Friday, July 30, 2010


I saw this here and thought I would do it too!!

A- My AIR CONDITIONER is set on: 76ish…but it stays MUCH cooler than that in my house. Must have awesome insulation.
B- My BEDROOM theme is: not really a theme…just neutral. Dark Cherry furniture with oatmeal comforter and pillows. Mocha walls.
C- The CAR in the driveway is: A black Lincoln Zephyr. Mite need to upsize soon.
D- My DESK looks: like a work in progress. Lots of files…but organized. And lots of pictures of my Blake.
E- The EXACT time I wake up daily is: 7:21. Ry sets his alarm for 4:40, so I wake up briefly with him and then go back to bed until 7:20, unless Blake wakes up before that.
F- The FIRST thing I wash in the shower is: my face.
G- My GARAGE is filled with: my car, Ry’s truck, bikes, lawn mower, junk…just the usual garage stuff.
H- My HOUSE is: Home…
I- If you peeked INSIDE my bedroom you'd see: my unmade bed :(
J- My favorite JUICE is: not a big juice drinker…but had lots of apple at the beginning of this pregnancy to settle my tummy.
K- The best part of my KITCHEN is: the open floor plan
L- The LAST person who visited my home was: my mom and dad.
M- The last piece of MAIL for me was: junk mail…coupons
N- My NEIGHBORS think I'm: who knows…we don’t really speak. They are a little “different”
O- If you OPENED my fridge you'd see: 2 gallons of milk (we go through a LOT), pickles, ranch, maybe some leftovers…
P- My last house PARTY was: gosh…we haven’t had a party in awhile. I had a girls night party in February…that may be the last time!?
Q- A QUICK meal I like to fix is: anything frozen that I can just pop in the oven! haha
R- My favorite ROOM of the house is: don’t really have a fv..but spend the most time in the living room.
S- The SHAMPOO brand I use: whatever is on sale…Pantene, Dove, etc. Not that picky.
T- My largest TELEVISION is: in the living room.
U- UNDER my bed you will find: dust bunnies…and a box containing all of the cards, notes that Ry has given me since we started dating.
V- The last time I VACUUMED was: a couple of days ago
W- Looking out my WINDOW I see: no window in my office…boo…that is where I am now.
X- I wish I had X-TRA: money….I’d go on a shopping spree :)
Y- My YARD is: looks better this year than it has ever looked before…thanks to Ryan!
Z- ZZZZZZZ My bedtime is: around 10. I usually fall asleep between 10 and 10:30.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pregnancy : Week 19

DATE: July 29, 2010

How far along: 19 weeks

Total Weight Gained: 9 pounds
(whoops…BIG week…gained 2 pounds…gonna have to keep that in check :))

Maternity Clothes: Wore maternity capri’s for the first time this pregnancy yesterday…it was a little premature. I was hiking them up all day long.
The rubber band trick on my regular pants works better for now!!

Sleep: good….but last night I was up at least 5 times to go potty!

Best Moment of the Week: Got to watch the little peanut moving around for about 45 minutes during the “big” Ultra Sound!!

Movement: yes…feeling little nudges every now and then!

Food Craving: STILL diet coke :(….lots of it….preferably fountain, and preferably BIG….which is sad since I can’t have it! Also fruity candy like skittles, nerds, gummies, sour patch kids.

Food Aversions: meat still…small doses are ok, but it doesn’t sounds great overall.

Morning Sickness: nope!

Gender: IDK…Ryan is ready to know and wants to find out. I still go back and forth!!

Symptoms: lower back is hurting a teensy bit this week.

What I miss: caffeine…lots of it!

What I'm looking forward to: Knowing the gender….
I had to cut my face out of this eyes were 1/2 closed!!


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wedding Wednesday

Today batch of pictures features Ryan with some of his groomsmen. He had 6 groomsmen and 3 this isn't all of them, but I think 5 pictures a week is enough :)

This is Ryan with his brother Josh. Josh was the Best Man. He is about 15 months older than Ryan, so they were very close growing up!
This is Mike. Mike and Ryan have been friends since kindergarten when they started going to school together. Ryan was in Mike and Shannon's wedding last August. They got married about a month and a half before we did!
This is Erik. Ry and Erik have also been friends since kindergarten. He makes Ry look like a total shrimp...Erik is really tall. Ryan will be in his wedding on August 7th!! He and Kellianne now live up in Traverse City, but we still see them a lot.
This is Ry with Eric..but everyone calls him Squirt. Once again, friends since Kindergarten. Can you tell Ry is from a small town and have a group of very tight knit friends?!!? Ry and Squirt have lots of fun fishing of their favorite hobbies!!
This is Ry with Aaron....most ppl. just call him Harsh (his last name). Harsh is from a neighboring town...but lived with Ry and his friends at college. He is the wild one of the bunch and always a good time. His gf Heather used to be my roomie. They aren't engaged yet...but will be soon I bet :)
More next week.....

