Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hard to believe that we are knocking on the door of 19 Weeks!  We went in for our 18 Week Ultrasound appointment and got to take a good look at the baby yesterday!  Little Linder is the size of a sweet potato this week and is weighing in at about 9 ounces.  The Dr. took some measurements and a close look at the baby and all is looking good and healthy!  It is really hard to believe that we are almost half way through this pregnancy! 

A Trip, a Birthday, a Wedding, and a Shower... Oh my!

The saying "no rest for the weary" is right on for us the past couple of weeks! We have been busy but with lots of fun stuff!  We flew up to Michigan to see our family and celebrate a variety of events and activities!  We spent some time with my sister-in-law & brother-in-law as well as our two awesome nephews!  We got to see them in action on the field at one of their football practice's... I have to say, my nephews are all stars!... and we also went and dropped in during their school lunch!  We are still cool enough to talk to during their lunch period with all of their friends around....but just barely! 

A quick shout out to my 10 year old nephew Alex for making... that's right... making the video below!  I really think he is an architect / director in the making!  Look out Steven Spielberg!!!

We also celebrated the 37th birthday of my wonderful husband! We had cake, ice cream and some nice family time!  It was a great way to celebrate his day!  Happy Birthday Jason, I love you!!

We then headed up to Bay City to celebrate the wedding of Jessye & Nick!  It was a gorgeous wedding and the bride and groom looked perect!...only to be slightly trumped of course by Jessye's little girl, the adorable Ms. MaKenna!  Mother nature was giving the Schuette/ Strzynski Wedding a run for their money, but in the end everything turned out fantastic and we were happy to be a part of their big day! 
Congrats Jo Jo & Nick!

The gorgeous family!

Ms. MaKenna!

The day after the wedding, Jason's mom and friends threw us a baby shower to celebrate the impending arrival of our little Linder!  It was a GORGEOUS shower (unfortunately I didn't have my camera) and I was able to spend some time catching up with the wonderful ladies of Linden, Fenton, Saginaw and beyond!  I left the shower with a lot of  fantastic gifts for the baby but also with a blessed feeling for having so many wonderful people in not only my and Jason's life but in our baby's life as well!   Thank you to Lisa, Kali, Bethie and Marcia for making the shower such a memorable event! 

The next day we packed up and flew back to Texas!  It's always great to go home to see our family and friends!  Thanks to everyone for such a great visit!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Day Care Dance...

As we enter into our fourth month today we have started the very real disccussion about where the baby will go when we both go back to work.  Now, I know it seems early, but it actually isn't too early as we have been told there can be long waiting lists so it is better to get things rolling now.  And unfortunately, I don't think my mother or mother in law is ready to pick up and move to DFW to be our full time nanny anytime soon, so here we are discussing our options!  The main two options of course are for baby to go to a day care facility or go to an in home care operation.  We have talked with lots of our friends and thought about the pro's and con's for both, and we have decided to look into both.  We are going to check out two day care facilities that we have recieved good reviews on this week.  The tricky part is going to be finding a home care option that has a good referral behind it or gives us a good feeling.  Hopefully we will get a couple names in the next week or two so we can look into those as well.  Wish us luck!

Quick Trip Recap

Our trip to Colorado was FANTASTIC!  My husband was very patient with my frequent needs to stop during the long long long drive and we actually had a nice drive there and back!  I will say for anyone interested in what is between here and Colorado.... the answer is NOTHING!  Mostly small little towns with one or no stop lights, a Dairy Queen, AllSups and a Subway.  There were streches of the drive where we didn't see any civilization for miles!  It was a very enlightening drive that I hope to not have to do again for a while!  Once we arrived in CO, of course, it was just gorgeous!  The scenery was perfect and the weather was a welcome change from the 100 degree Texas heat!  We were able to go to the Air Force Academy and see the cadets line up for noon meal formation which was a fantastic treat! I have heard so many stories about AFA that actually being there and seeing a little of the life Jason had there during his college years was really neat!  We also checked out the "kissing camels" at Garden of the God's, took a train up to Pike's Peak (14,110 ft), enjoyed the moutain town of Manitou Springs, toured the AFA including the new golf center (which absolutely thrilled my husband) and of course went to Denver for a baseball game / wedding for our friends Eric and Laura!  All in all we had a packed couple of days but enjoyed every minute of it!  Here are a few pics from the weekend for you to enjoy! 
"Kissing Camels" at Garden of the God's

Noon meal formation at the Academy

Chapel at the Academy- GORGEOUS!

Colorado Rockies baseball game / wedding

The bride and groom

Train up to Pike's Peak

View from the train

Freezing cold top of Pike's Peak!