Happy 3rd Birthday Charlie!

Happy Birthday to my first child, Charlie!  We love you more everyday and know that you will be a great big brother in just a few weeks.

Over the past year you done many of your favorite things like taken long naps, given lots of kisses, chased leaves, stolen socks, gone on car rides, eaten chicken, and cuddled.  But you also have…

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completed your first 5K race

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helped with chores

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explored Skyline Drive

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kicked dad out of bed

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gotten into the holiday spirit

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been brave at the vet

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kept the community clean

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embraced the snow

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comforted me when I was sick

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attended the Cherry Blossom Festival

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not learned to love bath time

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gained a pound

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celebrated becoming a big brother

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listened to Baby Szed

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swam for the first time

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learned to ask for treats

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stayed in a fancy hotel

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helped with home renovations

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tested Baby Szed’s new gizmos

Happy 3rd Birthday, Charlie!

P.S.  Now you’re legal {in dog years}.

See Charlie’s past birthdays…

Charlie’s 1st Birthday

Charlie’s 2nd Birthday

Question:  How do you celebrate your pet’s birthday?

Question:  What’s your favorite Charlie memory?

— Allison

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Tangent Thursday 9.11.14

There must be something in the air today because my kiddos are going a million miles a minute in all different directions {some for the good, some for the bad} and so is my brain.  My photographer {aka Ryan} didn’t take a picture of my baby bump this morning, so I’ll share my week 30/31 bumpdate tomorrow.

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This is my first year teaching when my students were born post-9/11.  It’s an event in their history books, not their mental memory.  Never forget and take time to remember.

I’ll never forget being ushered into the auditorium, but not being told why.  The auditorium was silent and all of the teachers had a look of fear on their faces.  I’ll always remember my dad picking me up early from school, stopping for gas on the way home because he said we didn’t know what else could happen, and being glued to the TV for days.  We were incredibly thankful that my brother was out of the hospital and safe at home.

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Our master bedroom is no longer baby blue with speckles of apple green.  We still need to repaint the trim and doors, but tan suits the space so.much.better.  I also have developed a new obsession with curtains – they really spruce up a room.

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My baby shower invitations have been sent!  Aren’t they adorable?  Ironically, all of the stuffed animals that our generous friends have given us for Baby Szed have been giraffes.  We’re taking it as a sign {Baby Szed is already measuring super long} so we’ve decided to stick with the theme.

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I spotted this yellow cruiser at Target over the weekend and I’m in love.  I’ve wanted to buy a bike for a while now, but the prices are ridiculously expensive.  Until I found this beauty.  For $125ish, it’s a steal.  Maybe it will make an appearance at my birthday this year *hint, hint*.

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Our gym got this new machine.  I don’t know what it’s called, but it looks like a cross between a snowboard + wakeboard + skateboard.  There was a lady riding it for a while I was on the elliptical and I couldn’t stop watching.  I think I’d be thrown off within a few seconds I tried.

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After almost two months without a haircut, Charlie went to the groomer on Sunday.  His hair was the longest it’s ever been and now it’s the shortest it’s ever been.  His eyes remind me of the lemurs in the movie Madagascar“I like to move it, move it!  I like to move it, move it!”

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How amazing is this chalk drawing?  Ryan and I went out to dinner over the weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary and saw a bunch of awesome chalk drawings from the festival that took place earlier in the afternoon.  Too bad the rain that night washed everything away.

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Baby Szed has me craving chocolate milk.  I can’t remember ever buying chocolate milk {we used to use Hershey’s syrup in 2% cow’s milk when I was a child}, but this version by Silk is deliciously rich.

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Ryan found this guy stuck in our fire escape over the weekend.  Maybe if I gave him a kiss we wouldn’t have found water damage in our bathroom/first floor on Monday night?

Question:  Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on 9/11/01?

Question:  Have you tried Silk’s chocolate milk?  Or do you prefer using the classic Hershey’s chocolate syrup?  Or more Ovaltine, please?

— Allison

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100 Happy Days: Day 9 – Day 17

Read about why I’m doing the 100 Happy Days challenge here.  Sign up to participate yourself or join me – for just a day or the remainder of the challenge – the more the merrier.  Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #100happydays and #lifesabowlhappydays.  Stay connected with Life’s a Bowl on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Below each picture I copied the caption, minus the hashtags #obvi.

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Charlie made me happy a lot last week, this week it looks like the focus has shifted to Baby Szed.  I always get so excited when we have the opportunity to hear her little {but mighty} swooshing heartbeat or see her on an ultrasound!

Day 9

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English muffins make Baby Szed very happy.  Which side to eat first?  Egg + cheese or almond butter {topped with bananas}?

—– double dose of happiness today —–

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Was on my way to bring my husband’s car to get an oil change and saw 2 pups running along the side of the road.  My heart started pounding…  When I pulled over I saw a lady walking a ways back with a leash in her hand…  She shouted “Please help!” and my instincts kicked in.  The pups were incredibly friendly and I didn’t have to chase after them for long, but the lady was so thankful.  I can’t imagine Charlie ever getting loose and hope a random passerby would do the same thing for me.

Day 10

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I’m so happy that {almost} everything is packed and my little family is back together after weeks of traveling.  I’m not so happy that the contractor has made no progress and we’re moving tomorrow…  Lord, give me patience and strength.

Day 11

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Baby Szed and I are supervising the move.  It’s been stressful {I may have had a meltdown}, but we’re making progress.

Day 12

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Happy to be almost done moving everything.  Happy that I married a great man,  Happy that Baby Szed has put up with 2 days of my craziness.  Happy that our new landlord has agreed to fix everything.  Happy that I have a blessed life.  Focusing on the positive.

Day 13

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I’m hoping that my husband will treat me to Starbucks after this glucose test.  Baby Szed is kicking up a storm…  We’re hungry!

Day 14

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He wakes up with me in the middle of the night when Baby Szed can’t get comfy.

Day 15

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In Cape Cod for my cousin’s wedding {a year ago from this past weekend}.  If you asked me that night what I thought life would be like a year from now…  I never would have imagined that I’d be a mom, he’d be a dad. or she’d be a meme in 3 months.

Day 16

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Today marks the first day of the third trimester!  So happy!  Just left our 28 weeks pregnant appointment.  Very thankful that my husband has come to every appointment – love his support.  I’m up 2 lbs from our appointment last month and our doctor said that I’m measuring at exactly 28 weeks.  Passed my glucose test.  Have an ultrasound tomorrow to make sure that lupus isn’t affecting Baby Szed.  Still able to workout 5 – 6 days a week.  Sandwiches, fruit, & {salted} fresh tomatoes are a few current food favorites.  Feeling blessed for an easy pregnancy!

Day 17

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So happy that she’s healthy!  3 lbs 1 oz, 71% for length, and still a contortionist ♥  We’re going back 2 more times over the next month to monitor everything.  Thanks bunches for all of the positive messages!

See past 100 Happy Days Challenge pictures…

Day 1 – Day 8

Question:  What’s made you happy lately?

Question:  What’s the last good thing you’ve done to help someone else?

— Allison

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