Saturday, March 31, 2012

This is Too Hilarious!

You all know LMAFO's "Sexy and I Know it" right? I love the song and think the music video is just too funny! :) Well since the music video came out, there have been tons of parodies, including the cute "Elmo and I Know it" version. Well a couple days ago, I came across this version and I have to say it is my favorite! Check it out, this girl is sooooo funny!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Five Question Friday! March 30, 2012

Happy Friday everyone! Lon stayed home sick again today, so Alan and I spent a lot of our time out in the living room and outside in the front yard. We even went for a little walk around the neighborhood. Thankfully, it looks like Alan and I may have missed this virus completely. But keep your fingers crossed for us over the weekend! :)

 I have most of this weekend off, just have to train a girl on a birthday party tomorrow at two. Yes! Tomorrow night we will probably be going to the Shrine circus with my family, I'm hoping Lon feels well enough to go too so we can make it a family affair.

Anyways, here is this week's Five Question Friday! Enjoy!

What giveaway would you like to do on your blog?
I have never done a giveaway on my blog before, but would love to do one if I was ever given the option.

It would be fun to do a kid's event ticket giveaway, like for Disney on Ice or Seasame Street Live, but that would be more of a localized giveaway. Other than that, maybe something I just loved using when Alan was little or that I will use with Anna, like the Bumbo seat or Moby Wrap. I'm struggling somewhat with coming up with ideas of cool things to give away lol.

If you had to choose between natural artistic ability and natural athletic ability, which would it be?
Natural artistic ability.

Oddly enough, I have been gifted with natural artistic ability and not natural athletic ability lol. I am really good at doing things like drawing, painting and dancing just not so much with sports. I have like no hand-eye coordination. Whatsoever lol. 

Do you ditch the coat the minute it becomes "spring" or are you a holdout for more cool temps?
I totally ditch the coat and pull out the flip flops the minute I hear that temps are going to be above 60 degrees. I LOVE spring and the warm weather and can't wait for it to come every year!

What would you do if you won the mega millions lotto of 1/2 billion dollars?
Oh boy, that's a lot of money lol. I have a hard time with these types of questions because I am not normally a materialistic person.

I would probably buy a nice 4 bedroom house for my family.
Buy a more reliable car for myself, most likely a minivan. I know, classy lol.
Set up an college account for both of my children.
Pay for both Lon and I to go to college as well.
Pay back Lon's parents as well as mine.
Put some away in savings for the future.
Pay for a nice family vacation, in addition to a couple vacation for Lon and I. Maybe, Hawaii? :)

You are at a hotel by yourself...what do you do?
Well first off, I have no idea how I would have gotten there lol. I barely stay in hotels with my family and have never stayed in a hotel alone. Sorry lol, that's just me being a realist.

I will still play along of course though! I would probably go hot tubbing for a good amount of time (this is pretending that I am NOT pregnant at the time lol), treat myself to some Room Service, hang out in my room and watch movies, probably falling asleep early and sleeping in late, barely in time to catch the continental breakfast.

Basically, I would enjoy my time childless lmao? But when does that ever happen? :P

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I know we will, we plan on spending as much time as possible outside!! Speaking of that, I think its time to go out again... :D

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Our Easter Plans

My poor, poor husband. He got sick last night and has been throwing up ever since. I think he has the stomach bug that has been going around, ugh. He has never looked so miserable, I feel so bad. But so Alan and I don't get sick ourselves, I had to leave him alone to fend for himself today. I at least set him up with plenty of cold water bottles and some chicken broth close by, so he won't have to do too much work. Then we set out to spend our Mama and Son day date together. :) We went to Kelsie's house to play on her playground with Kelton for a bit, and then I am taking him out for ice cream after lunch. I'm not sure if we are going to the circus tonight or later this weekend, but if not I hope to go out to dinner with some friends tonight.

Anyways, back to my Easter plans!

Easter is a week and a half away from us and its about time to start planning our activities for the holiday. For those of you new to this blog, my family still celebrates Easter even though I practice Buddhism. For a better explanation of why we do this, read this post from a year or two ago.

Alan with Aunt April

Easter is also Aunt April's birthday party, so our whole weekend will be full of family activities. Also, Aunt Natalie will be in town from college all weekend! We can't wait to see her!! Yay! Our Easter and April celebrations will start on Saturday morning. I can't believe my baby sister is turning thirteen and is becoming a beautiful young lady! I remember when she was born and have watched her blossom into an intelligent girl. :) Okay, okay, I'll stop being all mushy lol. :P

Saturday, we plan on going to Aunt April's school Lewis and Clark Middle School for Easter egg hunts and activities. We normally go to this egg hunt every year, as its the closest to our house. After the egg hunt, we will do lunch with Grandma Melanie and everyone. Then depending on when Aunt April has her birthday party, we might go to the YMCA for a Aqua-egg hunt at one. This sounds really fun because you actually get in the pool and swim to find your Easter eggs! I hope we are able to go!

