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Thursday, December 30, 2010

The To-Do lists begin......

Well, lots will happen in 2011, and we only have the 1st six months of the year to prepare for the new baby before things get crazy!! Our house needs some serious attention. We've lived in our home now for 19 months, and I don't think we have ever done any fall or spring cleaning.

Soooooo, I've created a to-do list of things to accomplish in the next two months. Here goes:

1) Sort and store Hendrix's toys. (Buy appropriate storage)
2) Clean out the fridge and freezer.
3) Clean out and organize kitchen cabinets. (Buy food storage containers if necessary)
4) Go through (toss/donate/keep) current office and guest bedroom, in preparation for moving Hendrix's bedroom to the current office.
5) Clean up Matt's desktop computer so that we can give it to my parents.
6) Save all pictures on my PC to CD's in order to free up computer space and so we don't lose them.
7) Get wireless internet setup in the house.
8) Organize the downstairs desk area.


It's a hefty list, but I think if we just work on things one at a time, it can all get accomplished. We need some order in our home before the choas of baby #2 begins all over again!!!! :)


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

14 WEEKS

When I was pregnant with Hendrix, I kept a week-by-week journal of the pregnancy. I have been slacking and haven't been doing that this time around, but it's not too late to start!

I am 14 weeks pregnant today. I'm just starting to show, though if you don't know me well you may not be able to tell. I've gained some energy back, and no longer feel nauseous.

Baby #2 now has a fully formed skeleton and fully developed organs. Now (s)he will just work on rapid brain development, fat buildup, and detail work. (S)he has fingerprints now (formed by moving his-her hands around in the amniotic fluid), and his/her first poo is now loading up in the intestines!! Movement is now fluid and graceful, as opposed to the jerky, uncontrollable twitches of before.

Only 26 weeks to go!



Monday, December 27, 2010

Made it through Christmas!

Whew! We made it. What a BUSY holiday season.


We had our family Christmas at home on Wednesday evening, 12/23. I got my Kindle and I love it! Hendrix also got some gifts, of which I will post more pictures later.



My Kindle 3G, on it's "sleep" screen.


Couldn't get the booger to stop drinking for 2 seconds so I could get a smile. Stinker face.


I called off work on Friday 12/24, because Hendrix's daycare was closed and we had no one to watch him. So we were able to head to Indiana around 12:30. We spent Friday evening with the Metz's, and Saturday afternoon/evening with my family in Portland. It was enjoyable. We were certainly glad to get back home on Sunday though.

Our big Christmas surprise for everyone was the announcement that Hendrix is going to be a big brother!! I'm due on June 27th, 2011. Everyone was pretty excited.

I have felt pretty under-the-weather since yesterday morning. I'm at work today, but feeling very nauseous and weak/shaky. It's not baby-related, as I'm 14 weeks along and haven't been sick hardly at all. I think I've just got a bug or something. Hopefully some rest this evening can kick it.

Hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas! Bring on 2011!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Recovery

Our household seems to be recovering well..... *KNOCK ON WOOD!!!*

Matt woke up this morning feeling better. I felt very cruel, but last night, I quarantined him to our bedroom and sprayed the entire downstairs with Lysol! I let him come downstairs once I had Hendrix in bed. Hehehehe. I felt bad, but he seemed to understand. And so far, Hendrix is still well. He was being a little demon this morning, but didn't seem to be sick. Poor baby's getting his lower molars, and they're bothering him, which I think was why the fits have been coming so frequently lately - he's just frustrated.

The tentative plan is to have our family Christmas with just the three of us tonight. We had originally planned to do it tomorrow evening, but with so much going on, and so much to do tomorrow evening (before our departure to Indiana-land), I think we will do it tonight. Plus, our poor Christmas tree has seen its last day, I think. It's soooo dry! You barely touch a branch, and , like, 20 needles fall to the ground. It's humorous, but a little scary at the same time! Though the lights won't be on while we're gone, we kind of just want to get it out of the house for our peace of mind. So, that being said, we are planning on doing our Christmas tonight, then taking down the tree tomorrow evening before we head out Friday. It will just simplify things. We'll see though. As always, plans are subject to change at a moment's notice! :)

Hope everyone is enjoying these last few days of the Christmas season!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

And the flu strikes again.....

