Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Treat {Non-candy}

When we had our church group over this weekend it was immediately following our town's scheduled trick-or-treat time. I wanted to give each child a treat but I figured they already had enough candy. Then I saw these glow sticks at Dollar Tree. The bracelets were 7 for $1, which I thought was a pretty good price. 

So I created a quick printable that says "a little light for your Halloween night" and used a hole punch to thread them through the glow sticks. It was an inexpensive, fun treat that kids of all ages enjoyed! It would also be a good treat for a child's class.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Updates x10

A few journal worthy things have happened around here lately. They are small so I couldn't justify a whole post, but I wanted to make sure and document.

1) We have reached the end of an era. On Tuesday, October 8th after I put Sawyer down for bed I heard a loud noise and when I went into their room I noticed Elmo on the floor. I was about to get upset at Sawyer for disrupting everyone's sleep when he told me, "I don't want to sleep with Elmo anymore." His favorite toy and character for years has been banished from his bed. It actually made me a little sad he is growing up :( And every nap and night time since then he has reitereated his sentiments. When Kyle pressed him about not wanting to sleep with Elmo he said "Elmo's not my favorite anymore." The funny thing is he sleeps with about 10 other animals/pillows/blankets and they have never been his favorite but he wants them in his bed. For over 2 years Elmo has had the coveted snuggle spot in his bed and now he won't even have him in his sight. And who at 3 years old gives up their beloved lovey?

2) We've had 2 throw-up experiences in 2 weeks. This doubles our total throw-up events since having children almost 4 years ago. For that I am very thankful, but in the midst of your kids being sick it's not always fun. Poor Nora had never thrown up before so when she threw up in her bed Sawyer had to come get us because she was quite confused. Kyle slept with her in the guest room the rest of the night and was able to contain the mess to the bucket. Sawyer got out of bed one night when he should have been asleep complaining his stomach hurt. Right after he climbed into our bed I heard the rumble in his stomach and i sprang into action but it was too late. Most of it landed on me and the floor. With me being pregnant I HAD to get that smell off of me so we plopped Sawyer in a bath and Kyle began cleaning. That's when Sawyer continued to throw up in the bathtub, oh boy! Thankfully the rest of the incident was caught in the bucket. During Sawyer's all night throw-up event I just had to laugh because I never would have imagined being up all night getting puked on, cleaning up his puke, and then voluntarily putting him in my  bed so I could hold the bucket for him. And as all of this is happening I can look down at my  little boy sleeping in my arms and be thankful for the snuggle time. This parenting thing is not a glamorous gig, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. Ok, that's enough about vomit.

3) My fall contract jobs started again recently. Etsy is also picking up with holiday traffic. Thankful my energy seems to be returning. It's going to be a BUSY few months.

4) Whenever we ask Nora to do something her response is always "Ok cowboy!" Do you think she likes Toy Story?

5) This week I whipped up a baby shower gift. It's been a while since I've made a tiny baby outfit. I truly believe anything this small would be adorable! I used one of my favorite fabrics that I only had a scrap of left. Love that you can make something cute with just a tiny bit of fabric. I paired it with a onesie and some cute socks. Can't wait until she is born so I can see the full cuteness in action.

6) This weekend Malone had an away game in Ashland. We went and sat in some cold, windy conditions. The kids didn't even open their backpacks full of activities they just sat beside me under the blanket the entire game. It was a good game and the score went back and forth. MU was ahead much of the 1st half, the 2nd half Ashland pulled away, but as the clock wound down the Pioneers mounted a comeback but in the end Ashland won 27-20. Sawyer had an eventful day...There was 1 security man and a small rope separating the fans from the field. Sawyer made a run for the field. He made it past security and under the rope. When I got there the security guy was just smirking and letting Sawyer stand on the stairs just feet from the field. I yelled you might want to grab him he will run, but security did not heed my advice. Then Sawyer gave that mischievous smirk and started to dart. Thankfully the security guy then realized the gravity of the situation (3 year old running into the middle of a college football game could end VERY badly) and snatched him up. A big, burly security guard doesn't pay much attention to an active little boy but I can guarantee that was his toughest customer of the day. He also saw the other teams mascot, an eagle, and had to have a hug so we chased the bird all over until Sawyer got that hug :) The other big news of the day for the kids was Nora got to ride home on the bus with Daddy for the 1st time! She had a blast sitting with all her coach "friends."

