Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Long needed update

Hey everyone!  It has been WAY too long since I have updated my blog, shame on me!  So much has happened in 2012, it's been a blur!

Ryan turned 2 in March and has the attitude to match it! :)  He loves to watch Bubble Guppies, the Wiggles and Cars.  He can count to 14, recognize numbers 1-9 and knows some of his letters!  Just so I can remember he says Buzz Lightyear like "Baa-ito!"

Brandon will be 4 in August and that is so hard to believe!  It seems like only yesterday we saw the first glimpse of our cute little baby and now he is SO big!  He had his last day of 3/4 preschool back in May.  He will go to 4/5 preschool starting in September!   He is a very fast runner & high jumper and loves to read books and watch Imagination Movers and Fresh Beat Band!

Patrick and I are doing well.  We had a whirlwind April and May with a lot of travel.  We all went back to PA to visit my family for a week and the boys and I stayed an extra week while Patrick came back to work.  We had a great time with family and then got to enjoy my mom for 2 more weeks since she flew home with me and the boys!  We went with Patrick to a conference in Minneapolis and then just enjoyed some downtime.

Patrick was the keynote speaker at a college conference at Mo Ranch in Texas so he was gone for 5 days and came home with a crazy bug bite on his leg!  Ewww! Patrick and Brandon took a long road trip to Kentucky for Patrick's annual family reunion in Salem, KY!  Ryan traveled so poorly on our previous trip that we decided he and I would just stay home.

And last, but certainly not least, Patrick and I are excited to announce that we will be having a baby girl in August!  

I am due August 29th which just happens to be the exact same day I was due with Maddie.  This is my 5th pregnancy, the 3rd time with a baby girl and I have cannot even tell you how hard it has been to not worry about all the "what-ifs" given our track record.  So far everything seems to be going well, I have been feeling as good as a pregnant mommy with 2 active little boys can feel!  I haven't "seen" her since April 27th at about 22weeks so my OB will be doing another ultrasound at my next appointment at 33 weeks.  They have been so great dealing with me as I have needed a lot of reassurance during this pregnancy.

Baby girl doesn't have a name yet but I am hoping to narrow it down to 2 or 3 in the next few weeks.  I have started nesting although, given what happened before, I never like to get too much out.  I am 29 weeks today and my c-section has been scheduled for 39 weeks exactly so we only have 70 days to go!

So, that is our 2012 so far in a nutshell!   Thanks for continuing to check in with us, I know I am not the most consistent blogger!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

23 Adult Truths

These made me laugh out loud so I thought I would share:

1. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How on earth are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind-of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

23. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lots of updates

July 10th was a big anniversary for our family, Brandon has been home with us for 2 years! He loves singing and dancing and he has started making up stories, his imagination is just amazing. He will turn 3 tomorrow and we had his birthday party last night. He was a bit overwhelmed by all the attention but enjoyed his presents and playing with his friends. I also just signed him up for gymnastics and he starts preschool 2 times per week in September.

July 10 was also a big deal because it was the day I found out I was pregnant (#4)! Shocked but excited at the same time as we had just started trying. Because of my past pregnancy history I started going to get my levels checked right away. Things started off really well but, 2 weeks in, they sort of stopped. I went in for an ultrasound and they could only see an empty sac measuring 5 weeks 2 days but I should have been almost 6 weeks. So, we waited a few days and repeated the u/s but nothing had changed. We were devastated again and I was/am so mad that I have been pregnant 4 times but have only given birth to one healthy baby. The next day I had a D&C (again) and 2 weeks later we found out that, based on the chromosomal analysis, we were pregnant with a baby girl. Yes, I needed to know but I think I knew even before they told us the news. So, now I have 2 baby girls in heaven. Will I ever get to parent one here? No one knows the answer to that but I have to wonder. So, now we wait at least 2 months and then we can start trying. I am really trying to adjust my attitude and just focus on the future, no looking back. It works, most of the time. I have 2 healthy wonderful boys that need my attention, love and care here so I cannot wallow in "what ifs".

