Amanda had her 22 week ultra sound on Monday and me and the kids all went to see their new sibling. We have decided that we will keep the sex of this baby a mystery until the day he/she is born. Because of that the kids have suggested that we name the baby 'Mystery' which we laughed at, but it is pretty cute in retrospect.
They have advanced quite aways in technology in just 6 years since Porter was born and we were able to not only see our baby in black and white, but with the flip of a switch, we were able to see him/her in blazing 4-D. It was really cool, even if it did look like it's head was deflated.
As for names, we are getting closer to narrowing it down, which is a miracle as far as I am concerned as Amanda and I both are pretty stubborn about what we like and dislike and quite frequently they are not the same thing. So if Baby Mystery happens to be a boy, he will either be Elliot Niels Elmer and if it happens to be a girl, which were convinced it probably is, she will be Clara Belle Elmer. We like both names alot so were hoping we'll have twins!
A few months ago I decided we were going to really work on lessening our carbon footprint and we started to recycle (just paper, but hey it's something). Well I never took the massive amounts of paper and cardboard to the recycling plant (I'm too cheep to pay for curbside recycling so I was going to transport it myself) and last week Casey had had enough. He threw away roughly 6 months worth of collected paper products! I really couldn't blame him, but I've decided I'm going to do better. My new goal is to not only find the recycling plant, but also recycle paper/cardboard, and also cans, and plastic. My greater plans for this scheme is to offer to take recyclables to the plant for my neighbors who want to join the effort. Oh yeah, and I'm doing a compost heap. We've been working on one for a while (by working on one, I just mean we throw all our yard waste in a corner of our yard and thats it), but now I'm going to focus on putting more kitchen scraps into it, and mayb mixing it every now and then. I've always been pretty intimidated by the concept, but I'm giving it a try. Any tips would be welcomed:)