February 26, 2012

guess what.

If you don't already know, we'd like to introduce you to Peanut.

Peanut may look like a floating alien spine, but we're pretty excited about him/her.  At this point, Peanut is about 13 weeks old.
And here, Peanut is about 21 weeks old.  I can't really tell what all the pictures are, but you can see for the most part, Peanut is looking less alien.

If you haven't figured it out yet...we're pregos!!!  Yahtzee!

So our two is becoming three.  If I was a better "blogger" I would have written all about this development...from pre-discovery and how I was hit with morning sickness before I even knew I was with child, to confirmation after taking two pregnancy tests and a pee test, to keeping it a secret/lying for three months.  We're expecting Peanut to arrive June 23.  Crazy how time is flying.

During the first trimester, it seemed surreal with only a glorified muffin top to show forth.  But now, at just under six months along, my belly's definitely popped into a nice round pregnant tummy.  We decided to be surprised and not know the gender ahead of time, so we have the task of coming up with a girl AND a boy name.  Is it just me or are boy names harder to think of?  Many people have given their guesses or seem to be sure of whether it will be a girl or a boy, based on the shape of my stomach to the look of my complexion, and one gender isn't necessarily coming out a sure contender.  Either way, I'm dressing this kid in whatever hand-me downs we collect.  Who says a girl wouldn't look cute in a sailor outfit?  Or a boy wouldn't look cute in a skirt/kilt?

Our little Peanut can be felt now with his/her little kicks and punches; and it's getting harder to feel comfortable in most positions I place my body in.  Overall, I've been lucky and have been doing well, even though I get winded from three flights of stairs.  However, best maternity discovery ever...maternity pants.  I thought I could make due with wearing my pants undone with a belt to hold them up and using a belly band to cover up my indecency, but I splurged and bought maternity jeans, luckily on sale, and I won't ever look back.

And if you're curious, cause people seem to always ask me this, but no weird food cravings.  Although the smell of anything fried makes me want to vomit now.  

Check out the bump...

February 15, 2012

Yet again, our super friend Alex took us out for a winter adventure to celebrate her birthday.  Another first for me...we went snowshoeing on Mt. Seymour.  And yet again, a lovely day.



At the peak of Dog Mountain.  A view of VanCity.


The gray jays were not shy.

February 14, 2012

50+.


Lauren Fleishman shares the love stories of couples who have been married for at least 50 years. Inspired by a letter her grandfather wrote to her grandmother during World War II (and rediscovered after he passed away in 2007), she began photographing and interviewing couples in the New York area as a way to preserve their stories and to illuminate our universal experience of love. 

Love Ever After
the photo project


via a cup of jo.

p.s. happy love day.  may your day be filled with receiving and giving warm fuzzies to those whose paths you cross.

February 4, 2012

Our super friend Alex took us cross country skiing a couple weekends ago up near Whistler.  Matt's done it before but it was my first time.  I'm proud to say I made it unscathed with minimal muscle strain the days after.  With the snow falling and the whooshing of skis, it was easy to get mesmerized by the beauty of God's wintery country.  I could see how people enjoy this activity.  Next time, I'd like to try kicking it biathlon style shooting rifles and all.  Check out how Olympic we look...

February 1, 2012

february book.

Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe

The husband highly recommended this contemporary classic to me, saying if you have any aspirations to do cross-cultural work abroad, you need to read this book.  Considering he's read it twice, I figured this would be a good book to take on next.  I'm in need of some good fiction since the last book, even though it had some elements of fiction, had a good chunk of heady real life commentary that I found a bit difficult to wrap my head around at times.  So, here's to enjoying a good story with some insight on understanding and interacting with other cultures.