DIY ‘operation game’ halloween costume.

Happy Halloween!

I love Halloween, because I love how creative people get with their costumes. It’s the homemade ones that make people have to think a little bit and make you laugh. We saw a lot of good ones this year.

This year, my husband and I went as the “Operation” game from when we were kids. He went as the surgeon and I went as the game board. We made all of the pieces and even added a ‘special’ piece that isn’t in the original game. Instead of making the bread basket that goes on the tummy, I made a baby in the womb piece. It was a good way to incorporate our baby without making him the focal point, because I’m not showing a whole, whole lot yet.

Here’s how the costumes looked:

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I bought a (somewhat) skin color looking shirt for about $5 from Wal-Mart. I made the pieces by drawing them on white cardstock, cutting them out, and then taping them to red construction paper. After that, I used velcro to attach the pieces on to my shirt and jeans, because I didn’t want to ruin my clothes by sewing or gluing them. The one on my head I taped to a clip and put it in my hair and it stayed on the whole night. Lastly, I painted my noise with red face paint to resemble the light bulb the game has that goes off when you touch the sides.

For the surgeon, we just bought scrubs from GoodWill for $6 all together, borrowed a stethoscope from a friend, got a mask and gloves from my work, and he carried around a pair of our tongs to look like life-size tweezers.

At the end of the day, both costumes costed us about $15, we were comfortable in them, and got lots of compliments. Success.

Hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween! Baby Leachman got his first Reese cup….or two or three. Don’t judge..

Happy Halloween! Mine's the goofy looking one...if you couldn't tell.

Happy Halloween, from the Leachman’s! (Mine’s the goofy looking one…if you couldn’t tell.)

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our gender reveal!

Yesterday was one of the most exciting days so far in the pregnancy. Not only did we get to see the baby for the first time since it was seven weeks, but we found out we are having a BOY!! We could not be more thrilled with the news. Of course, we would have been equally as excited with a girl, but it’s just being able to call ‘it’ a ‘he’ now is the best feeling ever!

We knew we wanted to find out the gender before the baby came, but we didn’t necessarily want to find out at the doctor’s office. We didn’t want  to do a gender reveal party, but we still wanted to do something fun and (somewhat) original. We think we came up with this idea, but I’m sure it’s been done.

Before the appointment we purchased two tubes of acrylic paint (light pink and light blue) and a baby pumpkin. We had the doctor put the paint color of the gender in a box we painted up all cute. After the appointment we went to a nearby park and opened the box to reveal the color and painted our pumpkin! We had so much fun doing it this way and we even got to capture our reactions on a video!

Here are some pictures:

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Gender Reveal 2

BOY2!

We cannot wait to meet our baby boy, Isaiah! Praise the Lord for new life!

pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies

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How could you not already fall in love with these cookies just from the name? This simple fall treat will not disappoint your family or guests. With three (you read right…THREE!) simple ingredients, you can make these cookies in 15 minutes or less!

I made these over the weekend for a get together and they were delicious. They are not my original recipe, but they’re too good not to share.

Ingredients:
1 box spice cake mix
1 8 oz can pumpkin filling
1 C. Chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix the spice cake mix and pumpkin filling together until fully combined
Add chocolate chips to the mixing bowl
On a greased cookie sheet, place spoon fulls of mixture 2 inches apart
Drop cookie sheet on flat surface several times to flatten the cookies a bit
Bake for 8-10 minutes

They are easy to make, clean up after, and eat the whole tray…I mean serve to others. Enjoy!

eighteen weeks.

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Is it just me or did the sweet potato from last week seem bigger than the mango? Either way, baby Leachman is growing like a weed. He or she (man, I cannot wait to not have to say both everytime I talk about it…or say ‘it’…) is now half a pound and 6 inches long…according to my What to Expect app. If you don’t have this app and you have an iPhone and are pregnant, you are missing out. I look at it almost every day to see how big the baby is, posts on random parenting/pregnancy topics, and the countdown to baby’s arrival! Download it if you haven’t already. End commercial.

I came down with a bit of a cold over the weeknd, which was zero fun, because there’s not much medicine one can take while pregnant. Oh, how I missed nyquil. But I am feeling much better now and praying that doesn’t come around again.

We began one of the scariest, most exciting parts of our marriage last week…house hunting! What a grown-up decision…but I guess it’s about time. We are hoping to have a home by Christmas. We shall see…

One week until gender reveal! Stay tuned for the announcement.

seventeen weeks.

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I felt him or her move this week! The little wiggle worm is finally big enough for me to feel it moving around in there. I’ve felt it twice for sure and maybe another time. Right now it is hard to tell because it’s so faint. It feels like a little twitch in my belly. So cool that it’s our baby!

I finally gave in and bought my first pair of maternity pant and two maternity tops. I love my new jeans! They are so comfortable and I don’t have to mess with unbuttoning them when I sit down and forgetting to button back when I stand up! Little embarrassing.

My maternity pants might even come in handy when I’m not pregnant, for times like Thanksgiving and Christmas when I eat so much food I can hardly fit in my regular pants. 🙂 haha

Only two weeks until we find out if it’s a little mister or miss. We can’t wait!

pumpkin patch.

Fall is by far my favorite season, so naturally I can’t wait for it to get here each year so that I can visit pumpkin patches, drink apple cidar slushies, and wear cute boots…all of which I got to do on Saturday. We took a trip to our local orchard for some fall fun. It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun getting our pumpkins that we will carve in a couple of weeks. Here are some pictures from the day:

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Of course my husband had to get the biggest pumpkin in the patch...

Of course he had to get the biggest pumpkin in the patch…

 

And we couldn't forget about baby Leachman!

And we couldn’t forget about baby Leachman!

 

sweet sixteen (weeks).

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At first I felt like the pregnancy was going by extremely slow, but once we announced it to the world it has seemed to fly by. It’s hard to believe 9 weeks ago today I heard the heartbeat for the first time…seems like it was just yesterday.

One of my best friends is pregnant right now as well and we are due 5 days apart from one another. Our (very small) baby bumps got to meet over the weekend when we had a girls weekend (college roommates) since we all live in different towns. It’s fun to go through this process with a friend.

I am slowly but surely starting to show a little more each day. The upside…People at work are actually starting to believe that I’m pregnant. The downside…my pants are starting to feel pretty uncomfortable. It might be about that time to invest in some maternity clothes.

fifteen weeks.

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I had my third OB appointment today and got to hear the baby’s heartbeat again. I could listen to that little thing beat all day! It always puts me in a good mood when I hear it.

Today marks 15 weeks into the pregnancy. Hard to believe! In exactly four weeks we find out the gender. I am beyond excited to find out. Don’t ask me what I want either…I want a healthy baby. Ill be equally as happy with a girl or boy. 🙂

Still no nausea since about week 12, so that’s a huge blessing! I’ve definitely been having more headaches, so that’s literally a pain to deal with- especially at work- but other than that I feel great!

I’ve read that between 15 and 16 weeks that the baby can start to hear voices and sounds. I love that it’s already getting familiar with our voices before it’s out of the womb.

I still haven’t felt the baby move yet, but at my appointment today we could hear movement on the doppler that he was using to hear the heartbeat, so I’m sure I’ll feel it move around pretty soon!

We can’t wait to meet our little boy or girl!