Monday, November 21, 2011

My Little Man is 2 Months Old!

Travis had his two month appointment last Monday.  I was so anxious for it because I didn't know how he'd react to the shots.  Turns out it wasn't nearly as bad as I had anticipated. He did cry when he got pricked but as soon as I picked him up he calmed down.  He fell right asleep once I put him back in his car seat.  He ate at 12:45 and wasn't really acting any differently, but when he ate at 3:45 I could tell he was in a little pain.  He cried a little more than usual for a few days and was a little extra cuddly.  By Friday he was pretty much back to normal.  He didn't get a fever or anything.  My little guy was such a champ!

At his appointment he was 14 lbs, 2 oz. (93 percentile) and 25.2 inches long (98 percentile).  BIG boy!  Haha.  His head was 15.75 cm (47 percentile). 

 I just love my little man and can't believe that he's already over 2 months old!  He's growing so fast. 

2 Months Old!  Love those cheeks!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Teaching Him Young

I came downstairs one Sunday afternoon and found this.  Hilarious!  I think Eric was having fun. 


For Halloween we didn't really do much this year.  We stayed home and handed out candy, which was actually a first for us since we now live in a real neighborhood.  That was pretty fun  We did have a ward trunk-or-treat but didn't hear about it until the Saturday right before.  We didn't have any costumes planned, so we didn't dress up.  Eric ended up getting home late from work so we didn't make it to that.  We had chili and cornbread for dinner which was yummy!  I think I need to make that every Halloween.

OK, the real reason I'm writing about this is because of the following picture.  Let me give you a little background first.  When Travis was first born, Eric's sister Carly got him a "My 1st Halloween" outfit.  Naturally I had to put him in it for Halloween!  Well, this little outfit included a pumpkin hat.  We haven't put him in a hat since he was in the hospital.  Let's just say he doesn't like hats...  Here's the proof:

I kept it on long enough for the picture and then took it right off.  He instantly stopped crying!  Funny kid.
Next Halloween I'm dressing this kid in something awesome...  This little outfit was perfect for this year.  Thanks Carly!

My New Friend

Last week-end my friend Jennie came over with her little baby, Ashlynn, who is just 6 weeks older than Travis.  Naturally we had to take a picture of them together!  I think it's safe to say that Travis is a big boy.  He was just as long as her!  I think he's going to be tall.

Travis and his new friend:

 Oh, and we had to take one with the moms too!
Hopefully they will be friends once they know what friends are!  

Look What I Can do Mom!


On October 25, just a few days after Travis turned 6 weeks, he rolled over for the first time.  Eric had gotten home from work and put him on his tummy for "tummy time" and this was what happened.  He did it two other times after that so it wasn't just a fluke.  He has done it a few times since then too.  We were very excited!!  Our little boy is a champ!


The day after Travis' blessing he smiled for the first time!!  It seriously melted my heart and made me tear up.  It was the sweetest thing ever.  I was just laying on the floor playing with him, when he looked over at me and smiled!  My parents and Eric's mom were also there and saw it.  We all loved it.  He started smiling a lot more after that and keeps smiling more and more every day.  He smiles the most right after he eats and when he is on his changing table (he loves it).  I have tried to catch it on camera many, many times, but as soon as the camera comes out, he makes a serious face.  Silly kid.  Here is the closest to a smile that I could get.

  Isn't that just the sweetest face?!  I love him so much.  Oh yeah, and check out those chubby cheeks and double chin!


On October 16, Eric blessed our little Travis.  This is usually done on Fast Sunday's (the first Sunday of the month) but due to family being in town, we did it in the middle of the month, and we did it at our house.  (For all of my non-Mormon readers, babies are given a blessing in our church, much like babies are baptized in other churches.  We don't baptize until age 8.  It isn't the same thing as a baptism obviously, but it's still important.)  Since it was at our house, we kept it small, but it was perfect.  Travis was such an angel during the blessing and then afterwards he just stared at our picture of Jesus.  It was so sweet.  Eric gave him such a sweet blessing and I of course cried throughout the entire thing.  It was just so tender to see Eric bless his boy.

