the black family

Monday, April 21, 2008

Clark County Fair!

Last weekend we went to the Clark County Fair. It was a dinky little fair (nothing like the LA County Fair or CA State Fair) but it was still fun. Me and Jason love to go on the Zipper but since I'm pregnant that was pretty much out of the question! Anyway, here are some pictures!
Katey being the little crack up that she is!

Mom and Kate!

Jas took Katey on the Merry-Go-Round.

We couldn't tell if she was enjoying it or not because her face was so blank the whole time. It wasn't until after she got off the ride that we found out if she had enjoyed it....

Yep, she cried when they got off. Guess she liked it after all!

More from the Fair!

We went to see the animals and when we got to the pigs, there were a bunch of little piglets! Cute, cute, cute!

As we were looking for somewhere to eat our picnic lunch that we had brought we happened to look in one of the big tents and the hypnotist was about to start so we decided to check it out. It turned out to be really funny and pretty entertaining (though I'm a little creeped out by the fact that people pretty much have no control over their bodies who are being hypnotized, weird, and I don't really get how it works). Anyway, Katey really wasn't interested so this is the picture of her entertaining herself in her stroller. She climbed up there by herself and loves playing with the buckles.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It's a Girl!

Well, we found out today, we're having a girl! I'm excited for Katey to have a little friend! Fun times!

Friday, April 11, 2008

A Goal!

Ok, so, I have a new goal. And I figure the only way I'll actually carry through with this one is to put it on here for the world to see (ok, maybe not the world, but at least a few people who know me pretty well and have my phone number and email to call or write me if I fail). My goal is to work out for the next two weeks, every day. You see, I usually will make some goal to work out and then tell myself if I just do it 4-5 times a week, I'll be good. That means that I have 2-3 days off. And that means I take too many days off, finally winding up in the cessation of my work out attempt. So, no more days off for me. What has motivated me this time is a new prenatal workout DVD that I got. I did it yesterday and it was actually FUN. Yes, I know, work out, fun? The first 20 min segment is a salsa dancing routine and to me that's fun. So I figure I should get my money's worth and at least do it for two weeks. My goal is to gain as little weight as possible for this pregnancy, versus 45 pounds like with Katey. Jason's in the process of losing some weight and getting healthier so I don't want to be a big blimp when this baby's born and him be all skinny!

So please, any of you who read this, if you notice me slacking off (I'm going to be posting in the right column my progress) PLEASE yell at me, send me a note, encourage me, whatever you think might help! I'm hoping to not need it but hey, I know my aversion to working out! Thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers! And if any of you want to join me in my goal, just let me know and we'll keep each other accountable!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Ok, so today me and Kate were enjoying some time out on the patio. I was reading and she was playing, some inside and some out. Well, she comes outside holding a piece of bread leftover from her sandwich at lunch and sits down next to me. A minute later I look down at her and tell her to eat the piece of bread she's still holding in her hand. A second later I happen to look at her face. There is a HUGE spider on her cheek! As my parents and my husband can tell you, I do NOT like spiders. And today confirmed the fact that I am actually terrified of them. Growing up, we lived in a log cabin style house in the mountains, so of course there was an abundance of spiders. Most of these spiders seemed to wind up in my shower. I eventually got to the point where I could get a really long piece of toilet paper, let the spider crawl onto it and then flush it down the toilet. Although I detest insects and spiders of any kind, I can't bring myself to smash them. That's disgusting! So that's just a little background about me and my history with spiders. Now back to today. Did I mention I was terrified? However, because Kate's life was in danger (I don't know what kind of spider it was but it was big and brown and any big, brown spider has the potential to be deadly in my mind) I smacked it off her face and onto the ground. I was tempted to just let it go from there (remember? I hate smashing spiders) but then I knew I would probably never go on the patio again because I wouldn't know where it was or if it had had babies. So, I took the towel that we've been using as a doormat and dropped it on the spider and stomped on it. Katey in the meantime is just watching me like "what the heck are you doing mom?". She didn't seem the least bit concerned that I had just slapped at her face and then acted like a crazy woman. I must confess, however, that my bravery ended there. I called Jason to tell him about the incident and then told him he needs to move the towel with the dead spider under it when he gets home. There's no way I'm going near that thing!

All this to say, having kids makes you do crazy things. Only my child's life being in danger =) would make me ever touch a spider or smash one!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Urgent Prayer Request!

I got a phone call today from a friend that another friend went into labor and had her baby today. She was only 25 weeks and the baby is only 1 lb, 11 oz. The doctors said that the baby has about a 60% chance of survival. Please be praying for this family as they go through these next few days. Pray that God would draw them closer to Him through this trial and comfort them in the midst of it. The baby girls' name is Olivia.


Today was my first MOPS meeting! It's a program designed for Mothers Of Preschoolers. It is Christian based and is a time to come together and encourage each other in our roles as moms. It's also used as an outreach program to bring unsaved friends and their kids into a Christian environment. A friend of mine from church, Becky, is really involved and so I finally went with her today. It was really nice. We talked about the exciting topic of potty training! And also how we are to be training ourselves to be more godly so we can then teach our children how to be too. Anyway, I'm pretty excited. It's nice to have some time out of the house with other moms!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Our New Luxurious Patio!

We finally got patio furniture last weekend! I'm pretty excited about it because the view from our patio is really nice. You can see the "resort style pool" and waterfall and that is just a really relaxing atmosphere! Anyway, we decided we needed to get it now so that we can enjoy the nice weather while it lasts (70s and 80s). Before too long we're not going to want to be outside at all, except maybe IN the pool. Here's the view (the trees are blocking the waterfall, but it's there!):

Katey enjoying her little miniature chair that's just her size! (I just happened to look at the doll in the picture....looks like she belongs to an almost two year old! I wonder what her toys will look like in another few months.....)

Found it!

Well, the remote turned up behind the couch. As Katey's never put anything BEHIND the couch before, I didn't think to look there at first. But it's found now! Thanks for the tip Melissa, I'll keep that in mind for next time!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Missing in Action!

Well, for those of you who have kids, I'm sure you'll understand this. Katey took the TV remote and put it somewhere that I'm sure is really special to her. Too bad she's only 20 months old and can't communicate to me where that really special place is! other moms (or dads)...any ideas for me to look next? When you lose something like a remote you realize how nice those little conveniences are!