Saturday, May 9, 2015

Down By The River

Earlier this week was my father-in-law's birthday, so we packed up the girls and headed down the road to spend the day paddling on the Catawba River.  We did the same thing last year and the girls just loved it!
Our little expedition!

Savannah Jane helping paddle.

RG and Pawpaw

We caught a baby snapping turtle!

SJ just loved him!

We made some sandwiches and snacked on Cane Creek.

Hiding from the sun on Cane Creek.

Of course a long day in the sun led to some awesome car naps!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May is here!

Well today was full of spontaneous adventure!

After waking up late, the girls decided they wanted pancakes for breakfast.  So I busted out my kitchen skills and whipped up some Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes for RG and SJ.  K decided it was late enough in the day to skip breakfast and jump straight into lunch.  So everyone got ready, we loaded up the car, and hit the road to head to Chick-fil-a!  On the drive over we discussed all the potential things we could do today.  K never let on to what he wanted to do, he just jumped on the interstate and headed north.  

Adventure number one was the Carolina Raptor Center.  It is a facility in Huntersville that rehabilitates injured birds of prey (eagles, hawks, etc).  They have a self guided nature trail that let's you see different birds that have injuries that prevent them from being released back into the wild.  

SJ was our unofficial tour guide.

K and SJ 

Our little ladies

Two of the eagles shared names with the girls!

After we saw all the birds on display, we gave the girls the opportunity for a car nap and headed towards Fort Mill for the Strawberry Festival.  When we got close we decided to skip it due to heavy traffic and large crowds.  We opted instead for a local strawberry farm and went and picked about six pounds of strawberries, the girls played until they dropped, and I got a funnel cake and strawberry slushie! So, so good!

Looking for the perfect one!

Found it!

Funnel cake and slushie, living the life!

We picked up a pizza on the way home, did a quick bath time, and the babes fell asleep almost immediately!  Today was definitely a fun-filled, random adventure day!  Hope everyone else has a great weekend!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Potty Talk: Savannah Jane edition

For the past 4 days, SJ has been in the process of self potty training!! Read our journey:
January 23, 2015
In shock! Savannah Jane (19m) USED THE POTTY TWICE today!!! Once before nap and once before bed!! Who is this child?! 
**I have nothing to do with making this happen!**
Details (for memory's sake- stop reading if you don't like baby potty talk lol)
I had put both girls in the bed at nap then realized I didn't take rg to the potty. I asked if she wanted to go and she said no, and instantly sj starts chanting "Potty! Potty! Potty! Potty!" I told sj no, you don't have to go potty and she started crying "pooooootty!!!" So I made rg get up and go and I took sj to other bathroom where little potty is and took her diaper and pants off and sat her down. She instantly giggled and said "toot!" And I heard her start peeing!!! She was grinning the whole time! She went A LOT!! I just couldn't believe it and hugged and high fived her!! Rg came running in and clapped for her and they tried to make me go out so sissy could potty again but I refocused and took them back to bed. Can't. Believe. This!!! 
Then at bedtime I just told her it was potty time and sat her on there. She asked for a book so she went and got a book and came back. Within 30 seconds she starts going, looks at me and griiiins. She wanted to keep going- it was so cute! She kept saying "gein" (again) and grunting. Ha! She's too much! ��
January 24: Went twice- once before nap and once before bed. She goes almost instantly once sitting on potty. We don't make her sit on the potty- just get excited about "potty time!!!" And she says "yes! Potty time" and runs to potty. 

Jan 25th: Went 4 times (at least ha!) 
This morning when she woke up, after lunch (twice) then at bath time. 
At bath time she told me (while in the tub) that she needed to go potty so I grabbed her out of bath and sat her on toilet. She immediately went and then went back to bath time heh. 

This sweet little girl always surprises me! She is so sweet and wants to be just like her sister in every way! �� They are tweedle dee and tweedle dum! I love them so!! ��

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Our three year old artist

Yesterday RG asked me how to draw a truck. I told her that she should ask her daddy. Next thing I know she's showing this to me. K told her to "draw a line from here to here... Draw a circle here..."  
So proud of her little truck!!

This evening RG came to me and said "Look Mommy! I drew baby Jesus, Joseph and Mary!" 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Baby #3 WHAT?! How we found out!

