Monday, October 29, 2007


We celebrated Halloween a little earlier this year. I dress ed up as a cop while Josh was a convict. I wore a gun garter on my leg (that is what Josh is reaching for in the picture) and Josh had shackles. Saturday night we went to a party at one of Josh's co-worker's. Everyone there was dressed up - it was fun to see the different costumes.

Then Sunday night was our church's Fall Festival. Josh and I used our car for the Trunk or Treat. The rest of our small group wo
rked at the games.
The little girl with us in thepictures is
Tonie - she's the GO! kid we pick up for church. The picture of the family is our friends the Gotchers with the GO! kids they bring to church. I think all the kids had fun at the Festival - I know I did!

27.5 Weeks Belly

Here's some shots of my current belly from last week. Baby Boy Nichols is moving quite a bit - my stomach will sometimes stretch out on one side. He had hiccups twice last week that I felt.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


I got tagged by April S.

Here are the rules.

1)Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

(2) People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.

(3) At the end of your blog, you need to choose people to get tagged and list their names.

1. I usually have to check my two email accounts and facebook daily. My blog and others' blogs on a pretty regular basis too. I hate for mail to pile up in my inbox.

2. I have a pretty messy desk. Everything is strewn about. BUT every week or so I organize (I do like to file things) and try to clear the area. It's messy by the next day again.

3. I hate not having something to do while I ride the bus (usually from overflow parking lot to my building). I usually grade or read the newspaper while I wait for the bus and while I ride it.

4. I am easily distracted by April S. Either she's tagging me for a blog entry or having me carve jack-o-lanterns online, I am easily swayed to take a break from work. That's one of the reasons why I love her!

5. I started calling the baby by name to myself. I'm afraid if I even start calling him by name to Josh, we'll slip up and tell the name.

6. I almost always carry my USB drive with me. It has my whole graduate career backed up on it. I figure if the school or my house burns down, at least I can still graduate!

7. I'm easily irritable when I am tired. People annoy me very easily when I need some sleep.

8. I can go a whole day in my building and probably get away with only talking to someone once. I try to smile at most people when I pass them though - I only get a positive response about half the time. Scientists are loners and major introverts usually I think.

Annie, Mom, and Jessi

Monday, October 22, 2007

Chemistry Halloween Costumes

So I was just working on my lectures slides for my class and I stumbled upon an article about Chemistry costumes for Halloween. I am totally neglecting my work for a few minutes because I HAD to post these ideas out there. This is why people call us nerds....and if you don't get all these ideas - you're probably NOT a nerd!

Based upon Chemical & Engineering News (10/30/06):

1. Typical mad scientist (overdone, hence this article had other ideas)

2. Benzene ring (6 students joined together via a flexible tube) (pictured above)

3. Free radical (a sign-carrying hippie with a broken shackle)

4. Quantum Mechanic (wearing overalls and a toolbox)

5. Sleek black suit with a crisp white shirt and understated tie with a nametag that says "My Name is O27"...when people ask what you are, you reply, "The name is Bond, Chemical Bond."

6. Superman costume but add an "i" to the "S" so you'll be Silicon Man

7. Same as #6 but add a little extra "padding" and you'll be Silicone Woman

8. Marie Curie (discovered radioactive elements) with a glowing necklace; ask people, "Do you like it? It's Polonium. It's going to be all the rage." OR shake a transitor radio and tell people, "I'm studying radio-activity."

9. Wear aluminum foil and go as unlucky element 13 (Aluminum).

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Baby Pictures

Here's two of the latest pictures of the baby taken yesterday. One is of his profile and the other is a 3D one of his face. We think he already looks like Josh!
Baby boy did not like the tech and dr poking into his territory - he kicked and moved quite a bit the whole time. He must have worn himself out because he didn't move today until the afternoon.

Our Baby Shower at Josh's Work

Last week Josh's work gave us a baby shower. It was soooo nice! We got such nice gifts and were fed VERY well! Here's some pictures and a video clip. It's what the staff got Josh specifically for the baby.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Our Weekend Home

Two weekends ago, we went down for Jessi and Bubba's baby shower. We stayed with Dennis and LaNette Friday night. That's where I'm playing with the kittens. Josh and Dennis played their guitars while LaNette and I visited and watched TV. It was a relaxing evening. We went and watched Tana at a dance workshop on Saturday. She of course was the cutest! The shower was Saturday night - welcoming Baby Jacilayne Marie Cassell. Grammy and Jourdan and Jaret were in town, too. It was good to see them. Then we stayed the night with Sheri and Jack and went to church with them in the morning - the first day of their gospel meeting. We heard a wonderful speaker and ate a yummy potluck lunch. We left afterwards; it was a quick trip but fun!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

We're About Done With Our Room....

So we painted our bedroom two years ago and finally got most of it done this week. I was going to email people our video, but the file is too big I think. We got this new camcorder that takes pictures too a couple of weeks ago. As you can imagine, we've been playing with it a lot. Anyway, turn up the sound to hear my "commentary". Maybe we'll get the baby's room done next... : )

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Football Has Started!

A few weeks ago, I went to the Texas Tech game - or at least tried. It was an afternoon game and it was hot! Initially, my goal was to get to at least halftime...I left during the 1st quarter. It was a great game I heard - we won. Too bad I was a furnace getting hotter in the stands. We went with our friends Wes, Sharbee, and Caleb. Caleb loves the games - he's so funny to watch!

September Pics

Here's some pictures from September that I just got back. We got to see Clint and April visiting from Germany. We always have a good time with them. It was great to see Adub - she's a week more pregnant than me. Her baby was moving her stomach that night - we still don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet. I can't wait to find out!
We also saw family over Labor Day weekend. Jessi and I showed up to church in the same shirt (her mom bought the same one and color for us) and black bottoms - totally by accident! Apparently, pregnant women think alike (Jessi is 6 weeks more pregnant than me).
Josh and his dad played guitars late that night making the baby VERY ACTIVE (see prior post). Padme kept sniffing at the stuffed coyote that sits in their living room. I think she was suspicious of it!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

I'm Getting HUGE!!!

So I finally got some film's photos taken over the weeks. I think I took the first picture around 6 weeks, then around 12 weeks, then 17.5 weeks, then 19 weeks. After that I got smart and posted the weeks on the door. The last one is at 23.5 weeks. Today I was standing at the bus stop and my shirt was puffed out (or so I thought). Ever since I started wearing maternity shirts, this occurs. I rub my hand against my belly so my shirt will go down, and I won't look so big. Uh, it wasn't puffed out. My belly has gotten that large. I'm currently 24.5 weeks.