Tuesday night we went to the "Boo at the Zoo" event as a family and with our friends, the Dumey's! ;) We always have a great time together. Both kids were asleep when we got there, we woke Wyatt so he could enjoy the fun! Ha! There was lots to do and the Children's Zoo was open with fun stuff and even a little show. We ate dinner and walked around to see all the sights.
Last year we went to this same event at the Zoo...we looked a little different....
Can't wait to see next year's family photo!
(I can wait...It just makes me smile to think about our growing family.)
I know it's Saturday but...I am only one day late for 5 Question Friday. Oh well, fun questions this week:
1. Do you prefer cotton, silk, or flannel sheets?
~Hmm....it depends on the season. We usually just have regular sheets, I don't know what they are made of but we did get some flannel ones for Christmas last year and I love it! I am pretty sure I am going to invest in some fun "holiday flannel" ones this year. ;)
2. What time zone are you in?
3. What is your favorite part of the holiday season?
~Boy, this is a tough one. Christmas is FOR SURE my favorite time of the year. I start listening to Christmas music Oct. 1st! LOL! That could actually be my favorite day...no just kidding. I love Christmas Eve service at home...like Jackson/Cape home. I love attending it with my mom's entire side of the family. I love singing the closing "Silent Night" song by candlelight with the entire congregation. It doesn't get much better than that folks. I only get this every OTHER year because since getting married and our families living 2 hrs. apart we switch days every year so this year we will be in St.Louis on Christmas Eve.
4. What is your favorite "wintry" drink? (It doesn't have to be an "alcoholic" drink!)
~Easy question: Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks...;) I saw today McDonalds now has one, it could get dangerous.
5. In your opinion, what is the worst job in the world?
~Yikes, I haven't ever really thought about this. I think sometimes the most rewarding jobs would also be the worst job. For example: NICU nurses, they would have some of the best stories but sadly there are some not so good stories. I will leave my answer at that.
It's almost Christmas card time again and I LOVE IT!! I love it like...I get giddy and all smiley because I can't wait to create and send out our card and letter. ;) It's something I love to do so much....ok....enough "lovin it."
I have been researching so many places to do our Christmas cards and even upcoming birth announcements. :) Last January I even started our "yearly photo book" on Shutterfly. When creating the photo books there are so many different page layouts to choose from. The designs and backgrounds are great too! You can check out their photo books here....
The Christmas card selection is amazing. It's going to be so hard to choose. We are getting family pictures taken right after Thanksgiving so I don't know which layout exactly I am going to want to use but these are a few of my favorites so far:
Like I said...it's going to be really hard to choose! You can check out all the cards...here.
Lastly their birth announcements...oh....so precious. A few of my favorites:
(...and since we don't know the sex I mixed it up a bit, LOL!)
This weekend my dad and Mark's dad (and others we know) ran in a 1/2 Marathon in St.Louis. It was so fun to go and watch them cross the finish line. ;)
Mark's mom arranged family and friends of my FIL to come watch him run this half. It was his first one and he was also recently given the "cancer free" diagnosis! It was a surprise to him that anyone was even coming to watch....60 people in matching shirts came!! ;) He was so excited and appreciative.
It's not to often you get to watch both your g-pa's cross the finish line after running a half marathon....
They both did an amazing job!!!! The weather was perfect too.
October 15th - National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
Did you know that October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day? Many people aren't aware that this day has been designated a national day of remembrance for miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss.
The resolution to declare October 15 a remembrance day passed the United States House of Representatives on September 28, 2006. It was the result of tireless efforts by a group of miscarriage awareness activists led by Robyn Bear, who had six first-trimester miscarriages in the span of 1997 through 1999 before ultimately receiving a diagnosis of balanced translocation.
In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, Bear suggests on her website that grieving parents light a candle at 7 p.m. in their respective time zones to create a wave of light around the world in memory of babies lost to pregnancy and infant loss.
In addition to October 15 begin declared a remembrance day, October is also National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, thus making it an excellent time to reflect on your feelings, to do a little something to remember your baby, or to get involved in an pregnancy loss awareness or advocacy event, such as one of the many Walks to Remember around the nation, which raise money for nonprofit organizations or support research into preventing miscarriage and stillbirth.
*Last weekend we observed this day. We took the day to remember Ryder Curtis Schmitz, amount many other babies that are in Heaven. It was a tough but refreshing day. We visited Ryder and spoke lots of him to each other and Wyatt. We miss him...and we didn't even know him. We have started talking about attending a St. Louis event next year in Remembrance of Ryder.
