Monday, November 25, 2013

Bump Diaries

I just realized I haven't updated my pictures in a few weeks, so here is my belly growing.....

I am currently 22 weeks and so so happy to not be feeling nauseous anymore!!!  It definitely has worked out that I am in my second trimester during my busiest time of year :)  I'm loving being able to feel the baby kick and it's getting stronger and stronger :)

We got to go to our ultrasound when I was 20 weeks.  We are not finding out the gender, but it was fun to see the baby move around. 

Monday, November 18, 2013


I forgot to post about Halloween!  Don't want to skip our cute costumes :)  Matt worked hard and created an awesome costume for me....

 Do you get it? 
 A bun in the oven, with the baker :)

I always let the kids choose their own costumes.  Alayna was a butterfly.

Ethan was a ninja.

Of course I can't leave out our annual Hallowii Small Group Dinner!

 The Odenbaugh family as Duck Dynasty characters :)

The Mercer family came as a family of puns.  Jeff is "50 Shades of Grey", Carmen is a "cereal killer",  Olivia is "black eyed peas" and Elisa is "ceiling fan".

The Kerns.... Tom Hanks from Castaway and Wilson 

The Carnes as "The Government Shutdown"

And no Oates Family this year, they were not there.

On the actual day of Halloween I took Alayna trick or treating at the retirement village.  It's cute to see the "Papa's and Grandma's", and they enjoy seeing the kids dressed up.  Alayna likes getting the extra candy!

In the evening we went to a local Harvest Carnival at Yucaipa Christian Church with the Oates.  We stayed for about 90 minutes.  It was perfect.  The kids played some games and got candy and we got them home and in bed by 8:00 because we went to Disneyland the next day for Ethan's birthday.

A first this year for our kids was actually carving pumpkins!  They thought it was fun.  We hadn't ever done that with them.  I've just let them paint pumpkins the past few years.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Ethan's 6th Birthday

Ethan woke up to a few presents from us and then we quickly got ready and headed out to Disneyland :)

Thanks to the generosity of my brother we got to spend Ethan's 6th birthday at Disneyland.  The kids hadn't been since they were free.... Ethan was 2 1/2 and Alayna a baby, so they didn't remember it at all.  My mom came along too and it was such a fun day.

Ethan cried on all but two rides.  He was scared :(  What was scary to him were dark, unexpected, loud things.  Pirates of the Carribean nearly did him in.  Poor guy kept screaming that he wanted off the ride.  Nearly all of the rides at Disneyland have some element with that!  Thankfully he didn't seem traumatized and still said he had a great day.  He loved Soaring Over California and the parade at Disneyland in the evening.  It was also PACKED on the day we went.  We only went on 8 rides in the nearly 11 hours we were there.  Honestly I guess that it worked out since by the end of the day Ethan refused to go on any more rides anyhow.   All I have are cell phone pics from the day, but that's enough :)

Cars Land at night

Thank you for your generosity Jerrod, we had a magical day that will always be remembered :)

The following afternoon we had family over for a couple of hours for cupcakes and presents.  Jerrod took Ethan out to get him his very first skateboard (which he has been asking for for nearly a year).  Jerrod was a big skateboarder.  We'll see if Ethan can learn how to master some moves :)

And with that our birthday season is over, whew.  Having all of our birthdays so close together and during my busy season is kinda crazy!  I'm glad this next baby will have a spring birthday :)