Wednesday, July 30, 2014

35 Weeks - Hayden

How far along? 35 weeks
Weight: Well after Ryan's birthday I was pretty sure I gained another five pounds. To my surprise I was only up one pound since my last visit! Wohoo!
Baby size: I was able to get a sonogram at my last appointment and she is about 5lbs and 3oz - which is average. My doctor said that I would probably have another small baby
Sleep: Still up a few times but it's so nice to be able to crawl right back into bed...soon enough I will be up all night.
Miss anything: Just being not pregnant would sum it up nicely. Fortunately we have had a pretty mild summer so far, but this past week the heat decided to make an appearance. 
Movement: Some days I notice a lot of movement and some days not as much - that is actaully why I was able to get another sonogram. I may have mentioned to the nurse that I didn't feel baby Hayden moving as much as she was before...anyhow, I got a sonogram and everything was perfect! Nothing to worry about...and of course she was moving around like crazy while I was there. They probably thought I was nuts. 
Other: I honestly don't know how I am going to make another month! I can't imgine growing anymore...did I mention I am at the heaviest/largest I have ever been. How can I stretch much larger? I have a feeling getting my body back might be a whole new challenge. 
Am I ready? Oh how do I answer this, my hosptial bag isn't packed, and Hayden's room isn't finished. I also haven't dug out all the infant baby necessities or bought any newborn diapers. It really sounds like I haven't done anything now that I am writing this...BUT I do have some cute outfits and headbands/bows! I plan to get all of this other stuff done within the next week...just in case. I am sure the more prepared I am the longer she will take to arrive :)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Celebrating FOUR!

 Ryan was so excited for his birthday this year - which of course made me so excited :)
We let him open a couple presents while I made some breakfast

Sprinkle pancakes! yum! Well, I thought so :)

The birthday boy was pleased as well. 
After breakfast the boys actually headed to school. Ryan brought some dinosaur cupcakes and he was so excited to share them with his friends. 

While he was at school I did some decorating at home...
 We have playgroup every Thursday and since we were hosting I turned it into a little celebration for Ryan. 

My mom made these awesome dinosaur tails and they are so darn cute! She used this tutorial. My original plan was to make them as party favors for Ryan's birthday but once we realized how time intensive they ended up being we skimmed down the amount and decided just to use them at his playgroup.

Volcano brownies! I think the candy melts would have spread better if I would have done this when the brownies came out of the oven but I waited a while. Also, I meant to add some red but ran out of time...they tasted just as good thought :)

When the kiddos came we got all decked out in our dino gear!

Daddy came home early from work to party! We made our volcano explode!

And then it was pinata time!

After everyone got a turn it was still in perfect condition....
So we let Kevin take a few swings and then shook all the candy out!
And of course we sang Happy Birthday!
And enjoyed cupcakes

 After playgroup we made dinner - Ryan's request was homemade pizza!


We skyped with Gigi and Papa and our cousins!

And then gave Ryan his big birthday gift!
Such a fun day celebrating this sweet little boy!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ryan's Birthday Questions - Age 4

1. What is your favorite color? Green
2. What is your favorite toy? Switch and Go Dino (what he wants for his birthday)
3. What is your favorite fruit? Watermelon
4. What is you favorite tv show? Blues Clues (This might seem a little young but it's the only show that Grayson will actually watch too and they both love it. Works great in the car)
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Grilled Cheese
6. What is your favorite outfit? My batik. (A batik is the traditional fabric of Indonesia (where my parents currently live) and Ryan loves his batik shirts. Loves. Every time I ask him to pick something out to wear he drags out his batik. So much so that even Grayson knows it's his favorite...and he has also taken quite a liking to them. )
7. What is your favorite game? Duck Duck Goose
8. What is your favorite snack? Pirates Booty
9. What is your favorite animal? Moose
10. What is your favorite song? Twinkle Twinkle
11. What is your favorite book? Curious George
12. Who is your best friend? Charlie and Ford
13. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Donuts 
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? A lot of things, it's a little hard to say. Maybe water balloons.
15. What is you favorite drink? Lemonade
16. What is your favorite holiday? My birthday (oh dear)
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Mickey Mouse
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? Salmon
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Pizza
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A big kid

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Happy 4th Birthday Ryan

Today this little man is FOUR years old!
We had such a fun filled day complete with sprinkle pancakes, cupcakes, friends and more! I love this little guy more than I ever knew I could - thanks for making me a mommy!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vandy - One Year (Upstairs)

The upstairs. I took these pictures back at the "one year" mark and actually quite a bit has changed since then. I think seeing the pictures gave me motivation to make some progress. Or it's just this whole nesting thing they talk about....
This is the view coming up the stairs...the PLAYroom! 
When we built this house we knew we need a large area where our kids could run wild...I had visions of a reading nook and art nook, both of which are half-baked at this time. Anyhow, one of the big debates (internally...I don't think Kevin even knows I think about it) has been whether to put a couch in here or not. I love having a ton of space for everyone to run around but when we have playgroups all the moms hang out on the ground (I know we are all use to it) but sometimes it's nice to have a real seat.  Anyhow, I actually found a solution but I'll save that for when I do an updated playroom reveal. 

