What's New with A.J. - The Month of May

Between packing for our big move south, pregnancy exhaustion, and work I almost for got to post this for May. A lot has been happening this month but most importantly I want to focus on my sweet little prince and what's new with him these days. I may have missed a few things but that's okay. I always do.

- Amari loves, loves, loves himself some baseball. He has become a baseball junkie even though he has no idea what the game is really about. Daddy got him hooked on playing ball on the Wii and when the Mariner's play he will sit contently on the couch and will watch the game. He will even throw his little arms up in the air and proclaim loudly, "Home run," when one of the players hits one. He has baseball on the brain 24/7 these days and he is only two!

- His favorite superheroes are Batman and Spiderman. He loves watching the classic 1981 show, "The Amazing Spiderman" on Netflix's.

- When any sports related event is on T.V. his big brown eyes are glued on the screen. I know for a fact that I have a little athlete on my hands and I cannot wait until he is old enough to play T-ball and itty-bitty basketball at the YMCA.

- He knows who the rapper Two Chainz is... =/ He even named the stuffed Bulldog that Daddy won him a few weeks back, Two Chainz. When we're in the car, he'll ask to hear Two Chainz.

- Cookies and apple juice are his two favorite things to eat. He thinks he deserves cookies and apple juice on a daily basis, of course, he doesn't get them and he throws a huge fit!

- Amari knows what fast food restaurant carries French fries. When he sees the golden arches he'll yell, "Fries! Fries please?"

- Hot dog pizza is his latest meal request next to Elmo pizza. Please don't ask! I have no idea where he gets these ideas from. Bless his little heart. I truly believe that he thinks he can get hot dogs on pizza for dinner.

- His new favorite show is the Backyardigans. Sesame Street and Sid the Science Kid are still two of his favorite shows though. You can also throw in King of the Hill no thanks to Trevor! Amari likes the theme song and Hank Hill of all people.

- Every color he sees is red. Red apparently is his favorite color.

- Swimming pools and lakes are baths. :]

- The moon is still his favorite thing to look at when the sun sets and the stars come out.

- He loves elephants, fish, and sea turtles.

- Amari is no longer afraid to pet cats anymore. He conquered that fear by petting Grandma's cat Whisker's on Tuesday.

- He has discovered that he likes to take his pants and diaper off. =/ One afternoon I caught him half naked in his bed and he peed on his sheets. He found it funny, too bad I didn't! I am hoping that he doesn't discover that he likes being naked all the time.

- He calls me by my first name now. =( Randomly he will say, "Hi Tasha. How are you?" I have to remind him that he is to call me Mommy and not Tasha.

- His favorite saying now is, "Justa minute!" He is not shy about saying it either. ;]

- He is still afraid of bugs. You can also add in frogs. He was terrified of the little green frog that visited us one day.

- He tries to help out in any way that he can. He is even learning how to fold his own laundry! About time right? :] You know I'm stoked about that! Now if only he could learn to put his shirts on his hangers and hang them up in the closet. =P

And pretty much that is what's new with A.J. for this month.

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Things I Look Forward To About Summer

Summer in the Pacific Northwest doesn't really start for us until July. I know, a total bummer if you ask me; us North-westerners are content with that though. You can't pass up seventy-five degree weather with mild humidity and no rain for two months. Tolerating the grayest skies that you have ever seen and the rain for ten straight months does not come easy but once summer hits the antagonizing wait is worth it. We have some of the most beautiful summers even though the Pacific Ocean is a little too cold to swim in. It still doesn't stop some of us from swimming in it though. We're crazy like that! Here are my top six things that I look forward to about the summer.

