Friday, October 20, 2017

school pics

so my girls took super super cute
school photos this year.
i was in arizona for a conference so i 
trusted others to get them ready.
(yes, i killed me)

but i just love them.

Monday, October 16, 2017

(a look back)

so yester was pregnancy and infancy loss awareness day.
i went back and read some of my blog posts that i wrote
before i had announced my 2nd pregnancy - - and then,
once we lost the baby, i never posted them.
this was my first post after finding out
we were pregnant in july.

aug 6 2014

i'm pregnant! (happy)
again. (ahhh)
its my worst nighmare and
my dream come true.
i truly truly hate being pregnant.
but like every mom in the world says,
its worth it.
ronnie and i decided that we were going to
for sure have a second kiddo pretty soon
after brette was here.
i'd say we made the decision when she turned 6 months last december.
nothing like christmas to make you want more kids, i guess.  
and i knew that i wanted brette's brother or sister
to be close in age.
brian and i are only 19 months apart
and that's what i wanted for her too.
we waited a few months and then "tried" in april with no luck.
(i was secretly thankful so i could have
the vacation of my life in mexico without
turning down all the free booze.)
we skipped may and june because i didn't want a kid
in february or march.  (too many family birthdays already)
and started trying again in july for an april birthdate.
and yep, got pregnant again within the first week.
apparently, i should be thanking my lucky stars
that ronnie and i were so careful the first five years
we were married or we could have easily had kiddos
way before we were ready.
i've known for a couple weeks,
but i had my doctor's appointment yesterday to confirm.
and guess what:
my due date is march 28th. 
i guess your first two weeks pregnant are before you even conceive.
i didn't realize that with brette, but yeah.
they go off the date you started your last period.
which puts me at the end of march.
i swear, i can't plan a due date for the life of me.
oh well.
late march sounds like a perfect time to welcome another
little wonder into this family.
tomorrow i'll be seven weeks.
only 33 to go.
is it over yet?

it's weird to read how nonchalant i was.
i went another 5 weeks before i lost the baby.
crazy enough, reid was conceived not even a month after that.
i'm very lucky.
not even a year later, i was holding another baby girl.
and even though i'm at home right now with two sick kids,
i couldn't be more grateful.

prayers for all the mammas still waiting on their babies.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

so september is over?

i am slowly but surely blogging less and less.
i think it's just because i spend my days on a computer now,
so i don't come home at night and get it back out again.
but i know i miss snippets of our lives and the 
whole point is to give my girls something to look back on when
they're older since my baby books are both seriously lacking. 

so here's a little recap.

i turned 34. ew.
ronnie had to work later (of course) but
my parents happen to be in town so the girls
and i went out to dinner with them at red lobster.
i discovered that both my kids  l o v e  seafood.
ronnie is officially outnumbered, yesssss.
i see salmon and shrimp and tilapia in our future.
i did get some pretty cool presents,
(probably bc ronnie felt bad he worked late)
since we normally don't do gifts, but it was all stuff i've been 
wanting, but didn't want to spend our money on.

i've been trying to take the kids to an apple orchard for weeks.
it's either been raining or we've been busy.
i THINK we're going to go this weekend as long as 
the rain holds off.
fingers crossed. 
brette has a field trip planned at school to go to the 
pumpkin patch next week, so I took off work for it.
i'm going to grab reid out of her class so we can all go.
i'm excited to get these fall festivities started.
speaking of which, i wore sweat pants and made chili last night.
that's has to make things official.

we took family photos last weekend.
i wanted to wait until later october for the leaves to change, but
our photographer is due in october so was only scheduling 
pictures through the end of September.
big mistake.
it was 90 degrees outside and i made
everyone wear long sleeves.
i wanted FALL pictures for the Christmas card,
instead i got sweaty faces and children not willing to cooperate.
by three surely reid will be able to function like a human 
for family pictures, right?
next year will be better?
there's something about them that makes her lose her mind.
we did get a few cute ones, but i don't LOVE any of all 4 of us.
eh well. 
we tried.

oh another little update?
reid has started biting.
shoot. me. now.
she has bit the same little boy in her class twice.
she doesn't leave a mark - thank god - but i'm sure
this poor little boy's mom wants to hulk out on the 
evil little redhead abusing her son and i totally don't blame her.
then she bit brette on saturday.
that went over well. 
brette now bosses reid around everyday about being nice and
reid says "you be nice" and then brette responds until they are
both screaming and fighting with each other to BE NICE.
its awesome.
please, don't swarm with all my parenting awards at once. 
i've been reading articles online for suggestions and i bought
a board book that reid and i can read together.
her teacher isn't really concerned and says reid is just frustrated that
she doesn't have all her words yet, but i still hate life.  
let me know if you've dealt with this and what worked for you.
(unless your suggestion is for me to bite her back. i just can't, ya'll.)

here's our new book.

so there's my little update.
hopefully i'll be back here again soon 
with the girls' school pics!

