Tuesday, November 15, 2011

See Spare Grow

So, here are a few photos of the last few weeks...

Week 17

Week 17

Week 18

Week 18

Week 19

Week 19

Needless to say, I am feeling rather big in the belly region right now!  I will say that the most recent picture was taken this evening (we normally take photos in the morning), so I am probably a little rounder than I would have been this morning.

In other news, we are buying a house this week!  And we have our next OB appointment the day before.  That said, my mom is coming to town to do the final walk-through on the house and to the ultrasound appointment.  I am very excited!  I haven't seen her since mid-September and she's pretty much just getting the weekly update with the photos; so it will be really fun to see how she reacts to seeing me in person with a baby bump!

Finally, due to the amount of crazy we have going on in our lives right now (especially with buying the house), we haven't been bowling the last two Fridays!  I am hoping we are able to remedy that situation soon, but it's not looking good.  With the few things that need to be done on the house before we move in, as well as Thanksgiving break and packing to do, I am not sure when we'll have a chance to bowl.  But I assure you, we will bowl again!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Let me preface this post by saying that I should be writing a sermon right now... I'm not procrastinating, really; but I would prefer to have my sermon done by Thursday afternoon.  However, I have been wanting to blog all week and simply not had time to do so.

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by an outpouring of blessings in your life that you lash out and start fights with your spouse?  Well, I have!  All this week, in fact.  Allow me to elaborate...

With the exception of losing Jared's dad in mid-September, the last four-and-a-half months have been overflowing with awesomeness (channeling Barney from How I Met Your Mother).  We got to end our summer of insanity with lots of vacation time with family and friends.  We started August with the knowledge that we were pregnant, though we wouldn't go public until October.  We learned that we would get to look for and buy our very first home.  We received confirmation that I would be ordained as a transitional deacon in the Episcopal Church. And this month, we are actually in the process of buying the house; we will travel to Cuba for Thanksgiving.  Next month, we will move into the new house; I will be ordained; and we will travel to Dallas for Christmas fun with some of my family!

When it rains, it pours!  My cup runneth over!  (Not to mention my baby bump runneth over my elastic waistband, too!)  And the like.

Even though none of these things are bad things to be experiencing and dealing with, they are still overwhelming.  Jared and I have been very snippy and short-tempered with each other lately.  We really don't like having these times; but I think we are snippy and short because we can be.  Does this make sense to anyone else?  Your spouse, hopefully, becomes the person that you can bear all to, but who will still love you even after you've borne it all.  So that's what this season of transition and change feels like for me.  We are short-tempered and super high strung right now, but we know that we are partners through all of the crazy.

Even though there is stress involved in all of these transitions, I am incredibly excited to have all of these experiences.  We will own our first home!  We will finally get to put together a nursery for Spare!  I will have hands laid upon my head and be made a deacon in the church!  And, eventually, we will hold our sweet baby in our arms and our lives will REALLY change.

There is so much to be grateful for in all of these changes.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Too Early to Think...

... So, I'll blog instead!  The hubs just left for a meeting in Alexandria today.  We had the chance to eat breakfast together this morning, which was nice, but now I am too awake to go back to bed and too sleepy to do anything else.

We've been bowling a couple of weeks in a row, now.  It's been a great time on Fridays for us.  The only problem for me is that my form is changing (catch the dual meaning, there?), and so it is becoming more difficult for me to roll the ball the way I am used to rolling it.  So, often when I think I am rolling correctly, I pull to the right or the left and end up very frustrated.

Speaking of frustration...

10.28.2011, frustration

So, yeah, we've had some frustrating moments in our bowling lately.

Here are our scores for the last couple of weeks!


10.21.2011, Game 1
Game 1

10.21.2011, Game 2
Game 2

10.21.2011, Game 3
Game 3

10.21.2011, Game 4
Game 4


10.28.2011, Game 1
Game 1

10.28.2011, Game 2
Game 2

10.28.2011, Game 3
Game 3

10.28.2011, Game 4
Game 4

And here's a self-portrait, a small attempt to make our day of bowling a little more joyful!

10.28.2011, self-portrait

This weekend, we are due to go to Jared's homecoming at his college. So, I am not sure if we'll have the opportunity to bowl, but if we do, we'll post scores next week!