December 30, 2010

Oreo Pie, anyone?

Sean made oreo pie to take to Christmas at my parents house and someone was a fan!!! She isn't a fan of a mess on her hands and always rubs her hands on her face or hair if she gets food on them. Well, the pie didn't want to come off since it was kind of sticky and so she smeared it everyone. Thanks to Granna for giving the dirty kid a bath! :)

December 28, 2010

8 weeks!

Pregnancy Highlights

How far along: 8 weeks

Size of baby:?? Didn't check!

Total weight gain/loss: 1 lb. I have been eating non-stop.

Maternity clothes: My belly band with just one pair of jeans, other than that, none.

Gender: Who knows? This week I think girl, last week was boy. Chinese predictor says girl.

Movement: Nothing yet.

Sleep: I normally nap when Lyla does and then sleep about 8-10 hours at night.

What I miss: being able to eat anything, nothing really sounds good.

Cravings: potatoes and Jimmy John sandwhiches

Symptoms: hungry, gagging at times, tired, food aversions

Best moment of the week: Still being pregnant!

December 26, 2010

Christmas Part 1

Since Sean and I have first been together, we had our own tradition of opening gifts on Christmas Eve morning. We have done that every year we have been together. Next year we are starting a new tradition of being home on Christmas morning to open our gifts and the gifts from Santa.

The night before Christmas Eve, Sean and I finally finished up our wrapping. I was Miss Slackarific when it came to Christmas this year. No motivation to do much. We also put together Miss Thang's Laugh and Learn Home for her. Actually, we didn't put it together, I did. And I'm pretty impressed with my screw driving skills! :)

We got up around 8 when we first her Lyla fussing a bit so that we could get the camera set up to video her expression when she saw her presents. Sean didn't think she's make a fuss over anything, but she did. She let out the cutest little squeal! She did really well with opening the gifts as long as we got them started.

Santa brought her the home, a bunch of books, the farm magnetic sound machine for the fridge, KU boots, and Pj's.

Then Sean and I opening out presents. I got him the Garmin forerunner for his new found hobby of running along with some accessories for that. He also got a new North Face stocking cap and Lyla got him a new game for his Xbox.

Sean got me the Silhouette craft machine and accessories for that along with 2 devotionals and my favorite gift of the season....a Steeler Slanket. This blanket is like heaven. Slankets are similar to the snuggies but a little thicker. I love, love, love it!

December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas from the Rodger's!

We are going to have a busy next 2 days, so I wanted to make sure I posted our card. I'm on the non-traditional side...can ya tell? :)

We are opening our family gifts in the am and then Christmas with Seans family tomorrow and my family on Christmas day. Love all the family time!

Merry Christmas to you all!

Love, The Rodger's

December 22, 2010

Mom's little helper

Little Ly looked super sweet in this Christmas shirt. However, her personality today was anything but. So the pictures were pretty much a fail. Good thing I have 3 more days for Christmas pictures.

December 21, 2010

Week 7

If you take one look at my hair and non-smile, I'm sure you could figure out why.... I think morning sickness is thinking of making it's presence. It's not horrible yet, but I'm thinking it is on its way. I'm hungry ALL the time to the point I feel sick, and if I eat, then I feel sicker. It's a vicious cycle, yall. But, don't worry, I'll take one for the team! It's way worth it.

Again, the deformed mirror. I feel like I look bigger this week. And one pair of pants are about to go down the drain. At 7 weeks. Oh my. My mom had my SIL Kelci pick up a belly band for me to use and it has been great! I never used one with Lyla and so this has been great. Thank you to the both of you!

Oh, and just yesterday, I had my first inkling of what I think the baby is. I'm going with boy. Not sure why I think this, but that would be my guess.

And with Lyla we were blessed with being able to have quite a few sono's at the beginning of my pregnancy, so we were able to see her grow from a gummy bear to baby. With this baby, I want to do something different. I think what I'm going to do is try all the old wives tales that I can find and see what that says. Just something for fun.

Christmas in Lyla's room

My friend Becca and I made wreaths 2 years ago, and this year it fit in perfect for Lyla's room. Sean is very traditional with his Christmas decorations and I'm not. Not even a little bit. So this wreath fit perfectly on the door to her room.

This is a decoration that either Sean made or his mom made whenever he was a little tot. It's now adorned on her shelf.
And her tree. I loved how it turned out. I actually had some silver mesh to add to it, but never got around to it. Last year her tree was zebra print and this year it is black, silver, pink, and turq. Love it! My favorite part: the curly sticks that are coming out of it!

And that's all that is in her room that is Christmas-y. Simple and sweet and I love it!

