Monday, March 29, 2010

Yoplait Greek Yogurt and Giant Gift Card Giveaway!

*Giveaway Closed-Congrats to Kaylyn our winner!!*

I had the chance to try the new Greek yogurt from Yoplait this week. Unfortunately I was in FL when the cold pack arrived at my door, so I had a good friend of mine pick it up and store it for me till I got back. I have to admit I was excited to get back and try it!

I received two flavors, honey vanilla and strawberry, but the yogurt comes in blueberry and plain as well. Moriah and Levi LOVE yogurt and happily participated in a taste test with me. While it took me a few bites to get used to the texture, my kids dug right in and gobbled it up.
The yogurt has 0 grams of fat and only 130 calories. With 12 grams of protein, it is a perfect snack for this preggo momma and my kids. Since the texture was so thick and creamy, it was also very filling, a definate good thing here at this house! I also plan on trying the plain flavor in recipes.

Wanna taste? Leave a comment on this post by Friday, April 2. On Saturday I will pick one winner randomly to receive their own prize pack which includes four free coupons for Yoplait Greek Yogurt and a $20 Gift Card to Giant. You can also visit to save $0.30 on one cup of yogurt.
(Make sure to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you are the winner!)

*Disclaimer: Giant and Yoplait provided me with the free product, information and gift pack through MyBlogSparkTM.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

It's a GIRL!!

There is so much to catch up on but I just couldn't wait to share this news:

We are going to have a baby girl in August!

It was so great today to see her and find out that our sweet gummy bear is a girl. We are still talking about names but are just SO EXCITED!!! The ultrasound went well. Our little girl looked healthy and was extremely active. She really made the tech work for all the measurements. The only thing she cooperated on right away was showing us she was a girl! No question about that. We have a few years to work on modesty... At the end we were able to see her in 3D and she was just beautiful. She was done being looked at though and put her arm and hand up in front of her face. I can't wait to kiss her cheeks!!!

We came home and showed Moriah the pictures and told her she was going to have a baby sister. She got really excited and started telling us some crazy names for her. Levi is too little to get it but he seemed happy when we were talking =)

I am 21 weeks now and feeling pretty good. I think I am in that "babymoon" period between the morning sickness and being uncomfortable, and I am going to enjoy every minute of this part of pregnancy.

I'll be back later to catch up on our FL trip and Levi's first birthday. For now I am going to just enjoy the blissful excitement of our news!! (I had to restrain myself this afternoon from going through all of Moriah's baby clothes, that is how excited I am.)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Breath of Fresh Air

Spring is beginning to show up around here and I could not be more excited!!! We have been enjoying the weather with tons of time outside. I LOVE being able to take my littles out for a walk and for some fun times on the playground.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Just For Today

So yesterday was hectic and rough. My kiddos were well behaved for the most part but we just had one of those run around days where it seems you get things done but at the same time get nothing done at home. Poor Levi has had two mornings in a row where he has missed his morning nap entirely. Unfortunately, I have paid dearly for that at night. (Isn't it funny how that works? Less sleep for babies and toddlers during the day = less sleep for them at night.) So I had decided last night that we would stay home for the day today so he can catch up on sleep. I had big plans to get all the stuff around my house that I neglected yesterday done today.
Funny, how your mind can be changed by one e-mail. Before retiring for the night last night I got a reminder about a group a moms who were meeting at Olive Garden for lunch today to have soup, salad and breadsticks. It only took a moment for me to reply, "YES!"
Just for today I am throwing my house responsibilities to the wind. I have laundry in various stages all about my house. Some waiting to be put away, some wait to be folded, some waiting to be dried and some waiting to be washed. I have dirty dishes in the sink (and on the counter) and a dishwasher full of clean ones waiting to be placed in their proper spot. There are toys scattered throughout the house and a pile of "stuff" waiting to be taken care of by the front door from when I cleaned out the car yesterday. But all of that can wait.
Just for today we are having nothing but FUN! We still stayed home this morning and played and relaxed. Levi is currently taking his much needed morning nap. I actually showered, got dressed, put on make-up and did my hair. Moriah was happy to chill with me while I took some time for myself. She likes watching me put on my "nake-up." In an hour we will be meeting those other moms and their kids and have some fun at lunch (at least that's the plan). Just for today we will snuggle on the couch, play games and just be together. I think it is good for all three of us to have a day every once in a while.
Now tomorrow...that is another story. We will go back to life-grocery store, laundry, cleaning- will all resume. Just not for today!

