I’ve decided to do a little something different this year. Last week I said I wasn’t going to participate in the portrait-a-week project because I thought I’d have too many weekly updates and they seem to get repetitive and overlap. I already do a pregnancy update, I’ve wanted to do a tot school update, and after the baby comes I’ll probably want to do fitness updates again. But I don’t want my whole blog to be a collection of weekly updates. I thought about it for a while and decided the best thing to do would be to put all my family updates in one weekly post. So here we go… here’s to the first week of 2014!
Saying goodbye to 2013.
This is my submission to Jodi’s Portrait-a-Week project.
1. Eva had a “first” this past week. On Christmas Eve she watched intently as I put on some bright red lipstick in the mirror. A few days later, I noticed that she was being too quiet. I went into her room and found her with my headband in her hair and my lipstick in her hand (and all over her face), looking in the mirror. My heart melted into straight liquid.
2. Eva received this adorable swimsuit as a Christmas present from a dear friend back in the States.
3. We enjoyed a New Years breakfast out at Sea Cliff. If you ever find yourself in Dar es Salaam, Sea Cliff has an amazing breakfast buffet.

Tot School:
So we’re still doing Tot School but I’ve stopped taking out my camera when doing so. Eva gets super distracted and starts acting silly when the camera is out (reminds me of the videos I’ve seen of me as a kid), so I’ve decided it’s best to put it away. We’ve learned a lot, though, and I’m really glad we’re doing this.

If you’re wondering where I got the posters, here are the links:

And this is the classic style shape sorting ball we have.

I made it to the six month point! Woohoo. Baby is considered to be viable, though I’m not sure that makes a difference here in Tanzania because sadly I don’t think he’d have a chance. Other than that, I’ve had some pretty bad back pain and aches in general, but I know they’re nothing compared to what I have in store. Santa Claus treated me to a Thai massage earlier this week that made me wish I could get one every day. I’m really amazed at how big my belly is getting. It’s WAY bigger than last time, even though I was about 20lbs heavier then than I am now. I’ve began to look at hospitals in the Quantico area but still haven’t decided where the best place to deliver would be. The base there doesn’t have a delivery center of any kind so I have to look out in town. Does anyone have experience delivering in the Quantico/Washington DC area?
We’ve officially began packing up our house! I know many people dread this about moving, but I really love it. Even though I’m mostly a packrat, I love going through all of my stuff and deciding what to keep, donate, or sell. Now that I know baby #2 is a boy, I can get rid of a lot of the pink stuff I bought for Eva. I’ve sent a couple of boxes to her baby cousin and to my best friend who is currently expecting a girl. I’ve been able to sell a few things as well. We’re trying to get the movers here as soon as possible because who knows how long it will take to get to Virginia. I’m really hoping it arrives before Damian does. Unpacking with a newborn will be no fun. I really want to have everything ready for him. I seriously doubt that will happen, though.
Another thing we’ve sold is our truck! I was really planning on keeping that thing forever, but someone here really, really wanted it so we decided just to get a new one when we get back to the States. I’ll miss it, but at least we won’t have to wait for a vehicle along with all of our other things.


  1. i have heard good things about Inova Fairfax Hospital, and that is where my nephew was cared for when he was born critically ill. they have a fantastic NICU (of course you won’t need that!). i have some friends who delivered there. it is about 30 miles north of quantico though…not sure if that is in your range?

  2. This is such a cute way to keep everything nicely updated. Eva is so cute in the pictures and that video.

    You have the cutest bump. Baby is coming along, about three weeks to go. My back pain is terrible but I’m just counting the days until baby is here and I can get that pain off my back.

    I can’t believe you are moving away from Tanzania already, seems like yesterday when you announce your move there and you started making the life out of the new place.

    I’m so happy for your soon to be adventures back in the US.

  3. I love this idea. And boy was I behind on your blog. I got all caught up yesterday. Love the name! And excited for you to experience Virginia living. We used to visit Virginia a lot when I was little. I think you’ll love the northern lifestyle. You may miss the beach but hiking is a pretty good trade off right?

  4. After watching that awesome video, I drove to a teacher’s school supply store that I THOUGHT was still there. Nope. Looks like we’ll be ordering the same (or similar) posters for Mia. You guys are doing such a great job with her. Never heard of “tot school” until this post. I’m inspired to do more with Mia each day, now. Thanks for sharing. Eva is one smart cookie.

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