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dog Days of Summer

As I have mentioned before one of Blake's favorite things to do this summer is run through the sprinkler. My parents have the perfect set up for him with their underground sprinkler system. It spray just the right amount of water..and he loves it.
We went to my parents on Sunday and I asked Blake if he wanted to run through the took him about 2 seconds to be out the front door and heading for the lawn!!
Look at how excited he was waiting for the sprinklers to come on!
And he's off....he didn't hesitate one bit to run right through....
And coming back...he was going back and forth so he tripped!! That didn't slow him down at all..he was up and running again in no time!
Pretty great way of cooling off if you ask Blake :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

10 Month wedding anniversary....

Today Ryan and I have been married for 10 months!! Hard to believe that in just 2 months we will be celebrating out 1 year anniversary!! This has been such a FAST 10 months!!
After our wedding I decided that I would devote my post on the 26th of each month (our anniversary) to my hubs.…My plan is to write about one of the things that I LOVE about Ryan!
I feel so lucky every day to be married to such a great guy. I love him more and more every single day. It's hard to pick just one thing that I love about him because there is so much :)...

Right now I LOVE that he doesn't care if I don't cook dinner. I am at that point in my pregnancy when cooking doesn't sound like fun, and the thought/smell of raw meat isn't very appealing to me. NEVER once has he complained that I have no food on the table (or in the house for that matter). He just asks what I want him to make or go get. I feel pretty lucky about that!!

**We have the appt. for the Fetal Survey Ultrasound on Thursday...I will be 19 weeks, so we will for sure be able to find out the sex...if we want!! We are STILL up in the air. I just can decide. I go back and forth. The excitement and anticipation of keeping is a surprise seems like so much fun....but at the same time, I am a planner...and I could get so much more done if I just knew if we were having a boy or a girl....hmmmmmm, decisions, decisions!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Bachelor/ette Party Weekend

Today I am hanging out at home with my Blake. This aftenoon I am going to take him to Gpa and Gma's and I am heading to GR for Kellianne's Bachelorette Party!!
Ryan is at Eric's Bachelor Party today as well. He took off at about 7 a.m. to help the boys "set up." They were heading out to the golf course, hitting up a few bars, and doing guy things. Should be a LONG day for them.
Kellianne and Eric are getting married on Aug. 7th and we are so happy for them. They are such a great couple and great friends of ours!!
Bachelorette parties sure are more exciting when you aren't pregnant....oh well....there will be many more for me to really partake in in the future :)


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pregnancy : Week 18

DATE: July 22, 2010

How far along: 18 weeks

Total Weight Gained: 7 pounds

Maternity Clothes: not yet…still in my regular clothes, but some are getting pretty snug around the waist!

Sleep: Much better now

Best Moment of the Week: We felt the baby move!! On Sunday night I felt the movement…told Ryan and he felt it too. Since then I have been feeling it every night :)

Movement: see above…yes

Food Craving: diet coke :(….lots of it….preferably fountain, and preferably BIG….which is sad since I can’t have it!

Food Aversions: meat still…small doses are ok, but it doesn’t sounds great overall.

Morning Sickness: none! Hallelujah.

Gender: IDK…and STILL not still sure if we will find out this time. Have to decide before next week b/c that is when we are having the Fetal Survey Ultrasound!
I go back and forth…such a big decision.

Symptoms: none this week

What I miss: caffeine…lots of it!

What I'm looking forward to: US next week
And because the pictures with my cardigan on are a little decieving....I took one without...I kind of hate to post this on here, but you can see my bump much better with just the cami on.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wedding fun.....

On Saturday Ryan and I attending the wedding of one of my highschool friends. It was fun to get out and see some of our friends :) Alicia was a beautiful bride...but I barely took any pictures. Just a few at the end of the night. We went to school together from Kindergarden through 12th grade!
Here is a silly picture of my friends (and classmates) Angie and Anne doing a polka. They think that they are polka pro's....its pretty silly :)
And Angie is pooped from all of the dancing :)
Alicia and her new hubby Joe on the dance floor.
The girls...Deana, Angie, me, Anne, and Lindsay

I didnt even take a picture of Ryan and I....what the heck?!?! Oh well!!
They did have a photobooth at the reception, so we got in there and have 4 litle pics of the 2 of us :) We also have LOTS of the girls all crammed in the photo was fun :)


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Love this face.....

I could just love on this little face all day long!!!
Took Blake to his pediatritian today for a one month follow up from his 18 mo. visit. At that visit he had a trace of an ear infection...which was about the 5th one that he had had in a few we were back to make sure that it was all cleared up. was still red, so the ped. referred us to a ENT. We see the ENT next Tuesday. I am hoping that it is nothing big...but our ped. said that she just wanted to be sure and to make sure that we got a good look. If there was permanant hearing loss from this that would be terrible!!
Blake really never acts like his ear is bothering I am hopeful that it is no biggie and we are just being extra precautious!!
He is such a happy boy. Now that he is communicating better it is so much easier to know what he wants and needs! His vocabulary is really growing (another reason why I think that his ears are OK). He is putting words together when I left for work he said "bye mama"...awww.....what a big boy :). Bless his sweet little heart!!!


