Saturday, October 18, 2014

Avila Valley Barn Pumpkin Fun!

Last weekend my mom, sister, Landry and I made our annual trip to the Avila Valley Barn!
It is a tradition that we started when Landry was about 18 months old...he wasn't such a fan then...but he LOVES it now...and we always look forward to our girls' trip...plus Landry. 
So fun to think that next year we will have another girl in the group! :)


The barn always has a variety of animals that you can feed. 
My sister comes prepared...with her own food...and this is the first time Landry willingly fed the animals.


He stuck to animals that were smaller...or the same height as him. :)


Along with farm animals, they have a hay ride out to the pumpkin fields.
While we waited in line...we had a little photo opportunity.



Landry also spotted a tractor that he wanted to "drive."


He was very determined to get it moving...


but...he finally decided that it was "broken!" :)


My little pumpkin!


Our attempt at a "selfie" on the hay ride!



The minute we got off of the hayride...and the first pumpkin that he saw...he decided it was "the perfect one!"


And then there was another "perfect one!"


And another...well...maybe not. :)


He wanted to search the entire field...even though he already had "the perfect one."


He got a bit "upset" when we wouldn't follow him any farther.


So...he decided to take a seat...


and play the drums!


When we were done with the hay ride someone wanted to be "King of the World!"


Handsome and me...plus Baby Girl!


Auntie K.K., Landry, and me


We got some more pumpkins...plus a pie...and an apple turn-over...before we headed in to San Luis Obispo for lunch. As always...it was a great day trip! Here's a quick look back at how much Handsome has grown!

October 2011

October 2012

October 2013...finally a smile!

And this year!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Baby Bump: 18 weeks


Fruit comparison: Not a fruit...but apparently the baby is the size of a bell pepper now.
Boy or girl: It is a...GIRL!!!!!!!!
Yes, we are SUPER excited to be welcoming a little girl into our family. 
We are pretty amazed at how excited everyone else is for us, too. :)
Sick or fabulous: Still not really fabulous...but there has certainly been a drop in the number of random gag moments. The latest ailment is that this sweet little girl must find my bladder to be super comfy because she is sitting right on it 90% of the time. Nothing like feeling like you are ALWAYS about to pee your pants.
Weight gain: Just over 5 pounds...right around 7 pounds on most days.
Cravings: This is one thing that is the same as my last pregnancy...sweets! I currently have brownies, an ollalieberry pie, apple turnover, and cinnamon roll cake in my kitchen. Ha!
Looking forward to: Deciding on a name for this sweet girl. We have a couple in mind but haven't decided on one yet...and it is kind of driving me crazy.
Other updates: I have been feeling Little Girl move and kick for about two weeks now. At first I wasn't really sure it was her...but it is. Chad and Landry have both been able to feel her kick. Landry thinks it is the coolest thing ever and is constantly asking if he can feel his baby sister. So, he spends a lot of his night laying with me, hand on my belly, waiting to feel her kick. :)
Landry's thoughts: To say that he is excited about having a baby sister is an understatement! Many of you might know that he has been asking for a little sister for about a year and a half. He has been set on the idea that the baby was a girl. We took him with us to the ultra-sound appointment and this was our conversation in the car on the way there:
Me: "What do you think, Bubs...still think the baby is a girl? Or do you think it is a boy?"
Landry: "It is a girl."
Me: "Well...we could find out today that it is a boy."
Landry: "Well, we are just going to tell the doctor that we want a girl."
Me: "Well...it doesn't exactly work that way. We don't get to choose. Wouldn't you still be happy to have a brother?"
Landry: "No."

Needless to say...it is a good thing it is a girl...otherwise we would have one upset little boy. :)
Here is our little girl!


***I want to share that I stole the idea of this list from a blog that I have fallen in love with...
Little Baby Garvin at littlebabygarvin.blogspot.com
She did this with both of her pregnancies and I loved that she had a quick little list of fun things to look back at...not to mention her adorable chalk board designs. :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Baby Bump: 15 weeks

Here we are...15 weeks along!


