Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dose of Owen and a NAME!

My little man got his first bleeding battle wound the other day. He fell off one of his toys and hit his eyebrow on the coffee table. It was bleeding pretty bad for a few minutes. I did manage to stay calm. Poor little guy.

Ryan has been putting him in his Cardinals jersey on the weekend when ASU plays. Owen looks like such a big boy in this!

I've been doing alot of baking lately. Here are my version of Peanut Butter Blossoms

Owen likes to "help" me sweep the kitchen. Hopefully he's this helpful when his little brother arrives.

annnnnnd, last but not least, we have a name for our Baby Boy #2. It's


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Food and Teething

Tonight I made this great soup, inspired by my friend Chanelle. It was soooo good. My version included an onion, garlic, celery, zucchini, tomato sauce, chicken stock, a can of mixed veggies, some frozen peas, Italian seasoning and a bit of cream cheese. Yum. Even Owen loved it. I may make it every two weeks or so, just throw whatever veggies I have left over from the week in a pot, bake up some bread like I did today, and voila. A delicious (and healthy!) dinner is served.

I also stumbled upon a treasure today. I was making chocolate chip cookies, then realized I was out of vanilla extract. SO I used Toffee Nut syrup (the kind from Starbucks) and they turned out really good. They maybe had a hint of toffee, which I love, but the syrup did add that background sweetness like vanilla extract does. What's that saying, 'necessity is the mother of invention?'

On a side note, I'm pretty sure Owen's bottom molars are coming in. He has his top ones, which he got pretty much without me even noticing. But man, these bottom ones are really affecting him. I think he must be in more pain with these because he has been crabby. And clingy. And whiny. Or at least he has many more crabby moments that he usually does. He's still sweet as can be a good part of the time, but he has these moments where he just acts like he doesn't feel good. Hope these teeth come in soon so I can have my happy, charming boy back full time!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Baby #2 is a.....

We are thrilled to announce that our Baby # 2 is a BOY!!!

I am so happy to have a little brother for Owen, and the thought of sweet little boys running around makes my heart melt! I know our days will be filled with wrestling, balls and toy trucks - and I'll love every minute of it! Couldn't ask for more than two precious boys that look just like their daddy :)

Hopefully I can get the sonogram pictures up soon. The technician was able to get some great 3D pictures of my little guy's face. He is soo cute! And looks as healthy as can be. What more could I ask for?

Thanks for your prayers!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

BIG day

Tomorrow is the big day... my ultrasound!!! Boy, or girl?!? Ryan and I are so excited to find out. For me, finding out the gender is the BEST part of being pregnant. It's also when I feel like the real bonding begins... calling the baby by name, getting to feel the kicks, I love it all.

Part of me is convinced I'm having a girl, but I thought Owen was a girl too, so my instinct is not reliable. I would love to have a girl, just so I know for sure that I get to have the the joy of the daughter relationship. However, a little brother for Owen would be tooooo cute. Plus, since they will only be 19 months apart, I'm sure they would be close. Of course I'm sure he'd be best buddies with a little sister too... as my mother in law says, you just can't lose either way!

SO anyway, our appointment is tomorrow at 1pm. Pray for a happy healthy baby! And I'll update my blog soon with our news!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

What We've Been Up To

Owen has been keeping my hands full. Here's a pic I snapped after he got into the coffee grounds in the trash can. Yuck.

Ruth gave me highlights with a box dye - they turned out better than I expected!

I've been lovin' being home with Owen. We have so much fun together. He's a major Mama's Boy! He still loves his Daddy tho. They have such a sweet bond.

Sweet boy. Look at those eyes! LoVe!!

Poor thing has his first cold :( Low grade temperature, runny nose, little cough. I'm so sad for him. For the most part tho he seems like his happy self.

We stayed home from church today due to the temp. He pretty much camped out on the couch watching Elmo, drinking juice and snuggling with me :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thursday Thoughts

~ We had Taylor, our niece, over tonight. Owen absolutely adores her, and she him. She's so much fun. After she went down her and Uncle Ryan played chess. So fun to watch.

~ Coffee Bean had a great promo going on today; a free holiday drink between 4pm and 8pm. I took advantage of this and got myself a Blended Peppermint Mocha. Twice.

~ Scored some great deals while out shopping today. First of all, Tara told me about this second hand store for kids called Kids to Kids. It's right by where I work so I went to check it out, and took a box of kids clothing that I intended to sell at a garage sale. Lo and behold, they wanted to buy some of my items so I ended up getting a $20 credit to the store. I got Owen 2 pair of Converse (black and red), along with some grey Hurley jeans, a cute grey pinstriped Old Navy button down, and one other Hurley shirt. All for $20!

Then I headed to Kohl's. I had a $10 gift card that I received in the mail, along with a $5 email coupon. SO, I pretty much had $15 free dollars. I also got an additional 20% off for using my Kohl's card. Walked out of there with two sweaters for Owen and one for Bella with just $5 out of pocket. I LOVE a good deal! And I didn't even get to Old Navy - I have this great coupon just waiting to be used - works with their clearance items too!

~ Now waiting for The Office to download so I can kick back and relax. The weekend can't get here soon enough!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Things I'm Loving Lately

~ The Tim Hughes station playing on Pandora while I'm baking in the kitchen

~ Excitedly anticipating baby kicks

~ Buying cute things like these, even though I don't know if I'm having a girl :)

(leggings courtesy of Ruth!)

~ Crisp, cool night air
~ Busting out the boots and scarves

~Putting Toffee Nut syrup in my coffee and chocolate milk
I'm saving up for this baby:

~ Walks with my boys
~ The Twilight Farmers Market on Wednesdays

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Catchin' Up

It's been relatively uneventful around here lately. Owen is doing great, and is our constant entertainment. His one year appointment went well, he's 23 lbs (50-75%) and 31 inches (90%). He's just a blast to have around. So affectionate and charming. He's got me wrapped around his little finger for sure.

Pregnancy is going great. I'm getting my energy back, thank goodness. Felt like a zombie there for a while. I never really got sick or nauseous, at least not the throwing up kind. I'm fortunate, I know. We ahve an appointment for our "big" ultrasound on Monday, November 23rd. If you remember, I was a bit of a nervous wreck the day we found out Owen's gender. Hopefully history won't repeat itself.

In other news, I've been spending lots of time in the kitchen lately. Fall is just when I seem to hit my cooking stride. Some recipes have turned out, some haven't. I made this recipe for roasted chicken on Sunday (using this recipe for the rub) and it was amazing - the gravy was delish, especially paired with this recipe for mashed potatoes. Then I made this recipe last night, not so great. Go figure. All the bread I have been making in the bread machine has been really great. I love that thing! I just got a KitchenAid Mixer that belonged to my mom so I'm sure the baking recipes will be kicked up a notch as well. Side note: doesn't it seem like a ton of holiday recipes call for pumpkin of some sort? Am I the only one that doesn't like pumpkin? Or apple cider? Pie? Hmm.

Anyways, I just found my camara cord after searching for it for a few weeks. I can update with pics now! Owen's getting so big, so I have to capture some of his new tricks and such. And I guess it's time to start documenting the baby bump too!