Friday, December 31, 2010

The Countdown has begun...

My c-section has been scheduled for Feb. 8 so we are quickly counting down the days. I am officially 34 weeks today but really only have 5-1/2 weeks left because of the c-section. I feel HUGE and so ready to meet this little one. Howard and I have agreed on a name if it's a boy and we've narrowed the girls names down to two. We're getting there! Thanks to everyone who's already voted on what we're having. Everyone seems to think we're having a boy. Hmmm... It's going to be fun to find out!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Day 2010

Isn't this the perfect look of aniticipation on Alexa's face?
We spent Christmas day at home as a family for the first time since Howard and I have been married. It was such a nice relaxing day for all of us!

Chase got a cookie making set to go along with Alexa's kitchen and he's been quite into baking cookies for everyone since then.

 Alexa took forever to unwrap her gifts. She carefully pulls off pieces of paper, takes her time crumpling them up nicely, walks to the trash bag and pushes it in and then comes back to start all over again. She was getting so frustrated with how long it took to open her gifts that we would get them almost opened and let her finish. It's very cute to watch the process.

Chase's big gift was a train table and his face was all the reaction we needed. He's been talking about this table for a good year now.

 Alexa loves her new stroller and baby doll (in preperation for the real deal). She was so concerned about her baby being cold that I had to go get a receiving blanket to swaddle the doll in. She just wheels around like it's nobody's business and wears herself out walking!

 The next two shots are just to prove that Howard and I were there. We actually let the kids take turns opening all their gifts first. Once the kids were playing with their new toys we had some time to open our stockings and gifts together without interruption which was a nice surprise.

 Our family has a lot of Christmas traditions we follow but we are making a lot of our own as well. We have cinnamon pull-apart bread for breakfast Christmas Eve morning. For as long as I can remember my family has always had Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and orange rolls for breakfast Christmas morning so those were our healthy breakfasts over the Christmas weekend!
I am not a big fan of the traditional turkey dinner (hence, why I'm not a fan of Thanksgiving?). I didn't want to cook any big meal or have Howard slaving over something either so we talked with Chase about it and decided that our Christmas day dinner would be Bagel Bites and all the leftover goodies from our Christmas Eve get-together. It was wonderful! We ate food we don't normally splurge on and the kids loved it because it was their kind of food. Nobody dressed up, we just had a nice casual dinner together and it was great! Howard and I are excited to see how our Christmas dinner will evolve through the years as our kids get older. It will be tradition to be non-traditional and we're all for that! Yum!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Eve 2010

We had a great family time on Christmas Eve. This year was the first year Howard and I decided to stay home with our family on Christmas day so my immediate family got together Christmas Eve night. It was a time full of food we don't usually eat (donuts from a local donut joint, yum!), visiting and gift giving.

My sister-in-law and I both got digital cameras so we were snapping each other taking photos. My new camera is super nice and compatible with all my old 35mm camera lenses so I'm super excited to start playing around with all the new functions!

 My parents gave families with grandkids the gift of G.T. and the Halo Express on CD. It is an awesome way to learn scripture to music and my whole family can still recall a bunch of Bible verses thanks to listening to these shows as kids.

My niece, Nonah, was making this adorable face everytime someone would try to take her picture. It's how she thinks she's supposed to respond to a camera. So cute!

Alexa loves her Nee Nee so she was very happy to have her attention for a lot of the night. They were snuggling with her new stuffed doggy.

Chase was beyond excited about getting a scooter and helmet from Nee Nee and Poppy. He cruised around their apartment all night and wore the helmet for most of Christmas day as well.

My brother Peter's family.

Billy, unfortunately, got sick the day before so he felt pretty lousy but he at least rallied to spend some time with all of us.

Still a cute couple 30 years later!

Chase was able to eat donuts with the all clear on eggs and he thoroughly enjoyed his Boston Creme.

This was towards the end of the night and Chase just decided not to cooperate with the camera so this was the best family shot we got.

My sister-in-law made my mom and me aprons. Aren't they so cute! I was super impressed with her skills.

It was so much fun and went by so fast. We've been munching on some of the leftovers for the last few days which has been a nice treat.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Honey!

