Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years Eve

Only one year ago we were celebrating New Years
on a little island on the East coast...
MANHATTAN!!
We watched the ball drop in Times Square!
What a surreal experience :)
{to see our trip to NYC click
HERE for day 1
HERE for NYE
HERE for day 3
HERE for day 4
HERE for day 5 & 6}

Tonight we will be a little warmer and
a little more low key...
were having dinner Downtown with
friends at El Gaucho and then
to there house to ring in the New Year!

Be Safe
and
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Quiz!

Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Egg Nog!! Shakes, lattes, I try to get my fix this time of the year :) We also have a family recipe.. it calls for a pint of bourbon and 1/2 pint of rum.. perfect for Christmas morning :)

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Usually Santa's presents are the ones too big to wrap :) but some are wrapped.

Colored lights on tree/house or white? It depends.. I love white lights and on the house tree inside, this year my hubby decorated the tree on the side of our front porch with colored light and it looks GREAT!!

Do you hang mistletoe? Yes!

When do you put your decorations up? Usually in the first week or two of December!

What is your favorite holiday dish? Egg Nog! lol. j/k... lime Jello with Pears :)

Favorite Holiday memory as a child? Opening presents!!!

When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I don't remember.. I'm an only child, so a friend must have told me :)

Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? With SO many families, we open gifts on both days :)

How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Theme.. in the past I have got new ornaments every year at Target.. I have done, Blue and Silver ornaments, or Red and White, or all stars or all different colors of balls.. it depends! this year its all lights, multi colored, green and lots of white, some even flash!

Snow, love it or hate it? LOVE it!!

Can you ice skate? I have tried a few time but I'm not that good :(

Do you remember your favorite gift? My favorite gift was 7 years ago.. it was the first Christmas with Dylan.. I had no idea what he was going to get me, you know, the nervous excitement. As I opened a bottle of Victoria Secret bubble bath, I thought, well.. this is sweet but I think I need to drop more hints in the future..lol! Then he pulled a Tiffany's blue box out of his pocket!! I still love the gorgeous necklace!!

What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Probably seeing everyone, and for the most part everyone is in a great mood and happy :)

What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Egg Nog!! lol.. you can only have it once a year!

What is your favorite holiday tradition? Its probably with my moms family... we give each other small gifts from people we don't like, agree with or maybe an ex boyfriend.. lol! It makes for funny conversation!

What tops your tree? A glittery sliver star, We bought it for our first Christmas in our house!

Which do you prefer giving or receiving? I love getting presents but I'm sure in the next few years giving Kallen gifts will be more rewarding!!

What is your favorite Christmas Song? I have always HATED Christmas music but this year, for some reason.. I LOVE it! Maybe its having a baby that makes me more nostalgic.. I'm sure I will have a favorite one next year!

Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? Yummy on Christmas Day!

Favorite Christmas Show? Elf and Christmas Vacation.. its a toss up!

Saddest Christmas Song? Again, maybe next year I will have one!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

christmas 2010

Here is our Christmas card!
We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!
Noir Stars Christmas
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Favorite Toys....

Kallen is loving his exersaucer right now :)
Even though he is not tall enough to play
with the other side..

Along with his tummy time mat from Pottery Barn
I did add a mirror to the top of it,
that he LOVES!
Who is that other baby??
He can spend up to an hour on this mat!


Does anyone have any other suggestions
of toys for under 1 year old boys?
Any good books?
How long do you read to your babies?
Kallen seems to have the attention of books
for about 3 1/2 to 4 min... lol!

This weekend I'm going to try to work a full day
at the Gallery WITHOUT Kallen,
Wish us all luck!
I hope I can survive all day without Kal
and I hope Dyl can survive WITH Kal all day :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Santa!!

Yesterday we enjoyed our first visit with
Jolly Old St Nick!
As we waited in line for about an hour
Kallen was such a good baby looking
around at all the other kids and babies
by the time we got to the front of the line
he was totally PASSES OUT!!
Santa suggested we take a sleeping photo...


And as we started to walk away Kallen woke up
so Santa took one more with him :)

So much fun!!!
Next up..
The Easter Bunny!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fun Filled Weekend!

What a FUN weekend!
especially with this guy smiling and giggling!!
Saturday morning we headed down to the Holiday Ale Fest
with some friends to taste some yummy beer!
Then we headed over to watch the BIG game with some friends!
GO DUCKS!!!!!
They are headed to the NATTY!!!

Sunday morning we bundled up this cutie pie in his little bear outfit

and cut down our Christmas Tree!
We haven't had one in 3 years :)
After finding the perfect tree we went wine tasting
with my family, which is ALWAYS fun!!
And a Woo Hoo to me,
as I finally finished addressing my Christmas cards
{all 112 of them!}
all I have to do is get stamps today!

Happy Monday!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Pretty good gig!!!

Kallen is 11 weeks old...
and there is no way I would be ready to leave my
little man yet to go back to work!
I am thrilled that he can go with me :)
Yesterday at work I heard his first GIGGLE!!
OMG, it was so adorable!!
He is such a happy boy
{98% of the time}
I took this a few min after the first
laugh out loud!!!

Happy mommy and Kallen at work!!!

TGIF!!
have a great weekend!!
And
GO
DUCKS!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Kallen's Birth Announcement

I have finally ordered Kallen's Birth Announcements!
It may have taken a few months but..
Here they are!






Libretto Script Blue Birth Announcement

Customize your own baby announcement at Shutterfly.

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It was so much fun looking at his newborn photos!
I cant believe my little man has changed so much!!
Here he is yesterday when he was all smiles, all day!!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

12 week challenge!!

