Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pizza Date:

Last night we drove into town for a pizza date. We ate outside in downtown and enjoyed the gorgeous weather. We always get the same pizza. Every single time. Henry enjoyed seeing Dad after spending all day with just mom. He got a little spoiled on vacation last week seeing Dad so much throughout the day. I could go out for pizza everyday. Especially with my little family.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring Break 2012:

We drove to Florida with some of our best friends in the entire world and spent a week together. The house was beautiful and huge. The weather was perfect. So perfect in fact it only rained on our last day there which was a wonderful excuse to hole up in the house and nap, read, watch t.v., and listen to the rain. The beach was just a short walk from the house. The majority of the time it felt like we had a private beach. There were only a few other families and groups.

We would wake up and make coffee and breakfast. Eat out on the awesome porch and then get ready to head to the beach. Play at the beach for a while and then head back to the house for drink refills and quick lunches of sandwiches or left overs. Then back down to the beach for the afternoon. The great thing about going with such a large group was that was always a group of people at the beach and always a group of people back at the house swimming in the pool, taking naps, or just taking it easy in the house. Then each night different couples prepared dinner. We would have a late dinner spread out in the dining room and out on the porch. It is also great to travel with excellent cooks. We had salmon, homemade sausage and pasta, brownies and homemade ice-cream, tacos, pizza, fried mushrooms, and wonderful salads. After dinner we gathered in the living room and played a different game each night. We laughed until it hurt. We ended our days cuddled in bed watching cable t.v. as we drifted off to sleep.

Favorite moments:

- One afternoon Henry went down for a nap and I left the baby monitor with a group that were at the house playing Risk. Doug and I headed down to the beach together. We played in the ocean, just the two of us, for a long time. The water was so clean and clear and the company was great. We headed back to the house when we got a text saying that Henry had woken up from his nap.

- Dinner at The Red Bar. We had a very friendly waiter and excellent seafood.

- Every night before we ate dinner someone prayed for our meal. I might have teared up nearly every time. So overwhelmed and thankful to be blessed with so many wonderful people in our life. We are blessed with such an awesome support system and blessed to have been able to go on such a trip.

- Doug dancing to "The Rhythm of the Night"

- Our last evening together we went down to the beach to take some pictures. It was one of those perfect moments in life. The sunset was breath taking, lots of fun, laughter, and joy.

- The encouraging and fun conversations that were had throughout the week. While making dinner, laying on the beach, in the car, and all throughout the day.

- Night walks on the beach

- Our drive to and from. We had a baby mobile with the Odoms. The babies were great, we listened to podcasts, ate at McDonalds for both breakfasts, found a Starbucks each way to and from, played would you rather, Emily and I brought the same issue of Real Simple to read, took turns tending to the little ones, and were all relieved that we made the 17 hour car trip with two babies

- Spending an entire with week with Doug. I loved waking up together each morning and seeing Doug spend every day, all day with Henry. Henry loved having Dad's undivided attention for so many days in a row.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

4 months:

15 pounds 26 inches
Rolls from back to front and front to back
Had his first baby cold
Went to the beach for the first time
Likes to sleep on his side more than his back
Loves to play with his toes

Friday, March 16, 2012

This Past Week We:

- I attended a Bridal Shower for our good friend, Cheryl. We are so excited for her to marry Justin and move to camp.
- Went to church, had lunch out, shopped at Target for our upcoming trip, and made it home in time to take naps.
- Doug filled out a March Madness bracket. I forgot. And then we watched some basketball games.
- I made baked chicken nuggets with yummy dipping sauces [spicy ketchup and honey mustard]
- A couple from church came over and shared about an upcoming move
- Had a late night girls hang out. I got a text from Teresa at 10:30 pm saying that her and Lauren were hanging out and I could come over if I wasn't already asleep. I had not yet gone to bed, so I drove over and we laughed and talked until 1:00 am. I love living here with them.
- Went to go get a new part for the dirt bike, shop did not have the part, so we ended up at Sam's to make the trip worthwhile. We also had Taco Buneo on the ride home so that really made the trip worth it.
- Played volleyball and ate pizza with friends here at camp. We had to enjoy the weather and that was the perfect way to do so.
- Someone learned how to roll from the back to their stomach this week. Pretty adorable.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Favorites: [Pregnancy and Newborn Edition]

Doug was talking to his brother [his wife is pregnant with their first baby] the other night on the phone about things that we really need and use with Henry. It got me thinking that I should make a list so I can remember them the next time and maybe help some of you out as well.

Pregnancy Favorites:

Epsom Salt Baths - I took one nearly every night towards the end of my pregnancy. The salt helped soothe my sore muscles and were so relaxing.

CamelBak Water Bottle - By the end of my pregnancy, Doug was referring to this water bottle as my best friend. I took it with me everywhere. I would not leave the house until I had my water bottle full and would panic if I could not find it.

10 Minute Solutions: Prenatal Pilates - I did this video almost everyday and I think it helped me not get too sore or achy.

Old Navy Maternity Yoga Pants- I wore these pants pretty much every single day. What I did not know, is that I would wear them for a week straight after I had Henry because I had so much swelling in my legs that they were the only pants I owned that fit.

Coconut Oil - I was given some expensive 'belly butter' as a gift but I found it to be too sticky and I could never rub it in very well. I started rubbing coconut oil into my skin and it was not sticky and helped keep the growing belly well hydrated.

Cellphone Camera- I loved taking a picture every week. I might get sentimental looking back at them now and knowing that it was little Henry in there growing all along.

Tennis Ball- Doug would roll the tennis ball all around my back at night and it helped ease the aches and pains.

