Saturday, November 21, 2015

Baby Names

Jessica's doctor asked her what she was going to name her baby. When she said River, the doctor said, "She's going to get made fun of with a name like that" or something along that line. He was very abrupt about it, but he was just speaking his mind. I don't think he meant to be unkind, although it came across that way.

I said something like, "Well, she's going to be a really cool kid so no one will think of making fun of her name." I also told him the obvious--ever since River Song on Dr. Who (don't watch it but Jessica is a fan), the name has become much more popular.

I looked up the meaning of the name River:

Everyone has his or her own preferences in names. For myself, I avoided naming my kids longer names that had a nickname (Jeff is my only child I didn't name)--No William who is called Bill or Margaret who is called Maggie or Peggy. I think this is because my mom named me Katrina but called me Kathy. That is confusing because Kathy is normally short for Kathryn or Kathleen.

Names have definitely changed over the years. Here are the top baby names from when I was born and now.
Michael    Lisa
David       Mary
John         Susan
James       Karen
Robert      Linda
Mark        Patricia
William   Donna
Richard   Cynthia
Thomas   Deborah
Jeffrey     Sandra

Jackson  Sophia   
Aiden     Emma
Liam      Olivia
Lucas     Ava
Noah      Isabella
Mason    Mia
Ethan     Zoe
Caden    Lily
Jacob     Emily
Logan    Madelyn

The interesting thing is that many of the girls' names are very old fashioned names that have become popular again.

I wrote more about names and trends on my parenting blog HERE.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

And My Future Granddaughter's Name is.... (drum roll)

This is from our name reveal game at Jessica's baby shower.

Only a few people came, but we had a  lot of fun. But for Jessica's sake, I wish her friends, coworkers and church acquaintances would have come. But we are in a busy time of year.

We hosted the party at our house. Her friend Delisa wanted to do it, but she has a very small house.

I picked three games, and Delisa picked one.

For game one we melted five kinds of candy bars and smeared one kind in each of five diapers. People had to identify the candy bar by smell. Fun game, but it looks gross! (It's supposed to I think)

 Game two was baby twister. The non pregnant people had balloon babies. You couldn't lose your baby during the game.

We let everyone try this one. The guys had been in the back watching Batman.

Delisa passed out ribbon and everyone had to cut it to be the right size to go around Jessica's baby bump. One lady had it almost exact. I didn't get  pictures of it. She's in the picture below.

They are not being weird, this is the name reveal game. We put the beads with the letters of the baby's name in a ziplock bag along with navy beans. With eyes closed, they had to find the letter beads and arrange them in order with eyes still closed. No one got them in the right order. But once they saw the letters, it was easy to guess the name. What other word has those letters?

She received lots of nice presents.

There's an afghan from my mom not shown in the pictures.

I had everyone write a message or good wish to Jessica or River on the tablecloth. I left a blank in mine for River's name because we hadn't revealed it yet.

We had little sausages both rolled up and in a crock pot with BBQ sauce, meatballs, a cracker tray, a fruit tray, cake and cupcakes. Delisa had brought pinwheels but they were forgotten in the freezer!

Walmart didn't have the cake ready, then they just threw it together. The one in the order book is really cute. This one not so much. Guess we'll go to Publix next time!This is what it looked like in the book:

All in all, the shower was fun, but I wish more  people had come. Her mother in law and step mother in law are having one for her too. They have the advantage of having lots of relative in town and also living much closer to the others. So it should be well attended. The disadvantage is for us that it is the same day as breakfast with Santa and the big Christmas parade.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Veteran's Day

We had beautiful weather yesterday for both Veteran's Day Parades. The first was the big one downtown. Jasmine marched in that.

Here are some photos of her band.

Jasmine with percussion friends

Jessica was with us at the parade and then brought the dogs over to run.

Tyler took them on the trampoline, but they just sat there.

The twins eating banana popsicles in the treehouse.
 In the afternoon the puppies went to the local parade. The pictures aren't that great because they were taken on iPad.
 Looks like Travis got some beads!
Sasha doesn't look too thrilled!

Coming up still this week we have the local rodeo. At this point I am planning on taking everyone, hoping that it will be a fun shared event. We are meeting Jessica and Hunter there.

Jasmine will be traveling with her band to the football playoffs.

Sunday we will be hosting Jessica's baby shower. Her friend Delisa is technically in charge of it, but her house is too small.

Saturday we will be decluttering for the shower.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Another CrazyWeekend

Well, another crazy weekend has come and gone! And it was a very rainy one!
On Friday night Jasmine and I went to watch Adam play soccer with a city league. You can see how wet the grass was. It was also dark and foggy and hard to get any good pictures.

Then Adam had his reserve weekend and the Marine ball. I guess even though they broke up, Deja had agreed to go to the ball with Adam but then stood him up. So he was left with a ticket and hotel room (for her) that didn't get used. So he just hung out with friends. Lesson learned.

 He is very social. A couple of weeks ago he and a bunch of friends went to Universal together.
I didn't have nearly as much fun at his age. I was very serious and in college trying to survive in a school with a very tough grading scale and strict rules.

We woke  up to rain Sunday and people not feeling well, so I made waffles and bacon and we watched a That the World May Know DVD episode about the Ephesian church and an Adventure in Odyssey DVD. Some people slept more and then woke up feeling better.

Houses down here tend to turn green and need washed. We rented a power washer because Jessica is having a baby shower here next Sunday. So, yeah, the kids were power washing in the rain! 
And a couple twins might have gotten power washed too! When Rick and the kids started washing the house yesterday, it was much  nicer weather and there were more "accidental" washings.
Everyone wanted a turn. 
I'm not sure how clean the house is. I guess we won't know until it's dry and sunny out.
Our yard is bad for holding water. People may need to swim to the door by next week.

Jasmine helped me make Haitian macaroni and cheese for lunch.

We did more cleaning and decluttering around the house. Then we took a break, had sherbert floats and tried on some Ninja costumes I got 75% off at Walmart.

Ty is wearing a kids' size 10/12!

Here is Kaleb wearing the same costume Ty had on!
Twin ninjas!
The kids liked the costumes so much that Ty, Jasmine and I made a quick late night trip out to Walmart to get more. We got a size 8 green Ninja and another 14/16 blue. Also got the one below modeled by my bear.
Unfortunately it will probably be too small for the baby by Halloween. Hunter wants to hold her up and do the Lion King thing--as modeled by Jasmine below!
I took several videos of our ninjas singing.
This is what happens when Travis decides he wants to take part.

This is Kaleb's first time to sing for a video. His first time to sing other than in music class or church.

And here's one last video of Jasmine trying a song for the first time:
She is going to keep working on this song.

My brother has also been in the hospital this weekend with a kidney stone and ulcers among other things. They are still trying to figure out what is going on. He was in ICU but has been moved to intermediate care.

If your Christmas shopping includes girls 7-13, check out this link of ten books for preteen girls written by several different authors. HERE
Also be sure to keep an eye on my parenting blog for articles about the holidays HERE