The problem with doing it yourself, is that you have to be creative on your own to keep it interesting for the dogs. So, this is what I came up with in a moment of inspiration.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Afterwards, we went inside...good thing, too, because the snow was wet and heavy enough to cause some big branches to fall off our trees in the backyard. Then, our power went out for several hours. Joe and I headed out to by a propane heater and lantern, only to return to our power being back on. Oh, well...we'll be ready next time!
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, Amy started her surgery rotation, but her schedule was pretty lax, so she was able to meet us for lunch at at TacoTime. Here's Noah, stealing the show.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Well, in college, my awesome friend, Deanna, and my awesome sister, Amy, and myself lived in an off-campus apartment, which was #207. We had great times together: we had a "hottest girl in the apartment crown", a quote board, Super Soup Suppers and a wide variety of adventures together.
As you know, life gets busy after marriage, kids (for them) and college, and we have lots of miles between all of us, so we don't get to see each other as often as we'd like (every day??). But, earlier this week, Deanna called and wondered if we could get together at Amy's and soon a plan was in the works.
So...I'm thrilled about this spontaneous reunion and looking forward to a fun girls' (and babies') weekend just eight days from now!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Melissa has 2 adorable girls, who like to play with the cogs. Here's a picture of Breanne, who is about a week younger than Noah, helping Schatzi and Doc finagle their food out of the food cube. She was a popular baby among the cogs!