Monday, June 30, 2008

Weekend Re-cap!

Friday: Andy had to work late so we didn’t do much that evening. We managed to grill some steaks and take it easy for the evening.

Saturday: I headed to Jeff to begin our baby registry. My intentions were to go to both Target and Wal-Mart. I went to Target first, because it is my favorite. I registered for quite a bit of stuff but I found myself holding back because I still needed to register at Wal-Mart. So after an hour or more of walking up and down the isle and oooo’ing and awwww’ing at Target, I drove across the road to Wal-Mart. I went back to the machine to begin the registry, after setting it up I took the confirmation to the clerk to get the scanning gun. That is when she told me that the gun was already being used and there was another couple in line waiting for it. Wait a Minute…..they only have one gun? How ignorant is that? Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the world…..and each location only has one gun? I was a little pissed off. I was not about to wait a couple of hours for it, so I said screw it and I would come back another day. I did walk back to the baby section to get a feel for what they had. Apparently they are getting ready for a remodel and there is hardly anything in stock. Strike two for Wal-Mart.

Saturday Night: Andy and I headed to 5 o’clock mass in Vienna. Afterwards we had Troy’s Baptism. He did such a good job. Beth is so creative, both the gown and blanket were personalized with his name and the date. We all then headed to John & Beth’s house for some BBQ and socializing.

Sunday: We were down at Donnie & Shanda’s all day. We started off putting their new pool up. That was an interesting process that required a lot more people than we had. I would like to see how the professionals manage to put it up. After it was all said and done, the walls were standing, the liner was in place and hose was pumping in the water. The poor well was going to be in overdrive for the next day or so.

Later that afternoon, I went fishing with Carrie, Zach & Ashley. Actually I was a bystander who helped the kids un-tangling their lines, getting them loose from the brush piles, and putting the lures & weights back on their lines.

This weekend went entirely too fast, but at least I only have a 4 day week! I have managed to get off of work this next Saturday (so I will have a 3 day weekend) even though this means I have to work the next two Saturdays. Bummer!

Congratulations Holly & Abe!

Finally after years of waiting….Abe got down on one knee and proposed to Holly! Yay!!!!!

The ring is so gorgeous!

Here’s to another Awesome Schwartze wedding/dance in Argyle! I can’t wait!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Weekend Re-Cap!

Saturday: After getting off of work, I headed home to do some cleaning. I am in complete nesting mode! I have been doing a complete spring/summer clean up. I realized when we moved that there was a bunch of boxes full of…junk! So I been going thru each and every one of them and throwing out everything that is no use to us. It is crazy how stuff piles up! I had literally kept all my notes, papers, test, reports, etc from college. Why I had kept all of this, I have no clue. It was just amazing to see all the school work I had done, and now it is all in a burn box. Tear! I have removed numerous bags and boxes full of stuff from the house. Currently everything (I kept) is neatly put in plastic tubs and labeled for easy searching. Hopefully this last!

Saturday Evening: Andy and I went on our Anniversary Date! We had a great time. We left home and headed for Columbia to eat at HuHots! I ate so much, I was absolutely miserable (in a good way)! We left there around 7pm and decided to head back to Jeff to see what was at the movie theaters. We wanted to go see the Indiana Jones movie, but of course it started 15 minutes before we got there as well as every other movie. But the movie Get Smart was starting at the very minute, so we bought our tickets hoping they were still showing the previews. And they were, so we got there just in time! This movie was really funny! Anything with Steve Carell is hilarious.

After leaving the movie, we went to Cold Stone Creamery! This place is awesome! We always get a shake called “Cake N’ Shake.” It is made with cake batter ice cream blended with chunks of yellow cake! YUMMY! It literally taste like you a licking the beater after making a cake!

All in all, it was a great evening that we spent together! Hopefully we can make this a tradition for the many anniversaries to come!

Sunday: I bummed around the house for the first part of the day. I was supposed to go to a surprise Anniversary party for my aunt and uncle (Larry and Cindy). But it had slipped my mind, and by the time I thought of it, there was no way I was going to make in time. I feel bad the more I think of it!

Later that afternoon, I headed down the hill to watch Andy dig a hole for Donnie and Shanda’s new pool. A little over a week ago Andy had purchased a used Skid-Steer. So this was his prime opportunity to tear stuff up with it. I have to admit he did a really good job, even though he has very little experience driving a skid-steer. All in all, we now have step one complete with putting up the new pool.

