Saturday, December 31, 2011

One Last Post For the Year

Wow, it sure has been an incredible year! I have no idea what 2012 has in store for us, most likely good stuff. Ha! I am really looking forward to each year Carl and I spend together- we will have been married for 4 years this April! So much older and wiser these days. Just kidding, we are like newlyweds everyday. Except we have Ezra. and another on the way!

November and December have been SO HECTIC. Oh man, crafting Christmas presents must begin much much earlier than Fall. For the men in Carl's family (and Drew, my soon-to-be-brother-in-law :), we made ties and for the women (and Shnooks) I made purses. My parents' Christmas present was foiled by my poor planning on one-hour photos NOT printing 11x14 photographs. So they will get their present in April when my mom comes to Milwaukee. Woot. For the kidlets, Rylee got a personalized fuzzy blanket, Ellie got fuzzy slippers, and Ben got some magnetic fish and fishing pole.

I wish I got a picture of everything, but I failed when I was rushing like a mad woman to get gifts completed and mailed off. Here are a few pictures of the giftings:


5 of the 6 purses

Ben's fishies

Personalized labels for the purses and ties. Hard to read?
This is easier :)
 While in CA, I REALLY wanted to take some family pictures, especially of the Lockwood clan. My parents, sister, and I have not had a good family picture since I was in junior high (ok, there were a few decent ones at my wedding, but I was in a fancy wedding dress). So, for my parents, the plan was to snap some great family photos, print them at a one hour photo location, and then modge podge them to two 11x14 canvases to make it appear like they are pricey gallery-wrapped canvases. Well, the pictures got taken aaaaaand... we were leaving too soon afterwards. So the canvases were brought back to WI and now I've edited the photos for them to be printed soon. Yippee! Here are the two to be printed for my parents:

Yay! Our growing family!

Finally, a family photo!

 I'll admit, the 3:00 pm sun was not our friend. Not only are we extra glowy and shadowy, but my sister and I hardly look half asian anymore. Even my dad looks of asian descent haha. I also got to have a little family picture of Carl, Ezra, and I taken (and baby bump too).


Favorite boys :) Plus Ezra is doing his famous cheeser face :)

Christmas was so enjoyable this year. It was low key, exactly what Carl and I needed. I thoroughly enjoyed crafting presents for everyone too- I really got to think about each person when thinking of gifts (ok, the guys were gypped with the identical ties I suppose). I had fun, but like I said before, I'm starting WAAAAAAY earlier next year if I decide to craft again for gifts.

Happy New Year, everyone! May 2012 be even better if possible :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Glorious Update

I wish I could say this was truly a glorious update, but this is a lie. From my last post, I have been madly crafting away just about everyday. It was really fun making just about all our Christmas gifts this year, but if I am crazy enough to do this again in 2012, I will start in July. No joke.

We are leaving tomorrow morning to go to CA for Christmas this year! I am so stoked. I love CA and will always have a special spot in my heart for the bay :) Hopefully after this trip, I will be a responsible blogger once again. Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Holo.

I purposely spelled "hola" as "holo." I have been saying "holo" to Carl since we first watched MegaMind. So holo, guys :)

Wisconsin has been great! I am so excited that we are comfortable here. We have slowly, but surely, been making friends who are wonderful, wonderul people and most happen to have young kidlets who don't mind the company of Ezra. Our apartment is comfortable and becoming more "homey" everyday (especially since we hung up our pictures finally and have a candied caramel prailines scent swirling around the kitchen and living room everyday). We also got a bookshelf, which has been nice to sort through clutter. I won't comment much on the random tub of pencils, pens, paper, and random hiding in our closet still... but aside from that, we are settled! Our home sweet home for at least the next 15 months :)

(I know it would be fitting to post pictures of our apartment, but that would require me to actually take some... so maybe this weekend?)

This pregnancy has been fairly easy so far. I can't believe I'm already 18 weeks! Here is my latest ultrasound at 17 weeks, 4 days:

do you see the litle open mouth? awwww

We had the opportunity to find out the gender and... we didn't. Ah! It was such a challenge to turn away from the screen. I asked the tech if she knew what the gender was and I think to save me from the temptation, she said she tried not to look and pay attention :) Eek! But after the appointment, I was over the anxiety and feel stoked again  about a delivery room surprise baby.

