Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat~

Cutest little bumblebee I have ever seen.

Beggar's Night here in Ankeny was last night on 10/30.

Avery was very excited to go for a walk in the wagon, with Daddy, and put candy in her bucket. That is how we explained trick or treating, and that is what she wanted to do. 


After asking several times if PaPa was going to be giving candy, she figured it out. My dad is on to something with giving candy to the grandkids...they always run to him first. 



I had this shirt when I was pregnant with Avery...


And I modified it slightly to go with our unborn son. Not that he couldn't rock a pink bow if need be...



Avery hooked up with the neighbor girls, her favorites, to start trick or treating. They started at our house, which was a good warm up for the trick or treating. 






She got the whole candy thing down...




And they were off. Tony took Avery in the wagon, while I stayed home to hand out the candy. We had quite the rush during the first hour, but no one during the second. Lots of left over candy...not that I am complaining!


HAPPY HALLOWEEN from CASA BOWER!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Do you see what I see?

This was me 2 days before my due date with Avery...


This is me 2 MONTHS before my due date with little man...


Tony was a 10 lb. baby...I am getting a little worried about how big I will be when little man actually comes if I am as big now, as I was when I gave birth to Avery...


State of the Pregnancy:

Heart rate at last appointment: 130

Measuring ahead 2 weeks

Weight gained: 20 lbs.

Still not decided on a name

Nursery is started, but not nearly done

Little man moves pretty consistently in the morning and right before bedtime

Less heartburn than with Avery

More back pain than with Avery

Cravings: Buffalo Wings, Candy {specifically Mike and Ikes, Hot Tamales, and Reeses}, Ice Cream

I am swelling up like a balloon...as is evident is the picture above, {I will spare you pics of my ankles at the end of a day}, but still less than I did with Avery. I swelled up so much with her, I developed Bell's Palsy for  a month.



Again, side by side, for comparison.



I feel like the next 8 weeks are going to fly by, and take forever at the same time. Lord help me...



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Avery and the Nursery

Here are a few more photos from our short trip to MN earlier this month. I had a full day of Avery time at my parents, and we made the most of it.



She told me to take her picture, and she said "cheese!". Such a little ham ball...


We also had a little girls night at my cousin's house. We were doing some home pedicures, and the kids wanted in on the action.



Dress up time!





My Super-Mom came down for a few days this past weekend to help get some work done on the nursery. 
We got a lot done, and it was a huge weight off my shoulders. We still have a lot to do, but it seems more manageable now...








It took the 2.5 of us close to 16 hours to get the drapes done. They are by no means perfect, and if we had to do it over again, we would do them a little differently. However, they look pretty damn good to us, and we hand made them with the help of little man's big sister. 




We have an arch window in the nursery, and it took me forever and a day to figure out a solution to cover it. There is no wood trim between the upper arch and the 2 lower double hung windows, therefore, no place to mount blinds, shades, or a drapery rod properly. 


I finally came up with a solution using hooks mounted to the inside of the arch, and sewing roman shade hook tape on the back of the fabric. 

I will do a full post/tutorial on them later, after we do a full nursery reveal. I googled solutions to covering an arch window, and couldn't find anything. so maybe this will help another person in the future. 

More on the nursery soon...



Friday, October 19, 2012

photo dump

I have been slacking in the blogging department lately. Work has been busy, life has been busy. We have an active toddler, a baby on the way, and Cyclone Football to watch. Priorities people!

Here are some pictures from my phone over the last few weeks. 

We went up to spend a few days with my family in Minnesota in early October. 



I talked my mom into an Ikea trip, since it had been ages since I was last there, and I wanted to get some things for the nursery, and Avery's big girl room. Avery found what she wanted too.



I loved this shelf unit. I would put 2 in our master bedroom...one on either side of the desk that holds the TV.  But alas, there was neither room in my budget, or in the car, to bring them home with me. They were really reasonably priced too. {sigh...maybe next time/trip}

I got the art I ordered for the little man's room in the mail. I also got them framed. I am very excited to start work on the nursery nothing like leaving it until 9 weeks before our scheduled c-section... Mom is coming down this weekend to help with window treatments and other sewing projects for Avery's big girl room.


