Saturday, February 28, 2009

Random Picture Challenge

4 little men and girly twins is hosting another random picture challenge this week. My picture is from my 11th picture folder and it's the 11th picture. This is from July 2008. It's our second "family" picture after Layne was born. It was taken in the NICU about an hour after he was born. He had to go to the NICU because he was not breathing when he was born. They revived him very quickly and he was fine but he ended up staying in the NICU for a total of 5 days because they wanted to observe him. I had been crying right before this picture was taken because I was so upset seeing Layne hooked up to all of his wires. Looking at Layne today one wouldn't be able to tell that he even stayed in the NICU at all! Go on over to 4 little men and girly twins for more Random Picture Challenge!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Childrens Hospital

This past weekend there was an open house at the new Children's Hospital in town. My Mom, Layne and I went to the open house to see it and let me tell you it was amazing!! They did such a good job designing it. The Children's Hospital is connected to the main hospital which is nice but it looks nothing like a hospital inside!! There is gorgeous artwork everywhere and they have thought of even the littlest of details to make a sick child and their family feel comfortable. Check out this site for more information on it.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Worldless Wednesday

Best and Worst Dressed at the Oscars 2009

I love watching award shows. My favorite part is seeing all the gorgeous dresses. I didn't have the oppurtunity to see the other award shows so far this year but made a point to watch the Oscars. Here's my favorites and not so favorites in Oscar Fashions this year.

I absolutely loved Kate Winslet's dress. My absolute favorite at the Oscars this year. Altelier Yves Saint Laurent by Stefano Pilati designed this dress. So gorgeous!!!! O and I loved her acceptance speech!! Too funny!

I'm in love with Penelope Cruz's dress!! So pretty!! She looks amazing in it! The dress is vintage Pierre Balmain. ( I think it would look gorgeous as a wedding dress!!)

I absolutely HATED Beyonce's dress. I'm not a fan of mermaid style dresses at all. This one is exceptionally horrible!! I have know clue who designed this dress but the color combo is just hideous!!

I think Jessica Biel is a very pretty girl but NOT in this dress. The dress was designed by Prada and looks like she wrapped herself in a huge napkin or table cloth. So not flattering on her or anyone for that matter!!

I thought Hugh Jackman did such a good job hosting the Oscars. The opening act her performed was hilarious!! I thought Joaquin Phoenix was being downright weird while presenting an award. But he was being real bizarre on Letterman a couple of weeks ago so it's no surprise.

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Mediterranean Experience

This past Friday we went out to eat with my parents, Grandma, and Uncle Bob. We ate at a Mediterranean restaurant called Sanaa's. My Grandma and Uncle wanted us to try authentic food that they had eaten over in Isreal when they went last November. To my surprise the food wasn't actually that bad. I loved the pitas, rice and spicy chicken!! We had a nice dinner except for the news we found out from my Uncle ( however he did NOT tell us this directly!!) They are planning another trip overseas again in the fall and this time it's to EGYPT!! I'm not happy about this at all. Grandma will be 82 by then and she is already having problems remembering things. But we all know that it does no good to voice our opinions to my Uncle because he just gets outrage at us!! Hopefully something will change his mind so he DOESN'T drag my grandma overseas again!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Gettin' Crafty

Lately I've been really into making things. Yesterday I went to Hobby Lobby and got stuff to make stepping stones for the landscaping. I also went to Mill End (fabric store) and get some cheap decorator fabric that I made into a baby sling. ( I will post pictures later!) That was so much fun that I'm on a hunt for more craft projects to do. I found this website that has a ton of different crafts on it. On that site I found several projects that I'm hoping to try in the near future.

I'm in love with this cardigan and it looks so easy to make. Check out this site for step by step instructions.
I'm going to make this tie for Layne for Easter. I think it's just adorable!!
I think Layne would just love playing with these blocks. I'm definitely going to make these for him.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

