Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The program was filled with exquisite Christmas music, often accompanied by a chorus of bells. My favorite part was the end of a haunting rendition of O Holy Night, when the last note melted into a river of harmony that drifted slowly over our heads. Goose bump-inducing. I love music chills. I miss being in band.
But after the performance, we pulled on our winter coats to bear against the hazy Utah inversion. And we came upon this:
A most mystical, beautiful view of the Salt Lake Temple.
And just for kicks and giggles, after editing this photos, I tried one of the Pioneer Woman Photoshop Actions (Vintage, I think) on a couple. I like the effect.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Do you want to know?
Do you really want to know?
Are you sure?
Alright, get ready.
Because it's exciting.
We were hoping that the doctor could tell the gender but we knew that at 16 weeks, it might be a little early. But, ha, a few seconds in to the ultrasound and, yep, they're boys!
We also saw a different doctor this time, a high risk OB (since they're mono-chorionic twins and have the posibility of twin-to-twin transfusion), just to make sure everything's hunky dory. He had some cool ultrasounding equipment, including a way to see the babies in 3D. All the pictures he gave us are in that mode, which look kind of funny and weird, but here they are:
As for names, we're thinking of Mario and Luigi. Or maybe Fred and George. Ha!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I know you've all been eagerly awaiting those zoo pictures but... I haven't edited them yet. Did I mention all the other things I've had to do? There's buying presents, making cookies... oh right, you get the idea. But I did edit some other pictures- our friends the Caywoods asked me to take some family photos. I said yes, not because I take amazing portraits, but because I like taking pictures, I own a cool camera, and I wanted the practice. And because they're our friends :)
I learned a lot, like how having a lack of light means a big ISO, which means lots of noisy pictures. And how it's totally unnatural for me to direct people how to stand, where to look, etc. And that babies look reeeeally small compared to adults and I might want to make sure the baby's held atypically high so as to be close to mom and dad's face. But it really was a fun experience and I was glad for the chance.
Here's some of my favorites:
Saturday, December 5, 2009
And guess who forgot her camera.
My forehead is still sore from hitting it so many times. I remembered the cookbook, books to read while waiting, things I'd need for errands afterward, everything but my beloved Canon. Ugh.
Wouldn't it have been beautiful symmetry to photograph the woman who has taught me so much about the craft, inspired me to be a better photographer? Lost opportunities.
But Sean had his trusty cell phone camera, so at least we have a record!
Am I too excited about this?
Did you notice the funny backdrop? Yes, the signing was in a grocery store. Really, a kind of indoor farmers market. Originally, it was to be held in a bookstore but the expected crowd caused a venue change. To a place that was about twice as far from our house.
I discovered this while checking the details last night. I also found out the they'd been handing out signing line tickets for days already. So instead of showing up for her little speech at the beginning, then hanging for hours to wait our turn (while we were too far from home to know places to go to occupy our time), we decided to wait until a lot later and sneak in near the end of the line. It worked. We only waited about an hour and left with a signed book.
It was so awesome/weird to see her in real life, interacting with people. I'm so glad I got to meet her. Though I think I kind of babbled when it was my turn- an odd thing considering I might be considered a minimalist when it comes to small talk. But I'm happy I could tell her how much I appreciate her work.
The best best BEST part though was my bathroom visit. Seriously. The store had individual bathrooms and during my visit, I heard the doorknob jiggle. Happy for door locks, I finished washing my hands and exited. And there was Ree! My door jiggler was the star herself! She was talking to someone else, so I didn't say anything, but she went in right after me... her bum sat on the same throne as mine! I can't tell you how honored I am.
I actually told her about the incident during my signing turn. Was that too much? She laughed, I hope it was genuine!
And thus ended my brush with fame. With a free T-shirt to prove it.
Though the night wasn't over for us. After a brief loss of electrical power to our dashboard while driving, in which the dash lights and gauges went out, we stopped at a Target to pick up some dog food. Can you guess what happened next? Yep, our car wouldn't start. We weren't sure if it was some electrical short or the battery, because the lights still worked. So we checked all the pertinent fuses but they all looked fine. Luckily, we have AAA, soley because the discount it gave us on renting a moving truck back in the summer exceded the cost of a AAA membership itself. We called them and a technician came. All he did was give us a jump but all the auto repair places were already closed. We drove home and will probably need to get a tow (or another jump) to go somewhere to check our battery. But all in all, it could have been much worse. Thank goodness for modern conveniences.
