Friday, October 24, 2008

5 years of blogging

Wow... it's pretty crazy to me that I've been at this blogging business for 5 years now. On October 10th, 2003, inspired by my blogfather Kyle, and a serious lack of stuff to do at my extremely boring first job out of college, I started a blog. I had no idea what it would be, or exactly what I would talk about... but it's been a great 5 years, and I love being able to look back and see how things have changed.

From confusion about boys, to religious debates, to arguments with friends, to dating, engagement, marriage and baby-having... it's been quite a ride.

Here are 25 posts that I've randomly selected to highlight some of the craziness the last 5 years have brought. I hope you enjoy!

1) The Very Beginning; October 2003

2) 22nd Year in Review; December 2003

3) Post College Confusion; March 2004

4) Daisy House, Here I Come!; August 2004

5) Who needs guys anyways?; October 2004

6) Ode to 23; December 2004

7) Along came Andrew; February 2005

8) Officially in love and EVERYONE has an opinion; May 2005

9) New job on the Horizon; October 2005

10) Top 25 of being 24; January 2006

11) Wedding Countdown Begins; January 2006

12) Lots of changes, old Max, lots of changes; April 2006

13) Married!; May 2006

14) Preggo!!; June 2006

15) Let's Discuss; August 2006

16) 25th Year in Review; December 2006

17) Mia's Arrival!; February 2007

18) Babies grow up so quickly!; April 2007

19) Mom's the Bomb!; July 2007

20) A Farewell to an Era; August 2007

21) Nursing Nightmare; October 2007

22) Our Christmas Contest Entry; December 2007

23) Celebrating 26! December 2007

24) A Tiny Irish Rock Band; March 2008

25) Terrible Car Wreck; April 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Care to make a guess?

Alright, kiddos... just before Mia's birth, I asked for guesses on her actual appearance date. If you remember, she was due on January 26th and born after inducement about a week later on February 2nd. I think Kyle got closest last time with his guess of February 3rd just after the Jayhawks game.

Well, we are once again nearing the due date, and I'd like guesses again if you're up for it. Our actual due date is October 31st. Most likely they will induce on November 6th if baby doesn't come before. But I am at 37 and half weeks right now, so baby is good to go any old time. Basically you have about a 3 week window of guessing.

Closest guess wins ... well ... probably nothing, but at least you'll have a story to tell and future moms-to-be can hunt you down and ask for their actual delivery date as well.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Sermon on the Mount... really???

"When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you..."

In all fairness, you can find the full speech here and make your own determination what Mr. Obama meant:

I just don't see how we can make someone who criticizes the teachings of Jesus our next president. Frankly, that's just messed up.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Ahh sweet childhood...

I could totally watch this over and over and over...

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Oh the Joy!

Today marks me being 36 weeks and 1 day pregnant. And if that doesn't impress you... how about that it's only 3 weeks and 6 days until we're due!!! WAHOO!!!

In the last couple of weeks, I've started on that "nearing birth of baby" freak-out mode. Everything slightly sarcastic that Andrew says usually makes me cry. I've decided once again that I'm deathly afraid of dying during labor. I feel like I need to be seriously prepping for this kiddo's birth, and yet nothing seems to be getting done. And also... I need help tying my shoes again.

The good news is that Andrew, Mia and I got our butts out of the house today and got some major baby-shopping accomplished. We got a baby book for U2, some nursing attire for Momma, a couple new binkies, and all of the items that new and nursing mommies need when a new one comes along. That means that I can finally pack a bag for the hospital tomorrow!! Yeay!

Also during our shopping expedition, Mia and Andrew both got new shoes, Andrew got a cool new shirt, we got to eat out at Old Chicago and we attended a sweet Octoberfest at one of the Church's in town. Overall, it was a fabulous day though EXTREMELY tiring for this very pregnant Momma.

As for U2, he/she seems to be doing well. Getting bigger every day and still kicking like a crazy baby. Baby has been head down for the last month, so I'm hoping he'll stay that way for labor. I've had a few Braxton Hicks contractions that get somewhere near feeling like real ones, but nothing major yet. I have my next (and first weekly) checkup on Monday, and I'm hoping to find out if we've progressed at all... though that may be wishful thinking considering we're still 27 days out.

But anyhoo... this baby is coming soon and that's super cool and I'd much rather talk about that than any more silly political stuff.

Yeay for U2!!!

Thursday, October 02, 2008