Monday, October 29, 2012

Another Big Weekend

It was another big weekend at the Bowers' house.  Friday's ballgame was a nail biter and we came up a little short.  That means this week will wind up football season at our house.  It's really flown by, but I prefer to never experience the first trimester of a pregnancy during football season again.  Ha.  Who am I kidding?  I prefer no more first trimesters.  They're rough on this girl.

Saturday morning, my friend, Chelsi and I met in Troy to celebrate the upcoming arrival of Miss Emma Maness.  Emma's parents have longed for this day for so many years.  Their story is quite an amazing one.  Andrea is due in December, and we enjoyed the morning at her shower.  Don't tell Bradley, but after the shower we hit a few stores on the square before coming home.  I topped off the morning with a big order of McDonald's french fries and my radio blaring 90's on 9.  Yes, it's the little things.

I may have mentioned that back in the summer, I sold our bedroom furniture.  All of it.  We bought an old dresser and painted it.  We picked up a bed frame.  Other than that, we've been roughing it.  Last weekend my parents picked up 2 night stands that I sanded and they painted. B had them all moved in when I got back from the shower so we set to work organizing all our junk that's been laying the floor of the spare bedroom since before school started.  That room is soon to become Ella Kate's room.  She's not in agreement yet.  But I feel like when we go pink in there, she'll change her mind.  She will, after all, be 2 a week from today.  Yes, seriously.  She needs a big girl room.

We got to visit with Uncle J, Uncle G, Aunt Courtney, Papa, and Gigi Saturday night during the game.  It was a great visit.  Sunday, G and Courtney joined us at church then we headed to the family reunion afterwards. After a little nap, Ella Kate and I took off to our church's fall festival.  She loved it.  I think we picked up ducks 54 times and raced cars at least 32 times.  It seemed like a lot.  But she had a ball.  Tomorrow is Pumpkins on the Square.  EK will be sporting her busy bee costume and if it's as cold as they're saying, we'll be bundled up tight.  I'm planning on putting chili in the crockpot in the morning.  I don't eat it, but it sure smells good.

Thursday, we're planning to have "the ultrasound".  Boy or girl?  I'm trying to remain neutral.  But I'll post ASAP.  Have a great week!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Wonderful Weekend

We kicked off the weekend Friday with a ballgame in Luverne.  I miss my friends there!  They were always a blast.  It was so nice to see them, even if it was briefly.  With that being said, I was really, really, really proud of our guys.  They played hard all night long.  And I'll leave it at that...simply because if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.  Tough loss.  B tried to become The Deer Slayer on the way home from the game.  He's fine.  His truck is not.  We'll know just how "not fine" it is after tomorrow.

We started Saturday with my Grandmother's 99th Birthday lunch at the lake.  99 years???  Can you imagine???  She's still looking good and seeing Ella Kate give her a big hug and try to pull her to the swings was entertaining.  Rarely get to see that side of the family.  I hate that because they're lots of fun.  Ella Kate had all the fun she could stand, and she crashed about 5 minutes from home.  I took advantage of a lazy afternoon at home and napped as well. I think we slept for hours.  I finally pulled myself out of the recliner and made a chocolate chip pecan pie.  BEST. EVER.  I've attempted this several times, but this one was definitely the most successful.  Made it yesterday and it's gone.  Uncle G, Courtney, and Gerald came last night to hang out and spend the night.  We sat around the outdoor fireplace watching football and chatting.  We finally moved the party inside and hit the sack around midnight.  It was nice to sit around with breakfast and coffee this morning.  I don't drink it, but I do love the smell.  We all went to Maw Maw's for lunch after church.  Ella Kate loves G and Courtney.  She's pretty fond of Gerald too.  The visit was great and I hope it happens again soon.

Congrats to my friend, Allie, and her husband John, as they got to meet their 2nd baby boy yesterday, Nolan Timothy.  Such a sweet time for them.

It was one of those weekends that leaves you feeling extra blessed. My energy is slowly returning, and the nausea is slowing fading in intensity (I hope).  This afternoon I hung up some clothes that have been laying in a pile in our bedroom for at least 2 weeks, sanded 2 nightstands, and hung some pictures that I bought 6 weeks ago.  I know.  Watch out. I'm on a roll.  I've even fixed my hair a couple of times.  This is big.  I was living with the bun for at least a month.  Never fear.  It was a stylish bun!

Hope you all have a week that leaves you feeling extra blessed.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Relief! I see it!

I think relief is in sight!  That's the thing about "pregnant sick".  You don't know if it's going to end, at least anytime soon.  And it becomes, for me, a little depressing.  But I've had some better days this week and it continues to improve.  I am SO thankful.  Unless you've experienced this, you just have no idea how thankful.  With Ella Kate, I'm not sure it ended until she arrived.  She was worth it, no doubt.  But I've been really concerned it would be the same way again.  We are super thankful for this baby, no matter what.  We realize, from personal experience, that there are many people who would give their right arm to experience this gift, even if it does come with a little sickness.

Homecoming Week was great.  In my opinion, the best ever.  I saw some precious nerds and hippies this week.  I even heard a few songs in the hall.  Always entertaining.  We held our first ever black light pep rally Thursday night.  I was nervous about this...and a little stressed.  My father in law made a Walmart run Thursday because I woke up that morning in a panic that I might not have enough lights.  Thanks Papa! It turned out to be a hit.  The gym was full and there was plenty of entertainment to go around.  I loved it.  I will attempt to upload a clip to facebook soon.  So proud of my girls.  They were up and back at school bright and early yesterday morning for the annual homecoming breakfast.  Coach Robison gave a great devotion about finishing well.  Finish well they did...ZC ended the week with a huge win last night.  I did not grow up in Jack, but B and I love working at Zion Chapel.  We've got some pretty awesome kids, parents, and teachers.  Homecoming each year makes me feel extra thankful to be a part of a great place.

Got to see a far away friend for a few minutes last night.  And hoping to have dinner with she and her husband tonight.  Ella Kate and I are hanging out in our pj's and  watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  I'm blogging and she's trying to inspect my teeth.  She keeps telling me to "open mouf".  Happy Saturday!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

I Have An Announcement:

I worked in the yard this morning.  Yes, after a month of accomplishing NOTHING due to a lack of energy and constant nausea, I stepped out into the yard this morning and trimmed the shrubs.  I also cleaned out the dog pen, AND potted my mums.  I know.  As EK says, "I so pwoud of you.".  I feel so accomplished.  My kitchen still looks like a bomb went off, but I'll tackle that later.  I was so certain I would continue running while I was pregnant. Ha.  Not going to happen.  I have been doing better than I did the first go 'round.  I refuse to gain 60 lbs this time.  She was worth it though.

Ella Kate is growing up everyday.  She keeps us smiling.  She told B this morning when we picked her up from my parents', "Hey, My Daddy".  Precious.  She is a prissy little thing.  She's all about her sparkly Bob's or her new "boops" aka:  boots.  She tells us, "So pretty!"  She's all about some clothes.  And cleaning.  Absolutely. My. Child.

There is not one thing on the agenda for us today.  Oh, I LOVE it.  A Saturday at home.  This time of year is  super busy for us.  I'm sure it's that way for everyone.  It was after midnight when we rolled up last night.  And homecoming week is upon us.  There are dress up days, banners to make, shirts to sort, and pep rallies to hold.  It's not as much fun as it was as a student, but I always like a little break from routine.  Homecoming Week?  Sure.  Bring it on.