We will probably decorate Easter eggs Saturday night. I haven't decided what I want to do for decorations this year, I found this cool idea to use colored sand on the eggs and we have a ton of colored sand at home just taking up space. But I am trying to figure out which will be harder with a toddler: dying eggs the regular way or glueing colored sand to eggs. Both could be potentially messy and disastrous really lol. So this is still up for discussion. :)

Easter morning we will set Alan up the same way we did for Christmas morning, sleeping on the floor in the living room. Only this time, we will hid eggs and his basket all around for him to find when he wakes up. :D We will hid in our bedroom until he wakes up, then help him find all of his eggs around the house! After that, we will have a quick breakfast before heading over to Grandma Melanie's for their egg hunt. Its tradition for us to have my Dad hide the eggs in the backyard, some for Alan and some for Uncle Kalvin. Then we all go out and find them! Last year, it was Alan's first egg hunt and he loved it! I know this year will be even better for him!

For lunch, we will head over to Grandma Amber's house. It will be nice to see Aunt Ariel and Uncle Chase there, and hopefully Uncle Cameron will be back from Seattle as well! Great Grandpa Floyd always makes an appearance too and maybe Great Grandma Joyce will come up with him! We always enjoy getting together with Lon's family and I can't wait to again, its been since Christmas that we have been over there for dinner! After lunch and spending some time with the Andersens, we will head either back over to my parent's house or to Great Aunt Carolyn's house for Easter dinner and April's family birthday party. We hope that Sophie and Fayth (Alan's two cousins who live near us) come this time, Alan is best buds with Miss Sophie now! We have yet to meet little Miss Fayth, but I have seen pics of her on FB and she is just as beautiful as her mommy! :) It will be great to see Great Grandma Carol as well, I was just texting her the other day about Anna's name and Carol told me how much she misses Alan. I think he misses her just as much!

I am very excited for Easter Sunday and to get to see all of my family again. I love them all so much and feel like I never get to see them enough! Easter Sunday can't come soon enough! :) I also wanted to take the time to wish my girlfriend Chelsey a happy birthday today! She is having a dinner tonight at this new mexican restaurant on the West End, I hope that I can go.

There is no Toddler Talk this week. It will resume next Thursday with our Dealing with Sickies post. Be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Pregnancy Post: Week by Week! Week 24

Sorry I didn't post about our Easter plans yesterday, I was sick all day and almost had to go to the hospital to get some fluids. Needless to say, it was not a fun day for me lol. But today I feel pretty good, and was able to clean and vacuum the house. Sometime this week we are planning on going to the Shrine circus in town, but I have to check with Grandma Melanie to see when they are going. Alan is really excited for the circus and elephants, I can't wait to take him! :)

Here's this week's Pregnancy Post! Wow can you believe its already 24 weeks???

How far along: 24 weeks and 3 days

Size of Baby: 13 1/2 inches and 1 1/2 pounds or the size of a ear of corn

Developments of Baby: Baby girl basically looks like a miniature version of herself at birth, right now she is mostly focusing on gaining more weight. Her brain is still growing quickly now, and her taste buds are continuing to develop. Her lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help her air sacs inflate once she hits the outside world. Her skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon. 

Weight Gain: Still at only ten pounds. I never thought I'd be saying this lol, but I hope I gain some more weight soon!

Belly Button In or Out: Still in, thank goodness :)

Maternity Clothes: Only maternity jeans and work pants so far. All of my workout pants and regular shirts still fit.

Morning Sickness: Like I said earlier, had it baaaaad yesterday but otherwise have been doing okay enough. Vitamin B6 doesn't seem to do anything anymore except give me the nutrients I need. Darn!

Stretch Marks: No new stretch marks to be found so far! :D

Gender: A Girl :D

Movement: All the time! I am still just loving all the movement I am feeling from Anna, that is, until she decides to start kicking me internally lol. The other day, her favorite target was my spine and let me tell you, that was the WEIRDEST feeling ever! Not sure if it hurt or not lol. :P But at this point, if Anna is awake, she is moving. :)

Sleep: I don't even want to talk about sleep at this point. I feel like its a chore for me to actually get to sleep and stay asleep. Ugh. Enough said lol.

Best Moment This Week: Alan finally getting to feel Anna kicking. I convinced him to put his hand on my belly this morning, and she almost instantly kicked him lol! He was so shocked and confused about what had just happened. But when I explained that it was Anna kicking in my belly, he pulled up his shirt and said his puppies were kicking in his belly too. :P So I had to "feel" them lol. Too funny!


Food Cravings: Salmon, cheeseburgers, cheesecake, pizza, Laffy Taffy, tacos, Cool Ranch Doritios, Starburst, Skittles, Snickers, chocolate, cake lol, tator tots, chai tea, milkshakes, Salt and Vinegar chips, grilled cheese sandwiches, and definitely lasanga lol!

Food Aversions: Eggs, my husband's beef jerkeys, salad or lettuce in general, spicy or Mexican food and raw meat. Yuck to the extreme!

Symptoms: Morning sickness, feeling weak or light-headed, round ligament pain, all around exhaustion, the need to pee ALL the time lol, out of breath easily, food aversions and nausea, major forgetfulness, odd dreams, heightened sense of smell, lower back pains, cluster headaches, leg and butt cramps, overly emotional at times (gotta love pregnancy hormones!) and light Braxton Hicks contractions

What I’m looking forward to: I know I have three ish months til this, but really? I can't wait for delivery and to be done with this rough pregnancy. I just want to feel normal again and have my beautiful baby girl in my arms.

