Saturday, December 26, 2009

We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

...and A Happy New Year!


Team Mekhail hopes everyone had a very happy holiday with their friends and families this 2009. Did you take lots of photos? Cause we sure didn't...

That's ok. This year? Kingston still had no clue what was going on so he didn't open a single gift and still hasn't even noticed he has some new things around. However, he thoroughly enjoyed his Radio Flyer wagon rides around Grandma and Grandpa's the other day. He's such a sweet bear. I love him.

I'm secretly {ok ok clearly not secretly} over Christmas. I'm glad it's done. I actually started packing up decorations a little by little over the past couple weeks. Time to move on. I gotta baby girl comin'!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Twas The Night Before Christmas


...when all through the house...not a creature was stirring...not even a mouse...cause they were ALL at Eastlake Church rockin' out in celebration of this Christmas holiday! Stop by at 4:00pm-5:30pm-7:00pm!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

What Child Is This?

Friday December 18, 2009 2:50-3:00pm: Santa Appointment. Utter failure. Mr. & Mrs. Mekhail poorly planned the days events and our poor bubs was dragged all over town to accomplish a heep of errands. Here's the Mekhail's recipe for Disaster:

Please combine all ingredients in small mixing bowl and mix together for 7 hours:
~Blueberry waffles
~In carseat-Out carseat
~In stroller
~Nordstrom
~Out stroller
~Refusal of lunch
~Refusal of stoller
~Pottery Barn
~Pottery Barn Kids
~Game Stop
~In carseat
~Will Call
~Pit stop at home to pick up new outfit
~Out carseat
~Quick diaper change in back of Tahoe
~Quick outfit change in back of Tahoe
~Run to Santa's Workshop
~Quick do-of-hair
~Shove into Santa's Workshop
~Smile! {errr, Scream!}
Bad news: we don't get our classic picture of Kingston screaming as he's running AWAY from Santa until 7-10 days. Good news: he was happy as a clam right as we let him run around outside to chase the ducks and chickens. Here's my mini photoshoot:






Thursday, December 17, 2009

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!


Christmas? Yeah Right. Kingston FINALLY fits into crewcuts! It's amazing...it's beautiful...it's everything I imagined. I've had my eye on these lil' toddler clothes since they were designed. I have secretly gone to every doctor appointment anxiously awaiting for the words, "He's currently 33-36" and weighs 27 1/2-30 1/2lbs." The perfect size 2. My heart sank at his 18 month appt the other day when he weighed in at only 21lbs. The little poopsie is literally a little poopsie. BUT he was about 35" tall and well? If you fit in one category, you fit! I tried to buy the entire store. I gleefully arrived at the cash counter with all the looks that I love and heard a voice in the back of my head {George, not mine silly!} telling me the whole store was unneccessary {at this time of course}. So I walked away with one outfit. One glorious outfit.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

This Gets Me Through My Day...Sometimes...

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
Oh, I've grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(Pat-a-cake, darling and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
For children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.
{Song For A Fifth Child by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton}

Especially being pregnant and then thinking about having two little ones under the age of 2...it's nice to think to yourself you don't have to have it together. I'm a mommy.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Why Hello 3rd Trimester!

{Shocking!} I know it. Oh, don't I know it. I was attempting to fall asleep in my not-so-comfortable bed {well, comfortable when I'm not pregnant, but somehow everytime I have a baby Mekhail brewing inside of me I'm CONVINCED we need to sell it on Craig's List and invest in a Tempur-pedic} when I realized, "Holy moly guacamole! I'm 25 weeks pregnant!" {Guacamole sorta sounds good right now...} and then realized the easiest solution for now was swap my pillow with George's pillow while he was in the bathroom. It's helped a little. A little. George didn't even really notice until I said something 2 days later THEN he actually started bargaining for his pillow back. Really George? You're trying to bargain with your pregnant wife? He should be grateful I give him a few feet of the side of the bed since I hear some wives actually kick their husbands out totally. Time is flying by though and I know it will continue to fly by. I have THE busiest next 3 months. I'm not ready. I'm just not ready.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

We The People Of The Mekhail Family...


