08 January, 2015

Baby "olive" 16 weeks

16 weeks and I'm feeling more and more pregnant now. My sleep is not too great these days, just finding it hard to get comfortable and then when I do I have to get up and use the bathroom.

I have gained about a pound so far give or take. I have been really craving candy this pregnancy which is not super far out of my realm but after losing all that weight I lost I tried not to eat too much. 

I am happy that I feel like my tiredness and nausea have started to subside. For a while there I was feeling like a zombie who could barely function. I had no energy, no drive, feeling sluggish and nauseous and not wanting to do anything. I am so glad that's over because you pair that with the dead cold of winter and you can get in a funk really easily.

I have been feeling flutters for the past week or so. I wouldn't constitute them as "kicks" just yet but still exciting.

We find out in a little less of a month what the gender is and I am so nervous! With Dane and Knox both really I just knew it was a boy each time. This one I just keep thinking that it's a girl but I don't have that 100% feeling. For some reason I keep going over boy names in my head more than girls. It is just what I know I guess. I truly would be happy with either. Dane says he would love to have a girl but Knox says he is wants a boy because he hates girls. LOL. The heart beat today was in the low 140's so it sort of makes me wonder if it could be a girl since both of the boys' heart rates were both a lot higher.

Speaking of names, I am pretty sure I have a boys first name picked out. No middle name and still on the fence about a girls name. I also have a theme picked out for a boys nursery, a nautical navy blue nursery.

For a girl all I know is that I want PINK. I haven't had any girls and so if I do get to have one I want to deck everything out with pink! HA! I'm thinking grey and pink.



01 January, 2015

Christmas 2014

We had a very low profile Christmas. It was wonderful. Dane was so excited he literally stayed up all night on Christmas eve with excitement. YAWN! 

Our big item we bought the boys was an ipad mini that was on sale in November. 

Normal me would have been done in November, or nearly done, I swear I feel like I am just trying to put one foot in front of the other with 2 kids in 2 different schools, starting a business, and having a new fixer upper house with lots of projects and over 3000 sq feet to clean.

Christmas eve we went and looked at Christmas lights around town. 

Christmas Morning! 

I felt like I didn't buy that much stuff but it turns out I spent as much as last year. Last year I felt like I bought a lot of cool toys and they are now either broken or at the bottom of the toyboxes that we haven't even unpacked and they don't even care that they aren't around. So this year I tried to think of things that would get used, and would be fun and not break or lose interest in 5 days. This is tough. We had a very hard time. And the few things we did like were very expensive! But the boys seemed happy and the ipad was definitely the highlight of their Christmas. They got light saber flashlights, legos, crazy sand, minecraft sword and torches, Mario Kart for nintendo, Nerf guns, etc. Typical boy stuff. 

Hope yall had a Merry Christmas!

2014 in review

I know I am a day late, forgive me I'm pregnant and tired and was in bed. NO I didn't stay up until midnight. That's crazy talk. Even 10 sounds ambitious.

We have had a pretty big year, possibly one of the biggest yet! It has been a year of ups and downs but we always come out on top, looking towards the future.

I lost about 27 lbs (but who's counting?? ;) )






I worked very hard from weight watchers and calorie counting to come to lose 27 lbs. I am so proud of the progress that I have made and I look forward to continuing on this journey after baby!


We got a new cat named smokey. He has been an interesting and crazy addition to our family. He is nuts. He is silly. He is loving. He is cuddly.




He is curious, he is playful, and he thinks he is a baby. He loves to be held like a baby.

Derek and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary.

I seriously fall more deeply in love with this man every day. After being with someone for 8 years, you really get to know them on a such a more intimate level, you get to understand things about them that you didn't before. You get to know yourself better. You learn when you need to compromise and when you need to stand your ground. You learn when you need to be the shoulder to cry on and when you need to be strong for the other person. He is the most hard-working man I have ever seen, and the most selfless. He thinks of his family first, and does anything and everything for all of us without even a flinch. Every day that I spend with Derek I seriously just find more and more things that make me fall in love with him all over again. He truly is a blessing and I am so thankful that I get to call him mine :)



We gained 2 new nieces, Zavah and Chelsea. They are such dolls, and it is so refreshing having girls in the mix now!




We lost 2 of our sisters ( my sister Heather and her family, and Derek's sister Cherrika and her boyfriend) to the sunny beaches of  Florida this year. It was really difficult as I am very close to my sister and her kids and over the few months before they moved we were able to spend a lot of time with Cherrika and Jake and that made it all the more sad to see them go. I know it is only a plane ride away but it is still tough some days!

We made the very big and and very scary decision to move to a new community and buy our first and forever home in Riley. It was probably the most difficult and anxious decision that we had to make together. Grown up choices are for the birds right!?


 Well we have been here for about 5 months now and we are so thankful for the decision that we made. You never know the path that your life is going to take even if you try to plan it out as carefully as you can. And the older I get the more I appreciate the ride and try to just breathe in every moment because life is so short. There are times when you just have to do what you can do and let God lead you in the direction you are meant to go, and I truly believe he lead us here.

