Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Yesterday, I went and had a maternity massage at Zena's Island Day Spa. It felt soooo good. I would love to have one of those pillow things they have that has a whole in the middle so you can lay on your tummy and not put any pressure on the baby. I think that it might help me sleep a little better at night as I have always been a tummy sleeper. I only had the 30 minute massage, but am thinking that if I go again, I will do the hour long one next time.
The baby has been moving quite a bit the last few days. I can feel it as it swims about. I can only imagine how big it is by now as it's movements are getting stronger everyday. My only concern about the baby moving this much at this point is it wrapping the umbilical chord around it's neck. I guess it's something that I can talk to my doctor about at our next visit.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
He placed in hand on my belly and looked a me and said, "I don't feel anything." I told him to give it some time and he might feel something. After a few seconds, he looked at me again and smiled, "I still don't feel anything." I told him, give it some time.
After a few minutes, I felt the baby move and Kevin looked at me with a confused yet excited look on his face and asked me, "Was that the baby move? Did I just feel the baby? Did you feel it?"
I looked at him and just laughed and told him that that was in fact the baby moving. He thought it was the neatest thing to finally feel the baby.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Me at 23 weeks, 5 days - Starting to show....
The experience so far has been great. I never really had any morning sickness with the exception of the occasional bout of nauseousness. I started feeling the baby move at about 20 weeks or so and that alone has been entertaining. I have had a few nights where the baby would not let me get comfortable enough to fall asleep because it was moving so much. One of those times, Kevin laid down next to me and started talking to the baby and humming a lullaby. Amazingly it worked and the baby calmed down enough for me to get some rest that night. Recently, the baby has discovered how to push and bruise my ribs. I have never felt anything so painful in my life, but then again, I guess paybacks a bitch!
I'll continue to post more as we get closer to the due date with more pictures and funny stories should they arise. Until then...enjoy!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Ground Zero - Another wreath along the Memorial alley
Thursday, July 30, 2009
May 2009: I turned 30 on the 13th. I didn't do much that day. Kev and I had originally planned for me to work a half-day and then we were going to go to the Visalia Rawhide game since it was an afternoon game. That never happened as Kevin got directed at work and had to work a double. He ended up taking me to an early dinner at Famous Dave's, so it didn't turn out that bad. For the Memorial Day holiday, Kevin and I drove up to Shaver Lake to spend the weekend with his family at the new family cabin they just bought.
June 2009: We got to enjoy quite a few Rawhide games this month. You all know us and baseball! Kevin and I did get to attend the 2009 California/Carolina League's All-Star game in Lake Elsinore. We had a lot of fun and met a few new friends in the process. Kevin and I were able to get two bats, one for each league, signed by the entire team! We had two Rawhide boys there and got to see them both pitch amazing innings. In the end, the Cal League beat the Carolina league in the bottom of the tenth with a walk-off home run! The following weekend, I got to go to Pismo for a couple of days with Becca and her family. It was so nice to escape the heat of the valley for the nice cool, overcast weather of the coast. On Saturday, we drove over to the Oceano Dunes to meet up with Matt and his family for a couple of hours. Matt took everyone riding on the dunes in his Jeep. Dreu had an awesome time. We also took Wes and Beek down to the water to let them play. Although Beek fell asleep in Auntie Jessi's arms before we got to the water, Wes had a good time pulling me into the water and riding on the boogie board. I'm sure he slept the entire way home after all of that excitement!
July 2009: I spent the Fourth of July holiday at Shaver Lake with Kev's family and celebrated Melissa's 23rd birthday. Friday night, we sat out in the lake on the boat watching the fireworks. Kevin came up on Monday morning and we stayed until Wednesday night. On the following Saturday, Becca and I drove up to spend the weekend on the lake with the family again after going on our weekly dog walk out at Woodward Park. We had a great time until I got really sick on Sunday. Becca had to take me back down the hill before Kevin even got there. When I got home, I took a shower and slept the whole rest of the day. The next weekend, Kevin and I went to San Jose for the weekend for a Union convention that he had to attend. I met a few San Jose Sharks hockey players while waiting out in the lobby for Kevin just before lunch one day. That was the highlight of my day. On Sunday, after Kevin was done, we went shopping at the Gilroy outlets and then ended up in Santa Cruz at the Boardwalk (my first time!). While we were there, we found a street called 'Westbrook Street'! For dinner, Kevin took me to my favorite Italian food restaurant, Carinos! (They have the BEST lasagna!) So far, the rest of July has been pretty uneventful. We did go to a few Reno Aces' game when they were in town playing the Grizzlies, but that was about it.
I promise I'll be posting more often. Kevin and I are going to have some changes coming up in the near future that I will be posting. Until then, much love from the Westbrook's!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This year's team has been on a tear! Currently, they are in first place of their division in the California League standings with a record of 12-1. The last time a Visalia team started this hot was in 1978 and the team won the championship!
