Friday, December 31, 2010

Fun with Food

Oh the things you can do with some basic food and creativity!  Well... I can't really take all the credit for it - most of the things I do are ideas from magazines and websites.  That said, check out our recent fun with food.

Wednesday night we had a great time celebrating Christmas with Grandma Great.  John and I got a BEAUTIFUL mirror to put above our mantel - can't wait to post pics after it's hung.  And Aaron got a neat farm set that he LOVES and a motorized muddin Jeep that daddy drives for him!  We had appetizers and desserts to eat that night.  Here was a dessert I found online that turned out great!

Reindeer Cupcakes

The next morning I was tired and a little lazy so I didn't move the chairs or high chair that were in the living room.  Instead, I let Aaron eat breakfast at his new table.  So cute - but a little distracting so we may not be doing this again for a while.  He just wanted to play with the farm set.

And finally, today for lunch, I made Aaron's PB&J sandwich out of cookie cutters that Nanny gave us.  Who said cookie cutters were just for cookies?!  Aaron loved it!  

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

Well it's that time of year again.  I'm not sure I made resolutions last  year.  Or if I did I can't remember them - must not have been that important!  Most of the time it's usually weight or health related.  Lame.  When will I ever just love my body the way it is?  Oh yeah, when I'm 145 lbs and running marathons and biking across whole states. 

I digress.  Anyhow, this year I have 3 resolutions and yes one of them is health and weight related but deal with it.  That's just who I am!

1)  To start and follow through on some sort of devotional routine.  I don't want this to become something I do because I have to and if it gets to that point then I will stop.  But I would like to devote some of my time to digging back into the Word again.  I would love to do something everyday but that seems too impractical and stressful to try to keep up with.  I don't mean to make is sound like a chore but you get the picture.  It would be awesome if John and I could do a devotional together.

2)  Rejoin Weight Watchers and saddle up on my bike after Ethan arrives.  This was always in the plan.  Afterall, I never quite made my goal but 55lbs was pretty good!  I don't have a specific amount that I am looking to lose but that 145 mark is my lifetime goal with weight watchers and it would be fabulous to hit that in 2011.  I intend to log 1500 miles this year on my bike even if I have to drag two kiddos with me!  We have a carrier and a trailer so it can be done!  Might need the g-parents to watch the boys a few times while John and I take a nice long ride.  Oh yeah, and I will become a certified Zumba instructor this spring.  It's paid for already - just need to do it!

3)  Enjoy every moment.  When things get tight money wise or stressful with raising multiple kids, I will stop and remember how lucky and blessed I am and thank God for all that I have.

For the Record

This year, as you all know, John and I had a great time riding our bikes.  I logged just about every ride I took from leisure rides to training for BAK and BAK itself.  All together I logged just over 1000 miles for the year.  My first ride was in February and the last was in September.  (It became increasingly hard to ride while pregnant and with a child strapped on the back.)  One of my resolutions for 2011 is to up the mileage to 1500.  This may be difficult considering we probably won't be doing BAK again this year with a small baby who needs nursed every 3 hours!  But I think it's doable - especially since I know what is possible now!  For record keeping purposes... this is 2010 at a glance.

Distance (mi)
Avg Speed (mi/h)
Ride Count
Totals by Category


Totals by Bike

All Cycling

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Spoiled Silly

What a night!!!  John took me out on the town as part of my Christmas gift.  I am truly a lucky (and spoiled) lady!  We went to the mall first to hit up the Pandora store where I got to sit at a counter while a sales lady catered to me and showed me tons of different charms.  John told me to pick as many as I wanted.  I originally wanted one for our wedding, one for Aaron, and one for Ethan.  Since we don't know if Ethan will be a February or March baby (I'm due Feb 25th) I couldn't decide on one for him yet but 2 charms looked silly on that big chain.  Sooooo  I got to pick a different one.  I decided it was important to include a charm symbolizing my faith in Jesus Christ since he made everything else possible in the first place.  So I picked the Faith, Hope, and Love charm which had a cross, a heart, and an anchor on it.  I also picked a wedding bell to symbolize John and I, and a mother of pearl heart design charm to symbolize Aaron as he was born in June and his birthstone is pearl.  I have the February or March one picked out already but we'll hold off until after Ethan is born.  It looks gorgeous!!  And I've already gotten compliments on it!  Thank you honey for such a wonderful Christmas gift! 

