Sunday, December 16, 2012

Colton is 2!

Buster Bear is 2 years old!

Waffles with whip cream have become the birthday tradition in our house!

His way of showing he is 2 years old with his fingers (we are working on actually only have 2 fingers up)

Buster you are my passionate child. I used to call you bi-polar because you were either really happy or really ticked off, now I see it as passion. My prayer is God grants me wisdom to help direct that passion in the right direction.

You are all boy and I love it. You love to wrestle, to act big (showing off your muscles above), you love balls and cars. You are also my little lover boy. I would guess physical touch is your love language because you love to be held and loved on. You are a lover to others, but you sure love your momma. You are naturally more social than your sister. I love how you stand in the driveway and raise your arm to wave to cars that go by, even when they don't notice you.  

Oh trains, what else does a 2 year old boy need? I was amazed how you were so focused tonight on the trains.  Verbally you are slower then others, but physically you are above the curve. I can tell already you are a joker. It is so much fun to watch your personality grow.

One day you might hate this picture, but you are going to be surrounded by sisters, what can we say. I know there is enough boy in you that you stand your ground with all the girls around.

You sure love your sissy. You two play so well together right now. You don't stand for her pushing her way on you, but you two are a blast to watch together. You love mimicking her, even to the point that you will grab her boo and hold him like she does while sucking your fingers. You have adopted boo #2 to be your buddy to sleep with.

 Colton, I am so thankful to call you my son. You are a joy and blessing in our lives.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Payton's Christmas Program

Last night we had Payton's Christmas Program. What a difference a year makes. Last year she wasn't too sure about all the people. This year she thought it was cool that she got to sing from the stage that "Daddy preaches from." 

A video for the grandparents 


Saturday, December 8, 2012

30 weeks!

We are 30 weeks along in this pregnancy! I feel more myself (emotionally) then I have yet this whole pregnancy. A girlfriend yesterday even said I seemed more myself, had more energy and glow that is normal for me. Physically I am, well, I am 30 weeks prego and feeling it. I have been trying to stay active doing my boot camp (a very mini version of it) and I think I did too many squats the other day because my pelvic bone felt like it had a baseball bat taken to it. I am trying to find good exercises for the 3rd trimester, let me know if you have any!

I am so thankful for how good I feel now, especially the emotional/hormonal side. I can handle physical discomfort, the emotional part sends me for a loop. 

The other day I realized that my mind is telling me I should be having a baby any day. As Sister was due Dec 29th and Buster Dec 24th. My mind thinks "hey I am big and prego, it is Christmas time, I should be having a baby." WRONG, you have over 2 months to go!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Merry Christmas to me :)

I ordered a gift for myself 2 months ago and it finally came! I knew it shipped a few days ago and I have been watching the mail! I have been wanting a monogrammed necklace and took a long time to decide exactly which one as I wanted it to be classic and something I would wear for a long time.  It wasn't cheap either (for a deal girl like me) but I have money saved up still from last Christmas and birthday, so it was time to spoil myself a bit. I got a Moon and Lola Monogrammed necklace from Swell Caroline. I am so pleased with it. My daily jewelry has become so simple, this might just become the newest every-day-wear piece for me.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Halloween, Florida & Thanksgiving

Since it is almost December and it has been a month since I posted, I thought it would be good to get caught up before we head into the Christmas season. 

My last post was about how difficult this pregnancy has been, I stand true to that post, but I am thankful to say as we have entered the 3rd trimester, the emotional/hormonal part has gotten better. I feel my mood is more positive. Physically I got on medicine for my heartburn/indigestion and I feel soooo good about that. I still feel big and full pregnant (and get comments every time in public about how big I look and having so long to go) but I am thankful for my health. I weigh more than I have ever weighed in my life (even full 42 weeks prego with Sister) and I can feel that weight, but I know it will come off after baby. Steve has narrowed the field down to 2 names, one of them is my top name, so we will see what name is chosen for little girl.

The kids and I were in Florida for Halloween. They had so much fun trick-or-treating with their cousins. It was also my grandmother's 91st birthday (on Halloween) so we were thankful to celebrate with her. My SIL had told me she was making a shark and mermaid costume for her kids and wanted to know if she could make them for mine, I was all game. She did an excellent job.

