My husband is an elusive kind of guy. He’s that wind beneath my wings, in the background guy. Back in my self hosted days, he was the guy that had to drop whatever he was doing any million number of times that my server went down or something went wrong ( and it always did). He’s the guy who makes my coffee or tea in the morning and usually my breakfast, too, before running off to work where he sometimes seems to be more often than he is home. There in the morning when MM wakes up, back briefly before MM goes to bed. Still he’s an integral part of our day. He makes me sane, keeps me standing, and backs me up when it seems like no one else is going to (including me). He stays up later than he wants to listening to all my fears, worries, concerns and plans and tells me when I’m being silly and when I’m not. He’s often the man behind the camera of our life, rather than the one in the picture.
A couple weeks ago one of my favorite bloggers, Karen @ Write From Karen made the decision with her husband to announce his name to her blogging world. It was actually his idea – not wanting to be an object in her world. He was not only her husband, he was him. He has a name. I let this idea simmer in my mind for awhile, meanwhile feeling all kinds of tedious referring to my own husband as dh, hubby, husband, that guy – when that isn’t who he is to me. He has a name. But ultimately it had to be his decision. You have to be careful in this online world and adhere to other people’s wishes. I am planning to continue letting my son be the masked bandit behind the nickname MM (My Monkey) because he isn’t old enough to have an educated opinion. But I asked my husband today how he felt about the subject and this is what he said:
People less reputable than your readers have seen my name on the internet… go ahead
So I’d like you guys to officially meet my husband, Daniel…
Just kidding, seriously, I have like a million of these almost pictures of him and they always crack me up. Okay, here’s a real one…
I know you’ve seen some of these pictures before – heck this one is even in my sidebar. The picture isn’t the important part. The important part is that guy up there in that picture is not just my dh or husband, he’s not just MM’s daddy – he’s Daniel. And he’s awesome.
There is a small chance that I’ll find out the gender of BB Kumquat Etc. at my ultrasound on Monday. Anybody buy into any of the old wives tales for guessing? Carrying high, carrying low? Any other fun ways you’ve guessed right in the past?
Here are some belly shots, both actually taken on the same day – the second shirt tucks me in a bit more, but you can get an idea from these how much I’m showing / how I’m carrying I think – also how amazing I look in this pregnancy. Healthier eating habits rock – I actually look thinner than before we conceived, minus the bulging belly.
I put up a little poll in my sidebar where you can vote, but feel free to comment here with things you’ve heard, tried, etc.
Personally I think I’m kind of hoping for a girl if only because I already have a little boy and I’ve love to shower someone in pink, but I am totally fine with either outcome. Little boys are a lot of fun and I know I’ll be thrilled with either.
Do you think I’m having a boy or a girl?
It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blog land anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.
If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!
This week I’m feeling that deep down inside desire to get out of town. So I asked my husband to take us to a town nearby for a mini day trip. We decided a few months ago that we would not be taking a big family vacation this year – it makes sense economically, especially with a new baby coming this summer. Last year we took a trip in the fall which I loved, but we have no way of knowing what our lives will be like physically, emotionally or economically come this fall and I think it will be more realistic to stick to day trips for the year. Which of course means that my travel bug has been biting hard every month at least. The idea of being stuck in dodge for at least a year pains me. I love to travel. I also really want to move – knowing that won’t happen is easier to shoulder with the occasional vacations thrown in.
Right about now – I would be happy with anything – a fun tropical getaway to escape the snow; a fun New England getaway to embrace the snow; an exciting European vacation to get out of the US all together – they all sound fabulous. And you know, this day trip we’ll be taking tomorrow doesn’t sound so bad either. Anyway, blah blah blah, enough about me – here’s where you come in.
If you could travel anywhere this weekend for a little spur of the moment family trip, where would you go? What would you do? Tell me about your ideal vacation plans.
I’ve got three fun goodies for you for this week’s Weekend Diversions, a little bit of everything per usual. The first is a website called Kideo Player! which plays only kid-friendly videos that might be found on YouTube. You can watch old school Sesame Street clips, goodies from Noggin and a lot of other neat things, too. There’s no searching involved, just click over to the site and enjoy. You can use your spacebar to skip to the next video. My son had a great time invading my interent time with me while watching the Kideo Player. Thanks to GoodyBlog for mentioning this yesterday!
Now if your brain is feeling kind of squishy and infantile after that video diversion, you can head over to The Eyeballing Game and test your ability to see and make shapes, angles and lines. I became quickly infatuated with this game over the course of the week, finally getting a high score of 3.94 (lower is better) before forcing myself to walk away. Just typing this makes me want to scoot over and beat my husbands score of something absurd like 2. Think you can beat my high score? Be sure to comment and let me know if you do!
And now for a love story…
Typical. It takes wealthy tycoon dh eight years to pull himself away from his terribly important career in Paris, the City of Lights and come home for a divorce. And then he doesn’t even know who she is! Sure, Jen was a feisty schoolgirl when dh rescued her from a nasty family situation. But that’s no excuse for the man not to recognize his own wife.
And now the gorgeous wealthy tycoon thinks he’s going to hightail it with his final decree in hand. Uh-uh. Hopelessly Romantic Jen isn’t letting him off quite so easily. Not when she—now an award-winning writer—is finding him so irresistible.
Irresistible enough to get him to tie the knot again?
I “wrote” this story with the help of Harlequin‘s fun new Make Your Own Romance Story a pretty basic mad-lib deal with pretty hilarious results. Thanks to Karen @ Write From Karen for blogging about this yesterday. Her story was pretty terrific, too – you should go read it before making your own, which you will of course have to tell me all about!