December 20, 2010

Bath time

Courtesy of Mr. Sean Rodger, future photographer! :) Or not!
We trade on and off for baths and when I was going through my pictures the other day, I came across these few he had taken.
She loves bath time for the most part, unless she has to get out. We normally have to bribe her to get out. You know, bribes like she can brush her teeth or she can read a book! Good wholesome bribes! Haha!

As you can tell, not much going on around here. But I do have a little bit of exciting news. Our new couch is coming on Wednesday! We were told it wouldn't be here until after Christmas, so I'm sooo excited! Looks like tomorrow I'll be cleaning some carpets!

December 19, 2010


I'm in total bah-humbug mode this Christmas. I have no Christmas spirit in me. Sean is actually much more full of holiday cheer.

I wish I was full of holiday cheer because I normally am! So this is totally out of whack for me. I didn't make treats for the neighbors (sorry, neighbors) and I just finished up my Christmas shopping. I still have a few things to make and hopefully I get around to that too!

Other than that, life hasn't been to exciting for us. Lyla and I spent time in GB with my fam and Kevin and Kelci came by for a quick stop. Today we went to church, then I had a photo session and then it was nap time (for me! :) ). And now, after Lyla goes to bed, we are going to watch a movie and finish wrapping presents!

Lazy daisy, are we! :) Maybe next time I'll post something a little more exciting!

December 16, 2010

Lyla {16 months}

Oh.My. Really? 16 months. Today I was thinking about the day I had her and it really doesn't seem all that long ago.

So what are you up to these days?

-You sure love that suck on it constantly.
-You weigh about 20 1/2 lbs and are just about 30 inches tall.
-You are still in size 12 months but I have moved you up to 18 months with some things, esp shirts. You have a big belly, dear!
- Still a great sleeper and have gotten rid of your morning nap now. 12 hours at night, though, now you've started crying once we lay you down and walk out of the room. Doesn't last long, though.
- Still size 3 diapers but in cloth 98% of the time.
- Size 3-4 shoe.
- Whenever football or basketball is on TV you start cheering and put your hands up in the air.

- You are normally a great eater and will eat constantly if we allow it.
- You love, love banana's, cheese, yogurt, sloppy joes, sweet potato fries & fruit snacks. You hardly ever turn down food.
- You still love to blow kisses and say hi to everyone. However, stranger anxiety is at an all time high. Not many people can hold or play with you if you are out of your element or if your mama is around.
-You have no problem getting dressed and like to help us get your clothes on. {Arm through shirts, lifts foot for socks and shoes.} You also like to put your jacket on and try to do it by yourself.

- You and Reese are still bff's. You love to pull her hair, hit her with books, poke her eyes, or play with her teeth. And you love her kisses. You will walk over to her and open your mouth so she'll lick you. Gross, dear.
- You still love to dance and if you hear music you'll start moving.
- When we ask you if you want something, you do this little Chinese head nod mixed with flapping arms. Pretty dang cute.

- You carry around books constantly. But your attention span with reading one doesn't last long at all. Your favorite right now if you Little People Zoo flap book.

-Still don't have much of a vocabulary, but you say hi, bye, puppy, thank you, mama, mommy,dada regularly. We ask you to repeat things and most of the time you try really hard. A few things we can make out {down, duck, papa, get down, no, yes). You can sign more and please.
- The only animal sound you know is that of a monkey!
- You never crawl anymore and can get up without pulling up on something.
-Love your baths and hate to get out. You've also will blow bubbles in the water too.

Happy {16} months, sweet girl! I can't believe in 2 months you'll be 18 months already! Time is going way to fast!!

The goods...

The initial shock of finding out we are pregnant is starting to wear off. Now, its about the planning! :) Oh, I love planning!

I'm 6 weeks 2 days today. And....symptom free so far. I'm tired, but I'm always tired so really that isn't anything new. I made my appt and it is set for Jan 11th. So looking forward to it and looking forward to hopefully hearing a heartbeat. I'm such a worry wart of something things and pregnancy is one of them. I keep thinking something is going to happen or go wrong. Which is NOT the attitude to have. I need to trust that everything will be fine. And it will...

As of right now my due date is 8.9.11. It's be a fun date if he/she actually came on that day. And the he/she part....yes we will be finding out. I'm already thinking in my head that it'll be around the end of March. And yes, again, I have looked to the wise chinese people, and the calendar predicts girl again! Squeal!!! :) I'll be thrilled with a happy, healthy baby boy or girl. But the thought of a girl makes me super excited!! I'd love for Miss Lyla is have a little sister! But a brother for her would be perfect too!

I'll blog next with the story of how I found out and how I told our families! You'll probably get a kick out of how I found out! :)

Praying for a healthy baby!