Ahhhhh I want to scream! Matt woke up this morning with the flu. I feel bad for him, but I'm banishing him to our bedroom when Hendrix and I get home this afternoon. The LAST thing we want/need is for little man to get sick 2 days before Christmas.

Hendrix and I need to make a stop on the way home anyway, to get my secret santa gifts for work, but I'm going to pick up a big can of Lysol and disinfect the house when I get home. If I can keep Matt in his bedroom, I may sleep on the couch tonight, just to avoid the germs as much as I can.

I'm banking on Hendrix's flu shot being effective. If he gets sick, I will surely cry. I can't miss anymore work before the end of the year without penalty (points on my attendance record AND no pay), and I just know Matt won't want to stay home with him after missing work today. But unfortunately, he's just going to have to. He can stay home with no penalty or repercussions - it doesn't work that way at my job.

Keep our family in prayer - that the germs will be confined to only Matt!

Monday, December 20, 2010

So much to do in the next few days!!!

Oh my goodness, I'm so excited I can hardly stand it! We've actually seen our families already this month, but didn't really get much chance to just hang out with them. That's why I'm so excited for Friday!!! We're heading out as soon as Matt gets home.

I have tons to do these next 4 days before we leave. Here's my to-do list for the next few days:

Monday (tonight) -
1) Put away laundry (we have about 5 baskets of clean laundry sitting in our laundry room and its driving us crazy!)
2) Go to Kroger to get stuff to make Buffalo Chicken Dip for our carry-in at work.
3) Go to Dollar General to get several small gifts for the Secret Santa Exchange at work.
4) Cube cheese for Hendrix's Christmas Party at Daycare.




Tuesday 12/21 -
1) Take cheese and crackers AND Christmas gifts to daycare for Hendrix's Christmas party.
2) Make Buffalo Chicken Dip for the potluck at work.
3) Thaw cut cookies for frosting.




Wednesday 12/22 -
1) Take Buffalo Chicken Dip to work for the potluck meal.
2) Start icing all the cut cookies.
3) Paint finger/toenails for Christmas! :)







Thursday 12/23 -
1) Finish icing cookies.
2) Pack clothes for trip home.
3) Have our family Christmas at home (Matt, Hendrix, and I)






Friday 12/24 -
1) Make wreath cookies.
2) Pack all toiletries and any remiaining items for trip home.
3) Pack car as soon as MAtt gets home.
4) Go home to Indiana!!!






Phew! I'm tired already, just thinking about how busy I'll be for the next few days. It's exciting though.

Friday evening, we're having Christmas with the Metz's. I'm telling you, I have the most awesome in-law family a person could ask for! We always have so much fun, and just laugh our heads off the whole time. We're going to eat pizza and play games.




Saturday, we're heading to my parents' house for a meal at noon. My sister is on call, so we're not sure if she will be able to be there or not. But we'll eat our meal, then open presents, then just rest for the remainder of the day. Sounds pretty enjoyable to me!!

Woo hoo - it's Christmas week!! Enjoy, everyone!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Faltan sólo 10 días!!! (Only 10 days left!!!)

Only ten days until Christmas!! I sure am glad I got my shopping done last weekend.

Hendrix is getting: a Power Wheels for small toddlers, a few articles of clothing, a puzzle, some crayons, one of those blow-up weeble-wobble thingies, and a toddler-sized easy chair (maybe some other things that i've forgotten, but not much more). I could have easily spent a ton of money on him, but he hardly plays with toys - he's much happier with measuring spoons and canned goods! hahaha. Plus, even though he's too young to understand, I don't want to raise my child with the expectation that he will just get 50 gifts, and whatever he wants at Christmas. I want to make sure I instill a giving heart in him as well.

