Friday, October 31, 2014

Shark Bait Ohh Ha Ha-lloween 2014

What a busy day it's been! I volunteered for the Halloween Committee this year at school (yep, right up my alley) and we worked until the very last minute to make sure the kids had a spooktacular time! We organized spooky stations for the elementary kiddos and it was a blast! I helped manage the stations all morning and loved watching them get so into the games. Here are a few pictures from Kurt's 5th grade class. 

Teachers at our school take Halloween pretty seriously and teams usually dress in a theme. I think the teachers out did themselves this year and had amazing costumes. Take a look at some of genius ideas here. I love that even though we live in China, we're able to make our own holiday traditions and memories. It's really easy to feel homesick this time of year, especially when I scroll through endless Facebook photos of pumpkin patches, fall foliage, apple picking, etc. I love keeping our traditions alive here in China, even if that includes decking out our apartment in Halloween decorations and having pumpkin candles lit 24/7 to pretend it's "fall" outside when it's really 80 degrees and humid. 

Team Costume: Idioms
(raining cats & dogs, bun in the oven, and we have a teammate who was out sick and going to be butterflies in your stomach)

After school, there was a little teacher-family party to celebrate Halloween. We went as a lifeguard, shark, and injured surfer.  I couldn't stop giggling at Sawyer. For a while, he even waddled around saying, "Rahhh!!!" This kid always melts my heart.

Cue the Jaws theme song.

And... I couldn't get the "Shark Bait...Ohh Ha Ha" out of my head either.

We had a wonderful and busy Halloween and cannot wait to celebrate next year as a family of four. I'm already scheming costume ideas. 
Now it's time to kick back, light some fall candles, and watch Hocus Pocus! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

13 Weeks

Here's to week 13! The doctor estimated me a week back from my original due date based on the baby's size. We had a busy weekend with running to Hong Kong for our doctor's appointment, but it was kind of nice because Kurt and I left Sawyer at home with our ayi, so it was like a "date." Before our appointment, we ate at this yummy restaurant nearby our doctor's office that makes awesome toasties and I'm always looking forward to some good food. 

Sawyer photobombed me

Gender: We had a doctor's appointment this weekend... and she made her gender prediction. We'll just have to wait and see if baby Callahan is a she or he ;) 

Weight gain: 52.7 kgs, so about 116 lbs (no weight gain yet) although I feel like I've gained weight in my stomach!

Maternity clothes: Still wearing looser fitting clothes, mostly leggings, or maxi dresses to work

Stretch marks: nothing yet

Belly button in or out: starts off in, but starts to poke out mid day

Sleep: Pretty good, can't complain. I do wake up at least one time a night to pee, but I'm able to drift right back to sleep.

Best moment this week: Watching our little one dance around on the ultrasound and "wave" at us. 

Worst moment this week: I don't know that I had one... which is great! :)
Miss anything: Being able to bike at a normal pace and up hills for that matter. Today I was biking groceries home, and had to stop halfway up the hill and walk my bike... I felt pretty pathetic.

Movement: Nothing, I'm starting to think what I felt in Thailand was not the baby. 

Cravings: Eggs, bagels, fruit (grapes, blueberries, I wish strawberries were in season in China right now!) 

Queasy or sick: Nope... I'm really hoping we're over that stage now :)  

Looking forward to: Halloween festivities coming up, oh and a few packages coming from the states via my mom and this super cute Halloween sweatshirt that I couldn't resist ordering. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thailand Part 2: Bangkok

For the second half our trip to Thailand, we headed to Bangkok. Kurt and I had a tech. conference at an International school there. While we were there, we were able to explore temples, cruise via river taxis, wander about, and go to a floating market... all in just a few days. I am pretty impressed that we were able to do so much with a toddler in tow! 

