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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

39 Weeks (Tomorrow)

Your pregnancy: 39 weeks


How your baby's growing:

Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

See what your baby looks like this week.

We had another appointment today. Zach really hasn't gotten any lower. I'm dilated to a 1/2 cm (only because she stretched me a little). I begged her for some help...so she scheduled an induction day just in case I don't start laboring soon. So, my "D" day is June 4 @ 10am. I'm still really hoping to go into natural labor, but having a day to look forward to really helps my spirits. Thanks for all your well wishes...we really appreciate them! Smiles to you all!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Come on and hit me with your best shot....

Alright blogger buddies...I'm ready for some new ideas. I know you all have your pregger stories so I want to hear 'em. And...if you feel so inclined, I want your ideas of how to get the ball rolling. I'm ready....ohhhhhhh so ready to try something new. Let me hear them! ...fire away!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Mom, is Zach here yet?


Mom, is Zach here yet?, originally uploaded by sjlloyd01.

Nope.

Opa's Birthday

Going for our WALK!

Happy Early Birthday Opa! Yum...Funfetti Cake!

The sLiDe @ the pArK....wHeEeEeeeee!
jAcKsoN...our sweet NEPHEW...2 months old

Happy Memorial Day!  Thinking of all those who make sacrifices to keep this beautiful family safe eVeRy dAy! With extra gratitude today. Thank you.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Come on Baby...It's GO Time.


It's our second try now at attempting to "jump start" this delivery. The weather was beautiful today and we thought today would be an AMAZING day to have a baby. Steve even likes the idea of a birthday on 5-25 because they are multiples. (He's such a math person!) So we headed down to town AGAIN for another trip to the mall. We brought the stroller this time so we could walk a little "faster." Of course, along the way, we thought Butter Pecan gelato would also be a great inducer. I'll let you know if it works! ;)

We found this really amazing CANDY store called Powell's. I was so upset I didn't have my camera to take lots of pics. It was amazing inside. Thankfully, Steve had his phone w/ camera on it so we didn't lose the entire experience.
Yum. Yes, I DRANK the part that had melted. It was $2.99 for a small! I wanted my money's worth. :)

So far though, I feel nothing. No contractions. Nothing...well maybe a little gas.

Zach Body Cast

This post is for Aunt Karen!
When I was pregnant with Macy, Aunt Karen bought the "Proud Body" cast for us to keep the memory of my belly for-ev-er! We had to do the same for Zach, and by this time, we were professionals. For your viewing pleasure, we blocked out my business so you don't have TMI. You're welcome. :)


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

38 weeks on Thursday


I'm ready. Just in case you were wondering. I'm so ready. I would take a picture of my ankles, but I don't want anyone grossed out. ;)
UPDATE: just got back from the Dr. I'm not dialated at ALL. Grrr. 50% effaced. He's at a -1 station. Guess my prediction of the FULL moon was FULL of crap. Gonna go rest now and throw myself a pity party.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

My Husband, My Hero

For those of you who don't know Steve very well, you have to understand one very important thing first...I stole him from the city. Born and raised a "flatlander" I kidnapped him and made him move to the mountains. (He was willing, really, but had no idea what he was in for.)

Steve has worked very hard to provide me with every crazy dream I have ever wanted. We first moved to Auberry after 8 months of marriage into a 450 sq. foot fixer-upper. We have survived a home building project, landscape nightmares, and many other things that would take me hours to tell.


We have loving named Steve, Old MacDonald as he has undertaken a regular old farm life atmosphere. Steve does all the landscaping maintenance and at this point in my pregnancy takes care of all the animals we have.


We used to have 6 llamas (until a neighborhood pack of dogs decided to chew on two of them and we got rid of them shortly thereafter.) We currently have 4 goats (Mala, Stella, Cocoa, and Nanny), 5 chickens (Greta, Harriett, Clarabell, Martha, and Daisy) and a Golden Lab (who is as big as a horse) named Blitz.

The reason for my blog today is to thank my husband publicly for his many hours of tending to our dreams. He isn't a man of a lot of words, and he isn't a big complainer. But the last two days for him have been shall we say, a little over-the-edge.

