Wednesday, November 30, 2011

25 Days of Christmas for 2011

For the past 2 years, I have blogged every day throughout the month of December as part of our "25 Days of Christmas" series. It is a great way to record how we celebrate Christmas and the entire holiday season. I know that it will be a lot of fun to look back at our first Christmas' as husband and wife and have all of those memories cataloged. And since we have our first little one on the way, we'll have even more memories to record with a 7 month old next year! By the way, it's totally crazy to think about that!

So tomorrow, I am kicking off our 25 days of Christmas for 2011. I designed a new logo again this year to go along with the posts. I will post everyday to discuss something Christmas. We have so much going on, it shouldn't be too hard. We can't wait to share our Christmas happenings with all of you and hope you look forward to following along as we countdown to Christmas! First up tomorrow, our 2011 Christmas tree!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Baby Dworianyn Bump Watch: 16 weeks

How far along? 16 weeks, 3 days
Size of the baby? An avocado, 4.6 inches, 3.5 oz
Maternity clothes? Nope not yet.
Weight gain? I lost 2lbs this week so I'm at 26 pounds lost.
Gender? It's official, it's a BOY!
Movement? Nothing yet, but I can't wait!
Sleep? Sleep has been really good this week since we've been running around a lot.
Food Cravings? Chicken is still my go to choice.
What I miss? Nothing right now, I'm just so happy to have this little boy growing inside me.
Symptoms? Pregnancy brain is in full force but that's about it. I'm feeling really good.
Best moments of the week? Finding out we have a little baby boy and sharing the news with our families on Thanksgiving!
What is baby doing this week? This week our baby is growing hair, eyelashes, eyebrows and even toenails! Our baby's ears are in their final position and his eyes are moving closer to the front of his head. He may also be able to start hearing sound thanks to tiny bones forming in the inner ear.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Our Big Reveal

As we announced last week, we found out that we are expecting a little boy in May. We are so excited. I originally thought I was having a boy when I first got pregnant but then for some reason I switched over to girl. Both Michael and I's final guess was "girl" before we went in for our ultrasound. We were proven wrong though about 2 seconds after she put the wand on my belly. It was pretty clear we had a little boy on the way! We were surprised, but so very excited!

Since announcing our pregnancy to our families wasn't really a surprise or anything since they all knew we were going through IVF, we wanted to do something fun to announce the gender. Our families weren't too happy that they were going to have to wait a whole 24 hours to find out on Thanksgiving, but we really wanted to announce it in person. So I told them I was making cake bites and they would either be pink or blue to show what we were having. So I made blue coated cake bites, as you can see below. I put his initial "E" on them as well. I'll announce his name on here when we get it finalized. We're still working out the middle name.

The first reveal was at my parents since we were going there first for dinner. We had them all go on the other side of the counter so they could see the platter and so I could capture their reaction on my camera. I'm so glad I did this, and that I'll have these pictures forever. Their reactions are classic!

Waiting Patiently

First glimpse of the blue cake balls

Lots of excitement!

A round of applause!

Very excited Aunt, Uncle, Papa and Grandma!

Needless to say they were all pretty surprised. Everyone but my Dad said it was going to be a girl. They were all really excited. It was so fun and so worth the wait!

After my parents, we went to Michael's parents to share our news. Michael's family was mostly predicting boy, except Michael's Mom. So they weren't as surprised when the blue cake bites made their appearance. 

Peeling back the cover

First glance at the blue cake bites

It's a boy!

It was so much fun to share the news with our families this way. I can't wait to show our little boy someday how excited everyone was to find out he was coming! So let the fun begin! We are already in full nursery planning mode! I will be sharing our plans for our little prince's nursery very soon! 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend Recap

We had such a wonderful Thanksgiving. It's been so nice to be off of work for 5 days. It was just the break we both needed. I'm already looking forward to having almost 2 weeks off in a month for Christmas!

