Sunday, November 28, 2010

Decking the Halls

The second we got home today, it was down with fall and up with Christmas! :) As much as we enjoy looking at our holiday decor, putting it up can be a tiring process. However, I'm happy to report that it's all finished, other than the outside lights. It is officially Christmastime at the Bauer household and Nathan is loving it. Jonathan even took a special trip to buy him his own big boy bedroom tree. If that doesn't put visions of sugar plums in his head, I don't know what will! As I was busy helping Nathan spread the ornaments to more than just one branch, I snapped a few quick shots to share. For those who finished their holiday decorating this weekend, sit back, relax and enjoy the view. :) For those who didn't - get cracking!

Oh yeah - and while I was busy stuffing my face with fried turkey and expertly hand-crafted green bean casserole, I neglected to take pictures. However, at one point Nathan colored a hand turkey so amazing, I just had to put down the fork and pick up the camera. Check him out working on both his turkey and a pretty impressive portrait of Daddy:

Happy Sunday! :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Hooray for Picture Day

How's that for a 25-week belly shot?? I told you it would be great! :) I was just sifting through the shots Meredith took last weekend and trying to determine what our Christmas card will look like this year. I figured I might as well toss a few on here to share. Yep, I knew you would appreciate it. Enjoy these photos and look for yours in the mail in the next few weeks! I hope everyone was as stuffed as a turkey after a fantastic Thanksgiving and spent today sleeping it off. We had a wonderful meal with family and now we are spending the weekend with friends. Check back soon and who knows - there may be a Christmas update. Happy Friday!

(PS - That last pic is one of my absolute favorites, but unfortunately you will only be able to enjoy it here, as it didn't make the cut. Nathan's inappropriate hand placement gets me every time!)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Counting Blessings

As I have been lazy at home with Nathan today, my mind has been busy counting my blessings. In the spirit of the season, I wanted to write them down, not just to share with you, but to have a record of the good things in life. We all have our troubles, but we have to remember to appreciate what we have. So, here we go - my thanks (in no particular order):

  • I am thankful for Nathan. Nathan has grown up to be a loving, caring, and passionate individual. I'm not sure how we managed to create such an amazing person, but I am thankful every day we did.

  • I am thankful for Owen. The fact that I am still able to carry a healthy baby is one of my biggest blessings this year. Every kick, tumble, and roll I feel is another day closer to meeting this little miracle.

  • I am thankful for my Angel. Although this precious little baby was only in my womb for a few months, she will forever be part of my heart and part of my family. I am thankful for my new outlook on life.

  • I am thankful for Jonathan. Without such an amazing husband, I would never have gotten through such a tough year. Plus, I wouldn't have been able to make my amazing children! I am thankful for his love.

  • I am thankful for my Family. From my parents to my in-laws to my siblings to my grandmothers, I am so thankful to have been raised in a loving environment. You make me who I am and you are all an inspiration to me.

  • I am thankful for my Friends. I have some of the best friends anyone could ever have. I know they will always be there and that will never change, no matter how long we're apart.

  • I am thankful for the Opportunities given to my family this year. Our move to Nashville has been great and it wouldn't have been possible without my family believing in us. I am thankful to have a place to call home.

  • I am thankful for my Faith. In a year where I could have turned away from it, my faith is now stronger than ever. I trusted God to help me and ended up hearing a new calling. I'm thankful He has kept me on this path.

  • Finally, a few Extras: I'm thankful for my patch of earth, date nights, a caring OB, my work commute, maternity jeans, time with my family, my CYM kids, four-day weekends, hugs for no reason, and wide-open spaces.

I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving tomorrow and remember to count your blessings, too. No matter what problems you have faced this year, there is always something to be thankful for. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Preschool, Pilgrims & Pizza

I don't know if it's recorded anywhere that the Pilgrims and the Indians feasted over a hot slice of pepperoni, but Nathan, Nana and I sure had fun at NCA's annual Thanksgiving Pizza Party! Nana and I skipped out of work for a few hours and headed to Nashville for holiday fun. Nathan was so pumped about seeing us at preschool that he couldn't stop talking about it on the way to school this morning. His face lit up when we walked in and then got even brighter when he saw the cupcake collection the school had to offer! We definitely enjoyed ourselves and if you take a peek at these pictures, you can see your favorite little guy did, too:

I hope everyone else's kick-off to Thanksgiving Break was just as wonderful. Have safe travels as you get to where you're going this week and remember the reason for the season! This week, don't worry about what you need, be thankful for what you have! Happy Tuesday.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Rutabaga Baby

Pretty funny-looking vegetable, right?? However, it pales in comparison to the adorable little baby I'm comparing it to this week. That's right, Baby Owen and I made it to 25 weeks Saturday and the kid is now weighing in at a pound and a half - just like your common household rutabaga.

He's getting pretty big and boy, am I starting to notice! I've gotten to the point where his kicks wake me up in the morning. My alarm clock has become pointless these days - if it's not the big boy, it's the little boy. I suppose I'd better get to used to that, though. :) Anyway, I don't have a belly photo to share today, but I should in a few days. One of my BFFs, the fabulous photographer Meredith, took our family pictures this weekend, so I will have the best 25-week photo ever! And it will be posted immediately.