Matt, Hendrix, and I will be celebrating our family Christmas on Thursday, December 23rd. We're heading to Indiana as soon as Matt gets home on Friday, so there won't be time that day. Hendrix is young enough that he doesn't even know who Santa is, let alone what night of the year he comes, so I can get away with a bit of fibbing! I'm so excited to be going home for Christmas! We see our families so seldom, with being so busy and living far away. We just cannot wait to spend a whole weekend with everyone. We're staying in Elwood with the Metz's on Friday night. We're heading to Portland mid-morning Saturday, then staying with the Phillips's Saturday night. Then, we're heading home Sunday. 10 DAYS!!!!!

Well, hope everyone enjoys these last few days of the Christmas season. After Christmas is over, the only thing we have to look forward to is the long, slow, COLD part of winter that just drags and drags.......ugh.

Happy holidays!! :o)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Under the weather.....

I very rarely get sick. But when I do......I get SICK. I've got a terrible cold right now, and I think it's turning into a sinus infection. I feel like my head is going to explode. :( But, I have no PTO left at work, and don't want another point on my attendance record, so here I sit, just trying to make it through the day.

Matt and I have plans tonight too. We have a babysitter lined up and everything. I don't want to miss it! One of my co-workers sings, and she's putting on a little concert at a local coffee house. Turns out, 1/2 of my department is going, so it's going to be really fun! Hopefully my pounding headache will chill out for a couple hours this evening and let me enjoy.

Hope you all have a great weekend. My plans include finishing up Christmas shopping, working 4 hours of overtime, and RESTING!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Busy weekend ahead!

It's Friday!

Tonight Matt, Hendrix, and I are heading to Imagination Station in downtown Toledo for the Schindler Christmas Party. I have yet to go to my company holiday party, and I'm looking forward to it. Plus, I get to show off my handsome little man!! :)


Then tomorrow, we're heading to Portland for the day for Rylee's 7th birthday party. She's having a pool party at the Jay County High School. Hendrix has been swimming before, as we have a YMCA membership, but the last time he went, he was only 7 or 8 months old, so I know he doesn't remember it. I'm so excited for him. I just know he's going to LOVE it! *sigh* I just love that little guy so much and love seeing him happy! <3>



I'm also excited because I ordered a peace-sign backpack for Rylee, but didn't think it would arrive in time for her birthday, but I just tracked the package online, and it's at the Grand Rapids post office this morning, so it should be on our doorstep when we get home tonight! Woo hoo!




Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!












Monday, November 29, 2010

The Metz Thanksgiving

The Metz Thanksgiving was......not very exciting. However, it was still an enjoyable holiday, as always, and we - as a family - have so much for which to be thankful!!

Since I always work the day before and the day after the holiday, we didn't go anywhere. And since we were set on being in the area, I decided to sign up to work, since the pay is double time and a half on holidays. So, I worked 7a-3:30p. Matt's co-worker, Grant, was going to be spending Thanksgiving with just his mom in Bowling Green, so they invited us over. It was such a nice gesture. Matt and Hendrix headed to BG around 2, and I met them there at 4, after work. Grant's mom cooked a whole chicken, and then there were all the traditional fixings to go with it: mashed and sweet potatoes, stuffing, corn, peas, rolls, etc. And of course pumpkin pie for desert. It was all delicious!! After the meal, we hung out for a bit, and headed home to get Hendrix to bed around 8. It was low key, but very enjoyable.

And now, we're on to Christmas! We got a pre-cut live tree on Saturday, and spent Saturday and Sunday decorating the tree and the house for the holidays. Sunday after church, I hung Christmas lights outside. It looks so nice! I can't wait to show you pictures (I'm at work, camera is at home)! So, we're all decorated for Christmas. If only I could get ahead on my shopping.....

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Men and Christmas......not a good combo!

