Friday, October 17, 2014

Five on Friday

It's been one hell of a week!

ONE: I found out on Tuesday that as of November 6th, our sitter will no longer be able to watch Jeanette.  I don't want to get into the details, but I am devastated because we love her and she takes such good care of our sweet little girl.  I have been on and asking friends for suggestions as well.  I can't stay home with her so we have to figure something out.  Please keep us in your thoughts as we find a new care provider.  I haven't been handling this well emotionally and have been up half the night for the last three days with anxiety and stress issues.  

TWO: I am OBSESSED with the song "Dirt" by Florida Georgia Line.  I have to turn the radio all the way up when it comes on, unless of course Jeanette is in the car.  I don't want to damage her hearing :)

THREE: I have to get back into some kind of workout routine.  I have been feeling very stressed and need a release in the evenings.  It's been a little crazy this month, but next week things should calm down so I hope to start working out after Jeanette goes to bed.  I have a doctor appointment in December for a check on my anxiety/stomach issues and want to have lost some weight before my appointment.

FOUR: Jeanette cut another bottom tooth this week and has two more that are close to the surface.  She also has a top tooth that might be coming through soon.  The last time she cut a tooth she got terrible diaper rash and it's back again.  Poor thing was miserable for most of the week but napped well yesterday and "helped" me do some laundry.  

FIVE: We don't have any concrete plans this weekend (other than Andrew going hunting) and I'm happy that we will most likely be spending the weekend at home!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A successful surprise party!

So the big secret around here was the surprise party we threw for Andrew's mom and dad yesterday.  They both turned 70 on October 3rd and it's so neat that they have the same birthday!  I have been planning and sneaking around planning this party with Andrew's sister and sister-in-law.  We invited about 25 close family and friends and no one blew the surprise!

We told his parents that we were all meeting at his sisters house and then going out to dinner, but when they pulled in the driveway and saw all of us standing outside clapping and saying surprise they were shocked!

Andrew's sister hosted the party and we all made lots of food and treats for the guests.  To say they were shocked was an understatement and I am so glad we were able to keep things a secret.

We also took a few family photos to give them as a gift last weekend and managed to keep those a secret as well.

The party was really fun and I know Andrew's mom and dad enjoyed visiting with everyone for the afternoon.  Jeanette was a little fussy since she didn't take an afternoon nap, but she made it through the day without too much trouble.  

Andrew's sister made this awesome sign for the party (I saw the idea on Pinterest).  The 7 is all photos of Andrew's dad and the 0 is all pictures of Andrews mom.  She also made each of us a book with some of the photos along with a book report Andrew's mom did in the 6th grade about her life.

 It was a great day filled with lots of family and friends and I'm glad we managed to pull off such a great surprise!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Weekend

It really turned to fall this weekend in Central Ohio complete with a really cold and windy day on Saturday and even some sleet.  Of course this was the day we had planned to go to the pumpkin patch with Andrew's brother, wife and their two girls.  We still managed to find some beautiful pumpkins and had a nice time walking around.  Poor Jeanette had to stay in the stroller however bc it was so cold.  I will have to snap some photos of her this week in the adorable Halloween outfit I got her to wear for our outing.

After the pumpkin patch, we headed up to have dinner with some of Andrew's family and celebrate his parents 70th birthday.  They were both born on October 3rd in Columbus at different hospitals and have known one another since the 3rd grade!  I also started decorating the house for fall/Halloween!

There were 140 candles on the cake for their 70th birthday.

Sue is wondering if the cake will catch fire and Bob is too
amused to care :)

At the pumpkin patch

Poor baby Jeanette all snuggled in her stroller at the pumpkin patch.
Jeanette also learned a few new tricks this weekend.  Just when I was getting used to the idea of her crawling she started pulling herself up on things.  We now have the crib as low as it will go and we really have to keep an extra eye on Jeanette.  It's so hard to get things done with her being into everything.  I am still using the exersaucer to contain her so I can cook or do dishes, but nap time seems to be the best time to get things done these days.  

Jeanette is also able to sit up on her own a lot better now and can pull herself into a sitting position which she's never done until recently.  I got this basket for her toys which she now loves to dump all over the floor.  It seems like she grew and changed a lot over the weekend.

Sunday was our typical day trying to get things done around the house and running errands.  Sunday was also Andrew's birthday and he insisted that we not do anything special.  We had a nice dinner together and I got him a new OSU sweatshirt.  We both have a terrible addiction to sweat shirts and jackets so why not add to the collection!

This week is going to be a little nuts and I will have an awesome update next Monday.  I can't reveal much now but I hope that everything goes well with what we have planned!  

