If you are anything like me, you can't stand sitting in silence at your office. I always have to have music playing in the background. Lately my radio has been really screwing up so I have come up with an alternative. I have added a play list to my blog. It is located on the right hand side of your screen, but should automatically start playing shorting after getting onto my blog. So make sure your speakers are on and turned up
You can either keep my blog up all day and just minimize the screen so the music will continue to play as you work, or you can click the "Pop-Out Player" button on the play list. This will open an additional window that ask you to "click here to launch playlist.com standalone player." Then a window will pop up of just the play list. Once again you can minimize this screen and the music will continue. Either way, you can feel free to select any song on the list to begin playing, instead of waiting through a few songs to get to the one you want to listen to.
Here is your opportunity to submit your song request. Let me know what songs you want me to add to the list to make your work day go a little faster. Feel free to tell me your song request by adding a comment just below this post or just drop me an e-mail.
Friday: I got the pleasure of leaving work early because of my monthly doctor’s appointment. All went well at the appointment! The baby’s heart rate was 149 and I gained a whopping 5.5 pounds. Damn, that is about all I can say!
I then went to the mall. I first ate some Chinese so I could muster up the energy to do some shopping. I have come to the conclusion that I have picked the best time to be pregnant. The style of clothing that is out now is all flowy and loose fitting. So while I should be shopping in the maternity section, there is no need to when I can buy these stylish/loose clothes in the junior’s/women’s section. I spent entirely too much time walking around the mall for what little I bought.
The money I did end up spending was at Lowe’s. I bought a crap-load of flowers to fill my current mud-garden I have got going on. I bought 16 containers of flowers, each having 6 sections to be planted. So pretty well I get the pleasure of digging 96 holes! I also bought a hanging basket with flowers already in it and I got two rectangle shaped pots that have a lovely mixture of blooms in them.
Saturday: I went to my Barnhart family reunion at my Uncle Larry’s lake house. It was an absolutely beautiful day, despite the wind. Andy didn’t go with me because he was at home putting our new cattle guard in. I didn’t realize this would be a practically all day chore, but now that it is done it looks great!
That evening Andy and I went and ate at the Eagle’s. There wasn’t hardly anyone there and they still managed to burn the crap out of my chicken strips. I ate one and then nibbled on my fries for the rest of the meal. We then left there and went down to Argyle to play some volleyball. I could totally tell it has been since last summer since we had played last. I am out of shape! It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to playing again next weekend.
Sunday: I got started planting my flowers. By the time I had the huge garden in front of our big window finished….I was done for the day. But if I do say so myself, they turned out beautiful! Now let’s see if I can keep them alive. I will try to take some pics and post them. Planting over half of the flowers completely wore me out and it didn’t help that the sun was beating down on me. In the two hours I was out there, I managed to burn my back pretty bad. I didn’t feel it until a couple hours later and then I noticed it had turned completely red. Oppps!
Andy managed to fix our hot water heater….Thank goodness! All of our hot water has been smelling like rotten eggs for the past week or more. It had gotten really bad. I asked my boss here at work if he knew of something we could do about it (because he literally knows everything), and he gave me some instructions on removing a certain part which I forwarded on to Andy and it fixed it! AMEN!
On May 27th, I will be having my ultrasound. After careful thought and consideration we have decided to find out the sex of the baby. In my heart I would really like for it to be a surprise, but the logical and planning side of myself has got to know what we are having. I don’t think Andy cares either way if we find out, even though lately he has seemed really anxious for the day to come. I may have just cursed myself by saying we want to know what we are having. Because the day will probably come, and the baby will play shy and not show us “the goods.”
Because of old wives-tales and genetics it looks as if I may have a girl. Since the baby’s heart rate is fast, I am carrying somewhat high, and the fact that both of Andy’s brother’s first children were girls. But there is something that keeps telling me that it is a boy. Call it a mother’s instinct or it could just be indigestion.
