I haven't really been hanging around the blogosphere lately. I think I have writer's block, which is ironic, because I'm not a writer...hah! This blog is just for fun =). Anyway, I just don't have much to post about these days. We've been enjoying the extremely lazy days of summer, because it's just too darn hot to do anything else! Even the cows just lay around in the shade and do nothing (although, they pretty much do that year round, so that's not saying much). We spent the better part of today lounging around the house reading books. I heard a fellow southerner say once that summer in the deep south is like winter in the far north, because you are almost quarantined inside because of the heat. The temperature right now is 96 degrees, with a heat index of 107 degrees! Way too hot to take kids outside to play. I was out there for about 45 minutes cleaning out my van (oh yes, Phil, I actually got around to doing that ;), and I felt like I dropped 10 pounds just from the sweat...and, I was in the shade! We did get to go swimming yesterday evening for a couple of hours at our neighbor's house, which was so very nice, but after a while, it actually felt like bath water...the temp in the water was 91 degrees O_o.
Next week, I go in for my second ultra-sound, and it's the one where we get the option to find out if the baby is a boy or a girl. For the first 3, we didn't find out the gender, but Philip wants to for this one. As for me, I don't know if I want to or not. I usually am really tempted to find out, but since Phil has always wanted to be surprised, I never did, because I can't keep a secret. Part of me feels like it's cheating, but in the end, it doesn't really matter...I mean, the baby is what it is, and I'll love him or her no matter what. Likely, I'll break down and find out, because I'm just weak like that =) At lunch today, the kids and I had this discussion:
Natalie: So, Mom, I've been thinking...
Me: oh yeah? About what?
Natalie: About the new baby.
Me: What about the new baby?
Natalie: Oh, just about having it and stuff.
Me: It's going to be really exciting! You'll get to hold it, and help me take care of it...(I left out the part about how I
have anxiety attacks and fret think about having it and stuff, too).
Natalie: I bet the baby gets hungry alot.
Me: No, not really...babies get everything they need when they are in their mommy's tummy; they don't have to wait around for someone to feed them.
**I then tiptoe on egg shells trying to answer all her questions about how a pregnant woman's body works to take care of a growing baby...she's only 5, not a doctor!! how many details does the child really need??? I settled on "that's just how God made it work", and changed the subject. I told her that we get to go and see pictures of the baby at the doctor's office next week.
Me: Do you want to find out if it's a boy or a girl now, or do you want to wait until it's born?
Natalie: I want to know now! (no shocker...she is my daughter)
Me: Ok, maybe they'll be able to tell us.
Natalie: Do you want to know?
Me: I don't know yet...probably...Daddy wants to know.
Me: I don't know yet...probably...Daddy wants to know.
**Andrew decides to join the conversation now, which is weird, because he seems to have been ignoring our entire conversation, because he's been very intent on eating his lunch for the duration of our little chat...every now and then he would pipe in with "hey, I got two noodles on my fork this time!! cool!!" Such a boy!
Andrew: I want to wait.
Me: You want to wait for the baby to be born before you know if it's a boy or a girl??
Andrew: Yes, I want to wait. The boys have to wait, but the girls can find out.
**Sorry Phil...I guess you have to wait with Andrew this time =P
Now that everyone is just dying to know whether we find out or not, and, if we do find out, what the gender actually is...I shall not be posting it on the blog. I remember my mother-in-law telling me once that if we ever find out, she doesn't want to know. Since she actually reads my blog, I don't want to ruin the surprise for her. So, everyone else will just have to wait for the ending =) The hard part will be keeping Natalie away from her Grandma for the rest of the pregnancy, because there's no way she'll keep that a secret! No, seriously, I'll make sure to drill Natalie about NOT telling Grandma, so no worries!
Other than that, we haven't really been doing much of anything over here. My garden is between the summer harvest and the fall planting, so I haven't been doing much with it. I still have a couple of cherry tomato plants that are going strong, a handful of new cucumber plants that are a few weeks along, and my okra is like the gift that keeps on giving. Phil did help me clean it out and do some weeding around the beds, so it looks much neater and is ready for the next round of planting. Hopefully I can get to that in the next week or two.
We'll be starting school right about the second week of August. I've actually decided to switch to a new curriculum this year. Natalie will be in first grade, and she's my only one in school just yet, so I figure now is the time to tweak out these things before we get so far along that it's harder to switch curricula around. Since we attend the Traditional Latin Mass, Phil and I really wanted a curriculum that supports that. So, I did a bit of research earlier in the summer and found Our Lady of the Rosary School. I hope we like it. From what I've looked at on the website, I like the books, the curriculum looks solid, I like the classes they offer for older kids, and I called and spoke with someone from their office, and she was very helpful and nice. So, I'll be ordering the first grade supplies sometime next week, and getting some of Natalie's other school supplies tomorrow, when I get to go shopping all by myself!!!! Well, Rachel will be with me, but she can't ask me to buy everything in the store yet, so I don't mind taking her =)
Well, the kids just woke up and wandered in from their nap, so that means it's time for me to feed them again.