Friday, December 17, 2010
Sawyer Dawn: "Sawyer!?! Who's that?" Is that a question you are asking yourself? Sawyer is our baby GIRL due March 13th. Well, our tech wouldn't confirm that it is a girl but we sure didn't see any boy bits. Here are a few ultrasound photos of our beautiful blessing.
Lainee: Well, what can I say? She is as FEISTY as ever. Our little princess has gotten a little attitude that's for sure and I'm really not quite sure where she gets it. I do like to call her a mini-Nicole because some of her behavior reminds me a lot of my youngest sister. Despite her orneriness, she can also be the sweetest little thing, my little cuddle bug. She has really gotten into wrestling around with her big brother and we have started to realize how TOUGH she really is. She can throw down with the best of them, at least fellow 1 year olds, I'm sure. She's starting to say more words, she's really good at "N-N-N-n-n-OOO" and "thank you" which sounds a little like "tank yew" Her little voice is SO adorable. What a little cutie we've got on our hands. I'm pretty sure poor Chad is already dreading teenage years. haha
KJ: My little man! It's amazing to watch this little guy, to have conversations with him and to hear how his mind works. He has SUCH an imagination. He will say things that completely blow me away, crack me up or make me say "Whaaaaa---?" I've said it before and I'll say it again, he's such a smart kid. Sadly, I've fallen off the bandwagon with trying to do pre-school with him so I hope to get a curriculum set and really dig in after the new year. He really enjoys learning and he loves to write, color and do crafts. He's also a good little singer AND lip syncher. He really gets into music. He's also our little bum at times, I think he could lay on the couch watching The Disney Channel all day long if we let him. He's a wonderful big brother to his little sister and they really have a lot of fun together. I'm such a lucky mommy to have the babies that I do. :)
Daddy: Chad had quite an experience when he went to JAPAN at the beginning of November for work. It has been his first time out of the country (other than Canada) and he got to explore a little bit of Kobe and Tokyo. It was hard, him being away, but I know it was good for him. He also got to experience more of the "business" side of his job as he is usually working away in the lab while at work. Despite his big trip, he has been busy being a WONDERFUL father. KJ & Lainee absolutely adore their daddy. He will get home after a day at work and still find the time and energy to wrestle around with them on the floor, give them horsey rides around the house and spend his downtime cuddling them on the couch. He is such a great, great man and we are lucky to have him!
Mommy: What have I been up to besides growing a 3rd little cutie? Well, at the end of October, I, with the help of many wonderful people, ran a "Cookes For Kids' Cancer" Bakesale in which we were able to raise over $800. I really enjoyed working for such a GREAT cause and I highly encourage anyone interested to check it out and give it a shot! Glad also matched what we raise which was really wonderful.
I also have been busy with my photography business. I've got to work with some really wonderful people and I've really been enjoying it. I'm currently taking time off for the holidays but plan on starting back up after the new year (at least for a couple months until Sawyer arrives).
Mostly, I've been busy being a mommy. Although, like I said, I have not been as dedicated with learning activities and plan on changing that soon. I enjoy playing around with the kiddos, being silly and just being a mom to the two most wonderful kids I know. I couldn't be more blessed. God has given me so, so much to be thankful for!
Friday, October 8, 2010
KJ is such a smart little boy. I need to get on the ball and start doing more pre-school activities with him, he loves to learn and I really need to take advantage of that! He's such a wonderful son and he sure loves his little sister who loves him right back! Love that little guy!
Little Miss Lainee is growing, growing! She is our feisty kid, for sure. She has started throwing fits, fits where she throws herself down on the ground and just cries and cries or she will get angry and want to hit whatever is in sight. Luckily, they seem to be getting better and I hope it's something she grows out of REALLY soon. She, like her brother, is also very smart. She's started to understand everything we tell her or ask her do and she likes to "talk" more and more. She still doesn't say many words but just the fact that she is becoming more vocal is pretty exciting. I'm sure she will be a chatterbox soon enough. Despite her orneriness, she can be the sweetest little thing at times and we just love her to pieces! We are so blessed to have two adorable, healthy, awesome children with another on the way!
As for #3, this pregnancy has been going really well. We should be able to find out what the little squirt is in the next few weeks. We are getting a lot of boy guesses, so we will see who is right when the time comes. Feel free to make a guess on our guessing game:
Chad has been keeping really busy at work and is only about to get busier. He is going to be working a night shift for a little while as they have a big order they are working on and then once they are done with that, he will be heading off to Japan for about a week on business. It's going to be strange not having him here for that long. We've only spent one night apart since we were married, it will be an adjustment, but at least it's only for a week.
I've been working on my photography business. I have a few shoots coming up and I've been trying to get some holiday cards done in hopes I might get some orders of those. I'm enjoying it. It doesn't keep me too busy, but I don't want it to be a full-time job. I'm a mom first, and that is what I want to be the busiest with! :)
Well, I think that has kind of caught me up for now. Happy Fall!!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
4 years ago today I married my best friend! I'm such a lucky girl, I can't even put into words how completely in love I am with my hubby. He's such an incredible husband, father and man in general. 4 years down and hopefully MANY, MANY, MANY more to go!
It looks like we will be welcoming baby #3 in March. My due date, by ultrasound, is March 1th! We are really excited and I'm REALLY excited to get over these rough weeks of nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, etc... I've been so pathetic the last couple weeks. I have no energy or motivation to do ANYTHING. Thank goodness Chad is so awesome and lets me lay down and rest when I need to. He's even picked up extra chores around the house.