A long time ago {about a year and half} in a far away land {Kirkland} I came up with this brilliant {not so original though} idea: Let's establish a family consitution. George was immediately on board. It's finally finished. Phew. I was pregnant with Kingston and really REALLY wanted to make sure that George & I were on the same page of what we stood for as a family and be able to teach it to our children as they grow. We worked for quite some time researching what it meant to have a constitution, examining others and began building a list of things we wanted to include in ours. Then baby came and it all got put on hiatus for a bit. Just a couple months ago, through the help of others, we pieced it all together and my AMAZING sister-in-law Samar turned it into a beautiful 16x20 masterpiece and got it printed onto canvas. It now hangs in our home to remind us each day why we are here and to help us grow a little more each day as a person and in Christ. I also hope that others who love to welcome us with their presence in our home know exactly what we stand for as a family as well.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Good {Tie}-dings I Bring!

Love, love, love, LOVE this idea! What a great gift for your papa, hubby, boyf or bro! And of course, leave it to Martha to discovering it. She has this posted as a great Father's Day gift, but you could surely use it for Christmas as well! Use your handsome male's old neck- or bow- ties as a garnish {OR} use it as a great way to give a new one! I always like to see my man properly dressed. So hot.

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree!

Last night George & I hosted his Wells Fargo company holiday party. Of course, in the 2 week time frame, he hired PREP to design and coordinate the project. It's been a super busy couple of weeks, but it turned out great! When I get our photos back I'll post them up, but here's a teeny tiny sneak peek:


And you thought you would get away without seeing Mr. & Mrs. Mekhail at their finest?





We hope everyone enjoys their very busy holiday season full of festivites!

Oh Tannenbaum!





Friday, November 27, 2009

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!


Moving on from one holiday to the next...it's my favorite time of year! It's also a Mekhail Family tradition to go to Snowflake Lane in downtown Bellevue the day after Thanksgiving. It's such a fun show and parade of Christmas characters and drummers for the kids to enjoy. AND since it's opening night, it's the only night Santa arrives on his sleigh! Kingston had the time of his life and thoroughly enjoyed his Snowflake Lane treat as he licked his Candy Cane lollipop so fervantly. Next on our list...Christmas tree!









Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanks-For-Giving! {4}

Team Mekhail would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that your day was full of love and thanks and got to spend it with your friends and family! Today I'm especially thankful for:

~My wonderful double oven {that made shuffling food around much easier this year!}~
~Whole Food's 20lb. Heidi Hen {and George's ability to stick his hands places he never thought he would!}~
~My mom's recipes for Orange Jello and Stuffing! {Yum! Almost don't think I could have a Thanksgiving without it!}~
~Warm peach pie with vanilla ice cream~
~A sometimes and not too often quiet home~

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanks-For-Giving {3}

Let's just get straight and to the point: What are you thankful for? For me?

~A nice, good pair of socks {they do amazing things for cold feet}~
~Family {G & I get to spend it with both sides this year together!}~
~Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte {de-caf? caf? doesn't matter}~
~My Monday Mommy Playgroup {these girls save me most weeks!}~
~Eastlake Church {a constant, consistent and amazing community of Jesus lovers}~

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanks-For-Giving {2}

And so it continues...our week of Thanks! What are you thankful for? My list is rapidly piling up:

~My daughter in my belly {causing raucus already}~
~A hot shower every day {notice I didn't say morning ;)}~
~Friends who can make me laugh {really hard}~
~Red apple slices {uh, yum!}~
~My new, big, beautiful home {courtesy of Select Homes & George, what what}~

Monday, November 23, 2009

Just A Little Insight...

into my mind:

{George leaves with my car to fill it up with gas. Upon returning, we swap seats so I could go run some errands.}
Danielle: {yelling out the window ready to kill somebody} Georrrrrrge! There's something wrong with the Tahoe! {Thinking to myself: he's had this thing for about 10 minutes, how could he break it!}
{George just stares at me from inside the garage like huh?}
Danielle: Georrrrrge! I can't move the steering wheel and it won't go in reverse!
{George walks over, motions for me to roll down the window, leans in and starts the car. Problem solved. I guess. Whatever.}

And tonight? I kept forgetting that I had a fork for dinner so ended up with 3 used forks on my dinner plate and didn't even realize it 'til the end. That's all.

