Sunday, January 15, 2012

27 Weeks.

There is not a whole lot new from this preggo, but the belly sure is growing, so I thought an update would be appropriate. It is hard to believe that in around three months this little peanut will be here!

  • Weeks 20-25 were pretty amazing. I had crazy amounts of energy and productivity around the house was at an all time high.
  • Ryan and I successfully condensed all of my school stuff, took down and packed away the guest bedroom, organized the office, linen closet and part of the garage. I think they call this 'nesting.' ;)
  • We still need to purge and organize our closets, finish the garage and have a garage sale.
  • Baby G's room is getting closer to being done! Seeing the crib in there everyday does make this baby business more of a reality.
  • Weeks 26-27 brought back the fatigue, just in time to ring in the third trimester!  
  • I took my glucose tolerance test for gestational diabetes last week and will find out Thursday if I passed. PS-I kinda liked the sugary stuff they make you drink. 
  • I am now on the every two-week circuit of seeing the midwife which also means this baby is a-comin!
  • My brother Brad gave me 8 prenatal yoga classes for an early birthday present and I've gone to two. 'Easy' is not a word I would use to describe it, but I feel good afterward. I'm pretty sure the 5'10, 100 lb yogi who teaches the class forgets that I have a bowling ball hanging off me when she asks me to do certain body does not bend like that, sister!
  • 13 more weeks! We love you Baby G!

Friday, January 13, 2012


As you know, I spend my Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings with my sweet grandmother who has Alzheimer’s. I’ve been spending time with her since August  2010. When I first began, she had just suffered a stroke and the speech therapist suggested I create a memory book for her with pictures of family clearly labeled so she could practice reading and remembering her loved ones. That book has since been lost, and my grandpa asked that I make a new one for her. 

 Her health has declined greatly in a year and a half, and it’s clear that he (87 years old) can no longer take care of all her needs. They’re looking into a special home for her to live and grandpa wants her to have the memory book to take with her.

As I was reprinting pictures and putting the book together, something struck me. At the end of one’s life, when all else (literally) is lost, the thing that matters the most is not a thing at all… it’s the people you’ve surrounded yourself with who love and care about you unconditionally. 

 There are pictures in this book where Bill and Joanne are young and in love, as well as their 50th wedding anniversary.

 There are pictures of their children and grandchildren.

Strange, isn’t it, that we didn’t include pictures of bank statements, cars, houses, iphones, and designer jeans? Strange indeed. Sometimes when I get thoughts of wanting a bigger home, or more expendable income, I need to remember my sweet Gram’s memory book.  When I’ve lost my marbles, it matters not what is in my closet or bank account, but who I’ve loved well and who’s loved me in return. 

"But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 'Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?' And he said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 22: 34-40

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Johns Family Talent Show 2011

This Christmas we celebrated our 4th annual Family Talent Show. If you know my family at all, you know that few of us have any talent that should be showcased in any type of 'show.' And that's the best part... 

 Travis was our Master of Ceremonies as well as sang a beautiful song dedicated to my sister who was present via Skype.

 Bradley won last year with a lovely piece on the piano, (he's one who has real talent-show talent) which meant he couldn't win this year (or else he would win every year). He did, however, grace our ears with another beautiful song.

 Mom and Aunt Carol performed 'Sisters' from White Christmas. Classic.

 Dad did a riveting rendition of Mr. Rogers giving a golf lesson. Isn't that a lovely Christmas sweater?

Ryan and I were the winners of this year's show. I can't tell you much about our act, but I can tell you that I cut Ryan's hair, the blue robe that you see above may or may not have come off, and the baby belly invading Ryan's personal space stole the show. Babies Caleb and Joshua were our 'judges' all the way from Houston. I wish I had a picture, but Jen had the boys set up on their boppys with a sign behind them that said 'Judges Booth.' Thank you judges for choosing for your favorite Aunt Les and Uncle Ryan!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Best of 2011

2011 was an excellent year for Team Gilmore....

 January: Deep freeze in Albuquerque means a week off of school. Glorious.

 February: Mom's 60th surprise party. 

 March: Lesley turns 25.

 April: Time to prepare the garden. 

 May: The paper route began and ended in a blaze of glory. 

 June: Lovebirds in Palm Springs. 

 July: Sean and Megan come to town! 

 August: Surprise! Baby Gilmore is on the way! 

 September: Ryan and I head to LBK. 

 October: Jen has BABIES!!!!!

 November: Baby Gilmore is a BOY!!!

December: The coveted Johns Family Talent Show traveling trophy was WON by Ryan and I....More family talent show pictures to come! 

2011 was a blessed year, and we eagerly look forward to 2012! Happy New Year!