Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Musings

The great thing as always is...IT'S FRIDAY!!!!

Going to the Nutcracker Market tomorrow and I'm pretty excited about that.  Take your favorite boutique, shop, etc and multiple it times a million and that's what you have for this market.  It's a
woman's dream and a great girl afternoon out type thing.

It's been chilly here this week.  That means sweaters, jackets, the heater and I don't have to remember to put bottled water from the garage to fridge.  I've tried finding a reusable bottle or cup that I could take with me everyday and all of the one's I've tried come up short in some fashion.  Or it's just so easy to grab some bottles before heading out the door.  We drink filtered water from the fridge at home as our help to Mother Earth or Mother Nature or whatever you want to call her.
This summer we started a brunch group called the Rowdy Loafers Brunch Bunch.  Why the name Rowdy Loafers you ask? When we were putting together the group there was a special on PBS of the History of Houston.  They talked about this group and well we inherited it.  No we don't plan to do what they did and we definitely don't need a hanging to stop us from going to brunch but it's a fun quirky tie to Texas/ Houston history. "Houston? An image problem? Nothing new there. Back in 1838, when the city amounted to little more than a dozen offal-strewn streets, it had an image problem. Swarms of unemployed young men — "rowdy loafers" in the parlance of the day — made life miserable for respectable folk. They drank, they whored, they fought, they punctuated the night with their raucous clamors. Houston was the capital of the new Republic of Texas, for chrissakes, yet people across the Sabine in the United States might be forgiven for thinking it a den of yahoos.")
Natalie and I wrote a poem using Oh, The Places you'll Go as the base or whatever the fancy literary term would be for that.
Oh, the brunch places we'll go!

Sunday is our day.
We're off to new places,
Wherever we may. ...

We want food in our belly.
We have glasses to fill.
We can try any cafe
Or restaurant at will.
We're not on our own. And we may cause a show.
But we are the ones who'll decide where we go.
At first we tried to go every month but it's more of an every other month thing where we get together to try a different place in town.  There are so many great restaurants in Houston and this is an effort to get ourselves out of a rut of going to the same places. Plus who doesn't like brunch and hanging out with your friends.  Sunday we are heading to Liberty Kitchen and Oyster Bar for our Fall Brunch.
What are your plans this weekend?!?! Hope it's a good one.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It's a...

A little over two weeks ago we had a doctor's appointment that was met with much anticipation.  It was our ultrasound that would measure Baby Upham to make sure everything was progressing correctly and healthy but we would also find out if Baby U was a boy or girl.

Neither of us slept much the night before.  I was so glad that I had made the appointment first thing in the morning.   I drank the little bit of orange juice we had left as I had read that it would help make sure your little one was active enough to get all the necessary shots.

We got to the doctor's office a tad before our appointment.  It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown was playing on the tv in the waiting room.  I don't think I've ever seen the whole thing and still haven't. I guess baby and I can do that together one day. There was a mother and daughter speaking what Jarad said was Vietnamese....I had no idea he was such a pro at differentiating between Asian languages.  But I was so glad when they were called back because the rambling on and on that I couldn't understand was driving me crazy.  I knew scans could take awhile but they were in and out in 10 minutes.  Thank goodness...I had to go to the bathroom.  I asked the Ultrasound tech if I could go to the bathroom but because I was only 18 weeks she asked that I wait till after the scan.  "Sure no problem...I guess"  is what I thought but it wasn't going to be comfortable...but is pregnancy ever really comfortable?!?! 

Before long I had the cold jelly on my belly and our sweet baby was on the screen.  The tech measured, gave little anecdotes here and there but a big smile came across our faces when she said "that's your daughter."  Jarad was sure our baby was a boy but I think most guys want a boy because it is what they are comfortable with, know, and understand.  She gave us several pictures from different angles and of her different body parts. At the end of the scan Miss Thing covered her face with her hands as to say she had had enough. She also stretched out her legs kicking me square in the bladder. Really?!?!  The scan didn't take as long as I thought and we were on our way and I was able to use the bathroom.  Thank the heavens.

As we walked out of the building Jarad took his favorite pic to have in his truck. He also said, "man, I thought we were going to have the next JJ Watt. I guess a super model will do."  I responded with "a super model who marries the next JJ Watt." We both agreed that idea sounded fantastic and are excited to have a baby girl no matter what she becomes. And her Daddy will keep her well protected. 

When we first found out we were pregnant Jarad talked about getting the baby a pair of boots. So we drove straight to Cavender's and got the baby the cutest pink pair of boots. They are on display in the nursery and ready for her to wear but first they were how we announced to social media that we are having a girl. 

I also played a song for Jarad that he had heard but never really listened to the words. He downloaded it immediately and plays it often. The one other given besides the boots is that she will have a pink fishing pole. 
To say we are even more excited now is an understatement.  We are trying to enjoy our time as just the two of us but can't wait till March.