34 weeks!

Hard to believe I’m already 34 weeks!!! This pregnancy has been flying by! There is no baby bump picture this week because selfies in the bathroom mirror are not near as fun! oh, and the fact I can’t seem to put a bra on. Like ever.

This pregnancy has been a little rough on me!! Not only was I sick until like 27 weeks (and I still get sick on occasion at 34 weeks) but we are in the middle of a move and relocating. All I want is a huge glass of wine! Seriously, the days are long, the nights are short, nap times are shorter, and my wine glass is empty. {only 6 more weeks until I can kick back with a glass of my favorite ALDI wine!!}

My hubby has already started his job so Preston and I have been staying at our house while he lives a Bach lifestyle without us. Let’s just say the day to day is exhausting!! Chasing after a 2.5 year old, organizing for our move that’s happening in #2weeks 😳, cooking, cleaning, walking the dog… you get the picture! Daylight savings time sure didn’t help… my only saving grace is that Preston is in bed by 7pm now! #Hallelujah

I do know hubby feels bad he can’t help out more. He’s working so hard for our family and we appreciate it so much!! He is such a huge help when we do get to see him. He cooks me meals, does nap time and bed time routine with Preston, and cleans… it’s glorious!

However, something always seems to go wrong when hubby is away: faulty smoke detector that likes to go off at 5am, a spider infestation in my car, bentley’s 🐶 Collar breaking as I’m trying to tie him up at my parents house before making the 5 hr drive to see hubs with Preston.

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I am thankful I have a house with smoke detectors, a car to drive, and parents who will watch our pup. ❤

As much as I’m going to miss our gorgeous beloved home, I am excited to get settled into our new house. I can’t wait to get it all decorated and cozy feeling just in time for the holidays! {It brings me back to when I was pregnant with Preston and we moved when I was about 27 weeks pregnant! When we closed on our house Nov 15, 2013, the first thing I did was put up my Christmas decorations!! This time will be fairly similar, except I will be 36 weeks pregnant and we close on Nov 30, 2016! I can promise that the first thing I do will be to put up my Christmas decorations again!! I am sensing a theme here….lets just say next time I get knocked up we aren’t relocating to a new state like the last 2 times. lol!!}

I’m trying to enjoy the time with just Preston and I before Pip2 to arrives. I’ve also been working on some ‘busy bins’ for after the new baby arrives and Preston needs some new and fun things to keep occupied!

I’ve been doing a bit of nesting lately, too! I’ve gone through and sorted and organized all the baby clothes, gotten baby items together, and got the infant carseat out and ready to use–just in case Pip decides to arrive a bit early!! I don’t want this stuff lost in the move and have no clue where it’s at!! I even got my hospital bag started, just with a few things for now, but that’s another thing I want to have ready and organized before the movers come and pack us up and ship us out! haha.

Next time I’ll try to have a baby bump picture to include! Even though I’m feeling huge and uncomfortable…I really don’t remember feeling like this with Preston… second pregnancy probs maybe! Hopefully I can do one more post before we move and the crazy begins!!

Okay, edited to add a selfie bump pic! 34w5d

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…until next time! xoxo ❤

 

 

 

The single parent life.

To say the last few months have been busy would be an understatement. It has been so crazy around here!! Chad has been traveling to Nebraska for work every week–so during the week it’s just been Preston and me. Every weekend seems packed full as well!

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I’ve been watching our cute little neighbor boy 3 days a week. It’s definitely been great for Preston. He loves Joey so much and they have so much fun playing together. I love watching them interact. They do such a great job sharing and taking turns. I’m hoping this will prepare Preston for being a big brother, too!

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(^^ready for a bike ride, mom!!)

Little Preston is such a ham! He reminds me of when I was young. Looks and silly-ness!

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I think Chads traveling has been wearing on me. Not because Preston is a handful, he’s absolutely not! He’s actually SO very good for me 95% of the time. My sweet boy. But it’s all the other things that come up while your husband is away.