Then it was off to dinner.  John wanted to make it a special night so we went to Ruth's Chris on the plaza for a steak dinner.  It was FABULOUS!!  If you haven't eaten there before and are looking for a fantastic steak with equally wonderful service, this is the place.  My steak melted in my mouth - which is hard to do when I like my steak cooked medium well but it was deliciously tender!  Ethan approved and kicked throughout much of the meal.  I wonder if he was as happy about beef as I was or if he simply was running out of room.  Could have been either since I killed the whole thing.  No dinner leftovers for me.  I ate all 11 beautiful fillet ounces and reveled in the sizzling butter it was served on.  It's true, everything really is better with butter!  Dessert was great too but I only lasted for two bites and boxed the rest.... breakfast!! Haha!  All in all, it was a GREAT night.  Thank you honey - you are the best!!!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Visiting, Baking, and Playing

The day after Christmas is always so much fun because you get to use and play with all your cool new things.  John played around with his new CB radio, Aaron was in little kid bliss with all of his new toys, and I spent most of the day in the kitchen with my new Kitchen Aid noodle adapter and other fun kitchen items.  We had made- from-scratch waffles for breakfast.  Then John's best friend Brian was in town so we had him over for lunch today and it was so great to sit and chat with him.  I made cake for dessert after lunch!  Then for dinner we had homemade spaghetti made from scratch and formed with my noodle maker!  Oh and homemade focaccia bread and Caesar salad.  Baking might just be the end of me!  The noodles were so delicious - I'm not sure I want to go back to store bought!

It's been a great past few days and I'm spent!  John had to work tonight but he's off the rest of this week until New Year's Eve.  I'm looking forward to a very special date night soon. : )  John bought me a Pandora necklace for Christmas!!!  I am so excited!  If you are unfamiliar with Pandora it is a very nice jewelry company that specializes in charm necklaces and bracelets.  They have a distinct style and look and are a little on the pricey side but VERY durable which I like so little ones can't just pull them off your neck and break them.  Sooooo, he's taking me out on a special dinner date and then to the Pandora store in Oak Park Mall to choose a few charms.  I'm thinking one to symbolize our marriage, one for Aaron, and one for baby Ethan.  I can't wait to add to it little by little throughout our life together.  By the time I'm 90 I'll have a lifetime of memories to think back on.  Wouldn't it be cool if he took me on a special date every time I get a new charm? Hmmm... maybe we should start a new tradition... Hahaha!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas Part 2

Part 2 - The Farnsworth Side

On Christmas Eve we packed up from Nanny and Papa's and headed over to Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Farnsworth's house for the annual extended family get together.  Most everyone was there with the exception of Uncle Mike and Aunt Jan who were unable to make it this year, and Cousin Brian, who is over in Iraq right now.  We all missed them very much.  Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Jim brought a life sized picture board of Brian so he could still be with us and appear in photos! HA!  It was hilarious!  We had a great time with the gift exchange and once again, Aaron got some neat stuff to play with and a new adorable outfit.  Thank you everyone for the great gifts, good food, and time spent together.

Then we headed to Grandma and Granddad's and opened up some new Christmas jammies.  We were all pretty tired so we headed to bed fairly early with anticipation for the next morning.  Christmas morning was great!  We had our traditional biscuits and gravy breakfast followed by hours of opening gifts and just spending time together.  We open things one at a time so everyone can see what we got each other so it makes the process go longer and it's fun to see what everyone gets.  I don't know which is better, the anticipation of watching someone open the gift you got them, or getting one yourself!  We all went a little overboard and got some pretty awesome gifts!  Again, I know I'll forget stuff if I start listing it out so I won't. Thank you so much for everything!!!  All I can say is we are just so truly blessed!  We spent the rest of the afternoon lounging and then had a wonderful turkey dinner complete with all the fixings later that evening.  I was still in my PJ's when we finally went home at 6:30!  Thanks again for the wonderful gifts, the food, and the company!!  We love you!