And, as most of my readers know, August is a another month of big anniversaries. My baby girl would have turned 5 on August 9th. I cannot believe that it has been 5 years. She would have been starting kindergarten tomorrow so that is really hard for me. I miss her terribly and think about her every day. August 10th was also the 5th anniversary of her passing which is always a hard day that was a little harder this year because Patrick was away at a conference in Florida.

On the baby note, I am now the proud aunt of a super handsome baby boy! My sister gave birth to my first nephew August 11th. Teagan James came into this world very dramatically but he and my sister are doing well now! I head home in 6 days with Mr Ryan to meet him and I cannot wait to snuggle him!

I will post more about B's 3rd birthday in a separate post! Look for that coming soon! I promise.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

It's been a while, sorry!

Wow, it's been a while since I have posted an update on the kids. Sorry, I really need to make more time to document their childhoods, they are growing up so fast!

Brandon is almost 3 (in August) and is so smart, funny, polite and helpful (most of the time)! We are currently trying to potty train him but that's isn't going so well.

Ryan is 15 months old and has really started to talk! He HATES to be told "No" and LOVES to be outside.

Here is a recent video I captured of Brandon "reading" one of his favorite books, "5 Little Monkeys"! Enjoy!


I promise I will be better at updating my blog but, for now, I leave you with the pictures and video and I am going to bed. I need to get some rest before my Curves boot camp at 6am!

Friday, June 10, 2011

God Gave us Two

Let me just start by say, before any rumors get started, I am NOT pregnant! (at least not right now!) ;-)

I recently read a book that I absolutely love (and so does B)! "God Gave Us Two" by Lisa Tawn Bergren is such an awesome book for children who are going to have a baby brother or sister! B is already a big brother but he asks me to read this book to him over and over again. And, when I finally tell him we are finished reading it for the moment, I catch him "reading" it to himself.

The story continues from "God Gave us You" with Little Cub now expecting a little brother or sister. She has a lot of questions and finds the answers from her parents. I love the message of this book and the *surprise* ending is fun too (spoiler alert - Little Cub gets a baby brother AND a baby sister)!

I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, April 08, 2011

The 60 Minute Money Workout by Ellie Kay

I recently received a copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

It has taken me a while to get through this book, mostly because you are supposed to do a chapter each week and there are quite a few chapters. Partially because it is hard to sit down and look at your spending habits and know you need to make some difficult changes.

The basic idea of the book is that you spend an hour each week looking at and working on your finances. This book would be great for someone who really doesn't do that sort of examination on a regular basis. A lot of the points made by the author and the advice given wasn't new to me, but the 1 hour a week concept did force me to sit down and focus on my finances more than I normally would.

I do think this book would make a great starting point for someone who is just starting to try to figure out their finances. For someone who already does, it might give a few new ideas or areas that they may need to add.

**I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review. **

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The ABC's of me!

I am totally stealing this from my blog friend, Jenny!

A. Age: 34 (35 in 12 days)

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore you dislike: Emptying the dishwasher, folding clothes

D. Dogs: Not really a dog person

E. Essential start to your day: I get up so early now because my son is a very early morning person. I guess I would have to say my essentials are my comfy couch, the Today show and a good cup of coffee

F. Favorite color: Red

G. Gold or silver: Silver

H. Height: 5'4

I. Instruments you play(ed): Piano

J. Job title: Mom

K. Kids: 1 baby girl in heaven and 2 little boys here with me

L. Live: Nebraska

M. Mom’s name: Florence

N. Nicknames: Jen, Rosen, honey, mommy

O. Overnight hospital stays: Had eye surgery when I was 2.5 and have had 2 c-sections

P. Pet peeves: Clothes/things smelling like cigarette smoke, mean people

Q. Quote from a movie: Because I can't think of another one..."Lieutenant Dan, ice cream!"

R. Righty or lefty: Right

S. Siblings: 1 sister, 2 years younger

T. Time you wake up: Whenever Ry does

U. Underwear: Yes

V. Vegetables you don’t like: Not a huge fan of peas, hate mushrooms, greens, lima beans

W.What makes you run late: My kids

X. X-rays you’ve had: Dental, wrist, back, knee, ankle, foot, HSG

Y. Yummy food you make: Homemade lasagna, sauce and spaghetti noodles (oh and triple chocolate brownies)

Z. Zoo animal favorites: Penguins