Thursday, December 31, 2009

RSV, you STINK!!!

So, poor Sutton got RSV while we were in Oklahoma and had to be hospitalized. It was very stressful but it made me appreciate all that my mom and dad went through with me during the million times I was hospitalized in my lifetime. Thank the good Lord that lil Sutty is doing much better!!!

The House on Mill Creek

div>Before I was born, my grandparents bought a house in Edmond on Mill Creek Road. When my grandpa died, my mom, dad and I moved in to this house with my grandma. The house was too big for her to take care of by herself and we didn't want her to be alone. This is where my brother and sister and I grew up and this house is very special to us! When my mom moved to Switzerland, my Uncle Jeff and Aunt Susan bought it, and now my cousins Garrett and Ford are making their memories there! These pics are from Christmas morning at our favorite house...

Grammy Glo, my sis Allie, cousin Garrett and brother Bub

My sister opening her new Speedy Bag. I just love the look on her face here, she had NO idea!

Papa and Sutty

Me helping Ford (aka crankypants) open his gifts


Darn Blizzard!

Every Christmas eve, we have chili, Brandy Alexander's and my whole family gets together to trim the tree. When my parents were still married, my dad's family would come over, too, and there would be lots of celebrating. It's one of my most special memories from my youth. What's even more special is that it's all been happening in the SAME house year after year. But, this year, Oklahoma had a REALLY white Christmas. The Blizzard of 2009 really put a damper on our Christmas Eve festivities.

Where do I even begin?

Christmas was a whirlwind, I don't even know where to start! I guess I'll do a general overview and follow up with more specific posts...

We decided to go to Oklahoma for Christmas at the last minute. My grandmother (Glo) is 82 and I wanted to make sure that she got to see Sutton. There's nothing wrong with her, but I know at 82, her time with my boys will be limited. We arrived on the 22nd (a day early thanks to the blizzard in Denver) and Ford was a TERROR. He stayed awake for 18 hours with no nap. Not cool, kid. Not cool. No matter what we did, we could not get him to sleep. On the 23rd, Ryan and I decided to take him to the doctor. I was positive that he had bronchitis or something, his cough was gross and he was just cranky and miserable and running a fever. All the urgent cares had hour+ waits, so I called my pediatrician and they squeezed us in. Only in Oklahoma, right? Turned out he had a double ear infection...UGH!!! The Oklahoma Blizzard of '09 arrived on the 24th and brought a record 14.1 inches of snow! It was beautiful but really put a damper on our plans. You see, most people prepare for Christmas and Christmas eve all December long, but not my family. Christmas eve is when the magic happen. My mom's family is German/Pennsylvania Dutch and their tradition is to trim to the tree on Christmas eve. We had to miss this event due to the weather. I'll do another post for this one...

Christmas day was busy busy, as usual. We went to my aunt and uncles house, which was the house I grew up in. They bought it when my mom moved to Switzerland when I was in college. Anyway, we went to their house in the morning for our family Christmas and breakfast. When that was over, we went to celebrate Christmas with my dad's side of the family. My Grammy Billye makes a big brunch for us all and it's so yummy! Ryan and Ford had to leave this shindig early because Ford was so miserable. After brunch, we headed back to my moms house for Christmas Dinner.

The 26th was uneventful, we were pretty lazy and laid around the house all day. Not much you can do when all the roads are icy.

The 27th was a rough day. Sutton was hospitalized with RSV. Not fun, at ALL!!!

We came back to Denver on the 29th and we are SO glad to be home. I don't think we'll be going anywhere for a LONG time! hehe:)

All of my mom's family on Christmas morning...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

He shoots, he scores!

Hug it out!

Ford's cousin, Marissa, came to town last week and she had Ford had a blast. They got along really well which is surprising because Ford isn't that social. Ford loved giving her hugs, it was so cute to watch!

Happy Anniversary!

On November 19, 2005, I married the man of my dreams! Thanks for 2 beautiful boys, 4 amazing years, and a wonderful life. I love you! You're my everything!

Baby it's cold outside!

We have had some MAJORLY cold weather here. Today, with the windchill, it was -25! Yes, you read that correctly! I took Ford out and did a really quick photo shoot. Isn't my boy just the cutest?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sneak Peek

Here's a peek at Sutton's room. We FINALLY got the crib, but the walls are still bare. One of these days we'll get his nursery completed!

