Saturday, December 26, 2009

My Parents Visit!

My Parents came Christmas Day and stayed for 18days! I have never had 18 days go so the time they left I really felt like they were here for a weekend! I think I was so out of it for almost the whole time they were visiting! I lived on my couch...I could hardly move! The recovery for a c-section was a lot harder than I would have ever expected! I couldnt even sleep in my bed for the first month ( It didnt help that my bed is super tall...but the only thing that was comfortable was to sit up sleeping)
It was so nice having my parents helping...It was nice to have them make and bring every meal to me. It was great having them walk Emerson and rock him, since it hurt me to. They changed his diapers...did all his laundry ( which was over 6 loads - from all the new clothes and all the ones I never washed) I am just so grateful for all the help they were! I hope next time they visit it could be a more fun one! They did have fun by themselves..I think my mom made more socks in the time she was visiting than she does in a year! They had so much fun playing scrabble slam every night and they were able to go out too! They also let me go out a few times with James and Sam! How great it is ...just going to the store :)
I am so grateful for the time they spent with us! It was so nice to have them take care of me and help with Emerson!

Thank you mom and dad!!

Christmas Day!

We woke up this morning with our little bundle of joy! I dont think you realize how long it takes to get ready with a newborn :) Feed the baby, dress him, get his bags packed...spend a second to get yourself ready...then get the baby in the car seat!

We got ready and were almost on time for Christmas at James Mom's and Dans! Emerson was dressed as santa looking cute as ever!It was so nice to spend Christmas with is hard not having my family close so it is so nice having family and friends that are always there for me!

So Christmas morning we had breakfast with James is so fun having all his brothers and sisters and their kids...and on top of it all of his step brothers and step sister with their families! It makes for a fun time!

This year we did a white elephant gift exchange and it is always fun! We ended up getting pass the popcorn game and James got a utility knife and bullets! Emerson got some cute outfits from Tad and Hilary and James mom and Dan!

Later in the day we took a nap..and went home to clean up and relax.

My parents flew in and got in around 9pm. James dad went and picked them up! We were so excited for them to come and meet little Emerson!

Once they got to our house they met Emerson and then we started opening Christmas presents! It didnt last too long Emerson was hungry and my parents got sleepy.....

So the day after Christmas...we had Christmas with my mom and dad!Our house got filled with lots of gifts for Emerson...from my parents, Gideon and Pam, My grandparents, and all my aunts and uncles, and my cousin Rob and Deanna! Thank you everyone!!

Here are pictures from the day after Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Chistmas Eve

This year for Christmas Eve it was so special to have our little one here with us! We left the hospital with Emerson that late afternoon! That night James sister Jenny and the kids came over and made us dinner :)

It was our first night with Emerson and he ate and slept :) We opened our Christmas pajamas! And I didnt move much from the couch :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Our Hospital Visitors!

We had so many people to come and support us while we were in the hospital, we are so appreciative of everyone who came and also everyone who called! Here are just a few pictures of some of Emerson's visitors!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Emerson James Wagner

After 23 hours of labor...I started having contractions at 3am on Sunday the 20th! My due date...after a long day at the hospital I started pushing at 11pm and pushed for 2 hours. Then he wasnt coming out so we had to have an emergency c - section... which I was able to feel it all! So lots of numbing medicine! At 1:56 am on Monday the 21st. Emerson James Wagner was welcomed in the world!Emerson was 8lbs 10 oz and was 21 inches long. It was so great to have a room full while I was going through labor and pushing! I am so greatful for great friends and family!! Thank you Sam & Jeremy, Maggie,Jenny and James for being there for me all day!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Maternity Pictures

Time is getting close!! 3 weeks to go till little Madilyn Jane or Emerson James comes!!!We had the Fawcett's take some maternity pictures! Here is just a preview from the day!! They did such an amazing job! I can't wait to see the rest!!!! Thank you Katie and Brett!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas Time!!

We started a tradition with Sam and Jeremy three years ago! We go every year to the same place to get our Christmas Tree!!

Here are the pictures of the last 3 years!!