Thanks-For-Giving Week {1}.

A week of Thanks. That's not too much to ask now is it? What are you thankful for? Here's a sneak peek at what I'm thankful for this year:


~George {but who isn't thankful for George, c'mon}~
~God's Grace {cause I need it everyday}~
~Wells Fargo and their love for my husband~
~Simply Orange juice~
~Barack Obama {cause he reminds me of how many people need Jesus}~
~Kingston's big brown eyes {and their ability to sometimes make me giggle when I'm upset}~


I hope everyone takes the time to remember even the littlest of things!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Being An Advocate.

What are your passions? If you ask me, I have no stinkin' clue. Blue has better clues than me. I know I can say I have advocated for a MAC computer rather than a PC to my husband. I guess I'm an advocate for Jesus. I've even played a little devil's advocate here and there, but somehow {as of last night} I have an inkling to be as passionate as Summer Roberts was for the otters in the O.C. Just maybe not really otters. I mean, I love otters and all. I just need to find my niche. Examine and educate myself. Then...Advocate. Look out legislators!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Honey Do.

Honey Do what? Honey Do who? honey do. LOVE this new website, these girls and this business! I will definitely be taking them up on their offers probably very soon once this baby arrives. It's like having your very own personal assistant without the financial stress of anyone full or even part time! Need a grocery run? Last minute sitter while you run to the doc with your other lil' one? Dry cleaning picked up? Important documents delivered? Someone to stand in line at Wal-mart on Black Friday? Ohhhhhh yea. These girls would love to help you out! Gift certificates available as well and would make a PERFECT {and personal ;)} gift for the holidays!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Calling The Santa Hotline



Just another lil' some'n some'n to help celebrate the Christmas season with your kiddos! I mean, what child doesn't want to get their own Ho Ho Ho personalized call from Santa and tell them how nice {or naughty} they've been. This website lets you send sample phone calls for free and even for a small price of $3.99 you can get your very own personalized one and setup an exact time and date to have him call. It's a steal actually cause even if you have more than one child you can make their day, even their year, by spending under $20. Done. Oh and P.S.? They have so much other fun stuff on the site including letters from Santa, Good List certificates, Santa Proof Evidence Kit and even other letters for other holidays like Easter! It's so fun to get all into it with your children. Start building memories...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Halfway {House}

I made it 20 weeks. Into pregnancy that is. I'm halfway to the finish line {or the starting line as some may look at it} and I'm pretty sure I need to be admitted already. I'm feeling great overall, but just so so tired and I've lost my mind. I swear, I can't remember a darn thing or hold a thought for more than 2 seconds. I try to get things in a calendar asap, but still manage to get the days and/or times wrong. George tries to have a decent converstaion with me and more often than not he loses me at "Hey what do you think about....?" or " How are you?" Not that I'm not interested, I can't wrap my mind around what I even want to try to say. When I try to talk? It doesn't even make sense...I have to think twice of how to form a sentence. I'm emotional and have a patience level of about zero. One time {at band camp...} I found myself standing at the cash register of a Jamba juice and blanked so hard on what I was even doing I forgot I was even there and lost my child behind the counter not even noticing the guy was holding him. I'm surprised I even make it on my own throughout the day sometimes. Can't wait for another 20 weeks!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hallow-Weenies

This is the one and only picture that has been and probably will get captured this Halloween season. Yup...we're officially weenies. It just so happens the closing of our home falls on the 30th and moving day is the 31st. We're busy butterflies getting all the last minute details in place and Halloween has taken a back seat. Just so we're not total Debbe Downers {wah-wahhhhhh} we did spend a lovely morning at Remlinger Farms with lots of our friends several weeks ago and will attempt to make an appearance at a little party for the kids on Saturday and take K trick-or-treating. However, there has been no pum'kin pickin', carvin', decoratin', or costume findin' here. Everything will be last minute. Everything. {Boo.}

Monday, October 26, 2009

Think Pink!