Sunday, September 17, 2017


ronnie and i talked my parents into watching
both girls and dogs over the weekend so we
could take the Harley down to eureka springs with
two other couples for a little adult trip.
two weekends out of town, which is normally
not my style but this sounded so fun, we couldn't pass it up.  
i had never been, but ronnie had, and he's literally
been talking about going down there for years.
his friend invited us and at first, ronnie
didn't think we should go, but i'm glad i talked
him into taking some time away.
it was very pretty,
perfect weather and
such a neat little town.
it kind of reminds me a little bit
of estes park and branson.
it's tucked in the trees and the hills
which makes it a fun ride on a motorcycle.
we shopped around, did a little day drinking
and i was in bed by 10:30.
the next day we headed out to branson, where
we stopped for lunch and hit up the outlet mall.
(i forgot i was traveling on a harley and bought
a huge bag which had to travel on our friend's bike - whoops.)
i was definitely tired when i got home, but
it was fun to get away and have a short weekend
without the kids.
i guess i can consider this an early birthday gift.

we've already decided that we need to schedule
another trip to the smokey mountains or nashville.
i love traveling.
i can't wait until the girls are a little older so we
can go on fun family vacations that don't require

Monday, September 11, 2017

the end of the season

over labor day weekend we loaded up
the camper and the kids and went down to the lake.
i told brette way too early in the week about
our plans so every morning we had a talk
about how much longer until she got to go camping.
next time, i'm telling her the day before. 
it was amazing weather.
a little chilly at night, 
hot during the day.
perfect for evenings around the campfire
and afternoons on the boat. 
i could tell a big difference in reid since we had 
gone last over memorial day weekend.
it's crazy how much she has changed in 
just three months.
every time we go, i think it gets a little bit easier. 
i'm still running around taking girls to the bathroom,
making drinks and trying to inforce nap time,
but there's a lot of freedom when we go camping too.
not to mention, that the girls still go to bed around 8:30
when we're out there, so ronnie and i have 
the rest of the night to hang out and have some adult time.
(aka - drinking beer around the fire)
we also played the most fun game,
i'm ordering it online because when I went to Wal-Mart
(yes, I actually went inside for this thing)
they were all sold out, but I found it on amazon.
it's called "spike it" - pictured below.
so fun.
go buy it.
the second day, i went out with another family on their boat
because when everyone else left, reid was still sleeping. 
they go tubing a lot and i'm trying to talk
brette into trying it.
i finally negotiated her going, as long as me, ronnie and reid all went too.
by the time i got her convinced we were ready to go home
for the days and we were going to try it out the next day, but i 
never made it back over to their boat. 
its my new mission next summer to get the girls on the tube.
i know reid we absolutely love it - - she's going
to be my little daredevil.

it was such a nice weekend.
i know i complain about campering a lot,
because it IS a lot of work too, but
we end up having a lot of fun and the girls
love it so much, i'm almost sad to see the season end.

until next year... 

and this is not campering but i just love the pic. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Birthday pieces

we had reid and eden's birthday party two weekends ago,
lego themed. (eden's pick)
it's easy while reid is so small because i can just do
whatever eden wants and reid doesn't care at all.
i'm sure next year, we might have to compromise a bit. 
although, eden is literally so sweet with reid i think
it's going to be easy for them to share their birthday parties. 
kelly sent me a bunch of lego party ideas and it
ended up being pretty easy fun.

first, i bought red, yellow and blue party bags.
i cut the fronts off of them and cut out little circles.
a little glue and some rope, and wah la, 
a lego banner, which i hung on the fireplace. 

i did more of these to hang above our kitchen and 
hung streamers and balloons. 
i also busted out our big legos as a centerpiece for
the table and had my mom bring up brian's legos 
from when he was a kid.
we had a little lego building station and 
i took two of the green pads, made an E and a R
to help decorate the cake. 

which the cake, my mom made.
i told her what i wanted and she did the rest since
it needed to be dairy free and i had never tried it before.
i knew my mom's dairy free cake was amazing and i
didn't want to mess it up for the party.
basically, just make a sheet cake and some extra cupcakes.
cut the bottoms off the cupcakes and place them 
on the sheet cake in a lego pattern.
then ice.

