Thursday, June 30

35 1/2

It's been a while since I posted a picture of my larger than life belly, so here you go.  Chris wasn't home, so I took it in the bathroom mirror and the quality isn't great, but I'm pretty sure you can still get a decent enough view of the belly.

Last night Rease wanted to play outside in the water, so I filled up a couple containers of water and got out the hose.  Not very exciting, but she had a lot of fun with it.  She insisted on her sunglasses and water shoes so I had to get a picture b/c she's just cute :)

After we played outside, we went in to make dinner.  She usually stands on one of the chairs and insists on helping me or as she likes to say "help me, Rease".  Well she had her little camping chair in the house and was having a fit because I wouldn't let her stand on that one instead of the kitchen chair.  I brought the kitchen chair over and said if you want to help, you have to stand on this one.  I went and got something out of the refrigerator and this is what I found when I turned back around.
She put her camping chair on top of the kitchen chair was trying to climb up onto the kitchen chair so that she could then stand on the pink chair.  I am not that inventive, so I blame all of that on Chris :)

And I put this picture on facebook over the weekend, but I don't know if Mom and Dad saw it so I thought I would put it on here as well.  Rease doesn't care much about whether she eats the ice cream above the cone, she just wants the cone.  And she's all about it when she gets one.  I think her mouth was open so wide you almost couldn't see her eyes.

Saturday, June 25

New bows

Rease was very excited about her new hair bows! So excited, that she had to wear them all at once (again) and was cheesing for the camera :)
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Thursday, June 23

Paula, You Let Me Down

I have been craving Monster Cookies since our trip to South Dakota a few weeks ago.  I have never made them before, but love eating them when other people do :)  Steve's mom made some when we were out and they were so good.  So, in honor of Rease's last day in her current day care room; I thought I would make some for her to take in (and for me to eat).

I got online and googled a recipe, and up popped Paula Deen's.  I thought, oh that looks good enough and went for it. I am sure they taste good, but they just don't look that great.  Maybe it's me, maybe it the lack of M&M's.   The recipe only called for 1/2 C of M&M and chocolate chips, and that just doesn't seem like enough now that I see the cookies sitting on the counter.  I guess I should have gone with my gut and just thrown in the extra two bags of M&M's I bought at the check out.  I would taste one and see how they taste, but I'm pretty sure I had atleast 3 chocolate chip cookies after dinner (I wouldn't be me if I only made one kind of cookie!) :)
They look pretty bland don't they?

** And in case you were wondering, I made up for the last 6 weeks of being negative 1 pound at the doctor's office yesterday.  I gained a whopping 5 pounds in 2 weeks.  Perhaps, I should lay off the baking!

And just because she is cute and we love her to bits, here is a video of Rease dancing with her refrigerator magnets the other night.  She is wearing her rain boots because she was trying desperately to get us to take her outside in the pouring down rain.

Wednesday, June 22

Baby Update

I have done a terrible job of tracking anything regarding Baby #2 on the blog or elsewhere.  I guess that is the way it goes when you have a toddler running around, a house on the market and a full time job.  But I guess I will console myself with the "better late than never" philosophy and catch up a little now.

At my 32 week appointment the doctor decided she wanted to check to see how big the little guy was at my 36 week appointment.  **The little guy is lovingly referred to as JR or Junior these days, but that is definitely not his name.  You will have to take my word on the name part because we still don't have one picked out nor are we close.  But, I can assure you it will not be Junior :)  Anyway, back to the appointment.  She said if he was large enough at 36 weeks and was looking to be 10+ pounds full term we would take a few different steps to see about having him early.  Thankfully, he only measured 5 lb 12 oz today (Rease was at 6 lbs at 34 weeks) so she isn't overly concerned.  My belly is still measuring 2 weeks ahead of where it should be, so she said we will probably have another sono in a few weeks to see if his weight gain has drastically increased.  And if so, then I guess it's time to have a baby!

He was completely uncooperative for any of the pictures today and wouldn't get his hand out of his face.  He was also asleep, which I was slightly annoyed about because this child never stops moving.  I was looking forward to watching him roll around and such, but he decided to take a nap instead.

There is the front of his face looking at you.

A side shot of his face with his right arm up.  He was holding his 
toes with his other hand but you can't really see it well in the picture.

