Thursday, November 29, 2012

13 Weeks (3 months!) & Thanksgiving

13 Weeks
-Went to a Atlanta Hawks game
-Went to Coca-Cola factory
-Hung out with Grandma&Grandpa Yoast
for Thanksgiving
-Black Friday shopping
-Rolling over a lot (from front to back)
-Picked out our first real Christmas tree (can't beat the smell)

We had an exciting week over here in Georgia.  Brian's parents came down for the holiday and we had a great time. We had a non-traditional dinner (enchiladas), because Brian loves making that for Thanksgiving dinner. Carol, Amelia, and I braved the crowds for some black Friday shopping.  We actually went out around 11am to avoid the crazies.  It ended up being pretty crowded but we got some great stuff.  I basically got a Christmas wardrobe from baby Gap, so cute! We also got all stocked up with holiday decorations.  We still can not even begin to decorate this whole house but we'll have to add on every year I guess.  

Amelia and I did her 3 month photo-shoot in our favorite/festive pajamas.  She looks so cute in her Thanksgiving getup (courtesy of Aunt Katie).  The last picture is her rolling over, she gets so intense about it.  She must get that from Brian. 

We also hit up the Coca-cola factory this weekend.  We LOVED it! I had no idea, but there is a room FULL of fountain drinks from around the world.  It was a blast tasting everything.  I found that I enjoyed the flavors from Asia but not so much Africa.  I would recommend going to anyone.  Such a fun family day.  Until later when the amount of sugar really hit hard, I felt sick :( But it gave us a good laugh. 

meeting the creepy coke polar bear

after we watched the coke video, she was into it

the tasting room

all decorated for the holidays

Lastly I wanted to throw in a picture of Goose and Amelia.  They are becoming fast friends. She loves watching him and he loves testing me to see how close he can get.  After this I think he snuck in a lick on her little hand.  He is big so I never leave them alone together but he is becoming really protective over her.  He was even trying to give her his toy here. So sweet :)

I'll get some pictures of our holiday decor when we are finished. Loving decorating the house!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

12 Weeks/Fireplace Makeover

can you believe that smile!

12 Weeks
-10lbs 14oz & 23in
-2 month shots (yikes)
-Slept 12 hours (only one night though)

I can not get enough of her smile in that 12 week picture! I almost dropped the camera trying to take it because I got so excited:) I am glad I could finally capture a really good smile.  

We went to the Dr last week for her 2 month checkup and shots.  I am a little late on this appointment but its tough moving so many times to keep everything on track.  The new Dr was very nice but I am getting a little tired of having to wait for over an hour with a 2 month old.  Not easy and I wish the Dr's would consider this.  She did really well even with all the waiting.  She is just the tiniest little thing.  She still fits into some newborn clothes! When the Dr said she was only 10lbs14oz I was really surprised. I knew she was small but some babies are born that big.  She is barely in the 10th percentile.  This week however she upped her eating to 6x a day instead of 5 so maybe she'll really get to growing now.  She did also have one night that she slept 12 hours.  I was shocked when I looked at the clock and realized it was already 7:30am. I was so proud, but it was short lived.  Since that one blissful night it is back to 8ish hours.  Hopefully we'll get back up there.  

Here is a sweet pic of Amelia in a hat that Kelly made for her.  So cute! 

We have finished one project in the house so far! We painted the trim and the fireplace mantel in the family room.  We LOVE it! The room looked so dark and dreary with all the dark wood so we brightened it up with some white paint! It was tedious and not fun but so worth it.  Here is a little before and after. 


Well Happy Thanksgiving Eve everyone. I hope you have a wonderful Holiday. We are celebrating Thanksgiving Eve by heading to a Atlanta Hawks game :) 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Our Home: The Before Shots

As per request I am finally putting up some pictures of the house. Amelia took an extra long nap which allowed me to snap some quick pictures and put them up. We are so happy that we were able to find a house so quickly and can not wait to get our hands dirty.  A little disclaimer: we bought the house because it needed a little TLC, we have no furniture, and we are still not unpacked.  Enjoy!

Looking up at the front door from the bottom
of the stairs.

The view from the top
of the porch steps.

Our porch swing and front door. (Please ignore my reflection and the additional
ten pounds that are also in that reflection :)

Looking straight into the house are the stairs and a hallway. The stairs
go to all 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (1 master).

If you turn to the right when you come in
you'll see our formal dining room. We clearly don't 
have a dining room table yet but we are on the hunt. Or we may
 possibly DIY one.  

If you go to the left when you come in the door you will see the office/piano room. It is supposed to be a 
formal living room, but we are clearly not formal people. Excuse the mess, this was our 
moving in dumping ground. We did inherit the piano with the 
move which Hoss (Brian) is thrilled about. He and Amelia play almost everyday.

If you go down the hall and turn left you will run into the family room. The fireplace is huge 
but this room is a little small.  As you can see from the beautiful blue tape we
plan on doing a lot of painting in here. The door in the picture leads to the back deck/yard.

One of our first projects is going to be painting the trim and the mantle.

The half bath downstairs. Clearly a little outdated.  

The kitchen: It is pretty big and open with a nice space for
our little table.  We have a lot of plans for here.  We are gonna start with
paint and go from there.  While I do want
to redo the kitchen eventually I like the cozy country feel.
Goose had to sneak in the picture

If you look in the kitchen there is a door next to the fridge. The door
leads down to the basement.  It is actually a finished partial basement.  The door on
the right in front of Goose leads to the garage. 

Hoss works from home on Wednesdays so his makeshift office is 
down here right now.  This is mostly because I yell at
him because his voice is so loud
he constantly wakes up Amelia. haha.  So 
basically I banished him to the basement.  

