Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Makin' Progress!

My mom was here for a few days with us while Clay and Julie were both out of town.  Thanks to her help, we made a bunch of progress in both Connor's and Levi's rooms!  The only think I really have left to do in Connor's room is to get him some new blinds.  We currently moved the blackout curtains from him old room to his new one until I settle on something to get for his new room.  In Levi's room, we got out all the baby clothes, fixed up his bed, stocked the changing table (I forgot how TINY newborn diapers are!!) and hung up his name!  I love his new rocking chair and his new blanket from Deb looks beautiful on it.

Levi's Room...(I hope he doesn't mind hand me downs...it starts with the room!)

He did get his own rocking chair and new blanket, though!!

Closer up view of the blanket from Deb.

Connor's BIG BOY room...he love love loves it!

Slightly different view...you can see that the airplane is going to Texas.  Yes, I am that much of a dork!

Last view.  I made the lamp on his dresser...I am quite pleased how it turned out!  I am not usually so crafty...

Another way we are making progress...Connor got great reports both from school today (no tears!) and from Church this weekend.  He is learning to cope with separation and that we'll come back for him.  He loves playing with his friends, too.  This is so much a relief for his Mama...I always hated leaving him upset!  Fingers crossed it keeps up!

On a totally unrelated topic...my hair.  I had short hair for several years before Connor was born.  I grew it out and chopped it to donate to Locks of Love and pretty much kept it short (although usually not as short as the first haircut!)  Anyway, after Connor was born, my evening/weekend time was so precious that I only have gotten it cut a handful of times.  On top of that...Connor is addicted to my hair.  It's his blankie. He plays with his when he is going to sleep or needs comfort.  That and his thumb!  So...do I cut it or no? Will this be terrible timing to take away Connor's comfort tool just before Levi is born?  Or, would it be better to do it now and he'll get over it before his brother gets here?  Oh, I might add that my hubby likes it shorter.  I know I need to cut it some...so, do I just get a big trim (i.e. a couple of inches off), go just below the shoulders or shorter like it was when I was pregnant with Connor:



Thoughts?!



Jenni

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Not exactly soup weather...

It's not really soup weather here yet (not even close today!), but I saw this recipe recently and wanted to try it, so that's what we had tonight.  I really enjoyed it, just as I have enjoyed every other recipe I have tried from this site!

{Note:  I skipped the pureeing the beans step.  She does that to help her picky kiddo eat the beans...I figured Connor would actually prefer the whole beans}


Pasta Fagioli (Pasta and Beans)




This is a great tasting, thick, hearty Italian soup, that is rich in fiber and nutritious. Great to make on a cold weeknight because it's super quick and easy to prepare. I like pureeing the beans to get my picky kid to eat this, but if you prefer your beans whole, you can skip that step. Leftovers can be frozen. Serve this with a piece of Italian bread on the side and top with your favorite grated cheese. For an extra special treat, top this with a slice of melted Alpine Lace Swiss, delicious! Vegetarians can use vegetable broth instead.

Pasta Fagioli (Pasta and Beans)
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes 
Servings: 5 large bowls • Serving Size: about 2 cups • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 254.5 • Fat: 3.4 g • Protein: 10.3 g • Carb: 47.5 g • Fiber: 6.8 g 

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 15 oz can cannellini beans
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 (14 oz each) cans fat free chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarians)
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 oz) dry Ditalini pasta or other small pasta
  • Grated Parmigiano or Romano (optional)
In a deep pot, saute onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat.

Blend the can of beans with one can water in electric blender until almost smooth.

Add blended beans to pan then add the can of tomato sauce, celery, carrots, chicken broth, basil, bay leaf, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Add 1 cup water and bring to slow boil. Let simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Add pasta and cook uncovered until pasta is al dente, according to pasta directions.

Ladle soup into bowls and top with grated cheese (extra pts).

Jenni

Thursday, September 22, 2011

10 years

The 10 year anniversary of September 11 came and went.  9/11/01 was a day that changed our lives.  I tried to write about it on the anniversary, but I never could find the words to give the day justice.  Today is another 10 year anniversary...10 years since the fabulous tribute 5 students at Texas A&M were able to pull together in a matter of a few days.  An entire stadium coordinated to support our Nation.  I was in blue...and you bet I wore my shirt on 9/11 this year like I do every year.

Source information is annotated on the image itself. Image by Glen Johnson from www.aggieathletics.com
(found here)

Jenni

Monday, September 19, 2011

34 weeks

I was looking back at my blog for a picture of when I was 34 weeks with Connor for a comparison, and I found a fun little summary of my pregnancy.  It's funny to read because whenever people ask about this pregnancy I always think "It's just like last time."  Well, this summary that I wrote back then, I could have easily written tonight:

Since this is as much of a journal for me as it is to let others know what is going on in my life, I thought I would write a little more about what I feel during my pregnancy. (I hear you forget a lot about it once the little one comes along!) So, here it goes...I haven't really had many cravings, but I do eat peanut butter and drink ovaltine almost every day. (check!) I went through a phase where chicken (usually one of my favorite foods) grossed me out. (This hasn't been as bad this time...) I am better about eating that now, but I still don't like to handle it raw. I am still exercising at 34 weeks...running (if you can call it that...def more of a jog!) if I can go in the morning when it is cooler or walking if it is later in the day.  (check!) I honestly feel the best when I am out running! (check - I literally told Clay this the other day!)  My upper back gets sore from sitting at a desk all day. (check!  I think I told someone this the other day, too...was that you Holly?!)  I miss sleeping on my back and belly, but the body pillow is great. (check!)  It is harder to get up from the couch these days! (check!)  I LOVE the feeling of Connor (Levi) moving around and I am easily entertained watching my belly move. (check!)  


