Tuesday, December 29, 2009

XMAS 2009!!!

We had a great Xmas this year! I was worried that I'd miss it because the baby would decide she wanted to come out Xmas day but here I am 4 days later and still pregnant! Jack got sooooo many presents...he is definitely one very spoiled little boy!! He got lots of cool toys, trucks, books, clothes, and art supplies! Chris and I also made out well with lots of gift cards, picture frames, and new rugs and pillows for our new house!

We weren't sure how Jack was going to react Xmas morning. We've been talking with him a lot about Xmas and Santa and how Santa brings toys and presents. So Xmas morning we woke up and asked him if he thought Santa came and he said "Toys?" Then we had him walk out of our bedroom and check out the tree. Here is a video of his reaction...definitely not what we expected! Guess he was a bit overwhelmed!!

Jack's big gift was his Thomas the Train table! It took Daddy and Uncle Chris about 2 hours to setup on Xmas Eve. Jack was sooo excited when he saw it! Here's a video of him "opening" his gift!!

Click here to see all our pictures from Xmas Day

A Day Out With Thomas!

On December 4th we took Jack to the Strausburg Railroad for a special event called 'A Day Out With Thomas'. They hold it a few weekends a year and the REAL Thomas the Train is there for everyone to ride. It was really busy but they had it very well organized with trains leaving every 1/2 hour all day. The actual train ride is only about 20 minutes long. They also sell any and every type of Thomas the Train stuff you can imagine from the toy trains to clothes to books...the list goes on and on. Needless to say we had a great day and Jack absolutely LOVED it. We will definitely go back again next year!!

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Sears Pictures!

We went to Sears portrait studio last weekend to get Jack's pictures taken. He's now 19 months old and we haven't had any taken since he was a year. The girl assigned to us to take our pictures was beyond awful but luckily the manager came in and took over and we ended up getting some pretty decent shots. The whole thing from beginning to end took 2 hours because the girl we got was so bad. The manager ended up giving us free pictures for next time though. Anyways, here is a slideshow of some of the shots from our session.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Despite the rainy weather, we had a great Halloween this year with Jack! He dressed up as Elmo, his favorite Sesame Street character. We got him all dressed in his costume and had him look at himself in the mirror. He couldn't stop smiling! Then we took him out trick or treating. We only went to about 6 or 7 houses as Jack was pretty slow taking his time looking at all the different houses and their Halloween decorations and pumpkins. He was really trying to figure out what we were doing and what was going on but as soon as we got to the door and the people put out the bowl of candy, he didn't hesitate! He reached his hand right in and grabbed handfuls!! Smart little guy!!

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

28 week ultrasound!

This past Monday, I had a 28 week ultrasound done. I am having extra ultrasounds this pregnancy due to my pre-eclampsia when I was pregnant with Jack. The doctors are making extra sure that everything is okay and the baby is growing well. She looked great! The technician took lots of measurements of the baby and can tell she's about 2 lbs, 11oz and is in the 56th percentile for weight so she's right on track! Here are the pics they printed out for us to take home.

The image on the left is the baby's face, she's laying on her side, looking right at you. You can see her eye (the little round black circle) and a chubby cheek right below it. The image on the right is her profile. She's laying on her back looking up.

Image on the left is baby on her back with her mouth open...the round thing right above her open mouth is her hand. Image on right is another profile pic with baby on back looking up.

The technician double-checked the gender for us...yup, it's still a girl!!

Fun in the new House and the Phillies!!

Jack getting ready for bed in his big boy bed!

Sitting on the front porch

Playing with the pumpkins

Playing in the yard while Daddy rakes leaves

Jack has been having fun getting used to his new house! He loves having the whole downstairs as his playroom and he has a big boy bed. He's done great sleeping in his own bed...Mommy or Daddy lay with him until he falls asleep and he'll stay there the whole night (yayy!) He also loves having a big yard to run around and play. Oh, and he's been enjoying watching the Phillies in the playoffs! He even says the word "baseball" when it's on TV but it comes out more like "ba-ba-ball". Here are some pics from the past week or two.

Oh, no, I can't watch!

Yayy! They did it!

Doing a celebration dance!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Our New House!

Well, after a long wait and a lot of work we are finally moved into our new house and we love it!! We had settlement on September 29th and officially moved in this past weekend. In between, we did quite a bit of work to the house...painting, carpet cleaning, hanging up blinds. By "we" I mean mostly Chris! He really worked hard to get everything ready for our big moving day and then getting everything organized and put away once we moved in. The house looks great and we can't wait for everyone to come and see it. Below is a link to a photos of the new house.

