Friday, May 28, 2010

Week 38!!!

What a week for the Ziniel family!

We are thrilled to celebrate Aurora earning her yellow belt a little over a week ago. She worked very hard for this achievement, and we were very impressed with her Tae Kwon Doe skills! She also officially graduated 1st grade yesterday and will be in 2nd grade next year. She had an amazing report card, and we are very proud of her! Her last bit of "big news" is she auditioned and received a part in her first play! She will be in VCACT's production of 101 Dalmatians at the end of June. Her character is "Spunky Poodle" (she chose the name).

Kyle has been enjoying many trips to the park with Brittani this week. I also enjoyed spending mornings with just him and I. We colored, played games, put together puzzles and had a great time! I think he enjoyed his sister not being around :-)

Today was our 38 week visit, and although we plan on 2 more weeks before the birth of the baby, we were reminded that it could be any day now! We will not have a 39 week visit next wee as planned, as the drive to Fargo has become very exhausting and the doctor saw no real need for one. The baby is doing well . . . as am I! The doctor did not even measure my belly this time, stating that I was "plenty large". And I am HUGE! I do not think I was this large with either of the other children.

We are looking forward to a restful and relaxing long 4 day weekend at home. Dennis and Linda should be arriving some time next week and the kids are THRILLED!

Also, a reminder, Aurora's birthday party will be next Sunday, the 6th at 12:00 at Pizza Corner.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Week 36--Let the countdown BEGIN!

Well, we have reached week 36, and as the doctor said at my recent appointment, the baby could come any day now . . . but we are hoping to wait until June. :-)

We have had a VERY busy week at the Ziniel house!

Aurora had yellow belt testing on Thursday. She did not break her board, but she gave it a great try. Only one person in her class succeeded in the board breaking! She will be ready next time testing comes around.

Aurora also auditioned for her first real play (non-school) Friday. She auditioned for a local theater for 101 Dalmatians. The play will be this summer, which should be busy as she is also planning on Tae Kwon Do once a week, as well as swimming.

This week is finals week for us at the college. It has been stressful for everyone . . . and I am the only one with work left, of course. I am thankful that the baby held out long enough for me to see the end of senior portfolios as well as grading . . . which I hope will be completed this weekend.

Our 36 week visit went pretty normally. The baby is doing well with a heart beat of 152. Dennis could not make it, as Brittani had a morning final during that time and he had to drop Aurora at school. So, my mom came with me. She had the honor this time of sitting for over a hour to be told everything looked great. :-)

We have the nursery completed, and will post pics soon! Our next appointment is the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. At first I thought this was bad timing on my part, but as Dennis pointed out--it is not like we can go anywhere. Until then!