The Pumpkins!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

We had a lot of fun carving pumpkins! Next year I want to do something a little bit more detailed because we were able to knock these out really fast and I was left wanting to do more!

My pumpkin started out this awesome bright yellow
but after 2 days it got all greenish and weird. We think it might not have been a pumpkin but some sort of squash. The insides of it smelled just like a watermelon.

Here are our pumpkins! We make Jack o Lanterns! Emphasis on the Lanterns! Kimberly found the templates on Country Living.
We didn't have a costume party to go to this year so no costumes. (Steel Family: We missed coming to your party!) We planned on being Little Red Riding Hood, The Grandma, and The Wolf. It would have been so cute but we wouldn't have really had anywhere to wear the costumes to. Next year we are definitely going to throw a costume party!

Big Brother T for James

Friday, October 29, 2010

I think that Kenley and James must have conspired together to NOT model my projects for picture time. :)

Big Brother shirts in infant sizes are a little hard to come by so I decided to make James one for Baby Nate's arrival day.

Here is the image in case you have the need to print it onto iron on transfer paper. The edges are a little wonky but it doesn't really matter since you will cut it out before ironing it on the shirt anyways.

I made the image using picnik. Homemade by Jill has a great tutorial for using Picnik to create things.

Time to carve those pumpkins!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Polo Craft #3

My little model was being a little less than cooperative for me to take pictures of her sporting the third Polo craft. In most of the pictures I attempted she was running away from the camera...
or making a silly face and turning her head so that I cant quite get a picture...
But, drawers are a pretty cool distraction for a toddler so I was able to get one side profile shot where I wasn't pinning her down to get a picture of the bow in her hair :)
Polo craft number three is hair bows! The navy and white bow was actually the first polo project that I attempted and the project that set all of the other Polo projects in motion. Just like the last Polo craft I used the cover button kit and instead of gluing on a magnet I glued on a hair bow with clip.

{I have fallen in love with cover button kits and I have another project for Kenley's bedroom in the works! Don't worry, its not Polo :) There is only one more Polo craft post after this one!}
After the first bow, Kenley then needed a purple bow so that she could show her Husky pride for Daddy and her Polo pride for Mommy all at the same time :)

Pregnancy Brain is a Real Condition

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

... and it has taken its full affect on me lately!

So the day before yesterday we were visiting John+Amy+Baby Nate at the hospital and when it came time to go I could not find my keys. I was looking everywhere, under every seat cushion, Amy's overnight bag, Brian's school bag, I made John check his pockets, I was about to call Tonia and see if she grabbed them by accident on her way out.. I could not find them at all and I swore that I had put them on top of my wallet...

So then I start trying to retrace where I put them.... Okay I had my wallet, phone, valet slip, and keys...... Wait a minute... Wait a minute... Valet slip.... hmmm

OH DUH! Haha I had parked Valet!

Dear Brain Cells,
Please return. I miss you.
Sincerely, Keri Ronk

Check out that dark hair!

Monday, October 25, 2010

He is such a handsome little man!

Nathan John Carruthers!!!

9lbs 7oz! He is a big boy!

The Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Thursday, Kimbe came home from SPU so that we could take Kenley to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin. She was feeling a bit under the weather so we weren't out there for long but we still had fun!

Claire's Ultrasound

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wednesday we were able to go and get another peek at Baby Claire. Everything looked great! She is already weighing in at 2lbs 2 ounces! Seeing her on the screen makes me want to meet her so much more!

We surprised my Mom and didn't tell her that we were going for an ultrasound! It was a special treat since she didn't get to be there for any of my pregnancy with Kenley.

This is the only good picture I got of Mom and Kenley before my camera died. No joke while they were watching Claire on the ultrasound screen Kenley said "Wow" haha! It was perfectly timed!

I love this one of her face! I cant wait to do a 3D ultrasound and see if she looks like Kenley or not!

Definitely my child

ten twenty twenty ten

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ten Things You Might Not Know About Me

10. I could eat at Taco Bell I love it! I am currently in love with their new XXL Chalupa (no meat sub beans) ... Yes it is completely horrible for you and I have purposefully avoided looking at the calorie count on it but it is so yummy!

9. I HATE brushing my hair. It has got to be the most annoying part of my day... so most days I avoid doing it.

8. We have a piano sitting on our front porch. I want to paint it a fun color and make room for it inside but I cant decide on a color... Suggestions??

7. In High School, I wanted to be a News Anchor when I grew up.

6. My first job was at an Espresso Stand that has since turned into a Bikini Barista stand. Sad. I do not like that I have to tell people that that was where my first job was and then to have to reassure them that it was NOT a bikini barista place at the time!

5. I dont like most herbs. I claim to be allergic to basil because it makes my throat feel funny :)

4. My favorite flower is Hydrangeas. They are beautiful I want to plant tons of them so that I can have huge hydrangea bouquets in my house all the time. For our wedding I paid $25 dollars per hydrangea for deep purple ones to be flown in from Africa just for my bouquet... day of the wedding my flowers were obviously white flowers that had been sprayed purple by the florist.... Can you say sucker?

3. All growing up I wanted to be a Mom to three little boys. Now that motherhood is here I am SO glad that I have such a sweet little girl and another one on the way! I wouldnt have it any different.