The outfit that he wore was made by my mom.  She is such a talented seamstress.  My favorite part of the outfit was the "pocket watch" that she attached to it.  It was actually a locket with a picture of Travis and his name and birth date.  It was cute.  I of course loved his little vest and bow tie too.  He was stylin!  We also had him wrapped in a white afghan that Eric's Grandma Zeugschmidt made for him.  It was perfect.

It was such a great day and I'm glad that our parents could all be there for it.  Thanks to everyone else who came, and to those who couldn't make it, we missed you!

Here Travis is in his outfit:

 A closer look:
One of my favorite pictures of Travis:
 Our little family:
 Travis and Grandma and Grandpa Zeugschmidt:
 Travis and Grandma and Grandpa DeLange:

Little Big Toe

We have this little pair of PJ's that Travis wears that belonged to Eric when he was a baby.  It was actually the outfit that Eric's parents picked him up in when he was adopted.  How sweet is that?  Anyways, I guess back then they made PJ's with feet that had an opening in them so that babies could wear them longer.  Well, because of this opening at his feet, the cutest little thing kept happening when I would wake him up to feed him at night.  Check it out:

 Seriously, how cute is that?  It made me smile every time I saw it.  Travis is longer now, so instead of just his toe sticking out, his whole foot does.  It's adorable.  Here's the whole outfit.  I need to get one of Eric wearing it and put the two pictures side by side...

Friday, November 11, 2011


The deed has been done.  I'm officially private now.  For those of you who rely on the newsfeed to check blogs, I made a seperate blog,, to notify you of when I update this blog.  Hopefully I will blog a little bit more now.  Hopefully...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Going Private

I know it's been awhile since I last posted.  That's because I have been debating about making my blog private.  Well, I decided that I wanted to.  So, if you want to get an invite and hear more about my cute boy (you know you want to) then leave me a comment with your e-mail.  You can also e-mail me at, or message me on Facebook.  If I don't know that you read my blog, and you are my friend, don't be shy.  I will invite you!  I'm going to make it official in 2-3 weeks.

Thanks everyone!

Oh, and just to make this post not so boring, here's a little something:

My new favorite pic of little man!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

My Miracle

September 11 was seriously one of the best days of my life.  It's right up there with my wedding day.  On this day, the sweetest little boy in the whole world was born.  His name is Travis Allan Zeugschmidt and I am so in love with him!  The whole experience of him being born was very special to me but I know people are interested in how it all came about.  I will give you the short and sweet story (OK, after writing it I realized it isn't short and sweet; I'm not good at that).

First, here is the last picture of me pregnant.  WOW!!!  I was huge...

The beginning of this story starts on September 9.  I woke up that morning feeling some cramping.  I knew something was going on with my body and that made me excited.  I got up and went to work just like any normal day.  Throughout the day I kept feeling more cramping and a little more pain.  It wasn't too bad though.  They had a party for me at work that day to celebrate me being there 3 years, my birthday, my baby and me leaving.  I'm glad I went to work that day!  When I left I was 95% sure that I would not be coming back.  I was right.  Once I got home the cramping turned into contractions and the pain was getting worse.  We went to dinner with some friends at Red Lobster and the whole time I was having contractions every 15 minutes for 30 seconds.  Our poor friends.  I bet it wasn't fun eating dinner with a girl in early labor.  Once we got home the contractions started to get worse, more painful and closer together.  They weren't so bad that I felt I needed to go to the hospital yet.  Well, I tried to sleep, but there was no way I was going to sleep through the pain and discomfort.  Needless to say, neither Eric nor I got ANY sleep that night.  Eric was so great with trying to help me relax.

Let's move forward to Saturday, September 10.  I "woke-up" around 7 and showered.  We decided to go to the hospital and headed out around 8.  I got there and they watched me for an hour only to tell me that I hadn't progressed at all.  I hadn't even really progressed since my appointment that Tuesday.  I was NOT a happy camper.  They sent me home with a morphine shot that they said would help me sleep.  That's not true...  I still couldn't sleep.  So, all day Saturday I was dealing with contractions every 6-8 minutes.  My brother and his friend came over to watch the BYU game that day.  They were probably both a little weirded out that I was in labor.  I was so exhausted but I didn't think it was time to go back to the hospital so Eric and I just hung out and timed contractions all evening.  I was in so much pain!  At 11 PM Eric and I went for a walk and WOW, that was the most painful walk of my life.  Eric convinced me to go to the hospital (I was terrified of being sent home again) and we got there at midnight.  They watched me for an hour and I had progressed 1 cm.  I was so happy!!  They checked me in and here is where the real story starts!

