Sunday, July 28, 2013

Deer Education

With this crazy July weather we've been having (upper 90's one day, chilly mid-60's the next,) I think we're all a bit confused on what time of year it is.  I was hoping to go to a water park on Friday afternoon, but due to the winter-like conditions, decided to get a pedi, go to a French bakery, and shopping instead.  A fun afternoon, for sure, but not the one I was expecting!

We went to a my co-worker's party last night, and it was weird pulling out the fall apparel.  But, glad we had it, as we were outside most of the night, and it was chilly. 



This weather has started me thinking about this fall...and hunting season.  I'm not a hunter, but Scott is.  That means we both like it when we see deer in the neighborhood - but our joy is probably for different reasons.  I think they're cute animals, whereas Scott sees dinner.  On Thursday afternoon (I was home with a fevered-Ava) I looked out our back window and saw a doe with two fawns - hanging out in the neighbor's garden, enjoying the salad they found.  As I watched them, I noticed one of the fawns squat, and presumably pee.  I thought that was odd (I'll be honest, I don't read up on how deers operate in nature,) and even mentioned it to Scott, since I was on the phone with him when it happened.  I also mentioned it to another friend of mine - and they both said they didn't know deer did that (and maybe I was crazy?)  After some research (thanks Wikipedia!) we discovered that for the first year of a deer's life, they do in fact, squat...it has something to do with the glands on their legs, etc.  Interesting, but the main point was that hey, you really can learn something new every day!  And teach it to other people!

That was a really long paragraph about something that 0.01% people might be interested in, but...now you've learned something, too. :)

 
In other news...last weekend, Ava had a birthday party to attend at Como Zoo in St Paul.  Anyone who has EVER tried to go to Como on a lovely summer weekend afternoon knows that there is absolutely no parking available - not on the lots, not on the street, and not in the nearby neighborhoods.  Since Ava is only a wee five years old, I could hardly let her out of the car by herself and send her aimlessly across the zoo grounds to find where she was going.  Moment of panic!  Thank goodness that I'm friends with the mom of the birthday girl, and she left the pre-stages of the party to come and get Ava from my car.  Crisis averted! 
 
So, then I parked the car about a mile away, melted for about 20 minutes inside while making a phone call, and then trekked back to the Como grounds.  It was a beautifully hot day, so I enjoyed the sunshine outside of the conservatory, read a book, and did some people watching, while waiting for the party to be done.  I had a hard time getting Ava back to the car after the party was over as we had to walk by the Como amusement park, and then, oh yeah, had that mile hike ahead of us.  But bribing and dragging her seemed to work, and we eventually made to our destination.  I did tell Ava the suggestion that came from Grandpa Doug: "Either you walk to the car, or you walk home."  Seems like an obvious choice to me!
 
The Conservatory
 


 
 
In even more exciting news...our potted tomato plant produced it's first little crop!  We're so used to having a big garden, and weren't sure how things were going to work out this year with our on-deck pots of tomatoes and pepper plants.  I'm pretty happy with these little treats.
 
 

 
Pregnancy update: 25 weeks, and still feeling good. And tired. Baby Boy is moving a lot these days, and expanding to all available areas inside of me.  Although, last night, a woman I had never met, mentioned that based on my size, I must only be a few months along. When I corrected her and told her that I'm over 6-months pregnant, she exclaimed that it must be my first child.  Wrong again!  Let me introduce you to Ava...  Don't get me wrong, I'm fine if people think I look tiny - when I see myself in the mirror, I know I'm not.  Luckily, that view is reserved for just a small handful of people. :)

House update:  Last week we had a hole, now we have basement walls!  We drove to Rosemount this morning to see what progress had been made, and we were pleased to see that things moved along over this past week. Even with the downpours we've had.


 
The sun is out today, so I think it's time to enjoy it while it makes an appearance. Happy week to you!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

We have Movement!

