Tuesday, August 27, 2013

It's a...

We got to see our newest little monkey today on ultrasound!

We also got to find out the exciting news of whether we'd be adding a little boy to our clan or a little girl!  It didn't take long at all for the tech to see, and we couldn't be more excited to announce that in February we will be welcoming a little....
In case you can't read that it says BOY!!!!!!!!!
He wasn't shy at all!  She got shot after shot!

And he was a busy busy boy moving and flipping all around.  I felt him from the inside and outside for the first time today too.  So awesome.

We are in love with eem already :)
Bring on the fun craziness of 3 boys!  We can't wait!
We've already thanked God for this awesome little dude, and we don't know what we did to be so blessed, but we are thrilled and cannot wait to meet him!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Exciting News!

We are...............................expecting another baby!
We found out when Kipton was only 6 months old, so it happened quickly especially considering I'm still breastfeeding.  Pretty much as soon as I started Kip on solids I started my cycle again.  Then the next month I was pregnant!  So I only had one "lady cycle".  Only one egg got by since having Kipton. Haha.  Kipton was conceived the second month of trying as well.  Although we weren't actually trying for a third yet...more like just not preventing.  With Kipton we did things to try.  Guess it doesn't matter whether we try or not.  If we aren't preventing...we get pregnant easily!  I know it takes most people longer to conceive, so we know we are so incredibly blessed.  I try not to take that for granted.  I'm 9 weeks and 2 days along today. (I always feel like I should be saying BABY is 9 weeks 2 days along instead of me, but anywho..)  I got a positive test at home on May 29th.  Cale was with me and he was adorable.  At first there was only 1 line showing, so we thought negative, but then at a second glance there was a faint second line that we both saw.  Cale gave me a big hug then said, "I can't hug you as hard now because I don't want to hurt the baby."  There were a couple other cute things he said that I can't remember but so hope they come to me because I know they were just awesome.  I then called Chad and asked if we could have lunch with him.  He of course said yes and was excited so we got ready to go.  On our way there I was brainstorming how we'd tell him.  When I got pregnant with Kipton the first thing I did was try to find a shirt for Cale that said "big brother" to put on him and wait until he noticed.  When I couldn't find one I decided to get a gift bag and tissue paper for the actual test to let him open.  That was cute, but I wanted to do something different this time.  I looked for a big brother shirt for Kipton to wear this time, but again couldn't find one so I thought it would be neat to make a shirt for Chad.  I grabbed some shirt markers and a plain white tee in his size.  Cale wrote "Daddy of 3" in big letters on the front then it was time to meet him for lunch.  Thankfully I got the whole thing on video and it's on my YouTube channel!  His initial shock is great!  We'd joked before about how fertile we are and he'd told me one day while I was packing away some maternity clothes from Kip that I shouldn't pack them too far!  As I mentioned before we weren't preventing because we wanted another and welcome whatever God wants to bless up with, but He didn't waste any time with His blessing and it was a bit wild to us at first considering we had and still have a baby already.  Kipton is 8 months now and will be around 13 months old when baby comes.  Cale didn't walk until he was 14 months old... I can't imagine having 2 babies in diapers not walking!  Double stroller here we come!  Luckily we're thinking Kip will walk before then, but you never know!
Update on Kippers!
As I mentioned above he's 8 months old.  He's rolling, crawling, pulling himself up to his knees, starting to pull himself up to his feet, starting to wave, loves to squeal, loves baths and showers with daddy, and loves to eat!  He'd go to sleep at 6:30pm every night if I'd do it. Which I would if that were always feasible.  He then sleeps until 6 or 7 or so then sleeps again for another couple hours.  Once in a while he'll wake around 3am for a feeding, but when he does that he skips the 6am one.  He also takes a nap in his crib after lunch for an hour or so.  I know I'm blessed with his sleeping!  With Cale we had to do some sleep training to get him to sleep through the night, so it's nice to not have to do that this time around.  He learned day from night very early and would sleep as long as his tummy would let him from the start.  It's been quite nice!  I'm still breastfeeding him, but mostly only in the morning, before his nap, and at bedtime.  Any other time he is too distracted to nurse like Cale started being around 7 months.  With Cale though I unfortunately saw it as him weaning himself, so I stopped at 7 months.  Then I'd read that at that age it can be common for babies to act distracted (be on just for a few seconds at a time before pulling off to look around over and over) just because as they get older they are more interested in the world around then and that it doesn't necessarily mean they are trying to wean themselves.  By the time I had read that I had stopped breastfeeding but still had milk so I offered it to him again, but he just stared at it for a minute then wanted nothing to do with it.  When I remembered how not long after I decided to stop I had just given Cale a bath while in my robe, and as I was carrying him out my robe slipped open and he tried latching on but I wouldn't let him I started crying and crying and just wished I could go back to that moment and let him nurse if he wanted to nurse.   I wish I didn't have an all or nothing attitude.  So I vowed that if and when I got to that point with any future babies then I'd power through until they're at least a year old. .  I'm not going to lie though..When Kip started doing the same thing around 7 months just like Cale did it was a bit frustrating.  Feeding him just when he wants to has been great though. I do that and don't stress.  I plan on going as long as Kip wants to when he wants to even if it's only at bedtime.
I can't mention Kip without mentioning how happy he is!  I joke if there was a happy baby award he'd win 1st place!  He is so funny too.  I can't believe we went so long without him.  I also can't not mention how close he is with his big brother.  He loves to watch Cale, to play with Cale, to get attention from Cale..and Cale I'm certain couldn't be a better big brother.  We recorded him when we told him Kipton was coming and his sweet genuine excitement is contagious.  That video is also on my YouTube channel.  His excitement hasn't left and he is such a big helper in any way he can be.  He adopted the title "Official Diaper Thrower Awayer" from the start when there wasn't much more he could do.  Now he likes to help feed him and play with him.  If Kip gets fussy Cale is right there without being asked rocking him, singing to him, bouncing him, giving him a toy, making silly faces, whatever it takes to make him happy.  He also doesn't want him to get hurt.  He genuinely cares and it's great to see.  I hope that part never changes. 
We also have a dog that adores Kipton.  This dog is the craziest dog too.  Like...I'm someone who despised a shock collar until I met this dog. Holy moly.  If you met him he'd jump all over you and lick you like crazy and bark and bark.  He's a muscular HIGH energy dog.  You'd might think.. dangerous to be around baby right..but no!  The dog's name is Tugger and when it comes to Kipton he is so sweet and gentle.  We named him Tugger because he liked to play Tug of War as a pup and he still does. He plays with Kip too.  He will bring a toy over to him and gently put it where Kip can grab it then gently pull it but not so hard as to pull it out of his hands.  Kip is 8 months remember so can you imagine how gentle he'd have to be.  It's pretty awesome.  If anyone lays on the ground Tugger thinks they must have done it to wrestle with him.  With Kip they "wrestle" but again Tugger is so careful.  Now we wouldn't leave Kip or any baby alone with any dog so this is all under close supervision, but so far we're so pleased with how gentle our wild dog has been.  I wish he could be that gentle with everyone.  He doesn't bite or anything but he's quite the energy ball.  He's part terrior, so I've decided no more terrior anything in our household in the future.  He's fun, but he's exhausting.
 I'm super sleepy like I am most of the time these days.  I'm excited for that second trimester energy booster!  But because of that I'm signing off for now.  I'm typing this from my phone tired, so hope it all works and makes sense.  I feel like I was all over the place and still have so much to say! 
Another time!
Cale has T-ball practice and game tomorrow woot woot!
Happy Tuesday all!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Science Center 2013