Wyatt and I spent a few days at my parent's this. Mark went to one of the Cardinal's Playoff games and was really busy with school and clinic. We decided to hang out with Eesie and Poppie for a few days. We had a great time...especially Wyatt! He gets so spoiled while we are there...so much attention...we wouldn't want it any other way either! The afternoon we arrived my dad was mowing. Wyatt wanted to ride the tractor so bad!
The first night we were there my mom cooked chili and invited family over. Wyatt was a show-off for sure. He was a wild man! LOL! It was fun to watch him be his normal self even though we don't get to see my family as much as we would like. I am glad he feels comfortable...lucky we have "that kind of 1 yr. old."
My mom ordered the Little People manger set...there are new parts/people this year. I LOVE IT! Pretty sure Wyatt is going to need one at home too. ;) It's so cute I would probably let him play with Jesus year-round. Ha ha ha!
She had it set up in the windowsill so the lighting is a little off. ;/
We had such a great time! We also went to the Pioneer Orchard but the pictures are on my camera...so that's for another post. It was a great time but Daddy was so excited to see us when we got home!
I don't know who had more fun Wyatt or Mark and I watching Wyatt. LOL! There is a small grocery, farm animals you can feed and pet, tractor rides to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch, and much more! When we arrived we headed straight to the pumpkin patch. There are big tractors taking groups of people to the patch.
Wyatt ran all over the pumpkin patch...he didn't know what to think! He tired picking pumpkins up, kicking them, and he even kissed one! ;)
When he finally found one he could pick up...he was so proud of himself!
He's such a big boy!
After the choosing a pumpkin we got back on another tractor and headed to the apple orchards. This was Wyatt's favorite part for sure! He loves apples.
He helped Mark fill our bag to take home. Wyatt was so excited that he could eat some too! He was eating one and had one in his hand for later! ;)
Once he got one to eat...that's pretty much all he cared about.
After the pumpkins and the apples we went to pet/feed the animals. Wyatt has no fear with animals...he even tried to feed the goat rocks because we didn't get the carrots to him fast enough.
*As soon as we got to the farm I pulled at my camera to begin being camera woman ;) and it flashed "change battery pack" and shut off. AHH! So.....The pictures are taken from my phone so they can't get any bigger without getting fuzzy ;(....
Today marks 16 weeks pregnant...so far the belly looks the same as last time, like a ball stuck on my front...except I am glad I don't post pictures of my backside. Ha! Pretty sure this baby is giving me some pretty good "love handles." ;) It's all for a good cause.....LOL!
We have decided the nursery theme...last time we didn't go crazy boy overload even though we found out the sex. We have the art we will be using in the room...and a few furniture items but that's about it. Speaking of furniture...does anyone know if I can' paint a crib and if so what paint do I use that's safe?
Back to the decor...we are lucky enough to have artistic people in the family! ;)
Mark's sister painted these large canvas for us! She is so good....the plan is, after finding out sex of baby, to choose a gender specific color that's in one of the paintings and use it as an accent throughout the room! Mark and I are so excited to get painting! The countdown begins to our next ultrasound....
So yesterday was a tough day for me...some days are like that. We all have them, some are harder than others. Anyway...last night after Wyatt FINALLY fell asleep, Mark was studying so I had about 30 mins. to myself before 9:00pm I was having to prop my eyes open and I decided to just head to bed. I spent those 30 mins. wisely. I read blogs. ;) I have been trying to find a few new ones lately. Not that anyone I read bores me...lol...just to add to my list. Ha! While reading I came across this....
Rejection is God's Protection
Right now you’re probably thinking, “Wait a minute, that doesn’t sound right. How can rejection be a form of protection?” But I’m not talking about rejecting by God. The Lord will never reject you – He will always love and accept you! The rejection I’m talking about is the rejection you sometimes face in your own life. When you feel like the world is rejecting you, whether at work, in your personal life or through the loss of something important to you, that may be God’s way of protecting you.
No matter where you are, you should accept it as the place God wants you to be and trust in God’s perfect timing. Thank God that He has seen in His wisdom to answer some of your prayers in unexpected ways and to answer others in the negative, because sometimes what we thought was the best for us wasn’t the best at all.