Christmas 2007

Christmas 2008

Christmas 2009

Here are pictures from the day!!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Baby Shower

So today was my baby shower!! Even though we had to change the location at the last minute due to Emory's burning down :( It turned out so well!! I had so many people come and celebrate with me! I got so many great things for the baby!! I am starting to feel prepared!!! Crazy!! 4 weeks to go!!!!

Excited for my other shower in January when my mom comes! Too many good friends and family! So we had to split it up!!! But it will be so nice for my mom to be there for part of it!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009

Wow How fast the time flies by!!! So much going on..but that just means the baby will be coming quicker!! So this year is Christophers 25th Birthday! So we wanted to have a little party for him! Since his birthday is on Halloween! Easy thing to do!!!

We were getting ready to decorate the night before...yes the night before :P But we went into our shed and there were 100's of killer bees!!!So after 7 cans of spray we got one of our containers of decorations out :) We went off to go buy decorations!! And we made out!!!

So we decorated our house the day of Halloween :) Didnt have time to carve pumpkins...and we found out one got stolen :( ( It was Sam's too sad)

We had a house full of friends and family! It was a blast getting everyone together!!!! We just love parties!! Thank you everyone who came!!!

Bun in the Oven

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Getting ready for Halloween!!!

So it is a late start this year! My house dosent even have a halloween decoration up! And we are just getting our pumpkins :) Well I guess we have an excuse! We have been in Germany for most of the month...then I have a friends baby shower at my house...and I figured it would be nice not to have it look all Creepy :)

So today- Maggie, Casey, and Axel .....Sam, Jeremy, and Landon ...and us! Decided to go to the pumpkin farm! I love going to this farm since there is always so much to do and they have a great selection of pumpkins! The kids loved the animal farm :) And us girls loved the gift shop....yes I know I am crazy! But they had the perfect little table for the nursery there!! I just loved it! And things are so cheap there! Sam even found the cutest costume for Landon! So we all found pumpkins....and had some good cider too!! What a fun day!!

Now time to hurry home and help get ready for Rozemary's Baby Shower!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Last day in Germany

Today was the last day we were in Germany. We started the day out with breakfast...packing.. and getting ready! We went to a horse and tackle store! My mom wanted to get an outfit for her dog :) And we needed to get fufu a toy! Plus there was a jacket I really wanted...and wanted to look at it...but it is kind of hard being 8 months pregnant finding a jacket to fit after :) So after we went to the store, we went on a little was really neat because it was like a wild animal farm! It had deer, boars, elk, and wild birds! It was fun! Once we got back to their house, I had to do some work :) And then we had dinner on a raclette grill!! Yumm!! It was so good!!I want to buy one now!!!

We had such an amazing time! It will be hard to go home...but nice at the same time! It is good to get back to real life...but it is so nice visiting with family!!! Now hopefully they will all visit soon!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Today was our last day at the resort, we said by to my uncle Reinhardt and his wife Petra and their kids....then we went to the castle Neuschwanstein! It was a perfect day to go since it was so beautiful outside! Once we got there, we got our tickets then waited in line for a carriage to take us up to the top of the castle! It was fun being able to go...but we felt so bad for these horses taking us up such a steep mountain in the cold weather! We finally got up to the top of the mountain and had to rush before our tour started. It was a nice tour, shorter than I remember it last time! But it was still very neat!! They dont let you take pictures inside!But there are ton online! After we got done with the tour, my Mom, Wolf Dieter, James and I decided to walk down the was a nice walk...and we didnt have to feel bad for the horses :) And we still beat them :) After the rest of the family got to the bottom, we then went to go get some lunch! Afterwards, it was time to say bye to Oma and Opa :( It is always hard since we dont get to see each other too often! Opa said that they will come to Seattle in two years! Then we are going back in 4 years for their anniversary!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Schlossanger Alp Berhotel OCTOBER 17-18

We left my Aunt and Uncles early to head up to the Alps! We woke up with snow on the ground...but thought it may melt. It continued to snow and on our way to the Alps it continued stronger.We were just getting closer to the resort....and we were driving up this mountain that was rather windy....but the car wouldnt move anymore! So my uncle was going to wait to get help to move it while we walked to the resort! It was a fun little adventure! Once we got to the top it was just such a beautiful view!! This was the perfect ending to our vacation!

