Wednesday, August 12, 2015

#ThompsonNumber3 To Do List: Preparing for Jack-Attack

Since I am only four one week away from #ThompsonNumber3's debut I figured I better make a list of things I still need to do in order to be ready for him to be here! 

Things to get out of storage
Things to do
  • Put clothes into the dresser
  • Install infant car seat into the car
  • Pack hospital bag
  • Complete birth plan and print out a few copies to take to the hospital
  • Hang up artwork in his room
  • Put crib together
I am actually surprised at how much of the list has already been completed but there is always more to be done!  Typing up my birth plan is the BIGGEST thing that needs to be done as soon as possible- Jack could be here tonight or in six weeks... lets hope it's sooner than later! 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Thompson's Big Move

It has certainly been a roller coaster of a ride but we are FINALLY in our new house and are mostly settled in! I can't wait to share all of the before/after photos of each room but for now I will leave you with a few sneak peeks! :)  Also, please excuse the "iPhone camera quality" of the photos... I will get my nice camera out and take some better photos for the upcoming posts! 

I can just hear Ty Pennington saying "Welcome home Thompson family, welcome home!"

The fireplace redo turned out better than I imagined! 

This boy LOVES being outside.

This boy LOVES being in the basement. 

Tyler's bar area

Living room

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

#ThompsonNumber3 Belly Photos

A collection of photos highlighting the growing belly! 

9 and 10 weeks
11 and 12 weeks

13 and 14 weeks

15 and 16 weeks

17 and 18 weeks

19 and 20 weeks

22 and 23 weeks

24 and 25 weeks

27 and 29 weeks

30 and 31 weeks

33 and 34 weeks

35 weeks

Want to compare Jack's pregnancy to Nolans?  Click here

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Birthday Questions: Everett turns 4

1. What is your favorite color?
- Purple, I mean blue

2. What is your favorite toy?
- Big Iron Man

3. What is your favorite fruit?
-  Cows

4. What is your favorite tv show?
- Optimus Prime, Nature shows, and all the shows that daddy likes 

5. What is your favorite movie?
- Big Iron Man movie (Avengers)

6. What is your favorite thing to wear?
-  Red t-shirts 

7. What is your favorite animal?
- Lion, I mean a tiger 

8. What is your favorite song?
- Iron Man

9. What is your favorite book?

10. Who is your best friend?
- Daddy

11. What is your favorite snack?
- M&Ms and craisins 

12. What is your favorite drink?
- Soda even though I not supposed to

13. What is your favorite breakfast?
- Cinnamon rolls

14. What is your favorite lunch?
- Cheese

15. What is your favorite dinner?
- Mac-n-Cheese

16. What is your favorite game?

17. What is your favorite thing to play outside?
- Go see my dog and pet my dog 

18. What is your favorite holiday?
- Halloween to dress up like a robot

19. Who do you sleep with at night?
- Mommy, daddy, and Nolan

20. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Chatting with Everett (3 years old)

Everett: I love you. 
Me: I love you too.
Everett: Aw, you a weally (really) good friend. 

Everett: Where we are we? We there yet?

Everett: Daddy you need to eat your food so you get big and strong like Jimbo, him getting bigger.

Everett: (Yawns) I tire-erd
Me: Why did you get up so early?
Everett: To go to work. 
Me: Oh ya? What kind of work?
Everett: With my guys and Ba-wee (Bailey, the neighbors dog)
Me: Fun! What will y'all do?
Everett: We building a green house.. and paint it red!

Everett: Oh look the moon is out again. It is my home and then it went crash and boom and smooshed me.

Everett: (Playing in his kitchen) JoJo, you want lemonade or apple juice?
Jordan: Lemonade please
Everett: We don't have that 
Jordan: Okay, apple juice
Everett: Ummmm we have water
Jordan: That will be fine

Everett: That is a spiderman bum-futter-why (butterfly)

Me: (Talking to Nolan) You're hilarious
Everett: No you're hair less

Tyler: You have been laying around since 2 o'clock
Everett: No, its fun o'clock

Me: (While watching TV) What is she wearing?
Everett: Um a coat.

Everett: I am Thorn! (Thor)  Wait, where is my hammer?
Me: I'm not sure, where was it last?
Everett: Oh here it is! (Picks up a toy cell phone)
Me: Well, that's the phoniest hammer I've ever seen!

Everett: What church we going?
Me: To Colt's church. 
Everett: Oh. I love him. Him my best friend.

Me: Who wants donuts?
Everett: Captain America do's (sounded like dooze) 

Everett: Ms. Darween (Darlene) we went to the Mad Dinner!
Me: Breakfast with the Mad Hatter?
Everett: Ya, there was the Mad Hatter and Awlice and Penna the Boo (Winnie the Poo) and Tigger and Mary Poppins and the Mad Hatter

Everett: You like my new guy? My nutcracker guy.
Me: I love him. What's his name?
Everett: Let's name him Sanna Claus... and the nother guys (the other nutcrackers we have) named Rudolph, Tonio, and Be-ba-bee. The blue guy is just a nutcracker. 
Me: No name?
Everett: No wets cawl him Steve Rogers, the first avenger! The nother blue guy, him Tony Stork (Stark) and he's Iron Man! 
Me: What about the rest?
Everett: Just nutcrackers. They all nutcrackers.

