Friday, June 29, 2012

A Mom of Boys

posted by Beck

By now most of you probably know that we are adding another boy to our family in a few weeks! My prayer from the beginning of this pregnancy was that God would give our family exactly what we needed. What I needed. And I truly believe He has granted me the desires of my heart with this little guy.

It has been interesting to hear the responses of people when they find out we are having another boy. It's typically such a lukewarm, almost disheartened response that when the question arises my anxiety level peaks at the anticipation of a negative reaction. Maybe it's the hormones talking, but let me just put this out there up front. You should never EVER tell a woman that you wished they were having the opposite gender of whatever they are having. Don't even react with a hint of disappointment. It's hurtful and even a little bit disrespectful.  Every baby is a gift and is placed into a family for a reason. Our family will have two boys and I am over the moon about it! And in answer to the inevitable:  "Are you going to try for a girl?" question, the answer is No. If, and it's a big (more likely an act of God) IF, we choose to have more children, then it will be because we decide that we want to have three beautiful children in our family NOT because we are trying to add an extra shot of estrogen to the house. I bring enough emotional female drama to the table, right JP?

When the ultrasound tech confirmed what we were seeing on the screen several weeks ago, tears of joy sprang into my eyes.  His sweet little face already seemed to resemble his brother's and my heart melted. Another little boy to cherish and call mine! In my heart of hearts, it immediately became clear that God DID know what was best for our family. And for me as a mommy. I feel beyond blessed and I cannot wait to meet little Baby A in approximately 10 weeks!

Of course I worry about silly things, like the inevitable comparisons that might present themselves. The parental fear that comes from having two energetic and testosterone-filled boys in the family.  But overall, I am OVERJOYED!

Here are a few reasons I am excited to be the mom of TWO BOYS:

1. Cowboy boots - Oddly enough, it has always been a dream of mine to see two little boys running around in khaki shorts, button downs, and cowboy boots. Ahhh the cuteness!

2. We Won't Lose Our House - Times are tough for the P family, so I'm pumped that we can reuse everything we already have and that I won't have use all the money from my second job to buy a million coordinating headbands and tiny pairs of shoes on etsy (because I probably would have).
3. Boys are the Sweetest - Girls are probably sweet too, but as far as I know boys aren't as sassy to their mommas.  I just have to worry about them driving too fast and making poor choices with girls. Eek!
4. More Workers on the Farm - Let's not ignore the fact that we'll have another pair of hands on the farm. Lord knows I'm no help!

5. Daddy Has Good Genes - We already know we make adorable boys, so why mess with a good thing?
6. Boys Think I'm Awesome - I was a junior high youth group leader and the 7th grade boys were my favorites! I love that boys are so easygoing and won't be easily embarrassed by their dorky mom. (At least not for a few years.)

Yay for boys! And yay for babies of all shapes, sizes and sexes!

Monday, June 25, 2012

This Vine Life: Grocery Store Edition

posted by Beck

It has been awhile since we posted a "slice of country life" type of post, so we're long overdue! For example, I really wish I'd posted about the time I went to "Ladies Night" at the feed store to buy JP's Christmas present. The parking lot was completely packed with big trucks and SUVs and I overheard a woman talking about how someone wanted her to iron their jeans and her response was, "I don't know how to do that - you know I ain't got no man at home." What? I am always amazed at the fact that we only live a few miles away from the city, but yet people out here still talk with a country twang. Who's kidding who here, people?

But that's not the point of this post. Typically we do most of our shopping at Raley's - about 15 minutes away from our house, conveniently located right off the highway and on the path between my work and home. But, sometimes we just want to run to the market in "town" and grab a couple of items.

By town, I mean the tiny community of Lockeford just a few miles north of us.

This isn't the market, but a picture of the town's water tower. Across the street from there is a "Donuts and Liquor," which looks more like a bar from the outside than a donut shop. If bars didn't make me feel incredibly awkward, I would definitely want to experience it.

The local market is actually really nice (and their prices reflect that, so we usually only stop there out of necessity), but they do have some...interesting "art" adorning their walls.