A Very Merry Christmas! (Part 1)

I feel like I'm backing up on the blog posts but there is just so much to write about!!! 

Christmas Celebration Part 1 - The Thies Side

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve morning party at Chelsee's house.  The table was beautifully set with cute Christmas dishes as we grazed around a huge spread of breakfast food including Egg Bake (Breakfast casserole), biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, cinnamon rolls, chocolate covered strawberries, orange juice spritzers and coffee.  We drew names this year which worked out great and we had fun opening each others gifts and stockings.  Then we also had a gift exchange that we brought a gift for as well and played the white elephant game.

Aaron got lots of neat toys, some books, and even some DVDs.  I know I'll miss some stuff if I try to list everything we got!  John and I are both so grateful for our gifts and for such an awesome family.  It was nice to have Grammy in town to celebrate with us too.  After breakfast and presents, it was off to the movies for the annual Thies Christmas movie.  We went to see the Tourist.  It was not bad, but not quite what it was hyped up to be either.  Oh well - it was the experience.  Grandma and Granddad Farnsworth watched Aaron - or rather he took his nap at their house - while mommy and daddy got to go to the movie.  We later picked Aaron up and went back to Nanny and Papa's to play with his new stash!  We're keeping most of the toys over there and I know that he can't wait to go back to play with them some more!  Thank you everyone for making Christmas so great!  We love you!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Remembering Grandpa Jennings

Today we remember a great man who, as Uncle Seaba said, "was called to dine with his master."  Grandpa Jennings went to be with the Lord Sunday, December 19th.  This was John's grandpa, Teresa's Dad.  Today was his funeral service and as we gathered for the visitation before hand and then the service itself, I couldn't help but be touched by all of the people who have been touched by this mans life.

I didn't know him very well myself as his mind had gone and he didn't recognize us anymore.  It was hard to visit him like that so we simply didn't.  John did a couple of times but I'm not sure if he ever even met Aaron.  I saw him and Grandma Jennings several times as we were dating and throughout the first few years of our marriage.  Once they could no longer live on their own, we stopped seeing them both.  He would have been 86 on Christmas day this year.

I can't believe how large the family has gotten.  He and Grandma Jennings have 5 children, 19 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 16 great great grandchildren!!  That is a LOT of love to go around.  I have only met most of them once or twice so it was nice to see everyone together.  People wonder why we want to have a large family - we've always said we wanted 5 kids...  this is one great reason! 

The thing that stuck me the most today was the number of people who shared that Delbert Jennings was the man who led them to the Lord.  He was very passionate and sure of his faith and was not afraid to share it with anyone.  In fact, he was the one who led John to the Lord.  John remembers it very vividly.  I was so moved to get to hear testimony of the legacy this man left behind.  The world lost a dear life, but he gained eternal life in a perfect body.  I picture him up there laughing and partying with Jesus and all those who went before him.  He would not want us to be sad but rejoice that he is finally home. 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Baby Ethan

Better late than never...  this is our little booger at 21 weeks.  I am currently almost 31 weeks.  I wanted to put it on the blog to make sure it makes the book for this year.  I love him so much already - can't wait to meet him.  Won't be long now - just about 2 months. : )

Tis the Season For...

Looking at Christmas Lights

 This house had animatrontics all over the place!  You could actually get out and go look around.
We like this one that was set to music.  
They are raising money for the Children's Network - very cool!

Making Wrapping Paper

Only the special gifts will have this special paper to go with it!

Christmas Crafts
I know you want to know what this is... but you'll have to wait and see!

Visiting Out of Town Family

We had a great time in Wichita with family we have not seen in a long time!  Aaron was very excited to get so many neat toys with wheels - a bus and different trucks, a few books, and a shirt!  I have a feeling this is going to be one spoiled kid by the time Christmas is over!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Santa Claus?