Hope everyone had a great weekend and has a great week!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Today my handsome, amazing husband turns 32 years old.

Back when we met in 2008 we were just babies!  I was about to turn 23 and Andrew was 26.  

At his brothers wedding June 2008

 As time has gone by so much has changed.  Andrew bought a house and we moved in together.  We've celebrated holiday's, changed jobs, lost loved ones, learned a lot about one another, loved and fought and triumphed in life.  

This is probably one of my favorite pictures of Andrew, on a cool spring day on our old boat.  That boy could spend all day, everyday on a lake, never catch a fish and still have a good time.  

I love how well he gets along with my brother.  They are best friends and it's so amazing to watch them spend time together.  

I've even convered Andrew to a Steelers fan.  And to think, he didn't even like football when we first met.  

And the boy does clean up well :)

We got engaged.

Got married.....

And then started a little family of our own.

I can't imagine a better person to spend my life with.  Andrew has been there for me during some of my darkest times and celebrated with me through some of the happiest.  He is an amazing father, he works hard for our family, he's hilarious (even he thinks he's the funniest person he knows), sweet, goofy, resourceful and pretty darn handsome.  

Happy Birthday pumpkin, I love you! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Five on Friday

I saw that Carol over at Keeping up With the Kaune's had posted about her 5 favorite scary movies and since it's October I wanted to be a copy cat and do the same!  But I thought I would change things up a little, so here are my 5 Favorite Scary Movies and my 5 Favorite Halloween movies (they don't have to be scary):

Five Favorite Scary Movies:

The Shining:  Hands down, this is one of the best movies of all time!  I have loved Stephen King books and movies for as long as I can remember and this one takes the cake.  There are still parts where I have to shut my eyes, especially at the end when they find Jack all frozen in that maze, ack!!!!  There are so many scary things about this movie, Red Rum, blood pouring out of an elevator, the creepy twins, Jack going insane, the music and camera angles.  I will make sure to watch this one during October.

Pet Sematary:  Another amazing Stephen King movie adaptation.  I remember watching this with my dad one year around Halloween and I was so scared.  We buried two of our cats in our backyard and I had nightmares for weeks that they came back from the dead.

Psycho:  I am also a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock and it was hard for me to choose between this move and The Birds.  I think this one is a little scarier however.  I love the camera angles that Hitchcock uses and how creepy Norman is in this movie as well.  It may come as no surprise that I am totally hooked in the show Bates Motel on A&E as well because it's the precursor to the movie.  I was skeptical that it wouldn't be good, but like the movie it's always leaving you on the edge of your seat.

Poltergeist:  I actually never watched this entire movie until a few years ago, and though it's cheesy it's still pretty scary.  It's also disturbing when you read about how the actors who were in this film had some awful things happen to them after the filming.  I think the thought of living in a haunted house is enough to scare anyone, but to have your child taken to the other side is even scarier!

Silence of the Lambs:  I know this might not be a scary movie to some, but I think it falls into the category.  The acting is amazing, the suspense is wonderful and there isn't a lot of blood and guts.  I will take suspense over blood and guts any day of the week.  Anthony Hopkins is AMAZING as Hannibal Lecter and the Buffalo Bill case is amazing too.  The part at the end with Buffalo Bill wearing the night vision goggles following Clarice around gets me every time.

Five Favorite Halloween Movies:

Hocus Pocus:  What girl doesn't love this movie and can quote every single line?!  This one is a classic and I could watch it a million more times and still love it.

Halloweentown:  Oh Disney Channel Movies, how I miss you!  I remember watching this one about once a week with my mom during Halloween when I lived at home.  My dad would walk in the room, see it on the TV and roll his eyes.  Nothing better than witches and a secret universe where it is Halloween all the time!

The Addam's Family:  I've seen this movie a million times as well but love it just the same.  I remember watching the old TV show with my mom and I was so excited when the movie came out.

Beetlejuice:  Another classic, did you know that Michael Keaton who plays Beetlejuice is only in the movie for 17 minutes of the whole 92 minute film!?  This one is funny and a little dark and who doesn't love a Tim Burton movie?!

Edward Scissorhands:   Another Tim Burton movie that is also creepy, funny and even a little bit sad.  It also features Winona Ryder as one of the main characters and the always amazing Johnny Depp.  The sets in this movie are pretty darn cool as well is the direction of Tim Burton and the music.  There is a Christmas scene in this movie and I adore the part where Edward is carving the ice sculpture and Kim is dancing around as if it's real snow.

So what are some of your favorite movies to watch around Halloween?