We got into the resort after playing in the snow for a bit and met up with my Grandparents and my other Aunt and Uncle and their kids! Once we all got situated and put our things in our rooms we met in the downstairs and started the day out with drinks...and cheers to Family and some amazing soup!!!

We enjoyed some time talking..sharing pictures..and playing outside! Then it was time to go to the top of the mountain and have some cake at a restaurant that overlooked the Alps and the different castles in the area! The restaurant had some amazing desserts...cakes...icecream...hotchocolates...It was so good!

We went back down the windy mountain and got back to the resort, had some time to relax then got ready for my Oma's Birthday dinner!

My Oma's dinner was a very big occasion! It was such a fancy dinner made by a top chef! All the courses were amazing! It was nice being able to spend time with the family and catch up! My Aunt and Uncle got a laptop for my Oma! She was so excited! Now they are able to Facebook!!! My mom made my Oma this amazing quilt!! It was a great night!! After the kids were in bed we went back to the room where we started and enjoyed talking and drinks.

Too many pictures!! So two different slideshows to look at!!

Friday, October 16, 2009


Today we headed out to München! We drove all over the city so we could get a feel for the area. There is so much History and so much to do! You could spend just a week there! Once we parked we went to The Residence ( a very unique museum) It was neat to see all the history, murals, dishes, jewelry and just how people once lived.We were able to listen to the tour in English so we were able to understand everything..... After the museum we went to this little restaurant for dessert! I remember when I went there a few years ago...because there was a lady in red sitting in the front window- not this time! They had the most amazing desserts and good hot chocolate! We went out and toured more of the city and did some more shopping! The we stopped by the Hofbräuhaus and were able to take some pictures and buy some souvenirs! We went to eat across the street at this yummy restaurant!! It was such a fun day!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wolf Dieter and Erikas House!

We were able to stay with my aunt and uncle, my uncle works a lot so when we got up that morning he was already at work...we spent a little bit of time with my aunt before she had to leave to go riding. My cousin Theri didnt want to go to school so we spent the time that Amelie was in school with him!He is so adorable and such a ham! He is such a happy little boy that loves to play..he loves gurkens- cucumbers :) Once Amelie and Erika got home we headed out for a day of shopping! We went to this huge store..that had a fun area for kids! Then we went to a huge was a ton of fun! After some shopping my uncle met us, and we got some icecream and then went to this amazing restaurant for dinner! It was a fun day!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Off to München today!!!

So today was our last day with the grandparents...but we will see them in a few days! After we packed our bags and got ready we were off to the train station! We had to take two trains to get to München! It was a nice train ride! Very comfy seats and beautiful views! The only hard parts were transferring on the trains with all of our luggage!!! Once we got to my aunts and uncles...It started SNOWING!!! Yay!! It was so beautiful! We tried to get some pictures..but they didnt turn out so great. My aunt picked us up...It was so nice they even rented a bigger car so they could fit the three of us and their kids in the car! We got to their house and it is so beautiful!I wish I took pictures of it!!! We had an amazing dinner and went to sleep :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ottenhausen and Hoefen #2

So today was our last full day with my grandparents.... So we enjoyed walking around town! Eating of course! Then went to the grocery store again for some last minute shopping for more chocolate!!!! Then we went to my grandparents favorite restaurant for cake :) And I got to pay to go on the internet again :) I got all my work done.... And we had a good rest of the time! Went home for dinner and games!! What a fun day!!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pforzheim Second Trip!!

So before we left for München we needed to fill our suitcases some more!!! We took a bus and spent the day in Pforzheim! We went back to most of the same places!! We got this amazing sandwich again!! I would go there just for it!!! Then we shopped some more!! And filled our bags with goodies!!!What a fun day!!!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Black Forrest Trip

Today we went on an all day trip through the black forrest! It really is so huge! My grandparents live right next to it.... but It can more than a day just to go through it!! The views were so beautiful! We only got out of the car a few times..So we dont have too many pictures! But it was amazing! My grandparents took us to this great restaurant with an amazing view...and the most beautiful horses that are only in that region! After we got done eating we continued our grandfather did get a little lost....but at least we got to enjoy the view!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Flohmarkt- Ellemendingen

