Dec 30, 2010

Thirteen Thursday

13 of Gavin's favorite phrases right now...

  1. 'That's a super duper great idea!' - though when he says it, it sounds more like 'That's a scooby doo great idea!'
  2. 'Little help here!'
  3. 'My beary beary hungry.' (always said as he is rubbing his belly)
  4. 'I have a big problem.'
  5. 'You think that's funny?'
  6. 'I did that on curpose.' (*purpose*)
  7. 'Don't talk to me like that.'
  8. 'Mom, follow me.'
  9. 'I want to play for two more minutes.'
  10. 'I love your hugs!'
  11. 'I grew up!'
  12. 'I don't want a time out!'
  13. 'I want to drive Shirley crazy!'

Dec 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

How did I forget???

I can't believe I forgot such an important part of Christmas day!  It snowed!!!  Now, you're going to think I'm crazy when you see how much snow we got, but I was really excited.  I kept saying all week I just wanted some snow for Christmas, so I was thrilled to hear Jarrod say he saw snowflakes while we eating our cinnamon rolls.

Gavin was so cute.  He kept shouting, "It's snowing!  Hip Hip Hooray!" and he was ready to go out in the snow.  So, while in our jammies still, Gavin and I bundled up (he even wanted to wear his new snow boots) and went outside.  Gavin took Byron (who Santa had brought for him) and was letting him bulldoze the snow off the water table. 

That's the only picture I got because after about 30 seconds, Gavin declared it was too cold and he was ready to go in.  And, yes....that's about the extent of the snow we had on Christmas day.  We had flurries pretty much all day, but nothing stuck.  Which was fine...I just wanted to see some snowflakes outside the window on Christmas morning!

Dec 28, 2010

Christmas Day

Christmas morning was just like any other morning here...Gavin was up by 6am!  
We came out to find the beautiful glow of the tree.
Looking at this picture, it doesn't look like Santa brought Gavin many gifts, but in actuality Santa just didn't bring Gavin many BIG gifts.  Thomas and Friends trains are quite small! :)

Then we found this note Santa left for Gavin... 

Before opening any gifts, I told Gavin we had to take his picture in his new Christmas jammies!

Then we started opening all the gifts!


After all the presents, we curled up on the couch with our homemade cinnamon rolls (which again this year didn't turn out...but this year the recipe was great, our oven just baked them too quickly so they were a bit burnt...) and watched Toy Story 3.  We then spent a lot of time in the play room playing trains and with all the other new toys!

We, of course, ate yummy leftovers for lunch (and turned leftovers into an even yummier breakfast the next day) and even fit in a nice walk around the block to get some fresh air.

Jarrod helped me a ton on Christmas day get all my maternity clothes from the attic, washed and organized.  I only had one tub of clothes from Gavin since I had borrowed so many things from friends at work.  But, over the summer (yes...before I was even pregnant) my mom and aunt Rose bought me a ton of things from a garage sale that are super cute, and my neighbor Leslie passed on two bags of things that she won't use anymore.  I think now I officially have more maternity clothes than I have regular clothes....and that's not even including the things my mother-in-law Jackie ordered me last week from Old Navy!

Overall, Christmas was wonderful!  Yes, I missed our families.  It is still strange to not be there, but at the same time, I feel so fortunate that we able to celebrate Christmas as our precious family of three and make so many memories together!  Seeing Christmas through the eyes of a toddler is such an amazing experience.  And all I kept thinking the entire day was that next Christmas, we'll have two.....

Dec 27, 2010

Christmas Eve

Time to get these photos from Christmas Eve organized! 

It was so nice that Jarrod was off on Christmas Eve.  I'm not sure if it's a typical thing, or if the office was just closed since Christmas fell on Saturday, but I'll take it!  He got up with Gavin in the morning and the two of them went to Krispy Kreme for a donut date.  Gavin was so excited!  I think that will be a cute tradition for Daddy and his boy if he is in fact off every Christmas Eve.  

While Gavin was napping, Jarrod and I started cooking our Christmas feast.  And it was just that...enough food to be considered a feast even though it was just us.  :)

When Gavin finally woke up, he watched some of a movie until dinner was ready...

Then we feasted!  A delicious ham, mac and cheese with bacon and onion on top, cheesy chive mashed potatoes, pea salad (for me), corn, and rolls!

After dinner, we got Gavin dressed and went to Christmas Eve service with Jarrod's friends from work, Doug and Kim.  Gavin did much better that we thought he would considering he'd never been before!  

When we got home, it was time for our family picture in front of the tree and then presents!

Of course, I'm the one taking the pictures, so there aren't any of the gifts I opened.  Daddy got an iPod with an arm band for him to wear it in while he's running, new wine glasses, and a cool new flashlight that Gavin picked out himself.  I got a pedicure foot spa, new tennis shoes, a vest from LL Bean, and a cute little onesie for Baby Hamm that Gavin picked out by himself.  

Gavin opened four gifts from Mommy and Daddy - Max and Monty dump trucks that go with the Thomas series, a new tractor book, Thomas jammies, and new shoes.

