We had such a great christmas. My dad, mom, brother, and two sisters came to stay with us. It was so much fun. This is a picture of My brother Jake, sister Kara, and sister Jamie sledding. I will post more christmas pictures soon. I just worked on this one last night, so I was excited to post it so my family could see it.
Oh, how we LOVE our little Nicholas Mac. He is such a fun loving, kind boy. Here are a few of my favorite memories of him this month.
Sledding in our front yard.
When the forecast included snow, I bought the boys their first pairs of snow boots. This is the first place we have lived that we have actually needed them. Nicholas calls them his "rubba boots." I had the pleasure to walk in to the kitchen to this sight. He is always doing something that brightens my day.
This is a picture of our daily walk to the mailbox. It is about a half block away. Once, Thomas slipped on this pile of rocks and said, "Ouch! I slipped!" Every day since then, when we reach this spot Nicholas carefully sits down and exclaims, "I slipped!"
If you ask Nicholas to smile, this is the adorable grin you get. I love it!
These are really bad pictures, but I was playing the piano for the whole program and Jackson was not there...he was at an Orchestra concert, so this is the best I could do. The first one is of Nicholas with a group of kids who go to "Music Makers." This is a special interest group a friend of mine started here and it is SO fun. If anyone wants more info on how to start one just email me. It is a great thing for nursery age kids. Nicholas is in the middle of the group. This is of the nativity they had the primary kids do. Thomas was a shephard. It's really hard to see him...he is inside the manger with a maroon wrap on his head.
These are of the kids on Santa's lap. Santa was Jackson's uncle, so they knew just who it was. They loved it...they both jumped right up on his lap. Once again, the pictures are bad, but they are the best I could do. It was a fun party.
Nicholas has such soft yummy ears that I can't resist taking a little nibble sometimes. A few days ago I was tickling him and his ear was convenient, so I grabbed his lobe in my mouth. He started to laugh and said, "They're not poc-i-sles mommy!"
Thomas wanted me to take a picture of his eyes so he could see better what they looked like. I happily fulfilled his request and then did the same for Nicholas. Pictures don't do them justice, but as you can see Thomas's eyes are bright blue and Nicholas's rich brown. I find it pretty interesting because neither Jackson or I have eyes these colors. In fact, no one on either side of our families has blue eyes except my dad. We are anxiously waiting to see what color Estella's will be.
Here are a few more pictures of Estella. We are just loving her to pieces. Thomas and Nicholas adore her and want to hold her all the time. A few days ago Thomas said, "When Estella gets big I want to be her man." I'm not sure exactly what he meant by that, but I'm sure it means he loves her a lot. Every time Nicholas has a turn holding her he just giggles at every move or grunt she makes.
Estella arrived Saturday, November 3 at 1:03. She is healthy and we are so happy to have her here. My mom just left this morning, so we will see how things go with just me and three little ones. Here are a few pictures...more will come as I have a few minutes to work on them.
Here is a little video of Thomas singing his two favorite songs. He had an infection in his eye when I took this video, so that is why one of his eyes is a bit swollen. If he knows someone is listening to him sing them, he does it as fast as he can, as you will see :)
I have been wanting to get more into photography for a long time now. I have read lots of books and am talking about it all the time. Jackson decided that I needed to just go for it, so we bought photoshop elements 6.0 and I signed up for a two night class on the program that was offered at a photography studio here in town called 13 Photography. I didn't want to pay for both the beginning and the advanced class, so I just signed up for the advanced class and tried to figure out the basics on my own before. I just finished the class and it was SO great! I haven't had much time to put into practice the things I learned, but here are a few pictures from our recent trip up the Monument that I played with.
Love Birds I plan on doing something like this with some pictures of the new baby...or maybe some old pictures of the baby boys, but I didn't have any of those old pictures on Jackson's computer, so I practiced on this one. I can only play with photoshop when Jackson brings his computer home from work, because the one we have at home is too old and slow to even download photoshop onto. Jackson insisted on taking pregnant pictures of me this time. I think I will be glad I have them in the future.
I am doing much better now. I haven't had any major contractions or any bleeding at all for over a week now. I weaned myself of the medication and have slowly been doing more and more around the house. Thanks to friends, family here in town, and my amazing mom I haven't had to cook a meal yet. I went to the doctor Thursday afternoon and he said everything looked great. I asked him if I could start going for short walks and he said "No." I was bummed. He said I need to wait two more weeks and then I can do whatever I want. I am counting down the days.
