Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pumpkins and Halloween 2014

It was another great Halloween for the Schafer's. Hunter was a little more into the pumpkin carving this year than last year. Obviously his age had A LOT to do with it :)!

So fun!
He had so much fun cleaning the pumpkin out with dad. He just kept saying 'oooohhh' 'aaahhh' and laughing uncontrollably. We did a self portratit of Hunter for the pumpkin...ok not really but we tried. HAHA.
Let me get some more
The best part was when we turned out the lights and lit the pumpkin and Hunter gave the most infectious belly laugh. There is nothing better than the laugh of a child.
Look, it's me!
We anxiously waited for Friday night! We did not let Hunter Trick or Treat but he did pass out candy to the other kids. Or at least he tried :) Mostly he just ran around like the crazy pants that he is and entertained the adults.

Max heading out
But then again, that might have been better than passing out candy anyway. Matt found the costume he wanted Hunter to be...Max from "Where the Wild Things Are". He wanted to dress up as one of the Wild Things but we could not find an Adult Costume.
Crown kept falling down
Maybe in 2 years we can prepare better (I say 2 years because the Max costume will fit Little Miss and Hunter can go as a Wild Thing:)).

So with Halloween 2014 in the books we are on to anxiously waiting for Little Miss to arrive, Thanksgiving and Christmas! I LOVE this time of year. Be thankful for your blessings!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scarf Swap 2014

Ahh, I am late to the party as usual :) I participated in Scarf Swap 2014 and I LOVE my new scarf. This was my first time doing this so I was not sure what to expect or really what to do exactly. Now that I have been through it once, I can't wait for next year! I have ideas to be a better swapper to my partner! (Sorry to Sara for getting a newbie this year.)

I was paired with Sara (won't link to her blog because it is private). She sent me this BEAUITFUL blue scarf. I love it because it is so me. The color is perfect and is not a color I have. I could not wait to wear it, so today was the day! With the temps dropping here in Kansas this scarf will be worn a lot! I have already been on Pinterest finding new ways to wear it!

Sorry for the bad quality photo. It's from my phone. 

Thanks Sara! And thank you Chelsea for hosting.

(And if anyone can help me figure out how to add the button to post that would be great. I follow the steps but it never shows up!)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

1st Ever 'Hunterman' Day

In a few short weeks there will be a newborn in the house. This transition may not be easy for Hunter and the last thing we ever want to do is for him to feel like he is being replaced or that he is not as important.  I started thinking about what we can do before our little girl arrived and decided that Matt and I needed to find a day that we could take off work and focus only on Hunter. This meant, no email, no work phone calls, no projects for Lily's room, no cleaning (yes!) etc. Just spending time with our little man.

'Dis mine."

So a few Fridays ago we both took off work and spent the day with Hunter. We were hoping for a nice fall day to do as much outside as possible because he loves to be outside but the morning was not too kind to us. It rained most of the morning so we just spent time inside playing. He is not old enough yet to tell us what he likes/doesn't like to do or what he would want to do so we just did what we thought he would like.

Breakfast started with donuts! He liked those a little but REALLY liked the large blueberry muffin. After breakfast it was just the 3 of us. He kept looking at both of us like, aren't we supposed to be getting ready to leave...but after a little bit he became his usual crazy self.

After spending most of the morning in his PJ's we changed and headed to Manhattan. We had lunch and did a little shopping, although we didn't find what we were looking for for Hunter we did find a few things.
Cool dude! We did not buy the hat :)

After that we headed to Britt's Farm to their pumpkin patch. The rain had cleared but it was still pretty muddy but we didn't let this stop us. We fed the animals which Hunter loved, took some silly pictures, went to the pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins and then did the hay-rack ride. During the ride Hunter did fall asleep! The day wore him out :) All in all it was a great trip. The look on Hunter's face when he found his pumpkin was priceless and made the whole day worth it.

Having a day just for Hunter is something that we will want to continue. It is so important for me to make sure he knows that he is just as loved now as when Lily is here.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Where have I been?

Well it has been awhile since I have posted...time has really gotten away from me. So here is a short and sweet update of what has been going on with The Schafers!

1. We are preparing for Schafer #2's arrival. We found out that we will be welcoming a Baby Girl! She should be here not later than November 24 (thank you gestational diabetes for a week early induction date!)

I am still have dreams the sonographer was wrong and that we will be having another little boy instead. So I have been trying to keep focused on putting together a little girl nursery and not worrying about the anxiety and the dreams.

