Wednesday, February 27, 2013

32 Weeks

Pregnancy This Week
How Far Along: 32 weeks
Size of Baby: Just under 4lb and about 19" long
Gender: Boy...Wilson Tyler!
Maternity Clothes: A mix of regular and maternity tops, still in regular pants and skirts
Movement: He is quickly running out of room as his movements more consist of pushing and stretching on his confining environment, which means my ribs and abs are getting nice and bruised! :)
Cravings: Still loving fruit of any kind, sandwiches, rainbow sherbet, and homemade granola
Symptoms:I get RLS with each pregnancy, but it's getting pretty bad at this point and really interrupting sleep at night, but at least it's getting me ready for the overall feeling of sleep deprivation in the coming weeks!
Best Moment of the Week: We are finally home in Virginia and we have been loving every single second! We have Wilson's room semi-set up and it's so much fun to start picturing life with three little men running around this new home! I also got to go to my new doctor here in VA yesterday and she said everything looks great. Looks like Wilson has already dropped and is very low so maybe I should at least look into getting the baby clothes out, washed, and in his dresser soon? :)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Capitol Hill-arity

There is no way I can begin to use words to describe the feelings we have being back home. Our hearts are bursting with that blessed comfort of being surrounded with family and familiarity.
We took to the streets of our beloved city this past weekend and "explored" as Harrison likes to say. We definitely have some very excited little guys to be back here.
And in the excitement of exploring and taking in their new surroundings there has been no shortage of hilarity coming out of little mouths and minds.
When we went to the Lincoln Memorial Harrison was so excited because a part of his favorite Transformers movie takes place there. But after walking in and looking all around he came to the realization, "Oh man, I guess Megatron isn't here any more."
Harrison also seemed dissapointed after viewing the White House, "This isn't what it looks like at the beach!" Then we realized he thought we were going to be seeing a light house.
"Oh My millions! It's the soldier guy castle!" aka the Pentagon, "Oh wow! A huge pool for us!" aka the Reflecting Pool, "Can we go swimming in there when it gets hot?"-referring to the Potomac.
And in a city of segways, mounted police, talking crosswalk timers, millions of people coming and going, metros, and protestors, there was enough to keep Jeff with eyes wide open. 
To say we're thrilled to be here is an understatement, but our hearts are full, our joy is in Christ, and with thanksgiving we praise Him for bringing us home!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Goodbye Tennessee

Our drive from Tennessee was nothing less than an adventure...as most road trips in this family are.It began with all of us oversleeping in the hotel and almost missing breakfast. I guess two very sad, but very cute little boys and a pregnant momma helped us grab a few cold waffles and some yogurt before they took it away.
Then it was necessary for our sleep deprived caravan to make a Starbucks stop. We were serenaded by a musical barista and the boys received free cake pops after laying on some thick charm. Not too far down the highway we ran into a parking lot on I-40 due to a tractor trailer tipping and tossing its entire load of scallions all over the highway.
We may have hollered and screamed in pure joy as we crossed over the Virginia state line for the last time and we may have not gotten the boys settled into bed until almost midnight. We may have eaten way too much fast food, consumed way too much caffeine, and we may have been running on sheer ecstatic adrenalin, but we made it home, and every adventurous mile was totally worth it.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Moving Day

It must be kinda traumatic to watch your favorite toys being shoved into dark boxes, taped down, wheeled out by strangers, and loaded into a loud rumbling semi.
Harrison has been through this before so I don't know if he was going off memory or just being older and taking on the role of big bro, but he sure did a great job helping Jeff learn the ropes of the packing and moving process.
But even with the overly detailed step by step explanation from Harrison, Jeff spent a better part of the day yelling at the movers, "No! No! No!"
Between protesting boxes being loaded up and picnicking on the kitchen floor we watched every Pixar movie in existence and used every creative outlet to distract the boys from noticing their sleep deprivation. 
After a super long day of watching our lives being loaded onto the truck we cleaned the empty house one more time and closed the door on Tennessee. Our friends and memories from our time here are treasures we won't ever part with, but every single one of us was so excited to pull away that night and start the trip home!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

