Sunday, April 20, 2014

Brusha Brusha

Friendly reminder from Josephine - if you're eating Easter Candy (like she is), don't forget to brush those teeth!

Happy Easter, everyone!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Flashback Friday: Boots

It's really no surprise my children have always had an obsession with boots. I start them young. And I love boots because they can put them on by themselves (at a really young age). Over the past few years we have "invested" in rain boots - which have proven their worth a hundred times over. So take note: a perfect gift for a little kid is a good ol' pair of plastic boots.

PS: Moms like boots, too...but they're usually a little more pricey.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Until we got - yet MORE snow - we'd been spending lots of time enjoying Spring. We took our first wagon ride through the neighborhood.
We spent a morning doing a RAOK for Christian at a local park. We picked up trash. Can you tell I'm not a germaphobe?
The kids have been spending lots of time on the play set and attracting other neighborhood kids - which in Jack's eyes, is awesome! Here they are eating some carrots for an afternoon snack... I may, or may not, have been sneaking Easter Candy from the kitchen.

And finally, Tyson & Jack held open tryouts in the front yard on Sunday. We're building a Little League Dynasty in Northville. You heard it here first.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Director of Operations

A high-five to all of the fellow Director's of Operations out there... To those who are full-time Director's and those who are Director's while holding down other careers, too.

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's a...

BOY! See - dreams really do come true...

Our ultrasound went great! The baby is growing well and is healthy. We are so thankful! He was acting like he might not cooperate for a gender reveal...but he finally turned and - well - clearly a BOY. Jack heard the tech say, "Looks like a boy." And he yelled, "YES! I'm so happy!" He can't wait to have a little brother.

And while Josie said she wanted a girl...her mama has advised her that it's not so bad being a girl with two brothers! I had plenty of fun shopping with my mom & grandmas. Not to mention, sisters get to boss brothers around - no matter where you fall in order and FOR YOUR WHOLE LIFE. My Uncle Jim & my dad bought my Aunt Sue a Mother's Day card when they were younger (she's the youngest). So Josie will grow up - sandwiched between two rowdy boys - and, in my opinion, she'll be a stronger woman because of it!

Other interesting facts:

  • My Grandma Peg had 2 boys, 1 girl. My mom had 2 boys, 1 girl. And I'm about to have 2 boys, 1 girl.
  • My brothers and I are spaced out ALMOST exactly the same as my kids will be...
  • Nancy is one of 3 girls. All of the Netherland sons (Swihart 3, Becker 2)) have married girls that do not have any sisters. AND - so far, all of the babies produced from those marriages, the GIRLS don't have sisters. Weird.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Baby #3 Gender Scan

Tomorrow (Monday) is our Gender Scan for Baby #3. I was seriously considering not finding out... But I guess we will. But, honestly, it would be great motivation during labor if I didn't know. Just saying.

So here are my thoughts:

  • I was 2/2 at predicting gender at conception. Yes, you read that right. With Jack I told Tyson "I just got pregnant. It's a boy." And with Josie I said, "I just got pregnant. It's a girl." True story. This time - I honestly wasn't paying attention {no offense, baby} and I just said, "I just got pregnant." So that doesn't help...
  • With Jack I was super nauseous, but not sick. With Josie I was super sick, but not nauseous. This time - I was pretty evenly divided between both. Again, that's not helpful.
  • I have had very vivid gender dreams with each baby...which were also correct (at least with Jack & Josie). A few nights ago I had a dream that I announced to a big group of people ; "IT'S A BOY!"
So my prediction this time is: BOY

Tyson isn't willing to participate in predicting...because he thinks he'll feel bad if he's wrong. I'm not sure what that's about. I think maybe he's just sick of being wrong.

Tyson's prediction: HEALTHY (?) Which actually means - he's not choosing. (of course, we all want healthy!)

Here are Jack & Josie's predictions:
Jack: BOY

Josie: GIRL

Obviously, we are all just excited to be welcoming another member to the family! No matter what, we know this baby is a blessing. We pray for a healthy baby...and a healthy mommy, too!

Go ahead and make your prediction. We promise not to tell him/her what everyone thought...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Favorites & a call to Action

Here are couple of my favorite pictures from the past two days. Jack and Tucker are "best friends," so I was excited to catch "a moment" between them. I'm not kidding when I say that Jack calls Tuck his best friend. The other day he told on Tucker because he wouldn't play with him! It went like this:

Jack: (yelling from his bedroom to Tucker in the kitchen) Tucker come play with me or I'm not gonna be your best friend anymore
*No response from Tucker
Jack: Mom, tell Tucker to come up and play with me or I won't pet him anymore
(I relay the message to Tucker, who is sleeping on the floor)
Jack: Is he sad, Mom?

