Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Two Weeks Old

The last two weeks have been busy ones for the Nelson family. Filled with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and adjusting to our new little guy. Kaitlyn has taken to him quite well and although there has been the usual period of adjustment, she loves her brother and calls him "my baby" most of the time. She loves to help care for him, especially turning on his mobile when he's awake, and is very gentle...most of the time. :) The concept that I have TWO children still takes me by surprise most days and I can hardly believe I am lucky enough to have two healthy, beautiful children with the man I love. The last two weeks, although sleep deprived, have been wonderful and I know things will only get better. Happy two week birthday Lance!!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Introducing Lance Tyler Nelson

Dear Family and Friends,
On December 16th 2008 at 10:56pm we welcomed Lance Tyler Nelson as the newest member of our family!!! Lance arrived weighing in at 7 pounds 14 ounces (just one ounce more than his sister did at birth) and 20.5 inches long. So far he is a very sleepy little boy and has already had many visitors come to welcome him to the world. Here are some pictures of his first days of life...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Baby...Come Out!!!

Dear Tenant,
This is a formal notice of uterine eviction. You have two (2) days in which to either gather your belongings and promptly vacate the premises. After which, you will be physically removed from the property. You are being evicted due to breech of contract and destruction of property. Expansions only to the FRONT of the house, within reasonable limits, were discussed. Not only have these limits been exceeded, but additions to the back of the house were also made. Remodeling and gutting of the home was never approved, nor was changing the initial layout and base structure. And due to property damage, there are now leaks in both the upper and lower levels of the home. Any further problems will result in immediate and forceful removal.

Your Landlord (aka Mom)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Almost There!!!

With five days left until my due date it is definitely a waiting game at the Nelson house these days! I have gone into hibernation mode and spend my time cleaning and playing with Kaitlyn. For those of you who have called with no response, I am still here! At the end of the day I am just done talking about how I haven't had the baby yet. My cousin Jamie came over yesterday and took some more belly pics, I am hoping they'll be my last ones! :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Kid Bits

I am always telling myself I need to write down the amusing things Kaitlyn says before I forget them and then inevitably the day goes on and the thought is gone. So I just logged on to put down a conversation we had just now...

Kaitlyn: "Look a polka dot." (Pointing at a freckle on my hand)
Me: "That's called a freckle."
Kaitlyn: "A freckle?"
Me: "Yes, a freckle. I don't think you have any freckles."
Kaitlyn: "I have a freckle right there!" Pointing to her thumb
Me: "Oh, you do have a freckle"
Kaitlyn: "That's a good point." (In a congratulatory tone to herself)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

14 Days To Go!!!

Today I am 38 weeks pregnant and have 14 days until my due date! Woohoo! Preparations for the new baby are coming together and the excitement is rising as everyone becomes anxious to see who this is! There is quite a debate going on whether this baby is a boy or girl! Ben keeps looking at me as if I am a time bomb ready to explode and I feel that way too!

For those of you on Nelson Baby Watch 2008 I had a Dr appointment yesterday and was told I am 1 cm dilated. So it's a step in the right direction! At this point with Kaitlyn there was nothing going on so I am hoping this means my body will be ready before my due date this time!

Here is the latest picture, it's me heading off to teach my last Jazzercise class before the baby comes. :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Meme #1

Here's my first Meme attempt. My friend Tara tagged anyone who hasn't blogged in the last two weeks. Way to be specific Tara! :) So here it is...

Here are the rules:

1. Link to the person or persons who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Six Random Facts...

1. I love drinking tea from a teacup and saucer. You know, the little dainty ones that come with formal dinnerware that no one ever uses? Yeah, those. They just make me happy.

2. I LOVE milk. Seriously I could replace water and just drink milk.

3. I am one quarter Japanese, seriously. You can tell by my blonde hair and blues eyes right? :)

4. I could eat sushi or pasta everyday. Seriously my ancestry calls to me, I cannot resist a good sushi roll or a huge bowl of steaming pasta, more specifically alfredo. Ohhhhh yum.

5. My new favorite drink...Blood Orange Italian Soda. I think Target or Trader Joes must sell it. Don't knock it until you try it people! Someone brought it to MOPS, it is seriously the most exciting beverage I have had in a long time...besides my best friend milk of course.

6. I don't like Star Wars. I get that it's a part of Americana and all that but oh what a snoozefest! You might as well have me watching Spaceballs or Super Troopers while you're at it.

I don't have a huge blog following but I am tagging Katie, Kristen, Lauren, and any other MOPS moms who may be reading this!

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Here are some pictures from Halloween. Kaitlyn decided to be Cinderella this year and is big into everything princess. I am happy to say that means we are moving away from Dora and I am thrilled with this development! She braved the drizzle and even got a beanie baby along with her candy this year. A pretty good haul for her second year of trick or treating!

Thursday, October 30, 2008


I have been a bit emotional lately. When I feel down I can always count on one person for support, my best friend Lynne. She is a source of strength and encouragement to me and I can always count on her to listen and give me the honest feedback I need. I can call her anytime, day or night, and say anything knowing I am safe confiding in her. She never judges or interrupts, she just listens. She has seen me at my best and at my worst, and still loves me unconditionally.

