Monday, November 30, 2015

More Craftiness

Eliana has been talking about wanting a "rocking" bed for her bunny for the past few days. So, last night she and Drew sat down and made one! Yep, he's the crafty one and that's okay with me. A little cardboard, scissors, fabric and a glue gun and he's good to go. Eliana was super excited for bunny to have a proper place to be rocked to sleep last night. Way to go Daddy!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

We had a great Thanksgiving this year! I didn't get pictures from our celebration but we had an amazing lunch with about 20 of our friends, had beautiful weather and even were able to watch a recorded football game. We have been so blessed with our friends and teammates here and are just so thankful. We couldn't ask for more, except maybe to somehow be able to time travel and celebrate with everyone at the same time!

Another highlight of our Thanksgiving was receiving an amazing package from a group of ladies from a fellowship in SC. Let's just say that they spoiled us all! It was such a fun surprise and a fun blessing. Thank you ladies!

Eliana posing with the cornbread for the dressing and the pecan pie

Just a few of the treats we received in our package!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas is Here!

Eliana and I decorated the apartment a little early this year since we are going on vacation. It was the most fun we've had fun decorating as she is so dramatic and girly and every ornament she unwrapped or opened elicited a, "Look Mommy! It's so pretty!" reaction. It warmed my heart and made me smile. She also LOVES playing with her Nativity set this year. It does depict a family after all!

At one point she asked me to guess who are her favorites in the Nativity. I asked her to tell me and she said Jesus and Mary. I asked her why Jesus was her favorite and she said, "Well, God sent him to earth to die on the cross for our sins...and he's a baby and he's cute." Of course! At least she said the important stuff first!

Excited for a fun Christmas season with my girl!

Oh, and she thought it was only appropriate to decorate while wearing her "fancy" dress!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

24 Weeks

Yay! Another week down! It's been fun feeling and seeing Jadon move around. He's quite active and that just bring me so much joy! On the not so joyous side, heartburn has arrived! I'm thankful for fruit-flavored Tums! I'm up about 10 pounds now and feel it in my lower back, but other than that I'm feeling good. I'm enjoying a new pregnancy DVD I got and am going for early morning walks when it's not rainy or too cold.

Now to enjoy some delicious Thanksgiving food...with a side of Tums! :-)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Beautiful Fall Weather

The weather has been beautiful this week so on Wednesday Eliana and I took advantage of it and went to the Botanical Gardens. We enjoyed the sun, warmth, pretty leaves, peacocks, a special snack and of course playing on the exercise equipment. Life has been so busy lately we've not had many relaxing days like these so it was a special blessing.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Making June Cleaver Proud

Vacuuming in heels...that's my girl!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Our Little Performer

I know I've mentioned how much Eliana loves to perform. She was putting on shows for me at the Botanical Gardens the other day so I got a couple things on video. She is something else!

Mischief Making

Drew taught Eliana how to blow spitballs this week. Yay! Then he took it a step further and they made "monsters" to knock over with their spitballs. What a fun daddy!

23 Weeks

Well, I'm starting to feel the stretch these days. By the end of each day I just feel big, and I know I have a long way to go! Most days Jadon is quite active but some days he doesn't make himself known until the evenings and then he really gets going. Eliana think my belly is "so big!" and love giving Jadon hugs and kisses. His hearing is supposed to be more developed now so it's fun to think he's learning her voice.

Moving right along...

And for history's at 23 weeks with Eliana...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Getting Fancy

Wednesday Eliana and I had some good mommy/daughter time, which we've not had much time for lately because we've been so busy. We went out for a breakfast date and then did a couple of errands. When we got home she wanted to play her favorite pretend play game- Mommy, Daddy and Big Sister. So, we played for about an hour and she had a blast. Towards the end she looked at me and said, "Mommy, I'm so happy! I'm having so much fun!" I asked her why and she said, "Because we're playing together! It's so fun!" Trust me, I wasn't doing anything amazing but man, this girl loves her quality time. I don't even love pretend play but these reactions remind me why I do it. A small sacrifice to bring her such joy!

While we were playing Eliana decided we were going to go to a friend's house to spend the night "for 16 years." Ha! She thought we needed to tie up our scarves "fancy" on our heads for the trip. I think we looked pretty fancy, if I do say so myself!

22 Weeks

The best thing about this week has been feeling Jadon move a lot more. I feel him more often and more significantly. I've even seen my belly move once or twice. This is definitely the best part about being pregnant. So amazing!

Starting to feel big...still have a LONG way to go though! (Sorry the picture isn't great. We used my phone and the camera on it isn't nearly as good.)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Better Late Than Never

Due to how crazy October was Drew and Eliana didn't get around to carving their pumpkin until this week. At least since we live here the rules for this stuff are a lot more relaxed and Eliana doesn't really know that we were late!

Anyway, they did a great job and had a lot of fun and now Eliana has a fun source of light for her room for the next few days!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Halloween 2015

So Eliana has been thinking about her Halloween costume for months now and was so excited to finally get to wear it last weekend. She ended up adding a second phase to her costume as well and brought it to change into at the party.

Phase one...princess/fairy/queen (depended on when you asked her as to what her response was)...

Phase two..."power clothes"...apparently she was inspired by "The Incredibles" and how they had special clothes for when they were fighting the bad guys...

Yes, I let her wear both outfits exactly as she wanted and yes, it was an outside party and yes, I was glad she at least had a jacket to wear as we walked home. She is one creative girl and I just love seeing it come out. I wonder what it will be like when she is older? For now, I'm so much enjoying her imagination. She makes me smile!

I wonder what she'll come up with for next year?

19, 20 and 21 Weeks

Well, you guys know the last few weeks have been crazy busy so I'll lump them all together and say the biggest things have been finding out we have a boy (of course!), feeling Jadon move a lot more (that is so awesome!) and starting to put on some weight (I'm up about seven pounds now). Excited to be in the second half of the pregnancy! I feel so blessed!

19 weeks

20 weeks

21 weeks

Saturday, October 31, 2015

And We Have a...

Well, after an ultrasound here and one in Turkey it is confirmed that Baby E is a boy! Yay! We are excited for a little boy to join our family and learn all over again how to be parents. Eliana was quite disappointed when we first found out, as she very much wanted a baby sister and had great plans for the two of them, but I think she is doing better now and getting used to the idea. We are going to name him Jadon Andrew. One meaning of Jadon is "God has heard" and we thought that was extremely appropriate in our situation. Drew's family's tradition is for the son to have his father's name as his middle name so that's why we picked Andrew.

Jadon seems to be strong and healthy and 100% normal so we are thankful and look forward to meeting him in early- mid-March!

PS- He is extremely stubborn during ultrasounds. Both times we had to work really hard to get him to show himself!