The Dancing King

September 26th, 2011 . by Melissa

My dad called me up one day when I was nearing my the end of pregnancy with Jack and said he really felt we needed to name the baby Michael instead of Jackson. He said we could always keep Jackson as the middle name but Michael should definitely be the first name. My dad is a pretty laid back guy, so the fact that he was so strongly suggesting another name really caught my attention. At first, I thought maybe he had a vision or something…after all, Michael is a biblical name. But after only a few seconds of me wondering why he was suddenly pleading for this other name, he exclaimed, “Get it! Then the baby’s name would be Michael Jackson Newman! In tribute to the late King of Pop! (This was shortly after the Man in the Mirror’s death)” I laughed with him for a few minutes and then a few years later when Jack NOT Michael, started dancing all the time…I began to wonder if we got the name wrong after all. This kid will dance to any beat…including to the sound of my Cricut machine cutting paper. A few weeks ago at Jen’s wedding we were able to capture just a few brief seconds of Jack getting down. I think he has a future in hip-hop!

And here’s another!


A Quick Little Snapshot of our Little One

September 26th, 2011 . by Melissa

It’s a Girl!!

September 23rd, 2011 . by Melissa

Pink or Blue?

September 21st, 2011 . by Melissa

The big day is almost here…that’s right my 20 week ultrasound has finally arrived, well almost. This Friday at approximately 8 a.m. (the first appointment on the first day that I am 20 weeks) we will get to see the baby Jason has been so lovingly calling “Feed-Us” for the past few months. I can’t wait to find out the sex of the baby just so he’ll stop calling it that! And so I can stop calling it “it”! 

A lot of people have asked me if I am hoping the baby is a particular gender. I think there are great advantages to having a girl or a boy. A girl would be great because we haven’t had a girl yet, and that would be a different adventure. Having a boy would be great because Jack might bond more quickly with a baby of his own gender and we already have all of the boy essentials. While I am not hoping for either gender, there is still “mother’s intuition” and I have a hunch about what I’m having…but I’m not divulging that here because I don’t want to sway the votes. With Jack (formerly known as Sesame) we put up a poll and had our friends and family vote for what they thought we were having. It was a lot of fun so we decided to bring it back for a second round. Feel free to vote below! We’ll reveal the correct answer on Friday morning…so long as the baby cooperates. :)

What do you think? Is baby number 2 a boy or girl?

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Ready, Set, Sail!

September 21st, 2011 . by Melissa

This entry is lengthy, so if you want the photo essay version scroll down to the pics!

This past weekend we went on a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas! It was awesome. We had such a great time. We have been wanting to go on another cruise ever since we got off of the boat from our first one…which was for our honeymoon, almost 5 years ago. It was about time to go again! Hopefully, it won’t be another 5 years before we are able to go again.

Our friends, the Taylor’s, came with us and it was super fun having them along for the journey. We left on Thursday after work and headed straight for the airport. After a 2 hour flight delay we boarded our little pedal jumper plane (seriously, there were only 40 seats on the plane) and flew nonstop to Miami. It was bumpy. We stayed at the airport Sheraton (thank you SPG rewards!) and woke up in the morning to meet the Taylors at the airport. They flew in on Friday morning, and had to leave at 5 a.m.! Poor souls… We then all hitched a cab to the port. We only waited about 30 minutes and then were permitted to board. We started of our adventure by having lunch in one of the formal dining rooms. Then the girls (and Jack) took naps while the boys played shuffleboard. We then made our way to the top deck to wave good bye to city of Miami.

The next day we docked at Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island. We had a great time playing in the ocean on our giant raft and enjoying the sand. Unfortunately, the Bahamian rays were a bit too much for our SPF 30 sunscreen and we all received a flaming sunburn…even poor Jack, whom we’ve always protected so carefully from the sun! That night we were exhausted. After an aloe purchase, dinner, and a comedy show we headed straight for bed. You won’t see very many photos from this day below…we sort of, forgot to charge our camera. But the Taylor’s got some great pictures, which we will have to steal from them later!

On Sunday, we docked at Nassau. We’d been to Nassau before, as it was one of our stops on our honeymoon cruise. We took a taxi ride to the LDS branch on the island and attended their services. I always love to see the church in a different cultural. Even though the church is fundamentally the same everywhere, it’s still interesting to note the small differences. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a photo on our camera outside the church, but the Taylor’s did, so we’ll post that one later.  After church we headed to Atlantis, a ridiculously (and I do mean ridiculous) elaborate beach resort on Paradise Island, next to Nassau. It was so extravagant. The lazy river (though glassed in at this point) goes through a pool of sharks! Crazy, huh? I definitely want to go back there someday as a guest.  After dinner we enjoyed a variety show on board and then headed back to our rooms to pack up our things.

Monday, we were back in Miami. After one last breakfast on board we disembarked. We parted ways with the Taylor’s who were catching a flight out of Fort Lauderdale. We headed to the Miami airport to rent a car. We drove an hour down to the Everglades. By the time we got there we only had 45 minutes until we needed to turn around and head back to the airport for our flight. We didn’t get too far in the park, but that was probably a good thing. We were not prepared with bug spray and the mosquito level was high. High was an understatement!  We left 16 mosquito bites later. After we arrived at the airport it took us 1 hour and 30 minutes to get through check-in, security, and to our terminal. We arrived with only 20 minutes to spare before our flights departure. Word to the wise…avoid Miami airport at all costs. It’s the worst airport I’ve even been to, and I’ve flown into Charles de Gaulle. After another pedal jumper, bumpy flight home our journey was over. I can’t wait to go again! Maybe without the kiddos next time. :)