Saturday, March 27, 2010

More Great Ultrasound Photos of Baby K

Last night Mr K and I had a great opportunity to have an extra ultrasound. I friend of mine from high school sells utlrasound machines and needed a model for sonographers to use in training to do fetal echocardiograms on one of his machines. Since Mr K had yet to see an ultrasound it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

The sonographer doing the traing was very friendly and kind. After doing the heart training she took some nice photos of the baby. Here's a nice profile:

And his face:

Oh yes, I said HIS:

And his cute little hands:

And lots of shots of his heart (the red and blue show the direction of the blood flow):

It was a great evening and we are so glad she was kind enough to take a minute to determine the babies gender.

Friday, March 26, 2010

And it's a .....


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thankful Thursday

We have had a great week in our family. The Teen has been doing very well in his studies, both homeschool and public school courses. The sun is out and the fields are drying so he's  anticipating the start of baseball.

(field cleanup day last year)

My mother is recoverying from her knee replacement last week very well. Physical therapy is hard, but she's getting stronger and more mobile every day.

I'm finally feeling at peace with my new homeschool mom/work- from- home routine. For the first few weeks I felt a little lost. The schedule change was tough and I just didn't quite have it all together. Now I'm loving my new routine and having a little extra time to prepare for the baby.

I began progesterone injections this week in hopes of being able to avoid bedrest and preterm labor. The shot itself is a tough one, but I haven't had too many side effects and the home care nurse was wonderful. She is a fellow believer and is very kind and compassionate.

And as always, I'm very thankful for this little one:

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Guy Time

I love having "guy time" with Mr K. Well, almost guy time, seeing as I am not a guy.
If you've been married any amount of time I'm sure you're aware that they are not like us. My idea of a great Friday evening would be a nice dinner alone with him, a romantic walk by the lake, or cuddling by a fire. While the walks by the lake and cuddling by the fire have yet to happen, I do often have dinner alone with him at least once a week. He probably considers that girl time.
So when he wanted to go see the ND Fighting Sioux at the Excel Energy Center last Friday I quickly agreed. It was time for some guy time. He found tickets on Craigslist, we got out our Sioux gear and headed for the arena.

I had never been seen the Sioux play live before - I've watched MANY games with him, and even some without him so I could text him updates when he was unable to watch, but I had never seen one live.

We had great seats right on the blue line behind the ND bench. Mr K was able to get pictures of many of the players during warm-ups.

It was great. Not that I'm a huge hockey fan. Being married to Mr K, it's growing on me. But what was great was being a part of something that was important to him.

The most fun part (besides spending time with Mr K)? Everytime the Sioux would score the baby would kick. It was mostly Sioux fans there, so it was loud when they would score. Personally, I think the noise startled the baby, but Mr K swears the baby is already a Sioux fan. Someday, he/she probably will be.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Not Me Monday


Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I have not completely given up in and started driving the Teen to school in my PJ's every morning.

This to not come back to bite me when the refridgerator repair man showed up at 7:30 rather than 8AM. Oh no. I was not horrified to see him sitting in our driveway when I returned from the school wearing my PJ's and robe, with straight-from-the-shower wet hair and not a stitch of makeup. I would have been completely ready for the day before I ever left the house.

This certainly did not happen over two weeks ago and I'm just mentioning it now because I've been to lazy to write any Not Me's for the last few weeks. Oh no, Not Me!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday

My mother had knee replacement surgery on Tuesday. She saw the orthopedic surgeon last Wednesday and the doctor felt it was very important to have it done right away, so she didn't see the video or attend the class, she just had the surgery. I'm thankful this was the case - weeks (or months) of worrying about it would have been very hard for her, and had she gone to the class she might not have every done it.
The surgery went very well and she will likely be home tomorrow.
I'm so thankful that we have a wonderful church family who are all pitching in to help bring them meals and help her around the house.

What are you thankful for this week?
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It's Here

Beagles laying in the sun.

Birds in the birdfeeder.

Steak and veggies on the grill.

And the last of the snow.

I love spring in MN!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I just returned home from my fourteen week OB check. After all of the troubles I have had staying pregnant, I am so very thankful to have made it safely to the second trimester! I also have found a wonderful OB who is very knowledgeable, kind, patient, and a great listener!

After two years of looking at a breezeway carpet that was stained and need of replacing, I am grateful that my husband spent his Saturday putting a new floor in.

And I'm thankful for a father-in-law who was willing to help out.

What are you thankful for this week?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Back in Session

Homeschool, that is. After a long six year break.

The Teen was homeschooled for first and second grade and then I had to return to work full time. He has been in public school ever since.
He has chronic sinusitis, asthma and migraines and has missed 30 days of school this year.  I mostly work from home and just part time, so after much prayer and discussion with the school we decided it would be best to homeschool for half a day for the rest of the year.
Today was day one. So far, so good.
And since we plan to homeschool the baby, this is a good chance to get back into "homeschooling" mode.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Remember this from yesterday?

Today I am very thankful that we live here in Minnesota, and that it is winter! Yes, I'm thankful for winter.

You see, our fridge went out yesterday. Fortunately, I was able to fit all the freezer items in our chest freezer and load the refridgerated item into coolers and bury them in the snow. Who needs a fridge in MN?!

What are you thankful for this week? Be sure to check out these other great blogs for more Thankful Thursday.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

More on this tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


A few weeks ago I received an email from Bethany House Book Reviewers with new non-fiction titles available. One of the books was Homeschooling for the Rest of Us. 

At the time, it didn't seem that important. I was not currently homeschooling the Teen, though I did for first and second grade. I will homeschool the baby, but that is several years away. But the book just struck me as interesting so on a whim, I requested it.

Flash forward three weeks. I had completely forgotten about the book. The Teen has missed 30 days of school so far. While he kept up all right first semester (mostly A's and B's), midquarters came out and he is failing 2 subjects and getting D's in 2 more. After prayer and discussion it was decided that I would start homeschooling him for part of the day, and he will finish the day in public school.

Being pregnant and already feeling overwhelmed with my workload, this seemed like a HUGE undertaking. For several days I had questioned whether I could really do this right now and if this would work for our family. This morning I felt completely consumed with anxiety. We are now less than a week away from homeschooling after being away from it for six years. Jumping into the end of eighth grade. All while I'm tired, nauseous, and not feeling like I have the energy to do what I currently have on my plate.

Then this afternoon I get an email from my husband. On the bottom it says Joshua 1:9. Exactly what I needed to hear:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Then I get home and check the mail. What arrived? Homeschooling for the Rest of Us. When I pulled it out of the package the back cover was up. Here's what it said:

Overwhelmed? Wonder How Others Do It All? Not Sure You're Cut Out for Homeschooling?

I was stunned. That's exactly how I felt. And God knew three weeks ago that I would need to read this book now. Even though homeschooling was not even a thought in my head at the time. God is so good.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Not Me Monday


Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I have not started drinking soda pop again now while I'm pregnant. After not drinking pop for 5 years, that would be crazy.

Yesterday we had our air ducts cleaned.

Today, our entire house is covered in dust. I am not so overwhelmed by the task of cleaning this up that I have given up after cleaning one room.

I did not realize that even all the plant leaves are covered and decide to sit down and blog rather than clean. I would never leave my house in this condition and just sit back and hope it goes away, oh no. Not me!

I did not eat crackers in bed, get crumbs all over, and then blame it on the dogs.

I have not worn sweatpants to work every day for the last week just because I am too lazy to go pick out some maternity pants. Really, what kind of person wears sweatpants to work?

So what have you not done this week?