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37 Weeks!

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I’m 37 weeks pregnant today, which is a milestone – if Luke is born, a stay in the NICU is no longer required! That doesn’t mean it won’t happen (though we pray it doesn’t!), but it’s not a certainty – and I like that.

Luke is head down (not breech – yay!) and I have no idea if he has “dropped” yet. How do I tell? The list of things I don’t know grows by the day.

However, the list of things that need to be done before Luke arrives is getting shorter (yes, there is a literal list hanging on the fridge). Once I cross everything off, feel free to come out and play, Little Guy!

We will have a final growth scan next Thursday, so please keep praying that Luke is getting bigger and that my fluid levels are rising (or are at least above 5). Now that I’m drinking at least 100 ounces of water per day, I feel his kicks a lot more! I think he’s swimming in all of the extra fluid :)

Finally, Mom, Chris, Kourt and the kids are on a cruise to Mexico, Belize and Honduras until Sunday – and of course mom is freaking out about Luke coming while she’s at sea. I don’t see it happening, and I’m happy to report that we are now half way through their vacation with no signs of labor (knock on wood)! Let’s keep Luke cooking until Nana and Company return :)

Mommy/Daughter Trip to San Francisco!

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Last weekend, my mom and I went to San Francisco together for a bit of mother/daughter fun before my conference began. I’d never been to San Francisco before, so I did what any OCD Type A person would do – researched, planned and made an agenda of things to see and do while there :)

Mom, like Chad, thought I was a slave driver and evil sadist for all of the walking required, but she took it like a champ (just like Chad did in Europe) and admittedly enjoyed her time with me and in the city. We went to Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Ghiradelli building, the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods and Sausalito in less than 48 hours – a success for sure :) I also made mom stand in line at Mama’s on Washington Square, a famous breakfast/brunch place, for an hour and a half in the freezing cold, windy weather. Yes, it was cold (and there was a very annoying and loud woman standing right behind us), but once we started eating those rage feelings subsided :)

After mom left, I went to the park across the street from the Painted Ladies (the Full House houses, for all of my fellow late 80’s/early 90’s children) and read my book/ate ice cream for the remainder of the day. Sunday night-Wednesday afternoon were spent at the conference and then I was back on a plane to Houston!

Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Brittney.

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So it’s been almost a  year two years (math is hard) since the last time the ol’ blog was updated and nothing of any significance has happened. OH WAIT…we got another dog, went on our dream European vacation, started trying to have a baby, found out that my infertility issues meant we’d require IVF treatments, went on some fab vacations, miraculously got pregnant, AND SO MUCH MORE!

I realize it’s impossible to catch up on a year’s worth of life in just a few bullets (because really, who wants to read more than that?), but  here’s a best effort…or at least an effort. Note: I will save The Infertility Saga for another time.

  • Summer 2013 – We went to Michigan to surprise Chad’s stepdad, Brent, for his 50th birthday party! We also went to Florida for the first annual Family Feud Fantasy Football Draft!
  • Fall 2013 – We got Abby! Yes, we added a second corgi to our family and she’s obsessed with Chad. It works out nicely because Cooper is obsessed with me and now we each have our own furball :) Abby is now 8.5 and Cooper is just over 2; both weigh about 34 pounds :)
  • December 2013 – CHAD TURNED 30! I lied and told him we were going to Mexico, but we actually went to pick up his family and best friend at the airport for a long weekend of fun :) Although I know Chad was slightly disappointed in not going to Mexico, I know he was truly surprised and thrilled his family was in town. I also threw him a surprise party that weekend, so it was kind of a big deal (he has his work cut out for him when I turn 30 in 2016!)
  • February 2014 – I turned 28 and decided it was time to think about starting a family!
  • June 2014 – WE WENT ON OUR DREAM VACATION TO EUROPE! Two weeks in Rome, Paris and Barcelona. Hands down, our favorite spot was Paris. It was the most beautiful, romantic and tasty city EVER (and of course, the most expensive). We agree that if we ever win the lottery or come into a large sum of money, we’d have a house in Paris :)
  • October 2014 – We went to Chicago with Chad’s best friend Joe and his girlfriend Ali – IT WAS AWESOME. We did all of the big touristy things in 36 hours – Hancock Building, Sears Tower, museums, deep dish pizza, visited the bar from The League, Second City, architecture cruise, amazing food…it was a whirlwind!
  • December 2014 – Haley and Mike got married and we celebrated with a ton of folks I hadn’t seen in forever!
  • January 9-10, 2015 – I went on a work trip to Santa Fe, NM and didn’t feel well.
  • January 11, 2015 – WE FOUND OUT WE’RE PREGNANT!!! Go ahead and tell God something can’t be done – he’ll LOL at you.
  • March 2015 – We went to Michigan to visit Chad’s family and had a great time!  Yoga, games and all of the usual fun (minus the booze, for me).
  • April 27, 2015 – I felt the baby move (for sure) for the first time!
  • May 7, 2015 – Chad felt the baby move for the first time!
  • May 8, 2015 – OUR GENDER REVEAL IS TOMORROW, Y’ALL!!
  • May 9, 2015 – My first Mother’s Day :)

There are approximately 11 million photos I could post from the above adventures, but I know which one you really want :)

Baby G at 20 weeks!

Baby G at 20 weeks!

 

Summer Already?!

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Holy cow. It’s June 17. Where has the time gone?!

School is out and Chad is loving having the summer off – I mean who wouldn’t?! If we both had the summer off, we’d probably go on some epic road trip. Sadly, I do not…but a girl can dream!

