Reveling in the glory and beauty of everyday life... all the mess and chaos of raising five little girls!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Our Little Hope

Hope Julianna Wachob arrived on Saturday morning at 6:32.  We are so thrilled to welcome this precious addition!  She came after a fast (picture Erik driving 50 through downtown Jackson with me in transition in the backseat! :)) two hour labor, and our hearts are overjoyed to receive her little life as a gift from God's hand.   She weighed in a 7lb. 14 oz.  We just arrived home a few hours ago, as the pediatrician required a 48 hour stay for sweet Hope (I did not get to the hospital in time to receive the dose of antibiotics I should I have had, so they insisted on monitoring her a bit longer).   She is precious, and we are so glad to be home as a (complete) family!

 Big Sisters - bedecked in proud sashes proclaiming their important roles.  Their first peek at baby sister was priceless. 

Taking a nap in the shade after arriving home.   :)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Almost Everything

We've been checking things off our list....  but the most important thing is still waiting. :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Camping, Take Two!

 Getting comfy on pillows and sleeping bags as we were packing up camp.
 Raina in a box.
 Driving to the trailhead where we went for a short hike.  Adam's Special Forces patch is above the sunroof.... Erik always takes pictures with his patch and sends them to him in...well, in wherever he is, since we don't actually know! :)
 Helping with tent poles
 Raina can do tent poles, too!
 We forgot the camp stove, so Elisa got creative and built a pretend fire to roast our s'mores on.  She also made us tea in the morning, and had fun using her imagination to overcome mom and dad's mistake!  Luckily, we had enough cold food to eat for breakfast, although we really did miss our morning hot tea and eggs!
 Cold S'mores.  Because what is camping without marshmallows and chocolate?

Rain Dance!

 I think these photos can speak for themselves! Nothing like a rainy day in the middle of a heat wave!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

All Together

When I loaded pictures today, I noticed this one - of all us! It is so rare for us to get a complete family photo, I thought it deserved its own post! From two weeks ago - hiking up Signal Mountain. 


We have been hoping to get in at least one family camp-out before Baby Girl arrives.... and somehow, our weekend schedules have prohibited it.  Things like - Erik lay-leading at church, me serving in the toddler room, guests arriving, Erik rendezvousing with his parents for pick-ups/drop-offs in the middle of their month long sabbatical to the wilderness....   we just haven't managed a night away!  But, we finally did it!  

The kids and I shopped for groceries on Friday, and spent the afternoon gathering sleeping bags, pads, and clothes, preparing food, and getting a few things ready "just in case" my body decided to go into labor while on a bumpy dirt road and we never made it back to the house! :)   The one thing I forgot? Filling the car's gas tank. :) Well, that and dish soap. I did forget dish soap.

When Erik arrived home, he loaded the heavy stuff from the garage, and I fed the kids a late snack so they would be able to hold off until a 7:30 or 8:00 dinner.  We kept our trip close to home -- we were only 45 minutes or so from the hospital! We found a dispersed site (no campgrounds for Wachobs!) at the top of a nearby hill and set up our camp to enjoy panoramic views of the mountains.  When we were almost there, the car pinged to let us know our gas tank was on empty! Oops. Erik was confident that we would be fine, but I convinced him we should settle for the first good spot and not explore too much! Again - "just in case."   I fixed hot dogs and beans while the kids helped Daddy with tent poles.  

Fires are off-limits these days, (we actually didn't even have fireworks for the Fourth; I know many in the dry mountain West didn't either!) so we roasted s'mores over the propane stove. :)  

Sleep...   a little, anyway.  Raina and Elisa slept soundly, but Sadie was next to me, and we both spent a fair bit of time awake.  I had brought plenty of pillows, but our tent site was pretty sloped, and it was hard to get comfortable.  And - these days, there is no way to escape the midnight trip to the ladies room (aka. a bush just outside the tent door!).  It rained on and off for most of the night.  There is nothing like the steady patter of raindrops on canvas.   I love that sound! 

We made hash-browns and eggs for breakfast and lingered at the campsite, just playing.  It was cool and comfortable after the rain, and, while everyone was a little muddy, it was pleasant just to hang out.   We did go for a walk further up the hill and explore a bit before heading home.  We had planned to drive on some more back roads and find a spot to picnic and hike, but we really weren't sure of the after-alarm gas tank capacity on our Suburban.  Turns out we could have driven a bit father than we did - but we didn't want to risk getting stranded! 

 Elisa - sweet and somber in the morning
 Silly Sadie
 Raina's usual camera face.  :)
My handsome man. 
Erik thought we needed a picture of my belly to prove that Baby Girl had indeed been along on this excursion.  Not especially flattering, but there it is.  A bare belly shot at 38.5 weeks. :)

 Little climbers.

It is amazing how much work there is in preparing for and cleaning up after a less-than-24-hour camping trip.  But, we are so thankful we got out.  And, who knows? If Baby Girl doesn't arrive this week (I'm hoping chasing the preschoolers around at VBS will help get things going!), maybe we'll try again next weekend.   I still think it would be fun exciting to go into labor on a bumpy dirt road.  :) 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Going.... Going... Gone!

This has been one of those months where we have been going... going... going....  and sometimes I compose thoughts in my head about our daily life and adventures, but then when we arrive home from the adventure, there is laundry and dishes and oh, what are having for dinner, anyway? (since I never made a July menu plan!)

We have had a full house and full days...  Aunt Michelle visited, Uncle Ken visited (Erik's uncle - he spent most of his time backpacking with Erik's dad, but a few days with us), friends stayed for two nights...   We hiked, we splashed in the lake(s), we swung, we watched the Fourth of July parade and ate burgers and corn on the cob (that we had caught off the Farmer's Market parade float!).  We've been riding bikes to the park.   Today, we rode our bikes out to the fountain park at Teton Village and then got drowned by a rainstorm!

Life is full.  My summer bucket list is slowly getting checked off -- although quicker than the household to-do list I compiled of things that need to get done before our precious bundle makes her much-anticipated appearance.    We are hoping for a camping trip this weekend, and church VBS is next week, and then baby is coming!  My due date is two weeks away, and I have a feeling those two weeks will pass awfully quickly!  

Praising God for the anticipation of new life amidst our joyful, busy, sun-shiney summer fun!