Call me Scrouge but I have been having this silly dilemma in my head about what to do with Santa Claus.  Of course I grew up like most kids thinking he was real until the moment, sometime in my early elementary days, that I realized it was just mom and dad.   As an adult I don't think there is anything necessarily wrong with Santa Claus, but I feel it's a bit over-rated sometimes and gets in the way a little of what Christmas is really about. Plus to be honest, the Santa's in the mall and such really sort of creep me out.  Don't get me wrong - I'm not saying we should ban Santa or that he's bad or anything like that.  The question for John and I becomes, should we go along with the charade and play it up like I know we can, or still tell the story of Santa but not really enforce his "realness" and focus more on Jesus and the reason for the season?  I know some of you may be surprised that I would even struggle with this.  (Mom, Dad I am grateful for having Santa as a kid don't get me wrong!)  I have not come to a solid decision yet (which is almost impossible for me these days) but this video makes me really excited to play up Santa Claus.

The closer Christmas gets and the more excited about toys and festive Christmas things to do with Aaron, the more I want to create a little "Santa magic."

So I'm curious... Does EVERYONE out there play up Santa as a real magical person?  I know there are some that don't have anything to do with Santa at all which is not what I'm wanting to do.  Is there a happy medium?  And for those of you who do play up the magic of Santa, what is it like when your kid realizes that it's all a lie and you've been pretending all along?  I don't remember when this happened for me as a kid - mom?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Nap Rant

A great pet peave of mine:  When people don't understand that naps are VITAL.  If my child does not get one he WILL melt down in public.  I know it's hard to understand for some that I need to be home at a certain time of the day so that my toddler can sleep.  But schedules ARE important and I'm sorry if you don't get it.  You will someday when you have a toddler yourself or you've just forgotten what it's like with a toddler in the house.  My kid is NOT just a crabby kid or misbehaved - HE IS TIRED.  If he doesn't smile at you or laugh or giggle, he's not mad at you, annoyed with you, or anything else that has to do with YOU.  He is TIRED.  Please don't take offense.  As we transition to afternoon naps only it will be more and more important to be home during the early afternoon times like say 1 to 3 or 4.  We will be unavailable until he wakes up.  I am NOT going to live with a cranky crying kid and deprive him of much needed rest.  ESPECIALLY while pregnant or with a newborn for that matter.

I'm terribly sorry if this rant offends anyone...  It is not directed at a specific person in case you are wondering.  Just sitting here listening to Aaron scream in his crib and dreading the fact that he will be cranky all evening when his daddy is FINALLY off work and wants to love on him.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Back to the living

After a weekend of sleeping and many trips to the bathroom, I am finally feeling better this morning.  It started Friday night but by Saturday morning I was a zombie.  My in-laws were thankfully at the Wal-mart here in Gardner when I called them and they said they would be happy to watch Aaron while I rested.  So they came and got him around 9:30 and ended up keeping him all day while I slept.  Then they brought him back with dinner before John had to leave for work.  Thank you!!!!!  I'm sure he had more fun with them than he would have being cooped up here yet another day!  He didn't even fuss when I kissed him goodbye - a sure sign that he was SICK of this house!!

Lucky for me, I think it's already passed through my system as I am feeling normal this morning and actually motivated to get some stuff done.  Oh yeah, and I can eat again.  That's always a plus!  I think I'll venture out for some last bit of shopping with Aaron today.  Maybe we'll even ride the carousal at the mall!  Aaron would like that. : )  John has been on a major stretch of work recently.  He works 6 out of 7 nights!  Tonight is his only night off... and now he's feeling icky too.  Here's hoping it makes it through his system fast!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Cooped up inside

Being indoors has taken a toll on our kiddo.  Being sick stinks but what REALLY stinks are all the accidents he's had while being cooped up inside!!!  I can't believe any of us made it through childhood the way this kid gets into things and gets hurt in the process.  This week he smashed his pinky in the fireplace doors.  They are usually duck taped shut but as we had a fire the other night, that somehow went unnoticed by all but Aaron.  It's still black and blue but getting better.

