Kid Krafts

Since I started watching K, I've had her and Max doing crafts just about everyday.  I love that it's the holiday season, because the festive crafts are endless.  I'm also having them do a letter a day.  They just finished G, and when I show them the crafts they make they can identify the letter.  I'm also showing them actual flashcards with the letters, because really the letter G won't always look like an awesome giraffe.  I'm also amazed at how well they do.  I put the glue, but they put down the strip of paper, spots, stars, teeth, eyes...whatever it is.  They are little artists.  Here are some of the crafts that they've done.

Holiday Crafts
Handprint turkey, turkey from toilet 
paper roll, and painted pinecone

handprint Christmas tree with fingerprint ornaments

handprint Santa

Today we're making the letter H full of hearts, and we're decorating our Christmas tree.  Day of FUN!


One Picture

One picture of myself....blah! I really don't like being in pictures. I like being behind the camera, hence most of my pictures are of Ian and Max or just Max.   I thought I would have a little fun with this one though, and combine two pictures.      
I was super excited in the picture to the left, because I had just gotten a Kid Sister. Me on the right is one of the last pictures of me as a 29 year old. 
The 10 day challenge is now over.  It was really fun participating in this link up.  To have to think of things that matter to me or are my favorites took me down memory lane.   


14 Weeks

I'm turning into that girl taking pictures of herself in a mirror. 
 I'll have Ian start taking pictures of me. 

How far along: 14 Weeks!  (I know I was late last week posting this, so only 3 days have past.  I'll get better at posting this every Wednesday.)
Baby's size: size of a large navel orange
Sleep: I've come to grips with my lack of sleep.  I seriously just watch Hallmark for a couple hours in the wee hours of the morning.  There are good movies on.  I'm going to be bummed when they aren't playing them anymore.
Maternity Clothes: I actually whipped out a couple pairs of pants from when I was pregnant with Max.  Those fit much better than the ones I bought for this go around.
Food cravings: Still anything sweet.  At this exact moment I'm craving Chinese...well really the lettuce wraps from PF Chang's.  yum!!! Oh and green olives!
Food aversions: None.
Symptoms I have: No morning sickness the past 4 days!!  Woohoo!!  (I'm probably jinxing myself, but oh well :)) TMI- I pee all the time.  ALL. THE. TIME.
Doctor’s Appointment: December 4th can't come soon enough!
Movement: Still feels like the navel orange is turning flips.
Belly Button: Innie and I hope to God it stays that way. Outie bellybuttons creep me out! (I will keep this sentence in hopes that my bellybutton doesn't pop out.)
Gender: I have a feeling, but we'll see in a few weeks! (In a couple weeks I'll post some old wives tales and show how I'm falling in those categories.)
What I’m looking forward to: Finding out the gender of Baby W, and having Max feel the baby kick, and turning 30 on Sunday!  What?!  How the heck did I get to 30 so fast?!
What I miss: Today I am missing the yummy taste of a bloodymary.


13 Weeks

How far along: 13 Weeks! (Really 13w4d)
Baby's size: size of a lemon (I know it looks more like a bag of lemons)
Sleep: Not good.  I'm either up really, really late or I wake up around 3:00 am and stay awake for 2 hours. ( Thank goodness for Hallmark, because I love watching the Christmas movies.)
Maternity Clothes: I've been wearing some shirts.  I'm still in regular pants.  The maternity pants I bought don't fit quite yet. Probably soon the way this bump is growing.
Food cravings: Anything sweet.  Cheese and pickle sandwiches (Trying to stay away from this yummy goodness)
Food aversions: None.
Symptoms I have: Morning sickness...I'm crossing my fingers and toes it eases up during my 2nd trimester. 
Doctor’s Appointment: December 4th!
Movement: I know it's early, but I seriously feel this kiddo already.  Not like kicks or punches, but it feels like the kid is turning flips.
Belly Button: Innie and I hope to God it stays that way.  Outie bellybuttons creep me out!
Gender: I have a feeling, but we'll see in a few weeks!
What I’m looking forward to: Finding out the gender of Baby W, and having Max feel the baby kick.
What I miss: Sleeping a full night, and not going to the bathroom a bajillion times in one day.

This was me at 13 weeks pregnant with Max...crazy difference.



