Thursday, September 29, 2011

Boy Mom

Earlier this week one of my favorite bloggers Erin from Blue Eyed Bride wrote a beautiful post about being a boy mom.  She has two little boys.  I have one big boy and I NEVER thought I would be a boy mom!  I just knew that I was going to be the Mom of two girls just like my family growing up.  Graig always thought he would have three boys just like his family growing up. 

When I was pregnant with Brock I just knew I was going to have a girl.  I had one baby shower before we found out what I was having and I told all my friends to get me girl stuff.    I was going to name our girl Abby Allison.  I was SHOCKED at the ultrasound when they told us we were having a boy.  I didn't know a thing about boys!  Graig was so thrilled he really wanted a son. 
Fast forward 14 years and I have  LOVED being a boy Mom. I have been to so many baseball and basketball games I can't even begin count them all. I watch shows about aliens and monsters with Brock because he loves them.  His two favorites are Monster Quest and Ancient Aliens we watch these two shows every week. 

Brock loves having his friends over.  We try to always have plenty of snacks on hand because 14 year old boys eat a lot!

I always go and cheer him on at his many games.  I am getting good at taking action shots. 

He is so sweet, kind and funny.  I am thankful every day that I am a boy mom and have Brock as a son!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

This and That

Last weekend we went to a farm stand and I got some pumpkins and mums for our yard for fall.  I saw some white pumpkins and I thought they were SO adorable so I got two of them for the hutch in our dining room.  I love white pumpkins!

 I am still getting fall stuff out of our attic.  This is a fall centerpiece that I've used for a couple of years on our dining room table.  This year I put it on the coffee table in our sun room.  I love that I can use this from now until Thanksgiving.  I just love fall colors!
Two festive pumpkins in our living room.  I love the turquoise/orange colors together. The candle stick is from Hobby Lobby and the green vase is from Restoration Hardware  I want to do more turquoise/orange decorations this year. 

 This is a little box that I painted with chalkboard paint.  In the background is a picture of my Mom when she was a baby. 

I got these adorable Missoni bowls from Target for my friend as a housewarming gift.  Love them!

 Moving on to running now.  This weekend is the  5k race that Sabrina and I have been training for since March.  In August we joined a running group with about 15 ladies.  I am SO glad we joined this group!  We usually run together on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 5:15 (Saturday's we usually do 6).  We call ourselves the Pack and we totally motivate and support each other -which has been a huge blessing for me.  This morning after our run we got the shirts that were going to wear to our race this weekend. I love it!  I can't wait to wear it!

On the back of the shirt we each wrote a reason why we did the race.  Mine is near the bottom and it says "for my mom"  She died of a heart attack last year at age 64.  I still can't believe she's gone.  I love my Mom SO much but I don't want to have a heart attack at an early age. My Dad also had a heart attack at an early age but  thankfully he survived and is doing well!   After my Mom  died I promised myself I would get in shape and eat better.  So training for this race was part of that promise to myself.  I know she would be proud of me!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fall Fun!

We had the best weather here this weekend!  We spent almost the whole weekend outside soaking up the beautiful sunshine.  Yesterday I took Brock and Ava and two of Ava's friends to a Cider Mill and a Pumpkin festival!  I was SO happy that both B and A were excited to go.  I know that there will come a day (probably very soon) that they won't want to do things with me.  So when they want to do things together I jump at the chance!

We started our day at the Cider Mill.  We tasted and bought many tasty fall treats including cider, donuts, apples and pumpkin bread. 

Too Cool!   I love this picture of Ava with her two friends  I am SO thankful that Ava has such sweet, caring friends!

 Brock is almost 6 feet tall!  I also have a picture of Brock in front of this same sign when he was two years old.   

Me and the girls. I always love these wooden cutouts-ha ha!

Before we left the Cider Mill we fed the ducks which was fun!

Our next stop was at the Pumpkin Festival where we met Grandma Jan. 

Look at these giant pumpkins!

I loved the color of this pumpkin. 

Here the girls are after a fun filled day outside.  I think this picture is precious!

Last night Brock went to his first  Bar Mitzvah.  I wish I would have taken his picture he looked so handsome in his polo shirt.  While Brock was at the party I took Ava to see A Dolphin Tale. It was a cute movie!

I hope you had a good weekend!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Our week!

