Saturday, February 28, 2009

We're Back!

Sorry for the long hiatus from the blog-world. We drop two big announcements and then are struck down with sicknesses for all three of us - 2 rounds each! - plus some in-town visitors and Link and I going to visit my parents. But we are BACK and feeling well (for now...don't jinx it!) so here is a little update.

Yes, we are expecting our second child in early August! I am 18 weeks along and feeling great. We did plan on having an "international baby" - which seemed like a fun idea at the time, but some days I think we are out of our minds for doing this!! I am just hoping for another good pregnancy and decent healthcare in England. People there have babies all the time and survive, right?! Lincoln is really cute when you ask him where the baby is - he points to my tummy and says "Baby!" I'm sure he has no idea what that means (and what it will mean for his status of only-child-beloved) but it is cute to see that he at least understands a little bit of what's going on.

Link and I visited my parents in Kansas City last week and had a great time. One of the highlights was seeing "The Cat in the Hat" at the PBK. Link is not one for stranger anxiety, but I wasn't sure how he would react to a dressed up person in a cat suit. Well...he LOVED him! He would not stop hugging and smiling at the Cat. When we left he cried and kept saying "Cat! Cat!" A week later we went back to the store and as soon as we pulled up Link said "Cat?!" - he remembered his good friend the Cat in the Hat.

Another real gem in KC was this great restaurant, Fritz's. It is train-themed (a perfect winner for Link) and has model trains running throughout the restaurant. But the BEST part is that little trains on a track overhead carry trays of food and then drop them on a platform that lowers to the appropriate table. How cool is that?!! Lincoln was in awe the whole time and loved watching all the trains.

The platform lowering our food to the table:

Ryan had to stay home and work while we were off having a good time. :( But he just got his new Kindle 2 (backordered birthday gift) and is having fun with that.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Ready for Spring!

After our too-brief taste of "warm" weather yesterday (translation for all our loved ones in CA enjoying 70+ degree weather this winter - "warm" means just above freezing. There is still snow on the ground and you still have to wear a coat, you just don't immediately freeze when you walk outside!) we are definitely looking forward to Spring! Here are a few reasons why:

Warm weather! Need I say more?! It's snowing AGAIN today - agggghh! 45 degrees seriously felt like 75 degrees - it was so wonderful! Oh, to not have to scrape snow off the car or walk around wearing a jacket that resembles a sleeping bag!

Moving to Brighton, England! We will be going to England for 8 months starting in April for Ryan's next job rotation with AmEx. We are very excited for this new opportunity and look forward to many new adventures in England and traveling in Europe!

Finding out if our new baby will be a boy or a girl!
Lincoln sports his enthusiasm about being a big brother: