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Thursday, March 5, 2015

T- 2 weeks! (ok, not anymore)

 2 weeks 4 days to go until Baby girl's due date!! 

It's unbelievable how fast time has gone! I'm still trying to make sure we have everything we need (of course babies don't need much, but somethings make life easier). I know we do have everything, its just getting it all set up and ready to go. Kind of like this post. I've been working on it for over 2 weeks now slowly adding pictures and what not. Now we are literally just sitting around waiting for baby girl to make her debut. Waiting is the hard part. 

We had a wonderful baby shower, hosted by some lovely ladies from our church about a month ago. They did such a great job decorating and with all the yummy food! It is such a blessing to have a great church family. We got lots of goodies, clothes, handmade blankets, books, and more. I kept telling Lydia that we were going to the baby shower at church, and she said "Mommy, when are we going to give the baby a bath?"  haha, so cute. 

diaper cake!

Cute sock bouquet

And I've been washing baby clothes…lots of baby clothes! I'm so glad we kept the majority of Lydia's clothes. Sure comes in handy!

My 36 week belly, sadly this is already 3 weeks old. But not much has changed, I still have a big belly haha.

This gal loves her cereal. We just finished a GIANT box of cinnamon toast crunch in about a week. I know, we are healthy eaters.

The last thing anyone wants to hear….SNOW! 
I know you all got more than plenty and so did we. We only ended up with 4.5-5 inches but that's bad for a coastal place where no one knows how to drive in the white stuff.
Luckily Russ had Monday off for President's Day and didn't have to go back in to work for a few days.

 But we have enjoyed it very much! Lydia has been talking and wishing for snow for so long now, it was nice for her to actually get enough to play in for a few days.

We had another snow soon after this and it was the perfect snowman building snow. You know, the kind that sticks together and not to your gloves.

 Nothing like munching on a little snow.


Our family picture, I don't have much to wear in the snow these days. 


I felt bad for the birds so I told Russ and Lydia to give them some seed. Mr. Red bird here was quite bossy and kept chasing the other little birds off. Good thing he was pretty. 

So we've also had Russell's and Lydia's birthdays since I started this post too. Those pictures will have to go on another post. If I don't get this one posted soon I never will. 

Get me mommy!!!

I can't wait to update you all when little one arrives. Like I said, we are just waiting around, no signs of labor yet. Due date is Monday and we are more than ready to meet her. Lydia is ready to start using all this baby gear we have. She's become an expert on how everything works. 

I think we may be in for a little more snow tonight. Bundle up and stay warm! Spring is only 15 days away!!!

Love you all

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2 months to go!!

We are officially at the 8 weeks to go mark for baby #2!! So exciting, yet so much to remember about having a newborn again. I definitely don't think I'll feel so clueless this time around. Still no name picked out (such a hard decision!) but hopefully one will come to us soon. 

So I hope everyone had a very blessed Christmas! We certainly did. We did not travel this year but we had a wonderful Christmas here with our little family. It is such a thrill to get to sneak down stairs after Lydia is asleep and put toys together and get everything set up. The look on her face when she saw it all was precious! We didn't get many pictures because we are still trying to figure out the settings on my new camera and many came out blurry. Then we gave up and just wanted to have Christmas without worrying about pictures. 

I did make a delicious pan of homemade cinnamon rolls the night before and had Russ put them in the oven before Lydia and I came down. They were HUGE! And so buttery, sticky, and sweet. 


After "Santa" came ;)


She was not expecting a dollhouse and hadn't even asked for one, but I can happily say she plays with it the most!



This over grown thing was a find from Cracker Barrel and this is the first thing she went for Christmas morning! She picked it up and brought it to me and said "look mommy! A unicorn!" Then she rode it around haha. 




The one thing she kept asking for for Christmas was a bicycle. She is a bit on the small side for an actual bike so we opted for a tricycle (Thanks Granny, Grandma, and Grandpapa!) But, she wouldn't even touch it for the longest time that day! But now that is her main mode of transportation around the house lol. 



Then she remembered her stocking!



So many goodies! She was very happy and kept hugging us and telling us she loved her presents. 

So after presents, cinnamon rolls, play time, and a nap, Russ' brother came over for a little brotherly bonding time. 


I think they called ahead to plan the plaid :)

We had a wonderful supper with family and friends. We are truly blessed and very grateful!


Dont worry, these two got their stockings filled too.  Wendy has already "killed" her toy. Taylor got a can of new tennis balls! Her favorite thing. 


Blurry, but she loves riding her unicorn. Wendy in the back eating her toy. 


We haven't done much since Christmas, kind of just hanging out staying warm. We are planning our last trip home to KY here soon, it will be the last I'm allowed to travel till after baby is born. Then it will be back here for more appointments, a baby shower, wedding anniversary, Lydia and Russell's birthdays, then baby! Wow that's a lot haha.

Today I went and checked out a baby name book (50,000+ names) and I found nothing! Russ found a few he liked but I cant convince myself of any yet. It will come….I hope lol.