Friday, April 10, 2009
After wondering around the renovated stadium and watching the team take batting practice, Kevin and I went and helped set up for dinner. Our contribution to dinner was this lovely cake that was done by the wonderful cake decorators at Costco. I told them I wanted a baseball themed cake and this is what they came up with. We had a lot of complements on the cakes by both Booster members and team players.
Just one word to the wise...do not eat potato or macaroni salad at a potluck! Very bad things can happen later!
Monday, March 23, 2009
I noticed that there was a rather large lump underneath the blanket and it began to move. So I ran to the back room and grabbed my camera to take a few pictures. It stopped moving as I got closer to it, so I lifted it up to see what or who was underneath.
It was Penny! Curled up in a ball in the spot that I had vacated!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Well, yesterday, I was talking to a client who has two daughters who are 3 years old and 10 months old. We were talking about the fact the Kev and I are trying to have a baby. Well, she originally came in to talk about her case and we ended up talking for half an hour about what to do. She recommended that I go out and buy a book entitled 'What to Expect When You Are Expecting'. It is apparently supposed to be the pregnancy bible and my client told me that it helped her through both of her pregnancies. (She's not the first person to recommend this book to me, though.) Well, I did after work.
The funny part is the fact that Kev is reading it too. I had set in on the coffee table while I ate dinner last night and Kev started to read through it while I ate. When he was done, I started to read it, only to have him start laughing at me. Who knew that you had to have so many shots before you became pregnant....and I HATE needles!
Well, I guess now is the waiting game. We'll keep trying and we'll both keep reading the book hoping that sometime in the near future we will be pregnant. Wish us luck!
When we walked into the house, Kevin tried to turn on the lights. I reminded him that we had unplugged most to the lights in the house when we left over two weeks ago and went into the kitchen to turn on the kitchen light. We then walked through the house trying to turn on the rest of the lights. When that didn't work, we realized that we had no power. I then went to the fridge to see exactly how long power had been out. What we found was a spoiled mess! Everything in both the fridge and freezer had to be thrown out!
One thing that Kev has learned over the years is that I tend to be a real bitch when I am sick, so, he made me call and deal with PG&E. After being on hold for over 45 minutes, we finally got someone to pick up the line and deal with our issue. It turned out that PG&E came out on Wednesday or Thursday to replace our old meter with a new smart meter. When they did this, the worker failed to check to see if power came back on or even leave a note on the door saying that they had replaced the meter and to contact them if we had problems. I screamed at the poor lady on the other end that I was tired and a little hungry but couldn't eat anything because we have to throw it all out because it was spoiled.
In the end, I talked PG&E into reimbursing us for the money we had to spend on buying groceries to replace what had been spoiled because of their stupidity and to also credit us four days on our next bill. All we have to do in return is send them our grocery receipts and copies of our hotel bills proving that we were in fact out of town for that long. Problem one was taken care of just after midnight and Kev and I were able to go to bed around 3 a.m. after having to clean the fridge and kitchen floors.
Problem number two had to arise last night. I went to take a what I was hoping was a nice hot shower. After just a few minutes in the shower, the water turned luke warm and wouldn't get any hotter. I yelled at Kev and I thought the pilot light in the water heater had gone out again (this had happened right before we left on vacation and Kev re-lite it). I had to get out of the shower and dry off after not get to take the shower I needed to clean up. Well, Kevin spent about 15 minutes trying to get the darn thing to light and it never did. He eventually gave up and got dressed and left for work. When he got home this morning, he tried lighting the pilot light again, and it still would not light.
By this time, it was time for me to get up and take a shower and get dress so that I could go to work. Well, my shower consisted of taking a hand towel, wetting it and putting it in the microwave for a few seconds so that I could at least wash my face. I had to call our apartment manager at 6:50 a.m. to have some one come out a look at it and hopefully fix it before I get home from work so that I can finally take that nice hot shower I so desperately need!
Friday, February 20, 2009
On Saturday and Sunday, we went to Daytona Beach, Florida and spent the days wondering around the Daytona International Speedway. We did the Daytona 500 Experience where we got to see the winning car of last year's Daytona 500 race and got to ride in a NASCAR simulator (where some lady hit me in the nose with the lap bar). After the Experience, we walked through the Midway where we got to walk through the sponsor and driver trailers. Kevin bought a few Jeff Gordon things and I bought some Mark Martin stuff for my step-dad. We also both each of our fathers a Daytona 500 shirt. After lunch, we ended up getting $130 tickets to the Nationwide Daytona 300 race for $20 a piece and went to that race. Watching my first NASCAR race was quite an experience. You never realize just how fast those cars go by until you are standing in the front row as the drive by. On Sunday, we watched the superbowl of NASCAR races, the Daytona 500. Kevin and I arrive really early. We bought fan zone passes and were able to go down to the in field and watch the pre-race car inspections. We also got to watch Keith Urban preform a pre-race concert. We even got to sign the checkered finish-line! Unfortunately, the race was cut short by 46 laps by rain and NASCAR officials decided to end the race.