Monday, July 19, 2010

Busy weekend!!

We had a fun filled weekend...and once again it went by WAY too fast! Yesterday we went to my in-laws for dinner and playing. Blake had fun running through the sprinkler in the yard! He is so brave with water....and didnt hesitate at all to jump right in and get wet!

My little water bug :)
cousin Addy in the pool. She was a little bit more hesitant about the sprinkler than Blake, but after awhile she did step into the pool.
Blake and daddy trying to stay cool....
And this was him about 2 minutes after we got in the truck to head home. Needless to say he slept very good last night :)

I have pictures to post of the wedding that we went to on Saturday night. I will post those tomorrow. I didnt take many, but may be able to steal some off of facebook :)


Friday, July 16, 2010

Weekend Plans!

I cant tell you how excited that I am that it is Friday afternoon and the weekend is upon us! We have a pretty busy weekend...but I am sure that it will be fun :)

Doesnt Blake look so old in this picture?
He will smile when you ask him now...usually it is really really cheesy....but I still love it!!
Tonight we are heading to my parents house to have dinner with them and my sister. Mary is leaving on
Tomorrow my frined Alicia is getting married, so we will be attending the wedding and reception.
On Sunday Mary will be heading down to the airport to go back to Boulder...and we will be going to the in-laws for dinner.

In between all of the fun I have TONS of housework that I need to get done. It seems to be building up and I need to get a freash start :)

Blake and cousin Addy on a wagon ride.
Addy just wants to crawl out all of the time and Blake isnt quite sure what to think of it....
Here he thinks that she is really silly :)


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pregnancy : Week 17

DATE: July 15, 2010

How far along: 17 weeks

Total Weight Gained: 6 pounds (I guess the whole 1 pound per week during the 2nd trimester held true this week…)

Maternity Clothes: not yet…still in all of my regular clothes!

Sleep: Sleeping good the later part of this week…hope that is a good sign of things to come!

Best Moment of the Week: pregnancy-wise?!? Not too much hugely exciting….but overall has been a good week b/c my sister is home :)

Movement: none yet that I can feel…really hoping to feel something soon

Food Craving: fruit. Cherries, raspberries, strawberries.

Food Aversions: meat…small doses are ok, but it doesn’t sounds great overall.

Morning Sickness: not anymore! Hallelujah.

Gender: IDK…and STILL not still sure if we will find out this time. Have to decide before the 29th b/c that is when we are having the Fetal Survey Ultrasound! I go back and forth…such a big decision.

Symptoms: headaches…is that pregnancy related? IDK.

What I miss: not much….

What I'm looking forward to: feeling movement!
Definitely can see a bump this week....the dress really makes it look bigger...and the later in the day…the BIGGER the bump!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Trip to the Zoo...and 19 months!

Yesterday my mom, Mary, Blake and I went down to Potter's Park zoo. We met Aunt Pat, cousin Casey and Alicia, and baby Ellen. It was a fun day....and Blake's 1st trip to a zoo!!

Here he is anticipating the excitement :)
Aunt Pat with Ellen and my mom with Blake...
Blake and Ellen are about 1 year apart...Ellen was born this past December and Blake the December before.
It was the first time that they had met each other :)
Here I joined in on the picture...
Mary and baby Ellen....
Ellen was such a good girl and never made a peep the whole day!
Blake is so independant adn wanted to walk everywhere....didnt even want up for this picture. He did a really good job, and really noticed the animals...he kept making the animal sounds and trying to get their attention.
He baaaa'd at these Mountain Goats for the longest time...
And neighed at the of his favorites.
Hee-haw'd at the donkeys...which he enjoyed beacuse they were right at the fence (plus it's one of his favorite animal sounds...he really gets a kick out of hee-haw'ing :))
Taking it very seriously :)

Yesterday was also Blake’s 19 month!! Can’t believe that he is closer to 2 than 1 now….the time is going TOO fast! He does just get more and more fun though.

This month he is really catching on to so many new things….he is so smart (or maybe I just think that?!!?)

-He can point to all of his body parts when asked (ex: eyes, ears, nose, hair, mouth, fingers, toes, etc.)
-He knows tons of animal sounds and will make them (cow, sheep, cat, dog, horse, donkey, bee, monkey, frog, etc.)
-He is saying more and more words…and putting 2 or 3 together….much easier to know what he wants when he can start to tell us J
-he is still wearing all 18 month tops…and 12 and 18 month bottoms
-we moved up to size 4 diapers…but they are a little big….wish that you could buy them in size 3 ½
-he pretends that he is a dog…and just barks at us….quite the imagination
-LOVES swimming and does a very good job…until he has to get out and pitches a little fit….loves to jump off of the boat into the water (w/ one of us catching him of course)
-is eating pretty good….lots of fruit this summer!! Still drinking out of a bottle (I know…bad), but only when going to bed…and it is getting less and less….we may go cold turkey soon!!

He is the best….just love him to pieces!!