What I'm not looking forward to: Still the Glucose test. I have a date now too. April 18 uggggh!

Here are this week's belly pics- I finally feel like I am showing! Before only people who knew me personally could tell, but now I feel like even strangers are noticing! Which is great because I am already at the point where I can't be lifting heavy things, and I feel like I have been getting judged by parents at work because I'm not picking up their kids. But now, people can see why lol! :P

24 weeks and 3 days, in my cleaning clothes lol

Please tune in tomorrow for my Toddler Talk post and to see what our plans are for Easter. Have a fantastic day everyone!

Monday, March 26, 2012

A Great Grandmother's Wonderful Gift

Last night, Lon told me the sweetest story about Alan's Great Grandma Audrey. She apparently was never given a middle name by her mother. Audrey had wanted a middle almost all of her life but had never found the right name for her, even as an adult. That is, until she heard from my mother-in-law that we were having a girl and had decided to name her Anna. That name seemed to be perfect in her eyes. So last week, Great Grandma Audrey went and legally got her name changed to Audrey Anna, after our baby girl. :) This made me cry, what a sweet gesture! Lon, Alan, Anna and I are so blessed to have such a loving family surrounding us! I cannot wait to bring Anna into this world and have her experience all of this love!

Unfortunately, Lon and I didn't make it to the roller derby bout on Saturday. :( He got called in to work the night shift and my sitter cancelled on me, so it was just Alan and I for the night. I contemplated taking him and going on a Mommy and Son date but by the time I had made a decision, Alan had fallen asleep for the night lol. But I promised Katie and Abbie that April 14, their next bout, Lon and I will definitely be there cheering them on! :) I did find out that they won their bout 118 to 83! Congratulations girls! You did just awesome!

Yesterday, we went to the Alberta Bair to support Aunt April in her Spotlight Dance Competition. You may remember from a couple weeks ago when she hurt her hip? Well she has healed to the point of not needing crutches anymore, but still was only allowed to compete in one of her dances this weekend, her production number Legally Blonde. She has a major singing part in the production and they couldn't do it without her. Alan and I had not seen her full production yet (we had only seen rehearsals without the costumes and full set) so we decided to go for a while.

It was really dark in the theater, but this is how Alan watched Aunt April

Alan and Aunt April in her Legally Blonde costume

Aunt April did a wonderful job on her singing part for Legally Blonde. The whole production was great! Alan and I ended up staying for five and a half hours this time and Alan behaved just as well as he did the last time! It was partially thanks to fruit snacks and Aunt April's iPod Touch lol, but he sat and watched almost the whole time! We did end up doing a handful of laps up and down the stairs but I couldn't complain lol. :)

How does he know how to work an iPod Touch but I don't???

The dances were really awesome this weekend too! Our longtime competition (they were competition for our studio when I was a student lol), Dynamic Dance and Tumbling Academy was there again and they brought their 'A' game this year! They had a handful of great numbers, including their "Grief" piece which was a beautiful dance done with umbrellas and their production titled "Instrumentation" which featured a saxophone slide and four different styles of dance. Uncle Kalvin and Alan's favorite was a cool hip hop number called "The Robots are Coming" and had dancers in homemade robot costumes! Those were some great poppers and lockers, they looked like real robots lol! So cool! My favorite was how Alan passed out on my lap, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AWARDS CEREMONY!!! In other words, the loudest part of the show. But he slept through all of our shouts and cheers (which there was a lot of, I still have a ton of former students at Diversity) and he even clapped along in his sleep a few times lol! So funny!

Only my son can fall asleep when its this loud!!

Aunt April and her group won diamond (first place) for her production and April's team won several diamonds and rubies, as well as a few overalls and judge's choice. We were so proud of all of them! Good job Diversity Dance Studio! :D

So I know this is totally random, but do you wanna know my one favorite thing about being pregnant??? Its my beautiful nails. :) I don't like to ever do anything with them, except keep them trimmed, but they look like I got professional work done on them! Or that's how I feel lol! :P But they are so long and strong, and the color is just gorgeous. See for yourself:

Oh my gosh, I just love them so much! I get complimented on them all the time too and people ask me what I did to them. I just smile and tell them that I got pregnant lol. Haha! :P

Be sure to tune in tomorrow to see what crazy things I have planned for my family this Easter Sunday. Have a great day everyone! Enjoy this beautiful weather out, I know we are!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Baby Shower Planning and Issues

So my bestie Jenelle and I have been starting to talk and think about my upcoming baby shower. I wanted to originally do it in May, but every weekend in May is busy for my family and I. So we finally settled on April 29, Arbor Day. But when I spoke to my mother about it, she told me that that date will not work for them because Aunt April and her will be out of state in Ogden for a dance workshop. Ugh. Well seeing how I can't have my shower without my mommy and baby sister, I will have to reschedule for it in earlier April or late June. Neither of which are desirable to me, April is too soon for me to plan everything and June feels like it would be too late in my pregnancy, I would want more time to continue to prepare for Anna.

So while I wait to decide what date I want to do it, I wanted to share some of my plans with you. I want the party to be purple and green themed, like Anna's nursery. I think if I can, I will find some cute butterfly and bird decorations too. Lon wants to be involved in this shower, so I am thinking of doing it co-ed so that the husbands can come too. We will be offering beer for the men to entertain them lmao!