This is what we looked like most of the game :)
7) I traveled to Minneapolis, MN for work this past week. I was only gone about 30 hours but it's always refreshing to get some alone time. After my work presentations I had a few hours to kill before my flight so I looked up things close the airport and lo and behold the Mall of America was within 5 minutes of the airport. Having been there several times before I knew I wouldn't have time to see hardly anything so I grabbed lunch then I visited a few kids stores and bought each of the kids a Christmas gift from the Disney store...oh my how times have changed. I went to the MOA several times in high school and college and I could spend hours maybe even days visiting all the stores and perusing all the items. Now I have no desire to really visit any mall, strange how things change...maybe a change in priorities, lack of funds who knows. Regardless I still had fun on my little travel excursion.

8) After my travel last week I got sick (aches, chills, exhaustion, allergies, a whole combination of things). So, thankful this rarely happens but I spent from noon until bedtime in bed while my children ran wild around the house. Thankfully Kyle came home from lunch and supper so the kids would be fed but he was gone all afternoon and night until bedtime. Which begs the question what do you do with your kids when you're sick enough that you can't get out of bed? They watched a few movies and I even heard them downstairs making up a ball game that they were both delighted in, but by the end of the day I was counting the minutes until daddy's return because I was out of ideas. Any thoughts?

9)Yesterday we hosted our church community group. There were 12 adults and 10 kids, so it was a full house! We had a great time of fellowship even with the kids running wild around us (it was too cold to play outside). Sometimes it is a lot of work to host events but I always enjoy the time spent with friends.  I'm not really sure why I worried about cleaning before the dinner because right now it looks like a bomb went off in my house.

10) Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Here are a few more football game pictures:
Nora being silly

all bundled up

after the game they are always so excited to see Daddy

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Corny Cut-ups

At the pumpkin patch they also had a sandbox full of corn kernels. It was an instant hit with both kids.

Lots of shoveling and pouring

 Then it was time to get buried under the corn!

All buried, now where are my feet?

I know this was a simple activity among many we do throughout our days. I don't know if it really deserves a whole post but I simply had to document this series of pictures because I adore the joy in their faces. It's pure, simple, fun-filled joy and it warms my heart just looking at their smiles.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

16 Weeks {Baby #3}

How far along: 16 weeks

Total weight gain: 9 lbs.

Maternity clothes: well when I have to wear something other than sweats and a t-shirt yes

Sleep: side sleeping with a pillow between the legs and usually 2-3 bathroom breaks per night

Best moment this week: Malone's football game :)

Movement: Some, typically when I lay down at night I feel he/she kicking around, I've been feeling movement since week 14

Food cravings: Food still doesn't really sound appetizing most of the time. I did have a donut craving once this week

What I'm missing: being able to take deep breaths when I sit down

What I'm looking forward to: having a 24 hour work get away to MN...even though it might be snowing there

I went to my 16 week doctor appointment and everything went very smoothly. My weight and blood pressure were good. The babies heart beat was 159 bpm, which was good because previously the babies heart rate had been on the verge of being too high (most likely due to my thyroid). It was a pretty uneventful visit, thankfully. I did schedule my 20 week anatomy ultrasound which means I'm getting closer to the halfway point and finding out the babies gender. Should be a fun birthday this year :)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Picking a Pumpkin

At the pumpkin patch we took a wagon ride out to the pumpkin field to pick out a pumpkin. The field was actually pretty empty but the kids didn't seem to notice. They each found their perfect pumpkin!

I found one!

Look Mom! It's heavy

Oh no! This was just before he dropped it :)

Look Mom! I found a pumpkin that is Nora's size

I love this one, but it wasn't quite ripe

Then she found some fun gourds and she was sold

carrying her gourds back to the wagon happy as a clam

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Football Fun Sans Kids

This week we had a night home game. I typically LOVE night games, but when it's cold, rainy and you have 2 little kids that's just a recipe for disaster.