Then it was time to decorate a few cookies to leave for Santa, and of course, Gavin needed to eat one, too!

After Gavin was snug in his bed, Jarrod and I made the cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning.  I love doing things like that together!  Then it was off to bed for us....we stayed up til 10 which we hadn't done in a long time!

9 Weeks!

Tons to add but first we'll start with the pregnancy update...but first I'll say this picture is awful.  First of all, we forgot we needed to take one until right before bed, and we'd been cleaning and organizing all day.  I have zero make up on!  Plus, the shadow on the wall makes me look even bigger than I am.  Oh well...

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 9 Weeks
Size of baby: Baby Hamm is the size of a green olive.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +5lbs - up another two pounds...but that's so not fair considering it's the holidays!  A Red Velvet Cheesecake for just me and Jarrod = BAD NEWS!  I'm determined to get back on track now.
Maternity Clothes: Still in my clothes, but we did get all the maternity clothes out.
Gender: gut says it's another boy right now though.
Movement: Too early.
Sleep: I'm sleeping pretty good!  Naps are common these days.
What I miss: Definitely my baths right now.
Cravings: Still wanting the hearty meals, not really sweets.  I bought ice cream for myself weeks ago and still haven't opened it.  I'd rather have potatoes or pasta.
Symptoms: The nausea seems to be getting better.  The worry has set in...I can't wait for my appt next week so we can hopefully hear the heartbeat.  My hip pain that I've had since Gavin was born flared up again last night.
Best Moment this week: Opening up the onesie Gavin picked out for Hamm on Christmas Eve.

Dec 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours - Merry Christmas!  

We're so lucky to have each other, amazing families, fantastic friends, our health, jobs we both love, and of course, the love and laughter of a little boy that we adore so much with another on the way!  We hope you all have a magical holiday weekend.  Make lots of amazing memories!  

Dec 21, 2010

Fun with the lens

I played around with the lens on my camera and got these cool shots of the Christmas lights!

Dec 20, 2010

8 Weeks!

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 8 Weeks
Size of baby: Baby Hamm is the size of a raspberry.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +3lbs - up another pound.
Maternity Clothes: Still in my clothes, but can't always button my jeans!
Gender: gut says it's another boy right now though.
Movement: Too early.
Sleep: I'm sleeping pretty good!  Naps are common these days.
What I miss: Definitely my baths right now.
Cravings: Sauteed onions - strange, I know.  But I had some on a sandwich last Thursday and haven't stopped thinking about them since...I had some yesterday on our subs and again today with my lunch.
Symptoms: The nausea has been ok these days.  I've been able to eat dinner the last few nights without feeling sick afterwards.  The sleepiness is still there though.
Best Moment this week: Shopping for Big Boy furniture for Gavin's room while he was wearing his Big Brother shirt. :)

Weekend Catch-Up

It's still so hard for me to believe that this is the week of Christmas!!!  Where does time go?  What's really weird is to think that we've lived here just about as long as I was in NY, yet it feels like I was in NY for so much longer!  

We had a really nice weekend.  On Friday night, Adam and Jill came over and we just sat around chatting for a while.  It was a nice relaxing evening.  Saturday we were up bright and early and went on a walk.  It was nice to get out and get some {cold} fresh air!  It reminded me of being pregnant with Gavin and getting all bundled up to go walking with Jarrod.  I hope we keep walking together.  Saturday after Gavin's nap we went to The Promenade and walked around ~ it was SO busy!  But, I kinda like the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season.  Then, we headed to Outback for dinner.  We haven't been there since Father's Day.  It was so yummy and Gavin was so well behaved for a change!  We didn't have to walk around the restaurant to keep him entertained! 

Sunday, Jarrod got up with Gavin at 5:45 and let me sleep til 7:30.  Heaven!!!  Then we made our usual Sunday morning breakfast and got ready.  We spent Sunday afternoon out furniture shopping.  We need to get Gavin some new dressers since his will be moved to the baby's room.  I had no intention of getting him a new bed.  He has a twin bed that works just fine, but I kinda fell in love with one, so it's on our radar.  It's a full size 'captain's bed,' with a trundle under it.  The trundle looks like 6 drawers, but really only the bottom 3 open, and the other 3 are actually a twin size mattress.  It's pretty neat.  We're still shopping, but it's high on our list.  

I'll get some pics uploaded during naptime and post the weekly pregnancy update.  Have a great week everyone!

Dec 17, 2010

Some Christmas decorations

 I haven't posted many pics of our decorations, and sadly, I didn't take many of us decorating the tree this year.  :(  But here's a glance of our house at Christmas time ~ 2010!

I'm loving our new tree.  I was a little hesitant because it was labeled 'slim' and I didn't want a skinny tree, but it's gorgeous and so easy to assemble!
Our mantle

 Our display of Christmas cards, including some special ones from years past that bring back sweet memories!
 The kitchen sink
 Gavin's own tree in our playroom
I really wanted to spend a lot of time making decorations and ornaments with Gavin for his tree and to put around the house, but I've been so tired!  Oh well...

Jarrod asked me recently when we were going to put everything away, and I told him not any time soon!  I love having our tree up!