Today we woke up and had breakfast...and played games! We then got ready to go to the childrens Flohmarkt ( similar to a garage sale) We got on a bus then headed out! It started pouring... but James and my mom were still ready to go with me ( They new if not I would throw a fit) We got off the bus and it wasnt where my mom thought it was so we asked this guy at a store and he told us where we could find one! We got there and it was pouring! But there were a ton of people! The things were a lot higher in cost then we would find here for buying used....but it was still fun! I filled my backpack!!! After getting basically pushed over buy crazed people...we got out of there ( James and my mom were happy) The rain let up ...and we walked around town! It was a fun day! Well I know I enjoyed it!!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Bad Herrenalb

Today we had our normal beginning of the day :) We had breakfast..had a lunch..then some amazing dessert!! Then we went out touring... well first we went to the grocery store! And filled up our suitcases!!!! Afterwards we went to this wonderful little town Bad Herrenalb, and were able to learn all about the town and see some beautiful sites! Once we got done...we went back to my grandparents and played games!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Today we were able to go on a little walk around the town where my grandparents live...then after lunch we went to Neuenbuerg. Neuenberg was a beautiful town and had a lot of family history in it! In the town there was the church where my grandparents were married, and my mom was baptized in. Then we went up to a castle where my great great grandfather used to watch for intruders to come to the castle in the watchtower. There was so much history in this castle it was so neat! And such a beautiful view! You were able to see the whole village! On the walk down from the castle...connected there was a piece of property that my great grandfather used to own : He was a beekeeper and had his buisness there. When my mother was younger she would go there and help out. When we walked into the town there was my grandfathers uncles bar...and all the different things from the day were all a neat reminder of what makes up our families crest!

* In the picture it shows the watchtower on top - for my great great grandfather, then it has the bees - for my great grandfather - This is a window at my oma and opas!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Today we ventured out without my grandparents... we went to the city Pforzheim! It was a fun little bus ride! It was such beautiful scenery! It was a nice day out....a good day for shopping!!! We ate the most amazing lunch and had some amazing icecream after!! We went to lots of stores and bought way too much stuff! It was such a fun trip!

** Even when James was taking video ....and this Russian guy came running up to him yelling in german!James then pointed to my mom trying to say he didnt speak german. My mom spoke to the Russian man- he was upset that James got a picture of him! LOL! Even though he wasnt even taking pictures...they tried to calm him down- he was very upset! Too bad James didnt keep taking video! It was hilarious!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ottenhausen and Hoefen

Today was our second day! It was my Opas birthday! So we started the day out with his birthday breakfast! Then we let him open his presents!! He went down to the horses and we went on a little walk.... soon after we got back my moms Aunt came over and we got to spend sometime with her before she left for Japan! We then had my Opas favorite lunch! Then we went to this restaurant for cake! ( I did have to get some work i paid 8 euros to get the internet!)

After cake, we went to the fish hatchery and got dinner!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Germany!!! The airport...and getting there!

So it is time for us to leave to Germany! We are all packed an ready!!! Ready for our long flight!! I am so excited though! Once we get to Atlanta...we get to see my mom! And then another long flight to Germany!!!

We left our house at 3am! Went to the airport and got all checked in! Very sleepy! We were all ready to go...and our flight left at 6am! It was nice having movies on the flight...James enjoyed it! This flight was pretty good 6hrs- a little cramped ( the lady next to me didnt fit in her seat :( and James was on the other side of a little smooshed!)

Once we got to Atlanta.... we met my mom at our gate! James had fun trying to video tape it! We went and got lunch and caught up!!! She was excited to see my belly!!

We then got ready for our 10 hr flight to Frankfurt Germany!!

This flight was nice and roomy! Having my mom and James on each side on me made it enjoyable! We had our own tvs in each seat! And had lots of options of different movies! And they were all free!!! It was a good flight...the baby moved a lot! But it was good!

We got to Germany...went through customs- so easy!!! Then we got our luggage...and waited for my grandparents to pick us up!! ( They were a little after waiting awhile..we called them and they found us!)

