Saturday, November 22, 2008

It's a GIRL!

Ok, well - as you can (or cannot?) see - I'm having a girl! {which i'm sure the whole universe knows by now...} I had an appointment on Thursday and found out I didn't have a sonogram scheduled until my next appointment, but I got out my puppy eyes and talked them into doing it on that day instead! :D As soon as the picture came up on the big screen, Burin and I both saw it at the same time, but I was speechless and was waiting for someone to confirm that it was a girl! We are too excited though, and I can't wait to start shopping for shoes and clothes! She seems to be healthy though and is still kicking and dancing up a storm with these feet of hers, and I'm loving every minute of it.

In other pregnancy news, I have now invested in Zantac and Tums, and it's becoming increasingly harder and harder to bend over to put socks and shoes on and to get in and out of the Pilot. And some days I feel like I'm already waddling (I'm 'only' 24 weeks, y'all). I will work on an updated belly shot soon!

Last but not least, I'm back home for good now, and have been for a couple of weeks! Burin flew back out to CA today to pack up the rest of our stuff, and he and his friend will be driving back here over Thanksgiving. :)

PS - no names yet. We're working on it! If you have any ideas, throw them our way. Unless you're S&D and can only come up with names like Bessie and Bertha and Brangelina. :P

Monday, November 3, 2008

Remembering Mr. Perkins

Some of my earliest memories about Amanda's dad, Mike, involve him sitting at his work bench, working on some false teeth in his lab at their home, wearing those headset magnifier glasses, and going out on the boat those few summers. We'd stop at the gas station to fill up and get some potato chips and drinks, and head to the reservoir. It was there that I first attempted water skiing. He would eventually trade in his boat and his little truck for a convertible Mustang, and several years later, he would trade in his dental lab for an 18-wheeler and the open roads of the United States.

He was an avid Pearl "Pirate" Band groupie parent, and rarely missed a football game or band competition.

He was a pretty cool, laid-back, funny, easygoing man. A man whose 'vices' were Waffle House, Marlboros, and Necco candy wafers.

This is the last time I saw him. October 31, 2006, at Amanda's wedding.

He passed away last night, and he will be missed.

Please keep Amanda and her family in your thoughts and/or prayers.