On Monday, we took Kevin's Aunt Becky's advice and took the day off to scout out the various theme parks we were going to. On Tuesday, we spent the day at the Magic Kingdom. It is just like Disneyland, but in minature. On Wednesday, we went to the Aminal Kingdom where we went on an African safari and rode the Mt. Everest Expedition. We saw alot of animals we would not see any where else. Yesterday, we spent the day at Epcot. We rode the Test Track, Mission Space (which really messed us up), Soarin' and the Nemo ride. When we got out of the Nemo ride, it was pouring rain. We decided to run back to our locker and get our rain pounchos. (Bad idea, we were soaked by the time we got to the locker.) After it finished raining, we decided we needed to go back to the hotel and change out of our wet clothes. After we took a short nap and changed, we went back to the park.
Today, we are taking another day off. We are both exhausted. We are going to relax and go to the Wide World of Sports to watch the Altanta Braves practice for spring training and hopefully find some mexican food for dinner.
We still have one more Disney park to go to and the Universal Studios and Sea World. And we have a little more than a week to go before we head home. I'll keep posting as the time goes by.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
In that time we plan to see the following sites:
1. the Kennedy Space Center
2. All four Disney World Parks and World of Baseball
3. Sea World
4. Universal Studios
6. Ft. Lauderdale
7. the Everglades
8. Tampa Bay...and, like we'd forget!
9. Baseball Spring Training Complexes!
We are both really looking forward to this trip. Keep checking back as we will be posting updates and pictures while we are gone.
See you all real soon!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Everything was going great....until I dragged my laundry hamper into the living room. I noticed a long piece of fabric lying on the floor. I thought it was the cat toy, so I bent down to pick it up. As I got closer to the fabric, I realized that it wasn't the cat's toy at all. It was my yarn!
One of the kids had pulled the knitted needle off the couch and into the kitchen, leaving a trail of yarn all of the living room, dinning room and kitchen. I ended up spending the rest of the night untangling all of the knots out of the yarn and making a yarn ball to keep it untangled.
We are not sure which kid it was, but Kevin and I have an idea that it was Penny. Guess I learned my lesson!
(Now, if I had only been smart enough to take a picture of the mess before I picked it up!)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
From California, With Love!
Next craft to master....quilting! But that's a little ways down the road.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
By this time I was hooked and in two weekend, I had made five scarfs.... Midnight Blue, Black, Periwinkle Blue, Hunter Green and an Ameythist print...
I ended up making two of them....one for Dreu (which he loved when I gave it to him) and one for my niece, Rhiannon.
I've been a busy little girl....now if I could just learn to use my knitting needles!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
A mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper has cheated him out of ten million bucks. His bookkeeper is deaf. That was the reason he got the job in the in the first place. It was assumed that a deaf bookkeeper would not hear anything that he might have to testify about in court.
When the Godfather goes to confront the bookkeeper about his missing ten million, he brings along his attorney, who knows sign language.
The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the ten million bucks he embezzled from me it."
The attorney, using sign language, asks the bookkeeper where the money is.
The bookkeeper sign back: "I don;t know what you are talking about."
The attorney tells the Godfather: "He says he doesn't know what you're talking about."
The Godfather pulls out a pistol, puts it to the bookkeeper's temple and says, "Ask him again!"
The attorney signs to the bookkeeper: "He'll kill you if you don't tell him!"
The bookkeeper signs back: "OK! You win! The money is in a brown briefcase buried behind the shed in my cousin Enzo's backyard in Queens!"
The Godfather asks the attorney: "Well, what'd he say?"
The attorney replies....."He says you don't have the balls to pull the trigger."
Be warned that I have your license plate number and make and model of your car and have reported it to the California Highway Patrol after you hit my poor little Kermie and drove away without exchanging any information. What you did was wrong!!! A good motorist should know that if you hit another car, you should automatically put the car in park and get out to exchange insurance information. You, my friend, are not a good motorist as you told me to get go and then sped away as I grabbed my cell phone to snap a picture of your license plate.
Now, I am not sure if you even did any damage to my car, but causing an accident and then driving away is wrong. In fact, it is so wrong that it is called Hit and Run and is a criminal misdemeanor. So, when that CHP officer comes knocking at your door to give you a ticket. Be afraid....be very afraid!
