Monday, March 29, 2010

Sunday, March 28, 2010

the serial groper

We went to the coast saturday. crabbed for a few hours, ate a whole bag of balsamic and sweet onion potato chips while driving the 101 and then went for a little hike.
This is the cascade head. The guidebook said it was not really uphill. But actually I read the wrong hike description and it was uphill the whole way (expect for the way back of course).
On the way up we ran into some girls coming down and I moved out of the way to let them pass. The one girl grabbed my belly and said "are you pregnant??" I just sort of stared at her......and her friend goes "sorry, my friend is the serial'll have to excuse her" (or something like that). Then we each walked in our respective directions. Anyways, they were impressed with my front-packing skills.

But Richard didn't seem as impressed as the strangers. So when we got close to the top and I said "I'm done, its cold, im tired and ready to go back" he didn't seem to care and he kept on going.............Maybe I do want my sister and mom to come to the hospital with me on Anna's birthday! didn't go that much further and he's really nice to his prego wife...thanks for the great weekend babe! (:

Sunday, March 21, 2010

26 weeks and uncomfortable.

So yeah yeah i know all you veteran moms are saying...just wait....just wait.....

But im definitally getting to the point where running is uncomfortable. i look like a duck when i try. Still wearing my normal jeans with a "be band" - but pretty soon that's probably going to have to stop due to bladder control issues. only a few more weeks till we get to meet Anna!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


i just put up 4 new posts!
that's what you get for asking why i never blog Paul......(;

taking advange of daylight savings time.....seems fishy to me....

so rich calls home 1:30 Monday and says - HEY! I'm done early in the office! -silent pause- i read his mind(or so i thought) then reply "lets go for a hike"!!

Okay - so after washing my new car and getting snacks and water ready to go I find richard putting the following paraphernalia in my trunk.
If you can't tell, there are fishing shoes, a tackle box and fishing lures back there. I also let him choose the hike and where does he decide we need to go?? Look at the following picture and decide for yourself whether or not Richard had planned on going hiking or going fishing on Monday afternoon. (yes, that is Richard pretending to cast)But he's forgiven. We may as well have gone fishing anyways - with how great of a hiker I am any more. Pregnancy changes a few things that make hiking difficult - like the 20 pound fanny pack that occludes the view of your feet - and the urinary incontinence that make getting into awesome poses for pics rather dangerous. (yup had to pee on a tree before the 2 hour hike was over - and yes, i started out at 150# and am up to 167# after the week at home!)

At any rate it was great to get out into the Oregon wild and see something besides rain and darkness. Even if our driving time equated our hiking time....Hooray for a deceptive husband that got me out of the house. Curses on that doughnut shop in Sandy that was closed after the hike.......I woulda killed for a blueberry fritter.

2 stops early and 15 minutes late

When spring manifests iteself in cherry blossoms, I get off the bus 2 stops early and get to work 15 minutes late. The pictures are (from top L to bottom right) 1. the tree of life - aka the most bloomful magnolia I have ever seen 2. The biggest light pink camelia I have ever seen - that thing is like 2 stories high...i LOVE camelias (spelling?) 3. another view of the tree of life- it comes complete with hostas that bloom later in the year! 4. the first azelias I see bloomed every year - so very purple arent they? 5. I swear this is the first rhododendron to bloom in all of oregon every year - they usually wait a few more months before getting too showy (rho-dum-dum as rich calls them) 6. daffodills in the state capitols amazing grow box of perennials (i have never seen a better planned perennial garden - it blooms until december i swear) 7. people commuting to work in front of the capitol mall's cherry blossoms. Oh i am really going to miss my walk to work - alot more than I will miss work (:

Anna is so excited about her clothes that she started kicking


I had a great time in Utah and came home with a bounty. Richard was less excited than I expected, but I know he'll be excited when Anna puts on the following outfits:

The baby's room is almost complete now that we have quilts/afgans from grandmas! (waiting on the changing table that hopefully doesn't look like minimalist ikeas - dad)

Can't wait to stroller shop. (:

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I agree

Richards mom is also a dietitian and she sent this to me. I totally agree. Ellyn Satter has some great books on child nutrition.

To: First Lady Michelle Obama
Re: Child obesity: Help without harming
From: Ellyn Satter

As a Family Therapist and Registered Dietitian, in the 45 years I have been helping people with eating/feeding/weight issues, I have made most of the mistakes. I had the luxury of erring in the privacy of my clinical office. You don’t have that luxury. Please accept my insights about what works—and what doesn’t—with respect to addressing child obesity and, more importantly, achieving our mutual goal of letting children be all they can be.

Don’t talk about child obesity. Research shows that children who are labeled overweight or obese feel flawed in every way–not smart, not physically capable and not worthy. Parents who fear obesity hesitate to gratify their child’s hunger for fear s/he will get fat. Such labeling is not only counterproductive, it is unnecessary. From birth, child obesity can be prevented—and treated—by maintaining a division of responsibility (DOR) in feeding: Parents do the what, where, when of feeding and children do the how much and whether of eating. The DOR is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA and its programs (WIC, School Nutrition, Child Care Food Program), Public Health, Head Start, and CDC, among others.

Provide, don’t deprive. You are on the right track in emphasizing programs that support food security for children and families. Children who are given regular, reliable, and rewarding meals and snacks eat as much as they need and grow appropriately. On the other hand, children who fear going hungry eat as much as they can whenever they can and get fatter than nature intended them to be. But don’t emphasize right and wrong foods. Stipulating "healthy" food is not part of the DOR. Expecting people to eat what they should rather than what they want creates a barrier to family meals. Instead, encourage family meals. When parents get the meal habit, sooner or later they get around to including fruits and vegetables.

Optimize feeding and parenting, and let children be children. Children are entitled to be free from worry about eating, moving, and weight. Once they establish the critically important structure of meals and snacks, adults must trust children to learn to eat the food they eat, eat as much as they need, and grow in the way that is genetically appropriate for them.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

spring has sprung

its been 55 here for the past month and the yard is full of suprises. my FAVORITE is the camilla plant (the one with hot pink roses on it). oh how i love it. i think the white bush that is out of focus is jasmine because it smells AMAZING oh so amazing. come see us and enjoy the green!