some of our family couldn't make it this year,
so it was a smaller crowd, but
since we ordered pizza, there was nothing left for 
me to do but hang out and talk, which was a nice
change from some of the other parties i've thrown.

i think the girls had fun and i loved spending
the day with family. 

happy birthday reid and eden! 
our big 2 and 5 year old girls. 
love them so much.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

back to school

we wrapped up summer and headed into the
fall semester at the girls' school.
they had a week off in between so i took off
work and spent some quality time with the kids.
the branson trip didn't work out because ronnie's 
dad forgot we were coming and had other plans.
wah wah.
it was a real bummer, but i called my margie in st. louis and
asked if we could come crash at her place for the weekend, so
we did that instead.
right before we left, i called our other college roomie, shannon,
to see if she wanted to come too and as luck would
have it, she and her youngest were free to joined us.
so basically within an hour we had planned a little reunion last minute.
it was so nice to visit marge and her kids and let our kids play.
she just bought a new home so it was perfect timing to see
her new crib too.
(ps- it makes me want a new house)
the kids had fun and marge, shan and i always love to hang out.
i think ronnie even enjoyed himself too.

once we got home, we had a few more days of freedom
and then wednesday, they started back to school.
brette is in pre-k with ms. kay and reid is in the 2's
classroom with ms. susie. 
and guess what!!!
reid has literally not cried one time since starting back.
maybe a week at home with me and she realized that 
maybe school isn't such a bad thing? 
here's brette's class

 and this is brette on this year verses last year on her first day. 
so sweet.

it was a nice week of vacation and a great week back to school.
i think this is going to be a really good school year for both of them
and i'm excited to see how much they learn.

Friday, August 11, 2017

another year, another photo

we've added our newest picture to our photo journey.
for most of you, you know that i took a picture when i found out i was
pregnant with brette, then again when i was huge, once i had her and then again 
when she was a year old.
then repeated the whole thing with reid.
so as of last year, this little photo journey was done,
but i just love it so much that i'm going to try to do it every 
summer, just so we can all marvel on how much they've grown and
how adorably cute my kids really are.

i know, right?!

so here we go, from the beginning.
september 2012

my little two and four year old. 
i already can't wait for next year to see all the changes.

love, love, love.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

it's the final countdown

holy hell.
july came and went,
and now august seems to be flying.
here's a little recap:
ronnie left for a week to go to sturgis.
boys only trip. (eye roll)
but we agreed to trade time this year.
he stayed home when i went to new orleans last spring
and then i stayed home while he did this.
the only difference is he was gone DOUBLE the amount of time. 
of course.
also, he texted me tonight (they're on their way home)
and his friend's bike fell on his in the trailor on 
the drive home and his bike has lots of damage.
i can only imagine what this is going to cost us.
oh, and he already told me he wants to go next year.

meanwhile, the girls and i have had some fun of our own.
we went with my mom and dad to the KC aquarium over the weekend.
it was a rainy day, perfect for a fun little indoor adventure.
plus i always love going to crown center.

then on sunday, i picked up madeline and eden and met
jeff, kelly and dylanie for the butterfly exhibit at powell gardens.
(where ronnie and i got married)
it was so cute with lots of little activities and of course, butterflies. 
i drove the girls over to the chapel and let them walk through,
just so they could see where our wedding was.
they thought it was disgusting that i kissed ronnie there and
brette was worried i was going to get married again without dad.
they're so funny.

so the weekend was good, but weekdays kind of drag.
we go to work/school, come home and do dinner, playtime, bath and bed, but
then it's 8:00 at night and I have nothing to do and no one 
to talk to for the next 2-3 hours.
don't get me wrong, i read two books in complete peace and 
i watched kylie jenner's new show without any complaining.
but i'm not used to sleeping alone and there were a few times
i heard weird noises and even though i'm the only adult
in the house i still freak out and move to the middle of my bed.
so i'm excited he's coming home and we can be boring together again.

also, today was the girls' last day of summer school and they
had a little summer picnic to celebrate.

their school closes for a week before fall session begins.
which mean - I GET THE NEXT WEEK OFF!
honestly though, i really like my job and i don't feel like
i've been there long enough to really need a vacation, but still.
i'm going to try to make the next week really fun 
for the girls and hang out with all my favorite friends that 
i don't get to see anymore.
i already have a girls dinner planned, a play date in warrensburg, 
a trip to the zoo and a weekend away to branson scheduled.
we're going to be busy, but it's going to be fun.
sometime in there i need to buy school supplies, go grocery shopping, 
clean house and do the laundry too.
ready. set. go.

it's the last few days of summer and i'm
going to make the most of them.