Wednesday, February 7, 2018

you've really made the grade

Yesterday was the launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy and it was awesome. I planned my entire afternoon around it and was very worried I'd go in to labor and miss it. I was so excited that when I texted C "Here we go!" I didn't think he may have thought I was talking about going into labor.  Ooops. 

If you haven't done so, watch the launch in its entirety. The video below should start right before the launch, if not skip ahead to about minute 18.

Also, you can watch Starman on his way to Mars the asteroid belt (because they overshot him and the car) here

Apparently the center core overshot the landing ship by a football field, was obliterated on impact, and took out two engines on the drone ship because the core ran out of propellant to slow it down (?), but don't quote me on that because I understand less than 1% of this science stuff.  

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Peaches, we are ready for you.

This is the first child for us that I feel like we're ready for.  You're never really ready for #1 and #2 came so quickly (because Rachel can't pay attending to the signs of labor) that we were taken a bit off guard.  But #3.  We're ready.  Bags are packed (and already deposited at Grandma and Grandpas for the kids). Outfits are out should I go into labor in the middle of the night.  The guest bedroom is ready (and sheets and towels upstairs for Grandam Elsea to say in our room while were in the hospital).  Everything is washed and (almost folded...I just can't get around to folding that last load) and everything is set up and assembled (minus the new stroller as it was missing nuts and bolts...but who needs that right away in the middle of Winter anyway?).  The pumps are ready and bottles are washed. Everything is pretty much in its place and planned (which has me wondering what will happen that isn't planned for?).

With all that done and C saying, "I'm ready TODAY" (except not TODAY because he had a deposition in Polaris), I'm thinking this baby is going to sit tight for a while (having said that, Peaches will probably come tomorrow). But I'm ready (minus the unknowns of labor) and constantly wondering if today is the day.

Yesterday morning (January 31st) Monkey came running into our bedroom yelling, "The baby's coming tomorrow!" Tomorrow being February 1st. 

This morning she came in yelling "Today's Valentine's Day!"  She really isn't sure how February works. 

I'm also thinking about the food we'll have while in the hospital because every restaurant is pretty much right next door up there.

You know what this waiting game has done? It's taken my mind of the cold, dark days and the fact that baseball is right around the corner (I love focusing on baseball being just days away). 

13 days till pitchers and catchers report!

Friday, January 19, 2018

It's Friday, Friday; Gotta get down on Friday; Everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend, weekend

I tried to upload some snow day pictures for next Wednesday, but am failing. So here are some words instead.

We're baby ready over here (except that we'd like Peaches to cook for several more weeks yet). Everything is out and ready to go.  In fact, today marks one month to go.  I've been nesting much more with this one.  Well, I'd say partially nesting.  I wanted everything down from the attic, but then didn't have any desire to put anything in it's place (we did eventually get it all away).

Potty training is slow going with GMac. He still isn't telling us when he needs to go and is afraid to poop in the potty.  We've made a small stride in the last 24 hours in that when he runs off to poop (we know) we ask him to go poop in the bathroom so at least the location is correct. Yesterday he unrolled an entire roll of toilet paper while in there so I've just been pulling it off the floor as I need it.

I woke up with a blah outlook on the day. At GMac's request, we made cookies, because we didn't have any "tooties" and he really likes them (he hasn't even finished the one I gave him now), so of course as they were cooking they spread ALL over the place. And I know why.  I didn't let the dough cool at the way and defrosted the butter which made it softer than normal.  Maybe I can make up for it at dinner (Paleo Jambalaya anyone?).

I've been working on my piano skills.  Since I can't read the books we have (too difficult), I'm sticking with the hymnal and must say I'm getting quite good (so long as there aren't more than two sharps or one flat AND there is one song I can play both the top and bottom of at the same time).  I expect to be playing in church by the time the baby comes.

Speaking of Peaches, again, I think we've settled on names. We'll share those once Peaches is here.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

resolutions update

I do hope to post non-resolution updates this year, but for now, here you go...

Good news! I'm still keeping my resolutions!

Washing my face every night - 

Keep my nails painted - 

Have a baby - still cooking

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


I have three resolutions this year.  One is hard to keep but a grown up one that I should really try to keep; one is very optimistic and won't happen; and one is inevitable.

Grown Up - Wash my face every night before bed (so far I am one for one on this).

Pipe Dream - Keep my nails painted (my rings look better when there is some color on my nails - also one for one)

Inevitable - Have a baby (this is becoming more and more real - I miss sleeping - as I become more and more uncomfortable and begin to think about the stuff we need to do to prep).

Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 Reading Log

My reading list wasn't quite as impressive this year as it was in 2016 (I blame Peaches) but I can guarantee it''ll be better than next year's (again, I blame Peaches).

Without further ado I present the mind altering, really make ya think books I read in 2017:

1. Amanda's Wedding
2. We Were On A Break
3. My (not so) Perfect Life
4. A Year of Being Single
5. Today Will Be Different
6. It Ends With Us
7. Finding Audrey
8. I Heart London
9. Cancel the Wedding
10.  Swear On This Life
11. Nowhere But Here
12. Who Thought This Was A Good Idea?
13. After The Rain
14. The F Word
15. Nearlyweds
16. Second Time Around
17. Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay
18. The Marriage Lie
19. The Beach Cafe
20. The Forever House
21. Almost A Bride
22. One Night in Italy
23. One Day We'll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter
24. People I Want To Punch In The Throat
25. The Last Piece of My Heart
26. Christmas at the Beach Cafe/Christmas Gifts at the Beach Cafe/Baby at the Beach Cafe
27. A Rural Affair
28. The Wedding Day
29. The Cafe by the Sea
30. A Crowded Marriage
31. Finding You
32. How to Find Love in a Bookshop
33. Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel
34. Love Letters
35. Burning Moon
36. Highland Fling
37. My Single Friend
38. Bridesmaids
39. All the Single Ladies
40. Nearly-Weds (Jane Costello)
41. Girl on the Run
42. Christmas at Beach Street Bakery
43. A Christmas Wedding
44. I Heart Forever
45. The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

On the second day of Christmas...

The Elseas had a pretty wonderful Christmas this year.  It was so wonderful that this is the only photo I took.

The kids are just the right age where everything is a Christmas miracle.  I like to hold them back upstairs in the morning so that I can get a video of them coming downstairs, but this year there was no stopping Monkey.  She zoomed down the steps and yelled, "Santa did come!"  Apparently there was some doubt?

That was followed by, "Santa was able to read my letter!" and "Santa ate the cookies!" and "Issy! The reindeer ate the carrots!" and "Santa brought me TWO rolos!" (there was actually an entire bag in GMac's stocking).  Each and every gift was better than the one before until GMac opened his Paw Patroller (which we don't think he even knew existed) and then nothing else mattered.  I think at one point Monkey was opening his other gifts for him. 

Here's the thing about having kids, their joy totally exceed everything else for the day (and I wouldn't have it any other way). Not only were they excited to open their gifts, but also to have the gifts they got for others opened. GMac was so proud of the read glasses he got for dad.  It was the best.

C and I had a pretty awesome Christmas as well thanks to having a 10 year anniversary coming up.  I'll let you figure it out, but one of us got a digital grand piano (don't call it a keyboard as that is an insult to the digital piano gods) and the other got a diamond band (it's so sparkly!).

That's about it because I don't have any other pictures to share. If you need us this week you can find Monkey playing school or Barbie veterinarian; GMac playing with his Paw Patroller or combine; and C and I working.