On Wednesday I was up and out early to get my hair cut and colored. I was so excited because I hadn't gotten it done since August right before my IVF retrieval and transfer. My doctor wanted me to wait until I was at least 14 weeks pregnant before dying my hair again. I've been running around with ridiculous amounts of grey hair so I was very happy to get it done. After the salon Michael and I worked on Thanksgiving baking. Michael worked on his apple pie and I worked on cake bites.

The best part of Wednesday was our ultrasound appointment to find out what our little tater tot was. We were so excited to find out we have a little boy on the way! 

After our appointment we headed to Rich and Tif's to have some dinner and hangout. It was also Rich's birthday so Tif had made him a cake for dessert. It was really yummy but I think Jacob enjoyed it the most!

On Thursday, I had to get up early to finish my cake bites. We were using them as our way of revealing that we had a little boy on the way to our families. I'm doing an entire post on revealing the gender tomorrow so you'll see how it all went down. After I finished the cake bites, I got showered and ready for Turkey day. We were heading over to Tif's parents first. Michael was playing in their annual family poker tournament. I hung out in the kitchen with Tif, her mom and Jacob and Makayla. Jacob was busy playing around with his uncle Ray.

Michael was the first one out at poker so we left around 12:30 to head to my parents house for turkey dinner. After revealing there was a little boy on the way, we just hung out and helped my Mom get things ready for dinner. 

Lily's First Thanksgiving 

So much to be thankful for!

A couple of turkeys!

Check out that bird!

Uncle Michael getting some Lily time in!

Auntie Sara and Uncle Michael with Lily

After a delicious dinner we packed everything up and headed to Michael's parents for dessert and Christmas crafts. It's a Dworianyn tradition that everyone makes a Christmas craft. It's a lot of fun. It was also Jacob's first year so we were excited to see how he would do. He mostly wanted to eat the paints so Tif had to finish his craft, HA! Michael and I both painted ornaments for our craft this year.

After crafting was over, it was time for dessert. We did our cake bite reveal with Michael's family like we did with mine. Jacob loved the cake bites, he ate 3 of them!

After dessert Jacob was on a sugar high and we all had fun watching him run around and playing with him. 

We headed home around 9 to relax for a while and Michael took a nap before we headed out at midnight to do some Black Friday shopping. Tif came with us and Michael drove her and I around to the stores we wanted to go to so we didn't have to worry about parking or standing out in the cold. We hit up Old Navy first and we didn't think there was anyway we'd get in the store the first round since there were about 200 people lined up outside. But we got in and ran around, grabbed what we needed and I got in line. We were in and out in about 25 minutes which I thought was pretty quick.

We also hit up Target and Toy's R Us. We heard all kinds of horror stories of things going on around the country but everywhere we went it wasn't too bad. There was a crazy fight at our Walmart, but luckily we weren't going there. It was fun, I hadn't gone Black Friday shopping in a few years. I'm now officially done with Christmas shopping and most of it is wrapped already too! I'm so happy to be done. It's always my goal to be done on Thanksgiving so we can enjoy December without worrying about shopping for gifts.

On Friday morning we got up pretty early and I headed to Carter's to pick up some clothes for our little boy on the way! I went a little nuts and bought too much but that's okay, I've been waiting 2 years to actually be able to shop for our baby! I got some really cute things at some great prices. It helps when the entire store is 60% off plus you have a 20% off coupon and an additional $30 in rewards to spend. Our little boy is set for next Fall and Winter!

The rest of the day on Friday we were pretty lazy. We went out to lunch with Rich and Tif, napped for a few hours since we were running on only 4 hours of sleep. We woke up around 6 and Rich texted Michael wondering if we wanted to come over for some pizza. So we woke ourselves up and headed over to their house for some dinner and to play with the kids of course! Tif started taking out her Christmas decorations and Jacob is obsessed with this snowman that's bigger than him. He kept hugging it and carrying it around the room. It was hilarious and so cute! I wish I had a better picture instead of my crappy phone picture.