Kermie's very sore owner
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
(x) Fight Club
(x) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
( ) Airplane (Flying High)
(x) The Princess Bride
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
(x) White Oleander
(x) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
(x) The Princess Diaries
(x) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 9
(x) Scream 2
(x) Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie
(x) Scary Movie 2
(x) Scary Movie 3
(x) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
(x) American Pie 2
(x) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total so far 10
( ) Harry Potter 1
( ) Harry Potter 2
( ) Harry Potter 3
( ) Harry Potter 4
( ) Harry Potter 5
(x) Resident Evil 1
(x) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
(x) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
(x) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 5
(x) Finding Neverland
( ) Signs
(x) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
(x) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
(x) 13 Going on 30
(x) I, Robot
Total so far: 7
(x) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(x) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
(x) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
(x) Meet the Fockers
(x) Eight Crazy Nights
(x) Joe Dirt
( ) KING KONG
Total so far: 9
(x) A Cinderella Story
(x) The Terminal
(x) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
(x) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
Total so far: 7
(x) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(x) Practical Magic
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Secret Window
(x) I Am Sam
(x) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 6
(x) The Day After Tomorrow
(x) Child's Play
(x) Seed of Chucky
(x) Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
(x) Remember the Titans
(x) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(x) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 10
(x) Bad Boys
(x) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Slevin
(x) Ocean's Eleven
(x) Ocean's Twelve
(x) Bourne Identity
(x) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
(x) Ice Age
(x) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total so far: 9
(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
( ) Children of the Corn
(x) My Bosses Daughter
(x) Maid in Manhattan
( ) War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour
(x) Rush Hour 2
Total so far: 6
( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(x) She's All That
( ) Calendar Girls
(x) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 10
(x) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(x) Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
(x) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
(x) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek 2
Total so far: 13
( ) Swimfan
(x) Miracle on 34th street
(x) Old School
(x) The Notebook
(x) Krippendorf's Tribe
(x) A Walk to Remember
(x) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
(x) The 40-year-old Virgin
Total so far: 8
( ) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
( ) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
( ) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 2
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
( ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
(x) American History X
( ) Three
Total so Far: 3
( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(x) Monsters Inc.
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grai
(x) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
Total so far: 4
( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(x) 28 days later
( ) Phantasm
Total so far: 6
(x) Kill Bill vol 1
(x) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) The Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness
Total so far: 2
(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 6
(x) The Matrix
( ) The Matrix Reloaded
( ) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
(x) Team America: World Police
(x) Red Dragon
(x) Silence of the Lambs
Total so far: 5
Now Add them up and...Put "I've seen "145" out of 239 films" in the subject line and repost it.
2. Have you ever smoked? I took a puff of a cigar once, but that cause me to have an asthma attack afterwards.
3. Do you own a gun? My husband and I own a shot gun and his service gun
4. What flavor of Kool-Aid was your favorite? Blue rasberry
5. Do you get nervous before a doctor appointment? Only if I have to have blood drawn
6. What do you think of hot dogs? Love them at a baseball game
7. Favorite Christmas movie? White Christmas
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Something from Starbucks
9. Can you do push ups? If i use my knees and do the girly ones
10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? My wedding ring and diamond earrings
11. Favorite hobby? Cross-stitching and knitting
12. Do you have A.D.D.? No, but I know a few people who do
13. What's one trait you dislike about yourself? I worry too much about nothing
14. Middle name? Leigh
15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment: need to finish my latest knitting project, need to knitt Dreu's scarf and I want to see my hubby
16. Name 3 beverages you regularly drink? Pepsi, tea and Starbucks
17. Current worry: Will I be able to have children?
18. Favorite place to be? At home with my hubby
19. Who will you bring in the New Year with? Well, this year, it was my friend, Becky...wh had a Sex and the City marathon night..watched two seasons!
20. Where would you like to go? Hawaii and back to Boston...ooh, and Georgia
21. Name three people who will complete this? Karen already has, so I don't think anyone will
22. Do you own slippers? Yes, I wear them all the time when I am at home
23. What color is your shirt? Olive green
24. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? In the summer time, but in the winter I like fannel.
25. Can you whistle? Not very well
26. Would you be a pirate? Arrrrgh!
27. What songs do you sing in the shower? When no one else is in the house
28. Favorite Girl's Name? Addison
29. Favorite boy's name? Bryton
30. What's in your pocket right now? Lint
31. Last thing that made you laugh? Chatting with Karen on yahoo messanger
32. Best bed sheets as a child? My Rainbow Bright ones (I still have the pillow case somewhere!)
33. Worst injury you've ever had? I had to have stitches just under my eye
34. Do you love where you live? Yes and no
35. How many TV's do you have in your house? Three
36. Who is your loudest friend? Definately, Becca!
37. How many dogs do you have? None
38. Does someone have a crush on you? Yes....
39. What is your favorite book? Gone with the Wind
40. What is your favorite candy? Jelly Bellys
41. What is your favorite sports team? Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondback and Visalia Rawhide (formerly Oaks)
42. What song do you want played at your funeral? This is a morbid question!