Thinking about these wonderful truths makes me so thankful to have such a friend. I know I am blessed to have even one person I can count as a true friend. But it saddens me that I can't have the same confidence and trust in our Lord. That I don't consider HIM my first source of comfort and that I don't go to him first with my doubts. I long to be someone who has limitless faith, someone who always knows everything will be fine. I wish I never had anxiety about anything because I know He is in charge of everything. But the truth is...I do feel anxious, about many things. I do worry, and wonder, and question His plan for my life.

When Lynne and I met I could never have imagined our friendship would be what it is now. Our husbands decided we would all sit together at a Marine Corps Ball. I was quite hesitant about being forced to socialize all night with a woman I had never met before. In fact, I had a terrible attitude about it and told Ben something along the lines of "what if I don't like her at all, what if we have nothing in common?" Ben assured me her husband was a good guy and he was sure we would at least get along. Not only did we get along, we spend the entire night gabbing like sisters and, as my husband describes, "ignoring the guys." :) I found an instant friend in her and even if we only had the Marine Corps in common, that was enough, it was an understanding, a way of life. And this way of life was something not even my closest friends from home could understand.

Little did we know all we would go through together during the next 4 years. When the guys left for Iraq the first time I called Lynne the next day to ask what she was doing. I had just moved there and didn't know a soul. She was going to church and offered to pick me up on the way there. I accepted, relieved not to be alone. When she arrived to pick me up she was a vision of strength. She had obviously been crying, but she was a woman of faith, she knew it was God's plan and that her husband would be home soon. That deployment was full of ups and downs, as anyone could expect. But there was a tight bond formed by a small group of wives whose husband were all overseas. We cried a lot, but looking back, we laughed quite a bit as well. We had sleepovers, went on trips, scrapbooked into the early morning, cried on each others shoulders when we missed our husbands phone calls, celebrated every letter received in the mail and counted each day past as one closer to our men.

The bond formed in those months is difficult to describe. Part of it was out of necessity, survival. Just to have someone who knew how you were feeling without having to say one word. Someone to offer a shoulder to cry on, and ear to listen or a cup of hot tea to comfort. Someone who reminded you that you are not alone. We even named our "club" with a name and story too silly and secret to say. None of us had children yet and I count this as my "college experience." These were my sorority sisters, my bosom friends. (as Anne of Green Gables would say) Not only were we wonderful friends, but we were all Christians. And although we were all in very different places in our walk, we were all walking.

My husband's second deployment to Iraq would be the biggest test of my faith by far. He left on the day of our first wedding anniversary and after being there for ten weeks he was seriously injured, and the only survivor of that accident. After two days of feeling helpless and lost I suddenly knew what I had to do. I got on a plane and flew to Germany to get my husband. We arrived in the United States together and began his healing process at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Lynne was in New York visiting her mother at the time and drove 8 hours one way on icy roads with a 5 month old to see us, have dinner, and drive back. I don't think she said two words that night. She was just there, there for support, there to listen to me pour my heart out. When Ben and I arrived home a few weeks later I arrived to a spotless house, cleaned by my friends and a few women from church. This was a miracle! Everything was bright, fresh and cheery. My fridge and cupboards were full of food and the love put into making this as special a homecoming as possible was evident throughout our home.

As the months and years passed, our lives began to change. Some of us had children, some were restationed to other countries, some decided against the military world and became civilians once again. These women will always be an example of faith and love for me. They are still, and will always be my kindred spirits, no matter how many miles or months are between us. So to all my special friends out there (you know who you are) thank you for being my sisters and my family. You are special beyond measure and I cannot deny the Lord's faithfulness in allowing our paths to cross. But my true prayer today is to fully trust our Lord to be the first one I run to when I am feeling lost or discouraged. To be as faithful to Him as I pray He will continue to be in my life. To allow my friends to be the blessing that they are, and allow our Lord to have his rightful place in my heart.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Kaitlyn's Drawing

This is Kaitlyn's version of me being pregnant. The huge belly is amusing. But not quite as amusing as the dialogue that ensued after this picture was created...

Mommy: Kaitlyn, that's awesome, but why do I have a sad face?
Kaitlyn: Oh, Mommy, it's OK! It's not a sad face, it's just a grumpy face.
Mommy: Oh, OK I feel much better.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Here are some pictures from our annual trip to Bishop's Pumpkin Farm. Kaitlyn had a blast this year and is very excited about Halloween. This year the trip had extra meaning for me as I realized it would be our last time there just the three of us.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Why Do I Bother?

Why do I bother arguing with a two year old? Seriously? How do I allow myself to get pulled into a verbal altercation with someone who until recently pooped in a diaper? Some of you may be laughing but this is my week this week. Today Kaitlyn and I were at Target and I was trying on a shirt in the dressing room. I asked her to sit down and stop yelling and anyway, here's the official transcript of our conversation...

Me: Kaitlyn please stop yelling and sit down on that stool

Kaitlyn: I caaaaaaaaaan't (insert whiny voice here)

Me: Yes you can and if you do not listen you will get a spanking

Kaitlyn: No I can't get a spanking, just don't have to

Me: Kaitlyn you will get a spanking if you continue not to listen and continue arguing

Kaitlyn: I'm NOT arguing!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Upside Down Day

Last week we started gymnastics at the local community center and Kaitlyn loves it! We go once a week and today was "Upside Down Day." They started with a fairly familiar course and then went to all things upside down. Here's our little gymnast...