Men are so helpless sometimes. :) Matt had such a great idea for my Christmas present this year - a Kindle! However, instead of surprising me with it, he decided to tell me about it, "to make sure it would be something I was interested in." Well, I'm super excited about the Kindle, but I just wish I could be surprised by it on Christmas! Oh well......he's on his own next year. :)

I've been looking into the Kindle, because - quite honestly - I didn't know that much about them. I'm going to ask for the Kindle 3G, with which you can download books anywhere there is an AT&T cell signal. I was also just looking at the Amazon website, and there are hundreds and hundreds of free books! Lots of classics too, which is awesome.

Since Matt has virtually no online-shopping knowledge, I'm sure I'll be the one ordering my own Christmas present, but hopefully I can order it this week. Not sure if I'll be able to keep in under wraps until Christmas though!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy Birthday, Hendrix!


My precious little turkey baby turns a whole year old today!!! :) :(
Happy Birthday, Phillip Hendrix. You're so loved!!!



Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hendrix......not so hot lately.


I've had one sick little boy this week. Hendrix's fever started on Sunday morning. I took his temperature before we headed out to church and it was at 99. I assumed it was a teething fever, and we headed to church anyway. Well, he progressively got whinier and worse all morning. When we got home it had gone up to 101, and his cough had gotten fairly nasty.


Monday morning, I got him up at the regular time, hoping he was better, and he had a fever of 102. Matt stayed home with him. He still had a high fever that evening, so I scheduled a dr. appointment for the next day, and on Tuesday, I stayed home from work and took him to the doctor. We were told he just had a cold, and the sickness needed to run it course.What a bummer. Tuesday evening, after some Motrin, he was playing and acting pretty normal.


Wednesday morning, I took his temperature and it was at about 99.5 degrees. Neither Matt nor I really wanted to miss another day of work, so I gave him some Motrin and sent him to daycare, fully expecting daycare to call me and tell me his fever had spiked back up. But he made it through the day!! He was just a grouch due to teething. He remained fever-free all day Wednesday, and when I woke him up this morning (Thursday), he was running at about 96 degrees - hallelujah! I actually took his temp twice to make sure it wasn't too good to be true!


He's still got a pretty nasty cough, but we're giving him breathing treatments twice a day, decongestant 3 times a day, and running a humidifier with Vicks in his room at night. Hopefully it will pass shortly, because the poor baby hasn't slept well in over a week. Plus, his 1st birthday is tomorrow and I don't want him to be sick for that!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Playing Catch-Up: A Little Bit of Everything

Wow - I let a few days slip by without an update. Life has just been so busy and it won't slow down!!

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Atlanta for my job, and to meet the local office personnel down there. I wouldn't really call it a "productive" trip, but it was enjoyable, and it's always good to put faces with the names you speak to on the phone every day.

Well, it's almost here - Hendrix's 1st birthday. This week should prove to be a busy one, as we get ready for the party. Poor little guy has been running a fever since yesterday morning, so he's home today with daddy. I'm praying he can get better. It's so hard to watch your little one suffer. We got his 1st haircut over the weekend. He did so well, and sat very still, even when the stylist got out the clippers! He looks like such a little man. My heart swells each time I look at him! <3



I'm working on bettering my relationship with the Lord right now. I feel like I've gotten off track, and I hate that feeling. Satan is just so good at being evil and pulling you slowly off track before you even realize you're headed in the wrong direction. I've been praying a lot though, and asking God to just invade every part of me so that I can be an exemplary Christian and an example to others.




I'm hoping to get down the fall decorations this week and get up the white icicle lights for Christmas! I also want to hang greenery with the red bow on our porch pillars. I always think that looks so sharp. I really need to get going on my Christmas shopping!! So far I have gotten for Hendrix: a set of plastic animals and a sit-&-spin. I have his birthday done (radio flyer wagon, some clothes, and some Dr. Seuss Books). The pressure is mounting, it's almost officially Christmas time......eep! Maybe next weekend we can do some serious shopping.




Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Weekend

Friday evening, there was a get together with the ladies at church. We had dinner at P.F. Changs. I'd heard so many great things about it, and I was excited! The food was good, but - in my opinion - nothing to get ecstatic about. But it was very enjoyable, as always, to hang out with the girls and socialize a bit.

Saturday morning, I put in a few hours of overtime (7a-11:30a) at work, then came home and went into organization mode! I cleaned up the kitchen a bit, but my big project was re-organizing our desk/office area in the back of the house. We have a huge built in shelf back there, and it had become cluttered with junk. Plus, 2 drawers of our desk had been gradually filled with tools and junk......by Matt. So, I emptied everything (and I mean everything) from both the desk and the shelf and started over. I threw a bunch of stuff away and organized what was left. It looks so nice!!! I now have 2 drawers dedicated to scrapbooking, and a small corkboard for bills. Organization is so nice. :)

While I worked on the desk area, Matt worked on our coat closet, and we also tackled our closets upstairs. Needless to say, I currently have a huge box in the back of my car set to be taken to Goodwill. Its amazing how much "stuff" you can acquire in such a short time.

Saturday evening, I took my little lion trick-or-treating with Jeanna, Penny, Kay, and Beau around Grand Rapids. Hendrix didn't get that much candy, but he can't eat it anyway.

Sunday, we had planned on going to church, but ended up playing hooky. I felt guilty about it, of course. But lately, it seems as if life never stops for us. I go and go from 5am on Monday until about 5 pm on Friday, and then it seems like we have constant obligations on the weekends as well. Plus, I worked Saturday morning, and am leaving tomorrow morning for Atlanta for 3 days (work trip). I just wanted to spend time at home with my children (I have 3: Hendrix, Matt, and Corduroy). :o) So.....we hung out at home, did more organizing, and just relaxed. It was nice.

I'm excited to get away for a few days, in Atlanta, and have some time to myself (when not doing work related activities), but I know I am going to miss my Hendrix Pendrix so badly. I just feel so burnt out lately, about everything. Hopefully the trip goes well.

Well, that's all for today. I will hopefully post Halloween pictures soon.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Another busy weekend

*SIGH*

We had a very busy weekend! I have yet to get the pictures downloaded to my computer (I do most of these blogs at work, and pictures are on the computer at home), but I will try to get pictures from this weekend on here soon.


Friday evening, we headed out from Grand Rapids about 4:45, and arrived in Anderson, IN around 7 pm, at Nate, Brittany, and Landon's house. We enjoyed some Pizza King pizza, a rare treat for us buckeyes! We just hung out and let the boys play together. They are just so darn cute!

Hendrix, riding the truck

Saturday, Brittany and I ran to Kohl's, because she was looking for a pair of boots. She didn't have success with the boots, but we both found new purses! Brittany's purse is leather, and different color stripes. I have been looking for a blue leather-type purse for a few months now. I came accross one and checked the price tag, and it said $6.99! This purse was originally priced at $49.99 - what a steal! I thought that maybe the sticker was wrong, as this was a pretty nice purse, and sure enough, when the cashier rang up the purse, it rang up at a sale price of $32, but he gave it to me for $7, since that's what the sticker said. I was pretty excited. :)



My new blue purse



After purse shopping, we headed back to Nate and Britt's house and got ready for family pictures. Jon and Rachael arrived around 11 am, and proceeded to announce that they're expecting! Rachael is due June 13th. How exciting - another niece or nephew in the Metz family! Larry and Joyce arrived after that, and then the Metz Caravan headed out down I-69 to Plainfield, where we got family pictures taken. I have been able to see the proofs online, and they're such great pictures. I ordered 31 pictures, and will hopefully have them within a month or so. I can't wait to put together a Christmas card!

After pictures, we headed to my mom and dad's house in Portland. We went out to eat at El Camino Real. That's another rare treat for us, since we live 2 hours away. Delicious....... Granny got Hendrix some Elmo slippers for Halloween. They fit him perfectly, and are so cute! Once we got Hendrix to bed, Matt and I headed out to The Greazy Pickle - the only 1/2 way decent bar in Portland (not such a treat) and spent a few hours with Jo, Dave, Matt McDowell, Ryan Scott, Scott Hopkins, and Chastity Thomas. It was great to catch up with everyone.