Cale and Kipton got to see Grandma Connie and Grandpa Rick today!  Grandma stopped over in the morning to hang out with the boys then Cale, Kipton, and I picked up Chad from work to meet Grandpa Rick at the science center.
A "T. rex Named Sue" was there
 Which Cale thought was awesome!
Cale dug for dinosaur bones
Kip handed out lots of smiles for Grandpa
We explored the rest of the Science Center too and all had fun pretending to share the weather on the news
Cale thought this part was pretty cool to make himself disappear on screen

We were channeling the subjects in the American Gothic House painting.. can you tell?

I love Chad's haha
Afterwards we checked out a fun burger joint downtown that we'd been wanting to try. 
Way worth it!
Cale went to bed one happy kid.   He's enjoying his spring break!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Welcome Kipton!

I haven't blogged for over a year.  A lot happens in a year!  Like this..

My belly certainly got bigger and bigger!

From that belly came Kipton!
I love this photo of my boys.  You'd think it was staged, but it wasn't.  I saw this sweet moment next to me in the bed and thankfully caught it on camera!
This one too
Cale's a sweet big brother
Our family has grown!
A few months have passed since those photos.
That little bundle loves to smile, giggle, laugh, and coo. 
He now looks more like this..
He enjoys watching his big brother and getting attention from him.  Cale is an awesome big brother to have.  He's proud and a big help!  He's the "Official Diaper Thrower Awayer" and he's proud of it!

