Saturday, September 27, 2008

It's a ...

"She knows the gender already?" you're thinking. I'm 14 weeks along and usually the ultrasound picture isn't clear enough to tell gender until 20 weeks. There is a new genetic test that samples your blood. I guess that if you're having a boy, some of his DNA gets mixed up with your blood and the presence of a Y chromosome is apparent. No Y, then it's a girl. The test is 99% accurate, much more so than that of an ultrasound. The test was available to me (and free) so I decided to do it. And, drumroll please, there is in fact a Y chromosome presence in my blood, and the only way it could have gotten there is if there is a little boy in me.

Say "Peaches!"

We took Maya in for her 2-year pictures. I'm surprised the photographer captured these shots, because Maya definitely wasn't on her best behavior. But we did get some cute ones.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

What's 2 with you?

We officially have a 2-year-old (though she's been acting like one for some time now). We had a few friends over for cupcakes and ice cream. Maya decided that she really didn't want either, just fruit snacks, please.

Despite getting her shots today and her mom dragging her all over town on errands, she had a pretty good day. We've got quite the little left-brained child developing. She counts practically everything, first in Spanish, then English. She lines up her crayons instead of coloring with them. She is quite the Backyardigans fan, and sings every song they've ever created. Despite her quirks, we love her to pieces. Happy Birthday, Sugar Bear.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me!

We have electricity!

That truly was all I wanted for my birthday. Blessed AC!

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Yes, we are alive and fine. Hurricane Ike roared through Houston, but left us in pretty good shape -- minus some power. It's been a week now since we've been without power, and the latest report is that our area sustained "extensive damage" to the grid, so we aren't expected to have power until Thursday of next week. Ice remains a hot commodity. Fortunately for us, Dave is now back to work, and can get some frozen while he works. Beats standing in the ice line. Still, the thought of five more days entertaining Maya with no power doesn't sound fun.

I'll attach some pictures I took. Click on any of them to enlarge to see detail. Not as dramatic as those you see on the news, but these are some from our neighborhood.

Our house fared really well. The only evidence anything happened was the tree out front leaned way over. The wind howled really loud all night, but we were thankful Maya slept through the whole thing, even if we didn't.

Saturday morning we walked down to Buffalo Bayou. It was still raining a bit, but the wind had calmed way down. It's hard to describe what the picture is, but pretty much the "river" is actually Allen Parkway. It's the road Dave takes to work. It was about 30 feet underwater, flooded from the storm surge, not really from any amount of rain we got. It took them about 5 days to get the water cleaned out of it. Funny thing, when they did, there was a Land Rover underneath it all.

A view of Buffalo Bayou with downtown in the background. You can see it overflowed its banks onto the road.

No, we didn't find this in the floodwaters. Dave and I decided since we know our power won't be back all weekend, and that the temperatures are supposed to rise, to come to Sea World San Antonio for the weekend. Thus, I am plugged for a few precious days.

Thanks for all your prayers and concern on our behalf. We'll leave you with a parting shot from Shamu.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Well, the latest storm track has Hurricane Ike coming our way. We are going to hunker down here. We are not part of the evacuation going on here (thank goodness). That is for coastal areas and low-lying areas. We are fortunate not to live in a flood plain.

I went to the grocery store (mistake) and had to park at the bank across the street. Of course no water or ice or batteries. The checkout lines were half the length of the store. I was glad I had those kind of things already. So I got my Miracle Whip and left. Gas stations are even worse. People are blocking traffic waiting in line for the pump. Once again, glad I filled up last night.

You'd never know a storm was coming. It's been a sunshiney (I know that's not really a word) day. Not a breeze and 98 degrees.

Mostly we are expecting to lose power (ahh, the AC!!). With Dave being Elders Quorum President, and me being Relief Society President puts a little more responsibility on us for the people in our ward, many of whom do live in the flood plains. We are already receiving instructions from the Stake President on relief efforts.

So, now we wait.