Last night, he had to bury our old goat, Mr. Miyagi. We know he was very old, and we are pretty certain the heat got to him (not to mention that big growth thing he had on his side...).

Today, as I was out watering in the cool of the evening, I had that "moment of freeze panic" as I spotted what appeared to be an alligator lizard. Upon closer examination, we realized we had a baby rattlesnake on our hands. Approx. 3 feet from where Macy and I were watering. Can anyone say scary? This is not good, considering that I have recurring nightmares about snakes. Just what my over-active imagination needs. Great. However, Steve whomped on that sucker. Dead. Praise Jesus.

So Steve, THANK YOU. I love you so much and am so thankful for the way you protect and defend your family. Muah! -J

'Da Weekend Wrap-up

Olive Garden with Steve's Family from CanadaWalking the mall, trying to get myself ready for labor.

Ridem' Cowboy. Totally worth the 50 cents.
Devouring Indian Tacos at the Pow Wow.

So many beautiful costumes.

Busy weekend. My ankles are swollen. Enough said.
Baby Zach isn't due until June 5. Can I make it that long?

Friday, May 16, 2008

Macy's Blank Canvas...

Warning: Daddy Hijack!

Okay, just testing things out as I have some pictures and video I've shot with my Treo over the past year or so. Getting ready for possibly snapping some pics of Zachary once he's born for quick posting to the blog, so we'll see how it goes. In the meantime, feel free to enjoy. Here's a video of Macy getting her ears pierced (yes, this was her first ear, and yes, her second ear was pierced right after, but no video! What a trooper!

WARNING: Do NOT show to your child if you are planning to take them to get their ears pierced. I had the pleasure of showing Macy several videos of kids getting their ears pierced where it looked like nothing happened in order to mentally prepare her for this day.



I think the pain lasted about 5 minutes or so, but after that she was fine...until we had to clean them (I'll let Joni tell that story). Anyways, here's a quick close up of the bling-bling earring:


Macy went to Chuck-E-Cheese for the first time for a birthday party for one of her friends, so I snapped a quick pic of her with the 'fake' Chucky...you can see how at ease she is with the fake Chuck, making a move on him with her right arm sliding behind him as she drives.


Cool shot of Macy and her cousin Jackson...first time she got to hold him! Showered him with lots of kisses, and good prep for when Zachary is born:

Snapped this one at an anniversary party out on a ranch...Macy enjoyed playing on the hay bull:


That's all I have for now - hijack over!

PS. Was originally going to post this, but figured I better make it about Macy first ;)...


Thursday, May 15, 2008

her JOY makes me SMILE






Today we set up Summer Ducky. I loved hearing Macy squeal in delight just because of some ducky squirting water.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Speaking of messes....

Thanks Emily for your fun recipe! We finally made them. It's the first time I've ever used a candy thermometer and I have to say we were decently successful. We only had one casualty. Macy has a fatty blister on her pointer finger. I told her, "That's hot..don't touch..." but remember, she's almost 3, so DON'T really means GO FOR IT in her language. She had that total delayed reaction as it was searing her skin. All of a sudden she realized, mom was actually RIGHT. We are enjoying licking the lollies as I type! Yum!


Using the candy thermometer. There's a first time for everything!
Waiting for it to reach 305 degress takes some patience. Rough.

We didn't have lolli sticks, so we used the ones for popsicle sticks instead.

Forgot to turn before I imported, sorry. But here's the ouch finger. Notice that she is still a princess through it all. I'm ready for her to pretend to be something else sometime soon. Princess' aren't my thing.

Masterpiece. So pretty and delicious. Can't wait to make again and try some new designs.

*here's emily's recipe*

Emily's free-form rainbow lollies

2 cups of sugar
2/3 cup of corn syrup
2/3 cup of water
1/2 t orange extract (we used lemon...yum!)
food coloring (red, yellow, and blue)

Lightly spray a cookie sheet with pam, or lightly oil. Place lollipop sticks in rows leaving 2 inches of space in between.

