Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Chris and I really wanted to go and see her in the race, but we weren't sure about bringing Bradley. After getting up there we are so glad that he didn't make the trip. The crowds were really thick and scary through the metro. Chris and I even had a hard time staying together and finding Kim at the end of the race. Kim had NO idea we were coming up to watch her. So, we waited for her on the sideline and Chris jumped out in the race and ran a mile with her. She couldn't believe it!
Kim just sent me this photo of Chris and her running, how hilarious is Chris's face?!
Then Adam ran with her until the end of the race. I am so proud of this girl. She just decided she was going to run the marathon. She didn't do the training with a team or anything, she just trained on her own. She said it was worth it in the end, but she isn't sure that she will run in another one.
Bradley got a special treat, and spent the night at Gigi and Pop Pop's house for the first time without us!! He did a great job and has been talking about them all day today. We took the time without him to do all of our birthday and Christmas shopping for Bradley. We are concerned if the house sells and trying to get everything done for the holidays and Bradley's birthday. I am going to try and wrap most of the presents this week and pack them away. His big birthday present is...
For Christmas we really splurged and got Bradley this entire Thomas Roundhouse Set. Bradley is just so in LOVE with all things trains, and especially Thomas. He won't need another Thomas train for ever! I can't wait to see his expression when this huge Thomas is under the tree! Whew, I am feeling better about Christmas coming around the corner!!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Remember in March when I got really excited and posted this?? Then we hit some bumps in the road here? With the housing market being what it is, we have definitely tried to be patient about the house selling. So, for the entire rest of the summer and into the fall I have continued to keep the house clean and organized. I have been accommodating for all of our showings, and we might have found a match!! Our house went under contract on Monday AGAIN! We are a bit more encouraged about this prospect and are hoping that they are the new 'owners to be'...
BUT, we are keeping it very realistic and trying not to get ahead of ourselves. We still have a lot of things to make it through before moving day. We have begun to talk about where we will be living while we are building our new home. We are really looking for a short term lease situation which narrows our possibilities. Hopefully (fingers crossed) we will be moving in just a few short weeks, and begin planning and dreaming of our new home.
Chris built our home three and a half years ago. It is a beautiful floor plan on five+ acres of land. It is just a lot MORE house and land than we have the time or energy to take care of. With our family growing I would like to be more centrally located to our town, i.e., closer to good grocery stores, better schools, preschools etc. I feel like I spend a great deal of my time driving back and forth from town. The closest elementary school from our house is over 45 minutes away. That isn't even including bus time. I will miss this house and the land, but we are excited about being in a better school system with a neighborhood feel. We are really looking for a community that offers a lot of amenities and we have a few places in mind to start looking. Although I will be sad to be out of our house for the holidays, I know great things are in store for us! Maybe someday we will build another house like this away from town with lots of land and landscaping to keep us busy. When our kids are older and we can pay them to mow the law (lol). But, I am just interesting in having less and living MORE. I want to have time on the weekends to play together as a family, and not watch Chris mowing and trimming the law for 3+ hours.
Please be thinking of us in the upcoming weeks. The last contract really was hard on Chris and I. It was really devastating to unpack and pick up the pieces. We are hoping that this will be a great fit for everyone!
Now off to get ready for date night!! YAY!! We are headed out for dinner and to catch the new Vince Vaughn movie "Couples Retreat." Chris and I love him, and can't wait for some quality time!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Houses, Couches and Babies. Thank you so much for giving me a blog award! It has been a while since I received any, and I know I haven't been blogging too much either. I am going to be a slacker with this one, and just say "Thank You" without passing it on. I know that isn't very fun, but I just have been barely keeping up with my same blogs and haven't been reading any new blogs lately. I hope you don't mind:)
I have been thinking about posting some of my favorite books for kids and for me to share with you. Bradley LOVES to read any and ALL books. I even recently uncovered a huge selection of non fiction books that he has requested every night. But some of our favorite fiction books are:
All of Doreen Cronin's books are great. This is the beginning of a few that are all about Farmer Brown and his crazy animals, so fun!
Some of you may read my sister's blog often and she is an avid reader. She is always posting about her favorite books and what is on her bookshelf. I thought I would copy the idea and tell you about some of my recent RAVES and misses in the book world. I LOVE to read, and will drive Chris crazy by staying up entirely too late to read a book. Then I will feel terrible the next day. Why do we do that to ourselves? One book that recently kept me awake at night, and ignoring my family on the weekend was:
Monday, October 19, 2009
I can't believe I am 16 weeks pregnant! This pregnancy has been a breeze by many standards. My friend from high school, Laura from The Land of Syd is pregnant too! We are due a few weeks apart from each other! She has been doing really cute posts about her first trimester (which was much more trying than mine). But I thought it was a great idea to jot down some of the funny and not so funny things about being pregnant with baby #2! (So, Laura I hope you don't mind me copying you on this one:)
As I mentioned before my first trimester was pretty smooth. I was mostly just VERY tired and EXTREMELY hungry. So hungry that I would eat breakfast and need a four course meal about two hours later. I was also SO hungry but NOTHING tastes good. Don't you hate that? I would fix the most fabulous meal, and then look at it and wonder what I was thinking. I know Chris's Mom will gag when she reads this but I've really craved .....
EGGS!!!! And I mean eggs cooked ANY way you could think of....scrambled, omelets, egg biscuits, egg fritatas, egg salads, and especially the egg and cheese everything bagel from Bodo's. Bodos is the most delicious bagel place in town, with great soups and salads for cheap!
Don't worry I have also been craving some horrible things like....
Although I have made it through my first trimester, I will say I still don't feel 100%. I have been suffering from afternoon headaches that will leave me needing a nap or some serious couch time. I don't remember having such horrible headaches with Bradley. This week they seem to be lightening up, but my back has been killing me. I will have shooting pains when I get out of the car or move a certain way. I am hoping that it is just where the baby is positioned right now, and will soon pass. Last but definitely not least has been the full on baby indigestion. I had this so BADLY with Bradley, but not until much later in my pregnancy. It has hit me early and hit me hard this time. Mylanta is already my new best friend. Anything and everything seems to set it off, and it is just the worst. I felt like an 80 year old women this weekend between my back aches and my indigestion.
Poor Chris has been amazing and put up with me, all of my aches and pains, and my serious egg eating. I just feel so blessed to be going through all of this, I know it is so worth it in the end. And it is fun to just laugh at what we do and eat while pregnant!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
More adventures from the weekend...
We were supposed to be picking pumpkins on Saturday, but the weather was rainy and yucky so we headed to this awesome children's museum called "Amazement Square." We have heard lots of great things about it, and it really lived up to all the hype. It was four floors filled with lots of fun things for all ages. Bradley learned to milk a cow and pick corn in the barn area.
My favorite part of the museum was the 'paint room.' Kids could paint all over the walls, and once it gets really messy they just hose the place down. I wish I had one of these at home. I love the picture below. I had to turn off the flash to get Bradley's sweet face in the picture.
We did spend most of our time in the boat area. Bradley loved watching his boat float down the river through the waterfalls. Even though it rained, it ended up being a really fun day.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Riding in the wagon looking for apples...did I mention it was the HOTTEST day ever? Greta and I were sweating trying to pull these two around with bags of apples in the wagon!
Hayrides!! Of course Bradley takes the most adorable picture while I haven't showered and sweated my tush off! Figures!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
We are going apple picking on Friday and to the greatest pumpkin patch on Saturday. We will truly be in the witching spirit after this weekend. It is so fun to fall in love with the holidays again through your child. I love it!