Thursday, January 29, 2009

Drew 6 months

Drew turned 6 months yesterday. We had his doctor's appointment yesterday also, and here are his stats...

Weight: 19 lbs. --75th percentile
Length: 26 inches--50th percentile
Head: 41cm--50th percentile

Here is the 6 month chair pic...

Today, I took him to Portrait Innovations to have his first professional pictures done (I know, I am a little behind! I did have his and Trent's picture taken together with Santa, but this was his first time solo!) He did sooooooo good. He smiled literally the entire time. He was fascinated with all the lights and photography equipment. I only planned to get the $9.95 package that gives you more pictures than you could ever possibly want...but I went a little crazy and ended up spending a little more than that, and now I may have to start passing out pictures to strangers on the street because I have about 85 million pictures! Oops! :) What I love about Portrait Innovations is that you get to take your pictures with you the day you have them done. I got a CD with my order, and I chose just one of each pose and made a slide show. There were about 3 times this many that I had to choose from! Anyway, here they are!

Does he not have red hair?! I'm so excited--I just hope it stays that way!

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Okay, I've been so bad about posting monthly pictures of Drew. I've taken the pictures, I just haven't had time to blog lately! Here is Drew at 4 months (in November)...

And here he is at 5 months...

Baby boy can kind of sit up unassisted. He'll sit up for about 30 seconds to a minute by himself. But if he's excited about something, forget it because this boy kicks his legs like crazy when he's excited, and he'll fall right over! He is eating rice cereal every day and loves it. Pretty soon, we'll start him on fruits and veggies. He's ready for it.

He's pretty much on a good schedule with his naps, and he still sleeps through the night. There have been a few times he has woken up in the middle of the night and he'll fuss for a bit, but I can tell it's not because he's hungry, so if I just leave him alone, he goes back to sleep on his own. He's such a good baby. I have been trying to hit the gym really hard lately, so he goes to the Kid's Klub while I'm working out and they just LOVE him there because he never cries, and of course he's a chubby, happy baby...who doesn't love a chubby, happy baby?

Coming (very) soon...6 month pictures!! Can't believe it's already been 6 months!

Trent's birthday...finally

We had Trent's birthday party at Jump N Jungle on January 3. Jump N Jungle is one of those places that has big inflatable jumpers and slides and all kinds of fun things to climb and jump on. Trent loves to go so we decided to have his party there this year. It's a lot of money to shell out for one day, but it's totally worth it. It's so much fun, and they do everything for you. I basically had to show up with a cake and ice cream, and they did the rest. I was able to enjoy my son's birthday party with no worries! Anyway, here's a slideshow of Trent's 5th birthday.

Christmas pictures...finally

Sunday, January 4, 2009


I know I have a ton of stuff to blog about right now, but honestly, I'm just feeling too lazy to even upload pics from the camera--and there's a lot! So I'm going to blog about something that doesn't require pictures. I recently found out about this site from my childhood friend Jeremy's wife's blog. It's called E-Mealz, and basically you pay $5 a month and you sign up for whichever meal plan you want (there's a lot to choose from, and they even have plans for specific stores, like Kroger or Wal-Mart). Every week they post a meal plan for you, complete with a shopping list of things you need to buy for each meal. For example, since the plan I chose was the 7-day family meal plan (serves 4-6) for Kroger, every week I can download my meal plan and shopping list for Kroger. So far, it seems like most of the meals are stuff that we will actually eat. And if there's something that we're not interested in, the meals are made to feed 4-6 people, so we should have leftovers for a night when we don't like whatever meal is on the plan. The recipes they give you don't require a whole lot of "weird" stuff either. It's stuff that you may already have in your kitchen.

Now, if your family is anything like ours, you don't plan ahead for dinners. So when we realize we don't have anything to eat or just can't think of anything to make, we just order out, or get fast food, which I HATE doing. And it ends up costing a lot more. I just signed up for this the other day, so I'm still learning about it and figuring out if it's going to work for us. I wanted to wait until after the holidays--which by the way, for weeks that include a holiday like Christmas or Thanksgiving, they give you shortened meal plans (like for 4 days instead of 7) since you're usually eating with extended family and also have leftovers from that. Anyway, I'll stop my little commercial and let you decide for yourself if it would be worth $5 a month (they bill you $15 every 3 months). I think it's going to save us a lot of money! And since we are now living on one income, I am always looking for ways to save money! Anyway, if you're interested, click on the banner below. I also put a link to it on the margin of my blog so that after I catch up with my blogging about the holidays and this post is long gone from the top of my blog, you can still find the link!


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Trent!

Today is Trent's 5th birthday! I cannot believe that my baby boy is 5 years old! He will be starting kindergarten this year! My, how time flies. I will have pictures to post, but have not uploaded them yet. Just wanted to capture this moment for blogging purposes!

Trent is a big boy at about 45 pounds or so and about 3 1/2 feet tall. He is so smart, I can't even begin to list all of the things he knows. He may be too smart for my and Aaron's own good! The logic of a 5-year-old is sometimes astounding! Yet he is still quite irrational at some times. It's hard to balance the fact that he is a big brother and will have the responsibility of someone looking up to him and doing everything he does very soon, while still remembering that he is a little boy. He is a sweet, talkative, yet shy in certain situations, infuriating (yes, I said it!), hilariously funny, handsome, brilliant boy! The last 5 years since I became a mother have been the most rewarding years of my life, and it has been the most fun I have ever had! I love my Trent!