Funny how things can be so busy, but not a lot of progress is being made.  We've had fun stuff going on every single day over the last few weeks, but one area where we've been struggling is with our new house.  There have been delays - lots of them - and we were beginning to think it would never start.  We still don't know how these delays have affected our estimated completion date, but, I'm starting to think that I'm going to have Baby Boy and move into the new house...all in the same week.  Because, really, that's what this year has been like. 2013: The Year of BIG Weeks (where we look back and think what else could we have possibly squished into a 7-day time frame.)  Other notable weeks of 2013 can be found here: Exciting Changes! and FIVE (and a few other things...)

After some phone calls, and Scott talking to the job super a few times, they FINALLY dug the hole last Thursday!  I stopped by last night to confirm, and was very happy to see that not only was there a hole, but there were also footings!  I feel like this is a HUGE step for us. 

Our future driveway

 
It's really ours!  (That's our house number!)

 
More than just a hole... :)

 
 
We've had some hot days recently, so we're doing the best we can to cool off, and loving every minute of it.
 
Ava and Scott washed my car while I dipped my feet in her pool...I felt bad for about 2 seconds!  But, Ava had so much fun, so really, it was like a gift to her.  Right? :)
 
 
Scott looks pretty cool in these strawberry shades...

 
My turn for the shades! 
Side note: look at this huge front lawn behind me.  Scott is very happy he fixed up the riding lawn mower so it doesn't take him over an hour to mow anymore!

 
Loving her ice cream cone...

 
...or is she?!  (Yes, she really was!)

 
Baby Boy has been really active lately, but we both enjoyed a 90-minute massage last week.  I'm already thinking ahead to how great a massage will feel once I'm not pregnant and can lay on my belly.  Overall, I'm still feeling well, and trying to get into a better sleep scheduled.  Let's just say that I sneak in some naps when I can!
 
24 weeks!
 
 
Ava LOVES kissing and talking to her little brother.  Whenever she says good-bye to me, he gets an extra kiss and hug, too.  SO cute!

 
Last weekend, I went to Colorado to visit my parents (just me...no Scott, no Ava) and had a wonderfully relaxing time.  I was in bed before 10pm each night, and enjoyed the low-key, QUIET time.  Plus, it was great seeing my parents again - I'm so happy that flights to CO are short and cheap!
 
When I told Ava that I brought Baby Boy with me to CO, she was very concerned about how he was buckled into the plane.  Safety first, I guess.  And then some she made some comments about how she never gets to go on vacation, so...we might need to fix that this fall!
 
It is down pouring right now, so I'm thinking it's a good morning for French toast and coffee.  Ava is at Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey's, which means Scott and I can have an adult breakfast!  Ava has a birthday party at the Como Zoo later today, so I'm hoping it clears up for that event.
 
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Happy 4th (and then some!)

So far, it's been a great holiday weekend!  Both Scott and I took/had Friday off of work, so we've had some excellent family time over the last three days.  Plus, we've been able to get a lot of stuff done that we've needed to, but haven't had time for in the last month.  Now, if only we could fit in a few extra hours of sleep...

Wednesday night, we took advantage of a great appliance sale that Sears was running, and purchased our washer and dryer for the new house.  It's been so long since we've had a new washer/dryer (Scott bought the ones at our last house before I met him, and they hung in there for 13 years), so I'm looking forward to all of the new available features in today's technology.  But, now I have to wait over 3 months to be able to use them!  One more thing to look forward to...

Thursday was the 4th, so our day was full of fun activities. I managed to get a bunch of stuff done around the house that I had been putting off for a bit, so I actually feel caught up with things.  That afternoon, we headed to Eagan to partake in their Fun Fest, and settle in to watch fireworks. It had been a few years since we had been there, since Ava was sick last year on the 4th and we skipped fireworks.  We were all pretty excited to see them this year!