30 Weeks

Pregnancy This Week
How Far Along: 30 weeks
Size of Baby: 16 inches and 3lbs...this boy (and momma for that matter) is growing fast!
Gender: Boy...Wilson Tyler!
Maternity Clothes: A mix of regular and maternity tops, still in regular pants and skirts
Movement: He is all over the place letting everyone know his existence...you can just look at my tummy and see him going crazy in there...just like you can look at my face and tell he's kicking a rib!
Cravings: Still loving fruit of any kind, sandwiches, and junk cereal :)
Symptoms: Not really a symptom, but kinda starting to miss being able to sleep on my stomach.
Best Moment of the Week: Moving our boys home to Virginia!!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Going Home

By the time you read this post our boxes and lives from here in Tennessee will have been loaded inside a moving truck and will be headed East...towards home. Every single one of us is giddy with joy!
We can hardly believe this day is finally here, the day we surrendered to God and found true contentment even if this day had never come. But it is really here and we are going home! So our excited caravan is headed East now and we eagerly anticipate what's ahead. Virginia...we're coming home!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Sounds of Moving

Things that have been heard or said around here during all the packing and moving...
Harrison,upon finding out there there is a laundry shoot in our new house: Cool! So it's a dirty clothes slide? And um, can boys fit in it?
Matt: Can you hand me the screwdriver?
Me: Sure, the one that was in Jefferson's diaper?
Harrison: How can we pack our fridgerator?
Me: We won't, that stays here. 
Harrison: But does our new one have food in it?

Friday, February 8, 2013

Snow Just Like Charlie Brown!

Since Harrison's favorite Christmas movie to watch this past year was Charlie Brown's Christmas, it was viewed over and over and over.
Though we all love this beloved classic, after the 135th time we were kinda maxed out on Snoopy...everyone but Harrison.
And it was from "Charlie Brownie" (as he calls him) that he got into his head that Christmas meant snow. It can't possibly be really Christmas until the ground is covered in white.
He had made a whole list of snowy fun he wanted to have like Snoopy did. He wanted to make snow angels, go sledding, make a snowman, and have a snowball fight.
He wanted to swing in the snow and fall off his bike and land in the snow...boys:) Well we got our "snow day", all 1/2 inch of the white stuff, but you would have thought it was 3 feet with the way the boys attacked it!
We made Harrison's "Charlie Brownie" snow dreams come true complete with angels, fights, and sledding with cardboard boxes - cardboard isn't just for packing:)
The boys ate their fill of frozen packed flakes and rolled and tumbled until little noses were red and fingers became painful in their sopping wet gloves.
We had to drag them in to warm up as the sun quickly melted away the morning's white fun, but all of us were so thankful for our snow day and a break from the packing.
Especially Harrison who officially declared that now, it was finally just like Snoopy's Christmas!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Packing Hazards

Packing to move presents a whole new host of challenges to house full of little boys...some emotional, some physical.
We've had some break downs over beloved toys being locked away behind packing tape that even reassurance of an eventual reunion with those toys does nothing to stop the water works.
We've had boys trapping boys inside boxes, we've had packing tape experiments (FYI: that stuff is sticky and kids learn quick not to apply to hair:), and we've had some physical hazards.
Jefferson is the latest casualty of the stacks of cardboard around here. His little legs just can't quite clear the height he thinks they can so tripping ensues and this time it face planted him into the corner of a wooden trunk.
Though the sound of skull to wood contact turned my stomach, he was only consumed with frustration and anger that his progress was held up. Boys:) He is now sporting his packing war wound and quite proud of his first official "Shiner".