So to remedy that situation I hired a babysitter and headed to the game by myself. It was such a treat to actually be able to watch the game and chat with the other wive's without 10 million (not exaggerating) distractions. Also, we got to sit in a warm press box which makes any long, cold game immeasurably  more enjoyable.
My view from the fogged up press box
This week MU took on Lake Erie. From the 1st drive when our defense held them in the red zone it was an intense game. The scoring went back and forth. Both the offense and defense were relentless and focused. It looked like a new team out there with all the excitement. In the 3rd quarter the Pioneers started pulling away. Then Lake Erie made a little bit of a comeback. And the stress of the final minute probably took 3 years off my life, but in the end the Pioneers won 55-50!

Since I didn't have kids I also didn't want to lug around lots of big bags, so that means the good camera stayed at home. I did get a few pictures on my phone.

team circle or afterglow following the game
just us

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fun @ the Pumpkin Patch

While Papa & Nana were visiting we took the opportunity to visit the pumpkin patch. We went to the Kingsway Pumpkin Farm last year and had a blast and this year was more of the same.

There are tons of fun fall activities at the farm including a train ride, corn pit, petting zoo, miniature town, fire truck slide, pirate ship and much more. The kids had a blast playing! Sawyer's favorite part was probably the train ride and I think Nora enjoyed the corn pit.

Nora climbing on the fire truck slide with Nana's help
coming out of the slide
Looking for a new adventure
on the train ride
Sawyer insisted on the cow train car

Nora taking a rest with Nana
Nana & Papa with the grandkids
My little pirates

My little punkins

At the end of the excursion we took a wagon ride back to the pumpkin fields so each kid could pick a pumpkin. This part was kind of a disappointment because there weren't many pumpkins left in the field, but the kids managed to find some that satisfied them and that's all that matters. There will be another post featuring the pumpkin expedition.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sawyer Sayings 5

Sawyer and me snuggling one day he starts playing with my wedding rings
Sawyer: What's that?
Me: The wedding rings Daddy gave me when we got married.
Sawyer: They are sooooo beautiful! Can I have some someday?
Me: (Contemplating how deep of a marriage conversation to have with a 3 year old) When you find a girl you love and who also loves Jesus you can buy her beautiful wedding rings.
(I wait with bated breath for Sawyer's profound 3 year old response :)
Sawyer: Oh great! Maybe I can buy her an Elmo ring.
Me: Sure, if she likes Elmo you can buy her an Elmo ring

Sawyer: Mom, my tummy hurts. The baby is making my tummy hurt.

Scene: Stopped at a red light while driving
Sawyer: Just go Mom!!!
Me: Sawyer I can't. What color is the light? It's red, I can't go!
Sawyer: Yes you can! Don't say you can't!

And Nora is really starting to say some funny things. So, this will be her 1st appearance.

Scene: I had just retrieved pajamas for Nora. They had big brown polka dots on them. Nora picks them up and inspects them.
Nora: Chocolate on my pj's?
A girl after her mom's own heart. She wants everything to be chocolate

Monday, October 14, 2013

Football & A Reunion

Friday Kyle came home from work and had thrown out his back. He could barely move, so I sent him upstairs to lay down. Kyle is not one to complain about pain so when I could tell he was visibly hurting I knew he must be in a LOT of pain. The next day was game day so he didn't have much option but too feel better :)

Saturday morning I literally dressed him and sent him off praying he would make through the next 8 hours. Sometime during the morning he felt his disc slip back into place so he was moving around a little better. The game this week was against Malone's cross town rival, Walsh. It was also homecoming. There were some really good moments in the game and every time I looked at the scoreboard I expected MU to be in the lead, but alas the closest the game got was a tie score. The final score was 28-38.

showing some love and team spirit during the game
 We had to leave during the exciting game for an exciting pick-up. Papa and Nana came to visit! We were all so happy to reunite. Sawyer seriously talked a mile a minute for the 1st 2 hours they were here. I've never seen him so excited and talkative.

Papa and Nana are still here so there will be more about their visit in the upcoming posts.