I would love for it to be a little girl. Not only because they are more fun to buy clothes for, but because I love to see how men become such softies when it comes to their little girls. Andy of course is itching for a boy! I guess he wants a little mini-him to pass all of his hunting skills to.
I would like to add a quote from one of my friends in regards to the possibility of me carrying a boy:
“You could be carrying a little wiener inside of you!”
Our appointment is at 9:00am, but Andy and I have opted to take the whole day off. I will have a major urge to do some baby shopping afterwards. We haven’t decided when, if or how we are going to announce the news. We would like the opportunity to tell those closest to us what the results are before the news spreads like wild fire and it gets to some people before we were able to tell them personally. While it may be hard to hold in the news, we will probably wait until that evening and make our rounds to everyone’s house. At least then, everyone will be home for the evening and it won’t spread around their workplace until the next day. Again, giving us a little extra time to spread the news ourselves.
I am super excited and anxious to find out who this little creature is kicking me. Then we could finally begin some serious talking about baby names!
Every year the Schwartze family butchers pork and beef. Each one is usually a huge family affair that takes all day and a lot of energy. Well, Andy has a bad reputation for taking various bones and wrapping them up and labeling them as steak or roast OR he wraps the correct meat but labels them as something else, like squirrel, crappie, porcupine, dinosaur, etc. He sneaks these packages of meat into other people's coolers so they don't realize it until they go and get something out for dinner and are trying to guess what it in the package labeled Sushi or worst case scenario; when you thaw out a package that is labeled roast and it isn't until it is thawed out and you unwrap it that you find it is a tail bone.
Well this came to bite Andy in the butt last night. When he got come from work he got out two packages of steak and placed them in the sink to thaw out. It wasn't until he returned later and opened the package that he found one of them was nothing more than a big bone! Someone has obviously got him back for doing this to them so he couldn't get mad. It just meant we had to share the one package of steak.
Friday: Andy and I got home about the same time after work. He asked what I wanted to do for the evening. I couldn’t come up with anything, so he suggested we go have dinner at the Eagle’s. Yummy, sounded good to me! He said he was going to go work on the farm for a little while and would be back around 7 – 7:30pm. In the mean time I played around the house and then changed my clothes to get ready for the evening. Well, 7 o’clock came around…..then 7:30…..8:00…..8:30…..then finally at 8:45pm he finally showed up. He walked in the house and knew he was in trouble. He stood at the door with his arms wide open waiting for a hug. So I walked right up to him, whipped out my index finger and started poking him in the chest as I gave him the speech, “You do not tell a pregnant woman that you are taking her out for dinner and show up an hour and a half late! You have been warned!” Since they stop the grill at 9pm at the Eagles, this was no longer an option…..so we had frozen pizza!
Saturday: I worked at the bank until noon. Then I headed home to catch up on the laundry and watch Andy make his rounds on the lawn mower. For the evening we headed to the bowling lanes in Westphalia for a Relay for Life Benefit. This is the second year in a row that we have participated. The family as well wears breast cancer t-shirts. The men’s shirts says “Squeeze a Boob….Save a Life!” and the women’s shirts says “Got Boobs? Get Checked!” (You can see a picture of Andy and I supporting our shirts at last year event to the right on my blog). We all have a blast and are always the loudest ones in attendance! Nothing like donating money for a great cause and having a fun time as well. I had to show this picture of Gerald. Notice he is wearing his shirt, carrying a six pack of beer in one hand and gracefully holding a lovely purse in the other!
Sunday: Andy and I got up early and headed to church in Argyle at 7:15am. After mass we went over to Fred and Eileen’s for breakfast. Since we were the early birds, we helped out in the kitchen before everyone else showed up. We probably ended up eating around 10:30-11am. It was sooo good! Of course, I had biscuits and gravy as well as hash browns, ham, eggs, cinnamon rolls, and strawberries…plus I washed it all down with chocolate milk! After leaving there, we went over to my mom’s for awhile to spend mother’s day with her. We didn’t do much there, just talked and watched some poker games on T.V. The fullness of the large breakfast we had was begging to kick in, so Andy and I headed home for an afternoon nap! We woke in time to make spaghetti for supper and watch the 3-hour finale of Survivor. All in all….it was a pretty successful Mother’s Day.