He fell off a chair he insisted on climbing and bit a hole in his tongue. Well that might be an exageration but it bled a ton and I'm sure he has a canker sore to remember it by.

He smashed his hands in a file cabinet drawer which thankfully did not leave any marks.  Then while I was cooking the other night I turned to the sink for one moment and the next the oven door was open and Aaron had his hands on the top part.  I thought he burned them but turns out it thankfully just scared the daylights out of him.  No marks or burns but his poor fingers have taken a beating recently.  We had to go buy a new oven lock - the old one melted off when I lit the oven on fire a while back.

And just today he ran into his high chair, tripping over my foot, and got a nice little shiner below his right eye.  Then tonight as John was leaving and I was hugging him goodbye, he climbed up on one of the chairs again and rocked it until it tipped over backwards and he banged his noggin on the wall leaving a pretty good goose egg.

I hope our whole winter is not like this.  You think you have your house child proofed but that's just not enough.  For anyone who wonders what a stay at home mom does all day... it's keep an eye on their children so they  don't kill themselves!  Are all toddlers like this or is it just mine?!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Aaron Update

As you probably read previously, Aaron was pretty sick on Sunday.  He seemed to get better on Monday but had nasty diarrhea all day and night. (Sorry if that's TMI!) His nights have been pretty rough... throwing up one night, and blowing out his diaper and jammies the next.  Then last night he went back to throwing up again.  Well, just once actually but it was probably the whole day's worth of food.  Thankfully I have a wonderful husband who helps clean up while I take care of the kiddo.  We haven't gone a night this week were we haven't had to change his jammies and sheets.  Last night we tag teamed like we used to when he was just a little baby.  He woke several times and John or I would go in and check on him, rock him, and put him back to bed.  At one point he stayed awake for 45 minutes in my arms after the big throw up just looking at me like he might do it again at any moment.  Fortunately, or unfortunately, it did finally go the other way and his stomach settled enough to go back to sleep.  But he was up super early and we let him take a good morning nap.  He did fine the rest of the day today.  John and I both changed SEVERAL dirty diapers and finally called the doctor to see if there was something we should be doing for him.  They basically said he was probably at the end of it but this particular bug causes the diarrhea part for several days.  I'm hoping he sleeps all the way through the night tonight with no need for sheet changes because John is at work - it's all me!

Crazy Hormones

I know that men and even women who have never had kids can sometimes just not even fathom how it feels to be out of control but I can literally cry over the most ridiculous stuff, knowing full well it is absolutely ridiculous, and be powerless to stop it.  Like today for example...  We took Aaron out for some errands as he seems normal other than his over active diaper changes.  We stopped at Culver's for lunch after I had just got done explaining to John that I wasn't that hungry and probably wouldn't order much.  Only when we pulled up to the menu I suddenly realized I really could eat and a burger sounded sooooo good.  So I ordered a value meal.  As we drove off,  I was trying to get situated and John just kept driving so he couldn't really eat right off.  I on the other hand was free to start eating so I did.  And apparently I was eating rather quickly because I kid you not, after every bite I took, John had something to say.

John:  "I thought you weren't hungry."
Me:  "I changed my mind"
John: "Geeze honey, slow down."
Me:  Roll my eyes - he's still trying to navigate and hasn't even started eating - it's not my fault I've already started.
John:  Staring at me while in the turn lane, "I guess you were hungry after all."
Me:  Starting to feel a little piggish or something.  I mean I'm just eating my burger, leave me alone.  I take one more bite.
John: "I thought you weren't going to order much."
Me:  Set the burger down in my lap and start melting down completely.  Why is he badgering me?!  Am I that fat and ugly?  Totally irrational I know but the tears are already flowing and I can't stop them.  I'm like one of those biggest loser contestants on their entry videos with the giant burger and fries.  The ones who SHOULDN'T be eating that and everyone knows it.
John: Totally stunned by my outburst,"Did I hurt your feelings or something?"
Me: DUH!