So today is the first Thanksgiving of my 29 years of life that I didn't eat turkey.  I have to say I was a tad bit sad, but Melanie made me some amazing salmon.  Yum!!  Today hasn't gone how I expected though.  I love Thanksgiving.  I love spending time with family and friends.  I love being in the kitchen and helping.  I love relaxing on the couch and watching football.  This morning I woke up and my back was killing me.  I couldn't bend, and any movement meant pain..  Sitting down felt like I was killing myself.  Okay, so I'm being a bit dramatic, but I just want you to get the picture of how much pain I'm in.   We went to Mel and Jake's early, and I didn't help.  I sat on the couch with a heating pad.  It wasn't like I was relaxing either because any movement that I made freaking hurt. 

I actually left early and Max and I are hanging out at home.  Sad. In all the pain, sadness, and feeling sorry for my in pain self...I am super thankful. 

Ian- this guy brings me ice water when I'm throwing up.  That's love.  He has a big heart, and I'm so thankful that he's my husband, my partner in crime, the father to my children.

Max-this kid is the best.  He is full of life, love, and laughter.  He always makes my days 100 times better...even if I'm in a ton of pain.

Family- I'm blessed beyond words with the family I have. I'm so thankful for every single person in my family.  I love them.

Friends- being away from family it's always a good thing to surround yourself with amazing people.  Hands down our friends are absolutely wonderful and an extension to our family. (and they make you salmon when you're not eating turkey or ham for Thanksgiving.) 

I hope all those important to me know that I'm thankful for them every day. 

Happy Thanksgiving!!  I hope you enjoyed spending time with loved ones, eating yummy food, and letting those around your know just how much they mean to you.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

2 Songs

2 songs....both songs were played at mine and Ian's wedding, for different reasons.

1. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol- This was the song that Ian and I chose as our wedding song.  It was the song that played as we walked into our reception as a Mr. and Mrs.  It was the song that we had our first dance to.  I remember it like yesterday.  I love this song.  When Ian and I hear this song, we get mushy gushy and it takes us back to our wedding.  We once heard it in a parking lot, I think it's was at Sports Chalet, and danced.  Right there in the parking lot, we danced.  On our first anniversary Ian played it on his iPod, and we danced in our living room.  No matter where or when I hear it, it always takes me back to Las Cruces, NM on June 14, 2008. 

2.  Where You Lead by Carole King- It's the Gilmore Girls song.  I watched this show from the beginning, and I always told my mom that she should watch it.  Eventually she did, and she loved it!!  There was one day that I called her and kept getting her voicemail, so I left a message calling her Lorelai. (If you've seen this episode, you know what I'm talking about.)  She's so my Lorelai.  At my wedding I danced to this song with my Mom.  I don't have the picture, but it's on our wedding video, and my Mom and I are dancing and singing the words.  Love.  Whenever I watch a rerun of GG it reminds me of my Mom. 

If you click the names of the songs, it will take you to their videos...just in case you have no clue what my fav songs are.  :)



Woah, I bet I could pop those bubbles!

Hmm....maybe I'll just watch them.  They are pretty.
This afternoon Max and K had a blast popping bubbles!  They were chasing them around the yard counting each bubble that they popped.  I couldn't stop laughing because it was so stinkin' cute! They take popping bubbles serious.  There will definitely be some bubble popping tomorrow!


Lemon Cookies

A couple weeks ago,my friend Leslie brought over these lemon cookies that were beyond delicious.  She left the plate and they were seriously gone by the next day.  They were soft and chewy, which is how I love my cookie to be!  So I asked her for the recipe and it's the easiest recipe ever.  Granted I totally messed it up the first time I attempted the cookies, but this time around I nailed it!  Plus it only has 4 ingredients.  Leslie also said you can do any flavor.  I did lemon, because that's what she did and I wanted to stick with what I liked.  Next time I'll attempt chocolate.  Yum!
1. Cool Whip, Lemon Cake, Lemon pudding, egg. (If you're going to change the flavor, make sure the pudding or jello flavor match. Or you can mix and match like strawberry cheese cake.)
2.  The batter is think and sticky.
3. Take spoonfuls and roll them in powdered sugar (I guess it's 5 ingredients.)
4. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
5. Let them cool on the pan for a few minutes.
6. Eat and Enjoy!!
They passed the toddler test. Yummy!!!


Heartbeat, Heartbeat

We had an ultrasound this morning to see this little one!!  It was a relief when I saw the baby bouncing around on the screen. 

