Wednesday, February 25, 2015

16 week bumpie etc...

Hello all! It's hard to believe it is almost March! Thank goodness though, Spring can't get here soon enough. And I just saw on my calendar that daylight savings begins in 10 days. yes! I love the longer brighter evenings, like most people right?! And it means that warm weather is around the corner. BBQ's, summer concerts, evenings on the deck, vacation. Ah. 

While I definitely miss the consistent weather of California, I did not appreciate it enough when I lived there. When every day was the same, it was no big deal. Now I know we will soak up every single warm day we get. I say that now. Ask me again when its like 100 and humid. Bleh. Maybe those days we just spend at the pool. Sounds divine (especially right's 35 out). But I am trying to just think 4 weeks we will be off to Cali and then Hawaii for our warm weather vaca! (what's the hashtag?! #sorryimnotsorry) We are all so excited, counting down the days. Especially Miss C! 

And before we take off we should know weather baby #2 is a boy or girl! I don't know when we will post it, we may do a gender reveal when we are in California for my west coast family. :) For now, I have a few bumpie pictures for you, as well as some of our days at home. And a few videos to spice it up a bit. 

isn't she the cutest?
 I know, you can't really see the bump, but trust me, it's there. The sweater is covering it up pretty good. And this week girls at the gym started to notice, so it has def popped.

We got some snow! A good amount...finally!! SO beautiful 
OMG are those icicles?! Oh no, just our xmas lights. 

venturing out to go pee. what a brave little fellow.

out helping Dad shovel

my worker bees
 She would have stayed out all day if I let her. 
shoveling. one scoop at a time. 

A little bit of fun around the house....

Charlotte took this one of me all by herself!

she also took this one. A condiment tower. 

Because of the cold weather and snow we haven't been able to venture outside very much. So my photos and recaps are a tad boring! We have been house bound quite a bit and have led a pretty uneventful life. We are really looking forward to the spring and summer when we can head outside and do a lot more activities. Swimming more often, the zoo, the park, etc.   For now it's a lot of this....

morning cuddles for Harley

dressing up as Cinderella and letting H smell her breath. haha

Every day this girl is getting smarter and smarter. She is so well behaved and kind. She is such a happy little girl and we just can't imagine loving her more than we do. Plus she is funny as heck!

out to dinner, chowing down on spaghetti

Mommy being told to wear the antlers and chase her. haha

family cuddles

Charlotte did have her first real dentist appointment the other day and did great. She sat in the chair like a big girl, didn't cry or squirm at all. She let them exam and clean her teeth without any fuss! I was so proud! And no cavities, so she got to take a picture with the bird, Flossy.
but she didn't want to look at the camera

We also go to gymnastics at least once a week to get out of the house and work off some energy. She loves it!

goofy girl!

Harley loves the cold weather and does a lot of this....

This funny little gem was taken around New Years. I submitted it to America's Funniest Home Videos, yes that show still exists. haha.

Friday, February 6, 2015

here we go again....

Matt, Charlotte, Harley and I are happy to announce that Baby Clute #2 is on the way.....
well maybe Charlotte isn't so happy...

peanut #2

good close up of the face

we expect this little one to arrive in August 2015. And as you can see, NO TWINS!! (Yes I was extremely nervous there were going to be two little ones in there. phew!)

It is hard to believe we are going to be a family of 4.5 before we know it....that Charlotte will no longer be an only child, that we will have a screaming infant again! Wait....are we sure about this?! I am confident this little one is going to be much easier in the beginning than Charlotte was, for two reasons: 1. We deserve it. We were tortured with her and it's only fair. 2. We are much more experienced and have all sorts of tricks up our sleeve we can try.

I am currently 14 weeks, just starting the second trimester and happy to be feeling like a normal human being again. No severe morning sickness, but a fair amount of constant annoying nausea that I could have done without. Food was not appealing at all and I am happy that has finally changed. Of course I have preferences/cravings.....cup o noodles (those can't be healthy at all), scones/muffins, and carbs in general (Cheetos). I hope I can keep my cravings under control so I don't gain nearly as much with this one as I did with Char but considering I will be very pregnant during the heat of the summer in DC, water weight here I come!

The truth is.....Harley is the one who is super disappointed he will have to share me with yet another child, and Charlotte could not be happier. She is constantly talking and kissing the belly. It's adorable. It's going to be even more fun the bigger the baby gets, when you can really see the movements.

Since this is the 2nd baby, I am definitely showing already. Here is a little photo comparison of me at 11 & 13 weeks with each of the kiddos. 

hard to tell on this one with the sweater. oh well
Ok so it doesn't really look that different but it sure feels like I'm showing early. haha

p.s. anyone got any guesses boy or girl? I have my guess but I won't share just yet. We should find out some time in March!

Monday, February 2, 2015

it's giveaway day!!

It's contest day!! Finally!! If anyone has followed by book preferences on the blog they will know that I love historical fiction, with Michelle Moran being one of my favorite authors. Ever since I finished her last book I have been patiently anticipating her next one, Rebel Queen. So I was shocked to get an email from her asking if I would like to give away a signed copy of her new book! 

Here is a synopsis of Rebel Queen: From the internationally bestselling author of Nefertiti and Cleopatra’s Daughter comes the breathtaking story of Queen Lakshmi—India’s Joan of Arc—who against all odds defied the mighty British invasion to defend her beloved kingdom.
When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest. India is fractured and divided into kingdoms, each independent and wary of one another, seemingly no match for the might of the English. But when they arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, the British army is met with a surprising challenge.
Instead of surrendering, Queen Lakshmi raises two armies—one male and one female—and rides into battle, determined to protect her country and her people. Although her soldiers may not appear at first to be formidable against superior British weaponry and training, Lakshmi refuses to back down from the empire determined to take away the land she loves.
Told from the unexpected perspective of Sita—Queen Lakshmi’s most favored companion and most trusted soldier in the all-female army—Rebel Queen shines a light on a time and place rarely explored in historical fiction. In the tradition of her bestselling novel, Nefertiti, and through her strong, independent heroines fighting to make their way in a male dominated world, Michelle Moran brings nineteenth-century India to rich, vibrant life.

She is also throwing in a beautiful pair of bangles from India for another winner! 
**bangles may or may not look exactly like this**

Of course I said yes or I wouldn't be posting this blog right now. :)

So, all of you readers, make sure to read and fill out the Rafflecopter details below to enter. Sign in and leave a comment in the blog post. The contest starts today and ends Tuesday night. The winner will be chosen on Wednesday morning and I will post it on the blog and Facebook. The book or the bangles will ship out in mid February.

For those that don't win, be sure to get your own signed book plate for your copy of the Rebel Queen!

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