Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cookies and a Puppy Bath

Boy, for someone who supposedly had NOTHING to do this past weekend, I feel like I've run myself non-stop! Can't believe I have to go to bed here in a few minutes. Where DID the time go?

Friday night, Tom and I went out to dinner at a Chinese Buffet restaurant nearby. It was nice spending quiet time with each other after a hectic work week.

Saturday afternoon I attended a Party Lite candle party at my niece's mother's house. I'm on a strict budget following Angela's shower and 2 car repairs this month, so all I bought was a votive sampler pack (I think there are 12-15 votive candles of different scents in it) and a non-flame LED flickering candle for Dante's room. It has a built-in timer, so it can be used as his nightlight during the night. After the candle show, I went in to work for a few hours, came home for dinner, then back to work around 7 and didn't finish everything for Sunday until 11 p.m.! Ugh. I rarely ever work that late, but I'm also a stickler at making sure that every single thing that has to be done for any given week is totally completed before Sunday morning, even if it means I have to work on a Saturday. I can't stand being behind on anything.

This morning, Sunday, Tom and I went to church. He was the Video Technician for today, so he got to sit up in the Choir Loft with the video camera, which worked out great because I sang with the choir today also. The 3 pieces we sang were difficult, and we had hoped to have 1 more practice before delivering "the goods" at church this morning, but the Lord was with us as we nailed each piece. Whew!

After church, Tom and I did some yard work while intermittently watching the Detroit Tigers play New York in baseball. We lost (again). Bummer that the Tigers have fallen apart the past 5 games or so. Ah well. It's early in the season. Hopefully, they'll improve soon. Anyway, Tom mowed the lawn, the 2 dogs played in the back yard on their leashes (our yard isn't fenced), and I power washed our deck. Angela eventually joined us outside, and it was really nice to sit in the warm sun with the temp around 60 or so. It's supposed to get even warmer here this week--in the 70's and 80's--before cooling back down into the 60's next weekend.

I was excited to be able to take a brief nap on the couch late this afternoon. Rocco slept in the crook of my knees, so that was very "cozy."  :-)  When I woke up around 5, I ran to Kmart to get a few more things that Ang needed for Dante, and also had to run to Wal-mart (thankfully, they're down the road from each other) to buy "Thank You" notes for her to complete this week from her baby shower. She's just too heavy and tired now to go out much, and is anxious to deliver Dante as soon as possible. I think she has a doc appt. Tuesday for another ultrasound to see if he's turned yet. If not, she's pretty much accepted the fact that he's going to be delivered via c-section on May 10th.

Tom made dinner for us all tonight (which he usually does...what an awesome hubby he is!), and then I had fun giving Rocco a bath in the kitchen sink. Ang gave him his last bath in our bathtub in March, but he's so tiny that he fits nicely into the kitchen sink where he's easier to wash, and I can use the sprayer to rinse him off. He was such a good boy for me!

Once I got him somewhat dried off in a towel, he was SO excited that he ran around the first floor of our house in a huge circle, just barking and I swear, SMILING too! LOL He's such a character. Once he was more dry, I even brushed him for the first time. He fell asleep on the kitchen floor! ROFL Lastly, I brushed his teeth (we began doing that when we first got him, and he really likes the taste of the doggy toothpaste, so it's an easy job for me).
AFTER THAT (yes, I still had some energy left over), I washed up and made my family some sugar cookies with vanilla frosting and confetti sprinkles. Dang! What a busy day! I think (hope) I'll sleep well tonight!

Anyway, that was my weekend. Hope all of you had a really pleasant, enjoyable and relaxing weekend too!

Friday, April 27, 2012

A Pic of Dante's Bedroom

Some of you have seen this photo on Facebook already, but for those of you that haven't, here is a picture of my future grandson's bedroom. My daughter & I had SO much fun putting those two tree decals on the wall, and she came up with the idea of the ivy hanging down with furry monkeys hanging in all positions off of it. Now let's hope Dante likes it when he arrives in a few weeks!  :-)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Grandson Will Arrive Soon!

I apologize for not having written in a long time again. There has been so much craziness going on in my life over the past several months that extra time for blogging hasn't been an option. I have a few extra minutes of quiet here at work today, so I thought I'd sneak in a quick blog. Sh-sh-sh-sh! Don't tell anyone I'm blogging at work!  LOL

Angela's baby shower went well on April 14. Whew! It was a lot of work, but was so much fun and it was great seeing all of our family and friends there. Ang did a great job with opening all her many gifts, visiting with folks, thanking them, etc. I was very proud of her.

I was SO grateful for everyone who helped out with the shower! We really couldn't have had had such a wonderful event without the help of so many family members. Tom and "the guys" did a fantastic job making and serving all of the food. Tom is such a phenomenal cook to begin with. I knew when he told me that he'd handle all of the food that that particular area was in good hands, and one less thing I'd have to worry about.

Now, with only a few weeks to go until Angela delivers the baby, we are waiting and holding our breath to see if baby Dante will flip upside down on his own. He is still in a breech position with his butt down, and his head and legs up toward the top of the uterus. The doc gave Ang some exercises to do at home to try to get him to flip. If he doesn't flip by May 10, she'll have to have a c-section that morning, which is okay too, but she would prefer to have the opportunity to deliver him on her own without having to have a major surgery like a c-section. Ang will see the doc each week for the next two weeks and she'll have an ultrasound done with each appointment to see if Dante has turned. We're keeping our fingers crossed!

Ang & Jason got engaged in mid-February, and they plan to get married sometime after Dante is born. Jason's carpentry-type work has been sporadic this winter, and every time he thinks he's secured a "full-time" job, either the new boss doesn't call back (after telling Jason he was hired), or else the work continues to be part-time. We're hoping that as the weather warms up, more work will become available, and Jason will be able to work full-time again.

The "kids" (Ang rolls her eyes at me when I call her and Jason that) did a fantastic job on the baby's room, and it is all ready for Dante to take up residency. Jason painted the walls a bright green color, and the trim a chocolate brown. Since Dante's bedding is a jungle animal theme, Angela has added some wall decals--two 6-ft. tall palm trees and some jungle animals--to his one wall, and some green vines with monkeys attached to them along one area of the ceiling (and the vines hang down each side of the doorway). The decor is really cute, and they both put a lot of thought and work into it. Jason even removed the old pink carpeting that had been in the room and laid down a really pretty wood laminate floor. That boy is pretty talented and a very hard worker.

I'll end this post for now since I have to finish the church newsletter and get back to work! If you could keep Ang & baby Dante in your prayers over the next few weeks, I'd appreciate it. We're hoping for an easy delivery with no complications, whether it's a natural birth or a c-section. Thanks, you guys!

Hope life is treating all of you well, and serving you up much joy and happiness.  Hugs!