Fruit comparison: Supposedly the baby is about the size of an apple this week.
Boy or girl: Still unknown...hopefully we will know in a few weeks :)
Sick or fabulous: Well...I'm not sure that I will ever feel "fabulous" this time around. Thankfully I am getting most of my energy back. It hasn't helped that I have spent about 30 hours over the past two weeks at school events/activities. But I feel that we are turning a corner. As far as nausea goes...not sure that will ever go away either. I know that I could be WAY worse...however...I am getting really tired of the random gagging. Anything and everything can bring it on...yay.
Weight gain: almost 5 pounds. People have been VERY kind saying, "You barely look pregnant"...I am not feeling the same way. Don't get me wrong...I love rubbing my belly...but in comparison to last time...I am feeling "large and in charge" for being this early on. As a result...I am pretty much living in maxi skirts. :)
Cravings: Anything and everything. Today...it was spinach dip from Save Mart and root beer. Yes, I did stop by Save Mart on the way home and grabbed some of both. :) Overall it has been baked goods, again. Although...a few weeks ago there was a night that I did actually eat a bowl of ice cream and followed it up with a few sweet pickles. Yum...I know.
Looking forward to: My next OB appointment in two weeks when they will schedule our ultrasound to find out if this baby is a boy or girl. :) Also...I'm not going to lie...with this heat, tailgates, and a wedding coming up...I am really looking forward to when I can have a nice, cold, adult beverage again.
Landry's thoughts: He is still super excited about being a big brother. He is also sticking to his belief that he is having a little sister. He likes to remind me that my belly is getting really big and that the baby "just keeps growing." He is very concerned at the moment that we don't have any baby food at the house for the baby. He is quite worried that the baby is going to be born and won't have any food to eat...because he ate it all when he was a baby. :)

***I want to share that I stole the idea of this list from a blog that I have fallen in love with...
Little Baby Garvin at littlebabygarvin.blogspot.com
She did this with both of her pregnancies and I loved that she had a quick little list of fun things to look back at...not to mention her adorable chalk board designs. :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Baby Bump #2

So, if you follow me on Facebook then you know that we shared some exciting news a few weeks ago!

Yup, we are going to be a family of FOUR!!!
Baby is due March 11...but a c-section will probably be scheduled for the week before.

We are all very excited and can't wait to meet the newest member of the family...
but I think the person that might be the most excited is Landry. 
To say that he is thrilled is an understatement! He has been asking for a baby for at least a year now. 
One day he even came up to me, lifted my shirt, pointed to my belly and told me, 
"Mommy...I just want a baby in that belly."
Here is a video I took when we told Landry...not gonna lie...it melts my heart! :)


On Friday we had our first ultrasound and got to take a peek at our little one. 
The ultrasound tech joked that the baby loved the camera. Here it is, facing the camera, waving at us. :)



This pregnancy has definitely been a lot different than the first one. I have been a lot more nauseous and just not feeling so swell. The last week has been much better...thankfully! The nights have been the hardest and when I feel the worst. For the first 8 weeks or so the thought of making dinner, eating dinner, and any kind of meat or chicken would just about do me in. I pretty much survived on carbs and dairy...good thing I'm not on a gluten-free or paleo diet. ;) The past week or so has been much better...and the past two days I have been craving bbq. Who wants to get some ribs? :)

Another thing that has been different is that I am showing MUCH sooner than last time. 
I am 10 weeks along and already have a little bump. 
Proud Big Brother had to get in the picture!


In looking back at my blog posts from my last pregnancy I realized that I didn't take nearly as many belly pics as I thought. So, my goal is to take more this time...you've been warned. :)


Then he wanted to take his own "belly shot!"


I mentioned a little bit about how proud Landry is. I know that he is going to be the best big brother. He talks to the baby all the time and is always telling us things that he can do now that he is a big brother. ;) He is pretty set on the idea that the baby is a girl and asks when his baby sister is going to be born. We keep trying to tell him that the baby could be a boy. He likes to correct us and tell us that it is going to be a girl. 
So fingers crossed. ;)

Cayucos Getaway!

