Our engagement photo.
Anyway, I took a few pics the other day and decided to find some of Jakob and Joshy when they were about the same age, just to compare. In my opinion, Drew looks more like Jakob did at this age than Joshy...but we all know how much they change! We still can't determine what color his eyes are...maybe green, or blue. There isn't much brown in them, but they are very dark. We'll see!
He is a happy little guy, still pretty mellow and such a sweetie. He smiles and coos at us and it's just the cutest thing ever. I love my boys!
Drew at 7 weeks
Jakob at about 6 weeks
Joshy at 6 weeks
Who do you think he resembles most?
MASTERPIECE THEATRE'S “The Complete Jane Austen” on PBS (check with your local station for times)
Persuasion - January 13, 2008
*starring Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones
Northanger Abbey - January 20, 2008
*starring Felicity Jones and JJ Feild
Mansfield Park - January 27, 2008
*starring Billie Piper (Doctor Who) and Blake Ritson
Miss Austen Regrets - February 3, 2008
Pride and Prejudice - February 10 - 24, 2008
*starring Colin Firth
Emma - March 23, 2008 at 9pm
*starring Kate Beckinsale
Sense and Sensibility - March 30 - April 6, 2008
*starring Hattie Morahan and David Morrissey
Some of you may remember a couple of months ago I mentioned that I was going to jump right in and try to potty train Joshy before the baby was born. Well, unfortunately that didn't happen because right after I decided to do that, both of my grandfathers passed away within a 2 week period and we were traveling alot - which is not conducive to potty training. So, I put it off, and then when we only had 5-6 weeks left before the baby came, I decided that it wouldn't be worth it to even start because it would probably all go down the tubes (no pun intended) once the baby came. So, now the baby is here and Joshy is pretty much potty training himself. It's great! He's about half-way there. So, here's a picture of the proud boy...he loves doing things "just like Jakob!" It's great to have a big brother to look up to!
Have a card sent out to the troops.
They don't ask for personal information, just your first name, state, and home town.
If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services. How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! This is a great site. Please send a card. It is FREE and it only takes a second. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our guys and gals over there need to know we are behind them...
I got a little teary-eyed just looking at all the handmade card designs. They are all made by kids and are just amazing. Check it out!
side note: Drew turned 1 month old yesterday...and I can't believe how fast it's going by and how fat the little guy is getting. Yes. Fat. He has a double chin. CUTE!
So, I guess the fact that I've made it this far and am just now having psychotic moments is probably a good thing.
I hope you're all having a "normal" and "fun" weekend!
On a more serious note...I don't know if any of you have heard of "Baby Grace" or not, but I was reading an article about her today stating that the parents admitted to torturing and killing her. She was only 2 years old. Her body was in a storage bin that was found by a fisherman. This was in Galveston, TX. That is the beach I went to as a teenager. Her parents live in the town I grew up in (Spring, TX). I could actually picture the place where she was found. After reading the horrid details of what happened to the little girl I had to stop and take a minute to be grateful for my children and that they are in a safe and loving home.
There is too much unimaginable abuse and pain in this world and if it wasn't for our Savior and the Atonement, I think I would be constantly depressed. But instead I have hope. Hope that people will choose to do the right thing. Hope that the victims' suffering will end soon. Hope that someday, somewhere, those victims will know what it feels like to be loved and be happy.
I am so grateful that I grew up in a loving home, with parents who sacrificed for my welfare and who strived daily to teach me what is right and loved me unconditionally.
Ok...so it's been said (and is QUITE obvious) that I'm a little obsessed with the Twilight series. Ever since I found out who is playing Bella in the movie, I can't stop thinking about who will play Edward. I never saw Star Wars with Hayden Christensen, and have in fact never seen anything with him, but I couldn't get him out of my mind as a good possible Edward. So, I looked him up on google and found a TON of really good pictures, but this one caught my eye as what I pictured Edward like. What do you think?
You know you're the mom of a boy when...
he surprises you with a bouquet of flowers with the roots still attached!
Your son might be shy, or the type to smother you with hugs and kisses. Either way, the important thing is to keep showing him how much you love him, while letting him express his feelings his way!
You're sure to feel like a real boy's mom...
when you say things like, "No, you may NOT climb the bookcase!"
Boys don't just like to be active, they need to be. Give him the space he needs for his boundless energy -- and structure and guidelines to help keep him safe.
Have you ever heard yourself say...
"No, you cannot place your sister/brother 'under arrest'!"
Boys love to fantasize about being a hero! Vehicle play helps them act out their dreams, letting them race to the rescue and crash into the bad guys' hangout. So give your boy the tools he needs to explore his active imagination!
