Tuesday, July 31, 2007

HaPPy BirTHdaY HaRRy PotTeR!
Oh yeah...and you too GARLAN!!!!! Ha ha! I bet you didn't know you share your birthday with "The Boy Who Lived!"

All you fans out there I hope you didn't miss Harry's 27th birthday today! (And Garlan's 50th as well!) We had a little Harry Potter Birthday Party tonight with the Young Women. I know, I know. You're saying that it's impossible for Harry to be 27 - but read the book folks! His birthday: July 31, 1980!

(I thought of you 7 McCoys!)

We had all the paraphenalia!

Yeah, that's the pregnant girl, DANCING! (That's for you Tiff!)

We made Golden Snitch Cupcakes!

The close up ~ in case you can't tell I wrote "Snitch" on mine with my brilliant cupcake decorating skills!

I brought my snitch home for my cute hubby to enjoy!

(I actually made this for you G, but the big guy stole it before I could send it!)

And had to do a belly shot - almost 22 weeks. I had a check up doctors appointment today and when she put the doppler thingy on my belly to hear the heart beat the little boy immediately gave it a big karate kick, quickly followed by a second karate kick! It was so funny. He was like, "Take that! WASTE!" That's our boy!

So, Darek accused me of pushing out the belly for this shot...but I think you'll all agree there's definitely a belly there! Woo hoo!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Red Sox at Fenway Park
First time inside Fenway for a Red Sox game, this was vs. the Chicago White Sox...

...Boys night out at the ballpark. Logan with his sick Harley chops, Clay, and then Chris with his eyes closed. Clay and Chris hooked us up with their military privileges...they get stand-by tickets on the day of for themselves and a guest for $7 a ticket, that's unheard of for a Red Sox game around here which sells out every game. Gracias to Clay and Chris for the tickets...they'll be our next Air Force fighter pilots...couple a tough dudes...Logan can take 'em though...

...but the game was delayed over 2 hours for rain. Boston hasn't gotten the memo that it's late-July now. The "Green Monster" is the huge wall to the left just outside this picture...

...let's play ball! Red Sox ended up losing by a couple runs, but it was good times.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Can you guess what we're having???
Look closely...

I hope my SON can someday forgive me for showing the world his weiner! (I hope the rest of you can forgive my usage of the word weiner! Darek FORCED me! I preferred "pee pee" or some such word!)

So we are SUPER EXCITED and as you can see below Darek is already training the little man to be a left handed basketball player!

Here's the sweet boy's profile. He was really hilarious during the ultrasound, wiggling all over. He was laying sideways in my womb (another great word) and everytime the lady tried to get a picture of his face, lips, nose, etc. he would totally turn away from the camera and snuggle his head down into a tiny crevice. He even put his hands behind his head as if he were really trying to hide away. We thought it was so cute and hilarious even though the radiologist was getting a little frustrated! Thatta boy!

He kept snuggling his feet up into little crevices on the other side of my tummy. I loved seeing him kick on the screen and feeling it in my tummy at the same time. Here's a little foot below.

The happy mama at 20 1/2 weeks! Can't really tell in this picture but my belly was really big today!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Feeling grateful...

and reflective today. Sundays are amazing and very grounding in reminding me what's important in life. I took the following picture of my reflection in the Memorial to the Vietnam War. I loved this memorial. I love that it has a reflective surface to remind everyone who walks passed it that these people sacrificed their lives for us.

I took this shot at this particular point on the wall because I found a Roper name (my maiden name, for those post-marriage friends of mine). Robert C. Roper is reflected on my foot on the bottom right corner. I've got to ask my geneologist mom if I'm really related to this man, but in the end I appreciate the sacrifice just the same.

My cute hubby
I especially appreciate him

Life isn't always easy folks. Say a prayer and hang in there!

Saturday, July 21, 2007


No not us!


