Thursday, March 31, 2011

Super Duper Update

I've been a bad, bad blogger this March. Lots has happened, actually. Here's what has been going on with us:

Trip to Ohio
I went to Ohio to visit my family from March 4-22. As some of you may or may not know, my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer in January. Luckily, her doctor felt as if he detected it early enough that he would be able to remove it with surgery, so my mom was scheduled to have that done on March 7.

It turned out that the cancer that they removed was found to be an aggressive form & that if it had spread, she would require chemotherapy. However, the doctor was, in fact, able to remove it all & once she is finished healing from her surgery, she should be just fine. We were all very thankful for that huge blessing!

Aside from the surgery, this was also the first time that my family was able to see James (other than my mom, who came out right after he was born). James particularly loved hanging out with his Uncle Tony & Aunt Jen!

While I was there, Tony & I also looked at a house for sale that David & I were looking at possibly purchasing. David is planning to attend OSU next year to start his Master's program & purchasing an inexpensive home actually ends up being cheaper than renting an apartment after only a year. We're still talking about what we want to do, but it's definitely an option for us.

James Turns Four Months Old
My baby is getting so big! James turned a whopping 4 months old on March 20. We were still in Ohio on that day, so we took his pictures later that week. Here he is, sporting his "lucky shirt" for St Patrick's Day.

He's learned to do some fun things this past month, too. First, he learned to roll from his back to his tummy a couple of days before he turned 4 months. And apparently, that's backwards from most babies; or at least that's what other Moms have told me. Last week, he finally managed to get from his tummy to his back, but he's only done it a total of maybe 3 or 4 times. He has trouble getting over his arm, so I think he's kind of given up for the time being. If he doesn't want to be on his tummy anymore, he just screams. Like a pterodactyl. Aside from rolling, James has started grabbing at things a little bit. He still gets pretty easily distracted, though. I actually bought one of those play mats for him today that has the little arches to hang toys from. He doesn't really care for the fun little toys yet, but he just stares at the clear inflatable beach ball. I guess it's a start.

David's New Look
That's right. My husband is growing a beard.

Quite a few months ago, David sent in some headshots (that I took for him) to the LDS Church Film Department so that he could audition for a role in an upcoming New Testament production that would be filming this spring & summer. He has since auditioned & received notification that he made the first cut to be an extra in one of the films. Hooray!

Since these films will be taking place in the time of the New Testament, every guy who made the first cut was asked to grow a beard if possible & to grow his hair as much as he can. Since BYU has dress & grooming standards that say that men must be clean shaven, except for in specific instances approved by the University (such as medical reasons... or Church filmmaking, I guess), David had to get a temporary beard card so that he could grow his facial hair out. I asked him if anyone at school has said anything about it yet. He said no, but he has gotten a few strange looks. On the flip side of this, there is no allowance for hair growing extra long, so we're just letting the top grow out as much as we can without letting it get too wild-looking. I just keep it trimmed up around his neck & ears.

Now, we're just waiting to hear back about what the next step will be.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 20 :: This Month

Conveniently, as it is the first of the month, I haven't done anything yet to blog about. I guess that means that I should tell you my plans for March? I'll take that as a yes.

On Thursday, James & I will be flying to Ohio, where we will be staying for nearly three weeks. My mom is having surgery the following Monday, so I'm going so that I can be there with her & help to take care of her afterward. Even though these circumstances are less than ideal, it will be really neat to see all of my family again & to have them meet James. (So far, my mom is the only one who has met him from my family.)

Sadly, we will be away from David for that whole time since he still needs to go to school & work. But no worries. He won't miss me too badly. Why? Because I'm a good wife & am leaving him a lovely To Do List so that he not only doesn't get bored, but he'll be thinking about me every single day while he does awesome things like unclogging the bath tub drain & cleaning out the car. I'm quite thoughtful like that.