If you're the mom of a boy...
you probably think "preschool age" means how much you'll age before he enters school!
During a play date, your son and his friend are playing peacefully -- on opposite ends of the room! Chances are, the boys are getting along fine, they're just engrossed in their own play. Despite how it may appear, they're still enjoying each other's company!
Moms of boys...
have homes that are decorated with dump trucks on the coffee table!
Give him a truck, car or train and watch his eyes light up! Boys love anything that moves, and there's no end to the ways they can play with it. Ask him about the different "missions" his vehicles are going on...you'll be amazed at the stories he tells you!
Did you ever think that someday...
you'd know how to make race-car noises -- by car models?
Boys are often slower to start talking than girls are -- but they quickly learn to open up when they spend time with more talkative children. Encourage your boy to talk by asking him questions about his toys and his friends...soon you may have a real chatterbox on your hands!
After he was all cleaned up, he walked into my room and saw his reflection in our mirrored closet door. He kind of did a double take and then said, "I'm Jakob!" It was really funny, but also very cute to see him realize he now looked like Jakob with his short hair. Such a funny kid!
He is such a sweet, mellow little guy...but since we've only known him for a week, I'm not sure it will stay that way! We are excited to get to know him better and find out what kind of personality he has. Before Joshy was born, I wasn't sure there could be another kid with as unique of a personality as Jakob...BOY WAS I WRONG! They are both such funny characters and so different from each other. So, I am really curious to see what the future holds as far as his personality goes!
Thanks for all the congratulations and well wishes. It means a lot to me to know that so many people care about us!
Even though you can't see the baby, this is Joshy giving him a hug.
Joshy saying "CHEESE!"
Jakob does a really good job holding him!
Well Andrew James Hanson was born at 7:27 PM on Tuesday, October 30th at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, CA. He weighed in at 8 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 inches long. Definitely the smallest of the 3 babies so far, and that made things move rather quickly.
Well here is a play by play of how I saw things happen. I am sure that Shari will have her own version but she can correct that at a later date. Here goes.
We arrived at the hospital at approximately 12:15 in the afternoon. After getting Shari checked in and familiar with the room they began her on her IV and Pitosin or however the heck you spell it. At this point she was still only dilated to a 2. She continued to have contractions but nothing too serious. At about 4:30 Dr. Braithwaite came in and broke her water to hopefully get things going. At this point she was still only dilated to a 2. Our nurse all along said that she wanted this baby to come between 7 and 7:30 PM which is when she was ending her shift. Obviously with this time table that did not seem to be the case and Shari's doctor even came by and said that based on all the numbers he would guess we would see this baby around 10 or 11. The contractions began getting stronger, longer and a lot closer together and at about 6:30 Shari asked for the epidural. The soonest they could get the anesthesiologist in was when the new one showed up for his shift at 7 PM. So he came in at 7 and got her epidural going and he wrapped that up at about 7:15 PM. At this point Shari was laying on her side and looked like she was in a lot of pain and apparently said something to her new nurse. I then asked the nurse what was going on and she said that Shari was feeling a lot of pressure and was wanting to push. She checked Shari and this point, and I am guessing she had to be at a 10 cause she immediately called for help from another nurse and got Dr. Clayton in there rather quickly. Once the Dr. got there it was a matter of 3 or 4 pushes and no more than 5 to 7 minutes and Andrew was here. Our schedule was so out of whack and he came so much quicker than we anticipated that Shari's mom who is here from China for this didn't even make it to the hospital in time.
I am sure that I left things out, but I hopefully got enough information in here for everyone. Shari and Andrew are doing great. He looks amazingly healthy. As one of the nurses put it, "He looks perfectly cooked!" We are very grateful for this new little miracle. If anybody would like to visit her or give her a call, I know she would love it. Just send an e-mail to her e-mail and I will be checking it and will get you her phone number or room number.
Click here for the full story: GOLDEN COMPASS
"Seeking [the] fruit of righteousness, it is no wonder that we. . stretch with longing and adoration toward the Savior, for we know He extends 'the arm of mercy towards them that put their trust in him'(Mosiah 29:20). Because this glorious promise is true, where else would we look, where else would we reach, where else would we come but to Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, the Lamb of God, our Messiah?
"I know that 'the Son of Righteousness arise[s] with healing in his wings' (3 Nephi 25:2) . . . for each one of us. He would guide and bless and gather us--if we will choose to come unto Him. May we do so every day of our lives."
(Anne C. Pingree, "To Look, Reach, and Come unto Christ," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 115)
5 things I was doing 10 years ago:
(I was 19!!!)
