Thursday, July 26, 2012

Some Pictures

I had my last week of classes last week and now I don't know what to do with myself (my messy and not unpacked house knows what I can do!). My dad's in town this week and my husband and little sister (who is living with us for her 7 week break between semesters) are all out four-wheeling... leaving me alone with the crazies. It's such a nice day outside, but I'm having a panic attack THINKING about having to chase either one of them. So- today will be an indoors kind of day. It's been about 3 weeks since they've played the Wii... maybe it's time to bust it out? We'll see.

I checked my school email today and got these pictures from my teacher. This was our last day of class last week- so I'm 35 weeks along plus 1 day (or rather, in my 36th week... anyone else get annoyed at trying to figure out how far along you are?!). I thought these two pictures were fun. Enjoy :)

Here I am... at the top of the climbing wall! I had a blast- Ben was not happy with me for going up without a chest harness... but the other pregnant girl started climbing, and I may or may not have gotten really competitive (also- this competition is totally in my head). In case you're wondering- she didn't make it to the top. AH! I'm evil. 
 We had a pie? eating contest. Actually- it was whipped cream and we had tootsie rolls in the bottom of the pan and we had to get them out. My teacher is the cute one two people away from me in the green shirt. She's kind of awesome- and it you want to hear how she put certain people in their place this semester- just come ask me. It was my favorite time of day! haha Sad that class is over. 
(Also... I didn't realize that I looked this big! haha)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

36 Weeks

Just got home from the midwife... things are looking just fine. Baby's heart rate is great, and my blood pressure is looking normal (which is good because that's the reason they broke my water with Henry- high blood pressure). I'm 2cm and 70% effaced. At this time with Henry I was 4 cm and 100% effaced, so it's slower than last time. My midwife asked me what my kid's weights have been, and she is "guessing" that this child will surpass 7 lbs! haha... Henry was 6 lbs 9 oz and Grant was our light weight at 5 lbs 15 oz. I know I'm "lucky" to have small babies- so I'm not really excited she's guessing for a "bigger" baby. Has anyone ever seen Ben's head?! Regardless of what this baby will be (boy or girl?) and what it will look like (I'm clueless on this one too- I have two children that look nothing a like), we have no idea when this child will make it's way into the world.

In the meantime, I'm going to go to Utah with Ben this weekend and see him battle it out at Battle of the Bands in Provo. If you're around... COME! Please come!!! It means so much to Ben (and to me) when his family and friends come to hear him play. His band is "Amber Lynn Stopell" and he's actually playing bass in this band. They are pretty good and if they make it past these semi finals on Friday, they'll go to the finals on Saturday.

Hope everyone is doing well. I'll post some pictures when I get around to it. Ha. That's the story of my life right now- "when I get around to it."

Love US

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Winding Down... or Getting Started?

This week has been pretty nuts! I haven't taken many pictures because, let's be honest, I've been a little busy. We've been traveling all over (without children). I flew to Chicago to see one of my friends from growing up get married. I was 35 weeks along during all of it and I left the kids with Ben. I was gone for 5 days, and it was so nice to be kids free. I missed them like crazy (funny how that works- they make us want to pull our hair out one day and we can't live with out them the next minute), but they didn't mind I was gone! I would try and talk to them on the phone or Skype with them- and they didn't want anything to do with me. Awesome. My brother happened to be visiting my parents at the same time and I am SURE we were just as annoying to my parents as we've been in the past.

I came home to a week of exams and final projects. After a crazy semester, I got everything done- and I did it with flying colors. My entire school career up until now has not been great. Going back to school scared me to death because I think I tend to not finish things. I feel like I've dropped classes when they seemed too hard and I've always had a hard time sticking it out. This time has been totally different. I want to do well! I want to learn! I especially want my husband to never have to second guess us moving to the middle of nowhere so his wife can finish up what she never did in the first place. That brings me to Ben...

Ben and I always say how perfect we are- for each other. I know I'm not perfect, and I am aware that he is not perfect either. But we are so incredibly perfect for each other. I love him so much! What spouse, in their right mind, would go and finish his masters degree and then head right back to where we said we'd never go again- (BYU-I) JUST so their wife could finish school!? Ben would. I may not be amazing at a lot of things when it comes to being a wife, and I think that a lot of people will feel that way. However, I married a man who is so incredibly supportive of the things that I need to do, want to do, and things that will make me happy. In case you missed it, I was in school, full time, all summer with two children and one on the way. The ONLY way that was possible was for Ben to be there and take care of the boys while I was in class. He is amazing, and I could blog about him all day- but I'll keep it short. I know I have about 3 semesters left, but I'm so deeply grateful for all he does for us. I know a lot of people question what we have decided to do (some vocal, some not so vocal), but this is the right choice for us. It's really hard, I'm not going to lie, but how can I not try my best with a husband like Ben!!!? ...

