Saturday, November 30, 2013

Decorating the Christmas Tree...

Decorating the tree with the boys is so much fun.  They get so excited pulling out all the ornaments and placing them strategically on the lower half of the tree.  Unfortunately OR fortunately I was in the moment with them and only snapped a few pictures!   

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving with Grandpa Ed

It was definitely bittersweet to have Grandpa Ed spend Thanksgiving with us in Minnesota.  Dad has always spent holidays at home with Grandma Ellen so this was the first holiday, only 2 short months after Ellen's passing that he didn't have her for Thanksgiving.  We encouraged him to do something new and come see us.  We had a great time and the boys really enjoyed having him here.
 Getting in the holiday spirit! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Baby GIRL...

To say I was shocked that baby #3 was a girl would be an under statement.  Because I have 2 boys I just assumed my chances of having a 3rd boy were high.  I had already thought about boy names, boy bedroom decor and how I'd manage as a mom of 3 rough and tumble, busy boys.  Early on I opted in for a genetic blood test called Verifi that screens for a variety of chromosome defects and also gives you the gender very early.  When the nurse called with the results I was so shocked I cried, I love my boys but a girl would round out our family nicely.  Jason encouraged me to not get too excited until I had the actual ultrasound, thus not to be "disappointed" if in fact it wasn't a girl.  I took his advice and waited 4 long weeks for the ultrasound to confirm baby's gender.  It was in fact a girl, I immediately phoned several girlfriends and set out on a shopping spree for PINK!