David and I got married after four years of dating on June 3, 2006. In April 2008, we welcomed our first born son into the world Austin Alan Colschen. In April 2010, we welcomed our second son into the world Hunter Ryan Colschen. The Colschen family consist of little brother (Hunter), big brother (Austin), Mom (Candace), Dad (David), and two dogs Tex and Princess.
So today we went for our big ultrasound but we didn't find out. We are waiting this time and going to be surprised when our baby is born. Now Austin has said all along when I ask him "What's in mommy's tummy?" "A baby sister." So I wasn't surprised today when the boys were with us in the middle of the appointment without any questions asked to him he says, "I told you it was a girl." So the jury is out...what are your thoughts?
My favorite picture from our 21 week appointment!
All our babies love having their hands in their face
Better late than never right. Haha! I guess I better post about Halloween before Christmas is here. We went to the pumpkin patch again. It's hard to believe that this was Austin's 4th trip there and Hunter's 2nd. Time sure is going by very quickly! For Halloween, both boys were monsters. They LOVED their costumes (except for wearing the hats while trick-or-treating) and LOVED getting the candy. We thought Hunter would be content sitting in the wagon with his lollipop...wrong! It was so cute! Hunter would try to climb out of the wagon and then run after his brother to the door to get more candy (or maybe possibly to see if they had dogs as he was very interested in the houses with dogs). He was very sweet and would always say thank you. Can't believe next year we will have three pumpkins!
We're pregnant! We always said that we would have 3 kids and it is finally in the works. I think Austin was ready before daddy was which was super sweet to see. Austin would ask for his "baby" to go night-night with him during naptime. If this doesn't melt your heart or let you know it's time I don't know what will. So sweet!
Austin sleeping with his "baby".
(Notice this was taken before we said bye to his "mimi")
I never had a sense so strong with the boys but August 2nd I told David I bet you we are pregnant. Since I had a feeling so soon I started taking pregnancy tests right away but it wasn't until August 13th we officially found out with our first positive test.
Woo hoo! We're pregnant...again!
We had our first appointment September 12 and saw our precious baby moving on the screen. The best part we saw and heard the heartbeat! We will not be finding out the gender this time as we said with our last we would let it be a surprise so we will see. I have been feeling completely different this time...aka feeling sick A LOT and getting sick. The Chinese calendar says it is a girl and it was right with the boys both time. Guess we will have to wait till around April 23rd to find out :)
Austin and Hunter wearing their reveal shirts...
This Little All-Star is going to be a Big Brother!
July 22 we finally had Austin let go of his "mimi" aka his pacifier. We had many times that we had talked about it and then Hunter came along and we thought it would be nice to have something to give to Austin when we needed to while we had to tend to Hunter when he was little. I must say it worked like magic. Austin was always a completely different child with his mimi in his mouth. This year though he was starting pre-school and they couldn't have pacifiers so we had to get rid of it before school started. I had an idea of taking him to Build-a-Bear to put it inside a stuffed animal so he could still have it close to him and then getting him a big lollipop for being such a big boy. I must say he did great. Naptime was hard that afternoon but overall for how long he had it and how much it was a comfort thing for him he did great. He didn't nap as long or go to bed as easy (still doesn't) but he is officially a big boy now! I wish I would have had a video recorder to record the looks I was getting walking with him through the mall. I could read the other parents' faces..."Is that mom crazy?" or "Can you say spoiled?" I wanted to say stop looking at me like that he gave up his pacifier today and this is his special day.
Video of Austin letting go of his "mimi"...so sweet!
(I could tell the worker was nervous when I asked Austin to put it inside. I think he was expecting tears. I must say I was very proud!)
Austin with his rewards for being a big boy!
I told you we had to get a BIG lollipop. He picked it up and ate it while walking through the mall...yes it made a huge mess but he was happy and there were no tears.