This is the most recent photo of Kip showing off his latest hair cut.  He was born needing a hair cut with a head full of dark dark hair. When it started getting into his eyes I decided to cut it. He's now had 2 hair cuts by 4 months old.. that has to be some type of record, right ? His almost black hair he was born with went to brown then blonde crazy quickly as well.
Kipton Chance was born on November 4th 2012 weighing and measuring EXACTLY what his brother did at 7lbs 9oz and 21 inches long.
What are the chances of that?
We LOVE him!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

3 Year Old Bedtime Prayers

Chad's hunting group got 6 deer yesterday, and Chad shot 4 of them. He's out there again today, so I'm excited to hear how they do this time.  

I watched my sister's girls Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday of last week so Cale got a healthy dose of cousin fun. We're excited to have them over this week as well.

I recorded Cale's bed time prayer last night.  He has a certain prayer that he came up with that he prays every night and that's what he said last night.  There's a part that he repeats, and he repeats it every time..  Many times he adds to it, but last night it was just his simple prayer.

The night before this he added "Thank you God for you" I liked that.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

First Black Friday Experience, Cubbies, Hunting, Holiday Party

Chad is out hunting right now with his cousins. I told him the thought of someone getting accidentally shot scares me.  He then proceeded to tell me that he's had bullets whiz past his head before.  Awesome.  I pray for him to have fun, BE SAFE, and get a deer! 

Cale and I are going to pick out some purple slippers for a slipper exchange a woman at Church invited me to. I'd never heard of such a thing before. I think it's a fun idea.

Cale did great at his Cubbies meeting this week.  He said five verses for stickers!  So proud of him.  I'm impressed with the way the workbook teaches him.  It has a children's story with characters like "Luv E Lamb" and "Cubbie Bear" that leads into the verse for the week and how Cale can apply it to his own life.  PERFECT for his age.  He understands so well with the way it's laid out. Chad and I are enjoying volunteering. I'm trying to learn all of the songs and movements that we do.  I'm glad I can laugh at myself because I'm way off sometimes!  It's a fun though.

I feel like we were lead to the Church and the program.  I kept running into one of the volunteers just out and about like the grocery store, the park, even an amusement park at one point.  The first time I met her was at a playground.  She asked me that first time I met her if I attended a church.  We didn't at the time, and I wasn't really actively looking for one.  I told her what my mother always said.. "Going to church makes you as much of a Christian as standing in a garage makes you a car."  Truth to it yes, reason to not go.. not necessarily.  That was kind of the end of it, but we just kept running into each other and talked about getting together.  I definitely think there was a reason for that, and I think she's said something along those lines to. Now see her every Wednesday! 

We braved the craziness that is Black Friday this year.  We didn't really plan on it.  Chad's mom asked if she could have Cale the day after Thanksgiving to help her decorate her tree like he did last year.  It made sense to just have him go home with her after Thanksgiving so that he would be there in the morning.  Chad and I were left with the night to ourselves and no plans, so we scanned the ads and saw some deals we were interested in.  Mainly though we wanted to go for the experience, and it was quite the experience!  We had to park way behind the first store we went to and in the grass at the second store.  People were crowded around items that were taped off until midnight.  We decided to just kind of watch the madness for a bit when they announced it was midnight and everyone could begin shopping.  A tall stack of storage ottomans got attacked near where we were.  It was crazy.  It actually didn't take us long to want the heck out of there because it was SO crouded and slow moving once people had their items and were waiting to check out. .  I don't even know how many people I came into physical contact with.  It did finally start to clear up though and we actually got into it a bit.  Spreading out to see if some of the things we wanted were still available.  We left the first store with a deep freezer. We went to a couple other places and had fun with the experience and ended up meeting some nice people along the way.

I didn't know what to expect with all of the horror stories about Black Friday, but I think it could actually be something fun to do as a family.  Making a plan, spreading out, and getting great deals of course.  I think the most important thing is to not forget your manners.  Say excuse me, thank you, and don't purposefully run into anyone just to get through somewhere.  Also, there shouldn't be anger or resentment if you don't get to an item you want before it's gone.  If you get it you get it if you don't you don't and you'll probably find other great deals anyway.  As long as one has that attitude, I think it could be really fun!  I definitely want to go again.

A few moms in town get together when we can with our kids (and sometimes without).  Yesterday we got together for a Holiday Party! The kids got to decorate holiday cookies, play, and make a Christmas tree ornament craft.  Cale looked forward to it all week and had a lot fun.

Mr. Cale was excited for the cookies!

