Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nonna and Papa's house is always lots of fun!  We enjoy it for lots of reasons!  We love the seeing them both and spending time together, but we also love the cool things we can do out in the "country".  Last week, both boys enjoyed picking all of the garden goodies.  They have so much from just a few plants, that they can barely keep up with the picking!

 Easton was sad to find out that a tomato is not an apple! This was before he took a bite out of one!

 Parker, as usual, likes to play any electronic game.  He loves to get tucked away in the hammock and play, play, play!

This past weekend we spent both Friday and Saturday night out there.  It was so relaxing!  It was nice not having any set agenda!  We drank coffee on the balcony overlooking the pool, ate at Riverview for lunch, and of course went swimming.  All of those though, do not have pictures to show the fun we had. 
The pool time is always so busy.  I can't believe I haven't taken a single picture of us by the pool there! 
Below are a few other things we did!
 Steven went out for a run.  We followed behind him in the golf cart.  He was a little hard to keep up with!  Parker just had to run with him!  Isn't this such a sweet picture?
 We played a little bad-mitten.
 And a little golf.

We always have so much fun at both Grandparent's houses.  We are very lucky that the kids have the opportunity to spend so much time with both sides of the family! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ice Cream!

 So...I ordered Easton something a little less messy from Dairy Queen the other day, but he opted for my ice cream (a messy chocolate dipped cone that melted instantly) instead! The kids always steal my food!  But...any mess is worth that smile!  And...I managed to sneak in a few bites also!
 Look at that mess!  And...that sweet little face!
Parker was very satisfied with the banana split he ordered!  I am glad that little things like meeting their dad for lunch and a trip for ice cream can make them so happy!


So...We decided that it was time to update the nursery for little Brooks.  We didn't change it for Easton because everything was still so new and it didn't seem necessary.  This time though, the walls were getting dingy and scratched, the bumper was losing its form, and the room in general needed a face lift. 

I decided to go with a nautical theme without the red, white, and blue color scheme.  Marcie helped me come up with the idea of grey, yellow, and aqua.  In fact, Marcie helped me with a lot of things in this room.  Between a few fun shopping days on our vacation trip in Florida with Steven, and a very successful shopping day at Homegoods with Marcie, we had bought all that we needed!  Luckily...I hadn't found out yet that I had been laid off at work or I might not have gone through with the redesign project!

I still have a few things that need to be done, but it is coming together well!  I hope you all like it as much as we do!  But...taking pictures of a room with a cell phone is a hard thing to do!  It really does look better in person!
 The hardest thing about this room was painting those chevron stripes!  Lots of work, but I think well worth it!  And guess what...I did it all by myself...the same girl who can't hang a curtain rod level!  I think being determine to prove that I could do it helped!
 Oh and by the way...the bumper is from Pottery Barn Kids.  To all of you pregnant ladies reading this, it was well worth the money spent!  It is so thick and sturdy!  So...if you are debating on one from there and a cheaper one, go for the PB!  It, even though pricey, isn't something I regret in the least!
 This is to show you the light fixture.

 The top of the dresser...I still need to change out the picture in the frame to one of the baby once he arrives!
 Steven and I found that seashell lying on the beach in Cozumel.  I thought it added a special little touch.  I have never found a shell that nice before!

  Here is the closet! 

Well...that's all!  I can't wait to show baby Brooks his new room!  It probably isn't as comfy as my belly, but I think he will like it!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Weekend of fun!

 So...Saturday we invited ourselves out on Aunt Leigh Ann and Uncle Bob's boat.  Easton can't quit talking about boats ever since vacation!  In order to get some relief, we have been taking them to the boat dock to just look around, but it has never been fulfilling enough for any of us.  So...out on the pontoon we went! 

 The boys brought their fishing poles and had fun trying to catch a fish.

 We snacked lots!

 We swam some.  It was a little awkward for me with my big belly and a life jacket that didn't really fit because of it.  Easton and Parker were both a little timid of the lake water, too which made things even more challenging from time to time.  
I am so tired of spending time trying to rotate my pictures!  I am giving up.  It doesn't even look sideways in my album, but once I upload it to my blog, sideways it is! 
Anyways...we had lots of fun, and really enjoyed being out with the Fohrd family!  Thanks guys for letting us barge in on your boat fun!

