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This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have 7 and 1 year old boys (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥ In the summer of 2016 we took another huge step and moved across the country from Oklahoma to New York! This blog is about life and everything in between



Saturday, April 28, 2012

Recent Craftings

Here is a  sneak peak of Brad's birthday shirt that I made!

 

I also have his invitations printed out and ready to color in. I will be mailing those off the first week of June. I only have one more present I want to make for him, so I will post pics of that when it is done.

Here is a home deco craft I made for a friend's wedding shower that is tomorrow. The letters didn't show up very well on the picture but it is a V with "Janice & Janson" on top. I'm thinking of making one for us to put on the mantel! I will be adding this to my craft store also.


And here is a potty pic of my little one reading a car magazine:

I have some big plans to share! Me and a girlfriend from work will be SKYDIVING together on May 6! Yes it is only a week away! I am very excited. I have wanted to do this for awhile but didn't have anyone to go with. One day I brought it up to her, and she had actually been before! She was happy to go again so we booked it as soon as we could. I can't wait!





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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pictures from the Week

Today we all ventured into the city to check out a small carnival that popped up! Brad got to ride his first pony and he loved it! We got a bite to eat nearby then spend some time at my parents' house.




Here is some gorgeous new thread that I received in the mail from online. I caught wind of a one day sale on a blog I follow and I jumped on it! Each spool (with shipping) was around $1 each!!!!
 

Last night I picked up my mom and we headed downtown for a special ballet show--The Wizard of Oz! This was my early Mother's Day present to her, and we both had an amazing time. I love the ballet and how creative they are to tell a story with only dance and music. For this ballet, the entire music score was composed and directed by the conductor there!
 

And here is a random pic of my little guy doing one of his favorite things--playing in momma's laundry basket. He sits on it and in it, he puts his cars in it, he pushes it around...maybe I should get him one for his birthday? Ha!












 Speaking of my little one, his potty training is going great! He has been accident-free for about 3 weeks now and tells us {on his own} whenever he needs to go. Even when we are outside, at the store, or at another house he lets us know. If we are away from a bathroom he holds it until we get to one. I'm so proud of my big boy!


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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Current Wants

To paint everything in one of these shades:


To have plenty of room for my own garden:


To raise my own chickens for eggs and meat:

To live close to somewhere like this:

To be able to drive a few minutes and see this:

To spend a week (or a month) here:
That is all.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Busy Life

For all my local peeps, I hope everyone made it thru these recent storms without damage. In case you haven't heard, a tornado hit today in Norman not too far from my house. Not cool! I had just gotten off of work and was heading home (fighting rush hour traffic also) when the radio cut off and said there a tornado warning in my county with a tornado on the ground. I couldn't get ahold of Nick but my mom and brother called me freaking out. By the time I got home it was all over and thankfully we didn't have any damage. Nick had jumped into survival mode and hunkered down with our little one under the stairs until the sirens went off and the worst passed!

We are supposed to have some more major storms coming tomorrow, so keep this whole area in your prayers!

In other news....I booked our summer vacation! We will be splitting a gorgeous lake cabin at Grand Lake with my dad and his girlfriend! Here is a pic:
It is a two-story cabin with a ramp to a private swimming dock. There is a deck on each level with an 8 person hot tub, grill, patio furniture, and outdoor stereo system!


It is fully furnished--all we have to bring is clothes and food! We are staying for 3 nights and 4 days at the end of June.

My last bit of "news" is of a more financial matter. I started a new IRA! In a nutshell I rolled over my 401k from OU Medical Center into a new rollover IRA which I discovered you can't really contribute out of pocket money to. So I have been on the hunt to start a new IRA that I can contribute to on my own, in addition to the rollover one that is still building mucho interest! I decided to go with T. Rowe Price after I read thru their Prospectus and IRA plans. The process was very simple, and I already knew exactly which fund I wanted my money to go into. I started it off with $1,000 and will automatically deposit $100/month after that. And it's tax deductible!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Fun

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and got to enjoy some quality family time! We spent Sunday at my mom's house for a delicious dinner and egg hunt. I tried a new technique for making hard-boiled eggs:

I baked them! (*This is not my picture, it is from the webpage) I did the same thing as shown--lined them up right on the rack and baked at 325 for 30min. They turned out great! A lot easier than getting a pot dirty, waiting for the water to boil, counting the minutes.....just throw them right into the oven and set a timer and walk away. I'm sold!

Here is little B in his Sunday best:


My brother's girlfriend brought her two kids over and Brad had fun hanging out with the big boys!

We had to do an indoor egg hunt b/c of recent rain, but the boys didn't mind! I had to get creative with hiding the eggs....


This is our 3rd week into potty-training Brad so I thought I would share our updates:

  • He now tells us when he needs to go pee. He only has an accident once every few days.
  • He wasn't telling us at all when he needed to poop--until today! He went in the potty for the first time!
  • He has started occasionally crying wolf about going potty...he likes to sit up there and play, then throw a tantrum when I take him off.
  • He still gets a gummy bear when he successfully goes potty
  • He still wears a diaper during naptime and bedtime, but sometimes wakes up with a dry one after a nap.
  • He has been on several outings with no diaper and has done very well!
I am so so proud of my little boy! I had been dreading potty-training, and was okay with putting it off until kindergarten! He took to it like a champ though. Such a proud momma!

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