December 23, 2010

We are having....

A GIRL!!!!
(Ultrasound pic coming soon)

 The cool thing is, I was right about this. Looking forward to a loooooot more pink things around here. We are so excited!

Oh and a due date update- (to all of you who are really that interested)... turns out I wasn't as far a long as the first ultrasound estimated. Due date is now May 24th instead of May 17th. These things just cant be rushed. :)

December 17, 2010

Baby # 3 - 17 weeks

I was 17 weeks in this picture. I am 18 weeks, 4 days today.

  We have our BIG ultrasound this Monday!! You know, the one where they tell you if you are having a boy or a girl and measure baby all up and stuff.  I have a teeeny, tiiiny hunch that baby is a girl, but I was also 100% sure that Big Sis was a boy and Bub was a girl. So I'm not going to promise you anything. I will say that it would definitely be nice to finally guess right the third time around. 
 Hopefully all is well and baby is healthy. Ill letcha know next week!I We are so excited!!!

December 16, 2010

Things I love lately...Bub edition.

I love this boy because...he is learning to draw happy faces or "eye, eye, nose, happy" as he calls it, and is very proud of this.

 I love this boy because...of this. Not only is he hanging from my cupboard, but if you look close enough at that cute bum of his, his undies are backwards. And he wont change em around when asked. Its one of those 'pick your battles' type of things. Im just glad hes wearing them.

 I love this boy because...sometimes he does this. 
What you don't ever get the urge to chew on your toes??

I love this boy because...sometimes I find murals on my walls. 
  I'm just glad its chalk and not permanent marker.

I love this boy because...he does this when I am trying to take a decent picture of him.

I love this boy because...he would rather I take a picture of his orange M&M, and dirty hands (whoops) than his face.

I love this boy because...when I finally get a picture of him its a dandy. 
And those eyes...gosh those eyes!

 I love this boy because...he's mine pure and simple.
The end.

December 6, 2010

Scented applesauce and cinnamon ornaments

 You going to need applesauce and cinnamon for this. Thats it! Oh and some parchment paper and cookie cutters, but everyone has those right?

 Mix together 1/4 cup of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of applesauce. If the dough is too sticky to handle add more cinnamon. If its too dry, add more applesauce. Dump your mixed dough onto a piece of parchment or wax paper so it doesn't stick to your counter.

And flatten the dough, about 1/4 inch thick is perfect. We just folded over the parchment paper and smashed it down. We like the rustic look in our house. But you could use a rolling pin if your fancy like that.

Cut the dough into into shapes of your liking. This takes serious concentration.

But its also super duper fun.

Put them on a paper plate and make a hole in the top of each shape, we used a pencil for ours.  Leave on paper plate and put somewhere high where little people wont mistake them as cookies. Ornaments should be dry and ready to hang in about 4 to 5 days, depending on the thickness.

Enjoy! They smell amazing, and look pretty cute up on that tree. :)

December 3, 2010

Baby #3 - 15ish weeks

I thought I better get started on the baby pics, I'm falling behind already...
Fifteenish weeks.

I look like I'm about 24 weeks, I guess that's what happens when its your 3rd huh? Big sis was barely 7 lbs, Bub was 8 lbs so I wouldn't be that surprised with a 9 pounder this go around. Ok- maybe a tiny bit surprised. Bring it baby!

Here I am 4 days before Bub arrived.
Oh Lord have mercy. 

November 30, 2010

First solo road trip. Idaho bound.

It has been a while since I have seen my family that lives in the Nampa/ Boise area of Idaho, so I got brave and packed up the kiddos and took on a 7 hr drive by myself.  And when I say got brave, I really mean it, I have never done anything like this on my own before. My husband is usually our chauffeur for long trips. So It took me a long time to decide that I should, but mostly that I can do it. But I knew that I had to, especially with this new little 4 1/2 inch bun in the oven. There is no telling when I will be able to make the trip again.

 So here I am, taking a photo of myself while driving.  Ya I know, its not safe. I was careful I promise. I have precious cargo in the back seat. 

So long Washington and Oregon. There was maybe a total of 6 cars on the road the hole way it made it nice. Just me and the kiddos, princess music, audio books, movies- for them not me, oh and Kings of Leons new album, on the open road.