Grandma and Mom on Grandma's 91st Birthday

4 generations

My little shark who wasn't sure about the hood and teeth

The Boys as sharks

The whole crew

Tears over the hood having to be worn for pictures
I met up with my best friend from college (Callie) one night for dinner. My time with her is always life giving. I love friends who know you and your story.

One night we put a movie on for the kids to watch. It was past Buster's bedtime and I went to put him down to find him cuddling in his great-grandma's lap. He sat there for 45 minutes without moving. Little Stinker got to stay up way past bedtime because there was no way I was taking him from her arms. He barely sits still long enough but what precious time for them to cuddle. 

The 4 great-grandkids (and dad because the boys didn't want to get in the picture). The next time we will be in Florida will be April. I asked grandma if she was planning on going anywhere before we come back in April, she proceeded to tell me she might go visit her niece. I said I was thinking more like going up the highway in the sky to heaven, she is 91, I don't take anything for granted. She has 2 great-grandkids being born in Feb/March (my SIL is pregnant and due right after me), so I told her she needs to stick around to see them. She said she is planning on it.

We did hit up Ikea before heading home.

Buster's first chopstick experience, both of my kids LOVE white rice!
 Our Thanksgiving plans every year involve getting together with Steve's family. We usually end up in St. Louis but have met at their lake house too. This year was special because it is Uncle Benny's first year away at college, so all the boys and their families were home for Thanksgiving. I didn't get any pics of the day, but we did go to a nursery that has over an acre of Poinsettias for Christmas. It was beautiful.

This was Payton's first year not scared of Santa. Brother didn't want to talk to him but she sat right down and gave him her list of things she wanted. 

We are so thankful for family to spend Thanksgiving with. Christmas is usually spent alone as Steve is preaching and we can't travel anywhere. I really like having our kids wake up in their own home for Christmas as well. We are heading to get our tree tonight and are looking forward to the wonderful holiday season!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Oh Pregnancy - 6 months

24 weeks

We are starting month 6 in this pregnancy. This one has been my hardest pregnancy yet. I actually told Steve the other night "mark my words I do not want to go through this again, 3 is a great number of kids for us."

During previous pregnancies once I hit mid-teens I usually felt really good. I remember getting a little nauseous with Payton in my late teens, but I was mostly smooth sailing until the end of pregnancy discomfort of being big set in.

The last 24 weeks have been some of the hardest times I have physically and hormonally gone through. I wrote HERE at the end of my first trimester how hard it had been for me, and I was hoping for better days. Well the better days have been so minimal, the tough ones have stuck around a lot longer than I hoped.

I am not a women who has loved being pregnant during any of my pregnancies. This pregnancy has gone from first trimester yuck to hormone-over-load-can't-tell-you-why-I-cry-and-feel-overwhelmed-about-everything to complete exhaustion to the last few weeks of such pain in my body I feel like I am 38 weeks pregnant and should pop any day.

I felt like as soon as I got over the first trimester yuck, the hormones took over, then those subsided and complete exhaustion hit me, then as soon as I felt a little energy back, my body completely aches and hurts to move at all. I have been seeing a chiropractor and he is so wonderful, really trying to figure out the pain (mostly lower back) and the last few days I have felt some reprieve. 

I feel like I have become a negative-nelly which I hate. I have wanted to be real and let people know I don't have it all together and I am having a hard time handling this, but yesterday it hit me, I am tired of being in this rut. I am tired of telling people I hurt and I am over this pregnancy. I did calculate the other day that I have been pregnant 9 of the last 13 months, no wonder I am ready to be done. 

BUT today I have decided to make a change. I am choosing to be positive. I am tired of being negative, I am choosing to use positive words associated with this pregnancy. I really believe in the power of positive words and thoughts. I am choosing to be productive, even when I feel life sitting in my rear and staring at nothing. I have been debbie-downer and sittin-sally for 6 months, I am over it. This most likely will be my last pregnancy, so I want to have some fond memories of it, if they are not coming naturally, I will look hard for them. So here it is to a great last few months of my pregnancy. I know my husband and dear friend Hilary who both hear me whine the most will enjoy the change. My kids will probably notice too, but most importantly, I want to be more myself and enjoy myself.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Oldie but a goodie

I am usually the girl that loves wearing big earrings. For some reason recently I have been keeping it more simple, so my go to earrings most days are these

Where might you ask did I purchase these shiny little studs......