Hendrix in his new Elmo slippers from Granny

It's always enjoyable to be able to spend time with our family, but it's so exhausting! We are staying home until the weekend of December 4th, which is Rylee's birthday party. The family will be coming in 3 weeks to our house for Hendrix's birthday party, but it's relaxation until then.
Hope everyone has a great week. Keep smiling. Let my little work buddy remind you to "Keep a Smile in Your Voice!" (Cheesy, yes. But cute.)







Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Winter Garden," by Kristin Hannah

I just finished reading "Winter Garden," by Kristin Hannah. It was an extremely good novel.


Although it was fiction, it is based on the very real Siege of Leningrad, which started in September of 1941 and lasted almost three years. It was the story of a young mother of two just trying to survive, and keep her children alive. During the siege, there was no food, electricity, or water. This young woman lost her four-year-old son to scurvy, and thought her daughter and husband had been killed by a bomb, only to be reunited 60 years later with her daughter. It was heartbreaking, intense, and incredible fascinating to read a fictitious story about something so very real and tragic. It prompted me to do some research into the siege of Leningrad, and I found these images.




Soldiers

Families pulling their passed loved ones to places of burial on sleds.






Dead bodies in the streets, frozen to death. The book stated, people were "freezing where they stood."
After reading this fiction novel, I believe I may look into some non-fiction works about the siege. As catastrophic as this event was, I don't really remember studying it in school.






Monday, October 18, 2010

Finally! A low-key, no-plans weekend at home!

For the first (and probably last) time in a very long time, we had a quiet weekend at home with no obligations, no plans, no schedule! It was fabulous. Hendrix let us sleep until around 7:30 on Saturday morning. We got up, got ready, and went shopping for family pictures next weekend. Matt and Hendrix were the high class, preppy boys. Matt got a black cashmere sweater. Hendrix got a Chaps brand navy sweater vest and a Chaps white collared shirt to go under it. So adorable! I picked up a really cute V-neck, simple black sweater for $18.00. Hahaha! After shopping, we went to the Bowling Green library and all got a few books! Hendrix got 4 cardboard books, because he doesn't understand yet, that we don't rip pages out of books. Matt got a book titled "Intellectuals in Society," (which he said sounded interesting, but reads way too slowly for him) and I got the first Harry Potter book to read again, and also "Winter Garden," by Kristin Hannah. I'm about 1/2 way through it, and so far it's pretty good. Saturday afternoon, Matt worked in the yard. He mowed, for hopefully the last time, raked leaves, and we all played outside for a while.

Sunday, Hendrix woke up just before 7 am. I got him breakfast, and took a quick shower while he was occupied with his breakfast. I was playing keyboard with the worship team, and had to be at church at 9 am. We put Hendrix in the nursery, and he seemed to be doing fun, until Mason, another little boy, started fussing, and I think it caused a chain reaction. :) After church we headed home, all took a short nap, and watched football and played outside for the rest of the day. It was a very enjoyable and low-key weekend. I wish there were more of those.....

However, I'm afraid the busy part of the year is just beginning. But oh well, we'll go with the flow. This weekend we are traveling home to Elwood and Portland for family pictures. It'll be a very busy and tiring weekend, but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the family.

Here are a few shots I got this past weekend.......

I thought the clouds looked awesome above the church steeple on Sunday morning!

Cheesing for the camera, which Goldfish Crackers in his mouth!




He was showing me the leaves he had discovered. They were so crunchy!



Playing on the playground equipment down at the elementary school as the sun sank lower in the sky.



Daddy likes to have fun with Hendrix!





Thursday, October 14, 2010

Scenes from the Metz Fall 2010

Just wanted to share a few pictures from our Fall 2010 so far!