 When we got there we were greeted by Ace, my grandmas giant schnauzer . We fell in love with him immediately. He is quite possible the sweetest, most well mannered dog I have ever met. And we wanted to take him home with us.

Especially my girl. She fell in love with the beast. And couldn't believe that he hadn't even had his 2nd birthday. Frankly either could I. Biggest puppy I have ever seen.

We spent our 4 days days hanging out and visiting with the family, and at one point my grandma was so kind as to let me drive the kiddos around on her lawnmower.

Pretty fun stuff in our book.

 I got to see my cousin and friend that I haven't seen in over a year. I loved every minute.

And her son was just about the cutest little guy ever.

 My cousin and I took the kiddos to this warehouse full of big bouncy thingies. The kids loved it. My girl really loved it too, you just cant tell in this picture. She also really loved her second cousin in this picture. Which was surprising to me, because she has told me on many occasions that she doesn't like playing with boys. :)

My daughter really wanted to see some horses, so my dad, the kiddos and I drove out to his friends house to see some of our old horses. It was really neat to see them again.

My girl wasn't afraid of the ginormous creatures at all. She was in awe. And rightfully so. She has never been this close to a horse. That face says it all.

 My dad asked her if she wanted to ride one and she couldn't believe her ears. Look at that sweet face. This day will go down in history.

 Bubba boy wasn't so sure about them. Feeding them grass was just about all he could handle.

 We loved them.

And I loved the sound of this tractor humming near by.
Putt puff puttedy chuff. He reminded us of Otis the tractor.
Anyone else love Otis as much as we do?

We took an evening and went to my Aunt and Uncles house, they were so kind to feed us a yummy lasagna dinner and an evening of playing cars. Before we left my uncle let us play on his motorcycle. It was a beauty if I do say so myself, the picture doesn't do it justice.

 My grandma doesn't like her picture taken, but I was able to sneak this one of her and the kiddos enjoying a sweet moment together.

I loved watching this.
Melts my heart.

It was a sweet, sweet trip, we got to reconnect and hug family that I love and haven't seen in over a year. I'm so glad I made the trip and hopefully it wont be long till I get another brave bone in me and make the trip with 3 kiddos in the back seat this time. Yikes!

November 17, 2010

Because Shutterfly's cool like that

I'm all about saving a penny. So when I heard that Shutterfly was having a special promotion and giving away 50 FREE cards if all you do is link to them in your blog, I had to share the love.

Here are a few of my favorites this year:

This one is called With Love Ribbon. I think the snowflakes are cute, with the pretty red Merry Christmas in the corner.  Sweet all around. Now if I could just get my kids to smile that cute for a family picture (at the same time) we would be in buisness.

 I love the classic look of this one with the black and white photos. If you get a card from me that is almost identical to this one, except with a "P" in the middle, you know where I got the idea from. :) Its called Family Wall Red.

 I had to go with this one, I absolutely love the colors and the overall happy feeling of it. Its called Oh What Fun. I am torn on what one to choose now. This one might be arriving in your mailbox in a few short weeks. 

We have been using shutterfly for about 5 years now, not only for Christmas cards every year, but birth announcements, their awesome photo books, and calenders. They make it so easy and efficient, with just a few clicks, and you get your beautify crafted Christmas card sent to your mailbox, complete with envelopes and everything. Talk about a time saver!

So go on over and sign up for your 50 FREE cards. All you have to do is blog about it. :)

Merry so so early Christmas!

November 10, 2010

Missing Murfreesboro

We are seriously missing:

Tennessee clouds.

The sunshine.
Minus the humidity.

This sweet, sweet family.

 Chalk and bubble days out front.

Sneaking up to the neighborhood bunny.

 Watching caaraaaazy storm fronts come in.

Our neighborhood.

Watching the kiddos play with frogs at night when its 77 degrees out.
In the pool.
In their skivies.

Watching the boys golf out front.

Our favorite park.

Our evening firefly catching adventures...

I hope my daughter will remember catching them.

 The fireflies slept on her headboard, for goodness sakes.

I think she will. But that's just a hunch.

And last but definitely not least, our sweet friends and old neighbors with their southern accents and southern hospitality; the Simmons and Kopchaks. We miss yall so much! (I threw in the 'yall' just for you!)


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