Thursday, September 23, 2010

When it rains, it hails

Last Wednesday, Major and I were just minding our business waiting for Daddy to get home from work when it started pouring rain.  Daddy made it home fine, and then 10 minutes later it started hailing.  It started with small hail, and then gradually got bigger....until it was the size of a baseball!!  I'm not exaggerating...see the pictures!

It started like this...

And then became this...

Our front yard...

Our backyard...
I ran in to get the camera (we were hanging out in the garage looking out at it) while my brave, stupid (who knows?) husband was running out to retrieve the stones (he DID have a board over his head and back to protect him) so I could take pictures of them.  The hail lasted for about 20 minutes, I guess.  It sounded like bombs were landing on our roof.  When they hit the cement, they made the scariest sound and bounced toward us.  I kept pushing Major further into the garage to keep him safe. 

The boys were enjoying the show, thinking it was pretty cool...but I was almost in tears.  All I saw were $$ signs. 

My mom was out shopping right then, so Dad called her and told her not to come home. She drove over to our church and took cover under the awning there until it ended.  Dad had to scramble to clear a spot in their garage for his truck - he's been working on the garage, so all their tools and stuff were piled up in the middle.  We hurried and moved the lawnmower and trash cans so Mom could park in our 3rd bay when she finally made it home. 

It was pretty Kansas born and bred husband had never in his life seen hail like this.  We still have 3 stones in our freezer - between tennis ball and baseball size.

The insurance adjustors are SWAMPED, and so here we are a week later, and our adjustor was supposed to come today.  But, this morning it was scary windy, so he called and postponed until this weekend. 

So, you kow what's happening right now???

It's POURING outside and has been for the last 3 hours, at least.  Great.  Baseball size hail holes in my roof and it's pouring.  And once the insurance and roofer agree on what needs to be done and price, then we can FINALLY schedule a new roof to be installed (all of our neighbors have already been told their roofs are totaled)...but who knows when they will be able to get to us.  And in the meantime, a new baby will be entering our lives in 6 weeks.  6 WEEKS!!  Please God, let this all be settled by then!

Monday, September 20, 2010

My Big Boy

In two weeks, lil Major will be 2 1/2...30 months...I can't believe it. In some ways it feels like he's been part of our lives forever, but it's really only been 2 1/2 years. Of course, I can NOT imagine my life without him now.

He is so much fun and so frustrating...sometimes at the same time. He is smart and happy and loving and anything else a proud mama can say.

He amazes me every day with all that he knows and all that he remembers. We were driving by Lowe's the other day, and he points and says, "that's where the big green bug is up high and they have tractors like Daddy's and lawn mowers." Seriously, how does he remember all that??? He remembers people and names and who they belong to and what they have at their house.

He definitely knows right from wrong and how to push Mommy's buttons. He knows that if I mention "the spoon" that I'm really serious. He knows that Mommy has a baby in her belly, but if you ask him if he wants a little brother or sister, he usually says "no." =)

He says please and thank you. He loves baseball, basketball, golf and football, but nothing beats swinging in the backyard or at the park. He never tires of driving cars with Daddy or reading books or watching Cars.

He loves his bedtime/naptime routine, and he is a champ when it's time to go to sleep. He still loves to rock and sing with his Mommy, and he reminds me to pray if I forget. Before I walk out of the room, he always says, "see you when I wake up." Sometimes he tells us, "don't let the bed bugs bite."

He knows the ABC song, and he can recognize some of the numbers. He can count to 14 (on most days), and his favorite songs are: This is the Day the Lord has Made, the Patient song, and Jesus Loves the Little Children.

As we drive along, he calls out all the vehicles he sees: Hummer, cement truck, trash truck, mail truck, fire truck, Jeep, Motorcycle, police car, ambulance. He also knows where we get ice cream (Freddy's), tater tots (Sonic), french fries (McD's), Bob the Buffalo (Ted's Montana Grill), treats (Quik Trip) and gas (Dillons)...and he calls all those out as we go by. At least once a day, he asks to go to one of the "treats" places. It's so hard to say NO to the little guy.

He's wearing size 9 shoes, but he's well on his way to size 10. He's in 3T shirts and 2T pants, and he still has the most beautiful big blue eyes and super long lashes that melt me into a puddle when he looks at me. I can't help but smother him in hugs and kisses many many times each day.

He loves to give bear hugs (complete w/ a growl), kiss his Mama, "pound it," salute like Papa, and wave and blow kisses. When we leave Mema and Papa's house, we have to stand in the yard and do our goodbye routine for several we run through all the ways to say goodbye.

As the time ticks by until baby #2 arrives, I'm finding myself feeling a little sad. I'm so excited to meet the new baby joining our family, and I'm SO ready to not be pregnant anymore, but I'm SOOOOO sad that my one-on-one time w/ Major is coming to an end. No matter what, I want Major to feel just as important and loved after the baby as he does right now. And I don't know how to do that, because there's no way I can give him as much attention post-baby as I do now.

I'm trying to remember all that as these days go by. I'm trying to close the laptop more and get down on the floor and drive cars or build blocks (as physically difficult as that is now) more often. I'm trying to completely absorb him right now. Our lives changed dramatically when he came into our family, and they're about to change again. I'm so excited and scared and nervous and sad....all at the same time.

Major - I love you so much more than you can know. You are my first born, my sweet sweet Major, and I will always remember how special these first few years with you have been. I'm so excited to see you become a big brother, and I know that you will do an awesome job! I love you, baby boy!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

quick post

Well, I really thought I would have posted about my big 27 month old by now, but I've been busy w/ other stuff.

The Colonel and I escaped for our very first trip away w/o the boy this weekend. We've both been on trips ourselves, but this is the first time we BOTH left him at the same time. Everyone involved did great!! Mema and Papa had a blast playing w/ him, he loved all the attention, and Mommy and Daddy had a very relaxing time in Oklahoma City.

I got a great deal on Groupon for our hotel (LOVE that site!), we saw a movie (although it was the WORST movie I've seen in a long time - don't waste your time on The American!), and ate lots of good food. Oh, and took naps, read, watched TV and we were able to carry all of our stuff into the hotel in one trip. Ha!

SO, an update of my boy is still coming. In the meantime, here's a pic of the happy couple (complete w/ 31 week belly).

UPDATE: Oh, and apparently, I've been out of the workforce for too long, because my engineer mind can't even add anymore. My boy is 29 MONTHS old, not 27. Oi.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

coming soon...

How did months and months go by w/o me even looking at my blog??? Well, my kiddo turned 27 months old this week, and it's high time I update about him. Unfortunately, I'm sitting in Panera with my new laptop (whee!), and I've got to get going to get to a doctor's appointment and then a haircut, so updating will have to wait. But, here's my promise. It will come SOON...and now that I've put it out there, I'll have to follow through, right?? Also coming is a belly shot....I can't believe I'm almost 31 weeks!! My ticker says 65 days....aahh!! It's really 59 days since I'll be having a scheduled c-section. Woah, better get busy!!

See ya soon!