We've been to our fair share of temples, but The Temple of Dawn was incredible because it is decorated with bits and pieces of Chinese porcelain that glimmers in the sunshine.  The temple was originally built in 1768 and then a King expanded it in the 1800's (that's when the porcelain details were added).  Getting there was an adventure because literally 1 minute before we boarded the ferry to cross the river, it started down pouring. The torrential (I'm really not being that dramatic) lasted about 25 minutes. As soon as it let up, we jumped on the ferry and just our luck, it started raining again! At least the ride was just across the river. The rain actually ended up benefiting us since there were barely any tourists when we arrived.

Spicy Thai Beef Salad

Lunch on the river (view of the temple) *I spy Lennon's leg

River taxi

I'm so glad we ended up going to the Amphawa floating market. We were a bit skeptical since it was at least a two hour drive outside of Bangkok, which is a long ride with a wiggly baby who's not in a carseat. We made the trek to the floating market on our last day in Bangkok and it was so worth it. I loved that it was authentic (we only saw a handful of foreigners), not a tourist trap. We did a 45 minute river cruise and saw restaurants, shops, home stays, and houses, along the river. 

Sawyer was a little celebrity when we strolled around the market (I'm assuming it's the blonde hair and blue eyes) as many people stopped to smile and wave at him, or simply just to stare. Everyone we've come across in Thailand is so incredibly sweet and kind to Sawyer. 

I would love to go to this market at nighttime because fireflies are supposed to light up the trees like Christmas sounds so magical! 

           Below is a little video I made of our travels to Thailand:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

12 Weeks

Gender: I'm 50% sure it's a boy ;) I had an ultrasound here in China to check on the little bean earlier this week and the doctor said, if he had to take a guess, he'd say girl...but it's really too early to be sure! I have an appointment next Saturday in Hong Kong, so hoping my doctor can tell because the suspense is killing me! 

Weight gain: I weighed myself in Thailand and I was 52 kgs or about 115 lbs, so same as last time.

Maternity clothes: Not so much, just wearing looser shirts or dresses since I'm still in the "pudgy" phase where people can't tell if I've eaten too much or if I'm pregnant. 

Stretch marks: Nada

Belly button in or out: Starts to poke out mid-day, so annoying!

Sleep: Better! I've been sleeping through the nights blissfully for now, so hopefully it continues.

Best moment this week: Seeing this little one stretch around and kick on the ultrasound. The doctor was so patient and took his time. I felt like I really got to "bond" with the baby.

Worst moment this week: Being pretty sick on Monday with some bug/food poisoning, I did not get out of bed all day. 
Miss anything: Beer and tropical alcoholic drinks... I was jealous of all of the drinks on vacation! 

Movement: I THINK I felt mini- movements a few nights in a row while laying in bed. 

Cravings: Chicken salads, chocolate, oranges, I'm drawn the the sweet and sour foods and treats this pregnancy.

Queasy or sick: Not as much. I did get a bit car sick in Thailand but the past week, I've really started to feel a lot better and am happily drinking iced coffee again...hooray!  

Looking forward to: A lazy weekend. Even though we just got back from a trip, I feel exhausted and would really love to relax and watch some spooky movies this weekend.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Thailand Part 1: Ko Lanta

We have just arrived back in China after a ten blissful days in sunny Thailand.
The first four days of our journey started out in Ko Lanta (an island) at a small eco resort on the beach. To say it was relaxing would be an understatement. 

Our mini villa was right outside the pool, so it was perfect when it was Sawyer's nap time because we could just leave him to snooze while we swam or hung out by the pool. We traveled with our friends Kristin and Frank from school and their sweet baby, Lennon. My dear friend Emily and her super cool (yes that is how I'm describing you) fiance, Shawn flew all the way from Wisconsin to explore Thailand with us. I've been friends with Emily since 4th grade and felt so blessed to be able to make special memories with her on this trip. 

My favorite part of Ko Lanta was when we rented a tuk-tuk and Kurt drove us around the island. We looked ridiculous, but it was all sorts of fun. 
*Stay tuned for a video of this!*

I didn't do the best job of documenting our time in Ko Lanta, I guess I was too busy lounging... but we all did our fair share of sun bathing, drinking fruit shakes, and eating tons of delicious Thai food! 

Here are a few photos that Emily took of us on the beach one afternoon. She is such a talented photographer.