We went to breakfast and it was yummy! Then we got on the Autobahn...and headed to where they live!

It was a long drive being pregnant and being in a car with three adults in the back! I drank a little too much we had to stop before we got to where they lived...and I had to go in the woods!

We stopped in this little town and got some things from the bakery!! YUMM!!!

* It was early when we got to their house so we ate....and got settled in...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

James 27th Birthday! Cereal Party!!!

For James Birthday...he had lots of little celebrations! Most of them late :)

He wanted to have his friends over!! So we did a cereal party! We had cereal and watched movies! It is always a bunch of fun getting together with friends!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Kite Festival and Astoria

James and I made it our little tradition to go to the kite festival every year! It is fun to go camping..have fair food...and go to the beach! This year Sam, Jeremy and Landon joined in on our traditon!! Sam even went camping!! Landon was such a little trooper!! He even let fufu sleep in his car seat with him!

Once we got to Longbeach we set up our tent! Then we went into town and went to the festival! We had dinner...then waited for the fireworks....they were a little late..we kept saying 5 more minutes...and right before we left they went off :)

We got back and had a fire....and of course smores!

Then the next day we enjoyed breakfast...and went and got hot chocolate...then we ventured out to Astoria..went to see the Goonies house! Went to a little restaurant then went to a farmers market!!! It was such a fun day!

It was a fun little trip and hopefully Sam and Jeremy want to camp again :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

James 27th Birthday!

So this year we have been doing lots of fun things before the baby comes!! For James birthday we both had the day off ...and it was a beautiful day we decided to go on a ferry ride to Friday Harbour! It is so much fun just taking the ferry and seeing the beautiful views! On the way we even saw a few seals! Once we got to Friday Harbour we went around and looked at all the little shops! We then went to this yummy restaurant Downriggers!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Montana/Wyoming/Idaho/Oregon Trip

One of my best friends Lauren was going to Yellowstone to stay in a cabin in Idaho, and invited James and I to stay! We took some time off work and drove the 12 hours ( a lot longer than that for us getting there) each way to stay for a long weekend! When we got there it was great weather! We were able to go into town, do some shopping then have some great food! The next day we were in town, went through Yellowstone - planned on seeing Old Faithful but since Obama was there it ruined our dream ( the second time we went to see old faithful in 6 day!!!) After turning around and going the opposite way of Obama we found some other fun places to go to! We then went on a rafting trip and were able to see some cool wildlife!! We enjoyed the town some more and had such a fun trip!!!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Summer Fun

This summer has been so much fun here are a few pics of fun times with Maggie, Casey and Axel!!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Garage Sales!!

This summer has been fun being able to go to garage sales! I haven't been able to go since I already have my house all decorated and dont need to buy more for it! But now since we have the baby coming I have been going as much as possible!!! Here are a few pictures of the times I have gone!!!

Here is a picture of my first garage sales with Allison!! It was the "Motherhood of all Garage Sales" and the name sure said it all!!!! It was by far the best one I have ever been to and will be looking out for it next year!!!!

Here are some pictures of one of the many garage sales Sam and I went to!!! So many great finds!!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Blogging :(

So I have gotten so behind on blogging! So much going on and no desire to be on the computer any more than I am! But I am going to catch up! And hopefully not get behind again!! So enjoy all the new posts!!!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

So where do we start......

So much has been going on....and with work being busy....then our house keeping us busy...Leaves no time to blog! We are finally to the point where we can take a break for a bit! Well not be as busy as we have been and be able to sit down instead of just passing out from being exhausted!!

So now we will catch you up on what has been going on!! Sorry to be behind! I will try to keep more updated!!!

So lets start with a picture :)

Here is me at 19 weeks!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Some recent date nights!!!

So we were so busy for so long and now we need a break! We want to start hanging out with friends again and have a life! So what is the best way to do that!! Set a date! Whether it is a month away! Just pick a date and go for it!!It really works!!!
Here our some pictures of our recent date nights!! And we even had one to ourselves!What a treat!

Here is pictures out with Casey and Maggie!
A late Birthday extension for Maggie :)

Then here are some pictures of our date night with Chris and Allison - Alan and Shari! Dinner and games! So much fun!!