1. Mr Sun, Sun, Mr Golden Sun! 
We hardly see the sun here (except on very rare occasions), but when he finally does come out you can bet that we are soaking up his rays and enjoying it. There is nothing more magical than waking up to the sun streaking through your bedroom curtains and starting your morning right in the summer. The sun just makes everything better! And you can't pass up that wonderful glow that it gives your skin. ;]

2.  Summer Sandals
There is no denying that I am not a shoeaholic. I love shoes! I have way to many pairs but can't find myself ever giving any of them up. If I could, I would buy a new pair of shoes every day. I love me boots in the fall and winter months and I love sandals in the summer!

3. Oregon Beaches 
I am pretty biased when it comes to beaches. I grew up in Oregon. I am used to beautiful beaches (though a little chilly at times and rather rocky). Only those who are brave enough to endure the freezing cold Pacific Ocean with its undertows, sneaker waves, and drop-offs will swim in it. Back in the day, I was one of those brave souls. Since living in Washington I've come to appreciate Oregon's beaches. In Oregon its illegal to drive your car on the beach. Its a damn shame that it isn't illegal in Washington. I almost had a heart attack the first time I went to Long Beach, Washington and saw cars parked on the shores of the beach. I was shocked and appalled. Blame the Greener in me! If I had to choose between Oregon and Washington beaches it is no toss up in which one I would pick. Oregon would win by a landslide. Hello! Goonies was filmed in Astoria and Free Willy was filmed in Newport. Have you seen the beaches? Gorgeous! There also is something magical about the waves hitting against the rocky cliffs and the vivid green Evergreen trees and ferns that grow in the Northwest.  You have to see it to believe it, but once you see it, you'll want to stay! :] Plus the coastal clam chowder and oyster stew is to die for! ;D

4. Summer Fruit 
I love summer fruits! Strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are some of my favorite summer fruits. You can also throw in watermelon and mangoes. I could literally live of fruit during the summer months. There are so many delicious fruits to choose from and I look forward to them every year. The wait is worth it, although...I really want me some peaches and wish I lived in the south right now. I blame it on my growing bump. Baby wants some peaches!

5. Swimming
Nothing screams summer like swimming! I love watching Amari swim. He is such a joy to watch. He truly adores the water and I adore watching him swim. Plus, all toddlers look super cute with their Buddah bellies hanging out of their swim suits! =D 

6. Barbecue! Yum, Yum.
It isn't really summer until you bust out the grill and get cooking. It doesn't matter what you cook, just as long as it's grilled. Barbecue to me is comfort food. Sometimes I wish I lived in the south so I could get my grub on brisket and other forms of delicious barbecue. Famous Dave's will have to do for now.

And these are the little things that I adore about the summer. I may have missed a few things, but that's okay. I have all summer to talk about it. :]

Pregnancy Week 14 - Baby #2

Hello there 2nd trimester! It feels wonderful having energy again! I can actually do things now like chase my toddler around. For two and half months I had absolutely no energy at all and now that I landed a new job in Portland and we are moving to Vancouver I need all the energy I can get to pack. Tuesday was a pretty slow day for me energy wise. I ended up taking a nice long nap that was well needed. I blame it on the weather. It has been absolutely fugly in Washington the past few days; gray skies and rain, rain, rain that just won't go away. Where did the eighty degree weather and sunshine go? Please come back! I need some sunshine in my life! Other than that I have been feeling great with the exception of headaches. :] No more morning sickness, no more being queasy unless I smell something unpleasant, and no back pain. I have; however, been experiencing some Braxton Hicks contractions. =/ When I do have them I either opt to take a warm shower or bath, go for a walk with Amari, or lay down and hope they pass. I don't remember having them until I was at least 30 weeks along with Amari and I did tell my midwife about them at my last check-up. We also talked about whether or not I would be able to go for a VBAC over a scheduled C-section. My next appointment is on June 5th and I meet with my Obstetritionist to see if a VBAC is an option. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that it's a yes. :] Food craving wise I still want peaches (I finally found them at Jay's Fruit Stand), V8 juice, and hot spicy food. Salad is delicious to me too. I can't get enough of water with lemon either. I am hoping I'm not dehydrated because it is all I want to drink besides V8 juice and tea. For fun, I took a gender prediction test via old wives tale online and it predicted that Little Bean is a boy based off my cravings and tiny bump but... I think it's girl. In all the dreams that I've had it's a girl. ;D I want a girl because I would love to have pink, bows, and dresses in my life but if it's another boy I would still be happy. =] So far Little Bean is 3.4 inches tall, weighs 1.5 ounces, and is the size of the lemon. Baby is getting big!

