Oh How I Love the 4th

We had such a blast yesterday… despite the intense humidity and heat. We paraded in the morning, visited with some friends, then took the crazed kiddos home for nap.

Check out Hem’s dance moves! That boy loves to wiggle his rump! Haha

After all of the sun, we decided to switch up the plans from taking the kids to a party after nap to letting them nap late while I went to the party briefly with my neighbor.

The party was great, right on Lake Michigan! It would have been amazing for the kids and I started feeling guilty about changing the plans… until it started monsooning! My friend and I made it back to the car with only mild dampness, but the ride back home was a bit crazy.

I was happy to get home to the kiddos who were watching the Lion King!

Thankfully, the storm blew over and we were able to execute the final part of the plan: late night sparklers and smores with the kids. We had a great time!

Magic.

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Shiny, Happy Lights

Tonight we took the princess downtown to check out the Christmas light display. Being that her fifth favorite thing (only behind mommy, toby, daddy, and pinching/clawing faces) is lights, we figured she’d love it.

Unfortunately, miss thing has an early bedtime, so we didn’t get as many smiles as we hoped… But she did seem pretty mesmerized by the lights! And, we even got a swing session in. All in all, a successful fun time!

No one needs to know that she cried the ENTIRE 40 minute drive home, right?

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A Little Ray of Sunshine…

To say I was a ticking time bomb this weekend would be an understatement… I was such an uncontrollable mess of mood swings. Considering how blissful and happy I was feeling on Thanksgiving Eve, I have to say, I was just as surprised as anyone else. It started on Thanksgiving. I woke up with a rageful fire burning in my stomach just waiting to attack. It’s strange because I didn’t go to bed angry, no one wronged me in my dreams… it was just totally random. Luckily, it only lasted for a few hours in the morning and after a couple snaps at my husband and maybe one at my dad, I was shaken out of the trance and returned to my normal – but very embarrassed and sorry – self. I spent the remainder of the day bringing my husband plates of food, tail between my legs and white flag in hand.

Unfortunately, I didn’t seem to learn my lesson. While we had a pretty great weekend, I felt a little clouded with these random fits of rage. I think yesterday was the worst because there weren’t any weird lashings, just an overwhelmingly gloomy disposition. Until the evening, I think I may have smiled once. I just wasn’t in the mood for anything.

I’m feeling better and more myself this morning, so I’m hopeful this evil trance will end, but who could really say?

I guess for now, friends and family, BEWARE!

Here are some photos from the long weekend…

First candle lit!

First candle lit!

My sweet nephew and I on Thanksgiving.

My sweet nephew and I on Thanksgiving.

My sister, mom and niece cooking up Thanksgiving dinner.

My sister, mom and niece cooking up Thanksgiving dinner.

Enjoying delicious food at a lovely wedding reception downtown.

Enjoying delicious food at a lovely wedding reception downtown.

The star of the day, Ms. Ellie Rae Turim, after her baby naming.

The star of the day, Ms. Ellie Rae Turim, after her baby naming.

Little Erica giving us girls a lesson on breast exams. Duh... What are girlfriends for??

Little Erica giving us girls a lesson on breast exams. Duh… What are girlfriends for??

More breast exams.

More breast exams.

AHH! And, one last (very exciting) thing! My dear friend, Carrie, just found out this morning that she’s having a little boy! All of us girls had made a bet and Kate and I won 🙂 We knew it was a little boy. So excited to meet the handsome fella.

 

Symptoms

While I haven’t mentioned this every day, which is how long it’s been going on, I continue to be a very bloated person who does not have any regularity when it comes to bathroom schedules. I’m sure between the iron in my prenatal and all the crazy hormones, my body is very backed up. Needless to say, I’m trying to take in as much fiber as possible. My new best friends: prune juice, broccoli, apples, and any other fiber-rich food I can get my hands on.

Other than that, I’m fighting a damn cold, which is really bringing me down. The last two nights I’ve had such a hard time sleeping, which is not good. Urgh. Fingers crossed for a quick recovery.