Last Minute Plans

In a very last-minute bit of plans, tomorrow morning at 4am Bella and I head to the airport to fly to Colorado for the week.

Thursday I remembered I’d gotten Southwest vouchers on a flight home from California last year where we gave up our seats for a flight an hour later. Checking them, I realized they expire July 1 and travel has to be completed by that date. Not just booked. I kind of panicked, not wanting those to go to waste. I tried to sell them for about $200 less, call Southwest for an extension, even email them – the only response I got was they would review and let me know in 10 days.

When they had expired already lol.

I realized that it would just about completely pay for Bella and I to fly to see our family, so we booked! We’re having Father’s Day today with Sam, then I’ll be in Colorado in time Sunday evening to hug my dad too. I haven’t seen any of my family, except my mom who came for my Zimbabwe trip in Nov, in a year – so I’m very excited.

And of course I’ll get to see my also very pregnant little sister – those pics will probably end up on Instagram.

I’m off to pack, get work done, clean, finish laundry, and try to finish up as much school work as I can before we leave. And take a nap. That’s a must.

Chomping Down on Goldfish® Crackers

Between the three of us, we’ve eaten so many Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers over the years that I’m sure someone at Pepperidge Farm has a new car on us. Sam and Bella love them, and they seem to be the perfect snack for nearly any situation – especially something quick on a car trip. Bella attends an hourly class on our military post a few days a week, and by the time we get out the door, we’ve usually missed their morning snack. They have an early lunch, but this doesn’t seem to help much when she decides she’s hungry. I’ve started packing a snack for her, both something that will help for on the way there, and last until I pick her up in the early afternoon and she’s hungry again. Goldfish crackers for the win. Goldfish Crackers Snack Ideas for Kids Most of you know she adores (ADORES) dinosaurs. Everything she has is somehow worked into a dinosaur or for a dinosaur. Pottery Barn dollhouse? Dinosaur romping spot. Teepee? Dino sleeping area. My bed? Perfect to make into small volcanoes. So when it comes to her snack, I had a little time on my hands one morning and a fun idea while she was getting ready for the day. Goldfish Crackers Snack Ideas This is super easy to do. It took me about 8-10 minutes total. I’m not a “fun snack” mom, because I forget until after Bella eats that something cute could have been made from it, but we do have days where I remember and she has a lot of fun when I show her something I did. Goldfish Crackers Snack Ideas 1 So for this snack, I created a little dino (also can be a dragon/alligator) to chomp on the Goldfish crackers butterfly. You’ll need: (seriously, this is so easy)

  1. Goldfish crackers
  2. Another dry snack or sturdy fruit (I picked orange slices)
  3. A sandwich sized ziploc bag (snack is too small)
  4. A clothespin
  5. Paper/markers/googly eyes/pipe cleaner

Fill the bag with crackers and dry snacks. Separate evenly and twist 2-3 times. Use pipe cleaner to wind around middle and keep it from coming undone. Cut small triangles for the teeth. Glue on. Use googly eyes (or draw your own). Cut out a small row of spikes from colored paper or color your own. Glue on. Let dry for a minute. Chomp that right onto the middle of the bag. Goldfish Crackers Snack Ideas 2 And there you have it! The great part of this is the clothespin can be used again and again. Except if you’re Bella. And you take the clothespin off and play with it and forget about the snack you couldn’t live without five minutes before. :) Goldfish Crackers Snack Ideas 4

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We Are Having A…

Friday our doctor’s office called us with testing results, I’d had the verifi Prenatal test (p.s. I have no affiliation with them, just linking since it’s rather new to the testing game) which is why we found out gender so early. Everything is fine – it doesn’t change the risk with ciHHV-6, but it does eliminate other issues or complications. That’s why we opted to do this, in case there was something that might be a bigger risk with ciHHV-6.

And then the nurse asked, “Would you like to know the gender?” It was one of those moments where the whole world stops for a second – you know whatever words come next are going to change your life. And they did. I started to cry and told her, “You just made my whole day,” and she was so excited – it was wonderful.

So then once we knew, and Bella knew we knew (and wasn’t about to wait to find out), I ran out and bought balloons, came home and searched for a box – finding the only one big enough but barely fit in. Then we realized my camera battery was dead. And once Bella opened the box, the jammed in balloons didn’t come out and Sam had to help her pry them out and I forgot to turn the phone the right way and then the video was a mess to try to clip together –

Bella Gender Reveal 1

Best laid plans y’all. So I scrapped it, did a short clip of her cutest moment, and found one of my favorite pics I snapped.

Ready? :) Turn up your sound, she gives a little squeal that melts my heart.

(not sure if it was because of the gender or just the fact that she loves balloons that.much.)

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Building Castles of Our Own

This morning is a good one. I’m taking advantage of feeling human by studying, writing, and playing with Bella. It’s these kinds of mornings that give me a little reminder of how much my thoughts and frame of mind are affected by feeling sick all the time. It’s also a reminder that if I can hang on, I won’t feel the same forever.

Building Castles

I don’t know if anyone else does this, but when I feel sick for more than a day I start to irrationally think, “This is it. I’m going to be like this forever, nothing will ever get done, I’m always going to order fast food for us, let the house go and THIS IS THE END.”

Then I feel better and realize that’s not at all the case.

A couple of you offered up suggestions about letting school work go/taking a break for a while. I can totally understand how that looks like the best option when you’re reading how miserable I am!  Two things about that though:

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One Day…

The receptionist peers over her desk at us, Bella heading into her hourly care class so I can get some work done at home.

“Does she have an older brother or sister?”

I shake my head.

“Just her?”

“Yes,” I say tightly, wanting to conversation to stop here. It won’t. I just know it. I brace myself for whatever bit of ignorance is coming next.

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