New House Photos

Monday, September 28, 2009

Linvilla Orchards

Last weekend we took a trip to Linvilla Orchards in Media, PA. They have lots of orchards there where you can pick different kinds of fruits depending on what is in season. The big thing this time of year is apple picking. We didn't get a chance to pick apples this trip but are planning to go back. The day we were there they had an arts and crafts festival going on. Lots of people had tents set up selling all kinds of home-made things like paintings, jewelry, woodwork, and hand-knit clothing. Linvilla also had all their Halloween things out...a huge pumpkin patch and Halloween decorations which Jack had fun running around in. They also have some animals there...lots of chickens, ducks, horses, and goats. Jack's favorite thing there though was the little train ride they had. Jack and Mommy went on first but when the ride was over, Jack wouldn't get out of the car. He stayed sitting very firmly in the corner shaking his head and saying "No, no." I of course had to take him out since other people were waiting for their turn but Daddy took him on one more time after that...what a spoiled boy!! We had a fun day and are looking forward to going to a similar place next weekend called Merry Mead Farms.

Friday, September 18, 2009

One Last Trip....

We decided to take one last trip to the beach last Sunday. After a very rainy Saturday, Sunday was suppossed to be great weather, so we decided to take one last trip this summer to the beach! We got up early and drove down to Ocean City, NJ. It was much less crowded than when we were there in August!! We spent a few hours on the beach and Jack had a great time playing in the sand and running in and out of the water. We then walked up and down the boardwalk and of course, had to take one last spin on some of the rides. It was a great day! We will miss the beach over the winter but can't wait to go back next summer and Jack can show his sister how much fun the beach is!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Strasburg Railroad

Yesterday was a gorgeous day and we decided to take a trip to Amish country and ride the Strasburg Railroad. What a great day!!! Jack has been very interested in trains lately so we thought he'd really enjoy this. He was absolutely fascinated with the train! We started out in the car right behind the engine...he loved looking at it and especially when they blew the whistle! It was a great ride through the farms and Amish countryside. When we got back to the station, we got some lunch and then looked around the shops. Of course we had to get Jack a few treats from the train ride! We got him a little toy train, a train whistle and two train books...he's been having a blast with all of them!

Click the link below to see all our pictures from our exciting day!

Strasburg Railroad

Visit With Uncle Chris

Uncle Chris came down for a visit with us on Saturday for the day. Jack was very excited to pick him up from the train. We waited on the platform for his train to pull in...sooo exciting! We spent the day just hanging around the house and visiting. We had a barbeque and cooked out burgers and hot dogs on the grill. We also went for a walk around the neighborhood. We had a great time visiting with Uncle Chris and we are hoping to visit him in NYC very soon!

Jack and Uncle Chris watching TV

Reading Books with Uncle Chris

Uncle Chris is so much fun!

"Hey, Uncle Chris, can you call up some chicks?"

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jack's Playdate

One of my oldest friends that I've known since middle school, Rachel, and her husband, Chris (whom I've also known since middle school), were down from Connecticut this week and came over for a visit. They have a 3 year old son, Odin, that Jack just loved playing with. Jack thought Odin was the coolest and followed him everywhere he went. They played very nicely together and we can't wait until Xmas when they come back again to visit! They were also so nice and brought some little slinkys for Jack and some of the cutest little girl outfits for the new baby (our very first girly clothes!) Here are a couple pictures of the boys playing together.

Monday, August 24, 2009

It's a GIRL!!!!

Today was our big ultrasound for baby number 2 and we are delighted that Jack is going to have a little sister!! We know he's going to be a great big brother!! Here are some pictures from our ultrasound today :)

Profile of Baby's Face

Baby's Feet

Shot of the girl parts! From view like the baby is sitting above you.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Visiting with Carter

Jack's cousin Carter was in town for a few days this week. We got the boys together to play at aunt Nancy's house. She set up a wading pool and some toys on the back patio. The boys had sooo much fun and the pool felt great on such a hot, hot day!! Nana, Nancy, Brooke, and Holly were also there to visit with us. It was a great afternoon!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Jack's New Haircut

Jack's hair grows super fast! We have always taken him someplace to get his haircut but this past week we decided to do it ourselves at home. Daddy used the clippers while Mommy held his head still. It looks pretty cute and now Jack's haircut is a lot like Daddy's!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fun in the Water

The YMCA that we belong to has a great splash room in the pool area. There are lots of different water sprinklers and fountains shooting out of the ground where the kids can run and play. Jack LOVES this room!