Baby Favorites:

Fisher Price Rock and Play Sleeper - We used this for naptime, awake time, and travel bed. It is nice because you can easily move it around the house and it cocoons them. We recently used it when Henry had a bad cold and needed to sleep slightly elevated to help with congestion.

Snappies Bottles-  When we were in the NICU we were given a bag of these bottles so I could pump and bring in milk for them to feed Henry. I did not realize that they would become our favorite way to feed him a bottle even when we were at home. You can pump directly into the bottle, freeze the bottle, and then feed from it. Nothing fancy, just very simple. And the lids are already attached so you don't lose them!

Burts Bees Baby Oil- Henry's first several weeks of life were a little rough. He would get very cranky in the evenings. It helped to give him a bath and then a baby massage. This oil smells wonderful and was not as cold or annoying to Henry was lotion was.

Hidden in My Heart Lullaby's - The songs are beautiful and soothing. And can calm down a frazzled and frustrated baby and/or mom in just a few minutes!

FuzziBunz Diapers - I love using cloth diapers. This is the only kind that we have really used because we were able to buy several on mega sale before Henry was born. I love that we save money and less chemicals  on his sweet bum.

Baby Carrier - I have used both the Moby Wrap and the Baby Bjorn. The Moby wrap is more comfortable than the Bjorn, but it is much more difficult to put on and take off. So I have ended up using the Bjorn more for simplicity reasons. My dream is the Ergo baby carrier. Maybe someday.

Prefold Diaper Burp Cloths - My mom gave us a bunch of these and we use them all the time. Like every single day. They are scattered throughout our house, car, and even in Doug's office. They are so simple and perfect.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Recent Favorites:

- Homemade Popcorn
- David Letterman
- When Doug plays the piano
- The weather
- Topecca Coffee
- Making Henry laugh and watching him roll

Friday, March 9, 2012

This Past Week We:

- Spent a lot of time in bed. Doug and I both had nasty colds for the majority of the week. Doug kept working as much as he was able and I stayed in bed as much as I was able. It was the weirdest sickness. We all three had the exact same sickness. To the point where all three of our left nostrils were way more congested and stuffed up then our right. Crazy, huh?
- Henry has decided he does not like taking naps. This has made for an interesting/stressful week of trying to get him to sleep during the day and try to have him sleep longer than 20 minutes before he wakes up crying.
- We have had 180 college students here from Truman State volunteering for the week. They have been a huge help around camp. It has been fun getting to know some of these students. Henry is pretty popular with the ladies. Some even refer to him as their BFF. It is pretty cute.
- Had a late night Braums date. After Doug got off work we drove into town for a treat. I drove because Doug was so tired for his long day at work. I never drive with Doug in the car so whenever I do I get strangely nervous. This time my nervousness resulted in me going into second gear instead of fourth on the highway. Oops!
- I did three loads of laundry of clothes from our skit closet here at camp. It was an entertaining three loads to wash and fold.
- Doug competed in a chicken nugget eating contest.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Global Family:

My dad just got back from speaking at a conference in Costa Rica. Someone posted this picture on his facebook that was at the conference. I love this picture. It shows my dad doing two things he loves. Teaching the word of God and traveling and seeing different parts of the world. We have had a 'Keena' on every continent (except Antarctica). The countries that have been traveled by one of us include,Canada, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Italy, England, Germany, Netherlands, China, Turkey, Ukraine, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil, Honduras, and Mexico. (Mom, which ones am I missing?) My parents have done an excellent job at exposing us to other cultures and showing us that we can make an impact on our world even when we live in the U.S.

My parents almost went into the mission field full-time when I was a child. Through a series of events they realized that they were not called to live full-time internationally. They did not let this stop them from making a global impact. They have continually found ways to serve and travel. I hope this is something that Doug and I are able to teach our children. I hope that we do not let fear, lack of money, lack of time or any other reason to stand in the way of going and serving the Lord outside of our home in America and exposing our children to other parts of the world.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


I have two breakfasts I enjoy making and eating. Eggs and toast and steel cut oats. Pancakes and waffles almost never make an appearance on our breakfast table (too sweet for me in the morning) but will be the main dish when we have brinner. I could eat these two breakfasts over and over and over again. I enjoy breakfast the most when Doug is here to enjoy it with me, there is no rush, and when I don't overcook the eggs. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sick Sick Sick

Well, Henry was sick all last week. Then Doug and I both got sick this weekend. That is a lot of sickness in our little family. I have learned though that when babies are sick they need lots of love and attention. But they still spread germs, so maybe I should not have kissed Henry so many times last week on his slobbery lips. He is being a pretty good baby with two sick parents. He has had several naps and playtime in bed right next to me.

Thank you Lord for Kleenex with lotion, fresh water, comfy beds, and vaporizers.

Friday, March 2, 2012

This Past Week We:

- Henry had his first sleepover. Baby Libby (and her parents) came and stayed the night with us.
- Attended an Oscar's party. The best parts were Doug's award categories, Kristin Wiigs dress, Teresa's bread and Jaime's cheese ball.
- A day off which included a trip to Sam's, lunch at Chick-fa-la, and two red box movies.
- Henry was sick for most of the week. Coughing, sneezing, and extra needy. After a trip to the doctor it was a confirmed virus and we were told to wait it out. Lots of steam treatments, refiling the vaporizer, and suctioning his poor nose.
- Had Justin and Alex over for corned beef sandwiches and the last episodes of The Wire
- Attended a birthday dinner for Alex
- Made Paula Deen's vanilla cupcakes. Cupcake was good...icing was not as good.
- Doug shaved his head