Saturday, May 30, 2015

10 Years of Us

On Thursday, Justin and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary!

And what did we do to mark this joyous milestone? Thank goodness we had our cruise last month because our actual anniversary celebration wasn't exactly what we had in mind. 

Thursday (our actual anniversary) was the first day of freshman New Student Conferences, so I worked from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. It was ok, because we had plans to go out for a quiet dinner, just the two of us the next night. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. I had been home about an hour when Andrew woke up crying and vomiting. Justin ended up spending the night upstairs on the floor in the bathroom with him. So romantic, right? 

On Friday, Andrew was much better and acting basically normal, but along with our babysitter we decided not to risk it and we ended up having a family night instead of our romantic dinner for two. Trading candlelight for snowcones at the park is pretty much par for the course for this stage in our lives.

Hard to believe this kid was wallowing and whimpering on the floor in the bathroom just 20 hours earlier...

Tonight we continued the family celebration with movie night featuring our wedding video.

When there are no sisters around, you end up practicing your dance moves with your brother. =)

Of course we sang the War Hymn at our wedding reception which the boys enjoyed. Here, Jackson took the opportunity to practice his Yell Leader moves.

10 years in, our life together is messy, chaotic, loud, exhausting...and completely fulfilled

Happy Anniversary to us!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Malnar Madness

Last weekend we traveled to Dallas to celebrate the wedding of Justin's brother, Cody and his bride, Samantha. 

With the wedding in the evening, the goal of Saturday morning was to wear the boys out so they would take a good nap. We took full advantage of the hotel's amenities, starting with breakfast followed by some pool time. 

Pool time was followed by a little park time and lunch and yes, good naps for all!

These handsome little dudes made pretty cute ring bearers (even if I couldn't get them to both smile at the same time)!

And my other guy was a pretty cute Best Man too. =)

The sun even decided to come out just in time for the ceremony of these two lovebirds!

Dinner and dancing the night away followed. The boys had a great time. Mama was tired by the end of the night trying to keep up with them.

Those Malnar genes are strong!

You know it's a good party if you end the night with light sticks hanging from your ears!

 Congratulations Cody and Sam! We wish you all the best!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Silly String!

The boys got silly string in their Christmas stockings and we sort of tucked them away and forgot about them until last weekend. Once found, they provided a good 5 minutes of silly fun. 

Andrew was delighted with the game when he was on offense and had dad to help...

But then he actually touched the silly string and got a bit freaked out by it.

But with golf club in hand, I guess he felt like he could defend himself so smiles returned.

In an unexpected turn of events mom got into the fun. (Perhaps I regretted these laps around the backyard later...)

Dollar store silly string for the win!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Date Night

As our boys get older, it's fun to spend some time one on one with them while nurturing their individual interests.

Jackson jumped at the chance to go to a TAMU Band concert with me a few weeks ago. He sat and listened so attentively, and even excitedly recognized one of the songs from one of his preschool prep videos. 

A few days later, we met up with a couple of his friends from school and their moms for Chick-fil-A's Mother-Son Date Knight. It was so cute! They had the restaurant decorated like a castle and had special themed crafts and such. Jackson was thrilled to wear his knight costume, meet the cow, got a balloon sword and played it up with his friends.

Love this sweet boy so much!

Did you know that Andrew doesn't really like Chick-fil-A? It's weird, but every time we go, he refuses to eat and therefore does not get to play. It ends in a power struggle and tears every.single.time. So instead, he got a date night with dad. They went to eat pizza and then walked around Lowes together. Justin said that without big brother around, Andrew talked non-stop the entire night. I would say he had a pretty good night too! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

20 Weeks and it's a....


There were lots of feelings upon learning this news. I never envisioned myself to be an exclusive "Boy Mom". But raising little gentlemen is a big responsibility...Lord knows we need more good men in this world, and apparently that's what we've been called to do. 

How far along? 20 Weeks and 1 day

How big is baby? About 10 inches (head to heel) and based on measurements Monday at 19 weeks, 5 days, he was about 12 ounces (average is 10 ounces for a 20 weeker). He's growing right on track. Specifically, his leg length is measuring perfectly average, his head is a week behind (Jackson and Andrew have both always measured in the lower 50% for their head size), but his belly is a week ahead. He must take after mom in that regard. =) 

Best moment this week: Seeing a wiggly, perfectly healthy baby on the ultrasound. And reaching the halfway point! Wahoo!

Looks like he's got mom's chin too!

Movement: Yes, definitely but this guy seems to be a bit less active than Andrew was at this point. Maybe a little more chill like Jackson. I think I felt hiccups tonight. I've felt a few kicks strong enough to feel on the outside but he always stops when Justin puts his hand on my belly.

Sleep: Sleeping like a log. The leg cramps have begun though, so that's fun.

Food cravings/aversions: None really. I'm pretty boring.

Gender: Undeniably boy! The picture below is actually the first thing we saw when the sonographer placed the wand on my belly for the ultrasound. There wasn't even any suspense.

Symptoms: Bending at the waist is becoming quite uncomfortable, though still technically doable. My belly button is getting pretty deformed looking and getting ready to pop out.

What I miss: Rolling over without effort.

What I am looking forward to: Getting a little time off on Memorial Day weekend.

On the to-do list: Survive the start of New Student Conferences next week! Wish me luck! Oh yeah, and I guess we need to figure out a name for this boy...

Daddy is...excited about buying a minivan. No seriously, he's done a ton of research and I think is actually kind of pumped about that upcoming purchase. =D

Jackson is...a bit disappointed he's not getting a sister, but he bounced back pretty quickly. This is the picture I posted on Facebook with the gender announcement.

What I didn't post were the outtakes. Let's just say Jackson wasn't really feeling it.

Andrew is...totally indifferent. But it it pretty cute hearing him say "brudder baby".

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Graduate

And then this happened...

I'm not sure how we are already here, but Jackson and his friends performed the sweetest little graduation program that they have been working on for many weeks. The best part of the evening was watching his confidence shine. He was so proud of himself and we couldn't be prouder of him!

With diploma in hand, this guy is officially a Pre-K graduate. That means Kindergarten is just a few short months away. =(

I was proud that I managed to only tear up twice. Ok, maybe three times. He and the rest of the Friendship Class have been blessed with some amazing teachers. They love our kids like their own and pour so much heart into every day they spend with them. There are not enough words to express our gratitude for these special ladies!

 This is his, "Mom can we stop taking pictures so I can go eat cookies with my friends??" face.

For the grandparents who were unable to be there, here are the highlights...

After (finally) enjoying cookies and juice after the program with his friends, the graduate requested Texas Roadhouse for dinner. 

Congratulations Jackson! We are so proud of you!