Friday, November 30, 2012


I'm trying to do a post for the blog and it is not letting me upload any more photos because I'm at my 1GB limit for Google. If I upgrade, it will be $2.49 a month.

Do I have to upgrade? Is there another way?

All my photos go to a Picasa Web Album for Google. Can I change that? If I delete photos from the Picasa album, they are then deleted from the blog!

Help a helpless/clueless blogger please! How do you upload your photos and where are they stored? I'm so confused!

Please and Thank you!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

At the Range

The other weekend, Gabe and I had one of his coworkers offer to take us to a shooting range. We've been talking about buying handguns for protection in the house (especially for me while Gabe is away on trips). We have been wanting to go for a long time and even though I've been putting it off for a while, I finally agreed to go.

We were using our friends' handguns, a Ruger SR40 and a baby Desert Eagle. I grew up around guns and would occasionally shoot them (mainly BB guns and 22s), but I had never shot a handgun. While in the Air Force, I only had the opportunity to shoot an M16 which I did shoot expert on (and was the ONLY girl in my flight to do so)! OK brag moment over...

We were shooting at a closer range, maybe 20 yards. My first shot didn't go off so well. I was not expecting the kick it gave me and I ended up screaming like a little girl at the surprise and completely missed the target. Hah! But by the end, I was more comfortable and figured out what I needed to be doing.

 I did figure out after this picture that I needed to change my stance.

Look at the baby bump!

My shot group is the one I pointed out. Not bad for a first time!

Gabe got a video of me shooting and happened to get one of my best shots! See picture above. That shot on the far right of that group is the one seen on the video.

Also, please excuse my husband's "amazing" video skills. Haha!

I had a lot more fun than I thought I would! Now, we just have to get some of our own and I can go practice more often. :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

18 Week Belly Bump

Sorry this post is so late. Gabe has been home off of work this past week so along with starting his online classes again, we've also just been spending more time together (meaning I just haven't gotten around to being on the computer). Almost to the halfway point! Now is where it gets exciting! Those first kicks are truly the best. 

17 weeks

How far along - 18 weeks

 Weight gain - 4 lbs! I really hope my weight gain (or lack thereof) is not an issue this pregnancy. The midwife doesn't seem too concerned as long as the baby is growing like it should.

Morning sickness/nausea - I pretty much don't ever get any.

Movement - I was getting really worried about not feeling the baby moving and just starting to think the worst when the day I turned 18 weeks, I felt a few kicks! Talk about relief! I must just be destined to feel my kids all at 18 weeks because that's the first time I felt Alena and Christian too.

Physical changes (that you can see from the outside) - This week, I've been starting the belly rubbing. To me, I feel bigger and rounder so I'm always touching my stomach. I absolutely love it!

Pain - Wouldn't you know it, the day Gabe returned from his last trip, my headaches went away! I wonder what that means. Either way, I'm just glad they're gone. I get back pains occasionally. I catch myself sleeping on my back all the time and it always hurts my back. I don't know how to avoid sleeping on my back when I don't even know I'm doing it.

Sleep - Getting much better! Now that Gabe has been home, I've been sleeping sooo much better! Also, this past week, I haven't been getting up to pee in the middle of the night.

Stretchmarks - Nope.

Maternity clothes - All in maternity bottoms and 50/50 on maternity shirts. The weather has cooled down enough for me to wear my long sleeve maternity shirts. I can also wear regular shirts as long as they are longer and my t-shirts fit too.

Food cravings/aversions -  I get cravings here and there. Sometimes I could be craving for something and two days later finally get it. By that time though, it's gone and now is disgusting to me!

Eating/drinking -  Not really a problem.

Boy or Girl - We're not finding out but we are guessing girl.

Lowlights of the week - back pain

Highlights of the week - Feeling tiny little kicks and hearing that reassuring heartbeat!

Anything to add - Nothing much. I'm just so excited for the next weeks because Christian really wants to feel the baby kick and soon he will!

17 weeks



18 weeks

18 weeks




Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween 2012

How was your Halloween? We had a great time. Gabe and I actually dressed up for the first time in years. The kids were super cute but leave it to my kids to choose the exact same costumes as last year!

a leopard and a pirate.
A daddy vampire, leopard, pirate, and skeleton vampire's bite victom (with baby)

We went to the local mall to do trick or treating (leave it to Arizonans to trick or treat inside when it's 80 degrees outside). The kids were so polite saying their please, thank you's, and trick or treats! We had a couple places give them extra candy for being so polite. :)

After trick or treating, we headed across the street for Texas Road House (love their rolls!) because we were starving and had free kids meal coupons. And woohoo! As we were leaving, they gave us MORE free kids meal coupons! Yes, of course we'll be back. Now I have a good excuse to satisfy any pregnancy cravings. "But the kids eat free. It'll be so much cheaper!" Hah!