So everything is going well and I will try to get a picture up of my enormously large belly tomorrow.  I am to the point where I have about 4 shirts that are actually long enough to cover my belly.  So everyone at work has a pretty good chance of guessing what shirt I will be wearing each day :) I might have to break down and wear some dresses to work in the next few weeks because it may come down to that or walking around with my belly hanging out :)  And no one wants to see that :)

I am about ready to call it a night and go to bed.  I know it's only 8:30 but I am dragging.  The tiredness has really set in this last week and by about 2pm I am struggling to stay awake at work.  I probably would have been in bed earlier tonight, but Rease wouldn't fall asleep.  Speaking of Rease, yesterday I asked her what she wanted to name her brother and she said "Minnie, Mater, and Tractor".........  The girl is crazy.

I also need to come up with a new name for the blog.  "Baby Makes Three" isn't really fitting anymore.  Any good suggestions out there?  I thought about "Corwin Chaos", as that seems very fitting these days, but haven't made my mind up for sure :)

Friday, June 17

The Terrible Twos

I mentioned this briefly in my last post, but I am sitting at work moving files from a broken pc to another hard drive and needed something to do besides watch it tell me how many more minutes I have to sit here doing nothing!

Ever since we got home from vacation, Rease has acted like a completely different child. **And not really in a good way.** I attributed the first few days to her being a little under the weather (I think we wore her out) and just getting back in her routine. Well its been 2 weeks and we haven't seen any signs of improvement :( I am afraid that we may have been thrown deep into the depths of the terrible twos somewhere between South Dakota and Illinois. Add in the fact that I am practically the size of a small country and don't have a whole lot of patience or energy left, and you can see my predicament. Rease used to love going to day care and would run and play as soon as we dropped her off. Usually instead of a good bye we would get a look like "seriously, aren't you gone yet?". Now she just cries and it is heart breaking. She cried all day on Wednesday for no apparent reason :( Add in her crying fits and temper tantrums about every 5 minutes and I am about to lose my mind!

I love Rease to pieces, but I am not sure I am going to survive this stage!! Any advice?

Besides that, things are going well. Corwins came to visit last week and watched Rease while we went to the Zac Brown Band concert Friday night. Thankfully it was supposed to rain, so the show was moved inside :) That made this pregnant lady very happy! The show was great and I would highly recommend seeing them if you get the chance.

We have had quite a few showings on the house the last couple of weeks. Maybe we will see an offer soon :) For two of the showings this week, we needed to be out of the house during dinner time. The first night we went to Steak and Shake and the whole way there Rease kept saying she wanted to eat chicken. We walked in and as we were waiting to get seated, Rease says very loudly "I want chicken!!!". The hostess laughed and we just shook our heads. Last night we went to get pizza at Firehouse and as soon as we walk in Rease went up to a guy (thankfully he was an employee) and yelled "I WANT TO EAT!". It was hilarious. He started talking right back to her asking if she was hungry and she said "yeah" really loud. I am pretty sure the other people in there thought we were starving her :)

Tomorrow Chris is gone running a race most of the day, so let's hope Rease is in a good mood :)
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Tuesday, June 14

Where the Deer and the Antelope Roam

Last week was all around a rough week.  Rease was sick with a 103 fever, which has apparently turned into an ear infection (again...) and none of us were ready to be back from vacation.  We are still dealing with a very grouchy two year old, but I am afraid that might be here to stay for a while.  Although, I am praying this phase is over quickly and that God will give Chris and I lots of patience.  I'm not sure how long I can handle crying over everything every 2 minutes.  Let's just hope it ends before she's 16 and starts all over again :)

Anyway, back to vacation.  We spent a week in South Dakota and Wyoming over Memorial Day and had an absolutely wonderful time.  Back a few months ago when we were planning the trip, I decided there was no way we were going to make a roughly 15 hour drive with a 2 year old.  Then I got a hernia and have been restricted to pretty much not lifting anything and I decided there was no way Chris could lug Rease, her car seat, and a couple of carry on's around the airport by himself.  So.....we ended up driving.  It went so much better than I thought it would.  Rease was great the entire car ride.  We left after work Thursday and I don't think she made any complaints until about 11pm when she woke up saying her bottom hurt.  All that sitting is hard on a little butt :)