2. Hunter is taking up a lot of our time as he learns and explores new things. He will be 17 months on the 26th! From his doctors appointment last month he is skinny, short, and has a big head! I LOVE everything about him.

He talks all the time. He calls all the animals Rocky Cat, even though we only have 1 cat named Rocky. He is starting to say the other animals names but for they are all still cats.

3. Hunter had eye surgery for clogged tears ducts and did GREAT! He was such a champ during the whole process and of course he won over every nurses heart! :)

4. Hunter has a wild imagination and I so enjoy watching him learn. He likes to build things and then thrown the on the floor or down the stairs to see them break apart. He also likes to play 52 card pick up! He LOVES to ride on the mower with dad, or any other thing such as a side by side, gator or tractor!

5. Football season is in full swing! The Texas A&M Aggies are off to a great start. Wish I could do to a game in the new  updated stadium, but maybe next year! Kansas State is also doing great and I look forward to seeing them in Big 12 play.

6. We have done some house updating by redoing the upstairs bathrooms and painting (yes painting) all the trim in the house. It has taken a long time and the trim is STILL not done (hard when it's only you working on it). Once it is all done it will look great!

So that is just little bit of what is going on.

Thursday, May 22, 2014


It is funny the different reactions I have received since telling people I am pregnant again. Oh yes, by the way we are expecting Baby #2 in December :)

Most people have been really excited (or at least acted like it in front of me), others have either voiced their opinions by facial expressions or actually saying what they are thinking. I do understand that everyone has the right to have their own opinion but when you are not in my shoes it is hard for you to understand. So let me explain it to those with the "not so excited' opinions.

1. "Wow, how close are they going to be? Seems really soon to be having another baby"
Hunter and Baby S will be around 20 months apart. Yes, that does seem close for you but not for me. Let me know how you feel when your doctor tells you 6 weeks after giving birth to your first child that if you want more than 1 you should probably not wait. We took her advice and did not wait.

2. "Are you sure this will be good for Hunter. Won't he feel replaced?"
Umm, what? Does your first child feel replaced? Ok, seriously who says stuff like this?

3. "Are you done having kids after this one?"
Well, honestly I can tell you that I say I know the answer to this question but at the same time maybe not. I do feel that this will be the last one for Matt and I. There are several reason for this. Mainly, I do not think, no I KNOW my heart can not handle losing another child. I have lost 2 children in the process of 4 years and I know my heart can not take anymore. Also, I have to think about money and how affording more than 2 will be very tough on our family. I want our 2 kids to be able to enjoy their childhoods and while they do that I want Matt and I to be able to enjoy it also without stressing about money.

4. "Hope you are ready to pay for 2 kids to go through college at the same time."
Well, not at this moment I am not, but I will be. My parents did it so I know it can be done. They weren't millionaires either. This is what parents do.

So needless to say, there has been a mixed bag of reactions but thankfully in my old age I am learning to let go of the ones that are not a benefit for me. Some people just don't have filter's and will say whatever is on their minds. I am so very excited to be able to bring another child into this world. Hunter will be the BEST big brother and I can't wait to watch him grow up with his little brother or sister. And seriously, we make cute kids so why not bring another into this world :)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Branson GetAway

Matt and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary over the weekend in Branson. Even though our anniversary is in April, this was the first chance we had to get away. It was WONDERFUL! We spent countless hours together and no one died, played 3 rounds of golf and no one died, kayaked and no one died! See a trend here :) Anyway, we had a great time and I can't wait to celebrate many many more years with him. He has truly been my rock the last few years and I don't know what I would do without him.

 Our first day of golf. Ready to go bright and early!
 Thousand Hills Golf Resort
 Kayaking! This was so fun. I can't wait to go back and do it again! Lake Taneycomo
 We had dinner on The Landing each night. It was a beautiful view.
 When in Branson, do what the 'white hairs' do, according to Matt. :)
 We had the privilege of golfing at Payne Stewart's Golf Course in Branson. So awesome! (and HARD)
 Beautiful course, very hilly and lots of obstacles.
The tee boxes! Little golf hats that Payne Stewart always wore!

It was a great relaxing vacation. One that I will be happy to do again. So thankful for the last 5 years with Matt and look forward to many more!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 11, 2009...5 years Ago

April 11, 2009 was one of the best days of my life. I married my best friend. Had I known on that day what the next 5 years would hold I might have ran away...not really! But had I known truly how the man I was looking at would love me everyday the next 5 years I would have said y'all are crazy. But it is true.
The best day!