Rewind to my doctor appointment on the 5th, and all was good. Dr. S started searching for the heartbeat, and he couldn't find one.  Every second that passed by, and no heartbeat felt like an hour.  I started to freak out.  Dr. S wasn't worried.  He said this was normal and said I could come in the following week to check the heartbeat.  I left and the minute I got into the car the tears came.  I was so worried.   I was so upset Ian called the doctors office to speak with Dr. S.  Ian was told that the doc was confident everything was fine, especially because I was having morning sickness.  I'm glad Dr. S was confident, but I was not.  I was a hot crying mess.  We had decided to do the early screen ultrasound where they test for down syndrome.  The outcome of the test doesn't matter to us one bit, because this baby is wanted, but I just wanted to see the baby.  One thing I've learned is that I WILL NOT complain about morning sickness again.  I will throw up everyday, this entire pregnancy if it means the little one is okay.  Having that scare, was beyond scary.  

Today the minute the nice lady started the ultrasound the little one was nonstop moving.  Ian and I were so happy.  Max wasn't concerned about the ultrasound.  He was busy playing with his firetruck.  The nice lady turned up the volume so Max could hear the heartbeat.  At first he stopped, and was like ,"What's that?"  Ian told him it was the baby's heartbeat and he kept saying, "Heartbeat! Heartbeat!"  So. Darn. Cute.  The baby has a solid heartbeat of 164!

Next appointment is Dec. 3rd! 


3 Films

I love movies.  I love when I watch a movie and I can't wait to buy it.  Then when I buy it I'll watch it over and over again.  I have childhood favorites, movies that I loved in highschool, college classics, and now movies that I currently love.

1. Bring It On- umm hello "spirit fingers"!  I loved this movie.  In college my friend, Brooke, and I would watch this all the time.  We could quote it word for word.  We'd also laugh like we'd never seen it. 

2. You've Got Mail- the way some people feel about Sleepless in Seattle is the way I feel about this movie.  I love it.  I love that Meg Ryans character owns a book store, and she reads to the kiddos.  I so want my own bookstore one day.  There are parts in that movie that I die laughing. 

3. The Vow-I think people either loved it or hated it. I happen to love it. One, it has Channing Tatum and Scott Speedman (Felicity fans....need I say more about Mr. Speedman?) well really that is just a good reason right there to love it. Ha! Really though I like how we saw the love story from the guys point of view...usually it's the girls. I didn't like how she didn't get her memory back, but it's based on a true story and that's what happened. (I read the book, and it's not what I expected. I liked the movie better than the real story. I know, bad.)



I started watching a friends daughter who happens to be Max's friend from PCA.  Two, 2 year olds is a lot of energy, and this pregnant lady is kinda lacking in that department.   With that being said though, I cannot tell you how much fun we have!  Today they made binoculars.  They decorated, by decorate I mean scribble with markers, and once they were put together by yours truly we set off on our adventure!  They rode in Max's wagon while I pulled them around the block.  They were "Ohhhing" and "Awwwing" at things that they normally see, but with binoculars it was much cooler.  Then when we got home they walked in our yard on the hunt for birds.  K actually made birds fly out of a bush and it scared the bejeezus out of her and Max.  I laughed.  It was funny!  We walked across the street to look up at some birds in a tree and they found pinecones.  You would have thought it was gold!  They were so excited!  Once they wake up from nap they are going to decorate them.   Being a SAHM is so enjoyable, and now that K is here to enjoy our days with us...it's pretty darn F.U.N.



Sobbing 101

You may have heard that pregnant ladies have hormonal issues during their pregnancy.  One minute you can be happy as a clam, and the next pissed at the world. (or your hubby for a stupid reason)  Things that you normally find sad are now SAD that cause you to sob, and maybe even have the ugly cry.  Think Farrah from Teen Mom, if you have no clue what I'm talking about-Yay you for not watching that show!   Better yet I'll show you!!

So lately, if I find something sad I'm seriously a sobbing mess.  I canNOT take sad stories.  There was a tragedy that happened in Las Cruces on Halloween to a mom and her 15 year old son.  My mom was telling me the story, and I couldn't stop crying.  Even after getting off the phone with her.  Goodness even now just thinking about it as I type, it makes me cry.  

I was reading a story about a 19 year old who had to drop out of college to raise her 3 siblings because their parents died in Hurricane Sandy.  Sobbing mess!

Then there are times when I cry over dumb things.  This morning I was watching one of my fav shows.  It was a rerun that I've seen numerous times.  I was a sobbing mess watching the darn episode!  I even laughed at myself for being so emotional, but I can't seem to stop the waterworks.

Reading a book that has a sad part...oh lordy.  I have to look like a crazy person to Max.  I can only imagine what Ian thinks of me.  

