Sunday, September 29, 2013

BWCA at 7 Weeks Pregnant ;)

Grant, Evan, Natalie and Leidy gearing up for our BWCA weekend!

Group photo at the put-in!  Me (and baby Schnell), Grant, Leidy, Evan and Natalie

Paddling on a gorgeous day

The Parkhouses

Camp! We stayed at the same site the whole time which we haven't done before but was actually pretty nice - no setting up and taking down everyday :)

We love fall in the Boundary Waters :)

Leidy loves the BWCA too! Look how pretty!

Went for a little hike through the woods to an awesome sandy beach near our campsite.

Paddling around the next day

Hiking through the woods - apparently the boys saw some random little lake they wanted to go to...

Hmm ... do you really think we're going to find this lake??

I'm skeptical and branches are poking me in the face ;)

Gave up on the mystery lake and stopped for lunch and a swim

That water is COLD! Evan, Grant and Leidy

Back at camp

Enjoying the campfire. Leidy, Me, Natalie and Evan

What a pretty sunrise!



Awww :)  love it here!

Leidy girl enjoying her vacation - but she didn't really want to have to stop sniffing for the picture

Out to check out more of the lake

Lunch stop - things are never easy with these boys ;) Of course we have to 'climb' to our lunch spot :)

Leidy wants to help Natalie up!

A nice view for lunch!

Pretty sunset back at camp

Packed up and ready to paddle out in a wind storm! Whew that was a workout!

Bye BWCA - we'll be back soon!
 
Just a couple notes about the trip while pregnant... only Grant and I knew so we tried to be discreet about my paranoia of filtering water for EVERYTHING (sometimes we'd just boil it to wash dishes, etc but I felt the need to filter it all to be safe).  And I also felt skeptical about what to eat and didn't want to eat any meat, etc that hadn't been kept cold ;)  So, we probably were acting a little weird but I didn't want to get sick!  Overall it went really well.  I remember feeling tired and slightly nauseous a few times which resulted in some extra naps in the tent but that's about it!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

September Randoms

September 14, 2013 - The Hinnenkamp crew brought us a different garage door for our back shed! Here's the old one being taken down.

Leidy hanging out in the back yard during the door project.

New (to us) door going in!  The neighbor cows enjoyed the entertainment ;)  Cody is apparently supervising his parents?

September 17, 2013 - A belated birthday party for Massey!

Time for cake!  Avery, Massey and Oliver


Pretty sunrise in the backyard

September 21, 2013 - Camping at Elm Creek in Maple Grove!  They have horse trails, tar bike trails and mountain bike trails - good times for everyone!  Marla, Gary, Grant and Leidy

Darrell and Suzette brought Lucky and Ransom along to check out the trails.

Uncle Darrell and I out for a ride (well, and baby Schnell too except only Grant and I knew that at the time)!

Pretty trails!

Gary trying out his fishing pole marshmallow/hot dog roaster from his retirement party ;)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

7 Week Ultrasound on 9/24/13!

Since I wasn't sure of the timing of my cycle, they had us come in for an ultrasound to determine our due date.  We spotted a tiny baby with a beating heart in there!! The heartbeat was 153 :) Here's what baby looks like (these pics are affectionately referred to as the 'blob' pictures - but it's a little baby!):


And they determined we were 7 weeks, 1 day along and our due date is May 12, 2014!! Eeeeee!!

Here's how I've been feeling lately and where I often hang out after work:

I feel sick ;) One morning I made my usual bowl of oatmeal and I tried to take one bite, looked at Grant and said I can't eat this. I actually didn't know if I could eat anything without feeling like puking. Ughh. Yuck.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Second HCG Level

Went in for the second blood draw/test and my HCG level was 14,409 on 9/9/13! Way up from 1,701 on 9/3/13! That's a good thing!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Surprise 30th for Grant: Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Biking

We had a delayed surprise 30th birthday party for Grant at Cuyuna! He loves mountain biking so I wanted to plan a biking/camping weekend for him but the weekends around his actual birthday (Aug 26) were filled so we postponed until September! I had told him not to plan anything for the weekend but didn't say what we were doing. When he got home from work I had the car packed up and ready! So, of course he knew we were going camping and biking but didn't know where or with whom! We made our way to Cuyuna and eventually he knew where we were going but still thought it was just the two of us. When we drove into the campground he kept telling me to go a certain place but I was searching for the family since I knew they were already up there set up so I ignored him ;) I spotted their campers so drove over to them (he still didn't realize it was them) and they all jumped up and said SURPRISE! hahaa! Grant was like what the?!! hah ;) It worked!

Marla, Clark, Dad, Gary, Mom, Molly, Grant, Darrell and Cody

Saturday there was another surprise for Grant when his friend Erik Grove showed up! We all went out for a bike ride and got our Cuyuna red dirt tan lines on! The Stanley's also surprised Grant by coming to stay the night!

Back in camp for lunch
Cody, Ella and Nicole

Mom, Grant, Me and Cody

Suzette, Mom, Heather, Cody, Chris and Ella

A birthday present from the Stanley's! It's a screen tent! Awesome :)

Erik and Grant - probably telling some kind of stories of their biking crashes

I think all we do when we get together is eat ;)

Time to grill up some supper!
Molly, Erik, Nicole and Chris

Cody, Darrell and Grant

Chris, Ella, Ruby, Mom, Marla and Heather

Dad and Clark

Grant, Uncle Darrell and Molly (that's Cody on the bike in the background ;)

Cake time!

Grant, Me and Leidy - happy birthday to you!!

Sunday morning hanging out
Ella, Ruby and Dad

The birthday boy and his dog Leidy girl!
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