Monday, August 17, 2009

Happy Anniversary, 34 weeks, and Matt's facial hair

It is August 17, and Matt and I have been married now for 3 years. Wow! Where does the time go? We have a lot of fun, and I feel truly blessed to have such an awesome guy taking care of me. Here are some nostalgic shots:

Also, I was 34 weeks on Friday, so I had Matt take another picture of my growing belly yesterday. Thanks again to Maurine for my maternity wardrobe. I also was reading a lot of stuff on labor and delivery, and I almost started crying, but I'm sure everything will be okay. I thought it was a little funny how they talk about the arduous journey the baby takes through the birth canal, and I'm like--he'll mostly feel and look better in 24 hours. I, however, might take up to 6 weeks to recover! Who's journey is more arduous, I ask you?!
And last, but not least, Matt grew out a goatee for a few weeks, just because he can, so we had to take a picture. His facial hair pattern is actually quite similar to that of Christian Bale--I've attached a photo so you can see what I mean. They both have trouble connecting the mustache to the beard. I don't think it looked bad, but I prefer to kiss a clean-shaven face, so it's gone now. Yay!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


We also went to Palace of the Governors, which was built in 1610 and is the longest continuously used building in the U.S., but looks like every other building in Santa Fe, so you'd never guess it. Now it's not used as the government seat or anything like it was for 200 years or something--it's just a museum. It's worth visiting--they have a good photography exhibit. We weren't allowed to take pictures, so I forgot we even went until I was thinking about how much walking I did that day and realized we had another stop! I'm pretty sure it was between lunch and the Loretto Chapel.

Tour of Santa Fe

My cousin lives about 3.5 hours away, and she's been meeting to see the State Capitol, so she came to visit me a week or so ago. Here are some pictures of what we did and saw:

My cousin and her sons infront of the State Capitol Building. I'm not going to lie--the outside is a total disappointment.

The coolest part of the outside, in my opinion--the trash cans. Sweet, huh?

You don't expect a golden elevator when the outside is adobe. Pretty cool.

This is the ceiling. Not the coolest rotunda I've ever seen, but it's...New Mexican.

State House of Reps, State Senate, and some sweet calligraphy I saw on one of the Senate Rosters. We just don't appreciate hand-done stuff like this as much as we should. So cool.
There is a lot of art in the State Capitol building. These are three of my favorite. There were a lot of tapestries and some interesting modern art, too, but these are the ones I liked best.

Next Stop: Lunch and one of the oldest restaurants in Santa Fe!

They tiled it on the inside with broken dishes. I thought that was really cool.

The next place we went was the Loretto Chapel. I really liked the windmill-type sculptures out front. There's some cool stained glass, and then there is, of course, the miraculous stairway.
The choir loft did not originally have a stairway leading up to it, because all the people who sang were men, so they just used a ladder. Then, nuns starting singing in the choir, so they needed to build a staircase. So, this was built. It didn't originally have handrails, and was unsupported by anything--that's what made it miraculous. They added the handrail for safety, and there's a small support tying it to the column nearby because the surrounding traffic made it shake too much. Anyway, still pretty cool.

Last stop: Children's Museum.
These are the fish. I like watching fish swim around. If I ever get a pet, it will be fish.
Kalos on the pulleys.
Atticus on the pulleys. The scientific part of this is that there were three different sets of pulleys, and you noticed that it's easier to pull yourself up, the more pulleys there are. Pretty cool. And Kalos and Atticus had just learned about simple machines, so that was great.

I thought this part was really cool--you could make a huge bubble around yourself. Unfortunately, that tire gets in the way. Atticus could do it way better than I could.

So that was our trip to Santa Fe. It was fun. There are some other cool things to see, but that will have to wait for another day. Maybe when YOU come visit :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Santa Fe, The City Different

Apparently, "The City Different" translates to "AdobeLand." The first thing we noticed when we moved here is that normal businesses had a very different look going on. Here are just a few examples of what I mean. Carl's Jr. is probably my favorite, or maybe IHOP. Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

32 weeks

Here I am at 32 weeks and 2 days--taken August 1. Only 7 weeks and change to go, if all goes well. I'm feeling pretty big, and my lower back really hurts a lot of the time, but I'm surviving. Some days are better than others, of course.
We have nicknamed the baby Pancho, so I can refer to him and talk to him, without actually naming him yet (so Matt doesn't think I'm talking to him when I say, "Whoa, Hello!" when he's moving around). I didn't want to use a name I was considering and then change my mind when he was born, so for now, he's Pancho. He is very active for about 30 minutes at a time during various parts of the day, usually right after I eat, or when I'm trying to sleep. I'm excited to see what he looks like soon.