We got to the hotel around 1am and all fell fast asleep, ready to get up and start the 2nd leg of the drive the next morning.  We were going out to South Dakota to see our friend Steve, who moved out in December.  He had been teasing us for a while telling us to enjoy the drive because he was going to be flying over our heads and beat us to his house and we would still have a few hours in the car (he happened to be in Peoria for work when we left for South Dakota).  I woke up and checked the time on my phone and read what I thought was another teasing text from Steve.  "Don't leave Sioux Falls, I might need a ride".  I'm thinking, you are such a brat, just rubbing in it that we have another 6 hours in the car.  I sent him a text pretty much saying he was mean for teasing me and then he called and said he wasn't joking...oops!  His flight was cancelled out of Peoria and they couldn't get him on another plane until the next day.  So being the trooper he is, he jumped in a rental car and started driving so he could be there with us instead of stuck in Peoria.  **Needless to say, Steve pretty much has had the worst luck with flights in the last few months.....I won't even begin to explain but the poor guy deserves a break!

So we met Steve in the afternoon and hit the road to Rapid City.  That leg of the drive was definitely the beautiful part.  Once we crossed the Missouri River and hit the Black Hills, the view was absolutely breath-taking.  I just looked out the window and thought about how awesome it was to be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery God had created.  It is gorgeous.  Rease also loved looking out the window and calling out all of the random cattle that were along the road.  We stopped for dinner and to stretch and we were talking to Rease about the buffalo statues they had in the front of the restaurant.  She was all excited talking about the buffalo, until we got within about 50 feet of them.  Then all we heard was "no buffalo, no buffalo".  It was very entertaining.  Being the great parents we are, we took her up to them anyway and made her touch them and get her picture with them.  :)  She was less than thrilled!  (Ignore the look on my face, it was a mix of being blinded by the sun and laughing at Rease).

We made a few more stops to stretch and let the pregnant lady go to the bathroom and made it to Rapid in the late evening.  It was really pretty coming in to Rapid from the interstate.  It was dark so you come in and see all the lights from town, etc., and it was really a neat view.  We made it to Steve's house and pretty much all crashed after the long drive.

Saturday was beautiful and we were able to spend the day getting a tour of Rapid and stopping in at Steve's alma mater to check out the CAT lab and all of the Indy Car's.  Rease made friends with the Steve's buddy that was showing her around and got to "drive" one of the cars.  After that she wanted to sit in all of the cars.  She also found welder and the stock pile of weld sticks and was very entertained by that.  Apparently she has found her calling in life and is going to take after Woody :)

We also took Rease for her first ever trip to Cabelas and she absolutely loved it (minus the big buffalo statue out front).  We had to make another trip later in the week and she decided that she just had to have a hat and a puppy dog.  She is still wearing her hat around (mostly backwards) and sleeps with her puppy dog every night.  She loves that silly dog.  We went to the Visitor's Center and Rease had a great time pushing all of the buttons and watching the 3-D map of the Hills light up.

Chris and Steve went out and did some shooting while Rease and I settled down for an afternoon nap.  Chris had a lot of fun doing that and has been talking about guns ever since  Thanks, Steve :)

Rease and I got to finish off the afternoon by having a snack at the table and watching all of the deer that came down to Steve's yard to graze.  Rease ran around to ever window in the house yelling at the deer and having a great time watching them.

Sunday we were able to go visit Steve's church and then we headed to Wyoming to see where he grew up and meet his family, and the guys had plans for 4-wheeling.  We took the scenic way to Upton and stopped by Devil's Tower.  Steve's brother and sister-in-law were camping there so we were able to get out and stretch and chat for a while.  It was a little cold that day, by cold I mean about 40 degrees, so we were a little chilly, but the company was great.  Rease tried to walk their dog and managed to discover, pick up, or fall in every kind of animal poop she could find.  It was great :)

Once in Upton, Rease pretty much thought she ruled the place.  Steve's mom took to her right away and I'm pretty sure Rease thought she was the queen of the house.  Mary kept bringing her toys and letting her watch whatever she wanted on the tv.  I think Rease is sad she is home with us again :)  Somehow I managed to lose a pound over the week were traveling, but I have no idea how because I think I ate the whole time I was at Steve's parents' house.  His mom's monster cookies were awesome!  The boys went 4-wheeling Monday and had a great time.  After lunch we packed up and headed back for another scenic trip back to Rapid.

