Sunday, March 8, 2015

37 weeks and counting!!

It's hard to believe that I am already 37 Weeks pregnant! I wasn't blogging when I was pregnant with Mac,  but with Lydia I was pretty diligent about updating every few weeks but this is my first belly shot with Ace! However,  I wanted to at least have one or two pics of Baby Ace before he makes his big debut in a few weeks!

This pregnancy had been very similar to the other two...easy!  I haven't really had any sickness or extreme fatigue.  I am blessed,  I know!

As far as food cravings, I have loved all things spicy (especially buffalo chicken) wick is really of character for me.  Actually,  that is the main reason I decided to take a pregnancy test to begin with.  I kept wanting buffalo wings which convinced Mickey that I had to be pregnant- ha!

I will say that this little boy does move a lot more than I remember the girls moving.  I have said quite a few times that if this is any indication of his activity level outside of the womb we are in big trouble!  ;)

Last weekend my mom and sister hosted a "sprinkle" for me with some of our family and close friends. It was a lot of fun and Ace received lots of cute things.   

All of these ladies are so special to me and it was fun to be able to celebrate Baby Ace's upcoming arrival with them.

Then, yesterday two of my friends from church also hosted a shower for Ace. We had a great time eating,  talking,  and laughing together! It was a special day!

As you can tell by all these pics,  he is sure to be the world's smallest Chicago Bears fan!  I was showing Mickey some of the gifts when I got home last night and all he could say was,  "I still can't believe we are about to have a baby, and it's a boy!" It was a sweet moment. Ace has the best footsteps to follow in that's for sure!

This, by far, is not the most flattering picture, but it sums it all up- We are so blessed and loved by so many, and can't wait to open our hearts and share this love with this precious, baby boy!

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Tuesday we were all surprised by an unexpected SNOW DAY!!  One of my favorite childhood memories was waking up to an unexpected blanket of snow covering the ground so I was happy to be able to share this moment with Mackaylan as well!

I was up with Lydia (who had a dose of the horrific stomach bug going around) when I heard KK in her room getting ready.  I called her down and as she approacged the bottom of the stairs I opened the front door to reveal a small winter wonderland. She was so surprised!

At first we were only on a 2-hr delay, but that status was quickly changed to closed when the snow started sticking on the road. 

While my entire day was spent taking care of this sweet, little princess, I did take some time to walk outside with Mackaylan and snap a few pics. This snow was very wet and not very thick so we were not able to sled, but she and Mickey did have an opportunity to build a snowman.

The snow was beautiful and didn't stick around very long,  but today we are actually enjoying another snow day so I definitely won't complain!

Pics from #snowdayinthesouth Round 2 coming soon!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Yesterday was the day we have all been waiting on all winter long. ..a SNOW DAY! Now,  we didn't get very much snow,  but we did get a lot of ice and that was enough for school to be cancelled and the sleds to come out!

The sleet and freezing rain stayed on Monday afternoon.  I knew the girls would be anxious to get out and play so I picked up the supplies we needed to make"ice marbles" to help pass the time. We had a great time adding food coloring and water to the balloons and then taking them outside to freeze.  Once they ate frozen you are supposed to peel off the balloon to reveal your "marble." Ours still haven't frozen entirely,  but with the temps in the single digits the next few nights I think it will happen before the weekend.

The girls were up bright and early so we all suited up and headed for one of the big hills in our neighborhood.  It's on the opposite side from our house so Mickey made 3 trips on the 4-wheeler to get us all over to the "sledding zone" safely. The ice was perfect which made the sledding "epic! " Mickey,  Mackaylan,  and Lydia all enjoyed sledding.  Baby Ace and I enjoyed watching them and taking pictures. 

Once the sledding was over,  we came back to the house and I made breakfast. In typical Lana fashion,  I burnt the toast,  but luckily we had a new loaf so I was able to make another batch to go with our sausage and eggs. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day so I love when I can sit down to a hot breakfadt because if usually consists of cereal,  pop tarts,  etc.

Mickey had to go into work around lunchtime,  but the girls and I spent the afternoon cleaning,  organizing, and just enjoying being together. 

And then to top it off,  around 5PM, we received the call that school would be closed again today!  Woo hoo! Now we can finish some of the "nesting projects" we started yesterday! 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Girl and Her Lucky Pennies

For some reason this past week Lydia has had a special attachment to "these" two pennies.  Every night before she has gone to sleep she has had to make sure they are tucked nicely under her pillow.  If she wakes up in the middle of the night and can't put her hands on them,  down the stairs she comes! "Mama, I can't find my pennies," she mumbles through tears. Yes,  you read that right...tears!  So,  up the stairs we stumble to find the pennies (or replace them, if necessary!)  Once they are back under her pillow, my little 3-yr old sleepyhead crawls back in bed and drifts back into dreamland.  It beats all I've ever seen, but I wouldn't trade these days for anything!

Some kiddos have a special blanket or a soft stuffed animal that they need to sleep.  For this little girl it is all of the above PLUS two,  lucky pennies!!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sister Sleepovers

The past few nights Lydia has been sleeping on the trundle in Mackaylan's room. Before we devised this plan she was coming downstairs on a regular basis asking to sleep with "Baby Ace!" While that was sweet, it just wasn't feasible. So, a few nights ago we decided to put the new sheets that Mackaylan got for Christmas from Tia on the trundle and we tucked Lydia in with the agreement that if she gets up she returns to her bed!  So far, it has been working out wonderfully.  I have told Mackaylan a few times this week of how appreciative I am of her allowing Lydia to do this, but I don't think she really understands how much it means to me. The time is coming where I will be up many times a night with a newborn so I need as much sleep as possible in the next few months!  Needless to say,  we have ALL enjoyed these "sister sleepovers!" Let's just hope they continue! :)