Time for some pre-bed time play time.

Love you all!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Catching Up

I feel like I say this too often, but where did the time go?! 
I guess with traveling and holidays around every corner it's too easy to fall behind. 
Good thing I have lots of pictures to catch you up with!

I just realized my last post was in October! Ahh.

 Well baby #2 is growing well! We are measuring right on schedule and heartbeat stays in the 140's. I wish I had more pictures of her to show but Military only gives you 2 ultrasounds during our 40 weeks. I've reached my limit I guess.

Lydia surprises me daily with her growing vocabulary and how clearly she speaks. Everywhere we go, people are always asking how old she is because she has a LARGE vocabulary. She loves asking "why" now and I know that just means her little brain is growing even more!


She was Sheriff Callie for Halloween! She loves to wear her vest while she watches the show now too!


In love with everything princess related and horses! She is always wanting to wear one of her dress up dresses and a crown. She still loves reading books and singing all day long! One happy girl!


Look at that pose! haha. We went to see Santa at the Mall one day just to get used to seeing him again, but she buried her face in Russ' shoulder and would not look up for anything! So funny! So we just skipped the traumatic picture this year. 

We traveled mid November through after Thanksgiving. First we went to Georgia to spend time with Russ' side of the family. It was great seeing everyone again and watching Lydia chase the cats around.  We had a good, early Thanksgiving meal, shopped a few antique stores, and watched Lydia ride her first "big" horse!


She couldn't wait to get the saddle on him so she rode him to the barn! She giggled and squealed so much! I think it's safe to say that there will be a horse in her (far) future. 


Brushing "Joe the horse" with Aunt Paula. She kept saying how she was making him "so pretty"! 

And finally


Lydia got to go for a ride on Joe with aunt Paula. She LOVED it! I think that might be an understatement though. She kept trying to get him to go faster and held those reins like a pro! She Still talks about riding Joe and says she needs to go for another ride. haha. 

After Georgia we headed to Kentucky. Russ went bow hunting for about a week and ended up killing a doe (we were after the meat, not the trophy). We had another delicious Thanksgiving meal.


Ma with all our yummy food!


Ma and Lydia doing a puzzle. Kimber had her 4th birthday right after Thanksgiving. She is growing up way too quickly as well. Her and Lydia had a few sleepovers at Granny (mom's) house. They play so well all day long. 
Russ, Lydia and I went to visit Baker and Jim while we were in Ky. We LOVE visiting them and seeing their farm. Lydia of course loves the cows but has a hard time being quiet so they'll come to her. 



Momma cow was hungry too, or just being funny for the camera :)


Lydia wanted to ride the cows but we had to break her heart and tell her that we don't ride cows, only horses. 

 This one is for Papa Jim! She did get her ice cream with that money! :) She ate that thing down to the edge of the cone before she decided she'd had enough. 

We had a little surprise waiting for us back in Virginia!

Our little bush beside our garage had bloomed while we were gone! It is still full of those pretty pink flowers. I was very surprised since it has been so cold!


And now that December is here we've been making cookies! These were sugar cookies that turned out very yummy. 

We went to a farm to pick out a Christmas tree and ended up at the petting farm area. Lydia said "look a little horse!" 

Then we told her it was a donkey and she thought that was the funniest thing ever. 

Really not sure if this is a llama or an alpaca (don't judge lol) but Lydia is in love with the Llama Llama books right now. So it was neat for her to see a real one. 

 And this….is why I will never own a goat. Enough said. 

So MOST everyone knows the movie Frozen, we know it a little too well since we have watched it 1,000,000,000,000 times. Lydia was invited to a Frozen themed birthday party where Elsa and Anna came too! All the little girls were so amazed.

Lydia wants a Frozen birthday party too, she has been telling me this for over a month now. We will see how that goes. 
So we didn't get a Christmas tree from the farm I mentioned above since NONE of them looked right to me. All the branches went up not out. So after the birthday party, we were driving home at 8:30 at night and drive by a small tree lot. Low and behold we found a tree within minutes of being there!


Yes, it's huge. It was about 3 inches from our ceiling. But it is so nice and full and round! And heavy. Poor Russ had to haul it inside by himself. We waited till the next day to decorate it since it was so late. 

I'm the official light putter on-er. lol


Lydia was a big helper though! We made it through 100+ glass ball ornaments and only broke one. That's success in my book.

She liked putting the hangers on the ornaments. 

So pretty! Lydia dances around the tree singing her version of "Oh Christmas Tree" and "Jingle Bells".  I put two of Russ' presents under the tree and she is having a hard time leaving them alone. She says she needs to help daddy open his presents. 

Had to spruce up the dining room too! 

While we were home in KY, Tiffany graciously took some family pictures for us! I'm so happy with the ones we got. I wont give too many away since they are also on our Christmas cards (coming soon, I promise!)



Have a great week!!!
Love you all!!