2. I never ate meat until I was 18. And even then it was only because Brian asked me to and he was leaving for boot camp the next day. Even though I have now been an omnivore for almost 5 years, touching raw chicken totally grosses me out.

1. When Brian was at boot camp some days I wrote him 3 letters a day. I am lucky that he decided to marry me instead of getting a restraining order :)

Haha well that is ten totally random facts about me! Hope you enjoyed getting to know me just a bit better than you ever wanted too!

Care to share one random fact about yourself?

Polo Craft #2

Monday, October 18, 2010

Polo Craft Number Two is...
Refrigerator magnets! Now I know right about now you are thinking that I am crazy. But that is okay because these make me smile every time I go into our kitchen.
Its amazing how many Polo shirts my family still had around from back when I worked there that had since gotten stained or something along those lines. I used cover button kits to turn my cut out ponies into buttons and then I took the wire part off of the backs and glued on some magnets! It was super simple and I love the finished product.

Doctors Appointment 10-15-10

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Friday I had my first prenatal appointment here in Washington. I went going into the appointment thinking that I would eventually switch doctors to somewhere where I could do a VBAC since I was told that this practice did not allow VBAC's. I am so glad that I still went to see this doctor though! He brought up that I could do a VBAC with him! So that is a HUGE Praise for us! We both really liked this Doctor and are both so thankful that the VBAC thing seems to have worked itself out! We still would love your prayers for the safety of Claire and I as we go through the whole labor process!
At the appointment we let Kenley get on the scale and it said that she weighed 17 lbs 6 oz! Granted that is with lots of clothes and a full diaper but I think its safe to say that now at 14 1/2 months she has finally doubled her birth weight!! Way to go Kenley girl!!

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese

Thursday, October 14, 2010

One bite of a bagel topped with this Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese and you will instantly feel like it is fall! If you need a little extra Fall push feel free to drink lots of Hot Apple Cider too!

I started out by making the Pioneer Woman's Pumpkin Butter. It was just okay I wasn't loving it on my toast and then the light bulb went off in my head..... Add cream cheese!!

Seriously is there anything that cream cheese doesn't make taste a million times better?

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
8 oz Cream Cheese (softened)

Combine all ingredients until thoroughly incorporated. Store in refrigerator until ready to use. Serve on toasted bagels or bread or muffins or pancakes or waffles or .... or.... ... :)

Happy Birthday Kimbe!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Happy 19th Birthday Sister! I love you so much and I am so glad that I finally live in the same state with you!

Unlike Daddy...

Kenley LOVES tomatoes!

In two seconds my day is shattered

Second Use Salvage

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Friday afternoon I got lost for hours driving around ridiculous Seattle streets met Brian down in Seattle to check out Second Use Salvage. We didn't buy anything but I sure was tempted! There was so much to look at it is definitely a place to go for decor inspiration!

I have no idea what I would do with these coffee sacks but they were only $1 each!
I *REALLY* wanted both of these old locker baskets. They were $10 a piece and since I have no idea what I would do with them I used self restraint. They are however on my birthday wish list :)
I think that this old apartment mail holder thing would make for the neatest entry way table!
They had tons of old signage! If I ever find a Polo Pony there it will most certainly be coming home with me :)
I loved these barn doors! If we were in our forever house I would totally buy this barn door and do this to my fabulously huge walk in closet!

Our forever house will of course have a giant mudroom off of the garage lined with these old lockers so that each of our twelve kids can have their own space to store their backpack :)
I really wanted some of these skeleton keys but once again it was a case of "This is so awesome but I have no idea what I would do with it" So I passed which is probably a good thing since each key was $5 and that could add up quickly! Though I am totally keeping my eyes open for awesome skeleton key projects now!

Daddy Time

Sunday, October 10, 2010

25 Weeks with Baby #2 10-8-10

Saturday, October 9, 2010

This past 25 weeks has gone by so much faster this go around than with Kenley. I was looking at my blog post from when I was 25 weeks with Kenley and I cant tell if I am bigger now or then. I am at the point now where I feel big. She really likes to kick all of the time and I can now watch my belly move all around so that is really fun. I haven't been sleeping well lately and have had quite a bit of back pain, I am trying my best to not pick up Kenley as much anymore but it is so hard! Other than that everything is going great! I have a doctors appointment this Thursday with a doctor who I don't really want to go to since they refuse to do VBAC's but its been 10 weeks since my last appointment so I need to go do blood work and make sure that everything is on track. Hopefully after this appointment I can get back on track with finding a doctor here who will do the VBAC!

I am starting to waffle with the name Claire... I love it I just don't love it with any middle names :( Any ideas for cute middle names that go with Claire? Your help is much appreciated because if I don't think of something soon her fathers choice might win out.. his middle name choice is Annette... Say it out loud together... Claire Annette... Yeah that's why I need your help!!

We totally almost forgot to take this picture! We were already in bed and half asleep when I remembered that it was Friday so I jumped up and dragged Brian out of bed to take my picture! He was thrilled.. haha
(I have still been taking weekly pictures this pregnancy too I just feel weirder about doing a weekly post about it this time around, I don't really know why!)

{Painting that door jam is totally on my to do list for this week :) }