I love this idea for the invitations, I could definitely make something similar to this

Instead of renting a room at Off the Leaf, like I was going to do originally, I decided to just have the shower at my parent's house again. I did Alan's shower here as well, and it worked out great! I can have my dad grill burgers and hot dogs, and we'll just have a nice little co-ed shower. :) I have a couple of fun little games and activities planned for my friends to keep us busy. We will play a game where you guess my belly size with ribbon, a game where no one can say the word "baby" and a game where you guess the type of baby food. I also will have a guess how many activity set up. Then I will have a onesie and a shirt for Alan for everyone to sign and decorate.

I seriously can't wait to figure out when we are doing this shower and to start planning with Jenelle. We only have this much planned so far, I really wanna talk with her about the cake and party favors! Those are my favorite parts! :)

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Five Question Friday! March 23, 2012

Happy Friday everyone! I am somewhat excited for this weekend because of the nice weather and of course my cousins' Billings Roller Derby Dames bout! Lol I have two cousins who are on the team, Miss Katie and Miss Abbie. They are sisters too lol. But Lon and I have been promising these girls that we would come watch them for about a year now, so we are going to the bout on Saturday! :D I am pretty excited, I have some crazy cousins lol. Here is a couple photos of them, derby-ing it out!

KO Katie and Abbie

Derby girls, yeah!

Needless to say, I am really excited for this Saturday. We don't normally get out a lot, and it will be so nice to see all of my family. Plus I think this mama could get into roller derby lol... That is, if I could even stand while on rollerblades lmao! Cos I can't! :P

Here's this week's Five Question Friday!!

If you were free to just hop in the car and drive, where would you go? Or, if you could hop a plane and go anywhere, where?
For driving? I would totally pack up my family and drive to Yellowstone National Park or to Ogden, Utah. I just looooooooove Yellowstone National Park and haven't had the chance yet to take Alan up there. Ooooh I can't wait until we can afford to go again! And Ogden because that is where Lon and his family come from. Almost all of his relatives live down there, and since we haven't been able to afford a trip down yet, more than half of them have actually met Alan and I. We send them letters with pictures all the time, but I would love to go down there and meet his family and see where he came from. Plus Utah is beautiful!

For flying? I would have to say Alaska. I have several relatives who live up there and its the same situation with Lon. We haven't made the trip up there yet, so my family has never met Lon or Alan. I even have a cousin up there who we tease is copying us, as they have a boy who was born a month after Alan was and are currently due a month after I am with a little girl. Lol I think we would have so much in common and would just love to go up there and spend time with them!

What's your most recently read favorite book?
I really hate to say this, but its been a while since I have read anything new. *Gasp* I know, I know, I have just been so busy with this pregnancy. But the last book I reread was 1984. I enjoy that book throughly, but wouldn't necessarily call it my favorite book. I do, however, really want to get my hands on a copy of the Hunger Games. Now that I found out it isn't another book about vampires (I was originally told that lol) and have seen how awesome the movie looks, I have to read it! Sounds like one that I won't be able to put down lol!

What's your favorite Spring Break memory?
I never really had a special Spring Break, per say. Looking back, we always just spent as much time as possible outside in the newly nice weather. But we always saved our big vacation trips for summertime, probably because my mom is a teacher and didn't think that a week vacation was enough time away lol. :P

What do you put in your child's Easter basket? Or, for those w/o kids, what was put in your childhood basket?
Since Alan is still a toddler, we do Easter pretty basic. I normally give Alan little things like bubbles, color crayons and a coloring book, cars, a stuffed animal, only a few pieces of candy, and an Easter book. Easter is more about quality family time than materials for us anyways.

Do you get a summer haircut?
I don't normally lol, but this year I am. I just wrote about this yesterday lol, but next Sunday my friend is planning on cutting my hair a little shorter, not because of the upcoming warm weather but because of how hard it is to manage now.

Have a great weekend! I know we will! :D

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Adventures of a Daycare Teacher, Haircuts, and Midwife Appointment Update

Another post that totally qualifies as rambling lol... 

Oh the joys of being a daycare teacher. I have worked at the Child Watch daycare center in the YMCA for a year and a half now and the crazy things I have seen/said/done are worthy of going their own book lol. All I have to say is: kids are an adventure, whether they are yours or you are just in care of them. For example:

Yesterday at work, we were all playing outside. The combination of the wind and the excited yells of the kids, it was kinda hard to hear out there. This little boy asked me a question from a distance where I misheard him. He also said the same thing several times, really fast. I thought he said, "Teacher, may I be here?" so I said yes. But in reality, he had asked me if he could pee there. He instantly went to the window and started pulling down his pants. Lol I shouted and ran because there was a considerable parent line at the desk and they were about to get a peep show.