5 years ago, I married a man that I knew loved me but I really didn't know how much. I married a man that held me more times than he should have during our first year of marriage as I cried about my past and 'what if' moments. He held me and told me he was there, he loved me and that wouldn't change.
"Umm, surprise?"

5 years ago, I married a man that when I hit rock bottom instead of pushing me to 'suck it up' and 'get over it' he crawled down with me and waited until I was ready. When that time came he held out his hand and took that first step with me.
"now that you're in my life, baby, I know exactly who I am"

5 years ago, I married a man that has been on the receiving end of 3 phone calls that no husband ever wants to hear. "Matt, something is wrong you need to come to the hospital now." He took those phone calls as well as any man could, rushed to my side and cried with me. But then, he straighten himself up and he became my rock. He held my hand, let me cry and scream and blame God.

5 years ago, I married a man of faith, but I did not know how much until those 3 phone calls. While I was pushing God away and blaming Him, Matt was down on his knees praying for God's presences in our lives, in my life and for me. He was putting me first and asking God to be with me, to watch over me and to love me. He was fiercely praying for our family like I was unable to do.

Our crazy human...wonder where he gets it!

5 years ago, I married a man who has shown me more love and devotional than I could ever ask for. He is man of his word. I pushed and pushed and pushed in the beginning and he loved, and loved, and loved.

Rivalries keep us together!

5 years ago, Matt Schafer changed my world. He may never know how much I love him (mainly because I don't express it enough). In the last 5 years I have received more joy than I ever thought possible. It might have been a hard 5 years but I would not have wanted this journey to be with anyone else. When I think back on the last 5 years I don't see all the heartache, I see the joy. Matt brings a smile to my face in the darkest moments, he makes me laugh when all I want to do is be angry at him (and that's just makes it worse haha). I can't stay mad at him because after venting I realize that life is not worth it to be mad or he says or does something stupid that makes me forget.

5 years! and a little George Strait to go along :)

5 years ago, had you have told me this is what it would have been like, I would have made the plunge! I am thankful everyday that he chose me to be his wife and to stand by his side forever. I may not be the best wife in the world and some days he deserves way more than I give him, but he will always tell me that I am enough. And for me, that is all I need to hear.

5 years, 4 moves, 2 cats (we already had the dogs), one crazy human and thousands of memories later, I am more in love with him that I ever thought possible. Thank you Matt for the last 5 years and I can't wait to see what the next 5 bring. This journey called life is so much better with you by my side!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

11 Months

Yep that is right, Hunter is 11 months! I have less than 26 days now until he turns ONE! I really can not believe where the time has gone. This year has past by in a flash but I can say it has been one of the best years of my life.

So what is the little guy up to?

  • Climbing
  • Walking EVERYWHERE 
  • Going up and down the stairs
  • Pointing out things he wants
  • Eating like a champ
  • Helping out with the dishes
  • Helping lay tile in the bathrooms 

I help unload the dishes mom!

No longer a 'bouncer' now a jungle gym!

I don't have any stats on him since we don't go to the doctor until he is a year but he is in 12-18 month clothes although they are a tad big. He probably weighs close to 22-23 lbs (that is a rough estimate) and according to Matt he is about 2 1/2 feet tall (haha)
And so standing on the cart has begun! He HATES sitting in them now.

We are working on more words and pointing out things but he is not that interested in saying anything other than 'dada' and sometimes 'mama'. I am getting ready for a party in a few weeks and hoping the tears don't fall too much :)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hunter is 10 Months!

Hunter turned 10 months on February 26 and man was it a BIG month for him!

"Check me out ladies!"
  • He learned to blow a duck call (made his dad very happy)

  • He Learned to Walk

  • He started saying "uh oh"
  • Feeding himself 'food' or mainly veggies and ravioli
  • Learned to wave 'bye bye'
  • Got our first haircut!
He went from Harry to Lloyd!  :)

Mom, what is this thing?
Things Hunter Loves
  • Bath time (still)
  • Juice
  • His puppies
  • His elephant that shoots balls out of it's nose
  • 'talking' REALLY loud

Ok, I will keep in on for you!

