Friday, December 30, 2011

24 Weeks

Yesterday I hit the 24 week mark! The past week has been pretty good. Sleep is still a little harder to come by but that's to be expected. We've gotten a lot of things done in the baby's room over the past week. Andy painted the room (a very pale gray which will go with both the girl or boy bedding I've found at Pottery Barn). We moved the guest bed out, set up the crib, put in the glider/ottoman, nightstand and yesterday we picked up the dresser/changer at Suite Dreams. I also found lots of things I want to get there to accessorize the baby's room! Andy also found something he couldn't pass up...a UNI sleeper and hat for the baby while we're in the hospital (I have a feeling we'll be using that for newborn pics too!). UNI stuff is hard to come by! But so far we're just chugging right along here, getting excited for this baby!!!

I couldn't find a 24 week photo with Brady so here's the best comparison I have!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Backyard Adventures!

On Monday Andy and I were working on our storage closets (I'm on a mission: super organization!) and Brad texted Andy to see if we wanted to meet up with them at Backyard Adventures so the boys could run off some energy. Brady definitely needed it and he had a blast! He just ran and ran and ran...he shot some hoops, went down the slides and played hard with Jaxson and Holden. We'll be going back soon!!! Great way for him to get in some running during the cold winter months!

He loved the slides!

He got a boost from daddy

Working on his shot

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Christmas morning was so fun! Brady actually slept in until 7:20 (which is late for him!). I got up and put the cream cheese french toast suffle I made the night before and some bacon in the oven for our Christmas breakfast. Then we got all the Christmas lights on, got some Christmas music going and then brought Brady downstairs. He was SO excited to see that Santa came and that he ate his cookies and drank his milk (he talked about that all day long!). Then it was time for him to rip into his gifts! Santa was good to him...he got a kitchen like he wanted, a golf set, soccer ball, big truck set, more Chuggington trains, some Thomas trains, movies, clothes and even more jammies and slippers. He wanted to play with everything right away! Andy and I did stockings and I got a prenatal massage, mani/pedi, scarf and hat set, nail polish and some new earrings (he did a great job!). I got Andy an Abercrombie shirt, new tie clip, UNI shirt, new scarf, running socks and some goodies. It was a great day! We just relaxed and had some great family time. Then that evening we had a big Christmas dinner. Steve came over for dinner as he was in town and Kris was working. We made our first ever prime rib and then I made loaded mashed potatoes, stuffed mushrooms, fresh green beans with mushrooms and garlic bread. It was yummy and a learning process with the prime rib! But all was good!
Looking forward to many more years like this!

All ready for Brady!

The french toast Andy insisted I take a picture of...what did I do before Pinterest? SO many great ideas!!

Ripping in to his kitchen!

Working on his golf game!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Eve

This year we were home for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We were so excited to start our own traditions with Brady since he 'gets' Christmas a little more now. So on Christmas Eve we got ready and went to church. The service was great and Brady did pretty good for the most part. Then we got home, ate some soup I had made and then Brady opened his new pajamas (a tradition we started last year). We then all got in our jammies and drove around looking at Christmas lights. I wish I would have brought my camera as we saw some crazy displays! When we got home Brady picked out cookies for Santa and we left him some milk too. It was a great night and we look forward to many more years like this!

In his new jammies

Picking the perfect cookies

These are for Santa!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Cookies for Santa

On Saturday we made some sugar cookies and decorated them so we could leave some out for Santa. Brady was on 'sprinkle' duty and had a lot of fun! He did a great job and only made a minimal mess...ha ha!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas with Friends

Last night we got together with the Waters and the Fuhrmans for a little Christmas celebration! We had lots of different appetizers (my favorite!), the kids played, exchanged gifts and we all got to catch up after a busy fall. It was great getting everyone together and hopefully we can do it again soon!

It's unwrapping time!

Brady with his new train

Brady and Luke posing for the camera

Bryce is under there somewhere...they all wanted on his lap...just like Santa!

All 6 Kiddos!

23 Weeks

On Thursday I hit the 23-week mark. In the past couple of weeks, I've really 'popped' out! Holy moly! Oh well! Guess it's getting to that point where it's time to really show! This week I've felt pretty good! Good sleep is getting a little harder to come by but that's to be expected. We're really trying to work on Brady not being so reliant on mommy as his world is about to be turned upside down in April! He is definitely a mama' boy! A couple of weeks ago I had an OB appointment and the baby is doing great! Measuring right on target (I measured ahead the entire pregnancy with Brady) and baby's heartbeat was a strong 158 bpm. I have another appointment in 2 weeks...and we'll schedule the c-section date! Woo Hoo!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Just reading the paper

Brady and Cadence liked looking at the ads in the paper on Sunday...especially with JoAnna! They really liked pointing out which toys they wanted. :-)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Semi-Wordless Wednesday

These two were inseperable all weekend. They followed each other around, chased each other, copied each other and played all weekend long!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Family Christmas

On Saturday we headed to my aunt Jana's for the Petersen Family Christmas. It was great to see everyone. We had lots of yummy soups, sandwiches, salad and lots of treats! We always have a fun grab bag/white elephant and we always sing Christmas songs and finish with Happy Birthday for Jesus. Brady really loved the singing this year. He didn't really know the words to Silent Night or any of the other songs but that didn't stop him from singing...he had lots of fun running around and playing with all the kiddos. We also had a photographer come and take a huge group shot (over 50 of us) and then each family had their picture taken, etc. Can't wait to get them back!
Then on Sunday we had some breakfast and opened gifts. We all got super spoiled and Brady really enjoyed opening all of his gifts. He got a new bike, lots of Chuggington things, a Chuggington backpack, some clothes, a remote controlled car, and tons of other little goodies! Andy got lots of Abercrombie clothes (shirts, cologne) and some nice Express dress shirts...I got 2 new pairs of running shoes, some Under Armor sweats and some money to do some shopping! Spoiled indeed!

Brady and Thomas at the Petersen Christmas

Cadence got a vacuum!

Brady's new bike!

Cadence and her Dora kitchen

New Bike!!

Showing off his new Chuggington Backpack

Stocking Time

Monday, December 19, 2011

Table for 2

Grandma and Grandpa got the two little ones a Thomas table to sit at while they're at their house. They loved it and would eat and play at it non-stop. These two played so well together and had so much fun together. They're at such a fun age and continued to crack us all up!

Cadence had some crazy bed head on this morning!

Happy Birthday Grandpa

On Friday we headed back to my parents. Friday was my dad's birthday and we were having our Petersen family Christmases. As is usual, my dad had a basketball game but luckily it was a home game. We were able to go up to the girls game and stayed for most of the boys game. Brady loved watching the games. Lately he's been asking to watch basketball every night! He loves to watch teams shoot...he'll yell 'Shoot, shoot' and when they miss, he'll say 'shoot again' or 'Oh man'...everytime a shot was made (it didn't matter the team), he'd stand up and clap and cheer. Luckily for him grandpa took him up to the gym on Saturday morning to run around and to shoot some hoops. All he could talk about when he got back was that he got to 'shoot'...we may have a little baller on our hands!

Happy Birthday Grandpa (or as Brady calls him 'Pa')

Singing Happy Birthday

Helping 'Pa' open his gifts