Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant

Almost 8 weeks
Would you think I'm an idiot if I told you I didn't know I was pregnant?  I'm not one of those weirdos from the show who go for 9 months and don't realize they're pregnant until the baby is literally hanging out of their who-ha. I don't get that ish. Did you think the baby moving was just gas? Obviously I don't know what it's like to have only one baby inside me, but I doubt it feels like gas.

Anyway, I didn't find out I was pregnant until I was 6 weeks 9 weeks. How did that happen exactly? I got pregnant on the pill for one. But here's the thing. I have a pretty flat chest so I did the thing where you would take pills continuously for three months and then stop and get your period like usual then I'd take it for another three months...you get the point. It helped my boobs get bigger temporarily. And yes that may be vain but it's the truth. So, I wasn't supposed to be getting my period anyway so I had no idea it was late.

We knew at this wedding but it was too early to tell people.
When I got pregnant, I had been doing a cleanse and eating super healthy. I was working out and was finally getting to be happy with the toning happening in my legs. The one week I started feeling really crappy (it was almost morning sickness) I thought that maybe I worked out too much and wasn't eating enough. I never actually got sick so I didn't think it was morning sickness.

Instead of waking up at 6am to work out in the morning, I was suddenly too tired. Having never been pregnant before, it still didn't click. I was gaining weight (just 1-2 pounds) but I thought maybe it was the muscle I was building. It wasn't until my boobs were even bigger than normal and a little tender that Boyfriend said, "Are you sure you're not pregnant?" I dismissed him but I started to think....I had quit taking my pills a few days before so I should have been bleeding already. I stayed up all night wondering and when he woke up (late) the next morning to go to work I high-tailed it to the store to buy a test.

I took the test at about  5:30am alone in my bathroom. Immediately the test showed a very strong, bold positive and I was overjoyed. I remember letting out the breath I hadn't realized I was holding, a big smile crept across my face and I thought, "I'm going to be a mother."


Monday, October 28, 2013

Pumpkin Patch in Pumpkin Hats

It seems like every year we don't have time to go to the Pumpkin Patch until the last weekend before Halloween. This year was no different and lucky for us - it wasn't raining!

After asking for some suggestions on facebook, and receiving multiple responses voting for Maris Farms, I checked out their website and thought it sounded so cool!

Clockwise from top left: 1) I'm not above bribing my boys with chocolate if it means they'll wear their hats. 2) Instead of a sand box, they had a corn box. It's kind of ingenious. 3) The box was kind of deep and they never quite got the hang of walking in it. They'd hold onto each other to save themselves from falling down and take their brother down with them. It was kind of hilarious. At least they weren't sticking corn kernels up their noses like another little girl was. 4&5) Why is it so impossible to get a good photo of all of them? In the first one, Bug's saying, "Smiiiiyyyyuh." Maybe I should photoshop the two photos together. I've done it before.

All day long people kept mentioning how cute their hats were. The thing I don't get though, is why people talk about them and not to us? When we were on the tractor ride (pictures 4&5) this happened:

Lady: Oh look at their cute hats.
Her teenage son: Yeah
Lady: How old do you think they are? I'd say somewhere between 2 and 3...probably closer to 3, yeah, I think they're close to 3.
Son: I donno.

I didn't butt in because she wasn't talking to us but I found the whole thing really weird - she was sitting right across from us.  

 Clockwise from left: 1) The boys didn't understand picking out pumpkins at first, after a lot of  "Which one do you want?" and "You get to take one home, show me which one." Peanut walked up to a pumpkin, made some grunting noises and said, "It's too heavy!" It's a weird, bubble little pumpkin but we took that one home. 2) Every year we put them in the wheelbarrow. Peanut's totally I'm chillin' whereas Bug kept saying, "I want out! I want down." 3) It's a miracle I got to be in a picture with both of them smiling!

We really debated about going to Maris Farms because it's 30+ minutes away and they charge admission to get in and then also charge for your pumpkins. Even though the boys had fun, I think we should have waited a year or two before coming because the biggest reason I wanted to go was so they could use the ginormous bouncy pillow and they were just a bit too young, I think. We seem to be making a tradition of going to a different pumpkin patch each year so maybe we'll try a different one next year too. Maybe I'll set a crazy goal of attending each patch within a 30mile radius before the boys grow up and move out....'cause you know at 18 we'll still be going to the pumpkin patch as a family!