Speaking of babies, my niece was born this past Saturday! We are thrilled to be an aunt and uncle again to miss Rylee Michelle! Mom and baby are well (and mom looked fantastic after birth!)

courtesy of facebook :)

April seems so far and close. It's so hard to imagine having two babies! Fortunately Ezra will be a little older by then and my due date is landing on the Monday of Carl's spring break. How convenient, yes?

Have a great day, everyone!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hello Fall!

Oh the weather has been lovely with the leaves changing and falling off the trees. The air is cooler now and it feels fairly chilly in the evenings. Today it even rained most of the day! I have a vanilla/cinnamon/amazing holiday scent wax scent filling up our home and it is truly delightful. Not to mention that walmart sells those Scentsy knock-offs for only $2 a tray. Sweet!

Halloween was so fun this year. We went to our ward Fall party/chili cook off, which included trick or treating through the hallways. I made Carl and my costume the day of the party (more like two hours beforehand...) and Ezra's came from toys r us.

On Monday, the day of Halloween, Ezra and I took pictures in the morning, went trick or treating with some lovely friends at the Medical College, and then concluded the evening with tasty spooky ( mostly just tasty :) treats at the Harkers. I'm so glad Carl got out of class early and was able to join us for the evening festivities.

We didn't carve pumpkins this year just because we didn't have anywhere to put them. Nor did we have much family time to set aside for just pumpkins, but oddly enough, it wasn't a big deal. It will be I'm sure when Ezra is older and wants a pumpkin to carve :) We did however buy a baby pumpkin at Trader Joe's for Ezra to play with, which he just adores.

Enjoy these pics!

phone pic

phone pic- lions and tigers and bears. oh my! love Ez's face in this. Carl and I are roaring. It's a must for a mama bear and lion king.
These are from Halloween morning:



he turned away from the camera to have more alone time with the pumpkin

see, he just loves that pumpkin!

 My mama came to visit us two weeks ago and it was so nice. Ezra loved having his "pua pua" here and playing all day long. It was nice and relaxing to visit and see my mom for several days in a row. Carl and I even went out on a date! It was a glorious 5 days and we all miss my mother dearly.  Visitors are always welcome here!

we went to Apple Holler down past Milwaukee and enjoyed some fall activites. My aunt carol also came, but I didn't get any pictures of all of us. It was a fun fall activity though!

he screamed, not cried, when he first encountered the goats, but then he couldn't get enough of them afterwards and even wanted to feed them, though he didn't quite build up the courage to get his hand close enough.

stuffing his face full of good stuff

Happy fall to all of you bloggerees! Also, I just started a crafting blog for fun. It's in effort to document my crafty side and also to encourage me to keep my creative juices flowing. Feel free to visit: harmonizedlaughter.blogspot.com!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

No more secrets

Well, I told my family and and facebook the news, so who is there left to tell?

11 weeks, 3 days


I'm pregnant!

So, here is a Q&A session I had with myself for the purpose of this entry:

Was it planned (since this is the most common question)?
Ok, not really anybody's business, but yes. Did I think I would get pregnant as quickly as we did? Nope. A little TMI, but I haven't had a period since I was pregnant with Ezra (yay breastfeeding!) and I figured I would get pregnant as soon as my regular cycle returned after I weaned Ezra, so ya know a few months... but no, I weaned Ezra and got pregnant the next day. So planned in a backwards way :)

How far along are you and what is your due date?
Today, I am 13 weeks, 2 days along. I am due on April 9th, 2012 (my nephew's birthday!). I was two or three weeks further along than I estimated when I went in for my first ultrasound (the above picture)

Any morning sickness?
 I still haven't thrown up! But I have been waaaaaaay more nauseous than when I was pregnant with Ezra. Appetite has not been amazing, but I have gained 2 pounds, which I am deeming a success.