Week 5: January 5-11 

What Fruit are you? Orange seed! 
Due date:  September 13
How far along:  5 weeks
Next appointment:  I'm planning to call tomorrow to try and schedule my first appointment. 
Gender:  ?
Total weight gain/loss:  I weighed myself on the 5th and I'm 145.6 (I believe ha!)
Exercise: just chasing my two crazies all day 
Maternity clothes: nope
Belly button: innie
Sleep: I've been waking up randomly through the night. Several nights I was up around 4:00-4:30am for no reason. 
Food cravings:  none- just about anything sounds good, however I am eating more sandwiches (I think part of that is my body detoxing from the holidays ha!)
Symptoms:  some acne, "growing pains" in my stomach area- like pulling a muscle when I move funny. I've been super thirsty and gassy. ��
Movement:  -
Labor signs: -
What I miss: at this moment nothing! 
What I'm loving: I am still trying to wrap my head around it. Just can't believe we are going to have THREE precious babes! I'm loving feeling AWESOME and just the excitement of having another child. I read that today the heart is spitting into four chambers and that the HEART IS BEATING and pumping blood now. What a MIRACLE!!!
What I'm looking forward to:  our first doctors appointment. 
Best moment this week: well on the 5th we found out we were pregnant! I was scheduled to start my period that day (if my 26 day cycle continued- previous periods nov 13 and dec 9). I had purchased some of the cheap testing strips on Am.azon back in November when Karl was really trying to get pregnant. The night of the 4th we had just gotten home from grandma and grandpa Lindsay's house and I took a test just out of pure curiosity. The test was negative and I didn't think anything of it. The next morning (the 5th) I took another test. It says results can take 5 minutes but I waited three or four and didn't see anything. Since we had stopped using prevention methods back in November, every cycle I just prayed for Gods will. If he wanted us to have a child I knew it would have to be I his timing, and I also knew that maybe now wasn't the time he had planned to grow the family. After watching the test that morning for several minutes. I immediately saw the test line but no other line. I went ahead and took a shower while rg was watching tv and SJ was sleeping in bloke way in! She didn't get up until almost 11:30pm!) while in the showered I again just prayed to TRUST Gods perfect will for our life. I began to think that maybe there was a reason we weren't pregnant and maybe we should wait until this time next year to try again. After all I was getting pretty comfortable having two fairly independent children hehe. As I got out of the shower I glanced at the test and thought I saw a VERY faint line. I looked harder and it was definitely there! I honestly was completely shocked bc when I had looked earlier nothing was there. I thought that maybe it was some sort of evaporation line that appeared after waiting too long. I grabbed another test and took it. I made sure to set the timer precisely and wait the full 5 minutes - sure enough around the 4 minute mark another line started to appear!! I just couldn't believe it!! I was sooo excited and nervous at the same time. I wanted so bad to tell my blog besties but I sealed my lips bc I so wanted to tell Karl first this time. And I wanted to surprise him since I haven't really ever done that before. I tried to hide my excitement that day when he got home but secretly I was googling fun ways to announce a pregnancy. I didn't find extra-ordinary so I thought maybe I'd just wait and tell him the next day when I could plan something a little more meaningful. I had really wanted to tell the girls and then let rg tell Karl but I felt like that was a reaction he might want to see too so I decided against that. When he got home he mentioned going to GG's and finishing some shelving for Donna and take some of the many boxes of baby clothes we had packed up, to her basement. I agreed. While we were down at donnas, the boys worked and the girls played with Donna. I told them I needed to run to target to get some deodorant bc we were out (which was the case). I left and when I arrived at target I realized I had left my wallet at home. I was so excited I was literally shaking hehe. I returned with my wallet and while I was there I decided to browse the newborn clothes and I found both a newborn "little brother" and "little sister" sleeper. I grabbed them both and went to the card section. I was in a mad dash bc I didn't want them to worry about me being gone so long for just deodorant haha! I found a cute card and then grabbed the deo. I decided I should get a digital test (since Karl never believed the "faint" lines during previous pregnancies.) I grabbed the test, a gift bag and some tissue paper (in addition to the other things I had already grabbed) and checked out. I then went back to Donnas house. I decided to take the test (I just couldn't wait and I wanted to be sure I was indeed pregnant too!) and wrap it up to give to Karl with the clothes. It took the FULL three minutes to show "PREGNANT!" I was getting nervous and just waiting on one of my girls to bust in the bathroom. Thankfully, that didn't happen and I hid the test and all evidence in my purse. We gathered the girls and headed home. When we got home I put the girls to bed as quickly as possible. I whispered to SJ that she was going to be a big sister. She just looked at me in disbelief hehe. I had Karl read the girls a book and while he did that I found a old tiny toms box to put the pregnancy test in and I wrapped the test in tissue paper and put it in the box. I got the newborn sleepers and wrapped them up in the bottom of the gift bag and then placed toms on top with a card tucked inside the bag. I also set up my phone to start recording. I showed Karl the gift bag and told him I had a late birthday present to give him (his birthday was the 29th of December). He smiled and came to open it. When he opened the test be just looked at it and said "is this for real!?" And I squad "yes, look at it!@ he replied "yea, but is this like a legit test?"he was smiling from ear to ear so I knew he was beyond excited and super happy! I then have him the card and at one point he high fives me. What a man! ��. That night we just sat and talked forever about our sweet little (GROWING!) family. ��
We are incredibly happy and so excited! Praising God for this new life he has knit together inside my woumb! 
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