Monday, December 26, 2011

Our First Christmas

We celebrated our first Christmas together in our home this year.  We didn't travel on the holiday weekend itself, but we managed to spend some time with both of our families. 

The weekend before Christmas we went to Kansas City to visit my dad, step-mom, grandmas, brother, sister and their families. 

My mom and Gramma came to spend the night with us on the 23rd and we celebrated Christmas with them. 

The dogs were as happy to see Mom and Gramma as we were.  Check out that Boxer-lean.

My sweet Gramma.

Miska visited too, pretty girl!

Mom, Gramma and I took our annual "Three Generations" photo.  This year there's a fourth generation hiding in there too. :)

Mom and Gramma left on Christmas Eve morning to drive to my brothers house in Missouri.  After they left we spent the day at Robert's Dad's house and had Christmas with his family.

Robert's step-mom, Sharon and little sister, Courtney

Robert's dad, Jim

Our soon to be sister-in-law, Chelsea (Tyler's fiance)

Robert's brother, Blaine and sister, Courtney

On Christmas Day, Robert and I hung out in our PJ's all day, chilled with the pups and opened our gifts to each other.
Can you tell Robert liked his gift?  It's a coffee mug with our wedding photo and the first ultrasound photo of Baby Brown on it. 

This one was my favorite gift from Robert, a wedding ornament for our first married Christmas together.

The pups got some toys and we all had a lazy afternoon together.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Friday, December 23, 2011


Pregnancy cravings are no joke.  On my way home for lunch a couple of days ago, I had to stop at the gas station near our house to pick up some hand sanitizer for Robert.  He's been sick and is trying to prevent passing it along to me.

I went into the gas station for hand sanitizer and I left with Twinkies, zebra cakes, Swiss cake rolls and loaded baked potato chips, in addition to the hand sanitizer.  I guess the advice to never shop hungry would have been good to follow here.

I'm pretty sure the check-out guy was judging me.  I played it cool, but inside Chris Farley's SNL "Gap Girl" character was screaming, "Leave me alone, I'm STARVING!"

It's like a fat girl hijacked my body and my wallet.  It sure wasn't me, because I've never been much of a sweet eater.

I waddled out of there with a big grin on my face trying to decide what I would indulge in first.

The chips won.

This morning I woke up with an intense craving for fish sticks.  I was sitting at work, early in the morning when places were still serving only breakfast, and all I could think about was FISH STICKS!! 

Instead of concentrating on work, I was concentrating on how I could get some fish...should I go to the grocery store?  What brand is best there?  Will it take too long to bake them?  Will they be crispy? who serves fast food fish around here?  Which restaurant is closest?  I wonder when they start serving lunch...

I got off work at noon today, because tomorrow is Christmas Eve.  On my way home I stopped at McDonald's and ordered two fish sandwiches (and some lunch for Robert, because he's gotta eat too). 

When I got to the house I took 1/2 of each bun off of each sandwich (the side of the bun without the tartar sauce) and put the sandwiches together to make a glorious double-decker fish sandwich. 

It was the best tasting sandwich in the entire world, everything I had hoped it would be and more.  And now I want another...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Our first glimpse of Baby Brown

We had out first ultrasound this morning and we got to see the baby for the very first time and we saw the baby's heart beating!!  It was so amazing!  I almost cried when I saw that tiny heart thumping away. I still can't believe that we are really going to have our first child. 

Baby Brown looks like a peanut!  Hi there, little Baby!  Mom and Dad love you!

We will find out mid-February if the baby is a boy or a girl  We can't wait to know!!

We really lucked out with our doctor.  She's been great, she listens and answers all of our questions and we don't feel rushed by her.  And today she printed out two copies of the ultrasound photo so that we could each carry one with us. 

Robert and I both showed the photo of the baby to anyone who would look, lol, we are so freakin' excited!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Lights!

Robert and I decorated the house this weekend! And we're still married, so it was a success! :) Haha!

We need to get a couple more strings of icicle lights for that tree. They didn't stretch as far as we thought they would.

I just love the bushes along the front walk!

Yay, Christmas!

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Robert and I celebrated our first Thanksgiving together in our home with both of our mamas and Robert's Aunt Lynn and Uncle Darrell. 

Me and the Moms

Robert's Mommy

Uncle Darrell and Aunt Lynn

Making mashed potatoes! 
(The motor in my hand mixer burned up from doing this. Lame.)

Robert fried a turkey for the first time.  We bought a turkey fryer the day before Thanksgiving, along with the peanut oil and the injector.  I found a really good recipe online for "savory herb" turkey injections. 

The idea was to simmer a combination of herbs and spices on the stove and then inject it all into the turkey.

Sounds fabulous, right?

Yeah, well, it wasn't that easy. The glorious herbs and spices jammed up the injector.

I don't have a small strainer, so we had to improvise.  We tried a coffee filter to strain the mixture.  That failed.  After a couple more fails I was able to locate some netting in my craft box and that worked!

We successfully injected the turkey and rubbed the strained spices on the outside.

Robert fried it perfectly and it was soooo freakin' moist and delicious.  Mmmmm....turkey....we'll probably never bake another turkey again.  It's just not the same!

Everyone pitched in and made a dish or two and we ended up with a ridiculous amount of food.  It was all sooo tasty! 