Are you hoping for a boy or girl?
I guess the safe answer is I'm happy with either, but suppose I'll be honest and say that it would be fun to have a girl since we already have a cute little guy. I keep feeling like we might have a boy again, but it's probably because we already had one haha. I think Ezra would have so much fun with a little brother! A girl would be SO FREAKING FUN... for me :) Dresses, hair accessories, cute fashionista outfits, painted toenails, frilly pink stuff... ahhhh so fun...

Oh and we're going for a delivery room surprise this time around. Woo hoo!

Are you nervous about having two babies?
Everyday. I'm so lucky to have Carl. He is so supportive and reassuring, helping me to slowly let go of my fears of caring for two under two (Ezra will be almost 21 months when this little one is born). I keep trying to only focus on the exciting parts of having a growing family, but instead, I find myself stressing about going to the grocery store and Ezra getting lost in our parking garage while I buckle in our tiny newborn into his/her carseat... slow. deep. breaths.

What's different now compared to your first pregnancy?
Besides the increase in nausea, I am showing a lot earlier. Probably because I didn't have a good exercise regime after having Ezra, so my abdominal walls are much thinner this time around. It's kind of fun sporting a bump already though :)


Carl and I are stoked. Ezra doesn't really know what's going on, but that's ok. I think he will be a great older brother! It will be a hard transition for all of us, especially with Carl being so busy, but I am nonetheless excited!

Friday, September 23, 2011

NOW

i can't show you my whole face since i have a zit on my nose and look like a bum. notice my hair has grown though!

Between moving, unpacking, and taking care of Ezra, I have been feeling so frazzled lately. I hardly do my hair ever (and Midwest humidity has not been kind), I put on makeup for church, I get overwhelmed by the mess of unpacking, and I'm just so easily frustrated! So starting today (and I tried to start tomorrow, but decided change is needed now, not later), I will:

  1. Put make-up on and do my hair so I don't look like I'm wearing a wig
  2. Dress for success and not for lounging (which doesn't mean I have to be uncomfortable
  3. Eat three meals- and no, a diet of cheese and coco puffs do not count (you wouldn't believe how few calories I consume)
  4. Continue unpacking, but only a little at a time so I don't get whelmed
  5. Read the scriptures (what a difference this makes on my daily outlook)
  6. Make a list of crafts and do it! Crafting is such an outlet.
  7. Decorate our home slowly
  8. Be happy. I have a great life and a great family. Yet- it's easy to forget.
I may not accomplish everything on this list every single day, but I will try! We just bought a second car, so I don't have cabin fever nearly as bad now that I have the freedom to venture out of our apartment if I feel like it. We also did proper grocery shopping today! So our cupboards and fridge are full of good food. Being students, we qualified for FoodShare (food stamps) which I was initially a little embarrassed to admit, but now I don't really care because a) we are tax-paying citizens going to school and contributing to our society, b) it is such a blessing to have our groceries paid for, and c) why in the world do I need to be embarrassed to not rack up even more student loans? Carl, Ezra, and I are also on the government health insurance (if you are a student, chances are your state offers health care for the whole family if income is limited or zero- check it out!), receive WIC, and have applied to subsidized housing, where rent will be $0/month (hopefully we get in this spring!). I know some people look down on government assistance, and perhaps I once did a long while ago, but if it's properly used (and I know it isn't always), it is such a burden reliever. I filled my kitchen up with good, healthy food today. Our fridge has never been this full- it's great!

Getting off my soapbox and moving on- Ezra is cute as ever and loves, loves, loves to run around and get into things he's not supposed to (thank goodness for child safety locks that are even hard for me to open).
  • He is obsessed with the tv show Backyardigans ("we're yoooouuuur backyard friends, the Backyaaaardigans!").
  • He sleeps for about 10-11 hours per night, which is fantastic- he does cry sometimes, but falls back to sleep, so that's nice.
  • He is a short little guy still (and probably always) but everyone always seems to think he is big. I'm not sure why, he just looks sturdy I suppose.
  • He is so determined and loves to climb anything he can get a leg up on. That little leg stretches far!
  • What a smarty. I can't get over his brilliance and cuteness :)
just for memory's sake

newborn ezra. so dang cute, right?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

wiss-conn-sunn

We are here, we have been here for almost three weeks, and are halfway settled in. Carl started school last week, and we've been watching a lot of 24 when Ezra goes to bed at night.