What's also crazy is how much they've grown since we went to the patch last year and the year before.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Heeeey Youuuu Guuuys!!!

{Wednesday, October 9th - vacation day 6}

I'm super sentimental. It causes a lot of problems. I want to hold on to everything because of the memories it brings up or the emotions it invokes. I'm also a sucker for tradition and making memories with my children doing something that I did when I was younger. Basically that was the long way of saying I couldn't wait to go to Cannon Beach with B and the boys. 

I mean, seriously. How gorgeous is that view? 

The last time I was in Cannon Beach I was 6. I remember waking up early in the morning and driving from Seaside to Cannon Beach so we could go hunting for sand dollars. My dad and I found a ton of sand dollars, some smaller than my fingernail, and I couldn't wait to do the same with my boys (all three of them.) 

I seriously could have squealed. 

   So much of our trip was spent with Peanut's head down watching himself shuffle tracks in the sand. I'll forever remember that about him and this trip. It's so funny how the simplest things make him so happy.

We were trying to hurry and get as close to Haystack Rock as we could because we showed up at low tide. We figured we could walk the rest of the beach as the tide came in so I had to drag Peanut away from the water.

Finally making it to Haystack Rock, we asked a woman to take the first family picture we'd taken our whole trip and finally wrangled the toddlers to look at the camera when a big wave came in and got our feet wet. I'm actually quite surprised Bug is the only one reacting, I was worried she clicked the shutter when we were running away from the water. 

I had no idea you could get so close to Haystack Rock. Last time we went, we were quite a bit North of it and in The Goonies, it almost looks like it's in the middle of the ocean so I thought it was surrounded by deep water. We loved being able to check out the starfish, sea urchins, small fish and everything else hanging out in the shallow pools. 

Dad and his ducklings
Boyfriend pointed out that we should head back because it was getting closer to nap time. Of course, Peanut lagged behind because he was too busy making tracks in the sand. I was perfectly content sharing in the experience with him and taking a ton of pictures. 

We had to stop to change Peanut's diaper. I debated about whether it was a good idea to change it right there on the beach and although it wasn't ideal, I just couldn't let him walk around in it. We  headed away from the water, I found a nice sunny spot that was somewhat shielded from the wind. I laid out the mat from the diaper bag and laid him down instructing him to move as little as possible. B leaned over him and said something as he tried to block some of the wind, "It's ok, Stickers," he responded.  A look of confusion passed over our faces as B and I looked at each other. A few seconds later I let out a big laugh as I realized Sally calls McQueen "Stickers" in Cars. I just love Peanut's little personality - he's so funny and radiates happiness. 

This. This is what I remember of Peanut on our trip. Head bowed, arms flung out, halted steps as he shoves his toes in the sand. I don't ever want to forget how mesmerized he was by the sand. I've always loved the outdoors and especially the beach, but seeing the beauty of the outdoors through a child's eyes makes it all that more special.

With some hesitation, our time at Cannon Beach came to and end, but I had to get a few more photos in. How amazing would it be to live in a own with this view? I was sad that we didn't find any whole sand dollars, especially the teeny tiny ones. I was so looking forward to experiencing that with our boys. 

After a quick stop for doughnuts and a short trip to an antique store, we headed to the timeshare to put the boys down for a nap. After nap and lunch, can you guess what we did? We headed out to the beach again.

Check out Peanut's face.
We attempted to build sand castles for a while before we took a walk down the beach. We walked a long time with Peanut lagging behind again as he shuffled his feet in the sand. We were all really amused that the sand almost squeaks when you sweep your feet across it. At some times, you'd hear both B and I squeaking sand while the boys shuffled. 

We agreed on some pool time before dinner. B amused the boys by swimming from one side of the pool to the shallow end where the three of us were parked on the stairs. Bug kept commanding, "Dada, do da blue fissh," as he pointed to the water. Then he pointed again and said, "Mama, do do pink fissh." Silly kid. 