Seriously. Is that not a) the cutest? and b) a SERIOUS cry for a brother to play with?

While Jack was riding his bike with his buddies - Josie insisted on a stroll through the neighborhood. And if we're walking around the block - she MUST hold my hand. In a store? Nope. Parking lot? Always a struggle. But a stroll around the block? Of course! She's becoming so independent. It makes me a little sad.
And finally - a CALL TO ACTION! One of my friends from grad school, Erin, lost her sweet baby boy, Christian, {almost} three years ago. She always finds such special ways to remember him and this year, she's asking people to do a Random Act of Kindness (RAOK) in his honor. When I read her blog post about this I was in tears (because I'm on the brink of tears 99% of the day, thanks to hormones) and thought it was an AMAZING idea.

Here's the thing - how often do we go out of our way to think about a total stranger? How often do we do something just for the sake of making a person's day a tiny bit brighter? I know I don't do it often enough. So this is my mission for the month: three RAOK in honor of Christian...and the HOPE that some of you will join me!

It doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive or time consuming. Buy coffee for the person behind you at Starbucks, take a treat to your local firemen or police officers, pick up someone's tab at a restaurant, or drop a card in the mail to a friend you haven't talked to in a while... You never know how your small act could make someone else's day better. And honestly, we need more kindness in this world. We really do.

You can read Christian's story HERE, you can read Erin's post about the R.A.O.K. HERE, and you can print cards (if you want to pass Christian's story on when you do a RAOK) HERE. Find the event on Facebook HERE!

Thanks, everyone!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Parks & Rec Nville Style

Sometime in January, when we were buried in snow...I vowed to spend my spring and summer and fall outside as much as possible. So yesterday when Jack suggested a visit to the park "with a big, big slide" I decided the chilly weather & cloudy skies wouldn't keep us inside all day.
Amazing how much more active Josie can be at the park this year!
Jack said he was in a cage. I think it was the perfect place for him.

Josie in her yellow jacket with a side of CHEEEESE.  Jack is in the background going around & around on the merry-go-round.
This is the "big, big slide" - and of course he had to give me a mild panic attack before he came down it.  Josie, on the other hand, went up about 4 steps and came back down. She's not really into pushing the boundaries. Totally fine. One daredevil in the family is plenty for me.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up

Grandma Nancy headed back to Fort Wayne on Saturday morning...and about two hours later Tyson and I both agreed that she is welcome back ANY time. We spent the day being kind of lazy. Saturday night we toasted with Gator colored cupcakes. But sadly, Florida lost. And then Wisconsin lost. And NO ONE in this house was happy. Here's the thing about blue food coloring - when it comes out, it's still blue. So this morning Josie greeted me with a blue poo in her diaper...and that can only mean ONE thing: Kentucky must lose. (There, I said it.)
Sunday we got our behinds in gear and did some work around the house. The kids played outside ALL day and loved every minute of it.
Tyson was on a mission to clean out the garage...this is the AFTER picture, so you can imagine what the BEFORE picture looked like... I was on a mission to find my maternity clothes. At almost 21 weeks, I was involved in a heavy rotation of three pairs of jeans, some leggings, and about 8 shirts. Luckily I found all of them (or at least 85%) as I opened up the LAST box in the garage that was marked "Yard Tools" (note to self: don't believe the movers when they label boxes). Also, this is what happens when you move TWO times between pregnancies.
And finally, we officially welcomed SPRING by hanging up the snow shovel. Thanks for your hard work this winter, brother.

Oh wait, one more thing: it is NEVER okay to ask a pregnant woman if she is sure there is "only one baby in there" upon seeing her stomach & hearing her due date. Never okay.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Grandma Nancy to the Rescue

Thursday morning I had a morning ALL TO MYSELF...and it was glorious! Nancy is here visiting and she took Josie for the morning while Jack was at school. As you can see, I really LIVED it up! No, actually, at 20 weeks pregnant and kind of tired of fighting tantrums - a quiet spot in Starbucks with some tea and a book - were my idea of a "really fun morning."  I also managed to pick up some new books at the Library AND squeeze in a pedicure.
Meanwhile - Nancy & Josie visited The Doll Hospital (a toy store in Berkely, MI) and then enjoyed a burger at Bagger Dave's. Josie returned home for nap time...and it was Jack's turn for a treat with Grandma.
Jack went to a toy store in Plymouth, MI (see a theme here? Grandma Nancy loves Toy Stores) and then a trip back to Northville for some ice cream.

God Bless her...she has BOTH kids today! Tyson and I are sitting in a quiet house and it's weird. Awesome, but weird.

Have a great WEEKEND!