25 Random Things About Me

1. I love to shop. ( One could say I'm a shopaholic.)
2. I love my son to death and would love to have two more kids close in age.
3. I took dance for 10 years. (ballet,tap,and jazz)
4. I love to travel but don't get to very often. (Hopefully some day I will get to travel more!)
5. I love animals especially dogs. ( Matt and I had 4 dogs right up until Layne was born!)
6. When I was little I wanted to be a fashion designer or personal shopper.
7. I'm deathly afraid of bridges.
8. I've always looked up to my Grandma. She is an amazing lady!
9. I have a tattoo and want another one.
10. I love old cars. ( Someday I will own a 1976 Chevy Corvette Stingray.)
11. I love to watch movies. ( My all time favorite is Son in Law.)
12. Someday I WILL drive a combine through a corn field while John Denver's Thank God I'm a Country Boy is playin in the background. (My Favorite Part of Son in Law!!)
13. I love to take pictures. (I've taken over 900 pictures of Layne since he was born.)
14. I've been to Disney World 4 times.
15. My favorite animal besides dogs are sting rays.
16. I HATE lake water with a passion.
17. I'm an only child.
18. I'm a very picky eater. ( I will NOT eat eggs, olives, mushrooms, tuna, salmon, raisins, etc)
19. I love to cook. I hate to bake.
20. I love watermelon flavored things but hate watermelon.
21. I'm obsessed with Aerosmith and ACDC.
22. Someday I will live on an acreage.
23. I own over 20 purses and won't get rid of any of them!
24. In July Matt and I will have been together for 6 years and married for 2 years.
25. I played the piano for 10 years and wish I owned a piano now so I could play.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Snooping out the Window

Layne loves being around people and has to know what ANYONE around him is doing. If he hears a loud noise from outside, he WANTS to know what it is. It doesn't surprise me that his favorite new past time at my parents house is looking out their big front window. He shuffled back and forth holding onto the window for about 5 minutes looking at everything outside. I wish we had a big window like that at our house but oh well.
Busy looking outside
I'm such a big boy!

Play Time

Yesterday Layne and I were playing with blocks at daycare during naptime (Thats why there's a little boy sleeping on the floor in some of the pictures.) He just LOVES blocks!! I had to take some pictures of him because he gets so into building towers and knocking them down that it cracks me up.

Posing for the camera!
Building with blocks

I spelt his name with the blocks.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lover Of Legos

Legos is a favorite pastime at daycare with our kids. Layne is in love with playing with legos as well. He loves banging them together to make noise and has master pulling them apart. He almost has it figured out how to put them together as well. It's hilarious to watch him play with the legos because he gets so serious when trying to pull them apart. I foresee many more lego playing days in my future!! ( That doesn't bother me one bit though...I like playing with the legos too :) )

Yay Legos!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wordless Wednesday- Lovely Rose From My Parents

Rockin' Makes Me Happy

My parents recently got out some of my toys that I had when I was little. ( Along with some of my dad's toys as well.) Layne is absolutely obsessed with my little rocking chair that I had when I was little. He loves to rock himself in it.
He is just so darn cute and funny! We are going to get grandpa's rocking horse out for a spin as soon as we fix the handle that broke on it.

Yay for Yummy Cake!!!

Last week I thought I would try my hand at baking a cake. I'm not very good at baking so I really wasn't sure how it would turn out. However it was so GOOD!! The frosting was really yummy! I made it into a heart especially for Valentine's Day. I'm going to have to try this baking thing more often!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day

I had an amazing Valentine's Day. Matt seriously surprised me this year!! Our plan for the night was supposed to be me cooking dinner and then we were going to rent a movie on On Demand. However our plans changed. I made a pasta dish for supper which was extremely good. When Matt got home, he surprised me with a beautiful diamond journey necklace. ( I was in shock because he hadn't bought me any jewelry since we got engaged back in 2005!) He then said that we had to go over to my parents house because Layne had something to give me as well. After dinner, we went over to my parents house ( they were watching Layne for the night). Matt gave Layne a little silver box to give to me. I opened it up and he had gotten me diamond journey earrings!! They are gorgeous!! After we left my parents house we went into Sioux Falls to go to a movie and get ice cream at my favorite place, Cold Stone!!. The movie we went to see was Taken which was so amazing!! It's a must see!

Menu Plan Monday

It's been awhile since I have posted one of these. It's been extremely busy around here hopefully it will start to slow down here soon! Here is our menu plan for the week:
Tuesday- Mexican Beef Stew and Grilled Cheese
Wednesday- Cheesy Nacho Pasta
Thursday-Crockpot French Dips and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Friday- Crockpot Chili

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Random Picture Challenge

It's Saturday again and 4 Little Men is hosting another Random Picture Challenge!! This weeks challenge is: 13th folder, 3rd picture or January 2007 folder, 3rd Picture.
This is from my 13th folder which is December 2006. Matt and I went bowling with Leah and a few other people. It was so much fun!! (Matt is highly intoxicated in this picture. He doesn't normally have that facial expression!) I loved when my hair was that color...Maybe I should dye it that color again?!?

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Happy Valentine's Day!! Layne wanted to show everyone his cute Valentine's Crown that he "helped" make at daycare.