So...here are some pictures of us at the drive-in. We saw Madagascar 3 on Friday night up in Franklin, KY. It was really cute, and the boys had lots of fun!  We will definitely do it again!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

I don't really know where or how to begin this next post.  I have so much to say and a jumbled brain is trying to put it into writing.  But...Let's start with May 18th...the week after our relaxing vacation.  Long story short, I was told on that lovely day, that my position at work was being eliminated due to down sizing.  I was, to say the least, sad to begin with, but then looking down as I wiped the tears away brought my attention to my growing belly.  I quickly realized what this meant.  No more health insurance...No more short-term-disability that I was counting on to supply 60% of my pay while out on maternity leave...No more company reimbursement of 1/2 of my $3000 deductible I had already met...and no job to come back to after baby Brooks is born.  Plus...who would hire someone who is 29 wks pregnant???  A few minutes, and a good cry later, I felt at peace with it all.  I have been lucky enough not to have ever had to face a "bigger" trial in my life, and I wanted to handle this set back with dignity and trust in God's plan for us.  None the less...it meant change...and the unknown can be hard to handle. 
I did pretty well for the first week.  Thought a lot,  calculated A LOT,  and even though I know and felt that God is in control, I prayed very little.  Which is probably why the next week was very challenging for me.  Most of you know I am not a worker bee.  I'd much rather be the Queen bee making babies and tending to the hive.  Getting ready for the hopes of being able to work at my prn (as needed) nursing job at the hospital each and every day, but then to be cancelled on 4 out of the 5 days caused a lot of stress for my already worried heart.  I kept calculating and budgeting, calculating and budgeting, over and over again.  Hoping the numbers would turn out right.  Then Sunday came. 
 We hadn't been able to go to church for a while because of our Florida and Michigan trips.  It was nice that timing had it planned for us to begin a new series on the day we were able to start back into our Sunday routine.  The series is called "White Flag".  I won't go into all of the details, but it was meant for me! 
Here are a few of the verses we reviewed.

Phillippians 4:6-7 Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks.  And God's peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety

1 Peter 5: 7 Give your worries to him, because he cares about you.

So...I am doing my best to raise my white flag and remember that I am not in control.  No matter the calculation or how the numbers pan out, we are in God's hands.  I'm trying my best now to pray! 

I may have to return to working more than my originally planned 2 days a wk.  I may have a job I hate, but I will always have a God that loves me and a family to come home to.  What else could I ever need?

 I haven't been posting onto the blog in a while.  We have done lots of fun things, but I just haven't felt happy enough to post them.  So...here are a few things we have done since my bad news.

 We played at Nana and Ada's house over memorial day. 

 I love how silly he looks in goggles!

 I don't know who was more excited about this event...Steven or Parker???  This was Parker's first time ever shooting a real gun.  It is just a BB gun, but still plenty of fun!
 We went to Anchor High Marina last week so Easton could see some boats.  They have recently redone their restaurant there.  We had a good time!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


So...we got home from Florida on a Sunday, and headed out to Michigan the Sunday after.  My cousin Demi had an open house after graduating high school, and we wanted to be a part of the celebration.  Of course, we had to miss the actual open house (bc of my work schedule), but got to at least spend some quality time with the family.  Steven had to stay back at home for work, so that meant I had to drive the 12 hr drive all by my lonesome!  Well...me and the kids of course.  I was absolutely amazed at how well the kids traveled.  I thought surely after just making a long drive to Florida that they would not be up for it again.  We made several stops along the way to ease our restless legs, but still even surprisingly made great time!  We stayed till Thursday morning.  There was a lot of fun in between! Here are just a few pictures of the boys having fun.  I was horrible about taking pictures on this trip...but here is what I have.

Riding with his cousin!

All of the Great-Great-Grand kids with Grandpa Smith!

Easton loves babies!  Good news for us, since he will
have a baby brother here in August!  He demanded to
hold little Weston!

Parker loved talking with Grandpa!  He would just
randomly go in and check on him and fill him in on his
activities for the day!
Playing with the chickens!