Kelly showed up a little later and we went on a walk. She was pushing Aubrey in her jogging stroller. I can only imagine how exhausted she was pushing her up the hills, because I was sucking air bad by the end of the trip!

We finished the evening off with a fish fry! It was a great weekend, and now I am counting down the weekdays until the next one!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Weekend Plans

Friday (Last Night): Andy didn't get home until late after working on the farm. So we didn't do much. We did take down the spare bed that is in the soon-to-be nursery and Andy put up the crib that I bought off of E-bay. It turned out really good, not bad for half the price! Here is what it looks like.
Saturday (Today): Andy and I are celebrating our second year anniversary, even though it isn't until the 24th. We don't have big plans, but we are for sure going to our favorite restaurant HuHots! We may hit a movie up also, we'll see!

Sunday: We have a surprise party to go to. I'm not going to say any details, should the wrong person read my blog!

Have a Great Weekend!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Delayed Weekend Re-Cap!

Friday: I had another doctor’s appointment at 8:30am. So I decided to leave even earlier and hit up a couple garage sales. The first one I went to was awesome. They had advertised it as, “Have a Boy/Having a Boy….must come!” I was there….and they were right! I loaded up on a boy clothes. I know I could have bought more, but I figured 5 Wal-Mart bags full was enough. I even found a nice crib mattress. Despite the pouring down rain, it was a successful trip.

I then went to my doctor’s appointment. It was a little less than ordinary, but all went well. I only gained one pound. I am still in shock. I was figuring at least 4 because of my ever-expanding belly! I don’t know if it has anything to do with my appointment being so early in the morning when I usually go in the afternoon. This was the first time they actually measured my belly/uterus. I was right on track with 23cm. (# of cm’s = # of weeks I am pregnant).

There was some concern about me having Braxton-Hicks contractions…which are when my uterus gets hard as a rock. While it doesn’t hurt, it can be uncomfortable. They say this is a way for your body to flex its muscles in preparation for the labor. They said most women don’t feel them this early in pregnancy if at all, and those who do feel them are usually on their second or third pregnancy. So with all this in mind and the frequency in which I have been having them, the doctor decided to check me to see if I was dilated. Which I wasn’t….Thank Goodness. That is the last thing I need is to be put on bed rest. So until my next appointment, I am to keep track of them. And if I have more than 4 in an hour, I need to go to the hospital. Boooo! But so far, it doesn’t seem to be an issue.

Saturday: I did some work around the house, and that evening we headed down to Brian and Carrie’s for Gavin’s 2nd Birthday party….an interesting one at that! After eating dinner, we were all randomly gathered in the kitchen and living room. Gavin was riding around on a little JD tractor when the back end got a little heavy and the front end came up on it causing him to fall off the back. When he fell back his head hit the corner of their stone fire place. Ouch! It literally put a hole in his little head. So Brian and Carrie headed to the hospital where Gavin for 4 stitches. Poor Guy!

While they were done, the rest of us guest just waited around and played games and cards until they returned sometime after 11pm. Once they returned, Gavin was ready to go. So he opened all of his presents and we even ate cake and ice cream. This will defiantly be a birthday for him to remember!

Sunday (Father’s Day): After wishing Andy a Happy Father’s Day, I gave him a card and a gift. The card was cute; it had a B&W picture of a baby sleeping on his dad’s shoulder. The gift I got him was a baby onesie that said “Daddy’s Little Buck” See Below!

Then we headed to the Osage River. I was so ready to do some floating and get a tan. We had been down there for a couple hours around the cabin before we ate. While we were eating, the storm clouds began to roll in. The wind was getting really bad so we all packed out stuff to leave. This was good timing because on our way home it started to pour down rain.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Dairy Queen Commercial!


I have watched it numerous times and can not get enough of it!

Baby Kicking!

This little man inside of me has been kicking since the 16th week, and Andy had yet to see it or feel it. So last night (while Andy was at work) I captured a couple kicks/punches with my camera for him to see. The video is 30 seconds long, but all the action happens in the first 10 seconds. He kicks after I breathe and my belly goes back down. So when you are watching, the first kick is at the middle of my belly (be sure to look at my pants and not my belly itself) and the second kick/punch is on the left side. Enjoy!
When Andy got home I showed him the video and he was pretty excited. Every time the baby had been kicking before I would call Andy over to look, and of course the baby would always play shy (this has been going on for 6 weeks). Then last night when we were going to bed, Andy finally felt him kick. I'm sure this is just the first of many more of these moments!
Sorry you are having to get up close and personal with my belly!