I tried to sleep, since I hadn't gotten a good nights sleep since Wednesday (I was up all Thursday night with awful heartburn.)  They gave me some basic painkillers to start off, but they were not doing much.  I was just so exhausted and needed some sleep, so at 5:30 AM I got the epidural.  It was not as bad as I thought it would be and it definitely helped.  I finally was able to relax! They put me on the lowest dose of pitocin and at 7 AM  my water broke.  At 8 AM my body was all ready but my doctor wanted him to descend a little bit more.  At 9:15 I started to push.  The nurse thought it would be super fast.  It wasn't.  It turns out that little Travis was face up.  The way he was laying made it hard for the doctor and nurse to determine this until 1.5 hours into the pushing.  They did an ultrasound to confirm it, and then my doctor had to manually turn him around during each contraction.  Otherwise, I would have had to have a c-section.  She was successful in turning him, but all of this had been a little stressful on him, so the doctor had to use forceps.  At 11:15 my little son was born and he was perfect.  He was healthy in every way!  Eric got to go hold him and watching him hold our son for the first time was a perfect moment that I will never forget.

Our little man was 21.5 inches long and weighed 8 lbs 7 oz.  He was a good size.  He has Eric's ears and face shape, my lips and my long torso.  That's all we can decipher so far.  All I know is that he is the cutest little boy and I can't stop staring at him.    

Birth really is an amazing thing.  I'm glad that Eric was there to support me through the whole thing.  He was so great.  So there you go, the story of our little Travis being born.  Now here's the good stuff; the pictures.  I have a lot, so I narrowed it down a little.  Enjoy looking at my cute little boy.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Our Crazy Week

Eric and I had one crazy week last week.  If you're in for a story, keep reading to find out what happened:

Crazy event #1:  We got home from church on Sunday and got some food to eat.  While we were sitting at the table we heard a pop and then water.  Eric ran in the kitchen to find a hose underneath the sink that had popped off of its connection.  Water was going EVERYWHERE and so fast.  The water shut-off is in the crawl space, but to get to the crawl space you have to open a little door on the floor of our storage closet.  Well, seeing how it's a storage closet, there was stuff all over the floor!  He was in his church clothes moving all of the items out of the closet while I ran upstairs to get every towel that we owned.  Eric finally got down to the crawl space and had to get to the other side to where the water shut-off is.  Luckily the crawl space is 3.5 feet high so he didn't get his nice clothes dirty.  By the time he turned the water off it was all over the kitchen floor and about 1/2"-1" deep.  We put all of the towels down to soak up the water but then we had to squeeze them out and do it all again.  We finally got all of the water cleaned off of the floor, but then Eric said that there were 2-3" of standing water in the crawl space on a plastic sheet.  We had to call the management company and they sent out a guy to come clean up the water and dry out the insulation.  Then they had a plumber come out the next day to fix the hose connection.  He fixed both the hot and cold one and now our sink is good to go.  It was nuts!  We are SO lucky that we were home when it happened.  Had it been a weekday, water would have been going all day and everything on the main floor would have had water damage.  That would have been a nightmare!

Crazy event #2:  Let's go to Tuesday.  At about 4:30 Eric called me at work to say he was going home because he was having an allergic reaction to something.  He thinks it was his shirt (which he hadn't worn in years) or the Beef Cup of Noodles he had eaten for lunch.  He said he had a rash that started in his armpit and was going down his arm.  I said it wouldn't make sense that it was his shirt then because his shirt wasn't in direct contact with his armpit.  So, I get home at five and see his rash.  It was on his arms, his chest, his back, his neck, and starting on his thighs.  It wasn't that bad at this point so we got some dinner and then he was just relaxing as much as he could with the amount of itching he was going through.  I went and got him some Benadryl, which he took at 8.  About an hour later he came up to me and showed me his stomach, which was COVERED in a rash.  I have never seen anything like it.  Not only was it covering his stomach, but his chest his sides, his thighs, neck, some of his face, his scalp and pretty much everywhere but below his knees.  It was bad.  He said it was getting a little hard to swallow too, so we both were concerned.  Well, at 9 we decided to take him to the Emergency Room because it wasn't getting better and we didn't know what to do.  2.5 hours later we left.  They didn't take us right away because other people had more serious injuries.  That makes sense though.  They just gave him some pills and a shot and gave him a prescription for steroids.  They told him food allergies can take 3 days to get out of your system so he may have some flare ups.  Well Wednesday he had a little bit of a rash but nothing like the day before.  It was crazy but I'm glad he's ok.