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For example: a few nights (mornings?) ago at 5am the smoke detector in our bedroom went off and continued to go off every 30 minutes. At first I thought it was from the humidifier in our room (i was also battling a horrible head cold), I drug a barstool in from the kitchen and I had to balance this 25 week prego  body on a high barstool to get the button pushed for temporary silence. (The bad thing about high 14′ ceilings). The alarms were going off and it eventually woke Preston up, (of course, chad was gone), I was so frustrated, tired, and sick (and pregnant) so I started crying and Preston crawled on my lap and gave me a huge hug and said ‘it’s okay, mama’. He’s just too sweet!! I finally got the ladder hauled inside from the garage (a huge heavy metal/steel? one) to change the batteries (Chad had to talk me through putting the latter up while i sobbed uncontrollably over the phone) but as soon as I unhooked the smoke detector and the alarm went off Preston goes ‘yay!! You did it Mommy!!’. He’s my little cheerleader for sure. Later, Chad was talking to Preston about it on the phone, Chad asked Preston about it and he said ‘it woke me up in my crib and scared me. I cried in my crib. Mommy was sad and crying. Had to change batteries’. Gosh he is just so cute. I seriously can’t get over how sweet and cute my little boy is!! The funny thing is that they went off again this morning! OMG (chad’s gone) it really was my humidifier (just getting over my week long sickness). At least this time I knew exactly what needed to be done. (the darn ladder below)

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We’re trying to get our house ready to put on the market as well. So I’ve been over working myself trying to scrub our walls, trim, and floors. I’ve organized the inside of all of our closets and under the sinks. Lets just say by about 3pm I can no longer move! It’s been killing my back for sure! I’ve been making many trips to the Salvation Army and lifting things I probably shouldn’t be lifting. My mind won’t stop running about everything that needs to happen before December when Pip2 will be here. I’m just praying we can sell our house and won’t be living out of a hotel with a toddler and a newborn. 😮

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Come buy our house!!

Preston has been his cute little self lately. He is so into learning it’s crazy! I’ve read a few things about teaching children (for example, teaching them to identify letters rather than just memorizing the alphabet and teaching kids to actually count during that time, rather than memorizing to count to 10.) Well, Preston has known to identify the letters in the alphabet since he was a little over 18 months. Lately, I’ve really noticed that he’s knows how to count, too! Which is great, because I’ve felt like a slacker Mom lately. The other day we were driving by wal-mart and they are doing construction outside to build a new bigger one. Preston said, “Mommy, I saw 3 diggers, 2 bulldozers, and 1 semi at the construction site’. After that he told me 1 digger was red, 1 was orange, and 1 was yellow. Once we got home he told me we got to go over 3 railroad tracks, too! (which was true, we went over 3 sets of tracks on our drive to and from our CSA–took a different route on the ride home).

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Last night I let Preston stay up until 8:30 (past his bedtime) because he was so focused on reviewing his letters of the alphabet! He kept going through all of them telling me what they were. This morning Preston woke up and wanted to learn about money. So I got out some quarters, pennies, dimes, and nickels. He knows what a penny is and a dime. Still working on quarters (or quarts, as preston would say) and nickels.

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I had my Glucose test at my prenatal appointment last week. I passed, YAY! Pip2’s heart rate was 140’s. Can’t wait to meet this little guy, but glad to keep him in and cooking for the next 3 months!

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25 weeks

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Tomorrow the hubby and I will celebrate our 4th anniversary. We are hoping to hit up an apple orchard/pumpkin patch and then have a babysitter arranged for a date night! Time has flown by, but I can honestly say, this has been the best time of my life! Four years in and I still feel like this marriage thing is…don’t hate me…but it’s easy. Chad and I get along, we agree on things 98% of the time, we share parenting styles and views on spending vs. saving, we have our own likes and interests, yet enjoy hanging out together and as a family. It’s been a crazy fun adventure and I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring!

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Today Preston and I did some painting (handprint/footprint art) to make a card and picture for Chad and the little stinker spilled the beans to him on the phone today. “i made a lion with my feetprint. Card for daddy” “mommy painted my hand. Made a fish”

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Every night before bed, I sing to Preston. His favorite is the Itsy Bitsy Spider. But I LOVE hearing him sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (or Tinkle Tinkle Yee-ole Star). Preston is so cute that he can’t say his L’s very well.

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Yesterday my uncle John passed away. It was very unexpected. He was always such a joy to be around! My favorite memories of him are from the houseboat we used to rent every summer growing up! His funeral will be next week in my hometown. Hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight!! ❤

Enough of my rambling. Time to fold laundry! Hubby will be home tonight, thankfully! I hope everyone has a great weekend.