The manager was standing nearby, so I had to be quick and discreet in my photography.

I told LJ we could name this guy "Mickey Moose." He liked that idea.
I kind of love that the corner grocery store has animal heads on their wall.  I also love that on the way home we get to stop on the side of the road and look at the field of tiny ponies who live at a house with a great dane. Not sure which excites me more - the tiny ponies or the great dane.

Friday, June 1, 2012


How can it be June already?

I hadn't even processed the idea of February through May until my sweet sister-in-law sent me a "Yay! Your birthday is next week!" text. In my head I said, "Ah that's so sweet, but noooo Sommer, you have your dates a little off." Then I realized that she was right. Eek! June is here!

I pass this cherry stand on my way to work sometimes. It's right in the middle of the orchard and just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. I feel like a 50's housewife should be standing there in her apron holding out a pie.

Life is flying by. I have been a single parent this week as JP took a short vacation to LA with his mom. I've been a grumpy mcgrumperson the last few weeks, so I'm sure he's been enjoying his respite from all the raging hormones and "toddlerness" going on in our house. He comes home today, hooray! We miss daddy!

Sometimes it is an electric guitar kind of day

Sometimes he's feeling more "acoustic."
JP's absence means that I've had to step it up as "the farmer's wife" the last few days; doing my duty as chicken feeder and head egg gatherer. I realize that I'm pretty content to let JP live out his farm fantasy while I cheer him on from inside the house. Although with summer approaching, the inside of our house is getting increasingly more "buggy," an issue that I'm slowly accepting, but still getting used to at the same time

See our little bunny friend down there? He was just chilling in between one of the rows for several minutes when we were outside playing the other day.

Playing with his friend Hayden
LJ's bed time has gone from reasonable to later to ridiculous (9-9:15pm) the past few weeks. By the time he's buttoned up for the night, I'm pretty much down for the count as well. This means nothing gets done. Ever. Except the occasional load of laundry and dishes. Speaking of LJ, he's really into his letters and numbers at the moment. He can actually read 90% of the alphabet, (which shocks the heck out of me), and recognizes "L" as "Luke's letter!" and M as "Momma's letter." He talks quite a bit, but we still struggle to understand most of his longer sentences. Barney is still his favorite show and we've watched our Barney Goes to the Farm dvd more times than I can count. Good thing I have always been a hardcore fan of educational children's television. He still loves balls - soccer, football, basketball, baseball, etc. and playing outside. I am loving that he wants to include me in all of his play. Going down the slide, playing ball, building with blocks, stickers, painting - it's always, "Momma too!"  I'm trying to fully participate whenever he asks because I know this won't last forever. He also loves to help. "Me too!" is a favorite phrase when he wants to help Momma with the laundry, Papa (grandpa) with the chicken coop or grown-up athletes with whatever sport they're playing out on the field (awkward). He's a tease like his dad though, which sometimes drives me crazy! :)

On our Mother's Day excursion to Jamestown to ride the train.

A quiet moment with the "meow"

We recently discovered this big tree is bearing fruit! At first we thought they were unripe cherries, but now we think they may be plums. We'll keep you posted.

Baby #2
We're only around 14 weeks out from welcoming Baby Dos. Ack! How did that happen? (The time frame, not the baby thing. I know how that happened.) The big news is that he has a name! LJ actually started using it before we'd officially decided. We only had two contenders to begin with, so it was a good thing he picked the one a majority of our friends and family liked. The other one was easier to say, so it was actually a surprise which one he started using. There you have it. Big Bro approves, so it's a done deal. Name...check! It'll probably come out at some point on facebook, but for now I'm not publicizing it a ton. Gotta keep a bit of mystery alive. :) I'm pretty pumped about his if only JP can finish the chicken coop so we can get started on it!

They just harvested hay in the field across the street! Hay is a big "in-between" crop 'round these parts. Next up for this field, corn!
The finished side of the coop. We're back in business working on the other side now! Yay!

Happy June and happy weekend friends!