Has been hellish, I've been sick all week :(  I'm glad it's finally the weekend so I can rest and relax and get feeling better. Last weekend before I got sick I went to a dinner for our College's athletic program.  It was a fun night!    Here are the people from our table we had a fun night and we are already making plans to go again next year. I hope Graig isn't traveling and can go with me next year. 

I have a new favorite breakfast.  The Pioneer Woman's Egg in the Hole.  They are so good!  I have made them two times this week for breakfast!

Last night we went to Target to get Ava her Halloween costume.  She wanted to be food.  She loves being food for Halloween!    Last Halloween she went as grapes and this Halloween she decided to be a Hot Dog. Her costume looks similar to this one. I think she will look so cute!   

Have a good weekend!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Craft Night!

Since Graig and Ava are out of town I decided to have my friends over for a craft night last night.  I made chicken pasta a delicious recipe that I wrote a post about here. We made wreaths and we also  started working on chalkboard trays.  The chalkboard trays take some time to dry so last night we only put the primer on them.  I hope when our chalkboard trays are done they look like these.  I love these!

Here are some pics from our fun craft night.

Look at this messy table!  We had a lot of crafts going on last night!

Me and my friend Allison.

Here are Erin and Wendy showing off their creations.  I think their wreaths turned out really cute!

My friends Sabrina and Sara were there too.  I just didn't get a picture of them.  Sabrina has the cutest burlap wreaths right now on her blog. Tonight I'm going to a dinner on campus to support our athletics department.  It should be a fun night!  Happy Saturday!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Leaving on a jet plane

Tomorrow Ava and Graig are leaving for Colorado!  Graig has a conference in Denver for work and Ava is going to spend the week with Uncle Garth and Aunt Jill.  I am SO happy that she gets to spend time with them.  Here is Ava with Garth and Jill when they visited us last fall. 

Jill and Garth are expecting their first baby in the spring so last night I went out and got them a couple of gifts.  I hope they find out what they're having because Ava and I LOVE to shop for baby clothes.

Here is Ava all packed up and ready to go! 

Tomorrow night I am having a girls craft night with my friends.  I am looking forward to it because it's been a long week! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Iphone pictures

I take most of my pictures with my iPhone.  I can't wait until the day when cell phones have cameras that are just as good as a regular digital cameras!  I thought I would do a post today with pictures from my phone.

Last week Ava and I did masks!  She thought this was so fun!

Brock Aaron before his 8th grade graduation.  I might have already posted this but I love this picture of him.  I think he looks like mini Graig in this picture!

Daisy Duke-she can be so adorable sometimes when she's not barking her head off and getting on my last nerve-ha ha!

Eliza in her new princess nightgown that we got her for her b-day.  Sabrina sent this to me from her iPhone.  I love this picture!

Ava wanted her hair curly for the flash mob last Saturday.  Poor thing her hair is SO straight it doesn't stay curly long.  She loves having her hair curly!

 My new favorite beverage (other than diet coke) is Banana Seltzer. Last time I was at the grocery store I bought 10 bottles and I  embarrassed B and A to death because I bought so many. 

I actually forgot I bought this cute stand at a garage sale a couple of weekends ago.  When I was going through my pictures I found it.  I am going to paint it and put it in Ava's room. 
 My friend Allison sent these iPhone pictures to me from the race on Saturday. Brock looks thrilled to be there and Graig is holding a sign that my friend Sabrina made for me. 

I think Tuesday's are going to be my favorite day of the week this school year because we don't have anything to do after school/work on Tuesday's.  We can just go home and relax and be together as a family! Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Our weekend in pictures

I thought I would do a post about our weekend in pictures

Yesterday Brock had a baseball game.  He pitched and he had his first ever no-hitter! 

Ava danced in a flash mob on Main Street.

I went to garage sales, lunch and to the mall with Allison and Sabrina.  I got this adorable pillow at TJMaxx.

I did a little photo shoot with Cotton and Ellie.  I like this picture but I hate how their eyes look, I can't seem to fix that.

I ran in my first ever 5k!

 Here are some girls from my running group that ran the race.    Erin our teacher is next to me in pink.  My time was 33.24. 

I decorated for fall.  Fall is my absolute favorite season to decorate for!

Tonight I'm going to a 9/11 vigil on campus.  I can't believe it's been 10 years since that terrible day. Brock was 4 when it happened and I was pregnant with Ava.  I remember watching the news that day at work.  It was so sad.  The only thing I wanted to do was go home and be with Graig and Brock and call my family.