It's official. Kingston will have a baby sister come Spring. We're really excited. Really...we are. We are a little shocked...but that's ok. George & I (mostly me maybe) always had the idea of having 3 little boys. George would raise them up to be Godly men and I would hold my throne as Queen Bee and rule the roost. But then I heard those fateful words: "Sorry Danielle...looks like you'll have to share your throne..." As usual, I didn't believe. I made her double check there was no scrotum and no penis. Then asked if it could still grow. Turns out, no. All there was, was labia. We have no idea what to do with a girl, but it will be so much fun and we'll learn! Here's to a new, different and very exciting 2010! {insert raised glass here}...{of water...maybe a diet coke...}

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Auntie.

I thought being a mommie was exciting, but being an Auntie is just as fun, if not more! I have officially took on the Auntie to role to two poopsies {Ashley with baby girl Payton} and recently...my sweet lil' Eleanora Grace Baltera! Futhermore, {am I writing a term paper?} I'll soon be an Auntie by blood in May 2010! My sister-in-law Engy is pregnant with her first and I CANNOT WAIT for K to have a cousin! Exciting things...babies. Anyways, back to the task at hand: I got to fly down to Las Vegas a couple weeks ago and spend some very quality time with my bff Savannah and her baby girl Nora. And when I say quality, I really do mean quality: Soapnet...Old school movies...Pretty much annoying the heck out of JB...what more could you ask for? :) Here are some photos of the week! Actually...that's a lie. I didn't take one photo all week, until the day I left and desperately needed to capture a few for keepsakes.



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I Think This Is The Beginning Of A Beautiful Friendship.


As if being a stay-at-home mommie isn't enough...or joining the Junior League of Seattle...I had to go and start a business...it's true. Please check out your favorite ladies at their finest as they introduce Prep to you!
Read it...Love it...Share it...


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Going All In!

Please don't miss your chance to listen to this! Not only life changing, but so encouraging! It's exactly what I needed after writing my previous blog...

Friday, September 4, 2009

Having A Story To Be Told.

Wouldn't that be nice? To have a story. So when someone finally asks you {I don't know, maybe God?}, "Hey, so what's your story?" You can tell it. I mean, just picture running into Jonah. You ask his story. Then you feel as big as your 15 month old's span of vocabulary cause well...did you get eaten by whale? I highly doubt it...although sometimes I feel like it would be nice to get eaten by a whale, wouldn't it? Just eat me already...

In spite of my lows, I still have to look at the highs and all the blessings that surround me. I actually DO have a story being written. I can't say that I can tell it yet, but perhaps soon? The Lord is preparing our family for some big things. I'm not sure what but it includes changing the world. But Danielle...how do you know this? Well, you see...I don't really know...George maybe? Something about a revelation from the Holy Spirit and my husbands {sometimes creepy} confidence that tells me this. George has an amazing life story already at the young ripe age of...wait, maybe I shouldn't tell you. And already, together, we have journeyed through this road called life reaping many blessings from the Lord. All for which we are very grateful for and at the same time, can't help but think He's setting us up for something. Something great. Something amazing. I don't know much about revelations from the Holy Spirit {my listening skills aren't up to par with the Lord these days...I tend to be the talker...} but when George looks me dead in the eye and says a long time ago he was told we were meant for big things. I listen. I got a little squirmy and freaked out, but hey...when you don't know your future? Who isn't scared? I mean, I tend to think drastically too. Do I need to pack my bags for Cambodia? Is there going to be a car accident? People have crazy stories and if I'm gonna be one of those people my mind just goes...gone.

That's the hard part though...trying not to question it. Everyone has a story. And at the same time no one really knows what it is {FYI: it may or may not include a whale}. It's so easy to forget your blessings, focus on the lows of your life and turn into a worry wart about what's to come. That's not what God has planned for our lives. He wants so much more for us. I just know it! For the Mekhail's? Having kids isn't the end of our rope, either is reaching the top of the corporate ladder or getting a home. As far as we know, there's so much more life to live. And WE choose to live in the present, to let God continue to write our story and to do what we can to bring this world to Christ.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

These Boots Are Made For Walking.

