Friday, December 25, 2009

CHRISTMAS!!

Well, today is Christmas! Audrey and I slept in until 10:00AM in honor of our last non-child Christmas. After a delicious breakfast of omelets and potato patties (like tator tots, but different shape) we sat down to open our presents!

Last night after the Christmas Eve service, we opened Anna's gifts from Uncle Brett and Aunt Kara (she couldn't wait until morning...you know kids;)). The pink sweater is from Kara, and the brown and blue outfit from Brett. Thanks, you two!!



Audrey began the unwrapping today by opening her Santa gift...she was very excited!


VERY excited! She had wanted this "beautiful" coat from Old Navy, and got it! That Santa, he always knows what to get people. She'll even be able to button it someday!


I then opened my Santa gift, and found some new basketball shorts - with Spurs logo! I had wanted exactly these shorts!


They make me look pretty tough, eh? I imagine I'll be able to slam dunk now.


Our next gifts were both from Ken and Chris, and were a travel baking pan and a Spurs blanket (it's super soft and warm).


The next two presents were gift cards! Audrey got Old Navy from her parents, and I got a great Lowe's card from Katie (that she did an EXCELLENT job of wrapping). Thanks, Katie!


Audrey then opened another Old Navy gift card from Brett! She's excited to go shopping after Anna's born! Thanks, Brett!


I then opened a shower cap from Ken and Chris which was going to be perfect at protecting my hair...but then I was even MORE excited to find cash inside the little box! YEAH!


Audrey got THREE gifts from Travis...and we're pretty much certain he picked them out and wrapped them himself. First was a lovely necklace and earrings that Audrey can't wait to wear!


After that was a soft pair of slippers...although at first Audrey thought they were gloves (I helped her figure it out).


The coolest of all, though, was a COLOR-CHANGING HAT!!

Ok, it was actually just two hats that were the same except for color, but they were very nice! Thanks, Travis!!

The last gift of the day was a neat basketball from Ben (a little over his set budget, I think). It is a really nice one, and I can't wait to use it! Thanks, Ben! Come on out and play some basketball with me! An extra benefit is that I could use it to look like a pregnant Audrey (and the "I'm ready to have this baby" face). Ok, just kidding - don't get offended, people! She's much cuter, I know!


Well, that was Christmas! We didn't get each other gifts this year, and my parents gave us a trip to visit the Smoky Mountains with them a couple months ago, so it was the Harvey Christmas! Yeah! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

3 weeks to go!

The last few weeks have really seemed to fly by. It is hard to believe that Christmas is just next week! This year will be the only and probably last, for many years to come, Christmas where we wake up by ourselves on Christmas. It's a very bitter-sweet thing. I have begun to cherish the moments we have by ourselves, knowing that we don't have many of those days left. It also helps in knowing that we have a lot of family who will be joining us in the few weeks that follow for celebrating!
On Sunday, the ministers' wives threw me a baby shower. It was wonderful and I felt so loved and blessed! We received a ton of stuff for little Anna! Now to get it all organized and ready! I am spending much of the day washing her new little clothes. I love looking at her stuff. Sometimes I just go into her room and sit in the rocker for a while, or open up her wardrobe and look at all the little outfits and try to picture her in them.
We are now 37 weeks along and I am feeling more uncomfortable than ever, especially at the end of the day. But I am also counting it a blessing to have had such a healthy pregnancy. Although I have had my bad days and a few trips to the hospital, it really has flown by so fast and been wonderful!
Here are some pictures from Monday. I am now down to wearing quite a bit of Reed's clothes (which are also tight).


And to put it in perspective, here are a few of my pictures over the last nine months!

The day we found out- Almost 5 weeks.


About 10 weeks


About 14 weeks


About 18 weeks


About 23 weeks


About 27 weeks


About 31 weeks


About 34 weeks


About 36 weeks


As you can see, there has been quite a change in my appearance. Although I have really enjoyed being pregnant, I will be very happy to have my body back!

At about 36 weeks, we had some pregnancy photos done by Kama. Kama is a daughter of one of the ladies that volunteers in children's ministry at the church. We had a great day going out and taking lots of photos. We went to a near by park and also took some photos at our house. Kama did a great job. She has posted a few on her website, if you want to take a look. There are also more to come, as she gets them completed. We'll keep you posted. Her website is:
http://candidkama.blogspot.com/

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fun Times

Hey all!
Well, we have had a fun last few days. Aud started feeling poorly again on Wednesday, and after it got much worse (even worse than a couple weeks ago when she was hurting) we went in to the hospital. After they ran some tests they found out she had a kidney stone (soooo...fun). We spent Wed. and Thurs. nights at the hospital, and got home this morning. It hasn't come out of her yet, but she's feeling MUCH better (we think it may have passed into her bladder). Because of everything that went down, we think she had a smaller one when she was hurting a few weeks ago (but they didn't catch it because it had already moved on or something).

Anyway, prayers are much appreciated as she recovers and tries to not get anymore kidney stones. The good news is that, for now, Anna is head down!! YEAH!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

This year we were able to spend Thanksgiving down in Cookeville, TN with Reed's family. It was so nice to have a break from everyday tasks and hang out with family. On Thanksgiving day, the Kleemans and some of the Monroes were able to join us. We ate lots of wonderful food and had a great time.

Reed brought our Wii down, which provided for many hours of entertainment.

Last year we took this bench picture while taking family pictures.

We decided to make it a tradition and take a photo at this bench every year during the Holiday season.

Next year Anna will be able to join us on the bench, and who knows, maybe in a couple of years we'll be able to add more little ones, as well.

Our visits in Cookeville are always too short, but filled with lots of fun and memories!