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

29 Weeks

Pregnancy This Week
(I purposely subjected myself to another sun-in-the-eyes picture since this is possibly the last belly shot at this house and I wanted to do it in the same place:) 
How Far Along: 29 Weeks
Size of Baby: About 2 1/2lbs and over 15 inches long - definitely getting bigger!
Gender: Boy - Wilson Tyler!
Weight Gain: I'm going to say about 10lbs total...the doctor says it's 6lbs, but I think with their messed up scales and my taking my own weight at home it's closer to 10.
Maternity Clothes: I've pulled out all my maternity tops now which are way more comfy and longer than regular tops.
Movement: He is a night time party animal, saving all his roundhouse kicks for about the time I get comfortable in bed. He still loves pounding his brother's backs and heads as they try to cuddle with me and does his best to interject his say when the boys and Matt are wrestling or sharing some crazy tale.
Cravings: I'm back to enjoying my nightly bowl of sherbet ice cream as I have done with each pregnancy so far. Junk cereal and sandwiches also still top the list for me. All about nutrition here folks:)
Symptoms: Matt and I were talking about how blessed we have been this pregnancy. With zero complications and hardly any symptoms this time around has been just what we've needed during all this transition! We thank God for such a healthy and smooth pregnancy with Wilson!
Best Moment of the Week: Finding our Virginia home! We are now able to picture our home where we will bring Wilson home to and begin life with our three little men!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

"Cheezies"

Matt and I really deserve the "Brilliant Parent Award". I mean, how many parents do you know who take their kids out during the peak of cold and flu season to the largest public peatrie dish in the Continental U.S.?
The catchy little jingle really should be re-worded to something like, "Where a germ can be a germ..." But I guess that wouldn't have the same effect of bringing in the endless birthday parties and token counting kids.
I may be going out on a limb here, but I don't think it would be crazy to think that once the crowds clear out and the "CLOSED" sign is lit, microbiologists flood the place in search of the newest super bacteria.
I'm pretty sure this was the testing site of Purell. It was where they discovered the .01% that isn't killed in the 99.99% effective antibacterial hand gel.
But there are just some things you have to overlook when you become parents to little humans that are perfectly fine to eat food off the floor.
And so we totally chose to overlook the unseen organisms and introduce our boys to the world of arcades, tokens, tickets, and prizes...they were hooked.
Running from game to game and ride to ride all three of my men took up the competition of basketball, skeeball, and hoarding piles of tickets won.
I remember Chuck E. Cheese as a kid and I can remember having a good time, but it's way more fun watching it through the eyes of my excited kiddos.
I guess I shouldn't be too surprised that some things have changed since I've been last, but I'm still having a hard time getting over my disappointment of the revamping of Whack-A-Mole.
It's now an interactive screen where kids can bang the mess out of pizza toppings with a plastic mallet. I guess PETA put up some kind of argument against teaching children to neurologically harm rodents. Oh well.
But even without some arcade classics I think we all had a blast. All germs, microbes, and influenza aside we needed the time. Time out laughing as a family. Time with close friends to make some lasting memories before we move.
Time with our boys away from the packing and cardboard boxes. Time to capture the moments while our kids still are kids. And time to buy stock in Lysol :)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Welcome Home

We were moving in a matter of days, out of state, hundreds of miles...and we had no place to move to. We should have been freaking out, we should have been anxious. But let me just say that when you pray and ask for God's guidance and peace...He will give it. God directed our steps towards this house, towards putting an offer on this house, towards leaving for Tennessee without knowing if we had gotten a house, towards resting in His perfect peace that all is in His hands.
And just this afternoon we got the call we've been praying and waiting for..."Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Clark on your new home!" This is our Virginia home, the one we've prayed for, longed for, and dreamed of for years. To God we give all thanksgiving for our home...the very one He has prepared for us! May He be glorified in ever moment in this home, may He bless those who enter and may He provide opportunities to further His kingdom as we become stewards of this blessing He has granted.