I couldn't tell you because I bought them 13 years ago

I wore them to my senior homecoming. The choker is long gone, but those earrings have survived many purges, and I am so glad they have. 

That good looking little guy is my little brother, he was a freshman. I am not sure about the serious faces, I don't claim to understand my teenage self :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Eating our way through KC

This past weekend Steve and I celebrated 8 years of marriage. Our actual Anniversary was Tuesday the 16th, but we had friends who took our kids overnight, so we enjoyed a little "Stay-cation." I was still recovering from flu like symptoms and it was cold and rainy all weekend, so we are glad we didn't have major plans, we did what I love most, ate out a lot and napped in the cold rain.

Steve was gracious to let me choose where we ate, as he has many more lunch meetings out and gets to eat at his favorite places often, and the kids and I don't have many lunches out at all, and if we do get to treat ourselves out, it is usually Chick-fil-a.

So here are some of my top places to eat in KC (in the order we ate at them).

The Chicken and Asparagus is my favorite 

Their Five Star Cheese Pizza on Honey Whole Wheat crust is my absolutely favorite pizza anywhere!
Five Star Cheese
International blend of provolone, feta, Monterey Jack, Romano and Swiss cheeses with alfredo sauce, sprinkled with Rosemary

This was the first time we ate here and the following skillet stole my heart and made me want to go back. I even had leftovers the next day and it tasted as good.
Diced ham, bacon and hollandaise sauce on a bed of ranch potatoes with melted cheese and two eggs any style. Served with an English muffin. (I substituted for fruit cup)

We had a groupon here and I have been wanting some good old manicotti and they did not disappoint


 We ended the weekend in the woods hunting together. We didn't see any deer, but it was a beautiful evening and since I haven't been in the woods in almost 3 years with Steve, I know he enjoyed having me there. He knows I won't go out in the cold, so this was probably his last chance to get me out.

Thanks to our friends who watched our kids so we could have some husband and wife time!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Baby Girl Nursery

One of the exciting things about having a girl is that I have a reason to redecorate the nursery. If it was a boy, I would have stayed with the same decor that Colton has. I knew when I painted those walls navy that no matter if we had a girl next, the navy was staying.

This is Colton's room

That was actually his room when he came home, it has been adjusted some as he has gotten older and I have had to make some things safer.

My new favorite colors right now are Navy and Bright Pink/Fuchsia. A sweet lady from church is making this little girl a baby quilt and wanted colors. I knew immediately I wanted the navy/pink combo, but wanted one more color for a fun mix. I went with a light turquoise. 

I was about tickled that when I started looking on pinterest for navy/pink combo and room ideas, the most popular color added was turquoise. I was on to something. I didn't find rooms with the colors, but check out these 2 outfits.

These pictures convinced me to add a little gold to the room too. I have a great gold mirror that might replace the brown one now (I was just going to spray paint it pink, but the fancy gold might be a nice touch).

Since I have the navy walls and white furniture to work with, I am just on the hunt for some good bedding (actually fabric to make my own dust ruffle and curtains), rug and fun accessories!

By the way, I am referring to this baby as baby girl, not because we are keeping the name secret, but because we do not have a name yet. I have a favorite in mine, but Steve hasn't agreed to it yet but hasn't found anything he likes better. We will take any suggestions. Both Payton and Colton end with a "N" (actually they both have "ton") and the boys name we had picked out ends the same way, but I am having a hard time finding a girls name that I like that ends with a "N." I am not stuck on having it that way, but I do like 2 syllable names. I know weird quirks :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pumpkin Patch

This past weekend we went to a new pumpkin patch in Edgerton. They had a bounce house and big slide which was about all our kids cared about. Really, there were pumpkins there? They didn't even notice. It was a really cold day so we were thankful the sun came out while we were there.

My little daredevil loved going down the slide all by himself