Fun things Moriah has said while snuggling me as I I have been writing this:
"You hair is beautiful!" (That's because I actually took time to blow it dry!)
"Your hair is wild." (After she messed with it)
"I like these." (Referring to the earrings I never wear)
"You want your glasses?" (I took time to put in my contacts today and she is just not used to seeing me with out my glasses.)
"Can I say hi to your baby? Hi baby! I love you!" (and she lifted my shirt and kissed my belly)
"I'm blowing my hair dryer, you want to blow your hair dryer?" (She was using her juice cup as a blow dryer, good thing it is leak proof!)

Hope you are enjoying the day too!

Monday, March 1, 2010

In a Nutshell

Wow, it has been almost two months since my last post. I have really been a horrible blogger, huh? (You can't tell but I am hanging my head in shame.) So I thought I would use this post to catch you up...

Moriah is funny as always. She has really become quite the little boss around here. I am told it is the oldest girl syndrome. I know I sure did a lot of bossing of my siblings when I was younger. We are still working on potty training (I am giving it till August-I will NOT have three kids in diapers!). She has the sweetest spirit and genuinely cares about those around her. She was talking the other day to the baby and said, "Baby, since you are stuck in there, I want to give you my chapstick." And she proceeded to try and stick her chapstick (a prized posession around here) into my belly button. It melted my heart. She is constantly telling Levi, "It's ok. I love you. I know buddy." Once Grandma was sad and she said (in the sweetest voice immaginable) "Don't worry, Grandma." She fills our life with joy and tons of songs (she will sing and sing and sing).
Levi has been pulling himself up and cruising all over the place. He is quick to smile and laugh and has been trying all sorts of new words. He is also refusing any type of baby food. Nope, only real food for this guy, and make sure it is the same food we are eating-he doesn't want to feel slighted. He is really becoming such a "big" boy, even if he is really little for his age. Because of slow weight gain, he was tested for liver and kidney problems, as well as iron count and blood cell count. All the tests showed that he was healthy, but a tad bit anemic. So he is on iron and doing well. We are praying that he has gained an acceptable amount of weight for his one year check up that is right around the corner. (I know-can you believe he is going to be a year!) We love having a our little man around to keep us on our toes.

Here I am last week at 17 weeks. My morning sickness is finally passed-YAY! After a nasty case of food poisoning (thank you McDonalds) and some days of utter exhaustion I have come out of the "fog" of the first trimester. Our little gummy bear is letting me feel its movements more and more. I love that feeling!

So I know it's no surprise to any of you but we have had TONS of snow the past month. Below are a few of my favorite pictures of our snow days. It was fun to get a week as a family. Zack had several days off because of the weather, so we had a mini family staycation at home. As of today, the sun is shining and I can see grass in a lot of places. The snow seems to be melting away and there is not another blizzard due this winter. I am looking forward to spring, nice walks outside and playing on the playground with my kids.

On Valentine's day I celebrated 6 years of wedded bliss with my hubby. Thanks to my parents flying up to stay the weekend with our kids, we were able to get away for the weekend! It was wonderful!! I believe we have an amazing love story (which I wont go into here-since this post is supposed to just be our recent life in a nutshell) but suffice to say that the more years we are together, the more I love this man. I love the family we have together and the time we have been blessed with. I am so excited to see what God has in store for the two of us together. He is an amazing father to our children and such a strong but caring leader of our home.

Our littles decked out for Valentine's Day!

Zack turned 30 on February 15th. In honor of this momentous day we celebrated by eating Cheeburger with my parents on his actual birthday and the following weekend we had a superhero party! It was so fun. Happy late birthday, love, you are the best!

Grandma (Zack's mom) got to come and visit us for a week! It was so good to spend some quality time together. The kids just LOVED having her here (I did too!). It was so fun watching Moriah and Levi play all day with their Grandma and I got lots of rest having her here. Thanks for coming Grandma!

Well folks, that is about it for what the "big" things that have been happening around here. I will try and get back to posting more often but no promises (you know the whole being a mom of two and being preggo thing...).
Some upcoming events we are looking forward to:
Levi turns 1 on March 15!! WOW!
Trip to FL for Levi's birthday!
Our church's big launch on Easter! Check out their website here.
The arrival of my nephew in May!