Monday, July 12, 2010
First of all, our Lainee bug turned ONE! I know, where has the time gone? Seems like it was just yesterday I was blogging about having her and here we are one year later with a walking, (kind of) talking, adorable (practically a) toddler! What a fun year it has been. She is such a wonderful girl and we are so blessed that she is our daughter. She keeps us laughing, smiling and I know I just love her more and more everyday. We celebrated her birthday twice, once in Shelton and once here at home. Here are some pictures of the birthday fun that was had!
Other than that, we've been hanging out and enjoying the summer sun (when it's out and around)! Happy July!!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Now... on to the challenge.
I am in a very successful relationship! I seriously couldn't have found a better man. I've already gushed about him in past posts so I don't think I really need to go into detail there. He is truly my better half. He knows just what to say to make me feel better and also knows when to push my buttons (always deserved). He is an excellent father and he does such an excellent job taking care of us.
He was my best friend before we were married and I think that is an excellent foundation for any marriage. It didn't take me long at all to fall for him and once I did I knew he was the one for me and here we are almost 6 years later, still going strong! :)
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
1. The day Chad and I got married!
2. The day I had KJ.
3. The day I had Lainee.
I don't think I even really need to go into detail about why these would be the best days of my life... pretty sure it's obvious.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I can only tell you what works for us. We try not to overspend and we definitely try to save. I created a budget once but we only used it for a month or so and then forgot. Maybe I should try that again. As you can see, I'm really struggling with what to even write here. :) So, if I think of some helpful tips I will definitely post them!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
- A wrap-around porch
- At least 4 bedrooms
- A photography studio
- A craft room for artsy fartsy stuff
- LOTS AND LOTS of storage space
- A theater
- Chad's own space for whatever he would like in it
- A playroom for the kiddos where ALL of the toys would stay (yeah right!)
- A library
- Open floorplan with plenty of light throughout the house
- It would sit in the middle of a really big, fun yard
- and LOTS AND LOTS of LOVE (insert collective "aaawwwww" here"
That is quite a wish list I know but I am describing my dream house. I'm sure there are other things I would add to that but I can't think of them right now. Chad and I have found a house plan that we both really like and are hoping to build a house in the next 5 years or so. It doesn't have everything I mentioned above but it's still pretty great and it will still be a "dream" house for me.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I recently, as you know, started getting more into photography. If I could do this as a side job, that would be PERFECT. I really enjoy photography and would love to do it as a small business.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
- A wonderful husband!
- 2 healthy, adorable, loving, entertaining, precious children!
- A fantastic FAMILY!!
- A faith in my Lord and Savior that can get me through anything!
Because of those four things above, I am SO, COMPLETELY BLESSED! I have so much to be thankful for and my life basically revolves around those four things I mentioned. So... to describe my lifestyle...
I am married to Chad who is an amazing hubby, father and friend. Together we have two of the best darn kids anyone kid over ask for and we spend our time teaching them, loving them, sometimes scolding them and well, parenting them. My lifestyle? I'm a MOM, that is what I do. I take care of my babies, I cook for them, I (sometimes) clean for them. ;) I try to be the best mom I can be for THEM. I know that there are many times when I spend way too much time playing around on this computer when I should be interacting with them more but I also know that free play is good for them too. I know that I make mistakes but I hope they are in no way detrimental to their growing up. (I'm pretty darn sure they are not.) I love them (and their daddy and the rest of my family) with all of my heart and I hope to be the best person I can be for each and everyone of them.
Ok... so I'm not sure if that is really going into detail about my "lifestyle" but that's my life (in a very, very small nutshell).
Monday, May 24, 2010
Day 1: Describe your current lifestyle in some detail.
Day 2: Describe your dream job, are you doing it now?
Day 3: Describe your dream house, are you living in it?
Day 4: Tips for successful budgeting
Day 5: Best day of your life
Day 6: Did you go to college? Where?
Day 7: Are you in a successful relationship?
Day 8: What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
Day 9: If someone told you 10 years ago that this is where you would be today, would you have believed them?
Day 10: What is the most important thing in your life right now?
Day 11: If you had ONE day to do ANYTHING you wanted, what would you do?
Sunday, May 23, 2010
We did have some nice days last weekend and the kids had fun playing with KJ's new sprinkler ball and we had a pretty sweet squirtgun fight.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Check it out if you have the time. :)
Other things I've been doing? Well, I just started KJ on a new preschool curriculum a couple of weeks ago, here is the link:
I'm thinking about changing it up though. I feel that the theme of the week should begin with the letter of the week that he is learning about and that everything should just fit together better... so, I think I'm going to create my own curriculum using peices from that website and maybe others.
We spent this last weekend in Shelton for Chad's grandpa's memorial. It was sad to "officially" say goodbye but it was nice to see family, as always. We already have a few trips planned back to the west side this summer, should be lots of fun!!
So, I'm still working out but my diet has not been so great. I'm hoping to get myself back into it and get back to losing weight. The good: I havn't gained any, the bad: I havn't lost anymore... so, it's definitely time to get back to eating better. Also, I'm going to be an aunt soon!! Ashley is due in a few weeks and I have to say that I'm pretty darn excited. I'm also working on getting better with my photography so that others may let me practice on their children, that would be groovy.
Chad is keeping busy with work and always finding new jobs that we need to do around here. KJ is cracking me up daily with some of the things he's saying or doing. He is such a funny kid. And Lainee, well she is everywhere!! She's such a good walker and she's also my little clingon. :) Speaking of, she needs up now.
So, I'm cutting this short. I know it was kind of strangly written and pretty random but there it is.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010