We drove through Deadwood, Hill City, and parts of Custer.  We drove up through the Needles and I thought for sure I would be sick.  I am not a fan of driving on narrow roads that just drop off, but I managed to keep it together and tried not to make any terrified gasping sounds when we met other cars.  We stopped at Sylvan Lake to take a walk and see the beauty of it.  It was really cold, so we only stayed about 30 minutes, but it was so beautiful.

Rease was spent on the way back to Steve's and was asleep in about 2 minutes.  I can't pass up putting up the picture because it is so funny.  I think if I would have even tried to pick up her arms or legs they would have just flopped down as dead weight.

Tuesday was supposed to be a little chilly still so we decided to hit some mostly indoor attractions.  We went to Reptile Gardens and Rease had a great time.  She loved the bird show and was talking about the owl and the chicken and very engrossed in them.  We skipped the snake show and went in to check out the alligators, crocodiles, spiders and snakes.  Rease didn't mind anything until we got to the really big snakes, then she kept saying "no snake mommy, no snake mommy".  We took a trip out to see the gigantic turtles and the prairie dogs.  Rease also liked the thought of the turtles until Steve got her close enough to touch it and then she decided she wasn't too keen of them.
After the Reptile Gardens we went to a drive through wildlife park.  I am not sure what Rease loved the most - seeing all of the huge animals or being out of her carseat in the pick up.  All kidding aside, she loved the animals.  She saw the elk and called them "moose" (I just about typed moosen - Brian Regan anyone??). I couldn't believe how huge the antlers were on the elk...crazy!  There tons of animals and we all enjoyed watching them.  There was one really ticked off bear that kept pacing back and forth and not letting any vehicles through so we got lots of bear watching time :)

We went back to Steve's so Rease could take a nap and the boys went out and drove Steve's old pick up around.  I am not sure what all they did, but the pick up came back almost out of gas and muddy; so they must have had fun!  We had dinner with Steve's brother and sister-in-law and their little one (who was sleeping while we visited them at Devil's Tower).  Rease wasn't quite sure that she felt like sharing Ellie's toys, but she did a decent job.  They also let her run the tv and she got lots of Dora in while we were there.  She also got to borrow the Little Mermaid, and insisted on watching it while we were at Steve's.

Thursday was our last full day in Rapid so we made the most of it.  Steve finally let me do some cooking so I made biscuits and gravy for breakfast and then we headed out for the day.  We decided to go to Custer State Park and see the wildlife.  On the way we stopped for a picnic and had a good time.  The weather was gorgeous and it was a beautiful spot for a picnic.

After that we went into the park.  Our first stop was the Coolidge Lookout and the view was spectacular.  Rease was asleep so I didn't go up to the observation deck, but Chris and Steve said you could see for miles. I think you could see Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Harney Peak (but don't quote me on it).

We traveled farther into the park and wandered around Wildlife Loop.  We were able to see lots of antelope, some kind of donkey / mule (a "nay" in Rease's book) and lots of buffalo.  Here are some pictures and a video of Rease talking to the buffalo.

We stopped at a local pie shop on the way back from the park and the pie was delicious!  I am not a huge fan of pie but it was excellent.  I would love to have the recipe for the crust!  We ended the evening with dinner at Steve's and enjoyed some time hanging out until we were all too tired to keep our eyes open!

Steve had to work Thursday and we started in on our 2 day trip back to Illinois.  We had a great week and are so thankful that Steve let us come and hang out with him for a week.  He did a great job playing travel guide during the week and never got annoyed with my 1000 stops to go to the bathroom or let Rease get out and run for a bit.  We had a great time enjoying the beauty of the Hills and all they had to offer.  Hopefully we can get back sometime in the next couple of years (Hopefully I won't be about 8 months pregnant the next time) :)

Here are a couple other random pictures of Rease from the week and a couple from her birthday and before church a couple weeks ago (she looked so cute and old, I had to get a picture).
 Every time Chris had the camera out in the car, Rease would say very loudly "Daddy, cheese" until he would turn around and take her picture :)