Well, there you go...me pregnant at 34 weeks in a nutshell.  Chasing a toddler does add an additional element to being tired and awkward, but it's not too bad!  (c:  Here is a side by side comparison of me at 34 weeks last time vs. this time.  My belly looks a bit bigger this go around!



Connor showing us where Levi is....

And a random pic of the little guy "running fast" while listening to the iPod (Jerry Jeff of course!)







Jenni

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gig 'Em Aggies!

Not sure how this whole Big XII / SEC thing will turn out, but either way, Connor loves to say "GIG EM AGGIES" all the time now!  Here is is tonight before bed running around while Daddy played the guitar. He had been nakey, but we put on his big boy underwear so I could take / post a video!  He seriously ran around like this for 20 minutes and would have kept going if we would have let him.  It was bath time, though!




Jenni

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First Day of School!

{This post is probably way too many details about Connor's first day of school...it's more for my memory than anything!}

Well...we survived!  I can't say it was done without tears on my or Connor's part, but we both made it through.  Clay told his boss that there was "Emotional distress at his house today:  he had a son starting pre-school and a very pregnant wife!"  I think he summed it up well!  (c:

Anyway, I thought it would be easiest on Connor to ride to school with Cooper.  So, we hitched a ride with Julie and Cooper.  Connor was all excited getting ready.  He loved putting his backpack on and sitting on the steps to take some pictures.  As soon as Julie's garage door opened, he dashed across the street (we need to work on checking for cars before running into the street!) and climbed right in.  He looked pretty cute running with his backpack on. I know, I am biased.  Cooper walked in holding Connor's hand...what a sweet little friend my boy is blessed with.  We met Sophie in the lobby and Connor literally ran into class!  We put his backpack down and he immediately started playing.  I stuck around for a few minutes while he played with trains and started coloring.  At one point, a classmate started to get upset that her mommy was leaving.  Connor looked at me and asked if I was going to work. When I said yes, he started to get sad.  I knew I needed to leave sooner than later at that point or else I would lose it!  So, I hugged him, kissed him and told him I'd be back later.  I made it to the door without crying, but the tears started as soon as I got into the hall!  I can't stand to see my baby sad.  I KNOW school is good for him and am confidant he will love it, but he just doesn't do well with change/separation.  I just pray that any sadness is short lived.

Thankfully Julie was there waiting on me and was able to help distract me on the way home!  (c:  Before I knew it, it was time to head back to pick him up!  Thankfully no phone calls were received from the school saying he was out of control or anything.  I was, of course, the first one waiting for pick up!  He was not crying when I picked him up, so that is good.  I could tell, though, that he had been crying some while I was gone.  The director told me he had a bit of a rough time, but was doing better.  I asked him what he did at school and his response was "I cried at school."  At least he's honest.  Julie also told me later that Cooper was upset because he saw Connor crying on the playground and wanted to go make him happy.  How sweet is that?!

Ok, after detail overload, here is picture overload...

My little man posing for his first day of school pic!  (Side note...look how swollen his left leg is from a fire ant bite!  Crazy!)



Connor loves this kid...well, all of those boys for that matter!

Finally got Connor to look at the camera!

How cute are they?!

Running with his backpack on...this was hilarious!


Getting in the car like a big boy!

With Sophie...happy they are in the same class!  They were born 10 days apart and have known each other since then!

Playing with trains right away.  His classroom is Cooper's old classroom, so he knows right where to go!

His sweet teacher!  He told me this weekend that he wanted to give Mrs. Nancy a hug!


He looks so big here...this was shortly before he realized I wasn't staying at school with him!!

Overall, it was a good day and will hopefully get better each time!  I am curious to see how he will react when they take Cooper to school tomorrow!

Jenni

Monday, September 5, 2011

A big week!


Connor has/is having a BIG week. Started off Saturday night with moving into his BIG BOY room with his new bed and everything.  We moved some toys in there a couple of weeks ago, so he has been playing in there for a while.  This weekend, I started telling him that this was his new room, etc.  He even told Daddy one time on Saturday "Daddy come in my room!" when we were in there.  {Knock on wood} so far, things have gone great.  He went right to bed like normal Saturday evening and slept to his usual (albeit early) time.  He did wake up once during the night and he called out a couple of times, but was back to sleep within 2-3 minutes.  Hopefully he keeps this up...I am thankful for a very smooth transition!  

Tomorrow is his next big day...first day of school!!  We went to meet his teachers last week and he did great!  (Mama embarrassed herself at parent orientation the night before with tears...I blamed pregnancy hormones...ha!)  Anyway, he had fun playing and even gave Miss Nancy and Miss Amy a hug before we left.  Fingers crossed for a good experience with this.  Church has been a struggle for a couple of weeks, so I am super nervous, but he did better this weekend, so I am hopeful.  Plus, I think going 2 times a week might help him get used to it quicker?!  I took the morning off so I could drop him off and pick him up...fingers crossed for no tears for both of us!  

Practicing with his backpack!

Waiting for Miss Julie and Cooper...with some bed head remnants!

There they are!

My little "helper" at lunch...yes, his sleeve is wet from the water we were supposed to be using to make mac and cheese.  It wasn't hot yet!

Before church...

After church getting ready to take a "nappy poo"

There was def some fake snoring...

The night before his first day of school...wants to be freshly shaven for his big day!





Jenni