I looooooove Halloween. It coincides with how I only like the Shakespeare tragedies where everybody dies, and the fact that I could watch horror movies or Dateline Mystery for days on end. It's my dark side.
One day of dressing up isn't enough, so the past couple of years I've planned a Halloween party with my family. Besides the costumes on the kids AND adults, the highlight of the night was the scary story I told the kids where they got to feel the eyeballs, hair, veins, heart and warts of my dead witchy sister "Morticia" that was ripped apart by a werewolf. It was such a fun way to kick off the holiday season!
Going to the ultrasound with the family at Fetal Fotos was so much fun. Before we went I showed them pictures and a short video of an ultrasound online so that the kids knew what we were going to be looking at. I think it helped them understand a lot, and at the appointment even Annie was able to pick out her little feet.
These first shots of our baby are so precious. I look at them all the time and it makes me even more excited to meet her in a few months.
A girl! We're really having a girl. We're so lucky.
Over the last couple of days I have realized how happy I am. We found out two days ago that we will be having our second little girl join our family. The news was a little bit shocking at first- I was certain it was a boy- but the news has brought us so much joy already. Knowing the gender of the baby always makes it more real for us; calling her a "she" and talking about all of the things we can't wait to teach baby sister about makes her a real part of our family.
When I was in junior high I remember frequently being asked the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" The answer came out "teacher", but I always knew that more than anything I just wanted to be a mom.
Here I am. 28 years old, 2 beautiful children and one on the way, and I am living my dream. I realized that Dallas could go to school for the rest of our lives, I may never have an iPhone, I may only visit the Alps and Hawaii through a friend's blog, we could always drive old cars with creaky struts and squeaky brakes, and live in this apartment with a 10x10 back yard, and you know what? I would be happy forever. Heavenly Father has blessed me with those things that are most important: Family, friends, and a testimony of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and his true and everlasting Gospel.
I am happy because I know there is nothing else that I need. And I am so, so thankful.
Dallas couldn't understand why I wanted to get family pictures this fall when in only a few months from now they would be outdated. I just wanted so badly to capture our family how it is NOW. Everything will be changing, but I love our little family of four, and I wanted to remember what it was like- just four of us.
So, we compromised. This time I took our pictures with the help of a self timer, and next year I'll be able to hire a real photographer. They turned out pretty well considering. I love these guys.