Classes just ended for the summer for me last week, and it's amazing to be on a break from class, homework assignments, paper writing, and everything else that goes along with school. I am SO looking forward to this summer break! I can't remember the last time I had a FREE summer of no classes because I normally take summer courses to get a jump on getting my degree finished. With the baby's arrival coming any day now, the obvious best choice was to not bother with classes or anything this summer other than focusing on all of the children, having fun, and bonding as a new, slightly bigger family.
Connor played indoor soccer this winter, and it was a GREAT outlet for him, and something fun for him and daddy to go to every weekend alone, just the two of them, and have some special time together away from his little brother and sister. His last practice was a couple weekends ago, and we all went to support him...and I wanted some cute photos of him and daddy playing soccer against each other. ;)
I LOVE this photo of Connor with his first soccer team!
Merasia has done gymnastics this winter, and absolutely LOVED it! Her dance show was a couple weekends ago, and it went SO well! I was nervous that when the time for the show came, she would freak and not go on stage, but I had nothing to worry about! The week leading up to her show were very stressful on the whole family. There were tons of rehearsals, and a couple of them ran pretty late at night, so that left Frank home with the boys to pick them up from daycare, do dinner, give them baths, and get them in bed and settled for the night, which was different for him since he doesn't normally do it alone, without me there to help, of course. It took me away from my boys a lot too, and that made me sad, but it was well worth it and we all survived! Merasia's dance company did The Wizard of Oz for their show, and her gymnastics class were the poppies in the show, and also had their own gymnastics piece to show off what they learned, as well as a quick, cute little dance piece. It was so entertaining and adorable!
Doing her cart wheel in the show!
She's on the end, doing her back bend!
Getting ready to bow at the end!
She's on the end in the front row on the right hand side. :)
All ready for her first opening night!!
Her favorite part was the bar! She is SO strong and does SO well on the bar!
Merasia and her best friend Veronica at dress rehearsal the night before her first show!
So, with soccer, gymnastics/dance, and school ending, our schedule is suddenly very very free and open, and it's SO nice to have extra time to relax before baby arrives!
Hubs had 2 weeks off from work recently, and that was so nice to have his help during the day and just to spend extra time together with him. He went back to work this week, and while we miss him tons, it is still nice to get back to our normal everyday routine in the house and with the kids at school and daycare.
Connor and Merasia only have 2 more weeks of preschool, and then they are off for the summer! Daycare will continue for all 3 kiddos for the rest of the summer, because it's good for them and they absolutely love seeing their friends and teachers every week, even if mommy isn't in school during those days for the summer. :)
Mason hasn't done anything as fun as soccer or gymnastics, but he is just as busy just being HIM! ;) It seems he does or says something new every single day and it never ceases to amaze us. The newest thing he has done was POOP ON THE POTTY!!!! He has asked to use the potty a several times over the past few months, but has never even gone pee on the potty before, and as far as poop went, he would ask to use the potty after he had already pooped in his diaper. Last night he said he wanted to use the potty because he saw Connor and Merasia use it at dinner time, so we let him sit on it and try, and to our surprise, he POOPED!! Of course it has not happened again since, but that doesn't matter! It's still a big deal and we are super proud of him! He had yet another hair cut recently (and Merasia had her FIRST REAL HAIRCUT, as well!) His language takes off every day and his sense of humor keeps us all laughing hysterically regularly! He is just a joy!!
Playing with shaving cream!
Before shot at his hair cut!
Giving kisses to his "girlfriend," the new neighbor! ;)
Merasia's hair before her first haircut!
Merasia's after shot of her first ever real haircut!!!!!
As for baby girl, I am 37 weeks pregnant exactly today! It's so exciting to think that there is only 3 weeks until my due date, or even that she could make her arrival earlier than that! Literally, she could arrive ANY DAY NOW! We are ALL ready for her though, so it's just a matter of time! We ordered our belly cast kit a few days ago and will be doing that this weekend when it arrives, and we had maternity photos done last week. We did some with the kids to involve them, and then some with just me and Frank so we could focus on some different kinds of poses and not chase children around while trying to get photos done. We haven't seen all of them yet, but we did get a sneak peak of one with all the kids, and one of just me:
I just LOVE LOVE LOVE our photographer!! She never disappoints us and just does amazing work! These are beautiful and I cannot wait to see the rest! I was nervous about baring my belly and doing something different like the photo above in just the sheets, but they came out SO beautifully and they are in such beautiful, good taste! I have yet to take a 3 week belly shot, but here is one from last week (36!):
I wish I had more to update as far as baby and her arrival goes, but I don't. I am at weekly appointments now, last week we had a cervical check after some nasty contractions, and in the words of my midwife, things are "soft and squishy" in there and baby's arrival is "soon." No cervical change at this week's appointment, but baby has moved lower in the pelvis, so that's some sort of progress toward her coming on out, at least!
Whew! Just writing and re-reading this update has me exhausted! I am thankful for the break from school and the kid's activities to catch up here with all of my lovely readers and followers, and to share some fun, exciting, new reviews and giveaways with all of you as well!