Everett: Can you enlock (unlock) the gate?

Everett: I want to watch Starwerrs (Star Wars)

Everett: (Out of breath) Gaga, guess what I just ate?
Gaga: What?
Everett: Two!

Everett: What's a prianna (piranha)?

Everett's list of acceptable baby names:
- Steve
- Steve Moto-Jack
- Superman 
- Steve PigPaw
- Batman
- Goobywandy

While going through a list of movies to pick from to each Everett stops me... 
Everett: Wait. Ma-ass-car? What's that?
Me: Its got King Julian and a bunch of animals in it. 
Everett: Do they talk?
Me: Yes
Everett: Oh ya! Let's watch Ma-ass-car!

Me: What did you do during church class?
Everett: We played doctorseuss.
Me: What's that?
Everett: You know you sit and the pat your head and then you run and then you sit.
Me: Oh! Duck, duck, goose!

Me: Let's go to the store. 
Everett: Are we going to Lion King? 
Me: No, not to Food Lion. 
Everett: Aw man.

Me: Do you know why we celebrate Easter?
Everett: Where?

Me: Do you want me to roll your sleeves up?
Everett: No because I'm hungry. 

Everett: (Telling Nolan a story to console him) One night there was a beautiful girl who was mommy and a beautiful boy who was you. Then Batman and Joker was... Umm now a dog story- him name was Red and him family was Everett and Nolan and mommy and daddy and everybody in the city has dogs and my name is Everett and I live with my mommy. My mommys mommy is Rae Rae. 

Balance bike = balentines bike 

Everett: Daddy, you wanna play basketball?!
Tyler: Uhhhhh
Everett: Yeah, you be the blue team and I'll be the crocodile. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Letters to Everett: 5/22/15

Dear Everett,

How are you already four years old!?  These past four years have gone by in a flash and I am so thankful for every single moment.  We have certainly had our share of ups and downs but every second that you are in our lives is a blessing!  You are such an inquisitive young boy and you want to know every detail of how things work and why things happen.  Daddy and I might get a wee bit frustrated with all of the questions but we know that it is helping to develop your growing mind so we try to not mind too much! 
You are still as sweet as you can be and love to share hugs and kisses with us.  Overall you have a great disposition and are pleasant most of the time- but you are four, so from time to time we do have some tantrums here are there.  Sometimes we don't understand exactly what it is you want or why you are upset about things and we aren't exactly sure how to move forward but we are doing the best that we can.  We are praying that God will guide us in the right direction. 
You were excited to learn that you will be a big brother again and you are looking forward to the baby coming! You can't wait to hold him and show him all the cool things that you do. You enjoy all things superhero, to include the Avengers, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Power Rangers. I think that if you had your way, we would watch nothing but superhero shows all day!  You like to play outside, especially when we go to the farm with friends or go to the pool.  
I am so excited to be your mom and I cherish every day that we have together.  I pray every day that God will continue to watch over and protect our family so that we can be together for many many years to come.  I love you so much and am so happy to watch you learn and grow more each day.  You are such a joy my sweet boy.  

Momma and daddy love you to the moon and all the way back! 


For more Letters to Nolan, click here
For Letters to Everett, click here!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Letters to Nolan: 5/18/15

Dear sweet Nolan, 

I am so amazed at how much you have grown and how much you are continuing to grow each and every single day.  You are taking more and more and putting words together to form cute caveman-like sentences now.  Most of the time we are able to figure out what you are saying and as the days go by you add more and more words to your growing vocabulary. 

When you want something, you do anything that you can to get it!  I love your spunk and your personality and how much you live in the moment.  You are very feisty when things don't quite go your way but are easily distracted away by things that are of interest to you.  Nolan, you are quite the little character and you love to put on a show.  Frequently we will find you dancing, singing, and jumping around providing all sorts of fun entertainment for anyone who might be around.  

The thing that I think you like to do the most is to eat!  You love meat and fruit, of course sweets, but you will pretty much eat anything and everything and enjoy eating.  While your love of eating is strong, you are still mastering the art of feeding yourself.  Most of the food makes it into your mouth however there is always a bit of overflow.  :) 
You love to be outside and run in the great outdoors!  You always want to be doing what Everett is doing and you don't let much get in the way of your plans.  You do not have very many fears (except of bounce houses and electronic fish that swim in the bathtub) so you usually do not hesitate to climb stairs, jump off of things, anything that looks fun and exciting.  