It was about 20 minutes before I could calm down.  I really thought about throwing the burger away because I thought he was just disgusted with me.  Even though HE had a burger too.  Mine just happened to be loaded with stuff and he likes his plain.  Then he did the dumb bewildered man thing that I hate and stared at me forever as if that was going to make me stop crying.  It fueled my tears instead.  I just wanted to crawl in a hole but obviously that was out the question.  And the stupid thing is that the whole time I knew the whole thing was just stupid yet I couldn't stop crying.  He would say, "I need you to see how silly this is.  Why are you still crying?"  Which was the worst thing he could say.  Then I just felt like a little kid being guessed it, made me cry more.

I don't know why I am so sensitive about things or how my husband puts up with me.  I only hope that he doesn't want to stop having kids because of how his wife morphs when she's pregnant.  This is only ONE of the silly things that I chalk up to hormones.  I won't even get in to the "Baby Brain" that I have right now.  I am extremely forgetful and spacey.  It will be nice to be rid of this dumb hormonal nonsense.  Can I please just have this kid already?! : )

Monday, December 6, 2010

Real Vomit

Up until yesterday I had yet to experience the parenthood joys of cleaning up after a sick child.  John went in to get Aaron when he woke up from his afternoon nap around 3:45 yesterday to find a screaming child and panicked look on his face.  It was followed by the upheaval of all that he ate for lunch.  From the living room where we were putting up our tree I hear, "Honey!! Come quick!"  My poor baby boy was covered in vomit and so was his crib and blankets.  Luckily, John got crib duty while I took Aaron to the bath tub and sprayed him down while he shivered.  I wrapped him up in a towel and put some jammies on him then went to the living room to settle in for some snuggle.  That's the only good thing about a sick kiddo - they LOVE to snuggle.  Snuggle time lasted only a few minutes before he realized we were putting Christmas stuff up and wanted to play.  But his body said NO WAY.  Just minutes after he was cleaned up,  he vomited again - thankfully on a blanket on the living room floor.  This went on 7 different times from when he woke up.  The snuggle times got longer but eventually, being a toddler, he would get back up and try to play again only to turn and give me the look.  I got very good at noticing that look and we kept receiving blankets handy to wrap around him and "catch."  It was sooooo sad to watch.  He didn't just want me either.  He also cuddled with daddy too which made John's night even though it was heartbreaking to see our son so sick.

 He slept on and off most of the afternoon and evening but around 8:30 he seemed much better and was very thirsty and HUNGRY!  We were afraid to feed him much but we did give him some crackers and some noodles from our chicken noodle soup, along with some water.  All seemed well and we put him down for bed around 9:15 without a fight.  At 1:15 he was throwing up dinner.  Another round of bed washing and bathing and snuggling...  John went back to bed and I just held him and rocked him until I too fell back asleep still holding my sleeping baby in the chair.  At 2:30 he did it again - this time all over my chest.  Luckily I had a burp rag covering me but they aren't that big and I still got some on me.  I cleaned him up, wiped it off myself, and went back to rocking him.  I finally laid him back down in the crib and he slept peacefully for the rest of the evening.

John was kind enough to get up with him this morning and he seemed like nothing ever happened.  John fed him a very light breakfast and he played like normal.  I think he's feeling better now but he's not over it yet - he's fast asleep in his crib again.  Keeping my fingers crossed that we are out of the woods on the vomiting thing.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Home Sweet Home

Though we may be wishy washy from time to time on this subject, we had a nice heart to heart talk on the way down to Branson this past weekend and decided that we are taking our house of the market - for real this time.  Yes we are going to stay in good ol' Gardner, KS.  With the cruddy market and the many things that need to be done to our home, it's no wonder it's not selling.  SO... this means we have some great home improvement projects in our future.  I'm looking forward to making our house a home again.  It's so bland without any pictures up and half our things put away in storage.  Looks like our boys will be bunking!  Well at least cribbing in the same room!  How crazy that I will have two kiddos in cribs!