The Boat, The Family, and The Achy Belly

Riding the river in our (new to us) boat.  Yay!
  We did finally get to take the boat we bought two weeks ago out on the water this afternoon.  Everything worked perfectly, and it was really exciting for the boys, well for all of us.
  I was feeling so much better for most of the day.  I taught my Sunday School class, etc. etc. with no problems.  But after going out on the boat and then putting Daniel to bed, the good feelings were gone.  Something just doesn’t feel right in the lower abdominal and also right hip region.  It seems like I’ve just pulled or strained some muscles or something, just trying to do my job with a big giant belly.  I’m going to take it super easy tomorrow, and hopefully I’ll feel better by Tuesday.
  I hate admitting it, but at this point I’m really too big to live as normally as I’d like.  Carrying around a chubby 2-year-old is just not easy anymore.  
  We also found out that my dad is now in the hospital.  So ya’ll add him to your prayer list too.  I know my dad’s health isn’t as good as it used to be, but it always takes me by surprise and scares me a bit when one of our family members is in the hospital.  You know?
And here are numerous pictures of our family, taking the boat out for the first time.  This was a good time, everyone was excited, and the pregnant lady was not having any issues, always a plus!
At first, Joshua wasn’t so sure about this whole boat thing.  He was very anxious about it all, but by the end he had eased up.

This is Joshua’s anxious fake smile, still at the beginning of the trip.

We had an awesome boat captain, named Daddy.  : )

Caleb, in true Caleb form, was as cool as a cucumber.  He had to test out every seat in the boat, poke his head into every corner, and even try his hand at driving.

There were moments when I caught Daniel with a large, genuine smile on his face.  He loved it.  He hated the life vest, but of course that is a must.  With Daniel it is best to move the boat fast, so you don’t have to fight him to make him sit down.  When the boat moves slowly, he wants to stand up and look around–that did drive me a little crazy!

Caleb said, “This is kind of fun,” as he let the wind smack him in the face.  I was always like that too.  Bring on the wind.  As you can see, Caleb has lost yet another tooth, and his front two permanent teeth are now in place.

Does he look a little seasick to you?

Yep, that would be the 5 year old driving!

Alan bought me this drink for the boat ride at Walmart.  Yum!  It was delicious.

  6 weeks of pregnancy left to go, and I already want to lay down and quit life for a while.  That’s not good, is it? I wonder when the normal time is to feel like not doing anything anymore?  I still have energy.  That’s not the problem.  It’s this bowling ball belly and the low riding infant inside it.  Things are just not the same now.  Weah, weah, weah, sorry guys!  I’ll try my best to suck it up and drive on, and if I didn’t have this 30 pound, while adorable, sidekick, I think I could still be very actively involved in my community. But Daniel is a handful to carry, chase, potty train, keep out of trouble etc. with this belly!  He needs to just stay in our semi- baby proofed house for a while.  Out in public I have to work much harder to keep him from mischief, and you know, mostly from bothering other people!
In other news…..
–Alan is really enjoying his new job, and that makes us both so happy.  It’s always best for your spouse to be happy.  You really do become one when you marry!  “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”, sure, but also I’d like to add that a dissatisfied daddy is a downer as well.  His stress is my stress, you know?  Sure, his new job has it’s share of stress, but when it’s a job you enjoy you can handle that.  I like seeing him happy with work.
–Caleb only has one more soccer game, and his current swimming session is done, so life is about to get a little less busy.  Hurray!!!
–Joshua still has a month of baseball left.  His fielding has greatly improved, but he goofs off when he’s at bat, and I’m really not sure why he does that.  Will I ever fully understand these boys?  Probably not.
  We hope everyone has a good week, and we will be praying for all our family members going through hard times.  The list keeps growing.    : (  
  I’ve always said, “Life is just a series of problems to solve.”  I’m glad we have a God who cares, that we can call on during times like these. 
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD. “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8


  • Anonymous

    Hate to hear about Terry in the hospital. Hope he gets straightened out fast and can get home. Loved the boat pictures. Yea, Daniel did look sort of how I feel these days-light green… Glad he didn't get sick though. Glad you all enjoyed it. Looked like fun.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, April, one more thing. Make Daniel walk! He needs to get use to that and your back needs to be okay for the new baby! Take care. Love, Nonna

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