So I haven't been the best blogger lately but I am starting to think that I don't need to wait for "moments" to blog. Austin (and Hunter) are constantly doing something these days. I think instead of sharing it with just the Facebook world I need to be posting on here as well because this will hopefully be something that we can look back on and read. Anyways, last night we went to dinner with Nana and Pawpaw and after waiting for almost an hour for a table outside. Austin was entertained with the books Nana brought and Hunter and I kept looking at the airplanes fly over. We got seated in a small room that was packed and loud with a table full of teenage girls. After the girls left the room was a lot more calm. There were two ladies that sat at a table behind us and as they walked out they said, "Your boys are adorable! They were a pleasure to sit by." David and I both thanked the lady and then laughed. Did she really just say that about our children? The boys were very good but if you've ever been to dinner with us or seen us out to eat it's usually an adventure. Haha! So since I can't leave a blog post without a picture I thought I would share one of our boys who are always a pleasure for us to sit by screaming and all (well daddy sometimes has a hard time) but we both love them more than anything!
Like I said we got to spend the whole week at the beach. July 2- July 9 so lucky for us we got to see fireworks since back home they were and still are in a drought. We were spoiled because the house right next to the "main" house put on a huge fireworks display that lasted almost an hour. It was amazing!
Hunter and Austin playing with the flags in the sand.
Austin smiling at me.
My boys and I.
Grammie and Austin in their festive 4th colors.
Family picture in our Old Navy t-shirts.
The boys just "hanging" out.
(I feel like Austin looks so big in this picture.)
Austin giving Hunter a hug. Sweetness!!
Big smiles from Austin...Hunter doesn't know yet what cheese means.
My three handsome boys!
The cousins watching and waiting for the fireworks.
We had known about our vacation to Florida for awhile so I thought it would be cool to get pictures taken while we were there because so many of us were going. I contacted a friend that we graduated with that lives out there and she gave me a number to one of her friends that is a photographer. We surprised everyone with the news of family pictures and I think everyone is glad we now have those pictures to remember our family beach vacation. The tough part for me is going to be deciding which one to get on a canvas...ahh the tough things in life :)
Whole group picture on the beach.
17 adults and 8 kids all looking at the camera...well almost. Woo hoo!
Grammie and the Grandkids and Great-Grandkids
Grammie and her 8 Great-Grandkids.
(3 are missing believe it or not...and another one will be here in September.)
The Colschen Family Party of 8.
The Colschen Family Party of 4.
This is our life...and we love every minute of it!
Kisses can be so sweet even when it's with a tongue sticking out :)
We are so blessed! Last week we got to spend the entire week in Navarre, Florida. David's parents rented a house across the street from the beach and the rest of his mom's family was down there as well except we were missing a few relatives. There was a total of 17 adults and 8 kids. We both wish we were still there. The boys loved it so much they woke up at 6 or earlier every day and stayed up late crab hunting before bedtime. David and I are already trying to figure out how and when we can go back.
The boys swimming in the ocean with Coach and KayKay.
Thank you for the wonderful vacation. We love you!
Austin hanging out on the deck looking at the ocean. Beautiful views!
Hunter enjoying the beach and playing in the sand.
Daddy taking Austin out on the boogie board. He loved it!!
So tonight was another one of those nights that I know I won't forget. I love it when those nights happen on the simplest of evenings. When I picked Austin up today he asked to go outside and ride his bike which we normally do but I told him we had to go inside first so mommy could make dinner and then we could go on a bike ride. I'm glad we did because I just had in mind for us to go back to a "hill" to race down but when we got there I could see football players practicing at the middle school that is near our neighborhood. I asked Austin if he wanted to go watch and the rest is history as they say. He rode his bike the whole way there and back which was probably a mile. When we got there he sat in the stroller to watch with Hunter. Then he asked to sit on top of my shoulders. I felt really weird since we were standing on the outside of the fence and were basically "spying". Haha! Oh well...Austin was loving it (and Hunter too in the stroller) and that is what matters. I guess Austin liked the view so much he thought he could do it by himself so he climbed the fence to the top. So cute!
Video of Austin climbing the fence to see the football players.
After watching the practice he rode his bike home and we finished it with a race down the hill. Boys are so fearless. I think I'm starting to finally get used to not holding my breath anymore. Love love love having boys! They are so fun and so full of life!
Video of Austin "racing" down the hill.
(Caution video gets bumpy because I start to chase him while capturing him on video and pushing Hunter in the stroller. Oh the super powers moms have. Haha!)