Back to school- this is my blog- so I can brag as much as I want! haha But I walked away from school this semester with my first 4.0 in my entire life. The funny thing is that now I'm off academic probation! Hooray!! hahaha

Ben took a quick trip down to Panaca, NV for a Mathews Family Reunion. I didn't go with him (tho I really wanted to) because I've started dilating and effacing. Probably not the best choice to head down to the desert and maybe go into labor. I had the kids by myself for a good 3 days... I've decided that when women are this far along in pregnancies... being a single mom is no bueno. I'm glad I kept somewhat of a record with Henry, because it seems like this pregnancy is following the end of his a little. Because of some crazy contractions this week, I went in to make sure everything was good (and see if I could go to NV- nope) and that's where I learned that I'm 2cm and 70% effaced (this was on Wednesday). But that doesn't mean much because I was at a 4 for 2 weeks with Henry and pretty much fully effaced until they broke my water for me (high blood pressure). So time will tell. I have an appointment this week and well see if I'm making any progress. I'm not ready for a third! I have so much to do- but I'm ready to meet this little girl or boy- and so are Grant and Henry. According to Grant, this baby will be coming out of my mouth... we'll go with that for now.

Ben has a BATTLE OF THE BANDS semi-finals in Provo this weekend (27th and maybe the 28th). PLEASE COME and support him. His band is so good... of course- he isn't ever in anything that isn't good! I would love to go with him, but time will tell. Who knows?! The problem with not going is that the boys will stay here with me and it's so freaking hot out, that it makes me miserable- to the point that I seriously start getting tears in my eyes for so many reasons (mostly how hot it gets) by the end of the day. I just don't like sending them outside because I have to go too, and then we don't have a nice cool house to come back inside to... so we stay indoors most days. If anyone wants to come up and be their nanny while I try and actually unpack my house before this baby comes... you're more than welcome to do so! haha

Alright- I'll end this word vomit session for now. We miss everyone and hope all are doing well!

-Rochelle and Co.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Do you know that I love America?

Grant has started asking us things like, "Mom? Do you know how I love you?" It's adorable to Ben and me because we say that to him- "Do you know that I love you?" Glad it's rubbing off him!!! 

It's been a crazy summer so far- busy. We have been trying to have fun as well as finish up the semester, put our house together (ha), entertain people, and get ready for this baby that's going to be here before we know it.

This post is going to be a dumping of both phone pictures and some we actually took with our camera. I honestly doubt anyone is reading this anymore, but I feel awful for the lack of posting- because I feel like I'm going to regret it down the road. Please excuse the Facbook duplicates.

Grant loving him some custard. Can you believe that this huge thing only cost $1?!?! We love this place.
 And Henry- also a fan of the custard.
 Some onesies Ben and I made for the baby. Ben's are the cool ones on the left, mine are the crappy ones on the right.
 We took a quick trip last month to Utah and got together with some cousins. This picture is so funny.
 A few weeks ago was the Rexburg Airshow. If you have learned anything while reading this blog, it's that my boys  (all THREE) LOVE airplanes. We only live about a mile away from the airport and we see planes every day! Henry was having a rough time in the heat at the show. Sad.
Last weekend, we had a FULL house. My parents drove out from Chicago and so my sisters and some cousins all came up to play. Holy Monkies, Batman! I love how my mom tries to get pictures of all the kids, and expects them to sit still. Um... don't you remember having NINE kids? haha
When I was around 28/30 weeks, I climbed the tower here at BYU-Idaho. I've done it about 3 or 4 times so far- one day I even did a solo-climb. I've loved all the energy I've had this summer. Anyway, that's me at the top of the tower. Ben told me I need to stop telling him what it is I'm doing at school... haha.
I'm HORRIBLE at posting pictures of my belly. And each pregnancy I wonder what I look like and what I did look like with the other babies. This first one is me at 30 weeks. The baby was still super content to hang out INSIDE my organs- so I don't look very big.
 Since then the baby has turned into some gymnast who flips around ALL DAY LONG. So here I am TODAY! at 33.5 weeks. This child is insane. How fitting. I'm sure in an hour, my stomach will go back to not looking huge again. It differs every hour. haha

We had a blast this week on the 4th. We don't really have any friends, so we didn't do anything with a ton of people, just our little family. Here are the boys testing out someone's slack line. They both LOVED it. Grant was a natural... of course.
 Henry did a pretty good job, and cried when we had to leave. Strange- I know.

 We came back home after the parade and made some shirts for the day. The boys did most of the painting on the shirts- and they LOVED them! Ben made the templates- he is so creative.
 And here they are on the boys. Cute, right?! 
(I'm pretty sure Henry is eating a cracker)
 Here is a tired Henry after so much fun. Do you ever look at your kids and have the thought, "DANG! My kid is so cute!" Yes- I had that thought when I saw him napping like this.
 We opted out of the Idaho Falls Fireworks show and did our own thing in our driveway. The boys were frightened, but we still had fun. Crazy part was that about 5 homes in our little subdivision did their own fireworks, so we had a show for about an hour- in the comfort of our own house.
Guess what Grant learned how to do?! RIDE A TWO WHEELER!
He got it on the FIRST TRY! Wow- what a great little kid. He is really turning into a dare devil... something that he has not always been.  Also- that is how Henry rides his bike. It's actually Grant's trike that Henry is too short for- but since Grant has wanted to ride the two wheeler, Henry has resorted to pushing this thing around. ALL OVER THE NEIGHBORHOOD. It's pretty funny.
 The view from the boy's room the night of the 4th. Wow!