Christmas 2011

Posted by Amy Evelyn Oden , Wednesday, December 28, 2011 5:26 PM

Since we were home in California for all of December, we actually had a pretty stress-free and even enjoyable holiday month.  I made gingerbread men & tried my mom's Rocky Road recipe for the first time, which was a big hit.  As always, we did our shopping on and avoided stores at all costs.  Thanks to our friends the Snyders, who left us their tree when they moved away from Fuller, we had our first (though fake) Christmas tree and enjoyed decorating it together.  I even had time for some sewing, made us a pillow - and bought some new Christmas candle holders for us!

Gingerbread men in progress

We also enjoyed Christmas parties with our home group in La Verne, our Wednesday night group (Oasis) at our church, and Hope House.

 Oasis party

On Christmas Eve, we Skyped with the Gustafson clan who was gathered for the day at my mom's house. Technology: the second best thing to being there :-). It was fun to see everyone & watch each other open gifts, even if by screen and some audio difficulties. That night we were invited to our friends the Burns' home for a lovely turkey dinner & getting to know them better, and then we all went to the Christmas Eve service at our church.

On Christmas morning, Patrick & I opened gifts in Pasadena and made a big hugely caloric breakfast...

 Makin' bacon
 ...before heading up to the mountains to celebrate with Mom & Pop Oden and Jon.  We had an amazing afternoon meal at a restaurant in Lake Arrowhead.  This is Patrick donning the ascot I gave him, and enjoying his Jenga Ribs...
 ...and this was my beautiful meal, a scrumptious chicken dish with crab, asparagus, and hollandaise sauce!  Yummy!!

Then, back at the house, we opened gifts and played games and relaxed...and forgot to take pictures!  So only a few to share...

 A merry season indeed!

Patrick Oden and the Yodeling Pickle

Posted by Amy Evelyn Oden , Saturday, December 24, 2011 2:11 PM

Oden Adventures Presents...

21 Week Update: It's A Girl!!

Posted by Amy Evelyn Oden , Monday, December 12, 2011 4:44 PM

We found out today that we're having a girl!!  According to our doctor, she looks "perfect" at 21 weeks!  Here's a shot of her sweet little face.

And me, a few days before our appointment.

I have to say, I'm loving - LOVING! - this stage of pregnancy.  The last few weeks, I've been feeling great, my skin is consistently clearer than it's been in like 20 years, my belly is only slightly inconvenient, I get to wear all the fun new-to-me (thanks, Emily & Vera!) clothes, and I've been feeling Baby O's twists & turns since just before Week 20.  I love feeling her move; at this stage, it's so reassuring and not at all painful, though I'm sure that's on the way.  It's unexplainably amazing to have this live being inside my body and feeling her (as well as knowing she's a she) has made it so much more realistic.  I know there's all sorts of weirdness and painfulness and inconvenience ahead, but this part (unlike the first few months) have been really fun and exciting, and I really feel the honor and blessing of carrying a child inside me, something I have wanted for so long now!

20 weeks - halfway there!

Posted by Amy Evelyn Oden , Monday, December 5, 2011 4:46 PM

Finally started showing enough around Thanksgiving to start documenting in photos.  Of course, it could've just been all the extra food consumed that week, but a little belly was definitely starting to appear!

Today (at just over 20 weeks) we were supposed to have our "big" ultrasound where we could have possibly found out whether Baby O. was a boy or girl, but when we got to the Dr.'s office, we found them without power!  And, sadly, no power means no ultrasound.  We've rescheduled for December 12th and hope Baby O. will not be elusive next Monday...and that there won't be any more electrical surprises!  

The power outage was the result of a crazy wind storm that occurred in our area on the night of Wednesday, November 30th (the night after we flew in from Oregon!), the likes of which hadn't been seen in these parts in 50 years, so the locals said.  Some pictures of the craziness around Fuller campus and housing follow.

Our balcony...someone else's roof tiles...

Our street...

Poor little trees!

Awning at the Fuller bookstore

Historic building on campus that houses President's & Provost's offices