Saturday: I attended my cousin’s daughter Eva’s 2nd birthday party. I can’t believe she is two years old. She wasn’t even two months old at my wedding…meaning Andy and I have almost been married for two years. OMG! Where does the time go? I couldn’t stay very long, but I made sure that I got to hold Troy while I was there. I just can’t get enough of him and all of his hair. He is so sweet!
After leaving there, Andy and I headed to Jeff City to meet Kevin and Kelly. They got in with us and then we went to Columbia to eat at HuHots! We have been really excited to take them there since they are huge Chinese fans we thought this would be right up their alley. Even though this is Mongolian food and not Chinese, it is the same concept. I think the only difference is the Chinese use more rice while the Mongolian use more noodles. I totally just made that up, but it sounded good! Anyway the evening was a success. I believe Kevin and Kelly were a little scared and intimidated when we arrived (which is exactly how Andy and I felt the first time we ate there), but after they tasted the food they enjoyed it as much as Andy and I had.
To wrap up the evening after stuffing ourselves full, we went across the street to Andy’s Custard. No matter how much you have eaten for supper, you are always able to fill in the cracks with some ice creams! Yum!
Sunday: I made a huge Wal-Mart trip! I believe my time is limited to how much longer I will be able to handle these trips by myself. I was completely exhausted by the time I got out of there, but then I had to go home and unload it all. By the time I was done, I was starving. So I rewarded myself with some Spaghetti-O’s!
For the rest of the afternoon I was bumming on the couch watching movies. Then my aunt Sharon showed up. She is part of the Historical Society and is making her rounds to all of the local cemeteries to update/record all of the information on the stones. Which is very time consuming, but she really enjoys doing this. Anyway, there is a cemetery on Donnie and Shanda’s land and she wanted to go back there and verify all the information. So we headed down the hill, picked up Holly (because I couldn’t remember exactly how to get there) hopped in the Ranger and took Sharon to her destination. I had been by the cemetery many times before, but had never walked through it. The stones are huge. They are about 9-10 feet tall.
That evening we had a BBQ down at Donnie and Shanda’s. At which Brian spilled the beans on Andy being moved to the day shift at ABB. Apparently Andy has known for the last few weeks that he would no longer be working nights starting TODAY! You would think this would be important information for me to know, but anytime this happens he likes to save the news for the last minute. While I feel this is good news for now (despite his snoring last night) I have a feeling it won’t last long. He likes to evolve the shift he works around his hunting schedule. That is going to change come October when the baby is here!
Last night Tina and I headed over to April’s house. I went there because April was retiring some of her baby stuff and I wanted to see if there was anything I could take off of her hands. I walked away with a really nice bassinet and a swing for practically nothing. April takes immaculate care of everything she owns so I knew when I was going over there that the stuff would look practically new. While we were there we played with both of her kids Jessi and Grant. They are sooo cute and were ready to play when we got there! Poor April must have her hands full with two kids so close together in age, but she balances them both very well. Kudos to her!
I also had a pregnancy milestone last night. I felt the baby move. As in move, I mean it felt like a somersault. They say the feeling of a kick feels like a flutter. Well I have had those sensations before, but had never been for sure if it were the baby or not. That was until last night. After I felt the baby move, I sat still for like ten minutes waiting to feel it again. And of course I didn’t, even after I tried poking my belly trying to provoke it. No such luck, but it was exciting at the time!
Despite me writing on my blog, I am trying to get a lot of stuff together this morning because I am leaving to head to Columbia for an insurance seminar. Boring! But I am eating at Sonic on the way there, so that makes the trip worth it!