We ate dinner with this view and then enjoyed another cup of "hot chocwate." I love how much they love hot chocolate. I hope we get to drink many many cups of hot chocolate with each other over the years. Maybe that'll become our thing. 



After a little fashion show and some bedtime stories, the boys went to bed while B and I watched reality TV and I researched best places to find whole sand dollars. B suggested finding a place to get sand dollars the next day because it was our last full day in Oregon, but I thought that it might be less stressful to do it in a few years when the boys were a little older and we didn't have to worry about them stepping on jellyfish and stuff. I was disappointed I didn't find any whole sand dollars but this day was still my most favorite day on vacation.


In case you missed it:
Tuesday, October 8th -  Tillamook Cheese
Monday, October 7th - Sand Castles
Sunday, October 6th - Beach Day
Saturday, October 5th - Seaside Aquarium
Friday, October 4th - Welcome to the Goondocks

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Tillamook Air Museum & Cheese Factory

{Tuesday, October 8th - Day 5 of our Oregon vacation}

Why does Peanut look so grown?!?
 The one thing Boyfriend said he wanted to do on vacation was go to the Tillamook Air Museum. "You know, 'cause the boys would like it." ...or, he'd like it and was gonna pass it off like it was for the boys :) I won Mother-of-the-Year there (but I'll get to that in a minute.) With Tuesday being the last day of expected rain, we thought that would be the perfect day to go.

I explained we were going to see airplanes and thought nothing else of it as I finished getting my shoes on until I noticed Bug was spinning in circles saying, "I wuv Papa's house!" over and over. Bless his heart, he thought we were going to my dad's work. It was the first time I knew one of the boys had a memory because we' haven't been to my dad's hangar since Father's Day.  It's kind of cool knowing they remember stuff now...and kind of scary at the same time.  And Bug still thinks the airplanes are my dad's, it's pretty cute.

The Air Museum is housed in an old WWII blimp hangar. Having only been in my dad's airplane hangar, I had no idea what to expect but it was pretty cool. There were all kinds of awesome planes, and the boys were more concerned with the "flack tire" on an old helicopter thing. (Bottom left pic.) Once I finally tore them away from the flack tire, we headed toward the end of a line of planes so we could make our way closer to the exit doors. On the way to the end of the line, the boys found cones.

"Dada! Wook! I found cones. I found cones, Dada. Dada, I found cones. Wook! Cones!" Bug repeated without inhaling. Peanut followed right behind yelling and pointing, "Cones!"

Even when we'd made our way half way down the line- you can see how long it was in the bottom right pic - Bug was still pointing out the cones.


The first thing we did was tour The Guppy. It's a funny little plane that carried other airplanes inside it. The way it was constructed was really cool but I was constantly worried the bottom was going to fall out. I know, it's totally irrational but I can't help it.
Look at all the buttons in that thing! I would hate to be the person responsible for learning how to drive it!

Right after I took this picture, Bug fell out of the cockpit. If he wasn't my child and he didn't tumble not only out of the cockpit but also off the platform it was stationed on, I would have laughed. See? Mother of the Year. I love when people fall (as long as they're not hurt) but I rushed as quick as I could to help him. B got to him first and after a few seconds of cuddles he was ready to jump right into another cockpit.

After getting swindled by Peanut in the gift shop (when I asked him to put back the small plane he'd picked up, he said, "No fank you," so I gave in and bought it. I'm a sucker for a polite toddler, apparently) we made an impromptu stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory.

One thing you should know is I LOVE cheese. I tell people all the time I could probably give up sugar, which would be hard because I'm a sugar addict, but I don't think I could give up bread and cheese.

I don't know why I didn't expect it, but the factory was packed. There was a long line for Tillamook ice cream, the gift shop area was busy...I was surprised by the amount of cheese addicts. And I realized that maybe I take for granted that all of our stores sell Tillamook at home.


I'm sure the factory part is cool, but it was just a bunch of 40lb blocks of cheese sitting on a conveyor belt. We saw only two workers in the whole factory.