We should thank the Lord for all of the doors that He has opened and thank Him even more for the doors that He has closed in our lives. We should learn to trust that He knows what is best for us and is in control of our destinies. We may not understand everything that is happening and we can’t know what is in store for us in the future, but if we trust in Him, we can move forward knowing that He has our best interests at heart. After all, He knows the future and understands that there may be something far greater just around the next corner for us.
When we lose a job, go through a divorce, don’t get that promotion we wanted or face any other form or rejection or disappointment, we must remember to fight our discouragement and put our faith in God. The temporary rejection is God’s protection of our future. He is protecting us from some future hurt or sorrow by putting us on the proper path in the here and now. Yes, it can be a painful and harsh path to walk, but if we walk it in faith and allow God to comfort and keep us, we will get through the rejection and we will come out stronger on the other side, ready to accept the greater gifts He has waiting for us in the future!
Relax and learn to trust God. He is on your side. Ask God for His will and not your own. Being in God’s will is the safest place you can ever be. One of the most important aspect of faith is trusting that God will know what is right for you, even when you don’t understand His reasons. When it seems like your prayers aren’t being answered, it may be that God is protecting you from danger or sorrow that you can’t see, the timing isn’t right or that God has something far better planned for you that you haven’t even thought about. Give yourself over to Him completely and realize that any rejection you suffer from is only temporary here on earth, and that God’s plan is all-encompassing and will always prevail.
Well, we had an ultrasound today...15.4 weeks....the tech tried really hard but couldn't give us a for sure answer. ;( Oh well....at this point it was music to my ears to hear and see a little heartbeat!
Being pregnant this time is way different than what I thought it would be like. Honestly I don't know what I thought it would be but maybe in my head I wanted a "make up" for last time. I have been saying I hope this is a girl because I don't think I even want to "do this again." So bad of me....I thought I always wanted a big family. Amazing how our own experiences change the way we feel...right!?!?! Well...that's not really how it works. I am constantly think about last time and being pregnant only instigates the questions about my last pregnancy and such. NOT COOL! I am trying to treat each day as new and trust the Lord with all my heart. Today knowing I had the ultrasound I was a wreak....not fun...mind over matter wasn't really working for me. When I flipped my prayer calender over for today it was this verse:
Thank you, Jesus, that you came to set us free from the past. We refuse to live bound by IT. Thank you, Father, that you have "qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light." Colossians 1:12
Pretty good timing huh? The Lord usually works that way....;) My Dr. is amazing though...he sent me home with a doppler....I can listen to the heartbeat at ANY time now. ;) Pretty sure I might send it with Mark to school each day so I don't drive myself crazy. I already plan to have Mark be the one to do it so I don't freak myself out. They use ultrasound at the clinic so he is used to it....phew!
Onto the sick baby...;( Wyatt had his first fever Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, always a tough thing on mama. (and the baby...Ha!) He was so pitiful.....I guess though it was pretty good to make it to 16 months without a fever.
(Dad holding/sleeping with a sick baby who will only sleep sitting up because the pressure in his ear)
The Dr. wanted to see him since he had a pretty bad cough and runny nose with the fever. It turned out to be a pretty bad ear infection. He slept most of yesterday and has almost made it 24 hrs. fever free. He did miss MDO and Little Gym but hopefully he will be back to himself soon. Sad but cute to watch a 16 month old wipe his own nose...LOL! Speaking of 16 months...I can't believe it!!!
I know this is fuzzy because it's from my phone but it's to cute not to share. Wyatt loves playing with his cousins....him and Cruz had a ball Sunday. They watched Wyatt while Mark and I used his dad's tickets to have a little date to the Rams game. ;) Fun huh!?!?!?
Back to Wyatt....16 months:
Weight: 22.5 lbs.
Height: 33 inches
He talks a lot but mostly his own jiberish (sp?) and he also screams a lot. It's annoying and we are working on it....he knows what he wants. We are working on "using our words" more than pointing. Wyatt is a terrible eater and a great climber. LOL! He has taken his diaper off about 5 times now...I don't really know where to go from here....so we are just putting it back on. He also isn't a big fan of sleeves or pants...or really any cloths for that matter. When I picked him up from MDO is teacher told me he took his shirt off 4 times in 4 hours. Funny kid! Wyatt loves to be outside...I don't think he would ever come inside if we didn't make him. The past 16 months have been the fastest of my life...time seems to be only moving faster...we are trying to take each day and enjoy each moment!