A couple of you have posed questions on and off my blog about which UGG boots did I merrily purchase not too long ago. My choice for the season was: the Classic Tall Stripe Cable Knit Boot in Navy! It's like wearing Nantucket, Cape Cod and The Hampton's all on your feet! So nautical of me, right?
I have to say, I do have a slight obsession with UGG boots...next on my list is the Classis Argyle. I am THE coldest person alive. They're just all around comfy, cozy and so easy to wear. I would definitely choose a pair of these boots over any stiletto or pair of flats anyday of the week. Done.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I'm {Fall}ing In Love...


Twenty-two more days to go and it's officially Fall. However, there are already so many sure signs that it's practically already here and that makes my heart smile.
*Pumpkin Spice Lattes*
Who doesn't like pumpkin pie in a cup? Decaf for me please!
*Darker Nights*
Slowly but surely the sun is setting sooner. I DESPISE 9:00pm sunsets...5:00pm is so much cozier!
*Cooler Weather*
Comfy T-shirts, Cashmere Sweaters, Barefoot Dreams Blankets...Yes. Thank You.
*Football*
I don't like football, but George does and I like George. You get the pattern right?
*T.V. Show Premiere's*
Gossip Girl...House...Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chip Cookies for dessert?
*New UGG Boots*
Yup, they've made their arrival in the mail a couple weeks ago and I CAN'T WAIT to prance around in them! Well, I may have already done that, but only in the house!
And I have to say, I'm a little biased towards Fall 2009 for two reasons: We get to find out if Kingston's going to have a baby brother or baby sister and we get to move into our new house! It will be such an eventful season and I. can't. wait.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Stealing Kisses.

video

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hopeful Predictions

Me: Hey babe, what do you think we're going to have?
George: A boy.
Me: Really? Like, you really think that?
George: 100%
Me: Why?
George: Well...I'm a good man. I really think God will use me to raise good men and the world needs better men.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pregnancy: An Update

It's official: I'm pregnant. I know there were those sceptics out there...okay, okay, I was the sceptic. My biggest fear was going into the Doc and going through the process and talking about my symptoms, then he would give me an ultrasound and be like, "Oh sorry, it must have been in your head!" But, I can sleep better at night {or not} knowing George & I have a lil' peanut in my tummy. 8 weeks. 1.25 centimeters long. Due to come March 30, 2010. Looks as snug as a bug in a rug with a beautiful heartbeat. The appointment went great. Very basic. Come to find out though...Dr. Nudelman has a new assistant. Guess who wasn't the happy camper? That's right. Me. I hate change. I was really looking forward to seeing Jeanette and was thrown off my railroad track of hormones to find Sib. So what if she's nice. I KNOW Jeanette. But clearly not even me could bring Jeanette back so I accepted the newbie and warned her of my crazy, irrational and sometimes very dramatic outbursts that I don't even think Doc was even ready for a 2nd time around. He already tried to reiterate their "process" and how at the end of the pregnancy I'll get to meet the other Doc's in the office "just in case" he wasn't around, blah blah blah. I guess somebody forgot how I work. I kindly, but firmly told him that not a chance would anyone else deliver my baby. I don't want some yoohoo down the hallway catching my child. I trust you and only you so you better check your calender and make sure you're in town. I then carried on to say that I needed him in this 100% with me, which he then followed up with a look to George and a "Where did you find this girl?" But surely promised me he was in 110%. Phew. Good thing I still have a doctor.