Sunday morning before church we decided to drive up the Colorado National Monument (15 minutes from our house) and explore. I don't know if the doctor would consider that a walk, but I don't. We went less than 50 yards from the van. Jackson and I had fun taking pictures. Jackson wanted to get some pregnant belly pictures of me. Thomas is very excited about the baby and often lays his ear on my belly to listen and feel her kick. We thought we would get some precious pictures of this, but this is what we got.
We did get some good pictures. I am out of time, but I will post them soon.
We have had a bit of a scary week. I have been having some bleeding and contractions. I finally went into the doctor Sunday night and they monitered the baby's heartbeat and the contractions. I was having very steady contractions, so they checked me internally. Luckily I wasn't dialated at all. The cervix was soft, but they said that can be normal with a third pregnancy. They gave me a shot of Terbutaline (sp?) which makes your uterus relax (and also makes your heart race and your body shake). That stopped the contractions after a while, so they sent me home with some pills of that to take every 4 hours until I could see my OB. The next morning he saw me and told me to keep taking the pills and to not do anything, basically...no grocery shopping, no housework, no cooking. I was very faithful with that all day Monday (which made for very confused little boys and a very busy husband). Tuesday morning I had some fresh bleeding and more contractions, so I called the doctor to ask what he wanted me to do. He had me come in and put me back on the monitor. I was having lots of contractions, so he checked me internally again, and said it was still fine...not dialated, just soft. He said the blood was probably just small blood vessels in the cervix bursting as it softened.
That was all very stressful for me and Jackson and the little boys. This afternoon, however, I have been feeling very calm and peaceful about everything. I might just have wishful thinking, but I don't feel like Estella is going to come too early. I feel that if I take it easy-this week especially- my uterus is going to calm down and I will be able to go off the medication (which I REALLY don't like taking). We have had so much help and so many people call, bring dinner, watch the boys at the last minute, buy us groceries...it has been so wonderful! Thankyou to everyone that has been so kind and thoughtful!
My sister Kara came to visit a few weeks ago. The Colorado River runs right through town, so we drove the 10 minutes it takes to get there and had a great time playing in the water, sand, and mud. There were a lot of fish jumping in the water. Thomas kept missing them, so he and Jackson sat down and watched until he finally saw one.
Nicholas is doing the actions to "The Wheels on the Bus" go open and shut...his favorite part! We saw a few little toads; Kara caught this one and let the boys touch and hold it. They LOVED it!
Thomas and Nicholas LOVE umbrellas. They get them out of the coat closet constantly and beg me to open them. I always say that I can't open them unless it's raining outside. Yesterday it started raining and they both ran for the umbrellas. They were so excited to be able to open them. It rains fairly often here, but it is usually at night. These are a few pictures of them playing in the rain.
I just finished my pictures from June, so here are a few fun things we did that month.
We went to Fillmore to visit my family. There is a skate park that the boys love to play on. We brought cars for them to race down the jumps. They had a blast.
Jackson and Thomas
My mom (Isn't she beautiful?!) and Nicholas.
Later that month we took a trip to a lake (I forgot the name) with Jackson's parents and his brother and his wife and 4 kids. Jackson's dad brought the sail boats. He actually made the one with the white sail. He is amazing! We all had a great time taking turns sailing around the lake.
Nicholas climed up in a little cave while we were hiking the other day. He looked cute (of course) so we took out the camera and as soon as we did he started saying cheese, can you tell?
Jackson passed his Real Estate exam in Colorado and has started working with a really fantastic broker, who's getting older and wants to pass all of his knowlege on to someone. He wants an apprentice he can pass the business on to. Over the past 3 months he and Jackson have been working together to see if it would work out for us. So far so good. If you hear of any businesses who want to relocate or expand into Grand Junction you know who to call. He's still taking loans on the side when he can get them.
The nesting urge is growing as we get closer to the due date. Our bright white living room is now a cozy cream, well almost. Thomas and Nicholas have chosen to sleep on the floor until we get them a bunk bed to share after Estella arrives. I'm reading a somewhat psycho book right now called Demons. Dostoyevski, the author, is facinated with the psychological refelctions of his characters, but I don't really get to know the characters as much as I would like to.