Saturday, November 15, 2008

We've had a busy week!

First, the movers came Monday and picked up everything we've bought while we're here to ship it back to Italy. It was a lot- shopping and getting everything in order was a big job. I bought clothes for the kids for the next year and a half. I bought some birthday and Christmas gifts for next year too. I bought sheets and a comforter for Love Bug's "big girl bed" (which were pink and purple princess themed- what a girl!) and got some things for potty training. I also bought all our favorite toiletries and food items, enough to last the rest of our tour in Italy.

So, now you're probably asking... why, Abbey? Why would you subject yourself to three horrible months as a crazy consumer?

1. The shipping was free, arranged by B's job.
2. Clothing, even for children, is three times as much in Italy
3. Most favorite toiletries and food, even if available, are twice as much in Italy.

So, as you can guess, I saved a lot of money. Even shopping major sales, I know how much I've spent on clothing and toiletries in Europe. I've calculated some of what I saved, and trust me, it's very worth it. Plus, this means I will do very little shopping in the next few years, which makes me very happy!

We also said goodbye to our babysitter on Monday. She has been coming over a few times a week, for a few hours, to help me with the kids. Her mother died last weekend, so she had to go home and won't be back until after we leave. Please pray for her, that she has peace and comfort in her mother's passing.

Both kids had a check-up this week as well. Love Bug is 80th percentile in height, and about 70th in weight. Dragonfly is 95th-99th across the board... what a bruiser! Both are completely healthy and doing really well- thank God for all our blessings there.

I had my six week check-up and have healed really well. I've lost 35 pounds so far, but hope to lose about 35 more. I gained 45 during the pregnancy and never lost the extra 20 from Love Bug, so I have some work ahead of me. B had such a great time running the Rome marathon last year, that he planned to do Paris this year, but he's decided to take off one year and postpone it until 2010. What a great husband! This means that he can watch the kids for me, so I can focus on losing the weight I gained over the pregnancies. Let's just hope I have the will power.

I also had more testing to figure out the source of my hypothyroidism. I feel great, so please pray for me that it's nothing!

I've got another busy week ahead, getting ready for our trip to see family during Thanksgiving. We'll be distributing Christmas gifts that week, so I'll need to get all those in order. Then, we'll be heading back to Italy just one week after that. We're having a big Christmas party two weeks after our return, so I'm excited to get home for that. I'll try to check in with your blogs tomorrow and leave some comments when I can!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Happy Birthday Love Bug!


Two years ago today...











Happy 2nd Birthday sweet girl! I love you more than anyone could dream possible.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Some pictures...



Love Bug at the Pumpkin Patch
















Love Bug and Dragonfly (the Princess and Dragon) on Halloween







All decorated for Love Bug's Birthday Party






The party princess with a few friends






Mommy and Love Bug with her beautiful cake!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Giving Thanks Challenge!

I'm going to try and join Leah over at South Breeze Farm for her "Giving Thanks Challenge". I say try because I have a new baby and a 2 year old that drives me batty; funny story about this actually...

One of the maternity nurses was doing follow-up with me and making sure I knew about the symptoms of post-partum depression. One, in particular, stuck out... "a feeling like you want to harm the baby, or feelings of anger towards the baby". I, of course, was somber for a second, at such a scary thought, but then told the nurse exactly what I was thinking... "No, I adore him- what a sweet baby! But does it mean anything if you have feelings of anger towards your 2-year old?" He he! I'm just going to continue to give Love Bug lots of attention and love. We've been doing lots of special outings together and that seems to decrease the amount of time she spends in time-out. It's hard for her and I want to make sure she remembers this period as exciting, getting to know her new brother. I just hope she doesn't remember getting a "talking-to" and her minutes in time out!

No matter what- I love you so much, Love Bug! You are a great big sister and a good helper to Mommy. Watching you grow up gives us so much joy and we are Thankful for you every minute of every day!