However, I did have an appointment last week and wanted to share an update. My Week 24 check-up went just fine. Nathan and Grammy were able to accompany me and Nathan was even asked to work the doppler again. We either have a doctor in the making or maybe he's just dong it for the free suckers. Either way, it is so awesome to see him involved and watch his face as he finds that strong little sound through my belly. In other news, all my stats were good - my tummy is measuring perfectly and my weight gain is still minimal, but I'm not holding my breath on that one. ;) I also got the news that because Nathan came early, there's a good chance Owen will be a February baby. Because of that, this is my very last four-week wait. I'm starting my every-other-week appointments at 28 weeks! Visiting the OB office more often just makes it seem much more real. His birthday could be a mere three months away and I'm so excited. I'm ready to meet this little boy and I'm sure you all are, too. Happy Monday!

Friday, November 19, 2010

In Case You've Forgotten

This little kid will always be there to remind us... in song... repeatedly. :) I caught this video outside this afternoon and just had to share. Take this as a friendly reminder from your neighborhood Nathan! May this praise on repeat be your mantra today and every day. Happy Friday.

Grammy-Filled Week

Although Nathan missed his daddy's wrestling matches, story renditions, and surprise Happy Meals, the kid has had a blast during this Grammy-filled week! Jonathan has been in Memphis for work training and Grammy was kind enough to drive down to Nashville and keep us company. Although I didn't capture every adorable moment (including playtime at Olivia's, an all-day shopping extravaganza, and a personal lobster lesson at Red Lobster), I have plenty of snapshots to tide you over. Take a peek at what your favorite little boy has been up to this week.

He Took "Naps":

He Went Streaking:

He Helped with Dinner:

He Bathed:

And He Acted Like This:

I hope everyone else has had a crisp, wonderful November week. We have really enjoyed Grammy and I know I can speak for both of us when I say we will miss her when she makes her journey back to Conway. I imagine it will look a little like this:

Poor little guy. ;) But we know she will be back soon and we can't wait 'til next time!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Blast From the Past

So the above picture is a little different form of a family picture than you're used to seeing on this blog. Unfortunately it doesn't involve Nathan or Owen, but it shows a different form of family - our church family. For the first time this year, Jonathan and I are serving as youth ministers at the church in Hope. It's been a blast getting to know the kids and remembering the not-too-long-ago days when we were CYM kids. Although we've had meetings and a few local events, this weekend was our first time testing the waters of truly leading the pack.

Friday afternoon we loaded up and took these 10 kids to Little Rock for the Region 10 Catholic Youth Conference - a gigantic convention for Catholic high schoolers from all of Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. As you might imagine, the place was packed! However, we all made it there safely and returned with 10 tired teens - safe and sound. It was a whirlwind of a weekend and the theme was social justice. Everything from the fun praise and worship music to the powerful speakers to a March for Justice to the Capitol reflected this. It was a lot to take in over just a few days, but I hope each of our kids received a new outlook on the Catholic social teachings.

Although the conference itself was great, something Jonathan and I really enjoyed was watching ourselves in these kids. Our story actually begins at a Catholic Youth Convention, where we met my sophomore year. At one point over the weekend, a group of my girls were talking with a group of Catholic High School boys and all I could do was smile and try not to eavesdrop. More than a decade ago, I loved meeting new people and who in the world would have imagined - my husband! We are both very thankful for what CYM has given us and it's our pleasure to now be involved as the old grown-ups. :) Plus we get to hang out with these guys:

They're really good kids... I promise. :) Happy Monday, y'all!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My One-Pound Mango

Hello everyone! I'm here today with one of your favorites - a fruit/veggie comparison! Baby Owen and I are at 23 weeks today and he is now the size of a large mango, which weighs in at a whopping pound! Sure, that doesn't sound like much, as he will (hopefully) grow six or seven or eight times that size, but it's a vast improvement. Heck, the kid started out the size of a poppy seed so over five months, that is some considerable growth. Here's a quarter comparison so you can really see the difference:

He is much bigger than a quarter these days, don't you think? Although he still has a lot of growing left to do, I can already tell that Owen is going to be a rambunctious little boy. As I've mentioned before, he's kicking and punching and rolling like crazy. I don't ever remember Nathan moving this much. Jonathan was able to feel how active he is for the first time a few nights ago. We're hoping he gets all that out in the womb. That's how it should work... right?? :) Oh, well, we're going to have a house full of boys, so I should expect nothing less.

As for me, I'm still feeling great. However, I think over just a few short weeks, I have finally gone from pudgy to pregnant (see below). I seem to be growing at a slower rate this time around, but I am perfectly okay with that. :) As far as symptoms, other than a growing tummy and the soreness that comes with it, I'm doing just fine. Once again, we are still keeping up with our (bi) weekly belly shots. Here I am with Bauer Boy #2 at 23 weeks:

I love watching my belly get bigger each week, knowing that Owen is becoming a strong, healthy little baby. As much as I love pregnancy, I am SO ready for it to be over so I can meet this little guy. Mama and Owen wish you all a very happy weekend!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Funny Face

You may or may not have noticed that Halloween came and went with no post from the Bauer family. This is because our little Iron Man decided he would rather not suit up this year. :) He said he just wanted to pass out the candy to all the costumed "friends" who rang Nana's doorbell. Although he really did have a great time doing that, we didn't get any post-able pics.

However, the kid is still pretty cute, proven by a chilly afternoon of outside play today. The play date was only 15 minutes long since winter decided to come to Nashville today, but as soon as the camera came out, the funny faces began. I'd say these cute pictures are just as good as a forced picture of Iron Man crying into his pumpkin bucket. Wouldn't you agree?

Happy Friday, y'all!