Monday, August 4, 2014

Music, Aisle Seats and Loving summer because I remember winter!

1. When driving, are you more likely to listen to the radio, to CDs or an iPod, or nothing at all?

If anything is on in our car it's usually the radio.  However that doesn't always work.  I'm not sure if there's some dramatic generational gap that occurred between Paul's birth in 1978 and mine in 1982 (which pretty much means he always dodges being called "millennial" while I don't... sigh...) or an east coast/west coast thing or just dramatically different tastes (or a little bit of all of the above) but apparently most of the music that I like just about makes Paul's ears bleed and most of the music he likes (and plays way too loud) make me want to turn the radio down so it's barely audible. 

Sometimes country (which is what I grew up listening to) works as a compromise.  Sometimes.  But most of the time it just ends up turned down so low that it can't compete with the conversation that's going on in the car at the same time. 

2. Do you prefer window or aisle?

Aisle.  If having children, particularly a sick child on this last plane trip, and having to take aforementioned child to the bathroom approximately every ten minutes on a turbulent cross country plane ride, has taught me nothing, it's the importance of aisle seats.

Round two of the flying fun...
The other thing that this past trip taught me is to try to get a seat in the very, very back, right next to the bathroom, so that 150 people don't glare at us when we have to walk past... again. 

Also, if no one ever in our family ever gets sick while traveling on an airplane again it will still be too soon.

Mae on the other hand definitely prefers the window.

3. Do you fall asleep on your side, back, or stomach? What position are you in when you wake up?

Right now I look like this:

Now usually, when I don't look like I'm carrying a basketball under my shirt, I'd say that I fall asleep on my back and wake up on my back and that's how I like to sleep.  But these days I sleep on one side, propped up by as many pillows as I can fit around me, until my arm falls asleep and wakes me up and then I roll over and sleep on the other side until the same thing happens.  Exciting, I know.

I think we have officially crossed into the officially uncomfortable stage of pregnancy... full speed ahead!

4. When is the last time you attended a zoo, circus, carnival, county fair, or parade?

We have a membership that we've been given as an Easter gift for the last two years and so we go to the zoo a lot so that would definitely be the most recent stop we've made.  The last time we were there was for Mae's birthday, since the zoo has sort of become the thing that we do on birthdays.

On the last trip Mae and Paul almost fell of the camel (the saddle started to slip off) and Patch enjoyed his always-favorite-thing-at-the-zoo-activity of riding the train:

5. Do you have a favorite quote or inspirational saying?

Too many to really pick one favorite.  But this is one of my favorites.  And I even looked took some inspiration from this post by Kendra and tried my hand at making my own little graphic using a picture I snapped of Sadie today during a particularly hectic Sunday morning:

6. What's the best thing about summer?

Remember winter?  Six months of this:

And this:

And let's not forget this:

Our street.  Ice storm 2013-2014.  8 days without power.
There are so many things that I love about summer.  I was a lifeguard from the summer after my freshman year of high school until after I graduated from college and I love being out in the sun and enjoying the water.  I am not such a fan of not-so-dry heat and places-that-don't-think-they-need-air-conditioners-but-do (at least those particular places that don't have them when they need them... like 90% of our house), but when I think about this past winter and shoveling snow when it was -15 degrees outside I have to say... I love summer. 

Because I would much rather sit outside with my feet in a baby pool watching this:

than waking up to icicles everywhere!

And now for a little last minute What I Wore Sunday.

Today I wore one of the outfits I could still squeeze my bump into before heading off to Mass with the entire fmaily.  It came out looking like this:

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  1. I love the graphic you made for your quote! And your bump and your family are both adorable.

  2. I bet Patch was surprised and excited to see Daddy. How cool that law school is over, and you guys can have some real down time, some family time, before the baby comes, and you find your new (probably busy) routine.
    God bless you always. ~ Bonnie


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