Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Bradyn, Connor, Maylen & Phoebe with their "freshly" picked pumpkins. I quote fresh because historically when we visit a pumpkin patch we expect the pumpkins to be connected to a vine . . .usually extending from the dirt. After paying 5 bucks for the kids to do the corn maze and "pick your own pumpkin" we pulled up to a dirt patch with small pumpkins scratter every few feet. It was actually perfect for their age - but maybe "select your own pumpkin" would have been a better description. The farm really was cute . . .but it did take an hour to get there . . .and there was a Redskins game on . . .daddy would have been more enthused had it been closer and not Sunday football, unfortunately last time I checked Fall is always football season.
The gentleman driving the tractor could have used a lesson on people skills - after all we did pay 5 bucks for our kids to bend over and select a pumpkin from a dirt patch. Let's just say you'd better sit down as soon as you climb on the wagon, otherwise "Uncle Earl" here is going to give you a piece of his mind.
Completely oblivious to the corn, pumpkins or anything else non-pacifier
Hangin' out on the wooden ship . . . which I did notice lacked a fall zone, had a very steep slide and a sliding pole down the middle (hidden from obvious view). I hope the pumpkin patch has good insurance.
4 Generations of wise women . . .
Lunch at Morgan's Tavern, our New Bern favorite.
Maylen loves to lay next to Avery and coax a smile from her. . .sometimes we coax screaming instead.
Avery's first trip to the beach. The weather was very fall like when we visited this September.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The KeyFit 30 infant car seat accomodates infants from 4 to 30 lbs. The car seat harness has one-pull tightening & loosening for quick harness fitting. The thickly-padded infant insert gives extra support for a smaller baby around the head, neck, back & bottom. The carrier shell is lined...
Safe but not perfection
Pros: Sturdy, Easy to Adjust, Easy to install, Safe, Stylish
Best Uses: Preemies, Infants, Newborn
Describe Yourself: Parent of Two or More Children
Bought this infant seat for our 2nd daughter after buying a cheap infant seat for our 1st and finding it had too much movement even when properly installed. This seat installs much better, very secure. We were seeking safety in a crash and I believe the seat would be much better. Like all things, it has a few downfalls. When installed, the seat is large (depth wise). I was forced to install on the passenger's side of my Acura TSX because my husband can't fit in the drivers seat with it installed on drivers side. Others warned the seat is hot - and it is, my daughter is often damp-feeling when I lift her out - but it IS summer in the south. The seat does not position on shopping carts as my other would. Now, this really isn't safe to do regardless, so maybe that's why - but if you're looking for that feature this is not the seat for you. Lastly, the seat is heavy - even with my newborn. Add all these items up and I come to the conclusion that the seat is heavier and bigger - most likely because it was built for safety, not convenience. Afterall, that's the point.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
It's a delicate balance between trying to enjoy our last days as a family of three and dealing with my impatience with being pregnant. I've been feeling really good these last few weeks, work and running after a two year old has been a great distraction. Unfortunately, the last few days have brought the anxious feeling of just wanting to know when this baby is going to come!
Maylen was born at 37 weeks, 6 days - which is most likely why the impatience has set in at 38 weeks. Chris has an important project finishing up at work this week - topping it off would be the overnight trip for work planned for the 24th and 25th. . . he's really pushing the envelope this time around. Let's just hope the new addition gives us plenty of notice when she decides to join us.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
We're about one month away from welcoming baby number two to the Brandt household and everyone is very excited. Maylen is preparing to become the "best" big sister - she's bossing Pate around on a daily basis . . .sharpening her "big sister" tone with each additional command.
We are 99% sure of the new baby's name - hence the name of the new blog. Being I was terrified Maylen would not in fact be the baby girl the ultrasound tech had suspected, it would be completely fitting that this baby be a boy . . . furthering my jinx - I have outfitted an entire arsenal of powder pink newborn items to supplement the green and yellow I insisted upon for Maylen.
I've been very busy enjoying my "new" job as a health and nutrition specialist for our local Head Start here in Eastern NC - so needless to say between Chris's detachments, my 40 hour work week and a two year old running me ragged - I haven't been very diligent about the blog. Well, I promise to keep everyone updated over the next few months. I plan to take at least 2 months maternity leave and with that extra time I hope to keep this blog up to date.
I hope this finds everyone well and look forward to hearing from every one.
Erin, Chris & Maylen