Saturday, March 19, 2016

Baseball Season Starts!

I sure do love this time of year and do we ever love us some baseball!  Walt is very excited to be back on the Bulls playing his last season of Tball before we graduate to coaches pitch.  I'm anxious to see how the team improves. They have come so far in just a year!  All the boys can hit it off the tee on the first or second attempt. They are starting to make some good plays (ball hit to the pitcher, pitcher throws to first, YOU'RE OUT!).  Even though there's no outs or no score keeping, we can see the progress.

The first week of games was incredibly cold (I see all my east coast and Colorado readers rolling their eyes). But seriously, we had a cold front and it was 40 degrees plus 20 mph wind so it felt REALLY cold. Oscar and I sat huddled together, noses running, and just tried to survive. Which meant, no pics.

So, these are technically 2nd week pics....

Walt takes his baseball VERY seriously

Ryne and Walt ready for action!

Walt got to play first base for an inning. He was baseball-ready the whole time!

His most favorite part -- hitting. At home, we don't use a tee and Walt has hit all of our whiffle balls over the fence. 

Good sports all around!

These two little brothers are the #1 fans and ready to get out there themselves!

A turn at catcher! Look at all that gear!

We love that Walt loves his sports.  All of his adventures are his own idea. We just support him and try and encourage him to learn.  I can't wait for the end-of-season update to show how much they progressed!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Winter 2015/2016 Recap

I'm so excited that it's almost spring. But, then again, it's been "spring-y" for a while now since we somehow skipped winter. I realize this probably means a zombie apocalypse or global warming will zap us all in a matter of days, but for now I am not complaining. I can do without winter weather!

I usually blog about big events and outings, but I also just take day-to-day pics.  With that, here's some fun stuff we did this winter that didn't make it into a blog.

My little big man decided he doesn't need to sit in the cart anymore. He is a great little errand helper!

I will never tire of these brothers' pics.  Walt is such a great big brother!

No, this pic didn't end up in the wrong pile. This is technically a winter pic. But we're all warm! Love our good neighbors!

Just because we didn't have winter weather didn't mean there weren't cold and rainy days. We took the opportunity to have some fun at Main Event. This photo booth had us all making faces!

One afternoon, while playing out back, Oscar hopped on the tricycle for the first time and just started riding it. Who needs practice when you've been watching big bro your whole life!

Typical bath time. The more bubbles the better and their favorite thing to do is put on Santa beards.

We have the BEST neighborhood sitters. This young lady brought us a new fun game, which was a huge hit!

Monday, March 14, 2016


Sometimes I feel like the worst mom in the world. I blame Facebook. I see all these things these awesome mommies do with their kids and wonder how I can fit it all in!  Sometimes sanity for us is popcorn and a movie.  But, then I think about all the awesome experiences we have had and pat myself on the back (Broken Bow, Colorado, pumpkin patches, etc).

One thing I've deprived my children of is Build-A-Bear.  The idea of fighting crowds of people to make an overpriced stuffed animal does NOT appeal to me. But, we had a gift certificate, and the past week was super rainy and gloomy, and Walt has truly been flexing his big brother muscles lately. He's an amazing helper around the house (makes his bed, puts his dirty laundry away, tries to bribe Oscar...), and I felt like he needed some extra special recognition.

So, yesterday we set out to do it. Just him and me.  You know what? We survived. We more than was a super cute experience and Walt absolutely loved the whole thing.  I'm sure I'll be back with Oscar before he's five :)

Walt decided on Bat Bear to be his next BFF.  He loved helping with the stuffing and adding all his good vibes to Bat Bear's heart.

We couldn't go home without a bat outfit (Bat Bear can't be naked!)
The crowd was light and the employees were super sweet and helpful. When it came time to name Bat Bear and get him a birth certificate, Walt thought long and hard about the name...

May I introduce the super hero bear of Gotham.... Robin.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

16 Weeks

I haven't historically been great at documenting my pregnancies. I did pretty good with Walt because it was new and exciting, but I had nothing else to blog about. Poor Oscar received only a few entries prior to birth.  The 2nd pregnancies was not nearly as glamorous as the first.  My goal this time is to do a monthly update. We'll see :)  I stole these questions from a friend (and fellow blogger) - thanks Sara W!

Week 16: Baby is the size of an avocado

How far along: 16 weeks

Total weight gain: Do I really want to divulge this?? I acknowledge that I'm a slender person, but I do not make petite babies. I didn't gain much in the first trimester because I literally couldn't eat. Now I can. Let's call it 5lbs.

