Monday, September 26, 2011

pumpkin carving

I'm pretty excited about carving pumpkins next month, look what I saw at Walgreens & Hy-vee last week? I think maybe Ryan will be excited about carving pumpkins this year! :-)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hoo are you Tuedsday!

Here are this week's questions!
1. What are your favorite 3 things about fall?
2. Are you a football fan and if so who is your favorite team?
3. What is your favorite fall scent?
4. So you have seasonal allergies?
5. Have you started Christmas shopping yet?

Here are my answers!

1. What are your favorite 3 things about fall?
Colors, Sweatshirts & football & Mums! (I had to list 4)
2. Are you a football fan and if so who is your favorite team?
Iowa State Cyclones & the Bears
3. What is your favorite fall scent?
Pumpkin Spice. I actually like Wal-mart's brand of this the best. YUM!
4. So you have seasonal allergies?
No (thankfully!)
5. Have you started Christmas shopping yet?
I'm going to start in the next week or so. My sister Carly just mailed her Christmas list last night so I can get started...and, knowing my other sister Haley I know hers isn't far behind! I'm hoping to get all my shopping done earlier this year just in case the baby comes early!

Operation Pacifier

Day 1 no pacifier a complete success! He cried for a couple of minutes at nap time, but he did great last night for bedtime. What we did with Tucker was when he turned 1 he only got his pacifier during nap time & bedtime. Then, when he turned 2 (just a week ago) we knew it was time. So, the past week or so we started talking about pacifiers are for babies, and that's all he needed to hear we guess! So far so good!

We are loving this stage he is in. He is starting to interact when we ask questions...which is always fun. This morning I asked him who he loved and he said, "babies, Cy (ISU's mascot) & football." I think that made his dad's day! :-)

Thats whats been happening in our little world lately! :-)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fall Tree

Can't wait to do this with T-man. Check for instructions.

Friday, September 9, 2011

First Haircut

Tucker had his first haircut/trim this week, and boy does he look older! He is growing up so fast. Overall he did really good. Ryan had to sit with him otherwise he would start crying his eyes out :-) We came prepared with fruit snacks & his pacifier, which helped ALOT! Overall, a very successful trip!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


...trying to do better with blog posting again!

super excited for this weekend:
...have our ultrasound tomorrow morning for "baby h" pray that everything is developing/looking normal. {this is when we fell in love with Tucker, can't wait to see this little bean movin' & a shakin'!} We also have officially decided on our girl/boy names --including middle names-- so we can share our top reject names: Top reject boy name: Trice Top reject girl name: Shelby {we were going to call her Sherbert for a nickname}
...have family pictures tomorrow afternoon by the very talented Jennifer B!
...have a small breakfast brunch for our TWO YEAR OLD Saturday morning. (Cannot believe how fast the time is going!_
...going to the ISU Vs. Iowa game & have a parking pass! (Thanks to my Aunt Vickie!)
...going to perfect games after the game to play/eat pizza with the birthday boy. His FAVORITE thing to do is "shoot" he likes to help us shoot the basketball & football in the games they have there.
...teaching Sunday School for the 2nd time!
...heading to the Clay County Fair right after church on Sunday (staying til Monday) first time camping with our little boy!

yep, that's a whole lotta fun stuff happening this weekend!
Hope you have a great weekend as well!
Go Cyclones!


This year we decided to attend RVTV in Nevada, and boy, are we glad we did. We had a great family evening! Ryan got to meet his sportscaster hero (Keith Murphy) and Tucker got to see Cy again upclose. A Win-Win. I had mentioned on facebook that Ryan was SUPER excited for this event and when we left the house for three hours we came back to find our front door WIDE open (as in all the way) I guess in all the excitement we forgot to close & lock it. whoops! Glad we live in Ames, Iowa. :-)Enjoy some pictures we took of the night.


ruffled shower cutains

Right now I'm totally loving ruffled shower curtains.
via {I could devote a entire post to that website! I just pinned my first PIN today!}
Love at first site.
Our bathroom is really bland right now so I went looking for ideas how to decorate it. After seeing these ruffled shower curtains I KNEW this is what I wanted to do! Then, reality sunk in when I checked 'em out on etsy to see how much they cost. Ohh, around the ball park of $100-$200. So, for right now I'll have to admire them from online! :-)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Whoo are you??

Here are this week's questions!
1. What are some of your pet peeves?
toilet seat being left up, being tapped to get my attention, pregnant women smoking, hang nails.
2. Do you have a favorite or lucky number?
3. What is one of your family traditions?
On your birthday you get woken up being sung the birthday song, & we have a birthday boy this weekend in our house! :-)
4. Is there anything you are OC about?
Not usually. I like to be organized but I usually am pretty flexible. My brother-in-law would probably say I'm anal on getting holiday plans nailed down early. :-) AKA planning Thanksgiving in Feb. We don't have Christmas nailed down and its driving me nuts! Okay, that definitely sounds like I'm OC about holiday planning! :-)
5. What is your favorite kind of food?
American--any of my friends/family {especially Ryan} will tell you I'm super BORING in my food selection.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Iowa State Football Game Opener

This past weekend was Iowa State's home opener, and wow, was it a GAME! The last six minutes were enough to give you a heart attack, but we WON! We took Tucker to this game and he did GREAT. Couldn't of asked for him to do any better. At first, he had a death grip on me, but by the middle of the 1st quarter he was starting to clap when everyone else did too. :-)

Ryan & his man food!

Tucker taking it all in. Not too sure what to think at this point.

Family photo at the game. Tucker is slowly realizing my lap is becoming smaller :-)

Picture with Cy.

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Uses for Old things

Thanks to I got some cute & clever uses for old things!

Coloring Book Organizer

Cassette Case as Cord Organizer

Eyeglasses Case as Manicure Kit

Coffee Filter as Plate Protector

Ice-Cube Tray as Jewelry Storage

Magnet as Tweezer Holder

Oven Mitt as Heat Guard

Sheet Pan as Stationery Caddy


tailgating on my mind

This week I've had tailgating on my mind.
Last night Ryan & I picked up our football pre-game food, YUM!
Ryan's going to make bacon wrapped shrimp & I'm going to make some festive Carmel Popcorn with Red & Yellow M & M's. We even got T-man a new little T-shirt to sport for the day!

Have a great weekend.
Go Cyclones!

* Homemade French Onion Dip
* Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Skewers with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
* BBQ Chicken Wings
* Spicy Red Beer

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