Crazy event #3:  Now this one isn't so bad, but it just added to the already crazy and exhausting week.  Thursday I was randomly checking our credit card online and noticed a charge for  Now I'm pretty sure that neither Eric nor I were searching for anyone online, so I called Eric and sure enough, it was a fraudulent charge.  Eric called Visa, and they reversed the charge immediately and sent us out new cards that arrived the next day.  So, like I said, not so bad, but still annoying.

So there you go.  That was our crazy week.  We were both so ready for the long week-end.  We definitely took some time to relax and it was fabulous.  I don't think we'll have much time to relax in the coming weeks... we might as well take advantage of it right?    

Friday, September 2, 2011

Saying Good-Bye

This post is long overdue.  I don't like to say good-bye to my good friends.  Unfortunately, I had to do that twice in just under two weeks.  I'm already an emotional person, but then add pregnancy to that and look out!  Well, not really.  I don't think I've been THAT bad (Eric might have a different opinion though.)  Back to what I was saying...

One of my best friends, Kirsten, and her husband and kids moved to California.  I've known Kirsten since we lived in the dorms freshmen year together and we've been good friends since.  She's been there for me a lot and I just love her.  I wasn't ready for her to leave me, but I'm glad that her and Aaron get to live in a fun place that's close to Eric's family so I can visit her all of the time!!  I could go on and on about how wonderful she is, and how great her husband is, but I don't want to get too sappy here.  That was a hard good-bye for me but I'm glad I got to spend so much time with them and that I got to know their cute little kids.  I miss them!   Here's a picture of all of us at our wedding:

About a week later our good friends Ryan and Amber left town too.  They moved to Boston so that Ryan can go to dental school.  Ryan and Eric have known each other since freshmen year as well.  They met in their major and have been friends ever since.  After they both got home from their missions, they lived together until they both got married.  Ryan and Amber got engaged around the time that we did, and then they got married about one month after we did.  It was fun to have another couple in the same situation.  We have hung out a lot during the past few years.  They seriously will do anything and everything with us.  They've been great friends throughout the years which made that good-bye was very hard too.  Although Boston is very far away, I'm very excited to go visit someday.  Here we are, plus another friend in the middle, at another friend's wedding.  Was that confusing enough for you?  Haha.  

So there you go.  I don't like good-byes but I'm glad that I have such good friends that I will stay friends with even though they don't live close by.  We love all of you guys! 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Quick Bump Update!

I figured I should post an update of my belly on here since people keep asking me.  I am definitely getting bigger and bigger!  I only have about 2 weeks to go though which sounds wonderful.  I'm really hoping I'm not overdue.  I'm ready to meet this little boy.

35 Weeks

37 Weeks
And just for fun... here I am at 20 weeks.  What a big difference 17 weeks can make!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Galvanic Spa Time!

Most of you don't know this, but Eric got a new job this summer at NuSkin doing Corporate Communications.  He does not do any sales so don't worry, I will not be inviting you over for "dinner" anytime soon.  This job is really great for him because it's actually in Corporate Communications, which he wants to do, and it's for a global company which will give him great experience.  This does mean that we will be living in Utah County for the next few years (or more).  It wasn't our ideal situation, but we are both very grateful for the job and the experience Eric will get.

