Friday, January 30, 2009

Glad we made it through this week....

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Week 3

So I'm already bored with the few digital elements I have on my computer, so I bought a new online kit. I am really liking doing these pages digitally. However, I will be glad when my scrapbook stash arrives. Only one more week till our shipment is here. That is if we can get our visas by then. Sigh...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Chamonix, France (site of first Winter Olympic Games)

Here is the first layout of Sharla's visit here.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Thanks for your prayers

I had a good night last night with no pain. I really felt your prayers sustaining me through it. Dave arrived this afternoon and we went back to the hospital for an evaluation. The contractions have stopped! Yeah! All is well, I am just supposed to take it easy for the next couple of weeks.

People at church were really kind and I had many offers of assistance. It's good to have that network of friends.

We are calling it an early night. Dave has been up for 36 hours straight. It's so good to have him home.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Contracting in the Cold

Sharla has been visiting for this past week while Dave had to travel back to Houston for meetings. We had a fun time touring a few sights in the area, buying furniture, losing parking tickets, falling down, etc. Posts will be coming soon of our exploits...

If I'd only known Dave would call a few hours after her flight departed and say he has been delayed 3 more days, I wouldn't have let her get her on that flight. And I really would have restrained her if I'd have known I'd start having contractions a day later.

Last night about 4am I was awakened by pain. I wasn't sure it was contractions, and I didn't want to go to the hospital and try out my French word for "pain." I waited around a few hours, worried Dave sick with my phone calls, and waited some more. Plus, it was snowing outside.

Being alone here with Maya and the possibility of having a baby without Dave was a little unnerving. I finally decided after 8 hours of unrelenting pain to go to the hospital. I'm glad I did. I learned a few things. First, I WAS having contractions every 2 minutes. Second, the hospital I went to isn't equipped to handle preemie babies (I am about 32 weeks). Third, my doctor is an American who speaks English with NO French accent.

She advised Dave to get on the next flight home (secretly I am thrilled, but sorry he has to come back for this). If I can make it through this night, I pick him up tomorrow, and we go back to the hospital. They want to give me more steroids to strengthen the baby's lungs.

So meanwhile, I am trying to be on "bedrest" with a 2-year-old who isn't quite fond of the idea. Keep me in your prayers, I'll be needing them tonight.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Week 2

Thursday, January 15, 2009

What would you pay for good chocolate?

So Swiss chocolate is world-renowned. There are chocolate shops all over town. I'm sure there is good stuff to be found there, and no doubt I will be exploring them soon.

But, I was so happy when I found this Hershey syrup in the store.

How much will I pay for Hershey syrup from Pennsylvania? Why $8.40 of course! Did you doubt?

PS: Cheddar cheese is also found! If I have to go to France to get it, then I have to go to France!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Going digital.

So, I'm starting a new project in scrapbooking. Inspired by the Becky Higgins KOTM for January, I'm going to try and take a picture a day and keep track of everyday life. This I'm doing for several reasons. First, I think this year is going to be an interesting one I will want documented. Second, I have no scrapbooking stuff to make pages with -- just my beloved Photoshop. Third, I think it will be a faster way to keep up with all the photos I'll be taking this year. Fourth, the kit sold out before I could purchase it. At the end of the year, I'll send all my pages to Shutterfly and have them put together in a nice album.

So, here is my attempt at week 1 of 2009. I realistically don't think I'll take a photo each day, but hopefully I'll take enough to document what life is like here for us in Switzerland.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A 2-year-old with Jet Lag

Fun times. Finally, a little bit of normalcy has returned with an internet connection. Really, what did we do before we could vacation at the world wide web? We have been here in Switzerland a few days. A few slightly painful days. No furniture, no internet, no Texas sunshine. We haven't seen the sun since we've gotten here. It's been very chilly (below freezing each day).

I've been driving like a European already. I have my little VW Golf hatchback. I told Dave this isn't going to be permanent :) Thank you, dad, for teaching me to drive a stick shift. I'll forever be grateful to that little green VW bug teaching me how to back up a hill using the hand brake.

I guess the hardest part right now is sleeping. Pretty much every night we push ourselves until 9 or 10pm, but like clockwork we wake up around midnight not to fall asleep again until 5am. Maya included. Any suggestions? I'm just trying to get us on a normal schedule right now.

Dave has started work. He works next door to the United Nations and can hear the protestors yelling outside expressing their distaste for Israel.

We've had to take out a small loan here to afford groceries. I can hardly bring myself to buy stuff. A girl at work told me I can get groceries cheaper in France, but I haven't ventured the Golf that far yet. Sharla, up for an across-the-border adventure when you get here?

Sad news is that our air shipment has been delayed. It will be at least another week without our stuff. How do you cook a hot dog with one pot? Hmmm.

Enough of the negative aspects though. Next post will be pictures of our house and hopefully some sunshine!