We really enjoyed having our family with us for the holiday and it was fun to have our first major holiday together in our home and not on the road.  We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Exercise...just not in the dark

The day I found out I was expecting is the day that daylight savings time changed.  Ugh.

I can't express enough how much I dislike getting off work after dark. 

I had been running and walking on a somewhat sporadic schedule before the pregnancy and I have every intention of exercising regularly through the pregnancy, just not in the dark. Or the cold, for that matter.

Robert and I went on an online hunt for either a treadmill or an elliptical machine so I can work out indoors and keep fit while carrying Baby Brown.

We found this great elliptical machine, brand new, for half off at Play It Again Sports. 

Robert bought it for me and it was delivered yesterday! 

I love Robert.  He's so good to me.

This morning Baby Brown and I did our first workout on the elliptical and a few arm weights to top it off.  It was nice!  I love it!

Everything I've read says that staying in shape and exercising while pregnant helps labor go smoother, so here's to popping out a baby with the quickness!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

First Appointment

Today was our first appointment with the obstetrician. I was really excited about the appointment because I thought that we might get to peek in the oven and see what's cookin'.  However, the doc said she wanted to wait until I'm further along so we can see more.  Lamesauce.

I get it though.  And I get that there won't be an ultrasound at each appointment, but the SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME!  I just want to see it!

We'll go back in two weeks for some blood work and in another two weeks for the ultrasound.

Four weeks seems like forever away...

Monday, November 7, 2011

We're having a BABY!

We found out Saturday that we are pregnant!  We have been actively trying and last Friday I bought a 3 pack of the First Response tests...those magical ones that can tell you up to 6 days before your missed period.

I woke up around 6:00 Saturday morning and had to use the restroom, so I went ahead and peed on the stick while I was at it.  And I saw this:
I did like eight double-takes and brought the pee-stick way too close to my face to inspect the results, then pinched myself to make really sure I wasn't dreaming, then cried tears of pure joy and disbelief.

Then I thanked God for giving us this little miracle and promised Him we would take the best care of this baby, and I crawled back in bed.

Robert was still sleeping.  It was still dark outside, so of course he was still sleeping!  I, on the other hand, could not go back to sleep.  I laid there for a while, staring at Robert, willing him to WAKE UP!

Before too long, he grunted and rolled out of bed and started stumbling to the bathroom and right before he shut the door I called out to him, "Hey! I left something on the counter for you!"

He stopped, looked down, did a couple double-takes at the pee-stick himself and said, "So, does this mean you're pregnant?!!" I told him yes!

At first we talked about waiting until we had a doctor visit to share our news. 

That lasted all of about an hour. 

We had told everyone by the end of the day.  We couldn't help it!  We are having a BABY!  How are we supposed to keep that to ourselves?  It's the best thing to ever happen to us!

Someday Baby Brown will read this blog and know their whole life's story from the very beginning.  And that's so cool!  Baby Brown, we love you!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

If there was an award for it, Robert and I would have won "Scariest House" for our neighborhood.  Seriously, we had little kids who refused to walk up to our door while their mothers shot us dirty looks from the lawn.  It was pretty awesome.

At the beginning of October I asked Robert if he had any Halloween decorations, thinking that we could make the house a bit festive for the month.  He was all, "Oh yeah, I have a bunch of Halloween stuff!"

Here I am thinking about cute decorations, witches, ghosts and pumpkins, and Robert disappears into the attic and comes out with these guys:

Butcher Zombie

Baby Zombie

Scary Spider-Head Guy

A head hanging by his eyelids (gross!)

And this shifty-eyed ghost

Not exactly what I had in mind when I asked him about Halloween decorations...but it turned out to be really fun!

We decorated the front of our house with all the creepy stuff and strung spiderwebs everywhere.  We also changed out our bright white porch light for a low-watt yellow bulb to add to the atmosphere.  To top it off, we dressed up like zombies to hand out candy.

It was dark by the time the trick-or-treaters started showing up.

Adam and his kids came over to help hand out candy too.  Preston wasn't sure about us looking like zombies, but he got over it and we all had a really fun time.  Both kids still refuseed to walk past the scary guys in the front though, so they had to leave through the garage. :)

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Carving Pumpkins

We had our buddy Adam and his two kids over to the house today to carve pumpkins! We set up with disposable tablecloths and large bowls in the kitchen and went to town.

This little guy, Preston, did NOT want to stick his hand in that pumpkin, but he eventually got the hang of it!

Here are the finished pumpkins! Robert's is back on the table, but up front we have pumpkins by Ameria, Adam, Preston and me.

Robert's pumpkin turned out so cool!  He's so smart, his brain is so big.

We took the pumpkins outside and lit them to see what they all look like.  They were pretty awesome, if I do say so myself!

Ameria's Pumpkin
(At 5 she carved this by herself, for the most part!)

Adam's Pumpkin

Preston's Pumpkin

Robert's Pumpkin

Leslie's Pumpkin

We also baked the pumpkin seeds with some olive oil, salt and pepper.  They were pretty tasty and the kids thought it was fun to eat the seeds. :)

Tomorrow is Halloween!  Robert and I still have to get the house all creeped-out for the trick-or-treaters.  Muahahaha! (Evil laugh)

Friday, October 14, 2011


My house in Little Rock finally sold! 
We signed the final papers today, so we officially only have one mortgage now! Yay! I sure will miss that cute garden, but Robert and I are beyond thrilled and sooo thankful to be relieved of the burden of the house.