Quite the Saturday, eh!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
But we did take pictures this last weekend. Of San Antonio! We decided to take advantage of my day off and follow my doctors orders to go on vacation before these babies live outside of my tummy. It's awfully nice to have several cities within only a few hours drive. Utah felt kind of isolated in that aspect.
Our first stop: The Riverwalk.
Incidently, we didn't end up going to the parade and lighting. We needed tickets to be down by the water, which we didn't realize until too late. But I don't think we missed much, from the tiny glimpses I saw through the crowds on the bridges. The trees just had some strands of lights hanging from them (nothing like the cool wrapped trees in SLC) and the parade moved rather slow. So found some little artisan shops instead. Much more fun.
Next stop: The Alamo
It was a lot smaller than I expected and there wasn't a whole lot to see inside, but it was still cool to see the history. Did you know that Mexican troops killed all but two Texans defending the Alamo? I learned that on this trip. Actually, I didn't know much at all about why the Alamo was famous, so I learned quite a lot.
I wear these big sweaters all the time, now. Ostensibly, to keep me warm from the chill that's crept into the air, but really, it hides the belly that looks more like chub than a baby bump right now. Shh, don't tell my secret.
He wears his jacket for warmth, not to hide anything. Though, it does bring out his eyes, so that's a plus.
Shoot, I just remembered we have this funny picture of Sean thinking really hard, signifying how he remembers the Alamo. Too bad, we'll look at it ourselves for our own kicks and giggles.
We never did see the basement of the alamo. I bet there's a bicycle down there.
Next comes: Mission San Juan Capistrano
Stay tuned: Katie and Sean frolic with wild animals at the San Antonio Zoo!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Here are our babies! they're growing well, above average for their age... In the bottom right you can see the two of them, and "Baby B" in the bottom left and upsidedown was sucking his thumb! They were really active this time, moving around like crazy! We still don't know the sexes yet, probably another month or so... But look at their arms and brain and faces!!!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Today we had another ultrasound. Man it was cool. We saw them wiggling and kicking and rolling around. One of them was even sucking its thumb! I didn't even know they could do that when they're only 3 inches long.
It was such a fun experience, almost as much as the day we found out we were expecting. Thanks, equate, for letting us know.
And can I just make a sidenote to please ignore my brittle nails from that first picture?
And my dull expression in the next?
And despite it's blurriness, this is most definitely my favorite picture of the day:
Friday, November 20, 2009
Alright, this is what we made:
Actually, I guess I should say the two things we made. That's right folks, I'm pregnant and we're having twins!
Everyone up off the floor? Great, I'll continue.
These wonderful babies are due on June 4th, though I've been told twins usually come early. They're mono-chorionic, di-amniotic twins, which means they share a placenta but are each in their own little space. In some of the ultrasound pictures, you can see the amniotic wall partitioning them off from each other. And for reasons beyond my understanding, the doctor already knows that they're identical. Identical! I've lived my whole life without ever aquiring the skill to tell identical twins apart. I've never been able to. Not once. I'd better learn fast.
Our most recent ultrasound (I'm going to have them frequently since twins are a higher risk) at 9 weeks was in super high def and we saw their little limbs and they were wiggling! I had never even considered that these little embryos could move, not at that point. That means they must have some sort of muscular/nervous system connection that's starting to function. Fascinating and thrilling! It was just astounding to me. I still can't quite comprehend how all this development is even possible.
Everything's been remarkably smooth with my pregnancy, no real sickness at all. Just an occassional queasiness and lack of appetite. Oh, and more frequent bathroom visits! Sean's been a sweetheart taking care of me and not complaining when I'm too tired to tidy up the apartment. For a week.
We are ridiculously excited about these two little babies, albeit a little overwhelmed at the idea of taking care of two at once. But it's going to be a joyful adventure.
And all you experienced ladies out there, bring on the advice!
Did you like the hints in the last post? Sean found that double-yolked egg- brilliance.
I think now we finally deserve the title "The Bradley Bunch."