Saturday, October 31, 2009

happy halloween

We are having fun celebrating our first Halloween in our new home. Asher is decked out in his Halloween jammies. And for the first time ever, Quinn and I actually carved pumpkins.  We have been waiting patiently for trick or treaters and we finally got some! Hopefully we will get some more soon otherwise we will have A LOT of candy left over.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

costume debut

Asher was able to debut his costume tonight for the church "Trunk or Treat" party. We did a little photo shoot on the front porch first.

isn't he the cutest little skunk ever?

If anyone has ever been around him when he is having his baby gas then you know this is an appropriate costume for him. He is definitely our little stinker!

We had so much fun checking out all of the other costumes tonight. There was the cutest little girl running around in an adorable peacock outfit. And one girl had on a Scarlet O'Hara outfit that I would die to dress up in. And of course what "trunk or treat" is complete without a Gears of War C.O.G. soldier?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

wedding weekend

We left Thursday to Phoenix for Cameron and Ashley's wedding. We were suppose to fly through Houston but ended up being rerouted through DC. I wasn't prepared mentally for a 5 hour fllight with a boy who has just learned how to crawl, but he actually did surprisingly well. My Dad picked us up at the airport and off we went to the rental house to meet up with the whole family. It was so much fun to see everyone again and for Dana, Ryan and kids to finally meet Asher and for me to finally meet baby Marshall and Ashley.

Friday morning, my friend and former roommate Shenise came and picked Lindsay and me up for brunch. We had a great time catching up and eating delicious food.

Shenise, me, Lindsay

Friday afternoon we all got dressed up and took some family pictures. I can't wait to see the results. Then that evening we were off to the rehearsal dinner.

 The happy couple

niece and nephew love

Saturday morning we mostly took it easy and hung out and enjoyed one another's company. Then we all got dressed up and ready for the festivities. Here are a few pre-wedding pics.

Cameron and all his sisters

 Dad, Mom and all their children
 All the men with almost all the kids (baby Marshall was sleeping)

The wedding was beautiful and the reception was so much fun. I'ts always nice to reconnect with family you haven't seen in forever.
 Lacy & Lucy and Me & Asher (Lucy and Asher are two days apart)

 Cameron was nice to Ashley

Ashley got Cameron good!

It was such a quick but fun weekend. Asher was very good despite the fact that he was being hauled here and there at all hours and his body was totally confused. We left before the crack of dawn this morning. We arrived safe and sound and put Asher down early. Poor little guy is tuckered out.

Congratulations Cameron and Ashley! Thank you for letting us be part of your wedding weekend!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

sneak peak

We had some family (but mainly Asher) pictures taken this week. We shot downtown Raleigh. Our wonderful photographer emailed me yesterday saying they were up on her blog. Take a look here.  I am so excited to have so many great shots of Asher!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

pumpkin patch

Saturday we took Asher to his first pumpkin patch. Quinn's work had an event at Ganyard Hill Farm in Durham.

Besides the ridiculously cold temperatures it was a lot of fun.

First stop was visiting the goats with Dad.

Next up was some cotton picking with Mom.

We spent some time in the patch and picked out three pumpkins to take home with us.

After snapping a family photo it started to get dark and really really cold. We ate some food and then hurried home.  We stopped for hot cider on the way home which helped warm us all up. Then we settled down to watch some ALCS playoffs. Unfortunately, I had to go to bed before the game was over.

Our house is slowly starting to feel more like a home. I cooked our first meal in the house and I'm beside myself with the amount of counter space and cupboard space. I love it! We also had neighbors stop by today and bring us brownies and welcome us to the neighborhood.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

moving day(s)

We have spent the last two weeks getting the house move-in ready. My mother-in-law graciously came down last week and helped us paint all the bedrooms. One of the bedrooms was an ugly pale orange and one was a bright pink. We also painted the master bedroom. It was blue. We are so grateful she could come down and spend the week with us. We could not have done it without her.

Tuesday the movers came and moved all of our stuff from storage to the house. Here we are in front of our new house on moving day!

We spent a lot of the day unpacking. We made good progress but we still slept at the apartment since our clothes and toiletries were there.

Asher and I spent Wednesday at the house waiting for the cable guy and doing more unpacking. I took this picture of Asher playing with Daddy's lancer replica from Gears of War. It might make me a bad mom, but I think it is adorable :)

Today I spent  most of the day packing up all the stuff we have acquired over the last 3 months. We have made due (or at least we thought) with the bare minimum but we still somehow managed to accumulate a ton of stuff. After work Quinn made a couple of runs to the house with boxes of stuff. We will sleep one more night here at the apartment and tomorrow we will officially be living in our new house!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

another first

Yesterday Asher had a bit of a tough day. It really wasn't that bad all things considered but since he is usually so amiable, I was a little frustrated. I tried for about 2 hours to get him to go down for a nap. He just cried and thrashed around the whole time. Very unlike him. He finally went down but not until he had been up for about 5 hours straight. His crankiness continued throughout the afternoon. Then today, I discovered why. I felt his first tooth coming through. I don't know why but this just got me so excited. My little boy is growing so fast. I can't believe how much he changes everyday.

Sunday, October 04, 2009


my little eating champ!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

the joys of home ownership

We have already had our first unexpected surprise with our home. Thankfully this is a cheap and relatively easy fix. We drove out to the house today to do some cleaning. We had brought a few blankets for Asher to play on while we cleaned. We spread them out on the carpet in the master bedroom and let him roam. A few minutes later Quinn and I joined Asher on the floor to eat the Taco Bell we had picked up on the way. Pretty soon Quinn kept seeing little bugs everywhere. He wasn't sure what they were. We watched them for a while and Quinn said he thought they might be fleas. Yuck. It wasn't long before I saw two jump on and off of Asher. That was it. I picked him up off of the floor lightening fast and we were out of there. We packed up everything in the car and left. As soon as we got home I started calling and emailing exterminators. I even got a hold of one at 5 pm on a Saturday. He is coming out to the house Monday night to take care of the fleas. He asked if the previous owners had a pet and I told them they had a cat. "Great, cat fleas, those are the worst," was his response. Yay, what joy is mine. Also, he told me because of the life-cycle of fleas that it will take 6-8 months to get rid of them completely. Great, again, what joy is mine.

I was a little disheartened by this experience. Not exactly the way you want your first 15 minutes to go in your new home, but deep down I know we are actually really lucky we caught this before we moved in all of our stuff.