October 28, 2014

Welcome to this World...


Nash Russell


October 23, 2014 
7lbs 2oz
20 inches long
...and a head full of brown hair :)


Our hearts are so full!


Even his big sister is smitten!


We're back at home and getting settled into life as a family of 4.
God is so good!


Thanks for all of the prayers and well wishes, friends! 
If you need me anytime soon, I'll be right here :)




October 22, 2014

Weekend Recap: Fishies and Choo-Choos


So maybe it's more of a Saturday recap...because Saturday was just awesome.  After cheering on our cats to a victory (go state!), we spent the rest of the day at Crown Center celebrating our only child. Raise your hand if you're tired of hearing me boohoo about Arden not being the baby anymore?!  Sorry--I promise to lock that up soon...but in the meantime, we're having some fun making her feel really special and talking to her about all of the fun that's to come.  I think she's starting to get excited about it too, because these are some of things she's been saying lately...

One random morning last week when I got her out of bed: "Mommy and Daddy go to the hospital...Gigi and Papa stay with you".  Apparently she's ready to get us out of the house!!

"Baby brother's gonna be ZERO!"  She's also been practicing happy birthday so she can sing it to him :)

"Baby brother's gonna have brown hair...no white...like Arden"  The jury is still out on that one, girly!  And it just cracks me up that she refers to her own hair as "white".

"I'm a be a big sister! Henry's gonna be a big brother!"  He may be hundreds of miles away, but she still talks about her Texas boyfriend Henry every day :)


Here are some pics from our fun little family outing downtown...


1.  Who could pass up a shot in front of the blue fountains? Go Royals!

2. "Der's a Pout Pout fish!" She referenced one of her favorite books a LOT at the aquarium.

3. The Sealife Aquarium, while a little pricey for adults, was pretty awesome.  It was actually geared towards younger kids in a lot of ways...lots of little nooks and crannies that were just Arden's size.

4. Why are my parents making me pose with this creepy Lego girl?

5. Next stop: Fritz's!  If you're not familiar with it, Fritz's is a diner where you order on a phone and then a little train comes around the tracks and drops your food down to you.  As if my child needed anything to get her excited about fried food and shakes ;)

6. Our little conductor was in awe.

7. Just a "family of 3" selfie before heading home.

8.  I dare you guys to take this shake away from me.  Dare you...

9.  After a bath, books, and bedtime, Chris and I spent the rest of the evening here--catching up on Scandal.  Have I ever mentioned that I love fall?


Not a bad day, really ;)

October 20, 2014

A Little Love for the Big Sister


We're in the home stretch, people!  The nursery is done, I've written out an "Arden Plan" for Gigi and Papa, and our hospital bags are packed...including a little something for the big sister.

Because she needs love too :)


Flora the Fawn Tote - How precious is this bag?  I think Arden can use it as a dance bag after she carries all her goodies home from the hospital!

Splash the Cat Mini Doll - Arden's never really gotten attached to a stuffed animal--but I'm secretly hoping this is the one.  The cutest cat ballerina that you ever did see!

Veggie Tales Sunday School Favorites CD - Because our original Veggie Tales CD will forever take me back to the first trimester nausea.  It's time for something new!

Max & Ruby - Berry Bunny Adventures - We have a couple Max & Ruby DVDs passed down from my sister and Arden thinks they are such a treat!  $5 on Amazon Prime? Done deal.

The stickers, book, bracelets, and pony figurines were all Target Dollar Spot purchases that I just know Arden is going to love.  I also plan to add some of her favorite candy, which will inevitably trump all the gifts I've actually put thought into...but that's okay :)

And in case anyone gets confused about who the big sister is...she'll be labeled.
I just love this shirt!




We're ready when you are little guy!