Modeling her new patriotic outfit, courtesy of Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey

 
The view from the top of the Ferris wheel in Eagan



 
Ava chose three different horses before she finally settled on one

 
Bzzzz...the bee ride!


 
She was super excited about this ride, but barely smiled on the entire run.

 
Bumper cars are what Ava really wanted to do!

 
Counting down to fireworks!

 

 
Finally...and we had pretty decent seats!  It's a great show!


 
On Friday, we woke up e-a-r-l-y and headed north of the Cities to go fishing.  This was Ava's first time, and Scott was very excited to take her.  Since it was a decent day, I joined in the fun (no license, so I didn't fish), and hung out on the boat while Scott and Ava fished.  They caught a bunch of sunnies, and a bass, which Scott threw back.  Ava only freaked out once and threw her pole to the ground (of the boat) and then she really got into the fun of fishing, and had a great time casting, reeling in, and then talking to the fish,
 
The first hour of the adventure was a bit rough...it was windy and the lake was really weedy, so our anchor wouldn't hold, no matter how many times Scott tried.  Even better...45 minutes in, we ran out of gas.  No holding anchor, no gas, and a windy day means that we hit shore pretty quickly. Luckily, cell service was strong, and we were able to call for gas delivery and a tow off of the shore. After that, things picked up a bit, and the rest of the day flew by...the wind died down, the anchor started working, the sun was bright, and the fish were biting.  It was awesome!  And now we want to buy a boat...we shall see what happens!
 
South Lindstrom Lake
 
 
Playing on solid ground before boarding the boat!
 


 
Her first fish!!

 
Catching fish makes a girl hungry...

 
She actually let this one get closer to her!

 

 
Today was also busy...we took Ava to see Despicable Me 2, and we all loved it!  We even saw one of her little girlfriends at the theater, so that topped off a great movie experience.  We then went to take a quick look at some furniture...and ended up looking for 4 hours...and 5 different furniture stores.  We found many things that we liked, but purchased just a few items to start.  We picked up a new bed frame and nightstand for Ava and now need to find a dresser to match.  Looks like Baby Boy will get all of her current furniture this fall (which is fine - her dresser is a solid wood piece, so it's built to last.) 
 
We also found a few options for our new dining room table, but are holding off just a bit before we make another big purchase.  But, at least we're narrowing down the options for what we like - and that's half the battle!  After all of the furniture shopping, we were hungry, so headed to Wild Bill's in Woodbury to check it out.  We had great seats on the patio, and thoroughly enjoyed the food.  Ava talked for 4 hours non-stop, so I won't lie...it was nice to get her home and get her into bed!
 
Tomorrow is Scott's birthday, so we're looking forward to having another good family day...although, I learned the hard way that 5 is just too young to keep a secret.  Ava and I went for ice cream after dinner last night, and then stopped at the liquor store to pick up a surprise 6-pack of nice beer for Scott's birthday.  I told Ava not to tell him why we stopped.  Well, she took that literally.  The first thing she said when we got home was that we went to the liquor store but we didn't buy anything.  If I wasn't pregnant, I totally would have been able to pull it off, but Scott had to ask why we went to the store.  I think I avoided answering him and later reminded Ava what it means to keep a secret. :)
 
A few other things:
  • I'm 22 weeks today, and still feeling good.  I'm not sleeping the best, but know I'm sleeping better now than I will in 4 months once Baby Boy is here so I'm not complaining!
  • The hole should be dug for our house this coming week...yay!  I'm getting super excited to get this moving along!
  • We found out last week that the rental property we're staying in is going on the market as a short sale.  We're not 100% sure what that means for us, but we are hoping we can stay here at least through our lease end, so we don't have to do yet another move before the house is finished.  That was some pretty disappointing news to receive, but we're trying to remain positive about it.
I can't believe that I've made it this long tonight...thank goodness for the SNL distraction in the background.  Everyone else is sleeping right now, and I think I will be joining them shortly!