Other than those 2 minor panic attacks, everything went great! This pregnancy is already twent million times different from the first. Quite amazing. I was expecting the same. Here's the breakdown of pregnancy #2 so far:
~I'm tired. Nope, not just tired. I'M TIRED. Dead in a ditch tired. Most of the time I can't even move my legs tired. Sleeping 12 hours a night and still taking at least 1 nap a day tired. Last pregnancy I worked a full-time job {granted I didn't have a 14 month old}, but still. I feel way more tired this time around then I did the first time.
~I have an utter and complete, outrageous obsession with cereal. Had it last time. Have it this time. It's the only thing that ever sounds good so I tend to eat it...ALOT.
~Besides the cereal staying the same, my eating habits are dramatically different. I eat normal this time around, if I even eat at all. Last pregnancy, one of the ways I knew something was up was cause of my need for an Outback steak dinner at 2am. I probably ate around the clock, stuffing my face and ate at least once or twice in the middle of the night for a good half of the pregnancy. This time I don't have any dramatic hunger pains. I eat breakfast, good til lunch, then good til dinner and sleep through the night fine. No real cravings at all, but there have been some smells that make me completely gag in my mouth.
~Speaking of gagging...who doesn't ever have nausea? Except this time it's not as constant. Hallelujah! First time around I had that 24/7 nausea. Never threw up, but it was always there and nothing ever sounded good {but cereal of course}. Round 2 isn't necesssarily better though even though I don't have CONSTANT nausea. It comes and goes when it feels like it {sometimes more when I'm getting hungry so when I eat a lil' somethin' I feel better} but I have thrown up a couple times because of it, which is odd cause I feel like I rarely throw up. And on top of all of this, I have THE WORSE stomach aches ever. By the end of day especially, my stomach has blown up into a huge balloon and I have so much trapped gas I cry sometimes. And instead of being constipated? I probably go diarhea once a day and on some multiple days I go every 20 minutes. Not joking. It's horrible. Doc says it should subside by the end of the trimester. But seriously...

I'm hanging in there. George is a GREAT husband and he has worked over-overtime since this has all started. He is such a blessing and a HUGE help with Kingston and doing things around the house on top of working hard at his job everyday. He has even come home from work on some days when I'm having a really bad day. I love him.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Our Future Home: An Update.


I'm sure many have forgotten...sometimes I forget I bought a home and of course there are days I WISH I could forget too. Ha! However, 4 short months ago, we bought a home. It was just a lowly piece of land, but now it is coming along so nicely! It is due to be ready the middle of October and can't wait! This home is such a blessing...it gives us a GREAT backyard, definitely more space, good location and an amazing new neighborhood with lots of kids and nice neighbors including several families from our church! We're right smack in the middle of finishing picking all our "stuff" out...so annoying and so exhausting...and I'm so anal that I've already become besties with the Project Manager (shout out to Gary! woot, woot!)...even the electrician...I just pray I like the outcome of everything! Only 2 months to go!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Blogging Blues.

I feel like it's been a long while since I last posted. It's practically Fall and Neiman Marcus will open their doors here in just a few short weeks. In the meantime, I've fallen into a blogging rut. And I'm not gonna lie...I may be here for awhile. Maybe when I get my own life together, I'll be able to get my blog life together. Oh wait...I'll almost never have my own life together so maybe after my 1st doctor's appt. next Tuesday? I stay hopeful.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Labor In Style.

Whoa whoa whoa whoa. Talk about a must have for the delivery room. This will for sure be coming in the room with me come March 2010. dearjohnnies has these AMAZING and CUTE hospital gowns that you can even monogram!!! You heard me. I seriously can't even contain myself. My heart is racing. So many adorable styles...just enough to make you want to do your first labor all over again, yeah?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Are You Sure? {Positive.}

Kingston on my left hip and my Kate Spade wristlet in my right hand I scuffle into the nearest QFC in the middle of the afternoon. I track down their unecessary locked display of condoms and pregnancy tests in the back corner. Now, most people get embarrased by this stuff. Nope, not me. I thrive on it. I spy a group of girls behind the Pharmacy counter and quickly shout out a *Yoohoo* and say I need a pregnancy test and I need a good one! Don't get me wrong. I already have my mind made up on the best pregnancy test out there {ClearBlue Digital, but who's asking?}, but to my dismay QFC didn't carry ClearBlue Digital and I'm on a time schedule. So the innocent, sweet, asian pharmacist walks me over to the unecessary locked display of pregnancy tests and is giving me the rundown of tests, which I'm barely listening to anyways cause I'm still appalled they don't have ClearBlue Digital, but do catch enough to realize that she's trying to sell me on the "Kroeger" brand and asking if I've missed my period yet. *THINKING* Here's my chance to spill my life story to a complete stranger...ready...go! I indulge my innocent, sweet, asian pharmacist and tell her exactly what I'm about: Listen, my last period was June 23, I'm due Tuesday the 21st, I'm 5 days out and need to know NOW...give me the test to do that, thank you and goodbye. "Kroeger" went swiftly back into the cabinent and I was handed that pretty pink box of First Response. She sent me down the produce aisle with a farewell and a "Good Luck!"

