This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have 7 and 1 year old boys (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥ In the summer of 2016 we took another huge step and moved across the country from Oklahoma to New York! This blog is about life and everything in between

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

1 1/2 Years Young

Height: 33.5"
Weight: 25lb 5oz
At 1 1/2 years old you:
  • Go to bed at 7p and wake up between 7:30-8am
  • Take 2 one-two hour naps each day
  • Put yourself to sleep very well
  • Squawk to get up as soon as you wake up!
  • Love to play with brother
  • Need a lot of attention
  • Throw things when you get frustrated
  • Always try to feed yourself
  • Just got your 4 canine teeth in the last month
  • Wear size 18m clothes and size 6 shoe
  • Do not like to wear socks or shoes
  • Do not like to sit still or cuddle
  • Can say many words, including "bite, cracker, momma, daddy, kitty, cold, hot, bubba"
  • Still have fine dark blonde hair and just got another hair cut
  • Like to eat most things, and will throw it on the floor if you don't!

He is a funny little boy that keeps us busy! He is full of smiles but quick to throw a tantrum if he doesn't get his way. He likes to run around at the park and try to keep up with big brother.



Monday, October 3, 2016

Taking a Walk

I try to take a walk every day. Sometimes in the afternoon, sometimes in the evening. Usually with one child or both depending on who's home and who's napping. But every time I walk slowly.

I walk to inhale the scent of a nearby bakery churning out sweets. I walk to listen to the quietness of nature. I walk to observe all of the other people who have made this neighborhood their home. I walk to appreciate the beauty of the fruit trees, the lush green grass, the kept-up flower beds, the different characteristics of each house. I walk to teach Jacob new words as he points to the cars, grass, sticks, and squirrels. I walk to let him chew on the fallen sticks and drag them on the ground so he can feel it scratch the concrete. I walk to let Bradley ride his bike way ahead of me and learn his way home. I walk to wave hello to people in their yard or driveway.

I walk to ABSORB. Sometimes it hits me that I'm actually here--that we did it! We followed our dream, no matter how crazy or stupid most people thought it was. A whole new world is opened up to us, and it is crystal clear looking back at our last few years that were so very hard and trying were to get us ready for this. We see now that God had closed some doors only because he planned to open up a window.

Four months have passed since the move. Sometimes in the evening when the kids are in bed and the house is quiet, Nick will look at me and ask, "Do you think we did the right thing?" I just smile because he and I both know the answer. YES. Our dreams are within reach and we are so excited to make them a reality!

Of course we miss our families. We missing the dinners, birthday parties, get togethers, big holidays, coffee chats. It really hurts us that some of them have flat out said they will NEVER visit us. I know that some of them would like to visit but are unable to because of work and children. We are working on making peace with that because even though we hoped for support, we still anticipated that some would never give it.

It makes me sad because I want to share this new place with family. I want to show them that it's really not as different and crazy as the "New York" stereotypes make you think. I want to show them the beauty of the Great Lakes, the waterfalls, the countryside, the vineyards. I know these feelings will intensify when we get our Victorian house.

As I finish my walks and cross the street to my sidewalk, I always smile as I look around at how much in life has changed. Different car, house, job, city, state, friends, neighbors, stores, weather, furniture--everything. But I smile because I am reminded that thankfully not all change is bad. And it's the good changes that help get us through each day. When the not so good things happen we have the comfort of knowing we WILL get through it.


Friday, September 30, 2016

An Awesome Birthday Party With New Friends

Bradley recently got to attend a birthday party for a boy in the neighborhood. It was at a really cool indoor mini golf and arcade that was called Monster Mini Golf. There was black lights all inside and the paintings glowed like crazy! It was really neat and the kids all had a blast.

After the mini golf, there was pizza and cake for everyone. Then the kids got to play video games and get a goodie bag before leaving. He loved it, and I'm so glad to see him making friends and adjusting to our new life.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Trip to an Apple Orchard and Cider Mill

Today we went on a new adventure! We decided since the weather is so nice that we would venture out and try picking some apples at an orchard! I found this one in Pendleton, about 20min from where we live. We grabbed a bag and headed off to the orchard to find some fruit.

The boys loved it! Of course we had to nibble on some while we were shopping. This is the first time I have ever eaten an apple fresh from a tree! I let Brad pick all the apples himself, and Jacob wondered along behind us.

We were amazed at the amount of apples that grow on just one tree! It definitely got us excited for when we can have our own fruit trees to pluck fresh fruit from in the near future.

After we filled our bag, we headed back to the mill and got to see how they make the cider. For the trip home we all got a cider slushie, and a gallon of freshly pressed cider to take with us!

Today Brad also got to go to a friend's birthday party, but I'll post about that later.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Back to School!

I just realized that I never posted about Bradley starting 2nd grade!!! I didn't want to leave you hanging, so here are the pics from his first day of school last week on Sept. 6 at Thomas Edison Elementary School in Tonawanda.


His teacher is Mrs. Pritchard and seems very nice!

And of course I had to do our annual poses! Here are the two from this year:

And here are those same poses from his first day of PreK! How much he has grown in 3 years!

This is his first time to ride the bus to/from school and he was VERY excited about it! There are a ton of kids at his bus stop from the neighborhood, most of whom he has been playing with all summer! Here is he is hamming it up on our way to the corner.

The first week of school I insisted on walking with him to the bus stop to make sure he got on and off okay. Plus it was nice to socialize with the other parents! This week I relaxed a bit and let him walk by himself while I watch from the porch.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Simple Breakfast Burritos (Freezer Cooking)

I finally got around to making a batch of breakfast burritos for the freezer! I kept mine simple this time with just eggs and cheese, but of course you can add in anything you like to make it fun! Tater tots, meat, bell pepper... The possibilities are endless!

I had a lot of eggs to use so I did mine in two batches. All together I used about 27 eggs. For each batch I recommend using a dozen eggs in a nonstick skillet. Cook them as you normally would for scrambled eggs with salt/pepper to taste. I added shredded cheddar in at the end, about 1/2c each batch. Once they are cooked you can turn the heat off and stir in any other add ones you like.

I used some flour tortillas, and some whole wheat. You should get the largest size available to make a good size burrito. If kids will be eating them too, you could use a smaller size for them.

After you fold each burrito, let them cool a bit then wrap each one in some plastic wrap.

***sorry, I can't get the pic to rotate!***

After they are wrapped you can stack them in a labeled freezer bag and throw them in the freezer! I recommend wrapping it in a napkin and microwaving for about a minute, then flipping over and heating another 45sec. You may need to heat more or less, depending on your microwave.


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