Aside from school and watching 24, I feel so busy everyday. We go out almost every morning to take care of our mega to-do list we made prior to moving and today, we finally tackled all of the crucial things. We've been going to bed by 10 pm frequently too. I feel so old.

The move out here went fairly smoothly. I'm so glad we took a break halfway through the 2200 mile journey to see our friends, the Robersons, in their new home in the middle of nowhere (haha, wouldn't you agree guys?). It was a lovely break and they took care of us for a whole day and then some. So kind :) (PS- Shea and Katy, I keep trying to comment on your blog, but I keep getting denied because it says my account doesn't have access... what does that even mean??)

Our new ward out here is absolutely fantastic. So inviting, so sweet. Moving a ton can be difficult, especially when we don't have family nearby, but I think having our church everywhere we've been has made it so much easier over the past three years. It really helps to have something firm and consistent wherever you go, and the Church is just that. It's the same everywhere we are whether in Utah or Maryland :)

I wish I wasn't feeling so lazy right now because then I'd search for a cute picture of Ezra to post. But, that will need to be another day... for today, it will be words only.



have a lovely day!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

More

We went to a nearby flower field at the end of July and had a mini photoshoot. Ezra is so dang handsome :)





such a dreamer



I would love to give you stats for Ezra's growth, but I've been slacking and haven't measured or weighed him since he was 11 months...

However, he can:
- WALK! In the past 3 weeks, he's gone from crawling 90% of the time to walking everywhere. Prior to that, he did not have the confidence to walk, but now he is pro. I put him in some shoes today so that he could get used to having them on his feet now.
- wave hello. He's been doing that for a few months, but I never really announced it.
- clap. he enjoys a good round of applause every so often.
- he says mama and dada, but that's about it. I don't speak baby very well, but he's semi fluent in adult, so it works out.

I swear, this kid has some big brains. I'm blown away by his intelligence everyday. If he can't open something, he'll grab my hand and place it on the object/thing he knows can open. He has this toy that plays music and he'll press the button until it goes to his favorite song!

Ezra is a very patient baby. I love how observant he is and how quick he learns. He makes me smile everyday! He and his dad are best friends and they love to wrestle and chase each other around. Anyway, this past year has been a big year of learning and growth for more than Ezra- becoming a parent is such milestone in a person's life. Learning to parent is another story, but the experience has been good and one that I wouldn't trade for a thing.


This will likely be my last post until we are in WI. In about a week, we will be on our way to Shorewood, WI, our new home for the next 18-20 months. This will be the longest place we've lived at since getting married in 2008! I'm nervous, but mostly excited. Can't wait to start our journey!

For the sake of my poor sister

Dear Shnooks, I am sorry that I have neglected my motherly duties of keeping you posted on Ezra's growth and cuteness. Here are different posts I promised to update on months ago:

Ezra's First Birthday

It was a success. Party goers came, Ezra was happy, he smashed the cake like it was his life calling, and then we took off to Seattle that night and enjoyed a little day trip there. Here are pictures to prove he turned one and we went to Seattle:

yum. my first mini smash cake!

I love that he touched the frosting with one finger and tasted it. cutest. thing. ever.
the cake really did not stand a chance.
Our happy family!

so concerned haha!

One of the games we played. Put Ezra in order from newborn to 11 months!

Fairly self-explanatory. There were 557 cheerios, by the way.

Isn't she just like sleeping beauty in child-form?!

Pretty ladies :)
Now, a party is not complete until a pinata is included...





  


Run, Carl, Run!




Even Carl- er, Ezra- joined the fun!

Remember young Sleeping Beauty? I LOVE the drama in her face here. This picture cracks me up. A circle of children, possibly debating candy theft or cutting in line for hitting the pinata :)
I love the fierce look in all the kids' faces when they're about to whack the pinata!


Even some adults join in the candy picking!

Grandma and the birthday boy! His head is so bulbous sometimes :)
And of course presents!


birthday success!
Seattle

outside our motel

on the ferry headed towards seattle

seattle :)
That's it Shnooks, I'll update another day.


... hopefully before we move to WI.


much love,
 mei :)