A major development we have had in the past month is that you are potty training! We started elimination communication with you around your first birthday and now you are almost fully potty trained!  I am so proud of you and how eager you are to sit on the potty when you need to go.  We have had some accidents, but you are getting the hang of it and even got to "pee in the grass" (as Everett calls it) the other day! 
Oh sweet Nolan, I love you so much.  You have brought so much joy into my life and I cannot imagine life without you in it.  You are such a sweet sweet boy and your laugh is so infectious!  I do have to admit that I love when you want me to hold you when you are angry or upset and you need your momma (or mommy as you now call me).  Thank you for being such a joy in our lives, I love you so so much. 

Momma and daddy love you to the moon and all the way back! 


For more Letters to Nolan, click here
For Letters to Everett, click here!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Look What Laura Made: A Quilt for #KinderSchmidt

One of the first friends I made when I moved to good old Virginia was Sarah. We were in gymnastics, cheer leading, and student council together and were best friends throughout high school.  We are lucky enough to have the wonderful internet (thanks Al Gore) and so I was able to secure a sweet photo of us from high school graduation! 
Gosh we were young but really, we are like fine wine Sarah, we only get better with age!
So when Sarah announced that she and her hubby Brennan were expecting a baby I knew immediately that I wanted to make their baby a Stars and Stripes inspired quilt.  You see, Sarah was all about America before #murica was even a thing... she and Brennan's wedding colors were red, white, and blue! So the boys and I headed off to the craft store in search of the perfectly patriot fabric for #kinderschmidt (yes, the baby has a hashtag)! 

After I picked out the fabric I started brainstorming ideas for how I wanted to lay out the quilt.  I had come across "coin quilts" in my searches and thought that a modified version of that might be cute, especially because I had so many different fabric patterns.  Here's the layout that I came up with...
After I had it laid out the way I wanted it, I got to work.  This was a fun yet challenging quilt because of the layout I had selected but I am quite pleased with how it turned out!
Here's an in-progress picture of the quilt making process!
The finished product!
Ready to keep #kinderschmidt nice and warm!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Letters to Everett: 11/22/14


You are growing and growing and growing! I am so proud of the little dude that you are and how awesome you are with your brother.  You are a loving and kind spirited big brother and love to play with Nolan more than almost anything.  The two of you are getting along more and more these days and it is so fun to see the two of you playing together and having fun! 

Now that you are getting older, you really are getting into doing things for yourself which is bittersweet because you really aren't a baby anymore! Every day you are learning how things work and learning more about the world around you and it is such a blessing to watch you grow. 

Your imagination is at work within you! The drawings that you come up with are so cute and the stories that you tell are so fun to listen to- you are quite creative.  This year for Halloween mommy made you a Peter Pan costume, just like mommy was when she was your age! You had a whole entourage: RaeRae went as Tinkerbell, PigPaw was a Pirate, Mommy was Tiger Lilly, and Nolan and Daddy were Lost Boys!  We had a lot of fun and you really (really) really liked the candy part the best! 

Time is going by so fast and I know that I say that almost every day, but its true.  Every single day with you is a blessing and I am so proud and happy to be your mother.  You give me a joy that is unexplained and I cannot imagine life without you, your brother, and daddy!  You are the best! :) 

Momma and daddy love you to the moon and all the way back! 


For more Letters to Nolan, click here
For Letters to Everett, click here!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Letters to Nolan: 11/18/14

Mr. Nolan,

You are 18 months old today and boy what a big guy you are growing up to be! You continue to amaze me every day with new things that you've learned how to do and new words that you are learning! Everett is your best friend and you want to be doing exactly what he is doing... sometimes before he's even doing it!  You like to climb on anything and everything and especially like to go down the slide... I think you might be a thrill seeker! :) 

This past month your jibber jabber has been transforming and you are starting to form words.  You are learning Spanish from Suyapa and really like to say "agua"... I think it is probably your favorite word! You have such an animated way of speaking; when you say Please, you rub your hands together and say "Peeeeease" with your teeth together, lips pulled all the way to each side, and your eyes squeezed shut! It is so CUTE!  Some words you know are: 
  • Momma, Daddy, Everett, PaPa, Rae,GaGa
  • Agua, Drink, Nack (Snack), NUH! (Nurse)
  • Ny-Ny (Night night), Bye, Hiiiii
  • Peeeease (Please), Tanks (Thanks)
  • Mine, Me, No

Nursing is still one of your favorite things to do but eating is right up there with it! You are a great eater and are generally happy to try new foods.  Your favorite thing to eat right now is scrambled eggs, just like Everett! Whenever you want something to drink you always ask for agua... unless you want to nurse. Haha.  (Don't hate me when you're older for writing this!)

Oh Mr. Nolan! You are such a sweet and amazing baby toddler and are growing up too quickly!  These past 18 months have been joy-filled and I have loved every single minute.  You love to play and be with Everett, snuggle with mommy, and rough-house with daddy! Thank you for being part of our family, I love you more than you will ever know! 

Momma and daddy love you to the moon and all the way back! 


For more Letters to Nolan, click here
For Letters to Everett, click here!