It wouldn't be fair to blog about Christmas until I at least acknowledged Howard's birthday. (He usually gets the short end of the stick with being born right before Christmas)
This picture is what happens when I only get one candid shot before things go haywire with the kids (sorry hon!). :-)

We had lasagna (my first attempt!), garlic bread, salad and ice cream cake for his birthday meal. Happy 35th birthday Howard! We're so blessed to have you! :-)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Happenings

We are having such fun preparing for Christmas!
Two weeks ago I took the kids to our towns Christmas celebration. Howard had to work at the last minute and I wasn't sure I wanted to go it alone but we were all sick of being inside so we ventured out. I am so glad we did! The kids and I had a blast! There were stops all over our town that you could get to by trolley. We all enjoyed those rides around town. They had a scavenger hunt where you could go to various business around the town and collect stickers or stamps to trade in for raffle tickets at the end of the day. The tickets were then used to enter drawings for various prizes that local businesses had donated. Every business was handing out some type of goody and a lot of them had activities for the kids to do as well. The kids made Christmas cards, Chase decorated a stocking with his name and candy canes on it, we got tons of cookies, juice and popcorn.
We saw and voted on the local gingerbread decorating contest and Chase got his face painted, which thoroughly delighted him. We also watched an indoor train display that both kids loved.
 We got to meet Santa at the fire house and Chase shocked me by declaring that he wanted to talk to Santa. This is my shy kid so I tried to prepare him that we could leave if he wanted but he was determined to let Santa know what he wanted. I wish I had my camera with me because his face looked so terrified and yet determined to speak with Santa! He clearly asked for two very specific things he's had on his mind for a long time and then both the kids got a goody bag from Santa.

Alexa's bag had a two pack of panda bear plates in it that she has insisted on eating from for breakfast and lunch ever since! She growls out the word bear until you understand what she's trying to say. It is so cute!

The final fun of it all happened yesterday when we got a phone call that Chase had won the coloring contest for his age range at one of the local businesses! If you could have heard him when we turned in his picture two weeks ago you would have melted. He was so innocent in his confidence that everyone would vote for his picture and he would win. :-) Amazingly enough he did win his age category and a $25 gift card to ToysRUs! We're so proud of him for doing such a great job!

It was a wonderful time for us all and the kids can't wait to participate again next year. We even found a local business we didn't know existed but that we will be making use of in the next few years. Fun times!  

Thursday, December 16, 2010

What are we Having?

I'll get a picture of myself up here shortly to help with this one but check out our poll to the top left and vote for what you think the baby's gender is. (Nope, we still have no clue and you'll be waiting until delivery day to find out!)

Thanksgiving and Birthdays

     Wow! I had hoped to be back on here before now but the holidays and birthdays are keeping me running!
     We hosted Thanksgiving at our house this year before everyone arrived we got a little snow...we let Chase out to run around in it and by the time he came back in it looked like...

It quickly cleared up and didn't cause anyone trouble in coming. Six of the 10 of us were sick so it was rather low-key for our family. There was much joking that all the healthy ones were going to barge into some "healthy" house for dinner and leave us sickies by ourselves. It took 4 weeks for me to get over the craziness of whatever it was we caught. So thankful to be over it!

This little peanut had a birthday in the meantime. The big 2!!!

     She enjoyed her birthday cupcakes on her actual birthday and then we had a small celebration with the grandparents on the following Saturday.

I made a chocolate cake with vanilla-almond buttercream icing. It was yummy!

Alexa's grandparents got her a princess table and chairs as well as a pink tea set. (Notice the pink sparkly shoes she's wearing? They're too big for her yet but she insists on wearing them around the house. She is every bit our girly-girl!)

Daddy has had to have many tea parties with his little girl already!


Alexa also graduated to a big girl bed in preparation for her new sibling. She is so proud of her bed and has done an amazing job of adjusting to sleeping outside the crib.

This one is just for fun. Chase, Lexie and Nonah were having some fun at Nee Nee's house when we all got together to celebrate my parents birthdays.
 We're preparing to celebrate Howard's birthday this weekend and possibly see some Christmas lights so there will be more to post soon!