Ford and his shows

I walked in to my room and this is how I found Ford. He's such a little man:)

Sutty's First Bottle

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Quick Update

Hi everyone! Here's a quick update on our family!

Baby boy Sutton is FANTASTIC! He's doing so well, sometimes I just have to pinch myself. Ford was such a demanding baby that it's nice to have a relaxed baby this time around. He eats every 3 hours on the dot during the day and at night he does one 5 hour stretch and then two 4 hour stretches. Sutton is trying to suck his thumb (he's a true daddy's boy) but he gets so frustrated and just screams when he can't connect it to his mouth. I am scared to death of having a thumb-sucker. Ryan was a thumb-sucker until he was about 6, and he always tells me how his mom had such a hard time breaking him of it. At least with a pacifier I can just take it away, but it's not like I can detach the thumb:)

Ford is still our demanding and darling little boy! He absolutely adores his brother and lights up whenever he sees him. He loves to give him kisses (and leave spittle on Sutton's face) and hold his hand. However, the minute "ba" (this is what Ford calls Sutton) starts to cry or fuss, Ford LOSES it. I mean, full-blown crying and screaming with big, crocodile tears! It's totally pathetic but breaks my heart at the same time. We are trying to teach him that when the baby cries, Ford can be a big help by telling the baby "shhh, shhhh". We'll see how it goes:)

Ryan and I are hanging in there. The adrenaline of a new baby wore off this week, so the lack of sleep is catching up with us. We are both feeling like poo, and Ford is kind of sick, too. This week has been trying, to say the least.

Well, that's all for now. I'll update more later. Maybe with pictures:)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Erin's Turkey Meatloaf

My sister, Erin, gave us this recipe a few years ago and we LOVE it! I thought I'd share with you all, especially since many of you have little ones. This recipe is a great (and delicious!) way to sneak in the veggies! When I make this, I alter it a bit from my sister's recipe, but I'll include her version, too. I also try to use all organic ingredients when I make this.

1.5 pounds ground turkey breast
1 10oz package frozen choppen spinach, thawed and squeezed (can use fresh spinach, too!)
1/2 cup minced onion
1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 egg whites (I use 1 whole egg)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 ozs grated part-skim mozzarella cheese (1 cup)
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
(I also add in 1 garlic clove, minced)

Preheat oven to 375. In a bowl, combine turkey, spinach, onion, bread crumbs, parsley, oregano, egg, salt and pepper (and garlic). Mix well with a wooden spoon, or your clean hands.

Press half the mixture into an 8 in loaf pan. Top bottom half with grated mozzarella cheese. Press remaining mixture over top and flatten to make an even layer. Whisk together ketchup and mustard and spread mixture over prepared meatloaf.

Bake for an hour, until top is golden and loaf has pulled slightly away from sides of pan. Let stand for 10 minutes, then slice into 6 equal pieces and serve.

1 slice is about 208 calories, 5g fat, 13g carbs, 28g protein, 2g fiber

Goes great with fresh green beans! Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sledding...on HALLOWEEN

We had a big snow storm this week, we got 20 inches at our house! Ryan and my dad decided to take Ford on a sledding adventure before it all melted. It was perfect weather for sledding, a balmy 60 degrees:)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Baby Sutton has arrived!

He's here, he's FINALLY here! Here's my labor story:)

I woke up Saturday morning feeling exceptionally well. I called my mom, as I do every morning when I wake up, and we were joking that maybe this was the calm before the storm. I say joking because my mom was in Houston at my aunts wedding and this day was the ONLY day that she couldn't, absolutely couldn't, be here in Colorado for Sutton's birth. After we got off the phone, Ryan, Ford and I got in the car for a day of running errands. After we got home from shopping all day, I decided to go and get a mani/pedi...just in case! I had my lady rub all the right spots and rub extra long. I truly believe that the mani/pedi I got 6 hours before I went in to labor with Ford made all the difference, so I was happy to pay for extra massage, haha! I got home around 5pm and was having a really weird feeling deep in my core. Ryan and I figured it was nothing and we continued our routine of dinner and putting Ford to bed. At 6pm, we decided I should time these feelings and sure enough, they were 10 minutes apart. I hopped in the tub just to see if it was the real deal and called the doctor in the meantime. She said to come to the hospital when the contractions got to be about 7 minutes apart. So we did....BUT, false alarm! I got to the hospital and I was still at a 4, 50% effaced and baby was at a 0 station. We opted to go home and sleep in our own bed and wait it out.

