Friday, August 31, 2012

It's a...

We are happy to announce that...
It's a girl!
We are beyond excited that we will be
adding a little girl to our family of boys  :)
We went to the doctor this morning at 20 w 5 days to have our BIG ultrasound!
Michael was thrilled that he was 'old enough' to come along.
(He was really only somewhat interested when he could see the face or hands)
The baby was all balled up like a "roly poly"
(the ultrasound technician spoke boy language!),
but after checking out all of [her] anatomy,
we were finally able to see -- it's a girl!
All Michael had to say: "I was right!  You were wrong, Mommy!"
Over and over.  To everyone.
Michael has decided we will call her "lovey girl" (for now).
Although it took a lot of looking past hands, arms, legs, and feet, everything checked out just fine!  We weren't able to get a close enough look at her heart so I will have another ultrasound at my next appointment just to make sure it looks good.  They aren't concerned at all and were able to see 4 chambers, but she was all balled up - which made it rather difficult.  I'm more than happy to have an extra ultrasound and see my baby girl!
 The boys in their Big Brother shirts before our appointment.
(Special Thanks to Aunt Steph for watching Christopher!)
Boy or Girl?  Ready to find out!!!!!!!!
Waiting for our ultrasound.....
We all got decked out in pink in honor of 'lovey girl'
and took some FUN pictures with my sister (Thanks so much, Steph)!
Waiting for our precious little girl to fill her shoes :)
Cool Big Brothers

 My 2 boys :)
Pink in honor of 'lovey girl'.  We love her so much already!
My boys...
BEST Big Brothers EVER!
Can you tell we're excited?

More pictures and news on our fun and exciting weekend over the next few days...including ultrasound pictures of our sweet little girl!
<>< Stacy, Casey, Michael, Christopher, and baby girl

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mid-Week Photos

Here is a little of what's been going on here this week...
Due to some behavioral issues/outbursts, I have cracked down on discipline lately.  As a result, a lot of the boys' toys have found themselves being placed on the 'thinking square'.  Seriously.  I find them in every corner I have ever sat the kids out in...and sometimes they even get out the carpet square!  Michael always has a 'reason', but Christopher just sits them out for getting "in t(r)ouble".
Poor, poor, Woody

I realized I had jewelry (and odds and ends) in just about every nook and cranny in my room and an empty jewelry organizer.  That makes no sense!  I got it organized.  Whew!  Maybe I can actually wear some of those pieces now that I can find them!  (It doesn't help that I always toss stuff in my 'junk' drawers before showings!)
Organizing the 'junk' drawers!

I even found my glasses!  Did you know I wear glasses?  Michael asked me if they were Daddy's glasses!  Hahahaha!  I might need to start wearing them again!

Stacy in glasses?
We tried out a new activity yesterday!  Each Easter egg has an uppercase and a lowercase letter on half of it.  We started by sorting into colors (great activity for Christopher - he needed a lot of help!), then Michael started making matches within each color.  Michael told Casey he "got lots of matches!!!!" The boys loved it!
 Sorting colors first
We let Christopher play with one color
while we 'made matches' in another.
 Making matches!

Would you believe M and W both ended up pink? 
It's a good thing my kids eat weird foods....
Mediterranean Crusted Salmon (frozen, I take no credit),
Mediterranean roasted potato slices and white beans,
sweet cooked pinapple, and creamed corn.  They ate it all up!
                                   The boys ate it all up!                              Dinner for 3!
We packed up a lot of cookbooks and other random books for the storage unit and filled those bookshelves with the kids' books so they would be easier to access.  Between that and some new 'boy' books from a family friend (thanks, Tillie!), the boys have spent hours looking at books! 
We even have had 30+ minutes of reading before bed some nights! (7 books tonight...I just couldn't say no to their sweet little pleas for more) -- 3 books each plus the Rhyme Bible, which they love.
Today, we stepped outside for a bit of reading time!
Front porch reading time

They really love the new boyish books!
So cute!
Yum, yum!  We had Kettle Popcorn for snack and Michael counted it out before he ate!  Very easy task for him, but it reinforced learning.  Christopher did a little bit, too.
 Eager to 'count' and eat!
Popcorn - our new favorite afternoon snack!
Such a little man with short hair!
The boys also help me recycle.  Michael likes to show Christopher which bins to use for plastic or paper/cardboard.  As soon as we got under the carport today, rain broke out!  So we stayed and played and spied little roly polys.
aka: Michael Recycle
 Checking out the goods ???
Sweet big brother helping :)
 Looking for Roly Polys
"I got one!"
"I see one!"

Finally got inside from the rain!

Hiding in pillows?

 Made on old standby for dinner... Goulash!
Yum, yum, yum...and once again, the kids both begged for more!
I love it when Michael says, "Mommy, you're a good cook".
(Even though he says it when I heat up chicken nuggets, too!  Tehehe!)

                                            Goulash!!                                       Dinner for 3!
Now why in the world am I still awake at 2:00 in the morning?  I could never stay up this late if I actually wanted to.  Well, after a 9:45 pm Lucky Charms pregnancy craving, I took a short snooze which totally re-energized me for like 3 more hours.  *sigh*  I'll regret it tomorrow!  It sure is interesting to see what goes on after midnight....Celia (our kitty) chases and pounces any bugs she finds!
Casey comes home tomorrow!  For 4 days and 5 nights! 
<>< Stacy


Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday, oh Monday

Monday, oh Monday. 

Today was a frustrating day.  Lots of little things and bigger things like my Doctor's office calling to tell me that I don't have insurance (well, at one point they said they couldn't even locate CASEY having insurance!!!). 

Apparently we cannot have our ultrasound appointment on Friday if the insurance issue is not resolved.

They weren't very friendly either. Luckily, my knight in shining armor (Casey) didn't laugh at my pregnant emotional breakdown...instead, he insisted that if he had to, he would drive himself down to the Human Resources office in Columbia and make them FIX THIS.  HR has been trying to complete the process for 2 months!!!  We have had dental appointments, baby appointments, and more while they take their time getting me added to his plan.  USC HR better get it together or watch out!! 

On a happier note, we had a GREAT weekend filled with family and relaxing (see below).

Friday - we find out baby gender!  Then, we have a full 4 day weekend to celebrate and enjoy family time.  We don't get this much time together very often!

For those of you who are curious about our "second showing" Saturday, still no feedback.  Could be a good sign, could be a bad sign, or could just be a reminder for me that the timing is in God's hands!

For another week, another month, or 3+ more months, we're making the most of our times together!

Casey came home!

Pork BBQ (sauce made by Casey!) and corn casserole!

A family walk.
Yes, Casey pulled Christopher with a strap...
His feet still can't even get close to the pedals!
Loving our time together.

Me and Spiderman
Loving his helmet!

Playing outside with the boys!
Church time!
                                    Sweet brothers.............................................true colors!

So sweet :)

Back in his pirate patch!

Baby Bump!
                                 20 weeks pregnant!                                      Halfway to baby!
So many blessings....................................................................
<>< Stacy