Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Two Months (and then some). Pic heavy post.

It's been a little over 2 months since we brought Holland home.  It's so hard to believe and she has changed so much.

It's never to early to learn the proper way to make a zombie face from your brother.

This pic cost me $20.  I had bribe Tristan to get a good pic of him and his sister.  And it took him a week to take the bribe.  But I won and got this gem!  Well worth more than the $20 I paid out.

 He has only kissed her once.  Thank goodness I got photographic evidence.

He loves to help me with her.


This swaddle blanket (aka: baby straight jacket) has been one of the best purchases I have made.  We are getting much more sleep than we did with Tristan and I feel we owe most of that to this thing.

Those hands.

She loves him.

My favorite pic of them together so far.  I can not believe I made these two little people.

Steve and I took Tristan to Tweetsie and stayed overnight the weekend after Mother's Day as a surprise for him to spend some time with just him. Thanks to my in-laws for keeping our baby girl overnight. 

Then last weekend Tristan and I got to spend the day together at Tweetsie while Thomas was there. We took lots of selfies, ate lots of junk and had a great time.
 I will try to not wait so long between posts again.  Things are getting easier since I have figured out a schedule for us.  And I use schedule loosely since we do have a 2 month old in the house.  But it's enough for me to keep things together. In fact, Tristan has camp this week to prepare him for kindergarten and this is the third day and we have made it on time every day.  High five to me!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Introducing.... Holland Noelle

Born March 28 at 11:56 pm.
9 lbs 1 oz and 20 inches long.

Proud daddy and uninterested big brother. This picture took a little coaxing to get. It will take some time, but I am sure he will come around.

Cheeks for days!

I apologize for how this post may look as I am posting it from my phone at 2:20 am in the hospital. Steve and Holland are sleeping, but of course, I couldn't go back to sleep so easily.

Much love from us all!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tristan's birthday and random thoughts.

As promised, here is one more post before our baby girl gets here.   Nothing like cutting it close, huh?  Unless she decides otherwise sooner, Friday is the big day.  I like having an exact date.  Makes planning a lot easier.  Of course, it's also made procrastinating a lot easier, too.  But today I am getting ALL. THE. THINGS. DONE.  And this post is included in that list.

Tristan turned 5 last Tuesday and as I have been doing for the past few years on his birthday I "interview" him.  It's fun for me to look back and see how he has grown and how little he once was.

Here is this year's video.

I also promised you a look at his dinosaur-zombie-volcano cake, too didn't I?  As you will notice, I am not a cake decorator.  But my kid doesn't care.  He was THRILLED with his cake.  It was exactly what he wanted and that is what matters.  

Here is a pic of us on his birthday.  He's holding pic of us on the day he was born.  Geez!  How has it already been 5 years?  Crazy!

And one last pic before I sign off.  This kid LOVES aquariums.  He could spend all day at the Ripley's Aquariums.  We don't live close to one, but a new aquarium opened up last month about an hour away.  It's not near as big, but I surprised him with a visit on the day after his birthday.  He was so happy when he saw where we were going that he deemed me "the best mommy in the whole wide earth."

The next time I write it will be to share pics of our newest addition.  Talk to y'all soon!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Just over 2 weeks.

     I would say that the time has felt like it has flown by, but let's be honest.  When you have a foot in your rib cage that refuses to move, time seems to drag on.  I can't believe that by the end of this month I am going to be the mom of 2.  It's crazy and exciting and scary all at once.  I know what to expect and I don't.  It will be quite different this time around with a 5 year old also thrown into the mix.  It's still up in the air as to how he's going to adapt.  Tristan doesn't seem too thrilled about the idea of having a sibling, let alone the fact that it will be a girl.  I'm hoping that all changes but we shall see.  

Spring is just around the corner.

     Things are mostly ready for Holland to arrive.  We have the stuff we need.  Her room is set up.  I have made a list of things I want to get accomplished this week and I am slowly marking things off the list.  I do vow to have this weeks list complete before Friday night. 

     Tristan's birthday party is Saturday and then his actual birthday is next Tuesday so want to be able to concentrate on that for him.  He's so excited.  No worries, I'm not crazy and trying to throw some Pinterest worthy party.  He doesn't care about that.  He wants to play with his friends and eat cake and open presents.  The most difficult thing I am doing is making his cake.  And it's gonna be from a box, so it won't be difficult.  He wants a cake with zombies, dinosaurs, and a volcano.  Sound odd?  That's my boy!  I'm hoping it turns out like I have it imagined.  I know he will be happy with it and that's all that matters really.