…until next time!! xoxo ❤

2013 – The Year of Change

2013 has been the year of many, many changes.

There is so much we have to be thankful for and we count our blessings everyday.

Here are highlights from 2013 – our 27th year of life.

January:

Chad was able to celebrate his Birthday in Texas with my sister. Luckily, he was on a business trip in the same town, so she was able to bake him a cake and have dinner with him!!

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February:

My nephew asked me to be his valentine {how could I say ‘no’?!}

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Chad bought me a beautiful arrangement of flowers — for the first time EVER. Usually he buys me a plant since it’s more cost effective. 🙂

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I sold my car, Starla (she was a tiny little Saturn). It was sad seeing her leave, but when I bought her, I was single and never realized I would end up marrying a giant guy that was 6’4 and adopting a cute puppy that weighs in at 75 pounds.

March:

Our family came to visit us in Kansas to celebrate my Mom’s birthday and Easter weekend.

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April:

We were able to make it to our Nephews Baptism.

{cute little baptism outfit}

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We made our first BIG purchase as a married couple — AND PAID CASH!

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Her name is Ruby.

May:

We were able to visit our dear friends in Arizona for an extended weekend and HAD A BLAST!! We miss them dearly.

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We had another visit from family over Memorial Day weekend.

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{We were on a family walk…} 🙂

It was the first time our sweet nephew had ventured all the way to Kansas. He even got a Pet Tornado as a souvenir.

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June:

We found out we were expecting our first child. This was The Big Surprise of the year and we are SO EXCITED!!

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July:

We made our annual trip to Denver over the 4th.

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We decided it was time to move closer to home. Nothing is more important than family. We wanted our little baby to grow up around his Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

August:

My Hubby was offered a job within the same company, just closer to home 🙂

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{when I grow up I want to be an Engineer just like my uncle}

Our boy, Bentley, turned 3!!

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…and my baby bump got bigger!

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September:

We celebrated our one year anniversary!! ❤

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We made a trip back to Iowa  for a two day house hunting trip to find our new home.

We made our second BIG purchase… as a married couple. 🙂

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We traveled to Europe {Switzerland, Austria, & Germany} to celebrate our first year of marriage and many, many more to come!!

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…and my baby bump got bigger!

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October:

We put our first home in Kansas on the market. It was bittersweet.

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…and my baby bump got bigger!

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November:

I left my job as an Event Coordinator so I could start my new job as a Stay at home Mom (SAHM). Chad left his job as well. It was hard for both of us.

Chad started his new job in Iowa.

We closed on our new house on November 15th.

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We had an offer come in on our house in Kansas and we accepted it!

We were able to help celebrate our nephew’s first birthday since we are SO CLOSE to family.

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We were also able to celebrate Thanksgiving with both of our families…and we are very thankful that our families get along so well 🙂

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{Our first Thanksgiving with our Nephew}

…and my baby bump got bigger!

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December:

I was able to have a day of fun celebrating my birthday with my Mom and sister. This is something that hasn’t happened in over 10 years.

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…and my baby bump got bigger!

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**and now to the present, as I wanted to get this post finished before the craziness of the holidays began**

We will be hosting our first Christmas at our new home.

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AND we will be able to celebrate with both families.

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I hope 2013 was as good to you and your family as it was to us. We are looking forward to what 2014 has in store.

…and we already know one thing: BABY!

The BIG Surprise.

The BIG Surprise:

June 21, 2013 was the day that  changed our lives forever. This was the day one of my best friends begged me to take a pregnancy test. Just to appease her, and to quite frankly get her off my back, I ran to Walgreen’s on my lunch break.

{It was a Friday and Chad and I had plans to head to Wichita for a mini vacay that evening. So, I figured I should probably take the test before we go, since I would most likely order a glass of wine with dinner that evening.}

I got home and quickly took the test. I didn’t even have to wait the suggested 3 minutes as the results showed up immediately. At first, I thought I was reading the results wrong, so I checked the boxed, and sure enough: I was pregnant. But just to be sure, I took two more pregnancy tests and they all came back positive! It was hard for me to wrap my brain around.