Maternity clothes: In fact - yes! I can still wiggle into a few pre-pregnancy pants, but given this is my third go 'round, I know the beauty of elastic. So, mostly maternity pants and starting to dabble in maternity tops.

Sleep: No complaints although I still have to pee in the middle of the night, which is annoying. It's tapered from every night to every other night or so.

Best moment this week: Maybe our new Friday-night tradition of Movie Night! We all cuddle on the couch with popcorn and a kid's flick and it's really fun!

Miss Anything: Wine. 

Movement: Meh - you'd think I'd have this figured out by now. I have felt what I think is baby girl scuttling about, but it's really fleeting. It wasn't until closer to 18 weeks with both my boys.

Food cravings: Anything and everything? I'm so glad to be past the nausea stage (which was easily the worst yet with this one. However, I blame my age and not the baby's gender since it's all but gone now). I do crave healthy things like salad, apples, broccoli, but I also can't resist the urge to make a box of brownies each week.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I often still wake up with a bit of a hung over feeling, but it quickly passes as I get moving and get food in my tummy.

Gender prediction: 99% chance it's a girl. I'd say that's pretty accurate! We have talked names have it down to two!

Labor signs: nope (thank goodness)

Symptoms: I feel like I'm more emotional this time around, but that might be a better assessment for Daddy to give. I have started some light exercise again, and the biggest thing is I get winded so easily. I can run, but have to do a lot of interval walking. Other than that, I don't feel exceptionally exhausted, nausea is gone, and the belly is growing.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Despite my comment above - I'm generally happy.

Looking forward to: Making some nursery progress! I have some fabric,  paint and wallpaper sample (yup, I said wallpaper).  We plan on painting all of Oscar (previously Walt's) baby furniture white, so I need to work on getting O into a big boy bed. Target: May.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Our Grown Up Master Bedroom

Early on in our relationship, Chris and I have had a lot of fun decorating, redecorating and remodeling.  In our old house we did pretty major stuff like adding hardwoods and completely re-doing a master bath.  Most recently, we flipped our existing kitchen from a traditional style to a more modern transitional style.

Throughout all these projects, our poor master bedroom always gets the short straw. How much time do YOU spend in your bedroom. For us, it's not much. But every time we'd crawl into bed at night, I longed for a homey and comforting room.  We have done small things along the way, like we upgraded to a Temperpedic mattress when we moved in the house and I've changed the comforter out more than once.  It was time for a complete overhaul.

So, normally I'm Miss Matchy-Matchy, and buy everything from all one place to ensure maximum coordination. This time, I piece mealed the whole thing together, which is why this started in Dec. 2014 and just now ended. I started with a bed frame. Even though it was my old, I-just-graduated-college furniture, at least we had night stands and a dresser. We never had anything more than the cheap free frame that comes with your mattress.  I already knew I wanted cream or white and I definitely wanted a tufted headboard (thank you, Mad Men).

The bedframe came from Wayfair and was super easy to assemble.

Next came the bedding. This was actually really easy. Macy's had a lot to choose from. I knew I wanted light colors and really liked the champagne accent with this. I bought the entire package including pillows because #matching. It's their Hotel Collection "Finest Luster" bedding set.

Probably the hardest part was the nightstands and the dresser. They are all separate pieces and trying to find colors online caused many items to be returned. 

The loooong "putty" colored dresser came from Joss & Main (fully assembled). It's maybe my favorite piece.

This one is Chris's nightstand from Wayfair

This one is mine, from Overstock.  Both came fully assembled (pro tip!)

I used Pinterest for lots of inspiration pics. I wanted the dark gray walls with light furniture. I loved this room:
My biggest takeaway here was the mirrors above the nightstands to illuminate the lamps.  I found our mirrors on Overstock.

The hardest part about decorating this room is the accent color is not gold and it's not silver. It's more of a champagne. That's a tough color to search for. The mirrors I found lean silver, but have some gold "notches" that help contrast the silver.  A lucky find was these picture frames at Hobby Lobby. As soon as I saw the color, I just grabbed as many as I could. I didn't even have a gallery wall in mind!

Those black and white canvases of the boys sat on the floor for almost two years before I got to hang them!

And, finally, the lamps. I went round and round on these dang things. I ordered some from Joss and Main that ended up being too big and too white (another tricky color for this room!). Everywhere I looked the lamps were either not right or they were $200+ each. I like nice things, but I just could not bring myself to do it.  When it was all said and done, I perused the lamp aisle at Target last weekend and found the lamps you see. The color could not be more spot on. They call it "brushed bronze". #nailed it.

I'd like to get a few little accents for the dresser (candlesticks, orbs, fake floral), but for now I'm calling this complete. We now have a grown-up master!