I HATE running,
I mean, really, really hate running!
But I'm going to start :)

Dylan and I have done the Shamrock Run
a few times, but we have only walked the 5k's.
Next year I want to run it!
And when I say next year,
It's more like 4 months from now!

This morning I started my "training"!
Since I had Kallen I have totally SLACKED
on getting back in to shape.
First we had Halloween,
then Thanksgiving
and next up is Christmas!
If I keep going the way I am
I will be back up to my delivery weight!
UGH!

SO HERE I GO!!
I'm going to start off slow and walk
and add a little running everyday!
I have picked 12 weeks because
my Birthday is in 12 weeks from now an
The Shamrock Run is in 15 weeks..
So depending on how well I do,
I may bump it up to the 8k!
But my goal for right now is the 5k!

I'm going to try to post once a week how
my training is going and hopefully
all my improvements to keep me on top of it!

March 13th is right around the corner :)


any tips, suggestions or words of encouragement are appreciated!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kallen @ 2 Months!!

Today was Kallan's 2 month check up!
and he's PERFECT!! :)
He was such a good boy!
It tore my heart seeing the biggest tears I have
ever seen fall, but all is better now
and is sleeping like a baby!
{haha}

at 2 months Kallen is
23 inches long and
weighs in at 13.2 lbs!
he is my little chunky monkey!
{pretty good for being 3 weeks premature!}

He is great at controlling his head.
Its fun to talk to him as I'm walking across the
room and have him watch me.

His eye seem to get lighter each day!
{fingers crossed for daddy's baby blues}
but we will settle for moms green eyes too :)

He loves tummy time,
when he doesn't fall asleep..
Yep, hes a stomach sleeper!

Speaking of sleep..
he is a GREAT sleeper!
He usually falls asleep at 730
wakes up at 130 for some food
then is back to sleep till usually 5ish
I would love to be able to change his time
to 930-7ish but I will take what I can get!
I hear stories about babies who don't sleep that
much, so if it works for him, it works for us :)

He smiles at us all the time
and yes, I sometimes still tear up
when its a BIG smile :)

and the newest things are
drooling and talking!
well, baby talking..lol!
{I never thought I would be excited about drooling..lol}


No one could of prepared us for
how much JOY you bring us..
WE LOVE YOU!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

3 stages of Kallen

Happy

Hungery

Full/Tired


Its funny what can happen in a hour!
HAPPY FRIDAY!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Buddy and Me!!

Well, day 3 of work went really well!!
This was the third Wednesday I have gone
to the gallery and "worked"..
I don't know how "productive" I am
with him with me..
But it sure has been fun!!!
We have had several visitors come t see us :)

He is such a great baby!!
The only times he has been fussy
is when friends come in and the attention
is not on him or I'm on the phone,
But I have learned that can be stopped with
a bottle or pacifier.. so I'm more prepared
as the days go!
It also helps that the average age of customers
this time of year are Grand or Great Grandparents..lol
And they all want to see the BABY!!

I think were going to keep up the one day a week till the end of
February, cause things tend to bet busier in March!

So if your in Cannon Beach, swing by and say HI!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

I am NOT a GLEEK!!!

But OMG...

Did you see this??

and to be honest, I have only seen one other episode..

Yes, it was the Britney Spears one with everyone else.. lol

Along with football and wresting, my {all man} hubby was in Choir

he also got a kick out of this too!

I have never heard acapella done SO well!

We will now be watching the rest of the season!

Monday, November 8, 2010

I LOVE....

I love..
how right before you fall asleep
YOU SMILE!!
It warms my heart each time :)









Thursday, October 21, 2010

Kallen @ 1 month :)

WOW!
I cant believe its already been a whole month!
This little guy has changed so much already..
{just a few min old}


{Today!}



I could not have asked for a better baby!

Kallen is sleeping in his own crib at
night and for most naps during the day!
He is usually sleeping from about 9pm to 9am
with a feeding somewhere in between :)

We are breast feeding and pumping
and that is going great!
{I love doing both because it gives
daddy some time to bond with him
while I can take some me time!!}

We are taking him everywhere with us!
We have gone out to lunch, dinner, shopping,
to friends houses, bowling and even wine tasting {twice}!
This weekend we are taking him to the beach
for a campaign fundraiser and to visit with
friends and family!!
This will be out first
*car is loaded to the brim*
trip with dogs and all the baby gear we need!
Wish us luck!

Before we go on friday, Kallen and I
are attending our first Gymboree class!
I cant wait!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

This past weekend we went to the pumpkin
patch with my mom and Tommy!
We had a BLAST
but I'm sure next year will be WAY more FUN!
When we got to the Pumpkin Patch
my mom had a few baby gifts for us..
One of witch was the ADORABLE
Pumpkin Hat!



This was Kallen on his way out to the farm!
This Pumpkin or this Pumpkin???

Family Photo!
My mom and Tommy!
Pumpkins!!!
Here is Dylan's













Mine








Katherine's

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Family Update



Ok, lets not kid ourselves.. this is pretty much just a Kallen update! lol


I think I might have about 3000 photos of this lil guy
on my phone!

I love to just randomly shoot cause you never know
what hes going to do next!





I might be having a little fun dressing him up! lol

we have gone out several times to our new bowling alley just down the road!

Wine tasting at Ponzi Vineyard, about a mile from our house!





Enjoying some tummy time!











Last night was Kallens first night in his crib!
We put him down at 9:30pm
He woke up at 4:30am to eat
and he went back to sleep
from 5:30-8am!
SUCCESS!!
Im not as well rested..

I was up every 20 min to look at the monitor :)


We had his 2 week check up Tuesday!
he has gained 8oz and grown 1inch!