Monday, December 27, 2010

A Little Late...

Merry Christmas from the Bignell family!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas filled with lots of family, food and fun!

We have one more get together at our house today and then we will be done.
I am trying to go through all our pictures and hope to post some soon. :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

They Did It!

Saturday we went and had our annual Breakfast With Santa

Both kids sat on Santa's lap!!
Even though they both insisted that they would before we got there, I still wasn't totally buying it.  It did take some convincing for both of them but eventually they did it.  After a little bit we even got Alexa to tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas and she told him very quietly, "I need a new big bike" and then Braden (after giving the big man in red several high fives and because he copies everything Alexa does) said, "I want big bike too!" 
(This was great news for him considering that's what he was planning on giving them anyway!) :)

Alexa and her new baby cousin Masen.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Flashback Friday

Next weekend we are going to take the kids and have breakfast with Santa. 

Here's Alexa last year...hiding under the table.

And even when we did convince her to come out there was no way she was sitting with him, talking to him or even looking at him.

Braden wasn't having anything to do with the big guy either, however instead of not looking at him he wasn't taking his eyes off of him.  He stared Santa down for a good 20 minutes to make sure he wasn't coming anywhere near us.

Any guesses on how this year will go? :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Our Christmas Secret

Last weekend we finally got our Christmas tree up.  I have to say, I am quite surprised at how well the kids (mostly Braden) have been doing with it considering before we even had any ornaments on the thing there was already blocks being thrown into it.  Prime example on why someone incredibly smart invented the shatter proof balls, he or she clearly had little boys.

Anyway, here's our Christmas secret...we bought a fake tree this year.
I know millions of people have fake trees and it's not a big deal but ever since we bought our house we have gotten real trees.  This was our thought, we would be the next Griswold family and make wonderful memories for our children while we sang Christmas songs and went out and searched for the perfect tree.  Here's the thing, the first 2 or 3 years we ended up at the local hardware store picking out a tree.  Ummm, yeah.  Great Memories.

So after some discussion we agreed that we would get a fake tree as long as we still made memories by going to the tree farm and driving around to look at lights and going on sleigh rides and drinking hot cocoa all while our kids cry because we make them sit on Santa's lap.  Combine that with the fact that I don't have to find pine needles in my house until April, perfect.

So here it is, our fake tree's debut.
We like it and that's what matters. :)

As we were out searching for our prefect (fake) tree I passed by this stocking and decided that little Baby Bignell needed it. 

5 stockings.
I love it!

And a picture of our nativity scene because I think it's awesome.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Baby #3 - 22 Weeks

I'm definitely starting to feel more and more pregnant each day.  I have been getting really tired and achy a lot already.  Looking at this picture, I don't look nearly as huge as I feel!

How far along: 22 weeks

Size of baby: 11 inches and 1 pound

Weight Gain: ??  At my last appointment a week ago I had gained about 9 pounds.

Maternity Clothes: All of my jeans are maternity, everything else is still regular clothes.  Actually in this picture I am wearing my first maternity shirt...still just way too big though and looks kind of weird. 

Gender: Unknown.  It's kind of funny though, some people (people who obviously know me and my anal ways all too well) don't think I was able to stay strong and not find out the gender.  Matt and I talked before the ultrasound and decided if we accidentally found out somehow we would still keep it a secret.  We're so mean, aren't we!? :) 

Movement: Lots of moving!  It's fun that other people can feel him/her now too.

Sleep: It's alright.  Sleep is always the first thing to go with all my pregnancies so it's no surprise how quickly my good sleeping nights are fading.

What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach.

Cravings: Not really.  There's a lot of things that sound good but I don't think I would really call them cravings. 

Symptoms: Some aches and pains, nothing too terrible though.  When I was pregnant with Braden I started getting bad pains really low in my abdomen the last few months whenever I would move while I was laying down...they were bad enough where I spent the last 6-8 weeks "sleeping" sitting up in our living room chair.  I don't want to jinx myself or anything but I have a feeling the same thing might happen this time around too, I am already waking up when I roll over because it hurts.  I am just thankful that it only happens while laying down though and not all the time.  No one says being pregnant is easy, right!? :)

Best moment this week: Our friends had their little girl and Matt's sister had a baby boy, all within a week!  We have had all kinds of practice holding new babies. :)  I am excited that Baby Bignell already has built in friends and cousins to play with.

What I'm looking forward to: The holidays and spending lots of time with family the next few weeks!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010