Wednesday, October 27, 2010


We had tons of fun last night making arts and crafts at Renee's.  :)
Like my Halloween pajama pants?  ~giggle~

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fall Harvest at Sweet Berry Farm

Two Sunday's ago we took the kids to Sweet Berry Farm for the Fall Harvest. They had quite a few activities for the kids...and each one had a long line to buy tickets to participate.  Needless to say we only did a couple items on the list as it was crazy busy.  We arrived 30 mins after it opened and it was already hopping.  We started off with the Texas Corn Maze, which was actually a lot of fun.  Throughout the maze they had marked city signs with a different hole puncher for each one.  If you found all 12 cities you received a free soda.  I think it took us about 25 mins to complete our mission, but it was well worth it as it was HOT that day and a beverage was necessary.  Then we headed over to the main area to see the animals and enjoy some home-made ice cream.  I love their ice cream and it was the main reason I wanted to go.  :)  The kids also each picked out a small pumpkin to take home.  Overall I thought the experience was just OK...I do not have any intentions of going back anytime soon for the harvest.  The hay rides, face painting, pumpkin painting and making a scare crow were pretty expensive...more than I thought it would be.  But I am looking forward to strawberry or blackberry picking next year!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I had a wonderful birthday this year thanks to family and great friends.

On Thursday, Malek and the kids gave me a bike for my gift.  I absolutely LOVE it!  It's a gorgeous deep red color and now I can ride around the neighborhood with the family.  :)  Malek and I took it out for a nice 45min test drive around the neighborhood on Saturday.

On Friday Malek took me out to Tree House Grill (our fav) for my bday dinner.  We just love hanging out on the patio at that restaurant, under the huge live oak tree with lights strung up everywhere.  It's very romantic and quaint.

Saturday we relaxed and watched MSU absolutely destroy UofM.  :)  GO GREEN!

Finally Sunday arrived 10/10/10! - My birthday!!!
I ran the Pflugerville Pfamily 5K Pfun Run that morning at 10:10am with Amanda and Jenn around lake Pflugerville.  I've never run around the lake before, and it was more difficult than I realized.  It was really windy, the trail was loose gravel and narrow, and by 10am the sun was out and beating down on us, making it feel warmer than 68 degrees.  I managed to finish within a decent time:  28:59, a 9:18 average pace.  I'm guessing I came in 4th place in my age group.  Amanda took 1st and Jenn nabbed 3rd.  Congrats Girls!
Later that evening A&J picked me up for my girls only dinner at Maggiano's.  Dinner was fabulous!  We decided to try the classic family style dinner:  2 apps, 2 salads, 4 entrees and 2 desserts.  We ate so much food it was disgusting...disgustingly good!  Thanks so much to my close girlfriends (Amanda, Jenn, Renee, Tammy) for a wonderful evening.

Overall it was a perfect birthday weekend.  :)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hello Baby Malek!

Friday I had my 13 week appointment and 1st trimester screening.  This was a very exciting visit because we were able to spend over an hour viewing our baby on the monitor.  There really is a baby in there!  It's hard to believe you're really growing a little person inside you until you see actually see it.  The first sonogram I received looked like a chicken nugget...this time it actually looked like a baby!  It was amazing seeing our baby move around and turn over as the doctor took all the pictures and measurements they needed.  Both the Dr and assistant said it was a good baby.  :D  I can't wait for the 20 week appointment so we can find out the sex of our baby. 

Face shot - perfect for Halloween ;-)

Hi baby Malek! - profile

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Finally I have a bike!

Malek and the kids surprised me with an early birthday gift when I arrived home from work today.  A new bike!  I've been wanting one for years!  The last time I had a bike was in college.  It really didn't survive the harsh MI winters, I rode it all over campus and even though the snow.  The poor thing was rusted out and was never the same, even after trying to fix it up.  So I donated it to Goodwill.  Now I can finally go for relaxing weekend rides and biking with the family around the neighborhood.  Granted I'll probably only be able to ride for a month or so since I'm pregnant and balance will become an issue.  ;-)  I can't wait to put a baby seat on it and go for a ride just like my mom used to do with me.

This also happens to complete #27 (buy a bike) on my slightly expired 101 list.  :D

Here are some stats on my new bike:
  • Schwinn Suburban Sport 26" Men's comfort bike in RED - cruiser
  • Perfect for riding around town or light trail usage, this bicycle is for all-around transportation
  • Aluminum comfort frame with SR M2000 suspension fork
  • Adjustable comfort stem and suspension seat post
  • Comfort-tuned saddle
  • Shimano rear derailleur with 21-speed SRAM grip shift
  • Alloy linear pull brakes
  • Rustproof 36-hole alloy rims 
  • The 68° seat angle combines with the 80mm-rise handlebars to take the strain off of your lower back

Friday, October 1, 2010

The next chapter

My picture project is complete.  My 101 ended a couple months ago.  I have yet to come up with a new 101 list or project....but I definitely think I have something else to keep me busy. 

I'm pregnant!  :D

As of today I'm 12 weeks along - 1st trimester done!  We are super excited to add to our family and my parents are thrilled to be grandparents for the very first time.  It's still hard to believe I'm actually pregnant and that we'll have a baby mid-April next year.  2010 has been a wonderful year for us, bringing one excellent adventure after another.  I can't wait to start this next chapter in our lives and meet our new little one!

Here is our baby blog.  Enjoy!