This is Amy, Kenna, and Wade Kane on our riverbed walk (09/25/10).

This is Ms. Kenna blowing bubbles for Hendrix on our back deck (09/25/2010).




This is my little Jonny Appleseed (10/12/2010)!




I captured these two bright red trees on one of our evening walks (10/12/2010).
Hope you all are enjoying the beautiful leaves and temperatures as much as we are! God Bless. Love, Matt, Steph, Hendrix, and Corduroy




Our Toronto Trip (10/07 - 10/10)

I'm finally getting around to posting about Toronto! I attempted this last night at home, then my crap computer froze and I lost the whole thing. GRRR.

So.....Matt and I headed out Thursday morning, around 8 am. Besides being the most boring drive of my life, the construction on the highway all the way to Toronto was so annoying! We finally arrived to our hotel around 3 pm and checked in. We rested and relaxed at the hotel Thursday afternoon, then went to The Rex to see a jazz show that evening, and had a few beers.
Friday morning we went to the CN Tower. My fear of heights was most definitely confirmed this day! The CN tower is over 1,800 feet tall. After much persuasion, I gathered the courage to step onto the glass floor, which you can see below. It lasted all of .7 seconds....hehehe. I was on the glass long enough to snap a picture, then I was back on solid, non-transparent ground! It was a cool experience though. The 360-view of Toronto was awesome! After the CN Tower, we headed across the street to the Steam Whistle Brewery. We took a tour, though it wasn't a production day. Then we were able to sample some of their pilsner, which was quite delicious!! After our trek to the brewery and the tower, we had a quick lunch in PATH (underground shops and restaurants), then headed back to the hotel for a nap. After our 2.5 hour nap, we got dressed and went to our much anticipated dinner at Embrujo Flamenco, where we enjoyed tortilla espanola, queso manchego, paella, and sangria. It was all so delicious!!! After dinner we enjoyed a few drinks in the hotel lobby, then headed to bed.

( View down from standing on the glass floor......eeeeep!)



(CN Tower, view from the ground)


(Steam Whistle Brewery, right across the street from the CN Tower)

Saturday morning, we headed north to the University of Toronto area where we visited the Royal Ontario Museum. Matt had seen in a brochure that there was an exhibit on the First Emperor of China and the Terra Cotta Warriors, and he really wanted to see it. I wasn't thrilled at first, but I'm so glad we went. It was so amazing to see artifacts that were over 2,500 years old! The history was so rich and interesting. Pictures weren't allowed in the Emperor exhibit, but I did get some pictures at other parts of the museum. After the museum, we walked around Yonge-Dundas square for a while, and did a little shopping (I bought my first pair of skinny jeans!!). Then we - of course - headed back to the hotel and took a nap. Hahaha! Saturday evening we went to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to hear a performance of Rhapsody in Blue. It was really enjoyable. That pianist was amazing!

(A statue of Buddha @ the Royal Ontario Museum)
We were on the road at 6:30 am Sunday morning. We missed Hendrix really badly and wanted to get home. We got home around noon, despite the crazy, crawling traffic in Grand Rapids due to Applebutter fest. It was a really enjoyable time, and I look forward to our next vacation - one in which Hendrix will be in tow, surely!! :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Time is racing by.......

Wow, does time ever get away from you, or what?!? Matt and I have been married for over three years now, and our little man's 1st birthday is quickly approaching. ***sigh***

Matt and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary last Wednesday, October 6th. Well, we didn't do much celebrating Wednesday, actually. My mom and her mom came over Wednesday evening, as they were going to stay all weekend and watch Hendrix while Matt and I went to Toronto. So Wednesday evening consisted of having dinner (my homemade veggie soup) with them, and relaxing, while going through the "routines" to make their stay with Hendrix easier!

Matt and I headed out for Toronto around 8 am on Thursday. While Toronto is an amazing city, I must say that the drive to get there is terrible!!! There was construstion the whole way, which didn't help, but besides that, there is absolutely no scenery whatsoever! But, after over 5 hours of driving, we finally arrived at our hotel and checked in. I will post pictures and a description of our trip soon.

