Sunday, October 28, 2007

Mt. Talbert

Mt. Talbert is an extinct volcano of the Cascades. It's about a mile from our house and has really great hiking trails all over it. We just recently discovered it. It's going to be a great place to go to get outdoors, without the drive. Halen likes to collect leaves and rocks. We need to do some sort of art project with them. I've got quite the pile on the counter.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ball Bellies

Halen likes giving kisses to his baby brother.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Green State #2

Check This
The score card says Oregon tied Vermont for first. For some reason, they gave that number one spot to Vermont though. Oh well. I'm pretty proud.
Halen and I played at the mall today. Dan's REI is located here, so after we dropped him off for work, we went and played at the indoor playground that has an outdoor theme. How funny is that? The whole enclosed area is padded and comfy to roam around on. There's a tent, a tree slide, two log tunnels, a turtle, and some other fun stuff. It's all on top of a padded carpet that has a river, a path, rocks, a lake with fish and grass printed on it. While there, I observed the nearby shops. One of them was a hot dog place. They have veggie corn dogs! Unfortunately, they are not vegan. The hot dog place is a worker-owned franchise operation from California though. Now if I can just get them to switch their veggie dogs to a vegan version, we'll be all set. This same mall has a noodle place that serves up local fresh veggies and grilled tofu in their bowls. The Panera is opening soon! It's the most veg friendly mall I've ever been to. The mall fountain is real pretty too. It's got all these natural rocks and plants surrounding it instead of concrete. There are coi fish swimming in it. For some reason, people still throw there money in there. Isn't this bad for the fish? Why are there not signs asking people not to do this? While we where watching the fish, a custodial woman came over to tell me to make sure and keep a hold on Halen (I was already) because a little girl had fallen in the week before.
Well, Halen is waking up. Gotta go.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Arrrggghhhh, Happy Halloween

Look at this pumpkin Halen carved, all by himself! I just gave him a really sharp knife and let him go at it. Of course, he'd do a pirate. What a talented young artist.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Some People Have Too Much Money

These cute indoor kid's skateboards go for $550 a piece!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Latourell Falls

7.5 months pregnant and I'm still up for the hikes. I like to go a little slower and my breaths are a little shorter, but I find the time spent walking through these Northwestern woods with my family to be some of the best in my life. This hike had two amazing waterfalls. The weather was perfect, sunny and cool. Even the drives to these places we hike are beautiful and interesting. I love Oregon.
this seemed like it could be a secret passage to the ewok village

Whoe Belly!
Nobody told me to make that silly face. Don't Dan and Halen really look alike here?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Growth Spurt

I think the little one is going through a growth spurt, he's starving me! I can't get enough to eat. I get full fast though, due to the lack of room for my stomach! I could really use some chocolate right now, but there is none here and Dan has the car at work. I guess it's for the best, it gives me heartburn anyway.

Farewell House

Our first home, our happy little abode for two years, is officially sold! I am feeling a little nostalgic, but very glad to have it over with. It's too bad that each realtor made 3 times the amount of money we did!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Pumpkin Pie From Scratch

Halen and I cut up our little pumpkin and made a pie tonight. He is quite the helper in the kitchen. Making a pumpkin pie from scratch, instead of the can, is a long process, but fun and yummy in the end. We listened to Smashing Pumpkins throughout the process, dancing in the kitchen during the wait times. I had to really tweak the heck out of the non-vegan recipe, but it worked. I still need to experiment one more time before I call it a perfect recipe and share it with you guys.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Pumpkin Patch

Today we went to Liepold Farms and had a hootin good time.
We took a hayride around the farm and learned about how pumpkins grow. I'm almost 30 and this was my first hay ride. I was pretty excited. We got lost (not really) in the 5.5 acre Wizard of Oz themed corn maze. We played with a fuzzy caterpillar. We said hi to a cute cow named Betsy, some goats, and a pony. Halen trekked through the mini haystack maze, castle, and corn-filled sand box. Dan catapulted apples at a target, trying to win a free pumpkin. He got so close, but in the end, we had to pay for our pumpkins. Halen loved the pumpkin patch. He stood amongst all those pumpkins, waving, and saying 'hi pumpkins.' I can't wait to carve a jack-o-lantern. I also got a small pumpkin for making a pie. I've always used a can of pumpkin for my pies, but this year I'm going to venture into making my own pumpkin goop.

Digging for bones in the corn. Ooooohhhhh.

I'm not trying to smuggle pumpkins under my shirt, I swear it!

This is Halen's Baby Gap Pumpkins photo.

As if walking through a corn maze, having watched Children of The Corn one too many times wasn't enough, they put an ax in the tin man's hand. I thought for sure it was going to come alive with a scary red-headed kid named Malacky inside, and hack us up.

Week 31

From my weekly pregnancy updates:
Hello, Christy!

This week, your baby measures about 16 inches long. He weighs a little over 3 pounds and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

I BET MINE IS ABOUT 19 INCHES LONG AND WEIGHS 6 POUNDS! Lucky me. I've been nothing but excited about this next birth until last night. I just started thinking about how incredibly hard and long the process can be. I can't quite get it out of my head. I'm still excited to be preparing for the home birth that I really want, but the realization that it aint gona be easy is creeping in.

We went to a pumpkin farm today. It was super fun. I'll post more about it later, with some great pics.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Getting Closer

I had a midwife appointment yesterday. The little guy is getting big and moving down. He's now positioned himself head down. I feel more pressure in my pelvis and lower back these days (not to mention the joyous rhoids). The midwife helped me to feel my belly and distinguish body parts. It was pretty cool. I weight 171. I weighed 180 when Halen was born. A pound or two less would be nice this time, but I'm not sure it'll happen. I do share most of my food with Halen though, and all of my food with the baby. I certainly don't want him to be any bigger though. I'd rather me lose that weight than push it out of my you know what. I've been watching birth videos, amping myself up. Halen watches them too. He gets real excited when he sees the babies. All of the births I have on dvd are attended by older siblings too. He'll be there for the birth, if it's not the middle of the night or something. I want him to welcome his little brother into the world. My midwife appointments are now only 2 weeks apart. After the next two, the midwife will start coming to my house. I am so ready to have this baby. He just kicked me in the ribs. He's ready too.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Cut The Rug

Not to be confused with cuttin the cheese, although that happens around here too.

I've tried to upload video before. It hasn't worked. I'm giving it another shot. Our dance parties are some serious good times. I thought I'd try to share Halen's extreme talents. Look at that one-footed super spin!