Wednesday, June 18, 2008

it's a beaUtiful day

says Scotty, 20 times every day since the rain stopped. We were lucky to be up on a big hill, live on the second story of our apartment complex, and to not own property during the floods. Aside from our favorite walking trails being closed, gobs of road closures, and more-plentiful-than-normal mosquitoes, we were untouched by the floods. We’re sad for the Iowans who lost much if not all of their material possessions. What a year! Terrible winter, worse Spring…I wonder what summer will bring? We joined the droves of Des Moiners who went river watching (no, there’s not much to do here) and took some pics. This is downtown; the police department is the large building to the left. This is a sad house south of Grand Avenue, where we live. Hopefully the river didn't rise farther than what we saw. See the mailbox in front?

This is Fleur Drive, a main drag in town, and the way to the airport.

Here's the railroad. A friend of ours is still stranded (but not too sad about it, right Lynda?) because Amtrak won't travel in Iowa.

There are TONS of tractors around town moving sand and sandbags. Scott is having a blast spotting them.
Jeremy is starting his third week of rotations and is really enjoying having more responsibility. He’s happy he made the decision to stay at Broadlawns in Des Moines for June and July. I am too. We’ve had a great time this spring, and it was nice to let James have a mellow beginning to life. Before Jer started the rotation, we celebrated the end of his carefree life with an “in town” vacation our friends told us they do: instead of traveling, spend the money you’d spend on gas and hotels on stuff you deprive yourself of at home! So we went to a bunch of movies and ate out quite a bit. We had a blast. One of our favorite movies was Kung Fu Panda. Highly recommended. It didn't take Scott long to decide which animal he wanted to ride on the carousel:

One day at the park, Scotty yelled, "Daddy, I'm an X!"

My favorite outings were the zoo and flying kites. I think I loved the zoo so much because I was on James duty. (haha!) Scotty was (as always) quite moody, but we still had lots of fun. This (below) is my least favorite part of the zoo. These things always make me gag -- literally. Scotty loved feeding them.

We witnessed what I think must have been the most traumatic moment of his life to this point at the zoo: we walked up to the train just as it was pulling away from the station. I’ve never seen anyone stop in their tracks so fast and crumble so completely as Scotty did in that moment! Poor little guy. The 15 minutes til the next train left were very long to say the least.

Sweaty mom. (Not excited about the coming humid summer.)

The best part of the zoo was the elephant show. They were amazing! I had no idea elephants could be so agile. I missed the photo op when the mom was doing this pose. She looked ridiculous. And I was impressed by the level of trust the trainers showed those mammoth things.

James is plumping out and is starting to keep his eyes open for probably 2 hours every day instead of one. I’m not exaggerating. He’s one sleepy guy. We feel spoiled. If he weren’t gaining weight like a little piggy I’d be worried. His eyes are focusing well now and we got our first smiles. We’re anxious to get to know his little personality!

Scotty is proving to be a very good big brother: anytime James fusses in the slightest, he runs to the him and pops his binky in his mouth. If he hears other babies fuss, he’ll yell “Oh no, my baby!” And he always includes “baby James” in discussions about our family. We walked into the room the other day where Scotty was and he yelled, “one two three friends!” I think he’s enjoying being a family of four. One of his latest favorite games is to point out when things are "mommy sized," or "daddy sized," "Scotty sized," and now "baby James sized." Here are the four of us in Wedgit form. He's pointing to mommy.

Quotable Scotty quotes:

To mom, as she’s running to fetch the crashed kite: “Get it, girl!”

To mom, interrupting a lecture on not climbing the furniture, “Mom, can you be happy?”

To dad, with 3 paring knives, an asian pear, and a cutting board in hand, "I'm hungry!" (eek!)


Leanne said...

I always love reading your blog entries. You have the best stories and you express yourself so well. I love all of Scotty's funny little stories and quotes too. What a charming little guy! Good flood pictures too! I wanted to get out there and sight-see but didn't get a chance. I'll have to show off your pictures since I didn't get any :)

Kristy said...

We were gald to hear that you did not float down the river!! It looks like you are enjoying you last little bit of time in Des Moines. We can't wait to see you all again and to meet little James!!

Bishop Family said...

Wow those pictures are crazy! I've been wondering what the damage was in the Des Moines area so thanks for the pictures. It looks like you guys have been having a great time. Scotty is such a funny guy. I can't believe James is still sleeping so much, enjoy it.

SaraH G said...

LOVE your letter. You combine pictures and words so well.
Wow, what flooding - i am glad you were spared. In-town vacations are nice :) Cute panda ride ;)
I'm glad rotation life is off to a good start for Jer and you guys.
You look GREAT, by the way. and James... love the smile in his sleep - looks just like one of you guys too. awww! And Scotty... those are some great quotes :)

Allison said...

I love the blog Jennie!! I can't believe how funny scotty is! I wish my kids were that funny...actually, I just wish I could understand my kids!! :) Where the heck on Grand is that poor house? Crazy!

Yorgasons said...

CUTE CUTE CUTE!!! I am so glad that you guys are safe!! I can't believe how bad things are in Iowa!! Scotty looks like he is having so much fun!! I hope things keep going well!!

Josh & Courtney said...

get it girl! I will be laughing for hours! You need to stop by sometime before you leave dsm, we are still here, just hidingin the burbs! Ha! cute kids!

Kellie said...

I'm so glad all is well for you, Jennie. Your family is beautiful. So sad for the flooding and damage. I've certainly been praying for all who've been affected.

the cooks said...

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