Well, one of the many benefits of Eric working there is that I get to try out their many products.  It's actually been quite fun for me since I don't usually use expensive products on myself.  I have tried different cleansers, masks, lotions and I still have a lot to try.  One of the things that I really enjoy doing is their Galvanic Spa.  It's this little electronic device that "zaps" away your imperfections.  You put this pretreatment gel on your face, then use the machine, and then put treatment gel on your face and use the machine.  It's supposed to clear up your skin and reduce the signs of aging.  Don't mind if I do!  So far I think it works really well.  Seriously, if I have a zit coming in, if I do the spa, I can barely feel it the next day.  It's awesome.  I've been trying to do the spa every Sunday night just for fun.  I've tried to convince Eric that he wants to try out all of this stuff too, but he isn't caving...yet!  Luckily I have friends who are willing to try these things with me.  My friend Amber has been a great spa buddy.  She loves to try the stuff with me too, and it makes it more fun.  She also loves the Galvanic Spa, so one night we did it together.  How cute are we?

Action shot

Oh, I forgot to mention that both Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman use the Galvanic Spa.  So pretty much I'm like a celebrity (in my dreams)!  Haha, anyways... so if you'd ever like to experiment with some facial products, let me know!  I am more than willing to have people come make their skin pretty with me. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I Seriously Have the Best Husband Ever!!

I know that I blog a lot about how great my husband is, and if that annoys you, then stop reading now.  He has just been so great during this whole pregnancy and I appreciate it so much.  I'm just going to give one example of why he's wonderful.  My feet have been swelling for the past month or so.  Even when my feet look normal they are still a little swollen.  It's not cool...  Anyways, for some reason my feet seem to get the biggest on Friday's.  I wonder if it's just the culmination of the work week that does it to me or something.  It's strange.  Well, two Friday's ago we were at Kohl's and I decided to try and find some shoes for work that would work with my large feet.  Well I found a cute little sandal thing, but they didn't have my size, so I grabbed a size up.  I took it out of the box, and attempted to get my foot in.  Well, it was not going to fit.  Being the emotional pregnant person I am, I started to cry.  Yes, in the middle of the shoe department I started to tear up.  I immediately took the shoe off and threw it in the box and got up to leave.  Eric tried to make me feel better but the tears kept coming.  He went to purchase our items while I hung out in the Junior section trying to compose myself.  We then got in the car to drive home.  Since I knew I was swollen I tried to take my ring off, but it was stuck.  Not the best idea when I was already crying.  I got it off but it hurt!  It was rough a twenty minutes for me.  Well, the best part comes the next day.  I was at my baby shower and Eric was helping at an event.  He knew of this cute little boutique nearby with cute jewelry, so he went in and bought me a necklace and a bracelet to make me feel better about the previous day's breakdown.  Now, I don't need people to buy me things to make me happy, but it was sure cute and thoughtful of him.  He really is sweet and I just love him.  Here's what he bought me.  I think he did a great job.  Thanks sweetie!


Baby Shower

On July 23rd, three of my great friends threw me a baby shower.  It was great to see some friends that I don't get to see very often.  We had some yummy food, cute decorations and played a couple of fun games.  We all won, which meant we all went home with tons of candy.  It was great!  I also got some really great baby stuff that I can't wait to use on this little guy!  I don't have any pictures from that day, but my friend Courtney took some, so once she sends them to me, then I will add them to this post (Hint Hint Courtney ;))  Thanks to everyone for coming and a special thank you to Amber, Kirsten and Lisa for putting the shower on.  You guys are the greatest!!

Here is a group shot of everyone there.  Love self-timers!

One of me opening presents.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Where did all of your hair go?

That's the question that Eric has been asking me the past few days.  I cut my hair, and I had the girl cut it a little shorter than normal since my life might be quite crazy in the upcoming months.  I like it so far.  It's pretty much the same cut I usually get, so nothing drastic this time around.  I figured while I was showing my new haircut I might as well show my belly too.  So here you are, my new hair with a 33 week belly shot.

Hmmm, I took the second picture with my phone, and it won't let me turn it the right way.  So, have fun looking at it sideways!  It's a much better shot of what my hair actually looks like so move that neck and take a look. (You may also want to click on it to enlarge it.)  Oh, and I'm also standing a little sideways in case you're wondering why my belly looks lopsided!

Happy Monday!

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Whole Family... well on my side at least

When we were out in Colorado for the 4th, my mom wanted to take some family pictures since this was the first time we had all been together since May 2007!  That's crazy.  It was really hot outside and patience was running low, but we were able to get a few good shots.  I wish I would have gotten a hair cut before we took these pictures, but oh well. 

This one makes it look like my nephew Matt is our child.  I wouldn't mind that though; he's a cutie!

My sister looks a little lonely there to the side don't you think?

Of all of the pictures this one is my favorite even though Eric and I look giants compared to the rest of the family!  My mom and sister-in-law look so tiny!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bumpity- Bump

It's about time that I post some updated bump pictures.  I was a slacker and failed to take a picture at 28 weeks, so I just have weeks 26 and 30 here. 

26 weeks

30 weeks

I definitely have gotten bigger and boy am I feeling it.  As I write this I am 31 weeks.  I'm feeling pretty good right now, but am feeling more aches and pains as time goes by.  The thing that is the hardest for me to deal with right now is the heart burn.  Tums are my best friend!  I have already gone through an entire container of them.  Luckily I sleep well most nights, but for some reason I have felt pretty exhausted the past week.  Good thing Eric is so nice to me and lets me relax.  Bending over and getting off of our deep couch has become a problem.  Also, after I eat dinner I feel like it's harder to breathe.  I think that my lungs are getting a little crammed.  I do LOVE to watch my belly move.  It's one of the coolest things.  He is definitely an active little guy.  Eric says that he can feel him a lot at night when I am sleeping.  I can't wait to meet him!  We still have a lot to do before that happens so I'm not quite anxious for that yet.  This boy has a lot of growing to do still.  Overall, things are going well and I am having a healthy pregnancy.  I am very happy about that!  I'll update again in a few weeks!   

Rockies Game

For the 4th of July, Eric and I went out to Colorado to visit my family (more about that later.)  The first night that we got there we went to a Rockies game!  I hadn't been to one in quite a few years, and Eric had never been to one so it was great for both of us.  The games that fall during the 4th always have fireworks shows afterward, so we got to enjoy a baseball game and a fireworks show.  Since it was a special game, the tickets were a little more and it was a pretty full ball park.  We didn't buy our tickets until a few days before so we were almost sitting in the very top row.  It was still fun though.  Since it isn't a Rockies game without a Rockie Dog, we all had a Rockie Dog for dinner!  The Rockies won, the fireworks were great and the company was even better.  Thanks mom and dad for taking us to a ball game! 

Oh, and I am happy to say that Eric is a full-blown Rockies fan.  He is doing a fantasy baseball league with my brother this summer, and he has the Rockies short stop, Tulowitzki, on his team, so he has been following the Rockies this season.  One day he told me that he is now a Rockies fan!  Finally, a team that Eric and I can agree on!  He even bought a Rockies shirt for the game.  Now that's a true fan!

Coors Field

Mom and Dad

Jason, my brother, and Eric

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Shout-out to Megan!

You know you have a good friend when she offers to come to your house and paint your toenails!  Two Sunday's ago my friend Megan texted me to see if I wanted to do nails and to watch a girly movie.  I, of course, said yes!  When she got there I mentioned that Eric was going to have to paint my toenails for me since bending over that like isn't exactly the most comfortable thing.  She then told me that she would do it!  Yeah, she's really nice.  Not only did she paint my toenails but she did it super cute.  If you haven't heard of crackle nails, I highly recommend that you check it out.  It's a really easy way to make your nails look awesome. Check it our here.  I had a picture of our toes to post, but somehow deleted it, and the picture isn't saved on this computer.  I'll put it up when I get a chance because I know you're all dying to see my awesome toes!  Thank you Megan!  You really are an awesome friend.

Update:  Here's the picture of our cute toes!  Isn't the crackle great?!

Craft Night

The other week one of my work friends posted this necklace on her blog.  I thought it was so cute that I wanted to make one too.  About a week later a few of us from work got together and made the necklace.  It's not very hard but it does take some time, about 2 hours, and some patience.  Below is the almost finished product (I re-braided it the next day to make the braid tighter, but you get the idea!)  You can find in progress pictures of us making them here.  If you think it's cute too, you should totally make one.  It's always fun to make something yourself.  I need to be more crafty.  Someday...

Me, Amber and Katie wearing our finished necklaces

Eric's Going to Be Such a Good Dad!

