Posts Tagged ‘Project 365’

Pregnancy with a toddler around is exhausting… add in a growing business (yay!) and you get one tired momma at the end of the day who has no desire to blog.  Big surprise, huh.  And now, we are 17 days away from the arrival of our second boy which means my desire/time to blog will probably decrease exponentially.  But… I’m going to make a big effort to really work on keeping up with you guys weekly.  I want to do at least one Project 365 post, and one post with (hopefully) cohesive thoughts.  I’m crossing my fingers ;).

For now, here are the first week (or so) of pics for this year.  Hope you enjoy!

Happy New Year!  Jack has finally started actually smiling for the camera when we ask him to say “cheese”.  And bring the cheese he does – every smile is a huge goofy one.  He’s becoming quite the character.

After spending the weekend at my parents celebrating a belated Christmas, we came home to find the freezer door had popped open and all of our meat/frozen goods oozing out onto the floor.  So not a good way to come home!  I’m still battling a strange scent from some juice puddles I can’t seem to find.  What upset me more than losing the meat and leftovers we had frozen, was the fact that we had just made a batch of homemade peppermint ice cream that I was so looking forward to enjoying when we got back.  Ugh… still makes me mad.  Stupid freezer.

If you didn’t know, my son is obsessed with cars.  He has so many cars, there’s a basket in our living room full of matchbox cars, and an entire shelving unit in his bedroom closet full of larger cars.  Granny and Grandpa gave Jack this cool rug for his bedroom for him to race all of those cars on.  The kid can’t get enough.

Brushing teeth is a favorite past time in our house these days.  Jack has gotten really good at it (mostly) and only needs a little help from mommy & daddy.  He especially likes rinsing his brush off 15 times and pretending to spit into the sink.

Tonight, we went out to eat at Raising Cane’s.  It looks like Jack is starting to throw a fit here, but really he’s just being a complete ham.  We’ve decided that Jack is going to be the life of the party.  He was laughing and dancing to the music and getting lots of attention and laughs from the people sitting around us.  He definitely has his daddy’s personality.

Another morning at the Lincoln Children’s Museum.  Jack has been pretend playing a lot more lately, and one of his new favorite things to do at LCM is to play at the pizza parlor.  He likes to pretend to eat his “zaza” and sprinkle cheese and ketchup on each slice.  Jack could play in there for a whole hour if I let him, but I can’t quite get my pregnant belly into the booth, so I usually suggest playing with something else after ten minutes!

Today, Nick and I had our last date before the new guy arrives.  We had a great lunch at Red Lobster, and went to see “Black Swan” at the theatre.  In between, we decided to brave the cold and head to the Haymarket to take some maternity pictures.  I never did get a chance to have any official pictures taken when I was pregnant with Jack, and to be honest, we just don’t have the funds to get them done professionally (so expensive!).  So, we decided that since Nick takes pretty good photos himself, we’d just have him take a few and see what came up.  And I’m so glad we did it – I love how they turned out! (even though some make my belly look gargantuan!)  If you’d like to see the rest, go here.
Well, that’s our first week of the year.  Hope you liked it!  And here’s hoping I don’t fall off the bandwagon again :).


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We went to Holmes Lake to get out of the apartment and get some fresh air.  It was a nice, cool, overcast day, and once Jack spotted the water – he headed straight for it.  After getting himself sufficiently wet, we walked around for a while and then went to grab some lunch then back home for a well deserved nap.

Another trip to the Lincoln Childrens’ Museum (boy do I not regret getting a year membership!).  Jack likes to play in the veterinarian’s office – giving each puppy a sloppy kiss on the nose.  I told him that this particular puppy was very thirsty and needed a drink, so he took a nearby medicine bottle and gave him one.  Talk about cute!

I love this photo – a typical afternoon walk in which Jack chases Lily all over the lawn.

Preparing for our four day camping trip in Colorado.  Made this massive batch of trail mix, as well as two batches of granola bars.

Despite a sick boy the day before, we were able to make it to Colorado after leaving Jack with Nick’s parents (luckily his fever had broken when we woke up this morning).  Though it was hard to leave him, I knew he was in good hands and that a vacation away was only going to help me love on him more when we returned.  We took a small hike from our campsite to this beautiful lake.  The water was refreshing and cool, and I spent a lot of time just soaking my feet.  Ah, relaxation!

The day of the big hike.  The boys had been planning this 15+mile hike across two peaks and down a glacier for almost 6 months.  The day finally arrived – it was beautiful out, and though the start was probably different than what they had dreamed about – with two pregnant wives trying to huff it up the mountain.  All four of us made it to treeline on Flattop mountain and ate some lunch before us women turned around and had a relaxing afternoon shopping in Estes Park while the boys kept going.  When we went to pick up the boys later that evening, we were faced with two exhausted and frustrated men – a stark difference from the excited & giddy boys who started out the day.  Running out of water and a taking a few wrong turns made the hike much more difficult than expected, but they made it through alive.  Sore and tired, but alive.

