Wednesday, October 29, 2008

October pictures

My kids are so stinking cute. Man I love them!! Carter is being such a good brother and helper. Its great. If I need diapers or wipes or anything, he's pretty good at getting it for me. He loves putting the pacifier in Meg's mouth. He'll also try entertaining her. Meg? Well she takes all of Carter in all chill. She doesn't fuss and just lets him do his thing.By the way. . . Megan is sleeping through the night! She usually sleeps from about 11 pm to 6 am!! Last night she slept from 10:30 to 7!

Returning home

We returned the 15th of October to Galveston. Bo and I both agree that Galveston looks even worse now then it did during the look and leave right after the hurricane. Why? Because there is garbage EVERYWHERE. Everyone that had flooding had to have their entire place gutted. We're talking furniture, books etc, carpet, dry walls, and insulation. Everything that was wet was dumped because the seawater had destroyed it and there was mold. So because of all this garbage, the island smells and the streets are lined with trash.
Not even half of the stores are open. Most of the business are gutted too, or are boarded up. It's interesting to drive around and see banners over some of the places saying NOW OPEN. That's how you can tell what's open. Crazy, eh? It seems like all the places that ARE open are hiring. A couple of weeks ago the news reported that the unemployment rate went up 286%. Yep. I don't know if it's still accurate, but I wouldn't be surprised. We drove by Home Depot the other day and the place was PACKED with people and trucks loading up with supplies to go fix their properties, homes, etc. The thing that surprised me was that at the back of the parking lot there were lots of Mexican men standing around in small groups in work clothes. At first I didn't know what they were doing, and then it dawned on me. . . they are illegal and looking for work from the costumers at Home Depot. Sad. It reminded me a lot of the farm hands in Wa.
The last thing I'll mention about the hurricane is that about half of the island's plants are dead. It is so depressing to me. The island already looks like death, a little green would help soooo much. Instead you can see trees, bushes, grass, and other plants that are brown instead of green. Not all the plants are dead, but there are quite a few. The sea water killed them. Bo says it looks a little more like fall now. I beg to differ. In fall you have leaves on the ground, here you have the BROWN dead leaves still on the trees. Not to mention it's a different color then fall. It looks too brown.
Here are some pictures. The first 5 were taken by a guy in our ward.

You can see the water line in this apartment. Look at all the mold.

Red Cross Shelter

Local bait shop
This is downtown. It looks like a ghost town now. Notice the dead trees. Down town had a ton of flooding.

My friends' neighborhood. Notice all the garbage lining the street?

This is only about a third of a building that used to stand out on the beach/water.


No ramp to this hotel on the water. Not to mention a huge chunk of wall missing . . .

Yeah there used to be a building at the end of that stretch of rocks/jetty.

Blog worthy

The other day two cans of pop fell out of the box on top of our fridge. It was one of those slow motion events. You know. . the kind where you can see it happening and in your head you are screamin "Noooooooooo" and it just still happens, but very slowly in your mind. Yeah. Pop was EVERYWHERE. Actually four cans fell, but only two exploded. We had pop all over the ceiling, cupboards, floor, fridge, fridge magnets and paper, toys, you name it, and me. I was sprayed from head to toe. Bo was behind me, so while he saw the whole thing, he didn't get a drop on him because I thoughtfully blocked it. Oh man it was bad. When the cans were finally done fizzing, Bo and I just looked at each other in shock and then busted up laughing, me a little hysterically. When it was all said and done and clean up was FINALLY over, Bo turned to me and commented, "Now this is something to blog about."

Friday, October 17, 2008

Grumpy, Grumpy

I am a tad bit grumpy. Poor Bo. I don't want to be, but there you have it, I am. I think it's due to the fact that I'm up in the night, so I don't get good sleep, and also because of the hormones. Who knows. All I know is that I have a few things bugging me.

We are back in Galveston. It feels like a ghost town. What am I supposed to do with Carter to keep him entertained? The museums and parks are closed. Even McDonald's with the play area is closed. If I want to do anything the best option is to get off the island. Good thing gas prices are going down. I don't think anyone can imagine what it's like here. It's definetly a must see to understand thing. Bo was commenting on how the town looks worse now then it did during the Look and Leave. This is because now not only are buildings wrecked, but now all the buildings and houses have been gutted and there is garbage EVERYWHERE. Not only that but half of the plants are dead because of the seawater. sad day.