Thankfully, I caught him and told him I would take him to the bathroom. Then I quickly escorted him to the bathroom, where I had to assure him several times the toilets wouldn't flush on their own and then had to stand in the doorway of the bathroom so he wouldn't be scared lol. Afterwards, I flushed the toilet for him. Ah the joy of kids. :) I also had to handle another little boy's bleeding head yesterday. Before you go freaking out, it was a cut smaller than the tip of my pinky finger. But anyone with rowdy boys probably knows this, even the smallest cut on the head bleeds like your skulls cracked lol. So the poor boy thought he was dying and every time I calmed him down, another teacher would come over and see all the blood and freak him out some more lol. Ugh! The little boy was of course fine and his head stopped bleeding after about five minutes. But still, craziness at the daycare lol.

About a week ago, Alan came up to me and told me that I needed to get my hair cut. When I asked him why, he said "Cos your hair is too long Mommy, it gets in my eyes!"

Lol, not really sure how that works but it did get me thinking. Its been a little under a year since I have gotten my hair cut. My hair is is done to the middle of my back now and is becoming somewhat difficult to manage being a pregnant mama with a toddler. I feel like I never do anything with it except comb it after it drys from the shower and then throw it up in a ponytail or bun. I think if its a little shorter, like maybe just below my shoulders, it will be much easier to manage. And maybe it will be easier to look cute. Who knows lol?

So I called up my old bestie Sarah, who cuts hair in her spare time, and scheduled a at home haircut session  for next Sunday. I will be sure to actually post pictures of the finished result this time, but I need some ideas. Hmmm...

Maybe something simple like this...

Yesterday, I also had my third midwife appointment. Everything looked great so the appointment was short and sweet. According to the nurse's weight record, I have only gained nine pounds this pregnancy. But my blood pressure had returned to the normal rate it should be at. My midwife came in and measured my belly, I was right at 23 weeks. She then pulled out the heart monitor to listen to Anna's heart. She found it right away and it was strong. But then Miss Anna must have gotten annoyed with the monitoring, because she started kicking the monitor. She then rolled away before my midwife could get her heart rate. My midwife however, quickly relocated Anna and her heartbeat, which was a healthy 140 beats a minute. Right where it should be for a 23 week old. :) Then we discussed the dreaded glucose test.

For those of you who haven't been pregnant before, the glucose test is an awful test that doctors torture pregnant women with to see if they have gestational diabetes. Lol it is necessary for mama and baby's health and I acknowledge that, but it doesn't mean that it isn't the worst thing someone could do to me pregnant. They suggest you eat breakfast before the appointment so you aren't woozy, but I don't see how this does anything lol. I still get woozy even if I eat. :P Then at your appointment, they make you drink the glucose liquid, which is like drinking only the syrup part of the Sunkist pop. Only it doesn't taste as good. You are supposed to wait for an hour, without consuming anything but water and after that hour, they draw your blood. I think its tests your blood sugar levels, but I'm not a hundred percent. All I know is that it is one of the least fun parts of pregnancy.

Well, my glucose test is scheduled for the morning of April 18. Ugh an actual date, and its less than a month away. *Dread, dread, dread* I am so not wanting to do this, that I asked Lon to come with me and drive me home afterwards. This sounds like overkill, but we all remember how the last time I got blood drawn went, and there was no glucose drink lol! Unfortunately though, Lon isn't sure he can get it off of work so I might have to ask a friend to drive me. We'll see!

Toddler Talk Thursdays!! March 22, 2012

Happy Thursday! Be sure to tune in later today for my midwife appointment update. For now though, enjoy this week's of Toddler Talk!

This week's topic:
How to Deal with a Picky Eater

Alan eating cereal for breakfast

Alan is a somewhat picky eater. He doesn't like most cheeses, vegetables, and a few meats. He will only ever eat macaroni or spaghetti noodles and doesn't like eating bread most of the time. Somedays, I feel like he doesn't eat enough because I try something different and he refuses to eat it. But I remind myself that he will eat if he's hungry and won't stop until he feels full.

This still makes mealtimes somewhat of a battle for us.

If Alan had his way, he would only ever eat pizza, chicken nuggets and hot dogs. He also believes he can live off of goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, granola bars and pop tarts. So I have been given the task of "hiding" healthy things in his food. For an easy example, Alan likes cereal but normally he prefers the sweeter brands. So I mix his cereal, mostly whole grain Cheerios with whatever sweet brand he wants. He will chow it down and not notice the difference whatsoever. I also use this recipe when making my family spaghetti. Gets them all their vegetables and they only think they are eating tomatoes!

Mostly I try to only give Alan healthy options. If he doesn't want we are having, a good ol' peanut butter and jelly sandwich works most times and isn't that unhealthy. All of his cookies are normally fruit filled versus chocolate, and we give him only healthy crackers like Cheese Nips.

How do you deal with your picky eater????

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Pregnancy Post: Week by Week! Week 23

I can't believe I am already six months pregnant! Lol this is just crazy to me. :) Today I have a midwife appointment to check up on Miss Anna. I can't wait to hear her little heartbeat again, my favorite part of the whole trip. This week is pretty blah for us, we are just waiting to hear back on our dream apartment. Please send good thoughts and prayers to us so that we get this house! It'll be perfect for our growing family.

Here is this week's Pregnancy Post! Enjoy!

How far along: 23 weeks and 3 days

Size of Baby: 12 1/2 inches and 18 ounces or the size of a large mango

Developments of Baby: Baby girl's vestibular system—the area in the brain responsible for sensing movement—is one of the first parts of the brain to mature and it is already actively sensing all my movements. She can actively sense me moving now. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world.