We have been working our butts off since we moved in. So far, we have painted one side of the house that was left unpainted (16 windows and 3 stories! Yikes!!)

We re-roofed the carriage house (garage) we removed some broken concrete that used to make up a patio/staircase in the back, and replaced it will a new concrete pad. We have painted 5 of the million rooms and added a closet in the "maids room" or guest room. Derek just finished installing and refinishing a clawfoot tub in the downstairs bath and I am so thankful. I have missed baths and so have the kids!




Dane started Kindergarten and Knox started preschool. This was something I was anxious about for a long time (Dane going to Kindergarten) I have been with Dane day in and day out and it was a big leap of trust to hand my kid over to other strangers 5 days a week all day long. There was an adjustment period for everyone but now he loves school and is so excited to go every day. I couldn't ask for more than that.


Knox loves preschool. He is such a different kid than Dane in so many ways. Dane has always been outgoing and not shy about being around kids. Knox gets anxiety and is nervous to be around new people. I knew I put him in good hand with Miss Stacy who was also Dane's preschool teacher. He loves her! 



After not living in the same state as my parents since I graduated high school almost 10 years ago(yikes!) My parents finally got the amazing opportunity to move back to Kansas. It has been so awesome and one of the highlights of the year for sure. We love having them around and most importantly the kids love spending time at Grandmas!




 We got the surprise of our lives when we found out that there will soon be 3 Corral children in our household! I was in complete shock and am still trying to wrap my brain around it! It was completely unexpected and not planned but it is something we always talked about in theory but never pulled the trigger on. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason in the time and the fashion that it is supposed to, and I can't help but wonder if Grammy (Derek's mom ) was up there in heaven pulling some strings ;) She always wanted us to have another one, particularly a girl!




13 December, 2014

Baby "olive" : 12 weeks

I was 12 weeks on Thursday! I am still letting it sink in that I am expecting, even though there is no denying it at this point! Symptoms are in full swing and my belly is showing slightly.

We had a doctors appointment on Thursday morning. I weighed at home at 150.8, and I started at 151, but I fluctuate by the day. So really I haven't gained any weight. According to the scale at the doctor I was 153, and the week before when they took my labs I was 155. yea all depends on the day. I am going to go by my scale because I can check it whenever I want.

I am in maternity clothes mostly now. My boobs have gotten so big that is the biggest reason, it makes my shirts very short. It is such a pain to look for maternity clothes!!

We heard the heartbeat and it was the lowest my kids have been, 156. I am not really taking bets on gender yet, although I am just sending out the vibes that it is a girl. I keep telling Derek that if I just keep thinking in my head it's a girl and saying it out loud it will just be true ;) haha. He said I better come to terms with the fact that we may have 3 boys! I am not wrapping my brain around that yet, I'm still holding out for hope it's a girl. I really think that Jamie (Derek's mom) is up there in heaven pulling some strings for us because she always wanted us to have 3 kids and have a girl! We find out February 5th! 

At the beginning I had a lot of headaches which the internet attributed to hormone changes. Thankfully that evened out! Now, I pretty much just have a lot of exhaustion and lack of energy during the day. I also am very emotional. I cry at most anything sad or sweet that I see on tv or that my kids do.

We have not even begun to think about the nursery yet. We have 4 bedrooms upstairs and the room Knox are currently in we are unsure that it will be his room forever because of the way our heating/cooling and all that works in this old house! So we don't really know which room will be baby's an which will be Knox's but I'm pretty sure he will stay put.

As far as baby stuff goes, we basically have nothing. Thankfully my mom saved my crib from Knox, and I had a rocker that Derek's mom bought for us that we have kept that matches Knox's crib. My cousin was using my bassinet and will give it back. My mom also bought a vibrating chair, and that's about it!  I am really looking forward to garage sale season to grab a lot of good deals! It is amazing how much more relaxed about that stuff you are the 2nd, or 3rd time around. I know with Dane I had his crib up as soon as we got it, and started decorating his nursery immediately. With Knox's it was similar.

I'd say that about sums it up! I definitely won't be updating weekly maybe once a month, we will see.

01 December, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

This thanksgiving was pretty low key. We decided to invited Derek's Step mom Carol, and his brothers Anthony and Sam along with his family, and my dad. Derek's other brother Josh unfortunately had to work :(

On Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I was painting trying to finish up our guest room, we call it the "maids room" because that is what it is, the former maids room. Anyway, I bent down and tweaked my back. YIKES! So much painting, so much cleaning, so much cooking to do! I was freaking out. I was laid up for the next few days and could literally barely walk. Thank you Jesus for my sweet husband and for my mother-in-law Carol for helping me out. It turned out really great to have our first Thanksgiving memory in our new home, and we so look forward to many more.