Combine sugar, syrup, and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Without stirring, cook until mixture reaches 305 degrees. Set up an ice bath in the sink. When the mixture is done, dip the bottom of the saucepan into the ice bath for 10 seconds to stop cooking process. Stir in extract. Divide sugar mixture into 3 separate bowls. Color one bowl with the red food coloring, one with the yellow, and one with the blue.

Spoon the mixture over the lollipop sticks, creating free form designs by mixing colors. Let harden and enjoy.

How to make the biggest mess



We have perfected mess-making in our family. Nothing is off limits. (Well, at least in the mind of Macy.) While I was outside today finishing planting tomatoes and peppers, Macy decided it was high time to get to work on "mess making." I had every intention of taking pictures of my pretty new garden plants, but instead, took pictures of her version of "keeping herself busy."

Here's some simple instructions on how to make the biggest mess.

1. Start while your mother isn't looking.
2. Involve as much dirt and water as possible.
3. Make sure you get as much of your body into the mess as possible.
4. Smile throughout the process so it's really hard for your mom to get mad at you.
5. Be willing to get hosed off at the end.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

hAppY mOtHer'S dAy!



This is how my day started. I awoke to the aroma of yummy pancakes topped with fruit, syrup, and powdered sugar. Go chef Lloyd. What a good hubby.


After church we went to celebrate at Aunt Jamey and Uncle Ron's house for lunch. Macy had WAY too much fun running around Auntie's beautiful garden. She even got to eat strawberries right off the vine! Lucky.

What a beautiful day. Macy, thanks for making me a mommy.

Very rarely...

Very rarely am I often right about song lyrics. My husband enjoys a frequent laugh at how often I misquote songs. It has become a regular comedy routine in many of our car trips together. HOWEVER. Today was different. You know the song, "Blinded by the Light" originally performed by Bruce Springsteen. I'm singing along to the words, and I start laughing to myself.

Me: Ha ha...you'll never believe what I've always thought the words were in this song. (I start busting out the lyrics right along with the radio..."Blinded by the light...WRAPPED UP LIKE A DOUCHE".)

Hubby: Whhhhat?

Me: Yeah, just listen...don't you totally hear, "Wrapped up like a douche?"

Hubby:(Listens for the chorus again...) No way, it says "Wrapped up like she knew."

(We listen intently together during the next chorus)

Me: Nope, sorry...all I hear is "Wrapped up like a douche."

So, we get home and I beg my husband to look online to get the lyrics so my mind can rest easy. I'm pretty certain that I am wrong, but non-the-less, I need to know the truth.

Here's the story on the lyrics:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blinded_by_the_Light

The version we heard...not by Springsteen, but by Manfred Mann. BOOO-YAH baby...score one for the preggers!!

Watch it for yourself!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6AFCJ1dLdg

Friday, May 9, 2008

Mamma Lloyd's Cinnamon Rolls


2. Get all your goods ready for assembly.

3. Douse those babies with the sugar mix.

4. Ready for the oven!

Here is the actual recipe:

1/2 stick butter
1 c. brown sugar/1 tsp cinnamon (i mix in 1/4 c of white sugar and 3/4 c. of brown sugar instead)
20-30 buttermilk biscuits from tube
2-3 Granny Smith apples

Melt the butter in a separate container.
Mix sugars together in their own bowl.
Dip biscuits in butter and then into the sugar mix bowl.
Place thin slice of apple between each biscuit.

Bake @ 350 for approx. 20 mins. or until puffed up and browned.
Drizzle with icing if desired.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

tHanKs mEg!


I am officially obsessed with Meg's blog. I think her home is straight out of a magazine and that she makes everyday things look like fun. A few weeks ago I found her blog, and she had just posted about a yummy meal that her entire family enjoys. It looked easy enough...so we tried it! This is the second time I've made it and decided that I would post a picture of how mine turned out. I paired my stuffed shells with carmelized zuchinni, and braided garlic bread. There was rave reviews at our dinner table, again. So thanks Meg, for inspiring me!