At the end of the school year a group of families in my classroom all chipped in together and gave me a gift that was truly unbelievable...to the point that when they gave it to me...and I opened it...I almost said a bad word in front of 28 second graders. I was so stunned and touched beyond words! 
They had given me a gift certificate to my favorite little get away in Cayucos...

                                 
(picture from Google!)

On the Beach Bed and Breakfast!
Not only was it way beyond generous...but it showed that they had listened and paid attention when I talked about my favorite places to visit. :)

I discovered this place about two years ago through a Living Social deal and have loved it ever since. They have the most beautiful rooms, complimentary wine/beer and appetizers in the afternoons, homemade desserts in the evening, and a breakfast that is beyond words.

Chad and I enjoyed a quick trip here in March...thanks to Chad's parents and Aunt Judy and Uncle Todd...so I couldn't wait to go back. Landry was super excited to go to the beach...and even more so to stay in a hotel. Silly boy LOVES hotels!


After we checked in he immediately found a shell on our patio...can you tell how happy he was? :) Friday afternoon we hung out in the room, enjoyed the gorgeous weather, walked around Cayucos, and had dinner at Duckie's...a yummy, casual restaurant right across the street from the hotel.

(picture from Google!)

Saturday morning I could hardly wait for breakfast to be served...and once again they didn't disappoint! We enjoyed some freshly made french toast, roasted potatoes, and thick bacon. They also had a beautiful fresh fruit salad with all kinds of berries, pineapple, oranges, and the tiniest grapes I have ever seen.


After breakfast we headed to the beach!


We couldn't have asked for better weather! It was clear, sunny, warm, light breeze, and all around fantastic. My mom and dad...and Ernie, their maltese...met us there. We spent the afternoon relaxing, playing in the sand, and watching the dolphins play in the ocean. Yes, dolphins...they were right off the shore and it was so cool to watch them play.



Chad and I had both heard about a delicious little fish taco shop...
(picture from Google!)

Ruddell's Smokehouse...and they didn't disappoint. Chad got us an assortment of tacos...salmon, albacore, and ahi...all of them were delicious. If you are in Cayucos...you gotta stop there!

After our fun in the sun we headed back to our rooms, cleaned up a bit, and headed into Morro Bay.

First stop...
(picture from Google!)

the Morro Bay Aquarium...which might be the most depressing aquarium...and the cheapest...in the world. If you have never been, I kind of think it is a "must-do" because you will not find another place like it. It is small, has a souvenir shop in the front, and the oldest, most depressing fish tanks. Why go? First, it is only $2 to get in...second, they have the most entertaining seals...that you can feed!


There is always one very loud, very entertaining seal that do will do tricks and whatever else it takes to get some food. They are so fun to watch...and did I mention loud?


Landry wasn't quite sure about it at first...do you see that he is as far away as he can possibly get. :)


He quickly warmed up. Here is his impression of the flounder!


We had fun walking around Morro Bay and checking out the shops, taking silly pictures, and enjoyed a great dinner on the water at Rose's.




We came back to our hotel...enjoyed some delicious homemade brownies...you can see someone was a big fan...and quickly fell asleep.

My favorite quote of the trip was Saturday night, we were in bed, eating brownies, Landry was talking about who knows what, and Chad very calmly turns to me and asks, "Has he stopped talking all day?"
Ha! Welcome to my summer....never ending talking...and to think that at one point I was concerned that he was never going to talk. ;)

The next morning we woke up to...you guessed it...another delicious breakfast. This time it was "build your own" omelettes!

Sadly we had to pack up our stuff, check out, and say good-bye to Cayucos. :(

Nothing like a "mother-son selfie" to show that you had a good time.




Just for fun...here is a pic of us the last time we took Landry to Cayucos...2 years ago.

Before heading home we spent some time in Cambria and checked out the elephant seals north of San Simeon. It was a wonderful weekend away...at one of my favorite places...and a great final hoorah before the school year starts.