The other thing that has been making me grumpy is Megan's eating habits. Carter was a chugger. He loved LOVED to eat. The moment he saw that he was about to eat he would flip out with impatience to get some food. He ate fast though. 10 minutes and he was done. He would then take the binky and go straight to sleep. But Megan?? NOOOO. This little girl likes to take her sweet time. She wants to eat, but does it slowly. That and she isn't in such a rush to get food because she's all about being chill. It's killing me. I'm impatient. I have things to do. Instead I am stuck on the couch or whatever feeding her for an indefinite amount of time. AHHHH. That and she won't take a pacifier which is also killing me because guess what is the only thing she will take??? I'm not enjoying this nursing thing.

To be honest I've never wanted to nurse. Call me crazy, but I just wasn't down with it. Bo big time insisted though, so here I am, nursing my second child all day long. I guess it's not that big of deal that there's nothing to do here since I'm stuck feeding my child all day. I love you Megan, but honestly!

So no sleep and being stuck all day feeding the child, PLUS the pain, makes me a grumpy chica. I'm working on it though. I promise to be happier.

Bo is so cute. He's reading this and just told me that he doesn't think I'm that grumpy. This makes me feel good, but I think he might be lying.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Megan's 4 week stats

Megan had a 4 week check up today! Here are her stats:
She is 11 lbs 5 oz. which puts her in the 97 percentile. You go girl!
She is 22 in. long which is in the 75 percentile.
Her head is in the 50th percentile. I forgot the measurements for that, but there you have it!
I'm glad she's growing good. She is a champ!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Date night

Last night Bo and I were able to go on a little date! I wound up my two kids, put them in the van, and headed into town to meet Bo after the Priesthood session. We gave Carter to my dad, and than Bo and I went to this Thai restaurant in town with Megan in tow. I love Thai (thanks Jason for introducing it to me) !!
After dinner we went and rented PENELOPE. I've been wanting to see this movie for forever! If you haven't seen it yet then you are missing out. Even Bo, a boy, liked it (News flash that Bo is a boy, I know). Anyways, I thought it was a way cute movie and I recommend it to all.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Watching Carter

So my parents and sister got this dog about a month ago. Actually it's a puppy, named Fancy. I am not a fan of this dog. Sorry Lib, but the thing is crazy!

Anyways, this puppy/dog (I say dog because the animal is HUGE) likes to jump up on Carter and thus Carter is super scared of her. Carter makes us carry him everytime he wants to go outside, which is all the time. The dog also tries to jump on Bo and me, along with touching it's wet nose (gross) to our clothes and getting us to pet her.

Yesterday Bo took Carter outside to jump on the trampoline and when I looked outside, this is what I saw:

This is how Bo was able to keep away from the puppy. Totally cracks me up! I don't blame him. I wish I'd thought of it.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I love this girl!!!

Seriously, HOW CUTE IS SHE????? I just want to squeeze her all day!

My friend Jana gave me Meg's sunglasses as a baby gift. Aren't they the best? Don't ask me why, but when I was evacuating I grabbed those instead of the many other things I could have used.

He looks like genius material to me!

So we are still here in Moses Lake. We found out that Bo's school is delayed till the 20th of October. We changed our tickets and are now planning on heading home to Galveston on the 14th.

I just wanted to comment on a few of the little things I've noticed between Megan and when Carter was a baby:

Megan loves to hear music and singing. Carter HATED it. Seriously. He would get more fussy and cry, while Meg just relaxes and soaks it in.

Megan and Carter both have a cleft chin. Meg's isn't as prominant as Carter's but then again, she is also bigger then he was, meaning she has a little more meat on that chin and those cute cheeks.

Megan doesn't like the binky. This KILLS me. Carter loved it. Meg took to nursing right away, while it took Carter a few days, so you'd think she'd be down with the pacifier more so than he was. NOPE. Oh well. I guess you can't win them all.

Carter slept through the night at 2 months. Meg slept from 10:30 till 4 am two nights in a row at 3 weeks! I hope she is like her brother and sleeps through the night by 2 months, although if she chooses to do so earlier that is fine by me too!

That's all. There are more I'm sure, I just can't think of them at the moment.

The Beus Gang

Bo, Cassidy, and Carter Beus