I contracted all night long and woke up to them still being 10 minutes apart. My mom had decided to fly straight from Houston and we wanted to get the basement ready before we had to pick her up at 11:30am. Gradually, my contractions got more intense and came quicker and quicker. When the time came to go pick up my mom, my contactions were about 5 minutes apart and they were INTENSE. We sent her a text to take a cab because the airport was an hour in the opposite direction.

My mom arrived at our house around 12:30pm, dropped her luggage off in the foyer, and the 3 of us hopped in the car. Sweet Ford was napping soundly in his room and our wonderful babysitter Kailyn was there to watch him.

I got examined in triage at 1pm. I was 100% effaced and at a 5, so off to a real room I went. I immediately asked for my epidural (bring on the drugs!) but, lo and behold, it DIDN'T work! Go figure, the darn thing didn't work with Ford, I don't know why I thought it would work this time.

At 3:18pm, the doctor came in to break my water because I was at an 8 now. And, let's face it, she probably wanted to be home to her family in time for dinner:) She left my room saying, "it might take 60, 90 minutes, but he'll be here soon, don't worry." I just don't think she knew how soon "soon" would actually be. She'd been gone from my room for 2 minutes when I quickly progressed from an 8 to a 10 and my nurse could see the head. Craziness ensued as the nurse couldn't break down my bed fast enough and call the doctor at the same time and even hear herself think over all the screaming I was doing. My mom and Ryan were both yelling at me to "PUSH" but I couldn't push, all I could do was scream. The pain, oh...the pain. It was NOT fun! The doctor raced in my room saying "don't push, I need to put my gloves on!" She almost didn't make it. I had 3 more contractions and BAM, Sutton was here at 3:32pm.

We are all home now and things are going AMAZINGLY well. Ford is doing great, Ryan and I don't have bags under our eyes like we did last time, and Sutton is a champion nurser, much to our surprise.

So, here's a pic of our lil sweetie! Hopefully, I find time to keep up this blog!

Sutton Lee Frace

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hostess with the Mostess

I am IN LOVE with this blog! If you haven't seen it, you need to check it out. It is so fun! It's really helped me with birth announcements and the Sip and See's for baby Sutton. I can't wait til I get to plan Ford's 2nd birthday!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rock Creek Farm

We braved the freezing cold and took Ford to the pumpkin patch. He was only 9 months old when we went last year, so we were hopeful that he'd be a little more interested this year and he definitely was. He loved seeing the farm animals and helping Daddy pick the pumpkins. It was FREEZING so we didn't last too long, but I still managed to get a few good pics.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Another attempt at a video...

I've yet to install the software for my new camera, so I'm going to try sharing another video with you all. This was taken yesterday (10/13/09) and it's a glimpse in to the daily life of Ford. My child (like all busy toddlers) is all over the place and can't focus on things for very long. Everyday his attention span gets a little longer, and everyday he seems like he is on the verge of truly "talking". I know it's kind of long, but I hope it gives you a little Ford fix:)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


I haven't forgotten about my blog, or my friends that blog. We had to send our laptop in for some repairs, so I've had to limit all things internet related to my iPhone. Once we get the laptop back I promise I'll post some things. In the meantime, stay tuned!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Next year is the dirty thirty!

Last week was my birthday week and I turned the big 2-9! I can't believe I'm 29, I feel so old:) When I was younger and would imagine myself at 29, I NEVER pictured myself where I am. There's no where else I'd rather be, though. I am so blessed and couldn't ask for more! Here's some pics of our big night out to celebrate!

31 and a half weeks pregnant

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fun with Gramps and Grandma

Ryan and I took a road trip to Sheridan, Wyoming for Greg and Stacy's wedding, so Ryan's mom and Dick came to stay with Ford. Here's some pics from their trip to the aquarium...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Bu Ca Da... and more Ford-isms

The past few days have been quite entertaining as our little monkey is learning to talk! I have to say it's SO funny to hear Ford try and say words, the poor guy just can't get the whole thing out. Here's a list of what he says and how he says it. HOT and BUS will go in the babybook as his first official words.