We spent last evening enjoying the festivities at the local commuter campus of Hogwarts (aka ~ Harvard University) as every


came out to celebrate the arrival of the seventh and final Harry Potter book. Don't get me wrong. I'll proudly admit that I'm a Harry fan and I'll likely acquire and begin reading this seventh book within the next few days. I am not, however, the die hard fan that A) dresses up as characters such as Harry, Hermione, Dumbledore, or even Dobby (yes, we saw a Dobby there and she was pretty funny!) or B) stays up all night to acquire my book at 12:01 in the A.M. only to fall alseep after reading the first page. (Not that I don't appreciate such commitment to Harry! I can't blame you if you're an all night Harry Potter reader! Very addicting!)

So though you can't see it well in the picture above we were listening to the band Draco and the Malfoys. Their songs and lyrics were pretty funny. All I hate Harry and I'm better then Harry songs. Harry and the Potters were scheduled to play afterwards but again...too sleepy to stay up and listen.

We had dinner at Pizzeria Uno. They had it all decked out Hogwarts style and a special menu of wizard food. It was fun to see every kid in a 20 mile radius dressed in last year's Harry Potter Halloween costumes so excited for all the Harry celebration.

So, J.K. Rowling. I hope you've earned your billion dollar fortune and not let us down with this final conclusion to the epic Harry Potter tale! Enjoy folks!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Just when you think life can't get any better...

...you're best friend Jo drives two hours to visit you while you are on your trip in DC. This was such a
happy happy moment for my little heart.
I love this little chicky like no person should ever be allowed to love someone and not live next door!

She has a little phishy in her belly too which made it extra fun. I had to push out my tummy to make this picture work but never fear,

the little phish is pushing out my tummy now all on its own!

Jojo - I love you. There will never be another you. Thank you for coming to see me!

I'm bored...

Darek is at a Red Sox game and I'm just chillin at home thinking of all the blogging I need to do, but it's just too much and I keep putting it off. Going through our 8000 pictures I'm realizing that a lot of them are scenic photos of our travels and may be less appealing to those of you folks who were not part of our adventures. However, the photo posted below is just funny. I had to take a picture of it. I felt a little embarrassed letting my in-laws see how funny I thought it was. Luckily I stopped myself just in time from saying out loud what this phrase brought to my mind. And even more luckily, they thought it was funny too!

I mean, seriously? Who really calls it a speed HUMP? And thank you for the clarification illustration!
Can't we all just leave the past in the past and let the word hump eternally reside in the 1980's like it's supposed to?
Really DC, please rethink your hump usage here! Unless you're talking about a specific species of whales please refrain from including this word in your vocabulary!

Friday, July 13, 2007


I married this hot young lad five years ago! (from yesterday that is) What a catch! And I love the lad more then I ever thought possible!

Derelique was Rico Suave and took me to the Top of the Hub to have a delicious, high class din din! He made reservations and surprised me which was so great. For you non-Bostonians the Top of the Hub is a restaurant on the very top of a 52 story tower downtown and it overlooks Boston in every direction!

This is a picture I took of part of the Boston skyline from the Cambridge side of the river. The tower on the right is the Prudential Center and at the very top is the Top of the Hub restaurant.

The view was amazing and we got to watch the sun set during dinner. This a picture we took after dinner looking out over Fenway Park where the Red Sox had a game last night.


So along with our very happy five years of marriage we are happy to announce that we're
expecting a little McCoy to join our family
in December! We waited a long time to tell anyone and announced the pregnancy to our friends and families when we were in UT on Father's Day. I gave my dad this "I love you grandpa" frame with the "love the boston baby...arriving in december" notecard inside to announce it. It was really tender and we are soooooo excited!

I had to push my tummy out for this picture a little, although I am now 19 weeks along and pushing out is no longer necessary to see my little baby belly! I am posing with my first baby gift that Nikki gave me the night before leaving UT. We took pictures together too, her with her new baby and twin baby toy and me with my growing belly and twin baby toy, but I will have to post them after my mom e-mails them to me (hint, hint, mom! I know you're reading this!)

So life has been wild and crazy for the last almost five months and especially for the last 3 weeks as we have been traveling and traveling! But we have lots of fun pictures to share of our adventures in Utah and DC last week! Stay posted!