1. Loading/unloading baggage & cargo at the airport in Houston.
2. Living at my parents' house in Houston
3. Going to college
4. Travelling alot b/c I worked for an airline
5. Wondering what in the world I should do with my life!!!!
5 things on my "to-do" list today:
1. Take Jakob and Kai to preschool
2. Drop off treats for the people I visit teach
3. Attempt to get the baby room more organized
4. Make a schedule of what my kids do for my mom (or whoever watches them while I'm in the hospital!)
5. Work on making the posters for December's HFPE
5 snacks I enjoy:
1. Fresh fruit
2. Graham crackers and milk
3. String cheese (or any kind of cheese for that matter!)
5 songs I know the lyrics to:
1. Two Step - Dave Matthews Band
2. Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
3. I Am A Child Of God - all verses (and a ton of other primary songs!)
4. Ants Marching - DMB
5. Popular - Wicked Soundtrack
5 things I would do if I was a millionaire:
1. Pay off all debts
2. Buy a new car - Expedition XL or Suburban/Yukon XL
3. Contribute a large amount to my kids' college/mission funds
5. Buy a house
5 bad habits:
1. Short/hot temper
2. Sometimes too outspoken
4. Letting my house get too messy
5. Being lazy
5 things I'd never wear again:
1. Neon colors
2. Stretch pants
3. Tight-rolled jeans
4. short shorts
5 things I like to do:
2. Blog (and read blogs!)
3. Watch movies
4. Swim or go to the beach
5. Learn new recipes
5 favorite toys:
1. Computer (now)
2. TiVo (now)
3. Jam Ball (as a child)
4. Nintendo (then AND now!)
Looking ahead into 2008, Masterpiece Theater on PBS suggests you flag January 13th in your datebook. That's when "The Complete Jane Austen" begins airing on Sunday nights, with new presentations of Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility. The lineup also includes Emma, the acclaimed film starring Kate Beckinsale (and the best version of Emma in my opinion!), and Pride and Prejudice, the Emmy award-winning miniseries that made Colin Firth a heartthrob. Miss Austen Regrets, a true story based on Jane Austen's own letters and diaries, will also be a part of the four-month marathon.
I think that living in a house full of testosterone entitles me to a four-month marathon of Jane Austen romance stories...don't you????
Looking forward to January...
However, I was very excited to see that Stephenie Meyer is also working on another version of Twilight written from Edward's perspective. Click here to check out chapter 1 of Midnight Sun.
For more info about the Twilight series or the author, go to: http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/
I must admit, it took me a little to get into it...but a lot of that had to do with the fact that I could never sit down to read more than a few paragraphs at a time without being interrupted. BUT, once I got into it, I could not put it down! Then once I finished it, I could not wait to get my hands on the second book in the series, New Moon.
In an effort to save some money, I spent some time checking online, but the thought of waiting for it to be shipped was driving me crazy. I needed it NOW. So, when Brad called me from Costco on Tuesday evening to ask if we needed anything, I asked him to look for it. Well, they didn't have it, but they did have the third book, Eclipse, (for something like $10.50 and it is $18.99 elsewhere) so he asked if I wanted it. OF COURSE! But what was I going to do? I couldn't read that yet...I still desperately wanted to get my hands on #2.
So, later we went to Target...and I thought that maybe, just maybe I'd get lucky and they'd have it there. (Target doesn't really have the best selection of books...so I didn't have my hopes up TOO high.) Well, lo and behold, they had ONE copy. (on sale for like $16 or something) I snatched it up and was so excited to continue reading when we got home.
Well of course I'm finished with that, and already half way done with #3...mainly because it's easy "young adult" fiction, but also because I LOVE the story! It's great fun.
It has been a long time since I've been this "obsessed" (as Brad likes to call it) with a book/series. I'm also grateful for the timing...because I know with baby #3 just around the corner, this just wouldn't be possible.
What books have sucked you in? I'd love to know!
No talk of inducing me yet.
Doc wants to see me next week -- to strip my membranes.
(That just sounds SO pleasant, doesn't it?)
I've never had that done...so I have no idea what to expect.
We're keeping our fingers crossed that I will just go into labor so we can meet this kid already!!!!!
"Shari, your subconscious mind is driven most by Curiosity
You are full of questions about life, people, and your own potential. You spend more time than others imagining the possibilities for your life — and you're open to things others are too afraid to consider. You have an almost physical need to know and do more. It's only through new experiences that you feel a greater understanding of yourself and the world. You also have a rebellious streak that shows up when you feel unable to truly influence the world or circumstances around you. Your appetite for novel experiences also shows an openness others don't have, but wish they did. Your psyche is very rich; the more you learn about it, the more you will understand who you really are."