Weight Gain: Still at only ten pounds.

Belly Button In or Out: Still in, thank goodness :)

Maternity Clothes: Only maternity jeans and work pants so far. All of my workout pants and regular shirts still fit.

Morning Sickness: Every morning til about nine or ten still. I have given up on stopping it (still take my B6 though) and have just started to deal with it. Water is my friend those mornings! :)

Stretch Marks: Still only the few that I found the other week.

Gender: A Girl :D

Movement: She moves all the time now, especially during the night. This girl will keep her mama up all night having a party in my belly lol, it drives me crazy! But I like to feel her move, it lets me know she's there and she's okay.

Sleep: I sleep til about four in the morning and then am up the rest of the day. I can't go to bed now until normally after midnight anymore, because of my restless legs. So I get a good four hours a night lol. Preparation for new motherhood lol!

Best Moment This Week: I have two this week. My first was during my meditation with Anna the other day. I was reading my mantras and slipped into a deep meditation stage, where I visualized meeting up with Anna for the first time and holding her in my arms. We swayed together and she fell asleep, so comfortable on my chest. Lon said I started crying during this meditation, but once I had awoken I was so happy. It was one of the best meditation experiences ever!

The second was last night. Anna was acting up and kicking me like crazy, when all I wanted to do was sleep. I complained to Lon about her, so he put his face to my belly and started talking to her. He told her it was bedtime and time to let mama calm down and sleep. And she bopped him right on the nose! It was so funny, we laughed about it forever! 

What I miss: Not having morning sickness. This time around it has been rougher than it was with Alan. I'm a trooper though, I'll get through it. Its just physically exhausting.

Food Cravings: Salmon, cheeseburgers, cheesecake, pizza, Laffy Taffy, tacos, Cool Ranch Doritios, Starburst, Skittles, Snickers, chocolate, cake lol, tator tots, chai tea, milkshakes, Salt and Vinegar chips, grilled cheese sandwiches, and definitely lasanga lol!

Food Aversions: Eggs, my husband's AWFUL beef jerkeys, salad or lettuce in general, spicy or Mexican food and raw meat. Yuck to the extreme!

Symptoms: Morning sickness, feeling weak or light-headed, round ligament pain, all around exhaustion, the need to pee ALL the time lol, out of breath easily, food aversions and nausea, major forgetfulness, odd dreams, heightened sense of smell, lower back pains, cluster headaches, leg and butt cramps, overly emotional at times (gotta love pregnancy hormones!)

What I’m looking forward to: My midwife appointment (will post update tomorrow), planning the baby shower and seeing all my relatives for April's birthday and Easter Sunday.

What I'm not looking forward to: Still the Glucose test. My midwife gave me a month for it finally, ugh. :( Its in April.

Here are those wonderful pregnancy photos everyone loves! I feel huge this week, like 30-something weeks huge! But no one notices STILL! Ugh lol!

23 weeks and 3 days

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Traveling Red Dress: Changing Photographers

As you all know, I found my red dress last month and was just waiting to set up a photo session with the wonderful Jeff Bryson. Well we also decided last month that we were going to "upgrade" to a bigger apartment asap.

Because of the recent "upgrade" decision, at risk of feeling guilty, I now plan on going with an amateur photographer versus a professional photographer like Jeff. Being the Buddhist and unmaterialistic mother that I am, I simply cannot allow myself to spend anymore money on this journey for myself. This journey is about finding my inner beauty, not about spending money. So I asked my sister Natalie to photograph me.

I want to say this real quick before I continue, this has nothing to do with Jeff. I really wish that I could have him photograph me, as he is one of the best photographers that I know. He does amazing work and I cannot wait to do a session with him again, sometime soon hopefully. I see maybe a family maternity photo shoot in the summer???? :)

If you haven't yet, please go to Jeff's website to check out his portfolio. I just love his work, its all so personalized and unique!

Now back to my sister, I chose her for a couple of reasons. First because she's my sister and I think that its important for me to share something special like this journey with her. I hope that some day she has a red dress moment and involves me in it as well. :) I love her. Second because she is a talented amateur photographer herself, and I enjoy a lot of the serious more professional looking pictures she takes lol.

Here are some examples of her work:

She did our family pictures for our Christmas cards this year.

She's in this photo, but she planned it out and set it up herself. Love this pic so much!

She took this one of April and Kalvin years ago, but its still in my favorites.

Third because I know we will just have a blast together and take some wonderful photos of me. Natalie and I are just under three years apart, so we have spent most of our life together. We are so comfortable with each other and she is more like a best friend than a sister. I'm so excited! :D

We are still planning on doing the photos on the Rims and have planned for sometime over the weekend of April's birthday (April 5-8). I am just getting all the final touches done with my outfit, and then I am ready! Next time you see a Traveling Red Dress post, it should contain pictures! :D

Monday, March 19, 2012

Saint Patrick's Day 2012

Hope everyone had a fantastic Saint Patrick's Day, I know my family did! :) Early Saint Patrick's morning wasn't too good to me, I couldn't sleep after four and was up sick every hour after six in the morning! But I took my vitamins and was okay in time for the parade.