On Saturday we were up and out early and headed to my parents. It's an after Thanksgiving tradition that we all go and help them set up their Christmas tree. We only had to do the ornaments since my parents had already set up the tree and added lights and garland. We watched National Lampoon's Christmas vacation and hung all of the ornaments on the tree. It's always so much fun to relieve all of the memories that hang from that tree.

It was Lily's first year here for the tradition. She was mesmerized by the lights. We all took turns holding her during the decorating. 

The tree came out absolutely beautiful as always. They got a new tree this year and are really happy with it. It's so bright too since it has all LED lights on it now too. My Dad, Teddy and Michael set up my Dad's Disney train and the tree was officially complete!

After the decorating was done, we all sat down for lunch. My Mom made her own version of the "McRib" sandwich and homemade potato salad. It was delicious! After lunch we headed home to start doing our own Christmas decorating. We got our entire village up and got the tree up, shaped and garland added. We just have the ornaments left to do. I have a few other things to place around the house as well. I will have lots of decorating posts coming up as part of our "25 Days of Christmas" series starting next week. 

Sunday means football day so this morning we got up and Michael made us a yummy pancake breakfast.

Then I worked on making Buffalo Chicken Bake and some veggie dip to bring over to Rich and Tif's for game day eats. I ran to Michael's to pick up some garland for one of my decorations and then we just relaxed for a while before heading over to Rich and Tif's to watch football. We watched all the games including the pathetic end to the Bear's game before heading home.

After we got home we worked on putting the ornaments on our tree. It looks so pretty. It's been such a great weekend, I'm sad it's over. But at least the next few weeks should go by fast. Christmas always seems to sneak up on you. We have so many fun things coming up for the holidays, I can't wait! I hope all of you had a great weekend and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Our week in pictures: 11/20 - 11/26

Sunday, November 20: Yum, pasta and meatball pot pies for Sunday dinner!

Monday, November 21: Our deck has been prepped and we should have the new boards installed next week.

Tuesday, November 22: Michael working on his annual Thanksgiving apple pie.

Wednesday, November 23: Jacob eating cake for his Daddy's birthday.

Thursday, November 24: Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 25: Midnight madness shopping on Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 26: Mom and Dad's Christmas tree for 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Baby Dworianyn is....

A Boy!!!

We're so excited, many more details to come!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Here's hoping yours is full of good family, fun times and great food!

We will be having dinner with my family and then heading to Michael's parents for dessert and crafts! I can't wait!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Time to give thanks

We have so much to be thankful for this year.

1. We have been beyond blessed to be expecting our first child and we are so excited to be parents. It's amazing how much can change in a year.

2. We are surrounded by wonderful family and friends who have supported us to no end this past year.

3. I am married to the most wonderful man and he is going to be the best father.

4. We are happy, healthy and genuinely love our life.

5. We are blessed with good jobs and warm beds every night.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Family Favorite Recipe: The Best Stuffing Ever!

With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, I thought it was the perfect time to share the best recipe for stuffing ever! The funny thing is is that this is both the Ebeling and Dworianyn recipe. Both our moms make it pretty much the same way, and believe me, it's beyond amazing! I usually only eat turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving, it's that good. 

1 bag Pepperidge Farm Sage and Onion Cubed Stuffing (Cubed is a must!)
1 tube Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage or 1 lb Italian Sausage
2 cups chicken broth
2 stalks celery, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 stick of butter
2 eggs, beaten well
2 tsp Poultry seasoning

1. Cook sausage and break into small pieces, remove from pan and set aside
2. Melt stick of butter and add diced celery and onion,
3. Once onions and celery are translucent, add stuffing cubes, chicken broth and sausage and mix well
4. Add the 2 beaten eggs, poultry seasoning and combine
5. Place in bowl and bake at 350 degrees for 35 - 45 minutes
6. Enjoy!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Menu Planning Monday

Monday: Omaha steaks, cheesy potatoes and green beans
Tuesday: Parmesan pork tenderloin  
Wednesday: Cheddar cracker chicken and tater tots
Thursday: Thanksgiving dinner at my parents' house
Friday: Take out/going out