Ra=Ry (he doesn't call him Dada, he trys to call him Ry!)

I know these might not seem like any big deal, but going 19 months with no verbal communication was torture on us! We are stilll dying to hear what his cute little voice sounds like when he really starts talking. For now, I guess we'll just have to stick with these:)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Singin' in the Rain...

...or just playin' in the fountains at the mall

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Match Made in Heaven

Two of my dear friends were married in Uppsala, Sweden on Midsommars Day. And, it just so happens that I set them up!

Fredrik (a Swede) and I met during college. He lived across the street from me, and one of his roommates was a great childhood friend (RIP Nate). Fred was a year older, and after he graduated he left for Europe to play professional basketball there. We kept in touch over the years, mainly via email. He was always asking me to set him up with "a nice Amercian girl"...

Jessie and I met when I went to work for NMR in San Clemente. We instantly hit it off and became fast friends. I was sad to leave her when we moved to Colorado, but we stayed in touch over the years....

One day it just hit me...FRED AND JESSIE!!! So, I gave Fred Jessie's MySpace link and the rest is history. They've been together ever since and I couldn't be happier for them.

Here are some pics of their AMAZING wedding... I only wish I could have been there to celebrate with my two very special friends! Congrats you guys, and many, many blessings for the future!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My how time flies!

Ford had his 18 month check up last week and it was quite eventful, to say the least. I know I've told you all about Dr. Roy in the past, but I have to brag on him some more. Ford just adores him! He loves him so much that he crawled up in to his lap and cuddled with the doc...twice! Dr. Roy was quite happy to have Ford sit with him, too. But, as soon as Ford wanted Dr. Roy's laptop it was ALL over! Ford threw himself on the floor, prayed to Allah for a minute, then he was fine. I was horrified but the doctor kindly said, "that's nothing, my Leo (his son) will go on and on for 20 minutes!" Well, those of you that know Ford, know the kid isn't capable of doing the same thing for 20 minutes, but it was comforting nonetheless. I guess Ford's tantrums are quite common and the doc gave us some great advice on how to handle them in the future.

Ford is 23 pounds and 3 ounces (2oth percentile), 33.5 inches tall (84%) and his poor peanut head is in the 13%ile! We have a long and lean boy on our hands! Most importantly, though, Ford is a healthy lil man and we just adore every day with him.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Can someone explain to me how to post a picture directly from a website? I've been having to save it to post it, then go back and delete it. Such a pain! Any help is appreciated! thanks!

Baby's Room

I've finally figured out how to put this darn board up! I hope you all enjoy this nursery.

We are so excited about it! Purchasing has already started, but we've made a few changes. Instead of the Manhattan Crib and Dresser, we're going with the Nurseryworks Aerial Crib. We went with floor length drapes, and those should be here in a week or so. Once we get those, we'll finalize paint colors. Instead of the gorgeous ceiling fixture that the ladies recommended, I'm probably going to get this Jonathan Adler lamp that I've had my eye on. We don't have a central ceiling circuit, so we'll find a cute lamp for the side table or a floor lamp. Well, that's about it. I can't wait for all the items to start arriving. I'll post some before and after pics once we get started on everything!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Our lil firecracker

Yes, I'm late on posting these. But, here's Ford on the 4th!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Baby Boy's Nursery

I've been fresh out of ideas for baby #2's nursery, so my sweet husband let me hire an interior design duo out of LA called Little Apple Design. They are the creators of Project Nursery and I've been followers of their site for quite some time.

I got the proposal last week while in Vegas and I've been floored ever since. I can't stop looking at their work and I have to say I am in LOVE with the nursery. It's everything I wanted for baby boy, but could never do myself. I went a bit modern on this one but I think it's a nice contrast since Ford's nursery is little on the traditional side. I hope you all love it as much as we do!!!

I can't figure out how to upload it, so here's the link:

Monday, July 13, 2009

Viva Mexico

We LOVE Cabo! It's one of our favorite places to visit. I have to admit though, this trip was a bit challenging. It was hot, Ford was teething and he became very adventurous and brave on this trip. All he wanted to do was walk around and explore the resort, on his own. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic vacation and we really enjoyed getting away!