Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with Ryan, Natalie, and Graham.  They arrived a little before dinner time Thursday and after a near disastrous gravy situation, we finally ate around 6:30.  We also celebrated Christmas while they were here.  I was amazed at how quickly Graham figured out the toy we got him.  He's such a sweetie!

 Tim brined the turkey overnight then basted it with a little olive oil, sea salt, and pepper.
 Getting the veggies ready for the stuffing

 The turkey before
 The turkey after
 It turned out great!
 As soon as they arrived

 Graham had to test out Annie's steps when he got inside
He wasn't afraid at all and made it almost to the top all by himself

Everything is a drum for Graham, so he loved the wooden part of our ottoman!

Natalie and Graham

On the road for a little adventure

Sweet boy!

Graham's first experience at Blue Sky!
He loved getting tickled by Uncle Tim!

His Aunt Randi loves him very much!

Uncle Tim helping Graham open his present
The Biles family
Figuring out how the gears move

I think he likes it!

Opening presents!
 Ryan and Natalie got me a necklace with Robby's name and birthstone.
 I love it!
 The Weigle and Biles family
Our little family!

32 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 32 weeks
Size of Baby: 19 inches, 4.5 pounds, about the size of a honeydew!
Maternity Clothes: yes, but still able to squeeze into some regular tops
Gender: sweet baby boy!
Movement: Lately, he's been rolling and doing larger movements more than kicking.  I try to get Tim's attention when Robby is doing something but usually as soon as he looks Robby stops!  The past couple of nights he has been able to see and feel these big movements.
Sleep: I'm still sleeping about the same.  I wake up several times a night but that's totally normal for me.  It's getting harder to roll over when I'm trying to get in a more comfortable position, though.
Symptoms: Overall, my body is really tired and pretty sore.  My hands are beginning to swell, as are my feet.  But I'm still feeling pretty well.
Food Cravings/Aversions: most anything sounds good to me!
What I am Looking Forward To: We are kind of on the home stretch for getting things ready.  We are going to get the car seat put in my car pretty soon so we can get it checked out and everything.  I have a few loads of baby laundry to do and I need to get a few items we will need as soon as Robby is born.  Tim's family is coming in for Christmas so we are really looking forward to that!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so much to be thankful for this year!  I thought I would list just a few of them:

-Tim being done with school and everything working out for him to have a "temporary" job until we move
-Our little man who we will get to meet in 8 weeks or less!
-Our families who are always supportive of us and love us
-My being able to be a stay-at-home wife, and soon mom
-My brother, sister-in-law, and nephew who are on the road right now on their way to see us!
-Good health, for the most part, for all of our family
-My wonderful husband that I somehow fall more in love with everyday
-Our troops and their families who sacrifice so much in order to keep all of us safe here at home
-Our loving Savior who gave His life so we can live eternally with Him!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sharing the home with a little one

I have a bit of an issue with living rooms cluttered with toys and juvenile furniture all over dining rooms.  Growing up, our toys stayed in our bedrooms.  That's where we played, if we wanted to play with something outside of our bedroom we were only allowed to take one toy with us so toys weren't scattered all throughout the house.  The only exception to this rule was my baby doll.  I could take Baby Baby with me anywhere!  (I was quite creative with my baby doll name!)  Anyway, I've often wondered how I would handle this when we had a baby.  I want my children to feel like they are welcome in the adult areas but I don't want my house to look like a toy tornado hit it!

I love how my brother and sister-in-law are dealing with this right now with my little nephew.  They have a few items they keep in the living room, a blanket or two and a couple of toys.  The toys get changed out so it's not like the only things Graham gets to play with in the living room are the same 2 toys all the time!  But after play time is over, everything is put away.  This might seem like a hassle to pull out a blanket and toys and put away a blanket and toys every time he wants to play, but it keeps the living room look picked up and welcoming.

We have this ottoman:
It has lots of storage inside so I plan for that to be the area where I can throw everything when I'm picking up.  I understand there will be things like swings or bouncy seats that will be in the living room, but I'm definitely the type of person that needs to put those away each night and pull them back out the next day when I need them.  I like for my house (especially my living room) to be picked up each night before bed.

As Robby gets older he's going to need a place to sit in the living room, and I LOVE this chair!  I saw it a while back at Target, but in brown:
I can just imagine him sitting in this little chair looking so cute!!  Here are some other chairs I found that I liked that can just fit right into an "adult" living room:
Now onto the dining room, we just got a new dining room table that we both LOVE!  Tim and I have a thing for dark wood.  We just love the look of it and have kept with that in the pieces of furniture we have picked up as we've been married.  Here is the table we just purchased:
Here is a kid's table I think would go nicely in the dining room when the time comes:
It starts out shorter, then the bottom sculpted part of each of the table legs can be added to make it taller as he grows.  How much nicer will that look in the dining room than a plastic table and chairs?