So I bustle to the check out counter and barely make it out alive amongst the millions of Eastsiders who decided to do their grocery shopping on that lovely Thursday afternoon. All I wanted to do was pay for my pregnancy test so I could go home and pee. Okay...and Kingston just got out of World's Worse Swim Class and was grumpy and hungry. I make it through the line...pass on getting a bag...run back to the Tahoe with Kingston still on my left hip, my Kate Spade wristlet on my right arm and my future waving in my right hand.

And this is why I stand by ClearBlue Digital for life: I pee'd on the stick, set it on the counter and watched it like a bird preying on a sea of fish. One dark pink line...and wait for it...wait for it...1/2 a line? What? What does that mean? It's so pale I had a put rewetting drops into my eyes to refresh my contacts I thought I couldn't see. Nope. Still 1/2 a line. I consulted everyone I knew...mainly Google. There was so firm evidence that it meant pregnant or even not pregnant. So I dwell on my 1/2 line for the rest of the afternoon. *THINKING* Well, I'm still 5 days out...It's still really early...AND I used mid-afternoon pee and not first thing in the morning pee. I concluded, I would try again the next morning.

Chalk it up to impatience. We ran to the nearest Walgreens that evening and picked up my pride and joy: ClearBlue Digital. George is putting Kingston down for bed and I decide I'll just pee then. It's probably the worse pee to use too cause of all the water and everything else I have drank that day. But as I saw the hourglass blink before my eyes it didn't even take 30 seconds before "Pregnant" popped up on the screen. I FLEEEEWWW out of the bathroom, overjoyed, startled my half asleep baby boy and screamed, "We're gonna have a baby!"

There are already people who are shocked I would even announce something so early, but this is how I see it. We are so excited and it's such a wonderful thing! God's Will is not affected by my blog or by facebook or by anything else. God has a plan for my baby and I can't wait to see what it is! And no matter what happens I'll be {write} here sharing it all with you!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Signed, Sealed, Delivered...

My Dearest Blog Readers,

I am pleased to formally announce that our beautiful family of 3 will soon be a family of 4 and we are OVER THE MOON excited! Already this pregnancy is way different from the first {stories to come!} and it's still in the early stages, but couldn't resist sharing the blessing that our GREAT God has bestowed upon our family. We're so thankful and would appreciate all your prayers that our lil' peanut will remain healthy and grow into a beautiful addition to this family. Team Mekhail can't raise our hands high enough to our God! I have tears in my eyes...

Blessings,
George, Danielle & Kingston Mekhail

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Novel Nest

Already many of you has expressed interest in doing a book club blog with me! So fun! I have my website up and running! Check it out here!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Let's Crack Open A Book Or Two...

I just finished the book "My Sister's Keeper". Hated it. I still want to see the movie though and see how it compares. Alot of times I find myself reading so so many books...from mindless reading to honest to goodness life changing novels and never having an real discussions about it. I thought it would be so much fun to start a book club. Perhaps a Book Club Blog! I would setup a different blog...pick a book...and me and my trail of blog readers would read together and "meet" once a week and dish on what made their head spin as they read how Lauren Conrad survived her divorce with Heidi Montag or what Screwtape was really trying to say to Wormwood and how maybe we think, act or live a little differently! Details aren't officially made up on how I will EXACTLY execute this thing, but it will be done. So...my fellow bloggers...

Sunday, July 12, 2009

She's Having A Baby!

This past weekend I headed down to Portland, Oregon with Kingston to throw my bff a Red & Pink baby shower. From the sounds of it you can probably guess...she's having a girl! Yup! Eleanora {Nora} Grace should be making her debut September 28, 2009 and can't wait! I got there Friday about noon and it was non-stop, go-go-go, until we made it back home late last night. The original plan was to come back Sunday morning, but mama-to-be wasn't feeling the greatest so she changed her plane ticket to fly back home to Vegas right after the shower and then we headed out as soon as we cleaned and packed up! Man, my head spins when I do parties, but had so much and it was good to see Vanna. Hope you're feeling better roommate! Can't wait to get the phone call of "It's time..." so I can meet your newest addition! Congratulations again!