Recent Happenings

Life has been crazy busy the past week for us. Matt and I both have been working a lot this past week. We also spent the whole week working on getting Matt a different vehicle. His Blazer (pictured below) turned into the biggest pile of shit on the planet this past week. It wouldn't idol and wouldn't stay running if you took your foot of the gas pedal. I knew when we got the Blazer that it was going to be a piece of shit. I used to have a Oldsmobile Bravada and after about 2 months of owning it everything went wrong on it. So we went to Jerry's in Lennox to look for a different vehicle. At first we found a Trailblazer that I really liked but were unable to get it because the bank wouldn't finance as much as what Jerry's was selling it for. So instead we got a truck which Matt is extremely excited about!!

Piece of Shit Blazer that I absolutely hated!!
2005 GMC Sierra

Birthday Party

Last Sunday we were invited to one of Matt's friends son's 2nd birthday party. It was a pool party at one of the hotels in Sioux Falls. I bought Layne a swim suit so that Matt could take him into the pool for his very first swim. Let's just say that it didn't turn out how I was hoping. We didn't get into the pool till after 7 pm (which is Layne's bedtime) so he was really crabby and absolutely HATED the water. I know the next time we take him swimming it's not going to be that late for him!

Layne loved looking at himself in this thing.
Such a big boy!

Not happy at all!

What a Ham!

Earlier this week, Matt walked in to check on Layne while he was sleeping and found Layne sleeping like this:
He is such a hoot!! I think that he looks like he is sunbathing in this picture. Layne is such a goofy sleeper. He also likes to sleep like this.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Random Picture Challenge

It's time for another Random Picture Challenge. This week's challenge: 10th Picture Folder- 5th picture from the end.
This is one of our many professional wedding pictures taking on our wedding day (7-7-07). Our wedding was on one of the hottest days during the summer of 2007. The temperature was around 105 degrees!! The heat did not ruin our beautiful wedding day though. The ceremony took place at one of the local college's chapel. My parents had both attended that school and was one of the biggest reasons I chose to have the ceremony there besides the fact that the chapel is gorgeous! Our reception was at the El Riad Shrine. It was a beautiful day and one that I won't forget anytime soon! Check out more Random Picture Challenges at 4 Little Men!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Layne's 6 month Pictures

Over the weekend, I took Layne to get his 6 month pictures taken. They turned out awesome. I absolutely love the last one.

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, February 2, 2009

Look Out World, I'm Coming!!

Layne has been working really hard on crawling the past few weeks. This past weekend he managed to crawl a foot!! I'm extremely excited about the fact that he is almost crawling. The only downside is that when he does accomplish this I will be chasing him all over!!

Layne's First Haircut!

Yesterday Layne got his first haircut. We drove over to Larchwood to see Leah and have her cut our hair. Layne did such a good job. He didn't cry and held pretty still for the most part. He loved watching himself in the mirror and chewing on the cape.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

My Poor Baby

Layne has had a cough for the past week. It got really bad on Friday as he was coughing up snot. I called his doctor and they told me to bring him in. They did the RSV test on him because his doctor was almost positive that he had that. The test came back negative. His doctor ordered a chest xray on him to run out pneumonia. ( I freaked out when he said that Layne could possibly have pneumonia!) His xray came back normal and he was diagnosed with viral bronchitis. He's on abuteral nebs and a steriod. He is doing alot better than he was on Friday. Hopefully he will be completely better soon!

I've Been Tagged...

Kacey over at Chronicles of a Mommy tagged me to do this. Here's the rules:

1- Choose the 4th file on my computer with the 4th picture.
2-Explain the 4th picture that is in that folder.
3-Tag 4 people to do the same 4-no cheating (cropping, editing, etc.)

Last year for Valentine's Day, I bought Matt and I tickets to see Ron White in Mankato, MN. ( If you couldn't tell, He's obsessed with Ron White. That's why our lab is named Tater (Tater Salad)). Besides going to Ron White we drove over to New Ulm where they have the August Schell Brewery. We took a tour of the Brewery and Matt had samples of all the different beers while I drank 1919 Root Beer. ( I was 5 months pregnant at the time.) The only real reason we know about this brewery is because of my dad. ( He grow up in a small town nearby New Ulm.) We had an awesome time and hope to go back there again sometime. Maybe then I can enjoy more than just root beer. ( The root beer was AMAZING though!!)

(Matt standing by the Schell sign.)

I haven't decided on who i'm going to tag yet just because I'm new at this thing and I haven't done one before. I'll update when I've decided who I've tagged.