Sunday, November 30, 2008

Turkey Weekend

It was a long fun Thanksgiving Holiday for Shaun and I. We drove Thursday to Shaun's family's house near Seattle to eat Thanksgiving "dinner"---at around 3pm. We had the Weldon traditional olives and dill pickles. We also took family photos ...and Shaun played with Richie (one of our two nephews)!

That night we headed South to my Dad and Yuko's house for the night. We woke up and I felt NO morning sickness at ALL!!! I ate a real breakfast and we all got in the car and went to the Tacoma Glass Museum. It was a small place, but it had some beautiful glass and a very cool HOT SHOP. In the hot shop, glass is made by residence artist. Please see the video. It is 10 minutes long--but interesting. Note the chill music in the background helps the artists to stay calm and relaxed. (I wish I could have gotten the CD!--but it wasn't on sale in the gift shop.)
We got back on Saturday and we bought a Christmas tree and decorated it! We're excited for the season and feel very grateful for all that we have been given and are yet to be blessed with (including our baby).

Saturday, November 22, 2008


We got our first baby gift from Emily Pool this week! Thank you Emily for the soft white blanket. I made Shaun hold it like there was a baby inside to see how it would work. I couldn't hold in my delighted squeals as I observed how adorable Shaun looked as a father figure!
He has been so such a good sport and also very helpful this week. I just started feeling morning sickness on a regular basis and I'm not loving it. But, Shaun has put up with my disgusts for certain foods and smells. I love him SOOOO much!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Our secret is out.

So, Shaun and I are pregnant. Because we don't have insurance...we have yet to see a doctor and are not sure on the REAL due date. In our attempts to buy additional insurance until Shaun's starts up in January. AND...we make too much to apply for State pregnancy coverage. We'll see. I'm not eating much sugar at all and trying to eat healthy in hopes of keeping the baby healthy--and reducing chances of gestational diabetes. (Which makes the baby larger--and more difficult to deliver--and many other issues come up too.) (Diabetes runs in our families.)

So, back to the due date--it may be as soon as June 5th, or as late as July 5th. I don't want to explain the details in a blog as to why we think this--but we didn't test positive until October 23. We're both REALLY excited and looking forward to the growth of our family. Since I don't know the due date...maybe I'll have to get two widgets for the blog--so, I can see the range of possible growth. Baby's usually come 2 weeks late anyway, right? I'm just hoping the little kid doesn't interrupt my birthday on July 20, 2009 to make an appearance. That would be distracting for my guests. But really, we'll be excited whatever happens. I can't say we are prepared for everything, but we know that Heavenly Father is always directing us toward good opportunities and challenges.

AND--for those of you who think it's going to be a girl, like me, you're on my rooting team; and those who thinks it's going to be a boy--you're now on Shaun's team. (Please note that this is all in loving jest as we will be happy either way.) YEAH! A baby is coming! Pray that it will be healthy and happy...and not make me feel sick please.By the way, we have the names (boy & girl) picked out--and they both start with an "E." So, we're calling it "Baby E" until we find out the sex.

Please let us know what types of things (materially speaking) are essential to having a baby? Your top baby picks, if you will.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Normal Life

To update ya'll, Shaun is a big fan of Vegemite and Spiced Apple Cider with Ginger. He ordered the Vegemite over the Internet and has been putting it on his morning toast all week. I mentioned in a post in August or September that Shaun had found this apple cider at Whole Foods in Bellevue, but we recently found they started carrying it at Fred Meyer. This is wonderful for both of us, because Whole Foods is a busy store on Saturdays.
We made Chicken Parmesan from a healthy foods recipe and it was alright. It looked pretty, but I think I like Tyler Florence's Ultimate Chicken Parmesan better because you make a homemade sauce and use egg to get the breading to stick.

Then on Wednesday, I started my new calling--Activities Day Leader. The girls made Veteran's Day cards and I taught them how to play bug-a-low. I don't know why they all think they're thugs in this picture. They didn't do this at any other point in the evening. But, I think we'll all have a lot of fun. We meet every other Wednesday night and do various activities. The girls are between the ages of 8 and 11. They're really sweet!

Then on Thursday night, after regular office hours, we had a photo shoot for the Buri Funston Mumford, PLLC Christmas card. It's kind of a big deal. As you can tell from the below pictures, we all found time to pass the time between pictures. You'll have to wait to see the final product to see how it turned out.

I think this look really "works" for Philip's authoritative style. It help me to know, he can be serious no matter what the situation--if it's called for. (Really, Philip is a hoot!)

Karen on the other hand is a Blast and not afraid to show off her special tongue-rolling skill. Not everyone can do that!

And Tom, should probably go on the road with his banjo and help relax the world. He's a positive spirit---and his teeth sparkle (please refer to picture).

It's a good time of year--but I forgot how much it rains here. Luckily, today we've had some sun!