Cooper is now 16.8 pounds – and still as cute as ever! He’s a favorite at the vet and has seriously never met a stranger. He loves everyone! We think he might have an ear infection, so we’re monitoring that situation and not giving him any of the new treats we bought him (sometimes food causes them).

Yesterday was Father’s Day and we got Chad’s stepdad (Brent) tickets to the Lions/Patriots preseason (week 3) game! He’s excited (I think he thought we were joking him when he opened the gift!) but now faces the difficult decision of who to take with him to the game – son, daughter or wife? I do not envy him! Too bad I can’t throw MY hat into the ring!

We’re hoping to go see Chad’s grandpa and his wife this August (and his family would meet us there, from Michigan), which is always an amazing time. Fingers crossed that the dates, price and vacation times all line up! Who doesn’t love the white sand of Ft. Myers Beach?! No one. Also, we did get to see Colleen (grandpa’s aforementioned wife) on Saturday night, as she was in town visiting her sister, who lives in Kingwood. A delicious fish dinner, wine and great conversation were had by all!

And on a sad note, the center stone of my engagement ring was dangerously loose and the prongs were badly misaligned, so I had to give my ring to the jeweler for repair. They won’t be ready until Saturday at the earliest – BOO! I haven’t taken them off since I got them and my finger feels naked :( I tried to convince Chad that he should buy me a placeholder ring while we were at the jeweler, but he wasn’t buying it. Thus, I’ve replaced it with my pre-wedding James Avery ring that Chad got me.

So that’s that!

Updates!

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Our lives have been whirlwinds since moving into the house and getting Cooper. Here are some highlights of the fun!

  • All the boxes are unpacked and all the decorations are up! Though there are still plenty of blank walls and empty cabinets to fill – it will happen over time!
  • Cooper went to the vet for his second round of shots! He’s now 8.2 pounds and is definitely the vet and vet techs’ favorite pet.
  • We bought a giant flat screen. No really, GIANT. It’s almost as big as I am.
  • The Red Wings are in the playoffs for the 22nd straight year! And we went to Dallas to see the last game of the regular season. It was AWESOME! We had great seats and got to see all three goals happen right in front of us – including a shorthanded breakaway goal! (Apparently this is very rare!)
  • We started a small group Bible study and are LOVING it! The people are great and we’re really enjoying growing together, spiritually.
  • I went to Birmingham, AL for work – they have some delish food there! And Maroon 5 stayed at our hotel! Mmmm…Adam Levine!
  • Chad is still kicking butt at his new teaching job. In fact, he got the highest remarks possible on his assessments and principal reviews!
  • I’m working like a madwoman in advance of the Offshore Technology Conference. Hence the bullets that were written in 2 minutes.

ADIOS!

Congratulations, Mike and Carrie!!!

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This weekend, Chad and I had the privilege of watching two of our great friends get married, Mike and Carrie. Mike and Chad met while both working at KTXS in Abilene, and I was introduced to Mike shortly thereafter. As an avid lover of both sports and Jesus, it’s no surprise that we all hit it off instantly!mike and carrie married

Mike met Carrie while she was his waitress at Texas Roadhouse. Nope, I didn’t make that up! After working up the courage to ask her out, the two have been inseparable ever since :) I remember the first time Chad and I met Carrie – she was still an undergrad, and we all went to church and then lunch at Jason’s Deli together, in Abilene. Being the protective friend that I am, I asked Carrie a million questions – and of course, she answered with all the grace and class that I’ve come to know and love in the years since. We had no doubt that these two would be married, and when Mike called Chad last winter to ask him to be in the wedding, we eagerly and immediately said yes – we wouldn’t miss it for the world!

Chad was one of the groomsmen in the wedding, and I had the pleasure of sitting among the throng of friends and family who gathered in the church on Saturday afternoon. As always, Carrie looked absolutely breathtaking – but of course, with an added “bridal glow!” There was so much love felt in the church – between both the Skow and Channer families, and all of their friends and loved ones – it was palpable. I cannot tell you how excited I am for these two to be married! Nor how jealous I am that they are now in Jamaica!

And to top it all off – they served a homemade lemon cake at the reception! Many of you know that I did not get to eat any of my wedding cake that I worked so hard to pick out – a lemon cake, my absolute favorite! And to find out that Mike’s mom made and decorated a homemade lemon cake for their wedding – and that I would actually get to eat a piece! – was definitely the icing on the cake (pun intended)!garneaus and skows

So congratulations to two amazing people, joined together by a love that only God could design. We are praying for you and wish you a lifetime of fun, happiness and blessings!

A New Year, A New Chapter

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Well, 2013 is officially here! It’s shaping up to be quite the year for us – we have so many dreams for the year and know that it’s going to be one for the record books.

Ringing in the New Year TEXAS STYLE!

Ringing in the New Year TEXAS STYLE!

Of course, moving back to Houston on December 29, 2012, is the biggest change for 2012. Chad is changing careers and we’re saving up for our dream home in the Woodlands (God willing). And if a change of careers and locations isn’t enough, we hope to add one more to our family this year – a puppy! :)

We rang in the New Year with delicious Tex-Mex, Mexican beer (for Chad) and a margarita (for me), a movie (This is 40) and watching the ball drop from the comfort of the couch (I’m not feeling well, so we didn’t go out). It was so great to have just the two of us, spending time together and celebrating where life has brought us in the past year – and dreaming about where it will take us in 2013!

We hope everyone had a great time ringing in the New Year, and that 2013 brings you all the joy and prosperity you deserve!