Alan was beyond excited for the parade. We picked up Aunt April and Uncle Kalvin to go with us, and met Kelsie, her friend Desiree and Kelton met up with us. We ended up finding a spot right on the bend of the parade, which was nice because we could see ahead of the parade and prepare for what was coming. Alan couldn't wait for it to start!

Waiting for the parade

The parade started out as it always does this holiday, with the presentation of our flags and the bagpipe band. Alan thought the bagpipes were weird, probably because he couldn't figure out where the sound was coming from and he was confused about their kilts. But he clapped and waved at them regardless. Then came some cool hot rod cars and the girl scout and brownie groups. After came the martial arts group (Alan  thought they were ninjas lol) and the Irish dancers. The police force brought down their different cars and trucks. Alan and Uncle Kalvin's favorite was this SWAT team truck.

Then the retired and rescued greyhounds came by, followed by the party MET bus. That music was way LOUD!!! Made everyone plug their ears lol. I feel bad for the lady who walked with it, she must have been deaf for the rest of the day! The Zoo Montana float came by us next, and after was the Lockwood Middle School marching band. I used to have friends who played in that lol, what a way to bring back memories! :) The motorcycle club gave us necklaces and candy when they came by, and Alan wouldn't wear them. He kept spinning around the necklace to the beat of the music, until he almost lost it lol. Then I took it away from him to wear myself.

The whole parade crew, watching the motorcycles

After the motorcycle club came the Shriners with all of their cool stuff. We saw their black horses (soooooo pretty, every one looked like Black Beauty) and their silly clowns. My favorite clown was the leprechaun clown who was chasing his pot of gold lol! Following the clowns was the pulled pipe organ, one of my favorite floats! I think pipe organs always sound so cool! The Shrine train that we always ride at the fair tagged along behind the organ, making Alan want to ride it!

Alan's favorite float, the Bert and Ernie float, came after all the Shrine stuff. Alan danced with Bert and Ernie, shouting and waving at them with Uncle Kalvin. There was a pink crayon lady too, Alan thought she was pretty cool.

Then came the Animal Rescue Shelter with all their puppies. And Alan saw a puppy that dyed green! He was so cute! There was also a puppy in a green t-shirt and a wolfhound dog! So cool, wish we could adopt a puppy from the Rescue Shelter. We will have to wait until Alan and Anna are older though. I don't wanna wait though lol! :P

Once we were finished with the parade, we took Aunt April and Uncle Kalvin home and went home ourselves to eat some lunch. We had grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato macaroni and cheese for lunch. After lunch, I attempted to get Alan to nap but he refused to, so we made Daddy take one so we could make our leprechaun trail. Alan was excited to get this underway, but we had some planning to do lol. :P First, we decided our leprechaun village would exist at the end of Alan's play area, and that we would lead the trail from Daddy to the living room, complete with signs. Second, we gathered all the green stuff from our house for the village.

Gathered all the green stuff!

Third, we set out to make our leprechaun village. We used DVD cases and books and Lincoln logs and some other blocks we found. We used Alan's gold necklace he got from the parade for the leprechaun's gold, and hid it deep in the center house. We set out all of the alligators, dragons, lizards and turtles out front to protect the houses. And we put out the cobblestones to the front house.

Fourth, we took a bunch of my green scrap paper and ripped it into shreds for the actual trail.

I ripped it partially to make it a little easier on him

Fifth, we set about making the signs. We made two signs, one on the way to the village that said "Leprechauns this way" with arrows. And the other said "Leprechaun Village, created by the Andersen leprechauns" and was decorated with little shamrocks and leprechauns.

Sixth and lastly, we sprinkled the paper along the trail and set up the signs for Daddy to see. Alan was a good sprinkler but was confused why we were messing up his floor. Such a good boy, trying to keep clean! I had to explain it to him several times lol. :)

Then our trail was all ready, so we woke up Daddy to show him what the leprechauns had done! :) Here are some pics from him viewing our creation. He loved it so much!

Not only was it Saint Patrick's Day, but it was also the two year anniversary of the day we were married under common law. So Lon took me out to dinner at Red Robin, one of my MAJOR pregnancy cravings lately lol. I love him! My mother offered to watch Alan for us, so we could enjoy our time alone together. I was so excited to go out with my husband, I went all out and dressed up in one of my favorite dresses. :) Lon sure didn't complain lol! Overall, we had a wonderful time!

All dressed up (or at least I am lol) and ready for our date!

Its been a long two years of (common law) marriage baby and I can't wait until next month when we celebrate our year anniversary of our wedding. I love you to the moon and back, you and our children are my everything. I love you Lon, happy anniversary.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Fun Family Friday!

Alan and I had a pretty good Friday today. Unfortunately Lon worked in the morning and then went to the Village Inn to help out at night, so it was mostly just the two of us. But we still had a great day!

I took Alan to Target to pick out his Saint Patrick's Day shirt, and told him about the parade tomorrow. Well I probably should have waited to do that lol, because he thinks it is today and has been talking about it non-stop all day. :) Anyways, he picked out a cute green Lucky Charms shirt that says Little Charmer on it. I'm glad he picked this one and not an actual Happy Saint Patrick's Day one because I got it a size bigger in hopes he can also wear it to school. Aha!