Ways to make a pregnant woman mad...or maybe it's just me.  Telling me that I'm sensitive.  WTH?!  Don't do it, just don't.  If you want to be happy, you want me to be happy, you want the world to be happy...DON'T say it...because really I can't control my emotions all that well these days.  Am I sensitive-ummmm yes, but don't tell me.  Think it, just not out loud.   Okay?  Super! Glad you understand! (I wish men had to go on this emotional rollercoaster called pregnancy.)



Freak Out

This week has been a somewhat busy one for Max and I.  I'm kind of a stressball right now and I'm trying to keep busy so I'm not worrying about something that is out of my control.  So today our busy-ness took us to the library for storytime.  This time there were a lot of kiddos.  We started out with a craft.  Max had fun drawing and placing stars on drops of glue that I had placed on his craft thing.  I have no clue what he was making...a holdable wreath?  What ever it is, it turned out super cute!

Storytime was chaotic and there were loud, crying kiddos.  Max wanted nothing to do with them.  He didn't want to participate in the songs, and you could barely hear the stories because of the kiddos, so he was just sitting on my lap looking like a scared child.  Then they brought in a person dressed as a bald eagle (all the stories and activities had to do with Veteran's Day) talk about freak out!  Why they thought the kiddos would enjoy that is beyond me.  Max freaked out, and we ended up leaving shortly after that.   Fun stuff let me tell you!  Now, I'm ready for naptime! :)

Melt My Heart

Melt my heart.  

I'm so not impressed Mommy.

Haha! Okay, I guess my hair does look funny!!

4 Books

4 Books....only 4?!  I love reading.  I have so many books, and I love rereading them over and over again.  Books make me happy, and I love sharing that love with Max.  The kid will grab book after book for us to read.  It's pretty awesome.

Back to 4 Books...I will do my favorite books.  I'm going to cheat a little and include series as one, and not each book individually.

1. Witch Avenue Series by Karice Bolton.  I found these books on the nook, and they are page turners.  The minute you start, you will not stop until you finish the book.  Karice does a great job taking you into the world of the main characters, Triss and Logan.  Plus Altered Souls is only $2.99 on the nook, and Lonely Souls is $0.99!  How can you beat that?! 

2. Twilight Saga.  So I had never heard of Twilight.  When the movie came out I didn't see it until my Christmas break.  I was a little behind.   That Christmas though I asked my parents for the books.  Getting books for Christmas is the best gift I could get.  Love. Love.  So I got all 4 books and I read them all in 4 days.  Then I reread them over and over again.  I'm one of those people that now gets super excited about the movies.  I don't care if people think they are stupid, I love them. 

3. Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy.  I know people got caught up in all the....ummm I don't even know what to say.  My younger bro and sis read this blog.  The actual story is a really good one.  Yes, it's what you would call a page turner, but if you can't get passed all the hoopla, then you're missing out. 

4. A Walk to Remember.  My all time favorite from Nicholas Sparks.  I love all his books, but this was the first one I read, and then of course there was the movie.  I think in college I went and saw it about 3 times with my friend, Brooke.  We cried every time.  So good!

So there you have it, my favorites!  


5 Foods

My 5 favorite foods of the moment.  Now that I'm pregnant some foods that I use to eat, I no longer love.  

1.  CLT- cheese, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.  I always think that when someone else makes my sandwich they taste so much better.  When I make myself a CLT it tastes sooooo good.  It doesn't matter if I make or someone else makes it.  It's just a yummy sandwich. 
2. Butternut Squash Black Bean Enchiladas- my friend pinned this on Pinterest and it's so ridiculously good.  
3. Peanut butter and chocolate ice cream- pb and chocolate together, need I say more?
4.  Strawberry shredded mini wheat-  I could eat this for any meal of the day.  I especially love to eat it for dinner.  Yummy cereal and strawberry flavored milk to drink at the end.  Yes please!
5. Bananas- Whether I eat it a banana by it self or on a pb sandwich.  They are good stuff. 


This morning Max and I set off to the library to get library cards and check out books.  While we were there the nice lady at the desk told us that there would be storytime for kiddos ages 1-3.  We went and looked at books until it was time for the fun to begin.  Max picked out three books to bring home.  He was super excited about all the books around him.  Just like his Mama.  

At first Max was hanging back by me, but slowly he made his way to the carpet.  It was beyond cute.  They sang songs, read two stories, sang more songs, and then colored a page.  Max was singing along, especially to If You're Happy and You Know It.  This kid melts my heart with his excitement to singing and learning.  I can't wait to take him back again!