Monday, August 25, 2014

I haven't been very good about keeping up with my blog lately. We've just had so much going on and I can hardly believe how fast the time is flying by.
September is quickly approaching and our schedules have been filled with so many fun things. We've spent a lot of time outdoors enjoying the nice weather while it's still here. Madelyn had fun riding her bike around on the trail by the lake.
She was being so cute waving to everyone as she rode by ringing her little bell.

We also got outside to play with some sidewalk chalk. In between coloring, we managed to take a couple pictures.

Backtracking some time now, Mike bought me a fruit subscription to Harry and David for my Birthday.  When our first delivery arrived, we were so excited to try the peaches! I already knew they had the best pears I've ever tasted so I was hoping the peaches would be just as good. They far exceeded my expectations. I've never tasted such a juicy and delicious peach before.
I'll be looking forward to trying some more fruits every month! I'm sure Madelyn will be just as excited too. She loves her fruit!

We did our groceries later that same night. Shopping for food has been especially challenging lately because not much appeals to me. We basically ended up with a cart full of fruit, salad, and cereal. I've been cooking the easiest meals possible because I feel too tired and nauseous to make anything. I'm hoping this part of the pregnancy passes by quickly.

Then earlier in the week, my brother came to visit with his girls. We had such a nice time getting together. I took Madelyn and my nieces mini golfing while Mike, my mom, and brother went to the driving range.
We had such a good time! My oldest niece joked around with me saying I had the stalker golf ball because we kept hitting them in the same spots. We even scored a one in the same hole. What are the odds of that happening!

We also went over to my dad's house for a barbecue. It was such nice day so we all jumped in the pool despite the ice cold water temperatures. The girls stayed in the longest though.
We had a campfire later on to warm us up and lit some sparklers. What a fun night it was! This was one of the few pictures I captured from the night.

Madelyn had no intentions of leaving grandpa Lee's house that night. She told me she was too comfortable on Ashley's lap and wanted to sleep over.

We had a Birthday party over the weekend too. Madelyn's friend Brooke turned four years old. It was carnival themed so she had plenty of games set up for the kids. Madelyn had a fun time. Her favorite game was the one where you pick the ducks out of the water. She was excited getting her face painted for the first time.

By the time we left the party, Madelyn passed out in the car. All those activities tired her out.
After church yesterday, we took a little drive to the local farm in our area. Madelyn had fun picking out some treats for us and I got some ginger snacks to help out with my morning sickness.
I also found a drink made with Ginger that seems to be helping me feel better so far. It burns your throat going down and tastes pretty awful but I'll take it over feeling sick.
Here are some pictures from our shopping experience.

Madelyn's also been a little on the mischievous side lately. Now that she's growing taller, she got into my makeup bag on top of my dresser. She came in to find me saying, "mom I look so beautiful just like you!" Thankfully she only got into the lipgloss before I caught her.

We also had a little bit of a scare yesterday morning. Madelyn was playing in the bedroom stringing some beads while I was getting dressed. Next thing I know, she looked over at me a little worried and said, "mom can you get these rhinoceros horns out of my nose?" I laughed thinking she was joking around but decided to check her nose to be safe. To my surprise, she had shoved a bead up each nose. Thank God I managed to get them both out using a thin pair of tweezers. She's always full of surprises!
I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, August 11, 2014

This week we got to have some Mommy and Madelyn time.
I had a couple of gift cards to use so I took her shopping with me at the mall.
We had such a fun time together! She helped me pick out some cute clothes and also gave her honest opinions in the dressing room. If she liked something, she would say, "I think you should buy this mom! It's beautiful." For everything else, it was simply, "Not this one mom!" I wish I had taken a picture of her because she looked so cute carrying around her little  purse.

Later that night, Mike, Madelyn and I went out to dinner with my mom at the Friendly's. We had fun together. Madelyn was especially excited about her ice cream sundae!
Madelyn's bedroom has also been under construction this week. Mike installed new lighting so she camped out in our room one night. It worked out just fine until I had to get up to use the bathroom.
I checked my phone quick to see that it was only 4 am so I quietly snuck out of the room trying not to trip over anything. When I came back into bed, I found that my spot had been stolen from me.
The same thing happened the next day, only it was an hour and a half later.
I told Madelyn I think it's time for her to get a new full sized bed. I'll admit I was pretty upset about loosing my comfy spot in bed two days in a row! How could I possibly stay mad at this face though?
Madelyn's also been quite obsessed with mopping the floors lately. I made my own cleaning solution for her to use and she loved it. Every day when I ask her what she wants to do for fun she tells me the same thing. She wants to mop the floors! At this rate, we are going to have the cleanest floors in the city.
I can't say I've been as enthusiastic as Madelyn about cleaning the house lately. It's been hard enough just getting out of bed every morning. I have my moments through the day where I feel so nauseous. Then by the time the afternoon hits, I'm completely exhausted. Somehow I manage to get everything done still but I'm very thankful for my little helper! She's such a sweetheart.
Our weekend was fun, but went by very quick. My sister and her family came to visit. We got together Saturday night at my dad's house. He had a nice cookout and the kids had a fun time playing outside in the yard. The four polar bears were brave enough to go swimming in the pool (Mike, Madelyn, Ryan, and August).

I forgot to bring my regular camera with me so I didn't get many pictures of August and Madelyn together but they were very cute still.
The next day, I had friend's baby shower to go to. She is due with twins in October so it's very exciting! We had a nice time at the shower and it was such a beautiful day outside. Here's a picture from the shower with my friend Amanda.
While we enjoyed ourselves at the shower, Madelyn and August were having a blast with my friend Barbara. Madelyn still hasn't stopped talking about how much fun she had with her. I'm so happy to be surrounded by such great friends and family!
I hope everyone has a great week ahead!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Week Of Celebrations!

This week has been great! We got together with some friends to celebrate my Birthday and play board games. It was a lot of fun.
Then another one of my friend's took me out to dinner.
We had such a fun time and it was nice getting out of the house. I also enjoyed having the night off from cooking dinner too! ;)
I spent the morning of my actual Birthday with Amanda, Donna, and Madelyn. We took a road trip to the mall for some shopping. We had so much fun. I bought a very early Christmas gift and a new planner! That was probably one of the happiest moments of my day! I might have a little too much fun deciding what planner to buy. I also picked out a new outfit for Madelyn too. After lunch time, she was so happy to go on the mini carousel.
Later that night, Mike and I went out to dinner while my mom took Madelyn to the Friendly's. Afterwards we went into Barnes and Noble to get some new books. We had a fun time and so did Madelyn. She insisted on wearing her new outfit so I let her wear the skirt anyways. It's still a little warm for long sleeves.
 The Birthday celebrations continued as we went out to dinner with Donna, Amanda, and Pam. We had such a fun time and it was nice visiting with everyone. We went back Donna and Amanda's house for some cake. Madelyn had a great time playing with ponies. They kept her occupied all night long.
My dad and Ann had a Birthday celebration at their house too. We had a great time and once again, I forgot to bring Madelyn's bathing suit. She was just as happy swimming in her clothes though!

By the time the weekend was over, we had shared the news with everyone that we are expecting baby number two in April 2015! We are both very excited!
 After having Madelyn, I never thought I would feel so happy about having another baby but I am truly overjoyed. This time around, Mike is hoping for a boy, I'm hoping for another girl, and Madelyn wants one of each! Ultimately, we want a healthy baby so we will be happy either way. Madelyn's pretty excited as you can see.

Madelyn's also been studying my pregnancy books more than me! I think she likes all the pictures. 
I hope everyone has a great week!!