Our laundry room! Our first time not having
to use a laundromat.  We were so excited it was
our first big house purchase. No more quarters (although I find 
myself still hoarding them).

Upstairs we have 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  I only included pictures of the master because the other room are just either full of boxes or nothing at all. The master is pretty big, well bigger than anything we have had. The best part is obviously the closet! I didnt' think I would be able to fill it up but I find a way :)

The door from the kitchen leads out to a screened porch. I can't wait
to get some good use out of this during the summertime.

Backyard shots. Pretty big backyard, a little hilly. 

Back view of the house.

We have a looooong list of plans for the house.  Since the entire interior is painted the awesome color of weird off white/yellow we plan to start there.  We also clearly needing some major
furniture and decor.  Exiting stuff to look forward to!

I threw in a darling picture of Bubba (my nickname for her). 

11 Weeks & Leaving Baby with Daddy

someone is looking a little chunky :)

11 Weeks
-sleeping 10-11 hours at night
-laughed for the first time :)
-shopping at costco, lowes, home
depot, & estate sale!
-went to church in new ward
-spent an evening alone with daddy

I've got to tell you I really got lucky with this little baby.  I do work hard on keeping a schedule but she makes it easy for me.  I feel that she has made the transition into being a parent much easier on us.  We are constantly laughing all the time at how funny this little girl is. Here is a little photo shoot of her little personality that comes out more and more everyday.

She blows a lot of bubbles when she tries to talk and is a drool monster these days.  I am constantly having to change my shirts because they are covered in drool.  Too funny! (also kinda gross haha)

On to the next order of business, let call this 
"Leaving Baby with Daddy: Episode 1"

 A couple of nights ago I was invited out with some ladies from church.  We weren't meeting until 8:00 so I was going to feed Amelia and then Brian would just put her to bed.  She goes to bed at night really easy and usually doesn't fuss so I wasn't worried.  However, this was the first time I was leaving Amelia for more than an hour so I was a little nervous.  Well after I left she went right to bed and Brian said all went smooth with the exception of one little diaper blowout.  He said while it was gross it only got on his arm so it was no big deal.  We went to bed and had no reason to worry, right? Wrong!

 The next morning when I got up I was sitting on the couch nursing Amelia and I kept smelling poop.  I checked her diaper, checked my clothes and couldn't find anything.  I figured she must just have gas.  After about an hour I put her down for her nap and sat back down on the couch.  I could still smell poop! Now I was getting mad, "Does my house just perpetually smell like baby feces?!" Well that's when I realized my leg/butt felt a little wet.  That's odd.  I stood up and realized I had baby poop all over my back/butt.  WHAT! I went upstairs and checked Amelia again, nothing! Where did this come from?  I went back to the couch, I still didn't see anything.  Then I parted the couch cushions like the great poop sea and there it was in between the cushions! Apparently the blowout from the night before had been a little bigger than Brian realized and it had somehow gone down in between the cushions not leaving its disgusting trace on the top. So gross! Now I can't really blame Brian because I know he would have never left it had he actually realized what happened.  This does make a good story though.  After two trips through the washing machine the cushions are none the wiser and I am relieved that my house does not in fact smell like baby poop.  

Stay tuned for the next episode :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

10 Weeks/First Halloween

she is such a wiggler, I can barely get
her to sit still for these

10 Weeks
-Celebrated Halloween
-Moved into first home!
-Sleeping 10 hours at night
-Sitting in and loving her bumbo chair

We had so many reasons to celebrate this last week.  First, the giants won the series! Yay! It was hard to watch because the games were on really late here but we loved it! The second thing to celebrate was Amelia's first Halloween! We had a great time passing out candy to TONS of kids.  My aunt and uncle live in a popular trick or treating neighborhood. I had a blast though because I've never had trick or treaters! We ended up running out of candy and having to hand out fruit snacks.  Amelia dressed up as a witch for the occasion.  We didn't go all out for her costume this year because we have been soooo busy so we just did a basic outfit with a hat.  She looked adorable!

I think the outfit is from Kohls, courtesy of Yia-yia.  The hat is of course also from Yia-yia and I believe she got it from Etsy.  It is a knit witches hat with a purple ribbon.  We had to stuff it with paper to keep it up but she just looked so cute. Also her orange and black socks are of course from Vans. 

Well the last and probably most exciting reason to celebrate is the buying of our first home! We closed on Halloween Day (spooky??) and moved in this last weekend.  We are in love and can't wait to start all the projects.  The house is great and move in ready but it is a little outdated and could use some refreshing.  We'll probably start with paint and then move up to some bigger projects.  Here is a shot of the outside and soon I'll get some inside shots taken. 

Love the front porch.  It looks pretty big in this picture but it's not huge.  Its the perfect size for us to grow into.  It has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage, and a partial basement.  Lots of stairs! I can't wait to share all the fun stuff we are gonna do in the house! Oh and Goose loves it too (but he is a dog and he pretty much loves everything)

Last but not least a picture of Amelia is her bumbo. She loves sitting in it.  Well I usually get that look but she likes that she can look around at things.  I am aware that these were recalled this year, but I promise I am being safe and she stays on the floor or I am right next to her.  

ps.  Here is my political plug (disclaimer: I am an independent voter).  I am not thrilled that Obama is in for another four years.  I was really hopeful four years ago when he was elected and I have been disappointed.  I think he is a good person but not much more than a celebrity.  I think we could have used someone with a little more vision and a little more background in economics.  I will continue to try and be hopeful that he will do a good job as I am someone who respects the office of President no matter who is in it. Anyway, I just wanted to get that in there.  Happy Wednesday!