That crazy blowup pool takes up quite a bit of space but the boys love it! It could use more balls but they don't really care. 
Above their train table we made an area for them to hang all of their art...and there is a lot of it. For Ryan's first year I think I saved everything he ever made...but now I am much better at being selective. 
We have a little area with a sink and fridge. I plan to stock it with waters/juices and also have some snacks up here but haven't quite done that yet. The only problem I found with stocking the fridge is that once kids discover there are drinks in there they want to drink them's like a competition. So we will see. I would also like to get a kureg for up here. Kevin thinks it's silly but I think it would be a nice little 'perk' if you will. 

And for the other side.

This corner is the "reading" nook. I pictured them taking books into the uber comfy tent and just hanging out...that has yet to happen. First of all I need to make it more comfy...I found a rug so next step is making the purchase. The boys love their tent but the wood slats tend to slide around a lot on the wood floor, yet another reason I need to buy that rug! 

This area in the corner is intended to be their "art" nook but it's kinda a mess. They still use the craft table to draw and play with playdoh but I would like to get it all organized for them. I love the chalkboard wall and need to write something cute up there....
And then we have a large closet for storage. yay!

And now for the bedrooms. First room up is Ryan's. And I am now realizing that I didn't do the best job of taking pictures. 
The entrance to his room is to the right (basically the right corner). I am standing in his closet to take this picture. I wouldn't say the bunk beds fit perfectly in here, but what can ya do? I mean, they fit and it looks fine, but from a design perspective I would have gone a different route.
The walls are Serena and Lily - Sprout. I was nervous about doing something so wild but it's a kids room and that is where you can take my book at least. I actually love the color and Ryan does too. 
On the other side of the room is his dresser. To the left of this is his bathroom and then his closet. 

The boys rooms are connected by a Jack and Jill bathroom. I also didn't do a good job taking pics here....need to take pictures of Ryan and Grayson's bathroom area. 
We basically did the same thing in their bathroom as our dining room downstairs - odd when I think about it. lol. Wainscoting and Fly By Night Blue paint. 

Next up - Grayson's room!
We used a darker gray in here - Sherwin Williams Pavestone (same as craft room) 
I basically repurposed everything from Ryan's nursery with a few changes including curtains, bedding and art work. 

I made the paper mobile for him - super easy and it's pretty cute!
I didn't really picture the whole wall but basically that door is to the bathroom and then to the right of that one is the closet door. 

On the other side of the room we have his crib

And his rocker...
For most of the year there we had Ryan's old bookcase in the spot where the nightstand is...but we were missing a shelf and it was always a mess. I ended up getting rid of it and just using the nightstand instead - which I think fits the room much better. I had plans of creating a gallery wall over here but I know we will be changing this room soon (well in the next year) and thought I would wait until then to work on decorating the walls. 

The next room is the guest room (which is in the process of being transformed into Hayden's nursery)
I also swore that I took pictures of this before we started to change it...and I can't seem to locate them! grrr! Anyhow, it was basically the first room in the house to be 'complete'. Only fitting that it was the room that we end up redoing. 

Lastly, our room. And when I say last...I mean last because we still haven't done anything in here...and I really don't have plans to anytime soon (only because I would like to finish all the others areas before I tackle a new one!). 

Don't mind all that stuff that needs to go up in the attic

I don't love this dresser in our room. When we bought this furniture this piece was the only size that would work in our first house. Now I wish we have a shorter wider dresser...since this wall is so spacious. I am also debating (internally, once again) on if I want a tv in here. Kevin isn't a fan of the tv in the bedroom and I totally get it. I really don't mind not having one but some lazy mornings I think it would be nice to snuggle with the boys and watch some cartoons. 

Bathroom - not much going on in here either. 

I didn't really take pictures of our closets because they are currently a mess. I need to do a major cleanout but it's hard when you are preggo...cause I don't really know what fits and what doesn't. Oye!

So that's it for the upstairs! My mom and I have been working hard on Hayden's nursery and I can't wait to post pictures soon!

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