PSA:Extended Rear facing

One of the things I researched while pregnant with Lyla (and trust, I researched A LOT!) was extended rear facing. This is one thing I knew I wanted to do no matter what. Now, at 16 months, she is still rear-facing and will be til at least 2. I'm in no hurry to turn her around. We have the GracoMyRide 65 and a Britax Decathlon which both are rear-facing til 35 lbs. Now that Lyla is here, it was a much easier decision and really didn't need any researching. All the info about it states that it is safe and not one reliable source says that it isn't. Just the fact that is says it is safer has me sold. And I wish it had everyone else sold, as well. It really saddens me when I know a baby isn't 20 lbs or a year and they are already forwards facing. If parents feel the need to turn them forward at a year then make sure it is 20 lbs AND 1 year! But doesn't the thought of your baby being safer make you want to keep them rear-facing longer?

Here is a video and article about it! (Just click)

And another... (Just click)

This is just my opinion(and the opinion of other ERFing moms) but hopefully it gives someone more info on the subject!

December 15, 2010

101 in 1001

Have you heard of the 101 in 1001? Well, it's been around for a while and for some reason, I decided I wanted to do it. So I have started my list but I still have a lot to fill out so give me some realistic ideas, pretty please. I'm not feeling creative right now, so I'm not coming up with much.

If you'd like to see my list, click on the 101 in 1001 button at the top of my blog {under the header}. I'm hoping to start it on Jan 1st!

Have you noticed a few of my changes? It's a much cleaner look and I love it! I felt I had a lot of clutter and so I'm glad I got rid of it! Cha-Cha-Changes!

December 14, 2010


I'm gonna be changing it up around here. Considering I last updated this blog when Lyla was 2 months old. And well, since she is now just about 16 months, I think an update is due! So hold on, it might not be to pretty for a white!

Week 6

6 weeks today! I found out 1 week and 1 day ago! So, so exciting! Still feeling great, just a smidge tired and hungry. Here's my first belly pic. I feel so much bigger already than I did with my 6 week belly pic with Lyla. I'm even 13 lbs less and I feel bigger. Ugh.

This is the best I can do for pictures. This mirror hangs in our bathroom but kinda sticks out in the middle giving my head a beautiful deformed look! Ha!

The date on the picture is wrong. It should be the 14th

And me at 6 weeks with Lyla.


Sometimes, life just surprises you. In a big way.

One of the biggest surprises to happen to me

This happened.

That turned into this:

We are so overjoyed, excited, estatic, etc. We truely couldn't be happier.

December 13, 2010

Sleigh Ride

Here's a few pics from our ride last night. We really didn't take many and what we did, ended up blurry...hmmmm, Sean Rodger?

We got to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies when we got back.

Sean and Ly on the ride. It was cold. Like friggin' cold. Next time, I will wear a face mask and 19 pairs of socks. No joke, folks.
Our ride! Lyla wasn't so sure of the horses. Actually she wasn't so sure of the whole thing.

We will def. do it again. Just next time we'll have quite a few more layers on!

December 12, 2010

this is all i got...

Nothing special and no pics! Boring? Yes. But roll with it.

A good, simple family weekend this weekend. For the first time in the last 3 months, I was actually home on the weekend and my days were not flooded with photo sessions. Sure, I had 1 or 2, but nothing like the 6 or 7 I was doing in the fall. Busy season, has ended.

We spent most of the weekend doing a little deep cleaning. We needed to clear this house of "stuff" and some of that we did. Not a lot, but some. My 60 day house clean is in epic fail mode right now, so I'd like to get a working on that again soon. This cute little girl likes to trail behind me and mess up whatever I've done! :)

Today I went to church in what seems like forever. Then lunch with my 2 favorites, a quick nap and then 2 mini photo sessions with some ubber cute kids. Then I met my 2 favs again for supper and then we went on a sleigh ride. More of that to come, sometime.

And that was our weekend! :) Tada!

December 8, 2010

FrostFest 2010

Warning: Picture overload!

This past Sunday Sean and I attended Frostfest in Hays for the first time. We went with our friends, the Schneider's. We started down at the Library where the kiddos made gingerbread houses. Actually, I think the guys enjoyed this more than anyone else! They channeled their inner child!
Our group!
Jeff and Kynli

Shannon and Landon
Sean "helping" Lyla!
Our family! :)
Jeff showing off what "Kynli" made.

Sean and Ly with her house!
Then it was off to see Santa which turned out to be an epic FAIL for Lyla. They had a bunch of people dressed in character costumes and they freaked Lyla out. So by the time she saw Santa, she wanted nothing to do with him.

The girls. They've started giving hugs and this is how they do it. Too sweet!
Santa and Kynli
Then we headed down to watch the parade. It was stinkn' cold, folks. Like freezing.

Lyla all bundled up!
Shannon and I freezing our tushes off!

Sean and Ly watching the parade.

The end! After that we enjoyed some homemade potato soup that Shannon made. Delish! Thanks for a good night, Schneider clan!