Sunday, September 26, 2010

Super Dasband

On the plane ride home after passing the Oral Assessment
My friend at A Daring Adventure is writing up the next State Blog Roundup and has actually given an assignment on topics to write for the roundup. The topic she assigned is: "When I/we _________, I Wish I'd/We'd Known..."

I have a feeling a lot of complaining is going to come out of that sentence and I didn't want to complain in this post. So I decided to do something a little different. It's not going to be about life in State, it's going to be about me and my husband.

When I was growing up, I wish I'd known how amazing my husband was going to be.

You see (and if you're a Wife - Mommy - Woman reader you probably already know this because I've admitted it before) I'm quite a selfish and lazy person. These are traits I've known about myself for a lot time and they're things I try to work on - but changing who you are is no easy process.

My husband, however, is amazing. He's always taking care of the kids and I. He works hard for us every day and then comes home and spends a couple of hours with us, cooking, reading to Malachi, and hanging out with us unselfishly until the kids go to bed; at which time he gets to play video games, or watch TV, or basically do whatever he wants, unless he wants to do what I want to do. So I kind of feel like he's a Super Hero Dad and Husband rolled into one. He's the new Super Dasband.

And I feel like I can't live up to Dasband. I wish I knew when I was developing my personality that I'd have such an amazing husband. Maybe I would have become someone who could be called Super. Now don't get me wrong. I by no means think I'm a bad mom or wife. He's just better at it all than I am. Because he's Super.

I love you John - I have for over 13 years and I know I will forever. Thank you for being Super Dasband to our kids and me.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thank God

for my husband.

I try to be conscious about our security. But apparently I wasn't thinking about security at all when I posted our schedule online. I'm so glad my hubby reads my blog.

I hope I didn't do any damage.

55 Days

And I'll be somewhere on this island!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Whistle While You Work

P whistles while she works sometimes. I tend to associate whistling with happiness, so I like to hear it.

I can't whistle - not well anyway. But I am working a lot this week. My boss couldn't work yesterday so I covered for her, it's just a day more than normal but it's weird.

I've been busy with work stuff and Spanish class and other things I don't want to make public to the whole world yet. You'll hear in good time - well maybe it'll be a couple of months. No, it's not baby making. However, we have thought we'd try to do that again.

There are many reasons to try to have numero tres in Costa Rica, a few of them being: I have a maid to help me out during the end of the pregnancy and after having a baby; the hospital here is really, really nice, which leads to...I wouldn't have to medivac and be separated from John for three months; if we have numero tres here then we immediately move into the bigger house at the next post instead of having to move while at the next post; if we have numero tres here then we get to show him/her off during home leave and everyone can meet him/her.

I'm very excited about this and I hope that it happens soon. In order to have the baby in Costa Rica I have to get pregnant by June. I really don't want to have the baby right before we move though so I'd like to get pregnant really soon. I know it's not long, but if I'm not pregnant by the New Year I'd like to start hormones. It's how I got pregnant with Malachi.

It's not anything crazy or really expensive. I was on progesterone for 15 days and that would induce ovulation. I got pregnant the first or second month with that method. I'd really like to have some time between giving birth and moving away but we'll see how it plays out.

I realize I never blogged about our trip to Tortuguero. And now it feels like it's too far away to blog about it. Check out John's blog for a great description.

We got Malachi's report from school on Sunday night. He's doing great and is progressing well. He cries to get his way less and responds to instructions to use his words. I'm very happy about this because of course that's not tolerated at home either. He doesn't get to swim as much as he'd like because it's rainy season and it's an outdoor pool. That'll end though and the swim lessons will pick up.

Friday, September 3, 2010

This weekend

I'm going somewhere in here with about 20 other families and singles from the Embassy.

This lady needs a break from everyday life, so I'm very excited about this.


I wrote this yesterday...I'm busy!

Today I went to the gym at the embassy. I did that last Friday, Sunday, and Monday. I can't go Tuesday and Wednesday because of work, so I was back today. I remembered a running program that my friend's trainer put her on. It. Is. Amazing. I was only on the treadmill for about 20 minutes but I did almost a mile and a half and looked (and probably smelled) like I'd been on for an hour. Here's the program I do, it's not the exact same one she does (her speeds are much higher and I don't know what she does for warm up and cool down).

Warm up: 5 minutes walking, increasing speed every 60 to 90 seconds
Run: 5.5 mph for 30 seconds
Walk: 3.7 mph for 30 seconds
Run: 6.0 mph for 30 seconds
Walk: 3.7 mph for 30 seconds
Run: 6.5 mph for 30 seconds
Walk: 3.7 mph for 30 seconds
Cool down: Walking for approximately five minutes similarly to the warm up with decrese in speed instead of increase

I did the run/walk cycle three times with the second to last walk only being 15 seconds and the last run being a minute, and boy was that a hard minute! I really had to push myself to make it the whole 60 seconds. If you like to run (even if you don't but you like to sweat) I highly suggest this. Adjust it of course to your ability just as I did.

I also did weights. I really like doing weights. John doesn't like very muscular women so I'm keeping the equipment at the lowest resistance possible. I'm just toning I guess. Toning is good - and husband approved! I need some advice on my rear end though! I'm suffering from what many postpartum women call flat butt. Not that I had much of one before Malachi was born, but since the pregnancies, it's gotten really bad. What do you postpartum women do for the flatbutt syndrome?

**Back to today**

I have so many things I can share with y'all. But I have to get ready to leave for the morning. Today on the docket - highlights! I'm not excited about the process - it's boring! Maybe I'll bring my latest book. A National Geographic history of the US from 1492 to the Present (probably 2008). did you know that Pocahontas didn't marry John Smith? I didn't! But she married John Rolfe - and she died of what is assumed was small pox at the young age of approximately 21! Crazy! She was very well received in England too - even the King received her well. I would've thought she would've been an outcast.