After Target, we ran through the drive-thru of McDonald's to get some lunch to take to a park. It was noon and we chose the Mickey D's near Senior High, so it took FOREVER to get through the line. Then we drove to Veteran's Park to eat and play for a bit. Alan was oddly silent the whole ride up there, and I soon found out why lol. When I parked in the parking lot at Veteran's Park, this is what I saw:

So I sat in the parking lot for a bit, ate my lunch and read some mantras from my pregnancy meditation book. I was hoping that by the time I had finished, he would wake up but I had no such luck lol. So we went home. He slept for three whole hours! I was a little amazed lol. Wow! :)

Tonight, we went to the Broadwater Elementary spaghetti dinner with Grandpa Kevin, Uncle Kalvin and a neighbor kid. I had to go to this, even though Uncle Kalvin is the only one who goes there, because all of us siblings went to Broadwater and I have a lot of fond memories there. I even saw the same secretary that worked there when I went to school! :) She was so excited to meet Alan and hear about my pregnancy. It was nice seeing her. We sat down with our spaghetti and Alan immediately went for his shamrock cookie lol. Grandpa Kevin was skeptical but I promised him that Alan wouldn't miss out on eating spaghetti, one of his favorite foods. And I was right!

Alan chowing on his spaghetti

Messy face afterwards :)

After dinner, the Broadwater Move It Crew (a hip hop program from the school) preformed for everyone. The dancers did great and Alan loved it! The funny thing was that I know the dance coach, she and her twin used to cheer at the high school I went to! I think they were even in my class lol. Pretty cool. I think its funny how enthralled Alan was at the dancers, his eyes were planted on them the whole time. He wouldn't even smile for a picture!

Uncle Kalvin and Alan watching the dancers

After the dance, we went into the hallway of the school to make a craft. Alan picked out the turtle magnet to make and we made it while Uncle Kalvin went outside to play with his school friends. Alan wasn't too much help with the glueing lol, but he was a good placer of things! :) He put all of the glued pieces down and even helped push them down so they would stay. Then he colored his turtle's legs orange. Quite the unique turtle magnet he made for our fridge. I know Lon will just love it.

Then there was still some time before it got dark outside, so we let Alan play on the school playground with Uncle Kalvin and his friends. Alan was so happy, he ran and climbed and slid down the slide. He had so much fun, even though I froze in my shorts and light coat lol.

Climbing up the steps to the slide

There were some rowdy kids around, who liked to climb on top of the playground and hang off the bars, so Alan attempted these dare devil tricks several times. He about gave me a heart attack. :) But he didn't fall off and break any bones, so we are good lol. He and Uncle Kalvin had a lot of fun running around and playing with each other too.

Crawling through the hole

Tune in tomorrow for my anniversary post! I am really hoping to get the pictures from our wedding reception downloaded off this CD and posted on here. Keep an eye out! And to those who I won't be seeing before tomorrow, have a happy and safe Saint Patrick's Day!

Five Question Friday! March 16, 2012

Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone has a great Saint Patrick's Day weekend, I know we do! :) Please make sure those that are drinking this weekend are making sure they have a designated driver take them home. Saint Patrick's Day should be a fun and safe holiday! Have a good one everyone!

Here's this week's Five Question Friday! Enjoy!

Will you run to the store or to pick up a kid looking a mess?

Yes I will lol. I don't care about my appearance too much, unless it is for a formal occasion. So most days, I look pretty slobby lol. Going to the store? Slobby. Going to a wedding? Dressed up. Going to my parent's house? Slobby. Going to a birthday party? Dressed up. This is how I normally will go lol. Especially since I am almost 23 weeks pregnant with a toddler as well.

Do you finish a book if it's boring or you don't like it?

Yes! I have always been a firm believer of finishing all books you start, whether they are worthy of you reading them or not. Sometimes I will go as far as to read several in a series even if I don't like them, just to make sure I truly don't. So this means I have read great classics like Walden 2, Twilight, New Moon, Running with Scissors, and even The Series of Unfortunate Events. Gag. :)

Beach or mountain vacations?

I'd have to say mountain vacations, but that's only because of my land locked position. I have only ever been to the beach once and yet have been to the mountains more times than I can count. I love the mountains and their beautiful serenity, but do enjoy the beach a lot as well. We will just have to wait until both Alan and Anna are a little older to go (like at least five lol).

What thing/event says "winter will end and spring is right around the corner" to you?

Spring comes in a lot of different ways for my family and I. Things like dance competitions starting. Breaking out the shorts and flip flops. Taking more walks on the Rims. The snow (where was it this year?) being replaced by sunshine and light rain showers. Aunt April's birthday and Easter Sunday.

Aunt April, Alan and Uncle Kalvin, Easter Sunday 2011

Would you prefer couples or family vacation?

Lon and I have never gone on a couples only vacation, but we have gone on a few family vacations. Most of them when Alan was a baby. So I would like to say a couples vacation, because it would be BEYOND awesome to be able to relax and do whatever just Lon and I wanted to do on vacation. But I am realistic and I know that we will always do family vacations lol. I would probably feel too guilty going somewhere just Lon and I! :)

Have a good weekend and a happy Saint Patrick's Day!!