Saturday, June 30, 2012

Boxerwood Gardens and Feeding Animals

 The kids' school year was over while Ben was still finishing up his summer semester. He requested that I take the kids on an overnight jaunt during finals so we ended up in Lexington again. We really need to go there with Ben some time. One place we went was to Boxerwood Gardens. It is an educational garden that exists to teach kids about conservation and other environmental ideas. It was very fun, even on that hot day.

A bone is close enough to a baseball bat, right?

This piano was sitting out is a field exposed to the elements. It was odd to see. Only one key still played.

We also went to an animal park. We bought buckets of feed and the animals came right up to our car and ate out of them through our window. Aven was scared but Drake and Zoa thought it was great. Aven sat on my lap while I drove and we kept our window up. I wasn't too keen on the saliva and flies that came with the hungry animals.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Halfway to Baby!

If you haven't yet heard our exciting news, we are looking forward to welcoming a baby boy into our family on Nov. 1. We feel a bit crazy thinking of the infant care coming our way again after years without it but we know we are doing the right thing. The kids are all ecstatic and my belly gets frequent love from the girls. Drake is not as touchy but is happy to finally have a brother.

Here is a picture of me at 20 weeks, halfway through my very last pregnancy.

I had forgotten how big you really get by the end. I was expecting in my head to be not much larger than this when I delivered. Now I panick when I think about how big I will probably be. My body is well versed by now in what all these hormones are dictating to it and it is responding with enthusiasm: expanding belly, round ligament cramps, swelling extremities. Oh, yea. I remember those parts now. The baby moves often so that is the fun part.