As I mentioned, work has been busy. We condensed 4 model homes into 2, and what was in there needed to go. Most of it was dated, and faded. I have been slowly upgrading and updating the furniture, and accessories in each home. We needed to sell/donate the remainder of what we were not using, so we had a yard sale. It was a lot of work. I told Tony at one point to remind me of this feeling if I ever want to have a garage sale at home. Not gonna happen. 




We did really well. We started the sale open to employee's only, at a discount, and then to the general public. You would not believe how pushy some people were about buying items. Some stopped before we had finished setting up and berated us for not selling furniture to them. After the employees came through, and bought what they wanted, we really started to move items. 





The art was not a good seller. Some of the smaller pieces sold, but we still had a lot of the larger items. 






All of that work, and moving and shifting furniture required this at the end of the day.... and a heating pad on my back. Yes, I took it easy, being pregnant and all, but I still moved what I could and arranged tables, smaller items, and pictures. Being pregnant is hard y'all.



We watched the ISU football game with friends last weekend. Our friends that moved back to their hometown of Sioux Falls were back in the DSM for the weekend, and we were able to get all the kids together...and yes I mean all of these kids below...



Train tables: not just for little boys. I think Tony and Brent spent a good 2 hours building quite the track. 



I still love me some Gilmore Girls re-runs on SOAPNET. I record them to my DVR and watch them before bed. 



Our poor pup Amigo had a mass on his stomach removed. The vet wasn't sure if it was a fatty deposit, or a tumor, so they recommended that we have it removed, and checked out. We also needed to get him up to date on shots, tests, etc. 


The vet said to put a t-shirt on him so that he wouldn't mess with his wound. After I let him out to relive himself and he peed on his shirt, I had to put another one on him. I found this one from Tony's old 'Bret Michaels' Rock of Love Halloween costume... Now he looks badass...

Thankfully it was just a fatty deposit, and nothing to worry about. He is as healthy as can be. 

I will hopefully be back with updates on the little man's room after the weekend. 

Cheers to the freakin' weekend!










Friday, October 12, 2012

ABC

For you out there who will see this as adorable as we do...


I can't figure out how to turn the video...and am too lazy tired to look into it. Any hints? Leave them in the comments please. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Henry Doorly Zoo - Omaha

A few weeks ago, we went to Omaha for the weekend and visited Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. Avery loves animals, and Tony's parents invited us for a weekend away. It was a great time. 


We had adjoining hotel rooms, so Avery just ran back and forth and loved it.



The zoo was quite large, and with a toddler, we decided to do it in 2 sessions. Before and after nap. 

Zoo Map




The exhibits were incredible, and Avery could identify so many of the animals. We had so much fun!




I think we all enjoyed the orangutan exhibit the best.





There was a small petting zoo that we walked around a bit in. Avery wanted me to sit on this statue outside of it. Tony went to take our picture, and we got photo-bombed. 



Before we wrapped up the morning session, we took Avery on the Carousel. She was all about it, and even wanted her Grandma to ride with her. 






We went back to the hotel to take a break, give Avery and her Grandpa a nap, and to recharge the batteries.

Tony's dad called us when they woke up from their nap, since Tony and I had gone to get some lunch. We walked back toward the room, and we came across this scene. 


Avery and her "Epa" {Grandpa} were sharing some ice cream. It was such a sweet moment, and Avery was so proud to be eating some ice cream like a big girl. 

We headed back to the zoo to see more animals. We had decided over lunch to do the train at the zoo to maximize viewing the rest of the zoo. It was going to be too big for us to see otherwise. 




We also went to the aquarium before we left for the day. 



It was a really nice exhibit, and there was a lot of fish to look at. 



We wrapped up our visit after this. It had been a long day, and we were ready for some food. Since we were in Omaha, we headed down to the Old Market area, and found Spaghetti Works for some pasta. 


The area is really beautiful with the old buildings and culture. 




That's about it. Have any of you been to the Omaha Zoo? We actually ran into a little boy that goes to Avery's daycare and his parents, which was completely random. We both came from Ankeny on the same weekend, and then saw each other at the huge zoo. Random.