But, the cheese tasting was "Dee-wish-iss," and Bug kept trying to cut in line to go back for more. Peanut carried his toothpick of cheese around until we got in the car and then finally popped it in his mouth with an emphatic, "Mmmm!"

Before we left I picked up some Raspberry Cheesecake Fudge (I'm a sucker for cheesecake too) and Salted Caramel Fudge I wasn't too impressed at first but it was gone the next day. It ended up being pretty good....and fudge is kind of a weakness because I don't get it often. (See? Sugar addict.)

Back at the timeshare, Bug invented this game where he jumps on B causing the air to be pushed out of B making him exhale a heaving sound. 
Both boys thought it was hilarious until Bug rolled off of B and hit his cheek on the dining chair behind him. Immediately, he got a shiner on his cheek and I felt guilty the rest of the week whenever I looked at it.

 After dinner and "hot chocwate"  (I might have bribed them with hot chocolate to get them to eat) we ended the night with story time and this view:

For a day supposedly filled with rain, it sure was beautiful.

In case you missed it:
Monday, October 7th - Sand Castles
Sunday, October 6th - Beach Day
Saturday, October 5th - Seaside Aquarium
Friday, October 4th - Welcome to the Goondocks

I'm hosting a giveaway on my Instagram for a free, custom silhouette from my shop. Head over there to check it out!
And Holly's having a giveaway for $50 cash money. Dollar dollar bills  y'all!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

For Every Child On The Beach That Day Stands A Castle Tall And Proud

{Monday, October 7th - Vacation Day 4}

Knowing that Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were supposed to rain, I didn't plan a lot for those days. We spent Monday morning like we'd spent the morning two days before: at the beach playing in the sand.

I have so many photos of the boys walking hand in hand with Boyfriend. It's just the sweetest, most heart warming thing though I do worry that when they get older they'll wonder why I have so many photos of the back of them and not their faces.

It was pretty windy and stormy out, but nothing these Seattleites can't stand - we're used to a little rain...and it didn't start raining until that afternoon anyway.

We were so fortunate that we literally walked out of our room, down some stairs and to the beach. The boys nap at 11am so it makes doing anything in the morning difficult. Hanging out at the beach was the perfect way to spend our mornings.


Every sand castle we made was promptly destroyed. Peanut would dig his shovel in and Bug stomped on 'em. I guess we won't be winning any sand castle building awards any time soon.

I'm not sure if the wind was in Peanut's eyes or if he was just making faces, but this picture sure shows his personality! He's got a ton of it and thinks it's so funny to squeeze his eyes shut. He loves getting a laugh out of me when he does things like this.


When we told Peanut it was time to come in, he kept saying, "No fank you." One way we get them to do what we want is to get them to march so they were "marching in" in the bottom left picture.

The marching trick didn't last very long as Bug and Boyfriend were already up the stairs when I turned around to find Peanut scooping sand again. Again, I had to gently guide him up the stairs and back to our room...or I might have bribed him with hot chocolate. I'm not above bribing.

We'd gotten hot chocolate at the store a few days before so we thought it would be a fun time to experience (lukewarm) chocolate. Our boys only drink milk, water and homemade juice so hot chocolate was a real treat and they absolutely loved it!

 After the boys napped and were fed, we stopped by this cute antique store where I fell in love with an antique desk fan. 

As if the boys hadn't had enough sugar, we stuffed our faces with ice cream after the antique store. I got some kind of chocolate peanut butter and as Bug says, it was "Dee-wish-us!" We were sitting across from the Rockaway info center which was really a caboose "Stuck in da bushes!" and a pirate ship park.


Peanut was totally down for the park, but Bug wasn't really interested. He kind of kept his distance but I took some pretty cute pictures!


Why does Peanut look like he's five already?!
So much for not having plans that day, we decided to head home so we could sneak in some pool time before dinner. It was barely warm, but the boys loved it. I think we're going to put the boys in swimming lessons this winter.

As we opened the door to the timeshare, Peanut piped in, "It's good to be home!"

It sure is, Peanut, it sure is.

In case you missed it:

Sunday, October 6th
Saturday, October 5th
Friday, October 4th

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