I had never cooked an entire Thanksgiving before, I have hosted them at our house previously but this was the first time only myself would be cooking. It all turned out great and I didn't end up doing everything because I physically could not.

 Of course Dane got sick with a sore throat and cough a few days before Thanksgiving in true Dane fashion, who gets sick before any holiday for major event usually! So the poor guy was pretty tuckered out but he has really rallied through it.




07 November, 2014

Halloween activities and a surprise




This year we did a few different halloween activities. The first one being the Spooktacular at the Zoo. 


Next we  had the pumpkin patch! We went with my cousins and their kids. The kids had a blast. Can you believe it, their favorite part of the pumpkin patch was a kiddie pool filled with corn. HA!
 I can't believe that Knox rode on a the zipline!
Duck Race! 


Dane and Knox both had their halloween parties on the same day. Derek and I went to Knox's because Dane's has parents sign up and go to certain parties. :( Knox has been to both of Dane's holiday parties both years he went to her school so he is a seasoned vet. 


On Halloween, we took the kids to Westloop ( a shopping center) to trick-or-treat and then to Chilis for supper, and on home to Riley to trick-or-treat. It was COLD. I opted to stay home and pass out candy. It was a good choice for me :) haha 


So we also had a very special announcement on Halloween to share! 

That's right we are expecting Corral baby number 3! I am still in shock and feel like I'm lying whenever I say it out loud. It seems surreal. It was not planned at all. Derek and I always talked about having one more, and we both knew it was something we wanted but we also were very happy and comfortable with our family and where we were in our lives. But you know what they say, you plan and God laughs. I am feeling very anxious, stressing about the fact that I am going to be pregnant and deal with this big old new house, and these 2 crazy boys and all of my responsibilities as well as starting a new job (more on that later), and the fact that we have ABSOLUTELY no baby stuff anymore. But really it could not have been at a better point in our lives. We just got a new 5 bedroom house, we have 2 great kids who would be able to help out and are self sufficient for the most part, and like I said I am starting a new job that is going to allow me to bring my kids with me. I couldn't ask for more. It is just one thing when you have your first and you don't know what to expect, by the 3rd you know exactly what to expect and it scares the hell out of you! HA! 

I am feeling pretty crappy as well. Lots of bloating, acne, headaches really bad for the first 2 weeks, nausea but no vomiting yet thankfully, and extreme tiredness on top of anxiety attacks. When I get a headache or start to feel sick it triggers anxiety in me and I can no longer take the medications that I would normally take to help me feel better. I am hoping that my doctor can give me some tips to manage it but I know what she will say "What are you stressed about you've done this 2x already!?" 

I am sure once the shock wears off the excitement will set in. I am excited and I am slowly warming up to the idea. 4 years of time going by since the last time I was pregnant seems like an eternity. I am just so used to our life as it is currently that it is hard to wrap my mind around how much it is going to change. But I know that God has a plan for our family and I cannot wait to see what our new life holds. We are also joking that Grammy (Derek's mom) is up there in heaven pulling strings for us to have a girl this time. She wanted so badly for us to have 1 more and she really wanted us to have a girl, so that would be a bittersweet treat for us. 

Let the craziness begin!


Family Photos

We had our family photos taken about a month ago and I had high hopes for these photos. This is only the 2nd time I have ever paid someone to take our photos, normally every year we would just ask Derek's brother Sam to take a decent shot of us for our Christmas card. I bought everyone brand new outfits (yikes don't do that) complete with a homemade bow tie. We got all dressed up and headed to get the photos taken. 
They are lucky they are cute!

When we started, the kids were NOT into it. They are in no way strangers to having their photos taken and so I'm not really sure what their deal was. But if you have more than one kid you know they feed into each other so when one starts acting out the other one follows. 
I won't give the name of the photographer because I am sure as a photographer myself I have higher expectations of what I was expecting them to be, and we only had a mini session so the care and the time and all that just didn't seem there. You win some you lose some I guess.... 
So here are the photos that were decent. If I had my choice I would choose the one where we are sitting down but I had a dress on and I had to photoshop my own photo to cover up my legs because I would never send a photo of my legs that way in a christmas card. 


 see, his eyes are closed!

my favorite one. 




12 October, 2014

A few changes

Some of the changes we have made since we moved in include the dining room and the entry way. These were the 2 rooms I did not like the dark green color of as it made the room seem smaller and less inviting than it should. 

So we spend 2 weeks painstakingly patching the plaster, sanding, sanding, sanding, to remove the wallpaper and paint. It was worth it though as it has really transformed the rooms!! 


Before: 


After:



I love it! I am still on the search for a perfect dining room table. I have very specific things I want it to be and I am holding out for the perfect one. 


Entryway before and after: 



 After:
 We installed a new runner for the stairs and I love it. It wasn't exactly what I wanted but for 50 dollars versus 200+, I was ok with it for now! HAHA!

I am currently working on Dane's room, aka the dark star room. It has been a pain! It will hopefully be done in the next week!

 
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