Thursday, December 31, 2009

What you've missed

Our dog chewed our computer cord so it's been forever since I've blogged. Here's a catch up post...

On November 16th we found out the sex of our baby. We kept it a secret, and celebrated with some family at a "Pink and Blue Party".

We decorated with pink and blue drinks, jello, etc.

Everyone who guessed it was a boy had to wear blue....

...and everyone who guessed the baby was a girl wore pink.

We then passed out colored blocks with the answer hidden inside. Uncle Ernie (Aaron) had the lucky block, and got to announce the exciting news to everyone!

Special Moments...
Great Grandpa Pat reading to his little Oliver
Funny Pilot
Chillin' on the stairs
Tea and Biscuits (a favorite treat)
Early morning snuggling 

While Mark and My dad were away at the annual men's camp-out my mom and the girls came to spend the night with us.

this was supposed to be a simple foot soak but Oliver jumped in with all his cloths on.

We did pedicures and watched movies with homemade popcorn.

Christmas time....

Every year since we've been married we've gotten a real tree. This year was no exception. 

We decorated, and realized that no tree would stay decorated with a toddler in the house:)

We put together and decorated our first gingerbread house (thanks Grandma Kelly!)
The boys had trouble not eating the makings.

Baking Christmas Cookies

Going to look at lights
We have made it our new family tradition to go look at Christmas lights. This year we chose "Candy Cane Lane".  

We filled up our mugs (or sippy cups) with hot chocolate and hit the road.

Oliver absolutely loved the lights! 
This neighborhood went crazy. I don't even want to know what they pay for electric.

We celebrated with friends and their new arrivals.


We got a kitty! and got rid of our crazy hyper dog (don't feel bad for us, we're not sad)

Visiting with family...
This was one of our 4 Christmas celebrations. Unfortunately it's the only one I remembered to take pictures of. Darn!

L to R: Aaron, Scott, Jeff (making a menacing face), and Mark (standing as straight as he can)

Sage, and Keira

One of the highlights of our Christmas here was to see Jeff, Holly, Keira and their new baby, Caden! They suprised everyone and showed up Christmas Eve. 
We were so happy! Thanks for the awesome gift guys.
All the grandchildren (minus Finn)
Ethan, Reagan, Caden, Sawyer, Oliver, Sage, Keira, 
Peter, Lilly, and Cole

Sawyer and Oliver, two of a kind and good buds


Our own Christmas...

I can't even explain how very important this Christmas was to us. We are in our new house, and able to celebrate a "normal" Christmas with Oliver. 
I woke up Christmas morning thanking God that we had made it.
The night before Mark and I put the gifts under the tree...

...and Daddy set up Oliver's big gift. 

Christmas morning we got up, took our time getting downstairs, and then started by opening stockings. 

The opening begins...

This was a special tradition I stole from my own childhood Christmas'. 
Egg SoufflĂ© 

Mark's job is so good to their employee's when it comes to time off. We spent one of those days playing in the snow. So fun! 

Friday, November 20, 2009

Free Pie Wednesday!

I don't know if there are Baker's Square's all over, but ours have free pie every Wednesday. All you have to do is buy a coffee or tea, that's it!

Pay it forward

Oliver recently took part in Pay It Forward, after seeing it on his cousin Keira's blog
This was the first time Oliver has ever received an actual package in the mail. He was so excited opening it that he didn't want to take anything out.
His Aunt Holly and Keira even thought of Ernie! Thanks guys! This was so much fun.

So now we're paying it forward. The rules are simple: be one of the first three people to comment on this post, and Oliver and I will send you a package. Anyone who reads this blog can play; you just need to agree to pay it forward to three more people. If you don’t have a blog, you can find another way to pay it forward.

So, leave a comment on this post, email me your snail mail address brittanystagg at yahoo dot com and we'll send something your way:)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Book recommendations

For those of you who are parents, or grandparents to small children, or you just like to read kids books, you might enjoy this.

We've been reading a lot lately, and visiting our amazing library.
Here are a few new favorites. If you haven't checked them out you need to:)

I'm looking forward to getting into some holiday books soon. If any of you have suggestions (holiday or non) I'd love to check them out, literally:)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Possibly Twins?

18 weeks pregnant

here at the same phase with Oliver's pregnancy

a week of gift cards

Since Mark and I have been so tight lately we haven't been able to do much outside of our house. But last week was a week of giftcards. We went out to dinner, a budget movie, and Starbucks. Oliver loved Starbucks. He was walking around talking to people, and after we got him an Organic Choc Milk he decided he like my iced tea drink better. Turkey.

Here I am trying to get him to drink the super yummy chocolate milk

And here he is finishing my tea. Ohwell