Monday, November 5, 2007

What I've Been Doing

Uh, okay so last time I checked we were still in early October and now it's suddenly November 5. What the? Somehow having a baby, having a nearly constant stream of visitors and then leaving town made the entire month disappear. Yikes. I'm totally weirded out about it being November.

John, Will and I are currently out in the beautiful Inland Empire staying with our fantastic friends, Ryan and Kelly and their four kids, while John and Ryan work on a job. We've been here for about a week and a half. It's been interesting living out of a suitcase with a 2-3 week old baby but we've been having lots of fun and these guys are more than hospitable and accommodating. It's never been so easy to stay away from home! So thank you Kelly and family, for the room and the delicious dinners and not minding that I've been mostly laying around and reading and nursing the always-hungry baby.

So, needless to say, there have been no crafts going on around here besides the tiniest bit of knitting (this little fox) but lots of nursing the babe and reading and trying to sleep when Will is sleeping.

My friend Nellie sent me Twilight by Stephanie Meyer for my birthday last month and I didn't start reading it until last week. I had heard very mixed reviews about it so I was pretty unsure what to expect, but, after reading a few chapters I really got into it. I finished it in a day and a half and then had to venture to the Waldenbooks in the fabulous Hemet Valley Mall to get the two sequels -- which I then finished reading in a day each. Even though they're "Young Adult" books and the writing seemed a bit juvenile at first I ended up really liking them, obviously. And want more please. Who knew that I'd be a little bit obsessed with a book about vampires? Who am I?

Yesterday we took William on his first of many, many road trips. Since we're out here in the desert already, we decided to go to Joshua Tree National Park . It only took us an hour and a half to get out of town -- having to first stop at Walmart for a road atlas and some blank video tapes (while I nursed the baby in the back seat of the car), Walgreens for emergency diapers (I panicked when I realized I'd only packed 3 diapers. I'm still working on getting this whole packing for a newborn thing down), gas, changing William's diaper and clothes in the back seat of the car while in line for the car wash, Starbucks and McDonalds. William slept the entire drive, only waking up to eat once, and then again when we made him wake up to try to take pictures. He wasn't very happy about that. Oh yeah, and of course as soon as I went to eat dinner.

In true road-trip fashion our meals were unhealthy and weird. Breakfast: Egg McMuffin for John and a donut and tallnonfat4pumpnowater Chai Latte from Starbucks for me. Lunch: A $5 "Hot and Ready" pizza from Little Caesar's, eaten in the parking lot of Vons (who can resist the power of a sign twirler on the corner?) Dinner: Big Boy Original Hamburgers from Bob's Big Boy. Clearly, my post-baby diet plan was foiled once again.

Here's some pics for ya'll.

I'm desperately hoping November won't go as quickly by as October did. I'm so not ready. Not ready for birthdays this month, flying to Utah for Thanksgiving (though I am really looking forward to it), William turning a month old, Christmas, or deciding what the heck I'm going to do for employment. Time is going too fast!

Happy November anyway!


suzy said...

I am so excited for you. How fun that you can go with John and be a happy little family. William is so cute. Do you ever just stop and think for a second that you are mom and feel weird? I always do that. Of course you have to have the time to stop and think. Anyway, my sister bought me Twilight for Christmas last year and after I read the back I put it on the shelf and thought she must be crazy. But then I picked it up one day because I was out of good books to read and I loved it. The writing is juvenile at times, but I thought they were all really good.

Lisa said...

I have that same shirt you are wearing in the top picture. Actually, I think I was with Ruth in TO when I bought it. The fall colors in it are the best. I feel festive every time I wear it even though it is like a summer shirt or something I think.

OK. The book about vampires made me think of Layne: "If I hold my neck out like this do you think the vampires will like it better?"

Glad you are enjoying your little boy.

Christen said...

Everyone at work is going nuts over that series. I read the synopsis and assumed I wouldn't like it. If you like it though, I think I might give them a try!

And I THOUGHT about buying that shirt you have on, but one of the girls at work has it and I didn't want to risk being her twin.

Ruth said...

Ha ha, I have also eyed that shirt many a time. So funny. It sounds (and looks) like you guys have been having a great time! I can't believe he's going to be a month old so soon! What a cutie.

It's amazing how fast time goes with a newborn, isn't it? I remember feeling like months of my life were just lounged away. And it sounds like you have the road trip thing down already! I secretly wished more than a few times that I could find a way to nurse without having to pull know, just kind of lean over the car seat, ha ha. It never quite worked out.

Okay, so, when are you guys going to be back? I miss you! And I know that you are probably going to want some time to yourself in your own home since you have been around people so much...but let's plan a hang-out for as soon as you are settled back in please!!

Lisa said...

One more thing. I just checked out that little fox pattern and it is the cutest!

Adelyn Withers said...

Hi! I work from home and it is wonderful, I don't miss out on anything and if I need to take the day off then I can. Let me know if you want to know more about it.

I am glad you are having such a wonderful time being a Mom. The time does go by too fast.


Alissa said...

It looks like you guys had a lot of fun. Isn't it nice how portable a nursling is? We can't wait for you to bring baby boy here!

kelly southwell said...

You have been busy! and you are welcome any time...the house feels empty without you guys here. (even with a family of 6 :) ). I'm glad you ventured out our deserty way.

Sweet Little Will...can't wait to hold him again!

Thanks for coming out with John, so we both didn't have to be lonely wives of working husbands at one point or another.