Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The important stuff

To add some variety to these posts I have decided to just let Tracey talk about the baby stuff while I attempt (often unsuccessfully) to be funny. Anyway, every time that we have been to a Disney park there is one ride that seems to be just a little better than the others leading to us going on it over and over. In Disney World I think it was either Everest or the Rockin' Rollercoaster. This time it was definitely Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters. First of all I would like to say I was completely cheated by this ride. I must explain that the ride has a scoreboard on it and it only goes up to 999,999. I reached this score with plenty of time left and thought I had mastered the game and sat back to relax. As you can see below the scoring keeps going and I could have crushed all others. I still was able to get 5th for the day but it is not good enough! I will ask you to ignore Tracey's shameful score but she did have a bad gun.

First Baby Appointment

We had our first appointment today and it went great. Dr. Yamashiro did and ultrasound and we were able to see the baby and the heartbeat. Everything is where it is supposed to be. The baby measured at 8 weeks 5 days which is EXACTLY how far along I am. The heartbeat to 180 and according to Internet rumors, this means the baby is a girl. However, Ben says he only shoots boys so if it's a girl than the baby isn't his. My dad says that means we are having a girl for sure. I even survived having my blood taken, the guy got my vein in one shot. (This NEVER happens.) The doctor also said that I shouldn't get any sicker which is awesome because I haven't been that sick, just a couple of bad days and queasy through the day. Yea baby! Maybe now I can calm down for a few days . . .

Monday, January 28, 2008

Baby on Board

For those of you who haven't heard the news, we are in fact having a baby this year. Yea! My first doctors appointment is tomorrow so we get to see what is cooking. Bracey (Ben + Tracey= Bracey. No we are not REALLY naming the baby Bracey.) is due in September 4th according to our calculations. We are super excited and a bit nervous. I keep thinking that we are going to go in tomorrow and the doctor is going to say, "Despite the results of three pregnancy tests, you are not pregnant. The last nine weeks have been a fluke." Then again, I'm a bit of a worrier.

Some of you may have read a post a couple of weeks ago about the worst/best Christmas present I bought Ben, a Zelda game for his DS. Since the news is out I will now tell you the rest of the story. The first test I took had a second line that was lighter than the first. Ben's response to me showing him the test: "It doesn't look like the picture." after which he IMMEDIATELY started playing Zelda. He maintains that this is because he had known that I was pregnant for a week. I in turn will tell our child, "Daddy was more concerned about beating his game than that Mommy had just told him she was pregnant with you." This will now be my retaliation for anytime Ben brings up that I "tried to ignore him" when we first started dating or how I only gave him Granny kisses for a month.

I realize that many of you will not want to hear about the gory details of pregnancy so I will be sure to put "Baby" somewhere in the title of any posts involving the blessed state. Feel free to skip past them because I'm sure NO ONE wants to talk about the baby as much as I do.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Scarred for life

Tracey and I are just finishing out our trip here at Disneyland with out good friends Sam and Anya, and on this final day Sam's parents were able to come with the two boys (Noah and Isaac) for a day of fun in the warm California su... I mean cool California, please lets hope it does not rain. Well, today I watched Sam and Anya complete the age old ritual: scarring their children for life by dragging them on "scary" rides like Pirates of the Caribbean. The picture below is Sam holding Noah while waiting in line. I think from Noah's expression, Sam holding him may also be to keep him from running away.

They were able to get the boys in the boat with minimal effort. I think going on the storyland boats earlier may have helped. After we get going Noah asks if this is s ride with a waterfall and I am pretty sure Sam did what every dad does and lied. We were doing fine up until the point where we saw the picture below and the first drop off

I think there was some screaming and that was just from Tracey. We finished the ride without further complications and I think if you ask Noah now, it was all his idea and he had to drag his parents on the ride.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Too far...

I am the first to admit that Tracey and I are ridiculous with our obsession with all things Disney. We have been to the Disney parks so much that I pretty much have the parks layouts memorized which is borderline obsessive. Anyway, we are headed to Disneyland next week. Apparently this is the ideal time to go since attendance is at a low so the lines should be pretty short. As a testimonial to my obsessiveness, I went online trying to find out how long the line will be for the Finding Nemo submarines and I came across the most insane web site. There is a program called RideMax where you can enter in the rides you want to go on and it will tell the order and when to go on the rides. The crazy thing is it is not free so there are people out there who are paying like $25 for this thing. To make matters worse I am thinking if it might be worth it... hmmm...

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Simply the best....

Writers strike schmiters strike. I think NBC has proven once and for all that you don't need writers, professional actors, or even an original idea to create a huge hit. I am talking about the greatest thing to hit the airwaves since the Snoop Dogg reality show, American Gladiators. NBC has been able to take a show from the past that everyone secretly liked but pretended was lame and brought it into the 21st century. It is almost exactly like the old show but more "extreme!!!" I was not going to use exclamation points after the word extreme, but I found out that legally I have to use at least 3 when talking about American Gladiators. I am a little disappointed that there is not a gladiator named Laser as there was in the old show, but the new men are definitely less gay than the old ones (except for this guy).

On the non-television front, things are going great for Tracey and I with the exception of one thing, our calling as primary teachers. I do not want to sound like we do not fully enjoy our calling. The kids are great and it is always fun to give them a hard time and to hear their hilarious comments. A perfect example was Josh trying to guess Tracey's middle name. he knew it started with an A so he guessed Autobot, I think Tracey really wished her middle name was Autobot after hearing it. The issue comes from the age difference in the kids. Our class has kids in kindergarten and kids in 3rd grade. It is near impossible to prepare a good lesson that does not leave one of the groups bored or not understanding. Hopefully this problem will resolve itself but I am not holding my breath