Thanks Evaly! They are so cute and we can't wait to see more!
As I was singing the boys to sleep, Brad went back outside to locate and identify the spider -- to kill it. Well, he found it back in it's web and sprayed it with some bug spray. Then this morning he found it dead on the ground and showed it to me. He said maybe it was a male black widow or just immature because it had a lot of brown on it. So we flushed it down the toilet and it was semi-forgotten about.
Well, you've heard me mention the problem with my kids playing with the dirt in the backyard before...and the huge mess they made the other day was still out there waiting to be cleaned up. So, since the weather was really nice today and there was a nice breeze, I decided I'd go clean up all the dirt, fix the fence and spray off the patio. While I was kneeling down by the fence, I noticed a small, white, spiky ball in the middle of a spider web. I immediately knew it was an egg sac and was creeped out BIG TIME all over again. Just imagining the hundreds of little spiders crawling out sent chills down the back of my neck. Well, right above that spider web, was one of my son's mini tonka trucks, just resting on that ledge of the fence. "Great," I think, "Joshy has been out here INCHES away from this thing!!!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!!" So then I grabbed the broom and started sweeping/swiping off all the spider webs I could find and smashing all of the egg sacs I could find (about 10-12). EWWWWWWWWWWWW!
This is the kind of sacrifice a mother makes to keep her kids safe! Doing something that absolutely grosses/creeps you out and that you are afraid of for the good of someone else, is definitely love. RIGHT? :)
So anyway, as soon as I was finished with that, I got online and looked up "spiky egg sacs" and found some answers. It is a "Brown Widow" not a black widow, but still dangerous. Check out this blog to see some pictures that someone else posted:
http://bugyou.blogspot.com/2007_07_01_archive.html That blogger lives in Tustin, which is like 10 minutes from where I live.
So...although I am SO glad it's finally OCTOBER and almost HALLOWEEN and my baby boy is almost due...I am not glad about all the spiders!!!!!! YUCK!
I haven't had the most energy lately to get normal household tasks done, so on days like today when I wake up and actually have the energy and drive to get things done, I am a force to be reckoned with. Well, I had a list of things that needed to be done, one of which was preparing a soup for our HFPE night tonight. So, as I'm busily chopping onions, garlic, cilantro, etc. my boys are playing out in the backyard. I'm grateful that they are entertaining themselves outside while I do this, but also worried that they are making a HUGE mess with the dirt from the garden. Well, I had good reason to be worried. As I plugged in the crockpot and turned it on, Joshy comes around the corner with his big Tonka dump truck filled with dirt. I calmly asked him to take it back outside because I don't want the dirt in the house. As I watch him turn it around and push it back across the living room, I see that the truck and his shoes are covered with clods of wet dirt (not mud, but wet dirt...wet enough that it stuck to the wheels and his shoes).
Well, I must say that even though I was snoring loudly, it wasn't loud enough to wake me up -- which I have done before.
This is one symptom that has accompanied each of my pregnancies...so I fear I will not escape it. Although I don't think I snore when I'm not pregnant, it is embarassing to picture myself sawing logs.
...Plumeria!!!! I bet you thought I was going to say "roses," right?? Well, this plant is in our front yard and it finally bloomed. It's gorgeous and it smells so good too. It is also reason #1 for me to smile today. After being in such a foul mood over the past few days, I woke up today with a resolve to be happy. By the way, last night at my book club, it was pointed out to me that it was a full moon, and that could have seriously been affecting my mood in addition to all the other things! I believe it! Well, here are a few other things that made me smile today...
And my last reason to smile today (so far) is that Brad's heart is healthy. He had an EKG last week and went back to follow up today and found out everything is normal. I wasn't super worried, but you know there is always that little voice in your head that says, "what if?" and you can't help but be worried. He's very happy about the results as well. We are on our way to a healthier lifestyle and to enjoying our lives more!
Thank you all for your comments/words of encouragement -- when I'm feeling crappy it is so nice to know that people understand and most of all, care about me. :)
I should only have about 4 weeks (or 3 if I am induced early) left until this baby comes...and I can hardly believe it. It really has flown by, and we are so excited. Speaking of which...I just thought of another reason to smile today. Joshy likes to look at my belly button (go figure!) and so he asked me to lift up my shirt so he could see it. So we were talking about the baby and I said, "Can you give the baby a kiss?" He bends over and blows a huge raspberry...making both of us laugh, and the baby kick! So he did it a few more times and it was so sweet. Sorry - no pics of that moment!