Our last day at Rocky Mountain National Park.  We drove part of the Trail Ridge Road and took it easy during the morning.  Then we drove to Loveland where we had great suites waiting for us at Embassy Suites – had a relaxing evening and a good nights sleep in a real bed.  I think we will do something like this after every camping trip – it was glorious!

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We had a doozy of a week!  Well, mostly just weekend – full of driving, wedding, driving, 10 & 20 mile bike rides, driving, non-sleeping child, etc.  But, here it is in a nutshell – enjoy!

Boys and their toys!  This is what I see all day long… and though at times it annoys me, I wouldn’t change it for anything.  Now, we have to keep working with Jack to teach him how to pick them up!  (Which he did help for a while tonight, until he got distracted by a toy race car.)

Have I told you that I gave birth to an outdoorsman?  Seriously, this child could live outside if we let him.  We are constantly taking walks, pushing trains down the sidewalk, swinging at the park, anything that has to do with being outside.  I’m glad he likes it, because we like it too… and it’s a surefire way to calm him down when he’s on the cranky side.

Here are the hubs and I on our 10 mile bike ride we took in preparation for the 20 mile Tour de Cure we did on Sunday.  We live right on the MoPac bike trail here in Lincoln, so we can just hop on it and ride out to Walton (a neighboring little town).  It’s a beautiful ride out to the country and it was nice to get away for a while… I was having some problems with my lungs, but I’ll talk more about that in another post soon.  Despite those frustrating issues, it was fun!

I do believe that in 16ish years, Jack will be killing us for putting this photo up at his high school graduation.  I smell the power of blackmail! 🙂  I absolutely love this photo.  It’s classic to how goofy our boy can be.  It was getting close to bedtime, so when Nick changed his diaper he decided to just leave his pants off to make things easier later… but neglected to take of his shoes… add to that the fact that Jack has pretty much been refusing to take off these red beads all day, and then showing me how he is “soooo big!” – this is the fantastic result.  Strike a pose.  Vogue.

More love for the upcycled pillow!  This past week, whenever Jack spots this pillow, he pulls it to the floor and lays down on it… snuggling with it… attacking it.  He loves the thing.  Nick and I have been wondering if this is a sign that he’s ready for a real pillow.  He usually bunches up his blankie and sleeps on it like it’s a pillow anyway… anyone have any ideas on when it’s a good time to get a toddler their own pillow??

Ok… truth.  This photo wasn’t really taken this day… it was taken earlier in the week.  But, apparently nothing fun or noteworthy happened on Friday, so I was left with no photo.  And besides… how could I pass up the opportunity to post an absolutely adorable photo of my son??

We drove to Cozad in the morning to make it to Nick’s cousin’s wedding that afternoon, then had to drive back that night after the wedding so we could get up bright and early to make it to the Tour de Cure bike ride on Sunday.  Even though it was a crazy long, busy day, we did get to spend some time with one of Nick’s heroes – his gramps.  Gramps is the only male blood relative that is present in Nick’s life, and one of the most influential people in his life.  Nick is the person he is because of Gramps.  I’m always so glad to see them together.  I hope Gramps knows how much love his grandson has for him.

There’s our week!  A post is coming soon about the Tour de Cure ride, so until then, I hope your weeks are amazing!

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Mama’s day was wonderful this year.  Nick let me sleep in, made banana chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, wouldn’t let me do anything all day, made me wonderful lemon shrimp pasta… it was fabulous, and I felt very loved.

Monday, along with being laundry day, is usually grocery day.  Usually Jack sits in the cart, but lately has gotten really restless after a while.  So, Jack got to help me today with the groceries by pushing his very own cart.  He was in heaven!  I worried that he would just want to push it wherever and I’d never get any shopping done, but he quickly learned to follow me, turn the cart where I pointed, and put items into his cart when I handed them to him.  I was surprised at how quickly he caught on!  He really is a great grocery helper!

Yet another morning at the Lincoln Children’s Museum.  Jack is getting more and more comfortable with the place and instead of having to coax him into trying things, he runs off on his own to do whatever he wants.  It’s fun just to be able to follow and watch him play and learn.  When we got our membership a few months ago, he could barely see over this water tub – but now he can reach in and play!  He has gotten so big!

Somehow this sticker ended up on Jack’s foot while he played this morning.  He’s a good little citizen! 🙂

Spring has been dreary and wet around these parts lately… so when the sun peaked out this morning, we took advantage of it and headed out for a walk.  It was so nice to get out.  And of course, the nice weather lasted only a day and a half, and we are back to cool, wet, dreariness.

The Maestas humans aren’t the only ones who really like the flower pillow.  🙂

I got to enjoy a girls’ night out with my friends Amber, Lanae, and Sarah to celebrate Sarah’s upcoming nuptials.  Here is Lanae with Chompsky Artz before we headed out.  We went to the Blue Orchid for dinner and then onto the Crescent Moon for something warm to drink.  It was so nice to enjoy some female adult company!

I hope your weeks were amazing, and that this one brings some relaxation and fun.

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