Baby Kicking!

Making Strawberry Jelly!

Last night I tackled canning Strawberry Jelly for the first time. Thanks to Tillie and Shanda I had an over abundance of strawberries to use. The recipe was super easy, while I have yet to test the final results they sure do look good! Here is the process!
# 1: Get lots of Strawberries (I had 2 gallons, which was way more than enough) and rinse them all off.#2: Cut off all leaves, stems and bad spots.

#3: Mash the strawberries.

#4: Pour 6 cups of strawberries with 5 cups of sugar into a large pot.

#5: Cook until it is so hot that the bubbles begin to pop.

#6: Then pour into jars and continue with your preference for sealing the jars.

Project Completed!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Weekend Plans

Tonight: We are heading to the Eagle's for a Going Away Party for Andy's cousin Amanda. There is bound to be a large family turn out. So who knows when we will make it home.

Saturday: I have to work until noon. Booo! Then I am heading out to my Uncle Larry's Lake House for our Hollis Family Fishing Day! We have these a few times a year. But at this one we are having boat races. NO remote control boats or gas boats, this is an old fashion make your own boat out of plastic bottles and sticks. I have yet to even start making my own, that may be my lunch project today! I don't even know where to start. I have been looking online for ideas, but nothing seems to be catching my eye!

Sunday: Our original plan was to go to the Osage on a float trip. But they are starting really far up the river, so far that for you to complete the float in one day, you have to run your boat down the river for a majority of the trip. I am more of a, give me a floaty and drop me off and I will float my way down. Second of all, we don't own a boat. So Andy was going to borrow his grandpa's boat, which isn't exactly "reliable" for this long of a trip. The decision is still up in the air, but it sounds as if we are not going. Which is a shame because this girl needs a serious tan!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Kiddie Garden!

The Kiddie Garden (in Rolla) is an awesome place to shop for baby stuff! It is like a huge garage sale everyday of the week! People can bring in their used/new baby clothes that may not fit their baby anymore and receive store credit for them. Then they can shop around through stuff that other people have brought in that will fit their growing child. They have everything (clothes, blankets, toys, books, swings, crib bedding, bouncy seats, maternity clothes and sooo much more). Whoever thought of this idea is a genus! Usually an infant wears an outfit once or twice (if at all) and then grows out of if. Then what do you do with it? A lot of the stuff looks brand new or even still have the tags on them and they sell them for dirt cheap.

This is one of the stores I went shopping at on Saturday. This first picture is of some of the outfits I bought there!

I bought this one at Stage

These were from JC Penney

Shanda bought this. It says "My First Tree Stand"

I think I finally fulfilled my need for baby shopping for a little while!

Betty Crocker in the House!

My energy level has surged in the last couple of weeks. To the point where I keep up with the laundry and house cleaning. The first half of the pregnancy all I wanted to do was sleep! I would come home in the afternoon and take an hour or two nap and still sleep for 8 hours through the night. I just couldn't get enough!
The last couple of nights I have targeted this energy into baking sugar cookies. I ended up making 4 dozen feet shaped cookies topped with blue icing! Check Em Out!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Rob Smith Petition!

I am sure many of you have heard the firing of Rod Smith from KRCG. I personally can't believe they honstly removed one of the main back-bones on their station. He has always been the main sports reporter. And what about Rod's Big Old Fish? What are they going to have now....Dick's Big Old Fish? Anyway...there is a petition set up online to bring Rod Smith back. There is already 2,300 signatures. Click the link to sign the petetion to bring Rod back!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Nursery Decor!

I did a little shopping on Saturday and came across a really cute Diaper Bag that I ended up buying. Which made me think that blue & brown would be a good color scheme for the baby's room.
I looked on the Internet and found a few crib sets that would work perfectly. But the more I think about it, the more I am talking myself out of it. All of these sets consist of polka dots and stripes. Something keeps telling me that I am suppose to have animals, trucks, Disney characters as apposed to these modern patterns.

My original plan was to decorate the room that would be universal for either a boy or a girl to account for any future children.

So I need some help and advice. Let me know what you think! Should I go with this idea or should I stick with more traditional? If you do like these examples, which one is your favorite?