I had no idea how this had happened {well, I did…but I didn’t 😉 }

The phone call:

Shortly after taking all three tests, I decided it was time to call my husband. He was in meetings all day at work and that’s why he wasn’t     home for lunch. {and of course, I didn’t even suspect that I was pregnant–so he was just as surprised as I was!}

I called him twice and no answer. I knew he was probably busy or in the middle of a big meeting–but with news like this, I couldn’t wait. 

Finally, I sent Chad a text message asking him to call me ASAP. Still, there was no response. I didn’t know what else to do. So I took a cute little photo of my precious baby dog with a couple of the positive pregnancy test.

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I sent it to his work cell phone.  I knew he couldn’t miss it on his work phone. Not even a minute later he called me. We were both so excited and shocked we were speechless. We discussed how accurate at home pregnancy tests could be. I had never taken one before! I didn’t know what the accuracy level was. So, we decided before we got our hopes up, I would go to the Doctor to get a blood test done. {That is how shocked we both were by this unplanned blessing.}

The Blood Test:

I got off the phone with Chad and immediately called my Doctor. I was able to get in to get my blood drawn within the next 30 minutes. The only bad part being: they send out their labs so we wouldn’t find out the results until Monday. Longest weekend ever!

{No, i didn’t have a glass of wine with dinner that evening.}

We went the whole weekend with this HUGE secret. We just wanted to shout it from the roof tops!!!

Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. I received a call from the Doctor’s office.

Sure enough, I was pregnant!

The Dolomites: Castelrotto {Italy}

Italian Honeymoon: Part Two – Castelrotto {the Dolomites}

We traveled by train from Varenna to Milan, from Milan to Verona, and Verona to Bolzano. When we arrived in Bolzano everyone was speaking German. Chad had to give me the brief history lesson: that prior to WWI Northern Italy was part of the Austrian Empire, after losing the war, Austria lost that region to Italy which redefined the Austrian/Italian boarder. Hence, why they were all speaking German in Bolzano. When we got to Castelrotto (Italian) aka  Kastelruth (German) everything was written in Italian and German but the primary language spoken seemed to be German.

Luckily, my hubby was able to learn German on the bus ride there. 🙂

When we got off the bus, we were immediately impressed. The scenery was jaw droppingly gorgeous.

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Those were the first two pictures we took when we got off the bus.

We eventually made it to our Bed & Breakfast. We stayed at Hotel Cavallino. It was 114 euros a night and worth every penny!!
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Our room had a balcony and a view of the mountains! {As you can tell, Chad was super excited!}
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We took a walk around the town to get a feel for it.
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I swear this place was a photographers dream!!
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The architecture was so unique
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Chad looked up a ‘romantic stroll’ for us to take upon arrival and this was the view:
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The next morning we got up early to take a lift up to Alpe Marinzen Alm.

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This was the view from the lift.
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Heading up.

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There was so much to see and do along our hike
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Hiking up to Compatsch.
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Stairway to Heaven?

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Enjoying the views along the way.

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We ran into some baby goats….they were adorable
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We even saw a slide along the way!
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The views along our hike were so amazing…
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We had so much fun! Here is another beautiful view on the way up.

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We were so lucky to run into another hiker who could take our picture 🙂

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We snapped a few more 🙂

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a favorite of mine…

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A view on our way up to the panorama from Compatsch.

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We did a lot of hiking and we had to stop for plenty of awesome photo ops!

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we couldn’t get enough…

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Mt. Schlern

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Finally reached another lift that was going to take us closer to the panorama

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…and here we are on the lift! It had been a long morning with a lot of hiking. We had to take a ‘Kinder Break’. 🙂
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On the lift up to the panorama look out at Alpe di Siusi.

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The Panorama view

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We felt like we were on top of the world!

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A great view of Sasso Plato.

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Everything was more beautiful than we could have imagined!

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After looking at the panorama we took a lift back down and saw some more amazing views.

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View of Siusi on our way back down.

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Another awesome view.

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After we got back down we went to Unterlanzin to go horseback riding.

{This was Chad’s first time horseback riding. It was so adorable}

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We couldn’t have picked a better place to go horseback riding. The views were amazing; I felt like I was dreaming!

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We had so much fun in The Dolomites. I would recommend it to everyone!! This trip definitely inspired us to take our next vacation to AustriaGermany, and Switzerland.

NEXT STOP: FLORENCE