I didn't want to come back to work today, after being off for almost a week. Hendrix was NOT a happy camper this morning either. I almost stayed home from work, because I thought he was sick. But, I think he had just had a nightmare. I could hear what almost sounded like gasping for air on the baby monitor. I went up and checked on him and he was breathing normally. I took our things out to the car and came back in, and he was doing the gasping thing again. Then he started crying. I went upstairs, and he still appeared to be asleep, but it was time to go anyway, so I picked him up. He kept crying, and didn't really stop for a good 10-15 minutes. I got him dressed and gave him some ibuprofen incase he was teething, etc, and got him in the car. Once he was in the car and awake, he seemed fine. I dropped him off at daycare at 6:45. It's now after 10 and they haven't called me. Poor little baby boy.

Sunday was Applebutter Fest in Grand Rapids. It took a long time to get through the traffic to our house. Once we got home and settled, we went out for a walk around town to see the festivities. It was a very hot day on Sunday, and I think that contributed to alllllllll the people in town. Oh my goodness, it was crazy! We walked down to the toepath and back home. People......everywhere...... I think next year we'll stay home and watch the festivities from our front porch. Hahahaha.

I really hope these hot temperatures go away for good. I was quite enjoying the cooler temps.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Don't get me wrong, I love this fall weather, but it's messing with my head! I've had a nasty headache for the last three days, and today my throat is pretty sore. I'm hanging in there though! I"m going to try to rest and get better because I don't want to be sick for our trip to Toronto next Thursday! Here's the tentative plan:

THURSDAY: Leave our house around 8 or 9 am. Arrive in Toronto mid afternoon. First stop - Steamwhistle Brewery for a tour. After the tour, check into our hotel, rest/relaxation at the hotel in the evening. Then, we are going to see a jazz show at The Rex.


FRIDAY: We are going to visit the CN Tower, and probably do some shopping at PATH, the underground mall. If we have any time to kill, we'll probably swim at the hotel pool, or take a walk, or take a NAP! :) Friday evening we have dinner reservations at Embrujo Flamenco, a Spanish restaurant with complimentary flamenco show. I am most excited about this part of the trip!! I'm very very ready to enjoy paella, croquetas, tortilla, and sangria! Mmm Mmm Mmmmm!
























SATURDAY: I have left Saturday pretty open, on purpose. If we miss anything Thursday or Friday, we can make it up Saturday. If we have spare time, I'd like to meander around downtown and check out Yonge-Dundas Square, where there is an arts market on Saturdays. Casa Loma and Honest Ed's are also on the list if we have the time and desire. Saturday evening, we have tickets to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra! We are going to hear Rhythym & Blues. We're excited to do something sophisticated and to dress up and be classy for an evening.



SUNDAY: We're heading home Sunday morning, though we have no specific time in mind. I would like to get home farily early though, because Applebutter Fest is going on in Grand Rapids, and I would like to check that out a little bit.



So, the countdown is on to Toronto! Matt and I haven't even been on a date, or out to dinner, or anything since Hendrix has been born, and we're looking forward to taking a few days and concentrating on our marriage and each other.

We finally got Corduroy groomed this weekend and he looks soooo much better! Not sure if you can tell much of a difference from the picture, but his hair was shaved short and he's a handsome boy again!



Hope you all are enjoying the fall weather!

Monday, September 27, 2010

A few newer pictures

I will post about the weekend later today or tomorrow. I just wanted to share a few newer pictures of my boys. :)

This is Hendrix enjoying his 3rd helping of chicken, sauteed with red pepper and sugar snap peas. Yummm!
This is Hendrix purposely avoiding looking at me. He's good at that. :)

Hendrix playing Peek-A-Boo in the coat closet. Amazingly, no fingers were pinched in the process.



This is my handsome hubby (not sure what he's doing with his right hand!!), with Wade in the background.