1. We celebrated Roman's first birthday on June 15! He is getting to be such a big guy...walking and talking like crazy...and thoroughly enjoying his first cake eating experiences! :) Kim made him the amazing little cake (which he has already pretty much demolished) in these pictures.
2. Unfortunately, bad news for #2. :( My poor sister-in-law, Chelsey, (who happens to be almost 8 months pregnant) fell down her stairs last weekend. My brother wasn't home, so not only did Chelsey break her foot in 3 places, but she had to crawl back up her stairs in order to get to her phone and call 911. She is my hero. She has been such a trooper...learning to hop along using a walker because she can't put any weight on her left foot for the next 6 weeks - and crutches are hardly conducive to help balance a woman who is 8 months pregnant! The good news is that she somehow managed to fall in such a way that their baby, Carter, is doing just fine...and her injuries could have been a lot worse, too. Get well soon, Chelsey! (Here is Carter, our little nephew, who we cannot wait to meet!)
3. Back to happy news! We celebrated Kim's bachelorette party last Saturday! We stayed at the Suites of 800 Locust and ate dinner at Centro. Despite the fact that we had to rearrange plans several times due to flooding, we had a blast! SO excited for Kim and Andrew's wedding this Friday!!!
4. Vow of Silence (the band that Joe plays in) had their first show for a really long time on Friday night in Ames! It was so much fun. They played at Bali Satay - where they will be playing a couple more shows over the next couple of months. Also, it was a super exciting show becuase Joe's brother Tony had his debut performance with the band as their bassist. He did a fantastic job and the boys are really excited about playing as a four piece. Joe's sister Mary took some amazing pictures:
Check out the VOS myspace page at: www.myspace.com/vowofsilencemusic
5. We have been enjoying summer with Roman. We got him a baby pool for his birthday, but the other day when we went outside to play in it, he enjoyed Joe chasing him around with the hose much more! :) I will post pictures and videos of him soon!
In conclusion, I will try to keep posting about all of the excitement of our lives! I know I'm leaving things out right now, but hopefully I will catch up one of these days. May God bless you all!!
We were sitting our couch and enjoying watching the innocence (and chaos) of what it would be like to have 8 children...then comes the commercial break. Now, there are always some commercials that I really enjoy. For example, I always get a good laugh at the Sonic commercials. However, (warning...I feel it deserves an R rating) this commercial for AMP energy drinks made me stare at the TV in stunned silence. I could not believe the casual talk about one night stands that was being aired for all the world to see. It was appalling to say the least. As the commercial ended, I sat, mouth wide open still in disbelief. Joe turned to me and said "I can't believe that just happened".
Seriously...something needs to be done about the disgusting programming that I'm sure many families and children are seeing on a daily basis.
So many of our friends are having/have had babies lately! It's so neat to see them journey through pregnancy and remember each stage of Roman's life. Anyway, my baby is more of a little boy than a baby now! ::tear:: But, I really enjoy every stage, and it will fun to see him grow and change over the next year.
Also, I have to update you... turns out Action Accents is the place to go to buy a swimsuit. This is the one that I bought. It is amazing. :) Let me tell you about my "AA" experience. HA HA. I walked into the store, Joe and Roman in toe (and really excited to be there, of course), feeling a little anxious. You see, when I go to a store to try on swimwear, I tend to get a knot in the pit of my stomach. Why you ask? Because it is such an overwhelming task. It is not even so much that I am unhappy with my body as it is I am stressed out about finding something that actually covers my body without making me look like an old woman. There are always many colors, shapes, and sizes to choose from and yet, somehow, it is always difficult to find something.
The woman that greeted me was very friendly, approaching with a smile and a "What can I do to help?" I just laid it all out on the line. "I'm looking for a one-piece suit that has good chest support and sucks the tummy in. I want it to be modest but I don't want to look like an old lady. It's very difficult to find a swimsuit when you go from pre-baby to post-baby". She totally understood and went right to work on finding me some options. She gave me about 10 suits to try on...none of which I was a huge fan of and all of which were more than $100. Oh no. This was not looking good. I was panicking...what if I can't find something? This is going to be like every other time...which wouldn't even be that huge of a deal, but we were going on vacation! While she was answering a phone, I convinced Joe that he should ask her if she had anything a little less expensive. She did. She brought back another 6 swimsuits, 3 of which I really liked, but I ended up going with the lovely brown number. :)
Success! The saleswoman made me feel really comfortable, and complimented the good things about my body, but she wasn't going to lie to me about the ones that didn't look good. All in all, it was a fantastic experience.