Thursday, December 15, 2011

Miss Austen

During the Winter months, I am much inclined toward the literature of Miss Jane Austen, as her great appreciation for the seasons in all their kinds and her apt recollection of a wintertime hearth do much to raise my spirits, and leave me feeling particularly festive at Christmastime. It is for this cause that I have made in the past, and gladly continue the tradition of partaking of these literary expenditures during the holidays. I furthermore look forward to imparting said traditions to my offspring upon their coming of age to aptly appreciate such narration.

At present, I am reading her much loved fictional account of Miss Woodhouse in Emma. I find the social commentary therein much to my liking as it provides me a detailed glimpse into the society of the time, including all its nuances and boundaries. I am finding even further enjoyment as this is my fourth or fifth reading of the work and I find my own humour satisfied and heightened even more due to my knowing the outcome of such complicated sensibilities between characters before they themselves have quite deduced the conclusion.

In closing, I am fully aware that my commentary on Miss Austen in the style and theme that I have presented it exposes me to my peers as the most insufferable dolt, but I find myself quite unable to resist, possibly owing to the air of the season or the time of night. I pray, dear observers, shrink from all criticism and but wish me a Merry Christmas in the stead thereof.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ruby Jean

Look what I made:

Ruby Jean born Aug 10. 7lbs. 7 oz, 20 1/2 in.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Out Like a Light

We got Olivia a "big girl bed" because she is just too tall for her toddler bed. It is a loft bed and she LOVES it! I have faced a few challenges as the height of the bed and my enormous belly prevent me from getting a perfect view of the top without some discomfort. Just a minute ago, I went in to check on Livs while she was napping and discovered her missing. I freaked out for a minute as I realized she was definitely nowhere else in the house. My last shred of remaining logic forced me to go check the bed one more time. Imagine my relief when I heaved my myself up the ladder and saw a lone ponytail peeking out from behind the pillows at the back of the bed. She had nestled in back there and was fast asleep, just out of view from the ground. I was so relived to learn that I won't have to kill anyone today, i.e: kidnappers.

She does lots of funny things in her sleep. Here are some cute bedtime pics:

Friday, March 25, 2011

Telepathic Posting

*Sigh* Blogging would be so much easier if I could just convey my thoughts and images to my computer telepathically and then hit "post" with my mind. The only thing that makes me feel better about not posting lately is that a quick survey of my fellow bloggers has shown me that most of you have gone even longer than I have. But, here's the latest:

We are settled in San Diego and I'd like to say I'm loving it like usual, but I'm kind of just getting by. I miss being close to my family, who all up and moved to UT and I really feel like a fish out of water. Add that to the fact that I'm having a not-so-smooth pregnancy and you can see how the shine has come off the apple. I hope warmer weather will lift my spirits in the next few weeks.

In other news, yes, I am all knocked up again. I'm just about five months along and expecting my next beautiful, perfect creation in August. We find out next week if it's a boy or a girl and I'm very excited about that. I'm not very excited about how fat I'm getting, how many times a day I still hurl or the numbers that keep flashing across my digital blood pressure monitor. If the doctor tells me to try to take things easier one more time, I swear I'm going to sic my two year old on his office.

Olivia really wants a dog and I am feeling so guilty that I just can not manage one right now. This is the first time in my life that I've been with out a canine companion and I hate it as much as she does. But I'm running so low on nurturing juices lately that I shouldn't even be allowed to take on a new house plant. To try and stave her off a little, Gabe and I got her some hermit crabs which she named Happy and Shadow. Happy pinched her on his first night home but she promptly forgave him and enjoys helping me keep their cage clean and going down to the beach to get them fresh sand.

That's all the excitement in our world right now and that's good because it's all I can handle. I'm tired and a little lonely so all of you people should come visit me. Show up with ice cream and you'll be welcomed with open arms.

The above picture is of Olivia on a day when she chose to wear her swim goggles to Target. She's awesome.