Things Hunter Dislikes
  • Nap time
  • Cleaning his eyes or nose
  • The moment after he is put down after being carried
It has been a great month and I look forward to all the news things he will do this month!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Don't Label ME!

I write this blog, not so people feel sorry for me but so that maybe in some way I can help others. It has been on my heart for sometime now to write this and let my heart be known.

Being labeled infertile (definition: not being able to convenience despite having unprotected sex for a year or more-womenshealth.gov) was never a label that I ever thought I would have. It is not something that I want to define me either so I am trying to let it empower me.

You maybe thinking, how are you infertile but have a child? Yes, it is true that I was finally about to have a baby but still I am considered infertile. Hunter has been and will always be a blessing, but the road was a long, windy, hard road to go down. It took over 3 years, 1 loss and lots of medicine to find the end of the road. There were times where I wanted to turn back around and give up but I didn't and thankfully I was able to see the reward but what does it all mean now? Am I fixed? Am I over it?

No, absolutely not and anyone that goes through this journey should be aware that even when you are able to have a child your journey does not end and you don't just 'get over it'. Just because I have a child now does not mean that my heart does not still yearn to have another or that my heart does not still hurt for the 2 babies that I have lost. My heart will always feel this no matter what. My heart hurts for those women that are still going through treatments to have a child or ones that treatment is just not going to work. Fertility drugs worked for me but not immediately, but they did work and that is what I have to hold on to. Now as we head down the road again after another loss we are right back were we started except I now know what to reward is that is waiting at the end of the road. No matter how long, bumpy, windy, hard it is I know the reward and that keeps me heading in that direction.

My heart longs to have another baby but I also have to come to the realization that it might not be in the cards for me. I see women announce pregnancies and my heart hurts. I am jealous of them and want that to be me and then I feel so selfish about it. I have been blessed with one child why should I be greedy when there are others who have not. When I look at Hunter I am reminded of my blessings and the jealousy subsides but the selfishness does not. This feeling has to be ok. I am a woman and I can't just turn off the desire for children. I am happy for those around me that have the ability to easily conceive, that don't have trouble carrying a baby full-term, but I am not ashamed to say that there is a part of me that gets mad, and bitter.

Don't get me wrong though, those feelings do not go to those women but an internal battle with myself. As women that battle infertility and a world that deems your ability as a mother part of your worth we need to hold each other up. We need to be there for each other when times get bad and we want to punch the wall and scream and ask "why me" or "why not me". Instead of seeing labels we need to see our own beauty, are own worth outside of being a mom, and give to this world what we are capable of through our hearts.

If you battle infertility, you are not alone. You should never feel alone, you should never feel like you are worth less than you are because you do not have child. You should know that we are all beautiful and that is the label we need to carry. So if someone is going to label me, I want it to be a label I choose not one that was unfortunately given to me. So I choose...


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Cowboy Rides Away...

Never thought about those words until I heard them for the last time (or so I thought, more on that later).  I had one of the best nights of my life this past Saturday.  It was a bucket list item that I got to check off and it was A.MAZ.ING.  I saw George Strait in concert!  He has by far been my favorite singer EVER.  Not only does he have an amazing voice he is an amazing man.  He stays out of the drama that sounds other stars and just does what he does best...sings!

He has been singing for over 30 years!  That is a statement in itself of the music he has produced.  I can not even put into words what it meant to me to be at the concert.

Matt and I went with 2 of our good friends, Gabe and Karalie Gantz.  We went down to Kansas City on Saturday afternoon and headed to McFadden's which was across the street from the Sprint Center.  We wanted to get down there and relax and pretty much just make a day out of hanging out.  With recent events in our lives Matt and I felt we need some time to really unwind.  Our friends Annie and Tyler Wade joined for dinner and then we headed out to the concert.

Eric Church was the opening act and did an acoustic show and OMG it was fantastic.  We have seen Eric in concert before with all the lights, and fire, etc but for me this show was his best.  It was him and his guitar.  And let me know tell you that man is sexy up there with just his voice and that guitar!  :)

Then is was the King himself, George!  He is not a flashy person but he still puts on one of the best shows I have ever seen.  I mean, how could he not he is the King of Country!  I really could just listen to him sing all day long and he is not bad to look at either!  After the concert we went back to the hotel and while in my sadness of not seeing George Strait in concert again (although I completely understand that he is ready to retire) Matt surprised me with tickets to the Wichita, KS show!  Now I can't wait to see George again! What a great birthday present for me :)