I love to watch Eric interact with little kids.  They all LOVE him.  How could they not though, he is so fun and playful?  We have two really close set of friends here who both have 2-year old boys and new baby girls.  The boys love to play with Eric, and well, it's too early to tell for the girls.  He will hold the little girls though, which is so sweet.  I can't wait for him to hold and play with our little boy.  He really is going to be the best dad. 

Playing Baseball with Lincoln and Carter on Memorial Day

Eric with Lincoln and Scarlette.  Doesn't he look good with little kids?

Holding Baby Ally when she was less than a day old.  He's a natural!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Happy first day of Summer everyone!  I sure love this time of year.  I usually want it to go as slow as possible, but this year I'm hoping for Fall to come quickly.  By the time Fall starts this year, I will be one year older and a mother!  Crazy.  I hope you all have great summers filled with many adventures!

Also, I need to give a shout of to my fantastic mother-in-law.  Today is her birthday!!  Happy Birthday Patty.  I hope you are having a wonderful day.  I wish Eric and I could be in North Carolina celebrating with you.

Monday, June 20, 2011


A week or so ago, I read on a friends blog (thanks Katie!) about how frustrating it can be to find something online that you like, but you don't really know what to do with the link.  I can totally relate!  Usually I just e-mail myself the link and then keep it in a folder in my Inbox.  Now this does work, but then I have to go through all the folders and e-mails, and it's just not very effective.  Well, thanks to Pinterest, this will no longer be an issue.

Basically what Pinterest is is a website where you can post all of your favorite links and organize them into categories, such as food, style, crafts, etc.  You can make your own categories so it's really an organizing tool for everybody!!  I had my friend Katie invite me to it, and have had fun playing around a little bit.  I haven't done much yet, but I intend on using this A LOT!!  It's pretty much awesome.  You can look at my page here (like I said, I haven't done much yet!)  If you want to be invited please leave a comment with your e-mail address.

Oh, and one great thing is that when you sign up, it links to your Facebook and you automatically start following your friends who are already on Pinterest.    It's nice to follow people because you can get great ideas from them and vice versa.

Happy Pinning!  

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Working Up a Sweat

I really enjoy working out, always have.  However, since I was about 8 weeks pregnant, I really haven't been working out.  The nausea, throwing up, tiredness, etc. made me kinda lazy.  Plus it was cold outside and after getting home from work the last thing I wanted to do was to go back out into the cold.  Well, the weather is finally warming up and I feel a lot better than I felt back then.  Eric and I have been going on walks at night, which have been really great, but I felt like I needed a little more.  Plus, we have this wellness challenge going on at work, and I have to count my steps every day.  Let's just say it's sad.  Last year during this challenge I was training for my triathlon and I killed it!  Well, I decided to change that this past Tuesday.  I was sitting at work thinking about how I want to be in shape after this little guy comes, and that the more I do now, the easier it will be then.  I was determined to go to the gym that day and use the elliptical.  I'm not really a fan of ellipticals but running on a treadmill is just out the of question.  It hurts my tummy!  I decided to run for 30 minutes to see how it goes.  The first 3 minutes were fine, and then my legs starting to get really tired.  My legs are the strongest part of me, so it was weird!  I was taking it easy because I'm short of breath these days.  Now those of you who know me pretty well, know that I'm quite competitive.  There was this girl next to me who was running so fast!  Usually I would try to match the person's speed or go a little faster.  I just had to not pay attention to her and concentrate on taking it easy and not dieing.  Well, I made it through the 30 minutes.   This is how I felt:

I was SO tired!!  I felt like I had run a marathon or something.  My legs felt like Jell-O when I got off to walk and I was SO hungry.  I made it to the car and scarfed down my snack.  I drove home, and by the time I got there I was a little shaky.  Good thing Eric was making me dinner!  Once I got more food in me I felt much better.  However, I was exhausted the rest of the night.  My body wasn't used to that much movement.  It's sad but true.  Well, my goal is to now make it to the gym 3 times a week and to continue taking my walks.  I know to never push myself too hard, but I want to get moving!!  Plus, I know that exercise is good for you while pregnant and I hear it makes birth much easier on you.  Um, why wouldn't I want to work out then?

So, I'm putting it out there for the blogging world to know.  Now I feel accountable to more than just Eric and Emily (the two people I've told)!  This means I have to stick to it!  I'll let you know how it goes.