 Little Bean is getting big! 
Boy or girl? 
What do you think? 

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Pregnancy Week 13: Baby #2

Week 13 has been wonderful I must admit. No fatigue; thank God! It feels wonderful having energy again and being able to chase my two year old son around the house and in the yard. He is such a handful these days but an enjoyment none the less. Nausea has subsided and occasionally a few icky smells will make me queasy. The stench of ranch still makes me gag though. It is such an unpleasant smell and it doesn't help that my darling husband and son eat it with practically everything so there is no escaping it! It currently is the bane of my existence. Lately I've been having a lot of headaches. Headaches are not new to me seeing as I'm anemic. I try to not take anything for them and make sure that I am staying hydrated and it usually does the trick. I have been craving some odd things thought, like sardines, V8 juice, and peaches. I've been drinking V8 juice by the gallon it seems and I only allow myself 2 cans of sardines a week. Canned peaches sound disgusting to me and fresh peaches still aren't ripe in Washington yet. I wish they would hurry up cause this pregnant mama wants some peaches! So far Little Bean is 2.9 inches tall, weights around .81 ounces, and is the size of a peach.

Happy Mother's Day

We got home late last night and I was too exhausted due to my pregnancy and a long trip to the zoo to post this until today. I had a wonderful Mother's Day with my sweet son and loving husband. I love everything about being Amari's mom. Words cannot even express my undying love for that boy. He means the world to me and the fact that I get to be a mother again makes me even more ecstatic and thrilled about motherhood. I mentioned in my Mother's Day Eve post about why motherhood is so important to me. I thrive to be the mother that my mother wasn't for me and my siblings. When I first found out that I was pregnant with Amari I was both scared that I would fail as mother and hopeful at the same time. I have met a lot of wonderful mother's throughout my lifetime and have tried to incorporated what I learned from them into my own life and philosophy about motherhood.  Being a mother isn't easy; mommy skills always need to be worked on and polished. I can only aim to be the best that I can be.

I woke bright and early to prepare lunches for an adventure that Trevor and Amari wouldn't tell me about. It was a surprise. I do like my surprises. Normally I'm the type of person who likes homemade gifts because I feel that they are more meaningful than store bought ones but this year I asked for a new blender because the old one broke and with summer just around the corner I would like to make my boys milkshakes and smoothies for the warm days ahead. I was more than geeked when I unwrapped my gift from Amari and Trev and had a new blender. :] My cards were sweet and endearing and I have them displayed on my kitchen table until I put them in my keepsake box in a week or so. After opening my gift we all loaded up the car and headed on our way. We ended up going to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma. I have not been to the zoo in years and was excited about experiencing the the zoo with my son for the first time (which I'll happily write about later in the week). After our four hour visit to the zoo we headed home for a few hours of relaxation before heading over to Papa and Nana's house for a family dinner. It was wonderful relaxing outside and looking out at the lake while having conversation with family and enjoying the eighty degree weather and sunshine outside on the deck. Mother's Day was very low key, fun-filled, and I enjoyed every moment of it with my loving husband and sweet son. Without the two of them I would not be a mother. So Happy Mother's Day to all the mother's out there. You are loved, cherished, and adored. Your hard work, love, and dedication goes unnoticed by your loved ones.

 My sweet boy and I.
Love him so much. :D
 My life...
Looking at fishies with Auntie J.
 Playing with sticks.
 Stick fighting time!
 Men in the kitchen! =P
 Fish looking time with cousin Bridget.
Papa with his hat to the side, LOL.