He had fun decorating

And making his ornament

Checking out the story-telling bear

I think this is so cute.  They were working together to figure it out.

Successful Holiday Party!

Last Saturday I had some serious best friend time.  Heidee came up and we went to dinner, did some Christmas shopping, saw the new Twilight movie, and then went out on the town.  I could have done without the going out part because drinks were flowing too easily that night, but I'm so happy because Heidee met a great guy that night! 

Last but not least...We have SNOW!  Cale has been loving making boot tracks in it with his new snow boots from Grandma Chris that he has to show everyone!  It's pretty cute.

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bison and Awana Cubbies

Yesterday Cale and I went to story time at the library and then did some shopping.  I picked up a black table, and Chad started putting it together with Cale as soon as he got home without being asked. I love that.   Cale built a Lego truck on it for daddy this morning.  He said he needed to hide it because it was a surprise and we hide surprises.  Then he picked up the rest of the small Lego pieces and put them away without me asking.  Kudos to Cale!  Later today we headed to the library because they were having a children's class where Cale learned all about Bison and how they survive in the winter.  He got to touch bison fur and bones!

A while ago, we read Cale a bedtime story about a horse that fell over a cliff and got rescued by a helicopter that lifted him up, so today when she asked how a bison could defend himself from a predator Cale said "a helicopter could come with a long long rope and pull the bison up to rescue him!"

Tonight some friends invited us over for dinner which where Cale got to play with some of his friends. We then headed to church for Cale's "Cubbies Club Meeting".  We've been church shopping recently and while looking through a church's pamphlet I saw a Wednesday night activity for kids 3 and up that included singing, dancing, crafts, and learning about God.  It sounded fun, so we took Cale to the next Wednesday one.  There we learned that it's actually a program called the Awana Cubbies.  In ways it's similar to Boy Scouts with a Christian base.  Chad is an Eagle Scout and we both love the Christian aspect, so we were in and immediately and got him his cute little Cubbies shirt, bag, and workbook.   He had a lot of fun that night and didn't want to leave, but we promised him we would keep coming back.  There were a couple of crafts in his bag when he was done.  One included a paper man puppet he had made and colored.  We asked him who it was and he said it was Noah.  There was also a coloring page that he colored of Jonah and the whale.  Cale then proceeded to answer all of our questions about what Noah and Jonah did including some aspects that we hadn't taught him, so we were impressed!  One of the leaders said that he fit in with the group as if he'd been there for the whole program. 

The program includes "Bear Hugs" which are Bible verses that we go over with him at home in his workbook (which includes a cute story and activity) then he repeats the verse at his Cubbies meeting to get a sticker for his workbook.   Since Cale got into the program late, I started catching him up at home with the Bear Hugs that he missed in addition to the Bear Hug that the class is currently on.  Tonight, Cale recited all of the Bear Hug verses we had gone over at home in addition to this weeks Bear Hug even though they said when kids start late, they usually just pick up where the other children are.  So proud of him.  I don't want him to miss out on anything, so I'll keep doing that until he's done all the Bear Hugs the other children have.  When he is caught up, he'll probably wonder why we're only doing one Bear Hug a week.

Tonight Chad and I also started volunteering in the program.  Chad was in the room where they go over the day's lesson, do a craft, recite that week's verse for a sticker in their workbook, and have a snack.  I was the the room with the singing, dancing, puppet show, lesson review, and toys.  Cale starts out in the room Chad's in then half way through moves to the room I'm in. I was a little nervous going into the room I'd be volunteering in just because I didn't know what to expect or what to do.  First thing when I walked in a little girl ran up to me, wrapped her arms around my legs for a hug, and said "You're beautiful!"  What a sweet wonderful welcome.  That little girl made me feel at ease immediately.  I said "Thank you!  You're beautiful too!"  She sat on my lap when she could as well as a couple other little girls and a little boy.  The class started singing a fun song about prayer together and my eyes got watery.  Awana Cubbies gets my vote for being totally awesome.

Chad has Cale in his room first. When Cale came into the room I was in he said "Mommy!" and ran up to me for a huge hug.  I asked if he was having fun and he said he was.  I think he enjoyed having us there this time.  Towards the end, there was still time to fill, so we played Duck Duck Goose.  I don't think Cale had ever played before tonight, but he didn't care.  He LOVED it!  He got chosen as "goose" quickly and enjoyed it even though he wasn't sure what he was doing.  We look forward to helping out every week now.  We both had a rewarding experience.

Tomorrow Cale and I will be going to his aunt Angela's to watch the Kalyn and Alisha, so he's excited!


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