     In other new, I'm officially a soccer mom.  We Tristan up for lessons at the Y and he loves them.  He really good at it, too.  Next time we are going to try and get him in the Parks and Rec league.  We missed sign ups for Spring, but I have the ones for Fall on my calendar.   

     I'll try to post at least one more time before Holland comes.  Until then I leave you with one of my favorite pics of recent.  Tristan reading in bed with his flashlight.  Oh the cute!  I can hardly stand it.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy New Year!

     There is nothing like waiting until half way through January to wish you a happy new year.  Sorry about that.  The sentiment is no less sincere.  Since it's been over a month since my last post, I thought I should post a little update here since there are a few of you that only follow along here.  (If you follow me Instagram, chances are you may just want to skip to the end.  You have probably seen all these pics.  If you follow on FB, then you may just want to skim this.  I don't post everything from Instagram on there, but most things.)

    We had a very nice Christmas.

Tristan and I made gingerbread houses.

Christmas Eve breakfast was a snowman made from powdered sugar donuts.  As you can see, Tristan was thrilled.  

The view on Christmas Eve before bed just after Santa had visited.

Tristan's big wish for Christmas was a train. (Seems that has been his only wish for a few years now.)  This year Santa gave him a Lionel Polar Express train that he controls with a remote.  As you can see it was a hit.  Even with Willow.

December 30th was my birthday.  Since Steve was working, I asked Tristan what would be fun to do for my birthday.  Most anytime you give him a choice of what to do, he is going to choose Putt-Putt.  This time was no different.  So we headed out for a birthday breakfast date at the Waffle House first. (Side note:  Why can I NEVER remember that the waffle house doesn't serve pancakes.  I mean, it's the WAFFLE House, for goodness sake.  You would think the name alone would remind me.  Luckily the lack of pancake I promised him was fine with the addition of chocolate chips to a waffle instead.)  

And then on to play a couple rounds of putt-putt.  For as bad as he is at this game most of the time, this kid scores no less than one hole-in-one each game he plays.  On this day he racked up four (and it may have been five).  I only got 2.   

I just sharing this because I LOVE IT.  I mean look.... HANDSOME!  You would think they were related or something.  Ha ha.

Last week brought super cold tempertures.  For posterity's sake, I screen shot the temp on my phone.  I don't believe I have ever felt this cold before.  And to top it off, the night before, our power went out.  Luckily it only stayed for 2.5 hours.  And we have a generator so we would have been fine.  But I blame Tristan.  Earlier in the night he told Steve and I he wanted to make a campfire and sleep in the backyard.  He kinda got his wish, as I let every candle in our house because he was a little freaked out.  Needless to say, it smelled like a Yankee Candle Whore House for a while.

I'm enjoying these last few months of being a mom to only this one.  We had a little lunch date last week and then did some shopping.

 Want to know how to enjoy shopping at Target to spend birthday (or Christmas) gift cards with a kiddo?  Popcorn and an Icee. You're welcome!  This buys me so much more shopping/browsing time.  (Also note the belly.  Getting bigger, and BiGgEr, and BIGGER!)    

Friday I started working on clearing out the spare bedroom to make room for this baby girl that is on her way in LESS. THAN. THREE. MONTHS!  Holy crap where has the time gone?  I think I officially hit the nesting stage last week, because now I want done, and I want it ALL DONE.  I had high hopes of starting early and being done by now.  Ha!  That was a joke.  

Last but not least...
We have a name picked out.  We have for a few weeks. It took us a while to agree on one.  

Saturday, December 7, 2013

My favorite day of the year.

Here is a peek into out annual day out to find a Christmas tree.  It's one of my most favorite days of the year.  A whole day spent in the mountains doing Christmasy stuff.  And this year we listened to Christmas music THE. WHOLE. TIME.  If you know my husband, that usually isn't his style.  We have to compromise and listen to other stuff to.  But not this year.  I think maybe he has learned to tune it out.

Our elf, Clyde, got special permission and a little magic to be able to join us this year.

At Christmas Corner Tree Farm.

My family in front of our tree.

 It had snowed earlier in the week and there was still a little left on the ground so got to throw a few snowballs at each other.

 After finding the perfect tree and having lunch we headed to the Mast General Store.  Santa is ALWAYS there the Saturday after Thanksgiving so we make it a point to see him while we are out.

 Next stop, the candy store and Annex down the road for photos with the green and red wagon and what else...  CANDY!

A kid in a candy store.  It was as insane as you would imagine.  How we made it out for just less than $25 is beyond me.  A holiday miracle for sure.