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!